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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, June 18, 2017


A deep ridge over the Atlantic will continue to transport warm, moist air into the area through the weekend and into early next week, keeping chances of afternoon showers and thunderstorms in the forecast. A cold front approaching the area will increase chances for storms on Monday. The front should move east across the region late Tuesday night, allowing a brief drying trend to commence for midweek. Showers and storms may return by next weekend.


Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month.  They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products.  Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.  

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Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.  

Weather Almanac for June 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1944
Lowest Temperature 39°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 2.18 inches in Highlands in 1971



Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds in the morning and from the southwest in the afternoon. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Patchy fog after 3 am. Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs near the mid-80s. Calm winds in the morning, then from the southwest in the afternoon. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected and more possible in locations that are hit by thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8 pm.


Mostly cloudy with highs near 80. 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy with lows near 60. 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


No hazardous weather expected today outside the typical summer afternoon thunderstorms that may produce brief torrential downpours or lightning or briefly damaging winds. There is the potential for severe weather on Monday as a strong cold front is expected to cross the region. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook and it is posted below for your convenience.


..MONDAY...Severe weather with flash flooding possible. A cold front will move into the region from the northwest on Monday and slowly cross the region into Monday night. Strong to severe thunderstorms with quarter-size hail and brief, damaging winds will be possible during the afternoon and evening hours. Very heavy rainfall will be possible with the thunderstorms as well, and isolated flash flooding may develop in areas repeatedly affected by thunderstorms.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting


The tropics are beginning to become active, both in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Atlantic Basin. A Tropical Outlook issued by the National Hurricane Center has been included below for those who want more detailed information.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Jun 18 2017

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Showers and thunderstorms have changed little in organization during the past several hours in association with a tropical wave located about 1200 miles east-southeast of the southern Windward Islands. Some development of this system is possible during the next two to three days before environmental conditions become less favorable for tropical cyclone formation. This system is forecast to move to the west or west-northwest at 15 to 20 mph toward the Windward Islands and northeastern South America during the next few days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

2. A broad area of low pressure located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea continues to produce a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Gradual development of this system is expected while it moves slowly northwestward across the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday and over the southern or central Gulf of Mexico early next week, where a tropical or subtropical cyclone is likely to form. Regardless of development, heavy rains are expected over portions of Central America, the Yucatan Peninsula, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba during the next several days. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this system on Sunday, if necessary.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.


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Monday, June 19

Franklin Bird Club meeting at 7 pm in the Macon County Public Library.

The program will feature “Birding in Belize” by Barbara McRae and Bob Gilbert.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)


On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.


Twilight Begins: 5:49 am
Sunrise: 6:19 am
Sunset 8:51 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:20 pm

Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 37% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 2:19 a.m.
Moonset 2:48 p.m.

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine

Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]


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Published at 3:54 am on June 18, 2017

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center.