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Tuesday, July 4, 2017



High pressure will remain centered over the western Atlantic while a broad upper-level trough persists over the eastern part of the nation most of the week. A weak cold front will linger over the region through midweek, helping to focus the development of showers and thunderstorms. A second cold front will push through the area this weekend and somewhat drier and cooler weather may settle in behind it. 


Today is the day we celebrate the public declaration of our independence from the British Crown. Read more about this important event on the blog. [LINK]


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.  

Visit their Facebook page at:

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

Weather Almanac for July 4th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1948
Lowest Temperature 46°F in Highlands in 1996
Greatest Rainfall 4.46 inches in Highlands in 2013

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands in 1879


TODAY take an umbrella to outdoor events

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds early, 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. Locations that see thunderstorms will see more accumulation.

TONIGHT keep an umbrella handy while waiting on the fireworks shows

Mostly cloudy with fog expected to develop after midnight. Lows in the mid-60s. Winds will be light and variable before midnight, then from the northwest after midnight. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds early then, from the northwest in the afternoon. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10 am.


Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10 pm.


Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


No hazardous weather expected.

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


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Jul 4 2017

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

1. Recent satellite-derived wind data indicate that the well-defined low-pressure system located about 750 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing winds to near tropical storm force close to the center. Showers and thunderstorms have increased and become a little better organized over the past several hours and, if this recent development trend continues, a tropical depression or a tropical storm could form later today or on Wednesday. The low is expected to move slowly westward today and then move toward the west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph by tonight and on Wednesday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.


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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: 5:54 am
Sunrise: 6:24 am
Sunset 8:51 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:21 pm

Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous with 80% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonset 3:19 a.m
Moonrise 5:02 p.m.

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 4:15 am on July 4, 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.