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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, July 6, 2017


Here is a view of the local fireworks show captured from a distance by Exploring Appalachia:

Here is a rundown of local news from yesterday:

Second Phase of Macon County Homeless Strategic Plan Completed

Press Release: Mission Health to Terminate Contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina if Negotiations Fail

Patreon Report for July 2017 (an update on those who pledge at least a dollar or more a month to help Macon Media)


Seasonal temperatures and mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms will continue through Saturday. A front will push through the area Saturday night, bringing somewhat drier and cooler air for Sunday and Monday. More humid and unsettled weather is expected on Tuesday as that front creeps back into the area from the south.


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 July 6th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2012
Lowest Temperature 45°F in Highlands in 1915
Greatest Rainfall 4.00 inches in Nantahala in 1959

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



Patchy dense fog in the morning. Partly sunny with calm winds in the morning, then 5 to 10 mph from the west in the afternoon. Highs in the mid-80s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, with the greatest chance between noon and 9 pm. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch are expected, with locations that see thunderstorms seeing more.


Mostly cloudy with fog developing after 11 pm and lows in the mid-60s. Winds out of the west-southwest calming before midnight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch are expected, with locations that see thunderstorms seeing more.


Partly sunny with highs in the low to mid-80s and winds out of the west. Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms (not everyone will see rain).


Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. Winds out of the west calming before midnight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms with the greatest chance after midnight.


Partly sunny with highs in the low to mid-80s. Calm winds early then 5 to 10 mph out of the west and northwest by mid-morning. Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.


Partly cloudy with lows in the low to mid-60s.


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 Thu Jul 6 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center has begun issuing advisories on newly formed Tropical Depression Four, located well to the east of the Lesser Antilles.

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


Tropical Depression Four Discussion Number 1
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL042017
1100 PM AST Wed Jul 05 2017

The low-pressure area west of the Cabo Verde Islands has a well-defined circulation based on a combination of surface observations and scatterometer data. In addition, there has been a persistent area of convection west of the center for the past 12 h or so. Based on these, advisories are initiated on the system as a tropical depression. The initial intensity is set to 25 kt based on the scatterometer data and satellite intensity estimates from TAFB and SAB.

Experimental multispectral imagery shows a large area of dry and dusty air over the Atlantic near and east of the depression, and it appears likely this will entrain into the circulation during the next couple of days. The large-scale models forecast the system to dissipate very quickly due to this entrainment, while in contrast, the statistical-dynamical guidance forecasts modest strengthening. Another factor is that the current environment of light to moderate easterly shear is expected to become moderate to strong southwesterly shear at about 48 h. As a compromise between the extremes in the guidance, the intensity forecast calls for little change in strength for 48 h, followed by the system degenerating to a remnant low by 72 h.

The initial motion is 290/12. The depression is on the south side of a strong low- to mid-level ridge, and this feature should steer the cyclone or its remnants west-northwestward for the next 5 days. There should be an increase in forward speed during the next 24 h, with some decrease in forward speed after 72 h as the system approaches a weakness in the ridge. The forecast track lies close to the model consensus.


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Saturday, July 8th

Sweet Corn Festival, 10 am to 3 pm

Our largest fundraiser of the year coming Saturday, July 8th! 20th Annual Sweet Corn Festival 10:00-3:00, includes food, craft & non-profit vendors, live entertainment, trail hikes, historic church tours, and children’s activities. We can't wait to see you!!

Proceeds benefit All Saints Episcopal Church Outreach and CareNet.

Tuesday, July 18th

The Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council's monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, July 18th, 10:00 a.m. at Rathskeller Coffee Haus. Everyone interested in supporting the hiking community is welcome.

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: 5:55 am
Sunrise: 6:25 am
Sunset 8:51 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:20 pm

Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous with 93% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonset 4:34 a.m
Moonrise 6:48 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 4:44 am on July 6, 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.