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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, July 8, 2017


The 20th Annual Sweet Corn Festival is today from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Location: 216 Roller Mill Road, Franklin, NC

There will be great food, craft & non-profit vendors, live entertainment, silent auction, trail hikes, historic church tours, and lots of children’s activities. Proceeds Benefit Wesley's Playground, All Saints Episcopal Outreach, and CareNet.


Seasonally normal warm temperatures and mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms will continue today. A front will push through the area tonight, bringing drier air on Sunday and Monday. More humid and unsettled weather is expected on Tuesday as the 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.  

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 8th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1977
Lowest Temperature 44°F in Highlands in 1913
Greatest Rainfall 4.50 inches in Highlands in 1916

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 this morning. Partly sunny with highs in the 80s. Calm winds in the morning, then 5 to 10 mph from the west-northwest in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon with the greatest chances for activity between noon and 7 pm. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch expected with locations that see thunderstorms receiving more.


Partly cloudy with fog expected to develop after midnight and lows near 60. Light winds out of the north.


Mostly sunny with highs in the low-80s and calm winds.


Mostly clear with lows near 60 and calm winds.


Sunny with highs in the mid-80s and variable light winds.


Mostly clear with lows in the lower 60s.


Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be across the area today. A few of these thunderstorms may be strong to severe, capable of damaging wind gusts and locally heavy rainfall.

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 Sat Jul 8 2017

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

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


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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: 5:57 am
Sunrise: 6:26 am
Sunset 8:51 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:20 pm

Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous with 100% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
A full moon occurs tonight at 12:07 am.

Moonset 6:04 a.m
Moonrise 8:28 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 5:53 am on July 8, 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.