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Friday, July 14, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, July 14, 2017


The Macon County Board oF Commissioners met on Tuesday night. Video and supporting documents may be seen on the blog. [LINK]

The USFS held an open house on the plan revision for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, also on Tuesday night, at Tartan Hall. Video and informational links may be found on the blog. [LINK]


Hot and humid conditions will persist into the weekend, with scattered to numerous afternoon and evening thunderstorms each day. A cold front will move into the region from the northwest on Saturday and stall in or near the area through Sunday. Another cold front will approach on Monday and move southeast of the area on Tuesday, with drier conditions arriving by the middle of next week.


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 14th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 39°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 3.22 inches in Highlands in 1898

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



Widespread fog in the morning. Cloudy early, then clearing off to partly sunny for a few hours around noon before beginning to gradually cloud up again. Highs in the mid to upper 80s. Calm winds early then increasing to 5 to 10 mph from the southwest in the afternoon. Winds should decrease as the temperatures cool in the late afternoon and early evening hours. Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy with fog developing after 3 am and lows in the mid to upper 60s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-80s. Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and light winds out of the northwest. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.


Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10 am.


Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s.


No hazardous weather expected outside a few typical summer thunderstorms. The heat index will approach 90°F today, so those working outside should take care to maintain hydration and take frequent breaks. The National Weather Service has an excellent resource for Heat Safety at

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 Fri Jul 14 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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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: 6:01 am
Sunrise: 6:30 am
Sunset 8:49 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:18 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 19 m

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 73% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 11:46 p.m. (last night)
Moonset 11:38 a.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 3:35 am on July 14, 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.