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Monday, July 17, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, July 17, 2017


A weak frontal boundary will approach the area today, increasing the chances for widespread showers and thunderstorms. A strong upper ridge will then gradually build into the region during the mid-to-late week, bringing hot temperatures and reducing the coverage of the daily cycle of summertime weather pattern of showers and thunderstorms.


Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


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 16th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 41°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.04 inches in Highlands in 1963

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 chance of severe thunderstorms in the afternoon

Patchy fog in the morning. Cloudy through mid-morning with clearing skies in the late morning and an increase in cloud cover for the afternoon as chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms increase with the passage of a cold front. Highs will be in the mid-80s with calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch expected. More will be possible in locations that see thunderstorm activity.


Partly cloudy with lows near the mid-60s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.


Mostly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.


Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds.


Mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s.


Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s.


There is a chance some of the thunderstorms that form today could become severe, and the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook regarding the situation. The Outlook is posted below:

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop across the area this afternoon and evening. The main threats will be from cloud to ground lightning and locally heavy rainfall. However, a couple of storms could briefly become severe, with damaging winds being the primary severe storm threat.

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 Mon Jul 17 2017

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

1. A small low-pressure system located about 800 miles east of the Windward Islands is moving westward at about 15 mph. Associated shower and thunderstorm activity is beginning to show some signs of organization, and environmental conditions are forecast to be marginally conducive for some development of this system before it reaches the Lesser Antilles in two to three days. After that time, less favorable upper-level winds are expected to hinder additional development. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance this afternoon, if necessary.

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

2. An area of disturbed weather has developed several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Some development of this system is possible over the next several days while it moves slowly toward the west-northwest or northwest over the open Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.


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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.


Kim Brand, Field Organizer for Audubon North Carolina, will speak at 7 PM in
Highlands in the rear meeting room of the Hudson Library, 554 Main Street in Highlands.

July 19th, WEDNESDAY


Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8:00 am. Check below in Comments for walk report.

September 27th, WEDNESDAY


3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit

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: 6:03 am
Sunrise: 6:32 am
Sunset 8:47 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:16 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 15 m
(2 mins shorter than yesterday)

Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 41% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 1:33 a.m.
Moonset 2:46 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 4:13 am on July 17, 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.