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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, July 20, 2017


An upper-level ridge will build over our region from the west through the end of the work week bringing hot temperatures and isolated showers and thunderstorms each day. A broad upper-level trough develops over the weekend and into early next week and is expected to bring cooler temperatures.

Heat index values may rise to uncomfortable levels through Sunday and those who participate in outdoor activities are advised to take extra care that they do not overheat. Additional information has been posted in the Hazards section of the daily briefing.


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 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 46°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.58inches in Nantahala in 1971

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 isolated strong to severe thunderstorms possible

Cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing. Highs near 90 and light winds from the northwest. Slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.


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


Mostly sunny with highs near 90 and variable light winds.


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


Mostly sunny with highs near 90. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Partly cloudy with lows near 70. Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.


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

It is becoming more likely that our region will be experiencing a heat wave later this week. Though conditions will not be as extreme in Macon County as they will be in Tennessee or Georgia and the Upstate, it will be more uncomfortable than is normal for us. More information on the possible heat wave and precautions that are advised have been posted below, and you may refer to the NOAA Heat Safety Page at for more detailed information:

...Heat Wave Developing this Week through the Weekend...

A strong ridge of high pressure will be in place from Wednesday through Saturday. During this time, temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s combined with increasing humidity levels will allow heat index values to climb to uncomfortable levels. Heat index values on Wednesday will range from the upper 80s and low 90s, Thursday low to mid-90s, Friday and Saturday the low to mid-90s, and Sunday in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Please take the following heat safety precautions:

1) When outdoors, stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.

2) Check up on the elderly, sick and those without air conditioning.

3) Never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles. Remember, Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat.

4) Limit strenuous outdoor activities, especially during the afternoon, find shade and stay hydrated.

The upper ridge will break down by late this weekend allowing for increasing coverage of showers and thunderstorms. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other local media for further details or updates.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out

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 20 2017

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

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


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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: 6:05 am
Sunrise: 6:34 am
Sunset 8:45 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:14 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 11 m
(2 mins shorter than yesterday)

Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 11% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 3:46 a.m.
Moonset 6:06 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 4:04 am on July 20, 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.