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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, July 27, 2017


A cold front will be increased chances of showers and thunderstorms, some of them severe, today and tomorrow. Cooler and drier conditions will arrive behind it for the weekend.


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Weather Almanac for July 27th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2005
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 3.02 inches in Highlands in 1942

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


TODAY Severe thunderstorms possible today

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s and variable light winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, with some of the expected to become severe. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected with more possible in thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy with fog developing after midnight. Lows in the mid to upper 60s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight.


Mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning, then increasing to 5 to 10 mph from the southwest in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms are likely with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected. More is possible in locations that see thunderstorms, some of which could be severe.


Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid-60s and winds out of the northwest. Showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before 8 pm.


Mostly cloudy with highs in the low-80s.


Partly cloudy with lows near 60. (About 5 degrees cooler than what it has been over the past few weeks).


Severe weather is possible this afternoon as a cold front approaches the region. Some of the thunderstorms that develop may become severe, with damaging winds, cloud to ground lightning and damaging winds expected. Please remember that if thunder roars, go indoors. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for our region for today and tomorrow and a copy is posted below for your convenience. Please be weather aware and stay close to shelter.

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..TODAY...Severe weather possible. The atmosphere will become unstable and winds will increase through a deep layer of the atmosphere Thursday afternoon and evening ahead of an approaching cold front. Thunderstorms will develop and some may be severe, with the greatest threat across the mountains, foothills, and western piedmont of North Carolina.

..FRIDAY...Severe weather possible. A strong cold front is expected to cross the region from the northwest Friday afternoon through Friday night. Organized severe thunderstorms may form and produce damaging wind gusts, especially in piedmont locations late Friday.

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 27 2017

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

1. A tropical wave located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing an area of disorganized showers and scattered thunderstorms. Some slow development is possible over the next several days while the system moves westward or west-northwestward at 5 to 10 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.


If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.

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.

Sun and Moon


Begin civil twilight 6:11 a.m.
Sunrise 6:39 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:41 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:09 p.m.


Moonrise 11:08 a.m.
Moon transit 5:27 p.m.
Moonset 11:40 p.m.

Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on July 30, 2017, at 11:23 a.m. (
Phase of the Moon on July 27, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 22% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.

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 3:28 am on July 27, 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.