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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Increasing moisture levels and stormy activity will be in store for the period. A cold front will push into the region Friday night and become stationary across the forecast area into early next week. Another moist frontal system is expected to move in from the northwest by Tuesday.


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 August2nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1999
Lowest Temperature 45°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 3.66 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1948

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940



Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs near 80 and variable light winds.

Conditions by general area
Franklin 20% chance of rain and highs near 80
Highlands 20% chance of rain and highs in the low to mid-70s
Nantahala 20% chance of rain and highs in the mid-70s
Otto 0% chance of rain and highs near 80


Partly cloudy with fog developing after midnight. Lows near 60 and calm winds.

Rain chances by general area
Franklin 20% Highs near 80 and lows near 60
Highlands 20% chance of rain and lows near 60
Nantahala 0% chance of rain and lows near 60
Otto 0% chance of rain and lows in the lower 60s


Partly sunny with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds early, then from the south in the afternoon.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s and light winds out of the south. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Partly sunny with highs near 80. Good chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10 am.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the low to mid-60s. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Hazardous weather is not expected.

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 Wed Aug 2 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center has issued its last advisory on Post-Tropical Cyclone Emily, located over the Atlantic Ocean well to the east of Florida.

1. A small, non-tropical area of low pressure centered about 240 miles south of Pensacola, Florida, is producing disorganized cloudiness and showers. Significant development of this system is not expected due to strong upper-level winds and proximity to dry air. The low is forecast to move northeastward over the Big Bend area of Florida by early Thursday.

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

2. A tropical wave is producing a large area of cloudiness and disorganized shower activity several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Development, if any, of this system is expected to be slow to occur during the next few days while the disturbance moves westward at 10 to 15 mph. Upper-level winds are expected to become too strong for development by the weekend.

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

ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)


Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at


Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at

Bryson City is recommended by as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


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 6:15 a.m.
Sunrise 6:43 a.m.
Sun transit 1:43 p.m.
Sunset 8:35 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:03 p.m.


Moonset 2:32 a.m.
Moonrise 4:42 p.m
Moon transit 9:59 p.m.

Phase of the Moon: Waxing Gibbous with 75% 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 4:01 am on August 2, 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.