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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, August 5, 2017


A cold front will become stationary from central Georgia to eastern North Carolina late today. This front will then return north as a warm front late Sunday and early Monday as low pressure passes from Texas across the Ohio Valley. The front will become stationary again across our region for much of the week, with deep moisture and periods of heavy rain likely.


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Weather Almanac for August 5th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2006
Lowest Temperature 45°F in Highlands in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.54 inches in Highlands in 1901

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 sunny with highs in the lower 80s and winds out of the northwest. Less than a 10% chance of rain in the county today.


Mostly clear with lows in the mid to upper 50s and light winds out of the north.


Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning, then from the south in the afternoon. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms early, increasing to 40% by 6 pm.


Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid-60s. Winds out of the south near sunset are expected to become calm before midnight.


Cloudy with highs near the mid to upper 70s. Rain showers and thunderstorms are likely, with rainfall expected to be heavy at times. Rain chances will increase as the day wears progresses.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. Showers are likely and may be heavy at times with an occasional embedded thunderstorm possible.


Hazardous weather is not expected today. A prolonged rain event is expected to begin on Monday that may last until Wednesday.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting


We are now in the time frame of where storms that develop in the Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Basin could impact our view of the solar eclipse on August 21st.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Aug 5 2017

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

1. Showers and thunderstorms extending from the Cabo Verde Islands southwestward across the tropical Atlantic are associated with an elongated area of low pressure. This system remains poorly organized, but environmental conditions are expected to become a little more favorable for this system to consolidate, and a tropical depression could form early next week while it moves toward the west-northwest at 15 to 20 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

2. A tropical wave is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the south-central Caribbean Sea. The wave is moving westward at 15 mph and development, if any, during the next day or two will likely to be slow. Conditions could become a little more favorable for tropical cyclone formation early next week if the disturbance moves over the southern Bay of Campeche. There is also a possibility that the wave moves over Central America, and in that case, no development is anticipated.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 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 6:18 a.m.
Sunrise 6:46 a.m.
Sun transit 1:39 p.m.
Sunset 8:33 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:00 p.m.


Moonset 4:48 a.m.
Moonrise 7:09 p.m.
Moon transit 12:24 a.m. Sunday morning
Moonset 5:40 a.m. Sunday morning

Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on August 7, 2017 at 2:11 p.m. (local daylight time)

Phase of the Moon on August 4, 2017: Waxing Gibbous with 96% 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 4:28 am on August 5, 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.