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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, April 10, 2018


The Macon County Commissioners will be meeting for their regular monthly meeting tonight at 6 pm. The public agenda, agenda packet and other supporting documents have been posted on the blog. [LINK]


Otherwise, dry conditions return for the rest of the week as high pressure builds in today. Expect a warming trend through Saturday, with temperatures climbing above normal on Friday. Rainfall chances return this weekend with an approaching vigorous cold front from the west.


Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month.

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Weather Almanac for April 10th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2015
Lowest Temperature 18°F in Highlands in 1902
Greatest Rainfall 4.10 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1980
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date)

Record Weather Events for April (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987


The images below represent the daily forecast at 8 am for today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Click on any of them to enlarge.



Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy in the morning, becoming mostly sunny by 11 am. Highs near the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning, then 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly clear with lows near the mid-30s and winds out of the northwest becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny with highs in the mid-60s and variable light winds.


Mostly clear with lows near 40 and calm winds.


Sunny with highs in the lower 70s.


Mostly clear with lows in the mid-40s.



Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy, becoming mostly sunny by noon. Calm winds early, then from the northwest in the afternoon.


Mostly clear with lows in the mid-30s and winds out of the northwest becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny with highs in the mid-60s and variable light winds.


Mostly clear with lows near 40 and calm winds.


Sunny with highs in the lower 70s.


Mostly clear with lows in the mid-40s.



Mostly cloudy early, becoming mostly sunny before noon with highs near the low-to-mid 50s and winds out of the northwest.


Mostly clear with lows near freezing and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the north.


Sunny with highs near the mid-50s and winds out of the southwest becoming calm in the afternoon.


Mostly clear with lows near 40 and winds out of the southwest.


Sunny with highs near 60.


Mostly clear with lows near the mid-40s.



Mostly sunny with highs near the upper 50s and winds out of the northwest.


Mostly clear with lows near freezing and winds out of the north.


Patchy frost before 9 am. Sunny with highs near 60 and calm winds early, then from the west in the afternoon.


Mostly clear with lows near 40 and winds out of the west before midnight, then shifting to come out of the south afterward.


Sunny with highs near 70.


Mostly clear with lows in the mid-40s.


GOES 16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR at night
11:42 pm last night to 2:47 am this morning


Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at for those who are interested.

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

GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Precipitation)
2:02 am this morning


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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.


The Friends of the Greenway invites the community to participate in a "Walk on the Greenway" on April 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM beginning at the Macon County Library (on Siler Rd). Sunny Himes will lead about a 2 mile walk, highlighting several natural communities including a Red Cedar-Hardwood Woodland, Montane Alluvial Forest, and Floodplain wetlands. Discussion points will be historic and current uses of the land around the Greenway, how these uses shaped today's terrain and plant community compositions, and the challenges of wildland restoration in a popular urban park. Ms. Himes is a lecturer at Western Carolina University in botany, ecology and introduction biology. She is a past FROG Board member and continues to manage restoration projects on the Greenway. A $5 donation is suggested for this benefit walk. Send email of your interest in participating on the walk to:

From Bully to Buddy, A Community Forum
Please note this forum is now taking place on the 26th of April

Bullying affects us all in different ways. Let’s work this out together.
Sincere invitations to the bully, the bullied and those in between — all ages — all genders Featuring: interaction, role playing, dialogue, discovery and direction (and some fun!)

This forum will be taking place on Wednesday, April 26 at 6 PM - 8 PM
pin in Tartan Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin, NC

Join the event page on Facebook to find out more and to receive updates. [LINK]

Series of Dementia Workshops Coming in March and April

A campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia is underway in Macon County with the support of area churches, the Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging, Macon County Public Library, Angel Medical, Macon County Senior Services, and Macon County DSS.

Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church has partnered with a growing list of area churches throughout Macon County to host a workshop series, ‘Dementia Friends NC’ beginning on Tuesdays, March 20, 2018. Designed to help build awareness about dementia and identify ways local citizens can help people who are living with it in our community, the four-session workshop series is being made possible through a Missional Engagement Team Grant of the Smoky Mountain District of The United Methodist Church.

The 90-minute sessions will take place on four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning March 20, 2018, with both afternoon and evening sessions offered, as well as choice of venue.  All 2:00 p.m. sessions will be offered at the John & Dorothy Crawford Senior Center.   All 7:00 p.m. sessions will be offered at the Macon County Public Library.


More information, including a schedule of meeting locations and times, are on the blog. [LINK]

Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at the The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

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 6:42 a.m.
Sunrise 7:08 a.m.
Sun transit 1:35 p.m.
Sunset 8:02 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:28 p.m.


Moonrise 4:10 a.m.
Moon transit 9:30 a.m.
Moonset 2:53 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on April 10, 2018: Waning Crescent with 28% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on April 8, 2018 at 3:17 a.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine

There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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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03:06 am on April 10, 2018

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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.