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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, April 28, 2018

Super Outbreak of 2011

Seven years ago yesterday was the 2011 Super Outbreak of Tornadoes. These storms killed at least 360 people (252 of them in Alabama alone), injured over 3,000 people and caused over $12 billion in damages. Information on these storms and a severe weather preparedness guide is posted on the blog. [LINK]


A dry cold front will approach from the northwest and cross the region today. High pressure will then build in behind the front Sunday and persist through at least the middle of next week. As the high moves to near Bermuda in midweek, the southerly flow of air will bring warmer temperatures.


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

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:

All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.

Weather Almanac for April 28th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1986
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Highlands in 1928
Greatest Rainfall 2.96 inches in Highlands in 1958
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 0.1 inches in Highlands in 1928

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.



Sunny skies with highs near the lower 70s. Light winds out of the northwest in the morning, then increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon with wind gusts as high as 20 mph.


Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 30s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.


Areas of frost between 7am and 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming north northwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.


Clear, with a low around 35. North northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Sunny, with a high near 71.


Clear, with a low around 41.


Sunny, with a high near 72. Light northwest wind becoming west northwest 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.


Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. West northwest wind 5 to 9 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 65. North northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.


Clear, with a low around 36. North wind 3 to 6 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 71.


Clear, with a low around 42.


Sunny, with a high near 62. Northwest wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.


Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 56. North northwest wind 5 to 9 mph.


Clear, with a low around 37. North northwest wind around 7 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 61.


Clear, with a low around 43.



Sunny, with a high near 65. Light west northwest wind increasing to 9 to 14 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.


Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. North northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 58. Light north wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning.


Clear, with a low around 36. North northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 66.


Clear, with a low around 43.

GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR
11:47 pm last night to 2:42 am this morning


Hazardous weather is not expected today. Frosts and Freezing temperatures are expected overnight in some locations in Macon County this weekend. If you've gone ahead and planted too early, then you might want to consider bringing your sensitive plants indoors or covering them.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service is posted below for your convenience.


..SUNDAY...Frost/freeze possible.

..MONDAY...Frost/freeze possible.

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

2:42 am this morning


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Want to sell all those extra items collecting dust around your house?

Join the indoor community yard sale at Trimont Christian Academy. Trimont will be doing community-wide advertising for this event.


I am writing to thank the residents of Franklin, Highlands, and Macon County for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas. Through the generosity of the Macon County community, 4,636 shoeboxes were collected; and the Western North Carolina Area Team was able to exceed our goal by collecting 20,038 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The International total for 2017 was 11,012,840 shoeboxes!

As National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 21) approaches, I wanted to pass along information about an opportunity for Macon County residents to join a local volunteer team with Operation Christmas Child. This project of the international Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, sends gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of children in need each year and gives local residents the opportunity to make a worldwide impact. “National Volunteer Week is a great time to become a part of this international project,” said June Trull, who heads up the Western North Carolina Area Team of Operation Christmas Child.“Joining an Operation Christmas Child Area Team is an amazing way to give back year-round and share God’s love with children in need.”

Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries since 1993. This year, the local Western North Carolina Area Team hopes to collect 21,000 shoebox gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching more than 11 million children in need.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thank You
Brenda Hackett
Samaritan's Purse
Media Support
Western North Carolina Area Team
Operation Christmas Child

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 6:19 a.m.
Sunrise 6:46 a.m.
Sun transit 1:31 p.m.
Sunset 8:17 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:44 p.m.

Daylength 13 hours 31 minutes 12 seconds (+1 minute 56 seconds)


Moonrise 6:02 p.m. last night
Moon transit 12:12 a.m.
Moonset 6:14 a.m.
Moonrise 7:04 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on April 28, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 98% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on April 29, 2018 at 8:58 p.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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0210 am on April 28, 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.