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Friday, September 1, 2023

Weather Briefing for Friday, September 01, 2023

I apologize for removing the news portion of the daily news and weather briefing. I am in the middle of moving and having to tear down and reassemble my computer setup. Things should return to normal "ish" next week. --Bobby

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Dry high pressure will continue to build in from the north tonight as the circulation of Idalia moves well east of the Carolina coast. High pressure will dominate the weather across the region over the weekend and into early next week.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night

Franklin Area


Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Light winds out of the southeast.


Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the southeast.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60.

`Highlands Plateau


Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the southeast in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 50s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60.

Nantahala Area


Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the east.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light winds out of the northeas.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Light and variable winds.


Sunny, with highs near 80.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.

Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather

A Solar Storm Glancing Blow with a Fast Wind Chaser | Space Weather News 24 August 2023

Back to Top • The Atlantic hurricane season has begun: What we know and what we don’t [ARS TECHNICA]

• August 17, 2023) NOAA doubles the chances for a nasty Atlantic hurricane season due to hot ocean, tardy El Nino [AP News]


• The official hurricane season for the Atlantic basin is from June 1 to November 30, but tropical cyclone activity sometimes occurs before and after these dates, respectively. The peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is September 10, with most activity occurring between mid-August and mid-October.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Sep 1 2023

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

Active Systems:
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Franklin, located a few hundred miles northeast of Bermuda, on Post-Tropical Cyclone Idalia, located midway between the coast of North Carolina and Bermuda, and on Tropical Storm Jose, located several hundred miles east of Bermuda.

1. Eastern Tropical Atlantic (AL94):
Showers and thunderstorms continue to show signs of organization in association with an elongated area of low-pressure located just west of the Cabo Verde Islands. A short-lived tropical depression or tropical storm is expected to form today while the system moves northwestward at 10 to 15 mph across the eastern tropical Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent.
* Formation chance through 7 days...high...90 percent.

2. Central Subtropical Atlantic (Remnants of Gert):
Showers and thunderstorms have become better organized during the past several hours in association with an area of low-pressure located several hundred miles north-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands. If this current trend continues, a tropical depression is likely to form today before upper-level winds become increasingly unfavorable over the weekend. The system is forecast to meander over the subtropical Atlantic through this weekend.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent.
* Formation chance through 7 days...high...70 percent.

3. Eastern and Central Tropical Atlantic:
A tropical wave is expected to move off the west coast of Africa this weekend. Environmental conditions could support some gradual development of this system through the middle part of next week while it moves westward to west-northwestward over the eastern and central portions of the tropical Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 7 days...medium...40 percent.


Tropical Tidbits is a website run by Macon Media's favorite no-nonsense tropical forecaster, Levi Cowan. He does not post material just to get clicks or to sensationalize the storms he covers to "make them more exciting." He is reliable and sober, unlike The Weather Channel crowd of Drama Queen Meteorologists.

Levi typically posts videos late in the afternoon or early before midnight on Youtube. [Youtube Channel]

[Tuesday] Idalia Strengthening on Approach to Florida; Major Impacts Expected (08-28-2023)

After Idalia, What's Next? A lot to Keep Watch Over the Coming Days (August 31st, 2023) | hurricanetrack

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PM2.5 AQI is 45 (GOOD/CODE GREEN) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 45 (GOOD/CODE GREEN)

Fire and Smoke Map


Pollen levels are expected to be in the MEDIUM-HIGH range (9.1 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the MEDIUM-HIGH range (9.2 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for September 1st

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1951
Lowest Temperature 40°F in at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1946
Greatest Rainfall 5.80 inches in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of September Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 98°F in Frsnklin on 09-04-1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on 09-30-1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on09-29-1964
Greatest Snowfall snowfall has not been recorded during August in Macon County)

Record Weather Events for September 1st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 104°F in Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1932
Lowest Temperature 33°F in Laureal Springs, Ashe County in 1951
Greatest One-Day Rain 10.20 inches in Wilmington, New Hanover County in 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since 1872)

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of September Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 108°F in Belhaven, Beaufort County on 09-25-1921
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 21.00 inches in Wilmington, New Hanover County on 09-17-2018
Greatest Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded during August in the state)

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Saturdays in August from 11am to 1pm

Frog Quarters Music Schedule (located at 573 East Main Street in Franklin)

9/9/23—Sheila Krause followed by The Shifty Sisters. It’s a ladies’ Double Header Saturday at The Frog. Enjoy Sheila’s strong voice as she covers the oldies we all love followed by the originals of the Shifty Sisters—Melody Lowery, Melinda Pennington and Diane Chermer. Bring it on, ladies!

Frog Quarters is open 9a to 2p, Wednesdays thru Saturdays—beside the River Bridge. We are the Non-Profit supporting the Greenway with monies from sales from our Coffee & Gift Shop, Memberships and Donations. As always, thank you for your support!

Monday, Sept 11th 8:30am to 9:30am

9/11 Remembrance

Join us for "9/11Remembrance" Monday September 11th (Franklin, NC Town Square 8:30am) as we honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We will remember those who gave their lives to save others or lost their lives from this terrorist attack.

Chief Devin Holland of Franklin Police Department and Chief Ben Ormond of Franklin Fire and Rescue and other special guests will read the time frame of the attacks of Tuesday September 11, 2001.

Various special guests will join the event in remembering and reminding the guests of the event to "Never Forget." We will have a moment of silent at the end of the program to honor those lives lost on September 11, 2001 and celebrate their lives on "Patriot Day" through music and prayer.

Mountain Findings
432 Spruce Street (physical)
Highlands, North Carolina 28741

Mountain Findings (a thrift store) is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm until October 2023.

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On This Day

September 1st is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 121 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events

Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)

1145 - The main altar of Lund Cathedral, at the time seat of the archiepiscopal see of all the Nordic countries, is consecrated.

1173 - The widow Stamira sacrifices herself in order to raise the siege of Ancona by the forces of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.
- [Wikipedia Bio: Stamira]
- [Boncompagno da Signa, The History of the Siege of Ancona (1173)]

1355 - King Tvrtko I of Bosnia writes In castro nostro Vizoka vocatum from the Old town of Visoki.
1420 - A 9.4 MS-strong earthquake shakes Chile's Atacama Region causing tsunamis in Chile as well as Hawaii and Japan.

1449 - Tumu Crisis: The Mongols capture the Emperor of China.
- [Tumu Crisis]
- [Tumu Crisis]
- [Wikipedia Bio" Emperor Yingzong of Ming]

1529 - The Spanish fort of Sancti Spiritu, the first one built in modern Argentina, is destroyed by natives.
1532 - Lady Anne Boleyn is made Marquess of Pembroke by her fiancé, King Henry VIII of England.
1604 - Adi Granth, now known as Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikhs, was first installed at Harmandir Sahib.
1644 - Battle of Tippermuir: James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose defeats the Earl of Wemyss's Covenanters, reviving the Royalist cause.
1715 - At the age of five, Louis XV becomes king of France in succession to his great-grandfather, King Louis XIV.
1763 - Catherine II of Russia endorses Ivan Betskoy's plans for a Foundling Home in Moscow.
1772 - The Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is founded in San Luis Obispo, California.

1774 - Massachusetts Bay colonists rise up in the bloodless Powder Alarm.
- [Powder Alarm]
- [The Folklorist: The Powder Alarm]
- [History on a Hog: The Powder Alarms Part 1-7]

1804 - Juno, one of the largest asteroids in the Main Belt, is discovered by the German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding.
1831 - The Order of St. Gregory the Great is established by Pope Gregory XVI of the Vatican State to recognize high support for the Vatican or for the Pope, by a man or a woman, and not necessarily a Roman Catholic.
1836 - Narcissa Whitman, one of the first English-speaking white women to settle west of the Rocky Mountains, arrives at Walla Walla, Washington.
1838 - Saint Andrew's Scots School, the oldest school of British origin in South America, is established.
1862 - American Civil War: Battle of Chantilly: Confederate Army troops defeat a group of retreating Union Army troops in Chantilly, Virginia.

1864 - American Civil War: The Confederate Army General John Bell Hood orders the evacuation of Atlanta, ending a four-month siege by General William Tecumseh Sherman.

1870 - Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Sedan is fought, resulting in a decisive Prussian victory.
1873 - Cetshwayo ascends to the throne as king of the Zulu nation following the death of his father Mpande.
1878 - Emma Nutt becomes the world's first female telephone operator when she is recruited by Alexander Graham Bell to the Boston Telephone Dispatch Company.
1880 - The army of Mohammad Ayub Khan is routed by the British at the Battle of Kandahar, ending the Second Anglo-Afghan War.
1894 - Over 400 people die in the Great Hinckley Fire, a forest fire in Hinckley, Minnesota.
1897 - The Tremont Street Subway in Boston opens, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America.
1905 - Alberta and Saskatchewan join the Canadian confederation.
1906 - The International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys is established.
1911 - The armored cruiser Georgios Averof is commissioned into the Greek Navy. It now serves as a museum ship.
1914 - St. Petersburg, Russia, changes its name to Petrograd.

1914 - The last known passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, dies in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo.
- [Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon]
- [This Is Martha, the World's Last-Known Passenger Pigeon]
- [Why Billions of Passenger Pigeons Died in Under a Century]
- [Extinction Is Not Forever: Reviving the Passenger Pigeon with The Long Now Foundation's Ben Novak]

1920 - The Fountain of Time opens as a tribute to the 100 years of peace between the United States and Great Britain following the Treaty of Ghent.
1923 - The Great Kantō earthquake devastates Tokyo and Yokohama, killing about 105,000 people.
1928 - Ahmet Zogu declares Albania to be a monarchy and proclaims himself king.

1934 - The first Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animated cartoon, The Discontented Canary, is released to movie theatres.
- [MGM - The Discontented Canary (1934) REMASTERED - Classic Cartoon]

1939 - World War II: Nazi Germany invades Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II.
- [Wikipedia: Invasion of Poland]
- [Captured Film -- Germany Invades Poland 1939]
- [The Invasion - The Outbreak Of World War II | Extra long Episode]
- [World War II News and Old Time Radio September 1 1939]
- [Invasion of Poland from the Polish Perspective | Animated History]
- [001 -The Polish-German War - WW2 - September 1, 1939 [IMPROVED]]

1939 - General George C. Marshall becomes Chief of Staff of the United States Army.
1939 - The Wound Badge for Wehrmacht, SS, Kriegsmarine, and Luftwaffe soldiers is instituted. The final version of the Iron Cross is also instituted on this date.
1939 - Switzerland mobilizes its forces and the Swiss Parliament elects Henri Guisan to head the Swiss Armed Forces (an event that can happen only during war or mobilization).
1939 - Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people.
1941 - The Holocaust: The Nazis execute 2,500 Jews by shooting in Ostroh, Ukraine.
1951 - The United States, Australia and New Zealand sign a mutual defense pact, called the ANZUS Treaty.
1952 - The Old Man and the Sea, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Ernest Hemingway, is first published.
1958 - Iceland expands its fishing zone, putting it into conflict with the United Kingdom, beginning the Cod Wars.
1961 - The Eritrean War of Independence officially begins with the shooting of Ethiopian police by Hamid Idris Awate.
1961 - The first conference of the Non-Aligned Countries is held in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
1967 - The Khmer-Chinese Friendship Association is banned in Cambodia.
1967 - Six-Day War: The Khartoum Resolution is issued at the Arab Summit, and eight countries adopt the "three 'no's against Israel".
1969 - A coup in Libya brings Muammar Gaddafi to power.
1969 - Trần Thiện Khiêm becomes Prime Minister of South Vietnam under President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu.
1970 - Palestinian guerrillas attack the motorcade of King Hussein of Jordan in a failed assassination attempt.
1972 - In Reykjavík, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beats Russian Boris Spassky to become the world chess champion.
1974 - The SR-71 Blackbird sets (and holds) the record for flying from New York to London in the time of one hour, 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds at a speed of 1,435.587 miles per hour (2,310.353 km/h).

1979 - The American space probe Pioneer 11 becomes the first spacecraft to visit Saturn when it passes the planet at a distance of 21,000 kilometres (13,000 mi).
- [PIONEER 11 - Saturn - Live TV Coverage (1979/09/02 morning)]
- [NASA: Pioneer 11 Encounter with Saturn]
- [Pioneer 11 Mission Page]

1980 - Major General Chun Doo-hwan becomes President of South Korea, following the resignation of Choi Kyu-hah.
1981 - A coup d'état in the Central African Republic overthrows President David Dacko.
1982 - The United States Air Force Space Command is founded.

1983 - Cold War: Korean Air Lines Flight 007 is shot down by a Soviet Union jet fighter when the commercial aircraft enters Soviet airspace, killing all 269 on board, including Congressman Lawrence McDonald.
- [Wikipedia: Korean Air Lines Flight 007]
- [NASA: The Crash of Korean Air Lines Flight 007]
- [Air Crash Investigation Korean Air Lines Flight 007 shot down by a Soviet Su-15 interceptor]
- [Flight Sim: Target is Destroyed | Korean Air Lines Flight 007]

1985 - A joint American-French expedition locates the wreckage of the RMS Titanic.
1991 - Uzbekistan declares independence from the Soviet Union.

2004 - The Beslan school siege begins when armed terrorists take schoolchildren and school staff hostage in North Ossetia, Russia; by the end of the siege, three days later, more than 385 people are dead (including hostages, other civilians, security personnel and terrorists).
- [Beslan school siege]
- [Hostages flee siege school, fighting, wounded]
- [The Town Of Little Angels. Six years after Beslan school siege]

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Published at 5:00am on Friday, September 01, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to rthe following websites or books:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 - Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac 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, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.