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Weather Briefing for Wednesday, May 19, 2021

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Subtropical high pressure will be the main weather driver the rest of this week into early next week. This high will lead to mostly dry conditions and gradually warming temps. An isolated shower along the NC/TN border cannot be ruled out today despite high pressure in place. High temps will be hot and well above average this weekend into early next week.


Local News Update
(National News is published after the Macon Calendar section)

Here is a sneak peek at the budget work session of the Franklin Town Council for May 18th

Weather-related Video

May 18, 2021 LIVE Storm Chase near Gail, TX

The 2020 storm chasing season was a train wreck of uncertainty due to the pandemic, mishaps, and dismal, uncooperative weather. Events featured include:
March 28 – Illinois Moderate Risk and tornado warned supercells
April 12 – Mississippi Moderate Risk tornado outbreak and Brooksville, EF2
May 17 – Decatur, Illinois localized tornado event and chase mishap
May 23 – Northern Illinois tornadic supercells and Coleta, EF1
July 15 – Central Illinois tornadoes and Waverly, EF0 close encounter

Sources stats for cited stats: NOAA Storm Prediction Center and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Friday Night

Franklin area

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light winds out of the southeast early increasing to 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.


A 20 percent chance of rain before 9pm. Partly 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.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs in the mid-80s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s.

Highlands area


Air quality is in the lower range of yellow for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the lower range of yellow.

Fire and Smoke Map
(There are no significant sources of smoke in the region as of 3am on 04-22-2021.)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest Rainfall 2.81 inches in Highlands in 1983
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)

May Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1966
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992


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