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News and Weather Briefing for Friday, July 23, 2021

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OUTLOOK

Wildfire smoke from out west will be transported into the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia leading to hazy conditions the next few days. Diurnal shower and thunderstorm chances gradually increase heading into the weekend. A backdoor cold front will track out of the north early next week bringing an increase for shower and thunderstorm chances. Highs should run a few degrees above normal this weekend into next week.

CODE ORANGE Air Quality Alert

…AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT…

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Local News

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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Sunday Night

Franklin area

Today (Air Quality Alert)

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers between 1am and 4am. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers between 9am and 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 30%.


Highlands Plateau

Today (Air Quality Alert)

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers between 9am and 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs oin the upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%.

Sunday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 30%.


Otto area

Today  (Air Quality Alert)

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy, then becoming cloudy toward daybreak, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers between 9am and 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Chance of rain is 30%.


Nantahala area

Today (Air Quality Alert)

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Areas of fog before midmorning. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 1am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers between 9am and 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers between 9am and 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 82. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 30%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Isolated thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening. The main potential threat will be cloud-to-ground lightning.

…AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT…

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality in Raleigh NC has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Fine Particulates for Avery, Mitchell, Yancey, Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Jackson, Swain, Graham, Macon, Transylvania, Caldwell, Burke, McDowell, Rutherford, Polk, Alexander, Catawba, Iredell, Cleveland, Lincoln, and Gaston Counties, until midnight EDT tonight.

This particular alert is due to smoke from wildfires in the western United States and central Canada.

An Air Quality Action Day means that Fine Particulates concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jul 23 2021

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

1. A trough of low pressure located just offshore of the coasts of southeastern Georgia and southern South Carolina is producing limited shower and thunderstorm activity. Environmental conditions are forecast to be marginally conducive for some gradual development over the weekend and into early next week while the system drifts offshore of the southeastern United States.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent.


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

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (3.1 out of 12) today with Grasses, Plantain, and Chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (3.2 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on July 16th

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 44°F in Highlands in 1915
Greatest Rainfall 2.89 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1970
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)



July Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on 07-29-1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on 07-27-1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1872




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Macon Calendar
(send your event to [email protected])


Katie Dean announces Macon Co. Townhall

Katie Dean is running for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District. Katie is holding a Townhall on Thursday, July 15, 6pm – 7pm at the Big Bear Shelter [E. Main St. and Little Tennessee River].


The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encaustic painting on Specified Fridays from 10AM-12PM at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St Franklin NC. Specific class dates are Friday July 9 and 23, August 3 and 27, September 3 and 17, October 29.

For more information contact the instructor, Karen Smith, at [email protected]


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Published at 3:05am on Friday, July 23, 2021

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