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News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, July 22, 2021

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OUTLOOK

Somewhat drier air arrives from the north today along with more sunshine. Temperatures will rebound to near-normal or even slightly above by late week. Afternoon and evening shower and thunderstorm chances gradually increase again over the weekend.

CODE ORANGE Air Quality Alert

…AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT…

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Local News

Final Beam Placed at New Angel Medical Center [LINK


Macon County Board of Commissioners, July 2021

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Franklin Town Council – July 2021

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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Saturday Night

Franklin area

Today (Air Quality Alert)

A slight chance of showers in the early afternoon, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Widespread haze between 11am and 2pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

Widespread haze. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds.

Friday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain is 20%.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s.


Highlands Plateau

Today (Air Quality Alert)

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Widespread haze between 11am and 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.

Friday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.


Otto area

Today  (Air Quality Alert)

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Widespread haze between 11am and 1pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds. TonightWidespread haze before 9pm. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10am. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 20%.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the early afternoon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s.


Nantahala area

Today (Air Quality Alert)

Widespread haze after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Widespread haze before 9pm. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s. Light and variable winds.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

…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, Rowan, Cleveland, Lincoln, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Union Counties, until midnight EDT Thursday night.

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 Thu Jul 22 2021

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

1. A broad trough of low pressure associated with a dissipated frontal system over Alabama and Georgia is forecast to move off of the southeastern United States coastline on Friday. Environmental conditions are expected to be marginally conducive for some gradual development over the weekend and into early next week while the system meanders offshore the coasts of Georgia and eastern Florida.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent.


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 is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (3.5 out of 12) today with Grasses, Plantain, and Chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (3.4 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on July 16th

Highest Temperature 97°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 46°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1947
Greatest Rainfall 2.24 inches in Highlands in 1979
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 Thursday, July 22, 2021

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