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News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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OUTLOOK

An upper-level trough of low pressure will move east of our area today. Somewhat drier air arrives from the north by Thursday and along with more sunshine. Temperatures will rebound to near-normal or even slightly above normal by late week.

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Friday Night

Franklin area

Today

A slight chance of showers after noon, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Sunny, with highs in the upper 80s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-60s.


Highlands Plateau

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the late afternoon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds out of the northwest in the morning around 5 mph becoming light and variable by nooon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Thursday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly clear, with lows around 60.


Otto area

Today

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

Tonight

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

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Sunny, with highs in the mid-80s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-60s.


Nantahala area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-60s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Numerous showers will persist through the day, producing heavy rainfall throughout the day. A flash flooding threat will remain throughout the day as rain falls on saturated soils and raised stream levels already primed by last night`s rainfall.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Jul 21 2021

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

1. A broad, non-tropical low pressure system is forecast to develop off the coast of the southeastern United States by late Friday or early Saturday. Environmental conditions are expected to be marginally conducive for some gradual development over the weekend while the system meanders offshore the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and northeastern Florida.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…20 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 are no significant sources of smoke in the region as of 3am on 04-22-2021.)


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (2.5 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 96°F in Franklin in 1983
Lowest Temperature 42°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 5.21 inches in Highlands in 1938
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 4:15am on Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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