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News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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OUTLOOK

A weak stationary front from west to east across our region will slowly dissipate into mid week. Hot and dry high pressure will prevail from Wednesday until Friday when a cold front arrives from the north. Expect mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms during the weekend. Another cold front should arrive from the north to start next week.

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Friday Night

Franklin area

Today

Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 90. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the lower 90s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 90s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 80. Winds out of the north around 5 mph in the morning becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, 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.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-60s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s.

Friday Night

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


Otto area

Today

Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 90. Calm winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the lower 90s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 60s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 90.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 60s.


Nantahala area

Today

Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, 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.

Tonight

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

Thursday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 60s. Calm winds.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s.

Friday Night

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


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected at this time.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Jul 28 2021

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


Air quality is in the extreme upper range of green for most of the county(the first time that has ghappened in several days), 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 (4.7 out of 12) today with Grasses, Plantain, and Nettle being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.4 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on July 16th

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 36°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 1.90 inches in Franklin in 1997
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
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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 28, 2021

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