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Weather Briefing for Thursday, July 01, 2021

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OUTLOOK

High pressure off the Atlantic coast weakens as a cold front drops into the area from the Ohio River Valley on Friday. Increasing moisture will lead to increasing coverage of showers and thunderstorms Friday. The front moves east of the area by Saturday and Independence Day. Near seasonal conditions expected early next week.

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

Town of Franklin Announces Independence Day Celebration

(Franklin, NC) The Town of Franklin’s annual celebration of Independence Day will see several changes in 2021.

“Franklin’s celebration this year will be held on Saturday, July 3. It is a true, small town American experience. The Town Council and Employees have planned an event that is open to everyone– children, residents, visitors, veterans, young, old, and pets—to have the opportunity to take part in the parade and all activities as we celebrate our Nation’s 245 th birthday. It is a celebration where everyone becomes a participant—not just a spectator,” said Mayor Bob Scott. The activities will begin at 12 noon with inflatables for kids including a water slide. The free attractions will be open until 4:00 p.m. on the square in Downtown Franklin near the Macon County Courthouse. Be sure your young ones are dressed appropriately to enjoy the water slide and other inflatables.

At 4:30 the Little Miss and Mister Firecracker Contest will take place. This contest is open to all girls and boys ages 3 to 6. It is patriotic in nature with entrants judged on their patriotic attire and one question. No registration or entry fee is required for this family-friendly contest that will be held at the Gazebo on the Square.

Even pets can get in on the fun with the Patriotic Pet Contest following at approximately 4:45 p.m. Deck your pets out in red, white and blue for this fun event.

“Franklin hosts one of the few parades in the country that visitors can actually participate in,” said Justin Setser, Interim Town Manager. “We encourage locals and visitors alike to be part of the parade. All you have to do is be in the lower parking lot of Town Hall at 5:30 pm for lineup. Entrants can walk, drive or ride and are encouraged to incorporate patriotic colors.”

The Patriotic Parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. and travel down Main Street, turn right on Iotla Street and disband back at Town Hall.

Following the Patriotic Parade, a short break is planned to relax, have dinner, and get ready for Fireworks Over Franklin. The park and watch fireworks show will be displayed in East Franklin at 15 First Street across from the Shops at Riverwalk (formerly East Franklin Shopping Center). Many will not even have to leave their homes to view the show.

“We are again working with Hale Artificier, Inc. of Lexington, North Carolina to produce the show,” said Scott. “These folks have been in business nearly 40 years and produce spectacular fireworks displays all across the Southeast.”

Fireworks Over Franklin is an all-aerial show that will feature hundreds of fireworks with over 250 shells in the grand finale alone.

A perimeter around the site will be secured and spectators will not be allowed to park or walk close to the launching site. Please note that any unauthorized vehicles in the safety zone will be towed.

“Plans are to have a test fireworks shell fired at 9:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. These test shells will help those who want to view the display determine if they might need to move to a different location for better viewing,” Scott said. “You will be able to view the display from many different locales in East Franklin and even from Town Hill.”

Prior to the fireworks display, the Town of Franklin will host a live radio broadcast on WFSC Radio beginning at 8:30 p.m. At 9:30 p.m. WFSC will air a patriotic soundtrack for the fireworks display that you will be able to enjoy, no matter where you are. Tune your radios to 104.9 FM for both the live broadcast and fireworks soundtrack.

“Franklin’s Fourth of July event is for everyone. The Town of Franklin is certainly very pleased to host these events for our residents and visitors as we return to normal during the pandemic,” Scott said.

For additional information call (828) 524-2516 or online at TownofFranklinNC.com or follow on Facebook @FranklinNCEvents.

Vet’s Portrait Project for 2021 


 The Macon County Art Association in Franklin is pleased to announce that the Vet’s Portrait Project will be held this year. This will be our ninth year for this event. Unfortunately the pandemic precluded the project last year but the artists are ready to go for 2021. This year there are spots for 4-7 veterans as we had applications remaining from 2019. Please announce the call for Macon County Veterans or their family members to apply to have the Veteran’s portrait painted by one of our local artists. Vets or their families may apply at the gallery between Memorial Day and July 4th of this year. There is no cost to apply or for the portraits. The only requirement is that the Veteran or their family member be present to receive the portrait on Veterans Day November 11, 2021. Community members who wish to help support the costs for this program are also welcome. Contact the project chair by email at [email protected]

NC Dept of Justice Releases May 2021 Highlights [LINK]

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Thursday Night

Franklin area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest 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, mainly before 9pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 9pm. Patchy fog between 3am and 5am. Lows in the mid-60s. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Patchy fog before 7am. Highs in the upper 70s. Light winds out of the west. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 8 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Patchy fog after 2am. Lows around 60. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs in the upper 60s. WInds out of the northwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s.

Otto area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 9pm. Patchy fog after 3am. Lows in the mid-60s. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers between 8pm and 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph before midnight. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near 80.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s.

Nantahala area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 9pm and 3am, then showers after 3am. Patchy fog after 3am. Low in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs in the lower 70s. Light winds out of the west. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds becoming north around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s.

HAZARDS

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to increase in coverage ahead of a cold front this afternoon, maximize across the region tonight through Friday, before diminishing from the west with the frontal passage early Saturday. Areas of heavy rainfall will be possible, potentially leading to isolated flash flooding.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jul 1 2021

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently designated Tropical Depression Five, located a little less than a thousand miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands.


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

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 (3.4 out of 12) today with Grasses and Plantain being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (2.6 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on July 1st

Highest Temperature 99°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2012
Lowest Temperature 42°F in Highlands in 1919
Greatest Rainfall 1.65 inches in Highlands in 1961
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



Macon Calendar

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]



Source: http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2021/07/wx20210701.html


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