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News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, May 16, 2024

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Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.


GENERAL OUTLOOK

Brief high pressure brings a mainly dry day on Thursday. Showers and scattered thunderstorms return Friday and continue into the weekend. Isolated afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms are expected early next week.

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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night

Franklin Area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds.

Friday

A chance of showers before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. 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 of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Lows around 60. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then showers between 8am and 11am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9pm and 2am, then a chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.



Highlands Plateau

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Light winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the northwest around 5 mph decreasing to light and variable after midnight.

Friday

A chance of showers before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. 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 of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the south 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 2am, then a chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Friday

A chance of showers before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. 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 of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Lows around 60. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then showers between 8am and 11am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 2am, then a chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.



Nantahala Area




Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected Friday and Saturday. Heavy rainfall rates and strong thunderstorms may be possible. Localized flooding may be possible, especially for flood prone locations.


Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (7.8 out of 12) today with Birch, Hickory, and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (6.9 out of 12.0).


Record Weather Events for May 16th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest One-Day Rain 3.11 inches in Highlands in 1955
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1871)

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of May Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992

(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane Gladys)

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of May Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 107°F in Aurora, Beaufort Countyy on 05-26-2011
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 05-09-2020
Greatest Rainfall 8.51 inches in Pisgah Forest, Transylvania County on 05-20-1942
Greatest Snowfall 15.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 05-07-1992






News Briefing
—STATE AND LOCAL—

Pactiv Evergreen negotiating sale of former Canton, North Carolina mill site | WYFF-TV (Greenville, SC)

State lawmakers debate bills to ban masks, AI-generated pornography | WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)

• Canton mayor confirms buyer has submitted letter of intent to purchase Canton mill [Smoky Mountain News]

• Pactiv Evergreen announces deal to sell former Canton mill site [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• NC Senate votes to ban people from wearing masks in public for health reasons [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Groups seek legislation to punish NC public schools for books that some call ‘obscene’ [Raleigh News and Observer]

• NCDOT awards $1.1 billion contract for main I-26 Connector sections [Mountain Xpress]

—NATIONAL—

International News Headlines

Vladimir Putin heads to China for talks with Xi Jinping | DW News

Video shows moment Slovak PM shot multiple times by 71-year-old gunman | BBC News

• Slovakia: PM Fico shot in ‘an attack on democracy’ [DW News]

• France to deploy army to New Caledonia over riots [BBC News]

• France imposes state of emergency, bans TikTok in riot-hit New Caledonia [France 24]

• Biden unveils tariff hikes on Chinese EVs, solar cells, semiconductors, other imports [Yonhap News Agency]

• Xi tells Putin China ready to uphold justice with Russia [Kyodo News]

• Xi welcomes ‘old friend’ Putin to Beijing, affirms strength of China-Russia bond [South China Morning Post]

Global National: May 15, 2024 | Thousands flee Fort McMurray wildfire

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir Full Broadcast – May 15, 2024

“CBS Evening News” Full Broadcast | May 15, 2024

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast – May 15, NBC News

PBS NewsHour full episode, (May 15, 2024)

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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, May 16, 2024
Author: Bobby Coggins

Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to rthe following websites or books: MaconMedia.com, youtube.com, weather.gov, airnow.gov, wikipedia.com, onthisday.com, ncdcr.gov, ncsu.edu, utah.edu, https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/, wolfram.com, biorxiv.org, aps.org, nejm.org, plos.org, cell.com, researchsquare.com, cureus.com, spc.noaa.gov, nhc.noaa.gov, ncdenr.org, medrxiv.org, archive.org, ncpedia.org, nasa.gov, https://ww2days.com, nih.gov, carolinapublicpress.org, microbe.tv, smokymountainnews.com, psypost.org, blogspot.com, pollen.com, franklinnc.com, maconnc.org, spaceweather.com, solarham.com, loc.gov, ncleg.net, senate.gov, house.gov, whitehouse.gov, drudgereport.com, politico.com, realclearpolitics.com, ushmm.org, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 – Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster’s Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center. 



Source: http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2024/05/wx20240516.html


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