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Friday, July 28, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, July 28, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A strong cold front will cross the region from the west today and tonight. Cooler and drier air will arrive across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia through the weekend and linger through the early part of next week. More typical summertime conditions will return about the middle of next week.


DAY SPONSOR



The Georgia Department of Economic Development is underwriting Macon Media for today and reminds you that Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/




WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 28th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

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

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Severe thunderstorms possible today

Patchy fog early. Cloudy with highs near 80 and calm winds in the morning, then winds out of the southwest in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms are likely with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected, more is possible in locations that are hit by multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and variable light winds, then 5 to 10 mph from the west before midnight. Precipitation chances are high with showers and thunderstorms expected, mainly before 3 am. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch is expected, more is possible in locations that are hit by multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms.


SATURDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the low to mid-80s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the north making it feel like it is in the lower 50s at times.


SUNDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 50s.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near 60.

HAZARDS

Severe weather is possible this afternoon as a cold front approaches the region. Some of the thunderstorms that develop may become severe, with damaging winds, cloud to ground lightning, torrential rainfall and damaging winds expected. Please remember that if thunder roars, go indoors. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for our region for today and a copy is posted below for your convenience. Please be weather aware and stay close to shelter.

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..TODAY...Severe weather possible. A strong cold front will cross the region this afternoon and tonight. There is considerable uncertainty over how thunderstorms will organize ahead of the front. Damaging wind gusts will be the primary threat with any storms that form, especially if lines of thunderstorms or organized thunderstorm outflows develop. Locally heavy rain and isolated flooding will be possible in any areas repeatedly affected by thunderstorms.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN


TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jul 28 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A large area of cloudiness and disorganized shower activity is associated with a broad low-pressure system located about 800 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Slow development is possible over the next several days while the system moves slowly westward or west-northwestward.

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


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:12 a.m.
Sunrise 6:40 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:40 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:08 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 12:07 p.m.
Moon transit 6:13 p.m.
Moonset 12:13 a.m. on Saturday

Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on July 30, 2017, at 11:23 a.m. (local daylight time)

Phase of the Moon on July 28, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 31% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 4:25 am on July 28, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, July 27, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will be increased chances of showers and thunderstorms, some of them severe, today and tomorrow. Cooler and drier conditions will arrive behind it for the weekend.



WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 27th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2005
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 3.02 inches in Highlands in 1942

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Severe thunderstorms possible today

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s and variable light winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, with some of the expected to become severe. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected with more possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with fog developing after midnight. Lows in the mid to upper 60s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight.



FRIDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning, then increasing to 5 to 10 mph from the southwest in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms are likely with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected. More is possible in locations that see thunderstorms, some of which could be severe.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid-60s and winds out of the northwest. Showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before 8 pm.



SATURDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the low-80s.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 60. (About 5 degrees cooler than what it has been over the past few weeks).

HAZARDS

Severe weather is possible this afternoon as a cold front approaches the region. Some of the thunderstorms that develop may become severe, with damaging winds, cloud to ground lightning and damaging winds expected. Please remember that if thunder roars, go indoors. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for our region for today and tomorrow and a copy is posted below for your convenience. Please be weather aware and stay close to shelter.



NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..TODAY...Severe weather possible. The atmosphere will become unstable and winds will increase through a deep layer of the atmosphere Thursday afternoon and evening ahead of an approaching cold front. Thunderstorms will develop and some may be severe, with the greatest threat across the mountains, foothills, and western piedmont of North Carolina.

..FRIDAY...Severe weather possible. A strong cold front is expected to cross the region from the northwest Friday afternoon through Friday night. Organized severe thunderstorms may form and produce damaging wind gusts, especially in piedmont locations late Friday.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jul 27 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A tropical wave located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing an area of disorganized showers and scattered thunderstorms. Some slow development is possible over the next several days while the system moves westward or west-northwestward at 5 to 10 mph.

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


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:11 a.m.
Sunrise 6:39 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:41 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:09 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 11:08 a.m.
Moon transit 5:27 p.m.
Moonset 11:40 p.m.

Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on July 30, 2017, at 11:23 a.m. (
Phase of the Moon on July 27, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 22% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia


Published at 3:28 am on July 27, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Macon Aero Modelers Club Fundraiser is Saturday, August 12th

The Macon Aero Modelers Club is having its annual radio control fly-in fundraiser on Saturday, August 12 , on Model Aviation Day, at the club's flying field in Otto. The day is to support the Macon County School's Robotics Team.
Every summer the club picks out a worthy group to support with the proceeds from the day. This year, the flying club is being SMART : (Smoky Mountain Area Robotics Team). The event will not only support the student Robotics program in Macon County, but will also offer the public the opportunity to learn more about radio control aircraft. Gates open at 10 AM and from then till 4 PM there will be demonstrations and flying of R/C airplanes, jets, drones and helicopters. There will be large scale aircraft which are about 25 percent of the size of real airplanes.


At noon there will be special demonstrations of 3D (aerobatic) helicopters, turbine powered jets, and a 50% scale Yak 54 airplane. Throughout the day there will be flying of scale model war birds, civilian and military aircraft, and the opportunity for those who are interested, to fly airplanes on dual controls with an instructor pilot. Spectators will also have the opportunity to fly radio control aircraft on simulators.


There will be BBQ plates and hot dogs for sale., along with soft drinks. Entry fee is $5 per car. 


In case of bad weather, the fly-in will be rescheduled for Saturday the 19th, the next Saturday. Same schedule of events.


The Macon Aero Modelers Flying Field is on US 441 South of Franklin, at Otto. At the Otto Fire Department and Post Office, take a left -- if going south and if going north a right-- onto Tessentee Rd. The field is 1/2 mile from the bridge on Tessentee Rd., on the left. There will be directional signs along the route.


DAY SPONSOR

The Southeastern Private Property and Federal Land Use Conference in Bryson City is underwriting Macon Media today.

The Southeastern Private Property and Federal Land Use Conference will be taking place in Bryson City on Saturday, July 29th. The purpose of the conference is to examine how the shrinking amount of taxable private property in rural counties leads to below-average economic conditions for businesses and people in those areas. Additionally, the conference will focus on the changing management of federal lands and how this affects rural counties and forest users in the mountains. Learn more about the conference and how you can attend at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-southeastern-private-property-and.html
 


Cradle of Forestry and Sliding Rock Recreation Area to Resume Regular Daily Operations

PRESS RELEASE
USFS

Pisgah Forest, N.C., July 26, 2017- Regular daily operations resume today for the Cradle of Forestry in America and Sliding Rock Recreation Area in Pisgah National Forest now that Highway 276 has reopened.


Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5.00 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age. Friends of the Cradle Annual Pass, America the Beautiful, Golden Age and Every Kid in a Park passes are honored. Admission includes the new film, First in Forestry: Carl Alwin Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School, hands-on exhibits, the Adventure Zone, and historic cabins and antique equipment on two paved trails. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.org.


Sliding Rock is a 60-foot mountain water slide that ends in an 8-foot deep pool of water. Nearly 11,000 gallons of water per minute power this natural wonder. Onlookers can watch the fun from two observation platforms. The site is staffed from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is open 7 days a week from 10 AM- 6 PM. Admission to Sliding Rock is $2 per person, children under 3 are free. This area is heavily used between the hours of 12 noon and 4 pm, so please come early. Picnicking and alcohol are not allowed in the Sliding Rock Recreation Area. After Labor Day weekend, it is staffed intermittently thru mid-October. The area may close due to heavy rainfall and increased water levels. Visitors can call 828-885-7625 (885-ROCK) for any weather closure updates.


DAY SPONSOR

The Southeastern Private Property and Federal Land Use Conference in Bryson City is underwriting Macon Media today.

The Southeastern Private Property and Federal Land Use Conference will be taking place in Bryson City on Saturday, July 29th. The purpose of the conference is to examine how the shrinking amount of taxable private property in rural counties leads to below-average economic conditions for businesses and people in those areas. Additionally, the conference will focus on the changing management of federal lands and how this affects rural counties and forest users in the mountains. Learn more about the conference and how you can attend at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-southeastern-private-property-and.html


Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, July 26, 2017





LOCAL NEWS

An accident on US23/74 in Haywood County at about 2:53 pm on Tuesday claimed the lives of two people and seriously injured a trooper working for the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The road was closed for several hours and traffic diverted until the road was opened again at 11:15 pm after the State Highway Patrol Reconstruction Unit finished investigating he accident and then the vehicles and debris was removed from the roadway.

Real time updates on the traffic situation was provided by and for motorists on Facebook by Macon Media and the WNC Road Warriors Facebook Group.

Read more about the accident at the following locations:

WLOS-TV

2 Dead, Trooper Airlifted

Haywood County Crash Snarls Traffic

WRGC-AM

Deadly Accident in Haywood County

The Mountaineer Newspaper

Accident Details Emerge

Serious Accident Shuts Down US 23/74

LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure moving by to the north is expected to provide cooler temperatures today. Another front will move in from the northwest late in the week, with cooler and drier conditions arriving behind it for the weekend.

DAY SPONSOR

The Southeastern Private Property and Federal Land Use Conference in Bryson City is underwriting Macon Media today.

The Southeastern Private Property and Federal Land Use Conference will be taking place in Bryson City on Saturday, July 29th. The purpose of the conference is to examine how the shrinking amount of taxable private property in rural counties leads to below-average economic conditions for businesses and people in those areas. Additionally, the conference will focus on the changing management of federal lands and how this affects rural counties and forest users in the mountains. Learn more about the conference and how you can attend at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-southeastern-private-property-and.html

WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 26th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1999
Lowest Temperature 39°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 3.06 inches in Highlands in 1943

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK

TODAY



Patchy fog, dense in some locations, in the morning. Sunny with highs in the upper 80s and calm winds. Slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 pm.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with fog developing after midnight and lows in the upper 60s. Calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight.



THURSDAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and calm winds in the morning, then from the southwest in the afternoon. Chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms increase through the afternoon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and out of the southwest. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.



FRIDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the low-80s. Showers and thunderstorms are likely.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. Showers are likely.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Jul 26 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A tropical wave, located a few hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands, is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Some slow development of this system is possible this weekend as it moves westward at 10 to 15 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:09 am
Sunrise: 6:38 am
Sunset 8:41 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:09 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 3 m
(1 min shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 11% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.

Moonrise 10:05 a.m.
Moonset 11:05 p.m.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia


Published at 4:15 am on July 26, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Southeastern Private Property and Federal Land Use Conference in Bryson City

Who: Freedom and Land Rights Coalition
What: Southeastern Private Property and Federal Land Use Conference
Where: Swain County Center for the Arts/Swain County High School
1415 Fontana Road
Bryson City, NC
When: Registration begins at 9:00 AM on Saturday, JUly 29, 2017


Seminar begins at 10 AM and lasts until 5 PM
Box lunch available ($10)

Purchase a Ticket on Eventbrite


IS YOUR LAND THREATENED BY THE GOVERNMENT?

Come and learn about various laws and regulations which threaten private property rights and how you can protect your property.

Hear from property owners whose land has been taken by the United States Forest Service.
Identify the biggest threats to private property in the United States.
Learn about proposed changes in the national forest management plans in your area.
Timber harvesters, hunters, and ATV users in the national forests encouraged to attend.

Special afternoon session by the COALITION OF RURAL APPALACHIAN COUNTIES. Commissioners, county managers, and elected representatives at all levels encouraged to attend.

The purpose of the conference is to examine how the shrinking amount of taxable private property in rural counties leads to below-average economic conditions for businesses and people in those areas.
Additionally, the conference will focus on the changing management of federal lands and how this affects rural counties and forest users in the mountains.

Doctor Dan Eichenbaum, a County Commissioner in Cherokee County and an organizer of the conference explains, “ The right to own private property that cannot be arbitrarily regulated or confiscated by the government is the moral and constitutional basis of individual freedom. The majority of the citizens we represent agree with that statement. That’s why they (and we) choose to live in rural America. And they expect us, their elected officials, to protect their private property rights from burdensome regulation and outright confiscation by state and federal governments.”


Special Guest Speakers Include:
Myron Ebell is Director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and chairs the Cooler Heads Coalition, which comprises representatives from more than two dozen non-profit organizations based in the United States and abroad that challenge global warming alarmism and opposes energy rationing policies. Ebell has worked on energy and environment issues for more than two decades and has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows. Recently, Ebell served as President Donald Trump’s advisor and Environmental Protection Agency transition team leader.

William Perry Pendley is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, a “nonprofit, public interest legal foundation dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system that defends constitutional liberties and the rule of law”. During the Reagan Administration, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Minerals of the Department of Interior, where he authored President Reagan's National Minerals Policy and Exclusive Economic Zone proclamation. He was a consultant to former Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman, Jr., and was engaged in the private practice of law in the Washington, D.C., area before his return to the West in 1989. He has argued cases before the Supreme Court of the United States as well as various federal courts of appeals; he won what Time called a "legal earthquake" when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor in the historic Adarand (equal protection) case. His monthly column, Summary Judgment, appears throughout the country; he is the author of five books: It Takes A Hero (1994); War on the West (1995); Warriors for the West (2006); Sagebrush Rebel (2013), and Summary Judgment (2015). He is admitted to practice law in Wyoming, Colorado, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

Tom DeWeese, President, American Policy Center. DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence. He is the author of several books and publications. He has spoken before groups nationwide and appeared on many radio and television shows. Tom DeWeese will appear by video link.



Additional Speakers include:

Howard Hutchinson, Executive Director, Coalition of Arizona/New Mexico Counties for Stable Economic Growth

Dr. Dan Eichenbaum, County Commissioner, Cherokee County, North Carolina, Coalition of Rural Appalachian Counties

Mrs. Linda Hogue, North Shore Road and Fontana Heritage Association (Note: This is a partial list.)


Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, July 25, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A surface front will become stationary from west to east across our region today and should drop to the south tonight. High pressure moving by to the north is expected to provide cooler temperatures on Wednesday. Another front will move in from the northwest late in the week, most likely on Friday.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 24th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1983
Lowest Temperature 44°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.93 inches in Franklin in 1997

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog early. Mostly sunny with highs near 90 and calm winds. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 pm.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and variable light winds. Moderate chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.



THURSDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Jul 25 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

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


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 pm in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:09 am
Sunrise: 6:38 am
Sunset 8:42 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:10 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 4 m
(2 min shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 7% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.

Moonrise 9:02 a.m.
Moonset 10:29 p.m.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia


Published at 3:55 am on July 25, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, July 24, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will become stationary from west to east across our region through the middle of the week then dissipate. This should result in a little cooler temperature and better chances for rain over the next few days.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 24th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1983
Lowest Temperature 44°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.93 inches in Franklin in 1997

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Scattered showers, thunderstorms, and fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs near the mid-80s and light winds out of the northwest. Chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms increase in the afternoon hours.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds.



TUESDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s and calm winds. Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds.



WEDNESDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

HAZARDS

Outside the high heat and humidity, and afternoon thunderstorms, there is no hazardous weather anticipated.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Jul 24 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

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


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.




September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:08 am
Sunrise: 6:37 am
Sunset 8:43 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:11 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 6 m
(2 min shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 2% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.

Moonrise 7:56 a.m.
Moonset 9:48 p.m.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia


Published at 4:05 am on July 24, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, July 23, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will approach the area from the northwest today and settle across the region Monday through Wednesday. This should result in a little cooler temperature and better chances for rain over the next few days.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 23rd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 44°F in Highlands in 1915
Greatest Rainfall 2.89 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1970

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY heat index values will be in the low 90s

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s and heat index values in the low 90s.Calm winds early, then from the southwest in the afternoon as chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms increase.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s and variable light winds. Showers and thunderstorms are likely.



MONDAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s and light winds out of the northwest. Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60s and calm winds. Slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.



TUESDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Moderate chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

HAZARDS

Outside the high heat and humidity, and afternoon thunderstorms, there is no hazardous weather anticipated. Some of the thunderstorms could become strong.



As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Jul 23 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

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


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.




September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:08 am
Sunrise: 6:36 am
Sunset 8:44 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:12 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 8 m
(1 min shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: New Moon at 5:46 am.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.

Moonrise 6:49 a.m.
Moonset 9:02 p.m.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia


Published at 4:59 am on July 23, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, July 22, 2017




LOCAL NEWS


The filing period for the 2017 Municipal Elections ended Friday at noon. The mayors of Franklin and Highlands, as well as the Highlands Board of Commissioners, are running unopposed. There are six candidates running for three seats on the Franklin Council. More details are on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

The upper-level ridge that has brought such hot weather to our region of the nation will gradually break down over the weekend as an upper-level trough develops over the eastern part of the country. Expect temperatures to be a little cooler next week with better chances for rain.

Heat index values may rise to uncomfortable levels through Sunday and those who participate in outdoor activities are advised to take extra care that they do not overheat. Additional information has been posted in the Hazards section of the daily briefing.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

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

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY heat index values will be in the low to mid 90s

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s with heat index values in the low to mid-90s. Calm winds early and 5 mph from the southwest in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible, not everyone will see one.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with fog expected to develop after 2 am. Lows near 70 and calm winds. Chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2 am.



SUNDAY

Patchy fog and calm winds in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and winds from the west in the afternoon. Increased chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60s and calm winds. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.



MONDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-80s. Increased chance of showers and thunderstorms.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60s. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

HAZARDS

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected to develop across the mountains with isolated thunderstorms across the piedmont this afternoon into early evening. The main threats will be gusty winds, cloud-to-ground lightning and torrential downpours. However, an isolated severe storm, producing damaging wind gusts cannot be ruled out.

It is becoming more likely that our region will be experiencing a heat wave later this week. Though conditions will not be as extreme in Macon County as they will be in Tennessee or Georgia and the Upstate, it will be more uncomfortable than is normal for us. More information on the possible heat wave and precautions that are advised have been posted below, and you may refer to the NOAA Heat Safety Page at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/ for more detailed information:



...Heat Wave Developing this Week through the Weekend...

A strong ridge of high pressure will be in place from Wednesday through Saturday. During this time, temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s combined with increasing humidity levels will allow heat index values to climb to uncomfortable levels. Heat index values on Wednesday will range from the upper 80s and low 90s, Thursday low to mid-90s, Friday and Saturday the low to mid-90s, and Sunday in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Please take the following heat safety precautions:

1) When outdoors, stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.

2) Check up on the elderly, sick and those without air conditioning.

3) Never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles. Remember, Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat.

4) Limit strenuous outdoor activities, especially during the afternoon, find shade and stay hydrated.

The upper ridge will break down by late this weekend allowing for increasing coverage of showers and thunderstorms. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other local media for further details or updates.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Jul 22 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

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


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.




September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:07 am
Sunrise: 6:35 am
Sunset 8:44 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:13 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 9 m
(1 min shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 5:43 a.m.
Moonset 8:09 p.m.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

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Published at 4:20 am on July 22, 2017

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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, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center.