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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, February 25, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Strong storm system to affect the eastern U.S. through Saturday...

...More precipitation expected for the Pacific Northwest and West Coast this weekend...

The strong surface low that led to a widespread winter storm from the Rockies to the central Plains over the past couple of days, will continue its track northeastward across southern Canada this afternoon and evening. The main concern is now heavy rain and the potential for strong thunderstorms along and east of the Appalachians, ahead of the cold front. The greatest concern for any run-off or flooding problems is from northern Pennsylvania to northern New England. A few severe storms are possible for portions of the Mid Atlantic region on Saturday. This front will bring a return to more seasonal temperatures by February standards for a few days.

Light to moderate rain and snow has returned to the California coast as a weak disturbance traverses southward along the coast, but should be weakening. Scattered snow showers will also occur in the central and northern Rockies through much of the weekend with mainly light amounts expected. Another stronger low pressure system is poised to impact the Pacific Northwest by Sunday, bringing yet another round of moderate rain and mountain snow to the region.

The Desert Southwest and the southern Plains should remain sunny to partly cloudy through Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, return flow from the Gulf of Mexico will advect enough moisture northward to generate scattered showers and storms from eastern Texas to the Deep South.



LOCAL OVERVIEW

A cold front will move off the Carolina coast late today as cool high pressure builds into our region from the west. Temperatures cool to near normal tonight through Sunday night, then warm up again during the first half of the week. A warm front lifts north through the area around midweek as a cold front approaches from the west bringing showers and storms.

LOCAL NEWS: FIRE ON ONION MOUNTAIN

At 2:38 am, Franklin Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a loose fire on Onion Mountain Road. The fire was soon determined to be in the Cullasaja Gorge Fire District and they were called out. NC Forest Service and US Forest Service personnel and assets were also called out to the fire, which was reported to be 2 to 3 acres upon the arrival of firefighters. A burned out vehicle was discovered and suspected to be the origin of the fire. The Fire Marshall and law enforcement were called to the scene. Savannah and Mountain Valley Fire Departments were also called to assist with fighting the fire.

As of 4:13 am, firefighters had completed a fireline on the left flank of the fire. It sounds like they've made a good catch on this fire in tough conditions.

More coverage of the fire may be seen at the following locations:

Google Plus https://plus.google.com/112483742818260664333/posts/B5t9zWfXvCt

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MaconMediaNews/posts/1292863497426451


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




Saturday

Patchy fog early, decreasing clouds with highs near 60. Winds will be out of the northwest 5 to 15, gusting to 25 mph. A high wind field is expected to move through between 11 am and 6 pm. 80% chance of rain with less than a tenth of an inch expected, with higher amounts in locations that see thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear with lows near the mid 20s and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.




Sunday

Sunny with highs near the mid 50s and variable light winds.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near freezing and calm winds.




Monday

Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid 50s. 60% chance of rain, expected to be mainly after 10 am.


Monday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 40s. 60% chance of rain, mainly before 8 pm.




HAZARDS

High winds are expected today. Despite recent rain, Macon Media recommends you put off burning debris or brush piles due to high winds.

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



MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer or photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Be the Voice for a Child! Don’t let another child’s voice go unheard. The Guardian Ad Litem program is currently seeking volunteers in your community to be the voice of a foster child in court. The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program thrives on volunteerism, and its vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. We will have a training class for volunteers in Sylva starting March 16, 2017. We would love to have you join us. It's not too late to apply!
If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact Joe Allen at the Macon County GAL office at 828-349-7222 or Shannon Cowan at the Jackson County GAL Office at 828-587-2087. You can also find out more about the program by visiting www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem


Weather Extremes Almanac for February 25, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 85ºF in Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1930
Low Temperature -19ºF on Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1967
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 6.80 inches in Murphy, Cherokee County in 1875
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Marion, McDowell County in 1894

Macon County

High Temperature 77ºF in Highlands in 1930
Low Temperature -5°F in Highlands in 1967
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 6.20 inches in Franklin in 1875
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 8.0 inches in Highlands in 1894


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:42 am
Sunrise: 7:08 am
Sunset 6:26 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:51 pm
Day Length: 12 hours 09 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 11 hours 18 minutes



Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 6:29 am
Moonset 5:40 pm



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight




Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:17 am
Sets 9:14 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.374 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:05 am
Sets 9:50 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 2.014 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning





MERCURY
Rises 6:59 am
Sets 5:41 pm
Brightness -0.8 Magnitude
Distance 1.380 AU
Constellation: Aquarius

SATURN 


Rises 3:02 am
Sets 12:48 pm
Brightness 1.3
Distance: 10.335 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

JUPITER
Rises 9:55 pm
Sets 9:15 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.714 AU
Constellation: Virgo




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 4:44 am on Feb 25, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, 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.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, february 24, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Strong storm system to affect the central and eastern U.S. through Saturday...

Much of the nation east of the Mississippi River will continue to observe unseasonably warm temperatures through Friday. This is courtesy of an upper level ridge and a strong surge of warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of an approaching cold front. Forecast highs ranging from 15 to 30 degrees above February averages will be possible from the Deep South to southern New England on Friday. Some locations could easily achieve record highs before the front exits the coast this weekend, with readings into the low to mid 80s for some areas across the southeast states.

A strong winter storm will track from the Rockies to the Upper Midwest through Saturday. A surface low continues to gain strength as it moves across the Midwest today, and reaches Lake Huron by Saturday morning. A band of heavy snow is expected north of the surface low from northern Iowa to northern Michigan, where both blizzard and winter storm warnings are currently in effect. Some areas could get 8 to 12 inches of snow before the event ends by Friday night. In the warm sector of this storm system, showers and thunderstorms are expected Friday and Friday night from the Ohio Valley to the Mid-Atlantic region. Severe thunderstorms are likely on Friday across portions of the Ohio valley and southern Great Lakes, owing to favorable shear and instability. The Storm Prediction Center has additional details on that.

Elsewhere across the continental U.S., expect light to moderate rain to return to the West Coast as a couple of disturbances pass through the region. Scattered snow showers are likely for the central and northern Rockies through Saturday with mainly light amounts expected. The Desert Southwest and the southern Plains should remain sunny to partly cloudy.

A map from the Storm Prediction Center shows the area expected to be impacted by the severe weather outbreak today and into tonight. These storms have a slight chance of reaching Macon County between midnight and 6 am. The main impact for us will be winds and possible hail.





LOCAL OVERVIEW

A cold front will move through the area tonight with showers and thunderstorms mainly for the mountains. There is a chance some of them could be severe Temperatures cool to near normal late in the weekend then warm up again early in the week. Another stronger cold front will move through the area mid week, increasing rain chances again.

THREE DAY OUTLOOK




Friday

Patchy dense fog before 10 am. Partly sunny with highs near the lower 70s. The days will start with light breezes from the southeast, shifting to come out of the south at 5 to 10 mph by mid morning.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50. Winds out of the south near 10 mph. 60% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected. Thunderstorms are possible overnight as a line of storms will approach from the Ohio Valley. There is a slight chance some of them could be severe. Rain chances peak between 2 am and 6 am.




Saturday

Mostly cloudy with decreasing clouds, becoming mostly clear by 3 pm. Highs near 60 with winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph. 40% chance of rain, mainly before noon.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear with lows near the mid 20s and wind chills perhaps dipping into the teens. Winds out the northwest 5 to 10 mph, gusting to 20 mph, mainly before midnight.




Sunday

Sunny with highs near the mid 50s and calm winds.


Sunday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near freezing.




HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today. There is a slight chance of severe thunderstorms overnight, mainly between midnight and 6 am. Winds will also be gusting up to 30 mph tomorrow, especially in higher elevations, so please put off burning debris or brush piles until sometime next week.

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



MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer or photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


FULL CIRCLE RECOVERY CENTER HARM REDUCTION TEA PARTY TODAY





MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Be the Voice for a Child! Don’t let another child’s voice go unheard. The Guardian Ad Litem program is currently seeking volunteers in your community to be the voice of a foster child in court. The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program thrives on volunteerism, and its vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. We will have a training class for volunteers in Sylva starting March 16, 2017. We would love to have you join us. It's not too late to apply!
If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact Joe Allen at the Macon County GAL office at 828-349-7222 or Shannon Cowan at the Jackson County GAL Office at 828-587-2087. You can also find out more about the program by visiting www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem


Weather Extremes Almanac for February 24, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 86ºF in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1982
Low Temperature -10ºF in Montreat, Yancey County in 1939
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.85 inches in Albemarle, Stanly County in 1979
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 16.3 inches in Montreat, Yancey County in 1942

Macon County

High Temperature 75ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1996
Low Temperature 3ºF in Highlands in 1989
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.42 inches in Nantahala in 1975
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.2 inches in Highlands in 2015


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:43 am
Sunrise: 7:09 am
Sunset 6:25 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:50 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 14 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 12 hours 07 minutes



Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 4% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 5:47 am
Moonset 4:39 pm



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight




Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:21 am
Sets 9:16 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.380 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:07 am
Sets 9:51 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 2.008 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning





MERCURY
Rises 6:58 am
Sets 5:36 pm
Brightness -0.7 Magnitude
Distance 1.378 AU
Constellation: Aquarius

SATURN 


Rises 3:06 am
Sets 12:52 pm
Brightness 1.3
Distance: 10.350 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

JUPITER
Rises 9:59 pm
Sets 9:19 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.726 AU
Constellation: Virgo




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 4:31 am on Feb 24, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, 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, February 23, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, February 23, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Locally heavy rain possible across portions of the Florida Peninsula through Thursday morning...

...Record warm temperatures possible for much of the central and eastern U.S. through Friday...

...Winter storm expected to bring heavy snow and gusty winds from portions of the central and northern Rockies to the Upper Midwest...

An anomalous upper-level low is moving east across the northern Gulf of Mexico this afternoon, with the associated surface low pressure system bringing widespread rain and thunderstorms to much of Florida. The system will continue to move eastward through tonight, with widespread showers and thunderstorms expected to persist across eastern portions of the Florida Peninsula into Thursday morning. Locally heavy rain will be possible. Rain and thunderstorms will gradually wind down Thursday afternoon as the system moves east into the Atlantic Ocean.

Otherwise, most of the central and eastern U.S. will see well above average temperatures persisting through Friday, as high pressure at the mid and upper-levels of the atmosphere dominates the weather pattern. Afternoon high temperatures on Thursday are forecast to be 15 to 30 degrees above average from the southern and central plains to the East Coast. These warm temperatures are expected to persist into Friday for areas from the lower and mid-Mississippi valley to the East Coast. Temperatures could soar well into the 70s for many areas, with the potential for numerous locations to reach or surpass record highs.

In stark contract to the record warmth, a winter storm is expected to take shape from portions of the Rockies to the northern plains and Upper Midwest. A vigorous upper-level disturbance and associated surface frontal system moving eastward across the Great Basin this afternoon will snow to much of the central and northern Rockies tonight. By early Thursday morning, a new area of surface low pressure is expected to begin developing just east of the Colorado Rockies. As this occurs, the potential for heavy snow will begin to occur from the central and northern Rockies east into the High Plains. This area of low pressure is expected to deepen during the day on Thursday as it moves into the central plains, and into the Midwest on Friday. The system is expected to bring potentially heavy snow and gusty winds to a large area from the central and northern Rockies to portions of the Upper Midwest and Upper Great Lakes.

South of the snow area, rain and thunderstorms are expected Thursday and Friday from portions of the mid and upper-Mississippi valley to the southern Great Lakes and Ohio valley. Some storms could be severe on Friday across portions of the Ohio valley and southern Great Lakes. Please refer to products issued by the Storm Prediction Center for further details on the severe weather threat.



LOCAL OVERVIEW

Brief drying develops today into early Friday before a significant cold front brings chances for rain and thunderstorms Friday night and Saturday. Overall, daytime temperatures will remain well above normal through Saturday, with a return to normal for Sunday. Above normal temperatures and chances for rain return for early next week.

THREE DAY OUTLOOK


National Surface Map for Thursday Feb 23rd at 7 am

Thursday

Patchy dense fog before 10 am. Partly sunny with highs near 70. Calm winds until the afternoon when the shift to come from the south.

Thursday Night


Partly cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and light winds out of the southeast.


National Surface Map for Friday Feb 24th at 7 am

Friday

Partly sunny with highs near the lower 70s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast. Chances of showers and thunderstorms increase after 4 pm.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and light winds out of the southeast, shifting to come out of the southwest after midnight. 50% chance of rain. Thunderstorms could move into the area, mainly after midnight.


National Surface Map for Saturday Feb 25th at 7 am

Saturday

Rain before 9 am, decreasing clouds to become mostly sunny with highs near the lower 60s.


Saturday Night

Mostly clear with lows near 30.




HAZARDS

Dense fog is expected to form this morning. Please slow down, increase your following distance, and use your headlights on low beam so other drivers can see you.

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



MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer or photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


FULL CIRCLE RECOVERY CENTER TO HOLD HARM REDUCTION TEA PARTY ON FRIDAY




MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Be the Voice for a Child! Don’t let another child’s voice go unheard. The Guardian Ad Litem program is currently seeking volunteers in your community to be the voice of a foster child in court. The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program thrives on volunteerism, and its vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. We will have a training class for volunteers in Sylva starting March 16, 2017. We would love to have you join us. It's not too late to apply!
If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact Joe Allen at the Macon County GAL office at 828-349-7222 or Shannon Cowan at the Jackson County GAL Office at 828-587-2087. You can also find out more about the program by visiting www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem


Weather Extremes Almanac for February 23, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 85ºF in Tapoco, Graham County in 1996
Low Temperature -9ºF in Montreat, Yancey County in 1939
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.50 inches in Broadway, Chatham County in 1919
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 18.0 inches on Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1984

Macon County

High Temperature 75ºF in Franklin in 1980
Low Temperature 3ºF in Highlands in 1939
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.89 inches in Highlands in 1994
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.5 inches in Highlands in 1989


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:45 am
Sunrise: 7:10 am
Sunset 6:24 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:50 pm
Day Length: 12 hours 05 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 11 hours 54 minutes



Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 9% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 5:03 am
Moonset 3:41 pm



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight


Evening Sky Chart for Thursday Feb 23rd

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:25 am
Sets 9:18 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.386 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:09 am
Sets 9:51 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 2.001 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Morning Sky Chart for Friday Feb 24th



MERCURY
Rises 6:57 am
Sets 5:32 pm
Brightness -0.7 Magnitude
Distance 1.376 AU
Constellation: Capricornus

SATURN 


Rises 3:10 am
Sets 12:55 pm
Brightness 1.3
Distance: 10.366 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

JUPITER
Rises 10:03 pm
Sets 9:23 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.738 AU
Constellation: Virgo




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 3:31 am on Feb 23, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, 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, February 22, 2017

Full Circle Recovery Center to Hold Harm Reduction Tea Party on Friday



PRESS RELEASE



Come on down to Full Circle Recovery Center this Friday 2/24 between 12-2 for our first annual Harm Reduction Tea Party! We are honored to have been chosen by Families for Sensible Drug Policies (FSDP) and Family Drug Support to participate in this global inaugural event, International Family Drug Support Day!!

Help us assemble overdose reversal kits, enjoy a cup of tea/coffee with light refreshments and show your support for families living with drug issues or in recovery. All are welcome!

This year's theme is #SeeThePersonNotTheDrug



Power line in roadway near 1300 North Jones Creek
Service expected to be restored by 10 am

Map showing location impacted by outage

At about 6:35 am this morning, West Macon Fire Department responded to report of a fire and associated power outage near 1300 North Jones Creek Road.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find an energized power line in the roadway and stood by until a repair crew from Duke Energy could arrive. 

Firefighters report only one span is down and Duke Energy reports they expect to restore service to the 2 impacted customers by 10:00 am this morning.

Further updates will be posted on our Facebook Page. The post relating to this incident has been embedded below.








**Update** 8:00 am

Duke Energy has raised the number of customers impacted by this outage to 140. The time of restoration is still 10:00 am. An updated map of the area without service is posted below.

Updated map of outage location



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 7:02 am on Feb 22, 2017


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Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Many daily temperature records may be broken from the Great Plains into the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic region due to anomalous warmth...

...Heavy snow is possible across the Wasatch and into the Central Rockies...

...Increasingly wet conditions likely for the state of Florida...

A robust upper-level low and associated surface frontal system, tracking across the eastern Gulf of Mexico and southern Florida, will keep showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for portions of the Southeast through Thursday. Much of the state of Florida could see accumulations around 1 inch-- isolated higher amounts will be possible.

Over the next few days a broad upper-level trough will be in place over the West which will keep a cooler, more moist airmass over the region. A cold front exiting out of the Rockies and into the High Plains and Upper Midwest today will continue on its way through the central U.S. By Thursday the sprawling boundary will span from the Desert Southwest to the Great Lakes/Northeast. Widespread precipitation is forecast from the continental divide eastward to the Great Lakes/Ohio valley through early Saturday morning. The better chance for snowfall accumulations will be from the Wasatch eastward into the Central Rockies where amounts of up to 12 to 18 inches are possible in the highest elevations. Amounts in the adjacent High Plains are forecast to be 4 to 8 inches. Winter Storm Watches are in effect from Wyoming to Wisconsin. Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for portions of Utah, Idaho and Montana.

Additionally, strong gusty winds will accompany this system as it crosses into the Plains. The influx of drier air will increase the threat for wildfires. Red flag warnings are in effect for eastern New Mexico and Colorado. Currently the Southern/Central High Plains are at a critical risk for such activity based on the latest Storm Prediction Center fire weather outlook.

Mild temperatures are forecast to continue through the end of week. Forecast temperatures from the center of the country eastward into the Upper Great Lakes/Middle Mississippi Valley are approximately 20 to 30 degrees above average. Consequently, many daily temperature records may be reached or exceeded across the region.



LOCAL OVERVIEW

A weak frontal boundary passes east of our area today. This will be followed by brief drying on Thursday before a more significant cold front brings additional chances for rain and thunderstorms late Friday or Saturday. Overall, daytime temperatures will remain well above normal through the weekend.

THREE DAY OUTLOOK




Wednesday

Patchy dense fog before 10 am. Cloudy with highs near the low to mid 60s and light winds out of the southeast. 60% chance of very light rain with less than a tenth of an inch expected.

Wednesday Night

Patchy dense fog before midnight. Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 40s and calm winds.




Thursday

Mostly cloudy with highs near 70 and light winds out of the southeast.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and light winds out of the southeast.




Friday

Mostly cloudy with highs near 70.


Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50. 60% chance of rain with thunderstorms possible before daybreak.




HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected today.

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



MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer or photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.



MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Be the Voice for a Child! Don’t let another child’s voice go unheard. The Guardian Ad Litem program is currently seeking volunteers in your community to be the voice of a foster child in court. The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program thrives on volunteerism, and its vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. We will have a training class for volunteers in Sylva starting March 16, 2017. We would love to have you join us. It's not too late to apply!
If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact Joe Allen at the Macon County GAL office at 828-349-7222 or Shannon Cowan at the Jackson County GAL Office at 828-587-2087. You can also find out more about the program by visiting www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem


Weather Extremes Almanac for February 22, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 83ºF in Maysville, Onslow County in 1993
Low Temperature -14ºF on Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1963
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.90 inches in Enfield, Halifax County in 1954
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 8.0 inches in Kinston, New Bern County in 1936

Macon County

High Temperature 73ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1986
Low Temperature -2ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1963
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.88 inches in Highlands in 1974
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Nantahala in 1960


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:46 am
Sunrise: 7:11 am
Sunset 6:23 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:49 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 48 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 12 hours 03 minutes



Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 16% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 4:16 am
Moonset 2:46 pm



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight




Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:29 am
Sets 9:21 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.392 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:11 am
Sets 9:52 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 1.995 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning





MERCURY
Rises 6:56 am
Sets 5:27 pm
Brightness -0.6 Magnitude
Distance 1.373 AU
Constellation: Capricornus

SATURN 


Rises 3:13 am
Sets 12:59 pm
Brightness 1.3
Distance: 10.382 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

JUPITER
Rises 10:07 pm
Sets 9:27 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.750 AU
Constellation: Virgo




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 Feb 22, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, 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, February 21, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Heavy rain and mountain snow possible into Tuesday across portions of the western U.S...

...Heavy rain possible into Tuesday across portions of the central Gulf Coast...

...Record high temperatures possible through midweek across portions of the central and eastern U.S...

Rain and mountain snow will persist across much of the West as a vigorous low pressure system crosses the Intermountain region and into the Northern High Plains/Upper Midwest. Heavy rain may result in flooding for some areas, and heavy snow will be possible at high elevation locations. Precipitation will slowly decrease over the Pacific Northwest and California by midweek as the system reaches the central U.S. The potential for heavy snow in the Northern Rockies will taper off by this afternoon while chances for snow in the Great Basin will continue into Wednesday.

Showers and thunderstorms will persist from the central Gulf Coast to Northeast into today as a slow moving cold front passes through the Mississippi/Ohio valleys and the Great Lakes. Areas of heavy rain may be possible over the central Gulf Coast. A wintry mix will be possible for portions of New England tonight before transitioning to mostly snow during the day on Wednesday. Rain will be possible across the Southeast and southern Mid-Atlantic region through Wednesday evening as another low pressure system tracks through the Gulf of Mexico and Florida.

Portions of the central and eastern U.S. observed warmer than usual conditions of late and that will persist this week. With an expansive high pressure aloft, average temperatures are forecast to range 20 to 40 degrees above average from the central and northern plains to the Great Lakes, with many areas reaching well into the 70s. Temperatures exceeding 20 degrees above average will reach the Mid-Atlantic region by Wednesday.
Temperatures records may be ties or broken across these areas through Wednesday.

LOCAL NEWS


The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen held their annual retreat yesterday. Video is on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL OVERVIEW

A frontal boundary will push across the area late Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing a chance for some modest rainfall. This will be followed by brief drying, before another frontal system brings additional chances for rain and thunderstorms heading into next weekend.

THREE DAY OUTLOOK




Tuesday

Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid 60s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast. 60% chance of rain, mainly after 2 pm, with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

Tuesday Night

Cloudy, patchy fog expected after midnight. Lows near the upper 40s. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarer of an inch expected.




Wednesday

Rain and patchy dense fog before 10 am. Cloudy with highs near the lower 60s. Calm winds early, then from the south late in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and calm winds.




Thursday

Mostly cloudy with highs near the upper 60s. Slight chance of rain and thunder in the afternoon.


Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50.




HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected today.

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



MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer or photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


Youth Night Out

THIS AFTERNOON 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the FHS Fine Arts Building
Teen Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships.
Presented as a partnership of Angel Medical Center, Macon County Public Health, REACH of Macon County and Discover Church.

Macon Overdose Prevention Coalition Meeting Reminder:

Tuesday, February 21st from 3-5pm at Full Circle Recovery Center, 3261 Georgia Road.
Agenda includes discussion about the Learn to Cope family support meeting, planning for our International Family Drug Support Day event on Friday 2/24,, syringe exchange update, recent and upcoming training events, partnering with WNCAP and Families for Sensible Drug Policy, and more!
Anyone interested in being part of the opioid epidemic solution is welcome to join us. Questions? Call Stephanie at 828-475-1920.





MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Be the Voice for a Child! Don’t let another child’s voice go unheard. The Guardian Ad Litem program is currently seeking volunteers in your community to be the voice of a foster child in court. The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program thrives on volunteerism, and its vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. We will have a training class for volunteers in Sylva starting March 16, 2017. We would love to have you join us. It's not too late to apply!
If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact Joe Allen at the Macon County GAL office at 828-349-7222 or Shannon Cowan at the Jackson County GAL Office at 828-587-2087. You can also find out more about the program by visiting www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem


Weather Extremes Almanac for February 21, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 83ºF in Hot Springs, Madison County in 1939
Low Temperature -10ºF in Bakersville, Mitchell County in 1896
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 5.84 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1953
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 11.5 inches in New Bern, Craven County in 1936

Macon County

High Temperature 75ºF in Franklin in 1986
Low Temperature -5ºF in Highlands in 1896
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.81 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1953
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.5 inches in Highlands in 1960


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:47 am
Sunrise: 7:13 am
Sunset 6:22 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:48 pm
Day Length: 12 hours 01 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 11 hours 9 minutes



Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 24% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 3:26 am
Moonset 1:55 pm



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight




Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:33 am
Sets 9:23 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.399 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:13 am
Sets 9:52 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 1.988 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning





MERCURY
Rises 6:55 am
Sets 5:23 pm
Brightness -0.5 Magnitude
Distance 1.370 AU
Constellation: Capricornus

SATURN 


Rises 3:17 am
Sets 1:03 pm
Brightness 1.4
Distance: 10.397 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

JUPITER
Rises 10:11 pm
Sets 9:31 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.762 AU
Constellation: Virgo




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
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 Feb 21, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, 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.