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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

National Weather Service Updates Winter Weather Advisory
Posted on January 16, 2017 at 11:00 am



GOES-16 GeoColor image produced at 10:32 am

The National Weather Service has updated the winter weather advisory that will be in effect from 6 pm tonight until 7 am in the morning with more information on the accumulation and timing of the snow.


They'still expecting a possible 1 to 2 inches for our area, mainly in the higher elevations. Whatever does lay will stick around for a couple of days due to the impending cold wave we will be experiencing until late Thursday. For information on that, see the daily weather briefing that was posted earlier this morning on the blog. [LINK]

Some area schools are dismissing early today in anticipation of the event. All schools in Jackson County except Smoky Mountain High School will release at 1:10 PM. Smoky Mountain High School will release at 1:30 PM.
As of 11:00 am, Macon County Schools are still in session. An update will be posted if they dismiss early.

The full text of the update to the advisory is posted below for your convenience.






URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1051 AM EST Tue Jan 16 2018

...LIGHT SNOW EXPECTED ACROSS PARTS OF THE WESTERN CAROLINAS AND NORTHEAST GEORGIA LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT...

.A fast moving cold front is expected to approach from the west today and move across the region late this afternoon through tonight. A band of light precipitation will accompany the front as it passes. Temperatures will fall off quickly as the front passes. Although the precipitation may begin as a brief period of rain, it should quickly mix with and change to light snow.
Although the amount of snow will be light, generally on the order of 1-2 inches over the mountains and the I-77 corridor, and an inch or less elsewhere, the cold temperatures may allow the snow to stick to untreated roads, resulting in numerous travel problems on untreated roads early Wednesday, including the morning rush hour. The snow should end by midday Wednesday.



...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Light snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions.
Total snow accumulations of up to two inches are expected.

* WHERE...Portions of northeast Georgia and western North Carolina.

* WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 7 AM EST Wednesday. Most of the snow will taper off by around midnight. Thereafter, widespread black ice will develop on untreated roadways.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times, mainly this evening. Cold wind chills as low as 5 below zero will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.

DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.

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. 


Posted at 11:00 am on Janury 16, 2018


Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, January 16, 2018

<<UPDATE>> 5:05 am

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Macon County that will be in effect from 6 pm tonight until 7 am tomorrow morning. The full text is posted below:


Winter Weather Advisory
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
439 AM EST Tue Jan 16 2018

...LIGHT SNOW EXPECTED ACROSS PARTS OF THE WESTERN CAROLINAS AND NORTHEAST GEORGIA LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT...

.A fast moving cold front is expected to approach from the west today and move across the region tonight. A band of light precipitation will accompany the front as it passes. Temperatures will fall off quickly with the front. Although the precipitation may begin as a brief period of rain, it should quickly mix with and change to light snow. Although the amount of snow will be light, generally on the order of 1-2 inches over the mountains and and inch or so east of the Blue Ridge, the cold temperatures may allow the snow to stick to untreated roads, resulting in numerous travel problems on untreated roads early Wednesday, including the morning rush hour. The snow should end by midday Wednesday.



...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Light snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches are expected.

* WHERE...Portions of northeast Georgia and western North Carolina.

* WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 7 AM EST Wednesday. Most of the snow will taper off by around midnight. Thereafter, widespread black ice will develop on untreated roadways.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times, mainly this evening. Cold wind chills as low as 5 below zero will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.





LOCAL NEWS


The NC Public Utilities COmmission will be holding a public hearing on a proposed rate increase by Duke Energy tonight at 7 pm in the big courtroom of the 4th floor of the Macon County Courthouse. [LINK]


LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cold and dry high pressure will linger across the region ahead of an approaching cold front crossing the Plains through tonight. This front will usher in a quick shot of cold air, with light snow possible across the forecast area Tuesday night and Wednesday. High pressure will slide off the East Coast by Friday, allowing a warming trend for the end of the week.

DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


WEATHER SPONSOR





Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month. 


Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:



All your masonry needs are available. Phone number is 828.524.8545, public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.   


Weather Almanac for January 16th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 71°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature -8°F in Franklin in 1994
Greatest Rainfall 4.15 inches in Nantahala in 1954
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Highlands in 1896


Record weather events for January in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Jan 28, 1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Nantahala on Jan 23, 1971
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Franklin on Jan 21, 1877



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Snow on the Ridges and Rain in the Valleys

If conditions warrant, an update to the forecast may be issued this afternoon.

Lower Elevations/Franklin/Otto area

Increasing clouds. Winds 3 to 5 mph out of the southwest, shifting to come out of the west by 6 pm. Highs will be around 40 today with very light rain expected between noonish and 8 pm. Temperatures will drop below freezing around 6 pm. Snow showers are possible in the late afternoon. 50% chance of precipitation. Rain, sleet, and snow are possible today, with a wintry mix possible in the late afternoon. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected with a similar amount of snow expected.

Higher Elevations/ Highlands/Scaly Mountain

Increasing clouds. Highs may briefly rise above freezing between noon and 3 pm. Winds 5 to 15 mph from the southwest, gusting into the 20 to 25 mph range. 30% chance of snow with less than half an inch of accumulation expected. Snow may start around 3 pm, earlier in the western part of the county and later on the Highlands Plateau.



TONIGHT Your Mileage May Vary

Lower Elevations/Franklin/Otto area

Cloudy with lows dropping into the mid-teens. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the west around 6 pm, then shifting to come out of the northwest by 8 pm. 40% chance of snow with a highly variable accumulation from one section of the county to the next. Most locations should receive less than an inch. If a deformation band crosses the county, we could see as much as two inches in some locations in the lower elevations. I am expecting areas east of Macon County to get more snow than we do.

Higher Elevations/ Highlands/Scaly Mountain

Cloudy with lows near the single digits in the western section and near the mid-teens in the Highlands Plateau. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest, gusting into the 25 mph range. 40% chance of snow with accumulations around an inch in the western section with half an inch or so on the Highlands Plateau. If a deformation band crosses the county, these totals could be as high as two or three inches. The winds may keep the snow from being able to accumulate if the snowfall rates are low.



WEDNESDAY Windy Conditions + Cold Wave = Dangerous Wind Chills

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid-teens at the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest, gusting into the 25 mph range at times. Wind chill values will start out near zero in the morning and be in the single digits at the higher elevations and the teens in the lower elevations. There may be lingering snow flurries. No additional accumulation expected.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows ranging from the low single digits at the higher elevations to around 10 in the lower elevations. Wind chills will range from 5 below zero to near zero. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest.



THURSDAY Windy Conditions and a Cold Wave

Wind chills will be below zero at the higher elevations in the morning to the single digits in the lower elevations. Sunny with highs ranging from the lower 30s at the higher elevations to the upper 30s in the lower elevations. Wind chills in the afternoon will range from the mid-20s at the higher elevations to below freezing in the lower elevations.

THURSDAY NIGHT Cold Wave Ends

Mostly clear with lows ranging from the teens at the higher elevations to around 20 in the lower elevations.



GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
12:22 am to 2:17 am

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected for most of the day across most of the county. The sections of the county that remains below freezing may see some snow showers that could lead to a light dusting of snow in the afternoon. Precipitation will turn to all snow for all sections after 6 pm. I am expecting most locations will not see more than an inch of snow overnight. It is possible that a band of heavier snow could cross the county. If it does, we could see 2 or 3 inches. We most likely will not.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook regarding the potential for a winter weather event on Wednesday. I note they're no longer talking about the cold wave. It is posted below for your convenience:

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..WEDNESDAY...Winter weather possible. A band of light snow is expected to cross the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia Tuesday night and exit to the east by around midday Wednesday. Accumulations should be very light, generally a trace to up to an inch, highest across the North Carolina Piedmont. Even though snow amounts should be light, roads may be cold enough for snow to stick and cause slick conditions.

Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

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



GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 02:17 am



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 graphics. 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.


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 7:14 a.m.
Sunrise 7:41 a.m.
Sun transit 12:43 p.m.
Sunset 5:46 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:13 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 7:14 a.m.
Moon transit 12:25 p.m.
Moonset 5:37 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on January 16, 2018: New Moon at 9:17 p.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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



Posted at 3:05 am on January 16, 2018

#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. 

NC Public Utilities Commission to Hold Public Hearing for Rate Increase Increase by Duke Energy



Notice of Public Hearing


Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (Duke)
Request to Increase Rates for Electric Service
(Docket No. E-7 Sub 1146)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 7:00PM

LOCATION: Courtroom A (on the 4th floor), Macon County Courthouse, 5 West Main Street, Franklin, NC


A summary of the request from the NC Utilities Commission:

Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (Duke) Request to Increase Rates for Electric Service
(Docket No. E-7 Sub 1146)
Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (Duke), serves about 2 million retail electric customers in North Carolina. On August 25, 2017, Duke filed an application with the Commission requesting authority to increase its rates to produce additional annual North Carolina retail revenues of about $611 million. Duke seeks approval of a rate of return on common equity of 10.75%.  For an existing residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt-hours of power monthly, Duke’s proposed rates would increase the monthly bill from $103.96 to $122.68, an 18% increase.
Duke stated that recent work to (1) modernize its electric system, (2) generate cleaner power (including exploring nuclear development), (3) responsibly manage and close coal ash basins, (4) improve reliability, and (5) continually improve service to its customers are the primary drivers behind the Company's request to increase its rates.

In its application Duke stated that investments in generating plants and plant‑related expenses, nuclear development work, investments in transmission, distribution, and meters, a new billing system, and the Company’s requested return on equity account for the majority of the rate increase request.  In particular, $101 million of the request is related to new and existing generation facilities such as the Lee Combined Cycle gas-burning plant and two new large solar facilities; $53 million is related to the Lee Nuclear Project that Duke proposes to cancel.
The Company stated in its application that it has started complying with recently adopted federal and state rules for the handling of coal ash and the closure of coal ash basins at its power plants. The Company stated that $135 million of the requested $611 million was intended to recover ash basin closure compliance costs incurred since January 1, 2015. The Company also seeks to recover $201 million toward ongoing ash basin closure compliance costs. 

The Company stated that $60 million of the requested rate increase is for costs related to its meter replacement program and a new Customer Information System.  These cost increases are partially offset by the return of a deferred tax liability of $64 million as well as a net reduction of $57 million related to other changes in revenue.
In addition to the increase in annual revenues described above, the Company requested approval of a Grid Reliability and Resiliency Rider, a mechanism that would allow Duke to change rates annually to recover ongoing costs from its “Power/Forward Carolinas” initiative. In the Rider’s first year, Duke proposed to recover about $36 million in costs related to improving the Company’s grid infrastructure and modernizing aging facilities.  Including the GRR Rider, the Company’s requested annual increase is about $647 million or a 13.6 % increase across all customer groups.
The Company also requested permission to establish regulatory assets or liabilities for: (1) coal ash basin closure costs over or under the amount established in this proceeding and those costs incurred between the cut-off date for this rate case and the effective date of new rates; (2) the deferral of Lee Nuclear Project costs incurred through the rate effective date; (3) the deferral of post in-service costs for the W.S. Lee Combined Cycle Plant; and (4) smart meter deployments. If the Commission grants these requests, Duke would be able to seek recovery of these costs in future rate-setting proceedings.  The Company also requested to recover costs associated with the beneficial reuse of coal ash disposal through its annually adjusted fuel clause rider.

Lastly, the Company asked that its August 25, 2017 request to cancel construction of the Lee Nuclear Station in Cherokee County, South Carolina,  be considered simultaneously with this rate increase request. (The Commission approved Duke’s consolidation request on October 18, 2018.)
The Public Staff – North Carolina Utilities Commission is a separate agency whose mission is to represent customers in rate case proceedings. Their accountants and engineers will investigate Duke’s request and provide expert witness testimony in this proceeding. Similarly, the NC Attorney General is authorized to represent the public in proceedings before the Commission. 


The North Carolina Public Utilities Commission will be holding a public hearing tonight on a request for a rate increase by Duke Energy. Here are some links for more information about this public hearing:

Background

What to Expect at a Public Hearing

Documents About This Proceeding – Docket No. E-7 Sub 1146

Email a Comment to the Commission about this Proceeding.

Email the Public Staff about this Proceeding.

Macon Media posted a public notice of this meeting on January 12th on our Facebook Page. [LINK]

If you've never been to a public hearing on a proposed rate increase, here are videos of the last two to take place in Macon County:





October 26, 2011

Part One



Part Two




May 21, 2013


Due to limited bandwidth, Macon Media probably will not be attempting to webcast this public hearing. A video of the public hearing will be posted sometime tomorrow.





DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.



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. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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



Posted at 3:00 am on January 16, 2018






Monday, January 15, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, January 15, 2018






LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cold and dry high pressure will move from New England to eastern Canada by late Monday as another cold front approaches our region from the upper Plains states. Expecting some moisture over our area Tuesday night ahead of a sharp upper trough. This trough and cold surface high pressure will bring a quick shot of cold air Wednesday into Thursday. A warming trend will dominate the local weather pattern at the end of the week.


WEATHER SPONSOR





Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month. 


Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:



All your masonry needs are available. Phone number is 828.524.8545, public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.   


Weather Almanac for January 15th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 75°F in Highlands in 1932
Lowest Temperature -4°F in Highlands in 1893
Greatest Rainfall 3.04 inches in Highlands in 2013
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands in 1893


Record weather events for January in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Jan 28, 1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Nantahala on Jan 23, 1971
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Franklin on Jan 21, 1877



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the lower 30s at the higher elevations to the upper 30s in the lower elevations. Wind 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest will make it feel closer to freezing in the lower elevations.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper teens at the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations. Winds will make it feel about 5 degrees colder at times. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the west.



TUESDAY

Partly sunny with increasing clouds, becoming cloudy by noon. Highs ranging from the lower 30s at the higher elevations to the upper 30s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the west. 40% chance of rain and or snow. Little or no accumulation expected. Computer models vary in their accumulation forecasts.

TUESDAY NIGHT Snow Showers and Dangerous Wind Chills

Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper single digits at the higher elevations to the mid-teens in the lower elevations. Wind chills will make it feel a few degrees colder. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. 40% chance of snow showers. Most accumulation forecasts vary from none to around an inch, with a few computer models forecasting more.



WEDNESDAY Cold Wave

Wind chill values in the morning will be near zero in the lower elevations. Sunny with highs ranging from the upper teens at the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 20s in the lower elevations. Wind chills will make it feel a few degrees colder.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT Cold Wave and Dangerous Wind Chills

Mostly clear with lows dropping to near zero at the higher elevations and around ten degrees in the lower elevations. Wind chills will bring the feels-like temperature 5 to 10 degrees colder.



GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
1:02 am to 2:57 am

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

There is the potential for snow showers on Tuesday and Tuesday night. A cold wave is expected to dominate our local weather pattern late Tuesday night through Thursday. More information is in the Hazardous Weather Outlook that has been issued by the National Weather Service:

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..TUESDAY...Winter weather possible. Light snow showers develop during the day as cold front moves through the area. Accumulations would mainly be across the higher elevations.

..WEDNESDAY...Cold wave possible. Another shot of cold arctic air is expected behind the cold front. Wind chill values below zero are possible early in the morning.

..THURSDAY...Cold wave possible.

Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

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



GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 03:02 am



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 graphics. 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.


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 7:14 a.m.
Sunrise 7:41 a.m.
Sun transit 12:43 p.m.
Sunset 5:45 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:12 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 6:27 a.m.
Moon transit 11:37 a.m.
Moonset 4:47 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on January 15, 2018: Waning Crescent with 2% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on January 16, 2018 at 9:17 p.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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



Posted at 3:16 am on January 15, 2018

#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, January 14, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, January 14, 2018






LOCAL OUTLOOK

Seasonal temperatures will dominate the local weather pattern through early Tuesday. Another cold front will cross the region Tuesday through Tuesday night, ushering in a cold wave for Wednesday into Thursday.



WEATHER SPONSOR





Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month. 


Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:



All your masonry needs are available. Phone number is 828.524.8545, public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.   


Weather Almanac for January 14th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 71°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1960
Lowest Temperature 1°F in Franklin in 2011
Greatest Rainfall 2.40 inches in Highlands in 1921
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.5 inches in Highlands in 1982


Record weather events for January in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Jan 28, 1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Nantahala on Jan 23, 1971
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Franklin on Jan 21, 1877



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the mid-to-upper 20s at the higher elevations to the mid-30s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the north in the morning, then shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy, becoming mostly cloudy by midnight. Lows ranging from the low teens at the higher elevations to the upper teens and near 20 in the lower elevations. Winds out of the south.



MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the lower 30s at the higher elevations to the upper 30s in the lower elevations.

MONDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with increasing clouds, becoming mostly cloudy by midnight. Lows ranging from the upper teens at the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southwest in the early evening, then shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight.



TUESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the lower 30s at the higher elevations to the higher 30s in the lower elevations.

TUESDAY NIGHT Temperatures drop as cold wave arrives

Mostly cloudy with lows dropping into the low-to-mid single digits at the higher elevations and the upper single digits to near 10 in the lower elevations. Wind chill values will range from 10 below to near zero.40% chance of snow showers. Accumulations are expected to be low at this point.



GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
12:42 am to 2:37 am

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

A cold wave is expected for the Wednesday to Thursday time frame. MOre information will be posted as the event nears. For now, if you need to weatherize your pipes and make other preparations, consider this your warning to get ready.

Here is a graphic from the local National Weather Service Office describing their concerns:



Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

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



GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 02:37 am



MACON CALENDAR

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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.


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 7:14 a.m.
Sunrise 7:42 a.m.
Sun transit 12:43 p.m.
Sunset 5:44 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:11 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 5:37 a.m.
Moon transit 10:49 a.m.
Moonset 4:00 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on January 14, 2018: Waning Crescent with 5% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on January 16, 2018 at 9:17 p.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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



Posted at 3:10 am on January 14, 2018

#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, January 13, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, January, 13, 2018





Outlook

Cold and dry high pressure will settle in from the north through the weekend. Another cold front will cross the region Tuesday through Tuesday night, ushering in even colder air from mid to late next week.


Hazards (updated at 3:55 am)

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement regarding the potential for slick roads this morning. The full text is posted below:

***Special Weather Statement***
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
352 AM EST Sat Jan 13 2018


...SLICK ROADS ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS EARLY THIS MORNING...

Temperatures have dropped quickly overnight, quickly dropping below freezing. Roads in these areas may have been wet as the temperatures dropped due to yesterday's rainfall. So icy patches may have developed wherever the roads remain wet following the onset of freezing temperatures. This is particularly likely on bridges and other elevated surfaces. Drivers are urged to exercise extreme caution if venturing out this morning. Ice is difficult to identify on roadways at night.

Also, scattered light snow showers continue to develop near the Tennessee border. Less than an inch of snow is expected through midday, when snow showers will taper off. These accumulations could be enough to cause slippery roads even in areas where the roads are not initially wet. This should give drivers still more reason to drive with extra caution.

Today

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the upper 20s at the higher elevations to the mid-30s in the lower elevations. Wind 10 to 15 mpg out of the northwest, gusting into the 20 mph range.

Tonight

Mostly clear with lows in the teens. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest, calming after midnight.

Sunday

Sunny with highs ranging from the lower 30s at the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 30s in the lower elevations. Light winds out of the northwest.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy with lows in the teens and calm winds.

WEATHER SPONSOR

Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month.

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

All your masonry needs are available. The Phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.

time posted 3:24 am on 01-13-2018



Friday, January 12, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, January 12, 2018






LOCAL OUTLOOK

A strong low-pressure system will approach from the west today, with abundant moisture remaining in place ahead of this system over the southeast. The low-pressure system will lift northeast away from the area tonight into Saturday, with colder air spilling in behind the passing cold front. Cool and dry high pressure will build over the area through Monday. A reinforcing cold front will cross the region from the northwest on Tuesday, with very cold air setting up again by mid-week.



WEATHER SPONSOR





Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month. 


Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:



All your masonry needs are available. Phone number is 828.524.8545, public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.   


Weather Almanac for January 12th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 70°F in Franklin in 1890
Lowest Temperature -6°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 2.00 inches in Highlands in 1994
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.2 inches in Highlands in 1996


Record weather events for January in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Jan 28, 1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Nantahala on Jan 23, 1971
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Franklin on Jan 21, 1877



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Foggy and Rainy

Fog is expected in the morning, possibly lasting until early afternoon. Cloudy and rainy. Highs ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph from the south. 50% chance rain early, then 70% chance between 10 am and 6 pm. Rainfall accumulations between a half and three quarters are expected. Areas in the western and southern areas of the county and the Highlands Plateau will probably receive up to an inch and a half today. A Flood Watch is in effect until 7 pm tonight. If you live near a stream or river that is prone to flooding, please pay attention to the situation. If you see a roadway that has become covered by flood waters, turn around, don't drown. For those of you who live on Arthur Drake Road, I feel for you. Use your best judgment if the road floods.

TONIGHT Rain before Midnight, Freezing Rain After 8 pm, Snow Showers After Midnight

Mostly cloudy with fog expected to form overnight. Temperatures will start out near the upper 40s and lower 50s at 6 pm and plummet 25 to 30 degrees by 6 am. Higher elevations will be in the lower 20s and the lower elevations will be in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds will pick up, shifting from the south to come out of the northwest in the 10 to 15 mph range after the front passes. Wind gusts will be in the 35 mph range. A wind advisory may be issued by the National Weather Service. Rain will be likely before 8 pm, then freezing rain will mix in as precipitation chances decline below 50% after midnight and snow showers are possible overnight. Precipitation chances will drop to 10% by 6 am. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Roadways may become hazardous overnight.



SATURDAY Sunny, Windy, and Cold

Mostly sunny and windy. Highs will range from the mid-20s at the higher elevations to the mid-30s in the lower elevations. Wind chills will make it feel up to ten degrees colder at times. Winds 15 to 20 mph out of the north, gusting into the 35 mph range.

SATURDAY NIGHT Cold and Windy/Dangerous Wind Chill Values

Partly cloudy and windy. Lows ranging from near 10 degrees at the higher elevations to the mid to upper teens in the lower elevations. Wind chill values will be up to ten degrees colder at times. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the north.



SUNDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the low to mid-20s at the higher elevations to the lower 30s in the lower elevations.

SUNDAY NIGHT Another Cold Night

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from the mid-teens at the higher elevations to near 20 in the lower elevations.



GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
12:27 am to 2:22 am

HAZARDS

Areas of patchy dense fog is expected to form across the region this morning, so please turn on your headlights when commuting so other motorists can see you.

Heavy rain may be possible at times today and tomorrow. Thunderstorms are also possible tomorrow afternoon. Snow showers are possible from midnight Friday night to Noonish on Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook regarding the potential for heavy rain on Friday and a concern about potential flooding. It is posted below for your convenience:

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..FRIDAY...Heavy rain possible. Increasing southerly flow of moist air will produce localized 2 to 3 inch rainfall totals by Friday across the eastern side of the southern Appalachians. Although widespread flooding is not expected, very hard ground from the recent cold wave could enhance run off of rainwater and produce rapid stream rises. Gusty winds are likely along the higher terrain as well.

Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

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



GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 02:22 am



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 graphics. 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.


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 7:14 a.m.
Sunrise 7:42 a.m.
Sun transit 12:42 p.m.
Sunset 5:42 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:10 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 3:51 a.m.
Moon transit 9:16 a.m.
Moonset 2:37 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on January 12, 2018: Waning Crescent with 16% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on January 8, 2018 at 5:25 p.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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



Posted at 4:20 am on January 12, 2018

#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, January 11, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, January 11, 2018






LOCAL OUTLOOK

Expect mild temperatures along with an increasing chance of rain, and maybe thunderstorms, through Friday. A cold front and low-pressure system will cross our region Friday night followed by much cooler and drier weather over the weekend and into the start of next week. Another cold front will arrive toward the middle of next week.



WEATHER SPONSOR





Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month. 


Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:



All your masonry needs are available. Phone number is 828.524.8545, public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.   


Weather Almanac for January 11th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 74°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1949
Lowest Temperature -14°F in Highlands in 1982
Greatest Rainfall 2.90 inches in Highlands in 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 7.0 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2011


Record weather events for January in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Jan 28, 1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Nantahala on Jan 23, 1971
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Franklin on Jan 21, 1877



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Foggy and Rainy

Fog is expected in the morning, possibly lasting until early afternoon. Cloudy and rainy. Highs ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to the upper 50s in the lower elevations. Winds from the southeast. 70% chance rain, mainly after 10 am. Rainfall accumulations between a quarter and half an inch is expected. Southeastward facing slopes could receive between three-quarters and an inch of rain.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog expected overnight. Cloudy and rainy. Lows ranging from the lower 40s at the higher elevations to the upper 40s to near 50 in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast. 60% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected. Southeastward-facing slopes could see between a quarter to half an inch of rain.



FRIDAY Rain and Thunderstorms

Cloudy with highs ranging from the low to mid-50s at the higher elevations to near 60 in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast. Near 100% chance of rain, heavy at times with embedded thunderstorms possible, mainly between 1 pm and 7 pm. Rainfall amounts ranging from half an inch to an inch. Locations that see thunderstorms may receive more rain.

FRIDAY NIGHT Freezing Temperatures Return, Mainly after Midnight

Cloudy and rainy. Lows ranging from the mid-20s at the higher elevations to near 30 in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest, shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. 60% chance of precipitation, mainly in the form of rain. Snow showers are possible after midnight. Little or no accumulation expected.



SATURDAY Possible Snow Showers in the Morning

Cloudy with a Wintry Mix Possible. Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing between 11 am and 1 pm with highs ranging from the mid-30s at the higher elevations to near 40 in the lower elevations. 30% chance of precipitation. Snow showers are possible, mainly before noon and rain showers are also possible, mainly between 11 am and 4 pm. Little or snow accumulation expected.

SATURDAY NIGHT Temperatures to Drop Into the Teens

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from near 10 at the higher elevations to the upper teens in the lower elevations.



GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
1:27 am to 3:22 am

HAZARDS

Areas of patchy dense fog is expected to form across the region this morning, so please turn on your headlights when commuting so other motorists can see you.

Heavy rain may be possible at times today and tomorrow. Thunderstorms are also possible tomorrow afternoon. Snow showers are possible from midnight Friday night to Noonish on Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook regarding the potential for heavy rain on Friday and a concern about potential flooding. It is posted below for your convenience:

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..FRIDAY...Heavy rain possible. Increasing southerly flow of moist air will produce localized 2 to 3 inch rainfall totals by Friday across the eastern side of the southern Appalachians. Although widespread flooding is not expected, very hard ground from the recent cold wave could enhance run off of rainwater and produce rapid stream rises. Gusty winds are likely along the higher terrain as well.

Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

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



GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 03:27 am



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 graphics. 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.


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 7:14 a.m.
Sunrise 7:42 a.m.
Sun transit 12:42 p.m.
Sunset 5:41 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:09 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 2:56 a.m.
Moon transit 8:30 a.m.
Moonset 2:00 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on January 11, 2018: Waning Crescent with 24% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on January 8, 2018 at 5:25 p.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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



Posted at 3:40 am on January 11, 2018

#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.