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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, December 16, 2018






Comet Visible to Naked Eye From Dark Locations, Binoculars Offer Better Views

Comet 46P/Wirtanen has brightened to the point where it is now visible in the night sky to anyone with a reasonably dark sky away from the light pollution of city lights. Our problem will be a lack of clear skies until early Monday morning, then we will have a few days of clear skies at night before several days of cloudiness return.

For those who have no intention of trying to see it in the sky or cannot see it due to clouds, the Virtual telescope Project has an event schedules on their Youtube Channel. [LINK] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT1ramHk6l0



Earth Sky has a reasonable article for novices to help locate the comet. [LINK]


For the more technically proficient (and those with computerized telescopes) the orbital elements and light curves are on Seiichi Yoshida's page for 46P/Wirtanen [LINK]

More sources of information:

Wikipedia [LINK]
IAU Minor Planet Center via the Internet Archive [LINK]


Outlook

Low pressure will gradually move northeast away from the region and off the mid-Atlantic coast late today. Drier air associated with broad high pressure will spread over the region and linger through midweek. Another low-pressure system is expected to impact our region towards the end of the week.


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





WEATHER SPONSOR



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


Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today.



WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]




FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near the upper 50s. Calm wind early, then rising to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the morning.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 55.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 30.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest around 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with a high in the upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

Clear, with a low around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 55.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around freezing.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Breezy, with a wind of the northwest ranging from 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Monday Night

Clear, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high in the upper 40s.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around freezing.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Isolated showers are possible this afternoon. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

Clear, with a low around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near the lower 50s.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around freezing.


Macon County Almanac for December 16, 2018

Highest Temperature 70°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1971
Lowest Temperature 4°F in Franklin in 1963
Greatest Rainfall 2.48 inches in Highlands in 1982
Greatest Snowfall 1.5 inches in Highlands in 1932



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Published at 3:40 am on December 16, 2018



Saturday, December 15, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, December 15, 2018






Comet Visible to Naked Eye From Dark Locations, 

Binoculars Offer Better Views

Comet 46P/Wirtanen has brightened to the point where it is now visible in the night sky to anyone with a reasonably dark sky away from the light pollution of city lights. Our problem will be a lack of clear skies until early Monday morning, then we will have a few days of clear skies at night before several days of cloudiness return.

For those who have no intention of trying to see it in the sky or cannot see it due to clouds, the Virtual Telescope Project has an event schedule on their Youtube Channel. [LINK] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT1ramHk6l0



Earth Sky has a reasonable article for novices to help locate the comet. [LINK]


For the more technically proficient (and those with computerized telescopes) the orbital elements and light curves are on Seiichi Yoshida's page for 46P/Wirtanen [LINK]

More sources of information:

Wikipedia [LINK]
IAU Minor Planet Center via the Internet Archive [LINK]


Outlook

Low pressure will move north into the Ohio Valley today, bringing widespread rain to the area this morning, and maintaining a moist southerly flow that suggests some chance of rain later today. Broad high pressure will spread over the region in the wake of the low on Sunday, and provide warmer and drier conditions for early next week.


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





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Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today. Areas creeks and rivers will rise due to the runoff from the rain in our area and to the south for the Little Tennessee River. If you live in an area that is prone to river flooding, keep an eye on the situation.

The National Weather Service has released a Hazardous Weather Outlook regarding the potential for flooding due to the recent heavy rains. It is posted below.

.Background.

A strong low-pressure system crossed the Carolinas and northeast Georgia last night. Heavy rain will be possible with this system, affecting locations where soil moisture levels are already high due to the recent rainfall and snowmelt. This setup may lead to flooding along both main stem rivers and smaller rivers and streams.

.Today and Sunday.

Heavy rain will end early today. However, high water levels may linger along both main stem rivers and smaller rivers and streams throughout the weekend.



WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]




FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

A chance of rain before 9am, then a chance of showers after 9am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Winds out of the south 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers before 10pm, then a slight chance of rain after 10pm. Patchy fog between 9pm and 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of rain before 8am. Patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 55.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 30.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

A chance of rain before 9am, then showers likely, mainly between 9am and 5pm. Areas of fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near the upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers before 11pm, then a slight chance of rain between 11pm and 4am. Patchy fog between 8pm and 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Light and variable winds shifting to come out of the northwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with a high in the upper 50s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around freezing.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

A chance of rain before 11am, then a chance of showers after 11am. Widespread fog, mainly before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high temperature near 45 at 6 am falling to around 40 by 5pm. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers before 9pm, then a slight chance of rain between 9pm and 10pm. Areas of fog before 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday

Patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 50.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 35.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

A chance of rain before 8am, then showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Areas of fog before noon, then patchy fog after 3pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high in the upper 40s. Winds out of the south around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of rain before 4am, then a slight chance of rain and snow. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the southwest around 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Sunday

A slight chance of rain and snow before 8am, then a slight chance of rain between 8am and noon. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 50.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around freezing.


Macon County Almanac for December 15, 2018

Highest Temperature 72°F in Franklin in 1927
Lowest Temperature 3°F in Highlands in 1962
Greatest Rainfall 2.76 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1931
Greatest Snowfall 2.8 inches in Highlands in 1958



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Published at 4:35 am on December 15, 2018



Friday, December 14, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, December 14, 2018





SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR DECEMBER 12th

Macon County

Highlands School is on a one-hour delay with no buses on icy roads.

Jackson County

Blue Ridge District will be closed with an optional teacher workday.

Smoky Mountain District will be on a REGULAR SCHEDULE with NO BUSES ON ICY ROADS.

Comet Visible to Naked Eye From Dark Locations, Binoculars Better

Comet 46P/Wirtanen has brightened to the point where it is now visible in the night sky to anyone with a reasonably dark sky away from the light pollution of city lights. Our problem will be a lack of clear skies until early Monday morning, then we will have a few days of clear skies at night.

For those who have no intention of trying to see it in the sky or cannot see it due to clouds, the Virtual Telescope Project has an event scheduled on their Youtube Channel. [LINK]



Earth Sky has a reasonable article for novices to help locate the comet. [LINK]


For the more technically proficient (and those with computerized telescopes) the orbital elements and light curves are on Seiichi Yoshida's page for 46P/Wirtanen [LINK]

More sources of information:

Wikipedia [LINK]
IAU Minor Planet Center via the Internet Archive [LINK]


Outlook

Surface high pressure will allow for dry conditions to continue today, with rain chances increasing tonight as a developing low pressure is expected to bring widespread rainfall to the region through Saturday. Minor flooding is possible. Dry conditions return on Sunday and will continue into early next week.


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.




WEATHER SPONSOR



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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. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help you with your with your next project.


Weather Hazards

Black Ice could form on area roadways. Be careful on your morning commute.

A strong low-pressure system will cross the region Friday through early Sunday. Heavy rain will be possible with this system, impacting locations with poor drainage and where soil moisture levels are already high due to the recent rainfall and snowmelt. This setup may lead to flooding along both main stem rivers and smaller rivers and streams Friday afternoon through the weekend. Driving may be hazardous on area roadways where rainwater ponds on the roads or where runoff crosses the roads.





WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]




FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers. Patchy fog after 8am. High in the lower 50s. Light and variable winds shifting to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers. Patchy fog. Low around 45. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Calm wind early riding to come out of the southwest around 5 mph by mid-morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers before 4am, then a slight chance of rain between 4am and 5am, then a slight chance of showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Light winds out of the southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers before 8am, then a slight chance of rain before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near the low-to-mid 50s. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers. Patchy fog. High near 50. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers. Patchy fog. Low around 45. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly before noon. Areas of fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain before midnight, then a chance of showers between midnight and 2am, then a chance of rain after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of rain before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near the low-to-mid 50s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Showers. Patchy fog. High near the upper 40s. Winds out of the east 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight

Showers. Patchy fog. Low around 45. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly before 2pm. Areas of fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near the upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers before 10pm, then a chance of rain, mainly between 10pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of rain before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near the upper 40s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers. Patchy fog. High near the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers. Patchy fog. Low around 45. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly before 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around the upper 30s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a slight chance of rain between 11am and 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.


Macon County Almanac for December 14, 2018

Highest Temperature 73°F in Highlands in 1927
Lowest Temperature -10°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1962
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands in 1931
Greatest Snowfall 4.0 inches in Franklin in 1958



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Published at 3:00 am on December 14, 2018





Thursday, December 13, 2018

Guidelines for the Future and Homelessness in Macon County
A Discussion by the Board of Commissioners



During the December 2018 regular meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, there was a discussion on the establishing guidelines for future severe weather events in Macon County and dealing with homelessness and its causes. Video of this discussions is posted below.

Gavel-to-gavel video and supporting documents are posted on the blog. [LINK]

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Guidelines for the Future and Homelessness in Macon County
A Discussion by the Board of Commissioners







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Published at 7:15 am on December 13, 2018


County Commissioners Discuss Emergency Shelters in Macon County



During the December 2018 regular meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, there was a discussion on the emergency shelter situation in Macon County, Video of this discussions is posted below.

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Emergency Shelters in Macon County
A discussion by the Board of Commissioners








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Published at 6:10 am on December 13, 2018


Winter Storm Response Discussed at County Commissioner Meeting


During the December 2018 regular meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, Emergency Management Director Warren Cabe updated the county commissioners on the county response to the recent winter storm, giving some statistics (percentages only, no actual numbers) from the Emergency Operations Center on Sunday. Video of this discussion is posted below.
Edited to remove videos that would not load. The videos will be given their own article.

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Winter Storm Response
An update by Warren Cabe, Emergency Management












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Published at 5:25 am on December 13, 2018 

Edited to remove videos that would not load











Macon County Board of Commissioners December 2018
Public Comment Period




During the December 2018 regular meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, there was only one person who spoke during the public comment period. Video of that is posted below.

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Preserve Our Ambiance
Public Comment by Narelle Kirkland








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Published at 4:55 am on December 13, 2018



Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, December 13, 2018





SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR DECEMBER 12th

Macon County

Highlands School will be on a two-hour delay with limited bus service.

Jackson County

Blue Ridge School and BREC will be closed with an optional teacher workday.

All other schools (Smoky Mountain District) will be on a two-hour delay with no buses on icy roads.

Winter Storm Recovery

As of 2 am, Duke Energy had restored electrical service to all customers and Haywood EMC had 192 customers without service.


Outlook

Surface high pressure will allow for dry conditions to continue today, with rain chances increasing tonight as a developing low pressure is expected to bring widespread rainfall to the region through Saturday. Minor flooding is possible. Dry conditions return on Sunday and will continue into early next week.


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





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Weather Hazards

Black Ice could form on area roadways. Be careful on your morning commute.

A strong low-pressure system will cross the region Friday through early Sunday. Heavy rain will be possible with this system, impacting locations with poor drainage and where soil moisture levels are already high due to the recent rainfall and snowmelt. This setup may lead to flooding along both main stem rivers and smaller rivers and streams Friday afternoon through the weekend. Driving may be hazardous on area roadways where rainwater ponds on the roads or where runoff crosses the roads.





WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]



FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 4am. Cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers. High in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Showers. Low in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the east around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly between 10am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Calm winds becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers. High near 50. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Showers. Low around 45. Winds out of the east around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly between 9am and 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the lower 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high in the low-to-mid 40s. Light and variable winds becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the southeast 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers. Highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Friday Night

Showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph becoming light southeast after midnight. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly before 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 30s.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the southeast 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers. Highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch expected.

Friday Night

Showers. Lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly before 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s.


Macon County Almanac for December 13, 2018

Highest Temperature 74°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature -11°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1962
Greatest Rainfall 2.75 inches in Highlands in 1931
Greatest Snowfall 4.1 inches in Franklin in 1945



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Published at 2:05 am on December 13, 2018



Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Magnitude 4.4 Quake Outside Decatur, TN Felt in Franklin



An earthquake centered northeast of Decatur, Tennessee was felt by Macon County residents around 4:16 am this morning. Preliminary reports put the quake at a 4.4 magnitude. More information will be added to this article as information comes in. The above image is a map showing where the quake occurred in relation to Macon County and the image below shows a seismometer reading from Lake Jocassee, South Carolina. Updates to this post are being added below. Scroll down to see them.

You can submit an online report of your experience to help the USGS study earthquakes at https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60247871/tellus






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**4:45 am** 

Here is a map showing the people who reported feeling the quake to the USGS. Each black dot represents a report.



**5:00am**

Ther was a 3.3 aftershock to the original 4.4. Usually, our quakes are not powerful enough to have aftershocks.

M 3.3 - 11km NNE of Decatur, Tennessee
2018-12-12 09:27:08 (UTC)35.612°N 84.750°W6.8 km depth




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Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, December 12, 2018





Earthquake in Tennessee Felt in Macon County

An earthquake centered northeast of Decatur, Tennessee was felt by Macon County residents around 4:16 am this morning. Preliminary reports put the quake at a 4.4 magnitude. More information will be added on the blog as it comes in. [LINK]

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR DECEMBER 12th

Macon County

Highlands School will be on a three-hour delay. This will be an optional workday for faculty & staff.

Jackson County

Blue Ridge District will be closed. It will be an optional teacher workday.

Smoky Mountain District will be on a two-hour delay with no buses on icy roads.


Commissioners December 2018 Regular Meeting


The County Commissioners met last night for their regular monthly meeting. A gavel-to-gavel video and supporting documents are online. [LINK]

Winter Storm Recovery

As of 3 am, Duke Energy had 481 customers without service and Haywood EMC had 409 customers without service. Duke expects to have power restored to all their customers no later than 11 pm tonight.


Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1050 PM EST Tue Dec 11 2018

...PATCHY BLACK ICE EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING...

As temperatures drop below freezing this evening, any water running off from recent rainfall and snowmelt may re-freeze on area roadways that have not been treated. This could result in patches of black ice late tonight and early Wednesday. The temperature should climb back above freezing around 10 am on Wednesday.

Be prepared for slippery spots on roadways early Wednesday morning. Some roads that appear clear may be covered by a thin layer of ice.

Monitor NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information, forecasts, and warnings.




Outlook

Dry high pressure will move east across northern Florida on Wednesday as a deep low pressure develops near Texas. This low pressure is expected to bring widespread rain to the region from Thursday night into Saturday. Heavy rain is expected on Friday. Low pressure will move away to our east on Sunday with a few days of dry weather expected.


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





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Weather Hazards

Black Ice is expected to form on areas roadways from snowmelt that has frozen overnight. Drive with caution this morning. Other than that, there is no hazardous weather conditions expected for today.






WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]





FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Light and variable winds.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Calm winds becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday

Showers. High near 50. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Chance of rain is 70%.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the morning.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low near freezing. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Showers, mainly after midnight. Low around the upper 30s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday

Showers. High near 50. Chance of rain is 90%.

Friday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the lower 40s. Chance of rain is 70%.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Showers, mainly after midnight. Lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Friday

Showers. High near the upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Friday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near the upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around the upper 30s. Winds out of the southeast 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday

Showers. High near 50. Chance of rain is 90%.

Friday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Chance of rain is 70%.


Macon County Almanac for December 12, 2018

Highest Temperature 75°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Highlands in 1962
Greatest Rainfall 4.33 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1961
Greatest Snowfall 2.0 inches in Highlands in 1917



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Published at 3:20 am on December 12, 2018



Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting



The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be meeting tonight at 6 pm for their regular monthly meeting. The public agenda and agenda packet has been posted below. A gavel-to-gavel video will be added to this article tomorrow.


Video of Meeting



Media Roll Call
(media outlets with representatives present at the meeting will be recorded here)


Macon Media (me)
Macon County News and Shopping Guide
WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM
The Franklin Press

Elected Critters

Sheriff Robert Holland

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MACON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
DECEMBER 11, 2018
AGENDA

NOTE: Service awards will be presented to county employees beginning at 5 p.m. in the commission boardroom, followed by a reception in the third-floor hallway of the courthouse. The board's regular meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

1. Call to order and welcome by Chairman Tate

2. Announcements

3. Moment of Silence

4. Pledge of Allegiance

5. Public Hearing(s) - NONE

6. Public Comment Period

7. Additions to agenda

8. Adjustments to and approval of the agenda

9. Reports/Presentations
A. Fiscal Year 2017-2018 audit presentation - Jill yang with Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs
B. Revaluation update - Tax Administrator Richard Lightner

10.0ld Business
A. Tax refund request by Edward Hasler - Tax Administrator Richard Lightner
B. Capital Project Ordinance Amendment for Radio Communications Upgrade - Finance Director

11.New Business
A. Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center lease - Bob McCollum, Stacy Gurley and the County Attorney
B. Fire protection contract with Savannah Volunteer Fire Department - Emergency Services Director Warren Cabe and the County Attorney
C. Approval of 2018 Fire Prevention Code - Fire Marshall Jimmy Teem
D. Macon Transit Advertising Proposal - Transit Director Kim Angel and the County Attorney
E. Discussion of surplus property purchase offers - County Manager and County Attorney

12.Consent Agenda - Attachment #12
(All items below are considered routine and will be enacted by one motion. No separate discussion will be held except on request of a member of the Board of Commissioners).
A. Minutes of the November 13, 2018 regular meeting and the December 3, 2018 continued session
B. Budget Amendments #96-100
C. Tax Releases for November in the amount of $1,966.20
D. Proposed Public Health fee changes and additions
E. Monthly ad valorem tax report (no action necessary)

13.Appointments
A. Board of Health (one seat)
B. Economic Development Commission (three seats)

14.Closed session (if necessary)

15.Adjourn/Recess




Agenda Packet





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Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, December 11, 2018





SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR DECEMBER 11th

Macon County

Franklin and Nantahala Districts will be on a two-hour delay today with an optional teacher workday. A final decision will be made at 7 am.

Highlands School will be closed. This will be an optional workday for faculty & staff.

Jackson County

All districts are closed today with an optional teacher workday.


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Christmas Eve Caroling at the Christmas Tree



Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MaconIssues/permalink/2168889639838218/

Winter Storm of December 8th-10th

A winter storm hit Macon County from December 8th to December 10th. While the now totals in most of the county were nothing to write home about, there was significant freezing rain and icing that brought down thousands of trees on area roadways and power lines. At the peak outage time on December 9th, there were just over 8,000 Maconians without electrical service. Power restoration to all residents is expected by sometime Thursday, December 13th.



Click the above image to see a larger version of the snowfall totals from the Winter Storm of December 8th through December 10th.

Macon Media maintained a live blog and open threads on Facebook during the storm for the 8th, 9th, and 10th.

8th
LIVE-BLOG [LINK]
Facebook [LINK]

9th
LIVE-BLOG [LINK]
Facebook [LINK]

10th
LIVE-BLOG [LINK]
Facebook  [LINK]



Outlook

High pressure spreads back over our region from the west and then moves off the coast on Thursday. Another significant low-pressure system will develop to our west and bring more widespread precipitation to the region by the end of the work week and into the weekend.


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





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Weather Hazards

Black Ice is expected to form on area roadways this morning. Please use extreme caution if you need to venture out before temperatures rise above freezing. Be careful when driving on secondary and tertiary roads as there are still trees on some roads.






WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]






FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high in the upper 40s. Calm winds rising to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around the lower 20s. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near the upper 40s. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Calm winds.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near the mid-to-upper 40s.

Thursday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high in the upper 40s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Winds out of the north around 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 40s. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Calm winds.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.

Thursday Night

Rain, mainly after 8pm. Low in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest wind around 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the lower 40s.

Thursday Night

Rain before 5am, then rain and snow. The rain and snow could be heavy at times. Low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 80%.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Winds out of the west wind around 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Winds out of the southwest wind around 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.

Thursday Night

Rain, mainly after 8pm. Low in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


Macon County Almanac for December 11, 2018

Highest Temperature 73°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature 2°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 2.90 inches in Highlands in 1983
Greatest Snowfall 7.2 inches in Franklin in 1876



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Published at 3:07 am on December 11, 2018