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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mission Health Announces Plan to Help Consumers Affected by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s Decision to Exclude Mission Health from its Network

PRESS RELEASE
Cara Truitt
Regional Advocacy Director
Government and Community Relations
Mission Health


ASHEVILLE – August 17, 2017 – Since Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has refused to engage in any dialogue toward a new contract, Mission Health has outlined a plan to help consumers affected by the inevitable end of its current contract with BCBSNC on October 5, 2017. Mission’s transition plan will cover everyone with BCBSNC insurance coverage, including consumers with BCBSNC commercial insurance coverage and BCBSNC Medicare Advantage plans.

The absence of Mission Health hospitals and physicians from BCBSNC’s network may have serious financial, logistical and clinical access impacts on consumers who need vital healthcare services. It will also affect the many self-insured employers who pay for their employees’ and dependents’ care expecting access to one of the nation’s Top 15 Health System, Mission Health. As a result of BCBSNC’s decision to refuse to even speak about a new contract and oust Mission Health from its network, BCBSNC will likely pay a lower percentage of the out-of-network fees than they would pay for the same in-network services.

“Now that we know BCBSNC’s final decision is to refuse to even speak with Mission, we are completing plans and associated logistics for this important transition,” said Paul McDowell, Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Mission Health. “Mission Health is committed to helping consumers through this difficult change to the degree humanly possible, and we will have the final details worked out in the next few weeks. This is a sad situation. Not only do we wish this issue didn’t exist at all, we also wish it was simple; but it’s very complicated. Particularly so because BCBSNC will not provide Mission with access to the customer and member agreements that specify covered benefits. Mission will do everything it can, within the boundaries of the law and an employer’s benefit plan, to ease this unnecessary transition burden on consumers.”

For Consumers
There are significant exceptions to the problems created by the expiration of Mission Health’s contract with BCBSNC. First, state law prohibits BCBSNC from financially penalizing fully-insured patients when a participating provider is not available without unreasonable delay. This prohibition is critically important for patients and is a legally significant issue. Because Mission is the only provider of certain services within the region – including but not limited to heart surgical services, pediatric specialty services, high risk maternity services and others - we will be assisting impacted patients to make full use of this important law’s consumer protections. Unfortunately, this state law does not apply to consumers with self-funded employer coverage.

Second, to reduce harm to consumers, Mission will provide a generous, prompt payment discount to the balance of a patient’s bill after taking into account the patient’s personal financial responsibility. That discount will be applied when patients send their explanation of benefits (EOB) and any check received from BCBSNC to Mission Health within 10 days. This process is designed to manage any circumstance where BCBSNC may send benefit payments directly to the patient rather than to Mission Health as the service provider. This practice, already illegal in the majority of states in America, is something that BCBSNC has routinely threatened to do.
“While we are helping employers through this transition, BCBSNC can help their customers by honoring each patient’s assignment of benefits election,” said McDowell. “There’s no reason whatsoever for BCBSNC to send checks to patients once Mission Health is out of network – other than trying to harm Mission and unduly worry consumers. Burdening sick or injured individuals and their families who are under duress with the myriad complexities of medical billing and asking them to sort through BCBSNC’s nearly impossible to understand reimbursement methods is simply wrong. What every employer and patient wants is for their insurance company to do what a patient has asked by making all payments exactly as they have elected.” Mission Health also encourages patients to demand in writing that BCBSNC honor their assignment of benefits election so that they are not unduly burdened when they are sick or injured and Mission Health can respond to any BCBSNC errors.

For All Employers
The most important factor for every employer to consider is whether they will stay with BCBSNC after October 5 and lose in-network access to Mission Health or whether they will evaluate other highly competitive health benefit options that include Mission Health. “The really great news for every employer in the region is that Mission Health’s new contracts with Aetna and Cigna provide previously unavailable, affordable choices in the region that keep Mission Health in network,” said McDowell. Further, Mission Health will work collaboratively with any employer considering a switch from BCBSNC to another insurer to make the transition as easy and seamless as possible for them and for their valued employees.

For Self-Insured Employers
Aetna, Cigna and Health State each offer new, previously unavailable and highly competitive alternatives to BCBSNC. This is important news in that the state law prohibiting BCBSNC from financially penalizing fully-insured patients when a participating provider is not available without unreasonable delay does not apply to self-insured plans. Any self-insured employer that intends to remain with BCBSNC will need to specifically direct BCBSNC to continue to pay benefits on its behalf as in-network if the employer desires to protect its employees during this transition time. A self-funded employer’s plan is its own – and not BCBSNC’s plan – so the employer controls what BCBSNC does on its behalf.


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More details on all transition plans will be announced by Labor Day. For the latest updates and more information on what you can do, please visit StandWithMission.org.


About Mission Health
Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. For the fifth time in the past six years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company and part of IBM Watson Health in 2017. We are the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 team members and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-health.org or @MissionHealthNC.

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Letter to the Editor
"Let's You and Him Fight"



Many people don't understand the complex relationship many white Southerners have with the past and the Civil War. Except for Antietam and Gettysburg, the Civil War was almost entirely fought in the South. Our great great grandparents lived through that destruction and what came after. We've heard the stories that have passed down to us. My father (as an example), born in 1919, grew up around Civil War veterans in south Georgia.

Many of us have a mixture of views and feelings, not all black and white, not either this or that. We feel a sense of pride for our ancestors who volunteered, fought and often died. We know their names, what they did, where they're buried. We've heard the stories of their lives. We have an urge to remember and honor them. We have respect for such storied men as Robert E. Lee and Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson. For us, statues are not a glorification of slavery, they simply remind us of our past and the wide array of feelings that we have. I know this because I've had these feelings myself upon viewing the statue of Jackson at Manassas Battlefield.


AND-- we're happy that the North won the War, supremely grateful that the evil of slavery was ended and the Union was preserved, sad that President Lincoln was tragically assassinated. We're proud, patriotic Americans. We hold no prejudice toward our fellow Black Americans or any other color or ethnic group-- even though the media likes to portray us in that way. We're lovers and defenders of our nation and of our Constitution.


Please don't confuse us with a handful of White Supremacists and neo-Nazis. We don't like them either. And we don't like Antifa and BLM; we've too often seen them in the news committing egregious acts of mayhem and violence. Violence only begets violence and more violence.


Remember, in 1913, 48 years after the Civil War ended, a reunion of veterans was held at Gettysburg, site of one of the bloodiest battles of the war. Former enemies visited, ate together, helped continue the binding together of the Union begun by President Lincoln years earlier. If our warrior ancestors who fought to kill each other can do this over 100 years ago-- so must we today.


Now, some forces in our nation are attempting to forge a new wound where healing has already occurred. This is being done for political ends and is fueled by a sensationalist media ever-hungry for ratings. They are attempting to re-ignite old grievances and resentments. For the sake of our own happiness and that of our country, we must not participate in this tribalism, this hatred, this attempt to re-ignite a civil war, where we demonize and try to destroy each other.


There's an old Southern saying for this stirring up of violence by third parties:
"Let's you and him fight." We must remember that we're all united as Americans, all created by God, all sharing this nation and this planet together.
We are better than the endless blame-game and manipulations currently making the rounds. America has always been a leader among nations. Let's give each other and our leaders the benefit of a doubt and focus on what we can achieve together.


Joseph Howard
North Carolina
August 17, 2017

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Conley Convicted and Sentenced by Macon County Superior Court



Adam Conley, who who arrested at South Macon School in June 2015, was found guilty and sentenced in a Macon County Superior Court. The Honorable Robert T. Sumner presided over the trial and sentencing.

According to court records (Macon Media was not able to cover this trial) Adam Conley, was sentenced in case 15CRS050703-51 "Attempted First Degree Murder" a Class B2 Felony for a period from 170 to 216 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

In 15CRS050703-53 through 55 "Gun on Educational Property" a Class I Felony, Conley was sentenced to 6-17 months to begin upon completion of the attempted murder sentence.

In 15CRS050703-56 & 57 "Gun on Educational Property" a class I Felony, he was sentenced to 6-17 months. That sentence was suspended and Conley is to serve 24 months probation upon release from the Department of Corrections for 15CRS050703-53 through 55.

He was given credit for 809 days confinement prior to his conviction in the above cases.

More information will be added to this article as it becomes available.

See the press conference after Conley was arrested. [LINK]


**UPDATE** The Judge dismissed all charges against Conley's co-defendant.

**note** It is against Macon Media policy to name or publish photographs of individuals who have not been convicted of a crime.







Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, August 17, 2017




ECLIPSE TRAFFIC CONSIDERATIONS

Traffic should start picking up with the arrival of eclipse spectators and should peak late Sunday and early Monday. Be careful when out on the roads and drive defensively because these people don't necessarily know the roads or where they're going and may be paying more attention to a paper map, a map on a phone or their GPS device than you or the road. Increase your following distance and be cautious at intersections or where traffic merges. Some of these people may come to a stop without warning or make unexpected lane changes or make turns without signaling.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will gradually erode over the next few days, though warmer than normal conditions will remain. Moist and unsettled weather will return late in the week and into the weekend. Some drying is favored by Sunday with a return to moist conditions to start the new work week.

Eclipse Day Forecast (August 17th Edition)

This is a collection of forecasts for the day of the eclipse for the Franklin area.

National Weather Service

Mostly sunny with a high near 87.

Accuweather

High 84° Low 66° A shower or thunderstorm in spots

Intellicast/Weather Underground are identical

High 84° Low 64° Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 84F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 20%. Rainfall: 0 in.

Weather Bug

High 86° Low 64° Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain 50%.

Macon Media

Highs Franklin area mid-80s. Nantahala, Highlands and higher elevation will be in the 70s. Skies partly to mostly sunny. Showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon are possible, mainly after totality. Coverage will be in a hit or miss summer pattern. Most places will be clear during totality. A stray cloud cannot be ruled out. I'm feeling much better about our chances. *crosses fingers*

When you look at the forecast over the week, try to keep in mind what this may mean for traffic conditions. If possible, leave for work or play early on the 21st and always let family members and friends know what your plans are.


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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


Weather Almanac for August 17th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature 48°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1979
Greatest Rainfall 2.25 inches in Highlands in 1982

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY scattered showers, slight chance of strong storms

Widespread fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-80s in the Franklin and Otto areas and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in Highlands and higher elevations. Calm winds in the morning, then from the south in the afternoon. About a 50% chance of rain, mainly after 11 am and before 8 pm.


TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with overnight fog expected to develop overnight, mainly after 2 am, or so. Lows in the mid to upper 60s in the Franklin and Otto area and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in the Highlands area and higher elevations. Calm winds. 30% chance of showers, mainly before midnight.




FRIDAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 80s (subtract 5 to 10 degrees in the higher elevations). Calm winds in the morning, then from the west in the afternoon. About a 40% chance of rain.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s and light winds out of the northwest. 20% chance of rain.



SATURDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 80s.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s.

HAZARDS

Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected today. Mainly general thunderstorms are favored, however, a few strong to severe storms cannot be ruled out. The primary threats with any of the stronger storms will be damaging winds, cloud to ground lightning, and heavy rainfall.

Traffic should start picking up with the arrival of eclipse spectators. Be careful when out on the roads and drive defensively because these people don't necessarily know the roads or where they're going. Increase your following distance and be cautious at intersections or where traffic merges.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

The tropics are starting to get on with business as the peak of hurricane season is approaching. This usually occurs between late August and late September, with the median peak date being September 10th.


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Aug 17 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Gert, located several hundred miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

1. Showers and thunderstorms are showing signs of organization in association with a low-pressure system located about 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Environmental conditions appear generally conducive for development, and this system has the potential to become a tropical depression while it moves westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and into the Caribbean Sea on Friday. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected to spread across portions of the Lesser Antilles tonight and Friday, and interests there and elsewhere in the eastern Caribbean should monitor the progress of this system. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance this afternoon, if necessary.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.

2. A second area of low pressure located about midway between the coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Gradual development of this system is possible during the next few days while it moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph, but upper-level winds are expected to become less conducive for tropical cyclone formation when the disturbance moves north of the Leeward Islands this weekend.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

3. A tropical wave located over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean near the Cabo Verde Islands is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Gradual development of this system is possible during the next several days while it moves westward to west-northwestward at about 15 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

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

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

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


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

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

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:27 a.m.
Sunrise 6:54 a.m.
Sun transit 1:38 p.m.
Sunset 8:21 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:47 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 1:39 a.m.
Moon transit 8:44 a.m.
Moonset 3:53 p.m.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on August 14, 2017 at 9:15 p.m. (local daylight time)

Phase of the Moon on August 16, 2017: Waning Crescent with 32% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

Published at 4:42 am on August 17, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, August 16, 2017





LOCAL NEWS

A power pole toppled over in the lower parking lot of the First United Methodist Church on Harrison Avenue shortly after 8 pm last night, bringing three others down with it and sparking a grass fire at the church. The landscaping burned, but the church was undamaged. Franklin Police closed the section of Harrison Avenue from Main Street to Church Street while firefighters and Duke crews did their work. Firefighters monitored the fire until Duke Energy could respond and cut power to the lines that sparked the fire. Below is a short video montage shot at the scene.




LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure is expected over the next few days leading to hotter conditions and below normal chances for convection. Humid and unsettled weather gradually returns late in the week and into the weekend. Some drying is favored into Sunday with a return to moist conditions to start the new work week.

Eclipse Day Forecast (August 16th Edition)

This is a collection of forecasts for the day of the eclipse for the Franklin area.

National Weather Service

A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Accuweather

High 83° Low 61° Some sun, thunderstorms in spots

Intellicast/Weather Underground are identical

High 82° Low 64° Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 82F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Rainfall: 0.07 in.

Weather Bug

High 82° Low 63° Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain 50%.

Macon Media

Highs Franklin area in the upper 70s to low 80s. Nantahala, Highlands and higher elevation will be in the 70s. Skies partly to mostly cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon are likely. Coverage will be in a hit or miss summer pattern. Some places will be clear during totality and others will not.

When you look at the forecast over the week, try to keep in mind what this may mean for traffic conditions. If possible, leave for work or play early on the 21st and always let family members and friends know what your plans are.


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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


Weather Almanac for August 16th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 46°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1961
Greatest Rainfall 2.81 inches in Highlands in 1959

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY scattered showers, potential for briefly heavy rain

Patchy dense fog early. Partly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 80s in the Franklin and Otto areas and the mid to upper 70s in Highlands and higher elevations. Calm winds early, then from the southwest in the afternoon. 40% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.


TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s and calm winds. 30% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.




THURSDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s in the Franklin and Otto areas and the mid to upper 70s in the higher elevations.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy and muggy with lows in the 60s and calm winds. 30% chance of rain.



FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s in the Franklin and Otto areas and the mid to upper 70s in the higher elevations. 40% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 60s.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected. Pop-up thunderstorms are possible, but none should be strong or severe.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

The tropics are beginning to get busy, but I believe that none of these storms will impact our weather pattern for the solar eclipse.

Hurricane GERT will parallel the east coast and poses no danger to the mainland of the United States.


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Aug 16 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Gert, located a few hundred miles west-northwest of Bermuda.

1. A broad area of low pressure located about 1000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms. This system is moving westward at 15 to 20 mph, and it is expected to cross into the Caribbean Sea on Friday. Environmental conditions are expected to be marginally conducive for slow development of this system during the next few days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

2. Showers and thunderstorms continue to show some signs of organization in association with an area of low pressure located about 600 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Gradual development of this system is possible before upper-level winds become less conducive for development by the weekend. This system is expected to move west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph during the next several days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

3. A tropical wave near the west coast of Africa is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development of this wave while it moves westward to west-northwestward at about 15 mph during the next several days.

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

ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

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

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

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


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

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

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:27 a.m.
Sunrise 6:54 a.m.
Sun transit 1:38 p.m.
Sunset 8:21 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:47 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 1:39 a.m.
Moon transit 8:44 a.m.
Moonset 3:53 p.m.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on August 14, 2017 at 9:15 p.m. (local daylight time)

Phase of the Moon on August 16, 2017: Waning Crescent with 32% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

Published at 4:20 am on August 16, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How to Determine if your Solar Eclipse Glasses are Safe



There have been reports of unsafe solar eclipse shades being sold and recalls from various retailers and manufacturers, so to help you determine if the glasses you have are safe, please refer to the resources listed below.


From the American Astronomical Society:


In response to alarming reports of potentially unsafe eclipse viewers flooding the market as the coast-to-coast solar eclipse of August 21st draws near, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) has revised some of its safety advice to the public.
How can you tell if your “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers are safe? It is no longer sufficient to look for the logo of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and a label indicating that the product meets the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for filters for direct viewing of the Sun’s bright face. Why not? Because it now appears that some companies are printing the ISO logo and certification label on fake eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers made with materials that do not block enough of the Sun’s ultraviolet, visible, and infrared radiation to make them truly safe. Some sellers are even displaying fake test results on their websites to support their bogus claim of compliance with the ISO safety standard.
Source: AAS Offers Updated Advice for Safely Viewing the Solar Eclipse







Solar Viewer Brands

Note: Baader Planetarium's AstroSolar Safety Film and AstroSolar Photo Film, sold in the U.S. by Alpine Astronomical and Astro-Physics (see below), are not certified to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard and are not designed to work as eclipse shades or handheld solar filters. Baader's AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film, on the other hand, does meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standard for filters for eyes-only direct viewing of the Sun.
Numerous other astronomy- and science-related enterprises and organizations sell eclipse glasses made by the companies listed above. If you buy from any of these businesses, you know you are getting ISO-compliant safe solar viewers.

See the full list of manufacturers and dealers on the AAS website. [LINK]


MACON MEDIA ECLIPSE SPONSORS

Carrion Tree Service

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.


Adams Products

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.

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, August 15, 2017





LOCAL NEWS


GoFundMe accounts have been established for the victims of the accident on Cowee Mountain that occurred this past Saturday.

Cieara Sunshine Harmon burial expenses [LINK]

Zander, Elayna, and Heather Medical [LINK]


LOCAL OUTLOOK 

A stationary front is expected to remain across the region through Tuesday while a second front approaches from the west. This next front will move into the region Tuesday night into Wednesday. Drier high pressure is expected for the end of the week leading to hotter conditions. Humid and unsettled weather gradually returns through the weekend into the start of the new work week.

Eclipse Day Forecast (August 15th Edition)

This is a collection of forecasts for the day of the eclipse for the Franklin area.

Accuweather

High 83° Low 61° Chance of a thunderstorm

Intellicast/Weather Underground are identical

High 82° Low 63° Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 82F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Amount: 0.11 in.

Weather Bug

High 81° Low 64° Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. A chance of showers. A chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain 40%.

Macon Media

Highs Franklin area will be in the upper 70s to low 80s. Nantahala, Highlands and higher elevation will be in the 70s. Skies partly to mostly cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon are likely. Coverage will be in a hit or miss summer pattern. Some places will be clear during totality and others will not.

When you look at the forecast over the week, try to keep in mind what this may mean for traffic conditions. If possible, leave for work or play early on the 21st and always let family members and friends know what your plans are.


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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


Weather Almanac for August 15th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Lowest Temperature 47°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1963
Greatest Rainfall 6.32 inches in Highlands in 1928

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY scattered showers, potential for briefly heavy rain

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid-80s in the Franklin and Otto areas, mid-70s in the Highlands area and higher elevations. Light winds out of the northwest early, gradually increasing to 5 to 10 mph by mid-morning and persisting through the day. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between noon and 9 pm. Rain with these pop-up thunderstorms could be heavy at times.


TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with fog expected to develop after midnight and lows in the 60s. Light winds out of the northwest. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight.




WEDNESDAY

Partly sunny with highs near the mid -80s in the Franklin and Otto areas and in the mid to upper 70s in Highlands and higher elevations. Light winds out of the west. 30% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 60s and calm winds. 30% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight.



THURSDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s in the Franklin and Otto areas and the mid to upper 70s in Highlands and higher elevations. 40% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10 am.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 60s in the Franklin and Otto area and the lower 60s in higher elevations.

HAZARDS

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible today. Coverage will be less than previous days. There is a potential for briefly torrential rainfall with some of these storms.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

We are now in the time frame of where storms that develop in the Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Basin could impact our view of the solar eclipse on August 21st. It is beginning to look like tropical weather probably won't be ruining our view of the eclipse, but a thunderstorm or general cloudiness might.

Hurricane GERT will parallel the east coast and poses no danger to the mainland of the United States.


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Aug 15 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Gert, located several hundred miles west of Bermuda.

1. A couple of disorganized areas of disturbed weather are embedded within an elongated area of low pressure located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Only slow development is anticipated during the next day or two, but conditions are forecast to become a little more conducive for tropical cyclone formation by later in the week while the system moves westward at about 15 mph over the tropical Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent.

2. A tropical wave over western Africa is forecast to emerge into the far eastern Atlantic Ocean in about two days. Conditions appear
conducive for some development after that time while the wave moves westward at about 15 mph.

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

ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

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

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

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


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

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

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:27 a.m.
Sunrise 6:54 a.m.
Sun transit 1:38 p.m.
Sunset 8:22 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:49 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 12:53 a.m.
Moon transit 7:48 a.m.
Moonset 2:48 p.m.

Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on August 14, 2017 at 9:15 p.m. (local daylight time)

Phase of the Moon on August 15, 2017: Waning Crescent with 43% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

I will be posting an August Update in the next few days on our patreon campaign, which has reached 25 people who have pledged $294. Payout is on August 6th.

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

Published at 3:58 am on August 15, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Leave No Trace Principles Encouraged for Solar Eclipse Visitors



PRESS RELEASE
National Forests in North Carolina
160A Zillicoa St.
Asheville, N.C. 28801
Web: www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc
August 14, 2017



Asheville, N.C.  - With an influx of visitors expected for the solar eclipse on August 21, U.S. Forest Service staff remind visitors to follow the principles of Leave No Trace to keep the forests clean and safe.

Plan ahead and prepare for the eclipse weekend, August 18 to 21. Know where you are planning to stay, bring a map, and check local weather before heading to the forest. Recreation sites on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are expected to be at full capacity for the eclipse so have alternative plans if needed.

Help protect natural resources by staying on paths and camping at designated sites. Do not camp closer than 200 feet to a water source. Be familiar with the rules and regulations of the site you plan to visit including prohibitions on alcohol consumption.

Dispose of waste and store food properly. Many areas do not have waste bins so bring your own trash bags, share with others, and be prepared to take waste home with you. If waste exceeds dumpster capacity, please do not leave trash at overflowing dumpsters or waste bins. Bears have been spotted on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests and may be attracted by improperly stored waste and food. Do not store food, cooking supplies, or other scented items inside tents. Use a scent-proof container like a bear canister or the trunk of your car.

Be courteous of others visiting the forests. Keep dogs on leashes in developed recreation areas and in places with lots of people. Be respectful of other visitors who came to enjoy the eclipse in a quiet natural setting. Those seeking festivities should consider local community events that offer live music and children's activities and also provide a great view of the eclipse.

Help make the solar eclipse a positive and memorable event. For more information on Leave No Trace principles, visit https://lnt.org/

Learn more about the National Forests in North Carolina at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nfsnc/home and follow us on social media (www.facebook.com/nfsnc and www.twitter.com/NFsNCarolina).


**End of Press Release**


ECLIPSE SPONSORS

Carrion Tree Service

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.


Adams Products

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.

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, August 14, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A stationary front is expected to lift northward into the region on Monday, possibly washing out on Tuesday while another weak front approaches from the west. This next front will move into the region Tuesday night into Wednesday with a brief round of drier high pressure favored through Thursday. Another cold front will move into the area on Friday warranting increased chances for precipitation, with drier high pressure expected in its wake for Saturday into Sunday.

Eclipse Day Forecast (August 14th Edition)

This is a collection of forecasts for the day of the eclipse for the Franklin area.

Accuweather

High 81° Low 61° Chance of a thunderstorm

Intellicast/Weather Underground are identical

High 81° Low 64° Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. Chance of rain 50%. Amount: 0.15 in.

Weather Bug

High 81° Low 64° Partly cloudy with a 40% chance of thunderstorms. High temperature around 81°F. Dew point with be around 66°F with an average humidity of 78%. Winds will be out of the south southeast around 2 mph.

Macon Media (I am becoming cautiously optimistic)

Highs Franklin area upper 70s to low 80s Nantahala, Highlands and higher elevation will be in the 70s. Skies partly to mostly cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon are likely. Coverage will be in a hit or miss summer pattern. Some places will be clear during totality and others will not.

When you look at the forecast over the week, try to keep in mind what this may mean for traffic conditions. If possible, leave for work or play early on the 21st and always let family members and friends know what your plans are.

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.


Weather Almanac for August 13th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F in Highlands in 1925
Lowest Temperature 42°F in Highlands in 1931
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands in 1940

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-80s for the Franklin and Otto areas and ranging from the mid-70s to near 80 in Nantahala, Highlands and higher elevations. Calm winds in the morning, then from the south-southwest in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms with chances peaking at around 60% in the late afternoon. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch.


TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with fog expected to develop mostly after midnight with lows in the 60s. Rain chances will diminish from 60% at 6 pm to 20% by midnight.




TUESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds in the morning rising to come out of the northwest in the afternoon. 40% chance of showers, mainly after noon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s and winds out of the north. 30% chance of showers.



WEDNESDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60s in the Franklin area and lower 60s in the higher elevations.

HAZARDS

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible today. Coverage will be less than previous days. No severe weather is anticipated.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

We are now in the time frame of where storms that develop in the Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Basin could impact our view of the solar eclipse on August 21st.

Tropical Depression EIGHT has become Tropical Storm GERT and will likely become Hurricane Gert sometime Tuesday. The storm will parallel the east coast and poses no danger to the east coast.


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Aug 14 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Gert, located several hundred miles west-southwest of Bermuda.

1. A large and complex area of disturbed weather to the south and southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is associated with a broad trough of low pressure and a tropical wave. These systems are forecast to merge during the next day or two, and environmental conditions are then expected to be conducive for development of this disturbance later this week while it moves westward at about 15 mph over the tropical Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

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

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

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


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

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

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:26 a.m.
Sunrise 6:53 a.m.
Sun transit 1:38 p.m.
Sunset 8:23 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:50 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 12:12 a.m.
Moon transit 6:54 a.m.
Moonset 1:42 p.m.
Phase of the Moon on August 14, 2017: Last Quarter at 9:15 p.m.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

Published at 4:12 am on August 14, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center.