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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, June 22, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A chance of showers continues through tonight as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches the Louisiana coast. As Cindy lifts north into extreme western Louisiana, tropical moisture is expected to spread across the region today and Friday. A cold front approaches the area early Saturday and lingers across the area through Sunday keeping a chance of showers in the forecast. Cooler weather follows the front with perhaps another round of light rainfall by mid-week.


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 June 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1964
Lowest Temperature 40°F in Highlands in 1992
Greatest Rainfall 3.65 inches in Highlands in 1957



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY heavy rain is possible

Patchy fog before noon. Cloudy with highs in the mid-70s. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected. Some locations that see heavy rain bands or thunderstorms could see an inch or more in this time period.

TONIGHT heavy rain is possible

Fog is expected to develop tonight, mainly after 9 pm. Cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and winds out of the southeast. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between half and three-quarters of an inch expected. Some locations that see heavy rain bands or thunderstorms could see an inch or more in this time period.



FRIDAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs near 80 and winds 5 to 10 mph from the southwest. 50% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. More is possible in locations that see thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and winds 5 to 10 mph from the southwest. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms.



SATURDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the low-80s. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the low-60s. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


HAZARDS

Tropical moisture is expected to begin moving into the region and up to 2 inches of rain could fall over the next 36 hours.

Please be weather aware and pay attention to forecasts if you live in a low-lying area where flooding may be a concern. More detailed forecasts will be available as the storm gets closer to our area so impacts can be better ascertained.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the region due to expected rainfall from the remnant of CINDY. IT is posted below.

..TODAY...Heavy rain possible. Gulf moisture will continue to stream into the region consequent of Tropical Cyclone Cindy over the next 24 to 36 hours. Improving southerly flow combined with this moisture will lead to increased chances for upslope showers and thunderstorms along the southern Blue Ridge escarpment. Rainfall totals of around 2 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts certainly possible. This heavy rainfall could lead to flooding concerns in later periods.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jun 22 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Cindy, located south-southeast of the Texas/Louisiana border.

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



TROPICAL STORM CINDY -- PUBLIC ADVISORY

BULLETIN
Tropical Storm Cindy Intermediate Advisory Number 10A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL032017
100 AM CDT Thu Jun 22 2017

...CINDY CONTINUES TO PRODUCE HEAVY RAINS OVER THE NORTHERN GULF COAST...


SUMMARY OF 100 AM CDT...0600 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...29.2N 93.6W
ABOUT 65 MI...105 KM SSW OF LAKE CHARLES LOUISIANA
ABOUT 50 MI...85 KM SSE OF PORT ARTHUR TEXAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 340 DEGREES AT 7 MPH...11 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...992 MB...29.29 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* San Luis Pass Texas to Grand Isle Louisiana

Interests elsewhere along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the central Texas coast to the western Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
At 100 AM CDT (0600 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Cindy was located near latitude 29.2 North, longitude 93.6 West. Cindy is moving toward the north-northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h). A turn toward the north should occur later this morning, with a turn toward the northeast expected on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Cindy will move inland near the Louisiana-Texas border later this morning, then move across western and northern Louisiana and into southeastern Arkansas tonight and early Friday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Weakening is expected today and tonight while Cindy moves over land.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 992 mb (29.29 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
RAINFALL: Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts up to 15 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and western portions of the Florida Panhandle through tonight. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas.

Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches can be expected farther west across western Louisiana and eastern Texas through tonight. Rainfall should spread northeastward across Arkansas and into portions of the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys through Friday, with total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts possible.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are affecting portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area.

STORM SURGE: Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is expected along the coast in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area. Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is also possible elsewhere along the coast from southeastern Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle in areas of strong onshore winds.

TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible tonight from the far western Florida Panhandle across southwestern Alabama, southern Mississippi, and southern Louisiana.

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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:50 am
Sunrise: 6:20 am
Sunset 8:51 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:21 pm


Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 3% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 5:06 a.m.
Moonset 7:19 p.m.





Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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


Published at 3:38 am on June 22, 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, June 21, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, June 21, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A remnant frontal boundary will linger over the area today, as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches the Louisiana coast. As Cindy lifts north into extreme western Louisiana, tropical moisture is expected to spread across the region Thursday and Friday. A cold front approaches the area Sunday and moves through the area early next week with drier weather to follow.

The summer solstice occurred at 12:24 am this morning. From now until the winter solstice, they days will be getting shorter. Learn more about the solstice at Stardate. [LINK]


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 June 21st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F in Franklin in 1953
Lowest Temperature 42°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.72 inches in Highlands in 1961



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog before noon. Cloudy with highs near 80. Calm winds early, then from the southwest in the afternoon. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms with a greater chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and an increasing chance of rain through the rest of the week.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after midnight. Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s and calm winds. 40% chance of rain.



THURSDAY

Cloudy with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds early, then from the south in the afternoon. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half an inch expected. More is possible at locations that see multiple thunderstorms or heavy bands of rain. The amount and frequency of the rain and thunderstorms are highly dependent on the path taken by the remnants of Tropical Storm CINDY.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and light winds out of the south. 70% chance of rain with thunderstorms likely through the night.



FRIDAY

Cloudy with highs near 80. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. The amount and frequency of the rain and thunderstorms are highly dependent on the path taken by the remnants of Tropical Storm CINDY.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. The amount and frequency of the rain and thunderstorms are highly dependent on the path taken by the remnants of Tropical Storm CINDY.


HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today.

A tropical storm has developed in the Gulf of Mexico and has been given the name CINDY and it will be impacting our local weather by bringing increased chances of rain later this week or weekend. Please be weather aware and pay attention to forecasts if you live in a low-lying area where flooding may be a concern. More detailed forecasts will be available as the storm gets closer to our area so impacts can be better ascertained.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Jun 21 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Cindy, located a couple of hundred miles south of the central Louisiana coast.

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




TROPICAL STORM CINDY -- PUBLIC ADVISORY

BULLETIN
Tropical Storm Cindy Intermediate Advisory Number 6A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL032017
100 AM CDT Wed Jun 21 2017

...HEAVY RAINFALL COULD PRODUCE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN GULF COAST...


SUMMARY OF 100 AM CDT...0600 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...26.8N 91.4W
ABOUT 200 MI...325 KM S OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA
ABOUT 270 MI...435 KM SE OF GALVESTON TEXAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 310 DEGREES AT 7 MPH...11 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...997 MB...29.44 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* San Luis Pass Texas to the Alabama-Florida border
* Metropolitan New Orleans
* Lake Pontchartrain

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 to 24 hours.

Interests elsewhere along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the central Texas coast to the western Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
At 100 AM CDT (0600 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Cindy was located near latitude 26.8 North, longitude 91.4 West. Cindy is moving toward the northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the north-northwest and then toward the north is expected tonight and early Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Cindy will approach the coast of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas late today or tonight, and move inland over southeastern Texas or southwestern Louisiana on Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected today. Slight weakening is forecast to begin on Thursday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 275 miles (445 km), mainly north through northeast of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb (29.44 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
RAINFALL: Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas.

Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches can be expected farther west across southwest Louisiana into southeast Texas through Thursday.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are beginning to spread across portions of the northern Gulf of Mexico coast over the eastern part of the warning area. These conditions should spread westward within the warning area through early Thursday.

STORM SURGE: Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is expected along the coast in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area, with isolated areas possibly up to 4 feet.

TORNADOES: Isolated tornadoes are possible through today from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:50 am
Sunrise: 6:20 am
Sunset 8:51 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:21 pm


Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 9% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 4:17 a.m.
Moonset 6:10 p.m.





Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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


Published at 4:59 am on June 21, 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, June 20, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, June 20, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will stall across South Carolina today. The remnant frontal boundary may lift back north this afternoon and evening for another round of showers and storms before dissipating as drier high pressure builds in for Wednesday. Rainfall chances increase yet again Thursday through Sunday as tropical moisture spreads across the Southeast U.S.


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 June 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Highlands in 1933
Lowest Temperature 43°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1965
Greatest Rainfall 2.93 inches in Highlands in 1955



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs near 80 and variable light winds. 30% chance of showers, mainly after noon.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after midnight. Mostly cloudy with lows near 60 and calm winds. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.



WEDNESDAY

Partly sunny with highs near 80 and calm winds. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

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



THURSDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near 80. 50% chance of showers, mainly after noon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. 60% chance of showers, mainly after 9 pm.


HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today.

A tropical storm has developed in the Gulf of Mexico and it will be impacting our local weather by bringing increased chances of rain later this week or weekend. Please be weather aware and pay attention to forecasts if you live in a low-lying area where flooding may be a concern. More detailed forecasts will be available as the storm gets closer to our area so impacts can be better ascertained.

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

Potential Tropical Cyclone Three has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and the storm will probably move ashore and eventually impact our weather sometime later this week or into the weekend.

Tropical Storm Brett has formed near off the coast of Venezuela in the Caribbean. This storm is too far out to make an accurate guess if it will impact our weather.

More information is included in a Tropical Outlook issued by the National Hurricane Center that has been included below for those who want more information.



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Jun 20 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Bret, located near Trinidad.

The National Hurricane Center is also issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Three, located a few hundred miles south-southeast of the Louisiana coast.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.




Potential Tropical Cyclone Three Public Advisory

BULLETIN
Potential Tropical Cyclone Three Intermediate Advisory Number 2A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL032017
100 AM CDT Tue Jun 20 2017

...CENTER OF THE DISTURBANCE WOBBLES WESTWARD...


SUMMARY OF 100 AM CDT...0600 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...24.5N 89.9W
ABOUT 325 MI...525 KM S OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
ABOUT 370 MI...595 KM SSE OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 330 DEGREES AT 8 MPH...13 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1000 MB...29.53 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Intracoastal City to the Mouth of the Pearl River

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* West of Intracoastal City to High Island

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 24 to 36 hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

Interests elsewhere along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the central Texas coast to the western Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
At 100 AM CDT (0600 UTC), the disturbance was centered near latitude 24.5 North, longitude 89.9 West. The system is moving generally toward the north-northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h). A turn toward the northwest should occur by Tuesday morning, and that motion is expected to continue into Wednesday. On the forecast track, the disturbance is expected to be near the Louisiana coast on Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Some slight strengthening is possible before the system reaches the coast.

Upper-level winds are expected to be marginally conducive for some additional development of this system during the next day or two, and a tropical or subtropical cyclone is likely to form during that time.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km) to the north and east of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb (29.53 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area by Tuesday afternoon. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area on Wednesday.

RAINFALL: The disturbance is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Wednesday evening.

STORM SURGE: Inundations of 1 to 3 feet are possible along the coast in the Tropical Storm Warning area.

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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:49 am
Sunrise: 6:19 am
Sunset 8:51 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:21 pm


Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 17% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 3:35 a.m.
Moonset 5:00 p.m.





Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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


Published at 4:18 am on June 20, 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, June 19, 2017

U.S. Forest Service Announces Ginseng Permit Process for 2017

ASHEVILLE, N.C., June 19, 2017 - The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests announced today that forest visitors have until July 19 to submit contact information to a ranger district office to participate in the lottery to receive a ginseng harvest permit this year.
Visitors must obtain a permit to collect wild ginseng in the two national forests during the designated harvest season.
In 2013, due to concern over reductions in wild ginseng numbers, the Forest Service implemented changes to wild ginseng harvests in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests to conserve wild ginseng populations. These policies remain in place including:

*The number of permits issued is limited to 136 annual permits, a 75 percent reduction from historical permit issuances.

*Permits are issued through a lottery system (selected randomly) by each district office. Individuals may submit their names at more than one district office.

*A permit allows a person to harvest 1-3 wet pounds (at $40 per pound) of wild ginseng in the ranger district where the permit is issued.

*The permitted harvest season is 2 weeks. Harvesting will be allowed September 1 through September 15, 2017.

*Each District Ranger may further limit ginseng harvests to certain areas of the national forest to allow the plants to regenerate or to protect designated wilderness and other natural areas. Harvest area descriptions and maps will be provided to permit recipients.

*Harvest is prohibited in designated wilderness and other natural areas set aside for research purposes, such as Walker Cove and Black Mountain.
Those requesting a permit must call or visit a ranger district office and submit their name and address by July 19. Requests by email will not be accepted. Written notification will be mailed to applicants selected by lottery before August 19. District offices will issue permits August 21 to September 1 to selected applicants.

In addition to reducing the legal harvest of wild ginseng, the Forest Service plans to increase law enforcement efforts to reduce poaching. Removing a wild ginseng plant or its parts from national forests without a permit or outside of the legal harvest season is considered theft of public property. Penalties for plant poaching may include a fine up to $5,000 or 6-month sentence in federal prison, or both. Wild ginseng plants on the national forest are public property and are sustainably managed by the Forest Service to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Ginseng root has been favored as a tonic primarily in East Asia for the past two-and-a-half centuries. In North Carolina, ginseng is more common in the mountains, very infrequent in the piedmont, and very rare in the coastal plain.
Ranger District contact information may be found at the National Forests in North Carolina website, www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc.

For more information about harvesting ginseng in Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5424463.pdf

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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.

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, June 19, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A strong cold front will bring increased chances for storms today. Warm and moist air will continue to dominate our local weather pattern through the first half of the week, then a brief drying trend will take place in the middle of the week, followed by more chances for showers and thunderstorms toward the end of the week.

DAY SPONSOR

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

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

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

WEATHER SPONSOR


Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing 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 June 19th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F in Highlands in 1933
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1965
Greatest Rainfall 2.08 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1957



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY Strong Storms and Heavy Rain Possible

Patchy fog in the morning. Cloudy with highs near 80 and winds 5 to 10 mph from the southwest. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected. Strong storms and torrential downpours are likely, mainly between noon and 8 pm.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after midnight. Cloudy with lows in the lower 60s. Winds from the southwest calming after midnight. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, with the heavy rain expected to be over before 2 am. Light showers will likely persist afterward.



TUESDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the low-80s and calm winds. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 60 and calm winds. 30% chance of rain, mainly before 9 pm.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the low-80s. Slight chance of showers, mainly before 2 pm.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the low to mid-60s.


HAZARDS

A cold front is expected to bring increased chances for showers and thunderstorms, mainly between noon and 10 pm tonight. Some of these storms could be severe with damaging winds, frequent lightning, and hail. There is also heavy rain expected with these storms and the National Weather Service has forecast these storms will bring flooding rains to the region. A Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service is posted below.

NWS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

...TODAY...Severe weather with flash flooding possible. A cold front will move into the region from the northwest on Monday and slowly cross the region Monday night. Strong to severe thunderstorms with quarter-size hail and brief, damaging winds will be possible during the afternoon and evening hours. Very heavy rainfall will be possible with the thunderstorms as well, and isolated flash flooding may develop in areas repeatedly affected by thunderstorms.

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

A tropical wave has developed off the west coast of Africa that has a small The tropics are now active with one Potential Tropical Cyclone being tracked by the National Hurricane Center. This storm has the potential to become a Tropical Depression by sometime in the middle of the week. More information is included in a Tropical Outlook issued by the National Hurricane Center that has been included below for those who want more information.



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Jun 19 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Two, located several hundred miles east-southeast of the southern Windward Islands.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.

1. A broad area of low pressure located near the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula continues to produce a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms along with winds to gale force several hundred miles to the east and northeast of the estimated center. The low continues to lack a well-defined center of circulation. However, gradual development of this system is expected when it moves over the southern or central Gulf of Mexico later today and Tuesday, where a tropical or subtropical cyclone is likely to form. Regardless of development, heavy rains are expected to continue over portions of Central America, the Yucatan Peninsula, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba during the next few days. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this system later today, if necessary. For more information on this system, please see the High Seas Forecast issued by the Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.

POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE TWO



BULLETIN
Potential Tropical Cyclone Two Intermediate Advisory Number 2A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL022017
200 AM AST Mon Jun 19 2017

...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO REACH THE SOUTHERN WINDWARD ISLANDS BY TONIGHT...


SUMMARY OF 200 AM AST...0600 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...8.3N 53.5W
ABOUT 550 MI...885 KM ESE OF TRINIDAD
ABOUT 615 MI...990 KM ESE OF GRENADA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 280 DEGREES AT 23 MPH...37 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1005 MB...29.68 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Barbados
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines
* Trinidad
* Tobago
* Grenada

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
At 200 AM AST (0600 UTC), the disturbance was centered near latitude 8.3 North, longitude 53.5 West. The system is moving toward the west near 23 mph (37 km/h). A fast motion toward the west-northwest is expected over the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the disturbance is expected to move through the Windward Islands tonight and Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours, and the disturbance is forecast to be a tropical storm when it moves through the Windward Islands tonight and Tuesday.

Thunderstorm activity associated with the disturbance continues to show signs of organization, and additional development is likely during the next day or two.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km), mainly northwest through northeast of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach portions of the warning area late tonight, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

RAINFALL: The disturbance is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over the Windward Islands Monday night and Tuesday.


MACON CALENDAR

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Monday, June 19

Franklin Bird Club meeting at 7 pm in the Macon County Public Library.

The program will feature “Birding in Belize” by Barbara McRae and Bob Gilbert.


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:49 am
Sunrise: 6:19 am
Sunset 8:51 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:21 pm


Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 27% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 2:56 a.m.
Moonset 3:53 p.m.





Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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


Published at 4:00 am on June 19, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, June 18, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A deep ridge over the Atlantic will continue to transport warm, moist air into the area through the weekend and into early next week, keeping chances of afternoon showers and thunderstorms in the forecast. A cold front approaching the area will increase chances for storms on Monday. The front should move east across the region late Tuesday night, allowing a brief drying trend to commence for midweek. Showers and storms may return by next weekend.

WEATHER SPONSOR


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

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

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




Weather Almanac for June 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1944
Lowest Temperature 39°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 2.18 inches in Highlands in 1971



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds in the morning and from the southwest in the afternoon. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after 3 am. Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.



SUNDAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs near the mid-80s. Calm winds in the morning, then from the southwest in the afternoon. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected and more possible in locations that are hit by thunderstorms.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8 pm.



MONDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near 80. 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 60. 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected today outside the typical summer afternoon thunderstorms that may produce brief torrential downpours or lightning or briefly damaging winds. There is the potential for severe weather on Monday as a strong cold front is expected to cross the region. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook and it is posted below for your convenience.

NWS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

..MONDAY...Severe weather with flash flooding possible. A cold front will move into the region from the northwest on Monday and slowly cross the region into Monday night. Strong to severe thunderstorms with quarter-size hail and brief, damaging winds will be possible during the afternoon and evening hours. Very heavy rainfall will be possible with the thunderstorms as well, and isolated flash flooding may develop in areas repeatedly affected by thunderstorms.

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 become active, both in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Atlantic Basin. A Tropical Outlook issued by the National Hurricane Center has been included below for those who want more detailed information.



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Jun 18 2017

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

1. Showers and thunderstorms have changed little in organization during the past several hours in association with a tropical wave located about 1200 miles east-southeast of the southern Windward Islands. Some development of this system is possible during the next two to three days before environmental conditions become less favorable for tropical cyclone formation. This system is forecast to move to the west or west-northwest at 15 to 20 mph toward the Windward Islands and northeastern South America during the next few days.

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

2. A broad area of low pressure located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea continues to produce a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Gradual development of this system is expected while it moves slowly northwestward across the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday and over the southern or central Gulf of Mexico early next week, where a tropical or subtropical cyclone is likely to form. Regardless of development, heavy rains are expected over portions of Central America, the Yucatan Peninsula, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba during the next several days. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this system on Sunday, if necessary.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.



Monday, June 19

Franklin Bird Club meeting at 7 pm in the Macon County Public Library.

The program will feature “Birding in Belize” by Barbara McRae and Bob Gilbert.


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:49 am
Sunrise: 6:19 am
Sunset 8:51 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:20 pm


Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 37% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 2:19 a.m.
Moonset 2:48 p.m.





Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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


Published at 3:54 am on June 18, 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.