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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, July 17, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A weak cold front slowly approaches from the northwest today crossing the region tonight. The front will settle just south of the area on Wednesday. Low pressure will develop along the front over the area late in the week, while high-pressure noses down into the region from the Mid-Atlantic. Another cold front will approach from the west over the weekend.


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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

Weather Almanac for July 17th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 41°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.04 inches in Highlands in 1963

Record Weather Events for July (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 2, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. West northwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Light northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Light northwest wind.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 2pm and 3pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Northwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. North northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 20 percent chance of showers before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

THURSDAY

Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. North wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 20 percent chance of showers before 3am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. South southeast wind around 7 mph.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 79. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog between 9pm and 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 64. North northeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:12 to 3:07 am this morning


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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

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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
3:07 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Jul 17 2018

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next five days.


MACON CALENDAR

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

Organizers of political events must make themselves available for a video interview at least 7 days before a political event they wish Macon Media to promote. Two weeks is the preferred time frame to maximize awareness.


Community Health Fair at Angel Medical Center

Angel Medical Center will host a community health fair on July 17, from 3 to 5 pm in the hospital cafeteria. Blood pressure checks, glucose checks, fall risk assessments and information on the 20/30 weight-loss plan offered by Franklin Health & Fitness will be provided.

For more information, call 828-349-6639.

Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.



Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

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 6:03 a.m.
Sunrise 6:32 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:47 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:16 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 11:37 a.m.
Moon transit 6:03 p.m.
Moonset 12:21 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on July 17, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 27% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on July 19, 2018 at 3:52 p.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

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

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

CROWDFUNDING 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.


Become a Patron!

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.

Learn more about becoming a patron of Macon Media at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 3:25 am on July 17, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


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

Monday, July 16, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, July 16, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will gradually weaken over the area today as a cold front begins to slowly approach from the northwest. The cold front will cross the southern Appalachians on Tuesday and settle just south of the area on Wednesday. Low pressure will develop along the front near the Carolinas late in the week, while high pressure noses down into the region from the Mid-Atlantic. Another cold front will approach from the northwest next weekend.


DAY SPONSOR

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

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

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


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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

Weather Almanac for July 16th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 41°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 5.77 inches in Highlands in 1916

Record Weather Events for July (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 2, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 83. Light southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light north northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

WEDNESDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7pm and midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 10am. High near 82. Light southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

WEDNESDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. High near 74. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. South southwest wind around 7 mph becoming west northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. North wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

WEDNESDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a chance of showers between 1am and 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. South southwest wind around 5 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 78. West northwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. North wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

WEDNESDAY

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

--------------------------------------



GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:32 pm last night to 2:32 am this morning


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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

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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
2:47 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Jul 16 2018

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

The National Hurricane Center has issued the last advisory on Post-Tropical Cyclone Beryl, located several hundred miles north-northeast of Bermuda.

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next five days.


MACON CALENDAR

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

Organizers of political events must make themselves available for a video interview at least 7 days before a political event they wish Macon Media to promote. Two weeks is the preferred time frame to maximize awareness.


Community Health Fair at Angel Medical Center

Angel Medical Center will host a community health fair on July 17, from 3 to 5 pm in the hospital cafeteria. Blood pressure checks, glucose checks, fall risk assessments and information on the 20/30 weight-loss plan offered by Franklin Health & Fitness will be provided.

For more information, call 828-349-6639.

Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.



Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

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 6:02 a.m.
Sunrise 6:31 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:48 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:17 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 10:30 a.m.
Moon transit 5:12 p.m.
Moonset 11:45 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on July 16, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 18% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on July 19, 2018 at 3:52 p.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

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

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

CROWDFUNDING 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.


Become a Patron!

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.

Learn more about becoming a patron of Macon Media at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 3:00 am on July 16, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


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

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, July 15, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will move off the Atlantic Coast today. A cold front will slowly approach the region from the northwest during the early part of the week, cross the area on Wednesday, then stall just to our south through late week. Deeper moisture associated with this feature will permit precipitation chances to increase above typical summertime conditions.


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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

Weather Almanac for July 15th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 40°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 5.55 inches in Franklin in 1872

Record Weather Events for July (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 2, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Patchy dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. High near 83. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog before 2am, then patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. High near 77. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Light south southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 9am and 10am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a chance of showers between 1am and 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:32 to 3:27 am this morning


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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

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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
3:32 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Jul 15 2018

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Subtropical Storm Beryl, located more than 400 miles north of Bermuda.

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next five days.


MACON CALENDAR

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

Organizers of political events must make themselves available for a video interview at least 7 days before a political event they wish Macon Media to promote. Two weeks is the preferred time frame to maximize awareness.


Community Health Fair at Angel Medical Center

Angel Medical Center will host a community health fair on July 17, from 3 to 5 pm in the hospital cafeteria. Blood pressure checks, glucose checks, fall risk assessments and information on the 20/30 weight-loss plan offered by Franklin Health & Fitness will be provided.

For more information, call 828-349-6639.

Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.



Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

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 6:01 a.m.
Sunrise 6:31 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:48 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:17 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 9:21 a.m.
Moon transit 4:17 p.m.
Moonset 11:06 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on July 15, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 10% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on July 12, 2018 at 10:48 p.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

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

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

CROWDFUNDING 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.


Become a Patron!

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.

Learn more about becoming a patron of Macon Media at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 3:50 am on July 15, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


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

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, July 14, 2018



The daily Weather briefing has been shortened today.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure is expected to remain just to our northeast today and move off the Atlantic Coast on Sunday. This will allow deeper moisture to gradually return over the area and persist through the middle of next week. A cold front will approach the forecast area late Monday and move through the area on Tuesday


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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





TWO DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA


TODAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Light east wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind.

SUNDAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind.

SUNDAY

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 74. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.

SUNDAY

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 77.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.


--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA


TODAY

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light south southeast wind.

SUNDAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

--------------------------------------




HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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

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


TROPICAL OUTLOOK

This segment is deprecated for today


MACON CALENDAR

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

Organizers of political events must make themselves available for a video interview at least 7 days before a political event they wish Macon Media to promote. Two weeks is the preferred time frame to maximize awareness.


Community Health Fair at Angel Medical Center

Angel Medical Center will host a community health fair on July 17, from 3 to 5 pm in the hospital cafeteria. Blood pressure checks, glucose checks, fall risk assessments and information on the 20/30 weight-loss plan offered by Franklin Health & Fitness will be provided.

For more information, call 828-349-6639.

Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.



Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

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.





Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

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

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

CROWDFUNDING 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.


Become a Patron!

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.

Learn more about becoming a patron of Macon Media at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 4:30 am on July 14, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


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

Friday, July 13, 2018

Beat The Heat:
Tips for Preventing and Dealing With Heat-Related Illnesses




With higher temperatures and increased humidity comes a danger of over-heating when we're outdoors playing or working. Here are some preventative measures from the Centers for Disease Control that you can take to keep from becoming ill in hot weather:



BEAT THE HEAT: THREE SIMPLE STEPS
Heat illness can be prevented. Remember these three things: waterrest, and shade.
  • WATER: Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. A good rule of thumb is to drink 4 cups of water every hour. It is best to drink a small amount of water every 15 minutes.
  • REST: Rest breaks help your body recover.
  • SHADE: Resting in the shade or in air-conditioning helps you cool down.
sketch of workers drinking fluids near the back of a truck
sketch of workers under covered an area








MORE STEPS TO REDUCE YOUR RISK
Here are some other ways you can prevent illness from the heat:

  • Report symptoms of heat illness right away.
  • Wear light-colored cotton clothing.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
  • Watch out for your coworkers.
  • Know where you are working in case you need to call 911.



Below are some tips from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on dealing with heat-related illnesses:

Heat-related Illnesses and First Aid

Illustration of a man's head who seems to have a high body temperature
Heat stroke, the most serious form of heat-related illness, happens when the body becomes unable to regulate its core temperature. Sweating stops and the body can no longer rid itself of excess heat. Signs include confusion, loss of consciousness, and seizures. Heat stroke is a medical emergency that may result in death! Call 911 immediately.
Illustration of a man's head who sweating
Heat exhaustion is the body's response to loss of water and salt from heavy sweating. Signs include headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability, thirst, and heavy sweating.
Illustration of a leg which denotes cramping
Heat cramps are caused by the loss of body salts and fluid during sweating. Low salt levels in muscles cause painful cramps. Tired muscles—those used for performing the work—are usually the ones most affected by cramps. Cramps may occur during or after working hours.
Heat rash, also known as prickly heat, is skin irritation caused by sweat that does not evaporate from the skin. Heat rash is the most common problem in hot work environments.
The chart below shows symptoms and first aid measures to take if a worker shows signs of a heat-related illness.
HEAT CHART HERE


More tips and safety advice can be found on the National Weather Service website. [LINK]

Be safe and have fun when you're out and about and remember to keep plenty of water with you so can stay hydrated.




CROWDFUNDING 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.


Become a Patron!

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.

Published at 12:45 pm on Friday, July 13, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): Centers for Disease Control, National Weather Service Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Cameron Beccario of Point B Studio.





xxx


Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, July 13, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A weak cold front moving slowly will stall and slowly dissipate to our south today. High pressure is expected to remain in control through the weekend and will bring milder temperatures to the region. Moisture will return gradually during the early to middle part of next week ahead of a cold front moving southeast through the Ohio Valley.


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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

Weather Almanac for July 13th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 39°F in Highlands in 1918
Greatest Rainfall 2.08 inches in Highlands in 1898

Record Weather Events for July (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 2, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog between midnight and 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light east wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Light east wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind.

SUNDAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog before 2am, then patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light east wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind.

SUNDAY

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog before 2am, then patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. East wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 74. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.

SUNDAY

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 77.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.

--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light south southeast wind.

SUNDAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

--------------------------------------



GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:47 to 3:47 am this morning


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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

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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
3:57 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jul 13 2018

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

1. A weak area of low pressure, associated with the remnants of Beryl, has formed about 300 miles west of Bermuda, but showers and thunderstorms associated with this system remain disorganized due to strong upper-level winds. These winds are expected to become even less conducive for tropical or subtropical development over the next day or two while the low moves north-northeastward at about 10 mph, and development will be limited once the low reaches colder waters by Saturday night or Sunday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.


MACON CALENDAR

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Organizers of political events must make themselves available for a video interview at least 7 days before a political event they wish Macon Media to promote. Two weeks is the preferred time frame to maximize awareness.


Community Health Fair at Angel Medical Center

Angel Medical Center will host a community health fair on July 17, from 3 to 5 pm in the hospital cafeteria. Blood pressure checks, glucose checks, fall risk assessments and information on the 20/30 weight-loss plan offered by Franklin Health & Fitness will be provided.

For more information, call 828-349-6639.

Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.



Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

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 6:00 a.m.
Sunrise 6:29 a.m.
Sun transit 1:39 p.m.
Sunset 8:49 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:18 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 7:00 a.m.
Moon transit 2:18 p.m.
Moonset 9:31 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on July 13, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 0% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on July 12, 2018 at 10:48 p.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

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

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

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Published at 4:05 am on July 13, 2018

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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, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.