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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, October 18, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cool high pressure will move off the East Coast for the second half of the week providing a light south to southwest flow of milder air. Temperatures will warm a little to a few degrees above normal through the weekend. A strong cold front will arrive early next week which brings the coldest air so far this season.



WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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



Weather Almanac for October 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F in Franklin in 1984
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Franklin in 1879


Record weather events for October in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on Oct 20, 1913


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy frost in the morning. Sunny skies with highs ranging from the 50s in the higher elevations to the 60s in the lower elevations and winds out of the south.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with areas of frost overnight as temperatures dip into the 30s. Winds will be out of the east.



THURSDAY

Areas of frost in the morning. Sunny skies with highs in the 60s and variable light winds.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Clear with lows ranging from the upper 30s to the mid-40s and winds out of the north.



FRIDAY

Sunny with highs in the 60s and lower 70s.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 40s.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today. Some locations in Macon County could see frost after midnight tonight. If you have frost-sensitive plants, either cover them up or bring them indoors.

The Nati0onal Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the possibility of frost in the area. It is posted below for your convenience:

..WEDNESDAY...Frost/freeze likely. Frost will burn off shortly after sunrise.

..THURSDAY...Frost/freeze possible. Patchy frost is possible late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.



...FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM EDT WEDNESDAY...

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Frost Advisory, which is in effect from 2 AM to 9 AM EDT Wednesday.

* LOCATIONS...The mountains of western North Carolina, plus the northern foothills counties of Caldwell, Burke and McDowell.

* TEMPERATURES...Lows in the mid to upper 30s.

* WINDS...Light and variable overall, but calm in some spots.

* IMPACTS...Frost may damage sensitive vegetation, such as flowering plants or summer vegetables. It may be necessary to cover these plants to protect them from the cold.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.


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 WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Oct 18 2017

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 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.


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:17 a.m.
Sunrise 7:42 a.m.
Sun transit 1:19 p.m.
Sunset 6:54 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:20 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 6:26 a.m.
Moon transit 12:36 p.m.
Moonset 6:40 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on October 18, 2017: Waning Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on October 19, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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

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



Posted at 4:05 am on October 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. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, October 17, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry conditions and below-normal temperatures will persist through mid-week. Warmer temperatures will return later this week as deep-layer ridging sets up over the southeastern states.



WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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



Weather Almanac for October 17th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 81°F in Franklin in 1953
Lowest Temperature 20°F in Highlands in 1978
Greatest Rainfall 7.50 inches in Highlands in 1879


Record weather events for October in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on Oct 20, 1913


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the 50s in the higher elevations to the mid-60s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the north.

TONIGHT

Clear with areas of frost, mainly after midnight, lows in the 30s and winds out of the east.



WEDNESDAY

Areas of frost in the morning then sunny with highs ranging from the 50s in the higher elevations to the low to mid-60 in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Clear with lows in the 30s and winds out of the southeast.



THURSDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the 50s in the higher elevations to the lower 60s in the lower elevations and variable light winds.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Clear with lows ranging from the upper 30s to the lower 40s.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today. Some locations in Macon County could see frost after midnight tonight. If you have frost-sensitive plants, either cover them up or bring them indoors.

The Nati0onal Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the possibility of frost in the area. It is posted below for your convenience:

..WEDNESDAY...Frost/freeze likely. Frost will burn off shortly after sunrise.

..THURSDAY...Frost/freeze possible. Patchy frost is possible late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

***Frost Advisory***
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
335 AM EDT Tue Oct 17 2017

...FIRST FROST EXPECTED FOR SOME OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA TONIGHT...

.Clear skies and light winds will permit temperatures to dip well below normal tonight. In the the North Carolina mountains and foothills, the combination of temperatures in the 30s and moist surface conditions will allow areas of frost to form.



...FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM EDT WEDNESDAY...

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Frost Advisory, which is in effect from 2 AM to 9 AM EDT Wednesday.

* LOCATIONS...The mountains of western North Carolina, plus the northern foothills counties of Caldwell, Burke and McDowell.

* TEMPERATURES...Lows in the mid to upper 30s.

* WINDS...Light and variable overall, but calm in some spots.

* IMPACTS...Frost may damage sensitive vegetation, such as flowering plants or summer vegetables. It may be necessary to cover these plants to protect them from the cold.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.


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 WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Oct 17 2017

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

1. Satellite-derived wind data indicate that a sharp surface trough of low pressure lies over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean, with an associated area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms extending from Puerto Rico northward to near Bermuda. Although tropical cyclone development is becoming less likely due to strong upper-level winds, this disturbance is forecast to merge with a cold front over the western Atlantic by tonight, and a non-tropical area of low pressure is expected to develop along the front and move toward the north Atlantic during the next few days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 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. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphics. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:16 a.m.
Sunrise 7:42 a.m.
Sun transit 1:19 p.m.
Sunset 6:56 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:21 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 5:26 a.m.
Moon transit 11:49 a.m.
Moonset 6:06 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on October 17, 2017: Waning Crescent with 5% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on October 19, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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

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



Posted at 4:18 am on October 17, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, October 16, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold and dry weather pattern will dominate local conditions through the middle of the week when a high-pressure ridge is expected to bring warmer conditions to the region.



WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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



Weather Almanac for October 16th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 81°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2008
Lowest Temperature 25°F in Franklin in 2006
Greatest Rainfall 4.71 inches in Highlands in 1932


Record weather events for October in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on Oct 20, 1913


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Passing rain showers, mainly before daybreak, then patchy fog. Cloudy with decreasing clouds, becoming mostly sunny by noon. Highs ranging from the 50s in the higher elevations to the lower 60s in the lower elevations. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the north, gusting to 25 mph.

TONIGHT

Clear with patchy areas of frost (especially in locations that are sheltered from the wind) after midnight. Lows ranging from the upper 20s to the mid-30s. Winds out of the northeast 10 to 15 mph, making it feel like it is below freezing in most locations.



TUESDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-60s and winds out of the east.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Clear with lows ranging from the lower 30s to the upper 30s and winds out of the east. Scattered frost is possible in locations that are sheltered from the wind.



WEDNESDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the mid-50s in the higher elevations to the mid-60s in the lower elevations.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Clear with lows in the 30s. Scattered frost in possible in the higher elevations.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today. Some locations in Macon County could see frost after midnight tonight. If you have frost-sensitive plants, either cover them up or bring them indoors.


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 WEATHER OUTLOOK


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Oct 16 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center has issued the last advisory on Hurricane Ophelia, located over the far northeastern Atlantic Ocean a couple of hundred miles south-southwest of Ireland.

1. A low-pressure system located about 100 miles east-northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands is gradually becoming better defined. Associated thunderstorm activity has increased and become a little better organized this morning, and gale-force winds have been occurring in squalls northeast of the center. Some development of this low will be possible during the next day or so while it moves generally northward over the western Atlantic. However, upper-level winds are expected to become unfavorable for tropical cyclone formation by late Tuesday, and the system is likely to merge with a front and become extratropical on Wednesday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 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. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphics. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:15 a.m.
Sunrise 7:41 a.m.
Sun transit 1:19 p.m.
Sunset 6:57 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:22 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 4:25 a.m.
Moon transit 11:02 a.m.
Moonset 5:32 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on October 16, 2017: Waning Crescent with 10% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on October 19, 2017, at 3:12 p.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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

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



Posted at 3:37 am on October 16, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, October 15, 2017






LOCAL OUTLOOK

Warm conditions will continue today, with rain chances beginning to ramp up in the mountains this afternoon ahead of an approaching cold front. The front will quickly move through the area tonight and Monday morning. Considerably cooler and drier air will spread over the region in its wake and linger for several days.



WEATHER SPONSOR





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

Oct 2 to Oct 13, specific surplus pavers will be offered at reduced pricing, pallet quantities only (limited). 

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



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



Weather Almanac for October 15th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 84°F in Franklin in 1950
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Highlands in 1988
Greatest Rainfall 8.25 inches in Highlands in 1914


Record weather events for October in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on Oct 20, 1913


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy dense fog this morning. Highs ranging from the 60s in the higher elevations to the lower 70s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph, generally out of the west in the afternoon. 20% chance of isolated showers in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Cloudy with fog developing overnight. Lows in the 40s and winds 5 to 10 mpg out of the northwest to make it feel cooler. 70% chance of rain.



MONDAY

Partly sunny with decreasing clouds to become mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the 50s and 60s and winds 10 to 15 mph out of the north. 40% chance of rain.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the mid-30s. Frost will be possible in locations that are protected from the winds out of the northeast overnight.



TUESDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the 50s in the higher elevations to the low to mid-60s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northeast.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Clear with lows in the 30s.

HAZARDS

Dense fog this morning, so please increase your following distance on the roadways and turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you. After the fog burns off, no other hazardous weather is anticipated.


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 WEATHER OUTLOOK


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Oct 15 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Ophelia, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean more than 300 miles east of the easternmost Azores.

1. A broad trough of low pressure centered over the Virgin Islands and the northern Leeward Islands is producing disorganized showers and squalls over portions of the Leeward Islands and adjacent Atlantic waters. This activity is expected to spread across the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later this morning and continue into the afternoon. Upper-level winds are forecast to remain hostile for any significant development to occur during the next day or two. However, the environment could become somewhat more conducive for development by early next week when the system begins to move northward and then recurves over the west-central Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 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. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphics. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.



National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:14 a.m.
Sunrise 7:40 a.m.
Sun transit 1:19 p.m.
Sunset 6:58 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:24 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 3:22 a.m.
Moon transit 10:12 a.m.
Moonset 4:55 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on October 15, 2017: Waning Crescent with 18% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on October 12, 2017 at 8:25 a.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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

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



Posted at 3:50 am on October 15, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, October 14, 2017






LOCAL OUTLOOK

Drier and warmer conditions return today and Sunday before a more robust cold front moves across the Carolinas Sunday night and Monday. Considerably cooler and drier air will spread over the region in the front`s wake and linger through most of the next work week.



WEATHER SPONSOR





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

Oct 2 to Oct 13, specific surplus pavers will be offered at reduced pricing, pallet quantities only (limited). 

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



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



Weather Almanac for October 14th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F in Franklin in 1985
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Highlands in 1988
Greatest Rainfall 3.67 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2014


Record weather events for October in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on Oct 20, 1913


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy dense fog and mostly cloudy this morning with decreasing clouds, becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon. Winds out of the south. Highs ranging from the 60s in the higher elevations to the 70s in the lower elevations.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with patchy dense fog expected to develop overnight. Lows in the 50s and winds out of the southeast.



SUNDAY

Partly sunny in the morning. Mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the 60s to the lower 70s. Winds 5 to 10 mph from the southwest. 30% chance of rain showers, beginning in the afternoon.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with winds 5 to 10 mph from the northwest. 50% chance of rain.



MONDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the upper 50s to the mid-60s and winds 5 to 10 mph from the north. 40% chance of rain, mainly in the morning.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 30s.

HAZARDS

Dense fog this morning, so please increase your following distance on the roadways and turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you. After the fog burns off, no other hazardous weather is anticipated.


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 WEATHER OUTLOOK


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Oct 14 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Ophelia, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles southwest of the Azores.

1. A broad area of low pressure located about 150 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms, mainly to the east of the surface low. Recent satellite-derived surface wind data indicate that gale-force winds were occurring in squalls, and occasional strong wind gusts will continue to occur in some of the heavier showers. Upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable for development during the next couple of days while the system moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph, and passes near or north of the Leeward Islands and the Virgin Islands. However, environmental conditions could become a little more conducive for some development early next week when the system begins to move northward and then recurves over the west-central Atlantic Ocean. Additional information on this system can be found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 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. 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.


Friday, October 13, 6 p.m.

Nantahala Hiking Club Annual Awards and Spaghetti Dinner

Please join us at Tartan Hall (First Presbyterian Church) for our Annual Awards Spaghetti Dinner honoring NHC volunteers. Come and applaud the members who maintain the Trail and those who keep us functioning.

The NHC cooking staff encourages everyone to attend and enjoy a good meal having fun with friends and benefiting the Club at the same time. Please bring your own dishes, silverware and a dessert to share. The cost is $10.00 per person. The Spaghetti Dinners are NHC's only fundraising events of the year. We appreciate your support. A little bird told us there will also be eggplant parmesan.


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:13 a.m.
Sunrise 7:39 a.m.
Sun transit 1:19 p.m.
Sunset 6:59 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:25 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 2:19 a.m.
Moon transit 9:20 a.m.
Moonset 4:15 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on October 14, 2017: Waning Crescent with 27% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on October 12, 2017 at 8:25 a.m. (local daylight time)


Phase of the Moon on October 13, 2017: Waning Crescent with 37% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on October 12, 2017 at 8:25 a.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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

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



Posted at 4:00 am on October 14, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

This Week at NCDOT: Safety City and NCDMV at State Fair;
Hurricane Matthew Anniversary, and
Animal Collisions Dramatically Increase as Temperatures Cool Down







RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.

Safety City

The arrival of fall means one thing in North Carolina… the state fair! As you enjoy turkey legs and everything deep fried, be sure to also check out the informative and potentially life-saving exhibits and helpful services that the Governor’s Highway Safety Program is offering at the fairgrounds.

In addition to having fun, state transportation officials want fairgoers to learn more about how they can help to decrease roadway injuries and fatalities. Visited by more than 100,000 people every year, the Safety City attraction is designed to teach and engage visitors on topics such as the dangers of impaired driving, speeding, railroad safety, plus seat belt and child passenger protection.

Another popular exhibit is the B.A.T. unit, or breath alcohol testing unit, which is equipped with a mobile lab and magistrate’s courtroom. These are used at checkpoints statewide to identify and remove impaired drivers from roadways.

“We're hoping visitors walk away with a little more awareness about the various things they can do to be safer not only on the roads, but also in areas like railways or when they are pedestrians,” says Mark Ezzell, Governor’s Highway Safety Program Director.

Be sure to stop by Safety City near gate 1.

NCDMV Mobile Unit

While at the fair, why not save yourself a trip to the driver license office by visiting the NCDMV mobile unit?

Located off the midway between the Jim Graham Building and Dorton Arena, fairgoers can pick up driver handbooks, learn how to renew their vehicle registration online and even apply for a NC Real ID for the first time if they have the necessary documents with them.

For more information about acceptable documents to bring, visit the NCDMV online at myncdmv.gov.

Hurricane Matthew Anniversary

One year after Hurricane Matthew displaced thousands of families and destroyed homes, NCDOT has made significant progress in getting eastern North Carolina back on its feet.

By spring of this year, the department had reopened all but 14 of the more than 660 roads that Hurricane Matthew damaged or destroyed.

One year after the storm, just two roads remain closed; each needs a new bridge and should reopen next year.

Animal Collisions Dramatically Increase as Temperatures Cool Down

Autumn in North Carolina is the time of the year when deer start showing up in greater numbers along the state’s roadways, which means the greater chance for a collision with vehicles.

The number of animal-vehicle collisions in North Carolina in 2016 was 17,901, just 136 fewer than the year before.

That put the total over the past three years at close to 54,000 collisions, a great majority being with deer. The N.C. Department of Transportation’s latest study on animal collisions shows those crashes killed 14 people, seriously injured 51 others, resulted in 3,356 overall injuries, and caused nearly $136 million in property damage.

“This time of year, it is especially important for all of us to watch for deer,” said Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon.

For the 14th year in a row, Wake County led the state in the number of animal-related crashes with 730, which was a drop of more than 100 from 2015. But it was also 180 more crashes than the runner-up, Pitt County. And over the past three years, Wake County had over 730 more animal-related crashes than any other county. The high number is attributed to the increasing number of drivers and road mileage in the county, which still has considerable wooded acreage.

Guilford County had the third-highest figure at 549 crashes, followed by Duplin, Union, Mecklenburg, Columbus, Randolph, Brunswick, and Forsyth counties.

Counties in the far western part of the state have fewer drivers and roads, so they again had the lowest number of animal crashes. Graham County had just eight, while Swain County had 10.

Deer are on the roadways more during the fall into early winter due to the hunting and mating seasons. They also tend to travel more during times when it is tougher to see them, at dawn and at dusk. With the end of daylight savings time at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, it increases the chance of deer being by roadways when more drivers are on the road for the morning and afternoon commutes.

Traditionally, November records the highest number of animal-related crashes at nearly 22 percent of the annual total over the last three years, followed by October, December, and January.

The most crashes came in the evening between 5 p.m. and midnight, with 50 percent of the overall total. In addition to being the time when deer are more likely to be moving about and crossing roads, it is when decreased driver visibility makes it more difficult to see the animals on or near roadways.

The Department of Transportation has some tips for motorists to avoid being in a deer-vehicle crash:

•Slow down in posted deer crossing areas and heavily wooded areas, especially during the late afternoon and evening;
•Always wear your seat belt. Most people injured in deer-vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belt;
•Statistics indicate most deer-vehicle crashes occur in areas where deer are more likely to travel, such as near bridges or overpasses, railroad tracks, streams, and ditches;
•Drive with high beams on when possible, and watch for eyes reflecting in the headlights;
•Remember that deer often travel in groups, so do not assume that if you see one deer cross the road in front of you, there won’t be others following;
•Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away;
•Increase the distance between your vehicle and other cars, especially at night. 

•If the car ahead of you hits a deer, you could also become involved in the crash;
•Do not swerve to avoid a collision with deer. This could cause you to lose control of your vehicle, and flipping it over, veering it into oncoming traffic or overcorrecting and running off the road, causing a more serious crash;
•Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles or reflectors to deter deer as these devices have not been proven to reduce deer-vehicle crashes; and
•If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself. The best procedure is to get your car off the road if possible, and call 911.

**END SPECIAL SECTION**



CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at



Posted at 9:20 am on October 13, 2017


Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, October 13, 2017






LOCAL OUTLOOK

A wedge of cool high pressure will set up through tomorrow, providing a brief break before warm, moist conditions return over the weekend. A more robust cold front will approach the region, bringing a chance of showers to the area Monday. Considerably cooler and drier air will spread over the region and linger through the middle of next week.



WEATHER SPONSOR





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

Oct 2 to Oct 13, specific surplus pavers will be offered at reduced pricing, pallet quantities only (limited). 

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


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



Weather Almanac for October 13th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 85°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 24°F in Franklin in 1988
Greatest Rainfall 2.90 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1983


Record weather events for October in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on Oct 20, 1913


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 60s to mid-70s. Winds start out from the northeast in the morning, then shifting around clockwise through the morning to come out of the east by noon, then continuing to shift clockwise to come out of the south by 6pm. 20% chance of showers.

TONIGHT

Cloudy with patchy fog overnight. Lows in the 50s and calm winds. 20% chance of rain, mainly in the form of drizzle.



SATURDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the upper 60s to the upper 70s and variable light winds.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s and calm winds.



SUNDAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the upper 60s to the mid-70s.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations.

HAZARDS

Dense fog this morning, so please increase your following distance on the roadways and turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you. After the fog burns off, no other hazardous weather is anticipated.


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 WEATHER OUTLOOK


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Oct 13 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Ophelia, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles southwest of the Azores.

1. A strong tropical wave located several hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Upper-level winds are expected to prevent significant development of this system for the next couple of days as it moves generally west-northwestward to the north of the Leeward Islands. Environmental conditions could become a little more conducive for some development early next week while the system subsequently moves northward over the west-central Atlantic Ocean.

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


Friday, October 13, 6 p.m.

Nantahala Hiking Club Annual Awards and Spaghetti Dinner

Please join us at Tartan Hall (First Presbyterian Church) for our Annual Awards Spaghetti Dinner honoring NHC volunteers. Come and applaud the members who maintain the Trail and those who keep us functioning.

The NHC cooking staff encourages everyone to attend and enjoy a good meal having fun with friends and benefiting the Club at the same time. Please bring your own dishes, silverware and a dessert to share. The cost is $10.00 per person. The Spaghetti Dinners are NHC's only fundraising events of the year. We appreciate your support. A little bird told us there will also be eggplant parmesan.


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:13 a.m.
Sunrise 7:38 a.m.
Sun transit 1:20 p.m.
Sunset 7:01 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:26 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 1:16 a.m.
Moon transit 8:25 a.m.
Moonset 3:31 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on October 13, 2017: Waning Crescent with 37% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on October 12, 2017 at 8:25 a.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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

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



Posted at 3:40 am on October 13, 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.