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Friday, March 24, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, March 24, 2017




NATIONAL OVERVIEW

...Severe weather possible for the Southern/Central High Plains and Lower Mississippi valley through Friday...

...Prime conditions for the spread of wildfires across the Southern/Central High Plains...

...Increasingly active and wet pattern for northern California up to the Pacific Northwest coast and east to the northern Great Basin/Intermountain West...

A robust surface low pressure system is currently moving into the Central Plains. This is resulting in a deep pull of warm moist unstable air from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of the system, with a strong cold front extending southward from the surface low providing ample lift. The combination of these two factors is providing the necessary fuel for rain and thunderstorms across much of the southern and Central Plains this afternoon evening, moving eastward into the Mississippi Valley by Friday. Some of these storms could be strong to severe, especially during the peak heating of the afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined a portion of the high plains in a Slight Risk area for severe weather through tonight, with damaging winds and large hail the main threats. This slight risk area shifts eastward, encompassing much of the southwestern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley for Friday and Saturday. Please refer to the Storm Prediction Center website for more information.

Northeast of the low, a warm front will be the epicenter for widespread rain, possibly mixing with some wintry precipitation across the Great Lakes and Northeast over the next couple of days. Meanwhile, on the northwest side of the low pressure system, snow is expected to continue across the higher terrain of the Central Rockies tonight, before tapering off as the system progresses eastward during the day Friday. Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect through Friday morning for these areas. And on the west and southwest side of the cold front, strong winds are in place. This is coupling with a very dry airmass, creating favorable conditions for wildfires to rapidly spread -- numerous counties from southwest Wyoming southward to New Mexico and western Texas have high wind and red flag warnings in effect.

Across the west, a deep upper trough will spread moderate to locally heavy precipitation from coastal Central California northward to the Canadian border over the next couple of days, before moving inland. As usual, orographics will play a key role in placement of the more concentrated activity. The heaviest amounts may be across the Siskiyou and Shasta Ranges where the onshore flow and vertical motions will be strongest. Precipitation will primarily fall as rain, changing over to snow in the highest elevations. Locations above 5,000 feet in southern Washington and far northern California could see snow in excess of 8 inches tonight into tomorrow. A winter storm watch is in effect for the Sierra Nevadas where up to 2 feet of snow could fall on the highest peaks during this time.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will move off the east coast today. A low pressure system emerging from the Great Plains over the weekend will bring moisture to the southeast Saturday through Sunday. Unsettled weather will continue through Tuesday as another low pressure system moves from the plains to the Ohio Valley, allowing Gulf of Mexico moisture to persist over the southeast.

Weather Almanac for March 24th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 84°F in Highlands in 1929
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands in 1915
Greatest Rainfall 4.35 inches in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Snowfall 5.0 inches in Highlands in 1983

Here is a look at the new traffic flow near the construction on the town bridge



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Partly sunny with highs near the upper 50s and winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.


TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s and winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.



SATURDAY

Cloudy with highs in the lower 60s and winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. 40% chance of rain, mainly after noon. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and lower 50s and winds out of the south southeast. 70% chance of rain.



SUNDAY

Cloudy with highs near the mid to upper 60s. Showers and thunderstorms expected.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50. 40% chance of rain.


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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


MACON CALENDAR

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BENEFIT 4 BRITTANY & DIANE

Saturday, March 25 at 5 PM - 9 PM
at Cartoogechaye Elementary School

Learn more about it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1271875169584301/



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Published at 3:49 am on March 24, 2017

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, March 23, 2017




NATIONAL OVERVIEW

...Severe weather is possible on Thursday across the Southern/Central High Plains...

...Conditions will be ripe for wildfire production from the Four Corners to the Southern/Central High Plains...

...Wet weather likely from northern California up to the Pacific Northwest coast...


The upper pattern will be quite amplified during the period with the primary system of interest entering the Desert Southwest by later tonight. As this upper trough churns eastward, it is expected to become more closed off in nature which will slow its forward progression. This particular feature will help set the stages for well above normal temperatures, on the order of 15 to 20 degrees above climatology, across the center of the country on Thursday. Further, per the recent outlook from the Storm Prediction Center, some thunderstorms may become severe across the Southern/Central High Plains. This should especially be the case along the dry line/advancing cold front. Besides the threat for severe storms, an enhanced threat for wildfire production is in place given dry gusty winds across the Four Corners region into the adjacent High Plains.

Besides the heavy rainfall/severe weather threat, expect accumulating snows underneath the parent upper low across the Southern/Central Rockies. The current forecast suggests amounts in the 6 to 12 inch range over the higher elevations of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. Further east, a northward lifting warm front will keep conditions unsettled from Nebraska eastward into the Middle Mississippi Valley and Upper Great Lakes region. The heaviest rainfall amounts are expected across Nebraska which will be closer to the comma-head of precipitation near the deep surface cyclone.

Elsewhere, a deep upper trough along the West Coast will spread moderate to locally heavy precipitation to areas from coastal Central California northward to the international border with Canada. As usual, orographics will play a key role in placement of the more concentrated activity. The heaviest amounts may be across the Siskiyou and Shasta Ranges where the onshore flow and vertical motions will be strongest. And lastly, the eastern seaboard can expect a cool Thursday morning with temperature anomalies approximately 10 to 15 degrees below average. This is in response to a substantial radiational cooling night given a strong surface anticyclone in place.


LOCAL NEWS

Video of the March 21st meeting of the Macon County Commissioners is available on the blog. [LINK] This meeting was recessed and commissioners will be meeting again on Tuesday, April 4th.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cooler air returns to the region behind a departing cold front and will linger through the end of the work week. A warm front will lift north over the region over the weekend bringing increased chances for widespread precipitation and potential for thunderstorms on Saturday.

Weather Almanac for March 23rd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 82°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2011
Lowest Temperature 15°F in Highlands in 2004
Greatest Rainfall 4.05 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1952
Greatest Snowfall 0.1 inches in Highlands in 1950

THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 50s and winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, gusting to 20 to 25 mph in the morning


TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 30s and winds out of the southeast.



FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs near the upper 50s and winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 40s and winds out of the southeast.



SATURDAY

Mostly cloudy with near the lower 60s. Chance of rain and thunder.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Cloudy with lows near the lower 50s. Rain likely.


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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


MACON CALENDAR

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SOUTHERN BLUE RIDGE BIKE PLAN OPEN HOUSE

There will be an open house for the Southern Blue Ridge Bike Plan at Tartan Hall tonight at 6 pm.






BENEFIT 4 BRITTANY & DIANE

Saturday, March 25 at 5 PM - 9 PM
at Cartoogechaye Elementary School

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Published at 4:07 am on March 23, 2017

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, March 22, 2017




NATIONAL OVERVIEW

...Rain and potential for thunderstorms across the western U.S over the next few days....

...Thunderstorms, potentially strong-to-severe, across western portions of the Southern and Central Plains on Thursday...

Coastal and valley rain will begin to taper off over portions of the Pacific Northwest/California this afternoon as a cold weakens upon moving inland. However... another disturbance entering the West/Southwest U.S. will a round of widespread precipitation to much of the western U.S. over the next few days. Some of the highest terrain could see some snow mix in with the rain, while scattered thunderstorms will be possible. Several inches of snow will be possible for the higher peaks from the Great Basin to the Central/Northern Rockies by this weekend. Snow is also expected to continue for portions of the northern Cascades during this time.

Across the southern tier states a frontal boundary will slowly sage toward the gulf of Mexico over the next few days. The convergence of warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and colder air pushing southward from Canada, will be enough to spawn showers and thunderstorms, potentially strong, along and just north of this frontal boundary. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted an area spanning from the Texas Panhandle to the southwest corner of Nebraska as having a slight risk for severe thunderstorm development on Thursday. Additional information on the threat for severe weather can be found on the Storm Prediction Center website (www.spc.ncep.noaa.gov).

Snow is forecast to stick around portions of Maine over the next couple of days as a low pressure system lifts north and east toward the Canadian Maritimes. Cool and mainly dry conditions are expected for much of the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Ohio Valley region with a broad area of high pressure in place.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will move through the area later tonight, increasing the chances for widespread showers and thunderstorms. A few of the thunderstorms could be severe. Cooler air will return behind the front to end the work week before another frontal system approaches the area next weekend.

Weather Almanac for March 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 80°F in Highlands in 1935
Lowest Temperature 10°F in Franklin in 1965
Greatest Rainfall 3.49 inches in Highlands in 19552
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Franklin in 1872

THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy dense fog in the morning. Partly sunny with decreasing clouds. Highs near the upper 50s to lower 60s and winds out of the north and northwest 5 to 15 mph.


TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near the upper 30s and north winds calming before midnight. Slight chance of rain after midnight.



THURSDAY

Partly sunny with highs near the lower 50s. Calm winds in the morning, then from the east southeast in the afternoon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 30s and light winds out of the southeast.



FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs near 60.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with near the mid to upper 40s.


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


BENEFIT 4 BRITTANY & DIANE

Saturday, March 25 at 5 PM - 9 PM
at Cartoogechaye Elementary School

Learn more about it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1271875169584301/



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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 >>
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Published at 3:49 am on March 22, 2017

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 21st Continued Session
Macon County Commissioners



The Macon County Commissioners will be continuing their regular meeting this afternoon at 4:30 pm in the Commissioners Boardroom on the third floor of the courthouse.

The public agenda has been posted below, but so far, no press packet has been released. It will be posted here when it becomes available.

The video will be added here sometime tomorrow.



MEDIA ROLL CALL
(media outlets with reporters/photographers present

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

OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS
(elected officials other than those serving on this board)

Sheriff Robert Holland



MACON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

CONTINUED SESSION

MARCH 21, 2017 – 4:30 P.M.
AGENDA

1. Reconvene and welcome by Chairman Tate
2. Presentation of the Macon County Fire Protection Study – Emergency
Management Director Warren Cabe
3. Approval of report of unpaid taxes – Tax Collections Supervisor Teresa
McDowell
4. Presentation and award of bids for Robert C. Carpenter Community
Building renovations – County Manager and Tom Ritter
5. Update on allowing elected officials to accrue leave time – County
Attorney
6. Other items as needed
7. Adjourn



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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.

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Published at 2:29 pm on March 21, 2017



Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, March 21, 2017




NATIONAL OVERVIEW

...Heavy snow possible over the Sierras...

...Heavy rain over parts of Northern California...

...Snow over parts of the Northern/Central Plains...

Low pressure over the Ohio Valley will move eastward off the Mid-Atlantic Coast by Tuesday afternoon. The associated front will advance southward to the interior Gulf Coast States and eastward off the Southern Mid-Atlantic Coast by Wednesday morning. The system will produce showers and thunderstorms over parts of the Ohio Valley/Central Appalachians that will move to parts of the Mid-Atlantic/Tennessee Valley on Tuesday morning that will end over the Mid-Atlantic by Tuesday afternoon. On Tuesday, moisture will pool along the boundary from parts of the Southern Plains to the Southeast. Also on Tuesday afternoon, showers and thunderstorms will expand along the front over the Tennessee Valley into the Middle Mississippi Valley that will expand into parts of the Southeast by Tuesday evening into Wednesday. Overnight Tuesday, the showers and thunderstorms will expand into parts of the Southern Plains.

Meanwhile, upper-level energy over the Northern Intermountain Region/Northern Rockies will move eastward and dissipate over the Ohio Valley by Tuesday evening. The energy will develop snow and rain over parts of Northern Intermountain Region/Northern Rockies into parts of the Northern/Central High Plains that will move eastward into parts of the Northern/Central Plains by Tuesday morning and Middle Mississippi Valley that will end by Tuesday evening. A second area of upper-level energy will move out of the Northern Rockies into the Central Plains Tuesday into Wednesday morning. The energy will produce rain and some snow over parts of the Central Rockies/Central High Plains that will move into parts of the Central/Northern Plains by Wednesday.

Additionally, a plume of moisture and onshore flow will move into the West Coast producing rain and higher elevations snow over the Northern/Central California into the Pacific Northwest that will expand eastward into the Northern Rockies/Great Basin on Tuesday. The rain and higher elevation snow will continue over the West Coast through Wednesday while rain moves into Southern California overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will approach the forecast area today into Wednesday, increasing chances for rain and thunderstorms. A few of the thunderstorms could be strong this evening. Cooler air will return behind the front to end the work week before another frontal system approaches the area next weekend.

Weather Almanac for March 21st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 81°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1968
Lowest Temperature 8°F in Franklin in 1965
Greatest Rainfall 2.80 inches in Franklin in 1980
Greatest Snowfall 4.5 inches in In Nantahala in 1936

The state record for the amount of snow to fall on this date is 29 inches on Mount Mitchell in 2001.


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog early. Partly sunny early with increasing clouds. Highs near 70 and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, gusting to 25 mph in the morning. 60% chance of rain and thunderstorms, some of which may become severe, mainly after 2 pm. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch are expected.


TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with patchy fog before midnight and lows near the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. 70% chance of rain and thunderstorms, mainly before 2 am.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 50s and winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph. 50% chance of rain.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 30s and winds out of the east. 30% chance of rain.



THURSDAY

Partly sunny with decreasing clouds and highs near 50.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with increasing clouds and lows near the mid 30s.


HAZARDS

Severe weather is possible. There is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Some of the thunderstorms may produce large hail and damaging wind gusts.

Spotters are asked to report large hail and damaging winds to the National Weather Service on Tuesday.

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


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


BENEFIT 4 BRITTANY & DIANE

Saturday, March 25 at 5 PM - 9 PM
at Cartoogechaye Elementary School

Learn more about it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1271875169584301/



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

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

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


Published at 4:15 am on March 21, 2017

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, March 20, 2017




NATIONAL OVERVIEW

...Moderate to heavy snow possible over the Sierras...

...Heavy rain over parts of Northern California...

A wave of low pressure over the Central Plains will move eastward to the Mid-Atlantic Coast by Tuesday. Rain will develop overnight Sunday over parts of the Upper Mississippi Valley/Upper Great Lakes that will move into parts of the Lower Great Lakes by Monday evening and into parts of the Northern Appalachians by Tuesday morning. Showers and thunderstorms will develop over parts of the Western Ohio Valley by early Monday morning that will move to parts of the Tennessee Valley and the Central/Southern Appalachians as well as parts of the Southern Mid-Atlantic by Tuesday. Overnight Monday, rain will develop over parts of the Northern Mid-Atlantic into Tuesday.

A lingering front extending from parts of Northern California to the Northern High Plains/Central Rockies will be mainly stationary over the region through Tuesday. In addition, a plume of moisture from the Pacific will move into parts of Northern California that will move into Central California by Tuesday morning. Rain and highest elevation snow will develop from parts of Northern California/Pacific Northwest to the Northern High Plains through Monday morning and into Tuesday. On Monday, rain will expand into parts of Central California and into Southern California by Tuesday. Overnight Monday, snow will develop over the Sierras into Tuesday. Also by Tuesday morning, rain and snow will develop over parts of the Northern/Central Plains. 


SPRING BEGINS TODAY

Spring officially begins at 6:29 this morning. Meteorological Spring began on March 1st, and the spring that starts today is referred to as Astronomical Spring.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

.Dry high pressure will settle over the Southeast states through Monday. A cold front will approach the forecast area Tuesday into Wednesday, increasing chances for rain and thunderstorms. Cooler air will return behind the front to end the work week before another frontal system approaches the areA next weekend.

Weather Almanac for March 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F in Franklin in 1968
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Franklin in 1956
Greatest Rainfall 2.61 inches in Highlands in 1901
Greatest Snowfall 8.5 inches in In Franklin in 1876

All the weather records for today in Macon County are at least 52 years old, and a couple of them are over a hundred years old!


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Sunny with highs in the lower 60s and winds out of the north west, shifting to coming out of the southwest by mid afternoon.


TONIGHT

Increasing clouds, becoming mostly cloudy before midnight. Lows in the upper 40s and winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.



TUESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near the upper 60s and winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. 40% chance of rain with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. 70% chance of rain and thunderstorms.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 50s. 50% chance of rain.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 30s.


HAZARDS

Hazardous Weather is not expected today.


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


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


BENEFIT 4 BRITTANY & DIANE

Saturday, March 25 at 5 PM - 9 PM
at Cartoogechaye Elementary School

Learn more about it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1271875169584301/



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

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

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at >>
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Published at 4:12 am on March 20, 2017

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, March 19, 2017




NATIONAL OVERVIEW

...Record warmth over much of the western U.S. expected to spread into the northern and southern Plains...

...Cold temperatures and wintry precipitation today across portions of the Northeast and northern Mid-Atlantic...

A mix of rain and snow is currently falling over portions of the Northeast and the interior mid-Atlantic into the western slopes of the central Appalachians and is forecast to continue through the day and into Monday morning. Snow will likely linger from Massachusetts to eastern Maine as the low pressure center deepens offshore and continues to track northward toward the Canadian Maritimes. Cold air filtering in behind the front will drop temperatures well below normal for much of the Eastern Seaboard on Monday before a moderating trend begins on Tuesday.

Across the West, a strong cold front will bring lower elevation rain and mountain snow across the Pacific Northwest over the next few days. A portion of the front is expected to become stationary, keeping the rain and snow across northern California, much of Oregon, the Great Basin, Intermountain West, and Northern Rockies today. The northern portion of this system will push through the Northern High Plains and Upper Midwest before sagging into the Central Plains on Monday. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to initiate along and ahead of the advancing boundary, spanning from the Mid-Mississippi valley to the Great Lakes region by Monday morning then expanding eastward into the Tennessee/Ohio valleys and the Appalachians by late afternoon. Cold air trapped in some of the valleys of the northern Appalachians and northern New England could see resulted in snow or a wintry mix. Onshore flow in conjunction will another Pacific system approaching the West Coast will result in another round of widespread rain with possible higher elevation snow.

LOCAL NEWS



A 5K and benefit was held yesterday in Otto to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Otto Community Development Organization. A video and photo essay will be posted tomorrow.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will build into the region today, and settle over the Southeast states through Monday. Another cold front will approach the forecast area Tuesday into Wednesday, increasing chances for rain and thunderstorms.

Weather Almanac for March 19th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 82°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2011
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands in 1893
Greatest Rainfall 4.20 inches in Highlands in 1881
Greatest Snowfall 4.0 inches in Highlands in 1947




THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Mostly sunny with highs near the lower 50s and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


TONIGHT

Clear with lows near freezing and winds out of the northwest expected to become light and variable before midnight.



MONDAY

Sunny with highs near the lower 60s and winds out of the west.

MONDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with cloud cover increasing to mostly cloudy by midnight. Lows in the upper 40s and winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.



TUESDAY (Severe thunderstorms possible)

Partly sunny with increasing clouds. Highs near the upper 60s and winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. 50% chance of rain and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Some of the storms could be severe.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 40s. Rain and thunderstorms expected, mainly before midnight.


HAZARDS

Hazardous Weather is not expected today.


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


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


BENEFIT 4 BRITTANY & DIANE

Saturday, March 25 at 5 PM - 9 PM
at Cartoogechaye Elementary School

Learn more about it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1271875169584301/





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Published at 5:12 am on March 19, 2017

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, March 18, 2017




NATIONAL OVERVIEW

...Record warmth expected over much of the western U.S. as heavy snow moves across the northern Cascades...

...Cold and wintry precipitation expected to spread from the Great Lakes into the Northeast during the weekend...

An upper-level trough is forecast to deepen and dig southeastward across the Great Lakes and the mid-Atlantic states before moving off the coast on Sunday. Unseasonably cold air will once again overspread much of the northern and northeastern portions of the country along with a swath of wintry precipitation. A surface low pressure system is forecast to deepen rapidly as it moves off the mid-Atlantic coast Saturday night and should pass about a couple hundred miles off Cape Cod on Sunday. Much of the wintry precipitation in the Northeast should be tapering off on Sunday with the exception of Cape Cod where the storm could be close enough to produce a period of heavier snow along with strong gusty winds. Ahead of the trailing cold front, rain will be the primary precipitation type from mid-Atlantic southwestward through the mid and lower Mississippi Valley where some scattered thunderstorms are possible.

Out West, a progressive upper-level trough will usher in a strong cold front across the Pacific Northwest into the northern Rockies during the weekend. Temperatures ahead of the cold front are expected to reach record levels from the Desert Southwest through much of the Rockies on Saturday, spreading into the central Plains on Sunday. Behind the front, snow is expected to be heavy in the northern Cascades before tapering off later on Sunday. The front is forecast to become nearly stationary across the Intermountain West on Sunday with coastal/valley rains and higher elevation snows. Meanwhile, the northern portion of the front should continue to move steadily eastward into the northern Plains on Sunday with rain in the upper Midwest and possibly thunderstorms farther south in the Midwest.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will move through the area this morning. Dry high pressure will overspread the region in the front's wake and persist into early next week. Another cold front is expected to approach the forecast area from the north by the middle of next week.

Weather Almanac for March 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 81°F in Franklin in 1982
Lowest Temperature 4°F in Highlands in 1902
Greatest Rainfall 5.30 inches in Highlands in 1884
Greatest Snowfall 1.50 inches in Highlands in 1958

The rainfall recorded in Highlands on this date in 1884 is also the state record for the date.


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY (Outdoor burning is not recommended due to high winds )

Patchy fog before 10 am. Cloudy early, gradually become mostly sunny b y 6 pm. Highs near the mid 60s. Winds start out the day about 5 mph from the northeast and will shift to come out of the northwest before noon. Winds will increase to 10 to 15 mph with wind gusts between 20 to 30 mph with winds peaking between 4 pm and 6 pm. Outdoor burning is not recommended due to the high winds.


TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 30 ans winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 20 mph.



SUNDAY

Sunny with highs near the upper 50s and winds out of the northwest.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Clear with lows near freezing and winds out of the northwest, calming before midnight.



MONDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 60s.

MONDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near the upper 40s.


HAZARDS

Hazardous Weather is not expected today.


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


MACON CALENDAR

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BENEFIT 4 BRITTANY & DIANE

Saturday, March 25 at 5 PM - 9 PM
at Cartoogechaye Elementary School

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Published at 2:25 am on March 18, 2017

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, March 17, 2017




NATIONAL OVERVIEW

...Heavy snow possible over the Northern Cascades...

...Snow possible from the Upper Mississippi valley to parts of the Northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast...

Snow... possibly with pockets of mixed precipitation... is forecast from the Upper Mississippi valley/Great Lakes region to the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast as a surface low pressure system tracks across the central U.S this weekend. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will stream into the Southern Plains and pool along the advancing front. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop along and ahead of the boundary as it passes through the Midwest/Mississippi valley into the Ohio/Tennessee valley/Appalachians. High pressure will slide into the Northern and Central Plains as the system continues to track toward the East Coast.

An upper-level trough will move inland over the Pacific Northwest today ushering in a plume of moisture to the Pacific Northwest. Coastal/valley rain and higher elevation snow over parts of the Pacific Northwest and eastward into parts of the Northern Rockies will continue over the next few days. Portions of the Cascades may observe heavy snowfall this weekend. Numerous flood watches and warnings are in effect across portions of the Great Basin and the Intermountain West.


LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cold high pressure will drift off the East Coast today, allowing temperatures to rebound over the weekend. A cold front will pass through the area on Saturday, followed by dry high pressure that will persist into early next week.

Weather Almanac for March 17th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F in at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1945
Lowest Temperature 11°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 3.32 inches in Nantahala in 1973
Greatest Snowfall 10.0 inches in Nantahala in 1936

The highest temperature recorded in Macon County in the month of March was 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on March 15, 1967.


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY (Outdoor burning is not recommended )

Partly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 50s. Winds will start the day calm, then shift to come from the south in the afternoon.


TONIGHT

Cloudy with lows near the lower 40s and winds out of the east. Fog is expected to develop around 5 am. Rain chances will increase from 20% at 6 pm to 60% around 6 am with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.



SATURDAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Cloudy with temperatures starting off in the lower 40s and clearing skies. Highs in the low to mid 60s. Winds will start out from the east 5 to 15 mph, shifting to come from the northwest and gusting to between 20 and 35 mph. A high wind field is expected to cross the county in the afternoon between 2 pm and 6 pm. 60% chance of rain, mainly before 10 am with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected. Relative humidity levels are expected to drop below 30% in the afternoon.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near 30 and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.



SUNDAY

Sunny with highs near the mid to upper 50s.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Clear with lows near freezing.


HAZARDS

Hazardous Weather is not expected today.


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


MACON CALENDAR

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There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


BENEFIT 4 BRITTANY & DIANE

Saturday, March 25 at 5 PM - 9 PM
at Cartoogechaye Elementary School

Learn more about it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1271875169584301/





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Published at 4:27 am on March 17, 2017

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, March 16, 2017




NATIONAL OVERVIEW

...Remaining cold over the eastern U.S. with rain and snow for the northwestern U.S. states...

A quieter weather pattern has settled in across the eastern half of the nation now that the nor'easter has exited New England and weakened. A gradual moderating trend in temperatures is expected over the next few days as the arctic airmass retreats and milder air flows in from the west. Another cold front is forecast to track towards the East Coast by this weekend, but it won't be nearly as strong as the last front. A band of showers is likely along and ahead of this front from the southern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic region.

Out West, a Pacific front crossing the Intermountain West on Thursday will bring periods of rain and mountain snow to the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies. This system is expected to reach the northern Plains and Upper Midwest by Friday morning, bringing rain for the middle Mississippi River valley, and a wintry mix across Wisconsin and Michigan. It will continue to stay warm and dry across the Desert Southwest through the end of the week.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cold Canadian high pressure will continue to bring below normal temperatures to our region until Friday when a warm front moves up from the south bring warmer temperatures. Temperatures will moderate ahead of another cold front which passes Saturday. Temperatures will be above normal in the first half of the upcoming week.


LOCAL NEWS

The Macon County Commissioners met for their regular monthly meeting for March 2017 Tuesday night. Full video and supporting documents are posted on the blog. [LINK] The commissioners recessed the meeting until 4:30 pm on Tuesday, March 21st. They will begin hearing budget presentations during that meeting.

Weather Almanac for March 16th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 80°F in at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2002
Lowest Temperature 6°F in Franklin in 1916
Greatest Rainfall 4.10 inches in Franklin in 1880
Greatest Snowfall 3.3 inches in Highlands in 1915

The greatest one-day rainfall in Macon County was 21.15 inches, recorded in Highlands on July 19, 1879. It is also a state record for that day. Can you imagine what it would be like to receive that much rainfall in a day?


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY (Outdoor burning is not recommended )

Sunny with highs in the 40s and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Gusts could be up to 25 mph this morning. Relative humidity levels will be below 30% this afternoon, so outdoor burning is not recommended.


TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near the mid 20s and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.



FRIDAY

Mostly sunny with increasing clouds and highs near the mid 50s and winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 40s and winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph. 50% chance of rain.



SATURDAY

Cloudy with decreasing clouds and highs near the upper 50s. Winds out of the west 15 to 20 mph, gusting to 35 mph. 70% chance of rain.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear and breezy with lows near 30.


HAZARDS

Hazardous Weather is not expected today.


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


MACON CALENDAR

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BENEFIT 4 BRITTANY & DIANE

Saturday, March 25 at 5 PM - 9 PM
at Cartoogechaye Elementary School

Learn more about it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1271875169584301/





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Published at 4:13 am on March 16, 2017

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, March 15, 2017




SCHOOL DELAYS

Franklin and Nantahala area schools are on a two hour delay today, March 15th.

NATIONAL OVERVIEW

...Heavy snow possible over Northern New England...

...Heavy rain possible over parts of the Northwest Coast...

...Temperature will be 10 to 25 degrees below average over most of the eastern third of the country...

Deep low pressure along New England Coast will slowly move northeastward into the Canadian Maritimes by Thursday morning. The storm will produce snow from the Lower Great Lakes/Central Appalachians eastward to the Northern Mid-Atlantic Coast and the Northeast Coast with heavy snow over parts of Northern New England into Upstate New York. The heavy snow will slowly tapper off by Wednesday morning over Upstate New York and Northern New England. Light scatted snow will continue over parts of Northern New England into parts of Northern Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday afternoon, that will slowly retreat to parts of the Northern New England by Thursday morning. On Wednesday morning, upper-level energy rotating around the associated upper-level low, over the Northeast, will aid in producing light snow over parts of the Northern Mid-Atlantic Coast Wednesday afternoon into late Wednesday night. Additionally, cold air rotating around the storm will aid in producing lake effect snow south of Lakes Michigan through Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, a front just off the Northwest Coast will move inland to the Northern High Plains to Northern California by Thursday. A plume of moisture associated with the boundary will stream into the Pacific Northwest that will slowly move southward to Northern/Central California Wednesday night into Thursday. The system will produce rain as far inland as the Northern Intermountain Region/Northern Rockies through Wednesday morning into Wednesday afternoon. On Wednesday morning, the storm's associated upper-level trough will begin to move onshore over the Northwest. The snow levels will start to lower on Wednesday evening into Thursday as snow begins to develop over the Northern Cascades and the Northern Rockies. Furthermore, rain will begin to move into parts of Northern California on Wednesday morning. 


LOCAL NEWS

Five years ago today, a pilot and four passengers perished in an accident at the Macon County Airport. Macon Media coverage of the accident is on the blog [LINK]. The FAA report can be read on the FAA website. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cold Canadian high pressure will continue to bring below normal temperatures to our region through Thursday night. Some of the coldest air in weeks is expected Wednesday night. Another low pressure system will approach the area on Saturday. Expect seasonably mild temperatures over the weekend.

Weather Almanac for March 15th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 86°F in at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1967
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Franklin in 1993
Greatest Rainfall 4.01 inches in Highlands in 1912
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1960

Greatest Snowfall in one day recorded in Macon County was 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on March 13, 1993


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY (Outdoor burning is not recommended )

Sunny with highs near freezing and wind chills in the 20s. Winds will be out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts in the range of 25 to 30 mph as a wind field crosses Macon County between 6 am and 6 pm today. Relative humidity will be below 30% between noon and 6 pm, so combined with the winds, outdoor burning is not recommended today.


TONIGHT

Clear with lows near the mid to upper teens and wind chills near the upper single digits and lower teens. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.



THURSDAY

Sunny with highs near the upper 40s and winds out of the northwest near 10 mph.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near the mid 20s and winds out of the northwest, calming before midnight.



FRIDAY

Patchy frost before 8 am. Highs near the mid to upper 50s. 20% chance of precipitation, with snow showers possible until 10 am, when a changeover to rain is expected. Little or no accumulation is expected.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 30s and a 40% chance of rain showers after 8 pm.



HAZARDS

High winds and low humidity will combine to make today a day that outdoor burning is not recommended. Winds will also be a little high today. A wind field will be crossing Macon County from around 6 am today until 6 pm tonight. There may be scattered power outages as limbs or trees fall on power lines. IF you're driving or hiking in the high country, be on the lookout for falling limbs. If you see a downed power line, please do not attempt to touch it. Call 911 if there is fire or a life safety issue.

HOW TO REPORT AN ELECTRICAL OUTAGE

Duke Energy

Call 800.769.3766 or in Spanish 866.4.Apagón (866.427.2466).

If you see a fallen power line or safety hazard, call Duke Energy at 800.Power.On (800.769.3766) or in Spanish 866.4.Apagón (866.427.2466) or contact your local emergency services immediately. Do not touch a power line or anything in contact with it and keep others away until help arrives.

Haywood EMC

To report or inquire about power outages, call 1-800-951-6088


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


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


BENEFIT 4 BRITTANY & DIANE

Saturday, March 25 at 5 PM - 9 PM
at Cartoogechaye Elementary School

Learn more about it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1271875169584301/





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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 >>
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Published at 3:56 am on March 15, 2017

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Regular March 2017 Meeting
Macon County Commissioners


The Macon County Commissioners will be having the regularly scheduled monthly meeting tonight in the Commissioners Boardroom on the third floor of the Macon County Courthouse at 6:00 pm. If you wish to attend in person, please be there at least 15 minutes or more early if you want a seat. 

Video will be added here sometime Wednesday. Patreon supporters will have early access to the video once it is published.






MEDIA ROLL CALL
(media outlets with reporters/photographers present)

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

ELECTED CRITTERS
(people not serving on the board who were present)

Sheriff Robert Holland (first part of meeting)




Supporting documents are posted below in the interest of promoting transparency and participation in local government.



MACON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MARCH 14, 2017
AGENDA

1. Call to order and welcome by Chairman Tate

2. Announcements
    (A) Presentation to Commissioner Higdon

3. Moment of Silence

4. Pledge of Allegiance

5. Public Hearing(s)

6. Public Comment Period

7. Additions to agenda

8. Adjustments to and approval of the agenda

9. Reports/Presentations
    (A) Cooperative Extension Annual Report - Alan Durden
    (B) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) regarding colon cancer awareness - Lynn Wright
    (C) FInancial analysis and capital improvements - Davenport & Company LLC
    (D) Building a Recovery Community - Christy Newell Wyatt
    (E) Litter - Jerry Anselmo

10. Old Business

11. New Business
    (A) Foster Care Social Work position - DSS Director Patrick Betancourt
    (B) Letter of approval for Smoky Mountain Relay - County Manager

12. Consent Agenda - Attachment #12
      All items below are considered routine and will be enacted in one motion. No separate discussion will be held on request of a member of       the Board of Commissioners.

    (A) Minutes of the February 14, 2017 regular meeting and the February 16, 2017 continued session
    (B) Budget Amendments #136-138
    (C) Tax Releases

13. Appointments
    (A) Board of Equalization and Review (5 seats)
    (B) Library Board (3 seats)
    (C) Review Officer
    (D) List of upcoming appointments - Deputy Clerk

14. Closed Session (if necessary)

15. Recess until Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (at a specific time to be determined by the board) in the commission boardroom located on the third floor of the Macon County Courthouse, 5 West Main Street, Franklin, NC.






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Published at 1:11 pm on March 14, 2017