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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, June 24, 2018




Severe Thunderstorms Roll Though Macon County



A line of thunderstorms rolled through Macon County yesterday afternoon, knocking down trees and power lines, leaving over 2,000 Maconians without electrical service for several hours. As of 2:37 am, that number had dropped to 779 as crews worked through the night to restore service. Duke Energy is still assessing the damage and has no estimate of when power might be restored to everyone.

An open thread that took place during the event on Facebook has been transcribed to the blog and can be seen on MaconMedia.com. Scroll down to see the liveblog posted in reverse chronological order.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

Shower and thunderstorm chances will persist through Sunday as the region remains in a warm and humid airmass to the southeast of a low-pressure system over the lower Great Lakes. A cold front will drop into the forecast area on Monday ushering in a more seasonable and drier airmass for next Tuesday and Wednesday before humidity increases Thursday ahead of the next cold front.

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

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Weather Almanac for June 24th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1988
Lowest Temperature 38°F in Franklin in 1972
Greatest Rainfall 3.85 inches in Franklin in 1872

Record Weather Events for June (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 99°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on June 30, 2012
Lowest Temperature 32°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on June 2, 1966
Greatest Rainfall 7.63 inches in Highlands on June 16, 1949


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




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FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 85. West northwest wind 3 to 7 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

Showers and thunderstorms possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

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


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OTTO AREA

TODAY

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 84. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorm. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. West northwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light north wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

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


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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 78. West wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. West northwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. West northwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. North northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 79. West wind around 9 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. West wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. North northeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:47 am to 3:42 am this morning


HAZARDS

A few strong to severe storms will be possible this afternoon. Damaging winds will be the main threat with these storms. Hail up to quarter size will also be possible. Heavy rainfall will also lead to localized flash flooding especially in areas of poor drainage.

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

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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
3:47 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Jun 24 2018

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

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



MACON CALENDAR

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Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

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

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

Movies and Dates:

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

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

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



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

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 5:50 a.m.
Sunrise 6:20 a.m.
Sun transit 1:36 p.m.
Sunset 8:52 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:22 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 4:00 a.m.
Moonrise 5:46 p.m.
Moon transit 11:14 p.m.
Moonset 4:37 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on June 24, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 88% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on June 28, 2018 at 12:53 a.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

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Published at 4:10 am on June 24, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


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

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Thunderstorms Expected This Afternoon
Updated with Community Liveblog

**NOTE** Updates will be posted in reverse chronological order at the end of this article. Scroll down to see them.


There is a line of storms moving toward Macon County this afternoon. Some of these storms have been severe and may be strong or severe when they arrive. I (Bobby) estimate they'll arrive in western Macon County between 4 and 5 pm (plus or minus 30 minutes) and will quickly cross the county from west to east.

If you plan on being outdoors during this time, please keep an umbrella handy and stay near shelter. The main hazard with these storms is expected to be lightning, briefly strong winds, small hail, and heavy downpours. If you are driving when these storms arrive, please slow down and increase the distance you follow other motorists.

The National Weather Service will alert us if they feel these storms will warrant a severe thunderstorm warning or a Special Weather Statement. You can see these for yourself at https://is.gd/MACONWARN

If you have a portable NOAA Weather Radio, make sure the batteries are charged and keep it with you.

Published 2:55 pm on Saturday, June 23, 2018

Text on map:

RADAR at 2:41 pm
Storms moving in from the west
should arrive in western Macon County
between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm
plus or minus 30 minutes

#WNCscan #MaconSafety #MaconWx

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

WEATHER SPONSOR


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

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

Updates and Liveblog will be posted below this line.

Some material cross-posted from our Open Thread on Facebook.
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**2:37am** POWER OUTAGE REPORT

MACON COUNTY
779 Duke customers in 40 locations

SWAIN COUNTY
6 Duke customers in 3 locations

JACKSON COUNTY
142 Duke customers in 8 locations

GRAHAM COUNTY
34 Duke customers in 3 locations

CHEROKEE COUNTY
213 Duke Energy customers in 6 locations

A total of 3,643 Duke customers are out of service in North Carolina
Haywood EMC reports all outages in North Carolina have been repaired

**6:00pm** Coverage ended for the night.

**5:50pm** A reader reports several trees down on Walnut Road.

**5:37 pm** POWER OUTAGE REPORT

MACON COUNTY
2,050 Duke customers in 33 locations
6 Haywood EMC customers

SWAIN COUNTY
1,378 Duke customers in 5 locations

JACKSON COUNTY
176 Duke customers in 13 locations

GRAHAM COUNTY
264 Duke customers in 9 locations

CHEROKEE COUNTY
1,102 Duke Energy customers in 27 locations

A total of 8,622 Duke customers are out of service in North Carolina

**5:27pm** West Macon Fire Department is responding to a report of a power pole on fire near Pines RV Park on the Murphy Road (US-64). Further response of units not on the scene canceled at 5:41 pm.

**5:09pm** Cullasja Fire Department is responding to a tree down in powerlines near Riverside Fellowship Church. No injuries. (Command terminated at this location at 5:44 pm.

**5:07pm** There are too many outage locations to produce maps of them all. You can see them for yourself at via this Macon Media-produced short URL at https://is.gd/DukeOutages

**5:04pm** POWER OUTAGE REPORT

MACON COUNTY
1,843 Duke customers in 37 locations
2 Haywood EMC customers

SWAIN COUNTY
1,376 Duke customers in 3 locations

JACKSON COUNTY
76 Duke customers in 6 locations

**4:58pm** Franklin Fire Department is responding to a report of a tree down on Second Street with powerlines on fire.

**4:57pm** A reader reports trees in the road about three miles above the LBJ Job Corps on Wayah Road.

**4:55pm** Burningtown Fire Department is reporting multiple trees down and several power poles damaged and power lines down on Windy Poplar Road. This is along a half miles section of roadway.

**4:53pm** A reader reports a power line in the road on the Old Murphy Road.

**4:51pm** GIF of the RADAR loop between 3:39pm to 4:47pm showing the storm crossing the county.




**4:49pm** Franklin Police report they've closed Wayah Street between the Franklin Press and Porter Street due to power lines in the road.

**4:46pm** A reader reports the road through the Cullasaja Gorge is blocked. Probably by a tree or trees down.

**4:44pm** Nantahala Fire Department has been dispatched at the request of Medic 4 to an area on Wayah Road near Long Branch Road. Multiple trees are down and so are power lines.

**4:42pm** The bulk of the storm front has passed through Macon County, except near Highlands, where it will be exiting the county in the next 15 minutes. Rain will continue to fall for a little while after the front passes. I'm (Bobby) not expecting any more severe weather for the next hour or so. Reports of damage will continue to roll in for the next few hours.

**4:41pm** A reader reports a power outage on Sugarfork Road. There are 1,376 out of power in 3 locations in Swain County. A reader in the Deep Creek area of Swain County reports they lost power at 4:27 pm.

**4:39pm** There are currently 1,347 Duke Energy customers in Macon County w/o service in 26 separate outages. There are also outages reported in neighboring counties. Crews are responding.

**4:37pm** Information on the outage in the Nantahala Community



DUKE ENERGY OUTAGE INFORMATION
[click image to enlarge]
Current Customers Affected: 1,137
First Reported: Jun 23, 3:59 PM
Estimated Restoration: Assessing Damage

**4:35pm** A reader reports a loud boom near Ulco Drive and Conley Road. (This was probably transformers blowing as several treees and power lines were knocked down on Wayah Street)

**4:34pm** A reader reports a limb blocking one lane of the road on Iotla Church Road, near the sharp curve by Windy Poplar Road.

**4:32pm** A reader reports a power outage on Fulton Road.

**4:29pm** Duke Energy reports over 1,100 customers w/o service in the Nantahala area. EMS reports numerous trees down blocking area roads. Medic 4 reports road blocked at Wayah Road and Long Branch Road.

**4:28pm** Franklin Police are responding to a report of a tree down blocking one lane of East Main Street at Tallents Produce. A reader reports power outage in the Cowee COmmunity.

UPDATE #6 4:27 PM Photo shared by a reader of the storm moving in on the northern part of the county



UPDATE #5 4:25 PM Open Thread started on Facebook Page. See the embed below:



UPDATE #4 4:00 pm
Hail storm indicated on RADAR. MAp follows.



RADAR indicates hail up to 0.75 inches in this storm nd 90% chance of hail. Max rainfall rates of 2-4 inched per hour are also indicated by RADAR. The map with this post shows the hailstorm and projected path. If you're in that area, take shelter immediately.

[click image to enlarge]

time 4:00 pm on 06-23-2018

UPDATE #3 3:45 pm The rest of the county is now under a Severe Thunderstorms Warning. Text and map follows.

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
343 PM EDT SAT JUN 23 2018



The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
Western Stephens County in northeastern Georgia...
Habersham County in northeastern Georgia...
Rabun County in northeastern Georgia...
Southern Macon County in western North Carolina...
Northwestern Oconee County in Upstate South Carolina...

* Until 445 PM EDT.

* At 342 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 4 miles south of Andrews to 6 miles east of Blairsville to 8 miles northeast of Dahlonega, moving east at 50 mph.

HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts.

SOURCE...Radar indicated.

IMPACT...Expect damage to trees and power lines.

* Locations impacted include...
Toccoa, Franklin, Clayton, Clarkesville, Cornelia, Demorest, Mount Airy, Highlands, Mountain City and Tiger.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Scattered trees and power lines will be blown down in the warned area. Seek shelter inside an interior room.

Please report damaging winds, hail, or flooding to the National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg by calling toll free, 1, 800, 2 6 7, 8 1 0 1, or by posting on our Facebook page, or Tweet it using hashtag nwsgsp. Your message should describe the event and the specific location where it occurred.

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UPDATE#2 3:20 pm





BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
314 PM EDT SAT JUN 23 2018

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
  Northwestern Macon County in western North Carolina...
  Swain County in western North Carolina...
  Graham County in western North Carolina...

* Until 415 PM EDT.

* At 313 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 8 miles south of Madisonville to 17 miles northwest of Murphy to 9 miles east of Ducktown, moving northeast at 45 mph.

  HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts.

  SOURCE...Radar indicated.

  IMPACT...Expect damage to trees and power lines.

* Locations impacted include...
  Franklin, Bryson City, Robbinsville, Town Of Santeetlah, Smoky Mountains-Newfound Gap, Smoky Mountains-Fontana Area, Lake Santeetlah, Fontana Lake, Nantahala Lake and Fontana Village.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Scattered trees and power lines will be blown down in the warned area. Seek shelter inside an interior room.

Please report damaging winds, hail, or flooding to the National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg by calling toll free, 1, 800, 2 6 7, 8 1 0 1, or by posting on our Facebook page, or Tweet it using hashtag nwsgsp. Your message should describe the event and the specific location where it occurred.
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UPDATE #1 **3:07pm** The National Weather Service has posted a Special Weather Statment regarding these storms for the Graham County area until 4 pm.

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
304 PM EDT SAT JUN 23 2018

NCZ058-232000-
Graham NC-
304 PM EDT SAT JUN 23 2018

...STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL IMPACT GRAHAM COUNTY UNTIL 400 PM EDT...

At 304 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated strong thunderstorms along a line extending from 10 miles south of Madisonville to 4 miles northeast of Ducktown to near Blue Ridge, and moving east at 50 mph.

Locations to be impacted include...
Robbinsville, Town Of Santeetlah, Fontana Village, Lake Santeetlah, Fontana Lake, Stecoah, Tapoco, Cheoah, Deals Gap and Nantahala.

Wind gusts up to 40 mph and very heavy rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour will be possible in these areas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Gusty winds can blow down trees that are dead, or that have weakened root systems. Outdoor furniture and similar items can be tossed around if not anchored. Seek shelter indoors.




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Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, June 23, 2018




NC UTILITIES COMMISSION DENIES DUKE ENERGY RATE INCREASE



Yesterday, the North Carolina Utilities Commission denied the rate increase requested by Duke Energy. A press release and link to the offical ruling are on the blog. [LINK]



LOCAL OUTLOOK



Shower and thunderstorm chances will persist through Sunday as the region remains in a warm and humid airmass to the southeast of a low-pressure system over the lower Great Lakes. A cold front will drop into the forecast area on Monday ushering in a more seasonable and drier airmass for next Tuesday and Wednesday before humidity increases Thursday ahead of the next cold front.





WEATHER SPONSOR






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



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



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



Weather Almanac for June 23rd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County



Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1988

Lowest Temperature 41°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1947

Greatest Rainfall 2.54 inches in Highlands in 1941



Record Weather Events for June (1872-2017)



Highest Temperature 99°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on June 30, 2012

Lowest Temperature 32°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on June 2, 1966

Greatest Rainfall 7.63 inches in Highlands on June 16, 1949





THREE DAY OUTLOOK







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FRANKLIN AREA



TODAY



A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 83. West wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.



TONIGHT



A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.



SUNDAY



A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming west northwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.



SUNDAY NIGHT



A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light west wind.



MONDAY



A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.



MONDAY NIGHT



Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.




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OTTO AREA



TODAY



A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.



TONIGHT



A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. West wind 3 to 6 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.



SUNDAY



A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. West northwest wind 3 to 8 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.



SUNDAY NIGHT



A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light west wind.



MONDAY



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



MONDAY NIGHT



Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.



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HIGHLANDS AREA



TODAY



A slight chance of showers between 1pm and 3pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 75. West wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.



TONIGHT



A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. West wind 7 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.



SUNDAY



A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. West northwest wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.



SUNDAY NIGHT



A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. West wind around 7 mph.



MONDAY



A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78.



MONDAY NIGHT



A chance of showers and thunderstorms between midnight and 1am, then a chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



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NANTAHALA AREA



TODAY



A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 76. West wind 8 to 11 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.



TONIGHT



A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. West southwest wind 5 to 9 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.



SUNDAY



A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 6 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.



SUNDAY NIGHT



A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. West wind around 6 mph.



MONDAY



A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 79.



MONDAY NIGHT



Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.



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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR

12:17 am to 3:12 am this morning





HAZARDS



There is a chance of thunderstorms everyday for the next week, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. A few storms could be strong to severe each day with gusty winds, frequent lightning and isolated flooding from heavy rainfall.



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



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







GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)

3:07 am this morning



TROPICAL OUTLOOK






Tropical Weather Outlook

NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL

200 AM EDT Sat Jun 23 2018



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.






Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families



All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:



FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.



Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM

Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!



Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)

Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie



Movies and Dates:



Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018

Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018

Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018

Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)



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



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







Uptown Gallery classes

(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)



Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.



National Alliance on Mental Illness

Appalachian South



Meets each Thursday at 7pm

The First Methodist Church Outreach Center

at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street

(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)



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



Here you will find:

— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE

- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience

- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health

- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future



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



SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM



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






Sun and Moon



Sun



Begin civil twilight 5:50 a.m.

Sunrise 6:20 a.m.

Sun transit 1:36 p.m.

Sunset 8:52 p.m.

End civil twilight 9:21 p.m.





Moon



Moonset 3:26 a.m.

Moonrise 4:48 p.m.

Moon transit 10:27 p.m.

Moonset 4:00 a.m. tomorrow





Phase of the Moon on June 23, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 81% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on June 20, 2018 at 6:51 a.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week





Sky and Telescope Magazine 

Astronomy Magazine





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



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



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



CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES





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





Become a Patron!




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



Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.



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



Published at 3:55 am on June 22, 2018



#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety





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

Friday, June 22, 2018

NC Utilities Commission Denies Duke Energy Rate Increase

Earlier this afternoon, the North Carolina Utilities Commission denied the rate increase requested by Duke Energy. Public hearings were held across the state, including one in Franklin. [LINK]



The full ruling can be read online. [LINK


The press release from the NC Utilities Commission on the ruling is posted below.



NORTH CAROLINA UTILITIES COMMISSION
– PRESS RELEASE –


Date: June 22, 2018 Phone: 919-715-7057
North Carolina Utilities Commission Orders
Revenue Reduction for Duke Energy Carolinas


Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Utilities Commission today issued an order denying a rate increase for Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (DEC), and requiring the Company to refund, for four years, $60 million annually of state excess deferred income taxes. DEC had initially requested a rate increase of approximately $611 million in annual revenues, which increased to $700 million during the case. One of the primary drivers for the order to reduce rates is the passage of the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which reduced the corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%.

DEC and the Public Staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission (Public Staff) filed a settlement on February 28, 2018, that resolved some, but not all, of the issues in the case. In the settlement, DEC agreed to an overall rate of return of 7.35%, which included a rate of return on common equity of 9.9% applied to a capital structure with 52% members’ equity. The Commission’s decision today approves the return and capital structure that were agreed to by the Public Staff and DEC, finding these to be “just and reasonable.” In DEC’s last general rate case order issued September 24, 2013, the Commission approved a 10.2% rate of return on equity applied to a capital structure with 53% members’ equity.

The Commission imposed a $70-million management penalty against the Company in the form of a rate reduction based on the Commission’s determination that DEC’s handling of coal ash “placed its consumers at risk of inadequate or unreasonably expensive service.” In addition, the Commission found that “DEC admits to pervasive, system-wide shortcomings such as improper communication among those responsible for oversight of coal ash management.” The penalty will be paid for by the Company and not by the Company’s customers. The Commission’s order also denies DEC’s request for the recovery in this rate case of the Company’s ongoing coal ash remediation costs. Instead, DEC is authorized to record these costs in a deferral account until its next general rate case, at which point the costs will be carefully scrutinized to determine the extent to which recovery from customers is appropriate.


2 DEC had requested to recover $52 million a year for 12 years for its cancelled Lee Nuclear Station in Cherokee, South Carolina. The Company asked to earn a return on the unrecovered balance of these costs. The Commission found that DEC’s Lee Nuclear Station development efforts were reasonable and prudent, as was the Company’s decision to cancel the project. While the Commission’s order allows DEC to recover its Lee Nuclear Station costs from customers, the Commission denied the Company’s request to earn a return on the project costs.

The Commission denied DEC’s request for special ratemaking treatment to recover the Company’s projected Power Forward Carolinas grid modernization program costs. DEC had requested to establish a cost-tracking rider (initially set at $35 million annually) to recover Power Forward spending or, alternatively, to allow deferral accounting of these costs. The Commission found that DEC “failed to show that exceptional circumstances exist to justify the establishment of the Grid Rider for recovery of its Power Forward costs.” The order states that, with the limited exception of federally-mandated reliability standards, “DEC has complete control over the proposed spending, the rate of spending, and the timing of spending on Power Forward programs; it also has full control over its test year and the timing and frequency of when its applications for a general rate increase are filed. …

Furthermore, there is no evidence in the record that without the Grid Rider DEC would not be able to remain a strong, financially viable company.” DEC had requested to increase the basic customer charge for residential customers from $11.80 to $17.79. Instead, the Commission set this monthly charge at $14.00 for residential customers. This increase will be offset by decreases in the per kilowatt-hour charges for residential customers. In the order, the Commission endorses DEC’s commitment to mitigate the impact of its rate request on low-income customers via shareholder-funded contributions to the Helping Home Fund program and the Share the Warmth energy assistance fund.

The Commission’s decision today follows 12 days of hearing in which expert witness testimony was presented by many parties to the proceeding. In addition, the Commission conducted three hearings for public witness testimony that were held throughout DEC’s service area and at which 75 public witnesses testified.

The Commission’s order is lengthy and addresses all issues raised in the proceeding. A copy of the complete order and the entire record in this proceeding is available on the Commission’s website, www.ncuc.net, under Docket No. E-7 Sub 1146. [LINK]

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Published at 8:55 pm on 06-22-2018




Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, June 22, 2018




LOCAL OUTLOOK

Shower and thunderstorm chances will persist through Sunday as the region remains in a warm and humid airmass to the southeast of a low-pressure system over the lower Great Lakes. A cold front will drop into the forecast area on Monday ushering in a more seasonable and drier airmass for next Tuesday and Wednesday before humidity increases Thursday ahead of the next cold front.


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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

Weather Almanac for June 22nd (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin in 1964
Lowest Temperature 40°F in Highlands in 1992
Greatest Rainfall 3.65 inches in Highlands in 1957

Record Weather Events for June (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 99°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on June 30, 2012
Lowest Temperature 32°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on June 2, 1966
Greatest Rainfall 7.63 inches in Highlands on June 16, 1949


THREE DAY OUTLOOK

The following images represent forecast conditions at 8 am today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.






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FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 82. Light west southwest wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of rain after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Light southwest wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight.

SUNDAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 8pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


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OTTO AREA

TODAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 80. Light west wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of rain after 3am. Patchy fog between midnight and 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Light west southwest wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

SUNDAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 7pm and 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 7 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a chance of showers after 3am. Patchy fog between midnight and 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. West southwest wind 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. West wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. West wind 7 to 11 mph.

SUNDAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 7pm and 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the afternoon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 76. West southwest wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of rain after 3am. Patchy fog between midnight and 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. West wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:32 am to 3:27 am this morning


HAZARDS

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible today and again Sunday over parts of the area, along with localized heavy rains. While widespread severe weather is not expected, a few strong to severe storms could occur, with damaging winds being the main threat.

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

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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
3:27 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jun 22 2018

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.



FSuminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

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

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

Movies and Dates:

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

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

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



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

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 5:50 a.m.
Sunrise 6:20 a.m.
Sun transit 1:36 p.m.
Sunset 8:51 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:21 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 2:53 a.m.
Moonrise 3:50 p.m.
Moon transit 9:41 p.m.
Moonset 3:26 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on June 22, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 73% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on June 20, 2018 at 6:51 a.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


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


Become a Patron!

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

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

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

Published at 3:55 am on June 22, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, June 21, 2018




LOCAL OUTLOOK

Warm high pressure will continue to dominate the weather today before a frontal boundary approaches the area from the north Thursday. The front will stall out on Friday then lifts back north as a warm front over the weekend. The next front pushes in from the north on Monday.

Safety Tips for Dealing With Excessive Heat

A collection of safety tip for dealing with excessive heat has been posted on the blog at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/06/safety-tips-for-dealing-with-excessive.html Please review them before the heat of the day today and the next few days.






WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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

Weather Almanac for June 21st (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

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

Record Weather Events for June (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 99°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on June 30, 2012
Lowest Temperature 32°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on June 2, 1966
Greatest Rainfall 7.63 inches in Highlands on June 16, 1949


THREE DAY OUTLOOK

----------------------------------
FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 2pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Light west northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

FRIDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 82. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 5am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. South southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SATURDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.

-----------------------------------------
OTTO AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the midafternoon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

FRIDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 5am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SATURDAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.

----------------------------------------
HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 3pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. West wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 5am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. West southwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SATURDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 1pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am, then patchy fog after 4pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then showers likely between 10pm and midnight, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 63. West wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

FRIDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 9am and 2pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 5 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 5am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southwest wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SATURDAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.

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HAZARDS

Warm high pressure will continue to dominate the region through tonight before a weak frontal boundary approaches the area from the north on Thursday. The front will stall out on Friday and then lift back north as a warm front early Saturday. A more robust cold front will move over the area from the north on Monday.

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

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

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Jun 21 2018

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

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



MACON CALENDAR

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FSuminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

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

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

Movies and Dates:

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

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

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



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

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 5:50 a.m.
Sunrise 6:19 a.m.
Sun transit 1:35 p.m.
Sunset 8:51 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:21 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 2:20 a.m.
Moonrise 2:50 p.m.
Moon transit 8:55 p.m.
Moonset 2:53 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on June 21, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 63% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on June 20, 2018 at 6:51 a.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

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Published at 3:10 am on June 21, 2018

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