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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Weekend Weather Briefing
Saturday, November 18, 2017




Outlook


A cold front will cross the region tonight. It will bring winds and rain with it. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for high winds from 4 pm today to noon tomorrow. A copy is posted in the Hazardous Weather Segment.


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. Phone number is 828.524.8545, public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.


Today


Mostly sunny this morning, then partly sunny with a chance of showers this afternoon. Breezy with highs in the upper 50s. South winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.


Tonight (Wind Advisory)


Mostly cloudy. Rain showers likely in the evening, then a chance of rain or snow showers after midnight. Little or no snow accumulation. Windy with lows in the mid-30s. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph, becoming northwest after midnight. Gusts up to 50 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Rainfall accumulations of less than half an inch expected. A Wind Advisory will be in effect from 4 pm this afternoon until noon on Sunday.


Sunday (Wind Advisory until noon)


Partly sunny in the morning, then becoming mostly sunny. Windy, cooler with highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, diminishing to 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon.


Sunday Night


Mostly clear. Cold with lows in the mid-20s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the evening.


Hazardous Weather


A cold front will bring a period of high winds to Macon County later this afternoon and overnight. Power outages are probably with this event as limbs and trees may be blown on to power lines. Now would be a good time to make sure the batteries on your flashlights work. Everyone won't be losing power, but some of us will and it is best to be prepared and not need it than need it and not be prepared.


The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for this wind event, and it is posted below.


...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO NOON EST SUNDAY...


The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 4 PM this afternoon to noon EST Sunday.
* LOCATIONS...The mountains and higher foothills of Western North Carolina, plus Rabun and Habersham counties in Georgia.
* HAZARDS...Strong wind gusts.
* TIMING...Winds will increase late this afternoon and are expected to be strongest between midnight and sunrise Sunday.
* WINDS...West to northwest, 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph in lower elevations. Elevations above 3500 feet will see some gusts exceed 50 mph.
* IMPACTS...Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult...especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.
time posted: 5:00 am on 11-19-2017



Friday, November 17, 2017

Legislative Calendar for November 17, 2017




This is Macon Media's attempt to cover the North Carolina General Assembly in a manner that provides the public with as much information as possible. If you want soundbites or a biased interpretation of the actions of the state legislature, this is not the place for you. Coverage of yesterday's committee meeting is available. [LINK]
TODAY

The state legislature will not convene today. The next session is currently scheduled to convene at noon on January 10, 2018.

There is a subcommittee meeting today. The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, Subcommittee on Aging is meeting at 9:00 am. A link to where you can listen to live audio is below. Macon Media will be recording the audio and will add it to the article below the calendar as time allows. If documents are added, then links will be posted either in the calendar or with the video player. 

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

If you appreciate this coverage and can afford it, how about subscribing to my Patreon campaign for at least a dollar a month to help maintain current coverage commitments and add better coverage of local and state government that goes beyond soundbites or a few written paragraphs that leave out more information than they include. [
PATREON LINK]


Legislative Calendar for November 17, 2017

09:00 AM
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on HHS, Subcommittee on Aging
544 LOB [LIVE AUDIO]




















Additional updates will be posted below this point.


Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, November 17, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will dominate our weather pattern today. A cold front is expected to sweep through the region this weekend, bringing rain and high winds with it and colder temperatures for the start of the week. Highs may reach the mid-50s by Thanksgiving Day.


WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for November 17th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 11°F in Highlands in 1997
Greatest Rainfall 3.32 inches in Highlands in 1927
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no measurable snowfall reported on this date)


Record weather events for November in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Nov 4, 2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on Nov 25, 1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on Nov 29, 1914
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on Nov 28, 1922


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Sunny with temperatures starting out near freezing and rising into the 50s. Winds 5 to 10 mph from the south with a peak in the afternoon hours.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with increasing clouds, becoming mostly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the mid to upper 30s with winds 5 to 10 mph from the south and southeast, gusting to 25 mph after midnight.



SATURDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the 50s and 10 to 15 from the south, gusting to 30 mpg. Rain chances 50%, mainly starting in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts under a tenth of an inch is expected.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Cloudy with lows in the low to mid-30s and winds 15 to 20 mph from the west, gusting to 40 mph. 80% chance of rain. Rainfall amounts are not expected to exceed half an inch.



SUNDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the upper 30s in the higher elevations and the low to mid-40s in the lower elevations.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Clear with lows in the 20s. A few locations could dip into the teens.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected.


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

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Fri Nov 17 2017

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

1. An elongated area of low pressure extends from southwest to northeast across the southwestern and central Caribbean Sea. This system continues to produce widespread shower and thunderstorm activity. However, strong upper-level winds are expected to prevent significant development. Regardless of development, heavy rainfall is possible over portions of the northwestern coast of Colombia, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico during the next few days while the low meanders over the central Caribbean Sea and interacts with an upper-level trough.

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


MACON CALENDAR

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

It is FFA Christmas Tree order time.....
Help support our Franklin FFA ( Future Farmers of America )....
* All proceeds go to the students for competitions *

FFA students are taking orders for Christmas trees...locally grown Frasier Firs...hand selected by students, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft... $25.00 each...order now - pick up Sat Nov 25 9am-12....Ag Building at Franklin HS....contact Gregory Charles Spala 813-838-7693 or Lori Spala 813-503-2160 calls, text & vm or via FB messenger or send comment...
Cash or checks (FHS....memo line FFA Christmas Tree)

**Thursday, November 16th DEADLINE for orders & money turn in for Christmas Trees**


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:43 a.m.
Sunrise 7:11 a.m.
Sun transit 12:19 p.m.
Sunset 5:26 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:53 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 6:11 a.m.
Moon transit 11:49 a.m.
Moonset 5:21 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on November 17, 2017: Waning Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on November 18, 2017 at 6:42 a.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 3:08 am on November 17, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, November 16, 2017





LOCAL NEWS

The US Forest Service will be conducted prescribed (controlled) burns in Jackson County today and tomorrow. More information is in the press release that has been posted on the blog [LINK]

This week, after a year-long hiatus, Macon Media has restarted coverage of the state legislature using the “you are there” method of providing the public with the opportunity to hear everything that is said and to have access to all public documents associated with the public meetings. Today's Legislative Calendar is online. [LINK]  The facebook page associated with the effort is called NC General Assembly Watch. [LINK]


LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will move in today, with pleasant conditions to round out the week. A strong cold front crosses the area over the weekend with much cooler temperatures to start next week. Cool high pressure will be the dominant weather feature for the first half of next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for November 16th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 76°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2009
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Franklin in 1969
Greatest Rainfall 2.53 inches in Franklin in 2006
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no measurable snowfall reported on this date)


Record weather events for November in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Nov 4, 2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on Nov 25, 1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on Nov 29, 1914
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on Nov 28, 1922


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the mid to upper 50s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest, gusting to 25 mph at times, mainly in the morning.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near freezing and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the north to keep things feeling a little more chilly.



FRIDAY

Sunny with highs in the upper 40s at the higher elevations and the low to mid-50s in the lower elevations and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows mainly in the 30s with some locations managing to stay near 40. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south.



SATURDAY wind and rain

Mostly cloudy with highs in the 50s and winds 10 to 15 mph out of the southwest, gusting to 30 mph. Rain chances will increase through the day, with a 70% chance of rain in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts near a quarter of an inch are possible.

SATURDAY NIGHT rain, some wind

Cloudy with decreasing clouds after midnight. Lows near freezing. 70% chance of rain with rainfall amounts near a quarter of an inch expected.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected.

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

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is winding down. It ends on November 30th.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Thu Nov 16 2017

For the North Atlantic...The 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.

It is FFA Christmas Tree order time.....
Help support our Franklin FFA ( Future Farmers of America )....
* All proceeds go to the students for competitions *

FFA students are taking orders for Christmas trees...locally grown Frasier Firs...hand selected by students, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft... $25.00 each...order now - pick up Sat Nov 25 9am-12....Ag Building at Franklin HS....contact Gregory Charles Spala 813-838-7693 or Lori Spala 813-503-2160 calls, text & vm or via FB messenger or send comment...
Cash or checks (FHS....memo line FFA Christmas Tree)

**Thursday, November 16th DEADLINE for orders & money turn in for Christmas Trees**


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:43 a.m.
Sunrise 7:10 a.m.
Sun transit 12:18 p.m.
Sunset 5:27 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:54 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 5:14 a.m.
Moon transit 11:03 a.m.
Moonset 4:47 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on November 16, 2017: Waning Crescent with 3% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on November 18, 2017 at 6:42 a.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:05 am on November 16, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Legislative Calendar for November 16, 2017



This is Macon Media's attempt to cover the North Carolina General Assembly in a manner that provides the public with as much information as possible. If you want soundbites or a biased interpretation of the actions of the state legislature, this is not the place for you. Coverage of yesterday's committee meeting is available. [LINK]

TODAY

The state legislature will not convene today. The next session is currently scheduled to convene at noon on January 10, 2018.
There are two committees meeting today. The Joint Legislative Emergency Management Oversight Committee is meeting at 9:00 am and the Joint Legislative Committee on Justice and Public Safety is meeting at 1 pm. Links to where you can listen to live audio are below. As of 3:00 am, there have been no agendas or reports for today's meetings posted online. Macon Media will be recording the audio and will add it to the article below the calendar as time allows. If documents are added, then links will be posted either in the calendar or with the video player. 

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

If you appreciate this coverage and can afford it, how about subscribing to my Patreon campaign to help maintain and add better coverage of local and state government that goes beyond soundbites or a few written paragraphs that leave out more information than they include. [PATREON LINK]


Legislative Calendar for November 15, 2017

09:00 AM
Joint Legislative Emergency Management Oversight Committee 
544 LOB [LIVE AUDIO]
1:00 PM

Joint Legislative Committee on Justice and Public Safety 
643 LOB [LIVE AUDIO]













Additional updates will be posted below this point.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nantahala Ranger District planning two prescribed burns this week

PRESS RELEASE
National Forests in North Carolina
160A Zillicoa St.
Asheville, N.C. 28801



Franklin, NC, November 15, 2017- The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct two prescribed burns this week on the Nantahala Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest, weather permitting.

On Thursday, November 16, a 1200-acre burn is planned in the Sugar Creek area of Little Canada in Jackson County. On Friday, November 17, a 1762-acre burn is planned in the Round Mountain area of Jackson County on the state line with South Carolina.

The goal of these understory burns is to reduce hazardous fuels on the forest floor to prevent future catastrophic wildfires and improve wildlife habitat.

Public and firefighter safety is the highest priority. Be aware of the potential for smoke and firefighter traffic near the burn areas.

For more information contact the Nantahala Ranger District office at 828-524-6441.



Legislative Calendar for November 15, 2017



This is Macon Media's attempt to cover the North Carolina General Assembly in a manner that provides the public with as much information as possible. If you want soundbites or a biased interpretation of the actions of the state legislature, this is not the place for you. Coverage of yesterday's committee meeting is available. [LINK]

TODAY

The state legislature will not convene today. The next session is currently scheduled to convene at noon on January 10, 2018.
There is one committee meeting today. The Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform (2017) is meeting at 9:30 am. Links to where you can listen to live audio and obtain documents the legislators will be speaking about are below. Macon Media will be recording the audio and will add it below the calendar as time allows.


Legislative Calendar for November 15, 2017

09:30 AM
Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform (2017) [Agenda] [School Funding Report]
544 LOB [LIVE AUDIO]
















Additional updates will be posted below this point.

The Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Reform met today to discuss, of course, reforming the way the state funds education. Michael Griffith, School Finance Strategist from the Education Commission of the States gave a presentation. Audio of the presentation is posted below. You can download a PDF of the presentation slides here. Part 1 of the audio takes you through page 18 and part 2 takes you to page 26 and the end.

Part One




Part Two












Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, November 15, 2017




LOCAL NEWS

The Macon County Commissioners met last night. Video and supporting documents are posted on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will slowly move east over the Atlantic today, and a weak front crosses our region early Thursday. A strong cold front crosses the area over the weekend with much cooler temperatures to start next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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


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


Weather Almanac for November 15th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 75°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1999
Lowest Temperature 7°F in Highlands in 1969
Greatest Rainfall 2.64 inches in Highlands in 1926
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Nantahala in 1969


Record weather events for November in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Nov 4, 2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on Nov 25, 1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on Nov 29, 1914
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on Nov 28, 1922


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Mostly sunny early, increasing clouds with highs in the 50s and winds out of ths outheast.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 30s in the higher elevations and near 40 in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. Slight chance of rain between 9 pm and 3 am with rainfall accumulations under a tenth of an inch.



THURSDAY

Sunny with highs in the 50s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest, gusting to 25 mph in the morning.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near freezing and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northeast.



FRIDAY

Sunny with highs in the 50 and winds 5 to 10 mph from the south.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy early, then increasing clouds to become mostly cloudy before midnight. Lows in the upper 30s in the higher elevations and near 40 in the lower elevations.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected.

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

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Wed Nov 15 2017

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

1. A broad area of low pressure is moving northeastward at 15 to 20 mph across the central and eastern Azores. Although environmental conditions are becoming unfavorable for the formation of a subtropical cyclone, locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds to near gale force, especially over higher terrain, will possible in the eastern and central Azores this morning. For additional information on this system, see products issued by the Azores Meteorological Institute and High Seas Forecasts issued by Meteo-France.

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


MACON CALENDAR

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

It is FFA Christmas Tree order time.....
Help support our Franklin FFA ( Future Farmers of America )....
* All proceeds go to the students for competitions *

FFA students are taking orders for Christmas trees...locally grown Frasier Firs...hand selected by students, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft... $25.00 each...order now - pick up Sat Nov 25 9am-12....Ag Building at Franklin HS....contact Gregory Charles Spala 813-838-7693 or Lori Spala 813-503-2160 calls, text & vm or via FB messenger or send comment...
Cash or checks (FHS....memo line FFA Christmas Tree)

**Thursday, November 16th DEADLINE for orders & money turn in for Christmas Trees**


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:42 a.m.
Sunrise 7:09 a.m.
Sun transit 12:18 p.m.
Sunset 5:27 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:54 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 4:17 a.m.
Moon transit 10:19 a.m.
Moonset 4:14 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on November 15, 2017: Waning Crescent with 8% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on November 18, 2017 at 6:42 a.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

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Posted at 4:25 am on November 15, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Joint Polar Satellite Launch Attempt for November 15, 2017
UPDATE Today's Launch Attempt Scrubbed Due to Upper Level High Winds

**UPDATE** 4:33 am: Today's Launch Attempt Scrubbed Due to Upper-Level High Winds. Another attempt has been scheduled for 11 pm on Thursday night.


Today at 4:47 am, if all goes well, the first satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System will be launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Yesterday's launch was delayed until today due to a bad reading on the first stage of the launch vehicle.

A NASA Youtube Live player is embedded below to watch the launch. It will be replaced later with a recorded version of the launch. NASA-TV should begin coverage at around 4:15 am or so. (All times are Eastern Standard Time)



Here is some background on the weather satellite that is scheduled to launch today from Vandenberg Air Force Base. 


The Delta II rocket set to launch NOAA’s JPSS-1 spacecraft is illuminated as night falls at Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. This will be the second to last (the penultimate!) launch of a Delta II rocket and the 53rd launch of the rocket system.

Welcome to live coverage from the countdown to liftoff of NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The launch is planned for 1:47 a.m. PST (4:47 a.m. EST) from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

JPSS-1 is the first in NOAA’s series of four, next-generation operational environmental satellites designed to circle the Earth in a polar orbit. JPSS represents significant technological and scientific advancements in observations used for severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring. This data is used by NOAA’s National Weather Service for numerical forecast models, ultimately helping emergency managers make timely decisions on life-saving early warnings and evacuations.


The JPSS-2 launch is scheduled to take place in 2022, JPSS-3 in 2026 and JPSS-4 in 2031.

Read more about the program at http://www.jpss.noaa.gov/


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Posted at 3:450 am on November 15, 2017




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Macon County Commissioners
Regular November 2017 Meeting




The Macon County Commissioners will be meeting tonight at 6 pm for their regular monthly meeting. A public agenda and an agenda packet have been posted below. A video of the meeting will be added tomorrow or the next day in the space below.








MACON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

NOVEMBER 14, 2017
AGENDA

1. Call to order and welcome by Chairman Tate

2. Announcements

3. Moment of Silence

4. Pledge of Allegiance

5. Public Hearing(s) — 6:00 p.m
-Proposed Macon County Community Transportation Program Application
-Transit Director Kim Angel
NOTE Immediately following the public hearing, the board will consider approval of a Public Transportation Program Resolution.

6. Public Comment Period

7. Additions to the agenda

8. Adjustments to and approval of the agenda

9. Reports/Presentations

10.Old Business
A. Discussion of Commissioners 2018 regular meeting schedule
B. Change orders for the Robert C Carpenter Community Building project
-Finance Director
(1) Arrowood Construction‘
(2) Bryson Enterprises

11. New Business
A. Consideration of Agreement to Provide Recreation Opportunities with Read2Me
-County Attorney

12. Consent Agenda — Attachment # 12
All items below are considered routine and will be enacted by one motion. No separate discussion will be held except on request of a member of the Board of
Commissioners.
A. Minutes of the October 10, 2017, regular meeting
B. Budget Amendments #67-77
C. Tax Releases for October
D. Tax Refund
E. Health. Department fees
F. Monthly ad valorem tax collection report

l3. Appointments
A. Community Funding Pool
B. Highlands Tourism Development Commission
C. Planning Board

l4.Closed session to preserve the attorney/ client privilege, per NCGS 143-318. 1 1(a)(3) [a copy of the law has been added by Macon Media at the end of this document]

15.Recess until Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building located at 1288 Georgia Road in Franklin, NC 28734 for the purpose of holding a joint meeting with the Franklin Town Council and the Town of Highlands Board of Commissioners.


Copy of NCGS 143-318.11(a)(3)


To consult with an attorney employed or retained by the public body in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege between the attorney and the public body, which privilege is hereby acknowledged. General policy matters may not be discussed in a closed session and nothing herein shall be construed to permit a public body to close a meeting that otherwise would be open merely because an attorney employed or retained by the public body is a participant. The public body may consider and give instructions to an attorney concerning the handling or settlement of a claim, judicial action, mediation, arbitration, or administrative procedure. If the public body has approved or considered a settlement, other than a malpractice settlement by or on behalf of a hospital, in closed session, the terms of that settlement shall be reported to the public body and entered into its minutes as soon as possible within a reasonable time after the settlement is concluded.


Read the entire section governing when public bodies can and cannot meeting in closed session in North Carolina. [LINK]


AGENDA PACKET






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

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


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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 https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Time Posted 8:38 am on 11-14-2017


Legislative Calendar for November 14, 2014




This is Macon Media's attempt to cover the North Carolina General Assembly in a manner that provides the public with as much information as possible. If you want soundbites or a biased interpretation of the actions of the state legislature, this is not the place for you. Coverage of yesterday's committee meeting is available. [LINK]

TODAY

The state legislature will not convene today. The next session is currently scheduled to convene at noon on January 10, 2018.
There are two committees meeting today. The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services will be meeting at 9 am and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and NC Health Choice will be meeting at 1 pm.
Updates, including meeting audio if recorded, will be added below the calendar.

Legislative Calendar for November 14, 2016

09:00:00 AM
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services [Agenda]
643 LOB [LIVE AUDIO]
01:00:00 PM
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and NC Health Choice [Agenda]
643 LOB [LIVE AUDIO]
















Material Below Added as processed.

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services


The audio above will be complemented with links to meeting documents.

PLACEHOLDER FOR DOCUMENTS


Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and NC Health Choice


The audio will be complemented with links to meeting documents when time allows.


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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 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