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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, September 19, 2017





Local News

The Franklin Town Council reconvened a recessed meeting tonight in the town hall last night. Video will be on the blog by 5 am. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

A weak trough of low pressure will cross the region from the west through Wednesday. High pressure will then return from the north Thursday through Friday, but with more moisture in easterly flow. Drier and stronger high pressure will settle over the region through the weekend as both Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Maria remain well offshore in the western Atlantic.

WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. We have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Special Event – Wed 09-20-17 7:30-10:00 AM - OX Tool Fair – Info on FB page.

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

Phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let us help you with your next project.



Weather Almanac for September 19th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 962°F in Highlands in 1925
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 2.12 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1968


Record weather events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1967


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY


Widespread fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy through mid-morning, then mostly sunny with highs ranging from the 70s to the lower 80s depending on altitude. Light winds out of the west.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s and calm winds. Slight chance of rain before midnight and then patchy fog overnight, mainly between 11 pm and 3 am.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s in the Franklin area and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in the higher elevations. Calm winds in the morning, then from the northwest in the afternoon as rain chances increase to 30%, mainly between 2 pm and 8 pm.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 50s and calm winds. 30% chance of showers, mainly before midnight.



THURSDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid 70s to the lower 80s, depending on altitude. 30% chance of showers, mainly between 10 am and 3 pm.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s and calm winds. 30% chance of showers, mainly before midnight.

HAZARDS

After the fog burns away, no hazardous weather is 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
200 AM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Jose, located a couple hundred miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and on Hurricane Maria, located over the northeastern Caribbean Sea.

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

Tropical Tidbits

An in depth discussion of the tropical situation with an analysis of the potential paths for Hurricane Maria from Levi Cowan of Tropical Tidbits. [LINK]



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 graphic. 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.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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 6:54 a.m.
Sunrise 7:19 a.m.
Sun transit 1:27 p.m.
Sunset 7:34 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:00 p.m.



Moon

Moonrise 6:35 a.m.
Moon transit 1:07 p.m.
Moonset 7:33 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on September 19, 2017: Waning Crescent with 0% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on September 20, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:05 am on September 19, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, September 18, 2017





Local News
Electrical services have been restored to Macon, Jackson and Rabun Counties over the weekend.

The Franklin Town Council will be reconvening a recessed meeting tonight in the town hall at 6 pm. The public agenda and a link to the recessed meeting video is on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will remain in control of the weather pattern through much of the week leading to above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation chances. Precipitation chances will increase later in the week as a back door front works into the area on Friday.

WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. We have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Special Event – Wed 09-20-17 7:30-10:00 AM - OX Tool Fair – Info on FB page.

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

Phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let us help you with your next project.



Weather Almanac for September 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 932°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 2.83 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1975


Record weather events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1967


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY


Patchy dense fog in the morning. Cloudy with rapid clearing skies by mid-morning. Temperatures will start out on the 50s and top out in the lower 80s in the Franklin area and the mid 70s in Highlands and the higher elevations. Winds will be light out of the northwest with a wind field moving through in the afternoon hours, bringing winds and wind gusts into the 5 to 10 mph range.

TONIGHT

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



TUESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning hours and then from the northwest in the afternoon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

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



WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the upper 70s to the lower 80s. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s.

HAZARDS

After the fog burns away, no hazardous weather is 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
200 AM EDT Mon Sep 18 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Jose, located a few hundred miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on Tropical Depression Lee, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean, and on Hurricane Maria, located a couple of hundred miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles.

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


Tropical Tidbits

An in depth discussion of the tropical situation with an analysis of the potential paths for Hurricane Maria from Levi Cowan of Tropical Tidbits. [LINK]




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 graphic. 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.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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 6:53 a.m.
Sunrise 7:19 a.m.
Sun transit 1:27 p.m.
Sunset 7:36 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:01 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 5:32 a.m.
Moon transit 12:17 p.m.
Moonset 6:56 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on September 18, 2017: Waning Crescent with 3% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on September 20, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:12 am on September 18, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Franklin Town Board
Continued Meeting from September 5, 2017



The Franklin Town Council will be reconvening from the regular meeting that was recessed on September 5th. [LINK to Meeting Coverage]

The public agenda (no agenda packet has been made available) is posted below. After the meeting, a video will be added here so you can see exactly what transpires at the meeting.



Town of Franklin Council Continuation Meeting


Agenda

September 18, 2017

6:00 pm.



1. Call to Order- Mayor Bob Scott

2. Discussion on Non-Profit Funding Pool Applicants- Town Board

3. Contract for Engineering Services for the Water Treatment Plant- Town Manager Summer Woodard

4. Discussion on Main Street Parking- Council Member Joe Collins

5. Discussion on Franklin ABC Store- Council Member Joe Collins

6. Adjournment




DAY SPONSOR

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

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

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



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 3:56 am on September 18, 2017





Sunday, September 17, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, September 17, 2017





Power Outage Update
Data as of 3:30 am on 09-17-2017

Rabun County – 917 meters out of service
371 Georgia Power
546 Habersham EMC

Electrical services have been restored to Macon and Jackson Counties over the weekend. Areas in Georgia and South Carolina still have areas where a lot of people are still out of power.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will remain in control of the weather pattern through much of the week leading to above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation chances. Precipitation chances will increase later in the week as a backdoor front works into the area on Friday.

WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. We have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Special Event – Wed 09-20-17 7:30-10:00 AM - OX Tool Fair – Info on FB page.

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

Phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let us help you with your next project.



Weather Almanac for September 17th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F in Highlands in 1931
Lowest Temperature 31°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 2.94 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1960


Record weather events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1967


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Widespread fog in the morning. The day will start off mostly cloudy, then will gradually become mostly sunny with highs in the Franklin area near 80 and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in the Highlands and higher elevations. Winds will be out of the northwest, peaking at 5 mph in the afternoon hours.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with fog developing near midnight and lows in the 50s and calm winds.



MONDAY

Patchy fog in the morning with mostly sunny skies. Temperatures starting out on the 50s and reaching 80 in the afternoon in the Franklin area and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in Highlands and the higher elevations. Winds are expected to be calm.

MONDAY NIGHT

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



TUESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s.

HAZARDS

After the fog burns away, no hazardous weather is 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
200 AM EDT Sun Sep 17 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Jose, located several hundred miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on Tropical Storm Lee, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean, and on Tropical Storm Maria, located several hundred miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles.

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 graphic. 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.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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 6:53 a.m.
Sunrise 7:18 a.m.
Sun transit 1:28 p.m.
Sunset 7:37 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:02 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 4:27 a.m.
Moon transit 11:25 a.m.
Moonset 6:16 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on September 17, 2017: Waning Crescent with 8% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on September 20, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 3:48 am on September 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. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, September 16, 2017





Power Outage Update
Data as of 3:00 am on 09-16-2017

Macon County - 7
7 Duke Energy
0 Haywood EMC

Jackson County - 0
0 Duke Energy
0 Haywood EMC

Rabun County - 3,727
2,794 Georgia Power
0 Haywood EMC
933 Habersham EMC






WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. We have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Special Event – Wed 09-20-17 7:30-10:00 AM - OX Tool Fair – Info on FB page.

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

Phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let us help you with your next project.



Weather Almanac for September 16th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 90°F in Franklin in 1947
Lowest Temperature 33°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 4.00 inches in Franklin in 1881


Record weather events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1967


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Widespread fog in the morning. The day will start off mostly cloudy, then will gradually become mostly sunny with highs in the Franklin area near 80 and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in the Highlands and higher elevations. Winds will be light and variable.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with patchy fog developing overnight and lows in the 50s. Calm winds.



SUNDAY

Areas of fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy early then becoming sunny with highs near 80 and calm winds.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 50s and calm winds.



MONDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near 80.

MONDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s.

HAZARDS

After the fog burns away, no hazardous weather is 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
200 AM EDT Sat Sep 16 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Jose, located several hundred miles southwest of Bermuda, and on Tropical Depression Fourteen, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located about 800 miles east of the Windward Islands have continued to become better organized. Environmental conditions are conducive for additional development and a tropical cyclone could form at any time today or Sunday so while the system moves westward or west-northwestward around 20 mph. Interests in the Lesser Antilles and northeastern Caribbean should closely monitor the progress of this system. Tropical storm or hurricane watches could be issued for portions of the Lesser Antilles later this morning.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 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.



The Future Farmers of America are selling Raffle Tickets
More information is posted below:

Support Franklin FFA (Future Farmers of America)
!!! RAFFLE TICKETS !!!!

$5.00 a ticket or 5 for $20.00

Winner announced & does not be present at The Macon County Fair 2017
September 13-16, 2017 at The Wayne Proffitt Agriculture Center - Macon County Fairgrounds, 1436 Georgia Rd, Franklin NC 28734
Raffle is for Adventure Package, valued at $300.00...

Items are:
1. Cargo Carrier ( donated by Ultimate Truck Accessories) - can be used atop an SUV/Van or rear hitch
2. Foldable Camp Chairs in Camo with Table
3. Burn Fire Log (Swedish Flame Torch)
4. Lighter
5. Heavy Duty Flashlight
6. "Over the flame" cooking basket
7. Roasting Sticks
8. Bug Spray

We thank Appalachian Ace Hardware for their support.

*All proceeds go to Franklin FFA & FHS Ag Dept*
Contact Gregory Charles Spala via FB or 813-838-7693 text or call
Or Lori Spala via FB or 813-503-2160


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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 6:52 a.m.
Sunrise 7:17 a.m.
Sun transit 1:28 p.m.
Sunset 7:39 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:04 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 3:23 a.m.
Moon transit 10:30 a.m.
Moonset 5:32 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on September 16, 2017: Waning Crescent with 15% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on September 13, 2017 at 2:25 a.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 3:35 am on September 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. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, September 15, 2017





Power Outage Update
Data as of 4:00 am on 09-15-2017

Macon County - 688
475 Duke Energy
215 Haywood EMC

Jackson County - 1,348
1,177 Duke Energy
171 Haywood EMC

Rabun County - 4,479
4,479 Georgia Power
55 Haywood EMC
1,804 Habersham EMC






Electrical companies have made considerable headway on the restoration of electrical services in the last few days, as evidenced by the above data and chart.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

Weak high pressure will build across the area Friday and persist into early next week, keeping rain chances low. A more summer like pattern will highlight the weather next week with rain chances and above normal temperatures expected.



WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. We have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Special Event – Wed 09-20-17 7:30-10:00 AM - OX Tool Fair – Info on FB page.

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

Phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let us help you with your next project.



Weather Almanac for September 15th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F in Nantahala in 1971
Lowest Temperature 34°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.00 inches in Highlands in 1903


Record weather events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1967


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Areas of fog, dense in some locations this morning. Partly sunny with highs in the Franklin area in the mid to upper 70s and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in the Highlands and higher elevations. Winds are expected to be light and variable.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with patchy fog expected to develop overnight. Lows in the 50s and calm winds.



SATURDAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny with highs near 80 and calm winds.

SATURDAY NIGHT

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



SUNDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near 80. 20% chance of rain, mainly in the afternoon.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 50s.

HAZARDS

Other than dense fog this morning, there is no hazardous weather expected in Macon County today. The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for the fog, and it is posted below for your convenience.

***Special Weather Statement***
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
236 AM EDT Fri Sep 15 2017



...PATCHY DENSE FOG DEVELOPING ACROSS WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA THIS MORNING...

Clearing skies will combine with lingering low-level moisture across western North Carolina this morning to produce areas of fog. The fog may become dense in a few locations, with visibility reduced to one-quarter mile or less at times. The patchy dense fog will be most prevalent in the mountain river valleys but also across the northwest piedmont of western North Carolina.
Allow extra travel time and stopping distance if driving this morning. Use low beam headlights and fog lamps if you encounter dense fog. Be prepared for rapid changes in visibility over short distances.




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


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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Sep 15 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Jose, located over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean, and on newly developed Tropical Depression Fourteen, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

1. A tropical wave located about 1200 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for gradual development, and a tropical depression is likely to form early next week. Interests in the Lesser Antilles should closely monitor the progress of this system while it moves westward to west-northwestward at about 15 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 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 graphic. 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.



The Future Farmers of America are selling Raffle Tickets
More information is posted below:

Support Franklin FFA (Future Farmers of America)
!!! RAFFLE TICKETS !!!!

$5.00 a ticket or 5 for $20.00

Winner announced & does not be present at The Macon County Fair 2017
September 13-16, 2017 at The Wayne Proffitt Agriculture Center - Macon County Fairgrounds, 1436 Georgia Rd, Franklin NC 28734
Raffle is for Adventure Package, valued at $300.00...

Items are:
1. Cargo Carrier ( donated by Ultimate Truck Accessories) - can be used atop an SUV/Van or rear hitch
2. Foldable Camp Chairs in Camo with Table
3. Burn Fire Log (Swedish Flame Torch)
4. Lighter
5. Heavy Duty Flashlight
6. "Over the flame" cooking basket
7. Roasting Sticks
8. Bug Spray

We thank Appalachian Ace Hardware for their support.

*All proceeds go to Franklin FFA & FHS Ag Dept*
Contact Gregory Charles Spala via FB or 813-838-7693 text or call
Or Lori Spala via FB or 813-503-2160


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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 6:51 a.m.
Sunrise 7:17 a.m.
Sun transit 1:29 p.m.
Sunset 7:40 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:05 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 2:20 a.m.
Moon transit 9:33 a.m.
Moonset 4:43 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on September 15, 2017: Waning Crescent with 24% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on September 13, 2017 at 2:25 a.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:05 am on September 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. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, September 14, 2017





Power Outage Update
Data as of 4:30 am on 09-14-2017

Macon County - 2,586
1,848 Duke Energy
738 Haywood EMC

Jackson County - 4,517
3,623 Duke Energy
894 Haywood EMC

Rabun County - 6,837
4,595 Georgia Power
109 Haywood EMC
2,133 Habersham EMC

Here is a chart from Duke Energy Carolinas that shows the progress they've been making in North and South Carolina on the outage situation.





If you have a non-emergency situation, call 828-369-9116. This number should not be called for informational requests. Macon County is under a State of Emergency. You can read a copy of the declaration on the blog at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/09/macon-county-under-state-of-emergency.html

Here are resources to report outages and safety tips.

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

LOCAL OUTLOOK

The remnants of Irma finally will move up the Ohio Valley through Friday, but still could bring a few showers over our area today. Weak high pressure will build across the area Friday and persist into early next week, keeping rain chances low. Hurricane Jose is forecast to remain over the Atlantic and appears unlikely to impact the Carolinas or Georgia.



WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. We have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Special Event – Wed 09-20-17 7:30-10:00 AM - OX Tool Fair – Info on FB page.

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

Phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let us help you with your next project.



Weather Almanac for September 13th (1872-2016)

This section suspended for today due to lack of time


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Scattered showers, mainly before 4pm. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 72 in the Franklin area and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in Highlands and the higher elevations. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low in the Franklin area around 56 and 5 to 8 degrees cooler in Highlands and the higher elevations. Calm wind.



FRIDAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the 70s. Light winds out of the west.

FRIDAY NIGHT

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



SATURDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from 70 in the higher elevations to near 80 in the Franklin area. Winds are expected to be calm.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from around 50 in the higher elevations to nearly 60 in the Franklin area.

HAZARDS

There is no hazardous weather in the forecast. That does not mean there are no longer any hazards. There are still numerous trees down in Macon County, and some of them may be in roadways and a number of them may be wrapped in power lines. Do not try to cut trees that have power lines in them because if they are energized, you could be injured or killed.



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


This section suspended for today due to lack of time


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 graphic. 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.



The Future Farmers of America are selling Raffle Tickets
More information is posted below:

Support Franklin FFA (Future Farmers of America)
!!! RAFFLE TICKETS !!!!

$5.00 a ticket or 5 for $20.00

Winner announced & does not be present at The Macon County Fair 2017
September 13-16, 2017 at The Wayne Proffitt Agriculture Center - Macon County Fairgrounds, 1436 Georgia Rd, Franklin NC 28734
Raffle is for Adventure Package, valued at $300.00...

Items are:
1. Cargo Carrier ( donated by Ultimate Truck Accessories) - can be used atop an SUV/Van or rear hitch
2. Foldable Camp Chairs in Camo with Table
3. Burn Fire Log (Swedish Flame Torch)
4. Lighter
5. Heavy Duty Flashlight
6. "Over the flame" cooking basket
7. Roasting Sticks
8. Bug Spray

We thank Appalachian Ace Hardware for their support.

*All proceeds go to Franklin FFA & FHS Ag Dept*
Contact Gregory Charles Spala via FB or 813-838-7693 text or call
Or Lori Spala via FB or 813-503-2160


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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

This section suspended for today due to time considerations



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 5:00 am on September 14, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, September 15, 2017





Hurricane IRMA

The wind field of the remnants of IRMA combined with a high pressure system to send high winds into Macon County Monday after and evening, lasting into the very early morning hours on Tuesday, leaving over 8,000 Maconians without electrical service and over 11,000 in Jackson County and over 7,000 in Rabun County also spent all or part of last night in the same condition. Duke Energy estimates electrical service will be restored to most people by 6 pm on Friday, September 15th.

The situation in Macon, Jackson and Rabun Counties continues to improve. Here is the situation at 4 am this morning by county and service:

Macon County - 4,339
3,078 Duke Energy
1,261 Haywood EMC

Jackson County - 8,194
6,161 Duke Energy
1,434 Haywood EMC

Rabun County - 4,836
4,623 Georgia Power
213 Haywood EMC

Here is a chart from Duke Energy showing the number of outages and customers out of service over the course of the last few days in North Carolina and South Carolina.



As of 4 am, Duke Energy Carolinas had over 60,000 without service and Georgia Power had over 355,000 without service and Haywood EMC had just under 5,000 customers without service. All these power utilities have crews out working to restore electrical service as fast as they can safely do it, with more crews from other states on the way to assist.

If you have a non-emergency situation, call 828-369-9116. This number should not be called for informational requests. Macon County is under a State of Emergency. You can read a copy of the declaration on the blog at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/09/macon-county-under-state-of-emergency.html

Food Safety and Power Outages

The USDA offers the following recommendations for maintaining food safety while the power is out:

•Never taste a food to determine its safety!
•Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperatures.
•Each time the door is opened, a significant amount of cold air is lost.
•The refrigerator will keep food cold safely for about four hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed.)
•Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40° F or below.
•Obtain dry or block ice to keep your refrigerator and freezer as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time. •Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic-foot full freezer for two days.
•If the power has been out for several days then check the temperature of the freezer with an appliance thermometer or food thermometer. If the food still contains ice crystals or is at 40° F or below then the food is safe.
•If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer then check each package of food to determine its safety. If the food still contains ice crystals then the food is safe.
•Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers and deli items after four hours without power.
•When in Doubt, Throw it Out!

POWER OUTAGES

Here are resources to report outages and safety tips.

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

LOCAL OUTLOOK

The remnants of Irma will move through the Ohio Valley today through Friday, maintaining chances for showers across the area today and Thursday. Weak high pressure will take over Friday and persist through the weekend, keeping rain chances low. Hurricane Jose is forecast to remain over the Atlantic through next week.



WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

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.



Weather Almanac for September 13th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 32°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 2.63 inches in Highlands in 1893

On this date in 1917 marks the earliest recorded time in the season that temperatures dipped to 32°F. There were undoubtedly times this happened earlier, but this is the earliest is has been recorded.


Record weather events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1967


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly cloudy with temperatures starting off near 50 and reaching highs near 70 in the Franklin area and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in Highlands and the higher elevations. 30% chance of showers, mainly after 10 am. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with fog expected to develop after midnight and lows in the mid-50s in the Franklin area and 5 to 8 degrees cooler in Highlands and the higher elevations. Winds out of the northwest calming before midnight. 30% chance of showers with less than a tenth of an inch accumulation expected.



THURSDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-70s in the Franklin area and near 70 in Highlands and the higher elevations. Calm winds in the morning then wind from the west in the afternoon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-50s and calm winds.



FRIDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from 70 in the higher elevations to near 80 in the Franklin area. Winds are expected to be calm.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from around 50 in the higher elevations to nearly 60 in the Franklin area.

HAZARDS

There is no hazardous weather in the forecast. All wind warnings and watches have been canceled, effective at 4 am. That does not mean there are no longer any hazards. There are still numerous trees down in Macon County, and some of them may be in roadways and a number of them may be wrapped in power lines. Do not try to cut trees that have power lines in them because if they are energized, you could be injured or killed.



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


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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Sep 13 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Jose, located several hundred miles northeast of the southeastern Bahamas.

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



IRMA Remnants

Irma, once a powerful category-5 hurricane north of the Caribbean Islands, has continued to lose tropical characteristics as it interacts with an upper-level trough and moves further inland across the southeastern U.S. Although Irma's remnant circulation remains large, a lack of replenishing cool air from Canada means that Irma will gradually dissipate over the mid-Mississippi Valley during the next couple of days. Only very modest amounts of addition rain are expected over the Mississippi Valley into the Tennessee Valley through tomorrow before the circulation dissipates on Thursday. Nevertheless, a piece of the moisture is forecast to move eastward across the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday ahead of a weak front, where some scattered showers and thunderstorms can be expected to linger. Some showers and thunderstorms are expected in Florida as well. With the expansive cloud cover associated with the remnants of Irma, temperatures will continue to be much cooler than normal from the Mississippi Valley northeastward into the Ohio Valley.

FORECAST POSITIONS
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INITIAL 12/2100Z 35.1N 88.2W
12HR VT 13/0600Z 35.9N 89.4W...REMNANT LOW
24HR VT 13/1800Z 39.2N 89.3W...REMNANT LOW
36HR VT 14/0600Z...DISSIPATED


MACON CALENDAR

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The Future Farmers of America are selling Raffle Tickets
More information is posted below:

Support Franklin FFA (Future Farmers of America)
!!! RAFFLE TICKETS !!!!

$5.00 a ticket or 5 for $20.00

Winner announced & does not be present at The Macon County Fair 2017
September 13-16, 2017 at The Wayne Proffitt Agriculture Center - Macon County Fairgrounds, 1436 Georgia Rd, Franklin NC 28734
Raffle is for Adventure Package, valued at $300.00...

Items are:
1. Cargo Carrier ( donated by Ultimate Truck Accessories) - can be used atop an SUV/Van or rear hitch
2. Foldable Camp Chairs in Camo with Table
3. Burn Fire Log (Swedish Flame Torch)
4. Lighter
5. Heavy Duty Flashlight
6. "Over the flame" cooking basket
7. Roasting Sticks
8. Bug Spray

We thank Appalachian Ace Hardware for their support.

*All proceeds go to Franklin FFA & FHS Ag Dept*
Contact Gregory Charles Spala via FB or 813-838-7693 text or call
Or Lori Spala via FB or 813-503-2160


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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 6:50 a.m.
Sunrise 7:15 a.m.
Sun transit 1:29 p.m.
Sunset 7:43 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:08 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 12:27 a.m.
Moon transit 7:37 a.m.
Moonset 2:49 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on September 13, 2017: Last Quarter at 2:25 a.m. (local daylight time)




Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

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Published at 4:44 am on September 13, 2017

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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, 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.