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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, January 21, 2017

USA Weather Map 
Saturday Jan 21st

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Severe thunderstorms possible through the weekend across portions of the Gulf Coast and Southeast...

...Heavy snow possible from the higher elevations of California to the central and southern Rockies...

Periods of scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected through much of the weekend from portions of the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi valley to the Southeast, as a series of upper-level disturbances move overhead. One round of showers and thunderstorms is expected by this evening along much of the Gulf Coast, spreading across portions of the Southeast overnight into Saturday morning. On Saturday, a warm front will develop across the region, which will once again focus numerous showers and thunderstorms through the day and into the overnight hours. A low pressure system forecast to take shape across the southern plains on Saturday will move east into the lower Mississippi valley by Sunday morning. This system will bring yet another day of widespread showers and thunderstorms from the lower Mississippi valley and Gulf Coast to the Southeast. Severe thunderstorms are possible through the weekend in association with each of these rounds of showers and storms. Please refer to products issued by the Storm Prediction Center for further details on the severe weather threat. Rain will also spread north into the Mid-Atlantic region by Sunday. A Public Severe Weather Outlook has been issued by the Storm Prediction Center and a map and text of the outlook can be seen on the SPC website. [LINK]

The weather pattern will also be an active one across the western U.S. through the weekend, as a series of Pacific storms move onshore. The first of these storm systems is moving into the West Coast states today, and will bring rain and thunderstorms to areas along the coast as well as in the Desert Southwest tonight and Saturday. Heavy snow is possible across portions of the Sierras as well as the Mogollon Rim and the central/southern Rockies tonight into Saturday. The West Coast should see a very brief lull in precipitation during the day on Saturday before another more powerful Pacific storm system begins to approach late in the day. This second system will spread rain and mountain snow along nearly the entire West Coast Saturday night into Sunday. Snow will also spread across much of the interior West on Sunday. Heavy snow will be possible in association with this system once again across the mountains of California, as well as across portions of the Great Basin through Sunday. Heavy rain is also expected at lower elevations of California.

Lastly, the northern plains and Upper Midwest will also see the potential for some relatively light precipitation tonight through the weekend as a slow-moving upper-level disturbance remains in the vicinity. A mix of rain, snow, sleet, and freezing rain is possible tonight through Saturday from the northern plains to the Upper Great Lakes. Scattered lighter precipitation will linger across the Upper Midwest into Sunday, with a wintry mix still possible.

LOCAL OVERVIEW

Numerous waves of energy will bring rounds of rain and thunderstorms to the area today and tonight. A vigorous low pressure system will sweep towards the Carolinas Sunday and Monday, bringing abundant moisture and the potential for storms. Mild high pressure will be in control Tuesday and Wednesday until a cold front crosses the region Wednesday night.

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for our region regarding dense fog. The text is posted below:

...PATCHY DENSE FOG THIS MORNING
ACROSS NORTHEAST GEORGIA -
THE WESTERN UPSTATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
AND THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS...

Abundant low level moisture and light winds across the region will lead to the development of low clouds and areas of fog this morning. A few locations could see visibility drop to one-quarter mile or less in dense fog. In addition, the visibility across the region may change very quickly over short distances. Visibility may be worse near bodies of water, in low lying areas, and in mountain valleys.

Allow extra time to reach your destination if traveling in this area this morning.


DAY SPONSOR

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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.


THREE DAY OUTLOOK


Surface Map for Saturday Jan 21st at 7 am

Saturday (Heavy Rain Likely, Severe Weather Possible)

Areas of fog, dense in places before noon. Cloudy with highs near the low to mid 60s and variable light winds. 20% chance of rain in the morning increasing to 60% by noon, rain likely after with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible, more in locations that see thunderstorms.


Saturday Night (Heavy rain likely, Severe weather possible near daybreak)

Patchy fog after midnight. Cloudy with lows near the lower 50s and calm winds before midnight and winds out of the northeast after midnight. Rain chances 60% around 6 pm increasing to near 100% by daybreak with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected. Thunderstorms are possible and a round of severe weather may reach Macon County during this time period.


Surface Map for Sunday Jan 22nd at 7 am

Sunday (Multiple rounds of heavy rain likely, severe weather possible in the morning)

Cloudy with highs near the low to mid 60s and winds 5 to 10 mph from the southeast in the morning shifting to come from the southwest in the afternoon. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected, more possible in locations that are hit by thunderstorms.


Sunday Night (Heavy rain likely)

Cloudy with lows near the mid 40s and winds from the southwest calming before midnight. Near 100% chance of rain, heavy at times, with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch possible with more in locations that are hit by thunderstorms.


Surface Map for Monday Jan 23rd at 7 am

Monday

Mostly cloudy with highs near the low to mid 50s. 60% chance of rain, mainly before noon.


Monday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 30s. 30% chance of rain.


Hazardous Weather Information for Jan 21st

HAZARDS

Dense fog is expected to form in the region. More details may be seen after the National Weather Outlook Segment above. Heavy rains are possible later today and tonight, with severe weather possible sometime between 3 am and noon on Sunday. I suspect the most severe weather will be in eastern Tennessee to our west and in Georgia to our south. It is possible the storms could survive to reach Macon County.


The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook that includes Macon County and a copy is posted below.

..SATURDAY...Severe weather possible. An upper level impulse ahead of a larger system will move atop the region as a warm front pushes in from the southwest.

Along and behind the warm front... Conditions will be favorable for strong to severe thunderstorms. The primary threats with any severe storms will be damaging winds... And an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Locally heavy rain is also possible.

..SUNDAY...Severe weather possible. A strong upper level storm supporting a moist surface frontal system will cross the southern states through Monday. Ahead of this system conditions are likely to become favorable for severe thunderstorms across at least some of the area. Damaging winds and hail could result... And a tornado or two cannot be ruled out. Heavy rain is also possible at times.

SKYWARN SPOTTERS ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD ANY REPORTS OF LARGE HAIL... DAMAGING WINDS... TORNADOES OR FLASH FLOODING TO OUR OFFICE.



MACON CALENDAR

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


THE LT PLUNGE: A BENEFIT FOR FIRE CHIEF ROHRER

The LT Plunge on January 21st at Tassee Shelter (10am )

Entry fee is $15 (includes a bowl of hot chilli, hot chocolate/coffee and completion certificate)
100% of the proceeds raised from the plunge will be donated to Franklin's Fire Department Chief Rohrer to assist him and his family with medical bills as he battles cancer. For more information, please visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1711019812544383/


MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon COunty will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.


Poster for fundraiser provided by REACH of Macon County


Weather Extremes Almanac for January 21, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 82ºF in Kinston, Lenoir County in 1927
Low Temperature -34ºF on Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1985
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.47 inches in Brevard, Transylvania County in 1979
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 16.0 inches on Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1983

Macon County

High Temperature 74ºF in Franklin in 1890
Low Temperature -19ºF in Highlands 1985
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.41 inches in Nantahala in 1954
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.5 inches in Highlands in 1983


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 7:12 am
Sunrise: 7:39 am
Sunset 5:51 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:18 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 06 minutes

Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 34% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise: 2:06 am
Moonset 1:13 pm

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight


Sky chart for the evening of Jan 21st

Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy and it may be raining.

Venus -4.4 Magnitude Distance 0.616 AU Constellation: Aquarius
Mars 1.00 Magnitude Distance: 1.780 AU Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am on Sunday, Jan 22nd

Sky Chart for the morning of Jan 22nd

Skies will be mostly cloudy and it is likely to be raining.

Mercury 0.0 Magnitude Distance 1.050 AU Constellation: Sagittarius (Lost in the morning glare to all but the most skilled observers with telescopes)
Saturn 1.4 Magnitude Distance: 10.804 AU Constellation: Ophiuchus
Jupiter -1.9 Magnitude Distance: 5.214 AU Constellation: Virgo

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.

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

You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

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

Published at 3:51 am on Jan 21, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): Google Play, heavens-above.com, iTunes, 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, January 20, 2017

Donald Trump Becomes President
Video and Transcript of Inaugural Address



Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States at noon today.

Here is a video of the ceremony, the inaugural address and a transcript of the speech provided by the White House:

OATH OF OFFICE



INAUGURAL ADDRESS







REMARKS OF PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP 

– AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY
INAUGURAL ADDRESS
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C.



Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.

We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.

Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.

This is your day. This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.

These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;

Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;

We've defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;

And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.

When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.

In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over.

Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.

We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.

We Will Make America Wealthy Again.

We Will Make America Proud Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again.

And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.





Thursday, January 19, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, January 20, 2017

USA Weather Map
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Severe thunderstorms possible for portions of the Gulf Coast states...

...Heavy snow possible for the California mountains as well as the Mogollon Rim and portions of the central and southern Rockies...

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to be widespread tonight in association with a warm front and an upper-level disturbance from portions of the Gulf Coast and Southeast to the Ohio valley and portions of the Great Lakes. Some thunderstorms could be severe across portions of the Gulf Coast. Rain will spread northeast on Friday across portions of the Mid-Atlantic and lower Great Lakes. Farther south on Friday, another round of showers and thunderstorms is expected to develop during the afternoon and evening along the Gulf Coast, some of which could once again become severe. Please refer to products issued by the Storm Prediction Center for further details on the severe weather threat. On Saturday, widespread showers and thunderstorms are once again expected from the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi valley to the Southeast along and ahead of a developing warm front.

A Pacific frontal system will move onshore along the West coast tonight, bringing widespread rain and mountain snow. As the system moves inland, snow will spread into portions of the Great Basin and Four Corners region on Friday. Heavy snow will be possible through Saturday morning for the mountains in California as well as areas from the Mogollon Rim to the central and southern Rockies. By late Saturday into Saturday night, rain and mountain snow will begin to increase once again from central California northward along the coast as another frontal system approaches.

LOCAL OVERVIEW

A warm front will lift north across the region tonight and tomorrow bringing more rain to the area. A more significant low pressure system is expected to track across the region this weekend, bringing showers and thunderstorms for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Drier high pressure is expected to build back over the region by the middle of next week.


INAUGURATION DAY



The 58th Presidential Inauguration takes place today. For a program and to see the history surrounding the day, please visit the Joint Congressional Committee of Inaugural Ceremonies’ website.

If you are a cord cutter like me and do not subscribe to cable or satellite and cannot get over the air television and still wish to watch the ceremonies, check out this article on Cord Cutters News.



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




Friday

Patchy fog before noon. Decreasing clouds with partly sunny skies in the afternoon with highs near the mid 60s and winds out of the southwest. 60% chance of rain, mainly before noon with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. Cloud cover will begin to increase later in the afternoon.


Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and light winds out of the south.






Saturday

Cloudy with highs near the low to mid 60s with calm winds in the morning and from the southeast in the afternoon. 60% chance of rain, mainly after noon, with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch.


Saturday Night

Cloudy with lows near the lower 50s and calm winds before midnight and from the southeast after midnight. 80% chance of rain, mainly after 8 pm.





Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms with highs near the lower 60s. 80% chance of rain, heavy at times.


Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms with lows near the mid to upper 40s. 80% chance of rain, heavy at times.



HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today. 


A low pressure system is expected to bring heavy rains and possible thunderstorms to the region on Sunday. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous

Weather Outlook and a copy is posted below.

..SUNDAY...Severe weather possible. A strong upper level storm supporting a moist surface frontal system will cross the southern states through Monday. Ahead of this system conditions are likely to become favorable for severe thunderstorms across at least some of the forecast area. Damaging winds and hail could result... And a tornado or two cannot be ruled out. Heavy rain is also possible at times Sunday morning.



MACON CALENDAR

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


THE LT PLUNGE: A BENEFIT FOR FIRE CHIEF ROHRER

The LT Plunge on January 21st at Tassee Shelter (10am )

Entry fee is $15 (includes a bowl of hot chilli, hot chocolate/coffee and completion certificate)
100% of the proceeds raised from the plunge will be donated to Franklin's Fire Department Chief Rohrer to assist him and his family with medical

bills as he battles cancer. For more information, please visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1711019812544383/


MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon COunty will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.


REACH Mardi Gras Benefit 
Poster provided courtesy REACH of Macon County


Weather Extremes Almanac for January 18, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 80ºF in Geenevers, Duplin County in 1927
Low Temperature -20ºF in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1985
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.05 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1969
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Laurel Springs, Ashe County in 2000

Macon County

High Temperature 71ºF Highlands in 1933
Low Temperature -8ºF in Franklin 1985
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.50 inches in Highlands in 1883
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Highlands in 1918


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 7:12 am
Sunrise: 7:40 am
Sunset 5:50 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:17 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 05 minutes

Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 43% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise: 1:12 am
Moonset 12:38 pm

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight





Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets, but both are close to the western horizon, so don't dally too long before you get out to see them.

Venus -4.4 Magnitude Distance 0.624 AU Constellation: Aquarius
Mars 1.00 Magnitude Distance: 1.773 AU Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am on Thursday, Jan 19th





The moon will approach to within a few degrees of Jupiter and Spica and the three will make a nice grouping in the early dawn sky tomorrow, provided it is clear.

Mercury 0.0 Magnitude Distance 1.033 AU Constellation: Sagittarius
Saturn 1.4 Magnitude Distance: 10.814 AU Constellation: Ophiuchus
Jupiter -1.9 Magnitude Distance: 5.230 AU Constellation: Virgo

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

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

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

Published at 9:09 pm on Jan 19, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, 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.




Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, January 19, 2017


Weather Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Rain and mountain snow continues for the western U.S., and heavy rain remains likely for the Deep South...

The weather pattern across the western U.S. has become quite active again with periods of moderate to heavy rain and mountain snow, compliments of multiple low pressure systems affecting the West Coast. This weather pattern will also provide central and southern California with badly needed precipitation, with the heaviest rain expected for the coastal mountain ranges, and the heaviest snow over the Sierra Nevada mountains. Numerous winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are in effect across interior portions of the West. Strong and gusty winds are also likely near the coast and for the higher elevations.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast across the Deep South through the end of the week as a new surface low develops along the front and slowly lifts northward. The highest rainfall totals are anticipated from southern Louisiana to Tennessee, and also the Florida peninsula where a couple inches of additional rainfall is possible. Some strong thunderstorms are also likely and could produce localized flooding. Some of this moisture will also make it to the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic region to close out the work week.

LOCAL OVERVIEW

A warm front moving north over the region through Friday in combination with low pressure headed north toward the Great Lakes will bring more rain to our area, mainly tonight. A more significant low pressure system is expected to move across the region this weekend, bringing rain and thunderstorms for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. High pressure will build into the region for the middle of next week.



THREE DAY OUTLOOK


Thursday Jan 19th at 7 am

Thursday

Mostly cloudy with highs near 60 and calm winds. 30% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.


Thursday Night

Cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and light winds out of the southeast. 80% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a a quarter and half an inch expected.


Friday Jan 20th at 7 am

Friday

Decreasing clouds in the morning to partly sunny skies, then increasing clouds in the afternoon with highs near the lower 60s and calm winds in the morning. Winds will be out of the southwest in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch are expected.


Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50 and calm winds. Slight chance of rain after 1 am.


Saturday Jan 21st at 7 am

Saturday

Cloudy with highs near the lower 60s. 60% chance of rain with thunderstorms possible after 3 pm or so. Heavy rain also possible.


Saturday Night

Rain and thunderstorms with lows near the mid 50s. 80% chance of rain with thunderstorms likely.



HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today. 


A low pressure is

expected to bring heavy rains and possible thunderstorms to the region on Sunday and Monday. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous

Weather Outlook and a copy is posted below.

..SUNDAY...Heavy rain possible. A deep low pressure system tracking into the Ohio Valley will push a slow-moving cold front across the area late Sunday through Monday. The front will provide a focus for heavy rain. There may also be enough instability for strong storms on Sunday.

..MONDAY...Heavy rain possible.


MACON CALENDAR

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


THE LT PLUNGE: A BENEFIT FOR FIRE CHIEF ROHRER

The LT Plunge on January 21st at Tassee Shelter (10am )

Entry fee is $15 (includes a bowl of hot chilli, hot chocolate/coffee and completion certificate)
100% of the proceeds raised from the plunge will be donated to Franklin's Fire Department Chief Rohrer to assist him and his family with medical bills as he battles cancer. For more information, please visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1711019812544383/


MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon COunty will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.




Weather Extremes Almanac for January 18, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 86ºF in New Bern, Craven County in 2016
Low Temperature -20ºF on Grandfather Mountain in Avery County in 1994
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.28 inches in Rosman, Transylvania County in 1936
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 92.5 inches in Garner, Wake County in 1955

Macon County

High Temperature 70ºF Franklin in 1974
Low Temperature -7ºF in Highlands in 1994
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.80 inches in Franklin in 1876
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.6 inches in Highlands in 1998


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 7:13 am
Sunrise: 7:40 am
Sunset 5:49 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:14 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 01 minute

Moon Phase: Last Quarter at 5:13 pm
Moonrise: 12:18 am
Moonset 12:05 pm

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight



Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets, but both are close to the western horizon, so don't dally too long before you get out to see them.

Venus -4.4 Magnitude Distance 0.633 AU COnstellation: Aquarius
Mars 1.00 Magnitude Distance: 1.764 AU Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am on Thursday, Jan 19th





Mercury 0.0 Magnitude Distance 1.009 AU Constellation: Sagittarius
Saturn 1.4 Magnitude Distance: 10.827 AU Constellation: Ophiuchus
Jupiter -1.9 Magnitude Distance: 5.251 AU Constellation: Virgo

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





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Published at 4:28 am on Jan 19, 2017

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, 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, January 18, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA 
Map courtesy the National Weather Service
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

Low pressure over the Lower Great Lakes will move off the Northeast Coast by Wednesday afternoon. The associated front will linger over the Southeast to the Lower Mississippi Valley/Western Gulf Coast through Thursday. Rain will develop over parts of the Great Lakes/Northeast and the Northern Mid-Atlantic/Ohio Valley that will move off most of the Northeast/Northern Mid-Atlantic Coast by Wednesday evening. Snow will also develop over Northern New England through Wednesday evening. In the wake of the system, rain and snow will linger over parts of New England through Thursday. Additionally, showers and thunderstorms will develop along the boundary from the Southern Mid-Atlantic to parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley/Western Gulf Coast that will likewise move off the Southern Mid-Atlantic Coast by Wednesday evening, too. Showers and thunderstorms will remain over parts of the Middle/Lower Mississippi Valley and Western Gulf Coast on Wednesday evening into Thursday.

Meanwhile, a deepening upper-level trough will move onshore over the West Coast Wednesday into Thursday. An associated front will move onshore Wednesday evening into Thursday over California/Great Basin. A plume of moisture will accompany the trough that will slowly work southward from the Pacific Northwest to Southern California by Thursday. The system will produce rain and higher elevation snow over the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday evening that will expand inland to the Northern Rockies by Wednesday morning continuing into Thursday. Similarly, the rain and higher elevation snow will move into Northern California/Great Basin overnight Tuesday and into Central California by Wednesday evening. Overnight Wednesday, the rain will move into Southern California. The snow will be heavy over the Sierras and rain/freezing rain will develop over some of the interior valleys of the Pacific Northwest.

LOCAL OVERVIEW

A cold front is expected to bring increased chances for rain tonight. A warm front approaching from the south is expected to bring more chances for rain on Thursday and Friday. A strong low pressure system is expected to develop and bring heavy rains on Sunday and Monday and there is a possibility for strong storms on Sunday. More will be posted about this system as the weekend approaches.



THREE DAY OUTLOOK


National Forecast Map 
Wednesday Jan 18th 
Courtesy Weather Prediction Center

Wednesday

Cloudy with a period of clearing skies before clouds return late in the afternoon. Highs near the lower 60s and wind 5 to 10 mph from the northwest.


Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near the lower 40s and calm winds. Cloud cover expected to increase toward daybreak.


National Forecast Map 
Thursday Jan 19th 
Courtesy Weather Prediction Center

Thursday

Increasing clouds with highs near the lower 60s and variable light winds. 40% chance of rain, mainly after 7 am and chances increasing after noon.


Thursday Night

Rainy with lows near the upper 40s and light winds out of the southeast. 80% chance of rain.


National Forecast Map 
Friday Jan 20th 
Courtesy Weather Prediction Center

Friday

Decreasing clouds with highs near the lower 60s. 60% chance of rain, mainly before 10 am.


Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 40s.


HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today. 


A low pressure is expected to bring heavy rains and possible thunderstorms to the region on Sunday and Monday. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and a copy is posted below.

..SUNDAY...Heavy rain possible. A deep low pressure system tracking into the ohio valley will push a slow-moving cold front across the area late Sunday through Monday. The front will provide a focus for heavy rain. There may also be enough instability for strong storms Sunday night.

..MONDAY...Heavy rain possible.


MACON CALENDAR

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


THE LT PLUNGE: A BENEFIT FOR FIRE CHIEF ROHRER

The LT Plunge on January 21st at Tassee Shelter (10am )

Entry fee is $15 (includes a bowl of hot chilli, hot chocolate/coffee and completion certificate)
100% of the proceeds raised from the plunge will be donated to Franklin's Fire Department Chief Rohrer to assist him and his family with medical bills as he battles cancer. For more information, please visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1711019812544383/


MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon COunty will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.


REACH Mardi Gras Benefit 
Poster provided courtesy REACH of Macon County


Weather Extremes Almanac for January 18, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 83ºF in Greensboro, Duplin County in 1943
Low Temperature -20ºF on Grandfather Mountain in Avery County in 1977
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 5.10 inches in Murphy in Cherokee County in 1882
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.5 inches in Turnersburg in Iredell County in 1965

Macon County

High Temperature 72ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Low Temperature -5ºF in Franklin in 1982
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.00 inches in Highlands in 2006
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Franklin in 1985


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 7:13 am
Sunrise: 7:41 am
Sunset 5:47 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:14 pm
Day Length: 11 hours

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 71% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonset 11:01 am
Moonrise: 11:22 pm


Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

Sky at 830 pm tonight 
Chart courtesy Heavens Above

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets, but both are close to the western horizon, so don't dally too long before you get out to see them.

Venus -4.4 Magnitude Distance 0.648 AU COnstellation: Aquarius
Mars 1.00 Magnitude Distance: 1.750 AU Constellation: Aquarius

Morning Events and Planets
Chart shows sky at 4 am on Thursday, Jan 19th

Sky at 4 am on Thursday Jan 19th 
Chart courtesy Heavens Above

The moon will approach to within a few degrees of Jupiter and Spica and the three will make a nice grouping in the early dawn sky tomorrow, provided it is clear.

Mercury 0.0 Magnitude Distance 0.971 AU Constellation: Sagittarius
Saturn 1.4 Magnitude Distance: 10.847 AU Constellation: Ophiuchus
Jupiter -1.9 Magnitude Distance: 5.283 AU Constellation: Virgo

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





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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

Published at 3:18 am on Jan 18, 2017

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Be kind to one another.


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


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, January 17, 2017


National Weather Map 
Courtesy National Weather Service

NATIONAL WEATHER

...Stormy weather pattern returning to the Pacific Northwest and heavy rain remains likely for the Gulf Coast...

The low pressure system currently over the Great Lakes region Tuesday morning will continue tracking towards New England by Wednesday, before quickly moving out to sea. Periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely from eastern Texas to the Ohio Valley along the trailing cold front. Farther to the north from Wisconsin to northern New England, it will be mainly in the form of wintry weather, with freezing rain and sleet across the Great Lakes region, and snow for interior New England once the low intensifies off the coast on Wednesday.

Heavy rain chances will continue across the Gulf Coast region through the middle of the week as the southern portion of the cold front is forecast to stall out. The highest rainfall totals are anticipated from southeast Texas to Mississippi, where a few inches of additional rainfall is possible. Some strong thunderstorms are also likely south of the front, and could produce localized flooding.

The weather pattern across the Pacific Northwest will become quite active starting Tuesday with heavy rain and mountain snow, compliments of strong onshore flow from the next approaching storm system over the northeast Pacific Ocean. By Wednesday, this moisture should begin reaching California and the northern Rockies, with the heaviest rain expected for the coastal mountain ranges from northern California to Washington.
Strong and gusty winds are also likely near the coast and for the higher elevations.


OVERVIEW

Above average temperatures will persist through mid week. A weak cold front will approach the region from the west by late Tuesday bringing increased chances for rain. A warm front will move north over the Southeast on Thursday and Friday, bringing more rain to the forecast area. A more significant system is expected to develop over the region during the later part of the weekend.



THREE DAY OUTLOOK


National Forecast Map 
Tuesday Jan 17th 
Courtesy Weather Prediction Center

Tuesday

Areas of fog before noon. Mostly cloudy with highs near the lower 60s and winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. 30% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.


Tuesday Night

Patchy fog before midnight. Cloudy with lows near 50 and winds out of the southeast gradually rolling around to come from the west around midnight, then from the northwest by dawn. 60% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected. Most of the rain should fall between 9 pm and 5 am.


National Forecast Map 
Wednesday Jan 18th 
Courtesy Weather Prediction Center

Wednesday

Partly sunny with highs near the lower 60s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. 30% chance of rain with rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch expected. Rainfall chances should end around 10 am.


Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 40s and winds from the northwest calming before midnight.


National Forecast Map 
Thursday Jan 19th 
Courtesy Weather Prediction Center

Thursday

Mostly cloudy with highs near the lower 60s. 40% chance of rain, ,mainly after 2 pm.


Thursday Night

Cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 40s. 80% chance of rain, mainly between 8 pm and 3 am.



HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected.


MACON CALENDAR

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


THE LT PLUNGE: A BENEFIT FOR FIRE CHIEF ROHRER

The LT Plunge on January 21st at Tassee Shelter (10am )

Entry fee is $15 (includes a bowl of hot chilli, hot chocolate/coffee and completion certificate)
100% of the proceeds raised from the plunge will be donated to Franklin's Fire Department Chief Rohrer to assist him and his family with medical

bills as he battles cancer. For more information, please visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1711019812544383/


Weather Extremes Almanac for January 17, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 83ºF in Greensboro, Duplin County in 1943
Low Temperature -20ºF on Grandfather Mountain in Avery County in 1977
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 5.10 inches in Murphy in Cherokee County in 1882
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.5 inches in Turnersburg in Iredell County in 1965

Macon County

High Temperature 72ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Low Temperature -5ºF in Franklin in 1982
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.00 inches in Highlands in 2006
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Franklin in 1985


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 7:13 am
Sunrise: 7:41 am
Sunset 5:47 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:14 pm
Day Length: 11 hours

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 71% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonset 11:01 am
Moonrise: 11:22 pm


Observing the Skies


Sky Chart 
Tuesday Evening Jan 17th
Courtesy Heavens Above

Evening Events and Planets

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets, but both are close to the western horizon, so don't dally too long before you get out to see them.

Venus -4.4 Magnitude Distance 0.648 AU Constellation: Aquarius
Mars 1.00 Magnitude Distance: 1.750 AU Constellation: Aquarius

Morning Events and Planets

Mercury is falling into the brightness of the eastern horizon and presents a greater challenge to observe over the next few days...that is, if the skies are even clear in the mornings. For more on spotting Mercury, check out Earth Sky.

Mercury 0.0 Magnitude Distance 0.971 AU Constellation: Sagittarius
Saturn 1.4 Magnitude Distance: 10.847 AU Constellation: Ophiuchus
Jupiter -1.9 Magnitude Distance: 5.283 AU Constellation: Virgo


Source: The State Climate Office of North Carolina, U.S. Naval Observatory, heavens-above.com

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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


Published at 4:20 am on Jan 17, 2017




Be kind to one another.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, January 16, 2017

Map showing weather advisories across the nation
Active weather advisories across the nation for today

NATIONAL WEATHER (from weather.gov)

A winter storm system is impacting much of the central U.S. this weekend. Widespread freezing rain will persist for much of western Oklahoma, Kansas, northern Missouri and western Iowa tonight as warm advection aloft overrides sub-freezing temperatures at the surface.  Ice storm warnings, freezing rain advisories, winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories in effect from northern New Mexico to southern Minnesota/western Wisconsin.  The northern edge of the precipitation shield, spanning from eastern Colorado to southern Minnesota, will likely have significant accumulations of snow and sleet with this system. Portions of the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi valley will have periods of heavy rain, which may increase the threat for rapid runoff. Flash flooding will be possible for Texas, Arkansas and northwest Louisiana through Tuesday.

Rain and mountain snow is forecast for portions of the Pacific Northwest by Monday night as strong onshore flow from the next approaching storm system. Strong high pressure over the Great Basin/Interior West will keep conditions mainly dry and mild. Once the current system over the central U.S. moves eastward, rain and possibly a few thunderstorms will arrive to the eastern states by Tuesday morning.


OVERVIEW

Temperatures will remain above normal for this week, with highs near the lower 60s and lows near 50. A cold front will bring increased rain chances on Wednesday and a warm front will bring increased chances of rain on Friday with a more significant storm system expected to move through over the weekend.


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.


THREE DAY OUTLOOK


National surface map for 7 am on Monday

Martin Luther King Day

Patchy dense fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy, with a period of partly cloudy skies in the afternoon before cloud cover increases again in the late afternoon. Highs near the lower 60s and calm winds rising to come from the southeast in the afternoon. 20% chance of rain, mainly after noon. 


Monday Night

Patchy fog is expected to develop overnight. Mostly cloudy with lows near 50 and variable light winds shifting to come from the southeast after midnight. 40% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.



National surface map for 7 am on Tuesday


Tuesday

Mostly cloudy with highs near 60 and winds 5 to 10 mph from the southwest. 50% chance of rain with rainfall amounts not expected to exceed a tenth of an inch.


Tuesday Night

Cloudy with lows near 50 wind 5 to 10 mpg from the south until midnight, when it is expected to shift to come out of the west. 60% chance of rain.



National surface map for 7 am on Wednesday


Wednesday

Mostly cloudy with highs near 60. 60% chance of rain.


Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the lower 40s.



580


HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected.


MACON CALENDAR

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


THE LT PLUNGE: A BENEFIT FOR FIRE CHIEF ROHRER

The LT Plunge on January 21st at Tassee Shelter (10am )

Entry fee is $15 (includes a bowl of hot chilli, hot chocolate/coffee and completion certificate)
100% of the proceeds raised from the plunge will be donated to Franklin's Fire Department Chief Rohrer to assist him and his family with medical bills as he battles cancer. For more information, please visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1711019812544383/



Weather Almanac for January 16, 2017


North Carolina 

High Temperature 85ºF in Chapel Hill, Orange County in 1937
Low Temperature -18ºF on Grandfather Mountain in Avery County in 1972
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 5.10 inches in Oconaluftee in Swain COunty in 2013
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 13.0 inches in Blowing Rock in Watauga County in 1966

Macon County

High Temperature 71ºF in Franklin in 1952
Low Temperature -8ºF in Franklin in 1994
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.15 inches in Nantahala in 1954
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Highlands in 1896

Astronomy 

Twilight Begins: 7:14 am
Sunrise: 7:41 am
Sunset 5:46 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:14 pm
Day Length: 10  hours 59 minutes

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 80% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonset 10:26 am
Moonrise: 10:24 pm


Evening Events and Planets

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets, but both are close to the western horizon, so don't dally too long before you get out to see them.

Venus -4.38 Magnitude Distance 0.657 AU COnstellation: Aquarius  
Mars 0.99 Magnitude Distance: 1.748 AU Constellation: Aquarius

Morning Events and Planets

Jupiter -1.88 Magnitude Distance: 5.3 AU Constellation: Virgo


Sky chart for 8:30 pm 
Courtesy Heavens Above

The chart shows the whole sky at approximately 8:30 pm tonight. The clouds are expected to cover about 80% of the sky tonight, so observing the whole sky at once will not be possible. Cloudy conditions are expected to continue for the next several days.


Source: The State Climate Office of North Carolina, U.S. Naval Observatory, heavens-above.com





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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


Published at 3:52 am on Jan 16, 2017



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