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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, December 16, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry and cool high pressure will dominate our weather through Sunday morning. Moisture and a gradual warm-up will return to the area starting Sunday. A series of disturbances will pass across the area next week, with a prolonged period of unsettled weather.



WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for December 16th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 70°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1971
Lowest Temperature 4°F in Franklin in 1963
Greatest Rainfall 2.48 inches in Highlands in 1982
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.5 inches in Highlands in 1932




Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876




THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the lower 40s in the higher elevations and the upper 40s in the lower elevations and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the west.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear in the early evening with increasing clouds becoming mostly cloudy by midnight. Lows ranging from the mid-20s in the higher elevations to near 30 in the lower elevations. Winds out of the west.



SUNDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the low to mid-40s in the higher elevations and near 50 in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south. Rain chances increase as the day progresses, with a 50% chance of rain after noon.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Cloudy with lows in the upper 30s in the higher elevations and the lower 40s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest. 50% chance of rain.



MONDAY

Cloudy with highs ranging from the lower 50s to the upper 50s according to elevation. 50% chance of rain.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the low to mid-40s and a 50% chance of rain.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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



Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 1:30 am.


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.


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 a 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 7:07 a.m.
Sunrise 7:35 a.m.
Sun transit 12:29 p.m.
Sunset 5:23 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:51 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 5:56 a.m.
Moon transit 11:18 a.m.
Moonset 4:37 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on December 16, 2017: Waning Crescent with 2% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on December 18, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. (local standard time)



Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 2:12 am on December 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, December 15, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, December 15, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry and cool high pressure will dominate our weather through Sunday morning. Moisture and a gradual warm-up will return to the area starting Sunday. A series of disturbances will pass across the area next week, with a prolonged period of unsettled weather.



WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for December 15th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 72°F in Franklin in 1984
Lowest Temperature 3°F in Highlands in 1914
Greatest Rainfall 2.76 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1972
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.8 inches in Highlands in 1993




Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876




THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Partly sunny with highs ranging from the lower 30s in the higher elevations to the higher 30s in the lower elevations. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest, gusting to 30 mph.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the upper teens in the higher elevations and the lower 20s in the lower elevations. Winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts in the 30 mph range.



SATURDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the lower 40s in the higher elevations and the upper 40s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the west with gusts in the 25 mph range in the morning.

SATURDAY NIGHT

The evening starts out mostly clear with increasing clouds, becoming cloudy before midnight with lows ranging from the upper 20s in the higher elevations and the lower 30s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southwest.



SUNDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the 40s, ranging to perhaps 50 in the lower elevations. Winds out of the south. 50% chance of rain. Slight chance of snow flurries, mainly in the higher elevations.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper 30s in the higher elevations and the lower 40s in the lower elevations.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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



Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 3:00 am.


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.


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 7:07 a.m.
Sunrise 7:35 a.m.
Sun transit 12:29 p.m.
Sunset 5:23 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:51 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 5:01 a.m.
Moon transit 10:32 a.m.
Moonset 3:59 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on December 15, 2017: Waning Crescent with 6% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on December 18, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:00 am on December 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, December 14, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, December 14, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A dry cold front will cross the area from northwest to southeast today. Thereafter, dry and cool high pressure will dominate our weather through Sunday morning. Rain chances are increased Sunday and Monday. We may see snow showers early Sunday before it turns to all rain.



WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for December 14th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 73°F in Highlands in 1927
Lowest Temperature -10°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1962
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands in 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Franklin in 1958




Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876




THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Wind Advisory until 7 am

Mostly sunny with highs in the 40s and winds 10 to 15 from the northwest, gusting to 35 mpg in the morning.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the low to mid-20s and winds 5 to 10 mph from the west.



FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the 30s (lower 30 at higher elevations and upper 30s in the lower elevations) and winds 5 to 10 mph from the west.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the low to mid-20s and winds 5 to 10 mph from the northwest.



SATURDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the lower 40s in the higher elevations and the upper 40s in the lower elevations.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with increasing clouds and lows in the upper 20s in the higher elevations and the lower 30s in the lower elevations. 30% chance of snow, mainly after midnight.

HAZARDS

A wind advisory is in effect until 7 am this morning. Otherwise, no hazardous weather conditions are 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



Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 2:45 am.


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.


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 7:06 a.m.
Sunrise 7:34 a.m.
Sun transit 12:28 p.m.
Sunset 5:23 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:51 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 4:06 a.m.
Moon transit 9:47 a.m.
Moonset 3:23 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on December 14, 2017: Waning Crescent with 11% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on December 18, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 3:15am on December 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, December 13, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, December 13, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will build over the region through tonight. A cold front will cross the area from the northwest early Thursday morning. Another dry high pressure will dominate our weather through Saturday night. Low pressure and a cold front are expected to return from the west on Sunday into Monday.



WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for December 13th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 74°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature -11°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1962
Greatest Rainfall 2.75 inches in Highlands in 1931
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.1 inches in Franklin in 1945


Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876




THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Wind Advisory for High Winds

Sunny and windy with highs in the 30s with winds 15 to 20 mph, gusting to 35 mph. Wind chill values will be near zero degrees.

TONIGHT Cold and Windy; Dangerous Wind Chills Overnight

Mostly clear and windy with lows in the 20s and wind chills in the single digits and low teens at times. Winds 15 to 20 mph out of the west, gusting to 35 mph.



THURSDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the upper 30s in the higher elevations and the low to mid-40s in the lower elevations. Wind chills near or below freezing at times. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper teens in the higher elevations and the low to mid-20s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northwest.



FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the 30s.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the low to mid-20s.


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is expected today. An area of high winds is expected to cross the county today and tonight. And scattered power outages are expected.



The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory until 10 am this morning, and a copy is posted below for your convenience.

***Wind Advisory***
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
339 AM EST Wed Dec 13 2017

...Strong winds possible across portions of the North Carolina mountains early this morning and again tonight...

.Strong northwesterly cold advection will lead to gusty winds through about daybreak this morning. Then there will be a lull in the winds until early this evening, when westerly winds increase again and persist through tonight across portions of the North Carolina mountains.

...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST THIS MORNING ABOVE 3500 FEET...
...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EST THURSDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Wind Advisory ABOVE 3500 FEET, which is in effect from 7 PM this evening to 7 AM EST Thursday.

* LOCATIONS...The central and southern mountains of western North Carolina above 3500 feet elevation.

* HAZARDS...Strong wind gusts.

* TIMING...Lasting through daybreak this morning. Then winds increase again this evening through tonight.

* WINDS...Northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph early

this morning. West 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph.

* IMPACTS...Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult...especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.
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



Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 4 am.


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.


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 7:05 a.m.
Sunrise 7:33 a.m.
Sun transit 12:28 p.m.
Sunset 5:22 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:50 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 3:09 a.m.
Moon transit 9:02 a.m.
Moonset 2:50 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on December 13, 2017: Waning Crescent with 18% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on December 10, 2017 at 2:51 a.m. (local standard time)



Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:25 am on December 13, 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. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Macon County Commissioners - December 2017 Regular Meeting



The Macon County Commissioners will be meeting tonight at 5 pm in the commissionr's boardroom on the third floor. This location can be accessed via the rear entrance of the building.

The public agenda, agenda packet and a copy of the changes to the US Department of Transportation drug and alcohol testing regulations zero-tolerance policy for the Macon County Transit are posted below in the interest of promoting transparency and accountability.

If there is enough bandwidth, Macon Media will be webcasting live video of the meeting. A placeholder for the video is posted below. Sometime tomorrow, a higher quality version will replace the lower quality live version.






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

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




MACON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
DECEMBER 12, 2017
PUBLIC AGENDA

1. Call To Order - County Manager
2. Election Of Chairman - County Manager
3. Election of Vice-Chairman
4. Examination of Official Bond for Public Officials of Macon County
5. Announcements
6. Moment of Silence
7. Pledge of Allegiance
8. Public Hearings)— NONE
9. Public Comment Period
10. Adjustments to and Approval of the Agenda
11. Reports/Presentations
A. Vaya Health Update - Shelly Foreman, Western Region Community Relations

12. Old Business
A. Consideration of Work First Electing County Plan for State Fiscal Years 2019-2022 - DSS DIrector Patrick Betancourt
B. Discussion of Sedimentation and Erosion Control Ordinance Grading License Revisions - Planning, Permitting, and Development Director Jack Morgan and the County Attorney
C. Request for Qualifications (RFQ) evaluation for architectural services at South Macon Elementary School - County Manager

13. New Business
A. Update on emergency communications project —- Emergency Services Director Warren Cabe
B. Changes to US Department of Transportation drug and alcohol testing regulations - Transit Director Kim Angel
C. Lease agreement between Macon County and Southwestern Community College regarding existing burn building property — County Manager

14.Consent Agenda - Attachment # 14
(All items below are considered routine and will be enacted by one motion. No separate discussion will be held except on request of a member of the Board of Commissioners)

A. Minutes of the November 14, 2017, regular meeting
B. Budget Amendments #92-93
C. Tax Releases (none)
D. Tax Refund
E. Monthly ad valorem tax collection report

15. Appointments
A. Community Funding Pool (one seat)

16. Closed session

17. Adjourn/ Recess












Agenda Packet




Zero Tolerance Policy for Macon County Transit





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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



Posted at 9:50 am on December 12, 2017




Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, December 12, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will build across our region through midweek as a deep trough crosses the area. Temperatures will be several degrees below normal on Wednesday then recover to near normal Thursday. Expect another series of fronts to cross our region going into next week.



WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for December 12th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 75°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Highlands in 1962
Greatest Rainfall 4.33 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1961
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.0 inches in Highlands in 1917




Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876




THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Wind Advisory for High Winds

Partly sunny with decreasing clouds to be mostly sunny by noon. Highs ranging from the upper 20s to the low to mid-30s. Temperatures will fall into the 20s in the afternoon. Winds 15 to 25 mph, gusting up to 40 mph.

TONIGHT Cold and Windy; Dangerous Wind Chills Overnight

Mostly clear and brutally cold. Temperatures in the teens with wind chills near zero degrees. Winds 20 to 25 mph out of the northwest, gusting up to 45 mph, decreasing to 10 to 15 mph and gusts to 30 mph after midnight.



WEDNESDAY

Sunny with highs in the 30s with winds 5 to 10 mph out of the west.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 20 and winds out of the west. Wind chills in the upper teens and lower 20s.



THURSDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the 40s.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with increasing clouds and lows in the 20s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is expected today. An area of high winds is expected to cross the county today and tonight. And scattered power outages are expected.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory until 10 am this morning, and a copy is posted below for your convenience.

***Wind Advisory***

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1013 PM EST Mon Dec 11 2017

...Strong winds possible across portions of the North Carolina mountains Tuesday and Tuesday night...

.Strong northwesterly cold advection will lead to gusty winds Tuesday and Tuesday night across portions of the northern North Carolina mountains, as well as locales above 3500 feet across the central and southern mountains.

...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TUESDAY TO 7 AM EST WEDNESDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...

* LOCATIONS...The central and southern mountains of western North Carolina above 3500 feet elevation.

* HAZARDS...Strong wind gusts.

* TIMING...Starting early Tuesday morning lasting through daybreak Wednesday.

* WINDS...Northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

* IMPACTS...Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult... especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.

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



Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 2:30 am.


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.


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 7:05 a.m.
Sunrise 7:33 a.m.
Sun transit 12:27 p.m.
Sunset 5:22 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:50 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 2:12 a.m.
Moon transit 8:18 a.m.
Moonset 2:18 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on December 12, 2017: Waning Crescent with 27% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on December 10, 2017 at 2:51 a.m. (local standard time)



Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 3:10 am on December 12, 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, December 11, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, December 11, 2017







LOCAL NEWS

The first major snowfall of the winter season fell Friday and early Saturday, with local accumulations ranging from 6 to 15 inches in most places with a few locations receiving more. As of 4 am, here are the local school closings and delays. There is a possibility some of these may change as school officials assess the road situation this morning. Macon Media will post updates as soon as they are received.

Macon County Schools
Franklin area: Two-hour delay, optional teacher workday
Nantahala area: Two-hour delay, optional teacher workday
Highlands area: Closed with an optional teacher workday

Trimont Christian Academy: Two-hour delay
Macon Program for Progress: Late Start Schedule
Southwestern Community College: Open at 10 am, except for the Public Traning Safety Center

Over 7,000 Maconians lost power and utility crews from area power companies worked to restore service and answer calls with local fire and rescue services to remove power from dangerous situations like fires, accidents, and situations where lines had fallen onto residences, roadways or had started fires. Electrical services will probably be restored to most Maconians by sometime Tuesday Monday at the latest. Here is a look at the latest numbers:

POWER OUTAGE UPDATE
3:30 AM on 12-11-2017

Utility crews continue to work to restore power and the end is in sight.

Here are the latest numbers:

Macon County - 149
Duke Energy - 149 outages in 31 locations
Haywood EMC 0

Jackson County - 168

Duke Energy - 168 outages in 20 locations
Haywood EMC 0

Rabun County - 200
Georgia Power - 16 outages in 6 locations
Haywood EMC 0
Habersham EMC 184


LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will persist across the region today. However, a strong cold front will approach the region tonight. Mountain snow chances will return Tuesday the cold front moves through the area. Dry high pressure will builds back in Wednesday with temperatures dropping well below normal again, but the temperature should warm back toward normal later in the week.

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.


WEATHER SPONSOR





Adams Products, a

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


Open 7:30 AM to 4:00

PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:



All your masonry

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

 


Weather Almanac for December 11th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 73°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature 2°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 2.90 inches in Highlands in 1993
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 7.2 inches in Franklin in 1876




Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876






TODAY slick roads in the morning

Sunny with highs in the 40s and winds out of the north and gradually shifting through the west to come out of the south by 6 pm this evening. Wind speeds will be in the 5 to 10 mph range.

TONIGHT Cold and Windy

Mostly clear at 6 pm, becoming mostly cloudy by midnight. Lows in the 20s and winds 10 to 15 mph from the south and west, gusting to 35 mph.



TUESDAY Sunny and windy

Partly sunny with increasing clouds and highs in the 30s and wind chills below freezing. Winds 15 to 20 mph out of the northwest, gusting to 35 mph.

TUESDAY NIGHT Cold and Windy with Dangerous Wind Chills

Partly cloudy and brutally cold with temperature in the teens and wind chills near zero. Winds 15 to 20 mph out of the northwest, gusting to 30 mph, mainly after midnight.



WEDNESDAY Brutally cold start to the day

Sunny with wind chills near zero in the morning with highs in the upper 20s in the higher elevations and the mid-30s in the lower elevations.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy and cold with temperatures ranging from near 20 in the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations.

HAZARDS

Roads may be slick this morning, especially on the secondary roads. Patches of black ice may be possible on main roads.


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



Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 3 am.


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.


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 7:04 a.m.
Sunrise 7:32 a.m.
Sun transit 12:27 p.m.
Sunset 5:22 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:50 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 1:13 a.m.
Moon transit 7:33 a.m.
Moonset 1:46 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on December 11, 2017: Waning Crescent with 36% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on December 10, 2017 at 2:51 a.m. (local standard time)



Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and

video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when

the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

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

versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:08 am on December 11, 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. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, December 10, 2017






LOCAL NEWS

The first major snowfall of the winter season fell Friday and early Saturday, with local accumulations ranging from 6 to 15 inches in most places with a few locations receiving more. Here is a graphic from the NOAA Office of Water Prediction showing the snow cover over the southern Appalachian area:




Over 7,000 Maconians lost power and utility crews from area power companies worked to restore service and answer calls with local fire and rescue services to remove power from dangerous situations like fires, accidents, and situations where lines had fallen onto residences, roadways or had started fires. Electrical services will probably be restored to most Maconians by sometime Tuesday at the latest. Here is a look at the latest numbers:

Power Outage Update
4:00 am on 12-10-2017

Utility Crews have been out overnight repairing damage, replacing lines and broken poles and removing limbs and trees and restoring power.

Macon County - 2,514
Duke Energy 2,355 outages in 171 locations
Haywood EMC 154

Jackson County - 1,051
Duke Energy 1,010 outages in 115 locations
Haywood EMC 41

Rabun County - 2,992
Georgia Power 1,574
Haywood EMC 19
Habersham EMC 1,409


LOCAL OUTLOOK

Below normal temperatures and dry conditions will persist through early next week. Very cold air and mountain snow chances will return Wednesday as another system moves through the area before another drying trend begins.

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.


WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for December 10th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 68°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 3.40 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1952
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Highlands in 1989




Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876




THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Winter Weather Advisory for Black Ice Until 10 am

Sunny with highs in the upper 20s in the higher elevations to the mid 30s in tmid-30sr elevations. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest.

TONIGHT Cold and Windy Dangerous Wind Chills Overnight

Mostly clear and cold with lows in the upper teens to the lower 20s. Wind chills will be about 5 degrees or so colder at times. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest, gusting to 25 mph at times.



MONDAY Slick roads in the morning and melting snow

Sunny with highs ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the west.

MONDAY NIGHT Cold and Windy with Dangerous Wind Chills

Partly cloudy with lows in the 20s and wind chills making it feel like it is in the teens at times. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the west, gusting to 30 mph at times.



TUESDAY AM: Slick Roads PM: Melting Snow

Partly sunny early, then increasing clouds, becoming mostly cloudy by the afternoon. Highs in the 30s.

TUESDAY NIGHT Roads Will Refreeze Wind Chills Lowest So Far

Partly cloudy with lows in the teens and wind chills as low as 0 degrees.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is expected today. The runoff from yesterday's snow melt has refrozen on area roadways, some of as “black ice” that is difficult to see. Area roads may be slippery, so please exercise caution when traveling this morning, and increase the distance you follow vehicles on the roads so you can have extra time to stop if they hit a slick spot or suddenly stop.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 10 am this morning, and a copy is posted below for your convenience.

***Winter Weather Advisory***

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1038 PM EST Sat Dec 9 2017

...DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS EXPECTED TONIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING...

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Black ice and light snow expected. Difficult travel conditions expected due to snow covered roads and black ice. Plan on slippery road conditions. Additional snow accumulations of up to one inch are expected across the higher elevations near the Tennessee border.

* WHERE...The North Carolina mountains.

* WHEN...Until 10 AM EST Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for Black Ice means that refreezing of roads will occur...resulting in the development of widespread black ice. Be prepared for very slippery roadways. Some roads that appear clear may be covered by a thin layer of ice.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.


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



Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 3 am.


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.


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 7:03 a.m.
Sunrise 7:31 a.m.
Sun transit 12:26 p.m.
Sunset 5:22 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:50 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 12:12 a.m.
Moon transit 6:46 a.m.
Moonset 1:12 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on December 10, 2017: Last Quarter at 2:51 a.m. (local standard time)



Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:13 am on December 10, 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.