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Monday, June 26, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, June 26, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry and cool air will continue to spread in from the northwest over the region through much of the week as Canadian high pressure remains to our north. An upper-level disturbance will bring a chance of rain to the area on Tuesday, and then as the high moves offshore late this week, a humid southerly flow will return, along with a chance of mainly afternoon thunderstorms.

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

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

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


Weather Almanac for June 26th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 41°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1974
Greatest Rainfall 2.19 inches in Highlands in 1960


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Mostly cloudy early, then becoming sunny after mid-morning with highs near 80. Cam winds early, then 5 to 10 mpg from the northwest in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near the mid-50s and winds out of the northwest calming before midnight.



TUESDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper-70s and light winds out of the northwest.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near 50 and calm winds.



WEDNESDAY

Sunny with highs near 80.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near 60.


HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Jun 26 2017

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

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


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, June 28th

Franklin Bird Club

Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8:00 am.

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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:51 am
Sunrise: 6:21 am
Sunset 8:52 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:22 pm


Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 9% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 9:11 a.m.
Moonset 11:13 p.m.





Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



Sky Guides for this week

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.

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 3:48 am on June 26, 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, June 25, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, June 25, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

Drier and cooler air will start to spread in from the northwest through today, with these conditions persisting through much of the week. Moisture will slowly return around an offshore ridge of high pressure toward the end of the week.


WEATHER SPONSOR


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

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

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


Weather Almanac for June 25th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 39°F in Highlands in 1922
Greatest Rainfall 4.05 inches in Highlands in 1912


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog early. Mostly cloudy early and clearing to become mostly sunny in the afternoon with highs near 80 and lower humidity so it won't feel as muggy as it has been the last few days. Winds will start out light from the northwest and will pick up during the day to 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest, peaking at around 5 pm.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear skies with temperatures dropping from near 70 at sunset to the mid-50s by dawn. Winds will be very light out of the north.



MONDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the upper-70s and winds out of the northwest. Clouds will gradually increase during the day to become partly cloudy by sunset.

MONDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with temperatures dropping from the mid-60s at sunset to the mid-50s by sunrise. Very light winds out of the north and northwest.



TUESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the mid-70s. Slight chance of showers, mainly after 10 am.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near the lower 50s.


HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Jun 25 2017

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

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


MACON CALENDAR

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



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:51 am
Sunrise: 6:21 am
Sunset 8:52 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:22 pm


Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 4% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 8:05 a.m.
Moonset 10:25 p.m.





Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



Sky Guides for this week

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.

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 3:38 am on June 25, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, June 24, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

Shower and thunderstorm coverage will increase from the west this morning. Light showers will linger as the front slowly crosses the area, and thunderstorms may redevelop just ahead of the cold front. Unseasonably cool and dry conditions will spread over the forecast area in the wake of the front and persist through the middle of next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR


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

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

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


Weather Almanac for June 24th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

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


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog early. Mostly cloudy with highs near 80 and light winds out of the northwest. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 5 pm.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after midnight. Mostly cloudy with lows near 60 and light winds out of the northwest.



SUNDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near 80 and winds out of the northwest.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-50s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.



MONDAY

Sunny with highs in the mid to upper-70s.

MONDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-50s.


HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Jun 24 2017

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

The Weather Prediction Center is issuing advisories on Post-Tropical Cyclone Cindy, located over the central Appalachian Mountains.

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




Post-Tropical Cyclone CINDY Public Advisory

POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE CINDY ADVISORY NUMBER 18
NWS WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD AL032017
1100 PM EDT FRI JUN 23 2017

...CINDY LOSES TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS...
HEAVY RAIN POTENTIAL SPREADING EASTWARD ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY AND CENTRAL APPALACHIANS...

SUMMARY OF 1100 PM EDT...0300 UTC...INFORMATION
-----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...38.0N 81.5W
ABOUT 100 MILES...165 KM...ENE OF JACKSON/J. CARROLL KENTUCKY.
ABOUT 25 MILES...40 KM...WNW OF BECKLEY MEMORIAL WEST VIRGINIA.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...20 MPH...30 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...ENE OR 75 DEGREES AT 35 MPH...56 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1004 MB...29.65 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
FLASH FLOOD WATCHES ARE IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHERN GEORGIA AND THE OHIO VALLEY.
FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF KENTUCKY... OHIO... AND WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.

FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE WATCHES
AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
AT 1100 PM EDT...0300 UTC...THE CENTER OF CINDY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 38.0 NORTH...AND LONGITUDE 81.5 WEST. UNDER INCREASING VERTICAL WIND SHEAR...CINDY HAS LOST TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND IS CONSIDERED A POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE. SURFACE OBSERVATIONS INDICATE THAT THE LOW-LEVEL CENTER OF CINDY REMAINS INTACT AS IT ACCELERATES EAST ACROSS EASTERN KENTUCKY. AN AREA OF HEAVY RAINFALL WITH EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS IS AFFECTING THE AREAS NORTH AND EAST OF THE LOW CENTER FROM EASTERN KENTUCKY TO WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA INCLUDING SOUTHERN OHIO AND WEST VIRGINIA.
MEANWHILE...A COLD FRONT FROM THE MID-SECTION OF THE COUNTRY IS QUICKLY APPROACHING THE CYCLONE FROM THE WEST. POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE CINDY IS EXPECTED TO BECOME EXTRATROPICAL OVERNIGHT AS THE FAST-MOVING FRONT MERGES WITH THE REMNANT CIRCULATION OVER THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION. THE PRIMARY THREAT WITH THIS STORM WILL BE MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN MOVING ACROSS THE UPPER TENNESSEE AND UPPER OHIO VALLEYS FOLLOWED BY THE CENTRAL APPALACHIANS AND MID-ATLANTIC STATES...BEFORE RAPIDLY MOVING OFF THE EAST COAST ON SATURDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 20 MPH... 30 KM/H... WITH HIGHER GUSTS.

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1004 MB...29.65 INCHES.


HAZARDS
-------
RAINFALL...POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE CINDY IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN... WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OF 3 INCHES POSSIBLE... FROM EASTERN KENTUCKY EASTWARD INTO WEST VIRGINIA THROUGH TONIGHT. THESE RAINS WILL CONTINUE TO ENHANCE THE FLASH FLOOD THREAT ACROSS THESE REGIONS. THUNDERSTORMS THAT FORM TO THE SOUTHWEST OF THE REMNANTS OF CINDY AND AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT COULD TRIGGER MORE FLOODING IN THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.


RAINFALL TOTALS
---------------
SELECTED STORM TOTAL RAINFALL IN INCHES THROUGH 8 PM EDT


...ALABAMA...
SARALAND 6.8 NNW 8.97
NORTHPORT 8.90
MOBILE 4.5 WSW 8.29
FOLEY 4.5 SE 8.14
PRATTVILLE 1 N 6.80
EVERGREEN 5.97
GREENVILLE 2 WSW 4.40
TUSCALOOSA MUNI ARPT 4.35
EXCEL 3 ESE 4.30
REPTON 6 S 4.00
URIAH 8 W 3.90
POLLARD 2 N 3.70
DANNELLY FIELD 1 W 3.70
MONTGOMERY COUNTRY 2 E 3.60
MONTGOMERY/DANNELLY 3.53
BAY MINETTE 11 N 3.50

...ARKANSAS...
DE WITT 0.2 N 4.86
CAMDEN 8.9 NNE 4.85
MARVELL 4.1 W 4.75
WHITE HALL 0.8 SE 4.14
MONTICELLO AIRPORT 3.69

...FLORIDA...
NAVARRE 2.1 WNW 10.70
GONZALEZ 2.5 NNW 10.68
GULF BREEZE 7.2 ENE 9.99
NAVARRE 6.2 E 9.95
GONZALEZ 2.1 E 9.60
PENSACOLA 13.5 WNW 9.47
NAVARRE 8.30
PENSACOLA RGNL ARPT 8.28
PANAMA CITY BEACH 0.3 SW 8.14
JOHNSONS BEACH 3 NNE 8.00
MILTON/WHITING FIELD NAS 6.36
APALACHICOLA MUNI ARPT 5.34
VALPARAISO/EGLIN AFB 5.16
CRESTVIEW/BOB SIKES 5.08
DESTIN AIRPORT 4.95
HURLBURT FIELD AWS 4.66
TYNDALL AFB/PANAMA CITY 4.49
GONZALEZ 3 NNW 3.50
NICEVILLE 2 SE 3.30
ELGIN AFB 6 NE 3.30

...GEORGIA...
STEPHENS 4.2 WSW 7.15
BISHOP 3.0 WNW 7.10
GREENSBORO 6.2 WSW 6.96
STARRSVILLE 6.85
LOGANVILLE 4.5 SW 6.41
NORTH DECATUR 3.0 NNE 5.99

...INDIANA...
ALBANY 6.40
GEIST RESERVOIR 2 NE 6.10
ECONOMY 5.34
FISHERS 1 SW 4.50
GRISSOM AFB 1 S 4.45
BUNKER HILL 4.40
CASTLETON 4.20
MUNCIE 1 N 3.61

...LOUISIANA...
NEW ORLEANS 3.6 SW 10.49
ST. BERNARD 2.7 E 6.50
SLIDELL 4.4 E 6.38
MINDEN 2.2 NE 6.20
MERAUX 0.8 WNW 5.04
BATON ROUGE 3.5 E 4.63
CONTRABAND BAYOU 4.52
SULPHUR 2 E 4.30
WESTLAKE 4.22
BOOTHVILLE 4.21
HOUMA 4 SE 4.10
LAKE CHARLES 1.8 S 4.00
TIMBERLANE 3.80
CHAUVIN 3 NNE 3.80
BELLE CHASSE 2 NNE 3.50
DENHAM SPRINGS 4 NE 2.60
BATON ROUGE 4 E 2.40
RAGLEY 5 SE 2.10
PONCHATOULA 1 SW 1.70

...MISSISSIPPI...
OCEAN SPRINGS 3.6 ESE 18.74
GULFPORT 2.0 NE 14.40
OCEAN SPRINGS 2 E 12.30
VANCLEAVE 9.5 WSW 11.34
BILOXI 13.1 NNW 10.02
PASS CHRISTIAN 5.0 N 9.84
GAUTIER 4.9 N 9.78
LONG BEACH 0.8 SSE 9.59
WAYNESBORO 5.4 WNW 9.39
KEESLER AFB/BILOXI 8.71
WIGGINS 8.50
PASCAGOULA 5.38
WAYNESBORO 5 WNW 4.00
HATTIESBURG/CHAIN MUNI ARPT 3.80
PURVIS 14 ESE 3.40
DIAMONDHEAD 1 E 3.40
BILOXI 13 NNW 3.40
ACKERMAN 5 W 3.40
COLUMBIA 3 NNE 3.30

...OHIO...
BELLEFONTAINE 4.50
CLEVES 3 ESE 4.34
BLANCHESTER 3 WNW 4.16
SAMANTHA 4.00
CHEVIOT 3 W 3.77
PEEBLES 3.67
IDAHO 2 ENE 3.40
GEORGETOWN 3.33
RICHWOOD 5 NW 3.31
KILN WILMINGTON APT 3.00
KDAY DAYTON COX APT 2.86

...PENNSYLVANIA...
PERRYOPOLIS 2.97

...TENNESSEE...
PULASKI 8 ENE 1.20
FAYETTEVILLE 1 SSW 1.10
CORNERSVILLE 11 SSE 1.00

...TEXAS...
MAHAW BAYOU 5.36
STAR LAKE 4.76
SEA RIM STATE PARK 4 WNW 3.96
SABINE RANCH 3.35
KIRBYVILLE 2 SE 2.90
GALVESTON 6 NE 2.90
LEAGUE CITY 3 NE 2.50
BROADDUS 15 SE 2.50
KEMAH 0.2 WNW 2.30
BEAUMONT 5 S 2.30
LUMBERTON 1 WNW 2.20
BUNA 1 N 2.10
NASSAU BAY 2 NNW 1.90
BAFLIFF 1 SSE 1.90



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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit 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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:50 am
Sunrise: 6:20 am
Sunset 8:52 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:22 pm


Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 7:00 a.m.
Moonset 9:29 p.m.





Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



Sky Guides for this week

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.

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 3:36 am on June 24, 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, June 23, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, June 23, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

Widespread tropical showers will continue to impact the region through the morning. Shower coverage decreases briefly before a cold front approaches the mountains later tonight bringing more showers and thunderstorms to the area. Light showers linger on Saturday as the front slowly departs the area. Unseasonably cool and dry conditions will spread over the forecast area in the wake of the front and persist through the middle of next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR


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

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

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


Weather Almanac for June 23rd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1988
Lowest Temperature 41°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1947
Greatest Rainfall 2.54 inches in Highlands in 1941



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY heavy rain is possible at times

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-80s and winds from the southwest 5 to 15 mph with afternoon and evening gusts to 25 mph. Sporadic showers and thunderstorms will move through the county today. Accumulations will vary from a tenth of an inch or less to over half an inch.

TONIGHT heavy rain is possible

Patchy fog after midnight. Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Near 100% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch of rain expected. Some locations may see more accumulation.



SATURDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the low to mid-80s and winds out of the northwest. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch expected. Some locations could see more.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 60 and winds out of the northwest.



SUNDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near 80.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-50s.


HAZARDS

Outside of a few damaging wind gusts and torrential downpours associated with thunderstorms, no hazardous weather is expected for today. Tropical moisture is expected to continue passing through Macon County this morning. A cold front should sweep that away this afternoon and replace with more moisture!

Please be weather aware and pay attention to forecasts if you live in a low-lying area where flooding may be a concern. The remnants of CINDY will pass to our north and our chances of receiving flooding amounts of rain are less than anticipated. More detailed forecasts will be available as the storm gets closer to our area so impacts can be better ascertained.



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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jun 23 2017

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

The Weather Prediction Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Cindy, located inland over southern Arkansas.

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




TROPICAL DEPRESSION CINDY -- PUBLIC ADVISORY

BULLETIN
TROPICAL DEPRESSION CINDY ADVISORY NUMBER 14...CORRECTED
NWS WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD AL032017
1100 PM EDT THU JUN 22 2017

CORRECTED FOR CYCLONE TYPE IN FORECAST


...TROPICAL DEPRESSION CINDY CONTINUES TO PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL FROM THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST AND INTO THE OHIO VALLEY...

SUMMARY OF 1100 PM EDT...0300 UTC...INFORMATION
-----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...33.1N 93.5W
ABOUT 80 MILES...130 KM...NNE OF SHREVEPORT LOUISIANA.
ABOUT 70 MILES...115 KM...SW OF LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...20 MPH...30 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNE OR 25 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1000 MB...29.53 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS...SOUTHERN ALABAMA...AND SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI A TORNADO WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND MOST OF MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA. FLASH FLOOD WATCHES ARE IN EFFECT FROM EASTERN TEXAS TO THE OHIO VALLEY INCLUDING PARTS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND TENNESSEE VALLEY.

FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA... INCLUDING POSSIBLE WATCHES AND WARNINGS... PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
AT 1100 PM EDT...0300 UTC...THE CENTER OF CINDY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 33.1 NORTH...AND LONGITUDE 93.5 WEST. TROPICAL DEPRESSION CINDY IS CAUSING SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ROTATING AROUND ITS CENTER THROUGH THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. RADAR AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS SHOW A CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORMS IN EXTREME EASTERN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA WITHIN ITS SOUTHERN PERIPHERY... WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MOVING NORTHWARD ACROSS ARKANSAS. THERE IS A SECONDARY PLUME OF MOISTURE MOVING ACROSS EASTERN MISSISSIPPI... ALABAMA.. AND NORTHERN GEORGIA THAT IS PRODUCING THUNDERSTORMS. A SWATH OF LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN IS ALSO MOVING NORTHWARD THROUGH THE TENNESSEE AND OHIO VALLEYS AND INTO THE WESTERN CAROLINAS. TROPICAL DEPRESSION CINDY WILL SLOWLY WEAKEN AS IT TURNS TO THE NORTHEAST...ENTERING WESTERN TENNESSEE AND CENTRAL KENTUCKY BY FRIDAY EVENING. THE PRIMARY THREAT WITH THIS STORM IS MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN THROUGHOUT THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY... SOUTHEAST... AND EASTWARD INTO THE CENTRAL APPALACHIANS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 20 MPH...30 KM/H... WITH HIGHER GUSTS.

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1000 MB...29.53 INCHES.


HAZARDS
-------
RAINFALL...TROPICAL DEPRESSION CINDY IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE 2 TO 4 INCHES... WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS... FROM NORTHERN LOUISIANA INTO WESTERN TENNESSEE... AND INTO KENTUCKY AND THE CENTRAL APPALACHIANS. THESE RAINS WILL CONTINUE TO ENHANCE THE FLASH FLOOD THREAT ACROSS THESE REGIONS... SOME OF WHICH COULD BE LIFE THREATENING ESPECIALLY ACROSS LOUISIANA AND SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS.


RAINFALL TOTALS
---------------
SELECTED STORM TOTAL RAINFALL IN INCHES THROUGH 8 PM EDT

...ALABAMA...
PRATTVILLE 1 N 6.80
MOBILE/BATES FIELD 6.65
EVERGREEN 5.97
GREENVILLE 2 WSW 4.40
EXCEL 3 ESE 4.30
REPTON 6 S 4.00
URIAH 8 W 3.90
POLLARD 2 N 3.70
DANNELLY FIELD 1 W 3.70
MONTGOMERY COUNTRY 2 E 3.60
MONTGOMERY/DANNELLY 3.53
BAY MINETTE 11 N 3.50
TUSCALOOSA MUNI ARPT 3.41

...FLORIDA...
NAVARRE 8.30
PENSACOLA RGNL ARPT 8.28
JOHNSONS BEACH 3 NNE 8.00
MILTON/WHITING FIELD NAS 6.36
PENSACOLA 4 W 6.10
APALACHICOLA MUNI ARPT 5.34
PANAMA CITY BEACH 0.3 SW 5.20
VALPARAISO/EGLIN AFB 5.16
CRESTVIEW/BOB SIKES 5.08
DESTIN AIRPORT 4.95
HURLBURT FIELD AWS 4.66
TYNDALL AFB/PANAMA CITY 4.49
GONZALEZ 3 NNW 3.50
NICEVILLE 2 SE 3.30
ELGIN AFB 6 NE 3.30

...LOUISIANA...
CONTRABAND BAYOU 4.52
SULPHUR 2 E 4.30
WESTLAKE 4.22
BOOTHVILLE 4.21
HOUMA 4 SE 4.10
NEW ORLEANS/MOISANT 4.08
TIMBERLANE 3.80
CHAUVIN 3 NNE 3.80
BELLE CHASSE 2 NNE 3.50
SLIDELL 3.37
LAKE CHARLES 5 SSE 3.00
DENHAM SPRINGS 4 NE 2.60
BATON ROUGE 4 E 2.40
RAGLEY 5 SE 2.10
PONCHATOULA 1 SW 1.70

...MISSISSIPPI...
OCEAN SPRINGS 2 E 12.30
KEESLER AFB/BILOXI 8.71
GULFPORT-BILOXI 8.58
WIGGINS 8.50
PASCAGOULA 5.38
WAYNESBORO 5 WNW 4.00
HATTIESBURG/CHAIN MUNI ARPT 3.80
PURVIS 14 ESE 3.40
DIAMONDHEAD 1 E 3.40
BILOXI 13 NNW 3.40
ACKERMAN 5 W 3.40
COLUMBIA 3 NNE 3.30
PHILADELPHIA 5 SW 3.20

...TENNESSEE...
PULASKI 8 ENE 1.20
FAYETTEVILLE 1 SSW 1.10
CORNERSVILLE 11 SSE 1.00

...TEXAS...
MAHAW BAYOU 5.36
STAR LAKE 4.76
SEA RIM STATE PARK 4 WNW 3.96
SABINE RANCH 3.35
KIRBYVILLE 2 SE 2.90
GALVESTON 6 NE 2.90
LEAGUE CITY 3 NE 2.50
BROADDUS 15 SE 2.50
KEMAH 0.2 WNW 2.30
BEAUMONT 5 S 2.30
LUMBERTON 1 WNW 2.20
BUNA 1 N 2.10
NASSAU BAY 2 NNW 1.90
BAFLIFF 1 SSE 1.90

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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit 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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:50 am
Sunrise: 6:20 am
Sunset 8:52 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:21 pm


Moon Phase: New Moon at 10:31 pm.

Moonrise 6:00 a.m.
Moonset 8:27 p.m.





Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



Sky Guides for this week

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.

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 4:15 am on June 23, 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, June 22, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, June 22, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A chance of showers continues through tonight as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches the Louisiana coast. As Cindy lifts north into extreme western Louisiana, tropical moisture is expected to spread across the region today and Friday. A cold front approaches the area early Saturday and lingers across the area through Sunday keeping a chance of showers in the forecast. Cooler weather follows the front with perhaps another round of light rainfall by mid-week.


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Weather Almanac for June 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1964
Lowest Temperature 40°F in Highlands in 1992
Greatest Rainfall 3.65 inches in Highlands in 1957



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY heavy rain is possible

Patchy fog before noon. Cloudy with highs in the mid-70s. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected. Some locations that see heavy rain bands or thunderstorms could see an inch or more in this time period.

TONIGHT heavy rain is possible

Fog is expected to develop tonight, mainly after 9 pm. Cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and winds out of the southeast. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between half and three-quarters of an inch expected. Some locations that see heavy rain bands or thunderstorms could see an inch or more in this time period.



FRIDAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs near 80 and winds 5 to 10 mph from the southwest. 50% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. More is possible in locations that see thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and winds 5 to 10 mph from the southwest. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms.



SATURDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the low-80s. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the low-60s. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


HAZARDS

Tropical moisture is expected to begin moving into the region and up to 2 inches of rain could fall over the next 36 hours.

Please be weather aware and pay attention to forecasts if you live in a low-lying area where flooding may be a concern. More detailed forecasts will be available as the storm gets closer to our area so impacts can be better ascertained.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the region due to expected rainfall from the remnant of CINDY. IT is posted below.

..TODAY...Heavy rain possible. Gulf moisture will continue to stream into the region consequent of Tropical Cyclone Cindy over the next 24 to 36 hours. Improving southerly flow combined with this moisture will lead to increased chances for upslope showers and thunderstorms along the southern Blue Ridge escarpment. Rainfall totals of around 2 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts certainly possible. This heavy rainfall could lead to flooding concerns in later periods.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jun 22 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Cindy, located south-southeast of the Texas/Louisiana border.

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



TROPICAL STORM CINDY -- PUBLIC ADVISORY

BULLETIN
Tropical Storm Cindy Intermediate Advisory Number 10A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL032017
100 AM CDT Thu Jun 22 2017

...CINDY CONTINUES TO PRODUCE HEAVY RAINS OVER THE NORTHERN GULF COAST...


SUMMARY OF 100 AM CDT...0600 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...29.2N 93.6W
ABOUT 65 MI...105 KM SSW OF LAKE CHARLES LOUISIANA
ABOUT 50 MI...85 KM SSE OF PORT ARTHUR TEXAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 340 DEGREES AT 7 MPH...11 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...992 MB...29.29 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* San Luis Pass Texas to Grand Isle Louisiana

Interests elsewhere along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the central Texas coast to the western Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
At 100 AM CDT (0600 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Cindy was located near latitude 29.2 North, longitude 93.6 West. Cindy is moving toward the north-northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h). A turn toward the north should occur later this morning, with a turn toward the northeast expected on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Cindy will move inland near the Louisiana-Texas border later this morning, then move across western and northern Louisiana and into southeastern Arkansas tonight and early Friday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Weakening is expected today and tonight while Cindy moves over land.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 992 mb (29.29 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
RAINFALL: Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts up to 15 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and western portions of the Florida Panhandle through tonight. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas.

Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches can be expected farther west across western Louisiana and eastern Texas through tonight. Rainfall should spread northeastward across Arkansas and into portions of the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys through Friday, with total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts possible.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are affecting portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area.

STORM SURGE: Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is expected along the coast in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area. Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is also possible elsewhere along the coast from southeastern Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle in areas of strong onshore winds.

TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible tonight from the far western Florida Panhandle across southwestern Alabama, southern Mississippi, and southern Louisiana.

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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit 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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:50 am
Sunrise: 6:20 am
Sunset 8:51 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:21 pm


Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 3% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 5:06 a.m.
Moonset 7:19 p.m.





Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



Sky Guides for this week

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.

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 3:38 am on June 22, 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.