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Monday, August 20, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, August 20, 2018





LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEETINGS THIS WEEK

The Franklin Planning Board will be meeting this afternoon to discuss changes to the town parking ordinance. The public agenda, agenda packet, and a copy of the parking ordinance is included in the article on the blog. A video will be added after the meeting. [LINK]

The Franklin Town Council will have a Special Called Meeting at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss Uniform Guidance Policies, a street closing request by JEPACA, Inc., and possible changes to the Barking Dog Ordinance.

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.

LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

A robust cold front will approach the forecast area from the west today and help to generate numerous showers and thunderstorms. Some of these storms could become severe and produce large hail, damaging wind gusts, and possibly even weak tornadoes. Isolated urban and small stream flooding is also a threat with these storms. The flooding threat will be greatest over the higher terrain. In the front`s wake, drier high pressure will spread over the area for the latter half of the 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:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

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

Weather Almanac for August 20th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin in 1983
Lowest Temperature 48°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Greatest Rainfall 2.41 inches in Highlands in 1935

Record Weather Events for August (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on August 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on August 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on August 13, 1940


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A slight chance of showers between 8am and 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 67. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

WEDNESDAY

A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light and variable wind becoming northwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

WEDNESDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 5am, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. North northwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

WEDNESDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. South southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm or two. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. South southwest wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. West wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A slight chance of rain before noon, then a slight chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:42 am to 3:42 am this morning


HAZARDS

A robust cold front will approach the forecast area from the west today and help to generate numerous showers and thunderstorms. Some of these storms could become severe and produce large hail, damaging wind gusts, and possibly even weak tornadoes. Isolated urban and small stream flooding is also a threat with these storms. The flooding threat will be greatest over the higher terrain.


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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
3:42 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Aug 20 2018

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

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


Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.

Franklin Health & Fitness 30th Anniversary Celebration [LINK]
http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/07/franklin-health-fitness-announces-their.html

Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:31 a.m.
Sunrise 6:57 a.m.
Sun transit 1:37 p.m.
Sunset 8:16 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:43 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 1:56 a.m.
Moonrise 4:21 p.m.
Moon transit 9:31 p.m.
Moonset 2:40 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on August 20, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 72% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on August 18, 2018 at 3:48 a.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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]

CROWDFUNDING 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.


Become a Patron!

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.


Published at 4:05 am on August 20, 2018

#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, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

August 2018 Franklin Planning Board Meeting



The Town of Franklin Planning Board will be meeting this afternoon at 4 pm in the lower level of town hall. The main item on the agenda will be reviewing Chapter 75 of the town ordinance and make recommendations on changes. Copies of the public agenda, agenda packet and the town parking ordinance have been added below in an effort to promote transparency and to allow the public unfettered access to the same documents that board members will be using during meetings. (note: Not all boards share all the public documents with members of the press or Macon Media they use during meetings).


VIDEO

a video will be added here after the meeting

MEDIA ROLL CALL
(media outlets with representatives who are present for the meeting)

will be added after the meeting


PUBLIC AGENDA

Town of Franklin
Planning Board Meeting
August 20, 2018 4:00 pm

AGENDA

1. Approval or changes to agenda.
2. Approval of July 16, 2018 minutes.
3. Public Comment (Limited to 5 Minutes).

4. Old Business
A. Review chapter 75 Parking and make recommended changes.

5. Next Planning Board meeting September 17, 2018.

6. Adjourn or set continuation of the meeting.


AGENDA PACKET





Town of Franklin Parking Ordinance




CROWDFUNDING 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.


Become a Patron!

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.


Published at 3:10 am on August 20, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety



Sunday, August 19, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, August 19, 2018





LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

An upper-level trough will persist over the Eastern US through Tuesday with abundant moisture coming up from the Gulf. A strong and reinforcing trough will arrive early in the week creating a greater boost to shower and thunderstorm activity around Tuesday. The passage of the cold front on Wednesday will bring drier air to start the second half of the 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:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

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

Weather Almanac for August 19th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1999
Lowest Temperature 48°F in Highlands in 1919
Greatest Rainfall 2.19 inches in Highlands in 1935

Record Weather Events for August (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on August 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on August 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on August 13, 1940


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 9am and 10am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a lows in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Light west southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near the mid-70s. West wind 3 to 6 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog between 10pm and 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10pm and 11pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. South southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:57 pm last night to 2:52 am this morning


HAZARDS

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms will develop once again across the area today and produce high rainfall rates that could lead to isolated urban, low-lying, and small-stream flooding. The flooding threat will be highest in and near the mountains.


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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
2:52 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Aug 19 2018

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

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


Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.

Franklin Health & Fitness 30th Anniversary Celebration [LINK]
http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/07/franklin-health-fitness-announces-their.html

Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:30 a.m.
Sunrise 6:56 a.m.
Sun transit 1:37 p.m.
Sunset 8:17 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:44 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 1:15 a.m.
Moonrise 3:27 p.m.
Moon transit 8:43 p.m.
Moonset 1:56 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on August 19, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 63% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on August 18, 2018 at 3:48 a.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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]

CROWDFUNDING 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.


Become a Patron!

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.


Published at 2:18 am on August 19, 2018

#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, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, August 19, 2018





LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

An upper-level trough will persist over the eastern half of the nation through the weekend with abundant moisture coming up from the Gulf. A strong and reinforcing trough will arrive early next week creating a greater boost to shower and thunderstorm activity around Tuesday. The passage of the cold front on Wednesday will bring drier air to start the second half of the week.

DAY SPONSOR

Eric Giles for Sheriff is underwriting Macon Media for the day and wishes to invite everyone to a day of food, fun, and fundraising for his campaign for Sheriff of Macon County today. Learn more about the event on the Facebook Event Page. [LINK]

WEATHER SPONSOR



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

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

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

Weather Almanac for August 18th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 49°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 2.06 inches in Highlands in 1939

Record Weather Events for August (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on August 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on August 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on August 13, 1940


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Patchy fog before 11am. High near 80. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Patchy fog after 11pm. Low around 65. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 82. Light west northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light west wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

MONDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 4pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 4pm and 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Patchy fog before 11am. High near 78. West southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SUNDAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

MONDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Patchy fog before 10am. High near 72. West wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. West northwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 74. West northwest wind around 6 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. West northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

MONDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog before noon. High near 74. West southwest wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 9pm. Low around 62. West southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SUNDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 76. West wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. West southwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

MONDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:22 am to 3:17 am this morning


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible today and tomorrow.


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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
3:17 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Aug 18 2018

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Ernesto, located in the northeastern Atlantic.

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

Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.

Franklin Health & Fitness 30th Anniversary Celebration [LINK]
http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/07/franklin-health-fitness-announces-their.html

Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:29 a.m.
Sunrise 6:56 a.m.
Sun transit 1:37 p.m.
Sunset 8:18 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:45 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 12:37 a.m.
Moonrise 2:31 p.m.
Moon transit 7:55 p.m.
Moonset 1:15 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on August 18, 2018: First Quarter at 3:48 a.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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]

CROWDFUNDING 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.


Become a Patron!

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.


Published at 3:42 am on August 18, 2018

#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, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, August 17, 2018





LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

An upper-level trough will persist over the eastern half of the nation through the weekend with abundant moisture coming up from the Gulf. A strong and reinforcing trough will arrive early next week creating a greater boost to shower and thunderstorm activity around Tuesday. The passage of the cold front on Wednesday will bring drier air to start the second half of the week.

DAY SPONSOR

Eric Giles for Sheriff is underwriting Macon Media for the day and wishes to invite everyone to a day of food, fun, and fundraising for his campaign for Sheriff of Macon County. Learn more about the event on the Facebook Event Page. [LINK]

WEATHER SPONSOR



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

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

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

Weather Almanac for August 17th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature 48°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1979
Greatest Rainfall 2.25 inches in Highlands in 1982

Record Weather Events for August (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on August 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on August 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on August 13, 1940


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light west southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light west southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light west northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

SUNDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 74. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming west northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. West northwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

SUNDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 3pm and 4pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 4pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 76. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. West southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

--------------------------------------



GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:42 am to 2:37 am this morning


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible this afternoon.


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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
2:42 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Aug 17 2018

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Ernesto, located several hundred miles east of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

1. A tropical wave located about 500 miles east-southeast of the Windward Island continues to produce a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Development, if any, of this system should be slow to occur during the next day or two while it moves west-northwestward around 15 mph toward the Windward Islands. By late Saturday, unfavorable environmental conditions should limit the chances for additional development while the system moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea. Regardless of development, this system is likely to bring locally heavy rainfall to portions of the Lesser Antilles later today and this weekend.

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

Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.

Franklin Health & Fitness 30th Anniversary Celebration [LINK]
http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/07/franklin-health-fitness-announces-their.html

Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:28 a.m.
Sunrise 6:55 a.m.
Sun transit 1:38 p.m.
Sunset 8:20 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:46 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 12:02 a.m.
Moonrise 1:32 p.m.
Moon transit 7:07 p.m.
Moonset 12:37 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on August 17, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 43% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on August 18, 2018 at 3:48 a.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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]

CROWDFUNDING 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.


Become a Patron!

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.


Published at 3:05 am on August 17, 2018

#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, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Looking for a Kidney

A member of the community is in Stage 5 Kidney failure and is looking for a kidney.







Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, August 16, 2018





LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

An upper-level trough of low pressure will develop west of the Appalachians today and persist well into the weekend as a stalled surface front lingers north of the region. Moisture will increase ahead of this system to produce a long period of unsettled weather from Friday onward. A weak cold front will approach slowly from the northwest early next week and likely arrive in the region on Wednesday.

DAY SPONSOR

Eric Giles for Sheriff is underwriting Macon Media for the day and wishes to invite everyone to a day of food, fun, and fundraising for his campaign for Sheriff of Macon County. Learn more about the event on the Facebook Event Page. [LINK] https://www.facebook.com/events/1768161683272142/

WEATHER SPONSOR



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

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

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

Weather Almanac for August 16th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 46°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1961
Greatest Rainfall 2.81 inches in Highlands in 1969

Record Weather Events for August (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on August 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on August 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on August 13, 1940


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

TONIGHT

Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

FRIDAY

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10pm and midnight, then showers likely after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SATURDAY

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light west wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SATURDAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 77. West southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 63. South southwest wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SATURDAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 2am, then patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 64. South southwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

FRIDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. West southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SATURDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 8am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8am and 9am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:42 am to 3:42 am this morning


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today. Tomorrow, however, is a different story.

A frontal boundary will approach the region Friday. Numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop. The primary threats will be cloud-to-ground lightning, very heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail.


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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
3:42 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Aug 16 2018

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Subtropical Storm Ernesto located several hundred miles southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

1. Disorganized showers and thunderstorms located about 750 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands are associated with a tropical wave. A gradual development of this system is possible over the next 2 to 3 days while it moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph toward the Windward Islands. After that time, unfavorable environmental conditions should limit the chances for additional development when the system moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.

Franklin Health & Fitness 30th Anniversary Celebration [LINK]
http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/07/franklin-health-fitness-announces-their.html

Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:27 a.m.
Sunrise 6:54 a.m.
Sun transit 1:38 p.m.
Sunset 8:21 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:48 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 12:32 p.m.
Moon transit 6:20 p.m.
Moonset 12:02 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on August 16, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 33% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on August 18, 2018 at 3:48 a.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

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

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

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Published at 4:15 am on August 16, 2018

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