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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, August 24, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will move through the region today, allowing for increasing precipitation chances. High-pressure building in behind the front will introduce an extended period of unseasonably cool conditions that is expected to last through at least early next week. Although active tropical weather is anticipated near the Southeast early next week, this is unlikely to have any impact on the weather over our area for at least the next 7 days.


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 August 24th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1983
Lowest Temperature 43°F in Highlands in 1930
Greatest Rainfall 2.50 inches in Highlands in 1961


Record weather events for August in Macon County

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


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. About 50% cloud cover early with decreasing clouds to mostly sunny by the end of the day. Temperatures in the Franklin area starting out in the lower 60s, climbing to near 80 in the early afternoon and dropping to the upper 70s by 6 pm. Light winds out of the northwest. Temperatures in the Highlands area and higher elevations will be 5 to 10 degrees cooler.


TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near the mid to upper 50s and winds out of the north calming before midnight.



FRIDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near 80 in the Franklin area and calm winds.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 60 in the Franklin area and calm winds.
Temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees cooler in the Highlands area and higher elevations.



SATURDAY

Partly sunny with highs near 80. Chances of showers and thunderstorms peak at 30% in the mid-afternoon.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 60. 30% chance of showers, mainly before midnight.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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 Aug 24 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently upgraded Tropical Storm Harvey, located over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

1. A trough of low pressure continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms extending across the Bahamas, southern Florida, and the adjacent waters. Development, if any, of this system should be slow to occur while it drifts northward during the next day or two. Some tropical or subtropical development is possible over the weekend or early next week while the system moves northeastward over the western Atlantic before it merges with a front. Regardless of development, very heavy rain and flooding is possible over portions of the Florida peninsula during the next few days. Please refer to products from your local National Weather Service office for more information on this system.

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



MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

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

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:34 a.m.
Sunrise 7:00 a.m.
Sun transit 1:36 p.m.
Sunset 8:11 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:37 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 9:52 a.m.
Moon transit 4:05 p.m.
Moonset 10:11 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on August 24, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 10% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on August 21, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. (local daylight time)



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. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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

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

Published at 3:35 am on August 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. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, August 23, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will move through the region today, allowing for increasing precipitation chances. High-pressure building in behind the front will introduce an extended period of unseasonably cool conditions that is expected to last through at least early next week. Although active tropical weather is anticipated near the Southeast early next week, this is unlikely to have any impact on the weather over our area for at least the next 7 days.


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 August 23rd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 97°F in Franklin in 1963
Lowest Temperature 42°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1969
Greatest Rainfall 4.02 inches in Highlands in 1967
Record weather events for August in Macon County

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


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Widespread dense fog is expected to develop in the morning. Partly sunny skies with highs near the mid-80s in the Franklin main valley and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in Highlands and higher elevations. Calm winds in the morning rising to 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest by mid-morning. 50% chance of rain, mainly between 8 am and 6 pm.


TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60 in the Franklin main valley and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in Highlands and the higher elevations. Winds out of the northwest calming before midnight. 20% chance of rain, mainly before 8 pm.



THURSDAY

Partly sunny with highs near 80 in Franklin and the main valley and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in Highlands and the higher elevations. Light winds out of the northwest. 20% chance of showers.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 60 and winds out of the northeast. Slight chance of showers, mainly before 10 pm.



FRIDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near 80.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 60.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Aug 23 2017

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

1. A broad area of low pressure associated with the remnants of Harvey is located over the eastern Bay of Campeche. Although thunderstorm activity has increased over the northern portion of the system tonight, recent satellite wind data indicate that low-pressure area lacks a well-defined circulation at this time. Environmental conditions are conducive for development, and a tropical depression or tropical storm is very likely to form today or tonight while the low moves northwestward at about 10 mph across the western Gulf of Mexico, possibly reaching the northwestern Gulf coast late Friday.

Regardless of development, this system is likely to slow down once it reaches the coast, increasing the threat of a prolonged period of heavy rainfall and flooding across portions of Texas, southwestern Louisiana, and northeastern Mexico into early next week. This system could also produce storm surge and tropical storm or hurricane force winds along portions of the Texas coast later this week, and Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches could be required later today for portions of the coast of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and southwestern Louisiana. Interests in these areas should monitor the progress of this system, and refer to products issued by your local National Weather Service office for more information. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the low this morning.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...near 100 percent.

2. An area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms stretching across the Bahamas, southern Florida, and the adjacent waters are associated with a trough of low pressure. Any development of this system during the next few days should be slow to occur while it drifts northward over Florida and the adjacent waters. Environmental conditions could become a little more conducive for tropical or subtropical development over the weekend when the system begins to move northeastward over the western Atlantic. Regardless of development, very heavy rain and flooding is possible over portions of the Florida peninsula during the next few days. Please refer to products from your local National Weather Service office for more information on this system.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.




MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

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

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:33 a.m.
Sunrise 7:00 a.m.
Sun transit 1:36 p.m.
Sunset 8:12 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:38 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 8:51 a.m.
Moon transit 3:17 p.m.
Moonset 9:37 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on August 23, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 4% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on August 21, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. (local daylight time)


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. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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

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

Published at 4:10 am on August 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. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, August 22, 2017





LOCAL NEWS



Some of you may have heard that we were going to have a total solar eclipse in Macon County. We had one yesterday and it was an awesome experience, even if a cloud did dampen the potential of the event. It was still a 12 on a 0 to 10 scale. The Carpetbagger, a regional vlogger, was in Franklin for the eclipse, and here is his experience from yesterday:



A more detailed post-eclipse article will be published later this week.



LOCAL OUTLOOK

Typical late summer conditions will persist ahead of an approaching cold front, which will reach our area Wednesday. A large region of surface high pressure will then gradually build into the area late this week through the weekend, bringing unseasonably cool and dry air.




Weather Almanac for August 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin in 198
Lowest Temperature 42°F in Highlands in 1918
Greatest Rainfall 3.58 inches in Highlands in 1969

Record weather events for August in Macon County

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


OUTLOOK



TODAY

Widespread fog this morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s in the Franklin and Otto areas in the main valley and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in Highlands and the higher elevations. Variable winds this morning, then from the west-southwest in the afternoon. Rain chances will increase during the day, reaching 40% by 6 pm.


TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and winds out of the southwest calming before midnight. 30% chance of rain, mainly before 3 am.


The three-day outlook will return tomorrow.

HAZARDS

Isolated thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening. The primary hazards will be gusty winds, frequent lightning, and locally heavy rain.

The best chance will be Wednesday as a cold front moves across the region. A few storms could be strong, especially Wednesday, with gusty winds, frequent lightning, and locally heavy rain.


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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:32 a.m.
Sunrise 6:59 a.m.
Sun transit 1:36 p.m.
Sunset 8:13 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:40 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 7:47 a.m.
Moon transit 2:28 p.m.
Moonset 9:01 p.m.


Phase of the Moon: Waxing Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on August 21, 2017, at 2:30 p.m





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. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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

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

Published at 3:55 am on August 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. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

If you're watching the Solar Eclipse from Franklin, NC,
Here is What to Expect and When to Expect it



This is a guide to what to expect today during the eclipse if you're watching from Franklin, NC. What follows are images from a software program called Stellarium [LINK] that allows the user to see what they can observe in the night sky from where ever they are in the world on almost any given date. The images shown here are what you would see from the middle of the intersection of Main Street and Phillips Street in Franklin, NC. 644 meters is the altitude used. If you are somewhere else in the county, the times may be off by several seconds, maybe half a minute on either end of the county. This is the program I (Bobby) use to plan observing sessions.

You can click on any of the images to embiggen them to make them larger. Remember, NEVER look at the sun without approved solar glasses. The only time you can look at the sun is during the totality phase.

So, without further ado...


C1 Partial Eclipse Begins

C1: The partial phase begins at 1:06:44 pm

10 minutes after 1 pm

1:10 pm



1:15 pm


1:20 pm


1:25 pm


1:30 pm


1:35 pm


1:40 pm


1:45 pm


1:50 pm


1:55 pm


2:00 pm


Wideshot: Venus becomes visible at 2 pm for the sharp-eyed. Most people should see it within 15 minutes.


2:05 pm


2:10 pm


2:15 pm


2:20 pm


2:25 pm


2:30 pm


2:35 pm


C2: 2:35:25 Totality Begins!


This is what the sky should look like at totality, with the stars and planets identified.


And for those of you with a decent set of binoculars, this is whatJupiter and it's moons will look like. Ganymede is in front of Jupiter. You will need a telescope to see that, however.


C3: 2:37:58 Totality Ends!


2:40 pm


2:45 pm




2:55 pm


3:00 pm


3:05 pm


3:10 pm


3:15 pm


3:20 pm


3:25 pm


3:30 pm


3:35 pm


3:40 pm


3:45 pm


3:50 pm


3:55 pm


4:00 pm


4:00:56



ECLIPSE COVERAGE SPONSORS

Coverage of the total solar eclipse has been brought to you by Adams Products and Carrion Tree Service.

Adams Products

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.



Carrion Tree Service

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

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

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


CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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

Published at 4:35 am on August 21, 2017