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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Day 2017
History and Proclamations




Thanksgiving is more than the festivities, it gives us time ponder upon what lessons we have learned and how we can spread happiness around, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came in our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your loved ones!





A History of Thanksgiving



THANKSGIVING DAY 1789
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - A PROCLAMATION


Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor - and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
--GEORGE WASHINGTON.

ANNUAL PRESIDENTIAL THANKSGIVING MESSAGE

Here is this year's message from the President. Transcript to be added when it becomes available.






Daily Weather Briefing for Thanksgiving Day, 2017





HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!


LOCAL OUTLOOK

In general, dry high pressure will persist over the area through early next week. A couple of cold fronts will pass the area without enough moisture for precipitation. Temperatures will remain in seasonal ranges.


WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for November 23rd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 76°F in Franklin in 1973
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Franklin in 1976
Greatest Rainfall 2.91 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1992
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.5 inches in Highlands in 1975


Record weather events for November in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Nov 4, 2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on Nov 25, 1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on Nov 29, 1914
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on Nov 28, 1922


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 50s and winds out of the southwest.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near freezing. Winds out of the northwest, becoming light and variable by midnight.



FRIDAY

Sunny with highs in the 50s and winds out of the south.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 30s and winds out of the west.



SATURDAY

Partly sunny in the morning with decreasing clouds. Should become mostly sunny by or before noon. Highs in the 50s.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near freezing.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected.


Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

The Atlantic Hurricane Season ends on November 30th.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Thu Nov 23 2017

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

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


MACON CALENDAR

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:49 a.m.
Sunrise 7:16 a.m.
Sun transit 12:20 p.m.
Sunset 5:23 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:51 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 11:18 a.m.
Moon transit 4:31 p.m.
Moonset 9:47 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on November 23, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 23% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on November 26, 2017 at 12:03 p.m. (local standard time)



Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 2:50 am on November 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. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, November 22, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will dominate our local weather pattern through at least Friday. A cold front may arrive over the weekend to bring unsettled weather to start 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:



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


Weather Almanac for November 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 74°F in Franklin in 1955
Lowest Temperature 10°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1964
Greatest Rainfall 2.90 inches in Highlands in 1992
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1952


Record weather events for November in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Nov 4, 2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on Nov 25, 1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on Nov 29, 1914
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on Nov 28, 1922


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations and the low to mid-50s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the north and northwest, peaking in the afternoon hours.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows ranging from the upper 20s to the lower 30s and winds out of the north shifting to come out of the southeast after midnight.



THANKSGIVING DAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations and the lower 50s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast, shifting to come out of the west in the afternoon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near the lower 30s and winds out of the north.



FRIDAY

Sunny with highs in the 50s.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 30s.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected.


Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

The Atlantic Hurricane Season ends on November 30th.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Wed Nov 22 2017

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

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


MACON CALENDAR

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

It is FFA Christmas Tree order time.....
Help support our Franklin FFA ( Future Farmers of America )....
* All proceeds go to the students for competitions *

FFA students are taking orders for Christmas trees...locally grown Frasier Firs...hand selected by students, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft... $25.00 each...order now - pick up Sat Nov 25 9am-12....Ag Building at Franklin HS....contact Gregory Charles Spala 813-838-7693 or Lori Spala 813-503-2160 calls, text & vm or via FB messenger or send comment...
Cash or checks (FHS....memo line FFA Christmas Tree)

**Thursday, November 16th DEADLINE for orders & money turn in for Christmas Trees**


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 6:48 a.m.
Sunrise 7:15 a.m.
Sun transit 12:20 p.m.
Sunset 5:24 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:51 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 10:33 a.m.
Moon transit 3:44 p.m.
Moonset 8:55 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on November 22, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 15% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on November 26, 2017 at 12:03 p.m. (local standard time)



Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 3:00 am on November 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. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, November 21, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A weak cold front will cross the region Tuesday night and Wednesday. Low pressure will develop over the Gulf on Thanksgiving Day then cross Florida and up the Atlantic seaboard through Friday. Another strong cold front will arrive over the weekend.


WEATHER SPONSOR




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


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


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


Weather Almanac for November 21st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 73°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1979
Lowest Temperature 7°F in Highlands in 1937
Greatest Rainfall 2.39 inches in Highlands in 1985
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no measurable on this date)


Record weather events for November in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Nov 4, 2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on Nov 25, 1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on Nov 29, 1914
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on Nov 28, 1922


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the evening, then areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds around 5 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. East winds around 5 mph.



THANKSGIVING DAY

Mostly sunny. Highs around 50.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected.


Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Tue Nov 21 2017

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

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


MACON CALENDAR

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

It is FFA Christmas Tree order time.....
Help support our Franklin FFA ( Future Farmers of America )....
* All proceeds go to the students for competitions *

FFA students are taking orders for Christmas trees...locally grown Frasier Firs...hand selected by students, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft... $25.00 each...order now - pick up Sat Nov 25 9am-12....Ag Building at Franklin HS....contact Gregory Charles Spala 813-838-7693 or Lori Spala 813-503-2160 calls, text & vm or via FB messenger or send comment...
Cash or checks (FHS....memo line FFA Christmas Tree)

**Thursday, November 16th DEADLINE for orders & money turn in for Christmas Trees**


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 6:47 a.m.
Sunrise 7:14 a.m.
Sun transit 12:20 p.m.
Sunset 5:24 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:52 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 9:46 a.m.
Moon transit 2:56 p.m.
Moonset 8:06 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on November 21, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 9% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on November 18, 2017 at 6:42 a.m. (local standard time)



Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 3:40 am on November 21, 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, November 20, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, November 20, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cool high pressure will move from east Texas to the region by this evening as the wind becomes light. A weak cold front will cross the area Tuesday night. Low pressure develops along the Gulf Coast Thursday then moves up the Atlantic seaboard through Friday. Another strong cold front arrives next weekend.

Thanksgiving Day Outlook

Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 40s in the higher elevations and the lower 50s in the lower elevations.


DAY SPONSOR

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

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

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

WEATHER SPONSOR




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


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


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


Weather Almanac for November 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 76°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1994
Lowest Temperature 3°F in Highlands in 1914
Greatest Rainfall 3.33 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1954
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.7 inches in Franklin in 1882


Record weather events for November in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Nov 4, 2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on Nov 25, 1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on Nov 29, 1914
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on Nov 28, 1922


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southwest.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper 20s to the lower 30s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south.



TUESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south. 30% chance of rain, mainly in the afternoon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 30s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the lower 30s.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected.


Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Mon Nov 20 2017

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

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


MACON CALENDAR

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

It is FFA Christmas Tree order time.....
Help support our Franklin FFA ( Future Farmers of America )....
* All proceeds go to the students for competitions *

FFA students are taking orders for Christmas trees...locally grown Frasier Firs...hand selected by students, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft... $25.00 each...order now - pick up Sat Nov 25 9am-12....Ag Building at Franklin HS....contact Gregory Charles Spala 813-838-7693 or Lori Spala 813-503-2160 calls, text & vm or via FB messenger or send comment...
Cash or checks (FHS....memo line FFA Christmas Tree)

**Thursday, November 16th DEADLINE for orders & money turn in for Christmas Trees**


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 6:46 a.m.
Sunrise 7:13 a.m.
Sun transit 12:19 p.m.
Sunset 5:25 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:52 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 8:55 a.m.
Moon transit 2:08 p.m.
Moonset 7:20 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on November 20, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 5% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on November 18, 2017 at 6:42 a.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 2:36 am on November 20, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Power Outage Update for 4 AM on Sunday, November 19, 2017



A cold front passed through Macon County last night, knocking out power in several locations. As of 4 am, 382 Maconians are still without electrical service. Duke Energy estimates power will be restored to all those currently out by 2 pm this afternoon. Below are a couple of maps showing the approximate locations of the bigger outages.


Cullasaja



Rainbow Springs



Nantahala








Weather Briefing for Sunday, November 19, 2017



Weekend Weather Briefing
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Outlook

A cold and dry high pressure system will dominate the local weather conditions today and tomorrow. Temperatures will slowly moderate through the week.

LOCAL NEWS

A wind event last night knocked out power to over 300 Maconians last night. Duke Energy estimates electrical services will be restored to their customers by 2 pm this afternoon. Most of the people without power are in the Cullasaja and Rainbow Springs communities. Click Here for More Information.

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


Today (Wind Advisory until noon)

Sunny with highs in the 40s and winds 15 to 20 mph from the northwest, gusting to 35 mph.


Tonight

MOstly clear with lows in the 20s and winds chills in the upper teens. Winds 10 to 15 mph from the north with gusts up to 30 mph. Winds will gradually die down to around 5 mph from the north by midnight.


Monday

Sunny with highs in the upper 40s in the higher elevations and the lower 50s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southwest.


Monday Night

Partly cloudy, becoming mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper 20s to the lower 30s and winds out of the south.


Hazardous Weather

Macon County is currently under a Wind Advisory until noon.


...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST SUNDAY...

* LOCATIONS...The mountains and higher foothills of Western North Carolina, plus Rabun and Habersham counties in Georgia.

* HAZARDS...Strong wind gusts.

* TIMING...Winds will increase across the high elevations through the late evening. After a cold front passes through the area around midnight, the strong winds are expected to expand into the lower elevations, with the strongest winds expected between midnight and sunrise Sunday.

* WINDS...Strong westerly to northwesterly winds are expected along and behind a cold front overnight into Sunday morning. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph appear likely in many valley locations tonight, while elevations above 3500 feet will see some gusts exceed 50 to 55 mph.

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

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Wind Advisory means that wind gusts of 46 to 57 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult... especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

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


time posted 3:38 am on November 19, 2017

Be kind to one another.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Weekend Weather Briefing
Saturday, November 18, 2017




Outlook


A cold front will cross the region tonight. It will bring winds and rain with it. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for high winds from 4 pm today to noon tomorrow. A copy is posted in the Hazardous Weather Segment.


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


Today


Mostly sunny this morning, then partly sunny with a chance of showers this afternoon. Breezy with highs in the upper 50s. South winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.


Tonight (Wind Advisory)


Mostly cloudy. Rain showers likely in the evening, then a chance of rain or snow showers after midnight. Little or no snow accumulation. Windy with lows in the mid-30s. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph, becoming northwest after midnight. Gusts up to 50 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Rainfall accumulations of less than half an inch expected. A Wind Advisory will be in effect from 4 pm this afternoon until noon on Sunday.


Sunday (Wind Advisory until noon)


Partly sunny in the morning, then becoming mostly sunny. Windy, cooler with highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, diminishing to 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon.


Sunday Night


Mostly clear. Cold with lows in the mid-20s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the evening.


Hazardous Weather


A cold front will bring a period of high winds to Macon County later this afternoon and overnight. Power outages are probably with this event as limbs and trees may be blown on to power lines. Now would be a good time to make sure the batteries on your flashlights work. Everyone won't be losing power, but some of us will and it is best to be prepared and not need it than need it and not be prepared.


The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for this wind event, and it is posted below.


...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO NOON EST SUNDAY...


The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 4 PM this afternoon to noon EST Sunday.
* LOCATIONS...The mountains and higher foothills of Western North Carolina, plus Rabun and Habersham counties in Georgia.
* HAZARDS...Strong wind gusts.
* TIMING...Winds will increase late this afternoon and are expected to be strongest between midnight and sunrise Sunday.
* WINDS...West to northwest, 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph in lower elevations. Elevations above 3500 feet will see some gusts exceed 50 mph.
* IMPACTS...Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult...especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.
time posted: 5:00 am on 11-19-2017



Friday, November 17, 2017

Legislative Calendar for November 17, 2017




This is Macon Media's attempt to cover the North Carolina General Assembly in a manner that provides the public with as much information as possible. If you want soundbites or a biased interpretation of the actions of the state legislature, this is not the place for you. Coverage of yesterday's committee meeting is available. [LINK]
TODAY

The state legislature will not convene today. The next session is currently scheduled to convene at noon on January 10, 2018.

There is a subcommittee meeting today. The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, Subcommittee on Aging is meeting at 9:00 am. A link to where you can listen to live audio is below. Macon Media will be recording the audio and will add it to the article below the calendar as time allows. If documents are added, then links will be posted either in the calendar or with the video player. 

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

If you appreciate this coverage and can afford it, how about subscribing to my Patreon campaign for at least a dollar a month to help maintain current coverage commitments and add better coverage of local and state government that goes beyond soundbites or a few written paragraphs that leave out more information than they include. [
PATREON LINK]


Legislative Calendar for November 17, 2017

09:00 AM
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on HHS, Subcommittee on Aging
544 LOB [LIVE AUDIO]




















Additional updates will be posted below this point.


Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, November 17, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will dominate our weather pattern today. A cold front is expected to sweep through the region this weekend, bringing rain and high winds with it and colder temperatures for the start of the week. Highs may reach the mid-50s by Thanksgiving Day.


WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for November 17th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 11°F in Highlands in 1997
Greatest Rainfall 3.32 inches in Highlands in 1927
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no measurable snowfall reported on this date)


Record weather events for November in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Nov 4, 2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on Nov 25, 1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on Nov 29, 1914
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on Nov 28, 1922


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Sunny with temperatures starting out near freezing and rising into the 50s. Winds 5 to 10 mph from the south with a peak in the afternoon hours.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with increasing clouds, becoming mostly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the mid to upper 30s with winds 5 to 10 mph from the south and southeast, gusting to 25 mph after midnight.



SATURDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the 50s and 10 to 15 from the south, gusting to 30 mpg. Rain chances 50%, mainly starting in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts under a tenth of an inch is expected.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Cloudy with lows in the low to mid-30s and winds 15 to 20 mph from the west, gusting to 40 mph. 80% chance of rain. Rainfall amounts are not expected to exceed half an inch.



SUNDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the upper 30s in the higher elevations and the low to mid-40s in the lower elevations.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Clear with lows in the 20s. A few locations could dip into the teens.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected.


Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Fri Nov 17 2017

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

1. An elongated area of low pressure extends from southwest to northeast across the southwestern and central Caribbean Sea. This system continues to produce widespread shower and thunderstorm activity. However, strong upper-level winds are expected to prevent significant development. Regardless of development, heavy rainfall is possible over portions of the northwestern coast of Colombia, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico during the next few days while the low meanders over the central Caribbean Sea and interacts with an upper-level trough.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 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 graphics. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

It is FFA Christmas Tree order time.....
Help support our Franklin FFA ( Future Farmers of America )....
* All proceeds go to the students for competitions *

FFA students are taking orders for Christmas trees...locally grown Frasier Firs...hand selected by students, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft... $25.00 each...order now - pick up Sat Nov 25 9am-12....Ag Building at Franklin HS....contact Gregory Charles Spala 813-838-7693 or Lori Spala 813-503-2160 calls, text & vm or via FB messenger or send comment...
Cash or checks (FHS....memo line FFA Christmas Tree)

**Thursday, November 16th DEADLINE for orders & money turn in for Christmas Trees**


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 6:43 a.m.
Sunrise 7:11 a.m.
Sun transit 12:19 p.m.
Sunset 5:26 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:53 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 6:11 a.m.
Moon transit 11:49 a.m.
Moonset 5:21 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on November 17, 2017: Waning Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on November 18, 2017 at 6:42 a.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 3:08 am on November 17, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, November 16, 2017





LOCAL NEWS

The US Forest Service will be conducted prescribed (controlled) burns in Jackson County today and tomorrow. More information is in the press release that has been posted on the blog [LINK]

This week, after a year-long hiatus, Macon Media has restarted coverage of the state legislature using the “you are there” method of providing the public with the opportunity to hear everything that is said and to have access to all public documents associated with the public meetings. Today's Legislative Calendar is online. [LINK]  The facebook page associated with the effort is called NC General Assembly Watch. [LINK]


LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will move in today, with pleasant conditions to round out the week. A strong cold front crosses the area over the weekend with much cooler temperatures to start next week. Cool high pressure will be the dominant weather feature for the first half of next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for November 16th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 76°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2009
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Franklin in 1969
Greatest Rainfall 2.53 inches in Franklin in 2006
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no measurable snowfall reported on this date)


Record weather events for November in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Nov 4, 2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on Nov 25, 1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on Nov 29, 1914
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on Nov 28, 1922


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the mid to upper 50s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest, gusting to 25 mph at times, mainly in the morning.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near freezing and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the north to keep things feeling a little more chilly.



FRIDAY

Sunny with highs in the upper 40s at the higher elevations and the low to mid-50s in the lower elevations and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows mainly in the 30s with some locations managing to stay near 40. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south.



SATURDAY wind and rain

Mostly cloudy with highs in the 50s and winds 10 to 15 mph out of the southwest, gusting to 30 mph. Rain chances will increase through the day, with a 70% chance of rain in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts near a quarter of an inch are possible.

SATURDAY NIGHT rain, some wind

Cloudy with decreasing clouds after midnight. Lows near freezing. 70% chance of rain with rainfall amounts near a quarter of an inch expected.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected.

Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is winding down. It ends on November 30th.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Thu Nov 16 2017

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

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


MACON CALENDAR

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

It is FFA Christmas Tree order time.....
Help support our Franklin FFA ( Future Farmers of America )....
* All proceeds go to the students for competitions *

FFA students are taking orders for Christmas trees...locally grown Frasier Firs...hand selected by students, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft... $25.00 each...order now - pick up Sat Nov 25 9am-12....Ag Building at Franklin HS....contact Gregory Charles Spala 813-838-7693 or Lori Spala 813-503-2160 calls, text & vm or via FB messenger or send comment...
Cash or checks (FHS....memo line FFA Christmas Tree)

**Thursday, November 16th DEADLINE for orders & money turn in for Christmas Trees**


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 6:43 a.m.
Sunrise 7:10 a.m.
Sun transit 12:18 p.m.
Sunset 5:27 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:54 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 5:14 a.m.
Moon transit 11:03 a.m.
Moonset 4:47 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on November 16, 2017: Waning Crescent with 3% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on November 18, 2017 at 6:42 a.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:05 am on November 16, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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