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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, April 25, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Expect drier and warmer weather today and Wednesday. A dissipating cold front crosses our region Thursday and Friday.

Weather Almanac for April 25th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 88°F in Franklin in 1960
Lowest Temperature 25°F in Highlands in 1930
Greatest Rainfall 4.85 inches in Highlands in 1881
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands in 1910



LOCAL NEWS






A body of a young man identified as Brian Dills, with extended local family, was discovered Saturday in an alleyway off Phillips Street, between the Gem Society and Jail Museum Building and the Goshen Timberframes Building. The body had been there for a few days and police do not suspect foul play. The body has been sent to Winston Salem for an autopsy. This news was delayed so family members could be notified of the death.


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patcy dense fog early. Partly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 70s and winds 5 to 10 mph from the northwest.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with fog exp[ected to develop after 3 am and lows near 50. Calm winds.



WEDNESDAY

Sunny with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning rising to come from the south in the afternoon.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near the mid 50s and winds out of the south.



THURSDAY

Partly sunny, increasing clouds, with highs near the mid 70s. 60% chance of rain, mainly after noon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s. 40% chance of rain, mainly before 2 am.


HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected.

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


MACON CALENDAR

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

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB EVENTS THIS WEEK


Wednesday, April 26

Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8:00 am. Check below in Comments for walk report.

Friday, April 28

John and Cathy Sill will lead a bird walk in the Standing Indian area.

Meet at the Kmart parking lot (Westgate Plaza in Franklin) at 8:00 am to carpool up to Standing Indian with a few stops along the way. We should be back by noon. Sign up at 828-524-5234.



People's Climate Sister March WNC

MARCH DETAILS:
2pm - March begins at Big Bear Picnic Shelter, E. Main Street, Franklin. We will have speakers & music to kick off the event!
3pm - March through downtown Franklin begins. Route is approx. 1.5 miles (there is a big hill walking into town). If you are unable to walk the march we encourage you to join the rally at Big Bear shelter, then hold your signs at the town square where marchers will end.

March ends at the Gazebo on the Square in downtown Franklin. There will be community organizations with information tables until 5pm.

This is positive, family friendly event. Please bring signs, personal water bottles, and WEAR GREEN!

CARPOOLING is strongly encouraged. Parking is available at Big Bear and also at Mainspring, across the road. We will have signs posted.

Contact forwardfranklinnc@gmail.com for more information or visit the facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1290528817707288/






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 effecting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:22 am
Sunrise: 6:49 am
Sunset 8:15 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:41 pm




Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 6:29 am
Moonset 7:28 pm



Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



PLANET POSITION SUMMARY



Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

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

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


Published at 4:05 am on April 25, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, April 24, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A deep and vigorous low pressure system will slowly move across Georgia today and reach the South Carolina coast by early Tuesday morning. A drying and warming trend begins Tuesday and continues through next weekend, as high pressure builds back in.

Weather Almanac for April 24th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1965
Lowest Temperature 22°F in Highlands in 1910
Greatest Rainfall 3.15 inches in Franklin in 1965
Greatest Snowfall There has been no recorded measurable snowfall on this date in Macon County since record keeping began in 1872.


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Showers likely, mainly between 7am and 2pm. Cloudy with highs in the lower 60s and variable light winds shifting to come from the northwest in the afternoon. 70% chance of rain, mainly before 2 pm. Rainfall amounts should be between a tenth and a quarter of an inch.

TONIGHT

Cloudy with fog developing after 1 am. Lows near 50 and light winds out of the northwest. 40% chahce of rain, mainly before 2 am. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch is expected.



TUESDAY

Partly sunny with highs near the mid 70s and calm winds..

TUESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with a lows in the lower 50s and calm winds.



WEDNESDAY

Sunny with highs near 80.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near the mid 50s.


HAZARDS

The rain may be over, but the hazards relating to it are not. Runoff will continue to roll into larger creeks and the main stem rivers in Macon County. Some minor flooding will be possible. We are still under a flood watch until this evening. If you live in an area that is subject to flooding, please take appropriate precautions.


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


MACON CALENDAR

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

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB EVENTS THIS WEEK

Monday, April 24

Don Hendershot will lead a walk at Buck Creek Barrens. We will bird along Buck Creek Road off U.S. 64 in Clay County. Good birding area with open & forested habitats. There is a great bog where we will start our tour and on the way out we will look at – and learn about the Buck Creek Serpentine Barrens – thanks to some assistance from Brent Martin, Southern Appalachian Regional Director at The Wilderness Society.

Birds to expect include Louisiana waterthrush, hooded warbler, black-throated blue, black-throated green, northern parula, yellow-throated warbler, indigo bunting, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, gray catbird, brown thrasher, various sparrows and more. Possible migrants include northern waterthrush and sedge wren.

Meet at the Kmart parking lot (Westgate Plaza in Franklin) at 8:00 am to carpool. Sign up at 828-524-5234.

Wednesday, April 26

Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8:00 am. Check below in Comments for walk report.

Friday, April 28

John and Cathy Sill will lead a bird walk in the Standing Indian area.

Meet at the Kmart parking lot (Westgate Plaza in Franklin) at 8:00 am to carpool up to Standing Indian with a few stops along the way. We should be back by noon. Sign up at 828-524-5234.



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 effecting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Astronomy The Astronomy section has been cut for time today.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

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

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


Published at 4:58 am on April 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. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, April 23, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cool and moist high pressure will remain over the area through Monday. Meanwhile, a deep and vigorous low pressure system moves across Georgia to the Carolina coast creating a lengthy period of moderate to heavy rainfall that persists through Monday. Dry high pressure returns by Wednesday. Temperatures warm through next weekend with a small chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

Weather Almanac for April 23rd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1988
Lowest Temperature 19°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 5.60 inches in Highlands in 1883
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1901



LOCAL NEWS


A gust front ahead of a line of storms knocked out electrical serve to over 400 Maconians last night and, as of 4 am, all but 22 homes have been restored. Duke Energy has no estimate of when the remainder will be back in service. Most of those are located off Bethel Church Road on Timberland Trail.


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY heavy rain with possible flooding

Rain, heavy at times, with patchy fog. Highs near the upper 50s and lower 60s and winds out of the southeast. Rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches are expected.

TONIGHT heavy rain and flooding is possible

Rain, heavy at times, and fog. Lows near the upper 40s and winds out of the northeast calming before midnight. Rainfall amounts between a half an inch and three quarters of an inch is possible.



MONDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning and from the northwest in the afternoon. 50% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch is expected at this time (3 am Sunday morning).

MONDAY NIGHT

Rain showers with lows near the upper 40s and winds out of the north becoming light and variable after midnight.



TUESDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid 70s.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 50.



HAZARDS

Heavy rain expected between now and Monday morning. This may lead to flooding.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the entire region through Monday evening. Several rounds of heavy rain is expected to bring between 2 to 4 inches of rain that could lead to flooding. If you live in a low-lying area, please take precautions. If you're out driving in the rain, please be careful of ponding on the roadways that could lead to hydroplaning. Also, try not to drive across flooded roads because you never know when flood waters have washed away a road. Remember the adage, “Turn Around and Don't Drown.”

***Flood Watch***
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
408 AM EDT Sun Apr 23 2017

...Heavy Rainfall Expected Across Western North Carolina through Monday...

.An area of upper level low pressure and associated cold front will slowly approach the region from the Tennessee Valley today, then pass south of our area tonight into Monday. This will pull abundant moisture and lift into the region, resulting in several periods of showers and thunderstorms today through at least Monday morning.



...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH MONDAY EVENING...

* Several periods of showers and thunderstorms are expected across the area today through at least Monday morning. Total rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected by the time the heavy rain potential ends on Monday. Locally higher amounts will be possible with smaller scale bands of showers and storms that may develop across the area, especially tonight and early Monday.


* The long duration and widespread nature of the heavy rain threat is expected to result in significant rises and potential flooding on area streams, while minor flooding will also be possible along some main stem rivers. Additionally, heavier short term rainfall rates associated with bands of heavy rain showers and thunderstorms could result in localized flash flooding along small streams and in urban areas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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


MACON CALENDAR

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

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB EVENTS THIS WEEK

Monday, April 24

Don Hendershot will lead a walk at Buck Creek Barrens. We will bird along Buck Creek Road off U.S. 64 in Clay County. Good birding area with open & forested habitats. There is a great bog where we will start our tour and on the way out we will look at – and learn about the Buck Creek Serpentine Barrens – thanks to some assistance from Brent Martin, Southern Appalachian Regional Director at The Wilderness Society.

Birds to expect include Louisiana waterthrush, hooded warbler, black-throated blue, black-throated green, northern parula, yellow-throated warbler, indigo bunting, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, gray catbird, brown thrasher, various sparrows and more. Possible migrants include northern waterthrush and sedge wren.

Meet at the Kmart parking lot (Westgate Plaza in Franklin) at 8:00 am to carpool. Sign up at 828-524-5234.

Wednesday, April 26

Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8:00 am. Check below in Comments for walk report.

Friday, April 28

John and Cathy Sill will lead a bird walk in the Standing Indian area.

Meet at the Kmart parking lot (Westgate Plaza in Franklin) at 8:00 am to carpool up to Standing Indian with a few stops along the way. We should be back by noon. Sign up at 828-524-5234.



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 effecting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:25 am
Sunrise: 6:51 am
Sunset 8:13 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:40 pm




Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 11% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 5:12 am
Moonset 5:13 pm



Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



PLANET POSITION SUMMARY



Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

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

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


Published at 5:18 am on April 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. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, April 22, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

An unsettled weather pattern will continue today as a front stalls over our area, with showers and thunderstorms possible. A low pressure system will move into the area Sunday bringing widespread showers and some thunderstorms. The low will slowly shift east of the area early next week, bringing an end to the rain. A warming and drying trend will commence through the rest of the work week.

Weather Almanac for April 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1963
Lowest Temperature 21°F in Highlands in 1901
Greatest Rainfall 2.13 inches in Highlands in 1931
Greatest Snowfall 1.5 inches in Highlands in 1901


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY Chance of strong storms in the late afternoon

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs near 80. Light winds out of the southwest in the morning, then rising to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected, with more possible in locations that see thunderstorm activity.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with fog possible after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s and winds out of the southwest calming before midnight.80% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected.



SUNDAY Heavy rains may bring flooding

Patchy fog early. Mostly cloudy with winds 5 to 10 mph out of the north. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall accumulations between 1 and 2 inches expected.

SUNDAY NIGHT Flooding is possible

Rain showers with lows near the upper 40s and winds out of the north becoming light and variable after midnight.



MONDAY Flooding is possible

Cloudy with highs in the upper 60s. 40% chance of rain, mainly before noon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 40s.



HAZARDS

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon with the main concerns being damaging winds, large hail and frequent lightning. Heavy rains are expected to develop Saturday night and last until sometime on Monday with rainfall totals expected to be in the 2 to 3 inch range. Some localized flooding may be possible.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for today through Monday, a copy has been posted below. If you are going to an outdoor event this weekend, please take an umbrella with you and keep an eye on the skies. If thunder roars, go indoors.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

..TODAY...Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. The main threats will be from locally heavy rainfall, cloud to ground lightning, and gusty winds. However, a few severe thunderstorms, producing brief damaging winds and large hail are possible, mainly north of the I-85 corridor.

..SUNDAY...Heavy rain with flooding possible. Widespread showers develop during the day and continue into the evening with periods of heavy rain possible. Rainfall totals of up to 3 inches are possible which could lead to flooding. In addition, an isolated severe storm with damaging winds could develop during the afternoon south of the I-85 corridor.

..MONDAY...Heavy rain with flooding possible. Showers taper off through the day Monday. However, any flooding that does develop could linger through the morning.

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


MACON CALENDAR

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



APRIL 21 & 22

Franklin High School FFA Benefit Rodeo
Macon County Fairgrounds – 1436 Georgia Rd

Tickets available at the gate
$12 Adults
$6 Kids ages 5-10
Under 5 Free

Gates open at 6PM each night
Event starts at 8PM each night
Concessions available on site

Get there early for the best seating!

Saddle Bronc Riding
Bareback Riding
Calf Roping
Steer Wrestling
Ladies Breakaway Roping
Team Roping
Ladies Barrel Racing
Bull Riding

For more information, please visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1248793605202655/


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 effecting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Astronomy

A meteor shower known as the Lyrids are active from April 16th to April 25th this year. The peak night is expected to be the nights of April 21st and 22nd.

The Lyrids are a medium strength shower that usually produces good rates for three nights centered on the maximum. These meteors also usually lack persistent trains but can produce fireballs. These meteors are best seen from the northern hemisphere where the radiant is high in the sky at dawn. Activity from this shower can be seen from the southern hemisphere, but at a lower rate.

Radiant: 18:04 +34° - ZHR: 18 - Velocity: 30 miles/sec (medium - 48.4km/sec) - Parent Object: C/1861 G1 (Thatcher)



Twilight Begins: 6:26 am
Sunrise: 6:52 am
Sunset 8:12 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:39 pm




Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 19% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 4:34 am
Moonset 4:09 pm



Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



PLANET POSITION SUMMARY



Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

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

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


Published at 5:26 am on April 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. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, April 21, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

An unsettled pattern will continue as a front stalls over our area, with showers and thunderstorms possible today and Saturday. A low pressure system will move into the area Sunday bringing widespread showers and some thunderstorms. The low slowly moves east of the area Monday bringing an end to the rain. Drying is expected through the rest of the week.

Weather Almanac for April 21st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 87°F in Franklin in 1963
Lowest Temperature 20°F in Franklin in 1983
Greatest Rainfall 2.00 inches in Highlands in 1884
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands in 1901


DAY SPONSOR

The Greening up the Mountains festival will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary tomorrow in downtown Sylva on Main Street and Mill Street.

A project of the Town of Sylva, this is the year’s largest annual event, and brings 10-12,000 residents, visitors, and families to our beautiful downtown. Strengthened by its early roots as an Earth Day celebration, the festival includes a focus on environmental protection, sustainability, and promotion of local businesses and civic groups. Over a dozen music groups will be performing on two stages and over 200 vendors are expected to participate in this year's event. Come on over to Sylva to enjoy the region's largest festival, there will be something for everyone!

A local videographer has created a timelapse of the construction at the old town bridge. Enjoy!




THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY Chance of strong storms in the late afternoon

Patchy dense fog early. Partly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning followed by winds 5 to 10 mph from the southwest in the afternoon. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon with rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch, more in locations that see a thunderstorm.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 50s and light winds out of the southwest. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Less than a tenth of an inch of rainfall is expected.



SATURDAY

Patchy dense fog early. Partly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 70s. Variable light winds in the morning, followed by winds 5 to 10 mpg from the southwest in the afternoon. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms with less than a tenth of an inch of rainfall expected. Locations that see a thunderstorm will receive higher accumulations. The greatest chance of thunderstorms will be in the afternoon, the later the more likely they will occur. Some of them could be strong.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the low to mid 50s. Winds will be from the southwest, then shifting to come out of the northeast after midnight. 60% chance of rain and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected.



SUNDAY

Cloudy with highs near the mid 60s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast before noon and expected to shift to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. 70% chance of rain with rainfall accumulations between a quarter and half an inch expected.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 40s. 50% chance of rain.


HAZARDS

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon with the main concerns being damaging winds, large hail and frequent lightning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for today and tomorrow, a copy has been posted below. If you are going to an outdoor event this weekend, please take an umbrella with you and keep an eye on the skies. If thunder roars, go indoors.

..FRIDAY....Thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and evening ahead of a weak cold front dropping south into the area. Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible, with damaging winds, large hail, and brief heavy rain the main threats.

..SATURDAY...Severe weather possible. Scattered thunderstorms are expected Saturday afternoon along and south of a stationary front extending across the area. Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible, with damaging winds, large hail, and brief heavy rain the main threats.

The National Weather Service will be taking the regional weather radar offline for a few days around April 17th to install upgrades.

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


MACON CALENDAR

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



APRIL 21 & 22

Franklin High School FFA Benefit Rodeo
Macon County Fairgrounds – 1436 Georgia Rd

Tickets available at the gate
$12 Adults
$6 Kids ages 5-10
Under 5 Free

Gates open at 6PM each night
Event starts at 8PM each night
Concessions available on site

Get there early for the best seating!

Saddle Bronc Riding
Bareback Riding
Calf Roping
Steer Wrestling
Ladies Breakaway Roping
Team Roping
Ladies Barrel Racing
Bull Riding

For more information, please visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1248793605202655/


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 effecting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Astronomy

A meteor shower known as the Lyrids are active from April 16th to April 25th this year. The peak night is expected to be the nights of April 21st and 22nd.

The Lyrids are a medium strength shower that usually produces good rates for three nights centered on the maximum. These meteors also usually lack persistent trains but can produce fireballs. These meteors are best seen from the northern hemisphere where the radiant is high in the sky at dawn. Activity from this shower can be seen from the southern hemisphere, but at a lower rate.

Radiant: 18:04 +34° - ZHR: 18 - Velocity: 30 miles/sec (medium - 48.4km/sec) - Parent Object: C/1861 G1 (Thatcher)



Twilight Begins: 6:27 am
Sunrise: 6:54 am
Sunset 8:11 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:38 pm



Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 28% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 3:56 am
Moonset 3:07 pm



Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



PLANET POSITION SUMMARY



Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

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

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


Published at 4:50 am on April 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. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, April 20, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

More seasonable conditions return today in the form of a warm and moist southerly flow of air, with showers and storms breaking out in the afternoon. A cold front will make a run at the region on Friday, leading to still higher chances of showers and storms. The front is expected to stall over the area this weekend, with unsettled weather continuing as a result.

Weather Almanac for April 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2002
Lowest Temperature 17°F in Franklin in 1983
Greatest Rainfall 3.09 inches in Highlands in 1893
Greatest Snowfall 1.5 inches in Highlands in 1901

The record snowfall event on this date in North Carolina is 18 inches in Waynesville in 1901



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY Chance of strong storms in the late afternoon

Areas of dense fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning rising to come from the southeast in the afternoon. 30% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, some of them could be strong with frequent lightning, damaging winds and small hail.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s and variable light winds. 30% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch expected.



FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning and winds 5 to 10 mph from the southeast in the afternoon. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s and calm winds. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.



SATURDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 70s. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11 am.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s. 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms, with the greatest chance after midnight.


HAZARDS

Strong thunderstorms are possible late this afternoon. The main concern is frequent lightning, damaging winds and small hail.

The National Weather Service will be taking the regional weather radar offline for a few days around April 17th to install upgrades.

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


MACON CALENDAR

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



APRIL 21 & 22

Franklin High School FFA Benefit Rodeo
Macon County Fairgrounds – 1436 Georgia Rd

Tickets available at the gate
$12 Adults
$6 Kids ages 5-10
Under 5 Free

Gates open at 6PM each night
Event starts at 8PM each night
Concessions available on site

Get there early for the best seating!

Saddle Bronc Riding
Bareback Riding
Calf Roping
Steer Wrestling
Ladies Breakaway Roping
Team Roping
Ladies Barrel Racing
Bull Riding

For more information, please visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1248793605202655/


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 effecting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Astronomy


A meteor shower known as the Lyrids are active from April 16th to April 25th this year. The peak night is expected to be the nights of April 21st and 22nd.

The Lyrids are a medium strength shower that usually produces good rates for three nights centered on the maximum. These meteors also usually lack persistent trains but can produce fireballs. These meteors are best seen from the northern hemisphere where the radiant is high in the sky at dawn. Activity from this shower can be seen from the southern hemisphere, but at a lower rate.

Radiant: 18:04 +34° - ZHR: 18 - Velocity: 30 miles/sec (medium - 48.4km/sec) - Parent Object: C/1861 G1 (Thatcher)





Twilight Begins: 6:28 am
Sunrise: 6:55 am
Sunset 8:10 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:37 pm




Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 38% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 3:16 am
Moonset 2:07 pm



Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



PLANET POSITION SUMMARY



Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

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

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


Published at 4:10 am on April 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.