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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, July 20, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

An upper-level ridge will build over our region from the west through the end of the work week bringing hot temperatures and isolated showers and thunderstorms each day. A broad upper-level trough develops over the weekend and into early next week and is expected to bring cooler temperatures.

Heat index values may rise to uncomfortable levels through Sunday and those who participate in outdoor activities are advised to take extra care that they do not overheat. Additional information has been posted in the Hazards section of the daily briefing.


WEATHER SPONSOR


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

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

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


Weather Almanac for July 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 46°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.58inches in Nantahala in 1971

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands in 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY isolated strong to severe thunderstorms possible

Cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing. Highs near 90 and light winds from the northwest. Slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds.



FRIDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near 90 and variable light winds.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 60s and calm winds.



SATURDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near 90. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 70. Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

HAZARDS

Isolated thunderstorms are expected to develop again across the area this afternoon and evening. The main threats will be from cloud to ground lightning and locally heavy rainfall. However, a few storms could become briefly severe, with damaging winds being the primary threat.

It is becoming more likely that our region will be experiencing a heat wave later this week. Though conditions will not be as extreme in Macon County as they will be in Tennessee or Georgia and the Upstate, it will be more uncomfortable than is normal for us. More information on the possible heat wave and precautions that are advised have been posted below, and you may refer to the NOAA Heat Safety Page at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/ for more detailed information:

...Heat Wave Developing this Week through the Weekend...

A strong ridge of high pressure will be in place from Wednesday through Saturday. During this time, temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s combined with increasing humidity levels will allow heat index values to climb to uncomfortable levels. Heat index values on Wednesday will range from the upper 80s and low 90s, Thursday low to mid-90s, Friday and Saturday the low to mid-90s, and Sunday in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Please take the following heat safety precautions:

1) When outdoors, stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.

2) Check up on the elderly, sick and those without air conditioning.

3) Never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles. Remember, Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat.

4) Limit strenuous outdoor activities, especially during the afternoon, find shade and stay hydrated.

The upper ridge will break down by late this weekend allowing for increasing coverage of showers and thunderstorms. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other local media for further details or updates.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jul 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 graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.




September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

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

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:05 am
Sunrise: 6:34 am
Sunset 8:45 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:14 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 11 m
(2 mins shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 11% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 3:46 a.m.
Moonset 6:06 p.m.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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 4:04 am on July 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. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, July 19, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A stalled frontal boundary will slowly dissipate to our southeast over the next few days as a strong upper ridge gradually builds into the region from the west. This will bring hot temperatures and a reduction in the coverage of diurnal showers and thunderstorms through the end of the work week. Temperatures will begin to moderate by the weekend while enhanced thunderstorm chances return to the forecast early next week. Heat index values may rise to uncomfortable levels through Sunday and those who participate in outdoor activities are advised to take extra care that they do not overheat. Additional information has been posted in the Hazards section of the daily briefing.


WEATHER SPONSOR


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

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

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


Weather Almanac for July 19th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 97°F in Franklin in 1986
Lowest Temperature 47°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2009
Greatest Rainfall 3.79 inches in Highlands in 1959

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands in 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY isolated strong to severe thunderstorms possible

Patchy fog in the morning. Cloudy through mid-morning, then clearing. Highs in the mid to upper 80s with heat indexes rising into the low 90s. Light winds out of the northwest. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the late afternoon. Some of those that develop could become strong or severe.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds.



THURSDAY

Sunny with highs near 90 and light winds out of the northwest. Heat index values in the low to mid 90s.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60s and calm winds.



FRIDAY

Patchy fog early. Mostly sunny with highs near 90 and heat index values in the low-90s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 60s. Fog may form after 3 am.

HAZARDS

Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop again across the area this afternoon and evening. The main threats will be from cloud to ground lightning and locally heavy rainfall. However, a few storms could become briefly severe, with damaging winds being the primary threat.

It is becoming more likely that our region will be experiencing a heat wave later this week. Though conditions will not be as extreme in Macon County as they will be in Tennessee or Georgia and the Upstate, it will be more uncomfortable than is normal for us. More information on the possible heat wave and precautions that are advised have been posted below, and you may refer to the NOAA Heat Safety Page at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/ for more detailed information:



...Heat Wave Developing this Week through the Weekend...

A strong ridge of high pressure will be in place from Wednesday through Saturday. During this time, temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s combined with increasing humidity levels will allow heat index values to climb to uncomfortable levels. Heat index values on Wednesday will range from the upper 80s and low 90s, Thursday low to mid 90s, Friday and Saturday the low to mid 90s, and Sunday in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Please take the following heat safety precautions:

1) When outdoors, stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.

2) Check up on the elderly, sick and those without air conditioning.

3) Never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles. Remember, Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat.

4) Limit strenuous outdoor activities, especially during the afternoon, find shade and stay hydrated.

The upper ridge will break down by late this weekend allowing for increasing coverage of showers and thunderstorms. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other local media for further details or updates.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Jul 19 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center has issued the last advisory on the remnants of Don, located over the southeastern Caribbean Sea.

1. A low pressure system located more than 1100 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing a large area of cloudiness and showers. Some slow development of this system is possible during the next day or two while it moves toward the west-northwest or northwest at 10 to 15 mph. After that time, environmental conditions are forecast to become unfavorable for development.

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


MACON CALENDAR

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




July 19th, WEDNESDAY

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB

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.

September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

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

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Astronomy

Section deprecated for today due to time constraints

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 4:37 am on July 19, 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, July 18, 2017

Municipal Filing Update
July 17th Edition









Filing for the 2017 Municipal Election Cycle began Friday, July 7th at noon and will be open until noon this Friday, July 21st. 

The offices up for election in Franklin are Mayor and three council seats and in Highlands, it is the Mayor and two commissioner seats.

Candidate Filings by Date

July 7th 

Bob Scott filed for re-election as Mayor of Franklin

Patrick Taylor filed for re-election as Mayor of Highlands

July 10th

David B. Culpepper filed for Franklin Town Council

July 12th

Amy Patterson filed for Highlands Commissioner

JimBo Ledford filed for Franklin Town Council

July 17th

Barbara McRae filed for Town Council


These are the candidates who have filed for the local municipal offices as of 8 am this morning. 



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.




Information from the Macon County Board of Elections on the upcoming municipal election cycle is posted below.



ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

FILING PERIOD: Beginning Friday, July 7, 2017, at 12 Noon - Ending Friday, July 21, 2017, at 12 Noon


TOWN OF FRANKLIN -MAYOR & 3 COUNCIL MEMBERS, TOWN OF HIGHLANDS - MAYOR & 2 COMMISSIONERS

FILING FOR THE FOLLOWING CONTESTS TAKES PLACE AT THE MACON COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

TOWN OF FRANKLIN MAYOR Filing Fee: $72.00
• Term expires for BOB SCOTT
• Two-year term

TOWN OF FRANKLIN COUNCIL MEMBER

• Term expires for BARBARA MCRAE Filing Fee: $36.00
• Four-year term

TOWN OF FRANKLIN COUNCIL MEMBER

• Term expires for BILLY MASHBURN Filing Fee: $36.00
• Four-year term

TOWN OF FRANKLIN COUNCIL MEMBER

• Term expires for PATTI ABEL Filing Fee: $36.00
• Four-year term

TOWN OF HIGHLANDS MAYOR Filing Fee: $10.00
• Term expires for PATRICK TAYLOR
• Four-year term

TOWN OF HIGHLANDS COMMISSIONER Filing Fee: $5.00
• Term expires for AMY E. PATTERSON
• Four-year term

TOWN OF HIGHLANDS COMMISSIONER
• Tam expires for DONNIE CALLOWAY Filing Fee: $5.00
• Four-year tam

IMPORTANT DATES (Subject to change due to legislation by the NC General Assembly)

• Absentee by Mail Voting Begins October 9, 2017
• Voter Registration Deadline October 13, 2017
• One-Stop Early Voting Begins in Franklin BOE office October 19, 2017
• One-Stop Eary Voting Begins in Highlands Civic Center October 26, 2017
• Deadline for Absentee by Mail Requests, 5 PM October 31, 2017
• One-Stop Early Voting Ends, 1 PM at both locations November 4, 2017
• Absentee Ballots Must Be Received or Postmarked, 5 PM November 7, 2017
• Municipal Election Day, polls open 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM November 7, 2017
• Official Canvass Meeting, 11 AM November 17, 2017


VOTING LOCATIONS

Macon County has 2 One Stop sites for the 2017 General Election. Any registered voter of this county may choose to vote at one of the following locations:

Location for Franklin
Board of Elections Office
5 W Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734
(1st Floor Basement Level) Room 127B

Location for Highlands
Highlands Civic Center
600 N 4th St, Highlands, NC 28741
Meeting Room 1


MACON COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

5 West Main Street Phone (828) 349-2034
Franklin, NC 28734 Fax (828) 349-2557

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 8:38 am on July 17, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, July 19, 2017




MACON CALENDAR HIGHLIGHT

Macon OD Prevention Coalition Meeting from 3-5 pm.

We discuss all things addiction and recovery! Agenda to include continued planning for the 4th Annual Night of Hope 8/31, our annual overdose awareness event; get an update on our overdose education video; discussion about a fall event for teens; syringe exchange update; provider education update; discussion about HIV/HCV prevention; and a Learn to Cope update.

All welcome! Full Circle Recovery Center, 3261 Georgia Road, Franklin.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

A stalled frontal boundary will slowly dissipate over the next few days as a strong upper ridge gradually builds into the region. This will bring hot temperatures and a reduction in the coverage of the daily cycle of showers and thunderstorms. Heat index values may rise to uncomfortable levels from Wednesday to Sunday and those who participate in outdoor activities are advised to take extra care that they do not overheat. Additional information has been posted in the Hazards section of the daily briefing.


WEATHER SPONSOR


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

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

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


Weather Almanac for July 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 97°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1980
Lowest Temperature 47°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.13 inches in Highlands in 1974

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands in 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with gradually clearing skies and highs near the mid to upper 80s. Winds are expected to be calm. Slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 3 pm and 9 pm.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.



WEDNESDAY possible heat wave begins

Mostly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and light winds out of the west northwest.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds.



THURSDAY possible heat wave

Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s with light winds out of the northwest. Heat Index values may reach levels that will require extra caution for those who are outdoors.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 60s.

HAZARDS

It is becoming more likely that our region will be experiencing a heat wave later this week. Though conditions will not be as extreme in Macon County as they will be in Tennessee or Georgia and the Upstate, it will be more uncomfortable than is normal for us. More information on the possible heat wave and precautions that are advised have been posted below, and you may refer to the NOAA Heat Safety Page at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/ for more detailed information:

...Heat Wave Developing this Week through the Weekend...

A strong ridge of high pressure will be in place from Wednesday through Saturday. During this time, temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s combined with increasing humidity levels will allow heat index values to climb to uncomfortable levels. Heat index values on Wednesday will range from the upper 80s and low 90s, Thursday low to mid-90s, Friday and Saturday the low to mid-90s, and Sunday in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Please take the following heat safety precautions:

1) When outdoors, stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.

2) Check up on the elderly, sick and those without air conditioning.

3) Never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles. Remember, Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat.

4) Limit strenuous outdoor activities, especially during the afternoon, find shade and stay hydrated.

The upper ridge will break down by late this weekend allowing for increasing coverage of showers and thunderstorms. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other local media for further details or updates.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

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 Storm Don has formed between Barbados and South America. Since the storm is not likely to survive an encounter with wind shear over the next 72 hours, Macon Media will not be publishing detailed information about the storm. If you wish to read more about the system, please visit the NHC archives for the storm at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2017/DON.shtml

Another reason to begin paying closer attention to the tropics is to gauge whether or not any storms forming in the region will have an impact on our region during the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse, which will be occurring near the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Jul 18 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Don, located about 300 miles east-southeast of Barbados.

1. A tropical wave, accompanied by a well-defined low-pressure system, is located over the central tropical Atlantic several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Some gradual development of this system is possible through mid-week while it moves toward the west-northwest or northwest at 10 to 15 mph. After that time, environmental conditions are forecast to become less conducive for development.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.


MACON CALENDAR

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




Tuesday, July 18th

The Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council's monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, July 18th, 10:00 a.m. at Rathskeller Coffee Haus. Everyone interested in supporting the hiking community is welcome.

Macon OD Prevention Coalition Meeting from 3-5 pm.

We discuss all things addiction and recovery! Agenda to include continued planning for the 4th Annual Night of Hope 8/31, our annual overdose awareness event; get an update on our overdose education video; discussion about a fall event for teens; syringe exchange update; provider education update; discussion about HIV/HCV prevention; and a Learn to Cope update.

All welcome! Full Circle Recovery Center, 3261 Georgia Road, Franklin.

HIGHLANDS PLATEAU AUDUBON SOCIETY

Kim Brand, Field Organizer for Audubon North Carolina, will speak at 7 PM in
Highlands in the rear meeting room of the Hudson Library, 554 Main Street in Highlands.

July 19th, WEDNESDAY

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB

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.

September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

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

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Astronomy

The Astronomy Section has been cut from today's forecast due to time constraints. It will return tomorrow.

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 5:00 am on July 18, 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, July 17, 2017

Update to Candidate Filing List






Filing for the 2017 Municipal Election Cycle began Friday, July 7th at noon and will be open until noon this Friday, July 21st. 

The offices up for election in Franklin are Mayor and three council seats and in Highlands, it is the Mayor and two commissioner seats.

Candidate Filings by Date

July 7th 

Bob Scott filed for re-election as Mayor of Franklin

Patrick Taylor filed for re-election as Mayor of Highlands

July 10th

David B. Culpepper filed for Franklin Town Council

July 12th

Amy Patterson filed for Highlands Commissioner

JimBo Ledford filed for Franklin Town Council


These are the candidates who have filed for the local municipal offices as of 8 am this morning. 



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.




Information from the Macon County Board of Elections on the upcoming municipal election cycle is posted below.



ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

FILING PERIOD: Beginning Friday, July 7, 2017, at 12 Noon - Ending Friday, July 21, 2017, at 12 Noon


TOWN OF FRANKLIN -MAYOR & 3 COUNCIL MEMBERS, TOWN OF HIGHLANDS - MAYOR & 2 COMMISSIONERS

FILING FOR THE FOLLOWING CONTESTS TAKES PLACE AT THE MACON COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

TOWN OF FRANKLIN MAYOR Filing Fee: $72.00
• Term expires for BOB SCOTT
• Two-year term

TOWN OF FRANKLIN COUNCIL MEMBER

• Term expires for BARBARA MCRAE Filing Fee: $36.00
• Four-year term

TOWN OF FRANKLIN COUNCIL MEMBER

• Term expires for BILLY MASHBURN Filing Fee: $36.00
• Four-year term

TOWN OF FRANKLIN COUNCIL MEMBER

• Term expires for PATTI ABEL Filing Fee: $36.00
• Four-year term

TOWN OF HIGHLANDS MAYOR Filing Fee: $10.00
• Term expires for PATRICK TAYLOR
• Four-year term

TOWN OF HIGHLANDS COMMISSIONER Filing Fee: $5.00
• Term expires for AMY E. PATTERSON
• Four-year term

TOWN OF HIGHLANDS COMMISSIONER
• Tam expires for DONNIE CALLOWAY Filing Fee: $5.00
• Four-year tam

IMPORTANT DATES (Subject to change due to legislation by the NC General Assembly)

• Absentee by Mail Voting Begins October 9, 2017
• Voter Registration Deadline October 13, 2017
• One-Stop Early Voting Begins in Franklin BOE office October 19, 2017
• One-Stop Eary Voting Begins in Highlands Civic Center October 26, 2017
• Deadline for Absentee by Mail Requests, 5 PM October 31, 2017
• One-Stop Early Voting Ends, 1 PM at both locations November 4, 2017
• Absentee Ballots Must Be Received or Postmarked, 5 PM November 7, 2017
• Municipal Election Day, polls open 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM November 7, 2017
• Official Canvass Meeting, 11 AM November 17, 2017


VOTING LOCATIONS

Macon County has 2 One Stop sites for the 2017 General Election. Any registered voter of this county may choose to vote at one of the following locations:

Location for Franklin
Board of Elections Office
5 W Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734
(1st Floor Basement Level) Room 127B

Location for Highlands
Highlands Civic Center
600 N 4th St, Highlands, NC 28741
Meeting Room 1


MACON COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

5 West Main Street Phone (828) 349-2034
Franklin, NC 28734 Fax (828) 349-2557

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 8:38 am on July 17, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, July 17, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A weak frontal boundary will approach the area today, increasing the chances for widespread showers and thunderstorms. A strong upper ridge will then gradually build into the region during the mid-to-late week, bringing hot temperatures and reducing the coverage of the daily cycle of summertime weather pattern of showers and thunderstorms.


DAY SPONSOR

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

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

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


WEATHER SPONSOR


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

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

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


Weather Almanac for July 16th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 41°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.04 inches in Highlands in 1963

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands in 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY chance of severe thunderstorms in the afternoon

Patchy fog in the morning. Cloudy through mid-morning with clearing skies in the late morning and an increase in cloud cover for the afternoon as chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms increase with the passage of a cold front. Highs will be in the mid-80s with calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch expected. More will be possible in locations that see thunderstorm activity.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near the mid-60s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.



TUESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s.

HAZARDS

There is a chance some of the thunderstorms that form today could become severe, and the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook regarding the situation. The Outlook is posted below:

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop across the area this afternoon and evening. The main threats will be from cloud to ground lightning and locally heavy rainfall. However, a couple of storms could briefly become severe, with damaging winds being the primary severe storm threat.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Jul 17 2017

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

1. A small low-pressure system located about 800 miles east of the Windward Islands is moving westward at about 15 mph. Associated shower and thunderstorm activity is beginning to show some signs of organization, and environmental conditions are forecast to be marginally conducive for some development of this system before it reaches the Lesser Antilles in two to three days. After that time, less favorable upper-level winds are expected to hinder additional development. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance this afternoon, if necessary.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

2. An area of disturbed weather has developed several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Some development of this system is possible over the next several days while it moves slowly toward the west-northwest or northwest over the open Atlantic Ocean.

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


MACON CALENDAR

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




Tuesday, July 18th

The Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council's monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, July 18th, 10:00 a.m. at Rathskeller Coffee Haus. Everyone interested in supporting the hiking community is welcome.

HIGHLANDS PLATEAU AUDUBON SOCIETY

Kim Brand, Field Organizer for Audubon North Carolina, will speak at 7 PM in
Highlands in the rear meeting room of the Hudson Library, 554 Main Street in Highlands.

July 19th, WEDNESDAY

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB

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.

September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

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

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:03 am
Sunrise: 6:32 am
Sunset 8:47 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:16 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 15 m
(2 mins shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 41% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 1:33 a.m.
Moonset 2:46 p.m.


Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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


Published at 4:13 am on July 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. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, July 16, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will stall near the area today, while another front is expected to approach on Monday. A strong upper ridge will build into the area during the mid-to-late week period, bringing a return of hot temperatures and reducing the coverage of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms.



WEATHER SPONSOR


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

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

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


Weather Almanac for July 16th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 41°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 5.77 inches in Highlands in 1916

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands in 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, more in locations that experience multiple thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm wind winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.



MONDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

MONDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.



TUESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Moderate chance of showers and thunderstorms.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected today outside of a few typical summer thunderstorms.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Jul 16 2017

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

1. A low pressure trough over the central tropical Atlantic Ocean is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Although this system is close to dry air, some slow development is possible over the next few days while the system moves westward at 15 to 20 mph. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance Monday afternoon, if necessary.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.


MACON CALENDAR

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




Tuesday, July 18th

The Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council's monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, July 18th, 10:00 a.m. at Rathskeller Coffee Haus. Everyone interested in supporting the hiking community is welcome.

HIGHLANDS PLATEAU AUDUBON SOCIETY

Kim Brand, Field Organizer for Audubon North Carolina, will speak at 7 PM in
Highlands in the rear meeting room of the Hudson Library, 554 Main Street in Highlands.

July 19th, WEDNESDAY

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB

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.

September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

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

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:02 am
Sunrise: 6:31 am
Sunset 8:48 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:17 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 17 m
(2 mins shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: Last Quarter at 3:26 pm.

Moonrise 12:56 a.m.
Moonset 1:41 p.m.


Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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


Published at 5:35 am on July 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. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, July 15, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Hot and humid conditions will persist through the weekend, with scattered to numerous afternoon and evening thunderstorms each day. A cold front will move into the region from the northwest today and stall in or near the area through Sunday. Another cold front will approach on Monday and move southeast of the area on Tuesday, with drier and warmer conditions arriving by the middle of next week.



WEATHER SPONSOR


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

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

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


Weather Almanac for July 15th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 40°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 5.55 inches in Franklin in 1872

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands in 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs in the low to mid-80s and lights winds out of the northwest. Showers and thunderstorms are likely with rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half an inch expected, more in locations that experience multiple thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and light winds out of the north. Scattered showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected, more in locations that experience multiple thunderstorms.



SUNDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.



MONDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Moderate chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10 am.

MONDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather expected outside a few typical summer thunderstorms. The heat index will approach 90°F today, so those working or playing outside should take care to maintain hydration and take frequent breaks. The National Weather Service has an excellent resource for Heat Safety at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Jul 15 2017

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

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


MACON CALENDAR

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




Tuesday, July 18th

The Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council's monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, July 18th, 10:00 a.m. at Rathskeller Coffee Haus. Everyone interested in supporting the hiking community is welcome.


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:02 am
Sunrise: 6:31 am
Sunset 8:48 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:17 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 17 m
(2 mins shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 73% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 12:21 a.m.
Moonset 12:39 p.m.


Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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


Published at 5:23 am on July 15, 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.