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Monday, February 20, 2017

Franklin Town Board of Aldermen Hold Retreat

Franklin Town Board 
2017 Retreat Title Card


The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen met Monday, February 20, 2017 for their annual retreat to discuss topics and items board members wanted to focus on in the coming year. A video of the meeting, minus the first 30 seconds or so, and supporting documents are posted below. A couple of maps and a document need to be digitized and will be added in the next couple of days.





Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen

Retreat Discussion
February 20, 2017
5:00 pm

1. Call to Order- Mayor Bob Scott
2. Adoption of the February 20, 20! 7 Retreat Agenda
3. Discussion on Downtown Streetscape Proposals
4. Comprehensive Improvements Plan for Town Sidewalks
5. Whitmire Property
6. ABC Store
7. Room Occupancy Tax
8. Other Considerations/Discussions
9. Adjourn


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Published at 9:57 pm on Feb 20, 2017




Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, February 20, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

....Slight risk of severe thunderstorms over parts of the Southern Plains continuing into Monday morning...

...Heavy snow possible for the Sierras, Sawtooth and Wind River/Absaroka Ranges...

...Heavy rain likely for portions of Northern/Central California--possible for the Pacific Northwest coast...

...Heavy rain possible for portions Western/Central Gulf Coast...

Much of the West Coast will remain in an active wet pattern through mid-week as multiple Pacific fronts move through the region. A nearly continuous plume of moisture will be directed toward portions of central and northern California through Tuesday-- resulting in heavy rainfall along the coast and valleys; with mountain snow. Snow and lower elevation rain will also develop over parts of the Northern Intermountain region through Tuesday as the the front pushes out into the High Plains.

Additionally, northern stream upper-level energy associated with the deep upper-level trough over the Rockies will move to the Great Lakes by Tuesday morning. The energy will aid in producing rain over parts of the Northern Plains/Upper Mississippi Valley today and spreading into the Great Lakes/Western Ohio valley by Tuesday morning.

A strong line of thunderstorms developed Sunday evening along and ahead of the eastward-moving cold front through the Southern/Central Plains. The showers and thunderstorms are expected to move east into the Lower/Mid-Mississippi valley by this afternoon, extending northward into the Tennessee valley. Warm Gulf air streaming northward along the front will help maintain higher precipitation for the Gulf states. Heavy rainfall may develop and increase the threat for flash flooding. Please refer to WPC excessive rainfall outlooks for additional information on the risk for heavy rain and flash flooding.



LOCAL OVERVIEW

Warm high pressure will move over the area through the early part of the week, bringing temperatures close to record highs. A cold front will bring a chance for some modest rainfall over the area by mid week, followed by brief drying, before a frontal system arrives next weekend with chances of rain and thunder.

THREE DAY OUTLOOK


National Surface Map for Monday Feb 20th at 7 am

Washington's Birthday

Patchy dense fog in the morning. Mostly sunny with highs near the lower 70s. Calm winds shifting to come out of the south in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near the low to mid 40s.


National Surface Map for Tuesday Feb 21st at 7 am

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid 60s. Calm winds rising to 5 to 10 mph out of the south by mid morning. Rain chances increase after 4 pm.

Tuesday Night

Cloudy with lows near the upper 40s. Light winds out of the southeast. 60% chance of rain, mainly after midnight.


National Surface Map for Wednesday Feb 22nd at 7 am

Wednesday

Partly sunny with highs near 70. 40% chance of rain, mainly before 2 pm.


Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50.




HAZARDS

Patchy dense fog could develop this morning, If it does, please increase your following distance and use your vehicles low beams so other motorists can see you. Otherwise, no hazardous weather is expected today.

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



MACON CALENDAR

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


FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB MEETING AT LIBRARY

TONIGHT
Franklin Bird Club meeting. “Cherokee Bird Legends and Myths” by Barbara Duncan. 7:00 pm at the Macon County Public Library.

February 21 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the FHS Fine Arts Building
Youth Night Out Teen Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships.
Presented as a partnership of Angel Medical Center, Macon County Public Health, REACH of Macon County and Discover Church.




MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Weather Extremes Almanac for February 20, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 83ºF in Hot Springs, Madison County in 1939
Low Temperature -20ºF on Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2015
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.00 inches in Lenoir, Caldwell County in 1947
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 11.0 inches on Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1999

Macon County

High Temperature 77ºF in Franklin in 1994
Low Temperature -6ºF in Highlands in 2015
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.14 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1954
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 0.6 inches in Highlands in 1940


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:48 am
Sunrise: 7:14 am
Sunset 6:21 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:47 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 59 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 11 hours 7 minutes



Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 42% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 3:35 am
Moonset 1:08 pm



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight




Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:36 am
Sets 9:24 pm
Brightness -4.5 Magnitude
Distance 0.405 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:15 am
Sets 9:52 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 1.981 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning





MERCURY
Rises 6:54 am
Sets 5:18 pm
Brightness -0.5 Magnitude
Distance 1.366 AU
Constellation: Capricornus

SATURN 


Rises 3:21 am
Sets 1:06 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.412 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

JUPITER
Rises 10:150 pm
Sets 9:36 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.775 AU
Constellation: Virgo




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 4:26 am on Feb 20, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, 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, February 19, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, February 19, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Heavy snow possible for the Cascades, Sierras, Sawtooths, the Mogollon Rim and Central Rockies...

...Strong thunderstorms and heavy rain possible over eastern Texas and lower Mississippi valley...

...Heavy rain possible for portions of northern and central California...

Surface low and associated front will spin up near the Southeast Coast today as an upper-level low propagates eastward -- resulting in showers and a few thunderstorms for Florida and the Southeast Coast. Rain will also develop over parts of the Southern Ohio and Tennessee valleys along with parts of the Central/Southern Appalachian this morning and will move into parts of the Mid-Atlantic/Central Appalachians this afternoon before dissipating.

The system that brought widespread heavy precipitation to California and portions of the Southwest will continue to weaken as it tracks eastward into the Central/Southern High Plains today and into Monday. Rain and higher elevation snow is forecast for parts of California, the Great Basin and Southwest ending over most of California this morning and will expand into the Central/Southern Plains, waning by Monday. Farther north, multiple waves embedded within the upper-level low will move into the Northwest and Intermountain West/Northern Rockies early and will aid in producing rain and higher elevation snow from the Coast into parts of the Northern Rockies. Heavy snow will be possible for some of the higher elevations of the Cascades, Sierras, Sawtooths, the Mogollon Rim and Central Rockies. A plume of moisture will stream into California bringing another round of heavy rainfall to portions of central California. Rain and higher elevation snow will develop over parts of Central/Southern California.

As the upper-level low moves eastward, circulation around the low will aid in streaming moisture into Eastern Texas that will move northward to the Middle Mississippi Valley by Monday. Showers and thunderstorms will begin to develop over parts of the Western Gulf Coast and will expand northward into the central U.S. this afternoon. Some of the storms over eastern Texas may become severe this afternoon.


GOFUNDME ESTABLISHED FOR FAMILY WHO LOST HOME IN FIRE

A family with three children, two girls, ages 14 and 8, and a boy, age 4, has lost their home due to a fire. A GOFUNDME has been established to assist the family with clothing and other needs while they are homeless. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/family-of-5-loses-all-in-house-fire to find out more.


LOCAL OVERVIEW

A warm surface high pressure system will move into the area through early next week, with strong upper ridging bringing temperatures close to record highs. A cold front with minimal moisture will move through the area by midweek, with a dry end to the work week to follow. The next frontal system will substantial rain/thunder chances will arrive next weekend.

THREE DAY OUTLOOK



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Sunday

Areas of fog early. Mostly cloudy with decreasing clouds becoming mostly sunny by late afternoon. Highs near the upper 60s and winds 5 to 10 mph from the northwest.

Sunday Night

Patchy fog early. Mostly clear with lows near the mid 30s and calm winds.




Washington's Birthday

Mostly sunny with highs near the lower 70s. Calm winds early, shifting to come from the south by 8 or 9 am.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 40s and calm winds.




Tuesday

Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid to upper 60s. A slight chance of rain showers after 3 pm.


Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 40s. 30% chance of rain, mainly after 11 pm.




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 or photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB MEETING AT LIBRARY

February 20
Franklin Bird Club meeting. “Cherokee Bird Legends and Myths” by Barbara Duncan. 7:00 pm at the Macon County Public Library.

February 21 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the FHS Fine Arts Building
Youth Night Out Teen Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships.
Presented as a partnership of Angel Medical Center, Macon County Public Health, REACH of Macon County and Discover Church.




MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Weather Extremes Almanac for February 19, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 84ºF in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1956
Low Temperature -19ºF on Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2015
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.92 inches in Morehead City, Carteret County in 1960
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches i on Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2015

Macon County

High Temperature 72ºF in Franklin in 1890
Low Temperature -6ºF in Highlands in 2015
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.10 inches in Nantahala in 1940
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Franklin in 1979


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:49 am
Sunrise: 7:15 am
Sunset 6:20 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:46 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 57 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 11 hours 5 minutes



Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 42% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 1:43 am
Moonset 12:26 pm



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight




Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:40 am
Sets 9:26 pm
Brightness -4.5 Magnitude
Distance 0.411 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:17 am
Sets 9:53 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 1.975 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning





MERCURY
Rises 6:53 am
Sets 5:14 pm
Brightness -0.4 Magnitude
Distance 1.362 AU
Constellation: Capricornus

SATURN 


Rises 3:24 am
Sets 1:10 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.427 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

JUPITER
Rises 10:20 pm
Sets 9:40 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.787 AU
Constellation: Virgo




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 4:29 am on Feb 19, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, 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, February 18, 2017

NC KIDS Digital Library Press Release




Contact: Karen Wallace
Phone: (828) 524-3600
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



North Carolina Launches new eBook Sharing Service Specifically for Children
New library consortium enables sharing of Children’s eBooks, audiobooks and video across the state

Children across the state now have access to free eBooks and eAudiobooks through a new program. Designed for kids in pre-K through 4th grade, NC Kids Digital Library includes more than 3,700 eBooks, audiobooks, videos and Read-Alongs. The program is available through Fontana Regional Library locations in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties, as well as at 85 regional, county and municipal libraries across the state. These materials are instantly available for every child with a library card and internet access via a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The program is the first of its kind statewide eBook consortium specifically for children. It was created by the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive digital reading platform and the state of North Carolina.

OverDrive’s collection development team chooses the books for the collection, which will continue to grow over time and feature new titles, and selections are reviewed and approved by a committee appointed by the NCPLDA Executive Board. Many eBooks list the reading level and text difficulty to help parents find the right book for their child’s reading ability.

“This content will align with summer reading camps across the state as well as the state’s 3rd grade reading initiative and will provide a significant boost to the many library-school partnerships already in existence," said Ruth Ann Copley, Director of Libraries at Davidson County Public Library System.

Karen Wallace, director of Fontana Regional Library, says, “This initiative has made a valuable resource available to all children in the state. It adds significantly to the total number of eBooks and eAudiobooks for our youngest patrons here in Western North Carolina. As a library, we are thrilled to have more opportunities to connect children with books and the love of reading.”

In Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties, any child or adult with a Fontana Regional Library card can access the NC Kids Digital Library.

NC Kids Digital Library is sponsored by NCPLDA and the NC General Assembly with assistance from the State Library of NC, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. Copley, together with Jennifer Sackett, Vice-President of NCPLDA and Library Director of Lincoln County Library, worked with Representative Pat McElraft to secure funding for this project. In July of last year, the 2016 Appropriations Act was signed into law for fiscal year 2016-2017, which included a funding provision for $200,000 for the State Library to work with NCPLDA to create a statewide consortium for all public library cardholders.

For more information, please contact your local Fontana Regional Library location in Macon, Jackson, or Swain County or visit www.fontanalib.org.


Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, February 18, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Heavy rain and flooding persists across California...

...Snow possible for the Northeast this weekend...

Intense rainfall rates and strong wind gusts have significantly affected portions of California since Friday. Various impacts observed so far with this Pacific storm system have included rapid runoff leading to rising creeks/streams, cars swept away in rushing flood waters, downed trees, mudslides/debris flows and sinkholes. Much of the state has flood watches and flood warnings in effect, especially for southern California, and will persist this weekend. Nearly continuous onshore flow is forecast through the weekend-- keeping California and portions of the Pacific Northwest in a very active, anomalously wet pattern. Mountain snow is forecast for Sierra Nevada range and for elevations above 5500ft in central Nevada-- winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect for these areas.

Warm, moist air moving northward from the Gulf will help generate showers and thunderstorms across portions of the Southern Plains, Lower Mississippi valley and the Gulf Coast. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted portions of north-central Texas favorable for strong, possibly severe, thunderstorm development on Sunday. Refer to the SPC webpage for additional information about the potential for severe weather.

The higher elevations of New England could have snow, or a rain/snow mix, today as a front moves through the area. Light snow may linger into Sunday after the front has passed. For the central and eastern states, mild and dry conditions are expected this weekend.



GOFUNDME ESTABLISHED FOR FAMILY WHO LOST HOME IN FIRE

A family with three children, two girls, ages 14 and 8, and a boy, age 4, has lost their home due to a fire. A GOFUNDME has been established to assist the family with clothing and other needs while they are homeless. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/family-of-5-loses-all-in-house-fire to find out more.


LOCAL NEWS

Approximate location of the Long Ridge Fire

Firefighters from the Otto Fire Department, Station 5 from Rabun County, North Carolina Forest Service and United States Forest Service stopped a forest fire at 6 to 7 acres in size, that, according to NC Forest Service personnel, had the potential to grow to 300 to 500 aces. More on this on this at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/02/long-ridge-fire.html

LOCAL OVERVIEW

A weak upper low is expected to arrive in the region tonight then move off the east coast Sunday. The full effects of a strong upper ridge moves in to start the week with much above normal temperatures. Another period of light rainfall is possible mid week as a weak upper trough moves through the region. A cold front approaches at the end of the week with possible showers and thunderstorms.

THREE DAY OUTLOOK




Saturday

Cloudy with highs near 60. Calm winds shifting to come from the southwest in the afternoon. 40% chance of rain, mainly after 9 am with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected. This on and off drizzle event should be over between 5 pm and midnight.

Saturday Night

Patchy fog after midnight. Mostly cloudy with lows near 40 and variable light winds.




Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with skies becoming mostly clear by the late afternoon. Highs near the mid to upper 60s and winds out of the northwest.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear with lows near 40 and calm winds.




Washington's Birthday

Mostly sunny with highs near 70.


Monday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40.




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 or photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB MEETING AT LIBRARY

February 20
Franklin Bird Club meeting. “Cherokee Bird Legends and Myths” by Barbara Duncan. 7:00 pm at the Macon County Public Library.

February 21 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the FHS Fine Arts Building
Youth Night Out Teen Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships.
Presented as a partnership of Angel Medical Center, Macon County Public Health, REACH of Macon County and Discover Church.




MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Weather Extremes Almanac for February 18, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 86ºF in Greenevers, Duplin County in 1927
Low Temperature -18ºF in Brevard, Transylvania County in 1958
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.00 inches in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 19.8 inches in Greenevers, Duplin County in 1896

Macon County

High Temperature 73ºF in Franklin in 1890
Low Temperature -6ºF in Highlands in 1900
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.59 inches in Highlands in 1940
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 11.0 inches in Highlands in 1979


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:50 am
Sunrise: 7:16 am
Sunset 6:19 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:45 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 55 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 11 hours 3 minutes



Moon Phase: Last Quarter at 2:33 pm
Moonrise 12:50 am
Moonset 11:47 am



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight




Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:44 am
Sets 9:28 pm
Brightness -4.5 Magnitude
Distance 0.418 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:19 am
Sets 9:53 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 1.968 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning





MERCURY
Rises 6:51 am
Sets 5:10 pm
Brightness -0.4 Magnitude
Distance 1.358 AU
Constellation: Capricornus

SATURN 


Rises 3:28 am
Sets 1:13 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.443 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

JUPITER
Rises 10:24 pm
Sets 9:44 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.800 AU
Constellation: Virgo




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 5:08 am on Feb 18, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, 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, February 17, 2017

Long Ridge Fire

Google Earth Image showing 
the approximate location 
of the Long Ridge Fire

At 1:54 pm on the afternoon of february 17, 2017, the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS) and Otto Fire Department were called out to a report that a brush fire had gotten out of control near the Mulberry Road and Crystal Creek Road. Otto quickly called for Station 5 out of Rabun County to assist them with structure protection.

Shortly after 2:30 pm, NC Forest personnel reported the fire had grown to approximately 10 to 15 acres and had the potential to grow to the neighborhood of 300 to 500 acres. United States Forest Service (USFS) also had units respond to the fire, including a dozer and a helicopter. The helicopter was eventually diverted to the Cold Mountain Fire after taking a lap around the Long Ridge Fire and taking on fuel at the Macon County Airport.

At 3:40 pm, NC Forest Service personnel reported the head of the fire had been caught and they were in the processing of tying lines together around the fire. 

More will be added to this narrative as it develops. A play by play is posted below that goes into detail of what has been reported about the fire. Macon MEdia has provided a live feed of the radio traffic from the fire at MaconScan.com. In case things get too busy, the Facebook post has been included. It will update when Macon Media posts on the Facebook Page.















Original Post on Facebook:

NC Forest Service and Otto Fire Department are responding to report of a brush fire out of control near 4500 Mulberry Road.


time 1:55 pm on 02-17-2017
radio maconscan(dot)com


Here is the play by play (Live Blog) of the events as they happen in reverse chronological order. (Newest information at the top and oldest information at the bottom).





**5:28 pm** NCFS Signal 14 - Fire Size 6 acres, 8 structures endangered. Lines are around the fire and they're mopping it up.

**5:26 pm** USFS report the Long Ridge Fire size to be 6 to 7 acres in size and 100% contained.

**4:27 pm** This post has been mirrored on the blog at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/02/long-ridge-fire.html It also includes a Google Earth image of the approximate location of the fire.

**3:55 pm** N12HX has landed at the Macon County Airport.

**3:45 pm** Helicopter N12HX has done a lap around the Long Ridge Fire and is enroute to the Macon County airport to take on fuel and wait for LatLon on the Cold Mountain Fire.


**3:40 pm** NCFS units report they've caught the head of the fire and are tying in lines around the fire. [This is a very good report]

**3:35 pm** Asheville Dispatch has told helicopter N12HX to set down at the Long Ridge Helispot until they can get a LatLon on the Cold Mountain Fire. The helicopter has a 5 minute ETA to the Long Ridge Fire.


**3:34 pm** Long Ridge Command said they could have the helicopter.


**3:31 pm** Asheville Dispatch has asked Long Ridge Command if they can redeploy the helicopter on another fire. (This may be the Cold Mountain Fire)


**3:06 pm** Clarks Chapel truck #1351 will be standing by at the Otto Substation to handle calls in the Otto Fire District.


**3:00 pm** A dozer has arrived onscene. The USFS seem to think they can catch this thing before it gets too large.

**2:55 pm** USFS report the helicopter has a 45 minute ETA. It is enroute from Morganton, NC.


**2:32 pm** NC Forest Service report the fire is about 10 to 15 acres in size and has the potential to grow to 300 to 500 acres potential. Otto and Station 5 have been placed on structure protection. It is mostly on government land.
The fire has been named Long Ridge Fire.


**2:25 pm **USFS Dozer-3111 is also enroute to this fire. LatLon reported as N 35° 01.155; by W 83° 23.822' The helispot will be near the intersection of Mulberry and Carpenter Road. Please avoid this area. A/G-13 will be the helicopter working frequency. This has been added to the online feed.


**2:23 pm** USFS Units have requested a helicopter for this fire. This means those of you who may be thinking about getting drone footage of this fire should not be flying.


**2:17 pm** Tones have been set requesting additional manpower from Otto Fire Department.


**2:08 pm ** Macon EOC advises a caller on Crystal Creek Road is reporting their house is in danger. Command has requested Station 5 out of Rabun County be sent to provide mutual aid on this call.

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, February 17, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Strong storm system to affect California...

...Quieter weather pattern is expected over most of the nation...

Rain and mountain snow will continue across much of the western U.S. as a Pacific cold front pushes inland across the Pacific Northwest and northern California. Heavy snow is likely for the higher elevations of the Cascades and the northern Rockies through Friday as the moisture moves inland.

The main weather event that will make headlines over the next few days will be a deep upper level trough that will generate a strong occluded surface low which will head towards California through Friday. Expect the surface low to make landfall by Friday afternoon/evening, with best precipitation moving in by Friday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected for the coastal areas and the nearby mountains, with some locations getting in excess of 4 inches of rainfall by Saturday morning thanks to the deep surge of subtropical moisture being directed towards the region. Flash flooding and river flooding will be possible across much of California and much of the Pacific Northwest given the amount of rain expected, as well as warming temperatures leading to snow melt across the region.

Some ongoing lake effect snow showers downwind of the Great Lakes will continue to taper off through this evening as winds shift to a more southerly direction, eliminating best fetch and gradually warming the airmass. This same southerly flow may lead to some rain showers along the Gulf Coast into the first part of the weekend.

Otherwise, sunny to partly cloudy conditions are expected across much of the central and eastern U.S. over the next few days as high pressure governs the overall weather pattern there. Warmer conditions are also expected in time for the weekend for many areas.



GOFUNDME ESTABLISHED FOR FAMILY WHO LOST HOME IN FIRE

A family with three children, two girls, ages 14 and 8, and a boy, age 4, has lost their home due to a fire. A GOFUNDME has been established to assist the family with clothing and other needs while they are homeless. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/family-of-5-loses-all-in-house-fire to find out more.


LOCAL NEWS


The Macon County Commissioners held their annual joint meeting with the Macon County Planning Board last night at the Environmental Resource Center.
Video of the entire meeting is on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL OVERVIEW

A warming trend continues as southerly flow returns to the area underneath a strong ridge of high pressure. A weak upper low will cross the Tennessee Valley and Carolinas over the weekend, bringing chances for light rainfall to the area. Another upper low will move across the Gulf Coast mid to late next week with another round of light rainfall possible. High temperatures will stay 10 to 15 degrees above normal through the period.

THREE DAY OUTLOOK




Friday

Sunny with highs near 70. Calm winds early, then from the northwest in the morning.

Friday Night

Partly clear early with increasing clouds. Lows near freezing and calm winds.




Saturday

Mostly cloudy with highs near 60 and variable light winds. 40% chance of rain with rainfall amounts not expected to exceed a tenth of an inch.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40. Calm winds before midnight with winds from the northwest after midnight. 30% chance of rain, mainly before midnight.




Sunday

Mostly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 60s.


Sunday Night

Mostly clear with lows near 40.




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 or photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB MEETING AT LIBRARY

February 20
Franklin Bird Club meeting. “Cherokee Bird Legends and Myths” by Barbara Duncan. 7:00 pm at the Macon County Public Library.

February 21 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the FHS Fine Arts Building
Youth Night Out Teen Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships.
Presented as a partnership of Angel Medical Center, Macon County Public Health, REACH of Macon County and Discover Church.




MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Weather Extremes Almanac for February 17, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 86ºF in Kinston, Lenoir County in 1927
Low Temperature -20ºF in Brevard, Transylvania County in 1958
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.34 inches in Maysville, Onslow County in 1998
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Lenoir, Caldwell County in 1969

Macon County

High Temperature 74ºF in Highlands in 1927
Low Temperature -9ºF in Highlands in 1958
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.83 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1995
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1896


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:51 am
Sunrise: 7:17 am
Sunset 6:18 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:44 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 53 minutes



Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 61% of the Moo's visible disk illuminated
Moonset 11:10 am



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight




Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:47 am
Sets 9:29 pm
Brightness -4.5 Magnitude
Distance 0.424 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:21 am
Sets 9:54 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 1.961 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning





MERCURY
Rises 6:50 am
Sets 5:06 pm
Brightness -0.4 Magnitude
Distance 1.353 AU
Constellation: Capricornus

SATURN 


Rises 3:31 am
Sets 1:17 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.458 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

JUPITER
Rises 10:28 pm
Sets 9:48 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.813 AU
Constellation: Virgo




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 3:24 am on Feb 14, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, 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.


Joint Meeting Between the Macon County Commissioners and the Macon County Planning Board



The Macon County Commissioners and the Macon County Planning Board held a joint meeting on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Environmental Resource Center on Lakeside Drive. Members of the two boards shared items they would like for the planning board to tackle in the next year or so.

The next meeting of the Macon County Commissioners will be on March 14th and the next meeting of the Macon County PLanning Board is March 16th.

A full video of the meeting is posted below.




MEDIA ROLL CALL
(media outlets with reporters present)

Macon Media (me)
Macon County News and Shopping Guide
Smoky Mountain News
WFSC-AM/WNCC-FM
The Franklin Press

Elected Officials
(elected officials who do not serve on these boards who were present)

None


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 1:42 am on Feb 16, 2017



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, February 16, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Strong storm system to affect California and a quieter weather pattern is expected over most of the nation...

Rain and mountain snow has now arrived to much of the western U.S. as a Pacific cold front is making its way inland across the Pacific Northwest and northern California. Heavy snow is likely for the higher elevations of the Cascades and the northern Rockies through Friday as the moisture moves inland.

The main weather event that will make headlines over the next few days will be a rather strong low pressure system that is heading towards California by Friday. This is associated with a deep upper level trough that will generate an occluded surface low that is forecast to reach central and southern California by Friday afternoon. Heavy rainfall is expected for the coastal areas and the nearby mountains, with some locations getting in excess of 4 inches of rainfall by Saturday morning as a deep surge of subtropical moisture is directed towards the region. Flash flooding will be possible given the amount of rain expected.

Elsewhere across the continental U.S., some lake effect snow can be expected downwind of the Great Lakes from strong cold air advection behind the departing nor'easter over eastern Canada. Sunny to partly cloudy conditions are expected across much of the central and eastern U.S. over the next few days as high pressure governs the overall weather pattern there. Warmer conditions are also expected in time for the weekend for many areas.



GOFUNDME ESTABLISHED FOR FAMILY WHO LOST HOME IN FIRE

A family with three children, two girls, ages 14 and 8, and a boy, age 4, has lost their home due to a fire. A GOFUNDME has been established to assist the family with clothing and other needs while they are homeless. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/family-of-5-loses-all-in-house-fire to find out more.


LOCAL OVERVIEW

High pressure crosses the Gulf today as the upper trough moves east over the Atlantic. Expect a broad upper ridge to dominate the weather for much of our nation this weekend and early next week resulting in a warming trend. A weak low pressure crosses the deep southeast this weekend. The next weather maker is not expected until mid to late week.

THREE DAY OUTLOOK




Thursday

Sunny with highs near the low to mid 50s and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, gusting to 20 mph. The higher wind gusts are expected to occur between 8 am and 5 pm today.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear with lows near freezing and light winds out of the northwest.




Friday

Sunny with highs near the mid 60s. Calm winds early, rising to 5 to 10 mph from the west by mid morning.

Friday Night

Mostly clear with lows near freezing and light winds out of the northwest.




Saturday

Mostly cloudy with highs near 60. 40% chance of rain.


Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40.




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 of photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB MEETING AT LIBRARY

February 20
Franklin Bird Club meeting. “Cherokee Bird Legends and Myths” by Barbara Duncan. 7:00 pm at the Macon County Public Library.



MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Weather Extremes Almanac for February 16, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 83ºF in Chapel Hill, Orange County in 1989
Low Temperature -16ºF on Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1991
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.22 inches in Andrews, Cherokee County in 1990
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Black Mountain, Buncombe County in 1969

Macon County

High Temperature 77ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1989
Low Temperature -4ºF in Highlands in 1991
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.90 inches in Franklin in 1873
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands in 1895


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:52 am
Sunrise: 7:18 am
Sunset 6:17 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:43 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 49 minutes



Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 70% of the Moo's visible disk illuminated
Moonset 10:36 am
Moonrise 11:56 pm


Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight




Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:50 am
Sets 9:31 pm
Brightness -4.5 Magnitude
Distance 0.431 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:23 am
Sets 9:54 pm
Brightness 1.2 Magnitude
Distance: 1.955 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning





MERCURY
Rises 6:49 am
Sets 5:01 pm
Brightness -0.3 Magnitude
Distance 1.347 AU
Constellation: Capricornus

SATURN 


Rises 3:35 am
Sets 1:21 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.472 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

JUPITER
Rises 10:32 pm
Sets 9:52 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.826 AU
Constellation: Virgo




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 4:16 am on Feb 16, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, 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.