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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

WNC Mountain Moral Monday Event Held in Franklin


Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, President of the North Carolina NAACP

The Jackson County NC NAACP Branch 54AB hosted a WNC Mountain Moral Monday event at the gazebo across from the courthouse in Franklin Monday evening. A full video of the event and some photos are posted below. A list of speakers will be added later.

PROGRAM

Music was provided by Geoff McBride.


Speakers included 


Dr. Enrique Gomez, President of the Jackson County, NC Branch of the NAACP
John DeVille, History teacher Franklin HS, education and labor advocate.
Kallup McCoy II, recovery advocate and frequent commentator in NCRaw show
Roberta Bowles, former OB nurse at Angel Medical Center's Labor and Delivery Unit
Brooke Keener, Franklin Resident
Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, President North Carolina NAACP Conference of branches. More can be found here: https://naacpnc.org/rev-t-anthony-spearman/

DAY SPONSOR

Macon Media is being underwritten today by the Giles for Sheriff Campaign.

This is Eric Giles, Macon County Candidate for Sheriff, and I encourage you to get out and vote during this election cycle. It's time to hit the drugs and crime in Macon County with fresh ideas. We need to better educate our youth and rehabilitate those struggling with addiction to tackle this epidemic. If you vote Giles, I will work hard by partnering with other agencies to achieve this.

For more information online, please visit the following:

Facebook: [LINK]

Website: [LINK]


Paid for by the committee to Elect Eric Giles, Sheriff.

Giles for Sheriff Meet and Greets

October 17th Highlands Library from 4pm-6pm.
October 19th Carson Community Center 5 pm-7pm.
October 27th Old Cowee School 3 pm- Hot Dog Cookout







Mountain Stream TV hosted the President of the local NAACP last week to discuss this event.



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Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, October 16, 2018




WNC Mountain Moral Monday Held in Franklin


The Jackson County NC NAACP Branch 54AB hosted a WNC Mountain Moral Monday event at the gazebo across from the courthouse in Franklin Monday evening. A full video of the event and some photos are posted on the blog. [LINK]

OUTLOOK

A slowly-moving cold front will stall near the I-85 corridor today and then gradually settle southeast of the region on Wednesday. Dry high pressure will return for Thursday and Friday. Another cold front will bring moisture back to the area for Saturday before much cooler and drier air arrives on Sunday and lingers through Monday.

DAY SPONSOR

Macon Media is being underwritten today by the Giles for Sheriff Campaign.

This is Eric Giles, Macon County Candidate for Sheriff, and I encourage you to get out and vote during this election cycle. It's time to hit the drugs and crime in Macon County with fresh ideas. We need to better educate our youth and rehabilitate those struggling with addiction to tackle this epidemic. If you vote Giles, I will work hard by partnering with other agencies to achieve this.

For more information online, please visit the following:

Facebook: [LINK]

Website: [LINK]


Paid for by the committee to Elect Eric Giles, Sheriff.

Giles for Sheriff Meet and Greets

October 17th Highlands Library from 4pm-6pm.
October 19th Carson Community Center 5 pm-7pm.
October 27th Old Cowee School 3 pm- Hot Dog Cookout


Franklin Future Farmers of America Bake Sale

Franklin FFA is doing a bake sale fundraiser at Tractor Supply Sat Oct 20th from 10 am to 2 pm.
Help send members to the FFA Nationals.


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
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All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help you with your with your next project.



Record Weather Events for October 16th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 81°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2008
Lowest Temperature 25°F in Franklin in 2006
Greatest Rainfall 4.71 inches in Franklin in 1932


Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on October 20, 1913

An expanded almanac is available that covers record weather events, climate averages, and an astronomy section. [LINK]


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





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FRANKLIN AREA

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers after 8am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm wind. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Light north wind. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. North northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 40. North wind 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 60s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s.



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OTTO AREA

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers after 8am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm wind. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph after midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. North northwest wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 40. North wind around 6 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 65.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s.



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HIGHLANDS AREA

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers after 8am. Patchy fog between 9am and 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. North northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 40. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 40.



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NANTAHALA AREA

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 8am. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. West northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. West northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 60. North northwest wind around 8 mph.

Wednesday Night

Areas of frost after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s. North wind 7 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Areas of frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 60.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows near the lower 40s.



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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:07 am to 3:12 am this morning

GeoColor is a multispectral product composed of True Color (using a simulated green component) during the daytime, and an Infrared product that uses bands 7 and 13 at night. During the day, the imagery looks approximately as it would appear when viewed with human eyes from space. At night, the blue colors represent liquid water clouds such as fog and stratus, while gray to white indicate higher ice clouds, and the city lights come from a static database that was derived from the VIIRS Day Night Band.

Geocolor was developed at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) and STAR's Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch (RAMMB).


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Hurricane Michael will continue to impact the region early today, with heavy rainfall and gusty winds possible. The rains should end by the early afternoon and the end sometime overnight.


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

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


GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
12:22 am to 3:17 am this morning

12.3 µm - "Dirty" Longwave IR Window Band - 2 km resolution - Band 15 at 12.3 µm offers nearly continuous monitoring for numerous applications, though usually through a split window difference with a cleaner window channel. These differences can better estimate low-level moisture, volcanic ash, airborne dust/sand, sea surface temperature, and cloud particle size.


TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Oct 16 2018

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

1. A low pressure system located along the north-central coast of Honduras continues to produce a large area of cloudiness and thunderstorms over portions of the far western Caribbean Sea and much of Central America. Although the associated shower and thunderstorm activity has changed little in organization overnight, the system could still become a tropical depression before it moves inland over Belize later today. Regardless of development, gusty winds are possible over portions of Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula today. In addition, locally heavy rainfall, which could cause flash flooding, is possible across portions of Central America during the next few days. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this system this afternoon, if necessary.

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




MACON CALENDAR

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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.

Organizers of political events must make themselves available for a video interview at least 7 days before a political event they wish Macon Media to promote. Two weeks is the preferred time frame to maximize awareness.

Giles for Sheriff Meet and Greets

October 17th Highlands Library from 4pm-6pm.
October 19th Carson Community Center 5 pm-7pm.
October 27th Old Cowee School 3 pm- Hot Dog Cookout

Fontana Regional Library Catalog Changes Set for Oct 11th-15th

From Thursday, October 11 through Monday, October 15, the NC Cardinal library catalog (shared by Fontana Regional Library and more than 160 libraries across the state) will undergo necessary maintenance and upgrading. During that time, the online catalog will not be fully available either to patrons or to library staff. [LINK] http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/fontana-regional-library-catalog.html

REACH Poetry Night

REACH of Macon County has scheduled a Poetry Night in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Ratheskeller for Wednesday, October 17th from 7 pm until the last poet has been heard. Learn more at https://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/reach-schedules-poetry-night-in-honor.html

REACH Purple Purse Challenge


During the month of October, REACH is participating in the Purple Purse Challenge. This Challenge unites nonprofits in a national competition to raise funds for life-changing services for domestic violence survivors. 100% of donations go directly to REACH and they allow REACH to compete for weekly cash prizes and bonus challenges supported by the Allstate Foundation!

You can make a donation securely online through the link below:
www.crowdrise.com/reachofmaconcounty-purplepurse2018

Thank you for your time and support!

Visit REACH of Macon County online at the following locations:

Facebook [LINK] https://www.facebook.com/REACHofMacon/

Website [LINK] https://www.reachofmaconcounty.org/

If you have an emergency situation regarding domestic violence, please call 911

REACH 24/7 Hotline:

Macon County 828-369-5544
Jackson County 828-586-8969


Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:14 a.m.
Sunrise 7:40 a.m.
Sun transit 1:19 p.m.
Sunset 6:58 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:24 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 1:49 p.m.
Moon transit 6:55 p.m.
Moonset 12:02 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on October 15, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 40% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on October 16, 2018 at 2:02 p.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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]

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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.

3:35 am on October 16, 2018

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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, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Almanac for October 16, 2018





This post has information about weather extremes and averages in Macon County, in North Carolina and beyond. If you have suggestions for what you would like to see included here, please email Macon Media with Almanac in the subject line at editor@MaconMedia.com


Weather Averages for September in and around Macon County



Franklin Highlands Andrews Clayton Cullowhee Bryson

City
High 78 72 80 79 78 80
Low 54 61 54 55 55 55
Rain 4.61 7.64 4.45 5.94 4.21 5.04
Snow 0 0 0 0 0 0



Today in Weather History

1944: The 1944 Cuba – Florida hurricane, also known as the Pinar del Rio Hurricane, struck western Cuba on this day as a Category 4. This storm killed an estimated 300 people in Cuba and nine in Florida. This hurricane is currently the 7th costliest U.S. Atlantic hurricane with an estimated $46.9 billion (2015 USD) in damages.

Wikipedia [LINK]


2007: A blinding sandstorm in the high desert north of Los Angeles wreaks havoc with local traffic causing a highway pileup involving dozens of vehicles. Two people die, and 16 are injured as a result of the storm which reportedly raised dust to 1000 foot high.

CBS News [LINK]


DAY SPONSOR

Macon Media is being underwritten today by the Giles for Sheriff Campaign.

This is Eric Giles, Macon County Candidate for Sheriff, and I encourage you to get out and vote during this election cycle. It's time to hit the drugs and crime in Macon County with fresh ideas. We need to better educate our youth and rehabilitate those struggling with addiction to tackle this epidemic. If you vote Giles, I will work hard by partnering with other agencies to achieve this. 

For more information online, please visit the following:

Facebook: [LINK]

Website: [LINK]


Paid for by the committee to Elect Eric Giles, Sheriff.

Giles for Sheriff Meet and Greets

October 17th Highlands Library from 4pm-6pm.
October 19th Carson Community Center 5 pm-7pm.
October 27th Old Cowee School 3 pm- Hot Dog Cookout




Record Weather Events for October 16th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 81°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2008
Lowest Temperature 25°F in Franklin in 2006
Greatest Rainfall 4.71 inches in Franklin in 1932


Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on October 20, 1913


Record Weather Events for October 16th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 97°F in Kinston, Lenoir County in 1925
Lowest Temperature 17°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1939
Greatest Rainfall 6.63 inches in Montreat, Buncombe County in 1936
Greatest Snowfall 2.0 inches in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1977

The excessive rainfall was due to Hurricane Hazel. See the previous section for more information on that storm.


Record Weather Events for October in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Albemarle, Stanly County on 10-06-1954
Lowest Temperature 8°F in Banner Elk, Avery County on 10-21-1952
Greatest Rainfall 14.00 inches in Aberdeen, Moore County on 10-06-1913
Greatest Snowfall 11.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 10-25-1990


Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:15 a.m.
Sunrise 7:40 a.m.
Sun transit 1:19 p.m.
Sunset 6:57 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:23 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 12:02 a.m.
Moonrise 2:36 p.m.
Moon transit 7:44 p.m.
Moonset 12:53 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on October 16, 2018: First Quarter at 2:02 p.m. (local daylight time)


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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.




Become a Patron!

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

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

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

Published at 3:00 am on October 16, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconAlmanac


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Youtube, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, October 15, 2018




OUTLOOK

A warm front will lift north of the area today, then a cold front will approach from the northwest late tonight into Tuesday. The cold front should stall across the region through Wednesday to keep conditions unsettled through mid-week. Drier high pressure will arrive behind the front Thursday into Friday. Another cold front will settle southward into the region on Saturday.

DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting Macon Media 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.


Franklin Future Farmers of America Bake Sale

Franklin FFA is doing a bake sale fundraiser at Tractor Supply Sat Oct 20th from 10 am to 2 pm.
Help send members to the FFA Nationals.


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

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



Record Weather Events for October 15th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 84°F in Franklin in 1950
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Highlands in 1988
Greatest Rainfall 8.25 inches in Highlands in 1914


Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on October 20, 1913

An expanded almanac is available that covers record weather events, climate averages, and an astronomy section. [LINK]


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





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FRANKLIN AREA

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after 3 am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm wind.

Tuesday

A 40 percent chance of rain. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near the lower 70s. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Calm wind.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of rain before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.



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OTTO AREA

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 75. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5am. Patchy fog after 4 am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Calm wind. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A chance of rain before 3pm, then a chance of showers after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near the lower 70s. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers before 7pm, then a chance of rain after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Light northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of rain before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.



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HIGHLANDS AREA

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5am. Patchy fog after 4 am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. West wind around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A chance of rain before noon, then a chance of showers after noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers before 11pm, then a chance of rain after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with highs near the lower 60s.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.



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NANTAHALA AREA

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. South southwest wind around 9 mph.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 10pm. Patchy fog before 2am, then patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. West wind 3 to 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. West wind 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of rain before 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 60.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.


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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:52 pm last night to 1:47 am this morning

GeoColor is a multispectral product composed of True Color (using a simulated green component) during the daytime, and an Infrared product that uses bands 7 and 13 at night. During the day, the imagery looks approximately as it would appear when viewed with human eyes from space. At night, the blue colors represent liquid water clouds such as fog and stratus, while gray to white indicate higher ice clouds, and the city lights come from a static database that was derived from the VIIRS Day Night Band.

Geocolor was developed at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) and STAR's Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch (RAMMB).


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Hurricane Michael will continue to impact the region early today, with heavy rainfall and gusty winds possible. The rains should end by the early afternoon and the end sometime overnight.


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

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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
11:5 pm last night to 1:52 am this morning (loop not available this morning)

12.3 µm - "Dirty" Longwave IR Window Band - 2 km resolution - Band 15 at 12.3 µm offers nearly continuous monitoring for numerous applications, though usually through a split window difference with a cleaner window channel. These differences can better estimate low-level moisture, volcanic ash, airborne dust/sand, sea surface temperature, and cloud particle size.


TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Oct 15 2018

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

1. Shower and thunderstorm activity has increased overnight in association with a broad area of low pressure located over the southwestern Caribbean Sea. This system is moving slowly west-northwestward, and some additional development is possible before it moves inland over Central America by tonight or Tuesday. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall, which could cause flash flooding, is possible across portions of Central America for much of the week.

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

Organizers of political events must make themselves available for a video interview at least 7 days before a political event they wish Macon Media to promote. Two weeks is the preferred time frame to maximize awareness.

Giles for Sheriff Meet and Greets

October 17th Highlands Library from 4pm-6pm.
October 19th Carson Community Center 5 pm-7pm.
October 27th Old Cowee School 3 pm- Hot Dog Cookout

Fontana Regional Library Catalog Changes Set for Oct 11th-15th

From Thursday, October 11 through Monday, October 15, the NC Cardinal library catalog (shared by Fontana Regional Library and more than 160 libraries across the state) will undergo necessary maintenance and upgrading. During that time, the online catalog will not be fully available either to patrons or to library staff. [LINK] http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/fontana-regional-library-catalog.html

REACH Poetry Night

REACH of Macon County has scheduled a Poetry Night in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Ratheskeller for Wednesday, October 17th from 7 pm until the last poet has been heard. Learn more at https://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/reach-schedules-poetry-night-in-honor.html

REACH Purple Purse Challenge


During the month of October, REACH is participating in the Purple Purse Challenge. This Challenge unites nonprofits in a national competition to raise funds for life-changing services for domestic violence survivors. 100% of donations go directly to REACH and they allow REACH to compete for weekly cash prizes and bonus challenges supported by the Allstate Foundation!

You can make a donation securely online through the link below:
www.crowdrise.com/reachofmaconcounty-purplepurse2018

Thank you for your time and support!

Visit REACH of Macon County online at the following locations:

Facebook [LINK] https://www.facebook.com/REACHofMacon/

Website [LINK] https://www.reachofmaconcounty.org/

If you have an emergency situation regarding domestic violence, please call 911

REACH 24/7 Hotline:

Macon County 828-369-5544
Jackson County 828-586-8969


Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:14 a.m.
Sunrise 7:40 a.m.
Sun transit 1:19 p.m.
Sunset 6:58 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:24 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 1:49 p.m.
Moon transit 6:55 p.m.
Moonset 12:02 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on October 15, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 40% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on October 16, 2018 at 2:02 p.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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]

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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.


Become a Patron!

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

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

2:20 am on October 15, 2018

#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, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Almanac for October 15, 2018





This post has information about weather extremes and averages in Macon County, in North Carolina and beyond. If you have suggestions for what you would like to see included here, please email Macon Media with Almanac in the subject line at editor@MaconMedia.com


Weather Averages for September in and around Macon County



Franklin Highlands Andrews Clayton Cullowhee Bryson

City
High 78 72 80 79 78 80
Low 54 61 54 55 55 55
Rain 4.61 7.64 4.45 5.94 4.21 5.04
Snow 0 0 0 0 0 0



Today in Weather History

1954: Hurricane Hazel swept through the Carolinas and was in Pennsylvania before the day was over. Over a thousand people would die, hundreds of beachfront buildings and thousands of homes were destroyed in South and North Carolina from the storm. The National Guard would be deployed to help with the aftermath.

Wikipedia [LINK]

NWS Morehead City [LINK]

NWS Raleigh (NCSU Archive) [LINK]

WTVD-TV Retrospective



WRAL-TV Documentary


Disasters of the Century




1984: The Monday Night Football game in Denver, Colorado was played in a raging blizzard. 15 inches of snow fell with up to 34 inches reported in the nearby mountains. The Air Force Academy canceled classes for the first time in its' recorded history.

KUSA-TV Denver Retrospective [LINK]

ESPN [LINK]

Segment from the Broncos archivist








Record Weather Events for October 15th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 84°F in Franklin in 1950
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Highlands in 1988
Greatest Rainfall 8.25 inches in Highlands in 1914


Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on October 20, 1913


Record Weather Events for October 15th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 93°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County in 1925
Lowest Temperature 11°F in Montreat, Yancey County in 1937
Greatest Rainfall 8.84 inches in Asheboro, Randolph County in 1954
Greatest Snowfall 2.0 inches in Montreat, Yancey County in 1945

The excessive rainfall was due to Hurricane Hazel. See the previous section for more information on that storm.


Record Weather Events for October in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Albemarle, Stanly County on 10-06-1954
Lowest Temperature 8°F in Banner Elk, Avery County on 10-21-1952
Greatest Rainfall 14.00 inches in Aberdeen, Moore County on 10-06-1913
Greatest Snowfall 11.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 10-25-1990


Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:14 a.m.
Sunrise 7:40 a.m.
Sun transit 1:19 p.m.
Sunset 6:58 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:24 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 1:49 p.m.
Moon transit 6:55 p.m.
Moonset 12:02 a.m. tomorrow morning


The phase of the Moon on October 15, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 40% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on October 16, 2018, at 2:02 p.m. (local daylight time)


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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.



Become a Patron!

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

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

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

Published at 1:36 am on October 15, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconAlmanac


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Youtube, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, October 14, 2018




OUTLOOK

Cool high pressure will pass by to our north today keeping high temperatures a few degrees cooler than normal. Expect an approaching cold front Monday through Tuesday with deeper moisture and a chance of showers and maybe a thunderstorm. Another cool high-pressure system will then lower temperatures for the second half of the week.


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Record Weather Events for October 14th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 83°F in Franklin in 1985
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Highlands in 1988
Greatest Rainfall 3.67 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2014


Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on October 20, 1913

An expanded almanac is available that covers record weather events, climate averages, and an astronomy section. [LINK]


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





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FRANKLIN AREA

Today

A chance of rain or drizzle, mainly before 1pm, then a slight chance of rain after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of rain after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Calm wind.

Monday

A 20 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Calm wind.

Tuesday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs near the lower 70s.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.



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OTTO AREA

Today

A chance of rain or drizzle before 2pm, then a slight chance of rain between 2pm and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of rain after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Light east southeast wind.

Monday

A 20 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Calm wind.

Tuesday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs near the lower 70s.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.



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HIGHLANDS AREA

TToday

A 40 percent chance of rain or drizzle, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near the upper 50s. South wind around 7 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of rain after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows near the lower 50s. South southeast wind around 7 mph.

Monday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near the upper 60s. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. West southwest wind 3 to 5 mph.

Tuesday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows near the lower 50s.



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NANTAHALA AREA

Today

A chance of rain or drizzle, mainly before 1pm, then a slight chance of rain after 2pm. Patchy fog between 8am and 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. South wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain before 7pm, then a slight chance of rain after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. South wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 70. South southwest wind 7 to 9 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. West wind around 6 mph.

Tuesday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.


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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:17 pm last night to 2:12am this morning

GeoColor is a multispectral product composed of True Color (using a simulated green component) during the daytime, and an Infrared product that uses bands 7 and 13 at night. During the day, the imagery looks approximately as it would appear when viewed with human eyes from space. At night, the blue colors represent liquid water clouds such as fog and stratus, while gray to white indicate higher ice clouds, and the city lights come from a static database that was derived from the VIIRS Day Night Band.

Geocolor was developed at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) and STAR's Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch (RAMMB).


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Hurricane Michael will continue to impact the region early today, with heavy rainfall and gusty winds possible. The rains should end by the early afternoon and the end sometime overnight.


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

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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
11:22 pm last night to 2:17 am this morning (loop not available this morning)

12.3 µm - "Dirty" Longwave IR Window Band - 2 km resolution - Band 15 at 12.3 µm offers nearly continuous monitoring for numerous applications, though usually through a split window difference with a cleaner window channel. These differences can better estimate low-level moisture, volcanic ash, airborne dust/sand, sea surface temperature, and cloud particle size.


TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Oct 14 2018

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

1. A tropical wave located about midway between the west coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Some slight development of this system is possible during the next day or two before environmental conditions become unfavorable. This wave is expected to move westward at about 15 mph during the next few days.

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




MACON CALENDAR

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

Organizers of political events must make themselves available for a video interview at least 7 days before a political event they wish Macon Media to promote. Two weeks is the preferred time frame to maximize awareness.

Giles for Sheriff Meet and Greets

October 17th Highlands Library from 4pm-6pm.
October 19th Carson Community Center 5 pm-7pm.
October 27th Old Cowee School 3 pm- Hot Dog Cookout

Fontana Regional Library Catalog Changes Set for Oct 11th-15th

From Thursday, October 11 through Monday, October 15, the NC Cardinal library catalog (shared by Fontana Regional Library and more than 160 libraries across the state) will undergo necessary maintenance and upgrading. During that time, the online catalog will not be fully available either to patrons or to library staff. [LINK] http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/fontana-regional-library-catalog.html

REACH Poetry Night

REACH of Macon County has scheduled a Poetry Night in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Ratheskeller for Wednesday, October 17th from 7 pm until the last poet has been heard. Learn more at https://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/reach-schedules-poetry-night-in-honor.html

REACH Purple Purse Challenge


During the month of October, REACH is participating in the Purple Purse Challenge. This Challenge unites nonprofits in a national competition to raise funds for life-changing services for domestic violence survivors. 100% of donations go directly to REACH and they allow REACH to compete for weekly cash prizes and bonus challenges supported by the Allstate Foundation!

You can make a donation securely online through the link below:
www.crowdrise.com/reachofmaconcounty-purplepurse2018

Thank you for your time and support!

Visit REACH of Macon County online at the following locations:

Facebook [LINK]

Website [LINK]

If you have an emergency situation regarding domestic violence, please call 911

REACH 24/7 Hotline:

Macon County 828-369-5544
Jackson County 828-586-8969


Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:13 a.m.
Sunrise 7:39 a.m.
Sun transit 1:19 p.m.
Sunset 7:00 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:25 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 12:58 p.m.
Moon transit 6:06 p.m.
Moonset 11:13 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on October 14, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 31% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on October 16, 2018 at 2:02 p.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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]

CROWDFUNDING 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.


Become a Patron!

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

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

2:35 am on October 14, 2018

#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, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.