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Monday, January 22, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, January 22, 2018








LOCAL OUTLOOK

A moist cold front will cross the region today, bringing rain and thunderstorms with it. In the fronts wake, dry high pressure will overspread the region and persist through the work week. Another moist cold front will likely affect the forecast area over the weekend.


DAY SPONSOR

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

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

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

WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for January 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 70°F in Franklin in 1967
Lowest Temperature -13°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.07 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1959
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.0 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1987


Record weather events for January in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Jan 28, 1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Nantahala on Jan 23, 1971
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Franklin on Jan 21, 1877



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Rain Chances Increase

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy skies with highs ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to the mid to upper 50s in the lower elevations. Calm winds early, then increasing to 5 to 10 mph out of the south in the morning hours. Rain chances will increase from 10% at 6 am to 25% at 10 am and to 50% at 4 pm and them 60% at 6pm. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected.

TONIGHT Rain and Thunderstorms

Cloudy skies with lows dropping to the lower 30s at the higher elevations and near the mid-to-upper 30s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast, then shifting to come out of the west after midnight. 80% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of between half and three-quarters of an inch possible. More is possible in locations that get hit by a thunderstorm. The greatest chances of thunderstorms is between 8 pm and 1 am.



TUESDAY Sunny and Windy

Mostly sunny skies with highs ranging from the lower 40s at the higher elevations to the upper 40s in the lower elevations. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the west with gust in the 25 mph range. The strongest winds will be crossing our area between 10am to just after midnight....peaking in the late afternoon between 3 pm and 5 pm.

TUESDAY NIGHT Windy and Cold

Partly cloudy skies with lows ranging from near 20 at the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations. Wind chills will make it feel from 5 to 10 degrees colder at times. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest, gusting into the 20 mph range.



WEDNESDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the lower 40s at the higher elevations near 50 in the lower elevations.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear skies with lows ranging from the upper teens at the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations.



GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
12:12 am to 3:07 am UTC

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 03:07 am



MACON CALENDAR

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:12 a.m.
Sunrise 7:39 a.m.
Sun transit 12:45 p.m.
Sunset 5:52 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:19 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 10:56 a.m.
Moon transit 5:02 p.m.
Moonset 11:14 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on January 22, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 27% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on January 24, 2018 at 5:20 p.m. (local standard 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]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 3:23 am on January 22, 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, 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, January 21, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, January 21, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will move offshore today bringing warm southerly flow to the region. A wet cold front will cross the region late Monday into early Tuesday. In the front`s wake, a dry high pressure will overspread the region and persist through the rest of the week.


WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for January 21st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 74°F in Franklin in 1890
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 3.410 inches in Nantahala in 1954
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.5 inches in Highlands in 1983


Record weather events for January in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Jan 28, 1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Nantahala on Jan 23, 1971
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Franklin on Jan 21, 1877



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. It should burn off fairly quickly. Mostly sunny skies with highs in the low-to-mid 50s at the higher elevations to near 60 in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog is expected to develop after midnight. Mostly cloudy skies with lows ranging from the lower 30s at the higher elevations to the upper 30s in the lower elevations. Winds are expected to be calm or very light from the northwest.



MONDAY

Cloudy with highs ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to the upper 50s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast. Rain chances start at 10% at 9 am and increase to 60% at 6 pm with rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch expected and more in locations that see thunderstorms. The greatest chance of thunderstorms will be between 4 pm and 11 pm.

MONDAY NIGHT Rain and Thunder with a Rapid Temperature Decline after Midnight

Cloudy skies with cloud cover decreasing after midnight and becoming mostly clear by daybreak. Lows ranging from near freezing at the higher elevations to the mid-30s in the lower elevations. Winds around 10 mph from the southeast shifting to come out of the west after midnight. Rain chances are around 60% at 6 pm and peak out at 80% in the 10 pm to midnight time frame than decrease to near 0% by daybreak with a possible change over to snow before daybreak. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible, except in locations that see thunderstorms. The greatest chance of thunderstorms in before 11 pm. Little or no snowfall accumulation is expected.



TUESDAY

Mostly sunny skies with highs ranging from the low-to-mid 40s at the higher elevations to near 50 in the lower elevations.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows ranging from near 20 at the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations.



GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
11:27 am to 2:22 am

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 02:27 am



MACON CALENDAR

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:12 a.m.
Sunrise 7:39 a.m.
Sun transit 12:45 p.m.
Sunset 5:51 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:18 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 10:24 a.m.
Moon transit 4:16 p.m.
Moonset 10:16 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on January 21, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 19% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on January 24, 2018 at 5:20 p.m. (local standard 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]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 2:45 am on January 21, 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, 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, January 20, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, January 20, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cool high pressure will gradually move offshore this weekend giving way to a warming southerly flow of air. A cold front arriving from the west will bring precipitation to the region early next week, with drying following through mid-week.


WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for January 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 71°F in Highlands in 1974
Lowest Temperature -8°F in Franklin in 1994
Greatest Rainfall 3.50 inches in Highlands in 1876
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Highlands in 1998


Record weather events for January in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Jan 28, 1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Nantahala on Jan 23, 1971
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Franklin on Jan 21, 1877



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Mostly sunny skies with highs ranging from the mid-to-upper 40s at the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest in the lower elevations. Winds at the higher elevations will be in the 10 to 15 mph range out of the northwest, with gusts in the 25 to 30 mph range.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy skies with lows ranging from the upper 20s at the higher elevations to the mid-30s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.


SUNDAY

Mostly sunny skies with highs ranging from the mid-to-upper 40s at the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the north in the morning, then from the south in the afternoon.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy skies early, becoming mostly cloudy by midnight. Lows ranging from the lower 30s at the higher elevations to the upper 30s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast.



MONDAY

Cloudy skies with highs ranging from the upper 40s at the higher elevations to the mid-50s. 70% chance of rain, mainly in the afternoon or later.

MONDAY NIGHT

Cloudy and rainy with lows ranging from the mid-to-upper 20s at the higher elevations to the lower 30s in the lower elevations. 80% chance of rain.



GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
11:27 pm to 02:22 am

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected.

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

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



GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 02:22 am



MACON CALENDAR

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:13 a.m.
Sunrise 7:40 a.m.
Sun transit 12:44 p.m.
Sunset 5:49 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:16 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 9:15 a.m.
Moon transit 2:46 p.m.
Moonset 8:21 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on January 19, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 6% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on January 16, 2018 at 9:17 p.m. (local standard 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]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 2:50 am on January 20, 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, 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, January 19, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, January 19, 2018





SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS (Data as of 2:50 am)

Macon County Schools

Nantahala District is on a two-hour delay, no buses on icy roads. For more info, see the Facebook post at [LINK]
Franklin District is on a two-hour delay. Source [LINK]
Highlands District No word has been posted that Macon Media can find.

Jackson County Schools are closed, optional workday. Source [LINK]


LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will build over the region today before gradually moving offshore over the weekend. Temperatures will rapidly increase to above normal values. Another cold front arriving from the west will bring precipitation to the region early next week, with drying following through mid-week.



WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for January 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 70°F in Franklin in 1974
Lowest Temperature -7°F in Highlands in 1994
Greatest Rainfall 2.80 inches in Franklin in 1876
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.6 inches in Highlands in 1998


Record weather events for January in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Jan 28, 1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Nantahala on Jan 23, 1971
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Franklin on Jan 21, 1877



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Wind chills in the morning will be in the teens in the lower elevations. Skies will be sunny with highs reaching the lower 40s at the higher elevations and the upper 40s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph from the northwest at the higher elevations, 3 to 5 mph in the lower elevations with gusts reaching the 10 to 15 mph range at times.

TONIGHT

Clear skies with lows dropping to the upper teens at the higher elevations and the mid-20s in the lower elevations. Wind 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.



SATURDAY Can we call the lower 50s a heat wave?

Sunny skies with highs reaching the mid-to-upper 40s at the higher elevations and the lower 50s in the lower elevations.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy skies with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s at the higher elevations and the mid-30s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the north.



SUNDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the upper 40s at the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy skies with increasing clouds to be mostly cloudy by around midnight or so. Lows in the lower 30s at the higher elevations to the upper 30s in the lower elevations.



GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
12:57 am to 4:07 am UTC

HAZARDS

Black ice is expected to make driving hazardous on secondary roads this morning.

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 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 02:17 am



MACON CALENDAR

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:13 a.m.
Sunrise 7:40 a.m.
Sun transit 12:44 p.m.
Sunset 5:49 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:16 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 9:15 a.m.
Moon transit 2:46 p.m.
Moonset 8:21 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on January 19, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 6% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on January 16, 2018 at 9:17 p.m. (local standard 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]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 2:50 am on January 19, 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, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Macon New Beginnings 2017 Recap

PRESS RELEASE
Macon New Beginnings January 18, 2018




A recap of 2017 from Macon New Beginnings

The generosity and caring of our partner churches, businesses, government organizations, and individuals in 2017 blessed Macon New Beginnings and enabled it to serve the Macon homeless, nearly homeless, and those less fortunate. Macon New Beginnings volunteers have witnessed God’s love and miracles first hand.

In 2017, Macon New Beginnings served 230 (a 15% increase over 2016) men, women, and 94 children via our programs: Prevention - 195; Crisis shelter – 35. Macon New Beginnings’ Thursday night hot meal program, Serving Spoon, served over 2,156 meals.

Macon New Beginnings volunteers gave over $39,850 worth of their time and answered over 1,167 phone calls.

If you are interested in helping the homeless, nearly homeless and less fortunate join us in being God’s hands and feet. For more information call 828-202-3103, visit www.maconnewbeginnings.org, and like us on Facebook. [LINK]


Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, January 18, 2018





SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS



Macon County Schools

Nantahala District is closed, optional workday
Franklin District is closed, optional workday
Highlands District is on a two-hour delay, no buses on icy roads. See more info at https://www.facebook.com/300134443335787/photos/a.375827779099786.107388.300134443335787/2011847088831172/

Jackson County Schools are closed, optional workday


LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will overspread the region and drift offshore by early Saturday, with temperatures increasing to above average through the weekend. Another cold front will bring precipitation to the area early next week.



WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for January 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 71°F in Franklin in 1974
Lowest Temperature 0°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1977
Greatest Rainfall 3.10 inches in Highlands in 1926
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 8.0 inches in Highlands in 1893


Record weather events for January in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Jan 28, 1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Nantahala on Jan 23, 1971
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Franklin on Jan 21, 1877



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Dangerous Wind Chills in the Morning and Cold Wave Ends

Wind chills will start out near zero this morning. Skies will be sunny with highs ranging from the lower 30s at the higher elevations to the upper 30s in the lower elevations. Wind chills will make it feel 5 or so degrees colder. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest.



TONIGHT

Clear skies with lows ranging from the mid-teens at the higher elevations to around 20 in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.



FRIDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the lower 40s at the higher elevations to the upper 40s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the west.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Clear skies with lows ranging from the lower 20s at the higher elevations to the upper 20s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northwest



SATURDAY

Sunny skies with highs ranging from the upper 40s at the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear skies with lows ranging from the upper 20s at the higher elevations to the mid-30s in the lower elevations.



GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
12:27 am to 2:22 am

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is expected today. A dusting of snow to a couple of inches has fallen across the county overnight, making areas roads slick. The NCDOT has been out treating the main roads and will begin to work the secondary and tertiary roads once those are clear. Temperatures are likely to remain below freezing for much of the county until around noon tomorrow.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook regarding today and tomorrow. It is posted below for your convenience:

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..TODAY...Dangerous wind chill likely. Black ice likely. With temperatures below freezing early Thursday morning, any residual water on roadways and elevated surfaces will likely refreeze, affecting travel conditions for the commute this morning. Dangerously cold wind chill values will continue early in the morning.


***Wind Chill Advisory***
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
937 PM EST Wed Jan 17 2018

...BLACK ICE AND LOW WIND CHILLS EXPECTED ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE WESTERN CAROLINAS AND NORTHEAST GEORGIA...



...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST THURSDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EST THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Very cold wind chills expected above 3500 feet, including during the morning commute on Thursday. Above 3500 feet, expect wind chills to range from 0 to 10 below zero. Black ice will create hazardous driving conditions.

* WHERE...Northern Jackson and Macon Counties.

* WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 11 AM EST Thursday. For the Wind Chill Advisory, until 7 AM EST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Any meltwater will quickly refreeze, resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for Black Ice means that refreezing of roads will occur...resulting in the development of widespread black ice. Be prepared for very slippery roadways. Some roads that appear clear may be covered by a thin layer of ice.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

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

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 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Precipitation)
Image Produced at 03:37 am



MACON CALENDAR

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:13 a.m.
Sunrise 7:41 a.m.
Sun transit 12:44 p.m.
Sunset 5:48 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:15 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 8:38 a.m.
Moon transit 2:00 p.m.
Moonset 7:25 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on January 18, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 2% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on January 16, 2018 at 9:17 p.m. (local standard 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]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:10 am on January 18, 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, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, January 17, 2018




LOCAL NEWS

As of 4 am, here are the school listings:

Macon County Schools - Nantahala District are closed with an optional teacher workday
Macon County Schools - Highlands District are on a one hour delay with no buses on icy roads

I expect the decision for the Franklin district to be made sometime after 5 am.

**5:07 am** Macon County School - Franklin district are closed.

Jackson County Schools are closed with an optional teachers workday
Graham County Schools are closed with an optional teachers workday
Swain County Schools are closed with an optional teachers workday


The North Carolina Public Utilities Commission held a public hearing last night on a request for a rate increase by Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC. Video of the hearing has been added to the blog. [LINK]


LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will cross the area tonight. This front will usher in a quick shot of cold air, with snow likely across the forecast area later tonight into early Wednesday. High pressure will slide off the East Coast by Friday, allowing a warming trend for the end of the week.



WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for January 17th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 72°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Franklin in 1982
Greatest Rainfall 3.00 inches in Highlands in 2006
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Franklin in 1985


Record weather events for January in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Jan 28, 1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Nantahala on Jan 23, 1971
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Franklin on Jan 21, 1877



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Cold Wave and Dangerous Wind Chills

Mostly cloudy with decreasing cloud cover, becoming mostly clear by the end of the day. Highs will range from the mid-to-upper teens at the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 15 mph out of the northwest, gusting into the 20 to 30 mph range. Wind speeds will be peaking between 2 pm and 6 pm. New snow accumulation less than an inch expected. Wind chill values will start out in the single digits in the morning and only reach the teens in the afternoon in the lower elevation.



TONIGHT Cold Wave

Clear skies with lows ranging from near zero at the higher elevations to around 10 in the lower elevations. Wind chills may be up to 5 degrees or so colder, Winds will be out 5 to 10 mph of the northwest.



THURSDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the mid-30s at the higher elevations to the low to mid-40s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northwest before noon, then becoming light and variable. Relative humidity values wil drop below 30% in the afternoon hours, so please be careful about outdoor burning.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Clear skies with lows ranging from the mid-teens at the higher elevations to near 20 in the lower elevations. Light winds out of the northwest.



FRIDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the mid-40s at the higher elevations to near 50 in the lower elevations.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows ranging from the upper teens at the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations.



GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
12:52 am to 3:47 am

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is expected today. A dusting of snow to a couple of inches has fallen across the county overnight, making areas roads slick. The NCDOT has been out treating the main roads and will begin to work the secondary and tertiary roads once those are clear. Temperatures are likely to remain below freezing for much of the county until around noon tomorrow.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook regarding today and tomorrow. It is posted below for your convenience:

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..TODAY...Winter weather likely. See Winter Weather Advisory posted below for more information.

..THURSDAY...Black ice possible. With temperatures below freezing early Thursday morning, any residual water on roadways and elevated surfaces will likely refreeze, affecting travel conditions for Thursday`s morning commute.

***Winter Weather Advisory***
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
948 PM EST Tue Jan 16 2018

...SNOW AND BLACK ICE EXPECTED ACROSS PARTS OF THE WESTERN CAROLINAS AND NORTHEAST GEORGIA TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING...

.A strong cold front will cross the region through tonight. A band of mainly light precipitation and quickly falling temperatures will accompany the front as it passes. Although the precipitation begin as rain in many areas, it should quickly mix with and change to light snow. In addition to the snow accumulations, quickly falling temperatures may allow the snow to stick, and/or any water on untreated roads to quickly freeze, resulting in numerous travel problems early Wednesday, including during the morning rush. The snow should end from west to east by Wednesday afternoon, although cold temperatures continuing through the day are expected to result in only gradual improvement to road conditions.


...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Snow occurring and black ice likely. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected.

* WHERE...The mountains of northeast Georgia and western North Carolina.

* WHEN...Until 10 AM EST Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...While many locations in the lower valleys may see less than an inch of snow accumulation, very cold temperatures surging into the area will result in residual moisture rapidly freezing on roads and other surfaces. High temperatures will be well below freezing tomorrow, so any improvement in road conditions will be slow. Cold wind chills as low as 10 below zero will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin tonight through tomorrow.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

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

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 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 03:52 am



MACON CALENDAR

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:13 a.m.
Sunrise 7:41 a.m.
Sun transit 12:44 p.m.
Sunset 5:47 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:14 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 7:58 a.m.
Moon transit 1:13 p.m.
Moonset 6:30 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on January 17, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 0% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on January 16, 2018 at 9:17 p.m. (local standard 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]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:13 am on January 17, 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, 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.