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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, February 22, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Warm and moist conditions will continue into the upcoming weekend until a cold front moves into the region on Sunday. Showery conditions are likely Sunday into Monday before dry high pressure builds in on Tuesday.

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 February 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 73°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1986
Lowest Temperature -2°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1963
Greatest Rainfall 2.88 inches in Highlands 1974
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Nantahala in 1960

Record weather events for February in Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912



THREE DAY OUTLOOK


TODAY

Mostly cloudy skies with highs ranging from the upper 60s at the higher elevations to the mid-70s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the south. Slight chance of light showers today.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy skies with lows ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevation to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. Light winds out of the south. Slight chance of showers. Increased chance of thunderstorms, mainly between 7 pm and 10 pm.



FRIDAY

Partly sunny skies with highs ranging from the mid-60s at the higher elevations to near 70 in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph from the south. 30% chance of rain, mainly after 11 am. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the lower 50s to the mid-50s and calm winds. 30% chance of rain.



SATURDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the upper 60s at the higher elevations to near 70 in the lower elevations. 40% chance of rain.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Cloudy with lows in the mid-40s and a 40% chance of rain.




GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
11:32 pm to 2:42 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 (Precipitation)
Image produced at 2:47 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.



FUNDRAISER FOR ROBOTICS GROUP

Fundraiser for Macon County STEM's First Robotics group, on Sunday, Feb 25th 1pm - 5pm at The Rathskeller Coffee Haus in Franklin. For a recommended minimum donation of $5, come enjoy an afternoon of board games (old favorites and new!), with snacks available for purchase and prize giveaways. A fun way to support the students of FHS and MEC in the "Makin' Bots" group, who will be traveling to competitions next month with their robot!

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY FUNDRAISER FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH

Fundraiser for Friends of the Greenway--an indoor flea market will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in February and March at FROG Quarters, 573 East Main St in Franklin (next to the new bridge).

If you’re interested in participating, please call 369-8488 for details and registration. Only registration fee will go to FROG, but donations are always appreciated. Funds will benefit the following projects: Butterfly Garden, Educational Signs on the Trail, Splash Pad Renovation, Chimney Swift Tower, and FROG Quarters meeting place. If your shopping, enter at Mainspring Conservation Trust drive and circle around behind the buildings.




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 6:46 a.m.
Sunrise 7:12 a.m.
Sun transit 12:47 p.m.
Sunset 6:23 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:48 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 12:13 a.m.
Moonrise 11:21 a.m.
Moon transit 6:16 p.m.
Moonset 1:17 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on February 22, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 43% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on February 23, 2018 at 3:09 a.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 3:00 am on February 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. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, February 21, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure off the East Coast will provide a warm and moist southerly flow of air throughout the week as a cold front stalls and lingers west of the mountains. This front is not expected to pass through the region until Sunday.

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 February 21st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 75°F in Franklin in 1986
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Highlands in 1896
Greatest Rainfall 3.81 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station 1953
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.5 inches in Highlands in 1960

Record weather events for February in Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Light scattered rain showers

Areas of patchy dense fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy skies with highs ranging from the mid-60s at the higher elevations to near 70 in the lower elevations. Calm winds in the morning, then winds from the south in the afternoon. 30% chance of scattered showers. Rainfall amounts of less than a quarter of an inch expected in most locations. Areas with southern facing slopes may receive between a quarter to a half inch or more of rain, especially in the Standing Indian and Highland Plateau areas. These conditions will persist into the weekend.

TONIGHT

Areas of patchy dense fog is expected to develop overnight. Cloudy skies with lows ranging from the mid-50s at the higher elevations to the upper 50s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast. 50% chance of light showers with rainfall amounts ranging from a tenth of an inch up to half an inch in slopes that face the south and southeast, mainly in the southernmost section of the county.



THURSDAY

Areas of patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy skies with highs ranging from the upper 60s at the higher elevations to the lower 70s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southwest between 5 and 10 mph. 50% chance of light rain showers. Increased chance of thunderstorms between 9 am and 6 pm. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, with more in locations that experience thunderstorms.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the low-to-mid 50s at the higher elevations to the upper 50s in the lower elevations. Winds are expected to be calm. 30% chance of showers.

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FRIDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the upper 60s at the higher elevations to the lower 70s in the lower elevations. 30% chance of showers, with the greatest opportunity in the afternoon hours.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the low-to-mid 50s at the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. 30% chance of showers.





GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
11:07 pm to 2:37 am



HAZARDS

Areas of dense fog is expected this morning. Please turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you and increase your following distance so there is less chance of a nasty surprise if the vehicle in front of you has to unexpectedly brake.

Keep the following safety tips in mind:


•Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
•Make your vehicle visible to others both ahead of you and behind you by using your low-beam headlights since this means your taillights will also be on. Use fog lights if you have them.
•Never use your high-beam lights. Using high beam lights causes glare, making it more difficult for you to see what’s ahead of you on the road.
•Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to account for sudden stops or changes in the traffic pattern.
•To ensure you are staying in the proper lane, follow the lines on the road with your eyes.
•In extremely dense fog where visibility is near zero, the best course of action is to first turn on your hazard lights, then simply pull into a safe location such as a parking lot of a local business and stop.
•If there is no parking lot or driveway to pull into, pull your vehicle off to the side of the road as far as possible. Once you come to a stop, turn off all lights except your hazard flashing lights, set the emergency brake, and take your foot off of the brake pedal to be sure the tail lights are not illuminated so that other drivers don't mistakenly run into you.


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)
2:37 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.



FUNDRAISER FOR ROBOTICS GROUP

Fundraiser for Macon County STEM's First Robotics group, on Sunday, Feb 25th 1pm - 5pm at The Rathskeller Coffee Haus in Franklin. For a recommended minimum donation of $5, come enjoy an afternoon of board games (old favorites and new!), with snacks available for purchase and prize giveaways. A fun way to support the students of FHS and MEC in the "Makin' Bots" group, who will be traveling to competitions next month with their robot!

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY FUNDRAISER FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH

Fundraiser for Friends of the Greenway--an indoor flea market will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in February and March at FROG Quarters, 573 East Main St in Franklin (next to the new bridge).

If you’re interested in participating, please call 369-8488 for details and registration. Only registration fee will go to FROG, but donations are always appreciated. Funds will benefit the following projects: Butterfly Garden, Educational Signs on the Trail, Splash Pad Renovation, Chimney Swift Tower, and FROG Quarters meeting place. If your shopping, enter at Mainspring Conservation Trust drive and circle around behind the buildings.




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 6:47 a.m.
Sunrise 7:13 a.m.
Sun transit 12:47 p.m.
Sunset 6:22 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:48 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 10:42 a.m.
Moon transit 5:24 p.m.
Moonset 12:13 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on February 21, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 32% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on February 23, 2018 at 3:09 a.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 3:15 am on February 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. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, February 20, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure off the East Coast will provide a warm, moist southerly flow through the middle of the week. Another cold front will descend from Tennessee by Thursday. This front will stall out and linger just north of our area next weekend. Chances for rain and well above average temperatures will remain through the weekend.

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 February 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 77°F in Franklin in 1994
Lowest Temperature -6°F in Highlands in 2015
Greatest Rainfall 3.14 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station 1954
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 0.6 inches in Highlands in 1940

Record weather events for February in Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Areas of fog, dense in some locations, this morning. Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the lower 60s at the higher elevations to the mid-60s in the higher elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast. 20% chance of rain at 6 am and 30% chance of rain at 6 pm. Scattered areas of drizzle or light is possible.

TONIGHT

Areas of patchy fog, dense in some locations, is expected to develop, mainly after 11 pm. Mostly cloudy skies with lows ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 50s in the lower elevations. 60% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.



WEDNESDAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy skies with highs ranging from the mid-60s at the higher elevation to near 70 in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south. 70% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected. Increased chance of thunderstorms, mainly between 10 am and 5 pm.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Cloudy skies with lows ranging from the mid-50s at the higher elevation to the upper 50s in the lower elevations. Light winds out of the south. 60% chance of rain.



THURSDAY

Mostly cloudy skies with highs ranging from the mid-to-upper 60s at the higher elevations to the lower 70s in the lower elevations. 60% chance of rain, mainly before 10 am.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy skies with lows ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. 40% chance of rain.




GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
11:32 pm to 02:42 am



HAZARDS

Areas of dense fog are expected this morning. Please turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you and increase your following distance so there is less chance of a nasty surprise if the vehicle in front of you has to unexpectedly brake.

Keep the following safety tips in mind when driving in fog:


•Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
•Make your vehicle visible to others both ahead of you and behind you by using your low-beam headlights since this means your taillights will also be on. Use fog lights if you have them.
•Never use your high-beam lights. Using high beam lights causes glare, making it more difficult for you to see what’s ahead of you on the road.
•Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to account for sudden stops or changes in the traffic pattern.
•To ensure you are staying in the proper lane, follow the lines on the road with your eyes.
•In extremely dense fog where visibility is near zero, the best course of action is to first turn on your hazard lights, then simply pull into a safe location such as a parking lot of a local business and stop.
•If there is no parking lot or driveway to pull into, pull your vehicle off to the side of the road as far as possible. Once you come to a stop, turn off all lights except your hazard flashing lights, set the emergency brake, and take your foot off of the brake pedal to be sure the tail lights are not illuminated so that other drivers don't mistakenly run into you.


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 2:42 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.



FUNDRAISER FOR ROBOTICS GROUP

Fundraiser for Macon County STEM's First Robotics group, on Sunday, Feb 25th 1pm - 5pm at The Rathskeller Coffee Haus in Franklin. For a recommended minimum donation of $5, come enjoy an afternoon of board games (old favorites and new!), with snacks available for purchase and prize giveaways. A fun way to support the students of FHS and MEC in the "Makin' Bots" group, who will be traveling to competitions next month with their robot!

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY FUNDRAISER FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH

Fundraiser for Friends of the Greenway--an indoor flea market will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in February and March at FROG Quarters, 573 East Main St in Franklin (next to the new bridge).

If you’re interested in participating, please call 369-8488 for details and registration. Only registration fee will go to FROG, but donations are always appreciated. Funds will benefit the following projects: Butterfly Garden, Educational Signs on the Trail, Splash Pad Renovation, Chimney Swift Tower, and FROG Quarters meeting place. If your shopping, enter at Mainspring Conservation Trust drive and circle around behind the buildings.




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 6:48 a.m.
Sunrise 7:14 a.m.
Sun transit 12:47 p.m.
Sunset 6:21 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:47 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 10:05 a.m.
Moon transit 4:34 p.m.
Moonset 11:10 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on February 20, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 23% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on February 23, 2018 at 3:09 a.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 3:00 am on February 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. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Washington's Birthday, 2018





WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY


The third Monday in February is set aside to honor George Washington, our first President. Learn more about him at the Mount Vernon website. [LINK]

Here are a couple of videos about his life.

Short biography for those with little patience



Longer biography for those with more patience



Izzie is Still Missing



Izzie's humans are still looking for her.

Have you seen Izzie?

She is a brown and white Cavalier King Charles, 8 years old. Lost from Blueberry lane, off Lickskillet and Highlands Rd, on Jan 30. Last seen Feb 1 up Corundum Hill Rd. Tracking dog scented her along Highlands Rd between Lickskillet and Peeks Creek. She has been near roads, not off in the woods. Orange Collar with ID and phone number. She doesn't like rain, so, on rainy days, she will probably take cover. Please look in any sheltered areas around your own home, as well as any unoccupied homes near you. She is very timid, so approach slowly and gently. Call Tracy or George at 828-318-2873.


Facebook Links [LINK 1] [LINK 2]



LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure off the East Coast will provide a southerly flow of air going into midweek with temperatures climbing well above normal. Another cold front arrives from Tennessee by Thursday. This front will stall out and linger just north of our area next weekend. Chances for rain remain in the forecast each day.


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 February 19th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 72°F in Franklin in 1890
Lowest Temperature -6°F in Highlands in 2015
Greatest Rainfall 2.10 inches in Nantahala 1940
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Franklin in 1979

Record weather events for February in Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

{Patchy fog before noon. Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the mid-50s at the higher elevations to near 60 in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast. 40% chance of rain, with the greatest chance before 2 pm. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

TONIGHT

Areas of fog developing overnight. Mostly cloudy skies with lows ranging from the mid-40s at the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations. Light winds out of the southeast. 20% chance of rain.



TUESDAY

Patchy fog in the morning and mostly cloudy skies. Highs ranging from the low-to-mid 60s at the higher elevations to the upper 60s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast. 20% chance of rain.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to the upper 50s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast. 20% chance of rain at 6 pm, 40% chance of rain at midnight, then 70% chance of rain at 6 am.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the mid-60s at the higher elevations to near 70 in the lower elevations. 70% chance of rain.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Cloudy with lows ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to the upper 50s in the lower elevations. 60% chance of rain.



GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
[Telemetry from GOES-16 not available at this time]



HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today in Macon County.

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)
[Telemetry from GOES-16 not available at this time]



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.



FUNDRAISER FOR ROBOTICS GROUP

Fundraiser for Macon County STEM's First Robotics group, on Sunday, Feb 25th 1pm - 5pm at The Rathskeller Coffee Haus in Franklin. For a recommended minimum donation of $5, come enjoy an afternoon of board games (old favorites and new!), with snacks available for purchase and prize giveaways. A fun way to support the students of FHS and MEC in the "Makin' Bots" group, who will be traveling to competitions next month with their robot!

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY FUNDRAISER FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH

Fundraiser for Friends of the Greenway--an indoor flea market will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in February and March at FROG Quarters, 573 East Main St in Franklin (next to the new bridge).

If you’re interested in participating, please call 369-8488 for details and registration. Only the registration fee will go to FROG, but donations are always appreciated. Funds will benefit the following projects: Butterfly Garden, Educational Signs on the Trail, Splash Pad Renovation, Chimney Swift Tower, and FROG Quarters meeting place. If your shopping, enter at Mainspring Conservation Trust drive and circle around behind the buildings.




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 6:49 a.m.
Sunrise 7:15 a.m.
Sun transit 12:47 p.m.
Sunset 6:20 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:46 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 9:32 a.m.
Moon transit 3:47 p.m.
Moonset 10:09 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on February 19, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 15% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on February 23, 2018 at 3:09 a.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 2:20 am on February 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. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, February 18, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will bring a break from the rain today. Temperatures will climb through the middle of the week as another cold front arrives from Tennessee by Thursday. This front stalls out and lingers just north of our area next weekend. Chances for rain remain in the forecast each day.



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 February 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 73°F in Franklin in 1890
Lowest Temperature -6°F in Highlands in 1900
Greatest Rainfall 2.59 inches in Highlands 1940
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 11.0 inches in Highlands in 1979

Record weather events for February in Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Mostly cloudy early, then clearing between 10 am and 4 pm, then mostly cloudy skies. Highs ranging from the mid-50s at the higher elevations to near 60 in the lower elevations. Calm winds in the morning, then increasing to 5 to 10 mph from the southeast in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Areas of fog developing after midnight. Mostly cloudy skies with increasing chances of rain, with rain mainly falling after midnight. Lows ranging from the lower 40s at the higher elevations to the upper 40s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast calming after midnight. 60% chance of rain, mainly after midnight with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.




WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY

Patchy fog in the morning with mostly cloudy skies for the day. Highs ranging from the low-to-mid 50s at the higher elevations to near 60 in the lower elevations. Wind 5 to 10 mph out of the south. 50% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy skies with lows ranging from the upper 40s at the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the south.



TUESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the lower 60s at the higher elevations to the upper 60s in the lower elevations.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy skies with lows ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to the mid 50s in the lower elevations.




GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
GOES-16 Loop Not Available at this time



HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today in Macon County.

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)
GOES-16 Products Not Available at this time



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.

Uptown Gallery Free Drawing Class February 9th

New Class at the Uptown Gallery – FREE DRAWING CLASS – all levels welcome! Want to learn to draw? The Uptown Gallery is offering a free drawing course led by several of its members beginning Friday, Feb 9th from 11am till 2 pm at the gallery on Main Street. We will be using the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. Please bring #2 pencils, eraser, copy papers or student grade sketchpad to class. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery at (828) 349 – 4607.


FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY FUNDRAISER FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH

Fundraiser for Friends of the Greenway--an indoor flea market will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in February and March at FROG Quarters, 573 East Main St in Franklin (next to the new bridge).

If you’re interested in participating, please call 369-8488 for details and registration. Only registration fee will go to FROG, but donations are always appreciated. Funds will benefit the following projects: Butterfly Garden, Educational Signs on the Trail, Splash Pad Renovation, Chimney Swift Tower, and FROG Quarters meeting place. If your shopping, enter at Mainspring Conservation Trust drive and circle around behind the buildings.




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 6:51 a.m.
Sunrise 7:16 a.m.
Sun transit 12:47 p.m.
Sunset 6:19 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:45 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 8:59 a.m.
Moon transit 3:01 p.m.
Moonset 9:09 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on February 18, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 8% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on February 15, 2018 at 4:05 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 2:25 am on February 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. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, February 17, 2018




Personal Note

Thank you, everyone, for putting up with the absence of the full daily weather briefing for the last ten days while the flu knocked me out of commission. --Bobby

LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cool high pressure to our north today combined with low pressure approaching from the west will make for a cool, wet day. Cool and dry high pressure will give our region one dry day on Sunday. Expect a warm-up through midweek as another cold front arrives from Tennessee by Thursday. This front is expected to move north as a warm front at the end of the week as our temperatures remain well above normal.



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 February 17th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 74°F in Highlands in 1927
Lowest Temperature -9°F in Highlands in 1958
Greatest Rainfall 2.83 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station 1995
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1896

Record weather events for February in Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Afternoon rain likely

Cloudy and rainy. Winds out of the northwest in the morning, then from the southeast in the afternoon. 70% chance of rain, mainly between noon and 9 pm. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch are expected.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog overnight, mostly cloudy and lows ranging from the mid-30s at the higher elevations to the upper 30s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northwest. 70% chance of rain, mainly before midnight with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.




SUNDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the mid-50s at the higher elevations to the lower 60s in the lower elevations. Calm winds early, then 5 to 10 mph from the south in the afternoon. Rain chances increase after 4 pm.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the lower 40s at the higher elevations to the upper 40s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast. 50% chance of rain.


WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY

Cloudy skies with highs ranging from the upper 50s at the higher elevations to the low-to-mid 60s in the lower elevations. 60% chance of rain.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper 40s at the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations.




GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
10:42 pm to 01:52 am



HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today in Macon County.

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 02:02 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.


FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY FUNDRAISER FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH

Fundraiser for Friends of the Greenway--an indoor flea market will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in February and March at FROG Quarters, 573 East Main St in Franklin (next to the new bridge).

If you’re interested in participating, please call 369-8488 for details and registration. Only the registration fee will go to FROG, but donations are always appreciated. Funds will benefit the following projects: Butterfly Garden, Educational Signs on the Trail, Splash Pad Renovation, Chimney Swift Tower, and FROG Quarters meeting place. If your shopping, enter at Mainspring Conservation Trust drive and circle around behind the buildings.

Uptown Gallery Guest Artist Presentation on February 12th

At the Uptown Gallery in Franklin on Monday, February 12th at 1 pm, Lee Perry Bender, silversmith and lapidarist, will be presenting the technique known as water casting. Water casting usually involves big torches and molten silver --best done outside. Lee will be demonstrating a "miniaturized" version using a small butane torch and small amounts of silver. Photographs are of two pendants, one of them features a Tahitian pearl. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. The Macon County Art Association member meeting will follow the presentation. For more information contact the gallery 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 6:52 a.m.
Sunrise 7:17 a.m.
Sun transit 12:47 p.m.
Sunset 6:18 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:44 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 8:26 a.m.
Moon transit 2:15 p.m.
Moonset 8:10 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on February 17, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 3% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on February 15, 2018 at 4:05 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 2:22 am on February 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.