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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Trooper Fatally Shot While Conducting Traffic Stop

PRESS RELEASE 
NC DEPT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
October 17,2018


At approximately 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17, a state trooper stopped a white GMC pickup truck for a speeding violation on US 701 near Sellers Town Rd in Columbus County. The driver of the pickup pulled over onto the shoulder and the trooper made his initial approach. The driver of the pickup then fired several shots, striking the trooper.

After assaulting the trooper, the driver fled the scene, traveling into Fair Bluff. Local police attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver fled, initiating a brief pursuit. The driver of the pickup then fled on foot after his vehicle became disabled while attempting to cross over a railroad crossing. After an extensive search, authorities located the driver and placed him in custody without incident. He was transported to the Columbus County Jail by investigators.


The trooper has been identified as Kevin K. Conner, an 11-year veteran, assigned to Troop B, District 5 (Columbus County). Trooper Conner succumbed to his injuries after being transported to a local hospital.

“The Highway Patrol family is mourning the loss of a hero and will forever be changed by the tragic events that have occurred”, said Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “We ask everyone to please keep Trooper Conner’s family and all who knew him in your thoughts and prayers.”

“We extend our deepest sympathy to Trooper Conner’s family”, said Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks. “Trooper Conner was killed while protecting and serving his community. We mourn our loss and will continue to support his family. We are grateful for his service and honor the men and women who serve in harm’s way, each and every day.”

The suspect will be identified in a forthcoming release. Charges are pending a further investigation.

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Early Voting Begins Today



Early Voting Begins Today

Early Voting for the General Election begins today, Wednesday, October 17th. The hours will be Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 7:00pm and on Saturdays (Oct 20th, 27th, and Nov 3rd) from 
8:00am to1:00pm

Access to the Macon County Courthouse when it is closed will be by the back door of the building, where curbside voting will also be available. If no one is at the back door, please call (828) 349-2034 and someone will be out to assist you in voting from the curb.

SAMPLE BALLOT




Macon County has two One-Stop locations. They are, as follows:

1. The Board of Elections Office Macon County Courthouse, first floor, Room 127B. The street address is 5 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734

2. The Highlands Civic Center located at 600 N. 4th Street, Highlands, NC 28741

Early Voting will also be available on the last Saturday, November 3rd, from  8:00am-1:00pm.

The Voter registration deadline for voting on November 6th (election day) was Friday, October 12th. However, you can still register and vote on the same day during early voting.

The last day to request an Absentee ballot by mail October 30th, 2018

Same-Day Registration in North Carolina

You can register to vote and cast a ballot at an early voting site in your county using same-day registration.

With same-day registration, you can fill out a voter registration form, show an identifying document and vote at an early voting site when it is open (not on Election Day).

The identifying document must be one of these:

• a NC driver’s license
• photo ID from a government agency
• student photo ID with a school document showing the student’s address
• or a utility bill, bank statement, payroll stub, or document from any government agency with your name and current address.

Requirements to register to vote in North Carolina

You can register to vote if:

•you are a U.S. citizen
•you have resided at your address for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election
•you are at least 18 years old or will be at the time of the next general election, or you are at least 16 years old and understand that you must be at least 18 years old on Election Day of the general election in order to vote
•you are not serving a sentence for a felony conviction (including probation or on parole). If previously convicted of a felony, citizenship and voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of the sentence. No special document is needed.
•Upon registering, you must rescind any previous registration in another county or state.

Learn more about registering to vote in North Carolina [LINK]



NOTICE TO VOTERS WITH NO ACCEPTABLE ID UNDER THE HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT (HAVA)


Requirements for Certain First-time Voters

Under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), individuals who have registered to vote and have not previously voted in an election and have not provided verifiable ID, must show one of the following types of ID to an election official the first time they present to vote. (NCGS § 163-166.12)

As a first-time voter, if you cannot show one of the forms of acceptable ID, then you may still vote by casting a provisional ballot. You will then need to send or bring one of the forms of ID noted above to your county board of elections no later than the close of business of the ninth day after election day in order for your ballot to count.

What is a Current Document?

To be current, the document must be the most recent version or at least dated within three (3) months of the date it is presented to an election official. Copies of acceptable documents are permissible. The original is not required. It is also permissible for a voter to present an electronic or online version of a document, as long as the document is obtained from the original source (e.g., e-Bills from utility companies, electronic bank statements, electronic earnings statement from employer, etc.) and shows his or her current name and address.


Current Photo Identification

•NC driver license or NC identification card
•U.S. Military ID
•U.S. Passport
•Other government-issued photo ID
•Student photo ID
•Certified Naturalization Document


Current Name & Address Document

•Utility bill: telephone; mobile phone; electric or gas; cable television; water or sewage
•Bank statement or bank-issued credit card statement
•Government paycheck, invoice, letter, or any other document from a local, state, or U.S. government agency
•Property tax bill
•License to hunt, fish, own a gun, etc.
•Automotive registration
•Public housing or Social Service Agency document
•Paycheck or paycheck stub from an employer or a W-2 statement
•Birth certificate


Published at 6:00 am on Wednesday, October 17, 2018





Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, October 17, 2018




OUTLOOK

A slowly-moving cold front will gradually drift southeast of the region today. Dry high pressure will return for Thursday and Friday. Another cold front will bring moisture back to the area for Saturday before much cooler and drier air arrives on Sunday and lingers through Monday. Isolated areas of frost may be possible early next week.


Franklin Future Farmers of America Bake Sale

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


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Record Weather Events for October 17th

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

Highest Temperature 81°F in Franklin in 1953
Lowest Temperature 20°F in Highlands in 1978
Greatest Rainfall 7.50 inches in Highlands in 1879

The excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Six of the 1879 Hurricane Season.
This was before storms were named.


Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

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

An expanded almanac is available that covers record weather events, climate averages, and an astronomy section. [LINK] http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/almanac-for-october-13-2018.html


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

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

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





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FRANKLIN AREA

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 70. North northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Light north wind.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 66. Calm wind.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Calm wind.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.



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OTTO AREA

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 70. North wind 5 to 8 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 42. North northwest wind around 7 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 65. Light and variable wind.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Calm wind.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.



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HIGHLANDS AREA

Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 63. Northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 42. North northwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 56. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Light east southeast wind.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.



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NANTAHALA AREA

Today

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 64. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 40. North northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 59. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. Southeast wind 3 to 6 mph.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:27 pm last night to 1:22 am this morning

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

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


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today. Patchy frost will be possible in some sheltered mountain locations around daybreak on Thursday and Friday mornings. Patchy frost may develop again behind a stronger cold front Sunday morning, but a more widespread frost and freeze is most likely on Sunday night into early Monday morning.

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


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

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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
11:32 pm last night to 1:27 am this morning

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


TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Oct 17 2018

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

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




MACON CALENDAR

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

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

Giles for Sheriff Meet and Greets

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

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

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

REACH Poetry Night

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

REACH Purple Purse Challenge


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

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

Thank you for your time and support!

Visit REACH of Macon County online at the following locations:

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

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

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

REACH 24/7 Hotline:

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


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

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

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:16 a.m.
Sunrise 7:41 a.m.
Sun transit 1:19 p.m.
Sunset 6:56 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:21 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 12:53 a.m.
Moonrise 3:18 p.m.
Moon transit 8:31 p.m.
Moonset 1:47 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on October 17, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 59% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on October 16, 2018 at 2:02 p.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

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

1:45 am on October 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, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Almanac for October 17, 2018





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


Weather Averages for September in and around Macon County



Franklin Highlands Andrews Clayton Cullowhee Bryson

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



Today in Weather History

1998: During the weekend of October 17-18, 1998, torrential rains fell over south and southeast Texas. Up to 22 inches of rain fell which first resulted in deadly flash flooding from San Antonio to Austin followed by record-breaking river floods along several South Texas rivers the following week. Based on provisional data from the USGS, which is subject to revision, the flood peak for this event was the highest known peak stage at 15 locations. Tragically, a total of 31 people died during the event (26 drownings, two tornado deaths, two heart attacks, and one electrocution/drowning). At least 17 of the drowning victims were in vehicles which were either driven into water or were swept away by rapidly rising water. Preliminary property damage estimates approached three-quarters of a billion dollars.

NWS PDF [LINK]

USGS [LINK]

Flood Safety [LINK]





Record Weather Events for October 17th

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

Highest Temperature 81°F in Franklin in 1953
Lowest Temperature 20°F in Highlands in 1978
Greatest Rainfall 7.50 inches in Highlands in 1879

The excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Six of the 1879 Hurricane Season.
This was before storms were named.

Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

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


Record Weather Events for October 17th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 95°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County in 1925
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Marshall, Madison County in 1919
Greatest Rainfall 7.50 inches in Highlands, Macon County in 1879
Greatest Snowfall 4.0 inches in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1977

The excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Six of the 1879 Hurricane Season.
This was before storms were named.


Record Weather Events for October in North Carolina

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


Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:16 a.m.
Sunrise 7:41 a.m.
Sun transit 1:19 p.m.
Sunset 6:56 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:21 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 12:53 a.m.
Moonrise 3:18 p.m.
Moon transit 8:31 p.m.
Moonset 1:47 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on October 17, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 59% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on October 16, 2018 at 2:02 p.m. (local daylight time)


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

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

Published at 1:01 am on October 17, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconAlmanac


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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

WNC Mountain Moral Monday Event Held in Franklin


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

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

PROGRAM

Music was provided by Geoff McBride.


Speakers included 


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

DAY SPONSOR

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

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

For more information online, please visit the following:

Facebook: [LINK]

Website: [LINK]


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

Giles for Sheriff Meet and Greets

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







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



See more from Mountain Stream TV [LINK]


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

Published at 4:20 am on October 16, 2018

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Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, October 16, 2018




WNC Mountain Moral Monday Held in Franklin


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

OUTLOOK

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

DAY SPONSOR

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

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

For more information online, please visit the following:

Facebook: [LINK]

Website: [LINK]


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

Giles for Sheriff Meet and Greets

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


Franklin Future Farmers of America Bake Sale

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


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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



Record Weather Events for October 16th

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

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


Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

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

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


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

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

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





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FRANKLIN AREA

Today

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

Tonight

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

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

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

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 60s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s.



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OTTO AREA

Today

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

Tonight

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

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

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

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 65.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s.



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HIGHLANDS AREA

Today

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

Tonight

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

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

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

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 40.



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NANTAHALA AREA

Today

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

Tonight

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

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

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

Thursday

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

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows near the lower 40s.



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

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

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


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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


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

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


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

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


TROPICAL OUTLOOK

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

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

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

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




MACON CALENDAR

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There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

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

Giles for Sheriff Meet and Greets

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

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

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

REACH Poetry Night

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

REACH Purple Purse Challenge


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

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

Thank you for your time and support!

Visit REACH of Macon County online at the following locations:

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

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

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

REACH 24/7 Hotline:

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


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

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

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

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


Moon

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


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


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


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


Become a Patron!

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

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

3:35 am on October 16, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Almanac for October 16, 2018





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


Weather Averages for September in and around Macon County



Franklin Highlands Andrews Clayton Cullowhee Bryson

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



Today in Weather History

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

Wikipedia [LINK]


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

CBS News [LINK]


DAY SPONSOR

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

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

For more information online, please visit the following:

Facebook: [LINK]

Website: [LINK]


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

Giles for Sheriff Meet and Greets

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




Record Weather Events for October 16th

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

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


Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

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


Record Weather Events for October 16th in North Carolina

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

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


Record Weather Events for October in North Carolina

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


Sun and Moon


Sun

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


Moon

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


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


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Become a Patron!

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

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

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

Published at 3:00 am on October 16, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconAlmanac


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

Monday, October 15, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, October 15, 2018




OUTLOOK

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

DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting Macon Media for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

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

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


Franklin Future Farmers of America Bake Sale

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


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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



Record Weather Events for October 15th

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

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


Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

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

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


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

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

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





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FRANKLIN AREA

Today

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

Tonight

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

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.



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OTTO AREA

Today

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

Tonight

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

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.



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HIGHLANDS AREA

Today

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

Tonight

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

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.



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NANTAHALA AREA

Today

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

Tonight

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

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.


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

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

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


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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


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

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



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

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


TROPICAL OUTLOOK

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

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

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

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




MACON CALENDAR

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

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

Giles for Sheriff Meet and Greets

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

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

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

REACH Poetry Night

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

REACH Purple Purse Challenge


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

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

Thank you for your time and support!

Visit REACH of Macon County online at the following locations:

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

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

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

REACH 24/7 Hotline:

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


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

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

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

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


Moon

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


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


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


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


Become a Patron!

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

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

2:20 am on October 15, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.