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Friday, July 20, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, July 20, 2018






LOCAL OUTLOOK

Weak high pressure will linger atop the region today. A large upper low will then drop down from the Great Lakes to the Ohio Valley and Southern Appalachians tonight. The low will remain nearly stationary for several days, making our weather unsettled through the middle of next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

Weather Almanac for July 20th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 46°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.58 inches in Nantahala in 1971

Record Weather Events for July (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 2, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


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)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 8am. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. East wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY

Showers likely before 8am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. West northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms. High near 74. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A slight chance of showers between noon and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 78. Light southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog early. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

--------------------------------------



GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:47 pm last night to 2:42 am this morning


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is possible tonight and tomorrow. Strong storms are expected to develop and some of them may pass through 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 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
2:47 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jul 20 2018

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next five 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.


Walk on the Greenway with Friends of the Greenway
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 9:00 am


The Friends of the Greenway invites the community to participate in a "Walk on the Greenway" on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 9:00 AM beginning at Big Bear Shelter on Main Street. George James's walk will cover about a half mile, talking about the environmental positives of the Beaver Pond area, how it has changed over the years, and share information on the many creatures that call this area "home".

George is a long-time member of the Friends of the Greenway and current Chair of the FROG Board. He regularly monitors the trail and specifically the Beaver Pond area. A $5 donation is suggested for this benefit walk. Send an email of your interest in participating in the walk to: frog28734@gmail.com.


Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.



Macon County Schools Announce 2018 Open House and Orientation Schedule

Macon County Schools has announced the open house and orientation schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. The schedule is posted on the blog. [LINK] http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/07/macon-county-schools-announce-2018-open.html


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 6:05 a.m.
Sunrise 6:34 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:46 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:14 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 1:28 a.m.
Moonrise 2:42 p.m.
Moon transit 8:25 p.m.
Moonset 2:02 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on July 20, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 59% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on July 19, 2018 at 3:52 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.

Learn more about becoming a patron of Macon Media at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 3:10 am on July 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, 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.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, July 19, 2018





Walk on the Greenway with Friends of the Greenway
Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 9:00 am


The Friends of the Greenway invites the community to participate in a "Walk on the Greenway" on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 9:00 AM beginning at Big Bear Shelter on Main Street. George James's walk will cover about a half mile, talking about the environmental positives of the Beaver Pond area, how it has changed over the years, and share information on the many creatures that call this area "home".

George is a long-time member of the Friends of the Greenway and current Chair of the FROG Board. He regularly monitors the trail and specifically the Beaver Pond area. A $5 donation is suggested for this benefit walk. Send an email of your interest in participating in the walk to: frog28734@gmail.com.

Macon County Schools Announce 2018 Open House and Orientation Schedule

Macon County Schools has announced the open house and orientation schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. The schedule is posted on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

A weak stationary front will remain just south of the area while high pressure builds down from the north for the latter half of the week. A large upper low is expected to drop down from the Great Lakes to the Ohio Valley and Southern Appalachians starting on Friday night, making our weather unsettled for the weekend. A fairly wet weather pattern will continue through the middle of next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

Weather Almanac for July 19th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 97°F in Franklin in 1986
Lowest Temperature 47°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2009
Greatest Rainfall 3.79 inches in Highlands in 1959

Record Weather Events for July (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 2, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


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)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light east southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY

Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light south southeast wind.

SATURDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 80. Southeast wind 3 to 7 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light east southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. East wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light and variable wind.

SATURDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunders


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. East southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. East wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY

Partly sunny, with a high near 74. East wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

SATURDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 77. South southeast wind around 7 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. East southeast wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. East southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. South wind 3 to 6 mph.

SATURDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

--------------------------------------



GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:42 pm last night to 2:37 am this morning


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 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
2:47 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jul 19 2018

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next five 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.


Walk on the Greenway with Friends of the Greenway
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 9:00 am


The Friends of the Greenway invites the community to participate in a "Walk on the Greenway" on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 9:00 AM beginning at Big Bear Shelter on Main Street. George James's walk will cover about a half mile, talking about the environmental positives of the Beaver Pond area, how it has changed over the years, and share information on the many creatures that call this area "home".

George is a long-time member of the Friends of the Greenway and current Chair of the FROG Board. He regularly monitors the trail and specifically the Beaver Pond area. A $5 donation is suggested for this benefit walk. Send an email of your interest in participating in the walk to: frog28734@gmail.com.


Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.



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 6:04 a.m.
Sunrise 6:33 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:46 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:15 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 12:55 a.m.
Moonrise 1:43 p.m.
Moon transit 7:39 p.m.
Moonset 1:28 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on July 19, 2018: First Quarter at 3:52 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.

Learn more about becoming a patron of Macon Media at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 3:00 am on July 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, 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.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Macon County Schools Announce 2018 Open House and Orientation Schedule


Pictured: Nantahala School



Macon County Schools has announced the open house and orientation schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. The schedule is posted below:

Macon Early College- Thursday, August 9th, 5:30 pm, New Student Orientation

Mountain View Intermediate

Tuesday, August 21st - 3:00-5:00 pm, 5th grade Drop-In

Tuesday, August 21st - 5:00-7:00 pm, 5th Grade Guided Orientation

Wednesday, August 22nd - 3:00-6:00 pm, 6th grade Drop-In

Highlands School- Thursday, August 23rd, 

4:00-6:00 pm, Open House for all students

Cartoogechaye Elementary

Thursday, August 23rd, 
8:00 am-4:00 pm, Open House, Drop-In/Meet & Greet

East Franklin Elementary

Thursday, August 23rd, 
9:00 am-11:00 am and 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm- Open House Drop-In

Nantahala School

Thursday, August 23rd, 
9:00 – 11:00 am and 12:00 – 4:00 pm, Open House and Drop-In

South Macon Elementary

Thursday, August 23rd, 6:00-7:30 pm-Open House/Orientation

Franklin High School

Thursday, August 23rd, 7:00 pm, Freshman Orientation, Fine Arts Center

Iotla Valley Elementary

Thursday, August 23rd, 6:00-7:30 pm-Open House/Orientation

Macon Middle School

Thursday, August 23rd, 
6:00-7:00 pm, 7th grade & New Student Orientation

Union Academy

Thursday, August 16th, 1:00 - 6:30 pm, Open House Drop-In

Individual Student Intake Meetings, August 1-9, 2018. 

Please call Union
Academy at 828-369-1277 to schedule an appointment.


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, more if you can afford it.


Become a Patron!

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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 9:02 am on July 18, 2018


Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, July 18, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A weak surface cool front will slowly cross our area from the northwest and should be along the Carolina coast this morning. High pressure will build down from the north for the latter half of the week. Another cold front will approach from the west, increasing rain chances for 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:
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.

Weather Almanac for July 18th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 97°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1980
Lowest Temperature 47°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.13 inches in Highlands in 1974

Record Weather Events for July (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 2, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


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)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Light north northwest wind.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Light north wind.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 5am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

FRIDAY

Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

FRIDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Light and variable wind.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Calm wind.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. East northeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Light east wind.

FRIDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

FRIDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. East northeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. East northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.

THURSDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. East southeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

FRIDAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

FRIDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. North wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. East southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly near midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.

FRIDAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

FRIDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

--------------------------------------



GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:07 to 3:02 am this morning


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 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
3:07 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Jul 18 2018

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next five 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.


Community Health Fair at Angel Medical Center

Angel Medical Center will host a community health fair on July 17, from 3 to 5 pm in the hospital cafeteria. Blood pressure checks, glucose checks, fall risk assessments and information on the 20/30 weight-loss plan offered by Franklin Health & Fitness will be provided.

For more information, call 828-349-6639.

Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.



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 6:04 a.m.
Sunrise 6:33 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:47 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:16 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 12:21 a.m.
Moonrise 12:41 p.m.
Moon transit 6:51 p.m.
Moonset 12:55 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on July 18, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 38% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on July 19, 2018 at 3:52 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.

Learn more about becoming a patron of Macon Media at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 3:25 am on July 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, 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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, July 17, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A weak cold front slowly approaches from the northwest today crossing the region tonight. The front will settle just south of the area on Wednesday. Low pressure will develop along the front over the area late in the week, while high-pressure noses down into the region from the Mid-Atlantic. Another cold front will approach from the west over 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:
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.

Weather Almanac for July 17th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 41°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.04 inches in Highlands in 1963

Record Weather Events for July (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 2, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


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)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. West northwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Light northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Light northwest wind.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 2pm and 3pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Northwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. North northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 20 percent chance of showers before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

THURSDAY

Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. North wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 20 percent chance of showers before 3am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. South southeast wind around 7 mph.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 79. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog between 9pm and 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 64. North northeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

--------------------------------------



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


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 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
3:07 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Jul 17 2018

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next five 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.


Community Health Fair at Angel Medical Center

Angel Medical Center will host a community health fair on July 17, from 3 to 5 pm in the hospital cafeteria. Blood pressure checks, glucose checks, fall risk assessments and information on the 20/30 weight-loss plan offered by Franklin Health & Fitness will be provided.

For more information, call 828-349-6639.

Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.



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 6:03 a.m.
Sunrise 6:32 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:47 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:16 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 11:37 a.m.
Moon transit 6:03 p.m.
Moonset 12:21 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on July 17, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 27% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on July 19, 2018 at 3:52 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.

Learn more about becoming a patron of Macon Media at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 3:25 am on July 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.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, July 16, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will gradually weaken over the area today as a cold front begins to slowly approach from the northwest. The cold front will cross the southern Appalachians on Tuesday and settle just south of the area on Wednesday. Low pressure will develop along the front near the Carolinas late in the week, while high pressure noses down into the region from the Mid-Atlantic. Another cold front will approach from the northwest next weekend.


DAY SPONSOR

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

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

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


WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

Weather Almanac for July 16th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 41°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 5.77 inches in Highlands in 1916

Record Weather Events for July (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 2, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


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)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 83. Light southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light north northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

WEDNESDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7pm and midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 10am. High near 82. Light southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

WEDNESDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.


--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. High near 74. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. South southwest wind around 7 mph becoming west northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. North wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

WEDNESDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a chance of showers between 1am and 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. South southwest wind around 5 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 78. West northwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. North wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

WEDNESDAY

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:32 pm last night to 2:32 am this morning


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 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
2:47 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Jul 16 2018

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

The National Hurricane Center has issued the last advisory on Post-Tropical Cyclone Beryl, located several hundred miles north-northeast of Bermuda.

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next five days.


MACON CALENDAR

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Community Health Fair at Angel Medical Center

Angel Medical Center will host a community health fair on July 17, from 3 to 5 pm in the hospital cafeteria. Blood pressure checks, glucose checks, fall risk assessments and information on the 20/30 weight-loss plan offered by Franklin Health & Fitness will be provided.

For more information, call 828-349-6639.

Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.



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 6:02 a.m.
Sunrise 6:31 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:48 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:17 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 10:30 a.m.
Moon transit 5:12 p.m.
Moonset 11:45 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on July 16, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 18% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on July 19, 2018 at 3:52 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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Published at 3:00 am on July 16, 2018

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