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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, September 24, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A high-pressure ridge will continue to dominate the local weather pattern and keep us mostly dry for at least the first half of the week.

WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. We have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Special Event – Wed 09-20-17 7:30-10:00 AM - OX Tool Fair – Info on FB page.

Visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let us help you with your next project.



Weather Almanac for September 24th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 89°F in Highlands in 1931
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Franklin in 1963
Greatest Rainfall 4.27 inches in Franklin in 1965


Record weather events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1967


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy dense fog in the morning. Cloudy early, then clearing skies by noon with highs in the mid to upper 70s and winds out of the east.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with patchy fog after midnight and winds out of the northeast. Lows in the 50s.



MONDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the mid to upper 70s and winds out of the north.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 50s and winds out of the northeast.



TUESDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the mid to upper 70s.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 50s.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected.

Please turn on your headlights in the fog for your morning commute so other motorists can see you and increase your following distance to increase your reaction time.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Sep 24 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Maria, located a few hundred miles east of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas, and on Tropical Storm Lee, located over the central Atlantic Ocean almost a thousand miles east of Bermuda.

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


Tropical Tidbits

An in-depth discussion from Saturday evening of the tropical situation with an analysis of the potential paths for Hurricane Maria from Levi Cowan of Tropical Tidbits. [LINK]




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.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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 6:58 a.m.
Sunrise 7:23 a.m.
Sun transit 1:25 p.m.
Sunset 7:27 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:52 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 11:29 a.m.
Moon transit 5:00 p.m.
Moonset 10:26 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on September 24, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 20% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on September 27, 2017 at 10:53 p.m. (local daylight time)




Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:05 am on September 24, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, September 23, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A dry and strong ridge of high pressure will develop over the weekend and persist through at least the middle of next week. It will be a quiet time, meteorologically speaking.

Today is the first full day of Fall. This season will end at the Winter Solstice, which will occur at 11:28 AM on Thursday, December 21st. The first full day of Winter will be Friday, December 22nd.

WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. We have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Special Event – Wed 09-20-17 7:30-10:00 AM - OX Tool Fair – Info on FB page.

Visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let us help you with your next project.



Weather Almanac for September 23rd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Highlands in 1931
Lowest Temperature 30°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1982
Greatest Rainfall 2.91 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2003


Record weather events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1967


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy dense fog in the morning. Cloudy early, then clearing skies by noon with highs ranging from the mid-70s for the higher elevations and the lower 80s in the valleys. Winds are expected to be calm. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between noon and 6 pm.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 50s and calm winds.



SUNDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the mid-70s in the higher elevations and the lower 80s in the valleys and calm winds.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 50s and calm winds.



MONDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the mid-70s at the higher elevations and the lower 80s at the lower elevations.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 50s.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected.

Please turn on your headlights in the fog for your morning commute so other motorists can see you and increase your following distance to increase your reaction time.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Sep 23 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Maria, located a few hundred miles east of Nassau, and on recently upgraded Tropical Storm Lee, located over the central Atlantic Ocean.

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


Tropical Tidbits

An in-depth discussion from Friday evening of the tropical situation with an analysis of the potential paths for Hurricane Maria from Levi Cowan of Tropical Tidbits. [LINK]




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.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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 6:57 a.m.
Sunrise 7:22 a.m.
Sun transit 1:26 p.m.
Sunset 7:28 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:54 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 10:33 a.m.
Moon transit 4:14 p.m.
Moonset 9:49 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on September 23, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 12% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on September 20, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. (local daylight time)




Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 3:56 am on September 23, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Fall, Y'All!



Fall is in the Air

At 4:02 pm the Autumnal Equinox occurs and the season is known as Autumn, or Fall, begins. The first full day of fall is tomorrow, September 23rd.


This marks the time when the sun crosses the earth's celestial equator from the north and heads south. The nights and days are roughly equal during this time and the nights will begin to get longer as the sun rises and sets closer and closer to the south and does not get as high in the sky as the day before. The days and nights will start to get cooler.

Soon, on November 5th, at 2 am, Daylight Saving Time will end and we will set our clocks back (Fall back, Spring forward) an hour.

Hayy Fall, Y'all!


Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, September 22, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A drier and stronger ridge of high pressure will develop over the region this weekend and remain in control of our weather pattern through at least the middle of next week.

WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. We have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Special Event – Wed 09-20-17 7:30-10:00 AM - OX Tool Fair – Info on FB page.

Visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let us help you with your next project.



Weather Almanac for September 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1955
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Highlands in 1918
Greatest Rainfall 3.10 inches in Highlands in 1898


Record weather events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1967


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Cloudy early, then clearing skies by noon with highs ranging from the mid-70s for the higher elevations and the lower 80s in the valleys. Winds are expected to be very light out of the northeast in the morning and rotating clockwise to come out of the east around noon and then out of the southeast by 6 pm. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between noon and 8 pm.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with fog expected to develop overnight with very light winds out of the southeast at 6 pm, then rotating counterclockwise by 8 pm to come out of the northeast. Lows will be in the 50s in most locations with an occasional 60 in the lower elevations. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly before 8 pm.



SATURDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid-70s in the higher elevations to the lower 80s in the valleys. Winds are expected to be calm.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 50s and calm winds.



SUNDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the mid-70s in the higher elevations and the lower 80s in the valleys and calm winds.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 50s.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected.

Please turn on your headlights in the fog for your morning commute so other motorists can see you and increase your following distance to increase your reaction time.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Sep 22 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Post-Tropical Cyclone Jose, located about 135 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and on Hurricane Maria, located about 45 miles east-southeast of Grand Turk Island.

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


Tropical Tidbits

An in-depth discussion from Wednesday evening of the tropical situation with an analysis of the potential paths for Hurricane Maria from Levi Cowan of Tropical Tidbits. [LINK]




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 graphic. 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.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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 6:56 a.m.
Sunrise 7:22 a.m.
Sun transit 1:26 p.m.
Sunset 7:30 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:55 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 9:36 a.m.
Moon transit 3:28 p.m.
Moonset 9:15 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on September 22, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 7% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on September 20, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:35 am on September 22, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, September 21, 2017






LOCAL OUTLOOK

A weak trough of low pressure will settle over the southeast coastline today. A humid easterly flow will develop through Friday. A drier and stronger ridge of high pressure will settle across the region over the weekend and likely persist through early next week.

WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. We have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Special Event – Wed 09-20-17 7:30-10:00 AM - OX Tool Fair – Info on FB page.

Visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let us help you with your next project.



Weather Almanac for September 21st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Highlands in 1978
Lowest Temperature 31°F in Highlands in 1918
Greatest Rainfall 2.78 inches in Highlands in 1923


Record weather events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1967


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Widespread dense fog this morning. Cloudy, becoming mostly clear by mid-morning with highs in the Franklin area in the lower 80s and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in Highlands and the higher elevations. Winds are expected to be calm. Showers and thunderstorm chances increase this afternoon to around 30%, mainly after 2 pm the then declining after midnight.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with chances of showers and thunderstorms ending after midnight and patchy fog expected to develop between 11 pm and 3 am. Lows in the Franklin area near 60 and 5 to 8 degrees cooler in the higher elevations. Winds are expected to be calm or very light from the north and northeast.



FRIDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near 80 in the Franklin area and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in the higher elevations. Winds are expected to be calm or very light, beginning the day coming out of the north and then rotating around clockwise to come out of the southeast by the mid-afternoon as a high pressure approaches the region from the northeast. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly afternoon.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s and calm winds.



SATURDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid 70s at the higher elevations to the lower elevations in the valleys. Slight chance of a passing shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 50s.

HAZARDS

After the dense fog burns away, no hazardous weather is expected.

Please turn on your headlights for your morning commute so other motorists can see you and increase your following distance to increase your reaction time.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Sep 21 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Jose, located a couple of hundred miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and on Hurricane Maria, located less than one hundred miles northeast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

1. Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with the remnants of Lee remain very limited. Upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable for significant development during the next several days. The low is forecast to move north-northwestward or northward over the open waters of the central Atlantic Ocean.

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

Tropical Tidbits

An in depth discussion from Wednesday evening of the tropical situation with an analysis of the potential paths for Hurricane Maria from Levi Cowan of Tropical Tidbits. [LINK]




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 graphic. 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.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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 6:56 a.m.
Sunrise 7:21 a.m.
Sun transit 1:26 p.m.
Sunset 7:31 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:57 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 8:37 a.m.
Moon transit 2:42 p.m.
Moonset 8:41 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on September 21, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 2% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on September 20, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. (local daylight time)




Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 3:40 am on September 21, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, September 20, 2017






LOCAL OUTLOOK

A weak trough crossing the region today will settle along the southeast coastline Thursday through Friday. A gradual increase in easterly flow moisture is likely through the latter part of the week. Drier and stronger high pressure will settle over the region during the weekend, and likely persist through early next week, as both Jose and Maria remain off the east coast.

WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. We have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Special Event – Wed 09-20-17 7:30-10:00 AM - OX Tool Fair – Info on FB page.

Visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let us help you with your next project.



Weather Almanac for September 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Highlands in 1925
Lowest Temperature 31°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 4.95 inches in Highlands in 1924


Record weather events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1967


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY


Patchy dense fog in the morning. Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid 70s to the lower 80s depending on your elevation. Calm winds in the morning, then from the northwest in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 50s and fog developing overnight. Winds are expected to be calm.



THURSDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s in the Franklin area and the 70s in Highlands and the higher elevations. Light winds out of the north. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from the mid 50s to the lower 60s and calm winds. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 3 am.



FRIDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid 70s to 80. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10 am.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s.

HAZARDS

After the fog burns away, no hazardous weather is expected.


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


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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Sep 20 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Jose, located a couple of hundred miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and on extremely dangerous Hurricane Maria, located over the northeastern Caribbean Sea approaching Puerto Rico.

1. Showers and thunderstorms continue near a low pressure area associated with the remnants of Lee located about 1000 miles east of the Leeward Islands. While this system is producing gale-force winds, the associated thunderstorm activity has become less concentrated during the past few hours. Although the enviromental conditions are marginal, only a small increase in the overall organization of the thunderstorms would result in the regeneration of Lee. This low is expected to move northward over the central Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.

Tropical Tidbits

An in depth discussion from Tuesday evening of the tropical situation with an analysis of the potential paths for Hurricane Maria from Levi Cowan of Tropical Tidbits. [LINK]




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 graphic. 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.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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 6:55 a.m.
Sunrise 7:20 a.m.
Sun transit 1:27 p.m.
Sunset 7:33 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:58 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 7:37 a.m.
Moon transit 1:55 p.m.
Moonset 8:07 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on September 20, 2017: New Moon at 1:30 a.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:20 am on September 20, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, September 19, 2017





Local News

The Franklin Town Council reconvened a recessed meeting tonight in the town hall last night. Video will be on the blog by 5 am. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

A weak trough of low pressure will cross the region from the west through Wednesday. High pressure will then return from the north Thursday through Friday, but with more moisture in easterly flow. Drier and stronger high pressure will settle over the region through the weekend as both Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Maria remain well offshore in the western Atlantic.

WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. We have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Special Event – Wed 09-20-17 7:30-10:00 AM - OX Tool Fair – Info on FB page.

Visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let us help you with your next project.



Weather Almanac for September 19th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 962°F in Highlands in 1925
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 2.12 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1968


Record weather events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1967


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY


Widespread fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy through mid-morning, then mostly sunny with highs ranging from the 70s to the lower 80s depending on altitude. Light winds out of the west.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s and calm winds. Slight chance of rain before midnight and then patchy fog overnight, mainly between 11 pm and 3 am.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s in the Franklin area and 5 to 10 degrees cooler in the higher elevations. Calm winds in the morning, then from the northwest in the afternoon as rain chances increase to 30%, mainly between 2 pm and 8 pm.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 50s and calm winds. 30% chance of showers, mainly before midnight.



THURSDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid 70s to the lower 80s, depending on altitude. 30% chance of showers, mainly between 10 am and 3 pm.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s and calm winds. 30% chance of showers, mainly before midnight.

HAZARDS

After the fog burns away, no hazardous weather is expected.


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


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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Jose, located a couple hundred miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and on Hurricane Maria, located over the northeastern Caribbean Sea.

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

Tropical Tidbits

An in depth discussion of the tropical situation with an analysis of the potential paths for Hurricane Maria from Levi Cowan of Tropical Tidbits. [LINK]



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 graphic. 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.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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 6:54 a.m.
Sunrise 7:19 a.m.
Sun transit 1:27 p.m.
Sunset 7:34 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:00 p.m.



Moon

Moonrise 6:35 a.m.
Moon transit 1:07 p.m.
Moonset 7:33 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on September 19, 2017: Waning Crescent with 0% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on September 20, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:05 am on September 19, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, September 18, 2017





Local News
Electrical services have been restored to Macon, Jackson and Rabun Counties over the weekend.

The Franklin Town Council will be reconvening a recessed meeting tonight in the town hall at 6 pm. The public agenda and a link to the recessed meeting video is on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will remain in control of the weather pattern through much of the week leading to above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation chances. Precipitation chances will increase later in the week as a back door front works into the area on Friday.

WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. We have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Special Event – Wed 09-20-17 7:30-10:00 AM - OX Tool Fair – Info on FB page.

Visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let us help you with your next project.



Weather Almanac for September 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 932°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 2.83 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1975


Record weather events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1967


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY


Patchy dense fog in the morning. Cloudy with rapid clearing skies by mid-morning. Temperatures will start out on the 50s and top out in the lower 80s in the Franklin area and the mid 70s in Highlands and the higher elevations. Winds will be light out of the northwest with a wind field moving through in the afternoon hours, bringing winds and wind gusts into the 5 to 10 mph range.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s and calm winds.



TUESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning hours and then from the northwest in the afternoon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s and calm winds.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the upper 70s to the lower 80s. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s.

HAZARDS

After the fog burns away, no hazardous weather is expected.


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


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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Sep 18 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Jose, located a few hundred miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on Tropical Depression Lee, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean, and on Hurricane Maria, located a couple of hundred miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles.

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


Tropical Tidbits

An in depth discussion of the tropical situation with an analysis of the potential paths for Hurricane Maria from Levi Cowan of Tropical Tidbits. [LINK]




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 graphic. 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.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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 6:53 a.m.
Sunrise 7:19 a.m.
Sun transit 1:27 p.m.
Sunset 7:36 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:01 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 5:32 a.m.
Moon transit 12:17 p.m.
Moonset 6:56 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on September 18, 2017: Waning Crescent with 3% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on September 20, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

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

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

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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



Posted at 4:12 am on September 18, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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