Notice

I am working on the template of this blog today in order to chase down some problems that have developed with my template and widgets.

Macon County Commissioners

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County Board of County Commissioners.

Franklin Town Board of Aldermen

Coverage of the meetings of the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen.

Macon County School Board

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County School Board.

Photoblog

Photos from my photoblog.

Nothing is here yet

I haven't decided what to put here yet, so look at this pretty photo.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Tools Motorists can use to Avoid Delays and Hazards on the Roads


Google Traffic Map showing the traffic jam after the August 21, 2017, Solar Eclipse



Macon Media uses several tools to find out where traffic is congested or blocked during accidents, heavy traffic flow periods and hazardous weather events in order to share the information with motorists. Among them are the traffic layer in Google Maps and the Waze Traffic App for desktop and mobile devices. These are effective tools that anyone can use to travel more safely on the roads and use to avoid delays, hazards and accidents so you can get to where you want to be as safely as possible and make better time when commuting.





Traffic congestion marked on a Google Traffic Layer Map shared by Macon Media on November 11, 2017


Google Maps Traffic Layer

The Google Maps Traffic Layer works by analyzing the GPS-determined locations and speeds transmitted to Google by a large number of mobile phone users. By calculating the speed of users along a length of road, Google is able to generate a live traffic map. This is so accurate, it even shows where vehicles are stopped for traffic lights, automobile acidents (Macon Media has even identified accidents via the map before it was dispatched by the local EOC). It can also identify the locations of traffic stops and checkpoints. Google recently acquired the Waze traffic app and utilizes information added by Waze Users such as indicating where accidents or speed traps are located to the traffic map layer. Google is also developing a system to warn traffic users of protests that may delay travel or pose a hazard to travel and warn of active shooter or terrorist incidents and active crime scenes so motorists can safely avoid those situations.

The colors indicate the speed of traffic on the road. Green means traffic is moving along as usual and there is normal traffic. Orange means there's heavy traffic and it is moving a bit slower than usual traffic. Red means there are traffic delays. The more red, the slower the speed of traffic on the road.

Check it out for yourself at this LINK.


This map is centered on Franklin, NC. You can move the map to other areas you are interested in seeing. Note that the traffic layer is less effective when there are not many people on the roads and in areas where there is no cell phone service.






Waze Users (also called Wazers) mark the location of an accident and the extent of traffic congestion in Otto, NC on December 27, 2017

Waze

Waze is an app for mobile devices that allows motorists to contribute data to a database that is then displayed on a map on your mobile device (or on the desktop if you have the desktop version). The app takes data from your phone that tracks your location and speed and displays it on a map for you. Data from other users is also displayed. You can see where nearby Waze Users are located and can see messages they add to the map that indicate hazards to traffic, like potholes, icy conditions or trees in the road and cars stopped on the shoulder and can post photos of traffic accidents and their location so you can slow down or take an alternate route. If a Waze User sees a speed trap or notes a police presence, they can add that to the map, too so other motorists will slow down and drive more safely. Motorists and state transportation officials also add information about road closures so motorists can plan a better route to their destination. The app can even locate the cheapest fuel prices near you. Earlier this year, information about carpool lanes and specialized routes for motorcyclists was added. An add-on is also available that will notify you when you are driving through a high-crime area.

You can get the Waze at at the following locations:

Google Play
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.waze

Apple Devices
https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id323229106

Waze Desktop Live Map 

(uses data from your browser to find your location. Zoom in to see details and click icons for more information)
https://www.waze.com/livemap

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 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

Published at 5:15 am on December 31, 2017

Be kind to one another.




Weather Briefing for Sunday, December 31, 2017

**UPDATE 3:25 am** The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement regarding the cold wave our area will be experiencing this week. You can read a copy of it on our Facebook Public Safety Page. [LINK]





Cold Wave Safety Briefing



In the coming week, this area will be experiencing a cold wave during which daytime temperatures will be close to 20 degrees below normal. Brisk northerly winds between 5 and 15 mph will combine with the very cold temperatures to produce dangerous wind chills through the week, especially across the higher elevations. Wind chills will drop to 5 to 15 degrees below zero across the higher elevations, near zero to 10 above zero in the lower elevations during the night through much of the week.

Very low relative humidity will increase the fire danger, especially on Tuesday. Please do not burn debris, brush piles or clear fields this week. Put those tasks off for a later time.

When venturing outside, remember to wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Wear a hat because much of your body heat can be lost from your head. Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves. Lastly, stay dry and out of the wind if possible.

Consider bringing any pets indoors and check on neighbors, elderly, and homeless. Take the necessary precautions to protect water pipes from the extreme cold.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

Strong cold high pressure will remain across the area through the week, keeping a very cold airmass entrenched over the eastern part of the nation. Temperatures will be close to 20 degrees below normal through the end of the weeK.


WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for December 31st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin in 1951
Lowest Temperature 2°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1983
Greatest Rainfall 4.34 inches in Highlands in 2012
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Franklin in 1963



Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876


All-time record weather events for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on Jul 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on Jul 29, 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Mar 13, 1993




THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Mostly sunny early with increasing clouds. Highs ranging from the lower 20s at the higher elevations to the lower 30s in the lower elevations. Winds from the west at about 5 mph. A disturbance will be moving through the county this afternoon sometime between noon and 5 pm. There is a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Accumulations, if any, will be light because the relative humidity levels will be low, it may all evaporate before it hits the ground.

TONIGHT Cold Wave

Mostly cloudy with decreasing clouds. Lows ranging from the single digits in the higher elevations to around 15 or so in the lower elevations. Winds from the northwest around 5 mph.



NEW YEARS DAY Cold Wave. Wind chills below freezing

Sunny and windy. Highs ranging from the teens at the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations. Wind chill values below zero in the higher elevations to the single digits in the lower elevations. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest.

MONDAY NIGHT Cold Wave and Dangerous Wind Chills

Clear with winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest. Lows ranging from a few degrees below zero at the higher elevations to the mid to upper single digits in the lower elevations. Wind chill values below zero at times. If you can avoid going outdoors, please do so.



TUESDAY Cold wave continues...Wind chills near zero in the morning

Sunny with highs ranging from the upper teens in the higher elevations to the upper 20s in the lower elevations.

TUESDAY NIGHT Cold Wave

Mostly clear. Lows ranging from near zero degrees in the higher elevations to near 10 degrees in the lower elevations.

HAZARDS

In case you haven't heard, there is a cold wave on the way. Over the next few days, temperatures will be at or below freezing for an extended period of time and wind chills will be below zero overnights and in the mornings. If you have elderly family, friends and neighbors, please check on them to make sure they are doing okay. Keep some extra blankets, flashlights, water, and food in your automobile.

The cold wave is expected to last most of the week and there is a slight possibility we may see a light snow at the end of it on Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for a Cold Wave that is expected to impact our area from Sunday through the middle of next week. The information is posted below:

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..SUNDAY...Cold wave possible. A very cold arctic air mass will move into the area Sunday and remain in place through the middle of the week. This will result in daily average temperatures up to 15 degrees below normal for several days in a row, creating the potential for prolonged dangerously cold conditions.

..MONDAY...Cold wave possible.

..TUESDAY...Cold wave likely. Dry air may also increase fire danger.

..WEDNESDAY...Cold wave possible. Dry air may also increase fire danger.

..THURSDAY...Cold wave possible.

..FRIDAY...Cold wave possible.

In light of the cold wave, here are some safety tips to keep in mind the next few days:

You can protect yourself and your household from the many hazards of a cold wave and winter conditions by planning ahead.

COLD WAVE PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY

•As infrastructure could be affected, the following are additional items that may be considered:
•An alternate heat source with extra fuel. Ensure that there is proper ventilation. Never burn charcoal indoors.
•Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and make sure that the household knows how to use it.
•Prepare for possible isolation in your home. Keep a stock of food and extra drinking water.

WHAT TO DO DURING A COLD WAVE

•Stay indoors as much as possible.
•Listen to the radio, internet or television for weather reports and emergency information.
•Conserve fuel, if necessary, by temporarily closing off heat to some rooms.
•Eat to supply heat to the body and drink non-alcoholic beverages to avoid dehydration.

DRESS FOR THE COLD IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTSIDE

•Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
•Mittens are warmer than gloves.
•Cover your head as most body heat is lost through the top of the head.
•Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
•Use caution when working outdoors. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack — a major cause of death in the winter.
•Watch for signs of frostbite: loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose.
•Watch for signs of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.
•If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location and remove any wet clothing. If conscious, warm the center of the body first by giving warm, non-alcoholic beverages. Seek medical help as soon as possible.

DRIVING DURING A COLD WAVE AND WINTER CONDITIONS:

•About 70 percent of winter deaths related to snow and ice occur in automobiles. Consider public transportation if you must travel. If you travel by car, travel in the day, don’t travel alone, and keep others informed of your schedule. Stay on main roads; avoid back road shortcuts.
•Winterize your car. This includes checking the battery, antifreeze, wipers, windshield washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster, oil level, and tires. Consider snow tires and keep your car’s gas tank full. Carry a basic vehicle emergency kit in the trunk of your vehicle.

If you get trapped in your car: (some of this would apply if we had snow, but are good things to keep in mind)

•Pull off the highway. Turn on hazard lights and hang a distress flag from the radio aerial or window.
•Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter. Be careful: distances are distorted by blowing snow. A building may seem close but be too far to walk to in deep snow.
•Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a window slightly for ventilation. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe.
•Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion. In extreme cold, use road maps, seat covers and floor mats for insulation. Huddle with passengers and use your coat for a blanket.
•Take turns sleeping. One person should be awake at all times to look for rescue crews.
•Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
•Be careful not to waste battery power. Balance electrical energy needs — the use of lights, heat, and radio — with supply.
•At night, turn on the inside light so work crews or rescuers can see you.
•If stranded in a remote area, spread a large cloth over the snow to attract the attention of rescue personnel who may be surveying the area by airplane.





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

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



GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 02:47 am



MACON CALENDAR

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:14 a.m.
Sunrise 7:42 a.m.
Sun transit 12:37 p.m.
Sunset 5:32 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:00 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 5:49 a.m.
Moonrise 4:27 p.m.
Moon transit 11:41 p.m.
Moonset 6:58 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on December 31, 2017: Waxing Gibbous with 97% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on January 1, 2018 at 9:24 p.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week



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 3:04 am on December 31, 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, December 30, 2017

Weather Briefing for Saturday, December 30, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

Strong high pressure will remain across the region and maintain a very cold air mass through much of the upcoming week. By next Friday, a moist backdoor cold front may bring light snow showers to the western North Carolina mountains.


WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for December 30th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 71°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1984
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 1.70 inches in Highlands in 1912
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1997


Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Sunny and Windy

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid-30s in the higher elevations to the lower 40s in the lower elevations. Due to the wind chill, it will feel below freezing at times. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest, gusting to the 25 mp[h range at times.

TONIGHT Wind chills ranging from the single digits to the teens

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from the mid-teens at the higher elevations to the lower 20s in the lower elevations. Wind chills will make it feel about ten degrees or so colder. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest.



SUNDAY Wind chills below freezing

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid-20s at the higher elevations to the mid-30s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. Increasing clouds as the day progresses.

NEW YEARS EVE NIGHT Cold Wave and Dangerous Wind Chills

Mostly cloudy with decreasing clouds. Lows ranging from the single digits at the higher elevations to the low to mid-teens in the lower elevations.



NEW YEARS DAY Cold wave continues...

Wind chill values in the morning will be close to zero. Sunny with highs ranging from the teens at the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations.

MONDAY NIGHT Cold Wave and Dangerous Wind Chills

Mostly clear with lows ranging from near zero at the higher elevations to near ten degrees in the lower elevations. Wind chills are expected to be below zero at times.



HAZARDS

In case you haven't heard, there is a cold wave on the way. Over the next few days, temperatures will be at or below freezing for an extended period of time and wind chills will be below zero overnights and in the mornings. If you have elderly family, friends, and neighbors, please check on them to make sure they are doing okay. Keep some extra blankets, flashlights, water, and food in your automobile.

The cold wave is expected to last most of the week and there is a slight possibility we may see a light snow at the end of it on Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for a Cold Wave that is expected to impact our area from Sunday through the middle of next week. The information is posted below:

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..SUNDAY...Cold wave possible. A very cold arctic air mass will move into the area Sunday and remain in place through the middle of the week. This will result in daily average temperatures up to 15 degrees below normal for several days in a row, creating the potential for prolonged dangerously cold conditions.

..MONDAY...Cold wave possible.

..TUESDAY...Cold wave possible.

..WEDNESDAY...Cold wave possible.

..THURSDAY...Cold wave possible.

In light of the cold wave, here are some safety tips to keep in mind the next few days:

You can protect yourself and your household from the many hazards of a cold wave and winter conditions by planning ahead.

COLD WAVE PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY

•As infrastructure could be affected, the following are additional items that may be considered:
•An alternate heat source with extra fuel. Ensure that there is proper ventilation. Never burn charcoal indoors.
•Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and make sure that the household knows how to use it.
•Prepare for possible isolation in your home. Keep a stock of food and extra drinking water.

WHAT TO DO DURING A COLD WAVE

•Stay indoors as much as possible.
•Listen to the radio, internet or television for weather reports and emergency information.
•Conserve fuel, if necessary, by temporarily closing off heat to some rooms.
•Eat to supply heat to the body and drink non-alcoholic beverages to avoid dehydration.

DRESS FOR THE COLD IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTSIDE

•Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
•Mittens are warmer than gloves.
•Cover your head as most body heat is lost through the top of the head.
•Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
•Use caution when working outdoors. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack — a major cause of death in the winter.
•Watch for signs of frostbite: loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose.
•Watch for signs of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.
•If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location and remove any wet clothing. If conscious, warm the center of the body first by giving warm, non-alcoholic beverages. Seek medical help as soon as possible.

DRIVING DURING A COLD WAVE AND WINTER CONDITIONS:

•About 70 percent of winter deaths related to snow and ice occur in automobiles. Consider public transportation if you must travel. If you travel by car, travel in the day, don’t travel alone, and keep others informed of your schedule. Stay on main roads; avoid back road shortcuts.
•Winterize your car. This includes checking the battery, antifreeze, wipers, windshield washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster, oil level, and tires. Consider snow tires and keep your car’s gas tank full. Carry a basic vehicle emergency kit in the trunk of your vehicle.

If you get trapped in your car: (some of this would apply if we had snow, but are good things to keep in mind)

•Pull off the highway. Turn on hazard lights and hang a distress flag from the radio aerial or window.
•Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter. Be careful: distances are distorted by blowing snow. A building may seem close but be too far to walk to in deep snow.
•Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a window slightly for ventilation. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe.
•Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion. In extreme cold, use road maps, seat covers and floor mats for insulation. Huddle with passengers and use your coat for a blanket.
•Take turns sleeping. One person should be awake at all times to look for rescue crews.
•Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
•Be careful not to waste battery power. Balance electrical energy needs — the use of lights, heat, and radio — with supply.
•At night, turn on the inside light so work crews or rescuers can see you.
•If stranded in a remote area, spread a large cloth over the snow to attract the attention of rescue personnel who may be surveying the area by airplane.



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

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



GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 03:37 am



MACON CALENDAR

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:13 a.m.
Sunrise 7:42 a.m.
Sun transit 12:36 p.m.
Sunset 5:31 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:59 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 4:40 a.m.
Moonrise 3:33 p.m.
Moon transit 10:39 p.m.
Moonset 5:49 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on December 30, 2017: Waxing Gibbous with 91% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on January 1, 2018 at 9:24 p.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week



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 3:45 am on December 30, 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, December 29, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, December 29, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will build over the region and persist over the next several days. The high will become reinforced with a colder arctic air mass on Sunday bringing well below normal temperatures for early next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for December 29th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 73°F in Franklin in 1984
Lowest Temperature -10°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest Rainfall 5.26 inches in Highlands in 1954
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 8.5 inches in Highlands in 1935




Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876




THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the mid-30s at the higher elevations to the lower 40s at the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from the lower 20s in the higher elevations to the upper 20s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph. Winds will be out of the northwest until around 9 pm, then they will shift to come out of the southwest until around 3 am, then they will return to blowing out of the northwest.



SATURDAY Wind chills below freezing

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid-30s in the higher elevations and the lower 40s in the lower elevations. Wind chills will make it seem about 10 degrees or so colder at times. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest.

SATURDAY NIGHT Blustery with wind chills in the single digit range

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from the mid-teens in the higher elevations to the lower 20s in the lower elevations. Wind chills will be in the single-digit range at times. Winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts in the 30 mph range, mainly before midnight.



SUNDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the low to mid-20s in the higher elevations and the lower 30s in the lower elevations.

SUNDAY NIGHT Cold Wave Expected

Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the single digits at the higher elevations to the 15 to 20 degree range in the lower elevations.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

A cold wave is in the forecast for Sunday through the middle of next week. Temperatures will get dangerously cold overnight.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for a Cold Wave that is expected to impact our area from Sunday through the middle of next week. The information is posted below:

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..SUNDAY...Cold wave possible. A very cold arctic air mass will move into the area Sunday and remain in place through the middle of the week. This will result in daily average temperatures up to 15 degrees below normal for several days in a row, creating the potential for prolonged dangerously cold conditions.

..MONDAY...Cold wave possible.

..TUESDAY...Cold wave possible.

..WEDNESDAY...Cold wave possible.

In light of the cold wave, here are some safety tips to keep in mind the next few days:

You can protect yourself and your household from the many hazards of a cold wave and winter conditions by planning ahead.

COLD WAVE PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY

•As infrastructure could be affected, the following are additional items that may be considered:
•An alternate heat source with extra fuel. Ensure that there is proper ventilation. Never burn charcoal indoors.
•Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and make sure that the household knows how to use it.
•Prepare for possible isolation in your home. Keep a stock of food and extra drinking water.

WHAT TO DO DURING A COLD WAVE

•Stay indoors as much as possible.
•Listen to the radio, internet or television for weather reports and emergency information.
•Conserve fuel, if necessary, by temporarily closing off heat to some rooms.
•Eat to supply heat to the body and drink non-alcoholic beverages to avoid dehydration.

DRESS FOR THE COLD IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTSIDE

•Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
•Mittens are warmer than gloves.
•Cover your head as most body heat is lost through the top of the head.
•Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
•Use caution when working outdoors. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack — a major cause of death in the winter.
•Watch for signs of frostbite: loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose.
•Watch for signs of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.
•If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location and remove any wet clothing. If conscious, warm the center of the body first by giving warm, non-alcoholic beverages. Seek medical help as soon as possible.

DRIVING DURING A COLD WAVE AND WINTER CONDITIONS:

•About 70 percent of winter deaths related to snow and ice occur in automobiles. Consider public transportation if you must travel. If you travel by car, travel in the day, don’t travel alone, and keep others informed of your schedule. Stay on main roads; avoid back road shortcuts.
•Winterize your car. This includes checking the battery, antifreeze, wipers, windshield washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster, oil level, and tires. Consider snow tires and keep your car’s gas tank full. Carry a basic vehicle emergency kit in the trunk of your vehicle.

If you get trapped in your car: (some of this would apply if we had snow, but are good things to keep in mind)

•Pull off the highway. Turn on hazard lights and hang a distress flag from the radio aerial or window.
•Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter. Be careful: distances are distorted by blowing snow. A building may seem close but be too far to walk to in deep snow.
•Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a window slightly for ventilation. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe.
•Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion. In extreme cold, use road maps, seat covers and floor mats for insulation. Huddle with passengers and use your coat for a blanket.
•Take turns sleeping. One person should be awake at all times to look for rescue crews.
•Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
•Be careful not to waste battery power. Balance electrical energy needs — the use of lights, heat, and radio — with supply.
•At night, turn on the inside light so work crews or rescuers can see you.
•If stranded in a remote area, spread a large cloth over the snow to attract the attention of rescue personnel who may be surveying the area by airplane.




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

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



GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 02:57 am



MACON CALENDAR

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:13 a.m.
Sunrise 7:41 a.m.
Sun transit 12:36 p.m.
Sunset 5:30 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:58 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 3:32 a.m.
Moonrise 2:47 p.m.
Moon transit 9:40 p.m.
Moonset 4:40 a.m. tomorrow


Phase of the Moon on December 29, 2017: Waxing Gibbous with 84% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on December 26, 2017 at 4:20 a.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week



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 3:09 am on December 29, 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, December 28, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, December 28, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

Transient but cold high-pressure ridging down the Appalachians today will succumb to relatively milder southerly flow for Friday and Saturday in advance of a dry cold front. Strong Arctic high pressure will follow the frontal passage to usher in a prolonged period of very cold temperatures lasting through the middle of next week. A slight chance of wintry precip exists Sunday afternoon through Monday as a disturbance traverses the Southeast.


WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for December 28th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 73°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1971
Lowest Temperature -6°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest Rainfall 4.14 inches in Highlands in 1942
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1895


Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the upper 20s in the higher elevations to the mid-30s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper teens in the higher elevations to the lower 20s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest.



FRIDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid to upper 30s in the higher elevations to the lower 40s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy early, becoming mostly cloudy by midnight. Lows ranging from the upper teens in the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.



SATURDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging the lower 30s in the higher elevations to the upper 30s in the lower elevations.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from around 10 degrees in the higher elevations to around 20 degrees in the lower elevations.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today. The winter weather events in the forecast for this weekend are looking increasingly unlikely for us in Macon County. A cold wave is in the forecast for Sunday through the middle of next week. Temperatures will get dangerously cold overnight.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for a Cold Wave that is expected to impact our area from Sunday through the middle of next week. The information is posted below:

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..SUNDAY...Cold wave possible. A very cold arctic air mass will move into the area Sunday and remain in place through early in the week. This will result in daily average temperatures up to 15 degrees below normal for at least 3 days in a row, creating the potential for prolonged dangerously cold conditions.

..MONDAY...Cold wave possible.

..TUESDAY...Cold wave possible.

In light of the cold wave, here are some safety tips to keep in mind the next few days:

You can protect yourself and your household from the many hazards of a cold wave and winter conditions by planning ahead.

COLD WAVE PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY

•As infrastructure could be affected, the following are additional items that may be considered:
•An alternate heat source with extra fuel. Ensure that there is proper ventilation. Never burn charcoal indoors.
•Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and make sure that the household knows how to use it.
•Prepare for possible isolation in your home. Keep a stock of food and extra drinking water.

WHAT TO DO DURING A COLD WAVE

•Stay indoors as much as possible.
•Listen to the radio, internet or television for weather reports and emergency information.
•Conserve fuel, if necessary, by temporarily closing off heat to some rooms.
•Eat to supply heat to the body and drink non-alcoholic beverages to avoid dehydration.

DRESS FOR THE COLD IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTSIDE

•Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
•Mittens are warmer than gloves.
•Cover your head as most body heat is lost through the top of the head.
•Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
•Use caution when working outdoors. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack — a major cause of death in the winter.
•Watch for signs of frostbite: loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose.
•Watch for signs of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.
•If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location and remove any wet clothing. If conscious, warm the center of the body first by giving warm, non-alcoholic beverages. Seek medical help as soon as possible.

DRIVING DURING A COLD WAVE AND WINTER CONDITIONS:

•About 70 percent of winter deaths related to snow and ice occur in automobiles. Consider public transportation if you must travel. If you travel by car, travel in the day, don’t travel alone, and keep others informed of your schedule. Stay on main roads; avoid back road shortcuts.
•Winterize your car. This includes checking the battery, antifreeze, wipers, windshield washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster, oil level, and tires. Consider snow tires and keep your car’s gas tank full. Carry a basic vehicle emergency kit in the trunk of your vehicle.

If you get trapped in your car: (some of this would apply if we had snow, but are good things to keep in mind)

•Pull off the highway. Turn on hazard lights and hang a distress flag from the radio aerial or window.
•Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter. Be careful: distances are distorted by blowing snow. A building may seem close but be too far to walk to in deep snow.
•Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a window slightly for ventilation. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe.
•Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion. In extreme cold, use road maps, seat covers and floor mats for insulation. Huddle with passengers and use your coat for a blanket.
•Take turns sleeping. One person should be awake at all times to look for rescue crews.
•Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
•Be careful not to waste battery power. Balance electrical energy needs — the use of lights, heat, and radio — with supply.
•At night, turn on the inside light so work crews or rescuers can see you.
•If stranded in a remote area, spread a large cloth over the snow to attract the attention of rescue personnel who may be surveying the area by airplane.




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

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



GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 02:12 am



MACON CALENDAR

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:13 a.m.
Sunrise 7:41 a.m.
Sun transit 12:35 p.m.
Sunset 5:30 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:58 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 2:26 a.m.
Moonrise 2:06 p.m.
Moon transit 8:45 p.m.
Moonset 3:32 a.m. tomorrow


Phase of the Moon on December 28, 2017: Waxing Gibbous with 74% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on December 26, 2017 at 4:20 a.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week



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 3:00 am on December 28, 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, December 27, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, December 27, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A series of very cold and dry Arctic high-pressure systems will be the primary weather feature across the region over the coming week. However, a slight chance of light wintry precipitation is possible across the entire region Sunday night into Monday.

LOCAL NEWS



There was a small tremor of 2.6 Magnitude reported yesterday in Graham County near Robbinsville at 12:15 pm. The epicenter was a little over 5 miles deep. 146 people reported to the USGS they felt the tremor, with 84 of those living in Graham County. The map included with this segment shows the locations in western North Carolina where it was reported. The USGS received reports that it was felt as far away as the middle of Kentucky, the Midlands of South Carolina and in Charlotte and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Earthquakes of this size typically occur 10 to 15 times a year within a hundred mile radius of Macon County. [Click on the image to enlarge]

See the Macon Media post that was published shortly after the tremor. [LINK]

WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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



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


Weather Almanac for December 27th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 75°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2015
Lowest Temperature 0°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1983
Greatest Rainfall 2.17 inches in Nantahala in 1973
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.4 inches in Highlands in 1997




Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876




THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Mostly sunny with temperatures starting out ranging from the upper teens in the higher elevations and the lower 20s in the lower elevations and highs ranging from the lower 30s in the higher elevations to the upper 30s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest will keep it feeling a few degrees colder.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper teens in the higher elevations to the lower 20s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest before 10 pm, then light winds from the southeast afterward.


THURSDAY

Mostly Sunny in the morning with increasing clouds. Highs ranging from the upper 20s in the higher elevations to the mid-30s in the lower elevations. Winds from the south.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly to mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper teens in the higher elevations to the lower 20s in the lower elevations. Winds from the south before midnight, then from the south after midnight.



FRIDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the lower 30s to the upper 30s, with lower temperatures in the higher elevations.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper teens to the lower 20s with warmer temperatures at the lower elevations.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today. The winter weather events in the forecast for this weekend are looking increasingly unlikely for us in Macon County.

The National Weather Service has removed their Hazardous Weather Outlook for Thursday and Friday and toned down their expectations for the Sunday-Monday event. It looks like it will be drier than they thought.

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

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



GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 02:12 am



MACON CALENDAR

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

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

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

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

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

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 7:13 a.m.
Sunrise 7:41 a.m.
Sun transit 12:35 p.m.
Sunset 5:29 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:57 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 1:23 a.m.
Moonrise 1:29 p.m.
Moon transit 7:53 p.m.
Moonset 2:26 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on December 27, 2017: Waxing Gibbous with 64% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on December 26, 2017 at 4:20 a.m. (local standard time)


Sky Guides for this week



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 3:09 am on December 27, 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.