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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, April 22, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

An unsettled weather pattern will continue today as a front stalls over our area, with showers and thunderstorms possible. A low pressure system will move into the area Sunday bringing widespread showers and some thunderstorms. The low will slowly shift east of the area early next week, bringing an end to the rain. A warming and drying trend will commence through the rest of the work week.

Weather Almanac for April 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1963
Lowest Temperature 21°F in Highlands in 1901
Greatest Rainfall 2.13 inches in Highlands in 1931
Greatest Snowfall 1.5 inches in Highlands in 1901


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY Chance of strong storms in the late afternoon

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs near 80. Light winds out of the southwest in the morning, then rising to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected, with more possible in locations that see thunderstorm activity.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with fog possible after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s and winds out of the southwest calming before midnight.80% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected.



SUNDAY Heavy rains may bring flooding

Patchy fog early. Mostly cloudy with winds 5 to 10 mph out of the north. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall accumulations between 1 and 2 inches expected.

SUNDAY NIGHT Flooding is possible

Rain showers with lows near the upper 40s and winds out of the north becoming light and variable after midnight.



MONDAY Flooding is possible

Cloudy with highs in the upper 60s. 40% chance of rain, mainly before noon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 40s.



HAZARDS

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon with the main concerns being damaging winds, large hail and frequent lightning. Heavy rains are expected to develop Saturday night and last until sometime on Monday with rainfall totals expected to be in the 2 to 3 inch range. Some localized flooding may be possible.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for today through Monday, a copy has been posted below. If you are going to an outdoor event this weekend, please take an umbrella with you and keep an eye on the skies. If thunder roars, go indoors.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

..TODAY...Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. The main threats will be from locally heavy rainfall, cloud to ground lightning, and gusty winds. However, a few severe thunderstorms, producing brief damaging winds and large hail are possible, mainly north of the I-85 corridor.

..SUNDAY...Heavy rain with flooding possible. Widespread showers develop during the day and continue into the evening with periods of heavy rain possible. Rainfall totals of up to 3 inches are possible which could lead to flooding. In addition, an isolated severe storm with damaging winds could develop during the afternoon south of the I-85 corridor.

..MONDAY...Heavy rain with flooding possible. Showers taper off through the day Monday. However, any flooding that does develop could linger through the morning.

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


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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.



APRIL 21 & 22

Franklin High School FFA Benefit Rodeo
Macon County Fairgrounds – 1436 Georgia Rd

Tickets available at the gate
$12 Adults
$6 Kids ages 5-10
Under 5 Free

Gates open at 6PM each night
Event starts at 8PM each night
Concessions available on site

Get there early for the best seating!

Saddle Bronc Riding
Bareback Riding
Calf Roping
Steer Wrestling
Ladies Breakaway Roping
Team Roping
Ladies Barrel Racing
Bull Riding

For more information, please visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1248793605202655/


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 effecting 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.



Astronomy

A meteor shower known as the Lyrids are active from April 16th to April 25th this year. The peak night is expected to be the nights of April 21st and 22nd.

The Lyrids are a medium strength shower that usually produces good rates for three nights centered on the maximum. These meteors also usually lack persistent trains but can produce fireballs. These meteors are best seen from the northern hemisphere where the radiant is high in the sky at dawn. Activity from this shower can be seen from the southern hemisphere, but at a lower rate.

Radiant: 18:04 +34° - ZHR: 18 - Velocity: 30 miles/sec (medium - 48.4km/sec) - Parent Object: C/1861 G1 (Thatcher)



Twilight Begins: 6:26 am
Sunrise: 6:52 am
Sunset 8:12 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:39 pm




Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 19% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 4:34 am
Moonset 4:09 pm



Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



PLANET POSITION SUMMARY



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.

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


Published at 5:26 am on April 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. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, April 21, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

An unsettled pattern will continue as a front stalls over our area, with showers and thunderstorms possible today and Saturday. A low pressure system will move into the area Sunday bringing widespread showers and some thunderstorms. The low slowly moves east of the area Monday bringing an end to the rain. Drying is expected through the rest of the week.

Weather Almanac for April 21st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 87°F in Franklin in 1963
Lowest Temperature 20°F in Franklin in 1983
Greatest Rainfall 2.00 inches in Highlands in 1884
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands in 1901


DAY SPONSOR

The Greening up the Mountains festival will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary tomorrow in downtown Sylva on Main Street and Mill Street.

A project of the Town of Sylva, this is the year’s largest annual event, and brings 10-12,000 residents, visitors, and families to our beautiful downtown. Strengthened by its early roots as an Earth Day celebration, the festival includes a focus on environmental protection, sustainability, and promotion of local businesses and civic groups. Over a dozen music groups will be performing on two stages and over 200 vendors are expected to participate in this year's event. Come on over to Sylva to enjoy the region's largest festival, there will be something for everyone!

A local videographer has created a timelapse of the construction at the old town bridge. Enjoy!




THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY Chance of strong storms in the late afternoon

Patchy dense fog early. Partly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning followed by winds 5 to 10 mph from the southwest in the afternoon. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon with rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch, more in locations that see a thunderstorm.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 50s and light winds out of the southwest. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Less than a tenth of an inch of rainfall is expected.



SATURDAY

Patchy dense fog early. Partly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 70s. Variable light winds in the morning, followed by winds 5 to 10 mpg from the southwest in the afternoon. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms with less than a tenth of an inch of rainfall expected. Locations that see a thunderstorm will receive higher accumulations. The greatest chance of thunderstorms will be in the afternoon, the later the more likely they will occur. Some of them could be strong.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the low to mid 50s. Winds will be from the southwest, then shifting to come out of the northeast after midnight. 60% chance of rain and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected.



SUNDAY

Cloudy with highs near the mid 60s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast before noon and expected to shift to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. 70% chance of rain with rainfall accumulations between a quarter and half an inch expected.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 40s. 50% chance of rain.


HAZARDS

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon with the main concerns being damaging winds, large hail and frequent lightning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for today and tomorrow, a copy has been posted below. If you are going to an outdoor event this weekend, please take an umbrella with you and keep an eye on the skies. If thunder roars, go indoors.

..FRIDAY....Thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and evening ahead of a weak cold front dropping south into the area. Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible, with damaging winds, large hail, and brief heavy rain the main threats.

..SATURDAY...Severe weather possible. Scattered thunderstorms are expected Saturday afternoon along and south of a stationary front extending across the area. Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible, with damaging winds, large hail, and brief heavy rain the main threats.

The National Weather Service will be taking the regional weather radar offline for a few days around April 17th to install upgrades.

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


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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.



APRIL 21 & 22

Franklin High School FFA Benefit Rodeo
Macon County Fairgrounds – 1436 Georgia Rd

Tickets available at the gate
$12 Adults
$6 Kids ages 5-10
Under 5 Free

Gates open at 6PM each night
Event starts at 8PM each night
Concessions available on site

Get there early for the best seating!

Saddle Bronc Riding
Bareback Riding
Calf Roping
Steer Wrestling
Ladies Breakaway Roping
Team Roping
Ladies Barrel Racing
Bull Riding

For more information, please visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1248793605202655/


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 effecting 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.



Astronomy

A meteor shower known as the Lyrids are active from April 16th to April 25th this year. The peak night is expected to be the nights of April 21st and 22nd.

The Lyrids are a medium strength shower that usually produces good rates for three nights centered on the maximum. These meteors also usually lack persistent trains but can produce fireballs. These meteors are best seen from the northern hemisphere where the radiant is high in the sky at dawn. Activity from this shower can be seen from the southern hemisphere, but at a lower rate.

Radiant: 18:04 +34° - ZHR: 18 - Velocity: 30 miles/sec (medium - 48.4km/sec) - Parent Object: C/1861 G1 (Thatcher)



Twilight Begins: 6:27 am
Sunrise: 6:54 am
Sunset 8:11 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:38 pm



Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 28% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 3:56 am
Moonset 3:07 pm



Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



PLANET POSITION SUMMARY



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.

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


Published at 4:50 am on April 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. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, April 20, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

More seasonable conditions return today in the form of a warm and moist southerly flow of air, with showers and storms breaking out in the afternoon. A cold front will make a run at the region on Friday, leading to still higher chances of showers and storms. The front is expected to stall over the area this weekend, with unsettled weather continuing as a result.

Weather Almanac for April 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2002
Lowest Temperature 17°F in Franklin in 1983
Greatest Rainfall 3.09 inches in Highlands in 1893
Greatest Snowfall 1.5 inches in Highlands in 1901

The record snowfall event on this date in North Carolina is 18 inches in Waynesville in 1901



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY Chance of strong storms in the late afternoon

Areas of dense fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning rising to come from the southeast in the afternoon. 30% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, some of them could be strong with frequent lightning, damaging winds and small hail.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s and variable light winds. 30% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch expected.



FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning and winds 5 to 10 mph from the southeast in the afternoon. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s and calm winds. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.



SATURDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 70s. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11 am.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s. 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms, with the greatest chance after midnight.


HAZARDS

Strong thunderstorms are possible late this afternoon. The main concern is frequent lightning, damaging winds and small hail.

The National Weather Service will be taking the regional weather radar offline for a few days around April 17th to install upgrades.

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


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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.



APRIL 21 & 22

Franklin High School FFA Benefit Rodeo
Macon County Fairgrounds – 1436 Georgia Rd

Tickets available at the gate
$12 Adults
$6 Kids ages 5-10
Under 5 Free

Gates open at 6PM each night
Event starts at 8PM each night
Concessions available on site

Get there early for the best seating!

Saddle Bronc Riding
Bareback Riding
Calf Roping
Steer Wrestling
Ladies Breakaway Roping
Team Roping
Ladies Barrel Racing
Bull Riding

For more information, please visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1248793605202655/


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 effecting 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.



Astronomy


A meteor shower known as the Lyrids are active from April 16th to April 25th this year. The peak night is expected to be the nights of April 21st and 22nd.

The Lyrids are a medium strength shower that usually produces good rates for three nights centered on the maximum. These meteors also usually lack persistent trains but can produce fireballs. These meteors are best seen from the northern hemisphere where the radiant is high in the sky at dawn. Activity from this shower can be seen from the southern hemisphere, but at a lower rate.

Radiant: 18:04 +34° - ZHR: 18 - Velocity: 30 miles/sec (medium - 48.4km/sec) - Parent Object: C/1861 G1 (Thatcher)





Twilight Begins: 6:28 am
Sunrise: 6:55 am
Sunset 8:10 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:37 pm




Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 38% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 3:16 am
Moonset 2:07 pm



Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



PLANET POSITION SUMMARY



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.

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


Published at 4:10 am on April 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. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, April 19, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cool wedge of high pressure will weaken across the region tonight. That will lead to more seasonable conditions Thursday, in the form of a warm and moist southerly flow of air, with showers and storms breaking out in the afternoon. This pattern is expected to linger into the weekend. A stronger storm system will cross the area on Sunday, with a more seasonal air mass moving in for the beginning of the work week.

Weather Almanac for April 19th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 88°F in Franklin in 1976
Lowest Temperature 17°F in Highlands in 1983
Greatest Rainfall 4.46 inches in Highlands in 1901
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1983



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog early. Mostly cloudy with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning, then from the south in the afternoon. 60% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms with the greatest chance of thunderstorms between 2 pm and 8 pm. Rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch expected, more in locations that see thunderstorm activity.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 50s and light winds out of the southeast. 30% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected, more in locations that are impacted by thunderstorms.



THURSDAY

Partly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning, then from the southwest in the afternoon. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected. The greatest chance of thunderstorm activity will be between 11 am and 9 pm.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s and light winds from the southeast. 20% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.



FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 70s. 50% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s. 30% chance of rain.


HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected.

The National Weather Service will be taking the regional weather radar offline for a few days around April 17th to install upgrades. The Public Information Statement follows:

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC


...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC RADAR SCHEDULED FOR UPGRADE DURING THE WEEK OF APRIL 17, 2017...

The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Greer, SC (KGSP) will be down for up to four days during the week of April 17, 2017. Technicians will install an important technological upgrade. The work on the WSR-88D radar has been scheduled to minimize any potential impacts to office operations and will be delayed if hazardous weather is forecast.

During the outage, radar coverage is available from adjacent radar sites including Columbia, SC (KCAE), Peachtree City, GA (KFFC), Morristown, TN (KMRX), Blacksburg, VA (KFCX), and Raleigh, NC (KRAX), as well as the terminal doppler radar at Charlotte, NC (TCLT).

A crew will install a new signal processor, which replaces obsolete technology, improves processing speed and data quality, provides added functionality, and supports IT security.

This is the first of four major upgrades, known as service life extension projects, planned in the next five years to replace and refurbish major components of the 20 year old WSR-88Ds and to keep the radars operational into the 2030s. The $150M investment is being made by the three organizations that use these radars: the NOAA National Weather Service, United States Air Force, and Federal Aviation Administration. The other service life extension projects include refurbishing the transmitter, pedestal, and equipment shelters.

The tri-agency Radar Operations Center, which supports the radars, estimates it will take about 10 months to upgrade the signal processor on all 159 operational WSR-88Ds.

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


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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.



APRIL 21 & 22

Franklin High School FFA Benefit Rodeo
Macon County Fairgrounds – 1436 Georgia Rd

Tickets available at the gate
$12 Adults
$6 Kids ages 5-10
Under 5 Free

Gates open at 6PM each night
Event starts at 8PM each night
Concessions available on site

Get there early for the best seating!

Saddle Bronc Riding
Bareback Riding
Calf Roping
Steer Wrestling
Ladies Breakaway Roping
Team Roping
Ladies Barrel Racing
Bull Riding

For more information, please visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1248793605202655/


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 effecting 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.



Astronomy

A meteor shower known as the Lyrids are active from April 16th to April 25th this year. The peak night is expected to be the nights of April 21st and 22nd.

The Lyrids are a medium strength shower that usually produces good rates for three nights centered on the maximum. These meteors also usually lack persistent trains but can produce fireballs. These meteors are best seen from the northern hemisphere where the radiant is high in the sky at dawn. Activity from this shower can be seen from the southern hemisphere, but at a lower rate.

Radiant: 18:04 +34° - ZHR: 18 - Velocity: 30 miles/sec (medium - 48.4km/sec) - Parent Object: C/1861 G1 (Thatcher)




Twilight Begins: 6:30 am
Sunrise: 6:56 am
Sunset 8:10 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:36 pm




Moon Phase: last Quarter at 5:57 am.
Moonrise 2:33 am
Moonset 1:11 pm



Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



PLANET POSITION SUMMARY



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.

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


Published at 4:35 am on April 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.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, April 18, 2017




The National Weather Segment will no longer be posted as part of the daily update in favor of publishing more local-related items. A national forecast map will be published in it's place. --Bobby



LOCAL NEWS

The Franklin Planning Board met yesterday to discuss the potential designation of areas near the Little Tennessee River in town as a River District. David Culpepper attended the meeting and participated in the discussion, here is what he had to say about it:



Video of the complete meeting can be seen on the blog at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/04/regular-april-2017-meeting-franklin_17.html

The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen met yesterday for a work session on the upcoming budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. (The town fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following calendar year). Complete video and supporting documents can be seen on the blog at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/04/april-17-2017-budget-work-session.html


LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will remain south of the area today and then return north as a warm front on Wednesday. This will keep unsettled weather in the forecast through midweek. Another storm system will impact the region next weekend.

Weather Almanac for April 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 89°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1955
Lowest Temperature 21°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 3.07 inches in Highlands in 1924
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall recorded in Macon County on this date since records began being kept in 1872.



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog is possible early. Cloudy with highs near the mid to upper 60s and calm winds in the morning, then out of the southeast in the afternoon.60% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected. Scattered thunderstorms are likely between about noon and 6 pm.

TONIGHT

Cloudy with patchy dense fog expected between around midnight to 2 am or so. Lows in the lower 50s with a light wind out of the southeast. 60% chance of rain, mainly before 2 am. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch is expected.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near the upper 60s and calm winds early, then from the southeast in the afternoon. 50% chance of rain, mainly, in scattered showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. More is possible in locations that are impacted by thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s and calm winds. 20% chance of rain, mainly before midnight.



THURSDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the upper 70s. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11 am.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s.


HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected.

The National Weather Service will be taking the regional weather radar offline for a few days around April 17th to install upgrades. The Public Information Statement follows:

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC


...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC RADAR SCHEDULED FOR UPGRADE DURING THE WEEK OF APRIL 17, 2017...

The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Greer, SC (KGSP) will be down for up to four days during the week of April 17, 2017. Technicians will install an important technological upgrade. The work on the WSR-88D radar has been scheduled to minimize any potential impacts to office operations and will be delayed if hazardous weather is forecast.

During the outage, radar coverage is available from adjacent radar sites including Columbia, SC (KCAE), Peachtree City, GA (KFFC), Morristown, TN (KMRX), Blacksburg, VA (KFCX), and Raleigh, NC (KRAX), as well as the terminal doppler radar at Charlotte, NC (TCLT).

A crew will install a new signal processor, which replaces obsolete technology, improves processing speed and data quality, provides added functionality, and supports IT security.

This is the first of four major upgrades, known as service life extension projects, planned in the next five years to replace and refurbish major components of the 20 year old WSR-88Ds and to keep the radars operational into the 2030s. The $150M investment is being made by the three organizations that use these radars: the NOAA National Weather Service, United States Air Force, and Federal Aviation Administration. The other service life extension projects include refurbishing the transmitter, pedestal, and equipment shelters.

The tri-agency Radar Operations Center, which supports the radars, estimates it will take about 10 months to upgrade the signal processor on all 159 operational WSR-88Ds.

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


MACON CALENDAR

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There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.



APRIL 21 & 22

Franklin High School FFA Benefit Rodeo
Macon County Fairgrounds – 1436 Georgia Rd

Tickets available at the gate
$12 Adults
$6 Kids ages 5-10
Under 5 Free

Gates open at 6PM each night
Event starts at 8PM each night
Concessions available on site

Get there early for the best seating!

Saddle Bronc Riding
Bareback Riding
Calf Roping
Steer Wrestling
Ladies Breakaway Roping
Team Roping
Ladies Barrel Racing
Bull Riding

For more information, please visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1248793605202655/


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 effecting 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.



Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:31 am
Sunrise: 6:57 am
Sunset 8:09 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:35 pm




Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 57% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 1:48 am
Moonset 12:17 pm



Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning



PLANET POSITION SUMMARY



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]

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Published at 4:18 am on April 18, 2017

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, 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.