The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen met Monday Night for their regular monthly meeting. Video and supporting documents are on the blog at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/05/regular-may-2017-meeting-franklin-town.html
A copy of the proposed budget for the Town of Franklin is also on the blog for you to read or download.
Here are the broad figures for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2018:
819,582 Fire Dept Fund
3,483,455 Water & Sewer Fund
100,000 Tourism Development Fund
The Aldermen and staff will be having a budget work session to potentially tweak these numbers on Monday, May 15th at 5:30 in the lower level of town hall.
Weak high pressure continues over our region today. A vigorous low-pressure system developing from the plains to the Mississippi River Valley will bring Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico moisture back into the area Wednesday night through Thursday night. Much cooler air will spill into the region Friday through the weekend as the low-pressure system migrates to the eastern seaboard.
Weather Almanac for May 3rd (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County
Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2012
Lowest Temperature 27°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1961
Greatest Rainfall 2.40 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1997
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall on this date since 1872 when weather records began being kept.
Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.
Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.
They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.
THREE DAY OUTLOOK
Sunny with highs near the mid-70s. Calm winds in the morning, then from the southwest in the afternoon.
Increasing clouds with lows in the mid-50s and winds 5 to 10 mph from the southeast.
Cloudy with highs in the mid to upper-60s with winds 10 to 20 mph from the southeast. Wind gusts in the 25 to 35 mph range. Winds will be higher in the higher elevations. A wind advisory is in effect for this wind event. Rain is likely, mainly after 2 pm with rainfall amounts between a half to three-quarters of an inch.
Cloudy with lows in the mid-40s and winds 5 to 10 mph from the southeast, calming after midnight. 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid to upper 50s. 50% chance of rain showers.
Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s. 40% chance of rain, mainly before 3 am. Clearing skies after midnight.
Hazardous weather is not expected today.
The NWS has issued a Wind Advisory that will be in effect from midnight tonight until midnight tomorrow night, all day Thursday. Winds are expected to gust into the 20 to 30 mph range over most of the county, with wind gusts expected to exceed 45 mph in the higher elevations.
This will mean that scattered to widespread power outages may be possible.
Here is the text of the advisory:
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
326 AM EDT Wed May 3, 2017
...VERY WINDY CONDITIONS TO AFFECT THE EXTREME SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING...
.A low-pressure system moving from the mid-Mississippi River Valley to the southern Appalachians will bring very windy conditions to the higher terrain of the southern Appalachians late tonight through Thursday evening.
...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT EDT THURSDAY NIGHT...
The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from midnight tonight to midnight EDT Thursday night.
* LOCATIONS...The southern mountains of western North Carolina, especially along the higher terrain.
* HAZARDS...Very windy conditions.
* TIMING...Southerly winds will steadily ramp tonight and maximize across the mountains on Thursday.
* WINDS...Southeast 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 45 to 55 mph at times, especially at elevations above 3500 feet.
* IMPACTS...Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.
A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.
As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN
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Saturday, May 6 at 11 AM
EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL RELAY FOR LIFE TRUCK PULL
The Emergency Services Personnel Relay for Life Team is hosting a Firetruck pull to earn money for Relay for Life. Teams of 6 for $150. Also having a pull for children under the age of 12 for $50 per team. There will be hot dogs and hamburgers, and games for the kids! Come out, have fun, and help us raise money for Relay for Life!
Learn more about this fundraiser on the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/600783233464831/
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.
Twilight Begins: 6:13 am
Sunrise: 6:40 am
Sunset 8:21 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:49 pm
Moonset 2:39 a.m.
Moonrise 1:41 p.m.
Evening Events and Planets
Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight
Sky and Telescope 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 May 3, 2017
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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, 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.