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Friday, October 20, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, October 20, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will dominate the local weather pattern this weekend. Temperatures will gradually edge up a few degrees during that time. Meanwhile, a low-pressure system and frontal pattern will bring increased chances of rain early next week. 


LOCAL NEWS

Yesterday was the first day of One-Stop Early Voting in the 2017 Municipal Elections. Only 7 people took the opportunity to do so. More information is on the blog. [LINK]



WEATHER SPONSOR





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


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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 October 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Lowest Temperature 21°F in Franklin in 1981
Greatest Rainfall 3.87 inches in Highlands in 1950
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1913


Record weather events for October in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on Oct 20, 1913


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog, dense in some places. Cloudy through mid-morning, then sunny skies. Highs ranging from the 60s in the higher elevations and the 70s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northeast in the morning, shifting to come out of the east around noon, then the southeast in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s. Winds out of the southeast.



SATURDAY

Sunny with highs in the 60s to near 70 and winds out of the southeast.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 40s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast.



SUNDAY

Mostly sunny in the morning, then becoming mostly cloudy by the afternoon. Highs in the 60s.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 50s. 50% chance of rain, mainly after midnight.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

If you are out driving in the fog, please turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you and increase your following distance.

The Nati0onal Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the possibility of frost in the area. It is posted below for your convenience:

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


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


TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Oct 20 2017

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

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


MACON CALENDAR

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It is FFA Christmas Tree order time.....
Help support our Franklin FFA ( Future Farmers of America )....
* All proceeds go to the students for competitions *

FFA students are taking orders for Christmas trees...locally grown Frasier Firs...hand selected by students, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft... $25.00 each...order now - pick up Sat Nov 25 9am-12....Ag Building at Franklin HS....contact Gregory Charles Spala 813-838-7693 or Lori Spala 813-503-2160 calls, text & vm or via FB messenger or send comment...
Cash or checks (FHS....memo line FFA Christmas Tree)

**Thursday, November 16th DEADLINE for orders & money turn in for Christmas Trees**


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 7:18 a.m.
Sunrise 7:44 a.m.
Sun transit 1:18 p.m.
Sunset 6:52 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:18 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 8:22 a.m.
Moon transit 2:07 p.m.
Moonset 7:47 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on October 20, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on October 19, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week

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

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

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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 3:46 am on October 20, 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. 

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