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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Letter to the Editor
Our Appreciation to the Generous People of Macon County

Thank You Card from Samaritans Purse

February 27, 2017



I am writing to thank and celebrate the residents of Franklin/Highlands and Macon County for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas season. The generosity of Macon County volunteers, families and groups contributed a total of 4,766 shoebox gifts, paved the way for us to collect a total 18,719 shoebox gifts from all of our Western North Carolina Area (which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties) for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. Our International Total for 2016 is 11,485,662 Shoeboxes!

In October, we had the privilege of hearing the personal story of shoebox recipient Dania Yadago, who received a shoebox when she was 5 years old. She now lives and attends college in North Carolina, serving Operation Christmas Child as much as her busy schedule allows. In November, the Western North Carolina Collection Center at Holly Springs Baptist Church celebrated the Grand Opening of the 2016 Collection Week with a special ‘ribbon cutting’ and time of prayer! It was attended by County Commissioners Ronnie Beale, and Gary Shields, School Board Member, Fred Goldsmith, and Pastor Donnie Seagle, volunteers and guests! Area Coordinator June Trull shared some of the history of Holly Springs Baptist Church’s journey from becoming a Relay Center in 2008, to a Relay-Relay Center, to a Collection Center for Western North Carolina and 11-year-old Callie Barnett, from Windy Gap Baptist Church, cut the ribbon to open the WNC Collection Center. Macon County’s other drop-off location First Baptist Church of Highlands, celebrated it’s first year as a drop-off location. Long time volunteers Sergio Barranco and Angelica Garcia did a great job as coordinators.

The gift-filled shoeboxes are tangible expressions of God’s love for children around the world suffering from poverty, natural disaster, war, disease and famine. These children, many of whom have never received a gift before, learn they are loved and not forgotten. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories.

It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though the Macon County drop-off locations are closed until November 2017, filled shoeboxes are collected year-round at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, North Carolina. Additionally, anyone can conveniently pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift at samaritanspurse.org/occ. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found on the website or e-mail us at wncocc@yahoo.com.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this project and for those who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message of hope and continue to transform the lives of children worldwide.


Sincerely,

June Trull, Area Coordinator
Western North Carolina Area Team
Operation Christmas Child
828-347-5230
**Any time is a good time to pack a shoe box!!**


Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Severe weather likely across portions of the central and eastern U.S....

...Record warmth expected from the Midwest to the East Coast...

...Enhanced wildfire danger across the southern Rockies to the southern Plains today...

Unseasonably warm temperatures will be in place today from the southern Plains into the Midwest ahead of a strong cold front. High temperatures will range from the 60s and 70s from the Ohio Valley through the mid-Mississippi Valley eventually reaching the 90s across south Texas. These temperatures will be a good 10 to 25 degrees above late February averages. Besides warm temperatures, other ingredients will be present today to support a threat for severe weather of all types from the ArkLaTex into the Ohio valley, including tornadoes, large hail, damaging straight line winds and flash flooding. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted locations from central Arkansas to much of Indiana with an enhanced risk of severe storms for today through tonight. Farther south and west, high winds and low relative humidity across the southern to central High Plains will support a wild fire threat today behind a dryline which will extend north to south across central Oklahoma and Texas. Winds could gust to 60 mph from eastern New Mexico into parts of west Texas.

As the strong cold front advances east for Wednesday, the anomalously warm temperatures and severe weather threat will shift east, affecting locations from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Temperatures are forecast to break daily high temperature records for today and Wednesday in advance of the cold front. Temperatures will only fall to near average behind the cold front as the very cold air is locked up in northern Canada for the time being.

Winter weather in the form of light to locally moderate snow will affect portions of the upper Mississippi Valley into the northern Great Lakes region late tonight. Rain is forecast to change to snow as colder air filters in behind a strengthening surface low tracking from the Midwest into southern Ontario. Accumulations should be focused from southern Wisconsin into Michigan storm totals are expected to be largely below 6 inches through Thursday morning.

After light coastal rain and mountain snow for the Northwest today, the remainder of the West Coast will see a break from precipitation through the middle of the week. Temperatures will continue to be near or below average with the next round of noteworthy precipitation expected to reach the Pacific Northwest toward week's end.

LOCAL NEWS

The Macon County Board of Education met last night. Full video of the meeting is on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL OVERVIEW

A warm front will lift north across our area today warming temperatures further and then a cold front crosses the area Wednesday night preceded by showers and thunderstorms, some of the could be severe. Cool high pressure will drop temperatures to near normal for the second half of the week. As the high moves off the Carolina coast, a warm southerly flow brings temperatures above normal again Sunday and Monday.



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




Tuesday

Patchy fog early. Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning, then from the southeast in the afternoon. 50% chance of rain with rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch expected.

Tuesday Night

Patchy fog around midnight. Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 50s and light winds out of the southeast.



Wednesday

Mostly cloudy with highs near 70. Winds 5 to 15 mph from the southeast shifting to come from the southwest, then west, beginning in the afternoon. Wind gusts could reach 20 to 25 mph. 70% chance of rainfall with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected. Thunderstorms possible after noon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 30 after the front passes. Winds will shift from the west to come out of the northwest overnight with higher gusts expected after 3 am. Near 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms, with the greatest chance of severe thunderstorms occurring between 11pm and 6 am.




Thursday

Sunny with highs near the mid 50s.


Thursday Night

Mostly clear with lows near 30.




HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today. A line of severe thunderstorms may arrive in our area overnight Wednesday between midnight and 6 am. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Macon County. The text is posted below for your convenience.

...WEDNESDAY...Severe weather possible. A vigorous cold front will sweep through the region on Wednesday. Showers and thunderstorms are expected, some of which could become severe with damaging winds and frequent lightning being the primary threats.


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 or photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Be the Voice for a Child! Don’t let another child’s voice go unheard. The Guardian Ad Litem program is currently seeking volunteers in your community to be the voice of a foster child in court. The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program thrives on volunteerism, and its vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. We will have a training class for volunteers in Sylva starting March 16, 2017. We would love to have you join us. It's not too late to apply!
If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact Joe Allen at the Macon County GAL office at 828-349-7222 or Shannon Cowan at the Jackson County GAL Office at 828-587-2087. You can also find out more about the program by visiting www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem


Weather Extremes Almanac for February 28, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 88ºF in New Bern, Craven County in 1962
Low Temperature -8ºF in Montreat, Yancey County in 1935
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 6.21 inches in Brevard, Transylvania County in 1962
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Laurel Springs, Ashe County in 2005

Macon County

High Temperature 79ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1996
Low Temperature 6°F in Highlands in 2002
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.00 inches in Highlands in 1882
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches at the Nantahala in 1937


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:39 am
Sunrise: 7:04 am
Sunset 6:28 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:54 pm
Day Length: 12 hours 15 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 11 hours 24 minutes



Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 5% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 8:24 am
Moonset 8:52 pm



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight




Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:05 am
Sets 9:05 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.357 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 8:59 am
Sets 9:49 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 2.034 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning





MERCURY
Rises 7:01 am
Sets 5:55 pm
Brightness -1.0 Magnitude
Distance 1.381 AU
Constellation: Aquarius

SATURN 


Rises 2:51 am
Sets 12:37 pm
Brightness 1.3
Distance: 10.287 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

JUPITER
Rises 9:42 pm
Sets 9:03 am
Brightness -2.2 Magnitude
Distance: 4.681 AU
Constellation: Virgo




Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine

ANNULAR ECLIPSE TODAY

There will be an annular eclipse of sun today. It will not be visible from here, but you can watch in on the SLOOH website. [LINK] http://live.slooh.com/stadium/live/the-southern-ring-of-fire-solar-eclipse

The eclipse will be visible from Africa to the southern portion of South America. Sky and Telescope has an article on the event. [LINK] http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/february-26-annular-solar-eclipse/

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 3:45 am on Feb 28, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


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.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Regular February 2017 Meeting
Macon County Board of Education



The Macon County Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting for February 2017 at the Central Officers on February 27, 2017.

The video of the meeting has been embedded below so you can see and hear exactly what happened at the meeting.




MEDIA ROLL CALL
(media outlets with reporters present for the meeting)

Macon Media (me)
The Franklin Press
WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM
The Macon County News and Shopping Guide


OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS PRESENT


Gary Shields, Macon County Commissioner



DAY SPONSOR

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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.




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

















xxx


Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, February 27, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...More snow for the western U.S., and rain and thunderstorms return to the Gulf Coast and much of the southeastern U.S....

With the surface high pressure area now moving off the East Coast, expect a gradual warming trend along with increasing moisture going into the middle of the week for the eastern U.S. Return flow from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of the next storm system over Texas is advecting enough humidity northward to generate showers and scattered thunderstorms extending from Texas to the Deep South, and this will continue on Monday.

More widespread showers and storms are likely to develop by Tuesday and going into Wednesday as the warm front continues lifting northward. Some locations could easily get in excess of an inch of rainfall by Tuesday morning, especially across parts of the lower Mississippi River valley. Severe thunderstorms will be possible on Tuesday from Arkansas to the Ohio Valley ahead of the developing storm system over the central Plains. Windy conditions are expected to develop over western Texas and eastern Mexico, where high wind watches are in effect.

Snow will continue to be in the forecast for the mountains of the western U.S. for the first half of the work week. The Cascades, Sierra, Wasatch, and central/southern Rockies should see the greatest snowfall totals, with some locations getting in excess of a foot of additional snowfall. Rain is likely for the lower elevations of the Desert Southwest and the coastal Pacific Northwest.



LOCAL OVERVIEW

Cool high pressure will move off the east coast tonight, with warmer air returning during the first half of the upcoming week. A warm front will lift north through the area Tuesday then a cold front crosses from the northwest Wednesday night. Cool high pressure brings temperatures a little below normal at the end of the week.




THREE DAY OUTLOOK




Monday

Mostly cloudy with highs near 60. Winds start out being calm, then gradually rise to come from the south, especially after 11 am. Rainfall chances are best after 5 pm. Less than a tenth of an inch of rainfall is expected.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 40s and light winds out of the southeast. 30% chance of rain overnight with rainfall accumulations of less than a tenth of an inch expected.




Tuesday

Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid 60s and variable light winds. 60% chance of rain with rain fall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 50s and winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.





Wednesday

Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid to upper 60s. 60% chance of rain with thunderstorms possible, mainly after noon.


Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 30s. 70% chance of rain, mainly before midnight.




HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Wednesday due to a possible severe weather outbreak that may reach the region. It is posted below...

WEDNESDAY...Severe weather possible. A vigorous cold front will sweep through the region on Wednesday. Showers and thunderstorms are expected, some of which could become severe with damaging winds and frequent lightning being the primary threats.

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 or photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Be the Voice for a Child! Don’t let another child’s voice go unheard. The Guardian Ad Litem program is currently seeking volunteers in your community to be the voice of a foster child in court. The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program thrives on volunteerism, and its vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. We will have a training class for volunteers in Sylva starting March 16, 2017. We would love to have you join us. It's not too late to apply!
If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact Joe Allen at the Macon County GAL office at 828-349-7222 or Shannon Cowan at the Jackson County GAL Office at 828-587-2087. You can also find out more about the program by visiting www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem


Weather Extremes Almanac for February 27, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 86ºF in Goldsboro, Wayne County in 1997
Low Temperature -10ºF in Montreat, Yancey County in 1934
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.34 inches in Washington, Beaufort County in 1906
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 16.0 inches in High Point, Guilford County in 2004

Macon County

High Temperature 76ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1944
Low Temperature 0°F in Franklin in 1963
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.80 inches in Highlands in 1913
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 11.0 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1982


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:40 am
Sunrise: 7:05 am
Sunset 6:28 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:53 pm
Day Length: 12 hours 13 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 11 hours 23 minutes



Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 7:47 am
Moonset 7:47 pm



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight




Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:09 am
Sets 9:08 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.363 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:01 am
Sets 9:50 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 2.028 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning





MERCURY
Rises 7:01 am
Sets 5:51 pm
Brightness -1.0 Magnitude
Distance 1.381 AU
Constellation: Aquarius

SATURN 


Rises 2:55 am
Sets 12:41 pm
Brightness 1.3
Distance: 10.303 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

JUPITER
Rises 9:46 pm
Sets 9:07 am
Brightness -2.2 Magnitude
Distance: 4.692 AU
Constellation: Virgo




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 4:27 am on Feb 27, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


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.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, February 26, 2017
Increased Fire Danger


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...More snow for the western U.S. and great lakes, and rain returns to the Gulf Coast region...

Now that the strong cold front has cleared the East Coast, expect a return to temperatures that are more typical of February, compared to the past few days that were a preview of spring. A surface high pressure area will settle in behind the front across the eastern U.S., and it will be accompanied by sunny to partly cloudy skies along with temperatures mainly in the 40s and 50s on Sunday afternoon. The exception to this will be the Great Lakes region, where a weak impulse crossing overhead will be enough to generate periods of snow showers from northern Minnesota to upstate New York.

By Monday morning, return flow from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of the next storm system over Texas will begin advecting increased moisture northbound across much of the southern Plains and the Deep south. Numerous showers and storms are likely to develop during the first half of the work week as the warm front lifts northward, with some locations getting in excess of an inch of rainfall by Tuesday morning, especially from southern Arkansas to northern Alabama.

Across the northwestern quadrant of the nation, a developing low pressure system and accompanying upper level disturbance will bring more widespread coverage of coastal rain and mountain/inland snow showers for Sunday. More of the Intermountain West will likely be affected going into Monday as the frontal boundary moves farther inland. Heavy snow is likely for the higher mountain ranges.



LOCAL OVERVIEW

..Cool high pressure will be centered over our area today then move off the Carolina coast tonight. Expect warmer air to return during the first half of the week. A warm front lifts north through the area Tuesday then a cold front crosses our region from the northwest Wednesday night. Cool high pressure brings temperatures a little below normal at the end of the week.




THREE DAY OUTLOOK




Sunday (Increased Fire Danger Today)

Sunny with highs near the mid 50s and winds out of the northwest shifting around sunset to come out of the west, then south.

Sunday Night

Increasing clouds with lows near freezing and calm winds.




Monday

Mostly cloudy with highs near 60. Variable light winds in the morning and then from the south in the afternoon. Chances of rain increase after 9 am, becoming more likely after 2 pm. 40% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 40s and calm winds. 50% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.



Tuesday

Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid 60s and calm winds. 60% chance of with thunderstorms possible.


Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 50s. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.




HAZARDS

Humidity levels will drop below 30% around 9 am today and remain low until after dark tonight. Macon Media recommends you put off burning debris or brush piles.

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 or photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Be the Voice for a Child! Don’t let another child’s voice go unheard. The Guardian Ad Litem program is currently seeking volunteers in your community to be the voice of a foster child in court. The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program thrives on volunteerism, and its vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. We will have a training class for volunteers in Sylva starting March 16, 2017. We would love to have you join us. It's not too late to apply!
If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact Joe Allen at the Macon County GAL office at 828-349-7222 or Shannon Cowan at the Jackson County GAL Office at 828-587-2087. You can also find out more about the program by visiting www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem


Weather Extremes Almanac for February 26, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 84ºF in Elizabethtown, Bladen County in 1977
Low Temperature -10ºF in Blowing rock, Watauga County in 1967
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.25 inches in Highlands, Macon County in 1899
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Bakersville, Mitchell County in 1894

Macon County

High Temperature 77ºF in Franklin in 1977
Low Temperature 3°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1967
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.25 inches in Highlands in 1899
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.5 inches in Franklin in 2015


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:41 am
Sunrise: 7:06 am
Sunset 6:27 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:52 pm
Day Length: 12 hours 11 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 11 hours 21 minutes



Moon Phase: New moon at 9:58 am
Moonrise 7:09 am
Moonset 6:43 pm



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight




Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:13 am
Sets 9:11 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.369 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:03 am
Sets 9:50 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 2.021 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning





MERCURY
Rises 7:00 am
Sets 5:46 pm
Brightness -0.9 Magnitude
Distance 1.381 AU
Constellation: Aquarius

SATURN 


Rises 2:59 am
Sets 12:44 pm
Brightness 1.3
Distance: 10.319 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

JUPITER
Rises 9:50 pm
Sets 9:11 am
Brightness -2.2 Magnitude
Distance: 4.703 AU
Constellation: Virgo




Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine

ANNULAR ECLIPSE TODAY


There will be an annular eclipse of sun today. It will not be visible from here, but you can watch in on the SLOOH website beginning at 7 am. [LINK]

The eclipse will be visible from Africa to the southern portion of South America. Sky and Telescope has an article on the event. [LINK]

OTHER INFORMATION

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 5:14 am on Feb 26, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


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.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, February 25, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Strong storm system to affect the eastern U.S. through Saturday...

...More precipitation expected for the Pacific Northwest and West Coast this weekend...

The strong surface low that led to a widespread winter storm from the Rockies to the central Plains over the past couple of days, will continue its track northeastward across southern Canada this afternoon and evening. The main concern is now heavy rain and the potential for strong thunderstorms along and east of the Appalachians, ahead of the cold front. The greatest concern for any run-off or flooding problems is from northern Pennsylvania to northern New England. A few severe storms are possible for portions of the Mid Atlantic region on Saturday. This front will bring a return to more seasonal temperatures by February standards for a few days.

Light to moderate rain and snow has returned to the California coast as a weak disturbance traverses southward along the coast, but should be weakening. Scattered snow showers will also occur in the central and northern Rockies through much of the weekend with mainly light amounts expected. Another stronger low pressure system is poised to impact the Pacific Northwest by Sunday, bringing yet another round of moderate rain and mountain snow to the region.

The Desert Southwest and the southern Plains should remain sunny to partly cloudy through Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, return flow from the Gulf of Mexico will advect enough moisture northward to generate scattered showers and storms from eastern Texas to the Deep South.



LOCAL OVERVIEW

A cold front will move off the Carolina coast late today as cool high pressure builds into our region from the west. Temperatures cool to near normal tonight through Sunday night, then warm up again during the first half of the week. A warm front lifts north through the area around midweek as a cold front approaches from the west bringing showers and storms.

LOCAL NEWS: FIRE ON ONION MOUNTAIN

At 2:38 am, Franklin Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a loose fire on Onion Mountain Road. The fire was soon determined to be in the Cullasaja Gorge Fire District and they were called out. NC Forest Service and US Forest Service personnel and assets were also called out to the fire, which was reported to be 2 to 3 acres upon the arrival of firefighters. A burned out vehicle was discovered and suspected to be the origin of the fire. The Fire Marshall and law enforcement were called to the scene. Savannah and Mountain Valley Fire Departments were also called to assist with fighting the fire.

As of 4:13 am, firefighters had completed a fireline on the left flank of the fire. It sounds like they've made a good catch on this fire in tough conditions.

More coverage of the fire may be seen at the following locations:

Google Plus https://plus.google.com/112483742818260664333/posts/B5t9zWfXvCt

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MaconMediaNews/posts/1292863497426451


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




Saturday

Patchy fog early, decreasing clouds with highs near 60. Winds will be out of the northwest 5 to 15, gusting to 25 mph. A high wind field is expected to move through between 11 am and 6 pm. 80% chance of rain with less than a tenth of an inch expected, with higher amounts in locations that see thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear with lows near the mid 20s and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.




Sunday

Sunny with highs near the mid 50s and variable light winds.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near freezing and calm winds.




Monday

Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid 50s. 60% chance of rain, expected to be mainly after 10 am.


Monday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 40s. 60% chance of rain, mainly before 8 pm.




HAZARDS

High winds are expected today. Despite recent rain, Macon Media recommends you put off burning debris or brush piles due to high winds.

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 or photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Be the Voice for a Child! Don’t let another child’s voice go unheard. The Guardian Ad Litem program is currently seeking volunteers in your community to be the voice of a foster child in court. The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program thrives on volunteerism, and its vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. We will have a training class for volunteers in Sylva starting March 16, 2017. We would love to have you join us. It's not too late to apply!
If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact Joe Allen at the Macon County GAL office at 828-349-7222 or Shannon Cowan at the Jackson County GAL Office at 828-587-2087. You can also find out more about the program by visiting www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem


Weather Extremes Almanac for February 25, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 85ºF in Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1930
Low Temperature -19ºF on Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1967
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 6.80 inches in Murphy, Cherokee County in 1875
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Marion, McDowell County in 1894

Macon County

High Temperature 77ºF in Highlands in 1930
Low Temperature -5°F in Highlands in 1967
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 6.20 inches in Franklin in 1875
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 8.0 inches in Highlands in 1894


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:42 am
Sunrise: 7:08 am
Sunset 6:26 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:51 pm
Day Length: 12 hours 09 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 11 hours 18 minutes



Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 6:29 am
Moonset 5:40 pm



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight




Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:17 am
Sets 9:14 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.374 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:05 am
Sets 9:50 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 2.014 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning





MERCURY
Rises 6:59 am
Sets 5:41 pm
Brightness -0.8 Magnitude
Distance 1.380 AU
Constellation: Aquarius

SATURN 


Rises 3:02 am
Sets 12:48 pm
Brightness 1.3
Distance: 10.335 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

JUPITER
Rises 9:55 pm
Sets 9:15 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.714 AU
Constellation: Virgo




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 4:44 am on Feb 25, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


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.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, february 24, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Strong storm system to affect the central and eastern U.S. through Saturday...

Much of the nation east of the Mississippi River will continue to observe unseasonably warm temperatures through Friday. This is courtesy of an upper level ridge and a strong surge of warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of an approaching cold front. Forecast highs ranging from 15 to 30 degrees above February averages will be possible from the Deep South to southern New England on Friday. Some locations could easily achieve record highs before the front exits the coast this weekend, with readings into the low to mid 80s for some areas across the southeast states.

A strong winter storm will track from the Rockies to the Upper Midwest through Saturday. A surface low continues to gain strength as it moves across the Midwest today, and reaches Lake Huron by Saturday morning. A band of heavy snow is expected north of the surface low from northern Iowa to northern Michigan, where both blizzard and winter storm warnings are currently in effect. Some areas could get 8 to 12 inches of snow before the event ends by Friday night. In the warm sector of this storm system, showers and thunderstorms are expected Friday and Friday night from the Ohio Valley to the Mid-Atlantic region. Severe thunderstorms are likely on Friday across portions of the Ohio valley and southern Great Lakes, owing to favorable shear and instability. The Storm Prediction Center has additional details on that.

Elsewhere across the continental U.S., expect light to moderate rain to return to the West Coast as a couple of disturbances pass through the region. Scattered snow showers are likely for the central and northern Rockies through Saturday with mainly light amounts expected. The Desert Southwest and the southern Plains should remain sunny to partly cloudy.

A map from the Storm Prediction Center shows the area expected to be impacted by the severe weather outbreak today and into tonight. These storms have a slight chance of reaching Macon County between midnight and 6 am. The main impact for us will be winds and possible hail.





LOCAL OVERVIEW

A cold front will move through the area tonight with showers and thunderstorms mainly for the mountains. There is a chance some of them could be severe Temperatures cool to near normal late in the weekend then warm up again early in the week. Another stronger cold front will move through the area mid week, increasing rain chances again.

THREE DAY OUTLOOK




Friday

Patchy dense fog before 10 am. Partly sunny with highs near the lower 70s. The days will start with light breezes from the southeast, shifting to come out of the south at 5 to 10 mph by mid morning.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50. Winds out of the south near 10 mph. 60% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected. Thunderstorms are possible overnight as a line of storms will approach from the Ohio Valley. There is a slight chance some of them could be severe. Rain chances peak between 2 am and 6 am.




Saturday

Mostly cloudy with decreasing clouds, becoming mostly clear by 3 pm. Highs near 60 with winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph. 40% chance of rain, mainly before noon.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear with lows near the mid 20s and wind chills perhaps dipping into the teens. Winds out the northwest 5 to 10 mph, gusting to 20 mph, mainly before midnight.




Sunday

Sunny with highs near the mid 50s and calm winds.


Sunday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near freezing.




HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today. There is a slight chance of severe thunderstorms overnight, mainly between midnight and 6 am. Winds will also be gusting up to 30 mph tomorrow, especially in higher elevations, so please put off burning debris or brush piles until sometime next week.

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 or photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


FULL CIRCLE RECOVERY CENTER HARM REDUCTION TEA PARTY TODAY





MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Be the Voice for a Child! Don’t let another child’s voice go unheard. The Guardian Ad Litem program is currently seeking volunteers in your community to be the voice of a foster child in court. The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program thrives on volunteerism, and its vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. We will have a training class for volunteers in Sylva starting March 16, 2017. We would love to have you join us. It's not too late to apply!
If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact Joe Allen at the Macon County GAL office at 828-349-7222 or Shannon Cowan at the Jackson County GAL Office at 828-587-2087. You can also find out more about the program by visiting www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem


Weather Extremes Almanac for February 24, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 86ºF in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1982
Low Temperature -10ºF in Montreat, Yancey County in 1939
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.85 inches in Albemarle, Stanly County in 1979
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 16.3 inches in Montreat, Yancey County in 1942

Macon County

High Temperature 75ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1996
Low Temperature 3ºF in Highlands in 1989
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.42 inches in Nantahala in 1975
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.2 inches in Highlands in 2015


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:43 am
Sunrise: 7:09 am
Sunset 6:25 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:50 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 14 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 12 hours 07 minutes



Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 4% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 5:47 am
Moonset 4:39 pm



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight




Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:21 am
Sets 9:16 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.380 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:07 am
Sets 9:51 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 2.008 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning





MERCURY
Rises 6:58 am
Sets 5:36 pm
Brightness -0.7 Magnitude
Distance 1.378 AU
Constellation: Aquarius

SATURN 


Rises 3:06 am
Sets 12:52 pm
Brightness 1.3
Distance: 10.350 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

JUPITER
Rises 9:59 pm
Sets 9:19 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.726 AU
Constellation: Virgo




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 4:31 am on Feb 24, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


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.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, February 23, 2017


Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

...Locally heavy rain possible across portions of the Florida Peninsula through Thursday morning...

...Record warm temperatures possible for much of the central and eastern U.S. through Friday...

...Winter storm expected to bring heavy snow and gusty winds from portions of the central and northern Rockies to the Upper Midwest...

An anomalous upper-level low is moving east across the northern Gulf of Mexico this afternoon, with the associated surface low pressure system bringing widespread rain and thunderstorms to much of Florida. The system will continue to move eastward through tonight, with widespread showers and thunderstorms expected to persist across eastern portions of the Florida Peninsula into Thursday morning. Locally heavy rain will be possible. Rain and thunderstorms will gradually wind down Thursday afternoon as the system moves east into the Atlantic Ocean.

Otherwise, most of the central and eastern U.S. will see well above average temperatures persisting through Friday, as high pressure at the mid and upper-levels of the atmosphere dominates the weather pattern. Afternoon high temperatures on Thursday are forecast to be 15 to 30 degrees above average from the southern and central plains to the East Coast. These warm temperatures are expected to persist into Friday for areas from the lower and mid-Mississippi valley to the East Coast. Temperatures could soar well into the 70s for many areas, with the potential for numerous locations to reach or surpass record highs.

In stark contract to the record warmth, a winter storm is expected to take shape from portions of the Rockies to the northern plains and Upper Midwest. A vigorous upper-level disturbance and associated surface frontal system moving eastward across the Great Basin this afternoon will snow to much of the central and northern Rockies tonight. By early Thursday morning, a new area of surface low pressure is expected to begin developing just east of the Colorado Rockies. As this occurs, the potential for heavy snow will begin to occur from the central and northern Rockies east into the High Plains. This area of low pressure is expected to deepen during the day on Thursday as it moves into the central plains, and into the Midwest on Friday. The system is expected to bring potentially heavy snow and gusty winds to a large area from the central and northern Rockies to portions of the Upper Midwest and Upper Great Lakes.

South of the snow area, rain and thunderstorms are expected Thursday and Friday from portions of the mid and upper-Mississippi valley to the southern Great Lakes and Ohio valley. Some storms could be severe on Friday across portions of the Ohio valley and southern Great Lakes. Please refer to products issued by the Storm Prediction Center for further details on the severe weather threat.



LOCAL OVERVIEW

Brief drying develops today into early Friday before a significant cold front brings chances for rain and thunderstorms Friday night and Saturday. Overall, daytime temperatures will remain well above normal through Saturday, with a return to normal for Sunday. Above normal temperatures and chances for rain return for early next week.

THREE DAY OUTLOOK


National Surface Map for Thursday Feb 23rd at 7 am

Thursday

Patchy dense fog before 10 am. Partly sunny with highs near 70. Calm winds until the afternoon when the shift to come from the south.

Thursday Night


Partly cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and light winds out of the southeast.


National Surface Map for Friday Feb 24th at 7 am

Friday

Partly sunny with highs near the lower 70s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast. Chances of showers and thunderstorms increase after 4 pm.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and light winds out of the southeast, shifting to come out of the southwest after midnight. 50% chance of rain. Thunderstorms could move into the area, mainly after midnight.


National Surface Map for Saturday Feb 25th at 7 am

Saturday

Rain before 9 am, decreasing clouds to become mostly sunny with highs near the lower 60s.


Saturday Night

Mostly clear with lows near 30.




HAZARDS

Dense fog is expected to form this morning. Please slow down, increase your following distance, and use your headlights on low beam so other drivers can see you.

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 or photo, to editor@maconmedia.com
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


FULL CIRCLE RECOVERY CENTER TO HOLD HARM REDUCTION TEA PARTY ON FRIDAY




MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.





Be the Voice for a Child! Don’t let another child’s voice go unheard. The Guardian Ad Litem program is currently seeking volunteers in your community to be the voice of a foster child in court. The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program thrives on volunteerism, and its vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. We will have a training class for volunteers in Sylva starting March 16, 2017. We would love to have you join us. It's not too late to apply!
If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact Joe Allen at the Macon County GAL office at 828-349-7222 or Shannon Cowan at the Jackson County GAL Office at 828-587-2087. You can also find out more about the program by visiting www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem


Weather Extremes Almanac for February 23, 2017



North Carolina

High Temperature 85ºF in Tapoco, Graham County in 1996
Low Temperature -9ºF in Montreat, Yancey County in 1939
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.50 inches in Broadway, Chatham County in 1919
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 18.0 inches on Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1984

Macon County

High Temperature 75ºF in Franklin in 1980
Low Temperature 3ºF in Highlands in 1939
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.89 inches in Highlands in 1994
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.5 inches in Highlands in 1989


Astronomy


Twilight Begins: 6:45 am
Sunrise: 7:10 am
Sunset 6:24 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:50 pm
Day Length: 12 hours 05 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 11 hours 54 minutes



Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 9% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 5:03 am
Moonset 3:41 pm



Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets


Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight


Evening Sky Chart for Thursday Feb 23rd

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

VENUS
Rises 8:25 am
Sets 9:18 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.386 AU
Constellation: Pisces

MARS
Rises 9:09 am
Sets 9:51 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 2.001 AU
Constellation: Pisces



Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Morning Sky Chart for Friday Feb 24th



MERCURY
Rises 6:57 am
Sets 5:32 pm
Brightness -0.7 Magnitude
Distance 1.376 AU
Constellation: Capricornus

SATURN 


Rises 3:10 am
Sets 12:55 pm
Brightness 1.3
Distance: 10.366 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

JUPITER
Rises 10:03 pm
Sets 9:23 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.738 AU
Constellation: Virgo




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 3:31 am on Feb 23, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.


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.