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Monday, February 19, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Washington's Birthday, 2018


The third Monday in February is set aside to honor George Washington, our first President. Learn more about him at the Mount Vernon website. [LINK]

Here are a couple of videos about his life.

Short biography for those with little patience

Longer biography for those with more patience

Izzie is Still Missing

Izzie's humans are still looking for her.

Have you seen Izzie?

She is a brown and white Cavalier King Charles, 8 years old. Lost from Blueberry lane, off Lickskillet and Highlands Rd, on Jan 30. Last seen Feb 1 up Corundum Hill Rd. Tracking dog scented her along Highlands Rd between Lickskillet and Peeks Creek. She has been near roads, not off in the woods. Orange Collar with ID and phone number. She doesn't like rain, so, on rainy days, she will probably take cover. Please look in any sheltered areas around your own home, as well as any unoccupied homes near you. She is very timid, so approach slowly and gently. Call Tracy or George at 828-318-2873.

Facebook Links [LINK 1] [LINK 2]


High pressure off the East Coast will provide a southerly flow of air going into midweek with temperatures climbing well above normal. Another cold front arrives from Tennessee by Thursday. This front will stall out and linger just north of our area next weekend. Chances for rain remain in the forecast each day.


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.


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

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

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

Weather Almanac for February 19th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 72°F in Franklin in 1890
Lowest Temperature -6°F in Highlands in 2015
Greatest Rainfall 2.10 inches in Nantahala 1940
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Franklin in 1979

Record weather events for February in Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912



{Patchy fog before noon. Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the mid-50s at the higher elevations to near 60 in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast. 40% chance of rain, with the greatest chance before 2 pm. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.


Areas of fog developing overnight. Mostly cloudy skies with lows ranging from the mid-40s at the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations. Light winds out of the southeast. 20% chance of rain.


Patchy fog in the morning and mostly cloudy skies. Highs ranging from the low-to-mid 60s at the higher elevations to the upper 60s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast. 20% chance of rain.


Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to the upper 50s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast. 20% chance of rain at 6 pm, 40% chance of rain at midnight, then 70% chance of rain at 6 am.


Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the mid-60s at the higher elevations to near 70 in the lower elevations. 70% chance of rain.


Cloudy with lows ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to the upper 50s in the lower elevations. 60% chance of rain.

GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
[Telemetry from GOES-16 not available at this time]


Hazardous weather is not anticipated today in Macon County.

Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at 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

GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Precipitation)
[Telemetry from GOES-16 not available at this time]


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There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


Fundraiser for Macon County STEM's First Robotics group, on Sunday, Feb 25th 1pm - 5pm at The Rathskeller Coffee Haus in Franklin. For a recommended minimum donation of $5, come enjoy an afternoon of board games (old favorites and new!), with snacks available for purchase and prize giveaways. A fun way to support the students of FHS and MEC in the "Makin' Bots" group, who will be traveling to competitions next month with their robot!


Fundraiser for Friends of the Greenway--an indoor flea market will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in February and March at FROG Quarters, 573 East Main St in Franklin (next to the new bridge).

If you’re interested in participating, please call 369-8488 for details and registration. Only the registration fee will go to FROG, but donations are always appreciated. Funds will benefit the following projects: Butterfly Garden, Educational Signs on the Trail, Splash Pad Renovation, Chimney Swift Tower, and FROG Quarters meeting place. If your shopping, enter at Mainspring Conservation Trust drive and circle around behind the buildings.

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)


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


Begin civil twilight 6:49 a.m.
Sunrise 7:15 a.m.
Sun transit 12:47 p.m.
Sunset 6:20 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:46 p.m.


Moonrise 9:32 a.m.
Moon transit 3:47 p.m.
Moonset 10:09 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on February 19, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 15% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on February 23, 2018 at 3:09 a.m. (local standard time)

Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine

There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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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Posted at 2:20 am on February 19, 2018

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, 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.