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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, March 20, 2018





Spring Begins today at 12:15 pm, but Old Man Winter isn't done yet.

Franklin Planning Board March Meeting

The Franklin Planning Board met last night for their monthly meeting. Video of the meeting, along with supporting documents, is on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

A complex low-pressure system will cross the region from the west today. Colder air will spill southward into the region behind the system, with mountain snow showers returning tonight, and scattered snow showers possibly extending east of the mountains early Wednesday. Drier high pressure will briefly return over the area on Thursday, but with another moist low arriving from the west for the weekend.

From Bully to Buddy, A Community Forum

Bullying affects us all in different ways. Let’s work this out together.
Sincere invitations to the bully, the bullied and those in between — all ages — all genders
Featuring: interaction, role playing, dialogue, discovery and direction (and some fun!)

This forum will be taking place on Wednesday, April 25 at 6 PM - 8 PM
pin in Tartan Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin, NC

Join the event page on Facebook to find out more and to receive updates. [LINK]


MOPC Meeting Reminder:

Please join us for our monthly MOPC tomorrow 3/20/18 from 3-5pm at Full Circle Recovery Center, 3261 Georgia Road, Franklin. Agenda to include final discussion about our Serving Spoons event on 3/29; update about our Teen Prevention Event, Syringe Exchange Services, HIV/HCV prevention work; continued planning of the Night of Hope event on 8/31 and more! Anyone interested in substance use issues in our region is welcome to attend. Questions? Call Stephanie at 617-828-9184.

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Weather Almanac for March 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F in Franklin in 1968
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Franklin in 1956
Greatest Rainfall 2.61 inches in Highlands in 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 8.5 inches in Franklin in 1876

Record Weather Events for March (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on March 15, 1967
Lowest Temperature -7°F in Highlands on March 7, 1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.43 inches in Highlands on March 29, 1898
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on March 13, 1993



THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Partly sunny skies with highs ranging from the mid-50s at the higher elevations to near 60 in the afternoon. Some locations may creep into the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning gradually increasing during the day, rotating from the south to come out of the west at 5 mph by 10 am, then out of the northwest at 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon hours. Rainfall chances increasing through the day to peak at 50P in the mid-afternoon. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

TONIGHT Old Man Winter Says, “I Ain't Done Yet!”

Cloudy with lows dropping from the lower 40s at the higher elevations and the mid-40s in the lower elevations to the upper 20s at the higher elevations to near freezing in the lower elevations. Winds will be out of the northwest, increasing from 5 to 10 mph at 6 pm to 10 to 15 mph at 6 am. Wind gusts will also increase from around 20 mph at 6 pm to the 30 mph range by 6 am. Winds in the higher elevations will be as much as 10 to 15 mph higher. 60% chance of rain and snow with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch. Snowfall accumulations will vary according to elevation. Most of us will probably see about half an inch to an inch or so. Places like Wayah Bald may see up to 3 to 4 inches overnight.



WEDNESDAY Windy and Snow Showers

Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from around freezing at the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 30s in the lower elevations. Winds will range from 15 to 20 mph out of the northwest, gusting in to 30 mph range. Winds at the higher elevations will be as much as 20 mph greater.40% chance of rain and snow with accumulations ranging from about half an inch or so in the lower elevations to a couple of inches or so at the higher elevations.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from near 20 at the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations. Winds are expected to be in the 10 to 15 mph range with gusts around 25 to 30 mph in the lower elevations. Winds will be 10 to 15 mph higher in the higher elevations. Snow Showers expected to and around 3 am. Little or no additional accumulation expected.



THURSDAY

Sunny skies with highs ranging from the lower 40s at the higher elevations to near 50 in the lower elevations.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows ranging from the lower 20s at the higher elevations to near 30 in the lower elevations.



GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
12:12 am to 03”22 am


HAZARDS

Winds will begin to increase today and will be blowing out of the northwest for the next 30 to 36 hours. During this time, winds may knock limbs and trees down, some on power lines, causing scattered power outages. Old Man Winter makes another appearance, starting tonight through the day on Wednesday. The snowfall accumulations vary wildly from one computer model to the next. Lower elevations like around Franklin and Otto, could receive up to an inch of snow over this time period. I'm not completely sold on the idea, but the National Weather says so, so I'm passing that along. Higher elevations will receive more. The higher up one goes, the more snow one will see. Roads will be briefly hazardous, so if you're running short on supplies, you may want to grab a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk so you'll have some milk sandwiches to chew on while looking at the less than an inch or so of snow we may or may not get in the lower elevations where most of you live. If you live above 2500 feet, you're an old hand and can handle the situation.


**Winter Weather Advisory Segment Added at 4:44 am and supercedes other weather information posted below**
***Winter Weather Advisory***
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
431 AM EDT Tue Mar 20 2018

...ACCUMULATING SNOW AND VERY WINDY CONDITIONS EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT...

.An area of strong low pressure will move to the eastern seaboard today through Wednesday. Cold air spilling into the region behind this low pressure system will combine with moist northwesterly upslope flow to wring out accumulating snow showers across much of the North Carolina mountains tonight through Wednesday night. In addition, the northwest winds will become very gusty at times, especially Wednesday through Wednesday night.



...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 AM EDT THURSDAY...

WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches expected, with localized amounts of 3 to 6 inches along the highest ridge top locations. Northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph may gust to 35 to 45 mph at times.

WHERE...Portions of western North Carolina along and just east of the Blue Ridge.

WHEN...From 8 PM this evening to 8 AM EDT Thursday.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Tree   branches could fall. Expect reduced visibilities at times. Scattered power outages are possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

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.

In other words:




National Weather Service Hazardous Weather Outlook

..TUESDAY...Winter weather possible. Rain may mix with or change to snow Tuesday night.

..WEDNESDAY...Winter weather possible. A mixture of rain and snow will be possible.

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



GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Precipitation)
2:37 am



MACON CALENDAR

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MOPC Meeting Reminder:

Please join us for our monthly MOPC tomorrow 3/20/18 from 3-5pm at Full Circle Recovery Center, 3261 Georgia Road, Franklin. Agenda to include final discussion about our Serving Spoons event on 3/29; update about our Teen Prevention Event, Syringe Exchange Services, HIV/HCV prevention work; continued planning of the Night of Hope event on 8/31 and more! Anyone interested in substance use issues in our region is welcome to attend. Questions? Call Stephanie at 617-828-9184.


FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY FUNDRAISER FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH

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

If you’re interested in selling, please call 369-8488 for details and registration information--new vendors needed. 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 you're shopping, enter at Mainspring Conservation Trust drive and circle around behind the buildings. Come check out the bargains!

From Bully to Buddy, A Community Forum

Bullying affects us all in different ways. Let’s work this out together.
Sincere invitations to the bully, the bullied and those in between — all ages — all genders
Featuring: interaction, role playing, dialogue, discovery and direction (and some fun!)

This forum will be taking place on Wednesday, April 25 at 6 PM - 8 PM
pin in Tartan Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin, NC

Join the event page on Facebook to find out more and to receive updates at https://www.facebook.com/events/2027623920818335/

GILES FOR SHERIFF

Eric Giles will be at the Carson Community Center on March 16th at 6pm to discuss how we can change things for the better and to hear from the citizens in the community.

CARPENTER for SHERIFF
MEET and GREETS!!!!!!!!!!
YES!! They are now planned!!!
To all that wish to attend:
Nantahala Library on March 15th from 3pm-6pm
Highlands Library on March 23rd from 12pm-2pm
Franklin Library on March 30th 1pm-5pm
I have set up some meet and greets, for those, who wish to sit down and talk about issues that you are having in your community and our county and how you and your family can find out my plans to MAKE MACON SAFE AGAIN. While people are at the meeting, they will be able to sign the petition to place me on the ballot in November. Thank you!
There will be light refreshments for all to enjoy!
Please share so the info can be passed along. Any questions; message me Facebook; or call and text me at 828-342-4283. I would be more than happy to answer them.


Series of Dementia Workshops Coming in March and April

A campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia is underway in Macon County with the support of area churches, the Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging, Macon County Public Library, Angel Medical, Macon County Senior Services, and Macon County DSS.

Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church has partnered with a growing list of area churches throughout Macon County to host a workshop series, ‘Dementia Friends NC’ beginning on Tuesdays, March 20, 2018. Designed to help build awareness about dementia and identify ways local citizens can help people who are living with it in our community, the four-session workshop series is being made possible through a Missional Engagement Team Grant of the Smoky Mountain District of The United Methodist Church.

The 90-minute sessions will take place on four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning March 20, 2018, with both afternoon and evening sessions offered, as well as choice of venue.  All 2:00 p.m. sessions will be offered at the John & Dorothy Crawford Senior Center.   All 7:00 p.m. sessions will be offered at the Macon County Public Library.
ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

More information, including a schedule of meeting locations and times are on the blog. [LINK] http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/03/dementia-workshop-series-coming-to.html

Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at the The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

Uptown Gallery Artist Presentation

At the Uptown Gallery in Franklin on Monday, March 12th, Carol Rollick and Pat Menninger, exhibiting artists, will be discussing the process of “Paint Pouring” starting at 1:00 pm. Instead of using tools like brushes or knives to create a piece of art, fluid acrylic paints can be poured directly onto the surface. The Macon County Art Association general meeting will follow the presentation. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For information on art classes and workshops, contact the gallery at (828) 349-4607 on 30 East Main Street.



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 7:12 a.m.
Sunrise 7:37 a.m.
Sun transit 1:41 p.m.
Sunset 7:45 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:11 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 9:42 a.m.
Moon transit 4:21 p.m.
Moonset 11:06 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on March 20, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 11% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on March 17, 2018 at 9:12 a.m. (local daylight 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 4:15 am on March 20, 2018

#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. 

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