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Monday, March 12, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, March 12, 2018




Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
432 AM EDT Mon Mar 12 2018


...Light snow possible today...

A strong upper-level disturbance will cross the area today, bringing another day of widespread rain to the region. As the upper disturbance moves across, temperatures may briefly drop enough to allow the rain to mix with or change over to snow across the southern portion of western North Carolina, including the southwest mountains, western Piedmont, and Charlotte metro area, and across the mountains of Georgia and South Carolina. A dusting of snow cannot be ruled out before the precipitation ends from west to east later today. If temperatures are able to drop lower than expected, light accumulations will be possible.


National Napping Day





This holiday was created so people can recover from losing an hour over the weekend when we changed from standard time to daylight saving time. Learn more about this fun holiday at Time and Date. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

A complex surface low will move east of the region later today, bringing widespread precipitation to the county. As the low moves offshore, colder and drier high pressure will build to our west and persist through midweek. This will bring below normal temperatures and a chance for additional snow flurries across the North Carolina and Tennessee border region. Temperatures will rebound later in the week.

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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.


WEATHER SPONSOR





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.   




THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Rain and Snow Showers

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy before noon, then a period of clearing skies is expected in the afternoon. Temperatures will start out ranging from the upper 30s at the higher elevations and the lower 40s in the lower elevations, then between 8 am and 11 am or so, temperatures will drop behind the exiting storm system to near freezing at the higher elevations and near 40 in the lower elevations as snow begins to mix with rain. This snow is not expected to accumulate at elevations below 4,000 feet or so. Precipitation should end by 2 pm. Temperatures will climb in the afternoon to the lower 40s. It is possible some locations will experience their high temperature before 8 am this morning. Winds will be variable and light early this morning and increase to 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range as the storm system exits the county. Winds should then settle down to around 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. Near 100% chance of rain, with a 50% chance of snow showers. Rainfall amounts are expected to be between a tenth and a quarter of an inch and snowfall amounts could reach half an inch or so before melting away.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from the lower 20s at the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 20s at the higher elevations. Winds around 10 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range, 20% chance of snow showers, mainly between 10 pm and 3 am.



TUESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the lower 40s at the higher elevations the mid-to-upper 40s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from near 20 at the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from near freezing at the higher elevations to the upper 30s in the lower elevations.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

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



GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
01:27 am to 04:22 am


HAZARDS

Hazardous Weather is possible today. A wintry mix with a brief window of a few hours where snow showers are likely this morning. Any snow that accumulates will be quickly melted away by a combination of warm ground temperatures and rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for this morning and it is posted below for your convenience.

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
432 AM EDT Mon Mar 12 2018


...Light snow possible today...

A strong upper-level disturbance will cross the area today, bringing another day of widespread rain to the region. As the upper disturbance moves across, temperatures may briefly drop enough to allow the rain to mix with or change over to snow across the southern portion of western North Carolina, including the southwest mountains, western Piedmont, and Charlotte metro area, and across the mountains of Georgia and South Carolina. A dusting of snow cannot be ruled out before the precipitation ends from west to east later today. If temperatures are able to drop lower than expected, light accumulations 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)
4:22 am



MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphics. Please include date(s) and time(s).
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.


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!

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.

Youth Art Month

The Uptown Gallery, in support of Youth Art Month will be showing artwork from the students of Trimont Christian Academy, taught by art teacher Nicole Bradford. The reception is on Friday, March 16th from 4 – 6 pm at 30 Main St. Franklin and is open to the public. Please join us in celebrating the creativity of these young artists. For additional information, contact the gallery at (828) 349 – 4607.



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 7:24 a.m.
Sunrise 7:50 a.m.
Sun transit 1:43 p.m.
Sunset 7:38 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:03 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 4:05 a.m.
Moon transit 9:14 a.m.
Moonset 2:24 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on March 11, 2018: Waning Crescent with 30% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on March 9, 2018 at 6:20 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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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. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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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 4:45 am on March 12, 2018

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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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