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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Colder and drier high pressure will build to our west and persist through midweek. Expect a warming trend late this week to near normal temperatures. A front and low pressure will bring showers over the weekend and early next week.


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 March 13th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 801°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1990
Lowest Temperature 5°F in Highlands in 1998
Greatest Rainfall 4.03 inches in Highlands in 1929
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1993

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



Mostly sunny skies with highs ranging from the lower 40s at the higher elevations to the upper 40s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 out of the northwest will make it feel a few degrees colder.


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


Mostly sunny with highs ranging from near freezing at the higher elevations to near 40 in the lower elevations. Wind chills will be 5 to 10 degrees colder at times. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest gusting into the 25 to 30 mph range.


Mostly clear skies with lows ranging from the upper teens at the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations with wind chills making it feel a few degrees colder. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.


Sunny skies with highs ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to near 60 in the lower elevations.


Mostly clear skies with lows ranging from the upper 20s at the higher elevations to the mid-30 in the lower elevations.

GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
12:17 am to 03:12 am


Hazardous Weather is not expected today.

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)
3:17 am


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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 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!


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.

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.

More information, including a schedule of meeting locations and times are on the blog. [LINK]

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)


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 7:22 a.m.
Sunrise 7:47 a.m.
Sun transit 1:43 p.m.
Sunset 7:39 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:05 p.m.


Moonrise 5:34 a.m.
Moon transit 10:50 a.m.
Moonset 4:09 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on March 13, 2018: Waning Crescent with 14% 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 3:50 am on March 13, 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.