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Friday, March 30, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, March 30, 2018




SHERIFF SEEKS PUBLIC HELP TO SOLVE DOUBLE MURDER



Two brothers, Fransisco (34 years old) and Diego (39 years old) Altamirano, were found dead in the back of a White 2003 Chevy Silverado this week on Jack Cabe Road. Both had been shot. Details of their injuries have not yet been released to the public. For more on this story, see WLOS-TV, the source of the above video. [LINK]




AGENDA FOR APRIL 2nd MEETING OF TOWN COUNCIL RELEASED

The Town of Franklin has released the public agenda and the agenda packet for the April 2, 2018, meeting of the Franklin Town Council. Macon Media has posted the documents on the blog in their entirety in order to promote accountability and transparency in local government. [LINK]

The meeting begins at 6 pm and will take place in the lower level of town hall. A separate article will be posted with video from the meeting.

Please note that a budget work session has been scheduled for Monday, April 16th at 5:30 pm. This meeting will also take place in the town hall.

DAY SPONSOR


Carpenter for Sheriff is underwriting Macon Media for today and would like for everyone to know that a meet and greet is scheduled to take place at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin from 1 pm to 5 pm today. A meeting room with access to public restrooms will be open to attendees.

LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will move off the east coast today. High pressure will dominate the local weather pattern through Saturday. The next cold front moves in from the northwest on Sunday, but stalls out from west to east across our region to start the week. Another cold front sweeps across our region on Wednesday with drier and cooler high pressure for the second half of the week.


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Weather Almanac for March 30th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F in Franklin in 1985
Lowest Temperature 8°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest Rainfall 5.41 inches in Nantahala in 1975
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands in 1915

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

The images below represent the daily forecast at 8 am for today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Click on any of them to enlarge.




Macon Media is experimenting with the three-day outlook to give a more tailored outlook for different areas of the county and will be experimenting with locations and formats. Feel free to give feedback at fb.com/MaconMediaNews

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FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny skies with highs near 60. Winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near freezing. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.

SATURDAY

Sunny with highs near the mid-60s (perfect for a parade honoring our Vietnam Veterans). Calm winds in the morning, then 5 to 10 mph from the south in the afternoon.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 40. Winds out of the southwest calming before midnight.

SUNDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. 30% chance of rain showers, mainly before 3pm.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-40s. 30% chance of rain, mainly after 3 am.

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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny with highs near 60. Winds 10 to 15 mph of the northwest with gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the mid-30s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.

SATURDAY

Sunny skies with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds in the early morning increasing to 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest by mid-morning.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 40. Winds out of the southwest. Slight chance of rain after 2 am.

SUNDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the upper 60s. 20% chance of rain.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-40s. 30% chance of rain after 4 am.

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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny skies with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds 15 to 20 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 30 mph range.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the mid-30s and the wind chill dropping into the 20s at times. Winds 10 to 20 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 25 to 30 mph range.

SATURDAY

Sunny with highs in the mid-50s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northeast shifting to come out of the south in the afternoon.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 40. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the west.

SUNDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Slight chance (20%) of rain.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-40s. 30% chance of rain, mainly after 5 am.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog. Partly sunny skies with highs near the lower 50s. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 20 mph range.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near freezing. And winds chills making it feel several degrees colder. Winds 5 to 15 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 20 mph range.

SATURDAY

Sunny with highs near 60. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the east in the morning shifting clockwise to come out of the southwest in the afternoon.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 40. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest. Slight chance of rain showers after midnight.

SUNDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 50s. 30% chance of rain showers.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-40s. 30% chance of rain after midnight.

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HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.


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)
2:52 am



MACON CALENDAR

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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.




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
Please note this forum is now taking place on the 26th of April

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 26 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]


CARPENTER for SHERIFF


MEET and GREETS!!!!!!!!!!
YES!! They are now planned!!!
To all that wish to attend:


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]

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.




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 6:58 a.m.
Sunrise 7:23 a.m.
Sun transit 1:38 p.m.
Sunset 7:53 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:19 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 6:07 p.m. last night
Moon transit 12:40 a.m.
Moonset 7:06 a.m.
Moonrise 7:12 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on March 30, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 99% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on March 31, 2018 at 8:37 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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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 3:25 am on March 30, 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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