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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, March 31, 2018




LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will maintain pleasant warm conditions across the area through the weekend. A stationary front will settle near the western North Carolina mountains Sunday afternoon through Monday which could generate showery activity. By Tuesday evening... a rainy cold front with isolated thunderstorms possible will reach the forecast area and cross east through early Wednesday afternoon. A broad area of high pressure will then build in and persist through Friday.


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Weather Almanac for March 31st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 82°F in Franklin in 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Franklin in 1964
Greatest Rainfall 2.37 inches in Highlands in 1976
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 0.2 inches in Highlands in 1966

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

Sunny with highs near the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning and winds gradually picking up to 5 to 10 mph from the south in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy skies with increasing clouds and lows near 40. Winds out of the south becoming calm after midnight.

EASTER

Mostly cloudy with highs near 70. Winds increasing to 5 to 10 mph out of the west by mid-morning.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and winds out of the west.

MONDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 60s. 30% chance of rain and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50.

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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Sunny with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning, the from the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

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

EASTER

Partly sunny with highs near 70 wind winds 5to 10 mph out of the west.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s and winds out of the southwest.

MONDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 60s. 30% chance of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50.

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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Sunny with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Variable light winds early, then increasing to 5 to 10 mph from the south by mid-morning.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 40 and winds out of the southwest around 10 mph.

EASTER

Partly sunny with highs near 60 and winds 10 to 15 mph out of the southwest.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-40s and wind 5 to 10 mph out of the west.

MONDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near 60. 30% chance of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Sunny with highs near the upper 50s Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 40 and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest.

EASTER

Mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 60s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the west. 30% chance of rain showers.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-40s and winds out of the west.

MONDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near the lower 60s. 30% chance of rain with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s.

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GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
10:07 pm to 12:12 am


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)
12:17 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:

Highlands Library on March 24th 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]

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 6:56 a.m.
Sunrise 7:22 a.m.
Sun transit 1:38 p.m.
Sunset 7:54 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:20 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 7:12 p.m. last night
Moon transit 1:30 a.m.
Moonset 7:42 a.m.
Moonrise 8:15 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on March 31, 2018: Full Moon 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 3:20 am on March 31, 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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