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Friday, April 6, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, April 6, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cool and dry high pressure will remain over our area today. A frontal system will move into the region bringing increased chances of rain with it before dry high pressure builds back in on Sunday. Another moist frontal system will advance toward the region early Monday.


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Weather Almanac for April 6th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 85°F in Franklin in 1967
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Highlands in 1920
Greatest Rainfall 3.05 inches in Highlands in 1936
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1931

Record Weather Events for April (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987



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

Increasing clouds with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds in the morning, then increasing to 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest in the afternoon. 30% chance of rain in the late afternoon with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected before 6 pm.

TONIGHT

Cloudy and rainy with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the southwest. Rain is likely overnight with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected.

SATURDAY

Cloudy with highs near the lo-to-mid 50s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest in the morning, then from the northwest in the afternoon. Rain is likely in the morning (80% chance) and expected to end sometime in the afternoon (30% chance at 6 pm). Rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch is possible.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the north with gusts near 20 mph. Slight chance of rain before 8 pm.

SUNDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near the upper 50s.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40 and a moderate chance (50%) of rain after midnight.

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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Increasing clouds with highs in the mid-60s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest. Rain chances increasing in the late afternoon with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

TONIGHT

Cloudy with lows near the upper 40s with winds out of the southwest becoming calm before midnight. Rain chances increasing overnight with rain likely (70% chance) after 11 pm. Rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch possible.

SATURDAY

Cloudy with rain expected to end in the mid-afternoon time frame and highs near the mid-50s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest shifting to come out of the northwest in the afternoon after the rain ends. Rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch possible.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 20s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the north with gusts near 20 mph. Any lingering rain showers should be over by 7 pm or so.

SUNDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near the mid-to-upper 50s.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40. 50% chance of rain, mainly after midnight or so.

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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Increasing clouds with highs in the mid-50s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest. Slight chance (20%) of rain after 3 pm.

TONIGHT

Cloudy with lows in the mid-40s. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the southwest with gusts near 20 mph. Rain likely (70% chance) with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch possible.

SATURDAY

Cloudy with highs near the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the southwest with gusts near 25 mph at times. Rain is likely (80% chance) and should end by 3 pm with rainfall amounts between half and three-quarters of an inch expected.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid-to-upper 20s and wind chill values approaching the teens at times. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the north with gusts reaching 30 mph.

SUNDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near the upper 40s.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near freezing. 60% chance of precipitation with rain expected before 3 am and then with snow mixing in afterward.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Increasing clouds with highs ranging from the upper 50s to the lower 60s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest. Slight chance (30%) of rain, mainly after 3 pm or so.

TONIGHT

Cloudy with lows in the mid-40s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest. Rain is expected (90% chance) with rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

SATURDAY

Cloudy with highs near the upper 40s. Winds 5 to 15 mph out of the south, shifting to come out of the northwest before noon after the main area of rain moves out. Rain is likely (80% chance), mainly before noon with rainfall amounts between half and three-quarters of an inch expected.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-20s and wind chills values dropping into the upper teens at times. Winds 5 to 15 mph out of the north with gusts as high as 25 mph. 30% chance of rain with snow possibly mixing in after 9 pm or so. Little accumulation expected.

SUNDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near 50.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid-30s. 50% chance of rain, mainly after 9 pm.

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GOES 16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR at night
11:07 pm last night to 2:17 am this morning


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today. A frontal system will bring rain and a little wind through the county on Saturday. There is a chance of snow showers in the higher elevations. Little or no accumulation is expected.

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)
2:17 am this morning



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.





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]


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 6:18 a.m.
Sunrise 6:45 a.m.
Sun transit 1:10 p.m.
Sunset 7:37 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:04 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 12:49 a.m.
Moon transit 5:52 a.m.
Moonset 10:54 a.m.


Phase of the Moon on April 6, 2018: Waning Gibbous with 65% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on April 8, 2018 at 3:17 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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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


03:10 am on April 6, 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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