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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, April 3, 2018




The Sheriff Releases Video Plea for Assistance in Solving Double Murder

Sheriff Holland has released a video plea for assistance for the community for assistance in solving the murder of Fransisco (34 years old) and Diego (39 years old) Altamirano who were found deceased in the back of a pickup on Jack Cabe Road on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. [LINK]






<<update>> 8:23 am: The Sheriffs Office has released an image of a person wanted for questioning in relation to the murder investigation. 



***WANTED FOR QUESTIONING***

Attached is the picture of Maximino RIOS-Diaz (date of birth 6/8/1971) RIOS who is wanted for questioning by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office in relation to a double homicide in Macon County North Carolina. Rios was last seen by his family Saturday, March 24, 2018. Authorities believe he may be traveling to Mexico (unknown vehicle).

RIOS currently resides on Hayes Mill Road in Franklin, NC.

The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have information as to his whereabouts or any information related to this case please contact the Macon County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 371-2107. CrimeStoppers (828)349-2600


Source: MCSO Facebook Page



LOCAL OUTLOOK

A weak stationary front will move north of the region tonight giving way to a more definitive southerly flow on Tuesday. A strong cold front will approach from the west Tuesday night and is expected to cross the region early on Wednesday bring rain and high winds with it. Scattered to widespread power outages may be possible. Cool high pressure will build back over the region from the west for Thursday into Friday. There is talk of a potential winter weather event this weekend. I don't think most of Macon County will see any significant accumulation from the event. Macon Media will monitor the forecast and computer models and will have a better idea on what will happen by Thursday, as I don't like to make forecasts beyond the three-day range because the accuracy of the models is not that great beyond that range.



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Weather Almanac for April 3rd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 90°F in Highlands in 1946
Lowest Temperature 16°F in Highlands in 1936
Greatest Rainfall 2.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1979
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 0.8 inches in Highlands in 1901

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

Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid-70s. Winds increasing to 5 to 10 mph by mid-morning. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon with the best chance after 3 pm. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch is expected. More is possible in locations where thunderstorms occur.

TONIGHT

Cloudy with lows near 50. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. 80% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter an half an inch expected.

WEDNESDAY

Cloudy and rainy with highs near the mid-50s. Winds start out around 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest, increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon with gusts in the 25 to 30 mph range. 80% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near 30 and wind chill values in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds 5 to 15 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range.

THURSDAY

Sunny with highs near 60.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40.

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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the 70s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south. 30% chance of rain and thunderstorms, mainly beginning in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch expected with more possible in locations where thunderstorms pass.

TONIGHT

Cloudy and rainy with lows near 50. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south shifting clockwise to come out of the northwest after midnight. 80% chance of rain and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a quarter to half an inch expected. More is possible in places that see thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY

Cloudy and very windy. Highs near the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds start out around 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon with winds gusting into the 30 mph range at times. 80% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near 30 and wind chills dropping into the mid-20s at times. Winds 5 to 15 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range.

THURSDAY

Sunny with highs near 60.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40.

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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid-60s. Winds 5 to 15 mph out of the southwest with gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range (more in the higher elevations with southern exposure). 30% chance of rain and thunderstorms, mainly later in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts are expected to be less than a tenth of an inch. Locations where thunderstorms hit may see more.

TONIGHT

Cloudy and rainy with thunderstorms overnight. Lows near the mid-40s and wind chill values dropping into the mid-30s or so. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph with wind gusts in the 30 to 40 mph range. 80% chance of rain and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected. More in locations where thunderstorms occur.

WEDNESDAY

Cloudy early with decreasing clouds as the day progresses. Highs near 50, but it will feel like it is in the 40s due to the wind chill. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph with wind gusts reaching to 30 mph at times. 80% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near 30 and wind chills in the 20s. Winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts in the 30 mph range.

THURSDAY

Sunny with highs near 50.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-30s.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the southwest with gusts into the 20 to 35 mph range with the higher winds occurring at the higher elevations. 30% chance of rain, mainly in the afternoon with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy and stormy with lows in the lower 40s. Wind chill values will be in the 30s. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the southwest with gusts in the 25 mph range. 80% chance o rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected. More is possible in locations hit by thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY

Cloudy with morning showers. Highs near the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts in the 25 mph range. 80% chance of rain, mainly before 9 am or so. 80% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near 30 and wind chill values in the 20s. Winds 5 to 15 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 25 mph range.

THURSDAY

Sunny with highs in the mid-50s.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-30s.

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Check out the day-night terminator as it marches across the country!



GOES 16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR at night
5:27 pm to 8:37 pm yesterday



HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today. A period of high winds will accompany the passage of a cold front bring rain and thunderstorms into the county is possible on Wednesday and Wednesday night. Scattered to widespread power outage may be possible as winds could reach 50 mph in places.

Here is a Hazardous Weather Outlook on the situation that has been issued by the local weather office:


NWS HAZARDOUS WEATHER FORECAST

..WEDNESDAY...High winds possible. Strong winds develop across the mountains behind a departing cold front. Gusts up to 50 mph will be possible during the afternoon and evening.


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)
2:47 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.





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 6:52 a.m.
Sunrise 7:17 a.m.
Sun transit 1:37 p.m.
Sunset 7:57 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:22 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 10:17 p.m. last night
Moon transit 3:55 a.m.
Moonset 9:27 a.m.
Moonrise 11:16 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on April 3, 2018: Waning Gibbous with 89% 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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Posted at 3:30 am on April 3, 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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