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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, April 4, 2018





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cool and dry high pressure will build across the region Thursday and linger into Friday. On Saturday...a moist frontal system will move into the area with an area of high pressure building back in on Sunday. This is why I don't latch on to fantasy long-range snow forecasts....they rarely pan out.



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Weather Almanac for April 4th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 85°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1963
Lowest Temperature 15°F in Highlands in 1936
Greatest Rainfall 3.36 inches in Highlands in 1957
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin in 1987

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

Clearing skies with highs near the mid-50s. Winds 10 to 20 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 25 to 30 mph range. 30% chance of rain, mainly before 8 am.

TONIGHT

Clear skies with lows near 30 and wind chill values in the mid-20s at times, mainly before midnight. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 20 mph range, becoming light after midnight.

THURSDAY

Sunny with highs near the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest in the afternoon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the southwest becoming light and variable before midnight.

FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-60s. 20% chance of rain after 11am.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the lower 40s. 50% chance of rain.

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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Cloudy in the early morning with decreasing skies becoming mostly clear by noon with highs in the mid-50s. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the north with gusts in the 20 to 30 mph range from mid-morning to around 9 pm or so. Slight chance of rain, mainly in the morning.

TONIGHT

Clear skies with lows near 30 with wind chill values dropping into the mid-20s. Winds 5 to 15 mph out of the north with gusts as high as 25 mph at times. Winds should become light and variable after midnight.

THURSDAY

Sunny with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning and then 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest in the afternoon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the south becoming calm before midnight.

FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Slight chance of rain after 11 am.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s. 50% chance of rain.

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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Cloudy through mid-morning, then clearing skies with highs near the lower 50s. Winds 15 to 20 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 25 to 35 mph range. Slight chance of rain, mainly in the early morning before 8 am.

TONIGHT

Clear, with a low around 30. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

THURSDAY

Sunny, with a high near the lower 50s. Calm wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low near the upper 30s. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-50s. Chance of rain in the afternoon.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40. 50% chance of rain, mainly after 7 pm or so.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Mostly cloudy early, then clearing to become mostly sunny by noon or so. Highs near the mid-50s. Winds 10 to 20 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 25 to 30 mph range.

TONIGHT

Clear with lows near 30 and wind chill values dropping as low as the low-to-mid 20s. Winds 5 to 15 mph out of the northwest with gusts up to 25 mph.

THURSDAY

Sunny with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning, then 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest in the afternoon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the southwest becoming light and variable before midnight.

FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-60s and a slight chance of rain in the afternoon.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the lower 40s and a 50% chance of rain.

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12:27 am to 03:37 am


HAZARDS

A period of high winds is expected today from mid-morning into the early evening. 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

..TODAY...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)
3:42 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 6:50 a.m.
Sunrise 7:16 a.m.
Sun transit 1:36 p.m.
Sunset 7:57 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:23 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 11:16 p.m. last night
Moon transit 4:42 a.m.
Moonset 10:05 a.m.


Phase of the Moon on April 4, 2018: Waning Gibbous with 82% 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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Posted at 3:55 am on April 4, 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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