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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, April 8, 2018





LOCAL NEWS

Saturday was a busy day for area firefighters and EMS personnel. In the morning and into the afternoon, a house in Brendletown was burned so firefighters could practice search and rescue techniques as well as fire control methods.

[PHOTO ALBUM LINK]

Then, in the afternoon, there were several medical calls, including a couple of calls to carryout an injured hiker and a hiker with a medical condition. Links to more information about those calls are posted below.

Injured Hiker near Standing Indian Campground [LINK]

Unresponsive Hiker at the Carter Gap Shelter [LINK]

The Macon County Commissioners will be meeting for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 6 pm. The public agenda, agenda packet and other supporting documents have been posted on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cool and dry high pressure briefly moves in behind a departing cold front today. The high moves east tonight into Monday, allowing another low pressure system to bring moisture and precipitation back into the area. Warmer and generally dry conditions return for the rest of the week.


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Weather Almanac for April 7th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 84°F in Franklin in 1890
Lowest Temperature 16°F in Highlands in 2007
Greatest Rainfall 3.30 inches in Highlands in 1914
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1989

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 sunny with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning, then from the west in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the southwest becoming calm before midnight.40% chance of rain, mainly after midnight.

MONDAY

Cloudy with highs in the mid-50s and variable light winds. 50% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40 and variable light winds. 30% chance of rain,, mainly before midnight.

TUESDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-60s. Slight chance of rain.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-30s.

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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the north becoming calm in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 30s and winds out of the southeast. 40% chance of rain after midnight.

MONDAY

Cloudy with highs in the mid-50s and calm winds. 50% chance of rain with less than a tenth of an inch expected.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40 and calm winds. 30% chance of rain, mainly before midnight.

TUESDAY

Partly sunny with highs near the mid-60s. Slight chance of rain.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near the mid-30s.

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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the mid-40s and winds out of the north.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near freezing and winds out of the southeast. 40% chance of precipitation with rain before midnight and rain and snow after. Snowfall accumulations of less than a half an inch expected.

MONDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near the upper 40s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast. 50% chance of precipitation with rain and snow before 9 am and rain after. Less than half an inch of snow accumulation.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40. Winds out of the southwest. 30% chance of rain.

TUESDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-50s and a slight chance of rain.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near freezing.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Mostly sunny with highs near 50. Variable light winds increasing to 5 to 10 mph out of the west in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-30s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast. 30% chance of rain, mainly after 3 am with less than a tenth of an inch expected.

MONDAY

Cloudy with highs near 50. Winds out of the southeast shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. 50% chance of rain with less than a tenth of an inch expected.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40. Winds out of the southwest becoming calm before midnight.

TUESDAY

Partly sunny with highs near the mid-50s and a slight chance of showers.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near freezing.

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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.

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

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphics. Please include date(s) and time(s).
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 6:45 a.m.
Sunrise 7:11 a.m.
Sun transit 1:35 p.m.
Sunset 8:01 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:26 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 2:45 a.m.
Moon transit 7:55 a.m.
Moonset 1:06 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on April 8, 2018: Last Quarter 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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03:45 am on April 8, 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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