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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, April 14, 2018




LOCAL NEWS

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Frank Wood, who died as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor, will be laid to rest with full military honors today in Carson Cemetery just west of Franklin. Wood, who was from Jackson, Ohio, died during his service aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma and, as his remains could not be identified, was buried in Honolulu. New DNA and dental analysis in 2015 of the exhumed remains recently identified the sailor.

The USS Oklahoma being right in March 1943

The USS Oklahoma being right in March 1943

When the USS Oklahoma was hoisted upright in 1943, officials removed the remains of the crew to bury them, putting Wood’s among the unidentified ones in graves marked unknown. In 2015, as part of the USS Oklahoma Project, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, through a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, exhumed all of the unknown remains from the USS Oklahoma and began the lengthy identification process.

The closest living relative, a niece, Jill O. Overly Lee, was identified as living in Franklin, NC so Frank Wood will be buried here instead of his hometown.

Frank Wood Arrives at Macon Funeral Home



Yesterday, the remains of Frank Woods was flown to Atlanta and, after a brief ceremony, was escorted by various local law enforcement officers in the counties he passed through on his way to Franklin. People in various communities lined the roads and overpasses in a show of respect for the sailor. The above video shows his arrival at Macon Funeral Home.

Funeral Procession and Graveside Rites

The family will gather at Macon Funeral Home between 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm. A funeral procession escorting the remains of Frank Wood will leave Macon Funeral Home at around 1:30 pm today after a period of time. The route is expected to be from the Funeral Home to Depot Street Extension, up town hill, and down Main Street and then west on the Old Murphy Road to Carson Chapel Cemetery where a Graveside Service will be held at 2 pm. Full Military honors will be conducted by the US Navy, VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

People are asked to line Main Street when the procession passes.

The obituary notice is on the Macon Funeral Home website. [LINK]


LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will dominate our weather the rest of the week, with generally dry conditions expected. Expect a gradual warming trend through Saturday, with temperatures climbing above normal on Thursday. A strong and vigorous cold front arrives on Sunday bringing showers and thunderstorms. Expect much cooler weather behind the front going into the first half of next week.


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Weather Almanac for April 14th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County 2001

Highest Temperature 84°F in Franklin in 1981
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Franklin 1940
Greatest Rainfall 3.90 inches in Highlands in 1994
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1913

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.




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FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds out of the south 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms then showers likely after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SUNDAY

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible afternoon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southeast 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. West northwest wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

MONDAY

Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with lows near freezing.

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OTTO AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Winds out of the south 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms then showers likely after 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 57. South southeast wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SUNDAY

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 64. South southeast wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. West northwest wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

MONDAY

Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 33.

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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. South wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms then showers likely after 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 53. South wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SUNDAY

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 59. Breezy, with a south wind 14 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 2 and 3 inches possible.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Rain showers likely before 4am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers between 4am and 5am, then a slight chance of rain showers after 5am. The rain could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

MONDAY

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 29.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. South wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms then showers likely after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SUNDAY

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible afternoon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 60. South wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Rain showers likely before 3am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. The rain could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. West northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

MONDAY

A slight chance of snow showers before 10am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers between 10am and noon, then a slight chance of rain showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

MONDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.

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12:27 am this morning to 3:22 am this morning


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Severe weather is possible on Sunday. The main line of storms is expected to pass through Macon County sometime between 5 am and 2 pm.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for potential severe thunderstorms that may produce damaging winds and large hail. More information from the NWS is posted below.

NWS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

..SUNDAY...Severe weather and flooding possible. A strong cold front, accompanied by a line of showers and thunderstorms, will cross the region from west to east on Sunday. Some thunderstorms may be capable of producing damaging winds, hail, and perhaps a few brief tornadoes. High rainfall rates could produce flash flooding across the area as well.

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



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3:22 am this morning



MACON CALENDAR

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COMMUNITY WALK ON THE GREENWAY

The Friends of the Greenway invites the community to participate in a "Walk on the Greenway" on April 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM beginning at the Macon County Library (on Siler Rd). Sunny Himes will lead about a 2 mile walk, highlighting several natural communities including a Red Cedar-Hardwood Woodland, Montane Alluvial Forest, and Floodplain wetlands. Discussion points will be historic and current uses of the land around the Greenway, how these uses shaped today's terrain and plant community compositions, and the challenges of wildland restoration in a popular urban park. Ms. Himes is a lecturer at Western Carolina University in botany, ecology and introduction biology. She is a past FROG Board member and continues to manage restoration projects on the Greenway. A $5 donation is suggested for this benefit walk. Send email of your interest in participating on the walk to: frog28734@gmail.com.




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 6:37 a.m.
Sunrise 7:03 a.m.
Sun transit 1:34 p.m.
Sunset 8:05 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:32 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 6:30 a.m.
Moon transit 12:35 p.m.
Moonset 6:47 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on April 14, 2018: Waning Crescent with 3% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on April 15, 2018 at 9:57 p.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

4:37 am on April 14, 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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