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Monday, December 11, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, December 11, 2017







LOCAL NEWS

The first major snowfall of the winter season fell Friday and early Saturday, with local accumulations ranging from 6 to 15 inches in most places with a few locations receiving more. As of 4 am, here are the local school closings and delays. There is a possibility some of these may change as school officials assess the road situation this morning. Macon Media will post updates as soon as they are received.

Macon County Schools
Franklin area: Two-hour delay, optional teacher workday
Nantahala area: Two-hour delay, optional teacher workday
Highlands area: Closed with an optional teacher workday

Trimont Christian Academy: Two-hour delay
Macon Program for Progress: Late Start Schedule
Southwestern Community College: Open at 10 am, except for the Public Traning Safety Center

Over 7,000 Maconians lost power and utility crews from area power companies worked to restore service and answer calls with local fire and rescue services to remove power from dangerous situations like fires, accidents, and situations where lines had fallen onto residences, roadways or had started fires. Electrical services will probably be restored to most Maconians by sometime Tuesday Monday at the latest. Here is a look at the latest numbers:

POWER OUTAGE UPDATE
3:30 AM on 12-11-2017

Utility crews continue to work to restore power and the end is in sight.

Here are the latest numbers:

Macon County - 149
Duke Energy - 149 outages in 31 locations
Haywood EMC 0

Jackson County - 168

Duke Energy - 168 outages in 20 locations
Haywood EMC 0

Rabun County - 200
Georgia Power - 16 outages in 6 locations
Haywood EMC 0
Habersham EMC 184


LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will persist across the region today. However, a strong cold front will approach the region tonight. Mountain snow chances will return Tuesday the cold front moves through the area. Dry high pressure will builds back in Wednesday with temperatures dropping well below normal again, but the temperature should warm back toward normal later in the week.

DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


WEATHER SPONSOR





Adams Products, a

Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month. 


Open 7:30 AM to 4:00

PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:



All your masonry

needs are available. Phone number is 828.524.8545, public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project. 

 


Weather Almanac for December 11th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 73°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature 2°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 2.90 inches in Highlands in 1993
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 7.2 inches in Franklin in 1876




Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876






TODAY slick roads in the morning

Sunny with highs in the 40s and winds out of the north and gradually shifting through the west to come out of the south by 6 pm this evening. Wind speeds will be in the 5 to 10 mph range.

TONIGHT Cold and Windy

Mostly clear at 6 pm, becoming mostly cloudy by midnight. Lows in the 20s and winds 10 to 15 mph from the south and west, gusting to 35 mph.



TUESDAY Sunny and windy

Partly sunny with increasing clouds and highs in the 30s and wind chills below freezing. Winds 15 to 20 mph out of the northwest, gusting to 35 mph.

TUESDAY NIGHT Cold and Windy with Dangerous Wind Chills

Partly cloudy and brutally cold with temperature in the teens and wind chills near zero. Winds 15 to 20 mph out of the northwest, gusting to 30 mph, mainly after midnight.



WEDNESDAY Brutally cold start to the day

Sunny with wind chills near zero in the morning with highs in the upper 20s in the higher elevations and the mid-30s in the lower elevations.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy and cold with temperatures ranging from near 20 in the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations.

HAZARDS

Roads may be slick this morning, especially on the secondary roads. Patches of black ice may be possible on main roads.


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



Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 3 am.


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.


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 7:04 a.m.
Sunrise 7:32 a.m.
Sun transit 12:27 p.m.
Sunset 5:22 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:50 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 1:13 a.m.
Moon transit 7:33 a.m.
Moonset 1:46 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on December 11, 2017: Waning Crescent with 36% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on December 10, 2017 at 2:51 a.m. (local standard time)



Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and

video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

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.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events.

You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

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



Posted at 4:08 am on December 11, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, December 10, 2017






LOCAL NEWS

The first major snowfall of the winter season fell Friday and early Saturday, with local accumulations ranging from 6 to 15 inches in most places with a few locations receiving more. Here is a graphic from the NOAA Office of Water Prediction showing the snow cover over the southern Appalachian area:




Over 7,000 Maconians lost power and utility crews from area power companies worked to restore service and answer calls with local fire and rescue services to remove power from dangerous situations like fires, accidents, and situations where lines had fallen onto residences, roadways or had started fires. Electrical services will probably be restored to most Maconians by sometime Tuesday at the latest. Here is a look at the latest numbers:

Power Outage Update
4:00 am on 12-10-2017

Utility Crews have been out overnight repairing damage, replacing lines and broken poles and removing limbs and trees and restoring power.

Macon County - 2,514
Duke Energy 2,355 outages in 171 locations
Haywood EMC 154

Jackson County - 1,051
Duke Energy 1,010 outages in 115 locations
Haywood EMC 41

Rabun County - 2,992
Georgia Power 1,574
Haywood EMC 19
Habersham EMC 1,409


LOCAL OUTLOOK

Below normal temperatures and dry conditions will persist through early next week. Very cold air and mountain snow chances will return Wednesday as another system moves through the area before another drying trend begins.

DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


WEATHER SPONSOR





Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month. 


Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:



All your masonry needs are available. Phone number is 828.524.8545, public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.   


Weather Almanac for December 10th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 68°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 3.40 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1952
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Highlands in 1989




Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876




THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Winter Weather Advisory for Black Ice Until 10 am

Sunny with highs in the upper 20s in the higher elevations to the mid 30s in tmid-30sr elevations. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest.

TONIGHT Cold and Windy Dangerous Wind Chills Overnight

Mostly clear and cold with lows in the upper teens to the lower 20s. Wind chills will be about 5 degrees or so colder at times. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest, gusting to 25 mph at times.



MONDAY Slick roads in the morning and melting snow

Sunny with highs ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the west.

MONDAY NIGHT Cold and Windy with Dangerous Wind Chills

Partly cloudy with lows in the 20s and wind chills making it feel like it is in the teens at times. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the west, gusting to 30 mph at times.



TUESDAY AM: Slick Roads PM: Melting Snow

Partly sunny early, then increasing clouds, becoming mostly cloudy by the afternoon. Highs in the 30s.

TUESDAY NIGHT Roads Will Refreeze Wind Chills Lowest So Far

Partly cloudy with lows in the teens and wind chills as low as 0 degrees.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is expected today. The runoff from yesterday's snow melt has refrozen on area roadways, some of as “black ice” that is difficult to see. Area roads may be slippery, so please exercise caution when traveling this morning, and increase the distance you follow vehicles on the roads so you can have extra time to stop if they hit a slick spot or suddenly stop.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 10 am this morning, and a copy is posted below for your convenience.

***Winter Weather Advisory***

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1038 PM EST Sat Dec 9 2017

...DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS EXPECTED TONIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING...

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Black ice and light snow expected. Difficult travel conditions expected due to snow covered roads and black ice. Plan on slippery road conditions. Additional snow accumulations of up to one inch are expected across the higher elevations near the Tennessee border.

* WHERE...The North Carolina mountains.

* WHEN...Until 10 AM EST Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for Black Ice means that refreezing of roads will occur...resulting in the development of widespread black ice. Be prepared for very slippery roadways. Some roads that appear clear may be covered by a thin layer of ice.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.


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



Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 3 am.


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.


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 7:03 a.m.
Sunrise 7:31 a.m.
Sun transit 12:26 p.m.
Sunset 5:22 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:50 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 12:12 a.m.
Moon transit 6:46 a.m.
Moonset 1:12 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on December 10, 2017: Last Quarter at 2:51 a.m. (local standard time)



Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

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.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

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



Posted at 4:13 am on December 10, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, December 9, 2017






LOCAL NEWS...SNOW!!!

The first major snowfall of the winter season fell yesterday, with local accumulations ranging from 3 inches to 8 inches in most places with a few locations receiving more.



Rankin Square under a covering of snow


LOCAL OUTLOOK

Weather conditions will be cool and dry for most of the week.

DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


WEATHER SPONSOR





Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month. 


Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:


All your masonry needs are available. Phone number is 828.524.8545, public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.   


Weather Almanac for December 9th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 75°F in Highlands in 1946
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 5.07 inches in Highlands in 1919
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1903

Yesterday, we blew through the old weather records for December 8th in snowfall amounts.
Here are the old top 5 events:

2.5 in. Highlands Dec 8, 1963
1.5 in. Highlands Dec 8, 1917
1.0 in. Nantahala Dec 8, 1962
0.8 in. Highlands Dec 8, 1900
0.5 in. Nantahala Dec 8, 1934


Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876

While we probably didn't break the all-time December snowfall, which was 12 inches in Highlands in 1876, we probably made it into the all-time top 5 events. I'll post the new numbers when they're reported.

Here are the old top 5 events for the month of December:

12.0 in. Franklin Dec 21, 1876
8.5 in. Highlands Dec 29, 1935
8.0 in. Nantahala Dec 26, 1969
7.2 in. Franklin Dec 11, 1876
7.0 in. Franklin Dec 22, 1873


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Winter Storm Warning Extended Until Noon

Areas of freezing fog this morning, cloudy with decreasing clouds becoming mostly sunny by noon, then increasing again to become mostly cloudy in the late afternoon. Highs ranging from the upper 20s in the higher elevations to the lower 30s in the lower elevations, although wind chills will make it seem 5 to 8 degrees colder than it actually is. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest. 70% chance of snow, with additional accumulations of 2 to 4 inches possible.

TONIGHT Cold and Windy Dangerous Wind Chills Overnight

Mostly cloudy early in the evening, becoming partly cloudy by morning. Lows in the low to mid-teens with wind chills making it feel like the single digits in places. Winds 15 to 20 mph out of the northwest, gusting to a brutally cold 35 mph.



SUNDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the upper 20s in the higher elevations to the mid-30s in the lower elevations. Wind chills will make it feel like it is below freezing. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest.

SUNDAY NIGHT Cold and Windy with Dangerous Wind Chills

Mostly clear and brutally cold with temperatures in the teens in the upper elevations and the lower 20s in the lower elevations and wind chills making it feel even colder. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest.



MONDAY The theme of the day: Melting Snow and Slick Roads

Sunny with highs ranging from the lower 40s to the upper 40s

MONDAY NIGHT Roads Will Refreeze

Partly cloudy with lows in the 20s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is expected today. The National Weather Service is calling for an additional 2 to 4 inches of snowfall this morning. We are also under a Winter Storm Watch until noon.


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



Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 3 am.


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.


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 7:02 a.m.
Sunrise 7:30 a.m.
Sun transit 12:26 p.m.
Sunset 5:21 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:50 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 11:09 p.m. last night
Moon transit 5:57 a.m.
Moonset 12:37 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on December 9, 2017: Waning Gibbous with 57% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on December 10, 2017 at 2:51 a.m. (local standard time)



Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

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.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

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



Posted at 3:40 am on December 9, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Winter Storm Warning Issued for Macon County

**5:11 am** School has been canceled for today, December 8, 2017, in Macon County.


The National Weather Service has updgraded us from a Winter Weather Advisory to a Winter Storm. The daily weather briefing has been changed to reflect this new development. [LINK]

The Winter Storm Warning information is posted below:


Winter Storm Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
427 AM EST Fri Dec 8 2017



...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected, with localized amounts up to 8 inches above 5000 feet.

* WHERE...Portions of the central and southern mountains of North Carolina and the adjacent Foothills.

* WHEN...Until 7 AM EST Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.




Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, December 8, 2017
Winter Storm Warning Issued

**5:11 am** School has been canceled for today, December 8, 2017, in Macon County.





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A moist frontal zone will linger just to our southeast over the next few days allowing temperatures to drop below normal with light wintry precipitation possible for Friday and Saturday. A cold upper level trof will then re-amplify over the area later on Saturday and bring a shot of snow showers to the mountains. Cold temperatures will persist through Sunday before warming to near normal for early next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR





Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month. 


Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:



All your masonry needs are available. Phone number is 828.524.8545, public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.   


Weather Almanac for December 8th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 76°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1956
Lowest Temperature 7°F in Franklin in 006
Greatest Rainfall 3.46 inches in Highlands in 1924
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands in 1963


Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Winter Storm Warning 4 to 6 inches possible

Cloudy with rain and snow likely today. Highs below freezing in the higher elevations and the mid-30s in the lower elevations. Winds 3 to 5 mph out of the north. Snowfall accumulations in the 6 to 8-inch range above 3,000 feet and in the area of Scaly Mountain, Highlands and the higher elevations of the Cullasaja Community. The ridgeline between Macon and Jackson Counties will see snow in that range, too. The lower elevations will see varying amounts of snow. The Franklin area could see 2 to 6 inches today if the temperatures stay near freezing in the afternoon hours. This could go either way for us.

TONIGHT More snow! Winter Storm Warning

Cloudy with lows in the 20s and winds 3 to 5 mph out of the northwest. 50% chance of snow with an additional 1 to 3 inches possible overnight.



SATURDAY Windy with wind chills in the 20s

Partly sunny early, then decreasing clouds to become mostly sunny before noon. Highs ranging from the upper 20s in the higher elevations and the low to mid-30s in the lower elevations. Winds starting out 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest, increasing to 15 to 20 mph and gusting into the 35 mph range in the afternoon hours. Wind chills will make it seem like it is in the 20s for a good bit of the day.

SATURDAY NIGHT Windy and Cold

Partly cloudy with lows in the teens and wind chills even colder. Winds 15 to 20 mph out of the northwest, gusting in the 35 mph range.



SUNDAY

Sunny with highs in the 30s.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Clear skies with lows ranging from the upper teens in the higher elevations and the lower 20s in the lower elevations.





HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is expected today. This will be the first significant winter storm of the season and roads could get very slippery today. If you don't have to be out and about, don't be. No matter how good of a driver you are in slippery conditions, please remember that there are loads of “motorists” out there who are not and they will be traveling faster than is safe and they will likely be getting into accidents. Don't be a target for them if you can help it. An open thread will be posted on Facebook later this morning so everyone can report or read about road conditions. Be safe out there!


The National Weather Service is calling for snow and has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow and expected slippery roads. It is posted below for your convenience.

The National Weather Service has updgraded us from a Winter Weather Advisory to a Winter Storm. The information is posted below:


Winter Storm Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
427 AM EST Fri Dec 8 2017



...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected, with localized amounts up to 8 inches above 5000 feet.

* WHERE...Portions of the central and southern mountains of North Carolina and the adjacent Foothills.

* WHEN...Until 7 AM EST Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.

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



Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 3 am.


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.


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 7:02 a.m.
Sunrise 7:30 a.m.
Sun transit 12:26 p.m.
Sunset 5:21 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:49 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 10:04 p.m. last night
Moon transit 5:04 a.m.
Moonset 11:57 a.m.
Moonrise 11:09 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on December 8, 2017: Waning Gibbous with 67% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on December 10, 2017 at 2:51 a.m. (local standard time)



Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

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.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

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



Posted at 3:40 am on December 8, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Remembering Pearl Harbor 76 Years Later



Seventy-Six Years ago today, Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese Imperial Navy. Four years later, the bulk of the Japanese Imperial Navy was on the bottom of the ocean and Japan lay in ruins.

May we never forget the men and women who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor, and may we never forget to honor those who answered the call to go to war in the aftermath. We owe them a debt that can never be repaid, we can only be grateful for their sacrifice and remember them for as long as our civilization lasts.

I have embedded some audio from that day to give you a flavor of how the news broke back then. Americans began hearing about the attacks around 1:30 pm Eastern Time. There are also some films made after the attack to show you how America responded.




The next video is a short newsreel, produced for the home market with no narration, shows the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Footage shows the wrecked seaplane base on Ford Island, the destroyer USS Shaw (DD-373) wrecked in its drydock, the battleship USS Utah (BB-13) capsized, and the mighty USS Arizona (BB-39) a twisted mass of smoldering metal.



Here is the John Ford classic "December 7th" produced for the US Navy. "December 7th," directed by John Ford, begins with the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, nicknamed "the Navy's hundred million dollar fist." Authentic footage of the invasion is mixed with reenactments to provide a complete portrait of the events of that fateful day. An extended sequence pays tribute to the American soldiers killed in the attack, many of whom are individually profiled, complete with testimonials offered by surviving family members. American bravery is not only embodied by the fallen, it is proven by the resolve that comes in response to the attack. The film culminates in a profile of the Navy's recovery of one sunken vessel, in particular, employing the effort as a metaphor for the American cause, "a symbol of the fighting spirit of our men who build and man our ships." Much like this successful refitting, the film suggests that American forces will rise from destruction, stronger than they were before.


And here is the first episode in the "Why We Fight" series called "Prelude to War" that gives a wider perspective on what was going on in the world at the time.

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, December 7, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A moist frontal zone will linger just to our southeast over the next few days allowing temperatures to drop below normal with light wintry precipitation possible for Friday and Saturday. A cold upper-level trough will then re-amplify over the area later on Saturday and bring a shot of snow showers to the mountains. Cold temperatures will persist through Sunday before warming to near normal for early next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR





Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month. 


Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:



All your masonry needs are available. Phone number is 828.524.8545, public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.   


Weather Almanac for December 7th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 74°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1998
Lowest Temperature 0°F in Highlands in 1937
Greatest Rainfall 3.98 inches in Highlands in 1909
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1900


Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the 40s and winds out of the northwest.

TONIGHT

Cloudy with lows in the 20s and winds out of the northwest. Slight chance of rain, mainly between 10 pm and midnight and possible snow flurries after midnight. Little or no accumulation expected.



FRIDAY Milk Sandwiches!!!

Cloudy with highs ranging from the upper 20s in the higher elevations and the mid-30s in the lower elevations. 50% of snow. Little or no accumulation expected below 3,000 feet. Up to two inches is possible above 3,000 feet and in the Scaly Mountain and Highlands area of the county. The heaviest precipitation will be between 8 am and 8 pm.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with skies becoming partly cloudy after midnight. Lows ranging from the upper teens in the higher elevations and the lower 20s in the lower elevations and winds out of the northwest. 40% chance of snow, mainly before midnight. Little or no accumulation is expected below 3,000 feet. An inch additional accumulation may be possible above that in the southeastern sector of the county.



SATURDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the 30s.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the teens. Some locations may not drop below 20.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today. We could see some snow flurries and snow showers on Friday and Friday night. The computer models are showing up to an inch is possible in Macon County, but I am skeptical. If we do see snow showers on Friday, please use caution when driving if you have to be out in it.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Friday. It is posted below for your convenience.

NWS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

..FRIDAY...Winter weather possible. An upper-level trough and cold front will interact and may result in snowfall. An inch or less is expected in most areas, but high elevations may see up to 2 inches.


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



Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 2:15 am.


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.


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 7:01 a.m.
Sunrise 7:29 a.m.
Sun transit 12:25 p.m.
Sunset 5:21 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:49 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 8:58 p.m. last night
Moon transit 4:07 a.m.
Moonset 11:12 a.m.
Moonrise 10:04 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on December 7, 2017: Waning Gibbous with 78% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on December 10, 2017 at 2:51 a.m. (local standard time)



Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

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.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

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



Posted at 3:00 am on December 7, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Mission Health and BCBS Come to an Agreement




LOCAL NEWS

Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield came to an agreement yesterday in their months-long dispute. Below is a video posted by the Asheville Citizen-Time a few months ago explaining the conflict between Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield. They have a story on the agreement between the two organization on their website. [LINK]






LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will cross the region tonight and usher in below normal temperatures Wednesday which will persist through the weekend. Meanwhile, increasing moisture will allow for possible wintry precipitation later in the week.


WEATHER SPONSOR





Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month. 


Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:


All your masonry needs are available. Phone number is 828.524.8545, public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.   


Weather Almanac for December 6th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 72°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1998
Lowest Temperature 4°F in Highlands in 1937
Greatest Rainfall 2.88 inches in Highlands in 2013
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Nantahala in 1937


Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Cloudy with highs in the 40s and winds 5 to 10 mph from the northwest.

TONIGHT

Cloudy with lows in the 20s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. Slight chance of rain, mainly between 4 pm and midnight and possible snow flurries between 10 pm and midnight. Little or no accumulation expected.



THURSDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 30s in the higher elevations and the lower 40s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northwest.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper teens in the higher elevations and the lower to mid 20s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northwest. Slight chance of rain, mainly after midnight. Snow flurries possible after midnight.



FRIDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the upper 20s in the higher elevations and the mid-30s in the lower elevations. 40% chance of precipitation. Some places will see rain, others will see some snow, depending on the temperatures. The greatest chance of precipitation (in whatever form) is between noon and 6 pm. If conditions are just right (and they almost never are) we could see up to an inch of snow in places that do not rise above freezing. It is more likely we see no snow accumulating below 3500 feet. Locations east of us and along the North Carolina-Tennessee border stand a better chance of seeing some accumulation out of this than we do.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 20s. A few locations could drop into the upper teens.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today. We could see some snow flurries and snow showers on Friday. The computer models are showing up to an inch is possible in Macon County, but I am skeptical. If we do see snow showers on Friday, please use caution when driving if you have to be out in it.


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



Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 3 am.


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.


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 7:00 a.m.
Sunrise 7:28 a.m.
Sun transit 12:25 p.m.
Sunset 5:21 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:49 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 7:51 p.m. last night
Moon transit 3:07 a.m.
Moonset 10:20 a.m.
Moonrise 8:58 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on December 6, 2017: Waning Gibbous with 87% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on December 3, 2017 at 10:47 a.m. (local standard time)



Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

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.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

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



Posted at 3:30 am on December 6, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

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.