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Monday, April 30, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, April 30, 2018


Macon County Deputies responded to a residence near Mashburn White Road of Macon County regarding a roadway dispute between neighbors. First Deputy arrived on scene and was confronted by one of the neighbors involved in the dispute with a firearm visibly in his possession. The deputy discharged his duty weapon and the suspect is deceased. Additional deputies, first responders & Sheriff Holland arrived on scene along with investigators but as per protocol the Sheriff contacted the SBI and has requested a full investigation into the incident. The SBI has now arrived on scene as well. Additional details will be made available as soon as it is appropriate to do so. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased as well as to everyone involved in the incident especially the deputy who was protecting & serving his community tonight.

Source: MCSO Facebook Page [LINK]

Videos of the recent candidate forum at the Macon County Public Library have been cut into smaller bite-sized portions.

The links are posted below:

• Register of Deeds [LINK]
• NC Senate District 50 [LINK]
• District 2 Macon County Commissioner [LINK]
• Macon County Sheriff [LINK]
• North Carolina 11th Congressional District [LINK]
• District 1 Macon County Commissioner [LINK]
• Full Forum [LINK]

Macon County Activity Bus Catches Fire, Students Safe
(repeat for those who unplug for the weekend)

An activity bus owned by the Macon County Schools was transporting students back to Macon County yesterday afternoon when it caught fire in Haywood County on I-40 near mile marker 31. All students were safely evacuated from the bus before it was consumed by flames. An image and statement from the Macon County School Superintendent is posted below:

Earlier today, Macon County Schools Bus # 8112 was traveling back to Franklin from an Upward Bound trip. The driver of the bus heard a loud pop which appeared to be a blown tire. The driver pulled the bus safely to the shoulder of the road to begin moving students off the bus. Smoke then appeared. The smoke was quickly followed by flames. All students and the driver safely exited the bus prior to the flames. Thank you to Haywood County Schools for loaning a bus to our group so they could return to Franklin. Again, all students and our driver are safe. Thank you to everyone that has contacted our district and offered their assistance as well as checked on our students. As you know, this situation could've been much worse.

Video of the bus on fire was posted to the WNC Road Warriors Facebook Group


Cool high pressure continues across our region through today. The high then moves to near Bermuda Tuesday and persists through the rest of the workweek. As a result, persistent southerly flow atop the area will bring above normal temperatures for the latter half of the week. A cold front arrives next weekend perhaps bringing some showers.


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.


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. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.

Weather Almanac for April 29th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 88°F in Franklin in 1970
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Highlands in 1992
Greatest Rainfall 3.40 inches in Franklin in 2014
Greatest One-Day Snowfall No measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since record keeping began in Macon County

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


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.



Areas of frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 73. Light south southwest wind.


Clear, with a low around 40. Calm wind.


Sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with a low around 46. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Sunny, with a high near 79.


Mostly clear, with a low around 52.


Areas of frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 73. Light south southwest wind.


Clear, with a low around 42. Light south wind.


Sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with a low around 47. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Sunny, with a high near 78.


Mostly clear, with a low around 52.


Sunny, with a high near 63. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.


Clear, with a low around 45. West wind around 6 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 68. South southwest wind 5 to 8 mph.


Mostly clear, with a low around 50. South southwest wind around 7 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 68.


Mostly clear, with a low around 52.


Areas of frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 68. Light and variable wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.


Clear, with a low around 44. Light and variable wind.


Sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph.


Mostly clear, with a low around 50. South wind 5 to 7 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 72.


Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR
12:12 am to 3:07 am this morning


Hazardous weather is not expected today. Frosts and Freezing temperatures are expected this morning. If you've gone ahead and planted too early, then you might want to consider bringing your sensitive plants indoors or covering them.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service is posted below for your convenience.


..MONDAY...Frost/freeze possible.

Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at 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

3:07 am this morning


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 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.


Want to sell all those extra items collecting dust around your house?

Join the indoor community yard sale at Trimont Christian Academy. Trimont will be doing community-wide advertising for this event.



I am writing to thank the residents of Franklin, Highlands, and Macon County for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas. Through the generosity of the Macon County community, 4,636 shoeboxes were collected; and the Western North Carolina Area Team was able to exceed our goal by collecting 20,038 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The International total for 2017 was 11,012,840 shoeboxes!

As National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 21) approaches, I wanted to pass along information about an opportunity for Macon County residents to join a local volunteer team with Operation Christmas Child. This project of the international Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, sends gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of children in need each year and gives local residents the opportunity to make a worldwide impact. “National Volunteer Week is a great time to become a part of this international project,” said June Trull, who heads up the Western North Carolina Area Team of Operation Christmas Child.“Joining an Operation Christmas Child Area Team is an amazing way to give back year-round and share God’s love with children in need.”

Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries since 1993. This year, the local Western North Carolina Area Team hopes to collect 21,000 shoebox gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching more than 11 million children in need.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thank You
Brenda Hackett
Samaritan's Purse
Media Support
Western North Carolina Area Team
Operation Christmas Child

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)


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

Not enough time to post this material today

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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3:25 am on April 29 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, 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.