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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Daily Weather Briefing for Macon County
Thursday, March 31, 2016

National Forecast Map 
Courtesy the NOAA Weather Prediction Center

OVERVIEW

An area of moisture will surge out of the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a cold front today and overnight tonight, bringing periods of heavy rain and potential flash flooding. It is expected to push out of the region on Friday. A return to dry high pressure is expected over the weekend into early next week.


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TODAY 

(Possible Severe Weather Conditions  between 3 pm today and 10 am tomorrow)

Patchy fog expected before 10 am with highs in the mid 60s and winds out of the south south east, 5 to 10 mph, gusting to 20 mph. Rainfall should arrive between noon and 5 pm and be heavy at times with rainfall accumulations between a quarter and half an inch before 6 pm expected. Thunderstorms may arrive sometime after 3 pm. High winds are possible between 10 am and 6 pm.


HAZARDS

Heavy rain and potential flooding are possible later today into tonight and Friday. Thunderstorms are also expected.


Current Advisories, Watches and Warnings issued by the National Weather Service for Macon County can be viewed at any time at http://is.gd/MACONWARN


POLLEN REPORT

The pollen level today will be medium-high (8.0 out of 12.0) with Juniper, Oak and Maple still being the main producers of pollen. The pollen levels are expected to drop into the medium (5.2 out of 12) range Friday as a period of wet weather passes through the county. Levels are expected to only slightly increase on Saturday, with Sunday and Monday expected to be high pollen days. 9.6 and 10.1 out of 12, respectively.


TONIGHT

Patchy fog possible between 10 pm and 3 am, rain and thunderstorms expected with lows near the mid to upper 50s and winds out of the south. Rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. Flooding will be possible in locations with poor drainage.


FRIDAY

Rain, heavy at times, numerous thunderstorms possible with some of them capable of producing torrential rainfall, mostly before noon. Highs near the low to 70s after the rain passes and the cloud cover decreases. Winds from the south before 10 am, then shifting to come out of the west at 5 to 10 mph. Rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch possible, more in locations that see multiple thunderstorms.



FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 40s and winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. 30% chance of rain with less than a tenth of an inch expected.




WEATHER ADVISORIES, WATCHES AND WARNINGS

• None in effect as of 1 am on March 31, 2016.


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TODAY, Thursday, March 31st  

7:00 p.m. 

"Thinking About Backpacking on the A.T. ??" 

Bill Van Horn, an Appalachian Trail 2000 miler, will offer lessons on backpacking on the A.T. to make sure you are the most well-equipped and well-informed as possible for your enjoyment and protection of the trail. Topics will include personal readiness, Leave No Trace, hiker etiquette, and camping along the A.T.
https://www.facebook.com/events/170152830030208/


SATURDAY, APRIL 2ND
8am to 1 pm


A Benefit Car Show for Operation Christmas Child, Western North Carolina, will be held Saturday, April 2nd from 8 am to 3 pm at Franklin High School parking lot, by football field. Registration Fee: $15 to enter a car. If you are interested in showing or participating please contact: Shelly Pilkerton at 828-371-7503 or e-mail: shellypilkerton@yahoo.com. For more information on the event, see http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2016/03/benefit-car-show-for-operation.html


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6TH
8:00am


Weekly Greenway Birdwalks begin. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking lot.



MACON COUNTY WEATHER EXTREME ALMANAC FOR MARCH 31ST

Highest Temperature • 82°F in Franklin in 198563
Lowest Temperature • 13°F in Franklin in 1964
Greatest One-Day Precipitation • 2.37 inches in Highlands in 1976
Greatest One-Day Snowfall • 0.2 inches in Highlands in 1966


WEATHER EXTREMES FOR MARCH IN MACON COUNTY
(1872-2016)


Highest Temperature -- 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Lab on March 15, 1967
Lowest Temperature -- -7°F in Highlands on March 7, 1899
Greatest One-Day Precipitation – 6.43 inches in Highlands on March 29, 1898
Greatest One-Day Snowfall – 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Lab on March 13, 1993



NORTH CAROLINA WEATHER EXTREME ALMANAC FOR MARCH 31ST

Highest Temperature • 93°F in Kinston, Lenoir County in 1910
Lowest Temperature • 6°F in Montreal, Yancey County in 1950
Greatest One-Day Precipitation • 5.20 inches in Tarboro, Edgecombe County in 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall • 11.0 inches in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1972


WEATHER EXTREMES FOR MARCH IN THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
(1870-2016)


Highest Temperature -- 100°F in Aberdeen, Moore County on March 29, 1967
Lowest Temperature -- -14°F in Murphy, Cherokee County on March 16, 1880
Greatest One-Day Precipitation – 10.50 inches in Highlands on March 29, 1898
Greatest One-Day Snowfall – 36.0 inches on Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on March 13, 1993




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