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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, January 22, 2017

USA Weather Map

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


Severe thunderstorms with very large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will be possible across portions of the Lower Mississippi Valley and Central Gulf Coast into Sunday morning. The threat will shift to the southeast coast to central Florida Sunday. Meanwhile in the west, heavy rain and mountain snow will continue from California to the southern Rockies.


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.


Numerous waves of energy will bring rounds of heavy rain and thunderstorms to the area today and tonight. A vigorous low pressure system will sweep towards the region today and move northeast of the Carolinas on Monday, bringing abundant moisture and the potential for storms today and tonight. Some of the storms could be severe. Mild high pressure will move in Tuesday and Wednesday until a cold front crosses the region Wednesday night.


Sunday Jan 22nd at 7 am

Sunday (Heavy Rain Likely, Severe Weather Possible)

Areas of fog before noon.Cloudy with highs near the low to mid 60s and winds from the northwest shifting to become light and variable before noon. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half an inch expected.

Sunday Night (Heavy rain likely, Severe weather possible near daybreak)

Cloudy, with patchy dense fog after 9 pm. Winds out of the west becoming light and variablke before midnight. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between half and three quarters of an inch expected.

Monday Jan 23rd at 7 am

Areas of fog, dense in locations, before noon. Cloudy with highs near the low to mid 50s and winds 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph, out of the west northwest. 80% chance of rain, mainly before 3 pm. Rainfall amounts of less than a quarter of an inch expected.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 30s and winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph.

Tuesday Jan 24th at 7 am


Sunny with highs near the mid to upper 50s.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear with lows near the mid to upper 30s.


A line of strong storms is expected to reach Macon County near daybreak this morning. A vigorous upper level system will approach the region from the west through tonight. Embedded upper energy preceding this system will will combine with marginal instability to yield scattered thunderstorms during the early morning hours today. The primary threats will be gusty winds and brief heavy rainfall. Severe weather...Mainly in the form of damaging winds... Will become possible by daybreak today.

A low pressure system is expected to bring heavy rains and possible thunderstorms to the region on Sunday. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and a copy is posted below.

..SUNDAY...Severe weather possible. Thunderstorms are possible across the region on Sunday morning...And again Sunday evening. The primary threats will be heavy rainfall... Damaging winds... And large hail.



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A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon COunty will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.

Weather Extremes Almanac for January 21, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 82ºF in Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1921
Low Temperature -20ºF in Oconaluftee, Swain County in 1985
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 7.68 inches in Brevard, Transylvania County in 1906
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 16.0 inches in Hickory, Burke County in 1987

Macon County

High Temperature 70ºF in Franklin in 1974
Low Temperature -13ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1985
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.07 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1959
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.0 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1987


Twilight Begins: 7:12 am
Sunrise: 7:39 am
Sunset 5:52 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:19 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 07 minutes

Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 25% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise: 3:00 am
Moonset 1:50 pm

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

Sky Chart for Sunday evening

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets, but both are close to the western horizon, so don't dally too long before you get out to see them.

Venus -4.4 Magnitude Distance 0.609 AU COnstellation: Aquarius
Mars 1.00 Magnitude Distance: 1.786 AU Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am on Monday, Jan 23rd

Sky chart for Monday morning

Mercury 0.0 Magnitude Distance 1.067 AU Constellation: Sagittarius (does not rise until after daybreak)
Saturn 1.4 Magnitude Distance: 10.793 AU Constellation: Ophiuchus
Jupiter -1.9 Magnitude Distance: 5.198 AU Constellation: Virgo

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]


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Published at 4:09 am on Jan 22, 2017

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