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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday January 29, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


A weak boundary over the Great Lakes will weaken by Monday. The system will produce lake effect/lake enhanced snow over the Great Lakes into parts of Northern New England that will slowly come to an end ahead of the next system by Monday afternoon into evening. In addition, upper-level energy over Middle Mississippi Valley will move eastward off the Mid-Atlantic Coast followed by a second area of upper-level energy from the Upper Great Lakes. The energy will produce snow over the Ohio/Tennessee Valleys and rain over parts of the Tennessee Valley on Sunday morning. Rain and snow from this system will move into parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Central Appalachians through Monday evening.

Meanwhile over Florida, upper-level energy over the Southeast/Eastern Gulf Coast will move off the Florida Coast by Sunday evening. The energy will produce rain over parts of Florida through late Sunday night.

Furthermore, a front moving onshore over the West Coast of Canada will weaken while a new front develops over the Upper/Middle Mississippi Valley into the Central Plains/High Plains on Monday afternoon into evening. The dying boundary will move into the Pacific Northwest that will produce rain over parts of the Northwest Sunday afternoon into late Sunday evening. As the energy associated with the western front moves into the Northern Plains/Upper Mississippi Valley on Monday the new front will develop over the region. The system will produce snow over the Northern Plains/Upper Mississippi Valley on Monday morning that will expand into the Upper Great Lakes by Monday evening.


A broad upper level trough will persist over the eastern part of the country to start the week keeping temperatures near normal if not slightly below. At the same time, pockets of upper level energy will help generate intermittent snow showers across the western North Carolina mountains into Monday. An upper level ridge and relatively warm high pressure builds in from the west on Tuesday. Accumulations in the valleys should be less than an inch or so, more at elevations above 2500 feet.


National Surface Map for Sunday Jan 29th at 7 am


Cloudy with highs near the lower 40s and winds out of the west 5 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph or so. 40% chance of precipitation, with a rain/snow mix falling until the afternoon, when it will turn to all rain. Little or no snow accumulation is expected in the valleys where most of us live.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the low to mid 20s and winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph in the valleys and up to 35 mph on the ridges. 50% chance of snow with accumulations of less than an inch or so in the valleys and perhaps a couple of inches above 2500 feet. Altitudes above 3500 feet couple see up to 3 inches or so overnight. Win d chills will be in the teens at times.

National Surface Map for Monday Jan 30th at 7 am


Mostly sunny with highs near the upper 30s to near 40 and winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph. Wind chills will be below freezing for most of the day.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 20s and light winds out of the northwest.

National Surface Map for Tuesday Jan 31st at 7 am


Mostly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 50s and winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near freezing.

Snow Flurry Freakouts


No hazardous weather expected. Winds will be up a bit, so if you're burning brush piles or debris, please use caution and either put it off for a couple of days or build some lines around what you're burning.

Snow flurries, heavy at times, through early Monday are in the forecast. Less than an inch accumulation in the valleys is expected. If you're out driving around when one of the snow showers hit, please exercise caution on the roadways.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting


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Weather Extremes Almanac for January 29, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 85ºF in Willard, Pender County in 1918
Low Temperature -16ºF in Montreat, Yancey County in 1934
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.50 inches in Washington, Beaufort County in 2014
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1930

Macon County

High Temperature 73ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1999
Low Temperature -9ºF in Highlands in 1897
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 1.60 inches in Highlands in 1893
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 7.5 inches in Highlands in 1930


Twilight Begins: 7:08 am
Sunrise: 7:35 am
Sunset 5:59 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:26 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 18 minutes

Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 3% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 8:34 am
Moonset 7:54 pm

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

Sky Chart for the evening of Sunday Jan 29th

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

Rises 9:40 am
Sets 9:38 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.5557 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 10:01 am
Sets 10:01 pm
Brightness 1.1 Magnitude
Distance: 1.834 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am on Monday, January 30th at 4 am

Sky Chart for the morning of Monday Jan 30th at 4 am

Rises 6:20 am
Sets 4:05 pm
Brightness 0.0 Magnitude
Distance 1.174 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius


Rises 9:32 am
Sets 2:39 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.715 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

Rises 11:43 pm
Sets 11:02 am
Brightness -2.0 Magnitude
Distance: 5.088 AU
Constellation: Virgo

Sky Guides for this week (Jan 27- Feb 4)

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine

Did you know Iridium Flares will soon become a thing of the past? Read more about it in Sky and Telescope Magazine. [LINK]

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 4:42 am on Jan 29, 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.