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Friday, February 3, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, February 3, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...Heavy rain possible for Northern California Coast...

...Lake effect snow downwind from the Lakes Superior, Huron and Ontario...

High pressure drifting southeast from the northern High Plains to the Mississippi/Tennessee valleys will push a cold front slowly through Deep South and Southeast this weekend. Gulf moisture will pool along this boundary and help generate rain along the Gulf Coast an up to the Southern Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic. The rain will slowly move to the Western/Central Gulf Coast by Friday into Saturday. To the north, upper-level energy moving over the Great Lakes will aid in producing lake effect snow downwind primarily from the Lakes Superior, Huron and Ontario through Saturday.

An upper-level low over the Eastern Pacific will slowly weaken and move onshore over the Pacific Northwest by Friday evening. The system will bring a plume of moisture into the Central California Coast and into parts of the Northwest into the weekend. Coastal areas will have rain, possibly heavy at times, while areas of higher terrain will have snow. Snow will spread eastward into the Northern Rockies by Friday evening and into the adjacent Northern Plains by Saturday. A secondary low pressure system from the Pacific will advance inland this weekend; which, will bring warmer air into portions of the Northwest. This will allow for the development of rain/freezing rain mix for portions of the Columbia River Gorge and other parts of the Pacific Northwest throughout the day on Friday and into early Saturday. The Sierra Nevadas and ranges from eastern Oregon to northwest Wyoming will likely have heavy snow over the next few days.


A cold front will move south of the region tonight setting us up for a cooler Friday, and into the weekend, as high pressure settles in. Temperatures rebound to normal and above normal through the middle of next week as southerly flow returns in advance of a moist cold front approaching from the west.


National Surface Map for Friday at 7 am

Partly sunny with highs near 50 and calm winds rising to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. 20% chance of rain, mainly before noon.

Friday Night

Mostly clear with lows near the mid 20s and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph calming before midnight.

National Surface Map for Saturday at 7 am


Mostly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 40s and variable light winds.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near 30 and light winds out of the southeast.

National Surface Map for Sunday at 7 am


Partly sunny with highs near the lower 50s. 20% chance of precipitation, with a wintry mix with no accumulation before 9 am, then rain between 9 am and 3 pm.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near the mid 30s.


No hazardous weather is expected.

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


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There will be a "Prayers Against Drugs" rally tonight at 6 pm at the Courthouse Square in downtown Franklin for those who are interested in participating in the spiritual warfare against the epidemic of drug abuse in our community. Read more about it at


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 February 3, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 85ºF in Maysville, Onslow County in 1989
Low Temperature -12ºF on Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1981
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 5.30 inches in New Holland, Hyde County in 1970
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 18.0 inches on Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1998

Macon County

High Temperature 75ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1989
Low Temperature -12ºF in Highlands in 1917
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.91 inches in Franklin in 1982
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands in 2013


Twilight Begins: 7:04 am
Sunrise: 7:31 am
Sunset 6:04 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:31 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 27 minutes

Moon Phase: First Quarter with 50% of the visible disk illuminated at 11:19 pm
Moonrise 12:06 am
Moonset 1:11 am tomorrow (no moonset today!)

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

Sky Chart for Tonight

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

Rises 9:38 am
Sets 9:38 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.521 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 9:51 am
Sets 9:59 pm
Brightness 1.1 Magnitude
Distance: 1.867 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Sky Chart for Tomorrow Morning

Rises 6:29 am
Sets 4:17 pm
Brightness 0.0 Magnitude
Distance 1.236 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius


Rises 4:21 am
Sets 2:07 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.653 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

Rises 11:24 pm
Sets 10: 10:43 am
Brightness -2.0 Magnitude
Distance: 5.011 AU
Constellation: Virgo

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

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]


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Published at 3:06 am on Feb 32017

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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.