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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, February 16, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...Strong storm system to affect California and a quieter weather pattern is expected over most of the nation...

Rain and mountain snow has now arrived to much of the western U.S. as a Pacific cold front is making its way inland across the Pacific Northwest and northern California. Heavy snow is likely for the higher elevations of the Cascades and the northern Rockies through Friday as the moisture moves inland.

The main weather event that will make headlines over the next few days will be a rather strong low pressure system that is heading towards California by Friday. This is associated with a deep upper level trough that will generate an occluded surface low that is forecast to reach central and southern California by Friday afternoon. Heavy rainfall is expected for the coastal areas and the nearby mountains, with some locations getting in excess of 4 inches of rainfall by Saturday morning as a deep surge of subtropical moisture is directed towards the region. Flash flooding will be possible given the amount of rain expected.

Elsewhere across the continental U.S., some lake effect snow can be expected downwind of the Great Lakes from strong cold air advection behind the departing nor'easter over eastern Canada. Sunny to partly cloudy conditions are expected across much of the central and eastern U.S. over the next few days as high pressure governs the overall weather pattern there. Warmer conditions are also expected in time for the weekend for many areas.


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High pressure crosses the Gulf today as the upper trough moves east over the Atlantic. Expect a broad upper ridge to dominate the weather for much of our nation this weekend and early next week resulting in a warming trend. A weak low pressure crosses the deep southeast this weekend. The next weather maker is not expected until mid to late week.



Sunny with highs near the low to mid 50s and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, gusting to 20 mph. The higher wind gusts are expected to occur between 8 am and 5 pm today.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear with lows near freezing and light winds out of the northwest.


Sunny with highs near the mid 60s. Calm winds early, rising to 5 to 10 mph from the west by mid morning.

Friday Night

Mostly clear with lows near freezing and light winds out of the northwest.


Mostly cloudy with highs near 60. 40% chance of rain.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40.


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


If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer of photo, to
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


February 20
Franklin Bird Club meeting. “Cherokee Bird Legends and Myths” by Barbara Duncan. 7:00 pm at the Macon County Public Library.


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 16, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 83ºF in Chapel Hill, Orange County in 1989
Low Temperature -16ºF on Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1991
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.22 inches in Andrews, Cherokee County in 1990
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Black Mountain, Buncombe County in 1969

Macon County

High Temperature 77ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1989
Low Temperature -4ºF in Highlands in 1991
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.90 inches in Franklin in 1873
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands in 1895


Twilight Begins: 6:52 am
Sunrise: 7:18 am
Sunset 6:17 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:43 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 49 minutes

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 70% of the Moo's visible disk illuminated
Moonset 10:36 am
Moonrise 11:56 pm

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

Rises 8:50 am
Sets 9:31 pm
Brightness -4.5 Magnitude
Distance 0.431 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 9:23 am
Sets 9:54 pm
Brightness 1.2 Magnitude
Distance: 1.955 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Rises 6:49 am
Sets 5:01 pm
Brightness -0.3 Magnitude
Distance 1.347 AU
Constellation: Capricornus


Rises 3:35 am
Sets 1:21 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.472 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

Rises 10:32 pm
Sets 9:52 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.826 AU
Constellation: Virgo

Sky Guides for this week

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 4:16 am on Feb 16, 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.