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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...Threat for severe storms shifts east into the Tennessee and upper Ohio valleys as well as from southern New England down to the Southeast...

...Record warmth expected for many along the East Coast today...

...Unsettled weather to return to the Pacific Northwest...

Ongoing rounds of severe storms early this morning across the Midwest and Ohio valley will continue to move east today well out ahead of a strong cold front extending from the Great Lakes to Texas. Additional storms are expected to develop near the cold frontal boundary later today with a broad threat for severe storms highlighted by the Storm Prediction Center, extending from the Ohio and Tennessee valleys into the I-95 corridor from New York City down into the Carolinas. While strong straight line winds are expected to be the main concern, large hail and tornadoes will also be possible along with flash flooding. The flash flood threat will be especially focused along the upper Ohio valley into the north-central Appalachians today.

High temperatures ahead of the cold front will be in the 70s and 80s from the New York City metro and southward, with southern New England likely seeing widespread 60s. These values are 15 to 30 degrees above average early March normals, and high temperature records are expected to be set across several cities from southern New England and New York down to the Gulf Coast. The other feature of this storm system worth noting will be a stripe of light to locally moderate snow from eastern Wisconsin into northern lower Michigan toady where up to 6 inches will be possible with locally higher totals.

Temperatures behind the front will cool down to near average for Thursday, and in fact will be close to average across the entire country. The one exception will be the Dakotas into Minnesota on Thursday where high temperatures are forecast to stay in the teens and 20s behind a secondary surge of cold air.

After the large storm system exits the eastern U.S., the weather across the nation will be fairly quiet. Light snow, possibly mixed with rain on the south side, will streak across portions of the Midwest on Thursday, reaching the northern Mid-Atlantic region Friday morning.

Across the Pacific Northwest, light rain and snow will continue through Thursday morning at which point a cold front will approach the region bringing a renewed surge of lower elevation rain and mountain snow to western Washington and Oregon.


A line of storms may bring severe thunderstorms to Macon County sometime this afternoon or early evening. Please pay attention to local radio and TV broadcasts and where ever you get your weather information throughout the day. If you are outside, pay attention to the sky and come indoors before storms arrive. More information on the storms are in the Hazardous weather segment further down on this page.


Expect numerous showers and thunderstorms today with some of the storms being strong to severe. All rain will end tonight as a cold front crosses from the northwest. Cool high pressure will build in behind the front into the weekend before another front crosses the area early next week.


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They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


WEDNESDAY (Severe Weather Outbreak Possible)

Cloudy with highs near 70. Variable light winds rising to 5 to 10 mph from the southeast in the afternoon. Wind gusts to 20 mph, higher in thunderstorms. Near 100% chance of rain. Rain is expected between 8 am to midnight, mainly after noon with an increased chance for thunderstorms between noon and midnight, with an expectation that a line may come through the area between 3 pm and 7 pm, some of them may be severe, with torrential rains, damaging winds and hail being the main concern. Rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected.


Cloudy with lows near freezing. Winds switching to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts to 20 mph, higher in thunderstorms. Near 100% chance of rain, heavy at times. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch is expected.


Sunny with highs near the mid 50s and winds out of the northwest near 10 mph.


Mostly clear with lows near 30 and winds 5 to 10 mph from the northwest, becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny with highs near 50.


Mostly clear with lows near the mid 20s.


Hazardous weather is possible today, mainly between noon and 7 pm. A line of storms that has a history of producing tornadoes and severe thunderstorms will approach our region sometime this afternoon or early evening. The main concern with these storms is brief torrential rain, damaging winds frequent lightning, and hail. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for today. It is posted below:

Ahead of a cold front, gusty south to southwest winds are expected today across the mountains. While most areas will see gusts in the 25 to 35 mph range, exposed peaks and ridge tops will see occasional wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph.

As the front approaches the area later today, a line of showers and strong to severe thunderstorms will move into the southern Appalachians by late afternoon. In addition to the potential for locally heavy rain and frequent cloud to ground lightning, there will be a threat of locally damaging winds, with the best chance for damaging winds expected across the North Carolina counties bordering Tennessee, and across the Georgia mountains.

After the cold front sweeps through the area this evening, winds will turn from the northwest and strengthen. Wind gusts of 50 mph or more will be possible, especially near the Blue Ridge and across the high elevations.

..TODAY...High winds possible. Gusty northwest winds will continue across the mountains into Thursday morning.

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 March 01, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 90ºF in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1997
Low Temperature -4ºF in Montreat, Yancey County in 1941
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.20 inches in Murphy, Cherokee County in 1875
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 26.0 inches in Edenton, Chowan County in 1927

Macon County

High Temperature 75ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1972
Low Temperature 6°F in Highlands in 1920
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.50 inches in Franklin in 1875
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 8.0 inches at the Nantahala in 1968


Twilight Begins: 6:37 am
Sunrise: 7:03 am
Sunset 6:29 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:55 pm
Day Length: 12 hours 18 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 11 hours 26 minutes

Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 12% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 9:02 am
Moonset 9:58 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 8:01 am
Sets 9:02 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.352 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 8:57 am
Sets 9:49 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 2.041 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Rises 7:02 am
Sets 6:00 pm
Brightness -1.1 Magnitude
Distance 1.380 AU
Constellation: Aquarius


Rises 2:48 am
Sets 12:33 pm
Brightness 1.3
Distance: 10.271 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

Rises 9:37 pm
Sets 8:59 am
Brightness -2.2 Magnitude
Distance: 4.670 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 5:10 am on Mar 01, 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.