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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, April 13, 2017


...Conditions will be cool and wet over the northwestern U.S. Thursday into Friday...

...Above normal temperatures are expected for locations from the Great Plains to the Eastern Seaboard...

...Heavy rain and thunderstorms will be possible from the Southern Plains to the Upper Midwest and Upper Great Lakes...

Conditions will be cool and wet over the northwestern quarter of the Nation Thursday into Friday as a deep upper level trough edges inland over the western U.S.. Broad cyclonic flow will foster widespread shower activity across the region...especially over the favored terrain... and lowering temperatures behind the leading cold front should allow for snow across the higher elevations. Precipitation will come to end Friday into Saturday while surface high pressure off the California coast spreads northeastward into the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies.

East of the trough entering the Western U.S....broad upper ridging will keep temperatures above normal from Great Plains to the Eastern Seaboard late this week. Downsloping "Chinook" winds will especially enhance warming east of the northern Rockies on Thursday...where daytime temperatures could approach record highs...but then cooler conditions will fill in behind a cold front clearing the region Thursday night.


A fire the US Forest Service is calling Muskrat #2 is currently burning close to the location where the Muskrat Fire burning last fall. The fire was last reported to be over 300 acres in rough terrain and, at last report the fire is 22% contained. A helicopter with a bucket assisted the firefighters yesterday and a crew of wildland firefighters called the Davidson River Crew arrived to begin building lines around the fire.

Please, if you have material you wish to burn outdoors, please put it off for a few more weeks.


A weak cold front will pass through the region this evening, producing scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. High pressure behind the front will keep most of the area dry through the end of the week, however isolated daytime showers are possible through Saturday. Another weak cold front slowly moves through the region early next week with another round of scattered showers and thunderstorms expected.

Weather Almanac for April 13th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 85°F in Franklin in 1981
Lowest Temperature 16°F in Highlands in 1940
Greatest Rainfall 2.84 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1994
Greatest Snowfall there has been no measurable snowfall on this date since reccords started being kept in 1872.


TODAY (Increased fire danger, outdoor burning is not recommended)

Mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 70s and possibly 80 in some hot spots. Light and variable winds.


Partly cloudy with lows near 50 and calm winds.


Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 70s calm winds in the morning, and from the south in the afternoon. Slight chance of rain with less than a tenth of an inch expected.


Mostly cloudy with lows near 50 and calm winds. Slight chance of rain, mostly before midnight.


Partly sunny with highs in the mid 70s.


Partly cloudy with lows near the lower 50s.


No hazardous weather is expected. There is still an increased fire danger Due to Macon County still being in a Severe Drought. Outdoor burning is not recommended. The rain that is in the forecast for Wednesday won't even touch our situation. We will need several inches of rain over the course of weeks to recover.

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


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APRIL 21 & 22

Franklin High School FFA Benefit Rodeo
Macon County Fairgrounds – 1436 Georgia Rd

Tickets available at the gate
$12 Adults
$6 Kids ages 5-10
Under 5 Free

Gates open at 6PM each night
Event starts at 8PM each night
Concessions available on site

Get there early for the best seating!

Saddle Bronc Riding
Bareback Riding
Calf Roping
Steer Wrestling
Ladies Breakaway Roping
Team Roping
Ladies Barrel Racing
Bull Riding

For more information, please visit the Facebook event page at


On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is effecting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.


Twilight Begins: 6:38 am
Sunrise: 7:04am
Sunset 8:05 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:31 pm

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 94% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonset 8:41 am
Moonrise 10:25 pm

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning


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 4:31 am on April 13, 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.