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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, April 30, 2017


High pressure will weaken and move east today before a cold front moves across the forecast area Monday with strong to severe thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. Weak yet dry high pressure builds across the southeast Tuesday through Wednesday. By Thursday...a moist area of low pressure will work into area from the southwest.

Weather Almanac for April 30th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1970
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Highlands in 1992
Greatest Rainfall 3.40 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1963
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall on this date since 1872, when weather records began being kept.



Patchy fog early. Partly sunny with highs near 80. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast with gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range. Winds will be stronger in the higher elevations. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon hours. Rainfall amounts expected to be less than a tenth of an inch, more in locations that see thunderstorm activity.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s. Patchy fog is expected to develop after 1 am. Winds out of the south with gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.


Cloudy with highs near 70 and winds 10 to 15 mph out of the southwest with gusts between 20 and 30 mph. 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms, some of them could be strong. Rainfall amounts between half and three quarters of an inch expected.


Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s and winds out of the west.


Sunny with highs in the lower 70s.


Mostly clear with lows near 50.


Hazardous weather is not expected today. There may be severe weather on Monday. Strong storms are expected to form ahead of a cold front.


..TODAY...Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will develop across the western Carolinas and Northeast Georgia this afternoon. These storms will be capable of producing cloud to ground lightning, small hail, and localized gusty winds.

..MONDAY...Severe weather possible. A cold front will cross the area on Monday possibly producing organized strong to severe thunderstorms. The greatest threats will be large hail and damaging winds, mainly over the foothills and Piedmont of the Carolinas and northeast Georgia in the afternoon and evening.

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


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TODAY at 4 pm

There is a forum planned to discuss the loss of the Labor & Delivery Department ii is planned for Sunday at the Gazebo at the corner of Main Street and Iotla Street. More details can be found on the Facebook event page at

Saturday, May 6 at 11 AM

The Emergency Services Personnel Relay for Life Team is hosting a Firetruck pull to earn money for Relay for Life. Teams of 6 for $150. Also having a pull for children under the age of 12 for $50 per team. There will be hotdogs and hamburgers, and games for the kids! Come out, have fun, and help us raise money for Relay for Life!

Learn more about this fundraiser on the 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 impacti 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: 6:16 am
Sunrise: 6:43 am
Sunset 8:19 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:46 pm

Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 24% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonset 12:02 a.m.
Moonrise 10:36 a.m.

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 5:27 am on April 30, 2017

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, Ian Webster's Github, 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.