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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, May 7, 2017


Upper-level ridging will slowly build atop the Southeast Monday through Wednesday allowing temperatures to return back to normal. The next storm system is expected to impact the area late in the week.

Weather Almanac for May 7th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 89°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Highlands in 1898
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Franklin in 1873
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands in 1992

Read about the snowstorm that occurred around this time in 1992 at



Patchy fog in the morning could be dense in some places in the river valleys. Partly sunny with skies gradually becoming clear. Highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph with wind gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range. Winds will be the greatest between 11 am and 7 pm.


Mostly clear with lows near 40 and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny with highs near 70. Wind starting out light from the northwest rising to 5 to 10 mph around 10 am with wind gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range. Wind gusts will peak in the afternoon.


Partly cloudy with lows near 50 and winds out of the northwest calming before midnight.


Mostly sunny with highs near the mid to upper-70s. Winds will start out light from the west, then rising and shifting to come out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph with gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range.


Partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s.


After the fog clears, no hazardous weather is expected.
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Thursday, May 11, 6 pm

Social Media Panel and Discussion at the Macon County Public Library

On Thursday, May 11th at 6 pm, Macon County Public Library will host a panel and discussion on the uses of social media. This program is an invitation to learn and share perspectives about online resources, whether you are new to social media, immersed in cyberculture, or skeptical about the whole thing. Four local community members--Bobby Coggins, Elise Delfield, Jennifer Dills, and Timothy Tweed, all experienced at choosing between social media platforms and navigating the streams of digital communication--will talk about why they use their social media accounts, the communities they follow, and what they gain from them.



On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting 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: 6:09 am
Sunrise: 6:36 am
Sunset 8:24 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:52 pm

Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous with 84% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonset 5:04 a.m.
Moonrise 5:34 p.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 5:55 am on May 7, 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.