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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Several local people gathered late yesterday afternoon to protest Mission Health's decision to close Labor & Delivery at Angel Medical Center and to show support for the Labor & Delivery Staff. While this was happening, the Angel Medical Center Board of Directors met and voted to close Labor & Delivery Department at the facility in a few months time. Video and photos of the demonstration will be posted later today, along with more information on the board's decision.


Upper-level ridging will build into the Deep South through Thursday allowing temperatures to climb back above normal. However, a quasi-stationary frontal boundary draped northwest to southeast across North Carolina will allow for some shower/t-storm activity each day through Thursday. The next main system impacts the region Friday as a cold front moves through, leaving drier and cooler weather in its wake for the weekend.

Weather Almanac for May 9th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 89°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 28°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1947
Greatest Rainfall 1.46 inches in Highlands in 1969
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands in 1992

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



Patchy fog early. Mostly sunny with highs near 80. Light winds from the northwest early, then increasing to 10 to 15 mph with gusts near 20 mph. Peak winds will be between 2 pm and 5 pm and will diminish by sunset. Slight chance of rain before 8 am.


Mostly clear with lows in the mid-50s and winds from the northwest calming before midnight.


Sunny with highs in the low-80s and west winds starting after 2 am, then shifting to come from the north before noon.


Partly cloudy with lows near 60. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest calming before midnight.


Partly sunny with highs near 80. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper-50s. 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight.


No hazardous weather is expected today. The is a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. None of them are expected to become severe.

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


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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: 6:07 am
Sunrise: 6:34 am
Sunset 8:26 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:54 pm

Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous with 98% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonset 6:08 a.m.
Moonrise 7:25 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 4:00 am on May 9, 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.