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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Upper-level ridging will persist across the Deep South through Thursday allowing temperatures to remain above normal and keeping most of the area dry. 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 10th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 88°F in Highlands in 1936
Lowest Temperature 29°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1977
Greatest Rainfall 2.34 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1990
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall recorded in Macon County on this date since 1872, when weather record-keeping started.

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



Patchy fog early. The day will start out cloudy through mid-morning, then skies will clear before noon. Highs in the low 80s. Winds will start the day calm and gradually increase to 5 to 10 mph from the northwest, peaking in the afternoon and diminishing to light winds from the northwest around sunset.


Partly cloudy with lows in the upper-50s. Winds out of the northwest calming before midnight.


Partly sunny with highs in the low to mid-80s and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 50s. Winds out of the west calming before midnight.


Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Calm winds early and in the afternoon, winds will be 5 to 10 mph from the west-southwest. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms beginning by mid-morning.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-50s. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


No hazardous weather is expected today.

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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: 6:06 am
Sunrise: 6:33 am
Sunset 8:27 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:55 pm

Moon Phase: Full moon will occur at 5:42 pm today.
Moonset 6:41 a.m.
Moonrise 8:19 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 4:54 am on May 10, 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.