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Friday, May 12, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, May 12, 2017


A frontal system will bring increased chances of rain to Macon County today and Saturday. Drier high pressure will spread back over the region on Sunday and then drift offshore by the middle of next week.

Weather Almanac for May 12th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2011
Lowest Temperature 30°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1954
Greatest Rainfall 2.43 inches in Highlands in 1943
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall recorded in Macon County on this date since 1872 when weather record-keeping started.



Patchy fog early. Cloudy with highs in the mid-70s. Light winds from the southwest will increase to 5 to 10 mph after 11 am or so. 20% chance of rain early, rising to 80% chance in the afternoon. The greatest chance of thunderstorms will be after 5 pm. Rainfall amounts are expected to be between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, except in thunderstorms. Some of the storms today could be severe, with damaging winds, heavy downpours, hail and frequent lightning being possible.


Patchy fog expected after midnight. Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-50s and calm winds.80% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half an inch expected. The greatest chance of thunderstorms will be between 5 pm and midnight.


Patchy fog early. Mostly cloudy with decreasing clouds through 5 pm. Highs near 70. Light winds early increasing to 5 to 10 mph by 10 am. Rain chances should end before noon.


Mostly clear with lows in the mid to upper 40s. Winds 5 to 10 mph from the northwest calming around midnight.


Sunny with highs near 80.


Clear with lows near 50.


Severe weather possible. Damaging winds, large hail, and cloud to ground lightning would be the primary threats.

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Twilight Begins: 6:04 am
Sunrise: 6:32 am
Sunset 8:28 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:56 pm

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 99% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonset 7:55 a.m.
Moonrise 10:06 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 4:25 am on May 12, 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.