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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 13, 2017


A moist airmass associated with a broad southeast low will slowly move across the region today. Drier high pressure will build over the region on Sunday and eventually drift offshore by the middle of next week.

Weather Almanac for May 13th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 90°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2000
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Highlands in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 2.67 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1971
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall recorded in Macon County on this date since 1872, when weather record-keeping started.



Patchy fog is possible through mid-morning. The day will start out cloudy, with gradual clearing throughout the day. Highs will be near 70. It should be mostly sunny at sunset. As the cloud cover decreases the winds will pick up out of the northwest, gradually reaching 5 to 10 mph. 30% chance of rain, mainly before 2 pm. There is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts should be less than a tenth of an inch.


Mostly clear with lows in the mid to upper-40s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the north, calming before midnight.


Sunny with highs near 80 and calm winds in the morning rising to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly clear with lows near the lower 50s and light winds out of the northeast.


Sunny with highs near the lower 80s.


Clear with lows in the mid-50s.


Hazardous weather not expected.

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Twilight Begins: 6:03 am
Sunrise: 6:31 am
Sunset 8:29 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:57 pm

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 93% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonset 8:37 a.m.
Moonrise 10:57 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 5:23 am on May 13, 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.