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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, December 7, 2017


A moist frontal zone will linger just to our southeast over the next few days allowing temperatures to drop below normal with light wintry precipitation possible for Friday and Saturday. A cold upper-level trough will then re-amplify over the area later on Saturday and bring a shot of snow showers to the mountains. Cold temperatures will persist through Sunday before warming to near normal for early next week.


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Weather Almanac for December 7th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 74°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1998
Lowest Temperature 0°F in Highlands in 1937
Greatest Rainfall 3.98 inches in Highlands in 1909
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1900

Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876



Mostly cloudy with highs in the 40s and winds out of the northwest.


Cloudy with lows in the 20s and winds out of the northwest. Slight chance of rain, mainly between 10 pm and midnight and possible snow flurries after midnight. Little or no accumulation expected.

FRIDAY Milk Sandwiches!!!

Cloudy with highs ranging from the upper 20s in the higher elevations and the mid-30s in the lower elevations. 50% of snow. Little or no accumulation expected below 3,000 feet. Up to two inches is possible above 3,000 feet and in the Scaly Mountain and Highlands area of the county. The heaviest precipitation will be between 8 am and 8 pm.


Mostly cloudy with skies becoming partly cloudy after midnight. Lows ranging from the upper teens in the higher elevations and the lower 20s in the lower elevations and winds out of the northwest. 40% chance of snow, mainly before midnight. Little or no accumulation is expected below 3,000 feet. An inch additional accumulation may be possible above that in the southeastern sector of the county.


Mostly sunny with highs in the 30s.


Partly cloudy with lows in the teens. Some locations may not drop below 20.


No hazardous weather is expected today. We could see some snow flurries and snow showers on Friday and Friday night. The computer models are showing up to an inch is possible in Macon County, but I am skeptical. If we do see snow showers on Friday, please use caution when driving if you have to be out in it.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Friday. It is posted below for your convenience.


..FRIDAY...Winter weather possible. An upper-level trough and cold front will interact and may result in snowfall. An inch or less is expected in most areas, but high elevations may see up to 2 inches.

Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at for those who are interested.

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

Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 2:15 am.


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Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
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Sun and Moon


Begin civil twilight 7:01 a.m.
Sunrise 7:29 a.m.
Sun transit 12:25 p.m.
Sunset 5:21 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:49 p.m.


Moonrise 8:58 p.m. last night
Moon transit 4:07 a.m.
Moonset 11:12 a.m.
Moonrise 10:04 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on December 7, 2017: Waning Gibbous with 78% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on December 10, 2017 at 2:51 a.m. (local standard time)

Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

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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Posted at 3:00 am on December 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.