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Friday, January 12, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, January 12, 2018


A strong low-pressure system will approach from the west today, with abundant moisture remaining in place ahead of this system over the southeast. The low-pressure system will lift northeast away from the area tonight into Saturday, with colder air spilling in behind the passing cold front. Cool and dry high pressure will build over the area through Monday. A reinforcing cold front will cross the region from the northwest on Tuesday, with very cold air setting up again by mid-week.


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Weather Almanac for January 12th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 70°F in Franklin in 1890
Lowest Temperature -6°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 2.00 inches in Highlands in 1994
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.2 inches in Highlands in 1996

Record weather events for January in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Jan 28, 1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Nantahala on Jan 23, 1971
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Franklin on Jan 21, 1877


TODAY Foggy and Rainy

Fog is expected in the morning, possibly lasting until early afternoon. Cloudy and rainy. Highs ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph from the south. 50% chance rain early, then 70% chance between 10 am and 6 pm. Rainfall accumulations between a half and three quarters are expected. Areas in the western and southern areas of the county and the Highlands Plateau will probably receive up to an inch and a half today. A Flood Watch is in effect until 7 pm tonight. If you live near a stream or river that is prone to flooding, please pay attention to the situation. If you see a roadway that has become covered by flood waters, turn around, don't drown. For those of you who live on Arthur Drake Road, I feel for you. Use your best judgment if the road floods.

TONIGHT Rain before Midnight, Freezing Rain After 8 pm, Snow Showers After Midnight

Mostly cloudy with fog expected to form overnight. Temperatures will start out near the upper 40s and lower 50s at 6 pm and plummet 25 to 30 degrees by 6 am. Higher elevations will be in the lower 20s and the lower elevations will be in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds will pick up, shifting from the south to come out of the northwest in the 10 to 15 mph range after the front passes. Wind gusts will be in the 35 mph range. A wind advisory may be issued by the National Weather Service. Rain will be likely before 8 pm, then freezing rain will mix in as precipitation chances decline below 50% after midnight and snow showers are possible overnight. Precipitation chances will drop to 10% by 6 am. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Roadways may become hazardous overnight.

SATURDAY Sunny, Windy, and Cold

Mostly sunny and windy. Highs will range from the mid-20s at the higher elevations to the mid-30s in the lower elevations. Wind chills will make it feel up to ten degrees colder at times. Winds 15 to 20 mph out of the north, gusting into the 35 mph range.

SATURDAY NIGHT Cold and Windy/Dangerous Wind Chill Values

Partly cloudy and windy. Lows ranging from near 10 degrees at the higher elevations to the mid to upper teens in the lower elevations. Wind chill values will be up to ten degrees colder at times. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the north.


Sunny with highs ranging from the low to mid-20s at the higher elevations to the lower 30s in the lower elevations.

SUNDAY NIGHT Another Cold Night

Partly cloudy with lows ranging from the mid-teens at the higher elevations to near 20 in the lower elevations.

GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
12:27 am to 2:22 am


Areas of patchy dense fog is expected to form across the region this morning, so please turn on your headlights when commuting so other motorists can see you.

Heavy rain may be possible at times today and tomorrow. Thunderstorms are also possible tomorrow afternoon. Snow showers are possible from midnight Friday night to Noonish on Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook regarding the potential for heavy rain on Friday and a concern about potential flooding. It is posted below for your convenience:

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..FRIDAY...Heavy rain possible. Increasing southerly flow of moist air will produce localized 2 to 3 inch rainfall totals by Friday across the eastern side of the southern Appalachians. Although widespread flooding is not expected, very hard ground from the recent cold wave could enhance run off of rainwater and produce rapid stream rises. Gusty winds are likely along the higher terrain as well.

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

GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Rainfall)
Image Produced at 02:22 am


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National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

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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.

Sun and Moon


Begin civil twilight 7:14 a.m.
Sunrise 7:42 a.m.
Sun transit 12:42 p.m.
Sunset 5:42 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:10 p.m.


Moonrise 3:51 a.m.
Moon transit 9:16 a.m.
Moonset 2:37 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on January 12, 2018: Waning Crescent with 16% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on January 8, 2018 at 5:25 p.m. (local standard time)

Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine

There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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 4:20 am on January 12, 2018

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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.