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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, February 18, 2018


Dry high pressure will bring a break from the rain today. Temperatures will climb through the middle of the week as another cold front arrives from Tennessee by Thursday. This front stalls out and lingers just north of our area next weekend. Chances for rain remain in the forecast each day.


Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month. 

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:

All your masonry needs are available. Phone number is 828.524.8545, public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.   

Weather Almanac for February 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 73°F in Franklin in 1890
Lowest Temperature -6°F in Highlands in 1900
Greatest Rainfall 2.59 inches in Highlands 1940
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 11.0 inches in Highlands in 1979

Record weather events for February in Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912



Mostly cloudy early, then clearing between 10 am and 4 pm, then mostly cloudy skies. Highs ranging from the mid-50s at the higher elevations to near 60 in the lower elevations. Calm winds in the morning, then increasing to 5 to 10 mph from the southeast in the afternoon.


Areas of fog developing after midnight. Mostly cloudy skies with increasing chances of rain, with rain mainly falling after midnight. Lows ranging from the lower 40s at the higher elevations to the upper 40s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast calming after midnight. 60% chance of rain, mainly after midnight with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.


Patchy fog in the morning with mostly cloudy skies for the day. Highs ranging from the low-to-mid 50s at the higher elevations to near 60 in the lower elevations. Wind 5 to 10 mph out of the south. 50% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.


Mostly cloudy skies with lows ranging from the upper 40s at the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the south.


Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the lower 60s at the higher elevations to the upper 60s in the lower elevations.


Mostly cloudy skies with lows ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to the mid 50s in the lower elevations.

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Hazardous weather is not anticipated today in Macon County.

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

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Uptown Gallery Free Drawing Class February 9th

New Class at the Uptown Gallery – FREE DRAWING CLASS – all levels welcome! Want to learn to draw? The Uptown Gallery is offering a free drawing course led by several of its members beginning Friday, Feb 9th from 11am till 2 pm at the gallery on Main Street. We will be using the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. Please bring #2 pencils, eraser, copy papers or student grade sketchpad to class. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery at (828) 349 – 4607.


Fundraiser for Friends of the Greenway--an indoor flea market will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in February and March at FROG Quarters, 573 East Main St in Franklin (next to the new bridge).

If you’re interested in participating, please call 369-8488 for details and registration. Only registration fee will go to FROG, but donations are always appreciated. Funds will benefit the following projects: Butterfly Garden, Educational Signs on the Trail, Splash Pad Renovation, Chimney Swift Tower, and FROG Quarters meeting place. If your shopping, enter at Mainspring Conservation Trust drive and circle around behind the buildings.

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

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)


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 6:51 a.m.
Sunrise 7:16 a.m.
Sun transit 12:47 p.m.
Sunset 6:19 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:45 p.m.


Moonrise 8:59 a.m.
Moon transit 3:01 p.m.
Moonset 9:09 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on February 18, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 8% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on February 15, 2018 at 4:05 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 2:25 am on February 18, 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.