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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, February 21, 2018


High pressure off the East Coast will provide a warm and moist southerly flow of air throughout the week as a cold front stalls and lingers west of the mountains. This front is not expected to pass through the region until Sunday.


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Weather Almanac for February 21st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 75°F in Franklin in 1986
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Highlands in 1896
Greatest Rainfall 3.81 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station 1953
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.5 inches in Highlands in 1960

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


TODAY Light scattered rain showers

Areas of patchy dense fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy skies with highs ranging from the mid-60s at the higher elevations to near 70 in the lower elevations. Calm winds in the morning, then winds from the south in the afternoon. 30% chance of scattered showers. Rainfall amounts of less than a quarter of an inch expected in most locations. Areas with southern facing slopes may receive between a quarter to a half inch or more of rain, especially in the Standing Indian and Highland Plateau areas. These conditions will persist into the weekend.


Areas of patchy dense fog is expected to develop overnight. Cloudy skies with lows ranging from the mid-50s at the higher elevations to the upper 50s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast. 50% chance of light showers with rainfall amounts ranging from a tenth of an inch up to half an inch in slopes that face the south and southeast, mainly in the southernmost section of the county.


Areas of patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy skies with highs ranging from the upper 60s at the higher elevations to the lower 70s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southwest between 5 and 10 mph. 50% chance of light rain showers. Increased chance of thunderstorms between 9 am and 6 pm. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, with more in locations that experience thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the low-to-mid 50s at the higher elevations to the upper 50s in the lower elevations. Winds are expected to be calm. 30% chance of showers.

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Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the upper 60s at the higher elevations to the lower 70s in the lower elevations. 30% chance of showers, with the greatest opportunity in the afternoon hours.


Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the low-to-mid 50s at the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. 30% chance of showers.

GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
11:07 pm to 2:37 am


Areas of dense fog is expected this morning. Please turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you and increase your following distance so there is less chance of a nasty surprise if the vehicle in front of you has to unexpectedly brake.

Keep the following safety tips in mind:

•Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
•Make your vehicle visible to others both ahead of you and behind you by using your low-beam headlights since this means your taillights will also be on. Use fog lights if you have them.
•Never use your high-beam lights. Using high beam lights causes glare, making it more difficult for you to see what’s ahead of you on the road.
•Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to account for sudden stops or changes in the traffic pattern.
•To ensure you are staying in the proper lane, follow the lines on the road with your eyes.
•In extremely dense fog where visibility is near zero, the best course of action is to first turn on your hazard lights, then simply pull into a safe location such as a parking lot of a local business and stop.
•If there is no parking lot or driveway to pull into, pull your vehicle off to the side of the road as far as possible. Once you come to a stop, turn off all lights except your hazard flashing lights, set the emergency brake, and take your foot off of the brake pedal to be sure the tail lights are not illuminated so that other drivers don't mistakenly run into you.

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 (Precipitation)
2:37 am


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Fundraiser for Macon County STEM's First Robotics group, on Sunday, Feb 25th 1pm - 5pm at The Rathskeller Coffee Haus in Franklin. For a recommended minimum donation of $5, come enjoy an afternoon of board games (old favorites and new!), with snacks available for purchase and prize giveaways. A fun way to support the students of FHS and MEC in the "Makin' Bots" group, who will be traveling to competitions next month with their robot!


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 6:47 a.m.
Sunrise 7:13 a.m.
Sun transit 12:47 p.m.
Sunset 6:22 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:48 p.m.


Moonrise 10:42 a.m.
Moon transit 5:24 p.m.
Moonset 12:13 a.m. tomorrow morning

Phase of the Moon on February 21, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 32% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on February 23, 2018 at 3:09 a.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 3:15 am on February 21, 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.