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Friday, February 23, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, February 23, 2018


Warm and moist conditions will continue into the weekend until a cold front moves through on Sunday. Showers will then linger Sunday into Monday before dry high pressure builds in on Tuesday.


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 23rd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 75°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 3°F in Highlands in 1939
Greatest Rainfall 2.89 inches in Highlands 1994
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.5 inches in Highlands in 1989

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



Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the lower 70s at the higher elevations to the mid-70s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south. 20% chance of rain, mainly in the afternoon.


Patchy fog developing overnight. Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevation to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. Light winds out of the southeast. 30% chance of light showers, with the best chance after midnight. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.


Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the mid-60s at the higher elevations to near 70 in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch.


Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the mid-50s at the higher elevations to the upper 50s in the lower elevations. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest. 70% chance of rain.

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Showers before 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 1pm and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Highs in the 60s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 40s.

GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
11:57 pm to 2:52 am


Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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)
2:42 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 is continuing every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in February and every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in March at FROG Quarters, 573 East Main St in Franklin (next to the new bridge).

If you’re interested in selling, please call 369-8488 for details and registration information--new vendors needed. Only the 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 you're shopping, enter at Mainspring Conservation Trust drive and circle around behind the buildings. Come check out the bargains!

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 6:45 a.m.
Sunrise 7:10 a.m.
Sun transit 12:47 p.m.
Sunset 6:24 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:49 p.m.


Moonset 1:17 a.m.
Moonrise 12:06 p.m.
Moon transit 7:11 p.m.
Moonset 2:21 a.m. tomorrow morning

Phase of the Moon on February 23, 2018: First Quarter 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 3:10 am on February 23, 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.