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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, February 28, 2018


A deep and moist southerly flow of air will be in place ahead of the next cold front which arrives Thursday afternoon. Strong low pressure moves off the East Coast on Friday helping to produce windy conditions for our area. Dry high pressure will settle to our north over the weekend.


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Weather Almanac for February 28th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1944
Lowest Temperature 6°F in Highlands in 1963
Greatest Rainfall 4.00 inches in Highlands 1913
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Nantahala in 1982

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 Rain chances increase

Rainy and cloudy with light winds out of the southeast in the morning and early afternoon with a shift to come out of the south in late afternoon. Rain chances near 50% at 6 am and near 80% by noon. Rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected.

TONIGHT Rain, heavy at times

Patchy fog overnight, cloudy with lows near 50. Winds shifting from the south to the southwest after midnight. 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches expected.

THURSDAY Heavy Rain and Increasing Winds

Cloudy with patchy dense fog in the morning. Highs ranging from near 60 to the lower 60s. Winds 5 to 15 mph out of the southwest, gusting to the 25 mph range in the lower elevations and up to 35 mph in the higher elevations. 80% chance of rain, mainly before 2 pm. Rainfall amounts between half and three-quarters of an inch expected.

THURSDAY NIGHT Rain Ends and Winds Blow

Partly cloudy with decreasing clouds to become mostly clear by 6 am. Lows ranging from near freezing to the mid-30s. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest, with gusts ranging from 25 to 35 mph. The higher values will be on the ridges and mountaintops.

FRIDAY Winds Peak Before Noon, Then Gradually Decrease

Sunny with highs in the 50s. Winds starting out 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest and peaking at 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest with gusts ranging from 25 to 30 mph in the lower elevations to 35 to 40 mph in the higher elevations at around 10 am to noon. Winds will steadily decrease to 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest and gusting in the 20 to 25 mph range by 6 pm.

FRIDAY NIGHT Decreasing Winds

Mostly clear with lows near 30.

GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
11:27 pm to 02:37 am


Heavy is possible today, so be on the lookout for excessive water in the roadways that may lead to hydroplaning if you exceed safe travel speeds for these conditions today and tomorrow. Moderate flooding may be possible tomorrow in low lying areas and locations with poor drainage. High winds are also in the forecast for Friday. Trees and limbs could fall on power lines, leading to scattered power outages.


..WEDNESDAY...Heavy rain possible. Widespread showers are expected to spread across the southwest NC mountains Wednesday evening and continue into Thursday with moderate to locally heavy rain.

..THURSDAY...Heavy rain possible.

..FRIDAY...High winds possible. In the wake of a cold front, strong and gusty winds will develop late Thursday night and persist into the day Friday. High elevations of the mountains may experience gusts above 50 mph.

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)
1:57 am


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Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

Uptown Gallery Artist Presentation

At the Uptown Gallery in Franklin on Monday, March 12th, Carol Rollick and Pat Menninger, exhibiting artists, will be discussing the process of “Paint Pouring” starting at 1:00 pm. Instead of using tools like brushes or knives to create a piece of art, fluid acrylic paints can be poured directly onto the surface. The Macon County Art Association general meeting will follow the presentation. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For information on art classes and workshops, contact the gallery at (828) 349-4607 on 30 East Main Street.


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 6:39 a.m.
Sunrise 7:04 a.m.
Sun transit 12:46 p.m.
Sunset 6:28 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:54 p.m.


Moonset 6:10 a.m.
Moonrise 5:11 p.m.
Moon transit 12:06 a.m. tomorrow morning
Moonset 6:54 a.m. tomorrow morning

Phase of the Moon on February 28, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 98% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on March 1, 2018 at 7:51 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 2:55 am on February 28, 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.