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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Almanac for October 9, 2018

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Weather Averages for September in and around Macon County

Franklin Highlands Andrews Clayton Cullowhee Bryson City
High 78 72 80 79 78 80
Low 54 61 54 55 55 55
Rain 4.61 7.64 4.45 5.94 4.21 5.04
Snow 0 0 0 0 0 0

Today in Weather History

1804: The famous Snow Hurricane moved ashore near Atlantic City on this day. After briefly passing through Connecticut and into Massachusetts, cold air was entrained in the circulation with heavy snow falling between New York to southern Canada. Berkshires Massachusetts and Concord New Hampshire record two feet of snow with this hurricane. This storm produced the first observation of snow from a hurricane, but not the last. Hurricane Ginny (1963) and Hurricane Sandy (2012) also produced heavy snow in the region.

Wikipedia: 1804 Snow Hurricane [LINK]

2001: An unusually strong fall outbreak of tornadoes spawned at least 23 twisters across parts of Nebraska and Oklahoma. Hardest hit was the town of Cordell, OK, but a 22 minute lead time led to an amazingly low casualty count: only nine injuries and no fatalities.

NWS Norman [LINK]

Video from Bobby Payne of News 9 KWTV-TV

Video from Shane Adams of Passion Twist

Video from Reed Timmer

Record Weather Events for October 9th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 86°F in Highlands in 1939
Lowest Temperature 26°F in Highlands in 1978
Greatest Rainfall 5.10 inches in Highlands in 2017

The rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane Nate
Wikipedia [LINK]

Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on October 20, 1913

Record Weather Events for October 8th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 96°F in Dobbins Heights, Richmond County in 2007
Lowest Temperature 18°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2000
Greatest Rainfall 12.20 inches in Red Springs, Robeson County in 2016
Greatest Snowfall (there was no snow recorded in this date in the state)

(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane Matthew. More information is on Wikipedia at ).

Record Weather Events for October in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Albemarle, Stanly County on 10-06-1954
Lowest Temperature 8°F in Banner Elk, Avery County on 10-21-1952
Greatest Rainfall 14.00 inches in Aberdeen, Moore County on 10-06-1913
Greatest Snowfall 11.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 10-25-1990

Sun and Moon


Begin civil twilight 7:08 a.m.
Sunrise 7:34 a.m.
Sun transit 1:21 p.m.
Sunset 7:08 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:33 p.m.


Moonrise 6:49 a.m.
Moon transit 1:07 p.m.
Moonset 7:16 p.m.

The phase of the Moon on October 8, 2018: New Moon at 11:47 p.m. (local daylight time)


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Published at 3:05 am on October 09, 2018

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Youtube, and the Weather Prediction Center.