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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA 
Map courtesy the National Weather Service
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


Low pressure over the Lower Great Lakes will move off the Northeast Coast by Wednesday afternoon. The associated front will linger over the Southeast to the Lower Mississippi Valley/Western Gulf Coast through Thursday. Rain will develop over parts of the Great Lakes/Northeast and the Northern Mid-Atlantic/Ohio Valley that will move off most of the Northeast/Northern Mid-Atlantic Coast by Wednesday evening. Snow will also develop over Northern New England through Wednesday evening. In the wake of the system, rain and snow will linger over parts of New England through Thursday. Additionally, showers and thunderstorms will develop along the boundary from the Southern Mid-Atlantic to parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley/Western Gulf Coast that will likewise move off the Southern Mid-Atlantic Coast by Wednesday evening, too. Showers and thunderstorms will remain over parts of the Middle/Lower Mississippi Valley and Western Gulf Coast on Wednesday evening into Thursday.

Meanwhile, a deepening upper-level trough will move onshore over the West Coast Wednesday into Thursday. An associated front will move onshore Wednesday evening into Thursday over California/Great Basin. A plume of moisture will accompany the trough that will slowly work southward from the Pacific Northwest to Southern California by Thursday. The system will produce rain and higher elevation snow over the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday evening that will expand inland to the Northern Rockies by Wednesday morning continuing into Thursday. Similarly, the rain and higher elevation snow will move into Northern California/Great Basin overnight Tuesday and into Central California by Wednesday evening. Overnight Wednesday, the rain will move into Southern California. The snow will be heavy over the Sierras and rain/freezing rain will develop over some of the interior valleys of the Pacific Northwest.


A cold front is expected to bring increased chances for rain tonight. A warm front approaching from the south is expected to bring more chances for rain on Thursday and Friday. A strong low pressure system is expected to develop and bring heavy rains on Sunday and Monday and there is a possibility for strong storms on Sunday. More will be posted about this system as the weekend approaches.


National Forecast Map 
Wednesday Jan 18th 
Courtesy Weather Prediction Center


Cloudy with a period of clearing skies before clouds return late in the afternoon. Highs near the lower 60s and wind 5 to 10 mph from the northwest.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near the lower 40s and calm winds. Cloud cover expected to increase toward daybreak.

National Forecast Map 
Thursday Jan 19th 
Courtesy Weather Prediction Center


Increasing clouds with highs near the lower 60s and variable light winds. 40% chance of rain, mainly after 7 am and chances increasing after noon.

Thursday Night

Rainy with lows near the upper 40s and light winds out of the southeast. 80% chance of rain.

National Forecast Map 
Friday Jan 20th 
Courtesy Weather Prediction Center


Decreasing clouds with highs near the lower 60s. 60% chance of rain, mainly before 10 am.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 40s.


No hazardous weather is expected today. 

A low pressure is expected to bring heavy rains and possible thunderstorms to the region on Sunday and Monday. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and a copy is posted below.

..SUNDAY...Heavy rain possible. A deep low pressure system tracking into the ohio valley will push a slow-moving cold front across the area late Sunday through Monday. The front will provide a focus for heavy rain. There may also be enough instability for strong storms Sunday night.

..MONDAY...Heavy rain possible.


If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer of photo, to
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


The LT Plunge on January 21st at Tassee Shelter (10am )

Entry fee is $15 (includes a bowl of hot chilli, hot chocolate/coffee and completion certificate)
100% of the proceeds raised from the plunge will be donated to Franklin's Fire Department Chief Rohrer to assist him and his family with medical bills as he battles cancer. For more information, please visit the event page at


A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon COunty will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.

REACH Mardi Gras Benefit 
Poster provided courtesy REACH of Macon County

Weather Extremes Almanac for January 18, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 83ºF in Greensboro, Duplin County in 1943
Low Temperature -20ºF on Grandfather Mountain in Avery County in 1977
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 5.10 inches in Murphy in Cherokee County in 1882
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.5 inches in Turnersburg in Iredell County in 1965

Macon County

High Temperature 72ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Low Temperature -5ºF in Franklin in 1982
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.00 inches in Highlands in 2006
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Franklin in 1985


Twilight Begins: 7:13 am
Sunrise: 7:41 am
Sunset 5:47 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:14 pm
Day Length: 11 hours

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 71% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonset 11:01 am
Moonrise: 11:22 pm

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

Sky at 830 pm tonight 
Chart courtesy Heavens Above

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets, but both are close to the western horizon, so don't dally too long before you get out to see them.

Venus -4.4 Magnitude Distance 0.648 AU COnstellation: Aquarius
Mars 1.00 Magnitude Distance: 1.750 AU Constellation: Aquarius

Morning Events and Planets
Chart shows sky at 4 am on Thursday, Jan 19th

Sky at 4 am on Thursday Jan 19th 
Chart courtesy Heavens Above

The moon will approach to within a few degrees of Jupiter and Spica and the three will make a nice grouping in the early dawn sky tomorrow, provided it is clear.

Mercury 0.0 Magnitude Distance 0.971 AU Constellation: Sagittarius
Saturn 1.4 Magnitude Distance: 10.847 AU Constellation: Ophiuchus
Jupiter -1.9 Magnitude Distance: 5.283 AU Constellation: Virgo

Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]


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Published at 3:18 am on Jan 18, 2017

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, 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.