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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, January 19, 2017

Weather Across the USA
Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...Rain and mountain snow continues for the western U.S., and heavy rain remains likely for the Deep South...

The weather pattern across the western U.S. has become quite active again with periods of moderate to heavy rain and mountain snow, compliments of multiple low pressure systems affecting the West Coast. This weather pattern will also provide central and southern California with badly needed precipitation, with the heaviest rain expected for the coastal mountain ranges, and the heaviest snow over the Sierra Nevada mountains. Numerous winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are in effect across interior portions of the West. Strong and gusty winds are also likely near the coast and for the higher elevations.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast across the Deep South through the end of the week as a new surface low develops along the front and slowly lifts northward. The highest rainfall totals are anticipated from southern Louisiana to Tennessee, and also the Florida peninsula where a couple inches of additional rainfall is possible. Some strong thunderstorms are also likely and could produce localized flooding. Some of this moisture will also make it to the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic region to close out the work week.


A warm front moving north over the region through Friday in combination with low pressure headed north toward the Great Lakes will bring more rain to our area, mainly tonight. A more significant low pressure system is expected to move across the region this weekend, bringing rain and thunderstorms for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. High pressure will build into the region for the middle of next week.


Thursday Jan 19th at 7 am


Mostly cloudy with highs near 60 and calm winds. 30% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

Thursday Night

Cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and light winds out of the southeast. 80% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a a quarter and half an inch expected.

Friday Jan 20th at 7 am


Decreasing clouds in the morning to partly sunny skies, then increasing clouds in the afternoon with highs near the lower 60s and calm winds in the morning. Winds will be out of the southwest in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch are expected.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50 and calm winds. Slight chance of rain after 1 am.

Saturday Jan 21st at 7 am


Cloudy with highs near the lower 60s. 60% chance of rain with thunderstorms possible after 3 pm or so. Heavy rain also possible.

Saturday Night

Rain and thunderstorms with lows near the mid 50s. 80% chance of rain with thunderstorms likely.


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 on Sunday.

..MONDAY...Heavy rain possible.


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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.

Weather Extremes Almanac for January 18, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 86ºF in New Bern, Craven County in 2016
Low Temperature -20ºF on Grandfather Mountain in Avery County in 1994
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.28 inches in Rosman, Transylvania County in 1936
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 92.5 inches in Garner, Wake County in 1955

Macon County

High Temperature 70ºF Franklin in 1974
Low Temperature -7ºF in Highlands in 1994
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.80 inches in Franklin in 1876
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.6 inches in Highlands in 1998


Twilight Begins: 7:13 am
Sunrise: 7:40 am
Sunset 5:49 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:14 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 01 minute

Moon Phase: Last Quarter at 5:13 pm
Moonrise: 12:18 am
Moonset 12:05 pm

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

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 0.633 AU COnstellation: Aquarius
Mars 1.00 Magnitude Distance: 1.764 AU Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am on Thursday, Jan 19th

Mercury 0.0 Magnitude Distance 1.009 AU Constellation: Sagittarius
Saturn 1.4 Magnitude Distance: 10.827 AU Constellation: Ophiuchus
Jupiter -1.9 Magnitude Distance: 5.251 AU Constellation: Virgo

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


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Published at 4:28 am on Jan 19, 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.