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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, January 20, 2017

USA Weather Map

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...Severe thunderstorms possible for portions of the Gulf Coast states...

...Heavy snow possible for the California mountains as well as the Mogollon Rim and portions of the central and southern Rockies...

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to be widespread tonight in association with a warm front and an upper-level disturbance from portions of the Gulf Coast and Southeast to the Ohio valley and portions of the Great Lakes. Some thunderstorms could be severe across portions of the Gulf Coast. Rain will spread northeast on Friday across portions of the Mid-Atlantic and lower Great Lakes. Farther south on Friday, another round of showers and thunderstorms is expected to develop during the afternoon and evening along the Gulf Coast, some of which could once again become severe. Please refer to products issued by the Storm Prediction Center for further details on the severe weather threat. On Saturday, widespread showers and thunderstorms are once again expected from the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi valley to the Southeast along and ahead of a developing warm front.

A Pacific frontal system will move onshore along the West coast tonight, bringing widespread rain and mountain snow. As the system moves inland, snow will spread into portions of the Great Basin and Four Corners region on Friday. Heavy snow will be possible through Saturday morning for the mountains in California as well as areas from the Mogollon Rim to the central and southern Rockies. By late Saturday into Saturday night, rain and mountain snow will begin to increase once again from central California northward along the coast as another frontal system approaches.


A warm front will lift north across the region tonight and tomorrow bringing more rain to the area. A more significant low pressure system is expected to track across the region this weekend, bringing showers and thunderstorms for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Drier high pressure is expected to build back over the region by the middle of next week.


The 58th Presidential Inauguration takes place today. For a program and to see the history surrounding the day, please visit the Joint Congressional Committee of Inaugural Ceremonies’ website.

If you are a cord cutter like me and do not subscribe to cable or satellite and cannot get over the air television and still wish to watch the ceremonies, check out this article on Cord Cutters News.



Patchy fog before noon. Decreasing clouds with partly sunny skies in the afternoon with highs near the mid 60s and winds out of the southwest. 60% chance of rain, mainly before noon with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. Cloud cover will begin to increase later in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and light winds out of the south.


Cloudy with highs near the low to mid 60s with calm winds in the morning and from the southeast in the afternoon. 60% chance of rain, mainly after noon, with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch.

Saturday Night

Cloudy with lows near the lower 50s and calm winds before midnight and from the southeast after midnight. 80% chance of rain, mainly after 8 pm.


Showers and thunderstorms with highs near the lower 60s. 80% chance of rain, heavy at times.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms with lows near the mid to upper 40s. 80% chance of rain, heavy at times.


No hazardous weather is expected today. 

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

Weather Outlook and a copy is posted below.

..SUNDAY...Severe weather possible. A strong upper level storm supporting a moist surface frontal system will cross the southern states through Monday. Ahead of this system conditions are likely to become favorable for severe thunderstorms across at least some of the forecast area. Damaging winds and hail could result... And a tornado or two cannot be ruled out. Heavy rain is also possible at times Sunday morning.


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 80ºF in Geenevers, Duplin County in 1927
Low Temperature -20ºF in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1985
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.05 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1969
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Laurel Springs, Ashe County in 2000

Macon County

High Temperature 71ºF Highlands in 1933
Low Temperature -8ºF in Franklin 1985
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.50 inches in Highlands in 1883
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Highlands in 1918


Twilight Begins: 7:12 am
Sunrise: 7:40 am
Sunset 5:50 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:17 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 05 minutes

Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 43% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise: 1:12 am
Moonset 12:38 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 0.624 AU Constellation: Aquarius
Mars 1.00 Magnitude Distance: 1.773 AU Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

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

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 1.033 AU Constellation: Sagittarius
Saturn 1.4 Magnitude Distance: 10.814 AU Constellation: Ophiuchus
Jupiter -1.9 Magnitude Distance: 5.230 AU Constellation: Virgo

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


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Published at 9:09 pm 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.