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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, January 26, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


A low pressure system currently lifting northeast across the Great Lakes region is bringing a wintry mix of precipitation from Iowa to northern Michigan, and showers across parts of the Ohio Valley. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories remain in effect for parts of this region. This low should then reach the northeast U.S. by Thursday, with wintry weather confined to northern New England and the western Great Lakes. A cold front associated with this low is forecast to reach the East Coast by Thursday afternoon, bringing a cooler and drier air mass across the eastern U.S. to close out the work week.

The low pressure system will quickly push through New England Thursday before exiting into Canada by Thursday night. In the wake of this storm system, cold northwest flow across the Great Lakes is expected to result in lake effect snow, with significant accumulations likely east of lakes Michigan, Erie, and Ontario.

Elsewhere across the nation, high pressure will continue to steadily build over the West tonight and through the rest of the week, expanding into the adjacent Plains by Friday. Approaching northern Pacific weather systems should be deflected northward before reaching the West Coast given the strong high pressure ridge in place. Only isolated rain or snow showers are possible across portions of California, Oregon and Washington through the day Thursday.


Mild high pressure will remain over the region before a cold front crosses the forecast area early Thursday. At the same time, a broad upper level trough will develop over the eastern part of the country allowing seasonally colder temperatures to return on Friday and persist into early next week.


National Surface Map for Thursday Jan 26th


Mostly sunny with highs near the upper 40s and winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, gusting as high as 25 mph. 30% chance of rain, mainly before 9 am. Rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch expected.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 20s and winds out of the northwest 5 tio 10 mph.

National Surface Map for Friday Jan 27th


Partly sunny with highs near 40 and winds out of the 5 to 10 mph, gusting aS high as 25 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 20sand winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, gusting to 20 mph.

National Surface Map for Saturday Jan 28th


Sunny with highs near the mid 40s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 20s.


No hazardous weather expected.


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Weather Extremes Almanac for January 26, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 82ºF in Clinton, Sampson County in 1950
Low Temperature -18ºF in Cullowhee, Jackson County in 1940
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.10 inches in Franklin, Macon County in 1873
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.0 inches in Albemarle, Stanly County in 1920

Macon County

High Temperature 70ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1967
Low Temperature -5ºF in Highlands in 1986
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.10 inches in Franklin, Macon County in 1873
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.0 inches in Highlands in 1987


Twilight Begins: 7:10 am
Sunrise: 7:37 am
Sunset 5:56 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:23 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 2% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 6:24 am
Moonset 4:57 pm

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

Evening Sky for Thursday Jan 26th

Rises 9:47 am
Sets 9:37 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.579 AU (one AU is about 93 million miles)
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 4:04 pm
Sets 10:02 pm
Brightness 1.1 Magnitude
Distance: 1.813 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am on Friday, Jan 27th

Morning Sky for Friday Jan 27th

Rises 6:15 am
Sets 4:00 pm
Brightness 0.0 Magnitude
Distance 1.131 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

Rises 4:50 am
Sets 2:36 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.750 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

Rises 11:55 pm
Sets 11:14 am
Brightness -1.9 Magnitude
Distance: 5.134 AU
Constellation: Virgo

Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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 you can purchase that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]


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Published at 3:55 am on Jan 26, 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.