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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...Heavy snow possible across the Northern Rockies...

...Snow possible from the Upper Great Lakes into the Northeast...

Low pressure over the Great Lakes will move eastward off New England Coast by Wednesday morning. The system will produce rain and snow over parts of the Ohio Valley that will move to the Mid-Atlantic Coast by Tuesday afternoon while more rain and snow develops over the Ohio Valley by Wednesday morning. The area of rain and snow will, likewise, move to the Mid-Atlantic by Wednesday evening. In addition, snow will develop over parts of the Upper Mississippi Valley/Great Lakes that will expand into parts of the Northeast through Wednesday evening. The snow will wane to lake effect snow over parts of the Great Lakes on Wednesday into Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, moisture moving inland over parts of the Northwest and upper-level energy will aid in producing rain and higher elevation snow over parts of the Pacific Northwest through Wednesday morning. Additionally, snow will also develop over parts of the Northern Intermountain Region/Northern Rockies that will expand into parts of the Central High Plains on Tuesday into Wednesday evening.


A warm southerly flow of air will result in much above normal temperatures through mid week. A dry cold front is expected to arrive from the northwest on Thursday dropping temperatures back below-normal Friday through the weekend. A low-pressure system and associated cold front will approach from the west at the end of the weekend with light to moderate precip.



Sunny with highs near the lower 60s and winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, gusting to 20 mph.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 30s and winds out of the west to 5 mph.


Partly sunny with highs near the lower 60s and calm winds early rising to come from the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40 and winds out of the west. 30% chance of rain with rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch expected.


Mostly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 50 and winds out of the northwest.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near the mid 30s.


No hazardous weather is expected.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting


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.


There will be a "Prayers Against Drugs" rally on Friday at 6 pm at the Courthouse Square in downtown Franklin for those who are interested in participating in the spiritual warfare against the epidemic of drug abuse in our community. Read more about it at the blog. [LINK]

Adult Planetarium Programs at the Library
Shows at 2 pm and 6 pm on Thursday, February 9th
For more information, visit the blog.


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 31, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 82ºF in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 2002
Low Temperature -16ºF in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1966
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 10.50 inches in MOntreat, Yancey County in 1957
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.1 inches on Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1998

Macon County

High Temperature 78ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2002
Low Temperature -6ºF iat the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1966
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.51 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2013
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Highlands in 1899


Twilight Begins: 7:06 am
Sunrise: 7:33 am
Sunset 6:01 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:28 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 22 minutes

Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 15% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 9:49 am
Moonset 9:58 pm

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

Rises 9:35 am
Sets 9:38 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.543 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 9:57 am
Sets 10:00 pm
Brightness 1.1 Magnitude
Distance: 1.847 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am on Wednesday, Feb 1st at 4 am

Rises 6:24 am
Sets 4:10 pm
Brightness 0.0200 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius


Rises 4:32 am
Sets 2:18 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.690 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

Rises 11:36 pm
Sets 10: 55 am
Brightness -2.0 Magnitude
Distance: 5.057 AU
Constellation: Virgo

Sky Guides for this week (Jan 27- Feb 4)

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine

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 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 4:31 am on Jan 31, 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.