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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, February 2, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...Heavy snow possible for the Sierras...

...Heavy rain possible for Northern California Coast...

...Lake effect snow downwind from the Great Lakes...

A front extending from the Southeast to the Southern Plains will slowly move southward into the Gulf of Mexico by Friday evening while a portion of the boundary lingers over parts of Florida. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will pool along the boundary aiding in the development of rain froM parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Southern Appalachians. The rain will slowly move to the Western/Central Gulf Coast by Friday into Saturday. In addition, the rain will move eastward from the Southern Appalachians to the Southeast/Southern Mid-Atlantic by Friday morning and off the Southeast Coast by Friday evening. Furthermore, upper-level energy moving over the Great Lakes will aid in producing lake effect snow downwind from the Great Lakes through Friday.

Meanwhile, upper-level jet dynamics will aid in producing snow over parts of the Northern Intermountain Region to parts of the Central High Plains through Friday morning. Also, an upper-level low over the Eastern Pacific will slowly weaken and move onshore over the Pacific Northwest by Friday evening. The system will bring a plume of moisture into the Central California Coast and into parts of the Northwest through Friday into Saturday. The Storm will produce coastal rain and higher elevation snow over parts of California and parts of Oregon by Thursday morning. The rain and higher elevation snow will expand into parts of Washington State overnight Thursday. Snow will expand into parts of the Northern Intermountain Region/Northern Rockies on Friday into Saturday. Along with the moisture, warmer air will move into parts of the Northwest that will allow for the development of rain/freezing rain over parts of the Columbia River Gorge and other parts of the Pacific Northwest on Friday into Friday evening.


A cold front with light precipitation will slide south into the region today. Behind the front, temperatures will drop back below normal for Friday and the weekend as high pressure settles over the region. Temperatures rebound to normal and above normal through the middle of next week as southerly flow returns in advance of a moist cold front approaching from the west.


Thursday at 7 am

Patchy fog early. Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid to upper 50s and calm winds early, rising to come from the northwest by mid morning. 30% chance of rain with less than a tenth of an inch of drizzle expected.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 30s and winds out of the northwest calming before midnight.

Friday at 7 am


Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid to upper 40s. Calm winds rising to come from the northwest in the afternoon hours. 30% chance of rain with less than a tenth of an inch of drizzle expected.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest calming before midnight.

Saturday at 7 am


Mostly sunny with highs near the mid 40s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near freezing.


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


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 February 2, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 87ºF in Siler City, Chatham County in 1982
Low Temperature -10ºF on Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1980
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.68 inches in Brevard, Transylvania County in 1973
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.0 inches in Boone, Watauga County in 1958

Macon County

High Temperature 75ºF in Franklin in 1989
Low Temperature -7ºF in Highlands in 1917
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.93 inches in Highlands in 1983
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 7.5 inches in Nantahala in 1936


Twilight Begins: 7:05 am
Sunrise: 7:32 am
Sunset 6:03 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:30 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 25 minutes

Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 34% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 11:02 am
Moonset 12:06 am tomorrow (no moonset today!)

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

Rises 9:31 am
Sets 9:38 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.528 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 9:53 am
Sets 9:59 pm
Brightness 1.1 Magnitude
Distance: 1.861 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Rises 6:27 am
Sets 4:15 pm
Brightness 0.0 Magnitude
Distance 1.224 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius


Rises 4:25 am
Sets 2:11 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.665 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

Rises 11:28 pm
Sets 10: 10:47 am
Brightness -2.0 Magnitude
Distance: 5.026 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 4:33 am on Feb 2, 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.