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Monday, February 6, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, February 6, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...Heavy rain and mountain snow for the West over the next few days....

...A developing system will bring precipitation chances to much of the eastern U.S. heading into the workweek...

An active weather pattern will continue across the western U.S. over the next couple of days as a strong cold front makes it way across the Intermountain West.

Widespread mountain snow is forecast from the Cascades to the central and northern Rockies, and mountain ranges in between. Snowfall amounts in excess of one to two feet are possible, especially across the Sierra and Cascades. Winter storm watches and warnings are in effect for these areas. The greatest rainfall amounts are expected from central California to western Washington, where 3 to locally 6 inches of rainfall will be possible through Monday, especially over upslope regions.

Another low pressure system is expected to eject eastward from the central Plains, strengthening as it combines with yet another low traveling across the north central U.S. by Tuesday. As this system pushes northeastward and continues to gain strength, expect rain and thunderstorms to develop northward from the central Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley. Snow and mixed precipitation can be expected on the northern periphery of this low from Minnesota to northern New England. A warming trend is in store for much of the East Coast for the beginning of the work week as the warm front lifts northward ahead of the surface low pressure system.


Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


A family with three children, two girls, ages 14 and 8, and a boy, age 4, has lost their home due to a fire yesterday. A GOFUNDME has been established to assist the family with clothing and other needs while they are homeless. Visit GOFUNDME to find out more. [LINK]


Temperatures will steadily warm into mid week as southerly flow returns in advance of a moist cold front. This front is expected to reach the region by early Wednesday and move offshore by Wednesday night. In the front`s wake, cooler high pressure spreads back over the region to end the work week.



Increasing clouds with highs near the mid to upper 50s and calm winds early rising to come fromt the south in the afternoon. 40% chance of rain with less than a tenth of an inch expected.

Monday Night

Cloudy with lows near the mid 40s and winds out of the south. 40% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.


Cloudy with highs near the lower 60s and winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. 60% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.

Tuesday Night

Cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and winds out of the southeast. 70% chance of rain.


Mostly cloudy with highs near the lower 60s. 50% chance of rain.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 30s. 60% chance of rain.


No hazardous weather expected today.

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


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There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.

Adult Planetarium Programs at the Library

Shows at 2 pm and 6 pm on Thursday, February 9th
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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 6, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 90ºF in Willard, Pender County in 1936
Low Temperature -11ºF in Marshall, Madison County in 1996
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 5.36 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station, Macon County in 1955
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Columbia, Tyrrell County in 1980

Macon County

High Temperature 73ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2008
Low Temperature -3ºF in Highlands in 1996
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 5.36 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1955
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 7.0 inches in Franklin in 1983


Twilight Begins: 7:02 am
Sunrise: 7:28 am
Sunset 6:07 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:34 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 32 minutes

Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous with 78% of the visible disk illuminated at 11:19 pm
Moonset 3:21 am
Moonrise 2:02 pm
Moonset 4:23 am tomorrow

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

Rises 9:20 am
Sets 9:38 pm
Brightness -4.5 Magnitude
Distance 0.500 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 9:44 am
Sets 9:58 pm
Brightness 1.2 Magnitude
Distance: 1.888 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Rises 6:34 am
Sets 4:26 pm
Brightness -0.1 Magnitude
Distance 1.268 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius


Rises 4:11 am
Sets 1:57 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.613 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

Rises 11:12 pm
Sets 10:31 am
Brightness -2.0 Magnitude
Distance: 4.967 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 4:25 am on Feb 6, 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.