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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...Heavy rain and mountain snow will continue across the West over the next few days...

...Much of the eastern U.S. will be in an active, wet pattern through midweek...

...Near record warmth possible through midweek across portions of the Southern Plains through the Mid Atlantic...

Another strong low pressure system is posed to begin impacting California and the Intermountain West starting today and continuing through midweek. A warm front will lift across the region, resulting in continued rainfall across the entire western coastal region, extending into portions of the central Great Basin and Southwest. Much of the Intermountain West and Rockies can expect continued snow from this system, especially in the higher elevations of the Cascades and northern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range where up to an additional foot of snow is possible. Flood watches and warnings are also currently in effect across portions of California, including the southern extent of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, where an addition 2 to 6 inches of upslope rainfall is possible through this evening. Northern Nevada and southern Idaho are also under flood watches for potential snow melts as the warm front allows temperatures to rise above freezing.

Another low pressure system tracking across the mid Mississippi River Valley will continue to gain strength today as it combines with a cold Canadian airmass sliding southeast, merging across the northern Ohio Valley region by this afternoon. Warm Gulf air transporting northward ahead of an advancing strong cold front will help set the stage for strong to severe thunderstorm development. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined much of the deep south, and Tennessee and Ohio Valleys in a slight risk today, with strong storms now ongoing across these regions. Rain, possibly heavy at times, is forecast for much of the South, Southeast, Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, and Mid-Atlantic over the next few days. Further to the north, precipitation will likely fall as a wintry mix or all snow from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast. Winter Weather Advisories are in effect from Upper Minnesota to Upper Michigan, and from Pennsylvania to Maine.

Additionally, a warming trend is expected for much of the eastern half of the U.S. ahead of the approaching cold front. A few records may be matched or exceeded for both daily high temperatures as well as daily high minimum temperatures from the Southern Plains to Great Lakes and Mid Atlantic today, and across much of the eastern Seaboard on Wednesday.


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This afternoon, showers will move in ahead of a cold front, which will cross the area Wednesday night. Another cold front crosses the area on Thursday. Cool, dry high pressure will spread back in to end the work week before another warming trend commences over the weekend.



Patchy fog early. Mostly cloudy with highs near the lower 60s and winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. 80% chance of rain, mainly after noon and with rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch expected.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy with patchy fog expected between 10 pm and 2 am. Lows near 50 and winds from the south calming before midnight. 80% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter an half an inch expected.


Mostly cloudy with highs near the low to mid 60s and winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. 40% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except in locations that see thunderstorm activity.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the lower 40s and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. 60% chance of rain with thunderstorms possible.

Mostly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 40s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear with lows near the mid to upper 20s.


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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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.
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Weather Extremes Almanac for February 6, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 87ºF in Siler City, Chatham County in 1982
Low Temperature -12ºF in Highlands, Macon County in 1895
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.50 inches in Tarboro, Edgecombe County in 1872
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 18.0 inches in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1922

Macon County

High Temperature 69ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1957
Low Temperature -12ºF in Highlands in 1895
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.30 inches in Franklin in 1873
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.5 inches in Nantahala in 1936


Twilight Begins: 7:01 am
Sunrise: 7:27 am
Sunset 6:08 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:35 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 34 minutes

Moon Phase: 

Waxing Gibbous with 86% of the visible disk illuminated at 11:19 pm
Moonset 4:23 am
Moonrise 2:59 pm
Moonset 5:21 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 9:17 am
Sets 9:38 pm
Brightness -4.5 Magnitude
Distance 0..493 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 9:42 am
Sets 9:57 pm
Brightness 1.2 Magnitude
Distance: 1.894 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Rises 6:36 am
Sets 4:29 pm
Brightness -0.1 Magnitude
Distance 1.278 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius


Rises 4:07 am
Sets 1:53 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.600 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

Rises 11:08 pm
Sets 10:27 am
Brightness -2.0 Magnitude
Distance: 4.952 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 3:44 am on Feb 7, 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.