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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, February 9, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms over parts of the Southern Appalachians/Tennessee Valley and the Southeast...

...Heavy snow for the Cascades and to a lesser extent the Sierras/Northern Rockies...

...Heavy snow possible across parts of Northern Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England...

...Heavy rain possible over parts of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest...

...Lake effect snow over parts of the Upper Great Lakes...

Upper-level energy over the Middle Mississippi Valley will move eastward to the Mid-Atlantic Coast inducing low pressure that will deepen rapidly and move northeastward to Southeastern Canadian Coast by Friday morning. Showers and thunderstorms will develop over parts of the Central/Eastern Gulf Coast into parts of the Tennessee Valley/Southern Appalachians that will move off the Southeast/Southern Mid-Atlantic Coast by Thursday morning. In addition, an area of rain and snow will develop over parts of the Ohio Valley and Northern Tennessee Valley on Wednesday evening moving into the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic by Thursday morning. The snow will rapidly move into New England by Thursday afternoon then begin to wane over Southern New England overnight Thursday. The snow will mostly ending over Northern New England by Friday morning. Additionally, upper-level energy and cold air moving over the Upper Great Lakes will produce lake effect snow over parts of the Upper Great Lakes Wednesday evening into Friday. Also, after the a aforementioned storm moves away from the East Coast, lake effect snow will develop over parts of the Central Appalachians into parts of the Lower Great Lakes Thursday afternoon into Friday.

Meanwhile, a plume of moisture from the Pacific will move into parts of the California and the Pacific Northwest Coast producing rain over parts of Central/Northern California and the Northwest with snow at higher elevations over the Pacific Northwest into parts of the Northern Rockies on Wednesday evening. The snow levels will rise on Thursday with areas of rain/freezing rain developing just east of the Cascades through Thursday evening. Overnight Thursday the snow levels will lower over the Cascades to the Northern Rockies into Friday. In the meantime, rain heavy at times will continue over parts of the Pacific Northwest and Northern/Central California and moving into parts of Southern California on Friday.


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Cool, dry high pressure will spread back in to end the work week before another warming trend commences over the weekend. Another frontal system will approach the area by early next week.


Surface Map for 7am on Thursday Feb 9th


Mostly sunny with highs near 40 and winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph with gusts near 30 mph or so. These high winds should last all day.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear with lows near the low to mid 20s and winds 5 to 10 mph, becoming light winds after midnight.

Surface Map for 7am on Frisday Feb 10th


Sunny with highs near the mid 50s. Calm winds early, then 5 to 10 mph from the southwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Mostly clear with lows near 30 and winds out of the southwest.

Surface Map for 7am on Saturday Feb 11th


Mostly sunny with highs near the lower 60s.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50.


No hazardous weather is 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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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 86ºF in Ellenboro, Rutherford County in 1925
Low Temperature -17ºF in Montreat, Yancey County in 1933
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 6.30 inches in Highlands, Macon County in 1881
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 13.5 inches in Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County in 1948

Macon County

High Temperature 72ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1957
Low Temperature -8ºF in Highlands in 1895
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 6.30 inches in Highlands in 1881
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Highlands in 1948


Twilight Begins: 6:59 am
Sunrise: 7:25 am
Sunset 6:10 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:37 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 36 minutes

Moon 98 percent full tonight

Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous with 98% of the visible disk illuminated
Moonset 6:14 am
Moonrise 5:02 pm
Moonset 7:01 am tomorrow

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

Sky Chart for this evening

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

Rises 9:12 am
Sets 9:37 pm
Brightness -4.5 Magnitude
Distance 0..479 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 9:38 am
Sets 9:57 pm
Brightness 1.2 Magnitude
Distance: 1.908 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Sky Chart for tomorrow morning

Rises 6:39 am
Sets 4:36 pm
Brightness -0.1 Magnitude
Distance 1.296 AU
Constellation: Capricornus


Rises 4:00 am
Sets 1:46 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.573 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

Rises 11:00 pm
Sets 10:19 am
Brightness -2.0 Magnitude
Distance: 4.923 AU
Constellation: Virgo


There will be a faint lunar eclipse Friday night, and the good news is that the skies will be mostly clear. The bad news is that you might not notice this event, even if you're looking for it. The moon will pass throught he earth's penumbral shadow, but not the umbral shadow. It will rise already partially in the shadow tonight and will be out of the penumbral shadow at 10:53 pm. The moon will appear to be slightly darker on the top half early tomorrow night for a couple of hours.


Penumbral eclipse begins: 5:34 p.m. (on February 10) (The moon rises at 6:06 pm...the time may be later if you have mountains in the way)
Greatest eclipse (nearest umbra): 7:44 p.m. (on February 10)
Penumbral eclipse ends: 9:53 p.m. (on February 10)

Read more about this event at EarthSky. [LINK]

Our next total lunar eclipse won't be until January 18, 2018, but it will set while at full eclipse. The next total lunar eclipse that will be visible from beginning to end for us won't happen until January 21, 2019. On the plus side, we will have a total solar eclipse on the afternoon of August 21st of this year, something Macon County has not experienced for hundreds of years and won't again for several decades to come.

Sky Guides for this week

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 4:15 am on Feb 9, 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.