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Friday, February 10, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, February 10, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...Quieter weather returning to the West Coast and a brief cold spell for the eastern states ...

Much colder weather has settled in across the eastern U.S. in the wake of the departing nor'easter that resulted in over a foot of snow for parts of New England.

After a very cold start on Friday morning, temperatures are expected to be below normal for daytime highs before a warming trend commences in time for the weekend.

Another round of snow is likely for the Northeast U.S. Friday night in advance of the warm front, but not nearly as heavy compared to the recent event. Showers and a few storms will be possible from the Deep South to the Ohio Valley this weekend as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is advected northward around the departing surface high pressure, and ahead of a cold front. Given the lack of sufficient wind shear or instability, no severe weather is anticipated over the next few days.

Across the western U.S., a cold front moving across the Intermountain West will keep valley rain and mountain snow in the forecast through Saturday evening. Snow is expected across the higher elevations of the central and southern Rockies going into Sunday as a new surface low gets better organized over the Four Corners region.

Drier weather will be the rule for the West Coast beyond Friday night with high pressure building in.


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High pressure will build over the region today. A warming trend will take place over the weekend.


National Surface Map for Friday Feb 10th at 7 am


Sunny with highs near the mid 50s and calm winds rising to 5 to 10 mph from the southwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Mostly clear with lows near freezing and south winds becoming light and variable before midnight.

National Surface Map for Saturday Feb 11th at 7 am


Mostly sunny with highs near the lower 60s and light winds out of th west rising to 5 to 10 mph by mid morning.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50 and winds out of the southwest.

National Surface Map for Sunday Feb 12th at 7 am


Partly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 60s.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the low to mid 40s.


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


February 20
Franklin Bird Club meeting. “Cherokee Bird Legends and Myths” by Barbara Duncan. 7:00 pm at the Macon County Public Library.


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 82ºF in Greensboro, GUilford County in 1965
Low Temperature -10ºF on Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1971
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.28 inches in Southport, Brunswick County in 1940
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Blowing Rock, Watauga County in 1983

Macon County

High Temperature 78ºF in Highlands in 1932
Low Temperature -2ºF in Franklin in 1995
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.26 inches in Franklin in 1946
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1980


Twilight Begins: 6:58 am
Sunrise: 7:25 am
Sunset 6:11 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:38 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 40 minutes

Moon Phase: Full Moon at 7:33 pm tonight
Moonset 7:01 am
Moonrise 6:06 pm

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

Sky Chart for tonight

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

Rises 9:09 am
Sets 9:36 pm
Brightness -4.5 Magnitude
Distance 0..472 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 9:36 am
Sets 9:56 pm
Brightness 1.2 Magnitude
Distance: 1.915 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning


Rises 6:41 am
Sets 4:39 pm
Brightness -0.1 Magnitude
Distance 1.305 AU
Constellation: Capricornus


Rises 3:57 am
Sets 1:42 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.559 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

Rises 10:56 pm
Sets 10:15 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.909 AU
Constellation: Virgo

The path of the moon through the penumbral shadow of the earth tonight


There will be a faint lunar eclipse tonight, 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 through the 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

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 4:03 am on Feb 10, 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.