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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, February 11, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...Rain and snow for the southwest U.S., and another winter storm for New England by Sunday night...

A zonal flow pattern at the beginning of the period will transition to a more amplified pattern by Sunday night, with a sharp trough over the northeast U.S. and an upper level low over northwestern Mexico. An upper level ridge will become established over the West Coast.

After a brief cold snap for the East Coast, a warming trend is arriving in time for the weekend courtesy of a warm front. It will continue to stay quite cold across northern New England, which will remain north of the frontal boundary. By Sunday night, another nor'easter is forecast to develop rapidly just off the New England Coast and will likely cause significant wind and snow impacts from upstate New York to Maine, and winter storm watches are already in effect. 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 strong 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 southern Rockies will keep valley rain and mountain snow in the forecast through Saturday evening. The upper low just south of Arizona will keep the weather unsettled through the entire weekend, with up to an inch of rain possible across parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

Drier weather will be the rule for the West Coast with high pressure building in with sunny to partly cloudy skies


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Atlantic high pressure will ridge across the area and help maintain above normal temperatures over the weekend. A mainly dry frontal system will pass through the southeast on Monday, with a low pressure system and cold front impacting the area by Wednesday.


National Surface Map for Saturday Feb 11th at 7 am


Partly sunny with highs near the mid 60s and winds out of the southwest.

Saturday Night
Patchy fog overnight, mainly between 9 pm and 2 am. Mostly cloudy with lows near 50. 30% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

National Surface Map for Sunday Feb 12th at 7 am


Mostly cloudy with highs near 70 (72°F is the record high for Macon County on this date). Calm winds early, rising to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds will be higher on the ridges, reaching 50 mph or so. 40% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy early with skies becoming mostly clear before midnight. Lows near freezing and winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph.

National Surface Map for Monday Feb 13th at 7 am


Sunny with highs near the upper 50s and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near 30.


No hazardous weather is expected today. A high wind event is expected for tomorrow and Monday. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, and it is posted below for your convenience.

..SUNDAY...High winds possible. Strong and gusty northwest winds will develop across the North Carolina mountains on Sunday afternoon behind a departing cold front. Wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible during the afternoon and Sunday night.

..MONDAY...High winds possible. Strong wind gusts will taper off through the day on Monday.

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.


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 84ºF in Reidsville, Rockingham County in 1932
Low Temperature -5ºF in Celo, Yancey County in 1979
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.25 inches in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 18.0 inches in Scotland Neck, Halifax County in 1948

Macon County

High Temperature 71ºF in Franklin in 1965
Low Temperature 6ºF in Highlands in 1936
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.90 inches in Highlands in 1881
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 7.0 inches in Highlands in 1985


Twilight Begins: 6:57 am
Sunrise: 7:24 am
Sunset 6:12 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:38 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 41 minutes

 Current Moonphase

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 99% of the Moo's visible disk illuminated
Moonset 7:44 am
Moonrise 7:08 pm

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight


Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

Rises 9:06 am
Sets 9:35 pm
Brightness -4.5 Magnitude
Distance 0..465 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 9:34 am
Sets 9:56 pm
Brightness 1.2 Magnitude
Distance: 1.921 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning


Rises 6:42 am
Sets 4:42 pm
Brightness -0.2 Magnitude
Distance 1.313 AU
Constellation: Capricornus


Rises 3:53 am
Sets 1:39 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.545 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

Rises 10:52 pm
Sets 10:11 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.895 AU
Constellation: Virgo

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 7:16 am on Feb 11, 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.