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Friday, February 17, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, February 17, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...Strong storm system to affect California...

...Quieter weather pattern is expected over most of the nation...

Rain and mountain snow will continue across much of the western U.S. as a Pacific cold front pushes inland across the Pacific Northwest and northern California. Heavy snow is likely for the higher elevations of the Cascades and the northern Rockies through Friday as the moisture moves inland.

The main weather event that will make headlines over the next few days will be a deep upper level trough that will generate a strong occluded surface low which will head towards California through Friday. Expect the surface low to make landfall by Friday afternoon/evening, with best precipitation moving in by Friday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected for the coastal areas and the nearby mountains, with some locations getting in excess of 4 inches of rainfall by Saturday morning thanks to the deep surge of subtropical moisture being directed towards the region. Flash flooding and river flooding will be possible across much of California and much of the Pacific Northwest given the amount of rain expected, as well as warming temperatures leading to snow melt across the region.

Some ongoing lake effect snow showers downwind of the Great Lakes will continue to taper off through this evening as winds shift to a more southerly direction, eliminating best fetch and gradually warming the airmass. This same southerly flow may lead to some rain showers along the Gulf Coast into the first part of the weekend.

Otherwise, sunny to partly cloudy conditions are expected across much of the central and eastern U.S. over the next few days as high pressure governs the overall weather pattern there. Warmer conditions are also expected in time for the weekend for many areas.


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


The Macon County Commissioners held their annual joint meeting with the Macon County Planning Board last night at the Environmental Resource Center.
Video of the entire meeting is on the blog. [LINK]


A warming trend continues as southerly flow returns to the area underneath a strong ridge of high pressure. A weak upper low will cross the Tennessee Valley and Carolinas over the weekend, bringing chances for light rainfall to the area. Another upper low will move across the Gulf Coast mid to late next week with another round of light rainfall possible. High temperatures will stay 10 to 15 degrees above normal through the period.



Sunny with highs near 70. Calm winds early, then from the northwest in the morning.

Friday Night

Partly clear early with increasing clouds. Lows near freezing and calm winds.


Mostly cloudy with highs near 60 and variable light winds. 40% chance of rain with rainfall amounts not expected to exceed a tenth of an inch.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 40. Calm winds before midnight with winds from the northwest after midnight. 30% chance of rain, mainly before midnight.


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

Sunday Night

Mostly clear with lows near 40.


No hazardous weather is expected.

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 or 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.

February 21 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the FHS Fine Arts Building
Youth Night Out Teen Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships.
Presented as a partnership of Angel Medical Center, Macon County Public Health, REACH of Macon County and Discover Church.


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 17, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 86ºF in Kinston, Lenoir County in 1927
Low Temperature -20ºF in Brevard, Transylvania County in 1958
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.34 inches in Maysville, Onslow County in 1998
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Lenoir, Caldwell County in 1969

Macon County

High Temperature 74ºF in Highlands in 1927
Low Temperature -9ºF in Highlands in 1958
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.83 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1995
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1896


Twilight Begins: 6:51 am
Sunrise: 7:17 am
Sunset 6:18 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:44 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 53 minutes

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 61% of the Moo's visible disk illuminated
Moonset 11:10 am

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

Rises 8:47 am
Sets 9:29 pm
Brightness -4.5 Magnitude
Distance 0.424 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 9:21 am
Sets 9:54 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 1.961 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Rises 6:50 am
Sets 5:06 pm
Brightness -0.4 Magnitude
Distance 1.353 AU
Constellation: Capricornus


Rises 3:31 am
Sets 1:17 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.458 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

Rises 10:28 pm
Sets 9:48 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.813 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 3:24 am on Feb 14, 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.