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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...Heavy rain and mountain snow possible into Tuesday across portions of the western U.S...

...Heavy rain possible into Tuesday across portions of the central Gulf Coast...

...Record high temperatures possible through midweek across portions of the central and eastern U.S...

Rain and mountain snow will persist across much of the West as a vigorous low pressure system crosses the Intermountain region and into the Northern High Plains/Upper Midwest. Heavy rain may result in flooding for some areas, and heavy snow will be possible at high elevation locations. Precipitation will slowly decrease over the Pacific Northwest and California by midweek as the system reaches the central U.S. The potential for heavy snow in the Northern Rockies will taper off by this afternoon while chances for snow in the Great Basin will continue into Wednesday.

Showers and thunderstorms will persist from the central Gulf Coast to Northeast into today as a slow moving cold front passes through the Mississippi/Ohio valleys and the Great Lakes. Areas of heavy rain may be possible over the central Gulf Coast. A wintry mix will be possible for portions of New England tonight before transitioning to mostly snow during the day on Wednesday. Rain will be possible across the Southeast and southern Mid-Atlantic region through Wednesday evening as another low pressure system tracks through the Gulf of Mexico and Florida.

Portions of the central and eastern U.S. observed warmer than usual conditions of late and that will persist this week. With an expansive high pressure aloft, average temperatures are forecast to range 20 to 40 degrees above average from the central and northern plains to the Great Lakes, with many areas reaching well into the 70s. Temperatures exceeding 20 degrees above average will reach the Mid-Atlantic region by Wednesday.
Temperatures records may be ties or broken across these areas through Wednesday.


The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen held their annual retreat yesterday. Video is on the blog. [LINK]


A frontal boundary will push across the area late Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing a chance for some modest rainfall. This will be followed by brief drying, before another frontal system brings additional chances for rain and thunderstorms heading into next weekend.



Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid 60s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast. 60% chance of rain, mainly after 2 pm, with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

Tuesday Night

Cloudy, patchy fog expected after midnight. Lows near the upper 40s. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarer of an inch expected.


Rain and patchy dense fog before 10 am. Cloudy with highs near the lower 60s. Calm winds early, then from the south late in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and calm winds.


Mostly cloudy with highs near the upper 60s. Slight chance of rain and thunder in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50.


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


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.

Youth Night Out

THIS AFTERNOON 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the FHS Fine Arts Building
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.

Macon Overdose Prevention Coalition Meeting Reminder:

Tuesday, February 21st from 3-5pm at Full Circle Recovery Center, 3261 Georgia Road.
Agenda includes discussion about the Learn to Cope family support meeting, planning for our International Family Drug Support Day event on Friday 2/24,, syringe exchange update, recent and upcoming training events, partnering with WNCAP and Families for Sensible Drug Policy, and more!
Anyone interested in being part of the opioid epidemic solution is welcome to join us. Questions? Call Stephanie at 828-475-1920.


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.

Be the Voice for a Child! Don’t let another child’s voice go unheard. The Guardian Ad Litem program is currently seeking volunteers in your community to be the voice of a foster child in court. The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program thrives on volunteerism, and its vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. We will have a training class for volunteers in Sylva starting March 16, 2017. We would love to have you join us. It's not too late to apply!
If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact Joe Allen at the Macon County GAL office at 828-349-7222 or Shannon Cowan at the Jackson County GAL Office at 828-587-2087. You can also find out more about the program by visiting or

Weather Extremes Almanac for February 21, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 83ºF in Hot Springs, Madison County in 1939
Low Temperature -10ºF in Bakersville, Mitchell County in 1896
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 5.84 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1953
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 11.5 inches in New Bern, Craven County in 1936

Macon County

High Temperature 75ºF in Franklin in 1986
Low Temperature -5ºF in Highlands in 1896
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.81 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1953
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.5 inches in Highlands in 1960


Twilight Begins: 6:47 am
Sunrise: 7:13 am
Sunset 6:22 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:48 pm
Day Length: 12 hours 01 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 11 hours 9 minutes

Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 24% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 3:26 am
Moonset 1:55 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 8:33 am
Sets 9:23 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.399 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 9:13 am
Sets 9:52 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 1.988 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Rises 6:55 am
Sets 5:23 pm
Brightness -0.5 Magnitude
Distance 1.370 AU
Constellation: Capricornus


Rises 3:17 am
Sets 1:03 pm
Brightness 1.4
Distance: 10.397 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

Rises 10:11 pm
Sets 9:31 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.762 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 4:25 am on Feb 21, 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.