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Monday, February 27, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, February 27, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


...More snow for the western U.S., and rain and thunderstorms return to the Gulf Coast and much of the southeastern U.S....

With the surface high pressure area now moving off the East Coast, expect a gradual warming trend along with increasing moisture going into the middle of the week for the eastern U.S. Return flow from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of the next storm system over Texas is advecting enough humidity northward to generate showers and scattered thunderstorms extending from Texas to the Deep South, and this will continue on Monday.

More widespread showers and storms are likely to develop by Tuesday and going into Wednesday as the warm front continues lifting northward. Some locations could easily get in excess of an inch of rainfall by Tuesday morning, especially across parts of the lower Mississippi River valley. Severe thunderstorms will be possible on Tuesday from Arkansas to the Ohio Valley ahead of the developing storm system over the central Plains. Windy conditions are expected to develop over western Texas and eastern Mexico, where high wind watches are in effect.

Snow will continue to be in the forecast for the mountains of the western U.S. for the first half of the work week. The Cascades, Sierra, Wasatch, and central/southern Rockies should see the greatest snowfall totals, with some locations getting in excess of a foot of additional snowfall. Rain is likely for the lower elevations of the Desert Southwest and the coastal Pacific Northwest.


Cool high pressure will move off the east coast tonight, with warmer air returning during the first half of the upcoming week. A warm front will lift north through the area Tuesday then a cold front crosses from the northwest Wednesday night. Cool high pressure brings temperatures a little below normal at the end of the week.



Mostly cloudy with highs near 60. Winds start out being calm, then gradually rise to come from the south, especially after 11 am. Rainfall chances are best after 5 pm. Less than a tenth of an inch of rainfall is expected.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 40s and light winds out of the southeast. 30% chance of rain overnight with rainfall accumulations of less than a tenth of an inch expected.


Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid 60s and variable light winds. 60% chance of rain with rain fall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 50s and winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid to upper 60s. 60% chance of rain with thunderstorms possible, mainly after noon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 30s. 70% chance of rain, mainly before midnight.


No hazardous weather is expected.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Wednesday due to a possible severe weather outbreak that may reach the region. It is posted below...

WEDNESDAY...Severe weather possible. A vigorous cold front will sweep through the region on Wednesday. Showers and thunderstorms are expected, some of which could become severe with damaging winds and frequent lightning being the primary threats.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting


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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.

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 27, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 86ºF in Goldsboro, Wayne County in 1997
Low Temperature -10ºF in Montreat, Yancey County in 1934
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.34 inches in Washington, Beaufort County in 1906
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 16.0 inches in High Point, Guilford County in 2004

Macon County

High Temperature 76ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1944
Low Temperature 0°F in Franklin in 1963
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.80 inches in Highlands in 1913
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 11.0 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1982


Twilight Begins: 6:40 am
Sunrise: 7:05 am
Sunset 6:28 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:53 pm
Day Length: 12 hours 13 minutes
Sunrise to Sunset: 11 hours 23 minutes

Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonrise 7:47 am
Moonset 7:47 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 8:09 am
Sets 9:08 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.363 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 9:01 am
Sets 9:50 pm
Brightness 1.3 Magnitude
Distance: 2.028 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Rises 7:01 am
Sets 5:51 pm
Brightness -1.0 Magnitude
Distance 1.381 AU
Constellation: Aquarius


Rises 2:55 am
Sets 12:41 pm
Brightness 1.3
Distance: 10.303 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius

Rises 9:46 pm
Sets 9:07 am
Brightness -2.2 Magnitude
Distance: 4.692 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 4:27 am on Feb 27, 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.