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Monday, April 24, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, April 24, 2017


A deep and vigorous low pressure system will slowly move across Georgia today and reach the South Carolina coast by early Tuesday morning. A drying and warming trend begins Tuesday and continues through next weekend, as high pressure builds back in.

Weather Almanac for April 24th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1965
Lowest Temperature 22°F in Highlands in 1910
Greatest Rainfall 3.15 inches in Franklin in 1965
Greatest Snowfall There has been no recorded measurable snowfall on this date in Macon County since record keeping began in 1872.



Showers likely, mainly between 7am and 2pm. Cloudy with highs in the lower 60s and variable light winds shifting to come from the northwest in the afternoon. 70% chance of rain, mainly before 2 pm. Rainfall amounts should be between a tenth and a quarter of an inch.


Cloudy with fog developing after 1 am. Lows near 50 and light winds out of the northwest. 40% chahce of rain, mainly before 2 am. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch is expected.


Partly sunny with highs near the mid 70s and calm winds..


Partly cloudy with a lows in the lower 50s and calm winds.


Sunny with highs near 80.


Mostly clear with lows near the mid 50s.


The rain may be over, but the hazards relating to it are not. Runoff will continue to roll into larger creeks and the main stem rivers in Macon County. Some minor flooding will be possible. We are still under a flood watch until this evening. If you live in an area that is subject to flooding, please take appropriate precautions.

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Monday, April 24

Don Hendershot will lead a walk at Buck Creek Barrens. We will bird along Buck Creek Road off U.S. 64 in Clay County. Good birding area with open & forested habitats. There is a great bog where we will start our tour and on the way out we will look at – and learn about the Buck Creek Serpentine Barrens – thanks to some assistance from Brent Martin, Southern Appalachian Regional Director at The Wilderness Society.

Birds to expect include Louisiana waterthrush, hooded warbler, black-throated blue, black-throated green, northern parula, yellow-throated warbler, indigo bunting, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, gray catbird, brown thrasher, various sparrows and more. Possible migrants include northern waterthrush and sedge wren.

Meet at the Kmart parking lot (Westgate Plaza in Franklin) at 8:00 am to carpool. Sign up at 828-524-5234.

Wednesday, April 26

Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8:00 am. Check below in Comments for walk report.

Friday, April 28

John and Cathy Sill will lead a bird walk in the Standing Indian area.

Meet at the Kmart parking lot (Westgate Plaza in Franklin) at 8:00 am to carpool up to Standing Indian with a few stops along the way. We should be back by noon. Sign up at 828-524-5234.


On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is effecting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.

Astronomy The Astronomy section has been cut for time today.

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 4:58 am on April 24, 2017

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, Ian Webster's Github, 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.