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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Expect drier and warmer weather today and Wednesday. A dissipating cold front crosses our region Thursday and Friday.

Weather Almanac for April 25th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 88°F in Franklin in 1960
Lowest Temperature 25°F in Highlands in 1930
Greatest Rainfall 4.85 inches in Highlands in 1881
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands in 1910


A body of a young man identified as Brian Dills, with extended local family, was discovered Saturday in an alleyway off Phillips Street, between the Gem Society and Jail Museum Building and the Goshen Timberframes Building. The body had been there for a few days and police do not suspect foul play. The body has been sent to Winston Salem for an autopsy. This news was delayed so family members could be notified of the death.



Patcy dense fog early. Partly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 70s and winds 5 to 10 mph from the northwest.


Mostly clear with fog exp[ected to develop after 3 am and lows near 50. Calm winds.


Sunny with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning rising to come from the south in the afternoon.


Mostly clear with lows near the mid 50s and winds out of the south.


Partly sunny, increasing clouds, with highs near the mid 70s. 60% chance of rain, mainly after noon.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s. 40% chance of rain, mainly before 2 am.


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


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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.

People's Climate Sister March WNC

2pm - March begins at Big Bear Picnic Shelter, E. Main Street, Franklin. We will have speakers & music to kick off the event!
3pm - March through downtown Franklin begins. Route is approx. 1.5 miles (there is a big hill walking into town). If you are unable to walk the march we encourage you to join the rally at Big Bear shelter, then hold your signs at the town square where marchers will end.

March ends at the Gazebo on the Square in downtown Franklin. There will be community organizations with information tables until 5pm.

This is positive, family friendly event. Please bring signs, personal water bottles, and WEAR GREEN!

CARPOOLING is strongly encouraged. Parking is available at Big Bear and also at Mainspring, across the road. We will have signs posted.

Contact for more information or visit the facebook event page at


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.


Twilight Begins: 6:22 am
Sunrise: 6:49 am
Sunset 8:15 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:41 pm

Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 6:29 am
Moonset 7:28 pm

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning


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 4:05 am on April 25, 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.