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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Warm and dry high pressure will build in across the region today. A dissipating cold front crosses our region Thursday, then warm and humid high pressure builds back in for Friday and Saturday. Another front approaches from the west on Sunday.

Weather Almanac for April 26th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 19868
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Highlands in 1919
Greatest Rainfall 3.24 inches in Highlands in 1939
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall on this date since records started being kept in 1872.


Mission Hospital has announced that they “will discontinue labor and delivery services but will continue to provide pre- and post-natal services, gynecological services, surgical procedures as well as preventive, routine and complex care for women of all ages.“ a copy of the press release is on the blog. [LINK]



Areas of fog in the morning. Cloudy in the morning, decreasing clouds, 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. Winds out of the southwest shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight.


Mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 70s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast. 60% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.


Partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southwest becoming calm before midnight. 30% chance of rain, mainly before 2 am.


Mostly sunny with highs near 80. 20% chance of showers, mainly after 3 pm.


Partly cloudy with lows near 60.


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.uld flooding develop.

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: 6:21 am
Sunrise: 6:48 am
Sunset 8:15 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:42 pm

Moon Phase: New Moon at 8:16 am today. In just four more new moons, there will be a total solar eclipse coinciding with the New Moon!
Moonrise 7:10 am
Moonset 8:38pm

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 5:00 am on April 26, 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.