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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, April 27, 2017


A dissipating cold front will cross our region today, following by warm and humid high pressure building back in for Friday and Saturday. Another front approaches from the west on Sunday, and crosses the area on Monday.

Weather Almanac for April 27th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 90°F in Franklin in 1986
Lowest Temperature 25°F in Highlands in 1919
Greatest Rainfall 2.55 inches in Highlands in 1964
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 be holding a press conference in Asheville regarding their investment in Macon County in a boardroom in Asheville, NC. 68 miles away from Angel Medical Center. Due to the distance and expense involved, Macon Media will not be able to cover this press conference.



Cloudy with highs in the low 70sa and winds out of the southeast. Showers and thunderstorms today, with the greatest chance of thunderstorms after 4 pm. Rainfall amounts are expected to be between a quarter and half an inch.


Partly cloudy with lows near 50. Winds out of the northwest are expected to become calm before midnight. 30% chance of rain, mainly before 9 pm with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected, except in locations that have thunderstorms.


Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny with highs near the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning and out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly cloudy with lows near 60. Winds out of the south calming after midnight.


Mostly sunny with highs near the low to mid 80s. 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10 am.


Mostly cloudy with lows near 60. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


A cold front could bring severe thunderstorms into Macon County today. The timing is between 10 am and 1 pm. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the region and a copy is posted below.


..THURSDAY...Severe weather possible. As a cold front pushes through the area during the late morning and afternoon, the atmosphere will be unstable enough that scattered thunderstorms will develop. Conditions will be favorable for a few of these storms to produce damaging winds and large hail. A tornado cannot be ruled out.

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 in pdf format or a high quality photo, to
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


Wednesday, April 26

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: 6:20 am
Sunrise: 6:47 am
Sunset 8:16 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:43 pm

Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 2% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 7:54 am
Moonset 9:48pm

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 4:42 am on April 27, 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.