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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, May 25, 2017


An upper-level low-pressure system will cross the region today, with showers persisting over parts of the area as a result. Following the departure of this system, drier air will return tonight and linger into early Saturday. Moisture and unstable conditions will then build over the Southeast over the weekend, ahead of a slow moving cold front.


Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response. 

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.

Weather Almanac for May 25th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1953
Lowest Temperature 34°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1951
Greatest Rainfall 3.39 inches in Highlands in 1948


TODAY Severe thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon

Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid-60s and winds 5 to 15 mph from the west. Wind gusts are expected to be in the 20 to 25 mph range, with gusts peaking between noon and 6 pm. 40% chance of showers, mainly between 10 am and 8 pm.


Partly cloudy with lows near 50 and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the west.


Sunny with highs near 80 and winds out of the northwest.


Partly cloudy with lows near the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast, calming before midnight.


Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. 20% chance of rain, mainly after 3 pm.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s.


No hazardous weather 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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Thursday, May 25– FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB - Jim and Ellen Shelton will lead a bird walk in the Stecoah area.

This will be one of our longer birding ventures. The drive to Stecoah is about an hour long. Birders may want to bring lunch or snacks–and of course, water. The planned return to Franklin is about 2:00 pm.

Meet at Bi-Lo parking area at 8:00 am to carpool. Sponsored by the Franklin Bird Club. 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 impacting 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 (not updated due to time constraints)

Twilight Begins: 5:54 am
Sunrise: 6:23 am
Sunset 8:38 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:07 pm

Moon Phase: New Moon at 3:44 pm. (three new moons from now, the moon will pass directly between the sun and the earth, and we'll have a total solar eclipse.
Moonrise 6:29 a.m.
Moonset 8:34 p.m.

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 4:55 am on May 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.