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Friday, May 26, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, May 26, 2017


Weak, dry high pressure will settle into the region today, then drift east off the Florida coast by Saturday. Moisture and unstable conditions will return to the region over the weekend, as a cold front slowly approaches from the northwest.

Weather Almanac for May 26th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 89°F in Highlands in 1926
Lowest Temperature 30°F in Highlands in 1988
Greatest Rainfall 2.28 inches in Highlands in 1986



Areas of dense fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with skies clearing before noon, then partly cloudy skies thereafter. Highs near 80. Calm winds early, then rising to 5 to 10 mph by mid morning.


Partly cloudy with lows near the upper-50s and calm winds.

SATURDAY severe storms possible in late afternoon

Partly sunny with highs in the 80s. Calm winds early, then rising to 5 to 10 mph from the west-southwest by midmorning.

SATURDAY NIGHT severe storms possible in the early evening

Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s and winds out of the southwest calming before midnight. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 8 pm and 2 am.


Mostly cloudy with highs in the 80s. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10 am.


Mostly cloudy with lows near the lower 60s. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


No hazardous weather expected.

**5:11 am** The National Weather Service has just issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook regarding the potential for severe weather tomorrow.

The text follows:

..SATURDAY...Severe weather possible. Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible late Saturday afternoon through the evening, especially in the North Carolina mountains.

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Twilight Begins: 5:54 am
Sunrise: 6:23 am
Sunset 8:39 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:08 pm

Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 7:21 a.m.
Moonset 9:43 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 4:00 am on May 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.