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Monday, May 29, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Memorial Day, May 29, 2017


Warm and humid air will remain over our region today as high pressure settles east of the Florida coast. A series of weak cold fronts will cross the area through mid week. Stronger cold fronts will approach and cross the area for next weekend.


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 29th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Highlands in 1941
Lowest Temperature 36°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest Rainfall 2.21 inches in Nantahala in 1976


TODAY storms possible after 10 am

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid to upper 70s and calm winds picking up to around 5 mph by mid-morning out of the northwest. 30% chance of rain before 10 am and increasing to 60% chance in the afternoon. Strong storms may be possible. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch with more in locations that see a thunderstorm.

TONIGHT strong storms possible (but not likely) in the early evening hours

Patchy fog after midnight. Mostly cloudy with lows near 60 and light winds out of the northwest. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Patchy fog early. Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid to upper-70s. Calm winds in the morning, then 5 to 10 mph out of the west-northwest in the afternoon. 30% chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper-50s. 30% chance of showers, mainly before 8 pm.


Mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper-70s. 30% chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon.


Partly cloudy with lows near the mid-50s. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight.


Hazardous weather is possible, though not likely, in Macon County today. The main time for concern is after 10 am. I think most of the activity will be to our south and east. Be prepared just in case.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for tomorrow regarding the potential for severe weather. The text follows:

..MEMORIAL DAY...Severe weather possible. Afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop again on Monday. A few storms may be severe, with the greatest threat expected to be across the Piedmont.

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, May 31

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB – Greenway Birdwalk

Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at Salali Lane at 8:00 am.

Parking is off Fox Ridge Road which is just south of Franklin Flea Market on Highlands Rd.


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.


Twilight Begins: 5:52 am
Sunrise: 6:21 am
Sunset 8:41 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:10 pm

Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 21% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 10:25 a.m.
Moonset 12:36 a.m. Tomorrow morning

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 5:30 am on May 29, 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.