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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, May 31, 2017


A weak cold front will cross the region today. Dry high pressure will follow the front for Thursday, but as high pressure slides offshore, moist southerly flow returns and shower and thunderstorm chances increase heading into the weekend. Temperatures will remain near normal until another cold front moves through the region early next week with drier and cooler conditions to follow.


The Macon County Airport Authority met yesterday at the airport for their monthly meeting. Video and photos are on the blog. [LINK]

Weather Almanac for May 31st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 90°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2006
Lowest Temperature 31°F in Franklin in 1984
Greatest Rainfall 2.35 inches in Highlands in 1959



Patchy fog early. Mostly sunny with highs near the upper-70s. Calm winds in the morning, the winds 5 to 10 mph from the northwest in the afternoon. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.


Patchy fog after midnight. Partly cloudy with lows near the mid-50s and light winds out of the northwest. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny near 80. Calm winds in the morning, then out of the northwest in the afternoon.


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


Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper-80s. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper-70s. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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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: 5:51 am
Sunrise: 6:21 am
Sunset 8:42 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:12 pm

Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 41% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonset 1:20 a.m.
Moonrise 12:33 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 3:56 am on May 31, 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.