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Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 1:20
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…Rain across the West Coast and Texas, and warm for the eastern states…

An extensive cold front stretching from central Texas northeast through the Upper Great Lakes Tuesday morning will continue to trek slowly eastward over the next few days. Along and just ahead of this front will be an area of decent moisture and lift, conducive to producing showers and thunderstorms. Severe thunderstorms will be possible across parts of Texas and the central Gulf Coast region, especially earlier in the forecast period. Areas of heavy rainfall are also likely in the vicinity of the front’s southern extent. Several inches of rainfall will be possible with the slowest moving storms, and southern Texas has the best chance for this.

After a brief break in the weather across the West Coast, a more potent system is forecast to reach the shore by midweek, bringing widespread rain from northern California northward to the Pacific Northwest and northern Great Basin starting Tuesday afternoon/evening. Additional heavy snow will be likely for the highest mountains, especially the Cascades.

Elsewhere across the eastern U.S., mostly sunny and warm conditions are expected ahead of the approaching cold front on Tuesday. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected to arrive by the middle of the week. Some high temperature records, including record high minimums, may be met or exceeded across parts of the Northeast Tuesday. Shower and thunderstorm chances will eventually increase across the Southern and central U.S. during midweek ahead of another developing system.



The NC Forest Service, US Forest Service and several local Volunteer Fire Departments responded to loose fires yesterday afternoon. A fire the US Forest Service is calling Muskrat #2 is currently burning close to the location where the Muskrat Fire burning last fall. The fire was last reported to be over 20 acres in rough terrain and fire lines are being put around the fire. A helicopter with a bucket assisted the firefighters yesterday. Today, two Type I helicopters and a crew of wildland firefighters are expected to join the effort.

Maps will be published when they become available.

Clarks Chapel Firefighters extinguished a fire on Eugene Road and Cullasaja Firefighters extinguished a fire in the Cullasaja Gorge that was in very rough terrain.

Please, if you have material you wish to burn outdoors, please put it off for a few more weeks.

Video of a helicopter taking off from the Macon County Airport to assist firefighters at the Muskrat #2 Fire on April 10, 2017.


Passage of frontal system on Wednesday will produce some showers and thunderstorms with more limited chances for rain Thursday through early next week. High pressure following the cold front will produce seasonally normal to above normal temperatures and relatively light winds.

Weather Almanac for April 11th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2001
Lowest Temperature 18°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1960
Greatest Rainfall 3.85 inches in Highlands in 1913
Greatest Snowfall 1.3 inches in Highlands in 1956



TODAY (Increased fire danger, outdoor burning is not recommended)

Mostly sunny with highs near the mid 70s. Winds will be calm early, then gradually increase to 5 to 10 mpg out of the southwest in the afternoon.


Increasing clouds with lows near 50 and winds shifting overnight from out of the southwest to come out of the northwest by morning.



Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid 70s. Calm winds early, the out of the northwest by midmorning. 40% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.


Partly cloudy with lows near 50 and calm winds.



Mostly sunny with highs near the mid 70s.


Mostly cloudy with lows near the lower 50s.


No hazardous weather is expected. There is still an increased fire danger Due to Macon County still being in a Severe Drought. Outdoor burning is not recommended. The rain that is in the forecast for Wednesday won’t even touch our situation. We will need several inches of rain over the course of weeks to recover.

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 [email protected]
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.

April 12

Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at Big Bear Shelter parking area at 8:00 am.

APRIL 21 & 22

Franklin High School FFA Benefit Rodeo
Macon County Fairgrounds – 1436 Georgia Rd

Tickets available at the gate
$12 Adults
$6 Kids ages 5-10
Under 5 Free

Gates open at 6PM each night
Event starts at 8PM each night
Concessions available on site

Get there early for the best seating!

Saddle Bronc Riding
Bareback Riding
Calf Roping
Steer Wrestling
Ladies Breakaway Roping
Team Roping
Ladies Barrel Racing
Bull Riding

For more information, please 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: 6:40 am
Sunrise: 7:06 am
Sunset 8:03 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:29 pm


Moon Phase: Full moon occurred at 2:08 am
Moonset 7:33 am
Moonrise 8:36m

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 4:09 am on April 11, 2017

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, 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.


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