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Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:42
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..Heavy snow possible over parts of the Cascades and Sierras…

…Heavy rain possible over parts of the Pacific Northwest…

…Heavy rain possible over parts of Southern High Plains…

A front extending from the Northeast to the Southern Plains that will move off the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Coast by Thursday. The storm will produce showers and thunderstorms from the Northeast to the Southern Plains/Western Gulf Coast that will move off the coast overnight Wednesday.

A second front extending from the Northern Plains to parts of the Great Basin will move eastward to the Middle Mississippi Valley to the Central High Plains by Thursday. The system will produce rain from parts of the Northern Plains to the Central High Plains that will expand into parts of the Central Plains by Wednesday afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms will develop along and ahead of the front from the Middle Mississippi Valley to the Southern High Plains that will move to the Middle Mississippi Valley to the Southern Plains by Thursday. Rain will move into parts of the Upper Mississippi Valley/Middle Mississippi Valley on Wednesday evening that will move into parts of the Upper Great Lakes by Thursday.

Meanwhile, a third front just off the West Coast will move inland to the Northern Intermountain Region/Great Basin and parts of the Southern California by Thursday. The storm will produce rain over parts of the Pacific Northwest and Northern California that will produce rain and higher elevation snow over the region overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Rain and higher elevation snow will develop over parts of the Northern Intermountain Region into parts of the Great Basin that will continue over the area through Thursday.


The Muskrat #2 Fire as seen from over 12 miles away

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Burnout operations on the Muskrat #2 Fire began yesterday and are expected to continue today as firefighters construct and reinforce lines around the fire.

Nantahala Fire Department extinguished a brush fire that had gotten out of control on Sam Waters Road and NC Forest Service and US Forest Service personnel assisted in the mop up.

Cullasaja Fire Department tackled and defeated another loose fire in the area of the Cullasaja Gorge, this time near Cardinal Ridge. US-64 was briefly shut down so firefighters could place fire apparatus in the roadway during firefighting operations. Traffic was diverted through Buck Creek Road.

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


A weak cold front will pass through the region today, producing scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. High pressure behind the front will keep most of the area dry through the end of the week, however isolated diurnal showers are possible through Saturday. Another weak cold front slowly moves through the region early next week with another round of scattered showers and thunderstorms expected.

Weather Almanac for April 12th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2001
Lowest Temperature 22°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1973
Greatest Rainfall 2.73 inches in Highlands in 1997
Greatest Snowfall there has been no measurable snowfall on this date since reccords started being kept in 1872.



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

Cloudy with decreasing clouds. Highs near the mid 70s. Calm winds until this afternoon, when winds will be out out the north. There will be a slight chance (30%) of rain in the afternoon, mainly between 2 pm and midnight, with some thunder possible in the afternoon hours. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected, except higher amounts may be possible in thunderstorms. This is not enough rain to alleviate our current dry conditions.


Partly cloudy with lows near 50 and calm winds. Slight chance (30%) of rain, mainly before midnight. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch is expected. Higher amounts may be possible in locations that see a thunderstorm.



Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and calm winds in the morning rising to come out of the southeast in the afternoon.


Mostly cloudy with lows near 50 and rain chances ending before midnight. Calm winds.



Partly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and a 20% chance of rain after 1 pm. Calm winds.


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.


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: 6:39 am
Sunrise: 7:05 am
Sunset 8:04 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:30 pm


Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 98% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated.
Moonset 8:07 am
Moonrise 9:31 pm

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 4:28 am on April 12, 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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