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Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 2:39
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Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


…Rain and thunderstorms expected for the Gulf Coast region and snow showers continue near the Great Lakes…

Now that the nor’easter has now moved away from New England, our attention now turns to Texas and the Deep South. A surface low and accompanying upper level disturbance will result in an influx of warm and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico across the Gulf Coast region. Widespread showers and thunderstorms are likely from Texas to the southeast coast through Wednesday morning, and some of these storms could be strong to severe along with locally heavy rainfall. The NWS Storm Prediction Center expects an enhanced risk of severe weather today. The area of greatest concern is in southeast Texas. Damaging winds, large hail and even isolated tornadoes are possible.

Meanwhile across the Great Lakes region, a northern stream disturbance originating from central Canada will keep snow chances in the forecast through mid-week with a fresh surge of colder air. This will generate another nor’easter near eastern New England by Wednesday night, but does not appear to be as intense as the previous storm that just hammered the region. Lake effect snow is also likely downwind of the Great Lakes. Elsewhere across the continental U.S., expect the weather to become unsettled for the Pacific Northwest by Wednesday as the high pressure ridge begins breaking down and allows for a Pacific storm system to come closer to the coast. Wintry precipitation should make it to the northern Rockies by Thursday morning. Sunny to partly cloudy conditions are expected across much of the north-central U.S. over the next few days.


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High pressure will move off to our east through tonight as low pressure arrives from the west. A cold front moves off the east coast Wednesday night with cool high pressure arriving dropping temperatures to near normal levels Thursday. A rapid warming trend will commence heading into the weekend.




Partly sunny with highs near 60. Calm winds early giving way to winds out of the northwest in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Cloudy with lows near 40 and variable light winds. 40% chance of rain, mainly after 11 pm with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.



Cloudy early, becoming mostly sunny by the afternoon. Highs near 50 with light winds out of the northwest increasing to 5 to 10 mph before noon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear with lows near the mid 20s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.



Sunny with highs near 50.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear with lows near 30.



No hazardous weather is expected.

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 of photo, to
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.


February 20
Franklin Bird Club meeting. “Cherokee Bird Legends and Myths” by Barbara Duncan. 7:00 pm at the Macon County Public Library.


A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.


Weather Extremes Almanac for February 14, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 82ºF in Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1921
Low Temperature -16ºF in Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus County in 1899
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 5.15 inches in Maysville, Onslow County in 1984
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands, Macon County in 1912

Macon County

High Temperature 79ºF in Nantahala in 1976
Low Temperature -8ºF in Highlands in 1899
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.73 inches in Highlands in 1950
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands in 1912


Twilight Begins: 6:54 am
Sunrise: 7:20 am
Sunset 6:15 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:41 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 47 minutes


Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 86% of the Moo’s visible disk illuminated
Moonset 9:31 am
Moonrise 10:05 pm

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight


Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.

Rises 8:57 am
Sets 9:33 pm
Brightness -4.5 Magnitude
Distance 0.444 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 9:28 am
Sets 9:55 pm
Brightness 1.2 Magnitude
Distance: 1.941 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning


Rises 6:46 am
Sets 4:54 pm
Brightness -0.2 Magnitude
Distance 1.335 AU
Constellation: Capricornus


Rises 3:42 am
Sets 1:28 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.502 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

Rises 10:40 pm
Sets 10:00 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.853 AU
Constellation: Virgo

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 4:14 am on Feb 14, 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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