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Almanac for October 12, 2018

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Weather Averages for September in and around Macon County

  Franklin Highlands Andrews Clayton Cullowhee Bryson


High 78 72 80 79 78 80
Low 54 61 54 55 55 55
Rain 4.61 7.64 4.45 5.94 4.21 5.04
Snow 0 0 0 0 0 0



Today in Weather History

1962: The Columbus Day Storm of 1962 was a Pacific Northwest windstorm that struck the West Coast of Canada and the Pacific Northwest coast of the United States on this day. It is considered the benchmark of extratropical wind storms. The storm ranks among the most intense to strike the region since at least 1948, likely since the January 9, 1880 “Great Gale” and snowstorm.

Wikipedia [LINK]

Typhoon Freda [LINK]

Office of Washington State Climatologist [LINK]

Pacific Power [LINK]

1979: The lowest barometric pressure ever recorded occurs in the center of Typhoon Tip on this day. A fly reconnaissance mission recorded the low pressure of 870 hPa or 25.69 inHg. At its peak, Typhoon Tip was the most extensive tropical cyclone on record with a wind diameter of 1380 miles.

Wikipedia [LINK]

The Weather Doctor [LINK]

Record Weather Events for October 12th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 86°F in Nantahala in 1969
Lowest Temperature 25°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2000
Greatest Rainfall 3.44 inches in Highlands in 1927

Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on October 20, 1913

Record Weather Events for October 12th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 93°F in Greenville, Pitt County in 1919
Lowest Temperature 9°F in Marshall, Madison County in 1919
Greatest Rainfall 7.86 inches in Goldsboro, Wayne County in 1942
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snow fell on this date)

The excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Nine of 1942 [LINK]

Record Weather Events for October in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Albemarle, Stanly County on 10-06-1954
Lowest Temperature 8°F in Banner Elk, Avery County on 10-21-1952
Greatest Rainfall 14.00 inches in Aberdeen, Moore County on 10-06-1913
Greatest Snowfall 11.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 10-25-1990

Sun and Moon


Begin civil twilight 7:12 a.m.
Sunrise 7:37 a.m.
Sun transit 1:20 p.m.
Sunset 7:02 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:28 p.m.


Moonrise 11:04 a.m.
Moon transit 4:26 p.m.
Moonset 9:44 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on October 12, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 14% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on October 8, 2018 at 11:47 p.m. (local daylight time)


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Published at 1:47 am on October 12, 2018

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Youtube, and the Weather Prediction Center.

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