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Friday, January 21, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, January 21, 2022



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Special Section: Supreme Court January 13th Rulings on Vaccine Mandates
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COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
On This Day
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OUTLOOK

A cold front will settle along the Carolina Coast and the stage for a surface low to develop across Georgia. As the low moves along the front, wintry precipitation is likely to develop Friday afternoon into Friday night. Cold and dry high pressure quickly builds in for the weekend and the first part of next week.



SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

**5:46am update** Nantahala School is now on a two-hour delay due to black ice and freezing rain.

Franklin area schools (late-breaking update at 5:10am)

Franklin area schools are on a two-hour delay for today, Friday, January 21st.

Highlands School

Highlands School will be on a two-hour delay today, Friday, January 21st. School will begin at 10:00 am. Please do not drop of students before 9:30 to insure access to the building and proper supervision.

In addition, buses will only pick up students at the following locations: Bus 6 will pick up students at Shortoff Baptist Church on Buck Creek Road at 9:00, and Clear Creek Baptist Church on Blue Valley Road at 9:25. Bus 109 will pick up students at the Scaly Mountain Fire Station on Hale Ridge Road at 9:25.

If you are not able to reach one of the pickup points or bring your child to school due to unsafe road conditions, please stay home and your child can attend and participate through remote learning.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night



Franklin Area

Today

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Calm winds.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain and sleet before 7pm, then a slight chance of sleet between 7pm and 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 19. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 16. Calm winds.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s.



Highlands Plateau

Today

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 5pm. Cloudy, with highs near 30. Calm winds. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 18. Calm winds. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 30s. Light and variable winds.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 17. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 8 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Calm winds.

Tonight

A slight chance of sleet, mixing with snow after 8pm, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 20. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 18. Light winds out of the northwest.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.





Nantahala Area

Today

A 20 percent chance of snow after 4pm. Cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 19. Light and variable winds.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near 40. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 19. Calm winds.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs near 40. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

...PATCHY BLACK ICE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP EARLY FRIDAY MORNING ON UNTREATED ROADWAYS... Runoff from light rain this past afternoon and additional snow melt, especially in normally shady locations, will leave behind wet spots that could freeze into patches of black ice on untreated roadways across the region late tonight and early this morning. Temperatures will remain below freezing throughout the day across the mountains, the foothills and western Piedmont of North Carolina, the Charlotte metro area, and the northern Upstate. Temperatures are expected to climb just above freezing across northeast Georgia, the western Upstate including Greenville and Anderson, and the lower Piedmont of South Carolina in the late morning to early afternoon. Temperatures will fall back below freezing around sunset.




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Almanac




Air quality is in the upper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the upper range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map


Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.2 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (2.4 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for January 21st

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 74°F in Franklin in 1890 Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands in in 1985 Greatest Rainfall 3.41 inches in Nantahala in 1954 Greatest Snowfall 4.5 inches in Highlands in 1983

Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876

All-time record weather events for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on Jul 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on Jul 29, 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Mar 13, 1993




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Local and State News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [November 15, 2021]

• Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests [COVIDtests.gov]

• WCU Librarian Wins ‘I Love My Librarian’ Award [Smoky Mountain News]

• WNC childcare centers use state grant money to attract workers [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• State's deadliest jail: Buncombe has worst death rate, Citizen Times investigation shows [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Lowering of U.S. and NC Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Two Camp Lejeune Marines Killed in Onslow County [Macon Media]

• The Porch: Snakecharmer [BPR News]

• Snow business: Milk, bread and the economics of winter weather [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• NC man charged in Capitol riot agreed: No guns, no booze. He failed, prosecutors say. [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - January 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

Franklin Town Council - January 2022 Regular Meeting



Asheville Citizen-Times COVID-19 Tracker [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Previously:

• Special Section: Supreme Court Hears Vaccine Mandate Cases [Nacon Media (Jan 7th, 2022)]

The documents:

• In National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, the court blocked the federal government’s vaccine-or-test requirement for workplaces of 100 or more employees. [PDF of Opinion]

• In Biden v. Missouri, the court allowed the government’s vaccine mandate for workers at federally funded health care facilities to take effect nationwide. [PDF of Opinion]

• Fractured court blocks vaccine-or-test requirement for large workplaces but green-lights vaccine mandate for health care workers [SCOTUSblog]

• Who Decides, Redux? [The Volokh Conspiracy]

• The Supreme Court sunk Biden’s vaccine/testing mandate for private employers. What you need to know. [Poynter]

• Supreme Court blocks Biden Covid vaccine mandate for businesses, allows health-care worker rule [CNBC]

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National and World News Roundup

• SpaceX wins $102 million Air Force contract to demonstrate technologies for point-to-point space transportation [Space News]

• French lawmakers officially recognise China’s treatment of Uyghurs as ‘genocide’ [France 24]

• Court rejects “door opening” as a Sixth Amendment confrontation-clause exception [SCOTUSblog]

• First look: Biden inaugural to blanket airwaves today[AXIOS]

• Alaska Supreme Court upholds ranked choice voting and top-four primary [Alaska Public Media]

• Theodore Roosevelt statue removed from outside New York’s Museum of Natural History [Microsoft News]

• Hamtramck judge apologizes for berating elderly cancer patient over weeds [Detroit Free Press]

• Atlanta DA seeks special grand jury in Trump election interference probe [CNBC]

• 'I always be sneaky': Boise eight-year-old hides self-made book on library shelf [KTVB-TV (Boise, ID) ]

Global National: Jan. 20, 2022 | Doctor blamed for New Brunswick COVID-19 outbreak speaks out



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - January 20th, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode January 20th, 2021





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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.





COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [November 18, 2021]



• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

Globally, as of 5:31pm CET, 10 January 2022, there have been 305,914,601 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,486,304 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 9 January 2022, a total of 9,126,987,353 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:31pm CET, 10 January 2022, there have been 59,138,083 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 830,334 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 23 December 2021, a total of 485,274,895 vaccine doses have been administered.

Dr John Campbell: Vaccination advice in the age of omicron



• High Rate of Asymptomatic Carriage Associated with Variant Strain Omicron [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• An American Airlines flight turns back over the Atlantic because of a passenger mask dispute. [New York Times]

• Monitoring COVID-19

[Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

[Outbreak.info]

• CDC Releases Emergency Guidance for Healthcare Facilities to Prepare for Potential Omicron Surge [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

• COVID-19 case rates by county in 2021 [AXIOS]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• James Webb Space Telescope marks deployment of all mirrors [Space.com]

• https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/20/tom-cruise-movie-producers-sign-axiom-deal-for-space-production-studio.html [CNBC]

• Federal Reserve is taking the next step toward possibly launching a digital dollar [Microsoft News]

• YouTuber Accused of Crashing a Plane for Views. Now the Feds Are Investigating [The Drive]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos
Level1 News January 21 2022: Driving Miss Deer



Is Signal still SECURE?



Linux Action News 224



Saving Podcasting from Centralization | LINUX Unplugged 440







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On This Day

January 21st is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 344 days remain until the end of the year (345 in leap years).



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)




763 – Following the Battle of Bakhamra between Alids and Abbasids near Kufa, the Alid rebellion ends with the death of Ibrahim, brother of Isa ibn Musa.

1525 – The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is founded when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union.

1535 – Following the Affair of the Placards, the French king leads an anti-Protestant procession through Paris.

1720 – Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Stockholm.

1749 – The Teatro Filarmonico in Verona is destroyed by fire, as a result of a torch being left behind in the box of a nobleman after a performance. It is rebuilt in 1754.

1774 – Abdul Hamid I becomes Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and Caliph of Islam.

1789 – The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth by William Hill Brown, is printed in Boston.

1793 – After being found guilty of treason by the French National Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine.

1854 – The RMS Tayleur sinks off Lambay Island on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Australia with great loss of life.

1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate.

1893 – The Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, is formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate, now Botswana.

1908 – New York City passes the Sullivan Ordinance, making it illegal for women to smoke in public, only to have the measure vetoed by the mayor.

1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place.

1915 – Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit.

1919 – A revolutionary Irish parliament is founded and declares the independence of the Irish Republic. One of the first engagements of the Irish War of Independence takes place.

1925 – Albania declares itself a republic.

1931 – Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia.

1941 – Sparked by the murder of a German officer in Bucharest, Romania the day before, members of the Iron Guard engaged in a rebellion and pogrom killing 125 Jews.

1948 – The Flag of Quebec is adopted and flown for the first time over the National Assembly of Quebec. The day is marked annually as Québec Flag Day.

1950 – American lawyer and government official Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury.

1954 – The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut by Mamie Eisenhower, the First Lady of the United States.

1960 – Little Joe 1B, a Mercury spacecraft, lifts off from Wallops Island, Virginia with Miss Sam, a female rhesus monkey on board.

1960 – Avianca Flight 671 crashes at Montego Bay, Jamaica airport, killing 37 people.

1960 – A coal mine collapses at Holly Country, South Africa, killing 435 miners.

1968 – Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh: One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.

1968 – A B-52 bomber crashes near Thule Air Base, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures. One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete.

1971 – The current Emley Moor transmitting station, the tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, begins transmitting UHF broadcasts.

1976 – Commercial service of Concorde begins with the London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio routes.

1980 – Iran Air Flight 291 crashes in the Alborz Mountains while on approach to Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran, Iran, killing 128 people.[8]

1981 – Production of the iconic DeLorean sports car begins in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

1985 – Galaxy Airlines Flight 203 crashes near Reno–Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nevada, killing 70 people.

1997 – The U.S. House of Representatives votes 395–28 to reprimand Newt Gingrich for ethics violations, making him the first Speaker of the House to be so disciplined.

1999 – War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4,300 kilograms (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board.

2000 – Ecuador: After the Ecuadorian Congress is seized by indigenous organizations, Col. Lucio Gutiérrez, Carlos Solorzano and Antonio Vargas depose President Jamil Mahuad. Gutierrez is later replaced by Gen. Carlos Mendoza, who resigns and allows Vice-President Gustavo Noboa to succeed Mahuad.

2003 – A 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes the Mexican state of Colima, killing 29 and leaving approximately 10,000 people homeless.

2004 – NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies in the management of its flash memory and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.

2005 – In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots.

2009 – Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip, officially ending a three-week war it had with Hamas. However, intermittent fire by both sides continues in the weeks to follow.

2011 – Anti-government demonstrations take place in Tirana, Albania. Four people lose their lives from gunshots, allegedly fired from armed police protecting the Prime Minister's office.

2014 – Rojava conflict: The Jazira Canton declares its autonomy from the Syrian Arab Republic.

2017 – Over 400 cities across America and 160+ countries worldwide participate in a large-scale women's march, on Donald Trump's first full day as President of the United States.

2018 – Rocket Lab's Electron becomes the first rocket to reach orbit using an electric pump-fed engine and deploys three CubeSats.

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Published at 5:00am on Friday, January 21, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to the following websites or books: MaconMedia.com, youtube.com, weather.gov, airnow.gov, wikipedia.com, onthisday.com, ncdcr.gov, ncsu.edu, utah.edu, https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/, wolfram.com, biorxiv.org, aps.org, nejm.org, plos.org, cell.com, researchsquare.com, cureus.com, spc.noaa.gov, nhc.noaa.gov, ncdenr.org, medrxiv.org, archive.org, ncpedia.org, nasa.gov, https://ww2days.com, nih.gov, carolinapublicpress.org, microbe.tv, smokymountainnews.com, psypost.org, blogspot.com, pollen.com, franklinnc.com, maconnc.org, spaceweather.com, solarham.com, loc.gov, ncleg.net, senate.gov, house.gov, whitehouse.gov, drudgereport.com, politico.com, realclearpolitics.com, ushmm.org, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 - Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center. Back to Top

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Lowering of U.S. and NC Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Two Camp Lejeune Marines Killed in Onslow County



Governor Roy Cooper ordered all U.S. and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half staff on Friday, January 21 until sunset on Sunday, January 23, 2022 in honor of the two Camp Lejeune Marines who died during a vehicle accident in Onslow County on Wednesday. At least 17 other U.S. Marines were hospitalized due to the accident. All Marines were active duty service members of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force based in Camp Lejeune.

Statement from Governor Roy Cooper:

"I send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the U.S. Marines who lost their lives in a tragic accident in Onslow County. We are so proud of our military heroes at Camp Lejeune and across North Carolina. Our prayers go out to them."

Join us

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are also encouraged to fly flags at half-staff for the duration of time indicated.



Background North Carolina flag announcements are issued in accordance to regulations outlined in the U.S. Flag Code.

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, January 20, 2022



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OUTLOOK

A cold front shifts across the region this morning, setting the stage for a surface low to develop near Georgia. As it pivots across the Southeast, wintry precipitation is likely to develop Friday and overnight. Cold and dry high pressure then returns for the latter half of the weekend and the first part of next week.



SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Franklin Area Schools

Franklin area schools will be on a regular schedule today, Thursday, January 20th.

Nantahala School

Due to the lasting effects of the Winter Storm, Nantahala School will be on a two-hour delay today, Thursday, January 20th.

Highlands School

Highlands School will be on a two-hour delay today, Thursday, January 20th. School will begin at 10:00 am. Please do not drop of students before 9:30 to insure access to the building and proper supervision.

In addition, buses will only pick up students at the following locations: Bus 6 will pick up students at Shortoff Baptist Church on Buck Creek Road at 9:00, and Clear Creek Baptist Church on Blue Valley Road at 9:25. Bus 109 will pick up students at the Scaly Mountain Fire Station on Hale Ridge Road at 9:25.

If you are not able to reach one of the pickup points or bring your child to school due to unsafe road conditions, please stay home and your child can attend and participate through remote learning.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night



Franklin Area

Today

Rain likely, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog before 2pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the lower 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph in the early evening becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

A slight chance of snow between 10am and 1pm, then a chance of rain and snow. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of snow before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 19. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 40s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 16.



Highlands Plateau

Today

Rain likely, mainly before 7am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs near 40. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

A slight chance of rain or freezing rain before 7pm, then a slight chance of freezing rain. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the upper 20s. Light and variable winds. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 18. Calm winds in the early evening increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 30s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 17.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Rain likely, mainly before 2pm. Patchy fog before 2pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Friday

A slight chance of snow between 9am and 1pm, then a chance of rain and snow. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of snow before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 20. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 40.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 17.





Nantahala Area

Today

Rain, snow, and sleet likely before 2pm, then a slight chance of snow between 2pm and 3pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 40. Calm winds becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation expected.

Thursday Night

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Windws out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of snow after noon. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near freezing. Calm winds.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of snow before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 18. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 40.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 18.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

A cold front tracking across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia today will bring mostly rain outside the mountains with a wintry mix possible across the mountains. Light ice accumulations will be possible across the mountains, mainly across the North Carolina and Tennessee border counties.




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Almanac




Air quality is in the lower range of yellow for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the lower range of yellow.

Fire and Smoke Map


Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.2 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (2.4 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for January 20th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 71°F in Highlands in 1974
Lowest Temperature -8°F in Franklin in 1994
Greatest Rainfall 3.50 inches in Highlands in 1876
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Highlands in 1998

Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876

All-time record weather events for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on Jul 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on Jul 29, 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Mar 13, 1993




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Local and State News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [November 15, 2021]

• Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests [COVIDtests.gov]

• Buncombe County reports nearly 20 COVID outbreaks in nursing homes [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• NC Republicans vote to delay 2022 primary elections [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

Excerpt:

But for now House Bill 605 lays out this proposed schedule for the primaries:

• Candidate filing would run from March 24 to April 1.
•The primaries would be June 7.

If Cooper vetoes the bill, and if the veto is sustained, the primaries would go back to May 17.


• NC’s Thom Tillis threatens to resign from Senate if Republicans ever change the filibuster [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Resident debate: Student, professor field death threats amid debate on diversity training [Smoky Mountain News (Waynesville, NC)]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - January 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

Franklin Town Council - January 2022 Regular Meeting



Asheville Citizen-Times COVID-19 Tracker [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Previously:

• Special Section: Supreme Court Hears Vaccine Mandate Cases [Nacon Media (Jan 7th, 2022)]

The documents:

• In National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, the court blocked the federal government’s vaccine-or-test requirement for workplaces of 100 or more employees. [PDF of Opinion]

• In Biden v. Missouri, the court allowed the government’s vaccine mandate for workers at federally funded health care facilities to take effect nationwide. [PDF of Opinion]

• Fractured court blocks vaccine-or-test requirement for large workplaces but green-lights vaccine mandate for health care workers [SCOTUSblog]

• Who Decides, Redux? [The Volokh Conspiracy]

• The Supreme Court sunk Biden’s vaccine/testing mandate for private employers. What you need to know. [Poynter]

• Supreme Court blocks Biden Covid vaccine mandate for businesses, allows health-care worker rule [CNBC]

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National and World News Roundup

President Biden Holds a Press Conference



• Manchin, Sinema join GOP to sink filibuster change for voting bill [The Hill]

First Twelve Hours of US Senate debate on Voting Rights Bill



Last Hour of US Senate debate on Voting Rights Bill and the Vote



• IRS Will Require Facial Recognition Scans to Access Your Taxes [Gizmodo]

• ‘No-trick-or-treat’ warning signs violate sex offenders’ rights, 11th Circuit rules [Courthouse News Service]

Who betrayed Anne Frank and her family?



• U.S. to let teens drive big rigs in test program to help ease supply chain shortage [KABC-TV (Los Angeles, CA)]

• Court rebuffs Trump’s bid to block release of documents related to Jan. 6 riot [SCOTUSblog]

• Supreme Court rejects Trump request to block release of records to January 6 committee [CNBC]

• 'Significant evidence' of alleged fraud in Trump business investigation, NY AG says [ABC News]

Global National: Jan. 18, 2022 | Canadian researchers find security flaws in China's Olympics app



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - January 19th, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode January 19th, 2021





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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.





COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [November 18, 2021]



• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

Globally, as of 5:31pm CET, 10 January 2022, there have been 305,914,601 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,486,304 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 9 January 2022, a total of 9,126,987,353 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:31pm CET, 10 January 2022, there have been 59,138,083 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 830,334 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 23 December 2021, a total of 485,274,895 vaccine doses have been administered.

Dr John Campbell: Vaccination advice in the age of omicron



• The pandemic’s true death toll: millions more than official counts [Nature]

• All plan B Covid restrictions, including mask wearing, to end in England [The Guardian]

• Orange County health director Dr. Raul Pino placed on administrative leave[WFTV-TV (Orlando, FL)]

• Biden to give away 400 million N95 masks starting next week [AP News]

• CORBEVAX, a new patent-free COVID-19 vaccine, could be a pandemic game changer globally [The Conversation]

• Navy accelerates the discharge process for sailors who refuse a coronavirus vaccine [Stars and Stripes]

• After Omicron, we could use a break. We may just get it [Stat]

• Monitoring COVID-19

[Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

[Outbreak.info]

• CDC Releases Emergency Guidance for Healthcare Facilities to Prepare for Potential Omicron Surge [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

• COVID-19 case rates by county in 2021 [AXIOS]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Wine 7.0 is a Massive Upgrade with Improved Windows App Support, New Theme, and More Improvements [SOURCE]

• The Sun Is Stranger Than Astrophysicists Imagined [Quanata Magazine]

• Linux malware sees 35% growth during 2021 [It's FOSS News]

• IRS Will Require Facial Recognition Scans to Access Your Taxes [Gizmodo]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos
title



How To Build The Universe in a Computer



FTC Aiming to Block Illegal Mergers



Brian Keating: Cosmology, Astrophysics, Aliens and Losing the Nobel Prize | Lex Fridman Podcast #257



Cargo Door Prototype Spotted With Smooth Nosecone | SpaceX Boca Chica



SLS RS-25 Engine Test, 19 January 2022







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On This Day

January 20th is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 345 days remain until the end of the year (346 in leap years).



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)




250 – Pope Fabian is martyred during the Decian persecution.

649 – King Chindasuinth, at the urging of bishop Braulio of Zaragoza, crowns his son Recceswinth as co-ruler of the Visigothic Kingdom.[citation needed]

1156 – Finnish peasant Lalli kills English clergyman Henry, the Bishop of Turku, on the ice of Lake Köyliö.

1265 – The first English parliament to include not only Lords but also representatives of the major towns holds its first meeting in the Palace of Westminster, now commonly known as the "Houses of Parliament".

1320 – Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek becomes king of Poland.

1356 – Edward Balliol surrenders his claim to the Scottish throne to Edward III in exchange for an English pension.

1523 – Christian II is forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway.

1567 – Battle of Rio de Janeiro: Portuguese forces under the command of Estácio de Sá definitively drive the French out of Rio de Janeiro.

1576 – The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza.

1649 – The High Court of Justice for the trial of Charles I begins its proceedings.

1783 – The Kingdom of Great Britain signs preliminary articles of peace with the Kingdom of France, setting the stage for the official end of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War later that year.

1785 – Invading Siamese forces attempt to exploit the political chaos in Vietnam, but are ambushed and annihilated at the Mekong river by the Tây Sơn in the Battle of Rạch Gầm-Xoài Mút.

1788 – The third and main part of First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay, beginning the British colonization of Australia. Arthur Phillip decides that Port Jackson is a more suitable location for a colony.

1839 – In the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeats an alliance between Peru and Bolivia.

1841 – Hong Kong Island is occupied by the British during the First Opium War.

1877 – The last day of the Constantinople Conference results in agreement for political reforms in the Balkans.

1887 – The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.

1909 – Newly formed automaker General Motors (GM) buys into the Oakland Motor Car Company, which later becomes GM's long-running Pontiac division.

1921 – The British K-class submarine HMS K5 sinks in the English Channel; all 56 on board die.

1921 – The first Constitution of Turkey is adopted, making fundamental changes in the source and exercise of sovereignty by consecrating the principle of national sovereignty.

1929 – The first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, In Old Arizona, is released.

1936 – King George V of the United Kingdom dies. His eldest son succeeds to the throne, becoming Edward VIII. The title Prince of Wales is not used for another 22 years.

1937 – Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner are sworn in for their second terms as U.S. President and U.S. Vice President; it is the first time a Presidential Inauguration takes place on January 20 since the 20th Amendment changed the dates of presidential terms.

1941 – A German officer is killed in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers.

1942 – World War II: At the Wannsee Conference held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, senior Nazi German officials discuss the implementation of the "Final Solution to the Jewish question".

1945 – World War II: The provisional government of Béla Miklós in Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.

1945 – World War II: Germany begins the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which will take nearly two months.

1949 – Point Four Program, a program for economic aid to poor countries, is announced by United States President Harry S. Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as president.

1954 – In the United States, the National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.

1961 – John F. Kennedy is inaugurated the 35th President of the United States of America, becoming the youngest man to be elected into that office, and the first Catholic.

1972 – Pakistan launches its nuclear weapons program, a few weeks after its defeat in the Bangladesh Liberation War, as well as the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

1973 – Amílcar Cabral, leader of the independence movement in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, is assassinated in Conakry, Guinea.

1974 – China gains control over all the Paracel Islands after a military engagement between the naval forces of China and South Vietnam.

1981 – Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States of America, Iran releases 52 American hostages.

1986 – In the United States, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.

1990 – Protests in Azerbaijan, part of the Dissolution of the Soviet Union.

1991 – Sudan's government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country's Muslim north and Christian south.

1992 – Air Inter Flight 148, an Airbus A320-111, crashes into a mountain near Strasbourg, France, killing 87 of the 96 people on board.

2001 – President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada is ousted in a nonviolent four-day revolution, and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

2009 – Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becoming the first African-American President of the United States.

2009 – A protest movement in Iceland culminates as the 2009 Icelandic financial crisis protests start.

2018 – A group of four or five gunmen attack The Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, sparking a 12-hour battle. The attack kills 40 people and injures many others.

2018 – Syrian civil war: The Government of Turkey announces the initiation of the Afrin offensive and begins shelling Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions in Afrin Region.

2021 – Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America. At 78, he becomes the oldest person ever inaugurated. Kamala Harris becomes the first female Vice President of the United States.

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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, January 20, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


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