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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Weather Briefing for Tuesday, January 25, 2022



This is a truncated weather briefing.

General Outlook

Low pressure moves east from the Gulf across Florida today as a weak cold front crosses our area. Dry and colder Canadian high pressure settles across the region Wednesday into Friday. A low pressure system moves up the Atlantic coast Saturday as a cold front crosses the area from the northwest. High pressure returns behind the low into Monday.

The Macon County Board of Education voted last night to keep the mask optional policy for another month. Face coverings remain a federal mandate while on all public transportation, including school buses. The board will revisit the face-covering policy at the February 2022 meeting. A video of the vote is posted below. The full meeting may be seen at Macon Media.

Macon County Board of Education Mask Vote Jan 2022



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National Weather Map and Local forecasts through Wednesday Night



Franklin Area

Today

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Light winds out of the north.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Calm winds.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 50.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Light and variable winds.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 40.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s.

Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Wednesday Night

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

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 50.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s.

Nantahala Area

Partly 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.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing.



Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous weather is not expected today.



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Monday, January 24, 2022

Macon County Board of Education
January 2022 Regular Meeting



The Macon County Board of Education will be meeting tonight at 6pm. The live webcast has been embedded below and will be replaced with a recored version later this week.

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Roll Call
This is a record of which media outlets and elected critters not serving on the board are present at the meeting.

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Published at 5:30pm on Monday, January 24, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins

The News and Weather Briefing for Monday, January 24, 2022



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Weather
Hazards and Tropical Weather
Almanac
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
Special Section: The Situation in Ukraine as of January 21, 2022
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
On This Day
Support Macon Media


OUTLOOK

Dry and warming high pressure remains over our area through today. Low pressure moves east from the Gulf across Florida on Tuesday while increasing our clouds a bit. A dry and colder Canadian high settles across the region from Wednesday through the end of the week.



The smoke and fine particulate pollution from several fires in Arkansas, Louisiana, and eastern Texas should begin impacing our air quality over the next few days. North Carolina is under a Code Yellow Air Quality Alet. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors and outdoor burning should be limited in order to avoid harming those with breathing issues.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night



Franklin Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 20s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 18.



Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the west in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 40.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 18.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds in the morniong increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 19.





Nantahala Area

Today

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

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Light winds out of the southwest.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday Night

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 30s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is expected today. We are under a Code Yellow Air Quality Alert and those with breathing issues should limit outdoor excertion and outdoor burning should be limited out of respect for them.




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Almanac



The smoke from several fires in Arkansas, Louisiana, and eastern Texas should begin impacing our air quality over the next few days. North Carolina is under a Code Yellow Air Quality Alet. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.




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

Fire and Smoke Map


Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.9 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 24th

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

Highest Temperature 73°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Lowest Temperature -5°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in in 1963
Greatest Rainfall 2.92 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1999
Greatest Snowfall 5.2 inches in Franklin in 1948

Record weather events for January in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Jan 28, 1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Nantahala on Jan 23, 1971
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Franklin on Jan 21, 1877

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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Macon Calendar
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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]

• Shelter options available with shuttles as Code Purple extended through Tuesday night [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Word from the Smokies: Living with bears today requires humans to adjust behavior [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Keepers of the Light: North Carolina’s Linemen [Our State]

• Clampitt speaks on Oath Keepers [Smoky Mountain News]

• 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]


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Special Section: The Situation in Ukraine as of January 21, 2022
Repeat from Yesterday
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir0x_X3b-8I Background (note: some of this material includes pro-Russian viewpoints not as an endorcement, but to attempt to show other views)

• 2021–2022 Russo-Ukrainian crisis [Wikipedia]

• Kremlin’s unwillingness to recognize Ukraine as a sovereign state has resulted in major strategic failure for Russia, Stanford scholar says [Stanford News]

• Conflict in Ukraine [Global Conflict Tracker]

What's triggered tension between Ukraine and Russia? | Inside Story



Why is Ukraine the West's Fault? Featuring John Mearsheimer (2015)



Senate Republicans discuss the Ukraine crisis



Latest Developments

How Russia lost Ukraine



Why is Russia's Putin so focused on Ukraine?



The Russian Military Threat to Ukraine: How Serious?



If Russia did invade: How far would the West go to support Ukraine?



Lavrov holds presser after meeting Blinken over Ukraine crisis



Ukraine border tensions: Blinken gives press conference after meeting with Lavrov • FRANCE 24



Tensions continue to rise between Russia and Ukraine



Blinken Begs Lavrov for Time, Hints at Ukraine Settlement, After US' Disastrous Week of Diplomacy



Canada offers $120M loan to Ukraine amid Russia crisis



Ukraine-Russia: Can a new war be avoided? - BBC Newsnight




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National and World News Roundup

• Thousands march in DC against COVID-19 vaccine mandates [WTOP-FM (Washington, DC)]

• Taiwan detects 39 Chinese warplanes, scrambles jets [CNN]

• UAE says it intercepts 2 ballistic missilles over Abu Dhabi [AP News]

• ‘I’ve already sold my daughters; now, my kidney’: winter in Afghanistan’s slums [the Guardian]

• title [SOURCE]

Global National: Jan. 23, 2022| UK accuses Russia of plotting to install pro-Putin leader in Ukraine



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - January 23rd, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode January 23rd, 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 5:55pm CET, 21 January 2022, there have been 340,543,962 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,570,163 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 19 January 2022, a total of 9,571,502,663 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:55pm CET, 21 January 2022, there have been 68,199,861 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 852,334 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 14 January 2022, a total of 511,548,471 vaccine doses have been administered.

Dr John Campbell: Immunology with Professor Robert Clancy



• Fauci optimistic omicron will peak in February [ABC News]

• End of pandemic in Europe ‘plausible’ after Omicron, says World Health Organization [The Times of Israel]

• Why do pigs exposed to the coronavirus not get sick? [CTV News]

• John Stockton’s defiance of COVID-19 mask mandate forces Gonzaga to suspend NBA Hall of Famer’s basketball season tickets [The Spokesman-Review]

• Masks made of ostrich cells make COVID-19 glow in the dark [ZME Science]

• 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

• Google Team That Keeps Services Online Rocked by Mental Health Crisis [Bloomberg]

• European Parliament approves initial proposal to ban some targeted ads [The Verge]

• Ireland's data centers are an economic lifeline. Environmentalists say they're wrecking the planet [CNN]

• Riot Games agrees to pay $100 million in settlement of class-action gender discrimination lawsuit [Washington Post]

• Once billed as a revolution in medicine, IBM’s Watson Health is sold off in parts [STAT]

• MoonBounce Malware Hides In Your BIOS Chip, Persists After Drive Formats [Tom's Hardware]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos
Liberty Leaks and Lies | LINUX Unplugged 442



Big Tech's Latest Antitrust Battle



• Roxas v. Marcos (Entry 1086.PR1506) [Omnibus! with Ken Jennings and John Roderick]

Yann LeCun: Dark Matter of Intelligence and Self-Supervised Learning | Lex Fridman Podcast #258



SpaceX Mechazilla Action, Starlink, Russian EVA, Tonga Volcano Eruption, Gilmour Space



Exciting FlatHub, Wine 7.0, SUSE Liberty Linux, Linux Mint, AppIndicators | This Week in Linux 182



Civilizations at the End of Time: The Big Rip



Why This Zig-Zag Coast Guard Search Pattern is Actually Genius - Smarter Every Day 268



Linux Mint's Disastrous Mozilla Partnership







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On This Day

January 24th is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 341 days remain until the end of the year (342 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)




41 – Claudius is proclaimed Roman emperor by the Praetorian Guard after they assassinate the previous emperor, his nephew Caligula.

914 – Start of the First Fatimid invasion of Egypt.

1438 – The Council of Basel suspends Pope Eugene IV.

1458 – Matthias Corvinus is elected King of Hungary.

1536 – King Henry VIII of England suffers an accident while jousting, leading to a brain injury that historians say may have influenced his later erratic behaviour and possible impotence.

1651 – Arauco War: Spanish and Mapuche authorities meet in the Parliament of Boroa renewing the fragile peace established at the parliaments of Quillín in 1641 and 1647.

1679 – King Charles II of England dissolves the Cavalier Parliament.

1742 – Charles VII Albert becomes Holy Roman Emperor.

1758 – During the Seven Years' War the leading burghers of Königsberg submit to Elizabeth of Russia, thus forming Russian Prussia (until 1763).

1817 – Crossing of the Andes: Many soldiers of Juan Gregorio de las Heras are captured during the action of Picheuta.

1835 – Slaves in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, stage a revolt, which is instrumental in ending slavery there 50 years later.

1848 – California Gold Rush: James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento.

1857 – The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first fully fledged university in South Asia.

1859 – The United Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia (later named Romania) is formed as a personal union under the rule of Domnitor Alexandru Ioan Cuza.

1900 – Second Boer War: Boers stop a British attempt to break the Siege of Ladysmith in the Battle of Spion Kop.

1908 – The first Boy Scout troop is organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.

1915 – World War I: British Grand Fleet battle cruisers under Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty engage Rear-Admiral Franz von Hipper's battle cruisers in the Battle of Dogger Bank.

1916 – In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., the Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional.

1918 – The Gregorian calendar is introduced in Russia by decree of the Council of People's Commissars effective February 14 (New Style).

1933 – The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, changing the beginning and end of terms for all elected federal offices.

1939 – The deadliest earthquake in Chilean history strikes Chillán, killing approximately 28,000 people.

1942 – World War II: The Allies bombard Bangkok, leading Thailand, then under Japanese control, to declare war against the United States and United Kingdom.

1943 – World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill conclude a conference in Casablanca.

1946 – The United Nations General Assembly passes its first resolution to establish the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission.

1960 – Algerian War: Some units of European volunteers in Algiers stage an insurrection known as the "barricades week", during which they seize government buildings and clash with local police.

1961 – Goldsboro B-52 crash: A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one weapon remains lost.

1966 – Air India Flight 101 crashes into Mont Blanc.

1968 – Vietnam War: The 1st Australian Task Force launches Operation Coburg against the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong during wider fighting around Long Bình and Biên Hòa.

1972 – Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.

1977 – The Atocha massacre occurs in Madrid during the Spanish transition to democracy.

1978 – Soviet satellite Kosmos 954, with a nuclear reactor on board, burns up in Earth's atmosphere, scattering radioactive debris over Canada's Northwest Territories. Only 1% is recovered.

1984 – Apple Computer places the Macintosh personal computer on sale in the United States.

1989 – Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, with over 30 known victims, is executed by the electric chair at the Florida State Prison.

1990 – Japan launches Hiten, the country's first lunar probe, the first robotic lunar probe since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1976, and the first lunar probe launched by a country other than Soviet Union or the United States.

2003 – The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.

2009 – Cyclone Klaus makes landfall near Bordeaux, France, causing 26 deaths as well as extensive disruptions to public transport and power supplies.

2011 – At least 35 are killed and 180 injured in a bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport.

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Published at 5:00am on Monday, January 24, 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

Sunday, January 23, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, January 23, 2022



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Weather
Hazards and Tropical Weather
Almanac
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
Special Section: The Situation in Ukraine as of January 21, 2022
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
On This Day
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OUTLOOK

Dry and warming high pressure returns to the area today through Monday. Precipitation chances increase a little Tuesday, before a dry and colder Canadian high settles across the region Wednesday through the end of the week.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night



Franklin Area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Tuesday

A slight chance of rain and snow between 9am and 10am, then a slight chance of rain after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s.



Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

A slight chance of rain between 11am and 4pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday

A slight chance of rain between 11am and 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s.





Nantahala Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

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

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Light winds out of the southwest.

Tuesday

A slight chance of rain between 1pm and 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Patchy black ice is possible on untreated roads. Other than that, no hazardous weather is expected today.




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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 (1.1 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (2.1 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for January 23rd

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

Highest Temperature 72°F in Highlands in 1927
Lowest Temperature -2°F in Highlands in in 2003
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Highlands in 1971
Greatest Snowfall 8.7nches in Highlands in 2016

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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Macon Calendar
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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]

• Keepers of the Light: North Carolina’s Linemen [Our State]

• Clampitt speaks on Oath Keepers [Smoky Mountain News]

• City Council May Be Considering Restrictions Against Sharing Food With Unhoused Neighbors [Asheville Free Press]

• Lawsuit Forces Asheville to Withdraw from Scholarship’s Racial Focus [Asheville Tribune]

• COVID-19 case positivity rate more than 20% in Haywood County [WLOS-TV (Asheville, 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]


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Special Section: The Situation in Ukraine as of January 21, 2022
Repeat from Yesterday
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir0x_X3b-8I Background (note: some of this material includes pro-Russian viewpoints not as an endorcement, but to attempt to show other views)

• 2021–2022 Russo-Ukrainian crisis [Wikipedia]

• Kremlin’s unwillingness to recognize Ukraine as a sovereign state has resulted in major strategic failure for Russia, Stanford scholar says [Stanford News]

• Conflict in Ukraine [Global Conflict Tracker]

What's triggered tension between Ukraine and Russia? | Inside Story



Why is Ukraine the West's Fault? Featuring John Mearsheimer (2015)



Senate Republicans discuss the Ukraine crisis



Latest Developments

How Russia lost Ukraine



Why is Russia's Putin so focused on Ukraine?



The Russian Military Threat to Ukraine: How Serious?



If Russia did invade: How far would the West go to support Ukraine?



Lavrov holds presser after meeting Blinken over Ukraine crisis



Ukraine border tensions: Blinken gives press conference after meeting with Lavrov • FRANCE 24



Tensions continue to rise between Russia and Ukraine



Blinken Begs Lavrov for Time, Hints at Ukraine Settlement, After US' Disastrous Week of Diplomacy



Canada offers $120M loan to Ukraine amid Russia crisis



Ukraine-Russia: Can a new war be avoided? - BBC Newsnight




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National and World News Roundup

• Major questions from the Supreme Court could upend the administrative state [Courthouse News Service]

• Washington Today (1/21/22): US, Russia to try more diplomacy amid tensions over Ukraine [SOURCE]

• IS prison break in Syria sparks days of clashes [C-SPAN 3 on Youtube]

• Uganda to immunise 8 million children against polio [The East African]

• United Airlines Flight To Israel Diverts Due To Self-Upgraders [One M]

• Confusion over UK claim that Putin plans coup in Ukraine [
The Guardian]

Global National: Jan. 22, 2022 | 2 Canadians killed, 1 wounded in shooting at Mexico resort



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - January 22nd, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode January 22nd, 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 5:55pm CET, 21 January 2022, there have been 340,543,962 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,570,163 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 19 January 2022, a total of 9,571,502,663 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:55pm CET, 21 January 2022, there have been 68,199,861 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 852,334 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 14 January 2022, a total of 511,548,471 vaccine doses have been administered.

Dr John Campbell: Freedom of information revelation



• How does Omicron spread so fast? A high viral load isn’t the answer [Nature]

• Pfizer CEO sees annual COVID vaccine rather than frequent boosters [Reuters]

• Carhartt CEO says he's still mandating staff vaccinations. Now he's facing a boycott [CBS News]

• Robert Zubrin: The case for space expansionism [Political Economy with James Pethokoukis]

• 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

• White House Is Set to Put Itself at Center of U.S. Crypto Policy [Bloomberg Quint]

• Former SpaceX engineers bring autonomous, electric rail vehicle startup out of stealth [Autoblog]

• Robot vacuum cleaner escapes from Cambridge Travelodge [BBC News]

• Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet went on a buying spree in 2021 despite D.C.’s vow to take on Big Tech [CNBC]

• Google may already be making another Chromecast with Google TV [Engadget]

• Elon Musk’s Brain Chip Firm Neuralink Set to Start Human Trials [Greek Reporter]

• The U.K. Paid $724,000 For A Creepy Campaign To Convince People That Encryption is Bad. It Won’t Work. [Electronic Frontier Foundation]

• The Best Ebook Subscription Services for Every Kind of Reader [Wired]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos
Yann LeCun: Dark Matter of Intelligence and Self-Supervised Learning | Lex Fridman Podcast #258



SpaceX Mechazilla Action, Starlink, Russian EVA, Tonga Volcano Eruption, Gilmour Space



Exciting FlatHub, Wine 7.0, SUSE Liberty Linux, Linux Mint, AppIndicators | This Week in Linux 182



Civilizations at the End of Time: The Big Rip



Why This Zig-Zag Coast Guard Search Pattern is Actually Genius - Smarter Every Day 268



Would You Sleep Beside A Nuclear Reactor? The N.S. Savannah Story







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On This Day

January 23nd is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 342 days remain until the end of the year (343 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)




393 – Roman emperor Theodosius I proclaims his eight-year-old son Honorius co-emperor.

971 – Using crossbows, Song dynasty troops soundly defeat a war elephant corps of the Southern Han at Shao.

1264 – In the conflict between King Henry III of England and his rebellious barons led by Simon de Montfort, King Louis IX of France issues the Mise of Amiens, a one-sided decision in favour of Henry that later leads to the Second Barons' War.

1368 – In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.

1546 – Having published nothing for eleven years, François Rabelais publishes the Tiers Livre, his sequel to Gargantua and Pantagruel.

1556 – The deadliest earthquake in history, the Shaanxi earthquake, hits Shaanxi province, China. The death toll may have been as high as 830,000.

1570 – James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, regent for the infant King James VI of Scotland, is assassinated by firearm, the first recorded instance of such.

1571 – The Royal Exchange opens in London.

1579 – The Union of Utrecht forms a Protestant republic in the Netherlands.

1656 – Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales.

1719 – The Principality of Liechtenstein is created within the Holy Roman Empire

1789 – Georgetown College, the first Catholic university in the United States, is founded in Georgetown, Maryland (now a part of Washington, D.C.) when Bishop John Carroll, Rev. Robert Molyneux, and Rev. John Ashton purchase land for the proposed academy for the education of youth.

1793 – Second Partition of Poland.

1795 – After an extraordinary charge across the frozen Zuiderzee, the French cavalry captured 14 Dutch ships and 850 guns, in a rare occurrence of a battle between ships and cavalry.

1846 – Slavery in Tunisia is abolished.

1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell is awarded her M.D. by the Geneva Medical College of Geneva, New York, becoming the United States' first female doctor.

1870 – In Montana, U.S. cavalrymen kill 173 Native Americans, mostly women and children, in what becomes known as the Marias Massacre.

1879 – Anglo-Zulu War: The Battle of Rorke's Drift ends.

1899 – The Malolos Constitution is inaugurated, establishing the First Philippine Republic. Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as its first president.

1900 – Second Boer War: The Battle of Spion Kop between the forces of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State and British forces ends in a British defeat.

1904 – Ålesund Fire: The Norwegian coastal town Ålesund is devastated by fire, leaving 10,000 people homeless and one person dead. Kaiser Wilhelm II funds the rebuilding of the town in Jugendstil style.

1909 – RMS Republic, a passenger ship of the White Star Line, becomes the first ship to use the CQD distress signal after colliding with another ship, the SS Florida, off the Massachusetts coastline, an event that kills six people. The Republic sinks the next day.

1912 – The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague.

1920 – The Netherlands refuses to surrender the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany to the Allies.

1937 – The trial of the anti-Soviet Trotskyist center sees seventeen mid-level Communists accused of sympathizing with Leon Trotsky and plotting to overthrow Joseph Stalin's regime.

1941 – Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler.

1942 – World War II: The Battle of Rabaul commences Japan's invasion of Australia's Territory of New Guinea.

1943 – World War II: Troops of the British Eighth Army capture Tripoli in Libya from the German–Italian Panzer Army.

1945 – World War II: German admiral Karl Dönitz launches Operation Hannibal.

1950 – The Knesset resolves that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

1957 – American inventor Walter Frederick Morrison sells the rights to his flying disc to the Wham-O toy company, which later renames it the "Frisbee".

1958 – After a general uprising and rioting in the streets, President Marcos Pérez Jiménez leaves Venezuela.

1960 – The bathyscaphe USS Trieste breaks a depth record by descending to 10,911 metres (35,797 ft) in the Pacific Ocean.

1961 – The Portuguese luxury cruise ship Santa Maria is hijacked by opponents of the Estado Novo regime with the intention of waging war until dictator António de Oliveira Salazar is overthrown.

1963 – The Guinea-Bissau War of Independence officially begins when PAIGC guerrilla fighters attack the Portuguese Army stationed in Tite.

1964 – The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, prohibiting the use of poll taxes in national elections, is ratified.

1967 – Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Ivory Coast are established.

1967 – Milton Keynes (England) is founded as a new town by Order in Council, with a planning brief to become a city of 250,000 people. Its initial designated area enclosed three existing towns and twenty-one villages. The area to be developed was largely farmland, with evidence of continuous settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.

1968 – USS Pueblo (AGER-2) is attacked and seized by the Korean People's Navy.

1986 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

1987 – Mohammed Said Hersi Morgan sends a "letter of death" to Somali President Siad Barre, proposing the genocide of the Isaaq people.

1997 – Madeleine Albright becomes the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State.

1998 – Netscape announces Mozilla, with the intention to release Communicator code as open source.

2001 – Five people attempt to set themselves on fire in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, an act that many people later claim is staged by the Communist Party of China to frame Falun Gong and thus escalate their persecution.

2002 – U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan and subsequently murdered.

2003 – A very weak signal from Pioneer 10 is detected for the last time, but no usable data can be extracted.

2018 – A 7.9 Mw  earthquake occurs in the Gulf of Alaska. It is tied as the sixth-largest earthquake ever recorded in the United States, but there are no reports of significant damage or fatalities.

2018 – A double car bombing in Benghazi, Libya, kills at least 33 people and wounds "dozens" of others. The victims include both military personnel and civilians, according to local officials.

2018 – The China–United States trade war begins when President Donald Trump places tariffs on Chinese solar panels and washing machines.

2020 – The World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 pandemic to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

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Published at 5:00am on Sunday, January 23, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


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