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Thursday, December 2, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, December 2, 2021



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COVID-19 News and Updates
On This Day
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OUTLOOK

High pressure will control our weather through the rest of the week. A warming trend will continue until Friday, which will be an exceptionally warm day. A dry cold front will pass this weekend and drop temperatures back closer to normal. Next week looks more active with a front moving through Monday morning and another during the middle of the week.

**Weather Alert**
...OUTDOOR BURN BAN IN EFFECT...

The state of North Carolina has issued a state-wide burn ban. 
[Press Release]

Town of Franklin Declares a Fire Danger Emergency 
[Press Release]


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Local and State News

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

• Brasstown Ringers to Perform Christmas Concert Series [Macon Media]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Saturday Night


Franklin area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Light and variable winds ealry increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph before noon.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

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

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming calm in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40.




Otto area

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light winds out of the northwest early increasing to 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.




Nantahala area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Light and variable 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 southwest around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Friday

Sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Light and variable winds.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.





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Hazards and Tropical Weather

A dry air mass will remain entrenched across the region again today, with afternoon relative humidity values dropping to 35 to 45 percent. These dry conditions and exceptionally dry fuels will make outdoor burning dangerous.

...OUTDOOR BURN BAN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...

The state of North Carolina has issued a state wide burn ban due to the very dry conditions and exceptionally dry fuels. This burn ban is expected to remain in place until significant rain occurs.

Outdoor burning is prohibited. Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities for further information. [Press Release]



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
700 PM EST Tue Nov 30 2021

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

This is the last regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlook of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on May 15, 2022. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.



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Almanac

Air Quality




Air quality is in the lower range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the lower range of green. This is due to a fire in Arkansas that has exceeded 2,000 acres.

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Increased smoke haze from the Fodderstack Fire in Arkansas (2,060 acres, 60% contained) may reach the region today.

The USFS report the Ray Cove Fire has been contained as of 2:30pm on December 1, 2021. 5 acres were burned.



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (2.2 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (1.8 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for December 2nd

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

Highest Temperature 71°F in Franklin in 1970
lowest Temperature 8°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1960
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.14 inches in Highlands in 2015
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Highlands in 1896

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
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)




THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is back in 2021! The 1¼ hour round-trip passenger excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS™, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. For tickets, see [GSMR.com]

Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

Adapted from an old Scandinavian custom of lighting the way for the Christ child, more than 2,500 candles in small white bags line the streets and every storefront is aglow with Christmas lights and decorations. Shopkeepers and restaurants are open late. See Santa and Mrs. Claus as they ride through town in their pickup truck. Write a letter to Santa and drop it off at his special mailbox. Live music on Front Street. For more information, see [Visit Dillsboro]




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National and World News Roundup

• New York City allows opening of safe illegal drug use sites, first in the nation [Spectrum News New York 1]

• MLB, MLBPA fail to reach new labor agreement; league in 1st lockout since 1990 [ESPN]

• Man who had open-heart surgery wins a $1 million lottery prize after the ticket came in a get-well card [CNN]

• Peng Shuai: WTA announces immediate suspension of tournaments in China [BBC Sport]

• CIA Files Say Staffers Committed Sex Crimes Involving Children. They Weren’t Prosecuted. [Buzz Feed News]

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - December 1st, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode December 1st, 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]



• Postvaccination Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Adult with No Evidence of Prior SARS-CoV-2 Infection [CDC: Emerging Infectious Diseases]

• Missouri health department found mask mandates work, but didn’t make findings public [Saint Louis Public Radio]

• Most Omicron cases are 'mild' and there's no evidence to suggest vaccines may be less effective against it, says WHO official [Sky News]

• Why We Shouldn’t Write Off Omicron Cases as ‘Mild’ [Bloomberg]

• People want a better world after the COVID-19 pandemic but don't believe it will really happen [PHYS.ORG]

• UMass Amherst to require COVID booster shots for students this spring [Mass Live]

11/30/21: Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials



• Enhancing Readiness for Omicron (B.1.1.529): Technical Brief and Priority Actions for Member States [World Health Organization]

• Covid misinformation spreads because so many Americans are awful at math [Washington Post]

• A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine [Amazon (Link to Kindle Edition)]

• The real risk of heart inflammation to kids is from COVID-19—not the vaccine [National Geographic]



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On This Day

December 2nd is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 29 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

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




1244 – Pope Innocent IV arrives at Lyon for the First Council of Lyon.

1409 – The University of Leipzig opens.

1697 – St Paul's Cathedral, rebuilt to the design of Sir Christopher Wren following the Great Fire of London, is consecrated.

1763 – Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, the first synagogue in what will become the United States.

1766 – Swedish parliament approves the Swedish Freedom of the Press Act and implements it as a ground law, thus being first in the world with freedom of speech.

1804 – At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French.

1805 – War of the Third Coalition: Battle of Austerlitz: French troops under Napoleon decisively defeat a joint Russo-Austrian force.

1823 – Monroe Doctrine: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James Monroe proclaims American neutrality in future European conflicts, and warns European powers not to interfere in the Americas.

1845 – Manifest destiny: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James K. Polk proposes that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.

1848 – Franz Joseph I becomes Emperor of Austria.

1851 – French President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte overthrows the Second Republic.

1852 – Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte becomes Emperor of the French as Napoleon III.

1859 – Militant abolitionist leader John Brown is hanged for his October 16 raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

1865 – Alabama ratifies the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, followed by North Carolina, then Georgia; U.S. slaves were legally free within two weeks.

1867 – At Tremont Temple in Boston, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.

1899 – Philippine–American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed "The Filipino Thermopylae", is fought.

1908 – Puyi becomes Emperor of China at the age of two.

1917 – World War I: Russia and the Central Powers sign an armistice at Brest-Litovsk, and peace talks leading to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk begin.

1927 – Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A as its new automobile.

1930 – Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.

1939 – New York City's LaGuardia Airport opens.

1942 – World War II: During the Manhattan Project, a team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

1943 – World War II: A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinks numerous cargo and transport ships, including the American SS John Harvey, which is carrying a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.

1947 – Jerusalem Riots of 1947: Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine.

1949 – Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others is adopted.

1950 – Korean War: Battle of the Ch'ongch'on River ends, with a decisive Chinese victory; UN forces were completely expelled from North Korea.

1954 – Cold War: The United States Senate votes 65 to 22 to censure Joseph McCarthy for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute".

1954 – The Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Taiwan, is signed in Washington, D.C.

1956 – The Granma reaches the shores of Cuba's Oriente Province. Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution.

1957 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 126 relating to the Kashmir conflict is adopted.

1961 – In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist–Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.

1962 – Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official to comment adversely on the war's progress.

1970 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.

1971 – Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm al-Quwain form the United Arab Emirates.

1975 – Laotian Civil War: The Pathet Lao seizes the Laotian capital of Vientiane, forces the abdication of King Sisavang Vatthana, and proclaims the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

1976 – Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.

1980 – Salvadoran Civil War: Four American missionaries are raped and murdered by a death squad.

1982 – At the University of Utah, Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart.

1988 – Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.

1989 – The Peace Agreement of Hat Yai is signed and ratified by the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) and the governments of Malaysia and Thailand, ending the over two-decade-long communist insurgency in Malaysia.

1991 – Canada and Poland become the first nations to recognize the independence of Ukraine from the Soviet Union.

1993 – Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is shot and killed in Medellín.

1993 – Space Shuttle program: STS-61: NASA launches the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

1999 – The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive following the Good Friday Agreement.

2001 – Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

2015 – San Bernardino attack: Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik kill 14 people and wound 22 at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

2016 – Thirty-six people die in a fire at a converted Oakland, California, warehouse serving as an artist collective.

2020 – The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs removes cannabis from the list of most dangerous drugs of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.



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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, December 02, 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

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, December 1, 2021



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Weather
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Macon Calendar
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
On This Day
Support Macon Media


OUTLOOK

High pressure will control our weather through the rest of the week. A warming trend will continue until Friday, which will be an exceptionally warm day. A dry cold front will pass this weekend, with the next chance for rainfall not arriving until next week.

**Weather Alert**
...OUTDOOR BURN BAN IN EFFECT...

The state of North Carolina has issued a state-wide burn ban. 
[Press Release]

Town of Franklin Declares a Fire Danger Emergency 
[Press Release]


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Local and State News

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

• Brasstown Ringers to Perform Christmas Concert Series [Macon Media]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Friday Night


Franklin area

Today

Increasing clouds, with highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s. Calm winds.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Increasing clouds, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph early shifting to come out of the southwest by midmorning.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Clear, with lows in the lower 40s. WInds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s.




Otto area

Increasing clouds, with highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with lows around 40. Light and variable winds.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s.




Nantahala area

Today

Increasing clouds, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Light winds out of the southwest.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s.





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Hazards and Tropical Weather

...OUTDOOR BURN BAN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...

The state of North Carolina has issued a state wide burn ban due to the very dry conditions and exceptionally dry fuels. This burn ban is expected to remain in place until significant rain occurs.

Outdoor burning is prohibited. Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities for further information. [Press Release]



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
700 PM EST Tue Nov 30 2021

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

This is the last regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlook of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on May 15, 2022. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.



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Almanac

Air Quality




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
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

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 December 1st

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

Highest Temperature 73°F in Franklinn in 1962
lowest Temperature 6°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.00 inches in Franklin in 1878
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1918

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
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)




THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is back in 2021! The 1¼ hour round-trip passenger excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS™, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. For tickets, see [GSMR.com]

Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

Adapted from an old Scandinavian custom of lighting the way for the Christ child, more than 2,500 candles in small white bags line the streets and every storefront is aglow with Christmas lights and decorations. Shopkeepers and restaurants are open late. See Santa and Mrs. Claus as they ride through town in their pickup truck. Write a letter to Santa and drop it off at his special mailbox. Live music on Front Street. For more information, see [Visit Dillsboro]




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National and World News Roundup

• Ex-Trump aide Meadows cooperating with House Jan. 6 panel [AP News]

• CNN suspends Chris Cuomo indefinitely [CNN]

• CNN host Chris Cuomo used his media sources to find out info on brother Andrew’s accusers, records show [CNBC]

• Sheriff: Oxford High School shooting suspect used gun dad bought on Black Friday [Detroit Free Press]

President Biden Delivers Remarks and Signs Into Law Bipartisan Veterans Bills



• Elon Musk tells SpaceX employees that Starship engine crisis is creating a ‘risk of bankruptcy’ [CNBC]

• NATO chief says allies must prepare for the worst in Ukraine [AP News]

• The Taliban executed scores of Afghan security forces members after surrender, HRW report alleges [CNN]

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - November 30th, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode November 30th, 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]



11/30/21: Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials



• Enhancing Readiness for Omicron (B.1.1.529): Technical Brief and Priority Actions for Member States [World Health Organization]

• CDC Expands COVID-19 Booster Recommendations [CDC Newsroom]

• The epidemiological relevance of the COVID-19-vaccinated population is increasing [The Lancet]

• Unvaccinated Guardsmen won’t be able to drill or draw federal pay: SECDEF memo [Army Times]

• Omicron COVID variant was in Europe before South African scientists detected and flagged it to the world [CBS News]

• Federal judge blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers [CNET]

• Vermont reports record Covid-19 hospitalizations, strained ICU capacity [Vermont Digger]

• Covid misinformation spreads because so many Americans are awful at math [Washington Post]

• A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine [Amazon (Link to Kindle Edition)]

• The real risk of heart inflammation to kids is from COVID-19—not the vaccine [National Geographic]



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On This Day

December 1st is the 335th day of the year (336th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 30 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

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




800 – Charlemagne judges the accusations against Pope Leo III in the Vatican.

1420 – Henry V of England enters Paris.

1577 – Francis Walsingham is knighted.

1640 – End of the Iberian Union: Portugal acclaims as King João IV of Portugal, ending 59 years of personal union of the crowns of Portugal and Spain and the end of the rule of the Philippine Dynasty.

1662 – Diarist John Evelyn records skating on the frozen lake in St James's Park, London, watched by Charles II and Queen Catherine.

1768 – The former slave ship Fredensborg sinks off Tromøya in Norway.

1821 – José Núñez de Cáceres wins the independence of the Dominican Republic from Spain and names the new territory the Republic of Spanish Haiti.

1822 – Peter I is crowned Emperor of Brazil.

1824 – United States presidential election: Since no candidate received a majority of the total electoral college votes in the election, the United States House of Representatives is given the task of deciding the winner in accordance with the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

1828 – Argentine general Juan Lavalle makes a coup against governor Manuel Dorrego, beginning the Decembrist revolution.

1834 – Slavery is abolished in the Cape Colony in accordance with the Slavery Abolition Act 1833.

1862 – In his State of the Union Address President Abraham Lincoln reaffirms the necessity of ending slavery as ordered ten weeks earlier in the Emancipation Proclamation.

1865 – Shaw University, the first historically black university in the southern United States, is founded in Raleigh, North Carolina.

1900 – Nicaragua sells canal rights to U.S. for $5 million. The canal agreement fails in March 1901. Great Britain rejects amended treaty

1913 – The Buenos Aires Metro, the first underground railway system in the Southern Hemisphere and in Latin America, begins operation.

1913 – Crete, having obtained self rule from Turkey after the First Balkan War, is annexed by Greece.

1918 – Transylvania unites with Romania, following the incorporation of Bessarabia (March 27) and Bukovina (November 28) and thus concluding the Great Union.

1918 – Iceland becomes a sovereign state, yet remains a part of the Danish kingdom.

1918 – The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later known as the Kingdom of Yugoslavia) is proclaimed.

1919 – Lady Astor becomes the first female Member of Parliament (MP) to take her seat in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. (She had been elected to that position on November 28.)

1924 – The National Hockey League's first United States-based franchise, the Boston Bruins, plays their first game in league play at home, at the still-extant Boston Arena indoor hockey facility.

1934 – In the Soviet Union, Politburo member Sergey Kirov is assassinated. Stalin uses the incident as a pretext to initiate the Great Purge.

1939 – World War II: A day after the beginning of the Winter War in Finland, the Cajander III Cabinet resigns and is replaced by the Ryti I Cabinet, while the Finnish Parliament move from Helsinki to Kauhajoki to escape the Soviet airstrikes.

1941 – World War II: Emperor Hirohito of Japan gives the final approval to initiate war against the United States.

1941 – World War II: Fiorello La Guardia, Mayor of New York City and Director of the Office of Civilian Defense, signs Administrative Order 9, creating the Civil Air Patrol.

1952 – The New York Daily News reports the news of Christine Jorgensen, the first notable case of sex reassignment surgery.

1955 – American Civil Rights Movement: In Montgomery, Alabama, seamstress Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man and is arrested for violating the city's racial segregation laws, an incident which leads to that city's bus boycott.

1958 – The Central African Republic attains self-rule within the French Union.

1958 – The Our Lady of the Angels School fire in Chicago kills 92 children and three nuns.

1959 – Cold War: Opening date for signature of the Antarctic Treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent.

1964 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and his top-ranking advisers meet to discuss plans to bomb North Vietnam.

1969 – Vietnam War: The first draft lottery in the United States is held since World War II.

1971 – Cambodian Civil War: Khmer Rouge rebels intensify assaults on Cambodian government positions, forcing their retreat from Kompong Thmar and nearby Ba Ray.

1971 – Purge of Croatian Spring leaders starts in Yugoslavia at the meeting of the League of Communists at the Karađorđevo estate

1973 – Papua New Guinea gains self-governance from Australia.

1974 – TWA Flight 514, a Boeing 727, crashes northwest of Dulles International Airport, killing all 92 people on board.

1974 – Northwest Airlines Flight 6231, another Boeing 727, crashes northwest of John F. Kennedy International Airport.

1981 – Inex-Adria Aviopromet Flight 1308, a McDonnell Douglas MD-80, crashes in Corsica, killing all 180 people on board.

1984 – NASA conducts the Controlled Impact Demonstration, wherein an airliner is deliberately crashed in order to test technologies and gather data to help improve survivability of crashes.

1988 – World AIDS Day is proclaimed worldwide by the UN member states.

1989 – Philippine coup attempt: The right-wing military rebel Reform the Armed Forces Movement attempts to oust Philippine President Corazon Aquino in a failed bloody coup d'état.

1989 – Cold War: East Germany's parliament abolishes the constitutional provision granting the Communist Party the leading role in the state.

1990 – Channel Tunnel sections started from the United Kingdom and France meet beneath the seabed.

1991 – Cold War: Ukrainian voters overwhelmingly approve a referendum for independence from the Soviet Union.

1997 – In the Indian state of Bihar, Ranvir Sena attacks the CPI (ML) Party Unity stronghold Lakshmanpur-Bathe, killing 63 lower caste people.

1997 – Heath High School shooting in West Paducah, Kentucky.

2000 – Vicente Fox Quesada is inaugurated as the president of Mexico, marking the first peaceful transfer of executive federal power to an opposing political party following a free and democratic election in Mexico's history.

2018 – The Oulu Police informed the public about the first offence of the much larger child sexual exploitation in Oulu, Finland.

2019 – Arsenal Women 11–1 Bristol City Women breaks the record for most goals scored in a FA Women's Super League match, with Vivianne Miedema involved in ten of the eleven Arsenal goals.



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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

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Town of Franklin Declares a Fire Danger Emergency

PRESS RELEASE (11-30-2021)

TOWN OF FRANKLIN


DECLARATION OF A FIRE DANGER EMERGENCY


WHEREAS, weather or other conditions exist which may make the open buming of any substance unduly hazardous and a danger to public safety, and in conjunction with the North Carolina Forest Service's bum ban which was instituted on November 29,2021 at 5:00 p.m. the Mayor has declared a "Fire Danger Emergency"; and


WHEREAS, as a result of the above-described emergency I have determined that there is an imminent threat of, or existing conditions may cause or could cause, widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property; and


WIIEREAS, declaring a Fire Danger Emergency and imposing the restrictions and prohibitions ordered herein is necessary to maintain order and protect public health, safety, and welfare, and to secure property.


NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as the Mayor of the Town of Franklin under Article A of Chapter 166-4 of the North Carolina General Statutes and Chapter 34 of the Town of Franklin Code oF ordinances:


Section 1. A Fire Danger Emergency is hereby declared within the jurisdiction of Franklin.


Section 2. The emergency area covered by this state of emergency shall be the town limits of the Town ol Franklin and its extraterritorial jurisdiction.


Section 3. The following restrictions and prohibitions are imposed 


a. All open buming of any substance shall be prohibited within any or all of the Town of Franktin until such time as the bum ban declaration from the North Carolina Forest Service has been rescinded; and


b. Open buming means the intentional buming ol any substance, whether natural or manmade, or the intentional casting offofany burning substance, whether natural or manmade, except the buming of such substance in a container sufficient so as to prohibit the escape of any of the buming substance, or any sparks, flames or hot ashes from the container; and


c. The escape of any of such burning substance, or the escape of any sparks, flames or hot ashes from any such container shall be deemed prima facie evidence that the container was insuffrcient so as to meet the exception from the definition of an open buming set forth herein.


d. The maintaining of a fire in any interior fireplace, stove or fumace is specifically excluded from the definition of an open buming as contemplated by this declaration. 


Section 4. I hereby order all Town of Franklin law enforcement officers, employees, and all other emergency management personnel subject to our control to cooperate in the enforcement and implementation of the provisions of this Declaration, all applicable local ordinances, state and federal laws, and the Town of Franklin Emergency Operations Plan.


Section 6. This declaration shall take effect on November 30 at 9:00 a.m., and shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded.


DECLARED


Mayor Robert S. Scott

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, November 30, 2021



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OUTLOOK

High pressure will control our weather through the better part of the week, with a warming trend after Wednesday. The next chance for rain may not come until the weekend, when the next cold front may impact the region.

**Weather Alert**
...OUTDOOR BURN BAN IN EFFECT...

The state of North Carolina has issued a state wide burn ban. [Press Release]




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Local and State News

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

• Brasstown Ringers to Perform Christmas Concert Series [Macon Media]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Tuesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the west northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s.




Highlands area

Sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Light and variable winds.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40.




Otto area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph before noon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the west 3 to 6 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s.






Nantahala area

Today

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

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 30s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather



Due to low levels of fuel moisture and low relative humidity, the state has issued an outdoor burning ban for all 100 counties in North Carolina.

...OUTDOOR BURN BAN IN EFFECT...

The state of North Carolina has issued a state wide burn ban. [Press Release]



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Tue Nov 30 2021

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.



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Almanac

Air Quality




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
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (0.9 out of 12) today with no discernable source being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (1.2 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for November 30th

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

Highsest Temperature 73°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1998
lowsest Temperature 7°F in Franklin in 1959
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 1.57 inches in Highlands in 2006
Greatest One-Day Snowfall .05 inches in Franklin in 1876

Record Weather Events for November (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Nov 4, 2003

Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on Nov 25, 1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on Nov 29, 1914
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on Nov 28, 1922

Record Weather Events for November 1st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 90°F in Maysville, Onslow County in 2009
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1913
Greatest Rainfall 5.08 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1969
Greatest Snowfall 13.0 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2014
Record Weather Events for November in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 90°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County on 11-09-1900
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Montreat, Yancey County on 11-25-1950
Greatest Rainfall 8.15 inches in Idlewild, Ashe County on 11-06-1977
Greatest Snowfall 18.00 in Montreat, Yancey County on 11-04-1930



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Macon Calendar
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THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is back in 2021! The 1¼ hour round-trip passenger excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS™, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. For ticksts, see [GSMR.com]

Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

Adapted from an old Scandinavian custom of lighting the way for the Christ child, more than 2,500 candles in small white bags line the streets and every storefront is aglow with Christmas lights and decorations. Shopkeepers and restaurants are open late. See Santa and Mrs. Claus as they ride through town in their pickup truck. Write a letter to Santa and drop it off at his special mailbox. Live music on Front Street. For more information, see [Visit Dillsboro]




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National and World News Roundup

Three Turkeys Stuffing you with Tech News, Live!



• Don’t think of it as leaving Twitter. Jack Dorsey’s going all in on crypto. [protocol]

• Pentagon plans stronger US posture towards China, Russia [The Straits Times]

• Leaked papers link top Chinese leaders to Uyghur crackdown [BBC News]

• A Hacking Spree Against Iran Spills Out Into the Physical World [WIREDE]

• Epstein ‘elephant in the room’ as Ghislaine Maxwell trial opens [Courthouse News Service]

• Prosecution links Ghislaine Maxwell to Jeffrey Epstein, while defense says she is being blamed for his actions [CNN]

• Barbados becomes a republic and parts ways with the Queen [BBC News]

• Two Nasa astronauts set for spacewalk to replace faulty space station antenna [The Straits Times]

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - November 30th, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode November 30th, 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]



• Enhancing Readiness for Omicron (B.1.1.529): Technical Brief and Priority Actions for Member States [World Health Organization]

• CDC Expands COVID-19 Booster Recommendations [CDC Newsroom]

• Moderna CEO warns COVID-19 shots less effective against Omicron, spooks markets [Reuters]

• COVID-19 vaccines may have saved 500,000 lives in Europe [Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy]

• Man stabs Taiwan convenience store clerk to death over reminder to wear face mask [Asia One]

• California town declares itself a ‘constitutional republic’ to buck Covid rules [The Guardian]

• COVID shots more protective than past infection, study shows [AP News]

• Covid misinformation spreads because so many Americans are awful at math [Washington Post]

• A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine [Amazon (Link to Kindle Edition)]

• The real risk of heart inflammation to kids is from COVID-19—not the vaccine [National Geographic]



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On This Day

November 30th is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 31 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

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




977 – Emperor Otto II lifts the siege at Paris and withdraws. His rearguard is defeated while crossing the Aisne River by Frankish forces under King Lothair III. 1707 – The second Siege of Pensacola comes to end with the failure of the British to capture Pensacola, Florida. 1718 – King Charles XII of Sweden dies during a siege of the fortress of Fredriksten in Norway. 1782 – American Revolutionary War: Treaty of Paris: In Paris, representatives from the United States and Great Britain sign preliminary peace articles (later formalized as the 1783 Treaty of Paris). 1786 – The Grand Duchy of Tuscany, under Pietro Leopoldo I, becomes the first modern state to abolish the death penalty (later commemorated as Cities for Life Day). 1803 – The Balmis Expedition starts in Spain with the aim of vaccinating millions against smallpox in Spanish America and Philippines. 1803 – In New Orleans, Spanish representatives officially transfer the Louisiana Territory to an official from the French First Republic. Just 20 days later, France transfers the same land to the United States as the Louisiana Purchase. 1804 – The Democratic-Republican-controlled United States Senate begins an impeachment trial of Federalist Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase. 1829 – First Welland Canal opens for a trial run, five years to the day from the ground breaking. 1853 – Crimean War: Battle of Sinop: The Imperial Russian Navy under Pavel Nakhimov destroys the Ottoman fleet under Osman Pasha at Sinop, a sea port in northern Turkey. 1864 – American Civil War: The Confederate Army of Tennessee suffers heavy losses in an attack on the Union Army of the Ohio in the Battle of Franklin. 1872 – The first-ever international football match takes place at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, between Scotland and England. 1883 – The style of western calendar, Common Era is conveyed to Joseon (Early-Modern Korean kingdom). 1900 – A German engineer patents front-wheel drive for autos. 1916 – Costa Rica signs the Buenos Aires Convention, a copyright treaty. 1934 – The LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman becomes the first steam locomotive to be authenticated as reaching 100 mph. 1936 – In London, the Crystal Palace is destroyed by fire. 1939 – World War II: Soviet forces cross the Finnish border in several places and bomb Helsinki and several other Finnish cities, starting the Winter War. 1940 – World War II: Signing of the Sino-Japanese Treaty of 1940 between the Empire of Japan and the newly formed Wang Jingwei-led Reorganized National Government of the Republic of China. This treaty was considered so unfair to China that it was compared to the Twenty-One Demands 1942 – World War II: Battle of Tassafaronga; A smaller squadron of Japanese destroyers led by Raizō Tanaka defeats a U.S. cruiser force under Carleton H. Wright. 1947 – Civil War in Mandatory Palestine begins, leading up to the creation of the state of Israel. 1953 – Edward Mutesa II, the kabaka (king) of Buganda is deposed and exiled to London by Sir Andrew Cohen, Governor of Uganda. 1954 – In Sylacauga, Alabama, United States, the Hodges meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap; this is the only documented case in the Western Hemisphere of a human being hit by a rock from space. 1966 – Barbados becomes independent from the United Kingdom. 1967 – South Yemen becomes independent from the United Kingdom. 1967 – The Pakistan Peoples Party is founded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who becomes its first chairman. 1967 – Pro-Soviet communists in the Philippines establish Malayang Pagkakaisa ng Kabataan Pilipino as its new youth wing. 1971 – Iran seizes the Greater and Lesser Tunbs from the Emirates of Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah. 1972 – Vietnam War: White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler tells the press that there will be no more public announcements concerning American troop withdrawals from Vietnam because troop levels are now down to 27,000. 1981 – Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe. (The meetings end inconclusively on December 17.) 1982 – Michael Jackson's sixth solo studio album, Thriller, is released worldwide, ultimately to become the best-selling record album in history. 1994 – MS Achille Lauro catches fire off the coast of Somalia. 1995 – Official end of Operation Desert Storm. 1995 – U.S. President Bill Clinton visits Northern Ireland and speaks in favor of the "Northern Ireland peace process" to a huge rally at Belfast City Hall; he calls IRA fighters "yesterday's men". 1999 – Exxon and Mobil sign a US$73.7 billion agreement to merge, thus creating ExxonMobil, the world's largest company. 1999 – In Seattle, United States, demonstrations against a World Trade Organization meeting by anti-globalization protesters catch police unprepared and force the cancellation of opening ceremonies. 1999 – British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merge to form BAE Systems, Europe's largest defense contractor and the fourth largest aerospace firm in the world. 2000 – NASA launches STS-97, the 101st Space Shuttle mission. 2001 – Gary Ridgway is apprehended and charged with four murders. He was eventually convicted of a total of 49 murders. 2004 – Lion Air Flight 583 overshoots the runway while landing at Adisumarmo International Airport and crashes, killing 25 people. 2005 – John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York. 2012 – An Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane belonging to Aéro-Service, crashes into houses near Maya-Maya Airport during a thunderstorm, killing at least 32 people. 2018 – A magnitude 7.1 earthquake with its epicenter only 15 miles from Anchorage, Alaska causes significant property damage but no deaths. 2021 – Barbados becomes a republic.



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Published at 5:30am on Tuesday, November 30, 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