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Monday, January 30, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, January 30, 2023



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Almanac
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Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)
On This Day
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GENERAL OUTLOOK

Moisture returns to the area today into tonight ahead of a cold front approaching from the northwest. The front will stall in the vicinity of the area through Tuesday. More abundant moisture returns to the region ahead of a low pressure system tracking across the Deep South Wednesday through early Friday. This system will allow precipitation chances to linger through late next week. High pressure builds in from the north late Friday into at least the first half of the weekend leading to drier conditions as well as colder temperatures on Saturday.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A 30 percent chance of rain before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the north around 5 mph in the afternoon. new rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Areas of of fog before 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10am. Cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds. new rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Cloudy, with lows around 40. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

Rain likely. Cloudy, with highs near 50. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday Night

Rain. Lows in the lower 40s. Chance of rain is 80%.
Highlands Plateau

Today

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. new rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Areas of of fog before midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Tuesday

Rain likely, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s. Light winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. new rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely. Cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

Rain likely. Cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday Night

Rain. Lows in the upper 30s. Chance of rain is 80%.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 30 percent chance of rain before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. new rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Areas of fog before 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. new rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 2am. Cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

Rain likely. Cloudy, with highs near 50. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday Night

Rain. Lows in the lower 40s. Chance of rain is 80%.


Nantahala Area

Today

A 30 percent chance of rain before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. new rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Areas of of fog before 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Light winds out of the southwest.

Tuesday

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 9am. Cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s. Light winds out of the southwest. new rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after midnight. Cloudy, with lows around 40. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

Rain likely, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday Night

Rain. Lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Chance of rain is 80%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today or tonight.





Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather Goodbye Big Flares, Hello Green Comet | Space Weather News: 26 January 2023




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TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

• Damaging 2022 Atlantic hurricane season draws to a close [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]

• Atlantic hurricane season ends with 14 named storms [AP News]




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
700 PM EST Wed Nov 30 2022

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 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on May 15, 2023. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.



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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

No known appreciable smoke field will be crossing Macon County today or tonight.















PM2.5 AQI is 50 (GOOD) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 50 (GOOD)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (0.3 out of 12) today with Juniper and Elm being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.4 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for January 30th

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

Highest Temperature 76°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2002
Lowest Temperature -14°F in Highlands in 1966
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.47 inches in Highlands 1939
 Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.5 inches in Highlands in 1981
Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of January Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 01-28-1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 01-21-1985
Greatest Rainfall 5.10 inches in Highlands on 01-12-2018
Greatest Snowfall 10.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 01-08-1988

Record Weather Events for January 30th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 83°F in High Point, Guilford County in 1947 /> Lowest Temperature -26°F in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1966
Greatest Rainfall 3.11 inches in Black Mountain, Buncombe County in 2013
Greatest Snowfall 14.0 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2017
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of January Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 86°F in Marion, Mcdowell County on 01-24-1927
Lowest Temperature -34°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 01-21-1985
Greatest Rainfall 9.18 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 01-13-2018
Greatest Snowfall 28.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 01-28-1998




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Macon Calendar
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No events have been submitted for Macon Calendar.
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Local and State News




• Top NC Republican legislator will push for medical marijuana again this year [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Unanswered crash questions threaten legacy of State Auditor Beth Wood, champion of government transparency [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Study says a regional energy market could prevent blackouts [BPR]

• Appalachian Trail officials eye permanently closing once-popular Overmountain Shelter barn [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Complaints mount: Changes at Haywood internet, cable provider not going well for customers [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• How they voted: NC congressional votes for the week ending Jan 26 [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Angel Medical Center President's Column for January 2023 [Macon Media]


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Special Section: The Russo-Ukrainian War
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, January 29 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 29th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 340 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 341 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 340: Russia violates principles of child protection in Ukraine [Euromaiden Press]

• Russia's Ukraine war based on 'a disastrous miscalculation' [DW News]

• Ukraine in talks with allies to negotiate supply of long-range missiles [France 24]

• Ukraine: Boris Johnson says Putin threatened him with missile strike [BBC News]

• 300 wounded Wagner mercenaries brought to hospital in Luhansk Oblast, but ‘doctors refuse to treat them’ [Tahoo! News]


News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or Video About the Russian Perspective

• Russia to produce modernized iconic rifle [Russia Today]

• Russian robotic vehicle can destroy Leopard and Abrams tanks easily [Pravda]

• Lavrov expresses concern over escalation between Israel and Palestine [TASS]


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National and World News Roundup

Jerusalem Synagogue shooting: Netanyahu says Israel "not seeking escalation" but vows "Iron fist" | Blobal News



• Missouri Camping Ban Squeezes Rural Homeless Population [Wall Street Journal]

• Israel Launched Drone Attack on Iranian Facility, Officials Say [New York Times]

• Biden, McCarthy to discuss debt limit in talks on Wednesday [AP News]

• Republican secretary of state’s first act in office: withdrawing Alabama from voter-registration organization [Market Watch]

• Top House Foreign Affairs Republican agrees with possibility of war with China [Politico]


Putin and the Presidents (full documentary) | FRONTLINE PBS



Global National: Jan. 29, 2023 | Remembering former Mississauga mayor "Hurricane Hazel" McCallion



Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 29th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, January 29, 2022




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.



COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:






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

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 4:57pm CET, 25 January 2023, there have been 100,651,473 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,093,540 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 20 January 2023, a total of 660,066,195 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 4:57pm CET, 25 January 2023, there have been 664,873,023 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,724,248 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 24 January 2023, a total of 13,156,047,747 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Heart attacks on dramatic rise for 25-44 age group [KHON-TV (Honolulu, HI)]

• Pregnancy outcomes and vaccine effectiveness during the period of omicron as the variant of concern, INTERCOVID-2022: a multinational, observational study [The Lancet]

• Facing the New Covid-19 Reality [New ERngland Journal of Medicine]

• TWiV 977: Ageing is infectious [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 976: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• World's first semi-submersible floating wind farm achieves 78GWh power [Interesting Engineering]

• Study finds those with schizotypal, paranoid, and histrionic personality traits are more likely to fall for fake news. [PsyPost]

• How to Shelter from a Nuclear Explosion [Physics of Fluids Journal]

• DARPA and NASA plan orbital nuclear rocket test [New Atlas]

• Apple sued for promising privacy, failing at it [The Register]


Evergreen Links

• Red Dead Online player bids farewell to Google Stadia save by releasing horse they named after their departed daughter [Games Radar]

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History 69 - Twilight of the Æsir



• Neal Stephenson’s Lamina1 drops white paper on building the open metaverse [Venture Beat] [PDF of White paper]

• Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People [New York Times]


How Do We Know What We Know? Philosophy of Science | Fraser Cain





Podcasts and Long Form Videos (History, Culture, Science, Space, Technology and Current Events)
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

David Kipping: Alien Civilizations and Habitable Worlds | Lex Fridman Podcast #355



The Level1 Show January 27 2023: Let Them Eat Conference Room Cake | Level1Techs



Water Marking Words - DTNS 4445 | Daily Tech News Show



Peter Zeihan: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization | Commonwealth Club of California



SFIA Monthly Livestream: Sunday, January 29, 2023 4pm EST | Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur



SpaceX Starship Breaks New Record, and Nuclear Rocket Engine Announced | Marcus House



The Middle Corridor to revolutionize Europe and Asia | Caspian Report



The 7 Emotions that Push Civilization | Whatifalthist






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Russian Strengths & Capabilities in Ukraine - Why Russia is still a threat in 2023 | Perun



How Russian propaganda aims to divide Latvian society | DW News: Focus on Europe



Why Poland is Preparing for Full Scale War Against Russia | The Infographics Show



Information on the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle that will be sent to Ukriane The M2/M3A3 and JB: Meeting the modern Bradley IFV | Sofilein



The older version with more information about the hull that was left out of the above video M2 Bradley Show-and-Tell Tour with JB | Sofilein







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On This Day

January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 335 days remain until the end of the year (336 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)




1018 – Poland and the Holy Roman Empire conclude the Peace of Bautzen.

1287 – King Wareru founds the Hanthawaddy Kingdom, and proclaims independence from the Pagan Kingdom.

1607 – An estimated 200 square miles (51,800 ha) along the coasts of the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary in England are destroyed by massive flooding, resulting in an estimated 2,000 deaths.

1648 – Eighty Years' War: The Treaty of Münster and Osnabrück is signed, ending the conflict between the Netherlands and Spain.

1649 – Charles I of England is executed in Whitehall, London.

1661 – Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, is ritually executed more than two years after his death, on the 12th anniversary of the execution of the monarch he himself deposed.

1703 – The Forty-seven rōnin, under the command of Ōishi Kuranosuke, avenge the death of their master, by killing Kira Yoshinaka.

1789 – Tây Sơn forces emerge victorious against Qing armies and liberate the capital Thăng Long.

1806 – The original Lower Trenton Bridge (also called the Trenton Makes the World Takes Bridge), which spans the Delaware River between Morrisville, Pennsylvania and Trenton, New Jersey, is opened.

1820 – Edward Bransfield sights the Trinity Peninsula and claims the discovery of Antarctica.

1826 – The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world's first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales, is opened.

1835 – In the first assassination attempt against a President of the United States, Richard Lawrence attempts to shoot president Andrew Jackson, but fails and is subdued by a crowd, including several congressmen as well as Jackson himself.

1847 – Yerba Buena, California is renamed San Francisco, California.

1858 – The first Hallé concert is given in Manchester, England, marking the official founding of The Hallé orchestra as a full-time, professional orchestra.

1862 – The first American ironclad warship, the USS Monitor is launched.

1889 – Archduke Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian crown, is found dead with his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera in the Mayerling.

1902 – The first Anglo-Japanese Alliance is signed in London.

1908 – Indian pacifist and leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is released from prison by Jan C. Smuts after being tried and sentenced to two months in jail earlier in the month.

1911 – The destroyer USS Terry makes the first airplane rescue at sea saving the life of Douglas McCurdy ten miles from Havana, Cuba.

1920 – Japanese carmaker Mazda is founded, initially as a cork-producing company.

1925 – The Government of Turkey expels Patriarch Constantine VI from Istanbul.

1930 – The Politburo of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union orders the confiscation of lands belonging to the Kulaks in a campaign of Dekulakization, resulting in the executions and forced deportations of millions.

1933 – Adolf Hitler's rise to power: Hitler takes office as the Chancellor of Germany.

1939 – During a speech in the Reichstag, Adolf Hitler makes a prediction about the end of Jewish race in Europe if another world war were to occur.

1942 – World War II: Japanese forces invade the island of Ambon in the Dutch East Indies. Some 300 captured Allied troops are killed after the surrender. One-quarter of the remaining POWs remain alive at the end of the war.

1944 – World War II: The Battle of Cisterna, part of Operation Shingle, begins in central Italy.

1945 – World War II: The Wilhelm Gustloff, overfilled with German refugees, sinks in the Baltic Sea after being torpedoed by a Soviet submarine, killing approximately 9,500 people.

1945 – World War II: Raid at Cabanatuan: One hundred and twenty-six American Rangers and Filipino resistance fighters liberate over 500 Allied prisoners from the Japanese-controlled Cabanatuan POW camp.

1948 – British South American Airways' Tudor IV Star Tiger disappears over the Bermuda Triangle.

1948 – Following the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in his home compound, India's prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, broadcasts to the nation, saying "The light has gone out of our lives".[12][13] The date of the assassination becomes observed as "Martyrs' Day" in India.

1956 – In the United States, Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King Jr.'s home is bombed in retaliation for the Montgomery bus boycott.

1959 – The forces of the Sultanate of Muscat occupy the last strongholds of the Imamate of Oman, Saiq and Shuraijah, marking the end of Jebel Akhdar War in Oman.

1959 – MS Hans Hedtoft, specifically designed to operate in icebound seas, strikes an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sinks, killing all 95 aboard.

1960 – The African National Party is founded in Chad, through the merger of traditionalist parties.

1964 – In a bloodless coup, General Nguyễn Khánh overthrows General Dương Văn Minh's military junta in South Vietnam.

1968 – Vietnam War: Tet Offensive launch by forces of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army against South Vietnam, the United States, and their allies.

1969 – The Beatles' last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police.

1972 – The Troubles: Bloody Sunday: British paratroopers open fire on anti-internment marchers in Derry, Northern Ireland, killing 13 people; another person later dies of injuries sustained.

1972 – Pakistan leaves the Commonwealth of Nations in protest of its recognition of breakaway Bangladesh.

1974 – Pan Am Flight 806 crashes near Pago Pago International Airport in American Samoa, killing 97.

1975 – The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is established as the first United States National Marine Sanctuary.

1979 – A Varig Boeing 707-323C freighter, flown by the same commander as Flight 820, disappears over the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after taking off from Tokyo.

1982 – Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called "Elk Cloner".

1989 – The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan is closed.

1995 – Hydroxycarbamide becomes the first approved preventive treatment for sickle cell disease.

2000 – Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ivory Coast, killing 169.

2013 – Naro-1 becomes the first carrier rocket launched by South Korea.

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 Monday, January 30, 2023
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 29, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, January 29, 2023



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Science and Technology
Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)
On This Day
Support Macon Media


GENERAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure persists over the Southeast today. Moisture returns Sunday into Sunday night ahead of a cold front approaching from the northwest. The front stalls in the vicinity of the area through Tuesday, keeping precipitation chances around. Deeper moisture returns to the region ahead of a low pressure system tracking across the Deep South Wednesday through Friday. This system will allow precipitation chances to linger through late next week.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Tuesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Rain likely, mainly after 3pm. Cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly before 5am. Widespread fog, mainly after 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 7am. Areas of fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Light winds out of the northwest. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Showers likely, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Chance of rain is 60%.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Rain likely, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly before 5am. Widespread dense fog, mainly after 2am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 7am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 108 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the west 3 to 7 mph.

Tuesday

Showers likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Chance of raIn is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Chance of rain is 60%.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Rain likely, mainly after 3pm. Cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly before 5am. Widespread fog, mainly after 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 7am. Areas of fog before 7am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 60. Light winds out of the northwest. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Showers likely, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Rain, mainly after 1pm. Highs near 50. Winds out of the east around 5 mph shifting to come out of the south by midmorning. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly before 4am. Widespread dense fog, mainly after 2am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 7am. Widespread fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Showers likely, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Chance of rain is 60%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today or tonight.





Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather Goodbye Big Flares, Hello Green Comet | Space Weather News: 26 January 2023




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• Damaging 2022 Atlantic hurricane season draws to a close [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]

• Atlantic hurricane season ends with 14 named storms [AP News]




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
700 PM EST Wed Nov 30 2022

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 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on May 15, 2023. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.



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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

No known appreciable smoke field will be crossing Macon County today or tonight.















PM2.5 AQI is 45 (GOOD) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 45 (GOOD)


Fire and Smoke Map




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Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (2.6 out of 12) today with Juniper and Elm being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (2.3 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for January 29th

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

Highest Temperature 73°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1999
Lowest Temperature -9°F in Highlands in 1897
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 1.60 inches in Highlands 1893
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 7.5 inches in Highlands in 1930

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of January Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 01-28-1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 01-21-1985
Greatest Rainfall 5.10 inches in Highlands on 01-12-2018
Greatest Snowfall 10.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 01-08-1988

Record Weather Events for January 29th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 82°F in Wadesboro, Anson County in 1944 /> Lowest Temperature -12°F in Pisgah Forest, Transylvania County in 1986
Greatest Rainfall 4.50 inches in Washington, Beaufort County in 1994
Greatest Snowfall 12.0 inches in Banner Elk, Avery Count in 1998
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of January Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 86°F in Marion, Mcdowell County on 01-24-1927
Lowest Temperature -34°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 01-21-1985
Greatest Rainfall 9.18 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 01-13-2018
Greatest Snowfall 28.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 01-28-1998




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Local and State News



• Study says a regional energy market could prevent blackouts [BPR]

• Appalachian Trail officials eye permanently closing once-popular Overmountain Shelter barn [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Complaints mount: Changes at Haywood internet, cable provider not going well for customers [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• How they voted: NC congressional votes for the week ending Jan 26 [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Angel Medical Center President's Column for January 2023 [Macon Media]


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Special Section: The Russo-Ukrainian War
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, January 28 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 28th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 339 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 339 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 339: “Acute situation” in Bakhmut and Vuhledar–Zelenskyy. [Euromaiden Press]

• At the Pentagon, push to send F-16s to Ukraine picks up steam [Politico]

• Russian military chiefs are losing patience with Putin and could soon turn on him in a coup, former aide predicts [Yahoo! News]

• Russia-Ukraine war: 3 killed, 14 injured in Russian strike on residential complex in East Ukraine [WION News]

• The 2nd Holodomor: A Pending Genocide [Zeihan on Geopolitics on Youtube ]


News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or Video About the Russian Perspective

• Mozart Group training Ukrainians to ‘kill Russians’ – founder [Russia Today]

• Drone captures aerial footage of Vuhledar in flames [Pravda]

• Russian forces take control of Blagodatnoye settlement near Soledar — Wagner group [TASS]


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National and World News Roundup

Biden and Putin’s Years-in-the-Making Faceoff Over Ukraine - Putin and the Presidents | FRONTLINE



• After Tyre Nichols Video Release, Memphis Disbands Scorpion Street-Crime Unit [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• Capitol rioter who pepper-sprayed officer Sicknick sentenced to prison [Courthouse News Service]

• Why India banned the BBC’s Modi documentary | The Listening Post [Al Jazeera on Youtube]

• Iran reports drone attack on defense facility in Isfahan [Washington Post]

• Turkey alerts citizens to risk of attack in United States, Europe on heels of Western warnings [Reuters]

• How a Drug Company Made $114 Billion by Gaming the U.S. Patent System [Wall Street Journal]

Former President Donald Trump Visits South Carolina | SouthCarolinaETV



• Trump makes splashy rollout of his SC team at State House amid questions about his support [The State (Columbia, SC)]

************************ • Why India Is Using Emergency Laws to Ban a Documentary About Prime Minister Modi [Time Magazine]

• Elon Musk Caves to Pressure From India to Remove BBC Doc Critical of Modi [The Intercept]

• JNU cuts electricity to prevent screening of BBC series on PM Modi, students turn to phones [India Today]

Here are ways you can watch the documentary: • Narendra Modi BBC Documentary 'India: The Modi Question' | Season: 1 Episode: 1 [Odysee]

• Narendra Modi BBC Documentary 'India: The Modi Question' | Season: 1 Episode: 2 [Odysee]

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MiniSection on Journalism

Media Literacy is Strong in Finland | TWiT TV



Great Expectations | On The Media

In this episode:

Many of us are still cookin’ with gas, but should we? On this week’s On the Media, a look at why gas stoves, and the political flame-war over appliances, are back in the news. Plus, why new research says we’ve left the golden age of science and technology.



• Avoiding Conflict of Interest [RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association)]

• Fact-Checking: Don’t be fooled by fake screenshots [Poynter (Media Literacy Project) ]

• An Overdue Generational Shift Is Changing How Journalists Manage Traumatic Stories [Nieman Reports]

• Journalism has a Davos problem [Columbia Journalism Review]

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Putin and the Presidents (full documentary) | FRONTLINE PBS



Global National: Jan. 28, 2023 | Millions demand justice for Tyre Nichols across the US



Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 28th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, January 28, 2022




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.



COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:






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

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 4:57pm CET, 25 January 2023, there have been 100,651,473 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,093,540 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 20 January 2023, a total of 660,066,195 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 4:57pm CET, 25 January 2023, there have been 664,873,023 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,724,248 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 24 January 2023, a total of 13,156,047,747 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Heart attacks on dramatic rise for 25-44 age group [KHON-TV (Honolulu, HI)]

• Pregnancy outcomes and vaccine effectiveness during the period of omicron as the variant of concern, INTERCOVID-2022: a multinational, observational study [The Lancet]

• Facing the New Covid-19 Reality [New ERngland Journal of Medicine]

• TWiV 977: Ageing is infectious [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 976: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• World's first semi-submersible floating wind farm achieves 78GWh power [Interesting Engineering]

• Study finds those with schizotypal, paranoid, and histrionic personality traits are more likely to fall for fake news. [PsyPost]

• How to Shelter from a Nuclear Explosion [Physics of Fluids Journal]

• DARPA and NASA plan orbital nuclear rocket test [New Atlas]

• Apple sued for promising privacy, failing at it [The Register]


Evergreen Links

• Red Dead Online player bids farewell to Google Stadia save by releasing horse they named after their departed daughter [Games Radar]

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History 69 - Twilight of the Æsir



• Neal Stephenson’s Lamina1 drops white paper on building the open metaverse [Venture Beat] [PDF of White paper]

• Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People [New York Times]


How Do We Know What We Know? Philosophy of Science | Fraser Cain





Podcasts and Long Form Videos (History, Culture, Science, Space, Technology and Current Events)
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

David Kipping: Alien Civilizations and Habitable Worlds | Lex Fridman Podcast #355



The Level1 Show January 27 2023: Let Them Eat Conference Room Cake | Level1Techs



Water Marking Words - DTNS 4445 | Daily Tech News Show



The Middle Corridor to revolutionize Europe and Asia | Caspian Report



Why Wealthy Americans Love AmEx | CNBC



SpaceX Starship Breaks New Record, and Nuclear Rocket Engine Announced | Marcus House



Beyond Human: A Billion Years of Evolution and the Fate of Our Species | Cool Worlds



Starbase Weekly Episode 58 | RGV Aerial Photography



Mind Blowing Ways Scientists Propose To Search for Dark Matter | Anton Petrov



The 7 Emotions that Push Civilization | Whatifalthist



World’s first semi-submersible floating wind farm achieves 78GWh power | Interesting Engineering



10 Strange Mysteries of the Life of the Universe | John Michael Godier






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Cyprus: A hiding spot for Russian money | 60 Minutes



Peter Zeihan: Russia Is At Point Of No Return This Will Happen Next With Russia If It Don't Stop | Learn From Most Influential Investors



What role does the Wagner Group play for Russia in Ukraine? | DW News



Western tanks in Ukraine - provocation or salvation? | TVP World



Russia warns the West about sending tanks to Ukraine | Fox News







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On This Day

January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 336 days remain until the end of the year (337 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)




904 – Sergius III is elected pope, after coming out of retirement to take over the papacy from the deposed antipope Christopher.

946 – Caliph al-Mustakfi is blinded and deposed by Mu'izz al-Dawla, ruler of the Buyid Empire. He is succeeded by al-Muti as caliph of the Abbasid Caliphate.

1814 – War of the Sixth Coalition: France defeats Russia and Prussia in the Battle of Brienne.

1819 – Stamford Raffles lands on the island of Singapore.

1845 – "The Raven" is published in The Evening Mirror in New York, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe.

1850 – Henry Clay introduces the Compromise of 1850 to the U.S. Congress.

1856 – Queen Victoria issues a Warrant under the Royal sign-manual that establishes the Victoria Cross to recognise acts of valour by British military personnel during the Crimean War.

1861 – Kansas is admitted as the 34th U.S. state.

1863 – The Bear River Massacre: A detachment of California Volunteers led by Colonel Patrick Edward Connor engage the Shoshone at Bear River, Washington Territory, killing hundreds of men, women and children.

1886 – Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.

1891 – Liliʻuokalani is proclaimed the last monarch and only queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

1907 – Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American U.S. Senator.

1911 – Mexican Revolution: Mexicali is captured by the Mexican Liberal Party, igniting the Magonista rebellion of 1911.

1918 – Ukrainian–Soviet War: The Bolshevik Red Army, on its way to besiege Kyiv, is met by a small group of military students at the Battle of Kruty.

1918 – Ukrainian–Soviet War: An armed uprising organized by the Bolsheviks in anticipation of the encroaching Red Army begins at the Kiev Arsenal, which will be put down six days later.

1936 – The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced.

1940 – Three trains on the Nishinari Line; present Sakurajima Line, in Osaka, Japan, collide and explode while approaching Ajikawaguchi Station. One hundred and eighty-one people are killed.

1943 – World War II: The first day of the Battle of Rennell Island, USS Chicago (CA-29) is torpedoed and heavily damaged by Japanese bombers.

1944 – World War II: Approximately 38 people are killed and about a dozen injured when the Polish village of Koniuchy (present-day Kaniūkai, Lithuania) is attacked by Soviet partisan units.

1944 – In Bologna, Italy, the Anatomical theatre of the Archiginnasio is completely destroyed in an air-raid, during the Second World War.

1973 – EgyptAir Flight 741 crashes into the Kyrenia Mountains in Cyprus, killing 37 people.

1983 – Singapore cable car crash: Panamanian-registered oil rig, Eniwetok, strikes the cables of the Singapore Cable Car system linking the mainland and Sentosa Island, causing two cabins to fall into the water and killing seven people and leaving thirteen others trapped for hours.

1989 – Cold War: Hungary establishes diplomatic relations with South Korea, making it the first Eastern Bloc nation to do so.

1991 – Gulf War: The Battle of Khafji, the first major ground engagement of the war, as well as its deadliest, begins between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

1996 – President Jacques Chirac announces a "definitive end" to French nuclear weapons testing.

2001 – Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.

2002 – In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.

2005 – The first direct commercial flights from mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing.

2008 – An Egyptian court rules that people who do not adhere to one of the three government-recognised religions, while not allowed to list any belief outside of those three, are still eligible to receive government identity documents.

2009 – Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is removed from office following his conviction of several corruption charges, including the alleged solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the United States Senate as a replacement for then-U.S. president-elect Barack Obama.

2013 – SCAT Airlines Flight 760 crashes near the Kazakh city of Almaty, killing 21 people.

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

2017 – Alexandre Bissonnette opens fire at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, killing six and wounding 19 others in a spree shooting.

2020 – COVID-19 pandemic: The Trump administration establishes the White House Coronavirus Task Force under Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.

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Published at 5:00am on Sunday, January 29, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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