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Monday, May 23, 2022

NCDOT Has Developed Early Flood-Warning System for Roads
Agency also readies supplies, preps employees ahead of the hurricane season


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RALEIGH – When the next hurricane strikes, the N.C. Department of Transportation will be armed with an advanced flood-warning system that relies on a network of 400 river and stream gauges.

The new system will allow the NCDOT for the first time to analyze, map and communicate in real-time any flood risks to roads, bridges and culverts. 

This critical information will go to NCDOT maintenance staff responding to flooded roads and washed-out culverts; and it will benefit local emergency management officials and the public accessing the department’s DriveNC.gov website for timely weather-related closures.

“This state-of-the-art warning system our department has created will help us be better prepared for the next major storm,” Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette said. “Even though we’ve had some quiet hurricane seasons recently, we cannot let our guard down.”

The last major storm to impact the state’s road network was Hurricane Florence in 2018. Researchers at N.C. State University and the National Hurricane Center are predicting an above-average hurricane season, which officially starts June 1.

Armada of flood gauges

After Florence, the state Legislature gave the NCDOT a $2 million grant to develop sophisticated software and install more flood gauges. The system, however, mostly taps into existing gauges operated by other agencies, such as the N.C. Emergency Management and the U.S. Geological Survey. The system includes an interactive online dashboard and flood mapping based on three-dimensional ground surveys. 

One part of the new early flood-warning system covers almost 3,000 miles of state-maintained roads, mostly east of Interstate 95. The system also will allow NCDOT to monitor flood conditions for some 15,000 bridges and culverts statewide. The agency’s Hydraulics Unit has been fine-tuning the system and training staff on it with smaller storms over the past year. 

In addition, the NCDOT has formed a recent partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Renaissance Computing Institute and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence to receive forecast modeling data on how storm surge may affect the state’s road network in coastal areas.

Maintenance crews ready

The NCDOT has been preparing for the hurricane season in other ways. The agency has been reviewing procedures and conducting exercises internally and with partner agencies.

Some highway divisions with coastal counties held employee training events this spring to review response and recovery operations. All of the agency’s 14 highway divisions also have been taking inventory of supplies, doing maintenance on chainsaws and other equipment, and readying emergency on-call contracts that will supplement what NCDOT employees do in responding to a storm. 

Public preparations

State transportation officials remind people now is the time to prepare supplies for the possibility of an extended power outage, restricted traveling, or the need to be at a shelter. The N.C. Emergency Management maintains a comprehensive list of items to include in an emergency supply kit.

After the storm has passed, people should remember to never drive through flooded waters or around barricades. It only takes one foot of water to sweep a vehicle away.

For more preparation tips, including evacuation routes and evacuation zones by coastal county, visit ReadyNC.org and also watch this short video on how to prepare for severe weather.

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, May 23, 2022



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OUTLOOK

A cold front will remain stalled in the region tonight through tonight. The front will struggle south across the area into Tuesday as high pressure begins to ridge down from the north through mid week. A stronger cold front will move in from the west on Thursday and is expected to cross the region by the end of the week.

• The nation marks 1,000,000 Americans lost to COVID-19 [Macon Media]


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then showers between noon and 4pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog before 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 50%.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 70%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then showers between noon and 3pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Highs in the mid 60s. WInds out of the south 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog between 7pm and 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers likely, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 80%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then showers between noon and 3pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog before 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 50%.

Wednesday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Lows around 60. Chance of rain is 80%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then showers likely between noon and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Patchy fog before noon. Highs near 70. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog before 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Wednesday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Chance of rain is 80%.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia this afternoon and evening. The main threats will be locally heavy rainfall leading to isolated flooding, but in areas which see more sun today, a rogue severe storm capable of producing damaging wind, an isolated tornado, and frequent cloud- to- ground lightning cannot be ruled out.


TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
800 PM EDT Sun May 22 2022

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

1. North Central Gulf of Mexico:

An area of low pressure is located over the north-central Gulf of Mexico about 150 miles south of Pensacola, Florida. This system is producing disorganized thunderstorms and gusty winds across portions of the Florida Panhandle, southern Alabama, and over the central and northern Gulf of Mexico. Surface pressures remain high, and strong upper-level winds should prevent significant development before this system moves inland over the central Gulf Coast later tonight or on Monday. Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected to continue across portions of the central Gulf Coast and will spread across the southeast U.S. during the next day or so. Additional information on the rainfall and flooding potential can be found in products issued by your local National Weather Service Forecast Office and Excessive Rainfall Outlooks issued by the Weather Prediction Center.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.



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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

There are no expected smoke fields to be crossing Macon County today, so no map was produced.











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

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (0.6 out of 12) today with Hickory, Birch, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (1.6 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for May 23rd

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

Highest Temperature 89°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1953
Lowest Temperature 33°F in Highlands in 2002
Greatest Rainfall 4.62 inches in Highlands in 1923
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


Record weather events for May in Macon County

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of May Data available from 1873 to 2018 Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992

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)


Friday and Saturday, May 27th and 28th 26th Annual Swain County Heritage Festival [Download PDF Flyer]





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Local and State News

• ‘Unsettling’ Fort Bragg recruitment video ignites debate over its mysterious intent [Raleigh News and Observer]

Madison Cawthorn targets some Republicans after failed reelection bid | WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)



• Bar owners push to change antiquated alcohol laws, which they say invade privacy [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• 'We have to adapt to the times:' Jackson Co. WIC director talks Access to Baby Formula Act [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Recount called in Macon Sheriff race [Smoky Mountain News]

• Bill seeks more partisanship in Haywood County elections [Smoky Mountain News]


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Special Section: Russo-Ukrainian War Updates
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)
(Longer videos are in the Russo-Ukraine Videos section)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 22 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF]

• A Whole Age of Warfare Sank With the Moskva [The Atlantic]

Russia's greatest defeat? Finland and Sweden joining NATO and what it means for Europe | Perun



Can Russia's rebounding currency help stop a recession? | DW Business Special






JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (May 14th)





• Bellingcat | Sunday on 60 Minutes



• Ukrainian parliament votes to extend martial law for another 90 days [CBS News (video)]

• Erdogan sets conditions for Sweden, Finland NATO bids [DW News]

• Russian forces hit east, south regions [Al Jazeera]

• Zelensky to address Davos as Ukraine tops agenda at meeting in Switzerland [France 24]

• Ukraine peace deal: Kyiv rules out ceding land to Russia [BBC News]

• Poland’s President Addresses Ukraine’s Parliament, Calls for Removal of All Russian Troops [Wall Street Journal]

• ‘Such Bad Guys Will Come’: How One Russian Brigade Terrorized Bucha [New York Times]

• Zelenskyy's global food crisis prediction may be 10 weeks away, UN official says: 'Seismic' [Fox News Channel]


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

• Poland tells Norway to hand over oil revenues [Russia Today]

• Azov commander announces Azovstal an Mariupol resistance over [Pravda ]

• Russia ready to continue talks with Ukraine - Russian presidential aide [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

• Number of displaced people passes 100m for the first time, says UN [The Guardian]

• Canada storms: Nearly a million homes lose power in high winds [BBC News]

• Military plane from Europe carrying 35,380 kg of baby formula lands in U.S. [BBC News]

• Southern Baptist leaders covered up sex abuse, kept secret database, report says [Washington Post]

• Marijuana violations have taken over 10,000 truck drivers off the road this year, adding more supply chain disruptions [KPLC-TV (Lake Charles, LA)]

• Intense body-cam video shows the moment Osceola County deputy’s Taser sparked gas-station fire [WFTV-TV (Orlando, FL)]

• Barely recovering after Wednesday’s rout, markets suffer eighth losing week [Courthouse News Service]

• U.S. President Biden meets Japanese Emperor Naruhito [Yahoo! News]

Roe v Wade Opinion Leak (Read the Draft Opinion for Yourself)

Read the leaked your at Google Drive or below:



Doctor says monkeypox epidemic should be contained soon | CBS News



Biden faces criticism abroad as baby formula shortage, inflation create issues ahead of US midterms | Global National



Global National: May 22, 2022 | Death toll from storms in Ontario, Quebec rises to at least 8



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 22nd, 2022


PBS NewsHour Full Episode May 22nd, 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: [November 18, 2021]



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

Globally, as of 7:28pm CEST, 19 May 2022, there have been 520,912,257 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,272,408 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 15 May 2022, a total of 11,660,363,722 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 7:28pm CEST, 19 May 2022, there have been 82,027,053 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 993,438 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 6 May 2022, a total of 570,102,931 vaccine doses have been administered.

• D.C.-area schools face rising covid cases, aren’t restoring strict rules [Washington Post]

• The Michigan Mink Mystery: How Did an Interspecies Outbreak Unfold? [New York Times]

• Stronger public health systems and uniform messaging are critical to fight Covid-19 [Vox]

• The COVID pandemic is 'most certainly not over': WHO chief [CTV News]

• Excess Mortality in Massachusetts During the Delta and Omicron Waves of COVID-19 [JAMA Network]

• CDC recommends more Americans wear masks indoors, ahead of Memorial Day weekend [KTRK-TV (Houston, TX)]

• COVID: On the road with the 'vaccine convoys' critical to keeping up the fight against coronavirus [Sky News]

• TWiV 901: COVID-19 clinical update #115 with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• YouTube removes more than 9,000 channels relating to Ukraine war [The Guardian]

• Hyundai is building EV and battery production facilities in Georgia [The Verge]

• Texas family sues Apple, claiming loud Amber Alert damaged son’s hearing [Global News]

• Ransomware makes victim donate to poor, financial help to needy patients [Business-Standard]

• NY attorney general is investigating Twitch, Discord, and 4chan over Buffalo shooting [The Verge]

• Moore’s Law: Scientists Just Made a Graphene Transistor Gate the Width of an Atom [Singularity Hub]

• Google DeepMind claims they're close to achieving human-level AI [TweakTown]

• Free, legally available series/movies on YouTube in a Netlflix-like interface [Lamplight TV]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos
Anything from educational, entertainment, history, current events and technology

SpaceX Starship Booster 7 has Engines Installed, Starliner Succeeds, Astra Rocket 4.0, and Starlink



Watch Navy Explain Newly Released Video of UFOs to Congress



You Are Not Where You Think You Are | Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell



Meet Luna, The $60 Billion Crypto Ponzi | Wall Street Millennial



NASA Astronaut Thomas Marshburn Reads “Goodnight Moon” in Space | NASA



Booster Quick Disconnect Cover Ready for Installation | Starship Boca Chica



For The First Time Ever, Plants Grow In Actual Lunar Soil (From Apollo Missions)



Linux Action News 241 | Jupiter Broadcasting



278: Fedora 36 Interview with Matthew Miller | Destination Linux



SpaceX Booster Raptor Install Progress, Starliner Orbital Flight Test 2, Mars Quake, Sagittarius A | Marcus House



HUGE Upcoming Meteor Storm?, Starliner Success, Nova in Real Time | Space Bites | Fraser Cain






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Finland joining NATO would crush Russian power | Caspian Report



RUSSIA - CUBA On Brink of ECONOMIC COLLAPSE. Food & Oil SHORTAGES, Power BLACKOUTS & Out of CURRENCY | Joe Blogs



Energy at the End of the World Seminar - Peter Zeihan



Ukrainian parliament votes to extend martial law for another 90 days



Botswana to capitalize on Russian sanctions | DW Africa



Displaced Ukrainians slowly returning to homes near Kyiv | Al Jazeera



Biden and Japan's Kishida Discuss Ukraine Ahead of Quad Meeting | Bloomberg



Don’t Say ‘Peace’: Russia Polices Speech to Shape Ukraine War Narrative | WSJ







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On This Day

May 23 is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 222 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events



Historical Events

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





1430 – Joan of Arc is captured at the Siege of Compiègne by troops from the Burgundian faction.
1498 – Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake in Florence, Italy.
1533 – The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.
1568 – Dutch rebels led by Louis of Nassau, defeat Jean de Ligne, Duke of Arenberg, and his loyalist troops in the Battle of Heiligerlee, opening the Eighty Years' War.
1609 – Official ratification of the Second Virginia Charter takes place.
1618 – The Second Defenestration of Prague precipitates the Thirty Years' War.
1706 – John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, defeats a French army under Marshal François de Neufville, duc de Villeroy at the Battle of Ramillies.
1788 – South Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution as the eighth American state.
1793 – Battle of Famars during the Flanders Campaign of the War of the First Coalition.
1829 – Accordion patent granted to Cyrill Demian in Vienna, Austrian Empire.
1844 – Declaration of the Báb the evening before the 23rd: A merchant of Shiraz announces that he is a Prophet and founds a religious movement that would later be brutally crushed by the Persian government. He is considered to be a forerunner of the Baháʼí Faith; Baháʼís celebrate the day as a holy day.
1846 – Mexican–American War: President Mariano Paredes of Mexico unofficially declares war on the United States.
1863 – The General German Workers' Association, a precursor of the modern Social Democratic Party of Germany, is founded in Leipzig, Kingdom of Saxony.
1873 – The Canadian Parliament establishes the North-West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
1900 – American Civil War: Sergeant William Harvey Carney is awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism in the Assault on the Battery Wagner in 1863.
1905 – The Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Abdul Hamid II publicly announces the creation of the Ullah Millet for the Aromanians of the empire, which had been established one day earlier. For this reason, the Aromanian National Day is usually celebrated on May 23,[3] although some do so on May 22 instead.
1907 – The unicameral Parliament of Finland gathers for its first plenary session.
1911 – The New York Public Library is dedicated.
1915 – World War I: Italy joins the Allies, fulfilling its part of the Treaty of London.
1932 – In Brazil, four students are shot and killed during a manifestation against the Brazilian dictator Getúlio Vargas, which resulted in the outbreak of the Constitutionalist Revolution several weeks later.
1934 – American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
1934 – The Auto-Lite strike culminates in the "Battle of Toledo", a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers.
1939 – The U.S. Navy submarine USS Squalus sinks off the coast of New Hampshire during a test dive, causing the death of 24 sailors and two civilian technicians. The remaining 32 sailors and one civilian naval architect are rescued the following day.
1945 – World War II: Heinrich Himmler, head of the Schutzstaffel, commits suicide while in Allied custody.
1945 – World War II: Germany's Flensburg Government under Karl Dönitz is dissolved when its members are arrested by British forces.
1948 – Thomas C. Wasson, the US Consul-General, is assassinated in Jerusalem, Israel.
1949 – Cold War: The Western occupying powers approve the Basic Law and establish a new German state, the Federal Republic of Germany.
1951 – Tibetans sign the Seventeen Point Agreement with China.
1960 – A tsunami caused by an earthquake in Chile the previous day kills 61 people in Hilo, Hawaii.
1971 – 78 people are killed when Aviogenex Flight 130 crashes on approach to Rijeka Airport in present-day Rijeka, Croatia (then the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia).
1992 – Italy's most prominent anti-mafia judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three body guards are killed by the Corleonesi clan with a half-ton bomb near Capaci, Sicily. His friend and colleague Paolo Borsellino will be assassinated less than two months later, making 1992 a turning point in the history of Italian Mafia prosecutions.
1995 – The first version of the Java programming language is released.
1998 – The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with roughly 75% voting yes.
2002 – The "55 parties" clause of the Kyoto Protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.
2006 – Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts.
2008 – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute between the two countries.
2013 – A freeway bridge carrying Interstate 5 over the Skagit River collapses in Mount Vernon, Washington.
2014 – Seven people, including the perpetrator, are killed and another 14 injured in a killing spree near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara.
2015 – At least 46 people are killed as a result of floods caused by a tornado in Texas and Oklahoma.
2016 – Two suicide bombings, conducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, kill at least 45 potential army recruits in Aden, Yemen.
2016 – Eight bombings are carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Jableh and Tartus, coastline cities in Syria. One hundred eighty-four people are killed and at least 200 people injured.
2017 – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao, following the Maute's attack in Marawi.
2021 - A cable car falls from a mountain near Lake Maggiore in northern Italy, killing 14 people.





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Published at 2:15am on Monday, May 23, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Weekend Weather Briefing for Sunday, May 22, 2022



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OUTLOOK

A cold front will approach the region from the west today but won't finally move across the region until maybe late Monday or early Tuesday. In the mean time, the weather should remain warm and humid because of a weakening Bermuda High. Once the front finally sinks to the south, cooler temperatures are expected for the middle part of the week due to high pressure ridging down from the northeast. A stronger cold front will move in from the west on Thursday and is expected to cross the region on Friday, hopefully providing some much needed widespread rainfall.

• A recount in Macon County Sheriff's Race will occur on Saturday, June 4th in the Robert C Carpenter Building in the gym [Board of Elections on Facebook]





• The nation marks 1,000,000 Americans lost to COVID-19 [Macon Media]


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 4pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm , then showers after 5pm. Areas of fog before 7am. Highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then showers likely. Lows in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds in the early evening increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph before midnight. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday

Showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog before 3am, then areas of fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 1pm and 5pm, then showers after 5pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fogbefore midmorning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms before 4am, then a chance of showers. Areas of fog after 3am. Lows in the lower 60s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Highs near 70. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.Chance of rain is 60%.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather



Rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon into the evening across the region. A few thunderstorms may become strong to severe, with the main threats being damaging wind gusts and large hail up to the size of quarters.





Record Weather Events for May 22nd

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

Highest Temperature 91°F in Highlands in 1941
Lowest Temperature 28°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1954
Greatest Rainfall 4.00 inches in Highlands in 1916
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


Record weather events for May in Macon County

Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992

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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On This Day

May 22 is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 223 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events



Historical Events

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





192 – Dong Zhuo is assassinated by his adopted son Lü Bu.
760 – Fourteenth recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
853 – A Byzantine fleet sacks and destroys undefended Damietta in Egypt.
1176 – The Hashshashin (Assassins) attempt to assassinate Saladin near Aleppo.
1200 – King John of England and King Philip II of France sign the Treaty of Le Goulet.
1246 – Henry Raspe is elected anti-king of the Kingdom of Germany in opposition to Conrad IV.
1254 – Serbian King Stefan Uroš I and the Republic of Venice sign a peace treaty.
1370 – Brussels massacre: Between six and twenty Jews are murdered and the rest of the Jewish community is banished from Brussels, Belgium, for allegedly desecrating consecrated Host.
1377 – Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.
1455 – Start of the Wars of the Roses: At the First Battle of St Albans, Richard, Duke of York, defeats and captures King Henry VI of England.
1520 – The massacre at the festival of Tóxcatl takes place during the Fall of Tenochtitlan, resulting in turning the Aztecs against the Spanish.
1629 – Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II and Danish King Christian IV sign the Treaty of Lübeck ending Danish intervention in the Thirty Years' War.
1762 – Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Hamburg.
1762 – Trevi Fountain is officially completed and inaugurated in Rome.
1766 – A large earthquake causes heavy damage and loss of life in Istanbul and the Marmara region.
1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri.
1807 – A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.
1809 – On the second and last day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling (near Vienna, Austria), Napoleon I is repelled by an enemy army for the first time.
1816 – A mob in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England, riots over high unemployment and rising grain costs, and the riots spread to Ely the next day.
1819 – SS Savannah leaves port at Savannah, Georgia, United States, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
1826 – HMS Beagle departs on its first voyage.
1840 – The penal transportation of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.
1846 – The Associated Press is formed in New York City as a non-profit news cooperative.
1848 – Slavery is abolished in Martinique.
1849 – Future U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is issued a patent for an invention to lift boats, making him the only U.S. president to ever hold a patent.
1856 – Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina severely beats Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with a cane in the hall of the United States Senate for a speech Sumner had made regarding Southerners and slavery.
1863 – American Civil War: Union forces begin the Siege of Port Hudson which lasts 48 days, the longest siege in U.S. military history.
1864 – American Civil War: After ten weeks, the Union Army's Red River Campaign ends in failure.
1866 – Oliver Winchester founded the Winchester Repeating Arms
1872 – Reconstruction Era: President Ulysses S. Grant signs the Amnesty Act into law, restoring full civil and political rights to all but about 500 Confederate sympathizers.
1905 – The Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Abdul Hamid II establishes the Ullah Millet for the Aromanians of the empire. For this reason, the Aromanian National Day is sometimes celebrated on this day, although most do so on May 23 instead, which is when this event was publicly announced.
1906 – The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their "Flying-Machine".
1915 – Lassen Peak erupts with a powerful force, the only volcano besides Mount St. Helens to erupt in the contiguous U.S. during the 20th century.
1915 – Three trains collide in the Quintinshill rail disaster near Gretna Green, Scotland, killing 227 people and injuring 246.
1926 – Chiang Kai-shek replaces the communists in Kuomintang China.
1927 – Near Xining, China, an 8.3 magnitude earthquake causes 200,000 deaths in one of the world's most destructive earthquakes.
1939 – World War II: Germany and Italy sign the Pact of Steel.
1941 – During the Anglo-Iraqi War, British troops take Fallujah.
1942 – Mexico enters the Second World War on the side of the Allies.
1943 – Joseph Stalin disbands the Comintern.
1947 – Cold War: The Truman Doctrine goes into effect, aiding Turkey and Greece.
1948 – Finnish President J. K. Paasikivi released Yrjö Leino from his duties as interior minister in 1948 after the Finnish parliament had adopted a motion of censure of Leino with connection to his illegal handing over of nineteen people to the Soviet Union in 1945.
1957 – South Africa's government approves of racial separation in universities.
1958 – The 1958 riots in Ceylon become a watershed in the race relations of various ethnic communities of Sri Lanka. The total deaths is estimated at 300, mostly Tamils.
1960 – The Great Chilean earthquake, measuring 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale, hits southern Chile, becoming the most powerful earthquake ever recorded.
1962 – Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes in Unionville, Missouri after bombs explode on board, killing 45.
1963 – Greek left-wing politician Grigoris Lambrakis is shot in an assassination attempt, and dies five days later.
1964 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson launches the Great Society.
1967 – Egypt closes the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping.
1967 – L'Innovation department store in Brussels, Belgium, burns down, resulting in 323 dead or missing and 150 injured, the most devastating fire in Belgian history.
1968 – The nuclear-powered submarine USS Scorpion sinks with 99 men aboard, 400 miles southwest of the Azores.
1969 – Apollo 10's lunar module flies within 8.4 nautical miles (16 km) of the moon's surface.
1972 – Ceylon adopts a new constitution, becoming a republic and changing its name to Sri Lanka, and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.
1972 – Over 400 women in Derry, Northern Ireland attack the offices of Sinn Féin following the shooting by the Irish Republican Army of a young British soldier on leave.
1987 – Hashimpura massacre occurs in Meerut, India.
1987 – First ever Rugby World Cup kicks off with New Zealand playing Italy at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.
1990 – North and South Yemen are unified to create the Republic of Yemen.
1992 – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia join the United Nations.
1994 – A worldwide trade embargo against Haiti goes into effect to punish its military rulers for not reinstating the country's ousted elected leader, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
1996 – The Burmese military regime jails 71 supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi in a bid to block a pro-democracy meeting.
1998 – A U.S. federal judge rules that U.S. Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the Lewinsky scandal involving President Bill Clinton.
2000 – In Sri Lanka, over 150 Tamil rebels are killed over two days of fighting for control in Jaffna.
2002 – Civil rights movement: A jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murder of four girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
2010 – Air India Express Flight 812, a Boeing 737 crashes over a cliff upon landing at Mangalore, India, killing 158 of 166 people on board, becoming the deadliest crash involving a Boeing 737 until the crash of Lion Air Flight 610.
2010 – Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich 2–0 in the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid, Spain to become the first, and so far only, Italian team to win the historic treble (Serie A, Coppa Italia, Champions League).
2011 – An EF5 tornado strikes Joplin, Missouri, killing 158 people and wreaking $2.8 billion in damages, the costliest and seventh-deadliest single tornado in U.S. history.
2012 – Tokyo Skytree opens to the public. It is the tallest tower in the world (634 m), and the second tallest man-made structure on Earth after Burj Khalifa (829.8 m).
2014 – General Prayut Chan-o-cha becomes interim leader of Thailand in a military coup d'état, following six months of political turmoil.
2014 – An explosion occurs in Ürümqi, capital of China's far-western Xinjiang region, resulting in at least 43 deaths and 91 injuries.
2015 – The Republic of Ireland becomes the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage in a public referendum.
2017 – Twenty-two people are killed at an Ariana Grande concert in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing.
2017 – United States President Donald Trump visits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall.
2020 – Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 crashes in Model Colony near Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 98 people.
2021 – Severe weather kills 21 runners in the 100 km (60-mile) ultramarathon in the Yellow River Stone Forest, Gansu province of China.





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Published at 5:00am on Sunday, May 22, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins