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Thursday, December 1, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, December 01, 2022



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On This Day
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GENERAL OUTLOOK

Dry and cooler high pressure will build over the region tonight through Friday in the wake of a departing cold front. Another cold front will arrive from the north on Saturday and settle south of the area through Sunday. The boundary will return northward as a warm front early next week, keeping the weather unsettled.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Friday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm wind in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 36.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to10 mph early in the morning decreasing to becoming light and variable by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 29. Calm winds becoming southeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Friday

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

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph early in the morning becoming calm by midmorning.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs near 50. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

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

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight. >!-- https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?NC -->



Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.


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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

Smoke fields from fires across the southeast will be crossing the county today.















PM2.5 AQI is 25 (green) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 25 (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 no one source being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.3 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for December 1st

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2021)

Highest Temperature 73°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 6°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 2.00 inches in Franklin in 1878
Greatest Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1918

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

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on 12-31-1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on 12-30-1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.25 inches in Highlands on 12-28-2018
Greatest Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on 12-21-1876

Record Weather Events for December 1st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 82°F in Chapel Hill, Orange County in 1946
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1929
Greatest Rainfall 5.65 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1996
Greatest Snowfall 14.0 inches in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1974 />
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of December Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 87°F in Edenton, Chowan County on 12-03-1922
Lowest Temperature -21°F in Banner Elk, Avery County on 12-30-1917
Greatest Rainfall 7.80 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 12-29-2018
Greatest Snowfall 25.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 12-09-2017




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Local and State News


• Gov. Cooper outlines NC plan for more electric trucks, vans, buses [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• How to make sure a loved one is OK over the holidays (and take care of yourself) [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Strike imminent? Canton paper mill union members vote down proposed labor contract [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Schools Struggle With State-Mandated Pay Increases [Smoky Mountain News]

• Hurricane Creek fire in Pisgah National Forest hits 700 acres; 40% contained [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Brasstown Ringers 2022 Holiday Schedule [Macon Media]

• Mountain Voices Christmas Concert - December 8 at FUMC at 7 pm [Macon Media]


State Budget Details

• NC Budget Table of Contents [Google Drive (PDF)]

• NC House Bill 103: 2022 Appropriations Act [Google Drive (PDF)]

• Joint Conference Committee Report on the Current Operations Appropriations Act of 2022 [Google Drive (PDF)]

• House Bill 103 Information and Voting History [NC General Assembly Website]

• Raises for state employees, preparations for recession, in proposed state budget [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]


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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, November 30 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for November 30th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 279 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: 281st day of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

Russia may be Encircling Bakhmut, Ukraine | Funker530 Veteran Community



Timothy Snyder: Making of Modern Ukraine.Class 20. Maidan and Self-Understanding | Yale Courses






• Posts spin baseless theory about FTX, Ukraine and Democrats [Ap News]

• Ukraine Should Be Free to Hit Military Targets in Russia, Latvia Says [Yahoo! News]

• Ukraine Live Blog [Al Jazeera]

• Russia caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damages to Ukraine: Zelenskyy’s advisor [TVP World]

• Heusgen: 'Russia is playing games all over the place' [DW News]


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

• US considering Patriot missiles for Ukraine [Russia Today]

• Ukraine says all large thermal and hydro electric power stations damaged after attacks [Pravda ]

• Russian embassy in London draws parallel between anti-Russian propaganda, hate speech [TASS Russian News Agency]


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National and World News Roundup



• Iran Crisis Update, November 30Understanding War] [PDF for November 30th]

This reflects how ‘serious’ the Iranian protest is: Gen. Jack Keane | Fox Business



• Global Pressure On Iran Increases Incrementally As Protests Continue [Iran International]

• xxx [SOURCE]

--> Lawmakers gather for Capitol Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Washington, D.C. | PBS Newshour



China's nuclear arsenal to triple by 2035? Country to expand nuclear warheads to 1500 | WION



How China’s Biggest Protests in Decades Unfolded Over Five Days | Wall Street Journal



• Climate change: US to pay $75m to relocate tribes facing flood threat [BBC News]

• Homeland Security warns about domestic extremists praising Colorado Springs suspect [CBS News]

• House committee receives Donald Trump’s federal tax returns from IRS [CNN]

• Stocks Gain for Second Month in a Row; Dow Exits Bear Market [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ]

• Europe embarks on solar power 'revolution' to solve its energy crisis — and fight climate change [Yahoo! News]

• An Arizona County’s Refusal to Certify Election Results Could Cost GOP a House Seat [Bloomberg]

• Hungary at risk of losing billions in EU funds over rule-of-law dispute [Courthouse News Service]

• Justices delve into a trio of thorny issues in states’ challenge to federal immigration policy [SCOTUSblogE]

• Never mind, Musk says — accusation against Apple was a ‘misunderstanding’ [Politico]


Global National: Nov. 30, 2022 | Trudeau grilled again on alleged Chinese interference



Nightly News Full Broadcast (November 30th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, November 30, 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 5:36pm CET, 29 November 2022, there have been 97,329,491 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,069,757 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 11 November 2022, a total of 638,658,949 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 5:36pm CET, 29 November 2022, there have been 638,175,811 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,612,970 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 23 November 2022, a total of 12,959,275,260 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Persistent alveolar type 2 dysfunction and lung structural derangement in post-acute COVID-19 [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• Effect of BNT162b2 mRNA booster vaccination on VO2max in recreational athletes: A prospective cohort study [Wiley Online Library]

• Long Covid may be ‘the next public health disaster’ — with a $3.7 trillion economic impact rivaling the Great Recession [CNBC]

• COVID-19 pandemic enters 4th year [BNO News]

• Covid evolution wipes out another antibody treatment, threatening the country’s medicine cabinet [STAT NEWS]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Apple restricted AirDrop capabilities in China ahead of anti-government protests, leaving dissenters without key communication tool as demonstrations spread [Business Insider]

• Fusion power is 'approaching' reality thanks to a magnetic field breakthrough [Engadget]

• FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried Says He Made Secret Donations to Republicans [Gizmodo]

• Yet Another Study Shows U.S. Broadband Users Are Being Ripped Off By Local Monopolies [Tech Dirt]

• DoorDash lays off 1,250 employees [CNBC]

• Lastpass says hackers accessed customer data in new breach [Bleeping Computer]

• Chrome, Defender, and Firefox 0-days linked to commercial IT firm in Spain [ARS TECHNICA]


Semi-permanent links

• Fall of Civilizations #16. Bagan - City of Temples [Fall of Civilizations Podcast]

• 25 tips to help you prepare for the 2024 total solar eclipse [Astronomy Magazine]

• 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]



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

Level1 Show - Live This Week | Level1Tech



You Don't Need to Be Big, Like Twitter, to Survive - DTNS 4405 | Daily Tech News Show



China launches three astronauts to Tiangong space station | France 24



Elon Musk’s Neuralink “Show and Tell” event | The Verge



Incredible Map That Shows The Entire Observable Universe (That You Can Explore!) | Antov Petrov



Is There a Tripropellant Rocket Engine? How Are Orbits Planned? - Deep Space Questions 21 | Scott Manley



Claudius - Conqueror of Britain Documentary | The People Profiles



What Are The Hidden Rules Of The Universe? | History of the Universe






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Russia's top attack helicopter performing poorly in Ukraine? | Binkov's Battlegrounds



Fighting over the Anton Bridge, connecting the two Dnipro's banks | Military Mind | TVP World



Germany declares Ukraine's Holodomor famine a genocide | DW News



Hundreds call Ukraine's surrender hotline for Russian soldiers | BBC News



Russia Ukraine War: NATO sends $40 bn in aid to Ukraine as it seeks more weapons from West | WION







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On This Day

December 1 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



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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Published at 3:30am on Thursday, December 01, 2022
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, November 30, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, November 30, 2022



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COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)
On This Day
Support Macon Media


GENERAL OUTLOOK

A strong cold front will sweep east across the forecast area through today. Dry and cooler high pressure will then dominate the weather tonight through Friday. Another cold front will arrive from the north on Saturday and possibly stall in or near the area through the late weekend and into early next week, keeping the weather unsettled.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Friday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light and variable winds.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers, mainly before 9am. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south 10 to 20 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

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

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph in the morning decreasing to become light and variable by noon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph early in the morning.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the east 3 to 5 mph.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers, mainly before 9am. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

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

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm by noon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40.


Nantahala Area

Today

Showers likely, mainly before 10am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a temperature falling from around 50 at daybreak to the mid 40s by 5pm. Light and variable winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph midmorning. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Thursday Night

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

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

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Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.


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




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM 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.



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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

Smoke fields from fires across the southeast will be crossing the county today.















PM2.5 AQI is 30 (green) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 30 (green)


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 no one source being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.3 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for November 30th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2021)

Highest Temperature 73°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1970
Lowest Temperature 7°F in Franklin in 1959
Greatest Rainfall 1.63 inches in Highlands in 2020
Greatest Snowfall 0.5 inches in Franklin in 1876

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

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 11-04-2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on 11-25-1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on 11-29-1914
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on 11-28-1922

(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane Hilda)

Record Weather Events for November 30th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 83°F in Longwood, Brunswick County in 1985
Lowest Temperature -7°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1955
Greatest Rainfall 4.89 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1934
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1903 />
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of November Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 89°F in High Point, Guilford County on 11-04-1974
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County on 11-15-1969
Greatest Rainfall 9.70 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 11-19-2003
Greatest Snowfall 13.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 11-01-2014




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Local and State News


• Pisgah National Forest provides 2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to be lit Nov. 29/Updated with Video of Tree-Lighting Ceremony [Macon Media]

• NC officials unanimously certify midterm election results, report 'tremendous' turnout [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• NC has tried for a decade to improve reading skills. When will it see major progress? [Raleigh News and Observer]

• HCC's (Haywood Community College) new building designed to improve learning environment for next generation of nurses [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Gov. Cooper names members of bipartisan commission on public colleges [BPR]

• Sentence of 23 years is issued in wake of pig confrontation [Sylva Herald and Ruralite]

• Brasstown Ringers 2022 Holiday Schedule [Macon Media]

• Mountain Voices Christmas Concert - December 8 at FUMC at 7 pm [Macon Media]


State Budget Details

• NC Budget Table of Contents [Google Drive (PDF)]

• NC House Bill 103: 2022 Appropriations Act [Google Drive (PDF)]

• Joint Conference Committee Report on the Current Operations Appropriations Act of 2022 [Google Drive (PDF)]

• House Bill 103 Information and Voting History [NC General Assembly Website]

• Raises for state employees, preparations for recession, in proposed state budget [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]


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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, November 29 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for November 29th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 279 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: 280th day of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Bombed, not beaten: Ukraine’s capital flips to survival mode [AP News]

• Light Flares in Ukraine’s Darkness [Center for European Policy Analysis]

Should NATO Send Ukraine Patriot Missile Batteries? | Funker530 Veteran Community



Timothy Snyder: Making of Modern Ukraine.Class 20. Maidan and Self-Understanding | Yale Courses






• Russia-Ukraine updates: NATO backs Kyiv’s future membership [Al Jazeera]

• Slovakia sends the latest batch of 30 IFVs to Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russia's war in Ukraine has a ripple effect on Kosovo [DW News]

• Ukraine urges NATO to speed up support as more aid promised [France 24]

• U.S. Pledges $53 Million to Help Fix Ukraine’s Electrical Grid [New York Times]


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

• US considering Patriot missiles for Ukraine [Russia Today]

• Ukraine says all large thermal and hydro electric power stations damaged after attacks [Pravda ]

• Russian embassy in London draws parallel between anti-Russian propaganda, hate speech [TASS Russian News Agency]


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National and World News Roundup



• Iran Crisis Update, November 29Understanding War] [PDF for November 29th]

This reflects how ‘serious’ the Iranian protest is: Gen. Jack Keane | Fox Business



• Global Pressure On Iran Increases Incrementally As Protests Continue [Iran International]

• Congressional Leaders Commit to Quickly Pass Legislation to Avert Rail Strike [Wall Street Journal]

• Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Senate After Bipartisan Breakthrough [New York Times]

• Alibaba founder Jack Ma hiding out in Tokyo, reports say [The Guardian]

• Central Africa says border nation bombed its troops and Russian allies [Africa News]

• China Sends 3 Astronauts To 'Celestial Palace' In Historic Space Mission [NDTV]

• Houston lifts boil-water order affecting more than 2 million [AP News]

• Europe’s anti-American itch [Politico]

• Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers, convicted of seditious conspiracy [Courthouse News Service]

• Mike Pence Says Donald Trump Should Apologize for Dinner With Nick Fuentes, Kanye West [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ]

• Trump Will NOT Hold Rally to Support Herschel Walker in Georgia Following GOP Midterm Failure [MEDIAITE]

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• How Meth Worsened the Fentanyl Crisis. ‘We Are in a Different World.’ [Wall Street Journal]


Global National: Nov. 29, 2022 | RCMP investigates alleged interference in Canada's democracy



Nightly News Full Broadcast (November 29th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, November 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 5:36pm CET, 29 November 2022, there have been 97,329,491 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,069,757 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 11 November 2022, a total of 638,658,949 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 5:36pm CET, 29 November 2022, there have been 638,175,811 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,612,970 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 23 November 2022, a total of 12,959,275,260 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Six common COVID myths busted by a virologist and a public health expert [The Conversation]

• Young people accounted for greater proportion of COVID-19 deaths in 2021 than 2020: study [The Hill]

• Shifting Mortality Dynamics in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic as Measured by Years of Life Lost [SOURCE]

• Twitter is no longer enforcing its Covid misinformation policy [CNN]

• Cruise lines dropped COVID protocols. How did that impact cases on ships? We got the numbers. [USA TODAY (video and audio)] [USA TODAY (article archive)]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Apple restricted AirDrop capabilities in China ahead of anti-government protests, leaving dissenters without key communication tool as demonstrations spread [Business Insider]

• Starlink breaks space traffic safety rules and China may follow: study [South China Morning Post]

• Rolls-Royce Makes Leap Forward With Hydrogen Engine Test [Bloomberg]

• San Francisco will allow police to deploy robots that kill [AP News]

• AI Software Can Now Predict Heart Disease Using Single X-Ray [The Tech Wires]

• US judge orders Amazon to ‘cease and desist’ anti-union retaliation [The Guardian]

• Eufy Cameras Have Been Uploading Unencrypted Footage to Cloud Without Owners Knowing [Gizmodo]

• Military Sim Developer Tired of Its Game Being Used to Fake War Footage [Vice News]

• Competitors chip away at Tesla's US electric vehicle share [Tech Xplore]


Semi-permanent links

• Fall of Civilizations #16. Bagan - City of Temples [Fall of Civilizations Podcast]

• 25 tips to help you prepare for the 2024 total solar eclipse [Astronomy Magazine]

• 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]



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

Level1 Show - Live This Week | Level1Tech



Gift Guide for a Smarter Home - DTNS 4404 | Daily Tech News Show



Are Space Sounds Lies? | SciShow Space



The Ultimate Problem for Deep Space Missions - Galactic Cosmic Radiation and SpaceX Starship | Marcus House



What on Earth Was Herrerasaurus? | Ben G Thomas



The Story of Solar-Grade Silicon | Asianometry



Shenzhou-15 docking | SciNews



Booster 7 - 13 Second Static Fire Test | NASA Spaceflight






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Back from the front: a British volunteer in Ukraine | Lindybeige



NATO says Russia using winter as a weapon in Ukraine war | Al Jazeera



Keep fighting Russians – Airstrikes won't damage Ukrainian resolve | Rock Rachon | TVP World



NATO pledges more Ukraine support over winter | DW News



No, Ukraine does not really look like this from space. | FRANCE 24 English







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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



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 4:20am on Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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