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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, December 06, 2022



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Russo-UKrainian War Updates
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GENERAL OUTLOOK

As cool high pressure moves off the East Coast to start the week, moisture will increase. Expect multiple rounds of rain starting Monday and continuing into Friday. Another cold front approaches the area at the end of the week. Temperatures will be cool early in the week and be warmer in the middle of the week.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Showers, mainly before noon. Patchy fog. Highs in the upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of rain or drizzle. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Light winds out of the southeast. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers likely, mainly before 4pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

A chance of rain before noon, then a chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Chance of rain is 50%.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Chance of rain is 60%.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers, mainly before noon. Patchy fog. Highs near 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of rain or drizzle. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A chance of rain before midnight, then a chance of showers between midnight and 3am, then a chance of rain after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest in the 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 40%.

Thursday

A chance of rain, mainly between 7am and 1pm, then a chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 60. Chance of rain is 40%.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Chance of rain is 60%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers, mainly before noon. Patchy fog. Highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 early in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast by midmorning. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of rain or drizzle. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. South southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers before 4am, then a chance of rain after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%.

Thursday

A chance of rain, mainly between 7am and noon, then a chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Showers, mainly before noon. Patchy fog. Highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds becoming south around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain or drizzle likely, mainlbefore noon. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

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

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s.

Thursday Night

Showers likely before 9pm, then rain likely between 9pm and 11pm, then showers likely after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 70%.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.



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

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















PM2.5 AQI is 51 (MODERATE) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 51 (MODERATE)


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 Ragween and Grasses being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.3 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for December 6th

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

Highest Temperature 72°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1998
Lowest Temperature 4°F in Highlands in 1937
Greatest Rainfall 2.88 inches in Highlands in 2013
Greatest Snowfall 0.6 inches in Highlands in 1959

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 6th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 82°F in Bayboro, Pamlico County in 1998
Lowest Temperature 2°F in Laurel Springs, Ashe County in 1974
Greatest Rainfall 3.84 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1982
Greatest Snowfall 10.0 inches in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1954 />
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


Former Sheriff Homer Holbrooks pins the Sheriff's Badge on the new Sheriff, Brent Holbrooks, who is also his son. Brent's wife and children are also pictured.
Former Sheriff Homer Holbrooks pins the Sheriff's Badge on the new Sheriff, Brent Holbrooks, who is also his son. Brent's wife and children are also pictured. 

Oaths of Office Administered in Macon County 

On Monday (December 5, 2022), winners of the November General Election were administered their oaths of office in public ceremonies and Macon Media was able to be at the following: the Macon County Board of Education, Clerk of Superior Court, as well as Deputy and Assistant Clerks of Court, Macon County Commissioners, and Macon County Sheriff, including Deputies, Detention Officers, and Administrative Staff.

 Video and photos of those ceremonies will be published in the next day or so. A livestream of the county meeting is posted below. 

 One oath of office Macon Media was unable to cover was the swearing-in of the new Franklin Police Chief due to it occurring at the same time as the county commissioners and sheriff being sworn in. 

Oaths of Office | Macon Media News Livestream



• All-Out Effort Underway to Investigate Power Station Attack [The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC)]

• 'We cannot tolerate this:' Targeted attack on substations calls power grid security into question [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• 'Plan for the unthinkable' Asheville City Schools prepare for evacuation exercise [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Graham County Education Board member wins by 1 vote in recount [BPR]

• Brasstown Ringers 2022 Holiday Schedule [Macon Media]

• Mountain Voices Christmas Concert - December 8 at FUMC at 7 pm [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, December 05 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for December 5th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 28 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: 286th day of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

Winter and the War in Ukraine - Who is better prepared for winter conditions? | Perun



Ukraine Strikes INTO Russia 700km Away... | Funker 530 Veterans Community



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



• FT Person of the Year: Volodymyr Zelenskyy. ‘I am more responsible than brave’ [Financial Times]

• Putin drives across bridge to Crimea that was damaged during war [PBS Newshour]

• Military expert joins TVP World to discuss blasts at Russia’s air bases [TVP World (video)]

• Ukraine updates: Russia unleashes fatal missile barrage [DW News]

• Drone Hits Russian Oil Depot Day After Ukraine Strikes Deep Inside [New York Times]

• Ukrainians face emergency blackouts after Russian missile attacks [Al Jazeera]

• U.S. Altered Himars Rocket Launchers to Keep Ukraine From Firing Missiles Into Russia [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]


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

• Drone attack on another Russian airfield – governor [Russia Today]

• Ukraine strikes Russian nuclear triad in Engels: Dangerous consequences to follow [Pravda ]

• UN Security Council to hold meeting on situation in Ukraine on Tuesday – deputy UN envoy [TASS Russian News Agency]


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National and World News Roundup



• Iran Crisis Update, December 05 Understanding War] [PDF for December 4th]

Experts doubting the disbandment of Iran's "morality police" | Global News



• After A Day Of Strikes Across Iran Comes Night Of Rallies [Iran International]

• Republican hopes fade as Warnock momentum picks up in Georgia [Politico]

• Warnock Claims Momentum in Georgia, as Walker Banks on Election Day Turnout [New York Times]

• The military fielded over 200 domestic extremism reports last year [Navy Times]

• California eyes penalties for oil companies’ big profits [AP News]

• Hertz settles lawsuits over hundreds of alleged false arrests [CNN]

• Johnson County Sheriff's arrest part of FBI probe [Fort Smith Times Record]

• Trump Owed Hidden Debt While In Office [Forbes]

• Rudy Giuliani struggled to answer basic questions at his attorney misconduct hearing [Yahoo! News]


Global National: Dec. 5, 2022 | Alberta government seizes Calgary condos for sanctioned Russian Bank



Nightly News Full Broadcast (December 5th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, December 05, 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 4:23pm CET, 2 December 2022, there have been 97,618,392 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,071,245 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 25 November 2022, a total of 645,581,549 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 4:23pm CET, 2 December 2022, there have been 640,395,651 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,618,579 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 30 November 2022, a total of 13,042,112,489 vaccine doses have been administered.

• CDC encourages people to wear masks to help prevent spread of Covid, flu and RSV over the holidays [CNBC]

• 42% of US adults likely have had COVID, but almost half of them say they didn't [CIDRAP (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)]

• Worst flu outbreak in more than a decade spikes hospitalizations [AXIOS]

• Side effects of COVID vaccines often ‘psychosomatic’: Israeli peer-reviewed study [Times of Israel]

• COVID vaccine hesitancy linked to 'nocebo' side effects [CIDRAP (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• The coming challenges for Public Domain [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Amazon is offering customers $2 per month for letting the company monitor the traffic on their phones [Business Insider]



• Facebook threatens to ban news in the US over journalism bill [The Verge]

• China's Hackers Reportedly Stole Over $20 Million in Covid Relief Benefits [Gizmodo]

• The future depends on chips. Is the U.S. ready? [Washington Post]

• Tim Draper predicts bitcoin will reach $250,000 next year despite FTX collapse: ‘The dam is about to break’ [CNBC]

• Musk’s Neuralink faces federal inquiry after killing 1,500 animals in testing [The Guardian]

• New Process Allows 3-D Printing of Microscale Metallic Parts [Caltech]

• Additive manufacturing of micro-architected metals via hydrogel infusion [Nature (referred to in the above link)]

• The Organ-on-a-Chip Revolution Is Here [The MIT Press reader]


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

The Level1 Show December 6 2022: 🐦 vs. 🍎 | Level1 Techs



Nice Looking Code, But Does It Work? - DTNS 4408 | Daily Tech News Show



The Debian Debate - LINUX Unplugged 487 | Jupiter Broadcasting



Construction to begin on world's biggest telescope | BBC News



Major Updates About Phosphine Discovery on Venus | Antov Petrov



Somehow Every Computer Chip In The World Is Built By One Company | Joe Scott



The Plan For After SETI Is Successful | Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur



Apple's Long Term China Plan | TWIT TV






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Ukraine Strikes INTO Russia 700km Away... | Funker 530 Veterans Community



Wagner group's involvement in war in Ukraine - Eastern Express | TVP World



How Ukraine Liberated Kherson - Russian Invasion | Kings and Generals



Russia launches ‘massive strike’ across Ukraine | Al Jazeera



How is Ukraine able to strike deep within Russian territory? | DW News



Oil prices rise as Russian embargo kicks in | BBC News



Ukraine. Military Summary And Analysis 12-05-2022) | Military Summary







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On This Day

December 6th is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 25 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)



963 – Pope Leo VIII is appointed to the office of Protonotary and begins his papacy as antipope of Rome.

1060 – Béla I is crowned king of Hungary.

1240 – Mongol invasion of Rus': Kyiv under Daniel of Galicia and Voivode Dmytro falls to the Mongols under Batu Khan.

1492 – After exploring island of Cuba for gold, surmising it for Japan, Columbus lands on island similar to Castile, naming it Hispaniola.

1534 – The city of Quito in Ecuador is founded by Spanish settlers led by Sebastián de Belalcázar.

1648 – Colonel Thomas Pride of the New Model Army purges the Long Parliament of MPs sympathetic to King Charles I of England, in order for the King's trial to go ahead; came to be known as "Pride's Purge".

1704 – Battle of Chamkaur: During the Mughal-Sikh Wars, an outnumbered Sikh Khalsa defeats a Mughal army.

1745 – Charles Edward Stuart's army begins retreat during the second Jacobite Rising.

1790 – The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia.

1803 – Five French warships attempting to escape the Royal Naval blockade of Saint-Domingue are all seized by British warships, signifying the end of the Haitian Revolution.

1865 – Georgia ratifies the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

1882 – Transit of Venus, second and last of the 19th century.

1884 – The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is completed.

1897 – London becomes the world's first city to host licensed taxicabs.

1904 – Theodore Roosevelt articulated his "Corollary" to the Monroe Doctrine, stating that the U.S. would intervene in the Western Hemisphere should Latin American governments prove incapable or unstable.

1907 – A coal mine explosion at Monongah, West Virginia, kills 362 workers.

1912 – The Nefertiti Bust is discovered.

1916 – World War I: The Central Powers capture Bucharest.

1917 – Finland declares independence from the Russian Empire.

1917 – Halifax Explosion: A munitions explosion near Halifax, Nova Scotia kills more than 1,900 people in the largest artificial explosion up to that time.

1917 – World War I: USS Jacob Jones is the first American destroyer to be sunk by enemy action when it is torpedoed by German submarine SM U-53.

1921 – The Anglo-Irish Treaty is signed in London by British and Irish representatives.

1922 – One year to the day after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Irish Free State comes into existence.

1928 – The government of Colombia sends military forces to suppress a month-long strike by United Fruit Company workers, resulting in an unknown number of deaths.

1933 – U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that James Joyce's novel Ulysses is not obscene.

1941 – World War II: Camp X opens in Canada to begin training Allied Secret Agents for the War.

1956 – A violent water polo match between Hungary and the USSR takes place during the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, against the backdrop of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

1957 – Project Vanguard: A launchpad explosion of Vanguard TV3 thwarts the first United States attempt to launch a satellite into Earth orbit.

1967 – Adrian Kantrowitz performs the first human heart transplant in the United States.

1969 – Altamont Free Concert: At a free concert performed by the Rolling Stones, eighteen-year old Meredith Hunter is stabbed to death by Hells Angels security guards.

1971 – Pakistan severs diplomatic relations with India, initiating the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

1973 – The Twenty-fifth Amendment: The United States House of Representatives votes 387–35 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States. (On November 27, the Senate confirmed him 92–3.)

1975 – The Troubles: Fleeing from the police, a Provisional IRA unit takes a British couple hostage in their flat on Balcombe Street, London, beginning a six-day siege.

1977 – South Africa grants independence to Bophuthatswana, although it is not recognized by any other country.

1978 – Spain ratifies the Spanish Constitution of 1978 in a referendum.

1982 – The Troubles: The Irish National Liberation Army bombs a pub frequented by British soldiers in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, killing eleven soldiers and six civilians.

1989 – The École Polytechnique massacre (or Montreal Massacre): Marc Lépine, an anti-feminist gunman, murders 14 young women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.

1990 – A military jet of the Italian Air Force, abandoned by its pilot after an on-board fire, crashed into a high school near Bologna, Italy, killing 12 students and injuring 88 other people.

1991 – Yugoslav Wars: In Croatia, forces of the Serb-dominated Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) bombard Dubrovnik after laying siege to the city for seven months.

1992 – The Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, India, is demolished, leading to widespread riots causing the death of over 1,500 people.

1997 – A Russian Antonov An-124 Ruslan cargo plane crashes into an apartment complex near Irkutsk, Siberia, killing 67.

1998 – in Venezuela, Hugo Chávez is victorious in presidential elections.

1999 – A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc.: The Recording Industry Association of America sues the peer-to-peer file-sharing service Napster, alleging copyright infringement.

2005 – An Iranian Air Force C-130 military transport aircraft crashes into a ten-floor apartment building in a residential area of Tehran, killing all 94 on board and 12 more on the ground.

2006 – NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.

2015 – Venezuelan parliamentary election: For the first time in 17 years, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela loses its majority in parliament.

2017 – Donald Trump's administration officially announces the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


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Published at 6:45am on Tuesday, December 06, 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

Monday, December 5, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, December 05, 2022



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


GENERAL OUTLOOK

As cool high pressure moves off the East Coast to start the week, moisture will increase. Expect multiple rounds of rain starting Monday and continuing into Friday. Another cold front approaches the area at the end of the week. Temperatures will be cool early in the week and be warmer in the middle of the week.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Rain, mainly after 2pm. Highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain before 8pm, then showers, mainly after 8pm. Patchy fog. Lows in the lower 40s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly before 4pm. Highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday

Showers likely, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Rain likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog after 2pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain before 1am, then showers after 1am. Patchy fog. Lows around 40. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers. Highs near 50. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Rain likely, mainly between 2pm and 4pm, then showers after 4pm. Highs near 50. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain before 8pm, then showers, mainly after 8pm. Patchy fog. Lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly before 4pm. Highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Rain, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog before 2pm, then patchy fog after 4pm. Highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the east around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain before 8pm, then showers after 8pm. Patchy fog. Lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Light winds out of the east. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers. Highs near 57. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.



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 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 Ragween and Grasses being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.3 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for December 5th

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

Highest Temperature 72°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2001
Lowest Temperature 7°F in Highlands in 1899
Greatest Rainfall 3.74 inches in Highlands in 1910
Greatest Snowfall 2.0 inches in Highlands in 1901

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 5th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 85°F in Murfreesboro, Hertford County in 1978
Lowest Temperature -1°F in Laurel Springs, Ashe County in 1974
Greatest Rainfall 4.31 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1973
Greatest Snowfall 10.0 inches in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 2002 />
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


• Emergency Declared and Curfew Ordered Following Moore Power Grid Attack [The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC)]

• Gunfire takes out power substations in Moore Co.; prompts State of emergency, curfew, closed schools [WTVD-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• How they voted: NC congressional votes for the week ending Dec. 1 [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Supreme Court set weigh in on 'most important case' on democracy involving NC voting maps [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Brasstown Ringers 2022 Holiday Schedule [Macon Media]

• Mountain Voices Christmas Concert - December 8 at FUMC at 7 pm [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, December 04 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for December 4th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 284 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: 284th day of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

Winter and the War in Ukraine - Who is better prepared for winter conditions? | Perun



Russia abandons battalion tactical groups | Ukraine: The Latest | The Telegraph Podcast



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






• Ukraine war: Oil prices rise as cap on Russian crude looms [BBC News]

• Will capping the price of Russian oil end Ukraine invasion? [Al Jazeera]

• SIPRI: Ukraine war is not all good news for arms industry [DW News]

• Russia strikes civilian areas, including apartment block, in Kherson, says Kyiv [WION]

• Germans blame war for inflation, but they blame Scholz for inaction: expert [TVP World]


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

• Withdrawal of Russian weapons is key to nuclear plant deal – UN official [Russia Today]

• Kremlin: Joe Biden's terms on talks with Putin impossible [Pravda ]

• Russian armed forces successfully advance near Artyomovsk — top brass [TASS Russian News Agency]


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National and World News Roundup



• Iran Crisis Update, December 04 Understanding War] [PDF for December 4th]

• Iran prosecutor general signals ‘morality police’ suspended [Al Jazeera]

• Iranians Ready For 3-Day Action As Regime Pulls Publicity Stunt [Iran International]

• N. Korea fires some 130 artillery shells into eastern, western 'buffer zones': S. Korean military [Yonhap News Agency]

• OPEC+ Keeps Oil Curbs Despite Russia Price Cap [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ]

US sees post-Thanksgiving surge of COVID-19, flu cases | Global News



• Emergency Declared and Curfew Ordered Following Moore Power Grid Attack [The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC)]

• Shootings at power substations cause North Carolina outages [AP News]

• FBI called to investigate firearms attacks on Duke Energy substations in North Carolina; 40K without power [Utility Dive]

How secure is America's electric grid? | 60 Minutes



• Extremists have developed ‘credible, specific plans’ to attack the US power grid, DHS says in new warning [Utility Dive]

• Four Navy sailors at same command appear to have died by suicide in less than a month [CBS News]

• Bob McGrath, original ‘Sesame Street’ cast member, dead at 90 [CNN]

• US Expedites Hypersonic Deployment As China Equips It Nuke Submarines With Missiles That Can Strike USA [Eurasian Times]

• Threats to protesters in Emmett Till rally prompt cancelation of Christmas parade in Kentucky [NBC News]


• Source of Controversy [Truth Social]

• Trump's call to suspend Constitution not a 2024 deal-breaker, leading House Republican says [ABC News]

• Musk Responds to Trump: 'The Constitution Is Greater Than Any President' [Red State]

• (Conservative Outlet) Musk Responds to Trump: 'The Constitution Is Greater Than Any President' [Red State]

• (Liberal Outlet) Trump Calls For 'Termination' Of Constitution Over Elon Musk's 'Twitter Files' Leak [Huffington Post]

Earlier

• Trump calls for ‘termination’ of election rules in Constitution to overturn 2020 election [The Hill]

• Trump Demands America Rip Up the Constitution, Make Him President [Rolling Stone via YAhoo! News]


Meet The Press Full Broadcast — Dec. 2 | NBC News



Face The Nation: Aguilar, Holder, Moynihan | CBS News



Emmanuel Macron: The 60 Minutes Interview 60 Minutes



Global National: Dec. 4, 2022 | "Tridemic" causing new health-care impacts across Canada



Nightly News Full Broadcast (December 4th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, December 04, 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 4:23pm CET, 2 December 2022, there have been 97,618,392 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,071,245 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 25 November 2022, a total of 645,581,549 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 4:23pm CET, 2 December 2022, there have been 640,395,651 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,618,579 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 30 November 2022, a total of 13,042,112,489 vaccine doses have been administered.

US sees post-Thanksgiving surge of COVID-19, flu cases | Global News



• Around 85% of recent Covid deaths were among people over 65. Why have so few gotten boosted? [NBC News]

• Masks Now Recommended in 12 Illinois Counties After Reaching ‘High' COVID Community Level [WMAQ-TV (Chicago, IL)]

• Boston-area COVID wastewater data spikes 88%, Massachusetts reports 5,068 COVID cases [Boston Herald]

• Molecular and cellular similarities in the brain of SARS-CoV-2 and Alzheimer’s disease individuals [BioRxiv]

• ‘We have to do a lot to help kids’: New details on learning losses during COVID-19 [Yahoo! News]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• New Zealand plans law to require Facebook, Google to pay for news [Reuters]

• Twitter's former safety chief warns Musk is moving fast and "breaking things" [NPR]

• Apple Makes Plans to Move Production Out of China [Wall Street Journal]

• The TSA's facial recognition technology, which is currently being used at 16 major domestic airports, may go nationwide next year [Business Insider]

• French hospital suspends operations after cyber attacks [France 24]

• TWiV 960: Getting funky with Dan Wilson [Microbe TV]


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

Cat Tales | Full Documentary | NOVA | PBS



Uh Oh, Artemis I Experienced a Few Problems So Far, Here Are The Details | Anton Petrov



Nick on the Rocks - Giant Ripples | Central Washington University



SpaceX Raptor Engine Destroys Itself During Testing | NASA Spaceflight



SpaceX Starship Booster Fires Long Duration, Starlink GO for Expansion! | spaceXcentric



Why Meta Dropped 70% ColdFusion



The Bitcoin revolution - How it all began | DW Documentary | DW Documentary



Destination Linux 303 LIVE! | TuxDigital



This Week in Tech #904: Bon Bons and Football | TWIT TV






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Winter and the War in Ukraine - Who is better prepared for winter conditions? | Perun



Pro-Russian demonstrations in Cologne | World Today | TVP World



Will a Russian oil price cap end the invasion of Ukraine? | Inside Story



Russian defense minister meets with Lukashenko in Belarus| DW News



OPEC+ stays on with production cut of 2 million barrels per day | Latest World News | English | WION



How Ukraine Liberated Kherson - Russian Invasion | Kings and Generals



Russia's Plan to Win the War in Ukraine | The Infographics Show







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On This Day

December 5th is the 339th day of the year (340th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 26 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)



63 BC – Cicero gives the fourth and final of the Catiline Orations.

633 – Fourth Council of Toledo takes place.

1082 – Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona is assassinated.

1408 – Emir Edigu of Golden Horde reaches Moscow.

1484 – Pope Innocent VIII issues the Summis desiderantes affectibus, a papal bull that deputizes Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger as inquisitors to root out alleged witchcraft in Germany.

1492 – Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic).

1496 – King Manuel I of Portugal issues a decree ordering the expulsion of Jewish "heretics" from the country.

1560 – Charles IX becomes king of France.

1578 – Sir Francis Drake, after sailing through Strait of Magellan raids Valparaiso.

1649 – The town of Raahe (Swedish: Brahestad) was founded by Count Per Brahe the Younger.

1757 – Seven Years' War: Battle of Leuthen: Frederick II of Prussia leads Prussian forces to a decisive victory over Austrian forces under Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine.

1766 – In London, auctioneer James Christie holds his first sale.

1775 – At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1776 – Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the U.S., holds its first meeting at the College of William & Mary.

1831 – Former U.S. President John Quincy Adams takes his seat in the House of Representatives.

1847 – Jefferson Davis is elected to the U.S. Senate.

1848 – California Gold Rush: In a message to the United States Congress, U.S. President James K. Polk confirms that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California.

1865 – Chincha Islands War: Peru allies with Chile against Spain.

1895 – New Haven Symphony Orchestra of Connecticut performs its first concert.

1931 – Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow is destroyed on orders from Joseph Stalin.

1933 – The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.

1934 – Abyssinia Crisis: Italian troops attack Wal Wal in Abyssinia, taking four days to capture the city.

1935 – Mary McLeod Bethune founds the National Council of Negro Women in New York City.

1936 – The Soviet Union adopts a new constitution and the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic is established as a full Union Republic of the USSR.

1941 – World War II: In the Battle of Moscow, Georgy Zhukov launches a massive Soviet counter-attack against the German army.

1941 – World War II: Great Britain declares war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.

1943 – World War II: Allied air forces begin attacking Germany's secret weapons bases in Operation Crossbow.

1945 – Flight 19, a group of TBF Avengers, disappears in the Bermuda Triangle.

1952 – Beginning of the Great Smog in London. A cold fog combines with air pollution and brings the city to a standstill for four days. Later, a Ministry of Health report estimates 4,000 fatalities as a result of it.

1955 – The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge and form the AFL–CIO.

1955 – E. D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery bus boycott.

1958 – Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh.

1958 – The Preston By-pass, the UK's first stretch of motorway, opens to traffic for the first time. (It is now part of the M6 and M55 motorways.)

1964 – Vietnam War: For his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the war.

1964 – Lloyd J. Old discovers the first linkage between the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and disease—mouse leukemia—opening the way for the recognition of the importance of the MHC in the immune response.

1971 – Battle of Gazipur: Pakistani forces stand defeated as India cedes Gazipur to Bangladesh.

1977 – Egypt breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq and South Yemen. The move is in retaliation for the Declaration of Tripoli against Egypt.

1983 – Dissolution of the Military Junta in Argentina.

1991 – Leonid Kravchuk is elected the first president of Ukraine.

1995 – Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lanka's government announces the conquest of the Tamil stronghold of Jaffna.

2004 – The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.

2005 – The 6.8 Mw  Lake Tanganyika earthquake shakes the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme), killing six people.

2006 – Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.

2007 – Westroads Mall shooting: Nineteen-year-old Robert A. Hawkins kills nine people, including himself, with a WASR-10 at a Von Maur department store in Omaha, Nebraska.[8]

2013 – Militants attack a Defense Ministry compound in Sana'a, Yemen, killing at least 56 people and injuring 200 others.

2014 – Exploration Flight Test 1, the first flight test of Orion, is launched.

2017 – The International Olympic Committee bans Russia from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics for doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics.


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Published at 3:00am on Monday, December 05, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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