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Friday, May 20, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, May 20, 2022



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Weather
Hazards and Tropical Weather
Almanac
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)
On This Day
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OUTLOOK

Afternoon temperatures will remain well above normal through the weekend. Scattered mainly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms are expected on Saturday. A cold front approaching the area Sunday and Monday will bring better chances for showers and storms, with cooler weather on Tuesday. The weather is expected to remain active through late next week.

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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 90. Light winds out of the southeast early in the morning increasing and shifting to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Light winds out of the south.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Sunday

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 7 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the south around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 70%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Sunny, with highs near 90. Light winds out of the south early in the morning increasing and shifting to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Light south wind.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain is 60%. Sunday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 70%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Light winds out of the south early in the morning increasing and shifting to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the south 3 to 5 mph.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers between 1am and 4am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Sunday

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 70%.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Air Quality Alert

...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM FRIDAY TO 7 AM EDT SATURDAY ABOVE 4000 FEET...

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality in Raleigh NC has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Ground Level Ozone above 4000 feet for Avery, Mitchell, Yancey, Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Jackson, Swain, Graham, Macon, Transylvania, Caldwell, Burke, McDowell, Rutherford, and Polk Counties, from 7 AM Friday to 7 AM EDT Saturday.

An Air Quality Action Day means that Ground Level Ozone concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards. For additional information, please visit the North Carolina Division of Air Quality Web site at https://xapps.ncdenr.org/aq/ForecastCenterEnvista.




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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

Below is the High Resolution Rapid Refresh from NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction for our area. It runs from 12am EDT today to 6pm EDT this evening.















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

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (8.1 out of 12) today with Hickory, Birch, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (7.6 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for May 20th

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

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1996
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest Rainfall 4.07 inches in Highlands in 1959
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, May 20th

Questions about Mental Health? with NAMI Appalachian South
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room

NAMI Appalachian South (National Alliance on Mental Illness) representatives will be showing films and answering questions about mental health and local resources.

Please visit our Mental Wellness display of books, films, and information about local mental health resources.





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Local and State News

• 'Live with less:' NC economist says 50-50 chance of recession in 2022 [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Rep. Madison Cawthorn targets some Republicans after failed reelection bid [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Trump to hold July rally in Greensboro [WTVD-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• When the levee breaks: A perfect storm steers WNC toward a judicial crisis [Smoky Mountain News]

• Cawthorn to run again? What's next for primaried WNC congressman, TV pundit? Lobbyist? [Asheville Citizen-Times]


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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 19 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF]

Is NATO running out of weapons to supply Ukraine? (no) | Perun



• Romania's Constanta port becomes hub for Ukraine's grain [DW News]




JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (May 11th)





• Bellingcat | Sunday on 60 Minutes



• More Ukrainian troops surrender, cracks show in Ukraine defenses and West’s resolve [Courthouse News Service]

• Senate Passes $40 Billion Aid Package for Ukraine [Wall Street Journal]

• Ukrainian widow confronts Russian soldier accused of killing her husband [BBC News]

• Timeline: Week 12 of Russia’s war in Ukraine [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine river ambush shows again Russian military is ‘not up to scratch’ [France 24]

• Ukraine's Zelenskiy says Donbas region has been completely destroyed [Reuters via Yahoo! News]


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

• Russia will not export food to detriment of own market – top official [Russia Today]

• Ukraine-Russia conflict questions neutrality and credibility of Western media [Pravda ]

• Slovenia must reduce its embassy diplomatic staff by 4 people — Russian Foreign Ministry [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

• Stock Markets Finish Volatile Session Lower as S&P 500 Extends Decline [Wall Street Journal]

• China Insists Party Elites Shed Overseas Assets, Eyeing Western Sanctions on Russia [Wall Street Journal]

• Gas stations in Washington reprogram pumps to prepare for $10-a-gallon fuel [UK Daily Mail]

• Mesa County DA finds human error behind election audit used to prop up fraud claims [Courthouse News Service]

• Republican Panic Grows After Mastriano Wins [New York Times via Yahoo! News]

• Blackouts possible this summer due to heat and extreme weather, officials warn [CNN]

• As Buffalo mourns following deadly shooting, the Bills step up to help community heal [CBS News]

• Israeli military ID's gun that may have killed journalist [ABC News]

• Gusty winds fan wildfires in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado [AP News]

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

Read the leaked your at Google Drive or below:



Biden takes action after US baby formula shortage -- but is it enough? | DW News



Biden Set to Meet South Korea's Yoon, Japan's Kishida | Bloomberg Markets and Finance



Global National: May 19, 2022 | What Alberta's Jason Kenney resignation means for federal politics



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 19th, 2022


PBS NewsHour Full Episode May 19th, 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.

• SARS-CoV-2 RNA Can Persist in Stool Months After Respiratory Tract Clears Virus [JAMA Network]

• Omicron Infections, Without Vaccinations, Provide Little Immunity [Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News]

• Scent dogs in detection of COVID-19: triple-blinded randomised trial and operational real-life screening in airport setting [British Medical Journal - Global Health]

• Long COVID occurrence in COVID-19 survivors [Nature: Scientific Reports]

• NY COVID Hospitalizations at 3-Month High, Rise 25% in 10 Days as Fifth Wave Intensifies [WNBC-TV (New York City, NY)]

• Almost as contagious as measles: Coronavirus spins out worrisome new mutations [San Fransisco Chronicle]

• 2 years into COVID-19, some remain in complete isolation [ABC News]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Report: Elon Musk exposed himself to SpaceX flight attendant, according to documents [CHRON (Houston, TX)]

• Bavarian Nordic to Manufacture First Freeze-dried Doses of Smallpox Vaccine Upon Exercise of Contract Option by the U.S. Government [Bavarian Nordic]

• Francis Collins Urges Gene Therapy Community to Scale Efforts to Tackle Rare Diseases [Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News]

• Twitter will hide tweets that share false info during a crisis [The Verge]

• Mercedes-Benz G-Class Electric to get Sila’s high silicon anode chemistry in batteries [FInancial Express: Drives ]

• TikTokers Are Accused of Starting Forest Fires For Views [Vice News]

• U.S. DOJ will no longer prosecute ethical hackers under CFAA [Bleeping Computer/a>]

• Vangelis, Greek composer renowned for 'Chariots of Fire' score, dies at 79 [
France 24]

• Vangelis: Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner composer dies at 79 [BBC News]

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

• 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

Boeing Starliner Launches to the International Space Station on Atlas V | Boeing



Atlas V Launches Starliner's Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2) | NASA Spaceflight



How Kim Il-sung Won North Korea | Asianometry



Man unknowingly buys former plantation house where his ancestors were enslaved | 60 Minutes



Putting Your Face On A Refrigerator - DTNS 4279 | Daily Tech News



‘Authenticity Will Be the Key:’ Youtuber Logan Paul on the Era of Influence



Full Moon Lunar Eclipse over the Los Angeles Skyline | 4K Timelapse (May 15th 2022)



Vangelis, Greek composer renowned for 'Chariots of Fire' score, dies at 79 | FRANCE 24 English



WATCH: Congressional Hearing on UFOs! - LIVE






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> 1700 Ukrainian soldiers reported to have surrendered | DW News



US Sec of State Blinken accuses Russia of weaponizing food | FRANCE 24 English



Ukraine’s youth orchestra exiled in Slovenia | BBC News



How rape has become a weapon of war | ABC News



How does Poland view the war in Ukraine? | The Bottom Line







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On This Day

May 20 is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 225 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)





325 – The First Council of Nicaea is formally opened, starting the first ecumenical council of the Christian Church.
491 – Empress Ariadne marries Anastasius I. The widowed Augusta is able to choose her successor for the Byzantine throne, after Zeno (late emperor) dies of dysentery.
685 – The Battle of Dun Nechtain is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated.
794 – While visiting the royal Mercian court at Sutton Walls with a view to marrying princess Ælfthryth, King Æthelberht II of East Anglia is taken captive and beheaded.
1217 – The Second Battle of Lincoln is fought near Lincoln, England, resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.
1293 – King Sancho IV of Castile creates the Estudio de Escuelas de Generales in Alcalá de Henares.
1449 – The Battle of Alfarrobeira is fought, establishing the House of Braganza as a principal royal family of Portugal.
1497 – John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship Matthew looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).
1498 – Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discovers the sea route to India when he arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.
1520 – Hernando Cortes defeats Panfilo de Narvaez, sent by Spain to punish him for insubordination.
1521 – Ignatius of Loyola is seriously wounded in the Battle of Pampeluna.
1570 – Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issues Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas.
1609 – Shakespeare's sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
1631 – The city of Magdeburg in Germany is seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years' War.
1645 – Yangzhou massacre: The ten day massacre of 800,000 residents of the city of Yangzhou, part of the Transition from Ming to Qing.
1741 – The Battle of Cartagena de Indias ends in a Spanish victory and the British begin withdrawal towards Jamaica with substantial losses.
1775 – The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is allegedly signed in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1802 – By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution.
1813 – Napoleon Bonaparte leads his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia. The battle ends the next day with a French victory.
1840 – York Minster is badly damaged by fire.
1861 – American Civil War: The state of Kentucky proclaims its neutrality, which will last until September 3 when Confederate forces enter the state. Meanwhile, the State of North Carolina secedes from the Union.
1862 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law, opening 84 million acres of public land to settlers.

1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Ware Bottom Church: In the Virginia Bermuda Hundred campaign, 10,000 troops fight in this Confederate victory.
1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
1875 – Signing of the Metre Convention by 17 nations leading to the establishment of the International System of Units.
1882 – The Triple Alliance between the German Empire, Austria-Hungary and the Kingdom of Italy is formed.
1883 – Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people.
1891 – History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope.
1902 – Cuba gains independence from the United States. Tomás Estrada Palma becomes the country's first President.
1927 – Treaty of Jeddah: The United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merge to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
1932 – Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.
1940 – The Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz.
1941 – World War II: Battle of Crete: German paratroops invade Crete.
1948 – Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek wins the 1948 Republic of China presidential election and is sworn in as the first President of the Republic of China at Nanjing.
1949 – In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
1956 – In Operation Redwing, the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
1964 – Discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation by Robert Woodrow Wilson and Arno Penzias.
1965 – 121 people are killed when Pakistan International Airlines Flight 705 crashes at Cairo International Airport.
1967 – The Popular Movement of the Revolution political party is established in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
1969 – The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ends.
1971 – In the Chuknagar massacre, Pakistani forces massacre thousands, mostly Bengali Hindus.
1980 – In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects, by 60% of the vote, a government proposal to move towards independence from Canada.
1983 – First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by a team of French scientists including Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Jean-Claude Chermann, and Luc Montagnier.
1983 – Church Street bombing: A car bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe explodes on Church Street in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, killing 19 people and injuring 217 others.
1985 – Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba.
1989 – The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
1990 – The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.
1990 – Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space
1996 – Civil rights: The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Romer v. Evans against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of gays and lesbians.
2002 – The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and three years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).
2011 – Mamata Banerjee is sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal, the first woman to hold this post.
2012 – At least 27 people are killed and 50 others injured when a 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes northern Italy.
2013 – An EF5 tornado strikes the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, killing 24 people and injuring 377 others.
2015 - Journal Nature publishes findings of the oldest human-made tools from Kenya’s Turkana basin - 3.3 million years, 1st found to pre-date the Homo genus
2016 – The government of Singapore authorised the controversial execution of convicted murderer Kho Jabing for the murder of a Chinese construction worker despite the international pleas for clemency, notably from Amnesty International and the United Nations.
2017 - US President Donald Trump begins his 1st foreign trip arriving in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2018 - President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela wins a second term in an election marked by boycotts and accusations of vote rigging
2019 – The International System of Units (SI): The base units are redefined, making the international prototype of the kilogram obsolete.
2020 – WHO reports most new cases in a single day - 106,000 worldwide of COVID-19
2020 – Cyclone Amphan comes ashore in West Bengal, East India and Bangladesh, with winds of 185 km per hour (115 mph) killing at least 84 people
2021 – Israel and Hamas agree to a bilateral ceasefire in Gaza after nearly two weeks of fighting, amid international diplomatic efforts
2021 – One of Sri Lanka's worst ecological disasters as cargo ship MS X-Press Pearl, carrying toxic chemicals, catches fire off the country's coast and begins spilling debris





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Published at 3:00am on Friday, May 20, 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

Thursday, May 19, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, May 19, 2022



Here is an index to assist you in moving from section to section within the article.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Almanac
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)
On This Day
Support Macon Media


OUTLOOK

A subtropical airmass will shift into the region today, leading to much warmer weather for the end of the week. Chances for showers and thunderstorms also return to the area today. A cold front approaching the area Sunday will bring better chances for showers and storms, followed by cooler weather early next week.

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


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the morning. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 90s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 101 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Saturday Night

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

Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Light winds of the northwest increasing and shifting to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s. Light winds out of the southwest.

Friday

Sunny, with highs near 90. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.

Nantahala Area

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8am. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph before midnight.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 60s. Light winds out of the southwest.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Chance of rain is 40%.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Showers and thunderstorms may move out of East Tennessee and southwest Virginia and push into the North Carolina mountains tonight or early Thursday morning. Cloud-to-ground lightning, heavy rain, and gusty winds will be possible with any of these thunderstorms. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Thursday through Tuesday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast Thursday afternoon and evening. A few of them could produce severe weather, in the form of damaging wind gusts and large hail.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop today along and ahead of a cold front. Cloud-to-ground lightning will be possible with any of the thunderstorms. A few of the storms also could produce severe weather, in the form of damaging wind gusts and large hail.




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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

Below is the High Resolution Rapid Refresh from NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction for our area. It runs from 12am EDT today to 6pm EDT this evening.















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

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (7.8 out of 12) today with Birch, HIckory, and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.0 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for May 19th

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

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest Rainfall 2.81 inches in Highlands in 1983
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)


Wednesday, May 18th

Vaya Health Class - Bipolar Disorder and Extreme Mood Variation – Is There Stability?
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room

Please register for this in-person VAYA Health class at https://www.vayahealth.com/calendar/ or call the library 828-524-3600.

Whether you are the caregiver of someone with bipolar disorder or an individual living with the inability to maintain a consistent mood, feeling 'stable' is often an infrequent reality. This class examines features and symptoms of the different types of the disorder. It also addresses causes, risk factors, and, most importantly, treatment. Specific focus is placed on the impact for the geriatric population.

This is a free event facilitated by the Vaya Health GERO team. CEU’s are provided through NC Department of Health and Human Services. If you're not able to attend this event, or you'd like to see what else they have to offer, feel free to visit https://www.vayahealth.com/calendar/ to sign up for free webinars offered by Vaya Health.


Friday, May 20th

Questions about Mental Health? with NAMI Appalachian South
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room

NAMI Appalachian South (National Alliance on Mental Illness) representatives will be showing films and answering questions about mental health and local resources.

Please visit our Mental Wellness display of books, films, and information about local mental health resources.





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Local and State News

• North Carolina voters choose primary winners in key Senate, House races [Courthouse News Service]

• Judge: NC businessman, already in prison for bribery, defrauded his companies, too [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• NC hits new record-high average gas price [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• NC Republicans considering state employee and teacher raises, tax cuts this session [Raleigh News and Observer]

• When the levee breaks: How a pandemic, a surging population and a striking lack of resources is steering WNC toward a judicial crisis [Smoky Mountain NewsE]


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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 18 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF]

Is NATO running out of weapons to supply Ukraine? (no) | Perun



• Finland, Sweden Apply for NATO Membership, Breaking Decades of Neutrality [Wall Street Journal]




JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (May 11th)





• Bellingcat | Sunday on 60 Minutes



• Why some young Swedes remain uneasy about joining NATO [DW News]

• Fighting for the future: Ukraine tackles rebuilding cities destroyed by war [France 24]

• Russia suffers series of military, economic, diplomatic defeats [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine round-up: Mariupol aftermath and Russian soldier's trial [BBC News]

• Macron tells Zelenskiy: French arms deliveries to Ukraine will intensify [Reuters via Yahoo! News]


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

• Another NATO leader voices opposition to Sweden and Finland [Russia Today]

• Surrender of Azov* militants shrouded in mystery [Pravda ]

• West’s unwise moves lead to global food crisis, says Russian ambassador to US [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

President Biden Announces Additional Actions to Increase Infant Formula Supply | The White House



• Biden invokes Defense Production Act for formula shortage [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• COVID-wracked N.Korea may greet Biden with a missile test [Reuters]

• Officer ‘motorboated’ subordinate at promotion ceremony, retires after guilty plea [Army Times]

• High schooler runs sub-4 minute mile, breaking record that had stood since 1965 [CBS Sports]

• Ex-Minneapolis officer pleads guilty in George Floyd killing [ABC News]

• White supremacists are convicted of training for a civil war in Michigan [Metro Times]

• Heat, winds stoke fears of wildfire in Northern California[Courthouse News Service]

• Fiona Hill says Putin got 'frustrated many times' with Trump because the Russian leader 'had to keep explaining things' to him [Yahoo! News]

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

Read the leaked your at Google Drive or below:



Eye on the Fourth Estate
[Definition]

Global National: May 18, 2022 | Canadians feeling the pinch as inflation rate soars to new high



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 18th, 2022


PBS NewsHour Full Episode May 18th, 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 7:41pm CEST, 18 May 2022, there have been 520,372,492 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,270,232 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 7:41pm CEST, 18 May 2022, there have been 81,824,843 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 992,667 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 6 May 2022, a total of 570,102,931 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Unexplained post-acute infection syndromes [Nature]

• A third of US should be considering masks, officials say [AP News]

• Apple reinstates retail employee mask mandate at about 100 US stores [Apple Insider]

• The pandemic’s true health cost: how much of our lives has COVID stolen? [Nature]

• It's happening again: COVID-19 cases are back on the rise. There are 3 main reasons why. [USA Today]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• China Is 3D Printing a Massive 590-Foot-Tall Dam ... And Constructing It With Without Humans [Popular Mechanics]

• Robot Jumps a Record-Breaking 100 Feet in the Air [Smithsonian Magazine]

• Exclusive: John Deere closes in on fully autonomous farming with its latest AI acquisition [The Next WebE]

• IBM says it will have thousands of quantum computers for sale by 2025 [Tech Radar]

• Malware Can Be Loaded Even Onto Phones That Are Turned Off, Researchers Show [Vice News]

• 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 Starlink 47 launch & Falcon 9 first stage landing, 18 May 2022



Camp Ellis: Forgotten City



How mRNA Medicine Will Change the World | Melissa J. Moore | TED



Google Shares the Future of Hardware at IO 2022



Billionaire Michael Saylor Believes in Bitcoin More Than Ever






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Turkey blocks early talks on Finland and Sweden joining | DW News



Russian soldier pleads guilty in first war crimes trial of Ukraine conflict | BBC News



US ‘confident’ NATO expansion issues will be resolved



US reopens Kyiv embassy as Russian soldier pleads guilty at first war crimes trial



How Mariupol’s Azovstal Siege Became a Focal Point in the War in Ukraine | WSJ







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On This Day

May 19 is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 226 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)





639 – Ashina Jiesheshuai and his tribesmen assaulted Emperor Taizong at Jiucheng Palace.
715 – Pope Gregory II is elected.
1051 – Henry I of France marries the Rus' princess, Anne of Kiev.
1445 – John II of Castile defeats the Infantes of Aragon at the First Battle of Olmedo.
1499 – Catherine of Aragon is married by proxy to Arthur, Prince of Wales. Catherine is 13 and Arthur is 12.
1535 – French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnacona's two sons (whom Cartier had kidnapped during his first voyage).
1536 – Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, is beheaded for adultery, treason, and incest.
1542 – The Prome Kingdom falls to the Taungoo Dynasty in present-day Myanmar.
1643 – Thirty Years' War: French forces under the duc d'Enghien decisively defeat Spanish forces at the Battle of Rocroi, marking the symbolic end of Spain as a dominant land power.
1649 – An Act of Parliament declaring England a Commonwealth is passed by the Long Parliament. England would be a republic for the next eleven years.
1655 – The Invasion of Jamaica begins during the Anglo-Spanish War.
1743 – Jean-Pierre Christin developed the centigrade temperature scale.
1749 – King George II of Great Britain grants the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River.
1776 – American Revolutionary War: A Continental Army garrison surrenders in the Battle of The Cedars.
1780 – New England's Dark Day, an unusual darkening of the day sky, was observed over the New England states and parts of Canada.
1802 – Napoleon Bonaparte founds the Legion of Honour.
1828 – U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828 into law, protecting wool manufacturers in the United States.
1845 – Captain Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated Arctic expedition depart from Greenhithe, England.
1848 – Mexican–American War: Mexico ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo thus ending the war and ceding California, Nevada, Utah and parts of four other modern-day U.S. states to the United States for US$15 million.
1883 – Buffalo Bill's 1st Buffalo Bill's Wild West opens in Omaha, Nebraska.
1900 – Great Britain annexes Tonga Island.
1900 – Second Boer War: British troops relieve Mafeking.
1911 – Parks Canada, the world's first national park service, is established as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior.
1917 – The Norwegian football club Rosenborg BK is founded.
1919 – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, initiating what is later termed the Turkish War of Independence.
1921 – The United States Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act establishing national quotas on immigration.
1922 – The Young Pioneer Organization of the Soviet Union is established.
1933 – Finnish cavalry general C. G. E. Mannerheim was appointed the field marshal.
1934 – Zveno and the Bulgarian Army engineer a coup d'état and install Kimon Georgiev as the new Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
1942 – World War II: In the aftermath of the Battle of the Coral Sea, Task Force 16 heads to Pearl Harbor.
1945 – Syrian demonstrators in Damascus are fired upon by French troops injuring twelve, leading to the Levant Crisis.
1950 – A barge containing munitions destined for Pakistan explodes in the harbor at South Amboy, New Jersey, devastating the city.
1950 – Egypt announces that the Suez Canal is closed to Israeli ships and commerce.
1959 – The North Vietnamese Army establishes Group 559, whose responsibility is to determine how to maintain supply lines to South Vietnam; the resulting route is the Ho Chi Minh trail.
1961 – Venera program: Venera 1 becomes the first man-made object to fly by another planet by passing Venus (the probe had lost contact with Earth a month earlier and did not send back any data).
1961 – At Silchar Railway Station, Assam, 11 Bengalis die when police open fire on protesters demanding state recognition of Bengali language in the Bengali Language Movement.
1962 – A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday".
1963 – The New York Post Sunday Magazine publishes Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail.
1971 – Mars probe program: Mars 2 is launched by the Soviet Union.
1986 – The Firearm Owners Protection Act is signed into law by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
1991 – Croatians vote for independence in a referendum.
1993 – SAM Colombia Flight 501 crashes on approach to José María Córdova International Airport in Medellín, Colombia, killing 132.
1996 – Space Shuttle program: Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched on mission STS-77.
1997 – The Sierra Gorda biosphere, the most ecologically diverse region in Mexico, is established as a result of grassroots efforts
2000 – Space Shuttle program: Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched on mission STS-101 to resupply the International Space Station.
2007 – President of Romania Traian Băsescu survives an impeachment referendum and returns to office from suspension.
2010 – The Royal Thai Armed Forces concludes its crackdown on protests by forcing the surrender of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship leaders.
2012 – Three gas cylinder bombs explode in front of a vocational school in the Italian city of Brindisi, killing one person and injuring five others.
2012 – A car bomb explodes near a military complex in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, killing nine people.
2015 – The Refugio oil spill deposited 142,800 U.S. gallons (3,400 barrels) of crude oil onto an area in California considered one of the most biologically diverse coastlines of the west coast.
2016 – EgyptAir Flight 804 crashes into the Mediterranean Sea while traveling from Paris to Cairo, killing all on board.
2018 – The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is held at St George's Chapel, Windsor, with an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion.
2020 Greenhouse gas emissions dropped 17% worldwide in April 2020 when world was in lockdown, in study published in "Nature Climate Change"
2020 Two dams on Tittabawassee River in central Michigan breached by floodwaters, forcing evacuation of thousands of residents
2021 New York City begins re-opening after 423 days (March 2020) with the COVID-19 death toll at 33,000
2021 The EU agrees to open its borders to vaccinated travelers from safe countries





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Published at 5:00am on Thursnday, May 19, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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