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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Weekend Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 21, 2022



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Hot temperatures will continue and moisture will increase over the weekend as southerly flow persists between offshore Bermuda high pressure and a cold front moving east from the Plains. The cold front will settle south of the area on Monday, but return north as a warm front through mid week to keep conditions unsettled. A stronger cold front may arrive from the northwest late in the week.

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General Forecast Through Sunday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms before 3am, then a chance of showers. Lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 80%.

Monday Night Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 10pm, then a chance of showers after 10pm. Lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 80%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. WInds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms before 3am, then a chance of showers. Lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 80%.

Monday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 10pm, then a chance of showers after 10pm. Lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 80%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. WInds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 80%.

Monday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after 10pm. Lows around 60. Chance of rain is 80%.


Nantahala Area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midorning.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Highs in the upper 70s. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms before 3am, then a chance of showers. Lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%.

Monday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 10pm, then a chance of showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.







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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, and McDowell Counties, until 7 AM EDT Saturday.

A few thunderstorms may become strong to severe across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening. The main threats will be damaging wind gusts and large hail up to the size of quarters.





Record Weather Events for May 21st

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

Highest Temperature 90°F in Franklin in 1996
Lowest Temperature 30°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest Rainfall 4.03 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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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.


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





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On This Day

May 21 is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 224 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events



Historical Events

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293 – Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian appoint Galerius as Caesar to Diocletian, beginning the period of four rulers known as the Tetrarchy.
878 – Syracuse, Sicily, is captured by the Muslim Aghlabids after a nine-month siege.
879 – Pope John VIII gives blessings to Branimir of Croatia and to the Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of the Croatian state.
996 – Sixteen-year-old Otto III is crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
1349 – Dušan's Code, the constitution of the Serbian Empire, is enacted by Dušan the Mighty.
1403 – Henry III of Castile sends Ruy González de Clavijo as ambassador to Timur to discuss the possibility of an alliance between Timur and Castile against the Ottoman Empire.
1554 – Queen Mary I grants a royal charter to Derby School, as a grammar school for boys in Derby, England.
1659 – In the Concert of The Hague, the Dutch Republic, the Commonwealth of England and the Kingdom of France set out their views on how the Second Northern War should end.
1660 – The Battle of Long Sault concludes after five days in which French colonial militia, with their Huron and Algonquin allies, are defeated by the Iroquois Confederacy.
1674 – The nobility elect John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.
1703 – Daniel Defoe is imprisoned on charges of seditious libel.
1725 – The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by Empress Catherine I. It would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky.
1758 – Ten-year-old Mary Campbell is abducted in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War. She is returned six and a half years later.
1792 – A lava dome collapses on Mount Unzen, near the city of Shimbara on the Japanese island of Kyūshū, creating a deadly tsunami that killed nearly 15,000 people.
1809 – The first day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling between the Austrian army led by Archduke Charles and the French army led by Napoleon I of France sees the French attack across the Danube held.
1851 – Slavery in Colombia is abolished.
1856 – Lawrence, Kansas is captured and burned by pro-slavery forces.
1863 – American Civil War: The Union Army succeeds in closing off the last escape route from Port Hudson, Louisiana, in preparation for the coming siege.
1864 – Russia declares an end to the Russo-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile. The day is designated the Circassian Day of Mourning.
1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House ends.
1864 – The Ionian Islands reunite with Greece.
1871 – French troops invade the Paris Commune and engage its residents in street fighting. By the close of "Bloody Week", some 20,000 communards have been killed and 38,000 arrested.
1871 – Opening of the first rack railway in Europe, the Rigi Bahnen on Mount Rigi.
1879 – War of the Pacific: Two Chilean ships blocking the harbor of Iquique (then belonging to Peru) battle two Peruvian vessels in the Battle of Iquique.
1881 – The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.
1894 – The Manchester Ship Canal in the United Kingdom is officially opened by Queen Victoria, who later knights its designer Sir Edward Leader Williams.
1904 – The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is founded in Paris.
1911 – President of Mexico Porfirio Díaz and the revolutionary Francisco Madero sign the Treaty of Ciudad Juárez to put an end to the fighting between the forces of both men, concluding the initial phase of the Mexican Revolution.
1917 – The Imperial War Graves Commission is established through royal charter to mark, record, and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of the British Empire's military forces.
1917 – The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 causes $5.5 million in damages, destroying some 300 acres including 2,000 homes, businesses and churches, displacing about 10,000 people but leading to only one fatality (due to heart attack).
1924 – University of Chicago students Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr. murder 14-year-old Bobby Franks in a "thrill killing".
1927 – Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1932 – Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1934 – Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens.
1936 – Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover's severed genitals in her handbag. Her story soon becomes one of Japan's most notorious scandals.
1937 – A Soviet station, North Pole-1, becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean.
1939 – The Canadian National War Memorial is unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
1946 – Physicist Louis Slotin is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
1951 – The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition: A gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively known as the New York School.
1961 – American civil rights movement: Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declares martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.
1966 – The Ulster Volunteer Force declares war on the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland.
1969 – Civil unrest in Rosario, Argentina, known as Rosariazo, following the death of a 15-year-old student.
1972 – Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal, the mentally disturbed Hungarian geologist Laszlo Toth.
1976 – Twenty-nine people are killed in the Yuba City bus disaster in Martinez, California.
1979 – White Night riots in San Francisco following the manslaughter conviction of Dan White for the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.
1981 – The Italian government releases the membership list of Propaganda Due, an illegal pseudo-Masonic lodge that was implicated in numerous Italian crimes and mysteries.
1981 – Transamerica Corporation agrees to sell United Artists to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $380 million after the box office failure of the 1980 film Heaven's Gate.
1982 – Falklands War: A British amphibious assault during Operation Sutton leads to the Battle of San Carlos.
1988 – Margaret Thatcher holds her controversial Sermon on the Mound before the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
1991 – Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated by a female suicide bomber near Madras.
1991 – Mengistu Haile Mariam, president of the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, flees Ethiopia, effectively bringing the Ethiopian Civil War to an end.
1992 – After 30 seasons Johnny Carson hosted his penultimate episode and last featuring guests (Robin Williams and Bette Midler) of The Tonight Show.
1994 – The Democratic Republic of Yemen unsuccessfully attempts to secede from the Republic of Yemen; a war breaks out.
1996 – The ferry MV Bukoba sinks in Tanzanian waters on Lake Victoria, killing nearly 1,000.
1998 – In Miami, five abortion clinics are attacked by a butyric acid attacker.
1998 – President Suharto of Indonesia resigns following the killing of students from Trisakti University earlier that week by security forces and growing mass protests in Jakarta against his ongoing corrupt rule.
2001 – French Taubira law is enacted, officially recognizing the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
2003 – The 6.8 Mw  Boumerdès earthquake shakes northern Algeria with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). More than 2,200 people were killed and a moderate tsunami sank boats at the Balearic Islands.
2004 - Stanislav Petrov awarded World Citizen Award for averting a potential nuclear war in 1983 after correctly guessing Russian early warning system at fault
2005 – The tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opens at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.
2006 – The Republic of Montenegro holds a referendum proposing independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro; 55% of Montenegrins vote for independence.
2010 – JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, launches the solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS aboard an H-IIA rocket. The vessel would make a Venus flyby late in the year.
2011 – Radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted that the world would end on this date.
2012 – A bus accident near Himara, Albania kills 13 people and injures 21 others.
2012 – A suicide bombing kills more than 120 people in Sana'a, Yemen.
2014 – Random killings occurred on the Bannan Line of the Taipei MRT, killing four and injuring 24.
2014 - Russian President Putin signs agreements with China in Beijing in relation to trade and infrastructure
2016 - Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, leader of the Afghan Taliban is reportedly killed by a US drone in Pakistan
2017 – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed their final show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
2018 - US Justice Department says it is expanding its internal investigation into whether FBI infiltrated Donald Trump's 2016 campaign
2019 - Washington is the first US state to legalize human composting
2019 - Oldest and most distant gravitational waves detected from collision of two black holes with first intermediate-mass black hole ever discovered, 7 billion light years away
2020 - The U.S. announces it will withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty within six months, alleging continuous violations by Russia.





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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, May 21, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


Friday, May 20, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, May 20, 2022



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Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
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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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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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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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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


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