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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Weather Briefing for Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Here is a truncated weather briefing for today.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will move east of our area this evening taking with it the potential for thunderstorms. Another cold front will cross our region from the west on Thursday and bring widespread rainfall with light precipitation lingering into Saturday. Dry high pressure will build across our region from Sunday into the start of next week.



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Local News Brief  At the October 2021 meeting of the Macon County Bpard of Education, the board voted 5-0 to end the mask mandate in the Macon Cunty public schools. This policy change does not apply to school buses. Face coverings remain a federal mandate while on all public transportation, including school buses. [Facebook] For those who are interested, here is the live webcast of the eniter meeting.








Franklin Area


Today

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Showers, mainly after 11am. Highs in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Thursday Night

Showers. Lows in the mid-40s. Chance of rain is 80%.


Highlands Plateau


Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 to 15 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Calm winds in the early evening increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Thursday

Showers, mainly after 11am. The rain could be heavy at times. Highs in the upper 40s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Thursday Night

Showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Chance of rain is 80%.


Otto Area


Today

Sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest around 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Thursday

Showers, mainly after 11am. High in the mid-50s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Thursday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Chance of rain is 70%.


Nantahala Area


Today

Patchy fog between 7am and 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Light winds out of the north.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday

Showers, mainly after 11am. Highs in the mid-50s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Thursday Night

Showers. Low in the mid-40s. Chance of rain is 80%.


HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

Hazardous weather is not expected today. Tomorow is a different story. A cold front will move through the area Monday afternoon and evening generating scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. Some of these thunderstorms may become severe and produce damaging wind gusts and small hail.


TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Oct 26 2021

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

1. A deepening, non-tropical low pressure system with gale-force winds is located about 250 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. This gale area is forecast to move north-northeastward today, and could acquire some limited subtropical characteristics before it merges with a frontal system by this afternoon. The extratropical low is then expected to meander off the mid-Atlantic and northeast U.S. coasts tonight and Wednesday, bringing rain and wind impacts to portions of those areas. After that time, the low is expected to move eastward away from the U.S. coast, and could again acquire some subtropical characteristics while it moves eastward or southeastward over the warmer waters of the central Atlantic. For more information on this system, including storm warnings, see products issued by your local National Weather Service office and High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.




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Published at 4:15am on Tuesday, October 24, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins

Monday, October 25, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, October 25, 2021



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

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Weather
Hazards and Tropical Weather
Almanac
Macon Calendar
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
On This Day
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OUTLOOK

A cold front will approach the Western Carolinas from the west today. This front is expected to move through our area this afternoon and evening and could produce some strong and possibly even severe thunderstorms. Another cold front will cross our region from the west on Thursday and bring widespread rainfall with light precipitation lingering into Saturday.




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Local and State News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [October 21, 2021]

• Today (Monday, October 25th) is a remote learning day for all public schools except for Highlands School. • Beth Martin won the 2021 Pumpkin Roll with a roll length of 1,011 feet. [Facebook] [Macon Media Webcast] • Construction Has Begun on the South Macon Backbone! [Little T BroadbandE]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Wednesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Highs near 70. Calm winds cin the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Rain likely before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 3pm and 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Patchy fog after 4pm. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tuesday

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s.






Otto area

Today



A chance of showers before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 3pm and 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs near 64. Winds out of the northwest around 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50.




Nantahala area

Today

Showers, mainly after 2pm. Highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest around 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Chance of rain is 60%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Numerous showers and thunderstorms will cross the region this afternoon and evening ahead of a strong cold front. Some of these thunderstorms may become severe, with damaging wind gusts the primary threat. Isolated large hail, and a brief tornado, cannot be ruled out. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... Spotter activation may be needed. Please relay any information about observed severe weather to the NWS while following all local, state, and CDC guidelines.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Oct 25 2021

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

1. A non-tropical low pressure system is expected to form off the east coast of the United States during the next day or so. The frontal low will move generally north-northeastward through the middle of the week, and the system will likely bring rain and wind impacts to portions of the mid-Atlantic and northeast U.S. coast. By the end of the week, the low could acquire some tropical or subtropical characteristics while it moves eastward away from the northeast U.S. coast. For more information on this system, including storm watches and warnings, see products issued by your local National Weather Service office and High Seas Forecasts issued by the Ocean Prediction Center.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.



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Almanac

Air Quality




[No forecast available today]

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

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Pollen
2.23.3 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (3.7 out of 12).


Record Weather Events for October 25th

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

Highest Temperature 81°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2016
Lowest Temperature 20°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 3.30 inches in Highlands in 1913
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snow has fallen on this date since 1872)

Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on October 20, 1913
Record Weather Events for October 6th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Albemarle, Stanly County in 1954
Lowest Temperature 22°F in Celo, Yancey County in 1968
Greatest Rainfall 14.00 inches in Aberdeen, Moore County in 1913
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches on Montreat, Yancey County in 1932

(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane 5 of 1913. The storm formed off the coast of Rhode Island and traveled southwest, striking North and South Carolina. This was before Tropical Storms and Hurricanes were named).

Record Weather Events for October in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Albemarle, Stanly County on 10-06-1954
Lowest Temperature 8°F in Banner Elk, Avery County on 10-21-1952
Greatest Rainfall 14.00 inches in Aberdeen, Moore County on 10-06-1913
Greatest Snowfall 11.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 10-25-1990



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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)




FROG FAIR
November 6, 2021


Friends of the Greenway Fall Fundraising Event. FROG FAIR will be held November 6 from 9-3 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge. Vendor spaces are available--check our website for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Make sure to mark your calendar--arts & crafts, food, & music will make it a special day. For more information, email frog28734@gmail.com.


Encastic Painting Classes

The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encastic painting on Specified Fridays from 10AM-12PM at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St Franklin NC. Specific class dates are Friday July 9 and 23, August 3 and 27, September 3 and 17, October 29.

For more information contact the instructor, Karen Smith, at karen@programservices.org


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National and World News Roundup

• How China’s past shapes Xi's thinking - and his view of the world [BBC News]

• Biden, Manchin and Schumer huddle, but still no budget deal [Courthouse News Service]

• Facebook whistleblower documents offer new revelations about Jan. 6 response [ABC News]

• Ex-Saudi official claims crown prince said he could get "poison ring from Russia" to kill king [Yahoo! News]

• Container ship fire off British Columbia smoldering, no longer spreading [Reuters]

• Exclusive Eyewitness Recounts Shooting on Alec Baldwin Movie Set: One bullet ripped through both victims [ShowBiz 411]

• The truth in the 2020 election has become a matter of political belief [Courthouse News Service]

SpaceX Starship Damaged in Static Fire, Catch Arms are ON, SLS Complete, Soyuz Progress, NASA Crew-3



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - October 25th, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode October 25th, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.





COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [October 21, 2021]



• COVID-19 in NC: Percent positive dips to the lowest point in 3 months; NC finally breaks pattern in deaths [WNCN-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

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Declining vaccine efficacy



• SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants under investigation in England Technical Briefing26 [UK Government Publishing Service]

Mixing Vaccine Boosters For COVID 19 (MedCram Update 131)



• Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Takes Additional Actions on the Use of a Booster Dose for COVID-19 Vaccines [FDA]

• Long-Term Elevated Inflammatory Protein Levels in Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infected Individuals [Frontiers in Immunology]

• A review: Antibody-dependent enhancement in COVID-19: The not so friendly side of antibodies [SAGE Journals]

• Business Restrictions and COVID-19 Fatalities [OXFORD Academic]

• Assessment of Cognitive Function in Patients After COVID-19 Infection [JAMA Network]

• Cardiac Fibrosis Is a Risk Factor for Severe COVID-19 [Frontiers in Immunology]



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On This Day

October 25th is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 67 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

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



285 (or 286) – Execution of Saints Crispin and Crispinian during the reign of Diocletian, now the patron saints of leather workers, curriers, and shoemakers.
473 – Emperor Leo I acclaims his grandson Leo II as Caesar of the East Roman Empire.
1147 – Seljuk Turks defeat German crusaders under Conrad III at the Battle of Dorylaeum.
1147 – Reconquista: After a siege of four months, crusader knights reconquer Lisbon.
1415 – Hundred Years' War: Henry V of England, with his lightly armoured infantry and archers, defeats the heavily armoured French cavalry in the Battle of Agincourt.
1616 – Dutch sea-captain Dirk Hartog makes the second recorded landfall by a European on Australian soil, at the later-named Dirk Hartog Island off the West Australian coast.
1747 – War of the Austrian Succession: A British fleet under Admiral Edward Hawke defeats the French at the Second Battle of Cape Finisterre.
1760 – King George III succeeds to the British throne on the death of his grandfather George II.
1812 – War of 1812: The American frigate, USS United States, commanded by Stephen Decatur, captures the British frigate HMS Macedonian.
1822 – Greek War of Independence: The First Siege of Missolonghi begins.
1854 – The Battle of Balaclava takes place during the Crimean War. It is soon memorialized in verse as The Charge of the Light Brigade.
1861 – The Toronto Stock Exchange is created.
1900 – The United Kingdom annexes the Transvaal.
1911 – The Xinhai Revolution spreads to Guangzhou, where the Qing general Feng-shan is assassinated by the Chinese Assassination Corps.
1917 – Old Style date of the October Revolution in Russia.
1920 – After 74 days on hunger strike in Brixton Prison, England, the Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney dies.
1924 – The Zinoviev letter, which Zinoviev himself denied writing, is published in the Daily Mail; the Labour party would later blame this letter for the Conservatives' landslide election win four days later.
1927 – The Italian luxury liner SS Principessa Mafalda sinks off the coast of Brazil, killing 314.
1940 – Benjamin O. Davis Sr. is named the first African American general in the United States Army.
1944 – World War II: Heinrich Himmler orders a crackdown on the Edelweiss Pirates, a loosely organized youth culture in Nazi Germany that had assisted army deserters and others to hide from the Third Reich.
1944 – World War II: The USS Tang under Richard O'Kane (the top American submarine ace of the war) is sunk by the ship's own malfunctioning torpedo.
1944 – World War II: The final attempt of the Imperial Japanese Navy to win the war climaxes at the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
1945 – Fifty years of Japanese administration of Taiwan formally ends when the Republic of China assumes control.
1949 – The Battle of Guningtou in the Taiwan Strait begins.
1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis: Adlai Stevenson shows the United Nations Security Council reconnaissance photographs of Soviet ballistic missiles in Cuba.
1971 – The People's Republic of China replaces the Republic of China at the United Nations.
1973 – Egypt and Israel accept United Nations Security Council Resolution 339.
1980 – Proceedings on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction conclude.
1983 – The United States and its Caribbean allies invade Grenada, six days after Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and several of his supporters are executed in a coup d'état.
1995 – A commuter train slams into a school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, killing seven students.
1997 – After a civil war, Denis Sassou Nguesso proclaims himself President of the Republic of the Congo.
2001 – Microsoft releases Windows XP, becoming one of Microsoft's most successful operating systems.
2009 – The October 2009 Baghdad bombings kill 155 and wound at least 721.
2010 – Mount Merapi in Indonesia begins a month-long series of violent eruptions that kill 353 people and cause the evacuation of another 350,000 people.



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Published at 4:30am on Monday, October 25, 2021
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

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Weather Briefing for Sunday, October 24, 2021

Here is a truncated weather briefing for today.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will prevail through the weekend. A cold front is expected to move through our area on Monday and could produce some strong and possibly even severe thunderstorms. Another front will lift over our forecast area on Thursday and bring widespread precipitation to the region. Temperatures will remain above normal through Monday and then cool to below normal by late week.



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Local News Brief  Beth Martin of Oklahoma won the 2021 Pumpkin Roll in Franklin with a roll of 1,011 feet. The event starts at the 27 minutre and 30 second mark in the live video posted on [MaconMedia.com]







Franklin Area


Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 4pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers between 10pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40.


Highlands Plateau


Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 4pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9pm, then a slight chance of showers between 9pm and 2am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40.


Otto Area


Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 4pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9pm, then a slight chance of showers between 9pm and 1am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. WInds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40.


Nantahala Area


Today

Sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to mcome out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 3pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 3pm. Highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the moid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40.


HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

Hazardous weather is not expected today. Tomorow is a different story. A cold front will move through the area Monday afternoon and evening generating scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. Some of these thunderstorms may become severe and produce damaging wind gusts and small hail.


TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Oct 24 2021

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

1. A non-tropical area of low pressure is expected to form off the east coast of the United States in a couple of days. The frontal low will likely move generally northward through the middle of the week and could bring rain and wind impacts to portions of the mid-Atlantic and northeast U.S. coast. Late in the week, the low is forecast to move eastward, and it could begin to acquire tropical or subtropical characteristics while it moves away from the coast of the U.S. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.




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Published at 6:00am on Sunday, October 24, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Live Webcast of the 2021 World-Famous Pumpkin Roll

Photo taken by Bobby Coggins on October 24, 2009 at the 13th Annual Pumpkin Roll.

The 25th Annual Pumpkinfest is today in downtown Franklin. Macon Media will be webcasting from near the corner of Palmer Street (aka Back Street) and Phillips Street from around 10am until the batteries go dead or I am too tired to go on any longer. This is so those who wish to maintain social distancing can do so. Followers of the Macon Media News, Weather and Information Facebook Page can watch there or those who do not have Facebook can watch here. The webcast will also be occaisonally shown on the digital sign in front of town hall.

When the webcast starts, it will be added here at about 10am.





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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, October 23, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, October 23, 2021



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

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Local News
Weather
Hazards and Tropical Weather
Almanac
Macon Calendar
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
On This Day
Support Macon Media


OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will prevail over the weekend, however, the weather pattern will become more active next week. Expect temperatures to be above normal through the first half of next week. A cold front is expected to drop temperatures at the end of next week.




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Local and State News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [October 21, 2021]

The Pumpkinfest will be happening today in downtown Franklin and several streets are closed off. A map is posted on the Franklin Police Department Facebook Page, which has been embedded here.



Macon Media will be webcasting live from the Pumpkin Roll location on Phillips Street for those who either cannot attend or wish to maintain social distancing from around 10am until either my batteries run out or I (Bobby) get tired or taken out by a pumpkin. Video will also be available on the electronic sign in front of the town hall for those who wish to maintain social distancing.

• Live Webcast From the Pumpkin Roll in Franklin (Starts at 10am) [Macon Media]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Friday Night


Franklin area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph by noon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 46. Calm winds.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs near 74. Calm winds becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 50. South southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.

Monday

A chance of showers before noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between noon and 3pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 71. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers between 9pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 47. Chance of precipitation is 40%.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs near 63. North northwest wind 5 to 8 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 46. Light west southwest wind.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs near 65. Calm winds becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 49. South southwest wind around 6 mph.

Monday

Showers likely before 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 1pm and 4pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 63. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 45. Chance of precipitation is 40%.






Otto area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 70. North wind 3 to 5 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 46. Calm winds.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs near 73. Calm winds becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 51. South wind around 5 mph.

Monday

Showers likely before 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 1pm and 3pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Light south southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 48. Chance of precipitation is 30%.




Nantahala area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 67. Light northwest wind.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 47. Light and variable wind.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs near 71. Calm winds becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 52. South southeast wind around 6 mph.

Monday

Showers likely before noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between noon and 4pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 66. South southwest wind 6 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 47. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today. Some severe weather may be possible Monday.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Oct 23 2021

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.



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Almanac

Air Quality




[No forecast available today]

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

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (3.3 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (3.1 out of 12).


Record Weather Events for October 22nd

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

Highest Temperature 82°F in Franklin in 1978
Lowest Temperature 20°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1952
Greatest Rainfall 2.64 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1945
Geatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date)

Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on October 20, 1913
Record Weather Events for October 6th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Albemarle, Stanly County in 1954
Lowest Temperature 22°F in Celo, Yancey County in 1968
Greatest Rainfall 14.00 inches in Aberdeen, Moore County in 1913
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches on Montreat, Yancey County in 1932

(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane 5 of 1913. The storm formed off the coast of Rhode Island and traveled southwest, striking North and South Carolina. This was before Tropical Storms and Hurricanes were named).

Record Weather Events for October in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Albemarle, Stanly County on 10-06-1954
Lowest Temperature 8°F in Banner Elk, Avery County on 10-21-1952
Greatest Rainfall 14.00 inches in Aberdeen, Moore County on 10-06-1913
Greatest Snowfall 11.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 10-25-1990



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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)




FROG FAIR
November 6, 2021


Friends of the Greenway Fall Fundraising Event. FROG FAIR will be held November 6 from 9-3 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge. Vendor spaces are available--check our website for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Make sure to mark your calendar--arts & crafts, food, & music will make it a special day. For more information, email frog28734@gmail.com.


Encastic Painting Classes

The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encastic painting on Specified Fridays from 10AM-12PM at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St Franklin NC. Specific class dates are Friday July 9 and 23, August 3 and 27, September 3 and 17, October 29.

For more information contact the instructor, Karen Smith, at karen@programservices.org


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National and World News Roundup

• How the Supply Chain Broke, and Why It Won’t Be Fixed Anytime Soon [New York Times]

• Record high migrant detentions at US-Mexico border [BBC News]

Zoom settlement

In a class action privacy lawsuit against video teleconferencing company Zoom, a federal court in California preliminarily approved an $85 million settlement under which paid subscribers can receive 15% of what they paid to the company or $25, whichever is greater, and free users can submit claims for $15. Read the order at • title [COurthouse News Service (PDF)]

• Intel CEO believes the CPU and GPU shortage crisis will last into 2023 [TechRadar]

• Over 500,000 healthcare workers quit in August and thousands more have gone on strike as the industry deals with burnout and staff shortages [Business Insider]

• Virginia School Board Sues FOIA Recipients For Receiving FOIA'ed Documents It Handed To Them [TechDirt]

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - October 22nd, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode October 22nd, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.





COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [October 21, 2021]



• Year-long COVID-19 infection reveals within-host evolution of SARS-CoV-2 in a patient with B cell depletion [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• SARS-CoV-2 crosses the blood–brain barrier accompanied with basement membrane disruption without tight junctions alteration [Nature]

• Post COVID-19 in children, adolescents, and adults: results of a matched cohort study including more than 150,000 individuals with COVID-19 [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• COVID-19 Vaccination and Non–COVID-19 Mortality Risk — Seven Integrated Health Care Organizations, United States, December 14, 2020–July 31, 2021 [CDC (Academic Report)]

• Social distancing slows down steady dynamics in pedestrian flows [AIP: Physics of Fluids/a>]



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On This Day

October 23rd is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 71 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

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



4004 BC – James Ussher's proposed creation date of the world according to the Bible.
42 BC – Liberators' civil war: Mark Antony and Octavian decisively defeat Brutus's army. Brutus commits suicide.
425 – Valentinian III is elevated as Roman emperor at the age of six.
502 – The Synodus Palmaris, called by Gothic king Theoderic, absolves Pope Symmachus of all charges, thus ending the schism of Antipope Laurentius.
1086 – Spanish Reconquista: At the Battle of Sagrajas, the Almoravids defeats the Castilians, but are unable to take advantage of their victory.
1157 – The Battle of Grathe Heath ends a civil war in Denmark.
1295 – The first treaty forming the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France against England is signed in Paris.
1641 – Irish Catholic gentry from Ulster attempt to seize control of Dublin Castle, the seat of English rule in Ireland, so as to force concessions.
1642 – The Battle of Edgehill is the first major battle of the English Civil War.
1707 – The First Parliament of Great Britain convenes.
1739 – The War of Jenkins' Ear begins when Prime Minister Walpole reluctantly declares war on Spain.
1812 – A French general begins a conspiracy to overthrow Napoleon, claiming that the Emperor died in Russia.
1850 – The first National Women's Rights Convention begins in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Westport is the last significant engagement west of the Mississippi River.
1906 – Alberto Santos-Dumont flies an airplane in the first heavier-than-air flight in Europe.
1911 – The Italo-Turkish War sees the first use of an airplane in combat when an Italian pilot makes a reconnaissance flight.
1912 – First Balkan War: The Battle of Kumanovo between the Serbian and Ottoman armies begins.
1927 – The Imatra Cinema was destroyed in a fire in Tampere, Finland, during showing the 1924 film Wages of Virtue; 21 people died in the fire and almost 30 were injured.[3]
1940 – Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco meet at Hendaye to discuss the possibility of Spain entering the Second World War.
1942 – World War II: Allied forces commence the Second Battle of El Alamein, which proves to be the key turning point in the North African campaign.
1942 – All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard American Airlines Flight 28 are killed when it collides with a USAAF bomber near Palm Springs, California.
1942 – World War II: The Battle for Henderson Field begins on Guadalcanal.
1944 – World War II: The Battle of Leyte Gulf begins.
1955 – Prime Minister Ngô Đình Diệm defeats former emperor Bảo Đại in a referendum and founds the Republic of Vietnam.
1955 – The people of the Saar region vote in a referendum to unite with Germany instead of France.
1956 – Secret police shoot several anti-communist protesters, igniting the Hungarian Revolution.
1958 – Canada's Springhill mining disaster kills seventy-five miners, while ninety-nine others are rescued.
1965 – Vietnam War: The 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), in conjunction with South Vietnamese forces, launches an operation seeking to destroy Communist forces during the siege of Plei Me.
1970 – Gary Gabelich sets a land speed record in a rocket-powered automobile called the Blue Flame, fueled with natural gas.
1972 – Vietnam War: Operation Linebacker, a US bombing campaign against North Vietnam in response to its Easter Offensive, ends after five months.
1973 – Watergate scandal: President Nixon agrees to turn over subpoenaed audio tapes of his Oval Office conversations.
1982 – A gunfight breaks out between police officers and members of a religious cult in Arizona. The shootout leaves two cultists dead and dozens of cultists and police officers injured.
1983 – Lebanese Civil War: The U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut is hit by a truck bomb, killing 241 U.S. military personnel. A French army barracks in Lebanon is also hit that same morning, killing 58 troops.
1989 – The Hungarian Republic officially replaces the communist Hungarian People's Republic.
1989 – Bankruptcy of Wärtsilä Marine; the biggest bankruptcy in the Nordic countries up until then.
1989 – An explosion at the Houston Chemical Complex in Pasadena, Texas, which registered a 3.5 on the Richter magnitude scale, kills 23 and injures 314.
1991 – Signing of the Paris Peace Accords which ends the Cambodian–Vietnamese War.
1993 – The Troubles: A Provisional IRA bomb prematurely detonates in Belfast, killing the bomber and nine civilians.
1995 – Yolanda Saldívar is found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of popular Latin singer Selena.
1998 – Israel and the Palestinian Authority sign the Wye River Memorandum.
2002 – Chechen terrorists seize the House of Culture theater in Moscow and take approximately 700 theater-goers hostage.
2004 – A powerful earthquake and its aftershocks hit Niigata Prefecture in northern Japan, killing 35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated.
2007 – A storm causes the Mexican Kab 101 oil platform to collide with a wellhead, leading to the death and drowning of 22 people during rescue operations after evacuation of the platform.
2011 – A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands.
2011 – The Libyan National Transition Council deems the Libyan Civil War over.
2015 – The lowest sea-level pressure in the Western Hemisphere, and the highest reliably-measured non-tornadic sustained winds, are recorded in Hurricane Patricia, which strikes Mexico hours later, killing at least 13 and causing over $280 million in damages.



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Published at 4:35am on Saturday, October 23, 2021
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

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