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Saturday, February 4, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, February 04, 2023



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GENERAL OUTLOOK

Cold and dry high pressure will set up shop across the Mid-Atlantic today, bringing much below normal temperatures to the region. Temperatures rebound to above average next week, as dry high pressure persists into midweek. A cold front will approach the area from the west late in the week, with rain chances returning.

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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Light and variable winds.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. 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.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming light and variable.

Monday

Sunny, with highs near 60.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the upper 30s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 6 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 6 mph.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Light winds out of the southwest early in the morning increasing to 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight.

Monday

Sunny, with highs near 60.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Light and variable winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming north northwest after midnight.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.



Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather Goodbye Big Flares, Hello Green Comet | Space Weather News: 26 January 2023




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

• Atlantic hurricane season ends with 14 named storms [AP News]




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
700 PM EST Wed Nov 30 2022

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

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

This is the last regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlook of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on May 15, 2023. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.



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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

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















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


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low (1.7 out of 12) today with Juniper and Elm being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (2.0 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for February 4th

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

Highest Temperature 74°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2020
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands in 1912
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 6.15 inches in Highlands in 2022
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.8 inches in Highlands in 1996

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

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 01-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912

Record Weather Events for February 4th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 83°F in Aurora, Beaufort County in 1989
Lowest Temperature -14°F in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1970
Greatest Rainfall 6.15 inches in Highlands, Macon County in 2022
Greatest Snowfall 8.0 inches in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1975
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of February Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 88°F in New Bern, Craven County on 02-28-1962
Lowest Temperature -20°F in Brevard, Transylvania County on 02-17-1958
Greatest Rainfall 8.83 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 24.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 02-12-1985




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Macon Calendar
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Saturday March 4th Chilli cook off at the community building 2 to 4pm. $5 entry fee to come in and taste chilli and vote for your favorite. All proceeds go to helping a child go to gymnastics camp this summer with her team mates.





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Local and State News



Where to look for the Comet & when we might see the Chinese Spy Balloon | Brad Panovich



• In win for GOP, NC Supreme Court positioned to reverse major voting rights cases [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC) ]

• FBI offers $25,000 rewards for information in recent attacks on NC power substations [Raleigh News and observer]

• New parking lot at Asheville Regional Airport expected to add about 400 spaces [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Area nonprofits in dire need of volunteers [Macon County News and Shopping Guide]

• More North Carolinians died of opioid overdoses in 2022 than ever before. Advocates call for broader harm reduction strategies. [BPR]

• The Punisher and the Punished: A conversation with retired Force Recon Marine Corporal Adam Ranke [Mountain Philosopher]


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National and World News Roundup

• Blinken Trip to China Postponed After Suspected Spy Balloon Spotted Over U.S. [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

What’s inside China’s spy balloon? Former CIA director explains | NBC News



Pentagon briefing on Chinese spy balloon | Fox News



2nd Chinese balloon spotted over Latin America as debate continues over U.S. response | KABC-TV (Los Angeles, CA)



• Canada tracked suspected Chinese spy balloon over Canadian airspace since last weekend: sources [CTV News]

• China confirms balloon is theirs, as spokesperson claims it is civilian research airship [Fox News]

Sheriff Chases Down Japanese Bomb Balloon



• Iran behind hack of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, Microsoft says [Reuters]

• Employees had nowhere to wash hands at ice cream factory behind listeria outbreak, FDA says [CBS News]

• 2 arrested in central California shooting that left 6 dead, including mother clutching 10-month-old son [CNN]

• Antisemitic Kanye 'Ye' West remarks found written around University of Florida campus [The Gainesville Sun]

• Sorry, not sorry: Some 1/6 rioters change tune after apology [AP News]

• Tate rape allegations, text exchanges with women detailed in court document [Washington Post]

• The 2022 Long-Term Budget Outlook (July 2022) [Congressional Budget Office ] [PDF Download]


Washington Today (2-3-23): Sec Blinken postpones trip to China due to Chinese spy balloon over U.S. | C-SPAN RADIO



Washington Week full episode, February 3, 2023 | Washington Week PBS



Brooks and Capehart on the state of the 2024 race for the White House | PBS Newshour



Global National: Feb. 3, 2023 | What suspected Chinese spy balloon means for diplomacy with China



Nightly News Full Broadcast (February 3rd)


PBS NewsHour full episode, (February 03, 2022




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.



COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:






• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 4:58pm CET, 2 February 2023, there have been 100,941,827 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,097,246 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 27 January 2023, a total of 661,064,315 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 4:58pm CET, 2 February 2023, there have been 753,823,259 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,814,976 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 31 January 2023, a total of 13,168,935,724 vaccine doses have been administered.

Ep 123 Osterholm Update: Nowhere Land | CIDRAP



• CDC tracking new, potentially dangerous COVID variant [NBC Montana]

• COVID-19 vaccines and treatments could go to private market this summer, White House official says [CBS News]

• Low immunity, overwhelmed hospitals fuel Covid-19 deaths in ageing Japan [BBC News]

• The evidence remains clear: SARS-CoV-2 emerged via the wildlife trade (Nov 2022) [PNAS Vol. 119 | No. 47]

• Incidence of Febrile Seizures in Children with COVID-19 [MDPI]

• TWiV Special: One COVID vaccine for them all with Paul Offit [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 979: Flushing out the viroids [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 978: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• The Secret to Making Concrete That Lasts 1,000 Years [Wired]

• Elon Musk Found Not Liable in Trial Over Tweets Proposing to Take Tesla Private [Wall Street Journal]

• A Judge Just Used ChatGPT to Make a Court Decision [Vice News]

• Warren Buffett’s right-hand man Charlie Munger, who once called crypto ‘rat poison,’ says we should follow China’s lead and ban cryptocurrencies altogether [Yahoo! Finance]

• Apple sales drop 5% in largest quarterly revenue decline since 2016 [CNBC]

• The newest feature in the Microsoft Store is more ads [ARS TECHNICA]

• Europe looks to geothermal energy as gas alternative [Tech Explore]


Evergreen Links

• Red Dead Online player bids farewell to Google Stadia save by releasing horse they named after their departed daughter [Games Radar]

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History 69 - Twilight of the Æsir



• Neal Stephenson’s Lamina1 drops white paper on building the open metaverse [Venture Beat] [PDF of White paper]

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


How Do We Know What We Know? Philosophy of Science | Fraser Cain





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

Tim Dodd: SpaceX, Starship, Rocket Engines, and Future of Space Travel | Lex Fridman Podcast #356



SpaceX Starlink 5-3 launch and Falcon 9 first stage landing, 2 February 2023 | SciNews



The Level1 Show February 3 2023: United Simps Military | Level1Techs



Cloning Dodos is for the Birds - DTNS 4447 | Daily Tech News Show



Japan’s EUV Failure | Asianometry



Why OpenAI’s ChatGPT Is Such A Big Deal | CNBC



How Geography Started the Jurassic | Atlas Pro



This is how you win your freedom ⚔️ First War of Scottish Independence | HistoryMarche




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Special Section: The Russo-Ukrainian War
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, February 03 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for February 3rd]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 345 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 345 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 345: Von der Leyen believes Ukraine will become an EU member [Euromaiden Press]

• U.S. Destroyer Operating Near the Black Sea for First Time Since Russia Invaded Ukraine [U.S. Naval Institute News]

• Western allies pledge precision rockets, missile systems to Kyiv [Al Jazeera]

• Zelenskyy holds summit with top EU officials [TVP World]

• EU has no 'rigid timelines' for Ukraine's membership [DW News]

• A day in Bakhmut as Ukrainian city's last residents face Russian advance [France 24]

How is power restored in Ukraine after Russian attacks? | BBC News



G7 price cap and ban on Russia's seaborne oil kick in | Counting the Cost



Video from the 93rd brigade of the fierce fighting to hold Bakhmut - Military Mind | TVP World



EU to impose new sanctions against Russia | DW News



Why Putin is Scared of NATO Sending Tanks to Ukraine | The Infographics Show




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

• Pentagon allows Ukraine to fire long-range missiles at will [Russia Today]

• Onet: Ukraine will lose in six months due to shell shortage [Pravda]

• Akhmat commando unit takes stronghold near Vesyoloye settlement, says Chechen leader [TASS]





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On This Day

February 4th is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 330 days remain until the end of the year (331 in leap years).



Historical Events

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




211 – Following the death of Rome's Emperor Septimius Severus at Eboracum (modern York, England) while preparing to lead a campaign against the Caledonians, the empire is left in the control of his two quarrelling sons, Caracalla and Geta, whom he had instructed to make peace.

960 – The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries.

1169 – A strong earthquake strikes the Ionian coast of Sicily, causing tens of thousands of injuries and deaths, especially in Catania.

1454 – Thirteen Years' War: The Secret Council of the Prussian Confederation sends a formal act of disobedience to the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights, sparking the Thirteen Years' War.

1555 – John Rogers is burned at the stake, becoming the first English Protestant martyr under Mary I of England.

1703 – In Edo (now Tokyo), all but one of the Forty-seven Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master's death.

1758 – The city of Macapá in Brazil is founded by Sebastião Veiga Cabral.

1789 – George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.

1794 – The French legislature abolishes slavery throughout all territories of the French First Republic. It would be reestablished in the French West Indies in 1802.

1797 – The Riobamba earthquake strikes Ecuador, causing up to 40,000 casualties.

1801 – John Marshall is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.

1810 – Napoleonic Wars: Britain seizes Guadeloupe.

1820 – The Chilean Navy under the command of Lord Cochrane completes the two-day long Capture of Valdivia with just 300 men and two ships.

1825 – The Ohio Legislature authorizes the construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal and the Miami and Erie Canal.

1846 – The first Mormon pioneers make their exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, westward towards Salt Lake Valley.

1859 – The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt.

1861 – American Civil War: In Montgomery, Alabama, delegates from six breakaway U.S. states meet and form the Confederate States of America.

1899 – The Philippine–American War begins with the Battle of Manila.

1932 – Second Sino-Japanese War: Harbin, Manchuria, falls to Japan.

1938 – Adolf Hitler appoints himself as head of the Armed Forces High Command.

1941 – The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops.

1945 – World War II: Santo Tomas Internment Camp is liberated from Japanese authority.

1945 – World War II: The Yalta Conference between the "Big Three" (Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin) opens at the Livadia Palace in the Crimea.

1945 – World War II: The British Indian Army and Imperial Japanese Army begin a series of battles known as the Battle of Pokoku and Irrawaddy River operations.

1948 – Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka) becomes independent within the British Commonwealth.

1961 – The Angolan War of Independence and the greater Portuguese Colonial War begin.

1966 – All Nippon Airways Flight 60 plunges into Tokyo Bay, killing 133.

1967 – Lunar Orbiter program: Lunar Orbiter 3 lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 on its mission to identify possible landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo spacecraft.

1974 – The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnaps Patty Hearst in Berkeley, California.

1974 – M62 coach bombing: The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) explodes a bomb on a bus carrying off-duty British Armed Forces personnel in Yorkshire, England. Nine soldiers and three civilians are killed.

1975 – Haicheng earthquake (magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale) occurs in Haicheng, Liaoning, China.

1976 – In Guatemala and Honduras an earthquake kills more than 22,000.

1977 – A Chicago Transit Authority elevated train rear-ends another and derails, killing 11 and injuring 180, the worst accident in the agency's history.

1992 – A coup d'état is led by Hugo Chávez against Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez.

1997 – En route to Lebanon, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 troop-transport helicopters collide in mid-air over northern Galilee, Israel, killing 73.

1998 – The 5.9 Mw  Afghanistan earthquake shakes the Takhar Province with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII (Very strong). With 2,323 killed, and 818 injured, damage is considered extreme.

1999 – Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot 41 times by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race relations in the city.

2000 – The World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium, Charter of Paris is signed by the President of France, Jacques Chirac and the Director General of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura, initiating World Cancer Day which is held on February 4 every year.

2003 – The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia adopts a new constitution, becoming a loose confederacy between Montenegro and Serbia.

2004 – Facebook, a mainstream online social networking site, is founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin.

2015 – TransAsia Airways Flight 235, with 58 people on board, en route from the Taiwanese capital Taipei to Kinmen, crashes into the Keelung River just after takeoff, killing 43 people.

2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic causes all casinos in Macau to be closed down for 15 days.

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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, February 04, 2023
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. 

Friday, February 3, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, February 03, 2023



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GENERAL OUTLOOK

Cold and dry high pressure will move east across the region today and Saturday bringing much below normal temperatures. Temperatures return to above average next week with dry weather persisting into mid week.

• 2023 Groundhog Day Prognostications [Macon Media]





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows around 19. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows around 17. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph decreasing to light winds and shifting to come out of the light northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 30s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southwest after midnight.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing.


Nantahala Area

Today

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs near 50.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Periods of heavy rainfall may affect the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia Thursday through Thursday night. Isolated flooding could result.



Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather Goodbye Big Flares, Hello Green Comet | Space Weather News: 26 January 2023




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

• Atlantic hurricane season ends with 14 named storms [AP News]




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
700 PM EST Wed Nov 30 2022

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

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

This is the last regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlook of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on May 15, 2023. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.



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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

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















PM2.5 AQI is 25 (MODERATE) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 25 (MODERATE)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low (2.1 out of 12) today with Juniper and Elm being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (1.1 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for February 3rd

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

Highest Temperature 75°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1989
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.23 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station 2016
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands in 2013

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

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 01-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912

Record Weather Events for February 3rd in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 84°F in Laurinburg, Scotland County in 1989
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1981
Greatest Rainfall 3.96 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1982
Greatest Snowfall 18.0 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1998
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of February Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 88°F in New Bern, Craven County on 02-28-1962
Lowest Temperature -20°F in Brevard, Transylvania County on 02-17-1958
Greatest Rainfall 8.83 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 24.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 02-12-1985




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Local and State News



• 2023 Groundhog Day Prognostications [Macon Media]

• Town of Franklin Seeks Input From Citizens Regarding the Whitmire Property [Macon Media]

• Avoiding Collisions with Deer [Macon Media]

• NC bills targeting LGBTQ kids latest in national culture war [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Newly Republican-majority NC Supreme Court hears case on post-prison voting rights [Raleigh News and Observer]

• NC school districts struggle to fill teacher positions, report says [WTVD-TV (Durham, NC)]

• The Punisher and the Punished: A conversation with retired Force Recon Marine Corporal Adam Ranke [Mountain Philosopher]


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National and World News Roundup

How China Is Fuelling America's Drug Epidemic | Vice News



Chinese spy balloon spotted above over US: Officials | ABC News



Let's talk about Chinese spy balloons and learning to love them.... | Beau of the Fifth Column



• Montana Sen. Daines 'alarmed' at Chinese spy balloon, says 'significant concern' that ICBM fields targeted [Fox news]

• Chinese Spy Balloon Tracked Over U.S. This Week [Wall Street Journal]

• Here's how the debt crisis could end if Biden-McCarthy talks fail [Politico]

• House GOP votes to oust Democrat Omar from major committee [AP News]

• Virginia prepares for special election with national implications [Courthouse News Service]

• FBI to search ex-U.S. VP Pence's home, office for classified records [Reuters]

• The 2022 Long-Term Budget Outlook (July 2022) [Congressional Budget Office ] [PDF Download]


Red Flag 23-1 Press Briefing • Nellis AFB | AIRBOYD



Global National: Feb. 2, 2023 | Canadian government officials facing surge of violent threats



Nightly News Full Broadcast (February 2nd)


PBS NewsHour full episode, (February 02, 2022




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.



COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:






• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 4:58pm CET, 2 February 2023, there have been 100,941,827 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,097,246 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 27 January 2023, a total of 661,064,315 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 4:58pm CET, 2 February 2023, there have been 753,823,259 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,814,976 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 31 January 2023, a total of 13,168,935,724 vaccine doses have been administered.

Ep 123 Osterholm Update: Nowhere Land | CIDRAP



White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) may serve as a wildlife reservoir for nearly extinct SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern [Virginia Polytechnic Institute via PNAS]

The continuing puzzle of defining duration of SARS-cov-2 infectivity [The Journal of Infectious Diseases]

Cortical-blood vessel assembloids exhibit Alzheimer’s disease phenotypes by activating glia after SARS-CoV-2 infection [Nature]

Biden slammed after announcing official end to COVID-19 emergency: 'Trying to avoid embarrassment' [Fox News]

Biden’s Ending of the Covid Emergency Is a Public Health Disaster [The Nation]

TWiV Special: One COVID vaccine for them all with Paul Offit [Microbe TV]

TWiV 979: Flushing out the viroids [Microbe TV]

TWiV 978: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• ISP admits lying to FCC about size of network to block funding to rivals [ARS TECHNICA]

• Pentagon tracking suspected Chinese spy balloon over the US [CNN]

• Who's most likely to save us from the next pandemic? The answer may surprise you [NPR]

• Seawater split to produce green hydrogen [The University of Adelaide]

• ChatGPT may be the fastest-growing consumer app in internet history, reaching 100 million users in just over 2 months, UBS report says [Business Insider]


Evergreen Links

• Red Dead Online player bids farewell to Google Stadia save by releasing horse they named after their departed daughter [Games Radar]

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History 69 - Twilight of the Æsir



• Neal Stephenson’s Lamina1 drops white paper on building the open metaverse [Venture Beat] [PDF of White paper]

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


How Do We Know What We Know? Philosophy of Science | Fraser Cain





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

Tim Dodd: SpaceX, Starship, Rocket Engines, and Future of Space Travel | Lex Fridman Podcast #356



SpaceX Starlink 5-3 launch & Falcon 9 first stage landing, 2 February 2023 | SciNews



The Level1 Show February 3 2023: United Simps Military | Level1Techs



Cloning Dodos is for the Birds - DTNS 4447 | Daily Tech News Show



Congressional Space Medal of Honor recipients Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley | NBC News



Lab-Grown Meat: How Much Can It Help Save Our Climate? - Tech News Briefing Podcast | WSJ



Bell's Inequality: The weirdest theorem in the world - Nobel Prize 2022 | Qiskit (Oct 2022)



How A Realistic Mars Mission Will Play Out | Fraser Cain



JWST observed an asteroid with RINGS occulting a background star - Your FAQ about Chariklo | Dr. Becky




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Special Section: The Russo-Ukrainian War
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, February 02 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for February 2nd]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 343 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 344 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 344: Russian missile destroys a residential building in Kramatorsk, 3 dead [Euromaiden Press]

• Soaring Death Toll Gives Grim Insight Into Russian Tactics [New York Times]

• Ukraine war: 80 years on, we are facing German tanks again - Putin [BBC News]

• Investigation center for crimes of aggression in Ukraine to be created at The Hague [TVP World]

• Ukraine updates: Putin compares Ukraine to Stalingrad battle [DW News]

Ukrainians breakthrough 16km line between Vuhledar and Volnovakha to cut off Russian train supply! | Divine Justice



US Sending Long-Range GLSDB Missiles to Ukraine? | Combat Footage Review



Can Ukraine take back Crimea? | Caspian Report



Hundreds of Russian soldiers surrender to Ukraine by raising a white flag. | Divine Justice



Ukraine 11th month Update | The Cold War




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

• Geopolitical battles, Ukraine, and US exceptionalism: Highlights from Lavrov’s big interview [Russia Today]

• Russia will use all of its military potential to counter Western arms supplies to Kyiv [Pravda]

• Russian forces strike over 70 Ukrainian artillery units in past day, top brass reports [TASS]





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On This Day

February 3rd is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 331 days remain until the end of the year (332 in leap years).



Historical Events

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




1112 – Ramon Berenguer III, Count of Barcelona, and Douce I, Countess of Provence, marry, uniting the fortunes of those two states.

1451 – Sultan Mehmed II inherits the throne of the Ottoman Empire.

1488 – Bartolomeu Dias of Portugal lands in Mossel Bay after rounding the Cape of Good Hope, becoming the first known European to travel so far south.

1509 – The Portuguese navy defeats a joint fleet of the Ottoman Empire, the Republic of Venice, the Sultan of Gujarat, the Mamlûk Burji Sultanate of Egypt, the Zamorin of Calicut, and the Republic of Ragusa at the Battle of Diu in Diu, India.

1583 – Battle of São Vicente takes place off Portuguese Brazil - three English warships led by navigator Edward Fenton fight off three Spanish galleons sinking one in the process.

1661 – Maratha forces under Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj defeat the Mughals in the Battle of Umberkhind.

1690 – The colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in the Americas.

1706 – During the Battle of Fraustadt Swedish forces defeat a superior Saxon-Polish-Russian force by deploying a double envelopment.

1716 – The 1716 Algiers earthquake sequence began with an Mw  7.0 mainshock that caused severe damage and killed 20,000 in Algeria.

1781 – American Revolutionary War: British forces seize the Dutch-owned Caribbean island Sint Eustatius.

1783 – Spain–United States relations are first established.

1787 – Militia led by General Benjamin Lincoln crush the remnants of Shays' Rebellion in Petersham, Massachusetts.

1807 – A British military force, under Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Auchmuty captures the Spanish Empire city of Montevideo, now the capital of Uruguay.

1809 – The Territory of Illinois is created by the 10th United States Congress.

1813 – José de San Martín defeats a Spanish royalist army at the Battle of San Lorenzo, part of the Argentine War of Independence.

1830 – The London Protocol of 1830 establishes the full independence and sovereignty of Greece from the Ottoman Empire as the final result of the Greek War of Independence.

1870 – The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to male citizens regardless of race.

1913 – The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax.

1916 – The Centre Block of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada burns down with the loss of seven lives.

1917 – World War I: The American entry into World War I begins when diplomatic relations with Germany are severed due to its unrestricted submarine warfare.

1918 – The Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco, California begins service as the longest streetcar tunnel in the world at 11,920 feet (3,633 meters) long.

1927 – A revolt against the military dictatorship of Portugal breaks out at Oporto.

1930 – Communist Party of Vietnam is founded at a "Unification Conference" held in Kowloon, British Hong Kong.

1931 – The Hawke's Bay earthquake, New Zealand's worst natural disaster, kills 258.

1933 – Adolf Hitler announces that the expansion of Lebensraum into Eastern Europe, and its ruthless Germanisation, are the ultimate geopolitical objectives of Third Reich foreign policy.

1943 – The SS Dorchester is sunk by a German U-boat. Only 230 of 902 men aboard survive.

1944 – World War II: During the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign, U.S. Army and Marine forces seize Kwajalein Atoll from the defending Japanese garrison.

1945 – World War II: As part of Operation Thunderclap, 1,000 B-17s of the Eighth Air Force bomb Berlin, a raid which kills between 2,500 and 3,000 and dehouses another 120,000.

1945 – World War II: The United States and the Philippine Commonwealth begin a month-long battle to retake Manila from Japan.

1953 – The Batepá massacre occurred in São Tomé when the colonial administration and Portuguese landowners unleashed a wave of violence against the native creoles known as forros.

1958 – Founding of the Benelux Economic Union, creating a testing ground for a later European Economic Community.

1959 – Rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash along with the pilot near Clear Lake, Iowa, an event later known as The Day the Music Died.

1960 – British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan speaks of "a wind of change", signalling that his Government was likely to support decolonisation.

1961 – The United States Air Forces begins Operation Looking Glass, and over the next 30 years, a "Doomsday Plane" is always in the air, with the capability of taking direct control of the United States' bombers and missiles in the event of the destruction of the SAC's command post.

1966 – The Soviet Union's Luna 9 becomes the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the Moon, and the first spacecraft to take pictures from the surface of the Moon.

1971 – New York Police Officer Frank Serpico is shot during a drug bust in Brooklyn and survives to later testify against police corruption.

1972 – The first day of the seven-day 1972 Iran blizzard, which would kill at least 4,000 people, making it the deadliest snowstorm in history.

1984 – Doctor John Buster and a research team at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in the United States announce history's first embryo transfer, from one woman to another resulting in a live birth.

1984 – Space Shuttle program: STS-41-B is launched using Space Shuttle Challenger.

1989 – After a stroke two weeks previously, South African President P. W. Botha resigns as leader of the National Party, but stays on as president for six more months.

1989 – A military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay since 1954.

1994 – Space Shuttle program: STS-60 is launched, carrying Sergei Krikalev, the first Russian cosmonaut to fly aboard the Shuttle.

1995 – Astronaut Eileen Collins becomes the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle as mission STS-63 gets underway from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

1998 – Cavalese cable car disaster: a United States military pilot causes the death of 20 people when his low-flying plane cuts the cable of a cable-car near Trento, Italy.

2007 – A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.

2014 – Two people are shot and killed and 29 students are taken hostage at a high school in Moscow, Russia.

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Published at 5:00am on Friday, February 03, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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