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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, February 01, 2023



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GENERAL OUTLOOK

A front will move slowly southward across the region today, with cooler air spilling in from the north. Moisture will return over the front tonight. Moisture will continue to stream over the front with rain becoming widespread Thursday into early Friday morning as a system lifts through the area. Dry and cold air will filter into the area Friday into the weekend with temperatures falling below average. Temperatures rebound late weekend into early next week.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Friday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Occasional drizzle with a chance of rain before 9am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers. Areas of fog before 7am. Highs in the upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers, mainly before 2am. Lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Friday Night

Clear, with lows around 20.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Occasional drizzle with a slight chance of rain before 9am, then a slight chance of rain after 5pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly after 3am. Patchy fog after 8pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers. Highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers, mainly before 3am. Lows around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 100%.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 40. Breezy.

Friday Night

Clear, with lows around 18.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 7am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly after 5am. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

Rain. Areas of fog before 8am. Highs near 50. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Rain, mainly before midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of rain before noon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Occasional drizzle with a chance of rain before 9am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers. Areas of fog before 7am. Highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of rain is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers, mainly before 1am. Lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 30s.

Friday Night

Clear, with lows around 20.


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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 40 (MODERATE) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 40 (MODERATE)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (0.5 out of 12) today with Juniper and Elm being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.5 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for February 1st

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

Highest Temperature 75°F in Franklin in 1975
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Highlands in 1900
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.50 inches in Highlands 1915
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1876

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 1st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 83°F in Laurinburg, Scotland County in 2002
Lowest Temperature -14°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1980
Greatest Rainfall 4.50 inches in Highlands, Macon County in 1915
Greatest Snowfall 18.0 inches in Henderson, Vance County in 1948
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



• NC’s Parents’ Bill of Rights is back in the legislature. What’s in it, and what’s changed. [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Duke Energy proposes two new programs to help customers use renewable energy [BPR]

• Bill would make businesses pay if they keep you waiting [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Webster Park project approved [Smoky Mountain News]

• WNC Communities seeks 2023 WNC Agricultural Hall of Fame nominations [MountainX]

• 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

NYC Mayor says police departments should focus on "basic aptitude" of officers, not just training | CBS News



• Stocks Head for Monthly Gains As Investors Eye Fed Meeting [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

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

Vice President Harris Awards the Congressional Space Medal of Honor to Two Recipients | The White House



• Hide your books to avoid felony charges, Fla. schools tell teachers [Washington Post]

• White House blasts Exxon over historical $56 bln annual profit [Washington Post]

• Ohio officials condemn Nazi homeschooling group that has thousands of members [WTTG-TV (Washington, DC)]

• 3 Memphis EMTs fired for their response to the fatal police beating of Tyre Nichols [NBC News]

• CHP Baffled As Same Sinkhole Near Tracy Claims Three Vehicles — All Because Drivers Ignore Road Closure Signs [SFiST]

• U.S. Says Russia Has Violated Nuclear-Arms Treaty by Blocking Inspections [Wall Street Journal]


Mayor Eric Adams delivers 2nd State of the City Address | WCBS-TV (New York City, NY)



Global National: Jan. 31, 2023 | New national standards for long-term care homes unveiled



Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 31st)


PBS NewsHour full episode, January 31, 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 4:16pm CET, 31 January 2023, there have been 100,941,827 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,097,246 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 20 January 2023, a total of 660,066,195 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 4:16pm CET, 31 January 2023, there have been 753,479,439 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,812,798 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 24 January 2023, a total of 13,156,047,747 vaccine doses have been administered.

• How costs for Covid tests and treatments will change after federal emergency declarations end in May [NBC News]

• The end of the Covid health emergency won’t slow FDA clearance of shots and treatments [CNBC]

• These benefits will disappear when Biden ends the Covid national and public health emergencies in May [CNN]

• Airplane Toilets Could Catch the Next COVID Variant [The Atlantic]

• Anti-intellectualism amid the COVID-19 pandemic: The discursive elements and sources of anti-Fauci tweets [PubMed]

• TWiV 977: Ageing is infectious [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 976: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• NASA is funding ideas for a Titan seaplane and faster deep space travel [Engadget]

• This Billion-Dollar Startup Wants to Bring Back the Dodo [Bloomberg]

• Bay Area's PayPal sacks 2,000 workers, capping off brutal month for tech [SFGATE]

• Surveillance and the Loneliness of the Long-Distance Trucker [New Yorker Magazine]

• ChatGPT’s creator made a free tool for detecting AI-generated text [The Verge]


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

David Kipping: Alien Civilizations and Habitable Worlds | Lex Fridman Podcast #355



The Level1 Show February 1 2023: More Layoffs, Now With Extra Sting | Level1Techs



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



Full History of the Ancient Celts: Origins to Roman Conquest | Kings and Generals



Ship 24 Prepared for Flight | SpaceX Boca Chica



Starlink Mission 2-6 | xxx



ALL ABOUT ANDROID 615 | FLIPPING ONEPLUS



LIVE! Europa Clipper Clean Room 24/7 | NASA JPL






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Special Section: The Death of Queen Elizabeth II
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(Today is the last day this special ection will run. This is a special section to allow readers to discover original documentation and read/view news coverage of The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II)


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Special Section: The Russo-Ukrainian War
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• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, January 31 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 31st]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 342 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 343 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 342: Council of Europe prepares the Tribunal for Putin’s leadership [Euromaiden Press]

• US readying new $2bn Ukraine weapons package: Report [Al Jazeera]

• Will the Ukraine war become a wider European conflict? [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine plans to spend USD 550 mln on military drones in 2023 [TVP World]

• How do Germany and the EU fund military gear to Ukraine? [DW News]

• Fighter jets for Ukraine: Top adviser 'counts on positive results very soon' [France 24]

• Will the Ukraine war become a wider European conflict? [SOURCE]


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

• Moscow provides more evidence of US biolabs in Ukraine [Russia Today]

• Sarmat ICBMs and Borei submarines to make Russian Army one of the world's strongest [Pravda]

• Lavrov expresses concern over escalation between Israel and Palestine [TASS]

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







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On This Day

February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 333 days remain until the end of the year (334 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)




1327 – The teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer.

1411 – The First Peace of Thorn is signed in Thorn (Toruń), Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights (Prussia).

1662 – The Chinese general Koxinga seizes the island of Taiwan after a nine-month siege.

1713 – The Kalabalik or Skirmish at Bender results from the Ottoman sultan's order that his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII of Sweden, be seized.

1793 – French Revolutionary Wars: France declares war on the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

1796 – The capital of Upper Canada is moved from Newark to York.

1814 – Mayon in the Philippines erupts, killing around 1,200 people, the most devastating eruption of the volcano.

1835 – Slavery is abolished in Mauritius.

1861 – American Civil War: Texas secedes from the United States and joins the Confederacy a week later.

1864 – Second Schleswig War: Prussian forces crossed the border into Schleswig, starting the war.

1865 – President Abraham Lincoln signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

1884 – The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.

1893 – Thomas A. Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey.

1895 – Fountains Valley, Pretoria, the oldest nature reserve in Africa, is proclaimed by President Paul Kruger.

1896 – La bohème premieres in Turin at the Teatro Regio (Turin), conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini.

1897 – Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opens in Seoul.

1900 – Great Britain, defeated by Boers in key battles, has named Lord Roberts commander of British forces in South Africa.

1908 – Lisbon Regicide: King Carlos I of Portugal and Infante Luis Filipe are shot dead in Lisbon.

1924 – Russia–United Kingdom relations are restored, over six years after the Communist revolution.

1942 – World War II: Josef Terboven, Reichskommissar of German-occupied Norway, appoints Vidkun Quisling the Minister President of the National Government.

1942 – World War II: U.S. Navy conducts Marshalls–Gilberts raids, the first offensive action by the United States against Japanese forces in the Pacific Theater.

1942 – Voice of America, the official external radio and television service of the United States government, begins broadcasting with programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers.

1942 – Mao Zedong makes a speech on "Reform in Learning, the Party and Literature", which puts into motion the Yan'an Rectification Movement.

1946 – Trygve Lie of Norway is picked to be the first United Nations Secretary-General.[

1946 – The Parliament of Hungary abolishes the monarchy after nine centuries, and proclaims the Hungarian Republic.

1950 – The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight.

1957 – Northeast Airlines Flight 823 crashes on Rikers Island in New York City, killing 20 people and injuring 78 others.

1960 – Four black students stage the first of the Greensboro sit-ins at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1964 – The Beatles have their first number one hit in the United States with "I Want to Hold Your Hand".

1968 – Vietnam War: The execution of Viet Cong officer Nguyễn Văn Lém by South Vietnamese National Police Chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan is recorded on motion picture film, as well as in an iconic still photograph taken by Eddie Adams.

1968 – Canada's three military services, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, are unified into the Canadian Forces.

1968 – The New York Central Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad are merged to form Penn Central Transportation.

1972 – Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.

1974 – A fire in the 25-story Joelma Building in São Paulo, Brazil kills 189 and injures 293.

1979 – Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Tehran after nearly 15 years of exile.

1991 – A runway collision between USAir Flight 1493 and SkyWest Flight 5569 at Los Angeles International Airport results in the deaths of 34 people, and injuries to 30 others.

1992 – The Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal court declares Warren Anderson, ex-CEO of Union Carbide, a fugitive under Indian law for failing to appear in the Bhopal disaster case.

1996 – The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.

1998 – Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne becomes the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.

2002 – Daniel Pearl, American journalist and South Asia Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal, kidnapped on January 23, is beheaded and mutilated by his captors.

2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during the reentry of mission STS-107 into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.

2004 – Hajj pilgrimage stampede: In a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, 251 people are trampled to death and 244 injured.

2005 – King Gyanendra of Nepal carries out a coup d'état to capture the democracy, becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.

2009 – The first cabinet of Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was formed in Iceland, making her the country's first female prime minister and the world's first openly gay head of government.

2012 – Seventy-four people are killed and over 500 injured as a result of clashes between fans of Egyptian football teams Al Masry and Al Ahly in the city of Port Said.

2013 – The Shard, the sixth-tallest building in Europe, opens its viewing gallery to the public.

2021 – A coup d'état in Myanmar removes Aung San Suu Kyi from power and restores military rule.

2022 – Five-year-old Moroccan boy Rayan Aourram falls into a 32-meter (105 feet) deep well in Ighran village in Tamorot commune, Chefchaouen Province, Morocco, but dies four days later, before rescue workers reached him.

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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, February 01, 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. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

NC Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Former Chairman of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, John "Blackfeather" Jeffries



Governor Roy Cooper ordered all North Carolina flags at state facilities to half-staff from sunrise to sunset, Wednesday, February 1, 2023, in honor of Tribal Elder and former Chairman of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, John "Blackfeather" Jeffries, who passed away on Tuesday, January 24.

Jeffries served as a chairman of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation from 1995 to 2000 and served on the tribal council until 2020.

Statement from Governor Roy Cooper

"Chief Jeffries was a great leader, and our state is stronger because of his legacy. Our hearts are with his family, loved ones and Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation members during this difficult time.”

Join us

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are also encouraged to fly flags at half-staff for the duration of time indicated.

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News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, January 31, 2023



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GENERAL OUTLOOK

A slow moving cold front will cross our region from the northwest through tonight. The front will sag just south of the area Wednesday, with additional rounds of moisture moving up the front from the Gulf. More abundant moisture will arrive Wednesday night through Thursday night ahead of a low pressure system tracking across the Deep South. Cold high pressure builds in from the north late Friday through the weekend, with an uncertain return of moisture possible on Sunday.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10am. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Light winds out of the north. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Rain likely, mainly before 7am. Cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 60%.

Thursday

Rain. Highs near 50. Chance of rain is 90%.

Thursday Night

Rain likely, mainly before 8pm. Cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Chance of rain is 60%.
Highlands Plateau

Today

A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after noon. Areas of fog before 10am, then patchy fog after 5pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly after 5am. Patchy fog before 7pm, then patchy fog after 8pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the low-to-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 possible.

Wednesday

Rain likely, mainly before 7am. Cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Thursday

Rain. Highs in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 100%.

Thursday Night

Rain likely, mainly before 10pm. Cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Chance of rain is 70%.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 11am. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Patchy fog after 8pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Rain likely, mainly before 7am. Cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the west in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Thursday

Rain. Highs near 50. Chance of rain is 90%.

Thursday Night

Rain likely, mainly before 9pm. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area

Today

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 8am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph by noon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Light winds out of the northwest wind. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Rain likely, mainly before 9am. Cloudy, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Thursday

Rain. Highs in the upper 40s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Thursday Night

Rain likely, mainly before 7pm. Cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Chance of rain is 60%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Fog will become widespread across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia through the morning. Some locations will see dense fog, with visibility falling to one-quarter mile or less at times. A dense fog advisory could be needed for some locations where the dense fog will become more widespread and persistent. Use caution if driving. Allow extra time to reach your destination and allow a greater stopping distance. Use your low-beam headlights and fog lamps if you encounter dense fog. 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 51 (MODERATE) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 51 (MODERATE)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (2.7 out of 12) today with Juniper and Elm being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.7 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for January 31st

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

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2002
Lowest Temperature -6°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1966
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.51 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station 2013
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Highlands in 1899

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

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 01-28-1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 01-21-1985
Greatest Rainfall 5.10 inches in Highlands on 01-12-2018
Greatest Snowfall 10.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 01-08-1988

Record Weather Events for January 31st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 82°F in Wilmington, New Hanover County in 1975 /> Lowest Temperature -16°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1966
Greatest Rainfall 7.32 inches in Marion, Mcdowell County in 2013
Greatest Snowfall 25.1 inches in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1998
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of January Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 86°F in Marion, Mcdowell County on 01-24-1927
Lowest Temperature -34°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 01-21-1985
Greatest Rainfall 9.18 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 01-13-2018
Greatest Snowfall 28.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 01-28-1998




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Local and State News



• Hawker Hunter Aggressor Jet Crashes Off North Carolina (Updated) [The Drive: The Warzone]

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

• Group: N.C. request for redistricting rehearing 'frivolous' [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• North Carolina man who threatened to detonate bomb near US Capitol pleads guilty [WTVD-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Amazon delivery station expected to bring 150 jobs to Macon County [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]


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National and World News Roundup

10 wounded in Lakeland drive-by shooting | WFLA-TV (Tampa Bay, FL)



• The U.S. Consumer Is Starting to Freak Out [Wall Street Journal]

• Everyone’s watching Meta’s earnings report for a hint at how online ads are doing [CNBC]

• Israeli drone attack on Iranian weapons factory was phenomenal success - sources [Jerusalem Post]

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

• Dozens Killed in Pakistan Mosque Bombing [Voice of America]

• China Urges Kevin McCarthy Not to Repeat Pelosi Visit to Taiwan [Bloomberg News via MSN]

• Trump sues journalist Bob Woodward over book recordings [Courthouse News Service]

• In veterans’ benefits case, court says Congress chose a firm rule over a flexible standard [SCOTUSblog]


Putin and the Presidents (full documentary) | FRONTLINE PBS



Global National: Jan. 30, 2023 | BC launching illicit drug decriminalization trial



Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 30th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, January 30, 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 4:57pm CET, 25 January 2023, there have been 100,651,473 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,093,540 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 20 January 2023, a total of 660,066,195 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 4:57pm CET, 25 January 2023, there have been 664,873,023 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,724,248 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 24 January 2023, a total of 13,156,047,747 vaccine doses have been administered.

• President Biden to end COVID-19 emergencies on May 11 [AP News]

• WHO maintains highest alert over COVID, but sees hope ahead [Reuters]

• COVID-19 is a leading cause of death in children and young people in the United States [Eureka Alert]

• Assessment of COVID-19 as the Underlying Cause of Death Among Children and Young People Aged 0 to 19 Years in the US [JAMA Network]

• Anti-intellectualism amid the COVID-19 pandemic: The discursive elements and sources of anti-Fauci tweets [PubMed]

• TWiV 977: Ageing is infectious [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 976: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• ClearSpace raises $29 million ahead of first debris removal mission [Space News]

• Former NASA Astronauts to Receive Congressional Space Medal of Honor [NASA]

• Cybercrime groups offer six-figure salaries, bonuses, paid time off to attract talent on dark web [CyberScoop]

• Frontier rolls out 5Gbps fiber internet across the US [Engadget]

• Final Flight of HAWC Program Screams Through the Sky [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency]


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

David Kipping: Alien Civilizations and Habitable Worlds | Lex Fridman Podcast #355



The Level1 Show January 31 2023: Being Right On the Internet vs. National Security | Level1Techs



Have We Figured Out Ransomware? - DTNS 4446 | Daily Tech News Show



‘If you think you know everything, you can’t learn anything’ | PBS Newshour



Where Did Last Year's Banana Trees Go? | SciShow



The Moment of Truth - LINUX Unplugged 495 | Jupital Broadcasting



LIVE! Europa Clipper Clean Room 24/7 | NASA JPL






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Special Section: The Death of Queen Elizabeth II
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(Today is the last day this special ection will run. This is a special section to allow readers to discover original documentation and read/view news coverage of The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II)


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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, January 29 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 29th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 342 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 341 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 341: Russians continue offensive on three fronts, despite losses – Ukraine’s General Staff [Euromaiden Press]

• Will the Ukraine war become a wider European conflict? [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine plans to spend USD 550 mln on military drones in 2023 [TVP World]

• How do Germany and the EU fund military gear to Ukraine? [DW News]

• Fighter jets for Ukraine: Top adviser 'counts on positive results very soon' [France 24]

• Will the Ukraine war become a wider European conflict? [SOURCE]


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

• Moscow provides more evidence of US biolabs in Ukraine [Russia Today]

• Sarmat ICBMs and Borei submarines to make Russian Army one of the world's strongest [Pravda]

• Lavrov expresses concern over escalation between Israel and Palestine [TASS]

Will the Ukraine war become a wider European conflict? | Al Jazeera



Ukraine 11th month Update | The Cold War



What a Canadian medic has witnessed on Ukraine’s front lines | CBC News



Combat GoPro - Wiping Out Russian Spetsnaz Team in CQB | Civ Div



Russian Strengths & Capabilities in Ukraine - Why Russia is still a threat in 2023 | Perun







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On This Day

January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 334 days remain until the end of the year (335 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)




314 – Pope Sylvester I is consecrated, as successor to the late Pope Miltiades.

1208 – The Battle of Lena takes place between King Sverker II of Sweden and his rival, Prince Eric, whose victory puts him on the throne as King Eric X of Sweden.

1504 – The Treaty of Lyon ends the Italian War, confirming French domination of northern Italy, while Spain receives the Kingdom of Naples.

1578 – Eighty Years' War and Anglo-Spanish War: The Battle of Gembloux is a victory for Spanish forces led by Don John of Austria over a rebel army of Dutch, Flemish, English, Scottish, German, French and Walloons.

1606 – Gunpowder Plot: Four of the conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, are executed for treason by hanging, drawing and quartering, for plotting against Parliament and King James.

1747 – The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.

1814 – Gervasio Antonio de Posadas becomes Supreme Director of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (present-day Argentina).

1846 – After the Milwaukee Bridge War, the United States towns of Juneautown and Kilbourntown unify to create the City of Milwaukee.

1848 – John C. Frémont is court-martialed for mutiny and disobeying orders.

1862 – Alvan Graham Clark discovers the white dwarf star Sirius B, a companion of Sirius, through an 18.5-inch (47 cm) telescope now located at Northwestern University.

1865 – American Civil War: The United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery, and submits it to the states for ratification.

1865 – American Civil War: Confederate General Robert E. Lee becomes general-in-chief of all Confederate armies.

1891 – History of Portugal: The first attempt at a Portuguese republican revolution breaks out in the northern city of Porto.

1900 – Datu Muhammad Salleh is killed in Kampung Teboh, Tambunan, ending the Mat Salleh Rebellion.

1901 – Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters premieres at Moscow Art Theatre in Russia.

1915 – World War I: Germany is the first to make large-scale use of poison gas in warfare in the Battle of Bolimów against Russia.

1917 – World War I: Kaiser Wilhelm II orders the resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare.

1918 – A series of accidental collisions on a misty Scottish night leads to the loss of two Royal Navy submarines with over a hundred lives, and damage to another five British warships.

1918 – Finnish Civil War: The Suinula massacre, which changes the nature of the war in a more hostile direction, takes place in Kangasala.

1919 – The Battle of George Square takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, during a campaign for shorter working hours.

1928 – Leon Trotsky is exiled to Alma-Ata.

1942 – World War II: Allied forces are defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya and retreat to Singapore.

1943 – World War II: German field marshal Friedrich Paulus surrenders to the Soviets at Stalingrad, followed two days later by the remainder of his Sixth Army, ending one of the war's fiercest battles.

1944 – World War II: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.

1944 – World War II: During the Anzio campaign, the 1st Ranger Battalion (Darby's Rangers) is destroyed behind enemy lines in a heavily outnumbered encounter at Battle of Cisterna, Italy.

1945 – US Army private Eddie Slovik is executed for desertion, the first such execution of an American soldier since the Civil War.

1945 – World War II: About 3,000 inmates from the Stutthof concentration camp are forcibly marched into the Baltic Sea at Palmnicken (now Yantarny, Russia) and executed.

1945 – World War II: The end of fighting in the Battle of Hill 170 during the Burma Campaign, in which the British 3 Commando Brigade repulsed a Japanese counterattack on their positions and precipitated a general retirement from the Arakan Peninsula.

1946 – Cold War: Yugoslavia's new constitution, modeling that of the Soviet Union, establishes six constituent republics (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).

1946 – The Democratic Republic of Vietnam introduces the đồng to replace the French Indochinese piastre at par.

1949 – These Are My Children, the first television daytime soap opera, is broadcast by the NBC station in Chicago.

1950 – President Truman orders the development of thermonuclear weapons.

1951 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 90 relating to the Korean War is adopted.

1953 – A North Sea flood causes over 1,800 deaths in the Netherlands and over 300 in the United Kingdom.

1957 – Eight people (five total crew from two aircraft and three on the ground) in Pacoima, California are killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet.

1958 – Cold War: Space Race: The first successful American satellite detects the Van Allen radiation belt.

1961 – Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2: The chimpanzee Ham travels into outer space.

1966 – The Soviet Union launches the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft as part of the Luna program.

1968 – Vietnam War: Viet Cong guerrillas attack the United States embassy in Saigon, and other attacks, in the early morning hours, later grouped together as the Tet Offensive.

1968 – Nauru gains independence from Australia.

1971 – Apollo program: Apollo 14: Astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, aboard a Saturn V, lift off for a mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands on the Moon.

1971 – The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begins in Detroit.

1978 – The Crown of St. Stephen (also known as the Holy Crown of Hungary) goes on public display after being returned to Hungary from the United States, where it was held after World War II.[

1988 – Doug Williams becomes the first African-American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl and leads the Washington Redskins to victory in Super Bowl XXII.

1996 – An explosives-filled truck rams into the gates of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Colombo, killing at least 86 people and injuring 1,400.

2000 – Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crash: An MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 aboard.

2001 – In the Netherlands, a Scottish court convicts Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and acquits another Libyan citizen for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.

2001 – Two Japan Airlines planes nearly collide over Suruga Bay in Japan

2009 – In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.

2018 – Both a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse occur.

2019 – Abdullah of Pahang is sworn in as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.

2020 – The United Kingdom's membership within the European Union ceases in accordance with Article 50, after 47 years of being a member state.

2022 – Sue Gray, a senior civil servant in the United Kingdom, publishes an initial version of her report on the Downing Street Partygate controversy.

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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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