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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Weather Briefing for Tuesday, February 20, 2024





Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will remain over the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia today through Wednesday. A cold front will approach from the west on Thursday and cross the region Thursday night through Friday morning. Dry weather returns for the weekend as another front settles south into the region. Well above normal temperatures are expected early next week.


INCREASED FIRE DANGER TODAY



Very dry air in place across the region will permit afternoon relative humidity values to fall to between 20 and 25 percent for several hours across the region again today. Although winds will be fairly light from the southwest, drying fuels and brush will combine with the dry air to increase fire danger this afternoon.

Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities on whether you can burn today. If you do burn, use caution since fires can quickly get out of hand under these conditions.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

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

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the south 3 to 7 mph.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s.

Thursday Night

Showers, mainly after 7pm. Lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 90%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the south in the afternoon.

Tonight

Clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Wednesday Night

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

Thursday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Windy.

Thursday Night

Showers, mainly after 8pm. Lows in the mid 40s. Windy. Chance of rain is 90%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Wednesday Night

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

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 61.

Thursday Night

Showers, mainly after 7pm. Lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 90%.


Nantahala Area



Today

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

lear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Thursday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 90%.


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Hazards



Very dry air in place across the region will permit afternoon relative humidity values to fall to between 20 and 25 percent for several hours across the region. Although winds will be fairly light from the southwest, drying fuels and brush will combine with the dry air to increase fire danger this afternoon.

Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities on whether you can burn today. If you do burn, use caution since fires can quickly get out of hand under these conditions.


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Record Weather Events for February 20th

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

Highest Temperature 77°F in Franklin in 1994
Lowest Temperature -6°F in Highlands in 2015
Greatest One-Day Rain 3.140 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1954
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 0.6 inches in Franklin in 1940


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 (also a state record)
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 20th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 81°F in Cedar Island, Carteret County in 2018
Lowest Temperature -20°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2015
Greatest Rainfall 4.00 inches in Lenoir, Caldwell County in 1947
Greatest Snowfall 11.0 inches in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1999
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
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)

Music Lineup for Friends of the Greenway, Inc.

Frog Quarters Music Schedule (located at 573 East Main Street in Franklin)

February 2024 Schedule



2-24-24---Jim Austin’s Classic Country Band---Enjoy hearing Jim’s Band as they play the big sound of real, classic country—songs that you don’t hear on the radio anymore. Jim and the fellas are always a popular group with the crowd at Frog Quarters.

Frog Quarters is open 9a to 2p, Wednesdays thru Saturdays—beside the River Bridge. We are the Non-Profit supporting the Greenway with monies from sales from our Coffee & Gift Shop, Memberships and Donations. As always, thank you for your support!



Mountain Findings
432 Spruce Street (physical)
Highlands, North Carolina 28741
Web: MountainFindings.org

Mountain Findings (a thrift store) is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm until October 2023.











On This Day

February 20th is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 314 days remain until the end of the year (315 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)




1339 – The Milanese army and the St. George's (San Giorgio) Mercenaries of Lodrisio Visconti clash in the Battle of Parabiago; Visconti is defeated.

1472 – Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.

1521 – Juan Ponce de Leon sets out from Spain for Florida with about 200 prospective colonists.

1547 – Edward VI of England is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.

1685 – René-Robert Cavelier establishes Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France's claim to Texas.

1792 – The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by United States President George Washington.

1798 – Louis-Alexandre Berthier removes Pope Pius VI from power.

1813 – Manuel Belgrano defeats the royalist army of Pío de Tristán during the Battle of Salta.

1816 – Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.

1835 – The 1835 Concepción earthquake destroys Concepción, Chile.

1846 – Polish insurgents lead an uprising in Kraków to incite a fight for national independence.

1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Olustee: The largest battle fought in Florida during the war.

1865 – End of the Uruguayan War, with a peace agreement between President Tomás Villalba and rebel leader Venancio Flores, setting the scene for the destructive War of the Triple Alliance.

1872 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City.

1877 – Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake receives its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

1901 – The legislature of Hawaii Territory convenes for the first time.

1905 – The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of Massachusetts's mandatory smallpox vaccination program in Jacobson v. Massachusetts.

1909 – Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal Le Figaro.

1913 – King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra.

1920 – An earthquake kills between 114 and 130 in Georgia and heavily damages the town of Gori.

1931 – The U.S. Congress approves the construction of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge by the state of California.

1931 – An anarchist uprising in Encarnación briefly transforms the city into a revolutionary commune.

1933 – The U.S. Congress approves the Blaine Act to repeal federal Prohibition in the United States, sending the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution to state ratifying conventions for approval.

1933 – Adolf Hitler secretly meets with German industrialists to arrange for financing of the Nazi Party's upcoming election campaign.

1935 – Caroline Mikkelsen becomes the first woman to set foot in Antarctica.

1942 – Lieutenant Edward O'Hare becomes America's first World War II flying ace.

1943 – American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.

1943 – The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms in support of United States President Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union address theme of Four Freedoms.

1944 – World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.

1944 – World War II: The United States takes Eniwetok Atoll.

1952 – Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.

1956 – The United States Merchant Marine Academy becomes a permanent Service Academy.

1959 – The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.

1962 – Mercury program: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, making three orbits in four hours, 55 minutes.

1965 – Ranger 8 crashes into the Moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.

1968 – The China Academy of Space Technology, China's main arm for the research, development, and creation of space satellites, is established in Beijing.

1971 – The United States Emergency Broadcast System is accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert.

1979 – An earthquake cracks open the Sinila volcanic crater on the Dieng Plateau, releasing poisonous H2S gas and killing 149 villagers in the Indonesian province of Central Java.

1986 – The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for ten of those years.

1988 – The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast votes to secede from Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the First Nagorno-Karabakh War.

1991 – In the Albanian capital Tirana, a gigantic statue of Albania's long-time leader, Enver Hoxha, is brought down by mobs of angry protesters.

1998 – American figure skater Tara Lipinski, at the age of 15, becomes the youngest Olympic figure skating gold-medalist at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

2003 – During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the Station nightclub ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others.

2005 – Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout.

2009 – Two Tamil Tigers aircraft packed with C4 explosives en route to the national airforce headquarters are shot down by the Sri Lankan military before reaching their target, in a kamikaze style attack.

2010 – In Madeira Island, Portugal, heavy rain causes floods and mudslides, resulting in at least 43 deaths, in the worst disaster in the history of the archipelago.

2014 – Dozens of Euromaidan anti-government protesters died in Ukraine's capital Kyiv, many reportedly killed by snipers.

2015 – Two trains collide in the Swiss town of Rafz resulting in as many as 49 people injured and Swiss Federal Railways cancelling some services.

2016 – Six people are killed and two injured in multiple shooting incidents in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, February 20, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to rthe 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. 


Monday, February 19, 2024

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, February 19, 2024





Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

Weak high pressure lingers through the middle of the week along with a warming trend. Low pressure approaches Thursday night and brings a round of precipitation to the area. Dry weather returns for the weekend.


INCREASED FIRE DANGER TODAY (02-19-2024)


Very dry air in place across the region will permit afternoon relative humidity values to fall to between 20 and 25 percent for several hours across the region again today. Although winds will be fairly light from the southwest, drying fuels and brush will combine with the dry air to increase fire danger this afternoon.

Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities on whether you can burn today. If you do burn, use caution since fires can quickly get out of hand under these conditions.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night





Franklin Area

Washington's Birthday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Areas of fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Areas of fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 60.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 30s.


Highlands Plateau

Washington's Birthday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming calm around noon.

Tonight

Clear, with lows around 30. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the south around 5 mph shifting to come out of the north before midnight.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 50.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 30s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Washington's Birthday

Sunny, with highs near 56. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

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

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 60.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 30s.


Nantahala Area



Washington's Birthday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

Increasing clouds, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.


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Hazards



Very dry air in place across the region will permit afternoon relative humidity values to fall to between 20 and 25 percent for several hours across the region. Although winds will be fairly light from the southwest, drying fuels and brush will combine with the dry air to increase fire danger this afternoon.

Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities on whether you can burn today. If you do burn, use caution since fires can quickly get out of hand under these conditions.


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Record Weather Events for February 19th

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

Highest Temperature 72°F in Franklin in 1890
Lowest Temperature -6°F in Highlands in 2015
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 1.83 inches in Highlands in 1949
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Franklin in 1979

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 (also a state record)
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 19th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 84°F in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1956
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2015
Greatest Rainfall 3.77 inches in Salisbury, Rowan County in 2021
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2015
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
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)

Music Lineup for Friends of the Greenway, Inc.

Frog Quarters Music Schedule (located at 573 East Main Street in Franklin)

February 2024 Schedule


2-24-24---Jim Austin’s Classic Country Band---Enjoy hearing Jim’s Band as they play the big sound of real, classic country—songs that you don’t hear on the radio anymore. Jim and the fellas are always a popular group with the crowd at Frog Quarters.

Frog Quarters is open 9a to 2p, Wednesdays thru Saturdays—beside the River Bridge. We are the Non-Profit supporting the Greenway with monies from sales from our Coffee & Gift Shop, Memberships and Donations. As always, thank you for your support!



Mountain Findings
432 Spruce Street (physical)
Highlands, North Carolina 28741
Web: MountainFindings.org

Mountain Findings (a thrift store) is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm until October 2023.









News Briefing


---NATIONAL---

National Security Threat: Russia's Orbital Nuke Announcement | Sandboxx



Trump’s $355M Penalty: New York Lawyer Breaks Down the Impacts | WSJ



• Messy Diversion in Georgia Trump Case Creates Perception Problem [New York Times]

• Trump hawks $399 branded shoes at ‘Sneaker Con,’ a day after a $355 million ruling against him [AP News]

• Biden visits East Palestine a year after toxic train derailment [ABC News]

• Pesticide linked to reproductive issues found in Cheerios, Quaker Oats and other oat-based foods [CBS News]

• Back-to-back storms set to hit an already drenched California, raising the flood threat [CNN]

• The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe will construct one of the largest solar farms in the U.S. [KSUT-FM: Southern Ute Tribal Radio]

• Amazon argues that national labor board is unconstitutional, joining SpaceX and Trader Joe’s [AP News]

---2024 ELECTION ROUNDUP--- 

International News Headlines

• Russian nukes in space: Why the intelligence leak might be more serious than the threat itself [France 24]

• China Revives Socialist Ideas to Fix Its Real-Estate Crisis [Wall Street Journal]

• In Germany, protesters against the far right are hoping for a political jolt [Le Monde]

• Indonesia-China ties: will president-elect Prabowo confront Beijing or maintain Widodo’s economic deals? [South China Morning Post]

• China's intimidation of Taiwan is a global issue [Taiwan News]

• Japan 'paying attention' to remarks from N. Korean leader's sister: top gov't spokesman [Yonhap News Agency]

Meet the Press full broadcast – Feb. 18 | NBC News



Face The Nation: Clyburn, Brinkley, Parnes | Feb. 18, 2024



2024 Campaign Trail: Candidates in Texas, Michigan and South Carolina | C-SPAN



Urgent Call for U.S. Sealift Capacity Expansion to Counter China | What's Going on With Shipping?



Washington Week with The Atlantic full episode, Feb. 16, 2024



Washington Today (2-16-24): GOP Rep. McCaul compares Putin to Hitler after death of Navalny



Global National: Feb. 18, 2024 | Feds, BC look to kickstart housing construction on provincial land



ABC World News Tonight with David Muir Full Broadcast - Feb 18 2024


"CBS Weekend News" Full Broadcast | Feb. 18, 2024


Nightly News Full Broadcast - Feb 17 | NBC News


PBS NewsHour full episode, (February 18, 2024)



---Science, Technology, Culture, and History News Roundup---

EP28 Superhumanly Inhuman (The Holocaust) | Dan Carlin



• EP28 Superhumanly Inhuman (audio) [Dan Carlin (via Google Podcasts)]

• The Sky This Week from February 16 to 23: Venus meets Mars [Astronomy Magazine]

• This Week's Sky at a Glance, February 16-25 [Sky and Telescope Magazine]

The Level1 Show February 16 2024: A Sellout of Epic Proportions | Level1 Techs



SpaceX Starship Flight 3's Launch Timeline - Get Ready! | Marcus House



IM-1 Mission Maneuvers and Events Update | Intuitive Machines



• Webb telescope makes unexpected find in outskirts of our solar system (These ice worlds aren't dead) [Mashable]

• Air Canada Ordered to Pay Passenger Damages After Chatbot Lied About Bereavement Discounts [Gizmodo]

• Frequent marine heatwaves in the Arctic Ocean will be the norm [University of Hamburg]

• North Korean hackers use AI for more sophisticated scams [Financial Times]

• Complete and robust magnetic field confinement by superconductors in fusion magnets [nature: scientific reports]

• India effectively kills e-wallet used by over 300 million [The Register]






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On This Day

February 19 is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 315 days remain until the end of the year (316 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)




197 – Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.

356 – The anti-paganism policy of Constantius II forbids the worship of pagan idols in the Roman Empire.

1594 – Having already been elected to the throne of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1587, Sigismund III of the House of Vasa is crowned King of Sweden, having succeeded his father John III of Sweden in 1592.

1600 – The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.

1649 – The Second Battle of Guararapes takes place, effectively ending Dutch colonization efforts in Brazil.

1674 – England and the Netherlands sign the Treaty of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfers the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England.

1714 – Great Northern War: The battle of Napue between Sweden and Russia is fought in Isokyrö, Ostrobothnia.

1726 – The Supreme Privy Council is established in Russia.

1807 – Former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason in Wakefield, Alabama and confined to Fort Stoddert.

1819 – British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands and claims them in the name of King George III.

1836 – King William IV signs Letters Patent establishing the Province of South Australia.

1846 – In Austin, Texas the newly formed Texas state government is officially installed. The Republic of Texas government officially transfers power to the State of Texas government following the annexation of Texas by the United States.

1847 – The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.

1859 – Daniel E. Sickles, a New York Congressman, is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity.

1878 – Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.

1884 – More than sixty tornadoes strike the Southern United States, one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.

1913 – Pedro Lascuráin becomes President of Mexico for 45 minutes; this is the shortest term to date of any person as president of any country.

1915 – World War I: The first naval attack on the Dardanelles begins when a strong Anglo-French task force bombards Ottoman artillery along the coast of Gallipoli.

1937 – Yekatit 12: During a public ceremony at the Viceregal Palace (the former Imperial residence) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, two Ethiopian nationalists of Eritrean origin attempt to kill viceroy Rodolfo Graziani with a number of grenades.

1942 – World War II: Nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attack the northern Australian city of Darwin, killing 243 people.

1942 – World War II: United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs executive order 9066, allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese Americans to internment camps.

1943 – World War II: Battle of Kasserine Pass in Tunisia begins.

1945 – World War II: Battle of Iwo Jima: About 30,000 United States Marines land on the island of Iwo Jima.

1948 – The Conference of Youth and Students of Southeast Asia Fighting for Freedom and Independence convenes in Calcutta.

1949 – Ezra Pound is awarded the first Bollingen Prize in poetry by the Bollingen Foundation and Yale University.

1953 – Book censorship in the United States: The Georgia Literature Commission is established.

1954 – Transfer of Crimea: The Soviet Politburo of the Soviet Union orders the transfer of the Crimean Oblast from the Russian SFSR to the Ukrainian SSR.

1959 – The United Kingdom grants Cyprus independence, which is formally proclaimed on August 16, 1960.

1960 – China successfully launches the T-7, its first sounding rocket.

1963 – The publication of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique reawakens the feminist movement in the United States as women's organizations and consciousness raising groups spread.

1965 – Colonel Phạm Ngọc Thảo of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, and a communist spy of the North Vietnamese Viet Minh, along with Generals Lâm Văn Phát and Trần Thiện Khiêm, all Catholics, attempt a coup against the military junta of the Buddhist Nguyễn Khánh.

1976 – Executive Order 9066, which led to the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps, is rescinded by President Gerald Ford's Proclamation 4417.

1978 – Egyptian forces raid Larnaca International Airport in an attempt to intervene in a hijacking, without authorisation from the Republic of Cyprus authorities. The Cypriot National Guard and Police forces kill 15 Egyptian commandos and destroy the Egyptian C-130 transport plane in open combat.

1985 – William J. Schroeder becomes the first recipient of an artificial heart to leave the hospital.

1985 – Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 crashes into Mount Oiz in Spain, killing 148.

1986 – Akkaraipattu massacre: the Sri Lankan Army massacres 80 Tamil farm workers in eastern Sri Lanka.

1989 – Flying Tiger Line flight 66 crashes into a hill near Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Malaysia, killing four.

2002 – NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.

2003 – An Ilyushin Il-76 military aircraft crashes near Kerman, Iran, killing 275.

2006 – A methane explosion in a coal mine near Nueva Rosita, Mexico, kills 65 miners.

2011 – The debut exhibition of the Belitung shipwreck, containing the largest collection of Tang dynasty artifacts found in one location, begins in Singapore.

2012 – Forty-four people are killed in a prison brawl in Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico.

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Published at 5:00am on Monday, February 19, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to rthe 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. 


Sunday, February 18, 2024

Weekend News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, February 18, 2024





Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

Expect a brief winter mix at the higher elevations this morning before cooler and drier weather spreads over the area and lingers through the middle of next week. A dry, warming trend will then develop, with temperatures climbing well above normal for mid February.


INCREASED FIRE DANGER TODAY



Very dry air in place across the region will permit afternoon relative humidity values to fall to between 20 and 25 percent for several hours across the region. Although winds will be fairly light from the southwest, drying fuels and brush will combine with the dry air to increase fire danger this afternoon.

Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities on whether you can burn today. If you do burn, use caution since fires can quickly get out of hand under these conditions.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Tuesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Washington's Birthday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the upper 20s.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Washington's Birthday

Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph early in the morning shifting to come out of the south by midmorning.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the west around 5 mph shifting to come out of the northeast before midnight.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs near 50.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows around 30.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Washington's Birthday

Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming south by midmorning.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming northeast before midnight.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs near 50.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows around 30.


Nantahala Area



Today

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph.

Washington's Birthday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows around freezing.


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Hazards



Very dry air in place across the region will permit afternoon relative humidity values to fall to between 20 and 25 percent for several hours across the region. Although winds will be fairly light from the southwest, drying fuels and brush will combine with the dry air to increase fire danger this afternoon.

Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities on whether you can burn today. If you do burn, use caution since fires can quickly get out of hand under these conditions.


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Record Weather Events for February 18th

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

Highest Temperature 73°F in Franklin in 1890
Lowest Temperature -6°F in Highlands in 1900
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.59 inches in Highlands in 1940
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 11.0 inches in Highlands in 1979

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 (also a state record)
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 17th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 83°F in Marshall, Madison County in 1927
Lowest Temperature -18 in Brevard, Transylvania County in 1958
Greatest Rainfall 4.00 inches in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1879
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Henderson, Vance County in 1989
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
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)

Music Lineup for Friends of the Greenway, Inc.

Frog Quarters Music Schedule (located at 573 East Main Street in Franklin)

February 2024 Schedule


2-24-24---Jim Austin’s Classic Country Band---Enjoy hearing Jim’s Band as they play the big sound of real, classic country—songs that you don’t hear on the radio anymore. Jim and the fellas are always a popular group with the crowd at Frog Quarters.

Frog Quarters is open 9a to 2p, Wednesdays thru Saturdays—beside the River Bridge. We are the Non-Profit supporting the Greenway with monies from sales from our Coffee & Gift Shop, Memberships and Donations. As always, thank you for your support!



Mountain Findings
432 Spruce Street (physical)
Highlands, North Carolina 28741
Web: MountainFindings.org

Mountain Findings (a thrift store) is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm until October 2023.









News Briefing
---STATE AND LOCAL---

NC Lawmakers take steps toward banning 'gas station heroin', tianeptine | WXII-TV (Winston-Salem, TV)



• 'Every dollar matters': Attorney General Josh Stein appeals Duke Energy rate increase [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• A ‘history changing’ moment in NC education as universal private school vouchers arrive[Raleigh News and Observer]

• Report reveals patient safety issues, including patient death in hallway at Mission Health [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

---RECENT STATE AND LOCAL NEWS---

• North Carolina program seeks applications for bike, pedestrian project plans [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Warrant: 12-year-old boy found cold, stiff at NC wilderness camp [WBT-TV (Charlotte, NC)]

• (video) NC candidates, experts respond to Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson comments House Bill 2 [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Under the Dome podcast: Primary endorsements, Black voters and Cotham challengers [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Swain County Manager headed to Jackson [BPR]



---NATIONAL---

National Security Threat: Russia's Orbital Nuke Announcement | Sandboxx



Trump’s $355M Penalty: New York Lawyer Breaks Down the Impacts | WSJ



• Messy Diversion in Georgia Trump Case Creates Perception Problem [New York Times]

• Trump hawks $399 branded shoes at ‘Sneaker Con,’ a day after a $355 million ruling against him [AP News]

• Biden visits East Palestine a year after toxic train derailment [ABC News]

• Pesticide linked to reproductive issues found in Cheerios, Quaker Oats and other oat-based foods [CBS News]

• Back-to-back storms set to hit an already drenched California, raising the flood threat [CNN]

• The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe will construct one of the largest solar farms in the U.S. [KSUT-FM: Southern Ute Tribal Radio]

• Amazon argues that national labor board is unconstitutional, joining SpaceX and Trader Joe’s [AP News]

 International News Headlines

• Russian nukes in space: Why the intelligence leak might be more serious than the threat itself [France 24]

• China Revives Socialist Ideas to Fix Its Real-Estate Crisis [Wall Street Journal]

• In Germany, protesters against the far right are hoping for a political jolt [Le Monde]

• Indonesia-China ties: will president-elect Prabowo confront Beijing or maintain Widodo’s economic deals? [South China Morning Post]

• China's intimidation of Taiwan is a global issue [Taiwan News]

• Japan 'paying attention' to remarks from N. Korean leader's sister: top gov't spokesman [Yonhap News Agency]

2024 Campaign Trail: Candidates in Texas, Michigan and South Carolina | C-SPAN



What the Ship: Ep99 | Black Sea, Russia & Ukraine | Red Sea | Panama Canal | Containers | War Risk | What's Going on With Shipping?



Washington Week with The Atlantic full episode, Feb. 16, 2024



Washington Today (2-16-24): GOP Rep. McCaul compares Putin to Hitler after death of Navalny



Global National: Feb. 17, 2024 | Will Moscow hand over the body of Alexei Navalny?



ABC World News Tonight with David Muir Full Broadcast - Feb 17 2024


"CBS Weekend News" Full Broadcast | Feb. 17, 2024


Nightly News Full Broadcast - Feb 17 | NBC News


PBS NewsHour full episode, (February 17, 2024)



---Science, Technology, Culture, and History News Roundup---

EP28 Superhumanly Inhuman (The Holocaust) | Dan Carlin



• EP28 Superhumanly Inhuman (audio) [Dan Carlin (via Google Podcasts)]

• The Sky This Week from February 9 to 16: Comet Tsuchinshan and galaxies galore [Astronomy Magazine]

• This Week's Sky at a Glance, February 9 – 17 [Sky and Telescope Magazine]

The Level1 Show February 16 2024: A Sellout of Epic Proportions | Level1 Techs








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On This Day

February 18th is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 316 days remain until the end of the year (317 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)




1229 – The Sixth Crusade: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, signs a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.

1268 – The Battle of Wesenberg is fought between the Livonian Order and Dovmont of Pskov.

1332 – Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim provinces.

1478 – George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London.

1637 – Eighty Years' War: Off the coast of Cornwall, England, a Spanish fleet intercepts an important Anglo-Dutch merchant convoy of 44 vessels escorted by six warships, destroying or capturing 20 of them.

1735 – The ballad opera called Flora, or Hob in the Well went down in history as the first opera of any kind to be produced in North America (Charleston, S.C.)

1781 – Fourth Anglo-Dutch War: Captain Thomas Shirley opens his expedition against Dutch colonial outposts on the Gold Coast of Africa (present-day Ghana).

1791 – Congress passes a law admitting the state of Vermont to the Union, effective 4 March, after that state had existed for 14 years as a de facto independent largely unrecognized state.

1797 – French Revolutionary Wars: Sir Ralph Abercromby and a fleet of 18 British warships invade Trinidad.

1814 – Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Montereau.

1861 – In Montgomery, Alabama, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.

1861 – With Italian unification almost complete, Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont, Savoy and Sardinia assumes the title of King of Italy.

1873 – Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski is executed by hanging in Sofia by the Ottoman authorities.

1878 – John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jesse Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico.

1885 – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published in the United States.

1900 – Second Boer War: Imperial forces suffer their worst single-day loss of life on Bloody Sunday, the first day of the Battle of Paardeberg.

1906 – Édouard de Laveleye forms the Belgian Olympic Committee in Brussels.

1911 – The first official flight with airmail takes place from Allahabad, United Provinces, British India (now India), when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away.

1915 – U-boat Campaign: The Imperial German Navy institutes unrestricted submarine warfare in the waters around Great Britain and Ireland.

1930 – While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.

1930 – Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.

1932 – The Empire of Japan creates the independent state of Manzhouguo (the obsolete Chinese name for Manchuria) free from the Republic of China and installed former Chinese Emperor Aisin Gioro Puyi as Chief Executive of the State.

1938 – Second Sino-Japanese War: During the Nanking Massacre, the Nanking Safety Zone International Committee is renamed "Nanking International Rescue Committee", and the safety zone in place for refugees falls apart.

1942 – World War II: The Imperial Japanese Army begins the systematic extermination of perceived hostile elements among the Chinese in Singapore.

1943 – World War II: The Nazis arrest the members of the White Rose movement.

1943 – World War II: Joseph Goebbels delivers his Sportpalast speech.

1946 – Sailors of the Royal Indian Navy mutiny in Bombay harbour, from where the action spreads throughout the Provinces of British India, involving 78 ships, twenty shore establishments and 20,000 sailors

1947 – First Indochina War: The French gain complete control of Hanoi after forcing the Viet Minh to withdraw to mountains.

1954 – The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles.

1955 – Operation Teapot: Teapot test shot "Wasp" is successfully detonated at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons. Wasp is the first of fourteen shots in the Teapot series.

1957 – Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is executed by the British colonial government.

1957 – Walter James Bolton becomes the last person legally executed in New Zealand.

1965 – The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.

1970 – The Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

1972 – The California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson, (6 Cal.3d 628) invalidates the state's death penalty and commutes the sentences of all death row inmates to life imprisonment.

1977 – The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden "flight" on top of a Boeing 747.

1979 – Richard Petty wins a then-record sixth Daytona 500 after leaders Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough crash on the final lap of the first NASCAR race televised live flag-to-flag.

1983 – Thirteen people die and one is seriously injured in the Wah Mee massacre in Seattle. It is said to be the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in U.S. history.

1991 – The IRA explodes bombs in the early morning at Paddington station and Victoria station in London.

2001 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

2001 – Sampit conflict: Inter-ethnic violence between Dayaks and Madurese breaks out in Sampit, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, ultimately resulting in more than 500 deaths and 100,000 Madurese displaced from their homes.

2001 – NASCAR Champion Dale Earnhardt dies from an accident on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

2003 – Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.

2004 – Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Nishapur, Iran, when a runaway freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertilizer catches fire and explodes.

2007 – Samjhauta Express bombings occurred around midnight in Diwana near the Indian city of Panipat, 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of New Delhi, India.

2010 – WikiLeaks publishes the first of hundreds of thousands of classified documents disclosed by the soldier now known as Chelsea Manning.

2013 – Armed robbers steal a haul of diamonds worth $50 million during a raid at Brussels Airport in Belgium.

2014 – At least 76 people are killed and hundreds are injured in clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Kyiv, Ukraine.

2021 – Perseverance, a Mars rover designed to explore Jezero crater on Mars, as part of NASA's Mars 2020 mission, lands successfully.

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Published at 5:00am on Suniday, February 18, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to rthe 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.