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Thursday, July 25, 2024

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, July 25, 2024



Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

A nearly stationary front will meander across our region through Saturday providing a focus for above normal chances of mainly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be below normal. Afternoon and evening shower and thunderstorm chances return to seasonal normals to start next week. Temperatures rise back to normal as well.


• Thrift Store Proceeds Help 31 Highlands Area Non-Profits [Macon Media]




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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms before 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Highs near 80. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A slight chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 65. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 80s. The chance of rain is 70%.

Saturday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. The chance of rain is 60%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers likely before 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 4pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 4pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Widespread dense fog, mainly between midnight and 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Light winds out of the northeast. The chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 50%.

Saturday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. The chance of rain is 70%.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. The chance of rain is 50%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 5pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7pm and 11pm, then a chance of showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. The chance of rain is 70%.

Saturday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. The chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area



Today

Showers before 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Widespread dense fog, mainly between midnight and 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds. The chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. The chance of rain is 70%.

Saturday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. The chance of rain is 60%.




Hazards



Showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon and evening. Flooding may occur where storms repeatedly pass over areas. Scattered to numerous thunderstorms will develop across the area this afternoon and continue into the evening. The main threats will be from cloud-to-ground lightning and torrential rainfall. Excessive rainfall could occur in isolated locations, resulting in flash flooding of streams and urban areas.




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)

July 2024 Schedule

7-27-24—Charlie Simmons & Paul Linser--Two accomplished finger-style guitar pickers that have some great songs in their line-up. You'll love their acoustic sound! Their music will take you from the ranges of the Midwest to the Southeastern region of the country. Welcome back, guys.

For other Music and News follow us on Facebook at Friends of the Greenway, Inc. and Instagram at friends_of_the_greenway_inc. To find out more about the Greenway and our organization, our website is: littletennessee.org.

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.











---NATIONAL---

President Biden Addresses Nation: "The best way forward is to pass the torch to a new generation." | C-SPAN



Israeli Prime Minister Addresses Joint Meeting of Congress | C-SPAN



Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation | House Judiciary GOP



• Biden delivers solemn call to defend democracy as he lays out his reasons for quitting race [AP News]

• FBI Is Not Fully Convinced Trump Was Struck by a Bullet [Daily Beast (via Yahoo News)]

• Most immigrants coming to US are ‘garbage,’ Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville says [AL.com]

• National guardsman who set off an FBI manhunt sentenced for Jan. 6 assault [NBC News]

• ATV driver accused of running over Michigan 80-year-old who was putting up Trump sign found dead [CBS News]

• Steve Bannon to go on trial in December for alleged fraud in We Build the Wall fundraiser [ABC News]



Washington Today (7-24-24): Israeli PM defends war in Gaza to Congress; protesters & police clash | C-SPAN



Global National: July 24, 2024 | Wildfire reaches outskirts of Jasper, Alta., townsite



ABC World News Tonight with David Muir Full Broadcast - July 24, 2024


"CBS Evening News" Full Broadcast | July 24, 2024


NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - July 24, 2024


PBS NewsHour live episode, (July 24, 2024)



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

Yellowstone's Hydrothermal Explosion Sends Visitors Running, Damages Boardwalk: Geologist Analysis | Shawn Willsey



• Is the "Blaze Star" About to Blow? You May Be the First to Know [Sky and Telescope Magazine]

• The Sky This Week from July 19 to 26: Stand under the Full Buck Moon [Astronomy Magazine]

• This Week's Sky at a Glance, July 19 – 28 [Sky and Telescope Magazine]

• Star-mapping Mission Gaia Impacted by Micrometeoroid, Solar Storm [Sky and Telescope Magazine]

The Level1 Show July 24 2024: How Do You Do, Fellow Kids | Level1 Techs



Fetching the Future of Pet Care - DTNS 4816 | Daily Tech News Show














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If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month. Those who support Macon Media with at least a dollar a month receive early access to video of some events and meetings before they are made public on the website. Videos and news involving public safety are not subject to early access.



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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, July 25, 2024
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. 


Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Thrift Store Proceeds Help 31 Highlands Area Non-Profits



PRESS RELEASE (07-24-2024)

MOUNTAIN FINDINGS 

Thrift Store Proceeds Help 31 Highlands Area Non-Profits


Mountain Findings, Highlands’ Community Thrift Store, distributed $369,000 this week to 31 non-profit organizations serving the needs of the Plateau.  Earlier this year, another $50,000 of the store’s earnings went for scholarships for graduating seniors at Highlands High School.   Taken together, these contributions represent 90 percent of the store’s 2024 earnings. 


With no payroll or mortgage, Mountain Findings’ 65 volunteers turned their sweat equity into grants that strengthen the Highlands-Cashiers, NC community, especially for the economically distressed or disadvantaged, including animals.


“We receive hundreds of lightly used items each week,” says Board President Jill Helmer.  “Our volunteers sort, clean, and price the items quickly and efficiently.  Those items with high appeal are posted to the Mountain Findings Facebook page each Wednesday, showing shoppers what’s available and building excitement for Thursday’s opening.”

Mountain Findings assists organizations in these areas:


  • Human welfare
  • Youth Enrichment
  • ​Conservation and the Environment
  • Animal welfare
  • Cultural Enrichment
  • Civic engagement
  • Public Safety

The 2024 grant recipients include:


Appalachian Animal Rescue Center

Appalachian Wildlife Refuge

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC

Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic

Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau

Carpe Diem Farms

Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society

Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers

Counseling Center of Highlands

Glenville Cashiers Rescue Squad

Highlands Emergency Council

International Friendship Center

Highlands Historical Society

PAC Educational Theatre

Highlands Plateau Greenway

Highlands School Athletic Booster Club

Highlands School Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Highlands School Parent-Teacher Organization

Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

Highlands Cashiers Players

Literacy and Learning Center

Magnolia Mission

Mainspring Conservation Trust

PAWSITIVE Shelter Volunteers of Macon County

Peggy Crosby Community Service Center

REACH of Macon County

Sky Valley-Scaly Mountain Volunteer Fire & Rescue

The Gordon Center for Children

Town of Highlands Recreation Department

Wreaths Across America, Highlands

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, July 24, 2024



Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

A nearly stationary front will meander across our region for the next several days providing a focus for above-normal chances of mainly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be a little cooler than normal at the end of the week then return to seasonal normals to start next week.


• Extreme, severe drought expands in parts of North Carolina [Macon Media]




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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Friday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 3pm, then showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 82. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms are likely before 11pm, then showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11pm and 5am, then showers after 5am. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms are likely after 5pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Highs near 80. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 60%.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. The chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

Showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. The chance of rain is 60%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 3pm and 5pm, then showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms are likely before 2am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 2am and 5am, then showers after 5am. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Areas of fog before 11am. Highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 60%.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms are likely before 4pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 4pm and 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms are likely after 5pm. Highs in the lower 70s. The chance of rain is 80%.

Friday Night

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


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 3pm and 5pm, then showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms are likely before 11pm, then showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11pm and 5am, then showers after 5am. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms are likely after 5pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Highs near 80. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 60%.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. The chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

Showers and thunderstorms are likely before 7pm, then showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. The chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area



Today

A chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 3pm, then showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms are likely before 3am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 3am and 5am, then showers after 5am. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms are likely after 5pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. The chance of rain is 60%.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. The chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

Showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 2am, then a chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. The chance of rain is 60%.




Hazards



Showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon and evening.





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Wed Jul 24 2024

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 7 days.




Pollen
The pollen forecast is unavailable due to IT issues being suffered by the provider.


Record Weather Events for July 24th

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

Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 44°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.93 inches in Franklin in 1997
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1871)

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

Highest Temperature 101°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 06-30-2012
Lowest Temperature 32°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 06-02-1966
Greatest Rainfall 7.63 inches in Highlands on 06-16-1949
Greatest Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded during June in Macon County)

Record Weather Events for July 24th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 107°F in Lumberton, Robeson County in 1952
Lowest Temperature 37°F in Laurel Springs, Ashe County in 1947
Greatest One-Day Rain 4.35 inches in Wilmington, New Hanover County in 1938
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since 1872)

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of July Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 109°F in Albemarle, Stanly County on 07-28-1940
Lowest Temperature 32°F in Celo, Yancey County on 07-10-1961
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands, Macon County on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded during June in the state)






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)

July 2024 Schedule

7-27-24—Charlie Simmons & Paul Linser--Two accomplished finger-style guitar pickers that have some great songs in their line-up. You'll love their acoustic sound! Their music will take you from the ranges of the Midwest to the Southeastern region of the country. Welcome back, guys.

For other Music and News follow us on Facebook at Friends of the Greenway, Inc. and Instagram at friends_of_the_greenway_inc. To find out more about the Greenway and our organization, our website is: littletennessee.org.

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---

Appalachia in the American Imagination | C-SPAN




Washington Today (7-23-24): Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) & Secret Service Dir. Kimberly Cheatle resign | C-SPAN


Global National: July 23, 2024 | Jasper National Park wildfire forces thousands to flee



ABC World News Tonight with David Muir Full Broadcast - July 23, 2024


"CBS Evening News" Full Broadcast | July 23, 2024


NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - July 23, 2024


PBS NewsHour full episode, (July 23, 2024)



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

Yellowstone's Hydrothermal Explosion Sends Visitors Running, Damages Boardwalk: Geologist Analysis | Shawn Willsey



• Is the "Blaze Star" About to Blow? You May Be the First to Know [Sky and Telescope Magazine]

• The Sky This Week from July 19 to 26: Stand under the Full Buck Moon [Astronomy Magazine]

• This Week's Sky at a Glance, July 19 – 28 [Sky and Telescope Magazine]

• Star-mapping Mission Gaia Impacted by Micrometeoroid, Solar Storm [Sky and Telescope Magazine]

The Level1 Show July 24 2024: How Do You Do, Fellow Kids | Level1 Techs



Fetching the Future of Pet Care - DTNS 4816 | Daily Tech News Show



Andrew Jackson & The 8 Year Reign of Terror Documentary | The People Profiles s



Blender Woes and Keyboard Pros | Linux Out Loud 93



CrowdStrike's Faulty Update Sparks Global Chaos: What Went Wrong? | Michael Tunnell











On This Day

July 24th is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 160 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

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


1132 – Battle of Nocera between Ranulf II of Alife and Roger II of Sicily.

1148 – Louis VII of France lays siege to Damascus during the Second Crusade.
• [Wikipedia: Siege of Damascus]

1304 – Wars of Scottish Independence: Fall of Stirling Castle: King Edward I of England takes the stronghold using the War Wolf, the larget trebucht ever made.
• [Wikipedia: Warwolf]
• [Outlaw King: Siege of Sirlin] (dramatization of Warwolf in action)
• [Wikipedia: Sieges of Stirling Castle]
• [Wikipedia: First War of Scottish Independence]
• [World record trebuchet at Warwick Castle]
• [How to Build a Trebuchet | MythBusters]

1411 – Battle of Harlaw, one of the bloodiest battles in Scotland, takes place.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Harlaw]

1412 – Behnam Hadloyo becomes Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Mardin.

1487 – Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands, strike against a ban on foreign beer.

1534 – French explorer Jacques Cartier plants a cross on the Gaspé Peninsula and takes possession of the territory in the name of Francis I of France.

1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her one-year-old son James VI.

1701 – Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit.

1783 – The Kingdom of Georgia and the Russian Empire sign the Treaty of Georgievsk.
• [Wikipedia: Treaty of Georgievsk]

1814 – War of 1812: General Phineas Riall advances toward the Niagara River to halt Jacob Brown's American invaders.

1823 – Afro-Chileans are emancipated.

1823 – In Maracaibo, Venezuela, the naval Battle of Lake Maracaibo takes place, where Admiral José Prudencio Padilla defeats the Spanish Navy, thus culminating the independence for the Gran Colombia.

1847 – After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City.

1847 – Richard March Hoe, American inventor, patented the rotary-type printing press.

1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Kernstown: Confederate General Jubal Early defeats Union troops led by General George Crook in an effort to keep them out of the Shenandoah Valley.
• [Wikipedia: Second Battle of Kernstown]
• [NPS VIDEO: The Second Battle of Kernstown - July 24, 1864]

1866 – Reconstruction: Tennessee becomes the first U.S. state to be readmitted to Congress following the American Civil War.

1901 – O. Henry is released from prison in Columbus, Ohio, after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.

1910 – The Ottoman Empire captures the city of Shkodër, putting down the Albanian Revolt of 1910.

1911 – Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas".

1915 – The passenger ship SS Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.
• [Wikipedia: SS Eastland]
• [The Eastland Disaster: New look at 100-year-old tragedy]
• [SS Eastland Disaster – Terrifying last Moments on the Ship]

1922 – The draft of the British Mandate of Palestine was formally confirmed by the Council of the League of Nations; it came into effect on 26 September 1923.

1923 – The Treaty of Lausanne, settling the boundaries of modern Turkey, is signed in Switzerland by Greece, Bulgaria and other countries that fought in World War I.

1924 – Themistoklis Sofoulis becomes Prime Minister of Greece.

1927 – The Menin Gate war memorial is unveiled at Ypres.

1929 – The Kellogg–Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect (it is first signed in Paris on August 27, 1928, by most leading world powers).
• [Wikipedia: Kellogg–Briand Pact]
• [HistoryPod Video]
• [Five Things You Should Know About the Paris Peace Pact]

1935 – The Dust Bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109 °F (43 °C) in Chicago and 104 °F (40 °C) in Milwaukee.
• [Wikipedia: Dust Bowl]
• [History Brief: the Dust Bowl]
• [Lessons from the Dust Bowl w/ Ken Burns (Live YouTube Event)]
• [The Dust Bowl - 01 - The Great Plow Up]
• [The Dust Bowl - 02 - Reaping the Whirlwind]

1937 – Alabama drops rape charges against the "Scottsboro Boys".

1943 – World War II: Operation Gomorrah begins: British and Canadian aeroplanes bomb Hamburg by night, and American planes bomb the city by day. By the end of the operation in November, 9,000 tons of explosives will have killed more than 30,000 people and destroyed 280,000 buildings.

1950 – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station begins operations with the launch of a Bumper rocket.

1959 – At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev have a "Kitchen Debate".
• [Wikipedia: Kitchen Debate]
• [Nixon vs. Khrushchev - The Kitchen Debate (1959)]
• [The Kitchen Debate and the Soda Pop Navy]

1963 – The ship Bluenose II was launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The schooner is a major Canadian symbol.

1966 – Michael Pelkey makes the first BASE jump from El Capitan along with Brian Schubert. Both came out with broken bones. BASE jumping has now been banned from El Cap.

1967 – During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in Montreal: Vive le Québec libre! ("Long live free Quebec!"); the statement angered the Canadian government and many Anglophone Canadians.

1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 11 splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean.
• [Apollo 11 in Real Time] (press the blue button)
• [Apollo 11 Splashdown: Celebrating 50 years, live stream]

1974 – Watergate scandal: The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and they order him to surrender the tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.


• [Washington Post]
• [Wikipedia: United States v. Nixon]
• [Nixon on handing over tapes (video)]
• [Tapes handed over to federal court (video)/a>]

1977 – End of a four-day-long Libyan–Egyptian War.

1980 – The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level.

1982 – Heavy rain causes a mudslide that destroys a bridge at Nagasaki, Japan, killing 299.

1983 – The Black July anti-Tamil riots begin in Sri Lanka, killing between 400 and 3,000. Black July is generally regarded as the beginning of the Sri Lankan Civil War.

1983 – George Brett batting for the Kansas City Royals against the New York Yankees, has a game-winning home run nullified in the "Pine Tar Incident".

1987 – US supertanker SS Bridgeton collides with mines laid by IRGC causing a 43-square-meter dent in the body of the oil tanker.

1987 – Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Crooks became the oldest person to climb Japan's highest peak.

1998 – Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.

2001 – Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office.

2001 – The Bandaranaike Airport attack is carried out by 14 Tamil Tiger commandos. Eleven civilian and military aircraft are destroyed and 15 are damaged. All 14 commandos are shot dead, while seven soldiers from the Sri Lanka Air Force are killed. In addition, three civilians and an engineer die. This incident slowed the Sri Lankan economy.

2012 – Syrian civil war: The People's Protection Units (YPG) capture the city of Girkê Legê.

2013 – A high-speed train derails in Spain rounding a curve with an 80 km/h (50 mph) speed limit at 190 km/h (120 mph), killing 78 passengers.

2014 – Air Algérie Flight 5017 loses contact with air traffic controllers 50 minutes after takeoff. It was travelling between Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Algiers. The wreckage is later found in Mali. All 116 people onboard are killed.

2021 Thousands of demonstrators protest COVID-19 lockdown orders in Australia


• [The Hill]
• [Global News (video)]
• [Reuters (video)]


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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Author: Bobby Coggins


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