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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Weather Briefing for Thursday, June 24, 2021



OUTLOOK

High pressure will linger across the forecast area today, with below normal temperatures and dry weather continuing. The high will settle off the East Coast Friday through the weekend, bringing moisture back into the region and a return of diurnal showers and thunderstorms through the middle of next week.



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Local News Update
(National News is published after the Macon Calendar section)

Macon County Emergency Management has terminated the State of Emergency that has been in effect since March 17, 2020. Copies of the documents are posted below.

Press Release
Macon County Emergency Management
Warren Cabe, Director

Effective immediately the State of Emergency proclamation issued by Macon County in March of 2020 due to the coronavirus COVID719 pandemic is now terminated. The state is experiencing a decrease in the number of daily COVID-19 diagnoses and vaccines are readily available to the majority of the population.

The public is encouraged to follow health and safety guidelines and remain vigilant as we proceed through the summer months and enter the fall of 2021 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine which is a safe and effective prevention tool.


MACON COUNTY
NORTH CAROLINA
PROCLAMATION TERMINATING STATE OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, as a result of the coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic, on March 17, 2020, a State of Emergency Proclamation was issued by Jim Tate, Chairman of the Macon County Commissioners; and,

WHEREAS, over recent months in North Carolina, due to the measures taken by Macon County, other governmental agencies, civic organizations, volunteers, and the resilience and persistence of the residents of Macon County, the County is experiencing substantially lower COVID-19 related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and daily diagnoses;

WHEREAS, COVID-19 vaccines are readily available to all residents; and

WHEREAS, The Governor of North Carolina by Executive Order 215 dated May 14, 2021, lifted many COVID-19 Restrictions to Reflect the New Public Health Recommendations; and

WHEREAS, pursuant N.C. Gen Stat. §166A-19.22(b}(3)c and §166A-19.22(c), the County is authorized to lift the State of Emergency previously declared.

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the specific authority provided to the Chairman of the County Board of Commissioners by N.C. Gen Stat. §166A-19.22(b)(3)(c) and §166A-19.22(c), I hereby proclaim that the Covid-19 State of Emergency previously declared on March 17, 2020, for Macon County, North Carolina is no longer applicable and the same is hereby terminated.

This proclamation shall become effective immediately.

Proclaimed this the 23rd day of June, 2021.

Jim Tate, Chairman Macon County Board of County Commissioners

Derek Roland, Macon County Manager and Clerk to the Board

Vet's Portrait Project for 2021 

 The Macon County Art Association in Franklin is pleased to announce that the Vet’s Portrait Project will be held this year. This will be our ninth year for this event. Unfortunately the pandemic precluded the project last year but the artists are ready to go for 2021. This year there are spots for 4-7 veterans as we had applications remaining from 2019. Please announce the call for Macon County Veterans or their family members to apply to have the Veteran’s portrait painted by one of our local artists. Vets or their families may apply at the gallery between Memorial Day and July 4th of this year. There is no cost to apply or for the portraits. The only requirement is that the Veteran or their family member be present to receive the portrait on Veterans Day November 11, 2021. Community members who wish to help support the costs for this program are also welcome. Contact the project chair by email at karen@programservices.org.

NC Dept of Justice Releases May 2021 Highlights [LINK]

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Saturday Night


Franklin area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers before 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60.

Otto area

Today

A slight chance of showers between 7am and 9am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. WInds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night A chance of showers before 2am, then a slight chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Nantahala area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jun 24 2021

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

1. Disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity continues to the east of a small area of low pressure located about 200 miles east of Barbados. Increasing upper-level winds are likely to prevent further development of this system during the next couple of days while it moves west-northwestward at about 10 mph. This disturbance could produce increased shower activity and some gusty winds when it moves across the Lesser Antilles on Friday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.

2. A strong tropical wave is expected to emerge off the coast of Africa later today. Although ocean temperatures are still relatively cool over the tropical Atlantic Ocean and are only marginally conducive for development, a small tropical depression could form by early next week while moving westward to west-northwestward at about 15 mph across the tropical eastern and central Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.




Air Quality




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

Fire and Smoke Map
(There are no significant sources of smoke in the region as of 3am on 04-22-2021.)

Pollen

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


Weather Extremes for Macon County on June 24th


Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1988
Lowest Temperature 38°F in Franklin in 1972
Greatest Rainfall 3.85 inches in Franklin in 1872
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


June Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°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 measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1872


Macon Calendar

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

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

On This Day

June 24th is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 190 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)


1312 BC – Mursili II launches a campaign against the Kingdom of Azzi-Hayasa.
• [Wikipedia: Hayasa-Azzi]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Muršili II]
• [The Complete History of the Hittites]

217 BC – The Romans, led by Gaius Flaminius, are ambushed and defeated by Hannibal at the Battle of Lake Trasimene.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Lake Trasimene]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Gaius Flaminius (consul 223 BC)]
• [Wikipedia: Second Punic War]
• [Battle of Lake Trasimene, 217 BC ⚔️ Hannibal (Part 6) - Second Punic War]
• [Lindybeige: Trasimene - history's greatest ambush]
• [The Battle of Lake Trasimene (217 B.C.E.)]

109 – Roman emperor Trajan inaugurates the Aqua Traiana, an aqueduct that channels water from Lake Bracciano, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of Rome.
• [Wikipedia: Aqua Traiana]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Trajan]
• [The Search for the Aqua Traiana (2012)]
• [The Aqua Traiana: Recovering the Sources of Rome’s Lost Aqueduct by Dr. Rabun Taylor (2021)]

474 – Julius Nepos forces Roman usurper Glycerius to abdicate the throne and proclaims himself Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

637 – The Battle of Moira is fought between the High King of Ireland and the Kings of Ulster and Dál Riata. It is claimed to be the largest battle in the history of Ireland.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Moira]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Domnall mac Áedo]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Congal Cáech]

843 - Vikings destroy Nantes

972 – Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Cedynia]
• [Real truth about first battle of Poland yr. 972 | Cedynia & Siekierki | Poland]

1128 – Battle of São Mamede, near Guimarães: Forces led by Afonso I defeat forces led by his mother Teresa of León and her lover Fernando Pérez de Traba.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of São Mamede]

1230 – The Siege of Jaén begins, in the context of the Spanish Reconquista.
• [Wikipedia: Siege of Jaén (1230)]

1314 – First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn concludes with a decisive victory by Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Bannockburn]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Robert the Bruce]
• [Wikipedia: First War of Scottish Independence]
• [Battle of Kings: Bannockburn]
• [Battle of Bannockburn, 1314 ⚔️ First War of Scottish Independence]
• [Battle of Bannockburn 1314 Line of Fire]

1340 – Hundred Years' War: Battle of Sluys: The French fleet is almost completely destroyed by the English fleet commanded in person by King Edward III.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Sluys]
• [Wikipedia: Hundred Years' War]
• [Famous battles: Battle of Sluys (1340)]

1374 – A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.
• [Wikipedia: Dancing mania]
• [The Plague That Makes You Dance To Death | Random Thursday]
• [The Forgotten Deadly Plague: Dance Mania]

1497 – John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland leading the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.

1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are crowned King and Queen of England.

1527 - Paracelsus publicly burns standard medical textbooks in Basle as a protest against the current teaching and practice of medicine
• [Wikipedia Bio: Paracelsus]

1535 – The Anabaptist state of Münster is conquered and disbanded.
• [Wikipedia: Münster rebellion]
• [The Anabaptist Commune of Münster 1534 -1535]
• [The Medieval Communist Uprising, The Münster Rebellion]

1540 - English King Henry VIII commands his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves, to leave the court

1571 – Miguel López de Legazpi founds Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

1604 – Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present-day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

1622 – Battle of Macau: The Dutch make a failed attempt to capture Macau.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Macau]

1648 - Cossacks slaughter 2,000 Jews and 600 Polish Catholics in Ukraine

1658 - French fleet recaptures Duinkerk

1663 – The Spanish garrison of Évora capitulates, following the Portuguese victory at the Battle of Ameixial.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Ameixial]

1690 - King William III's army lands at Carrickfergus Ireland [OS=June 14]

1717 – The Premier Grand Lodge of England is founded in London, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England).
• [Premier Grand Lodge of England]

1731 - Freemason and Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen is appointed Provincial Grand Master of Pennsylvania, the first and youngest Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

1762 – Battle of Wilhelmsthal: The British-Hanoverian army of Ferdinand of Brunswick defeats French forces in Westphalia.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Wilhelmsthal]

1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Great Siege of Gibraltar begins.
• [Wikipedia: Great Siege of Gibraltar]
• [The Great Siege of Gibraltar 1779-1783]

1793 – The first Republican constitution in France is adopted.
• [Wikipedia: French First Republic]
• [Wikipedia: Reign of Terror]
• [Wikipedia: Thermidorians]
• [The French Revolution - OverSimplified (Part 1)]
• [The French Revolution - OverSimplified (Part 2)]

1812 – Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon's Grande Armée crosses the Neman river beginning the invasion of Russia.
• [Wikipedia: French invasion of Russia]
• [Why did Napoleon Invade Russia? (Short Animated Documentary)]
• [Epic History TV: Napoleon in Russia]

1813 – Battle of Beaver Dams: A British and Indian combined force defeats the United States Army.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Beaver Dams]

1821 – The Battle of Carabobo takes place. It is the decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Carabobo]
• [Venezuela, 1821: The Battle of Carabobo]

1853 - US President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square-miles (76,800 square km) from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico)
• [Wikipedia: Gadsden Purchase]
• [VIDEO: Gadsden Purchase]

1859 – Battle of Solferino (Battle of the Three Sovereigns): Sardinia and France defeat Austria in Solferino, northern Italy.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Solferino]

1861 - American Civil War: Battle of Mathias Point, Virginia Union forces attack Confederate batteries
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Mathias Point]
• [Civil War in Hindsight -034- Lets Fly Balloons]

1861 - American Civil War: Tennessee becomes 11th (& last) state to secede from Union

1863 - American Civil War: Planning an invasion of Pennsylvania, Lee's army crosses Potomac
• [Lee’s Invasion of Pennsylvania]

1866 – Battle of Custoza: An Austrian army defeats the Italian army during the Austro-Prussian War.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Custoza (1866)]
• [Epic History: The Austro-Prussian War]

1880 – First performance of O Canada at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français. The song would later become the national anthem of Canada.
• [The Canadian Encyclopedia]
• [Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto sing “O Canada”]

1894 – French President Marie François Sadi Carnot is assassinated by Anarchist Sante Geronimo Caserio.
• [Sadi Carnot (statesman)]
• [Sante Geronimo Caserio]
• [Anarchism as a movement, 1870–1940]

1901- 1st exhibition by Pablo Picasso aged 19, opens in Paris
• [Wikipedia Bio: Pablo Picasso]
• [Watch Picasso Make a Masterpiece]
• [★ Pablo Picasso Complete Documentary The ★ Art Story]

1902 – King Edward VII of the United Kingdom develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation.

1913 – Greece and Serbia annul their alliance with Bulgaria.

1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Mary Pickford]
• [PBS American Experience: Mary Pickford]
• [LINKTEXT]

1917 - World War I: Russian Black Sea fleet mutinies at Sebastopol
• [WWI Centennial: Russian Black Sea Fleet Mutinies]

1918 – First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.

1922 – The American Professional Football Association is renamed the National Football League.

1922 - Adolf Hitler begins a prison sentence for paramilitary operations; he rails against the 'Jewish sell-out' of Germany to the Bolsheviks
• [Adolf Hitler in Prison]
• [How Hitler Launched His Fortune From Prison ]

1932 – A bloodless revolution instigated by the People's Party ends the absolute power of King Prajadhipok of Siam (now Thailand).

1938 – Pieces of a meteorite land near Chicora, Pennsylvania. The meteorite is estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth's atmosphere and exploded.

1939 – Siam is renamed Thailand by Plaek Phibunsongkhram, the country's third prime minister.
• [History.Info]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Plaek Phibunsongkhram]

1940 – World War II: Operation Collar, the first British Commando raid on occupied France, by No 11 Independent Company.
• [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Collar_(commando_raid)]

1941 - World War II: Entire Jewish male population of Gorzhdy, Lithuania, exterminated
• [Wikipedia: The Holocaust in Lithuania]

1941 - World War II: Germans advance into Russia and take Vilna, Brest-Litovsk and Kaunas

1942 - World War II: Village of Ležáky, Czechoslovakia destroyed by Nazis after Gestapo finds a radio transmitter believed to have been involved coordinating the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, 33 adults were executed by firing squad on site, and children were sent to concentration camp gas chambers, and the village was burned down and plowed under. It has not been rebuilt.
• [Wikipedia: Ležáky]

1943 – World War II: US military police attempt to arrest a black soldier in Bamber Bridge, England, sparking the Battle of Bamber Bridge mutiny that leaves one dead and seven wounded.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Bamber Bridge]
• [When US Soldiers brought Jim Crow to Britain in World War II]
• [Heroes Among Us: Incident at Bamber Bridge]

1945 - World War II: The Moscow Victory Parade takes place
• [1945 Moscow Victory Grand Parade (HD) - Moscow Victory Parade of 1945] (Russian, click closed captioning and autotranslate for English subtitles)
• [Excerpts of Red Army 1945 Moscow Victory Parade English Narration]
• [2021 Victory Day Parade] (English subtitles)
• [Wikipedia: Moscow Victory Parade of 1945]

1947 – Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
• [Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting]
• [The Mysterious Kenneth Arnold UFO Sighting in 1947 - FindingUFO]

1948 – Cold War: Start of the Berlin Blockade: The Soviet Union makes overland travel between West Germany and West Berlin impossible.
• [Wikipedia: Berlin Blockade]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Ernst Reuter]
• [Berlin Airlift: The Cold War Begins - Extra History]
• [The Berlin Airlift - The Cold War Mission to Save a City]

1949 – The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, starring William Boyd, is aired on NBC.

1950 – Apartheid: In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed, formally segregating races.

1954 – First Indochina War: Battle of Mang Yang Pass: Viet Minh troops belonging to the 803rd Regiment ambush G.M. 100 of France in An Khê.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Mang Yang Pass]
• [Wikipedia: First Indochina War]
• [Vietnam: A Television History - The First Vietnam War (1946-1954)]

1957 – In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.
• [Wikipedia: Roth v. United States]
• [JUSTIA: Roth v. United States, 354 U.S. 476 (1957)]
• [Roth v. United States Case Brief Summary | Law Case Explained]

1963 – The United Kingdom grants Zanzibar internal self-government.

1973 – The UpStairs Lounge arson attack takes place at a gay bar located on the second floor of the three-story building at 141 Chartres Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Thirty-two people die as a result of fire or smoke inhalation.
• [Wikipedia: UpStairs Lounge arson attack]
• [Prejudice & Pride: Revisiting the tragic fire that killed 32 in a New Orleans gay bar]

1975 – Eastern Air Lines Flight 66 encounters severe wind shear and crashes on final approach to New York's JFK Airport killing 113 of the 124 passengers on board, making it the deadliest U.S. plane crash at the time. This accident led to decades of research into downburst and microburst phenomena and their effects on aircraft.
• [Wikipedia: Eastern Air Lines Flight 66]
• [WNBC-TV Eastern Flight 66 Crash Coverage, June 24, 1975]
• [Deadly Draft | Eastern Air Lines Flight 66]

1977 - IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976
• [WaPo: Carter Owes No '76 Tax But Will Pay]

1981 – The Humber Bridge opens to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It remained the world's longest bridge span for 17 years.

1982 – "The Jakarta Incident": British Airways Flight 9 flies into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung, resulting in the failure of all four engines.

1985 - 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 returns to Earth

1989 – Jiang Zemin succeeds Zhao Ziyang to become the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

1995 – Rugby World Cup: South Africa defeats New Zealand and Nelson Mandela presents Francois Pienaar with the Webb Ellis Cup in an iconic post-apartheid moment.

1997 - USAF reports Roswell 'space aliens' were dummies

2002 – The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history.
• [Wikipedia: Igandu train collision]
• [LINKTEXT]
• [LINKTEXT]

2004 – In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.

2010 – At Wimbledon, John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France, in the longest match in professional tennis history.
• [Wikipedia: Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships]
• [John Isner vs Nicolas Mahut | Wimbledon 2010 | The Longest Match in Full] (over 11 hours)

2010 – Julia Gillard assumes office as the first female Prime Minister of Australia.

2012 – Death of Lonesome George, the last known individual of Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii, a subspecies of the Galápagos tortoise.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Lonesome George]
• [Lonesome George Tribute, Galapagos 2012]
• [Preserving Lonesome George Short Doc]

2013 – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is found guilty of abusing his power and engaging in sex with an underage prostitute, and is sentenced to seven years in prison.

2020 - NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces people arriving from nine states hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic will have to isolate for two weeks

2020 - COVID-19 pandemic worsens dramatically in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, with 25% mortality according to the UN

2020 - Russia celebrates its victory 75 years ago over Nazi Germany with huge military parade through Red Square in Moscow (delayed from May 9 due to pandemic)
• [SCMP Live: Russia Victory Day parade]

2020 - World Monetary fund predicts a deeper global recession with contraction of 4.9% (down from 3%), noting 2/3 of all countries used 11 trillion to support their economies
• [Why the IMF Is Predicting an Even Deeper Global Recession]





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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Weather Briefing for Wednesday, June 23, 2021



OUTLOOK

High pressure will arrive from the northwest today, resulting in below normal temperatures and dry weather through at least Thursday. The high will settle off the East Coast over the weekend, bringing moisture back into the region and a return of diurnal showers and thunderstorms through early next week.



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Vet's Portrait Project for 2021 

 The Macon County Art Association in Franklin is pleased to announce that the Vet’s Portrait Project will be held this year. This will be our ninth year for this event. Unfortunately the pandemic precluded the project last year but the artists are ready to go for 2021. This year there are spots for 4-7 veterans as we had applications remaining from 2019. Please announce the call for Macon County Veterans or their family members to apply to have the Veteran’s portrait painted by one of our local artists. Vets or their families may apply at the gallery between Memorial Day and July 4th of this year. There is no cost to apply or for the portraits. The only requirement is that the Veteran or their family member be present to receive the portrait on Veterans Day November 11, 2021. Community members who wish to help support the costs for this program are also welcome. Contact the project chair by email at karen@programservices.org.

NC Dept of Justice Releases May 2021 Highlights [LINK]

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Friday Night


Franklin area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Thursday Night

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

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70.

Friday Night

A chance of showers between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Otto area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

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

Thursday

A slight chance of showers in the early afternoon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of rain is 20%.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.

Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

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

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Jun 23 2021

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

1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located a few hundred miles east of the Windward Islands remain disorganized. Development of this system is unlikely as it moves west-northwestward at 5 to 10 mph into an area of stronger upper-level winds by Thursday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.




Air Quality




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

Fire and Smoke Map
(There are no significant sources of smoke in the region as of 3am on 04-22-2021.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (3.6 out of 12) today with Grasses and Plantain being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.5 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on June 23rd


Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1988
Lowest Temperature 41°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1947
Greatest Rainfall 2.54 inches in Highlands in 1941
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


June Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°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 measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1872


Macon Calendar

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

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

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On This Day

June 23rd is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 191 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)


229 – Sun Quan proclaims himself emperor of Eastern Wu.
• [Wikipedia: Sun Quan]
• [Wikipedia: Eastern Wu]
• [Who was Sun Quan? Part One]
• [Who was Sun Quan? Part Two]

1266 – War of Saint Sabas: In the Battle of Trapani, the Venetians defeat a larger Genoese fleet, capturing all its ships.
• [Wikipedia: War of Saint Sabas]
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Trapani]

1280 – The Spanish Reconquista: In the Battle of Moclín the Emirate of Granada ambush a superior pursuing force, killing most of them in a military disaster for the Kingdom of Castile.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Moclín (1280)]
• [Wikipedia: Reconquista]
• [Flashpoint History: Reconquista ]
• [Flashpoint History: Reconquista - The Next Generation]
• [Flashpoint History: Reconquista The Last Kingdom of Islam - The Story of the Final Days of Islamic Spain]

1305 – A peace treaty between the Flemish and the French is signed at Athis-sur-Orge.
• [Wikipedia: Treaty of Athis-sur-Orge]

1314 – First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn (south of Stirling) begins.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Bannockburn]
• [Wikipedia: First War of Scottish Independence]
• [HistoryMarche Video: Battle of Bannockburn, 1314 ⚔️ First War of Scottish Independence]

1532 – Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France sign the "Treaty of Closer Amity With France" (also known as the Pommeraye treaty), pledging mutual aid against Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.
• [Wikipedia: Field of the Cloth of Gold]

1565 – Dragut, commander of the Ottoman navy, dies during the Great Siege of Malta.
• [Wikipedia: Great Siege of Malta]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Dragut]
• [Kings and Generals: Great Siege of Malta 1565]

1594 – The Action of Faial, Azores. The Portuguese carrack Cinco Chagas, loaded with slaves and treasure, is attacked and sunk by English ships with only 13 survivors out of over 700 on board.
• [Wikipedia: Action of Faial]

1683 – William Penn signs a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania.

1713 – The French residents of Acadia are given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia, Canada.
• [Wikipedia: Expulsion of the Acadians]

1757 – Battle of Plassey: Three thousand British troops under Robert Clive defeat a 50,000-strong Indian army under Siraj ud-Daulah at Plassey.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Plassey]
• [Kings and Generals: Battle of Plassey 1757 - British Conquest of India Begins]
• [How did Britain Conquer India? | Animated History]

1758 – Seven Years' War: Battle of Krefeld: British, Hanoverian, and Prussian forces defeat French troops at Krefeld in Germany.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Krefeld]

1760 – Seven Years' War: Battle of Landeshut: Austria defeats Prussia.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Landeshut (1760)]
• [Wikipedia: Third Silesian War]

1780 – American Revolution: Battle of Springfield fought in and around Springfield, New Jersey (including Short Hills, formerly of Springfield, now of Millburn Township).
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Springfield]

1794 – Empress Catherine II of Russia grants Jews permission to settle in Kyiv.

1810 – John Jacob Astor forms the Pacific Fur Company.
• [Wikipedia: Pacific Fur Company]
• [Wikipedia Bio: John Jacob Astor]

1812 – War of 1812: Great Britain revokes the restrictions on American commerce, thus eliminating one of the chief reasons for going to war.

1860 – The United States Congress establishes the Government Printing Office.

1865 – American Civil War: At Fort Towson in the Oklahoma Territory, Confederate Brigadier General Stand Watie surrenders the last significant Confederate army.
• [Native Voices: Civil War general Stand Watie, Cherokee, surrenders last]
• [Wikipedia: Stand Watie]
• [Cherokee Almanac: Stand Watie's Ceasefire]
• [Stand Watie Presentation - Randall University (4/18/2020)]

1868 – Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called the "Type-Writer".
• [Wikipedia Bio: Christopher Latham Sholes]
• [Wikipedia: Typewriter]
• [World's First Typewriter, Birth of Q-W-E-R-T-Y, an ITM Clock video]

1887 – The Rocky Mountains Park Act becomes law in Canada creating the nation's first national park, Banff National Park.
• [Wikipedia: Banff National Park]
• [Official Website: Banff National park]
• [Best Drone Video in 4K || Banff National Park || canada]
• [SCENIC DRIVE - Banff National Park, Icefields Pkwy, Alberta, CANADA, Travel]

1894 – The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne in Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
• [IOC Tribute]
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [The Olympic Museum: INSIDE | Pierre de Coubertin] (French w/ English subtitles)

1913 – Second Balkan War: The Greeks defeat the Bulgarians in the Battle of Doiran.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Doiran (1913)]
• [Wikipedia: Second Balkan War]
• [Wikipedia: Balkan League]
• [The Second Balkan War - Explained in 10 minutes]

1914 – Mexican Revolution: Pancho Villa takes Zacatecas from Victoriano Huerta.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Zacatecas (1914)]
• [Wikipedia: Mexican Revolution]
• [Captivating History: The Mexican Revolution Explained in 10 Minutes]

1917 – In a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore retires 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire.
• [Babe Ruth punched an umpire in the CRAZIEST MLB game ever | Crazy Sports Stories]
• [Babe Ruth Once Punched an Umpire, Opening the Door for a Wild No-Hitter]

1919 – Estonian War of Independence: The decisive defeat of the Baltische Landeswehr in the Battle of Cēsis; this date is celebrated as Victory Day in Estonia.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Cēsis (1919)]
• [Wikipedia: Estonian War of Independence]
• [Estonian War of Independence animated]

1926 – The College Board administers the first SAT exam.

1931 – Wiley Post and Harold Gatty take off from Roosevelt Field, Long Island in an attempt to circumnavigate the world in a single-engine plane.

1938 – The Civil Aeronautics Act is signed into law, forming the Civil Aeronautics Authority in the United States.
• [The Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938] (PDF)
• [Living New Deal Glossary Entry]

1940 – Adolf Hitler goes on a three-hour tour of the architecture of Paris with architect Albert Speer and sculptor Arno Breker in his only visit to the city.
• [Silent Newsreel]
• [Hitler in Paris - The Secret 1940 Visit]
• [Hitler's triumphant tour of Paris, 1940]

1940 – Henry Larsen begins the first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

1941 – The Lithuanian Activist Front declares independence from the Soviet Union and forms the Provisional Government of Lithuania; it lasts only briefly as the Nazis will occupy Lithuania a few weeks later.
• [Wikipedia: Lithuanian Activist Front]

1942 – World War II: Germany's latest fighter aircraft, a Focke-Wulf Fw 190, is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales.
• [The German World War II fighter pilot who accidentally landed his plane in West Wales... and helped the Allies win the war]
• [Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Pt. 1, design philosophy and features.]
• [Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Pt.2]
• [Original Fw-190A-5 - BMW-801 - Only Flying Original in the world]

1946 – The 1946 Vancouver Island earthquake strikes Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

1947 – The United States Senate follows the United States House of Representatives in overriding U.S. President Harry S. Truman's veto of the Taft–Hartley Act.
• [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taft%E2%80%93Hartley_Act]

1951 – The ocean liner SS United States is christened and launched.
• [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_United_States]
• [SS United States Conservancy Website]
• [SS United States: America's Flagship]
• [Abandoned - S.S. United States]

1956 – The French National Assembly takes the first step in creating the French Community by passing the Loi Cadre, transferring a number of powers from Paris to elected territorial governments in French West Africa.

1959 – Convicted Manhattan Project spy Klaus Fuchs is released after only nine years in prison and allowed to emigrate to Dresden, East Germany where he resumes a scientific career.
• [Wikipedia Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaus_Fuchs]
• [Freeman Dyson - The betrayal by Klaus Fuchs]
• [Frank Close tells the story of Klaus Fuchs and the Bodleian Library]
• ['Trinity: Klaus Fuchs, Oxford and the atomic bomb – a story of physics and espionage']

1960 – The United States Food and Drug Administration declares Enovid to be the first officially approved combined oral contraceptive pill in the world.

1961 – The Antarctic Treaty System, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and limits military activity on the continent, its islands and ice shelves, comes into force.
• [National Science Foundation Website]
• [Wikipedia: Antarctic Treaty System]
• [RMIT Lecture: Antarctic Treaty System]

1967 – Cold War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin in Glassboro, New Jersey for the three-day Glassboro Summit Conference.
• [Wikipedia: Glassboro Summit Conference]
• [Newsreel]
• [Rowan University: 1967 Glassboro Summit]

1969 – Warren E. Burger is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court by retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren.
• [AP VIDEO: Judge Warren Berger Receives Richard Nixon's Nomination for Chief Justice]
• [From the Archives 91: Warren E. Burger, The State of the Judiciary (1970)]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Warren E. Burger]

1969 – IBM announces that effective January 1970 it will price its software and services separately from hardware thus creating the modern software industry.

1972 – Watergate scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman are taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation's investigation into the Watergate break-ins.

1972 – Title IX of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 is amended to prohibit sexual discrimination to any educational program receiving federal funds.

1973 – A fire at a house in Hull, England, which kills a six-year-old boy is passed off as an accident; it later emerges as the first of 26 deaths by fire caused over the next seven years by serial arsonist Peter Dinsdale.

1985 – A terrorist bomb explodes at Narita International Airport near Tokyo. An hour later, the same group detonates a second bomb aboard Air India Flight 182, bringing the Boeing 747 down off the coast of Ireland killing all 329 aboard.
• [Wikipedia: 1985 Narita International Airport bombing]
• [Wikipedia: Air India Flight 182]
• [Air Crash Investigation New Series Air India Flight 182 Jumbo 747 Terrorist Bomb Attack]

1991 – Sonic the Hedgehog is released in North America on the Sega Genesis platform, beginning the popular video game franchise.
• [1991 Sonic The Hedgehog Commercial With Larry Cedar]
• [Wikipedia: Sonic the Hedgehog]
• [Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) ::: 100% Walkthrough ::: LONGPLAY ᴴᴰ ::: Mega Drive]

1992 - Emmy 19th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 13th time
• [Wikipedia: Outstanding Lead Actress]
• [UPI: Erika Slezak beats out Susan Lucci for Emmy]

1992 - Yitzhak Rabin wins Israeli parliamentary election

1994 – NASA's Space Station Processing Facility, a new state-of-the-art manufacturing building for the International Space Station, officially opens at Kennedy Space Center.
• [25th Anniversary Video Tribute]
• [Offiical Website]
• [Wikipedia: Space Station Processing Facility]

2001 – The 8.4 Mw  southern Peru earthquake shakes coastal Peru with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). A destructive tsunami followed, leaving at least 74 people dead, and 2,687 injured.
• [Wikipedia: 2001 southern Peru earthquake]

2012 – Ashton Eaton breaks the decathlon world record at the United States Olympic Trials.
• [CBS News Article]

2013 – Nik Wallenda becomes the first man to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tight rope.
• [Highlights]

2013 – Militants stormed a high-altitude mountaineering base camp near Nanga Parbat in Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan killing ten climbers, and a local guide.

2014 – The last of Syria's declared chemical weapons are shipped out for destruction.

2016 – The United Kingdom votes in a referendum to leave the European Union, by 52% to 48%.
• [Brexit and a Prime Minister's resignation: How events unfolded]
• [Out! Brexit Referendum MP Reactions on the Morning of Brexit Results 2016 - Cameron Resignation]
• [Wikipedia: 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum]

2017 – A series of terrorist attacks took place in Pakistan resulting in 96 deaths and wounded 200 others.

2018 – Twelve boys and an assistant coach from a soccer team in Thailand were trapped in a flooding cave, leading to an 18-day rescue operation.
• [Wikipedia: Tham Luang cave rescue]
• [Tham Luang Cave Rescue: Against the Elements | Full episode]
• [Divers reveal extraordinary behind-the-scenes details of Thailand cave rescue | Four Corners]
• [3D Scan of Tham Luang Cave | Drain the Oceans: Thai Cave Rescue | National Geographic UK]

2020 – Germany locks down a second area after a spike in COVID-19 cases in Gütersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, affecting half a million people

2020 – COVID-19 cases rise sharply again in America as country records its 3rd highest daily total, more than 35,000

2020 – 125 pilots grounded by Pakistan International Airlines after revelations many had cheated in exams or held fake licenses





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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Weather Briefing for Tuesday, June 22, 2021



OUTLOOK

A cold front will bring widespread showers and storms to the region today, then usher in continental high pressure for Wednesday, causing a drop in temperatures and a lull in active weather through Thursday. Over the weekend, renewed moisture should spur a cycle of diurnal showers and thunderstorms in advance of a slowly-approaching cold front early next week.



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Vet's Portrait Project for 2021 

 The Macon County Art Association in Franklin is pleased to announce that the Vet’s Portrait Project will be held this year. This will be our ninth year for this event. Unfortunately the pandemic precluded the project last year but the artists are ready to go for 2021. This year there are spots for 4-7 veterans as we had applications remaining from 2019. Please announce the call for Macon County Veterans or their family members to apply to have the Veteran’s portrait painted by one of our local artists. Vets or their families may apply at the gallery between Memorial Day and July 4th of this year. There is no cost to apply or for the portraits. The only requirement is that the Veteran or their family member be present to receive the portrait on Veterans Day November 11, 2021. Community members who wish to help support the costs for this program are also welcome. Contact the project chair by email at karen@programservices.org.

NC Dept of Justice Releases May 2021 Highlights [LINK]

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Thursday Night


Franklin area

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a slight chance of showers between noon and 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a slight chance of showers between noon and 2pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs near 70. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the east 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s.

Otto area

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog before 10am. High in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.

Nantahala area

Today

Showers, mainly before 10am. Patchy fog before 10am. Highs near 70. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 8 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Patchy fog between 3am and 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Light winds out of the southeast.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.

HAZARDS

Isolated thunderstorms remain possible over the area through the early morning hours. The main threats will be from locally heavy rainfall and occasional cloud to ground lightning.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Jun 22 2021

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

The National Hurricane Center has issued the last advisory on the remnants of Claudette, located a couple of hundred miles southeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

1. A tropical wave located about 650 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands is producing disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms. Some additional development of this disturbance will be possible during the next couple of days before upper-level winds become less conducive for further organization by Thursday. The system is expected to move westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.




Air Quality




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

Fire and Smoke Map
(There are no significant sources of smoke in the region as of 3am on 04-22-2021.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (5.0 out of 12) today with Grasses and Plantain being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (4.1 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on June 21st


Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1964
Lowest Temperature 40°F in Highlands in 1992
Greatest Rainfall 3.65 inches in Highlands in 1957
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


June Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°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 measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1872


Macon Calendar

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

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

On This Day

June 22nd is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 192 days remain until the end of the year. On this day the Summer solstice may occur in the Northern Hemisphere, and the Winter solstice may occur in the Southern Hemisphere.

Historical Events

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


217 BC – Battle of Raphia: Ptolemy IV Philopator of Egypt defeats Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid kingdom.
• [VIDEO: History of Battle - The Battle of Raphia]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Ptolemy IV Philopator]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Antiochus III the Great]

168 BC – Battle of Pydna: Romans under Lucius Aemilius Paullus defeat Macedonian King Perseus who surrenders after the battle, ending the Third Macedonian War.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Pydna]
• [Wikipedia: Third Macedonian War]
• [Kings and Generals: Battle of Pydna]

431 - Council of Ephesus (3rd ecumenical council) opens
• [Wikipedia: Council of Ephesus]

813 – Battle of Versinikia: The Bulgars led by Krum defeat the Byzantine army near Edirne. Emperor Michael I is forced to abdicate in favor of Leo V the Armenian.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Versinikia]

910 – The Hungarians defeat the East Frankish army near the Rednitz River, killing its leader Gebhard, Duke of Lotharingia (Lorraine).

1527 – Fatahillah expels Portuguese forces from Sunda Kelapa, now regarded as the foundation of Jakarta.

1533 - Ferdinand of Austria and Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent sign peace treaty

1535 - Cardinal John Fisher is beheaded on Tower Hill, London, for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as head of the Church of England
• [Luminarium: The Death of Bishop Fisher]
• [Wikipedia Bio: John Fisher]

1559 - Jewish quarter of Prague burned and looted

1593 – Battle of Sisak: Allied Christian troops defeat the Ottomans.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Sisak]

1611 - Henry Hudson set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery and never seen again
• [What Happened To Henry Hudson?]

1633 – The Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe in the form he presented it in, after heated controversy. (Vatican only admits it was wrong on Oct 31, 1992!)
• [HistoryPod Video]
• [And Yet It Moves: Galileo Vindicated (Intro Astronomy module 2, lecture 6)]

1675 - Royal Greenwich Observatory established in England by Charles II
• [VIDEO: The Royal Greenwich Observatory]
• [Wikipedia article]
• [Official Website]

1679 - Battle at Bothwell Bridge on Clyde: Duke of Monmouth beats Scots
• [Wikipedia article]

1772 - Somerset v Stewart court case finds slavery unsupported by English common law, encouraging the abolitionist movement
• [Wikipedia article]

1774 – The British pass the Quebec Act, setting out rules of governance for the colony of Quebec in British North America.
• [VIDEO: The Quebec Act]
• [Wikipedia: Quebec Act]

1775 - 1st Continental currency issued ($3,000,000)
• [History.com article]

1783 – A poisonous cloud caused by the eruption of the Laki volcano in Iceland reaches Le Havre in France.

1799 - Britain and Russia decide to invade Batavian Republic
• [Wikipedia: Anglo-Russian invasion of Holland]
• [Wikipedia: War of the Second Coalition]

1807 – In the Chesapeake–Leopard affair, the British warship HMS Leopard attacks and boards the American frigate USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to War of 1812
• [Wikipedia: Chesapeake–Leopard affair]
• [Chesapeake Leopard Affair Explained, Embargo Act 1807]

1813 - War of 1812: After learning of American plans for a surprise attack on Beaver Dams in Ontario, Laura Secord sets out on a 30 kilometer journey on foot to warn Lieutenant James FitzGibbon.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Beaver Dams]

1815- 2nd abdication of Napoleon (after Waterloo)
• [Abdication of Napoleon, 1815]

1839 – Cherokee leaders Major Ridge, John Ridge, and Elias Boudinot are assassinated for signing the Treaty of New Echota, which had resulted in the Trail of Tears.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Elias Boudinot (Cherokee)]
• [Wikipedia Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Ridge]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Major Ridge]
• [Wikipedia: Treaty of New Echota]
• [Wikipedia: Trail of Tears]

1848 - Barnburners (anti-slavery) party nominates Martin Van Buren for President
• [Wikipedia: Barnburners and Hunkers]
• [Wikipedia Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Van_Buren]

1848 - Beginning of the June Days uprising in Paris by French workers
• [Wikipedia: June Days uprising]
• [Revolutions of 1848: Crash Course European History #26]

1865 - American Civil War: The CSS Shenandoah fires the last shot of the American Civil War in the Bering Strait to indicate surrender
• [Wikipedia: CSS Shenandoah]
• [Last shots of the American Civil War and the CSS Shenandoah. Updated episode.]

1870 – The United States Department of Justice is created by the U.S. Congress.
• [Library of Congress: The Creation of the Department of Justice]

1893 – The Royal Navy battleship HMS Camperdown accidentally rams the British Mediterranean Fleet flagship HMS Victoria which sinks taking 358 crew with her, including the fleet's commander, Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon.
• [British Battleship Sinks British Battleship Without Firing a Shot!]
• [Wikipedia: HMS Camperdown (1885)]
• [Wikipedia: HMS Victoria (1887)]
• [Wikipedia: George Tryon]

1897 – British colonial officers Charles Walter Rand and Lt. Charles Egerton Ayerst are assassinated in Pune, Maharashtra, India by the Chapekar brothers and Mahadeo Vinayak Ranade, who are later caught and hanged.

1898 – Spanish–American War: In a chaotic operation, 6,000 men of the U.S. Fifth Army Corps begins landing at Daiquirí, Cuba, about 16 miles (26 km) east of Santiago de Cuba. Lt. Gen. Arsenio Linares y Pombo of the Spanish Army outnumbers them two-to-one, but does not oppose the landings.

1907 – The London Underground's Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway opens.

1910 - 1st airship with passengers sets afloat-Zeppelin Deutscheland

1911 – George V and Mary of Teck are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

1911 – Mexican Revolution: Government forces bring an end to the Magonista rebellion of 1911 in the Second Battle of Tijuana.
• [Wikipedia: Second Battle of Tijuana]

1918 – The Hammond Circus Train Wreck kills 86 and injures 127 near Hammond, Indiana.
• [The Deadliest Circus Train Wreck in American History]
• [Circus performers killed in Hammond train crash remembered 100 years later]
• [Wikipedia: Hammond Circus Train Wreck]

1934 - John Dillinger is informally named America's first Public Enemy Number One

1939 - Princess and future Queen Elizabeth meets future husband Prince Philip of Greece (Midshipman Mountbatten, RN)

1940 – World War II: France is forced to sign the Second Compiègne armistice with Germany, in the same railroad car in which the Germans signed the Armistice in 1918.
• [Wikipedia: Armistice of 22 June 1940]
• [Wikipedia: German military administration in occupied France during World War II]
• [Silent Newsreel]

1940 - World War II: About 10,000 Afrikaner women march to the union buildings in protest of South Africa's involvement in WWII
• [South African History Online Article]

1940 - 1st Dairy Queen restaurant opened, in Joliet, Illinois

1941 – World War II: Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa, the largest military operation in history.
• [Wikipedia: Operation Barbarossa]
• [096a - Operation Barbarossa - Biggest Land Invasion in History - WW2 - June 22 1941]
• [096b - Operation Barbarossa - End of the Nazi-Soviet Alliance - WW2 - June 27 1941]
• [Soviet Storm. WW2 in the East - Operation Barbarossa. Episode 1]
• [Battlefied S2/E3 - The Battle for Russia]
• [Winds of War - Operation Barbarossa]

1942 – World War II: Erwin Rommel is promoted to Field Marshal after the Axis capture of Tobruk.

1942 – The Pledge of Allegiance is formally adopted by US Congress.
• [HistoryPod Video]

1944 – World War II: Opening day of the Soviet Union's Operation Bagration against the Army Group Centre.
• [Wikipedia: Operation Bagration]
• [Germany's Worst Defeat: Operation Bagration | Animated History]
• [Soviet Storm. WW2 in the East - Operation Bagration. Episode 11]

1944 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the G.I. Bill.
• [Wikipedia: G.I. Bill]

1945 – World War II: The Battle of Okinawa comes to an end.

1948 – The ship HMT Empire Windrush brought the first group of 802 West Indian immigrants to Tilbury, marking the start of modern immigration to the United Kingdom.

1948 – King George VI formally gives up the title "Emperor of India", half a year after Britain actually gave up its rule of India.

1962 – Air France Flight 117 crashes on approach to Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport in Guadeloupe, killing 112 people.

1965 – The Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea is signed.

1966 – Vietnamese Buddhist activist leader Thích Trí Quang was arrested as the military junta of Nguyen Cao Ky crushed the Buddhist Uprising.

1969 – The Cuyahoga River catches fire in Cleveland, Ohio, drawing national attention to water pollution, and spurring the passing of the Clean Water Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.
• [The Cuyahoga River Caught Fire at Least a Dozen Times, but No One Cared Until 1969]
• [VIDEO: Cuyahoga River]

1970 - President Richard Nixon signs extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that requires voting age at 18 in all federal, state, and local elections

1975 - Ulster Volunteer Force try to derail a train by planting a bomb on the railway line near County Kildare, Ireland; a civilian who tries to stop them is stabbed-to-death (his actions delay the explosion to let the train pass safely)

1978 – Charon, the first of Pluto's satellites to be discovered, was first seen at the United States Naval Observatory by James W. Christy.

1984 – Virgin Atlantic launches with its first flight from London to Newark.

1986 – The famous Hand of God goal, scored by Diego Maradona in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and England, ignites controversy. This was later followed by the Goal of the Century. Argentina wins 2–1 and later goes on to win the World Cup.
• [Maradona 'Hand of God' Goal 1986 World Cup]
• [Maradona’s 'Hand of God' Was More Than Just A Goal…]
• [Wikipedia article]

1990 – Cold War: Checkpoint Charlie is dismantled in Berlin.
• [ABC News Story]
• [Wikipedia: Checkpoint Charlie]
• [Checkpoint Charlie - Gate to Communism - U.S. Army in Cold War Berlin Video]

2000 – Wuhan Airlines Flight 343 is struck by lightning and crashes into Wuhan's Hanyang District, killing 49 people.
• [Wikipedia: Wuhan Airlines Flight 343]

2002 – An earthquake measuring 6.5 Mw strikes a region of northwestern Iran killing at least 261 people and injuring 1,300 others and eventually causing widespread public anger due to the slow official response.

2009 – A Washington D.C Metro train traveling southbound near Fort Totten station collides into another train waiting to enter the station. Nine people are killed in the collision (eight passengers and the train operator) and at least 80 others are injured.
• [NTSB video documenting Washington DC Metro crash]
• [Wikipedia: June 2009 Washington Metro train collision]
• [USA TODAY: D.C. train crash raw footage]

2012 – Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo is removed from office by impeachment and succeeded by Federico Franco.

2012 – A Turkish Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter plane is shot down by the Syrian Armed Forces, killing both of the plane's pilots and worsening already-strained relations between Turkey and Syria.

2015 – The Afghan National Assembly building is attacked by gunmen after a suicide bombing. All six of the gunmen are killed and 18 people are injured.

2018 - President Trump spokesperson Sarah Sanders is asked to leave Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia over her support of Trump's policies, igniting debate
• [Red Hen controversy impacts Lexington tourism]

2019 - Russian volcano Raikoke erupts from 700m-wide-crater, seen from International Space Station. Turns sunsets purple across the Northern Hemisphere all summer.


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• [RAIKOKE VOLCANIC Eruption seen from Space - Himawari 8 & the ISS]
• [NASA: Earth Observatory]

2020 - New York City, once the epicentre of the pandemic in America, begins stage 2 of re-opening, allowing outdoor dinning and some in-store shopping

2020 - US government data shows African Americans four times more likely than whites to be hospitalized for COVID-19 highlighting racial disparities for the pandemic

2020 - Brazil becomes second country to pass 50,000 deaths (officially) with states of Amazonas, Pará, Ceará, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro most effected.
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