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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Weather Briefing for Saturday, April 17, 2021



OUTLOOK

A weak low pressure system will move northeast along a stationary front stretching from the central Gulf Coast to the southeast coastline today through tonight. A weak low pressure system moves along the stationary front on Sunday.and again on Monday. A cold front crosses the area Wednesday, with a return to below normal temperatures across the region.


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This Week at The NCDOT for 04-16-2021 [LINK]

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National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Monday Night


Franklin area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 7am and 4pm. Cloudy, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Monday

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

Monday Night

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

Highlands area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 11am and 5pm. Cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the north around 5 mph early becoming light and variable by midmorning.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s.

Otto area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between noon and 4pm. Cloudy, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in thye mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Monday

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

Monday Night

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

Nantahala area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 7am and 4pm. Cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

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

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.





Air Quality




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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (8.4 out of 12) today with Oak, SweetGum, Poplar being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the high range (10.6 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 17th


Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2006
Lowest Temperature 19°F in Highlands in 2014
Greatest Rainfall 3.06 inches in Highlands in 1945
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since 1872


April Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest One-Day Rain 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987


On This Day

April 16th is the 107th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 258 days remain until the end of the year. Historical Events


858 - Benedict III's reign as Catholic Pope ends with his death
1080 – Harald III of Denmark dies and is succeeded by Canute IV, who would later be the first Dane to be canonized.
1349 – The rule of the Bavand dynasty in Mazandaran is brought to an end by the murder of Hasan II.
1362 – Kaunas Castle falls to the Teutonic Order after a month-long siege.
1387 - Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" characters begin their pilgrimage to Canterbury (according to scholars)
1397 - Geoffrey Chaucer tells the "Canterbury Tales" for the first time at the court of English King Richard II
1492 – Christopher Columbus signs a contract with the Spanish monarchs to find the "Indies" with the stated goal of converting people to Catholicism. This promises him 10% of all riches found, and the governorship of any lands encountered.
1521 – Trial of Martin Luther over his teachings begins during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. Initially intimidated, he asks for time to reflect before answering and is given a stay of one day.
1524 – Giovanni da Verrazzano reaches New York harbor.
1711 - Charles VI becomes Holy Roman Emperor after the death of his brother Joseph I
1797 – Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in the Americas.
1797 – Citizens of Verona begin an unsuccessful eight-day rebellion against the French occupying forces.
1808 - Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships
1824 - Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54° 40'N
1861 – The state of Virginia's secession convention votes to secede from the United States, later becoming the eighth state to join the Confederate States of America.
1863 – American Civil War: Grierson's Raid begins: Troops under Union Army Colonel Benjamin Grierson attack central Mississippi.
1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth begins: Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.
1869 – Morelos is admitted as the 27th state of Mexico.
1876 – Catalpa rescue: The rescue of six Fenian prisoners from Fremantle Prison in Western Australia.
1895 – The Treaty of Shimonoseki between China and Japan is signed. This marks the end of the First Sino-Japanese War, and the defeated Qing Empire is forced to renounce its claims on Korea and to concede the southern portion of the Fengtien province, Taiwan and the Pescadores Islands to Japan.
1905 – The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York, which holds that the "right to free contract" is implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
1912 – Russian troops open fire on striking goldfield workers in northeast Siberia, killing at least 150.
1941 – World War II: The invasion of Yugoslavia is completed when it signs an armistice with Germany and Italy.
1942 – French prisoner of war General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Königstein Fortress.
1944 – Forces of the Communist-controlled Greek People's Liberation Army attack the smaller National and Social Liberation resistance group, which surrenders. Its leader Dimitrios Psarros is murdered.
1945 – World War II: Montese, Italy, is liberated from Nazi forces.
1945 – Historian Tran Trong Kim is appointed the Prime Minister of the Empire of Vietnam.
1946 – The last French troops are withdrawn from Syria.
1951 – The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park.
1961 – Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.
1969 – Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.
1969 – Communist Party of Czechoslovakia chairman Alexander Dubček is deposed.
1970 – Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
1971 – The Provisional Government of Bangladesh is formed.
1975 – The Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.
1978 – Mir Akbar Khyber is assassinated, provoking a communist coup d'état in Afghanistan.
1982 – Constitution Act, 1982 Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.
1992 – The Katina P is deliberately run aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
1993 - Two Los Angeles police officers convicted in federal court of violating Rodney King's civil rights and sentenced to prison, while two others are acquitted,
2006 – A Palestinian suicide bomber detonates an explosive device in a Tel Aviv restaurant, killing 11 people and injuring 70.
2013 – An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, kills 15 people and injures 160 others.
2014 – NASA's Kepler space telescope confirms the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.
2019 – Terror alert closes schools in Denver, Colorado, due to 18 year-old woman obsessed with Columbine massacre, who is then found dead
2019 – 10 babies with "bubble boy disease" cured using a gene therapy made from HIV at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, according to new study
2020 – WHO warns Africa could be next epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 300,000 deaths, pushing 30 million into poverty as it records nearly 1000 deaths and 19,000 cases to date


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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, April 17, 2021



Local COVID-19 Numbers for 04-16-2021



Daily COVID-19 Numbers Released by Macon County Public Health


(Numbers as released on Friday, April 17, 2021)

Macon Media has been collecting these numbers for the past year and showing them in chart form to show you the long-term trends since April 17th, 2020.

The health department has started releasing information about vaccine delivery, so those numbers will be included here also, as well as charted on a regular basis, although all the numbers can show us is the capability of the federal and state governments to deliver the vaccines to Macon County because Macon County Public Health, after a rough start, can now deliver shots in arms faster than the federal and state governments can deliver them or are likely to be able to deliver them in the foreseeable future.

Vaccines Given Today             0
Current Inventory            1,080
Total Vaccines Given      12,089

To register to receive the vaccine and to be contacted when appointments for your group are available, please call 828-524-1500. The vaccine call center is open from 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday, until further notice.

3145 Detected
(+2 from Monday and +28 from last Tuesday and +110 from four weeks ago)
27 Active
(-6 from Monday and -9 from last Tuesday and -1 from four weeks ago)
3085 Recovered
(+8 from Monday and +36 from last Tuesday and +108 from four weeks ago)
33 Deaths
(unchanged from Monday and +1 from last Tuesday and +3 from four weeks ago)


Testing in Macon County

9450 by MCPH
(unchanged from Monday and +28 from last Tuesday and +127 from four weeks ago)

9305 by Others
(+64 from Monday and+77 from last Tuesday and +473 from four weeks ago)

18755 total
(+14 from Monday and +105 from last Tuesday and +620 from four weeks ago)

16 tests pending results
(unchanged from Monday and -1 from last Tuesday and -9 from four weeks ago)

Macon Media Infographics



Known Active COVID-19 Cases

These are the known active cases of COVID-19 in Macon County. The actual number is higher, but since everyone is not being tested on a daily basis, we can't know the true number, and not enough tests are being performed that allows us to guess at it with any accuracy.



Detected, Recovered, and Known Active Cases

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 Cases that have been detected (represented by the blue line), the number of known active cases presumed to have recovered (represented by the green line), the number of known active cases (represented by the red line), and the number of known deaths (represented by the purple line). For the first time since early last September, the number of known active cases is about the same as the number of known deaths, although the number of known deaths was around 7 at that time and it is 33 now.



Demographics Table from Macon Public Health

The format has been changed by the health department more than once during the pandemic, so the useful information for long-term study is limited.




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Published at 4:03am on Saturday, April 17, 2021

Friday, April 16, 2021

The President Orders Flags Lowered for Victims of Mass Shooting in Indianapolis, Indiana
Update: Governor Also Orders Flags to Half-Staff



A PROCLAMATION ON HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, April 20, 2021. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.


**4:27pm Update**

Lowering of US and NC Flags Immediately To Half-Staff Until Sunset April 20, 2021 Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Indianapolis, Indiana



Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered immediately to half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 honoring the victims of the tragedy in Indianapolis, Indiana who lost their lives on Thursday to a senseless act of violence. In tribute to the lives lost and the families in mourning all North Carolinians are encouraged to join in lowering flags to half-staff in their honor.

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

Please note, all North Carolina flag announcements are issued in accordance to regulations outlined in the US Flag Code.


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This Week at The NCDOT for 04-16-2021



After a long hiatus, Macon Media is once again sharing the weekly NCDOT report on their activities as released in their NCDOT Now video, the "This Week at the NCDOT" press release, and the weekly "Cash Watch Report." These reports are presented as is with no commentary so members of the public can make up their own minds about the contents.

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NCDOT NOW



 



RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.

Work Zone Awareness Week and Memorial

It’s Work Zone Awareness Week in North Carolina and the National Work Zone Memorial traveled through our stateThe Memorial was displayed at the Welcome Center along Interstate 95 in Northampton County. 

The traveling exhibit honors people who have died in work zones, including construction workers, motorists, pedestrians, law enforcement officers, public safety officials and children. It lists the names of 1,592 people who died in work zones nationwide, including 36 people here in North Carolina. 

NCDOT and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program urge drivers to do their part to make work zones safer. Slow down, follow posted signs near work zones, and be mindful of crews working near the travel lanes.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distractions unfortunately come in many forms for motorists, and they can hamper drivers’ reactions to changing traffic conditions or safety hazards. NCDOT reminds everyone to stay alert on the road. When you’re behind the wheel, the only thing you should be doing is driving.

Lt. Gov. Walter H. Dalton Highway Dedication

A section of highway in western North Carolina has been dedicated to a former lieutenant governorNearly 6 miles of U.S. 74, from the Polk County line to U.S. 221, will now be known as the Lt. Governor Walter H. Dalton Highway. A ceremony was held earlier this week to unveil the signs honoring Dalton.

Dalton held a state Senate seat for six consecutive terms before being elected North Carolina’s 33rd lieutenant governor. He also contributed to his community and higher education.

For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT.gov.



Cash Watch Weekly Report
Week of April 9 - 15

Total Cash and Bond Proceeds (1) 2,326,440,619

Beginning Highway Fund (10) 861,780,996
Beginning Highway Trust Fund 701,456,839
Beginning Reserved Cash Balance 763,202,784

Add Receipts 143,295,412

Less Disbursements:

Payroll (2) 29,713,006
Debt Service (3)
STI Construction 47,298,756
Operations (4) 13,793,313
Map Act Claims/Settlements 13,686,933
State Aid Payments (5)
Disaster Related Costs 4,291,097
Modal (6) 3,513,742
Other (7) 26,398,576

Reserved Cash:
GARVEE/Federal Repayment Reserve (8) -
Transportation Emergency Reserve 64,000,000
Trustee Accounts:
Unexpended Build NC Bond Proceeds 419,738,721
Unexpended GARVEE Bond Proceeds 265,146,851
Energy Savings-Roadway Lighting (9) 789,344

Unreserved Cash Balance Total
Ending Combined Cash Balance 1,581,356,068
Ending Highway Fund (10) 891,753,556
Ending Highway Trust Fund 689,602,512

Statutory Cash Minimum Floor (11) 267,322,500
Statutory Cash Target -15% (12) 534,645,000
Statutory Cash Target - 20% (12) 712,860,000


(1) Balance includes Highway Fund and Highway Trust Fund cash available
 plus Reserved Cash held by Trustee and not available to spend at this time.
(2) Includes permanent and some temporary employees; disbursed every other week.
(3) Monthly advanced payments to Trustee per Build NC Bond Official Statement.
 Also includes GARVEE and General Obligation Bond Debt Service payments.
(4) Highway maintenance and small construction
(5) Powell Bill payments to municipalities; disbursed twice per year- G.S. 136-41.1
(6) Program funds for Ferry, Public Transportation, Aviation and Rail
(7) Administration, transfers to other agencies, Governor's Highway Safety Program, facilities, etc.
(8) One year of debt service
(9) 2017 bonds for installation of energy efficient lighting along roadways.
(10) Consistent with historical reporting practices, Highway Fund cash balance amount
 includes $45.4 million of cash-in-transit
(11) G.S. 143C-6-11(f)
(12) G.S. 143C-6-11(k)(1)

NCDOT's Weekly Cash Watch Report



 

RALEIGH – To be open and transparent and to comply with Session Law 2019-251 of the N.C. General Assembly, the N.C. Department of Transportation will issue a news release each Friday publishing the weekly “NCDOT Cash Watch Numbers” report, which is a snapshot of NCDOT expenditures.

For holidays when NCDOT offices are closed, the release and report will be published on the closest business day.

The latest cash report, as well as previous reports, can be viewed on this NCDOT webpage.

Each report opens with what the combined cash balance was in the preceding report. The report includes receipts; a list of disbursements in broad categories; and ending combined cash balance. In addition, the report includes a snapshot of “reserved cash” balances. These funds are dedicated to specific projects and are held in what is called a “Trustee Account” until they are disbursed to pay for work completed on projects funded with Build NC bonds, GARVEE bonds or Energy Savings-Roadway lighting funds. 

Cash balance fluctuates from day to day as revenue comes in and disbursements are made. The official monthly cash balance is determined at the close of each month as line items are reconciled. Weekly balances are not indicative of what the final monthly cash balance will be. 




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Published at 12:55pm on Friday, April 16, 2021

Weather Briefing for Friday, April 16, 2021



OUTLOOK

Drier high pressure will persist through Friday behind a departing cold front. A weak low pressure system will cross the southeast coastline on Saturday, as an upper disturbance passes overhead, to briefly increase moisture and rain chances in our area. High pressure and mainly dry conditions will then return later in the weekend through next week, with near to below normal temperatures across the region.


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PRESS RELEASE (04-15-2021)
MACON PUBLIC HEALTH

Macon County Public Health Hosts Special Vaccine Event for 16 and 17 Year Olds in Macon County

With the help of regional partners, Macon County Public Health will be hosting a special vaccine event April 23rd to provide Pfizer vaccine to those who are sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years old.

Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for use for individuals as young as 16 years of age. In addition to the benefits of vaccination, the ability to vaccinate school-age children will help to reduce the number of quarantines and allow students, once fully vaccinated, to remain face-to-face for instruction regardless of exposure.

A legal guardian of the student must be present for those under the age of eighteen (18) to receive the vaccination. Those who wish to schedule an appointment for April 23rd must call Macon County’s Call Center at 828-524-1500 no later than 5pm on April 21st to ensure enough vaccine is on hand.

All other individuals 18 years old and older who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can call Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center at 828-524-1500 to register and schedule an appointment at another time. Appointments are readily available with no waitlist. The Macon County Vaccine Call Center is open Monday thru Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.


National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Sunday Night


Franklin area

Today

Areas of frost before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Saturday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Light and variable winds. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Light winds out of the northwest.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s.

Highlands area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Light and variable winds.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly before 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s.

Sunday Night

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

Otto area

Today

Areas of frost before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm wins in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Light winds out of the west.

Saturday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Light and variable winds ion the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph before noon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40.

Nantahala area

Today

Areas of frost, mainly before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasding to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Light and variable winds.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly between 9am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40.

HAZARDS

Other than a Frost Advisory until 9am, hazardous weather is not expected today.





Air Quality




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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the high range (11.0 out of 12) today with Oak, SweetGum, Poplar being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.4 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 16th


Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2006
Lowest Temperature 19°F in Highlands in 2014
Greatest Rainfall 4.31 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1956
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since 1872


April Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest One-Day Rain 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987


On This Day

April 16th is the 106th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 259 days remain until the end of the year. Historical Events


1457 BC - Battle of Megiddo: Egyptian forces of Thutmose III defeat a large Canaanite coalition under King of Kadesh. First battle recorded with a reliable account.
1178 BC - A solar eclipse may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War
AD 73 – Masada, a Jewish fortress, falls to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the First Jewish–Roman War.
556 - Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1071 - Bari falls to Robert Guiscard, ending Byzantine rule in Italy
1346 – Stefan Dušan, "the Mighty", is crowned Emperor of the Serbs at Skopje, his empire occupying much of the Balkans.
1520 – The Revolt of the Comuneros begins in Spain against the rule of Charles V.
1582 – Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina.
1746 – The Battle of Culloden is fought between the French-supported Jacobites and the British Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, in Scotland. After the battle many highland traditions were banned and the Highlands of Scotland were cleared of inhabitants.
1780 – Franz Friedrich Wilhelm von Fürstenberg founds the University of Münster.
1799 – French Revolutionary Wars: The Battle of Mount Tabor: Napoleon drives Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre.
1818 – The United States Senate ratifies the Rush–Bagot Treaty, limiting naval armaments on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain.
1847 – Shooting of a Māori by an English sailor results in the opening of the Wanganui Campaign of the New Zealand Wars.
1853 – The Great Indian Peninsula Railway opens the first passenger rail in India, from Bori Bunder to Thane.
1858 – The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
1862 – American Civil War: Battle at Lee's Mills in Virginia.
1862 – American Civil War: The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia, becomes law.
1863 – American Civil War: During the Vicksburg Campaign, gunboats commanded by acting Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter run downriver past Confederate artillery batteries at Vicksburg.
1881 – In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.
1908 – Natural Bridges National Monument is established in Utah.
1910 – The oldest existing indoor ice hockey arena still used for the sport in the 21st century, Boston Arena, opens for the first time.
1912 – Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.
1917 – Vladimir Lenin returns to Petrograd, Russia, from exile in Switzerland.
1919 – Mohandas Gandhi organizes a day of "prayer and fasting" in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by the British colonial troops three days earlier.
1919 – Polish–Soviet War: The Polish army launches the Vilna offensive to capture Vilnius in modern Lithuania.
1922 – The Treaty of Rapallo, pursuant to which Germany and the Soviet Union re-establish diplomatic relations, is signed.
1925 – During the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, Bulgaria, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded.
1941 – World War II: The Italian-German Tarigo convoy is attacked and destroyed by British ships.
1941 – World War II: The Nazi-affiliated Ustaše is put in charge of the Independent State of Croatia by the Axis powers after Operation 25 is effected.
1943 – Albert Hofmann accidentally discovers the hallucinogenic effects of the research drug LSD. He intentionally takes the drug three days later on April 19.
1944 – World War II: Allied forces start bombing Belgrade, killing about 1,100 people. This bombing fell on the Orthodox Christian Easter.
1945 – World War II: The Red Army begins the final assault on German forces around Berlin, with nearly one million troops fighting in the Battle of the Seelow Heights.
1945 – The United States Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager (high security) prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C (better known as Colditz).
1945 – More than 7,000 die when the German refugee ship Goya is sunk by a Soviet submarine.
1947 – An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600.
1947 – Bernard Baruch first applies the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.
1961 – In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist–Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.
1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.
1972 – Apollo program: The launch of Apollo 16 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
1990 – "Doctor Death", Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide.
2001 – India and Bangladesh begin a five-day border conflict, but are unable to resolve the disputes about their border.
2003 – The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting ten new member states to the European Union.
2007 – Virginia Tech shooting: Seung-Hui Cho guns down 32 people and injures 17 before committing suicide.
2012 – The trial for Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator of the 2011 Norway attacks, begins in Oslo, Norway.
2012 – The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, it was the first time since 1977 that no book won the Fiction Prize.
2013 – A 7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran, killing at least 35 people and injuring 117 others.
2013 – The 2013 Baga massacre is started when Boko Haram militants engage government soldiers in Baga.
2014 – The South Korean ferry MV Sewol capsizes and sinks near Jindo Island, killing 304 passengers and crew and leading to widespread criticism of the South Korean government, media, and shipping authorities.
2020 New study claims a multi-decade megadrought is already under way in the western US, published in journal "Science"
2020 Nationwide State of Emergency declared in Japan till 6 May due to the worsening COVID-19 outbreak
2020 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment in 4 weeks (5.2 million in the last week), wiping out 9 1/2 years of job gains


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Thursday, April 15, 2021

New Policy will Expand Internet Access for More North Carolina Citizens



PRESS RELEASE (04-15-2021) 
NC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION




The policy went into effect March 1 as a result of Governor Roy Cooper's executive order

RALEIGH – More North Carolinians, especially in rural areas, will be able to access affordable, high-speed internet service, thanks to the new state Dig Once Policy spearheaded by Governor Roy Cooper.

“The pandemic has highlighted the critical need for high-speed internet in our daily lives,” said Governor Cooper. "Making it easier to install broadband will help people from all corners of our state get connected to online health care, education and business services they need.”

The Dig Once Policy, which took effect March 1, will help expand broadband access in the state by making it less expensive and easier to install broadband conduit along state-maintained roads. Cooper issued a 2019 executive order directing the state departments of Information Technology and Transportation to develop the policy.

“Too many North Carolinians cannot access the high-speed internet service they need for school, jobs and other daily necessities,” said Jim Weaver, secretary and state chief information officer of the N.C. Department of Information Technology. “By making it easier and less costly to install broadband, this policy will provide much needed incentives to expand broadband to unserved or underserved areas of our state.”

North Carolina’s Dig Once Policy requires internet service providers who are installing or relocating facilities within a state road project to advertise their project so other internet service providers can install their fiber optic cable when the trench is dug for the conduit.

“We’re very excited about putting this policy to work,” said state Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette. “It will save people money, reduce the risk of cutting utility lines, protect the environment and require fewer traffic disruptions on state road projects.”

One of the most expensive parts of installing broadband comes about when companies dig an open trench to install the fiber. The policy will enable multiple internet service providers to collaborate, disturb the ground just once to install conduit and share the costs for fiber installation.

For more information, read the state Dig Once Policy or the NCDIT’s web page on these policies.

Weather Briefing for Thursday, April 15, 2021



OUTLOOK

Continued threat of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms late this afternoon into tonight as a relatively dry cold front passes through with much cooler and drier air behind it to wrap up the work week. Unsettled weather may return this weekend as better moisture pushes in Friday night.


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National Weather Map for Today



Local COVID-19 Numbers for 04-14-202; Macon Public Health Reports Another Death [LINK General forecast through Saturday Night


Franklin area

Today

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Patchy frost after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Friday

Patchy frost before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly between 7am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40.

Highlands area

Today

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradual clearing during the afternoon, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly between 7am and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40.

Otto area

Today

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Patchy frost after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday

Patchy frost before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly between 7am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.

Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Patchy frost between 4am and 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Friday

Patchy frost before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly between 7am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.





Air Quality




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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (8.8 out of 12) today with Oak, Juniper, and Birch being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the high range (11.1 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 15th


Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2006
Lowest Temperature 20°F in Highlands in 1943
Greatest Rainfall 2.98 inches in Highlands in 1987
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since 1872


April Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest One-Day Rain 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987


On This Day

April 12th is the 103rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 262 days remain until the end of the year. Historical Events


69 - Battle at Bedriacum, North-Italy
769 – The Lateran Council condemned the Council of Hieria and anathematized its iconoclastic rulings.
1071 – Bari, the last Byzantine possession in southern Italy, is surrendered to Robert Guiscard.
1205 - Battle at Adrianople: Bulgaria beats Emp Boudouin of Constantinople
1250 - Pope Innocent IV refuses Jews of Cordova, Spain their request to build a synagogue
1250 - Kublai is acclaimed the Great Khan by a Mongol Great Council
1395 – Timur defeats Tokhtamysh of the Golden Horde at the Battle of the Terek River. The Golden Horde capital city, Sarai, is razed to the ground and Timur installs a puppet ruler on the throne.
1450 – Battle of Formigny: Toward the end of the Hundred Years' War, the French attack and nearly annihilate English forces, ending English domination in Northern France.
1632 – Battle of Rain: Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeat the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War.
1642 – Irish Confederate Wars: A Confederate Irish militia is routed in the Battle of Kilrush when it attempts to halt the progress of a Royalist Army.
1715 – The Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
1736 – Foundation of the Kingdom of Corsica.
1738 – Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel receives its premiere performance in London, England.
1755 – Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London.
1817 – Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.
1861 – President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War.
1865 – President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth. Vice President Andrew Johnson becomes President upon Lincoln's death.
1877 - Boston-Somerville installs the world's 1st telephone in Massachusetts
1892 – The General Electric Company is formed.
1896 – Closing ceremony of the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece.
1900 – Philippine–American War: Filipino guerrillas launch a surprise attack on U.S. infantry and begin a four-day siege of Catubig, Philippines.
1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,224 passengers and crew on board survive.
1920 – Two security guards are murdered during a robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti would be convicted of and executed for the crime, amid much controversy.
1922 – U.S. Senator John B. Kendrick of Wyoming introduces a resolution calling for an investigation of a secret land deal, which leads to the discovery of the Teapot Dome scandal.
1923 – Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.
1936 – First day of the Arab revolt in Mandatory Palestine.
1941 – In the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred bombers of the German Luftwaffe attack Belfast, killing around one thousand people.
1942 – The George Cross is awarded "to the island fortress of Malta" by King George VI.
1945 – Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated.
1947 – Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line.
1952 – First flight of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.
1955 – McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois.
1960 – At Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ella Baker leads a conference that results in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
1969 – The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board.
1970 – During the Cambodian Civil War, massacre of the Vietnamese minority results in 800 bodies flowing down the Mekong river into South Vietnam.
1986 – The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon, its bombing raids against Libyan targets in response to a discotheque bombing in West Germany that killed two U.S. servicemen.
1989 – Hillsborough disaster: A human crush occurs at Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday, in the FA Cup Semi-final, resulting in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.
1989 – Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in China.
1994 – Marrakesh Agreement relating to foundation of World Trade Organization is adopted.
2002 – Air China Flight 129 crashes on approach to Gimhae International Airport in Busan, South Korea, killing 129 people.
2013 – Two bombs explode near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, killing three people and injuring 264 others.
2013 – A wave of bombings across Iraq kills at least 75 people.
2014 – In the worst massacre of the South Sudanese Civil War, at least 200 civilians were gunned down after seeking refuge in houses of worship as well as hospitals.
2019 – The cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in France is seriously damaged by a large fire.
2020 - South Korea is 1st country to hold a general election under COVID-19, President Moon Jae-in's ruling Democratic party wins in a landslide
2020 - Revised death count for New York taking into account assumed COVID-19 deaths makes the city's per-capita death rate higher than Italy at 10,367 at this date
2020 - US's deadliest day during COVID-19 pandemic with 2,752 deaths reported


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Published at 3:49am on Wednesday, April 15, 2021