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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, March 25, 2020





Outlook

High pressure will give way to southwest flow and dry and unseasonably warm conditions to end the week before another cold front brings a return to near-normal temperatures early next week.

COVID-19 Update for March 25th

Congress passed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” [BILL TEXT]

The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be having a special called meeting on Thursday, March 24th at 4:30pm to hear updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic and to approve a supplemental State of Emergency for the county. The county, Macon Media, Macon County News, and the local radio station will be streaming video or audio of the meeting so the public can see/listen to the proceedings on the platform of your choice.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 398 people in North Carolina are infected, the NCDHHS website [LINK] also reports 398 cases in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 512 people infected.

Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]

White House Task Force Briefing for March 24th




North Carolina COVID-19 Briefing

English



Spanish


Governor closes K-12 schools for in-person instruction until May 15th [LINK]


Articles


See more videos by Dr Campbell [LINK]


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 43 with Roger Seheult, MD of https://www.MedCram.com

Research by the British Medical Journal and others has suggested that a century-old vaccine against tuberculosis (BCG) may also provide some protection against other infections. A variety of trials around the world are investigating if this TB vaccine may help prevent COVID-19. Dr. Seheult illustrates how our innate immunity differs from acquired immunity and how these systems work in tandem to fight infection. Recent coronavirus developments in New York and monitoring tools are also discussed.



March 8, 2020, from Doctor Mike:

The media is doing a poor job informing the public with accurate information on COVID-19. They bring on self-proclaimed experts that make claims that have no ground in science and sometimes are full-on lying. Also, I think they are leaning into the fear angle too hard in order to draw clicks and viewership. I believe they should uphold proper journalistic standards and stick to the facts!

Doctor Mike's Best resources:

CDC [LINK]
WHO [LINK]


‘Cacophony of coughing’: Inside NYC’s virus-besieged ERs [LINK]

Billion-plus Indians under lockdown as virus delays Olympics [LINK]

Trump, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill [LINK]

At a glance: Nearly $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package [LINK]

CDC Coronavirus Testing Decision Likely To Haunt Nation For Months To Come [LINK]

Missouri Walmart Coronavirus Licker Charged With 'Terrorist Threat' [LINK]

A group of young adults held a coronavirus party in Kentucky to defy orders to socially distance. Now one of them has coronavirus [LINK]

And, for the more technically minded...

LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. [LINK]

Social Distancing Scoreboard [LINK]
North Carolina gets a B and Macon county gets a C grade from the website.

COVID-19 Maps & Visuals [LINK]


COVID19 Global Forecasting (Week 1)
Forecast daily COVID-19 spread in regions around the world [LINK]


You can find article links and good discussion at https://www.reddit.com/r/Coronavirus/ for articles with a scientific bent, try https://www.reddit.com/r/COVID19/


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Public Safety Log
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THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
The maps have been switched from showing the eastern United States to the Western Atlantic Region in anticipation of warmer weather when our weather pattern is more susceptible to being impacted by what happens in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.



The next one shows the forecast for rain in 24hour totals over the next few days.



And this one shows the forecast for surface pressure (in mb) and winds at 10 metres (30 feet) over the same time period.





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Weather Hazards

A Flash Fool Watch is in effect for Macon County unitl 8am this morning. A copy of the watch is posted below:

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1015 PM EDT Tue Mar 24 2020

...HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT...

.Widespread rainfall, heavy at times, will move through the area ahead of the cold front overnight tonight. With wet conditions from rainfall over the previous day already in place, flash flooding could develop with any thunderstorms or embedded areas of higher rainfall rates.


...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EDT WEDNESDAY...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* portions of northeast Georgia and western North Carolina,

including the following areas, in northeast Georgia, Habersham and Rabun.

In western North Carolina, Graham, Macon, and Swain.

* until 8 AM EDT Wednesday

* Heavy rainfall is expected to move through the area tonight ahead of a cold front. Additional rainfall of 1-2 inches is expected, with the watch area having received up to 2 inches in the last 24 hours.

* Rapid rises above bankfull on streams and creeks may occur, along with the threat of flooded roadways in embedded thunderstorms or pockets of higher rainfall rates.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.






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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]






FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s. Light and variable winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds.

Friday

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s.





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight evening.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Light winds out of the southwest.

Friday

Partly sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST


Today

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Light and variable winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Friday Night

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





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

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

Friday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.




Published at 6:00am on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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