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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Weather Briefing for Saturday, April 10, 2021



OUTLOOK

Shower and thunderstorm chances will continue from this afternoon through the weekend as a weak cold front approaches then crosses the Carolinas. High pressure builds in behind the departing cold front Sunday into Monday, leading to drier conditions. Another weak cold front may approach the area during the middle of next week, but the details of this front`s timing and impacts remain unclear.


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National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Tuesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog between 10pm and 1am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the south 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday

A chance of showers between 8am and 2pm. Sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday Night

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

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 40s.

Highlands area

Today

Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Areas of fog before 11am. Highs near 60. Winds out of the south 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday

A chance of showers between 8am and 2pm. Sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s.

Monday Night

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

Otto area

Today

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Patchy fog between 9am and 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog between 10pm and 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the south 3 to 6 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday

A chance of showers between 8am and 2pm. Sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 50.

Nantahala area

Today

A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Light winds out of thenorthwest.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.

HAZARDS

An isolated severe thunderstorm producing damaging winds and large hail is possible today.





HAZARDS

A few strong to severe storms are possible Saturday afternoon and evening, mainly in the Piedmont. Damaging winds would be the most likely form of any severe weather. Heavy rainfall may also create a localized flash flood risk.

Air Quality




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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (7.4 out of 12) today with Oak, Juniper, and Birch being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the high range (10.9 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 10th


Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2001
Lowest Temperature 18°F in Highlands in 1985
Greatest One-Day Rain 4.10 inches in Franklin in 1877
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (there has been no recorded snowfall on this date)


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 9th is the 99th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 2667 days remain until the end of the year. Historical Events


428 – Nestorius becomes the Patriarch of Constantinople. Three years later, he would be deposed due to alleged heresy.
837 – Halley's Comet makes its closest approach to Earth at a distance equal to 0.0342 AU (5.1 million kilometres/3.2 million miles).
847 - St Leo IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope
879 - Louis III becomes King of West Francia
1407 – Deshin Shekpa, 5th Karmapa Lama visits the Ming dynasty capital at Nanjing. He is awarded the title "Great Treasure Prince of Dharma".
1500 – Ludovico Sforza is captured by Swiss troops at Novara and is handed over to the French.
1606 – The Virginia Company of London is established by royal charter by James I of England with the purpose of establishing colonial settlements in North America.
1710 – The Statute of Anne, the first law regulating copyright, comes into force in Great Britain.
1717 – Robert Walpole resigns from the British government, commencing the Whig Split which lasts until 1720.[1]
1741 – War of the Austrian Succession: Prussia gains control of Silesia at the Battle of Mollwitz.
1809 – Napoleonic Wars: The War of the Fifth Coalition begins when forces of the Austrian Empire invade Bavaria.
1815 – The Mount Tambora volcano begins a three-month-long eruption, lasting until July 15. The eruption ultimately kills 71,000 people and affects Earth's climate for the next two years.
1816 – The Federal government of the United States approves the creation of the Second Bank of the United States.
1821 – Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople is hanged by the Ottoman government from the main gate of the Patriarchate and his body is thrown into the Bosphorus.
1826 – The 10,500 inhabitants of the Greek town of Missolonghi begin leaving the town after a year's siege by Turkish forces. Very few of them survive.
1858 – After the original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonnes (32,000 lb) bell for the Palace of Westminster, had cracked during testing, it is recast into the current 13.76 tonnes (30,300 lb) bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
1864 – Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg is proclaimed emperor of Mexico during the French intervention in Mexico.
1865 – American Civil War: A day after his surrender to Union forces, Confederate General Robert E. Lee addresses his troops for the last time.
1866 – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by Henry Bergh.
1868 – At Arogee in Abyssinia, British and Indian forces defeat an army of Emperor Tewodros II. While 700 Ethiopians are killed and many more injured, only two British/Indian troops die.
1872 – The first Arbor Day is celebrated in Nebraska.
1875 – India: Arya Samaj is founded in Mumbai by Swami Dayananda Saraswati to propagate his goal of social reform.
1887 – On Easter Sunday, Pope Leo XIII authorizes the establishment of the Catholic University of America.
1912 – RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England on her maiden and only voyage.
1916 – The Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) is created in New York City.
1919 – Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos.
1925 – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published in New York City, by Charles Scribner's Sons.
1938 – The 1938 German parliamentary election and referendum seeks approval for a single list of Nazi candidates and the recent annexation of Austria.
1939 – Alcoholics Anonymous, A.A.'s "Big Book", is first published.
1941 – World War II: The Axis powers establish the Independent State of Croatia.
1944 – Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler escape from Birkenau death camp.
1963 – One hundred twenty-nine American sailors die when the submarine USS Thresher sinks at sea.
1968 – The TEV Wahine, a New Zealand ferry sinks in Wellington harbour due to a fierce storm – the strongest winds ever in Wellington. Out of the 734 people on board, fifty-three died.
1970 – Paul McCartney announces that he is leaving The Beatles for personal and professional reasons.
1971 – Ping-pong diplomacy: In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States, China hosts the U.S. table tennis team for a week-long visit.
1972 – Tombs containing bamboo slips, among them Sun Tzu's Art of War and Sun Bin's lost military treatise, are accidentally discovered by construction workers in Shandong.
1972 – Vietnam War: For the first time since November 1967, American B-52 bombers reportedly begin bombing North Vietnam.
1973 – Invicta International Airlines Flight 435 crashes in a snowstorm on approach to Basel, Switzerland, killing 108 people.
1979 – Red River Valley tornado outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
1988 – The Ojhri Camp explosion kills or injures more than 1,000 people in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pakistan.
1991 – Italian ferry MS Moby Prince collides with an oil tanker in dense fog off Livorno, Italy, killing 140.
1991 – A rare tropical storm develops in the South Atlantic Ocean near Angola; the first to be documented by satellites.
1998 – The Good Friday Agreement is signed in Northern Ireland.
2009 – President of Fiji Ratu Josefa Iloilo announces the abrogation of the constitution and assumes all governance in the country, creating a constitutional crisis.
2010 – Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashes near Smolensk, Russia, killing 96 people, including Polish President Lech Kaczyński, his wife, and dozens of other senior officials and dignitaries.
2016 – The Paravur temple accident in which a devastating fire caused by the explosion of firecrackers stored for Vishu, kills more than one hundred people out of the thousands gathered for seventh day of Bhadrakali worship.
2016 – An earthquake of 6.6 magnitude strikes 39 km west-southwest of Ashkasham, shakes up India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Srinagar and Pakistan.
2019 – Scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope project announce the first ever image of a black hole, located in the centre of the M87 galaxy.
2019 - New species of human announced named Homo luzonensis, 3ft tall, remains dated 50-60,000 years old found in cave on island of Luzon, Philippines
2019 - Four tiny sweat bees removed alive from a woman's eye in world's first operation of its kind at Fooyin University Hospital, Taiwan
2019 - First home delivery service by drone begins in Canberra, Australia by Wing, part of Google's Alphabet company
2019 - New York declares a public health emergency and compulsory vaccinations after a measles outbreak in Brooklyn with 285 cases


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Friday, April 9, 2021

Weather Briefing for Friday, April 9, 2021



OUTLOOK

Shower and thunderstorm chances will continue through the weekend as a weak cold front approaches then crosses the area. High pressure builds in behind the departing cold front Sunday into Monday, leading to drier conditions. Another cold front may approach the area during the middle of next week.


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 News Briefing 

 • Local COVID-19 Numbers for April 8th [LINK]

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Monday Night


Franklin area

Today

A slight chance of showers this afternoon, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a chance of showers between 1am and 5am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Showers. Patchy fog before 7am. Highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday

A slight chance of rain before noon, then a slight chance of showers between noon and 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday Night

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

Highlands area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely before noon, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm, then showers after 1pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Highs near 60. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s.

Sunday Night

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

Otto area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a chance of showers between midnight and 4am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 3am, then a slight chance of rain after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the south winds around 6 mph becoming calm before midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of rain in the morning. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70.

Sunday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid-40s.

Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

Showers. Highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Light winds out of the west. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of rain before 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70.

Sunday Night

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



HAZARDS

An isolated severe thunderstorm producing damaging winds and large hail is possible today.





HAZARDS

Scattered thunderstorms will develop ahead of an approaching cold front Friday. A few of these storms could become quite strong or severe. The main threats will be large hail and possibly damaging winds.

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Spotter activation may be needed Friday. Please relay any information about observed severe weather to the NWS while following all local, state, and CDC guidelines.

Air Quality




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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the high range (10.5 out of 12) today with Oak, Juniper, and Birch being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (2.7 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 9th


Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2015
Lowest Temperature 17°F in Highlands in 1902
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.62 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1980
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.2 inches in Highlands in 1916


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 9th is the 99th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 2667 days remain until the end of the year. Historical Events


190 – Dong Zhuo has his troops evacuate the capital Luoyang and burn it to the ground.
193 - Septimius Severus is proclaimed Roman Emperor by the army in Illyricum
475 – Byzantine Emperor Basiliscus issues a circular letter (Enkyklikon) to the bishops of his empire, supporting the Monophysite christological position.
537 – Siege of Rome: The Byzantine general Belisarius receives his promised reinforcements, 1,600 cavalry, mostly of Hunnic or Slavic origin and expert bowmen. He starts, despite shortages, raids against the Gothic camps and Vitiges is forced into a stalemate.
1241 – Battle of Liegnitz: Mongol forces defeat the Polish and German armies.
1288 – Mongol invasions of Vietnam: Yuan forces are defeated by Trần forces in the Battle of Bach Dang in present-day northern Vietnam.
1388 – Despite being outnumbered 16 to 1, forces of the Old Swiss Confederacy are victorious over the Archduchy of Austria in the Battle of Näfels.
1454 – The Treaty of Lodi is signed, establishing a balance of power among northern Italian city-states for almost 50 years.
1609 – Eighty Years' War: Spain and the Dutch Republic sign the Treaty of Antwerp to initiate twelve years of truce.
1609 – Philip III of Spain issues the decree of the "Expulsion of the Moriscos".
1682 – Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River, claims it for France and names it Louisiana.
1784 – The Treaty of Paris, ratified by the United States Congress on January 14, 1784, is ratified by King George III of the Kingdom of Great Britain, ending the American Revolutionary War. Copies of the ratified documents are exchanged on May 12, 1784.
1860 – On his phonautograph machine, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville makes the oldest known recording of an audible human voice.
1865 – American Civil War: Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia (26,765 troops) to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the war.
1909 – The U.S. Congress passes the Payne–Aldrich Tariff Act.
1914 – Mexican Revolution: One of the world's first naval/air skirmishes takes place off the coast of western Mexico.
1917 – World War I: The Battle of Arras: The battle begins with Canadian Corps executing a massive assault on Vimy Ridge.
1918 – World War I: The Battle of the Lys: The Portuguese Expeditionary Corps is crushed by the German forces during what is called the Spring Offensive on the Belgian region of Flanders.
1937 – The Kamikaze arrives at Croydon Airport in London. It is the first Japanese-built aircraft to fly to Europe.
1939 – African-American singer Marian Anderson gives a concert at the Lincoln Memorial after being denied the use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
1940 – World War II: Operation Weserübung: Germany invades Denmark and Norway.
1940 – Vidkun Quisling seizes power in Norway.
1942 – World War II: The Battle of Bataan ends. An Indian Ocean raid by Japan's 1st Air Fleet sinks the British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes and the Australian destroyer HMAS Vampire.
1945 – Execution of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, anti-Nazi dissident and spy, by the Nazi regime.
1945 – World War II: The German heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer is sunk by the Royal Air Force.
1945 – World War II: The Battle of Königsberg, in East Prussia, ends.
1945 – The United States Atomic Energy Commission is formed.
1947 – The Glazier–Higgins–Woodward tornadoes kill 181 and injure 970 in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
1947 – The Journey of Reconciliation, the first interracial Freedom Ride begins through the upper South in violation of Jim Crow laws. The riders wanted enforcement of the United States Supreme Court's 1946 Irene Morgan decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel.
1947 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 22 relating to Corfu Channel incident is adopted.
1948 – Jorge Eliécer Gaitán's assassination provokes a violent riot in Bogotá (the Bogotazo), and a further ten years of violence in Colombia.
1948 – Fighters from the Irgun and Lehi Zionist paramilitary groups attacked Deir Yassin near Jerusalem, killing over 100.
1952 – Hugo Ballivián's government is overthrown by the Bolivian National Revolution, starting a period of agrarian reform, universal suffrage and the nationalization of tin mines
1957 – The Suez Canal in Egypt is cleared and opens to shipping following the Suez Crisis.
1959 – Project Mercury: NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven".
1960 – Dr Hendrik Verwoerd, Prime Minister of South Africa and architect of apartheid, narrowly survives an assassination attempt by a white farmer, David Pratt in Johannesburg.
1967 – The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) makes its maiden flight.
1969 – The first British-built Concorde 002 makes its maiden flight from Filton to RAF Fairford.
1980 – The Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein kills philosopher Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr and his sister Bint al-Huda after three days of torture.
1981 – The U.S. Navy nuclear submarine USS George Washington accidentally collides with the Nissho Maru, a Japanese cargo ship, sinking it.
1989 – Tbilisi massacre: an anti-Soviet peaceful demonstration and hunger strike in Tbilisi, demanding restoration of Georgian independence, is dispersed by the Soviet Army, resulting in 20 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
1990 – An IRA bombing in County Down, Northern Ireland, kills three members of the UDR.
1990 – The Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement is signed for 180,000 square kilometres (69,000 sq mi) in the Mackenzie Valley of the western Arctic.
1991 – Georgia declares independence from the Soviet Union.
1992 – A U.S. Federal Court finds former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega guilty of drug and racketeering charges. He is sentenced to 30 years in prison.
2003 – Iraq War: Baghdad falls to American forces.
2009 – In Tbilisi, Georgia, up to 60,000 people protest against the government of Mikheil Saakashvili.
2013 – A 6.1–magnitude earthquake strikes Iran killing 32 people and injuring over 850 people.
2013 – At least 13 people are killed and another three injured after a man goes on a spree shooting in the Serbian village of Velika Ivanča.
2014 – A student stabs 20 people at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.
2017 – The Palm Sunday church bombings at Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt, take place.
2017 – After refusing to give up his seat on an overbooked United Express flight, Dr. David Dao Duy Anh is forcibly dragged off the flight by aviation security officers, leading to major criticism of United Airlines.


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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Accident on US-441 Near Lowes Access Road Creates Traffic Congestion



At 5:35pm, EMS and Fire were dispatched to an accident involving three vehicles at the intersection of US-441 (Georgia Road) and Lowes Access Road. The map above shows the traffic congestion as of 5:50pm. Please reroute around this area for the next hour or so.

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Weather Briefing for Thursday, April 8, 2021



OUTLOOK

A cold front will approach slowly from the west today into Friday, with increasing shower and thunderstorm chances. The cold front finally pushes through the forecast area late Saturday into early Sunday keeping shower and thunderstorm chances around. High pressure builds in behind the departing cold front Sunday into Monday leading to drier conditions. Another cold front tracks into the region on Tuesday.


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National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Sunday Night


Today

A chance of showers before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Light winds out of the southeast early increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers before midmorning, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasiong to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Highlands area

Today

A chance of showers before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the south 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a slight chance of showers after 3am. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Highs near 60. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Otto area

Today

A chance of showers before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Nantahala area

Today

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday

Showers likely. Cloudy, with highs in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.



HAZARDS

Scattered thunderstorms will develop ahead of an approaching cold front Friday. A few of these storms could become quite strong or severe. The main threats will be large hail and possibly damaging winds.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Spotter activation may be needed Friday. Please relay any information about observed severe weather to the NWS while following all local, state, and CDC guidelines.

Air Quality




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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the high range (10.4 out of 12) today with Maple, Oak, and Elm being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the high range (10.3 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 8th


Highest Temperature 84°F in Franklin in 1890
Lowest Temperature 16°F in Highlands in 2007
Greatest One-Day Rain 3.30 inches in Highlands in 1914
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1989


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 8 is the 98th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 267 days remain until the end of the year. Historical Events


217 – Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated. He is succeeded by his Praetorian Guard prefect, Marcus Opellius Macrinus.
876 – The Battle of Dayr al-'Aqul saves Baghdad from the Saffarids.
1139 – Roger II of Sicily is excommunicated.
1149 – Pope Eugene III takes refuge in the castle of Ptolemy II of Tusculum.
1232 – Mongol–Jin War: The Mongols begin their siege on Kaifeng, the capital of the Jin dynasty.
1271 – In Syria, sultan Baibars conquers the Krak des Chevaliers.
1730 – Shearith Israel, the first synagogue in New York City, is dedicated.
1820 – The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos.
1832 – Black Hawk War: Around three-hundred United States 6th Infantry troops leave St. Louis, Missouri to fight the Sauk Native Americans.
1866 – Italy and Prussia ally against the Austrian Empire.
1886 – William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.
1895 – In Pollock v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Co. the Supreme Court of the United States declares unapportioned income tax to be unconstitutional.
1904 – The French Third Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland sign the Entente cordiale.
1906 – Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, dies.
1908 – Harvard University votes to establish the Harvard Business School.
1911 – Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovers superconductivity.
1913 – The 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution, requiring direct election of Senators, becomes law.
1918 – World War I: Actors Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin sell war bonds on the streets of New York City's financial district.
1924 – Sharia courts are abolished in Turkey, as part of Atatürk's Reforms.
1929 – Indian independence movement: At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest.
1935 – The Works Progress Administration is formed when the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 becomes law.
1942 – World War II: Siege of Leningrad: Soviet forces open a much-needed railway link to Leningrad.
1942 – World War II: The Japanese take Bataan in the Philippines.
1943 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases by common carriers and public utilities.
1943 – Otto and Elise Hampel are executed in Berlin for their anti-Nazi activities.
1945 – World War II: After an air raid accidentally destroys a train carrying about 4,000 Nazi concentration camp internees in Prussian Hanover, the survivors are massacred by Nazis.
1946 – Électricité de France, the world's largest utility company, is formed as a result of the nationalisation of a number of electricity producers, transporters and distributors. 1950 – India and Pakistan sign the Liaquat–Nehru Pact.
1952 – U.S. President Harry Truman calls for the seizure of all domestic steel mills in an attempt to prevent the 1952 steel strike.
1953 – Mau Mau leader Jomo Kenyatta is convicted by British Kenya's rulers.
1954 – A Royal Canadian Air Force Canadair Harvard collides with a Trans-Canada Airlines Canadair North Star over Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, killing 37 people.
1954 – South African Airways Flight 201 A de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1 crashes into the sea during night killing 21 people.
1959 – A team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people led by Grace Hopper meets to discuss the creation of a new programming language that would be called COBOL.
1959 – The Organization of American States drafts an agreement to create the Inter-American Development Bank.
1960 – The Netherlands and West Germany sign an agreement to negotiate the return of German land annexed by the Dutch in return for 280 million German marks as Wiedergutmachung.
1968 – BOAC Flight 712 catches fire shortly after takeoff. As a result of her actions in the accident, Barbara Jane Harrison is awarded a posthumous George Cross, the only GC awarded to a woman in peacetime.
1970 – Bahr El-Baqar primary school bombing: Israeli bombers strike an Egyptian school. Forty-six children are killed.
1975 – Frank Robinson manages the Cleveland Indians in his first game as major league baseball's first African American manager.
1987 – Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigns amid controversy over racially charged remarks he had made while on Nightline.
1992 – Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.
1993 – The Republic of North Macedonia joins the United Nations.
2004 – War in Darfur: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.
2006 – Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Shedden, Elgin County, Ontario. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.
2008 – The construction of the world's first skyscraper to integrate wind turbines is completed in Bahrain.
2013 – The Islamic State of Iraq enters the Syrian Civil War and begins by declaring a merger with the Al-Nusra Front under the name Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham.
2020 – Saudi-backed coalition fighting Houthi fighters in Yemen calls for a ceasefire after five years to stop the spread of COVID-19
2020 – World Trade organization predicts a drop in global trade greater than the 2008 financial crisis, between 13% and 32% for 2020


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Published at 3:59am on Thursday, April 08, 2021



COVID-19 Numbers for 04-07-2021



(Numbers as released on Wednesday, April 7, 2021)

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th. The health department has started releasing information about vaccine delivery, so those numbers will be included here also, as well as charted.




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3104 Detected
(+4 from Friday and +28 from last Monday and +90 from four weeks ago)

37 Active
(+1 from Friday and +4 last Monday and +3 from four weeks ago)

3035 Recovered
(+3 from Friday and +24 last Monday and +85 from four weeks ago)

32 Deaths
(unchanged from Friday and unchanged from last Monday and +2 from four weeks ago)


Testing in Macon County

9405 by MCPH
(+12 from Friday and +31 from last Monday and +113 from four weeks ago)

9162 by Others
(unchanged from Friday and +99 from last Monday and +530rom four weeks ago)

18567 total
(+12 from Friday and +130 from last Monday and +643 from four weeks ago)

6 tests pending results
(-22 from Friday and -6 from last Monday and -32 from four weeks ago)

This last local chart are the demographic numbers from Macon County Public Health.




The last chart is of the new cases per 10,000 population in the last 14 days. Macon Media has added the numbers for the counties in WNC and a few other counties in the state where the per capita numbers are high.



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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Weather Briefing for Wednesday, April 7, 2021



OUTLOOK

High pressure will remain in control of the weather pattern today, leading to continued warm and dry conditions. A cold front will cross from the west Thursday evening, increasing our chances for showers and thunderstorms before stalling just to our south and creating a favorable environment for continued active weather Friday and Saturday. A dry pattern sets back in on Sunday, and persists through the beginning of next week.


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National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Saturday Night


Today

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

Tonight

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

Thursday

A chance of showers before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Highlands area

Today

Increasing clouds, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Showers likely before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Otto area

Today

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

Tonight

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

Thursday

A chance of showers before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7pm and 4am, then a chance of showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. WInds out of the south 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Nantahala area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected.



Air Quality




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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the high range (10.7 out of 12) today with Maple, Oak, and Elm being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the high range (10.4 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 7th


Highest Temperature 84°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1942
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest One-Day Rain 7.00 inches in Highlands in 1957
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Highlands in 1987


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 5 is the 95th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 270 days remain until the end of the year. Historical Events


30 - Some scholars estimate for Jesus' crucifixion by Roman troops in Jerusalem [April 3rd is another possible date]
451 – Attila the Hun sacks the town of Metz and attacks other cities in Gaul.
529 – First draft of the Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I.
611 – Maya king Uneh Chan of Calakmul sacks rival city-state Palenque in southern Mexico.
1141 – Empress Matilda becomes the first female ruler of England, adopting the title 'Lady of the English'.
1348 – Charles University is founded in Prague.
1521 – Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Cebu.
1541 – Francis Xavier leaves Lisbon on a mission to the Portuguese East Indies.
1724 – Premiere performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's St John Passion, BWV 245, at St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig.
1767 – End of Burmese–Siamese War (1765–67).
1776 – Captain John Barry and the USS Lexington captures the Edward.
1788 – American pioneers to the Northwest Territory establish Marietta, Ohio as the first permanent American settlement in the Northwest Territory.
1789 – Selim III became Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and Caliph of Islam.
1798 – The Mississippi Territory is organized from disputed territory claimed by both the United States and Spain. It is expanded in 1804 and again in 1812.
1805 – Lewis and Clark Expedition: The Corps of Discovery breaks camp among the Mandan tribe and resumes its journey West along the Missouri River.
1805 – German composer Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his Third Symphony, at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna.
1827 – John Walker, an English chemist, sells the first friction match that he had invented the previous year.
1829 – Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, commences translation of the Book of Mormon, with Oliver Cowdery as his scribe.
1831 – Emperor Pedro I of Brazil resigns. He goes to his native Portugal to become King Pedro IV.
1862 – American Civil War: The Union's Army of the Tennessee and the Army of the Ohio defeat the Confederate Army of Mississippi near Shiloh, Tennessee.
1868 – Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of the Canadian Fathers of Confederation, is assassinated by a Fenian activist.
1890 – Completion of the first Lake Biwa Canal.
1906 – Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.
1906 – The Algeciras Conference gives France and Spain control over Morocco.
1922 – The United States Secretary of the Interior leases federal petroleum reserves to private oil companies on excessively generous terms.
1927 – The first long-distance public television broadcast (from Washington, D.C., to New York City, displaying the image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover).
1933 – Prohibition in the United States is repealed for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight, eight months before the ratification of the XXI amendment. (Now celebrated as National Beer Day in the United States.)
1940 – Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.
1943 – The Holocaust in Ukraine: In Terebovlia, Germans order 1,100 Jews to undress and march through the city to the nearby village of Plebanivka, where they are shot and buried in ditches.
1943 – Ioannis Rallis becomes collaborationist Prime Minister of Greece during the Axis Occupation.
1945 – World War II: The battleship Yamato, one of the two largest ever constructed, is sunk by American aircraft during Operation Ten-Go.
1945 – World War II: Visoko is liberated by the 7th, 9th, and 17th Krajina brigades from the Tenth division of Yugoslav Partisan forces.
1948 – The World Health Organization is established by the United Nations.
1949 – The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific opened on Broadway; it would run for 1,925 performances and win ten Tony Awards.
1954 – United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "domino theory" speech during a news conference.
1955 – Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health.
1964 – IBM announces the System/360.
1964 – A bulldozer kills Rev. Bruce W. Klunder, a civil rights activist, during a school segregation protest in Cleveland, Ohio, sparking a riot.
1965 – Representatives of the National Congress of American Indians testify before members of the US Senate against the termination of the Colville tribe in Washington DC.
1968 – Motor racing world champion Jim Clark is killed in an accident during a Formula Two race at Hockenheim.
1969 – The Internet's symbolic birth date: Publication of RFC 1.
1971 – President Richard Nixon announces his decision to quicken the pace of Vietnamization.
1972 – Communist forces overran the South Vietnamese town of Loc Ninh.
1976 – Member of Parliament and suspected spy John Stonehouse resigns from the Labour Party (UK) after being arrested for faking his own death.
1977 – German Federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot by two Red Army Faction members while waiting at a red light.
1978 – Development of the neutron bomb is canceled by President Jimmy Carter.
1980 – During the Iran hostage crisis, the United States severs relations with Iran.
1983 – During STS-6, astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson perform the first Space Shuttle spacewalk.
1989 – Soviet submarine Komsomolets sinks in the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway killing 42 sailors.
1990 – Iran–Contra affair: John Poindexter is found guilty of five charges for his part in the scandal (the conviction is later reversed on appeal).
1990 – A fire breaks out on the passenger ferry Scandinavian Star, killing 159 people.
1994 – Rwandan genocide: Massacres of Tutsis begin in Kigali, Rwanda.
1994 – Auburn Calloway attempts to destroy Federal Express Flight 705 in order to allow his family to benefit from his life insurance policy.
1995 – First Chechen War: Russian paramilitary troops begin a massacre of civilians in Samashki, Chechnya.
1999 – The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.
2001 – Mars Odyssey is launched.
2003 – U.S. troops capture Baghdad; Saddam Hussein's regime falls two days later.
2009 – Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces.
2009 – Mass protests begin across Moldova under the belief that results from the parliamentary election are fraudulent.
2011 – The Israel Defense Forces use their Iron Dome missile system to successfully intercept a BM-21 Grad launched from Gaza, marking the first short-range missile intercept ever.
2017 – A man deliberately drives a hijacked truck into a crowd of people in Stockholm, Sweden, killing five people and injuring fifteen others.
2020 - China ends its lockdown of Wuhan, the city at the center of the COVID-19 pandemic after 76 days as the country reports no new deaths for the 1st time
2020 - Australia's highest court overturns the child sexual abuse conviction of Catholic Cardinal George Pell
2020 - US Acting-Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly resigns after calling USN Capt. Brett Crozier of aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN71) "too naive and too stupid", in an address to the ship's crew
2020 - Wisconsin holds its Democratic primary with in-person voting in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, after a mail-in voting rejected by the Wisconsin Legislature


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Published at 5:10am on Wednesday, April 07, 2021



Tuesday, April 6, 2021

President Orders Flags Lowered Until Sunset April 7th in Memory of Congressman Alcee Hastings

Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of Congressman Alcee Hastings

I had the privilege of getting to know Alcee Hastings during the years when he served in the House of Representatives and I served in the United States Senate and later as Vice President. I greatly admired him for his singular sense of humor, and for always speaking the truth bluntly and without reservation. A trailblazing lawyer who grew up in the Jim Crow South, Alcee was outspoken because he was passionate about helping our nation live up to its full promise for all Americans. It was a passion he forged as a pioneering civil rights lawyer in the 1960s, fighting tirelessly to desegregate hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in south Florida — a trailblazing spirit to advocate for what is right that guided him throughout his life.

Across his long career of public service, Alcee always stood up to fight for equality, and always showed up for the working people he represented. And even in his final battle with cancer, he simply never gave up.

Jill and I are saddened to learn of his passing. May God bless Alcee Hastings and his family.

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Published at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 6, 2021