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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Weather Briefing for Tuesday, June 15, 2021



OUTLOOK

The arrival of drier high pressure will also bring slightly cooler temperatures to our region today through Thursday. As the high pressure moves off the Carolina coast on Friday and Saturday, temperatures will rise again to above normal. Tropical moisture is forecast to move north out of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and into the first half of next week.


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

NC Dept of Justice Releases May 2021 Highlights [LINK]

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Thursday Night


Franklin area

Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Light winds out of the northwest early increasing to 5 to 10 mph iby midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 80. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 52. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

Thursday Night

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

Highlands Plateau

Today

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the north 5 mph becoming calm by midorning.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the north wind around 5 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Thursday Night

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

Otto area

Today

Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s.

Thursday Night

Clear, with lows in the upper 50s.

Nantahala area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

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

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 80.

Thursday Night

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

HAZARDS

Scattered thunderstorms will develop across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia this afternoon and evening. The thunderstorms will develop earliest along and near the Blue Ridge Mountains by midday, then move out over the adjacent foothills, and finally strengthen over the Piedmont by late day. Cloud-to-ground lightning, torrential rainfall, and very gusty winds will be possible with any of these thunderstorms. A few storms will become severe, with damaging wind gusts likely, especially over the western Piedmont of North Carolina and the eastern Upstate of South Carolina late this afternoon.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Jun 15 2021

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently upgraded Tropical Storm Bill, located more than 300 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

1. Disorganized showers and thunderstorms continue over the Bay of Campeche in association with a broad low pressure area. Gradual development of this disturbance is possible during the next couple of days while it meanders near the coast of Mexico. The system should begin to move northward by midweek, and a tropical depression is likely to form late in the week when the low moves across the central or northwestern Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of development, heavy rainfall is possible over portions of Central America and southern Mexico during the next several days. Heavy rains could also begin to impact portions of the northern Gulf Coast on Friday. Please consult products from your local meteorological service for more information.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.

2. A tropical wave located several hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing a large area of cloudiness and disorganized showers. Any development of this system should be slow to occur during the next few days. Thereafter, a combination of dry air aloft and strong upper-level winds will limit chances of formation while the wave moves over the central tropical Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.



Air Quality




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

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

Pollen


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (5.1 out of 12) today with Grasses, Plantain, and Walnut being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range range (4.8 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on June 15th


Highest Temperature 93°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2016
Lowest Temperature 38°F in Highlands in 1933
Greatest Rainfall 5.44 inches in Highlands in 1969
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


June Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 06-30-2012
Lowest Temperature 32°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 06-02-1966
Greatest Rainfall 7.63 inches in Highlands on 06-16-1949
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1872


Macon Calendar

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

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

National News Update

NYC to throw ticker tape parade in July to celebrate health care heroes, essential workers [LINK]

Level1 News June 15 2021: From Diamond Hands to Obsidian Hands


On This Day

June 14th is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 200 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events

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


763 BC – Assyrians record a solar eclipse that is later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.
• [Wikipedia article]

844 – Louis II is crowned as king of Italy at Rome by pope Sergius II.
• [Wikipedia Bio]

923 – Battle of Soissons: King Robert I of France is killed and King Charles the Simple is arrested by the supporters of Duke Rudolph of Burgundy.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [VIDEO: Soissons and the End of the Western Roman Empire]

1184 – The naval Battle of Fimreite is won by the Birkebeiner pretender Sverre Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson takes the Norwegian throne and King Magnus V of Norway is killed.
• [Wikipedia article]

1215 – King John of England puts his seal to Magna Carta.
• [Image of Magna Carta with Royal Seal]
• [Translation of Magna Carta]
• [Wikipedia article]
• [Voices of the Past: he Magna Carta]
• [Intelligence Squared: Magna Carta - Myth and Meaning]

1219 – Northern Crusades: Danish victory at the Battle of Lindanise (modern-day Tallinn) establishes the Danish Duchy of Estonia.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Lyndanisse]

1246 – With the death of Frederick II, Duke of Austria, the Babenberg dynasty ends in Austria.
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [Wikipedia article About the Dynasty]

1300 – The city of Bilbao is founded.
• [Wikipedia article]

1312 – At the Battle of Rozgony, King Charles I of Hungary wins a decisive victory over the family of Palatine Amade Aba.
• [Wikipedia article]

1389 – Battle of Kosovo: The Ottoman Empire defeats Serbs and Bosnians.
• [Kings and Generals Documentary]
• [Wikipedia article]

1410 – In a decisive battle at Onon River, the Mongol forces of Oljei Temur were decimated by the Chinese armies of the Yongle Emperor.
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [Wikipedia: Yongle Emperor's campaigns against the Mongols]

1410 – Ottoman Interregnum: Süleyman Çelebi defeats his brother Musa Çelebi outside the Byzantine capital, Constantinople.
• [Wikipedia: Ottoman Interregnum]

1502 – Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Martinique on his fourth voyage.
• [Wikipedia article]

1520 – Pope Leo X threatens to excommunicate Martin Luther in Exsurge Domine.

1648 – Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
• [History of Massachusetts Blog]
• [Wikipedia Bio]

1667 – The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys.
• [The Strange, Grisly History of the First Blood Transfusion]

1670 – The first stone of Fort Ricasoli is laid down in Malta.
• [Wikipedia]

1752 – Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity (traditional date, the exact date is unknown).
• [Benjamin Franklin and the Kite Experiment]
• [he SHOCKING Truth About Ben Franklin and the Kite]

1776 – Delaware Separation Day: Delaware votes to suspend government under the British Crown and separate officially from Pennsylvania.
• [History.com: Delaware declares independence]
• [Fireworks Mark the event (2012 version)]

1800 – The Provisional Army of the United States is dissolved.
• [Wikipedia]

1804 – New Hampshire approves the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratifying the document.
• [How Aaron Burr changed the Constitution]

1808 – Joseph Bonaparte becomes King of Spain.
• [Wikipedia article]

1836 – Arkansas is admitted as the 25th U.S. state.

1844 – Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.
• [PDF of Patent]
• [Wikipedia: Vulcanization]
• [Wikipedia Bio]

1846 – The Oregon Treaty extends the border between the United States and British North America, established by the Treaty of 1818, westward to the Pacific Ocean.
• [Wikipedia: Oregon Treaty]
• [Wikipedia: Treaty of 1818]

1859 – Ambiguity in the Oregon Treaty leads to the "Northwestern Boundary Dispute" (also called the Pig War, Pig Episode, the Pig and Potato War), between American and British/Canadian settlers.
• [Wikipedia Pig War (1859)]

1864 – American Civil War: The Second Battle of Petersburg begins.
• [Wikipedia article]

1864 – Arlington National Cemetery is established when 200 acres (0.81 km2) of the Arlington estate (formerly owned by Confederate General Robert E. Lee) are officially set aside as a military cemetery by U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
• [Arlington: In Eternal Vigil]
• [Burial of Gen. P.X. Kelley at Arlington National Cemetery]
• [Watch Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery in 4K]

1877 – Henry Ossian Flipper becomes the first African American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy.
• [Meet the Past - Henry Ossian Flipper]
• [Presidential Pardon of Henry O. Flipper]
• [Wikipedia Bio]

1878 – Eadweard Muybridge takes a series of photographs to prove that all four feet of a horse leave the ground when it runs; the study becomes the basis of motion pictures.
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [Slices of Time: Eadweard Muybridge’s Cinematic Legacy]
• [The Weird World of Eadweard Muybridge]

1888 – Crown Prince Wilhelm becomes Kaiser Wilhelm II; he will be the last Emperor of the German Empire. Due to the death of his predecessors Wilhelm I and Frederick III, 1888 is the Year of the Three Emperors.
• [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKe8WYiHCao]
• [Kaiser Wilhelm II: The Last German Emperor]
• [Wikipedia Bio]

1896 – The deadliest tsunami in Japan's history kills more than 22,000 people.
• [Wikipedia: 1896 Sanriku earthquake]

1904 – A fire aboard the steamboat SS General Slocum in New York City's East River kills 1,000.
• [Ship Ablaze, The General Slocum]
• [Fearful Visitation, The Steamship Fire of the General Slocum,1904]
• [Wikipedia article]

1916 – United States President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter.
• [Wikipedia]

1919 – John Alcock and Arthur Brown complete the first nonstop transatlantic flight when they reach Clifden, County Galway, Ireland.
• [Wikipedia: Transatlantic flight of Alcock and Brown]
• [Alcock and Brown – The First non-stop Transatlantic Flight]

1920 – Following the 1920 Schleswig plebiscites, Northern Schleswig is transferred from Germany to Denmark.

1921 – Bessie Coleman earns her pilot's license, becoming the first female pilot of African-American descent.
• [Bessie Coleman - An American Hero]
• [Bessie Coleman, Barnstorming Pioneer]
• [Wikipedia: Bio]
• [The National Aviation Hall of Fame]

1934 – The United States Great Smoky Mountains National Park is founded.
• [Website]
• [Great Smoky Mountains - Staggering Biodiversity in America's most visited National Park]
• [The Walker Sisters: Life and legacy in the Smokies]

1936 – First flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [Documentary]
• [Target for Tonight: RAF Vickers Wellington Bombers in a Night Action - 1941]

1937 – A German expedition led by Karl Wien loses sixteen members in an avalanche on Nanga Parbat. It is the worst single disaster to occur on an 8000m peak.

1940 – World War II: Operation Ariel begins: Allied troops start to evacuate France, following Germany's takeover of Paris and most of the nation.
• [Wikipedia article]

1944 – World War II: The United States invades Saipan, capital of Japan's South Seas Mandate.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Saipan]
• [Operation Forager: The Battle of Saipan 15 June–9 July 1944 ]
• [The Battle of Saipan: D-Day in the Pacific | Battle 360 (S1, E8) | Full Episode | History ]
• [Periscope Films: Battle of Saipan]
• [Battle of Saipan - Steel and Coral - Extra History - #1]

1944 – In the Saskatchewan general election, the CCF, led by Tommy Douglas, is elected and forms the first socialist government in North America.
• [Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story – Mini-series, Biography]
• [Wikipedia Bio]

1970 – Charles Manson goes on trial for the Sharon Tate murders.
• [Wikipedia Bio]

1972 – Red Army Faction co-founder Ulrike Meinhof is captured by police in Langenhagen.
• [Wikipedia Bio]

1977 – After the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, the first democratic elections took place in Spain.

1978 – King Hussein of Jordan marries American Lisa Halaby, who takes the name Queen Noor.
• [AP Video]
• [Wikipedia: Queen Noor of Jordan]

1985 – Rembrandt's painting Danaë is attacked by a man (later judged insane) who throws sulfuric acid on the canvas and cuts it twice with a knife.
• [Danae by Rembrandt at the Hermitage]
• [Wikipedia: Danaë (Rembrandt painting)]

1991 – In the Philippines, Mount Pinatubo erupts in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, killing over 800 people.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [June 15, 1991: Mt. Pinatubo Eruption Devastates the Philippines]

1992 – The United States Supreme Court rules in United States v. Álvarez-Machaín that it is permissible for the United States to forcibly extradite suspects in foreign countries and bring them to the United States for trial, without approval from those other countries.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [Legal Information Institute]
• [United States v Alvarez-Machain (1992)]

1994 – Israel and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations.

1996 – The Troubles: The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonates a powerful truck bomb in the middle of Manchester, England, devastating the city centre and injuring 200 people.
• [Terrifying new footage emerges of 1996 Manchester IRA bomb - Daily Mail]
• [Wikipedia: 1996 Manchester Bombing]

2001 – Leaders of the People's Republic of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan formed the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
• [Website]
• [Wikipedia article]
• [(2018) How much power does the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation wield? | Inside Story]

2007 – The Nokkakivi Amusement Park was opened in Lievestuore, Laukaa, Finland.

2012 – Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to successfully tightrope walk directly over Niagara Falls.
• [Megastunts: Nik Wallenda Takes the First Step in His Tightrope Walk Over Niagara Falls]

2013 – A bomb explodes on a bus in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing at least 25 people and wounding 22 others.





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Monday, June 14, 2021

Governor Declares June 14th Flag Day



PRESS RELEASE (06-14-2021)
NC DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS

RALEIGH, N.C. – By official proclamation, Governor Roy Cooper declared June 14, 2021, as Flag Day. This national day of observance recognizes the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, and pays homage to this symbol of democracy and freedom that serves as a beacon for all Americans. All North Carolinians are encouraged to display the US flag to honor our country, history, service members, and veterans of the US Armed Forces.

This year marks the 244th anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777, a nationally observed event proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. In 1949, US Congress designated June 14 as National Flag Day, a day that also commemorates the birthday of the US Army.

Today, Flag Day is celebrated with parades, essay contests, ceremonies, and picnics sponsored by veterans' groups, schools, and other organizations to recognize the traditions, history, pride, and respect that Old Glory represents. At 1 pm today, the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Association of the US Army (Braxton Bragg Chapter), Fort Bragg, the City of Fayetteville, and Cumberland County are hosting a cake-cutting ceremony at Segra Stadium to celebrate the US Army's 246th birthday. Learn more here.

Read Governor Cooper's Flag Day proclamation:

State of North Carolina


ROY COOPER GOVERNOR

FLAG DAY
2021
BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
A PROCLAMATION


WHEREAS, Americans will observe Flag Day on June 14, 2021, a traditional time to honor the nation's symbol of freedom and democracy; and
 
WHEREAS, the Flag Resolution of 1777 determined that the flag of the then thirteen United States would bear thirteen stripes, alternating red and white, with a blue field filled with thirteen white stars; the first celebration of the American flag's birthday was held in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of its inception; and
 
WHEREAS, in 1916, this anniversary became a nationally observed event through a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson, and in 1949, June 14 was designated National Flag Day by the United States Congress; and
 
WHEREAS, today, Flag Day is celebrated with parades, essay contests, ceremonies, and picnics sponsored by veterans' groups, schools, and other organizations to recognize the traditions, history, pride, and respect that Old Glory represents; and

WHEREAS, on Flag Day, we honor the service members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have made sacrifices to protect the freedoms that are symbolized by the American Flag; and

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina joins the nation in celebrating Flag Day and commemorating our nation's flag for the hope it inspires the American people;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ROY COOPER, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2021, as "FLAG DAY" in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.

Roy Cooper Governor

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this twenty-eighth day of May in the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty-one and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

**END PRESS RELEASE**

Here is an excerpt from Macon Media's On This Day in history segment today regarding the flag:

1777 – The Second Continental Congress passes the Flag Act of 1777 adopting the Stars and Stripes as the Flag of the United States.
• [The History of the American Flag]
• [HistoryPod Video]
• [National Constitution Center: National Constitution Center "The History of the U.S. Flag"]


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Weather Briefing for Monday, June 14, 2021



OUTLOOK

Drier conditions will set up today under weak high pressure. Another round of scattered showers and thunderstorms is expected on Monday as a cold front approaches from the northwest. Behind the next front, dry and seasonable air will dominate our weather through most of the rest of the week.


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

Ribbon Cutting at Greenway

The Friends of the Greenway had a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning to officially open the paved connector that allows pedestrians and bicyclists to cross under the New Town Bridge and the David E Henson Bridge instead of having to play Frogger in traffic to cross the eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic. Media outlets present were Macon Media, WFSC-AM/WNCC-FM, and The Franklin Press.



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

NC Dept of Justice Releases May 2021 Highlights [LINK]

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Wednesday Night


Franklin area

Franklin area

Today

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the upper 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

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

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs near 81. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 54. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming calm by midnight.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 80.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 1pm and 5pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s.

Otto area

Today

Today

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph after midnight.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 80.

Wednesday Night

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

Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. WInds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm by midnight.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Wednesday Night

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

HAZARDS

Scattered thunderstorms will develop across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia this afternoon and evening. The thunderstorms will develop earliest along and near the Blue Ridge Mountains by midday, then move out over the adjacent foothills, and finally strengthen over the Piedmont by late day. Cloud-to-ground lightning, torrential rainfall, and very gusty winds will be possible with any of these thunderstorms. A few storms will become severe, with damaging wind gusts likely, especially over the western Piedmont of North Carolina and the eastern Upstate of South Carolina late this afternoon.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Jun 14 2021

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

1. A large area of cloudiness and showers located over the Bay of Campeche is associated with a broad low pressure area. Some slow development of this disturbance is possible during the next few days while it meanders near the coast of Mexico, and a tropical depression could form late in the week when the system begins to move slowly northward. Regardless of development, heavy rainfall is possible over portions of Central America and southern Mexico during the next several days. Please consult products from your local meteorological service for more information.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

2. A well-defined, non-tropical low pressure system is located about 100 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina. Satellite and radar data indicate that showers and thunderstorms have become a little more concentrated near the center this morning. Furthermore, recent satellite-derived wind data and surface observations indicate that the circulation has become better defined, although the system is still interacting with a frontal boundary. The low is forecast to move northeastward for the next few days while passing over or near the warm Gulf Stream today and Tuesday, which could allow for some tropical development to occur while the system moves away from the United States. The low should move over colder waters south of Nova Scotia by early Wednesday, ending any opportunity for further development.

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



Air Quality




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

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

Pollen


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (5.3 out of 12) today with Grasses, Plantain, and Walnut being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range range (5.4 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on June 13th


Highest Temperature 93°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2016
Lowest Temperature 32°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 2.21 inches in Highlands in 1928
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


June Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 06-30-2012
Lowest Temperature 32°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 06-02-1966
Greatest Rainfall 7.63 inches in Highlands on 06-16-1949
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1872


Macon Calendar

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

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

National News Update

World News President Biden Holds a Press Conference


Your News from Israel - June 13, 2021 - 36th Government Begins


Netanyahu's Final Speech as Prime Minister of Israel


Naftali Bennett Thanks Netanyahu in Inaugural Speech


On This Day

June 14th is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 200 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events

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


1158 – The city of Munich is founded by Henry the Lion on the banks of the river Isar.
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [History of Munich]

1216 – First Barons' War: Prince Louis of France takes the city of Winchester, abandoned by John, King of England, and soon conquers over half of the kingdom.
• [Wikipedia: First Baron's War]
• [How bad was King John? | 7 Minute History]
• [Ten Minute English and British History #11 - King John and the Magna Carta]

1276 – While taking exile in Fuzhou, away from the advancing Mongol invaders, the remnants of the Song dynasty court hold the coronation ceremony for Emperor Duanzong.
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [Mongols: Civil Wars and Conquest of China - Battle of Yamen 1279 ]

1285 – Second Mongol invasion of Vietnam: Forces led by Prince Trần Quang Khải of the Trần dynasty destroy most of the invading Mongol naval fleet in a battle at Chuong Duong.
• [Kings and Generals: Mongol Invasions of Vietnam 1258-1288]
• [VIDEO: Mongol Invasions of Vietnam - A War That Everybody Won]
• [Wikipedia articles]

1287 – Kublai Khan defeats the force of Nayan and other traditionalist Borjigin princes in East Mongolia and Manchuria.
• [Kublai Khan In Battle, 1287 (The Observations of Marco Polo)]

1381 – Richard II of England meets leaders of Peasants' Revolt at Mile End. The Tower of London is stormed by rebels who enter without resistance.
• [The Story Of The Peasant's Revolt | Peasant's Revolt Of 1381 | Timeline]
• [Historical Re-enactment]

1404 – Welsh rebel leader Owain Glyndŵr, having declared himself Prince of Wales, allies himself with the French against King Henry IV of England.
• [BBC FOUR Documentary]
• [Owain Glyndwr's Rebellion | Welsh History - (History with Dragonheart)]
• [Wikipedia Bio]

1535 - Emperor Charles V's fleet sails under Andrea Doria to Tunis
• [Emperor Vs. Pirate: Tunis 1535]
• [Andrea Doria Wikipedia Bio]
• [Charles V Bio]

1565 - Catharina de Medici and Duke of Alva discuss Calvinism

1597 - At 4:30 AM Willem Barents leaves Novaya Zemlya for Netherlands

1618 – Joris Veseler prints the first Dutch newspaper Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt, &c. in Amsterdam (approximate date).
• [Wikipedia article About Newspaper]

1634 - Russia and Poland sign Peace treaty of Polianov (aka Polyanovka)
• [Treaty of Polyanovka]
• [Wikipedia: Smolensk War]

1642 - 1st compulsory education law in America passed by Massachusetts
• [Education in America - 17th and 18th Centuries]
• [Notre Dame Website]
• [Wikipedia: Massachusetts School Laws]

1645 – English Civil War: Battle of Naseby: Twelve thousand Royalist forces are beaten by 15,000 Parliamentarian soldiers.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [BBC: Battlefield Britain - Naseby]
• [Line of Fire - The Battle of Naseby]

1667 – The Raid on the Medway by the Dutch fleet in the Second Anglo-Dutch War ends. It had lasted for five days and resulted in the worst ever defeat of the Royal Navy.
• [The Raid on the Medway - Grand Theft Warship]
• [The Dutch Raid on the Medway: "This defeat was a national humiliation for the English"]
• [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_on_the_Medway]

1690 – King William III of England (William of Orange) lands in Ireland to confront the former King James II.
• [The Jacobite-Williamite War – An overview]

1775 – American Revolutionary War: the Continental Army is established by the Continental Congress, marking the birth of the United States Army.
• [Wikipedia article]

1777 – The Second Continental Congress passes the Flag Act of 1777 adopting the Stars and Stripes as the Flag of the United States.
• [The History of the American Flag]
• [HistoryPod Video]
• [National Constitution Center: National Constitution Center "The History of the U.S. Flag"]

1789 – Mutiny on the Bounty: HMS Bounty mutiny survivors including Captain William Bligh and 18 others reach Timor after a nearly 7,400 km (4,600 mi) journey in an open boat.
• [History.com article]
• [National Geographic article]
• [Wikipedia article About the Ship]
• [Wikipedia article on the Descendants of the mutineers]
• [National Geographic Documentary]
• [History's Mysteries - The True Story of Mutiny on the Bounty (History Channel Documentary)]

1797 - Napoleon forms Ligurian Republic
• [Wikipedia article]

1800 – The French Army of First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Marengo in Northern Italy and re-conquers Italy.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [Kings and Generals: Napoleonic Wars - Battle of Marengo]
• [Napoleon Manhandled Austria - Marengo]

1807 – Emperor Napoleon's French Grande Armée defeats the Russian Army at the Battle of Friedland in Poland (modern Russian Kaliningrad Oblast) ending the War of the Fourth Coalition.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [War of the Fourth Coalition]

1821 – Badi VII, king of Sennar, surrenders his throne and realm to Ismail Pasha, general of the Ottoman Empire, bringing the 300 year old Sudanese kingdom to an end.

1822 – Charles Babbage proposes a difference engine in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society.
• [Computer History Museum Video]
• [Robert Scoble: A demo of Charles Babbage's Difference Engine]
• [Wikipedia article: Difference engine]

1830 – Beginning of the French colonization of Algeria: Thirty-four thousand French soldiers begin their invasion of Algiers, landing 27 kilometers west at Sidi Fredj.
• [Wikipedia article]

1839 – Henley Royal Regatta: the village of Henley-on-Thames, on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, stages its first regatta.
• [Website of Current Event]
• [The Henley Regatta: A rowing event dating back to the 19th Century]
• [Wikipedia article]

1846 – Bear Flag Revolt begins: Anglo settlers in Sonoma, California, start a rebellion against Mexico and proclaim the California Republic.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [The Bear Flag Revolt | California History [ep.4]]

1847 - Robert Bunsen invents the Bunsen burner
• [The Bunsen Burner: Where did it come from?]
• [Wikipedia article]

1850 - Third great fire of early San Francisco, starts in a bakery chimney
• [Blog article]
• [Digital Archive: Deseret News Article]

1861 - American Civil War: Harpers Ferry evacuated by rebels in face of General George McClellan's advance

1863 – American Civil War: Second Battle of Winchester: A Union garrison is defeated by the Army of Northern Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley town of Winchester, Virginia.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [Video Lecture]

1863 – American Civil War: Second Assault on the Confederate works at the Siege of Port Hudson during the American Civil War.
• [Longest Seige: Port Hudson]
• [Wikipedia article]

1864 - American Civil War: US Union warship USS Kearsarge appears off Cherbourg
• [Wikipedia: USS Kearsarge]
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Cherbourg (1864)]
• [Video summary of battle]
• [CSS Alabama - Sweet Home Forever At Sea]

1872 – Trade unions are legalized in Canada.

1881 - Player piano patented by John McTammany Jr (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
• [How Does A Player Piano Work? - A Basic Explanation ]
• [Player Piano, William Tell Overture]

1888 – The White Rajahs territories become the British protectorate of Sarawak.

1900 – Having been annexed to the USA on 12 August 1898, Hawaii is constituted as an organised territory.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [How Hawai’i Became a U.S. Territory | The Island Murder]

1900 – The second German Naval Law calls for the Imperial German Navy to be doubled in size, resulting in an Anglo-German naval arms race.
• [The Anglo German Naval Arms Race (Short Animated Documentary)]
• [Wikipedia: German Naval Laws]

1907 – The National Association for Women's Suffrage succeeds in getting Norwegian women the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

1913 - The South African Government pass the Immigration Act, which restricts the entry and free movement of Asians; it leads to widespread agitation and rioting by resident Indians, led by Gandhi

1916 - Democratic Convention convenes in St Louis; Woodrow Wilson campaigns on the slogan "he kept out of the war"
• [Wikipedia article]

1916 - Representatives of eight Allied nations hold an economic conference in Paris at which they discuss ways to cripple their enemies economic power during and after the war

1917 - World War I: 1st German air attack on England, 100+ killed in East London

1917 - World War I: General Pershing and his HQ staff arrived in Paris during WW I
• [Remembering World War I: Gen. John J. Pershing Arrives in Europe]
• [WW1: A Brief History of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF)]

1919 – John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown depart from St. John's, Newfoundland on the first nonstop transatlantic flight.
• [Lindybeige Video: The first transatlantic flight]
• [Wikipedia]

1922 - US President Warren G. Harding is 1st US President to use radio, dedicates the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore

1923 - Recording of 1st country music hit (Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane)
• [Fiddlin' John Carson The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane]
• [Wikipedia: Song History]

1926 – Brazil leaves the League of Nations.

1928 - Republican National Convention, meeting in Kansas City, nominates Herbert Hoover for President
• [Wikipedia article]

1931 - French "St Philbert" overturns off St Nazaire France, drowns 450
• [Wikipedia: Saint-Philbert disaster]

1931 - Reinhard Heydrich's first meeting with Heinrich Himmler
• [Hitler's Hangman - Reinhard Heydrich - WW2 Biography Special]

1934 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet in Vienna
• [Newsreel: Dictators Meet]

1934 - American boxer Max Baer KO's defending champion Primo Carnera of Italy in 11th round at Madison Square Garden for the lineal world heavyweight title
• [VIDEO: Max Baer vs Primo Carnera]

1936 - Holocaust: Oranienburg Concentration Camp opens in Germany
• [German Language Video (choose closed caption and translate to English)]
• [Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Tour Berlin 12 July 18]
• [Wikipedia article]

1937 – Pennsylvania becomes the first (and only) state of the United States to celebrate Flag Day officially as a state holiday.
• [Flag Day and Flag Etiquette]
• [Wikipedia]

1937 – U.S. House of Representatives passes the Marihuana Tax Act.
• [Wikipedia: Marihuana Tax Act of 1937]

1940 – World War II: The German occupation of Paris begins.
• [Paris 1940 - Deutsche Besatzung - German Occupation]
• [The Story Of Paris' German Occupation | Cities At War | Timeline]
• [Silent Newsreel]

1940 – The Soviet Union presents an ultimatum to Lithuania resulting in Lithuanian loss of independence.

1940 – Seven hundred twenty-eight Polish political prisoners from Tarnów become the first inmates of the Auschwitz concentration camp. About three million would perish withon the walls.
• [Documentary]
• [Wikipedia article]

1941 – June deportation: the first major wave of Soviet mass deportations and murder of Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians, begins.
• [Wikipedia]
• [Eyewitnesses Speak(subtitled)]

1942 - 1st bazooka rocket gun produced (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
• [Training Film: Mastering the Bazooka Rocket Launcher - 1943]

1942 - French government of Reynaud resigns

1944 – World War II: After several failed attempts, the British Army abandons Operation Perch, its plan to capture the German-occupied town of Caen.
• [D-Day - British Bloodbath at Caen]
• [Radio Reports from the Battle of Normandy June 1944]

1944 - General Charles de Gaulle lands at Courselles France

1945 – World War II: Filipino troops of the Philippine Commonwealth Army liberate the captured in Ilocos Sur and start the Battle of Bessang Pass in Northern Luzon.
• [Philippines is in the Heart: Battle of Bessang Pass (Online Seminar)]
• [Wikipedia article]

1949 - French-allied State of Vietnam is officially formed during the First Indochina War, Bảo Đại installed as Emperor
• [Wikipedia Bio: Bảo Đại]
• [Wikipedia: First IndoChina War]
• [Vietnam: A Television History - The First Vietnam War (1946-1954)]

1949 – Albert II, a rhesus monkey, rides a V-2 rocket to an altitude of 134 km (83 mi), thereby becoming the first monkey in space.
• [Vintage Space: Alberts (Monkeys) in (Near) Space]
• [Wikipedia: Monkeys and apes in space]

1951 – UNIVAC I is dedicated by the U.S. Census Bureau.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [1951 UNIVAC 1 Computer Basic System Components First Mass Produced Computer in U.S.]

1952 - Keel laid for 1st nuclear powered sub USS Nautilus (4th to be named Nautilus)
• [USS Nautilus (CPTV Documentary)]
• [The World's First Nuclear Submarine USS Nautilus SSN-571]
• [Wikipedia article]

1953 - “Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book...”


Dwight D. Eisenhower, condemning Senator McCarthy's book-burning proposal
• [VIDEO: Eisenhower At Dartmouth]

1954 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law that places the words "under God" into the United States Pledge of Allegiance.
• [History and Headlines article]

1955 – Chile becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.

1959 – Disneyland Monorail System, the first daily operating monorail system in the Western Hemisphere, opens to the public in Anaheim, California.

1959 – Dominican exiles depart from Cuba and land in the Dominican Republic to overthrow the totalitarian government of Rafael Trujillo. All but four are killed or executed.

1962 – The European Space Research Organisation is established in Paris – later becoming the European Space Agency.

1966 – The Vatican announces the abolition of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum ("index of prohibited books"), which was originally instituted in 1557.
• [Wikipedia article]

1967 – Mariner program: Mariner 5 is launched towards Venus.
• [NASA Mission Archive]
• [Video about launch]
• [LINK TEXT]

1967 - California Governor Ronald Reagan signs the Therapeutic Abortion Act, legalizing abortions in the state under certain circumstances, the second state after Colorado to do so

1973 - US President Richard Nixon administration imposes 60-day economy-wide price freeze, superseding Special Rule No. 1 for oil companies
• [New York Times: NIXON FREEZES PRICES FOR UP TO 60 DAYS, THEN WILL ESTABLISH PHASE 4 CONTROLS; FARM PRICES, WAGES, RENTS UNAFFECTED]
• [President Nixon Imposes a Second Freeze: June 13, 1973 Part I]
• [President Nixon Imposes a Second Freeze: June 13, 1973 Part II]

1974 - Angels' Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox in 12 innings

1975 - USSR launches Venera 10 for Venus landing
• [Wikipedia article]

1982 – Falklands War: Argentine forces in the capital Stanley conditionally surrender to British forces.
• [Wikipedia article]

1986 – The Mindbender derails and kills three riders at the Fantasyland (known today as Galaxyland) indoor amusement park in Edmonton, Alberta.

1989 - Ronald Reagan is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II (honorary knighthood) in recognition of Reagan's assistance during the Falkland War. It is the highest honor Britain can give a foreigner.
• [Los Angeles Times article/a>]
• [
The Royal Family Channel: On this day - 14 June 1989: The Queen Granted Ronald Reagan Honourary Knighthood]

1989 - Zsa Zsa Gabor arrested for slapping Beverly Hills motorcycle patrolman
• [Tonight Show - Zsa Zsa Gets Arrested]
• [Video: The People Vs. Zsa Zsa Gabor]
• [All That Mattered: Zsa Zsa Gabor arrested]

1990 - Supreme Court rules police check for drunk drivers constitutional
• [Are DUI Checkpoints Legal? Lehto's Law - Ep. 5.45]
• [Wikipedia]
• [JUSTIA: Michigan Department of State Police v. Sitz, 496 U.S. 444 (1990)]
• [OYEZ: Michigan Department of State Police v. Sitz]

1991 - Space Shuttle STS 40 (Columbia 12) lands
• [Wikipedia: STS-40 Mission]
• [NASA: Mission Page]
• [STS-40 launch & landing]

1993 - Japanese space probe Sakigake passes Earth
• [Wikipedia: Sakigate]

1993 - Ruth Bader Ginsburg is nominated to the United States Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton
• [Announcement of Ginsburg as Supreme Court Justice Nominee]
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [VIDEO: Ruth Bader Ginsburg: My life on the Supreme Court]
• [Wikipedia: Death and state funeral of Ruth Bader Ginsburg]

1994 – The 1994 Vancouver Stanley Cup riot occurs after the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup from Vancouver, causing an estimated C$1.1 million, leading to 200 arrests and injuries.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [Canucks Stanley Cup Riot 1994 (Live Report)]
• [Amateur Video with Scanner Traffic]

2002 – Near-Earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
• [ASTEROID 2002 MN June 15, one of the closest Flyby on record]
• [Wikipedia article: 2002 MN]

2013 - Hassan Rouhani is elected President of Iran

2013 - The US government charges NSA leaker Edward Snowden with violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property
• [NBC Nightly News: US charges NSA leaker Snowden with espionage]
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [Open Dialogue: Edward Snowden, Live from Russia | Dalhousie University]

2014 – A Ukraine military Ilyushin Il-76 airlifter is shot down, killing all 49 people on board.

2017 – A fire in a high-rise apartment building in North Kensington, London, UK, leaves 72 people dead and another 74 injured. An enquiry would later confirm that the building's exterior did not comply with regulations and was the central reason why the fire spread, and that the fire service were too late in advising residents to evacuate.
• [SkyNews: Grenfell - The Fire of London]
• [Wikipedia article]

2017 – Bernie Sanders supporter opens fire at Republican politicians practising for a charity baseball event near Washington, D.C., injuring 4. US Senate approves new sanctions against Russia as punishment for meddling in the 2016 election
• [Wikipedia: Congressional baseball shooting]
• [FBI reclassifies 2017 GOP baseball shooting as ‘domestic violent extremism’]
• [Eyewitness video captures congressional baseball shooting]
• [Congressman Targeted: Rep. Steve Scalise, Others Shot At Baseball Field | NBC Nightly News]

2018 - US Justice Department concludes James Comey was "insubordinate" in his handling of Hilliary Clinton investigation in 2016

2018 - US government confirms 1500 boys being held separated from their parents in Casa Padre, shelter facility for illegal immigrants in a former Walmart in Brownsville, Texas

2020 - India reports surge of nearly 12,000 a day confirmed COVID-19 cases (320,922 overall), the world's fourth-affected country, as death toll hits 9,195





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Published at 4:30am on Monday, June 14, 2021