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Monday, May 20, 2024

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, May 20, 2024

**note** The Franklin Town Council and the Macon County Board of Education are meeting at the same time tonight. The Board of Education will be meeting in Nantahala and Macon Media will be covering the Town Council meeting in Franklin.



Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

Warming high pressure will build atop the region through the first half of the week. Along and ahead of a stalling cold front, showers and storms return on Thursday with chances continuing all weekend.


Budget Message and Proposed 2024-2025 Budget for the Town of Franklin

The Franklin Town Council will be holding a budget work session at 6pm on Monday, May 20th, in the lower level of the town hall to discuss the proposed budget. A copy of the budget and budget message by the town manager are posted below, as is a PDF copy you can download and look over yourself on the Macon Media website. [LINK



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.


Highlands Plateau

Today

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Wednesday Night

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


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.


Nantahala Area



Today

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. 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 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.




Hazards



Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.

After a period of dry weather, a chance of thunderstorms will return Wednesday through Saturday.

2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook | Tropical Tidbits






Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (7.5 out of 12) today with Hickory, Birch, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (7.6 out of 12.0).



Record Weather Events for May 20th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1996
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest One-Day Rain 4.07 inches in Highlands in 1959
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1871)

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of May Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992

Record Weather Events for May 20th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 99°F in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1938
Lowest Temperature 20°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2002
Greatest Rainfall 8.51 inches in Pisgah Forest, Transylvania County in 1942
Greatest Snowfall 0.3 inches in Sparta, Alleghany County in 1946
(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane Gladys)

--> Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of May Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 107°F in Aurora, Beaufort Countyy on 05-26-2011
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 05-09-2020
Greatest Rainfall 8.51 inches in Pisgah Forest, Transylvania County on 05-20-1942
Greatest Snowfall 15.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 05-07-1992






Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)

Music Lineup for Friends of the Greenway, Inc.

Frog Quarters Music Schedule (located at 573 East Main Street in Franklin)

May 2024 Schedule

5-25-24---Barry Roma—Franklin’s Favorite Crooner bringing you love songs of the past

For other Music and News follow us on Facebook at Friends of the Greenway, Inc. and Instagram at friends_of_the_greenway_inc. To find out more about the Greenway and our organization, our website is: littletennessee.org.

Frog Quarters is open 9a to 2p, Wednesdays thru Saturdays—beside the River Bridge. We are the Non-Profit supporting the Greenway with monies from sales from our Coffee & Gift Shop, Memberships and Donations. As always, thank you for your support!



Mountain Findings
432 Spruce Street (physical)
Highlands, North Carolina 28741
Web: MountainFindings.org

Mountain Findings (a thrift store) is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm until October 2023.









News Briefing
---STATE AND LOCAL---

2024 Memorial Day Click it or Ticket campaign begins on Monday | WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)



Sculptor who made Rev. Billy Graham statue shares his process | WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)



• After the only hospital in town closed, a North Carolina city directs its ire at politicians [AP News]

• North Carolina bettors lost more than $100M on sports wagering in April [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Registered sex offender charged with sexual servitude involving a child victim, more [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Cherokee County social services lawyer guilty of obstruction of justice in cases of “coercive” removal of children from their homes [BPR]

• Community Action conference comes to WNC: The annual conference paid special homage to several regional leaders [Smoky Mountain News]



---NATIONAL---

Hundreds of thousands without power in Houston days after deadly wind storm | NBC News



Why Colleges Like Columbia, UCLA And Harvard Refused Demands To Divest From Israel | CNBC



• ‘We’ll See You at Your House:’ How Fear and Menace Are Transforming Politics [New York Times]

• America faces an identity crisis 70 years after Brown v Board of Education [Courthouse News Service]

• Why tech billionaires are trying to create a new California city [CBS News]

• Johnson slams raucous congressional hearing sparked by Marjorie Taylor Greene's 'fake eyelashes' comment [ABC News]

• ‘Politically calculated’: Trump confronts his RFK Jr. problem on vaccines [Politico]

• Michael Cohen to face more grilling as Trump’s hush money trial enters its final stretch [AP News]



International News Headlines

Iranian President Raisi dies with other occupants of helicopter | Al Jazeera



'No survivors' found at crash site involving Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi: Iran | Fox News



• 🔴 Liveblog: Iran state media confirms death of President Raisi in helicopter crash [France 24]

• Poland invests $2.5 billion into fortifying border with Russia and Belarus [AP News]

• DR Congo army says it has thwarted attempted coup [BBC News]

• Taiwan: New president takes office amid rising China threat [DW News]

• Taiwan's steely leader rewrote the book on how to deal with China [BBC News]

• N. Korea slams U.S. subcritical nuclear test, vows measures to bolster nuclear deterrence [Yonhap News Agency]

• India’s biggest election prize: Can the Gandhi family survive Modi? [Al Jazeera]



2024 Campaign Trail: RFK Jr. in Texas & Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate Race | C-SPAN



What the Ship (Ep 103) | What the World? | Containers | Tankers | Naval Events | Shipbuilding | What's Going on With Shipping?



Washington Today (5-17-24): House bill says defund police calls leads to violence against officers | C-SPAN



Global National: May 19, 2024 | Iranian president’s fate remains uncertain after helicopter crash



ABC World News Tonight with David Muir Full Broadcast - May 19, 2024


"CBS Weekend News" Full Broadcast | May 19, 2024


NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 19, NBC News


PBS NewsHour full episode, (May 19, 2024)



---Science, Technology, Culture, and History News Roundup---

The Evolution of the Operating System I Asianometry



• The Sky This Week from May 17 to 24: The Moon visits Antares [Astronomy Magazine]

• This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 17 – 26 [Sky and Telescope Magazine]

• Blue Origin launches 1st crewed spaceflight since August 2022 (video) [Space.com]

The Level1 Show May 17 2024: 2 Hot 4 Dronez | Level1 Techs



Don't Count Out 2.5 Inch Drives Yet! - DTNS 4772 | Daily Tech News Show



Alex Kantrowitz // Techsploder Podcast #3 | Techsploder with Jaxson Howell





• Netflix Ad Tier Hits 40M Monthly Active Users, Nearly Double Its Scale At Start Of 2024 [Deadline]

• New Answers for Mars’ Methane Mystery [Universe Today]

• MIT students stole $25M in seconds by exploiting ETH blockchain bug, DOJ says [ARS TECHNICA]

• Dazzling auroras are just a warm-up as more solar storms are likely, scientists say [Nature]

• Google and OpenAI are racing to rewire the internet [The Verge]

• Google I/O 2024: Everything revealed including Gemini AI, Android 15 and more [Engadget]

• Google I/O: Android 15's Second Public Beta Is Here, and It's Focused on Keeping Your Secrets [Gizmodo]

• Google AI/O – DTNS 4769 [Daily Tech News Show]

---Science, Technology, Culture, and History Video Section---

German-American Jews fight the Nazis - War Against Humanity 132 | World War Two



Over 53 New Alien Dyson Sphere Candidates Detected | John Michael Godier



When Volcanoes Erupt Metallic Lava; A Geologic Oddity | GeologyHub



Time to Get Real about Climate Change | Sabine Hossenfelder



Are Shrouded Rooftop Wind Turbines the Future of Energy? | Undecided with Matt Ferrell



Google Keynote (Google I/O ‘24) | Google



Google A/I - Google I/O 2024 | This Week in Google



Google I/O 2024: Everything Revealed in 12 Minutes | CNET



OSINT At Home #9 – Top 4 Free Satellite Imagery Sources | Bendobrown









On This Day

May 20 is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 225 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events



Historical Events

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





325 – The First Council of Nicaea is formally opened, starting the first ecumenical council of the Christian Church.
491 – Empress Ariadne marries Anastasius I. The widowed Augusta is able to choose her successor for the Byzantine throne, after Zeno (late emperor) dies of dysentery.
685 – The Battle of Dun Nechtain is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated.
794 РWhile visiting the royal Mercian court at Sutton Walls with a view to marrying princess ̠lfthryth, King ̠thelberht II of East Anglia is taken captive and beheaded.
1217 – The Second Battle of Lincoln is fought near Lincoln, England, resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.
1293 – King Sancho IV of Castile creates the Estudio de Escuelas de Generales in Alcalá de Henares.
1449 – The Battle of Alfarrobeira is fought, establishing the House of Braganza as a principal royal family of Portugal.
1497 – John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship Matthew looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).
1498 – Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discovers the sea route to India when he arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.
1520 – Hernando Cortes defeats Panfilo de Narvaez, sent by Spain to punish him for insubordination.
1521 – Ignatius of Loyola is seriously wounded in the Battle of Pampeluna.
1570 – Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issues Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas.
1609 – Shakespeare's sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
1631 – The city of Magdeburg in Germany is seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years' War.
1645 – Yangzhou massacre: The ten day massacre of 800,000 residents of the city of Yangzhou, part of the Transition from Ming to Qing.
1741 – The Battle of Cartagena de Indias ends in a Spanish victory and the British begin withdrawal towards Jamaica with substantial losses.
1775 – The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is allegedly signed in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1802 – By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution.
1813 – Napoleon Bonaparte leads his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia. The battle ends the next day with a French victory.
1840 – York Minster is badly damaged by fire.
1861 – American Civil War: The state of Kentucky proclaims its neutrality, which will last until September 3 when Confederate forces enter the state. Meanwhile, the State of North Carolina secedes from the Union.
1862 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law, opening 84 million acres of public land to settlers.

1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Ware Bottom Church: In the Virginia Bermuda Hundred campaign, 10,000 troops fight in this Confederate victory.
1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
1875 – Signing of the Metre Convention by 17 nations leading to the establishment of the International System of Units.
1882 – The Triple Alliance between the German Empire, Austria-Hungary and the Kingdom of Italy is formed.
1883 – Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people.
1891 – History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope.
1902 – Cuba gains independence from the United States. Tomás Estrada Palma becomes the country's first President.
1927 – Treaty of Jeddah: The United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merge to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
1932 – Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.
1940 – The Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz.
1941 – World War II: Battle of Crete: German paratroops invade Crete.
1948 – Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek wins the 1948 Republic of China presidential election and is sworn in as the first President of the Republic of China at Nanjing.
1949 – In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
1956 – In Operation Redwing, the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
1964 – Discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation by Robert Woodrow Wilson and Arno Penzias.
1965 – 121 people are killed when Pakistan International Airlines Flight 705 crashes at Cairo International Airport.
1967 – The Popular Movement of the Revolution political party is established in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
1969 – The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ends.
1971 – In the Chuknagar massacre, Pakistani forces massacre thousands, mostly Bengali Hindus.
1980 – In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects, by 60% of the vote, a government proposal to move towards independence from Canada.
1983 РFirst publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by a team of French scientists including Fran̤oise Barr̩-Sinoussi, Jean-Claude Chermann, and Luc Montagnier.
1983 – Church Street bombing: A car bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe explodes on Church Street in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, killing 19 people and injuring 217 others.
1985 – Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba.
1989 – The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
1990 – The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.
1990 – Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space
1996 – Civil rights: The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Romer v. Evans against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of gays and lesbians.
2002 – The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and three years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).
2011 – Mamata Banerjee is sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal, the first woman to hold this post.
2012 – At least 27 people are killed and 50 others injured when a 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes northern Italy.
2013 – An EF5 tornado strikes the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, killing 24 people and injuring 377 others.
2015 - Journal Nature publishes findings of the oldest human-made tools from Kenya’s Turkana basin - 3.3 million years, 1st found to pre-date the Homo genus
2016 – The government of Singapore authorised the controversial execution of convicted murderer Kho Jabing for the murder of a Chinese construction worker despite the international pleas for clemency, notably from Amnesty International and the United Nations.
2017 - US President Donald Trump begins his 1st foreign trip arriving in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2018 - President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela wins a second term in an election marked by boycotts and accusations of vote rigging
2019 – The International System of Units (SI): The base units are redefined, making the international prototype of the kilogram obsolete.
2020 – WHO reports most new cases in a single day - 106,000 worldwide of COVID-19
2020 – Cyclone Amphan comes ashore in West Bengal, East India and Bangladesh, with winds of 185 km per hour (115 mph) killing at least 84 people
2021 – Israel and Hamas agree to a bilateral ceasefire in Gaza after nearly two weeks of fighting, amid international diplomatic efforts
2021 – One of Sri Lanka's worst ecological disasters as cargo ship MS X-Press Pearl, carrying toxic chemicals, catches fire off the country's coast and begins spilling debris








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Published at 5:00am on Monday, May 20, 2024
Author: Bobby Coggins


Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to rthe following websites or books: MaconMedia.com, youtube.com, weather.gov, airnow.gov, wikipedia.com, onthisday.com, ncdcr.gov, ncsu.edu, utah.edu, https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/, wolfram.com, biorxiv.org, aps.org, nejm.org, plos.org, cell.com, researchsquare.com, cureus.com, spc.noaa.gov, nhc.noaa.gov, ncdenr.org, medrxiv.org, archive.org, ncpedia.org, nasa.gov, https://ww2days.com, nih.gov, carolinapublicpress.org, microbe.tv, smokymountainnews.com, psypost.org, blogspot.com, pollen.com, franklinnc.com, maconnc.org, spaceweather.com, solarham.com, loc.gov, ncleg.net, senate.gov, house.gov, whitehouse.gov, drudgereport.com, politico.com, realclearpolitics.com, ushmm.org, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 - Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


Sunday, May 19, 2024

Weekend Weather Briefing for Sunday, May 19, 2024



Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

A low pressure system will exit off the Carolina Coast today, with high pressure building in from the north. Relatively dry conditions return for the first half of the week resulting in only isolated afternoon and evening showers and storms in the mountains. A cold front will bring better shower and thunderstorm chances back into the forecast late in the week.


Budget Message and Proposed 2024-2025 Budget for the Town of Franklin

The Franklin Town Council will be holding a budget work session at 6pm on Monday, May 20th, in the lower level of the town hall to discuss the proposed budget. A copy of the budget and budget message by the town manager are posted below, as is a PDF copy you can download and look over yourself on the Macon Media website. [LINKLINK



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Tuesday Night







Franklin Area

Today

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 1am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Monday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

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


Highlands Plateau

Today

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then isolated showers after 5am. Patchy fog between 10pm and 1am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light and variable winds early in the morning increasing and shifting to come out of the east around 5 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Isolated showers between 11am and 1pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 1am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Monday Night

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then isolated showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tuesday Night

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


Nantahala Area



Today

A slight chance of showers between 8am and 10am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 1am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s.




Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.


Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (3.9 out of 12) today with Hickory, Birch, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (7.4out of 12.0).



Record Weather Events for May 19th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1996
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.81 inches in Highlands in 1983
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1871)

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of May Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992

Record Weather Events for May 19th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 100°F in Kinston, Lenoir County in 1996
Lowest Temperature 21°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2002
Greatest Rainfall 5.52 inches in Wilmington, New Hanover County in 1946
Greatest Snowfall 0.4 inches in Sparta, Alleghany County in 1946
(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane Gladys)

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of May Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 107°F in Aurora, Beaufort Countyy on 05-26-2011
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 05-09-2020
Greatest Rainfall 8.51 inches in Pisgah Forest, Transylvania County on 05-20-1942
Greatest Snowfall 15.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 05-07-1992






Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)

Music Lineup for Friends of the Greenway, Inc.

Frog Quarters Music Schedule (located at 573 East Main Street in Franklin)

May 2024 Schedule


5-25-24---Barry Roma—Franklin’s Favorite Crooner bringing you love songs of the past

For other Music and News follow us on Facebook at Friends of the Greenway, Inc. and Instagram at friends_of_the_greenway_inc. To find out more about the Greenway and our organization, our website is: littletennessee.org.

Frog Quarters is open 9a to 2p, Wednesdays thru Saturdays—beside the River Bridge. We are the Non-Profit supporting the Greenway with monies from sales from our Coffee & Gift Shop, Memberships and Donations. As always, thank you for your support!



Mountain Findings
432 Spruce Street (physical)
Highlands, North Carolina 28741
Web: MountainFindings.org

Mountain Findings (a thrift store) is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm until October 2023.









News Briefing


2024 Campaign Trail: RFK Jr. in Texas & Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate Race | C-SPAN



What the Ship (Ep 103) | What the World? | Containers | Tankers | Naval Events | Shipbuilding | What's Going on With Shipping?



Washington Today (5-17-24): House bill says defund police calls leads to violence against officers | C-SPAN



Global National: May 18, 2024 | Did serial killer linked to 1970’s Alberta deaths also strike in BC?



ABC World News Tonight with David Muir Full Broadcast - May 18, 2024


"CBS Weekend News" Full Broadcast | May 18, 2024


NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 17, NBC News


PBS NewsHour full episode, (May 18, 2024)



---Science, Technology, Culture, and History News Roundup---

2024-05-16 Houston Derecho I Andy Cummings



• The Sky This Week from May 17 to 24: The Moon visits Antares [Astronomy Magazine]

• This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 17 – 26 [Sky and Telescope Magazine]



The Level1 Show May 17 2024: 2 Hot 4 Dronez | Level1 Techs



Don't Count Out 2.5 Inch Drives Yet! - DTNS 4772 | Daily Tech News Show



Alex Kantrowitz // Techsploder Podcast #3 | Techsploder with Jaxson Howell






On This Day

May 19 is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 226 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events



Historical Events

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





639 – Ashina Jiesheshuai and his tribesmen assaulted Emperor Taizong at Jiucheng Palace.
715 – Pope Gregory II is elected.
1051 – Henry I of France marries the Rus' princess, Anne of Kiev.
1445 – John II of Castile defeats the Infantes of Aragon at the First Battle of Olmedo.
1499 – Catherine of Aragon is married by proxy to Arthur, Prince of Wales. Catherine is 13 and Arthur is 12.
1535 – French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnacona's two sons (whom Cartier had kidnapped during his first voyage).
1536 – Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, is beheaded for adultery, treason, and incest.
1542 – The Prome Kingdom falls to the Taungoo Dynasty in present-day Myanmar.
1643 – Thirty Years' War: French forces under the duc d'Enghien decisively defeat Spanish forces at the Battle of Rocroi, marking the symbolic end of Spain as a dominant land power.
1649 – An Act of Parliament declaring England a Commonwealth is passed by the Long Parliament. England would be a republic for the next eleven years.
1655 – The Invasion of Jamaica begins during the Anglo-Spanish War.
1743 – Jean-Pierre Christin developed the centigrade temperature scale.
1749 – King George II of Great Britain grants the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River.
1776 – American Revolutionary War: A Continental Army garrison surrenders in the Battle of The Cedars.
1780 – New England's Dark Day, an unusual darkening of the day sky, was observed over the New England states and parts of Canada.
1802 – Napoleon Bonaparte founds the Legion of Honour.
1828 – U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828 into law, protecting wool manufacturers in the United States.
1845 – Captain Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated Arctic expedition depart from Greenhithe, England.
1848 – Mexican–American War: Mexico ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo thus ending the war and ceding California, Nevada, Utah and parts of four other modern-day U.S. states to the United States for US$15 million.
1883 – Buffalo Bill's 1st Buffalo Bill's Wild West opens in Omaha, Nebraska.
1900 – Great Britain annexes Tonga Island.
1900 – Second Boer War: British troops relieve Mafeking.
1911 – Parks Canada, the world's first national park service, is established as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior.
1917 – The Norwegian football club Rosenborg BK is founded.
1919 – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, initiating what is later termed the Turkish War of Independence.
1921 – The United States Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act establishing national quotas on immigration.
1922 – The Young Pioneer Organization of the Soviet Union is established.
1933 – Finnish cavalry general C. G. E. Mannerheim was appointed the field marshal.
1934 РZveno and the Bulgarian Army engineer a coup d'̩tat and install Kimon Georgiev as the new Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
1942 – World War II: In the aftermath of the Battle of the Coral Sea, Task Force 16 heads to Pearl Harbor.
1945 – Syrian demonstrators in Damascus are fired upon by French troops injuring twelve, leading to the Levant Crisis.
1950 – A barge containing munitions destined for Pakistan explodes in the harbor at South Amboy, New Jersey, devastating the city.
1950 – Egypt announces that the Suez Canal is closed to Israeli ships and commerce.
1959 – The North Vietnamese Army establishes Group 559, whose responsibility is to determine how to maintain supply lines to South Vietnam; the resulting route is the Ho Chi Minh trail.
1961 – Venera program: Venera 1 becomes the first man-made object to fly by another planet by passing Venus (the probe had lost contact with Earth a month earlier and did not send back any data).
1961 – At Silchar Railway Station, Assam, 11 Bengalis die when police open fire on protesters demanding state recognition of Bengali language in the Bengali Language Movement.
1962 – A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday".
1963 – The New York Post Sunday Magazine publishes Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail.
1971 – Mars probe program: Mars 2 is launched by the Soviet Union.
1986 – The Firearm Owners Protection Act is signed into law by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
1991 – Croatians vote for independence in a referendum.
1993 – SAM Colombia Flight 501 crashes on approach to José María Córdova International Airport in Medellín, Colombia, killing 132.
1996 – Space Shuttle program: Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched on mission STS-77.
1997 – The Sierra Gorda biosphere, the most ecologically diverse region in Mexico, is established as a result of grassroots efforts
2000 – Space Shuttle program: Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched on mission STS-101 to resupply the International Space Station.
2007 – President of Romania Traian Băsescu survives an impeachment referendum and returns to office from suspension.
2010 – The Royal Thai Armed Forces concludes its crackdown on protests by forcing the surrender of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship leaders.
2012 – Three gas cylinder bombs explode in front of a vocational school in the Italian city of Brindisi, killing one person and injuring five others.
2012 – A car bomb explodes near a military complex in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, killing nine people.
2015 – The Refugio oil spill deposited 142,800 U.S. gallons (3,400 barrels) of crude oil onto an area in California considered one of the most biologically diverse coastlines of the west coast.
2016 – EgyptAir Flight 804 crashes into the Mediterranean Sea while traveling from Paris to Cairo, killing all on board.
2018 – The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is held at St George's Chapel, Windsor, with an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion.
2020 Greenhouse gas emissions dropped 17% worldwide in April 2020 when world was in lockdown, in study published in "Nature Climate Change"
2020 Two dams on Tittabawassee River in central Michigan breached by floodwaters, forcing evacuation of thousands of residents
2021 New York City begins re-opening after 423 days (March 2020) with the COVID-19 death toll at 33,000
2021 The EU agrees to open its borders to vaccinated travelers from safe countries





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Published at 5:00am on Sunday, May 19, 2024
Author: Bobby Coggins


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