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Monday, July 26, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, July 26, 2021



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OUTLOOK

A backdoor cold front brings active weather today and tomorrow. Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible both days with the main concern being isolated flooding or flash flooding due to heavy downpours. Isolated strong to severe storms with the potential for damaging wind gusts also cannot be ruled out. Otherwise, drier and hotter weather is in store middle of the week. Heat indices could reach the triple digits in the far southern and southeastern zones Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Another cold front could impact the area late this week into this weekend bringing shower and thunderstorm chances back into the forecast.




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Wednesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain 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. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 90.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-60s.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 80.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s.




Otto area

Today  



Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 10pm. Lows in the upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 80s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-60s.




Nantahala area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-80s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-60s.




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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected at this time.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Jul 26 2021

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

1. Satellite and radar data indicate that shower and thunderstorm activity associated with a low pressure system located about 45 miles east of St. Augustine, Florida, or about 75 miles southeast of Jacksonville, Florida, remain disorganized and limited in coverage. Environmental conditions are gradually becoming less conducive for a tropical depression to develop before the low moves inland over northeastern Florida or Georgia later this morning. However, interests in these areas should continue to monitor the progress of this system due to the possibility of brief periods of gusty winds to 40 mph, locally heavy rainfall, and dangerous lightning strikes.

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




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Almanac

Air Quality




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

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.0 out of 12) today with Grasses, Plantain, and Nettle being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (3.1 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on July 16th


Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1987
Lowest Temperature 39°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 3.06 inches in Highlands in 1943
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


July Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on 07-29-1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on 07-27-1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1872



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



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


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National News Roundup

WeatherBrains 809: For God’s Sake Take Cover



Audio version and links to items discussed in podcast [LINKTEXT]

Pelosi taps Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger for January 6 select committee



Yonkers Officers Rescue Mom and Baby

Wildfires Reach More Communities in the West



PBS NewsHour full episode, July 25th, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.

Dr. Anthony Fauci On Cases Surging Around The Country



Fauci: CDC Actively Considering Changing Mask Guidance as Delta Fuels COVID Surge [NBC New York]

Anti-intellectualism and the mass public’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic [Nature]

New face mask prototype can detect Covid-19 infection [MIT News]

Dendritic cell deficiencies persist seven months after SARS-CoV-2 infection [Nature]

MVC COVID-19 Vaccine Obtains Taiwan EUA Approval [MVC Press Release]

SARS-CoV-2 Restructures the Host Chromatin Architecture [BioRxiv]

NFL to fine unvaccinated players $14,650 for violating COVID-19 protocols [Axios]


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On This Day

July 26th is the 207th day of the year (208th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 158 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)


657 – First Fitna: In the Battle of Siffin, troops led by Ali ibn Abu Talib clash with those led by Muawiyah I.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Siffin]
• [Wikipedia: First Fitna]
• [Muslim Schism: How Islam Split into the Sunni and Shia Branches] (Kings and Generals)
• [The Battle that changed Humanity FOREVER - Siffin Series (Part 1)] [Part 2]
• [The Fitna [Al-Jamal And As-Siffin]]

811 – Battle of Pliska: Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros I is killed and his heir Staurakios is seriously wounded.
• [Battle of Pliska]
• [Bio: Nikephoros I]
• [Bio: Staurakios]

920 – Rout of an alliance of Christian troops from Navarre and Léon against the Muslims at the Battle of Valdejunquera.
• [Battle of Valdejunquera]

1309 – Henry VII is recognized King of the Romans by Pope Clement V.

1469 – Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Edgecote Moor, pitting the forces of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick against those of Edward IV of England, takes place.
• [Battle of Edgcote]
• [Tudors Dynasty Podcast - Understanding the Wars of the Roses]
• [Wars of Roses 1455-1487 - English Civil Wars] (Kings and Generals)

1509 – The Emperor Krishnadevaraya ascends to the throne, marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire.
• [Vijayanagara Empire]
• [Rise and Fall of the Vijayanagar Empire | History of Medieval India]
• [Bharat Ek Khoj 28: The Vijayanagar Empire] (English subtitles via the closed caption button)

1529 – Francisco Pizarro González, Spanish conquistador, is appointed governor of Peru.
• [Bio: Francisco Pizarro]
• [Pizarro In Peru]
• [Spanish Conquest of the Inca Empire | 3 Minute History]
• [Francisco Pizarro and the Conquest of Peru (FULL Audiobook)]

1581 – Plakkaat van Verlatinghe (Act of Abjuration): The northern Low Countries declare their independence from the Spanish king, Philip II.
• [Act of Abjuration]
• [Dutch Revolt]
• [Ten Minute History - The Dutch Revolt (Short Documentary)]

1703 – During the Bavarian Rummel the rural population of Tyrol drove the Bavarian Prince-Elector Maximilian II Emanuel out of North Tyrol with a victory at the Pontlatzer Bridge and thus prevented the Bavarian Army, which was allied with France, from marching as planned on Vienna during the War of the Spanish Succession.
• [Bavarian Rummel]
• [War of the Spanish Succession]
• [War of the Spanish Succession | Animated History]

1745 – The first recorded women's cricket match takes place near Guildford, England.

1758 – French and Indian War: The Siege of Louisbourg ends with British forces defeating the French and taking control of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

1775 – The office that would later become the United States Post Office Department is established by the Second Continental Congress. Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania takes office as Postmaster General.
• [BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Postmaster General July 26, 1775, to November 1776] (USPS PDF)
• [Benjamin Franklin: Postmaster General]
• [Ben Franklin and the U.S. Postal Service]

1788 – New York ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the 11th state of the United States.

1803 – The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world's first public railway, opens in south London, United Kingdom.

1814 – The Swedish–Norwegian War begins.
• [Swedish–Norwegian War (1814)]
• [The Swedish Norwegian War Of 1814 - Scandinavian History]

1822 – José de San Martín arrives in Guayaquil, Ecuador, to meet with Simón Bolívar.

1822 – First day of the three-day Battle of Dervenakia, between the Ottoman Empire force led by Mahmud Dramali Pasha and the Greek Revolutionary force led by Theodoros Kolokotronis.
• [Expedition of Dramali]
• [The Battle At Dervenakia]

1847 – Liberia declares its independence.

1861 – American Civil War: George B. McClellan assumes command of the Army of the Potomac following a disastrous Union defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run.

1863 – American Civil War: Morgan's Raid ends; At Salineville, Ohio, Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan and 360 of his volunteers are captured by Union forces.

1882 – Premiere of Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal at Bayreuth.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Richard Wagner]
• [Wikipedia: Parsifal]
• [Performance of the Opera] Conducted by Horst Stein

1882 – The Republic of Stellaland is founded in Southern Africa.

1887 – Publication of the Unua Libro, founding the Esperanto movement.
• [Wikipedia: Unua Libro]
• [Wikipedia Bio: L. L. Zamenhof]
• [Learn Esperanto]

1890 – In Buenos Aires, Argentina the Revolución del Parque takes place, forcing President Miguel Ángel Juárez Celman's resignation.
• [Wikipedia: Revolution of the Park]

1891 – France annexes Tahiti.

1892 – Dadabhai Naoroji is elected as the first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain.

1897 – Anglo-Afghan War: The Pashtun fakir Saidullah leads an army of more than 10,000 to begin a siege of the British garrison in the Malakand Agency of the North West Frontier Province of India.
• [Siege of Malakand]
• [Churchill on the Afghan Frontier - Past is Present (2009)]

1899 – Ulises Heureaux, the 27th President of the Dominican Republic, is assassinated.

1908 – United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner (later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation).

1918 – Emmy Noether's paper, which became known as Noether's theorem was presented at Göttingen, Germany, from which conservation laws are deduced for symmetries of angular momentum, linear momentum, and energy.
• [Wikipedia: Noether's theorem]
• [Emmy Noether and The Fabric of Reality]
• [The most beautiful idea in physics - Noether's Theorem]
• [Noether's Theorem and The Symmetries of Reality] (PBS Space Time)

1936 – Spanish Civil War: Germany and Italy decide to intervene in the war in support for Francisco Franco and the Nationalist faction.
• [HistoryPod Video]
• [The Role of Foreigners in the Spanish Civil War]
• [The Deadly Dry Run for WW2 - The Spanish Civil War | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1939 Part 1 of 3]

1936 – King Edward VIII, in one of his few official duties before he abdicates the throne, officially unveils the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

1937 – Spanish Civil War: End of the Battle of Brunete with the Nationalist victory.
• [Battle of Brunete]
• [GREAT BATTLES OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR - EP.8 - THE BATTLE OF BRUNETE] (subtitled)

1941 – World War II: In response to the Japanese occupation of French Indochina, the United States, Britain and the Netherlands freeze all Japanese assets and cut off oil shipments.
• [United States freezes Japanese assets]
• [Bankrupting the Enemy: The U.S. Financial Siege of Japan Before Pearl Harbor] (Library of Congress)

1944 – World War II: The Red Army enters Lviv, a major city in western Ukraine, capturing it from the Nazis. Only 300 Jews survive out of 160,000 living in Lviv prior to occupation.
• [Entry of Soviet Troops Into Lviv: Expectations and Fears (Concerns)]
• [1944: Russian Troops Seize Lwow From Nazis, Find the Jews Gone]
• [The Vanished JEWISH Community in Lviv, Ukraine!] (Travel Video)

1945 – The Labour Party wins the United Kingdom general election of July 5 by a landslide, removing Winston Churchill from power.
• [The 1945 UK General Election]
• [The Election Scene Landslide For Socialists (1945)]
• [Beveridge Report]
• [How did Churchill lose the 1945 general election?]
• [Why Churchill Lost the 1945 Election]

1945 – World War II: The Potsdam Declaration is signed in Potsdam, Germany.
• [Potsdam Declaration]
• [Truman's Ultimatum Regarding Hiroshima - Hiroshima - BBC]
• [The Potsdam Conference - When the Cold War began]

1945 – World War II: HMS Vestal is the last British Royal Navy ship to be sunk in the war.
• [HMS Vestal (J215)]

1945 – World War II: The USS Indianapolis arrives at Tinian with components and enriched uranium for the Little Boy nuclear bomb.
• [Most Secret Cargo of WWII - How a Lone US Warship Delivered the Atomic Bomb]

1946 – Aloha Airlines begins service from Honolulu International Airport.

1947 – Cold War: U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947 into United States law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the United States National Security Council.
• [National Security Act of 1947]
• [The National Security Act of 1947: The Law that Created the CIA]
• [Military Industrial Complex: NSA 1947]

1948 – U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs Executive Order 9981, desegregating the military of the United States.

1951 – Walt Disney's 13th animated film, Alice in Wonderland, premieres in London, England, United Kingdom.

1952 – King Farouk of Egypt abdicates in favor of his son Fuad.

1953 – Cold War: Fidel Castro leads an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks, thus beginning the Cuban Revolution. The movement took the name of the date: 26th of July Movement

1953 – Arizona Governor John Howard Pyle orders an anti-polygamy law enforcement crackdown on residents of Short Creek, Arizona, which becomes known as the Short Creek raid.

1953 – Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment repel a number of Chinese assaults against a key position known as The Hook during the Battle of the Samichon River, just hours before the Armistice Agreement is signed, ending the Korean War.

1956 – Following the World Bank's refusal to fund building the Aswan Dam, Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal, sparking international condemnation.

1957 – Carlos Castillo Armas, dictator of Guatemala, is assassinated.

1958 – Explorer program: Explorer 4 is launched.

1963 – Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster.

1963 – An earthquake in Skopje, Yugoslavia (present-day North Macedonia) leaves 1,100 dead.

1963 – The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development votes to admit Japan.

1968 – Vietnam War: South Vietnamese opposition leader Trương Đình Dzu is sentenced to five years hard labor for advocating the formation of a coalition government as a way to move toward an end to the war.

1971 – Apollo program: Launch of Apollo 15 on the first Apollo "J-Mission", and first use of a Lunar Roving Vehicle.
• [Wikipedia: Apollo 15]
• [Apollo 15 Remastered (50th Anniversary) [4K]]
• [Apollo 15 - In The Mountains Of The Moon (1971)]
• [Apollo 15 in 60fps: Rover Traverse To Station 4]

1974 – Greek Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis forms the country's first civil government after seven years of military rule.

1977 – The National Assembly of Quebec imposes the use of French as the official language of the provincial government.

1989 – A federal grand jury indicts Cornell University student Robert T. Morris, Jr. for releasing the Morris worm, thus becoming the first person to be prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
• [Wikipedia: Morris worm]

1990 – The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.
• [Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990]
• [The Americans with Disabilities Act, Signing Ceremony, July 26, 1990]

1993 – Asiana Airlines Flight 733 crashes into a ridge on Mt. Ungeo on its third attempt to land at Mokpo Airport, South Korea. Sixty-eight of the 116 people onboard are killed.

1999 – Kargil conflict officially comes to an end. The Indian Army announces the complete eviction of Pakistani intruders.

2005 – Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission: Launch of Discovery, NASA's first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003.
• [Scott Bakula for NASA's Return to Flight (2005)] (Several PSA's by Scott Bakula)
• [STS-114 Return to Flight, launch & landing (7-26-05)]
• [Space Shuttle Flight 114 (STS-114) Post Flight Presentation]

2005 – Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, resulting in floods killing over 5,000 people.

2008 – Fifty-six people are killed and over 200 people are injured, in the Ahmedabad bombings in India.

2009 – The militant Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram attacks a police station in Bauchi, leading to reprisals by the Nigeria Police Force and four days of violence across multiple cities.

2011 – A Royal Moroccan Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules crashes near Guelmim Airport in Guelmim, Morocco. All 80 people on board are killed.

2016 – The Sagamihara stabbings occur in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. Nineteen people are killed.
• [Sagamihara stabbings]
• [Japan knife attack: 19 killed at care centre in Sagamihara - BBC News]

2016 – Hillary Clinton becomes the first female nominee for President of the United States by a major political party at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
• [2016 Democratic National Convention]
• [Watch Hillary Clinton's full speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Hillary Clinton]

2016 – Solar Impulse 2 becomes the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the Earth.
• [Solar Impulse 2 (HB-SIB)]
• [LIVE: Solar Impulse Airplane - Landing in Nagoya]
• [Solar Impulse - It's a place in aviation history]





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News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, July 25, 2021



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Air quality should improve somewhat over the weekend while afternoon showers and thunderstorms increase in coverage and intensity through Monday. A backdoor cold front builds into the forecast area early next week, bringing more active weather at least through Tuesday. Late week, additional rainfall is possible, though significant uncertainty remains at that point.




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Tuesday Night


Franklin area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Widespread fog, mainly before 7am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 83. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 60%.




Highlands Plateau

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming light and variable by midmorning. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph after midnight. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 50%.




Otto area

Today  



A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Cloudy through mid morning, then becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 60a. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.




Nantahala area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 60%.




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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected at this time.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Jul 25 2021

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

1. A well-defined low pressure system located about 160 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida, continues to produce disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity mainly east through south of the center. Environmental conditions are expected to remain marginally conducive for additional development, and a tropical depression could still form later today or early Monday while the low moves generally westward at 5 to 10 mph toward the east coast of Florida. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the low this afternoon, if necessary. Interests in Florida should continue to monitor the progress of this system.

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




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Almanac

Air Quality




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

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (3.1 out of 12) today with Grasses, Plantain, and Nettle being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (1.1 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on July 25th


Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1987
Lowest Temperature 39°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 3.06 inches in Highlands in 1943
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


July Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on 07-29-1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on 07-27-1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1872



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



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


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National News Roundup

8 Months of Stimulus Just Unraveled



Former President Trump: 'We are becoming a COMMUNIST COUNTRY!'



Trump rally @ Phoenix, Arizona July 24,2021





NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) - July 24th, 2021



PBS NewsHour full episode, July 24th, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.

Severity of SARS-CoV-2 reinfections in second wave determines likelihood of mild endemicity [MedRxiv]

The mystery of COVID-19 reinfections: A global systematic review and meta-analysis of 577 cases [MedRxiv]

Cardiomyocytes Recruit Monocytes upon SARS-CoV-2 Infection by Secreting CCL2 [Cell]

Estimation of airborne viral emission: Quanta emission rate of SARS-CoV-2 for infection risk assessment [Science Direct]

SARS-CoV-2: eye protection might be the missing key [Lancet]


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On This Day

July 25th is the 206th day of the year (207th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 159 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)


306 – Constantine I is proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops.

315 – The Arch of Constantine is completed near the Colosseum in Rome to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge.
• [Wikipedia: Arch of Constantine]
• [History of Rome in 15 Buildings 09. The Arch of Constantine]
• [Milvian Bridge 312 - Rise of Christianity] (Kings and Generals)
• [Constantine and Maxentius fight it out at the Milvian Bridge] Clip from: "Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire"

677 – Climax of the Siege of Thessalonica by the Slavs in a three-day assault on the city walls.
• [Wikipedia: Siege of Thessalonica (676–678)]

864 – The Edict of Pistres of Charles the Bald orders defensive measures against the Vikings.
• [Wikipedia: Edict of Pîtres]
• [Edict of Pistres | Stuff That I Find Interesting]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Charles the Bald]

1137 – Eleanor of Aquitaine marries Prince Louis, later King Louis VII of France, at the Cathedral of Saint-André in Bordeaux.

1139 – Battle of Ourique: The Almoravids, led by Ali ibn Yusuf, are defeated by Prince Afonso Henriques who is proclaimed King of Portugal.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Ourique]
• [The Battle of Ourique, 1139]
• [CSI: Portuguese History & the Battle of Ourique with Phil Sylvain]
• [Afonso I of Portugal]
• [Wikipedia: Reconquista]

1261 – The city of Constantinople is recaptured by Nicaean forces under the command of Alexios Strategopoulos, re-establishing the Byzantine Empire.
• [Wikipedia: Reconquest of Constantinople]
• [Summer of 1261: A Byzantine Epic- Reconquest of Constantinople Lego film] (a dramatization of events using Legos)

1278 – The naval Battle of Algeciras takes place in the context of the Spanish Reconquista resulting in a victory for the Emirate of Granada and the Maranid Dynasty over the Kingdom of Castile.
• [Battle of Algeciras (1278)]

1467 – The Battle of Molinella: The first battle in Italy in which firearms are used extensively.
• [Battle of Molinella]

1536 – Sebastián de Belalcázar on his search of El Dorado founds the city of Santiago de Cali.

1538 – The city of Guayaquil is founded by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana and given the name Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de Guayaquil.

1547 – Henry II of France is crowned.

1554 – Mary I marries Philip II of Spain at Winchester Cathedral.

1567 – Don Diego de Losada founds the city of Santiago de Leon de Caracas, modern-day Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela.

1593 – Henry IV of France publicly converts from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism.
• [Henry IV of France]
• [Henri IV - The King of France (1589-1610) - The Good King]

1603 – James VI of Scotland is crowned king of England (James I of England), bringing the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland into personal union. Political union would occur in 1707.

1609 – The English ship Sea Venture, en route to Virginia, is deliberately driven ashore during a storm at Bermuda to prevent its sinking; the survivors go on to found a new colony there.
• [Wikipedia: Sea Venture]
• [The Ivins Tale of the Sea Venture]

1693 – Ignacio de Maya founds the Real Santiago de las Sabinas, now known as Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, Mexico.

1722 – Dummer's War begins along the Maine-Massachusetts border.
• [Wikipedia: Dummer's War]
• [The Story of Maine "The Frontier Wars"] (Maine PBS)

1755 – British governor Charles Lawrence and the Nova Scotia Council order the deportation of the Acadians.
• [Wikipedia: Expulsion of the Acadians]
• [Learn Liberty: The Expulsion of the Acadians]
• [Acadian Expulsion Ceremony | CBC]

1759 – French and Indian War: In Western New York, British forces capture Fort Niagara from the French, who subsequently abandon Fort Rouillé.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Fort Niagara]
• [Fort Niagara: The Struggle for a Continent]
• [Wikipedia: French and Indian War]
• [Battle Scenes from Fort Niagara 2021]

1783 – American Revolutionary War: The war's last action, the Siege of Cuddalore, is ended by a preliminary peace agreement.
• [Wikipedia: Siege of Cuddalore]

1788 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his Symphony No. 40 in G minor (K550).
• [Wikipedia Bio: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart]
• [Wikipedia: Symphony No. 40 (Mozart)]
• [Mozart - Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 (Julien Salemkour & Staatskapelle Berlin)]

1792 – The Brunswick Manifesto is issued to the population of Paris promising vengeance if the French royal family is harmed.
• [Wikipedia: Brunswick Manifesto]
• [Wikipedia: French Revolution]
• [War of the First Coalition]

1797 – Horatio Nelson loses more than 300 men and his right arm during the failed conquest attempt of Tenerife (Spain).
• [Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1797)]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson]
• [Admiral Nelson & The Battle of Santa Cruz 1797]
• [The Great Commanders - 104 - Horatio Nelson | FULL LENGTH | MagellanTV]

1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte defeats a numerically superior Ottoman army under Mustafa Pasha at the Battle of Abukir.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Abukir (1799)]
• [Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign (1798-1801)]
• [French campaign in Egypt and Syria]

1814 – War of 1812: An American attack on Canada is repulsed.
• [Battle of Lundy's Lane]
• [The Battle of Lundy's Lane (July 1814)]

1824 – Costa Rica annexes Guanacaste from Nicaragua.

1837 – The first commercial use of an electrical telegraph is successfully demonstrated in London by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone.

1853 – Joaquin Murrieta, the famous Californio bandit known as the "Robin Hood of El Dorado", is killed.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Joaquin Murrieta]
• [Robin Hood of Eldorado (1936 Film)]

1861 – American Civil War: The United States Congress passes the Crittenden–Johnson Resolution, stating that the war is being fought to preserve the Union and not to end slavery.
• [Wikipedia: Crittenden–Johnson Resolution]

1866 – The United States Congress passes legislation authorizing the rank of General of the Army. Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant becomes the first to be promoted to this rank.

1868 – The Wyoming Territory is established.

1869 – The Japanese daimyōs begin returning their land holdings to the emperor as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms. (Traditional Japanese Date: June 17, 1869).

1894 – The First Sino-Japanese War begins when the Japanese fire upon a Chinese warship.
• [First Sino-Japanese War]
• [First Sino-Japanese War | 3 Minute History]
• [Feature History - First Sino-Japanese War]

1898 – Spanish–American War: The American invasion of Spanish-held Puerto Rico begins, as United States Army troops under General Nelson A. Miles land and secure the port at Guánica.
• [Puerto Rico campaign]
• [How Did the US Get Puerto Rico?]
• [The Spanish-American War - Explained in 11 minutes]

1908 – Ajinomoto is founded. Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovers that a key ingredient in kombu soup stock is monosodium glutamate (MSG), and patents a process for manufacturing it.

1909 – Louis Blériot makes the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier-than-air machine from Calais to Dover, England, United Kingdom in 37 minutes.

1915 – RFC Captain Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British pursuit aviator to earn the Victoria Cross.

1917 – Sir Robert Borden introduces the first income tax in Canada as a "temporary" measure (lowest bracket is 4% and highest is 25%).

1925 – Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS) is established.

1934 – The Nazis assassinate Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss in a failed coup attempt.
• [Wikipedia: Engelbert Dollfuss]
• [Movietone Newsreel]

1940 – General Henri Guisan orders the Swiss Army to resist German invasion and makes surrender illegal.

1942 – The Norwegian Manifesto calls for nonviolent resistance to the German occupation.
• [Norwegian resistance movement]
• [German occupation of Norway]
• [Battlefield - The Norwegian Campaign - Full Documentary]

1943 – World War II: Benito Mussolini is forced out of office by the Grand Council of Fascism and is replaced by Pietro Badoglio.
• [Fall of the Fascist regime in Italy]
• [Grand Council of Fascism]
• [Benito Mussolini: The Man Who Destroyed Democracy]

1944 – World War II: Operation Spring is one of the bloodiest days for the First Canadian Army during the war.
• [Operation Spring]
• [First Canadian Army]
• [Operation Spring - The Battle for Verrières Ridge]

1946 – The Crossroads Baker device is the first underwater nuclear weapon test.
• [Test Baker]
• [Crossroads Baker] (narrated by William Shatner)
• [Baker 1946 - Operation Crossroads - Atomic Bomb - [ 60 FPS - Color - 4K ]]

1956 – Forty-five miles south of Nantucket Island, the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria collides with the MS Stockholm in heavy fog and sinks the next day, killing 51.
• [Wikipedia: SS Andrea Doria]
• [SS Andrea Doria Sinking - Stock Footage]
• [What happened to the Andrea Doria?]

1957 – The Tunisian King Muhammad VIII al-Amin is replaced by President Habib Bourguiba.

1958 – The African Regroupment Party holds its first congress in Cotonou.

1961 – Cold War: In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO.
• [RADIO AND TELEVISION REPORT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON THE BERLIN CRISIS, JULY 25, 1961] (Text and Audio)
• [NATO and the Berlin Crisis of 1961: Facing the Soviets While Maintaining Unity] (PDF)
• [President John F. Kennedy Report to the Nation, Berlin Crisis, 25 July 1961] (video)

1965 – Bob Dylan goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival, signaling a major change in folk and rock music.

1969 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon declares the Nixon Doctrine, stating that the United States now expects its Asian allies to take care of their own military defense. This is the start of the "Vietnamization" of the war.
• [Wikipedia: Nixon Doctrine]
• [The Nixon Doctrine (1972) | ARCHIVES]
• [Ambassador Richard Grenell - Remarks on the 50th Anniversary of the Nixon Doctrine]

1973 – Soviet Mars 5 space probe is launched.
• [Wikipedia: Mars 5]
• [NASA Archive]

1976 – Viking program: Viking 1 takes the famous Face on Mars photo.
• [Wikipedia: Cydonia (Mars)]
• [Face on Mars Explained | NASA's images]
• [Seeing Things That Aren’t There? It’s Called Pareidolia]

1978 – Puerto Rican police shoot two nationalists in the Cerro Maravilla murders.

1978 – Birth of Louise Joy Brown, the first human to have been born after conception by in vitro fertilisation, or IVF.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Louise Brown]
• [Louise Brown on growing up the first test tube baby]
• [1978: The First Test - Tube - Baby]

1979 – In accord with the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty, Israel begins its withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula.

1983 – Black July: Thirty-seven Tamil political prisoners at the Welikada high security prison in Colombo are massacred by the fellow Sinhalese prisoners.

1984 – Salyut 7 cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform a space walk.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Svetlana Savitskaya]
• [Wikipedia: Salyut-7]

1993 – Israel launches a massive attack against Lebanon in what the Israelis call Operation Accountability, and the Lebanese call the Seven-Day War.
• [Operation Accountability]
• [Operation "Accountability" in Lebanon (1993)]
• [LINKTEXT]

1993 – The Saint James Church massacre occurs in Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa.
• [Saint James Church massacre]
• [Charl van Wyk discusses the St. James Church Massacre with VCDL]
• [St. James massacre]

1994 – Israel and Jordan sign the Washington Declaration, that formally ends the state of war that had existed between the nations since 1948.
• [Israel–Jordan peace treaty]
• [President Clinton at Signing of the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty (1994)] (Clinton Library)
• [WEST BANK: PROTESTS AGAINST JORDANIAN PEACE ACCORD WITH ISRAEL]
• [Israel-Jordan, peace treaty enters 25th year Jerusalem Studio 370] (TV7 Israel News)

1995 – A gas bottle explodes in Saint Michel station of line B of the RER (Paris regional train network). Eight are killed and 80 wounded.

1996 – In a military coup in Burundi, Pierre Buyoya deposes Sylvestre Ntibantunganya.

2000 – Concorde Air France Flight 4590 crashes at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, killing 113 people.
• [Wikipedia: Air France Flight 4590]
• [Seconds From Disaster Air Crash Investigation - Air France Flight 4590 Concorde Disaster Paris]
• [How the Crash of Flight 4590 Destroyed Concorde's Mystique]

2007 – Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first female president.

2010 – WikiLeaks publishes classified documents about the War in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in U.S. military history.
• [Wikipedia: Afghan War documents leak]
• [WikiLeaks: Afghan War Diary ]
• [WikiLeaks - Julian Assange on the 'Afghan War Diary'] (Frontline Club)

2018 – As-Suwayda attacks: Coordinated attacks occur in Syria.
• [Wikipedia: 2018 As-Suwayda attacks]
• ['Scores killed in ISIL attacks' in southwest Syria | Al Jazeera English]

2019 – National extreme heat records set this day in the UK, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany during the July 2019 European heat wave.

2020 - At least 45 arrested after protesters throw explosives and rocks at police in Seattle
• [CNN Story and Video]

2020 - Mass Shootings in Darfur
• [Wikipedia: 2020 Darfur attacks]
• [Inside the Forgotten War in Darfur, Where the Killing Never Stopped]

2020 - Florida Surpasses New York in COVID-19 Cases
• [CNN Article]





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News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, July 24, 2021



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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Monday Night


Franklin area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds. 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. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Sunday A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Sunday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 20%. Monday A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Chance of rain is 60%. Monday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s.




Highlands Plateau

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly 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. 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. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Sunday A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Sunday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers after 3am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 20%. Monday A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Chance of rain is 60%. Monday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.




Otto area

Today  



A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers after 4am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 20%.

Monday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s.




Nantahala area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Light and variable winds. 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 10pm, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 20%.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s.




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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected at this time.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Jul 24 2021

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

1. Satellite data indicate that the low pressure system located about 150 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida, remains elongated and not well defined. In addition, showers and thunderstorms are currently limited near the low. However, environmental conditions are expected to become a little more favorable for development, and a tropical depression could form during the next day or two while the low meanders offshore or near the Florida peninsula. Interests in Florida should monitor the progress of this system.

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




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Almanac

Air Quality




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

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (2.9 out of 12) today with Grasses, Plantain, and Nettle being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (3.1 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on July 16th


Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1983
Lowest Temperature 44°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.93 inches in Franklin in 1997
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


July Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on 07-29-1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on 07-27-1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1872



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


Katie Dean announces Macon Co. Townhall

Katie Dean is running for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District. Katie is holding a Townhall on Thursday, July 15, 6pm – 7pm at the Big Bear Shelter [E. Main St. and Little Tennessee River].


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


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National News Roundup

WeatherBrains 809: For God’s Sake Take Cover



Audio version and links to items discussed in podcast [LINKTEXT]

Level1News July 23 2021: 📎 It Looks Like You're Trying To Stay Relevant. Do You Want Help WIth That?



Best of Day 0 at the Tokyo Olympics: Opening Ceremony kicks off the Summer Games | NBC Sports (July 23rd, 2021)



ABC News Update: Naomi Osaka lights Olympic torch at opening ceremony Wildfires ravage west coast of the United States | DW News





NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) - July 23rd, 2021



PBS NewsHour full episode, July 23rd, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.

Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccines against the B.1.617.2 (Delta) Variant [New England Journal of Medicine]

Breakthrough Infections of SARS-CoV-2 Gamma Variant in Fully Vaccinated Gold Miners, French Guiana, 2021 [CDC]

SARS-CoV-2 spike P681R mutation, a hallmark of the Delta variant, enhances viral fusogenicity and pathogenicity [BioRxiv Preprint]

The Delta Variant Thrives in a State of Political and Public Health Discord [KHN]

Rick Dennison out as Minnesota Vikings assistant after refusing COVID-19 vaccine, sources say[LINKTEXT]


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On This Day

July 24th is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 160 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)


1132 – Battle of Nocera between Ranulf II of Alife and Roger II of Sicily.

1148 – Louis VII of France lays siege to Damascus during the Second Crusade.
• [Wikipedia: Siege of Damascus]

1304 – Wars of Scottish Independence: Fall of Stirling Castle: King Edward I of England takes the stronghold using the War Wolf, the larget trebucht ever made.
• [Wikipedia: Warwolf]
• [Outlaw King: Siege of Sirlin] (dramatization of Warwolf in action)
• [Wikipedia: Sieges of Stirling Castle]
• [Wikipedia: First War of Scottish Independence]
• [World record trebuchet at Warwick Castle]
• [How to Build a Trebuchet | MythBusters]

1411 – Battle of Harlaw, one of the bloodiest battles in Scotland, takes place.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Harlaw]

1412 – Behnam Hadloyo becomes Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Mardin.

1487 – Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands, strike against a ban on foreign beer.

1534 – French explorer Jacques Cartier plants a cross on the Gaspé Peninsula and takes possession of the territory in the name of Francis I of France.

1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her one-year-old son James VI.

1701 – Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit.

1783 – The Kingdom of Georgia and the Russian Empire sign the Treaty of Georgievsk.
• [Wikipedia: Treaty of Georgievsk]

1814 – War of 1812: General Phineas Riall advances toward the Niagara River to halt Jacob Brown's American invaders.

1823 – Afro-Chileans are emancipated.

1823 – In Maracaibo, Venezuela, the naval Battle of Lake Maracaibo takes place, where Admiral José Prudencio Padilla defeats the Spanish Navy, thus culminating the independence for the Gran Colombia.

1847 – After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City.

1847 – Richard March Hoe, American inventor, patented the rotary-type printing press.

1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Kernstown: Confederate General Jubal Early defeats Union troops led by General George Crook in an effort to keep them out of the Shenandoah Valley.
• [Wikipedia: Second Battle of Kernstown]
• [NPS VIDEO: The Second Battle of Kernstown - July 24, 1864]

1866 – Reconstruction: Tennessee becomes the first U.S. state to be readmitted to Congress following the American Civil War.

1901 – O. Henry is released from prison in Columbus, Ohio, after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.

1910 – The Ottoman Empire captures the city of Shkodër, putting down the Albanian Revolt of 1910.

1911 – Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas".

1915 – The passenger ship SS Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.
• [Wikipedia: SS Eastland]
• [The Eastland Disaster: New look at 100-year-old tragedy]
• [SS Eastland Disaster – Terrifying last Moments on the Ship]

1922 – The draft of the British Mandate of Palestine was formally confirmed by the Council of the League of Nations; it came into effect on 26 September 1923.

1923 – The Treaty of Lausanne, settling the boundaries of modern Turkey, is signed in Switzerland by Greece, Bulgaria and other countries that fought in World War I.

1924 – Themistoklis Sofoulis becomes Prime Minister of Greece.

1927 – The Menin Gate war memorial is unveiled at Ypres.

1929 – The Kellogg–Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect (it is first signed in Paris on August 27, 1928, by most leading world powers).
• [Wikipedia: Kellogg–Briand Pact]
• [HistoryPod Video]
• [Five Things You Should Know About the Paris Peace Pact]

1935 – The Dust Bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109 °F (43 °C) in Chicago and 104 °F (40 °C) in Milwaukee.
• [Wikipedia: Dust Bowl]
• [History Brief: the Dust Bowl]
• [Lessons from the Dust Bowl w/ Ken Burns (Live YouTube Event)]
• [The Dust Bowl - 01 - The Great Plow Up]
• [The Dust Bowl - 02 - Reaping the Whirlwind]

1937 – Alabama drops rape charges against the "Scottsboro Boys".

1943 – World War II: Operation Gomorrah begins: British and Canadian aeroplanes bomb Hamburg by night, and American planes bomb the city by day. By the end of the operation in November, 9,000 tons of explosives will have killed more than 30,000 people and destroyed 280,000 buildings.

1950 – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station begins operations with the launch of a Bumper rocket.

1959 – At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev have a "Kitchen Debate".
• [Wikipedia: Kitchen Debate]
• [Nixon vs. Khrushchev - The Kitchen Debate (1959)]
• [The Kitchen Debate and the Soda Pop Navy]

1963 – The ship Bluenose II was launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The schooner is a major Canadian symbol.

1966 – Michael Pelkey makes the first BASE jump from El Capitan along with Brian Schubert. Both came out with broken bones. BASE jumping has now been banned from El Cap.

1967 – During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in Montreal: Vive le Québec libre! ("Long live free Quebec!"); the statement angered the Canadian government and many Anglophone Canadians.

1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 11 splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean.
• [Apollo 11 in Real Time] (press the blue button)
• [Apollo 11 Splashdown: Celebrating 50 years, live stream]

1974 – Watergate scandal: The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and they order him to surrender the tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.

1977 – End of a four-day-long Libyan–Egyptian War.

1980 – The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level.

1982 – Heavy rain causes a mudslide that destroys a bridge at Nagasaki, Japan, killing 299.

1983 – The Black July anti-Tamil riots begin in Sri Lanka, killing between 400 and 3,000. Black July is generally regarded as the beginning of the Sri Lankan Civil War.

1983 – George Brett batting for the Kansas City Royals against the New York Yankees, has a game-winning home run nullified in the "Pine Tar Incident".

1987 – US supertanker SS Bridgeton collides with mines laid by IRGC causing a 43-square-meter dent in the body of the oil tanker.

1987 – Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Crooks became the oldest person to climb Japan's highest peak.

1998 – Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.

2001 – Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office.

2001 – The Bandaranaike Airport attack is carried out by 14 Tamil Tiger commandos. Eleven civilian and military aircraft are destroyed and 15 are damaged. All 14 commandos are shot dead, while seven soldiers from the Sri Lanka Air Force are killed. In addition, three civilians and an engineer die. This incident slowed the Sri Lankan economy.

2012 – Syrian civil war: The People's Protection Units (YPG) capture the city of Girkê Legê.

2013 – A high-speed train derails in Spain rounding a curve with an 80 km/h (50 mph) speed limit at 190 km/h (120 mph), killing 78 passengers.

2014 – Air Algérie Flight 5017 loses contact with air traffic controllers 50 minutes after takeoff. It was travelling between Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Algiers. The wreckage is later found in Mali. All 116 people onboard are killed.





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Published at 4:10am on Saturday, July 24, 2021

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