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Friday, June 25, 2021

Weather Briefing for Friday, June 25, 2021



OUTLOOK

High pressure will linger across the forecast area today, with below normal temperatures and mostly dry weather continuing. The high will settle off the East Coast Friday through the weekend, bringing moisture back into the region and a return of diurnal showers and thunderstorms through the middle of next week.



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

PRESS RELEASE (06-24-2021)
NCDOT MACON COUNTY

what: Contracting opportunities for small, disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs)
when: Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m. – Noon
where: Macon County Maintenance Yard, 220 Windy Gap Road, Franklin

details: The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways in partnership with the agency’s Office of Civil Rights is inviting small, disadvantaged business enterprises to learn more about contracting opportunities with the department.

From 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, NCDOT staff will be hosting an in-person, outreach event in your area to explain how to do business with the agency, upcoming work opportunities in the area and how to apply for transportation contracts.

Types of contract work available include mowing, tree cutting, landscaping, snow and ice removal, emergency and janitorial work, traffic control, road maintenance, paving, striping and construction.

The event is hosted by NCDOT’s Chief Engineer’s Office. NCDOT staff will be available for interviews.

Visit NCDOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Outreach webpage for more information at [https://www.ncdot.gov/divisions/highways/Pages/highways-dbe-outreach.aspx]

Vet's Portrait Project for 2021 

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

NC Dept of Justice Releases May 2021 Highlights [LINK]


National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Sunday Night


Franklin area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers between noon and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. 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 of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 30%.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds becoming in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers between 2am and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.

Otto area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 30%.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s.

Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in ther upper 70s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the south 3 to 6 mph.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the midafternoon hours. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80 Light winds out of the south. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

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

Sunday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s.

Sunday Night

A chance of thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 30%.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jun 25 2021

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

1. A strong tropical wave located over the far eastern Atlantic off the African coast is producing a broad and disorganized area of showers and a few thunderstorms. As the system moves west- northwestward into the central Atlantic Ocean during the next few days, conditions appear at best only marginally conducive for development due to relatively cool ocean temperatures. However, some development of this system is still possible by early next week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.




Air Quality




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

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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (3.3 out of 12) today with Grasses and Plantain being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (3.3 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on June 25th


Highest Temperature 93°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 39°F in Highlands in 1922
Greatest Rainfall 4.05 inches in Highlands in 1912
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


June Weather Extremes for Macon County

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


Macon Calendar

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

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

Level1 News June 25 2021: Quoth the AG: Let Me Snore!



Dr John Campbell: Update and Delta Plus variant



On This Day

June 25th is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 189 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)


524 – The Franks are defeated by the Burgundians in the Battle of Vézeronce.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Vézeronce]

841 – In the Battle of Fontenay-en-Puisaye, forces led by Charles the Bald and Louis the German defeat the armies of Lothair I of Italy and Pepin II of Aquitaine.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Fontenoy (841)]

1258 – War of Saint Sabas: In the Battle of Acre, the Venetians defeat a larger Genoese fleet sailing to relieve Acre.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Acre (1258)]
• [Wikiepdia: War of Saint Sabas]
• [History of Venice: Rise to Glory]

1530 – At the Diet of Augsburg the Augsburg Confession is presented to the Holy Roman Emperor by the Lutheran princes and Electors of Germany.
• [Wikipedia: Augsburg Confession]
• [Discerning History: The Reasons Behind the Augsburg Confession]
• [The Augsburg Confession by Philipp MELANCHTHON read by Jonathan Lange | Full Audio Book]
• [PDF Copy of The Augsburg Confession]

1658 – Spanish forces fail to retake Jamaica at the Battle of Rio Nuevo during the Anglo-Spanish War.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Rio Nuevo]
• [Wikipedia: Anglo-Spanish War (1654–1660)]

1678 – Venetian Elena Cornaro Piscopia is the first woman awarded a doctorate of philosophy when she graduates from the University of Padua.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Elena Cornaro Piscopia]

1741 – Maria Theresa is crowned Queen of Hungary.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Maria Theresa]

1786 – Gavriil Pribylov discovers St. George Island of the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea.

1788 – Virginia becomes the tenth state to ratify the United States Constitution.

1848 – A photograph of the June Days uprising becomes the first known instance of photojournalism.
• [An Actual Photo Of Paris Street In The June Days Uprising, Rue Saint-Maur, June 25, 1848]

1876 – Battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of the Little Bighorn]
• [Wikipedia Bio: George Armstrong Custer]
• [Wikipedia: Great Sioux War of 1876]
• [Sioux Wars | 3 Minute History]
• [Battle of the Little Bighorn - Custer's Last Stand | History |]
• [C-SPAN Cities Tour - Billings: Battle of the Little Bighorn]
• [(LibriVox Recording) Custer Battlefield: A History And Guide To The Battle Of The Little Bighorn by Robert Marshall UTLEY]

1900 – The Taoist monk Wang Yuanlu discovers the Dunhuang manuscripts, a cache of ancient texts that are of great historical and religious significance, in the Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China.
• [Wikipedia: Dunhuang manuscripts]

1906 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania millionaire Harry Thaw shoots and kills prominent architect Stanford White.
• [Library of Congress: Murder of Stanford White and the First "Trial of the Century"]
• [A Rooftop Murder: Stanford White, Henry Thaw, and the Trial of the Century]
• [A Murderous Triangle - Stanford White, Harry Thaw & Evelyn Nesbit]

1910 – The United States Congress passes the Mann Act, which prohibits interstate transport of women or girls for “immoral purposes”; the ambiguous language would be used to selectively prosecute people for years to come.
• [Wikipeda: Mann Act]

1910 – Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird is premiered in Paris, bringing him to prominence as a composer.
• [Wikipedia: The Firebird]
• [Wikipedia: Igor Stravinsky]
• [Igor Stravinsky Conducts The Firebird (suite)] (09-14-1965)
• [Stravinsky Ballet The Firebird]

1913 – American Civil War veterans begin arriving at the Great Reunion of 1913, the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
• [Wikipedia: 1913 Gettysburg reunion]
• [Video Slideshow by Ken Hendricksen]
• [Footage of Civil War Veterans at 50yr Anniversary in 1913 & 75yr Anniversary in 1938]

1929 - US President Herbert Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam)
• [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoover_Dam]
• [The Hoover Dam - Megastructures - Full National Geographic Documentary]
• [INSIDE The Hoover Dam - A VIP Tour!]

1935 – Colombia–Soviet Union relations are established.

1938 – Dr. Douglas Hyde is inaugurated as the first President of Ireland.

1940 – World War II: The French armistice with Germany comes into effect.
• [Newsreel Footage]

1941 - US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 8802, which forbids racial discrimination in the defense industry
• [Executive Order 8802]
• [Executive order 8802 a piece of History a Special Report]
• [DOCUMENT: Executive Order 8802 by Franklin D. Roosevelt | June 25, 1941]

1942 - Major General Dwight Eisenhower appointed commander of US forces in Europe
• [History.com: Eisenhower takes command]

1943 – The Holocaust: Jews in the Częstochowa Ghetto in Poland stage an uprising against the Nazis.
• [Wikipedia: Częstochowa Ghetto uprising]
• [Life in the Czestochowa Ghetto]
• [Yale University: Remembering Częstochowa, Poland]

1943 – The left-wing German Jewish exile Arthur Goldstein is murdered in Auschwitz.
• [Wikipedia Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Goldstein]

1944 – World War II: The Battle of Tali-Ihantala, the largest battle ever fought in the Nordic countries, begins.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Tali-Ihantala]
• [Wikipedia: Continuation War]
• [The-Battle-of-Tali-Ihantala]
• [Battle of Tali-Ihantala: When Finland beat a force 3 times their size...for the second time.]

1944 – World War II: United States Navy and British Royal Navy ships bombard Cherbourg to support United States Army units engaged in the Battle of Cherbourg.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Cherbourg]
• [Masrk Felton: D-Day - The Battle of Cherbourg]
• [Silent Newsreel]

1944 – The final page of the comic Krazy Kat is published, exactly two months after its author George Herriman died.
• [Wikipiedia: Krazy Kat]
• [The Best Comic of the 20th Century - Krazy Kat by George Herriman]
• [Wikipedia Bio: George Herriman]

1947 – The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary of Anne Frank) is published.
• [Wikipedia: The Diary of a Young Girl]
• [ANNE FRANK'S DIARY - An animated feature film]
• [Anne Frank:The Diary of a Young Girl] (Audiobook)

1948 - Harry Truman signs Displaced Persons Bill (205,000 Europeans to US)
• [Wikipedia: Displaced Persons Act]

1950 – The Cold War: The Korean War begins with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.
• [Wikipedia: Korean War]
• [Korean War 1950-1953 - The Cold War]
• [North Korea Invades South Korea]
• [Newsreel Footage]

1960 – Cold War: Two cryptographers working for the United States National Security Agency left for vacation to Mexico, and from there defected to the Soviet Union.
• [Wikipedia: Martin and Mitchell defection]
• [(SpyCast) Martin & Mitchell: The Defectors]
• [Defense Department General Counsel J. Vincent Burke on Martin & Mitchell Defection 9/15/1960]

1975 – Mozambique achieves independence from Portugal.

1975 – Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declares a state of internal emergency in India.
• [Wikipedia: The Emergency (India)]
• [In Depth : The Emergency in India]
• [Summary of Emergency Period (1975 – 1977) in India | Rise and Fall of Indira Gandhi]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Indira Gandhi]

1976 – Missouri Governor Kit Bond issues an executive order rescinding the Extermination Order, formally apologizing on behalf of the state of Missouri for the suffering it had caused to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
• [Wikipedia: Mormon Extermination Order]

1978 – The rainbow flag representing gay pride is flown for the first time during the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.

1981 – Microsoft is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington.

1990 - African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela meets with President George H. W. Bush at the White House
• [Nelson Mandela's First Visit to Washington]
• [AP Archive Video]

1991 – Slovenia and Croatia declare their independence from Yugoslavia.

1992 - STS 50 launches (Columbia)
• [Wikipedia: STS-50]
• [CNN Coverage of The Launch of STS-50]

1993 – Kim Campbell is sworn in as the first female Prime Minister of Canada.

1996 – The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia kills 19 U.S. servicemen.
• [Khobar Towers bombing]
• [AP Video: B-Roll and Clinton Reaction]
• [BLUE: Episode 15 : Khobar Towers]

1997 – An unmanned Progress spacecraft collides with the Russian space station Mir.
• [Wikipedia: Progress M-34]
• [Michael Foale explains the collision of the Progress M-34 resupply spacecraft]
• [Remembering near-death dramas on a Russian space station]

1997 – The National Hockey League approved expansion franchises for Nashville (1998), Atlanta (1999), Columbus (2000), and Minneapolis-Saint Paul (2000).

1998 – In Clinton v. City of New York, the United States Supreme Court decides that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 is unconstitutional.
• [Clinton v. City of New York]
• [JUSTIA: Clinton v. City of New York, 524 U.S. 417 (1998)]
• [Clinton v. City of New York Case Brief Summary | Law Case Explained]

2015 - Obamacare subsidies in The Affordable Care Act preserved by US Supreme Court Ruling in King v Burwell 6-3
• [King v. Burwell]
• [JUSTIA: King v. Burwell, 576 U.S. ___ (2015)]
• [Legal Information Institute]
• [OYEZ: King v. Burwell] (Oral Arguments)

2017 – The World Health Organization estimates that Yemen has over 200,000 cases of cholera.
• [Wikipedia: 2016–2021 Yemen cholera outbreak]
• [The life and death struggle against cholera in Yemen]
• [Yemen's Civil War Has Unleashed A Deadly Cholera Outbreak]
• [Who is to blame for the cholera outbreak in Yemen? | Inside Story]

2018 - Californian Governor Jerry Brown declares State of Emergency for wildfire spread over 8,200 acres in Lake County
• [Wikipedia: Pawnee Fire]
• [CALFIRE: Pawnee Fire]
• [KPIX-TV Raw Video: Lake County Wildfire]
• [State Of Emergency Declared In Lake County Over Pawnee Fire]

2021 - New type of ancient human announced "Nesher Ramla Homo" 140,000-120,000 years ago, possible Neanderthal ancestors uncovered in Ramla, Israel
• [A Middle Pleistocene Homo from Nesher Ramla, Israel] (login needed for full text)
• [Israeli fossil finds reveal a new hominid group, Nesher Ramla Homo]
• [Nesher Ramla Homo: New fossil discovery from Israel points to complicated evolutionary process]





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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Weather Briefing for Thursday, June 24, 2021



OUTLOOK

High pressure will linger across the forecast area today, with below normal temperatures and dry weather continuing. The high will settle off the East Coast Friday through the weekend, bringing moisture back into the region and a return of diurnal showers and thunderstorms through the middle of next week.



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

Macon County Emergency Management has terminated the State of Emergency that has been in effect since March 17, 2020. Copies of the documents are posted below.

Press Release
Macon County Emergency Management
Warren Cabe, Director

Effective immediately the State of Emergency proclamation issued by Macon County in March of 2020 due to the coronavirus COVID719 pandemic is now terminated. The state is experiencing a decrease in the number of daily COVID-19 diagnoses and vaccines are readily available to the majority of the population.

The public is encouraged to follow health and safety guidelines and remain vigilant as we proceed through the summer months and enter the fall of 2021 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine which is a safe and effective prevention tool.


MACON COUNTY
NORTH CAROLINA
PROCLAMATION TERMINATING STATE OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, as a result of the coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic, on March 17, 2020, a State of Emergency Proclamation was issued by Jim Tate, Chairman of the Macon County Commissioners; and,

WHEREAS, over recent months in North Carolina, due to the measures taken by Macon County, other governmental agencies, civic organizations, volunteers, and the resilience and persistence of the residents of Macon County, the County is experiencing substantially lower COVID-19 related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and daily diagnoses;

WHEREAS, COVID-19 vaccines are readily available to all residents; and

WHEREAS, The Governor of North Carolina by Executive Order 215 dated May 14, 2021, lifted many COVID-19 Restrictions to Reflect the New Public Health Recommendations; and

WHEREAS, pursuant N.C. Gen Stat. §166A-19.22(b}(3)c and §166A-19.22(c), the County is authorized to lift the State of Emergency previously declared.

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the specific authority provided to the Chairman of the County Board of Commissioners by N.C. Gen Stat. §166A-19.22(b)(3)(c) and §166A-19.22(c), I hereby proclaim that the Covid-19 State of Emergency previously declared on March 17, 2020, for Macon County, North Carolina is no longer applicable and the same is hereby terminated.

This proclamation shall become effective immediately.

Proclaimed this the 23rd day of June, 2021.

Jim Tate, Chairman Macon County Board of County Commissioners

Derek Roland, Macon County Manager and Clerk to the Board

Vet's Portrait Project for 2021 

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

NC Dept of Justice Releases May 2021 Highlights [LINK]

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Saturday Night


Franklin area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

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

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers before 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60.

Otto area

Today

A slight chance of showers between 7am and 9am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

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

Friday

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

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. WInds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night A chance of showers before 2am, then a slight chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Nantahala area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Tonight

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

Friday

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

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jun 24 2021

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

1. Disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity continues to the east of a small area of low pressure located about 200 miles east of Barbados. Increasing upper-level winds are likely to prevent further development of this system during the next couple of days while it moves west-northwestward at about 10 mph. This disturbance could produce increased shower activity and some gusty winds when it moves across the Lesser Antilles on Friday.

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

2. A strong tropical wave is expected to emerge off the coast of Africa later today. Although ocean temperatures are still relatively cool over the tropical Atlantic Ocean and are only marginally conducive for development, a small tropical depression could form by early next week while moving westward to west-northwestward at about 15 mph across the tropical eastern and central Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.




Air Quality




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

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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (3.3 out of 12) today with Grasses and Plantain being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (3.3 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on June 24th


Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1988
Lowest Temperature 38°F in Franklin in 1972
Greatest Rainfall 3.85 inches in Franklin in 1872
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


June Weather Extremes for Macon County

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


Macon Calendar

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

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

On This Day

June 24th is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 190 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)


1312 BC – Mursili II launches a campaign against the Kingdom of Azzi-Hayasa.
• [Wikipedia: Hayasa-Azzi]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Muršili II]
• [The Complete History of the Hittites]

217 BC – The Romans, led by Gaius Flaminius, are ambushed and defeated by Hannibal at the Battle of Lake Trasimene.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Lake Trasimene]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Gaius Flaminius (consul 223 BC)]
• [Wikipedia: Second Punic War]
• [Battle of Lake Trasimene, 217 BC ⚔️ Hannibal (Part 6) - Second Punic War]
• [Lindybeige: Trasimene - history's greatest ambush]
• [The Battle of Lake Trasimene (217 B.C.E.)]

109 – Roman emperor Trajan inaugurates the Aqua Traiana, an aqueduct that channels water from Lake Bracciano, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of Rome.
• [Wikipedia: Aqua Traiana]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Trajan]
• [The Search for the Aqua Traiana (2012)]
• [The Aqua Traiana: Recovering the Sources of Rome’s Lost Aqueduct by Dr. Rabun Taylor (2021)]

474 – Julius Nepos forces Roman usurper Glycerius to abdicate the throne and proclaims himself Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

637 – The Battle of Moira is fought between the High King of Ireland and the Kings of Ulster and Dál Riata. It is claimed to be the largest battle in the history of Ireland.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Moira]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Domnall mac Áedo]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Congal Cáech]

843 - Vikings destroy Nantes

972 – Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Cedynia]
• [Real truth about first battle of Poland yr. 972 | Cedynia & Siekierki | Poland]

1128 – Battle of São Mamede, near Guimarães: Forces led by Afonso I defeat forces led by his mother Teresa of León and her lover Fernando Pérez de Traba.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of São Mamede]

1230 – The Siege of Jaén begins, in the context of the Spanish Reconquista.
• [Wikipedia: Siege of Jaén (1230)]

1314 – First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn concludes with a decisive victory by Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Bannockburn]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Robert the Bruce]
• [Wikipedia: First War of Scottish Independence]
• [Battle of Kings: Bannockburn]
• [Battle of Bannockburn, 1314 ⚔️ First War of Scottish Independence]
• [Battle of Bannockburn 1314 Line of Fire]

1340 – Hundred Years' War: Battle of Sluys: The French fleet is almost completely destroyed by the English fleet commanded in person by King Edward III.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Sluys]
• [Wikipedia: Hundred Years' War]
• [Famous battles: Battle of Sluys (1340)]

1374 – A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.
• [Wikipedia: Dancing mania]
• [The Plague That Makes You Dance To Death | Random Thursday]
• [The Forgotten Deadly Plague: Dance Mania]

1497 – John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland leading the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.

1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are crowned King and Queen of England.

1527 - Paracelsus publicly burns standard medical textbooks in Basle as a protest against the current teaching and practice of medicine
• [Wikipedia Bio: Paracelsus]

1535 – The Anabaptist state of Münster is conquered and disbanded.
• [Wikipedia: Münster rebellion]
• [The Anabaptist Commune of Münster 1534 -1535]
• [The Medieval Communist Uprising, The Münster Rebellion]

1540 - English King Henry VIII commands his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves, to leave the court

1571 – Miguel López de Legazpi founds Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

1604 – Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present-day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

1622 – Battle of Macau: The Dutch make a failed attempt to capture Macau.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Macau]

1648 - Cossacks slaughter 2,000 Jews and 600 Polish Catholics in Ukraine

1658 - French fleet recaptures Duinkerk

1663 – The Spanish garrison of Évora capitulates, following the Portuguese victory at the Battle of Ameixial.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Ameixial]

1690 - King William III's army lands at Carrickfergus Ireland [OS=June 14]

1717 – The Premier Grand Lodge of England is founded in London, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England).
• [Premier Grand Lodge of England]

1731 - Freemason and Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen is appointed Provincial Grand Master of Pennsylvania, the first and youngest Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

1762 – Battle of Wilhelmsthal: The British-Hanoverian army of Ferdinand of Brunswick defeats French forces in Westphalia.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Wilhelmsthal]

1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Great Siege of Gibraltar begins.
• [Wikipedia: Great Siege of Gibraltar]
• [The Great Siege of Gibraltar 1779-1783]

1793 – The first Republican constitution in France is adopted.
• [Wikipedia: French First Republic]
• [Wikipedia: Reign of Terror]
• [Wikipedia: Thermidorians]
• [The French Revolution - OverSimplified (Part 1)]
• [The French Revolution - OverSimplified (Part 2)]

1812 – Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon's Grande Armée crosses the Neman river beginning the invasion of Russia.
• [Wikipedia: French invasion of Russia]
• [Why did Napoleon Invade Russia? (Short Animated Documentary)]
• [Epic History TV: Napoleon in Russia]

1813 – Battle of Beaver Dams: A British and Indian combined force defeats the United States Army.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Beaver Dams]

1821 – The Battle of Carabobo takes place. It is the decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Carabobo]
• [Venezuela, 1821: The Battle of Carabobo]

1853 - US President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square-miles (76,800 square km) from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico)
• [Wikipedia: Gadsden Purchase]
• [VIDEO: Gadsden Purchase]

1859 – Battle of Solferino (Battle of the Three Sovereigns): Sardinia and France defeat Austria in Solferino, northern Italy.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Solferino]

1861 - American Civil War: Battle of Mathias Point, Virginia Union forces attack Confederate batteries
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Mathias Point]
• [Civil War in Hindsight -034- Lets Fly Balloons]

1861 - American Civil War: Tennessee becomes 11th (& last) state to secede from Union

1863 - American Civil War: Planning an invasion of Pennsylvania, Lee's army crosses Potomac
• [Lee’s Invasion of Pennsylvania]

1866 – Battle of Custoza: An Austrian army defeats the Italian army during the Austro-Prussian War.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Custoza (1866)]
• [Epic History: The Austro-Prussian War]

1880 – First performance of O Canada at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français. The song would later become the national anthem of Canada.
• [The Canadian Encyclopedia]
• [Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto sing “O Canada”]

1894 – French President Marie François Sadi Carnot is assassinated by Anarchist Sante Geronimo Caserio.
• [Sadi Carnot (statesman)]
• [Sante Geronimo Caserio]
• [Anarchism as a movement, 1870–1940]

1901- 1st exhibition by Pablo Picasso aged 19, opens in Paris
• [Wikipedia Bio: Pablo Picasso]
• [Watch Picasso Make a Masterpiece]
• [★ Pablo Picasso Complete Documentary The ★ Art Story]

1902 – King Edward VII of the United Kingdom develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation.

1913 – Greece and Serbia annul their alliance with Bulgaria.

1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Mary Pickford]
• [PBS American Experience: Mary Pickford]
• [LINKTEXT]

1917 - World War I: Russian Black Sea fleet mutinies at Sebastopol
• [WWI Centennial: Russian Black Sea Fleet Mutinies]

1918 – First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.

1922 – The American Professional Football Association is renamed the National Football League.

1922 - Adolf Hitler begins a prison sentence for paramilitary operations; he rails against the 'Jewish sell-out' of Germany to the Bolsheviks
• [Adolf Hitler in Prison]
• [How Hitler Launched His Fortune From Prison ]

1932 – A bloodless revolution instigated by the People's Party ends the absolute power of King Prajadhipok of Siam (now Thailand).

1938 – Pieces of a meteorite land near Chicora, Pennsylvania. The meteorite is estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth's atmosphere and exploded.

1939 – Siam is renamed Thailand by Plaek Phibunsongkhram, the country's third prime minister.
• [History.Info]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Plaek Phibunsongkhram]

1940 – World War II: Operation Collar, the first British Commando raid on occupied France, by No 11 Independent Company.
• [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Collar_(commando_raid)]

1941 - World War II: Entire Jewish male population of Gorzhdy, Lithuania, exterminated
• [Wikipedia: The Holocaust in Lithuania]

1941 - World War II: Germans advance into Russia and take Vilna, Brest-Litovsk and Kaunas

1942 - World War II: Village of Ležáky, Czechoslovakia destroyed by Nazis after Gestapo finds a radio transmitter believed to have been involved coordinating the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, 33 adults were executed by firing squad on site, and children were sent to concentration camp gas chambers, and the village was burned down and plowed under. It has not been rebuilt.
• [Wikipedia: Ležáky]

1943 – World War II: US military police attempt to arrest a black soldier in Bamber Bridge, England, sparking the Battle of Bamber Bridge mutiny that leaves one dead and seven wounded.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Bamber Bridge]
• [When US Soldiers brought Jim Crow to Britain in World War II]
• [Heroes Among Us: Incident at Bamber Bridge]

1945 - World War II: The Moscow Victory Parade takes place
• [1945 Moscow Victory Grand Parade (HD) - Moscow Victory Parade of 1945] (Russian, click closed captioning and autotranslate for English subtitles)
• [Excerpts of Red Army 1945 Moscow Victory Parade English Narration]
• [2021 Victory Day Parade] (English subtitles)
• [Wikipedia: Moscow Victory Parade of 1945]

1947 – Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
• [Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting]
• [The Mysterious Kenneth Arnold UFO Sighting in 1947 - FindingUFO]

1948 – Cold War: Start of the Berlin Blockade: The Soviet Union makes overland travel between West Germany and West Berlin impossible.
• [Wikipedia: Berlin Blockade]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Ernst Reuter]
• [Berlin Airlift: The Cold War Begins - Extra History]
• [The Berlin Airlift - The Cold War Mission to Save a City]

1949 – The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, starring William Boyd, is aired on NBC.

1950 – Apartheid: In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed, formally segregating races.

1954 – First Indochina War: Battle of Mang Yang Pass: Viet Minh troops belonging to the 803rd Regiment ambush G.M. 100 of France in An Khê.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Mang Yang Pass]
• [Wikipedia: First Indochina War]
• [Vietnam: A Television History - The First Vietnam War (1946-1954)]

1957 – In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.
• [Wikipedia: Roth v. United States]
• [JUSTIA: Roth v. United States, 354 U.S. 476 (1957)]
• [Roth v. United States Case Brief Summary | Law Case Explained]

1963 – The United Kingdom grants Zanzibar internal self-government.

1973 – The UpStairs Lounge arson attack takes place at a gay bar located on the second floor of the three-story building at 141 Chartres Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Thirty-two people die as a result of fire or smoke inhalation.
• [Wikipedia: UpStairs Lounge arson attack]
• [Prejudice & Pride: Revisiting the tragic fire that killed 32 in a New Orleans gay bar]

1975 – Eastern Air Lines Flight 66 encounters severe wind shear and crashes on final approach to New York's JFK Airport killing 113 of the 124 passengers on board, making it the deadliest U.S. plane crash at the time. This accident led to decades of research into downburst and microburst phenomena and their effects on aircraft.
• [Wikipedia: Eastern Air Lines Flight 66]
• [WNBC-TV Eastern Flight 66 Crash Coverage, June 24, 1975]
• [Deadly Draft | Eastern Air Lines Flight 66]

1977 - IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976
• [WaPo: Carter Owes No '76 Tax But Will Pay]

1981 – The Humber Bridge opens to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It remained the world's longest bridge span for 17 years.

1982 – "The Jakarta Incident": British Airways Flight 9 flies into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung, resulting in the failure of all four engines.

1985 - 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 returns to Earth

1989 – Jiang Zemin succeeds Zhao Ziyang to become the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

1995 – Rugby World Cup: South Africa defeats New Zealand and Nelson Mandela presents Francois Pienaar with the Webb Ellis Cup in an iconic post-apartheid moment.

1997 - USAF reports Roswell 'space aliens' were dummies

2002 – The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history.
• [Wikipedia: Igandu train collision]
• [LINKTEXT]
• [LINKTEXT]

2004 – In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.

2010 – At Wimbledon, John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France, in the longest match in professional tennis history.
• [Wikipedia: Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships]
• [John Isner vs Nicolas Mahut | Wimbledon 2010 | The Longest Match in Full] (over 11 hours)

2010 – Julia Gillard assumes office as the first female Prime Minister of Australia.

2012 – Death of Lonesome George, the last known individual of Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii, a subspecies of the Galápagos tortoise.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Lonesome George]
• [Lonesome George Tribute, Galapagos 2012]
• [Preserving Lonesome George Short Doc]

2013 – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is found guilty of abusing his power and engaging in sex with an underage prostitute, and is sentenced to seven years in prison.

2020 - NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces people arriving from nine states hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic will have to isolate for two weeks

2020 - COVID-19 pandemic worsens dramatically in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, with 25% mortality according to the UN

2020 - Russia celebrates its victory 75 years ago over Nazi Germany with huge military parade through Red Square in Moscow (delayed from May 9 due to pandemic)
• [SCMP Live: Russia Victory Day parade]

2020 - World Monetary fund predicts a deeper global recession with contraction of 4.9% (down from 3%), noting 2/3 of all countries used 11 trillion to support their economies
• [Why the IMF Is Predicting an Even Deeper Global Recession]





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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Weather Briefing for Wednesday, June 23, 2021



OUTLOOK

High pressure will arrive from the northwest today, resulting in below normal temperatures and dry weather through at least Thursday. The high will settle off the East Coast over the weekend, bringing moisture back into the region and a return of diurnal showers and thunderstorms through early next week.



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Vet's Portrait Project for 2021 

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

NC Dept of Justice Releases May 2021 Highlights [LINK]

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Friday Night


Franklin area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70.

Friday Night

A chance of showers between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Otto area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Thursday

A slight chance of showers in the early afternoon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of rain is 20%.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.

Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds.

Tonight

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

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

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

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Jun 23 2021

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

1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located a few hundred miles east of the Windward Islands remain disorganized. Development of this system is unlikely as it moves west-northwestward at 5 to 10 mph into an area of stronger upper-level winds by Thursday.

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




Air Quality




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

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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (3.6 out of 12) today with Grasses and Plantain being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.5 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on June 23rd


Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1988
Lowest Temperature 41°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1947
Greatest Rainfall 2.54 inches in Highlands in 1941
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


June Weather Extremes for Macon County

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


Macon Calendar

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

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

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On This Day

June 23rd is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 191 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)


229 – Sun Quan proclaims himself emperor of Eastern Wu.
• [Wikipedia: Sun Quan]
• [Wikipedia: Eastern Wu]
• [Who was Sun Quan? Part One]
• [Who was Sun Quan? Part Two]

1266 – War of Saint Sabas: In the Battle of Trapani, the Venetians defeat a larger Genoese fleet, capturing all its ships.
• [Wikipedia: War of Saint Sabas]
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Trapani]

1280 – The Spanish Reconquista: In the Battle of Moclín the Emirate of Granada ambush a superior pursuing force, killing most of them in a military disaster for the Kingdom of Castile.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Moclín (1280)]
• [Wikipedia: Reconquista]
• [Flashpoint History: Reconquista ]
• [Flashpoint History: Reconquista - The Next Generation]
• [Flashpoint History: Reconquista The Last Kingdom of Islam - The Story of the Final Days of Islamic Spain]

1305 – A peace treaty between the Flemish and the French is signed at Athis-sur-Orge.
• [Wikipedia: Treaty of Athis-sur-Orge]

1314 – First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn (south of Stirling) begins.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Bannockburn]
• [Wikipedia: First War of Scottish Independence]
• [HistoryMarche Video: Battle of Bannockburn, 1314 ⚔️ First War of Scottish Independence]

1532 – Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France sign the "Treaty of Closer Amity With France" (also known as the Pommeraye treaty), pledging mutual aid against Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.
• [Wikipedia: Field of the Cloth of Gold]

1565 – Dragut, commander of the Ottoman navy, dies during the Great Siege of Malta.
• [Wikipedia: Great Siege of Malta]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Dragut]
• [Kings and Generals: Great Siege of Malta 1565]

1594 – The Action of Faial, Azores. The Portuguese carrack Cinco Chagas, loaded with slaves and treasure, is attacked and sunk by English ships with only 13 survivors out of over 700 on board.
• [Wikipedia: Action of Faial]

1683 – William Penn signs a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania.

1713 – The French residents of Acadia are given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia, Canada.
• [Wikipedia: Expulsion of the Acadians]

1757 – Battle of Plassey: Three thousand British troops under Robert Clive defeat a 50,000-strong Indian army under Siraj ud-Daulah at Plassey.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Plassey]
• [Kings and Generals: Battle of Plassey 1757 - British Conquest of India Begins]
• [How did Britain Conquer India? | Animated History]

1758 – Seven Years' War: Battle of Krefeld: British, Hanoverian, and Prussian forces defeat French troops at Krefeld in Germany.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Krefeld]

1760 – Seven Years' War: Battle of Landeshut: Austria defeats Prussia.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Landeshut (1760)]
• [Wikipedia: Third Silesian War]

1780 – American Revolution: Battle of Springfield fought in and around Springfield, New Jersey (including Short Hills, formerly of Springfield, now of Millburn Township).
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Springfield]

1794 – Empress Catherine II of Russia grants Jews permission to settle in Kyiv.

1810 – John Jacob Astor forms the Pacific Fur Company.
• [Wikipedia: Pacific Fur Company]
• [Wikipedia Bio: John Jacob Astor]

1812 – War of 1812: Great Britain revokes the restrictions on American commerce, thus eliminating one of the chief reasons for going to war.

1860 – The United States Congress establishes the Government Printing Office.

1865 – American Civil War: At Fort Towson in the Oklahoma Territory, Confederate Brigadier General Stand Watie surrenders the last significant Confederate army.
• [Native Voices: Civil War general Stand Watie, Cherokee, surrenders last]
• [Wikipedia: Stand Watie]
• [Cherokee Almanac: Stand Watie's Ceasefire]
• [Stand Watie Presentation - Randall University (4/18/2020)]

1868 – Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called the "Type-Writer".
• [Wikipedia Bio: Christopher Latham Sholes]
• [Wikipedia: Typewriter]
• [World's First Typewriter, Birth of Q-W-E-R-T-Y, an ITM Clock video]

1887 – The Rocky Mountains Park Act becomes law in Canada creating the nation's first national park, Banff National Park.
• [Wikipedia: Banff National Park]
• [Official Website: Banff National park]
• [Best Drone Video in 4K || Banff National Park || canada]
• [SCENIC DRIVE - Banff National Park, Icefields Pkwy, Alberta, CANADA, Travel]

1894 – The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne in Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
• [IOC Tribute]
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [The Olympic Museum: INSIDE | Pierre de Coubertin] (French w/ English subtitles)

1913 – Second Balkan War: The Greeks defeat the Bulgarians in the Battle of Doiran.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Doiran (1913)]
• [Wikipedia: Second Balkan War]
• [Wikipedia: Balkan League]
• [The Second Balkan War - Explained in 10 minutes]

1914 – Mexican Revolution: Pancho Villa takes Zacatecas from Victoriano Huerta.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Zacatecas (1914)]
• [Wikipedia: Mexican Revolution]
• [Captivating History: The Mexican Revolution Explained in 10 Minutes]

1917 – In a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore retires 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire.
• [Babe Ruth punched an umpire in the CRAZIEST MLB game ever | Crazy Sports Stories]
• [Babe Ruth Once Punched an Umpire, Opening the Door for a Wild No-Hitter]

1919 – Estonian War of Independence: The decisive defeat of the Baltische Landeswehr in the Battle of Cēsis; this date is celebrated as Victory Day in Estonia.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Cēsis (1919)]
• [Wikipedia: Estonian War of Independence]
• [Estonian War of Independence animated]

1926 – The College Board administers the first SAT exam.

1931 – Wiley Post and Harold Gatty take off from Roosevelt Field, Long Island in an attempt to circumnavigate the world in a single-engine plane.

1938 – The Civil Aeronautics Act is signed into law, forming the Civil Aeronautics Authority in the United States.
• [The Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938] (PDF)
• [Living New Deal Glossary Entry]

1940 – Adolf Hitler goes on a three-hour tour of the architecture of Paris with architect Albert Speer and sculptor Arno Breker in his only visit to the city.
• [Silent Newsreel]
• [Hitler in Paris - The Secret 1940 Visit]
• [Hitler's triumphant tour of Paris, 1940]

1940 – Henry Larsen begins the first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

1941 – The Lithuanian Activist Front declares independence from the Soviet Union and forms the Provisional Government of Lithuania; it lasts only briefly as the Nazis will occupy Lithuania a few weeks later.
• [Wikipedia: Lithuanian Activist Front]

1942 – World War II: Germany's latest fighter aircraft, a Focke-Wulf Fw 190, is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales.
• [The German World War II fighter pilot who accidentally landed his plane in West Wales... and helped the Allies win the war]
• [Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Pt. 1, design philosophy and features.]
• [Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Pt.2]
• [Original Fw-190A-5 - BMW-801 - Only Flying Original in the world]

1946 – The 1946 Vancouver Island earthquake strikes Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

1947 – The United States Senate follows the United States House of Representatives in overriding U.S. President Harry S. Truman's veto of the Taft–Hartley Act.
• [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taft%E2%80%93Hartley_Act]

1951 – The ocean liner SS United States is christened and launched.
• [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_United_States]
• [SS United States Conservancy Website]
• [SS United States: America's Flagship]
• [Abandoned - S.S. United States]

1956 – The French National Assembly takes the first step in creating the French Community by passing the Loi Cadre, transferring a number of powers from Paris to elected territorial governments in French West Africa.

1959 – Convicted Manhattan Project spy Klaus Fuchs is released after only nine years in prison and allowed to emigrate to Dresden, East Germany where he resumes a scientific career.
• [Wikipedia Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaus_Fuchs]
• [Freeman Dyson - The betrayal by Klaus Fuchs]
• [Frank Close tells the story of Klaus Fuchs and the Bodleian Library]
• ['Trinity: Klaus Fuchs, Oxford and the atomic bomb – a story of physics and espionage']

1960 – The United States Food and Drug Administration declares Enovid to be the first officially approved combined oral contraceptive pill in the world.

1961 – The Antarctic Treaty System, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and limits military activity on the continent, its islands and ice shelves, comes into force.
• [National Science Foundation Website]
• [Wikipedia: Antarctic Treaty System]
• [RMIT Lecture: Antarctic Treaty System]

1967 – Cold War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin in Glassboro, New Jersey for the three-day Glassboro Summit Conference.
• [Wikipedia: Glassboro Summit Conference]
• [Newsreel]
• [Rowan University: 1967 Glassboro Summit]

1969 – Warren E. Burger is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court by retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren.
• [AP VIDEO: Judge Warren Berger Receives Richard Nixon's Nomination for Chief Justice]
• [From the Archives 91: Warren E. Burger, The State of the Judiciary (1970)]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Warren E. Burger]

1969 – IBM announces that effective January 1970 it will price its software and services separately from hardware thus creating the modern software industry.

1972 – Watergate scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman are taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation's investigation into the Watergate break-ins.

1972 – Title IX of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 is amended to prohibit sexual discrimination to any educational program receiving federal funds.

1973 – A fire at a house in Hull, England, which kills a six-year-old boy is passed off as an accident; it later emerges as the first of 26 deaths by fire caused over the next seven years by serial arsonist Peter Dinsdale.

1985 – A terrorist bomb explodes at Narita International Airport near Tokyo. An hour later, the same group detonates a second bomb aboard Air India Flight 182, bringing the Boeing 747 down off the coast of Ireland killing all 329 aboard.
• [Wikipedia: 1985 Narita International Airport bombing]
• [Wikipedia: Air India Flight 182]
• [Air Crash Investigation New Series Air India Flight 182 Jumbo 747 Terrorist Bomb Attack]

1991 – Sonic the Hedgehog is released in North America on the Sega Genesis platform, beginning the popular video game franchise.
• [1991 Sonic The Hedgehog Commercial With Larry Cedar]
• [Wikipedia: Sonic the Hedgehog]
• [Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) ::: 100% Walkthrough ::: LONGPLAY ᴴᴰ ::: Mega Drive]

1992 - Emmy 19th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 13th time
• [Wikipedia: Outstanding Lead Actress]
• [UPI: Erika Slezak beats out Susan Lucci for Emmy]

1992 - Yitzhak Rabin wins Israeli parliamentary election

1994 – NASA's Space Station Processing Facility, a new state-of-the-art manufacturing building for the International Space Station, officially opens at Kennedy Space Center.
• [25th Anniversary Video Tribute]
• [Offiical Website]
• [Wikipedia: Space Station Processing Facility]

2001 – The 8.4 Mw  southern Peru earthquake shakes coastal Peru with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). A destructive tsunami followed, leaving at least 74 people dead, and 2,687 injured.
• [Wikipedia: 2001 southern Peru earthquake]

2012 – Ashton Eaton breaks the decathlon world record at the United States Olympic Trials.
• [CBS News Article]

2013 – Nik Wallenda becomes the first man to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tight rope.
• [Highlights]

2013 – Militants stormed a high-altitude mountaineering base camp near Nanga Parbat in Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan killing ten climbers, and a local guide.

2014 – The last of Syria's declared chemical weapons are shipped out for destruction.

2016 – The United Kingdom votes in a referendum to leave the European Union, by 52% to 48%.
• [Brexit and a Prime Minister's resignation: How events unfolded]
• [Out! Brexit Referendum MP Reactions on the Morning of Brexit Results 2016 - Cameron Resignation]
• [Wikipedia: 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum]

2017 – A series of terrorist attacks took place in Pakistan resulting in 96 deaths and wounded 200 others.

2018 – Twelve boys and an assistant coach from a soccer team in Thailand were trapped in a flooding cave, leading to an 18-day rescue operation.
• [Wikipedia: Tham Luang cave rescue]
• [Tham Luang Cave Rescue: Against the Elements | Full episode]
• [Divers reveal extraordinary behind-the-scenes details of Thailand cave rescue | Four Corners]
• [3D Scan of Tham Luang Cave | Drain the Oceans: Thai Cave Rescue | National Geographic UK]

2020 – Germany locks down a second area after a spike in COVID-19 cases in Gütersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, affecting half a million people

2020 – COVID-19 cases rise sharply again in America as country records its 3rd highest daily total, more than 35,000

2020 – 125 pilots grounded by Pakistan International Airlines after revelations many had cheated in exams or held fake licenses





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Published at 4:05am on Tuesday, June 23, 2021