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Monday, April 12, 2021

2021 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

 

This week, from April 11th through the 17th, is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.



Macon Media salutes those who are the voice in the dark that people reach out to for help, the voice that guides public safety personnel to where they need to be when seconds count. These people work in obscurity, providing the link between those who need help and those who can provide it.

They are the vital link between the person calling, and the emergency services arriving on the scene.

They never know what's going to happen at any given time when they answer the phone.

Sometimes they have to pry the information out of callers and other times they have to stop them from bombarding them with too much. Each call is as individual as the caller; no two calls are ever the same, no two days are the same.

The telecommunicators at the Macon County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) make a difference in the lives of thousands of Maconians every year.


A DISPATCHERS PRAYER

Dear Lord,


Help me keep safe those who depend on me.
Give me healthy ears, for they are my link with those who need me.
Keep my mind sharp and alert, my fingers quick and nimble.
Grant that I never forget how to do ten things at once, and do them all equally well.


Bless me with patience Lord.
Patience to deal with the public, with the officers, with the boss, and with everyone else who makes me want to grit my teeth and yell.
Give me nerves of steel,

That I may listen to a mother screaming for her child to live,
The man with a gun, or an officer yelling for backup, and not give way to panic.
Grant me empathy

That I may help the battered wife, the rape victim, the abused child,
And not cause them more pain than they already have.
God, give me the ability

To learn what I need, to remember it quickly,
And give me the wisdom to use the knowledge properly.
Bless my family, Lord,

For they will have to make sacrifices to shift work, overtime,
Canceled plans and times when I just can’t take on one more thing.
Help them understand the missed ball games, school programs and dinners for two.

Lord, give me cou
rage.
The courage to persevere when I feel undervalued,
Unappreciated, overworked and unrecognized,
Courage to keep trying when I feel in my heart it’s hopeless.

Last of all Lord, help me to never forget why I chose this job in the first place,
To never lose sight of what is important in the midst of stress.
Help me to remember that I make a difference,
However small it may seem some days, and that I matter.
I am a dispatcher, Lord, grant me peace.

The author of this poem is now deceased – it was her choice to remain Anonymous.

Weather Briefing for Monday, April 12, 2021



OUTLOOK

High pressure remains over our region through today, leading to drier conditions. Another cold front will likely cross the area during the middle of the week, possibly bringing more rain to the area Wednesday. Drier and cooler air returns Thursday and continues into the weekend.


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National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Wednesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light winds out of the northwest early increasing to come out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

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

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s.

Highlands area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. WInds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 46. North northwest wind 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the west in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the west 3 to 6 mph.

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40.

Otto area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light winds out of the northwest early increasing to 10 to 15 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

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

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s.

Nantahala area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

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

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.





Air Quality




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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the high range (11.5 out of 12) today with Oak, Juniper, and Birch being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to also be in the high range (11.0 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 12th


Highest Temperature 87°F in Franklin in 2001
Lowest Temperature 22°F in Franklin in 1973
Greatest Rainfall 2.73 inches in Highlands in 1997
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (there has been no recorded snowfall on this date)


April Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest One-Day Rain 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987


On This Day

April 12th is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 263 days remain until the end of the year. Historical Events


240 – Shapur I becomes co-emperor of the Sasanian Empire with his father Ardashir I.
467 – Anthemius is elevated to Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
627 – King Edwin of Northumbria is converted to Christianity by Paulinus, bishop of York.
1012 – Duke Oldřich of Bohemia deposes and blinds his brother Jaromír who flees to Poland.
1065 - Pilgrims under bishop Gunther of Bamberg reach Jerusalem
1204 – The Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade breach the walls of Constantinople and enter the city, which they completely occupy the following day.
1606 – The Union Flag is adopted as the flag of English and Scottish ships.
1776 – American Revolution: With the Halifax Resolves, the North Carolina Provincial Congress authorizes its Congressional delegation to vote for independence from Britain.
1807 – The Froberg mutiny ends when the remaining mutineers blow up the magazine of Fort Ricasoli.
1820 – Alexander Ypsilantis is declared leader of Filiki Eteria, a secret organization to overthrow Ottoman rule over Greece.
1831 – Soldiers marching on the Broughton Suspension Bridge in Manchester, England, cause it to collapse.
1861 – American Civil War: Battle of Fort Sumter. The war begins with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.
1862 – American Civil War: The Andrews Raid (the Great Locomotive Chase) occurs, starting from Big Shanty, Georgia (now Kennesaw).
1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Fort Pillow: Confederate forces kill most of the African American soldiers that surrendered at Fort Pillow, Tennessee.
1865 – American Civil War: Mobile, Alabama, falls to the Union Army.
1877 – The United Kingdom annexes the Transvaal.
1910 – SMS Zrínyi, one of the last pre-dreadnought battleships built by the Austro-Hungarian Navy, is launched.
1917 – World War I: Canadian forces successfully complete the taking of Vimy Ridge from the Germans.
1927 – Shanghai massacre of 1927: Chiang Kai-shek orders the Chinese Communist Party members executed in Shanghai, ending the First United Front.
1927 – Rocksprings, Texas was hit by an F5 tornado that destroyed 235 of the 247 buildings in the town and killed 72 townspeople and injured 205; third deadliest tornado in Texas history.
1928 – The Bremen, a German Junkers W 33 type aircraft, takes off for the first successful transatlantic aeroplane flight from east to west.
1934 – The strongest surface wind gust in the world at the time of 231 mph, is measured on the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire. It has since been surpassed.
1934 – The U.S. Auto-Lite strike begins, culminating in a five-day melee between Ohio National Guard troops and 6,000 strikers and picketers.
1937 – Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England.
1945 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies in office; Vice President Harry S. Truman becomes President upon Roosevelt's death.
1945 – World War II: The U.S. Ninth Army under General William H. Simpson crosses the Elbe River astride Magdeburg, and reached Tangermünde—only 50 miles from Berlin.
1955 – The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.
1961 – Cold War: Space Race: The Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first manned orbital flight, Vostok 1.
1963 – The Soviet nuclear-powered submarine K-33 collides with the Finnish merchant vessel M/S Finnclipper in the Danish straits.
1970 – Soviet submarine K-8, carrying four nuclear torpedoes, sinks in the Bay of Biscay four days after a fire on board.
1980 – The Americo-Liberian government of Liberia is violently deposed.
1980 – Transbrasil Flight 303, a Boeing 727, crashes on approach to Hercílio Luz International Airport, in Florianópolis, Brazil. Fifty-five out of the 58 people on board are killed.
1981 – The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place: The STS-1 mission.
1983 – Harold Washington is elected as the first black mayor of Chicago.
1990 – Jim Gary's "Twentieth Century Dinosaurs" exhibition opens at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He is the only sculptor ever invited to present a solo exhibition there.
1992 – The Euro Disney Resort officially opens with its theme park Euro Disneyland; the resort and its park's name are subsequently changed to Disneyland Paris.
1999 – United States President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a civil lawsuit; he is later fined and disbarred.
2002 – A suicide bomber blows herself up at the entrance to Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Market, killing seven people and wounding 104.
2007 – A suicide bomber penetrates the Green Zone and detonates in a cafeteria within a parliament building, killing Iraqi MP Mohammed Awad and wounding more than twenty other people.
2009 – Zimbabwe officially abandons the Zimbabwean dollar as its official currency.
2010 – Merano derailment: A rail accident in South Tyrol kills nine people and injures a further 28.
2013 – Two suicide bombers kill three Chadian soldiers and injure dozens of civilians at a market in Kidal, Mali.
2014 – The Great Fire of Valparaíso ravages the Chilean city of Valparaíso, killing 16 people, displacing nearly 10,000, and destroying over 2,000 homes.[8]
2019 - Melbourne captain Cameron Smith becomes highest point scorer in Australian Rugby League history; 49th minute penalty in Storm's 18-12 win over North Queensland in Townsville takes him to 2,420; Hazem El Masri, 2,418
2020 - OPEC and other major oil companies agree to the largest-ever drop in production to stabilize world prices
2020 - Pope Francis calls for the world to be united in the face of COVID-19 as he delivers his Easter message from an empty St Peter's Cathedral in Rome


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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Weather Briefing for Sunday, April 11, 2021



OUTLOOK

High pressure is expected to build in through Monday, leading to drier conditions. Another cold front will likely cross the area during the middle of next week, possibly bringing more precipitation to the area Wednesday. Drier and cooler air returns Thursday and continues into the weekend.


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National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Tuesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 70. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to ocme out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s.

Highlands area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the west 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

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

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s.

Otto area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 70. Light winds out of the southwest early increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s.

Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the west 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

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

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.





Air Quality




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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the high range (10.8 out of 12) today with Oak, Juniper, and Birch being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to also be in the high range (11.5 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 11th


Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2001
Lowest Temperature 18°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1960
Greatest Rainfall 3.85 inches in Highlands in 1913
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (there has been no recorded snowfall on this date)


April Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest One-Day Rain 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987


On This Day

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


491 – Flavius Anastasius becomes Byzantine emperor, with the name of Anastasius I.
491 - Flavius Anastasius becomes Byzantine Emperor, as Anastasius I - often called the first Byzantine Emperor
672 - Deusdedit II begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1241 – Batu Khan defeats Béla IV of Hungary at the Battle of Mohi.
1512 – War of the League of Cambrai: French forces led by Gaston de Foix win the Battle of Ravenna.
1544 – Italian War of 1542–46: A French army defeats Habsburg forces at the Battle of Ceresole, but fails to exploit its victory.
1689 – William III and Mary II are crowned as joint sovereigns of Great Britain.
1713 – War of the Spanish Succession (Queen Anne's War): Treaty of Utrecht.
1727 – Premiere of Johann Sebastian Bach's St Matthew Passion BWV 244b at the St. Thomas Church, Leipzig
1809 – An incomplete British victory over the French fleet at the Battle of the Basque Roads results in the court-martial of James, Lord Gambier.
1814 – The Treaty of Fontainebleau ends the War of the Sixth Coalition against Napoleon Bonaparte, and forces him to abdicate unconditionally for the first time.
1856 – Second Battle of Rivas: Juan Santamaría burns down the hostel where William Walker's filibusters are holed up.
1868 – Former shōgun Tokugawa Yoshinobu surrenders Edo Castle to Imperial forces, marking the end of the Tokugawa shogunate.
1876 – The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is organized.
1881 – Spelman College is founded in Atlanta, Georgia as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, an institute of higher education for African-American women.
1908 – SMS Blücher, the last armored cruiser to be built by the Imperial German Navy, is launched.
1909 – The city of Tel Aviv is founded.
1921 – Emir Abdullah establishes the first centralised government in the newly created British protectorate of Transjordan.
1945 – World War II: American forces liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp.
1951 – Korean War: President Truman relieves Douglas MacArthur of the command of American forces in Korea and Japan.
1951 – The Stone of Scone, the stone upon which Scottish monarchs were traditionally crowned, is found on the site of the altar of Arbroath Abbey. It had been taken by Scottish nationalist students from its place in Westminster Abbey.
1955 – The Air India Kashmir Princess is bombed and crashes in a failed assassination attempt on Zhou Enlai by the Kuomintang.
1957 – United Kingdom agrees to Singaporean self-rule.
1961 – The trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem.
1963 – Pope John XXIII issues Pacem in terris, the first encyclical addressed to all Christians instead of only Catholics, and which described the conditions for world peace in human terms.
1964 – Brazilian Marshal Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco is elected President by the National Congress.
1965 – The Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1965: Fifty-one tornadoes hit in six Midwestern states, killing 256 people.
1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.
1968 – Assassination attempt on Rudi Dutschke, leader of the German student movement.
1970 – Apollo 13 is launched.
1976 – The Apple I is created.
1977 – London Transport's Silver Jubilee AEC Routemaster buses are launched.
1979 – Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is deposed.
1981 – A massive riot in Brixton, south London results in almost 300 police injuries and 65 serious civilian injuries.
1986 – FBI Miami Shootout: A gun battle in broad daylight in Dade County, Florida between two bank/armored car robbers and pursuing FBI agents. During the firefight, FBI agents Jerry L. Dove and Benjamin P. Grogan were killed, while five other agents were wounded. As a result, the popular .40 S&W cartridge was developed.
1987 – The London Agreement is secretly signed between Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres and King Hussein of Jordan.
1990 – Customs officers in Middlesbrough, England, seize what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.
1993 – Four hundred fifty prisoners rioted at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, and continued to do so for ten days, citing grievances related to prison conditions, as well as the forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisoners (for tuberculosis) against their religious beliefs.
2001 – The detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, China after a collision with a J-8 fighter, is released.
2002 – The Ghriba synagogue bombing by al-Qaeda kills 21 in Tunisia.
2002 – Over two hundred thousand people march in Caracas towards the Presidential palace to demand the resignation of president Hugo Chávez. Nineteen protesters are killed.
2006 – Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces Iran's claim to have successfully enriched uranium.
2007 – Algiers bombings: Two bombings in Algiers kill 33 people and wound a further 222 others.
2011 – An explosion in the Minsk Metro, Belarus kills 15 people and injures 204 others.
2012 – A pair of great earthquakes occur in the Wharton Basin west of Sumatra in Indonesia. The maximum Mercalli intensity of this strike-slip doublet earthquake was VII (Very strong). Ten were killed, twelve were injured, and a non-destructive tsunami was observed on the island of Nias.
2018 – An Ilyushin Il-76 which was owned and operated by the Algerian Air Force crashes near Boufarik, Algeria, killing 257.
2019 - Ex-Pope Benedict XVI claims Catholic sexual abuse caused in part by 1960s sexual revolution
2020 - Brazil is the 1st country in the southern hemisphere to report more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19, with 1,056 deaths and 19,638 cases


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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Weather Briefing for Saturday, April 10, 2021



OUTLOOK

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


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National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Tuesday Night


Franklin area

Today

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

Tonight

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

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

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

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 40s.

Highlands area

Today

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

Tonight

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

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

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

Monday

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

Monday Night

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

Otto area

Today

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

Tonight

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

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

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

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 50.

Nantahala area

Today

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

Tonight

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

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

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

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.

HAZARDS

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





HAZARDS

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

Air Quality




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

Pollen

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


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 10th


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


April Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest One-Day Rain 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987


On This Day

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


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


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Friday, April 9, 2021

Weather Briefing for Friday, April 9, 2021



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


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National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Monday Night


Franklin area

Today

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

Friday Night

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

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

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

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

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

Highlands area

Today

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

Friday Night

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

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

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

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

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

Otto area

Today

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

Friday Night

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

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

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

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid-40s.

Nantahala area

Today

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

Friday Night

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

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

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

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

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



HAZARDS

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





HAZARDS

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

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

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

Air Quality




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

Pollen

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


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 9th


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


April Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest One-Day Rain 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987


On This Day

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


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


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Thursday, April 8, 2021

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



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Weather Briefing for Thursday, April 8, 2021



OUTLOOK

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


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National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Sunday Night


Today

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

Tonight

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

Friday

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

Friday Night

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

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

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

Highlands area

Today

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

Tonight

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

Friday

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

Friday Night

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

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

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

Otto area

Today

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

Tonight

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

Friday

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

Friday Night

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

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

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

Nantahala area

Today

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

Tonight

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

Friday

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

Friday Night

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

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

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



HAZARDS

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

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

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

Air Quality




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

Pollen

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


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 8th


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


April Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest One-Day Rain 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987


On This Day

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


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


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