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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Weather Briefing for Sunday, May 16, 2021



OUTLOOK

A warming trend will continue through the start of the new week with a gradual increase in daily shower chances through Wednesday. Sprawling Bermuda high pressure will aid in the onset of summerlike conditions by the end of the week.


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National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Tuesday Night


Franklin area

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds. TonightPatchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds.

Monday

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

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

Tuesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly 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. Chance of rain is 30%.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Highlands area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Light winds out of the southwest.

Monday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph.

Monday Night

A slight chance of showers before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Otto area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Light winds out of the west. TonightPartly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds.

Monday

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light and variable winds.

Monday Night

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

Tuesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly 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. Chance of rain is 30%.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers between 8pm and midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Nantahala area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Light and variable winds. TonightPartly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Calm winds.

Monday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Increasing clouds, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds.

Monday Night

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

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 30%.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Chance of rain is 30%.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.


Air Quality




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

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

Pollen


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (7.2 out of 12) today with Birch, Hickory, and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-range range (7.7 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on May 16th


Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 3.11 inches in Highlands in 1955
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


May Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1966
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992


On This Day

May 13th is the 133rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 232 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events

946 – Emperor Suzaku abdicates the throne in favor of his brother Murakami who becomes the 62nd emperor of Japan. 955 - Octavian, son of Duke Alberic II of Spoleto, elected Pope John XII 1165 - Ramjbam & his family reach Acre Palestine 1204 – Having been elected on May 9, Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire. 1426 – Gov. Thado of Mohnyin becomes king of Ava. 1527 – The Florentines drive out the Medici for a second time and Florence re-establishes itself as a republic. 1532 – Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England. 1568 – Mary, Queen of Scots, flees to England. 1584 – Santiago de Vera becomes sixth Governor-General of the Spanish colony of the Philippines. 1739 – The Battle of Vasai concludes as the Marathas defeat the Portuguese army. 1770 – The 14-year-old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste, who later becomes king of France. 1771 – The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called The "Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina. 1811 – Peninsular War: The allies Spain, Portugal and United Kingdom, defeat the French at the Battle of Albuera. 1812 – Imperial Russia signs the Treaty of Bucharest, ending the Russo-Turkish War. The Ottoman Empire cedes Bessarabia to Russia. 1822 – Greek War of Independence: The Turks capture the Greek town of Souli. 1832 – Juan Godoy discovers the rich silver outcrops of Chañarcillo sparking the Chilean silver rush. 1834 – The Battle of Asseiceira is fought, the last and decisive engagement of the Liberal Wars in Portugal. 1842 – The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail from Elm Grove, Missouri, with 100 pioneers. 1860 - Republican convention in Chicago selects Abraham Lincoln as candidate 1861 - American Civil War: Major General Twiggs surrenders to Confederate Army in San Antonio, Texas 1866 – The United States Congress establishes the nickel. 1868 – The United States Senate fails to convict President Andrew Johnson by one vote. 1874 – A flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroys much of four villages and kills 139 people. 1877 – The 16 May 1877 crisis occurs in France, ending with the dissolution of the National Assembly 22 June and affirming the interpretation of the Constitution of 1875 as a parliamentary rather than presidential system. The elections held in October 1877 led to the defeat of the royalists as a formal political movement in France. 1888 – Nikola Tesla delivers a lecture describing the equipment which will allow efficient generation and use of alternating currents to transmit electric power over long distances. 1891 – The International Electrotechnical Exhibition opens in Frankfurt, Germany, and will feature the world's first long-distance transmission of high-power, three-phase electric current (the most common form today). 1916 – The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the French Third Republic sign the secret wartime Sykes-Picot Agreement partitioning former Ottoman territories such as Iraq and Syria. 1918 – The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government during wartime an imprisonable offense. It will be repealed less than two years later. 1919 – A naval Curtiss NC-4 aircraft commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight. 1920 – In Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc. 1929 – In Hollywood, the first Academy Awards ceremony takes place. 1943 – The Holocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ends. 1951 – The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (now John F Kennedy International Airport) in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines. 1959 – The Triton Fountain in Valletta, Malta is turned on for the first time. 1960 – Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser (a ruby laser), at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California. 1961 – Park Chung-hee leads a coup d'état to overthrow the Second Republic of South Korea. 1966 – The Communist Party of China issues the "May 16 Notice", marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. 1969 – Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet space probe, lands on Venus. 1974 – Josip Broz Tito is elected president for life of Yugoslavia. 1988 – A report by the Surgeon General of the United States C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine. 1991 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addresses a joint session of the United States Congress. She is the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress. 1995 - Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara & charged him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier 1997 – Mobutu Sese Seko, the President of Zaire, flees the country. 2003 – In Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks. 2005 – Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35–23 National Assembly vote. 2011 – STS-134 (ISS assembly flight ULF6), launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the 25th and final flight for Space Shuttle Endeavour. 2014 – Twelve people are killed in two explosions in the Gikomba market area of Nairobi, Kenya. 2019 - US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency over IT threats, banning US companies from using foreign technology without a license 2020 - 118-year old American department store JC Penney files for bankruptcy


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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 15, 2021



OUTLOOK

Pleasant weather conditions are expected through the weekend as high pressure sets up over the region. The high shifts to our east, setting up warmer weather next week with a gradual increase in rain chances, mainly across portions of western North Carolina.


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

Today is National Armed Forces Day and National Peace Officers Memorial Day [LINK]



National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Monday Night


Franklin area

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then clearing, with highs in the lower 70s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Calm winds.

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Light winbds out of the south.

Monday

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

Monday Night

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

Highlands area

Today

Increasing clouds, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 7 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph after midnight.

Monday

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

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s.

Otto area

Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then becoming mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds.

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

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

Monday

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

Monday Night

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

Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph by noon.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph by midnight.

Monday

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Monday Night

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

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.


Air Quality




Air quality is in the extereme 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 medium-high range (7.2 out of 12) today with Birch, Hickory, and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-range range (7.7 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on May 15th


Highest Temperature 89°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Highlands in 1910
Greatest Rainfall 3.90 inches in Highlands in 2014
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


May Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1966
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992


On This Day

May 13th is the 133rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 232 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events


221 – Liu Bei, Chinese warlord, proclaims himself emperor of Shu Han, the successor of the Han dynasty.
392 – Emperor Valentinian II is assassinated while advancing into Gaul against the Frankish usurper Arbogast. He is found hanging in his residence at Vienne.
589 – King Authari marries Theodelinda, daughter of the Bavarian duke Garibald I. A Catholic, she has great influence among the Lombard nobility.
756 – Abd-al-Rahman I becomes emir of Cordova, Spain
884 – Marinus I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1004 – Henry II the Saint crowned King of Italy
1213 - King John of England names Stephen Langton as Archbishop of Canterbury
1252 – Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad extirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition.
1525 – Insurgent peasants led by Anabaptist pastor Thomas Müntzer were defeated at the Battle of Frankenhausen, ending the German Peasants' War in the Holy Roman Empire.
1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, stands trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest; she is condemned to death by a specially-selected jury.
1618 – Johannes Kepler confirms his previously rejected discovery of the third law of planetary motion (he first discovered it on March 8 but soon rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made).
1648 – The Peace of Münster is ratified, by which Spain acknowledges Dutch sovereignty.
1791 – French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre proposes the Self-denying Ordinance.
1817 – Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).
1836 – Francis Baily observes "Baily's beads" during an annular eclipse.
1849 – The Sicilian revolution of 1848 is finally extinguished.
1850 – The Arana–Southern Treaty is ratified, ending "the existing differences" between Great Britain and Argentina.
1851 – The first Australian gold rush is proclaimed, although the discovery had been made three months earlier.
1864 – American Civil War: Battle of New Market, Virginia: Students from the Virginia Military Institute fight alongside the Confederate army to force Union General Franz Sigel out of the Shenandoah Valley.
1891 – Pope Leo XIII defends workers' rights and property rights in the encyclical Rerum novarum, the beginning of modern Catholic social teaching.
1911 – In Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States, the United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an "unreasonable" monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up.
1911 – More than 300 Chinese immigrants are killed in the Torreón massacre when the forces of the Mexican Revolution led by Emilio Madero take the city of Torreón from the Federales.
1919 – The Winnipeg general strike begins. By 11:00, almost the whole working population of Winnipeg had walked off the job.
1919 – Greek occupation of Smyrna. During the occupation, the Greek army kills or wounds 350 Turks; those responsible are punished by Greek commander Aristides Stergiades.
1929 – A fire at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio kills 123.
1932 – In an attempted coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is assassinated.
1933 – All military aviation organizations within or under the control of the RLM of Germany were officially merged in a covert manner to form its Wehrmacht military's air arm, the Luftwaffe.
1940 – USS Sailfish is recommissioned. It was originally the USS Squalus.
1940 – World War II: After fierce fighting, the poorly trained and equipped Dutch troops surrender to Germany, marking the beginning of five years of occupation.
1940 – Richard and Maurice McDonald open the first McDonald's restaurant.
1941 – First flight of the Gloster E.28/39 the first British and Allied jet aircraft.
1941 – Joe DiMaggio begins a 56-game hitting streak.
1942 – World War II: In the United States, a bill creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is signed into law.
1943 – Joseph Stalin dissolves the Comintern (or Third International).
1945 – World War II: The Battle of Poljana, the final skirmish in Europe is fought near Prevalje, Slovenia.
1948 – Following the expiration of The British Mandate for Palestine, the Kingdom of Egypt, Transjordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia invade Israel thus starting the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.
1957 – At Malden Island in the Pacific Ocean, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb in Operation Grapple.
1963 – Project Mercury: The launch of the final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut Gordon Cooper on board. He becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, and the last American to go into space alone.
1970 – President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army generals.
1972 – The Ryukyu Islands, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
1974 – Ma'alot massacre: Members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine attack and take hostages at an Israeli school; a total of 31 people are killed, including 22 schoolchildren.
1981 - Soyuz 40 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Romanian) to Salyut 6
1988 – Soviet–Afghan War: After more than eight years of fighting, the Soviet Army begins to withdraw 115,000 troops from Afghanistan.
1991 – Édith Cresson becomes France's first female Prime Minister.
1997 – The United States government acknowledges the existence of the "Secret War" in Laos and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other "Secret War" veterans.
1997 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis launches on STS-84 to dock with the Russian space station Mir.[1]
2004 – Arsenal F.C. go an entire league campaign unbeaten in the English Premier League, joining Preston North End F.C with the right to claim the title "The Invincibles".
2008 – California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state's own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional.
2010 – Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.
2013 – An upsurge in violence in Iraq leaves more than 389 people dead over three days.
2017 - State of Emergency declared in Sanaa, Yemen after outbreak of cholera kills 115
2018 - Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim is released from prison after being pardoned by King Muhammad V
2018 - 58 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and 1700 hospitalized on the Gaza border protesting opening of US embassy in Jerusalem and 70 year founding of Israel
2018 - Taliban forces attack and claim to has seized control of the western city of Farah, Afghanistan
2018 - North Korea threatens to pull out of summit with US and South Korea saying it can "not hide our feeling of repugnance" towards US security advisor John Bolton
2019 - US birthrate in 2018 the lowest for 32 years (total fertility rate 1,728 births per 1,000 women), with record lows for teen births
2019 - Findings from China's Chang'e-4 rover to the Moon suggests huge asteroid created the giant crater on Moon's far side with impact so great it cracked its crust and reached the mantle below published in "Nature"
2020 - Germany, Europe's largest economy, officially in recession due to COVID-19, as figures show economy shrank 2.2% 1st 3 months of


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Published at 4:00am on Saturday, May 15, 2021



Today is National Armed Forces Day and National Peace Officers Memorial Day



Normally on National Peace Officers Memorial Day, Flags are to be lowered until noon, but when it falls on the third Saturday, flags are to remain at full staff in honor of National Armed Forces Day, which supersedes National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

National Armed Forces Day honors our servicemen and women of the military. Established in 1949, this special day celebrates our uniformed heroes each year on every 3rd Saturday of May.

Established in 1962 by President Kennedy, National Peace Officers Memorial Day recognizes the many men and women of law enforcement who lost their lives or who were injured in the line of duty. Peace Officers Memorial Day is celebrated annually on May 15.

Statement from Governor Roy Cooper:

"We can never say enough to thank these officers and their families for making the ultimate sacrifice to protect us. However, we can honor their lives and their memories by pausing to reflect on all the ways they’ve made North Carolina a safer place."

Read Governor Cooper's proclamation recognizing Law Enforcement Officers Month and Peace Officers Memorial Day here.

Per US Flag Code, "The flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day." Therefore all flags are to remain at full staff, Saturday, May 15.

Please note, all North Carolina flag announcements are issued in accordance to regulations outlined in the US Flag Code.




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Friday, May 14, 2021

Weather Briefing for Friday, May 14, 2021



OUTLOOK

A couple of upper level disturbances will cross the area through tonight, resulting in a chance of showers and increased cloud cover over the mountains. Then drier high pressure will build into the region from the north Friday and continue through the weekend, with a slow warming trend. Expect warmer weather next week with a gradual increase in rain chances by midweek.


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Local News Update
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PRESS RELEASE (05-13-2021) MACON PUBLIC HEALTH

Macon County Reports Additional Death Related to COVID-19

Macon County Public Health received notification that a Macon County resident diagnosed with COVID-19 has passed away. To protect the family ́s privacy, no further information will be released about this individual. This death brings Macon County to thirty-eight (38) deaths related to COVID-19.

“This family is in our thoughts and prayers as they mourn the loss of their loved one,” said Health Director, Kathy McGaha. McGaha continued, “Macon County residents can help protect themselves and our community by receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Macon County’s has Appointments available for the lifesaving vaccine for all who are age 18 and over, and are pre-registering those between 12 and 17 for future clinics. The more individuals who get this vaccine, the more likely that we will stop seeing COVID-19 deaths.”

The entire state of North Carolina requires masks to be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19; however, anyone of any age can become infected with this illness. Therefore, we ask that community members strictly follow the governor’s orders and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces. The public can monitor the different phases of re-opening and learn more about the restrictions at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/guidance. If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828-349-2517. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm, until further notice. To register and schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine, please call 828-524-1500. The vaccine call center is open from 8:00am – 4:00pm Monday through Friday, until further notice.



National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Sunday Night


Franklin area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm wind.

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50.

Highlands area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light and variable winds. New rain amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Saturday

Increasing clouds, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50.

Otto area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Saturday

Increasing clouds, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs near 70.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s.

Nantahala area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. TonightPartly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm wind.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s.

Sunday Night

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

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.


Air Quality




Air quality is in the extereme 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 medium-high range (7.2 out of 12) today with Birch, Hickory, and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-range range (7.6 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on May 14th


Highest Temperature 90°F in Franklin in 1956
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Highlands in 1910
Greatest Rainfall 2.99 inches in Franklin in 1976
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


May Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1966
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992


On This Day

May 13th is the 133rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 232 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events


649 - Theodore I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1027 - Robert II of France names his son Henry I as junior King of the Franks
1097 – The Siege of Nicaea begins during the First Crusade.
1264 – Battle of Lewes: Henry III of England is captured and forced to sign the Mise of Lewes, making Simon de Montfort the effective ruler of England.
1483 - Coronation of Charles VIII of France ("Charles the Affable")
1509 – Battle of Agnadello: In northern Italy, French forces defeat the Republic of Venice.
1607 – Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony.
1608 – The Protestant Union, a coalition of Protestant German states, is founded to defend the rights, land and safety of each member against the Catholic Church and Catholic German states.
1610 – Henry IV of France is assassinated by Catholic zealot François Ravaillac, and Louis XIII ascends the throne.
1643 – Four-year-old Louis XIV becomes King of France upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.
1702 - Swedish troops under King Charles XII occupy Warsaw
1747 – War of the Austrian Succession: A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at the First Battle of Cape Finisterre.
1796 – Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation.
1800 – The 6th United States Congress recesses, and the process of moving the U.S. Government from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., begins the following day.
1804 – William Clark and 42 men depart from Camp Dubois to join Meriwether Lewis at St. Charles, Missouri, marking the beginning of the Lewis and Clark Expedition's historic journey up the Missouri River.
1811 – Paraguay: Pedro Juan Caballero, Fulgencio Yegros and José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia start actions to depose the Spanish governor.
1836 – The Treaties of Velasco are signed in Velasco, Texas.
1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson takes place.
1868 – Boshin War: The Battle of Utsunomiya Castle ends as former Tokugawa shogunate forces withdraw northward.
1870 – The first game of rugby in New Zealand is played in Nelson between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.
1878 – The last witchcraft trial held in the United States begins in Salem, Massachusetts, after Lucretia Brown, an adherent of Christian Science, accused Daniel Spofford of attempting to harm her through his mental powers.
1879 – The first group of 463 Indian indentured laborers arrives in Fiji aboard the Leonidas.
1913 – Governor of New York William Sulzer approves the charter for the Rockefeller Foundation, which begins operations with a $100 million donation from John D. Rockefeller.
1918 – Cape Town Mayor, Sir Harry Hands, inaugurates the Two-minute silence.
1931 – Five unarmed civilians are killed in the Ådalen shootings, as the Swedish military is called in to deal with protesting workers.
1935 – The Constitution of the Philippines is ratified by a popular vote.
1939 – Lina Medina becomes the youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five.
1940 – World War II: Rotterdam, Netherlands is bombed by the Luftwaffe of Nazi Germany despite a ceasefire, killing about 900 people and destroying the historic city center.
1943 – World War II: A Japanese submarine sinks AHS Centaur off the coast of Queensland.
1948 – Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.
1951 – Trains run on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales for the first time since preservation, making it the first railway in the world to be operated by volunteers.
1955 – Cold War: Eight Communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a mutual defense treaty called the Warsaw Pact.
1961 – Civil rights movement: A white mob twice attacks a Freedom Riders bus near Anniston, Alabama, before fire-bombing the bus and attacking the civil rights protesters who flee the burning vehicle.
1970 – Andreas Baader is freed from custody by Ulrike Meinhof, Gudrun Ensslin and others, a pivotal moment in the formation of the Red Army Faction.
1973 – Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched.
1977 – A Dan-Air Boeing 707 leased to IAS Cargo Airlines crashes on approach to Lusaka International Airport (now Kenneth Kaunda International Airport) in Lusaka, Zambia, killing six people.
1980 – Salvadoran Civil War: the Sumpul River massacre occurs in Chalatenango, El Salvador.
1988 – Carrollton bus collision: A drunk driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group. Twenty-seven die in the crash and ensuing fire.
2004 – The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.
2004 – Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4815 crashes into the Amazon rainforest during approach to Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Manaus, Brazil, killing 33 people.
2008 – Battle of Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester City Centre between Zenit supporters and Rangers supporters and the Greater Manchester Police, 39 policemen injured, one police-dog injured and 39 arrested.
2010 – Space Shuttle Atlantis launches on the STS-132 mission to deliver the first shuttle-launched Russian ISS component — Rassvet. This was originally slated to be the final launch of Atlantis, before Congress approved STS-135.
2012 – Agni Air Flight CHT crashes in Nepal after a failed go-around, killing 15 people.
2019 – Wikipedia confirms China has banned all versions of its site
2019 – San Francisco is the first city to vote to ban use of facial recognition
2019 – Huge protests closes schools in Kashmir after the rape of a three-year-old girl
2020 – Former pandemic agency head Rick Bright testifies to a US House Committee "without better planning, 2020 could be the darkest winter in modern history"
2020 - Global death toll from COVID-19 passes 300,000 with 4.4 million confirmed infections


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Thursday, May 13, 2021

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National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Saturday Night


Franklin area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light and variable wind.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s. Calm wind.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s.

Highlands area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5pm. Increasing clouds, with highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the southeast in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Light Winds out of the northeast wind. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near 60.

Saturday Night

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

Otto area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northeast late in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

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

Friday Night

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

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near 70.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.

Nantahala area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Light and variable winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s. Light and variable winds.

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.


Air Quality




Air quality is in the extereme 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 medium-high range (7.4 out of 12) today with Birch, Maple, and Hickory being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-range range (7.5 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on May 13th


Highest Temperature 90°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2000
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 2.67 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1971
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


May Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1966
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992


On This Day

May 13th is the 133rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 232 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events


535 - St Agapitus I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
609 - Pope Boniface I turns Pantheon in Rome into a Catholic church
641 - Eligius (Saint Eloy) becomes bishop of Doornik-Noyon
1106 - Henry I of Limburg loses the duchy of Lower Lorraine to Godfrey of Louvain
1110 - Crusaders march into Beirut causing a bloodbath
1364 - Peter Coutherel banished from Leuven
1373 – Julian of Norwich has visions of Jesus while suffering from a life-threatening illness, visions which are later described and interpreted in her book Revelations of Divine Love.
1619 – Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is executed in The Hague after being convicted of treason.
1779 – War of the Bavarian Succession: Russian and French mediators at the Congress of Teschen negotiate an end to the war. In the agreement Austria receives the part of its territory that was taken from it (the Innviertel).
1787 - Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia
1780 – The Cumberland Compact is signed by leaders of the settlers in the Cumberland River area of what would become the U.S. state of Tennessee, providing for democratic government and a formal system of justice.
1804 – Forces sent by Yusuf Karamanli of Tripoli to retake Derna from the Americans attack the city.
1830 – Ecuador gains its independence from Gran Colombia. Republic of Ecuador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president
1846 – Mexican–American War: The United States declares war on the Federal Republic of Mexico following a dispute over the American annexation of the Republic of Texas and a Mexican military incursion.
1861 – American Civil War: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom issues a "proclamation of neutrality" which recognizes the Confederacy as having belligerent rights.
1861 – The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.
1861 – Pakistan's (then a part of British India) first railway line opens, from Karachi to Kotri.
1862 – The USS Planter, a steamer and gunship, steals through Confederate lines and is passed to the Union, by a southern slave, Robert Smalls, who later was officially appointed as captain, becoming the first black man to command a United States ship.
1888 – With the passage of the Lei Áurea ("Golden Law"), Empire of Brazil abolishes slavery.
1912 – The Royal Flying Corps, the forerunner of the Royal Air Force, is established in the United Kingdom.
1917 – Three children report the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal.
1934 Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies
1940 – World War II: Germany's conquest of France begins as the German army crosses the Meuse. Winston Churchill makes his "blood, toil, tears, and sweat" speech to the House of Commons.
1941 – World War II: Yugoslav royal colonel Dragoljub Mihailović starts fighting against German occupation troops, beginning the Serbian resistance.
1943 – World War II: Operations Vulcan and Strike force the surrender of the last Axis troops in Tunisia.
1948 – Arab–Israeli War: The Kfar Etzion massacre is committed by Arab irregulars, the day before the declaration of independence of the state of Israel on May 14.
1951 – The 400th anniversary of the founding of the National University of San Marcos is commemorated by the opening of the first large-capacity stadium in Peru.
1952 – The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
1954 – The anti-National Service Riots, by Chinese middle school students in Singapore, take place.
1958 – During a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Vice President Richard Nixon's car is attacked by anti-American demonstrators.
1958 – May 1958 crisis: A group of French military officers lead a coup in Algiers demanding that a government of national unity be formed with Charles de Gaulle at its head in order to defend French control of Algeria.
1958 – Ben Carlin becomes the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having travelled over 17,000 kilometres (11,000 mi) by sea and 62,000 kilometres (39,000 mi) by land during a ten-year journey.
1960 – Hundreds of University of California, Berkeley students congregate for the first day of protest against a visit by the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
1967 – Dr. Zakir Husain becomes the third President of India. He is the first Muslim President of the Indian Union. He holds this position until August 24, 1969.
1969 – May 13 Incident involving sectarian violence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1971 – Over 900 unarmed Bengali Hindus are murdered in the Demra massacre.
1972 – Faulty electrical wiring ignites a fire underneath the Playtown Cabaret in Osaka, Japan. Blocked exits and non-functional elevators lead to 118 fatalities, with many victims leaping to their deaths.
1972 – The Troubles: A car bombing outside a crowded pub in Belfast sparks a two-day gun battle involving the Provisional IRA, Ulster Volunteer Force and British Army. Seven people are killed and over 66 injured.
1980 – An F3 tornado hits Kalamazoo County, Michigan. President Jimmy Carter declares it a federal disaster area.
1981 – Mehmet Ali Ağca attempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square in Rome. The Pope is rushed to the Agostino Gemelli University Polyclinic to undergo emergency surgery and survives.
1985 – Police bombed MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia, killing six adults and five children, and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.
1989 – Large groups of students (about 2,000) occupy Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike.
1990 – The Dinamo–Red Star riot took place at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb, Croatia between the Bad Blue Boys (fans of Dinamo Zagreb) and the Delije (fans of Red Star Belgrade).
1992 – Li Hongzhi gives the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, People's Republic of China.
1995 – Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.
1996 – Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.
1998 – Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesians of Chinese descent are looted and women raped.
1998 – India carries out two nuclear weapon tests at Pokhran, following the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
2005 – Andijan uprising, Uzbekistan; Troops open fire on crowds of protestors after a prison break; at least 187 people were killed according to official estimates.
2006 – São Paulo violence: Rebellions occur in several prisons in Brazil.
2011 – Two bombs explode in the Charsadda District of Pakistan killing 98 people and wounding 140 others.
2012 – Forty-nine dismembered bodies are discovered by Mexican authorities on Mexican Federal Highway 40.
2013 – American physician Kermit Gosnell is found guilty in Pennsylvania of murdering three infants born alive during attempted abortions, involuntary manslaughter of a woman during an abortion procedure, and other charges.
2014 – An explosion at an underground coal mine in southwest Turkey kills 301 miners.
2019 - China retaliates against the US as their trade war escalates, raising tariffs on $60 billion worth of goods affecting over 4,000 items
2019 - Diary of Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt's last days rediscovered and displayed for the 400th anniversary of his execution
2019 - The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Greystone G &CC: Steve Stricker wins his first career major title by 6 strokes ahead of Billy Andrade, Paul Goydos & David Toms
2020 - Every African country now has cases of COVID-19 as Lesotho becomes the last county on the continent to record a case


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