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Monday, August 2, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, August 2, 2021



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Local News

The Franklin Town Council will be meeting tonight at 6pm [MaconMedia.com]

Macon County Board of Education, July 2021



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Macon County Board of Commissioners, July 2021



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Franklin Town Council - July 2021



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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Wednesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

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. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light and variable wind.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Light winds out of the southeast. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely between 2pm and 4pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Highs near 70. Calm winds becoming east southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms are likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the east. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Highs near 70. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10pm and 2am, then a chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.




Otto area

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

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. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers between 9pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.




Nantahala area

Today

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

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 3pm and 4pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 2am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected at this time.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Aug 2 2021
For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:
Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.




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Almanac

Air Quality




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

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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (5.3 out of 12) today with Grasses and Nettle being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (0.7 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on July 31st


Highest Temperature 94°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1999
Lowest Temperature 45°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 3.66 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1948
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


August Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on 08-09-1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 08-29-1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on 08-13-1940
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of August
Data available from 1870 to 2020

Highest Temperature 110°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County 08-21-1983
Lowest Temperature 31°F Banner Elk, Avery County 08-23-1930
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 13.08 in Idlewild, Ashe County 08-14-1930

Monthly Averages for North Carolina

Warmest Weather Station 79.7°F Wilmington, New Hanover County
Coldest Weather Station 59.6°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.74 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 3.12 in Lexington, Davidson County



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


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

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


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National News Roundup

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





Florida Emerges As Epicenter Of COVID Outbreak: ‘Numbers Are Unbelievably Frightening’ [CBS-4 Miami]



New study indicates that Americans became desensitized to COVID-19 news despite the rapidly increasing death toll [PsyPost]



People in more religious countries tend to have more confidence in the safety and effectiveness of vaccines [PsyPost]



Vaccinated people are ready for normalcy — and angry at the unvaccinated getting in their way [Washington Post]



Dr John Campbell: US cases and vaccinations up



Dr John Campbell: CDC leak, summary and full report



Weekly COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County (July 30, 2021) [Macon Media]

Mask mandate back in Cherokee; Masking encouraged but not required in N.C. [Smoky Mountain News]

COVID-19 cases in 17 states linked back to Transylvania County summer camp [WLOS-TV]

Yes, your employer can require you to receive a COVID-19 vaccine [WRAL-TV]

'Things are going to get worse': Dr. Anthony Fauci | ABC News (August 1st, 2021)



Coronavirus Briefing: NC Gov. Roy Cooper (July 29th, 2021)



PRESS RELEASE (07-29-2021)
GOVERNOR ROY COOPER


 Today, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. announced that state government would begin verifying vaccination status of its workers. Employees not vaccinated are required to wear a mask and be tested at least once a week. Today’s announcement comes as North Carolina’s latest upswing in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is driven by unvaccinated North Carolinians.

“Until more people get the vaccine, we will continue living with the very real threat of serious disease, and we will continue to see more dangerous and contagious variants like Delta,” said Governor Cooper.

NCDHHS updated guidance encourages private sector businesses to, at a minimum, verify vaccination status for their workers as well. The requirement for state government employees applies to cabinet agencies and is included in Executive Order 224.

“There is only one way out of this pandemic and that is vaccination. Our trends are accelerating at an alarmingly fast rate and the highest rates of viral spread are happening in areas with low vaccination rates and among those who are not fully vaccinated,” said Secretary Cohen. “If you are already vaccinated, I call on you to urge your unvaccinated family and friends to get their shot now. It is not an understatement to say that you will save lives by doing so.”

The NCDHHS updated guidance reminds unvaccinated people that they need to continue practicing the three Ws – wear a mask in all indoor public settings, wait six feet apart in all public settings and wash hands often. In addition, unvaccinated people should not gather with other unvaccinated people who do not live with them. If they do, they should stay outside and keep 6 feet of distance. In addition, unvaccinated people should not travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new mask guidance this week based on levels of transmission in communities. The new maps designate counties as areas of low (blue), moderate (yellow), substantial (orange) or high (red) transmission. Moving forward, everyone in a red or orange county in North Carolina, including those who have been vaccinated, should wear a mask in public indoor settings.

Additionally, in accordance with the updated CDC guidance, all K-12 schools should require universal masking, regardless of vaccination status. NCDHHS is updating its guidance for schools to align with this recommendation.

To date, North Carolina has administered nearly 9.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 57 percent of the adult population fully vaccinated. 61 percent of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, including 86 percent of North Carolinians 65 and over.

Learn more about the state’s vaccine distribution at myspot.nc.gov (English) or Vacunate.nc.gov (Spanish). Details on the Your Shot at $1 Million Summer Cash Drawing can be found at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/summervaxcash. Use NCDHHS’ online tool Find a Vaccine Location to find a nearby vaccine site. Call the state’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 888-675-4567.

Read the Executive Order.

Read a Frequently Asked Questions document



TWiV 788: neuroCOVID with Kiran Thakur, MD (July 30th, 2021)



Kiran joins TWiV to discuss the findings of a team at Columbia University Medical Center on COVID-19 neuropathology, and the conclusion that SARS-CoV-2 does not reproduce in the central nervous system.

Show notes at [https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/twiv-788/]

Covid-19 Delta variant affects younger, unvaccinated populations in NC [Carolina Public Press]

How the coronavirus infects cells — and why Delta is so dangerous [Nature]

Risk factors for severity of COVID-19 in hospital patients age 18–29 years [PLOS ONE]

COVID-19 Endothelial Dysfunction Can Cause Erectile Dysfunction: Histopathological, Immunohistochemical, and Ultrastructural Study of the Human Penis [PubMed]

Paradoxical Sex-Specific Patterns of Autoantibodies Response to SARS-CoV-2 Infection [MedRxiv]

Risk of Myocarditis from COVID-19 Infection in People Under Age 20: A Population-Based Analysis [MedRxiv]

Long covid—mechanisms, risk factors, and management [BMJ]

Six Month Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine [MedRxiv]

Comparable neutralization of SARS-CoV-2 Delta AY.1 and Delta in individuals sera vaccinated with BBV152 [BioRxiv]

CDC Confirms That Viral Loads In Vaccinated People With Delta May Be Infectious, So Masks Are Necessary [SFist]


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On This Day

August 2nd is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 151 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

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


338 BC – A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Chaeronea (338 BC)]
• [Battle of Chaeronea, 338 BC ⚔️ Philip & Alexander take on the Greek Coalition] (History Marche)
• [LINKTEXT]

216 BC – The Carthaginian army led by Hannibal defeats a numerically superior Roman army at the Battle of Cannae.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Cannae]
• [The Battle of Cannae (216 B.C.E.)] (Historia Civilis)
• [The Battle of Cannae: Rome's greatest defeat] (Lindybeige)
• [Battle of Cannae, 216 BC ⚔️ FULL DOCUMENTARY ⚔️ (Hannibal PARTS 11 - 13) - Second Punic War] (History Marche)
• [Wikipedia: Second Punic War]

49 BC – Caesar, who marched to Spain earlier in the year leaving Marcus Antonius in charge of Italy, defeats Pompey's general Afranius and Petreius in Ilerda (Lerida) north of the Ebro river. Unlike many of the other battles of the civil war, this was more a campaign of manoeuvre than actual fighting.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Ilerda]
• [The Battle of Ilerda (49 B.C.E.)] (Historia Civilis)

47 BC – At Zela, Caesar defeats Pharnaces, son of Mithridates the Great, who has earlier invaded Pontus. Caesar's comment on the victory is "Veni, vidi, vici". (I came, I saw, I conquered]
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Zela]
• [Caesar's Pontic War: Zela and Veni Vidi Vici - Roman DOCUMENTARY] (Kings and Generals)
• [Zela, Ruspina, & Thapsus (47 to 46 B.C.E.)] (Historia Civilis)

461 – Majorian is arrested near Tortona (northern Italy) and deposed by the Suebian general Ricimer as puppet emperor.

932 – After a two-years siege, the city of Toledo, in Spain, surrenders to the forces of the Caliph of Córdoba Abd al-Rahman III, assuming an important victory in his campaign to subjugate the Central March.

1274 – Edward I of England returns from the Ninth Crusade and is crowned King seventeen days later.

1343 – After the execution of her husband, Jeanne de Clisson (The Lioness of Brittany) sells her estates and raises a force of men with which to attack French shipping and ports.
• [Wikipedia: Jeanne de Clisson]
• [How an Angry Widow Avenged her Husband and TERRORISED The King of France: Jeanne de Clisson]
• [Jeanne de Clisson: The Lioness of Brittany (1300-1359)]

1377 – Russian troops are defeated by forces of the Blue Horde Khan Arapsha in the Battle on Pyana River.
• [Wikipedia: Battle on Pyana River]
• [Wikipedia: Blue Horde]

1415 – Thomas Grey is executed for participating in the Southampton Plot.

1610 – During Henry Hudson's search for the Northwest Passage, he sails into what is now known as Hudson Bay.

1790 – The first United States Census is conducted.

1798 – French Revolutionary Wars: The Battle of the Nile concludes in a British victory.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of the Nile]
• [Battle of the Nile, 1798] (In-Depth History)
• [Admiral Nelson & The Battle of the Nile 1798]

1830 – Charles X of France abdicates the throne in favor of his grandson Henri.

1858 – The Government of India Act 1858 replaces Company rule in India with that of the British Raj.

1869 – Japan's Edo society class system is abolished as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms.

1870 – Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London, England, United Kingdom.

1873 – The Clay Street Hill Railroad begins operating the first cable car in San Francisco's famous cable car system.

1897 – Anglo-Afghan War: The Siege of Malakand ends when a relief column is able to reach the British garrison in the Malakand states.

1903 – The Ilinden–Preobrazhenie Uprising against the Ottoman Empire begins.

1914 – The German occupation of Luxembourg during World War I begins.

1916 – World War I: Austrian sabotage causes the sinking of the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci in Taranto.

1918 – The first general strike in Canadian history takes place in Vancouver.

1922 – A typhoon hits Shantou, Republic of China, killing more than 50,000 people.

1923 – Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes U.S. President upon the death of President Warren G. Harding.
• [Wikipedia: Presidency of Calvin Coolidge]

1932 – The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.

1934 – Gleichschaltung: Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany following the death of President Paul von Hindenburg.
• [Wikipedia: Gleichschaltung]
• [Drawn in 60 Seconds: Gleichschaltung]
• [Gleichschaltung via animation | The Holocaust, an Introduction]

1937 – The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, the effect of which is to render marijuana and all its by-products illegal.
• [Wikipedia: Marihuana Tax Act of 1937]

1939 – Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard write a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan Project to develop a nuclear weapon.
• [Wikipedia: Einstein–Szilárd letter]
• [The Letter That Led to the Atomic Bomb | Genius] (dramatization)

1943 – The Holocaust: Jewish prisoners stage a revolt at Treblinka, one of the deadliest of Nazi death camps where approximately 900,000 persons were murdered in less than 18 months.

1943 – World War II: The Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 is rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri and sinks. Lt. John F. Kennedy, future U.S. president, saves all but two of his crew.
• [Wikipedia: Patrol torpedo boat PT-109]
• [JFK Library Article]
• [Sixty Years Later, the Story of PT-109 Still Captivates (2003)] (Prologue Magazine)

1944 – ASNOM: Birth of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, celebrated as Day of the Republic in North Macedonia.

1944 – World War II: The largest trade convoy of the world wars arrives safely in the Western Approaches.

1945 – World War II: End of the Potsdam Conference.

1947 – A British South American Airways Avro Lancastrian airliner crashes into a mountain during a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile. The wreckage would not be found until 1998.

1968 – An earthquake hits Casiguran, Aurora, Philippines killing more than 270 people and wounding 261.

1973 – A flash fire kills 51 people at the Summerland amusement centre at Douglas, Isle of Man.

1980 – A bomb explodes at the railway station in Bologna, Italy, killing 85 people and wounding more than 200.

1985 – Delta Air Lines Flight 191, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, crashes at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport killing 137.

1989 – Pakistan is re-admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations after having restored democracy for the first time since 1972.

1989 – A massacre is carried out by an Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 64 ethnic Tamil civilians.

1990 – Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.
• [Wikipedia: Invasion of Kuwait]
• [Iraq Invades Kuwait - 8/2/1990] (Discovery Education)
• [Iraq Invades Kuwait (NBC News)]

1999 – The Gaisal train disaster claims 285 lives in Assam, India.

2005 – Air France Flight 358 lands at Toronto Pearson International Airport and runs off the runway, causing the plane to burst into flames leaving 12 injuries and no fatalities.

2014 – At least 146 people were killed and more than 114 injured in a factory explosion in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China.
• [Wikipedia: 2014 Kunshan explosion]
• [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f6ynrIM7lk]
• [China Kunshan Factory Explosion]





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Franklin Town Council August 2021 Meeting Agenda



The Franklin Town Council will be meeting tonight at 6pm in the lower level of the town hall. Due to Macon Media's video encoder being damaged, this meeting will not be webcast live. Another article will be published tomorrow with the video and supporting documents. A link will be added to this article when the new one is published.

 
Public Agenda

Franklin Town Council
August 2, 2021 • 6:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order – Mayor Bob Scott
2. Pledge of Allegiance – Vice-Mayor Jack Horton
3. Adoption of the August 2, 2021, Town Council Agenda – Town Council

4. Approval of the Consent Agenda for August 2, 2021 – Town Council
A.) Approval of July 6, 2021, Town Council Minutes
B.) Budget Amendments
C.) Re-Appointment of Matt Holland to the TDA Board
D.) Re-Appointment of Peter Mosco to the Board of Adjustment and Planning Board
E.) Re-Appointment of James Smith to the Board of Adjustment and Planning Board
F.) Street Closing Request by Nikwasi Initiative for Nikwasi LN

5. Public Session

6. New Business
A.) Presentation of Valor – Chief of Police Bill Harrell
B.) Proclamation for Homeless Veterans Week – Mayor Bob Scott
C.) Acceptance of American Rescue Plan Act Funds – Interim Town Manager Justin Setser
D.) Acceptance of the NC Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds – Interim Town Manager Justin Setser
E.) Creation of Capital Project Ordinance for Phase 2 of Water Treatment Plant – Interim Town Manager Justin Setser and Finance Director Sarah Bishop
F.) Acceptance of Certification of Sufficiency and Set Public Hearing for Annexation of Satellite Property off of Siler RD – Town Clerk Travis Tallent and Town Attorney John Henning Jr.
G.) Request to Forward Rezoning Petition to Planning Board for 4.5 Acres off of Siler Rd - Interim Town Manager Justin Setser
H.) Agreement for Installation of Duke Energy EV Fast Charging Station – Interim Town Manager Justin Setser

7. Announcements
A.) Town Council Meeting Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
B.) Town Hall Offices will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2021, in observation of Labor Day.
C.) Next Free Family Movie night will be on Friday, August 6, 2021, in the Lower Town Hall Parking Lot. The Featured Presentation that night will be the Princess Bride. Then with Raya and the Last Dragon on September 3, 2021.

8. Adjourn

Agenda Packet
[PDF of Agenda Packet]



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Sunday, August 1, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, August 1, 2021



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Local News

Dedication Ceremony - Beloved Man Dr. Jerry Wolfe Highway



Macon County Board of Education, July 2021



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Franklin Town Council - July 2021



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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Tuesday Night


Franklin area

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Monday

A slight chance of showers between noon and 2pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 20%.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 5am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 40%.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph. MondayA 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm by noon.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Tuesday

A chance of showers before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Chance of rain is 60%.




Otto area

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday

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. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a chance of showers between 10pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.




Nantahala area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. Light winds out of the west early increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Monday

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

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 8pm and midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Tuesday

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 sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 30%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Scattered thunderstorms are expected across the area today. A few of the storms will be strong to possibly even severe. Strong, gusty winds, possibly damaging, will be the main threat. Cloud-to-ground lightning and brief, heavy rainfall is possible with any storm.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Aug 1 2021

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.




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Almanac

Air Quality




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

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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (4.6 out of 12) today with Grasses and Nettle being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.4 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on July 31st


Highest Temperature 97°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1999
Lowest Temperature 45°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 2.73 inches in Franklin in 1948
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


July Weather Extremes for Macon County

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



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


Katie Dean announces Macon Co. Townhall

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


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

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


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National News Roundup

Major quake hits off the coast of Alaska, triggers tsunami warnings but no large waves [LINKTEXT]

This animation, called a Ground Motion Visualization (GMV), shows the motion of the ground as detected on seismometers across North America - each dot is a seismic station and when the ground moves up it turns red and when it moves down it turns blue.



Brooks and Dionne on vaccine hesitancy, Capitol Police testimony, infrastructure



Senate Advances Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill With 66-28 Vote, Will Reconvene Tomorrow Morning (July 30, 2021)



Inside the Most-Protested Olympics Ever (July 30, 2021)



More Restrictions To Come With Delta Variant Surge - July 31st, 2021



PBS NewsHour full episode, July 31st, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

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

UC Davis Health: COVID-19 Delta Variant - Masks for Fully Vaccinated People Explained



TWiV 787: COVID-19 clinical update #73 with Dr. Daniel Griffin



In COVID-19 clinical update #73, Daniel Griffin reviews updated mask guidance from CDC, infections in public school district employees, effectiveness of vaccines against delta variant, antibody response after third vaccine dose in kidney transplant recipients, protection afforded by mRNA vaccines fully vaccinated people with and without prior infections, correlates of protection in nonhuman primates, lack of effectiveness of doxycycline, neurological manifestations of COVID-19, and infection in vaccinated health care workers.

Show notes at [https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/twiv-787?utm_source=MaconMedia.com&utm_campaign=COVID_Update/]

Weekly COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County (July 30, 2021) [Macon Media]

Mask mandate back in Cherokee; Masking encouraged but not required in N.C. [Smoky Mountain News]

COVID-19 cases in 17 states linked back to Transylvania County summer camp [WLOS-TV]

Yes, your employer can require you to receive a COVID-19 vaccine [WRAL-TV]

President Biden Delivers Remarks Laying Out the Next Steps to Get More Americans Vaccinated (July 29th, 2021)



Coronavirus Briefing: NC Gov. Roy Cooper (July 29th, 2021)



PRESS RELEASE (07-29-2021)
GOVERNOR ROY COOPER


 Today, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. announced that state government would begin verifying vaccination status of its workers. Employees not vaccinated are required to wear a mask and be tested at least once a week. Today’s announcement comes as North Carolina’s latest upswing in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is driven by unvaccinated North Carolinians.

“Until more people get the vaccine, we will continue living with the very real threat of serious disease, and we will continue to see more dangerous and contagious variants like Delta,” said Governor Cooper.

NCDHHS updated guidance encourages private sector businesses to, at a minimum, verify vaccination status for their workers as well. The requirement for state government employees applies to cabinet agencies and is included in Executive Order 224.

“There is only one way out of this pandemic and that is vaccination. Our trends are accelerating at an alarmingly fast rate and the highest rates of viral spread are happening in areas with low vaccination rates and among those who are not fully vaccinated,” said Secretary Cohen. “If you are already vaccinated, I call on you to urge your unvaccinated family and friends to get their shot now. It is not an understatement to say that you will save lives by doing so.”

The NCDHHS updated guidance reminds unvaccinated people that they need to continue practicing the three Ws – wear a mask in all indoor public settings, wait six feet apart in all public settings and wash hands often. In addition, unvaccinated people should not gather with other unvaccinated people who do not live with them. If they do, they should stay outside and keep 6 feet of distance. In addition, unvaccinated people should not travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new mask guidance this week based on levels of transmission in communities. The new maps designate counties as areas of low (blue), moderate (yellow), substantial (orange) or high (red) transmission. Moving forward, everyone in a red or orange county in North Carolina, including those who have been vaccinated, should wear a mask in public indoor settings.

Additionally, in accordance with the updated CDC guidance, all K-12 schools should require universal masking, regardless of vaccination status. NCDHHS is updating its guidance for schools to align with this recommendation.

To date, North Carolina has administered nearly 9.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 57 percent of the adult population fully vaccinated. 61 percent of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, including 86 percent of North Carolinians 65 and over.

Learn more about the state’s vaccine distribution at myspot.nc.gov (English) or Vacunate.nc.gov (Spanish). Details on the Your Shot at $1 Million Summer Cash Drawing can be found at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/summervaxcash. Use NCDHHS’ online tool Find a Vaccine Location to find a nearby vaccine site. Call the state’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 888-675-4567.

Read the Executive Order.

Read a Frequently Asked Questions document



TWiV 786: You make mucus and you move it (July 29th, 2021)



TWiVsters review off-season epidemics of respiratory syncytial virus in Australia after easing of COVID-19 restrictions, and impaired innate immune responses in upper respiratory tract cells from patients with severe COVID-19. Show notes at [https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/twiv-786/]

Covid-19 Delta variant affects younger, unvaccinated populations in NC [Carolina Public Press]

How the coronavirus infects cells — and why Delta is so dangerous [Nature]

SARS-CoV-2 Lambda variant exhibits higher infectivity and immune resistance [BioRxiv]

Covid-19 Breakthrough Infections in Vaccinated Health Care Workers [New England Journal of Medicine]

Surveillance Data Shows White-Tailed Deer Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 [USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service]

Risk of Myocarditis from COVID-19 Infection in People Under Age 20: A Population-Based Analysis [MedRxiv]

Long covid—mechanisms, risk factors, and management [BMJ]

Six Month Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine [MedRxiv]

A new perspective for mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 infection: priming the innate immune system for viral attack [Royal Society]

CDC Confirms That Viral Loads In Vaccinated People With Delta May Be Infectious, So Masks Are Necessary [SFist]


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On This Day

August st is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 152 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

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


30 BC – Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.
• [This Week in 30 BC: Augustus in Egypt]

AD 69 – Batavian rebellion: The Batavians in Germania Inferior (Netherlands) revolt under the leadership of Gaius Julius Civilis.
• [Wikipedia: Revolt of the Batavi]
• [Wikipedia: Year of the Four Emperors]
• [The Year of the Four Emperors] (Ancient Warfare Magazine Podcast)

527 – Justinian I becomes the sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire.

607 – Ono no Imoko is dispatched as envoy to the Sui court in China (Traditional Japanese date: July 3, 607).

902 – Taormina, the last Byzantine stronghold in Sicily, is captured by the Aghlabid army, concluding the Muslim conquest of Sicily.

1203 – Isaac II Angelos, restored Byzantine Emperor, declares his son Alexios IV Angelos co-emperor after pressure from the forces of the Fourth Crusade.

1291 – The Old Swiss Confederacy is formed with the signature of the Federal Charter.

1469 – Louis XI of France founds the chivalric order called the Order of Saint Michael in Amboise.

1498 – Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.
• [Wikipedia: Colonial Venezuela]

1571 – The Ottoman conquest of Cyprus is concluded, by the surrender of Famagusta.

1620 – Speedwell leaves Delfshaven to bring pilgrims to America by way of England.

1664 – Ottoman forces are defeated in the battle of Saint Gotthard by an Austrian army led by Raimondo Montecuccoli, resulting in the Peace of Vasvár.

1714 – George, Elector of Hanover, becomes King George I of Great Britain, marking the beginning of the Georgian era of British history.

1759 – Seven Years' War: The Battle of Minden, an allied Anglo-German army victory over the French. In Britain this was one of a number of events that constituted the Annus Mirabilis of 1759 and is celebrated as Minden Day by certain British Army regiments.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Minden]
• [A British Lieutenant's Intense Firsthand Account From The Battle Of Minden (1759)]
• [The Battle of Minden - The Place Where Britain Became A Worldpower]

1774 – British scientist Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen gas, corroborating the prior discovery of this element by German-Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele.
• [Joseph Priestley and the Discovery of Oxygen]
• [Joseph Priestley Discovers Oxygen]
• [THE DISCOVERY OF OXYGEN & COMBUSTION 1946 EDUCATIONAL FILM ]

1798 – French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of the Nile (Battle of Aboukir Bay): Battle begins when a British fleet engages the French Revolutionary Navy fleet in an unusual night action.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of the Nile]
• [Battle of the Nile | Nelson's Victory at Aboukir Bay]
• [Admiral Nelson & The Battle of the Nile 1798]

1800 – The Acts of Union 1800 are passed which merge the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
• [Wikipedia: Acts of Union 1800]

1801 – First Barbary War: The American schooner USS Enterprise captures the Tripolitan polacca Tripoli in a single-ship action off the coast of modern-day Libya.
• [WIkipedia: Action of 1 August 1801]

1834 – Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force, although it remains legal in the possessions of the East India Company until the passage of the Indian Slavery Act, 1843.
• [Wikipedia: Slavery Abolition Act 1833]
• [Abolitionism in the United Kingdom]

1842 – The Lombard Street riot erupts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
• [Wikipedia: Lombard Street riot]

1849 – Joven Daniel wrecks at the coast of Araucanía, Chile, leading to allegations that local Mapuche tribes murdered survivors and kidnapped Elisa Bravo.

1855 – The first ascent of Monte Rosa, the second highest summit in the Alps.

1863 – At the suggestion of Senator J. V. Snellman and the order of Emperor Alexander II, full rights were promised to the Finnish language by a language regulation in the Grand Duchy of Finland.

1876 – Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.

1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat.

1894 – The First Sino-Japanese War erupts between Japan and China over Korea.
• [Wikipedia: First Sino-Japanese War]
• History of China [First Sino-Japanese War Part One] [First Sino-Japanese War Part Two]

1907 – The start of the first Scout camp on Brownsea Island, the origin of the worldwide Scouting movement.
• [Wikipedia: Brownsea Island Scout camp]
• [Wikipedia: Scouting]

1911 – Harriet Quimby takes her pilot's test and becomes the first U.S. woman to earn an Aero Club of America aviator's certificate.

1914 – The German Empire declares war on the Russian Empire at the opening of World War I. The Swiss Army mobilizes because of World War I.
• [Germany in Two-Front War and the Schlieffen-Plan I THE GREAT WAR - Week 2]
• [Blueprint for Armageddon I-A] (Germany Invades Belgium)
• [Hardcore History 50-55: Blueprint for Armageddon Series ($14.99)] (Longform History Podcast About WW I from Dan Carlin)

1927 – The Nanchang Uprising marks the first significant battle in the Chinese Civil War between the Kuomintang and Chinese Communist Party. This day is commemorated as the anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army.
• [Nanchang uprising]
• [The Chinese Civil War - Blood for Unity l HISTORY OF CHINA]

1933 – Anti-Fascist activists Bruno Tesch, Walter Möller, Karl Wolff and August Lütgens are executed by the Nazi regime in Altona.
• [The Coverup and Execution of Four Men that Enabled the Nazi Power Grab in 1933]

1936 – The Olympics opened in Berlin with a ceremony presided over by Adolf Hitler.
• [Wikipedia: 1936 Summer Olympics]
• [Olympia Berlin 1936 - Opening and Closing ceremony]
• [Leni Riefenstahl: Olympia - Festival of Nations (1936)] (German)
• [Leni Riefenstahl: Olympia - Festival of Nations (1936)] (English)

1937 – Josip Broz Tito reads the resolution "Manifesto of constitutional congress of KPH" to the constitutive congress of KPH (Croatian Communist Party) in woods near Samobor.

1943 – World War II: Operation Tidal Wave also known as "Black Sunday", was a failed American attempt to destroy Romanian oil fields.
• [Wikipedia: Operation Tidal Wave]
• [Operation Tidal Wave - 178 B-24 Bombers vs. Hitler's Gas Station]
• [The Ploesti Raid, a lecture by combat pilot Robert Sternfels]

1944 – World War II: The Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi German occupation breaks out in Warsaw, Poland.
• [Warsaw Uprising]
• [The Warsaw Uprising - The Unstoppable Spirit of the Polish Resistance - Extra History]
• [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8rILXvZ1mo] (Dramatization of Events)
• [Warsaw Rising: The Forgotten Soldiers of World War II]

1946 – Leaders of the Russian Liberation Army, a force of Russian prisoners of war that collaborated with Nazi Germany, are executed in Moscow, Soviet Union for treason.

1950 – Guam is organized as an unincorporated territory of the United States as the President Harry S. Truman signs the Guam Organic Act.

1957 – The United States and Canada form the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
• [Wikipedia: North American Aerospace Defense Command]
• [Colorado Experience: NORAD]
• [North American Aerospace Defense Command | Behind the Wings on PBS]

1960 – Dahomey (later renamed Benin) declares independence from France.

1960 – Islamabad is declared the federal capital of the Government of Pakistan.

1961 – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara orders the creation of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the nation's first centralized military espionage organization.

1964 – The former Belgian Congo is renamed the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

1965 – Frank Herbert's novel, Dune was published for the first time. It was named as the world's best-selling science fiction novel in 2003.

1966 – Charles Whitman kills 16 people at the University of Texas at Austin before being killed by the police.

1966 – Purges of intellectuals and imperialists becomes official China policy at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.

1968 – The coronation is held of Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei.

1971 – The Concert for Bangladesh, organized by former Beatle George Harrison, is held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1974 – Cyprus dispute: The United Nations Security Council authorizes the UNFICYP to create the "Green Line", dividing Cyprus into two zones.

1976 – Niki Lauda has a severe accident that almost claims his life at the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring.

1980 – Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is elected President of Iceland and becomes the world's first democratically elected female head of state.

1980 – A train crash kills 18 people in County Cork, Ireland.

1981 – MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.
• [The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star (Official Music Video)]
• [First music video on MTV 01.08.1981 'The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star"]
• [The First 100 Videos Played On MTV]

1984 – Commercial peat-cutters discover the preserved bog body of a man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, England.

1988 – A British soldier was killed in the Inglis Barracks bombing in London, England.

1993 – The Great Mississippi and Missouri Rivers Flood of 1993 comes to a peak.

2004 – A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 others in Asunción, Paraguay.

2007 – The I-35W Mississippi River bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour, killing 13 people and injuring 145.

2008 – The Beijing–Tianjin Intercity Railway begins operation as the fastest commuter rail system in the world.

2008 – Eleven mountaineers from international expeditions died on K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth in the worst single accident in the history of K2 mountaineering.

2017 – A suicide attack on a mosque in Herat, Afghanistan kills 20 people.





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Published at 5:00am on Sunday, August 1, 2021

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