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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

Weather Briefing for Thursday, May 13, 2021



OUTLOOK

A moist stationary front will remain south of the area and maintain rain chances over the next couple days. Dry and cool high pressure builds in from the north Wednesday and slowly warms through the weekend.


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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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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Weather Briefing for Wednesday, May 12, 2021



OUTLOOK

Moisture riding over a stationary front to the south will produce a rainy and cool day today across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia. Drier high pressure will build into the region from the north by Thursday, with slow warming expected through the beginning of next week. With that warming comes another chance of rain beginning Monday.
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Local News Update
(National News is published after the Macon Calendar section)

A video of the May 11, 2021 meeting of the county commissioners has been uploaded and will be finished processing in a few hours. [LINK]

Gas Panic of 2021 

 Some of you may have noticed that gasoline is in short supply at gas stations. This is due to a [Ransomware cyberattack] on Colonial Pipeline that resulted in operations being temporarily shut down. Full operations have been restored and the resulting hiccup in the supply chain should be resolved by this weekend. Panic and overconsumption will just extend the shortage (remember when people rushed the stores last year because they were scared that the supply of toilet paper would run out? They created the very thing they were fearing.) 

Instead of topping off your fuel tanks, just get gasoline when you normally do. Read more on [SFGATE] and at [GIZMODO]. 

The governor has declared a state of emergency easing some regulations in order "to ensure adequate fuel supply supplies throughout the state." 

A copy of the press release and link tot he Executive Order are published below. 

Governor Issues State of Emergency Allowing for Fuel Transportation Waivers After Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Cyber-Attack

In response to the temporary shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, Governor Roy Cooper today signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in North Carolina and temporarily suspending motor vehicle fuel regulations to ensure adequate fuel supply supplies throughout the state. On May 7, 2021, the Colonial Pipeline system reported a ransomware cyber-attack, resulting in a temporary shutdown of that line. The Colonial Pipeline is a primary fuel pipeline for North Carolina.

“Today’s emergency declaration will help North Carolina prepare for any potential motor vehicle fuel supply interruptions across the state and ensure motorists are able to have access to fuel,” said Governor Cooper.

The Order received concurrence from the Council of State.

Read the Executive Order No. 213. [PDF]



National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Friday Night


Franklin area

Today

Showers, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog between 8am and 11am. Highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph in the morning becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

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

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing and shifting to come out of the southeast around 5 mph by noon.

Thursday Night

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

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s.

Friday Night

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

Highlands area

Today

Showers, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog this morning. Highs near 50. WInds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 7 mph.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the east wind 3 to 7 mph.

Thursday Night

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

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Friday Night

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

Otto area

Today

Showers, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog this morning. Highs in the mid-50s. WInds out of the northeast 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the east around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

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

Friday

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

Friday Night

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

Nantahala area

Today

Showers, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog between 8am and 1pm. Highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Light winds out of the northeast.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the 60s.

Friday Night

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

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.





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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, May 12, 2021



Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Macon County Board of Commissioners
Regular Meeting for May 2021

**update** I (Bobby) apologize. I cannot stream the meeting of the Macon County Commissioners from upstairs because I have no access to an electrical outlet to power my encoder.

I'll try to have a video up tomorrow.



The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be meeting tonight on the third floor of the county courthouse in the Commissioners Boardroom. Macon Media will stream the meeting live on Facebook at fb.com/MaconMediaNews and on a video player that will be embedded below just before 6pm.

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Public Agenda

1. Call to order and welcome by Chairman Tate

2. Announcements

3. Moment of Silence

4. Pledge of Allegiance

5. Public Hearing(s) - None

6. Public Comment Period

7. Additions to agenda

8. Adjustments to and approval of the agenda

9. Reports/Presentations

10.01d Business

11.New Business
(A) Duke Energy request to place transmission pole on county-owned parcel and discussion regarding power grid update -Lisa Leatherman, Duke Energy Nantahala District Manager
(B) Macon County Board of Education resolution regarding Franklin High School - Macon County Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin (C) Reappointment of Abby Braswell as Macon County Tax Administrator
(D) Change order for New Atlantic Contracting, Inc. on Macon Middle School renovation project - Jack Morgan, Director of Planning, Permitting and Development
(E) Resolution regarding Memorandum of Understanding relating to the settlement of the opioid litigation - County Attorney Eric Ridenour

12.Consent Agenda — Attachment #12 All items below are considered routine and will be enacted by one motion. No separate discussion will be held except on request of a member of the Board of Commissioners.
(A) Minutes of the March 9, 2021 regular meeting
(B) Budget Amendments #255-264
(C)Tax releases for April in the amount of $1,509.71
(D)Amendment to Capital Project Ordinance for Macon Middle School renovation
(E) Amendment to Capital Project Ordinance for Macon Middle School locker room project
(F) COVID fee updates for Macon County Public Health
(G) Monthly ad valorem tax collection report — no action necessary

13.Appointments
(A) Jury Commission — one seat

14.Closed session as allowed under North Carolina General Statute (if necessary)

15.Recess until Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 6 p.m. in the commission boardroom on the third floor of the Macon County Courthouse, 5 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734

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Roll Call
(media outlets that send reporters/photographers to cover the meeting will be listed here, as well as any elected critters not serving on the board of commissioners)



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Published at 4:35pm on Tuesday, May 11, 2021



Weather Briefing for Tuesday, May 11, 2021



OUTLOOK

A moist stationary front will remain south of the area and maintain rain chances over the next couple days. Dry and cool high pressure builds in from the north Wednesday and slowly warms through the weekend.
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Local News Update
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Gas Panic of 2021 

 Some of you may have noticed that gasoline is in short supply at gas stations. This is due to a [Ransomware cyberattack] on Colonial Pipeline that resulted in operations being temporarily shut down. Full operations have been restored and the resulting hiccup in the supply chain should be resolved by this weekend. Panic and overconsumption will just extend the shortage (remember when people rushed the stores last year because they were scared that the supply of toilet paper would run out? They created the very thing they were fearing.) Instead of topping off your fuel tanks, just get gasoline when you normally do. 

Read more on [SFGATE] and at [GIZMODO]. The governor has declared a state of emergency easing some regulations in order "to ensure adequate fuel supply supplies throughout the state." 

A copy of the press release and link to the Executive Order are published below. 

Governor Issues State of Emergency Allowing for Fuel Transportation Waivers After Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Cyber-Attack

In response to the temporary shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, Governor Roy Cooper today signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in North Carolina and temporarily suspending motor vehicle fuel regulations to ensure adequate fuel supply supplies throughout the state. On May 7, 2021, the Colonial Pipeline system reported a ransomware cyber-attack, resulting in a temporary shutdown of that line. The Colonial Pipeline is a primary fuel pipeline for North Carolina.

“Today’s emergency declaration will help North Carolina prepare for any potential motor vehicle fuel supply interruptions across the state and ensure motorists are able to have access to fuel,” said Governor Cooper.

The Order received concurrence from the Council of State.

Read the Executive Order No. 213. [PDF]

• The Franklin Town Council Regular Meeting for May 2021 [LINK]

Proponents of Public Skatepark Adress the Town Council During Public Comment





National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Thursday Night


Franklin area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 9am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s.

Highlands area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 1am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northeast around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers, mainly before 8am. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs inb the mid-50s. Winds out of the east 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Light winds out of the northeast.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40.

Otto area

Today
INCREASED FIRE DANGER THIS AFTERNOON

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows around 50. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Light winds out of the east. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Calm winds.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s.

Nantahala area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 4am. Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northeast around 5 mph before midnight. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Light winds out of the northeast. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Light winds out of the east.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s.

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 (8.0 out of 12) today with Birch, Maple, and Hickory being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.4 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on May 10th


Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2011
Lowest Temperature 29°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1954
Greatest Rainfall 2.02 inches in Highlands in 1943
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 9th is the 129th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 236 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events


330 – Constantinople is consecrated.
868 – A copy of the Diamond Sutra is printed in China, making it the oldest known dated printed book.
912 – Alexander becomes Emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
1068 - Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror, is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London
1189 - Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa and 100,000 crusaders depart Regensburg for the Third Crusade
1745 – War of the Austrian Succession: French forces defeat an Anglo-Dutch–Hanoverian army.
1751 - Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin
1792 – Robert Gray commands the first expedition to sail into the Columbia River.
1812 – Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the British House of Commons.
1813 – William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth discover a route across the Blue Mountains, opening up inland Australia to settlement.
1833 – The Lady of the Lake strikes an iceberg off Newfoundland and sinks with the loss of up to 265 passengers and crew.
1846 – President James K. Polk asked for a Declaration of War against Mexico, starting the Mexican–American War.
1857 – Indian Rebellion of 1857: Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British.
1858 – Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd state of the United States.
1880 – Seven people are killed in the Mussel Slough Tragedy, a gun battle in California.
1889 – An attack upon a U.S. Army paymaster and escort results in the theft of over $28,000 and the award of two Medals of Honor.
1894 – Four thousand Pullman Palace Car Company workers go on a wildcat strike.
1910 – An act of the U.S. Congress establishes Glacier National Park in Montana.
1924 - Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie begin their first joint venture (later merge into Mercedes-Benz)
1943 – World War II: American troops invade Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands in an attempt to expel occupying Japanese forces.
1945 – World War II: Off the coast of Okinawa, the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill is hit by two kamikazes.
1960 – Adolf Eichmann is captured by the Mossad in Argentina.
1963 – Racist bombings in Birmingham, Alabama, disrupt nonviolence in the Birmingham campaign and precipitate a crisis involving federal troops.
1970 – The 1970 Lubbock tornado kills 26 and causes $250 million in damage.
1973 – Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg's charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times are dismissed.
1985 – Fifty-six spectators die and more than 200 are injured in the Bradford City stadium fire.
1987 – Klaus Barbie goes on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II.
1995 - More than 170 countries agree to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons
1996 – After the aircraft's departure from Miami, a fire started by improperly handled chemical oxygen generators in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592 causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 on board.
1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.
1998 – India conducts three underground atomic tests in Pokhran.
2000 - India's population officially reaches 1 billion - Astha Arora named India's billionth baby
2000 – Second Chechen War: Chechen separatists ambush Russian paramilitary forces in the Republic of Ingushetia.
2010 – David Cameron takes office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom as the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats form the country's first coalition government since the Second World War.
2011 – An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 hits Lorca, Spain.
2013 – Fifty-two people are killed in a bombing in Reyhanlı, Turkey.
2014 – Fifteen people are killed and 46 injured in Kinshasa in a stampede caused by tear gas being thrown into soccer stands by police officers.
2016 – One hundred and ten people are killed in an ISIL bombing in Baghdad.
2019 - South African parliamentary elections return ruling Cyril Ramaphosa's ANC party to power with reduced majority (58%)
2019 - Militants attack Zaver Pearl-Continental Hotel in Gwadar, Pakistan killing five, Balochistan Liberation Army claim responsibility
2019 - Carbon dioxide levels in the earth's atmosphere hit levels not seen for 3 million years at 415 parts per million, according to the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii
2020 - Colombian airline Avianca, and world's 2nd oldest, becomes 1st major airline to file for bankruptcy
2020 - World Health Organization warns “extreme vigilance” needed as many countries begin easing lockdowns


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Published at 3:25am on Tuesday, May 11, 2021



Monday, May 10, 2021

What's Your Food Safety Plan for Hurricane Season?



USDA PRESS RELEASE (05-10-2021)
FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE

We've seen the power a hurricane can carry, and the devastation it leaves behind. Prolonged power outages and flood damage are two of the biggest risks to your food. Fortunately, a plan can help keep you and your family safe from foodborne illness.

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During Hurricane Preparedness Week, develop your action plan before a storm hits.

• Buy ice packs and coolers days before the hurricane arrives in case there is a prolonged power outage. 
• Pour water into containers and freeze it to make ice.
• Use an appliance thermometer to determine the safety of your perishable foods. Meat, poultry, fish and egg products must be kept at 40 F or below and frozen food at 0 F or below.
• For meats, check the canned goods aisle of your local grocery story for canned meats. These are fully cooked and unopened canned meats don’t require refrigeration.

Illness-causing bacteria grow in temperatures between 40 F and 140 F. We call these temperatures the “Danger Zone” for food. Bacteria that develop at these temperatures generally do not alter the taste, appearance, or smell of the food but can make you sick. During a power outage, a refrigerator will keep food safe for up to four hours and a full freezer will hold temperatures for 48 hours or 24 hours if half full.

Caution—never taste food to determine its safety. When in doubt, throw it out! Throw out any food that has been in contact with flood water. This includes any canned foods with signs of damage such as holes, leakages, and punctures. Place foods on higher shelves to lessen the chance of them being contaminated by flood water.

Learn more food safety tips for storms or other emergencies.

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PDF Copy of food safety tips 




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Published at 11:00am on Monday, May 10, 2021



Weather Briefing for Monday, May 10, 2021



OUTLOOK

A cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region today. This front will become stationary and remain near the area through Wednesday, before relatively dry high pressure builds in Thursday and lingers into the weekend.


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

Macon County Public Health Will Being Pre-Registering Children Age 12 to 15 for the COVID-19 Vaccination

With the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine advisory panel set to authorize the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those aged 12 to 15, Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center will begin to pre-register children, should their parents wish for them to be vaccinated once the vaccine has been approved. No Pfizer clinics are currently planned, though the public and those who pre-register will be notified once appointments become available for the Pfizer vaccine with Macon County Public Health.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved under a FDA Emergency Use Authorization, and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19, and vaccine clinical trials for the age 12 to 15 group had no symptomatic infections after being fully vaccinated.

Side effects in this age group were similar to that of the age 16 to 25 group which included fever, pain at the injection site, and cold like symptoms lasting no longer than 72 hours after the injection.

Vaccinating children is key to increasing immunity within our community, and allowing students to return to a normal school life. Once fully-vaccinated, students will be able to stay in in-person classroom settings regardless of exposure, and those with no symptoms will be allowed to attend classes.

Parents that want their child to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, must call Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center at 828-524-1500 to pre-register. Any adult who wishes to receive the vaccine, may also call the Vaccine Call Center to register and schedule an appointment. The Macon County Vaccine Call Center is open Monday – Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

• The Franklin Town Council Regular Meeting for May 2021 [LINK]

Proponents of Public Skatepark Adress the Town Council During Public Comment





National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Wednesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Patchy fog between 7am and 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Light north wind. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Light winds out of the northeast.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.

Highlands area

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Patchy fog between 7am and 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Patchy fog in the early morning hours. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Light winds out of the southwest. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly in the early morning hours. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Light winds out of the northeast. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s.

Wednesday Night

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

Otto area

Today
INCREASED FIRE DANGER THIS AFTERNOON

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Light winds out of the north. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Light and variable wind. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers before 2am, then a chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Nantahala area

Today

Showers likely before 8am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8am and 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 4am. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Light winds out of the northeast.

Wednesday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers before 2am, then a chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Chance of rain is 30%.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today. The relative humidity is expected to be near 30% this afternoon and the wind will be gusting above 20 mph, so outdoor burning is not recommended.


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 range (6.8 out of 12) today with Birch, Maple, and Hickory being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.3 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on May 10th


Highest Temperature 88°F in Highlands in 1940 Lowest Temperature 29°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1977 Greatest Rainfall 2.34 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1990
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 9th is the 129th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 236 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events


28 BC – A sunspot is observed by Han dynasty astronomers during the reign of Emperor Cheng of Han, one of the earliest dated sunspot observations in China.
1267 - Vienna's church orders all Jews to wear a distinctive garb
1278 - Jews of England imprisoned on charges of coining
1291 – Scottish nobles recognize the authority of Edward I of England pending the selection of a king.
1294 - Temür Khan declared Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty
1497 – Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World.
1503 – Christopher Columbus visits the Cayman Islands and names them Las Tortugas after the numerous turtles there.
1534 – Jacques Cartier visits Newfoundland.
1688 – King Narai nominates Phetracha as regent, leading to the revolution of 1688 in which Phetracha becomes king of the Ayutthaya Kingdom.
1768 – Rioting occurs in London after John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for The North Briton severely criticizing King George III.
1773 – The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by reducing taxes on its tea and granting it the right to sell tea directly to North America. The legislation leads to the Boston Tea Party.
1774 – Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette become King and Queen of France.
1775 – American Revolutionary War: A small Colonial militia led by Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold captures Fort Ticonderoga.
1775 – American Revolutionary War: The Second Continental Congress takes place in Philadelphia.
1796 – War of the First Coalition: Napoleon wins a victory against Austrian forces at Lodi bridge over the Adda River in Italy. The Austrians lose some 2,000 men.
1801 – First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America.
1824 – The National Gallery in London opens to the public.
1833 – A revolt broke out in southern Vietnam against Emperor Minh Mang, who had desecrated the deceased mandarin Le Van Duyet.
1837 – Panic of 1837: New York City banks suspend the payment of specie, triggering a national banking crisis and an economic depression whose severity was not surpassed until the Great Depression.
1849 – Astor Place Riot: A riot breaks out at the Astor Opera House in Manhattan, New York City over a dispute between actors Edwin Forrest and William Charles Macready, killing at least 22 and injuring over 120.
1857 – Indian Rebellion of 1857: In India, the first war of Independence begins. Sepoys mutiny against their commanding officers at Meerut.
1865 – American Civil War: In Kentucky, Union soldiers ambush and mortally wound Confederate raider William Quantrill, who lingers until his death on June 6.
1869 – The First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western United States, is completed at Promontory Summit, Utah with the golden spike.
1872 – Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for President of the United States.
1876 – The Centennial Exposition is opened in Philadelphia.
1881 – Carol I is crowned the King of the Romanian Kingdom.
1904 – The Horch and Cir. Motorwagenwerke AG is founded. It would eventually become the Audi company.
1908 – Mother's Day is observed for the first time in the United States, in Grafton, West Virginia.
1916 – Sailing in the lifeboat James Caird, Ernest Shackleton arrives at South Georgia after a journey of 800 nautical miles from Elephant Island.
1922 – The United States annexes the Kingman Reef.
1924 – J. Edgar Hoover is appointed first Director of the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and remains so until his death in 1972.
1933 – Censorship: In Germany, the Nazis stage massive public book burnings.
1940 – World War II: German fighters accidentally bomb the German city of Freiburg.
1940 – World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain. On the same day, Germany invades France, Belgium and Luxembourg. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom occupies Iceland.
1941 – World War II: The House of Commons in London is damaged by the Luftwaffe in an air raid.
1941 – World War II: Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland to try to negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany.
1942 – World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign.
1946 – First successful launch of an American V-2 rocket at White Sands Proving Ground.
1962 – Marvel Comics publishes the first issue of The Incredible Hulk.
1967 – The Northrop M2-F2 crashes on landing, becoming the inspiration for the novel Cyborg and TV series The Six Million Dollar Man.
1969 – Vietnam War: The Battle of Dong Ap Bia begins with an assault on Hill 937. It will ultimately become known as Hamburger Hill.
1975 – Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder.
1993 – In Thailand, a fire at the Kader Toy Factory kills over 200 workers.
1994 – Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa's first black president.
1996 – A blizzard strikes Mount Everest, killing eight climbers by the next day.
1997 – The 7.3 Mw Qayen earthquake strikes Iran's Khorasan Province killing 1,567 people.
2002 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Russia for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
2005 – A hand grenade thrown by Vladimir Arutyunian lands about 20 m from U.S. President George W. Bush while he is giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate.
2012 – The Damascus bombings are carried out using a pair of car bombs detonated by suicide bombers outside of a military intelligence complex in Damascus, Syria, killing 55 people.
2013 – One World Trade Center becomes the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
2017 - US President Donald Trump shares classified information about ISIS plot with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office
2018 - Mahathir Mohamad is sworn in as the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia, the world's oldest leader at 92
2019 - Taxi service Uber becomes a public company opening on the New York Stock Exchange
2019 - US begins raising tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports to 25% after trade talks fail
2020 - Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 rise above 4 million with death toll above 270,000, according to Johns Hopkins


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Published at 3:33am on Monday, May 10, 2021