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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Weather Briefing for Tuesday, April 20, 2021



OUTLOOK

A nearly stationary front stretching from the central Gulf of Mexico across central Florida to the western Atlantic will drift further southeast away from our region. A strong cold front crosses the area Wednesday, with much below normal temperatures across the region for a couple of days. A more significant low pressure may cross our region Saturday and Saturday night.


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The President Orders Flags at Half Staff for Former Vice President Walter Mondale -- April 19, 2021 through Day of Interment [LINK]



National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Thursday Night


Franklin area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers before noon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 60.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s.

Highlands area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 15 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the west after midnight.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 50.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.

Otto area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 60.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s.

Nantahala area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light winds out of the southeast in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

An unseasonably cold air mass will move into the area behind a cold front Wednesday night. Temperatures will likely cool enough to support frost/freeze conditions early Thursday. As the air mass lingers over the area, frost/freeze conditions will again be possible early Friday. Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.



Air Quality




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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the high range (10.2 out of 12) today with Oak, SweetGum, Poplar being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to also be in the high range (10.9 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 20th


Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2002
Lowest Temperature 17°F in Franklin in 1983
Greatest Rainfall 3.09 inches in Highlands in 1893
Greatest Snowfall 1.5 inches in Highlands in 1901


April Weather Extremes for Macon County

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


Macon Calendar

There will be a Poor Man's Supper at the Carson Community Center on Saturday, April 24th, from 4pm to 7pm to benefit the Arise and Shine Women's Recovery Center.

Menu: Pinto Beans, Cornbread, Mac and Cheese, Fried Cabbage or Slaw, and a Dessert.
Plates cost $7 each.
Contact Carol Anne Bowers, Ann McWhite, or call the Arise and Shine Thrift Store at 828-634-0217 for more information.

They have a Facebook Page at Arise and Shine Women's Recovery Center

Thrift Store Location: 3001 Old Murphy Rd.
Donations being accepted at the location.

Monetary donations may be sent to:
Arise & Shine Women's Recovery Center
Po Box 913
Franklin, NC 28744


Friends of the Greenway

Friends of the Greenway would like to invite you to FROG FAIR, our spring arts & crafts fair on May 8, 2021, from 9-3 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main St, Franklin (at the Town bridge). We want to provide an outlet for area artists and crafters. As a fundraiser event for FROG, we collect a vendor registration fee, will offer a continental breakfast and lunch special, and hold a 50/50 drawing. Area musicians will perform throughout the day. Mark your calendar and come enjoy the day. Stop by FROG Quarters Wednesday-Saturday between 9-2 to become a registered vendor or to purchase 50/50 drawing tickets. Hope to see you on May 8. For vendor information, email us at frog28734@gmail.com.
On This Day

April 20th is the 110th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 255 days remain until the end of the year. Historical Events

Highlights
295 – 8th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
850 – Guntherus becomes bishop of Cologne
1139 – 2nd Lateran Council (10th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
1303 – The Sapienza University of Rome is instituted by a bull of Pope Boniface VIII.
1453 – Three Genoese galleys and a Byzantine blockade runner fight their way through an Ottoman blockading fleet a few weeks before the fall of Constantinople.
1534 – Jacques Cartier begins his first voyage to what is today the east coast of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador.
1535 – The sun dog phenomenon is observed over Stockholm, as later depicted in the famous painting Vädersolstavlan.
1653 – Oliver Cromwell dissolves the Rump Parliament.
1657 – Admiral Robert Blake destroys a Spanish silver fleet under heavy fire at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
1657 – Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).
1689 – Deposed monarch James II of England lays siege to Derry.
1752 – Start of Konbaung–Hanthawaddy War, a new phase in the Burmese Civil War (1740–57).
1770 – The Georgian king, Erekle II, abandoned by his Russian ally Count Totleben, wins a victory over Ottoman forces at Aspindza.
1775 – American Revolutionary War: The Siege of Boston begins, following the battles at Lexington and Concord.
1789 – George Washington arrives at Grays Ferry, Philadelphia while en route to Manhattan for his inauguration.
1792 – France declares war against the "King of Hungary and Bohemia", the beginning of French Revolutionary Wars.
1800 – The Septinsular Republic is established.
1809 – Two Austrian army corps in Bavaria are defeated by a First French Empire army led by Napoleon at the Battle of Abensberg on the second day of a four-day campaign that ended in a French victory.
1818 – The case of Ashford v Thornton ends, with Abraham Thornton allowed to go free rather than face a retrial for murder, after his demand for trial by battle is upheld.
1828 – René Caillié becomes the second non-Muslim to enter (and the first to return from) Timbuktu, following Major Gordon Laing.
1836 – U.S. Congress passes an act creating the Wisconsin Territory.
1861 – American Civil War: Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia.[4]
1862 – Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the experiment disproving the theory of spontaneous generation.
1865 – Astronomer Angelo Secchi demonstrates the Secchi disk, which measures water clarity, aboard Pope Pius IX's yacht, the L'Immaculata Concezion.
1876 – The April Uprising begins. Its suppression shocks European opinion, and Bulgarian independence becomes a condition for ending the Russo-Turkish War.
1884 – Pope Leo XIII publishes the encyclical Humanum genus, condemning Freemasonry.
1898 – U.S. President William McKinley signed a joint resolution to Congress for declaration of war against Spain, beginning the Spanish–American War.
1902 – Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride.
1914 – Nineteen men, women, and children participating in a strike are killed in the Ludlow Massacre during the Colorado Coalfield War.
1918 – Manfred von Richthofen, a.k.a. The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims, his final victories before his death the following day.
1922 – The Soviet government creates South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast within Georgian SSR.
1945 – World War II: U.S. troops capture Leipzig, Germany, only to later cede the city to the Soviet Union.
1945 – World War II: Führerbunker: On his 56th birthday Adolf Hitler makes his last trip to the surface to award Iron Crosses to boy soldiers of the Hitler Youth.
1945 – Twenty Jewish children used in medical experiments at Neuengamme are killed in the basement of the Bullenhuser Damm school.
1946 – The League of Nations officially dissolves, giving most of its power to the United Nations.
1961 – Cold War: Failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed Cuban exiles against Cuba.
1968 – English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial "Rivers of Blood" speech.
1972 – Apollo program: Apollo 16 lunar module, commanded by John Young and piloted by Charles Duke, lands on the moon.
1979 - President Jimmy Carter is attacked by a swamp rabbit which swam up to his fishing boat in Plains, Georgia
1980 - Cuban President Fidel Castro announces he is opening the Mariel Port for Cubans to leave, about 125,00 leave in next 5-6 months
1983 - President Reagan signs a $165B bail out for Social Security
1998 – Air France Flight 422 crashes after taking off from El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia, killing all 53 people on board.[7]
1999 – Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado.
2007 – Johnson Space Center shooting: William Phillips with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
2008 – Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.
2010 – The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and beginning an oil spill that would last six months.
2012 – One hundred twenty-seven people are killed when a plane crashes in a residential area near the Benazir Bhutto International Airport near Islamabad, Pakistan.
2013 – A 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes Lushan County, Ya'an, in China's Sichuan province, killing more than 150 people and injuring thousands.
2015 – Ten people are killed in a bomb attack on a convoy carrying food supplies to a United Nations compound in Garowe in the Somali region of Puntland.
2020 - Three US states, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina the 1st to announce end to some COVID-19 restrictions
2020 - Price of US oil turns negative for the 1st time in history - West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark for US oil, falls as low as minus $37.63 a barrel as worldwide demand falls
2020 - The last three cruise ships still afloat amid Covid pandemic, finally dock at the ports of Marseille, France; Barcelona, Spain; and Los Angeles California


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Published at 3:22am on Tuesday, April 20, 2021



The President Orders Flags at Half Staff for Former Vice President Walter Mondale
April 19, 2021 through Day of Interment

STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AND FIRST LADY JILL BIDEN ON THE PASSING OF WALTER MONDALE

It’s with great sadness that Jill and I learned of the passing of Vice President Walter Mondale, but great gratitude that we were able to call one of our nation’s most dedicated patriots and public servants a dear friend and mentor.

Jill and I had the opportunity to speak to Fritz and his family over the weekend, to reflect on the years of friendship we shared, and how much we learned from and leaned on each other.

When I arrived in the United States Senate in 1973, Walter Mondale was one of the first people to greet me. Through his work as a Senator, he showed me what was possible. He may have been modest and unassuming in manner, but he was unwavering in his pursuit of progress; instrumental in passing laws like the Fair Housing Act to prevent racial discrimination in housing, Title IX to provide more opportunities for women, and laws to protect our environment. There have been few senators, before or since, who commanded such universal respect.

When President Obama asked me to consider being his Vice President, Fritz was my first call and trusted guide. He not only took my call, he wrote me a memo. It was Walter Mondale who defined the vice presidency as a full partnership, and helped provide a model for my service.

And Joan did the same for Jill, helping her carve out a role for herself as our nation’s Second Lady.

He not only created a path for himself, he helped others do the same. Walter Mondale was the first presidential nominee of either party to select a woman as his running mate, and I know how pleased he was to be able to see Kamala Harris become Vice President.

In accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for President, he described the values he was taught to live by: “to play by the rules; to tell the truth; to obey the law; to care for others; to love our country; to cherish our faith.”

As a Senator, an Ambassador, a Vice President, and a candidate for President, he lived and spread those values.

Our hearts go out to the Mondale family. And we take some comfort in the fact that he is with Joan and Eleanor now.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Local COVID-19 Numbers for 04-19-2021



(Numbers as released on Monday, April 19, 2021)

Macon Media has been collecting these numbers for the past year and showing them in chart form to show you the long-term trends since April 17th, 2020.

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The health department has started releasing information about vaccine delivery, so those numbers will be included here also, as well as charted on a regular basis, although all the numbers can show us is the capability of the federal and state governments to deliver the vaccines to Macon County because Macon County Public Health, after a rough start, can now deliver shots in arms faster than the federal and state governments can deliver them or are likely to be able to deliver them in the foreseeable future.

Vaccines Given Today 0
Current Inventory 1,080
Total Vaccines Given 12,089


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3153 Detected
(+8 from Friday and +24 from last Monday and +113 from four weeks ago)

29 Active
(+2 from Friday and -8 from last Monday and -3 from four weeks ago)

3091 Recovered
(+6 from Friday and +31 from last Monday and +111 from four weeks ago)

33 Deaths
(unchanged from Friday and +1 from last Monday and +3 from four weeks ago)

Testing in Macon County

9477 by MCPH
(+27 from Friday and +43 from last Monday and +143 from four weeks ago)

9361 by Others
(+56 from Friday and +133 from last Monday and +520 from four weeks ago)

18838 total
(+83 from Friday and +176 from last Monday and +663 from four weeks ago)

43 tests pending results
(+27 from Friday and +25 from last Monday and +8 from four weeks ago)

Macon Media Infographics

Known Active COVID-19 Cases

These are the known active cases of COVID-19 in Macon County. The actual number is higher, but since everyone is not being tested on a daily basis, we can't know the true number, and not enough tests are being performed that allow us to guess at it with any accuracy.



Detected, Recovered, and Known Active Cases This chart shows the number of COVID-19 Cases that have been detected (represented by the blue line), the number of known active cases presumed to have recovered (represented by the green line), the number of known active cases (represented by the red line), and the number of known deaths (represented by the purple line). For the first time since early last September, the number of known active cases is about the same as the number of known deaths, although the number of known deaths was around 7 at that time and it is 33 now.
Demographics Table from Macon Public Health The format has been changed by the health department more than once during the pandemic, so the useful information for long-term study is limited.
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Weather Briefing for Monday, April 19, 2021



OUTLOOK

A couple of weak low pressure systems will move along a stationary front stretching from the central Gulf Coast to the southeast coastline through today. A cold front crosses the area Wednesday, with much below normal temperatures across the region for a couple of days. A more significant low pressure may cross our region Saturday and Saturday night.


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Macon Calendar

There will be a Poor Man's Supper at the Carson Community Center on Saturday, April 24th, from 4pm to 7pm to benefit the Arise and Shine Women's Recovery Center.

Menu: Pinto Beans, Cornbread, Mac and Cheese, Fried Cabbage or Slaw, and a Dessert.
Plates cost $7 each.
Contact Carol Anne Bowers, Ann McWhite, or call the Arise and Shine Thrift Store at 828-634-0217 for more information.

They have a Facebook Page at Arise and Shine Women's Recovery Center

Thrift Store Location: 3001 Old Murphy Rd.
Donations being accepted at the location.

Monetary donations may be sent to:
Arise & Shine Women's Recovery Center
Po Box 913
Franklin, NC 28744


Friends of the Greenway

Friends of the Greenway would like to invite you to FROG FAIR, our spring arts & crafts fair on May 8, 2021, from 9-3 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main St, Franklin (at the Town bridge). We want to provide an outlet for area artists and crafters. As a fundraiser event for FROG, we collect a vendor registration fee, will offer a continental breakfast and lunch special, and hold a 50/50 drawing. Area musicians will perform throughout the day. Mark your calendar and come enjoy the day. Stop by FROG Quarters Wednesday-Saturday between 9-2 to become a registered vendor or to purchase 50/50 drawing tickets. Hope to see you on May 8. For vendor information, email us at frog28734@gmail.com.


National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Wednesday Night


Franklin area

Today

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

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Light Winds out of the northwest.

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 10am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30.

Highlands area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 9am. Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s.

Otto area

Today

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

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to mph by midmorning.

Tuesday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 10am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30.

Nantahala area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tuesday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

An unseasonably cold air mass will move into the area behind a cold front Wednesday night. Temperatures will likely cool enough to support frost/freeze conditions early Thursday. As the air mass lingers over the area, frost/freeze conditions will again be possible early Friday.



Air Quality




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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the high range (10.2 out of 12) today with Oak, SweetGum, Poplar being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to also be in the high range (10.9 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 19th


Highest Temperature 88°F in Franklin in 1976
Lowest Temperature 17°F in Highlands in 1983
Greatest Rainfall 4.46 inches in Highlands in 1901
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1983


April Weather Extremes for Macon County

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


On This Day

April 19th is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 256 days remain until the end of the year. Historical Events

Highlights
AD 65 – The freedman Milichus betrays Piso's plot to kill the Emperor Nero and all the conspirators are arrested.
607 - Comet 1P/607 H1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0898 AUs (8.35 million miles) of Earth
531 – Battle of Callinicum: A Byzantine army under Belisarius is defeated by the Persians at Raqqa (northern Syria).
797 – Empress Irene organizes a conspiracy against her son, the Byzantine emperor Constantine VI. He is deposed and blinded. Shortly after, Constantine dies of his wounds; Irene proclaims herself basileus.
1012 - Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich, London
1451 - Alam Shah of Delhi resigns throne
1506 – The Lisbon Massacre begins, in which accused Jews are being slaughtered by Portuguese Catholics.
1524 - Pope Clemens VII fires Neth inquisitor-general French Van de Holly
1529 – Beginning of the Protestant Reformation: After the Second Diet of Speyer bans Lutheranism, a group of rulers (German: Fürst) and independent cities protests the reinstatement of the Edict of Worms.
1539 – The Treaty of Frankfurt between Protestants and the Holy Roman Emperor is signed.
1591 - Chartres surrenders to King Henry IV in France
1608 – In Ireland: O'Doherty's Rebellion is launched by the Burning of Derry.
1677 – The French army captures the town of Cambrai held by Spanish troops.
1713 – With no living male heirs, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 to ensure that Habsburg lands and the Austrian throne would be inheritable by a female; his daughter and successor, Maria Theresa was not born until 1717.
1770 – Captain James Cook, still holding the rank of lieutenant, sights the eastern coast of what is now Australia.
1770 – Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI of France in a proxy wedding.
1775 - American Revolutionary War: Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott are captured by British troops riding from Lexington to Concord, Prescott escapes to warn Concord
1775 – American Revolutionary War: The war begins with an American victory in Concord during the battles of Lexington and Concord.
1782 – John Adams secures Dutch recognition of the United States as an independent government. The house which he had purchased in The Hague becomes the first American embassy.
1809 – An Austrian corps is defeated by the forces of the Duchy of Warsaw in the Battle of Raszyn, part of the struggles of the Fifth Coalition. On the same day the Austrian main army is defeated by a First French Empire Corps led by Louis-Nicolas Davout at the Battle of Teugen-Hausen in Bavaria, part of a four-day campaign that ended in a French victory.
1810 – Venezuela achieves home rule: Vicente Emparán, Governor of the Captaincy General is removed by the people of Caracas and a junta is installed.
1818 – French physicist Augustin Fresnel signs his preliminary "Note on the Theory of Diffraction" (deposited on the following day). The document ends with what we now call the Fresnel integrals.
1839 – The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom and guarantees its neutrality.
1861 – American Civil War: Baltimore riot of 1861: A pro-Secession mob in Baltimore attacks United States Army troops marching through the city.
1903 – The Kishinev pogrom in Kishinev (Bessarabia) begins, forcing tens of thousands of Jews to later seek refuge in Palestine and the Western world.
1927 – Mae West is sentenced to ten days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.
1933 - FDR announces US will leave gold standard
1942 – World War II: In Poland, the Majdan-Tatarski ghetto is established, situated between the Lublin Ghetto and a Majdanek subcamp.
1943 – World War II: In Poland, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins, after German troops enter the Warsaw Ghetto to round up the remaining Jews.
1943 – Albert Hofmann deliberately doses himself with LSD for the first time, three days after having discovered its effects on April 16.
1956 – Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco.
1960 – Students in South Korea hold a nationwide pro-democracy protest against president Syngman Rhee, eventually forcing him to resign.
1971 – Sierra Leone becomes a republic, and Siaka Stevens the president.
1971 – Launch of Salyut 1, the first space station.
1971 – Charles Manson is sentenced to death (later commuted to life imprisonment) for conspiracy in the Tate–LaBianca murders.
1973 – The Portuguese Socialist Party is founded in the German town of Bad Münstereifel.
1975 – India's first satellite Aryabhata launched in orbit from Kapustin Yar, Russia.
1975 – South Vietnamese forces withdrew from the town of Xuan Loc in the last major battle of the Vietnam War.
1984 – Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
1985 – Two hundred ATF and FBI agents lay siege to the compound of the white supremacist survivalist group The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord in Arkansas; the CSA surrenders two days later.
1987 – The Simpsons first appear as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, first starting with Good Night.
1989 – A gun turret explodes on the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors.
1993 – The 51-day FBI siege of the Branch Davidian building in Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. 76 Davidians, including eighteen children under the age of ten, died in the fire.
1995 – Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, USA, is bombed, killing 168 people including 19 children under the age of six.
1999 – The German Bundestag returns to Berlin.
2000 – Air Philippines Flight 541 crashes in Samal, Davao del Norte, killing all 131 people on board.
2005 – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected to the papacy and becomes Pope Benedict XVI.
2011 – Fidel Castro resigns as First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba after holding the title since July 1961.
2013 – Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is killed in a shootout with police. His brother Dzhokhar is later captured hiding in a boat inside a backyard in the suburb of Watertown.
2018 - Miguel Diaz-Canel is elected Cuba's new president after former president Raúl Castro steps down
2018 - Senator Tammy Duckworth (Illinois) is the first parent to bring a baby into the US Senate, a day after the Senate votes to allow babies on the chamber's floor
2018 - King Mswati III of Swaziland changes the name of Swaziland to eSwatini, or “land of the Swati”
2020 – A killing spree in Nova Scotia, Canada, leaves 22 people and the perpetrator dead, making it the deadliest rampage in the country's history.
2020 - Together At Home concert for COVID-19 aid curated by Lady Gaga and streamed worldwide
2020 - UK COVID-19 death toll reaches 16,060 (hospitals only), as "The Sunday Times" criticizes Boris Johnson's government's response, saying they "sleepwalked into disaster"
2020 - Turkey passes Iran to become the Middle Eastern country with the most COVID-19 cases with 86,306 infections, Iran continues to have the most deaths


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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Weather Briefing for Sunday, April 18, 2021



OUTLOOK

A couple of weak low pressure systems will move along a stationary front stretching from the central Gulf Coast to the southeast coastline today, and again on Monday. A cold front crosses the area Wednesday, with much below normal temperatures across the region. A more significant low pressure may cross our region Saturday.


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National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Tuesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm windss in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Monday

Sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Light winds out of the northwest.

TuesdayA 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70.

Tuesday Night

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

Highlands area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 60. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

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

Monday

Sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Monday Night

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

Tuesday

A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with highs near 60.

Tuesday Night

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

Otto area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Monday

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

Monday Night

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

Tuesday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70.

Tuesday Night

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

Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

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

Tuesday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s.

Tuesday Night

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

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.






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Published at 5:00am on Sunday, April 18, 2021



Saturday, April 17, 2021

Weather Briefing for Saturday, April 17, 2021



OUTLOOK

A weak low pressure system will move northeast along a stationary front stretching from the central Gulf Coast to the southeast coastline today through tonight. A weak low pressure system moves along the stationary front on Sunday.and again on Monday. A cold front crosses the area Wednesday, with a return to below normal temperatures across the region.


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National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Monday Night


Franklin area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 7am and 4pm. Cloudy, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Monday

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

Monday Night

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

Highlands area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 11am and 5pm. Cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the north around 5 mph early becoming light and variable by midmorning.

Monday Night

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

Otto area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between noon and 4pm. Cloudy, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Monday

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

Monday Night

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

Nantahala area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 7am and 4pm. Cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

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

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.





Air Quality




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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (8.4 out of 12) today with Oak, SweetGum, Poplar being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the high range (10.6 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 17th


Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2006
Lowest Temperature 19°F in Highlands in 2014
Greatest Rainfall 3.06 inches in Highlands in 1945
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since 1872


April Weather Extremes for Macon County

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


On This Day

April 16th is the 107th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 258 days remain until the end of the year. Historical Events


858 - Benedict III's reign as Catholic Pope ends with his death
1080 – Harald III of Denmark dies and is succeeded by Canute IV, who would later be the first Dane to be canonized.
1349 – The rule of the Bavand dynasty in Mazandaran is brought to an end by the murder of Hasan II.
1362 – Kaunas Castle falls to the Teutonic Order after a month-long siege.
1387 - Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" characters begin their pilgrimage to Canterbury (according to scholars)
1397 - Geoffrey Chaucer tells the "Canterbury Tales" for the first time at the court of English King Richard II
1492 – Christopher Columbus signs a contract with the Spanish monarchs to find the "Indies" with the stated goal of converting people to Catholicism. This promises him 10% of all riches found, and the governorship of any lands encountered.
1521 – Trial of Martin Luther over his teachings begins during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. Initially intimidated, he asks for time to reflect before answering and is given a stay of one day.
1524 – Giovanni da Verrazzano reaches New York harbor.
1711 - Charles VI becomes Holy Roman Emperor after the death of his brother Joseph I
1797 – Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in the Americas.
1797 – Citizens of Verona begin an unsuccessful eight-day rebellion against the French occupying forces.
1808 - Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships
1824 - Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54° 40'N
1861 – The state of Virginia's secession convention votes to secede from the United States, later becoming the eighth state to join the Confederate States of America.
1863 – American Civil War: Grierson's Raid begins: Troops under Union Army Colonel Benjamin Grierson attack central Mississippi.
1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth begins: Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.
1869 – Morelos is admitted as the 27th state of Mexico.
1876 – Catalpa rescue: The rescue of six Fenian prisoners from Fremantle Prison in Western Australia.
1895 – The Treaty of Shimonoseki between China and Japan is signed. This marks the end of the First Sino-Japanese War, and the defeated Qing Empire is forced to renounce its claims on Korea and to concede the southern portion of the Fengtien province, Taiwan and the Pescadores Islands to Japan.
1905 – The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York, which holds that the "right to free contract" is implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
1912 – Russian troops open fire on striking goldfield workers in northeast Siberia, killing at least 150.
1941 – World War II: The invasion of Yugoslavia is completed when it signs an armistice with Germany and Italy.
1942 – French prisoner of war General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Königstein Fortress.
1944 – Forces of the Communist-controlled Greek People's Liberation Army attack the smaller National and Social Liberation resistance group, which surrenders. Its leader Dimitrios Psarros is murdered.
1945 – World War II: Montese, Italy, is liberated from Nazi forces.
1945 – Historian Tran Trong Kim is appointed the Prime Minister of the Empire of Vietnam.
1946 – The last French troops are withdrawn from Syria.
1951 – The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park.
1961 – Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.
1969 – Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.
1969 – Communist Party of Czechoslovakia chairman Alexander Dubček is deposed.
1970 – Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
1971 – The Provisional Government of Bangladesh is formed.
1975 – The Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.
1978 – Mir Akbar Khyber is assassinated, provoking a communist coup d'état in Afghanistan.
1982 – Constitution Act, 1982 Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.
1992 – The Katina P is deliberately run aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
1993 - Two Los Angeles police officers convicted in federal court of violating Rodney King's civil rights and sentenced to prison, while two others are acquitted,
2006 – A Palestinian suicide bomber detonates an explosive device in a Tel Aviv restaurant, killing 11 people and injuring 70.
2013 – An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, kills 15 people and injures 160 others.
2014 – NASA's Kepler space telescope confirms the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.
2019 – Terror alert closes schools in Denver, Colorado, due to 18 year-old woman obsessed with Columbine massacre, who is then found dead
2019 – 10 babies with "bubble boy disease" cured using a gene therapy made from HIV at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, according to new study
2020 – WHO warns Africa could be next epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 300,000 deaths, pushing 30 million into poverty as it records nearly 1000 deaths and 19,000 cases to date


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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, April 17, 2021



Local COVID-19 Numbers for 04-16-2021



Daily COVID-19 Numbers Released by Macon County Public Health


(Numbers as released on Friday, April 17, 2021)

Macon Media has been collecting these numbers for the past year and showing them in chart form to show you the long-term trends since April 17th, 2020.

The health department has started releasing information about vaccine delivery, so those numbers will be included here also, as well as charted on a regular basis, although all the numbers can show us is the capability of the federal and state governments to deliver the vaccines to Macon County because Macon County Public Health, after a rough start, can now deliver shots in arms faster than the federal and state governments can deliver them or are likely to be able to deliver them in the foreseeable future.

Vaccines Given Today             0
Current Inventory            1,080
Total Vaccines Given      12,089

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3145 Detected
(+2 from Monday and +28 from last Tuesday and +110 from four weeks ago)
27 Active
(-6 from Monday and -9 from last Tuesday and -1 from four weeks ago)
3085 Recovered
(+8 from Monday and +36 from last Tuesday and +108 from four weeks ago)
33 Deaths
(unchanged from Monday and +1 from last Tuesday and +3 from four weeks ago)


Testing in Macon County

9450 by MCPH
(unchanged from Monday and +28 from last Tuesday and +127 from four weeks ago)

9305 by Others
(+64 from Monday and+77 from last Tuesday and +473 from four weeks ago)

18755 total
(+14 from Monday and +105 from last Tuesday and +620 from four weeks ago)

16 tests pending results
(unchanged from Monday and -1 from last Tuesday and -9 from four weeks ago)

Macon Media Infographics



Known Active COVID-19 Cases

These are the known active cases of COVID-19 in Macon County. The actual number is higher, but since everyone is not being tested on a daily basis, we can't know the true number, and not enough tests are being performed that allows us to guess at it with any accuracy.



Detected, Recovered, and Known Active Cases

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 Cases that have been detected (represented by the blue line), the number of known active cases presumed to have recovered (represented by the green line), the number of known active cases (represented by the red line), and the number of known deaths (represented by the purple line). For the first time since early last September, the number of known active cases is about the same as the number of known deaths, although the number of known deaths was around 7 at that time and it is 33 now.



Demographics Table from Macon Public Health

The format has been changed by the health department more than once during the pandemic, so the useful information for long-term study is limited.




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Published at 4:03am on Saturday, April 17, 2021

Friday, April 16, 2021

The President Orders Flags Lowered for Victims of Mass Shooting in Indianapolis, Indiana
Update: Governor Also Orders Flags to Half-Staff



A PROCLAMATION ON HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, April 20, 2021. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.


**4:27pm Update**

Lowering of US and NC Flags Immediately To Half-Staff Until Sunset April 20, 2021 Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Indianapolis, Indiana



Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered immediately to half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 honoring the victims of the tragedy in Indianapolis, Indiana who lost their lives on Thursday to a senseless act of violence. In tribute to the lives lost and the families in mourning all North Carolinians are encouraged to join in lowering flags to half-staff in their honor.

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are also encouraged to fly flags at half-staff for the duration of time indicated.

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


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This Week at The NCDOT for 04-16-2021



After a long hiatus, Macon Media is once again sharing the weekly NCDOT report on their activities as released in their NCDOT Now video, the "This Week at the NCDOT" press release, and the weekly "Cash Watch Report." These reports are presented as is with no commentary so members of the public can make up their own minds about the contents.

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NCDOT NOW



 



RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.

Work Zone Awareness Week and Memorial

It’s Work Zone Awareness Week in North Carolina and the National Work Zone Memorial traveled through our stateThe Memorial was displayed at the Welcome Center along Interstate 95 in Northampton County. 

The traveling exhibit honors people who have died in work zones, including construction workers, motorists, pedestrians, law enforcement officers, public safety officials and children. It lists the names of 1,592 people who died in work zones nationwide, including 36 people here in North Carolina. 

NCDOT and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program urge drivers to do their part to make work zones safer. Slow down, follow posted signs near work zones, and be mindful of crews working near the travel lanes.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distractions unfortunately come in many forms for motorists, and they can hamper drivers’ reactions to changing traffic conditions or safety hazards. NCDOT reminds everyone to stay alert on the road. When you’re behind the wheel, the only thing you should be doing is driving.

Lt. Gov. Walter H. Dalton Highway Dedication

A section of highway in western North Carolina has been dedicated to a former lieutenant governorNearly 6 miles of U.S. 74, from the Polk County line to U.S. 221, will now be known as the Lt. Governor Walter H. Dalton Highway. A ceremony was held earlier this week to unveil the signs honoring Dalton.

Dalton held a state Senate seat for six consecutive terms before being elected North Carolina’s 33rd lieutenant governor. He also contributed to his community and higher education.

For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT.gov.



Cash Watch Weekly Report
Week of April 9 - 15

Total Cash and Bond Proceeds (1) 2,326,440,619

Beginning Highway Fund (10) 861,780,996
Beginning Highway Trust Fund 701,456,839
Beginning Reserved Cash Balance 763,202,784

Add Receipts 143,295,412

Less Disbursements:

Payroll (2) 29,713,006
Debt Service (3)
STI Construction 47,298,756
Operations (4) 13,793,313
Map Act Claims/Settlements 13,686,933
State Aid Payments (5)
Disaster Related Costs 4,291,097
Modal (6) 3,513,742
Other (7) 26,398,576

Reserved Cash:
GARVEE/Federal Repayment Reserve (8) -
Transportation Emergency Reserve 64,000,000
Trustee Accounts:
Unexpended Build NC Bond Proceeds 419,738,721
Unexpended GARVEE Bond Proceeds 265,146,851
Energy Savings-Roadway Lighting (9) 789,344

Unreserved Cash Balance Total
Ending Combined Cash Balance 1,581,356,068
Ending Highway Fund (10) 891,753,556
Ending Highway Trust Fund 689,602,512

Statutory Cash Minimum Floor (11) 267,322,500
Statutory Cash Target -15% (12) 534,645,000
Statutory Cash Target - 20% (12) 712,860,000


(1) Balance includes Highway Fund and Highway Trust Fund cash available
 plus Reserved Cash held by Trustee and not available to spend at this time.
(2) Includes permanent and some temporary employees; disbursed every other week.
(3) Monthly advanced payments to Trustee per Build NC Bond Official Statement.
 Also includes GARVEE and General Obligation Bond Debt Service payments.
(4) Highway maintenance and small construction
(5) Powell Bill payments to municipalities; disbursed twice per year- G.S. 136-41.1
(6) Program funds for Ferry, Public Transportation, Aviation and Rail
(7) Administration, transfers to other agencies, Governor's Highway Safety Program, facilities, etc.
(8) One year of debt service
(9) 2017 bonds for installation of energy efficient lighting along roadways.
(10) Consistent with historical reporting practices, Highway Fund cash balance amount
 includes $45.4 million of cash-in-transit
(11) G.S. 143C-6-11(f)
(12) G.S. 143C-6-11(k)(1)

NCDOT's Weekly Cash Watch Report



 

RALEIGH – To be open and transparent and to comply with Session Law 2019-251 of the N.C. General Assembly, the N.C. Department of Transportation will issue a news release each Friday publishing the weekly “NCDOT Cash Watch Numbers” report, which is a snapshot of NCDOT expenditures.

For holidays when NCDOT offices are closed, the release and report will be published on the closest business day.

The latest cash report, as well as previous reports, can be viewed on this NCDOT webpage.

Each report opens with what the combined cash balance was in the preceding report. The report includes receipts; a list of disbursements in broad categories; and ending combined cash balance. In addition, the report includes a snapshot of “reserved cash” balances. These funds are dedicated to specific projects and are held in what is called a “Trustee Account” until they are disbursed to pay for work completed on projects funded with Build NC bonds, GARVEE bonds or Energy Savings-Roadway lighting funds. 

Cash balance fluctuates from day to day as revenue comes in and disbursements are made. The official monthly cash balance is determined at the close of each month as line items are reconciled. Weekly balances are not indicative of what the final monthly cash balance will be. 




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Published at 12:55pm on Friday, April 16, 2021