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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Weather Briefing for Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021


Dry high pressure will dominate the pattern through the weekend and linger into the middle of next week, while temperatures warm to above normal levels. By late next week, a cold front will approach the forecast area and increase the chance for showers and thunderstorms.


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National News Briefing • Today is Easter [LINK] • President Orders Flags Lowered for Victims of April 2nd Attack at the US Capitol Until Sunset on April 6th [LINK]

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Monday Night

Franklin area

...Humidity Below 30% in the Afternoon...

Sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds. Tonight Clear, with lows in the upper 30s. Calm winds. Monday Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Monday Night Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s.

Highlands area

...Humidity Below 30% in the Afternoon...

Sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest early around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning. Tonight Clear, with lows in the upper 30s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph after midnight. Monday Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Monday Night Mostly clear, with lows around 40.

Otto area

...Humidity Below 30% in the Afternoon...

Sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds. Tonight Clear, with lows around 40. Calm winds. Monday Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Monday Night Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s.

Nantahala area

...Humidity Below 30% in the Afternoon...

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Tonight Clear, with lows around 40. Calm winds. Monday Sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Monday Night Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s.


Hazardous weather is not expected. The realtive humidity will fall below 30% in the afternoon, so be vigilant if you choose to burn outdoors 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 levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (9.5 out of 12) today with Maple, Oak, and Elm 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 4th

Highest Temperature 85°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1963
Lowest Temperature 15°F in Highlands in 1936
Greatest One-Day Rain 3.36 inches in Highlands in 1957
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin in 1987

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

Historical Events

503 BC – Roman consul Agrippa Menenius Lanatus celebrates a triumph for a military victory over the Sabines.
1147 – Moscow is mentioned for the first time in the historical record, when it is named as a meeting place for two princes.
1268 – A five-year Byzantine–Venetian peace treaty is concluded between Venetian envoys and Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos.
1423 – Death of the Venetian Doge Tommaso Mocenigo, under whose rule victories were achieved against the Kingdom of Hungary and against the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Gallipoli (1416).
1460 – Basel University is founded.
1581 – Francis Drake is knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford for completing a circumnavigation of the world.
1609 – Moriscos are expelled from the Kingdom of Valencia.
1655 - Battle at Postage Farina, Tunis: English fleet beats Barbary pirates
1660 – Declaration of Breda by King Charles II of Great Britain promises, among other things, a general pardon to all royalists for crimes committed during the English Civil War and the Interregnum.
1721 – Sir Robert Walpole becomes the first British prime minister.
1768 – In London, Philip Astley stages the first modern circus.
1796 – Georges Cuvier delivers the first paleontological lecture.
1814 – Napoleon abdicates for the first time and names his son Napoleon II as Emperor of the French.
1818 – The United States Congress, affirming the Second Continental Congress, adopts the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (20 at that time).
1841 – William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia, becoming the first President of the United States to die in office, and setting the record for the briefest administration. Vice President John Tyler succeeds Harrison as President.
1850 – A large part of the English village of Cottenham burns to the ground in suspicious circumstances.
1850 – Los Angeles is incorporated as a city.
1859 – Bryant's Minstrels debut "Dixie" in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show.
1865 – American Civil War: A day after Union forces capture Richmond, Virginia, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln visits the Confederate capital.
1866 – Alexander II of Russia narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by Dmitry Karakozov in the city of Saint Petersburg.
1873 – The Kennel Club is founded, the oldest and first official registry of purebred dogs in the world.
1875 – Vltava, composed by Czech composer Bedřich Smetana and also known by its German name Die Moldau, premiered in Prague.
1887 – Argonia, Kansas elects Susanna M. Salter as the first female mayor in the United States.
1905 – In India, an earthquake hits the Kangra Valley, killing 20,000, and destroying most buildings in Kangra, McLeod Ganj and Dharamshala.
1913 – First Balkan War: Greek aviator Emmanouil Argyropoulos becomes the first pilot to die in the Hellenic Air Force when his plane crashes.
1925 – The Schutzstaffel (SS) is founded under Adolf Hitler's Nazi party in Germany.
1933 – U.S. Navy airship USS Akron is wrecked off the New Jersey coast due to severe weather.
1939 – Faisal II becomes King of Iraq.
1944 – World War II: First bombardment of oil refineries in Bucharest by Anglo-American forces kills 3000 civilians.
1945 – World War II: American troops liberate Ohrdruf forced labor camp in Germany.
1945 – World War II: American troops capture Kassel.
1945 – World War II: Soviet troops liberate Hungary from German occupation and occupy the country themselves.
1949 – Cold War: Twelve nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
1958 – The CND peace symbol is displayed in public for the first time in London.
1960 – France agrees to grant independence to the Mali Federation, a union of Senegal and French Sudan.
1964 – The Beatles occupy the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.
1965 – The first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraft is unveiled.
1967 – Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" speech in New York City's Riverside Church.
1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
1968 – Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 6.
1968 – A.E.K. Athens B.C. becomes the first Greek team to win the European Basketball Cup.
1969 – Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart.
1973 – The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City are officially dedicated.
1973 – A Lockheed C-141 Starlifter, dubbed the Hanoi Taxi, makes the last flight of Operation Homecoming.
1975 – Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1975 – Vietnam War: A United States Air Force Lockheed C-5A Galaxy transporting orphans, crashes near Saigon, South Vietnam shortly after takeoff, killing 172 people.
1979 – Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.
1981 – Iran–Iraq War: The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force mounts an attack on H-3 Airbase and destroys about 50 Iraqi aircraft.
1983 – Space Shuttle program: Space Shuttle Challenger makes its maiden voyage into space.
1984 – President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons.
1988 – Governor Evan Mecham of Arizona is convicted in his impeachment trial and removed from office.
1990 – The current flag of Hong Kong is adopted for post-colonial Hong Kong during the Third Session of the Seventh National People's Congress.
1991 – Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their airplane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.
1994 – Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark found Netscape Communications Corporation under the name Mosaic Communications Corporation.
1996 – Comet Hyakutake is imaged by the USA Asteroid Orbiter Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous.
2002 – The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War.
2009 – France announces its return to full participation of its military forces within NATO.
2013 – More than 70 people are killed in a building collapse in Thane, India.
2020 – China holds a National day of mourning for martyrs who died in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease outbreak.


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Published at 4:30am on Sunday, April 04, 2021