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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 1, 2021



OUTLOOK

High pressure will build over the area through much of the weekend, leading to continued dry weather. An active pattern returns for next week, with increasing daily shower and thunderstorm chances as multiple disturbances pass over the Carolinas.


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

Local COVID-19 Numbers for May 1st, 2021; Macon County Reports Three Additional COVID-19 Deaths [LINK] Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Angel Medical Center Facility [LINK]

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Monday Night


Franklin area

Today

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

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Light and variable winds.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the mid-70s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.

Highlands area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. TonightMostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the west around 6 mph.

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.

Otto area

Today

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

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the south wind around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the mid-70s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Nantahala area

Today

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

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Light and variable winds.

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs near 70. Chance of rain is 100%.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

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 extreme lower range of yellow.

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

Pollen


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (9.4 out of 12) today with Maple, Birch, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to also be in the medium-high range (8.6 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on May 1st


Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Highlands in 1996
Greatest Rainfall 2.15 inches in Highlands in 2016
Greatest Snowfall No measurable snowfall has been 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


Macon Calendar

Macon County Public Library

Exploring North Carolina's Lookout Towers: A Guide to Hikes and Vistas with Author Peter Barr Thursday, May 6th, 6:30 p.m. outside the Macon County Public Library in the picnic pavilion next to Macon Early College- Exploring North Carolina's Lookout Towers: A Guide to Hikes and Vistas with Author Peter Barr Join us for a presentation by the author and a chance to purchase your own copy of his updated book on NC's lookout towers. Please call, email or visit Kristina Moe at the library to register- 828-524-3600, kmoe@fontanalib.org 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 are excited to report that so far, 26 vendors have chosen to participate at the FAIR. As a fund raiser event for FROG, we collect a vendor registration fee, will offer a continental breakfast, lunch specials, homemade desserts and hold a 50/50 drawing with a $50 guarantee. Area musicians will perform throughout the day, with a sitting area for extra enjoyment. 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 30th is the 120th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 245 days remain until the end of the year. Historical Events


305 – Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman emperor.
880 – The Nea Ekklesia is inaugurated in Constantinople, setting the model for all later cross-in-square Orthodox churches.
1006 - Supernova observed by Chinese and Egyptians in constellation Lupus
1169 – Norman mercenaries land at Bannow Bay in Leinster, marking the beginning of the Norman invasion of Ireland.
1328 – Wars of Scottish Independence end: By the Treaty of Edinburgh–Northampton, England recognises Scotland as an independent state.
1707 – The Act of Union joining England and Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain takes effect.
1753 – Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.
1807 – The Slave Trade Act 1807 takes effect, abolishing the slave trade within the British Empire.
1820 – Execution of the Cato Street Conspirators, who plotted to kill the British Cabinet and Prime Minister Lord Liverpool.
1840 – The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.
1844 – Hong Kong Police Force, the world's second modern police force and Asia's first, is established.
1846 – The few remaining Mormons left in Nauvoo, Illinois, formally dedicate the Nauvoo Temple.
1851 – Queen Victoria opens The Great Exhibition at The Crystal Palace in London.
1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville begins.
1865 – The Empire of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay sign the Treaty of the Triple Alliance.
1866 – The Memphis Race Riots begin. In three days time, 46 blacks and two whites were killed. Reports of the atrocities influenced passage of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
1885 – The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opens for business.
1886 – Rallies are held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day, culminating in the Haymarket affair in Chicago, in commemoration of which May 1 is celebrated as International Workers' Day in many countries.
1894 – Coxey's Army, the first significant American protest march, arrives in Washington, D.C.
1898 – Spanish–American War: Battle of Manila Bay: The Asiatic Squadron of the United States Navy destroys the Pacific Squadron of the Spanish Navy after a seven-hour battle. Spain loses all seven of its ships, and 381 Spanish sailors die. There are no American vessel losses or combat deaths.
1900 – The Scofield Mine disaster kills over 200 men in Scofield, Utah in what is to date the fifth-worst mining accident in United States history.
1915 – The RMS Lusitania departs from New York City on her 202nd, and final, crossing of the North Atlantic. Six days later, the ship is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 1,198 lives.
1919 – German troops enter Munich to suppress the Bavarian Soviet Republic.
1925 – The All-China Federation of Trade Unions is officially founded. Today it is the largest trade union in the world, with 134 million members.
1929 – The 7.2 Mw  Kopet Dag earthquake shakes the Iran–Turkmenistan border region with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing up to 3,800 and injuring 1,121.
1930 – "Pluto" is officially proposed for the name of the newly discovered dwarf planet Pluto by Vesto Slipher in the Lowell Observatory Observation Circular. The name quickly catches on.
1931 – The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.
1945 – World War II: A German newsreader officially announces that Adolf Hitler has "fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany". The Soviet flag is raised over the Reich Chancellery, by order of Stalin.
1945 – World War II: Up to 2,500 people die in a mass suicide in Demmin following the advance of the Red Army.
1946 – Start of three-year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
1947 – Portella della Ginestra massacre against May Day celebrations in Sicily by the bandit and separatist leader Salvatore Giuliano where 11 persons are killed and 33 wounded.
1956 – The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.
1960 – Cold War: U-2 incident: Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, is shot down over the Sverdlovsk Oblast, Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.
1961 – The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.
1970 – Vietnam War: Protests erupt following the announcement by Richard Nixon that the U.S. and South Vietnamese forces would attack Vietnamese communists in a Cambodian Campaign.
1971 – Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) takes over operation of U.S. passenger rail service.
1978 – Japan's Naomi Uemura, travelling by dog sled, becomes the first person to reach the North Pole alone.
1982 – Operation Black Buck: The Royal Air Force attacks the Argentine Air Force during Falklands War.
1999 – The body of British climber George Mallory is found on Mount Everest, 75 years after his disappearance in 1924.
2003 – Invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended".
2004 – Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
2009 – Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.
2011 – Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.
2019 – Naxalite attack in Gadchiroli district of India: Sixteen army soldiers, including a driver, killed in an IED blast. Naxals targeted an anti-Naxal operations team.
2020 - Canadian PM Justin Trudeau announces ban on 1,500 types of assault-style weapons in response to recent Nova Scotia shooting Armed protesters against stay-at-home-orders gather at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, as Governor Gretchen Whitmer reinstates State of Emergency


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Published at 3:55am on Saturday, May 01, 2021



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