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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Weather Briefing for Tuesday, May 4, 2021



OUTLOOK

Expect numerous showers and thunderstorms again today, as a cold front approaches from the west. The front should move across the region on Wednesday, ushering in cool high pressure for the rest of the week. The high will shift to our east over the weekend, resulting in warmer temperatures into early next week.


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

Franklin Police Officer Devin Holland is Promoted to Captain 
[Public Comment]



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

Proponents of Public Skatepark Adress the Town Council During Public Comment



Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Angel Medical Center Facility [LINK]

Governor Orders Flags Lowered Until Sunset on May 4th [LINK]

Weather-related Video





National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Thursday Night


Franklin area

Franklin area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible. Tonight Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1am. Patchy fog between 10pm and 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible. Wednesday Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Light winds out of the southwest early increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the north 3 to 7 mph. Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Sunny, with highs near 70. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with lows around 40.

Highlands area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible. Tonight Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1am. Patchy fog between 9pm and 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. Wednesday Showers likely, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with lows around 40.

Otto area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible. Tonight Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1am. Patchy fog between 10pm and 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. South wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible. Wednesday Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday A slight chance of showers in the midafternoon. Sunny, with highs near 70. Chance of rain is 20%. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s.

Nantahala area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 8 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible. Tonight Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible. Wednesday A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after 8am. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.

HAZARDS

A cold front approaching from the west will be the trigger for another round of strong to severe thunderstorms during mainly the afternoon and nighttime hours today. The storms will increase the threat for isolated flash flooding as well across areas that experience multiple rounds of rainfall. For those of you traveling to our east, storms are expected in the piedmont tomorrow.


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 mediumh range (6.3 out of 12) today with Maple, Birch, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (7.1 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on May 4th


Highest Temperature 88°F in Franklin in 1955
Lowest Temperature 25°F in Franklin in 1971
Greatest Rainfall 2.52 inches in Highlands in 1993
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

May 3rd is the 124th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 241 days remain until the end of the year. Historical Events


1256 – The Augustinian monastic order is constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV issues a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.
1415 – Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance.
1436 – Assassination of the Swedish rebel (later national hero) Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson
1471 – Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeats a Lancastrian Army and kills Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales.
1493 – Pope Alexander VI divides the New World between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation.
1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrives in New Netherland (present day Manhattan Island) aboard the See Meeuw.
1686 – The Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines.
1776 – Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
1799 – Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ends when the city is invaded and Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.
1814 – Emperor Napoleon arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile.
1814 – King Ferdinand VII abolishes the Spanish Constitution of 1812, returning Spain to absolutism.
1836 – Formation of Ancient Order of Hibernians
1859 – The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking Devon and Cornwall in England.
1869 – The Naval Battle of Hakodate is fought in Japan.
1871 – The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opens its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1886 – Haymarket affair: A bomb is thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, United States, killing eight and wounding 60. The police fire into the crowd.
1904 – The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.
1910 – The Royal Canadian Navy is created.
1912 – Italy occupies the Greek island of Rhodes.
1919 – May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which transferred Chinese territory to Japan.
1926 – The United Kingdom general strike begins.
1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is incorporated.[1]
1932 – In Atlanta, mobster Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion.
1942 – World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea begins with an attack by aircraft from the United States aircraft carrier USS Yorktown on Japanese naval forces at Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands. The Japanese forces had invaded Tulagi the day before.
1945 – World War II: Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg is liberated by the British Army.
1945 – World War II: The German surrender at Lüneburg Heath is signed, coming into effect the following day. It encompasses all Wehrmacht units in the Netherlands, Denmark and northwest Germany.
1946 – In San Francisco Bay, U.S. Marines from the nearby Treasure Island Naval Base stop a two-day riot at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. Five people are killed in the riot.
1949 – The entire Torino football team (except for two players who did not take the trip: Sauro Tomà, due to an injury and Renato Gandolfi, because of coach request) is killed in a plane crash.
1953 – Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.
1959 – The 1st Annual Grammy Awards are held.
1961 – American civil rights movement: The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South.
1961 – Malcolm Ross and Victor Prather attain a new altitude record for manned balloon flight ascending in the Strato-Lab V open gondola to 113,740 feet (34.67 km).
1970 – Vietnam War: Kent State shootings: The Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent the weekend before, opens fire killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others. The students were protesting the Cambodian Campaign of the United States and South Vietnam.
1972 – The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".
1973 – The 108-story Sears Tower in Chicago is topped out at 1,451 feet as the world's tallest building.[2]
1978 – The South African Defence Force attacks a SWAPO base at Cassinga in southern Angola, killing about 600 people.[3]
1979 – Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1982 – Twenty sailors are killed when the British Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield is hit by an Argentinian Exocet missile during the Falklands War.
1988 – The PEPCON disaster rocks Henderson, Nevada, as tons of Space Shuttle fuel detonate during a fire.
1989 – Iran–Contra affair: Former White House aide Oliver North is convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine other charges; the convictions are later overturned on appeal.
1990 – Latvia declares independence from the Soviet Union.
1994 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat sign a peace accord, granting self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
1998 – A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
2000 – Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London (an office separate from that of the Lord Mayor of London).
2007 – Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7-mile wide EF5 tornado. It was the first-ever tornado to be rated as such with the new Enhanced Fujita scale.
2014 – Three people are killed and 62 injured in a pair of bombings on buses in Nairobi, Kenya.
2020 - Countries in Europe begin cautious reopening after COVID-19 lockdown, Italy restarts construction and takeaways, Germany reopens schools
2020 - World leaders pledge $8 billion to research treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, with the US and Russia not taking part
2020 - India begins lifting some restrictions in regions with fewer COVID-19 cases


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Published at 4:39am on Tuesday, May 04, 2021



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