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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 15, 2021



OUTLOOK

Pleasant weather conditions are expected through the weekend as high pressure sets up over the region. The high shifts to our east, setting up warmer weather next week with a gradual increase in rain chances, mainly across portions of western North Carolina.


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

Today is National Armed Forces Day and National Peace Officers Memorial Day [LINK]



National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Monday Night


Franklin area

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then clearing, with highs in the lower 70s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Calm winds.

Sunday

Partly 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.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Light winbds out of the south.

Monday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s.

Highlands area

Today

Increasing clouds, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 7 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph after midnight.

Monday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s.

Otto area

Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then becoming mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds.

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Calm winds.

Monday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s.

Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph by noon.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph by midnight.

Monday

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s.

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 (7.7 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on May 15th


Highest Temperature 89°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Highlands in 1910
Greatest Rainfall 3.90 inches in Highlands in 2014
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


221 – Liu Bei, Chinese warlord, proclaims himself emperor of Shu Han, the successor of the Han dynasty.
392 – Emperor Valentinian II is assassinated while advancing into Gaul against the Frankish usurper Arbogast. He is found hanging in his residence at Vienne.
589 – King Authari marries Theodelinda, daughter of the Bavarian duke Garibald I. A Catholic, she has great influence among the Lombard nobility.
756 – Abd-al-Rahman I becomes emir of Cordova, Spain
884 – Marinus I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1004 – Henry II the Saint crowned King of Italy
1213 - King John of England names Stephen Langton as Archbishop of Canterbury
1252 – Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad extirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition.
1525 – Insurgent peasants led by Anabaptist pastor Thomas Müntzer were defeated at the Battle of Frankenhausen, ending the German Peasants' War in the Holy Roman Empire.
1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, stands trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest; she is condemned to death by a specially-selected jury.
1618 – Johannes Kepler confirms his previously rejected discovery of the third law of planetary motion (he first discovered it on March 8 but soon rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made).
1648 – The Peace of Münster is ratified, by which Spain acknowledges Dutch sovereignty.
1791 – French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre proposes the Self-denying Ordinance.
1817 – Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).
1836 – Francis Baily observes "Baily's beads" during an annular eclipse.
1849 – The Sicilian revolution of 1848 is finally extinguished.
1850 – The Arana–Southern Treaty is ratified, ending "the existing differences" between Great Britain and Argentina.
1851 – The first Australian gold rush is proclaimed, although the discovery had been made three months earlier.
1864 – American Civil War: Battle of New Market, Virginia: Students from the Virginia Military Institute fight alongside the Confederate army to force Union General Franz Sigel out of the Shenandoah Valley.
1891 – Pope Leo XIII defends workers' rights and property rights in the encyclical Rerum novarum, the beginning of modern Catholic social teaching.
1911 – In Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States, the United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an "unreasonable" monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up.
1911 – More than 300 Chinese immigrants are killed in the Torreón massacre when the forces of the Mexican Revolution led by Emilio Madero take the city of Torreón from the Federales.
1919 – The Winnipeg general strike begins. By 11:00, almost the whole working population of Winnipeg had walked off the job.
1919 – Greek occupation of Smyrna. During the occupation, the Greek army kills or wounds 350 Turks; those responsible are punished by Greek commander Aristides Stergiades.
1929 – A fire at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio kills 123.
1932 – In an attempted coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is assassinated.
1933 – All military aviation organizations within or under the control of the RLM of Germany were officially merged in a covert manner to form its Wehrmacht military's air arm, the Luftwaffe.
1940 – USS Sailfish is recommissioned. It was originally the USS Squalus.
1940 – World War II: After fierce fighting, the poorly trained and equipped Dutch troops surrender to Germany, marking the beginning of five years of occupation.
1940 – Richard and Maurice McDonald open the first McDonald's restaurant.
1941 – First flight of the Gloster E.28/39 the first British and Allied jet aircraft.
1941 – Joe DiMaggio begins a 56-game hitting streak.
1942 – World War II: In the United States, a bill creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is signed into law.
1943 – Joseph Stalin dissolves the Comintern (or Third International).
1945 – World War II: The Battle of Poljana, the final skirmish in Europe is fought near Prevalje, Slovenia.
1948 – Following the expiration of The British Mandate for Palestine, the Kingdom of Egypt, Transjordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia invade Israel thus starting the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.
1957 – At Malden Island in the Pacific Ocean, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb in Operation Grapple.
1963 – Project Mercury: The launch of the final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut Gordon Cooper on board. He becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, and the last American to go into space alone.
1970 – President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army generals.
1972 – The Ryukyu Islands, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
1974 – Ma'alot massacre: Members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine attack and take hostages at an Israeli school; a total of 31 people are killed, including 22 schoolchildren.
1981 - Soyuz 40 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Romanian) to Salyut 6
1988 – Soviet–Afghan War: After more than eight years of fighting, the Soviet Army begins to withdraw 115,000 troops from Afghanistan.
1991 – Édith Cresson becomes France's first female Prime Minister.
1997 – The United States government acknowledges the existence of the "Secret War" in Laos and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other "Secret War" veterans.
1997 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis launches on STS-84 to dock with the Russian space station Mir.[1]
2004 – Arsenal F.C. go an entire league campaign unbeaten in the English Premier League, joining Preston North End F.C with the right to claim the title "The Invincibles".
2008 – California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state's own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional.
2010 – Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.
2013 – An upsurge in violence in Iraq leaves more than 389 people dead over three days.
2017 - State of Emergency declared in Sanaa, Yemen after outbreak of cholera kills 115
2018 - Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim is released from prison after being pardoned by King Muhammad V
2018 - 58 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and 1700 hospitalized on the Gaza border protesting opening of US embassy in Jerusalem and 70 year founding of Israel
2018 - Taliban forces attack and claim to has seized control of the western city of Farah, Afghanistan
2018 - North Korea threatens to pull out of summit with US and South Korea saying it can "not hide our feeling of repugnance" towards US security advisor John Bolton
2019 - US birthrate in 2018 the lowest for 32 years (total fertility rate 1,728 births per 1,000 women), with record lows for teen births
2019 - Findings from China's Chang'e-4 rover to the Moon suggests huge asteroid created the giant crater on Moon's far side with impact so great it cracked its crust and reached the mantle below published in "Nature"
2020 - Germany, Europe's largest economy, officially in recession due to COVID-19, as figures show economy shrank 2.2% 1st 3 months of


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Published at 4:00am on Saturday, May 15, 2021



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