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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Weather Briefing for Thursday, July 15, 2021



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OUTLOOK

A broad trough approaching from the west will slowly breakdown the Bermuda high this weekend, supporting a gradual increase in coverage of afternoon to evening convection. The trough and an associated cold front may push through the region Monday, leading to at least briefly cooler and drier conditions by Tuesday.


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Local News

Macon County Board of Commissioners, July 2021



Supporting documents can be found at [MaconMedia.com]

Franklin Town Council - July 2021



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2021 Fireworks Display in Franklin, NC [LINK]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Saturday Night


Franklin area

Today

A slight chance of showers between noon and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a slight chance of showers between 9pm and 11pm. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 60%.



Highlands Plateau

Today

A slight chance of showers after noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds out of the west 3 to 7 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a slight chance of showers between 9pm and 11pm. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds after 6pm increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.

Otto area

Today

A slight chance of showers between noon and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid-80s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a slight chance of showers between 9pm and 11pm. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 85. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Nantahala area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Light winds out of the northwest. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Friday

A slight chance of showers between 9am and 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Highs in the upper 70s. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11pm and 1am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 60%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous Weather is not anticipated today. The impacts of the remnants of Tropical Storm ELSA will be mainly to our south and east.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jul 15 2021

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Shower activity associated with a non-tropical area of low pressure, located several hundred miles south-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, has increased a little since yesterday. However, environmental conditions are only marginally conducive, and little additional development is expected while the low moves little over the next day or so. On Friday, the low is expected to accelerate northeastward and open up into a trough of low pressure to the south of Atlantic Canada. Additional information on this system can be found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.




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Almanac

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 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 low-medium range (2.6 out of 12) today with Grasses and Plantain being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (2.8 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on July 15th


Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 40°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 5.55 inches in Franklin in 1872
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


July Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on 07-29-1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on 07-27-1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1872



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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)


Katie Dean announces Macon Co. Townhall

Katie Dean is running for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District. Katie is holding a Townhall on Thursday, July 15, 6pm – 7pm at the Big Bear Shelter [E. Main St. and Little Tennessee River].


The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encaustic painting on Specified Fridays from 10AM-12PM at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St Franklin NC. Specific class dates are Friday July 9 and 23, August 3 and 27, September 3 and 17, October 29.

For more information contact the instructor, Karen Smith, at karen@programservices.org


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National News Roundup

Q and A with A and V Livestream (July 14, 2021)



New book shows top US generals planned ways to stop Trump in case of coup (July 14th, 2021)



IN FULL: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announces 5-day lockdown in Victoria | ABC News (July 14th, 2021)





NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) - July 14th, 2021



PBS NewsHour full episode, July 14th, 2021




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On This Day

July 15th is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 169 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)


484 BC – Dedication of the Temple of Castor and Pollux in ancient Rome
• [Wikipedia: Temple of Castor and Pollux]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis (consul 496 BC)]
• [360° VR Temple of Castor and Pollux (Dioscuri) Valley of Temples Agrigento 5K 3D Italy Sicily 4K HD] although https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysPy6dH5qZ0 would have been a better choice for audio track)

AD 70 – Titus and his armies breach the walls of Jerusalem. (17th of Tammuz in the Hebrew calendar).
• [Wikipedia: Siege of Jerusalem (70 CE)]
• [Josephus Describes the Romans' Sack of Jerusalem]
• [The Genuine Works OF Flavius Josephus] [Purchase on Amazon]
• [Livius.org: Titus' Siege of Jerusalem]
• [A Librivox Audiobook]
• [Projerct Gutenberg: The Wars of the Jews; Or, The History of the Destruction of Jerusalem by Josephus]
• [Invicta: The Siege of Jerusalem (70 AD) - The Great Jewish Revolt]

756 – An Lushan Rebellion: Emperor Xuanzong of Tang is ordered by his Imperial Guards to execute chancellor Yang Guozhong by forcing him to commit suicide or face a mutiny. General An Lushan has other members of the emperor's family killed.
• [Wikipedia: An Lushan Rebellion]
• [An Lushan Rebellion - One of the Bloodiest Conflicts in History] (Kings and Generals)
• [An Lushan Rebellion | 3 Minute History]

1099 – First Crusade: Christian soldiers take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the final assault of a difficult siege.
• [Wikipedia: Siege of Jerusalem (1099)]
• [Wikipedia: Kingdom of Jerusalem]
• [Siege of Jerusalem, 1099: What REALLY Happened...]

1149 – The reconstructed Church of the Holy Sepulchre is consecrated in Jerusalem.
• [Wikipedia: Church of the Holy Sepulchre]

1207 – King John of England expels Canterbury monks for supporting Archbishop Stephen Langton.

1240 – Swedish–Novgorodian Wars: A Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeats the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of the Neva]
• [Wikipedia: Swedish–Novgorodian Wars]
• [Trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks]

1381 – John Ball, a leader in the Peasants' Revolt, is hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of King Richard II of England.
• [Wikipedia Bio: John Ball (priest)]
• [The John Ball Society: Who was John Ball?]
• [Wikipedia: Hanged, drawn and quartered]

1410 – Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War: Battle of Grunwald: The allied forces of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeat the army of the Teutonic Order.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Grunwald]
• [Wikipedia: Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War]
• [Battle of Grunwald 1410 - Northern Crusades]
• [Prussian Crusade: Battle of Grunwald | Animated History]

1482 – Muhammad XII is crowned the twenty-second and last Nasrid king of Granada.

1640 – The first university of Finland, the Royal Academy of Turku, was inaugurated in Turku.

1738 – Baruch Laibov and Alexander Voznitzin are burned alive in St. Petersburg, Russia. Vonitzin had converted to Judaism with Laibov's help, with the consent of Empress Anna Ivanovna.

1741 – Aleksei Chirikov sights land in Southeast Alaska. He sends men ashore in a longboat, making them the first Europeans to visit Alaska.

1789 – Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, is named by acclamation Colonel General of the new National Guard of Paris.

1799 – The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign.
• [Wikipedia: Rosetta Stone]
• [How The Rosetta Stone Unlocked Hieroglyphics]

1806 – Pike Expedition: United States Army Lieutenant Zebulon Pike begins an expedition from Fort Bellefontaine near St. Louis, Missouri, to explore the west.

1815 – Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders aboard HMS Bellerophon.
• [HistoryPod Video]
• [HMS Bellerophon (1786)]
• [Wikipedia: Napoleonic Wars]

1823 – A fire destroys the ancient Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, Italy.

1834 – The Spanish Inquisition is officially disbanded after nearly 356 years.
• [Wikipedia: Spanish Inquisition]

1838 – Ralph Waldo Emerson delivers the Divinity School Address at Harvard Divinity School, discounting Biblical miracles and declaring Jesus a great man, but not God. The Protestant community reacts with outrage.

1862 – American Civil War: The CSS Arkansas, the most effective ironclad on the Mississippi River, battles with Union ships commanded by Admiral David Farragut, severely damaging three ships and sustaining heavy damage herself. The encounter changed the complexion of warfare on the Mississippi and helped reverse Rebel's fortunes on the river in the summer of 1862.
• [Wikipedia: CSS Arkansas]
• [The CSS Arkansas Story]

1870 – Reconstruction Era of the United States: Georgia becomes the last of the former Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.

1870 – Rupert's Land and the North-Western Territory are transferred to Canada from the Hudson's Bay Company, and the province of Manitoba and the Northwest Territories are established from these vast territories.

1888 – The stratovolcano Mount Bandai erupts killing approximately 500 people, in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

1910 – In his book Clinical Psychiatry, Emil Kraepelin gives a name to Alzheimer's disease, naming it after his colleague Alois Alzheimer.

1916 – In Seattle, Washington, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporate Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).

1918 – World War I: The Second Battle of the Marne begins near the River Marne with a German attack.
• [Wikipedia: Second Battle of the Marne]
• [2nd Battle Of The Marne - Turning Point On The Western Front I THE GREAT WAR Week 208]
• [US Army War College: The Second Battle of the Marne: The Turning Point of 1918]

1920 – The Polish Parliament establishes Silesian Voivodeship before the Polish-German plebiscite.

1922 – Japanese Communist Party is established in Japan.

1927 – Massacre of July 15, 1927: Eighty-nine protesters are killed by the Austrian police in Vienna.
• [Wikipedia: July Revolt of 1927]
• [Silent Newsreel]
• [History Punch Episode 4 - The July REVOLT of 1927]

1946 – State of North Borneo, today in Sabah, Malaysia, annexed by the United Kingdom.

1954 – First flight of the Boeing 367-80, prototype for both the Boeing 707 and C-135 series.

1955 – Eighteen Nobel laureates sign the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others.

1959 – The steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.

1966 – Vietnam War: The United States and South Vietnam begin Operation Hastings to push the North Vietnamese out of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone.

1971 – The United Red Army is founded in Japan.

1974 – In Nicosia, Cyprus, Greek junta-sponsored nationalists launch a coup d'état, deposing President Makarios and installing Nikos Sampson as Cypriot president.

1975 – Space Race: Apollo–Soyuz Test Project features the dual launch of an Apollo spacecraft and a Soyuz spacecraft on the first joint Soviet-United States human-crewed flight. It was both the last launch of an Apollo spacecraft and the Saturn family of rockets.
• [Wikipedia: Apollo–Soyuz]
• [A Cold War and a Warm Handshake: the Apollo-Soyuz mission]
• [Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) The Last Apollo, Saturn Rocket Mission] (part archival film, part animation)

1979 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter gives his "malaise speech".
• [Jimmy Carter's Full "Crisis of Confidence" Speech]

1983 – An attack at Orly Airport in Paris is launched by Armenian militant organisation ASALA, leaving eight people dead and 55 injured.

1996 – A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport.

1998 – Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lankan Tamil MP S. Shanmuganathan is killed by a claymore mine.

2002 – "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.

2002 – Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan hands down the death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering The Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

2003 – AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.

2006 – Twitter, later one of the largest social media platforms in the world, is launched.
• [Wikipedia: Twitter]
• [Wikipedia: social media]
• [Congressional Hearing on "Disinformation Nation: Social Media's Role in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation" ]

2014 – A train derails on the Moscow Metro, killing at least 24 and injuring more than 160 others.

2016 – Factions of the Turkish Armed Forces attempt a coup.



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