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Sunday, July 18, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, July 18, 2021



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Almanac
Macon Calendar
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
On This Day
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OUTLOOK

An upper-level trough of low pressure, and an associated surface cold front, will approach from the northwest over the weekend. The trough and front will slowly settle southeast of the area on Monday, with modest drying from the north Tuesday through Wednesday. Increasing clouds will keep maximum temperatures below normal through Tuesday before temperatures rebound above normal late in the week.


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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



Supporting documents posted online at [MaconMedia.com]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Tuesday Night


Franklin area

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after 1am. Patchy fog after 11pm. Lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

A chance of showers before 10am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10am and noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 40%.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.




Highlands Plateau

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 8am. 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. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between midnight and 2am, then a chance of showers after 2am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs near 70. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain is 50%.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.




Otto area

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after 1am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog after 11pm. Low in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

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

Tuesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 50%.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.




Nantahala area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between midnight and 2am, then a chance of showers after 2am. Patchy fog after 11pm. Lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

A chance of showers before 10am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10am and 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.




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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 Sun Jul 18 2021

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.




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Almanac

Air Quality




Air quality is in the 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 range (0.5 out of 12) today with Grasses, Plantain, and Chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.5 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on July 16th


Highest Temperature 97°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1980
Lowest Temperature 47°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.13 inches in Highlands in 1974
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

Shooting Outside Nationals vs Padres Game (Shots start at 2 minutes and 58 seconds)



Multiple people shot outside Nationals Park (July 17th, 2021



Raging wildfires take toll on Oregon firefighters (Reuters) (July 17th, 2021)





NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) - July 17th, 2021



PBS NewsHour full episode, July 17th, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a fourth wave, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.

b>Dr John Campbell: Saturday update (07-17-2021)



TWiV 781: My genome is left to tell the tale



Long COVID Treatment, Symptoms, and Recovery (Long Haulers)




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On This Day

July 18th is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 166 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)




477 BC – Battle of the Cremera as part of the Roman–Etruscan Wars. Veii ambushes and defeats the Roman army.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of the Cremera]
• [Wikipedia: Roman–Etruscan Wars]
• [The Battle of Cremera (Ancient Rome History Explained)]

387 BC – (Some date this as 390 BC) Roman-Gaulish Wars: Battle of the Allia: A Roman army is defeated by raiding Gauls, leading to the subsequent sacking of Rome.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of the Allia]
• [Wikipedia: Brennus (leader of the Senones)]
• [Wikipedia: Senones]
• [Battle of Allia and Sack of Rome – Rise of the Republic ] (Kings and Generals)

362 – Roman–Persian Wars: Emperor Julian arrives at Antioch with a Roman expeditionary force (60,000 men) and stays there for nine months to launch a campaign against the Persian Empire.
• [Wikipedia: Roman–Persian Wars]
• [Wikipedia: Julian's Persian expedition]
• [Julian's Persian Expedition]

452 – Sack of Aquileia: After an earlier defeat on the Catalaunian Plains, Attila lays siege to the metropolis of Aquileia and eventually destroys it.
• [Wikipedia: Sack of Aquileia]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Attila]
• [Wikipedia: Huns]

645 – Chinese forces under general Li Shiji besiege the strategic fortress city of Anshi (Liaoning) during the Goguryeo–Tang War.
• [Wikipedia: Siege of Ansi]
• [Siege of Ansi - Tang Taizong's Greatest Defeat by Goguryeo - Korean 3 Kingdoms]
• [Wikipedia: Goguryeo–Tang War/a>]
• [
Korean Three Kingdoms Period explained (History of Korea)]

1195 – Battle of Alarcos: Almohad forces defeat the Castilian army of Alfonso VIII and force its retreat to Toledo.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Alarcos]
• [The Battle of Alarcos 1195 - the Fight Between Christianity and Islam Intensifies]
• [Spain's Two Greatest Battles: Alarcos and Las Navas de Tolosa]

1290 – King Edward I of England issues the Edict of Expulsion, banishing all Jews (numbering about 16,000) from England; this was Tisha B'Av on the Hebrew calendar, a day that commemorates many Jewish calamities.
• [Wikipedia: Edict of Expulsion]

1334 – The bishop of Florence blesses the first foundation stone for the new campanile (bell tower) of the Florence Cathedral, designed by the artist Giotto di Bondone.

1389 – France and England agree to the Truce of Leulinghem, inaugurating a 13-year peace, the longest period of sustained peace during the Hundred Years' War.
• [Wikipedia: Truce of Leulinghem]

1391 – Tokhtamysh–Timur war: Battle of the Kondurcha River: Timur defeats Tokhtamysh of the Golden Horde in present-day southeast Russia.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of the Kondurcha River]
• [Wikipedia: Tokhtamysh–Timur war]

1507 – In Brussels, Prince Charles I, is crowned Duke of Burgundy and Count of Flanders, a year after inheriting the title.

1555 – The College of Arms is reincorporated by Royal charter signed by Queen Mary I of England and King Philip II of Spain.

1806 – A gunpowder magazine explosion in Birgu, Malta, kills around 200 people.
• [Wikipedia: 1806 Birgu polverista explosion]

1812 – The Treaties of Orebro end both the Anglo-Russian and Anglo-Swedish Wars.
• [Treaty of Örebro]
• [Wikipedia: Anglo-Russian War (1807–1812)]
• [Wikipedia: Anglo-Swedish War (1810-1812)]

1841 – Coronation of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil.

1857 – Louis Faidherbe, French governor of Senegal, arrives to relieve French forces at Kayes, effectively ending El Hajj Umar Tall's war against the French.

1862 – First ascent of Dent Blanche, one of the highest summits in the Alps.

1863 – American Civil War: Second Battle of Fort Wagner: One of the first formal African American military units, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, supported by several white regiments, attempts an unsuccessful assault on Confederate-held Battery Wagner.
• [Wikipedia: Second Battle of Fort Wagner]
• [Battles of Fort Wagner]
• [The Second Battle of Fort Wagner]

1870 – The First Vatican Council decrees the dogma of papal infallibility.
• [Wikipedia: First Vatican Council]
• [Wikipedia: Papal infallibility]

1872 – The Ballot Act 1872 in the United Kingdom introduced the requirement that parliamentary and local government elections be held by secret ballot.
• [Wikipedia: Ballot Act 1872]

1914 – The U.S. Congress forms the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, giving official status to aircraft within the U.S. Army for the first time.

1925 – Adolf Hitler publishes Mein Kampf.
• [Wikipedia: Adolf Hitler]
• [Wikipedia: Mein Kampf]
• [Mein Kampf: The Secrets of Adolf Hitler's Book of Evil ]
• [Download Links]

1936 – Spanish Civil War: On the Spanish mainland, a faction of the army supported by fascists, rises up against the Second Spanish Republic in a coup d'état starting the 3-year-long Civil War, resulting in the longest dictatorship in modern European history.
• [Wikipedia: Second Spanish Republic]
• [Wikipedia: Spanish coup of 1936]
• [The Spanish Civil War - Episode 1: Prelude to Tragedy]
• [How Left/Right Partisanship Starts a Civil War in Spain | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1936 Part 2 of 3]

1942 – World War II: During the Beisfjord massacre in Norway, 15 Norwegian paramilitary guards help members of the SS to kill 288 political prisoners from Yugoslavia.
• [Beisfjord massacre]

1942 – World War II: The Germans test fly the Messerschmitt Me 262 using its jet engines for the first time.
• [Battle Stations: Messerschmitt 262 - Race for the Jet ]
• [AIRPOWER 2016 - Full Messerschmitt Me 262 Flying Display]

1944 – World War II: Hideki Tōjō resigns as Prime Minister of Japan because of numerous setbacks in the war effort.

1966 – Human spaceflight: Gemini 10 is launched from Cape Kennedy on a 70-hour mission that includes docking with an orbiting Agena target vehicle.
• [Gemini 10 Launch]
• [Gemini 10 : A Quick Look - 1966 NASA Space Program Educational Documentary - WDTVLIVE42]

1966 – A racially charged incident in a bar sparks the six-day Hough riots in Cleveland, Ohio; 1,700 Ohio National Guard troops intervene to restore order.
• [Wikipedia: Hough riots]
• [HistoryPod Video]
• [ABC News 1966 Special Report: "Cleveland Riots"]

1968 – Intel is founded in Mountain View, California.

1976 – Nadia Comăneci becomes the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
• [Nadia Comaneci - 1976 Gymnastics All Seven Perfect 10's]

1982 – Two hundred sixty-eight Guatemalan campesinos ("peasants" or "country people") are slain in the Plan de Sánchez massacre.
• [Wikipedia: Plan de Sánchez massacre]

1984 - Walter Mondale wins the Democratic Party presidential nomination in San Francisco
• [CSPAN2: 1984 Walter Mondale Democratic Convention Acceptance Speech]

1984 – McDonald's massacre in San Ysidro, California: In a fast-food restaurant, James Oliver Huberty opens fire, killing 21 people and injuring 19 others before being shot dead by police.
• [News 8's Carlos Amezcua reports on San Ysidro McDonald's Massacre in 1984]
• [San Ysidro McDonald's Massacre — 35 Years Later] (2019 Video)

1992 – A picture of Les Horribles Cernettes was taken, which became the first ever photo posted to the World Wide Web.

1994 – The bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (Argentine Jewish Community Center) in Buenos Aires kills 85 people (mostly Jewish) and injures 300.
• [Wikipedia: AMIA bombing]
• [Micro-History: AMIA Bombing]
• [Chilling Account of the AMIA Terror Attack]

1994 – Rwandan genocide: The Rwandan Patriotic Front takes control of Gisenyi and north western Rwanda, forcing the interim government into Zaire and ending the genocide.
• [Wikipedia: Rwandan genocide]
• [Rwandan Genocide Documentary]
• [Rwanda Genocide documentary]

1995 – On the Caribbean island of Montserrat, the Soufrière Hills volcano erupts. Over the course of several years, it devastates the island, destroying the capital, forcing most of the population to flee.

1996 – Storms provoke severe flooding on the Saguenay River, beginning one of Quebec's costliest natural disasters ever.

1996 – Battle of Mullaitivu: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam capture the Sri Lanka Army's base, killing over 1200 soldiers.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Mullaitivu (1996)]
• [Video playlist] (no translation)
• [Wikipedia: Sri Lankan Civil War]

2012 - Kim Jong-un is officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea and given the rank of Marshal in the Korean People's Army
• [Wikipedia Bio: Kim Jong-un]
• [North Korea names new 'supreme leader']

2012 – At least seven people are killed and 32 others are injured after a bomb explodes on an Israeli tour bus at Burgas Airport, Bulgaria.
• [Wikipedia: 2012 Burgas bus bombing]
• [WSJ: New Developments in Bulgaria Bus Bombing]

2013 – The Government of Detroit, with up to $20 billion in debt, files for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
• [Wikipedia: Detroit bankruptcy]
• [How Detroit Went From A Booming Metropolis To A Shrinking City | NBC Nightly News]
• [Bankrupt - How Cronyism and Corruption Brought Down Detroit]

2014 – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant requires Christians to either accept dhimmi status, emigrate from ISIL lands, or be killed.
• [Wikipedia: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant]
• [Profile: Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)]

2018 - Google fined record $5.1 billion by the EU for abusing its power in mobile phone market
• [Google fined a record $5 billion by the EU for Android antitrust violations]
• [EU hits Google with record fine of over $5 billion]
• [WSJ: Google Is Fined $5 Billion by EU in Android Antitrust Case]

2018 - New Earth geological age announced, the Meghalayan Age 4,200 years ago to the present, by the International Commission on Stratigraphy
• [Wikipedia: Meghalayan]
• [Wikipedia: 4.2-kiloyear event]
• [Massive drought or myth? Scientists spar over an ancient climate event behind our new geological age]
• [Welcome to the Meghalayan Age, the Latest Stage in Earth’s 4.54-Billion-Year History]
• [Meghalayan Age - Indepth Explanation, Evidence, Geological Timescale]
• [In Depth : Meghalayan Age]
• [Hunger and the Late Bronze Age Collapse (Sea Peoples)]

2019 – A man sets fire to an anime studio in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan, killing at least 35 people and injuring dozens of others.
• [Wikipedia: Kyoto Animation arson attack]
• [33 dead in arson attack on Kyoto animation studio | Nine News Australia]
• [Mourners pay tribute to victims of the Kyoto Animation studio fire]



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Published at 4:00am on Sunday, July 18, 2021

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