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Thursday, September 2, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, September 2, 2021

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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Macon Calendar
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
On This Day
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Continental high pressure is expected to provide fair skies and seasonable temperatures through Saturday. A long-wave trough may settle into the region by Sunday and support a series of weak fronts through early next week.


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Local News

The Macon County Health Department has reported another person with COVID-19 has died, bringing the known number of deaths to 46. The press release, along with the local COVID-19 numbers and hospitalizations can be found in yesterday's update.

The Southern Scoop has gained access to a letter sent to the Highlands-Cashiers CEO and read aloud to a special called meeting of the Highlands Board of Commissioners regarding resources at Macon County EMS being stretched thin by the COVID-19 pandemic. The board then later voted to require masks to be worn in town buildings and in public spaces. The full letter can be found in the article linked below. 

 Macon County Emergency Management Director lays out concerns of system failure due to Covid19 surge [The Southern Scoop]

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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Saturday Night

Franklin area


Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Calm winds.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Friday Night

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


Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Light and variable wind.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.


Highlands Plateau


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph becoming calm by midmorning.


Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph after midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds.

Friday Night

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


Mostly 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.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Otto area


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Calm winds.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.

Nantahala area


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light winds out of the northwest.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light winds out of the southwest.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.


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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 is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (9.2 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (9.0 out of 12).

Weather Almanac for September 2nd (1872-2020)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F in Franklin in 1957
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1954
Greatest Rainfall 3.21 inches in Highlands in 1898

Record Weather Events for September (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964
Record weather events for this date and month in Macon County

Record Weather Events for Sept 1st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 105°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County in 1932
Lowest Temperature 33°F in Boone, Watauga County in 1946
Greatest Rainfall 8.98 inches in Andrews, Cherokee County in 1982
Record Weather Events for September in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 109°F in Weldon, Halifax County on 09-07-1954
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 18.30 inches in Southport, Brunswick County on 09-16-1999

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Macon Calendar
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A Taste of Tuscany
September 11, 2021

The Zonta Club is proud to announce its upcoming fundraising event to aid the Franklin Fire Department’s infant car seat program and the Special Liberty Project. Now headquartered in Macon County, the Special Liberty Project is a non-profit organization serving the entire veteran family, focusing on Gold Star families, spouses of suicide victims and healing veterans.

The nature-based, therapeutic programs offered include fun, educational activities for children with Veteran Mentors, retreats and support groups for Gold Star families and family members of suicide victims, as well as peer-supported outdoor pursuits to help veterans return to civilian life.

The Taste of Tuscany event will be held on September 11 at 5 p.m. at 757 Harrison Avenue in Franklin and will honor our first responders. It will feature an open air wine tasting of Slanted Window wines from SenAmore Vineyards in Tellico, accompanied by food and music. There will be a live auction, as well as a silent auction featuring artwork and designer goods. Slanted Window wines will be available for purchase. A limited number of tickets are still available at $100 per person, to include a wine tasting flight and commemorative wine glass. VIP tickets are available for $150 that feature an exclusive evening with the vintner and more. Tables of eight, including two VIP tickets, may be reserved.

For more information visit the Zonta Franklin NC Facebook page or their website,

Encastic Painting Classes

The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encastic 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

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National News Roundup

China erases billionaire actress Zhao Wei from history U.S. releases footage of last troops to leave Kabul

Taliban celebrates US military withdrawal l WNT

Final Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan - February 15, 1989 - CBS Evening News

The Soldier's Heart (full documentary) | FRONTLINE

Level1 News September 1 2021: Netflix and Killstreak

Biden defends departure from ‘forever war,’ praises airlift [AP News]

09/01/21: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - September 1st, 2021

PBS NewsHour full episode, September 1st, 2021

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COVID-19 News and Updates

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

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [August 27, 2021]

New York Times [Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker]

Short-range exposure to airborne virus transmission and current guidelines [Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)]

Mayo Clinic: COVID-19 modeling shows 100,000 people in the U.S. could die over the next 3 months

Brown University School of Public Health: The Delta Variant Discussion and Q and A

TWiV 799: A very model of a modern TWiV

TWiV reviews models for determining correlates of neutralizing antibody protection against COVID-19, and for identifying key vector and host species that drive transmission of zoonotic pathogens.

Show notes at []

COVID-19 false dichotomies and a comprehensive review of the evidence regarding public health, COVID-19 symptomatology, SARS-CoV-2 transmission, mask wearing, and reinfection [BMC Infectious Diseases]

COVID-19 Q and A with A and V Livestream 9/1/21

Patients overdosing on ivermectin backing up rural Oklahoma hospitals, ambulances [KFOR-TV]

Surgical masks reduce COVID-19 spread, large-scale study shows [Stanford University]

Resurgence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in a Highly Vaccinated Health System Workforce [New England Journal of Medicine]

Filtration Performance of Layering Masks and Face Coverings and the Reusability of Cotton Masks after Repeated Washing and Drying [Aerosol and Air Quality Research]

Occurrence of BNT162b2 Vaccine Adverse Reactions Is Associated with Enhanced SARS-CoV-2 IgG Antibody Response [Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)]

Long COVID - the physical and mental health of children and non-hospitalised young people 3 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection; a national matched cohort study (The CLoCk) Study. [Research Square]

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On This Day

September 2nd is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 120 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)

44 BC – Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion.

44 BC – Cicero launches the first of his Philippicae (oratorical attacks) on Mark Antony. He will make 14 of them over the following months.
• [Wikipedia: Philippicae/a>]
• [
The Philippics by Marcus Tullius CICERO read by ontheroad | Full Audio Book]
• [Texts of the 14 Philippics]

31 BC – Final War of the Roman Republic: Battle of Actium: Off the western coast of Greece, forces of Octavian defeat troops under Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Actium]
• [Wikipedia: War of Actium]
• [Wikipedia: Crisis of the Roman Republic]
• [National Geographic Rome's Greatest Battles: Battle of Actium]
• [Battle of Actium (31 BC) - Final War of the Roman Republic]

1192 – The Treaty of Jaffa is signed between Richard I of England and Saladin, leading to the end of the Third Crusade.

1561 – Entry of Mary, Queen of Scots into Edinburgh, a spectacular civic celebration for the Queen of Scotland, marred by religious controversy.

1649 – The Italian city of Castro is completely destroyed by the forces of Pope Innocent X, ending the Wars of Castro.

1666 – The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings, including Old St Paul's Cathedral.
• [Great Fire of London]
• [The Great Fire of London (All Three Episodes)]
• [National Geographic Great Fire of London The Untold Story]

1752 – Great Britain, along with its overseas possessions, adopts the Gregorian calendar.

1789 – The United States Department of the Treasury is founded.

1792 – During what became known as the September Massacres of the French Revolution, rampaging mobs slaughter three Roman Catholic bishops, more than two hundred priests, and prisoners believed to be royalist sympathizers.
• [Wikipedia: September Massacres]
• [The Web Chronology Project]

1806 – A massive landslide destroys the town of Goldau, Switzerland, killing 457.
1807 – The British Royal Navy bombards Copenhagen with fire bombs and phosphorus rockets to prevent Denmark from surrendering its fleet to Napoleon.

1856 – The Tianjing incident takes place in Nanjing, China.
• [Wikipedia: Tianjing incident]

1859 – The Carrington Event is the strongest geomagnetic storm on record.
• [Carrington Event]
• [What Was the Carrington Event? - The Most Powerful Solar Storm on Record]
• [Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization? Solar Flares & Coronal Mass Ejections]
1862 – American Civil War: United States President Abraham Lincoln reluctantly restores Union General George B. McClellan to full command after General John Pope's disastrous defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
1864 – American Civil War: Union forces enter Atlanta, a day after the Confederate defenders flee the city, ending the Atlanta Campaign.
1867 – Mutsuhito, Emperor Meiji of Japan, marries Masako Ichijō, thereafter known as Empress Shōken.
1870 – Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Sedan: Prussian forces take Napoleon III of France and 100,000 of his soldiers prisoner.
1885 – Rock Springs massacre: In Rock Springs, Wyoming, 150 white miners, who are struggling to unionize so they could strike for better wages and work conditions, attack their Chinese fellow workers killing 28, wounding 15 and forcing several hundred more out of town.
1890 - NC History: Elon College opened as a four-year liberal arts college in Alance County, NC.
• [Local Wiki: History of Elon College]

1898 – Battle of Omdurman: British and Egyptian troops defeat Sudanese tribesmen and establish British dominance in Sudan.
1901 – Vice President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt utters the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" at the Minnesota State Fair.
1912 – Arthur Rose Eldred is awarded the first Eagle Scout award of the Boy Scouts of America.
1935 – The Labor Day Hurricane, the most intense hurricane to strike the United States, makes landfall at Long Key, Florida, killing at least 400.
• [Wikipedia: 1935 Labor Day hurricane]
• [The Great Labor Day Florida Keys Hurricane of 1935]
• [Disasters of the Century | Season 3 | Episode 61 | Labour Day Hurricane | Ian Michael Coulson]

1939 – World War II: Following the start of the invasion of Poland the previous day, the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland) is annexed by Nazi Germany.
1944 – The last execution of a Finn in Finland will take place when soldier Olavi Laiho is executed by shooting in Oulu.

1945 – World War II: The Japanese Instrument of Surrender is signed by Japan and the major warring powers aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
• [The Japanese Surrender aboard the USS Missouri in 1945 in color! [HD restored & AI colorized]]
• [Officials from different nations sign the Japanese instrument of surrender on the...HD Stock Footage]
• [Footage of the Moment the Japanese Surrendered]

1945 – Communist leader Ho Chi Minh proclaimed the Democratic Republic of Vietnam after the end of the Nguyễn dynasty.

1946 – The Interim Government of India is formed, headed by Jawaharlal Nehru as vice president with the powers of a Prime Minister.

1952 - NC History: The Grandfather Mountain Mile-High Swinging Brisge is Dedicated.
• [Official Website]
• [UNC Library: Mile High Milestone]
• [Grandfather Mountain Mile High Swinging Bridge Aerial Views]
• [Full Hike: The Mile High Swinging Bridge on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina] (video is over 5 hours 30 minutes long)
• [GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN ✖ INSTA360 ONE X - PART 1: Mile High Swinging Bridge]
• [GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN ✖ INSTA360 ONE X - PART 2: Grandfather Trail!]
• [Grandfather Mountain NC - 40th - Anniversary - With Hugh Morton & Charles Kuralt]
• [Vintage Video Grandfather Mountain, NC]
• [Hugh Morton and Bill Friday]
• [Exploring North Carolina - Passion For The Land]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Hugh Morton ]

1957 – President Ngô Đình Diệm of South Vietnam becomes the first foreign head of state to make a state visit to Australia.

1958 – A USAF RC-130 is shot down by fighters over Armenia when it strays into Soviet airspace while conducting a sigint mission. All crew members are killed.

1960 – The first election of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. The Tibetan community observes this date as Democracy Day.
• [Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration]
• [Celebration of 61st Anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day, Tsuklagkhang]
• [Tibetan Democracy Day song]

1963 – CBS Evening News becomes U.S. network television's first half-hour weeknight news broadcast, when the show is lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.

1968 – Operation OAU begins during the Nigerian Civil War.

1970 – NASA announces the cancellation of two Apollo missions to the Moon, Apollo 15 (the designation is re-used by a later mission), and Apollo 19.

1984 – Seven people are shot and killed and 12 wounded in the Milperra massacre, a shootout between the rival motorcycle gangs Bandidos and Comancheros in Sydney, Australia.

1985 – Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lankan Tamil politicians and former MPs M. Alalasundaram and V. Dharmalingam are shot dead.

1987 – In Moscow, the trial begins for 19-year-old pilot Mathias Rust, who flew his Cessna airplane into Red Square in May.
• [Mathias Rust: the teenager who flew to Red Square]
• [Wikipedia Bio:]
• [Ushanka Show: When The Eagle Has Landed In Moscow. Mathias Rust Story]
• [Russia Beyond Article]
• [Mathias Rust (DR documentary)]
• [Episode 11. Hunt for Mathias Rust]

1990 – Transnistria is unilaterally proclaimed a Soviet republic; the Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev declares the decision null and void.

1992 – The 7.7 Mw  Nicaragua earthquake affected the west coast of Nicaragua. With a Ms–Mw disparity of half a unit, this tsunami earthquake triggered a tsunami that caused most of the damage and casualties, with at least 116 killed. Typical runup heights were 3–8 meters (9.8–26.2 ft).

1998 – Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia; all 229 people onboard are killed.

1998 – The UN's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda finds Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide.

2009 – The Andhra Pradesh, India helicopter crash occurred near Rudrakonda Hill, 40 nautical miles (74 km) from Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India. Fatalities included Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

2010 – Israel-Palestinian conflict: the 2010 Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are launched by the United States.

2013 – The Eastern span replacement of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opens at 10:15 PM at a cost of $6.4 billion, after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the old span.

2019 – Hurricane Dorian, a category 5 hurricane, devastates the Bahamas, killing at least five.

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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, September 02, 2021

Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to the following websites or books:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 - Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center. Back to Top