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Friday, September 3, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, September 3, 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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Dry high pressure and below normal temperatures will continue across the region through Friday and into Saturday. A cold front will approach from the northwest Saturday night through Sunday, crossing the region Sunday night into Monday. A series of weak cold fronts may then follow through next week, but with limited moisture.


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Local News

[COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County (September 2, 2021)]

[Agenda for September 2021 Franklin Town Council Meeting Released ]

[“Boots, Blue Jeans & Bling” Gala Goes Virtual]

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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Sunday Night

Franklin area


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.


Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.


A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s.

Highlands Plateau


Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Light winds out of the east.


Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, 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.

Saturday Night

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


A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.

Otto area


Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Light winds out of the east.


Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, 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.

Saturday Night

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


A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.

Nantahala area


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


Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper. Light and variable winds.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.


A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Sep 3 2021

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Larry, located over the eastern tropical Atlantic several hundred miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

1. A surface trough over the Gulf of Honduras and portions of Central America is producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. This system is expected to move west-northwestward across Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula, bringing heavy rains to that area during the next couple of days. The disturbance could then move over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico late this weekend, but unfavorable upper-level winds are likely to limit significant development while the system moves northwestward or northward over the western Gulf of Mexico early next week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

2. Showers and thunderstorms have decreased tonight in association with an area of disturbed weather located about 100 miles south of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. In addition, recent satellite derived wind data indicate that the system does not have a closed circulation. This disturbance is expected to move westward into an environment less conducive for development during the next couple of days, and the chances of formation appear to be decreasing. This system could bring showers and gusty winds to portions of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands during the next several hours.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

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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 lower range of yellow.

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

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

Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1975
Lowest Temperature 43°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1987
Greatest Rainfall 2.87 inches in Highlands in 1879

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 []

Stunning Images Emerge of Catastrophic and Deadly Flooding in NYC [MEDIAITE]

Misunderstanding the Taliban [FSubstack: Foreign Exchange]

President Biden Hosts a Jewish High Holidays Call

Level1 News September 3 2021: I Have A DRM

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

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - September 2nd, 2021

PBS NewsHour full episode, September 2nd, 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: [September 2, 2021]

The attributes of a Scientist

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)]

Ep 67 Osterholm Update COVID-19: You Can’t Run Out the Game Clock

Dr John Campbell: Risks following infection versus vaccination

Fauci Says Three Vaccine Doses Could Become Standard Covid Regimen

India’s DNA COVID vaccine is a world first – more are coming [British Medical Journal (BMJ)]

Physical activity and the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, severe COVID-19 illness and COVID-19 related mortality in South Korea: a nationwide cohort study [SOURCE]

Longitudinal analysis of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine breakthrough infections reveal limited infectious virus shedding and restricted tissue distribution [MedRxiv]

Adaptive immune determinants of viral clearance and protection in mouse models of SARS-CoV-2 [Science: Immunology]

Mask use in community settings in the context of COVID-19: A systematic review of ecological data [The Lancet]

Relaxing restrictions at the pace of vaccination increases freedom and guards against further COVID-19 waves [PLOS Computational Biology]

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 3rd is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 119 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)

36 BC – In the Battle of Naulochus, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, admiral of Octavian, defeats Sextus Pompey, son of Pompey, thus ending Pompeian resistance to the Second Triumvirate.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Naulochus]
• [Sextus Pompeius and the Sicilian War (42 to 36 B.C.E.)]
• [War between Sextus Pompey and the Second Triumvirate]

301 – San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world's oldest republic still in existence, is founded by Saint Marinus.

590 – Consecration of Pope Gregory I (Gregory the Great).

673 – King Wamba of the Visigoths puts down a revolt by Hilderic, governor of Nîmes (France) and rival for the throne.

863 – Major Byzantine victory at the Battle of Lalakaon against an Arab raid.
• [Battle of Lalakaon]
• [Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Lalakaon (863)]
• [Arab–Byzantine wars]

1189 – Richard I of England (a.k.a. Richard "the Lionheart") is crowned at Westminster.

1260 – The Mamluks defeat the Mongols at the Battle of Ain Jalut in Palestine, marking their first decisive defeat and the point of maximum expansion of the Mongol Empire.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Ain Jalut]
• [Battle of Ain Jalut, 1260 AD ⚔️ The Battle that saved Islam and stopped the Mongols معركة عين جالوت]
• [Mongols: Zenith of Empire - Siege of Baghdad 1258 and Battle of Ain Jalut 1260 DOCUMENTARY]
• [Mongols vs. Mamluks: The Battle of Ain Jalut - DOCUMENTARY]

1411 – The Treaty of Selymbria is concluded between the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Venice.

1650 – Victory over the royalists in the Battle of Dunbar opens the way to Edinburgh for the New Model Army in the Third English Civil War.

1651 – The Battle of Worcester is the last significant action in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.

1658 – The death of Oliver Cromwell; Richard Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of England.

1666 – The Royal Exchange burns down in the Great Fire of London.

1777 – American Revolutionary War: During the Battle of Cooch's Bridge, the Flag of the United States is flown in battle for the first time.
• [Battle of Cooch's Bridge]
• [The 302 #23 (Season 3): The battle of Cooch’s Bridge | Full Show]
• [American Revolution "Battle of Cooch's Bridge" - September 3, 1777]

1783 – American Revolutionary War: The war ends with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain.
• [Treaty of Paris (1783)]
• [HistoryPod Video]

1798 – The week long battle of St. George's Caye begins between Spain and Britain off the coast of Belize.

1812 – Twenty-four settlers are killed in the Pigeon Roost Massacre in Indiana.

1838 – Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery.

1843 – King Otto of Greece is forced to grant a constitution following an uprising in Athens.

1855 – American Indian Wars: In Nebraska, 700 soldiers under United States General William S. Harney avenge the Grattan massacre by attacking a Sioux village and killing 100 men, women and children.

1861 – American Civil War: Confederate General Leonidas Polk invades neutral Kentucky, prompting the state legislature to ask for Union assistance.

1870 – Franco-Prussian War: The Siege of Metz begins, resulting in a decisive Prussian victory on October 23.

1875 – The first official game of polo is played in Argentina after being introduced by British ranchers.

1878 – Over 640 die when the crowded pleasure boat Princess Alice collides with the Bywell Castle in the River Thames.

1879 – Siege of the British Residency in Kabul: British envoy Sir Louis Cavagnari and 72 men of the Guides are massacred by Afghan troops while defending the British Residency in Kabul. Their heroism and loyalty became famous and revered throughout the British Empire.
• [Siege of the British Residency in Kabul]
• [Second Anglo-Afghan War]
• [Britain's greatest military disaster (Graveyard of Empires, Part 3)]

1895 – John Brallier becomes the first openly professional American football player, when he was paid US$10 by David Berry, to play for the Latrobe Athletic Association in a 12–0 win over the Jeanette Athletic Association.

1914 – William, Prince of Albania leaves the country after just six months due to opposition to his rule.

1914 – French composer Albéric Magnard is killed defending his estate against invading German soldiers.

1914 – World War I: Start of the Battle of Grand Couronné, a German assault against French positions on high ground near the city of Nancy.
• [Battle of Grand Couronné]

1916 – World War I: Leefe Robinson destroys the German airship Schütte-Lanz SL 11 over Cuffley, north of London; the first German airship to be shot down on British soil.

1925 – USS Shenandoah, the United States' first American-built rigid airship, was destroyed in a squall line over Noble County, Ohio. Fourteen of her 42-man crew perished, including her commander, Zachary Lansdowne.

1933 – Yevgeniy Abalakov is the first man to reach the highest point in the Soviet Union, Communism Peak (now called Ismoil Somoni Peak and situated in Tajikistan) (7495 m).

1935 – Sir Malcolm Campbell reaches a speed of 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive an automobile over 300 mph.

1939 – World War II: France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia declare war on Germany after the invasion of Poland, forming the Allied nations. The Viceroy of India also declares war, but without consulting the provincial legislatures.

1939 – World War II: The United Kingdom and France begin a naval blockade of Germany that lasts until the end of the war. This also marks the beginning of the Battle of the Atlantic.

1941 – The Holocaust: Karl Fritzsch, deputy camp commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, experiments with the use of Zyklon B in the gassing of Soviet POWs.
• [,422.htmlirst Nazi Use of Poison Gas for Murdering People in Auschwitz]
• [Holocaust Encyclopedia: Gassing Operations]
• [Dramatization from "War and Remembrance"] (Graphic Depiction)

1942 – World War II: In response to news of its coming liquidation, Dov Lopatyn leads an uprising in the Ghetto of Lakhva (present-day Belarus).

1943 – World War II: British and Canadian troops land on the Italian mainland. On the same day, Walter Bedell Smith and Giuseppe Castellano sign the Armistice of Cassibile, although it is not announced for another five days.

1944 – Holocaust: Diarist Anne Frank and her family are placed on the last transport train from the Westerbork transit camp to the Auschwitz concentration camp, arriving three days later.

1945 – A three-day celebration begins in China, following the Victory over Japan Day on September 2.

1950 – "Nino" Farina becomes the first Formula One Drivers' champion after winning the 1950 Italian Grand Prix.

1954 – The People's Liberation Army begins shelling the Republic of China-controlled islands of Quemoy, starting the First Taiwan Strait Crisis.
• [Wilson Center Digital Archive]
• [Frontline PBS Chronology]
• [First Taiwan Strait Crisis]
• [aiwan Strait Crisis 1954-1958 - Cold War DOCUMENTARY]

1967 – Dagen H in Sweden: Traffic changes from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight.

1971 – Qatar becomes an independent state.

1976 – Viking program: The American Viking 2 spacecraft lands at Utopia Planitia on Mars.

1981 – The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, an international bill of rights for women, is instituted by the United Nations.

1987 – In a coup d'état in Burundi, President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza is deposed by Major Pierre Buyoya.

1997 – Vietnam Airlines Flight 815 (Tupolev Tu-134) crashes on approach into Phnom Penh airport, killing 64.

2001 – In Belfast, Protestant loyalists begin a picket of Holy Cross, a Catholic primary school for girls.

2004 – Beslan school siege results in over 330 fatalities, including 186 children.
• [Beslan School Siege Ends - 2004 | Today in History | 3 Sept 16]
• [Russia 'failed' in Beslan school massacre - BBC News]
• [Beslan school siege: Russia 'failed to prevent' 2004 massacre]

2010 – After taking off from Dubai International Airport, UPS Airlines Flight 6 develops an in-flight fire in the cargo hold and crashes near Nad Al Sheba, killing both crew members on board.

2016 – The U.S. and China, together responsible for 40% of the world's carbon emissions, both formally ratify the Paris global climate agreement.

2017 – North Korea conducts its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.
• [Wikipedia: 2017 North Korean nuclear test]
• [CBS: North Korea's latest nuclear test]
• [North Korea’s 2017 nuke test was 16 times bigger than Hiroshima bomb]

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Published at 4:15am on Friday, September 03, 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