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Friday, September 10, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, September 10, 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 will cross the Eastern Seaboard today and reach the coastal Carolinas on Saturday. Dry conditions associated with the high pressure will persist over the region for several days before Atlantic moisture returns mid to late next week. Below normal temperatures through Saturday, but will rebound and remain above normal Sunday through at least Tuesday.


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Local News

[COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County (September 9, 2021)]

[Franklin Town Council Meeting for September 2021]

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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Saturday Night

Franklin area


Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Friday Night

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


Sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.

Saturday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the mid-80s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60.

Highlands Plateau


Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the nortwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs near 70.

Saturday Night

Clear, with lows around 50.

Otto area


Sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm before noon.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 50s. Light and variable winds.


Sunny, with highs near 70. Light winds out of the southwest.

Saturday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Sunday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid-50s.

Nantahala area


Sunny, with highs near 74. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

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


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

Saturday Night

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


Sunny, with highs near 80.

Sunday Night

Clear, with lows around 60.

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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 10 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 western Atlantic a few hundred miles north-northeast of Bermuda, and has issued the last advisory on Post-Tropical Cyclone Mindy, located a few hundred miles east of Charleston, South Carolina.

1. The northern portion of a tropical wave is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over Honduras, the western Caribbean Sea, and portions of the Yucatan peninsula. This system is forecast to move into the Bay of Campeche and merge with a pre-existing surface trough located over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico by this weekend. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive to support gradual development, and a tropical depression could form Sunday or Monday before the system moves onshore along the western Gulf of Mexico coast.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent.

2. A strong tropical wave is expected to emerge off of the west coast of Africa later today or tonight. Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for development thereafter, and a tropical depression is likely to form by early next week as the system moves west-northwestward over the far eastern Atlantic near the Cabo Verde Islands. Interests in the Cabo Verde Islands should monitor the progress of this system.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.

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Air Quality

Air quality is in the lower range of yellow for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the middle 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 (9.2 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (9.2 out of 12).

Weather Almanac for September 10th (1872-2020)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F in Highlands in 1925
Lowest Temperature 36°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1956
Greatest Rainfall 2.50 inches in Franklin in 1876

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

Wright-Patt commander: no threat, no injuries found after gunshot report [Dayton Daily News]

How One F-16 Dodged 6 Surface-to-air Missiles in an Airstrike Gone Wrong [SANDBOXX]

Destroyer Performs FONOP, U.S. Navy Disputes Chinese Claim That It Ousted Warship [USNI News]

Three men guided millions through horror of Sept. 11, 2001 [WVLT-TV]

North Korea’s hazmat parade | AJ #shorts

This wasn’t your usual North Korean parade. Instead of tanks and ballistic missiles, health personnel in orange hazmat suits took centre stage at the event in Pyongyang.

Capitol Police Prepares for Potential Violence Ahead of Sept. 18 Rally [NYMAG: Intelligencer]

President Biden Delivers Remarks on his Plan to Stop the Delta Variant & Boost COVID-19 Vaccinations

Level1 News September 10 2021: The Gender-Reveal Shot Heard 'Round The Holler

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - September 9th, 2021

PBS NewsHour full episode, September 9th, 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 9, 2021]

President Biden Delivers Remarks on his Plan to Stop the Delta Variant & Boost COVID-19 Vaccinations

Face masks for COVID pass their largest test yet [Nature]

A thermostable oral SARS-CoV-2 vaccine induces mucosal and protective immunity [BioRxiv]

How COVID-19 death rates impacted 2020 presidential voting patterns [Northwestern University]

Los Angeles requires COVID-19 vaccine for students 12 and up [AP NEWS]

Tennessee pediatrician has the 'break up' talk with patients who refuse COVID-19 vaccine [Knoxville News-Sentinel]

Microsoft return to U.S. offices delayed indefinitely [WNYW-TV]

How COVID Won the Summer [NYMAG: Intelligencer]

Covid-19 spike protein binds to and changes cells in the heart [British Heart Foundation]

The attributes of a Scientist

New York Times [Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker]

Dr John Campbell: Increased deaths in the US

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On This Day

September 10th is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 112 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)

506 – The bishops of Visigothic Gaul meet in the Council of Agde.
1419 – John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy is assassinated by adherents of the Dauphin, the future Charles VII of France.
1509 – An earthquake known as "The Lesser Judgment Day" hits Constantinople.
1515 – Thomas Wolsey is invested as a Cardinal.
1547 – The Battle of Pinkie, the last full-scale military confrontation between England and Scotland, resulting in a decisive victory for the forces of Edward VI.
1561 – Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima: Takeda Shingen defeats Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflicts.
1570 – Spanish Jesuit missionaries land in present-day Virginia to establish the short-lived Ajacán Mission.
1573 – German pirate Klein Henszlein and 33 of his crew beheaded in Hamburg.
1608 – John Smith is elected council president of Jamestown, Virginia.
1776 – American Revolutionary War: Nathan Hale volunteers to spy for the Continental Army.
1798 – At the Battle of St. George's Caye, British Honduras defeats Spain.
1813 – The United States defeats a British Fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
1846 – Elias Howe is granted a patent for the sewing machine.
1858 – George Mary Searle discovers the asteroid 55 Pandora.
1897 – Lattimer massacre: A sheriff's posse kills 19 unarmed striking immigrant miners in Lattimer, Pennsylvania, United States.
1898 – Empress Elisabeth of Austria is assassinated by Luigi Lucheni.
1918 – Russian Civil War: The Red Army captures Kazan.
1919 – The Republic of German-Austria signs the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, ceding significant territories to Italy, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia.
1932 – The New York City Subway's third competing subway system, the municipally-owned IND, is opened.
1936 – First World Individual Motorcycle Speedway Championship, Held at London's (England) Wembley Stadium
1937 – Nine nations attend the Nyon Conference to address international piracy in the Mediterranean Sea.
1939 – World War II: The submarine HMS Oxley is mistakenly sunk by the submarine HMS Triton near Norway and becomes the Royal Navy's first loss of a submarine in the war.
1939 – World War II: The Canadian declaration of war on Germany receives royal assent.
1942 – World War II: The British Army carries out an amphibious landing on Madagascar to re-launch Allied offensive operations in the Madagascar Campaign.
1943 – World War II: In the course of Operation Achse, German troops begin their occupation of Rome.
1960 – At the Summer Olympics in Rome, Abebe Bikila becomes the first sub-Saharan African to win a gold medal, winning the marathon in bare feet.
1961 – In the Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German Formula One driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators who are hit by his Ferrari, the deadliest accident in F1 history.
1967 – The people of Gibraltar vote to remain a British dependency rather than becoming part of Spain.
1974 – Guinea-Bissau gains independence from Portugal.
1976 – A British Airways Hawker Siddeley Trident and an Inex-Adria DC-9 collide near Zagreb, Yugoslavia, killing 176.
1977 – Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by guillotine in France.
2000 – Operation Barras successfully frees six British soldiers held captive for over two weeks and contributes to the end of the Sierra Leone Civil War.
2001 – Antônio da Costa Santos, mayor of Campinas, Brazil is assassinated.
2001 – During his appearance on the British TV game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, contestant Charles Ingram reaches the £1 million top prize, but it was later revealed that he had cheated to the top prize by listening to coughs from his wife and another contestant.
2002 – Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, becomes a full member of the United Nations.
2007 – Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan after seven years in exile, following a military coup in October 1999.
2008 – The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history, is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.
• [Wikipedia"]
• [The Large Hadron Collider: The Largest Machine in the World]
• [Step inside the Large Hadron Collider (360 video) - BBC News]
• [Inside the World's Largest Science Experiment]

2017 – Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Cudjoe Key, Florida as a Category 4, after causing catastrophic damage throughout the Caribbean. Irma resulted in 134 deaths and $64.76 billion (2017 USD) in damage.

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Published at 4:15am on Friday, September 10, 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