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Monday, October 4, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, October 4, 2021



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

A cold front will approach the area today and settle over the western Piedmont into Tuesday as moisture moves into the Carolinas from the Atlantic, resulting in widespread showers and locally heavy rainfall. High pressure centered over New England will extend down into our region Wednesday through Friday as an upper-level low persists to our west and Atlantic moisture continues to move into the region. This pattern will keep shower chances in place into next Saturday, when the upper-low finally starts to weaken. Drier weather returns on Sunday behind another weak cold front.




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Local News

Local COVID-19 Numbers for September 23, 2021 [MaconMedia.com]

Local numbers for September 29th not released by health department.

Macon County Participates in Oral Rabies Vaccination Program [MaconMedia.com]

Pisgah Legal recommends the NC Medicaid Ombudsman for Medicaid beneficiaries who need education, guidance and advocacy [MaconMedia.com]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Saturday Night


Franklin area

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. High in the lower 70s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4am. Low around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday

Showers before 1pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 1pm and 3pm, then showers after 3pm. High in the lower 70s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Wednesday Night

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9pm. Low around 60. Chance of rain is 80%.




Highlands Plateau

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Widespread fog, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after 11pm. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers. Areas of fog before 8am. Highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2am. Lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Wednesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then showers between 8am and 10am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 10am. Highs in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Wednesday Night

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9pm. Lows i the mid-50s. Chance of rain is 80%.






Otto area

Today

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly after 10am. Highs near 70. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3am. Lows in the lower 60s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs near 70. Chance of rain is 90%.

Wednesday Night

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9pm. Lows around 60. Chance of rain is 80%.




Nantahala area

Today

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs in the upper 60s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Lows around 60. Winds out of teh southeast 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday

Showers before 2pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm, then showers after 3pm. Highs in the upper 60s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Wednesday Night

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9pm. Lows around 60. Chance of rain is 80%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Periods of showers and scattered thunderstorms can be expected across the region through early Thursday. The main concern will be heavy rain and the increased risk of flooding or localized flash flooding as total rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches occur over much of the area by late Wednesday. Creeks and smaller streams could respond quickly due to any persistent heavy rain. Outside of the heavy rain, a few stronger storms could also produce gusty winds and frequent lightning.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Oct 4 2021

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Sam, located over the far North Atlantic, and on Tropical Depression Victor, located over the central tropical Atlantic.

1. A large area of disorganized cloudiness and showers continues over the southeastern Bahamas and adjacent southwestern Atlantic waters in association with a surface trough. Upper-level winds are not expected to be especially conducive, and any development of this system should be slow to occur while it moves slowly northwestward through late this weekend.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 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 extreme upper range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (0.6 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.6 out of 12).


Record Weather Events for October 4th Record weather events for this date in Macon County (1872-2016) Highest Temperature 89°F in Franklin in 1954 Lowest Temperature 23°F in Franklin in 1974 Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands in 1964 Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017) Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954 Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910 Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964 Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on October 20, 1913 Record weather events for this date and month in Macon County Record Weather Events for October 4th in North Carolina Highest Temperature 100°F in Smithfield, Johnston County in 1954 Lowest Temperature 18°F in Laurel Springs, Ashe County in 1974 Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands, Macon County in 1964 Record Weather Events for October in North Carolina Highest Temperature 102°F in Albemarle, Stanly County on 10-06-1954 Lowest Temperature 8°F in Banner Elk, Avery County on 10-21-1952 Greatest Rainfall 14.00 inches in Aberdeen, Moore County on 10-06-1913 Greatest Snowfall 11.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 10-25-1990



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




FROG FAIR
November 6, 2021


Friends of the Greenway Fall Fundraising Event. FROG FAIR will be held November 6 from 9-3 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge. Vendor spaces are available--check our website for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Make sure to mark your calendar--arts & crafts, food, & music will make it a special day. For more information, email frog28734@gmail.com.


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 karen@programservices.org


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National and World News Roundup

• China sends 77 warplanes into Taiwan defense zone over two days, Taipei says [CNN]

Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen: The 60 Minutes Interview



Read more at [60 Minutes Overtime]

• The Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen, Says She Wants to Fix the Company, Not Harm It [Wall Street Journal]

• Leaked records open a “Pandora” box of financial secrets [Courthouse News Service]

What are the Pandora Papers?



Newly-published Pandora Papers expose secret financial dealings of global politicians and richest people





• Major oil spill closes California's Huntington Beach [ABC News]

• Majority of Trump and Biden Voters Agree: Time For Red and Blue States to Divide [Election Central]

• Azerbaijan, Turkey to hold military exercise near Iran border [Jerusalem Post]

PBS NewsHour Weekend Full Episode October 3rd, 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 24, 2021]



• The risk of COVID-19 is much higher in developing countries than in high-income countries for similar ages [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• Circadian rhythms and mental health in lockdown [InSight]

• Immune Memory Response After a Booster Injection of mRNA-1273 for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• The durability of immunity against reinfection by SARS-CoV-2: a comparative evolutionary study [The Lancet]

• Quantifying human and environmental viral load relationships amidst mitigation strategies in a controlled chamber with participants having COVID19 [Research Square (PDF)]


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On This Day

October 4th is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 88 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)



AD 23 – Rebels sack the Chinese capital Chang'an during a peasant rebellion.
1302 – The Byzantine–Venetian War comes to an end.
1363 – Battle of Lake Poyang: In one of the largest naval battles in history, Zhu Yuanzhang's rebels defeat rival Chen Youliang.
1511 – Formation of the Holy League of Aragon, the Papal States and Venice against France.
1535 – The Coverdale Bible is printed, with translations into English by William Tyndale and Myles Coverdale.
1582 – The Gregorian Calendar is introduced by Pope Gregory XIII.
1597 – Governor Gonzalo Méndez de Canço begins to suppress a native uprising against his rule in what is now the state of Georgia.
1602 – Eighty Years' War and the Anglo-Spanish War: A fleet of Spanish galleys are defeated by English and Dutch galleons in the English Channel.
1636 – Thirty Years' War: The Swedish Army defeats the armies of Saxony and the Holy Roman Empire at the Battle of Wittstock.
1693 – Nine Years' War: Piedmontese troops are defeated by the French.
1777 – American Revolutionary War: Troops under George Washington are repelled by British troops under William Howe.
1795 – Napoleon first rises to prominence by suppressing counter-revolutionary rioters threatening the National Convention.
1824 – Mexico adopts a new constitution and becomes a federal republic.
1830 – The Belgian Revolution takes legal form when the provisional government secedes from the Netherlands.
1853 – The Crimean War begins when the Ottoman Empire declares war on the Russian Empire.
1876 – The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas opens as the first public college in Texas.
1883 – First run of the Orient Express.
1883 – First meeting of the Boys' Brigade in Glasgow, Scotland.
1895 – Horace Rawlins wins the first U.S. Open Men's Golf Championship.
1917 – World War I: The Battle of Broodseinde is fought between the British and German armies in Flanders.
1918 – World War I: An explosion kills more than 100 people and destroys a Shell Loading Plant in New Jersey.
1920 – The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, a Finnish non-governmental organization, was founded on the initiative of Sophie Mannerheim.
1925 – Great Syrian Revolt: Rebels led by Fawzi al-Qawuqji captured Hama from the French Mandate of Syria.
1925 – S2, a Finnish Sokol class torpedo boat, was sank during a fierce storm near the coast of Pori in the Gulf of Bothnia, taking with the whole crew of 53.
1927 – Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mount Rushmore.
1936 – The British Union of Fascists and various anti-fascist organizations violently clash in the Battle of Cable Street.
1941 – Norman Rockwell's Willie Gillis character debuts on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
1957 – Sputnik 1 becomes the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.
1958 – The current constitution of France is adopted.
1960 – An airliner crashes on takeoff from Boston's Logan International Airport, killing 62 people.
1963 – Hurricane Flora kills 6,000 in Cuba and Haiti.
1965 – Pope Paul VI begins the first papal visit to the Americas.
1966 – Basutoland becomes independent from the United Kingdom and is renamed Lesotho.
1967 – Omar Ali Saifuddien III of Brunei abdicates in favour of his son.
1983 – Richard Noble sets a new land speed record of 633.468 miles per hour (1,019.468 km/h) at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.
1985 – The Free Software Foundation is founded.
1991 – The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature.
1992 – The Rome General Peace Accords end a 16-year civil war in Mozambique.
1992 – El Al Flight 1862 crashes into two apartment buildings in Amsterdam, killing 43 including 39 on the ground.
1993 – Battle of Mogadishu occurs killing 18 U.S. Special Forces, two UN Peacekeepers and at least 600 Somalian militia men and civilians.
1993 – Tanks bombard the Russian parliament, while demonstrators against President Yeltsin rally outside.
1997 – The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs in North Carolina
2001 – Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 crashes after being struck by an errant Ukrainian missile. Seventy-eight people are killed.
2003 – The Maxim restaurant suicide bombing in Israel kills twenty-one Israelis, both Jews and Arabs.
2004 – SpaceShipOne wins the Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight.
• [Wikipedia: SpaceShipOne]
• [Wikipedia: Ansari X Prize]
• [VIDEO: Black Sky 1 and 2 SpaceshipOne]


2006 – WikiLeaks is launched.
• [Wikipedia: WikiLeaks]
• [What is WikiLeaks?]
• [WikiLeaks Website]


2010 – The Ajka plant accident in Hungary releases a million cubic metres of liquid alumina sludge, killing nine, injuring 122, and severely contaminating two major rivers.
• [Wikipedia: Ajka alumina plant accident]
• [A Brief History of: The Ajka Alumina Dam failure (Short Documentary)]
• [What is Red in Hungary's Red Sludge Disaster?]


2017 – Joint Nigerian-American Special Forces are ambushed by Islamic State militants outside the village of Tongo Tongo.



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Published at 4:00am on Monday, October 04, 2021



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