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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, October 6, 2021



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

An upper level Low pressure over the lower Mississippi Valley will focus a very moist southerly flow off the Gulf of Mexico into our region through much of the week. Expect widespread showers and locally heavy rainfall during the middle of the week especially for the mountains and foothills. As this low and its associated front moves east of our area this weekend, dry high pressure will be in place into early next week.




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Local and State News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [October 5, 2021]

• Lowering of US and NC Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of NC House Rep. Dana Bumgardner [Macon Media]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Friday Night


Franklin area

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Highs near 70. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog between 11pm and 3am. Lows in the lower 60s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the lower to mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 5pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the southeast around 9 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog between 9pm and 3am. Lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the east 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s.






Otto area

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 5pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. High near 70. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog between 11pm and 3am. Low in the lower 60s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs near 70. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.




Nantahala area

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then showers and thunderstorms likely between 10am and 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Patchy fog before noon. Highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. 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 10pm, then showers between 10pm and 1am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Patchy fog between midnight and 3am. Low in the lower 60s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.


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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.

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Flood Watch
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
401 AM EDT Wed Oct 6 2021

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include portions of western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina, including the following areas, in western North Carolina, Haywood, Macon, Northern Jackson, Southern Jackson and Transylvania. In upstate South Carolina, Oconee Mountains and Pickens Mountains.

* Through Thursday morning.

* Rounds of showers with embedded thunderstorms are expected today and tonight. Additional rainfall totals of up to three to five inches with locally higher amounts are possible across portions of the South Carolina mountains and the southwest North Carolina mountains during this period. There is potential for localized flash flooding and quick rises on rivers and creeks, given the wet ground from rainfall yesterday.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means there is a potential for rapid onset flooding based on current forecasts. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation and may impact areas that do not typically flood. Please monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take action quickly should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Rainfall of more than five inches in similar storms has been associated with an increased risk of landslides and rockslides. If you live on a mountainside or in a cove at the base of a mountain, especially near a stream, be ready to leave in advance of the storm or as quickly as possible should rising water, moving earth, or rocks threaten. Consider postponing travel along mountain roads during periods of heavy rainfall.


TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Oct 6 2021

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

1. Disorganized showers and thunderstorms continue in association with a surface trough centered about 100 miles northeast of the northwestern Bahamas. Upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable for significant tropical development of this system while it moves slowly northwestward or northward over the next few days. Although upper-level winds could become a little less hostile by the weekend, the system is forecast to interact with a front near the coast of the southeastern United States around that time, and tropical development still appears unlikely.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.



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Almanac

Air Quality




Air quality is in the middle range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the middle 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 6th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 89°F in Franklin in 1951
Lowest Temperature 26°F in Highlands in 1980
Greatest Rainfall 2.54 inches in Highlands in 1934

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 October 6th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Albemarle, Stanly County in 1954
Lowest Temperature 22°F in Celo, Yancey County in 1968
Greatest Rainfall 14.00 inches in Aberdeen, Moore County in 1913
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches on Montreat, Yancey County in 1932

(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane 5 of 1913. The storm formed off the coast of Rhode Island and traveled southwest, striking North and South Carolina. This was before Tropical Storms and Hurricanes were named).

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

• Trillion-dollar platinum coin could be minted at the last minute [AXIOS]

• Government Secretly Orders Google To Identify Anyone Who Searched A Sexual Assault Victim’s Name, Address And Telephone Number [Forbes]

• Donald Trump Falls Off The Forbes 400 For First Time In 25 Years [Forbes]

• China’s Population Projected to Fall by Half Within 30 Years [Futurism: The Byte]

Tom explains the Facebook outage



• Massive Facebook outage shows how dependent the world is [WBIR-TV]

Facebook whistleblower hearing opening statement



Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies before Senate Commerce Committee



• Zuckerberg responds to Facebook whistleblower's allegations [The Hill]

2021 Nobel Prize Announcement Schedule

Chemistry – Wednesday 6 October, 11:45 CEST at the earliest
Literature – Thursday 7 October, 13:00 CEST at the earliest
Peace – Friday 8 October, 11:00 CEST Economic sciences – Monday 11 October, 11:45 CEST at the earliest

See website [Nobel Prize]

Why Supply Chain-Induced Inflation Is a Difficult Problem



Level1 News October 6 2021: Bitcoin: It Keeps The Lights Off



President Biden Delivers Remarks on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill & Build Back Better Agenda



PBS NewsHour Weekend Full Episode October 5th, 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: [October 5, 2021]



The World Has Spent $16 Trillion on Covid-19 So Far



• COVID-19 herd immunity is a mirage. Here's how the virus could become 'manageable' instead. [https://news.yahoo.com/covid-19-herd-immunity-mirage-090010241.html]

• No End In Sight For The COVID-Led Global Supply Chain Disruption [Forbes]

• COVID vaccines cut the risk of transmitting Delta — but not for long [Nature]

• Moderna COVID-19 vaccine generates long-lasting immune memory [National Institutes of Health]

• SARS-CoV-2 mucosal antibody development and persistence and their relation to viral load and COVID-19 symptoms [Nature]

• Predominance of antibody-resistant SARS-CoV-2 variants in vaccine breakthrough cases from the San Francisco Bay Area, California [MedRxiv (PDF)]


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On This Day

October 6th is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 86 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)



105 BC – Cimbrian War: Defeat at the Battle of Arausio accelerates the Marian reforms of the Roman army. 69 BC – Third Mithridatic War: Forces of the Roman Republic subdue Armenia.
AD 23 – Rebels decapitate Wang Mang two days after his capital was sacked during a peasant rebellion.
404 – Byzantine Empress Eudoxia dies from the miscarriage of her seventh pregnancy.
618 – Transition from Sui to Tang: Wang Shichong decisively defeats Li Mi at the Battle of Yanshi.
1539 – Spain's DeSoto expedition takes over the Apalachee capital of Anhaica for their winter quarters.
1600 – Euridice, the earliest surviving opera, receives its première performance, beginning the Baroque period.
1683 – Immigrant families found Germantown, Pennsylvania in the first major immigration of German people to America.
1762 – Seven Years' War: The British capture Manila from Spain and occupy it.
1777 – American Revolutionary War: British forces capture Forts Clinton and Montgomery on the Hudson River.
1789 – French Revolution: King Louis XVI is forced to change his residence from Versailles to the Tuileries Palace.
1849 – The execution of the 13 Martyrs of Arad after the Hungarian war of independence.
1854 – In England the Great fire of Newcastle and Gateshead leads to 53 deaths and hundreds injured.
1884 – The Naval War College of the United States is founded in Rhode Island.
1898 – Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the largest American music fraternity, is founded at the New England Conservatory of Music.
1903 – The High Court of Australia sits for the first time.
1908 – The Bosnian crisis erupts when Austria-Hungary formally annexes Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1910 – Eleftherios Venizelos is elected prime minister of Greece for the first of seven times.
1923 – The Turkish National Movement enters Constantinople.
1927 – Opening of The Jazz Singer, the first prominent "talkie" movie.
1939 – World War II: The Battle of Kock is the final combat of the September Campaign in Poland.
1942 – World War II: American troops force the Japanese from their positions east of the Matanikau River on Guadalcanal.
1943 – World War II: Thirteen civilians are burnt alive by a paramilitary group in Crete.
1944 – World War II: Units of the 1st Czechoslovak Army Corps enter Czechoslovakia during the Battle of the Dukla Pass.
1973 – Egypt and Syria launch coordinated attacks against Israel, beginning the Yom Kippur War.
1976 – Cubana de Aviación Flight 455 is destroyed by two bombs, placed on board by an anti-Castro militant group.
1976 – Premier Hua Guofeng arrests the Gang of Four, ending the Cultural Revolution in China.
1976 – Dozens are killed by the Thai army in the Thammasat University massacre.
1977 – The first prototype of the Mikoyan MiG-29, designated 9-01, makes its maiden flight.
1979 – Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House.
1981 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is murdered by Islamic extremists.
1981 – NLM CityHopper Flight 431 crashes in Moerdijk after taking off from Rotterdam The Hague Airport in the Netherlands, killing all 17 people on board.
1985 – Police constable Keith Blakelock is murdered as riots erupt in the Broadwater Farm suburb of London.
1987 – Fiji becomes a republic.
1995 – The first planet orbiting another sun, 51 Pegasi b, is discovered.
2007 – Jason Lewis completes the first human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth.
2010 – Instagram, a mainstream photo-sharing application, is founded.



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Published at 4:20am on Tuesday, October 05, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to the following websites or books: MaconMedia.com, youtube.com, weather.gov, airnow.gov, wikipedia.com, onthisday.com, ncdcr.gov, ncsu.edu, utah.edu, https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/, wolfram.com, biorxiv.org, aps.org, nejm.org, plos.org, cell.com, researchsquare.com, cureus.com, spc.noaa.gov, nhc.noaa.gov, ncdenr.org, medrxiv.org, archive.org, ncpedia.org, nasa.gov, https://ww2days.com, nih.gov, carolinapublicpress.org, microbe.tv, smokymountainnews.com, psypost.org, blogspot.com, pollen.com, franklinnc.com, maconnc.org, spaceweather.com, solarham.com, loc.gov, ncleg.net, senate.gov, house.gov, whitehouse.gov, drudgereport.com, politico.com, realclearpolitics.com, ushmm.org, 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): heavens-above.com, 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

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