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Thursday, October 7, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, October 7, 2021



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OUTLOOK

n upper level Low pressure over the lower Mississippi Valley will focus a very moist southerly flow off the Gulf of Mexico into our region for another day before it moves toward the Great Lakes. Expect periods of widespread showers and locally heavy rainfall through Friday 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 6, 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 Saturday Night


Franklin area

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog before 11am. High near 72. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the north around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 1pm and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

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




Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog before 4pm. Highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11pm and 3am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3am. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast around 6 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph by noon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s68. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday Night

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






Otto area

Today



Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the n north northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between noon and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

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




Nantahala area

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 3am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3am. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Saturday Night

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


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Periods of showers and scattered thunderstorms can be expected across the region through early today. The main concern will be heavy rain and the increased risk of flooding or localized flash flooding due to any persistent heavy rain. Outside of the heavy rain, a few stronger storms could also produce gusty winds and frequent lightning.

Flash Flood Watch
Flood Watch
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
344 AM EDT Thu Oct 7 2021

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of northeast Georgia, western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina, including the following areas, in northeast Georgia, Habersham and Rabun. In western North Carolina, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Macon, McDowell Mountains, Northern Jackson, Polk Mountains, Rutherford Mountains, Southern Jackson and Transylvania. In upstate South Carolina, Greenville Mountains, Oconee Mountains and Pickens Mountains.

* Through this evening.

* Rounds of showers with embedded thunderstorms are expected to continue through the day. Additional rainfall totals of up to 2 to 4 inches are possible across the watch area. There is potential for localized flash flooding and quick rises on rivers and creeks, given the wet ground from previous rainfall.

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 Thu Oct 7 2021

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

1. A weak area of low pressure located about 150 miles off the coast of northeastern Florida and Georgia is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Strong upper-level winds should limit significant tropical development during the next few days while the low moves northward and then northeastward off the southeastern coast of the United States. By the weekend, the system is forecast to interact with a front, which could also limit tropical development. Regardless of development, this system could bring gusty winds and locally heavy rain to portions of the Carolinas late this week and this weekend.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 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 7th

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

Highest Temperature 86°F in Highlands in 1939
Lowest Temperature 25°F in Highlands in 1935
Greatest Rainfall 2.59 inches in Highlands in 1959

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

Hopes rise of avoiding US default with Republican debt celiing offer • FRANCE 24 English



Sec. Blinken on Sub Deal, Europe's Energy Crisis, Taiwan Security



Coast Guard calls California oil spill ‘major marine casualty’



2021 Nobel Prize Announcement Schedule

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]

4 injured in Texas high school shooting



PBS NewsHour Weekend Full Episode October 6th, 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 6, 2021]



• No one is safe until we are all safe [Science: Tranlational Medicine]

• Efficacy of homemade face masks against human coughs: Insights on penetration, atomization, and aerosolization of cough droplets [AIP Physics of Fluids]

• Myocarditis after Covid-19 Vaccination in a Large Health Care Organization [New England Journal of Medicine]

• SARS-CoV-2 Alpha, Beta and Delta variants display enhanced Spike-mediated Syncytia Formation [The EMBO Journal]

• Ingestion of beta-glucans could stimulate longer-lasting cellular immunity upon administration of COVID-19 vaccines [Journal of Food Biochemistry]


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On This Day

October 7th is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 85 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)



3761 BC – The epoch reference date epoch (origin) of the modern Hebrew calendar.
1403 – Venetian–Genoese wars: The Genoese fleet under a French admiral is defeated by a Venetian fleet.
1477 – Uppsala University is inaugurated after receiving its corporate rights from Pope Sixtus IV in February the same year.
1513 – War of the League of Cambrai: Spain defeats Venice.
1571 – The Battle of Lepanto is fought, and the Ottoman Navy suffers its first defeat.
1691 – The charter for the Province of Massachusetts Bay is issued.
1763 – King George III issues the Royal Proclamation of 1763, closing Indigenous lands in North America north and west of the Alleghenies to white settlements.
1777 – American Revolutionary War: The Americans defeat the British in the Second Battle of Saratoga, also known as the Battle of Bemis Heights.
1780 – American Revolutionary War: American militia defeat royalist irregulars led by British major Patrick Ferguson in South Carolina.
1800 – French corsair Robert Surcouf, commander of the 18-gun ship La Confiance, captures the British 38-gun Kent.
1826 – The Granite Railway begins operations as the first chartered railway in the U.S.
1828 – Morea expedition: The city of Patras, Greece, is liberated by the French expeditionary force.
1840 – Willem II becomes King of the Netherlands.
1864 – American Civil War: A US Navy ship captures a Confederate raider in a Brazilian seaport.
1868 – Cornell University holds opening day ceremonies; initial student enrollment is 412, the highest at any American university to that date.
1870 – Franco-Prussian War: Léon Gambetta escapes the siege of Paris in a hot-air balloon.
1879 – Germany and Austria-Hungary sign the "Twofold Covenant" and create the Dual Alliance.
1912 – The Helsinki Stock Exchange sees its first transaction.
1916 – Georgia Tech defeats Cumberland University 222–0 in the most lopsided college football game in American history.
1919 – KLM, the flag carrier of the Netherlands, is founded. It is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.
1924 – Andreas Michalakopoulos becomes prime minister of Greece for a short period of time.
1929 – Photius II becomes Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
1933 – Air France is inaugurated, after being formed by a merger of five French airlines.
1939 – In Finland, the Republic Protection Act (Tasavallan suojelulaki) entered into force due to the threat of a potential war.
1940 – World War II: The McCollum memo proposes bringing the United States into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
1944 – World War II: During an uprising at Birkenau concentration camp, Jewish prisoners burn down Crematorium IV.
1949 – The communist German Democratic Republic (East Germany) is formed.
1950 – Mother Teresa establishes the Missionaries of Charity.
1958 – The 1958 Pakistani coup d'état inaugurates a prolonged period of military rule.
1958 – The U.S. manned space-flight project is renamed Project Mercury.
1959 – The Soviet probe Luna 3 transmits the first-ever photographs of the far side of the Moon.
1963 – President Kennedy signs the ratification of the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
1963 – Buddhist crisis: Amid worsening relations, outspoken South Vietnamese First Lady Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu arrived in the US for a speaking tour, continuing a flurry of attacks on the Kennedy administration.
1977 – The Fourth Soviet Constitution is adopted.
1985 – The Mameyes landslide kills almost 200 people in Puerto Rico.
1985 – Four men from the Palestine Liberation Front hijack the MS Achille Lauro off the coast of Egypt.
1987 – Sikh nationalists declare the independence of Khalistan from India; it is not internationally recognized.
1988 – A hunter discovers three gray whales trapped under the ice near Alaska; the situation becomes a multinational effort to free the whales.
1991 – Croatian War of Independence: Bombing of Banski dvori in Zagreb, Croatia.
1993 – The flood of '93 ends at St. Louis, Missouri, 103 days after it began, as the Mississippi River falls below flood stage.
1996 – Fox News Channel begins broadcasting.
1998 – Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, is found tied to a fence after being savagely beaten by two young adults in Laramie, Wyoming. He died five days later.
2000 – Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Hezbollah militants capture three Israeli Defense Force soldiers in a cross-border raid.
2001 – The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan begins with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.
2002 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis launches on STS-112 to continue assembly of the International Space Station.
2008 – Asteroid 2008 TC3 impacts the Earth over Sudan, the first time an asteroid impact is detected prior to its entry into earth's atmosphere.
2016 – In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the death toll rises to over 800.



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Published at 4:50am on Thusday, October 07, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


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