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Friday, October 8, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, October 8, 2021



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OUTLOOK

An upper level low pressure over the mid Mississippi Valley will focus a very moist southerly flow off the Gulf of Mexico into our region through tonight 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. Summer-like temperatures are likely next week along with dry high pressure.




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Local and State News

Here is a look at Dry Falls yesterday. Additional videos and photos will be published in the days to come.



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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Sunday Night


Franklin area

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers after 3am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A slight chance of rain before noon, then a slight chance of showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light winds out of the north. Chance of rain is 20%.

Saturday Night

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

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Sunday Night

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




Highlands Plateau

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8am and 10am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Areas of fog before 2pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog around midnight. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Light winds out of the north. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A slight chance of rain before 10am, then a chance of showers, mainly between 10am and 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. North wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday Night

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

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70.

Sunday Night

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






Otto area

Today



A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A slight chance of rain before noon, then a slight chance of showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light winds out of the north. Chance of rain is 20%.

Saturday Night

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

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s.

Sunday Night

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




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 quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

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

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 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
1024 PM EDT Thu Oct 7 2021

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING...

* Continued showers and possibly a few embedded thunderstorms are expected to develop across the area late tonight through Friday morning. Additional rainfall totals of up to 1 to 3 inches are possible across the watch area, with locally higher amounts. These amounts may cause 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 Fri Oct 8 2021

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

1. An elongated area of low pressure located more than 100 miles off the coast of South Carolina is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms well to the east of its center of circulation. Strong upper-level winds should prevent any significant tropical or subtropical development during the next few days. By late this weekend, the low is expected to interact with a frontal boundary located to its north, which should end the opportunity for tropical or subtropical formation. Regardless of development, the low is forecast to move slowly east-northeastward at about 5 mph, and it could bring gusty winds and locally heavy rain to eastern portions of the Carolinas through the weekend.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 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 (2.4 out of 12).


Record Weather Events for October 7th

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

Highest Temperature 85°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature 26°F in Highlands in 1920
Greatest Rainfall 3.50 inches in Franklin in 1879
(The rainfall was due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Five of the 1879 Hurricane Season. This was before storms were named).

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

• Senate votes to raise debt limit after 11 Republicans join Democrats to break filibuster [ABC News]

• Trump to invoke executive privilege in Jan. 6 House probe [Courthouse News Service]

• QAnon circles are spreading a conspiracy theory about photos of Biden's White House staging area, claiming it's proof that he's a fake president [Yahoo! News]

• US Navy submarine USS Connecticut involved in underwater collision [ABC News]

• U.S. Troops Have Been Deployed in Taiwan for at Least a Year [Wall Street Journal]

2021 Nobel Prize Announcement Schedule

Peace – Friday 8 October, 11:00 CEST Economic sciences – Monday 11 October, 11:45 CEST at the earliest

See website [Nobel Prize]

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - October 7th, 2021



PBS NewsHour Weekend Full Episode October 7th, 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.







• Why easing COVID restrictions could prompt a fierce flu rebound [Nature]

• Real-world data show that filters clean COVID-causing virus from air [Nature]

• Protection Across Age Groups of BNT162b2 Vaccine Booster against Covid-19 [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• SARS-CoV-2 infection generates tissue-localized immunological memory in humans [Science: Immunology]

• Illness characteristics of COVID-19 in children infected with the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• Anti-SARS-CoV-2 receptor binding domain antibody evolution after mRNA vaccination [Nature (PDF)]


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On This Day

October 8th is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 84 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)



314 – Constantine I defeats Roman Emperor Licinius, who loses his European territories.
451 – The first session of the Council of Chalcedon begins.
876 – Frankish forces led by Louis the Younger prevent a West Frankish invasion and defeat emperor Charles II ("the Bald").
1075 – Dmitar Zvonimir is crowned King of Croatia.
1200 – Isabella of Angoulême is crowned Queen consort of England.
1322 – Mladen II Šubić of Bribir is deposed as the Croatian Ban after the Battle of Bliska.
1480 – The Great stand on the Ugra river puts an end to Tartar rule over Moscow
1573 – End of the Spanish siege of Alkmaar, the first Dutch victory in the Eighty Years' War.
1645 – Jeanne Mance opens the first lay hospital in North America.
1813 – The Treaty of Ried is signed between Bavaria and Austria.
1821 – The Peruvian Navy is established during the War of Independence.
1829 – Stephenson's Rocket wins the Rainhill Trials.
1856 – The Second Opium War between several western powers and China begins with the Arrow Incident.
1862 – American Civil War: The Confederate invasion of Kentucky is halted at the Battle of Perryville.
1871 – Slash-and-burn land management, months of drought, and the passage of a strong cold front cause the Peshtigo Fire, the Great Chicago Fire and the Great Michigan Fires to break out.
1879 – War of the Pacific: The Chilean Navy defeats the Peruvian Navy in the Battle of Angamos.
1895 – Korean Empress Myeongseong is assassinated by Japanese infiltrators.
1912 – The First Balkan War begins when Montenegro declares war against the Ottoman Empire.
1918 – World War I: Corporal Alvin C. York kills 28 German soldiers and captures 132 for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
1921 – KDKA in Pittsburgh's Forbes Field conducts the first live broadcast of a football game.
1939 – World War II: Germany annexes western Poland.
1941 – World War II: During the preliminaries of the Battle of Rostov, German forces reach the Sea of Azov with the capture of Mariupol.
1943 – World War II: Around 30 civilians are executed by Friedrich Schubert's paramilitary group in Kallikratis, Crete.
1944 – World War II: Captain Bobbie Brown earns a Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Crucifix Hill, just outside Aachen.
1952 – The Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash kills 112 people.
1956 – The New York Yankees's Don Larsen pitches the only perfect game in a World Series.
1962 – Der Spiegel publishes an article disclosing the sorry state of the Bundeswehr, and is soon accused of treason.
1967 – Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.
1969 – The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago.
1970 – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize in literature.
1973 – Yom Kippur War: Israel loses more than 150 tanks in a failed attack on Egyptian-occupied positions.
1973 – Spyros Markezinis begins his 48-day term as prime minister in an abortive attempt to lead Greece to parliamentary rule.
1974 – Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it is the largest bank failure in the history of the United States.
1978 – Australia's Ken Warby sets the current world water speed record of 275.97 knots at Blowering Dam, Australia.
1982 – Poland bans Solidarity and all other trade unions.
1982 – After its London premiere, Cats opens on Broadway and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.
1990 – First Intifada: Israeli police kill 17 Palestinians and wound over 100 near the Dome of the Rock.
1991 – Upon the expiration of the Brioni Agreement, Croatia and Slovenia sever all official relations with Yugoslavia.
2001 – A twin engine Cessna and a Scandinavian Airlines System jetliner collide in heavy fog during takeoff from Milan, Italy, killing 118 people.
2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
2005 – The 7.6 Mw  Kashmir earthquake leaves 86,000–87,351 people dead, 69,000–75,266 injured, and 2.8 million homeless.
2014 – Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola, dies.
2016 – In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the death toll rises to nearly 900.
2019 – About 200 Extinction Rebellion activists block the gates of Leinster House (parliament) in the Republic of Ireland.



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Published at 4:00am on Friday, October 08, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


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