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Saturday, October 9, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, October 9, 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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Moisture lingers over the area today as a surface low pressure center moves north along the Carolina Coast. Dry high pressure builds in on Sunday and remains in place through next week with warming temperatures.


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Local and State News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [October 8, 2021]

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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Monday Night

Franklin area


Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light winds out of the north.


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


Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

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

Columbus Day

Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60.

Highlands Plateau


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the north 3 to 6 mph.


Patchy fog between 2am and 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light winds out of the north.

Sunday Night

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

Columbus Day

Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the south 3 to 6 mph.

Monday Night

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

Otto area


Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light winds out of the north.


Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

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

Columbus Day

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60.

Nantahala area


Patchy fog between 8am and 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Light and variable winds.


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


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

Sunday Night

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

Columbus Day

Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, 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 Sat Oct 9 2021

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

An area of low pressure located about 200 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions could briefly become marginally conducive for the low to acquire subtropical characteristics through early Sunday. However, by late Sunday and Monday, environmental conditions should become unfavorable for any further development. The low is forecast to move slowly northwestward during the next day or so near the North Carolina coast. Therefore, interests along the North Carolina coast should monitor the progress of this system.

1. Regardless of development, intermittent periods of locally heavy rains and gusty winds will affect eastern portions of North Carolina during the next day or two. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system this afternoon, if necessary. Additional information on this system, including gale warnings, can be found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

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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 levels are expected to be in the low range (3.1 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (4.34 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for October 7th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 86°F in Highlands in 1939
Lowest Temperature 26°F in Highlands in 1978
Greatest Rainfall 5.10 inches in Highlands in 2017

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
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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

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 and World News Roundup

President Biden delivers remarks on Covid-19 vaccine requirements — 10/7/21

• Approaches and Obstacles to Promoting Media Literacy Education in U.S. Schools [RAND: Truth Decay]

• The Nobel Peace Prize 2021 []

• Jan. 6 committee to 'swiftly consider' criminal contempt for Steve Bannon, others who ignore subpoenas [ABC News]

• Trump Supporters Have Already Turned on the Cyber Ninjas [Vice News]

Woman rescued, suspect killed during downtown LA hostage situation captured on video | ABC7

• Prison ordered for Capitol rioter caught on film shoving police [Courthouse News Service]

• For Teen Girls, Instagram Is a Cesspool [New York Times]

PBS NewsHour Full Episode October 8th, 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 8, 2021]

Ivermectin or Molnupiravir

• Drugs Shown to Inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in COVID-19 Disease: Comparative Basic and Clinical Pharmacology of Molnupiravir and Ivermectin [Austin Journal of Pharmacology and TYherapeutics (PDF)]

• Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infection: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Trial Sequential Analysis to Inform Clinical Guidelines [American Journal of Therapeutics]

I Can't Believe We're Making Another COVID Video

• Fatal Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Adult after SARS-CoV-2 Natural Infection and COVID-19 Vaccination [CDC: Emerging Infectious Diseases]

• Physical, cognitive, and mental health impacts of COVID-19 after hospitalisation (PHOSP-COVID): a UK multicentre, prospective cohort study [The Lancet]

• Oral and intranasal Ad5 SARS-CoV-2 vaccines decrease disease and viral transmission in a golden hamster model [BioRxiv (PDF)]

• A genetic link between risk for Alzheimer's disease and severe COVID-19 outcomes via the OAS1 gene [Oxford: Brain]

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

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On This Day

October 9th is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 83 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)

768 – Carloman I and Charlemagne are crowned kings of the Franks.
1238 – James I of Aragon founds the Kingdom of Valencia.
1410 – The first known mention of the Prague astronomical clock.
1446 – The Hangul alphabet is published in Korea.
1594 – Troops of the Portuguese Empire are defeated on Sri Lanka, bringing an end to the Campaign of Danture.
1604 – Kepler's Supernova is the most recent supernova to be observed within the Milky Way.
1635 – Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony after religious and policy disagreements.
1701 – The Collegiate School of Connecticut (later renamed Yale University) is chartered in Old Saybrook.

1708 – Peter the Great defeats the Swedes at the Battle of Lesnaya.
1740 – Dutch colonists and Javanese natives begin a massacre of the ethnic Chinese population in Batavia, eventually killing at least 10,000.
1760 – Seven Years' War: Russian and Austrian troops briefly occupy Berlin.
1790 – A severe earthquake in northern Algeria causes severe damage and a tsunami in the Mediterranean Sea and kills three thousand.
1799 – HMS Lutine sinks with the loss of 240 men and a cargo worth £1,200,000.
1804 – Hobart, capital of Tasmania, is founded.
1806 – Prussia begins the War of the Fourth Coalition against France.
1812 – War of 1812: In a naval engagement on Lake Erie, American forces capture two British ships: HMS Detroit and HMS Caledonia.
1820 – Guayaquil declares independence from Spain.
1825 – Restauration arrives in New York Harbor from Norway, the first organized immigration from Norway to the United States.
1831 – Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first head of state of independent Greece, is assassinated.
1834 – Opening of the Dublin and Kingstown Railway, the first public railway on the island of Ireland.
1847 – Slavery is abolished in the Swedish colony of Saint Barthélemy.
1854 – Crimean War: The siege of Sevastopol begins.
1861 – American Civil War: Union troops repel a Confederate attempt to capture Fort Pickens.
1864 – American Civil War: Union cavalrymen defeat Confederate forces at Toms Brook, Virginia.
1873 – A meeting at the U.S. Naval Academy establishes the U.S. Naval Institute.
1874 – The Universal Postal Union is created by the Treaty of Bern.
1900 – The Cook Islands become a territory of the United Kingdom.
1911 – An accidental bomb explosion triggers the Wuchang Uprising against the Chinese monarchy.
1913 – The steamship SS Volturno catches fire in the mid-Atlantic.
1914 – World War I: The Siege of Antwerp comes to an end.
1918 – The Finnish Parliament offers to Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse the throne of a short-lived Kingdom of Finland.
1919 – The Cincinnati Reds win the World Series, resulting in the Black Sox Scandal.
1934 – An Ustashe assassin kills King Alexander I of Yugoslavia and Louis Barthou, Foreign Minister of France, in Marseille.
1936 – Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam) begins to generate electricity and transmit it to Los Angeles.
1937 – Murder of 9 Catholic priests in Zhengding, China, who protected the local population from the advancing Japanese army.
1941 – A coup in Panama declares Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango the new president.
1942 – Australia's Statute of Westminster Adoption Act 1942 receives royal assent.
1950 – The Goyang Geumjeong Cave massacre in Korea begins.
1962 – Uganda becomes an independent Commonwealth realm.
1963 – In Italy, a large landslide causes a giant wave to overtop the Vajont Dam, killing over 2,000.
1966 – Vietnam War: South Korean troops commit the Binh Tai Massacre.
1967 – A day after his capture, Ernesto "Che" Guevara is executed for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia.
1969 – In Chicago, the National Guard is called in as demonstrations continue over the trial of the "Chicago Eight".
1970 – The Khmer Republic is proclaimed in Cambodia.
1980 – Pope John Paul II greets the Dalai Lama during a private audience in Vatican City.
1981 – President François Mitterrand abolishes capital punishment in France.
1983 – South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan survives an assassination attempt in Rangoon, Burma (present-day Yangon, Myanmar), but the blast kills 21 and injures 17 others.
1984 – The popular railway-themed TV show Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends, based on The Railway Series by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, is first premiered on ITV.
1986 – The Phantom of the Opera, eventually the second longest running musical in London, opens at Her Majesty's Theatre.
1986 – Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC) launches as the "fourth" US television network.
1992 – The Peekskill meteorite, a 27.7 pounds (12.6 kg) meteorite crashed into a parked car in Peekskill, New York
1995 – An Amtrak Sunset Limited train is derailed by saboteurs near Palo Verde, Arizona.
2006 – North Korea conducts its first nuclear test.
2009 – First lunar impact of NASA's Lunar Precursor Robotic Program.
2012 – Pakistani Taliban attempt to assassinate outspoken schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.
2016 – The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army launches its first attack on Myanmar security forces along the Bangladesh–Myanmar border.
2019 – Turkey begins its military offensive in north-eastern Syria.

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Published at 4:45am on Saturday, October 09, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins

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