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Thursday, November 4, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, November 4, 2021

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Macon Calendar
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
On This Day
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Dry high pressure will continue to spread over the area today. So quiet weather will be in store for the region through the early part of the week. More active weather with rain and possible snow at higher elevations, may return late in the week.


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Local and State News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [October 21, 2021]

Here is a time lapse and articles from 5 years ago during the 2016 Wildfires: Tellico Fire Sunset 11-04-2016

Here is a press release that was issued by the USFS on November 4th, 2016:


National Forests in North Carolina
160A Zillicoa St.
Asheville, N.C. 28801
PIO - Deanna Younger

Firefighters have responded to at least 13 fire starts on the Nantahala National Forest in the past 13 days. Six of those fires started in the past two days. Fire activity, dispersed throughout the forest, is taxing fire resources. Two 20-person crews arrived this week from Kentucky and New Mexico to help battle the blazes.

Cooler temperatures have not reduced fire danger because moisture levels in vegetation are continuing to decrease. Drier vegetation increases fire risk. Fire sizes range from 5 acres to several hundred acres.

The most active fires at this time include:

Tellico Fire - located northwest of Franklin in the Nantahala Mountains. Crews continue to construct containment lines today. Helicopters may be used in fire suppression efforts. Fire size is currently estimated at 50 acres. The Appalachian Trail from the Nantahala River to Burningtown Gap is closed. The closure also includes Wesser Creek Trail.

Moss Knob Fire - located southwest of Cullowhee. Dozer line was completed around the fire just after dark last night. Fire size is estimated at 5 acres. Firelines are being reinforced today. The Moss Knob Shooting Range is closed due to firefighters working in the area.

May Branch Fire- located west of Nantahala Lake near Nantahala and Andrews. Fire size is estimated at 175 acres. Containment lines are being reinforced today. No structures threatened.

Knob Fire - located southwest of Franklin in the Nantahala Mountains. Fire size is about 250 acres. Crews conducted burnout operations yesterday and last night to reinforce fire lines. Additional burnout may be needed today. No structures are currently threatened. Standing Indian Campground is open. The Appalachian Trail is closed from Rock Gap to Winding Stairs Gap. Access to the campground is via West Old Murphy Road.

Wine Spring Fire - located about 15 miles West of Franklin on the mountain above Dirty John Shooting Range. Acreage is currently estimated at 94 acres. Firefighters continue to patrol and monitor fire lines. Due to fire activity, the Bartram Trail is closed between Wine Springs Bald and Nantahala Lake.

Cliffside Fire - located about three miles west of Highlands near the Cliffside Lake Recreation Area. Fire size is estimated at 99 acres. Firefighters are improving containment lines today. Smoke may be visible from burnout operations. No structures are reported to be in the immediate area. The Cliffside Day Use Area closed for the season on November 1.

Bartram Trail, from Hickory Knoll Road to State Highway 106, will remain closed through this weekend due to mop up operations and potential hazard identifications from the Jones Gap Fire.

HIGH Fire Danger continues!!

NO Campfires allowed except in developed campgrounds with fees. 

 • Mapping Wildfires Near Macon County Oct 23rd - Nov 3rd [Macon Media]

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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Wednesday Night

Franklin area


Showers before 2pm, then a slight chance of showers after 4pm. Patchy fog. Highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


Patchy fog. Patchy frost after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 30s. Calm winds.


Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows near freezing. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs near 60.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows near freezing.

Highlands Plateau


Rain and snow showers, becoming all rain after noon. Patchy fog. Patchy frost before 2pm. Highs near 40. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.


A 20 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Patchy fog. Patchy frost after 8pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows near freezing. Calm winds.


Areas of frost before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 7 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 50.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows near freezing.

Otto area


Showers, mainly before noon. Patchy fog. Highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


Patchy fog. Patchy frost after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Calm winds.


Areas of fog before 9am. Patchy frost before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows near freezing. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs near 60.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows near freezing.

Nantahala area


Showers, mainly before noon. Patchy fog. Highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


Patchy fog before 9pm, then patchy fog after 10pm. Patchy frost after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Calm winds.


Patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Patchy frost before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Light winds out of the east.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 30s. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-30s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today except for elevations above 3500 feet that may see freezing precipitation or light snowfall this morning.

Elevations above 4000 feet could see 1-2 inches of snow by daybreak. As temperatures approach freezing overnight tonight into early Thursday morning across these locations, slippery spots could develop on wet roadways.


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Nov 4 2021

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Wanda, located less than 700 miles west-northwest of the Azores.

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

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Air Quality

Air quality is in the upper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the uppere 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 (0.4 out of 12) today with Ragweed and Chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (1.1 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for November 4th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2003
Lowest Temperature 10°F in Highlands in 2006
Greatest Rainfall 2.39 inches in Highlands in 1923
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall recorded on this date)

Record Weather Events for November (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Nov 4, 2003

Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on Nov 25, 1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on Nov 29, 1914
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on Nov 28, 1922

Record Weather Events for November 1st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 90°F in Maysville, Onslow County in 2009
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1913
Greatest Rainfall 5.08 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1969
Greatest Snowfall 13.0 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2014
Record Weather Events for November in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 90°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County on 11-09-1900
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Montreat, Yancey County on 11-25-1950
Greatest Rainfall 8.15 inches in Idlewild, Ashe County on 11-06-1977
Greatest Snowfall 18.00 in Montreat, Yancey County on 11-04-1930

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Macon Calendar
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Otto Fire & Rescue Drive Thru BBQ
Begins Saturday, November 6th at noon at the firestation at 60 Fire House Road in Otto.

Otto Fire & Rescue is having its annual BBQ. This year were doing it a little different. We are having a Drive Thru BBQ; meaning you pull up in your vehicle and let us know what you want and we fix your plate and hand it off to you.

We will be serving:
BBQ PLATES with sides and desert- $10
CHICKEN PLATES with sides and desert- $10
We are not doing any Hamburger Plates this year.
So come on down and grab some fantastic food.

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

Mitchell Mozeley Memorial March

We have planned a Mitchell Mozeley Memorial March for Saturday, November 6th at 7pm in Franklin, NC, starting at the Macon County Courthouse, proceeding to the Old Jail where Mr. Mozeley was momentarily detained, only to be taken by a mob. From there we will retrace Mozeley’s fateful route, down the “town hill” and to the town bridge which traverses the Little Tennessee River where Mr. Mozeley was executed by the mob, rope around his neck while on horseback, with the horse then removed.

We are working on contextualizing the Mozeley lynching into the broader picture of what was happening in NC in 1898. The short version is the "fusion" government of Republican and Populist parties which was nominally progressive on matters relating to race took power in 1896. The successful 1898 election was brilliantly and cruelly engineered by the Democratic Party to reverse that fortune. The murderous coup in Wilmington after the election was almost a celebratory coda to the 1898 campaign. And then in 1900, the nominally progressive governor was ousted and North Carolina became the second state, following Louisiana, to pass a voter suppression amendment (literacy tests with grandfather clauses) to its constitution.

In short, there was a full-on voter suppression campaign in North Carolina in 1898. That campaign was successful and was punctuated by acts of terror carried out by the Ku Klux Klan and the even more militant “Red Shirts.” We believe, though cannot prove, that Mozeley’s execution was an act of voter suppression, an act of political terrorism, coming a mere 48 hours before the ballots were to be cast in North Carolina.

For more information on the lynching, see [ttps://]

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

Level1 News November 2 2021: How Do You Do, Fellow Young Adults?

Full World Series Game Highlights! (Braves vs. Astros show down in 2021 Fall Classic)

Bushcraft Bear Reports from La Palma (11-03-2021)

• Republicans Pounce on Schools as a Wedge Issue to Unite the Party [New York Times]

• Newsmax, One America News sued by voting technology firm Smartmatic [Reuters]

• Supreme Court leans toward expanding gun rights [Courthouse news Service]

• U.S. Supreme Court hears Challenges to Texas Abortion Law [C-Span Live Audio Webcast]

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - November 3rd, 2021

PBS NewsHour Weekend Full Episode November 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: [October 21, 2021]

Dr John Campbell: Global deaths

• Ford is first major US automaker to mandate vaccines [CNN Business]

• CDC Recommends Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 to 11 Years [CDC Newsroom]

• Neutralization of the SARS-CoV-2 Mu Variant by Convalescent and Vaccine Serum [New England Journal of Medicine]

• According to The Economist estimates, the number of people who have died from covid-19 is likely to be close to 17m, official tally of 5m is a huge undercount [The Economist]

• COVID 'pieces' that trigger strokes and heart attacks identified by Israeli team [Times of Israel]

• Covid-19 in Denmark: Experts recommend return of facemask and coronapas [The Local]

• Flu deaths drop dramatically in Australia due to Covid measures with one type possibly eliminated [The Guardian]

• Colorado hospitals allowed to turn away patients amid Covid-19 surge [NBC News]

• At MetLife, Life Insurance Claims Rise for Younger People Dying From Covid-19 [Wall Street Journal]

COVID-19 Q&A with A&V Livestream 11/3/21

TWiV 824: Immunogoblins in the nose and lungs

TWiV explores the properties of the spike glycoproteins of an influenza B virus discovered in the Wuhan spiny eel, and protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection one year after mRNA-1273 vaccination of nonhuman primates. Show notes at [Microbe TV]

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On This Day

November 4th is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 57 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)

1429 – Armagnac–Burgundian Civil War: Joan of Arc liberates Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier. • [Siege of Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier]
• [The Armagnac-Burgundian Civil War (1407-1435)| Medieval Spotlight]

1493 – Christopher Columbus reached Leeward Island and Puerto Rico.

1501 – Catherine of Aragon (later Henry VIII's first wife) meets Arthur Tudor, Henry VIII's older brother – they would later marry.

1576 – Eighty Years' War: In Flanders, Spain captures Antwerp (after three days the city is nearly destroyed).

1677 – The future Mary II of England marries William, Prince of Orange; they later jointly reign as William and Mary.

1737 – The Teatro di San Carlo, the oldest working opera house in Europe, is inaugurated in Naples, Italy.

1780 – The Rebellion of Túpac Amaru II against Spanish rule in the Viceroyalty of Peru begins.

1783 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 36 is performed for the first time in Linz, Austria. • [Wikipedia:]
• [Mozart – Linz Symphony No. 36, K. 425, 25th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Dawid Runtz]

1791 – Northwest Indian War: The Western Confederacy of American Indians wins a major victory over the United States in the Battle of the Wabash. • [Wikipedia: St. Clair's defeat]
• [Battle of the Wabash or the US Army's greatest defeat]

1798 – Beginning of the Russo-Ottoman siege of Corfu.

1839 – Newport Rising: The last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain. • [Wikipedia: Newport Rising]
• [HistoryPod Video]
• [The Last Armed Rebellion in Britain | The Newport Rising]

1847 – Sir James Young Simpson, a Scottish physician, discovers the anaesthetic properties of chloroform.

1852 – Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, becomes the prime minister of Piedmont-Sardinia, which soon expands to become Italy.

1864 – American Civil War: Confederate troops bombard a Union supply base and destroy millions of dollars in material at the Battle of Johnsonville.

1868 – Camagüey, Cuba, revolts against Spain during the Ten Years' War.

1890 – City and South London Railway: London's first deep-level tube railway opens between King William Street and Stockwell.

1918 – World War I: The Armistice of Villa Giusti between Italy and Austria-Hungary is implemented.

1921 – The Saalschutz Abteilung (hall defense detachment) of the Nazi Party is renamed the Sturmabteilung (storm detachment) after a large riot in Munich.

1921 – Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi is assassinated in Tokyo.

1922 – In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings. • [Howard Carter and Tutankhamun's Tomb]
• [Tutankhamun Tomb - Incredible Story of Egyptian Pharaoh Documentary]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Howard Carter]

1924 – Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming becomes the first female elected as governor in the United States.

1936 – Spanish Civil War: Largo Caballero reshuffles his war cabinet, persuading the anarcho-syndicalist CNT to join the government.

1939 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the United States Customs Service to implement the Neutrality Act of 1939, allowing cash-and-carry purchases of weapons by belligerents.

1942 – World War II: Disobeying a direct order by Adolf Hitler, General Field Marshal Erwin Rommel begins a retreat of his forces after a costly defeat during the Second Battle of El Alamein. The retreat would ultimately last five months.

1944 – World War II: The 7th Macedonian Liberation Brigade liberates Bitola for the Allies.

1944 – World War II: Operation Pheasant - an Allied offensive to liberate North Brabant in the Netherlands ends successfully. • [Wikipedia: Operation Pheasant]
• [The Liberation of the Netherlands during World War II (1944 - 1945)]
• [War Department: Battle of the Netherlands]

1952 – The United States government establishes the National Security Agency, or NSA.

1956 – Soviet troops enter Hungary to end the Hungarian revolution against the Soviet Union that started on October 23. Thousands are killed, more are wounded, and nearly a quarter million leave the country. • [Wikipedia: Hungarian Revolution of 1956]
• [Hungary Before the Revolution of 1956]
• [Hungarian Revolution of 1956]

1960 – At the Kasakela Chimpanzee Community in Tanzania, Dr. Jane Goodall observes chimpanzees creating tools, the first-ever observation in non-human animals.

1962 – The United States concludes Operation Fishbowl, its final above-ground nuclear weapons testing series, in anticipation of the 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

1966 – The Arno River floods Florence, Italy, to a maximum depth of 6.7 m (22 ft), leaving thousands homeless and destroying millions of masterpieces of art and rare books. Also Venice was submerged on the same day at its record all-time acqua alta of 194 cm (76 in).

1970 – Vietnam War: The United States turns over control of the air base at Bình Thủy in the Mekong Delta to South Vietnam.

1970 – Salvador Allende takes office as President of Chile, the first Marxist to become president of a Latin American country through open elections.

1973 – The Netherlands experiences the first Car-Free Sunday caused by the 1973 oil crisis. Highways are used only by cyclists and roller skaters.

1979 – Iran hostage crisis: A group of Iranian college students overruns the U.S. embassy in Tehran and takes 90 hostages.

1980 – Ronald Reagan is elected the 40th President of The United States, defeating incumbent Jimmy Carter.

1993 – China Airlines Flight 605, a brand-new 747-400, overruns the runway at Kai Tak Airport.

1995 – Israel-Palestinian conflict: Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by an extremist Israeli. • [Wikipedia: Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin]
• [The Life and Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin | History of Israel Explained | Unpacked]
• [Lessons From History Series: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin]

2002 – Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing a pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress.

2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first person of biracial or African-American descent to be elected President of the United States.

2010 – Aero Caribbean Flight 883 crashes into Guasimal, Sancti Spíritus. All 68 passengers and crew are killed.

2010 – Qantas Flight 32, an Airbus A380, suffers an uncontained engine failure over Indonesia shortly after taking off from Singapore, crippling the jet. The crew manage to safely return to Singapore, saving all 469 passengers and crew.

2015 – A cargo plane crashes shortly after takeoff from Juba International Airport in Juba, South Sudan, killing at least 37 people.

2015 – A building collapses in the Pakistani city of Lahore resulting in at least 45 deaths, and at least 100 injured.

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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, November 04, 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