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Thursday, November 18, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for November 18, 2021



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

A cold front will cross the area late today, bringing showers mainly to the mountains. Cold high pressure will move into the region on Friday and remain in place through Sunday. A stronger cold front will arrive on Monday, possibly bringing more widespread rain to the area, and likely ending as mountain snow showers on Monday night. Cold high pressure returns on Tuesday and lingers into Wednesday.




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Local and State News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [November 15, 2021]

• Officials search for motive after 3 people arrested in Buncombe County arson investigation [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Town of Franklin Welcomes Holiday Season with Winter Wonderland [Macon Media]

• Brasstown Ringers to Perform Christmas Concert Series [Macon Media]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - November 2021 Meeting Agenda and Webcast [MaconMedia.com]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Saturday Night


Franklin area

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Light and variable winds early increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30.




Highlands Plateau

Today

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest to to 15 mph in the morning becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around in the upper 20s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-40s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.




Otto area

Today



Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of teh southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph in the morning becoming calm in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.






Nantahala area

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 8 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph before noon.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Other than patchy fog through midmorning, hazardous weather is not expected today.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Thu Nov 18 2021

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

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



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Almanac

Air Quality




Air quality is in the extreme upper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the extreme upper 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 (2.2 out of 12) today with Ragweed being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (2.9 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for November 17th

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

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 11°F in Highlands in 1997
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.32 inches in Highlands in 1927
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (there has been no snowfall recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1872)

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
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)




THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is back in 2021! The 1¼ hour round-trip passenger excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS™, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. For ticksts, see [GSMR.com]

COLD Turkey 5K & Little Turkeys Fun Run (ALL AGES) 2021

This year's Cold Turkey will be a benefit for Macon County Special Olympics

Gobble! Gobble! Join others for Franklin, NC's annual Cold Turkey 5K Run/Walk & Little Turkeys FUN! Run/Walk on THANKSGIVING DAY (2021)

Race day registration begins at 8:00AM

Little Turkeys FUN! Run/Walk (10-U) starts at 9AM
Cold Turkey 5K starts at 9:30AM

Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

Adapted from an old Scandinavian custom of lighting the way for the Christ child, more than 2,500 candles in small white bags line the streets and every storefront is aglow with Christmas lights and decorations. Shopkeepers and restaurants are open late. See Santa and Mrs. Claus as they ride through town in their pickup truck. Write a letter to Santa and drop it off at his special mailbox. Live music on Front Street. For more information, see [Visit Dillsboro]




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National and World News Roundup

• "QAnon Shaman" Jacob Chansley sentenced to 41 months in prison for role in January 6 attack [CBS News]

• Misinformation is rampant in America. Experts explain how to combat it. [The Fulcrum]

• House censures Rep. Gosar for violent video in rare rebuke [AP News]

• 800 migrants abandon caravan for temporary visas [Mexico News Daily]

• Pastors find 10-point buck in church on opening day of deer hunting season [Mlive]

• After clash over school curriculum, Texas Republicans set sights on library books [Courthouse News Service]

• Ghislaine Maxwell finally goes on trial after 15 months on remand [The Guardian]

Level1 News November 17 2021: From Steam to Vapor



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - November 17th, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode November 17, 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: [November 16, 2021]



COVID Vaccines VS Delta Variant: State of Texas Study (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson)



• Covid misinformation spreads because so many Americans are awful at math [Washington Post]

• Effectiveness of public health measures in reducing the incidence of covid-19, SARS-CoV-2 transmission, and covid-19 mortality: systematic review and meta-analysis [The British Medical Journal]

• The definition of 'fully vaccinated' is changing to three Covid-19 doses [CNN World]

• Suspended Texas doctor who promoted ivermectin as Covid treatment resigns from hospital [NBC News]

• Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated: Europe’s Covid Culture War [New York Times]

• Michigan reports 14,561 new COVID-19 cases, 242 deaths over 2 days [Detriot Free Press]

• A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine [Amazon (Link to Kindle Edition)]



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On This Day

November 18th is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 43 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)




326 – The old St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated by Pope Sylvester I.

401 – The Visigoths, led by king Alaric I, cross the Alps and invade northern Italy.

1095 – The Council of Clermont begins: called by Pope Urban II, it led to the First Crusade to the Holy Land.

1105 – Maginulfo is elected the Antipope as Sylvester IV.

1180 – Phillip II becomes king of France.

1210 – Pope Innocent III excommunicates Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV.

1282 – Pope Martin IV excommunicates King Peter III of Aragon.

1302 – Pope Boniface VIII issues the Papal bull Unam sanctam, claiming spiritual supremacy for the papacy.

1421 – A dike in the Grote Hollandse Waard in the Netherlands breaks, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people. This event will be known as St Elizabeth's flood.

1493 – Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.

1494 – French King Charles VIII occupies Florence, Italy.

1601 – Tiryaki Hasan Pasha, an Ottoman provincial governor, routs the Habsburg forces commanded by Ferdinand the Archduke of Austria during the Siege of Nagykanizsa.

1626 – The new St Peter's Basilica is consecrated.

1730 – The future Frederick the Great of Prussia is granted a pardon by his father and is released from confinement.

1760 – The rebuilt debtors' prison, at the Castellania in Valletta, receives the first prisoners.

1803 – The Battle of Vertières, the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, is fought, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere.

1809 – In a naval action during the Napoleonic Wars, French frigates defeat British East Indiamen in the Bay of Bengal.

1812 – Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Krasnoi ends in French defeat, but Marshal of France Michel Ney's leadership leads to him becoming known as "the bravest of the brave".

1863 – King Christian IX of Denmark signs the November constitution that declares Schleswig to be part of Denmark. This is seen by the German Confederation as a violation of the London Protocol and leads to the German–Danish war of 1864.

1872 – Susan B. Anthony and 14 other women are arrested for voting illegally in the United States presidential election of 1872.

1883 – American and Canadian railroads institute five standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.

1901 – Britain and the United States sign the Hay–Pauncefote Treaty, which nullifies the Clayton–Bulwer Treaty and withdraws British objections to an American-controlled canal in Panama.

1903 – The Hay–Bunau-Varilla Treaty is signed by the United States and Panama, giving the United States exclusive rights over the Panama Canal Zone.

1905 – Prince Carl of Denmark becomes King Haakon VII of Norway.

1909 – Two United States warships are sent to Nicaragua after 500 revolutionaries (including two Americans) are executed by order of José Santos Zelaya.

1910 – In their campaign for women's voting rights, hundreds of suffragettes march to the British Parliament in London. Several are beaten by police, newspaper attention embarrasses the authorities, and the march is dubbed Black Friday.

1916 – World War I: First Battle of the Somme: In France, British Expeditionary Force commander Douglas Haig calls off the battle which started on July 1, 1916.

1918 – Latvia declares its independence from Russia.

1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey's birthday.

1929 – Grand Banks earthquake: Off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean, a Richter magnitude 7.2 submarine earthquake, centered on the Grand Banks, breaks 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables and triggers a tsunami that destroys many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula.

1940 – World War II: German leader Adolf Hitler and Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano meet to discuss Benito Mussolini's disastrous Italian invasion of Greece.

1943 – World War II: Battle of Berlin: Four hundred and forty Royal Air Force planes bomb Berlin causing only light damage and killing 131. The RAF loses nine aircraft and 53 air crew.

1944 – The Popular Socialist Youth is founded in Cuba.

1947 – The Ballantyne's Department Store fire in Christchurch, New Zealand, kills 41; it is the worst fire disaster in the history of New Zealand.

1949 – The Iva Valley Shooting occurs after the coal miners of Enugu in Nigeria go on strike over withheld wages; 21 miners are shot dead and 51 are wounded by police under the supervision of the British colonial administration of Nigeria.

1961 – United States President John F. Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam.

1963 – The first push-button telephone goes into service.

1970 – U.S. President Richard Nixon asks the U.S. Congress for $155 million in supplemental aid for the Cambodian government.

1971 – Oman declares its independence from United Kingdom.

1978 – The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet makes its first flight, at the Naval Air Test Center in Maryland, United States.

1978 – In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple to a mass murder–suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier.

1987 – King's Cross fire: In London, 31 people die in a fire at the city's busiest underground station, King's Cross St Pancras.

1988 – War on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law allowing the death penalty for drug traffickers.

1991 – Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon release Anglican Church envoys Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland.

1991 – After an 87-day siege, the Croatian city of Vukovar capitulates to the besieging Yugoslav People's Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces.

1993 – In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is approved by the House of Representatives.

1993 – In South Africa, 21 political parties approve a new constitution, expanding voting rights and ending white minority rule.

1996 – A fire occurs on a train traveling through the Channel Tunnel from France to England causing several injuries and damaging approximately 500 metres (1,600 ft) of tunnel.

1999 – At Texas A&M University, the Aggie Bonfire collapses killing 12 students and injuring 27 others.

2002 – Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.

2003 – The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules 4–3 in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and gives the state legislature 180 days to change the law making Massachusetts the first state in the United States to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples.

2012 – Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria becomes the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria.

2013 – NASA launches the MAVEN probe to Mars.

2020 – The Utah monolith, built sometime in 2016 is discovered by state biologists of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.



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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, November 18, 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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