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Friday, November 19, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, November 19, 2021



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

Cool and dry high pressure will remain over the region through the weekend. A cold front will arrive Sunday night, bringing a modest chance of rain to the region, and possibly light snowfall in the North Carolina mountains Monday. Cold high pressure returns on Tuesday, bringing dry weather through the middle of next week.




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Local and State News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [November 18, 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

Areas of frost between 8am and 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph in the morning becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight

Areas of frost after 2am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the upper 20s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly between 10pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Chance of rain is 60%.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph in the morning becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows around 30. East wind 3 to 5 mph.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 45. Southeast wind 3 to 6 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly between 10pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Chance of rain is 60%.




Otto area

Today



Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight

Areas of frost after 4am. Otherwise, clear, with lows in the upper 20s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Saturday

Areas of frost before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph by midmorning.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Calm winds.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly between 10pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Chance of rain is 60%.






Nantahala area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the north 3 to 6 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Light winds out of the southeast.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Light winds out of the east.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the outheast early in the evening around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly between 9pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Chance of rain is 60%.


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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 Fri Nov 19 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 low-to-middle range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the low-to-middle 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 (2.4 out of 12) today with Ragweed being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.5 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for November 19th

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

Highest Temperature 75°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2016
Lowest Temperature 9°F in Franklin in 2014
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.63 inches in Highlands in 1952 Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.5 inches in Nantahala in 1937

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

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

• Elijah McClain’s family to reportedly receive $15m from Colorado in highest ever settlement [The Guardian]

• Kyle Rittenhouse trial: MSNBC barred from court, producer followed jury bus [KSAZ-TV]

• The party's over for a Hawaiian stream that smells like beer and boasts a 1.2% ABV [Yahoo! News]

• House delays vote on social spending plan after hours-long speech by McCarthy [Courthouse News Service]

President Biden Delivers Remarks on Passage of S 1511



• S. 1511: Protecting America’s First Responders Act of 2021 [Bill Summary and Text]

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

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

Level1 News November 19 2021: Windows SE: Snitch Edition



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - November 18th, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode November 18, 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 18, 2021]



• Army to Begin Forcing Out Soldiers Who Refuse COVID Vaccine, Including Guardsmen [Defense One]

• Over a Million Americans May Have Permanently Lost Their Sense of Smell to Covid-19 [Gizmodo]

• Air filter significantly reduces presence of airborne SARS-CoV-2 in COVID-19 wards [University of Cambridge]

• Autophagy: The Potential Link between SARS-CoV-2 and Cancer [MDPI Open Access Journals]

• Counting the neurological cost of COVID-19 [Nature]

• Wait what? FDA wants 55 years to process FOIA request over vaccine data [Reuters]

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

• 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 19th is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 42 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)




461 – Libius Severus is declared emperor of the Western Roman Empire. The real power is in the hands of the magister militum Ricimer.

636 – The Rashidun Caliphate defeats the Sasanian Empire at the Battle of al-Qādisiyyah in Iraq.

1493 – Christopher Columbus goes ashore on an island called Borinquen he first saw the day before. He names it San Juan Bautista (later renamed again Puerto Rico).

1794 – The United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain sign Jay's Treaty, which attempts to resolve some of the lingering problems left over from the American Revolutionary War.

1802 – The Garinagu arrive at British Honduras (present-day Belize).

1808 – Finnish War: The Convention of Olkijoki in Raahe ends hostilities in Finland.

1816 – Warsaw University is established.

1847 – The second Canadian railway line, the Montreal and Lachine Railroad, is opened.

1863 – American Civil War: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremony for the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

1881 – A meteorite lands near the village of Grossliebenthal, southwest of Odessa, Ukraine.

1885 – Serbo-Bulgarian War: Bulgarian victory in the Battle of Slivnitsa solidifies the unification between the Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia.

1911 – The Doom Bar in Cornwall claims two ships, Island Maid and Angele, the latter killing the entire crew except the captain.

1912 – First Balkan War: The Serbian Army captures Bitola, ending the five-century-long Ottoman rule of Macedonia.

1916 – Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures.

1941 – World War II: Battle between HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran. The two ships sink each other off the coast of Western Australia, with the loss of 645 Australians and about 77 German seamen.

1942 – World War II: Battle of Stalingrad: Soviet Union forces under General Georgy Zhukov launch the Operation Uranus counterattacks at Stalingrad, turning the tide of the battle in the USSR's favor.

1942 – Mutesa II is crowned the 35th and last Kabaka (king) of Buganda, prior to the restoration of the kingdom in 1993.

1943 – Holocaust: Nazis liquidate Janowska concentration camp in Lemberg (Lviv), western Ukraine, murdering at least 6,000 Jews after a failed uprising and mass escape attempt.

1944 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces the sixth War Loan Drive, aimed at selling US$14 billion in war bonds to help pay for the war effort.

1944 – World War II: Thirty members of the Luxembourgish resistance defend the town of Vianden against a larger Waffen-SS attack in the Battle of Vianden.

1946 – Afghanistan, Iceland and Sweden join the United Nations.

1950 – US General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes Supreme Commander of NATO-Europe.

1952 – Greek Field Marshal Alexander Papagos becomes the 152nd Prime Minister of Greece.

1954 – Télé Monte Carlo, Europe's oldest private television channel, is launched by Prince Rainier III.

1955 – National Review publishes its first issue.

1967 – The establishment of TVB, the first wireless commercial television station in Hong Kong.

1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean land at Oceanus Procellarum (the "Ocean of Storms") and become the third and fourth humans to walk on the Moon.

1969 – Association football player Pelé scores his 1,000th goal.

1977 – TAP Air Portugal Flight 425 crashes in the Madeira Islands, killing 131.

1979 – Iran hostage crisis: Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini orders the release of 13 female and black American hostages being held at the US Embassy in Tehran.

1984 – San Juanico disaster: A series of explosions at the Pemex petroleum storage facility at San Juan Ixhuatepec in Mexico City starts a major fire and kills about 500 people.

1985 – Cold War: In Geneva, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev meet for the first time.

1985 – Pennzoil wins a US$10.53 billion judgment against Texaco, in the largest civil verdict in the history of the United States, stemming from Texaco executing a contract to buy Getty Oil after Pennzoil had entered into an unsigned, yet still binding, buyout contract with Getty.

1985 – Police in Baling, Malaysia, lay siege to houses occupied by an Islamic sect of about 400 people led by Ibrahim Mahmud.

1988 – Serbian communist representative and future Serbian and Yugoslav president Slobodan Milošević publicly declares that Serbia is under attack from Albanian separatists in Kosovo as well as internal treachery within Yugoslavia and a foreign conspiracy to destroy Serbia and Yugoslavia.

1994 – In the United Kingdom, the first National Lottery draw is held. A £1 ticket gave a one-in-14-million chance of correctly guessing the winning six out of 49 numbers.

1996 – A Beechcraft 1900 and a Beechcraft King Air collide at Quincy Regional Airport in Quincy, Illinois, killing 14.

1998 – Clinton–Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.

1999 – Shenzhou 1: The People's Republic of China launches its first Shenzhou spacecraft.

1999 – John Carpenter becomes the first person to win the top prize in the TV game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.

2002 – The Greek oil tanker Prestige splits in half and sinks off the coast of Galicia, releasing over 20 million US gallons (76,000 m³) of oil in the largest environmental disaster in Spanish and Portuguese history.

2004 – The worst brawl in NBA history results in several players being suspended. Several players and fans are charged with assault.

2010 – The first of four explosions takes place at the Pike River Mine in New Zealand. Twenty-nine people are killed in the nation's worst mining disaster since 1914.

2013 – A double suicide bombing at the Iranian embassy in Beirut kills 23 people and injures 160 others.



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Published at 5:00am on Friday, November 19, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


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