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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, November 23, 2021



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


OUTLOOK

Dry, peaceful weather will continue through Thanksgiving, with the next few nights growing very cold under conditions that maximize nighttime cooling. A moisture starved cold front may bring showers and high elevation snow to the region Thursday night into early Friday. A generally dry and cool northwest flow pattern sets up this weekend.

*Weather Alert*

Relative humidity will drop down to near 20% this afternoon. That makes outdoor burning unwise. Hold off until after it rains again in a week or so.



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Local and State News

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

Last night (11-22-2021), at a Special Called Meeting, the Macon County Board of Education voted 5-0 to use a portion of ESSER Funding for employee bonuses in December 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024. Full-time employees will receive $1,500 and part-time employees will receive $750. Video will be posted later this week. • Town of Franklin Welcomes Holiday Season with Winter Wonderland [Macon Media]

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




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Thursday Night


Franklin area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Clear, with lows around 20. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Thanksgiving Day

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 60.

Thursday Night

A chance of rain showers after 7pm, mixing with snow after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Chance of precipitation is 50%.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the mid-20s. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Light winds out of the southwest.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Light and variable winds.

Thanksgiving Day

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

Thursday Night

A chance of rain showers after 10pm, mixing with snow after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Chance of precipitation is 30%.




Otto area

Today



Sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the north around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the low-tomid 20s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

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.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Calm winds.

Thanksgiving Day

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing.






Nantahala area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Calm winds.

Thanksgiving Day

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s.

Thursday Night

A chance of rain showers after 8pm, mixing with snow after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Relative humidity will drop down to near 20% this afternoon. That makes outdoor burning unwise. Hold off until after it rains again in a week or so.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Tue Nov 23 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 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 being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.6 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for November 23rd

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

Highest Temperature 76°F in Franklin in 1973
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Franklin in 1976
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.91 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1992
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.5 inches in Highlands in 1975

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

Level1 News November 23 2021: That's Really Fugaking Fast



Bushcraft Bear reports from the La Palma Volanic Eruption (Nov 22, 2021)



Interfaith prayer vigil for victims of the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy | FOX6 News Milwaukee



• Darrell Brooks Jr.: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know [Heavy]

• Roger Stone and Alex Jones among five to receive Capitol attack subpoenas [The Guardian]

• Mobs of looters target Bay Area retailers for third straight day [CBS News]

• Judge declines Florida request to immediately block Biden HHS vaccine rule for health care workers [CNN]

• U.S. judge lets Ghislaine Maxwell call 'false memories' expert to testify at trial [CTV News]

• Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Federal judge to question more than 200 potential jurors [ABC News]



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - November 22nd, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode November 22nd, 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]



• Prophet in Purgatory [Science Magazine]

• Comparative genomic analysis reveals varying levels of mammalian adaptation to coronavirus infections [Public Library of Science]

• Evaluation and management of COVID-19-related severity in people with type 2 diabetes [BMJ: Epidemiology/Health services research]

• Evaluation of the United States COVID-19 vaccine allocation strategy [PLOS ONE]

• Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine was 100% effective in kids in longer-term study [STAT]

• Fauci warns time running short to prevent ‘dangerous’ Covid surge in US | US news [The Guardian]

• Multistate Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 Infections, Including Vaccine Breakthrough Infections, Associated with Large Public Gatherings, United States [CDC: Emerging Infectious Diseases]

• 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 23rd is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 38 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)




534 BC – Thespis of Icaria becomes the first recorded actor to portray a character on stage.

1248 – Conquest of Seville by Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile.

1499 – Pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck is hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from the Tower of London. He had invaded England in 1497, claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV of England.

1531 – The Second War of Kappel results in the dissolution of the Protestant alliance in Switzerland.

1644 – John Milton publishes Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship.

1733 – The start of the 1733 slave insurrection on St. John in what was then the Danish West Indies.

1808 – French and Poles defeat the Spanish at Battle of Tudela.

1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Chattanooga begins: Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant reinforce troops at Chattanooga, Tennessee, and counter-attack Confederate troops.

1867 – The Manchester Martyrs are hanged in Manchester, England, for killing a police officer while freeing two Irish Republican Brotherhood members from custody.

1876 – Corrupt Tammany Hall leader William Magear Tweed (better known as Boss Tweed) is delivered to authorities in New York City after being captured in Spain.

1890 – King William III of the Netherlands dies without a male heir and a special law is passed to allow his daughter Princess Wilhelmina to succeed him.

1910 – Johan Alfred Ander becomes the last person to be executed in Sweden.

1914 – Mexican Revolution: The last of U.S. forces withdraw from Veracruz, occupied seven months earlier in response to the Tampico Affair.

1924 – Edwin Hubble's discovery, that the Andromeda "nebula" is actually another island galaxy far outside our own Milky Way, is first published in The New York Times.

1934 – An Anglo-Ethiopian boundary commission in the Ogaden discovers an Italian garrison at Walwal, well within Ethiopian territory. This leads to the Abyssinia Crisis.

1939 – World War II: HMS Rawalpindi is sunk by the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau.

1940 – World War II: Romania becomes a signatory of the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis powers.

1943 – World War II: The Deutsche Opernhaus on Bismarckstraße in the Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg is destroyed. It will eventually be rebuilt in 1961 and be called the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

1943 – World War II: Tarawa and Makin atolls fall to American forces.

1944 – World War II: The Lotta Svärd Movement is disband under the terms of the armistice treaty in Finland after the Continuation War.

1946 – French naval bombardment of Hai Phong, Vietnam, kills thousands of civilians.

1955 – The Cocos Islands are transferred from the control of the United Kingdom to that of Australia.

1959 – French President Charles de Gaulle declares in a speech in Strasbourg his vision for "Europe, from the Atlantic to the Urals".

1963 – The BBC broadcasts An Unearthly Child (starring William Hartnell), the first episode of the first story from the first series of Doctor Who, which is now the world's longest running science fiction drama.

1971 – Representatives of the People's Republic of China attend the United Nations, including the United Nations Security Council, for the first time.

1972 – The Soviet Union makes its final attempt at launching the N1 rocket.

1974 – Sixty Ethiopian politicians, aristocrats, military officers, and other persons are executed by the provisional military government.

1976 – Apneist Jacques Mayol is the first man to reach a depth of 100 m undersea without breathing equipment.

1978 – Cyclone kills about 1,000 people in eastern Sri Lanka.

1978 – The Geneva Frequency Plan of 1975 goes into effect, realigning many of Europe's longwave and mediumwave broadcasting frequencies.

1980 – The 6.9 Mw  Irpinia earthquake shakes southern Italy with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme), killing 2,483–4,900, and injuring 7,700–8,934.

1981 – Iran–Contra affair: Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

1985 – Gunmen hijack EgyptAir Flight 648 en route from Athens to Cairo. When the plane lands in Malta, Egyptian commandos storm the aircraft, but 60 people die in the raid.

1992 – The first smartphone, the IBM Simon, is introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1996 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 is hijacked, then crashes into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Comoros after running out of fuel, killing 125.

2001 – The Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary.

2003 – Rose Revolution: Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze resigns following weeks of mass protests over flawed elections.

2004 – The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, the largest religious building in Georgia, is consecrated.

2005 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia and becomes the first woman to lead an African country.

2006 – A series of bombings kills at least 215 people and injures 257 others in Sadr City, making it the second deadliest sectarian attack since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003.

2007 – MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sinks in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands. There are no fatalities.

2009 – The Maguindanao massacre occurs in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Philippines; 58 opponents of Andal Ampatuan Jr. are kidnapped and killed.

2010 – Bombardment of Yeonpyeong: North Korean artillery attack kills two civilians and two marines on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea.

2011 – Arab Spring: After 11 months of protests in Yemen, Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh signs a deal to transfer power to the vice president, in exchange for legal immunity.

2015 – Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle became the first rocket to successfully fly to space and then return to Earth for a controlled, vertical landing.



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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


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