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Thursday, December 8, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, December 08, 2022



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GENERAL OUTLOOK

Rain chances for the mountains and foothills continue through Friday, ahead of an approaching cold front. A brief dry spell over the beginning of the weekend with near seasonal temperatures returning to the area. A secondary wave sweeps through with a quick chance of rain again before drying out at the start of next week. A much stronger cold front could approach the region middle of next week.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Rain likely before noon, then showers likely, mainly between noon and 2pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Patchy drizzle before 11am, then a chance of showers after noon. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after 8pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers, mainly before 2pm. Areas of fog before 7am. Highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with highs near 60.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly between 8pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Chance of rain is 60%.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Patchy drizzle before 11am, then a chance of showers after noon. Areas of fog before 11am, then patchy fog after 3pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs near 60. Winds out of the noprthwest around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers, mainly before 2pm. High in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with highs near 50.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly between 8pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Chance of rain is 60%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Patchy drizzle before 11am, then a chance of showers after noon. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after 8pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers, mainly before 2pm. Areas of fog before 7am. High in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with highs near 60.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly between 8pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Patchy drizzle before noon, then showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Areas of fog before noon, then patchy fog after 3pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly between 3am and 5am. Patchy fog before 7pm, then patchy fog after 8pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers, mainly before 2pm. Areas of fog before 7am. High near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly between 8pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 60%.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Areas of fog have developed across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia overnight and are expected to linger through much of this morning. Several locations will see the visibility dip to one-quarter mile or less at times in patchy dense fog. The visibility may vary greatly over short distances.

Use extra caution if traveling in the region. Allow extra travel time and stopping distance between vehicles. Use your low-beam headlights and fog lamps. Be prepared for sudden changes in visibility.



Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.


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• Damaging 2022 Atlantic hurricane season draws to a close [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]

• Atlantic hurricane season ends with 14 named storms [AP News]




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
700 PM EST Wed Nov 30 2022

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

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

This is the last regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlook of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on May 15, 2023. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.



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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

No known appreciable smoke field will be crossing Macon County today or tonight.















PM2.5 AQI is 51 (MODERATE) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 51 (MODERATE)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (0.3 out of 12) today with Ragween and Grasses being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.3 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for December 8th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2021)

Highest Temperature 76°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1956
Lowest Temperature 7°F in Franklin in 2006
Greatest Rainfall 3.46 inches in Highlands in 1924
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands in 1963

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of December Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on 12-31-1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on 12-30-1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.25 inches in Highlands on 12-28-2018
Greatest Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on 12-21-1876

Record Weather Events for December 8th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 84°F in Jefferson, Ashe County in 1943
Lowest Temperature -6°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2006
Greatest Rainfall 4.20 inches in Brevard, Transylvania County in 1924
Greatest Snowfall 10.0 inches in Black Mountain, Buncombe County in 2017
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of December Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 87°F in Edenton, Chowan County on 12-03-1922
Lowest Temperature -21°F in Banner Elk, Avery County on 12-30-1917
Greatest Rainfall 7.80 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 12-29-2018
Greatest Snowfall 25.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 12-09-2017




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Local and State News



• 2.7 magnitude earthquake confirmed in Henderson County [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• WNC Historical Association selects Brent Martin as winner of literary award [Smoky Mountain News]

Update on power plant shooting in Monroe County | WXII 12 News (Winston Salem, NC)



• Wednesday Update: Power Returns and Curfew Remains; Reward Offered for Information [The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC)]

• Investigators are zeroing in on two possible motives centered around extremist behavior in NC power stations attacks, sources say [CNN]

• Court seems unwilling to embrace broad version of “independent state legislature” theory [SCOTUSblog]

• U.S. Supreme Court wrangles over key question in democracy: Who has power over federal election rules? [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• NC Board of Education sends mixed message as it slow-walks teacher pay revamp [BPR]

• Brasstown Ringers 2022 Holiday Schedule [Macon Media]

• Mountain Voices Christmas Concert - December 8 at FUMC at 7 pm [Macon Media]


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Special Section: The Russo-Ukrainian War
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, December 07 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for December 7th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 287 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: 287th day of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

Volodymyr Zelensky and the Spirit of Ukraine: TIME Person of the Year 2022 | TIME



Will Belarus Invade Ukraine? | Funker 530 Veteran Community



Timothy Snyder: Making of Modern Ukraine.Class 21. Comparative Russian Imperialism | Yale Courses



• 2022 PERSON OF THE YEAR: VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY [Time Magazine]

• Russian Oil-Price Cap Adds to Fiscal Pressure on Moscow [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ]

• Belarus to move troops, equipment amid Ukrainian fears of attack [Al Jazeera]

• Russia nuclear threat curbed 'for the time being': Scholz [DW News]

• Liveblog [France 24]


News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or Video About the Russian Perspective

• Merkel reveals purpose of Ukraine ceasefire [Russia Today]

• Putin: The threat of the nuclear war is rising, why deny it [Pravda ]

• Russian-US talks on strategic stability put on pause — Russian senior diplomat [TASS Russian News Agency]


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National and World News Roundup



• Iran Crisis Update, December 07 Understanding War] [PDF for December 7th]

• Iran carries out first known execution amid ongoing protests [DW News]

• Coverage Of Nationwide Iran Protests On Wednesday [Iran International]

• How dangerous are Germany's far-right Reichsbürger? [DW News]

• What’s Going On With the Housing Market? [Wall Street Journal]

• Peru’s President Tried to Dissolve Congress. By Day’s End, He Was Arrested. [New York Times]

• Court seems unwilling to embrace broad version of “independent state legislature” theory [SCOTUSblog]

• Supreme Court digs into redistricting play that would usurp judicial checks [Courthouse News Service]

• Georgia loss piles more pressure on Trump amid bad month [Politico]

• Investigators are zeroing in on two possible motives centered around extremist behavior in NC power stations attacks, sources say [CNN]


Washington Today (12-7-22): Sen. Schumer says 51-seat Dem majority "absolutely worth the wait" | C-SPAN Radio



President Biden Delivers Remarks at the 10th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence | The White House



Global National: Dec. 7, 2022 | Bank of Canada hikes key interest rate to 4.25%



Nightly News Full Broadcast (December 7th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, December 07, 2022




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.



COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:






• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 4:50pm CET, 6 December 2022, there have been 97,618,392 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,071,245 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 2 December 2022, a total of 647,345,101 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 4:50pm CET, 6 December 2022, there have been 641,915,931 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,622,760 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 5 December 2022, a total of 12,998,974,878 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Updated COVID shot doesn't spur strong response to newest strains [CIDRAP (The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)]

Q and A with A and V Livestream 12/7/22 8:00 PM | Vincent Racaniello



• The prevalence and long-term health effects of Long Covid among hospitalised and non-hospitalised populations: A systematic review and meta-analysis [National Library of Science]

• Mass Long-Covid Disability Threatens the Economy [Washington Post]

• Severe COVID May Cause Brain Changes Similar to Aging [Scientific American]

• COVID in California: The CDC is running out of funds to deal with the pandemic [San Fransisco Chronicle]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• The College Essay Is Dead: Nobody is prepared for how AI will transform academia.[The Atlantic]

• Google Combines Maps and Waze Teams Amid Pressure to Cut Costs [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ]

• These are our favorite science books of 2022 [Science News]

• Scientists finally know why people get more colds and flu in winter [CNN]

• Nearly 1,000 overdoses reversed using naloxone distributed through vending machine [UC Cincinnati]

• New find suggests ankylosaur’s tail clubs were for bashing each other [ARS TECHNICA]

• Twin study links exercise to beneficial epigenetic changes [Eureka Alert (American Association for the Advancement of Science)]

• Association Between Consumption of Ultraprocessed Foods and Cognitive Decline [JAMA Neurology]

• Tim Cook says Apple will use chips built in the U.S. at Arizona factory [CNBC]

• Uber fined $14m for lying to get customers to ditch cabs [The Register]


Semi-permanent links

• Fall of Civilizations #16. Bagan - City of Temples [Fall of Civilizations Podcast]

• 25 tips to help you prepare for the 2024 total solar eclipse [Astronomy Magazine]

• Neal Stephenson’s Lamina1 drops white paper on building the open metaverse [Venture Beat] [PDF of White paper]

• Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People [New York Times]



Podcasts and Long Form Videos (History, Culture, Science, Space, Technology and Current Events)
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

The Level1 Show December 7 2022: Wordle Curdles | Level1 Techs



Are Super Apps A Good Idea? - DTNS 4410 | Daily Tech News Show



ChatGPT, Explained: What to Know About OpenAI's Chatbot - Tech News Briefing Podcast | WSJ



Noam Brown: AI vs Humans in Poker and Games of Strategic Negotiation | Lex Fridman Podcast #344



AI’s Hardware Problem | Asianometry



Why Visiting This Lost Island Will Kill You | RealLifeLore



A New Species of Prehistoric Swimming Raptor Discovered | 7 Days of Science



How Much Does China Lie About Its Economic Statistics? | Economics Explained



The Horror of the Slaver Ant | Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell



The History of Taiwan (Part 5) | Ep. 314 | The China History Podcast



All About Mastodon! A Decentralized Social Media Platform Built on Open Source Code | Lon.TV



Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - WWII Documentary | Janson Media



Scientists Detect Glow of Hidden Stars Outside of Galaxies Explaining How They Form | Anton Petrov






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Will Belarus Invade Ukraine? | Funker 530 Veteran Community



Lithuania's prime minister discusses the war in Ukraine and the West's response | PBS NewsHour



Ukraine War: Battles for control of Bakhmut rage on | Sky News



Russia is running out of artillery - Major General Chip Chapman | Times Radio



Belarus has been taken 'hostage' by Russia: Belarusian opposition spokesperson - Conflict Zone | DW News







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On This Day

December 8th is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 23 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)



395 – Later Yan is defeated by its former vassal Northern Wei at the Battle of Canhe Slope.

757 – Du Fu returns to Chang'an as a member of Emperor Xuanzong's court, after having escaped the city during the An Lushan Rebellion.

877 – Louis the Stammerer (son of Charles the Bald) is crowned king of the West Frankish Kingdom at Compiègne.

1432 – The first battle between the forces of Švitrigaila and Sigismund Kęstutaitis is fought near the town of Oszmiana (Ashmyany), launching the most active phase of the Lithuanian Civil War.

1504 – Ahmad ibn Abi Jum'ah writes his Oran fatwa, arguing for the relaxation of Islamic law requirements for the forcibly converted Muslims in Spain.

1660 – A woman (either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall) appears on an English public stage for the first time, in the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare's play Othello.

1851 – Conservative Santiago-based government troops defeat rebels at the Battle of Loncomilla, signaling the end of the 1851 Chilean Revolution.

1854 – In his Apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX proclaims the dogmatic definition of Immaculate Conception, which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived free of Original Sin.

1864 – Pope Pius IX promulgates the encyclical Quanta cura and its appendix, the Syllabus of Errors, outlining the authority of the Catholic Church and condemning various liberal ideas.

1907 – King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.

1912 – Leaders of the German Empire hold an Imperial War Council to discuss the possibility that war might break out.

1914 – World War I: A squadron of Britain's Royal Navy defeats the Imperial German East Asia Squadron in the Battle of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.

1941 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares December 7 to be "a date which will live in infamy", after which the U.S. declares war on Japan.

1941 – World War II: Japanese forces simultaneously invade Shanghai International Settlement, Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and the Dutch East Indies. (See December 7 for the concurrent attack on Pearl Harbor in the Western Hemisphere.)

1943 – World War II: The German 117th Jäger Division destroys the monastery of Mega Spilaio in Greece and executes 22 monks and visitors as part of reprisals that culminated a few days later with the Massacre of Kalavryta.

1953 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers his "Atoms for Peace" speech, which leads to an American program to supply equipment and information on nuclear power to schools, hospitals, and research institutions around the world.

1955 – The Flag of Europe is adopted by Council of Europe.

1962 – Workers at four New York City newspapers (this later increases to nine) go on strike for 114 days.

1963 – Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707, is struck by lightning and crashes near Elkton, Maryland, killing all 81 people on board.

1966 – The Greek ship SS Heraklion sinks in a storm in the Aegean Sea, killing over 200.

1969 – Olympic Airways Flight 954 strikes a mountain outside of Keratea, Greece, killing 90 people in the worst crash of a Douglas DC-6 in history.

1971 – Indo-Pakistani War: The Indian Navy launches an attack on West Pakistan's port city of Karachi.

1972 – United Airlines Flight 553, a Boeing 737, crashes after aborting its landing attempt at Chicago Midway International Airport, killing 45. This is the first-ever loss of a Boeing 737.

1974 – A plebiscite results in the abolition of monarchy in Greece.

1980 – John Lennon is murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota in New York City.

1985 – The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union in South Asia, is established.

1987 – Cold War: The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is signed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the White House.

1987 – An Israeli army tank transporter kills four Palestinian refugees and injures seven others during a traffic accident at the Erez Crossing on the Israel–Gaza Strip border, which has been cited as one of the events which sparked the First Intifada.

1988 – A United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II crashes into an apartment complex in Remscheid, Germany, killing 5 people and injuring 50 others.

1990 – The Galileo spacecraft flies past Earth for the first time.

1991 – The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine sign an agreement dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States.

1992 – The Galileo spacecraft flies past Earth for the second time.

1998 – Eighty-one people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.

2004 – The Cusco Declaration is signed in Cusco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.

2004 – Columbus nightclub shooting: Nathan Gale opens fire at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio, killing former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell and 3 others before being shot dead by a police officer.[3]

2009 – Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, kill 127 people and injure 448 others.

2010 – With the second launch of the Falcon 9 and the first launch of the Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first private company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.

2010 – The Japanese solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS passes the planet Venus at a distance of about 80,800 km.

2013 – Riots break out in Singapore after a fatal accident in Little India.

2013 – Metallica performs a show in Antarctica, making them the first band to perform on all seven continents.

2019 – First confirmed case of COVID-19 in China


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Published at 4:00am on Thursday, December 08, 2022
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

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, December 07, 2022



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GENERAL OUTLOOK

Rain chances continue mainly over the mountains and foothills through Friday. A cold front sweeps through the area to start the weekend with drier conditions and temperatures returning to near normal for this time of year. A stronger cold front could approach the region mid next week.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Friday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Rain likely before noon, then showers likely, mainly between noon and 2pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers before midnight, then a slight chance of rain. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A chance of rain before 10am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Calm winds.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 4pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40.
Highlands Plateau

Today

A chance of rain before noon, then a chance of showers after noon. Areas of fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs near 60. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers before midnight, then a slight chance of rain. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A chance of rain before 9am, then a chance of showers after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. West wind around 5 mph.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Rain likely before noon, then showers likely. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers before midnight, then a slight chance of rain between midnight and 1am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A chance of rain before 10am, then a chance of showers after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Rain, mainly before noon, then showers likely after noon. Patchy fog before 3pm. High in the lower 60s. Calm winds becoming southwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers before midnight, then a chance of rain between midnight and 4am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A chance of rain between 7am and 10am, then a chance of showers after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 4pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Other than widespread thick fog in the morning, hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.



Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.


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• Damaging 2022 Atlantic hurricane season draws to a close [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]

• Atlantic hurricane season ends with 14 named storms [AP News]




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
700 PM EST Wed Nov 30 2022

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

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

This is the last regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlook of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on May 15, 2023. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.



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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

No known appreciable smoke field will be crossing Macon County today or tonight.















PM2.5 AQI is 51 (MODERATE) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 51 (MODERATE)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (0.3 out of 12) today with Ragween and Grasses being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.3 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for December 7th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2021)

Highest Temperature 74°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1998
Lowest Temperature 0°F in Highlands in 1937
Greatest Rainfall 3.98 inches in Highlands in 1909
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1900

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of December Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on 12-31-1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on 12-30-1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.25 inches in Highlands on 12-28-2018
Greatest Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on 12-21-1876

Record Weather Events for December 7th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 86°F in Washington, Beaufort County in 1906
Lowest Temperature -10°F in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1977
Greatest Rainfall 5.45 inches in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1950
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1959
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of December Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 87°F in Edenton, Chowan County on 12-03-1922
Lowest Temperature -21°F in Banner Elk, Avery County on 12-30-1917
Greatest Rainfall 7.80 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 12-29-2018
Greatest Snowfall 25.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 12-09-2017




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Local and State News

• Tuesday Update: Timeline for Those Without Power Improves [The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC)]

• Moore County officials talk live on new progress to restore power and updates on the criminal investigation [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

Rapid Intel Update: Moore County, NC |



• Ethics committee fines Cawthorn for promoting crypto in which he had financial interest [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• EXPLAINER: How this Supreme Court case could alter US House seats [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Jackson County Commission welcomes new members [Smoky Mountain News]

• NC Treasurer Folwell and hospitals at odds over health pricing and transparency [BPR]

• Domestic terrorism in Moore County? What it is, how’s it charged, and why its threat is on the rise [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Brasstown Ringers 2022 Holiday Schedule [Macon Media]

• Mountain Voices Christmas Concert - December 8 at FUMC at 7 pm [Macon Media]


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Special Section: The Russo-Ukrainian War
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, December 06 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for December 6th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 286 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: 287th day of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

Winter and the War in Ukraine - Who is better prepared for winter conditions? | Perun



Ukraine Strikes INTO Russia 700km Away... | Funker 530 Veterans Community



Timothy Snyder: Making of Modern Ukraine.Class 20. Maidan and Self-Understanding | Yale Courses



• In occupied Kherson, ‘the Russians were destroying all books in Ukrainian’ [France 24]

• U.S. greenlights potential sale of 116 Abrams tanks to Poland [TVP World]

• Ukrainian civilians facing test of survival: UN [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine updates: G7 price cap on Russian oil kicks in [DW News]

• Ukraine war: Zelensky visits troops near 'most difficult' front line [BBC News]


News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or Video About the Russian Perspective

• US defense bill authorizes more Ukraine and Taiwan aid [Russia Today]

• UK and USA could be part of drone attacks on Russian military airfields [Pravda ]

• US does not encourage Kiev to attack Russia, but will continue military aid — Blinken [TASS Russian News Agency]


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National and World News Roundup



• Iran Crisis Update, December 06 Understanding War] [PDF for December 6th]

• Iran protests: Ex-president Khatami says rulers must heed protesters' demands [BBC News]

• Hacking Of IRGC Commander's Secret Briefings Stirs Controversy [Iran International]

Sen. Warnock Georgia Senate race | Full victory speech



• Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock Wins Runoff, Re-Elected to Senate [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ]

• 'He never should have run for this seat' [Politico]

Speaker Pelosi and Congressional Leaders Awarded Gold Medal to US Capitol Police | NTD



Family of fallen Capitol Police officer won't shake hands with GOP leaders at ceremony | CBS News



• What Really Happened to Capitol Police During the Insurrection | Source Material [VICE News]

• Lawmakers write to Biden asking for national strategy to combat antisemitism [The Hill]

• Hertz will pay $168 million to customers it falsely accused of stealing its cars [NPR]

• German police raids target far-right extremists ‘seeking to overthrow state’ [The Guardian]

• German police arrest 25 suspects in plot to overthrow state [DW News]

• INSIDER: Rudy Giuliani repeatedly lost his cool during his attorney-misconduct hearing and accused the disciplinary counsel of asking 'sneaky' questions[Yahoo! News]

• Trump PAC reportedly paid legal bills of Mar-a-Lago witnesses [The Guardian]

• Trump Organization Found Guilty of Criminal Tax Fraud in New York Trial [Wall Street Journal]

• Justice Dept. subpoenas Ariz., Mich., Wis. officials for Trump communications [Washington Post]


Washington Today (12-6-22): Police who defended U.S. Capitol during Jan. 6 attack honored | C-SPAN Radio



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Global National: Dec. 6, 2022 | Alberta Children's Hospital cuts services as flu epidemic surges



Nightly News Full Broadcast (December 6th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, December 06, 2022




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.



COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:






• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 4:50pm CET, 6 December 2022, there have been 97,618,392 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,071,245 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 2 December 2022, a total of 647,345,101 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 4:50pm CET, 6 December 2022, there have been 641,915,931 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,622,760 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 5 December 2022, a total of 12,998,974,878 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Models predict massive wave of disease and death if China lifts ‘zero COVID’ policy [Science Magazine: American Association for the Advancement of Science]

• L.A. County facing a full-blown coronavirus surge as cases double, deaths rise[Los Angeles Times]

• Covid Boosts Heart-Related Deaths Sixfold, Top Africa Health Insurer Says [Bloomberg]

• Clinical assessment of children with long COVID syndrome [Nature: Pediatric Research]

• Estimating the impact of implementation and timing of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Brazil: A counterfactual analysis [The Lancet" Regional Health (The Americas)]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• These are our favorite science books of 2022 [Science News]

• Scientists finally know why people get more colds and flu in winter [CNN]

• Nearly 1,000 overdoses reversed using naloxone distributed through vending machine [UC Cincinnati]

• New find suggests ankylosaur’s tail clubs were for bashing each other [ARS TECHNICA]

• Twin study links exercise to beneficial epigenetic changes [Eureka Alert (American Association for the Advancement of Science)]

• Association Between Consumption of Ultraprocessed Foods and Cognitive Decline [JAMA Neurology]

• Tim Cook says Apple will use chips built in the U.S. at Arizona factory [CNBC]

• Uber fined $14m for lying to get customers to ditch cabs [The Register]


Semi-permanent links

• Fall of Civilizations #16. Bagan - City of Temples [Fall of Civilizations Podcast]

• 25 tips to help you prepare for the 2024 total solar eclipse [Astronomy Magazine]

• Neal Stephenson’s Lamina1 drops white paper on building the open metaverse [Venture Beat] [PDF of White paper]

• Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People [New York Times]



Podcasts and Long Form Videos (History, Culture, Science, Space, Technology and Current Events)
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

The Level1 Show December 7 2022: Wordle Curdles | Level1 Techs



Jailbreak Your Car - DTNS 4409 | Daily Tech News Show



Noam Brown: AI vs Humans in Poker and Games of Strategic Negotiation | Lex Fridman Podcast #344



Cordkillers 434 - The Hunt for Comedy (w/ Willie Scott) | Cord Killers



Winterfest at Canada's Wonderland! Full Night of Christmas Celebration | The Carpetbagger



B-21 Raider Unveiling Ceremony at Palmdale, CA | AIRBOYD



How Long Would Society Last During a Total Grid Collapse? | Practical Engineering



What Is A Black Start Of The Power Grid? | Practical Engineering



Strange Stripes on Phobos May Actually Be Cracks Formed by Mars | Antov Petrov



All About Android Episode #607: The Blue Moustache | TWIT TV



The UK's third ever astronaut speaks to Sky News | Sky News






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Ukraine converts soviet Tu-141 drones to attack Russian airbase | Rock Rachon | TVP World



Further strikes inside Russia & military deep dive on Ukraine | Ukraine: The Latest | The Telegraph Podcast



Why Strikes on Russia are a direct threat to Putin | Times Radio



How to deal with Putin? | World Today | TVP World



Ukraine remains silent on attacks on Russian territory | DW News







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On This Day

December 7th is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 24 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)



43 BC – Marcus Tullius Cicero is assassinated in Formia on orders of Marcus Antonius.

574 – Byzantine Emperor Justin II, suffering recurring seizures of insanity, adopts his general Tiberius and proclaims him as Caesar.

1703 – The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, makes landfall. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people die.

1724 – Tumult of Thorn: Religious unrest is followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities.

1732 – The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London, England.

1776 – Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, arranges to enter the American military as a major general.

1787 – Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.

1837 – The Battle of Montgomery's Tavern, the only battle of the Upper Canada Rebellion, takes place in Toronto, where the rebels are quickly defeated.

1842 – First concert of the New York Philharmonic, founded by Ureli Corelli Hill.

1904 – Comparative fuel trials begin between warships HMS Spiteful and HMS Peterel: Spiteful was the first warship powered solely by fuel oil, and the trials led to the obsolescence of coal in ships of the Royal Navy.

1917 – World War I: The United States declares war on Austria-Hungary.

1922 – The Parliament of Northern Ireland votes to remain a part of the United Kingdom and not unify with Southern Ireland.

1930 – W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts telecasts video from the CBS radio orchestra program, The Fox Trappers. The telecast also includes the first television advertisement in the United States, for I.J. Fox Furriers, which also sponsored the radio show.

1932 – German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa.

1936 – Australian cricketer Jack Fingleton becomes the first player to score centuries in four consecutive Test innings.

1941 – World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Imperial Japanese Navy carries out a surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet and its defending Army and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (For Japan's near-simultaneous attacks on Eastern Hemisphere targets, see December 8.)

1942 – World War II: British commandos conduct Operation Frankton, a raid on shipping in Bordeaux harbour.

1946 – A fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia kills 119 people, the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history.

1949 – Chinese Civil War: The Government of the Republic of China moves from Nanking to Taipei, Taiwan.

1962 – Prince Rainier III of Monaco revises the principality's constitution, devolving some of his power to advisory and legislative councils.

1963 – Instant replay makes its debut during the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

1965 – Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously revoke mutual excommunications that had been in place since 1054.

1971 – The Battle of Sylhet is fought between the Pakistani military and the Mukti Bahini.

1971 – Pakistan President Yahya Khan announces the formation of a coalition government with Nurul Amin as Prime Minister and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as Deputy Prime Minister.

1972 – Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, is launched. The crew takes the photograph known as The Blue Marble as they leave the Earth.

1982 – In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr., becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States.

1982 – The Senior Road Tower collapses in less than 17 seconds. Five workers on the tower are killed and three workers on a building nearby are injured.

1983 – An Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 collides with an Aviaco DC-9 in dense fog while the two airliners are taxiing down the runway at Madrid–Barajas Airport, killing 93 people.

1987 – Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771, a British Aerospace 146-200A, crashes near Paso Robles, California, killing all 43 on board, after a disgruntled passenger shoots his ex-boss traveling on the flight, then shoots both pilots and steers the plane into the ground.

1988 – The 6.8 Ms  Armenian earthquake shakes the northern part of the country with a maximum MSK intensity of X (Devastating), killing 25,000–50,000 and injuring 31,000–130,000.

1993 – Long Island Rail Road shooting: Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York.

1995 – The Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-34.

1995 – Khabarovsk United Air Group Flight 3949 crashes into the Bo-Dzhausa Mountain, killing 98.

1995 – An Air Saint Martin (now Air Caraïbes) Beechcraft 1900 crashes near the Haitian commune of Belle Anse, killing 20.

2003 – The Conservative Party of Canada is officially registered, following the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.

2005 – Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of U.S. federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.

2015 – The JAXA probe Akatsuki successfully enters orbit around Venus five years after the first attempt.

2016 – Pakistan International Airlines Flight 661, a domestic passenger flight from Chitral to Islamabad, operated by ATR-42-500 crashes near Havelian, killing all 47 on board.


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Published at 6:15am on Wednesday, December 07, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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