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Saturday, January 22, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, January 22, 2022



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Special Section: The Situation in Ukraine as of January 21, 2022
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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night



Franklin Area

Today

Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid 40s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 18. Calm winds.

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.



Highlands Plateau

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Calm winds in the early evening increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph before midnight.

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid 40s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph before midnight.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Monday

Sunny, with highs near 50.

Monday Night

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





Nantahala Area

Today

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 40. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Light winds out of the southwest.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs near 40. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph in the early evening becoming calm before midnight.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Monday Night

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






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Patchy black ice is possible on untreated roads. Other than that, no hazardous weather is expected today.




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Almanac




Air quality is in the upper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the upper range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map


Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (0.4 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (1.4 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for January 22nd

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

Highest Temperature 70°F in Franklin in 1967
Lowest Temperature -13°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.07 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1959
Greatest Snowfall 9.0 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1987

Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876

All-time record weather events for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on Jul 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on Jul 29, 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Mar 13, 1993




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Local and State News

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

• Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests [COVIDtests.gov]

• Revised Nantahala and Pisgah forest plan released [Macon Media]

• Smokies visitation blasts past 14 million [Smoky Mountain News]

• Tennessee National Guard airlifts hiker out of Great Smoky Mountains [WATE-TV (Knoxville, TN)]

• Plans for Nantahala, Pisgah national forests reflect the area's many interests [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• 3 new COVID-19 clusters identified in Buncombe County Schools [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• NC governor, attorney general, call on state Supreme Court to throw out gerrymandered maps [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Republican U.S. Senate candidates unite, targeting fellow candidate on the rise in polls [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - January 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

Franklin Town Council - January 2022 Regular Meeting



Asheville Citizen-Times COVID-19 Tracker [Asheville Citizen-Times]


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Special Section: The Situation in Ukraine as of January 21, 2022

Background (note: some of this material includes pro-Russian viewpoints not as an endorcement, but to attempt to show other views)

• 2021–2022 Russo-Ukrainian crisis [Wikipedia]

• Kremlin’s unwillingness to recognize Ukraine as a sovereign state has resulted in major strategic failure for Russia, Stanford scholar says [Stanford News]

• Conflict in Ukraine [Global Conflict Tracker]

What's triggered tension between Ukraine and Russia? | Inside Story



Why is Ukraine the West's Fault? Featuring John Mearsheimer (2015)



Senate Republicans discuss the Ukraine crisis



Latest Developments

How Russia lost Ukraine



Why is Russia's Putin so focused on Ukraine?



The Russian Military Threat to Ukraine: How Serious?



If Russia did invade: How far would the West go to support Ukraine?



Lavrov holds presser after meeting Blinken over Ukraine crisis



Ukraine border tensions: Blinken gives press conference after meeting with Lavrov • FRANCE 24



Tensions continue to rise between Russia and Ukraine



Blinken Begs Lavrov for Time, Hints at Ukraine Settlement, After US' Disastrous Week of Diplomacy



Canada offers $120M loan to Ukraine amid Russia crisis



Ukraine-Russia: Can a new war be avoided? - BBC Newsnight




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National and World News Roundup

• Intel Reveals Plans for Massive New Ohio Factory, Fighting the Chip Shortage Stateside [Time]

• ‘Good luck! We’ll all need it’: U.S. market approaches end of ‘superbubble,’ says Jeremy Grantham [Market Watch]

• Biden administration raises minimum wage for U.S. federal employees to $15 [Reuters]

• Iran, Russia, China start war games to counter 'maritime piracy' [France 24]

• NYPD arrests woman after she allegedly spit on an 8-year-old Jewish boy [CNN]

• Boebert asked Jewish visitors to Capitol if they were doing 'reconnaissance' [The Hill]

• Ghana blast: Many feared dead after huge explosion near Bogoso [BBC News]

Ghana: Major explosion as truck carrying explosives hits motorbike



• Brian Laundrie claimed responsibility for Gabby Petito's death in notebook: FBI [KABC-TV (Los Angeles)]

• U.S. charges Texas man for threatening Georgia election officials [Reuters]

• Read the never-issued Trump order that would have seized voting machines [POLITICO]

Draft Executive Order Was A ‘Nightmare Scenario’ In Trump’s Final Days



• Texas attorney general refuses to hand over Jan. 6 records [KWTX-TV (Waco, TX)]

Global National: Jan. 21, 2022 | Little hope for a diplomatic solution for Ukraine-Russia situation



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - January 21st, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode January 21st, 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]



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

Globally, as of 5:55pm CET, 21 January 2022, there have been 340,543,962 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,570,163 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 19 January 2022, a total of 9,571,502,663 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:55pm CET, 21 January 2022, there have been 68,199,861 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 852,334 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 14 January 2022, a total of 511,548,471 vaccine doses have been administered.

Dr John Campbell: Freedom of information revelation



• TWiV 856: COVID-19 clinical update #98 with Dr. Daniel Griffin [This Week in Virology]

• TWiV 855: T time with Alessandro Sette [This Week in Virology]

• Moderna vaccine recipients have lower risk of breakthrough infections, hospitalization: study [CTV News]

• Arizona Gov. Ducey suing Biden administration over threats to pull COVID relief money [KTAR-FM (Gendale, AZ)]

• Mom threatens bringing loaded gun to Va. school over mask policy: 'See y'all on Monday' [WSET-TV (Lynchburg, VA)]

• Beijing's Olympic 'bubble' will be the most ambitious Covid quarantine ever attempted. Will it work? [CNN]

• Nine evacuated as Covid-19 hits Antarctic research base [Buenos Aires Times]

• ESPN will not send reporters to Beijing Olympics [AP News]

• Dunkin' customer threw hot coffee on maskless man, cops say [WNYW-TV (New York, NY)]

• Monitoring COVID-19

[Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

[Outbreak.info]

• CDC Releases Emergency Guidance for Healthcare Facilities to Prepare for Potential Omicron Surge [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

• COVID-19 case rates by county in 2021 [AXIOS]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Intel to Invest at Least $20 Billion in New Chip Factories in Ohio [New York Times]

President Biden Delivers Remarks on Semiconductor Manufacturing in the United States



• Social media manipulation on the rise in India [Asia Times]

• Researchers Discover Dangerous Firmware-Level Rootkit [Dark reading]

• New Law Will Install Kill Switches In All New Cars [Motorious]

• PlayStation Creator Calls VR Headsets 'Annoying', and 'Can't See the Point' of the Metaverse [IGN]

• Google Splurges on 30% Lobbying Boost Amid Rising D.C. Hostility [Bloomberg]

• An X-ray glow suggests black holes or neutron stars fuel weird cosmic ‘cows’ [Science News]

• Twitter brings NFTs to the timeline as hexagon-shaped profile pictures [The verge]

• YouTube Accounts, Websites Against India Will Be Blocked, Says Minister [NDTV]

• Report: Chinese Olympic app has serious security flaws [ABC News]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos
What The Future Cars, Planes And Trains In The U.S. Could Look Like



Calling All Wizards: Let’s Build the Ultimate Data Org Guide



• #310: Algorithmic Amplification [Tech Policy Podcast]

Enterprise Security at CES 2022







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On This Day

January 22nd is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 343 days remain until the end of the year (344 in leap years).



Historical Events

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




613 – Eight-month-old Constantine is crowned as co-emperor (Caesar) by his father Heraclius at Constantinople.

871 – Battle of Basing: The West Saxons led by King Æthelred I are defeated by the Danelaw Vikings at Basing.

1506 – The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrives at the Vatican.

1517 – The Ottoman Empire under Selim I defeats the Mamluk Sultanate and captures present-day Egypt at the Battle of Ridaniya.

1555 – The Ava Kingdom falls to the Taungoo Dynasty in what is now Myanmar.

1689 – The Convention Parliament convenes to determine whether James II and VII, the last Roman Catholic monarch of England, Ireland and Scotland, had vacated the thrones of England and Ireland when he fled to France in 1688.

1808 – The Portuguese royal family arrives in Brazil after fleeing the French army's invasion of Portugal two months earlier.

1824 – The Ashantis defeat British forces in the Gold Coast.

1849 – Second Anglo-Sikh War: The Siege of Multan ends after nine months when the last Sikh defenders of Multan, Punjab, surrender.

1863 – The January Uprising breaks out in Poland, Lithuania and Belarus. The aim of the national movement is to regain Polish–Lithuanian–Ruthenian Commonwealth from occupation by Russia.

1879 – The Battle of Isandlwana during the Anglo-Zulu War results in a British defeat.

1879 – The Battle of Rorke's Drift, also during the Anglo-Zulu War and just some 15 km away from Isandlwana, results in a British victory.

1890 – The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, Ohio.

1901 – Edward VII is proclaimed King of the United Kingdom after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.

1905 – Bloody Sunday in Saint Petersburg, beginning of the 1905 revolution.

1906 – SS Valencia runs aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing more than 130.

1915 – Over 600 people are killed in Guadalajara, Mexico, when a train plunges off the tracks into a deep canyon.

1917 – American entry into World War I: President Woodrow Wilson of the still-neutral United States calls for "peace without victory" in Europe.

1919 – Act Zluky is signed, unifying the Ukrainian People's Republic and the West Ukrainian National Republic.

1924 – Ramsay MacDonald becomes the first Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1927 – Teddy Wakelam gives the first live radio commentary of a football match, between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury.

1941 – World War II: British and Commonwealth troops capture Tobruk from Italian forces during Operation Compass.

1943 – World War II: Australian and American forces defeat Japanese army and navy units in the bitterly fought Battle of Buna–Gona.

1944 – World War II: The Allies commence Operation Shingle, an assault on Anzio and Nettuno, Italy.

1946 – In Iran, Qazi Muhammad declares the independent people's Republic of Mahabad at Chahar Cheragh Square in the Kurdish city of Mahabad; he becomes the new president and Haji Baba Sheikh becomes the prime minister.

1946 – Creation of the Central Intelligence Group, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.

1947 – KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, begins operation in Hollywood.

1957 – Israel withdraws from the Sinai Peninsula.

1957 – The New York City "Mad Bomber", George P. Metesky, is arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut and charged with planting more than 30 bombs.

1963 – The Élysée Treaty of cooperation between France and West Germany is signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer.

1968 – Apollo 5 lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space.

1968 – Operation Igloo White, a US electronic surveillance system to stop communist infiltration into South Vietnam begins installation.

1970 – The Boeing 747, the world's first "jumbo jet", enters commercial service for launch customer Pan American Airways with its maiden voyage from John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow Airport.

1971 – The Singapore Declaration, one of the two most important documents to the uncodified constitution of the Commonwealth of Nations, is issued.

1973 – The Supreme Court of the United States delivers its decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, legalizing elective abortion in all fifty states.

1973 – The crew of Apollo 17 addresses a joint session of Congress after the completion of the final Apollo moon landing mission.

1973 – A chartered Boeing 707 explodes in flames upon landing at Kano Airport, Nigeria, killing 176.

1973 – In a bout for the world heavyweight boxing championship in Kingston, Jamaica, challenger George Foreman knocks down champion Joe Frazier six times in the first two rounds before the fight is stopped by referee Arthur Mercante.

1984 – The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during a Super Bowl XVIII television commercial.

1987 – Philippine security forces open fire on a crowd of 10,000–15,000 demonstrators at Malacañang Palace, Manila, killing 13.

1992 – Rebel forces occupy Zaire's national radio station in Kinshasa and broadcast a demand for the government's resignation.

1992 – Space Shuttle program: The space shuttle Discovery launches on STS-42 carrying Dr. Roberta Bondar, who becomes the first Canadian woman and the first neurologist in space.

1995 – Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Beit Lid suicide bombing: In central Israel, near Netanya, two Gazans blow themselves up at a military transit point, killing 19 Israeli soldiers.

1998 – Space Shuttle program: space shuttle Endeavour launches on STS-89 to dock with the Russian space station Mir.

1999 – Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.

2002 – Kmart becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

2006 – Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president.

2007 – At least 88 people are killed when two car bombs explode in the Bab Al-Sharqi market in central Baghdad, Iraq.

2009 – President Barack Obama signs an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, which is not implemented due to congressional opposition.

2018 – Minnie Mouse receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as part of her 90th anniversary.

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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, January 22, 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

Friday, January 21, 2022

Revised Nantahala and Pisgah forest plan released



PRESS RELEASE (01-21-2022)
NATIONAL FORESTS IN NORTH CAROLINA

ASHEVILLE, NC (Jan. 21, 2022) – The National Forests in North Carolina has released the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests’ revised forest plan and the revision process has entered the final phase, a 60-day objection period for parties who submitted substantive comments during development of the plan. Once any objections have been resolved, the forest plan will be finalized, and implementation can begin.

“The forest plan creates the framework for us to work with partners into the future to successfully address major challenges like climate resilience and sustainable recreation,” said James Melonas, Forest Supervisor of the National Forests in North Carolina. “Ultimately we are focused on the opportunities we have to keep these national forests healthy so they can continue to supply clean water to communities, contribute to the region’s economy, and be a place of respite and recreation.”

The revised plan reflects changes in economic, social, and ecological conditions, as well as changes in resource demands that have occurred since the previous forest plan was signed in 1987, and significantly amended in 1994. The new plan puts emphasis on the ways people use the forest and the places that are important to people.

In developing the plan, forest resource specialists worked with representatives of state and local government, Tribes, interest groups and the public to consider alternative approaches to managing the forests that offered different ways to make progress towards multiple goals and be sensitive to special places. The final plan balances the tradeoffs among the multiple uses of national forests including recreation, timber, water, wilderness, and wildlife habitat.

The revised plan takes a whole ecosystem focus, using a science-based approach to address shortages in young forest, old growth forest, and open forest conditions and the control of nonnative invasive species. It also emphasizes use of prescribed burns to restore fire-adapted ecosystems. For every ecological community in the forest, the plan has an identified set of desired conditions, a vision for what it will be once the goals are fully achieved.

“By using ecological communities, we will consider the work that needs to be done across a broader landscape, improving restoration efforts for ecosystems and the wildlife that depend on them,” said Michelle Aldridge, planning team lead.

The plan is built on significant public engagement and the best available science to guide forest management for the next 15-20 years. Public comments were used to improve the revised plan and are no longer being accepted. The revised forest plan, environmental impact statement, and the legal notice for the specific requirements for filing an objection are available at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision.



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Author: Bobby Coggins


News and Weather Briefing for Friday, January 21, 2022



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Special Section: Supreme Court January 13th Rulings on Vaccine Mandates
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Science and Technology
On This Day
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OUTLOOK

A cold front will settle along the Carolina Coast and the stage for a surface low to develop across Georgia. As the low moves along the front, wintry precipitation is likely to develop Friday afternoon into Friday night. Cold and dry high pressure quickly builds in for the weekend and the first part of next week.



SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

**5:46am update** Nantahala School is now on a two-hour delay due to black ice and freezing rain.

Franklin area schools (late-breaking update at 5:10am)

Franklin area schools are on a two-hour delay for today, Friday, January 21st.

Highlands School

Highlands School will be on a two-hour delay today, Friday, January 21st. School will begin at 10:00 am. Please do not drop of students before 9:30 to insure access to the building and proper supervision.

In addition, buses will only pick up students at the following locations: Bus 6 will pick up students at Shortoff Baptist Church on Buck Creek Road at 9:00, and Clear Creek Baptist Church on Blue Valley Road at 9:25. Bus 109 will pick up students at the Scaly Mountain Fire Station on Hale Ridge Road at 9:25.

If you are not able to reach one of the pickup points or bring your child to school due to unsafe road conditions, please stay home and your child can attend and participate through remote learning.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night



Franklin Area

Today

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Calm winds.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain and sleet before 7pm, then a slight chance of sleet between 7pm and 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 19. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 16. Calm winds.

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s.



Highlands Plateau

Today

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 5pm. Cloudy, with highs near 30. Calm winds. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 18. Calm winds. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 30s. Light and variable winds.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 17. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 8 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Calm winds.

Tonight

A slight chance of sleet, mixing with snow after 8pm, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 20. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 18. Light winds out of the northwest.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.





Nantahala Area

Today

A 20 percent chance of snow after 4pm. Cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 19. Light and variable winds.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near 40. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 19. Calm winds.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs near 40. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

...PATCHY BLACK ICE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP EARLY FRIDAY MORNING ON UNTREATED ROADWAYS... Runoff from light rain this past afternoon and additional snow melt, especially in normally shady locations, will leave behind wet spots that could freeze into patches of black ice on untreated roadways across the region late tonight and early this morning. Temperatures will remain below freezing throughout the day across the mountains, the foothills and western Piedmont of North Carolina, the Charlotte metro area, and the northern Upstate. Temperatures are expected to climb just above freezing across northeast Georgia, the western Upstate including Greenville and Anderson, and the lower Piedmont of South Carolina in the late morning to early afternoon. Temperatures will fall back below freezing around sunset.




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Almanac




Air quality is in the upper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the upper range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map


Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.2 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (2.4 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for January 21st

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

Highest Temperature 74°F in Franklin in 1890 Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands in in 1985 Greatest Rainfall 3.41 inches in Nantahala in 1954 Greatest Snowfall 4.5 inches in Highlands in 1983

Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876

All-time record weather events for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on Jul 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on Jul 29, 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Mar 13, 1993




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Local and State News

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

• Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests [COVIDtests.gov]

• WCU Librarian Wins ‘I Love My Librarian’ Award [Smoky Mountain News]

• WNC childcare centers use state grant money to attract workers [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• State's deadliest jail: Buncombe has worst death rate, Citizen Times investigation shows [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Lowering of U.S. and NC Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Two Camp Lejeune Marines Killed in Onslow County [Macon Media]

• The Porch: Snakecharmer [BPR News]

• Snow business: Milk, bread and the economics of winter weather [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• NC man charged in Capitol riot agreed: No guns, no booze. He failed, prosecutors say. [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - January 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

Franklin Town Council - January 2022 Regular Meeting



Asheville Citizen-Times COVID-19 Tracker [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Previously:

• Special Section: Supreme Court Hears Vaccine Mandate Cases [Nacon Media (Jan 7th, 2022)]

The documents:

• In National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, the court blocked the federal government’s vaccine-or-test requirement for workplaces of 100 or more employees. [PDF of Opinion]

• In Biden v. Missouri, the court allowed the government’s vaccine mandate for workers at federally funded health care facilities to take effect nationwide. [PDF of Opinion]

• Fractured court blocks vaccine-or-test requirement for large workplaces but green-lights vaccine mandate for health care workers [SCOTUSblog]

• Who Decides, Redux? [The Volokh Conspiracy]

• The Supreme Court sunk Biden’s vaccine/testing mandate for private employers. What you need to know. [Poynter]

• Supreme Court blocks Biden Covid vaccine mandate for businesses, allows health-care worker rule [CNBC]

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National and World News Roundup

• SpaceX wins $102 million Air Force contract to demonstrate technologies for point-to-point space transportation [Space News]

• French lawmakers officially recognise China’s treatment of Uyghurs as ‘genocide’ [France 24]

• Court rejects “door opening” as a Sixth Amendment confrontation-clause exception [SCOTUSblog]

• First look: Biden inaugural to blanket airwaves today[AXIOS]

• Alaska Supreme Court upholds ranked choice voting and top-four primary [Alaska Public Media]

• Theodore Roosevelt statue removed from outside New York’s Museum of Natural History [Microsoft News]

• Hamtramck judge apologizes for berating elderly cancer patient over weeds [Detroit Free Press]

• Atlanta DA seeks special grand jury in Trump election interference probe [CNBC]

• 'I always be sneaky': Boise eight-year-old hides self-made book on library shelf [KTVB-TV (Boise, ID) ]

Global National: Jan. 20, 2022 | Doctor blamed for New Brunswick COVID-19 outbreak speaks out



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - January 20th, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode January 20th, 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]



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

Globally, as of 5:31pm CET, 10 January 2022, there have been 305,914,601 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,486,304 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 9 January 2022, a total of 9,126,987,353 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:31pm CET, 10 January 2022, there have been 59,138,083 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 830,334 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 23 December 2021, a total of 485,274,895 vaccine doses have been administered.

Dr John Campbell: Vaccination advice in the age of omicron



• High Rate of Asymptomatic Carriage Associated with Variant Strain Omicron [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• An American Airlines flight turns back over the Atlantic because of a passenger mask dispute. [New York Times]

• Monitoring COVID-19

[Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

[Outbreak.info]

• CDC Releases Emergency Guidance for Healthcare Facilities to Prepare for Potential Omicron Surge [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

• COVID-19 case rates by county in 2021 [AXIOS]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• James Webb Space Telescope marks deployment of all mirrors [Space.com]

• https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/20/tom-cruise-movie-producers-sign-axiom-deal-for-space-production-studio.html [CNBC]

• Federal Reserve is taking the next step toward possibly launching a digital dollar [Microsoft News]

• YouTuber Accused of Crashing a Plane for Views. Now the Feds Are Investigating [The Drive]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos
Level1 News January 21 2022: Driving Miss Deer



Is Signal still SECURE?



Linux Action News 224



Saving Podcasting from Centralization | LINUX Unplugged 440







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On This Day

January 21st is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 344 days remain until the end of the year (345 in leap years).



Historical Events

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




763 – Following the Battle of Bakhamra between Alids and Abbasids near Kufa, the Alid rebellion ends with the death of Ibrahim, brother of Isa ibn Musa.

1525 – The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is founded when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union.

1535 – Following the Affair of the Placards, the French king leads an anti-Protestant procession through Paris.

1720 – Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Stockholm.

1749 – The Teatro Filarmonico in Verona is destroyed by fire, as a result of a torch being left behind in the box of a nobleman after a performance. It is rebuilt in 1754.

1774 – Abdul Hamid I becomes Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and Caliph of Islam.

1789 – The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth by William Hill Brown, is printed in Boston.

1793 – After being found guilty of treason by the French National Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine.

1854 – The RMS Tayleur sinks off Lambay Island on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Australia with great loss of life.

1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate.

1893 – The Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, is formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate, now Botswana.

1908 – New York City passes the Sullivan Ordinance, making it illegal for women to smoke in public, only to have the measure vetoed by the mayor.

1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place.

1915 – Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit.

1919 – A revolutionary Irish parliament is founded and declares the independence of the Irish Republic. One of the first engagements of the Irish War of Independence takes place.

1925 – Albania declares itself a republic.

1931 – Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia.

1941 – Sparked by the murder of a German officer in Bucharest, Romania the day before, members of the Iron Guard engaged in a rebellion and pogrom killing 125 Jews.

1948 – The Flag of Quebec is adopted and flown for the first time over the National Assembly of Quebec. The day is marked annually as Québec Flag Day.

1950 – American lawyer and government official Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury.

1954 – The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut by Mamie Eisenhower, the First Lady of the United States.

1960 – Little Joe 1B, a Mercury spacecraft, lifts off from Wallops Island, Virginia with Miss Sam, a female rhesus monkey on board.

1960 – Avianca Flight 671 crashes at Montego Bay, Jamaica airport, killing 37 people.

1960 – A coal mine collapses at Holly Country, South Africa, killing 435 miners.

1968 – Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh: One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.

1968 – A B-52 bomber crashes near Thule Air Base, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures. One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete.

1971 – The current Emley Moor transmitting station, the tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, begins transmitting UHF broadcasts.

1976 – Commercial service of Concorde begins with the London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio routes.

1980 – Iran Air Flight 291 crashes in the Alborz Mountains while on approach to Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran, Iran, killing 128 people.[8]

1981 – Production of the iconic DeLorean sports car begins in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

1985 – Galaxy Airlines Flight 203 crashes near Reno–Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nevada, killing 70 people.

1997 – The U.S. House of Representatives votes 395–28 to reprimand Newt Gingrich for ethics violations, making him the first Speaker of the House to be so disciplined.

1999 – War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4,300 kilograms (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board.

2000 – Ecuador: After the Ecuadorian Congress is seized by indigenous organizations, Col. Lucio Gutiérrez, Carlos Solorzano and Antonio Vargas depose President Jamil Mahuad. Gutierrez is later replaced by Gen. Carlos Mendoza, who resigns and allows Vice-President Gustavo Noboa to succeed Mahuad.

2003 – A 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes the Mexican state of Colima, killing 29 and leaving approximately 10,000 people homeless.

2004 – NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies in the management of its flash memory and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.

2005 – In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots.

2009 – Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip, officially ending a three-week war it had with Hamas. However, intermittent fire by both sides continues in the weeks to follow.

2011 – Anti-government demonstrations take place in Tirana, Albania. Four people lose their lives from gunshots, allegedly fired from armed police protecting the Prime Minister's office.

2014 – Rojava conflict: The Jazira Canton declares its autonomy from the Syrian Arab Republic.

2017 – Over 400 cities across America and 160+ countries worldwide participate in a large-scale women's march, on Donald Trump's first full day as President of the United States.

2018 – Rocket Lab's Electron becomes the first rocket to reach orbit using an electric pump-fed engine and deploys three CubeSats.

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Published at 5:00am on Friday, January 21, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


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