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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, January 4, 2022



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Almanac
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
On This Day
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OUTLOOK

Chilly high pressure will control the weather pattern for today followed by a moderating southerly flow of air on Wednesday. The next system to bring active weather will be late Thursday and Friday. A lull in the activity is expected late Friday into Saturday before active weather returns during the early part of next week.


**School Delays for Tuesday, January 4, 2022**

Highlands School will be on a two-hour delay today. 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.

Nantahala School will be on a two hour delay today.



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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Thursday Night


Franklin Area Forecast

Today

Sunny, with highs near 45. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Calm winds.

Thursday

A slight chance of snow showers and freezing rain before 9am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers between 9am and 11am, then rain showers likely after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Chance of rain is 60%.

Thursday Night

Rain showers likely, possibly mixing with snow after 11pm, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 20. Chance of rain is 60%.



Highlands Plateau Forecast

Today

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

Tonight

Patchy freezing fog after 4am. Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the early evening shifting to come out of the southwest after midnight.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Thursday

A chance of rain and snow showers between 8am and noon, then rain showers likely. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Thursday Night

Rain and snow showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 20. Chance of rain is 60%.



Otto Area Forecast

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 8 mph.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Thursday

A slight chance of snow showers before 9am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers between 9am and 11am, then rain showers likely after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Chance of rain is 60%.

Thursday Night

Rain showers likely, possibly mixing with snow after 11pm, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 20. Chance of rain is 60%.



Nantahala Area Forecast

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Thursday

A chance of rain and snow showers between 8am and noon, then rain showers likely. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Thursday Night

Rain showers likely, mixing with snow after 10pm, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 20. Chance of rain is 60%.


Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous weather is not expected today.





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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected for today for most of the county. In areas where snow has accumulated, roads may be slick with ice. Please exercise caution on your morning commute.



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Almanac




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

Fire and Smoke Map


Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (0.3 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.6 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for January 4th

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

Highest Temperature 72°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2004
lowest Temperature -6°F in Highlands in 1919
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.63 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1982
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands in 1980

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]

• NWS Reports Snowfall Totals for the Snow of January 3rd, 2021 [mACON mEDIA]

Franklin Town Council - January 2022 Regular Meeting



• 8th Annual Ruby Drop in Franklin, NC [Facebook]

• Tractor-trailer crash closes part of I-40 in Haywood County [WLOS-TV Asheville]

• The struggle over protecting the Nolichucky River [Carolina Public Press]


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National and World News Roundup

• NY attorney general subpoenas Trump, Ivanka, Donald Jr. [The Hill]

• Jury convicts Elizabeth Holmes of fraud and conspiracy at her former startup Theranos but acquits on some charges [Westport News]

• Drivers stranded on I-95 for hours in northern Virginia [WWBT-TV Richmond, VA]

• Nuclear and natural gas get EU’s nod in climate change battle [Courthouse News Service]

• Little Caesars raises price of Hot-N-Ready pizza [WHNS-TV Fox Carolina]

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - January 3rd, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode January 3rd, 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 4:14pm CET, 29 December 2021, there have been 281,808,270 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,411,759 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 28 December 2021, a total of 8,687,201,202 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 4:14pm CET, 29 December 2021, there have been 52,543,602 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 812,577 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 23 December 2021, a total of 485,274,895 vaccine doses have been administered.

Dr John Campbell: Omicron is displacing Delta



• Israel's PM warns of coming COVID-19 'storm' [WTVR-TV Richmond]

• Twitter permanently suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene's account for spreading COVID-19 misinformation [Microsoft News]

• Omicron Cases Are Hitting Highs, But New Data Puts End in Sight [MSN Money]

• Vaccines Elicit Highly Cross-Reactive Cellular Immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• Immune system cells from COVID-19 patients display compromised mitochondrial-nuclear expression co-regulation and rewiring toward glycolysis [ScienceDirect]

• Monitoring COVID-19 Variants

[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

• Apple Briefly Tops $3 Trillion Market Cap [Wall Street Journal]

• How to Give Mars an Atmosphere, Maybe [Astrobiology at NASA]

• Morgan Stanley to pay $60 mln to resolve data security lawsuit [Reuters]

• Samsung Announces 3 TVs for 2022 With NFT Trading Capability [CoinDesk]

• How the US census led to the first data processing company 125 years ago [Ars Technica]


Tech Podcasts Starship 2021: A Year of Progress | SpaceX Boca Chica



FULL INTERVIEW: Elon Musk Sits Down With The Babylon Bee



The Colorado River Is Dying - And It Could Crash The Economy | Answers With Joe



• Booknotes+ Podcast: James Golden, "Rush on the Radio" [C-SPAN]





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On This Day

January 4th is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 361 days remain until the end of the year (362 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)




46 BC – Julius Caesar fights Titus Labienus in the Battle of Ruspina.

871 – Battle of Reading: Æthelred of Wessex and his brother Alfred are defeated by a Danish invasion army.

1649 – English Civil War: The Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial.

1717 – The Netherlands, Great Britain, and France sign the Triple Alliance in an attempt to maintain the Treaty of Utrecht; Britain having signed a preliminary alliance with France on November 28 (November 17, 1716).

1762 – Great Britain declares war on Spain, which meant the entry of Spain into the Seven Years' War.

1798 – Constantine Hangerli arrives in Bucharest, Wallachia, as its new Prince, invested by the Ottoman Empire.

1853 – After having been kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South, Solomon Northup regains his freedom; his memoir Twelve Years a Slave later becomes a national bestseller.

1854 – The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.

1863 – The New Apostolic Church, a Christian and chiliastic church, is established in Hamburg, Germany.

1878 – Russo-Turkish War (1877–78): Sofia is liberated from Ottoman rule and designated the capital of Liberated Bulgaria.

1884 – The Fabian Society is founded in London, United Kingdom.

1885 – Sino-French War: French troops under General Oscar de Négrier defeat a numerically superior Qing force at Núi Bop in northern Vietnam.

1896 – Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.

1903 – Topsy, an elephant, is electrocuted by the owners of Luna Park, Coney Island. The Edison film company records the film Electrocuting an Elephant of Topsy's death.

• [Topsy the Elephant Was a Victim of Her Captors, Not Thomas Edison]
• [LWikipedia Bio]
• [VIDEO: Topsy the Elephant]



1912 – The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Empire by royal charter.

1918 – The Finnish Declaration of Independence is recognized by Russia, Sweden, Germany and France.

1944 – World War II: Operation Carpetbagger, involving the dropping of arms and supplies to resistance fighters in Europe, begins.

1948 – Burma gains its independence from the United Kingdom becoming an independent republic, named the Union of Burma, with Sao Shwe Thaik as its first President and U Nu its first Prime Minister.

1951 – Korean War: Chinese and North Korean forces capture Seoul.

1956 – The Greek National Radical Union is formed by Konstantinos Karamanlis.

1958 – Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957, falls to Earth from orbit.

1959 – Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.

1972 – Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, UK.

1975 – This date overflowed the 12-bit field that had been used in the Decsystem 10 operating systems. There were numerous problems and crashes related to this bug while an alternative format was developed.

1976 – The Troubles: The Ulster Volunteer Force shoots dead six Irish Catholic civilians in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. The next day, gunmen would shoot dead ten Protestant civilians nearby in retaliation.

1987 – The Maryland train collision: An Amtrak train en route to Boston from Washington, D.C., collides with Conrail engines in Chase, Maryland, United States, killing 16 people.

1989 – Second Gulf of Sidra incident: A pair of Libyan MiG-23 "Floggers" are shot down by a pair of US Navy F-14 Tomcats during an air-to-air confrontation.

1990 – In Pakistan's deadliest train accident an overloaded passenger train collides with an empty freight train, resulting in 307 deaths and 700 injuries.

1998 – A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction.

1999 – Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota, United States.

2000 – A Norwegian passenger train departing from Trondheim, collides with a local train coming from Hamar in Åsta, Åmot; 19 people are killed and 68 injured in the accident.

2004 – Spirit, a NASA Mars rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.

2004 – Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia following the November 2003 Rose Revolution.

2006 – Ehud Olmert becomes acting Prime Minister of Israel after the incumbent, Ariel Sharon, suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke.

2007 – The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.

• [Congress convenes under Democratic control, Pelosi statement]
• [Wikipedia: 110th United States Congress]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Nancy Pelosi]



2010 – The Burj Khalifa, the current tallest building in the world, officially opens in Dubai.

2013 – A gunman kills eight people in a house-to-house rampage in Kawit, Cavite, Philippines.

2018 – Hennenman–Kroonstad train crash: A passenger train operated by Shosholoza Meyl collides with a truck on a level crossing at Geneva Station between Hennenman and Kroonstad, Free State, South Africa. Twenty people are killed and 260 injured.



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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, January 4, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


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