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Thursday, January 6, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, January 6, 2022



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OUTLOOK

A weak front drift in from the northwest last night and stalled and will extend from Georgia across the Carolinas through late today. Low pressure developing along the front is expected to move across the Carolinas today and tonight, bringing precipitation that could be wintry across the mountains and foothills. Cold high pressure will build back in from the west and north Friday and Saturday. Another cold front and low pressure approaches on Sunday reaching the Carolina coast early Monday.




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Saturday Night


Franklin Area Forecast

Today

Rain, mainly after 1pm. Highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain and snow likely before 9pm, then a chance of snow between 9pm and 11pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with lows around 15. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday

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

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Calm winds.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s.



Highlands Plateau Forecast

Today

Rain, snow, and sleet likely before 2pm, then rain, possibly mixed with sleet. Patchy fog after 4pm. Highs near 40. Light and variable winds increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight

Snow and sleet likely before 7pm, then a chance of snow between 7pm and 10pm. Patchy fog before 8pm. Otherwise, cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with lows around 16. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday

Sunny, with highs near freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Light and variable winds.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 30s.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s.



Otto Area Forecast

Today

Rain, mainly after noon. High in the mid 40s. Calm winds becoming south southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain and snow likely before 8pm, then a chance of snow between 8pm and 10pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with lows around 17. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday

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

Friday Night

Clear, with lows around 20. Calm winds.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Saturday Night

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



Nantahala Area Forecast

Today

Rain before 4pm, then rain and snow. High near 41. Calm winds becoming south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight

Snow likely, mainly before 10pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with lows around 16. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near freezing. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Friday Night

Clear, with lows around 20. Calm winds.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 4am. Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

The National Weather Service is forecasting a winter weather event for our area this aftewrnoon and overnight. Most of the action will take place at elevations over 3500 feet. Below that, there will likely be hazardous travelling conditions as moisture will freeze to untreated road surfaces. Details about the winter weather event are posted below.

Winter Weather Advisory January 6, 12:00pm until January 7, 07:00am Below 3500 Feet
Winter Storm Warning January 6, 12:00pm until January 7, 07:00am Above 3500





Winter Storm Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
304 PM EST Wed Jan 5 2022

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO 7 AM EST FRIDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO 7 AM EST FRIDAY BELOW 3500 FEET...

* WHAT...For the Winter Storm Warning, heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 6 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. For the Winter Weather Advisory, snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 4 inches. Amounts will generally be highest on ridgetops, particularly those along the Tennessee border.

* WHERE...North Carolina counties bordering Tennessee, from Graham to Avery.

* WHEN...From noon Thursday to 7 AM EST Friday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Bitterly cold wind chills, between zero and 10 below, will occur in high elevations early Friday morning.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep a flashlight, food, water, and a warm blanket in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp. The latest state road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.




Winter Weather Advisory
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
304 PM EST Wed Jan 5 2022

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO 7 AM EST FRIDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO 7 AM EST FRIDAY BELOW 3500 FEET...

* WHAT...For the Winter Storm Warning, heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 6 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. For the Winter Weather Advisory, snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 4 inches. Amounts will generally be highest on ridgetops, particularly those along the Tennessee border.

* WHERE...North Carolina counties bordering Tennessee, from Graham to Avery.

* WHEN...From noon Thursday to 7 AM EST Friday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Bitterly cold wind chills, between zero and 10 below, will occur in high elevations early Friday morning.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep a flashlight, food, water, and a warm blanket in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp. The latest state road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.




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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 (0.3 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for January 6th

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

Highest Temperature 70°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2005
lowest Temperature -7°F in Highlands in 1924
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.89 inches in Highlands in 1946
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Highlands in 1996

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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Macon Calendar
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Local and State News

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

• Tribal Council balks at ‘no hunting’ request for Hall Mountain [Smoky Mountain News]

• Cooper urges boosters, plans NC worker mandate extension [AP News]

Coronavirus Briefing: NC Gov. Roy Cooper (01/04/22)



En español | Coronavirus Briefing: NC Gov. Roy Cooper (01/04/22)



• Unusually dry conditions and low streamflow put Catawba-Wateree River Basin in drought watch [The McDowell News]

Franklin Town Council - January 2022 Regular Meeting




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National and World News Roundup

• Congress is weighing a fresh stimulus package for restaurants and other businesses as Omicron rages [MSN News]

• Anniversary of Jan. 6 Attack on Capitol (6pm air time) [C-SPAN]

• Attorney General Merrick Garland Delivers Remarks on January 6 Attack [C-SPAN]

• More police officers sue Trump over January 6 [CBS News]

• Federal authorities won't say why armed Capitol rioters disappeared from FBI's most wanted list [Washington Examiner/a>]

• Capitol Police intelligence official says she sounded alarm about potential violence days before January 6 riot [
CBS News]

• Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tells his National Guard Biden is NOT their 'commander-in-chief' as he sues the White House over 'unconstitutional' military vaccine mandate [Daily Mail]

• Call for Pence cooperation shows ambition of January 6 panel ahead of anniversary [CNN]

• 4th resident of The Villages arrested for allegedly casting multiple ballots [Click Orlando]

• Bodycam video shows Houston cop speeding, driving with 1 hand before hitting and killing pedestrian with patrol car [CHRON]

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - January 5th, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode January 5th, 2021




Material That Does Not Fit Anywhere Else
Faith in Humanity Restored

When your New Years gig is canceled but you still have a fox and a baby to play for.



• Is “resistance journalism” about practices or power? [Nieman Lab]


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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 6:18pm CET, 4 January 2022, there have been 290,959,019 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,446,753 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 3 January 2022, a total of 8,693,832,171 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 6:18pm CET, 4 January 2022, there have been 54,910,550 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 819,656 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 23 December 2021, a total of 485,274,895 vaccine doses have been administered.

Dr John Campbell: US hits a million cases



• A tech exec sent an antisemitic email about vaccines to lawmakers and business leaders. He resigned hours later. [Stamford Advocate]

• 'We can't vaccinate the planet every six months,' says Oxford vaccine scientist [CNN]

• Airlines won't fly home Quebec passengers from Sunwing party flight to Mexico [CP24]

• Mayo Clinic fires 700 unvaccinated employees — about 1% of its workforce [CBS News]

• Orange County Deputy DA, vocal critic of vaccine mandates, dies of COVID-19 [FOX 11 Los Angeles]

• 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

• Drone carrying a defibrillator saves its first heart attack patient in Sweden [The Verge]

• James Webb Space Telescope extends secondary mirror [BBC News]

• Bolt switches to a permanent four day work week [CNBC]

• Kosovo bans cryptocurrency mining after blackouts [BBC News]

• Italian mafia boss caught after Google Maps sighting in Spain [BBC News]

• 2024 Chevy Silverado EV unveiled: 400 mile range, Multi-Flex Midgate, worksite/home backup power and more [electrek]

• Information about works now in the public domain [Center for the Study of the Public Domain]


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



A Bitcoin Discussion With Michael Saylor



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 6th is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 359 days remain until the end of the year (360 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)




1066 – Following the death of Edward the Confessor on the previous day, the Witan meets to confirm Harold Godwinson as the new King of England; Harold is crowned the same day, sparking a succession crisis that will eventually lead to the Norman conquest of England. 1205 – Philip of Swabia undergoes a second coronation as King of the Romans. 1322 – Stephen Uroš III is crowned King of Serbia, having defeated his half-brother Stefan Konstantin in battle. His son is crowned "young king" in the same ceremony. 1355 – Charles IV of Bohemia is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy as King of Italy in Milan. 1449 – Constantine XI is crowned Byzantine Emperor at Mystras. 1492 – The Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella enter Granada at the conclusion of the Granada War. 1536 – The first European school of higher learning in the Americas, Colegio de Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco, is founded by Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza and Bishop Juan de Zumárraga in Mexico City. 1540 – King Henry VIII of England marries Anne of Cleves. 1579 – The Union of Arras unites the southern Netherlands under the Duke of Parma (Ottavio Farnese), governor in the name of King Philip II of Spain. 1641 – Arauco War: The first Parliament of Quillín is celebrated, putting a temporary hold on hostilities between Mapuches and Spanish in Chile. 1661 – English Restoration: The Fifth Monarchists unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of London, England. The revolt is suppressed after a few days. 1721 – The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble publishes its findings, revealing details of fraud among company directors and corrupt politicians. 1781 – In the Battle of Jersey, the British defeat the last attempt by France to invade Jersey in the Channel Islands. 1809 – Combined British, Portuguese and colonial Brazilian forces begin the Invasion of Cayenne during the Napoleonic Wars. 1838 – Alfred Vail and colleagues demonstrate a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code). 1839 – The Night of the Big Wind, the most damaging storm in 300 years, sweeps across Ireland, damaging or destroying more than 20% of the houses in Dublin. 1847 – Samuel Colt obtains his first contract for the sale of revolver pistols to the United States government. 1870 – The inauguration of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. 1893 – The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress. The charter is signed by President Benjamin Harrison. 1900 – Second Boer War: Having already besieged the fortress at Ladysmith, Boer forces attack it, but are driven back by British defenders. 1907 – Maria Montessori opens her first school and daycare center for working class children in Rome, Italy. 1912 – New Mexico is admitted to the Union as the 47th U.S. state. 1912 – German geophysicist Alfred Wegener first presents his theory of continental drift. 1929 – King Alexander of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes suspends his country's constitution (the January 6th Dictatorship). 1929 – Mother Teresa arrives by sea in Calcutta, India, to begin her work among India's poorest and sick people. 1930 – Clessie Cummins arrives at the National Automobile Show in New York City, having driven a car powered by one of his diesel engines from Indianapolis. 1941 – United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his Four Freedoms speech in the State of the Union address. 1946 – The first general election ever in Vietnam is held. 1947 – Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to offer a round-the-world ticket. 1950 – The United Kingdom recognizes the People's Republic of China. The Republic of China severs diplomatic relations with the UK in response. 1951 – Korean War: Beginning of the Ganghwa massacre, in the course of which an estimated 200–1,300 South Korean communist sympathizers are slaughtered. 1960 – National Airlines Flight 2511 is destroyed in mid-air by a bomb, while en route from New York City to Miami. 1960 – The Associations Law comes into force in Iraq, allowing registration of political parties. 1967 – Vietnam War: United States Marine Corps and ARVN troops launch "Operation Deckhouse Five" in the Mekong River delta. 1974 – In response to the 1973 oil crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States. 1989 – Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh are sentenced to death for conspiracy in the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi; the two men are executed the same day. 1992 – President of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia flees the country as a result of the military coup. 1993 – Indian Border Security Force units kill 55 Kashmiri civilians in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir, in revenge after militants ambushed a BSF patrol. 1993 – Four people are killed when Lufthansa CityLine Flight 5634 crashes on approach to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Roissy-en-France, France. 1994 – American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked and injured by an assailant hired by her rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. 1995 – A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack. 2005 – American Civil Rights Movement: Edgar Ray Killen is indicted for the 1964 murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner. 2005 – A train collision in Graniteville, South Carolina, United States, releases about 60 tons of chlorine gas. 2012 – Twenty-six people are killed and 63 wounded when a suicide bomber blows himself up at a police station in Damascus. 2017 – Five people are killed and six others injured in a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport in Broward County, Florida. 2019 – Forty people are killed in a gold mine collapse in Badakhshan province, in northern Afghanistan. 2019 – Muhammad V of Kelantan resigns as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, becoming the first monarch to do so. 2021 – Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump attack the United States Capitol to disrupt certification of the 2020 presidential election, resulting in five deaths and evacuation of the US Congress.

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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, January 6, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


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