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Sunday, January 9, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, January 9, 2022



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OUTLOOK

A cold front will approach from the west today, bringing widespread rain to the region this afternoon and evening. The front will pass to the Carolina coast early Monday. Some brief mountain snow is possible along the Tennessee border as the precipitation ends overnight. Dry and cold high pressure will settle over our region through the middle of the week before another frontal system arrives next weekend.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Tuesday Night



Franklin Area

Today

A chance of rain before noon, then showers, mainly after noon. Patchy fog after 8am. Highs near 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers, mainly before 9pm. Patchy fog before 1am. Lows in the mid 20s. Calm winds in the early evening increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph before midnight. Chance of rainfall is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Light north northwest wind becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Clear, with lows around 18. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 8 mph.

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the lower 20s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Rain likely before 2pm, then showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Areas of fog. Highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before midnight. Patchy fog before midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday

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

Monday Night

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

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the lower 20s.

Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Rain likely before 2pm, then showers between 2pm and 3pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog. Highs near 50. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before midnight. Patchy fog before 1am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Light winds out of the northwest increasing to 5 to 10 mph before midnight. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Monday Night

Clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

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



Nantahala Area

Today

Rain likely, mainly between 11am and noon, then showers after noon. The rain could be heavy at times. Patchy fog before 7am, then patchy fog after 8am. Highs near 50. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain showers likely, possibly mixing with snow after 1am, then gradually ending. Patchy fog before 1am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Monday

Sunny, with highs near 40. Light winds out of the northwest in the morning increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the north 3 to 8 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs near 40.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid 20s.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Areas of black ice is expected across the county. Please exercise caution as temperatures will likely remain below freezing for most or all day in the county.




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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 (1.6 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for January 9th

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

Highest Temperature 73°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1949
lowest Temperature -11°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1970
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.10 inches in Highlands in 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Highlands in 1944

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]

• Ski lift riders blasted with freezing water after pipe bursts at Beech Mountain Resort [WPDE-TV Myrtle Beach]

• NC District 14 Democratic congressional candidates participate in online forum [WLOS-TV]

• Mixed messages: From CDC to Duke University, lack of consistency on COVID rules raises questions [WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC]

• Coronavirus omicron updates: Here’s what to know in North Carolina on Jan. 8 [Raleigh News and Observer]

Franklin Town Council - January 2022 Regular Meeting



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National and World News Roundup

The News You Missed in 2021, From Every Country in the World (Part 1)



The News You Missed in 2021, From Every Country in the World (Part 2)



• How Russia’s Military Is Positioned to Threaten Ukraine (Map Included) [New York Times]

• US hones warnings, offers to Russia over Ukraine [Courthouse News Service]

• Wall of rock collapses on Brazil’s Furnas lake, kills seven [Al Jazeera]

• Nigeria attacks: Hundreds reported killed as bandits target villages [BBC News]

• Body of fifth victim may be linked to alleged 'shopping cart' serial killer [CNN]

• Chinese American man attacked in New York last April dies of injuries [The Guardian]

• Harry Reid’s memorial service in Nevada [CBSN via Youtube]

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - January 8th, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode January 8th, 2021




Material That Does Not Fit Anywhere Else
Faith in Humanity Restored

UPS Drivers Delivers Touching Tribute To New Mom



• NICU nurses rescue babies from burning Denver hospital [WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC]

An Update for January 2022




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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 5:08pm CET, 7 January 2022, there have been 298,915,721 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,469,303 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 5 January 2022, a total of 9,118,223,397 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:08pm CET, 7 January 2022, there have been 57,535,858 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 826,022 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 23 December 2021, a total of 485,274,895 vaccine doses have been administered.

Dr John Campbell: Omicron growth for next two weeks



• Cyprus reportedly discovers a Covid variant that combines omicron and delta [CNBC NewsE]

• title [SOURCE]

• US hospitals struggle to match Walmart pay as staff flees omicron [ArcaMax]

• Anti-vaccine protesters rally in France, Germany, Austria, Italy [Al Jazeera]

• Hospitalisations surge for unvaccinated American children [Al Jazeera]

• Video shows man violently attack workers at COVID vaccine clinic in Tustin [KABC-TV Los Angeles]

• First-dose vaccinations quadruple in Quebec ahead of restrictions at liquor and cannabis stores [CTV]

• 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

• How decentralized really are blockchains? [Marginal Revolution]

• Security News This Week: Norton Put a Cryptominer in Its Antivirus Software [WIRED]

• FBI: FIN7 hackers target US companies with BadUSB devices to install ransomware [The Record]

• Shoddy coding has some Honda cars stuck in the year 2002 [Engagdet]

• Hackers Are Exploiting a Flaw Microsoft Fixed 9 Years Ago [WIRED]

• The Tech Guy #1857 [TWIT TV]


Tech Podcasts and Long Form Videos Chopsticks Undergo Extensive Testing | SpaceX Boca Chica



SpaceX's Crazy Future and Starship Presentation Condensed



Crisis on the Moon!! 2027 Chinese Lunar Base?! How is this possible? What does it mean?



JWST Deploys Mirror & Moon's 'Mystery Hut' is Revealed - Deep Space Update - January 7th



Why Is Gravity So Weak?



Linux 5.16, Linux Mint, elementary OS, KDE, Ubuntu Gaming, Pinephone | This Week in Linux 180



CES 2022 Dispatch 3 - Elon Musk's Tunnel and Lots of New Tech !



Why Most Humans Live Inside This Small Circle







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On This Day

January 9th is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 356 days remain until the end of the year (357 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)




681 – Twelfth Council of Toledo: King Erwig of the Visigoths initiates a council in which he implements diverse measures against the Jews in Spain.

1127 – Jin–Song Wars: Invading Jurchen soldiers from the Jin dynasty besiege and sack Bianjing (Kaifeng), the capital of the Song dynasty of China, and abduct Emperor Qinzong of Song and others, ending the Northern Song dynasty.

1349 – The Jewish population of Basel, believed by the residents to be the cause of the ongoing Black Death, is rounded up and incinerated.

1431 – The trial of Joan of Arc begins in Rouen.

1760 – Ahmad Shah Durrani defeats the Marathas in the Battle of Barari Ghat.

1787 – The nationally known image of the Black Nazarene in the Philippines was transferred from what is now Rizal Park to its present shrine in the minor basilica of Quiapo Church. This is annually commemorated through its Traslación (solemn transfer) in the streets of Manila and is attended by millions of devotees.

1788 – Connecticut becomes the fifth state to ratify the United States Constitution.

1792 – Treaty of Jassy between Russian and Ottoman Empire is signed.

1793 – Jean-Pierre Blanchard becomes the first person to fly in a balloon in the United States.

1799 – British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger introduces an income tax of two shillings to the pound to raise funds for Great Britain's war effort in the Napoleonic Wars.

1806 – Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson receives a state funeral and is interred in St Paul's Cathedral.

1816 – Humphry Davy tests his safety lamp for miners at Hebburn Colliery.

1822 – The Portuguese prince Pedro I of Brazil decides to stay in Brazil against the orders of the Portuguese King João VI, beginning the Brazilian independence process.

1839 – The French Academy of Sciences announces the Daguerreotype photography process.

1857 – The 7.9 Mw  Fort Tejon earthquake shakes Central and Southern California with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent).

1861 – American Civil War: "Star of the West" incident occurs near Charleston, South Carolina.

1861 – Mississippi becomes the second state to secede from the Union before the outbreak of the American Civil War.

1878 – Umberto I becomes King of Italy.

1903 – Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson, son of the poet Alfred Tennyson, becomes the second Governor-General of Australia.

1909 – Ernest Shackleton, leading the Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole, plants the British flag 97 nautical miles (180 km; 112 mi) from the South Pole, the farthest anyone had ever reached at that time.

1914 – The Phi Beta Sigma fraternity is founded by African-American students at Howard University in Washington D.C., United States.

1916 – World War I: The Battle of Gallipoli concludes with an Ottoman Empire victory when the last Allied forces are evacuated from the peninsula.

1917 – World War I: The Battle of Rafa is fought near the Egyptian border with Palestine.

1918 – Battle of Bear Valley: The last battle of the American Indian Wars.

1921 – Greco-Turkish War: The First Battle of İnönü, the first battle of the war, begins near Eskişehir in Anatolia.

1923 – Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro flight.

1923 – Lithuanian residents of the Memel Territory rebel against the League of Nations' decision to leave the area as a mandated region under French control.

1927 – A fire at the Laurier Palace movie theatre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, kills 78 children.

1941 – World War II: First flight of the Avro Lancaster.

1945 – World War II: The Sixth United States Army begins the invasion of Lingayen Gulf.

1957 – British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden resigns from office following his failure to retake the Suez Canal from Egyptian sovereignty.

1960 – President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser opens construction on the Aswan Dam by detonating ten tons of dynamite to demolish twenty tons of granite on the east bank of the Nile.

1961 – British authorities announce they have uncovered the Soviet Portland Spy Ring in London.

1964 – Martyrs' Day: Several Panamanian youths try to raise the Panamanian flag in the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal Zone, leading to fighting between U.S. military and Panamanian civilians.

1991 – Representatives from the United States and Iraq meet at the Geneva Peace Conference to try to find a peaceful resolution to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

1992 – The Assembly of the Serb People in Bosnia and Herzegovina proclaims the creation of Republika Srpska, a new state within Yugoslavia.

1992 – The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomers Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail. They discovered two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12.

1996 – First Chechen War: Chechen separatists launch a raid against the helicopter airfield and later a civilian hospital in the city of Kizlyar in the neighboring Dagestan, which turns into a massive hostage crisis involving thousands of civilians.

1997 – Comair Flight 3272 crashes in Raisinville Township in Monroe County, Michigan, killing 29 people.

2004 – An inflatable boat carrying illegal Albanian emigrants stalls near the Karaburun Peninsula en route to Brindisi, Italy; exposure to the elements kills 28. This is the second deadliest marine disaster in Albanian history.

2005 – Mahmoud Abbas wins the election to succeed Yasser Arafat as President of the Palestinian National Authority, replacing interim president Rawhi Fattouh.

2005 – The Sudan People's Liberation Movement and the Government of Sudan sign the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end the Second Sudanese Civil War.

2007 – Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces the original iPhone at a Macworld keynote in San Francisco.

2011 – Iran Air Flight 277 crashes near Urmia in the northwest of the country, in icy conditions, killing 77 people.

2014 – An explosion at a Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant in Yokkaichi, Japan, kills at least five people and injures 17 others.

2015 – The perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris two days earlier are both killed after a hostage situation; a second hostage situation, related to the Charlie Hebdo shooting, occurs at a Jewish market in Vincennes.

2015 – A mass poisoning at a funeral in Mozambique involving beer that was contaminated with Burkholderia gladioli leaves 75 dead and over 230 people ill.

2021 – Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 crashes north of Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 62 people on board.

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Published at 5:00am on SUNday, January 9, 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

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