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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
Special Section: Supreme Court Hears Vaccine Mandate Cases
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
On This Day
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Dry and cold high pressure building into the region will persist through the middle of the week. A reinforcing cold front will cross the region from the northwest by Thursday night, with a stronger low pressure system arriving on Saturday.

One computer model (the GFS) is showing a significant weather event Saturday night and early Sunday morning. So far, the Euro and GEM are showing the storm will pass to our north with the Euro showing no snow for us and the GEM showing less than an inch of snowfall. If you need to restock your pantry, early this week would be better than waiting until late in the week if you want to avoid the panic shoppers. Macon Media will monitor the situation and will post updates in the morning weather briefing, and if conditions warrant, in additional updates.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night

Franklin Area


Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

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


Mostly sunny, with highs near 50.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s.

Highlands Plateau


Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Light and variable winds.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Calm winds in the early evening increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph before midnight.


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

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday Night

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


Sunny, with highs near 50. Light west southwest wind.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 50.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s.

Nantahala Area


Sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Calm winds.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

A low pressure system will quickly cross the mountains from the northwest Thursday night. Light snow accumulations will be possible with the passage of this system, especially along the higher elevations and near the Tennessee border.

A stronger storm system may arrive from the west over the weekend. More significant snow accumulations will be possible Saturday into Sunday. All interests should closely monitor this system since impacts could be substantial, but are highly uncertain at present.

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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 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 (1.1 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for January 11th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 74°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1949
lowest Temperature -141°F in Highlands in 1982
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.90 inches in Highlands in 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 7.0 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2011

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] • Church, nonprofit with zero track record of providing drug treatment awarded $10 mil from state to combat opioid crisis [WRAL-TV Raleigh]

• Challenge filed against Cawthorn's candidacy for reelection under 14th Amendment clause [WLOS-TV (Asheville NC)]

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

• Jackson County tourism stronger than ever [Smoky Mountain News (Waynesville, NC)]

Franklin Town Council - January 2022 Regular Meeting

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

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National and World News Roundup

Washington Today (1/10/22): Senators Schumer, McConnell clash over filibuster amid voting rights

• New year brings new all-time high for shipping’s epic traffic jam [American Shipper]

• North Carolina voters dispute Madison Cawthorn's candidacy over Jan. 6 [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Will the ‘Great Resignation’ change the way we work? | The Stream [Al Jazeera via Youtube]

• Coldest air in three years coming to parts of the country [NBC News]

• Kazakhstan: Russian-led military bloc to start withdrawing troops, says president [The Guardian]

• Mother shoots her 4-year-old child twice while attempting to clean gun, police say [NBC News]

• Judge: Baton Rouge Violated the First Amendment by Trying To Imprison a Professor for Sharing Body Camera Footage [Reason]

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - January 10th, 2021

PBS NewsHour Full Episode January 10th, 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: Omicron growth for next two weeks

• Pfizer CEO says omicron vaccine will be ready in March [CNBC]

• Is Omicron Really “Milder”? [Apocalypse Soon]

• China locks down third city, raising affected to 20 million [AP News]

• Where people go wrong with 'incidental' COVID-19 hospitalizations [Becker's Hospital review]

• CDC weighs recommending better masks against omicron variant [Washington Post]

• U.S. hospitalizations have surpassed last winter’s peak. [New York Times]

• Monitoring COVID-19

[Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]


• 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

Level1 News January 11 2022: #SpaceSelfies

Nerd's a Witch! MO Good Deed Goes Unpunished

David Bowie on the internet – in 1999

• Full interview on Newsnight [Youtube]

• title [SOURCE]

• SpaceX Sidesteps Amazon Spat, Eyes March Launch for 2nd-Gen Starlink Satellites [PC Mag]

• Bitcoin Dips Below $40K as ‘Death Cross’ Looms in Price Charts [CoinDesk]

• Taylorcraft BL-65, N29508: Accident occurred November 24, 2021 near New Cuyama Airport (L88), Santa Barbara County, California [Kathryn's Report]

Pilot Reacts To Trevor Jacob Crash Video

• Venmo, PayPal and Cash App to report payments of $600 or more to IRS this year: What to know [FOX Business]

• A Digital Manhunt: How Chinese Police Track Critics on Twitter and Facebook [New York Times]

• Amazon is putting an Alexa on the Orion spacecraft Lockheed Martin is building for NASA [PressiNews]

Podcasts and Long Form Videos
The Archaeology Iceberg Explained

How Occam's Razor Changed the World of Science - with Johnjoe McFadden

Booknotes+ Podcast: John Berresford, The Hiss-Chambers Espionage Case

Cordkillers 391 - The Hot Dog One Where They Do All the Flips (w/ Iyaz Akhtar)

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On This Day

January 11th is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 354 days remain until the end of the year (355 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)

532 – Nika riots in Constantinople: A quarrel between supporters of different chariot teams—the Blues and the Greens—in the Hippodrome escalates into violence.

630 – Conquest of Mecca: The prophet Muhammad and his followers conquer the city, Quraysh surrender.

947 – Emperor Tai Zong of the Khitan-led Liao Dynasty invades the Later Jin, resulting in the destruction of the Later Jin.

1055 – Theodora is crowned empress of the Byzantine Empire.

1158 – Vladislaus II, Duke of Bohemia becomes King of Bohemia.

1569 – First recorded lottery in England.

1654 – Arauco War: A Spanish army is defeated by local Mapuche-Huilliches as it tries to cross Bueno River in Southern Chile.

1693 – A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta.

1759 – The first American life insurance company, the Corporation for Relief of Poor and Distressed Presbyterian Ministers and of the Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of the Presbyterian Ministers (now part of Unum Group), is incorporated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1779 – Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur.

1787 – William Herschel discovers Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus.

1805 – The Michigan Territory is created.

1861 – American Civil War: Alabama secedes from the United States.

1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Arkansas Post: General John McClernand and Admiral David Dixon Porter capture the Arkansas River for the Union.

1863 – American Civil War: CSS Alabama encounters and sinks the USS Hatteras off Galveston Lighthouse in Texas.

1879 – The Anglo-Zulu War begins.

1908 – Grand Canyon National Monument is created.

1912 – Immigrant textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, go on strike when wages are reduced in response to a mandated shortening of the work week.

1917 – The Kingsland munitions factory explosion occurs as a result of sabotage.

1922 – Leonard Thompson becomes the first person to be injected with insulin.

1923 – Occupation of the Ruhr: Troops from France and Belgium occupy the Ruhr area to force Germany to make its World War I reparation payments.

1927 – Louis B. Mayer, head of film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), announces the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at a banquet in Los Angeles, California.

1935 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

1942 – World War II: Japanese forces capture Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the Federated Malay States.

1942 – World War II: Japanese forces attack Tarakan in Borneo, Netherlands Indies (Battle of Tarakan)

1943 – The Republic of China agrees to the Sino-British New Equal Treaty and the Sino-American New Equal Treaty.

1943 – Italian-American anarchist Carlo Tresca is assassinated in New York City.

1946 – Enver Hoxha, Secretary General of the Communist Party of Albania, declares the People's Republic of Albania with himself as head of state.

1949 – The first "networked" television broadcasts took place as KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania goes on the air connecting the east coast and mid-west programming.

1957 – The African Convention is founded in Dakar, Senegal.

1961 – Throgs Neck Bridge over the East River, linking New York City's boroughs of The Bronx and Queens, opens to road traffic.

1962 – Cold War: While tied to its pier in Polyarny, the Soviet submarine B-37 is destroyed when fire breaks out in its torpedo compartment.

1962 – An avalanche on Huascarán in Peru causes around 4,000 deaths.

1964 – Surgeon General of the United States Dr. Luther Terry, M.D., publishes the landmark report Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States saying that smoking may be hazardous to health, sparking national and worldwide anti-smoking efforts.

1972 – East Pakistan renames itself Bangladesh.

1973 – Major League Baseball owners vote in approval of the American League adopting the designated hitter position.

1986 – The Gateway Bridge, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is officially opened.

1994 – The Irish Government announces the end of a 15-year broadcasting ban on the IRA and its political arm Sinn Féin.

1998 – Over 100 people are killed in the Sidi-Hamed massacre in Algeria.

2003 – Illinois Governor George Ryan commutes the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois's death row based on the Jon Burge scandal.

2013 – One French soldier and 17 militants are killed in a failed attempt to free a French hostage in Bulo Marer, Somalia.

2015 - Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is elected as the first female President of Croatia

2018 - US President Donald Trump causes worldwide controversy when it is reported he called African countries "shitholes" during immigration meeting

2020 - Taiwan re-elects Tsai Ing-wen for a second term as president in a landslide result

2021 - US House Democrats introduce one article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection" for encouraging his supporters to riot at the Capitol

2021 - The king of Malaysia, Al-Sultan Abdullah declares a state of emergency over COVID-19 till 1 August, suspending parliament and giving the government new powers

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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, January 10, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins

Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to the following websites or books:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 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):, 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