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Thursday, March 31, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, March 31, 2022



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Almanac
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Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)
On This Day
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OUTLOOK

Breezy conditions Wednesday leading up to a cold front Wednesday night into Thursday, with widespread rain. Dry weather returns Thursday night into the first part of the weekend, before a low pressure system may bring light showers to the area late Saturday.

• Otto Fire Department has established a fundraiser to assist the family of an injured firefighter (Chief Rholetter) on [GoFundMe]


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General Forecast Through Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms before 10am, then a slight chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday Night

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

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then a slight chance of showers between 11am and 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the south 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.

Friday Night

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

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s.

Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers and thunderstorms before 10am, then a slight chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs near 70. Winds out of the south 5 to 15 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the wst wid 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40.

Nantahala Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms before 10am, then a slight chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the south 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

A slight chance of rain before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers between 10pm and 1am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out fo teh west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.

Friday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather



Multiple hazardous conditions exist in Macon County this morning ranging from High Wind Advisoroies and Warnings to a Red Flag Warning that excpires at 7am. Copies are posted below. ...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EDT THURSDAY...
...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EDT THURSDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...
...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EDT THURSDAY BELOW 3500 FEET...



High Wind Warning
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
919 PM EDT Wed Mar 30 2022

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EDT THURSDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EDT THURSDAY BELOW 3500 FEET...

* WHAT...For the High Wind Warning, south winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 70 mph expected. For the Wind Advisory, south winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 55 mph expected.

* WHERE...Swain, Haywood, Graham, Northern Jackson, Macon and Southern Jackson Counties.

* WHEN...Until 11 AM EDT Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.




Wind Advisory
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
919 PM EDT Wed Mar 30 2022

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EDT THURSDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EDT THURSDAY BELOW 3500 FEET...

* WHAT...For the High Wind Warning, south winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 70 mph expected. For the Wind Advisory, south winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 55 mph expected.

* WHERE...Swain, Haywood, Graham, Northern Jackson, Macon and Southern Jackson Counties.

* WHEN...Until 11 AM EDT Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.




Red Flag Warning
URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
252 PM EDT Wed Mar 30 2022

...VERY WINDY CONDITIONS AND ONGOING WILDFIRES WILL YIELD CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS IN AND NEAR THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS THROUGH TONIGHT...

.Strong southerly winds are ramping up quickly this afternoon and will strengthen further this evening across the southwest mountains of western North Carolina ahead of an approaching cold front. Although moisture will steadily increase under southerly flow through the evening hours, the very windy conditions will persist and worsen in areas of active fire suppression, and the onset of rain showers along the approaching front will be delayed until the early morning hours Thursday. This will provide a setup for critical fire weather conditions to develop through most of tonight.




...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EDT THURSDAY FOR HIGH WINDS AND ACTIVE FIRE SUPPRESSION ACTIVITIES...

* AFFECTED AREA...Swain, Haywood, Graham, Northern Jackson and North Carolina Portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

* TIMING...Winds will increase through the late afternoon hours, peak this evening and early overnight, then slowly wane through daybreak Thursday.

* WINDS...South 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 50 to 60 mph, especially at elevations above 3500 feet.

* HUMIDITY...Rising through the 40 percent range late today and climbing into the 50s and higher after midnight.

* FUEL MOISTURE...Below 10 percent, with continued drying until the rain arrives later tonight.

* IMPACTS...Outdoor fires may easily grow out of control under these conditions. Fires could quickly run long distances and pose a hazard to downwind communities.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. Strong winds can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Do not burn under any circumstances, and stay alert to any active fires in your area.




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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 high range (5.6 out of 12) today with Juniper, Oak, and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (10.65 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for March 31st

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

Highest Temperature 84°F in Franklin in 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Franklin in 1964
Greatest Rainfall 2.37 inches in Highlands in 1976
Greatest Snowfall 0.2 inches in Highlands in 1966

Record weather events for March in Macon County

Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on March 15, 1967
Lowest Temperature -7°F in Highlands on March 7, 1899
Greatest One-Day Rain 6.43 inches in Highlands on March 29, 1898
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on March 13, 1993

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

• Rocky Mount-based foundation (Golden LEAF Foundation) unsure how $83M in COVID loans were spent [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Commercial turkey flock tests positive for High Path Avian Influenza [Macon Media]

• Franklin License Plate Agency to Temporarily Close Agency to reopen under new ownership on April 5 [Macon MediaE]

• Kevin McCarthy Says Madison Cawthorn Admitted He Exaggerated Claims About Cocaine and Orgies: He ‘Lost My Trust’ [MEDIAITE]

• US judge won't let 2nd group of voters fight Cawthorn suit [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• 1 injured in Wears Valley, TN wildfire that's grown to about 1,000 acres, officials report [WLOS-YV (Asheville, NC)]

• High Wind Warning Challenges Smokies Firefighting Efforts [Smoky Mountain News]

• Photos and video of the 2022 Vietnam Veterans Day Observance in Franklin, NC [Macon Media]


Macon County Commissioners - March 2022 Special Meeting



The Macon County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting on March 24th, 2022, to provide match funding to be used by local Internet providers in NC GREAT broadband grant submittals. Commissioners voted 5-0 to each application $50,000 in matching funds from their pot of money ($6.9 million) from the American Rescue Plan Act. Frontier Communications and Balsam West each will receive $50,000 for their applications and $100,000 for the two applications being submitted by Altice USA (known locally as Morris Broadband/Optimum). If the providers are not awarded GREAT funding, the funds will revert back to Macon County.


WNC Broadband Meeting

Kevin Corbin (NC Senate 50th District) and Karl Gillespie (NC House 120th District) hosted an event (MOnday, March 21st) at Holly Springs Baptist Church to discuss expanding access to broadband in western North Carolina. Among those represented, were the Division of Broadband and Digital Equity, members of the NC House (Karl Gillespie (120th), Mike Clampitt (NC-119th), and Mark Pless (118th) that serve the counties in the NC Senate 50th District represented by Senator Corbin. Local elected officials and staff members from the counties and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee and the Town of Franklin and Highlands were also present, as well as Southwestern Community College, Morris Broadband, Frontier Communications, Balsam West, and other regional internet providers. There were also members of the public and regional news media outlets present. This is the video of the full event.




• Otto Fire Department has established a fundraiser to assist the family of an injured firefighter (Cheif Rholetter) on [GoFundMe]



• Interactive map: average date of last spring freeze across the United States [Climate.gov]


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Special Section: Russo-Ukrainian War Updates
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)
(Longer videos are in the Russo-Ukraine Videos section)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 30 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for the 29th]

Ukraine Takes Irpin, Russia Stalls in the North; Day 34 (FNN Live)



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Day 35: War in Ukraine | Operator Starsky



• The 19th Century Returns: Russia tries to force the international order to look backward.[Thinking Historically]

• Russia Plays Down Progress in Peace Talks, Intensifies Attacks in Eastern Ukraine [Wall Street Journal]

• Russia taking heavy losses, Brits say; U.S. intelligence says Putin being misinformed by his advisors[USA TODAY via Yahoo! News]

In Ukraine, Kharkiv's emergency services stretched to capacity



• Inflation in Russia Climbs Above 15.6%, Highest Since September 2015 [US News and World Report]

• Russian forces are using banned anti-personnel mines to cover its tactical retreat [Business Insider]

Russia launches new strikes despite peace promise - BBC News



• China Praises Russia for Preventing Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine [Newsweek]


News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets

• Russia makes new allegations about US-funded biolabs in Ukraine [Russia Today]

• Chechnya's Kadyrov: Russia will never compromise for Ukraine See more at https://english.pravda.ru/news/world/150919-kadyrov_medinsky/ [Pravda ]

• S&P removes Russian and Belarusian bonds from its 11 indices [TASS Russian News Agency]


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National and World News Roundup

• State Department Travel Advisory March 29, 2022 Russia - Level 4: Do Not Travel [US State Department]

• Michigan Governor Whitmer Kidnapping Plot Trial: FBI Raids Detroit Home Following Threats Against Judge, Defense Lawyers [The Bharat Express News]

• Russian MP threatens to nuke Azerbaijan [EurasiaNet]

• India-Russia explore a rupee-rouble payment scheme to bypass war [Al Jazeera]

• Trump denies calling Putin a 'genius' [Yahoo! News]

Biden stands by his comment on Putin, releases 2023 budget proposal



Global National: March 30, 2022| Canada's former top soldier pleads guilty to obstruction of justice



PBS NewsHour Full Episode March 30th, 2022





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COVID-19 News and Updates

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 5:04pm CEST, 30 March 2022, there have been 483,556,595 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,132,461 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 27 March 2022, a total of 11,054,362,790 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:04pm CEST, 30 March 2022, there have been 79,266,906 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 970,847 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 25 March 2022, a total of 544,622,140 vaccine doses have been administered.

President Biden Receives Second Booster Shot



• Ivermectin Does Not Reduce Risk of Covid Hospitalization, Large Study Finds [New York Times]

• TWiV 882: Elispot on about T cells and lipids [Microbe TV]

• They were Covid-19 success stories -- then they saw massive outbreaks. These charts show what's really going on [CNN]

• A New Wave of Covid-19 Is Coming. Here’s How to Prepare. [New York Times]

• What Happens If the US Runs Out of COVID Funds? [CNET]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Record Broken: Hubble Spots Farthest Star Ever Seen [NASA]

• 2 Spacewalkers Imaged From The Ground [Space Weather]

• Winning: DJI And Western Troops [Strategy Page]

• Apple and Meta shared data with hackers pretending to be law enforcement officials [The Verge]

• How Google and Amazon bankrolled a ‘grassroots’ activist group of small business owners to lobby against Big Tech oversight [CNBC]

• Free, legally available series/movies on YouTube in a Netlflix-like interface [Lamplight TV]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos
Anything from educational, entertainment, history, current events and technology

Bygone Visions of Cosmic Neighbors



Connecting Tech and Health - DTNS 4243



191: GNOME 42, Linux Mint, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, Lakka, CrossOver and more Linux news!



Why We May Not Be Alone on Earth w/ Janusz Petkowski



Staying at the Wigwam Village - The Galoop - Fort Courage - Petrified Forest National Park



The NixOS Challenge | LINUX Unplugged 451



Oscars Slap Breaks Twitter Record






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Russian bombers armed with nuclear warheads violated EU airspace



A History of Eastern Europe: Ukraine-Russia Crisis (Dec 2016) | Wondrium



Russians fall down | John Batchelor Show



For Ukraine, First Win On The Battlefield, Then Make Russia Pay



Is Germany complicit in Putin's war in Ukraine? | DW News



UN Security Council special session on protecting Ukraine's territorial integrity







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On This Day

March 31st this the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 275 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

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




307 – After divorcing his wife Minervina, Constantine marries Fausta, daughter of the retired Roman Emperor Maximian.

1084 - Anti-pope Clemens crowns German King Hendrik IV as Holy Roman Emperor

1146 – Bernard of Clairvaux preaches his famous sermon in a field at Vézelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade. Louis VII is present, and joins the Crusade.

1492 – Queen Isabella of Castile issues the Alhambra Decree, ordering her 150,000 Jewish and Muslim subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion.

1521 – Ferdinand Magellan and fifty of his men came ashore to present-day Limasawa to participate in the first Catholic mass in the Philippines.

1717 – A sermon on "The Nature of the Kingdom of Christ" by Benjamin Hoadly, the Bishop of Bangor, preached in the presence of King George I of Great Britain, provokes the Bangorian Controversy.

1761 – The 1761 Lisbon earthquake strikes off the Iberian Peninsula with an estimated magnitude of 8.5, six years after another quake destroyed the city.

1774 – American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain orders the port of Boston, Massachusetts closed pursuant to the Boston Port Act.

1854 – Commodore Matthew Perry signs the Convention of Kanagawa with the Tokugawa Shogunate, opening the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade.

1885 – The United Kingdom establishes the Bechuanaland Protectorate.

1889 – The Eiffel Tower is officially opened.

1899 – Malolos, capital of the First Philippine Republic, is captured by American forces.

1901 – Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák premiéres at the National Opera House in Praque.

1906 – The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (later the National Collegiate Athletic Association) is established to set rules for college sports in the United States.

1909 – Serbia formally withdraws its opposition to Austro-Hungarian actions in the Bosnian Crisis.

1913 – The Vienna Concert Society rioted during a performance of modernist music by Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Alexander von Zemlinsky, and Anton von Webern, causing a premature end to the concert due to violence; this concert became known as the Skandalkonzert.

1917 – According to the terms of the Treaty of the Danish West Indies, the islands become American possessions.

1918 – Massacre of ethnic Azerbaijanis is committed by allied armed groups of Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Bolsheviks. Nearly 12,000 Azerbaijani Muslims are killed.

1918 – Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.

1920 - British parliament accepts Irish Home Rule law

1921 – The Royal Australian Air Force is formed.

1930 – The Motion Picture Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film, in the U.S., for the next thirty-eight years.

1931 – An earthquake in Nicaragua destroys Managua; killing 2,000.

1931 – A Transcontinental & Western Air airliner crashes near Bazaar, Kansas, killing eight, including University of Notre Dame head football coach Knute Rockne.

1933 – The Civilian Conservation Corps is established with the mission of relieving rampant unemployment in the United States.

1942 – World War II: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession.

1945 – World War II: A defecting German pilot delivers a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1, the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft, to the Americans, the first to fall into Allied hands.

1949 – The Dominion of Newfoundland joins the Canadian Confederation and becomes the 10th Province of Canada.

1951 – Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau.

1957 – Elections to the Territorial Assembly of the French colony Upper Volta are held. After the elections PDU and MDV form a government.

1958 – In the Canadian federal election, the Progressive Conservatives, led by John Diefenbaker, win the largest percentage of seats in Canadian history, with 208 seats of 265.

1959 – The 14th Dalai Lama, crosses the border into India and is granted political asylum.

1964 – Brazilian General Olímpio Mourão Filho orders his troops to move towards Rio de Janeiro, beginning the coup d'état.

1966 – The Soviet Union launches Luna 10 which later becomes the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon.

1968 – American President Lyndon B. Johnson speaks to the nation of "Steps to Limit the War in Vietnam" in a television address. At the conclusion of his speech, he announces: "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President."

1970 – Explorer 1 re-enters the Earth's atmosphere after 12 years in orbit.

1980 – The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets because of bankruptcy and debts owed to creditors.

1990 – Approximately 200,000 protesters take to the streets of London to protest against the newly introduced Poll Tax.

1991 – Georgian independence referendum: Nearly 99 percent of the voters support the country's independence from the Soviet Union.

1992 – The USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, is decommissioned in Long Beach, California.

1992 – The Treaty of Federation is signed in Moscow.

1995 – Selena is murdered by her fan club's president Yolanda Saldívar at a Days Inn in Corpus Christi, Texas after accusations emerged of Saldívar embezzling money from Selena's fan club.

1995 – TAROM Flight 371, an Airbus A310-300, crashes near Balotesti, Romania, killing all 60 people on board.

1998 – Netscape releases Mozilla source code under an open source license.

2004 – Iraq War in Anbar Province: In Fallujah, Iraq, four American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed after being ambushed.

2018 – Start of the 2018 Armenian revolution.

2020 - British pensioner Robert Weighton becomes the world's oldest man at 112 years

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Published at 3:30am on Thursday, March 31, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Commercial turkey flock tests positive for High Path Avian Influenza


PRESS RELEASE (03-30-2022)

NC DEPT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES



RALEIGH – A commercial turkey operation in Johnston County has tested positive for High Path Avian Influenza. The positive sample was first identified by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in Raleigh and confirmed by the USDA APHIS National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames, Iowa.

Since late January, the HPAI virus has been found in 48 commercial farms in 12 states and 32 backyard flocks in 13 states. This is the first case of high path avian influenza in domestic poultry in North Carolina.

 Since Jan. 16, more than 100 hunter-harvested wild birds have tested positive for HPAI in North Carolina and the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission has reported four mortalities in wild birds from the virus.  

“With HPAI in the wild bird population and other cases around the country, commercial operators and backyard flock owners have been on heightened watch for any signs of the virus in their flocks,” said State Veterinarian Mike Martin. “The industry responded quickly to the positive result, depopulating the affected flock of 32,100 and starting the composting process of the birds onsite to guard against additional spread. Under HPAI protocols, we will be actively testing other flocks within the 10 kilometer zone or about 6.2 miles in collaboration with our federal and industry partners.”

 The 10 kilometer zone includes Johnston County and portions of Sampson and Wayne counties.  

This type of HPAI virus is considered a low risk to people according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, but is highly contagious to other birds, including commercial and backyard flocks of poultry. The virus is also not considered a food safety threat and infected birds do not enter the food supply.

            “The threat of high path avian influenza is statewide,” said Martin. “Our poultry population is at high risk. Commercial operations and backyard flock owners should continue to follow strict biosecurity measures including keeping birds enclosed without access to wild birds or other domestic flocks. If your birds are sick or dying, report it right away to your local veterinarian, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Veterinary Division, 919-707-3250, or the N.C. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System 919-733-3986.” 

            The warning signs of HPAI include:

  • Reduced energy, decreased appetite, and/or decreased activity
  • Lower egg production and/or soft-shelled or misshapen eggs
  • Swelling of the head, eyelids, comb and wattles
  • Purple discoloration of the wattles, comb and legs
  • Difficulty breathing, runny nares (nose), and/or sneezing
  • Twisting of the head and neck, stumbling, falling down, tremors and/or circling
  • Greenish diarrhea

            If you have questions about migratory birds, hunting, or wild waterfowl found dead on your property, visit the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s website at www.ncwildlife.org.  

Franklin License Plate Agency to Temporarily Close Agency to reopen under new ownership on April 5



PRESS RELEASE (03-30-2022) 
NC DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION 



Editor's Note: The previous release did not specify the date the Franklin LPA would reopen. That date is April 5. The release below has been updated.

FRANKLIN – The Franklin License Plate Agency (LPA) will temporarily close on March 29 after the current contractor announced her retirement.

The agency at 353 Westgate Plaza in the Westgate Plaza Shopping Center will reopen under new ownership on April 5.

The current contractor of the LPA, Frieda Teem, has operated the agency since 1987.

In North Carolina, NCDMV oversees LPAs, but the agencies are managed by private businesses or local governments.

 

Three nearby license plate agencies offer service Monday through Friday:

Sylva, 454 E. Main St., from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 828-586-3886 Murphy, 1176 Andrews Rd., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 828-837-9922 Brevard, 20 E. Morgan St., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 828-883-3251 After reopening, the agency will continue to operate from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, except on state holidays, and will be contracted to Kyle and Phoebe Donohue, who also operate the LPA in Murphy.

 

LPAs offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags, handicap placards and duplicate registrations. There are currently 131 license plate agencies operating across North Carolina.

 

Services such as property tax payments and registration renewals can also be completed online at www.MyNCDMV.gov.x

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, March 30, 2022



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OUTLOOK

Breezy conditions Wednesday leading up to a cold front Wednesday night into Thursday, with widespread rain. Dry weather returns Thursday night into the first part of the weekend, before a low pressure system may bring light showers to the area late Saturday.

• Otto Fire Department has established a fundraiser to assist the family of an injured firefighter (Chief Rholetter) on [GoFundMe]


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Friday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Showers, mainly after 3am. The rain could be heavy at times. Patchy fog after 5am. Lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 2pm, then a chance of showers after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 8am. Higs in the lower 70s. WInds out of the south 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 30s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Patchy drizzle between 8am and 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Rain likely before 4am, then showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 5am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog after 4am. Lows around 50. Winds out of the south 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 30s.

Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Showers, mainly after 3am. The rain could be heavy at times. Patchy fog after 5am. Low in the mid 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 3pm, then a chance of showers after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs near 70. Winds out of the south 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 30s.

Nantahala Area

Today

Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Light winds out of the southeast in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain before 2am, then showers, mainly after 2am. The rain could be heavy at times. Lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the south 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 2pm, then a chance of showers after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the south 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 30s.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather



A Wind Advisory will be in effect from 3pm today until 11am tomorrow. A copy is posted below.

...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM WEDNESDAY TO 11 AM EDT THURSDAY...

* WHAT...South winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph expected.

* WHERE...Portions of northeast Georgia and western North Carolina, with the higher gusts above 50 mph at elevations above 3500 feet.

* WHEN...From 3 PM Wednesday to 11 AM EDT Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.






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Almanac









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

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the high range (10.6 out of 12) today with Juniper, Oak, and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (3.5 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for March 30th

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

Highest Temperature 83°F in Franklin in 1985
Lowest Temperature 8°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest Rainfall 5.41 inches in Nantahala in 1975
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands in 1915

Record weather events for March in Macon County

Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on March 15, 1967
Lowest Temperature -7°F in Highlands on March 7, 1899
Greatest One-Day Rain 6.43 inches in Highlands on March 29, 1898
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on March 13, 1993

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

• At the worst time, North Carolina nursing home residents lost key protections [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Dry, windy weather across Western North Carolina prompts warning from fire official [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Vietnamese carmaker to build electric vehicles in N Carolina [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Franklin Girl Scout Troop goes global with Ukrainian Sunflower project [Macon County News and Shopping Guide]

• Photos and video of the 2022 Vietnam Veterans Day Observance in Franklin, NC [Macon Media]


Macon County Commissioners - March 2022 Special Meeting



The Macon County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting on March 24th, 2022, to provide match funding to be used by local Internet providers in NC GREAT broadband grant submittals. Commissioners voted 5-0 to each application $50,000 in matching funds from their pot of money ($6.9 million) from the American Rescue Plan Act. Frontier Communications and Balsam West each will receive $50,000 for their applications and $100,000 for the two applications being submitted by Altice USA (known locally as Morris Broadband/Optimum). If the providers are not awarded GREAT funding, the funds will revert back to Macon County.


WNC Broadband Meeting

Kevin Corbin (NC Senate 50th District) and Karl Gillespie (NC House 120th District) hosted an event (MOnday, March 21st) at Holly Springs Baptist Church to discuss expanding access to broadband in western North Carolina. Among those represented, were the Division of Broadband and Digital Equity, members of the NC House (Karl Gillespie (120th), Mike Clampitt (NC-119th), and Mark Pless (118th) that serve the counties in the NC Senate 50th District represented by Senator Corbin. Local elected officials and staff members from the counties and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee and the Town of Franklin and Highlands were also present, as well as Southwestern Community College, Morris Broadband, Frontier Communications, Balsam West, and other regional internet providers. There were also members of the public and regional news media outlets present. This is the video of the full event.




• Otto Fire Department has established a fundraiser to assist the family of an injured firefighter (Cheif Rholetter) on [GoFundMe]



• Interactive map: average date of last spring freeze across the United States [Climate.gov]


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Special Section: Russo-Ukrainian War Updates
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)
(Longer videos are in the Russo-Ukraine Videos section)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 29 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for the 29th]

Ukraine Takes Irpin, Russia Stalls in the North; Day 34 (FNN Live)







Day 34: Debunking Russian Fakes



• Ukraine-Russia ceasefire talks yield glimmers of hope [Courthouse News Service]

• Ukraine appears to strike back for first time with missile hit on Russian military camp [New York Post]

• Powerful cyber attack on Russia’s Civil Aviation Authority servers: no more data nor back-up [Aviation24]

• Ukraine's ambassador tells U.N. the 'demilitarization of Russia is well under way' [Yahoo! News]

• Ukrainian girl recovers from critical wounds after Russian soldiers kill her entire family [itv News]


News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets

• Highlights from Russia-Ukraine peace talks in Turkey [Russia Today]

• Russian special forces capture Ukrainian torturers [Pravda ]

• West’s unilateral anti-Russian sanctions leading to crisis of historic scale — diplomat [TASS Russian News Agency]


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National and World News Roundup

• Manchin shoots down Biden's new billionaire tax plan [The Hill]

• FTC sues Intuit to stop ‘bait-and-switch’ TurboTax ads [AP News]

• Positive Drug Tests Among U.S. Workers Hit Two-Decade High [Wall Street Journal]

• Call Logs Underscore Trump’s Efforts to Sway Lawmakers on Jan. 6 [New York Times]

• Sandy Hook families reject Alex Jones settlement offer [AP News]

Biden stands by his comment on Putin, releases 2023 budget proposal



Global National: March 29, 2022 | US doubts Russia's promise to scale back operations near Kyiv



PBS NewsHour Full Episode March 29th, 2022





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COVID-19 News and Updates

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 6:10pm CEST, 29 March 2022, there have been 481,756,671 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,127,981 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 27 March 2022, a total of 11,054,362,790 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 6:10pm CEST, 29 March 2022, there have been 79,227,083 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 969,917 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 25 March 2022, a total of 544,622,140 vaccine doses have been administered.

• The more contagious BA.2 version of omicron is now the most common in the U.S. [NPR]

• COVID-19 Vaccination Protects Adults on Dialysis, Study Results Show [Pharmacy Times]

• No perfect therapy for the imperfect COVID-19 cytokine storm [The Lancet]

• COVID-19 can lead to lingering nerve damage [UPI]

• Still coughing after COVID? Here’s why it happens and what to do about it [The Conversation]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Tesla Gets a Big Win That May Cost Legacy Carmakers Millions [The Street]

• Researchers find region covered with ice volcanoes on Pluto[Courthouse News Service]

• Sun erupts with 17 flares from single sunspot, sending solar storms toward Earth [Space.com]

• How China’s TikTok, Facebook influencers push propaganda [AP News]

• YouTube added 1,500 free movies, but good luck finding them [Mashable]

• Free, legally available series/movies on YouTube in a Netlflix-like interface [Lamplight TV]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos
Anything from educational, entertainment, history, current events and technology

Level1 News March 30 2022: The Sweet Nestle Leaks



UN Country, You Get A Flag - DTNS 4242



Ship 24's Nosecone Nearly Ready for Stacking | SpaceX Boca Chica



Space Pizza & Dead Spacecraft - Deep Space Questions Episode 16



Cordkillers 401 - Ultimate Butt Groove






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> How military drones became a decisive factor in the Russia-Ukraine war | DW News



The Ukrainian Fighters Defending Kyiv | Russia–Ukraine W



Putin's greater Russia: What is driving the invasion of Ukraine?



Pentagon holds briefing as Russia-Ukraine talks continue | full video



Very special "Russian operation": Ukraine has more tanks today than had before the war







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On This Day

March 30 this the 89th day of the year (90th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 276 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

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




240 BC – 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

598 – Balkan Campaign: The Avars lift the siege at the Byzantine stronghold of Tomis. Their leader Bayan I retreats north of the Danube River after the Avaro-Slavic hordes are decimated by the plague.

804 - Ludger becomes 1st Bishop of Münster in the Holy Roman Empire

988 - Boudouin IV with the Beard becomes earl of Flanders

1282 – The people of Sicily rebel against the Angevin king Charles I, in what becomes known as the Sicilian Vespers.

1296 – Edward I sacks Berwick-upon-Tweed, during armed conflict between Scotland and England.

0603 - Battle at Mellifont: English army under Lord Mountjoy beats Irish

1699 – Guru Gobind Singh establishes the Khalsa in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab.

1814 - Napoleonic Wars: Sixth Coalition forces march into Paris after defeating Napoleon

1815 – Joachim Murat issues the Rimini Proclamation which would later inspire Italian unification.

1818 – Physicist Augustin Fresnel reads a memoir on optical rotation to the French Academy of Sciences, reporting that when polarized light is "depolarized" by a Fresnel rhomb, its properties are preserved in any subsequent passage through an optically-rotating crystal or liquid.

1822 – The Florida Territory is created in the United States.

1841 – The National Bank of Greece is founded in Athens.

1842 – Ether anesthesia is used for the first time, in an operation by the American surgeon Dr. Crawford Long.

1844 – One of the most important battles of the Dominican War of Independence from Haiti takes place near the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.

1855 – Origins of the American Civil War: "Border Ruffians" from Missouri invade Kansas and force election of a pro-slavery legislature.

1856 – The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Crimean War.

1861 – Discovery of the chemical elements: Sir William Crookes announces his discovery of thallium.

1863 – Danish prince Wilhelm Georg is chosen as King George of Greece.

1867 – Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2-cent/acre ($4.19/km2), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward.

1870 – Texas is readmitted to the United States Congress following Reconstruction.

1885 – The Battle for Kushka triggers the Panjdeh Incident which nearly gives rise to war between the Russian and British Empires.

1899 – German Society of Chemistry issues an invitation to other national scientific organizations to appoint delegates to the International Committee on Atomic Weights.

1912 – Sultan Abd al-Hafid signs the Treaty of Fez, making Morocco a French protectorate.

1918 – Outburst of bloody March Events in Baku and other locations of Baku Governorate.

1939 – The Heinkel He 100 fighter sets a world airspeed record of 463 mph (745 km/h).

1940 – Second Sino-Japanese War: Japan declares Nanking capital of a new Chinese puppet government, nominally controlled by Wang Jingwei.

1944 – World War II: Allied bombers conduct their most severe bombing run on Sofia, Bulgaria.

1944 – Out of 795 Lancasters, Halifaxes and Mosquitos sent to attack Nuremberg, 95 bombers do not return, making it the largest RAF Bomber Command loss of the war.

1945 – World War II: Soviet forces invade Austria and capture Vienna. Polish and Soviet forces liberate Danzig.

1949 – Cold War: A riot breaks out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joins NATO.

1959 – Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India.

1961 – The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed in New York City.

1965 – Vietnam War: A car bomb explodes in front of the United States Embassy, Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.

1972 – Vietnam War: The Easter Offensive begins after North Vietnamese forces cross into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) of South Vietnam.

1976 – Israeli-Palestinian conflict: in the first organized response against Israeli policies by a Palestinian collective since 1948, Palestinians create the first Land Day.

1979 – Airey Neave, a British Member of Parliament, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.

1981 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.; three others are wounded in the same incident.

1982 – Space Shuttle program: STS-3 mission is completed with the landing of Columbia at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

2002 – The 2002 Lyon car attack takes place.

2009 – Twelve gunmen attack the Manawan Police Academy in Lahore, Pakistan.

2017 – SpaceX conducts the world's first reflight of an orbital class rocket.

2020 - International Olympic Committee announces postponed 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be held July 23-August 8 in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic

2020 - Three out of four Americans now ordered to stay home due to COVID-19 as states of Virginia, Maryland, Arizona and Florida issue lockdowns

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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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