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Monday, May 2, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, May 2, 2022



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Weather
Hazards and Tropical Weather
Almanac
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
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

Expect an active weather pattern with a series of frontal systems crossing the area through next weekend. We will have above normal temperatures and a chance of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms most days.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Light and variable wind.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers between 2am and 4am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4am. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 56. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 76. West wind 3 to 5 mph.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers between midnight and 5am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5am. Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 56. Light southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 75. Light southwest wind becoming south southwest 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southwest wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. West northwest wind 9 to 11 mph.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers between midnight and 4am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4am. Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Light and variable wind. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Nantahala Area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers between midnight and 4am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers between 1pm and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 4pm and 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather



Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.






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Almanac <! HRRR Smoke https://hwp-viz.gsd.esrl.noaa.gov/smoke/index.html -->

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

Below is the High Resolution Rapid Refresh from NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction for our area. It runs from 3am EDT today to 8pm EDT this evening.















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 middle range of yellow .

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (9.1 out of 12) today with Maple, Birch, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.1 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for May 2nd

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

Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1963
Greatest Rainfall 2.30 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1946
Greatest Snowfall (No measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


Record weather events for March in Macon County

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of April Data available from 1873 to 2018 Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on 04-26-1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on 04-01-1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on 04-07-1895
Greatest Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on 04-04-1987

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
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)


Monday, May 2nd

Franklin Town Council April 2022 Regular Meeting
6pm in the Lower Level of Town Hall


Tuesday, May 3rd

Clerk of Court Candidate Forum & Congressional Meet & Greet
6pm at the Macon County Public Library
Organized by The Southern Scoop
https://fb.me/e/2gIf8UYPB


REACH Mardi Gras Dinner Party
6:30pm at Root + Barrel
https://fb.me/e/2kQfY0ciK




Wednesday, May 4th


Thursday, May 5th

Macon County Commissioner Candidate Forum
6pm at the Macon County Public Library
Organized by The Southern Scoop
https://fb.me/e/3fSld3NJi


Macon Middle School Band Final Performance
7pm in the MMS Gymnasium


Friday, May 6th

Blood Drive (American Red Cross Bus)

10am to 3pm
Carolina Smokies Association of Realtors, Inc.
131 Heritage Hollow Drive in Franklin
Register by visiting www.redcrossblood.org using sponsor code
Carolinasmokies or call Darlene at 828-524-1179


Saturday, May 7th

FROG FAIR
10am to 4pm at FROG Quarters
573 E Main Street in Franklin
https://www.facebook.com/MaconMediaNews/posts/5065333323512764





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Local and State News

• $750M to start flowing in NC to fight opioid addiction [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• With piles of cash, big investors become NC’s top rental-home landlords [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Barnett Branch wildfire now 80% contained at about 370 acres burned [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Visiting Our Past: Real estate development schemes in WNC date back as far as 1722 [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - April 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

• 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, May 01 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF]

How Ukraine Won the First Phase of the War - Modern Warfare | Kings and Generals



• Germany ready to support EU ban on Russian oil [DW News]

Russia Advances in East Ukraine, Combat Footage (FNN Live) | Funker530



How Ukrainian journalists risk their lives to report on the war | Focus on Europe



Artillery Positions in School | Operator Starsky



JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (April 29th)





• Nancy Pelosi Leads U.S. Delegation to Ukraine in Show of Support [Wall Street Journal]

• Ukraine says it destroyed Russia's Izyum command center, killing 200 but just missing Russia's top general [The Week via Yahoo! News]

• Ukraine war: 'Ceasefire has happened' as more than 100 civilians are evacuated from besieged Mariupol steelworks in 'safe passage operation' [Sky News]

• Denmark, Sweden summon Russian ambassadors over spy plane flight [Al Jazeera]

• 'Rape and wanton violence': Civilians in Andriivka recount Russian occupation [France 24]

• Explainer | Russia swerves to avoid default: what’s next? [South China Morning Post]


News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or Video About the Russian Perspective

• 51 years of RFE/RL: How the CIA-founded American state run media outlet survived the Soviet collapse to fight Cold War 2.0 [Russia Today]

• Russian Central Bank comments on idea to peg ruble to gold [Pravda ]

• Russia won’t try to complete Ukraine operation by Victory Day, Lavrov says [TASS Russian News Agency]

The cover-up in Ukraine is getting worse | Redacted with Clayton Morris



The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

• Teacher shortage in Texas spurs calls for systemic change [Courthouse News Service]

• New government maps show nearly all of the West is in drought and it's not even summer yet: "This is unprecedented" [CBS News]

• How Tucker Carlson Reshaped Fox News — and Became Trump’s Heir [New York Times]

• 3 University of Oklahoma students killed returning from storm chasing [CBS News]

• Alabama woman killed by pack of dogs; owner charged with manslaughter [NBC News]

• Evidence mounts of GOP involvement in Trump election schemes [Yahoo! News]

• Why didn’t Donald Trump ever attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner as president? [AS.com (Madrid, Spain)]

• Biden roasts Trump, GOP, himself at correspondents' dinner [AP News via Yahoo! News]

2022 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner



President Biden complete remarks at 2022 White House Correspondents' Dinner (C-SPAN)



• Off the Rails: Episode library [AXIOS]

Global National: May 1, 2022 | Civilians evacuated from besieged steel plant in Mariupol



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 2nd, 2022


PBS NewsHour Full Episode May 2nd, 2022




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes 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 5:47pm CEST, 29 April 2022, there have been 510,270,667 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,233,526 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 27 April 2022, a total of 11,477,767,378 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:47pm CEST, 29 April 2022, there have been 80,420,406 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 985,482 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 22 April 2022, a total of 556,437,068 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Safe syringe sites build unique bridge over mistrust to bring Covid-19 vaccines to people who inject drugs [Courthouse News Service]

• Post-acute COVID-19 is characterized by gut viral antigen persistence in inflammatory bowel diseases [Gastroenterology (PDF)]

• Virus mutations aren’t slowing down. New omicron subvariant proves it. [Washington Post]

• COVID's new Omicron sub-lineages can dodge immunity from past infection, study says [Reuters]

• The US should prepare for a predictable Southern summer surge of Covid-19, Birx says [CNN]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Sen. Joe Manchin blasts EV tax credit expansion, calls for hydrogen development [Online EV]

• Apple warns supply chain issues could have US$8b impact [CRN (Australia)]

• Recycled Lithium-Ion Batteries Can Perform Better Than New Ones [Scientific American]

• 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

Grimes: Music, AI, and the Future of Humanity | Lex Fridman Podcast #281



Appleton Marine Crane Moved to the Propellant Production Site | SpaceX Boca Chica



NSF Live: Starship Environmental Approval Update, Falcon 9 Performs Record Turnaround, and More



Oddities and Curiosities Expo Columbus - Oddities Shopping Spree



Mars helicopter flies over spacecraft wreckage | Mars Guy



SpaceX Starship FAA Delay and Booster Repair, Crew 4 launch, Axiom 1, JWST Update + much more | Marcus House






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> How Ukraine Won the First Phase of the War - Modern Warfare | Kings and Generals



Harvest of War: The war in Ukraine's effect on the world’s food supply | 60 Minutes



The REAL reason Putin might start a nuclear war | Vlad Vexler



Rare earths crunch? Why we need them and who has them | Business Beyond



The main role of Mykolaiv is to halt the spread of Russian expansion towards Europe' • FRANCE 24



What are the latest developments in Ukraine?







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On This Day

May 2 is the 122nd day of the year (123rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 243 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events



Historical Events

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





1194 – King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter.
1230 – William de Braose is hanged by Prince Llywelyn the Great.
1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft.
1559 – John Knox returns from exile to Scotland to become the leader of the nascent Scottish Reformation.
1568 – Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle.
1611 – The King James Version of the Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.
1625 – Afonso Mendes, appointed by Pope Gregory XV as Latin Patriarch of Ethiopia, arrives at Beilul from Goa.[3]
1670 – King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America.
1808 – Outbreak of the Peninsular War: The people of Madrid rise up in rebellion against French occupation. Francisco de Goya later memorializes this event in his painting The Second of May 1808.
1812 – The Siege of Cuautla during the Mexican War of Independence ends with both sides claiming victory after Mexican rebels under José María Morelos y Pavón abandon the city after 72 days
under siege by royalist Spanish troops under Félix María Calleja.
1829 – After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia.
1863 – American Civil War: Stonewall Jackson is wounded by friendly fire while returning to camp after reconnoitering during the Battle of Chancellorsville. He succumbs to pneumonia eight days later.
1866 – Peruvian defenders fight off the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao.
1876 – The April Uprising breaks out in Ottoman Bulgaria.
1885 – Cree and Assiniboine warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion.
1889 – Menelik II, Emperor of Ethiopia, signs the Treaty of Wuchale, giving Italy control over Eritrea.
1906 – Closing ceremony of the Intercalated Games in Athens, Greece.
1920 – The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis.
1933 – Germany's independent labor unions are replaced by the German Labour Front.
1941 – Following the coup d'état against Iraq Crown Prince 'Abd al-Ilah earlier that year, the United Kingdom launches the Anglo-Iraqi War to restore him to power.
1945 – World War II: The Soviet Union announces the fall of Berlin.
1945 – World War II: The surrender of Caserta comes into effect, by which German troops in Italy cease fighting.
1945 – World War II: The US 82nd Airborne Division liberates Wöbbelin concentration camp finding 1000 dead prisoners, most of whom starved to death.
1945 – World War II: A death march from Dachau to the Austrian border is halted by the segregated, all-Nisei 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army in southern Bavaria, saving several hundred prisoners.
1952 – A De Havilland Comet makes the first jetliner flight with fare-paying passengers, from London to Johannesburg.
1963 – Berthold Seliger launches a rocket with three stages and a maximum flight altitude of more than 100 kilometres near Cuxhaven. It is the only sounding rocket developed in Germany.
1964 – Vietnam War: An explosion sinks the American aircraft carrier USNS Card while it is docked at Saigon. Two Viet Cong combat swimmers had placed explosives on the ship's hull. She is raised and returned to service less than seven months later.
1964 – First ascent of Shishapangma, the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and the lowest of the Eight-thousanders.
1969 – The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City.
1972 – In the early morning hours a fire breaks out at the Sunshine Mine located between Kellogg and Wallace, Idaho, killing 91 workers.
1982 – Falklands War: The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sinks the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano.
1986 – Chernobyl disaster: The City of Chernobyl is evacuated six days after the disaster.
1989 – Cold War: Hungary begins dismantling its border fence with Austria, which allows a number of East Germans to defect.
1995 – During the Croatian War of Independence, the Army of the Republic of Serb Krajina fires cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing seven and wounding over 175 civilians.
1998 – The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.
1999 – Panamanian general election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.
2000 – President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
2004 – The Yelwa massacre concludes. It began on 4 February 2004 when armed Muslims killed 78 Christians at Yelwa. In response, about 630 Muslims were killed by Christians on May 2nd.
2008 – Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Burma killing over 138,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.
2008 – Chaitén Volcano begins erupting in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
2011 – Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man, is killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
2011 – An E. coli outbreak strikes Europe, mostly in Germany, leaving more than 30 people dead and many others are taken ill.
2012 – A pastel version of The Scream, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sells for $120 million in a New York City auction, setting a new world record for a work of art at auction.
2014 – Two mudslides in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, leave up to 2,500 people missing.





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Published at 5:00am on Monday, May 02, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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