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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, May 3, 2022



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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

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then a slight chance of showers, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 5pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60.

Highlands Plateau

Today

A slight chance of showers between 7am and 1pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.

Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A slight chance of showers between 7am and 1pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds in the early evening increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph by midevening. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 9am and 5pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60.

Nantahala Area

Today

A slight chance of showers between 7am and 3pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light winds out of the southwest in the morning increasing to 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph. 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. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather



Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will develop this afternoon with the better coverage likely across North Carolina. Some of these storms may become quite strong and produce hail, strong winds, and cloud- to-ground lightning.






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Almanac

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 1pm EDT this afternoon.















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 upper range of green .

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (7.8 out of 12) today with Maple, Birch, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.3 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for May 3rd

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

Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2012
Lowest Temperature 27°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1961
Greatest Rainfall 2.40 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1997
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)


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

• Quin goes dark after decades-long run [The Sylva Heral and Ruralite]

• $200 million now available to NC businesses for pandemic losses [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

Crews battling wildfire on Parkway, Securing containment lines top priority | WLOS-TV



• Fire along Blue Ridge Parkway contained; cause suspected to be abandoned campfire [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Blue Ridge Parkway wildfire 80% contained, campfire suspected as cause [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Family of bears break into van outside home in Asheville, North Carolina | Knoxville News Sentinel



• Two Centuries of Services and Fellowship Celebrated at First Baptist Church [Macon County News and Shopping Guide]

• Here are some important things to know about your tenant rights in North Carolina [Raleigh News and Observer]

• 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 02 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF]

Evacuation of civilians from Ukraine’s besieged Mariupol delayed | Al Jazeera



• Russian war censorship denounced on World Press Freedom Day [DW News]

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



Ukraine latest: Russia not seeking to end war by May 9 | DW News



Interview With a POW: Breakdown | Operator Starsky



JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (May 1st)





• DW honors Ukrainian journalists Maloletka and Chernov for Mariupol reporting [DW News]

• Israel condemns Russian foreign minister’s Nazism remarks [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine war: This is your finest hour, Johnson to tell Ukrainian Parliament [BBC News]

• The myth behind 'The Ghost of Kyiv' [France 24]

• Facing a Wheat Crisis, Countries Race to Remake an Entire Market on the Fly [Wall Street Journal]

• They Fell Deeply in Love in Bucha. One Russian Bullet Ended It All. [New York times]


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

• Amount of US weaponry delivered to Ukraine revealed [Russia Today]

• In Mariupol a strong fire can be seen near Azovstal [Pravda ]

• US agrees with Russia that nuclear war could not be won - White House [TASS Russian News Agency]

SHOCK! US is feeding the propaganda in Ukraine | Redacted with Natali and Clayton Morris



Tucker: This is why Democrats are taking us to war with Russia | FOX News Channel



The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

• Leaked Draft of Supreme Court Opinion Indicates Roe v. Wade May Be Overturned [Wall Street Journal]

• U.S. Supreme Court potential shock move on abortion sends protesters onto Washington streets [Reuters]

• Tulsa Race Massacre survivors have day in court [CBS News (Video)]

• Online content fuelling divisions and global tensions, media watchdog says [France 24]

• Special grand jury seated in Trump election probe in Georgia [ABC News]

Global National: May 2, 2022 | As some Ukrainians leave Mariupol steel plant, many still trapped



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.

• Remdesivir and three other drugs for hospitalised patients with COVID-19: final results of the WHO Solidarity randomised trial and updated meta-analyses [The Lancet]

• CUNY: Only 27% of adult New Yorkers infected during initial omicron surge [Gothamist]

• Beijing reopens a mass isolation center and tries to avoid a citywide lockdown. [New York Times]

• Pan-coronavirus vaccine pipeline takes form [Nature]

• Parosmia—a common consequence of covid-19 [The British Medical Journal (PDF)]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Japanese railway company to use a giant humanoid robot for fixing power lines [Interesting Engineering]

• ‘Tired’ Twitter CEO admits regrets during all-hands meeting: leaked audio [New York Post]

• California runs on 100 per cent renewables, briefly, for first time ever [Renew Economy]

• Google makes $100,000 worth of tech training free to every U.S. business [Reuters]

• MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was re-banned from Twitter 3 hours after returning to the platform since his initial ban in 2021 [Business Insider]

• Facebook Pulls the Plug on Podcast Business After a Year [Bloomberg]

• To Win the Next War, the Pentagon Needs Nerds [Wired]

• 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 May 3 2022: On The Doc-Chain



Cease & Desist: The Remix- DTNS 4266



The Bit Player | Claude Shannon | Father of Information Theory | IEEE Information Theory Society



• The Mathematical Theory of Communication by Claude E. Shannon and Warren Weaver (1948) [PDF]

Yellowstone Won't Explode And End Civilisation (Sorry) | The Deep Dive | Soup Emporium



Cordkillers 406 - Cable Minority Report



Nuclear Fusion and the Race to Power the Planet - with Arthur Turrell | The Royal Institution



Can We Use Neutrinos To See The Beginning Of Time?



• Neutrino [Wikipedia Article]

Haunted House Restaurant - Cleveland, OH | The Carpetbagger



Structural Test Stand Modified to Support Ship Testing | Starship Boca Chica



Immune 55: Cells that suck at their job



WeatherBrains 850






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Ukraine latest: Russia not seeking to end war by May 9 | DW News



Germany says could drop opposition to Russian oil ban



EU prepares for showdown with Russia over oil and gas • FRANCE 24 English



Ukrainian civilians evacuated from Mariupol steelworks bunker - BBC News



Russians making 'minimal progress' in eastern Ukraine: Officials | ABCNL



How NYC’s ‘Ukrainian Village’ is helping a war effort a world away







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On This Day

May 3 is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 242 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)





752 – Mayan king Bird Jaguar IV of Yaxchilan in modern-day Chiapas, Mexico, assumes the throne.
1481 – The largest of three earthquakes strikes the island of Rhodes and causes an estimated 30,000 casualties.
1491 – Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptised by Portuguese missionaries, adopting the baptismal name of João I.
1568 – Angered by the brutal onslaught of Spanish troops at Fort Caroline, a French force has burned the San Mateo fort and massacred hundreds of Spaniards.
1616 – Treaty of Loudun ends a French civil war.
1715 – A total solar eclipse is visible across northern Europe and northern Asia, as predicted by Edmond Halley to within four minutes accuracy.
1791 – The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
1802 – Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city after Congress abolishes the Board of Commissioners, the District's founding government. The "City of Washington" is given a mayor-council form of government.
1808 – Finnish War: Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia.
1808 – Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are executed near Príncipe Pío hill.
1815 – Neapolitan War: Joachim Murat, King of Naples, is defeated by the Austrians at the Battle of Tolentino, the decisive engagement of the war.
1830 – The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened; it is the first steam-hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.
1837 – The University of Athens is founded in Athens, Greece.
1848 – The boar-crested Anglo-Saxon Benty Grange helmet is discovered in a barrow on the Benty Grange farm in Derbyshire.
1849 – The May Uprising in Dresden begins: The last of the German revolutions of 1848–49.
1855 – American adventurer William Walker departs from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
1901 – The Great Fire of 1901 begins in Jacksonville, Florida.
1913 – Raja Harishchandra, the first full-length Indian feature film, is released, marking the beginning of the Indian film industry.
1920 – A Bolshevik coup fails in the Democratic Republic of Georgia.
1921 – Ireland is partitioned under British law by the Government of Ireland Act 1920, creating Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.
1921 – West Virginia becomes the first state to legislate a broad sales tax, but does not implement it until a number of years later due to enforcement issues.
1928 – The Jinan incident begins with the deaths of twelve Japanese civilians by Chinese forces in Jinan, China, which leads to Japanese retaliation and the deaths of over 2,000 Chinese civilians in the following days.
1939 – The All India Forward Bloc is formed by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
1942 – World War II: Japanese naval troops invade Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands during the first part of Operation Mo that results in the Battle of the Coral Sea between Japanese forces and forces from the United States and Australia.
1945 – World War II: Sinking of the prison ships Cap Arcona, Thielbek and Deutschland by the Royal Air Force in Lübeck Bay.
1947 – New post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect.
1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Shelley v. Kraemer that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities are legally unenforceable.
1951 – London's Royal Festival Hall opens with the Festival of Britain.
1951 – The United States Senate Committee on Armed Services and United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations begin their closed door hearings into the relief of Douglas MacArthur by U.S. President Harry Truman.
1952 – Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States land a plane at the North Pole.
1952 – The Kentucky Derby is televised nationally for the first time, on the CBS network.
1957 – Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, agrees to move the team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.
1963 – The police force in Birmingham, Alabama switches tactics and responds with violent force to stop the "Birmingham campaign" protesters. Images of the violent suppression are transmitted worldwide, bringing new-found attention to the civil rights movement.
1971 – Erich Honecker becomes First Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, remaining in power until 1989.
1978 – The first unsolicited bulk commercial email (which would later become known as "spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.
1979 – Margaret Thatcher wins the United Kingdom general election. The following day, she becomes the first female British Prime Minister.
1986 – Twenty-one people are killed and forty-one are injured after a bomb explodes on Air Lanka Flight 512 at Colombo airport in Sri Lanka.
1987 – A crash by Bobby Allison at the Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama fencing at the start-finish line would lead NASCAR to develop the restrictor plate for the following season both at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega.
1999 – The southwestern portion of Oklahoma City is devastated by an F5 tornado, killing forty-five people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado is one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak. This tornado also produces the highest wind speed ever recorded, measured at 301 +/- 20 mph (484 +/- 32 km/h).
1999 – Infiltration of Pakistani soldiers on Indian side results in the Kargil War.
2000 – The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.
2001 – The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
2006 – Armavia Flight 967 crashes into the Black Sea near Sochi International Airport in Sochi, Russia, killing 113 people.
2007 – The three-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann disappears in Praia da Luz, Portugal, starting "the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history".
2015 – Two gunmen launch an attempted attack on an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, which was held in response to the Charlie Hebdo shooting.
2016 – Eighty-eight thousand people are evacuated from their homes in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada as a wildfire rips through the community, destroying approximately 2,400 homes and buildings.
2018 - Kilauea volcano on Big Island, Hawaii begins erupting forcing the evacuation of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and residential areas
2020 - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China responsible for the spread and severity of COVID-19 and should be held accountable
2020 - Brazilian confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 100,000 with the death toll at 7,025, the 9th country to do so
2021 - German police announce operation and arrests into 'Boystown' world's largest child abuse image website with 400,000 members worldwide
2021 - Former U.S. Senator and astronaut Bill Nelson, becomes Administrator of NASA
2021 - Democratic Republic of the Congo announces the end of the latest Ebola outbreak after three months with a death toll of six





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


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