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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, May 4, 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 to continue with a series of frontal systems crossing the area through the end of the week. Above normal temperatures, with mainly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms are expected through the week. Showers and thunderstorms will become more numerous on Friday and the increased coverage will linger into Saturday as a strong cold front crosses our region from the west. Cooler temperatures and diminishing shower chances are expected for the rest of the weekend.

Video of last night's Candidate Speaking Opportunity and Clerk of Court Forum is available on [Youtube]. A separate article will be published later today or tomorrow.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Friday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm by midnight.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a chance of showers between midnight and 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Friday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Highlands Plateau

Today

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the northwest around 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.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Thursday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light winds out of the south.

Friday

Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Highs near 70. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday Night

Showers, mainly before 3am. Low in the lower 50s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the northwest around 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.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Thursday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light winds out of the south.

Friday

Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Highs near 70. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday Night

Showers, mainly before 3am. Low in the lower 50s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Nantahala Area

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 7 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph in the early evening becoming calm by midnight.

Thursday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Friday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Friday Night

Showers, mainly before 2am. Lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 80%.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather



Thunderstorms will develop ahead of a crossing cold front this afternoon. Some of these storms could become strong to severe and produce damaging winds and large hail. Frequent cloud to ground lightning will also be possible.






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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 1am EDT today to 7pm 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 (7.9 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 4th

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

Highest Temperature 88°F in Franklin in 1955
Lowest Temperature 25°F in Franklin in 1971
Greatest Rainfall 2.52 inches in Highlands in 1993
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



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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

• SCC’s paralegal program aids in adoption process [The Southern Scoop]

• Stress is Real: Why We Must Be Able to Identify It to Manage It Effectively (AMC CEO Column) [Macon Media]

• Court mulls ruling that blocked NC Rep. Cawthorn challenge [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• We asked NC candidates what should happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Read their answers. [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Abortion takes on heightened political importance as NC primary nears [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

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

US: Russian advances in Donbas 'slow and uneven' - Ukraine war latest | DW News



US Military Howitzers Arriving in Ukraine, Combat Footage (FNN Live) | Funker530



Q and A: Let’s Talk! | Operator Starsky



JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (May 1st)





• Russia preparing to evacuate families of officers from Transnistria [Jerusalem Post]

• Ukraine says Russian forces are storming Azovstal plant [DW News]

• Russia pounds Donetsk, Luhansk; at least 21 killed [Al Jazeera]

• How Russian war bloggers cover the war in Ukraine [France 24]

• Ukraine war: Resistance to Russian rouble in Kherson [BBC News]

• Russia’s Independent Media, Battling for Survival, Defies Kremlin Crackdown [Wall Street Journal]


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

• Ukraine conflict rare ‘inflection point’ in history – Biden [Russia Today]

• The Bastion complex launched high-precision Onyx missiles [Pravda ]

• Australia slaps with sanctions 75 Russian lawmakers, 32 Donbass ministers [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

• Water is so low in the Colorado River, feds are holding some back so one dam can keep generating power [CNBC]

• A record 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in March [CNN]

• Opioid distributors reach $518 mln settlement with Washington state [Reuters]

• DHS watchdog says Trump's acting DHS secretary changed intel report on Russian interference in 2020 election [CBS]

Special Subsection on the Roe v Wade Opinion Leak

Read the leaked your at Google Drive or below:



• Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows [Politico]

• Supreme Court says leaked abortion draft is authentic; Roberts orders investigation into leak [CNBC]

• Court has voted to overturn Roe, according to draft opinion published by Politico [SCOTUSblog]

• Supreme Court leak indicates justices will overturn Roe v. Wade [Courthouse News Service]

• Conservatives launch vigilante campaign to hunt down Supreme Court leaker [Daily Dot]

• Biden on Supreme Court leak: Roe should not be overturned, 'A woman's right to choose is fundamental' [FOX News Channel]

• For many Republicans, ending Roe is the first step, not the last [MSNBC]

• Senate Democrats will force Republicans to vote on abortion rights [The Hill]

• Sidebar: My body, my choice [Courthouse News Service]

Eye on the Fourth Estate
[Definition]

• More reaction to The New York Times investigative piece on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson [Poynter]

• When political reporters get training on science issues, they improve the sourcing in their science-related stories months later [Nieman Lab]

• Tucker Carlson Somehow Concludes Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine is America’s Fault: ‘Payback For the 2016 Election’ [MEDIAITE]

Global National: May 3, 2022 | What happens if Roe v. Wade is overturned?



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 3rd, 2022


PBS NewsHour Full Episode May 3rd, 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 5:46pm CEST, 3 May 2022, there have been 511,965,711 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,240,619 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 1 May 2022, a total of 11,532,661,625 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:46pm CEST, 3 May 2022, there have been 80,598,784 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 986,437 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 29 April 2022, a total of 567,051,147 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Evaluating scenarios for school reopening under COVID19 [BMC Public Health]

• Severe cases of COVID causing cognitive impairment equivalent to ageing 20 years, new study finds [Sky News]

• U.S. CDC says travelers should still wear masks on airplanes[Reuters]

• Cambodia has received more than 53 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with another 20 million doses on the way [Khmer Times]

• Pfizer Says Patients Who Relapse After Covid Pill Can Repeat Treatment [Bloomberg]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Chinese hackers took trillions in intellectual property from about 30 multinational companies [CBS News]

• Rocket Lab caught a used rocket with a helicopter in semi-successful mission [Mashable]

• Denmark wants to build two energy islands to supply more renewable energy to Europe [ZME Science]

• Data Broker Is Selling Location Data of People Who Visit Abortion Clinics [Vice News]

• India Orders VPN Companies to Collect and Hand Over User Data [CNET]

• Is Google getting worse? Why critics say ads, spam sites are killing search [New York Post]

• Google fires another AI researcher who reportedly challenged findings (updated) [Engadget]

• 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 4 2022: Excuse Me Waiter, There Are Ads In My Algorithm



It Takes Chips to Make Chips - DTNS 4267 | Daily Tech News Show



Starship RVac Thrust Simulators Installed at Suborbital Pad A | SpaceX Boca Chica



CSI Starbase Episode 1: Starship Booster 7 Downcomer Failure Deep Dive



Live From The Long Lonesome Road | The Carpetbagger



aszlo Chats with Author Brandon Gauthier | Special Episode | The China History Podcast



TWiP 205: Two for the price of one | This Week in Parasitism



The Unbelievable History of Strawberries | The Fire of Learning






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Putin's next target? Interview with Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili | DW News



Kremlin Foe Browder on 'Psychopath' Putin and Disastrous Ukraine War | Morningstar Europe



Civilian evacuees from Azovstal plant reach Ukrainian-held city



Poland helps Ukrainian refugees -- but not all are welcome



Russia carries hundreds of missile attacks across Ukraine



‘We Are Not Retreating:’ Ukraine's Zelensky on War and Humanitarian Efforts | WSJ







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On This Day

May 4 is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 241 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)





1256 – The Augustinian monastic order is constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV issues a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.
1415 – Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance.
1436 – Assassination of the Swedish rebel (later national hero) Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson
1471 – Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeats a Lancastrian Army and kills Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales.
1493 – Pope Alexander VI divides the New World between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation.
1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrives in New Netherland (present day Manhattan Island) aboard the See Meeuw.
1686 – The Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines.
1776 – Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
1799 – Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ends when the city is invaded and Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.
1814 – Emperor Napoleon arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile.
1814 – King Ferdinand VII abolishes the Spanish Constitution of 1812, returning Spain to absolutism.
1836 – Formation of Ancient Order of Hibernians
1859 – The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking Devon and Cornwall in England.
1869 – The Naval Battle of Hakodate is fought in Japan.
1871 – The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opens its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1886 – Haymarket affair: A bomb is thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, United States, killing eight and wounding 60. The police fire into the crowd.
1904 – The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.
1910 – The Royal Canadian Navy is created.
1912 – Italy occupies the Greek island of Rhodes.
1919 – May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which transferred Chinese territory to Japan.
1926 – The United Kingdom general strike begins.
1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is incorporated.
1932 – In Atlanta, mobster Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion.
1942 – World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea begins with an attack by aircraft from the United States aircraft carrier USS Yorktown on Japanese naval forces at Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands. The Japanese forces had invaded Tulagi the day before.
1945 – World War II: Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg is liberated by the British Army.
1945 – World War II: The German surrender at Lüneburg Heath is signed, coming into effect the following day. It encompasses all Wehrmacht units in the Netherlands, Denmark and northwest Germany.
1946 – In San Francisco Bay, U.S. Marines from the nearby Treasure Island Naval Base stop a two-day riot at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. Five people are killed in the riot.
1949 – The entire Torino football team (except for two players who did not take the trip: Sauro Tomà, due to an injury and Renato Gandolfi, because of coach request) is killed in a plane crash.
1953 – Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.
1959 – The 1st Annual Grammy Awards are held.
1961 – American civil rights movement: The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South.
1961 – Malcolm Ross and Victor Prather attain a new altitude record for manned balloon flight ascending in the Strato-Lab V open gondola to 113,740 feet (34.67 km).
1970 – Vietnam War: Kent State shootings: The Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent the weekend before, opens fire killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others. The students were protesting the Cambodian Campaign of the United States and South Vietnam.
1972 – The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".
1973 – The 108-story Sears Tower in Chicago is topped out at 1,451 feet as the world's tallest building.
1978 – The South African Defence Force attacks a SWAPO base at Cassinga in southern Angola, killing about 600 people.
1979 – Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1982 – Twenty sailors are killed when the British Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield is hit by an Argentinian Exocet missile during the Falklands War.
1988 – The PEPCON disaster rocks Henderson, Nevada, as tons of Space Shuttle fuel detonate during a fire.
1989 – Iran–Contra affair: Former White House aide Oliver North is convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine other charges; the convictions are later overturned on appeal.
1990 – Latvia declares independence from the Soviet Union.
1994 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat sign a peace accord, granting self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
1998 – A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
2000 – Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London (an office separate from that of the Lord Mayor of London).
2002 – 103 people are killed and 51 are injured in a plane crash near Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano, Nigeria.
2007 – Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7-mile wide EF5 tornado. It was the first-ever tornado to be rated as such with the new Enhanced Fujita scale.
2014 – Three people are killed and 62 injured in a pair of bombings on buses in Nairobi, Kenya.
2019 – 145th Kentucky Derby: stewards disqualify first-across-the-line Maximum Security for interference; longshot Country House declared winner; first DQ in race history for race infraction
2020 – Countries in Europe begin cautious reopening after COVID-19 lockdown, Italy restarts construction and takeaways, Germany reopens schools
2020 – World leaders pledge $8 billion to research treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, with the US and Russia not taking part
2020 – India begins lifting some restrictions in regions with fewer COVID-19 cases
2021 – US President Joe Biden announces new goal of 160 million people, nearly of 70% of adults, vaccinated by July 4
2021 – Malian woman Halima Cisse gives birth to nonuplets (nine babies) in Morocco, in only third known case worldwide
2021 – Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador makes an historic apology to the Mayan people for abuses against them in the five centuries since the Spanish conquest





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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, May 04, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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