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Monday, May 9, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, May 9, 2022

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Hazards and Tropical Weather
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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Dry high pressure remains over the eastern states through mid week with slowly moderating temperatures. Moisture and precipitation chances return by the end of the work week into the weekend as a low pressure system moves on shore along the Southeastern coast. A cold front will be approaching from the northwest by late in the weekend.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night

Franklin Area


Mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light winds out of the southwest.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the upper 40s. Light and variable winds.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with lows around 50.

Highlands Plateau


Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the south in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 40s. WInds out of the southeast 5 to 7 mph shifting to come out of the east after midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid 40s. Light and variable winds.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with lows in the upper 40s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with lows around 50.

Nantahala Area


Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds.


Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Calm winds in the early evening increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph before midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows around 50. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs near 80.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with lows in the lower 50s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.

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24 Hour Smoke Forecast

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

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (8.9 out of 12) today with Birch, Maple, and Hickory being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.7 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for May 9th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 89°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 28°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1947
Greatest Rainfall 1.46 inches in Highlands in 1969
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands in 1992

Record weather events for March in Macon County

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of May Data available from 1873 to 2018 Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992

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
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Monday, May 9th

Franklin Town Council - Special Called Meeting at 6pm

Lower level of the town hall at 95 East Main Street

1. Call to Order- Mayor Jack Horton
2. Public Session
3. New Business
A.) Revaluation Presentation – Abby Braswell, Macon County Tax Administrator
4. Old Business
A.) Budget Overview and Comments and Direction from Council
5. Closed Session
A.) Enter into Closed Session under NC General Statute § 143-318.11(a)(5) to discuss acquisition of real property by purchase, option, exchange, or lease – Angel Medical Center
6. Adjourn

Tuesday, May 10th

Macon County Board of Commissioners - May 2022 Regular Meeting
6pm on the Third Floor (Enter through the rear of the Courthouse)

Friday, May 13th

Annual Law Enforcement Memorial
Friday May 13th, 2022 12:00PM
Franklin, NC. Town Square
Please join us in honoring these fallen heroes.

Wednesday, May 18th

Vaya Health Class - Bipolar Disorder and Extreme Mood Variation – Is There Stability?
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room

Please register for this in-person VAYA Health class at or call the library 828-524-3600.

Whether you are the caregiver of someone with bipolar disorder or an individual living with the inability to maintain a consistent mood, feeling 'stable' is often an infrequent reality. This class examines features and symptoms of the different types of the disorder. It also addresses causes, risk factors, and, most importantly, treatment. Specific focus is placed on the impact for the geriatric population.

This is a free event facilitated by the Vaya Health GERO team. CEU’s are provided through NC Department of Health and Human Services. If you're not able to attend this event, or you'd like to see what else they have to offer, feel free to visit to sign up for free webinars offered by Vaya Health.

Friday, May 20th

Questions about Mental Health? with NAMI Appalachian South
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room

NAMI Appalachian South (National Alliance on Mental Illness) representatives will be showing films and answering questions about mental health and local resources.

Please visit our Mental Wellness display of books, films, and information about local mental health resources.

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Local and State News

• When you can’t afford the cost of life: Redefining poverty’s parameters[Raleigh News and Observer]

• $185 million in first-class improvements, updates coming to Asheville Regional Airport [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Word from Smokies: Writer in residence finally gets to popular park [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Sylva temporarily closes Spring Street [Smoky Mountain News]

• Beasley braces for US Senate general election, positions herself as NC's lone moderate [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

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

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

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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 08 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF]

'Zelensky releases video on day of remembrance: 'We hear "never again" differently' | The Newsroom Explains


• The above tweet thread in [Threadreader]

Why is Russia's Victory Day so important to the country? | BBC News

• Victory Day in Europe: Ukraine war puts spotlight on Russia [DW News]

• Battles rage in Ukraine’s Luhansk as Russia targets main city [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine war: Putin and his generals should 'share same fate as Nazis', says Ben Wallace, ahead of Russia's Victory Day parade [Sky News]

• G7 countries pledge to stop Russia oil imports [France 24]

• How Ukrainian Civilians Risked Their Lives to Help Win the Battle for Kyiv [Wall Street Journal]

• Russian space agency chief boasts nuclear capabilities, claims NATO would lose 'in 30 minutes' [FOC News Channel]

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

• US running low on weapons as it arms Ukraine – Congressman [Russia Today]

• The Iskander-M surface-to-air missile system [Pravda ]

• Russian forces destroy weapons from US and Western countries at Sol railway station [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective

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National and World News Roundup

First lady Jill Biden makes surprise visit to Ukraine

• Office of anti-abortion organization in Wisconsin targeted in arson attack, police say [CNN]

• Port of Long Beach goes big on trains to relieve congested docks [Courthouse News Service]

• Grand jury indicts man accused in Brooklyn subway mass shooting [WPXI-TV (Pittsburgh, PA)]

• EXPLAINER: How 81-1 shot Rich Strike won the Kentucky Derby [ABC News]

• Elon Musk Fears for His Life After Russian Threats [Yahoo! News]

Roe v Wade Opinion Leak (Read the Draft Opinion for Yourself)

Read the leaked your at Google Drive or below:

Eye on the Fourth Estate

Meet The Press Broadcast (Full) - May 8

Global National: May 8, 2022 | Trudeau tours scenes of destruction during surprise Ukraine visit

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 8th, 2022

PBS NewsHour Full Episode May 8th, 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 5:31pm CEST, 6 May 2022, there have been 513,955,910 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,249,700 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 5 May 2022, a total of 11,562,157,794 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:31pm CEST, 6 May 2022, there have been 80,854,843 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 989,435 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 29 April 2022, a total of 567,051,147 vaccine doses have been administered.

• TWiV 898: Immunity is skin deep [Microbe TV]

• The Concept of Classical Herd Immunity May Not Apply to COVID-19 [The Journal of Infectious Diseases]

• Iota-carrageenan extracted from red algae is a potent inhibitor of SARS-CoV-2 infection in reconstituted human airway epithelia [National Library of Medicine]

• Headache and cognitive disturbance correlate with ganglion cell layer thickness in patients who recovered from COVID-19 [Science Direct]

• Scientists identify high chance of reinfection with Omicron subvariants for unvaccinated [Daily Maverick]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Ford Might Have Very Bad News for Rivian [The Street]

• It's official. Remote work has zero negative impact on your productivity [Interesting Engineering]

• Psychologists found a “striking” difference in intelligence after examining twins raised apart in South Korea and the United States [PsyPost]

• Bitcoin drops below $34,000 over the weekend, extending Friday’s losses [CNBC]

• Utilities push back against growth of rooftop solar panels [NBC News]

• Six New Miniature Frog Species Discovered in Mexico [Smithsonian Magazine]

• 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

Chris Mason: Space Travel, Colonization, and Long-Term Survival in Space | Lex Fridman Podcast #283

Dr. Christopher Mason | The Next 500 Years | Talks at Google

TWiV 898: Immunity is skin deep

Alien Earth: The Hadean Eon and Life

Starship 24 Fully Stacked | SpaceX Boca Chica

Thomas Dambo's Troll that Hatched an Egg at Aullwood Audobon

Discovery of Several Mid Sized Black Holes Destroying 1000s of Stars

(The insane Russian Plan to Conquer the World) title

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Watch live: Putin's speech at Russia's Victory Day celebrations | DW News

The new Cold War - More nuclear weapons in Europe? | DW Documentary

The Next Phase Of Russia’s War In Ukraine

Sixty believed killed after school attack by Russia in Ukraine

FLOTUS Meets With Ukrainian First Lady During Surprise Visit To Ukraine

Irpin residents return home with resolve to rebuild

NATO Military Spending Amid the Ukraine War, Explained

Dozens feared dead after Russian bomb hits school in eastern Ukraine - BBC News

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On This Day

May 9 is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 236 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)

328 - Athanasius is elected Patriarch of Alexandria.
1009 – Lombard Revolt: Lombard forces led by Melus revolt in Bari against the Byzantine Catepanate of Italy.
1386 – England and Portugal formally ratify their alliance with the signing of the Treaty of Windsor, making it the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world which is still in force.
1450 – 'Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated.
1540 – Hernando de Alarcón sets sail on an expedition to the Gulf of California.
1662 – The figure who later became Mr. Punch makes his first recorded appearance in England.
1671 – Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal England's Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
1726 – Five men arrested during a raid on Mother Clap's molly house in London are executed at Tyburn.
1864 – Second Schleswig War: The Danish navy defeats the Austrian and Prussian fleets in the Battle of Heligoland.
1865 – American Civil War: Nathan Bedford Forrest surrenders his forces at Gainesville, Alabama.

1865 – American Civil War: President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation ending belligerent rights of the rebels and enjoining foreign nations to intern or expel Confederate ships.
1873 – Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression.
1877 – Mihail Kogălniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day became the Independence Day of Romania.
1901 – Australia opens its first national parliament in Melbourne.
1911 – The works of Gabriele D'Annunzio are placed in the Index of Forbidden Books by the Vatican.
1915 – World War I: Second Battle of Artois between German and French forces.
1918 – World War I: Germany repels Britain's second attempt to blockade the port of Ostend, Belgium.
1920 – Polish–Soviet War: The Polish army under General Edward Rydz-Śmigły celebrates its capture of Kiev with a victory parade on Khreshchatyk.
1926 – Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of Byrd's diary appears to cast some doubt on the claim.)
1927 – Old Parliament House, Canberra officially opens.
1936 – Italy formally annexes Ethiopia after taking the capital Addis Ababa on May 5.
1941 – World War II: The German submarine U-110 is captured by the Royal Navy. On board is the latest Enigma machine which Allied cryptographers later use to break coded German messages.
1942 – The Holocaust in Ukraine: The SS executes 588 Jewish residents of the Podolian town of Zinkiv (Khmelnytska oblast. The Zoludek Ghetto (in Belarus) is destroyed and all its inhabitants executed or deported.
1945 – World War II: The final German Instrument of Surrender is signed at the Soviet headquarters in Berlin-Karlshorst.
1946 – King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates and is succeeded by Umberto II.
1948 – Czechoslovakia's Ninth-of-May Constitution comes into effect.
1950 – Robert Schuman presents the "Schuman Declaration", considered by some to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union.
1955 – Cold War: West Germany joins NATO.
1960 – The Food and Drug Administration announces it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle's Enovid, making Enovid the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.
1969 – Carlos Lamarca leads the first urban guerrilla action against the military dictatorship of Brazil in São Paulo, by robbing two banks.
1974 – Watergate scandal: The United States House Committee on the Judiciary opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.
1979 – Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian is executed by firing squad in Tehran, prompting the mass exodus of the once 100,000-strong Jewish community of Iran.
1980 – In Florida, United States, Liberian freighter MV Summit Venture collides with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, making a 1,400-ft. section of the southbound span collapse. Thirty-five people in six cars and a Greyhound bus fall 150 ft. into the water and die.
1980 – In Norco, California, United States, five masked gunmen hold up a Security Pacific bank, leading to a violent shoot-out and one of the largest pursuits in California history. Two of the gunmen and one police officer are killed and thirty-three police and civilian vehicles are destroyed in the chase.
1987 – LOT Flight 5055 Tadeusz Kościuszko crashes after takeoff in Warsaw, Poland, killing all 183 people on board.
1988 – New Parliament House, Canberra officially opens.
1992 – Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the First Nagorno-Karabakh War.
1992 – Westray Mine disaster kills 26 workers in Nova Scotia, Canada.
2001 – In Ghana, 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium disaster. The deaths are caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of tear gas by police personnel at the stadium) that followed a controversial decision by the referee.
2002 – The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected terrorists among them deported to several different countries.
2017 – US President Donald Trump fires FBI Director James Comey.
2018 – The historic defeat for Barisan Nasional, the governing coalition of Malaysia since the country's independence in 1957 in 2018 Malaysian general election.
2020 – The COVID-19 recession causes the U.S. unemployment rate to hit 14.9 percent, its worst rate since the Great Depression.

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Published at 2:50am on Monday, May 09, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins

Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to the following websites or books:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 - Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center. Back to Top