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Thursday, May 12, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, May 12, 2022



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Almanac
Macon Calendar
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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

Broad and dry high pressure will linger over the forecast area today. Deeper moisture and increased precipitation chances return on Friday as a low pressure system moves onshore along the Southeastern Coast. A cold front will then approach from the northwest over the weekend and move through the area by early next week with drying high pressure expected in the front`s wake.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. East wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable by midnight.

Friday

A chance of rain before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of rain, then a slight chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. WInds out of the east 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the east around 5 mph becoming north before midnight.

Friday

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Partly sunny, with highs near 76. Calm winds becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 50%.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Nantahala Area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 76. Calm winds becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds becoming north northeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Friday

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Chance of rain is 30%.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather



Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.






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Almanac

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 middle range of yellow .

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (8.6 out of 12) today with Birch, Maple, and Hickory being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.5 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for May 12th

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

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2000
Lowest Temperature 30°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.43 inches in Highlands in 1915
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 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
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)


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 https://www.vayahealth.com/calendar/ 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 https://www.vayahealth.com/calendar/ 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

COVID-19 Fireside Chat and Tele-town Hall: Testing, Long COVID, Treatments & More | NCDHHS



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

• Franklin Town Council - Special Called Meeting Monday, May 9, 2022 [Macon Media]

• State overpaid probation officers by $5,400 in a month, wants it back [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Data shows 21% increase in homelessness in Asheville as city contracts consultant [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• MDMA as medicine: Stemming the tide of veteran suicides in Western North Carolina [Smoky Mountain News]

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

• Summer has been coming earlier in Asheville. Here's why. [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 11 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF]



Snake Island Revenge, Ukraine Combat Footage (FNN Live) | Funker 530



UK signs defense deals with Sweden & Finland - Could Ukraine follow? | DW News



JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (May 1st)





• Russian gas flows to Europe via Ukraine fall as Kyiv shuts route [Al Jazeera]

• Wartime stress in Ukraine: more babies born prematurely [DW News]

• Fears that Moldova could be next territory to come under attack from Russia [France 24]

• Russia has signaled intent to end 'current phase' of invasion, cut losses with Kherson referendum: expert [Fox News via Yahoo! News]

• Ukraine war: Russia pushed back from Kharkiv - report from front line [BBC News]


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

Tucker: There is something really wrong | FOX News Channel



• How a century of political violence in Ukraine is linked to the atrocities of today [Russia Today]

• Zelensky's Office: Boris Johnson ordered to stop Russia-Ukraine talks [Pravda ]

• Bank of Russia identifies main risks for its baseline scenario [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

How Sheriffs created the most powerful ‘gangs’ In Los Angeles | Fault Lines



• Miracle in the Air: Air Traffic Controllers Guide Passenger to Land Plane Safely [Federal Aviation Administration]

• Explainer: How do France's legislative elections work? [France 24]

• Court: California’s under-21 gun sales ban unconstitutional [AP News]

• Florida judge says DeSantis' redistricting map is unconstitutional [AXIOS]

• This is the $13 billion US Navy aircraft carrier Trump constantly complained looked 'really bad,' according to his former defense chief [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
[Definition]

Biden says inflation is his 'top domestic priority' | ABC News



Global National: May 11, 2022 | Ukraine claims to have made small gains in Kharkiv region



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 11th, 2022


PBS NewsHour Full Episode May 11th, 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 6:14pm CEST, 11 May 2022, there have been 516,476,402 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,258,023 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 10 May 2022, a total of 11,655,356,423 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 6:14pm CEST, 11 May 2022, there have been 81,178,013 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 990,599 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 6 May 2022, a total of 570,102,931 vaccine doses have been administered.

COVID-19 Fireside Chat and Tele-town Hall: Testing, Long COVID, Treatments and More | NCDHHS



How misinformation and the partisan divide drove a surge in U.S. COVID deaths



• North Korea orders strict lockdown with first official Covid cases [BBC News]

• Portland schools reinstate mask mandate due to high COVID-19 transmission rates [WGMW-TV (Portland, ME)]

• Cruise passengers smash records as COVID outbreaks put most ships under federal investigation [Seattle Times]

• New versions of Omicron are masters of immune evasion [Science]

• Growing share of Covid-19 deaths are among vaccinated people, but booster shots substantially lower the risk [CNN]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Researchers Pinpoint Reason Infants Die From SIDS [BioSpace]

• ICE uses data brokers to bypass surveillance restrictions, report finds [The Verge]

• Cryptocurrency TerraUSD Plunges as Investors Bail [Wall Street Journal]

• Thousands of Popular Websites See What You Type—Before You Hit Submit [Wired]

• Elon Musk says he's 'exactly aligned' with strict new EU rules on policing social-media platforms [Business Insider]

• John Deere Remotely Disables Tractors Stolen in Ukraine by Russian Troops [Entrepreneur]

• Tech's latest IPOs are getting demolished, with Robinhood, Rivian, UiPath down over 70% from offer price [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

Bitcoin: The Winds Of Winter (LIVE SHOW!) | Into the CryptoVerse



Google I/O Gets Real- DTNS 4273 | Daily Tech Shows



Can Mark Cuban’s Low-Cost Drug Company Disrupt the Pharma Industry? | WSJ



Cordkillers 407 - Good Ol' Doug-Kenobi (w/ Anthony Lemos)



The 2022 Oppenheimer Lecture: The Quantum Origins of Gravity | UC Berkeley Events



Was There Life on Venus Or Was Phosphine Just a Trick of Math?



SpaceX Starts Florida Megabay for Starship | Cape Update



Ham Nation: Bob Is Back Tonight, Hamvention and Skywarn!






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Why Ukraine's Artillery is So Effective vs. Russia (FNN 34)



Ukraine proposes prisoners swap to end Azovstal siege | DW News



Battle for Donbas: Residents flee as fighting rages in in Ukraine



Global Food Threat : What to do about Russia's blockade of Ukrainian exports? | France 24



'I fought against Nazis with the Soviets, now I flee Putin's war' | BBC News



Ukraine announces first war crimes trial for Russian soldier







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On This Day

May 12 is the 132nd day of the year (133rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 233 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)





254 – Pope Stephen I succeeds Pope Lucius I, becoming the 23rd pope of the Catholic Church, and immediately takes a stand against Novatianism.
907 – Zhu Wen forces Emperor Ai into abdicating, ending the Tang dynasty after nearly three hundred years of rule.
1191 – Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre in Cyprus;[2] she is crowned Queen consort of England the same day.
1328 – Antipope Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, is consecrated in Rome by the Bishop of Venice.
1364 – Jagiellonian University, the oldest university in Poland, is founded in Kraków.
1497 – Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola.
1510 – The Prince of Anhua rebellion begins when Zhu Zhifan kills all the officials invited to a banquet and declares his intent on ousting the powerful Ming dynasty eunuch Liu Jin during the reign of the Zhengde Emperor.
1551 – National University of San Marcos, the oldest university in the Americas, is founded in Lima, Peru.
1588 – French Wars of Religion: Henry III of France flees Paris after Henry I, Duke of Guise, enters the city and a spontaneous uprising occurs.
1593 – London playwright Thomas Kyd is arrested and tortured by the Privy Council for libel.
1743 – Maria Theresa of Austria is crowned Queen of Bohemia after defeating her rival, Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor.
1778 – Heinrich XI, count of the Principality of Reuss-Greiz, is elevated to Prince by Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor.
1780 – American Revolutionary War: In the largest defeat of the Continental Army, Charleston, South Carolina is taken by British forces.
1797 – War of the First Coalition: Napoleon Bonaparte conquers Venice.
1808 – Finnish War: Swedish-Finnish troops, led by Captain Karl Wilhelm Malmi, conquers the city of Kuopio from Russians after the Battle of Kuopio.
1821 – The first major battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks is fought in Valtetsi.
1846 – The Donner Party of pioneers departs Independence, Missouri for California, on what will become a year-long journey of hardship and cannibalism.
1862 – American Civil War: Union Army troops occupy Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Raymond: Two divisions of James B. McPherson's XVII Corps turn the left wing of Confederate General John C. Pemberton's defensive line on Fourteen Mile Creek, opening up the interior of Mississippi to the Union Army during the Vicksburg Campaign.
1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House: Union troops assault a Confederate salient known as the "Mule Shoe", with the fiercest fighting of the war, much of it hand-to-hand combat, occurring at "the Bloody Angle" on the northwest.
1865 – American Civil War: The Battle of Palmito Ranch: The first day of the last major land action to take place during the Civil War, resulting in a Confederate victory.
1870 – The Manitoba Act is given the Royal Assent, paving the way for Manitoba to become a province of Canada on July 15.
1881 – In North Africa, Tunisia becomes a French protectorate.
1885 – North-West Rebellion: The four-day Battle of Batoche, pitting rebel Métis against the Canadian government, comes to an end with a decisive rebel defeat.
1888 – In Southeast Asia, the North Borneo Chartered Company's territories become the British protectorate of North Borneo.
1926 – The Italian-built airship Norge becomes the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.
1926 – The 1926 United Kingdom general strike ends.
1932 – Ten weeks after his abduction, Charles Jr., the infant son of Charles Lindbergh, is found dead near Hopewell, New Jersey, just a few miles from the Lindberghs' home.
1933 – The Agricultural Adjustment Act, which restricts agricultural production through government purchase of livestock for slaughter and paying subsidies to farmers when they remove land from planting, is signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1933 – President Roosevelt signs legislation creating the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, the predecessor of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
1937 – The Duke and Duchess of York are crowned as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Westminster Abbey.
1941 – Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
1942 – World War II: Second Battle of Kharkov: In eastern Ukraine, Red Army forces under Marshal Semyon Timoshenko launch a major offensive from the Izium bridgehead, only to be encircled and destroyed by the troops of Army Group South two weeks later.
1942 – World War II: The U.S. tanker SS Virginia is torpedoed in the mouth of the Mississippi River by the German submarine U-507.
1948 – Wilhelmina, Queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, cedes the throne to her daughter Juliana.
1949 – Cold War: The Soviet Union lifts its blockade of Berlin.
1965 – The Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashes on the Moon.
1968 – Vietnam War: North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces attack Australian troops defending Fire Support Base Coral.
1975 – Indochina Wars: Democratic Kampuchea naval forces capture the SS Mayaguez.
1978 – In Zaire, rebels occupy the city of Kolwezi, the mining center of the province of Shaba (now known as Katanga); the local government asks the US, France and Belgium to restore order.
1982 – During a procession outside the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, security guards overpower Juan María Fernández y Krohn before he can attack Pope John Paul II with a bayonet.
1989 – The San Bernardino train disaster kills four people, only to be followed a week later by an underground gasoline pipeline explosion, which kills two more people.
1998 – Four students are shot at Trisakti University, leading to widespread riots and the fall of Suharto.
2002 – Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro, becoming the first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since the Cuban Revolution.
2003 – The Riyadh compound bombings in Saudi Arabia, carried out by al-Qaeda, kill 39 people.
2006 – Mass unrest by the Primeiro Comando da Capital begins in São Paulo (Brazil), leaving at least 150 dead.
2006 – Iranian Azeris interpret a cartoon published in an Iranian magazine as insulting, resulting in massive riots throughout the country.
2008 – An earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people.
2008 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducts the largest-ever raid of a workplace in Postville, Iowa, arresting nearly 400 immigrants for identity theft and document fraud.
2010 – Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 crashes on final approach to Tripoli International Airport in Tripoli, Libya, killing 103 out of the 104 people on board.
2015 – A train derailment in Philadelphia kills eight people and injures more than 200.
2015 – Massive Nepal earthquake kills 218 people and injures more than 3500.
2017 – The WannaCry ransomware attack impacts over 400,000 computers worldwide, targeting computers of the United Kingdom's National Health Services and Telefónica computers.
2018 – Paris knife attack: A man is fatally shot by police in Paris after killing one and injuring several others.





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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, May 12, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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