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Saturday, May 14, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 14, 2022



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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

Deeper moisture and as a low pressure system moves inland from the Atlantic today, bringing better chances for showers and thunderstorms than we have seen in a while. 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.

• The nation marks 1,000,000 Americans lost to COVID-19 [Macon Media]


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers after 5am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly 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.

Sunday

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 in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

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

Monday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with highs in the upper 60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers after 5am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.

Monday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 50s.

Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers after 5am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly 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.

Sunday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

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

Monday A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s.

Nantahala Area

Today

Scattered showers between 11am and 1pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers after 4am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 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.

Sunday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Monday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.







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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

There are no expected smoke fields to be crossing Macon County today, so no map was produced.












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

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (6.46 out of 12) today with Birch, Hickory, and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (7.1 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for May 14th

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

Highest Temperature 90°F in Franklin in 1956
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Highlands in 1910
Greatest Rainfall 2.99 inches in Franklin in 1976
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


Record weather events for May 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)


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

Rifle Salute at Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service



Full video of the ceremony will be published Monday.

• TheWrap@NCCapitol: Early voting ends Saturday for May 17 primary elections [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Bigfoot fanatics excited about festival's return to Marion [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Nature Journal: White-breasted nuthatches frequent backyard feeders [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Wreck claims life of Whittier woman [The Sylva Herald]

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

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

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

• Russian Annexation of Occupied Ukraine Is Putin’s Unacceptable “Off-Ramp” [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF]

• Ukrainian political sociologist: This is a war of leadership failures at many levels [Courthouse News Service]




Ukrainian Counter-Offensives, Belarusian Posturing (FNN Live) | Funker 530



Ukraine ‘Road of Death’ Shows Russians Fired on Civilians: A Video Investigation | Wall Street Journal



JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (May 11th)





• Putin losing confidence in Ukraine war, former Russian PM says [DW News]

• Replenishing US arms supplies a matter of ‘urgency’ amid huge shipments to Ukraine [France 24]

• Ukraine war in maps: Tracking the Russian invasion [BBC News]

• How Putin Drove Finland Into NATO’s Arms [Wall Street Journal]

• Russian lawmaker warns Poland is next in line for 'denazification after Ukraine' [FOX News Channel via Yahoo! News]


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

• US may have to suspend weapons shipments to Ukraine [Russia Today]

• White Paper: Blank Vote in a Democracy [Pravda ]

• Russia pushes for UN investigation of military biological activities in Ukraine — envoy [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

Washington Today (5/13/2022): President Biden on baby formula shortage | C-SPAN



• First Amendment fight for press access takes center stage in Florida federal court [Courthouse News Service]

• Student loan debt: How much should Biden forgive? [Yahoo! News 360]

• India bans wheat exports as heatwave curbs output, prices soar [Reuters]

• The Stock Market, After Soaring for Years, Returns to Earth [New York Times]

• Georgia rally shows Pence cutting his own path, regardless of Trump [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]

• Psaki bids farewell to the White House press corps: 'You have challenged me' [Yahoo! News]

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds press briefing | Yahoo! FinanceN



Global National: May 13, 2022 | Pope Francis to visit residential school as part of Canada trip



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 13th, 2022


PBS NewsHour Full Episode May 13th, 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 3:39pm CEST, 13 May 2022, there have been 517,648,631 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,261,708 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 3:39pm CEST, 13 May 2022, there have been 81,417,085 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 991,595 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 6 May 2022, a total of 570,102,931 vaccine doses have been administered.

• TWiV 899: COVID-19 clinical update #114 with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]

• Neuropsychiatric Ramifications of Severe COVID-19 and Other Severe Acute Respiratory Infections [JAMA Psychiatry]

• Tracking the reach of COVID-19 kin loss with a bereavement multiplier applied to the United States [The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences]

• Why 1 million dead from COVID is so hard for our brains to understand [PBS Newshour]

• 13,598 COVID-19 deaths in Georgia could have been prevented by vaccine, new study suggests [WSB-TV (Atlanta, GA)]

• The U.S. Is About to Make a Big Gamble on Our Next COVID Winter [SOURCE]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Elon Musk Says His $44 Billion Twitter Deal Is ‘On Hold’ [Wall Street Journal]

• Tech giants pledge multimillion down payment to secure open source [CyberSecurity Dive]

• 'Holy cow ... are you kidding me?' Scientists stunned to see plants grow in soil from the moon [CBC News]

• A court just blew up internet law because it thinks YouTube isn’t a website [The Verge]

• NASA’s Mars helicopter was supposed to fly five times. It’s flown 28. [Washington Post]

• 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

SpaceX Removes Ship 16's Nosecone | Starbase Boca Chica



Crypto Energy Isn’t What It Seems - DTNS 4275 | Daily Tech News Show



Apollo 6: A Major Unplanned Accomplishment.



TWiV 899: COVID-19 clinical update #114 with Dr. Daniel Griffin



Starlink Mission 45 Group 4-13



Who is Narendra Modi ? - India's path to becoming a world power | DW Documentary






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Why oligarchs choose London for their dirty money | The Economist



Ukraine frontline fighting: Russian shells rain down on villages north of Mariupol | BBC News



Scholz in call with Putin +++ EU pledges €500 million in additional military aid | BW New



Ukraine invasion bolsters NATO, Shireen Abu Akleh killing, China's zero Covid policy, Eurovision | France 24: The World This Week



G7 meeting: Foreign ministers to consider joint action on Ukraine



Ukrainian forces say they have destroyed a Russian-made bridge | ABC World News Tonight







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On This Day

May 14 is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 231 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)





1027 – Robert II of France names his son Henry I as junior King of the Franks.
1097 – The Siege of Nicaea begins during the First Crusade.
1264 – Battle of Lewes: Henry III of England is captured and forced to sign the Mise of Lewes, making Simon de Montfort the effective ruler of England.
1509 – Battle of Agnadello: In northern Italy, French forces defeat the Republic of Venice.
1607 – English colonists establish "James Fort," which would become Jamestown, Virginia, the earliest permanent English settlement in the Americas.
1608 – The Protestant Union, a coalition of Protestant German states, is founded to defend the rights, land and safety of each member against the Catholic Church and Catholic German states.
1610 – Henry IV of France is assassinated by Catholic zealot François Ravaillac, and Louis XIII ascends the throne.
1643 – Four-year-old Louis XIV becomes King of France upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.
1747 – War of the Austrian Succession: A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at the First Battle of Cape Finisterre.
1796 – Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation.
1800 – The 6th United States Congress recesses, and the process of moving the Federal government of the United States from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., begins the following day.
1804 – William Clark and 42 men depart from Camp Dubois to join Meriwether Lewis at St Charles, Missouri, marking the beginning of the Lewis & Clark Expedition's historic journey up the Missouri River.
1811 – Paraguay: Pedro Juan Caballero, Fulgencio Yegros and José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia start actions to depose the Spanish governor.
1836 – The Treaties of Velasco are signed in Velasco, Texas.
1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson takes place.
1868 – Boshin War: The Battle of Utsunomiya Castle ends as former Tokugawa shogunate forces withdraw northward.
1870 – The first game of rugby in New Zealand is played in Nelson between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.
1878 – The last witchcraft trial held in the United States begins in Salem, Massachusetts, after Lucretia Brown, an adherent of Christian Science, accused Daniel Spofford of attempting to harm her through his mental powers.
1879 – The first group of 463 Indian indentured laborers arrives in Fiji aboard the Leonidas.
1900 – Opening of World Amateur championship at the Paris Exposition Universelle, also known as Olympic Games.
1913 – Governor of New York William Sulzer approves the charter for the Rockefeller Foundation, which begins operations with a $100 million donation from John D. Rockefeller.
1915 – The May 14 Revolt takes place in Lisbon, Portugal.
1918 – Cape Town Mayor, Sir Harry Hands, inaugurates the Two-minute silence.
1931 – Five unarmed civilians are killed in the Ådalen shootings, as the Swedish military is called in to deal with protesting workers.
1935 – The Constitution of the Philippines is ratified by a popular vote.
1939 – Lina Medina becomes the youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five.
1940 – World War II: Rotterdam, Netherlands is bombed by the Luftwaffe of Nazi Germany despite a ceasefire, killing about 900 people and destroying the historic city center.
1943 – World War II: A Japanese submarine sinks AHS Centaur off the coast of Queensland.
1948 – Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.
1951 – Trains run on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales for the first time since preservation, making it the first railway in the world to be operated by volunteers.
1953 – Approximately 7,100 brewery workers in Milwaukee perform a walkout, marking the start of the 1953 Milwaukee brewery strike.
1955 – Cold War: Eight Communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a mutual defense treaty called the Warsaw Pact.
1961 – Civil rights movement: A white mob twice attacks a Freedom Riders bus near Anniston, Alabama, before fire-bombing the bus and attacking the civil rights protesters who flee the burning vehicle.
1970 – Andreas Baader is freed from custody by Ulrike Meinhof, Gudrun Ensslin and others, a pivotal moment in the formation of the Red Army Faction.
1973 – Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched.
1977 – A Dan-Air Boeing 707 leased to IAS Cargo Airlines crashes on approach to Lusaka International Airport in Lusaka, Zambia, killing six people.
1980 – Salvadoran Civil War: the Sumpul River massacre occurs in Chalatenango, El Salvador.
1988 – Carrollton bus collision: A drunk driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group. Twenty-seven die in the crash and ensuing fire.
2004 – The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.
2004 – Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4815 crashes into the Amazon rainforest during approach to Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Manaus, Brazil, killing 33 people.
2008 – Battle of Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre between Zenit supporters and Rangers supporters and the Greater Manchester Police, 39 policemen injured, one police-dog injured and 39 arrested.
2010 – Space Shuttle Atlantis launches on the STS-132 mission to deliver the first shuttle-launched Russian ISS component — Rassvet. This was originally slated to be the final launch of Atlantis, before Congress approved STS-135.
2012 – Agni Air Flight CHT crashes in Nepal after a failed go-around, killing 15 people.





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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, May 14, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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