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Thursday, June 2, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, June 2, 2022



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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)
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OUTLOOK

Warm high pressure will persist over our region today. A cold front will approach the southern Appalachians from the northwest by late the afternoon and cross southeast of our area on Friday. High pressure will return over the weekend, with near normal temperatures. Warm high pressure will again produce temperatures several degrees above normal early next week.


Election Protest and Canvass

The Macon County Elections Board heard testimony and received evidence in the Election Protest filed by Robert Cook in the 2022 Primary and after deliberation, dismissed the objection. The board finished the election canvass, adjusting the vote totals with the addition of provisional ballots and mail-in ballots that werte received after election day. The old and new totals are in the image posted below. A recount in the Sheriff Race will be conducted Thursday, beginning at 9am. It is exoected to take several hours, concluding sometime in the afternoon. Macon Media will stream live from the event, depending on available bandwidth.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A slight chance of showers before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 3pm, then a slight chance of showers after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%.

Friday Night

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

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near 80.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.


Highlands Plateau

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog bbefore midmorning. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with highs near 80. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy dense fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Patchy dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.

Friday Night

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

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. 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.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. North wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Light north wind.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before midmorning. 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 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight Showers and thunderstorms likely before 8pm, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Friday



A slight chance of showers before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers after 3pm. Patchy dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm by midevening.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jun 2 2022

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Near the Yucatan Peninsula and Southeastern Gulf of Mexico: A broad area of low pressure located near the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula continues to produce a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and Yucatan Peninsula. Despite strong upper-level winds, this system is likely to become a tropical depression or tropical storm while it moves slowly northeastward over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and southeastern Gulf of Mexico during the next day or two. Interests in western Cuba, the Florida Keys, and the Florida Peninsula should monitor the progress of this system, and tropical storm watches or warnings could be required for some of these areas later today.

Regardless of development, areas of heavy rainfall are likely across portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba during the next day or so, spreading across southern and central Florida and the Florida Keys Friday and Friday night, and the northwestern Bahamas on Saturday. These heavy rains could cause scattered to numerous flash floods across South Florida and the Florida Keys.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

2. Southwestern Atlantic:
A weak surface trough located about 150 miles northeast of the northwestern Bahamas is producing disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms. Upper-level winds appear too strong for significant development of this system while it moves northeastward at 5 to 10 mph over the southwestern Atlantic during the next couple of days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.



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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

No smoke fields will be crossing Macon County today, no map was produced. However, air quality will be reduced, especially at elevations above 4,000 feet.











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

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range 6.5 out of 12) today with Grasses, Mulberry, and Poplar being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.75 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for June 2nd

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

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2011
Lowest Temperature 32°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1966
Greatest Rainfall 2.72 inches in Highlands in 1897
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of June
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 99°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 06-30-2012
Lowest Temperature 32°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 06-02-1966
Greatest Rainfall 7.63 inches in Highlands on 06-16-1949
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

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)


Thursday, June 2nd

Recount in Sheriff Race

The Macon County Elections Board will conduct a recount in the Sheriffs race beginning at 9am on Thursday, June 2nd in the gymnasium of the Robert C Carpenter Building (2888 Georgia Road). This is expected to take several hours to complete, with the results perhaps being available sometime in the early-to-mid afternoon. Macon Media will stream from the event live, provided there is enough bandwidth available.


Sunday, June 5th

Friends of the Macon County Public Library 50th Anniversary Open House

Share your memories...see the "time capsule"...tour the visual history...enjoy refreshments...dance to live music...and see the mock-up of stained glass windows that the Friends of the Library will be gifting to the MCPL.

Friday, June 11th

2022 WNC Jeepfeste

The 3rd Annual WNC JeepFest will be held June 10 and 11, 2022 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds in Maggie Valley, NC!
Here’s your chance to check out the amazing features that only Haywood County can provide! We have unique trails that are only found in Western North Carolina.
Our event will feature both automotive and food vendors, along with other enticing attractions. We’re also offering guided rides on 6/10, 6/11 and 6/12 to different areas of the surrounding countryside. All of these rides are stock friendly!

Like helping cats and dogs too? Awesome; so do we! All of the proceeds from WNC JeepFest go to Sarge’s Animal Rescue, right here in Haywood County!
We can’t forget our host Jeep club, WNC Jeepers! Without them, this event would still be a dream!





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Local and State News

• NC Senators approve Parents' Bill of Rights legislation [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• NC health bill with Medicaid expansion gets first Senate OK [WTVD-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• WNC health leaders 'excited' to see NC Senate approve state's Medicaid expansion [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Recount underway for two primary races in Buncombe County [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• The road to revival: A look at Canyon Woodward’s endurance race to reshape rural politics [Smoky Mountain News]

2022 Memorial Day Ceremony in Franklin, NC | Macon Media




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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, June 1 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF]

Ukrainian Counteroffensive in Kherson | Funkers530



Russia's Catastrophic Oil and Gas Problem | RealLifeLore






JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (May 31st)





• Kremlin TV Names the Country Putin Will Invade Next [Yahoo! News]

• Why Ukraine's Sievierodonetsk is so important [DW News]

• Severodonetsk under siege: 'Everything has been lost' [France 24]

• Ukraine war: Russia says US 'adding fuel to fire' by sending longer-range rockets [BBC News]

• Documents Reveal Hundreds of Russian Troops Broke Ranks Over Ukraine Orders [Wall Street Journal]

• Putin’s Threats Highlight the Dangers of a New, Riskier Nuclear Era [New York Times]


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

• Denmark to join European security bloc [Russia Today]

• NATO's new global doctrine reminds reincarnation of Third Reich [Pravda ]

• Putin vows Russia will keep bolstering its strength, independence and sovereignty [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

Watch live: Great Britain celebrates Queen Elisabeth's Platinum Jubilee with parade and ceremony



• NPR sues FBI for documents on George Floyd protests [Courthouse News Service]

• Biden Says 1st Female Armed Services Chief Is 'About Time' [Military.com]

President Biden Participates in the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony



• Israel says laser missile shield to cost just $2 per interception [Yahoo! News]

• Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen admits she was 'wrong' about inflation [NBC News]

• Oil Slides on Report Saudi Prepared to Boost Output, Biden Visit [Bloomberg]

• U.S. is ready to implement ban on Xinjiang goods on June 21 [Reuters]

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

Read the leaked your at Google Drive or below:



Global National: June 1, 2022 | Borrowing costs hiked as Canada has third interest rate rise in 2022



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - June 1st, 2022


PBS NewsHour Full Episode June 1st, 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 5:09pm CEST, 31 May 2022, there have been 526,558,033 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,287,117 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 24 May 2022, a total of 11,811,627,599 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:09pm CEST, 31 May 2022, there have been 82,853,070 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 996,108 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 20 May 2022, a total of 575,410,180 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Mask wearing in community settings reduces SARS-CoV-2 transmission [Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences]

• High-dose versus standard-dose vitamin D supplementation in older adults with COVID-19 (COVIT-TRIAL): A multicenter, open-label, randomized controlled superiority trial [Public Library of Science]

• The Incidence of Myocarditis and Pericarditis in Post COVID-19 Unvaccinated Patients—A Large Population-Based Study [Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute]

• CDC recommending people wear masks indoors in South Florida [WPTV-TV (West Palm Beach, FL)]

• Could getting COVID increase your risk of developing diabetes? [Al Jazeera]

• Two million people in UK living with long Covid, find studies [The Guardian]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Sheryl Sandberg Is Stepping Down From Meta [New York Times]

• Wray: FBI blocked planned cyberattack on children’s hospital [AP News]

• This Coffee Company's Been Spying on Customers With Its App, According to the Canadian Government [Gizmodo]

• Companies Are Hacking Their Way Around the Chip Shortage [Wired]

• The world’s fastest supercomputer just broke the exascale barrier [Science News]

• Elon Musk said working from home during the pandemic 'tricked' people into thinking they don't need to work hard. He's dead wrong, economists say. [Business Insider]

• 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 June 1 2022: Get In Loser, We're Going Shopping



Automated Balls & Strikes...The Right Call?- DTNS 4286 | Daily Tech News Show



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



What If Physics IS NOT Describing Reality?



USS Kitty Hawk arrival at Brownsville, TX for Scraping



Ship 24 Repairs Completed | Starship Boca Chica



Ingenuity Hibernates For Winter & Rocketlab Ready To Go To The Moon | Deep Space Updates June 1st



The Self-Confirming Alien SETI Signal






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Denmark wants to join EU defense policy - Why is this significant? | DW News







What is HIMARS? The advanced rocket system US is sending Ukraine



Russia's Plan "B" For Ukraine



Washington Today (6-1-22): U.S. sends Ukraine rockets on promise it won't attack Russian territory







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On This Day

June 2 is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 212 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)





455 – Sack of Rome: Vandals (under King Gaiseric) enter Rome, and plunder the city for two weeks.[1] 1098 – First Crusade: The first Siege of Antioch ends as Crusader forces take the city; the second siege began five days later.[2] 1601–1900 1608 – London: Virginia gets new charter, extending borders from "sea to sea".[3] 1615 – The first Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France.[4] 1676 – Franco-Dutch War: France ensured the supremacy of its naval fleet for the remainder of the war with its victory in the Battle of Palermo.[5] 1692 – Bridget Bishop is the first person to be tried for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts; she was found guilty and later hanged. 1763 – Pontiac's Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan, Chippewas capture Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison's attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort. 1774 – Intolerable Acts: The Quartering Act is enacted, allowing a governor in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters are not provided. 1780 – Gordon Riots anti Catholic riots in London resulting in an estimated 300-700 deaths.[6] 1793 – French Revolution: François Hanriot, leader of the Parisian National Guard, arrests 22 Girondists selected by Jean-Paul Marat, setting the stage for the Reign of Terror. 1805 – Napoleonic Wars: A Franco-Spanish fleet recaptures Diamond Rock, an uninhabited island at the entrance to the bay leading to Fort-de-France, from the British. 1835 – P. T. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States. 1848 – The Slavic congress in Prague begins. 1862 - Robert E. Lee takes command of Confederate armies of North Virginia during the American Civil War 1866 – The Fenians defeat Canadian forces at Ridgeway and Fort Erie, but the raids end soon after. 1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for his wireless telegraph. 1901–present 1909 – Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time. 1910 – Charles Rolls, a co-founder of Rolls-Royce Limited, becomes the first man to make a non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane. 1919 – Anarchists simultaneously set off bombs in eight separate U.S. cities. 1924 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States. 1941 – World War II: German paratroopers murder Greek civilians in the villages of Kondomari and Alikianos. 1946 – Birth of the Italian Republic: In a referendum, Italians vote to turn Italy from a monarchy into a Republic. After the referendum, King Umberto II of Italy is exiled. 1953 – The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey becomes the first British coronation[7] and one of the first major international events to be televised.[8] 1955 – The USSR and Yugoslavia sign the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations between the two countries, discontinued since 1948.[9] 1962 – During the FIFA World Cup, police had to intervene multiple times in fights between Chilean and Italian players in one of the most violent games in football history. 1964 – The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is formed.[10] 1966 – Surveyor program: Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft-land on another world. 1967 – Luis Monge is executed in Colorado's gas chamber, in the last pre-Furman execution in the United States. 1967 – Protests in West Berlin against the arrival of the Shah of Iran are brutally suppressed, during which Benno Ohnesorg is killed by a police officer. His death results in the founding of the terrorist group Movement 2 June. 1979 – Pope John Paul II starts his first official visit to his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country. 1983 – After an emergency landing because of an in-flight fire, twenty-three passengers aboard Air Canada Flight 797 are killed when a flashover occurs as the plane's doors open. Because of this incident, numerous new safety regulations are put in place. 1989 - 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, protecting students demonstrating for democracy 1990 – The Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak spawns 66 confirmed tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, killing 12. 1997 – In Denver, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, in which 168 people died. He was executed four years later. 2003 – Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. 2012 – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. 2014 – Telangana officially becomes the 29th state of India, formed from ten districts of northwestern Andhra Pradesh. 2020 - UK death toll from COVID-19 passes 50,000 (50,032) according to its Office of National Statistics





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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, June 02, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to the following websites or books: MaconMedia.com, youtube.com, weather.gov, airnow.gov, wikipedia.com, onthisday.com, ncdcr.gov, ncsu.edu, utah.edu, https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/, wolfram.com, biorxiv.org, aps.org, nejm.org, plos.org, cell.com, researchsquare.com, cureus.com, spc.noaa.gov, nhc.noaa.gov, ncdenr.org, medrxiv.org, archive.org, ncpedia.org, nasa.gov, https://ww2days.com, nih.gov, carolinapublicpress.org, microbe.tv, smokymountainnews.com, psypost.org, blogspot.com, pollen.com, franklinnc.com, maconnc.org, spaceweather.com, solarham.com, loc.gov, ncleg.net, senate.gov, house.gov, whitehouse.gov, drudgereport.com, politico.com, realclearpolitics.com, ushmm.org, 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): heavens-above.com, 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
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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before midmorning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Thursday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60.


Highlands Plateau

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before midmorning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Thursday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before midmorning. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.

Thursday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 30%.


Nantahala Area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.

Thursday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 40%.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 40%.







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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue May 31 2022

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Near the Yucatan Peninsula and Southeastern Gulf of Mexico:
A large and complex area of low pressure is expected to develop near the Yucatan Peninsula and the northwestern Caribbean Sea in a couple of days, partially related to the remnants of Tropical Storm Agatha from the eastern Pacific. Despite strong upper-level winds over the area, this system could become a tropical depression while it moves northeastward over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and southeastern Gulf of Mexico late this week. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is likely across portions of southeastern Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Guatemala, and Belize during the next few days, spreading across western Cuba, southern Florida, and the Florida Keys by the end of the week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent.



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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

No smoke fields will be crossing Macon County today, no map was produced.











Air quality is in the lower range of yellow 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 range 6.8 out of 12) today with Grasses, Mulberry, and Poplar being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (6.8 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for May 31st

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

Highest Temperature 90°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2011
Lowest Temperature 31°F in Franklin in 1984
Greatest Rainfall 2.94 inches in Highlands in 2018
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)


Public Hearing and Election Board Meeting

The Macon County Elections Board has moved their meeting to the Commissioners Boardroom at 3pm today during which they will have a public hearing on the Election Protest filed by Mr. Robert Cook concerning the tabulation of the Primary 2022 Election votes in Macon County. After the protest is handled, the board will then finalize the canvass in the 2022 primary that was started Friday. A video of that meeting is posted below. The board will also conduct a recount in the Sheriffs race beginning at 9am on Thursday, June 2nd in the gymnasium of the Robert C Carpenter Building (2888 Georgia Road). This is expected to take several hours to complete, with the results perhaps being available sometime in the early-to-mid afternoon. Macon Media will stream both events live, provided there is enough bandwidth available.

Election Canvass (05-27-2022) | Macon Media




Sunday, June 5th

Friends of the Macon County Public Library 50th Anniversary Open House

Share your memories...see the "time capsule"...tour the visual history...enjoy refreshments...dance to live music...and see the mock-up of stained glass windows that the Friends of the Library will be gifting to the MCPL.

Friday, June 11th

2022 WNC Jeepfeste

The 3rd Annual WNC JeepFest will be held June 10 and 11, 2022 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds in Maggie Valley, NC!
Here’s your chance to check out the amazing features that only Haywood County can provide! We have unique trails that are only found in Western North Carolina.
Our event will feature both automotive and food vendors, along with other enticing attractions. We’re also offering guided rides on 6/10, 6/11 and 6/12 to different areas of the surrounding countryside. All of these rides are stock friendly!

Like helping cats and dogs too? Awesome; so do we! All of the proceeds from WNC JeepFest go to Sarge’s Animal Rescue, right here in Haywood County!
We can’t forget our host Jeep club, WNC Jeepers! Without them, this event would still be a dream!





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Local and State News

2022 Memorial Day Ceremony in Franklin, NC | Macon Media



• Hundreds of Asheville Memorial Day Weekend tubing reservations canceled due to water level [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• NC law suspends drivers' licenses for speeding more than 15 mph [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• North Carolina man who won $10M lottery prize sentenced to life in prison [WSOC-TV (Charlotte, NC)]


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

How Corruption Destroys Armies - Theft, Graft, and Russian failure in Ukraine | Perun






JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (May 24th)





• Could Lithuania’s proposed naval coalition break blockade on Ukraine grain? [Lithuanian Radio and Television]

• New York, Ukraine: A town's dreams fade [DW News]

• Putin ready to facilitate export of grains from Ukraine: Kremlin [A l Jazeera]

• EU agrees ban on 'more than two thirds' of Russian oil imports [France 24]

• Bombed Bridges, Closed Ports Keep Ukrainian Grain From a World That Needs It [Wall Street Journal]

• Security Service of Ukraine: Russians ready to kill their generals that force soldiers to fight [Yahoo! News]

• Putin is increasingly angry in public but top US intel and military experts warn there's no 'credible' evidence that he's ill [Business Insider]

• NATO looks to 'historic' Madrid summit, with Sweden, Finland [ABC News]


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

• Russia may halt gas supplies to the Netherlands [Russia Today]

• How deeply has Western propaganda affected you? [Pravda ]

• Yumashev quits as Putin’s unsalaried adviser — Yeltsin Center deputy director [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

• NATO is no longer bound by commitments to Russia and will beef up Eastern Europe presence, says deputy secretary general [Lithuanian National Radio and Television]

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• Florida fifth grader arrested, charged with threatening a mass shooting, police say [NBC News]

• Pelosi's husband charged with DUI [CNN]

• Gun makers lose challenge to New York law allowing lawsuits against industry [CNBC]

• Armed female bystander kills man firing at party in West Virginia [BBC News]

• Organic strawberries likely cause of hepatitis A outbreak in U.S., Canada [Washington Post]

• In these locations, a gallon of gas costs more than the federal minimum wage [CBS News]

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

Read the leaked your at Google Drive or below:



President Biden honors veterans during Memorial Day ceremony | ABC News



Global National: May 30, 2022 | Canada's military needs overhaul, new sexual misconduct report says



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 30th, 2022


PBS NewsHour Full Episode May 30th, 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 5:16pm CEST, 30 May 2022, there have been 526,182,662 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,286,057 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 24 May 2022, a total of 11,811,627,599 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:16pm CEST, 30 May 2022, there have been 82,853,070 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 996,108 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 20 May 2022, a total of 575,410,180 vaccine doses have been administered.

• TWiV 903: COVID-19 clinical update #116 with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TVE]

• TWiV 904: 50 years of reverse transcriptase [Microbe TV]

• You Are Going to Get COVID Again … And Again … And Again [The Atlantic]

• How nasal COVID-19 vaccines can help prepare for infection where it starts [PBS Newshour]

• Fever, body aches, loss of smell: New COVID study charts evolution of symptoms [San Fransisco Chronicle]

• COVID lessons from Japan: the right messaging empowers citizens [Nature]

• Wastewater surveillance provides crucial COVID data, but also carries privacy concerns: scientists [CBC Radio]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• How a cheap component could help kill off combustion cars [Reuters]

• Plastic Recycling Doesn’t Work and Will Never Work [The Atlantic]

• France bans English gaming tech jargon in push to preserve language purity [The Guardian]

• Infectious Disease Puscast #3 [Microbe TV]

• Low-Cost Gel Harvests Drinking Water From Dry Desert Air [SciTechDaily]

• No driver: Fully autonomous cars now navigate some roads in Austin, Texas [USA Today]

• Stanford-led research finds small modular reactors will exacerbate challenges of highly radioactive nuclear waste [Stanford News]

• US retakes first place from Japan on Top500 supercomputer ranking [Engadget]

• A surveillance AI firm with hidden ties to China is seeking US infrastructure contracts [Protocol]

• New Solar Panel Design Uses Wasted Energy to Make Water From Air [CNET]

• 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 31 2022: Farewell, Mr.Dorsey



Infectious Disease Puscast #3



How SpaceX's Starship Will Survive Reentry | NASA Spaceflight



Late May 2022 Central Plains Tech Test - Live Field Coverage (Part 1) | HurricaneTrack






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Sinking of the Cruiser Moskva: History, Importance, Consequences | Kings and Generals



How Corruption Destroys Armies - Theft, Graft, and Russian failure in Ukraine | Perun



Fierce fighting underway in Sievierodonetsk, situation 'indescribably difficult' | DW News



The Punisher Drone: The Ukrainian Drone that Russia Hates | Megaprojects



EU leaders agree to Russian oil ban after compromise with Hungary | Al Jazeera



French journalist killed in east Ukraine while reporting on evacuating civilians | FRANCE 24



Battle continues for eastern Ukraine, French journalist killed







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On This Day

June 2 is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 212 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)





455 – Sack of Rome: Vandals enter Rome, and plunder the city for two weeks.
1098 – First Crusade: The first Siege of Antioch ends as Crusader forces take the city; the second siege began five days later.
1608 – London: Virginia gets new charter, extending borders from "sea to sea".
1615 – The first Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France.
1676 – Franco-Dutch War: France ensured the supremacy of its naval fleet for the remainder of the war with its victory in the Battle of Palermo.
1692 – Bridget Bishop is the first person to be tried for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts; she was found guilty and later hanged.
1763 – Pontiac's Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan, Chippewas capture Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison's attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort.
1774 – Intolerable Acts: The Quartering Act is enacted, allowing a governor in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters are not provided.
1780 – Gordon Riots anti Catholic riots in London resulting in an estimated 300-700 deaths.
1793 – French Revolution: François Hanriot, leader of the Parisian National Guard, arrests 22 Girondists selected by Jean-Paul Marat, setting the stage for the Reign of Terror.
1805 – Napoleonic Wars: A Franco-Spanish fleet recaptures Diamond Rock, an uninhabited island at the entrance to the bay leading to Fort-de-France, from the British.
1835 – P. T. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States.
1848 – The Slavic congress in Prague begins.
1862 - Robert E. Lee takes command of Confederate armies of North Virginia during the American Civil War
1863 - Harriet Tubman leads Union guerrillas into Maryland, freeing slaves
1864 - Battle of Cold Harbour, Day 2
1866 – The Fenians defeat Canadian forces at Ridgeway and Fort Erie, but the raids end soon after.
1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for his wireless telegraph.
1909 – Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.
1910 – Charles Rolls, a co-founder of Rolls-Royce Limited, becomes the first man to make a non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane.
1916 - Battle of Verdun: German troops, under Lt Rackow, launch attack on Fort Vaux with flamethrowers, forcing French defenders inside. The fort changes hand 16 times during the entire Battle of Verdun.
1917 - Canadian ace Billy Bishop undertakes a solo mission behind enemy lines, shooting down three aircraft as they were about to take off and several more on the ground, for which he is awarded the Victoria Cross
1919 – Anarchists simultaneously set off bombs in eight separate U.S. cities.
1924 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.
1941 – World War II: German paratroopers murder Greek civilians in the villages of Kondomari and Alikianos.
1944 - Herzogenbusch concentration camp near Vught, Netherlands, is disbanded by Allied forces, one of two SS-run camps outside Germany
1946 – Birth of the Italian Republic: In a referendum, Italians vote to turn Italy from a monarchy into a Republic. After the referendum, King Umberto II of Italy is exiled.
1953 – The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey becomes the first British coronation and one of the first major international events to be televised.
1955 – The USSR and Yugoslavia sign the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations between the two countries, discontinued since 1948.
1962 – During the FIFA World Cup, police had to intervene multiple times in fights between Chilean and Italian players in one of the most violent games in football history.
1964 – The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is formed.
1966 – Surveyor program: Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft-land on another world.
1967 – Luis Monge is executed in Colorado's gas chamber, in the last pre-Furman execution in the United States.
1967 – Protests in West Berlin against the arrival of the Shah of Iran are brutally suppressed, during which Benno Ohnesorg is killed by a police officer. His death results in the founding of the terrorist group Movement 2 June.
1979 – Pope John Paul II starts his first official visit to his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country.
1983 – After an emergency landing because of an in-flight fire, twenty-three passengers aboard Air Canada Flight 797 are killed when a flashover occurs as the plane's doors open. Because of this incident, numerous new safety regulations are put in place.
1989 - 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, protecting students demonstrating for democracy
1990 – The Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak spawns 66 confirmed tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, killing 12.
1997 – In Denver, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, in which 168 people died. He was executed four years later.
2002 - Crime drama "The Wire" created by David Simon and starring Idris Elba and Dominic West debuts on HBO
2003 – Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
2004 - Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!
2012 – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
2014 – Telangana officially becomes the 29th state of India, formed from ten districts of northwestern Andhra Pradesh.





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Published at 3:45am on Thursday, May 31, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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