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Saturday, June 4, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, June 4, 2022

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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)
On This Day
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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night

Franklin Area


Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.


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


Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 30%.

Highlands Plateau


Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph.


Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. East wind 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph.


Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Monday Night

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.


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


Sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the east around 5 mph by noon.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 30%. Monday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 30%.

Nantahala Area


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the north around 5 mph in the afternoon.


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


Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Sunday Night

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


Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 30%.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today. A tropical system will be working its way through Florida this weekend. We should not be impacted by this storm.


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
800 PM EDT Fri Jun 3 2022

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

Southeastern Gulf of Mexico:
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone One, located over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The disturbance is expected to become a tropical storm tonight or early Saturday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.

1. In the Western Atlantic west-southwest of Bermuda: Shower and thunderstorm activity has decreased this evening in association with the small but well-defined area of low pressure about 150 miles southwest of Bermuda. This system still has a brief window for further development through tonight before strong upper-level winds result in increasingly unfavorable conditions over the weekend. This system is expected to move generally eastward, passing south of Bermuda this weekend.

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

Hurricane Outlook and Discussion for June 3, 2022:: Tracking PTC1 and Invest 92L

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24 Hour Smoke Forecast

No smoke fields will be crossing Macon County today, 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 lower range of yellow.

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range 6.2 out of 12) today with Oak, Poplar, Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (6.2 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for June 4th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F in Franklin in 1985
Lowest Temperature 36°F in Franklin in 1969
Greatest Rainfall 6.03 inches in Highlands in 1967
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
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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 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

• Sheriffs Race Recount: A Live Blog - June 2, 2022 [Macon Media]

• NC lawmakers propose $200 gas tax refund for drivers [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• City of Brevard sues HCA, alleging predatory tactics to monopolize healthcare market [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Runoff declared for Jackson School Board [Smoky Mountain News]

• Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds Amphitheater Could Get Makeover [WRGC-AM (Sylva, NC)]

• Cherokee Indian Fair now to be held at casino convention center [One Feather]

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

• Putin treated for advanced cancer and survived assassination attempt, US intelligence reports [iNews]

HIMARS can change EVERYTHING in Ukraine | Funker530


• Military hardware for Ukraine: Who plans to supply what? [DW NewsE]

• Vladimir Putin made ‘historic’ error in Ukraine: France [Al Jazeera]

• Hundred days of war in Ukraine, Queen's platinum Jubilee, Verdict in Depp-Heard trial [France 24 | The World This Week]

• Ukraine war: Hungry Africans are victims of the conflict, Macky Sall tells Vladimir Putin [BBC News]

• Russia’s War on Ukraine at 100 Days Has No End in Sight, Threatening Global Costs [Wall Street Journal]

• Ukraine forces ‘recapture 20% of territory lost in Sievierodonetsk’ – as it happened [The Guardian]

• Thousands Swept Up as Kremlin Clamps Down on War Criticism [New York Times]

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

• Ukraine war: How Russian TV has reported the 100 days of conflict [BBC News]

• Global food crisis is result of policy mistakes by US and EU, Putin’s aide tells RT [Russia Today]

• No Western weapon will break Russia's superiority in Ukraine [Pravda ]

• Medvedev dismisses claims of Russia being responsible for global food crisis [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective

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National and World News Roundup

Washington Today (6-3-22): Former Trump WH adviser Peter Navarro indicted for contempt of Congress

Global National: June 3, 2022 | Queen Elizabeth missing from Jubilee events amid mobility issues

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - June 3rd, 2022

PBS NewsHour Full Episode June 3rd, 2022

• Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People [New York Times]

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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 5:37pm CEST, 3 June 2022, there have been 528,816,317 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,294,969 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 1 June 2022, a total of 11,947,644,522 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:37pm CEST, 3 June 2022, there have been 83,551,386 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 998,070 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 20 May 2022, a total of 575,410,180 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Mask rules are suddenly back in California as coronavirus hits danger zone [Los Angeles Times]

• Long-term mortality following SARS-CoV-2 infection: A national cohort study from Estonia [The Lancet]

• Gov. DeSantis, Ladapo announce reversal of vaccine policy at Special Olympics [WFLA-TV (Tampa Bay, FL)]

• TWiV 905: COVID-19 clinical update #117 with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe-TVE]

• Small Study Finds Alzheimer's-like Changes in Some COVID Patients' Brains [Columbia University Irving Medical Center]

• Why This COVID Wave Feels Different [Spiegel International]

• A Look at the Worst Mistakes Germany Made in the Coronavirus Pandemic [SOURCE]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• New York state passes first-ever ‘right to repair’ law for electronics [The Verge]

• Patient Implanted with Live, 3D-Printed Tissue in Medical First [The Scientist]

• California regulators approve state’s 1st robotic taxi fleet [AP News]

• New smartphone app identifying jaundice from babies ‘could save lives’ [STV News]

• Google settles lawsuit with Illinois residents for $100M after photo app privacy concerns [USA Today]

• China to launch next crewed mission on Sunday to build space station [Reuters]

• NASA to buy 5 more astronaut missions from SpaceX []

• Intel 24-Core Raptor Lake CPU Obliterates Alder Lake Core i9 12900K In Benchmark Leak [Hot Hardware]

• Is ‘perma-home working’ a fad or here to stay? [Tech Radar]

• Firm proposes Taser-armed drones to stop school shootings [AP News]

• 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

Lost beneath the leaves: Lasers reveal an ancient Amazonian civilisation

• Lidar reveals pre-Hispanic low-density urbanism in the Bolivian Amazon [Nature]

Don't Origami Your TV - DTNS 4289 | Daily Tech News Show

What is the GREAT ATTRACTOR? Will It Absorb us? And What is DARK FLOW?

199: Linux 5.18, Firefox Snap, Budgie Desktop, KDE Plasma 5.25 and more Linux news! |

Windows 11 Configuration: Privacy, Desktop Settings & Registry Hacks

Linux Action News 243 | Linux Action News

Elon Musk: Starship Passes Cryo Test, Booster Static Fire Just Weeks Away

Tesla's Charging Expert | In Depth

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> 100 days since Russia's invasion: Ukraine announces plans for a counter-offensive | DW News

Russia's Catastrophic Oil & Gas Problem | Real Life Lore

How things stand after 100 days of Russia’s war on Ukraine I Al Jazeera Newsfeed

The Economy of Ukraine: Before and After | Economics Explained

World This Week: 100 days of war in Ukraine, Queen's platinum Jubilee, Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard | France 24

Returning to Kyiv: The Challenges Ukrainians Face Going Back Home | WSJ

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On This Day

June 4 is the 155th day of the year (156th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 210 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)

781BC - Oldest Chinese recording of a solar eclipse
1039 - Henry III becomes Holy Roman Emperor
1070 - Roquefort cheese created in a cave near Roquefort, France
1133 - Rome-Innocentius II crowns Lotharius III Roman-German emperor
1357 - The "Peace of Ath", signed by Count Louis II of Flanders and Duke Wenceslaus of Luxembourg ends the attempt of the succession of Brabant
1391 - Mob led by Ferrand Martinez surrounds and sets fire to the Jewish quarter of Seville in Spain, the surviving Jews are sold into slavery
1411 – King Charles VI granted a monopoly for the ripening of Roquefort cheese to the people of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon as they had been doing for centuries.
1561 – The steeple of St Paul's, the medieval cathedral of London, is destroyed in a fire caused by lightning and is never rebuilt.
1615 – Siege of Osaka: Forces under Tokugawa Ieyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan.
1745 – Battle of Hohenfriedberg: Frederick the Great's Prussian army decisively defeated an Austrian army under Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine during the War of the Austrian Succession.
1760 – Great Upheaval: New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada, taken from the Acadians.
1783 – The Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrate their montgolfière (hot air balloon).
1784 – Élisabeth Thible becomes the first woman to fly in an untethered hot air balloon. Her flight covers four kilometres in 45 minutes, and reached 1,500 metres altitude (estimated).
1792 – Captain George Vancouver claims Puget Sound for the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1802 – King Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia abdicates his throne in favor of his brother, Victor Emmanuel.
1812 – Following Louisiana's admittance as a U.S. state, the Louisiana Territory is renamed the Missouri Territory.
1825 – General Lafayette, a French officer in the American Revolutionary War, speaks at what would become Lafayette Square, Buffalo, during his visit to the United States.
1855 – Major Henry C. Wayne departs New York aboard the USS Supply to procure camels to establish the U.S. Camel Corps.
1859 – Italian Independence wars: In the Battle of Magenta, the French army, under Louis-Napoleon, defeat the Austrian army.
1862 – American Civil War: Confederate troops evacuate Fort Pillow on the Mississippi River, leaving the way clear for Union troops to take Memphis, Tennessee.
1876 – An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after leaving New York City.
1878 – Cyprus Convention: The Ottoman Empire cedes Cyprus to the United Kingdom but retains nominal title.
1896 – Henry Ford completes the Ford Quadricycle, his first gasoline-powered automobile, and gives it a successful test run.
1912 – Massachusetts becomes the first state of the United States to set a minimum wage.
1913 – Emily Davison, a suffragist, runs out in front of King George V's horse at The Derby. She is trampled, never regains consciousness, and dies four days later.
1916 – World War I: Russia opens the Brusilov Offensive with an artillery barrage of Austro-Hungarian lines in Galicia.
1917 – The first Pulitzer Prizes are awarded: Laura E. Richards, Maude H. Elliott, and Florence Hall receive the first Pulitzer for biography (for Julia Ward Howe). Jean Jules Jusserand receives the first Pulitzer for history for his work With Americans of Past and Present Days. Herbert B. Swope receives the first Pulitzer for journalism for his work for the New York World.
1919 – Women's rights: The U.S. Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees suffrage to women, and sends it to the U.S. states for ratification.
1920 – Hungary loses 71% of its territory and 63% of its population when the Treaty of Trianon is signed in Paris.
1928 – The President of the Republic of China, Zhang Zuolin, is assassinated by Japanese agents.
1932 – Marmaduke Grove and other Chilean military officers lead a coup d'état establishing the short-lived Socialist Republic of Chile.
1939 – The Holocaust: The MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 963 German Jewish refugees, is denied permission to land in Florida, in the United States, after already being turned away from Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, more than 200 of its passengers later die in Nazi concentration camps.
1940 – World War II: The Dunkirk evacuation ends: the British Armed Forces completes evacuation of 338,000 troops from Dunkirk in France. To rally the morale of the country, Winston Churchill delivers, only to the House of Commons, his famous "We shall fight on the beaches" speech.
1942 – World War II: The Battle of Midway begins. The Japanese Admiral Chūichi Nagumo orders a strike on Midway Island by much of the Imperial Japanese Navy.
1942 – World War II: Gustaf Mannerheim, the Commander-in-Chief of the Finnish Army, is granded the title of Marshal of Finland by the government on his 75th birthday. On the same day, Adolf Hitler arrive in Finland for a surprise visit to meet Mannerheim.
1943 – A military coup in Argentina ousts Ramón Castillo.
1944 – World War II: A hunter-killer group of the United States Navy captures the German Kriegsmarine submarine U-505: The first time a U.S. Navy vessel had captured an enemy vessel at sea since the 19th century.
1944 – World War II: The United States Fifth Army captures Rome, although much of the German Fourteenth Army is able to withdraw to the north.
1961 – Cold War: In the Vienna summit, the Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev sparks the Berlin Crisis by threatening to sign a separate peace treaty with East Germany and ending American, British and French access to East Berlin.
1967 – Seventy-two people are killed when a Canadair C-4 Argonaut crashes at Stockport in England.
1970 – Tonga gains independence from the British Empire.
1975 – The Governor of California Jerry Brown signs the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act into law, the first law in the United States giving farmworkers collective bargaining rights.
1977 – JVC introduces its VHS videotape at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago. It will eventually prevail against Sony's rival Betamax system in a format war to become the predominant home video medium.
1979 – Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings takes power in Ghana after a military coup in which General Fred Akuffo is overthrown.
1983 – Gordon Kahl, who killed two US Marshals in Medina, North Dakota on February 13, is killed in a shootout in Smithville, Arkansas, along with a local sheriff, after a four-month manhunt.
1986 – Jonathan Pollard pleads guilty to espionage for selling top secret United States military intelligence to Israel.
1988 – Three cars on a train carrying hexogen to Kazakhstan explode in Arzamas, Gorky Oblast, USSR, killing 91 and injuring about 1,500.
1989 – In the 1989 Iranian Supreme Leader election, Ali Khamenei is elected as the new Supreme Leader of Iran after the death and funeral of Ruhollah Khomeini.
1989 – The Tiananmen Square protests are suppressed in Beijing by the People's Liberation Army, with between 241 and 10,000 dead (an unofficial estimate).
1989 – Solidarity's victory in the 1989 Polish legislative election, the first election since the Communist Polish United Workers Party abandoned its monopoly of power. It sparks off the Revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe.
1989 – Ufa train disaster: A natural gas explosion near Ufa, Russia, kills 575 as two trains passing each other throw sparks near a leaky pipeline.
1996 – The first flight of Ariane 5 explodes after roughly 37 seconds. It was a Cluster mission.
1997 – NASA's Mars Pathfinder probe, which is carrying the Sojourner rover, lands on Mars.
1998 – Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
2010 – Falcon 9 Flight 1 is the maiden flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40.
2012 - US drone attack kills 15 militants in Pakistan, including high ranking al-Qaeda official, Abu Yahya al-Libi
2012 - Car bomb kills 26 and injures 190 people in central Baghdad, Iraq
2012 - Japan's stock market plummets to record lows with the S&P/TOPIX 150 reaching its lowest level since 1983
2014 - 10 Nigerian generals and five other senior military officers are court-martialed for providing arms and information to jihadist terrorist group Boko Haram
2017 - Ariana Grande headlines benefit concert for victims of her Manchester concert bombing, also featuring Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry
2018 - Former US President Bill Clinton and James Patterson publish a thriller novel "The President is Missing" together
2018 - US President Donald Trump tweets "I have the absolute right to PARDON myself"
2018 - Former US President Bill Clinton in interview with NBC says he hasn't and doesn't need to apologize to Monica Lewinsky
2019 - Over 100,000 people mark the 30th anniversary of Beijing's Tiananmen Square Massacre in Hong Kong and around the world
2020 - Thousands ignore a recent ban and mark the anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre in Hong Kong
2021 - Memorial for George Floyd led by Rev. Al Sharpton, killed in police custody, in Minneapolis, as 10th night of protests at his death held around the country
2021 - Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli makes a desperate plea for vaccines amid his country's devastating COVID-19 second wave, reporting nearly 9,000 daily cases late May

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Published at 3:00am on Saturday, June 4, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins

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