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Sunday, June 5, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, June 5, 2022

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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)
On This Day
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Dry high pressure will build across the region through Monday. Developing southerly wind will bring a return of the heat and humidity beginning Tuesday. Also expect an increasing potential for afternoon and evening showers and storms as a weak cold front drifts across our area from the northwest Thursday into Friday.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Tuesday Night

Franklin Area


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.


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


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.

Monday Night

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


A slight chance of rain before 11am, then a chance of showers between 11am and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 40%.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.

Highlands Plateau


Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.


Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the east 3 to 5 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph.

Monday Night

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


A slight chance of rain before 11am, then a chance of showers between 11am and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the south 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 40%.

Tuesday Night

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

Otto and South Central Macon County


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds.


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


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

Monday Night

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


A slight chance of rain before 11am, then a chance of showers between 11am and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.

Nantahala Area


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds.


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


Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

A slight chance of rain before 5am, then a slight chance of showers after 5am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 20%.


A slight chance of rain before 10am, then a chance of showers between 10am and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Jun 5 2022

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently formed Tropical Storm Alex, located over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

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

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range 6.0 out of 12) today with Oak, Poplar, Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.5 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for June 5th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1985
Lowest Temperature 35°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1946
Greatest Rainfall 3.58 inches in Highlands in 1957
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

• NC House Speaker hints at lame duck legislative session to redraw congressional districts [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Bears seen circling campsites for hours, prompting alerts in North Carolina mountains [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Waynesville leaders oppose bill that would strip ability to regulate ETJs [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Golf carts not allowed on streets in Highlands [The Southern Scoop]

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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 4 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for June 3rd Report]

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

HIMARS can change EVERYTHING in Ukraine | Funker530


• Ukraine: Crowdfunding campaigns vital to national defense [DW News]

• Russia ‘suffering huge casualties’ as troops retreat: Ukraine [Al Jazeera]

• Russians Get Conflicting News on the Ukraine War as Telegram Turns Into an Information Battlefield [Wall Street Journal]

• General Dvornikov ‘no longer in command’ of Russian Army in Ukraine - CIT [Yahoo! News]

• U.S. Warship Arrives in Stockholm for Military Exercises, and as a Warning [New York Times]

• Ukraine anger as Macron says 'Don't humiliate Russia' [BBC News]

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

• Ukrainian military shells residential areas (VIDEOS) [Russia Today]

• Medvedev: Moscow will destroy Kyiv should Ukraine use US MLRS against Russia [Pravda ]

• Russia says it struck artillery training center with foreign staff outside Sumy [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective

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National and World News Roundup

• Jan. 6 committee set to make its case public with prime-time hearings [Washington Post]

• North Korea test-fires salvo of short-range missiles [AP News]

• Real estate agents got $3.9 billion in Covid relief PPP loans. The housing market boomed, but few repaid the loans. [NBC News]

• Original Gerber baby Ann Turner Cook dies [CBS News]

• France: Four neo-Nazis arrested for planning 'Jew hunt' during soccer match [Jerusalem Post]

• Abbott restarts baby formula plant linked to contamination [AP News]

• Hong Kong deploys heavy security on Tiananmen Square anniversary, Taiwan slams 'efforts to erase the memories' [ABC Australia]

• Alleged 'boogaloo' extremist sentenced to 41 years in murder of federal officer [NBC News]

The United Kingdon Celebrates the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Spectacular Party at the Palace: rock stars and royalty pay tribute to the Queen | BBC News

Royals Host Platinum Party at the Palace Extravaganza

• In pictures: Stars throw Party at the Palace for Queen's Platinum Jubilee [BBC News]

LIVE: Buckingham Palace during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Prince WIlliam's Heartwrenching Hymn to the Queen of 'Hope'

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

Read the leaked your at Google Drive or below:

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

Global National: June 4, 2022 | Canada faces pressure to remove remaining COVID-19 vaccine mandates

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - June 4th, 2022

PBS NewsHour Full Episode June 4th, 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.

• TWiV 906: Long COVID, giant viruses, and smallish pox [Microbe TV]

• Social media and attitudes towards a COVID-19 vaccination: A systematic review of the literature [The Lancet]

• Reporting Home Covid Test Results Can Be Confusing. Here’s How to Do It. [New York Times]

• Pandemic disrupted learning for U.S. teens, but not evenly, poll shows [Washington Post]

• With Covid cases on the rise, California counties begin to bring back mask mandates [Courthouse News Service]

• Florida threatened Special Olympics with $27M fine over COVID-19 vaccine mandate [Yahoo! News]

• Effects of Wearing Face Masks on Exercise Capacity and Ventilatory Anaerobic Threshold in Healthy Subjects During the COVID-19 Epidemic [Medical Science Monitor]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• In Photos: It’s 10 Years Since The Last ‘Transit Of Venus,’ Our Final View Until 2117 [Dorbes]

• Vergecast: Meta’s executive shakeup, vaporware cars, and a WWDC preview [The Verge]

• Great timing, supercomputer upgrade lead to successful forecast of volcanic eruption [Science Daily]

• MIT invents $4 solar desalination device [Big Think]

• Deadly Secret: Electronic Warfare Shapes Russia-Ukraine War [Security Week]

• Electric Vehicles are measurably reducing global oil demand; by 1.5 million barrels a day [LEVA (EU)]

• Japan tested a giant turbine that generates electricity using deep ocean currents [The SciVerse]

• Neutrinos from a Black Hole Snack [APS Physics]

• 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

Jonathan Haidt: The Case Against Social Media | Lex Fridman Podcast #291

Mark Zuckerberg: Meta, Facebook, Instagram, and the Metaverse | Lex Fridman Podcast #267 (this episode was referenced in the above video)

Blue Origin NS-21: New Shepard launch and landing

New Shepard Mission NS-21 Webcast

Shenzhou-14 launch | SciNews

Live: Special coverage of China's Shenzhou-14 manned space mission

Abandoned Mother Gooseland - The Lincoln Highway Experience - McKinley Presidential Library | The Carpetbagger

SpaceX Starship and FAA milestone achieved. Space Suit Award, Capstone, SLS and JWST | Marcus House

Ship 24 Lifted Onto Suborbital Pad A | SpaceX Boca Chica

New NASA Spacesuits, JWST Color Images Announced, Another Starship Delay | Space Bites

Markups & markdowns (VC School) + Coral Regeneration with Coral Vita’s Sam Teicher (Climate) | This Week in Startups E1476

D-Day 78 Special - Forgotten Normandy Tank Graveyard

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Battle of Donbas Begins - Russian Invasion of Ukraine | Kings and Generals

Live: 'Street fighting' intensifies in Sievierodonetsk as explosions rock Kyiv | FRANCE 24 English

Russia ‘throwing all its power’ at Severodonetsk: Ukraine governor | Al Jazeera

Ukraine War: The human cost of military gains | Sky News

Ukrainian forces take back parts of key eastern city Severodonetsk | CBS News

NATO holds exercise in the Baltic sea: Move expected to anger Russia | World English News | WION

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On This Day

June 5 is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 209 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)

AD70 - Titus and his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem
754 - Friezen robbers murder Bishop Boniface (later Saint) and over 50 companions near Dokkum 1257 – Kraków, in Poland, receives city rights.
1283 – Battle of the Gulf of Naples: Roger of Lauria, admiral to King Peter III of Aragon, destroys the Neapolitan fleet and captures Charles of Salerno.
1284 - Charles of Salerno is captured by Roger of Lauria during a naval battle in the Gulf of Naples, part of the Sicilian Vespers uprising
1288 – The Battle of Worringen ends the War of the Limburg Succession, with John I, Duke of Brabant, being one of the more important victors.
1610 – The masque Tethys' Festival is performed at Whitehall Palace to celebrate the investiture of Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales.
1644 – The Qing dynasty Manchu forces led by the Shunzhi Emperor take Beijing during the collapse of the Ming dynasty.
1798 – The Battle of New Ross: The attempt to spread the United Irish Rebellion into Munster is defeated.
1817 – The first Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac, is launched.
1829 – HMS Pickle captures the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba.
1832 – The June Rebellion breaks out in Paris in an attempt to overthrow the monarchy of Louis Philippe.
1837 – Houston is incorporated by the Republic of Texas.
1849 – Denmark becomes a constitutional monarchy by the signing of a new constitution.
1851 – Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly, starts a ten-month run in the National Era abolitionist newspaper.
1862 – As the Treaty of Saigon is signed, ceding parts of southern Vietnam to France, the guerrilla leader Trương Định decides to defy Emperor Tự Đức of Vietnam and fight on against the Europeans.
1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Piedmont: Union forces under General David Hunter defeat a Confederate army at Piedmont, Virginia, taking nearly 1,000 prisoners.
1873 – Sultan Barghash bin Said of Zanzibar closes the great slave market under the terms of a treaty with Great Britain.
1883 – The first regularly scheduled Orient Express departs Paris.
1888 – The Rio de la Plata earthquake takes place.
1893 – The trial of Lizzie Borden for the murder of her father and step-mother begins in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
1900 – Second Boer War: British soldiers take Pretoria.
1915 – Denmark amends its constitution to allow women's suffrage.
1916 – Louis Brandeis is sworn in as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court; he is the first American Jew to hold such a position.
1916 – World War I: The Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire breaks out.
1917 – World War I: Conscription begins in the United States as "Army registration day".
1940 – World War II: After a brief lull in the Battle of France, the Germans renew the offensive against the remaining French divisions south of the River Somme in Operation Fall Rot ("Case Red").
1941 – World War II: Four thousand Chongqing residents are asphyxiated in a bomb shelter during the Bombing of Chongqing.
1942 – World War II: The United States declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.
1944 – World War II: More than 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day.
1945 – The Allied Control Council, the military occupation governing body of Germany, formally takes power.
1946 – A fire in the La Salle Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, kills 61 people.
1947 – Cold War: Marshall Plan: In a speech at Harvard University, the United States Secretary of State George Marshall calls for economic aid to war-torn Europe.
1949 – Thailand elects Orapin Chaiyakan, the first female member of Thailand's Parliament.
1956 – Elvis Presley introduces his new single, "Hound Dog", on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements.
1959 – The first government of Singapore is sworn in.
1960 – The Lake Bodom murders occur in Finland.
1963 – The British Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, resigns in a sex scandal known as the "Profumo affair".
1963 – Movement of 15 Khordad: Protests against the arrest of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini by the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In several cities, masses of angry demonstrators are confronted by tanks and paratroopers.
1964 – DSV Alvin is commissioned.
1967 – The Six-Day War begins: Israel launches surprise strikes against Egyptian air-fields in response to the mobilisation of Egyptian forces on the Israeli border.
1968 – Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan.
1975 – The Suez Canal opens for the first time since the Six-Day War.
1975 – The United Kingdom holds its first country-wide referendum on membership of the European Economic Community (EEC).
1976 – The Teton Dam in Idaho, United States, collapses. Eleven people are killed as a result of flooding.
1981 – The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that five people in Los Angeles, California, have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turns out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS.
1983 – More than 100 people are killed when the Russian river cruise ship Aleksandr Suvorov collides with a girder of the Ulyanovsk Railway Bridge. The collision caused a freight train to derail, further damaging the vessel, yet the ship remained afloat and was eventually restored and returned to service.
1984 – Operation Blue Star: Under orders from India's prime minister, Indira Gandhi, the Indian Army begins an invasion of the Golden Temple, the holiest site of the Sikh religion.
1989 – The Tank Man halts the progress of a column of advancing tanks for over half an hour after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
1993 – Portions of the Holbeck Hall Hotel in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK, fall into the sea following a landslide.
1995 – The Bose–Einstein condensate is first created.
1997 – The Second Republic of the Congo Civil War begins.
1998 – A strike begins at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants. The strike lasts seven weeks.
2000 – The Six-Day War in Kisangani begins in Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, between Ugandan and Rwandan forces. A large part of the city is destroyed.
2001 – Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm causes $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the second costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
2003 – A severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50 °C (122 °F) in the region.
2004 – Noël Mamère, Mayor of Bègles, celebrates marriage for two men for the first time in France.
2006 – Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
2009 – After 65 straight days of civil disobedience, at least 31 people are killed in clashes between security forces and indigenous people near Bagua, Peru.
2015 – An earthquake with a moment magnitude of 6.0 strikes Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia, killing 18 people, including hikers and mountain guides on Mount Kinabalu, after mass landslides that occurred during the earthquake. This is the strongest earthquake to strike Malaysia since 1975.
2017 – Montenegro becomes the 29th member of NATO.
2017 – Six Arab countries—Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates—cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region.
2018 - US President Donald Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their families violates international law according to the UN

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

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