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Saturday, June 11, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, June 11, 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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A weak upper trough will swing across the area over the weekend and into Monday. Meanwhile, a strong ridge will build in from the west Tuesday and maintain well above normal temperatures through the end of next week. The period will also remain unsettled with isolated to scattered thunderstorms possible each afternoon.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night

Franklin Area


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Light and variable winds.


Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Calm winds becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 90s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 60s.

Highlands Plateau


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.


Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Light winds out of the south.


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

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Light winds out of the west.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.


Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upperr 80s. Light winds out fo the west.

Sunday Night

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


Mostly sunny, with highs near 90.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 60s.

Nantahala Area


Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light and variable winds.


Partly cloudy, with in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

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


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 70.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Jun 11 2022

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

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

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

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range 4.8 out of 12) today with Oak, Poplar, Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (4.9 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for June 11th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1956
Lowest Temperature 35°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1988
Greatest Rainfall 2.60 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1998
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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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

• Tree Planted at Cartoogechaye Elementary in Memory of Mrs. Martha Jamison [Macon Media]

• Former Spring Lake director of finance arrested for embezzling nearly half a million dollars in taxpayer money [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Wayne Dickert’s river life born at NOC [Smoky Mountain News]

• Ghosts in the woods – owls are skilled hunters [The Sylva Herald]

• Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC awards 8 grants to local organizations $101,785 invested back into community [The Southern Scoop News]

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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 10 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for June 10th]

British Citizens Sentenced to Death in Ukraine | Combat Footage Live Review | Funker530

• Three Foreigners Fighting Alongside Ukrainian Forces Sentenced to Death [Wall Street Journal]


• Ukraine: German minister explores alternative grain routes with Kyiv [DW News]

• Ukraine strikes Russian military targets, France offers to help lift Odessa blocade [France 24]

• ‘War fatigue’ may cause West to lose interest in Ukraine support [Al Jazeera]

• Putin: West unlikely to reject Russian energy for years [BBC News]

• Russian military moves in the Arctic worry the U.S. and NATO [Yahoo! News]

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

• Biden attempts to blame Putin for inflation [Russia Today]

• Former Ukraine to be annexed to Russia through special referendums [Pravda ]

• Switzerland joins sixth round of EU sanctions against Russia and Belarus [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective

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National and World News Roundup

• ‘Smash to smithereens’: China threatens all-out war over Taiwan [Al Jazeera]

• Greek oil tanker seized by Iran holds oil that was headed to the U.S. [NBC News]

• Federal judge reverses Biden immigration orders that released detained immigrants [Courthouse News Service]

• The court’s end-of-term workload: A historical perspective [SCOTUSblog]

Here’s Where Inflation Is Hitting U.S. Households Hardest | WSJ

• U.S. Inflation Hit 8.6% in May [Wall Street Journal]

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

Read the leaked your at Google Drive or below:

Global National: June 10, 2022 | Airport COVID-19 testing to be paused in light of delays

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - June 10th, 2022

PBS NewsHour Full Episode June 10th, 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 6:09pm CEST, 10 June 2022, there have been 532,201,219 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,305,358 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 7 June 2022, a total of 11,854,673,610 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 6:09pm CEST, 10 June 2022, there have been 84,292,712 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,000,850 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 3 June 2022, a total of 579,958,258 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Comprehensive clinical assessment identifies specific neurocognitive deficits in working-age patients with long-COVID [Public Library of Science]

• Survivors of COVID-19 exhibit altered amplitudes of low frequency fluctuation in the brain [Neural Regeneration Research]

• US will end Covid-19 testing requirement for air travelers entering the country [CNN]

• COVID and smell loss: answers begin to emerge [Nature]

• Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee June 14-15, 2022 Meeting Presentation [PDF from FDA Website]

• Diseases suppressed during Covid are coming back in new and peculiar ways [CNBC]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Meta Scrutinizing Sheryl Sandberg’s Use of Facebook Resources Over Several Years [Wall Street Journal]

• Japan Is Dropping a Gargantuan Turbine Into The Ocean to Harness 'Limitless' Energy [Science Alert]

• White supremacists are riling up thousands on social media [AP News]

• Quantum computer succeeds where a classical algorithm fails [ARS TECHNICA]

• Why you can't trust Instagram [ZDnet]

• GM 3D Prints 60,000 Parts to Keep Tahoe Deliveries on Time [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

Robin Hanson: Alien Civilizations, UFOs, and the Future of Humanity | Lex Fridman Podcast #292

Level1 News June 10 2022: I Track Cheddar Like a Food Inspector

The Cyber Security Business Is Booming - DTNS 4294 | Daily Tech News Show

Where Did The Universe Come From? Geraint Lewis | Dr Brian Keating

Earth from Space: Singapore | European Space Agency

Ship 24 Rolled Back for Raptor Installation | SpaceX Boca Chica

The Final Images We Will Ever See of Pluto and Arrokoth | Astrium

Why Crows Are as Smart as 7 Year Old Humans | Real Science

Japanese Invasion of Alaska - Pacific War #29 | Kings and Generals

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> How long can Russia afford the war? | DW News

Ukrainian forces ‘holding on’ in key Donbas battles, Zelensky says | FRANCE 24 English

Zelensky says 'fate of the Donbas' being decided in Severodonetsk | BBC News

New video shows Ukraine destroy Russian rocket launcher with US-provided weapon | CNN

Ukrainian President Zelenksyy urges U.S. corporate leaders to leave Russian market | CNBC Television

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On This Day

June 11 is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 203 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)

1184 BC - Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes
AD 173 – Marcomannic Wars: The Roman army in Moravia is encircled by the Quadi, who have broken the peace treaty (171). In a violent thunderstorm emperor Marcus Aurelius defeats and subdues them in the so-called "miracle of the rain".
631 – Emperor Taizong of Tang sends envoys to the Xueyantuo bearing gold and silk in order to seek the release of Chinese prisoners captured during the transition from Sui to Tang.
786 – A Hasanid Alid uprising in Mecca is crushed by the Abbasids at the Battle of Fakhkh.
980 – Vladimir the Great consolidates the Kievan realm from Ukraine to the Baltic Sea. He is proclaimed ruler (knyaz) of all Kievan Rus'.
1011 – Lombard Revolt: Greek citizens of Bari rise up against the Lombard rebels led by Melus and deliver the city to Basil Mesardonites, Byzantine governor (catepan) of the Catepanate of Italy.
1118 – Roger of Salerno, Prince of Antioch, captures Azaz from the Seljuk Turks.
1157 – Albert I of Brandenburg, also called The Bear (Ger: Albrecht der Bär), becomes the founder of the Margraviate of Brandenburg, Germany and the first margrave.
1345 – The megas doux Alexios Apokaukos, chief minister of the Byzantine Empire, is lynched by political prisoners.
1429 – Hundred Years' War: Start of the Battle of Jargeau.
1488 – Battle of Sauchieburn: Fought between rebel Lords and James III of Scotland, resulting in the death of the king.
1509 – Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon.
1559 – Don Tristan de Luna y Arellano sails for Florida with party of 1,500, intending to settle on gulf coast (Vera Cruz, Mexico).
1594 – Philip II recognizes the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paved way to the stabilization of the rule of the Principalía (an elite ruling class of native nobility in Spanish Philippines).
1748 – Denmark adopts the characteristic Nordic Cross flag later taken up by all other Scandinavian countries.
1770 – British explorer Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.
1775 – The American Revolutionary War's first naval engagement, the Battle of Machias, results in the capture of a small British naval vessel.
1776 – The Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence.
1788 – Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.
1805 – A fire consumes large portions of Detroit in the Michigan Territory.
1825 – The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City.
1837 – The Broad Street Riot occurs in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between Yankees and Irish.
1865 – The Naval Battle of the Riachuelo is fought on the rivulet Riachuelo (Argentina), between the Paraguayan Navy on one side and the Brazilian Navy on the other. The Brazilian victory was crucial for the later success of the Triple Alliance (Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina) in the Paraguayan War.
1892 – The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia.
1895 – Paris–Bordeaux–Paris, sometimes called the first automobile race in history or the "first motor race", takes place.
1898 – The Hundred Days' Reform, a planned movement to reform social, political, and educational institutions in China, is started by the Guangxu Emperor, but is suspended by Empress Dowager Cixi after 104 days. (The failed reform led to the abolition of the Imperial examination in 1905.)
1901 – The boundaries of the Colony of New Zealand are extended by the UK to include the Cook Islands.
1903 – A group of Serbian officers storms the royal palace and assassinates King Alexander I of Serbia and his wife, Queen Draga.
1917 – King Alexander assumes the throne of Greece after his father, Constantine I, is deemed to have abdicated under pressure from allied armies occupying Athens.
1919 – Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to win the U.S. Triple Crown.
1920 – During the U.S. Republican National Convention in Chicago, U.S. Republican Party leaders gathered in a room at the Blackstone Hotel to come to a consensus on their candidate for the U.S. presidential election, leading the Associated Press to coin the political phrase "smoke-filled room".
1935 – Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States at Alpine, New Jersey.
1936 – The London International Surrealist Exhibition opens.
1937 – Great Purge: The Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin executes eight army leaders.
1938 – Second Sino-Japanese War: The Battle of Wuhan starts.
1940 – World War II: The Siege of Malta begins with a series of Italian air raids.
1942 – World War II: The United States agrees to send Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union.
1942 – Free French Forces retreat from Bir Hakeim after having successfully delayed the Axis advance.
1944 – USS Missouri, the last battleship built by the United States Navy and future site of the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, is commissioned.
1955 – Eighty-three spectators are killed and at least 100 are injured after an Austin-Healey and a Mercedes-Benz collide at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the deadliest ever accident in motorsports.
1956 – Start of Gal Oya riots, the first reported ethnic riots that target minority Sri Lankan Tamils in the Eastern Province. The total number of deaths is reportedly 150.
1962 – Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin allegedly become the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island.
1963 – American Civil Rights Movement: Governor of Alabama George Wallace defiantly stands at the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending that school. Later in the day, accompanied by federalized National Guard troops, they are able to register.
1963 – Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam.
1963 – John F. Kennedy addresses Americans from the Oval Office proposing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which would revolutionize American society by guaranteeing equal access to public facilities, ending segregation in education, and guaranteeing federal protection for voting rights.
1964 – World War II veteran Walter Seifert attacks an elementary school in Cologne, Germany, killing at least eight children and two teachers and seriously injuring several more with a home-made flamethrower and a lance.
1968 – Lloyd J. Old identified the first cell surface antigens that could differentiate among different cell types.
1970 – After being appointed on May 15, Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington officially receive their ranks as U.S. Army Generals, becoming the first women to do so.
1971 – The U.S. Government forcibly removes the last holdouts to the Native American Occupation of Alcatraz, ending 19 months of control.
1978 – Altaf Hussain founds the student political movement All Pakistan Muhajir Students Organisation (APMSO) in Karachi University.
1981 – A magnitude 6.9 earthquake at Golbaf, Iran, kills at least 2,000.
1987 – Diane Abbott, Paul Boateng and Bernie Grant are elected as the first black MPs in Great Britain.
1998 – Compaq Computer pays US$9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.
2001 – Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
2002 – Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.
2004 – Cassini–Huygens makes its closest flyby of the Saturn moon Phoebe.
2007 – Mudslides in Chittagong, Bangladesh, kill 130 people.
2008 – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes a historic official apology to Canada's First Nations in regard to abuses at a Canadian Indian residential school.
2008 – The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is launched into orbit.
2009 - The World Health Organization declares H1N1 swine flu to be a global pandemic, the first such incident in over forty years
2010 – The first African FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa.
2012 – More than 80 people die in a landslide triggered by two earthquakes in Afghanistan; an entire village is buried.
2013 – Greece's public broadcaster ERT is shut down by then-prime minister Antonis Samaras. It would open exactly two years later by then-prime minister Alexis Tsipras.
2014 - Islamic State of Iraq forces seize control of government offices and other important buildings in the northern city of Mosul
2017 - Japan passes law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate
2017 - Puerto Rico votes overwhelming in favor of statehood in a status referendum with 97% in favor despite a low turnout of 23%
2018 - Net neutrality is officially repealed by The Federal Communications Commission in the US
2018 - More than 100 people arrested in Vietnam, after protests against special economic zones at the People's Committee Headquarters in Binh Thuan province and elsewhere
2019 - Comedian Jon Stewart delivers angry rebuke to Congress for the lack of funds for 9/11 victims
2021 - Pulitzer Prizes awarded to Katori Hall for drama, The New York Times for pandemic coverage and special citation for Darnella Frazier for recording the murder of George Floyd
2021 - US lobsterman survives being swallowed by a humpback whale off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts

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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, June 11, 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