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Sunday, June 19, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, June 19, 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



Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.


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


Sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Light winds out of the north.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 90s.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s.

Highlands Plateau


Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.


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


Sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Monday Night

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


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60.

Otto and South Central Macon County


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


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


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

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 90s.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.

Nantahala Area


Sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the north 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds.


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

Monday Night

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


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 60s.

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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 Sun Jun 19 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 thelower 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 levels are expected to be in the low-medium range 4.3 out of 12) today with Grasses and Plantain being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (3.7 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for June 19th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F in Highlands in 1933
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1965
Greatest Rainfall 2.08 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station 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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Local and State News

• Photos: Juneteenth celebration in Asheville 2022 [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• 'All of us coming together as one': Hundreds celebrate at Asheville's Juneteenth festival [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• NC residents see gender identity education issue as insignificant but support bill limiting it, poll shows [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Cherokee police chief resigns [Smoky Mountain News]

• Former intern claims unsafe conditions at Buncombe County Jail [Mountain Xpress]

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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 18 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for June 18th]

How Russia could collapse (again) | Caspain Report

Russia tells BBC “we did not invade Ukraine” and there is “no war” there | BBC News


• What hurdles do Ukraine and Moldova face on the path to EU membership? [DW News]

• UK, NATO warn of long Ukraine war as Zelenskyy visits front lines [Al Jazeera]

• Hundreds of Ukrainians attend funeral of Maidan icon killed in war [France 24]

• Losing Troops in Ukraine, Russia Grapples With Its Manpower Problem [Wall Street Journal]

• US Harpoon missiles destroyed a heavily-armed Russian vessel in the Black Sea, say Ukraine's military [Yahoo! News]

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

• WATCH Protesters confront congressman over Ukraine aid and Davos title [Russia Today]

• Putin: Russia does not threaten anyone with nukes, but Moscow does have them [Pravda ]

• Filming of houses allegedly destroyed by Russian strikes organized in Nikolayev [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective

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National and World News Roundup

• Source: Police never tried to open door to classrooms where Uvalde gunman had kids trapped [San Antonio Express-News]

• Bitcoin briefly dropped below $17,800 as sell-off accelerates — here’s what happened [CNBC]

• Political commentator and columnist Mark Shields dies at 85 [AP News]

Honoring Mark Shields and his decades of political analysis (2020)

• The Navy has fired a dozen leaders but won't explain why [NBC News]

• Biden’s Long Deliberations Over Some Key Policy Decisions Frustrate Democrats [Wall Street Journal]

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

Read the leaked opinion on Google Drive or below:

Global National: June 18, 2022 | High-profile Indigenous group facing leadership crisis

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - June 17th, 2022

PBS NewsHour Full Episode June 18th, 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:

• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

Globally, as of 5:24pm CEST, 17 June 2022, there have been 535,863,950 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,314,972 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 16 June 2022, a total of 11,902,271,619 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:24pm CEST, 17 June 2022, there have been 85,007,630 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,002,946 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 10 June 2022, a total of 582,178,649 vaccine doses have been administered.

• “We Have to Get Out of This Phase”: Ashish Jha on the Future of the Pandemic [The New Yorker]

• COVID-19 infection levels rising in all four UK nations [The Seattle Times]

TWiV 911: Antibody can get vaccinated now | Microbe TV

• Outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection [Research Square]

• Immunology professor on why data shows more COVID infections among boosted Americans [CBS News Video]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• TSMC announces 2nm chip production will start by 2025 [Apple Insider]

• Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Google and others agree to new EU rules to fight disinformation [The Verge]

• Quantum security trials with Toshiba have begun on 124-mile quantum network; open soon to industry and academics for testing [University of Chicago]

• Agnipath: Indian state suspends internet, stops train services as protests against army reforms intensify [The UK Independent]

• Former Amazon engineer convicted in 2019 Capital One data breach [Engadget]

• Plastic Processors for Less Than a Penny Apiece [tom's HARDWARE]

• 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

202: KDE Plasma 5.25, K9 Mail Joins Thunderbird, Steam NextFest and more Linux news! | This Week in Linux

Avi Loeb + Eric Weinstein: UAPs, Academic Research, & Truth | Dr Brian Keating

Globalstar FM15 Mission | SpaceX

NASA Rolls Out Massive SLS Rocket for Final Prelaunch Testing | NASA Spaceflight

TWiV 911: Antibody can get vaccinated now | Microbe TV

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Ukraine troops plead for heavy weapons amid Russian shelling | DW News

Leading surgeon trains Ukraine’s doctors to treat war injuries | BBC News

Zelensky hails Brussels’ support for Ukraine as intense shelling hits Donbas | FRANCE 24

Will Ukraine join the European Union? | Inside Story

Zelenskyy Visits Frontline Town In Southern Ukraine | NBC News

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On This Day

June 19 is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 195 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)

325 – The original Nicene Creed is adopted at the First Council of Nicaea.
• [Wikipedia article on Nicene Creed]
• [Athanasian Creed]
• [Wikipedia: Arianism]
• [Early Christian Schisms - The Council of Nicaea - Extra History - #3]

1179 – The Battle of Kalvskinnet takes place outside Nidaros (now Trondheim), Norway. Earl Erling Skakke is killed, and the battle changes the tide of the civil wars.
• [Civil ware era in Norway]

1306 – The Earl of Pembroke's army defeats Bruce's Scottish army at the Battle of Methven.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Methven]
• [Battlefields of Britain: BATTLE OF METHVEN (1306)]

1586 – English colonists leave Roanoke Island, after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in North America.

1770 – New Church Day: Emanuel Swedenborg writes: "The Lord sent forth His twelve disciples, who followed Him in the world into the whole spiritual world to preach the Gospel that the Lord God Jesus Christ reigns. This took place on the 19th day of June, in the year 1770."
• [Wikipedia: New Church day]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Emanuel Swedenborg]

1800 – War of the Second Coalition Battle of Höchstädt results in a French victory over Austria.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Höchstädt (1800)]
• [Wikipedia: War of the Second Coalition]
• [History in Five: The War of the Second Coalition]

1816 – Battle of Seven Oaks between North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
• [The Selkirk Settlers Cuthbert Grant and the Battle of Seven Oaks]
• [Pemmican War | 3 Minute History]
• [Wikipedia article]

1821 – Decisive defeat of the Filiki Eteria by the Ottomans at Drăgășani (in Wallachia).
• [Wikipedia: Filiki Eteria]
• [Greek War of Independence]

1846 – The first officially recorded, organized baseball game is played under Alexander Cartwright's rules on Hoboken, New Jersey's Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23–1. Cartwright umpired.
• [Baseball Almanac: Knickerboxer Rules]

1850 – Princess Louise of the Netherlands marries Crown Prince Karl of Sweden–Norway.

1862 – The U.S. Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.
• [Law Enacting Emancipation in the Federal Territories]
• [Wikipedia: Dred Scott v. Sandford]
• [Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute]

1865 – Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, are finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 41 other contiguous states as Juneteenth. Juneteenth officially became a federal holiday in the United States in 2021.
• []
• [ What is Juneteenth?]
• [Emancipation Proclamation]

1867 – Maximilian I of the Second Mexican Empire is executed by a firing squad in Querétaro, Querétaro.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Maximilian I of Mexico]
• [Second Mexican Empire]
• [Maximilian I: The Austrian Dictator of Mexico]

1875 – The Herzegovinian rebellion against the Ottoman Empire begins.
• [Herzegovina uprising (1875–1877)]

1903 – Benito Mussolini, at the time a radical Socialist, is arrested by Bern police for advocating a violent general strike.
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [The Great War: From Socialist to Fascist - Benito Mussolini in World War 1]

1910 – The first Father's Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington.
• [Wikipedia: Father's Day]

1913 – Natives Land Act, 1913 in South Africa implemented.
• [Wikipedia article]

1921 – The village of Knockcroghery, Ireland, was burned by British forces.
• [The Burning Of Knockcroghery Documentary] (Premieres June 20th at 3pm)
• [Wikipedia: Burning of Knockcroghery]
• [Wikipedia: Black and Tans]

1934 – The Communications Act of 1934 establishes the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
• [VIDEO: Act of 1934 and the FCC]
• [Wikipedia article]

1943 – World War II: The Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL merge for one season due to player shortages caused by World War II.
• [Steagles]
• [Wikipedia: Steagles]

1953 – Cold War: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing, in New York.
• [Wikipedia: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg]
• [The Rosenbergs: The Definitive Debate]
• [Newsreel]
• [State Bar of Georgia: The Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Trial (1951) | Communist Spies?]

1960 – The first NASCAR race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
• [HistoryPod Video]
• [ article]
• [Wikipedia: 1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock Series]

1961 – Kuwait declares independence from the United Kingdom.
• [Independence for Kuwait]
• [Wikipedia: History of Kuwait]

1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.
• [Newsreel]
• [The 1964 Civil Rights Bill Explained in 8 Minutes]
• [1964: The Fight for a Right | MPB]
• [President Johnson and the Civil Rights Act of 1964]
• [Wikipedia]

1965 – Nguyễn Cao Kỳ becomes Prime Minister of South Vietnam at the head of a military junta; General Nguyễn Văn Thiệu becomes the figurehead chief of state.

1985 – Members of the Revolutionary Party of Central American Workers, dressed as Salvadoran soldiers, attack the Zona Rosa area of San Salvador.
• [Wikipedia: Revolutionary Party of Central American Workers]
• [Wikipedia: Salvadoran Civil War]
• [El Salvador Civil War | Military Junta | Salvadoran Civil War | TV Eye | 1981]

1987 – Basque separatist group ETA commits one of its most violent attacks, in which a bomb is set off in a supermarket, Hipercor, killing 21 and injuring 45.
• [Wikipedia: Hipercor bombing]
• [Basque Conflict]
• [The Basque Country and ETA | DW Documentary]

1988 – Pope John Paul II canonizes 117 Vietnamese Martyrs.

1990 – The current international law defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, is ratified for the first time by Norway.
• [Wikipedia: Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989]

1990 – The Communist Party of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic is founded in Moscow.
• [Wikipedia article]

1991 – The last Soviet army units in Hungary are withdrawn.

2005 – Following a series of Michelin tire failures during the United States Grand Prix weekend at Indianapolis, and without an agreement being reached, 14 cars from seven teams in Michelin tires withdrew after completing the formation lap, leaving only six cars from three teams on Bridgestone tires to race.

2007 – The al-Khilani Mosque bombing in Baghdad leaves 78 people dead and another 218 injured.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [video shot in the aftermath] (graphic images)

2009 – Mass riots involving over 10,000 people and 10,000 police officers break out in Shishou, China, over the dubious circumstances surrounding the death of a local chef.

2009 – War in North-West Pakistan: The Pakistani Armed Forces open Operation Rah-e-Nijat against the Taliban and other Islamist rebels in the South Waziristan area of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
• [Pakistan's War With The Taliban]
• [Operation Rah e Nijat report on Sararogha By Laiq Ur Rehman]

2012 – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requested asylum in London's Ecuadorian Embassy for fear of extradition to the US after publication of previously classified documents including footage of civilian killings by the US army.
• [BBC Article]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Julian Assange]
• [Wikipedia: WikiLeaks]

2018 – The 10,000,000th United States Patent is issued.

2018 – Antwon Rose II was fatally shot in East Pittsburgh by East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld after being involved in a near-fatal drive-by shooting.
• [Wikipedia: Shooting of Antwon Rose Jr.]
• [CBS News Report] (video shows the shooting)
• [CBS News report on Acquital of Police Officer]

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Published at 3:10am on Sunday, June 19, 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