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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, June 21, 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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High pressure will keep the area dry through the middle part of the week. Heat will build back over the region during the first half of the workweek, though humidity will remain low through today. Our next chance for rain looks to be Thursday with a slightly more active pattern by the weekend.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night

Franklin Area


Mostly sunny, with highs near 90. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 90s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

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


A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 90s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 60s.

Highlands Plateau


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Light winds out of the northwest.


Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Mostly sunny, with highs near 90. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the north around 5 mph in the afternoon.


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


Sunny, with highs in the mid 90s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 60s. Light winds out of the northwest.


A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 90s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s.

Nantahala Area


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Light and variable winds.


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


Sunny, with highs near 88. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

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


A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s.

Thursday 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 Tue Jun 21 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 themiddle 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 (4.6 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for June 21st

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F in Franklin in 1953
Lowest Temperature 42°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.72 inches in Highlands in 1961
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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Local and State News

• MCSO affidavits offer strange and heinous details of alleged kidnapping, homicide [Smoky Mountain News]

• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tests positive for COVID-19 [AP News]

• New start date revealed in latest sports gambling bill before NC lawmakers [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• A closer look at 3 proposals to bring more hospital beds to Western North Carolina [WLOS-TV (Asheville, 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, June 209 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for June 20th]

Two Economies at war - Russia and Ukraine after 100 days of sanctions and shelling | Perun

• Ukraine soon to receive first temporary storage for 2022 grain harvest [Reuters]


• Russia warns NATO-member Lithuania over Kaliningrad transit [Reuters via Yahoo! News]

• Russian journalist's Nobel Peace Prize fetches record $103.5 mln at auction to aid Ukraine children [Reuters]

• In Ukraine’s Occupied South, Russia Tries to Build Loyalty to Putin [Wall Street Journal]

• Russia warns NATO-member Lithuania over Kaliningrad transit [Reuters]

• Ukraine: EU condemns 'real war crime' of Russian grain blockade [DW News]

• Ukraine attacks oil drilling platforms off Crimea coast: Official [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine war: Russia becomes China's biggest oil supplier [BBC News]

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

• Kremlin comments on captured US ‘soldiers of fortune’ [Russia Today]

• Global Conflict Management: Why Russia, NATO, the EU and Ukraine Cannot Make Peace? [Pravda ]

• Russia can’t guarantee that captured Americans won’t face death penalty — Kremlin [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective

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National and World News Roundup

A Message From President Biden to All Americans Celebrating Juneteenth | The White House

• Uvalde Victim’s Family, Chaplin & Reporters Asked To Leave City Hall Before Police Testify About School Massacre [Deadline]

• Wildfires continue to rage across Arizona [Courthouse News Service]

• Biden Says He Is Near Decision on Backing Federal Gasoline-Tax Holiday [Wall Street Journal]

• Pence Navigates a Possible White House Run, and a Fraught Political Moment [New York Times]

• US ban on imports from China's Xinjiang to take effect on Tuesday [BBC News]

• Israel heading to elections, Knesset to disband, Lapid to become prime minister [Jerusalem Post]

• Suspected jihadists kill more than 130 civilians in central Mali, officials say [France 24]

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

Read the leaked opinion on Google Drive or below:

Thousands of acres burned in southern New Jersey wildfire | ABC News

MTP NOW June 17 — Gov. Jared Polis, Amb. Bill Taylor, Pete Williams on the Watergate break-in at 50 | NBC News

Global National: June 20, 2022 | Challenges ahead as Canada aims to ban single-use plastics

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - June 207th, 2022

PBS NewsHour Full Episode June 209th, 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 5:40pm CEST, 20 June 2022, there have been 536,590,224 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,316,655 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 5:40pm CEST, 20 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.

• Intravenous vitamin C use and risk of severity and mortality in COVID-19: A systematic review and meta-analysis [Aspen JOurnals (PDF)]

• What SARS-CoV-2 does to our brains [Cell | Immunity]

• Social distancing and mask-wearing could avoid recurrent stay-at-home restrictions during COVID-19 respiratory pandemic in New York City - Scientific Reports [Nature]

• Youngest Americans can start getting COVID-19 vaccines Tuesday (today). Here's what every parent should know.[USA Today via Yahoo! NewsE]

• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tests positive for COVID-19 [AP News]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Google Says It’s Time for Longtime Small-Business Users to Pay Up [New York Times]

• Will Nuclear Fusion Become the Solution for Net Zero Emission in 2050? [Energy Trend]

• A major hydrogen power upgrade is coming to the most fuel-efficient aircraft [Interesting Engineering]

• Self-Driving Big Rigs Are Coming. Is America Ready? [Wall Street Journal]

• Planned space station boost by Cygnus freighter cuts off 5 seconds into burn []

• E-scooters were supposed to fix travel in Rome. Then they became a major problem [CNN]

• If AI chatbots are sentient, they can be squirrels, too [The Register]

• 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 21 2022: The Truth Is Out There (In China)

Telegram Launches Premium Tier DTNS-4300 | Daily Tech News Show

Episode 3 - The Basics of Buying, Holding, Sending and Spending Bitcoin - Bitcoin Breakout | The Survival Podcast

Tesla's Robot Revolution | Joe Scott

100 Days of HomeLab | Self-Hosted 73

Ripley's Believe it or Not - San Francisco, CA | The Carpetbagger

Space Debris and The Kessler Syndrome: A Possible Future Trapped on Earth - Creon Levit | Long Now Foundation

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Ukraine expects 'greater hostile activity from Russia' | DW News

Russia to 'intensify' fighting, Ukraine warns as EU decision looms | FRANCE 24 English

Russia blockading Ukrainian grain is a 'real war crime' says EU | BBC News

European Union executives back Ukraine's bid to join bloc | CBS News

Ukraine War Report | The Situation Room | Evening Report (June, 20th, 2022)

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On This Day

June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 193 days remain until the end of the year.

This day usually marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, which is the day of the year with the most hours of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere and the fewest hours of daylight in the Southern Hemisphere.

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)

68 - Roman General Vespasian conquers Jericho during the Great Jewish Revolt
• [Ancient Jewish History: The Great Revolt]
• [Wikipedia: First Jewish–Roman War]
• [The Great Jewish Revolt | The Jewish Story Explained | Unpacked]

254 - Godomar, King of the Burgundians, defeats the Franks at the Battle of Vézeronce
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Vézeronce]

533 – A Byzantine expeditionary fleet under Belisarius sails from Constantinople to attack the Vandals in Africa, via Greece and Sicily (approximate date).

1128 - Battle of Akspoele: earl Willem of Normandy beats

1307 – Külüg Khan is enthroned as Khagan of the Mongols and Wuzong of the Yuan and succeeding his uncle Temür Khan.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Külüg Khan]
• [Külüg Khan, Emperor Wuzong Of Yuan]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Temür Khan]

1529 – French forces are driven out of northern Italy by Spain at the Battle of Landriano during the War of the League of Cognac.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Landriano]
• [Wikipedia: War of the League of Cognac]
• [Italian Wars Video Playlist]

1529 - Queen Catherine Of England [Catherine of Aragon] speaks against her marriage's annulment at the Blackfriars Legatine Court
• [VIDEO: June 21 - Catherine of Aragon steals the show]
• [Audio Performance of Queen Katherine of Aragon and The Legatine Court]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Catherine of Aragon]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Henry VIII]

1547 - Great fire in Moscow, a third of the largely wooden city destroyed and 2-3,000 killed
• [Wikipedia: Fire of Moscow (1547)]

1572 - Garrison under Adrian of Swieten conquers Gouda

1582 – Sengoku period: Oda Nobunaga, the most powerful of the Japanese daimyōs, is forced to commit suicide by his own general Akechi Mitsuhide.
• [Wikipedia: Daimyo]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Oda Nobunaga]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Akechi Mitsuhide]

1607 - 1st Protestant Episcopal parish in America established at Jamestown

1621 – Execution of 27 Czech noblemen on the Old Town Square in Prague as a consequence of the Battle of White Mountain.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of White Mountain]
• [Kings and Generals: Thirty Years' War - White Mountain]

1667 - Dutch Admiral Michiel de Ruyter occupies Sheerness, England
• [Wikipedia: Second Anglo-Dutch War]

1672 - French troops under King Louis XIV occupy Utrecht
• [Wikipedia: Franco-Dutch War]

1675 - Foundation stone for London's St. Paul’s Cathedral is laid

1734 – In Montreal in New France, a slave known by the French name of Marie-Joseph Angélique is put to death, having been convicted of setting the fire that destroyed much of the city.
• [Wikipedia Bio]

1749 – Halifax, Nova Scotia, is founded.

1768 – James Otis Jr. offends the King and Parliament in a speech to the Massachusetts General Court.
• [Wikipedia Bio: James Otis Jr.]
• [Portraits in Revolution: James Otis, Jr.]
• [CMN 627 Lecture 1 James Otis, Writs of Assistance]

1788 – US Constitution comes into effect when New Hampshire is the 9th state to ratify it
• [Timeline of drafting and ratification of the United States Constitution]

1791 – King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family begin the Flight to Varennes during the French Revolution.
• [Wikipedia: Flight to Varennes]
• [21st June 1791: Louis XVI's attempted escape from Paris in the Flight to Varennes]

1798 – Irish Rebellion of 1798: The British Army defeats Irish rebels at the Battle of Vinegar Hill.
• [Irish Rebellion of 1798 | 3 Minute History]
• [VIDEO: The Battle of Vinegar Hill]
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Vinegar Hill]

1813 – Peninsular War: Wellington defeats Joseph Bonaparte at the Battle of Vitoria.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Vitoria]
• [Epic History TV: Wellington's Triumph: Vitoria 1813 ]
• [The Dole Institute of Politics]

1824 – Greek War of Independence: Egyptian forces capture Psara in the Aegean Sea.
• [The Greek Revolution | How Did Greece Get Its Independence?]

1826 – Maniots defeat Egyptians under Ibrahim Pasha in the Battle of Vergas.
• [Wikipedia: Ottoman–Egyptian invasion of Mani]

1848 – In the Wallachian Revolution, Ion Heliade Rădulescu and Christian Tell issue the Proclamation of Islaz and create a new republican government.
• [Wallachian Revolution of 1848]
• [VIDEO: Wallachian Revolution]

1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road begins.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road]

1898 – The United States captures Guam from Spain. The few warning shots fired by the U.S. naval vessels are misinterpreted as salutes by the Spanish garrison, which was unaware that the two nations were at war.
• [A Brief History of: The Capture of Guam]
• [Wikipedia: Capture of Guam]

1900 – Boxer Rebellion: China formally declares war on the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Japan, as an edict issued from the Empress Dowager Cixi.
• [Why did the Qing declare War on "everyone"? - Boxer Rebellion]
• [Wikipedia: Boxer Rebellion]
• [The Boxer Rebellion l HISTORY OF CHINA]

1915 – The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Guinn v. United States 238 US 347 1915, striking down Oklahoma grandfather clause legislation which had the effect of denying the right to vote to blacks.
• [Wikipedia: Guinn v. United States]
• [ntold Stories of the Civil Rights Movement: Voting Rights & the Grandfather Clause]

1919 – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police fire a volley into a crowd of unemployed war veterans, killing two, during the Winnipeg general strike.
• [Winnipeg General Strike]
• [The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike: 100 years later]
• [Wikipedia: Winnipeg general strike]

1919 – Admiral Ludwig von Reuter scuttles the German fleet at Scapa Flow, Orkney. The nine sailors killed are the last casualties of World War I.
• [Scuttling of the German fleet at Scapa Flow]
• [HistoryPod Video]
• [Animation of the 1919 German Fleet Scuttle in Scapa Flow]

1929 – An agreement brokered by U.S. Ambassador Dwight Whitney Morrow ends the Cristero War in Mexico.
• [Wikipedia: Cristero War]
• [1930s Mexico During the Cristero War]
• [Behind the scenes of "For Greater Glory: The True Story of the Cristiada"]

1930 – One-year conscription comes into force in France.

1940 – World War II: Italy begins an unsuccessful invasion of France.
• [The Alpine Front of World War 2 - The Italian Invasion of France 1940]
• [Italian invasion of France]

1942 – World War II: Tobruk falls to Italian and German forces; 33,000 Allied troops are taken prisoner.
• [Wikipedia: Axis capture of Tobruk]
• [Newsreel] (Italian language, no subtitles)
• [Tobruk: A second siege?]
• [orth African Campaign 1940 | Animated History]

1942 – World War II: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attacks by Japan against the United States mainland.
• [Wikipedia: Bombardment of Fort Stevens]
• [Japanese Attack Oregon! (Bombardment of Fort Stevens)]

1945 – World War II: The Battle of Okinawa ends when the organized resistance of Imperial Japanese Army forces collapses in the Mabuni area on the southern tip of the main island.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Okinawa]
• [US NAVY: The Fleet That Came To Stay (1945)]
• [Battle of Okinawa | Animated History]
• [Battlefield S6/E4 - Destination Okinawa]

1948 - Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India (formerly the last Viceroy)

1952 – The Philippine School of Commerce, through a republic act, is converted to Philippine College of Commerce, later to be the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

1957 – Ellen Fairclough is sworn in as Canada's first female Cabinet Minister.

1963 – Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini is elected as Pope Paul VI.

1964 – Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, are murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, United States, by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
• [CBS News Special Report]
• [NBC News Special Report]
• [Wikipedia: Murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner]

1970 – Penn Central declares Section 77 bankruptcy in what was the largest U.S. corporate bankruptcy to date.
• [Penn Central Bankruptcy Sends Shock Waves Through Commercial Paper Market]
• [Wikipedia: Penn Central Bankruptcy]
• [From the Standard of the World to the Largest Bankruptcy: The Penn Central Story]

1973 – In its decision in Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15, the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the Miller test for determining whether something is obscene and not protected speech under the U.S. constitution.
• [Wikipedia: Miller v. California]
• [Miller v California (1973)]
• [Obscenity and Free Speech: The Miller Test]

1978 – The original production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Evita, based on the life of Eva Perón, opens at the Prince Edward Theatre, London.
• [Wikipedia: Evita (musical)]
• [Spanish Language Musical]

1982 – John Hinckley is found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

1989 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397, that American flag-burning is a form of political protest protected by the First Amendment.
• [Wikipedia: Texas v. Johnson]
• [SCOTUS Simplified: Texas v Johnson]
• [ABC News Report]

1993 - English mathematician Andrew Wiles proves last theorem of Fermat
• [University of Oxford: What is Fermat's Last Theorem?]
• [Fermat's Last Theorem - Numberphile]
• [Andrew Wiles talks to Hannah Fry]
• [Wikipedia: Wiles's proof of Fermat's Last Theorem]

2000 – Section 28 (of the Local Government Act 1988), outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom, is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote.

2001 – A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.

2004 – SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
• [SpaceShip One X-Prize Flight #1 Launch Mike Melvill]

2005 – Edgar Ray Killen, who had previously been unsuccessfully tried for the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Mickey Schwerner, is convicted of manslaughter 41 years afterwards (the case had been reopened in 2004).
• [C-SPAN3 Coverage]

2006 – Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix and Hydra.

2009 – Greenland assumes self-rule.

2012 – A boat carrying more than 200 migrants capsizes in the Indian Ocean between the Indonesian island of Java and Christmas Island, killing 17 people and leaving 70 others missing.

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Published at 2:00am on Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins

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