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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Weather Briefing for Wednesday, August 31, 2022



This is a truncated weather briefing. The regular news portion will return tomorrow.

OUTLOOK

In the wake of a cold front, dry high pressure will come to dominate our weather through Friday, resulting in refreshingly lower humidity. Active weather returns just in time for the weekend into early next week.





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Local News Brief


Sunset as seen from the Whitmire Property on August 30, 2022. Photo by Bobby Coggins.

The Franklin Town Council met last night in a special called meeting to discuss the future of the Whitmire Property. The Town of Franklin purchased the property in 2004 and it has frequently been the topic of heated discussions between members of the town council and the public over the last eighteen years. The meeting lasted a little over an hour and 20 minutes and featured lively discussion among the council members as they sought a consensus on the future uses of the green space in the East Franklin community. The town council passed a resolution expressing a desire to use the top flat area as a public recreation area and the area near Crane Circle and the creek as a potential location for housing. The council also discusses preserving some land near Poindexter Tire for future use, including a potential site for a substation for the Franklin Fire Department.

The meeting was streamed live on Facebook by Macon Media and that has been embedded below. An edited version with better audio will be published Thursday.

Franklin Town Council Special Called Meeting | August 30, 2022









Franklin Area Forecast


Today

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

Tonight

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

Thursday

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

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Friday Night

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

Highlands Plateau Forecast

Today

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

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

A slight chance of showers, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60.

Otto Area Forecast

Today

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

Tonight

Clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Thursday

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

Thursday Night

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

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s.

Nantahala Area Forecast

oday

Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

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

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

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




Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather is not expected today or tonight.

Tropical Weather Outlook




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Aug 31 2022

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

1. Central Tropical Atlantic:
Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with an area of low pressure located several hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles has continued to increase and become more concentrated overnight. However, recent satellite wind data indicate that the circulation remains elongated and lacks a well-defined center. Although environmental conditions are only marginally conducive, additional gradual development of this system is expected and a tropical depression is likely to form within the next couple of days. The disturbance is forecast to move slowly toward the west-northwest, toward the adjacent waters of the northern Leeward Islands. Additional information on this system can be found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

2. Eastern Tropical Atlantic:
A broad area of low pressure located between the west coast of Africa and the Cabo Verde Islands is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Some gradual development is possible, and the system could become a short-lived tropical depression over the far eastern Atlantic during the next couple of days. By late this week, environmental conditions are forecast to become increasingly unfavorable for further development. Regardless, the system could bring locally heavy rainfall to portions of the Cabo Verde Islands through Thursday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

3. Central Subtropical Atlantic:
An area of low pressure is expected to form within the next day or so along a decaying frontal zone over the central subtropical Atlantic. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some gradual development thereafter, and a tropical or subtropical depression could form later this week while the system drifts generally eastward.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - August 30, 2022





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Author: Bobby Coggins


Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Daily News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, August 30, 2022



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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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GENERAL OUTLOOK

A cold front crosses the region this afternoon and evening, bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms to the region, with the best coverage expected over the mountains. The passage of the front will allow drier and somewhat cooler weather to dominate late this week. Active weather returns just in time for the weekend into early next week.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 2pm and 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Thursday Night

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


Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 3pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph early in the morning increasing to come out of the calm by midmorning.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light winds out of the north.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 60s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then isolated showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 80. Light winds out of the northwest.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

Thursday Night

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

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

On Tuesday and into Tuesday night, coverage of storms will increase ahead of a cold front with the main threats from the storms being strong winds. Additionally, localized flooding is possible in areas that see repeated rainfall during and leading up to this time frame.





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Aug 30 2022

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

1. Central Tropical Atlantic:
A broad and elongated area of low pressure located about 875 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing a large area of disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms. Although environmental conditions are only marginally conducive, some gradual development of this system is expected over the next several days and a tropical depression is likely to form later this week. The disturbance is forecast to move slowly toward the west and then west-northwest at 5 to 10 mph, toward the adjacent waters of the northern Leeward Islands. Additional information on this system can be found in high seas forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

2. Eastern Tropical Atlantic:
A tropical wave accompanied by a broad area of low pressure is located just off the west coast of Africa. Some gradual development is possible, and the system could become a short-lived tropical depression over the far eastern Atlantic during the next few days. By late this week, the disturbance is forecast to move over cooler waters and further development is not likely after that time. Regardless of development, the system could bring locally heavy rainfall to portions of the Cabo Verde Islands by Wednesday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - August 29, 2022





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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

No smoke fields will be crossing Macon County today, no map was produced.












Air quality is in theextreme middle range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in theupper range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range 8.2 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (9.2 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for August 30th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 92°F in Franklin in 1948
Lowest Temperature 41°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1968
Greatest Rainfall 7.76 inches in Highlands in 1940
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 August
Data available from 1873 to 2022

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on 08-09-1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 08-29-1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on 08-13-1940
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

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 79.7°F Wilmington, New Hanover County
Coldest Weather Station 59.6°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.74 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 3.12 in Lexington, Davidson County




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Macon Calendar
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Local and State News


• No NC teacher strike, despite calls for higher salaries, better working conditions [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Beasley seeks to claim law enforcement mantle in US Senate race [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Word from Smokies: Wiley Oakley, legendary mountain guide [Asheville Citizen Times]

• Safety Tips and School Calendars [Macon Media]


State Budget Details

• NC Budget Table of Contents [Google Drive (PDF)]

• NC House Bill 103: 2022 Appropriations Act [Google Drive (PDF)]

• Joint Conference Committee Report on the Current Operations Appropriations Act of 2022 [Google Drive (PDF)]

• House Bill 103 Information and Voting History [NC General Assembly Website]

• Raises for state employees, preparations for recession, in proposed state budget [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, 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, August 29 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for August 29th]

• Hoping to head off possible disaster, U.N. inspectors heading to Zaporizhzhia power plant in Ukraine, Europe's largest [CNN] [CBS News]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 187 [Al Jazeera]

Ukraine War: What to expect in the next six months | DW News






JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (Day 148-158)







• Russia-Ukraine updates: Kyiv begins counter-offensive in southern Kherson [DW News]

• Zelensky urges Russian troops to ‘go home’ as Ukraine launches southern offensive [France 24]

• Russia to launch major military drills with China and others [Al Jazeera]

• Kherson: Ukraine claims new push in Russian-held region [BBC News]

• Russia Confounds the West by Recapturing Its Oil Riches [Wall Street Journal]


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

• Ukrainian strike on Russian-held city cuts water and power supply – official [Russia Today]

• Radioactive leak at Zaporizhzhia NPP would be equated to attack on NATO [Pravda ]

• Russia’s cooperation with Asia-Pacific Region becoming stronger — Putin [TASS Russian News Agency]

The West is Up To Something! Why is the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant regularly Shelled? | BORZZIKMAN



The causes and consequences of the Ukraine war A lecture by John J. Mearsheimer



The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective




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National and World News Roundup

• Trump Encourages FBI Agents to Go ‘Nuts’ and Not ‘Take it Anymore’ Over Mar-a-Lago Raid [MEDIAITE]

• Here’s What a $2 Million Retirement Looks Like in America [Wall Street Journal]

• Texas judge clears way for Alex Jones’ defamation trial in Connecticut [Courthouse News Service]

• One Man Dies, and an Entire Uncontacted Tribe Vanishes in Brazil [New York Times]

• Jackson water system is failing, city will be with no or little drinking water indefinitely [MIssissippi Today]


NASA's Artemis moon rocket launch scrubbed; next launch availability Friday | CNBC



Artemis I - Launch Complex 39B | KSC Newsroom



Global National: Aug. 29, 2022 | One-third of Pakistan underwater after catastrophic flooding



Nightly News Full Broadcast - August 29


PBS NewsHour Full Episode August 29th, 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 6:49pm CEST, 26 August 2022, there have been 596,873,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,459,684 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 24 August 2022, a total of 12,449,443,718 vaccine doses have been administered.

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 6:49pm CEST, 26 August 2022, there have been 92,739,935 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,031,832 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 19 August 2022, a total of 599,453,415 vaccine doses have been administered.

• The Potential Clinical Impact of Implementing Different COVID-19 Boosters in Fall 2022 in the United States [MedRxiv]

• Use of a Digital Assistant to Report COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Self-test Results to Health Departments in 6 US Communities [JAMA Network]

• US government to end free at-home Covid test program this week [CNN]

• Populous Chinese cities including Shenzhen ramp up COVID curbs [Reuters via Yahoo! News]

• Covid-19 Booster Campaign Is Expected to Launch Next Month [Wall Street Journal]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Chinese censors hail country’s ‘internet civilisation’ as Beijing secures its grip on online content controls and information flows [South China Morning Post]

• California to install solar panels over canals to fight drought, a first in the U.S. [CBS News]

• French Tax Authorities Used Google AI to Snuff Out More than 20,000 Undeclared Swimming Pools [Gizmodo]

• Researchers create 'atomic television' that transmits live video with big atoms and small lasers [Interesting Engineering]

• GAIROSCOPE: Injecting Data from Air-Gapped Computers to Nearby Gyroscopes [ArXiv (PDF)]

• Samsung and Roku TV owners can now get free Apple TV Plus for three months [Tech Radar]

• Free, legally available series/movies on YouTube in a Netlflix-like interface [Lamplight TV]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos (History, Culture, Science, Technology and Current Events)
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

The Level1 Show August 30 2022: US Chips Not For Sharing | Level1 Techs



Is Apple's VR becoming Reality? - DTNS 4343 | Daily Tech News Show



NASA holds briefing following the Artemis I launch scrub delaying mission to the moon —8/29/22 | CNBC Television



JPL and the Space Age: The Footsteps of Voyager | NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory



End of the Road | LINUX Unplugged 473 | Jupiter Broadcasting



AMD Premiere: together we advance_PCs | AMD



AMD Ryzen 7000 Reaction video with Dr. Ian Cutress - Live in Austin | Level1 Techs



How Bad is the LastPass Hack? | This Week in Tech






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Ukraine's counteroffensive: A turning point in the war? | DW News



Russia's military power: What the Ukraine war has taught us | Sky News



UN agency to inspect Ukraine nuclear plant | FRANCE 24 English



IAEA team ‘on its way’ to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant | Al Jazeera



Russian economy to contract by less than 3% in 2022 | WION Business News



August 30th is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 123 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)

AD 70 – Titus ends the siege of Jerusalem after destroying Herod's Temple.
1282 – Peter III of Aragon lands at Trapani to intervene in the War of the Sicilian Vespers.
1363 – The five-week Battle of Lake Poyang begins, in which the forces of two Chinese rebel leaders (Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang) meet to decide who will supplant the Yuan dynasty.
1464 – Pope Paul II succeeds Pope Pius II as the 211th pope.
1574 – Guru Ram Das becomes the Fourth Sikh Guru/Master.
1590 – Tokugawa Ieyasu enters Edo Castle. (Traditional Japanese date: August 1, 1590)
1594 – King James of Scotland holds a masque at the baptism of Prince Henry.
1727 – Anne, eldest daughter of King George II of Great Britain, is given the title Princess Royal.
1791 – HMS Pandora sinks after having run aground on the outer Great Barrier Reef the previous day.
1799 – The entire Dutch fleet is captured by British forces under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby and Admiral Sir Charles Mitchell during the War of the Second Coalition.
1800 – Gabriel Prosser postpones a planned slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia, but is arrested before he can make it happen.
1813 – First Battle of Kulm: French forces are defeated by an Austrian-Prussian-Russian alliance.
1813 – Creek War: Fort Mims massacre: Creek "Red Sticks" kill over 500 settlers (including over 250 armed militia) in Fort Mims, north of Mobile, Alabama.
1835 – Australia: Melbourne, Victoria is founded.
1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Richmond: Confederates under Edmund Kirby Smith rout Union forces under General William "Bull" Nelson.
1873 – Austrian explorers Julius von Payer and Karl Weyprecht discover the archipelago of Franz Josef Land in the Arctic Sea.
1896 – Philippine Revolution: After Spanish victory in the Battle of San Juan del Monte, eight provinces in the Philippines are declared under martial law by the Spanish Governor-General Ramón Blanco y Erenas.
1909 – Burgess Shale fossils are discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott.
1914 – World War I: Germans defeat the Russians in the Battle of Tannenberg.
1916 – Ernest Shackleton completes the rescue of all of his men stranded on Elephant Island in Antarctica.
1917 – Vietnamese prison guards led by Trịnh Văn Cấn mutiny at the Thái Nguyên penitentiary against local French authority.
1918 – Fanni Kaplan shoots and seriously injures Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, which along with the assassination of Bolshevik senior official Moisei Uritsky days earlier, prompts the decree for Red Terror.
1922 – Battle of Dumlupınar: The final battle in the Greco-Turkish War ("Turkish War of Independence").
1936 – The RMS Queen Mary wins the Blue Riband by setting the fastest transatlantic crossing.
1940 – The Second Vienna Award reassigns the territory of Northern Transylvania from Romania to Hungary.
1941 – The Tighina Agreement, a treaty regarding administration issues of the Transnistria Governorate, is signed between Germany and Romania.
1942 – World War II: The Battle of Alam el Halfa begins.
1945 – The Japanese occupation of Hong Kong comes to an end.
1945 – The Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Douglas MacArthur lands at Atsugi Air Force Base.
1945 – The Allied Control Council, governing Germany after World War II, comes into being.
1959 – South Vietnamese opposition figure Phan Quang Dan was elected to the National Assembly despite soldiers being bussed in to vote for President Ngo Dinh Diem's candidate.
1962 – Japan conducts a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since World War II and its only successful commercial aircraft from before or after the war.
1963 – The Moscow–Washington hotline between the leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union goes into operation.
1967 – Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first African American Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
1974 – A Belgrade–Dortmund express train derails at the main train station in Zagreb killing 153 passengers.
1974 – A powerful bomb explodes at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters in Marunouchi, Tokyo. Eight are killed, 378 are injured. Eight left-wing activists are arrested on May 19, 1975, by Japanese authorities.
1981 – President Mohammad-Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar of Iran are assassinated in a bombing committed by the People's Mujahedin of Iran.
1983 – Aeroflot Flight 5463 crashes into Dolan Mountain while approaching Almaty International Airport in present-day Kazakhstan, killing all 90 people on board.
1984 – STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage.
1991 – Dissolution of the Soviet Union: Azerbaijan declares independence from Soviet Union.
1992 – The 11-day Ruby Ridge standoff ends with Randy Weaver surrendering to federal authorities.
1995 – Bosnian War: NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
1998 – Second Congo War: Armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and their Angolan and Zimbabwean allies recapture Matadi and the Inga dams in the western DRC from RCD and Rwandan troops.
2002 – Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4823 crashes on approach to Rio Branco International Airport, killing 23 of the 31 people on board.
2008 – A Conviasa Boeing 737 crashes into Illiniza Volcano in Ecuador, killing all three people on board.
2014 – Prime Minister of Lesotho Tom Thabane flees to South Africa as the army allegedly stages a coup.

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Published at 4:00am on Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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Monday, August 29, 2022

Artemis 1 August 29th Launch Coverage

**update** Today's attempt has been scrubbed. They will try again at 12:48am on Friday, September 2nd, if they can fix the problem with engine number three.







If all goes well, NASA will be launching the Artemis 1 unmanned mission today at 8:33am Eastern Time. There is a two-hour window for the launch attempt today. If the rocket does not launch today, the next launch window will begin at 12:30am Friday, September 2nd.

Artemis 1 will last for six weeks and will test all the rocket stages and spacecraft that would be used in later Artemis missions. After reaching orbit and performing a trans-lunar injection (burn to the Moon), the mission will deploy ten CubeSat satellites and the Orion spacecraft will enter a distant retrograde orbit for six days. The Orion spacecraft will then return and reenter the Earth's atmosphere, protected by its heat shield, and splash down in the Pacific Ocean.

The original launch date of Artemis 1 was planned in December 2016, but it was delayed at least sixteen times due to technical issues with the SLS and the Orion spacecraft. Other factors contributing to the delays are the cost overruns and budget limits imposed by the federal government. After the Artemis 1 mission, Artemis 2 will perform a crewed lunar flyby and Artemis 3 will perform a crewed lunar landing, five decades after the last Apollo mission.


Live video feeds from NASA, NASA Spaceflight, and Everyday Astronaut have been embedded below, along with some information from the NASA Press Packet and explainer videos about this mission from various sources. For more detailed information about this mission, download a PDF of the Artemis 1 Reference Guide from the NASA website.


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NASA VIDEO (starts at 6:30am)



NASA Spaceflight



Everyday Astronaut


Mission Overview

Artemis I is the first integrated test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the ground systems at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I is an uncrewed flight test that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration and demonstrate our commitment and capability to return humans to the Moon and extend beyond.



Launch site: Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida
Launch date: Aug. 29, 2022
Launch window: 8:33 a.m. EDT to 10:33 a.m.
Mission Duration: 42 days, 3 hours, 20 minutes
Destination: distant retrograde orbit around the Moon
Total mission miles: approximately 1.3 million miles (2.1 million kilometers)
Targeted splashdown site: Pacific Ocean, off the coast of San Diego
Return speed: Up to 25,000 mph (40,000 kph)
Splashdown: Oct. 10, 2022
During this flight, Orion will launch atop the most powerful rocket in the world and fly farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown. Over the course of the mission, it will travel 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) from Earth and 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers) beyond the far side of the Moon. Orion will stay in space longer than any human spacecraft has without docking to a space station and return home faster and hotter than ever before.



This first Artemis mission will demonstrate the performance of both Orion and the SLS rocket and test our capabilities to orbit the Moon and return to Earth. The flight will pave the way for future missions to the lunar vicinity, including landing the first woman and first person of color on the surface of the Moon.

With Artemis I, NASA sets the stage for human exploration into deep space, where astronauts will build and begin testing the systems near the Moon needed for lunar surface missions and exploration to other destinations farther from Earth, including Mars. With Artemis, NASA will collaborate with industry and international partners to establish long-term exploration for the first time.


Explainer Videos What's The Big Deal About Artemis - NASA's New Massive Moon Rocket | Scott Manley



The Full Plan For Artemis Part 1: The Robotic Missions | Answers With Joe



Artemis I: We Are Ready | NASA




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Published at 6:00am on Monday, August 29, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins