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Monday, September 12, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, September 12, 2022

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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II
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 Tuesday Night

Franklin Area


A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


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

Tuesday Night

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


Sunny, with highs near 80.

Wednesday Night

Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s.

Highlands Plateau


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the midafternoon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows around 50. Light winds out of the north.


Sunny, with highs near 70.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 50s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the north wind around 5 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Light winds out of the north.

Tuesday Night

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


Sunny, with highs near 80.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s.

Nantahala Area


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the midafternoon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.


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

Tuesday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid 50s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Scattered thunderstorms will be possible across the mountains this morning through early this afternoon. The best coverage will be along the northern Blue Ridge mountains midday. Cloud-to-ground lightning strikes and locally heavy rainfall will be the main threats with any thunderstorms.

Additional showers and thunderstorms will develop along a passing cold front on Monday. The additional rainfall could worsen any lingering flood problems, or create new flooding, through Monday evening.


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Sep 12 2022

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

1. Eastern Tropical Atlantic:
A tropical wave currently moving off the west coast of Africa is producing an area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions appear only marginally favorable, and any development of this wave should be slow to occur while it moves westward or west-northwestward across the eastern tropical Atlantic through the end of the week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

2. Central Tropical Atlantic:
A tropical wave currently located more than 1000 miles east of the Windward Islands is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Some gradual development of this system is possible over the next several days as it moves generally westward to west-northwestward over the central tropical Atlantic through the end of the week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - September 11, 2022

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24 Hour Smoke Forecast

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

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

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range 7.6 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (9.1 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for September 12th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2019
Lowest Temperature 36°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 2.55 inches in Highlands in 2017

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on 09-04-1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on 09-30-1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on 09-27-1964
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of September Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 108°F Belhaven, Beaufort County 09-25-1921
Lowest Temperature 23°F Marion, McDowell County 09-28-2000
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 21.00 in Wilmington, New Hanover County 09-17-2018

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 75.4°F Morehead City, Carteret County
Coldest Weather Station 55.0°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 8.93 in Southport, Brunswick County
Driest Weather Station 2.94 in Marshall, Madison County

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Macon Calendar
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Local and State News

• The REAL ID is coming back. Will North Carolina’s short-staffed DMV be ready? Will you? [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Retired FDNY chiefs, Haywood Co. community pause to reflect, remember lives lost on 9/11 [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• 21 years after 9/11, the Carolinas remember those lost in the attacks [WSOC-TV (Charlotte, NC)]

• Loomis Fargo defendants owe as much as they stole in 1997 [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Visiting Our Past: Good storytellers illuminate history of Smokies [Asheville Citizen Times]

• Franklin Town Council - September 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

• Franklin Town Council - Special Called Meeting for August 30, 2022 [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: The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)
(This is a special section to allow readers to discover original documentation and read/view news coverage of The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II)

Contuning live coverage of the events in the United Kingdom over the next few days can be watched on the Sky News Youtube Channel. [LINK]

Obituary: The life of Queen Elizabeth II | Sky News

• Queen Elizabeth will lie in state for four days before her funeral on Sept. 19 [National Public Radio]

LIVE: The Queen Begins Her Final Journey | The Royal Family Channel

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin arrives in Edinburgh after journey from Balmoral | BBC News

Does King Charles III have what it takes to wear the crown? | 60 Minutes Australia

Watch live: Edinburgh prepares for service of reflection | Sky News

Queen Elizabeth on the world stage across the decades | Sky News

• How will King Charles influence UK politics? [Financial Times]

• U.K. Begins Long Goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II [Wall Street Journal]

• King to hear condolences at Westminster Hall as Queen’s coffin is to be put on view in Edinburgh – live [The Guardian]

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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, September 11 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for September 10th]

• Ukraine’s lightning advance near Kharkiv leaves Russian forces in disarray [Financial Times]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 200 [Al Jazeera]

Russia-Ukraine live news: Kyiv forces within 50km of border | Al Jazeera


• Ukraine’s Rout of Russian Forces Poses Challenge of How to Exploit Gains[Wall Street Journal]

• Ukraine war: Shock and joy in newly liberated villages [BBC News]

• Putin ally Kadyrov criticises Russian army after Ukraine setback [Al Jazeera]

• It’s Time to Prepare for a Ukrainian Victory [The Atlantic]

• St. Petersburg district councilors accuse Putin of treason [DW News]

• Ukraine accuses Russia of attacking power grid 'to deprive people of light & heat' [France 24]

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

• Ukraine suffers massive blackout after ‘Russian strikes’ [Russia Today]

• Russia says there is no talk about Kyiv's breakthrough in counteroffensive [Pravda ]

• Voting results cancelled at 20 polling stations in eight regions – CEC [TASS Russian News Agency]

Sep 7, 2022 | Eastern Economic Forum plenary session | kremlin

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective

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National and World News Roundup

President Biden attends Pentagon commemoration of the 9/11 attacks | Reuters

9/11 Memorial in New York City | Live Stream | Sept. 11 Anniversary | WXIA-TV (Atlanta, GA)

Tribute in Light | WABC-TV (New York City, NY)

• Marking 9/11, Biden Remembers the ‘Precious Lives Stolen From Us’ [New York Times]

• First Lady Jill Biden speaks at Flight 93 Memorial as nation honors 9/11 victims [WLAE-TV (Pittsburgh, PA)]

• Elon Musk Makes a Dire Prediction About the Economy [The Street]

• A Strong Dollar Is Front and Center for Wall Street [Wall Street Journal]

• Cedar Creek Fire now nearly 87,000 acres, again 0% contained; more than 1,200 firefighters on the lines [KTVZ-TV (Bend, OR)]

• Second possible U.S. death from monkeypox reported in California [NBC News]

• Trial set to begin for Alex Jones in Sandy Hook hoax case [AP News]

• U.S. Supreme Court to reopen to public after long COVID closure, reports say [Reuters]

• Chief Justice John Roberts defends legitimacy of court [Yahoo! News]

Why China Is Demanding These Japanese Islands | Real Life Lore

The Vanishing River: USA's Mega Drought | Foreign Correspondent

Global National: Sept. 11, 2022 | Thousands gather to view the journey of Queen Elizabeth's coffin

Nightly News Full Broadcast (September 11th)

PBS NewsHour full episode, September 11, 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 6:58pm CEST, 7 September 2022, there have been 603,711,760 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,484,136 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 4 September 2022, a total of 12,540,061,501 vaccine doses have been administered.

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 6:58pm CEST, 7 September 2022, there have been 93,580,725 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,036,949 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 26 August 2022, a total of 600,769,565 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Xinjiang lockdown: Chinese censors drown out posts about food and medicine shortages [The Guardian]

• Respiratory Syncytial Virus During the COVID-19 Pandemic Compared to Historic Levels: A Retrospective Cohort Study of a Health System [The Jurnal of Infectious Diseases]

• Comparison of COVID-19 Rates Among In-Person and Virtual Attendees of a National Surgical Society Meeting in the US [JAMA Network]

• Long-term cardiac pathology in individuals with mild initial COVID-19 illness [Nature Medicine]

• Covid-19 Is Still Killing Hundreds of Americans Daily [Wall Street Journal]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Making the Metaverse [CNET]

• What Is 'Fog Reveal,' the Police App Tracking Your Phone? [Gizmodo]

• Here Is the Manual for the Mass Surveillance Tool Cops Use to Track Phones [Vice News]

• Uber’s plan to disguise hack through bug bounty program scrutinized at trial [Courthouse News Service]

• Cheaper electric vehicles coming despite high battery costs [AP News]

• US chip makers hit by new China export rule [BBC News]

• Matternet’s delivery drone design has been approved by the FAA [The Verge]

• FCC proposes ‘five-year rule’ for dead satellite disposal [EngadgetE]

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

TSMC's Renegade Genius | Asianometry

Fermi Paradox: The Singularity and Dormant Civilizations | Event Horizon

The Spanish Flu | DW Documentary

Alien Impostors & Doppelgangers | Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur

This Week in Linux #213: Linux From Scratch, Blender, WINE Bottles, Steam Deck, Ubuntu Gaming and more Linux news!

Tolkien - The Father of Fantasy | The People Profiles

TWiV 935: Mobile DNA with Cedric Feschotte | Microbe TV

Nick Lane: Origin of Life, Evolution, Aliens, Biology, and Consciousness | Lex Fridman Podcast #318

SpaceX Starship Brings the Fire, NASA SLS Artemis 1 Repair Attempt & Rocket Lab Mission to Venus? | Marcus House

SLS Has No Fire - Starship Has Too Much - Deep Space Updates - September 9th | Scott Manley

More Major Updates From James Webb Telescope and Cool Discoveries | Antov Petrov

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> ‘Slowing losing to now winning’: Ukrainian forces take back recaptured cities from Russia | ABC News (Australia)

Ukrainian offensives cause panic among Russians. Is this the turning point of the war? | Rock Rachon

CIA chief: Russia will pay "a heavy price" for Ukraine invasion | CBS News

Ukraine counteroffensive: Troops liberate dozens of communities | DW News

Russia loses control of key towns as Ukrainian forces advance | Al Jazeera

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On This Day

September 12 is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 110 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)

490 BC – Battle of Marathon: The conventionally accepted date for the Battle of Marathon. The Athenians and their Plataean allies defeat the first Persian invasion force of Greece.

372 – Sixteen Kingdoms: Jin Xiaowudi, age 10, succeeds his father Jin Jianwendi as Emperor of the Eastern Jin dynasty.

1213 – Albigensian Crusade: Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester, defeats Peter II of Aragon at the Battle of Muret.

1229 – Battle of Portopí: The Aragonese army under the command of James I of Aragon disembarks at Santa Ponça, Majorca, with the purpose of conquering the island.

1309 – The First Siege of Gibraltar takes place in the context of the Spanish Reconquista pitting the forces of the Kingdom of Castile against the Emirate of Granada resulting in a Castilian victory.

1609 – Henry Hudson begins his exploration of the Hudson River while aboard the Halve Maen.

1634 – A gunpowder factory explodes in Valletta, Malta, killing 22 people and damaging several buildings.

1683 – Austro-Ottoman War: Battle of Vienna: Several European armies join forces to defeat the Ottoman Empire.

1762 – The Sultanate of Sulu ceded Balambangan Island to the British East India Company

1814 – Battle of North Point: an American detachment halts the British land advance to Baltimore in the War of 1812.

1846 – Elizabeth Barrett elopes with Robert Browning.

1847 – Mexican–American War: the Battle of Chapultepec begins.

1848 – A new constitution marks the establishment of Switzerland as a federal state.

1857 – The SS Central America sinks about 160 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, drowning a total of 426 passengers and crew, including Captain William Lewis Herndon. The ship was carrying 13–15 tons of gold from the California Gold Rush.

1885 – Arbroath 36–0 Bon Accord, a world record scoreline in professional Association football.

1890 – Salisbury, Rhodesia, is founded.

1897 – Tirah Campaign: In the Battle of Saragarhi, ten thousand Pashtun tribesmen suffer several hundred casualties while attacking 21 Sikh soldiers in British service.

1906 – The Newport Transporter Bridge is opened in Newport, South Wales by Viscount Tredegar.

1910 – Premiere performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in Munich (with a chorus of 852 singers and an orchestra of 171 players. Mahler's rehearsal assistant conductor was Bruno Walter).

1915 – French soldiers rescue over 4,000 Armenian genocide survivors stranded on Musa Dagh.

1923 – Southern Rhodesia, today called Zimbabwe, is annexed by the United Kingdom.

1933 – Leó Szilárd, waiting for a red light on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury, conceives the idea of the nuclear chain reaction.

1938 – Adolf Hitler demands autonomy and self-determination for the Germans of the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia.

1940 – Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France.

1940 – The Hercules Powder Plant Disaster in the United States kills 51 people and injures over 200.

1942 – World War II: RMS Laconia, carrying civilians, Allied soldiers and Italian POWs is torpedoed off the coast of West Africa and sinks with a heavy loss of life.

1942 – World War II: First day of the Battle of Edson's Ridge during the Guadalcanal Campaign. U.S. Marines protecting Henderson Field are attacked by Imperial Japanese Army troops.

1943 – World War II: Benito Mussolini is rescued from house arrest by German commando forces led by Otto Skorzeny.

1944 – World War II: The liberation of Yugoslavia from Axis occupation continues. Bajina Bašta in western Serbia is among the liberated cities.

1945 – The People's Republic of Korea is proclaimed, bringing an end to Japanese rule over Korea.

1948 – Chinese Civil War: Marshal Lin Biao, commander-in-chief of the Chinese communist Northeast Field Army, launched a massive offensive toward Jinzhou, Liaoshen Campaign has begun.

1953 – U.S. Senator and future President John Fitzgerald Kennedy marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island.

1958 – Jack Kilby demonstrates the first working integrated circuit while working at Texas Instruments.

1959 – The Soviet Union launches a large rocket, Lunik II, at the Moon.

1959 – Bonanza premieres, the first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color.

1961 – The African and Malagasy Union is founded.

1961 – Air France Flight 2005 crashes near Rabat–Salé Airport, in Rabat, Morocco, killing 77 people.

1962 – President John F. Kennedy delivers his "We choose to go to the Moon" speech at Rice University.

1966 – Gemini 11, the penultimate mission of NASA's Gemini program, and the current human altitude record holder (except for the Apollo lunar missions).

1969 – Philippine Airlines Flight 158 crashes in Antipolo, near Manila International Airport in the Philippines, killing 45 people.

1970 – Dawson's Field hijackings: Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorists blow up three hijacked airliners in Zarqa, Jordan, continuing to hold the passengers hostage in various undisclosed locations in Amman.

1974 – Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, 'Messiah' of the Rastafari movement, is deposed following a military coup by the Derg, ending a reign of 58 years.

1977 – South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko dies in police custody.

1980 – Military coup in Turkey.

1983 – A Wells Fargo depot in West Hartford, Connecticut, United States, is robbed of approximately US$7 million by Los Macheteros.

1983 – The USSR vetoes a United Nations Security Council Resolution deploring the Soviet destruction of Korean Air Lines Flight 007.

1984 – Dwight Gooden sets the baseball record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie with 276, previously set by Herb Score with 246 in 1954. Gooden's 276 strikeouts that season, pitched in 218 innings, set the current record.

1988 – Hurricane Gilbert devastates Jamaica; it turns towards Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula two days later, causing an estimated $5 billion in damage.

1990 – The two German states and the Four Powers sign the Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany in Moscow, paving the way for German reunification.

1990 – The Red Cross organizations of mainland China and Taiwan sign Kinmen Agreement on repatriation of illegal immigrants and criminal suspects after two days of talks in Kinmen, Fujian Province in response to the two tragedies in repatriation in the previous two months. It is the first agreement reached by private organizations across the Taiwan Strait.

1992 – NASA launches Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-47 which marked the 50th shuttle mission. On board are Mae Carol Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to fly in a US spaceship, and Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space.

1992 – Abimael Guzmán, leader of the Shining Path, is captured by Peruvian special forces; shortly thereafter the rest of Shining Path's leadership fell as well.

1994 – Frank Eugene Corder fatally crashes a single-engine Cessna 150 into the White House's south lawn, striking the West wing. There were no other casualties.

2001 – Ansett Australia, Australia's first commercial interstate airline, collapses due to increased strain on the international airline industry, leaving 10,000 people unemployed.

2003 – The United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after that country agreed to accept responsibility and recompense the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

2003 – Iraq War: In Fallujah, U.S. forces mistakenly shoot and kill eight Iraqi police officers.

2003 – Typhoon Maemi, the strongest recorded typhoon to strike South Korea, made landfall near Busan.

2005 – Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the Israeli disengagement from Gaza is completed, leaving some 2,530 homes demolished.

2007 – Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada is convicted of plunder.

2007 – Two earthquakes measuring 8.4 and 7.9 on the Richter Scale hits the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing 25 people and injuring 161.

2008 – The 2008 Chatsworth train collision in Los Angeles between a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train kills 25 people.

2011 – The National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City opens to the public.

2013 – NASA confirms that its Voyager 1 probe has become the first manmade object to enter interstellar space.

2015 – A series of explosions involving propane triggering nearby illegally stored mining detonators in the Indian town of Petlawad in the state of Madhya Pradesh kills at least 105 people with over 150 injured.

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Published at 5:00am on Monday, September 12, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins

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