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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, September 13, 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


Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.


Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, clear, with lows in the lower 50s. Calm winds.


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 80. Light winds out of the northwest wind.

Wednesday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s.

Highlands Plateau


Sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.


Clear, with lows around 50. WInds out of the north 3 to 5 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 70. WInds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 50s. Light winds out of the northeast.


Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Thursday Night

Clear, with lows in the lower 50s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds.


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

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


Sunny, with highs near 80.

Thursday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid 50s.

Nantahala Area


Sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.


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


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

Wednesday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Thursday Night

Mostly 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 Tue Sep 13 2022

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

1. Central Tropical Atlantic:
A tropical wave located roughly midway between the west coast of Africa and the Windward Islands continues to produce a concentrated area of showers and thunderstorms. Additional development of this system is possible over the next several days while it moves generally westward to west-northwestward over the central tropical Atlantic and approaches the Windward Islands by the end of the week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.

2. Eastern Tropical Atlantic:
A tropical wave located about a hundred miles southeast of the easternmost Cabo Verde Islands is producing an area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions appear only marginally favorable, and any development of this system 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.

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - September 12, 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 9.2 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.7 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for September 13th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2019
Lowest Temperature 32°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 2.63 inches in Highlands in 2004

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

• NC Supreme Court to hear voter ID arguments next month [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• ‘They are worth it.’ Teachers should be paid better, Cooper says during school visit [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Ruling expected soon in lawsuit over Alamance County Confederate statue [WTVD-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Some absentee ballots have already been returned to WNC election offices [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• WNC schools still recovering from Covid-era learning [Smoky Mountain News]

• 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

King Charles and his siblings walk behind Queen’s coffin | Channel 4 News

LIVE: Preparations Begin for Queen's Last Journey | The Royal Family Channel

• LIVE: Thousands queue overnight to pay respects to Queen [BBC News]

• Death of Queen Elizabeth II: The moment history stops [BBC News]

In full: Service of reflection held at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh | Sky News

• London braced for influx of royal mourners [Financial Times]

• Queen Elizabeth: Moment of remembrance that summed up a nation’s sorrow[The Times]

• Paddington Takes Lead Role in Tributes to Queen Elizabeth II but Isn’t Entirely Welcome [Wall Street Journal]

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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 12 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for September 12th]

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

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 201 [Al Jazeera]

Russia Retreats FULLY(ish) from Kharkiv Oblast (Part One) | Funker 530

Russia Retreats FULLY(ish) from Kharkiv Oblast (Part Two) | Funker 530


• Zelenskyy says 6,000sq km of territory retaken in Ukraine blitz [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine's advances heighten calls for German tanks [DW News]

• The Debate: Turning point? Ukraine counter-offensive ups pressure on Putin [France 24]

• Ukraine war: A successful surprise attack - but danger still looms [BBC News]

• Russia Withdraws More Forces From Northeast Ukraine as Kyiv Presses Advance [Wall Street Journal]

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

• Ukrainian mayor announces hunt for ‘collaborators’ [Russia Today]

• Russian MP declares the need for full mobilisation [Pravda ]

• Arrival of foreign officers to Kramatorsk reported by LPR militia [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

• U.S. Gasoline Prices Are Down 13 Weeks in a Row [Wall Street Journal]

• Justice Dept. Issues 40 Subpoenas in a Week, Expanding Its Jan. 6 Inquiry [New York Times]

• Migration, economic cooperation top agenda in Blinken visit to Mexico [Courthouse News Service]

• Clashes erupt along Armenia-Azerbaijan border, potentially reigniting an old conflict [CNN]

• Michigan man fatally shot by police after he killed his wife; his daughter blames incident on QAnon conspiracy theory [NBC News] [Reddit Post by Other Daughter]

• Psychologist: School shooter suffered fetal alcohol damage [AP News]

• Blue Origin rocket experiences 'booster failure,' activates abort system during uncrewed launch [CNN]

• Iran says it has developed Arash-2 drone designed to hit Israel’s Tel Aviv, Haifa [Alarabiya News]

Innocent man facing the death penalty saved by Seinfeld creator | 60 Minutes Australia

Global National: Sept. 12, 2022 | Thousands line up in Edinburgh to pay respects to the Queen

Nightly News Full Broadcast (September 12th)

PBS NewsHour full episode, September 12, 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.

• Long covid and medical gaslighting: Dismissal, delayed diagnosis, and deferred treatment [Science Direct]

• Comparison of Semen Quality Before and After Inactivated SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Among Men in China [JAMA Network]

• One of Long COVID’s Worst Symptoms Is Also Its Most Misunderstood [The Atlantic]

• So you haven't caught COVID yet. Does that mean you're a superdodger? [Goats and Soda]

• Effects of Vaccination and Previous Infection on Omicron Infections in Children [New England Journal of Medicine]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Making the Metaverse [CNET]

• Instagram Stumbles in Push to Mimic TikTok, Internal Documents Show [Wall Street Journal]

• Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin Rocket Suffers Failure Seconds Into Uncrewed Launch [Bloomberg]

• Flooded with AI-generated images, some art communities ban them completely [ARS TECHNICA]

• Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy [The White House]

• A poll of over 580 tech leaders shows a return to the office looms [Fast Company]

• 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]

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

It’s Easy Building Green! Our Fractal Pop Alder Lake Build | Level1 Techs

Zoom Teams Slack Chat – DTNS 4352 | Daily Tech News Shows

MaxQ ABORT! - Blue Origin's New Shepard Has Fiery Engine Failure In Flight | Scott Manley

Full New Shepard Mission NS-23 Webcast | Blue Origin

Brent's Bug Battle | LINUX Unplugged 475 | Jupiter Broadcasting

The Sun As We've Never Seen It Before, Revealed by NASA/ESA Observatories | Antov Petrov

Leonard Susskind - Why Black Holes are Astonishing | Closer to the Truth

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Is Russia losing the war in Ukraine? | Inside Story

Ukraine recaptures more territory in east and south | DW News

Turning point? Ukraine counter-offensive ups pressure on Putin | FRANCE 24 English

Russian forces retreat as Ukraine makes surprise gains in Kharkiv | CBS News

Ukraine advance ‘a huge morale booster’: Retired general | ABC Nightly News

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On This Day

September 13 is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 109 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)

585 BC – Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, king of Rome, celebrates a triumph for his victories over the Sabines, and the surrender of Collatia.

509 BC – The Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on Rome's Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides of September.

379 – Yax Nuun Ahiin I is crowned as 15th Ajaw of Tikal

533 – Belisarius of the Byzantine Empire defeats Gelimer and the Vandals at the Battle of Ad Decimum, near Carthage, North Africa.

1229 – Ögedei Khan is proclaimed Khagan of the Mongol Empire in Kodoe Aral, Khentii: Mongolia.

1437 – Battle of Tangier: a Portuguese expeditionary force initiates a failed attempt to seize the Moroccan citadel of Tangier.

1501 – Italian Renaissance: Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David.

1504 – Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand issue a Royal Warrant for the construction of a Royal Chapel (Capilla Real) to be built.

1541 – After three years of exile, John Calvin returns to Geneva to reform the church under a body of doctrine known as Calvinism.

1584 – San Lorenzo del Escorial Palace in Madrid is finished.

1609 – Henry Hudson reaches the river that would later be named after him – the Hudson River.

1645 – Wars of the Three Kingdoms: Scottish Royalists are defeated by Covenanters at the Battle of Philiphaugh.

1743 – Great Britain, Austria and the Kingdom of Sardinia sign the Treaty of Worms.

1759 – Battle of the Plains of Abraham: the British defeat the French near Quebec City in the Seven Years' War, known in the United States as the French and Indian War.

1782 – American Revolutionary War: Franco-Spanish troops launch the unsuccessful "grand assault" during the Great Siege of Gibraltar.

1788 – The Philadelphia Convention sets the date for the first presidential election in the United States, and New York City becomes the country's temporary capital.

1791 – King Louis XVI of France accepts the new constitution.

1808 – Finnish War: In the Battle of Jutas, Swedish forces under Lieutenant General Georg Carl von Döbeln beat the Russians, making von Döbeln a Swedish war hero.

1812 – War of 1812: A supply wagon sent to relieve Fort Harrison is ambushed in the Attack at the Narrows.

1814 – In a turning point in the War of 1812, the British fail to capture Baltimore. During the battle, Francis Scott Key composes his poem "Defence of Fort McHenry", which is later set to music and becomes the United States' national anthem.

1843 – The Greek Army rebels (OS date: September 3) against the autocratic rule of king Otto of Greece, demanding the granting of a constitution.

1847 – Mexican–American War: Six teenage military cadets known as Niños Héroes die defending Chapultepec Castle in the Battle of Chapultepec. American troops under General Winfield Scott capture Mexico City in the Mexican–American War.

1848 – Vermont railroad worker Phineas Gage survives an iron rod 1+1⁄4 inches (3.2 cm) in diameter being driven through his brain; the reported effects on his behavior and personality stimulate discussion of the nature of the brain and its functions.

1862 – American Civil War: Union soldiers find a copy of Robert E. Lee's battle plans in a field outside Frederick, Maryland. It is the prelude to the Battle of Antietam.

1880 – The Basuto Gun War breaks out after the Basuto launch a rebellion against the Cape Colony.

1882 – Anglo-Egyptian War: The Battle of Tel el-Kebir is fought.

1898 – Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film.

1899 – Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.

1899 – Mackinder, Ollier and Brocherel make the first ascent of Batian (5,199 m – 17,058 ft), the highest peak of Mount Kenya.

1900 – Filipino insurgents defeat a small American column in the Battle of Pulang Lupa, during the Philippine–American War.

1906 – The Santos-Dumont 14-bis makes a short hop, the first flight of a fixed-wing aircraft in Europe.

1914 – World War I: The Battle of Aisne begins between Germany and France.

1922 – The final act of the Greco-Turkish War, the Great Fire of Smyrna, commences.

1923 – Following a military coup in Spain, Miguel Primo de Rivera takes over, setting up a dictatorship.

1933 – Elizabeth McCombs becomes the first woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament.

1942 – World War II: Second day of the Battle of Edson's Ridge in the Guadalcanal Campaign. U.S. Marines successfully defeat attacks by the Japanese with heavy losses for the Japanese forces.

1944 – World War II: Start of the Battle of Meligalas between the Greek Resistance forces of the Greek People's Liberation Army (ELAS) and the collaborationist security battalions.

1948 – Deputy Prime Minister of India Vallabhbhai Patel orders the Army to move into Hyderabad to integrate it with the Indian Union.

1948 – Margaret Chase Smith is elected United States senator, and becomes the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

1953 – Nikita Khrushchev is appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

1956 – The IBM 305 RAMAC is introduced, the first commercial computer to use disk storage.

1956 – The dike around the Dutch polder East Flevoland is closed.

1962 – An appeals court orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, the first African-American student admitted to the segregated university.

1964 – South Vietnamese Generals Lâm Văn Phát and Dương Văn Đức fail in a coup attempt against General Nguyễn Khánh.

1964 – Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd of 20,000 West Berliners on Sunday, in Waldbühne.

1968 – Cold War: Albania leaves the Warsaw Pact.

1971 – State police and National Guardsmen storm New York's Attica Prison to quell a prison revolt, which claimed 43 lives.

1971 – Chairman Mao Zedong's second in command and successor Marshal Lin Biao flees China after the failure of an alleged coup. His plane crashes in Mongolia, killing all aboard.

1977 – General Motors introduces Diesel engine, with Oldsmobile Diesel engine, in the Delta 88, Oldsmobile 98, and Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser models amongst others.

1979 – South Africa grants independence to the "homeland" of Venda (not recognised outside South Africa).

1982 – Spantax Flight 995 crashes at Málaga Airport during a rejected takeoff, killing 50 of the 394 people on board.

1985 – Super Mario Bros. is released in Japan for the NES, which starts the Super Mario series of platforming games.

1986 – A magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes Kalamata, Greece with a maximum Modified Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme), killing at least 20 and causing heavy damage in the city.

1987 – Goiânia accident: A radioactive object is stolen from an abandoned hospital in Goiânia, Brazil, contaminating many people in the following weeks and causing some to die from radiation poisoning.

1988 – Hurricane Gilbert is the strongest recorded hurricane in the Western Hemisphere, later replaced by Hurricane Wilma in 2005 (based on barometric pressure).

1989 – Largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa, led by Desmond Tutu.

1993 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shakes hands with Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House after signing the Oslo Accords granting limited Palestinian autonomy.

1997 – A German Air Force Tupolev Tu-154 and a United States Air Force Lockheed C-141 Starlifter collide in mid-air near Namibia, killing 33.[8]

2001 – Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the United States after the September 11 attacks.

2007 – The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.

2007 – The McLaren F1 team are found guilty of possessing confidential information from the Ferrari team, fined $100 million, and excluded from the constructors' championship standings.

2008 – Delhi, India, is hit by a series of bomb blasts, resulting in 30 deaths and 130 injuries.

2008 – Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston, and surrounding areas.

2013 – Taliban insurgents attack the United States consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, with two members of the Afghan National Police reported dead and about 20 civilians injured.

2018 – The Merrimack Valley gas explosions: One person is killed, 25 are injured, and 40 homes are destroyed when excessive natural gas pressure caused fires and explosions.

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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins

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