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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, September 14, 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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Dry high pressure will dominate the area today through Friday. Surface high pressure will move off the East Coast over the weekend, with temperatures and humidity steadily rebounding over the Southeast. A stronger dome of high pressure will arrive early next week to push temperatures well above normal.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Friday Night

Franklin Area


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


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


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

Thursday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Highlands Plateau


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds.


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


Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Light winds out of the northeast.


Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Friday Night

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

Otto and South Central Macon County


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


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


Sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

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


Sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Nantahala Area


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds.


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


Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected fortoday or tonight,


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Sep 14 2022

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

1. Central Tropical Atlantic:
Showers and thunderstorms have increased a little during the past several hours in association with a tropical wave located a little less than 900 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Although environmental conditions are only marginally conducive, some additional development of this system is possible and a tropical depression could form during the next couple of days. This system is expected to moves westward to west-northwestward over the tropical Atlantic and it is expected to be near the Leeward Islands on Friday. Interests in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico should monitor the progress of this system.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - September 13, 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 8.6 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.3 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for September 14th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2019
Lowest Temperature 30°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1953
Greatest Rainfall 3.21 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1945

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

Facebook Live Video of Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new Angel Medical Center

• Ribbon Cutting held at new Angel Medical Center in Franklin [Macon Media]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - September 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

• NC utilities panel hears testimony over Duke Energy CO2 plan [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Here's how to comment on NCDOT's draft 10-year transportation plan [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• North Carolina’s flu season may be worse this year, experts warn [Blue Ridge Public Radio]

• 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 II: A day-by-day guide from now to the funeral [BBC NewsE]

King Charles pledges support for Northern Ireland | Sky News

Queen's Coffin Passes Through Gates of Buckingham Palace | The Royal Family Channel

• Prince William and Prince Harry to march behind Queen’s coffin in echo of Diana’s funeral [The Times]

• King Charles, William and Harry to accompany Queen’s coffin to Westminster Hall – live updates [The Guardian]

• London comes to a standstill for Queen Elizabeth’s final homecoming [The Telegraph]

• Queen Elizabeth II’s Coffin Arrives in London After Farewell in Scotland [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 13 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for September 13th]

• Russia Secretly Gave $300 Million to Political Parties and Officials Worldwide, U.S. Says [New York Times]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 202 [Al Jazeera]

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

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

JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (UTVD Operational Update: ZSU Counter Offensive in Kharkiv, 10-12 Sep 22.)

• Russian council faces dissolution after call for Putin's removal [ReutersE]

• Ukraine’s counteroffensive explained in maps [Al Jazeera]

• Ukrainians hack consumer drones to fight Russia [DW News]

• Russian media grapples with covering Ukrainian blitz – without earning the Kremlin’s ire [France 24]

• Ukraine Seeks More Arms, Closer Ties to West After Taking Ground From Russia [Wall Street Journal]

• Ukraine war: Accounts of Russian torture emerge in liberated areas [BBC News]

• In Reclaimed Towns, Ukrainians Recount a Frantic Russian Retreat [New York Times]

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

• Georgia comments on opening ‘second front’ against Russia [Russia Today]

• Dmitry Medvedev on NATO-Russia war: Earth will burn and concrete will melt [Pravda ]

• Medvedev describes Kiev’s draft of "security guarantees" as prologue to WW III [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

• After Explosion at Northeastern, Other Boston Universities on Alert, Urge Caution [WBTS-CD (Nashua, NH)]

• Package explodes on Boston campus; 1 injured, FBI involved [AP News]

• Stocks Suffer Worst Day Since June 2020 [Wall Street Journal]

• Markets Plunge as Inflation Data Undercuts Wall Street’s Optimism [New York Times]

• U.S. government makes contingency plans for rail shutdown [Reuters]

• Deadline to avoid a national rail strike which could cost economy $2 billion a day is near [CNBC]

• Feds signal support for special master candidate proposed by Trump [Courthouse News Service]

• Rensselaer County's Republican elections commissioner arrested by FBI [Times Union (Albany, NY)]

• Judge unseals less redacted version of affidavit used for Mar-a-Lago search warrant [CNN]

• Former Gov. Phil Bryant helped Brett Favre secure welfare funding for USM volleyball stadium, texts reveal [MIssissippi Today]

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

Global National: Sept. 13, 2022 | Queen Elizabeth makes final journey back to Buckingham Palace

Nightly News Full Broadcast (September 13th)

PBS NewsHour full episode, September 13, 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 5:47pm CEST, 13 September 2022, there have been 606,459,140 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,495,110 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 11 September 2022, a total of 12,589,972,108 vaccine doses have been administered.

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:47pm CEST, 13 September 2022, there have been 94,001,259 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,039,578 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 2 September 2022, a total of 601,804,302 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Bivalent SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccines increase breadth of neutralization and protect against the BA.5 Omicron variant [BioRxiv]

• Orphanhood and Caregiver Loss Among Children Based on New Global Excess COVID-19 Death Estimates [JAMA Network]

• Covid-19 Illnesses Are Keeping at Least 500,000 Workers Out of U.S. Labor Force, Study Says [Wall Street Journal]

• New Omicron-targeting COVID-19 boosters are approved. Here's what you need to know. [Yahoo! News]

• Under COVID lockdown, Xinjiang residents complain of hunger [AP News]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• The clock speed wars are back as Intel brags about hitting 6 GHz with 13th-gen CPUs [ARS TECHNICA]

• Rocketland [The Verge]

• Why Bluetooth remains an 'unusually painful' technology after two decades [CNN]

• A new x-ray technique for detecting explosives could also identify tumors [MIT Technology ReviewE]

• AT&T Breaks Promise, Will Only Offer Fastest 5G Performance on Newest Phones [ExtremeTech]

• We Found a Secret Chevy Corvette EV Prototype Made by Motorola in the 1990s [The Drive]

• Ukraine’s Astronomers Say There Are Tons of UFOs Over Kyiv [Vice News]

• North Korea’s Lazarus hackers are exploiting Log4j flaw to hack US energy companies [Tech Crunch]

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

Live Hangout - Fan appreciation and Links | Level1Techs

On The Verge of Aggregateness - DTNS 4353 | Daily Tech News Show

Cordkillers 422 - Coku-Cola (w/ Naaim Siddiqi)

What's a Virus?! Viruses explained by Virologist | National Science Foundation

The greatest expeditions of mankind | DW Documentary

Naval Arms Exports - How Europe & Asia overtook the US & Russia | Perun

The Bi-Oceanic Corridor to revolutionize South America | The Caspian Report

Did Advanced Civilizations Exist Before Humans? Silurian Hypothesis Explored | Antov Petrov

Why NASA’s Artemis Has Fuel-Leak Problems That SpaceX Doesn’t | WSJ

Twitter shareholders approve Musk sale as whistleblower testifies on security | FRANCE 24 English

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Is the war in Ukraine nearing its end? | The Economist

“The Road to Victory” – A Report on the Ukrainian Counteroffensive and 6 Months of War | Animarchy History

"All in!" The Ukrainian Offensives in Cherson and Charkiv | Österreichs Bundesheer

What sunk the Moskva? | LazerPig

Russian military setbacks: Pro-Moscow pundits criticise war plans | Al Jazeera

Arms supplies: Ukrainian FM Kuleba slams Germany | DW News

Ukraine's successful counter-offensive sparks rare debate in Russia | FRANCE 24 English

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On This Day

September 14th is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 108 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 81 – Domitian becomes Emperor of the Roman Empire upon the death of his brother Titus.

629 – Emperor Heraclius enters Constantinople in triumph after his victory over the Persian Empire.

786 – "Night of the three Caliphs": Harun al-Rashid becomes the Abbasid caliph upon the death of his brother al-Hadi. Birth of Harun's son al-Ma'mun.

919 – Battle of Islandbridge: High King Niall Glúndub is killed while leading an Irish coalition against the Vikings of Uí Ímair, led by King Sitric Cáech.

1180 – Genpei War: Battle of Ishibashiyama in Japan.

1226 – The first recorded instance of the Catholic practice of perpetual Eucharistic adoration formally begins in Avignon, France.

1402 – Battle of Homildon Hill results in an English victory over Scotland.

1607 – Flight of the Earls from Lough Swilly, Donegal, Ireland.

1682 – Bishop Gore School, one of the oldest schools in Wales, is founded.

1723 – Grand Master António Manoel de Vilhena lays down the first stone of Fort Manoel in Malta.

1741 – George Frideric Handel completes his oratorio Messiah.

1752 – The British Empire adopts the Gregorian calendar, skipping eleven days (the previous day was September 2).

1763 – Seneca warriors defeat British forces at the Battle of Devil's Hole during Pontiac's War.

1782 – American Revolutionary War: Review of the French troops under General Rochambeau by General George Washington at Verplanck's Point, New York.

1791 – The Papal States lose Avignon to Revolutionary France.

1808 – Finnish War: Russians defeat the Swedes at the Battle of Oravais.

1812 – Napoleonic Wars: The French Grande Armée enters Moscow. The Fire of Moscow begins as soon as Russian troops leave the city.

1814 – Battle of Baltimore: The poem Defence of Fort McHenry is written by Francis Scott Key. The poem is later used as the lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner.

1829 – The Ottoman Empire signs the Treaty of Adrianople with Russia, thus ending the Russo-Turkish War.

1846 – Jang Bahadur and his brothers massacre about 40 members of the Nepalese palace court.

1862 – American Civil War: The Battle of South Mountain, part of the Maryland Campaign, is fought.

1901 – U.S. President William McKinley dies after being mortally wounded on September 6 by anarchist Leon Czolgosz and is succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

1911 – Russian Premier Pyotr Stolypin is shot by Dmitry Bogrov while attending a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tale of Tsar Saltan at the Kiev Opera House, in the presence of Tsar Nicholas II.

1914 – HMAS AE1, the Royal Australian Navy's first submarine, is lost at sea with all hands near East New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

1917 – The Russian Empire is formally replaced by the Russian Republic.

1936 – Raoul Villain, who assassinated the French Socialist Jean Jaurès, is himself killed by Spanish Republicans in Ibiza.

1939 – World War II: The Estonian military boards the Polish submarine ORP Orzeł in Tallinn, sparking a diplomatic incident that the Soviet Union will later use to justify the annexation of Estonia.

1940 – Ip massacre: The Hungarian Army, supported by local Hungarians, kill 158 Romanian civilians in Ip, Sălaj, a village in Northern Transylvania, an act of ethnic cleansing.

1943 – World War II: The Wehrmacht starts a three-day retaliatory operation targeting several Greek villages in the region of Viannos, whose death toll would eventually exceed 500 persons.

1944 – World War II: Maastricht becomes the first Dutch city to be liberated by allied forces.

1948 – The Indian Army captures the city of Aurangabad as part of Operation Polo.

1954 – In a top secret nuclear test, a Soviet Tu-4 bomber drops a 40 kiloton atomic weapon just north of Totskoye village.

1958 – The first two German post-war rockets, designed by the German engineer Ernst Mohr, reach the upper atmosphere.

1960 – The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is founded.

1960 – Congo Crisis: Mobutu Sese Seko seizes power in a military coup, suspending parliament and the constitution.

1975 – The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, is canonized by Pope Paul VI.

1979 – Afghan leader Nur Muhammad Taraki is assassinated upon the order of Hafizullah Amin, who becomes the new General Secretary of the People's Democratic Party.

1982 – President-elect of Lebanon Bachir Gemayel is assassinated.

1984 – Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to fly a gas balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean.

1985 – Penang Bridge, the longest bridge in Malaysia, connecting the island of Penang to the mainland, opens to traffic.

1989 – The Standard Gravure shooting where Joseph T. Wesbecker, a 47-year-old pressman, killed eight people and injured 12 people at his former workplace, Standard Gravure, before committing suicide.

1992 – The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina declares the breakaway Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia to be illegal.

1993 – Lufthansa Flight 2904, an Airbus A320, crashes into an embankment after overshooting the runway at Okęcie International Airport (now Warsaw Chopin Airport), killing two people.

1994 – The Major League Baseball season is canceled because of a strike.

1997 – Eighty-one killed as five bogies of the Ahmedabad–Howrah Express plunge into a river in Bilaspur district of Madhya Pradesh, India.

1998 – Telecommunications companies MCI Communications and WorldCom complete their $37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom.

1999 – Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.

2000 – Microsoft releases Windows Me.

2001 – Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital.

2003 – In a referendum, Estonia approves joining the European Union.

2007 – Financial crisis of 2007–2008: The Northern Rock bank experiences the first bank run in the United Kingdom in 150 years.

2008 – Aeroflot Flight 821, a Boeing 737-500, crashes into a section of the Trans-Siberian Railway while on approach to Perm International Airport, in Perm, Russia, killing all 88 people on board.

2015 – The first observation of gravitational waves is made, announced by the LIGO and Virgo collaborations on 11 February 2016.

2019 – Yemen's Houthi rebels claim responsibility for an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.

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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins

Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to the following websites or books:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 - Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center. Back to Top