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Thursday, September 15, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, September 15, 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 Saturday Night

Franklin Area


Widespread fog, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds.


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


Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 50s.

Highlands Plateau


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


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


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

Friday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 70s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Widespread fog, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.


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


Sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

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


Sunny, with highs near 80.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 50s.

Nantahala Area


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


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


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

Friday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the 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 Thu Sep 15 2022

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

Active Systems:
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently upgraded Tropical Storm Fiona, located several hundred miles east of the Leeward Islands.

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.



What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - September 14, 2022 Watching 96L

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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 8.4 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.0 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for September 15th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F in Highlands in 1925
Lowest Temperature 34°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.00 inches in Highlands in 1903

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

• Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Guided Tour of the New Angel Medical Center [Macon Media]

• Beasley, Budd agree to debate in key US Senate contest [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• As overdoses soar, NC harm reduction advocates want removal of barriers to calling 911 [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Book reading, film screening to commemorate Popcorn Sutton [Smoky Mountain News]

• First woman police chief appointed in the history of the Cherokee Indian Police Department [Blue Ridge Public Radio]

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

• 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

• Live Updates: Queen Elizabeth lies in state as public pays respects [BBC NewsE]

Watch live: Queen lies in state in Westminster Hall | Sky News

London's First Mourners Pay Their Respects to the Queen | The Royal Family Channel

• The duke who spent 20 years planning a funeral fit for a queen [The Times]

• Mourners pay respects as Queen Elizabeth lies in state – as it happened [The Guardian]

• How the Royal family solemnly handed over Queen Elizabeth to a nation in mourning [The Telegraph]

• Queen’s Coffin Passes London Landmarks, in a Grand but Hushed Royal Display [New York Times]

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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 14 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for September 14th]

Russia has no 'ready answer' to Ukraine gains | Conflict Zone

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 203 [Al Jazeera]

Russia's War in Ukraine: The Evolving Military and Strategic Situation (with Lt. Gen Ben Hodges) | Krasnol UNC

Liberated city of Izium visited by Zelenskyy | DW News

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

• Why the cities that Ukraine has retaken matter [DW News]

• Ukrainian flag raised as Zelenskyy visits retaken Izyum [Al Jazeera]

• China's Xi to discuss Ukraine war with Putin at summit in Kazakhstan [France 24]

• In Russian Border City, Pro-Kremlin Ukrainians, Soldiers Regroup After Retreat From Ukraine [Wall Street Journal]

• Ukraine war: Evacuation plea after major dam hit by strikes [BBC News]

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

• Putin and UN chief discuss Ukraine [Russia Today]

• Chechnya's Kadyrov: I would have declared mobilisation long ago and used any weapons [Pravda ]

• Ukrainian troops attempting exploratory attacks in Zaporozhye region, but are repelled [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

• Possible U.S. Railroad Strike Could Fuel More Inflation [Wall Street Journal]

• Biden Maneuvers to Try to Avoid Devastating Rail Strike [New York Times]

• Durham Inquiry Appears to Wind Down as Grand Jury Expires [YAhoo! News]

• With jabs at her colleagues, Justice Kagan warns the court ‘needs to act like a court’ [Courthouse News Service]

• Trump told Jordan’s king he would give him the West Bank, shocking Abdullah II, book says [MSN]

Pennsylvania's midterms role, inflation challenges, more | CBS News Prime Time with John Dickerson

Global National: Sept. 14, 2022 | Royal fans line up at Westminster Hall for farewell to the Queen

Nightly News Full Broadcast (September 14th)

PBS NewsHour full episode, September 14, 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 5:49pm CEST, 14 September 2022, there have been 607,083,820 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,496,721 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 13 September 2022, a total of 12,613,484,608 vaccine doses have been administered.

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:49pm CEST, 14 September 2022, there have been 94,076,111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,039,882 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 2 September 2022, a total of 601,804,302 vaccine doses have been administered.

• End of COVID pandemic is 'in sight' -WHO chief [Reuters]

• Anti-Spike Mucosal IgA Protection against SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Infection[New Engl;and Journal of Medicine]

• ‘We are only beginning to know what it is’: Why doctors struggle to identify treatments for long COVID [USA TODAY]

• CIRES/CU-Boulder-led study: Why it took so long to recognize airborne transmission of the coronavirus, and how to do better next time [Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder]

• Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) showing disseminated aspergillosis, cytomegalovirus reactivation and persistent SARS-COV-2: Case report with autopsy review [Science Direct]

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

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

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Wireless communications startup repurposes technology from Google’s balloon internet project [Space News]

• Say Hello to Crazy Thin ‘Deep Insert’ ATM Skimmers [Krebs on Security]

• Humans may have started tending animals almost 13,000 years ago [Science News]

• TikTok won't commit to stopping US data flows to China [CNN]

• Highly skilled tech workers are becoming a rarity, and companies have tough decisions to make [ZD Net]

• Tesla is sued by drivers over alleged false Autopilot, Full Self-Driving claims [Reuters]

• Canva, the $26 billion design startup, launches a productivity suite to take on Google Docs and Microsoft Office [Fortune]

• Pakistanis Donated $40M to Build a Dam. Their Government Spent $63M On Its Ads. [Vice News]

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

What the Ethereum Merge Means - DTNS 4354 | Daily Tech News Show

What can black holes tell us about our universe? | The Stream

Ethereum: The Merge | Into the CryptoVerse

Smashing Asteroids and the DART Mission | Event Horizon

A Chat about Linus' DATA Recovery w/ Allan Jude | Level1 Techs

Could the Higgs Boson Lead Us to Dark Matter? | PBS Space Time

I Got Access to Chernobyl’s Deadliest Area | Kyle Hill

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Are Russia's alliances breaking up? | Times Radio

Ukrainians of recaptured Balakliya react with tears and relief | Al Jazeera

Russia's War in Ukraine: The Evolving Military & Strategic Situation (with Lt. Gen Ben Hodges) | Krasnol UNC

Liberated city of Izium visited by Zelenskyy | DW News

War in Ukraine: In a ghost village in Donbas, only two survivors after the fighting | FRANCE 24

“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

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On This Day

September 15 is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 107 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)

994 – Major Fatimid victory over the Byzantine Empire at the Battle of the Orontes.

1440 – Gilles de Rais, one of the earliest known serial killers, is taken into custody upon an accusation brought against him by Jean de Malestroit, Bishop of Nantes.

1530 – Appearance of the miraculous portrait of Saint Dominic in Soriano in Soriano Calabro, Calabria, Italy; commemorated as a feast day by the Roman Catholic Church 1644–1912.

1556 – Departing from Vlissingen, ex-Holy Roman Emperor Charles V returns to Spain.

1588 – The so-called "Invincible Armada" sent by Catholic King Philip II of Spain to overthrow Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England has been handed a crushing defeat in the English Channel.

1762 – Seven Years' War: Battle of Signal Hill.

1776 – American Revolutionary War: British forces land at Kip's Bay during the New York Campaign.

1789 – The United States "Department of Foreign Affairs", established by law in July, is renamed the Department of State and given a variety of domestic duties.

1794 – French Revolutionary Wars: Arthur Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington) sees his first combat at the Battle of Boxtel during the Flanders Campaign.

1795 – Britain seizes the Dutch Cape Colony in southern Africa to prevent its use by the Batavian Republic.

1812 – The Grande Armée under Napoleon reaches the Kremlin in Moscow.

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

1816 – HMS Whiting runs aground on the Doom Bar.

1820 – Constitutionalist revolution in Lisbon, Portugal.

1821 – The Captaincy General of Guatemala declares independence from Spain.

1830 – The Liverpool to Manchester railway line opens; British MP William Huskisson becomes the first widely reported railway passenger fatality when he is struck and killed by the locomotive Rocket.

1835 – HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reaches the Galápagos Islands. The ship lands at Chatham or San Cristobal, the easternmost of the archipelago.

1862 – American Civil War: Confederate forces capture Harpers Ferry, Virginia (present-day Harpers Ferry, West Virginia).

1873 – Franco-Prussian War: The last Imperial German Army troops leave France upon completion of payment of indemnity.

1894 – First Sino-Japanese War: Japan defeats Qing dynasty China in the Battle of Pyongyang.

1915 – The Empire Picture Theatre (now The New Empire Cinema), the oldest running cinema in mainland Australia, opens in Bowral, New South Wales.

1915 – New Culture Movement: Chen Duxiu establishes the New Youth magazine in Shanghai.

1916 – World War I: Tanks are used for the first time in battle, at the Battle of the Somme.

1918 – World War I: Allied troops break through the Bulgarian defenses on the Macedonian front.

1935 – The Nuremberg Laws deprive German Jews of citizenship.

1935 – Nazi Germany adopts a new national flag bearing the swastika.

1940 – World War II: The climax of the Battle of Britain, when the Luftwaffe launches its largest and most concentrated attack of the entire campaign.

1942 – World War II: U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Wasp is sunk by Japanese torpedoes at Guadalcanal.

1944 – Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill meet in Quebec as part of the Octagon Conference to discuss strategy.

1944 – Battle of Peleliu begins as the United States Marine Corps' 1st Marine Division and the United States Army's 81st Infantry Division hit White and Orange beaches under heavy fire from Japanese infantry and artillery.

1945 – A hurricane strikes southern Florida and the Bahamas, destroying 366 airplanes and 25 blimps at Naval Air Station Richmond.

1947 – Typhoon Kathleen hit the Kantō region in Japan killing 1,077.

1948 – The Indian Army captures the towns of Jalna, Latur, Mominabad, Surriapet and Narkatpalli as part of Operation Polo.

1948 – The F-86 Sabre sets the world aircraft speed record at 671 miles per hour (1,080 km/h).

1950 – Korean War: The U.S. X Corps lands at Inchon.

1952 – The United Nations cedes Eritrea to Ethiopia.

1954 – Marilyn Monroe's iconic skirt scene is shot during filming for The Seven Year Itch.

1958 – A Central Railroad of New Jersey commuter train runs through an open drawbridge at the Newark Bay, killing 48.

1959 – Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.

1962 – The Soviet ship Poltava heads toward Cuba, one of the events that sets into motion the Cuban Missile Crisis.

1963 – Baptist Church bombing: Four children killed in the bombing of an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama, United States.

1967 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

1968 – The Soviet Zond 5 spaceship is launched, becoming the first spacecraft to fly around the Moon and re-enter the Earth's atmosphere.

1971 – The first Greenpeace ship departs from Vancouver to protest against the upcoming Cannikin nuclear weapon test in Alaska.

1972 – A Scandinavian Airlines System domestic flight from Gothenburg to Stockholm is hijacked and flown to Malmö Bulltofta Airport.

1974 – Air Vietnam Flight 706 is hijacked, then crashes while attempting to land with 75 on board.

1975 – The French department of "Corse" (the entire island of Corsica) is divided into two: Haute-Corse (Upper Corsica) and Corse-du-Sud (Southern Corsica).

1978 – Muhammad Ali outpoints Leon Spinks in a rematch to become the first boxer to win the world heavyweight title three times at the Superdome in New Orleans.

1981 – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

1981 – The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.

1983 – Israeli premier Menachem Begin resigns.

1995 – Malaysia Airlines Flight 2133 crashes at Tawau Airport in Malaysia, killing 34.

2000 – The Summer Olympics, officially known as the games of the XXVII Olympiad, are opened in Sydney, Australia.

2001 – During a CART race at the Lausitzring in Germany, former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi suffers a heavy accident resulting in him losing both his legs.

2004 – National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announces lockout of the players' union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.

2008 – Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

2011 – Four miners are killed in the Gleision Colliery mining accident in the Swansea Valley, Wales, UK.

2017 – The Parsons Green bombing takes place in London.

2020 – Signing of the Bahrain–Israel normalization agreement occurs in Washington, D.C., normalizing relations between Israel and two Arab nations, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

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Published at 2:30am on Thursday, September 15, 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