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Friday, September 16, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, September 16, 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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High pressure will continue to be the dominant feature through late next week leading to continued dry conditions. Temperatures will be slightly above normal this weekend, becoming well above normal next week as an upper-level high pressure system builds across the Southeast.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night

Franklin Area


Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Calm winds.


Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.

Saturday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

Sunday Night

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

Highlands Plateau


Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.


Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds becoming east southeast around 5 mph.


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Sunday Night

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

Otto and South Central Macon County


Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.


Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows around 56. Calm winds.


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.

Saturday Night

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


Sunny, with highs near 80.

Sunday Night

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

Nantahala Area


Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds.


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


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

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


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

Sunday Night

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 Fri Sep 16 2022

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

Active Systems:
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Fiona, located a few hundred miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands.

1. Central Atlantic:
A tropical wave located roughly midway between the west coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles is producing limited and disorganized shower activity. Some slow development of this system is possible late this weekend and early next week while it moves northwestward to northward over the central subtropical Atlantic.

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



Tropical Storm Fiona Discussion Number 7
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL072022
1100 PM AST Thu Sep 15 2022

Although Fiona remains a strongly sheared tropical storm, deep convection has been inching closer to the center of circulation during the past several hours. Cloud tops remain quite cold on the system's east side. The initial intensity is held at 50 kt based on the earlier aircraft data. Another Air Force reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate Fiona overnight.

Satellite and aircraft fixes indicate that Fiona has been slowly losing latitude over the past 24 hours or so, and the initial motion is estimated to be 265/13 kt. A low- to mid-level subtropical ridge to the north of Fiona should steer the system generally westward for the next few days, taking the storm across the northern Leeward Islands Friday night and near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Saturday through early Sunday. A turn to the west-northwest and then the northwest near Hispaniola seems likely late this weekend and into early next week as the system nears a weakness in the subtropical ridge. The NHC track forecast has been adjusted to the left this cycle, based on the initial position and trending toward the latest model guidance.

Fiona has been quite resilient even though it continues to be affected by westerly vertical wind shear and intrusions of dry air. The models suggest that the upper-level wind pattern could become a little more conducive for strengthening during the next couple of days, which might allow the storm to become more symmetric and strengthen slightly. However, after that time, the intensity of Fiona will become highly dependent on how much the storm interacts with Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. Since there is uncertainty on the details of the exact track, the NHC intensity forecast during the days 2-5 time frame is uncertain. This prediction lies near the middle of the guidance envelope at most forecast times.

Key Messages:

1. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the Leeward Islands within the warning area by Friday evening. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area across the Virgin Islands beginning on Saturday, and then reaching Puerto Rico late Saturday and Saturday night.

2. Heavy rains from Fiona will reach the Leeward Islands Friday afternoon, spreading to the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Saturday into Sunday morning, and reaching eastern Hispaniola Sunday. This rainfall may produce considerable flood impacts including flash and urban flooding, along with mudslides in areas of higher terrain.

3. Fiona is expected to move near Hispaniola early next week, and watches could be required for parts of the island on Friday.

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - Tracking TS Fiona - September 15, 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 extreme upper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the extreme upper range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range 8.2 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.0 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for September 16th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 90°F in Franklin in 1947
Lowest Temperature 33°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 7.13 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

• Macon commission candidates address issues facing county [Smoky Mountain News]

• Pastor spent 8 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. NC finally admits mistake. [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Abortion taking center stage in NC Dems' 2022 campaigns [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• HCA Healthcare calls class action lawsuit 'baseless' in new court filing [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Hearing date set for Lake Santeetlah voter fraud charges [Smoky Mountain News]

• 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

Queue for Queen stretches over 4 miles through London | The Royal Family Channel

• Prince William and Prince Harry to join King Charles for Queen’s coffin procession [The Times]

• Queen’s state funeral to be followed by Windsor service and burial next to Philip [The Guardian]

• Queen Elizabeth's funeral: What time is it, what is the procession route, where will she be buried? [The Telegraph]

• Princess Anne’s Influence, and Workload, Rises in a Slimmed-Down Royal Family [New York Times]

In full: Queen’s coffin procession through London as Royal Family march in homage | ITV News

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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 15 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for September 15th]

Timothy Snyder: The Making of Modern Ukraine. Class 3: Geography and Ancient History | Yale Courses

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 204 [Al Jazeera]

Mass Grave Discovered in Izyum | Funker 530

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.)

• Ukraine finds mass burial site in Izyum after Russians driven out [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine pushes for security guarantees in new world order [DW News]

• Putin acknowledges China's concerns over Ukraine crisis in sign of friction [France 24]

• Russia's Wagner boss: It's prisoners fighting in Ukraine, or your children [BBC News]

• Ukraine Battles Flooding After Russian Strike on Dam [Wall Street Journal]

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

• Biden allows further drawdown of Pentagon stockpiles for Ukraine [Russia Today]

• Russia to reinforce Western Military District with T-90M tanks to counter NATO [Pravda ]

• One killed, two injured in shelling of Russia’s Belgorod Region – governor [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

Rail companies, unions reach deal to avert strike | ABC News

• Special Master Appointed to Review All Records Seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago [Wall Street Journal]

• Audio: Trump warns Hugh Hewitt of ‘big problems’ if he’s indicted [Politico]

• EU lawmakers declare that Hungary is no longer a democracy [AP News]

• FBI Announces Arrest in Connection With Hoax Bomb Threat Against Boston Children's Hospital [WBTS-CD (Nashua, NH)]

• Mom who told daughter to hit opponent during basketball game is ordered to pay $9,000 and apologize [NBC News]

• 2 buses of migrants dropped off outside VP Harris’s residence near Naval Observatory in DC [WTTG-TV (Washington, DC)]

The crisis in Mali | DW Documentary

9-15 | CBS News Prime Time with John Dickerson

Global National: Sept. 15, 2022 | People keep calm and queue on in London to say goodbye to Queen

Nightly News Full Broadcast (September 15th)

PBS NewsHour full episode, September 15, 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 7:06pm CEST, 15 September 2022, there have been 607,745,726 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,498,747 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 7:06pm CEST, 15 September 2022, there have been 94,152,573 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,040,506 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 2 September 2022, a total of 601,804,302 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Osterholm Update Episode 113: Time for Learning, Not Forgetting [Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)]

• Risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes associated with rheumatoid arthritis and phenotypic subgroups: a retrospective, comparative, multicentre cohort study [Smoky Mountain News]

• Risk for Developing Alzheimer’s Disease Increases by 50-80% In Older Adults Who Caught COVID-19 [Neuroscience News]

• Hundreds of Americans still dying of COVID-19 each day ahead of the fall [ABC News]

• ‘Massive global failures’: Experts call out world leaders for COVID response. Here's what went wrong. [USA TODAY]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Ethereum completes the “Merge,” which ends mining and cuts energy use by 99.95% [ARS TECHNICA]

• Comcast, Verizon, AT&T Sued for Failing to Stop Movie Piracy [Hollywood Reporter]

• Facebook Bans Holocaust Film for Violating Race Policy [Rolling Stone]

• Customs officials have copied Americans’ phone data at massive scale [Washington Post]

• NASA-funded spacesuit tech may help with menopause relief []

• To see what Oklahoma could do with nuclear waste, StateImpact goes underground [National Public Radio]

• Immigrants Keep Getting Lied To By Human Smugglers On Platforms Like Facebook, WhatsApp, and TikTok [BussFeed News]

• Meta Oversight Board finds plenty of flaws with Facebook's content moderation [Mashable]

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

Assassination drones and bioweapons: The future of warfare? | The Bottom Line

Why 80% of Americans Live East of This Line | RealLifeLore

Barriers to Becoming a Kardashev Civilization | Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur

Australia's Pearl Harbor - Pacific War #23 | Kings and Generals

Breakthrough! Synthetic Embryo With a Beating Heart and a Brain | Antov Petrov

Christopher Capozzola: World War I, Ideology, Propaganda, and Politics | Lex Fridman Podcast #320

Old Glory | The History Guy

Neanderthal Apocalypse | Get Factual

Chinese J-20 and J-16 fighter production rates are going through the roof | Binkov's Battlegrounds

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> EU vows to support Ukraine 'as long as it takes' | DW News

LATEST UPDATES: Flooding risk | Ukrainian dam targeted by Russian missiles | Al Jazeera

China to the rescue? Putin meets Xi as Russia suffers setbacks in Ukraine | FRANCE 24 English

Ukraine President Zelensky involved in car accident but 'not seriously hurt' | BBC News

Ukraine's Zelenskyy visits newly liberated towns | CBS News

“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 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 106 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)

681 – Pope Honorius I is posthumously excommunicated by the Sixth Ecumenical Council.

1400 – Owain Glyndŵr is declared Prince of Wales by his followers.

1620 – A determined band of 35 religious dissenters – Pilgrims set sail for Virginia from Plymouth, England in the Mayflower, jubilant at the prospect of practicing their unorthodox brand of worship in the New World.

1701 – James Francis Edward Stuart, sometimes called the "Old Pretender", becomes the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland.

1732 – In Campo Maior, Portugal, a storm hits the Armory and a violent explosion ensues, killing two-thirds of its inhabitants.

1776 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Harlem Heights is fought.

1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Franco-American Siege of Savannah begins.

1810 – With the Grito de Dolores, Father Miguel Hidalgo begins Mexico's fight for independence from Spain.

1822 – French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel, in a "note" read to the Academy of Sciences, reports a direct refraction experiment verifying David Brewster's hypothesis that photoelasticity (as we now call it) is stress-induced birefringence.

1863 – Robert College, in Istanbul, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.

1880 – The Cornell Daily Sun prints its first issue in Ithaca, New York. The Sun is the United States' oldest, continuously-independent college daily.

1893 – Settlers make a land run for prime land in the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma.

1908 – The General Motors Corporation is founded.

1914 – World War I: The Siege of Przemyśl (present-day Poland) begins.

1920 – The Wall Street bombing: A bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J. P. Morgan building in New York City killing 38 and injuring 400.

1940 – World War II: Italian troops conquer Sidi Barrani.

1943 – World War II: The German Tenth Army reports that it can no longer contain the Allied bridgehead around Salerno.

1945 – World War II: The Japanese occupation of Hong Kong comes to an end.

1955 – The military coup to unseat President Juan Perón of Argentina is launched at midnight.

1955 – A Soviet Zulu-class submarine becomes the first to launch a ballistic missile.

1956 – TCN-9 Sydney is the first Australian television station to commence regular broadcasts.

1959 – The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, is introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City.

1961 – The United States National Hurricane Research Project drops eight cylinders of silver iodide into the eyewall of Hurricane Esther. Wind speed reduces by 10%, giving rise to Project Stormfury.

1961 – Typhoon Nancy, with possibly the strongest winds ever measured in a tropical cyclone, makes landfall in Osaka, Japan, killing 173 people.

1961 – Pakistan establishes its Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission with Abdus Salam as its head.

1963 – Malaysia is formed from the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak. However, Singapore is soon expelled from this new country.

1966 – The Metropolitan Opera House opens at Lincoln Center in New York City with the world premiere of Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra.

1970 – King Hussein of Jordan declares war against the Palestine Liberation Organization, the conflict came to be known as Black September.

1975 – Papua New Guinea gains independence from Australia.

1975 – Cape Verde, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe join the United Nations.

1975 – The first prototype of the Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor makes its maiden flight.

1976 – Armenian champion swimmer Shavarsh Karapetyan saves 20 people from a trolleybus that had fallen into a Yerevan reservoir.

1978 – The 7.4 Mw  Tabas earthquake affects the city of Tabas, Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). At least 15,000 people are killed.

1979 – Eight people escape from East Germany to the west in a homemade hot air balloon.

1982 – Lebanon War: The Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon takes place.

1987 – The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion.

1990 – The railroad between the People's Republic of China and Kazakhstan is completed at Dostyk, adding a sizable link to the concept of the Eurasian Land Bridge.

1992 – The trial of the deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega ends in the United States with a 40-year sentence for drug trafficking and money laundering.

1992 – Black Wednesday: The British pound is forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism by currency speculators and is forced to devalue against the German mark.

1994 – The British government lifts the broadcasting ban imposed against members of Sinn Féin and Irish paramilitary groups in 1988.

2004 – Hurricane Ivan makes landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category 3 hurricane.

2005 – The Camorra organized crime boss Paolo Di Lauro is arrested in Naples, Italy.

2007 – One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.

2007 – Security guards working for Blackwater Worldwide shoot and kill 17 Iraqis in Nisour Square, Baghdad.

2013 – A gunman kills twelve people at the Washington Navy Yard.

2014 – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant launches its Kobani offensive against Syrian–Kurdish forces.

2015 – A 8.3 Mw  earthquake struck the Chilean city of Illapel, killing 15 people, injuring at least 34, leaving at least six missing, and causing extensive damage. One person also died in Argentina.

2019 – Five months before the COVID-19 stock market crash, an overnight spike in lending rates in the United States prompts the Federal Reserve to conduct operations in the repo market.

2021 – A 6.0 Mw  earthquake struck Lu County, China's southwestern province of Sichuan, killing three and injuring more than 88.

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Published at 4:30am on Friday, September 15, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins

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