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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, September 20, 2022

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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Macon Calendar
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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)
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Dry weather continues into midweek as a dome of high pressure expands across the Southeast, allowing temps to warm well above normal. A cold front crosses the area from the north on Thursday and could have enough moisture to squeeze out a few showers across the forecast area. Canadian high pressure will bring cooler and drier weather to the region for the weekend. Another cold front will arrive early next week.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night

Franklin Area


Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Light and variable winds.


Patchy fog before 2am, then patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 90. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs in the upper 80s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.

Highlands Plateau


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midmorning.


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


Sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph after midnight.


Sunny, with highs near 80.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 40s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds.


Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 50.

Nantahala Area


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.


Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Calm winds.


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

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds.


A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.

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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 Tue Sep 20 2022
For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Active Systems:
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Fiona, located just southeast of the Turks and Caicos islands.

1. Central Subtropical Atlantic:
Shower and thunderstorm activity continues to increase in association with an area of low pressure located over the central subtropical Atlantic. Environmental conditions appear marginally favorable for additional development, and a tropical depression is likely to form over the next couple of days before upper-level winds become less conducive later this week. The system should generally move northward or northeastward while remaining over the open waters of central subtropical Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent.

2. Central Tropical Atlantic:

A tropical wave located several hundred miles east of the Windward Islands is producing a broad area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Gradual development of this system is forecast during the next several days as the system approaches the Windward Islands, and a tropical depression could form toward the latter part of this week or weekend as the system moves into the eastern and central Caribbean sea. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.


Hurricane Fiona Discussion Number 23
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL072022
1100 PM EDT Mon Sep 19 2022

The satellite presentation of the hurricane has improved significantly this evening. The eye has warmed and become more distinct and the surrounding ring of deep convection has cooled and is more symmetric. More recently, the eye has become smaller in size and this has also been observed by both NOAA and Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft that have been sampling the storm this evening. The aircraft have reported that the eye has shrunk to around 10 n mi in diameter. The NOAA plane has measured a peak flight level wind of 104 kt at around 8000 ft, while the Air Force aircraft has reported a peak 700-mb flight-level wind of 93 kt. Peak SFMR winds of 94-96 kt have also been found, and these data support increasing the initial intensity to 95 kt.

The hurricane's outflow is somewhat restricted over the western portion of the circulation owing to some moderate southwesterly shear of the storm. Although this shear is not forecast to abate much, the intensity guidance indicates that warm water and a moist atmosphere should allow for continued intensification during the next 24 to 48 hours. Given the recent improvement in structure, the updated NHC intensity forecast calls for a slightly faster rate of strengthening during the next 12 to 24 hours, and it is at the upper end of the intensity guidance. The official forecast shows Fiona becoming a major hurricane overnight, and brings the hurricane to category 4 status in a day or so. Eyewall replacement cycles are likely to cause some fluctuations in intensity in the 24-72 h time period. By day 4, the hurricane is forecast to interact with a strong mid-tropospheric trough, which will start the system's extratropical transition. The process is forecast to be complete by the end of the period, and Fiona is expected to remain a powerful extratropical cyclone through day 5.

The initial motion estimate is 330/9 kt. There track forecast philosophy again remains the same as the previous few forecast cycles. The hurricane should gradually turn north while moving around the western periphery of a mid-level ridge. After 72 hours, Fiona is forecast to turn north-northeastward and accelerate as a strong mid-level trough nears the northeastern United States. The track guidance remains tightly clustered and the NHC forecast is similar to the previous advisory, near the middle of the guidance envelope.

Key Messages:

1. Heavy rains from Fiona will continue across parts of Puerto Rico and across northern and eastern Dominican Republic through tonight. These rainfall amounts will continue to produce life-threatening and catastrophic flooding along with mudslides and landslides across Puerto Rico. Life-threatening flash and urban flooding is likely for eastern portions of the Dominican Republic.

2. Hurricane conditions are expected over the Turks and Caicos, with tropical storm conditions over the southeastern Bahamas, beginning late tonight or early Tuesday.

3. Interests in Bermuda should monitor the progress of Fiona.


INIT 20/0300Z 20.6N 70.3W 95 KT 110 MPH
12H 20/1200Z 21.8N 71.0W 110 KT 125 MPH
24H 21/0000Z 23.3N 71.4W 115 KT 130 MPH
36H 21/1200Z 24.6N 71.4W 120 KT 140 MPH
48H 22/0000Z 26.3N 71.0W 120 KT 140 MPH
60H 22/1200Z 28.5N 69.9W 120 KT 140 MPH
72H 23/0000Z 31.1N 68.0W 115 KT 130 MPH
96H 24/0000Z 39.8N 60.7W 105 KT 120 MPH
120H 25/0000Z 49.7N 58.5W 65 KT 75 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - September 19, 2022: Tracking Hurricane Fiona


Tropical Tidbits is a website run by Macon Media's favorite no-nonsense tropical forecaster, Levi Cowan. He does not post material just to get clicks or to sensationalize the storms he covers to "make them more exciting." He is reliable and sober, unlike The Weather Channel crowd of Drama Queen Meteorologists.

Levi typically posts videos late in the afternoon or early before midnight on Youtube. [Youtube Channel]

[Monday / Sept 19] Hurricane Fiona moving toward the Turks and Caicos Islands

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24 Hour Smoke Forecast

A smoke fieldmap was not provided for today. -->

Air quality is in the lower range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the lower 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, grasses, and Chenopods Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (7.9 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for September 19th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Highlands in 1925
Lowest Temperature 31°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 4.95 inches in Highlands in 1924

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

• Lowe’s to pay $700,000 to women in sex harassment discrimination settlement with EEOC [Raleigh News and Observer]

• NC child suicides continue to rise, state data shows [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Haywood County Schools to consider sports participation for homeschooled students [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• ‘Disruption’ is just the start of a shift in storytelling at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian [BPR News]

• Sylva Extends Social District Hours

• 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 Death of Queen Elizabeth II
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)
(Today is the last day this special ection will run. 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]

The State Funeral Procession of Her Majesty The Queen | The Royal Family Channel

Queen laid to rest at St George's Chapel in Windsor | ITV News

The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II | BBC News

The Queen's committal service | Sky 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 19 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for September 19th]

Timothy Snyder: The Making of Modern Ukraine. Class 4: Before Europe | Yale Courses

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 208 [Al Jazeera]

• Bread prices hit all-time high in EU as war disrupts food supply [Courthouse News Serice]

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

• Russia-Ukraine updates: Top US general says war 'not going well' for Moscow [DW News]

• Vladimir Putin’s Energy War With Europe Seems to Falter [WSJ Article with Playable Video] [WSJ Unlocked Article]

• Zelenskyy promises no let up in counter-offensive against Russia [Al Jazeera]

• UN chief Antonio Guterres: ‘I hope the ICC can investigate Izium’ [France 24]

• Russian retreat in Ukraine leaves Putin under pressure at home [NBC News via Yahoo! News]

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

• US tanks ‘absolutely on the table’ for Ukraine – Pentagon [Russia Today]

• The clock is ticking: USA will forget about Ukraine very soon [Pravda ]

• Erdogan tells PBS Russia willing to end conflict in Ukraine as soon as possible [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. poet Amanda Gorman opens 2022 U.N. General Assembly week | CBS News

• In Wisconsin, Election Skeptics Deploy as Poll Watchers for Midterms [Wall Street Journal]

• Bexar County Sheriff announces investigation into how migrants went from Texas to Martha's Vineyard [CNN]

• Los Angeles county is home to more than 69,000 unhoused people, count finds [The Guardian]

• Hazing victim's family to receive nearly $1M in settlement with Virginia school [NBC News]

• Magnitude 7.7 quake rattles Mexico on anniversary of two other temblors [Courthouse News Service]

Hurricane Fiona continues destructive path through Caribbean | ABC News

Global National: Sept. 19, 2022 | Queen Elizabeth II laid to rest in solemn ceremony

Nightly News Full Broadcast (September 19th)

PBS NewsHour full episode, September 19, 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 5:42pm CEST, 19 September 2022, there have been 609,247,113 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,503,894 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 5:42pm CEST, 19 September 2022, there have been 94,237,260 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,041,323 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 2 September 2022, a total of 601,804,302 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Long COVID Experts and Advocates Say the Government Is Ignoring 'the Greatest Mass-Disabling Event in Human History' [Time Magazine]

• Diabetes and COVID-19 testing, positivity, and mortality: A population-wide study in Northern Italy [Science Direct]

• Joe Biden says the COVID-19 pandemic is over. This is what the data tells us [National Public Radio]

• Covid will be a leading cause of death in the U.S. indefinitely, whether or not the pandemic is 'over' [NBC News]

• 1 in 3 workers fear they’ll catch Covid by returning to the office—here’s how to keep yourself healthy [CNBC]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Ethereum Plunges After SEC Chair Says ‘The Merge’ Could Make Crypto a Security [Gizmodo]

• US-China semiconductor battle: Second and third order consequences [TechSpot]

• SpaceX's Starship Super Heavy rocket just fired up 7 engines for the 1st time (video) []

• China has returned helium-3 from the moon, opening door to future technology [The Hills]

• Google loses appeal over E.U. antitrust ruling, but fine is cut to $4.12 billion [NBC News]

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

The Level1 Show September 20 2022: Another Step Closer to Gattaca

BeReal Wants To BePaid - DTNS 4357 | Daily Tech News Show

Booster 7 Seven Engine Static Fire | SpaceX Boca Chica | NASA Space Flight

The Real History Of The Americas Before Columbus | 1491: Complete Series | Timeline

Canary in the Photo Mine | LINUX Unplugged 476 | Jupiter Broadcasting

Ray Kurzweil: Singularity, Superintelligence, and Immortality | Lex Fridman Podcast #321

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Dreaming of victory: Ukrainians imagine life after the war | AL Jazeera

Hodges: 'I believe the Ukrainians have achieved irreversible momentum' | DW News

Ukrainian soldiers cheer counteroffensive’s swift advance into Donbas | FRANCE 24 English

'Flee from our land or surrender', Ukrainian President Zelensky warns Russian troops | WION

Could Ukrainian gains in the northeast be a turning point in the war with Russia? | ABC News

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On This Day

September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 102 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)

1058 – Agnes of Poitou and Andrew I of Hungary meet to negotiate about the border territory of Burgenland.

1066 – At the Battle of Fulford, Harald Hardrada defeats earls Morcar and Edwin.

1187 – Saladin begins the Siege of Jerusalem.

1260 – The Great Prussian Uprising among the old Prussians begins against the Teutonic Knights.

1378 – Cardinal Robert of Geneva is elected as Pope Clement VII, beginning the Papal schism.

1498 – The Nankai tsunami washes away the building housing the Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in. It has been outside since then.

1519 – Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition which ultimately culminated in the first circumnavigation the globe.

1586 – A number of conspirators in the Babington Plot are hanged, drawn and quartered.

1602 – The Dutch town of Grave held by the Spanish, capitulates to a besieging Dutch and English army under the command of Maurice of Orange.

1697 – The Treaty of Ryswick is signed by France, England, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire and the Dutch Republic, ending the Nine Years' War.

1737 – The finish of the Walking Purchase which forces the cession of 1.2 million acres (4,860 km2) of Lenape-Delaware tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony.

1792 – French troops stop an allied invasion of France at the Battle of Valmy.

1835 – The decade-long Ragamuffin War starts when rebels capture Porto Alegre in Brazil.

1854 – Crimean War: British and French troops defeat Russians at the Battle of Alma.

1857 – The Indian Rebellion of 1857 ends with the recapture of Delhi by troops loyal to the East India Company.

1860 – The future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom begins the first visit to North America by a Prince of Wales.

1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Chickamauga, in northwestern Georgia, ends in a Confederate victory.

1870 – The Bersaglieri corps enter Rome through the Porta Pia, and complete the unification of Italy.

1871 – Bishop John Coleridge Patteson, first bishop of Melanesia, is martyred on Nukapu, now in the Solomon Islands.

1881 – U.S. President Chester A. Arthur is sworn in upon the death of James A. Garfield the previous day

1893 – Charles Duryea and his brother road-test the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile.

1911 – The White Star Line's RMS Olympic collides with the British warship HMS Hawke.

1920 – Irish War of Independence: British police known as "Black and Tans" burned the town of Balbriggan and killed two local men in revenge for an Irish Republican Army (IRA) assassination.

1941 – The Holocaust in Lithuania: Lithuanian Nazis and local police begin a mass execution of 403 Jews in Nemenčinė.

1942 – The Holocaust in Ukraine: In the course of two days a German Einsatzgruppe murders at least 3,000 Jews in Letychiv.

1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival is held, having been delayed seven years due to World War II.

1946 – Six days after a referendum, King Christian X of Denmark annuls the declaration of independence of the Faroe Islands.

1955 – The Treaty on Relations between the USSR and the GDR is signed.

1961 – Greek general Konstantinos Dovas becomes Prime Minister of Greece.

1962 – James Meredith, an African American, is temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi.

1965 – Following the Battle of Burki, the Indian Army captures Dograi in course of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.

1967 – Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched Clydebank, Scotland.

1971 – Having weakened after making landfall in Nicaragua the previous day, Hurricane Irene regains enough strength to be renamed Hurricane Olivia, making it the first known hurricane to cross from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific.

1973 – Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome.

1973 – Singer Jim Croce, songwriter and musician Maury Muehleisen and four others die when their light aircraft crashes on takeoff at Natchitoches Regional Airport in Louisiana.

1977 – Vietnam is admitted to the United Nations.

1979 – A French-supported coup d'état in the Central African Empire overthrows Emperor Bokassa I.

1982 – NFL season: American football players in the National Football League begin a 57-day strike.

1984 – A suicide bomber in a car attacks the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing twenty-two people.

1989 – USAir Flight 5050 crashes into Bowery Bay during a rejected takeoff from LaGuardia Airport, killing two people.

1990 – South Ossetia declares its independence from Georgia.

2000 – The United Kingdom's MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by individuals using a Russian-built RPG-22 anti-tank missile.

2001 – In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "War on Terror".

2003 – Civil unrest in the Maldives breaks out after a prisoner is killed by guards.

2007 – Between 15,000 and 20,000 protesters marched on Jena, Louisiana, in support of six black youths who had been convicted of assaulting a white classmate.

2008 – A dump truck full of explosives detonates in front of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing 54 people and injuring 266 others.

2011 – The United States military ends its "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.

2017 – Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, resulting in 2,975 deaths, US$90 billion in damage, and a major humanitarian crisis.

2018 – At least 161 people die after a ferry capsized close to the pier on Ukara Island in Lake Victoria and part of Tanzania.

2019 – Roughly four million people, mostly students, demonstrate across the world to address climate change.[36][37] Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden leads the demonstration in New York City.

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Published at 3:30am on Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins

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