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Friday, September 23, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, September 23, 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 Sunday Night

Franklin Area


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

Friday Night

Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light and variable winds.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


A chance of showers before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.

Highlands Plateau


Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph in the morning decreasing to become calm in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 40s. Calm winds.


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

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Calm winds.


A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

Increasing clouds, with lows in the upper 40s. Light winds out of the southeast.


Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


A chance of showers before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.

Nantahala Area


Sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Light winds out of the southwest.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 10am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 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 23 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 less than 200 miles west of Bermuda, and on Tropical Storm Gaston, located less than 200 miles northwest of the central Azores.

1. Central Caribbean Sea:
Satellite imagery indicates that showers and thunderstorms have increased and are showing signs of organization tonight with a well-defined low pressure system located over the central Caribbean Sea about 100 miles north-northeast of Curacao. Even though the upper-level wind environment is currently only marginally favorable, only a small additional increase in organization would result in the formation of a tropical depression later today. The system is expected to continue moving west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph across the central and western Caribbean Sea. Locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are likely to affect northwestern Venezuela, the ABC island chain, and northeastern Colombia through Friday. Interests in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba should closely monitor the progress of this system.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.

2. Eastern Tropical Atlantic:
A broad area of low pressure, located roughly in between the Cabo Verde islands to the east and the west coast of Africa, is producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms. While this activity is gradually becoming better organized, earlier satellite wind data indicated the circulation remained fairly broad. Environmental conditions are forecast to be generally conducive for some development over the next day or so, and a tropical depression is likely to form by this weekend while the system moves northward at about 10 mph, parallel to the coast of west Africa.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.

3. Central Tropical Atlantic:
Shower and thunderstorm activity remains disorganized association with a broad area of low pressure located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Despite marginal environmental conditions, some slow development of this system remains possible over the next several days while it drifts northwestward or northward over the central tropical Atlantic.

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

What's Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth - September 22, 2022: Very Important Evening Update Covering Fiona and 98L TROPICAL TIDBITS

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]

[Thursday / Sept 22] Hurricane Fiona Approaching Bermuda; 98L to Develop in Caribbean

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24 Hour Smoke Forecast

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

Air quality is in the UPPER range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the UPPER range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range 8.0 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (7.2 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for September 23rd

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Highlands in 1931
Lowest Temperature 30°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1982
Greatest Rainfall 2.91 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2003

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

• 'Nonexistent' relationship prompts call for law requiring more communication between Cooper and Robinson [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• ‘A centerpiece for golf around the world.’ Gov. Roy Cooper talks Presidents Cup in Charlotte [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Counties begin looking at how to spend millions in opioid settlement allotments [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• WCU ready to host Mountain Heritage Day Saturday, most popular outdoor festival for region [Smoky Mountain News]

• Where is federal COVID-19 relief going in NC? Most WNC counties opt to pay public employees’ salaries. [Carolina Public Press]

• 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: 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 22 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for September 21st]

Russia’s war strategy: How staged referendums factor into play | Global News

• The Making of Modern Ukraine: A Free Online Course from Yale Professor Timothy Snyder [Open Culture]

Timothy Snyder: The Making of Modern Ukraine. Class 5: Vikings, Slavers, Lawgivers: The Kyiv State

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 211 [Al Jazeera]

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

• Russia can defend new regions with nuclear weapons: Medvedev [Al Jazeera]

• Germany signals willingness to take in Russians fleeing conscription [DW News]

• Zelensky calls on Russians to ‘protest’ against Putin’s mobilisation [France 24]

• Ukraine war: Russians flee to border after military call-up [BBC News]

• Russians Fear a Wider Call-Up After Putin Orders Reservists to Mobilize [Wall Street Journal]

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

• Iran to join drills with Russia and China [Russia Today]

• Lavrov at UN Security Council: It is you who turn a blind eye on Kyiv's war crimes [Pravda ]

• Donbass, Zaporozhye, Kherson regions to vote on accession to Russia [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

As Putin Threatens Nuclear Weapons Use, What’s Next in the Ukraine War? | WSJ

• U.S. has sent private warnings to Russia against using a nuclear weapon [Washington Post ]

• Poland President Andrzej Duda on Russia's war in Ukraine, Putin's nuclear threats [PBS Newshour (video)]

• DeSantis Moves to Prohibit Communist China From Buying Farmland, Land Around Military Bases [The Floridian]

• 4-Day Workweek Brings No Loss of Productivity, Companies in Experiment Say [New York Times]

• Toxic air linked to alterations in brain structure of children [Courthouse News Service]

Israel’s Lapid calls for two-state solution with Palestinians in UN speech | FRANCE 24 English

Global National: Sept. 22, 2022 | Hurricane Fiona on track to blast through Atlantic Canada

Nightly News Full Broadcast (September 22nd)

PBS NewsHour full episode, September 22, 2022

• Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People [New York Times]

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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:

• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

Globally, as of 6:24pm CEST, 22 September 2022, there have been 610,866,075 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,510,139 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 20 September 2022, a total of 12,640,866,343 vaccine doses have been administered.

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 6:24pm CEST, 22 September 2022, there have been 94,536,664 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,043,373 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 16 September 2022, a total of 604,511,670 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Long-term neurologic outcomes of COVID-19 [Nature]

• COVID raises risk of long-term brain injury, large U.S. study finds [Reuters]

• Functional profiling of Covid 19 vaccine candidate by flow virometry [Science Direct]

• The ‘End’ of COVID Is Still Far Worse Than We Imagined [The Atlantic]

• Hi-tech face mask with sensor could detect COVID, flu and other viruses [Euro News]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• NASA investigating glitch on James Webb Space Telescope's ultracold camera []

• OpIran – Anonymous Hits Iranian State Sites, Hacks Over 300 CCTV Cameras [Hack Read]

• Help people in Iran reconnect to Signal – a request to our community [Signal]

• Broadband funding for Native communities could finally connect some of America’s most isolated places [MIT Technology Review]

• Tokyo Wants to Build a Mini-City in its Bay [Bloomberg]

• ‘Moore’s Law’s dead,’ Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang says in justifying gaming-card price hike [Market Watch]

• Why is a NASA spacecraft crashing into an asteroid? [AP News]

• Tesla issues recall for 1.1 million EVs due to power window problem [ARS TECHNICA]

• Florida asks Supreme Court to rule on its controversial social media law [CNN]

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 23 2022: Attack of the Drones

Big Thought Energy - DTNS 4360 | Daily Tech News Show

DAO breakdown with Orange DAO's Ben Huh + Amazon's $11B NFL deal with Lon Harris | This Week in Startups E1567

Linux Action News 259 | Jupiter Broadcasting

Tech News Weekly 253: iPhone 14 Teardown - YouTube, Pico Headset, DeepMind | TWIT TV

Orbital Launch Mount Water Deluge System Tested | SpaceX Boca Chica

Solar Sail Propulsion: Reality VS Fiction with Les Johnson | Universe Today

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Many flee to avoid getting drafted, but where can they go? | DW News

Russia's mobilisation explained | Al Jazeera Newsfeed

Debunking claims that Izium mass graves are fake Ukrainian propaganda | FRANCE 24 English

Russia continues to shell newly-liberated city after Ukraine's counter-offensive | BBC News

As Putin Threatens Nuclear Weapons Use, What’s Next in the Ukraine War? | WSJ

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On This Day

September 23 is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 99 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)

38 – Drusilla, Caligula's sister who died in June, with whom the emperor is said to have an incestuous relationship, is deified. 1122 – Pope Callixtus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V agree to the Concordat of Worms to put an end to the Investiture Controversy. 1338 – The Battle of Arnemuiden, in which a French force defeats the English, is the first naval battle of the Hundred Years' War and the first naval battle in which gunpowder artillery is used. 1409 – The Battle of Kherlen is the second significant victory over Ming dynasty China by the Mongols since 1368. 1459 – The Battle of Blore Heath, the first major battle of the English Wars of the Roses, is won by the Yorkists. 1561 – King Philip II of Spain issues cedula, ordering halt to colonizing efforts in Florida. 1641 – The Merchant Royal, carrying a treasure of over 100,000 pounds of gold (worth over £1 billion today), is lost at sea off Land's End. 1642 – The first commencement exercises occur at Harvard College. 1779 – American Revolution: John Paul Jones, naval commander of the United States, on board the USS Bonhomme Richard, wins the Battle of Flamborough Head. 1780 – American Revolution: British Major John André is arrested as a spy by American soldiers exposing Benedict Arnold's change of sides. 1803 – Second Anglo-Maratha War: The Battle of Assaye is fought between the British East India Company and the Maratha Empire in India. 1806 – Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States. 1821 – Tripolitsa, Greece, is captured by Greek rebels during the Greek War of Independence. 1845 – The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, is founded in New York. 1846 – Astronomers Urbain Le Verrier, John Couch Adams and Johann Gottfried Galle collaborate on the discovery of Neptune. 1868 – Grito de Lares ("Lares Revolt") occurs in Puerto Rico against Spanish rule. 1884 – On the night of 23 to 24 September steamship Arctique runs aground near Cape Virgenes leading to the discovery of nearby placer gold and beginning the Tierra del Fuego gold rush. 1889 – Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) is founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda. 1899 – The American Asiatic Squadron destroys a Filipino battery at the Battle of Olongapo. 1905 – Norway and Sweden sign the Karlstad Treaty, peacefully dissolving the Union between the two countries. 1911 – Pilot Earle Ovington makes the first official airmail delivery in America under the authority of the United States Post Office Department. 1913 – Roland Garros of France becomes the first to fly in an airplane across the Mediterranean (from St. Raphael in France to Bizerte, Tunisia). 1932 – The unification of Saudi Arabia is completed. 1938 – The Czechoslovak army is mobilized. 1942 – World War II: The Matanikau action on Guadalcanal begins: U.S. Marines attack Japanese units along the Matanikau River. 1943 – World War II: The Nazi puppet state known as the Italian Social Republic is founded. 1950 – Korean War: The Battle of Hill 282 is the first US friendly-fire incident on British military personnel since World War II. 1962 – The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts opens in New York City. 1973 – Argentine general election: Juan Perón returns to power in Argentina. 1983 – Saint Kitts and Nevis joins the United Nations. 1983 – Gulf Air Flight 771 is destroyed by a bomb, killing all 117 people on board. 1986 – Houston Astros' Jim Deshaies sets a then-record, striking out the first eight batters he faces against the Los Angeles Dodgers. 2002 – The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox ("Phoenix 0.1") is released. 2004 – Over 3,000 people die in Haiti after Hurricane Jeanne produces massive flooding and mudslides. 2008 – Matti Saari kills ten people at a school in Finland before committing suicide. 2019 – The British travel company, Thomas Cook Group, declares bankruptcy, leaving employees without jobs and 600,000 customers stranded abroad. Hotels throughout the world are stuck with £338 million (U.S. $415 million) in unpaid bills.

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Published at 3:00am on Friday, September 23, 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