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Sunday, November 13, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, November 13, 2022

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Macon Calendar
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National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
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On This Day
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Canadian high pressure will usher in much colder air and drier conditions tonight through Monday. A fast-moving low pressure system will cross the area Tuesday, bringing some precipitation chances possibly starting as wintry precipitation for the mountains Tuesday morning. Dry and cool weather returns on Wednesday into Thursday before a Gulf low pressure spreads precipitation across our region going into Friday.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Tuesday Night

Franklin Area


Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Light and variable winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

A slight chance of snow showers between midnight and 1am, then a chance of freezing rain. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.


Freezing rain likely before 9am, then rain showers likely. Cloudy, with highs in the upper 40s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.

Highlands Plateau


Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph in the morning decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming light and variable before midnight.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Monday Night

A slight chance of snow showers and freezing rain before 2am, then a chance of freezing rain, then a chance of rain showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the east 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 40%.


Showers likely, mainly after 7am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 43. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday Night

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

Otto and South Central Macon County


Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Light and variable winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

A slight chance of snow showers between midnight and 1am, then a chance of freezing rain. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%.


Rain likely, possibly mixed with freezing rain, becoming all rain after 7am. Cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday Night

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

Nantahala Area


Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 7 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds.

Monday Night

A slight chance of snow showers and freezing rain before 2am, then a chance of freezing rain between 2am and 5am, then a chance of rain or freezing rain after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%.


Showers likely, mainly between 7am and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Precipitation is expected to spread into the region late Monday night though Tuesday. It may start out as a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and/or freezing rain, before transitioning to mainly rain, with some freezing rain possible through around midday Tuesday. Light wintry accumulations may occur in some of the North Carolina mountains, before changing over to all rain.

NICOLE Rainfall in western North Carolina


The above graphic shows the rainfall amount received in western North Carolina from 9pm Thursday to 9 pm Friday.

Drought Update from the NC Climate Office


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Sun Nov 13 2022 For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

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24 Hour Smoke Forecast

Smoke fields from fires across the southeast will be crossing the county 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 low range (2.1 out of 12) today with Ragweed being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.9 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for November 13th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2020
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands in 2019
Greatest Rainfall 2.82 inches in Highlands in 2018
Greatest Snowfall 0 inches (trace) in Franklin in 2019

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of November Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 11-04-2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on 11-25-1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on 11-29-1914
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on 11-28-1922

(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane Hilda)

Record Weather Events for November 13th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 89°F in Wadesboro, Anson County in 2016
Lowest Temperature 1°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2019
Greatest Rainfall 5.70 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2020
Greatest Snowfall 7.0 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1904

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of November Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 89°F in High Point, Guilford County on 11-04-1974
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County on 11-15-1969
Greatest Rainfall 9.70 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 11-19-2003
Greatest Snowfall 13.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 11-01-2014

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Macon Calendar
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Local and State News

• NC legislators: Medicaid expansion efforts pushed to 2023 [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• WCU students react after federal judge blocks student loan forgiveness plan [WLOS-TV Asheville, NC)]

• Amid worsening drought conditions, Nicole brings much-needed rain to WNC [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Rob Saunooke announces campaign for chief [Smoky Mountain News]

• Town of Franklin Asks Citizens to Voluntarily Restrict Water Usage [Macon Media]

Macon County Commissioner candidate forum
Joint Meeting Between the Macon County Board of Commissioners and the Macon County Board of Education | 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, November 12 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for November 12th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 262 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: 262nd day of Russian aggression against Ukraine[TVP World]

Russia has LOST Kherson; $400 Million USD to Ukraine | Funker530 Veteran Community and Combat Footage

Timothy Snyder: The Making of Modern Ukraine. Class 16. Colonization, Extermination, Ethnic Cleansing | Yale Courses

• Will Russia’s Kherson withdrawal change the Ukraine war? [Al Jazeera (video)]

• Ukraine updates: Kyiv hails West after Kherson liberated [DW News]

• In Ukraine’s martyred Mykolaiv, residents hail Russian retreat, fear revenge attacks [France 24]

• Ukraine Looks to Cement Full Control of Kherson After Russian Retreat [Wall Street Journal]

• Ukraine war: Celebration in Kherson - but war 'far from over' [BBC News]

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

• Russia stands alone against NATO – ex-president [Russia Today]

• Russian troops leave Kherson and move to left bank of Dnieper - Video [Pravda ]

• Russia has more weapons in its arsenal for use in Ukraine, Medvedev says [TASS Russian News Agency]

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National and World News Roundup

• Iran Crisis Update, November 12 [Understanding War] [PDF for November 12th]

• German leader Scholz says Iran can expect more EU sanctions [AP News]

• Iran Arrests Two More French Citizens As West Increases Pressure [Iran International]

COP27 Summit MiniSection

• COP27: Everything you need to know [DW News]

• COP27 at Sharm El-Sheikh [COP27 Website]

• COP27: UK under scrutiny over carbon-neutral pledges [The Straits Times]

World War II planes collide mid-air during Dallas airshow | NBC News

• ‘Terrible tragedy in our city’: Planes crash during air show at Dallas Executive Airport [Dallas Morning News]

• FTX says it’s removing trading and withdrawals, moving digital assets to a cold wallet after a $477 million suspected hack [CNBC]

• Putin, Raisi discuss deepening ties between Russia and Iran [Al Jazeera]

• US intelligence document describes UAE efforts to influence American politics – report [The Guardian]

• Democrats will keep control of the Senate, NBC News projects [CNBC]

• Kari Lake taunts Maricopa County election officials after stoking fears on mail-in ballots [Yahoo! News]

How John Fetterman broke Trump’s red wave in Pennsylvania - Anywhere but Washington | The Guardian

• How John Fetterman’s ‘every county, every vote’ mantra landed him a U.S. Senate seat [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

• GOP Reportedly Looking to Snub Trump for DeSantis in Herschel Walker Runoff [MEDIAITE]

• Why Independent Voters Broke for Democrats in the Midterms [Wall Street Journal]

• Voters Reject Election Deniers Running to Take Over Elections [New York Times]

Inside the battle for Taiwan and China's looming war threat | 60 Minutes Australia

Global National: Nov. 12, 2022 | Surge of sick kids prompts calls for mask mandate return

Nightly News Full Broadcast (November 12th)

PBS NewsHour full episode, November 12, 2022

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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 5:01pm CET, 11 November 2022, there have been 630,832,131 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,584,104 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 9 November 2022, a total of 12,885,748,541 vaccine doses have been administered.

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:18pm CET, 9 November 2022, there have been 96,474,411 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,062,721 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 28 October 2022, a total of 629,073,496 vaccine doses have been administered.

The long-term impact of COVID-19 | DW News COVID-19 Special

• TWiV 954: Speculating sarbecovirus spillovers with Michael Letko [Microbe TV]

• ‘Immunity debt’: Why experts say this new term promotes COVID-19 ‘misinformation’ [Global News]

• Universal masking leads to fewer covid cases in schools, study finds [Washington Post]

• Flu and colds are back with a vengeance — why now? [Nature]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• X-37B orbital test vehicle concludes sixth successful mission [Space Force News]

• Small study suggests money can buy happiness — for households earning up to $123,000 [NBC News]

• Insulin is an extreme financial burden for over 14% of Americans who use it [Yale News]

• Explaining Mercury’s Superconductivity, 111 Years Later [APS: Physics]

• IBM Unveils 400 Qubit-Plus Quantum Processor and Next-Generation IBM Quantum System Two [IBM Newsroom]

• Linux Action News 266 | Jupiter Broadcasting []

• THE TECH GUY 1943 [Twit TV>]

• Solar Energy Gets Flexible [

Semi-permanent links

• Fall of Civilizations #16. Bagan - City of Temples [Fall of Civilizations Podcast]

• 25 tips to help you prepare for the 2024 total solar eclipse [Astronomy Magazine]

• Neal Stephenson’s Lamina1 drops white paper on building the open metaverse [Venture Beat] [PDF of White paper]

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

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

SpaceX Starship Record Static Fire Up Next, Starbase Management Change, Cygnus NG-18, JPSS 2 & SLS | Marcus House

Google's Open Source Hardware Dreams | Asianometry

This Is Why Worse Droughts Mean WAY Worse Floods | PBS Terra

How Would a Nuclear EMP Affect the Power Grid? | Practical Engineering

Github is being sued, Thunderbird redesign, Google's AI project: Linux + Open Source news | The Linux Experiment

How Plate Tectonics Gave Us Seahorses | PBS Eons

The Insane Biology of: Sloths | Real Science

How Neptune Could Destroy The Earth | Destiny

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Russia plans to ‘Blackout Blitz’ Ukraine into surrender | Caspian Report

Russia Oil - US Imports Stabilize - Ukraine Grain - US Shipyards - Mariners | What the Ship (Ep58)

Ukraine celebrates regaining Kherson region | CBS News

What's next in the war after Ukraine retakes Kherson? | DW News

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On This Day

November 13 is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 48 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)

1002 – English king Æthelred II orders the killing of all Danes in England, known today as the St. Brice's Day massacre.
• [Wikipedia: St. Brice's Day massacre]
• [St. Brice's Day Massacre : A Viking Genocide?]
• [The St Brice’s Day Massacre]

1093 – Battle of Alnwick: in an English victory over the Scots, Malcolm III of Scotland, and his son Edward, are killed.

1160 – Louis VII of France marries Adela of Champagne.

1642 – First English Civil War: Battle of Turnham Green: The Royalist forces withdraw in the face of the Parliamentarian army and fail to take London.

1715 – Jacobite rising in Scotland: Battle of Sheriffmuir: The forces of the Kingdom of Great Britain halt the Jacobite advance, although the action is inconclusive.

1775 – American Revolutionary War: Patriot revolutionary forces under Gen. Richard Montgomery occupy Montreal.

1841 – James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism by Charles Lafontaine, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually calls hypnotism.

1851 – The Denny Party lands at Alki Point, before moving to the other side of Elliott Bay to what would become Seattle.

1864 – American Civil War: The three-day Battle of Bull's Gap ends in a Union rout as Confederates under Major General John C. Breckinridge pursue them to Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Bull's Gap]

1887 – Bloody Sunday clashes in central London.

1901 – The 1901 Caister lifeboat disaster.
• [Wikipedia: 1901 Caister lifeboat disaster]
• [1901: The Caister Lifeboat Disaster & Cannibal Alferd Packer]

1914 – Zaian War: Berber tribesmen inflict the heaviest defeat of French forces in Morocco at the Battle of El Herri.

1916 – World War I: Prime Minister of Australia Billy Hughes is expelled from the Labor Party over his support for conscription.

1918 – World War I: Allied troops occupy Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

1927 – The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first Hudson River vehicle tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City.

1940 – Walt Disney's animated musical film Fantasia is first released, on the first night of a roadshow at New York's Broadway Theatre.
• [Wikipedia: Fantasia (1940 film)]
• [Fantasia - 1940 Theatrical Trailer]
• [Night On Bald Mountain - Fantasia (1941) (Theatrical Cut)]

1941 – World War II: The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal is torpedoed by U-81, sinking the following day.

1942 – World War II: Naval Battle of Guadalcanal: U.S. and Japanese ships engage in an intense, close-quarters surface naval engagement during the Guadalcanal Campaign.

1942 – World War II: Both the Allies and the Axis inade France
• [168 - Axis and Allies Both Invade France - WW2 - November 13, 1942]
• [The invasion of northwest Africa, November–December 1942]
• [Wikipedia: Case Anton]
• [Wikipedia: Operation Torch]

1947 – The Soviet Union completes development of the AK-47, one of the first proper assault rifles.

1950 – General Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, President of Venezuela, is assassinated in Caracas.

1954 – Great Britain defeats France to capture the first ever Rugby League World Cup in Paris in front of around 30,000 spectators.

1956 – The Supreme Court of the United States declares Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal, thus ending the Montgomery bus boycott.

1966 – In response to Fatah raids against Israelis near the West Bank border, Israel launches an attack on the village of As-Samu.

1969 – Vietnam War: Anti-war protesters in Washington, D.C. stage a symbolic March Against Death.

1970 – Bhola cyclone: A 150-mph tropical cyclone hits the densely populated Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people in one night.

1982 – Ray Mancini defeats Duk Koo Kim in a boxing match held in Las Vegas. Kim's subsequent death (on November 17) leads to significant changes in the sport.

1982 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.
• [John Randt Eyewitness News 3 - Vietnam Veterans Memorial - 1982]
• ["To Heal A Nation" 1988 TV-Movie - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Story]
• [2021 Veterans Day service at Vietnam Veterans Memorial]

1985 – The volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupts and melts a glacier, causing a lahar (volcanic mudslide) that buries Armero, Colombia, killing approximately 23,000 people.

1985 – Xavier Suárez is sworn in as Miami's first Cuban-born mayor.

1986 – President Ronald Reagan addresses the nation on the Iran-Contra Controversy
• [President Reagan's Address to the Nation on the Iran Contra Controversy 11/13/1986]
• [Legal Aftermath Timeline ]
• [Transcript of the Address to the Nation on the Iran Arms and Contra Aid Controversy]

1989 – Hans-Adam II, the present Prince of Liechtenstein, begins his reign on the death of his father.

1990 – In Aramoana, New Zealand, David Gray shoots dead 13 people in a massacre before being tracked down and killed by police the next day.

1991 – The Republic of Karelia, an autonomous republic of Russia, is formed from the former Karelian ASSR.

1992 – The High Court of Australia rules in Dietrich v The Queen that although there is no absolute right to have publicly funded counsel, in most circumstances a judge should grant any request for an adjournment or stay when an accused is unrepresented.

1994 – In a referendum, voters in Sweden decide to join the European Union.

1995 – Mozambique becomes the first state to join the Commonwealth of Nations without having been part of the former British Empire.

1995 – A truck-bomb explodes outside of a US-operated Saudi Arabian National Guard training center in Riyadh, killing five Americans and two Indians. A group called the Islamic Movement for Change claims responsibility.

1995 – Nigeria Airways Flight 357 crashes at Kaduna International Airport in Kaduna, Nigeria, killing 11 people and injuring 66.

2000 – Philippine House Speaker Manny Villar passes the articles of impeachment against Philippine President Joseph Estrada.

2001 – War on Terror: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.

2002 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq agrees to the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1441.

2002 – During the Prestige oil spill, a storm bursts a tank of the oil tanker MV Prestige, which was not allowed to dock and sank on November 19, 2002, off the coast of Galicia, spilling 63,000 metric tons of heavy fuel oil, more than the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

2012 – A total solar eclipse occurs in parts of Australia and the South Pacific.

2013 – Hawaii legalizes same-sex marriage.

2013 – 4 World Trade Center officially opens.

2015 – Islamic State operatives carry out a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris, including suicide bombings, mass shootings and a hostage crisis. The terrorists kill 130 people, making it the deadliest attack in France since the Second World War.

• [Wikipedia: November 2015 Paris attacks]
• [Paris Attacks 2015: Terror, Minute by Minute | The New York Times]
• ['10.01pm': Victim of November 2015 Paris attacks recounts horror • FRANCE 24 English]
• [Paris attacks: Did intelligence fail in France?]
• ['This is it. I love you. Goodbye': Inside the Bataclan - BBC Newsnight]
• [Paris Attacks: New Updates, At Least 100 Reported Dead]

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Published at 3:00am on Sunday, November 13, 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