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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, November 16, 2022

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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
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
Support Macon Media


Dry and unseasonably cool weather is expected to return today and continue through the weekend. Low pressure is forecast to form over the Gulf of Mexico early next week then move toward our region around Thanksgiving.

• Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes is November 14th-21st [Macon Media]


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night

Franklin Area


Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 10 mph.


Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid teens. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 20.
Highlands Plateau


Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph in the morning decreasing to light winds out of the northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 40.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 20s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper teens. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 20s.

Nantahala Area


Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Thursday Night

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


Sunny, with highs near 40.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Areas of black ice may develop across the North Carolina mountains before daybreak, generally above 3500 feet. Black ice is hard to see at night so drive with caution in these areas Also, light snowfall is expected near the border of North Carolina and Tennessee tonight, which may lead to slippery conditions across local roadways.

Drought Update from the NC Climate Office


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Wed Nov 16 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.

PM2.5 AQI is 25 (good) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 25 (good).

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.2 out of 12) today with Ragweed being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.6 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for November 16th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 76°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2009
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Franklin in 1969
Greatest Rainfall 2.53 inches in Franklin in 2006
Greatest Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since records started being kept)

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 16th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 89°F in Wadesboro, Anson County in 2016
Lowest Temperature 8°F in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 2014
Greatest Rainfall 6.85 inches in Sparta, Alleghany County in 1989
Greatest Snowfall 2.0 inches in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1983

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

• Angel Medical Center CEO Column for November 2022: November is a Good Time to Reflect on Gratitude and Self-Care for Better Health [Macon Media]

• Number of students in traditional public schools still trails pre-pandemic total [EdNC]

• Why GOP did better in NC than in other states on election day [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Elections boards to consider provisional ballots ahead of final vote canvas [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Scientists oppose Duke Energy plans for more gas-fired plants [BPR]

• Town of Franklin Releases Information About Winter Wonderland 2022 [Macon Media]

• Town of Franklin Extands Voluntary Water Restrictions Through November 16, 2022 [Macon Media]

• Town of Franklin Asks Citizens to Voluntarily Restrict Water Usage [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 15 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for November 15th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 265 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: 265th day of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

Did Russia Launch a Missile into Poland? Article 5? | Funker530

Timothy Snyder: Making of Modern Ukraine.Class 17. Reforms, Recentralization, Dissidence:1950s-1970s | Tale Courses

• Polish MFA confirms: explosion near Ukrainian border caused by Russian missile [TVP World]

• Biden: ‘Unlikely’ missile that hit Poland fired from Russia [AP News]

• EU launches military training mission for Ukraine’s armed forces [Al Jazeera]

• What is NATO's Article 4? [DW News]

• Russia strikes multiple Ukrainian cities, several regions suffer power cuts [France 24]

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

• Russia denies striking Poland with missiles [Russia Today]

• Large-scale rocket attack on Ukraine comes as response to shelling of Russian regions [Pravda ]

• Kremlin spokesman says he has no info on incident in Poland — CNN [TASS Russian News Agency]

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National and World News Roundup

• Iran Crisis Update, November 15 [Understanding War] [PDF for November 15th]

• Iran Protests Mount as Authorities Continue Violent Crackdown [Yahoo! News]

• Coverage Of Nationwide Protests In Iran On Tuesday (11-15-2022) [Iran International]

McCarthy wins GOP nomination for House speaker | Reuters

• FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Attempts to Raise Fresh Cash Despite Bankruptcy [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (video and audio)]

• Biden-Xi Talks Mark Shift in U.S.-China Ties Toward Managing Fierce Competition [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (video and audio)]

• FBI head: China has ‘stolen more’ US data ‘than every other nation combined’ [The Hill]

Watch Donald Trump announce his 2024 candidacy | CNN

• Trump announces he's running for president again in 2024 [CBS News]

• Some 10,000 mink loose, missing after vandalism at Ohio farm [AP News]

• Jamaica declares regional states of emergency due to gang violence [Reuters]

• US Secret Service protection would follow Donald Trump to the slammer if he ever ended up there, former agents say [Yahoo! News]

• How Meth Worsened the Fentanyl Crisis. ‘We Are in a Different World.’ [Wall Street Journal]

Trump's Takeover (full documentary) | FRONTLINE

Global National: Nov. 15, 2022 | Russian missiles reportedly hit farm in Poland, killing 2

Nightly News Full Broadcast (November 15th)

PBS NewsHour full episode, November 15, 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.

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

• New drug shows promise for fighting both COVID-19 and cancer [Eureka Alert: American Association for the Advancement of Science]

• Remember the infamous Swedish pandemic model? Turns out, it really didn’t work [ZME Science]

• Long COVID study suggests lost connections between neurons may explain cognitive symptoms [PsyPost]

• Why Masks Still Matter[Time Magazine]

• Biden Extends Covid Public Health Emergency While States Move On [Bloomberg]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

Images captured by Macon Media from the GOES-EAST Weather Satellite in the RGB Dust Filter and converted to a GIF. You can see Artemis 1 burning for orbit in these images taken one minute apart.

Artemis 1 Launch

• Artemis 1 Launch Attempt #3 Scheduled for 1:04am on November 16th (Launched at 1:47am) [Macon Media]

• Stardust: The mission that forever changed our understanding of comets [Astronomy Magazine]

• Marijuana smokers are MORE likely to develop lung disease than cigarette users, shock study finds [Daily Mail]

• Disney Plus announces price hikes, ad-supported plan coming next month [Android Authority]

• NASA Awards SpaceX Second Contract Option for Artemis Moon Landing [NASA]

• From $32 billion to criminal investigations: How Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto empire vanished overnight [CNBC]

• Apple will buy US-made chips from TSMC, confirms Tim Cook [Apple Insider]

• Protocol, the tech-news focused website, will shutter and lay off its entire staff [CNN]

• Michael Saylor compares SBF to 'The Wolf of Wall Street' [Yahoo! News]

• Right-wing doctor group led by anti-vaccine insurrectionist implodes in scandal [ARS TECHNICA]

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

How FTX Went Bankrupt - What Went Wrong | WSJ

Level1 Show - Live This Week | Level1 Techs

Is Mastodon Right For You? - DTNS 4396 | Daily Tech News Show

Cordkillers 431 - Oh No, It's the Moon Idea! [Audio Version]

Welcome to the Moon, CAPSTONE | Rocket Lab

What Happens If A Star Explodes Near The Earth? | Veritasium

What Rosetta-Philae Discovered on a Visitor from the Edge of the Solar System | Astrum

Fedora Falls Flat - LINUX Unplugged 484 |Jupiter Broadcasting

Destination Linux 300 LIVE! | TuxDigital

MKUltra: CIA Hypnosis, Magic and Killer Dolphins | The Cold War

Battle of Buna-Gona - Pacific War #52 | Kings and Generals

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> After Kherson, Where Will Ukraine Go Next? | TLDR News EU

Agriculture in Wartime: Ukraine | Center for Strategic & International Studies

Ukrainians fording river to crush Russians | Military Mind | TVP World

US, NATO investigating reports of Russian missiles in Poland

NATO investigates reported Russian missiles in Poland | DW News

How lies destroy armies - Lies, coverups, and Russian failures in Ukraine | Perun

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On This Day

November 16th is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 45 days remain until the end of the year.

This day marks the approximate midpoint of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and of spring in the Southern Hemisphere (starting the season at the September equinox).

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)

951 – Emperor Li Jing sends a Southern Tang expeditionary force of 10,000 men under Bian Hao to conquer Chu. Li Jing removes the ruling family to his own capital in Nanjing, ending the Chu Kingdom.

1272 – While travelling during the Ninth Crusade, Prince Edward becomes King of England upon Henry III of England's death, but he will not return to England for nearly two years to assume the throne.

1491 – An auto-da-fé, held in the Brasero de la Dehesa outside of Ávila, concludes the case of the Holy Child of La Guardia with the public execution of several Jewish and converso suspects.

1532 – Francisco Pizarro and his men capture Inca Emperor Atahualpa at the Battle of Cajamarca.

1776 – American Revolutionary War: British and Hessian units capture Fort Washington from the Patriots.

1793 – French Revolution: Ninety dissident Roman Catholic priests are executed by drowning at Nantes.

1797 – The Prussian heir apparent, Frederick William, becomes King of Prussia as Frederick William III.

1805 – Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Schöngrabern: Russian forces under Pyotr Bagration delay the pursuit by French troops under Joachim Murat.

1822 – American Old West: Missouri trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail.

1828 – Greek War of Independence: The London Protocol entails the creation of an autonomous Greek state under Ottoman suzerainty, encompassing the Morea and the Cyclades.

1849 – A Russian court sentences writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky to death for anti-government activities linked to a radical intellectual group; his sentence is later commuted to hard labor.

1855 – David Livingstone becomes the first European to see the Victoria Falls in what is now Zambia-Zimbabwe.

1857 – Second relief of Lucknow: Twenty-four Victoria Crosses are awarded, the most in a single day.

1863 – American Civil War: In the Battle of Campbell's Station, Confederate troops unsuccessfully attack Union forces which allows General Ambrose Burnside to secure Knoxville, Tennessee.

1871 – The National Rifle Association receives its charter from New York State.

1885 – Canadian rebel leader of the Métis and "Father of Manitoba" Louis Riel is executed for treason.

1904 – English engineer John Ambrose Fleming receives a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube).

1907 – Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory join to form Oklahoma, which is admitted as the 46th U.S. state.

1914 – The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens.

1920 – Qantas, Australia's national airline, is founded as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited.

1933 – The United States and the Soviet Union establish formal diplomatic relations.

1938 – LSD is first synthesized by Albert Hofmann from ergotamine at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel.

1940 – World War II: In response to the leveling of Coventry by the German Luftwaffe two days before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.

1940 – The Holocaust: In occupied Poland, the Nazis close off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world.

1940 – New York City's "Mad Bomber" George Metesky places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.

1944 – World War II: In support of the Battle of Hürtgen Forest, the town of Düren is destroyed by Allied aircraft.

1945 – UNESCO is founded.

1965 – Venera program: The Soviet Union launches the Venera 3 space probe toward Venus, which will be the first spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet.

1973 – Skylab program: NASA launches Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission.

1973 – U.S. President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline.

1974 – The Arecibo message is broadcast from Puerto Rico.

1979 – The first line of Bucharest Metro (Line M1) is opened from Timpuri Noi to Semănătoarea in Bucharest, Romania.

1988 – The Supreme Soviet of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic declares that Estonia is "sovereign" but stops short of declaring independence.

1988 – In the first open election in more than a decade, voters in Pakistan elect populist candidate Benazir Bhutto to be Prime Minister of Pakistan.

1989 – El Salvadoran army troops kills six Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.

1990 – Pop group Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award because the duo did not sing at all on the Girl You Know It's True album. Session musicians had provided all the vocals.

1992 – The Hoxne Hoard is discovered by metal detectorist Eric Lawes in Hoxne, Suffolk.

1997 – After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People's Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons.

2002 – The first cases of the 2002–2004 SARS outbreak are traced to Foshan, Guangdong Province, China.

2005 – Following a 31-year wait, Australia defeats Uruguay in a penalty shootout to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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Published at 4:00am on Wednesday, November 16, 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