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Thursday, November 17, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, November 17, 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
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Dry and unseasonably cool weather is expected across the region through the weekend and into early next week, courtesy of high pressure building in from the northwest and moving overhead Monday and Tuesday. As we get into the middle of next week, the picture is less clear as low pressure may organize over the Deep South Thursday or Friday.

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


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night

Franklin Area


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


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


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

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs near 50.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20.
Highlands Plateau


Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

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


Sunny, with highs near 40.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph.


Clear, with lows around 20. Calm winds.


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

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs in the lower 40s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s.

Nantahala Area


Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.


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


Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.

Drought Update from the NC Climate Office


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Thu Nov 17 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 50 (good) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 50 (good).

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (0.1 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 17th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 11°F in Highlands in 1997
Greatest Rainfall 3.32 inches in Highlands in 1927
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 17th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 87°F in Longwood, Brunswick County in 2016
Lowest Temperature 5°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2014
Greatest Rainfall 3.86 inches in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1989
Greatest Snowfall 11.0 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

• Brasstown Ringers 2022 Holiday Schedule [Macon Media]

• Gov. Roy Cooper, local leaders attend ribbon-cutting for Pratt and Whitney in Asheville [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• FEC asks Budd to explain and return more than $33K in questionable donations [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Cawthorn a no-show for latest votes. What’s next for NC’s embattled congressman? [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Most NC school districts inch up in enrollment, while charter growth keeps booming [BPR]

• No panhandling ordinance for Sylva [Smoky Mountain 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]

• 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 16 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for November 16th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 266 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: 267th day of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

Zelenskyy Denies the Missile Originated from Ukraine | Funker530

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

• Ukrainian investigators find bodies with signs of torture in Kherson-minister [Reuters]

• Russia under fire over Ukraine missile attacks, Poland deaths [Al Jazeera]

• The West criticises Russia at U.N. over missile attacks on Ukraine [France 24]

• Ukraine war: What happened in Poland missile blast? [BBC News]

• Missile Blast in Poland Risked Russia-NATO Clash Before Both Sides Dialed Back [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (video and audio)]

• What is NATO's Article 4? [DW News]

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

• US says Russia ‘ultimately responsible’ for Poland missile incident [Russia Today]

• Poland lives in panic for five hours readying for war with Russia [Pravda ]

• Russia’s UN envoy says Poland, Ukraine sought to trigger Russia-NATO conflict over missile [TASS Russian News Agency]

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National and World News Roundup

• Iran Crisis Update, November 16 [Understanding War] [PDF for November 16th]

• 5 Killed, 10 Injured in Shooting at Protesters in Iran's Khuzestan Province [Jagran]

• Iran Parliament Chants 'Death to Seditionists' in Protest Punishment Call [Newsweek]

• Wednesday Protests in Iran: Strikes, Deaths, And Dance (11-16-2022) [Iran International]

• Republicans win U.S. House majority, setting stage for divided government [Reuters]

• U.S. Consumers Show Strength With Jump in Retail Sales [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (video and audio)]

• Texas veteran who entered Senate chamber in military gear on January 6 found guilty [CNN]

• N.Y. disbars lawyers who threw Molotov cocktail at police car during George Floyd protests [Reuters]

• Jan. 6 rioter charged with murder in Illinois crash [Yahoo! News]

• Pentagon again fails yearly audit, but defense officials say it shows ‘significant progress’ [Stars and Stripes]

• Oil tanker hit by armed drone off coast of Oman: Official [Al Jazeera]

• Arizona voters reject effort to enact stricter voter ID law [AP 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. 16, 2022 | Toronto businessman focus of 2019 election meddling investigation

Nightly News Full Broadcast (November 16th)

PBS NewsHour full episode, November 16, 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.

• Veterans home COVID-19 outbreak results in $58M settlement [AP News]

• Canadian scientists discover new COVID-19 variant in deer that may spread to humans [Toronto Star]

• Who Is Dying from COVID Now, and Why [Scientific American]

• BA.5 is no longer dominant in the U.S. for the first time since July, as two new subvariants take over [NBC News]

• Attractive female students no longer earned higher grades when classes moved online during COVID-19 [PsyPost]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Iranian hackers breach Federal Civilian Executive Branch using Log4Shell vulnerability [Silicon Angle]

• MrBeast overtakes PewDiePie as most-subscribed YouTuber [BBC News]

• Twitter’s potential collapse could wipe out vast records of recent human history [MIT Technology Review]

• For Western Weapons, the Ukraine War Is a Beta Test [New York Times]

• Experimental fentanyl vaccine stops the drug from entering the brain [New Atlas]

• Intel Introduces Real-Time Deepfake Detector [Intel newsroom]

• ASML holds groundbreaking ceremony for new chip campus in S. Korea [Yonhap News Agency]

• Israel deploys remote-controlled robotic guns in West Bank [Tech Xplore]

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]

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

Libraries Jump Into the Streams - DTNS 4397 | Daily Tech News Show

When We Were Shuttle | WRLN-TV and PBS

The FTX Disaster is Deeper Than you Think | Cold Fusion

Battle of Dunbar, 1296 ⚔️ First War of Scottish Independence (Part 1) ⚔️ | History Marche

William Wallace at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, 1297 ⚔️ First War of Scottish Independence Part 2 | History Marche

Did Earth Start With an Interstellar Object? | Event Horizon

Are there Undiscovered Elements Beyond The Periodic Table? | PBS Space Time

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Can the risk of spillover from the Ukraine war be contained? | Inside Story

Poland explosion likely Ukraine air defense, says NATO | DW News

Kremlin bears the moral responsibility for the two lives lost in Poland | Break the Fake | TVP World

Ukrainian minister says Black Sea grain deal to be extended by 120 days | FRANCE 24 English

Russian Navy Can't Fight Ukraine's New Strategy | The Infographics Show

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On This Day

November 17th is the 321st day of the year (322nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 44 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)

887 – Emperor Charles the Fat is deposed by the Frankish magnates in an assembly at Frankfurt. His nephew Arnulf of Carinthia is elected as king of the East Frankish Kingdom.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Charles the Fat]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Arnulf of Carinthia]
• [Wikipedia: Holy Roman Empire]

1183 – Genpei War: The Battle of Mizushima takes place off the Japanese coast, where Minamoto no Yoshinaka's invasion force is intercepted and defeated by the Taira clan.

1292 – John Balliol becomes King of Scotland.He killed the tren

1405 – Sharif ul-Hāshim establishes the Sultanate of Sulu.

1511 – Henry VIII of England concludes the Treaty of Westminster, a pledge of mutual aid against the French, with Ferdinand II of Aragon.

1558 – Elizabethan era begins: Queen Mary I of England dies and is succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I of England.

1603 – English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.

1777 – Articles of Confederation (United States) are submitted to the states for ratification.

1796 – French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of the Bridge of Arcole: French forces defeat the Austrians in Italy.

1800 – The United States Congress holds its first session in Washington, D.C.
• [Wikipedia: 6th United States Congress]
• [6th Congress Profile]

1810 – Sweden declares war on its ally the United Kingdom to begin the Anglo-Swedish War, although no fighting ever takes place.

1811 – José Miguel Carrera, Chilean founding father, is sworn in as President of the executive Junta of the government of Chile.

1820 – Captain Nathaniel Palmer becomes the first American to see Antarctica. (The Palmer Peninsula is later named after him.)

1831 – Ecuador and Venezuela are separated from Gran Colombia.

1837 – An earthquake in Valdivia, south-central Chile, causes a tsunami that leads to significant destruction along Japan's coast.

1856 – American Old West: On the Sonoita River in present-day southern Arizona, the United States Army establishes Fort Buchanan in order to help control new land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase.

1858 – Modified Julian Day zero.

1858 – The city of Denver, Colorado is founded.

1863 – American Civil War: Siege of Knoxville begins: Confederate forces led by General James Longstreet place Knoxville, Tennessee, under siege.

1869 – In Egypt, the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, is inaugurated.

1878 – First assassination attempt against Umberto I of Italy by anarchist Giovanni Passannante, who was armed with a dagger. The King survived with a slight wound in an arm. Prime Minister Benedetto Cairoli blocked the aggressor, receiving an injury in a leg.

1885 – Serbo-Bulgarian War: The decisive Battle of Slivnitsa begins.

1894 – H. H. Holmes, one of the first modern serial killers, is arrested in Boston, Massachusetts.

1896 – The Western Pennsylvania Hockey League, which later became the first ice hockey league to openly trade and hire players, began play at Pittsburgh's Schenley Park Casino.

1903 – The Russian Social Democratic Labour Party splits into two groups: The Bolsheviks (Russian for "majority") and Mensheviks (Russian for "minority").

1939 – Nine Czech students are executed as a response to anti-Nazi demonstrations prompted by the death of Jan Opletal. All Czech universities are shut down and more than 1,200 students sent to concentration camps. Since this event, International Students' Day is celebrated in many countries, especially in the Czech Republic.
• [Wikipedia: International Students' Day]

1940 – The Tartu Art Museum was established in Tartu, Estonia.

1947 – The Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist loyalty oath.

1947 – American scientists John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain observe the basic principles of the transistor, a key element for the electronics revolution of the 20th century.

1950 – Lhamo Dondrub is officially named the 14th Dalai Lama.

1950 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 89 relating to the Palestine Question is adopted.

1953 – The remaining human inhabitants of the Blasket Islands, Kerry, Ireland, are evacuated to the mainland.

1957 – Vickers Viscount G-AOHP of British European Airways crashes at Ballerup after the failure of three engines on approach to Copenhagen Airport. The cause is a malfunction of the anti-icing system on the aircraft. There are no fatalities.

1962 – President John F. Kennedy dedicates Washington Dulles International Airport, serving the Washington, D.C., region.

1967 – Vietnam War: Acting on optimistic reports that he had been given on November 13, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson tells the nation that, while much remained to be done, "We are inflicting greater losses than we're taking...We are making progress."

1968 – British European Airways introduces the BAC One-Eleven into commercial service.

1968 – Viewers of the Raiders–Jets football game in the eastern United States are denied the opportunity to watch its exciting finish when NBC broadcasts Heidi instead, prompting changes to sports broadcasting in the U.S.

1969 – Cold War: Negotiators from the Soviet Union and the United States meet in Helsinki, Finland to begin SALT I negotiations aimed at limiting the number of strategic weapons on both sides.

1970 – Vietnam War: Lieutenant William Calley goes on trial for the My Lai Massacre.

1970 – Luna programme: The Soviet Union lands Lunokhod 1 on Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) on the Moon. This is the first roving remote-controlled robot to land on another world and is released by the orbiting Luna 17 spacecraft.

1973 – Watergate scandal: In Orlando, Florida, U.S. President Richard Nixon tells 400 Associated Press managing editors "I am not a crook."

1973 – The Athens Polytechnic uprising against the military regime ends in a bloodshed in the Greek capital.

1983 – The Zapatista Army of National Liberation is founded in Mexico.

1986 – The flight crew of Japan Airlines Flight 1628 are involved in a UFO sighting incident while flying over Alaska.

1989 – Cold War: Velvet Revolution begins: In Czechoslovakia, a student demonstration in Prague is quelled by riot police. This sparks an uprising aimed at overthrowing the communist government (it succeeds on December 29).

1990 – Fugendake, part of the Mount Unzen volcanic complex, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, becomes active again and erupts.

1993 – United States House of Representatives passes a resolution to establish the North American Free Trade Agreement.
• [Wikipedia: North American Free Trade Agreement]
• [Roll Call Vote 103rd Congress - 1st Session]
• [Summary: H.R.3450 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)]

1993 – In Nigeria, General Sani Abacha ousts the government of Ernest Shonekan in a military coup.

1997 – In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by six Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut, known as Luxor massacre.

2000 – A catastrophic landslide in Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia, kills seven, and causes millions of SIT of damage. It is one of the worst catastrophes in Slovenia in the past 100 years.

2000 – Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as president of Peru.

2003 – Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tenure as the governor of California began.

2012 – At least 50 schoolchildren are killed in an accident at a railway crossing near Manfalut, Egypt.

2013 – Fifty people are killed when Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 crashes at Kazan Airport, Russia.

2013 – A rare late-season tornado outbreak strikes the Midwest. Illinois and Indiana are most affected with tornado reports as far north as lower Michigan. In all around six dozen tornadoes touch down in approximately an 11-hour time period, including seven EF3 and two EF4 tornadoes.

2019 – The first known case of COVID-19 is traced to a 55-year-old man who had visited a market in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
• [COVID-19]
• [PLOS: Dating first cases of COVID-19]
• [Live Science: 1st known case of coronavirus traced back to November in China]

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Published at 4:20am on Thursday, November 16, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins

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