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Friday, November 18, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, November 18, 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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A cold front will approach the area from the northwest today and settle southeast of the region on Saturday. Cool and dry high pressure will build in from the northwest through the weekend and linger into early next week. Limited moisture could return from the southwest in the middle to later part of next week. Expect below normal temperatures throughout.

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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night

Franklin Area


Sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to ocme out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.


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


Sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to ocme out of the borthwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 10 mph.


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

Sunday Night

Clear, with lows around 20.
Highlands Plateau


Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


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


Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northwest 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 40.

Sunday Night

Clear, with lows in the lower 20s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to ocme out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.


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


Sunny, with highs near 50. Light and variable winds early in the morning increasing to ocme out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Saturday Night

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


Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Sunday Night

Clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.

Nantahala Area


Sunny, with highs oin the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to ocme out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.


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


Sunny, with highs oin the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

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


Sunny, with highs near 40.

Sunday Night

Clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 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 Fri Nov 18 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 55 (yellow) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 55 (yellow).

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (0.6 out of 12) today with Ragweed being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.4 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for November 18th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin in 1963
Lowest Temperature 4°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 2.50 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2009
Greatest Snowfall 0.3 inches in Highlands in 1970

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 18th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 89°F in Lincolnton, Lincoln County in 1964
Lowest Temperature -2°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2014
Greatest Rainfall 4.50 inches in Wadesboro, Anson County in 2018
Greatest Snowfall 3.0 inches in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1951

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]

• U.S. Senators for North Carolina to advance same-sex marriage bill [WXII-TV (Winston-Salem, NC)]

• North Carolina governor pushes gun safety in keynote speech [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• After hearing public input, Sylva commissioners take no action on panhandling ordinance [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Republicans secure big victories, but their future in North Carolina is less certain [Smoky Mountain News]

• Mountain Voices Christmas Concert - December 8 at FUMC at 7 pm [Macon Media]

• 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 17 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for November 17th]

• 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

• The Case Against Negotiations with Russia By Frederick W. Kagan [The Critical Threats Project]

• Ukraine updates: Alleged 'torture chambers' found in Kherson [DW News]

• Court ruling in Malaysian flight trial gives closure to families: lawyer [TVP World]

• Fresh Russian strikes batter Ukraine energy grid as first snow falls [France 24]

• Ukraine war round-up: Torture claims and MH17 convictions [BBC News]

• Dutch Court Convicts 3 of Murder for 2014 Downing of Airliner in Ukraine [New York Times]

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

• NATO’s hair trigger: The Polish missile incident was a close brush with nuclear annihilation [Russia Today]

• The Hague Court rules Russia not guilty of Flight MH17 crash. It was shot down by mistake [Pravda ]

• Special operation does not depend on weather conditions — Kremlin spokesman [TASS Russian News Agency]

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National and World News Roundup

• Iran Crisis Update, November 17 [Understanding War] [PDF for November 17th]

• 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]

Pelosi’s full remarks from the House floor | Washington Post

• Nancy Pelosi Will Step Down as Democratic Party Leader in House [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive))]

• What the transition from ‘Madame Speaker’ to ‘Rep. Pelosi’ might look like [San Fransisco Chronicle]

• Reliable Sources for 11-17-2022 (Twitter, Nancy Pelosi, and Other Stories) [CNN (Newsletter)]

• By the Numbers: Nancy Pelosi’s historic career [ABC News (video)]

• Never seen ‘such a complete failure’ of corporate controls, says new FTX CEO who also oversaw Enron bankruptcy [CNBC]

• FBI director ‘very concerned’ by reports of secret Chinese police stations in US [The Guardian]

• North Korea test-fires ICBM with range to strike entire US [AP News]

• US moves to shield Saudi crown prince in journalist killing [AP News]

• Trump Organization Finance Chief Details the Birth of Tax-Fraud Scheme [New York Times]

• GOP operative found guilty of funneling Russian money to Donald Trump [Washington Post]

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

Trump's Takeover (full documentary) | FRONTLINE

Global National: Nov. 17, 2022 | How the collapse of FTX crypto puts future of industry at risk

Nightly News Full Broadcast (November 17th)

PBS NewsHour full episode, November 17, 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

• Windows Subsystem for Linux Has Reached v1.0 Stable Release [It's FOSS]

• Twitter closes offices until Monday as employees quit in droves [CBC News]

• Tory Bruno: DoD should ‘block buy’ heavy launch services as supply is tight [Space News]

• 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite that crashed into Earth solves the mystery of water on our planet [Interesting Engineering]

• A database of paper airplanes with easy to follow folding instructions [SOURCE]

• BlueWalker 3 Satellite Unfolds, Brightening 40-fold [Sky and Telescope]

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

Making Voting Transparent - DTNS 4398 | Daily Tech News Show

Calling All Tinkerers! What Would YOU Do With x86/Raspberry Pi? feat. Seeed reTerminal | Level1 Techs

Living Planets: The Gaia Hypothesis | Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur

JWST's successor: The Carl Sagan Observatory - a 12 METRE optical telescope searching for exo-Earth | Dr. Becky

Why Pakistan Pumps Too Much Groundwater | Asianometry

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Ukrainian infrastructure bombarded with new round of Russian missiles | Global News

Ukraine grain export deal extended for four months | Al Jazeera

Ukraine hit by uprecedented wave of air strikes targeting energy facilities | DW News

Fresh Russian strikes batter Ukraine energy grid as first snow falls | FRANCE 24 English

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the fight of our lives | Iuliia Mendel | TVP World

Inside Russian 'torture chambers' in Ukrainian city of Kherson | BBC News

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On This Day

November 18th is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 43 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)

326 – The old St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated by Pope Sylvester I.

401 – The Visigoths, led by king Alaric I, cross the Alps and invade northern Italy.

1095 – The Council of Clermont begins: called by Pope Urban II, it led to the First Crusade to the Holy Land.

1105 – Maginulfo is elected the Antipope as Sylvester IV.

1180 – Phillip II becomes king of France.

1210 – Pope Innocent III excommunicates Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV.

1282 – Pope Martin IV excommunicates King Peter III of Aragon.

1302 – Pope Boniface VIII issues the Papal bull Unam sanctam, claiming spiritual supremacy for the papacy.

1421 – A dike in the Grote Hollandse Waard in the Netherlands breaks, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people. This event will be known as St Elizabeth's flood.

1493 – Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.

1494 – French King Charles VIII occupies Florence, Italy.

1601 – Tiryaki Hasan Pasha, an Ottoman provincial governor, routs the Habsburg forces commanded by Ferdinand the Archduke of Austria during the Siege of Nagykanizsa.

1626 – The new St Peter's Basilica is consecrated.

1730 – The future Frederick the Great of Prussia is granted a pardon by his father and is released from confinement.

1760 – The rebuilt debtors' prison, at the Castellania in Valletta, receives the first prisoners.

1803 – The Battle of Vertières, the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, is fought, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere.

1809 – In a naval action during the Napoleonic Wars, French frigates defeat British East Indiamen in the Bay of Bengal.

1812 – Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Krasnoi ends in French defeat, but Marshal of France Michel Ney's leadership leads to him becoming known as "the bravest of the brave".

1863 – King Christian IX of Denmark signs the November constitution that declares Schleswig to be part of Denmark. This is seen by the German Confederation as a violation of the London Protocol and leads to the German–Danish war of 1864.

1872 – Susan B. Anthony and 14 other women are arrested for voting illegally in the United States presidential election of 1872.

1883 – American and Canadian railroads institute five standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.

1901 – Britain and the United States sign the Hay–Pauncefote Treaty, which nullifies the Clayton–Bulwer Treaty and withdraws British objections to an American-controlled canal in Panama.

1903 – The Hay–Bunau-Varilla Treaty is signed by the United States and Panama, giving the United States exclusive rights over the Panama Canal Zone.

1905 – Prince Carl of Denmark becomes King Haakon VII of Norway.

1909 – Two United States warships are sent to Nicaragua after 500 revolutionaries (including two Americans) are executed by order of José Santos Zelaya.

1910 – In their campaign for women's voting rights, hundreds of suffragettes march to the British Parliament in London. Several are beaten by police, newspaper attention embarrasses the authorities, and the march is dubbed Black Friday.

1916 – World War I: First Battle of the Somme: In France, British Expeditionary Force commander Douglas Haig calls off the battle which started on July 1, 1916.

1918 – Latvia declares its independence from Russia.

1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey's birthday.

1929 – Grand Banks earthquake: Off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean, a Richter magnitude 7.2 submarine earthquake, centered on the Grand Banks, breaks 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables and triggers a tsunami that destroys many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula.

1940 – World War II: German leader Adolf Hitler and Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano meet to discuss Benito Mussolini's disastrous Italian invasion of Greece.

1943 – World War II: Battle of Berlin: Four hundred and forty Royal Air Force planes bomb Berlin causing only light damage and killing 131. The RAF loses nine aircraft and 53 air crew.

1944 – The Popular Socialist Youth is founded in Cuba.

1947 – The Ballantyne's Department Store fire in Christchurch, New Zealand, kills 41; it is the worst fire disaster in the history of New Zealand.

1949 – The Iva Valley Shooting occurs after the coal miners of Enugu in Nigeria go on strike over withheld wages; 21 miners are shot dead and 51 are wounded by police under the supervision of the British colonial administration of Nigeria.

1961 – United States President John F. Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam.

1963 – The first push-button telephone goes into service.

1970 – U.S. President Richard Nixon asks the U.S. Congress for $155 million in supplemental aid for the Cambodian government.

1971 – Oman declares its independence from United Kingdom.

1978 – The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet makes its first flight, at the Naval Air Test Center in Maryland, United States.

1978 – In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple to a mass murder–suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier.

1987 – King's Cross fire: In London, 31 people die in a fire at the city's busiest underground station, King's Cross St Pancras.

1988 – War on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law allowing the death penalty for drug traffickers.

1991 – Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon release Anglican Church envoys Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland.

1991 – After an 87-day siege, the Croatian city of Vukovar capitulates to the besieging Yugoslav People's Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces.

1993 – In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is approved by the House of Representatives.

1993 – In South Africa, 21 political parties approve a new constitution, expanding voting rights and ending white minority rule.

1996 – A fire occurs on a train traveling through the Channel Tunnel from France to England causing several injuries and damaging approximately 500 metres (1,600 ft) of tunnel.

1999 – At Texas A and M University, the Aggie Bonfire collapses killing 12 students and injuring 27 others.

2002 – Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.

2003 – The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules 4–3 in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and gives the state legislature 180 days to change the law making Massachusetts the first state in the United States to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples.

2012 – Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria becomes the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria.

2013 – NASA launches the MAVEN probe to Mars.

2020 – The Utah monolith, built sometime in 2016 is discovered by state biologists of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

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Published at 4:00am on Friday, November 18, 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