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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, November 23, 2022



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Almanac
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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GENERAL OUTLOOK

An upper level disturbance will move northeast and away from our area early this morning, then dry high pressure returns today into Thanksgiving Day. A potent low pressure system will approach from Texas on Friday bringing widespread rain. Rain will continue across our region through much of the weekend.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 30s. Calm winds.

Thanksgiving Day

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly before 2pm. Cloudy, with highs near 60. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday Night

A chance of showers before 1am, then a chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 30%.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph early in the morning increasing to come out of the calm by midmorning.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the east 3 to 7 mph.

Thanksgiving Day

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the east 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday

Showers, mainly before 2pm. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 50. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday Night

A chance of showers before 1am, then a chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Chance of rain is 40%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Calm winds.

Thanksgiving Day

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday

Showers, mainly before 2pm. High near 60. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday Night

A chance of showers before 1am, then a chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 40%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Thanksgiving Day

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Light winds out of the southeast.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday

Showers, mainly before 2pm. High in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday Night

A chance of showers before 1am, then a chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 30%.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight. Relative humidity levels will be dropping below 30% for much of the afternoon, so if you do burn outsoors, please exercise caution.

Drought Update from the NC Climate Office


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Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Wed Nov 23 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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Almanac

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). Tommorow is forecast to be the same and a minor improvement is expected to improve.

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.6 out of 12) today with Ragweed being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (1.1 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for November 23rdd

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2021)

Highest Temperature 76°F in Franklin in 1973
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Franklin in in 1976
Greatest Rainfall 2.91 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1992
Greatest Snowfall 4.5 inches in Highlands in 1975

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

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 23rd in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 87°F in Plymouth, Washington County in 1963
Lowest Temperature 3°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1937
Greatest Rainfall 3.25 inches in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County in 1907
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Hendersonville, Henderson Count in 1975

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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No events have been submitted for Macon Calendar.
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Local and State News


• AdventHealth announces state approval for new hospital in Buncombe County [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• WBTV helicopter crashes on I-77 South, two killed [WBTC-TV (Charlotte, NC)]

• TV meteorologist, pilot die in news helicopter crash [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Certifying North Carolina election results follows a meticulous process [BPR]

• Brasstown Ringers 2022 Holiday Schedule [Macon Media]

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

• Town of Franklin Releases Information About Winter Wonderland 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 22 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for November 22nd]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 272 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: 273rd day of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

What Russia’s Destroyed Weapons in Kherson Reveal About Its New Ukraine Strategy | Wall Street Journal



Timothy Snyder: Making of Modern Ukraine.Class 18. Before and After the End of History | Yale Courses



Timothy Snyder: Making of Modern Ukraine.Class 19. Oligarchies in Russia and Ukraine | Yale Courses






• Beating Russia would prove to China Moscow’s weakness as an ally: scholar [TVP World]

• EU lawmakers set to name Russia a 'state sponsor' of terror [DW News]

• Russia unleashes 'biggest attack on the health system on European soil since the Second World War' [France 24]

• Ukraine monastery raid as SBU targets Russian agents [BBC News]

• Russia’s Munitions Shortages Raise Questions Over How Long It Can Continue Ukraine War [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]


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

• US endorses Turkish operation in Syria [Russia Today]

• Ukrainian UAVs attack Sevastopol, Crimea [Pravda ]

• Putin to participate in Collective Security Treaty Organization’s summit in Yerevan [TASS Russian News Agency]


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National and World News Roundup



• Iran Crisis Update, November 22 [Understanding War] [PDF for November 22nd]

• Iran says it enriches uranium to 60% purity at Fordo site [AP News]

• Intl. Community Becoming More Vocal Over Crackdown In Iran [Iran International]

• Virginia police: Multiple people killed in Walmart shooting [Politico]

• A Lasting Legacy of Covid: Far-Right Platforms Spreading Health Myths [New York Times]

• FTX Says Substantial Amount of Crypto Assets Stolen or Missing [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• Judge backs full $49 million jury award against Alex Jones in Texas [Washington Times]

Early voting underway in Senate runoff | Atanta News First



• Republicans try to stop Saturday voting in Georgia runoff [Atanta Journal-Constitution]

• Trump Had Losses of $900 Million in Two Years, Jury Told [Bloomberg via Yahoo! News]

• Justices clear the way for House committee to obtain Trump’s tax returns [SCOTUSblog]


US SUPREME COURT

(ORDER LIST: 598 U.S.)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2022
ORDER IN PENDING CASE
22A362 TRUMP, DONALD J., ET AL. V. COMM. ON WAYS AND MEANS, ET AL.

The application for stay of the mandate presented to The Chief Justice and by him referred to the Court is denied. The order heretofore entered by The Chief Justice is vacated.

• Supreme Court Clears Way for Donald Trump’s Tax Returns to Be Released to House Panel [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)] [Order of the US Supreme Court in 22A362 (PDF)]

CNN analysts break down what could be revealed in Trump's tax returns



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


COP27: does it go far enough? | The Economist



Hundreds dead in Iran protests including children, says UN | BBC News



Global National: Nov. 22, 2022 | Youth allege they were overmedicated at Ontario group home chain



Nightly News Full Broadcast (November 22nd)


PBS NewsHour full episode, November 22, 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 5:12pm CET, 21 November 2022, there have been 634,522,052 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,599,100 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 16 November 2022, a total of 12,943,741,540 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 5:12pm CET, 21 November 2022, there have been 634,522,052 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,599,100 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 16 November 2022, a total of 12,943,741,540 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Fauci gives final briefing after 50 years in government [ABC News]

Dr. Fauci and Dr. Jha discuss Covid bivalent boosters at the White House briefing — 11/22/22 | CNBC Television



• The lifecycle of SARS-CoV-2 [Maastricht University]

• Study finds 10-fold return on COVID vaccine investment [CIDRAP (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)]

• COVID-19 disrupts gut microbiome [National Institutes of Health]

White House Summit on Covid-19 Equity and What Works Showcase | The White House



• White House kicking off six-week Covid-19 booster push [CNN]

• Experts are concerned Thanksgiving gatherings could accelerate a 'tripledemic' [NPR]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Elon Musk says he wants 'Twitter 2.0' to have video chat, voice calls, and encrypted DMs — and has enlisted the help of Signal's founder [Business Indider]

• Survey: 1 in 3 Americans Considering Swapping Gas Vehicle for Electric Model [NextGov]

• Major tax-filing websites secretly share income data with Meta [ARS TECHNICA]

• This Week in tech #902: May Contain Nuts [TWIT-TV]

• Brain-Powered Wheelchair Shows Real-World Promise [University of Texas at Austin]

• Quantum algorithms save time in the calculation of electron dynamics [Eureka Alert! (American Association for the Advancement of Science)]

• FCC 86es first carrier for flouting robocall rules [Tech Crunch]

• Twins born from embryos frozen 30 years ago [BBC News]

• Why Bob Iger’s Ultimate Power Move May Be Selling Disney to Apple [The Wrap]

• This Copyright Lawsuit Could Shape the Future of Generative AI [Wired]


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

The Level1 Show November 23 2022: I Knew This Was Trouble When I Logged In 🎵 | Level1 Techs



The Capital “T” Truth About Machine Learning – DTNS 4401 | Daily Tech News Show



How Chip Giant AMD Finally Caught Intel | CNBC



Falcon 9 launches Eutelsat 10B | SciNews



Mystery Box - LINUX Unplugged 485 | Jupiter Broadcasting



Eutelsat 10B Mission | SpaceX Webcast



This Week in tech #902: May Contain Nuts | TWIT-TV



New Massive Structures Found Around Andromeda Galaxy | Antov Petrov



All About Android #605: 32-bit Your Pixel 7 | TWIT-TV



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How Will SpaceX Stop Starship From Destroying Its Launch Pad? | NASA Spaceflight






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> The story of two Russians fleeing their home | DW News



Ukrainians brace for bleak winter as Russian strikes cripple power capacity | FRANCE 24 English



Former USMC Officer on war in winter: Russians must be crushed - Rock Rachon | TVP World



Zelensky asks Ukrainians to limit energy use as WHO says millions at risk | BBC News



Claims of Russia kidnapping Ukrainian children throughout the region | ABC News







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On This Day

November 23rd is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 38 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)



534 BC – Thespis of Icaria becomes the first recorded actor to portray a character on stage.

1248 – Conquest of Seville by Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile.

1499 – Pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck is hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from the Tower of London. He had invaded England in 1497, claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV of England.

1531 – The Second War of Kappel results in the dissolution of the Protestant alliance in Switzerland.

1644 – John Milton publishes Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship.

1733 – The start of the 1733 slave insurrection on St. John in what was then the Danish West Indies.

1808 – French and Poles defeat the Spanish at Battle of Tudela.

1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Chattanooga begins: Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant reinforce troops at Chattanooga, Tennessee, and counter-attack Confederate troops.

1867 – The Manchester Martyrs are hanged in Manchester, England, for killing a police officer while freeing two Irish Republican Brotherhood members from custody.

1876 – Corrupt Tammany Hall leader William Magear Tweed (better known as Boss Tweed) is delivered to authorities in New York City after being captured in Spain.

1890 – King William III of the Netherlands dies without a male heir and a special law is passed to allow his daughter Princess Wilhelmina to succeed him.

1910 – Johan Alfred Ander becomes the last person to be executed in Sweden.

1914 – Mexican Revolution: The last of U.S. forces withdraw from Veracruz, occupied seven months earlier in response to the Tampico Affair.

1924 – Edwin Hubble's discovery, that the Andromeda "nebula" is actually another island galaxy far outside our own Milky Way, is first published in The New York Times.

1934 – An Anglo-Ethiopian boundary commission in the Ogaden discovers an Italian garrison at Walwal, well within Ethiopian territory. This leads to the Abyssinia Crisis.

1939 – World War II: HMS Rawalpindi is sunk by the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau.

1940 – World War II: Romania becomes a signatory of the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis powers.

1943 – World War II: The Deutsche Opernhaus on Bismarckstraße in the Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg is destroyed. It will eventually be rebuilt in 1961 and be called the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

1943 – World War II: Tarawa and Makin atolls fall to American forces.

1944 – World War II: The Lotta Svärd Movement is disband under the terms of the armistice treaty in Finland after the Continuation War.

1946 – French naval bombardment of Hai Phong, Vietnam, kills thousands of civilians.

1955 – The Cocos Islands are transferred from the control of the United Kingdom to that of Australia.

1959 – French President Charles de Gaulle declares in a speech in Strasbourg his vision for "Europe, from the Atlantic to the Urals".

1963 – The BBC broadcasts An Unearthly Child (starring William Hartnell), the first episode of the first story from the first series of Doctor Who, which is now the world's longest running science fiction drama.

1971 – Representatives of the People's Republic of China attend the United Nations, including the United Nations Security Council, for the first time.

1972 – The Soviet Union makes its final attempt at launching the N1 rocket.

1974 – Sixty Ethiopian politicians, aristocrats, military officers, and other persons are executed by the provisional military government.

1976 – Apneist Jacques Mayol is the first man to reach a depth of 100 m undersea without breathing equipment.

1978 – Cyclone kills about 1,000 people in eastern Sri Lanka.

1978 – The Geneva Frequency Plan of 1975 goes into effect, realigning many of Europe's longwave and mediumwave broadcasting frequencies.

1980 – The 6.9 Mw  Irpinia earthquake shakes southern Italy with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme), killing 2,483–4,900, and injuring 7,700–8,934.

1981 – Iran–Contra affair: Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

1985 – Gunmen hijack EgyptAir Flight 648 en route from Athens to Cairo. When the plane lands in Malta, Egyptian commandos storm the aircraft, but 60 people die in the raid.

1992 – The first smartphone, the IBM Simon, is introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1996 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 is hijacked, then crashes into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Comoros after running out of fuel, killing 125.

2001 – The Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary.

2003 – Rose Revolution: Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze resigns following weeks of mass protests over flawed elections.

2004 – The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, the largest religious building in Georgia, is consecrated.

2005 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia and becomes the first woman to lead an African country.

2006 – A series of bombings kills at least 215 people and injures 257 others in Sadr City, making it the second deadliest sectarian attack since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003.

2007 – MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sinks in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands. There are no fatalities.

2009 – The Maguindanao massacre occurs in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Philippines; 58 opponents of Andal Ampatuan Jr. are kidnapped and killed.

2010 – Bombardment of Yeonpyeong: North Korean artillery attack kills two civilians and two marines on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea.

2011 – Arab Spring: After 11 months of protests in Yemen, Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh signs a deal to transfer power to the vice president, in exchange for legal immunity.

2015 – Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle became the first rocket to successfully fly to space and then return to Earth for a controlled, vertical landing.


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Published at 3:30am on Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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