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Thursday, November 24, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Thanksgiving Day, 2022



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Macon Calendar
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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

Dry high pressure will linger over the area through today. A complex low pressure system will approach from Texas on Friday, bringing widespread rain. We will likely see some brief drying on Saturday, before another low pressure system brings more widespread showers on Sunday.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Cloudy, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A slight chance of showers before 7pm, then a slight chance of showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 20%.

Saturday

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs near 60.

Saturday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Chance of rain is 70%.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the east around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A slight chance of showers before 7pm, then a slight chance of showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the north 3 to 6 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.

Saturday

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs near 50.

Saturday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Chance of rain is 70%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

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

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 4am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Cloudy, with highs near 60. Calm winds becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A slight chance of showers before 7pm, then a slight chance of showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 20%.

Saturday

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 9am. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Saturday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Chance of rain is 70%.


Nantahala Area

Today

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

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly before 10am. Cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 9am. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Saturday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 70%.






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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 Thu Nov 24 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).

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.4 out of 12) today with Ragweed being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.3 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for November 24th

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

Highest Temperature 77°F in Franklin in 1973
Lowest Temperature 3°F in Highlands in 1970
Greatest Rainfall 2.56 inches in Highlands in 1983
Greatest Snowfall 4.0 inches in Highlands in 1981

(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 24th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 86°F in Tarboro, Edgecombe County in 1900
Lowest Temperature -8°F in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1970
Greatest Rainfall 3.71 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 2014
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1971

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


• AdventHealth Asheville: Battle to bring more hospital beds to Buncombe has been decided [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Macon County votes ‘no’ on quarter-cent sales tax [Smoky Mountain News]

• Winter weather prep goes high-tech for DOT [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Eastern Band of Cherokee says all three federally recognized Cherokee tribes deserve federal representation [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 23 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for November 23rd]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 273 [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






• Zaporizhzhia strike kills newborn baby at Ukraine hospital [BBC News]

• Russian airstrikes on Ukraine are 'state terrorism' [DW News]

• Most Ukrainians left without power after Russian strikes[France 24]

• Russia hopes the West will lose faith in Ukraine: Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges [TVP World]

• Russian Missile Barrage Cuts Power and Water Across Ukraine [New York Times]


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

• Moscow explains its Ukraine objectives to UN [Russia Today]

• Russia suggests recognising European Parliament 'sponsor of idiocy' [Pravda ]

• 'No doubt about it,' special military operation will end in success, says Kremlin [TASS Russian News Agency]


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National and World News Roundup



• Iran Crisis Update, November 23 [Understanding War] [PDF for November 23rd]

• US sanctions more Iranian officials as crackdowns continue [AP News]

• More Details Emerge About Tehran’s Plot Against Iran International [Iran International]

Walmart manager kills 6 people in shooting in Chesapeake, Virginia | CBS News



• How Crypto’s Collapse May Have Done the Economy a Favor [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• Murkowski, Peltola win in Alaska [Politico]

• Taliban lash 12 people before stadium crowd in Afghanistan [CTV News]

• ‘It’s a disaster.’ Drought dramatically shrinking California farmland, costing $1.7 billion [Los Angeles Times]

• China Covid: Angry protests at world's biggest iPhone factory [BBC News]

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• Indian police say rats ate 600kg of cannabis from station storeroom [The National News]

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• Jan. 6 panel staffers angry at Cheney for focusing so much of report on Trump [Washington Post]

• Justice Dept. Seeking to Question Pence in Jan. 6 Investigation [New York Times]

• Trump rips the Supreme Court as 'nothing more than a political body' after they ruled against him, even though he appointed 3 justices of the conservative majority [Business Insider via Yahoo! News]

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


COP27: does it go far enough? | The Economist



Global National: Nov. 23, 2022 | Prior secret concerns of Ontario’s child welfare system uncovered



Nightly News Full Broadcast (November 23rd)


PBS NewsHour full episode, November 23, 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.

• Chinese migrant workers stranded in Guangzhou’s Covid-19 homeless crisis [South China Morning Post]

• Study ties Paxlovid to lower COVID-19 hospitalization rate [CIDRAP (Center for Infectious Research and Policy]

• ‘Tripledemic’: Danger posed by COVID-19, flu & RSV a worry as people gather for Thanksgiving [News4Jax]

• Overconfidence in one’s reasoning abilities and distrust of science are linked to COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs [PsyPost]

• Covid 19 vaccines and the misinterpretation of perceived side effects clarity on the safety of vaccines [National Library of Medicine]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Resign According to an Insider Leak [Greek Reporter]

• 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



Layoff, Rinse, Repeat - DTNS 4402 | Daily Tech News Show



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



How US Just Paralyzed Chinese Manufacturing Overnight | The Infographics Show



The Unexpected Measure that Makes the Modern World Tick | Be Smart



How To See Black Holes By Catching Neutrinos | PBS Space Time



Ham Nation - Youth On The AIr Month! Winlink, New Kits & Skywarn...



FTX Disaster - 7 Unbelievable Bankruptcy Discoveries | Cold Fusion



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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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Why France Is Preparing for a Large Scale War | The Infographics Show



Major power outages: Displaced Ukrainians abroad urged not to return in the coming months | DW News



Barrage of Russian attacks leaves Ukraine, parts of Moldova in the dark | Al Jazeera



European Parliament labels Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism | World News | TVP World



Russian missile strike kills newborn baby at Ukraine hospital, officials say | BBC News







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On This Day

November 24th is the 328th day of the year (329th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 37 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)



380 – Theodosius I makes his adventus, or formal entry, into Constantinople.

1190 – Conrad of Montferrat becomes King of Jerusalem upon his marriage to Isabella I of Jerusalem.

1227 – Gąsawa massacre: At an assembly of Piast dukes at Gąsawa, Polish Prince Leszek the White, Duke Henry the Bearded and others are attacked by assassins while bathing.

1248 – An overnight landslide on the north side of Mont Granier, one of the largest historical rockslope failures ever recorded in Europe, destroys five villages.

1359 – Peter I of Cyprus ascends the throne of Cyprus after his father, Hugh IV of Cyprus, abdicates.

1429 – Hundred Years' War: Joan of Arc unsuccessfully besieges La Charité.

1542 – Battle of Solway Moss: An English army defeats a much larger Scottish force near the River Esk in Dumfries and Galloway.

1642 – Abel Tasman becomes the first European to discover the island Van Diemen's Land (later renamed Tasmania).

1750 – Tarabai, regent of the Maratha Empire, imprisons Rajaram II of Satara for refusing to remove Balaji Baji Rao from the post of peshwa.

1832 – South Carolina passes the Ordinance of Nullification, declaring that the Tariffs of 1828 and 1832 were null and void in the state, beginning the Nullification Crisis.

1835 – The Texas Provincial Government authorizes the creation of a horse-mounted police force called the Texas Rangers (which is now the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety).

1850 – Danish troops defeat a Schleswig-Holstein force in the town of Lottorf, Schleswig-Holstein.

1859 – Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species.

1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Lookout Mountain: Near Chattanooga, Tennessee, Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant capture Lookout Mountain and begin to break the Confederate siege of the city led by General Braxton Bragg.

1877 – Anna Sewell's animal welfare novel Black Beauty is published.

1906 – A 13–6 victory by the Massillon Tigers over their rivals, the Canton Bulldogs, for the "Ohio League" Championship, leads to accusations that the championship series was fixed and results in the first major scandal in professional American football.

1917 – In Milwaukee, nine members of the Milwaukee Police Department are killed by a bomb, the most deaths in a single event in U.S. police history until the September 11 attacks in 2001.

1922 – Nine Irish Republican Army members are executed by an Irish Free State firing squad. Among them is author Erskine Childers, who had been arrested for illegally carrying a revolver.

1929 – The Finnish far-right Lapua Movement officially begins when a group of mainly the former White Guard members, led by Vihtori Kosola, interrupted communism occasion at the Workers' House in Lapua, Finland.

1932 – In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.

1935 – The Senegalese Socialist Party holds its second congress.

1940 – World War II: The First Slovak Republic becomes a signatory to the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis powers.

1941 – World War II: The United States grants Lend-Lease to the Free French Forces.

1943 – World War II: At the battle of Makin the USS Liscome Bay is torpedoed near Tarawa and sinks, killing 650 men.

1944 – World War II: The 73rd Bombardment Wing launches the first attack on Tokyo from the Northern Mariana Islands.

1962 – Cold War: The West Berlin branch of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany forms a separate party, the Socialist Unity Party of West Berlin.

1962 – The influential British satirical television programme That Was the Week That Was is first broadcast.

1963 – Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is killed by Jack Ruby.

1965 – Joseph-Désiré Mobutu seizes power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and becomes President; he rules the country (which he renames Zaire in 1971) for over 30 years, until being overthrown by rebels in 1997.

1966 – Bulgarian TABSO Flight 101 crashes near Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, killing all 82 people on board.

1969 – Apollo program: The Apollo 12 command module splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to land on the Moon.

1971 – During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (aka D. B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He has never been found.
• [D.B. Cooper Deep Family Secrets. Part One.]
• [The Search For D. B. Cooper]



1973 – A national speed limit is imposed on the Autobahn in Germany because of the 1973 oil crisis. The speed limit lasts only four months.

1974 – Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discover the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed "Lucy" (after The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"), in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia's Afar Depression.

1976 – The Çaldıran–Muradiye earthquake in eastern Turkey kills between 4,000 and 5,000 people.

1989 – After a week of mass protests against the Communist regime known as the Velvet Revolution, Miloš Jakeš and the entire Politburo of the Czechoslovak Communist Party resign from office. This brings an effective end to Communist rule in Czechoslovakia.

1992 – China Southern Airlines Flight 3943 crashes on approach to Guilin Qifengling Airport in Guilin, China, killing all 141 people on board.

2012 – A fire at a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, kills at least 112 people.

2013 – Iran signs an interim agreement with the P5+1 countries, limiting its nuclear program in exchange for reduced sanctions.

2015 – A Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet is shot down by the Turkish Air Force over the Syria–Turkey border, killing one of the two pilots; a Russian marine is also killed during a subsequent rescue effort.

2015 – A terrorist attack on a hotel in Al-Arish, Egypt, kills at least seven people and injures 12 others.

2015 – An explosion on a bus carrying Tunisian Presidential Guard personnel in Tunisia's capital Tunis leaves at least 14 people dead.

2016 – The government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army sign a revised peace deal, bringing an end to the country's more than 50-year-long civil war.


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Published at 1:30am on Thursday, November 24, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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