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Tuesday, January 3, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, January 03, 2023



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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

Periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms are possible Tuesday night into early Wednesday. This may pose a risk of isolated minor flooding, primarily along small creeks and streams, and in the mountains along south-facing slopes. Any thunderstorms in this timeframe could also produce isolated wind damage, and a tornado cannot be ruled out.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog between 10am and 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 8pm. Patchy fog. Lows in the mid 50s. calm winds. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then a chance of showers. Highs in the mid 60s. Winds out the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Light winds out of the west.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers, mainly after noon. Widespread fog, mainly before midmorning. Highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog. Lows in the lower 50s. Winds out the south 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Wednesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 3pm, then showers likely. Highs in the upper 50s. Winds out the south 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers, mainly after noon. Widespread fog, mainly before midmorning. Highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog. Lows in the lower 50s. Winds out the south 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Wednesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 3pm, then showers likely. Highs in the upper 50s. Winds out the south 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before midmorning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out the south 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 8pm. Patchy fog. Lows around 55. calm winds becoming south around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then a chance of showers. Highs near 60. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms are possible tonight into early Wednesday. This may pose a risk of isolated minor flooding, primarily along small creeks and streams, and in the mountains along south-facing slopes. Any thunderstorms in this timeframe could also produce isolated wind damage, and a tornado cannot be ruled out.



Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.


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• Damaging 2022 Atlantic hurricane season draws to a close [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]

• Atlantic hurricane season ends with 14 named storms [AP News]




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
700 PM EST Wed Nov 30 2022

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

This is the last regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlook of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on May 15, 2023. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.



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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

No known appreciable smoke field will be crossing Macon County today or tonight.















PM2.5 AQI is 45 (GOOD) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 45 (GOOD)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.7 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.3 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for January 3rd

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 69°F in Franklin in 2004
Lowest Temperature -9°F in Highlands in 1979
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.53 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1944
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.5 inches in Highlands in 1914

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of January Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 01-28-1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 01-21-1985
Greatest Rainfall 5.10 inches in Highlands on 01-12-2018
Greatest Snowfall 10.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 01-08-1988

Record Weather Events for January 3rd in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 82°F in Laurinburg, Scotland County in 2022
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1979
Greatest Rainfall 4.00 inches at Brevard, Transylvania Countyy in 1906
Greatest Snowfall 14.0 inches in Roxboro, Person County in 2002
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of January Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 86°F in Marion, Mcdowell County on 01-24-1927
Lowest Temperature -34°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 01-21-1985
Greatest Rainfall 9.18 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 01-13-2018
Greatest Snowfall 28.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 01-28-1998




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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)





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



• Macon County Sheriff's Office Investigating Death on Stiwinter Mountain Road [Macon Media]

• Franklin Town Council - January 2023 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

• New session of North Carolina legislature could bring more culture war issues [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• The 117th Congress ends this week. How well did NC’s delegation represent the state? [Raleigh News and Observer]

• 3 dead and 2 hurt after a scaffolding collapse in Charlotte [CNN]

• Tripledemic patients fill WNC hospitals, cause some to go to diversion status [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

REPLAY

9th Annual Ruby Drop in Franklin, NC [Watch on Facebook]


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Special Section: The Russo-Ukrainian War
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, January 02 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 2nd]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 313 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 313 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 313: Russia targets Ukraine’s residential areas, not civilian infrastructure on New Year’s Eve [Euromaiden Press]

Hundreds of Russians Killed in MAJOR Ukraine Strike | FUNKER530 - Veteran Community & Combat Footage



• Ukraine war: US says Iran now Russia's 'top military backer' [BBC News]

• Ukraine Strikes Russian Forces in Donbas in Deadliest Attack in Months [Wall Street Journal]

• LIVEBLOG: 01-02-2022 [France 24]

Timothy Snyder: Making of Modern Ukraine (23 Lectures) | Yale Courses



• Class Syllabus ["The Making of Modern Ukraine," Fall 2022]


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

• Dozens of Russian troops killed in Ukrainian strike [Russia Today]

• Putin not sending season's greetings to leaders of Russia-unfriendly states [Pravda]

• Russia to block military threats coming from Japan – MFA [TASS]


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National and World News Roundup

• Big Banks Predict Recession, Fed Pivot in 2023 [Wall Street Journal]

• These states are raising their minimum wages in 2023. Chart shows where workers can expect higher pay [CNBC]

• 65,000 view Benedict XVI’s body lying in state at Vatican [AP News]

• At least 14 dead in armed attack on prison in Mexican border city Juarez [Reuters]

• Australia monitoring Iranian warships transiting South Pacific in global show of force [ABC News Australia]

• 'Clouds Of War Are Gathering': Pakistanis Brace For Bloody Year As TTP Ends Cease-Fire, Intensifies Attacks [Radio Free Europe]

• Brazilian Authorities Will Revive Fraud Case Against George Santos [SOURCE]

• Idaho murders: Suspect was identified through DNA using genealogy databases, police say [ABC News]

• Conservatives threaten to withhold critical McCarthy support, hours before speaker vote [Politico]


Taiwan: Why the US and China are on collision course for war | DW News | NBC News



Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin in critical condition after collapsing mid-game | CBS News



How Long Would Society Last During a Total Grid Collapse? | Practical Engineering



Global National: Jan. 2, 2023 | Ontario pharmacies have new powers amid doctor shortages



Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 2nd)


PBS NewsHour full episode, January 02, 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]

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 4:54pm CET, 23 December 2022, there have been 99,027,628 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,080,010 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 2 December 2022, a total of 647,345,101 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 4:54pm CET, 23 December 2022, there have been 651,918,402 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,656,601 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 13 December 2022, a total of 13,008,560,983 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Hospitals in China are telling families to ‘bring your own beds’ [NBC News]

• B.C. health officials monitoring COVID subvariant ‘Kraken’ spreading in U.S., Asia [Global News]

• Rising Risks with COVID Reinfection [Harvard Magazine]

• As COVID turns 3, experts worry where the next pandemic will come from – and if we'll be ready [USA TODAY]

• Serum IgG4 level predicts COVID-19 related mortality [Elevier Public Health Emergency Collection]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Remote Work Is Poised to Devastate America’s Cities In order to survive, cities must let developers convert office buildings into housing. [New York Magazine Intelligencer]

• More social media regulation expected in 2023, members of Congress say [New York Post]

• Norway: Electric car sales soar, setting new record [DW News]

• SpaceX raising $750 million at a $137 billion valuation, investors include Andreessen-Horowitz [CNBC]

• These astronauts are getting their medical training from playing video games [ZDNET]

• AI infused everything on show at CES gadget extravaganza [Tech Xplore]

• Tesla Fined $2.2 Million in Korea for Alleged False Advertising [Bloomberg]

• Facial recognition tool led to mistaken arrest, lawyer says [AP News]

• This New Shock-Absorbing Gel Can Withstand Supersonic Impacts [Smithsonian Magazine]


Semi-permanent links

WATCH: Judy Woodruff on journalism ethics in a time of crisis | UVA’s Jim Lehrer Lecture



• 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

Level1 Show - Happy New Year Live Stream | Level1Techs



Best of GDI 2022 - DTNS 4427 | Daily Tech News Show



Anthropology’s Greatest Hoax | SciShow



Open Space January 2nd 2023: Live QA with Fraser | Fraser Cain



306: 2023 Linux Predictions, Xfce 4.18, Steam Winter Sale & More! | Destination Linux



2023 Spoilers | LINUX Unplugged 491 | Jupiter Broadcasting



LINUX MINT 21.1 Vera is WINDOWS, and I'm fine with that! | The Linux Experiment






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Hundreds of Russians Killed in MAJOR Ukraine Strike | FUNKER530 - Veteran Community & Combat Footage



Russia's Anti-Putin Underground | Popular Front



“Up to 400 Russian soldiers killed” in Ukraine missile strike | BBC News



Why is the Kremlin acknowledging the losses? | DW News



Ukraine carries out one of the deadliest attacks against Russian forces since war began | PBS NewsHour



How Ukraine Became Part of the USSR - The Soviet–Ukrainian War | The Great War







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On This Day

January 3 is the third day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 362 days remain until the end of the year (363 in leap years).

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)

Today in History for January 3rd | Associated Press





AD69 - The Roman legions on the Rhine refuse to declare their allegiance to Galba, instead proclaiming their legate, Aulus Vitellius, as emperor.

250 – Emperor Decius orders everyone in the Roman Empire (except Jews) to make sacrifices to the Roman gods.

1521 – Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther in the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem.

1653 – By the Coonan Cross Oath, the Eastern Church in India cuts itself off from colonial Portuguese tutelage.

1749 – Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.

1749 – The first issue of Berlingske, Denmark's oldest continually operating newspaper, is published.

1777 – American General George Washington defeats British General Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton.

1815 – Austria, the United Kingdom, and France form a secret defensive alliance against Prussia and Russia.

1833 – Captain James Onslow, in the Clio, reasserts British sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.

1848 – Joseph Jenkins Roberts is sworn in as the first president of Liberia.

1861 – American Civil War: Delaware votes not to secede from the United States.

1868 – Meiji Restoration in Japan: The Tokugawa shogunate is abolished; agents of Satsuma and Chōshū seize power.

1870 – Construction work begins on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, United States.

1871 – In the Battle of Bapaume, an engagement in the Franco-Prussian War, General Louis Faidherbe's forces bring about a Prussian retreat.

1885 – Sino-French War: Beginning of the Battle of Núi Bop.

1911 – A magnitude 7.7 earthquake destroys the city of Almaty in Russian Turkestan.

1911 – A gun battle in the East End of London leaves two dead. It sparked a political row over the involvement of then-Home Secretary Winston Churchill.

1913 – An Atlantic coast storm sets the lowest confirmed barometric pressure reading for a non-tropical system in the continental United States.

1920 – Over 640 are killed after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes the Mexican states Puebla and Veracruz.

1933 – Minnie D. Craig becomes the first woman elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first woman to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States.

1944 – World War II: US flying ace Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington is shot down in his Vought F4U Corsair by Captain Masajiro Kawato flying a Mitsubishi A6M Zero.

1946 – Popular Canadian American jockey George Woolf dies in a freak accident during a race; the annual George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award is created to honor him.

1947 – Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time.

1949 – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the central bank of the Philippines, is established.

1953 – Frances P. Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.

1956 – A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.

1957 – The Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.

1958 – The West Indies Federation is formed.

1959 – Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. state.

1961 – Cold War: After a series of economic retaliations against one another, the United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba.

1961 – The SL-1 nuclear reactor is destroyed by a steam explosion in the only reactor incident in the United States to cause immediate fatalities.

1961 – A protest by agricultural workers in Baixa de Cassanje, Portuguese Angola, turns into a revolt, opening the Angolan War of Independence, the first of the Portuguese Colonial Wars.

1961 – Aero Flight 311 crashes into the forest in Kvevlax, Finland, killing 25 people.

1962 – Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro.

1976 – The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, comes into force.

1977 – Apple Computer is incorporated.

1987 – Varig Flight 797 crashes near Akouré in the Ivory Coast, resulting in 50 deaths.

1990 – United States invasion of Panama: Manuel Noriega, former leader of Panama, surrenders to American forces.

1992 – CommutAir Flight 4821 crashes on approach to Adirondack Regional Airport, in Saranac Lake, New York, killing two people.

1993 – In Moscow, Russia, George H. W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).

1994 – Baikal Airlines Flight 130 crashes near Mamoney, Irkutsk, Russia, resulting in 125 deaths.

1999 – The Mars Polar Lander is launched by NASA.

2002 – Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Israeli forces seize the Palestinian freighter Karine A in the Red Sea, finding 50 tons of weapons.

2004 – Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashes into the Red Sea, resulting in 148 deaths, making it one of the deadliest aviation accidents in Egyptian history.

2009 – The first block of the blockchain of the decentralized payment system Bitcoin, called the Genesis block, is established by the creator of the system, Satoshi Nakamoto.

2015 – Boko Haram militants destroy the entire town of Baga in north-east Nigeria, starting the Baga massacre and killing as many as 2,000 people.

2016 – In response to the execution of Nimr al-Nimr, Iran ends its diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia.

2018 – For the first time in history, all five major storm surge gates in the Netherlands are closed simultaneously in the wake of a storm.

2019 – Chang'e 4 makes the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon, deploying the Yutu-2 lunar rover.

2020 – Iranian General Qasem Soleimani is killed by an American airstrike near Baghdad International Airport, igniting global concerns of a potential armed conflict.




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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, January 03, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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