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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, January 04, 2023



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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

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 Friday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 100%. New rainfall

amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight

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

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs near 50.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 2pm. Highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 15 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight

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

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the west 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday

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

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers between noon and 1pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before noon. Highs in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs near 50.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.


Nantahala Area

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Light winds out of the southwest.

Thursday

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

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the west around 5 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs near 44.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Periods of heavy rain and embedded thunder will continue through this morning and into early or mid afternoon. This will pose a risk of isolated minor flooding along small streams and low-lying areas, as well as along south- and west-facing slopes in the mountains. Any thunderstorms developing in this timeframe will be capable of producing isolated wind damage, dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning, and brief tornadoes.



Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.


Back to Top TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

• 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 30 (GOOD) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 30 (GOOD)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (0.3 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (2.0 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for January 4th

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

Highest Temperature 72°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2004
Lowest Temperature -6°F in Highlands in 1919
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.63 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1982
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands in 1980

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 4th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 80°F in Aurora, Beaufort County in 2020
Lowest Temperature -10°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1928
Greatest Rainfall 2.94 inches at Aurora, Beaufort County in 1982
Greatest Snowfall 20.0 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1994
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



• NC’s Sen. Ted Budd sworn into office, as House members wait to elect new speaker [Raleigh News and Observer (video)] [Raleigh News and Observer (text archive)]

• Congressman-Elect Chuck Edwards: ‘I’m Not the Average Freshman’ [Asheville Watchdog]

Don’t Stay in SHELTERS on the Appalachian Trail | Tara Treks



• Duke Energy: Plant, purchase failures contributed to outages [WRAl-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Some Western North Carolina hospitals are at or near capacity [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Clashes over tax rates, spending await as state lawmakers prepare to return to Raleigh for a budget- [BPR]

REPLAY

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

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

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 03 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 3rd]

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

• LIVEBLOG: Day 315 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 314: “Moscow has no desire to end the war at present, prepared to continue.”-Stoltenberg [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]

• Russia Blames Cellphone Use for Deadly Ukrainian Strike [Wall Street Journal]

• Scores of Russian soldiers killed as Kyiv claims Makiivka strike [France 24 (video)]

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

• Russian military issues update on deadly Ukrainian strike [Russia Today]

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

• Use of phones is cause of tragedy in Makeyevka — Russian Defense Ministry [TASS]


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National and World News Roundup

Kevin McCarthy says he will stay in the race for House speaker after three failed votes | PBS NewsHour



Opening Day of 118th Congress - House of Representatives | C-SPAN



• Opening Day of 118th Congress - US House of Representatives (LIVE VIDEO AT NOON) [Macon Media]

• Kevin McCarthy Falls Short of House Speaker Win in Three Rounds of Voting [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ]

• House GOP back in familiar pattern — fury at the Freedom Caucus [Politico]

• House speaker battle: Profanities fly as Republican factions get heated over McCarthy speakership bid [Fox News]

• House Adjourns Without A Speaker After Kevin McCarthy Fails On 3 Straight Votes [Huffington Post]

• Walmart on hook over claims of heavy metals in spices [Courthouse News Service]

• Russia to modernize nuclear forces in 2023, add more multi-warhead nukes [Jerusalem Post]

• 2 men charged in connection to attacks on Pierce County substations [KOMO-TV (Seattle, WA)]

• Former Colorado funeral home owner sentenced to 20 yrs for selling body parts [Reuters]

• Eight years after Paris terrorist attacks, 'Charlie Hebdo' caricatures Iran's mullahs [Le Monde]


Washington Today (1-3-22): House GOP Leader McCarthy falls short in three separate votes for Speaker | C-SPAN Radio



Global National: Jan. 3, 2023 | NFL under fire for response to Damar Hamlin's on-field collapse



Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 3rd)


PBS NewsHour full episode, January 03, 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.

• Covid misinformation spikes in wake of Damar Hamlin’s on-field collapse [Washington Post]

• Lawyer who represented churches in battle over COVID mandates charged with intimidating judge [Global News]

• The country moved on from covid. This homeless shelter is stuck in it. [Washington Post]

• Scientists discover key reason why long-COVID patients experience long-term smell loss [CTV News]

• China condemns 'unacceptable' COVID test rules for travelers [DW News]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Space-based solar power hardware ready for actual testing in space [https://arstechnica.com/science/2023/01/headed-to-space-today-test-hardware-for-a-solar-power-plant/]

• Why do people tailgate? A psychologist explains what’s behind this common (and annoying) driving habit [ABC News Australia]

• Apple's Market Valuation Drops Below $2 Trillion as Stock Price Continues to Fall [MacRumors]

• New research identifies a cognitive mechanism linked to reduced susceptibility to fake news [PsyPost]

• NASA planetary science budget remains under stress [Space News]

• Brandon Sanderson takes stand against Audible for “unconscionable” indie author pay rates [Winter is Coming]

• New VS Code extension allows you to build DOS games in a flash [Neowin]


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



Happy 10th Year of DTNS! - DTNS 4428 | Daily Tech News Show



State of the Sanderson 2022 | Brandon Sanderson



Sarajevo - Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand – Sabaton History 116 [Official]



France plans for hegemony | Caspian Report



The melting ice of the Arctic (1/2) | DW Documentary



The melting ice of the Arctic (2/2) | DW Documentary



A Realistic Way to Make Space Habitats From Asteroids | Fraser Cain



MICRO WORLD on a Human Scale 🔬| 3D | RED SIDE



Adam Savage vs The "Perpetual Motion" Machine! | Adam Savage’s Tested






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> The Hidden Battle that Saved Ukraine | William Spaniel



Ukraine war: Russian military under fire for high death toll at Makiivka | DW News



Special unit breaks into Russian-defended village - Military Mind | TVP World



Russia plans to 'exhaust' Ukraine with prolonged attacks says Volodymyr Zelensky | BBC News







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On This Day

January 4th is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 361 days remain until the end of the year (362 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





46 BC – Julius Caesar fights Titus Labienus in the Battle of Ruspina.

871 – Battle of Reading: Æthelred of Wessex and his brother Alfred are defeated by a Danish invasion army.

1649 – English Civil War: The Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial.

1717 – The Netherlands, Great Britain, and France sign the Triple Alliance in an attempt to maintain the Treaty of Utrecht; Britain having signed a preliminary alliance with France on November 28 (November 17, 1716).

1762 – Great Britain declares war on Spain, which meant the entry of Spain into the Seven Years' War.

1798 – Constantine Hangerli arrives in Bucharest, Wallachia, as its new Prince, invested by the Ottoman Empire.

1853 – After having been kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South, Solomon Northup regains his freedom; his memoir Twelve Years a Slave later becomes a national bestseller.

1854 – The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.

1863 – The New Apostolic Church, a Christian and chiliastic church, is established in Hamburg, Germany.

1878 – Russo-Turkish War (1877–78): Sofia is liberated from Ottoman rule and designated the capital of Liberated Bulgaria.

1884 – The Fabian Society is founded in London, United Kingdom.

1885 – Sino-French War: French troops under General Oscar de Négrier defeat a numerically superior Qing force at Núi Bop in northern Vietnam.

1896 – Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.

1903 – Topsy, an elephant, is electrocuted by the owners of Luna Park, Coney Island. The Edison film company records the film Electrocuting an Elephant of Topsy's death.

• [Topsy the Elephant Was a Victim of Her Captors, Not Thomas Edison]
• [LWikipedia Bio]
• [VIDEO: Topsy the Elephant]



1912 – The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Empire by royal charter.

1918 – The Finnish Declaration of Independence is recognized by Russia, Sweden, Germany and France.

1944 – World War II: Operation Carpetbagger, involving the dropping of arms and supplies to resistance fighters in Europe, begins.

1948 – Burma gains its independence from the United Kingdom becoming an independent republic, named the Union of Burma, with Sao Shwe Thaik as its first President and U Nu its first Prime Minister.

1951 – Korean War: Chinese and North Korean forces capture Seoul.

1956 – The Greek National Radical Union is formed by Konstantinos Karamanlis.

1958 – Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957, falls to Earth from orbit.

1959 – Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.

1972 – Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, UK.

1975 – This date overflowed the 12-bit field that had been used in the Decsystem 10 operating systems. There were numerous problems and crashes related to this bug while an alternative format was developed.

1976 – The Troubles: The Ulster Volunteer Force shoots dead six Irish Catholic civilians in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. The next day, gunmen would shoot dead ten Protestant civilians nearby in retaliation.

1987 – The Maryland train collision: An Amtrak train en route to Boston from Washington, D.C., collides with Conrail engines in Chase, Maryland, United States, killing 16 people.

1989 – Second Gulf of Sidra incident: A pair of Libyan MiG-23 "Floggers" are shot down by a pair of US Navy F-14 Tomcats during an air-to-air confrontation.

1990 – In Pakistan's deadliest train accident an overloaded passenger train collides with an empty freight train, resulting in 307 deaths and 700 injuries.

1998 – A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction.

1999 – Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota, United States.

2000 – A Norwegian passenger train departing from Trondheim, collides with a local train coming from Hamar in Åsta, Åmot; 19 people are killed and 68 injured in the accident.

2004 – Spirit, a NASA Mars rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.

2004 – Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia following the November 2003 Rose Revolution.

2006 – Ehud Olmert becomes acting Prime Minister of Israel after the incumbent, Ariel Sharon, suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke.

2007 – The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.

• [Congress convenes under Democratic control, Pelosi statement]
• [Wikipedia: 110th United States Congress]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Nancy Pelosi]



2010 – The Burj Khalifa, the current tallest building in the world, officially opens in Dubai.

2013 – A gunman kills eight people in a house-to-house rampage in Kawit, Cavite, Philippines.

2018 – Hennenman–Kroonstad train crash: A passenger train operated by Shosholoza Meyl collides with a truck on a level crossing at Geneva Station between Hennenman and Kroonstad, Free State, South Africa. Twenty people are killed and 260 injured.




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Published at 6:300am on Wednesday, January 04, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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