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Thursday, January 5, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, January 05, 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 sweep east across the region later today and will usher in cooler and drier air tonight. Dry conditions continue through the end of the workweek before increasing cloud cover and low precipitation chances return this weekend. After Sunday, confidence lowers as an uncertain forecast sets up for next week.

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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night

Franklin Area


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


Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Calm winds in the evening increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph before midnight.


Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.
Highlands Plateau


Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the west 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the west 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday Night

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


Mostly sunny, with highs near 50.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Calm winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph before midnight.


Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Light winds out of the northwest.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s.

Nantahala Area


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Calm winds.


Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40.

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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.


• 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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24 Hour Smoke Forecast

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

PM2.5 AQI is 35 (GOOD) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 35 (GOOD)

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (3.1 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (1.8 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for January 5th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 74°F in Franklin in 1955
Lowest Temperature -6°F in Highlands in 1920
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.28 inches in Highlands in 1949
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.1 inches in Highlands in 2020

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 Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1921
Lowest Temperature -10°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1920
Greatest Rainfall 4.50 inches at Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1929
Greatest Snowfall 4.5 inches in Rosman, Transylvania County in 1980
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
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Local and State News

• New boards could mean new 
plans for Franklin High School [Smoky Mountain News]

• Fact-checking Duke Energy's forecast claim for Christmas Eve blackouts [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Boil water advisory lifted for all Asheville water customers, western area water restored [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Macon County librarian has seen many changes over her three-decade tenure [Mascon County News and Shopping Guide]

• Possible rule changes for hunting, etc. are proposed [Sylva Hearald and Ruralite]


• 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 04 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 4th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 316 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 316 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 315: Russia destroys an ice arena in Donetsk Oblast [Euromaiden Press]

Will Belarus Invade Ukraine? - One-Armed Myanmar War Machine? | FUNKER530 - Veteran Community & Combat Footage

• Ukraine updates: France to send 'light tanks' [DW News]

• Ukraine war: Defying Russian onslaught in city 'at the end of the world' [BBC News]

• In Kupiansk, teachers stand accused of collaboration during Russian occupation [Le Monde]

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

• Fed Minutes Show Officials Feared Markets’ Rallies Could Hinder Inflation Fight [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• 118th Congress - Day Two of Speaker Election [Macon Media]

• Increasingly desperate GOP calls it a night without picking a speaker [Politico]

• Hannity Berates Lauren Boebert During Heated Hit After Day 2 of Speaker Chaos [Fox News via Yahoo! News]

• Power Companies Caught Paying Local News Outlets For Glowing Coverage [tech dirt]

• Reward climbs to $500K for information on suspect who placed pipe bombs day before Jan. 6 [ABC News]

• Troops entitled to 12 weeks of leave after birth, adoption of a child [Navy Times]

• Iran warns France over ‘insulting’ cartoons depicting supreme leader Ali Khamenei [The Guardian]

• Jan. 6 probe, prosecutions ‘far from over,’ AG warns [Courthouse News Service]

Washington Today (1-4-23): Still no House Speaker elected after six ballots over two days | C-SPAN Radio

Global National: Jan. 4, 2023 |New most transmissible Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 confirmed in Canada

Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 4th)

PBS NewsHour full episode, January 04, 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.

• Why Xi Jinping Reversed His Zero-Covid Policy in China [Wall Street Journal]

• What to Know About the New XBB.1.5 Variant[Time Magazine]

• The ‘Kraken’ Virus Is Here. What’s the Threat Level? [The Tyee]

• Circulating Spike Protein Detected in Post–COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Myocarditis [AHA Journal (PDF)]

• Global state of education-related inequality in COVID-19 vaccine coverage, structural barriers, vaccine hesitancy, and vaccine refusal: findings from the Global COVID-19 Trends and Impact Survey [The Lancet: Global Health]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Amazon Layoffs to Hit Over 18,000 Workers, the Most in Recent Tech Wave [Wall Street Journal]

• A mysterious cyberattack has shuttered the Guardian's office for a month [Semafor]

• Government Scientists Discover Entirely New Kind of Quantum Entanglement in Breakthrough[Vice News]

• Hundreds of WordPress sites infected by recently discovered backdoor [ARS TECHNICA]

• Roku is finally building its own TVs [Engadget]

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 5th is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 360 days remain until the end of the year (361 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.

1477 – Battle of Nancy: Charles the Bold is defeated and killed in a conflict with René II, Duke of Lorraine; Burgundy subsequently becomes part of France.

1675 – Battle of Colmar: The French army beats Brandenburg.

1757 – Louis XV of France survives an assassination attempt by Robert-François Damiens, the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering, the traditional and gruesome form of capital punishment used for regicides.

1781 – American Revolutionary War: Richmond, Virginia, is burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold.

1875 – The Palais Garnier, one of the most famous opera houses in the world, is inaugurated in Paris.

1895 – Dreyfus affair: French army officer Alfred Dreyfus is stripped of his rank and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil's Island.

1900 – Irish nationalist leader John Edward Redmond calls for revolt against British rule.

1911 – Kappa Alpha Psi, the world's third oldest and largest black fraternity, is founded at Indiana University.

1912 – The sixth All-Russian Conference of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (Prague Party Conference) opens. In the course of the conference, Vladimir Lenin and his supporters break from the rest of the party to form the Bolshevik movement.

1913 – First Balkan War: The Battle of Lemnos begins; Greek admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis forces the Turkish fleet to retreat to its base within the Dardanelles, from which it did not venture for the rest of the war.

1914 – The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and minimum daily wage of $5 in salary plus bonuses.

1919 – The German Workers' Party, which would become the Nazi Party, is founded in Munich.

1925 – Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming becomes the first female governor in the United States.

1933 – Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.

1941 – Amy Johnson, a 37-year-old pilot and the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia, disappears after bailing out of her plane over the River Thames, and is presumed dead.

1944 – The Daily Mail becomes the first major London newspaper to be published on both sides of the Atlantic.

1945 – The Soviet Union recognizes the new pro-Soviet Provisional Government of the Republic of Poland.

1949 – In his "State of the Union" address, United States President Harry S. Truman unveils his Fair Deal program.

1950 – In the Sverdlovsk air disaster, all 19 of those on board are killed, including almost the entire national ice hockey team (VVS Moscow) of the Soviet Air Force – 11 players, as well as a team doctor and a masseur.

1953 – The play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett receives its première in Paris.

1957 – In a speech given to the United States Congress, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces the establishment of what will later be called the Eisenhower Doctrine.

1967 – Cultural Revolution: The Shanghai People's Commune is established following the seizure of power from local city officials by revolutionaries.

1968 – Alexander Dubček comes to power in Czechoslovakia, effectively beginning the "Prague Spring".

1969 – The Venera 5 space probe is launched at 06:28:08 UTC[24] from Baikonur.

1970 – The 7.1 Mw  Tonghai earthquake shakes Tonghai County, Yunnan province, China, with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). Between 10,000 and 15,000 people are known to have been killed and about another 26,000 are injured.

1975 – The Tasman Bridge in Tasmania, Australia, is struck by the bulk ore carrier Lake Illawarra, killing twelve people.

1976 – The Khmer Rouge proclaim the Constitution of Democratic Kampuchea.

1976 – The Troubles: Gunmen shoot dead ten Protestant civilians after stopping their minibus at Kingsmill in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK, allegedly as retaliation for a string of attacks on Catholic civilians in the area by Loyalists, particularly the killing of six Catholics the night before.

1991 – Georgian forces enter Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, Georgia, opening the 1991–92 South Ossetia War.

1991 – Somali Civil War: The United States Embassy to Somalia in Mogadishu is evacuated by helicopter airlift days after the outbreak of violence in Mogadishu.

1993 – The oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil.

2005 – The dwarf planet Eris is discovered by Palomar Observatory-based astronomers, later motivating the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to define the term planet for the first time.

2014 – A launch of the communication satellite GSAT-14 aboard the GSLV MK.II D5 marks the first successful flight of an Indian cryogenic engine.

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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, January 05, 2023
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