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Friday, January 6, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, January 06, 2023



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Hazards and Tropical Weather
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

Dry air continues to filter in and maintain quiet conditions through the end of the workweek as the region recovers from ample rainfall. Precipitation chances return on Sunday as the next in a series of systems moves through the region. After Sunday, confidence lowers as several disturbances are forecast to swing across the southern CONUS early to late week.

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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds by midmorning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Calm winds.

Sunday

Rain likely, mainly after 9am. Cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of rain before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 48. Light and variable winds becoming west southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 36. Light and variable winds.

Sunday

Rain likely, mainly after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 40. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of rain before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

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

Tonight

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

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

A slight chance of rain before 7pm, then a chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Sunday

Rain likely, mainly after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of rain before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Light and variable winds.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly between 10am and 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A slight chance of rain before 9pm, then a chance of rain after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Sunday

Rain likely, mainly after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of rain before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.



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 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

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (2.6 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 6th

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

Highest Temperature 70°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2005
Lowest Temperature -7°F in Highlands in 1924
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.89 inches in Highlands in 1946
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Highlands in 1996

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 6th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 79°F in Aurora, Beaufort County in 2004
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1924
Greatest Rainfall 3.89 inches at Highlands, Macon County in 1946
Greatest Snowfall 8.0 inches in Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1919
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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No events have been submitted for Macon Calendar.
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Local and State News



• With virus spread rising, school districts on alert as students return from break [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Bringing help: Western North Carolina’s connection to the war in Ukraine [Smoky Mountain News]

• Series of fires destroy, damage three homes [Sylva Herald and Ruralite]

• Boards evaluating next steps in FHS project [Macon County News and Shopping Guide]

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 05 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 5th]

• 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



• US to send Ukraine dozens of Bradleys in $2.85B aid package [AP News]

• Russian war bloggers: Pawns in a political game? [DW News]

• 'Significant likelihood of Russian escalation' in 2023: Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer [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

• US, Germany confirm new heavy weaponry for Ukraine [Russia Today]

• Putin sends Admiral Gorshkov frigate armed with Zircon cruise missiles on combat mission [Pravda]

• Putin instructs to declare ceasefire in special operation zone on Orthodox Christmas [TASS]


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National and World News Roundup

In full: Pope Benedict's funeral | Sky News



• The Fight Over the Speaker of the House [Wasll Street Journal (audio podcast)]

118th Congress - House Speaker Election Continues (Day 3) | C-SPAN



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

House clerk receives standing ovation after 10th speaker bid | Washington Post



• Andrew Tate Was Arrested on Suspicion of Rape in the UK in 2015 [Vice news]

• Company threatened to fine low-wage workers $100,000 if they left for a competitor, feds say [CBS News]

• Sinaloa cartel launches violent response as Mexico recaptures El Chapo’s son [The Guardian]

• Saudi Arabia jails two Wikipedia staff in ‘bid to control content’ [The Guadian]

• American Airlines retaliated against employees who reported toxic fumes, OSHA says [CBS News]

• Delta workers accuse airline of ‘culture of fear’ amid attempts to unionize [SOURCE]

• Putin deploys new Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles to Atlantic [Reuters]


Global Spyware Scandal: Exposing Pegasus Part One (full documentary) | FRONTLINE



House clerk receives standing ovation after 10th speaker bid | Washington Post



House adjourns without electing speaker for third day after McCarthy loses 11th vote | CBS News



Washington Today (1-5-23): House keeps voting for Speaker with no winner as negotiations continue | C-SPAN Radio



Global National: Jan. 5, 2023 | Growing Canadian concerns over testing, tracking new COVID variant



Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 5th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, January 05, 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.

• How Worried Should We Be About XBB.1.5? [The Atlantic]

• Protection from previous natural infection compared with mRNA vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 infection and severe COVID-19 in Qatar: a retrospective cohort study [The Lancet: Microbe]

• ‘We are only beginning to know what it is’: Why doctors struggle to identify treatments for long COVID [USDA TODAY via Yahoo! News]

• WHO sounds the alarm: New COVID variant is most transmissible yet [ABC News]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Twitter hacked, 200 million user email addresses leaked, researcher says [Reuters]

• Saudi Arabia jails two Wikipedia staff in ‘bid to control content’ [The Guadian]

• Londoner solves 20,000-year Ice Age drawings mystery [BBC News]

• An Upper Palaeolithic Proto-writing System and Phenological Calendar [Cambridge Archaeological Journal]

• CES 2023 Day 1 recap: Catch up on the biggest news from the year's biggest tech show [engadget]

• Sun-powered water splitter produces unprecedented levels of green energy [Science (American Association for the Advancement of Science)]

• Ram shows off its first fully electric pickup truck at CES, due 2024 [ARS TECHNICA]

• CES 2023: all the news from the year’s biggest tech conference [The Verge]

• CES 2023: Everything you need to know [Mashable]


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

Benchmarking the RTX 4080 and Explaining the Hate | Level1Techs



Such a CES Thing! - DTNS 4430 - DTNS 4428 | Daily Tech News Show



SpaceX's Record Breaking Year | Scott Manley



Cao Cao's Tomb: Ancient Secrets Of The Three Kingdoms - Mysteries Of China | Timeline



Gulf of Mexico (Full Episode) - Drain the Oceans | National Geographic



What Did the German Public Know About the Holocaust During WWII? | Today I Found Out



Why Haven't We Eradicated Polio? | SciShow






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Moscow's losses mount & the vital role of Crimea | Ukraine: The Latest | UK Telegraph Podcast



Germany and US agree to send armored vehicles to Ukraine | DW News



Putin orders Christmas ceasefire in Ukraine | Al Jazeera



Pentagon holds news briefing after Putin orders 36-hour Ukraine cease-fire | PBS NewsHour



Ukrainian special operations forces on a mission in the Donetsk region - Military Mind | TVP World







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On This Day

January 6 is the sixth day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 359 days remain until the end of the year (360 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 6th | Associated Press





1066 – Following the death of Edward the Confessor on the previous day, the Witan meets to confirm Harold Godwinson as the new King of England; Harold is crowned the same day, sparking a succession crisis that will eventually lead to the Norman conquest of England.

1205 – Philip of Swabia undergoes a second coronation as King of the Romans.

1322 – Stephen Uroš III is crowned King of Serbia, having defeated his half-brother Stefan Konstantin in battle. His son is crowned "young king" in the same ceremony.

1355 – Charles IV of Bohemia is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy as King of Italy in Milan.

1449 – Constantine XI is crowned Byzantine Emperor at Mystras.

1492 – The Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella enter Granada at the conclusion of the Granada War.

1536 – The first European school of higher learning in the Americas, Colegio de Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco, is founded by Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza and Bishop Juan de Zumárraga in Mexico City.

1540 – King Henry VIII of England marries Anne of Cleves.

1579 – The Union of Arras unites the southern Netherlands under the Duke of Parma (Ottavio Farnese), governor in the name of King Philip II of Spain.

1641 – Arauco War: The first Parliament of Quillín is celebrated, putting a temporary hold on hostilities between Mapuches and Spanish in Chile.

1661 – English Restoration: The Fifth Monarchists unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of London, England. The revolt is suppressed after a few days.

1721 – The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble publishes its findings, revealing details of fraud among company directors and corrupt politicians.

1781 – In the Battle of Jersey, the British defeat the last attempt by France to invade Jersey in the Channel Islands.

1809 – Combined British, Portuguese and colonial Brazilian forces begin the Invasion of Cayenne during the Napoleonic Wars.

1838 – Alfred Vail and colleagues demonstrate a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code).

1839 – The Night of the Big Wind, the most damaging storm in 300 years, sweeps across Ireland, damaging or destroying more than 20% of the houses in Dublin.

1847 – Samuel Colt obtains his first contract for the sale of revolver pistols to the United States government.

1870 – The inauguration of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria.

1893 – The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress. The charter is signed by President Benjamin Harrison.

1900 – Second Boer War: Having already besieged the fortress at Ladysmith, Boer forces attack it, but are driven back by British defenders.

1907 – Maria Montessori opens her first school and daycare center for working class children in Rome, Italy.

1912 – New Mexico is admitted to the Union as the 47th U.S. state.

1912 – German geophysicist Alfred Wegener first presents his theory of continental drift.

1929 – King Alexander of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes suspends his country's constitution (the January 6th Dictatorship).

1929 – Mother Teresa arrives by sea in Calcutta, India, to begin her work among India's poorest and sick people.

1930 – Clessie Cummins arrives at the National Automobile Show in New York City, having driven a car powered by one of his diesel engines from Indianapolis.

1941 – United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his Four Freedoms speech in the State of the Union address.

1946 – The first general election ever in Vietnam is held.

1947 – Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to offer a round-the-world ticket.

1950 – The United Kingdom recognizes the People's Republic of China. The Republic of China severs diplomatic relations with the UK in response.

1951 – Korean War: Beginning of the Ganghwa massacre, in the course of which an estimated 200–1,300 South Korean communist sympathizers are slaughtered.

1960 – National Airlines Flight 2511 is destroyed in mid-air by a bomb, while en route from New York City to Miami.

1960 – The Associations Law comes into force in Iraq, allowing registration of political parties.

1967 – Vietnam War: United States Marine Corps and ARVN troops launch "Operation Deckhouse Five" in the Mekong River delta.

1974 – In response to the 1973 oil crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States.

1989 – Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh are sentenced to death for conspiracy in the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi; the two men are executed the same day.

1992 – President of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia flees the country as a result of the military coup.

1993 – Indian Border Security Force units kill 55 Kashmiri civilians in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir, in revenge after militants ambushed a BSF patrol.

1993 – Four people are killed when Lufthansa CityLine Flight 5634 crashes on approach to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Roissy-en-France, France.

1994 – American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked and injured by an assailant hired by her rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

1995 – A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.

2005 – American Civil Rights Movement: Edgar Ray Killen is indicted for the 1964 murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner.

2005 – A train collision in Graniteville, South Carolina, United States, releases about 60 tons of chlorine gas.

2012 – Twenty-six people are killed and 63 wounded when a suicide bomber blows himself up at a police station in Damascus.

2017 – Five people are killed and six others injured in a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport in Broward County, Florida.

2019 – Forty people are killed in a gold mine collapse in Badakhshan province, in northern Afghanistan.

2019 – Muhammad V of Kelantan resigns as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, becoming the first monarch to do so.

2021 – Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump attack the United States Capitol to disrupt certification of the 2020 presidential election, resulting in five deaths and evacuation of the US Congress.




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Published at 3:00am on Friday, January 06, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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