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Saturday, January 7, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, January 07, 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

A low pressure system will develop over the Southern Plains today, and will bring precipitation chances on Sunday as it approaches the region. Cool, dry high pressure returns Monday and controls our weather through most of the week, except for a weak disturbance that may quickly cross the area Tuesday night into Wednesday. A stronger storm system may impact the region by the end of the workweek.

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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Scattered showers, mainly before 3pm, then scattered sprinkles with isolated showers after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

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

Sunday

Rain likely, mainly between 10am and 4pm. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday

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

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Scattered rain and snow showers before 1pm, then scattered rain showers between 1pm and 4pm, then scattered sprinkles after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4am. Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Light and variable winds.

Sunday

A 50 percent chance of rain. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows near freezing. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday

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

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Scattered rain and snow showers before 1pm, then scattered rain showers between 1pm and 4pm, then scattered sprinkles after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4am. Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Light and variable winds.

Sunday

A 50 percent chance of rain. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows near freezing. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday

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

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.


Nantahala Area

Today

Scattered rain and snow showers before noon, then rain showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday

Rain likely, mainly between 7am and 5pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.






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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 40 (GOOD) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 40 (GOOD)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (1.9 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.4 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for January 7th

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

Highest Temperature 70°F in Franklin in 1890
Lowest Temperature -9°F in Highlands in 2014
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.11 inches in Highlands in 1946
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 8.0 inches in Franklin in 1988

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 7th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 83°F in Marion, Mcdowell County in 1927
Lowest Temperature -24°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2014
Greatest Rainfall 3.80 inches at Salisbury, Rowan County in 1915
Greatest Snowfall 24.0 inches in Laurel Springs, Ashe County in 1996
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



• Former U.S. Sen. Richard Burr cleared in SEC investigation into 2020 stock trading [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Farmers, Proud Boys and a former cop: Here are 5 Capitol riot cases from NC to watch [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Macon County Public Library considers changing complaint policy after LGBTQ display [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Cold-weather blackouts challenge conventional wisdom on reliability [BPR]

• Dust complaints continue in Canton; Evergreen works to identify source [Smoky Mountain News]

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 06 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 6th]

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

• LIVEBLOG: Day 317 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 317: “Christmas truce” or “cynical trap”? [Euromaiden Press]

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



• How Elon Musk’s satellites have saved Ukraine and changed warfare [The Economist]

• What type of armored vehicles are being sent to Ukraine? [DW News]

• Russia-Ukraine: The Media Front Line [Al Jazeera]

• Did France surprise Germany by pledging tanks for Ukraine? [France 24]


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


US House Speaker Election Minisection

• McCarthy claims speakership on 15th ballot [Politico]

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

118th Congress - House Speaker Election Continues (Day 4 - Evening) | C-SPAN



Jeffries thanks Pelosi before handing gavel to McCarthy | MSNBC



House Speaker Kevin McCarthy Opening Remarks | C-SPAN



• Bakersfield Rep. Kevin McCarthy elected Speaker of the House [KGET-TV (Bakersfield, CA)]

• See the remarkable near-confrontation on the House floor [Washington Post]

• Kevin McCarthy Wins Election as House Speaker After Days of Grueling Negotiations [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• Speaker McCarthy has arrived. Now what? [The Hill]



President Biden Marks the Two-Year Anniversary of the January 6th Insurrection During a Ceremony | The White House



• Biden warns of dangers posed by ‘big lie,’ rewards heroes of Jan. 6 [Washington Post]

• Extradition of ‘El Chapo’ son to the US halted after 29 killed in arrest operation [CNN]

• The ‘Stolen’ Election That Poisoned American Politics. It Happened in 1984. [Politico]

• Las Vegas high school student collapses, dies during flag football game [CBS News]

• Former police officer who fed junior high class cupcakes laced with his DNA sentenced to life in prison [Penn Live/a>]

• Ashli Babbitt’s mother arrested by police on Capitol riot anniversary[
Washington Post ]


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



Global National: Jan. 6, 2023 | Canadians stranded in Mexico following cartel violence



Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 6th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, January 06, 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.

• People who haven't had COVID will likely catch XBB.1.5 – and many will get reinfected, experts say [USA TODAY]

• Bayern's Mazraoui had COVID-19 at World Cup, now out with swelling around heart [ESPN]

• What we now know about long COVID and our brains [Pursuit: University of Melbourne]

• China suspends social media accounts of COVID policy critics [AP News via Yahoo! News]

• Mid- and Long-Term Atrio-Ventricular Functional Changes in Children after Recovery from COVID-19 (Left ventricle dysfunction even in mild cases) [MDPI]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Chinese scientists scramble to wake Mars rover, plan to send probe to investigate, sources say [South China Morning Post/a>]

• Brandon Sanderson Withholds Five Books From Amazon Over Gouging Indie Authors [
The Mary Sue]

• How Elon Musk’s satellites have saved Ukraine and changed warfare [The Economist]

• Mars crater is 'chock-full' of opal gemstones, hinting at widespread water and possible microbial life [MSN]

• Great Scott! This Flying Car Could Roll Out Sooner Than You Think [CNET]

• Virgin Orbit aims to launch historic mission from UK on Monday [Space.com]

• 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 WEIRDEST Tech at CES 2023 | TechLinked



SpaceX's Record Breaking 2022 - Deep Space Updates - January 5th 2023 | Scott Manley



Crony Capitalism Built Indonesia's Biggest Business Empire | Asianometry



My TERMITE COLONY Finally Builds a FUNGUS COMB | AntsCanada



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 7th is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 358 days remain until the end of the year (359 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





49 BC –The Senate of Rome says that Caesar will be declared a public enemy unless he disbands his army. This prompts the tribunes who support him to flee to Ravenna, where Caesar is waiting.

• [Wikipedia: Caesar's Civil War]
• [Caesar against Pompey - Great Roman Civil War DOCUMENTARY]
• [Youtuber: HBO Rome Fictionalized Account]



1325 – Alfonso IV becomes King of Portugal.

1558 – French troops, led by Francis, Duke of Guise, take Calais, the last continental possession of England.

1608 – Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia.

1610 – Galileo Galilei makes his first observation of the four Galilean moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa, although he is not able to distinguish the last two until the following day.

• [The Discovery of the Galilean Satellites]
• [How Galileo Unlocked The Doors to the Universe | Galileo Galilei]
• [Galileo Galilei: Father of Modern Science]
• [The Worlds Biggest Telescopes Through History - From Galileo to Gran Telescopio Canarias]



1738 – A peace treaty is signed between Peshwa Bajirao and Jai Singh II following Maratha victory in the Battle of Bhopal.

1782 – The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens.

1785 – Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travel from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon.

1835 – HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin on board, drops anchor off the Chonos Archipelago.

1894 – Thomas Edison makes a kinetoscopic film of someone sneezing. On the same day, his employee, William Kennedy Dickson, receives a patent for motion picture film.

1904 – The distress signal "CQD" is established only to be replaced two years later by "SOS".

1919 – Montenegrin guerrilla fighters rebel against the planned annexation of Montenegro by Serbia, but fail.

1920 – The New York State Assembly refuses to seat five duly elected Socialist assemblymen.

1922 – Dáil Éireann ratifies the Anglo-Irish Treaty by a 64–57 vote.

1927 – The first transatlantic commercial telephone service is established from New York City to London.

1928 – A disastrous flood of the River Thames kills 14 people and causes extensive damage to much of riverside London.

1931 – Guy Menzies flies the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast.

1935 – Benito Mussolini and French Foreign minister Pierre Laval sign the Franco-Italian Agreement.

1940 – Winter War: Battle of Raate Road: The Finnish 9th Division finally defeat the numerically superior Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road.

• [Wikipedia: Battle of Raate Road]
• [The Battle of Raate Road]
• [Winter War - Soviet Finnish 1939-1940 War - FULL 3d DOCUMENTARY]



1948 – Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashes while in pursuit of a supposed UFO.

1954 – Georgetown-IBM experiment: The first public demonstration of a machine translation system is held in New York at the head office of IBM.

1955 – Contralto Marian Anderson becomes the first person of color to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in Giuseppe Verdi's Un ballo in maschera.

1959 – The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro.

1968 – Surveyor Program: Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off from launch complex 36A, Cape Canaveral.

1972 – Iberia Flight 602 crashes near Ibiza Airport, killing all 104 people on board.

1973 – In his second shooting spree of the week, Mark Essex fatally shoots seven people and wounds five others at Howard Johnson's Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, before being shot to death by police officers.

1979 – Third Indochina War: Cambodian–Vietnamese War: Phnom Penh falls to the advancing Vietnamese troops, driving out Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

1980 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.

• [Investopedia: The Chrysler Bailout of 1979: A Retrospective]
• [NBC Video: Chrysler Loan Hearing NBC 12/18/79]
• [Washington Post: The Bottom-Line Details Of the Chrysler BailoutT]
• [New York Times Archive]



1984 – Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

1985 – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launches Sakigake, Japan's first interplanetary spacecraft and the first deep space probe to be launched by any country other than the United States or the Soviet Union.

1991 – Roger Lafontant, former leader of the Tonton Macoute in Haiti under François Duvalier, attempts a coup d'état, which ends in his arrest.

1993 – The Fourth Republic of Ghana is inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President.

1993 – Bosnian War: The Bosnian Army executes a surprise attack at the village of Kravica in Srebrenica.

1994 – A British Aerospace Jetstream 41 operating as United Express Flight 6291 crashes in Gahanna, Ohio, killing five of the eight people on board.

1999 – The Senate trial in the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton begins.

2012 – A hot air balloon crashes near Carterton, New Zealand, killing all 11 people on board.

2015 – Two gunmen commit mass murder at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, shooting twelve people execution style, and wounding eleven others.

2015 – A car bomb explodes outside a police college in the Yemeni capital Sana'a with at least 38 people reported dead and more than 63 injured.

2020 – The 6.4Mw  2019–20 Puerto Rico earthquakes kill four and injure nine in southern Puerto Rico.




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Published at 12:00pm on Saturday, January 07, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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