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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, January 11, 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

High pressure slides east today with a strong cold front crossing the area on Thursday, bringing rain and some thunderstorms. Cold high pressure will build in behind the front on Friday and linger through the weekend with a warming trend expected early next week. Another cold front brings the potential for rain Tuesday.

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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Friday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 3am. Patchy fog after 8pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

Rain likely before 1pm, then showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Highs near 60. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Rain showers likely before 5am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows near freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as as 30 mph. Chance of rainis 60%.

Friday

A slight chance of rain and snow between 9am and 11am, then a slight chance of rain after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs near 40. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph early in the morning shifting to come out of the southwest by midmorning.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after midnight. Patchy fog after 8pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A chance of rain before 11am, then showers likely between 11am and 2pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Thursday Night

Rain showers likely before midnight, then a chance of rain between midnight and 4am, then a slight chance of rain and snow after 4am. The rain could be heavy at times. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday

A slight chance of rain and snow between 1pm and 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in mthe mid 30s. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 20s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1am. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A chance of rain before 11am, then showers likely between 11am and 2pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs near 60. Light and variable winds increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers likely before 1am, then a chance of rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Mostly cloudy, with lows near freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs near 40.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain between 9pm and 3am, then a slight chance of showers after 3am. Patchy fog after 8pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 20%.

Thursday

Rain likely before 1pm, then showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Highs in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the south early in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of rainis 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 4am, then a slight chance of showers, then a slight chance of rain after 5am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with lows near freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday

A chance of rain and snow showers, mainly between 9am and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.

A strong cold front could bring isolated strong to severe storms to the region Thursday afternoon and evening. The main impact would be damaging wind gusts.

Lingering moisture and cold air moving into the mountains will create the potential for snow showers late Thursday night through Friday night. Accumulations would mainly be limited to the higher elevations near the Tennessee border.



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 55 (MODERATE) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 55 (MODERATE)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (2.4 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 11th

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

Highest Temperature 74°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1949
Lowest Temperature -14°F in Highlands in 1982
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.90 inches in Highlands in 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 7.0 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2011

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 11th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 81°F in Washington, Beaufort County in 1901
Lowest Temperature -22°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1982
Greatest Rainfall 4.00 inches in Murphy, Cherokee County in 1901
Greatest Snowfall 10.0 inches in Murphy, Cherokee County in 1918
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



• Macon County Board of Commissioners: January 10, 2023 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

• Why Charlotte’s Snow Days Are Probably Gone [Charlotte Magazine]

• Changes possible for NC employees' health plan [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Transylvania County commissioners vote 5-1 to build courthouse off Morris Road [xxx]

• North Carolina hopes to adopt electric truck rules by year's end [BPR]


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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, January 10 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 10th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 321 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 322 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 321: Russian troops resume the assault on Soledar [Euromaiden Press]

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



• Ukraine war: Conflicting claims over embattled town of Soledar [BBC News]

• Ukraine updates: Kharkiv hit after German minister's visit [DW News]

• Helping Ukraine is important for Polish, Romanian sovereignty: Def Min [TVP World]

• Russia’s Wagner Group chief says troops have taken Soledar [Al Jazeera]

• U.S. to Train Ukrainian Troops on Patriot Missile at Oklahoma Base [Wall Street Journal]


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

• Wagner group claims full control of Soledar [Russia Today]

• The Turks want Ankara to turn its face to Russia and back to USA [Pravda]

• Western military aid to Ukraine nearly equals Russia’s 2022 defense budget [TASS]


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National and World News Roundup

Brazil issues arrest warrants for security chiefs after pro-Bolsonaro riots | FRANCE 24 English



• European Stocks Are Outshining U.S. Peers [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• US intelligence materials related to Ukraine, Iran and UK found in Biden’s private office, source tells CNN [CNN]

• DOJ Faces New Nightmare in Prosecuting Donald Trump [Newsweek]

• Allen Weisselberg, former Trump Org. CFO, sentenced to 5 months in jail [CNN]

• Extreme weather caused 18 disasters in US last year, costing $165bn[The Guardian]

• Exclusive: Uvalde school police chief told investigators why he didn’t try to stop gunman: ‘There’s probably going to be some deceased in there, but we don’t need any more from out here’ [CNN]

• 'I'm scared to give it to my kids': Baltimore's water issues are symptoms of a growing national problem [NBC News]

• https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/gov-j-b-pritzker-signs-illinois-assault-weapons-ban/3041967/ [WMAQ-TV (Chicago, IL)]

• Americans lean more on credit cards as expenses stay high: 46% of cardholders now carry debt from month to month [CNBC]


Prince Harry: The 60 Minutes Interview | 60 Minutes



Washington Today (1-10-23): House creates committee to investigate gov't 'weaponization' | C-SPAN Radio



Global National: Jan. 10, 2023 | Millions in California prepare for fierce flooding



Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 10th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, January 10, 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 4:25pm CET, 10 January 2023, there have been 99,888,608 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,084,932 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 16 December 2022, a total of 652,464,668 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 4:25pm CET, 10 January 2023, there have been 660,131,952 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,690,473 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 22 December 2022, a total of 13,073,712,554 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Coronavirus variant XBB.1.5 rises in the United States — is it a global threat? [Nature]

• Full protection from SARS-CoV-2 brain infection and damage in susceptible transgenic mice conferred by MVA-CoV2-S vaccine candidate [Nature Neuroscience]

• Inspiration of SARS-CoV-2 envelope protein mutations on pathogenicity of Omicron XBB [BioRxiv]

• ‘Immunity debt’ is a misguided and dangerous concept [Financial Times]

• Pentagon drops COVID-19 vaccine mandate for troops [AP News]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Australian universities to return to ‘pen and paper’ exams after students caught using AI to write essays [The Guardian]

• Twitter bans account for D.C. area bus system without explanation [Washington Post]

• Dr. Dre gets Marjorie Taylor Greene suspended from Twitter [Washington Times]

• NASA satellite discovers second Earth-sized planet in habitable zone [SOURCE]

• Microsoft’s new AI can simulate anyone’s voice with 3 seconds of audio [ARS TECHNICA]


Evergreen Links

• 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 Level1 Show January 11 2023: I Do Not Consent to Having My Base Touched | Level1Techs



Digicams Are the New Cassette - DTNS 4432 | Daily Tech News Show



Why Did Virgin Orbit's First Launch From The UK Fail To Reach Orbit? | Scott Manley



Why 97% of Namibia is Empty | RealLifeLore



Atomic Bomb: The Rise Of The Nuclear Superpowers | M.A.D. World | Timeline



Intel's Sapphire Rapid Finally Here! Feat. Super Micro SYS-221B-DNTR | Level1Techs



Farming On Mars | Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur



We Keep Finding Fossils in Very Weird Places | SciShow



Why Traveling In Colonial America Was SUPER Dangerous | Joe Scott



Interstellar Colonization Strategies | Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur



How Family Structure Drives Ideology | Whatifalthist






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> How Ukraine Changed the Power Balance in the Black Sea | Kings and Generals



Constant Russian attacks put pressure on Ukraine's eastern front | DW News



Leopard 2 MBT’s for Ukraine? Former CIA officer: 20 Russian officials spying for NATO - Rock Rachon | TVP World



Russian strikes target Kharkiv as Wagner group claims it has control of Soledar | FRANCE 24



What is the Wagner Group and how is it helping Putin in Ukraine? | Al Jazeera







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On This Day

January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 354 days remain until the end of the year (355 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 11th | Associated Press





532 – Nika riots in Constantinople: A quarrel between supporters of different chariot teams—the Blues and the Greens—in the Hippodrome escalates into violence.

630 – Conquest of Mecca: The prophet Muhammad and his followers conquer the city, Quraysh surrender.

947 – Emperor Tai Zong of the Khitan-led Liao Dynasty invades the Later Jin, resulting in the destruction of the Later Jin.

1055 – Theodora is crowned empress of the Byzantine Empire.

1158 – Vladislaus II, Duke of Bohemia becomes King of Bohemia.

1569 – First recorded lottery in England.

1654 – Arauco War: A Spanish army is defeated by local Mapuche-Huilliches as it tries to cross Bueno River in Southern Chile.

1693 – A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta.

1759 – The first American life insurance company, the Corporation for Relief of Poor and Distressed Presbyterian Ministers and of the Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of the Presbyterian Ministers (now part of Unum Group), is incorporated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1779 – Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur.

1787 – William Herschel discovers Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus.

1805 – The Michigan Territory is created.

1861 – American Civil War: Alabama secedes from the United States.

1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Arkansas Post: General John McClernand and Admiral David Dixon Porter capture the Arkansas River for the Union.

1863 – American Civil War: CSS Alabama encounters and sinks the USS Hatteras off Galveston Lighthouse in Texas.

1879 – The Anglo-Zulu War begins.

1908 – Grand Canyon National Monument is created.

1912 – Immigrant textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, go on strike when wages are reduced in response to a mandated shortening of the work week.

1917 – The Kingsland munitions factory explosion occurs as a result of sabotage.

1922 – Leonard Thompson becomes the first person to be injected with insulin.

1923 – Occupation of the Ruhr: Troops from France and Belgium occupy the Ruhr area to force Germany to make its World War I reparation payments.

1927 – Louis B. Mayer, head of film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), announces the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at a banquet in Los Angeles, California.

1935 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

1942 – World War II: Japanese forces capture Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the Federated Malay States.

1942 – World War II: Japanese forces attack Tarakan in Borneo, Netherlands Indies (Battle of Tarakan)

1943 – The Republic of China agrees to the Sino-British New Equal Treaty and the Sino-American New Equal Treaty.

1943 – Italian-American anarchist Carlo Tresca is assassinated in New York City.

1946 – Enver Hoxha, Secretary General of the Communist Party of Albania, declares the People's Republic of Albania with himself as head of state.

1949 – The first "networked" television broadcasts took place as KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania goes on the air connecting the east coast and mid-west programming.

1957 – The African Convention is founded in Dakar, Senegal.

1961 – Throgs Neck Bridge over the East River, linking New York City's boroughs of The Bronx and Queens, opens to road traffic.

1962 – Cold War: While tied to its pier in Polyarny, the Soviet submarine B-37 is destroyed when fire breaks out in its torpedo compartment.

1962 – An avalanche on Huascarán in Peru causes around 4,000 deaths.

1964 – Surgeon General of the United States Dr. Luther Terry, M.D., publishes the landmark report Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States saying that smoking may be hazardous to health, sparking national and worldwide anti-smoking efforts.

1972 – East Pakistan renames itself Bangladesh.

1973 – Major League Baseball owners vote in approval of the American League adopting the designated hitter position.

1986 – The Gateway Bridge, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is officially opened.

1994 – The Irish Government announces the end of a 15-year broadcasting ban on the IRA and its political arm Sinn Féin.

1998 – Over 100 people are killed in the Sidi-Hamed massacre in Algeria.

2003 – Illinois Governor George Ryan commutes the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois's death row based on the Jon Burge scandal.

2013 – One French soldier and 17 militants are killed in a failed attempt to free a French hostage in Bulo Marer, Somalia.

2015 - Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is elected as the first female President of Croatia

2018 - US President Donald Trump causes worldwide controversy when it is reported he called African countries "shitholes" during immigration meeting

2020 - Taiwan re-elects Tsai Ing-wen for a second term as president in a landslide result

2020 - COVID-19 pandemic in Hubei: Municipal health officials in Wuhan announce the first recorded death from COVID-19.

2021 - US House Democrats introduce one article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection" for encouraging his supporters to riot at the Capitol

2021 - The king of Malaysia, Al-Sultan Abdullah declares a state of emergency over COVID-19 till 1 August, suspending parliament and giving the government new powers




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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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