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Friday, January 13, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, January 13, 2023



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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

Canadian high pressure will build in today and linger through the weekend, bringing heavy snow to northwest-facing slopes of the North Carolina mountains, and brisk winds to much of the region. A moist cold front will likely bring more precipitation to our area on Tuesday, with high pressure briefly returning on Wednesday.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A chance of rain showers before 8am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 8am and 11am, then a chance of rain showers after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of snow between 8pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northwest around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s.
Highlands Plateau

Today

A slight chance of rain and snow before 1pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers between 1pm and 4pm, then a slight chance of snow after 4pm. Patchy fog between 7am and 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near freezing. Winds out of the northwest 25 to 30 mph in the morning decreasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A slight chance of rain showers before 8am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers between 8am and 10am, then a slight chance of rain showers after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 10pm, then a slight chance of snow between 10pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30.


Nantahala Area (Winter Storm Warning for Elevation Above 3500ft)

Today

A chance of rain showers before 8am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight

A chance of snow showers before 1am, then a chance of snow, mainly between 1am and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 50.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Brisk and gusty winds will develop across the mountains today as a cold Canadian airmass builds into the region. Nuisance impacts are possible, such as trash cans or lawn furniture being blown over. Some higher elevations could see wind chills fall below zero late tonight or Saturday morning.
Gusty winds may continue or even worsen through Saturday afternoon.



Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather The X-Factor Returns with Radio Blackouts and Storms for Solar Probe | Space Weather News 01.09.2023




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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 (0.4 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 13th

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

Highest Temperature 72°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2013
Lowest Temperature -14°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.62 inches in Highlands in 2005
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Highlands in 1982

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 13th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 80°F in Dobbins Heights, Richmond County in 2017
Lowest Temperature -14°F in Highlands, Macon County in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 9.18 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 2018
Greatest Snowfall 11.0 inches in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1968
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



• NC teams, venues now want their own sports gambling licenses -- a change from previous legislation [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Blue Cross fights back: It’s appealing NC’s pick of Aetna for health plan. What comes next? [Raleigh News and Observer]

• North Carolina, Wisconsin governors ban popular TikTok app [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• New Rep. Edwards puts out a call for unfinished business, launches 15-county tour [BPR]

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


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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, January 12 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 12th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 322 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 324 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 323: Russian Chief of the General Staff Gerasimov to oversee the military campaign in Ukraine [Euromaiden Press]

• EU and NATO sign joint call for cooperation amid Ukraine war [DW News]

• Liveblog: Ukraine says its forces hold out in fight for mining town Soledar [France 24]

• Ukraine defence minister: We are a de facto member of Nato alliance [BBC News]


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

• 'The entire town is littered with bodies': how Ukraine suffered a humiliating defeat in Soledar after a relentless Russian assault [Russia Today]

• Why did Shoigu replace General 'Armageddon' Surovikin with Gerasimov? [Pravda]

• Talks with Ukraine should be direct if resumed, says Russian diplomat [TASS]


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National and World News Roundup

• The Markets Are Locked in a Game of Chicken With the Fed [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (text archive)]

FAA computer outage triggers nationwide travel nightmare | ABC News



• A corrupt file led to the FAA ground stoppage. It was also found in the backup system [CNN]

• Special counsel appointed for probe into Biden classified files [Courthouse News Service]

• Garland appoints special counsel to review Biden documents [Politico (video and text)]

More Biden documents marked classified found in at least one other location | CBS News



• Storms, tornadoes slam US South, killing at least 7 people [AP News]

• Lisa Marie Presley, singer and only child of Elvis, dies at 54 after hospitalization [KABC-TV (Los Angeles, CA)]

• Nearly all of California exits the worst drought categories in U.S. Drought Monitor [Los Angeles Times]

• Court allows New York to enforce new gun-control law while legal challenge proceeds [SCOTUSblog]


Washington Today (1-12-23): Special Counsel to investigate classified docs at Joe Biden home, office | C-SPAN Radio



Start Here Podcast - January 12, 2023 | ABC News



Global National: Jan. 12, 2023 | Canadian airline executives apologize for holiday travel chaos



Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 12th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, January 12, 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.

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:06pm CET, 12 January 2023, there have been 99,888,608 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,084,932 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 6 January 2023, a total of 657,138,482 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Satellite images of Chinese crematoriums and funeral homes hint at Covid outbreak’s true toll [NBC News]

• Novavax says COVID vaccines will be much like annual flu shots [NIKKEI Asia]

• Virus season may strain capacity for years, Dr. Ashish Jha warns [Becker's Hospital Review]

• Intranasal mRNA-LNP vaccination protects hamsters from SARS-CoV-2 infection [BioRxiv (PDF)]

• Record number of people died from alcohol and drug use during the pandemic: StatsCan [CBC News]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Google Says Supreme Court Ruling Could Potentially Upend the Internet [Wall Street Journal]

• Sweden discovers Europe's largest known rare earths deposit [DW News]

• A corrupt file led to the FAA ground stoppage. It was also found in the backup system [CNN]

• NSF and SpaceX reach agreement to reduce Starlink effects on astronomy [Space News]

• A geospatial approach to understanding clean cooking challenges in sub-Saharan Africa [Nature]

• The Surprising Reason Some People Always Blame Others: Emotion regulation predicts projection (i.e. blaming others for own mistakes). [Psychology Today]

• This cool new approach to refrigeration could replace harmful chemicals [ARS TECHNICA]

• How Biden’s microchip ban is curbing China’s AI weapons efforts [Defense News]

• Twitter's Singapore employees forced out of office as Musk fails to pay rent: Report [Business Today]


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 13 2023: I Eat Big Ants And I Cannot Lie | Level1Techs



Where Is The AI Byline? - DTNS 4435 | Daily Tech News Show



How Semiconductors Ruined East Germany | Asianometry



Elon's Twitter Circus (With Updates) | ColdFusion



Xi Jinping: From Obscurity to Absolute Power | John Coogan



Trouble At NASA? Psyche Mission Report Reveals Major Concerns | Anton Petrov



How big is the ENTIRE UNIVERSE? | Dr. Becky






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Moscow, Kyiv report fierce battles for control of Soledar | Al Jazeera



Debunking claims that Ukraine is using child soldiers | FRANCE 24 English



Bunker Führer to his minister: I give you a month - Break the Fake | TVP World



December Stalemate - Russian Invasion of Ukraine | Kings and Generals







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On This Day

January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 352 days remain until the end of the year (353 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





27BC – Octavian transfers the state to the free disposal of the Roman Senate and the people. He receives Spain, Gaul, and Syria as his province for ten years.

532 – The Nika riots break out, during the racing season at the Hippodrome in Constantinople, as a result of discontent with the rule of the Emperor Justinian I.

1435 – Sicut Dudum, forbidding the enslavement of the Guanche natives in Canary Islands by the Spanish, is promulgated by Pope Eugene IV.

1547 – Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, is sentenced to death for treason, on the grounds of having quartered his arms to make them similar to those of the King, Henry VIII of England.

1793 – Nicolas Jean Hugon de Bassville, representative of Revolutionary France, is lynched by a mob in Rome.

1797 – French Revolutionary Wars: A naval battle between a French ship of the line and two British frigates off the coast of Brittany ends with the French vessel running aground, resulting in over 900 deaths.

1815 – War of 1812: British troops capture Fort Peter in St. Marys, Georgia, the only battle of the war to take place in the state.

1822 – The design of the Greek flag is adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.

1833 – United States President Andrew Jackson writes to Vice President Martin Van Buren expressing his opposition to South Carolina's defiance of federal authority in the Nullification Crisis.

1840 – The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.

1842 – Dr. William Brydon, an assistant surgeon in the British East India Company Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 4,500 men and 12,000 camp followers when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

1847 – The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican–American War in California.

1849 – Establishment of the Colony of Vancouver Island.

1849 – Second Anglo-Sikh War: Battle of Chillianwala: British forces retreat from the Sikhs.

1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.

1893 – The Independent Labour Party of the United Kingdom holds its first meeting.

1893 – U.S. Marines land in Honolulu, Hawaii from the USS Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.

1895 – First Italo-Ethiopian War: The war's opening battle, the Battle of Coatit, occurs; it is an Italian victory.

1898 – Émile Zola's J'accuse…! exposes the Dreyfus affair.

1900 – To combat Czech nationalism, Emperor Franz Joseph decrees German will be language of the Austro-Hungarian Armed Forces.

1908 – The Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, Pennsylvania kills 171 people.

1910 – The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the operas Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci is sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

1915 – The 6.7 Mw  Avezzano earthquake shakes the Province of L'Aquila in Italy with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme), killing between 29,978 and 32,610.

1920 – The Reichstag Bloodbath of January 13, 1920, the bloodiest demonstration in German history.

1935 – A plebiscite in Saarland shows that 90.3% of those voting wish to join Nazi Germany.

1939 – The Black Friday bushfires burn 20,000 square kilometers of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.

1942 – Henry Ford patents a soybean car, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.

1942 – World War II: First use of an aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.

1950 – British submarine HMS Truculent collides with an oil tanker in the Thames Estuary, killing 64 men.

1950 – Finland forms diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.

1951 – First Indochina War: The Battle of Vĩnh Yên begins.

1953 – An article appears in Pravda accusing some of the most prestigious and prominent doctors, mostly Jews, in the Soviet Union of taking part in a vast plot to poison members of the top Soviet political and military leadership.

1958 – The Moroccan Army of Liberation ambushes a Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.

1963 – Coup d'état in Togo results in the assassination of president Sylvanus Olympio.

1964 – Anti-Muslim riots break out in Calcutta, in response to anti-Hindu riots in East Pakistan. About one hundred people are killed.

1964 – In Manchester, New Hampshire, fourteen-year-old Pamela Mason is murdered. Edward Coolidge is tried and convicted of the crime, but the conviction is set aside by the landmark Fourth Amendment case Coolidge v. New Hampshire (1971).

1966 – Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member when he is appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

1968 – Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom State Prison.

1972 – Prime Minister Kofi Abrefa Busia and President Edward Akufo-Addo of Ghana are ousted in a bloodless military coup by Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong.

1977 – Japan Air Lines Cargo Flight 1045, a Douglas DC-8 jet, crashes onto the runway during takeoff from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, killing five.

1978 – United States Food and Drug Administration requires all blood donations to be labeled "paid" or "volunteer" donors.

1982 – Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90, a Boeing 737 jet, crashes into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78 including four motorists.

1985 – A passenger train plunges into a ravine in Ethiopia, killing 428 in the worst railroad disaster in Africa.

1986 – A month-long violent struggle begins in Aden, South Yemen between supporters of Ali Nasir Muhammad and Abdul Fattah Ismail, resulting in thousands of casualties.

1988 – Lee Teng-hui becomes the first native Taiwanese President of the Republic of China.

1990 – Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office as Governor of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.

1991 – Soviet Union troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius, killing 14 people and wounding around 1,000 others.

1993 – Space Shuttle program: Endeavour heads for space for the third time as STS-54 launches from the Kennedy Space Center.

1993 – The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is signed.

1993 – Operation Southern Watch: U.S.A.F., U.S.N., R.A.F. and French Air Force jets attack AAA and SAM sites in Southern Iraq.

1998 – Alfredo Ormando sets himself on fire in St. Peter's Square, protesting against homophobia.

2001 – An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800.

2012 – The passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sinks off the coast of Italy due to the captain Francesco Schettino's negligence and irresponsibility. There are 32 confirmed deaths.

2018 – A false emergency alert warning of an impending missile strike in Hawaii causes widespread panic in the state.

2020 – The Thai Ministry of Public Health confirms the first case of COVID-19 outside China.

2021 – Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump is impeached for a second time on a charge of incitement of insurrection following the storming of the Capitol one week prior.




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Published at 5:00am on Friday, January 13, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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