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Sunday, January 15, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, January 15, 2023

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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Macon Calendar
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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)
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Calm and dry weather will settle in to the county today and Monday, with temperatures warming back to normal. A couple of fast-moving low pressure systems likely will bring rain to the region at times between Tuesday and Thursday.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Tuesday Night

Franklin Area


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 20s. Calm winds.

M.L.King Day

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Monday Night

A chance of rain between 9pm and midnight, then showers likely after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 70%.


Showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s.
Highlands Plateau


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph early in the morning decreasing to become calm by midmorning.


Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Light winds out of the northwest.

M.L.King Day

Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 1am, then showers likely after 2am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.


Showers, mainly before noon. Highs near 50. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40.

Otto and South Central Macon County


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


Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

M.L.King Day

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds.

Monday Night

A chance of rain between 8pm and 11pm, then showers likely after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of rain is 70%.


Showers, mainly before noon. Highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s.

Nantahala Area


Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Calm winds.


Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

M.L.King Day

Increasing clouds, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds.

Monday Night

A chance of rain before 11pm, then showers, mainly after 11pm. Lows around 40. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 80%.


Showers, mainly before noon. Highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Black ice is possible on area roads this morning. Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing today.

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


• 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 30 (GOOD) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 30 (GOOD)

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (0.7 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (1.0 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for January 15th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 75°F in Highlands in 1932
Lowest Temperature -4°F in Highlands in 1893
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.04 inches in Highlands in 2013
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands in 1893

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 15th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 82°F in Salisbury, Rowan County in 1937
Lowest Temperature -14°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1994
Greatest Rainfall 6.40 inches in Sparta, Alleghany County in 1995
Greatest Snowfall 11.4 inches in Waynesville, Haywood County in 1966
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

• Opposing abortion-rights protests held outside state legislative building in downtown Raleigh [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• From new natural gas to potential rate hikes, NC carbon reduction plan meets criticism [Raleigh News and observer]

• Cawthorn claims he never heard from Edwards about data; Edwards responds with screenshots [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• How a lack of power for sale led to Duke Energy's Christmas Eve blackouts [BPR]

• Town receives updates on ongoing projects [Macon County News and Shopping Guide]

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

• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, January 14 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 14th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 325 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 325of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 325: Harsh battles for Soledar continue [Euromaiden Press]

• UK to supply tanks; Russian missiles hit across Ukraine [AP News]

• Deaths, blackouts as Russian missiles hit multiple Ukraine cities [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine updates: UK to supply Kyiv with 14 tanks [DW News]

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

• Russia outlines endgame for Ukraine conflict [Russia Today]

• PMC Wagner founder Prigozhin upset about attempts to steal victory from his fighters [Pravda]

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

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National and World News Roundup

• Largest global bird flu outbreak ‘in history’ shows no sign of slowing [France 24]

Drone Video Shows Widespread Damage In Selma, AL After Large Tornado Swept Through | FOX Weather

• As Alabama tornadoes hit, survivors hid in tubs, shipping container []

• 8 Miles Over the Pacific, Getting Inside California’s Wild Weather [New York Times]

Who is America’s newest billionaire? | NBC News

• 5 additional pages of classified material found at Biden’s Wilmington residence [CNN]

• George Santos Raised Money for Company the SEC Says Was a Ponzi Scheme [Wall Street Journal]

• Brazil’s Supreme Court agrees to probe Bolsonaro for riot [Courthouse News Service]

Washington Today (1-13-23): Pres. Biden meets with Japanese PM in Oval Office on countering China

Global National: Jan. 14, 2023 | Californians brace for another storm following recent flooding

Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 14th)

PBS NewsHour full episode, January 14, 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 5:07pm CET, 13 January 2023, there have been 100,304,472 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,088,854 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 6 January 2023, a total of 657,138,482 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 5:07pm CET, 13 January 2023, there have been 661,545,258 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,700,519 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 6 January 2023, a total of 13,107,022,929 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Nearly 60,000 people have died of Covid in China in past five weeks [The Guardian]

• Kraken, Elon Musk and dead Canadian doctors: Disinformation surges 3 years into the pandemic [Global News]

• TWiV 974: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TVE]

• Trial settles debate over best design for mRNA in COVID vaccines [Nature]

• Temporary morgues are being opened across UK to deal with surge in deaths [Wales Online]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Enceladus is blanketed in a thick layer of snow [Science News]

• Third NYC lawyer booted from MSG by James Dolan’s facial recognition technology [New York Post]

• The Anti-Twitter Files: January 6th Committee Report Shows How Twitter Leaned Over Backwards To Protect Trump & Conservatives [TechDirt]

• Social Media’s Broken Value System [kyleac on Medium]

• Sam Bankman-Fried's secret 'backdoor' discovered, FTX lawyer says [Yahoo! News]

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

EV-erything at CES! - DTNS 4436 | Daily Tech News Show

Great Scott! - Self-Hosted 88 | Jupiter Broadcasting

What Life Inside The SpaceX Starship Will Be Like! | The Space Race

The Many Ways Microbes Eat, Get Eaten, and Poop | Compilation by Journey to the Microcosmos

Life Inside Hong Kong's Suffocating & Decrepit 'Coffin Homes'... | SqualidSuburbs

Why So Few Americans Live In This Huge Area In The Middle Of The Country | Geography By Geoff

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> 🔴 LIVE - Soledar Falls to Russian Control - Combat Footage Review | FUNKER530 - Veteran Community & Combat Footage

Can the M2 Bradley Make a Difference in Ukraine? | Task and Purpose

Putin’s Wildcard: Will Belarus Invade Ukraine? | Warographics

Russian missile kills 12 in Dnipro, Ukraine | Reuters

Interview with the Ukrainian President - Volodymyr Zelenskyy | TVP World

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On This Day

January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 350 days remain until the end of the year (351 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)

69 – Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, beginning a reign of only three months.

1541 – King Francis I of France gives Jean-François Roberval a commission to settle the province of New France (Canada) and provide for the spread of the "Holy Catholic faith".

1559 – Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England and Ireland in Westminster Abbey, London.

1582 – Truce of Yam-Zapolsky: Russia cedes Livonia to the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

1759 – The British Museum opens to the public.

1777 – American Revolutionary War: New Connecticut (present-day Vermont) declares its independence.

1782 – Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris addresses the U.S. Congress to recommend establishment of a national mint and decimal coinage.

1815 – War of 1812: American frigate USS President, commanded by Commodore Stephen Decatur, is captured by a squadron of four British frigates.

1818 – A paper by David Brewster is read to the Royal Society, belatedly announcing his discovery of what we now call the biaxial class of doubly-refracting crystals. On the same day, Augustin-Jean Fresnel signs a "supplement" (submitted four days later) on reflection of polarized light.

1822 – Greek War of Independence: Demetrios Ypsilantis is elected president of the legislative assembly.

1865 – American Civil War: Fort Fisher in North Carolina falls to the Union, thus cutting off the last major seaport of the Confederacy.

1867 – Forty people die when ice covering the boating lake at Regent's Park, London, collapses.

1870 – A political cartoon for the first time symbolizes the Democratic Party with a donkey ("A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion" by Thomas Nast for Harper's Weekly).

1876 – The first newspaper in Afrikaans, Die Afrikaanse Patriot, is published in Paarl.

1889 – The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is incorporated in Atlanta.

1892 – James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball.

1908 – The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority becomes the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African American college women.

1910 – Construction ends on the Buffalo Bill Dam in Wyoming, United States, which was the highest dam in the world at the time, at 99 m (325 ft).

1911 – Palestinian Arabic-language Falastin newspaper founded.

1919 – Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps at the end of the Spartacist uprising.

1919 – Great Molasses Flood: A wave of molasses released from an exploding storage tank sweeps through Boston, Massachusetts, killing 21 and injuring 150.

1934 – The 8.0 Mw  Nepal–Bihar earthquake strikes Nepal and Bihar with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme), killing an estimated 6,000–10,700 people.

1936 – The first building to be completely covered in glass, built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, is completed in Toledo, Ohio.

1937 – Spanish Civil War: Nationalists and Republican both withdraw after suffering heavy losses, ending the Second Battle of the Corunna Road.

1943 – World War II: The Soviet counter-offensive at Voronezh begins.

1943 – The Pentagon is dedicated in Arlington County, Virginia.

1947 – The Black Dahlia murder: The dismembered corpse of Elizabeth Short was found in Los Angeles.

1949 – Chinese Civil War: The Communist forces take over Tianjin from the Nationalist government.

1962 – The Derveni papyrus, Europe's oldest surviving manuscript dating to 340 BC, is found in northern Greece.

1962 – Netherlands New Guinea Conflict: Indonesian Navy fast patrol boat RI Macan Tutul commanded by Commodore Yos Sudarso sunk in Arafura Sea by the Dutch Navy.

1966 – The First Nigerian Republic, led by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is overthrown in a military coup d'état.

1967 – The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35–10.

1969 – The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5.

1970 – Nigerian Civil War: Biafran rebels surrender following an unsuccessful 32-month fight for independence from Nigeria.

1970 – Muammar Gaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya.

1973 – Vietnam War: Citing progress in peace negotiations, President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.

1975 – The Alvor Agreement is signed, ending the Angolan War of Independence and giving Angola independence from Portugal.

1976 – Gerald Ford's would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison.

1977 – Linjeflyg Flight 618 crashes in Kälvesta near Stockholm Bromma Airport in Stockholm, Sweden, killing 22 people.

1981 – Pope John Paul II receives a delegation from the Polish trade union Solidarity at the Vatican led by Lech Wałęsa.

1991 – The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm.

1991 – Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Queen of Australia, signs letters patent allowing Australia to become the first Commonwealth realm to institute its own Victoria Cross in its honours system.

2001 – Wikipedia, a free wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.

2005 – ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the Moon.

2009 – US Airways Flight 1549 ditches safely in the Hudson River after the plane collides with birds less than two minutes after take-off. This becomes known as "The Miracle on the Hudson" as all 155 people on board were rescued.

2013 – A train carrying Egyptian Army recruits derails near Giza, Greater Cairo, killing 19 and injuring 120 others.

2015 – The Swiss National Bank abandons the cap on the Swiss franc's value relative to the euro, causing turmoil in international financial markets.

2016 – The Kenyan Army suffers its worst defeat ever in a battle with Al-Shabaab Islamic insurgents in El-Adde, Somalia. An estimated 150 Kenyan soldiers are killed in the battle.

2018 – British multinational construction and facilities management services company Carillion went into liquidation – officially, "the largest ever trading liquidation in the UK"

2019 – Somali militants attack the DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya killing at least 21 people and injuring 19.

2019 – Theresa May's UK government suffers the biggest government defeat in modern times, when 432 MPs voting against the proposed European Union withdrawal agreement, giving her opponents a majority of 230.

2020 – The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare confirms the first case of COVID-19 in Japan.

2021 – A 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia's Sulawesi island killing at least 105 and injuring 3,369 people.

2022 – The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano erupts, cutting off communications with Tonga and causing a tsunami across the Pacific.

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Published at 1:50am on Sunday, January 15, 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