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Monday, January 16, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, January 16, 2023



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GENERAL OUTLOOK

near normal. A series of fast-moving frontal systems will pass through the region over the next week. This is likely to bring rain to much of our area tonight into Tuesday, and again Wednesday night and Thursday, with strong winds or thunderstorms possible Thursday.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

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

Tonight

A slight chance of rain between 11pm and 1am, then showers likely after 1am. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly before 11am. Highs in the upper 50s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A slight chance of rain between 8am and 1pm, then a chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60. Chance of rain is 40%.

Wednesday Night

Showers, mainly after 8pm. Lows in the lower 50s. Chance of rain is 90%.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Increasing clouds, with highs near 50. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain between 11pm and 1am, then showers likely after 1am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers likely before 1pm, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s. winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

A slight chance of rain between 8am and 1pm, then a chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Wednesday Night

Showers, mainly after 8pm. Lows around 50. Chance of rain is 80%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Partly sunny, 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 slight chance of rain between 11pm and 1am, then showers likely after 1am. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the south 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly before 11am. Highs in the upper 50s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Light winds out of the west.

Wednesday

A chance of rain between 8am and 1pm, then a chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Wednesday Night

Showers, mainly after 8pm. Lows in the low to mid 50s. Chance of rain is 90%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Increasing clouds, with highs in the lower 50s52. Light winds out of the south.

Tonight

Showers, mainly after 3am. Patchy fog after 3am. Lows around 40. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly before 11am. Highs in the mid 50s. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A chance of rain, mainly between noon and 1pm, then a chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Wednesday Night

Showers, mainly after 8pm. Lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Chance of rain is 90%.






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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




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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 range (1.6 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 16th

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

Highest Temperature 71°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2017
Lowest Temperature -8°F in Franklin in 1994
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.56 inches in Highlands in 1954
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Highlands in 1896

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 16th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 85°F in Chapel Hill, Orange County in 1937
Lowest Temperature -18°F in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1972
Greatest Rainfall 5.10 inches in Oconaluftee, Swain County in 2013
Greatest Snowfall 12.0 inches in Hickory, Burke County in 1965
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



• Facing opposition, feds shape future for popular NC forestland [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• With details scant, NC health plan switch confuses and frustrates some state workers [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Scam Alert: NC officials warn of fraudulent emails targeting DMV customers [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Sylva sees movement on slippery slope issue [Sylca Herals and Ruralite]


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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, January 15 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 15th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 327 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 327 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 326: 23 killed, 72 injured in Dnipro after another Russian massive missile attack [Euromaiden Press]

• Iran to receive Su-35 fighter jets from Russia by March [TVP World]

• Ukraine updates: 30 killed in Russian Dnipro strike [DW News]

• Davos forum to tackle Ukraine war, climate crisis and 'de-globalisation' [France 24]

• Ukraine Searches for Survivors After Apartment-Block Strike [Wall Street Journal]


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

• NATO promises more heavy weapons for Ukraine [Russia Today]

• NATO sends three AWACS aircraft to Romania to watch Russia [Pravda]

• US, NATO engaged in proxy warfare against Russia in Ukraine — Croatian leader Milanovic [TASS]


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National and World News Roundup

President Biden delivers sermon at Martin Luther King Jr.'s church | PBS NewsHour



• Davos 2023 hosts global elite amid recession fears [DW News]

• (Updated) Pokhara plane crash in Nepal: 68 bodies recovered from the incident site [Online Khabar]

• 68 dead, 4 missing after plane crashes in Nepal resort town [AP News]

• Economists in WSJ Survey Still See Recession This Year Despite Easing Inflation [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• Secret hero of Korean War air battle to receive Navy Cross [Stars and Stripes] [Star and Stripes (article snapshot)]

• In Boston, ‘The Embrace’ Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy [Wall Street Journal]

• Iran hangs Iranian-British ex-defense official for spy claim [AP News]

• California bracing for one final round of storms as officials assess damage [Los angeles Times]

• Kellyanne Conway says 2020 election should've been a 'blowout' for Trump but his campaign squandered a $1.6 billion war chest. Millions went into merchandise and Trump properties. [Yahoo@ News]


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



Face The Nation: Panel, Patta, Whipple | CBS News



Meet The Press Full Broadcast - Jan. 15 — Biden prepares for consequences of classified docs | NBC News



Global National: Jan. 15, 2023 | Nepal sees largest fatal plane crash in decades



Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 15th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, January 15, 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.

• ‘We’re all vulnerable’: One in 10 people will end up with long COVID, new study says [Sydney Morning Herald]

• Parents are not OK after 3 years of COVID and a brutal winter of children's respiratory illness [CTV News]

• Japan's COVID-related death toll continues to surge [NHK Japan]

• TWiV 975: Crossing the Ts with Daniela Weiskopf [MIcrobe TV]

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




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Biden administration announces conditional $700 million loan for Nevada lithium mine [Emgadget]

• How to use your phone to find hidden cameras [The Verge]

• Amazon’s New Home Internet Service Is One Step Closer to Becoming a Reality [Cordcutters News]

• All-out drone war in Ukraine points to future [Tech Xplore]

• ‘Disruptive’ science has declined — and no one knows why [Nature]


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



Nick on the Rocks - Mount St Helens | Central Washington University



USSF-67 Mission | SpaceX



Nuclear Fusion: Inside the breakthrough that could change our world | 60 Minutes



NASA's Plan To Rescue Stranded Astronauts - Playing Sardines In A Space Capsule | Scott Manley



The birth, life and death of the universe – Public lecture by Dr. Don Lincoln | Fermilab



Updates About the Strange Fermi Bubbles in the Center of Milky Way | Anton Petrov






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Infantry Fighting Vehicles in Ukraine - losses, lessons & will Western IFVs matter? | Perun



Death toll from Dnipro apartment building strike rises to at least 29; 43 reported missing | FRANCE 24 English



UK to send tanks to Ukraine to bolster war effort | BBC News



War in Ukraine: Dnipro pummeled, hundreds without power - Russian strikes | WION



How Ukraine Retaking Crimea Would Destroy Russia | The Infographics Show







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On This Day

January 16th is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 349 days remain until the end of the year (350 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)



27 BCE – Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus is granted the title Augustus by the Roman Senate, marking the beginning of the Roman Empire.

378 – General Siyaj K'ak' conquers Tikal, enlarging the domain of King Spearthrower Owl of Teotihuacán.

550 – Gothic War: The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison.

929 – Emir Abd-ar-Rahman III establishes the Caliphate of Córdoba.

1120 – The Council of Nablus is held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.

1362 – Saint Marcellus's flood kills at least 25,000 people on the shores of the North Sea.

1537 – Bigod's Rebellion, an armed insurrection attempting to resist the English Reformation, begins.

1547 – Grand Duke Ivan IV of Muscovy becomes the first Tsar of Russia, replacing the 264-year-old Grand Duchy of Moscow with the Tsardom of Russia.

1556 – Philip II becomes King of Spain.

1572 – Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk is tried and found guilty of treason for his part in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England.

1605 – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid, Spain.

1707 – The Scottish Parliament ratifies the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.

1757 – Forces of the Maratha Empire defeat a 5,000-strong army of the Durrani Empire in the Battle of Narela.

1780 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Cape St. Vincent.

1786 – Virginia enacts the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson.

1809 – Peninsular War: The British defeat the French at the Battle of La Coruña.

1847 – John C. Frémont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.

1862 – Hartley Colliery disaster: Two hundred and four men and boys killed in a mining disaster, prompting a change in UK law which henceforth required all collieries to have at least two independent means of escape.

1878 – Russo-Turkish War (1877–78): Battle of Philippopolis: Captain Aleksandr Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.

1883 – The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States Civil Service, is enacted by Congress.

1900 – The United States Senate accepts the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to the Samoan islands.

1909 – Ernest Shackleton's expedition finds the magnetic South Pole.

1919 – Nebraska becomes the 36th state to approve the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. With the necessary three-quarters of the states approving the amendment, Prohibition is constitutionally mandated in the United States one year later.

1920 – The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, France.

1921 – The Marxist Left in Slovakia and the Transcarpathian Ukraine holds its founding congress in Ľubochňa.

1942 – Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard.

1945 – Adolf Hitler moves into his underground bunker, the so-called Führerbunker.

1969 – Czech student Jan Palach commits suicide by self-immolation in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in protest against the Soviets' crushing of the Prague Spring the year before.

1969 – Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk.

1979 – The last Iranian Shah flees Iran with his family for good and relocates to Egypt.

1991 – Coalition Forces go to war with Iraq, beginning the Gulf War.

1992 – El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City, Mexico ending the 12-year Salvadoran Civil War that claimed at least 75,000 lives.

1995 – An avalanche hits the Icelandic village Súðavík, destroying 25 homes and burying 26 people, 14 of whom died.

2001 – Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards in Kinshasa.

2001 – US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish–American War.

2002 – The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and the remaining members of the Taliban.

2003 – The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.

2006 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.

2011 – The Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM) is established with the stated goal of re-organizing Syria along the lines of democratic confederalism.

2016 – Thirty-three out of 126 freed hostages are injured and 23 killed in terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on a hotel and a nearby restaurant.

2018 – Myanmar police open fire on a group of ethnic Rakhine protesters, killing seven and wounding twelve.

2020 – The first impeachment of Donald Trump formally moves into its trial phase in the United States Senate.

2020 – The United States Senate ratifies the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement as a replacement for NAFTA.




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Published at 5:00am on Monday, January 15, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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