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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, January 18, 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

High pressure will bring dry weather to most of the area today. The next low pressure system will approach tonight, and rain chances increase again as a result. Gusty southwest winds can be expected ahead of the cold front on Thursday. Surface high pressure then returns Friday and Saturday before a Gulf low lifts northeast into the region increasing precipitation chances by Sunday.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Friday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 9pm. Patchy fog between 9pm and 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 15 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.

Thursday

Showers, mainly before noon. Highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the south 5 to 15 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows near freezing. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 50.

Friday Night

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

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the south in the afternoon.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 9pm. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the south 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers, mainly before noon. Highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the south 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows near freezing. Winds out of the west 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Windy.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 9pm. Patchy fog between 9pm and 4am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers, mainly before noon. Highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the south 10 to 20 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 30s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs near 50.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 20s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after midnight. Patchy fog between 9pm and 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 15 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.

Thursday

Showers, mainly before noon. Highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows near freezing. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 20s.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected 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 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-mediun range (2.9 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 18th

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

Highest Temperature 71°F in Franklin in 1974
Lowest Temperature 0°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1977
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.10 inches in Highlands in 1926
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 8.0 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 18th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 80°F in Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1943
Lowest Temperature -11°F in Oconaluftee, Swain County in 1976
Greatest Rainfall 3.50 inches in Shelby, Cleveland County in 1926
Greatest Snowfall 10.3 inches in Roxboro, Person County in 2018
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



• Gunfire damages North Carolina substation, no outage caused [Raleigh News and Observer]

• In bipartisan NC House assignments, a sign of GOP strategy [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Macon County shelter still recovering from cold weather damage [BPR]

• Haywood commissioners issue joint statement on Ramey [Smoky 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 17 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 17th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 328 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 329 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 328: The war is in a “decisive phase” – NATO Secretary-General [Euromaiden Press]

• Heavier weaponry from the West marks 'beginning of a new chapter in military support for Ukraine' [France 24]

• Top Ukraine, US military leaders meet over ‘urgent needs’ [Al Jazeera]

• Top Ukrainian, U.S. military commanders meet face-to-face for first time [TVP World]

• Pentagon Sends U.S. Arms Stored in Israel to Ukraine [New York Times]

• title [SOURCE]


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

• Kissinger offers ‘updated’ Ukraine plan [Russia Today]

• Russia has a clear plan to resolve the conflict in Ukraine [Pravda]

• Russia’s UN envoy reiterates that Dnepropetrovsk missile was shot down by Ukraine [TASS]


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National and World News Roundup

Biden delivers remarks at Martin Luther King Jr. Day event (FULL STREAM) | Washington Post



• Hundreds pack Newark Symphony Hall to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy [WCBS-TV (New York City, NY)]

• At least 8 shot during massive MLK Day celebration in Florida, authorities say[ABC News]

• How Close Is the U.S. to Hitting the Debt Ceiling? How Bad Would That Be? [New York Times]

• Biden, House GOP refuse to budge as key debt ceiling deadline looms [Politico]

• China’s Economic Growth Fell to Near-Historic Lows as Covid Took a Bite [Wall Street Journal]

The Clear and Present Danger of Disinformation | World Economic Forum
• California faces dangerous mudslides after monster storms [CBS News]

• The flap over flippers: South Carolina bill would repeal decades-old ban on kids playing pinball [Courthoue News Service]

• Justices probe global consequences of allowing U.S. prosecutions of companies owned by foreign governments [COTUSblog]

• At Davos, Mood Is Somber as Many CEOs Question Economic Outlook [Wall Street Journal]


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



Report Launch―The First Battle of the Next War: Wargaming a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan | Center for Strategic and International Studies



• The First Battle of the Next War: Wargaming a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan [CSIS (PDF)]

Global National: Jan. 17, 2023 | Food insecurity, prices rising despite inflation dip



Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 17th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, January 17, 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.

• Why manufacturers are hiking COVID vaccine prices [PBS Newshour]

• For long covid fatigue, a strategy called ‘pacing’ helps, but at a cost [Washington Post]

• Risk of debilitating illness from long Covid could grow - epidemiologist Michael Baker [RNZ]

• Several celebrities test positive for COVID after Golden Globes [ABC News]

• COVID was the leading cause of law enforcement deaths in 2022 for 3rd year in a row: Report [ABC News]

• What to know about XBB.1.5, a new and highly transmissible COVID-19 subvariant [PBS Newshour]

• 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

• 90% of online content could be ‘generated by AI by 2025,’ expert says [Yahoo! News]

• Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach [New York Times]

• Scientists steer lightning bolts with lasers for the first time [The Guardian]

• Lawyers Barred by Madison Square Garden Found a Way Back In [New York Times]

• Artists file class-action lawsuit against AI image generator companies [ARS TECHNICA]

• The Sony Walkman returns as hi-res streaming player [NME]

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


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

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History 69 - Twilight of the Æsir



The Level1 Show January 18 2023: A Deere In the Regulator's Lights | Level1Techs



Welcome To Microsoft AI-zure - DTNS 4437 | Daily Tech News Show



GPS III Space Vehicle 06 Mission | SpaceX (Live at 7am)



If “The Universe Isn't Real..." Then What Is It? | Joe Scott



Grote Mandrenke: The Great Drowning of Men | The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered



Exciting Updates From Jupiter and Its Moons Ganymede and Io | Anton Petrov



Scientists unearth megaraptors, feathered dinosaur fossils in Chile's Patagonia | Global News



Falcon Heavy Launch and Landing - USSF 67 | Reds Rhetoric



How Hawaii Became America's 50th State - Hawaii: The Stolen Paradise | Timeline



The HU in #Metaverse - First Mongolian Band in the Meta Universe. | The HU



When Stars Eat Planets And The Future of Earth | John Michael Godier



Korea: Uncovering The Hidden History Of The Forgotten War - Korea In Colour | War Stories






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Germany's defence minister resigns amid pressure to send battle tanks to Ukraine | Global News



Russia, Belarus expand joint drills: What does it mean for Ukraine? | DW News



Why Belarus Might Invade Ukraine Too | RealLifeLore



Russia and Belarus hold joint military drill | WION



Dnipro attack proof that Ukraine has to receive western offensive weapons - Rock Rachon | TVP World



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



How Ukraine Retaking Crimea Would Destroy Russia | The Infographics Show







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On This Day

January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 347 days remain until the end of the year (348 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 18th | Associated Press





474 – Seven-year-old Leo II succeeds his maternal grandfather Leo I as Byzantine emperor. He dies ten months later.

532 – Nika riots in Constantinople fail.

1126 – Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong.

1486 – King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV, uniting the House of Lancaster and the House of York.

1562 – Pope Pius IV reopens the Council of Trent for its third and final session.

1586 – The magnitude 7.9 Tenshō earthquake strikes Honshu, Japan, killing 8,000 people and triggering a tsunami.

1670 – Henry Morgan captures Panama.

1701 – Frederick I crowns himself King of Prussia in Königsberg.

1778 – James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the "Sandwich Islands".

1788 – The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from Great Britain to Australia arrive at Botany Bay.

1806 – Jan Willem Janssens surrenders the Dutch Cape Colony to the British.

1866 – Wesley College is established in Melbourne, Australia.

1871 – Wilhelm I of Germany is proclaimed Kaiser Wilhelm in the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace of Versailles (France) towards the end of the Franco-Prussian War. Wilhelm already had the title of German Emperor since the constitution of 1 January

1871, but he had hesitated to accept the title.

1886 – Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.

1896 – An X-ray generating machine is exhibited for the first time by H. L. Smith.

1911 – Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania anchored in San Francisco Bay, the first time an aircraft landed on a ship.

1913 – First Balkan War: A Greek flotilla defeats the Ottoman Navy in the Naval Battle of Lemnos, securing the islands of the Northern Aegean Sea for Greece.

1915 – Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia.

1919 – World War I: The Paris Peace Conference opens in Versailles, France.

1919 – Ignacy Jan Paderewski becomes Prime Minister of the newly independent Poland.

1941 – World War II: British troops launch a general counter-offensive against Italian East Africa.

1943 – Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.

1945 – World War II: Liberation of Kraków, Poland by the Red Army.

1958 – Willie O'Ree, the first Black Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins.

1960 – Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes into a farm in Charles City County, Virginia, killing all 50 aboard, the third fatal Capital Airlines crash in as many years.

1967 – Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler", is convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment.

1969 – United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay killing all 32 passengers and six crew members.

1972 – Members of the Mukti Bahini lay down their arms to the government of the newly independent Bangladesh, a month after winning the war against the occupying Pakistan Army.

1974 – A Disengagement of Forces agreement is signed between the Israeli and Egyptian governments, ending conflict on the Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War.

1976 – Lebanese Christian militias kill at least 1,000 in Karantina, Beirut.

1977 – Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease.

1977 – Australia's worst rail disaster occurs at Granville, Sydney, killing 83.

1977 – SFR Yugoslavia's Prime minister, Džemal Bijedić, his wife and six others are killed in a plane crash in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

1978 – The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom's government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture.

1981 – Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachute off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs).

1983 – The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals to his family.

1988 – China Southwest Airlines Flight 4146 crashes near Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, killing all 98 passengers and 10 crew members.

1990 – Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.

1993 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 US states.

2002 – The Sierra Leone Civil War is declared over.

2003 – A bushfire kills four people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.

2005 – The Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial jet, is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France

2007 – The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people and Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Cyclone Kyrill causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe.

2008 – The Euphronios Krater is unveiled in Rome after being returned to Italy by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2018 – A bus catches fire on the Samara–Shymkent road in Yrgyz District, Aktobe, Kazakhstan.[8] The fire kills 52 passengers, with three passengers and two drivers escaping.

2019 – An oil pipeline explosion near Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo, Mexico, kills 137 people.




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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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