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Friday, January 20, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, January 20, 2023



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Almanac
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)
On This Day
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GENERAL OUTLOOK

Dry conditions will kick off the weekend with a pattern change for Sunday. Rain expected for most of the area with a light wintry mix at the higher elevations Sunday. A brief dry period to start the week with another round of precipitation by mid week. Temperatures expected to remain near normal, but chilly.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 50. Northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 26. North wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with highs near 53. Calm winds becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Rain, mainly after 2am. Lows around 33. Southeast wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday

Rain. Highs near 47. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Sunday Night

Rain likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 32. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs near 45. Breezy, with a northwest wind 18 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 27. Blustery, with a north northwest wind 11 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with highs near 45. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

A chance of snow before midnight, then rain. Lows around 31. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday

Rain. Highs near 40. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Sunday Night

Rain likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Sunny, with highs near 52. North northwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 27. North wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with highs near 52. Calm winds becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Rain, mainly after 1am. Lows around 34. Southeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday

Rain. Highs near 45. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Sunday Night

Rain likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 32. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 52. North northwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 27. North wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with highs near 52. Calm winds becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Rain, mainly after 1am. Lows around 34. Southeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday

Rain. Highs near 45. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Sunday Night

Rain likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 32. Chance of precipitation is 60%.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

A Wind Advisory is in effect until noon for elevations above 3500 feet. Winds will be high elsewhere, too, but below the advisory threshold.





Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather An Earth-Directed Solar Storm Launch & Solar Flux Tops a Record | Space Weather News 01.16.2023




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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 25 (GOOD) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 25 (GOOD)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-*medium range (3.6 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (2.1 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for January 20th

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

Highest Temperature 71°F in Highlands in 1933
Lowest Temperature -8°F in Franklin in 1985
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.50 inches in Highlands 1883
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1918

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 20th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 78°F in Louisburg, Franklin County in 1933
Lowest Temperature -20°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.05 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1969
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Laurel Springs, Ashe County in 2000
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



• Crawford Senior Center Celebrates Those with 90+ Birthdays in 2022 [Macon Media]

• Forest Service completes objection reviews for Nantahala and Pisgah forest plan [Macon Media]

Troopers investigate after crash into lake kills one person | FOX Carolina News



• 1 person dies, 2 escape after vehicle goes into Lake Santeetlah [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• In Depth with Dan: Why NC lawmakers do not vote on every single bill [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• State Health Plan emails show ‘lost confidence’ in Blue Cross NC before big switch [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Corbin, Gillespie Tapped For Important Leadership Positions [Smoky Mountain News]

• New property reappraisal coming in 2023 [The 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 19 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 19th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 331 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 331 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 330: Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs top leadership, civilians killed as a helicopter crashes near a kindergarten [Euromaiden Press]

• Medvedev warns of nuclear war if Russia defeated in Ukraine [Al Jazeera]

• US will send Stryker combat vehicles to Ukraine for first time as part of $2.5 billion security package [CNN]

• Poland ready to send tanks without Germany’s consent, PM says [Politico]

• CIA director holds secret meeting with Zelensky on Russia’s next steps [Washington Post]

• Vladimir Putin to send heavy T-14 Armata main battle tanks into Ukraine, says UK defence chiefs [Evening Standard]

• Lithuania to send Mi-8 helicopters, anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine [Lithuanian National Radio and Television]


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

• ‘Russiagate’ is dead, but the control of social media that the US government gained from it is here to stay [Russia Today]

• Is Russia changing its nuclear doctrine? See more at https://english.pravda.ru/news/russia/155498-russia_nuclear_doctrine/ [Pravda]

• IAEA chief hopeful nuclear weapons will not be used in Ukraine conflict [TASS]


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National and World News Roundup

• Debate over legality of bump stocks resurfaces at Sixth Circuit [Courthouse News Service]

• Former Swedish intelligence officer jailed for life for spying for Russia [The Guardian]

• Medvedev warns of nuclear war if Russia defeated in Ukraine [Al Jazeera]

• Why is Drudge Report Black and White? We Investigate Matt’s DrudgeReport.com [LA Weekly]

• FBI warned of neo-Nazi plots as attacks on Northwest grid spiked [KOUW-TV (Island Park, ID)]

• Joe Biden Says ‘There’s No There There’ About Classified Documents Found at Office, Home [Wall Street Journal]

• 3 family members sentenced to life in the 2020 shooting death of a Family Dollar security guard over a face mask dispute [CNN]

• "I have done nothing wrong": Mike Lindell says MyPillow lost $100 million after election fraud claims [CBS News]

• Trump, lawyers sanctioned nearly $1 million for 'political' lawsuit vs Clinton [Yahoo! News]

• Supreme Court Says It Hasn’t Identified Person Who Leaked Draft Abortion Opinion [New York Times]

• Pigeon wearing crystal meth 'like a backpack' caught inside B.C. prison yard [CBC News]


Washington Today (1-19-23): POTUS tours storm-ravaged Calif., pledges to 'build back stronger'



CSIS Commission Report on North Korea Policy and Extended Deterrence | Center for Strategic & International Studies



• Recommendations on North Korea Policy and Extended Deterrence [CSIS (PDF)]

Global National: Jan. 19, 2023 | US hitting debt ceiling could destabilize global economy



Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 19th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, January 19, 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.

• Persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection in patients seemingly recovered from COVID-19 [National Library of Science]

• Is It Time for Yet Another COVID Booster? It's Complicated [Medscape]

• Lack of vaccination, severe illness tied to higher risk of long COVID [CIDRAP]

• Differences Between Reported COVID-19 Deaths and Estimated Excess Deaths in Counties Across the United States, March 2020 to February 2022 [MedRxiv]

• Chinese hospitals creak under the strain of a huge Covid outbreak [Yahoo! News]

• 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

• Microsoft Will End Sale of Windows 10 Licenses to Consumers This Month [Tom's Hardware]

• This Virtual Twitch Streamer is Controlled Entirely By AI [Vice News]

• Virginia governor kills Ford-CATL battery plant, calling it a “front for the Chinese Communist Party” [pv magazine]

• How donkeys changed the course of human history [BBC News]

• Newfound alien planet has nuclear fusion going in its core [Space.com]

• Tesla staged 2016 self-driving demo, says senior Autopilot engineer [ARS TECHNICA]

• Amazon discontinues charity donation program amid cost cuts [CNBC]

• The lights have been on at a Massachusetts school for over a year because no one can turn them off [NBC News]


Evergreen Links

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



• 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

How Do We Know What We Know? Philosophy of Science | Fraser Cain



The Level1 Show January 20 2023: Cease & Desist & Dragons | Level1Techs



AI is Not an Author - DTNS 4439 | Daily Tech News Show



The Omega Point | Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur



Starlink Group 2-4 Launch | SpaceX



Elon Musk's Tesla Tweets Trial, Explained in Three Minutes | WSJ



Dark Curvature, Navigating the Oort Cloud, Future of Space Toilets | Q&A 207 | Fraser Cain



El Cid: The Knight who Saved Spain - full documentary | Real Crusades History



Bull moose shedding its antlers caught on video | CBC News






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On This Day

January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 345 days remain until the end of the year (346 in leap years).

Historical Events



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Over 500 history videos in chronological order https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe78d-8tNSfxbKQ5G4FNTy_mLOvgGtHis News Broadcasts of Historical Events https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7X0LKts7k4FT498Id_x5sg/videos?view=0&sort=da&flow=grid--> 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





250 – Pope Fabian is martyred during the Decian persecution.

649 – King Chindasuinth, at the urging of bishop Braulio of Zaragoza, crowns his son Recceswinth as co-ruler of the Visigothic Kingdom.[citation needed]

1156 – Finnish peasant Lalli kills English clergyman Henry, the Bishop of Turku, on the ice of Lake Köyliö.

1265 – The first English parliament to include not only Lords but also representatives of the major towns holds its first meeting in the Palace of Westminster, now commonly known as the "Houses of Parliament".

1320 – Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek becomes king of Poland.

1356 – Edward Balliol surrenders his claim to the Scottish throne to Edward III in exchange for an English pension.

1523 – Christian II is forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway.

1567 – Battle of Rio de Janeiro: Portuguese forces under the command of Estácio de Sá definitively drive the French out of Rio de Janeiro.

1576 – The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza.

1649 – The High Court of Justice for the trial of Charles I begins its proceedings.

1783 – The Kingdom of Great Britain signs preliminary articles of peace with the Kingdom of France, setting the stage for the official end of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War later that year.

1785 – Invading Siamese forces attempt to exploit the political chaos in Vietnam, but are ambushed and annihilated at the Mekong river by the Tây Sơn in the Battle of Rạch Gầm-Xoài Mút.

1788 – The third and main part of First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay, beginning the British colonization of Australia. Arthur Phillip decides that Port Jackson is a more suitable location for a colony.

1839 – In the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeats an alliance between Peru and Bolivia.

1841 – Hong Kong Island is occupied by the British during the First Opium War.

1877 – The last day of the Constantinople Conference results in agreement for political reforms in the Balkans.

1887 – The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.

1909 – Newly formed automaker General Motors (GM) buys into the Oakland Motor Car Company, which later becomes GM's long-running Pontiac division.

1921 – The British K-class submarine HMS K5 sinks in the English Channel; all 56 on board die.

1921 – The first Constitution of Turkey is adopted, making fundamental changes in the source and exercise of sovereignty by consecrating the principle of national sovereignty.

1929 – The first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, In Old Arizona, is released.

1936 – King George V of the United Kingdom dies. His eldest son succeeds to the throne, becoming Edward VIII. The title Prince of Wales is not used for another 22 years.

1937 – Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner are sworn in for their second terms as U.S. President and U.S. Vice President; it is the first time a Presidential Inauguration takes place on January 20 since the 20th Amendment changed the dates of presidential terms.

1941 – A German officer is killed in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers.

1942 – World War II: At the Wannsee Conference held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, senior Nazi German officials discuss the implementation of the "Final Solution to the Jewish question".

1945 – World War II: The provisional government of Béla Miklós in Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.

1945 – World War II: Germany begins the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which will take nearly two months.

1949 – Point Four Program, a program for economic aid to poor countries, is announced by United States President Harry S. Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as president.

1954 – In the United States, the National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.

1961 – John F. Kennedy is inaugurated the 35th President of the United States of America, becoming the youngest man to be elected into that office, and the first Catholic.

1972 – Pakistan launches its nuclear weapons program, a few weeks after its defeat in the Bangladesh Liberation War, as well as the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

1973 – Amílcar Cabral, leader of the independence movement in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, is assassinated in Conakry, Guinea.

1974 – China gains control over all the Paracel Islands after a military engagement between the naval forces of China and South Vietnam.

1981 – Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States of America, Iran releases 52 American hostages.

1986 – In the United States, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.

1990 – Protests in Azerbaijan, part of the Dissolution of the Soviet Union.

1991 – Sudan's government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country's Muslim north and Christian south.

1992 – Air Inter Flight 148, an Airbus A320-111, crashes into a mountain near Strasbourg, France, killing 87 of the 96 people on board.

2001 – President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada is ousted in a nonviolent four-day revolution, and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

2009 – Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becoming the first African-American President of the United States.

2009 – A protest movement in Iceland culminates as the 2009 Icelandic financial crisis protests start.

2018 – A group of four or five gunmen attack The Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, sparking a 12-hour battle. The attack kills 40 people and injures many others.

2018 – Syrian civil war: The Government of Turkey announces the initiation of the Afrin offensive and begins shelling Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions in Afrin Region.

2021 – Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America. At 78, he becomes the oldest person ever inaugurated. Kamala Harris becomes the first female Vice President of the United States.




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Published at 5:00am on Friday, January 20, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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