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Saturday, January 21, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, January 21, 2023



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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 continue Saturday. Rain is expected for most of the area Sunday, with a light wintry mix at the higher elevations as a low pressure system crosses the area. A brief dry period will start next week, with another round of precipitation and low pressure system by mid week. Dry high pressure returns for Friday.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday

Rain. Highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Rain likely before midnight, then a chance of rain showers between midnight and 3am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers after 3am. Cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Monday Night

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

Today

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Freezing rain, possibly mixed with rain. Lows around 30. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Sunday

Rain. Highs near 40. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Rain likely before midnight, then a chance of rain showers between midnight and 3am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph increasiung and shifting to come out of the northwest 15 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 40. Windy.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of teh southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday

Rain. Highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Rain likely before midnight, then a chance of rain showers between midnight and 4am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the southwest 7 to 16 mph becoming west northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday

Rain. Highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph increasing to come out of the south in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Rain before midnight, then a chance of rain showers between midnight and 4am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers after 4am. Lows around freezing. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Monday

Partly sunny, with highs near 40.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

A wintry mix may occur Sunday, with light ice or snow accumulations possible, especially at the higher elevations.



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 35 (GOOD) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 35 (GOOD)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (2.0 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 21st

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

Highest Temperature 74°F in Franklin in 1890
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands in 1985
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.27 inches in Highlands 1959
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.5 inches in Highlands in 1983

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 21st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 80°F in Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1933
Lowest Temperature -34°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 3.27 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1969
Greatest Snowfall 16.0 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey 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
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No events have been submitted for Macon Calendar.
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Local and State News



• Rep. Edwards announces new Franklin office, shares budget priorities [BP{R]

• State adds new leader at agency in charge of hurricane help [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Expect a ‘slow and mild’ recession, Roy Cooper’s new budget director says [Raleigh News and Observer: Under the Dome]

• Camp Lejeune Marine among 3 active duty Marines charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Duke Energy Carolinas seeks nearly 18% rate increases in NC [Asheville Citizen Times]


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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, January 20 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 20th]

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

• LIVEBLOG: Day 332 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 331: EU Parliament pushes for special tribunal for Russian crimes in Ukraine [Euromaiden Press]

• Kremlin stays silent on missile systems seen on Moscow rooftops [Al Jazeera]

• US to designate Wagner Group as a transnational criminal organisation [BBC News]

• Davos 2023: How is funding for Ukraine being spent? [France 24]

• Why Germany Is Reluctant to Send Tanks to Ukraine [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• New aid package, still no decision on Leopards for Ukraine: Ramstein conference [TVP World (vieo, audio, embedded social media)]


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

• US Navy SEAL killed in Ukraine [Russia Today]

• Pentagon announces new package of military aid to Ukraine totalling $2.5 billion [Pravda]

• Elon Musk calls US’ readiness to support strikes on Crimea a ‘relentless escalation’ [TASS]


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National and World News Roundup

Former Walmart employee opens fire in Indiana store, injuring one | NBC News



• ‘This is not an employee choice’: The CEO of Morgan Stanley gets real and says employees can’t simply choose to work remotely [Fortune]

• The Offshore Oil Business Is Gushing Again [Wall Street]

• Justices were not asked to swear under penalty of perjury that they didn’t leak Dobbs [SCOTUSblog]

• Elon Musk takes stand in Tesla tweet securities trial [Courthouse News Service]

• Nikki Haley On 2024 Run: "Can I Be That Leader? Yes, I Think I Can" [Politico]

• Event featuring Kyle Rittenhouse at Venetian on Las Vegas Strip 'canceled,' hotel officials say [TNV-TV (Las Vegas, NV)]

• Three active-duty Marines arrested for participating in Jan. 6 US Capitol riot [CNN]

• Fox chief Rupert Murdoch to be deposed in $1.6 billion Dominion defamation case [Reuters]


Washington Today (1-20-23): Abortion opponents plan strategy at first post-Roe March for Life in DC



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. 20, 2023 | New details emerge on contract awarded by Liberal cabinet minister



Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 21st)


PBS NewsHour full episode, January 20, 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: (the Macon County Health Department did not release numbers for the weeknd ending January 20th)






• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:17pm CET, 20 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 5:17pm CET, 20 January 2023, there have been 663,640,386 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,713,093 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 17 January 2023, a total of 13,131,550,798 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Younger, healthy people don't need another Covid booster, vaccine expert says [NBC News]

• Yale researchers find potential treatment for COVID-19 brain fog [Becker's Hospital Review]

• Trying to Stop Long COVID Before It Even Starts [The Atlantic]

• How often do you need a COVID booster shot? Yearly, new data suggests. [Yahoo! News]

• LA County moves into CDC’s ‘low’ category for COVID [Pasadena Star-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

• Red Dead Online player bids farewell to Google Stadia save by releasing horse they named after their departed daughter [Games Radar]

• 'Pure darkness': Japan-developed material absorbs 99.98% of visible light [The Mainichi]

• Microsoft under fire for hosting private Sting concert for its execs in Davos the night before announcing mass layoffs [Fortune]

• Why Are Tech Companies Laying Off So Many Workers? [Forbes]

• Palantir CEO tells tech workers who don’t like the company’s military deals, ‘Don’t work here’ [CNBC]

• TikTok confirms that its own employees can decide what goes viral [The Verge]

• Are teachers ready for the rise of Artificial Intelligence? [Spartan Newsroom]

• U.S. ‘No Fly List’ Leaks After Being Left in an Unsecured Airline Server [Vice 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

Why This 17-Year Old's Electric Motor Is Important | Undecided with Matt Ferrell



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



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



Bungle in the Twitter API Jungle - DTNS 4440 | Daily Tech News Show



Launching Into Sunlight & Revealing The Moon's Shadows - Deep Space Updates January 20th | Scott Manley



JWST has discovered its first exoplanet AND it's "Earth-like" | Dr. Becky



Tu-128 | Defender of the infinite sky | Skyships Eng



Titan's Dragonfly Test // New Nuclear Rocket // Shadow Universe | Fraser Cain



What It’s Like To Deliver For Amazon In New Rivian Vans | CNBC



Section 230: 26 words that shaped the internet | Washington Post



The Omega Point | Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur






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On This Day

January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 344 days remain until the end of the year (345 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 21st | Associated Press





763 – Following the Battle of Bakhamra between Alids and Abbasids near Kufa, the Alid rebellion ends with the death of Ibrahim, brother of Isa ibn Musa.

1525 – The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is founded when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union.

1535 – Following the Affair of the Placards, the French king leads an anti-Protestant procession through Paris.

1720 – Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Stockholm.

1749 – The Teatro Filarmonico in Verona is destroyed by fire, as a result of a torch being left behind in the box of a nobleman after a performance. It is rebuilt in 1754.

1774 – Abdul Hamid I becomes Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and Caliph of Islam.

1789 – The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth by William Hill Brown, is printed in Boston.

1793 – After being found guilty of treason by the French National Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine.

1854 – The RMS Tayleur sinks off Lambay Island on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Australia with great loss of life.

1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate.

1893 – The Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, is formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate, now Botswana.

1908 – New York City passes the Sullivan Ordinance, making it illegal for women to smoke in public, only to have the measure vetoed by the mayor.

1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place.

1915 – Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit.

1919 – A revolutionary Irish parliament is founded and declares the independence of the Irish Republic. One of the first engagements of the Irish War of Independence takes place.

1925 – Albania declares itself a republic.

1931 – Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia.

1932 – Finland and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty.

1941 – Sparked by the murder of a German officer in Bucharest, Romania the day before, members of the Iron Guard engaged in a rebellion and pogrom killing 125 Jews.

1942 – The Jewish resistance organization, Fareynikte Partizaner Organizatsye, based in the Vilna Ghetto was established.

1943 – As part of Operation Animals, British SOE saboteurs destroy the railway bridge over the Asopos River, and guerrillas of the Greek People's Liberation Army ambush and destroy a German convoy at the Battle of Sarantaporos.

1948 – The Flag of Quebec is adopted and flown for the first time over the National Assembly of Quebec. The day is marked annually as Québec Flag Day.

1950 – American lawyer and government official Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury.

1951 – The catastrophic eruption of Mount Lamington in Papua New Guinea claims 2,942 lives.

1954 – The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut by Mamie Eisenhower, the First Lady of the United States.

1960 – Little Joe 1B, a Mercury spacecraft, lifts off from Wallops Island, Virginia with Miss Sam, a female rhesus monkey on board.

1960 – Avianca Flight 671 crashes at Montego Bay, Jamaica airport, killing 37 people.

1960 – A coal mine collapses at Holly Country, South Africa, killing 435 miners.

1963 – The Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad ends operation.

1968 – Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh: One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.

1968 – A B-52 bomber crashes near Thule Air Base, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures. One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete.

1971 – The current Emley Moor transmitting station, the tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, begins transmitting UHF broadcasts.

1976 – Commercial service of Concorde begins with the London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio routes.

1980 – Iran Air Flight 291 crashes in the Alborz Mountains while on approach to Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran, Iran, killing 128 people.

1981 – Production of the DeLorean sports car begins in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

1985 – Galaxy Airlines Flight 203 crashes near Reno–Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nevada, killing 70 people.

1997 – The U.S. House of Representatives votes 395–28 to reprimand Newt Gingrich for ethics violations, making him the first Speaker of the House to be so disciplined.

1999 – War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4,300 kilograms (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board.

2000 – Ecuador: After the Ecuadorian Congress is seized by indigenous organizations, Col. Lucio Gutiérrez, Carlos Solorzano and Antonio Vargas depose President Jamil Mahuad. Gutierrez is later replaced by Gen. Carlos Mendoza, who resigns and allows Vice-President Gustavo Noboa to succeed Mahuad.

2003 – A 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes the Mexican state of Colima, killing 29 and leaving approximately 10,000 people homeless.

2004 – NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies in the management of its flash memory and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.

2005 – In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots.

2009 – Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip, officially ending a three-week war it had with Hamas. However, intermittent fire by both sides continues in the weeks to follow.

2011 – Anti-government demonstrations take place in Tirana, Albania. Four people lose their lives from gunshots, allegedly fired from armed police protecting the Prime Minister's office.

2014 – Rojava conflict: The Jazira Canton declares its autonomy from the Syrian Arab Republic.

2017 – Over 400 cities across America and 160+ countries worldwide participate in a large-scale women's march, on Donald Trump's first full day as President of the United States.

2018 – Rocket Lab's Electron becomes the first rocket to reach orbit using an electric pump-fed engine and deploys three CubeSats.




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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, January 21, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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