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Monday, January 23, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, January 23, 2023

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Northwest flow snowfall in the higher elevations along the Tennessee border will taper off by tonight. A brief period of dry conditions on Tuesday with the next system bringing widespread precipitation Wednesday with dry weather through the end of the week. Temperatures are expected to remain near normal.


Nantahala School will be on a two hour delay, with school beginning at 10:00am.

Highlands School will be on a two-hour delay today with limited bus service. School will begin at 10:00 am. Please do not drop of students before 9:30 to insure access to the building and proper supervision. Due to the possibility of icy roads, buses will run only to the following pick-up and drop off points tomorrow. Bus 109 AM will pick up students at the Shortoff Baptist Church at 9:00 am and at Clear Creek Baptist Church at 9:25. Bus 105 AM will pick up students at the Scaly Mountain Fire Station at 9:25. The same drop-off points will be used in the afternoon as well. If you live on a road that is not maintained, please bring your child to one of the noted pick up points or bring your child to school. If you live on a road that is not maintained and it is not safe to travel, please stay home and your child can attend and participate through remote learning.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night

Franklin Area


Partly sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the north 3 to 7 mph.


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

Tuesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Rain, mainly before noon. Highs in the lower 50s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 29.
Highlands Plateau


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the south in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the east 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Rain, mainly before noon. Highs in the mid 40s. Breezy. Chance of rainis 90%.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Partly sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Rain, mainly after 2am. Lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


Rain, mainly before noon. Highs near 50. Chance of rainis 90%.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30.

Nantahala Area


A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Rain, mainly after 2am. Lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


Rain, mainly before noon. Highs near 50. Chance of rainis 90%.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Wintry precipitation and windy conditions are expected to redevelop across the mountains Tuesday night and Wednesday. Light accumulations will be possible in some locations.

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


• 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 (0.4 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (1.8 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for January 23rd

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 72°F in Highlands in 1927
Lowest Temperature -2°F in Highlands in 2003
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.69 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station 1971
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 8.7 inches in Highlands in 2016

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 23rd in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 80°F in Wilmington, New Hanover County in 1937 /> Lowest Temperature -9°F in Celo, Yancey County in 1970
Greatest Rainfall 4.10 inches in Rosman, Transylvania County in 1957
Greatest Snowfall 21.0 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2016
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

• New property reappraisal coming in 2023 [Macon County News and Shopping Guide]

• Rep. Edwards announces new Franklin office, shares budget priorities [BPR]

• State lawmakers propose power grid protections after attacks [WTVD-TV (Durham, NC)]

• Sen. Tillis saw a big increase in casework from western NC after Cawthorn lost [Raleigh News and Observer]

New leader added to state agency in charge of hurricane help | WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)

• After 30 years of special education funding limits, NC parents want change [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

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

• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, January 22 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for January 22nd]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 334 [Al Jazeera]

• LIVEBLOG: Day 334 of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 333: “Ukraine will get all the help in needs.”- Biden [Euromaiden Press]

• Germany will not keep Poland from sending tanks to Ukraine [DW News]

• Russia advances towards two towns in Ukraine’s Zaporizhia region [Al Jazeera]

• This fake weather forecast accuses Poland of swallowing Ukrainian territory [France 24]

• EU considers using seized Russian assets to reconstruct Ukraine: FT [TVP World]

• France, Germany renew alliance strained amid war in Ukraine [Al Jazeera]

• Four towers of Kremlin propaganda: Russia, Ukraine, South, West [Euromaidan Press]

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

• Moscow warns West of ‘global tragedy’ [Russia Today]

• No Peaceful Multipolar World Anytime Soon: Underestimating US Power is Dangerous [Pravda]

• Russian Orthodox Church labels Quran burning in Sweden as 'unacceptable vandalism' [TASS]

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National and World News Roundup

• Jeff Zients to be Biden’s next chief of staff [Stars and Stripes]

Authorities provide details after SWAT enters van possibly linked to Monterey Park shooting | KABC-TV (Los Angeles, CA)

• Driver found dead after authorities breach van linked to Lunar New Year mass shooting [Los Angeles Times]

• 72-year-old ID’d in Monterey Park mass shooting, and killed himself in Torrance, authorities say [Los Angeles Daily News]

• Monterey Park mass shooting: Witness describes the chaotic scene inside Star Ballroom Dance Studio [CBS News]

• Monterey Park Mass Shooting: What We Know About the Dance Studio [KNBC-TV (Los Angeles, CA)]

• Fed Sets Course for Milder Interest-Rate Rise in February [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

Why Americans Feel So Poor | CNBC

• US investigating baby formula plant after national shortage [BBC News]

• Ryanair flight lands safely in Athens after bomb scare [ABC News]

• DOJ seizes more classified docs from Biden's Wilmington home after 12-hour FBI search [Fox News]

Classified documents: What's the difference between Trump and Biden? | DW News

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

MiniSection on Journalism

Media Literacy is Strong in Finland | TWiT TV

Great Expectations | On The Media

In this episode:

Many of us are still cookin’ with gas, but should we? On this week’s On the Media, a look at why gas stoves, and the political flame-war over appliances, are back in the news. Plus, why new research says we’ve left the golden age of science and technology.

• Avoiding Conflict of Interest [RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association)]

• Fact-Checking: Don’t be fooled by fake screenshots [Poynter (Media Literacy Project) ]

• An Overdue Generational Shift Is Changing How Journalists Manage Traumatic Stories [Nieman Reports]

House Financial Services Chairman Rep. Patrick McHenry on "The Takeout" — 1/22/2023 | CBS News

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

Meet the Press full broadcast — Jan. 22 | NBC News

How to make poor areas richer | The Economist

Global National: Jan. 22, 2023 | Police trying to figure out motive in Lunar New Year mass shooting

Nightly News Full Broadcast (January 22nd)

PBS NewsHour full episode, January 22, 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.

• Lauterbach warns of incurable immune deficiency caused by Corona [NTV (automatically translated from German)]

• Persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection in patients seemingly recovered from COVID-19 [The Journal of Pathology]

• SARS-CoV-2 variant biology: immune escape, transmission and fitness[Nature Reviews: Microbiology]

• Ad26.COV2.S priming provided a solid immunological base for mRNA-based COVID-19 booster vaccination [Science Direct]

• Surveillance of 16 UK native bat species through conservationist networks uncovers coronaviruses with zoonotic potential [BioRxiv]

• 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

• Mailchimp breach feels like deja vu [Mailchimp breach feels like deja vu]

• Google to merge mapping service Waze with maps products teams [CNN]

• NASA, Space Station Partners Approve Next Axiom Private Mission Crew [NASA ]

• DARPA grant will fund hunt for drug that can keep people warm [Rice University]

• Are semiconductor chips the new oil? [Fox Business]

Evergreen Links

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

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]

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

Podcasts and Long Form Videos (History, Culture, Science, Space, Technology and Current Events)
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

How General Motors Killed the First Modern Electric Car | ColdFusion

Lost Worlds of the Mediterranean (Full Episode) - Drain the Oceans | National Geographic

NASA's New Airliner Experiment To Make Flying Less Expensive | Scott Manley

Green Comet Returns After 50,000 Years, But Why Is It Green? (C/2022 E3 Features Explained) | Antov Petrov

Identify chemicals with radio frequencies - Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (MRI without magnets) | Applied Science

CO6-p1aDyug Space This Week 01-23-2023 | Matt Lowne

Dennis Whyte: Nuclear Fusion and the Future of Energy | Lex Fridman Podcast #353

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Russia planning major offensive: Can Ukraine hold on without tanks? | DW News

Current situation in Ukraine - World Today | TVP World

Germany says “nein” at Ramstein & China plays both sides - Ukraine: The Latest | The Telegraph

Crimea Island is on the verge of disaster: Ukraine to cutting off Russia's bridge line thanks to US! | Ultimate Ukraine

How Russian Military Logistics Can't Compete With USA | The Infographics Show

Day 333: Ukraïnian Map | Ukraine News TV

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On This Day

January 23 is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 342 days remain until the end of the year (343 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 23th | Associated Press

393 – Roman emperor Theodosius I proclaims his eight-year-old son Honorius co-emperor.

971 – Using crossbows, Song dynasty troops soundly defeat a war elephant corps of the Southern Han at Shao.

1264 – In the conflict between King Henry III of England and his rebellious barons led by Simon de Montfort, King Louis IX of France issues the Mise of Amiens, a one-sided decision in favour of Henry that later leads to the Second Barons' War.

1368 – In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.

1546 – Having published nothing for eleven years, François Rabelais publishes the Tiers Livre, his sequel to Gargantua and Pantagruel.

1556 – The deadliest earthquake in history, the Shaanxi earthquake, hits Shaanxi province, China. The death toll may have been as high as 830,000.

1570 – James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, regent for the infant King James VI of Scotland, is assassinated by firearm, the first recorded instance of such.

1571 – The Royal Exchange opens in London.

1579 – The Union of Utrecht forms a Protestant republic in the Netherlands.

1656 – Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales.

1719 – The Principality of Liechtenstein is created within the Holy Roman Empire.

1789 – Georgetown College, the first Catholic university in the United States, is founded in Georgetown, Maryland (now a part of Washington, D.C.) when Bishop John Carroll, Rev. Robert Molyneux, and Rev. John Ashton purchase land for the proposed academy for the education of youth.

1793 – Second Partition of Poland.

1795 – After an extraordinary charge across the frozen Zuiderzee, the French cavalry captured 14 Dutch ships and 850 guns, in a rare occurrence of a battle between ships and cavalry.

1846 – Slavery in Tunisia is abolished.

1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell is awarded her M.D. by the Geneva Medical College of Geneva, New York, becoming the United States' first female doctor.

1870 – In Montana, U.S. cavalrymen kill 173 Native Americans, mostly women and children, in what becomes known as the Marias Massacre.

1879 – Anglo-Zulu War: The Battle of Rorke's Drift ends.

1899 – The Malolos Constitution is inaugurated, establishing the First Philippine Republic. Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as its first president.

1900 – Second Boer War: The Battle of Spion Kop between the forces of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State and British forces ends in a British defeat.

1904 – Ålesund Fire: The Norwegian coastal town Ålesund is devastated by fire, leaving 10,000 people homeless and one person dead. Kaiser Wilhelm II funds the rebuilding of the town in Jugendstil style.

1909 – RMS Republic, a passenger ship of the White Star Line, becomes the first ship to use the CQD distress signal after colliding with another ship, the SS Florida, off the Massachusetts coastline, an event that kills six people. The Republic sinks the next day.

1912 – The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague.

1919 – The First Regional Congress of Peasants, Workers and Insurgents is held by the Makhnovshchina at Velykomykhailivka.

1920 – The Netherlands refuses to surrender the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany to the Allies.

1937 – The trial of the anti-Soviet Trotskyist center sees seventeen mid-level Communists accused of sympathizing with Leon Trotsky and plotting to overthrow Joseph Stalin's regime.

1941 – Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler.

1942 – World War II: The Battle of Rabaul commences Japan's invasion of Australia's Territory of New Guinea.

1943 – World War II: Troops of the British Eighth Army capture Tripoli in Libya from the German–Italian Panzer Army.

1945 – World War II: German admiral Karl Dönitz launches Operation Hannibal.

1950 – The Knesset resolves that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

1957 – American inventor Walter Frederick Morrison sells the rights to his flying disc to the Wham-O toy company, which later renames it the "Frisbee".

1958 – After a general uprising and rioting in the streets, President Marcos Pérez Jiménez leaves Venezuela.

1960 – The bathyscaphe USS Trieste breaks a depth record by descending to 10,911 metres (35,797 ft) in the Pacific Ocean.

1961 – The Portuguese luxury cruise ship Santa Maria is hijacked by opponents of the Estado Novo regime with the intention of waging war until dictator António de Oliveira Salazar is overthrown.

1963 – The Guinea-Bissau War of Independence officially begins when PAIGC guerrilla fighters attack the Portuguese Army stationed in Tite.

1964 – The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, prohibiting the use of poll taxes in national elections, is ratified.

1967 – Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Ivory Coast are established.

1967 – Milton Keynes (England) is founded as a new town by Order in Council, with a planning brief to become a city of 250,000 people. Its initial designated area enclosed three existing towns and twenty-one villages. The area to be developed was largely farmland, with evidence of continuous settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.

1968 – USS Pueblo (AGER-2) is attacked and seized by the Korean People's Navy.

1985 – World Airways Flight 30H overshoots the runway at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, and crashes into Boston Harbor. Two people are presumed dead.

1986 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

1987 – Mohammed Said Hersi Morgan sends a "letter of death" to Somali President Siad Barre, proposing the genocide of the Isaaq people.

1997 – Madeleine Albright becomes the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State.

1998 – Netscape announces Mozilla, with the intention to release Communicator code as open source.

2001 – Five people attempt to set themselves on fire in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, an act that many people later claim is staged by the Chinese Communist Party to frame Falun Gong and thus escalate their persecution.

2002 – U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan and subsequently murdered.

2003 – A very weak signal from Pioneer 10 is detected for the last time, but no usable data can be extracted.

2018 – A 7.9 Mw  earthquake occurs in the Gulf of Alaska. It is tied as the sixth-largest earthquake ever recorded in the United States, but there are no reports of significant damage or fatalities.

2018 – A double car bombing in Benghazi, Libya, kills at least 33 people and wounds "dozens" of others. The victims include both military personnel and civilians, according to local officials.

2018 – The China–United States trade war begins when President Donald Trump places tariffs on Chinese solar panels and washing machines.

2022 – Mutinying Burkinabè soldiers led by Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba depose and detain President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré amid widespread anti-government protests.

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Published at 5:00am on Monday, January 23, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

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