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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, March 07, 2023



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Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
On This Day
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GENERAL OUTLOOK

A dry cold front will cross the area this morning, ushering in breezy northwesterly winds through the day. Cooler air sets up tonight into Wednesday. Moisture and rain chances return with another cold front late Thursday through Friday, followed by cool high pressure on Saturday. A low pressure system may affect the region Sunday into Monday.


Video and Transcript of the 2023 State of the State Address by Governor Cooper and the Republican Response by Lt Governor Robinson
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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
337 PM EST Mon Mar 6 2023

...INCREASED FIRE DANGER FROM NOON TO 8 PM EST TUESDAY...

A dry cold front will cross the region Tuesday morning with winds shifting to the northwest and becoming gusty through Tuesday afternoon. Northwest winds around 10 to 15 mph with gusts around 20 mph combining with critical minimum RH values around 20 to 25 percent will lead to increased fire danger in the afternoon.

Residents are encouraged to postpone burning and to properly extinguish all smoking materials. Many destructive wildfires each year are started due to improperly discarded smoking materials.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

A 20 percent chance of rain after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 7am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s.

Thursday Night

Rain, mainly after 8pm. Lows in the lower 40s. Chance of rain is 80%.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the north 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the south in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

A 20 percent chance of rain after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph shifting to come out of the northeast before midnight.

Thursday

A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50.

Thursday Night

Rain, mainly after 9pm. Lows around 40. Chance of rain is 80%.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph decreasing to light winds out of the northwest after midnight.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Wednesday Night

A 20 percent chance of rain after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 7am. Mostly cloudy, with highs mid-to-upper 50s.

Thursday Night

Rain, mainly after 8pm. Lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Chance of rain is 80%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

A 20 percent chance of rain after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 7am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s.

Thursday Night

Rain. Lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 80%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
337 PM EST Mon Mar 6 2023

...INCREASED FIRE DANGER FROM NOON TO 8 PM EST TUESDAY...

A dry cold front will cross the region Tuesday morning with winds shifting to the northwest and becoming gusty through Tuesday afternoon. Northwest winds around 10 to 15 mph with gusts around 20 mph combining with critical minimum RH values around 20 to 25 percent will lead to increased fire danger in the afternoon.

Residents are encouraged to postpone burning and to properly extinguish all smoking materials. Many destructive wildfires each year are started due to improperly discarded smoking materials.





Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather Radio Blackouts with Radiation Storms & 1,2-Punch | Space Weather News: 27 February 2023




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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 47 (GOOD) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 47 (GOOD)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the high range (10.3 out of 12) today with Alder, Juniper, and Elm being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (9.4 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for March 07th

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

Highest Temperature 81°F in Franklin in 1974
Lowest Temperature -7°F in Highlands in 1899
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.13 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1967
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.0 inches in Highlands in 1914

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of March Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 03-29-2020
Lowest Temperature -7°F in Highlands on 03-07-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.61 inches in Highlands on 03-26-2021
Greatest Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 03-13-1993

Record Weather Events for March 07th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 89°F in Laurinburg, Scotland County in 1974
Lowest Temperature -7°F in Highlands, Macon County in 1899
Greatest Rainfall 1.50 inches in Lumberton, Robeson County in 1941
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2014
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of March Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 98°F in Belhaven, Beaufort County on 03-27-1921
Lowest Temperature -11°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 03-03-1980
Greatest Rainfall 10.10 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 03-04-1979
Greatest Snowfall 36.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 03-13-1993




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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)

Thursday, March 9th

Walking with Spring: Chasing the Smokies Moon, with author Nancy East
6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room

Two lives lost too soon. When a search and rescue member’s unresolved grief is triggered by tragedy, will a life-changing hike end in hope?

Waynesville-based author and search and rescue team member Nancy East's program will focus on both her book and hiking safety. Don't let the risk of getting lost or bears, blisters, snakes and storms prevent you from enjoying yourself on a hike. Empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to stay 'safe and found' and enjoy your time on trail without hesitation. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing at this free event co-sponsored by the Nantahala Hiking Club.

The Macon County Public Library’s “Walking with Spring” series in partnership with the Nantahala Hiking Club and the Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council corresponds with thru-hiker season in Franklin and highlights the A.T.'s hikers and authors, as well as other great outdoor activities and opportunities in the area.





No other events have been submitted for Macon Calendar.
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Local and State News



• Canton Mill Will Close by Summer [Smoky Mountain News]

Governor Cooper Delivers 2023 State of the State Address



Lt Governor Robinson Delivers the Republican Response



• Invest in schools to keep economy booming, Cooper tells NC lawmakers in 'State of the State' [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Dems will 'pull us back into an era of government overreach,' Robinson says in GOP State of the State response [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Duke wants to raise rates -- here's where you can let state officials know what you think [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Medicaid expansion will be in the NC budget. But that won’t be the only thing. [Raleigh News and Observer]


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National and World News Roundup

• The U.S. Is Not Yet Ready for the Era of ‘Great Power’ Conflict [Wall Street Journal]

• U.S. Considers Vaccinating Chickens as Bird Flu Kills Millions of Them [New York Times]

4 Americans kidnapped in Mexico | WCBS-TV (New York City, NY)



• IAEA chief doubles down against potential preemtive Israeli strikes on Iran [Jerusalem Post]

• 23 face domestic terrorism charges after arrests in ‘Cop City’ protests at planned police training site in Atlanta [CNN]

• Justices take up case on federal admiralty law, seek government’s views on two pending petitions [SCOTUSblog]

• High court turns down city whose post-shooting prayer vigil inspired suit [Courthouse News Service]

• Never Trumpers rally in D.C., trying to find hope and a plan amid despair [Politico]

Washington Today (3/6/23): White House Budget Week | C-SPAN RADIO



Global National: Mar. 6, 2023 | Trudeau orders new investigations into foreign interference



Nightly News Full Broadcast (March 06th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, (March 06, 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 6:06pm CET, 28 February 2023, there have been 102,019,564 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,109,145 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 10 February 2023, a total of 662,514,513 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 6:06pm CET, 28 February 2023, there have been 758,390,564 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,859,093 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 28 February 2023, a total of 13,228,728,467 vaccine doses have been administered.

TWiV 988: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin | Microbe TV



• Is it time for your COVID booster? New federal guidelines tell you [ Toronto Star ]

• Brainstem volume changes in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and long COVID patients [ Frontiers in Science ]

• Lab-Leak Intelligence Reports Aren’t Scientific Conclusions [ Scientific American ]

• Burden of Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Viruses in Suspected COVID-19 Patients: A Cross-Sectional and Meta-Analysis Study [ MDPI ]

• TWiV 989: Antibody cross-reactivity is metal [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 988: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• ‘Havana syndrome’ not caused by foreign adversary, US intelligence says [The Guardian]

• Governments shut down the internet more often than ever, report says [Washington Post]

• Texas Sent Thousands of Driver's Licenses to Organized Crime Group, DPS Says [KXAS-TV (Fort Worth, TX)]

• Japan's new flagship H3 rocket launch fails, ordered to self-destruct [Kyodo News]

• Wheel bearing expert: To prevent derailments, railroads should equip freight cars with sensors [Trains]

• Z-Library returns, aims to avoid seizures by giving each user a secret URL [ARS TECHNICA]


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



Hardcore History: AddendumEP24 Manifesting the Muse with Rick | Dan Carlin



• 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

Section 230 in the Supreme Court With Cathy Gellis | TWiT-TV



The Level1 Show March 7 2023: TikTok Running Out of Time | Level1Techs



Nanobots: Medication in Disguise - DTNS 4470 | Daily Tech News Show



Discovery of a Forbidden Planet? Here's What Was Actually Found | Antov Petrov



Our Biggest Announcement Yet - LINUX Unplugged 500 | Jupiter Broadcasting



Virology Lectures 2023 #13: Intrinsic and innate defenses | Vincent Racaniello



Is AI Just a Parlor Trick? | TWiT TV



Could You See The Horsehead Nebula With Your Naked Eye? Deep Space Questions 22 | Scott Manley





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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 06 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for March 06th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 377 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 376: Russians use new 1.5 ton gliding bombs against Ukraine [Euromaiden Press]


• EU closer to joint arms-buying for aiding Ukraine but hurdles remain [ TVP World ]

• Ukraine: 'Painful and difficult' battle of Bakhmut grinds on [ DW News ]

• Ukraine: "High stakes, inter-state conflict reminiscent of the early 20th century" [ France 24 ]

• Ukraine war: Russia's Wagner boss suggests 'betrayal' in Bakhmut battle [ BBC News ]

🔴 (NSFW) - 30mm to the Chest, Sicarios Near Texas, BTR vs Chad | Funker530 LIVE Recap



Can Ukraine's new anti-corruption investigator level the country's path to the EU? | DW News



Ukraine: "High stakes, inter-state conflict reminiscent of the early 20th century" | FRANCE 24



Ukrainian and Russian soldiers fighting in streets of Bakhmut | BBC News



Kharkiv buildings destroyed by Russian bombs. Joe Lindsley shows us the aftermath of "Russkiy mir" | TVP World



Bakhmut Crisis, Russian Vuhledar Disaster - Russian Invasion of Ukraine | Kings and Generals



Wagner Group, Russian PMCs & Ukraine - History, motives & privatised warfare | Perun




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

Russians have to fight this war To The Finish | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor



• Dogs of war: Here's why the Ukraine conflict could be about to spread to another European country [Russia Today]

• Video shows hundreds of US tanks in Polish port [Pravda]

• Chinese Foreign Minister slams Ukrainian crisis 'tragedy that could have been avoided' [TASS Russian News Agency]





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On This Day

March 7th is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 299 days remain until the end of the year. It is the first day of March. It is also the first day of meteorological spring in Northern Hemisphere.



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)




161 – Marcus Aurelius and L. Commodus (who changes his name to Lucius Verus) become joint emperors of Rome on the death of Antoninus Pius.

1138 – Konrad III von Hohenstaufen was elected king of Germany at Coblenz in the presence of the papal legate Theodwin.

1277 – The University of Paris issues the last in a series of condemnations of various philosophical and theological theses.

1573 – A peace treaty is signed between the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Venice, ending the Ottoman–Venetian War and leaving Cyprus in Ottoman hands.

1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte captures Jaffa in Palestine and his troops proceed to kill more than 2,000 Albanian captives.

1814 – Emperor Napoleon I of France wins the Battle of Craonne.

1827 – Brazilian marines unsuccessfully attack the temporary naval base of Carmen de Patagones, Argentina.

1827 – Shrigley abduction: Ellen Turner is abducted by Edward Gibbon Wakefield, a future politician in colonial New Zealand.

1850 – Senator Daniel Webster gives his "Seventh of March" speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850 in order to prevent a possible civil war.

1862 – American Civil War: Union forces engage Confederate troops at the Pea Ridge in northwestern Arkansas.

1876 – Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for an invention he calls the "telephone".

1900 – The German liner SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse becomes the first ship to send wireless signals to shore.

1902 – Second Boer War: Boers, led by Koos de la Rey, inflict the biggest defeat upon the British since the beginning of the war, at Tweebosch.

1914 – Prince William of Wied arrives in Albania to begin his reign as King.

1931 – The Parliament House of Finland was officially inaugurated in Helsinki, Finland.

1936 – Prelude to World War II: In violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles, Germany reoccupies the Rhineland.

1941 – Günther Prien and the crew of German submarine U-47, one of the most successful U-boats of World War II, disappear without a trace.

1945 – World War II: American troops seize the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine river at Remagen.

1950 – Cold War: The Soviet Union issues a statement denying that Klaus Fuchs served as a Soviet spy.

1951 – Korean War: Operation Ripper: United Nations troops led by General Matthew Ridgway begin an assault against Chinese forces.

1951 – Iranian prime minister Ali Razmara is assassinated by Khalil Tahmasebi, a member of the Islamic fundamentalist Fada'iyan-e Islam, inside a mosque in Tehran.

1965 – Bloody Sunday: A group of 600 civil rights marchers is brutally attacked by state and local police in Selma, Alabama.

1967 – The Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat Sementara (MPRS), Indonesia's provisional parliament, revoked Sukarno's mandate as President of Indonesia.

1968 – Vietnam War: The United States and South Vietnamese military begin Operation Truong Cong Dinh to root out Viet Cong forces from the area surrounding Mỹ Tho.

1971 – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, political leader of then East Pakistan (present day-Bangladesh), delivers his historic 7th March speech in the Racecourse Field (Now Suhrawardy Udyan) in Dhaka.

1986 – Challenger Disaster: Divers from the USS Preserver locate the crew cabin of Challenger on the ocean floor.

1987 – Lieyu massacre: Taiwanese military massacre of 19 unarmed Vietnamese refugees at Donggang, Lieyu, Kinmen.

1989 – Iran and the United Kingdom break diplomatic relations after a fight over Salman Rushdie and his controversial novel, The Satanic Verses.

1993 – The tugboat Thomas Hebert sank off the coast of New Jersey, USA.

2006 – The terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba coordinates a series of bombings in Varanasi, India.

2007 – Reform of the House of Lords: The British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected.

2007 – Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 crashes at Adisutjipto International Airport in the Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, killing 21 people.

2009 – The Real Irish Republican Army kills two British soldiers and injures two other soldiers and two civilians at Massereene Barracks, the first British military deaths in Northern Ireland since the end of The Troubles.

2021 – At least 105 die and 600 are injured in the 2021 Bata explosions in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.

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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, March 07, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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