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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, March 08, 2023



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

Cooler air spills into the area today, as high pressure builds in from the north. Moisture and rain chances gradually return with another low pressure system and 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 [LINK] Very dry air is expected again today across the western Carolinas, with afternoon relative humidity values falling into the teens to lower 20s percent range. Winds will be less gusty than yesterday, but pending coordination with land managers, fire danger could be increased again today.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Friday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Light winds out of the south.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the south 3 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Rain. Lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly before 9am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Blustery.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Calm winds in the early evening increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Thursday

A slight chance of rain and snow before 9am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the south in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Thursday Night

Rain. Lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday

Showers, mainly before 10am. Highs near 50. Increased winds. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Increased winds.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come lo come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the south 3 to 6 mph.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Rain. Lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday

Showers, mainly before 10am. Highs in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Blustery.


Nantahala Area

Today

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

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Light and variable winds.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10am. Increasing clouds, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Rain. Lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly before 10am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Very dry air is expected again today across the western Carolinas, with afternoon relative humidity values falling into the teens to lower 20s percent range. Winds will be less gusty than yesterday, but pending coordination with land managers, fire danger could be increased again today.





Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather Radio Blackouts with Radiation Storms and 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 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 high range (9.5 out of 12) today with Alder, Juniper, and Elm being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.6 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for March 08th

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

Highest Temperature 83°F in Franklin in 1974
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Highlands in 1920
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.97 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1946
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1931

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 08th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 91°F in Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1974
Lowest Temperature -8°F in Laurel Springs, Ashe County in 1899
Greatest Rainfall 3.41 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1941
Greatest Snowfall 11.5 inches in Banner Elk, Avery 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 events have been submitted for Macon Calendar.
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Local and State News



• 2 speeches, 2 personas: Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson's State of the State response hints at new tactic [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• NC lawmakers are making more school boards partisan, and getting more Republicans elected [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Canton residents try to cope with the looming loss of town's paper mill [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Canton mill to close, leaving hundreds jobless [BPR]

• Area manufacturers, colleges could help laid-off mill workers write their next chapter [Smoky Mountain News]


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National and World News Roundup

• Two dead, two alive after Americans kidnapped in Mexico [BBC News]

• NTSB opens probe into Norfolk Southern safety practices after 5 recent incidents [CNBC]

2 Americans dead, 2 rescued after violent Mexico kidnapping | WGN-TV (Chicago, IL)



• Scout Motors To Build $2 Billion Assembly Plant In South Carolina [https://carbuzz.com/news/scout-motors-to-build-2-billion-assembly-plant-in-south-carolina]

• Elon Musk publicly mocks Twitter worker with disability who is unsure whether he’s been laid off [CNN]

• Oklahoma voters reject legalizing recreational marijuana [AP News]

• Demonstrators set to paralyse France in massive pension reform protests [France 24]

• FTC Twitter Investigation Sought Elon Musk’s Internal Communications, Journalist Names [WSJ (audio/video)] [WSJ (article archive)]

Washington Today (3-7-23): Fed Chair says interest rates likely to rise higher than previous target | C-SPAN RADIO



CBC News: The National | Election interference, King's coronation, Putin’s endgame



Global National: Mar. 7, 2023 | Opposition criticizes Trudeau's plan to probe foreign interference



Nightly News Full Broadcast (March 07th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, (March 07, 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.

• Dr. Scott Gottlieb says COVID origins may never be known "with certainty," but focus should be on "taking the steps" to ensure a lab leak never happens [ CBS News (video) ]

• COVID-19 less severe due to Omicron variants, vaccinations and previous infections [ National Institue for Public Health ]

• California Nurses Association condemns state decision to lift mask, vaccine requirements in health care settings [ National Nurses United ]

• U.S. to lift covid testing requirements on travelers from China [ Washington Post ]

• 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

• Scout Motors To Build $2 Billion Assembly Plant In South Carolina [ Car Buzz ]

• After Musk’s mass layoffs, one engineer’s mistake “broke the Twitter API”[ARS TECHNICA]

• The Top Antitrust Cop Says Big Tech Looks a Lot Like Standard Oil [Gizmodo]

• Google tells employees that fewer of them will get promotions to senior roles [CNBC]

• Cover-Up Exposed: EU Keeps Inconvenient Piracy Study Hidden from Public [ghacks]

• The pitfalls of letting an algorithm set the rent [Marketplace]

• Georgia nuclear plant begins splitting atoms for first time [AP News]

• 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 8 2023: Put Another NFT In The Jukebox | Level1Techs



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



Cordkillers 446 - Congrats, Fresno (w/ Fraser Cane) | Cordkillers [Audio Download]



Artemis I Post-Flight Update | NASA Video



SpaceX Starbase and Starship Next Level Improvements and Upgrades, Amazing Starlink V2 Mini, Crew 6 | Marcus House



The Lia Radiological Accident - Nuclear Bonfire | Kyle Hill



How Nvidia Grew From Gaming To A.I. Giant, Now Powering ChatGPT | CNBC



Adani: A $130 Billion Scandal | Cold Fusion





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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 07 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for March 07th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 378 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 377: Russians executed Ukrainian POW after he said “Slava Ukrayini” [Euromaiden Press]


• Suspects of group that destroyed Russian plane detained: Belarus [ Al Jazeera ]

• Poland to provide Ukraine with 10 more Leopard tanks this week [ TVP World ]

• Ukraine updates: Wagner claims control of eastern Bakhmut [ DW News ]

• No, these videos do not prove that the Ukrainian army is using chemical weapons [ France 24 ]

One Year of Defense of Ukraine Panel | Yale European Studies Council



Watch Russian Tanks Run Into the Same Trap Near Vuhledar, Ukraine | WSJ



Battle of Bakhmut: The Ukrainian defenders bravely resist the countless waves of Russian attacks | TVP World



Ukraine leaders vow to bolster Bakhmut defence as battle rages | Al Jazeera



Petro Poroshenko on what needs to happen to end the war in Ukraine | DW News



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

The weight of Russian manpower is crushing Ukrainians | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor



• Investigators find vessel involved in Nord Stream sabotage – media [Russia Today]

• Russia has not learned lessons of WWII. Can Moscow win confrontation with the West today? See more at https://english.pravda.ru/opinion/155996-west_russia_confrontation/ [Pravda]

• Russian forces take control of eastern part of Artyomovsk — Prigozhin [TASS Russian News Agency]





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On This Day

March 8 is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 298 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

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




1010 – Ferdowsi completes his epic poem Shahnameh. 1126 – Following the death of his mother, queen Urraca of León, Alfonso VII is proclaimed king of León. 1262 – Battle of Hausbergen between bourgeois militias and the army of the bishop of Strasbourg. 1558 – The city of Pori (Swedish: Björneborg) was founded by Duke John on the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia. 1658 – Treaty of Roskilde: After a devastating defeat in the Northern Wars (1655–1661), Frederick III, the King of Denmark–Norway is forced to give up nearly half his territory to Sweden. 1702 – Queen Anne, the younger sister of Mary II, becomes Queen regnant of England, Scotland, and Ireland. 1722 – The Safavid Empire of Iran is defeated by an army from Afghanistan at the Battle of Gulnabad. 1736 – Nader Shah, founder of the Afsharid dynasty, is crowned Shah of Iran. 1775 – An anonymous writer, thought by some to be Thomas Paine, publishes "African Slavery in America", the first article in the American colonies calling for the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery. 1782 – Gnadenhutten massacre: Ninety-six Native Americans in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, who had converted to Christianity, are killed by Pennsylvania militiamen in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indian tribes. 1801 – War of the Second Coalition: At the Battle of Abukir, a British force under Sir Ralph Abercromby lands in Egypt with the aim of ending the French campaign in Egypt and Syria. 1844 – King Oscar I ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway. 1844 – The Althing, the parliament of Iceland, was reopened after 45 years of closure. 1868 – Sakai incident: Japanese samurai kill 11 French sailors in the port of Sakai, Osaka. 1910 – French aviator Raymonde de Laroche becomes the first woman to receive a pilot's license. 1916 – World War I: A British force unsuccessfully attempts to relieve the siege of Kut (present-day Iraq) in the Battle of Dujaila. 1917 – International Women's Day protests in Petrograd mark the beginning of the February Revolution (February 23 in the Julian calendar). 1917 – The United States Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule. 1921 – Spanish Prime Minister Eduardo Dato Iradier is assassinated while on his way home from the parliament building in Madrid. 1924 – A mine disaster kills 172 coal miners near Castle Gate, Utah. 1936 – Daytona Beach and Road Course holds its first oval stock car race. 1937 – Spanish Civil War: The Battle of Guadalajara begins. 1942 – World War II: The Dutch East Indies surrender Java to the Imperial Japanese Army 1942 – World War II: Imperial Japanese Army forces captured Rangoon, Burma from British. 1950 – The iconic Volkswagen Type 2 "Bus" begins production. 1963 – The Ba'ath Party comes to power in Syria in a coup d'état 1965 – Vietnam War: US Marines arrive at Da Nang. 1966 – Nelson's Pillar in Dublin, Ireland, destroyed by a bomb. 1979 – Philips demonstrates the compact disc publicly for the first time. 1979 – Images taken by Voyager I proved the existence of volcanoes on Io, a moon of Jupiter. 1983 – Cold War: While addressing a convention of Evangelicals, U.S. President Ronald Reagan labels the Soviet Union an "evil empire". 1985 – A supposed failed assassination attempt on Islamic cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah in Beirut, Lebanon kills at least 56 and injures 180 others. 1988 – Aeroflot Flight 3379 is hijacked by the Ovechkin family and diverted to Veshchevo in the Soviet Union. 2004 – A new constitution is signed by Iraq's Governing Council. 2014 – In one of aviation's greatest mysteries, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying a total of 239 people, disappears en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The fate of the flight remains unknown. 2017 – The Azure Window, a natural arch on the Maltese island of Gozo, collapses in stormy weather. 2018 – The first Aurat March (social/political demonstration) was held being International Women's Day in Karachi, Pakistan, since then annually held across Pakistan and feminist slogan Mera Jism Meri Marzi (My body, my choice), in demand for women's right to bodily autonomy and against gender-based violence came into vogue in Pakistan. 2021 – International Women's Day marches in Mexico become violent with 62 police officers and 19 civilians injured in Mexico City alone. 2021 – Twenty-eight political institutions in Myanmar establish the National Unity Consultative Council, a historic alliance of ethnic armed organizations and democratically elected leaders in response to the 2021 Myanmar coup d'état

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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, March 08, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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