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Friday, March 10, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, March 10, 2023



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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Almanac
Macon Calendar
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

Clouds and moisture will increase with an approaching cold front from the west, bringing rain to our area tonight through early Friday. Dry and cool high pressure will be in control Friday night and Saturday. A stronger low pressure system will cross the region from the west Sunday into Sunday night, bringing moisture back into the area for the latter half of the weekend. Colder air will arrive from the northwest early next week and persist through the middle of the week. The current forecast has Tuesday night being the coldest.

MACON COUNTY SCHOOLS 2023 GRADUATION DATES

Franklin High School
- Saturday, June 3, 2023, 9:00 am- Franklin High School Football Field

Nantahala School
- Friday, June 2, 2023, Senior Reception- Nantahala School Cafeteria- 5:00 pm,
Graduation Ceremony- 6:00 pm, Nantahala School Gym

Highlands School
- Saturday, May 27, 2023, 10:00 am- Highlands School New Gym

Macon Early College
- Sunday, June 4, 2023, 2:00 pm, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Union Academy
- Friday, May 26, 2023, 6:00 pm, Holly Springs Baptist Church





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Showers likely, mainly before 10am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 60. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Clear during the early evening, then becoming mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday

Rain before noon, then showers, mainly after noon. Highs in the upper 40s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Chance of rain is 60%.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers likely, mainly before 10am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradual clearing during the afternoon, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph in the morning decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph before noon.

Saturday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph before midnight. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday

Rain before noon, then showers, mainly after noon. Highs in the lower 40s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Chance of rain is 60%.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then a slight chance of showers between 10am and noon. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the upper 50s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday

Rain before noon, then showers, mainly after noon. Highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Showers likely before 10am, then a slight chance of rain between 10am and noon. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Light winds out of the west early in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday

Rain before noon, then showers, mainly after noon. Highs in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Chance of rain is 60%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.





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 45 (GOOD) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 45 (GOOD)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (6.4 out of 12) today with Elm, Maple, and Juniper being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (9.6 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for March 10th

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

Highest Temperature 81°F in Franklin in 1974
Lowest Temperature 4°F in Highlands in 1932
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 1.95 inches in Highlands in 1913
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Highlands in 1975

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 10th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 89°F in Laurinburg, Scotland County in 1974
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Boone, Watauga County in 1996
Greatest Rainfall 5.12 inches in Wilmington, New Hanover County in 1936
Greatest Snowfall 11.5 inches in Elkin, Surry County in 1960
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



• Four Survive Life Force 6 Crash on Middle Burningtown Road in Macon County [Macon Media (Franklin, NC)]

• Advocates call for former Angel Medical Center to be used for mental health services [BPR]

• Bills aim to fund, reform NC's child care system [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• NC Senate approves tougher penalties for rioting, sending bill to Gov. Cooper [Raleigh News and Observer]


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National and World News Roundup

• Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suffered a concussion after tripping at private dinner: Staff [Washington Times]

• Banks Lose Billions in Value After Tech Lender SVB Stumbles [Wall Street Journal]

• Several people shot dead at Hamburg Jehovah's Witness hall [DW News]

• China’s Xi gains unprecedented third term as president [CNBC]

• Gulf Cartel handed over 5 alleged perpetrators of the Matamoros Case and asked society for "apologies" [InfoBae (Spanish)]

• George Santos masterminded 2017 ATM fraud, former roommate tells feds [Politico]

Biden unveils budget ahead of negotiations with Republicans over spending cuts | CBS News



• Norfolk Southern CEO grilled at Senate on money for families affected by Ohio derailment [Courthouse News Service ]

• Prosecutors Signal Criminal Charges for Trump Are Likely [New York Times]

• Mexican cartel says sorry for attack on Americans, bodies return to US [Reuters]

• Micronesian president suggests severing diplomatic ties with China in favour of Taiwan due to 'political warfare' [ABC News (Australia)]

Washington Today (3-9-23): Norfolk Southern CEO testifies to Senators on OH toxic train cleanup | C-SPAN RADIO



Global National: Mar. 9, 2023 | Foreign affairs minister confirms denying visa for Chinese diplomat



Nightly News Full Broadcast (March 09th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, (March 09, 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 6:21pm CET, 7 March 2023, there have been 102,247,392 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,111,342 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 10 February 2023, a total of 662,514,513 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 6:21pm CET, 7 March 2023, there have been 759,408,703 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,866,434 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 7 March 2023, a total of 13,229,166,046 vaccine doses have been administered.


Select Subcommittee Hearing: Investigating the Origins of COVID-19 | GOP Oversight



Witnesses and testimonies:

Dr. Robert Redfield, M.D.
Former Director
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

• [ Document ]

Dr. Jamie Metzl, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
The Atlantic Council

• [ Document ]

Nicholas Wade
Former Science and Health Editor, The New York Times; Former Editor, Science; and Former Editor, Nature

• [ Document ]

Paul G. Auwaerter, MD, MBA (Minority Witness)
Clinical Director, Division of Infectious Diseases; Sherrilyn and Ken Fisher Professor of Medicine; Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Past President, Infectious Diseases Society of America

• [ Document ]


• ‘We may not ever know’: Fauci says origin of coronavirus could remain a mystery [ Boston Globe ]

• Previous COVID infection linked to lower brain oxygen levels, cognitive problems: study [ CTV News ]

• NYC Mayor Eric Adams is telling stores to have customers remove their face masks [ NPR ]

• Covid backlash hobbles public health and future pandemic response [ Washington Post ]

• The science and politics of COVID natural immunity [ WBUR-FM (Boston, MA) ]

• 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

• What Makes Disinformation Ads Engaging? A Case Study of Facebook Ads from the Russian Active Measures Campaign [Taylor and Francis Online]

• The first wiring map of an insect's brain hints at incredible complexity [NPR]

• Congress’s Social Security Numbers Leaked in Health Data Breach [Gizmodo]

• Structural basis for bacterial energy extraction from atmospheric hydrogen [Nature]

• 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

The Level1 Show March 10 2023: When I Think About You I Repossess Myself | Level1Techs



Classical Music Stands Alone - DTNS 4473 | Daily Tech News Show



Long March-4C launches TianHui-6 A/B | SciNews



Cosmic Explosion That Blinded Our Satellites and Affected the Atmosphere | Antov Petrov



Facebook's Language Model Leaked on 4chan | TWiT TV



JWST has found MASSIVE galaxies in the early Universe which we can't explain | Dr Becky



OneWeb Launch 17 Mission | SpaceX



How To Start A Rocket Engine: Chilldown, Spin Up, Thermal Conditioning and Ignition! | Everyday Astronaut





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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 09 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for March 09th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 380 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 379: Russian forces continued offensive operations around Bakhmut [Euromaiden Press]


• How far can China and Russia’s ‘no limits’ partnership go? [ Al Jazeera (audio podcast) ]

• In villages around Bakhmut, civilians refuse to leave homes: photo report [ Euromaidan Press ]

• Most Germans want compulsory military service return — poll [ DW News ]

• Ukraine war: 'First time in history' UN Security Council permanent member threatens nuclear plant [ France 24 ]

Nord Stream blasts: German lawmaker warns against hasty conclusions | DW News



Tourist Leaks Russian Plans to Defend Crimea | Funker530 Veteran Community



Rock Rachon: Missiles strike Kyiv, Odesa; war with Russian disinformation | TVP World



Russian attacks hit targets in cities across Ukraine | Al Jazeera



Ukraine war: 'First time in history' UN Security Council permanent member threatens nuclear plant | France 24




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

IN THE PAST 24 HOURS MISSILES ALL OVER RUSSIA HIT | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor



• Air raid alert broadcast in Moscow by hackers – officials [Russia Today]

• Russian forces conduct massive missile attack on Ukraine [Pravda]

• Putin expects joint work with Xi Jinping to further boost Russia-China cooperation [TASS Russian News Agency]





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On This Day

March 10th is the 69th day of the year (70th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 296 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)




241 BC – First Punic War: Battle of the Aegates: The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing the First Punic War to an end.

298 – Roman Emperor Maximian concludes his campaign in North Africa and makes a triumphal entry into Carthage.

947 – The Later Han is founded by Liu Zhiyuan. He declares himself emperor.

1496 – After establishing the city of Santo Domingo, Christopher Columbus departs for Spain, leaving his brother in command.

1535 – Spaniard Fray Tomás de Berlanga, the fourth Bishop of Panama, discovers the Galápagos Islands by chance on his way to Peru.

1607 – Susenyos I defeats the combined armies of Yaqob and Abuna Petros II at the Battle of Gol in Gojjam, making him Emperor of Ethiopia.

1629 – Charles I dissolves the Parliament of England, beginning the eleven-year period known as the Personal Rule.[7]

1661 – French "Sun King" Louis XIV begins his personal rule of France after the death of his premier, the Cardinal Mazarin.

1735 – An agreement between Nader Shah and Russia is signed near Ganja, Azerbaijan and Russian troops are withdrawn from occupied territories.

1762 – French Huguenot Jean Calas, who had been wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform.

1814 – Emperor Napoleon I is defeated at the Battle of Laon in France.

1830 – The Royal Netherlands East Indies Army is created.

1831 – The French Foreign Legion is created by Louis Philippe, the King of France, from the foreign regiments of the Kingdom of France.

1848 – The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is ratified by the United States Senate, ending the Mexican–American War.

1861 – El Hadj Umar Tall seizes the city of Ségou, destroying the Bamana Empire of Mali.

1873 – The first Azerbaijani play, The Adventures of the Vizier of the Khan of Lenkaran, prepared by Akhundov, is performed by Hassan-bey Zardabi and dramatist and Najaf-bey Vezirov.

1876 – The first successful test of a telephone is made by Alexander Graham Bell.

1891 – Almon Strowger patents the Strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching.

1906 – The Courrières mine disaster, Europe's worst ever, kills 1099 miners in northern France.

1909 – By signing the Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909, Thailand relinquishes its sovereignty over the Malay states of Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis and Terengganu, which become British protectorates.

1922 – Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in India, tried for sedition, and sentenced to six years in prison, only to be released after nearly two years for an appendicitis operation.

1933 – The Long Beach earthquake affects the Greater Los Angeles Area, leaving around 108 people dead.

1944 – Greek Civil War: The Political Committee of National Liberation is established in Greece by the National Liberation Front.

1945 – World War II: The U.S. Army Air Force firebombs Tokyo, and the resulting conflagration kills more than 100,000 people, mostly civilians.

1949 – Mildred Gillars ("Axis Sally") is convicted of treason.

1952 – Fulgencio Batista leads a successful coup in Cuba.

1959 – Tibetan uprising: Fearing an abduction attempt by China, thousands of Tibetans surround the Dalai Lama's palace to prevent his removal.

1966 – Military Prime Minister of South Vietnam Nguyễn Cao Kỳ sacks rival General Nguyễn Chánh Thi, precipitating large-scale civil and military dissension in parts of the nation.

1969 – In Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. He later unsuccessfully attempts to recant.

1970 – Vietnam War: Captain Ernest Medina is charged by the U.S. military with My Lai war crimes.

1975 – Vietnam War: Ho Chi Minh Campaign: North Vietnamese troops attack Ban Mê Thuột in the South on their way to capturing Saigon in the final push for victory over South Vietnam.

1977 – Astronomers discover the rings of Uranus.

1990 – In Haiti, Prosper Avril is ousted 18 months after seizing power in a coup.

2000 – The Dot-com bubble peaks with the NASDAQ Composite stock market index reaching 5,048.62.

2006 – The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.

2017 – The impeachment of President Park Geun-hye of South Korea in response to a major political scandal is unanimously upheld by the country's Constitutional Court, ending her presidency.

2019 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a Boeing 737 MAX, crashes, leading to all 737 MAX aircraft being grounded worldwide.

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Published at 5:00am on Friday, March 10, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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