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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, March 14, 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

Cold and dry high pressure will maintain chilly overnight temperatures through mid-week, before a cold front arrives on Friday bringing widespread rain. Cool weather returns for the rest of the weekend.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Light and variable winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

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

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40.


Nantahala Area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in mthe lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40.


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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 A Brief Respite Wont Last | Space Weather News 10 March 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 medium-highrange (9.0 out of 12) today with Elm, Maple, and Juniper being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (9.2 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for March 14th

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

Highest Temperature 85°F in Franklin in 1967
Lowest Temperature 4°F in Highlands in 1926
Greatest One-Day Rain 5.38 inches in Highlands in 1913
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.5 inches in Highlands in 1993

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 14th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 91°F in Lewiston, Bertie County in 1990
Lowest Temperature -7°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1993 /> Greatest Rainfall 6.51 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1997
Greatest Snowfall 24.0 inches in Jefferson, Ashe County in 1993
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)

Tuesday, March 14th

Macon County Board of Commissioners Monthly Meeting at 6.00pm in the Commissioners Board on the third floor of the county courthouse. Access is through the rear parking lot. [Download PDF of Agenda Packet]





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



• Macon County Board of Commissioners Meeting Agenda: March 14, 2023 [Macon Media]

• Mobile sports betting bill would allow wagers to start Jan. 1 in North Carolina [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• 911 calls capture chaotic moments after House Speaker Tim Moore’s vehicle was rammed [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Mountain farmers brace for freezing temperatures; tips to prepare [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Hate changing your clocks? NC legislators do too [BPR]


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National and World News Roundup

The Daily Tech News Show Explains the Silicon Valley Bank Collapse (03-13-2023)



• The Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank [The Pragmatic Engineer]

The Silicon Valley Bank Collapse, Explained | WSJ



President Biden Remarks on Banking and the Economy (03-13-2023) | C-SPAN



• Why regulators seized Signature Bank in third-biggest bank failure in U.S. history [CNBC]

• Global Financial Stocks Lose $465 Billion on SVB Impact Worry [Bloomberg]

• First Republic Stock Halted As Banks Wobble From SVB Collapse Despite Fed Backstop [The Street]

• Trump Says Capitol Riot Was Pence’s Fault: ‘You Can Blame Him for Jan. 6’ [MEDIAITE]

• Trump returns to Iowa, with a plan to avoid the missteps he made in 2016 [Politico]

• Autopsy: 'Cop City' protester had hands raised when killed [WFXG-TV (Augusta, GA)]

• Willow Project: US government approves Alaska oil and gas development [BBC News]

• Company that put children to work in meatpacking plants in Kansas and Nebraska pays maximum fine [KCUR-FM (Kansas City, MO)]

• Waterlogged California battens down for more atmospheric rivers [Courthouse News Service]

• Voter-registration dispute during 2020 election raises question of attorney’s fees [SCOTUSblog]

Washington Today (3/13/2023): POTUS Biden insists banking system is safe after 2 bank collapses | C-SPAN RADIO



Global National: March 13, 2023 | Collapse of 2 US banks leaves customers with mounting concerns



Nightly News Full Broadcast (March 13th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, (March 13, 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.


• Public Interest in Myocarditis during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic [ Cambridge University Press ]

• Population-level median cycle threshold (Ct) values for asymptomatic COVID-19 cases can predict the trajectory of future cases [ PLOS ONE ]

• Persuading the “Movable Middle”: Characteristics of effective messages to promote routine and COVID-19 vaccinations for adults and children – The impact of COVID-19 on beliefs and attitudes [ Science Direct ]

• The winter COVID wave that wasn't: Why the US didn't see a surge [ ABC News ]

• 5 Things We've Learned from COVID in Three Years [ Scientific American ]

Ep 126 Osterholm Update: Truth in the Midst of Political Theater | Osterholm Update: COVID-19



• TWiV 991: The cancer mRNA shot [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 990: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Lockbit ransomware group has ransomed a 3rd party parts manufacturer for SpaceX - they claim to possess over 3,000 proprietary schematics for SpaceX. [Twitter]

• Culling vampire bats failed to beat rabies — and made the problem worse [Nature]

• Total and cause-specific mortality associated with meat intake in a large cohort study in Korea [Frontiers in Science ]

• The U.S. would destroy Taiwan’s chip plants if China invades, says former Trump official [Semaphor]

• Tiny data centre used to heat public swimming pool [BBC News]

• SpaceX says it will test Starlink’s satellite-to-cell service with T-Mobile this year [CNBC]

• Samsung caught faking zoom photos of the Moon [The Verge]

• The Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank [The Pragmatic Engineer]

• 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

WD Elements 5TB HDD & My Backup Strategies | Explaining Computers



The Level1 Show March 14 2023: Douyin Looks Like A Lady | Level1Techs



Silicon Valley's Blank - DTNS 4475 | Daily Tech News Show



Starbase Update: Booster 7 Leaves OLM, Booster 9 Gets Engines, and New Ship Lifting Rig for Starship | NASA Spaceflight



South America turning into China’s backyard | Caspian Report



Starship Prelaunch Activities Continue, Booster 7 Removed, Terran 1 Scrub, H3 Self Destructs, Crew-5 | Matt Lowne



Jason Calacanis - VC Reaction to Silicon Valley Bank Collapse | TWiT TV



How the Muslims conquered Spain - Guadelete 711 | Kings and Generals





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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 13 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for March 13th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 384 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 383: Russia intensifies terror against families in occupied areas [Euromaiden Press]


• Moldovan police say they foiled Russia-backed plot to create 'mass disorder' [BBC News]

• ICC expected to proceed with war crimes charges against Russians over Ukraine war [TVP World]

• ‘Forcible transfer’: Orphans from Ukraine ‘taken’ by Russia [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine updates: Zelenskyy says future depends on Bakhmut [DW News]

• Macron meets with Hungary's Orban at Elysée Palace to discuss Ukraine war [France 24]

Ukraine military drills imitate real battlefield | Reuters



Heavy losses on both sides as Bakhmut is reduced to rubble | DW News



Hundreds of Russian troops perish in the battle of Bakhmut - World News | TVP World



Ukraine war: Heavy casualties reported in Bakhmut as battle for city rages | Al Jazeera



Life in Ukrainian city of Mariupol under Russian occupation | BBC News



The Economic War in Ukraine a Year On - The energy war, politics and production | Perun




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

• India and China competing for Russian crude – Reuters [Russia Today]

• Ukraine considers going on counteroffensive in two months [Pravda]

• Wagner PMC founder describes situation in Artyomovsk as very difficult [TASS Russian News Agency]





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On This Day

March 14th is the 72nd 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 292 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)




1074 – Battle of Mogyoród: Dukes Géza and Ladislaus defeat their cousin Solomon, King of Hungary, forcing him to flee to Hungary's western borderland.

1590 – Battle of Ivry: Henry of Navarre and the Huguenots defeat the forces of the Catholic League under Charles, Duke of Mayenne, during the French Wars of Religion.

1647 – Thirty Years' War: Bavaria, Cologne, France and Sweden sign the Truce of Ulm.

1663 – According to his own account, Otto von Guericke completes his book De Vacuo.

1674 – The Third Anglo-Dutch War: The Battle of Ronas Voe results in the Dutch East India Company ship Wapen van Rotterdam being captured with a death toll of up to 300 Dutch crew and soldiers.

1757 – Admiral Sir John Byng is executed by firing squad aboard HMS Monarch for breach of the Articles of War.

1780 – American Revolutionary War: Spanish forces capture Fort Charlotte in Mobile, Alabama, the last British frontier post capable of threatening New Orleans.

1794 – Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin.

1885 – The Mikado, a light opera by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, receives its first public performance at the Savoy Theatre in London.

1900 – The Gold Standard Act is ratified, placing the United States currency on the gold standard.

1901 – Utah governor Heber Manning Wells has vetoed a bill that would have eased restriction on polygamy.

1903 – Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, the first national wildlife refuge in the US, is established by President Theodore Roosevelt.

1920 – In the second of the 1920 Schleswig plebiscites, about 80% of the population in Zone II votes to remain part of Weimar Germany.

1926 – The El Virilla train accident, Costa Rica, kills 248 people and wounds another 93 when a train falls off a bridge over the Río Virilla between Heredia and Tibás.

1931 – Alam Ara, India's first talking film, is released.

1939 – Slovakia declares independence under German pressure.

1942 – Anne Miller becomes the first American patient to be treated with penicillin, under the care of Orvan Hess and John Bumstead.

1943 – The Holocaust: The liquidation of the Kraków Ghetto is completed.

1945 – The R.A.F. drop the Grand Slam bomb in action for the first time, on a railway viaduct near Bielefeld, Germany.

1951 – Korean War: United Nations troops recapture Seoul for the second time.

1961 – A USAF B-52 bomber crashes near Yuba City, California whilst carrying nuclear weapons.

1964 – Jack Ruby is convicted of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, the assumed assassin of John F. Kennedy.



1967 – The body of U.S. President John F. Kennedy is moved to a permanent burial place at Arlington National Cemetery.

1972 – Sterling Airways Flight 296 crashes near Kalba, United Arab Emirates while on approach to Dubai International Airport, killing 112 people.

1978 – The Israel Defense Forces launch Operation Litani, a seven-day campaign to invade and occupy southern Lebanon.

1979 – Alia Royal Jordanian Flight 600 crashes at Doha International Airport, killing 45 people.

1980 – LOT Flight 7 crashes during final approach near Warsaw, Poland, killing 87 people, including a 14-man American boxing team.

1982 – The South African government bombs the headquarters of the African National Congress in London.

1988 – In the Johnson South Reef Skirmish Chinese forces defeat Vietnamese forces in an altercation over control of one of the Spratly Islands.

1995 – Norman Thagard becomes the first American astronaut to ride to space on board a Russian launch vehicle.

2006 – The 2006 Chadian coup d'état attempt ends in failure.

2007 – The Nandigram violence in Nandigram, West Bengal, results in the deaths of at least 14 people.

2008 – A series of riots, protests, and demonstrations erupt in Lhasa and subsequently spread elsewhere in Tibet.

2017 – A naming ceremony for the chemical element nihonium takes place in Tokyo, with then Crown Prince Naruhito in attendance.

2019 – Cyclone Idai makes landfall near Beira, Mozambique, causing devastating floods and over 1000 deaths.

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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to the following websites or books: MaconMedia.com, youtube.com, weather.gov, airnow.gov, wikipedia.com, onthisday.com, ncdcr.gov, ncsu.edu, utah.edu, https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/, wolfram.com, biorxiv.org, aps.org, nejm.org, plos.org, cell.com, researchsquare.com, cureus.com, spc.noaa.gov, nhc.noaa.gov, ncdenr.org, medrxiv.org, archive.org, ncpedia.org, nasa.gov, https://ww2days.com, nih.gov, carolinapublicpress.org, microbe.tv, smokymountainnews.com, psypost.org, blogspot.com, pollen.com, franklinnc.com, maconnc.org, spaceweather.com, solarham.com, loc.gov, ncleg.net, senate.gov, house.gov, whitehouse.gov, drudgereport.com, politico.com, realclearpolitics.com, ushmm.org, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 - Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center. 

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