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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, March 15, 2023



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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 Friday Night





Franklin Area

Today

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

Tonight

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

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Highs near 60. Chance of rain is 100%.

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Chance of rain is 70%.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the north out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning decreasing to become light and variable in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph shifting to copme out of the northwest after midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Highs in the lower 50s. Windy. Chance of rain is 100%.

Friday Night

Showers, mainly before 4am. Lows around 30. Breezy. Chance of rain is 80%.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

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

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Thursday

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

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Highs in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 100%.

Friday Night

Showers, mainly before 2am. Lows around freezing. Chance of rain is 80%.


Nantahala Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing. Light and variable winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Light winds out of the southeast early in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Highs in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 100%.

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Chance of rain is 70%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

...INCREASED FIRE DANGER IN EFFECT FROM THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING...

Very dry air will continue to settle into the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia through Wednesday. The combination of slightly warmer air temperatures and continued very dry dew point temperatures will yield minimum relative humidity values in the 15 to 20 percent range on Wednesday afternoon. The very dry air will combine with rapidly drying brush and other surface fuels to increase fire danger despite the diminishing winds.

Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities on whether you can burn today. If you do burn, use extreme caution since fires can quickly get out of hand under these conditions.





Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather Mystery Farside Blast and Earth-Directed Storms Launch | Solar Storm Forecast: 14 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 (8.7 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 15th

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

Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1967
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Franklin in 1993
Greatest One-Day Rain 4.01 inches in Highlands in 1912
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1960

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 15th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 89°F in Albemarle, Stanly County in 1967
Lowest Temperature -9°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1993 /> Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Tryon, Polk County in 1923
Greatest Snowfall 8.0 inches in Mount Holly, Gaston County in 1912
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 March 2023 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

• High incidence of barotrauma in patients admitted with COVID-19 to ICU and associated mortality in rural Appalachia: An observational study [ Public Library of Science ]

• NC lawmakers debate bill to ban critical race theory [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Stricter penalties for damaging substations approved unanimously by NC Senate [Raleigh News and Observer]

• With new political makeup, North Carolina high court rehears gerrymandering case [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

Beach home collapses into ocean in North Carolina | NBC News




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National and World News Roundup

US Banking Crisis: The Truth Behind The Disaster | Cold Fusion



Is the U.S. Economy In ‘A Once-in-a-Lifetime Financial Transition’? | FRONTLINE



• Bank failures revive bitter Senate Democratic infighting [Politico]

Age of Easy Money | PBS Frontline



• A Palantir Co-Founder Is Pushing Laws to Criminalize Homeless Encampments Nationwide [Vice News]

• The PGA Tour’s lawsuit against Saudi Arabia could force disclosure about Donald Trump secrets and much more [Fortune]

• 21 South Carolina GOP Lawmakers Propose Death Penalty for Women Who Have Abortions [Rolling Stone]

• Some Mexican pharmacies sell pills laced with deadly fentanyl to U.S. travelers [NPR]

The King's Commonwealth Day Message 2023 | The Royal Family



• Biden Issues Executive Order to Strengthen Background Checks for Guns [New York Times]

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



Global National: March 14, 2023 | Quebec man charged in deadly Amqui truck crash



Nightly News Full Broadcast (March 14th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, (March 14, 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 12 March 2023, a total of 13,232,780,775 vaccine doses have been administered.


• High incidence of barotrauma in patients admitted with COVID-19 to ICU and associated mortality in rural Appalachia: An observational study [ Public Library of Science ]

• Mucosal Gene Expression in Response to SARS-CoV-2 Is Associated with Viral Load [ Journal of Virology ]

• More people are opting in on travel insurance in wake of COVID, airline troubles [ CBS News ]

• Canadian cardiologists debunk Florida COVID-19 vaccine claims [ CTV News ]

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

• Floating solar panels could provide over a third of global electricity [ARS TECHNICA]

• Great apes reach momentary altered mental states by spinning [Springer Link]

• Meta to lay off 10,000 more workers after initial cuts in November [The Hill]

• Amazon unveils three satellite user terminals, plans broadband service in 2024 [ARS TECHNICA]

• Mozilla Firefox for Android takes privacy to a new level with latest update [XDA]

• Ransomware attacks have entered a heinous new phase: Cybercriminal gangs now releasing stolen photos of cancer patients, student records. [ARS TECHNICA]

• OpenAI announces GPT-4 — the next generation of its AI language model [The Verge]

• 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

Sam Harris: Trump, Pandemic, Twitter, Elon, Bret, IDW, Kanye, AI & UFOs | Lex Fridman Podcast #365



The Level1 Show March 15 2023: FDIC You Later | Level1Techs



GPT4 - What's Better? - DTNS 4476 | Daily Tech News Show



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



CRS-27 Mission | SpaceX



Does Multiverse Exist? Science of 'Everything Everywhere All At Once' | Antov Petrov



Milky Way from ISS, Jupiter Catching Fire, Best Sci-Fi Novel | Q and A 215 | Fraser Cain



World's Strongest Magnet! | Veritasium



Adam Savage Learns How Real Chain Mail Is Restored! | Adam Savage’s Tested



Hybrid Hangover - Coder Radio 508 | Jupiter Broadcasting



Another Malicious Chrome Extension | TWiT TV





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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 14 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for March 14th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 385 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 384: Russia can agree to renew the Black Sea grain deal [Euromaiden Press]


• US Republican DeSantis calls Ukraine war a ‘territorial dispute’ [Al Jazeera]

• Russian Jet Collides With U.S. Drone Over Black Sea [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• U.S. endorses Poland’s decision of providing Ukraine MiG jets [TVP World]

• Ukraine updates: Kyiv adamant about defense of Bakhmut [DW News]

• Russian jet collides with US drone in international airspace over Black Sea, official says [Fox News]

Crimean Tatar Restaurateurs Send Message to Moscow | Voice of America



Inside Russia's Crackdown on Protesters | Vice News



Russian fighter jet collides with US drone, says US military | BBC News



What must the Armed Forces of Ukraine do to beat the Russians in the South?- Rock Rachon | TVP World



Ukraine war: Russian jet downs US drone over Black Sea | Al Jazeera



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

• US drones have no business near Russia – ambassador [Russia Today]

• It looks like Serbia would rather kneel before the West than be friends with Russia [Pravda]

• US drones gather data for Kiev’s future strikes on Russia — ambassador to US [TASS Russian News Agency]





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On This Day

March 15th is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 291 days remain until the end of the year. In the Roman calendar, March 15 was known as the Ides of March.



Historical Events

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




474 BC – Roman consul Aulus Manlius Vulso celebrates an ovation for concluding the war against Veii and securing a forty years' truce.

44 BC – The assassination of Julius Caesar takes place.

493 – Odoacer, the first barbarian King of Italy after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, is slain by Theoderic the Great, king of the Ostrogoths, while the two kings were feasting together.

856 – Michael III, emperor of the Byzantine Empire, overthrows the regency of his mother, empress Theodora (wife of Theophilos) with support of the Byzantine nobility.

897 – Al-Hadi ila'l-Haqq Yahya enters Sa'dah and founds the Zaydi Imamate of Yemen.

933 – After a ten-year truce, German King Henry the Fowler defeats a Hungarian army at the Battle of Riade near the Unstrut river.

1311 – Battle of Halmyros: The Catalan Company defeats Walter V, Count of Brienne to take control of the Duchy of Athens, a Crusader state in Greece.

1564 – Mughal Emperor Akbar abolishes the jizya tax on non-Muslim subjects.

1672 – King Charles II of England issues the Royal Declaration of Indulgence, granting limited religious freedom to all Christians.

1783 – In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New York, George Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy. The plea is successful and the threatened coup d'état never takes place.

1848 – A revolution breaks out in Hungary, and the Habsburg rulers are compelled to meet the demands of the reform party.

1874 – France and Vietnam sign the Second Treaty of Saigon, further recognizing the full sovereignty of France over Cochinchina.

1875 – Archbishop of New York John McCloskey is named the first cardinal in the United States.

1877 – First ever official cricket test match is played: Australia vs England at the MCG Stadium, in Melbourne, Australia.

1888 – Start of the Anglo-Tibetan War of 1888.

1907 – The first parliamentary elections of Finland (at time the Grand Duchy of Finland) are held.

1916 – United States President Woodrow Wilson sends 4,800 United States troops over the U.S.–Mexico border to pursue Pancho Villa.

1917 – Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicates the Russian throne, ending the 304-year Romanov dynasty.

1918 – Finnish Civil War: The battle of Tampere begins.

1921 – Talaat Pasha, former Grand Vizir of the Ottoman Empire and chief architect of the Armenian genocide is assassinated in Berlin by a 23-year-old Armenian, Soghomon Tehlirian.

1922 – After Egypt gains nominal independence from the United Kingdom, Fuad I becomes King of Egypt.

1926 – The dictator Theodoros Pangalos is elected President of Greece without opposition.

1927 – The first Women's Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge takes place on The Isis in Oxford.

1931 – SS Viking explodes off Newfoundland, killing 27 of the 147 on board.

1933 – Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss keeps members of the National Council from convening, starting the Austrofascist dictatorship.

1939 – Germany occupies Czechoslovakia.

1939 – Carpatho-Ukraine declares itself an independent republic, but is annexed by Hungary the next day.

1941 – Philippine Airlines enters service, making the airline the first and oldest commercial airline in Asia operating under its original name.

1943 – World War II: Third Battle of Kharkov: The Germans retake the city of Kharkov from the Soviet armies in bitter street fighting.

1945 – World War II: Soviet forces begin an offensive to push Germans from Upper Silesia.

1951 – Iranian oil industry is nationalized.

1952 – In Cilaos, Réunion, 1870 mm (73 inches) of rain falls in a 24-hour period, setting a new world record (March 15 through March 16).

1961 – At the 1961 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference, South Africa announces that it will withdraw from the Commonwealth when the South African Constitution of 1961 comes into effect.

1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to the Selma crisis, tells U.S. Congress "We shall overcome" while advocating the Voting Rights Act.

1974 – Fifteen people are killed when Sterling Airways Flight 901, a Sud Aviation Caravelle, catches fire following a landing gear collapse at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran, Iran.

1978 – Somalia and Ethiopia signed a truce to end the Ethio-Somali War.

1986 – Collapse of Hotel New World: Thirty-three people die when the Hotel New World in Singapore collapses.

1990 – Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first President of the Soviet Union.

1991 – Cold War: The Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany comes into effect, granting full sovereignty to the Federal Republic of Germany.

2008 – Stockpiles of obsolete ammunition explode at an ex-military ammunition depot in the village of Gërdec, Albania, killing 26 people.

2011 – Beginning of the Syrian Civil War.

2019 – Fifty-one people are killed in the Christchurch mosque shootings.

2019 – Beginning of the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests.

2019 – Approximately 1.4 million young people in 123 countries go on strike to protest climate change.

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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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