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Friday, March 17, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, March 17, 2023



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Science and Technology
On This Day
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GENERAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will approach the region from the west tonight into Friday before moving east of the area Friday night. A second reinforcing cold front will move through the region from the northwest over the weekend, with chilly temperatures expected. Dry high pressure will then set up over the southeast Sunday through Monday. A coastal low pressure system will develop offshore Tuesday into Wednesday, but with most of the associated moisture east of our area.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Showers, mainly after 7am. Patchy fog before 1pm. Highs near 60. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers before 2am, then a slight chance of rain. Patchy fog in the midmorning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 20.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers, mainly after 7am. Patchy fog. Highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight

Rain showers likely before 2am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Patchy fog before 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 40s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 20s.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Occasional showers, mainly after 7am. Patchy fog between 9am and 2pm. Highs near 60. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

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

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Occasional showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. Patchy fog before 10am, then patchy fog after noon. Highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the south 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog before 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday

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

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs near 40.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.





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 40 (GOOD) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 40 (GOOD)


Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (5.6 out of 12) today with Maple, Jumiper, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (9.6 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for March 17th

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

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1945
Lowest Temperature 11°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.40 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1973
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.5 inches in Highlands in 1936

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 17th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 93°F in Louisburg, Franklin County in 1945
Lowest Temperature 2°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2017 /> Greatest Rainfall 5.60 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1990
Greatest Snowfall 5.7 inches in Asheville, Buncombe County in 1936
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





• Pedestrian killed in accident on Georgia Road in front of new Ingles [Facebook Post]

• Gov. Cooper to Pactiv Evergreen: Mill closure would be 'clear breach' of $12M agreement [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Is my money safe? NC Treasurer and Banking Commissioner say 'yes' [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Thousands could lose NC Medicaid coverage starting April 1. Here’s what you need to know [Raleigh News and Observer]

• ‘It means everything’: Former worker reflects on career amid Canton mill closure [Smoky Mountain News]

Proposed State Budget for 2023-2025 [Download PDF]



• Macon County Board of Commissioners March 2023 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]


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National and World News Roundup

• FACT FOCUS: Claims link ‘woke’ policies to bank’s demise [AO News]

• First Republic Bank gets $30 billion in deposits from big banks [Reuters]

• Iran agrees to stop arming Houthis in Yemen as part of deal with Saudi Arabia – Wall Street Journal report [Arab News]

• Protests in Paris as Macron forces through controversial pension reform [France 24]

• Cost of Fighting Bird Flu Outbreaks Tops $670 Million [Successful Farming]

FBI investigates attempted helicopter theft at Sacramento Executive Airport | CBS Sacremento



• "It was very dramatic": FBI investigates attempted helicopter theft at Sacramento Executive Airport [CBS News]

• 7 Virginia deputies charged with 2nd-degree murder in death of Black man who was ‘smothered’ in custody, prosecutor says [CNN]

• FBI says newspaper editor interfered with police at Capitol riot [Washington Times]

• MyPillow CEO Says Company Is Going Broke Defending Election Fraud Claims [Rolling Stone]

• On Trump Force One, KFC Is On The Menu and 45 Is Still President [Bloomberg via Yahoo! News]

Washington Today (3-16-23): Treasury Sec Yellen tells Senators the banking system 'remains sound' | C-SPAN RADIO



Global National: March 16, 2023 | What's known about fatal shooting of 2 Edmonton police constables



Nightly News Full Broadcast (March 16th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, (March 16, 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 11:31am CET, 16 March 2023, there have been 102,417,985 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,113,229 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 10 February 2023, a total of 662,514,513 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 11:31am CET, 16 March 2023, there have been 760,360,956 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,873,477 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 12 March 2023, a total of 13,232,780,775 vaccine doses have been administered.


• F.D.A. Advisers Endorse Paxlovid’s Benefits as a Covid Treatment [New York Times]

• The Strongest Evidence Yet That an Animal Started the Pandemic [The Atlantic]

• The rise and fall of Canada's domestic PPE market [CTV News]

• Fact check: Posts lie about US military HIV rates, falsely link virus with COVID-19 vaccine [USA TODAY via Yahoo! News]

Dr. Anthony Fauci discusses COVID-19 origins and lessons learned 3 years later | CBS News



• 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

• FCC orders phone companies to block scam text messages [ARS TECHNICA]

• 'Tinker V' Launched as ASUS's First Open-Source RISC-V Board [It's FOSS News]

• Microsoft lays off entire AI ethics team while going all out on ChatGPT [Popular Science]

• For 1st time, scientists create mice with cells from 2 males [AP News]

YTTV IMAGE • YouTube TV raises subscription to $72.99, inching closer to cable pricing [The Verge]

• The biggest space missions to look out for in 2023 [Astronomy Magazine]

• Odyssey Over? Precarious Fuel Supply of NASA’s Oldest Mars Orbiter [SciTechDaily]

• Rust developer cancels community event due to death threats [PC Gamer]

• Where the sidewalk ends [Science 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

The Bi-Oceanic Corridor to revolutionize South America | Caspian Report



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



Bally's Bankruptcy Banishes Blackouts? - DTNS 4477 | Daily Tech News Show



How Scammers Destroyed an Entire Country | Cold Fusion



The Great Cloud Exodus - Coder Radio 509 | Jupiter Broadcasting



Rocket Lab launches 2nd Electron mission from US soil with 2 satellites | Video From Space



The Next Iteration of Chat GPT | TWiT TV



Active Volcanoes On Venus Found in 30 Year Old Images! | Scott Manley



Infrared Earth-like Planet Hunter Telescope [NIAC 2023] | Fraser Cain



Will You Be Replaced? The Jaw-Dropping Impact of ChatGPT and Emerging AI with Shawn Presser | Event Horizon



Cream of The Universe Soup with Neil deGrasse Tyson - Cosmic Queries | Star Talk



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





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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 16 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for March 16th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 387 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 386: Russia gained 0.039% more territory in Ukraine in one month [Euromaiden Press]


• Who Blew Up Nord Stream? Investigators Focus on Six Mysterious Passengers on a Yacht [Wall Street Journal]

• U.S. State Department authorizes sale of 800 Hellfire missiles for Poland [TVP World]

• Duda says Poland to send 4 MiG-29s to Ukraine ‘within days’ [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine updates: Russia committed 'wide range' of war crimes [DW News]

• Battle for Bakhmut highlights divide between Wagner mercenary chief and the Kremlin [France 24]

• Fire at security building in Russia's Rostov-on-Don [BBC News]

Ukraine frontline fighting: the Battle for Bakhmut | BBC News



Pentagon releases video of Russian jet collision with U.S. drone | CNS News



Let's talk about Russia recovering it.... (the MQ-9 Reaper Drone) | Beau of the Fifth Column



Ukraine war: Moldova's westward shift triggers tensions with Russia over Transnistria | Sky News



Surviving a Russian Missile - Nucking_Futs_Yuri | FUNKER530 Vetreran Community



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

• Pentagon releases video of doomed drone chased by Russian jet [Russia Today]

• Russian economy starts developing on new model – Putin [Pravda]

• Russian forces in full control of line of contact on left bank of Dnieper River — official [TASS Russian News Agency]





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On This Day

March 17th is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 289 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)




45 BC – In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.

180 – Commodus becomes sole emperor of the Roman Empire at the age of eighteen, following the death of his father, Marcus Aurelius.

455 – Petronius Maximus becomes, with support of the Roman Senate, emperor of the Western Roman Empire; he forces Licinia Eudoxia, the widow of his predecessor, Valentinian III, to marry him.

1337 – Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy in England.

1400 – Turko-Mongol emperor Timur sacks Damascus.

1776 – American Revolution: The British Army evacuates Boston, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.

1805 – The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King of Italy.

1824 – The Anglo-Dutch Treaty is signed in London, dividing the Malay archipelago. As a result, the Malay Peninsula is dominated by the British, while Sumatra and Java and surrounding areas are dominated by the Dutch.

1860 – The First Taranaki War begins in Taranaki, New Zealand, a major phase of the New Zealand Wars.

1861 – The Kingdom of Italy is proclaimed.

1862 – The first railway line of Finland between cities of Helsinki and Hämeenlinna was officially opened.

1891 – SS Utopia collides with HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar and sinks, killing 562 of the 880 passengers on board.

1921 – The Second Polish Republic adopts the March Constitution.

1942 – Holocaust: The first Jews from the Lvov Ghetto are gassed at the Belzec death camp in what is today eastern Poland.

1945 – The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany, collapses, ten days after its capture.

1948 – Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO.

1950 – Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name "californium".

1957 – A plane crash in Cebu, Philippines kills Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.

1958 – The United States launches the first solar-powered satellite, which is also the first satellite to achieve a long-term orbit.

1960 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action program that will ultimately lead to the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

1963 – Mount Agung erupts on Bali killing more than 1,100 people.

1966 – Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the DSV Alvin submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.

1968 – As a result of nerve gas testing by the U.S. Army Chemical Corps in Skull Valley, Utah, over 6,000 sheep are found dead.

1969 – Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.

1973 – The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family, which came to symbolize the end of United States involvement in the Vietnam War.

1979 – The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers.

1985 – Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the "Night Stalker", commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles murder spree.

1988 – A Colombian Boeing 727 jetliner, Avianca Flight 410, crashes into a mountainside near the Venezuelan border killing 143.

1988 – Eritrean War of Independence: The Nadew Command, an Ethiopian army corps in Eritrea, is attacked on three sides by military units of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front in the opening action of the Battle of Afabet.

1992 – Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires: Car bomb attack kills 29 and injures 242.



1992 – A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%.

2000 – Five hundred and thirty members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God die in a fire, considered to be a mass murder or suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult. Elsewhere another 248 members are later found dead.

2003 – Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Robin Cook, resigns from the British Cabinet in disagreement with government plans for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

2004 – Unrest in Kosovo: More than 22 are killed and 200 wounded. Thirty-five Serbian Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Serbia are destroyed.

2016 – Rojava conflict: At a conference in Rmelan, the Movement for a Democratic Society declares the establishment of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria.

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Published at 5:00am on Friday, March 17, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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