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Saturday, March 18, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, March 18, 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

A reinforcing cold front will track across the area late today bringing drier weather and colder temperatures. Dry high pressure builds across the southeast Sunday into Monday and remains in control of the pattern through the middle of next week. Another cold front will approach out of the west late next week increasing rain chances again.





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with lows in the upper teens. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper teens. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with lows in the mid-teens and wind chills near zero at times. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s.
Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

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

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, 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 low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with highs near 50.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the 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 high range (10.3 out of 12) today with Maple, Jumiper, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (7.3 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for March 18th

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

Highest Temperature 81°F in Franklin in 1982
Lowest Temperature 4°F in Highlands in 1902
Greatest One-Day Rain 5.30 inches in Highlands in 1884 (also a state record)
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.5 inches in Highlands in 1958

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 18th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 96°F in Wadesboro, Anson County in 1945
Lowest Temperature -4°F in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1959 /> Greatest Rainfall 5.30 inches in Highlands, Macon County in 1884
Greatest Snowfall 16.0 inches in Waynesville, Haywood 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



• Colin Gooder, Owner of Gooder's Grove Hostel Has Passed Away [Appalachian Trail Hikers 2023 Facebook Group]

• Tougher riot penalties becoming NC law with no Cooper veto [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Closing Canton mill: AG Stein wants environmental problems, state's $12 million addressed [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Charges dropped against police shooting victim [Smoky Mountain News]

• Amid quarrels in the General Assembly over gun laws, NC governor tries new tactic to lessen firearm violence [BPR]

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

• Law enforcement agencies are prepping for a possible Trump indictment as early as next week [NBC News]

• Negativity drives online news consumption [Nature]

• 2023 People no longer believe working hard will lead to a better life, survey shows [Touzafair]

Minnesota power plant leaks 400,000 gallons of radioactive water | NBC News



• First Republic Stock Plunges After Bank Rescue Plan, Dividend Suspension [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• Banking Crisis Hangs Over Economy, Rekindling Recession Fear [New York Times]

• Russian, Chinese nuclear cooperation spurs House to sound alarm [Courthouse News Service]

• Trump’s Request for Third Financial Disclosure Delay Denied by Election Commission [Bloomberg via Yahoo! News]

• Marjorie Taylor Greene adds defunding ongoing DOJ Trump investigations to list of hard-right demands to avoid fiscal crisis [Business Insider]

Brooks and Capehart on the turmoil in the banking sector | PBS Newshour



Washington Today (3-17-23): Irish PM meets POTUS & Speaker McCarthy in DC for St. Patrick's Day | C-SPAN RADIO



Global National: March 17, 2023 | Edmonton police officers killed without discharging firearms



Nightly News Full Broadcast (March 17th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, (March 17, 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.


• Increased vaccine sensitivity of an emerging SARS-CoV-2 variant [MedRxiv (PDF)]

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

• What Worked Against Covid: Masks, Closures and Vaccines [Wall Street Journal]

• WHO calls on China to share data on raccoon dog link to pandemic. Here's what we know [NPR]

Sam Harris on the anti-vax cult | Lex Fridman Podcast Clips



TWiV 992: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin | Microbe TV



• 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

• Kali Linux's 10th Anniversary: A New 'Kali Purple' Distro and a Version Upgrade [It's FOSS News]

• We're Drowning in Subscriptions [Bloomberg]

• SVB and the Wealth Creation Flywheel [Margins]

• '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]

• 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



Micron Managing - DTNS 4479 | Daily Tech News Show



Long March-3B launches Gaofen-13 02 | SciNews



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 17 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for March 17th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 388 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 387: Russia’s atypical activity spotted in the Black Sea [Euromaiden Press]


• International court issues war crimes warrant for Putin [AP News]

• Russian, Chinese nuclear cooperation spurs House to sound alarm [Courthouse news Service]

• Arrest Warrant From Criminal Court Pierces Putin’s Aura of Impunity [New York Times]

• Former NATO chief is expecting more provocations from Russia [TVP World]

• Russia gives awards to fighter pilots involved in US drone crash [Al Jazeera]

• Reckoning Project documents Russian atrocities in Ukraine [DW News]

• 'An important day to see a head of state have an arrest warrant against him,' says ICC prosecutor [France 24]

The New Cold War - World Today | TVP World



Poland to send MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine - Will other NATO members follow suit? | DW News



Arrest warrant issued for Russia’s President Putin for alleged war crimes | BBC News



'Null and void': Russia slams war crimes warrant for Putin; Biden terms court order 'justified' | WION



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

• US and its ‘horrible’ leaders are greatest threat to Western civilization – Trump [Russia Today]

• Russia's new anti-drone complex ready for delivery [Pravda]

• Russia slams ICC’s warrant for Putin's arrest 'null and void' — Kremlin [TASS Russian News Agency]





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On This Day

March 18th is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 288 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)




37 – Roman Senate annuls Tiberius' will and proclaims Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (aka Caligula = Little Boots) emperor.

1068 – An earthquake in the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula leaves up to 20,000 dead.

1229 – Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, declares himself King of Jerusalem in the Sixth Crusade.

1241 – First Mongol invasion of Poland: Mongols overwhelm Polish armies in Kraków in the Battle of Chmielnik and plunder the city.

1314 – Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and final Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is burned at the stake.

1438 – Albert II of Habsburg becomes King of the Romans.

1571 – Valletta is made the capital city of Malta.

1608 – Susenyos is formally crowned Emperor of Ethiopia.

1644 – The Third Anglo-Powhatan War begins in the Colony of Virginia.

1673 – English lord John Berkeley sold his half of New Jersey to the Quakers

1741 – New York governor George Clarke's complex at Fort George is burned in an arson attack, starting the New York Conspiracy of 1741.

1766 – American Revolution: The British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act.

1793 – The first modern republic in Germany, the Republic of Mainz, is declared by Andreas Joseph Hofmann.

1793 – Flanders Campaign of the French Revolution, Battle of Neerwinden.

1834 – Six farm labourers from Tolpuddle, Dorset, England are sentenced to be transported to Australia for forming a trade union.

1848 – The premiere of Fry's Leonora in Philadelphia is the first known performance of an grand opera by an American composer.

1848 – March Revolution: In Berlin there is a struggle between citizens and military, costing about 300 lives.

1865 – American Civil War: The Congress of the Confederate States adjourns for the last time.

1871 – Declaration of the Paris Commune; President of the French Republic, Adolphe Thiers, orders the evacuation of Paris.

1874 – The Hawaiian Kingdom signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trade rights.

1898 – Phoebe, a satellite of Saturn, becomes first to be discovered with photographs, taken in August 1898, by William Henry Pickering.

1902 – Macario Sakay issues Presidential Order No. 1 of his Tagalog Republic.

1913 – King George I of Greece is assassinated in the recently liberated city of Thessaloniki.

1915 – World War I: During the Battle of Gallipoli, three battleships are sunk during a failed British and French naval attack on the Dardanelles.

1921 – The second Peace of Riga is signed between Poland and the Soviet Union.

1921 – The Kronstadt rebellion is suppressed by the Red Army.

1922 – In India, Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience, of which he serves only two.

1925 – The Tri-State Tornado hits the Midwestern states of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people.

1937 – The New London School explosion in New London, Texas, kills 300 people, mostly children.

1937 – Spanish Civil War: Spanish Republican forces defeat the Italians at the Battle of Guadalajara.

1938 – Mexico creates Pemex by expropriating all foreign-owned oil reserves and facilities.

1940 – World War II: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agree to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom.

1942 – The War Relocation Authority is established in the United States to take Japanese Americans into custody.

1944 – Mount Vesuvius in Italy erupts, killing 26 people, causing thousands to flee their homes, and destroying dozens of Allied bombers.

1948 – Soviet consultants leave Yugoslavia in the first sign of the Tito–Stalin Split.

1953 – An earthquake hits western Turkey, killing 265 people.

1959 – The Hawaii Admission Act is signed into law.

1962 – The Évian Accords end the Algerian War of Independence, which had begun in 1954.

1965 – Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.

1966 – United Arab Airlines Flight 749 crashes on approach to Cairo International Airport in Cairo, Egypt, killing 30 people.

1967 – The supertanker Torrey Canyon runs aground off the Cornish coast.

1968 – Gold standard: The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.

1969 – The United States begins secretly bombing the Sihanouk Trail in Cambodia, used by communist forces to infiltrate South Vietnam.

1970 – Lon Nol ousts Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.

1971 – Peru: A landslide crashes into Yanawayin Lake, killing 200 people at the mining camp of Chungar.

1980 – A Vostok-2M rocket at Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43 explodes during a fueling operation, killing 48 people.

1990 – Germans in the German Democratic Republic vote in the first democratic elections in the former communist dictatorship.

1990 – In the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth around $500 million, are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

1994 – Bosnia's Bosniaks and Croats sign the Washington Agreement, ending war between the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and establishing the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

1996 – A nightclub fire in Quezon City, Philippines kills 162 people.

1997 – The tail of a Russian Antonov An-24 charter plane breaks off while en route to Turkey, causing the plane to crash and killing all 50 people on board.

2014 – The parliaments of Russia and Crimea sign an accession treaty.

2015 – The Bardo National Museum in Tunisia is attacked by gunmen. Twenty-three people, almost all tourists, are killed, and at least 50 other people are wounded.

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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, March 18, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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