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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, May 02, 2023

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National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
On This Day
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A deep area of low pressure will persist over the Great Lakes, keeping dry and windy conditions across our region through Wednesday. High pressure builds in from the west on Thursday, resulting in lighter winds and slightly warmer temperatures. Rain chances increase again Friday and into the weekend with temperatures returning to normal for this time of year.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night

Franklin Area


Isolated showers after 3pm. Increasing clouds, with highs near 60. Winds out of the west 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.


A slight chance of showers before 2am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.


Sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 70.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s.
Highlands Plateau


Isolated showers after 3pm. Increasing clouds, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.


Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 20 to 30 mph in the morning decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s.
Otto and South Central Macon County


Isolated showers after 3pm. Increasing clouds, with highs near 60. Winds 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.


Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 60. Winds 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 70.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s.

Nantahala Area


Isolated showers after 2pm. Increasing clouds, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the west 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.


A chance of showers between 1am and 3am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds 5 to 15 mph decreasing to become light out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 60s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Windy conditions will continue today into tonight. The winds will begin to weaken Wednesday, and areas of frost may develop Wednesday night, especially in sheltered valleys.

Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather "Severe" G4 level Solar Storm Impact | Live Briefing 23 April 2023

Back to Top Hurricane Season 2023: What to Watch For As We Keep Tabs on El Nino | hurricanetrack

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

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (9.2 out of 12) today with Maple, Birch, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (9.2 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for May 2nd

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1963
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.30 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1946
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1871)

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of May Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992

Record Weather Events for May 2nd in North Carolina

rdrd Highest Temperature 95°F in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1901
Lowest Temperature 22°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1909
Greatest Rainfall 5.10 inches in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1873
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Roxboro, Person County in 1939
(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane Gladys)

--> Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of May Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 107°F in Aurora, Beaufort Countyy on 05-26-2011
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 05-09-2020
Greatest Rainfall 8.51 inches in Pisgah Forest, Transylvania County on 05-20-1942
Greatest Snowfall 15.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 05-07-1992

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Macon Calendar
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Angel Medical Center to Host Blood Drive From 11am to 4pm

Blood Connection will host a blood drive at Angel Medical Center on Friday, May 5, from 11 am to 4 pm. Blood Connection’s blood mobile will be set up in the parking lot at 124 One Center Drive, Franklin. Each blood donation can save up to 3 lives. Donors need to be at least 16 years old (16-year-olds will need a permission slip which will be available at the blood drive), weigh at least 110 pounds, have an ID, and be in general good health.

To schedule an appointment, visit:

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments will be honored first. A donor card or photo ID is required. All donors will receive $30 in eGift card rewards.


Friends of the Greenway Spring Arts and Crafts Event (FROG FAIR) From 10am to 4pm

Friends of the Greenway announce their Spring arts and crafts event. FROG FAIR will be held May 6, 2023 from 10-4 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge in Franklin. Vendor spaces are available (only registration fee goes to FROG)--check our website ( for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Volunteers needed too. Make sure to mark your calendar--arts and crafts, food, and music will make it a special day. For more information, email


Mainspring Walk at the Library 5.30pm

Find a sense of place with Mainspring and the Macon County Public Library. On the first Thursday of each month, we will take a casual 1 mile stroll through the trails behind the library, noticing how the forest, meadow, and river changes with the seasons. Each month we will pick an aspect of nature to explore during our walk, and spend a brief moment learning about the evening’s theme before heading out on the trails to discover the world around us. This event is free and open to the public, and registration is not required to attend. We will meet in the Meeting Room at the Macon County Public Library (149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin, NC 28734) at 5:30PM, where participants will be introduced to the day’s theme through a quick lesson. The walk will take about an hour and is on a variety of trails, from narrow and sloped to wide and flat. There is one moderate hill during this walk. For questions, please email Skye at This event is weather-dependent.


Contra Dance in the Macon County Public Library Living Room 6:30—9:00 p.m.

Join the fun of contra dancing, with beginners’ lessons at 6:30. Suggested donation, $10 per person helps to pay the musicians and callers for their travel and expertise. Hosted by the Arts Council of Macon County. SATURDAY, MAY 27th

Clarks Chapel Fire-Rescue Annual BBQ Fundraiser From 2pm until sold out Plates are $10 each

Clarks Chapel Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their annul BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday, May 27. It will feature Barbeque, Music, Raffles, Silent Auction, and plenty of family fun. The fire department is located at 270 Fulcher Road in Franklin.

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Local and State News

• Search ongoing for missing Florida man in Great Smoky Mountains National Park [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Unanimous NC Senate backs UNC Health changes, despite 'monopolistic' concerns [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Record number of inmates died in North Carolina jails. Supervision failures persist. [Raleigh News and Observer]

• North Carolina lawmakers move swiftly to restructure the state's largest health insurer [BPR]

Macon Media is still experiencing transportation issues and was unable to get to the courthouse to cover this months meeting. Here is the county-sponsored video of the meeting:

Macon County Commissioners Meeting 3-14-23

• HB259 NC House Bill Budget Substitute [PDF Download (640 pages)]

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

• Americans fault news media for dividing nation: AP-NORC poll [AP News]

• U.S. military is tracking another mysterious balloon [NBC News]

Six dead, more than 30 hospitalized after blowing dust leads to accidents on I-55 in Montgomery County | KMOV-TV (St Loius, MO)

• 60-car crash caused by dust cloud kills 6, closes I-55 for 17 miles [WCIA-TV (Champaign, IL)]

• ‘Do-it-yourself terrorism’: Neo-Nazi accused of firebombing Geauga County church highlights rise in white supremacist activity in Ohio [The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)]

• Cities reviving downtowns by converting offices to housing [AP News]

• Regulators seize First Republic Bank, sell assets to JPMorgan [Reuters]

• AI Will Make Our Society Even More Unequal, Economists Warn [Gizmodo]

Washington Today (5/1/23): Sec. Yellen says drop-dead date for debt ceiling is June 1 | C-SPAN

Global National: May 1, 2023 | 35,000 CRA workers still on strike despite deal with PSAC union

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 01

PBS NewsHour full episode, (May 01, 2023)

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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 11:04am CEST, 19 April 2023, there have been 102,977,396 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,120,529 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 7 April 2023, a total of 666,541,020 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 11:04am CEST, 19 April 2023, there have been 763,740,140 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,908,554 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 24 April 2023, a total of 13,325,228,015 vaccine doses have been administered.

• As Public Health Emergency Ends, CDC Will Stop Tracking Community Levels of Covid-19 [ Smithsonian Magazine ]

• ABC News and CNN Manage to Demonstrate Exactly What Not To Do with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. [ Vice News ]

• US to lift most federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates next week [ AP News (via Yahoo! News) ]

TWiV 1003: Going clinically viral | Microbe TV

• TWiV 1002: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 1003: Going clinically viral [Microbe TV]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• The Sky This Week: A Full Flower Moon [Astronomy Magazine]

• Stunning New Photographic Mars Map With Observations Made by the Emirates Mars Mission [SciTechDaily]

• A New Solution For Off-Grid EV Charging [CleanTechnica]

• Worried about EV battery life? Research shows they could outlive the cars they power [The Globe and Mail]

• Brain Activity Decoder Can Reveal Stories in People’s Minds [University of Texas at Austin]

• ‘Godfather of AI’ quits Google with regrets and fears about his life’s work [The Verge]

• Evaluation of Brain-Body Health in Individuals With Common Neuropsychiatric Disorders [JAMA Network]

• FAA sued over SpaceX Starship launch program following April explosion [CNBC]

• Film studios lose bid to unmask Reddit users who wrote comments on piracy [ARS TECHNICA]

• Ashley Madison users have little moral regret about sexual infidelity while expressing high levels of love for their spouses [PsyPost]

• 48% of people under 42 spend more time socializing online than off [ZDNET]

• Scientists Detect Brain Activity in Dying People Linked to Dreams, Hallucinations [Vice News]

• FBI Focuses on Cybersecurity With $90M Budget Request [DARK Reading]

• The wave of lawsuits that could kill social networks [El Pais]

• 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

• Free, legally available series/movies on YouTube in a Netlflix-like interface [Cinetimes]

Podcasts and Long Form Videos (History, Culture, Science, Space, Technology and Current Events)
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

Launch Site Dodges Bullet After SpaceX Launches Starship | Starbase Updates (NASA Spaceflight)

The Level1 Show May 2 2023: Leakin On The Edge | Level1 Techs

Ask Your Doctor if ChatGPT is Right for You - DTNS 4510 | Daily Tech News Show

Forget Earthquakes. THIS Is What Could Doom California | Joe Scott

The Worst Distro Ever | LINUX Unplugged 508


Was an Arthurian Knight Inspired by a Hungarian King? Medieval HIstory| Kings and Generals

Coronation of Charles III | UsefulCharts

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

• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 01 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for May 1st]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 433 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian war, Day 432: UK to purchase 100-300 km-range missiles for Ukraine [Euromaiden Press]

• Russian forces suffer radiation sickness after digging trenches and fishing in Chernobyl [The Independent]

• Explosions rock Russian military headquarters in Zaporizhzhia [Yahoo! News]

• Ukraine war: More than 20,000 Russian troops killed since December, US says [BBC News]

• US believes 20,000 Russians killed in Ukraine war since December [Al Jazeera]

• Russians suffer 100,000 casualties in Ukraine over just 5 months, U.S. estimates [TVP World]

Russia: Strongest repression since the Soviet Union? | DW News

War in Ukraine: 34 wounded in Russian strikes | FRANCE 24 English

Bloody close-quaters battle in the trenches | Military Mind - TVP World

Russia launches second pre-dawn missile attack on Ukraine in three days | BBC News

Hypersonic Weapons: Overhyped or Superweapons? - threats, challenges and has the USA fallen behind? | Perun

15 Events that Defined the War in Ukraine - Modern Era | Kings and Generals

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

Russia and China together could defeat us right now | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor

• Russia launches large-scale attack on Ukrainian military-industrial facilities [Russia Today]

**Pravda has no updated stories about the war today**
• Talking Tucker Carlson – Rumors, Theories and What Really Happened [Pravda]

• Russia's attack on Pavlograd deprives Ukrainian brigades of resources for advance [TASS Russian News Agency]

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On This Day

May 2 is the 122nd day of the year (123rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 243 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events

Historical Events

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

1194 – King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter.
1230 – William de Braose is hanged by Prince Llywelyn the Great.
1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft.
1559 – John Knox returns from exile to Scotland to become the leader of the nascent Scottish Reformation.
1568 – Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle.
1611 – The King James Version of the Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.
1625 – Afonso Mendes, appointed by Pope Gregory XV as Latin Patriarch of Ethiopia, arrives at Beilul from Goa.[3]
1670 – King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America.
1808 – Outbreak of the Peninsular War: The people of Madrid rise up in rebellion against French occupation. Francisco de Goya later memorializes this event in his painting The Second of May 1808.
1812 – The Siege of Cuautla during the Mexican War of Independence ends with both sides claiming victory after Mexican rebels under José María Morelos y Pavón abandon the city after 72 days
under siege by royalist Spanish troops under Félix María Calleja.
1829 – After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia.
1863 – American Civil War: Stonewall Jackson is wounded by friendly fire while returning to camp after reconnoitering during the Battle of Chancellorsville. He succumbs to pneumonia eight days later.
1866 – Peruvian defenders fight off the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao.
1876 – The April Uprising breaks out in Ottoman Bulgaria.
1885 – Cree and Assiniboine warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion.
1889 – Menelik II, Emperor of Ethiopia, signs the Treaty of Wuchale, giving Italy control over Eritrea.
1906 – Closing ceremony of the Intercalated Games in Athens, Greece.
1920 – The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis.
1933 – Germany's independent labor unions are replaced by the German Labour Front.
1941 – Following the coup d'état against Iraq Crown Prince 'Abd al-Ilah earlier that year, the United Kingdom launches the Anglo-Iraqi War to restore him to power.
1945 – World War II: The Soviet Union announces the fall of Berlin.
1945 – World War II: The surrender of Caserta comes into effect, by which German troops in Italy cease fighting.
1945 – World War II: The US 82nd Airborne Division liberates Wöbbelin concentration camp finding 1000 dead prisoners, most of whom starved to death.
1945 – World War II: A death march from Dachau to the Austrian border is halted by the segregated, all-Nisei 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army in southern Bavaria, saving several hundred prisoners.
1952 – A De Havilland Comet makes the first jetliner flight with fare-paying passengers, from London to Johannesburg.
1963 – Berthold Seliger launches a rocket with three stages and a maximum flight altitude of more than 100 kilometres near Cuxhaven. It is the only sounding rocket developed in Germany.
1964 – Vietnam War: An explosion sinks the American aircraft carrier USNS Card while it is docked at Saigon. Two Viet Cong combat swimmers had placed explosives on the ship's hull. She is raised and returned to service less than seven months later.
1964 – First ascent of Shishapangma, the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and the lowest of the Eight-thousanders.
1969 – The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City.
1972 – In the early morning hours a fire breaks out at the Sunshine Mine located between Kellogg and Wallace, Idaho, killing 91 workers.
1982 – Falklands War: The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sinks the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano.
1986 – Chernobyl disaster: The City of Chernobyl is evacuated six days after the disaster.
1989 – Cold War: Hungary begins dismantling its border fence with Austria, which allows a number of East Germans to defect.
1995 – During the Croatian War of Independence, the Army of the Republic of Serb Krajina fires cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing seven and wounding over 175 civilians.
1998 – The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.
1999 – Panamanian general election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.
2000 – President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
2004 – The Yelwa massacre concludes. It began on 4 February 2004 when armed Muslims killed 78 Christians at Yelwa. In response, about 630 Muslims were killed by Christians on May 2nd.
2008 – Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Burma killing over 138,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.
2008 – Chaitén Volcano begins erupting in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
2011 – Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man, is killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
2011 – An E. coli outbreak strikes Europe, mostly in Germany, leaving more than 30 people dead and many others are taken ill.
2012 – A pastel version of The Scream, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sells for $120 million in a New York City auction, setting a new world record for a work of art at auction.
2014 – Two mudslides in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, leave up to 2,500 people missing.

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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, May 02, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

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