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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, May 03, 2023

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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


Sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph in the morning increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.


Patchy frost after 3am. Otherwise, clear, with lows in thge mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming light after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.


Areas of frost before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.


A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s.
Highlands Plateau


Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.


Clear, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 64. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the west in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s.
Otto and South Central Macon County


Sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.


Areas of frost after 5am. Otherwise, clear, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Areas of frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 10 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50.

Nantahala Area


Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.


Patchy frost after 3am. Otherwise, clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph decreasing to light winds after midnight.


Areas of frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Calm windss early in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

A wind advisory will be in effect this mroning until 8am. Areas of frost will be possible overnight tonight.

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 (9.1 out of 12) today with Maple, Birch, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.5 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for May 3rd

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2012
Lowest Temperature 27°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1961
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.40 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1997
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 3rd in North Carolina

rdrd Highest Temperature 99°F in Tarboro, Edgecombe County in 1948
Lowest Temperature 19°F in Laurel Springs, Ashe County in 1981
Greatest Rainfall 3.68 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1972
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1971
(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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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.

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

• Search continues for man missing in Deep Creek area [ One Feather ]

• NC Senate unanimously approves obscenity bill. Opponents say it unfairly targets drag shows [ Asheville Citizen-Times (via Yahoo! News) ]

• Fight intensifies over NC SBI control [ WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC) ]

• Community college bill described as a 'major power grab' would take away local control [ WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

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

Debt ceiling negotiations become urgent as Treasury says the U.S. could hit limit in weeks | PBS NewsHour

• Press freedom 'under attack' in every corner of the globe, UN says [France 24]

Philippines ask for US military presence in South China Sea | DW News

• Texas manhunt ends with arrest of man accused of killing 5 neighbors [NBC News]

• McDonald's franchisee employed 10-year-old children, Department of Labor investigators find [CBS News]

• Title 42: 1,500 US troops to be deployed to southern border [BBC News]

The Hollywood Writer’s Strike Explained | Nerdist

Defense Experts Reveal What the DOD Has Been Doing in Space! | Defense Flash News

Washington Today (5-2-23): Partisan split at Senate committee hearing on Supreme Court ethics | C-SPAN

Global National: May 2, 2023 | Hundreds in Quebec forced from their homes by severe flooding

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 02

PBS NewsHour full episode, (May 02, 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.

• CDC opens probe after 35 test positive for covid following CDC conference [ Washington Post ]

• Court rules Wisconsin hospital can’t be forced to give ivermectin to COVID patient [ The Hill ]

• Why viral reservoirs are a prime suspect for long COVID sleuths [ NPR ]

The antivax filmmaker who sparked harassment of bereaved families | BBC Newsnight

• 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]

• Cordkillers 454 – Wonka Grant and the Hugh Factory (w/ Merrill Barr) [Cordkillers (audio)]

• Ford reopens Mustang Mach-E orders with lower prices and upgraded EPA range [electrek]

• Twitter shifts course, allowing governments to post automated weather alerts and transit updates ‘for free’ [CNN]

• Amnesty Uses Warped, AI-Generated Images to Portray Police Brutality in Colombia [Vice News]

• AI-generated beer commercial contains joyful monstrosities, goes viral [ARS TECHNICA]

• The Washington Post To Debut Amazon Freevee FAST Channel [Deadline]

• Kamala Harris to discuss A.I. in meeting with Google, Microsoft, OpenAI and Anthropic CEOs [CNBC]

• 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

SpaceX Falcon Heavy fairing reentry at Mach 15 creating a large plasma wake - ViaSat-3 mission

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

The Level1 Show May 3 2023: Magic: The Seizening | Level1 Techs

What the Heck Is BlueSky? - DTNS 4511 | Daily Tech News Show

Cordkillers 454 - Wonka Grant and the Hugh Factory (w/ Merrill Barr) | Cordkillers

What Are Particles? Do They ACTUALLY Exist?! | The Science Asylum

Drive to Salamua - Pacific War #76 | Kings and Generals

Starship Explodes, Falcon Heavy Burns, Astra Reveals New Rocket - Deep Space Updates May 1st | Scott Manley

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 02 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for May 2nd]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 434 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 433: Another large-scale strike against Ukraine [Euromaiden Press]

• Blast causes another train to derail in Russia near Ukraine [Al Jazeera]

• EU to boost ammunition production to aid Ukraine [TVP World]

• War in Ukraine: Melitopol's residents and its pro-Ukrainian mayor relocated to Zaporizhzhia [France 24]

• Ukraine updates: US to deliver rockets in new aid package [DW News]

• Nord Stream: Report puts Russian navy ships near pipeline blast site [BBC News]

A Brit Fighting in Ukraine: part 5 - scariest moment, being an FO, winning a medal, hearts and minds | Lindybeige

Culture of fear: the source of Putin's power | World Today - TVP World

War in Ukraine: Melitopol's residents and its pro-Ukrainian mayor relocated to Zaporizhzhia | France 24

On Assignment with Richard Engel: Ukraine’s Secret Resistance | NBC News

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

A change in targeting strategy on the Russian side | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor

• Oil depot near Crimean Bridge on fire – governor [Russia Today]

• Ukraine pledges to stage month of blood and tears in Russia in May [Pravda]

• Blasts again reported in Ukraine’s capital Kiev, surrounding regions [TASS Russian News Agency]

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On This Day

May 3 is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 242 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)

752 – Mayan king Bird Jaguar IV of Yaxchilan in modern-day Chiapas, Mexico, assumes the throne.
1481 – The largest of three earthquakes strikes the island of Rhodes and causes an estimated 30,000 casualties.
1491 – Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptised by Portuguese missionaries, adopting the baptismal name of João I.
1568 – Angered by the brutal onslaught of Spanish troops at Fort Caroline, a French force has burned the San Mateo fort and massacred hundreds of Spaniards.
1616 – Treaty of Loudun ends a French civil war.
1715 – A total solar eclipse is visible across northern Europe and northern Asia, as predicted by Edmond Halley to within four minutes accuracy.
1791 – The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
1802 – Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city after Congress abolishes the Board of Commissioners, the District's founding government. The "City of Washington" is given a mayor-council form of government.
1808 – Finnish War: Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia.
1808 – Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are executed near Príncipe Pío hill.
1815 – Neapolitan War: Joachim Murat, King of Naples, is defeated by the Austrians at the Battle of Tolentino, the decisive engagement of the war.
1830 – The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened; it is the first steam-hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.
1837 – The University of Athens is founded in Athens, Greece.
1848 – The boar-crested Anglo-Saxon Benty Grange helmet is discovered in a barrow on the Benty Grange farm in Derbyshire.
1849 – The May Uprising in Dresden begins: The last of the German revolutions of 1848–49.
1855 – American adventurer William Walker departs from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
1901 – The Great Fire of 1901 begins in Jacksonville, Florida.
1913 – Raja Harishchandra, the first full-length Indian feature film, is released, marking the beginning of the Indian film industry.
1920 – A Bolshevik coup fails in the Democratic Republic of Georgia.
1921 – Ireland is partitioned under British law by the Government of Ireland Act 1920, creating Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.
1921 – West Virginia becomes the first state to legislate a broad sales tax, but does not implement it until a number of years later due to enforcement issues.
1928 – The Jinan incident begins with the deaths of twelve Japanese civilians by Chinese forces in Jinan, China, which leads to Japanese retaliation and the deaths of over 2,000 Chinese civilians in the following days.
1939 – The All India Forward Bloc is formed by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
1942 – World War II: Japanese naval troops invade Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands during the first part of Operation Mo that results in the Battle of the Coral Sea between Japanese forces and forces from the United States and Australia.
1945 – World War II: Sinking of the prison ships Cap Arcona, Thielbek and Deutschland by the Royal Air Force in Lübeck Bay.
1947 – New post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect.
1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Shelley v. Kraemer that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities are legally unenforceable.
1951 – London's Royal Festival Hall opens with the Festival of Britain.
1951 – The United States Senate Committee on Armed Services and United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations begin their closed door hearings into the relief of Douglas MacArthur by U.S. President Harry Truman.
1952 – Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States land a plane at the North Pole.
1952 – The Kentucky Derby is televised nationally for the first time, on the CBS network.
1957 – Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, agrees to move the team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.
1963 – The police force in Birmingham, Alabama switches tactics and responds with violent force to stop the "Birmingham campaign" protesters. Images of the violent suppression are transmitted worldwide, bringing new-found attention to the civil rights movement.
1971 – Erich Honecker becomes First Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, remaining in power until 1989.
1978 – The first unsolicited bulk commercial email (which would later become known as "spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.
1979 – Margaret Thatcher wins the United Kingdom general election. The following day, she becomes the first female British Prime Minister.
1986 – Twenty-one people are killed and forty-one are injured after a bomb explodes on Air Lanka Flight 512 at Colombo airport in Sri Lanka.
1987 – A crash by Bobby Allison at the Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama fencing at the start-finish line would lead NASCAR to develop the restrictor plate for the following season both at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega.
1999 – The southwestern portion of Oklahoma City is devastated by an F5 tornado, killing forty-five people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado is one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak. This tornado also produces the highest wind speed ever recorded, measured at 301 +/- 20 mph (484 +/- 32 km/h).
1999 – Infiltration of Pakistani soldiers on Indian side results in the Kargil War.
2000 – The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.
2001 – The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
2006 – Armavia Flight 967 crashes into the Black Sea near Sochi International Airport in Sochi, Russia, killing 113 people.
2007 – The three-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann disappears in Praia da Luz, Portugal, starting "the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history".
2015 – Two gunmen launch an attempted attack on an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, which was held in response to the Charlie Hebdo shooting.
2016 – Eighty-eight thousand people are evacuated from their homes in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada as a wildfire rips through the community, destroying approximately 2,400 homes and buildings.
2018 - Kilauea volcano on Big Island, Hawaii begins erupting forcing the evacuation of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and residential areas
2020 - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China responsible for the spread and severity of COVID-19 and should be held accountable
2020 - Brazilian confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 100,000 with the death toll at 7,025, the 9th country to do so
2021 - German police announce operation and arrests into 'Boystown' world's largest child abuse image website with 400,000 members worldwide
2021 - Former U.S. Senator and astronaut Bill Nelson, becomes Administrator of NASA
2021 - Democratic Republic of the Congo announces the end of the latest Ebola outbreak after three months with a death toll of six

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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, May 03, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to the following websites or books:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 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):, 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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