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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, May 09, 2023



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Macon Calendar
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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 cold front crosses our region from the north today, which could develop a few strong to severe thunderstorms across the eastern Piedmont this afternoon. On Wednesday, dry high pressure builds in from the north and will remain into the weekend. Moisture increases again over the weekend as frontal boundary approaches from the northwest.



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Light winds out of the northwest early in the morning increasing to 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Light and variable winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s.
Highlands Plateau

Today

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Light and variable winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 81. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 79. Calm winds becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 54.


Nantahala Area

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 4pm and 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather



Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.





Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather Our Sun Rapid Fires Earth-directed Solar Storms | Solar Storm Forecast 06 May 2023




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





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Almanac









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

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (8.4 out of 12) today with Birch, Maple, and Hickory being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.0out of 12).



Record Weather Events for May 9th

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

Highest Temperature 89°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 28°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1947
Greatest One-Day Rain 1.46 inches in Highlands in 1969
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands in 1992

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 9th in North Carolina

rdrd Highest Temperature 99°F in Lumberton, Robeson County in 1940
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1989
Greatest Rainfall 4.09inches in Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1910
Greatest Snowfall 3.0 inches at Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1992
(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
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10th

Stained-glass Dedication Ceremony at Macon County Public Library 5—6 p.m.

FRANKLIN – The Friends of the Macon County Public Library will host a public dedication ceremony to celebrate the installation of new stained-glass windows from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Rd. in Franklin. Read the full press release at [Macon Media]

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



Local VFDs Knock Down Fire, Save Kitten with Medical Aid



• Mission Health clears up confusion surrounding cancer center claims [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Billboard companies want to cut more trees along NC roads. One kind of tree in particular [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Trump, Pence, DeSantis to speak at NC GOP state convention in June [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Sylva official explains how social district works [Macon County News and Shopping Guide]

• New Stained-Glass Windows to be Dedicated at Macon County Public Library on May 10th [Macon Media]



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

Investigation into Allen outlet mall shooting is going back years | CBS TEXAS



• Horrific stories emerge as thousands flee ethnic violence in north-east India [The Guardian]

• Pentagon wants authority to start work on new technologies without Congressional approval [Federal News Network]

• Iran executes two men convicted of blasphemy [BBC News]

• King Charles and Queen Camilla pose in royal regalia for official portraits [BBC News]



Wall Street Week - Full Show 05/05/2023 | Bloomberg Television



Washington Today (5/8/2023): Mass killing in Texas mall is 22nd this year, on pace to break record | C-SPAN



Global National: May 8, 2023 | Alberta wildfires force nearly 30,000 residents to flee



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 08


PBS NewsHour full episode, (May 08, 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:



Based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, to expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023. Macon County Public Health will stop publishing weekly COVID updates but will continue to monitor local case levels and trends. In the event that case counts increase significantly, MCPH will notify the public and resume weekly COVID updates.




• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 4:16pm CEST, 3 May 2023, there have been 103,266,404 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,124,063 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 7 April 2023, a total of 666,541,020 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 4:16pm CEST, 3 May 2023, there have been 765,222,932 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,921,614 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 30 April 2023, a total of 13,344,670,055 vaccine doses have been administered.


• Statement on the fifteenth meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic [ World Health Organization ]

• The Covid–19 Crisis Is Officially Over. Everything Changed. [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSJ (article archive)]

• COVID no longer a global health emergency, World Health Organization says [ Sky News ]

• Masks Work. Distorting Science to Dispute the Evidence Doesn’t [ Scientific American ]

• CDC Director Rochelle Walensky is stepping down from agency [ NBC News ]

Ep 130 Osterholm Update: A Better Place | Osterholm Update



• 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: Enjoy Venus and Mars in the evenings [Astronomy Magazine]

• GJ 486b: An Atmosphere around a Rocky M-dwarf Planet? [Centauri Dreams]

• Supercomputers have revealed the giant ‘pillars of heat’ funnelling diamonds upwards from deep within Earth [The Conversation]

• Fame-seeking mass shooters more likely to plan ‘surprise’ attacks, and the novelty of their locations and targets brings added fame [Eureka Alert: American Association for the Advancement of Science]

• This algorithm can make satellite signals act like GPS [Tech Xplore]

• Pentagon wants authority to start work on new technologies without Congressional approval [Federal News Network]

• 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

The Level1 Show May 9 2023: Utah Gets Even Saltier | Level1 Techs



Streaming Causing Screaming - DTNS 4515 | Daily Tech News Show



Expedition 69 NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 Relocates Crew Dragon Capsule on Space Station - (Saturday May 6, 2023) | NASA Video



The Rise and Sad Fall of Wang Labs | Asianometry



Tornado Intercept Vehicle | A History Of Tornado Interception



Tesla Lithium Groundbreaking | Tesla





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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 08 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for May 8th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 440 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 439: Russian forces to receive ammunition for offensive in Bakhmut [Euromaiden Press]


• Air raid alerts for Kyiv, two-thirds of Ukraine [Al Jazeera]

• NATO forces on high alert after Black Sea incident: NATO HQ [TVP World]

• Pulitzer Prizes honor coverage of Russia's war in Ukraine [DW News]

• 'Fierce fighting' underway in Bakhmut as Wagner receives ammunition [France 24]

• Ukraine says it downed Russian cruise missiles aimed at Kyiv [BBC News]

Russians 'seen wiring explosives' near nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia | Times Radio



Russia launches a barrage of air strikes across Ukrainian cities | DW News



Victory Day: Ukraine and Russia to mark end of World War II | Al Jazeera



The goal is to humiliate Europe | Break the Fake | TVP World



Ukraine's Planned Counteroffensive - force readiness, leaks, politics & expectations | Perun




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

New podcast - Russia is now only one step away from victory | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor



• Tucker Carlson to square off against Fox – Axios [Russia Today]

**Pravda has no updated stories about the war today**
• Zaporizhzhia authorities to relocate 70,000 from border settlements amid ongoing shelling [Pravda]

• US’ anti-Russian actions push humanity towards world war, Malaysian ex-PM says [TASS Russian News Agency]





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On This Day

May 9 is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 236 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)





328 - Athanasius is elected Patriarch of Alexandria.
1009 – Lombard Revolt: Lombard forces led by Melus revolt in Bari against the Byzantine Catepanate of Italy.
1386 – England and Portugal formally ratify their alliance with the signing of the Treaty of Windsor, making it the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world which is still in force.
1450 – 'Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated.
1540 – Hernando de Alarcón sets sail on an expedition to the Gulf of California.
1662 – The figure who later became Mr. Punch makes his first recorded appearance in England.
1671 – Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal England's Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
1726 – Five men arrested during a raid on Mother Clap's molly house in London are executed at Tyburn.
1864 – Second Schleswig War: The Danish navy defeats the Austrian and Prussian fleets in the Battle of Heligoland.
1865 – American Civil War: Nathan Bedford Forrest surrenders his forces at Gainesville, Alabama.

1865 – American Civil War: President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation ending belligerent rights of the rebels and enjoining foreign nations to intern or expel Confederate ships.
1873 – Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression.
1877 – Mihail Kogălniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day became the Independence Day of Romania.
1901 – Australia opens its first national parliament in Melbourne.
1911 – The works of Gabriele D'Annunzio are placed in the Index of Forbidden Books by the Vatican.
1915 – World War I: Second Battle of Artois between German and French forces.
1918 – World War I: Germany repels Britain's second attempt to blockade the port of Ostend, Belgium.
1920 – Polish–Soviet War: The Polish army under General Edward Rydz-Śmigły celebrates its capture of Kiev with a victory parade on Khreshchatyk.
1926 – Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of Byrd's diary appears to cast some doubt on the claim.)
1927 – Old Parliament House, Canberra officially opens.
1936 – Italy formally annexes Ethiopia after taking the capital Addis Ababa on May 5.
1941 – World War II: The German submarine U-110 is captured by the Royal Navy. On board is the latest Enigma machine which Allied cryptographers later use to break coded German messages.
1942 – The Holocaust in Ukraine: The SS executes 588 Jewish residents of the Podolian town of Zinkiv (Khmelnytska oblast. The Zoludek Ghetto (in Belarus) is destroyed and all its inhabitants executed or deported.
1945 – World War II: The final German Instrument of Surrender is signed at the Soviet headquarters in Berlin-Karlshorst.
1946 – King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates and is succeeded by Umberto II.
1948 – Czechoslovakia's Ninth-of-May Constitution comes into effect.
1950 – Robert Schuman presents the "Schuman Declaration", considered by some to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union.
1955 – Cold War: West Germany joins NATO.
1960 – The Food and Drug Administration announces it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle's Enovid, making Enovid the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.
1969 – Carlos Lamarca leads the first urban guerrilla action against the military dictatorship of Brazil in São Paulo, by robbing two banks.
1974 – Watergate scandal: The United States House Committee on the Judiciary opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.
1979 – Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian is executed by firing squad in Tehran, prompting the mass exodus of the once 100,000-strong Jewish community of Iran.
1980 – In Florida, United States, Liberian freighter MV Summit Venture collides with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, making a 1,400-ft. section of the southbound span collapse. Thirty-five people in six cars and a Greyhound bus fall 150 ft. into the water and die.
1980 – In Norco, California, United States, five masked gunmen hold up a Security Pacific bank, leading to a violent shoot-out and one of the largest pursuits in California history. Two of the gunmen and one police officer are killed and thirty-three police and civilian vehicles are destroyed in the chase.
1987 – LOT Flight 5055 Tadeusz Kościuszko crashes after takeoff in Warsaw, Poland, killing all 183 people on board.
1988 – New Parliament House, Canberra officially opens.
1992 – Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the First Nagorno-Karabakh War.
1992 – Westray Mine disaster kills 26 workers in Nova Scotia, Canada.
2001 – In Ghana, 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium disaster. The deaths are caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of tear gas by police personnel at the stadium) that followed a controversial decision by the referee.
2002 – The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected terrorists among them deported to several different countries.
2017 – US President Donald Trump fires FBI Director James Comey.
2018 – The historic defeat for Barisan Nasional, the governing coalition of Malaysia since the country's independence in 1957 in 2018 Malaysian general election.
2020 – The COVID-19 recession causes the U.S. unemployment rate to hit 14.9 percent, its worst rate since the Great Depression.





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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, May 08, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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Macon County Board of Elections 03-11-2014 The Macon County Board of Elections holds a special meeting to hear a challenge brought by Charles "Scoon" Nichols to the candidacy of Macon County Commissioner Ron Haven regarding his eligibility to file as a candidate in the District II County Commissioner race. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9lNBy-faAA ********************* Jair Bolsonaro leaves Brazil for the US ahead of Lula’s inauguration https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/30/americas/brazil-jair-bolsonaro-us-lula-inauguration-intl-latam Dang. He pulled a Trump and snuck out of town and can't be civil during the transfer of power. What a toddler move. ******************** Fierce Kitty, Glorious Kitty, Little Ball of Fur. Honourable Kitty, Warrior Kitty, Qapla' Qapla' Qapla'-->
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