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Wednesday, May 10, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, May 10, 2023

**note** The GOES-EAST imager is down and this image loop is from yesterday.

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COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
On This Day
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Dry high pressure builds in from the north today and will remain into the weekend. Moisture increases again mainly over the mountains this weekend as a frontal boundary approaches from the northwest. This front is expected to cross the mountains early next week.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night

Franklin Area


Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.


Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.
Highlands Plateau


Sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the southeast in the afternoon.


Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.


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


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Nantahala Area


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


Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 10 mph.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 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 Earth in Solar Storm Crosshairs | Live Informal Briefing 09 May 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 40 (GOOD/CODE GREEN) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 40 (GOOD/CODE GREEN)

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (8.6 out of 12) today with Birch, Maple, and Hickory being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (7.7 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for May 10th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 88°F in Highlands in 1936
Lowest Temperature 28°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2020
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.34 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1990
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 10th in North Carolina

rdrd Highest Temperature 98°F in New Bern, Craven County in 1963
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2020
Greatest Rainfall 3.35inches in Raleigh, Wake County in 1949
Greatest Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since 1872)
(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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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]


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

• 4 changes at NC DMVs to know for your next visit [WNCN-TV (Goldsboro, NC)]

• Cooper begins pressure tour, hoping to defend veto on abortion bill [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• El Niño is likely in 2023. Here’s what that could mean for North Carolina weather [Ealeigh News and Observer]

• South Carolina man pleads guilty to statutory rape of teen in WNC [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• ID is now required to cast a ballot in NC. Here’s what voters need to ensure they can vote [Fayetteville Observer]

• 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

• Flanked by leaders of ex-Soviet allies, Putin blasts the West [Al Jazeera]

• Jury says Trump must pay E. Jean Carroll $5 million for sexual abuse and defamation [CNBC]

• Donald Trump Found Liable for Defamation, Sexual Abuse in Civil Case [WSJ (video and audio)] [WSj (article archive)]

May 9th Joint Law Enforcement Agency Press Conference | City of Allen - ACTV

• Biden and McCarthy Reach No Consensus as a Possible Default Looms [New York Times]

• Rep. George Santos charged by Justice Department in federal probe [CNN]

IDF launches Operation Shield and Arrow | ILTV Israel News

• Tucker Carlson says he’s coming back with show on Twitter [AP News]

• Salafi-jihadi Movement Update Special Edition: Protests in Pakistan, May 9, 2023 [Institute for the Study of War]

• How Biden’s Economy Stacks Up Against Every President Since 1963 [GO Banking Rates (via Yahoo! News)]

• Disney updates lawsuit against DeSantis to add new events [AP News]

Tucker Carlson launching new show on Twitter after Fox News departure | CNBC Television

Washington Today (5-9-23): President Biden, Speaker McCarthy meet on debt limit; no deal yet | C-SPAN

Global National: May 9, 2023 | China expels Canadian consul in response to Chinese diplomat ousting

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 09

PBS NewsHour full episode, (May 09, 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.

• A Proclamation on Revoking the Air Travel COVID-⁠19 Vaccination Requirement [ The White House ]

• 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]

• Casual Cannabis Use By Teens Raises Risk of Depression, Suicidality [Columbia University Department of Psychiatry]

• Pearson taking legal action over use of its content to train language models, as it announces own AI plans [Evening Standard]

• 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 10 2023: Rush B to Avoid Censorship | Level1 Techs

Human, This is a Wendy's - DTNS 4516 | Daily Tech News Show

A Natural History of Mars | PBS Eons

Stephen Wolfram: ChatGPT and the Nature of Truth, Reality & Computation | Lex Fridman Podcast #376

Civilization: Is the West History? | Episode 1 | BBC Select

The Next Gen Desktop | LINUX Unplugged 509 | Jupiter Broadcasting

Here Come the Fake AI-generated “News” Sites | TWiT TV

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

• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 09 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for May 9th]

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

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 440: Another overnight large-scale missile and drone strike on Ukraine [Euromaiden Press]

• Russia’s losses are worse than anyone thinks [The UK Telegraph (via Yahoo! News) ]

• Ukrainians pin hopes on counteroffensive against Russia [Al Jazeera]

• Russian brigade flees from Bakhmut [TVP World]

• Russia's future rests on Ukraine war, Putin tells Victory Day parade [BBC News]

• REPLAY - Victory Day in Russia: Putin delivers address to nation from the Red Square [France 24]

Russia in a ‘battle of survival’ as Putin hides the scale of war losses in Ukraine | Times Radio

Where Will Ukraine Attack? - Russian Invasion | Kings and Generals

Ukraine-Russia war: Moscow marks Victory Day as war intensifies | Al Jazeera

Did victory day expose Russia's military weakness? | DW News

The increasingly well-armed Ukrainians are pushing ever harder | Military Mind | 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

Interview with RFK Jr - Massive Russian missiles rain down | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor

• Globalist elites provoking bloody conflicts and coups – Putin [Russia Today]

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

• Russian forces strike Ukrainian army reserves, ammo depots by precision weapons [TASS Russian News Agency]

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On This Day

May 10 is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 235 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)

28 BC – A sunspot is observed by Han dynasty astronomers during the reign of Emperor Cheng of Han, one of the earliest dated sunspot observations in China.
1291 – Scottish nobles recognize the authority of Edward I of England pending the selection of a king.
1294 – Temür, Khagan of the Mongols, is enthoned as Emperor of the Yuan dynasty.
1497 – Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World.
1503 – Christopher Columbus visits the Cayman Islands and names them Las Tortugas after the numerous turtles there.
1534 – Jacques Cartier visits Newfoundland.
1688 – King Narai nominates Phetracha as regent, leading to the revolution of 1688 in which Phetracha becomes king of the Ayutthaya Kingdom.
1768 – Rioting occurs in London after John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for The North Briton severely criticizing King George III.
1773 – The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by reducing taxes on its tea and granting it the right to sell tea directly to North America. The legislation leads to the Boston Tea Party.
1774 – Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette become King and Queen of France.
1775 – American Revolutionary War: A small Colonial militia led by Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold captures Fort Ticonderoga.
1775 – American Revolutionary War: The Second Continental Congress takes place in Philadelphia.
1796 – War of the First Coalition: Napoleon wins a victory against Austrian forces at Lodi bridge over the Adda River in Italy. The Austrians lose some 2,000 men.
1801 – First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America.
1824 – The National Gallery in London opens to the public.
1833 – A revolt broke out in southern Vietnam against Emperor Minh Mang, who had desecrated the deceased mandarin Le Van Duyet.
1837 – Panic of 1837: New York City banks suspend the payment of specie, triggering a national banking crisis and an economic depression whose severity was not surpassed until the Great Depression.
1849 – Astor Place Riot: A riot breaks out at the Astor Opera House in Manhattan, New York City over a dispute between actors Edwin Forrest and William Charles Macready, killing at least 22 and injuring over 120.
1857 – Indian Rebellion of 1857: In India, the first war of Independence begins. Sepoys mutiny against their commanding officers at Meerut.
1865 – American Civil War: In Kentucky, Union soldiers ambush and mortally wound Confederate raider William Quantrill, who lingers until his death on June 6.
1869 – The First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western United States, is completed at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory with the golden spike.
1872 – Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for President of the United States.
1876 – The Centennial Exposition is opened in Philadelphia.
1881 – Carol I is crowned the King of the Romanian Kingdom.
1899 – Finnish farmworker Karl Emil Malmelin kills seven people with an axe at the Simola croft in the village of Klaukkala.
1904 – The Horch & Cir. Motorwagenwerke AG is founded. It would eventually become the Audi company.
1908 – Mother's Day is observed for the first time in the United States, in Grafton, West Virginia.
1916 – Sailing in the lifeboat James Caird, Ernest Shackleton arrives at South Georgia after a journey of 800 nautical miles from Elephant Island.
1922 – The United States annexes the Kingman Reef.
1924 – J. Edgar Hoover is appointed first Director of the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and remains so until his death in 1972.
1933 – Censorship: In Germany, the Nazis stage massive public book burnings.
1940 – World War II: German fighters accidentally bomb the German city of Freiburg.
1940 – World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain. On the same day, Germany invades France, The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.Meanwhile, the United Kingdom occupies Iceland.
1941 – World War II: The House of Commons in London is damaged by the Luftwaffe in an air raid.
1941 – World War II: Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland to try to negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany.
1942 – World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign.
1946 – First successful launch of an American V-2 rocket at White Sands Proving Ground.
1962 – Marvel Comics publishes the first issue of The Incredible Hulk.
1967 – The Northrop M2-F2 crashes on landing, becoming the inspiration for the novel Cyborg and TV series The Six Million Dollar Man.
1969 – Vietnam War: The Battle of Dong Ap Bia begins with an assault on Hill 937. It will ultimately become known as Hamburger Hill.
1975 – Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder.
1993 – In Thailand, a fire at the Kader Toy Factory kills over 200 workers.
1994 – Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa's first black president.
1996 – A blizzard strikes Mount Everest, killing eight climbers by the next day.
1997 – The 7.3 Mw Qayen earthquake strikes Iran's Khorasan Province killing 1,567 people.
2002 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Russia for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
2005 – A hand grenade thrown by Vladimir Arutyunian lands about 20 m from U.S. President George W. Bush while he is giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate.
2012 – The Damascus bombings are carried out using a pair of car bombs detonated by suicide bombers outside a military intelligence complex in Damascus, Syria, killing 55 people.
2013 – One World Trade Center becomes the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
2017 – Syrian civil war: The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) capture the last footholds of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Al-Tabqah, bringing the Battle of Tabqa to an end.

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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, May 10, 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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