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Thursday, May 11, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, May 11, 2023



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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

Dry high pressure will move off the mid Atlantic and continue to influence our weather 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 Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

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

Friday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds out of the southeast 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.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers before 1am, then a slight chance of rain between 1am and 3am, then a slight chance of showers after 3am. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.

Friday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm, then a slight chance of showers between 7pm and 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Friday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the southeast 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.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the south 3 to 10 mph.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.


Nantahala Area

Today

A slight chance of showers before 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. East southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Friday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the south 3 to 10 mph.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers between 10am and noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60.


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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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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-high range (7.9 out of 12) today with Birch, Maple, and Hickory being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (6.7 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for May 10th

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

Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2011
Lowest Temperature 29°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1954
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.02 inches in Highlands in 1943
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 11th in North Carolina

rdrd Highest Temperature 99°F in Tarboro, Edgecombe County in 1896
Lowest Temperature 20°F in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 1966
Greatest Rainfall 4.35 inches in Wilmington, New Hanover County in 2015
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
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)

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



• Three new people join the NC Board of Elections [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Student Wins WCU College Of Business Pitch Competition [Smoky Mountain News]

• Waynesville seeks input on preservation plan for Main Street, Frog Level, Hazlewood [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• WCU Police capture federal fugitive [Sylva Herald and Ruralite]

• Can Canton still be a mill town without a mill? [Mountain Xpress]



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

• The Home Buyer’s Quandary: Nobody’s Selling [Wall Street Journal]

• Inflation rate eases to 4.9% in April, less than expectations [CNBC]

• California’s Feinstein returns to Senate after monthslong absence [AP News]

• Biden Dials Up Pressure: ‘World Is in Trouble’ If We Default [Bloomberg]

U.S. counter intelligence warns of hate groups using online memes | NBC News



• Texas DPS Refutes Elon Musk and Far-Right ‘Psy Ops’ Claim By Confirming Allen Shooter Had ‘Neo-Nazi Ideation,’ Tattoos [MEDIAITE]

Rep. George Santos pleads not guilty to 13 criminal charges | NBC News



• Santos pleads not guilty to federal indictment alleging wide-ranging financial crimes [Politico]

Breaking down Republicans' accusations against Biden family | CBS News



• Biden Family Investigation [US House Committee on Oversight and Accountability]

• FBI doesn't share document GOP subpoenaed alleging 'criminal scheme' involving Biden [Fox News]

• Google is giving its dominant search engine an artificial-intelligence makeover [AP News]

• Russia’s collapse has handed China a once-in-a-millennium opportunity to secure domination [The Telegraph (via Yahoo! News)]

• Five Takeaways From Trump’s Unruly CNN Town Hall [New York Times]

• 8 takeaways from Trump’s CNN town hall in New Hampshire [CNN]

• Trump calls for US debt default [Russia Today]



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



Washington Today (5-10-23): U.S. to limit migrant asylum claims as Title 42 COVID restrictions end | C-SPAN



Global National: May 10, 2023 | Alberta wildfire victims brace for more extreme weather



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 10


PBS NewsHour full episode, (May 10, 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]

• Ancient giant eruptions may have seeded nitrogen needed for life [Science News]

• YouTube has started blocking ad blockers [Android Police]

• Vast says it will launch its first space station in 2025 on a Falcon 9 [ARS TECHNICA]

• Electric cars catch fire less often than fossil fuel cars [Warp News]

• Here’s everything Google just announced: A $1,799 folding phone, A.I. in Search and more [CNBC]

• The nine biggest announcements from Google I/O 2023 [The Verge]

• Disney+, Hulu Will Be a Single App by the End of 2023 [CBR.com]

• 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



The Tube-dwelling Architects Of The Microcosmos | Journey to the Microcosmos



Tianzhou-6 launch | SciNews



Devastated | Cool Worlds



Does Rare Earth Hypothesis Solve the Fermi Paradox? Critical Analysis | Antov Petrov



The Milky Way has two arms fewer than we thought | Sabine Hossenfelder



What is driving particle physics? | Fermilab



Google I/O 2023: Were the Rumors True? Pixel Fold, Pixel 7a, & More! | Shannon Morse



Too HOT and HUMID to Live: Extreme Wet Bulb Events Are on the Rise | PBS Terra



Why Salt Water may be the Future of Batteries | Undecided with Matt Ferrell



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



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





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



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 10 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for May 10th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 442 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 441: US announces a new $1.2 billion aid package to Ukraine [Euromaiden Press]


• Liveblog for May 10th: Ukraine says Russia to move staff from nuclear plant[Al Jazeera]

• U.S. announces new USD 1.2 bn security assistance package to Ukraine [TVP World]

• Kaliningrad: Russia fury as Poland body recommends renaming exclave [BBC News]

• France launches war crime investigation after reporter Arman Soldin killed in Ukraine [CBS News]

Russia recruits Afghan special forces for Ukraine war | Global News



Russia Just Lost the Biggest Tank Battle of the War | The Infographics Show



Russia and Ukraine's fight for the last streets of Bakhmut | BBC News



Have Russians 'surrendered to the fate' of Putinism? | Conflict Zone



Shooting down the Kinzhal missile and Bakhmut counterattack show the capabilities of Ukrainian army



Russia-Ukraine War Update: Ukraine claims breakthrough in Bakhmut | WION World DNA | English News



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



Ukraine's Planned Counteroffensive - force readiness, leaks, politics and 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



• Kremlin not worried about ICC warrant for Putin – spokesman [Russia Today]

• Experts doubt whether US Patriot system capable of intercepting Kinzhal missiles [Pravda]

• Trump says he would meet with Putin to settle Ukrainian conflict [TASS Russian News Agency]





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On This Day

May 11 is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 234 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)





330 – Constantinople is consecrated.
868 – A copy of the Diamond Sutra is printed in China, making it the oldest known dated printed book.
912 – Alexander becomes Emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
1502 – Christopher Columbus leaves on his fourth and last voyage (till Nov.7,1504).
1745 – War of the Austrian Succession: French forces defeat an Anglo-Dutch–Hanoverian army.
1792 – Robert Gray commands the first expedition to sail into the Columbia River.
1812 – Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the British House of Commons.
1813 – William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth discover a route across the Blue Mountains, opening up inland Australia to settlement.
1833 – The Lady of the Lake strikes an iceberg off Newfoundland and sinks with the loss of up to 265 passengers and crew.
1846 – President James K. Polk asked for a Declaration of War against Mexico, starting the Mexican–American War.
1857 – Indian Rebellion of 1857: Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British.
1858 – Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd state of the United States.
1880 – Seven people are killed in the Mussel Slough Tragedy, a gun battle in California.
1889 – An attack upon a U.S. Army paymaster and escort results in the theft of over $28,000 and the award of two Medals of Honor.
1894 – Four thousand Pullman Palace Car Company workers go on a wildcat strike.
1910 – An act of the U.S. Congress establishes Glacier National Park in Montana.
1943 – World War II: American troops invade Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands in an attempt to expel occupying Japanese forces.
1945 – World War II: Off the coast of Okinawa, the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill is hit by two kamikazes.
1960 – Adolf Eichmann is captured by the Mossad in Argentina.
1963 – Racist bombings in Birmingham, Alabama, disrupt nonviolence in the Birmingham campaign and precipitate a crisis involving federal troops.
1970 – The 1970 Lubbock tornado kills 26 and causes $250 million in damage.
1973 – Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg's charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times are dismissed.
1985 – Fifty-six spectators die and more than 200 are injured in the Bradford City stadium fire.
1987 – Klaus Barbie goes on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II.
1996 – After the aircraft's departure from Miami, a fire started by improperly handled chemical oxygen generators in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Airlines Flight 592 causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 on board.
1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.
1998 – India conducts three underground atomic tests in Pokhran.
2000 – Second Chechen War: Chechen separatists ambush Russian paramilitary forces in the Republic of Ingushetia.
2010 – David Cameron takes office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom as the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats form the country's first coalition government since the Second World War.
2011 – An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 hits Lorca, Spain.
2013 – Fifty-two people are killed in a bombing in Reyhanlı, Turkey.
2014 – Fifteen people are killed and 46 injured in Kinshasa in a stampede caused by tear gas being thrown into soccer stands by police officers.
2016 – One hundred and ten people are killed in an ISIL bombing in Baghdad.





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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, May 11, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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