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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, September 05, 2023

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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night

Franklin Area


Patchy fog before midmorning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 90. Calm winds.


Patchy fog between midnight and 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 90. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 30%.

`Highlands Plateau


Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming light and variable.


Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10ph in the morning shifting to come out of the west in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


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

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Light and variable winds.


Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Light wijnds out of the northwest.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 90. Calm winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph by midmorning.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.


A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Thursday Night

A chance of thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 30%.

Nantahala Area


Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds.


Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. WInds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Thursday Night

A chance of thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly clear, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 30%.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected toay or tonight in Macon County.

Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

Space Weather

A Solar Storm Glancing Blow with a Fast Wind Chaser | Space Weather News 24 August 2023

Back to Top • The Atlantic hurricane season has begun: What we know and what we don’t [ARS TECHNICA]

• August 17, 2023) NOAA doubles the chances for a nasty Atlantic hurricane season due to hot ocean, tardy El Nino [AP News]


• The official hurricane season for the Atlantic basin is from June 1 to November 30, but tropical cyclone activity sometimes occurs before and after these dates, respectively. The peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is September 10, with most activity occurring between mid-August and mid-October.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Sep 5 2023

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Central Tropical Atlantic (AL95):
Showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure located over the central tropical Atlantic about 900 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands have become a little better organized over the past several hours. Environmental conditions are conducive for further development, and a tropical depression or tropical storm is expected to form over the next day or so while the low moves toward the west-northwest at 15 to 20 mph across the central tropical Atlantic. Additional strengthening, possibly to a hurricane, is likely later this week while the system moves over western portions of the tropical Atlantic, near or to the northeast of the northern Leeward Islands. For additional information on this system, including gale warnings, see High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent.
* Formation chance through 7 days...high...near 100 percent.

2. Eastern Tropical Atlantic:
A strong tropical wave is forecast to move off the coast of West Africa today. Environmental conditions appear conducive for development once the wave moves offshore, and a tropical depression could form over the far eastern tropical Atlantic during the middle to latter part of the week while the system moves to the west or west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph. This system is expected to move across the Cabo Verde Islands Wednesday night and Thursday, and interests there should monitor its progress.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 7 days...high...70 percent.

3. Northeastern Atlantic (ex-Franklin):
Post-Tropical Cyclone Franklin is located several hundred miles north of the Azores, and is forecast to move quickly southeastward towards warmer waters east of the Azores. This system could acquire some subtropical or tropical characteristics late this week or this weekend while it moves erratically between the Azores and Portugal. For additional information on this system, including gale warnings, see High Seas Forecasts issued by Meteo France.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 7 days...low...20 percent.

Watching Deep Tropics as We Begin September (September 2nd, 2023) | hurricanetrack

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PM2.5 AQI is 55 (MODERATE/CODE YELLOW) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 55 (MODERATE/CODE YELLOW)

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 Ragweed, Grasses, and Chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (9.2 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for September 5th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 38°F in in Highlands in 1997
Greatest Rainfall 4.58 inches in Highlands in 1915
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)

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

Highest Temperature 98°F in Frsnklin on 09-04-1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on 09-30-1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on09-29-1964
Greatest Snowfall snowfall has not been recorded during August in Macon County)

Record Weather Events for September 5th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 104°F in Albemarle, Stanly County in 1925
Lowest Temperature 30°F in Laurel Springs, Ashe County in 1997
Greatest One-Day Rain 10.18 inches in Wilmington, New Hanover County in 2019
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since 1872)

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of September Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 108°F in Belhaven, Beaufort County on 09-25-1921
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 21.00 inches in Wilmington, New Hanover County on 09-17-2018
Greatest Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded during August in the state)

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Macon Calendar
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Saturdays in August from 11am to 1pm

Frog Quarters Music Schedule (located at 573 East Main Street in Franklin)

8/26/23—Zip Robertson—A Singer/Songwriter who’s journeyed from Ky to FL & up to Western NC bringing us lucky listeners acoustic music to touch our hearts. Welcome Zip!

Frog Quarters is open 9a to 2p, Wednesdays thru Saturdays—beside the River Bridge. We are the Non-Profit supporting the Greenway with monies from sales from our Coffee & Gift Shop, Memberships and Donations. As always, thank you for your support!

Mountain Findings
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Highlands, North Carolina 28741

Mountain Findings (a thrift store) is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm until October 2023.

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Local and State News

How school systems will treat COVID outbreaks | WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)

• First Labor Day parade in Canton since mill closure is 'something you can't miss' [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Under the Dome podcast: What’s next for online sports gambling in North Carolina? [Raleigh News and Observer]

• New effort to keep Trump off ballots has roots in North Carolina and Jan. 6 attack [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC) ]

---Recent News Recap---
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• The Wrap: Make or break time for NC gambling bills [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Republican threatens to ‘defund’ NC tribe on brink of historic marijuana vote [Raleigh News and Observer]

• 77th annual NC Apple Fest charms thousands in Hendersonville with all things apple treats, live music, fun aplenty [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners (August 2023) [Macon Media]

• Friends of the Greenway Update County Commissioners on the Use of County Property [Macon Media]


• 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

California store owner fights off burglar during attempted robbery | NBC News

It got WAY WORSE - Burning Man 2023 Rain Update PT 2 | Trent Palmer

• Biden gets low marks on economy and major concerns about his age as he looks to Trump rematch, new poll shows [CNBC]

• Poor families could see cuts to food aid as Congress battles over budget [Washington Post]

• Texas state police won’t punish more officers over Uvalde [AP News]

• Congress to grant limited access to Jan. 6 security footage, House GOP says [Courthouse News Service]

• ‘Absolute standoff’ between Pence, Ramaswamy in New Hampshire [Politico]

International News Headlines

Putin says he won't restore grain deal until West meets his demands | CBS News

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expects to meet with President Putin | ABC World News Tonight

• Clashes Erupt in Sweden's Third-Largest City After Another Quran Burning [Voice of America]

• Security in Ecuador has come undone as drug cartels exploit the banana industry to ship cocaine [AP News]

• Israel opens new embassy in Bahrain, agrees to boost trade relations [Al Jazeera]

• Yoon says N. Korea poses direct threats to ASEAN [Yonhap News Agency]

• Gabon's Gen. Oligui Nguema sworn in as 'transitional' head of state [Africa News]

Washington Today (9-1-23): August jobs report: 187K jobs created, unemployment rate up to 3.8% | C-SPAN

Global National: Sep. 4, 2023 | Ontario's housing minister resigns over Greenbelt deal

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - September 04

PBS NewsHour full episode, (September 04, 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 12:20pm CEST, 30 August 2023, there have been 103,436,829 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,127,152 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 2 June 2023, a total of 668,882,018 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 12:20pm CEST, 30 August 2023, there have been 770,085,713 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,956,173 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 27 August 2023, a total of 13,499,983,736 vaccine doses have been administered.

Health officials keeping an eye on new COVID variant | Good Morning America

• First lady Jill Biden tests positive for Covid-19 [CNN]

• When to wear masks as Covid cases rise, new variants emerge in the U.S. [CNBC]

• Winter Covid and flu jabs begin as plans discussed for risk groups [BBC News]

• TWiV 1036: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 1037: Antibodies, the good (CoV), the bad (Ad), the beautiful [Microbe TV]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• The Sky This Week from September 1 to 8: Comet Hartley 2 visits California [Astronomy Magazine]

How GPS Works, And How It Got Better Than The Designers Ever Imagined | Scott Manley

• Elon Musk vows defamation lawsuit against ADL: 'the irony!' [Jerusalem Post]

• China will dominate the world of tech, Web Summit’s Cosgrave says [Al Jazeera]

• Supermassive Neptune-Sized Exoplanet Has Density Higher than Steel [SciNews]

• New study uncovers the Causes of the Qing Dynasty's Collapse [Eureka Alert: National Academy for the Advancement of Science]

• Reddit faces content quality concerns after its Great Mod Purge [ARS TECHNICA]

• 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: Addendum EP26 Dig This! | 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 September 5 2023: Grand Theft Amazon (Fire) | Level1 Techs

Is Lenovo's Legion Go... A Go - DTNS 4596 | Daily Tech News Show


Civilization: Is the West History? | Episode 2: Science | 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, September 02 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for September 2nd ]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 556 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 556: Russia delivers first nuclear warheads to Belarus [Euromaiden Press]

Why it would be ‘horrifically embarrassing’ for Russia to work with North Korea, according to expert | CNN

• Putin says he won’t renew the grain deal until the West meets his demands. The West says it has [AP News]

• Ukraine updates: Kim to hold arms talks with Putin, says US [DW News]

• Putin says again Ukraine counteroffensive ‘has failed’ as Kyiv claims gains [Al Jazeera]

• Another Russian mercenary group shows discontent with the Kremlin: ‘A sign of more to come’ [France 24]

• Nerves and patriotism in Moscow after 18 months of war [BBC News]

Ukraine Russia War Combat Footage 48 | WarPig

No grain deal: Vladimir Putin repeats Russia's position | Al Jazeera

News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or articles/video about those who support Russia

The Russians Press Ahead And Crush Everything | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor

• Key takeaways from Sochi talks between Putin and Erdogan [Russia Today]

• Assassination of Zelensky and biggest battle to take place in 2024 [Pravda]

• Air Defense Forces down Ukrainian attack drones over Kaluga, Moscow Regions, says mayor [TASS Russian News Agency]


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On This Day

September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 117 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)

917 – Liu Yan declares himself emperor, establishing the Southern Han state in southern China, at his capital of Panyu.

1367 – Swa Saw Ke becomes king of Ava

1590 – Alexander Farnese's army forces Henry IV of France to lift the siege of Paris.

1622 – A hurricane overruns a Spanish fleet bound from Havana to Cadiz and sinks the galleon Atocha. Only five men are rescued, but 260 passengers and 200 million pesos are buried with the Atocha under 50 feet of water.

1661 – Fall of Nicolas Fouquet: Louis XIV's Superintendent of Finances is arrested in Nantes by D'Artagnan, captain of the king's musketeers.

1666 – Great Fire of London ends: Ten thousand buildings, including Old St Paul's Cathedral, are destroyed, but only six people are known to have died.

1697 – War of the Grand Alliance : A French warship commanded by Captain Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville defeated an English squadron at the Battle of Hudson's Bay.

1698 – In an effort to Westernize his nobility, Tsar Peter I of Russia imposes a tax on beards for all men except the clergy and peasantry.

1725 – Wedding of Louis XV and Maria Leszczyńska.

1774 – First Continental Congress assembles in Philadelphia.

1781 – Battle of the Chesapeake in the American Revolutionary War: The British Navy is repelled by the French Navy, contributing to the British surrender at Yorktown.

1791 – Olympe de Gouges writes the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen.

1793 – French Revolution: The French National Convention initiates the Reign of Terror.

1798 – Conscription is made mandatory in France by the Jourdan law.

1812 – War of 1812: The Siege of Fort Wayne begins when Chief Winamac's forces attack two soldiers returning from the fort's outhouses.

1816 – Louis XVIII has to dissolve the Chambre introuvable ("Unobtainable Chamber").

1836 – Sam Houston is elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas.

1839 – The United Kingdom declares war on the Qing dynasty of China.

1862 – American Civil War: The Army of Northern Virginia crosses the Potomac River at White's Ford in the Maryland Campaign.

1877 – American Indian Wars: Oglala Sioux chief Crazy Horse is bayoneted by a United States soldier after resisting confinement in a guardhouse at Fort Robinson in Nebraska.

1882 – The first United States Labor Day parade is held in New York City.

1887 – A fire at the Theatre Royal, Exeter, kills 186.

1905 – Russo-Japanese War: In New Hampshire, United States, the Treaty of Portsmouth, mediated by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, ends the war.

1914 – World War I: First Battle of the Marne begins. Northeast of Paris, the French attack and defeat German forces who are advancing on the capital.

1915 – The pacifist Zimmerwald Conference begins.

1932 – The French Upper Volta is broken apart between Ivory Coast, French Sudan, and Niger.

1937 – Spanish Civil War: Llanes falls to the Nationalists following a one-day siege.

1938 – Chile: A group of youths affiliated with the fascist National Socialist Movement of Chile are executed after surrendering during a failed coup.

1941 – Whole territory of Estonia is occupied by Nazi Germany.

1942 – World War II: Japanese high command orders withdrawal at Milne Bay, the first major Japanese defeat in land warfare during the Pacific War.

1943 – World War II: The 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment lands and occupies Lae Nadzab Airport, near Lae in the Salamaua–Lae campaign.

1944 – Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg constitute Benelux.

1945 – Cold War: Igor Gouzenko, a Soviet Union embassy clerk, defects to Canada, exposing Soviet espionage in North America, signalling the beginning of the Cold War.

1945 – Iva Toguri D'Aquino, a Japanese American suspected of being wartime radio propagandist Tokyo Rose, is arrested in Yokohama.

1948 – In France, Robert Schuman becomes President of the Council while being Foreign minister; as such, he is the negotiator of the major treaties of the end of World War II.

1954 – KLM Flight 633 crashes into the River Shannon in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland, killing 28.

1957 – Cuban Revolution: Fulgencio Batista bombs the revolt in Cienfuegos.

1960 – Poet Léopold Sédar Senghor is the first elected President of Senegal.

1960 – Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) wins the gold medal in the light heavyweight boxing competition at the Olympic Games in Rome.

1969 – Mỹ Lai Massacre: U.S. Army Lieutenant William Calley is charged with six specifications of premeditated murder for the death of 109 Vietnamese civilians in My Lai.

1970 – Vietnam War: Operation Jefferson Glenn begins: The United States 101st Airborne Division and the South Vietnamese 1st Infantry Division initiate a new operation in Thừa Thiên–Huế Province.

1970 – Jochen Rindt becomes the only driver to posthumously win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship (in 1970), after being killed in practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

1972 – Munich massacre: A Palestinian terrorist group called "Black September" attacks and takes hostage 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. Two die in the attack and nine are murdered the following day.

1975 – Sacramento, California: Lynette Fromme attempts to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford.

1977 – Voyager Program: NASA launches the Voyager 1 spacecraft.

1978 – Camp David Accords: Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat begin peace discussions at Camp David, Maryland.

1980 – The Gotthard Road Tunnel opens in Switzerland as the world's longest highway tunnel at 10.14 miles (16.32 km) stretching from Göschenen to Airolo.

1981 – The first women arrive at what becomes Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp in the UK.

1984 – STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery lands after its maiden voyage.

1984 – Western Australia becomes the last Australian state to abolish capital punishment.

1986 – Pan Am Flight 73 from Mumbai, India with 358 people on board is hijacked at Karachi International Airport.

1990 – Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lankan Army soldiers slaughter 158 civilians.

1991 – The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, comes into force.

1996 – Hurricane Fran makes landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina as a Category 3 storm with 115 mph sustained winds. Fran caused over $3 billion in damage and killed 27 people.

2012 – An accidental explosion at a Turkish Army ammunition store in Afyon, western Turkey kills 25 soldiers and wounds four others.

2021 – The President of Guinea, Alpha Condé is captured by armed forces during a coup d'état.
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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, September 05, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to rthe 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.