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Monday, November 20, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, November 20, 2023





Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure remains in place today. A strong cold front moves into the area Tuesday with a good chance for beneficial rainfall. Dry high pressure builds in on Wednesday remaining in place into Friday. Low pressure moves northward from Florida on Friday and along the Carolina coast Saturday.







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Burn ban issued for 14 counties in Western North Carolina due to hazardous forest fire conditions https://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2023/11/burn-ban-issued-for-14-counties-in.html Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A 20 percent chance of rain before 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds becoming early in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph shifting and increasing to come out of the southeast 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers before 10am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 10am and 4pm, then showers after 4pm. Highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of rain is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing.


`Highlands Plateau

Today

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly between 8am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain before 8pm, then showers, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 5am. Lows around 40. Winds out of the east 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers before 11am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 5pm, then showers after 5pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs near 50. Winds out of the southeast 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of rain is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the south 10 to 15 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 9am. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 40s.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers before 10am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 10am and 4pm, then showers after 4pm. Highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of rain is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.


Nantahala Area

Today

A 20 percent chance of rain before noon. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 140 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the east 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 25 to 30 mph in the morning decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of rain is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s.


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Hazards

The burn ban is still in effect. [LINK TO BURN BAN INFO]

Strong, gusty winds are possible late Monday into Tuesday night as a frontal system crosses the area. Isolated heavy rainfall is also possible Tuesday into Tuesday night.





Record Weather Events for November 20th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2021)

Highest Temperature 76°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1994
Lowest Temperature 3°F in Highlands in in 1914 (also the state record)
Greatest Rainfall 3.33 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1952
Greatest Snowfall 1.7 inches in Franklin in 1882

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

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 11-04-2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on 11-25-1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on 11-29-1914
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on 11-28-1922

(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane Hilda)

Record Weather Events for November 20th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 89°F in Wadesboro, Anson County in 2016
Lowest Temperature 3°F in Highlands, Macon County in 1914
Greatest Rainfall 7.70 inches in Morehead City, Carteret County in 2015
Greatest Snowfall 6.5 inches in Morganton, Burke County in 1914

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

Highest Temperature 89°F in High Point, Guilford County on 11-04-1974
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County on 11-15-1969
Greatest Rainfall 9.70 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 11-19-2003
Greatest Snowfall 13.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 11-01-2014








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---STATE AND LOCAL---

Macon County Board of Commissioners (November 2023) | Macon Media



Asheville Holiday Parade 2023 | WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)



• Franklin community unites for benefit concert in support of families devastated by house fires [WLOS-TV Asheville, NC)]

• Pisgah National Forest fire grows, Appalachian Trail still closed from I-40 to Max Patch [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Wildfires burn across the region as drought continues [Smoky Mountain News]

• County to operate license plate agency [Sylva Hearlad and Ruralite]

• How they voted: NC congressional votes for the week ending Nov. 16 [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Rep. Tricia Cotham will run for reelection in new GOP-leaning Charlotte area district [Raleigh News and Observer]

---NATIONAL---

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter's life and legacy, reactions to her death | CBS News



Idaho, USA: The new wild West | DW Documentaryx



• Rosalynn Carter, outspoken former first lady, dies at 96 [AP News]

• In Memory of Rosalynn Carter [Atalnta Journal-Constitution]

• 5 ways Democrats are coping with Biden’s terrible polls [Politics]

• Corruption, bribery, treachery: The history of US House expulsions [BBC News]

• Is it true that thawing a turkey on the counter can make you sick? [Washington Post]

• Driving or flying before feasting? Here are some tips for Thanksgiving travelers [ABC News]

International News Headlines

Nuclear Modernisation - Rearmament, ageing stockpiles and why Russia's nukes work (probably) | Perun



How one farmer is saving Germany's last socialist pigs | Focus on | DW News



Milei Beats Massa in Argentina Presidential Runoff | Bloomberg Television



• Far-right outsider Milei wins Argentina presidential run-off election [BBC News]

• Argentina elects outsider Javier Milei on platform of radical reform [Al Jazeera]

• Berlin summit aims to boost investment in Africa [DW News]

• Thousands protest in Madrid over proposed amnesty for Catalan separatists [France 24]

• Yoon says China would not benefit from trilateral cooperation with Russia, N. Korea [Yonhap News Agency]

• ‘Life-or-death question’: US must grasp Taiwan’s importance to China, former envoy Cui Tiankai says [South China Morning post]

Meet the Press full broadcast – Nov. 19 | NBC News



Face The Nation: Kawar, Gallagher, Krishnamoorthi | Face the Nation (CBS)



Washington Today (11-17-23): Pres. Biden talks about migration, fentanyl with Mexican Pres. Obrador | C-SPAN



Global National: Nov. 19, 2023 | Premature babies left at Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital safely evacuated



ABC World News Tonight Full Broadcast - Nov. 19, 2023


Nightly News Full Broadcast - Nov. 19 | NBC News


PBS NewsHour full episode, (November 19, 2023)



---COVID--- Episode 143: Immunological Chess Match | Osterholm Update



TWiV 1062: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin | Microbe TV



• Fast evolution of SARS-CoV-2 BA.2.86 to JN.1 under heavy immune pressure [BioRxiv]

• ‘This isn’t a life’: The crushing burden of Long Covid [Radio New Zealand]

• Episode 144: A Slow Motion Tsunami [Osterholm Update]

• TWiV 1062: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 1063: Childhood paralysis with Kevin Messacar [Microbe TV]

Science and Technology • The Sky This Week from November 17 to 24: See Jupiter at its best [Astronomy Magazine]

• This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 17 – 26 [Sky and Telescope Magazine]

The first SCIENCE IMAGES from the Euclid Space Telescope: all the details! | Night Sky News Nov 2023 | Dr Becky



SpaceX's Starship rocket reaches space but is intentionally destroyed mid-flight | CNBC Television



• Details emerge of surprise board coup that ousted CEO Sam Altman at OpenAI [ARS TECHNICA]

• Sam Altman appears at OpenAI offices as pressure grows to reinstate him [Financial Times]

• Troubling new research sheds light on the actual impact of Trump’s “Big Lie” [PsyPost]

• Where could millions of EV batteries retire? Solar farms. [Grist]

• Unusually dry growing seasons in Central America associated with migration to the US [University of Texas at Austin ]

• Samples of Asteroid Ryugu Show Signs of Ancient Water [Sky and Telescope]

---SCIENCE VIDEOS--- This Week in Tech: OpenAI Board Ousts CEO Sam Altman | TWiT TV



The Level1 Show November 17 2023: Yo Quiero Taco Bear | Level1 Techs



Wait, It Has a Pretend Transmission? - DTNS 4648 | Daily Tech News Show



SpaceX Starship Launch 2 (IFT2) Explained! | Marcus House



Computers 2K Now - 11-19-23 - Telli,Netflix,Ethernet,Dialup,Static,SysAid,Sonos,Google,Signal,Scams | Nissan Communications Network



SpaceX StarShip S25 B9 Launch Nov 18 2023 | Tommy J. Saenz



Super Heavy / Starship IFT-2 Launch | assorted calculus



SLOW MO! SpaceX Starship IFT-2 Hot Staging | The Launch Pad



The (Overdue) Collapse Of Short Term Rentals | How Money Works



The Coming Psychological Black Death | WhatIfAltHist



Special Section: The Hamas-Israel War of 2023

• Iran Updates (Refocused on the Israel-Hamas War), November 19, 2023 [Institute for the Understanding of War]

• Liveblog: Israel at war: IDF fights in Gaza, proves hostages were in Shifa [Jerusalem Post]

• Israel-Hamas war live: Gaza hospital official rejects Israel tunnel claim [Al Jazeera]

Israel Daily News - War Day 44, November 19, 2023 | ILTV Israel News



Israel, Qatar say deal with Hamas to release hostages is close | DW News



Israeli forces raid Al-Shifa Hospital, say evidence shows Hamas tunnels and weapons | Fox News



• Israel hopeful of Hamas deal to release hostages in 'coming days' [BBC News]

• Palestinian Authority denies Hamas music festival massacre [YNET News]

• đź”´ Liveblog: Israel releases CCTV footage it says shows hostages at Gaza hospital [France 24]

• Infants Moved From ‘Death Zone’ Hospital That Israel Says Was Hamas Hideout [New York Times]

• AP PHOTOS: Emotions run high at pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrations around the world [AP News]

• In Beijing, Arab-Islamic ministers call for end to Israel’s war on Gaza [Al Arabiya News]

• Fyodor Lukyanov: Here’s the secret behind Russia’s stance on the Middle East crisis [Russia Today]

ukraine • Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 635 [Al Jazeera]

• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, November 19, 2023 [Institute for the Understanding of War]

• 'Waves' of Russian drones attack Kyiv for second night in a row [BBC News]

• Ukraine updates: Putin to join virtual G20 summit [DW News]

• Hellish assault on Russian positions [TVP World]

Pro-Russian News Sources

• NATO state sends military to Russian border [Russia Today]

• Ukraine enters penultimate stage of its existence [Pravda]

• Ukraine starts using drones for attacks along Donetsk-Mariupol highway - DPR official [TASS]

----------UKRAINE VIDEOS------------ đź”´ (discretion) War, Everywhere, All at Once | Combat Footage Show

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Ukraine Conflict (20231119): Full Frontline Update | ATP Geopolitics



Day 634: UkraĂŻnian Map | Ukraine News TV



What can the equipment losses tell us about the war between Russia and Ukraine? | Eastory








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On This Day

November 20th is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 41 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)



284 – Diocletian is chosen as Roman emperor.

762 – During the An Shi Rebellion, the Tang dynasty, with the help of Huihe tribe, recaptures Luoyang from the rebels.

1194 – Palermo is conquered by Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor.

1407 – John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, and Louis of Valois, Duke of OrlĂ©ans, agree to a truce, but Burgundy would kill OrlĂ©ans three days later.

1441 – The Peace of Cremona ends the war between the Republic of Venice and the Duchy of Milan.

1695 – Zumbi, the last of the leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares in early Brazil, is executed by the forces of Portuguese bandeirante Domingos Jorge Velho.

1739 – Start of the Battle of Porto Bello between British and Spanish forces during the War of Jenkins' Ear.

1776 – American Revolutionary War: British forces land at the Palisades and then attack Fort Lee. The Continental Army starts to retreat across New Jersey.

1789 – New Jersey becomes the first U.S. state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

1805 – Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio, premieres in Vienna.

1815 – The Second Treaty of Paris is signed, returning the French frontiers to their 1790 extent, imposing large indemnities, and prolonging the occupation by Allied troops for several more years.

1820 – An 80-ton sperm whale attacks and sinks the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America. (Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick is in part inspired by this story.)
• [VIDEO: The Terrifying Story of the Real Moby Dick]
• [The Real Moby Dick Was So Much Worse]
• [Shipwreck of the Whale-ship Essex (FULL Audiobook)]
• [Shipwreck of the Whale-ship Essex (Project Gutenberg)]

1845 – Anglo-French blockade of the RĂ­o de la Plata: Battle of Vuelta de Obligado.

1861 – American Civil War: A secession ordinance is filed by Kentucky's Confederate government.

1900 – The French actress Sarah Bernhardt receives the press at the Savoy Hotel in New York at the outset of her first visit since 1896. She informed about her impending tour with a troupe of more then 50 performers and her plans to play the title role in Hamlet.

1910 – Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero issues the Plan de San Luis PotosĂ­, denouncing Mexican President Porfirio DĂ­az, calling for a revolution to overthrow the government of Mexico, effectively starting the Mexican Revolution.

1917 – World War I: Battle of Cambrai begins: British forces make early progress in an attack on German positions but are later pushed back.

1936 – JosĂ© Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Falange, is killed by a republican execution squad.

1940 – World War II: Hungary becomes a signatory of the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis powers.

1943 – World War II: Battle of Tarawa (Operation Galvanic) begins: United States Marines land on Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands and suffer heavy fire from Japanese shore guns and machine guns.

1945 – Nuremberg trials: Trials against 24 Nazi war criminals start at the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg.
• [Video Explainer from HistoryScope]
• [Wikipedia: Nuremberg trials]
• [PDF: Report of Robert H. Jackson, United States Representative to the International Conference on Military Trials]
• [Holocaust Encyclopedia]
• [(Viewer Discretion Advised) VIDEO: Nazi Concentration And Prison Camps]
• [The National World War II Museum]

• [Nuremberg Trial (Court TV, part 1)]
• [Nuremberg Trial (Court TV part 2)]
• [Nuremberg Trial (Court TV, part 3)]
• [Nuremberg Trial (Court TV, part 4)]
• [Nuremberg Trial (Court TV, part 5)]
• [Nuremberg Trial (Court TV, part 6)]
• [Nuremberg Trial (Court TV, part 7)]
• [Nuremberg Trial (Court TV, part 8)]
• [Nuremberg Trial (Court TV, part 9)]
• [Nuremberg Trial (Court TV, part 10)]

• [LINKTEXT]
• [Audio of Nuremberg Trials (over 650 videos)]

1947 – The Princess Elizabeth marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, who becomes the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London.

1959 – The Declaration of the Rights of the Child is adopted by the United Nations.

1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis ends: In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of the Caribbean nation.

1968 – A total of 78 miners are killed in an explosion at the Consolidated Coal Company's No. 9 mine in Farmington, West Virginia in the Farmington Mine disaster.

1969 – Vietnam War: The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio) publishes explicit photographs of dead villagers from the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam.

1969 – Occupation of Alcatraz: Native American activists seize control of Alcatraz Island until being ousted by the U.S. Government on June 11, 1971.

1974 – The United States Department of Justice files its final anti-trust suit against AT&T Corporation. This suit later leads to the breakup of AT&T and its Bell System.
• [VIDEO: AT&T Breakup-the day after in 1984]
• [VIDEO: AT&T - The Rise and Fall...And Rise Again]
• [Wikipedia: United States v. AT&T]

1974 – The first fatal crash of a Boeing 747 occurs when Lufthansa Flight 540 crashes while attempting to takeoff from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 59 out of the 157 people on board.

1977 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel, when he meets Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and speaks before the Knesset in Jerusalem, seeking a permanent peace settlement.

1979 – Grand Mosque seizure: About 200 Sunni Muslims revolt in Saudi Arabia at the site of the Kaaba in Mecca during the pilgrimage and take about 6000 hostages. The Saudi government receives help from Pakistani special forces to put down the uprising.

1980 – Lake Peigneur drains into an underlying salt deposit. A misplaced Texaco oil probe had been drilled into the Diamond Crystal Salt Mine, causing water to flow down into the mine, eroding the edges of the hole.

1985 – Microsoft Windows 1.0, the first graphical personal computer operating environment developed by Microsoft, is released.
• [35 Years of Microsoft Windows: Remembering Windows 1.0]
• [Microsoft Wiki: Windows 1.0]
• [Windows 1.0 Demo (1985 System, 1.01)]

1989 – Velvet Revolution: The number of protesters assembled in Prague, Czechoslovakia, swells from 200,000 the day before to an estimated half-million.

1990 – Andrei Chikatilo, one of the Soviet Union's most prolific serial killers, is arrested; he eventually confesses to 56 killings.

1991 – An Azerbaijani MI-8 helicopter carrying 19 peacekeeping mission team with officials and journalists from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan is shot down by Armenian military forces in Khojavend District of Azerbaijan.

1992 – In England, a fire breaks out in Windsor Castle, badly damaging the castle and causing over £50 million worth of damage.

1993 – Savings and loan crisis: The United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his "dealings" with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.

1993 – Macedonia's deadliest aviation disaster occurs Avioimpex Flight 110, a Yakovlev Yak-42 crashes near Ohrid killing all 116 people on board.

1994 – The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of civil war. (Localized fighting resumes the next year.)

1996 – A fire breaks out in an office building in Hong Kong, killing 41 people and injuring 81.

1998 – A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

1998 – The first space station module component, Zarya, for the International Space Station is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
• [International Space Station - Episode 1 -Zarya]
• [The Beginning - Russian Proton Rocket Launches Zarya ISS Core 1998-11-20]
• [Zarya - the first module of the International Space Station]

2003 – After the November 15 bombings, a second day of the 2003 Istanbul bombings occurs in Istanbul, Turkey, destroying the Turkish head office of HSBC Bank AS and the British consulate.

2015 – Following a hostage siege, at least 19 people are killed in Bamako, Mali.


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Published at 5:00am on Monday, November 20, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


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