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Monday, April 1, 2024

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, April 01, 2024





Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

High pressure remains over the area with dry conditions and well above normal temperatures expected through Tuesday. Showers and a few thunderstorms will be ahead of a cold front as it crosses the region late Tuesday night and Wednesday. Breezy conditions and northwest flow snow showers will be possible as much cooler air returns for the latter half of the week.


The NC Forest Service responded to 177 fires that consumed 1,545.4 acres over the weekend in North Carolina. Here is a report on the two that required response in Macon County.

• Firefighters Spend Easter Weekend Protecting Homes and Communications Infrastructure from Wildfires [Macon Media]





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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

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

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming light and variable before midnight.

Tuesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2am and 5am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the southwest 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9am. Partly sunny, with highs near 60. Windy.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Windy.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph.

Tuesday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the west 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 10pm. Lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Windy.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Windy.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the south around 5 mph.

Tuesday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 10pm. Lows around 50. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Windy.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Windy.


Nantahala Area



Today

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers between 9am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 9pm. Lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 100%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Windy. Chance of rain is 30%.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Windy.


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Hazards



Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Strong to severe thunderstorms may develop across the Tennessee Valley Tuesday afternoon and track east into the North Carolina mountains Tuesday evening into Tuesday night. Overall, the storms are expected to weaken, so there remains a lot of uncertainty on severe potential as showers and storms cross the mountains Tuesday night.


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Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (11.2 out of 12) today with Maple, Oak, and Elm being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the high range (11.5 out of 12).



Record Weather Events for April 1st

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

Highest Temperature 88°F in Franklin in 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands in 1987
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.63 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1999
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.5 inches in Franklin in 1881

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

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on 04-26-1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on 04-01-1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on 04-07-1895 (also a state record)
Greatest Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on 04-04-1987

Record Weather Events for April 1st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 92°F in Jackson, Northampton County in 1986
Lowest Temperature 4°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1987
Greatest Rainfall 5.00 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1999
Greatest Snowfall 8.0 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2004
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of April Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 102°F in Carthage, Moore County on 04-29-1981
Lowest Temperature 1°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 04-08-2007
Greatest Rainfall 7.30 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 04-16-2011
Greatest Snowfall 19.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 04-11-2003




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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)

Music Lineup for Friends of the Greenway, Inc.

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

April 2024 Schedule

4-6-24—Dave Stewart & Guests—Many in the area know Dave and his musical talents, and his great music groups. He’s sharing those talents with Frogs on this Saturday. Guests—family or friends are expected to be with us as well. You come join us, too! 

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
432 Spruce Street (physical)
Highlands, North Carolina 28741
Web: MountainFindings.org

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









News Briefing
---STATE AND LOCAL---

Day 13 to 15 (AT Hike), Franklin NC | Maines Farm



Appalachian Trail thru hike: near0 in Franklin, NC | Walking It Off: 2024 Appalachian Trail Thru Hike



• Firefighters Spend Easter Weekend Protecting Homes and Communications Infrastructure from Wildfires [Macon Media]

• Here are tips on preparing for and viewing the solar eclipse in Western NC [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Federal authorities accept latest Mission Hospital plan of correction; June 5 deadline remains [BPR]

• HCA critics may not realize they’re also shareholders [Mountain Xpress]

• How they voted: NC congressional votes for the week ending March 29 [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Under the Dome: Mark Robinson wants to defund ‘bloated bureaucracy’ in education [WRAL-Tv (Raleigh, NC)]

• Settling for less: Plenty of questions remain over local, national impact of realtor settlement [Smoky Mountain News]



---NATIONAL---

Recovery efforts underway after deadly Baltimore bridge collapse | ABC News



NYC becomes first American city to approve congestion pricing | NBC News



• Ships Have Become Supersized Since Baltimore Bridge Was Built [Wall Street Journal]

• Some of Trump’s allies in Congress already support his 2025 ideas on deportations and Jan. 6 pardons [AO News]

• Crypto Fuels Russian Shadow Trade for Weapons Parts [Wall Street Journal]

• China’s Advancing Efforts to Influence the U.S. Election Raise Alarms [New York Times]

• Russian nexus revealed during 60 Minutes Havana Syndrome investigation into potential attacks on U.S. officials [CBS News]

• Oklahoma highway reopens following shutdown after a barge hit a bridge [ABC News]



International News Headlines

Evan Gerskovich’s Parents on Reporter’s Year in Moscow Prison | WSJ



DW News March 31: Turkey Ballot Test – Netanyahu Defiant – Indian Protest | Full Broadcast | DW News



• Israelis stage largest protest since war began to increase pressure on Netanyahu [AP News]

• At least four killed in Israeli attack on Al-Aqsa Hospital in Gaza [Al Jazeera]

• Israel shares photo of aid build-up in Gaza, says UN is not distributing it [Jerusalem Post]

• U.S. seeking trilateral summit with S. Korea, Japan in July: report [Yonhap News Agency]

• Estonia: General urges double defense spendings amid potential conflict with Russia [TVP World]

• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 31, 2024 [Institute for the Study of War]

---International Conflicts ---

Global Arms Exports - Winners, losers & trends in the race to rearm | Perun





Global National: March 31, 2024 | King Charles greets fans in 1st appearance since cancer diagnosis



ABC World News Tonight with David Muir Full Broadcast - March 31, 2024


"CBS Weekend News" Full Broadcast | March 31 2024


The moon is literally about to steal the spotlight! | Nightly News: Kids Edition


PBS NewsHour full episode, (March 31 2024)



---Science, Technology, Culture, and History News Roundup---

• The Sky This Week from March 29 to April 5: Comet Pons-Brooks puts on a show [Astronomy Magazine]

• This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 29 - April 7 [Sky and Telescope Magazine]

The Level1 Show March 29 2024: Bath and Body Burns | Level1 Techs



• AI music is here and scarily easy to make [The Spectator]

• What Have the Bots Learned about Us? [Yale insights]

• Ukraine Rolls Out Target-Seeking Terminator Drones [Forbes Magazine]

• Here's the data that TikTok collects on its users [Fox Business]

• Elon Musk’s X Is Testing ‘Adult Content’ Groups for Users [Bloomberg]

• Solar-powered emission-free technology converts saltwater into drinking water [Tech Xplore]

---Science, Technology, Culture, and History Video Section---

A.I. Revolution | Full Documentary | NOVA | PBS



LUP 556The xz Backdoor Exposed 🚨 | Jupiter Broadcasting



The Strange Case of the Zero Energy Universe | John Michael Godier



Why Ships Crash: Inside the Crash That Shut Down the Global Economy I Full Documentary I NOVA I PBS



What If Gravity is NOT A Fundamental Force? | Entropic Gravity | PBS Space Time



SpaceX's Starship Unleashed the Fury, and New Insights Into Flight Test 3! | Marcus House



Why is There Plutonium in This Star? Przybylski’s Star with David Kipping | Event Horizon



This is The World's Most Remote Infrastructure Project | The B1M



GNOME 46, Linux 6.8, KDE Security Warning, Fedora 40 Beta & more Linux news | Michael Tunnell








On This Day

April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 274 days remain until the end of the year.

It is the first day of the second quarter of the year, and the midway point of the first half of the year. In leap years, the second quarter of the year begins at noon on this day.



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)




33 – According to one historian's account, Jesus Christ's Last Supper is held.

527 – Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne.

1545 – PotosĂ­, Bolivia, is founded after the discovery of huge silver deposits in the area.

1572 – In the Eighty Years' War, the Watergeuzen capture Brielle from the Seventeen Provinces, gaining the first foothold on land for what would become the Dutch Republic.

1625 – A combined Spanish and Portuguese fleet of 52 ships commences the recapture of Bahia from the Dutch during the Dutch–Portuguese War.[citation needed]

1789 – In New York City, the United States House of Representatives achieves its first quorum and elects Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania as its first Speaker.

1833 – The Convention of 1833, a political gathering of settlers in Mexican Texas to help draft a series of petitions to the Mexican government, begins in San Felipe de Austin.

1865 – American Civil War: Union troops led by Philip Sheridan decisively defeat Confederate troops led by George Pickett, cutting the Army of Northern Virginia's last supply line.

1867 – Singapore becomes a British crown colony.

1873 – The White Star steamer RMS Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, killing 547 in one of the worst marine disasters of the 19th century.

1900 – Prince George becomes absolute monarch of Crete.

1908 – The Territorial Force (renamed Territorial Army in 1920) is formed as a volunteer reserve component of the British Army.

1918 – The Royal Air Force is created by the merger of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.

1924 – Adolf Hitler is sentenced to five years imprisonment for his participation in the "Beer Hall Putsch" but spends only nine months in jail.

1924 – The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed.

1933 – The recently elected Nazis under Julius Streicher organize a one-day boycott of all Jewish-owned businesses in Germany, ushering in a series of anti-Semitic acts.

1935 – India's central banking institution, the Reserve Bank of India, is formed.

1937 – Aden becomes a British crown colony.

1937 – The Royal New Zealand Air Force is formed as an independent service.

1939 – Spanish Civil War: GeneralĂ­simo Francisco Franco of the Spanish State announces the end of the Spanish Civil War, when the last of the Republican forces surrender.

1941 – Fântâna Albă massacre: Between 200 and 2,000 Romanian civilians are killed by Soviet Border Troops.

1941 – A military coup in Iraq overthrows the regime of 'Abd al-Ilah and installs Rashid Ali al-Gaylani as Prime Minister.

1944 – Navigation errors lead to an accidental American bombing of the Swiss city of Schaffhausen.

1945 – World War II: The Tenth United States Army attacks the Thirty-Second Japanese Army on Okinawa.

1946 – The 8.6 Mw  Aleutian Islands earthquake shakes the Aleutian Islands with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VI (Strong). A destructive tsunami reaches the Hawaiian Islands resulting in dozens of deaths, mostly in Hilo, Hawaii.

1946 – The Malayan Union is established. Protests from locals led to the establishment of the Federation of Malaya two years later.

1947 – The only mutiny in the history of the Royal New Zealand Navy begins.

1948 – Cold War: Communist forces respond to the introduction of the Deutsche Mark by attempting to force the western powers to withdraw from Berlin.

1948 – Faroe Islands gain autonomy from Denmark.

1949 – Chinese Civil War: The Chinese Communist Party holds unsuccessful peace talks with the Nationalist Party in Beijing, after three years of fighting.

1949 – The Government of Canada repeals Japanese-Canadian internment after seven years.

1954 – United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the creation of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

1955 – The EOKA rebellion against the British Empire begins in Cyprus, with the goal of unifying with Greece.

1960 – The TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space.

1964 – The British Admiralty, War Office and Air Ministry are replaced by a unified Defence Council of the United Kingdom.

1969 – The Hawker Siddeley Harrier, the first operational fighter aircraft with Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing capabilities, enters service with the Royal Air Force.

1970 – President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law.

1971 – Bangladesh Liberation War: The Pakistan Army massacre over 1,000 people in Keraniganj Upazila, Bangladesh.

1973 – Project Tiger, a tiger conservation project, is launched in the Jim Corbett National Park, India.

1974 – The Local Government Act 1972 of England and Wales comes into effect.

1977 – Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak found Apple Computer, Inc.

1979 – Iran becomes an Islamic republic by a 99% vote, officially overthrowing the Shah.

1984 – Singer Marvin Gaye is shot to death by his father in his home in Arlington Heights, Los Angeles, California.

1986 – Communist Party of Nepal (Mashal) cadres attack a number of police stations in Kathmandu, seeking to incite a popular rebellion.

1989 – Margaret Thatcher's new local government tax, the Community Charge (commonly known as the "poll tax"), is introduced in Scotland.

1997 – Comet Hale–Bopp is seen passing at perihelion.

1999 – Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.

2001 – An EP-3E United States Navy surveillance aircraft collides with a Chinese People's Liberation Army Shenyang J-8 fighter jet. The Chinese pilot ejected but is subsequently lost. The Navy crew makes an emergency landing in Hainan, China and is detained.

2001 – Former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan MiloĹĄević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on war crimes charges.

2001 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first contemporary country to allow it.

2004 – Google launches its Email service Gmail.

2006 – Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) of the Government of the United Kingdom is enforced, but later merged into National Crime Agency on 7 October 2013.

2011 – After protests against the burning of the Quran turn violent, a mob attacks a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.[

2016 – The 2016 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict begins along the Nagorno-Karabakh Line of Contact.

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Published at 5:00am on Monday, April 01, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to rthe following websites or books: MaconMedia.com, youtube.com, weather.gov, airnow.gov, wikipedia.com, onthisday.com, ncdcr.gov, ncsu.edu, utah.edu, https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/, wolfram.com, biorxiv.org, aps.org, nejm.org, plos.org, cell.com, researchsquare.com, cureus.com, spc.noaa.gov, nhc.noaa.gov, ncdenr.org, medrxiv.org, archive.org, ncpedia.org, nasa.gov, https://ww2days.com, nih.gov, carolinapublicpress.org, microbe.tv, smokymountainnews.com, psypost.org, blogspot.com, pollen.com, franklinnc.com, maconnc.org, spaceweather.com, solarham.com, loc.gov, ncleg.net, senate.gov, house.gov, whitehouse.gov, drudgereport.com, politico.com, realclearpolitics.com, ushmm.org, 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): heavens-above.com, 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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