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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, January 19, 2022



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On This Day
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OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure continues until the next cold front arrives Wednesday night into Thursday morning. A cyclone develops along this front as it moves offshore Friday, and another round of wintry weather is possible across the region the first part of the weekend.



SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Franklin Area Schools 

 Due to road conditions throughout the county, Macon County Schools-Franklin area will be closed today, Wednesday, January 19, 2022 with an optional workday for faculty & staff. This will be a traditional snow day and not a remote learning day. 

 Nantahala School 

 Due to the lasting effects of the Winter Storm and the high potential of refreezing overnight, Nantahala School will be closed to students today, Wednesday, January 19th. It will be an Optional Teacher Workday for faculty and staff. 

 Highlands School 

 Today is a remote learning day of school. Faculty and staff should arrive to school tomorrow no later than 10:00. Please contact your students to advise of your remote learning instructions. Please remember to sign in at the front desk before 10:00. If you are unable to report to school by 10:00 tomorrow morning, please contact Mr. Jetter or Mrs. Holbrooks.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night



Franklin Area

Today

Patchy freezing fog before 9am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

A chance of rain between 8pm and 1am, then showers after 1am. Patchy fog after 1am. Lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers, mainly before 11am, then a chance of rain after 1pm. Highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

A slight chance of rain before 8pm, then a slight chance of sleet between 8pm and 10pm, then a slight chance of snow after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Light winds out of the northeast. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Calm winds.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Calm winds.



Highlands Plateau

Today

Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Showers, mainly before 4am, then rain after 4am. Patchy fog after 9pm. Lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday

Rain and snow before 1pm, then a chance of rain between 1pm and 4pm, then a chance of snow after 4pm. Highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. WInds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 17. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming calm ibefore midnight.

Friday

A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 20s. Calm winds.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 14.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Patchy freezing fog between 8am and 9am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly between 1am and 2am, then showers after 2am. Patchy fog after 1am. Lows in the upper 30s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers, mainly before 9am, then a chance of rain after 1pm. High in the mid 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

A slight chance of rain before 8pm, then a slight chance of freezing rain and sleet between 8pm and 10pm, then a slight chance of snow after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Calm winds.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 20.





Nantahala Area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs near 50. Light winds out of the south.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly between 11pm and midnight, then showers after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Low in the mid-to-upper 30s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday

Rain, mainly before 9am. Highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Light and variable winds.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 30s. Calm winds.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 20.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

...AREAS OF BLACK ICE EXPECTED TO CAUSE TREACHEROUS ROAD CONDITIONS AGAIN THIS MORNING...

Plentiful sunshine has caused snowmelt across the area yesterday afternoon. In locations that still have snow on the ground and wet roadways have refrozen overnight. Black ice and frozen slush will likely form on the roadways. Slick and hazardous roads should be expected through this morning when sunshine should again allow the ice to thaw.




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Almanac




Air quality is in the lower range of yellow for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the lower range of yellow.

Fire and Smoke Map


Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.2 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (2.4 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for January 19th

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

Highest Temperature 70°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2017
Lowest Temperature -7°F in Highlands in 1994
Greatest Rainfall 2.80 inches in Franklin in 1876
Greatest Snowfall 3.6 inches in Highlands in 1998

Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876

All-time record weather events for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on Jul 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on Jul 29, 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Mar 13, 1993




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Local and State News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [November 15, 2021]

• Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests [COVIDtests.gov]

• Asheville emergency shelter already over capacity plans to stay open rest of January [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Asheville officer fired after punching man sues DA, police chief over his record [Ashevulle Citizen-Times]

• North Carolina's primary was already delayed. Now it could be delayed again — until June [Blue Ridge Public Radio]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - January 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

Franklin Town Council - January 2022 Regular Meeting



Asheville Citizen-Times COVID-19 Tracker [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Previously:

• Special Section: Supreme Court Hears Vaccine Mandate Cases [Nacon Media (Jan 7th, 2022)]

The documents:

• In National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, the court blocked the federal government’s vaccine-or-test requirement for workplaces of 100 or more employees. [PDF of Opinion]

• In Biden v. Missouri, the court allowed the government’s vaccine mandate for workers at federally funded health care facilities to take effect nationwide. [PDF of Opinion]

• Fractured court blocks vaccine-or-test requirement for large workplaces but green-lights vaccine mandate for health care workers [SCOTUSblog]

• Who Decides, Redux? [The Volokh Conspiracy]

• The Supreme Court sunk Biden’s vaccine/testing mandate for private employers. What you need to know. [Poynter]

• Supreme Court blocks Biden Covid vaccine mandate for businesses, allows health-care worker rule [CNBC]

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National and World News Roundup

• Athletes warned against speaking up on human rights at Beijing Games [Reuters]

• Biden administration launches website for free at-home COVID-19 tests [ABC News Clip on Youtube]

WATCH LIVE at 10am: Senate opens debate on voting rights bills, setting up a potential filibuster showdown



• Oil hits 7-yr highs as Mideast unrest stokes more supply jitters [Channel News Asia]

• Rudy Giuliani among Trump allies subpoenaed by Jan. 6 panel [AP News]

• NASA scientists estimate Tonga blast at 10 megatons [NPR]

• Quadriga CEO's widow speaks out over his death and the missing crypto millions [CBC News]

• Russia moves more troops westward amid Ukraine tensions [AP News]

• Texas says supply chain issues have limited the number of voter registration forms it can give out [KUT-FM]

Global National: Jan. 18, 2022 | Canadian researchers find security flaws in China's Olympics app



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - January 18th, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode January 18th, 2021





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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.





COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [November 18, 2021]



• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

Globally, as of 5:31pm CET, 10 January 2022, there have been 305,914,601 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,486,304 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 9 January 2022, a total of 9,126,987,353 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:31pm CET, 10 January 2022, there have been 59,138,083 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 830,334 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 23 December 2021, a total of 485,274,895 vaccine doses have been administered.

Dr John Campbell: Vaccination advice in the age of omicron



• Inmates sue Arkansas doc, jail after unknowingly taking dangerous doses of ivermectin [ars TECHNICA]

• Omicron is not that mild: 50,000 to 300,000 more US deaths projected by March: COVID-19 updates [USA Today]

• People Are Hiding That Their Unvaccinated Loved Ones Died of COVID [The Atlantic]

• Florida Department of Health confirms Dr. Raul Pino put on leave for encouraging Orange County Department of Health employees to get vaccinated [WMFE-FM]

• US airlines warn of ‘catastrophic disruption’ on Wednesday due to 5G activation [The Verge]

• Backlash as US billionaire dismisses Uyghur abuse [BBC News]

• Astronomers propose building a neutrino telescope — out of the Pacific Ocean[Space.com]

• Habitat for Humanity builds 3D-printed home in 28 hours [Free Think]

• Monitoring COVID-19

[Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

[Outbreak.info]

• CDC Releases Emergency Guidance for Healthcare Facilities to Prepare for Potential Omicron Surge [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

• COVID-19 case rates by county in 2021 [AXIOS]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Starlink Mission [SpaceX Youtube Channel]

• Linux malware sees 35% growth during 2021 [Bleeping Computer]

• Microsoft to buy embattled 'Call of Duty' publisher Activision in $68 billion bailout [Business Insider]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos
WeatherBrains 835



Level1 News January 18 2022: Snorlax On Crime



• Cordkillers 392 – What Price is Right? (w/ Lamarr Wilson) [Cordkillers]





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On This Day

January 19th is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 346 days remain until the end of the year (347 in leap years).



Historical Events

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




379 – Emperor Gratian elevates Flavius Theodosius at Sirmium to Augustus, and gives him authority over all the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. 649 – Conquest of Kucha: The forces of Kucha surrender after a forty-day siege led by Tang dynasty general Ashina She'er, establishing Tang control over the northern Tarim Basin in Xinjiang.

1419 – Hundred Years' War: Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England, completing his reconquest of Normandy.

1511 – The Italian Duchy of Mirandola surrenders to the Pope.

1520 – Sten Sture the Younger, the Regent of Sweden, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Bogesund and dies on February 3.

1607 – San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; it is the oldest church still standing in the Philippines.

1639 – Hämeenlinna (Swedish: Tavastehus) was granted privileges after it separated from the Vanaja parish as its own city in Tavastia.

1764 – John Wilkes is expelled from the British House of Commons for seditious libel.

1764 – Bolle Willum Luxdorph records in his diary that a mail bomb, possibly the world's first, has severely injured the Danish Colonel Poulsen, residing at Børglum Abbey.

1788 – The second group of ships of the First Fleet arrive at Botany Bay.

1795 – The Batavian Republic is proclaimed in the Netherlands, replacing the Dutch Republic.

1817 – An army of 5,423 soldiers, led by General José de San Martín, crosses the Andes from Argentina to liberate Chile and then Peru.

1829 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy receives its premiere performance.

1839 – The British East India Company captures Aden.

1853 – Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il trovatore receives its premiere performance in Rome.

1861 – American Civil War: Georgia joins South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama in declaring secession from the United States.

1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Mill Springs: The Confederacy suffers its first significant defeat in the conflict.

1871 – Franco-Prussian War: In the Siege of Paris, Prussia wins the Battle of St. Quentin. Meanwhile, the French attempt to break the siege in the Battle of Buzenval will end unsuccessfully the following day.

1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.

1899 – Anglo-Egyptian Sudan is formed.

1901 – English Queen Victoria stricken with paralysis. She dies three days later at the age of 81.

1915 – Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising.

1915 – German strategic bombing during World War I: German zeppelins bomb the towns of Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn in the United Kingdom killing at least 20 people, in the first major aerial bombardment of a civilian target.

1917 – Silvertown explosion: A blast at a munitions factory in London kills 73 and injures over 400. The resulting fire causes over £2,000,000 worth of damage.

1920 – The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations.

1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is founded.

1937 – Howard Hughes sets a new air record by flying from Los Angeles to New York City in seven hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds.

1941 – World War II: HMS Greyhound and other escorts of convoy AS-12 sink Italian submarine Neghelli with all hands 64 kilometres (40 mi) northeast of Falkonera.

1942 – World War II: The Japanese conquest of Burma begins.

1945 – World War II: Soviet forces liberate the Łódź Ghetto. Of more than 200,000 inhabitants in 1940, less than 900 had survived the Nazi occupation.

1946 – General Douglas MacArthur establishes the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo to try Japanese war criminals.

1953 – Almost 72 percent of all television sets in the United States are tuned into I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth.

1960 – Japan and the United States sign the US–Japan Mutual Security Treaty

1960 – Scandinavian Airlines System Flight 871 crashes near Ankara Esenboğa Airport in Turkey, killing all 42 aboard.

1969 – Student Jan Palach dies after setting himself on fire three days earlier in Prague's Wenceslas Square to protest about the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968. His funeral turns into another major protest.

1977 – President Gerald Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (a.k.a. "Tokyo Rose").

1978 – The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW's plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America continues until 2003.

1981 – Iran hostage crisis: United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.

1983 – Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie is arrested in Bolivia.

1983 – The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.

1986 – The first IBM PC computer virus is released into the wild. A boot sector virus dubbed (c)Brain, it was created by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, reportedly to deter unauthorized copying of the software they had written.

1991 – Gulf War: Iraq fires a second Scud missile into Israel, causing 15 injuries.

1993 – Czech Republic and Slovakia join the United Nations.

1995 – After being struck by lightning the crew of Bristow Helicopters Flight 56C are forced to ditch. All 18 aboard are later rescued.

1996 – The barge North Cape oil spill occurs as an engine fire forces the tugboat Scandia ashore on Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

1997 – Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.

1999 – British Aerospace agrees to acquire the defence subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc, forming BAE Systems in November 1999.

2007 – Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink is assassinated in front of his newspaper's Istanbul office by 17-year-old Turkish ultra-nationalist Ogün Samast.

2007 – Four-man Team N2i, using only skis and kites, completes a 1,093-mile (1,759 km) trek to reach the Antarctic pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1965 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance.

2012 – The Hong Kong-based file-sharing website Megaupload is shut down by the FBI.

2014 – A bomb attack on an army convoy in the city of Bannu kills at least 26 Pakistani soldiers and injures 38 others.

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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, January 19, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


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

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, January 18, 2022



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OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure continues through mid week. A cold front sweeps across the area Wednesday evening, before an increasingly unpredictable but active pattern sets in for the weekend, potentially producing another round of winter weather.

Public Schools in Macon County are closed to students today, January 18th, 2022.
There will be no virtual instruction.



Latest Power Outage Report



SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

...AREAS OF BLACK ICE EXPECTED TO CAUSE TREACHEROUS ROAD CONDITIONS THIS MORNING...

Abundant sunshine in most areas allowed roads to warm and driving conditions to improve for a time Monday afternoon. However, in most areas where snow is on the ground, they remained wet from snowmelt. Tonight was considerably colder than Sunday night, and any roads that were still wet at sunset likely will freeze over. Black ice will be a significant road hazard through at least late this morning, when sunshine should again allow the ice to thaw.

Transportation agencies have advised the public to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. Any motorists that do venture out are urged to use extreme caution. If a road looks wet, it likely is covered in a thin sheet of ice.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night



Franklin Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Light winds out of the north.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Rain, mainly after 10pm. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday

Rain likely, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 40s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 20s.



Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph in the morning dereasing to light winds in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph in the morning.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

A chance of rain and snow before 10pm, then rain. Lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday

Rain, mainly before 10am. Highs near 40. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday Night

A chance of snow before midnight, then a chance of snow after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Rain, mainly after 11pm. Lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the southeast in the early evening around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday

Rain, mainly before 10am. Highs in the mid 40s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday Night

A chance of rain and snow before 10pm, then a chance of snow after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



Nantahala Area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Light winds out of the south. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Rain, mainly after 9pm. Lows in the mid 30s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday

Rain likely before 3pm, then a chance of rain and snow between 3pm and 4pm, then a slight chance of snow after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 20s.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

...AREAS OF BLACK ICE EXPECTED TO CAUSE TREACHEROUS ROAD CONDITIONS THIS MORNING...

Abundant sunshine in most areas allowed roads to warm and driving conditions to improve for a time Monday afternoon. However, in most areas where snow is on the ground, they remained wet from snowmelt. Tonight was considerably colder than Sunday night, and any roads that were still wet at sunset likely will freeze over. Black ice will be a significant road hazard through at least late this morning, when sunshine should again allow the ice to thaw.

Transportation agencies have advised the public to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. Any motorists that do venture out are urged to use extreme caution. If a road looks wet, it likely is covered in a thin sheet of ice.




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Almanac




Air quality is in the lower range of yellow for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the lower range of yellow.

Fire and Smoke Map


Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.2 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (2.4 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for January 18th

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

Highest Temperature 71°F in Franklin in 1974
Lowest Temperature 0°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1977
Greatest Rainfall 3.10 inches in Highlands in 1926
Greatest Snowfall 8.0 inches in Highlands in 1893

Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876

All-time record weather events for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on Jul 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on Jul 29, 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Mar 13, 1993




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Local and State News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [November 15, 2021]

• Black ice likely, stay off roadways unless urgent, NCDOT says [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Snow roundup: Roads remain dicey in places across WNC after up to 12 inches of snowfall [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Local handcrafted art in high demand at Cowee Mountain gallery [Macon County News and Shopping Guide]

Local Storm Coverage











• Macon County Board of Commissioners - January 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

Franklin Town Council - January 2022 Regular Meeting



Asheville Citizen-Times COVID-19 Tracker [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Previously:

• Special Section: Supreme Court Hears Vaccine Mandate Cases [Nacon Media (Jan 7th, 2022)]

The documents:

• In National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, the court blocked the federal government’s vaccine-or-test requirement for workplaces of 100 or more employees. [PDF of Opinion]

• In Biden v. Missouri, the court allowed the government’s vaccine mandate for workers at federally funded health care facilities to take effect nationwide. [PDF of Opinion]

• Fractured court blocks vaccine-or-test requirement for large workplaces but green-lights vaccine mandate for health care workers [SCOTUSblog]

• Who Decides, Redux? [The Volokh Conspiracy]

• The Supreme Court sunk Biden’s vaccine/testing mandate for private employers. What you need to know. [Poynter]

• Supreme Court blocks Biden Covid vaccine mandate for businesses, allows health-care worker rule [CNBC]

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National and World News Roundup

All hostages at Texas syngagoue are safe and hostage-taker dead, police say



• Tonga volcano eruption caused ‘significant damage’, says Ardern [Al Jazeera]

Pressure wave from the Tonga eruption crosses the US



• Over 70,000 attend German protests against COVID measures [Deutsche Welle]

• Chinese President Xi Faces a Lot of Challenges, Control Risks Says [Bloomberg Politics]

• Russia-Ukraine crisis: UK sending weapons to defend Ukraine, says defence secretary [BBC News]

• China grew by 8.1% in 2021, it has a $18 trillion economy [Hindustan Times]

Global National: Jan. 17, 2022 | Quebec and Ontario blasted by brutal blizzard



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - January 17th, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode January 17th, 2021





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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.





COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [November 18, 2021]



• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

Globally, as of 5:31pm CET, 10 January 2022, there have been 305,914,601 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,486,304 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 9 January 2022, a total of 9,126,987,353 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:31pm CET, 10 January 2022, there have been 59,138,083 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 830,334 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 23 December 2021, a total of 485,274,895 vaccine doses have been administered.

Dr John Campbell: Vaccination advice in the age of omicron



• COVID-19 patients show more signs of brain damage than people with Alzheimer’s disease [WATE-TV (Knoxville, TN)]

• Myocarditis: COVID-19 is a much bigger risk to the heart than vaccination [The Conversation]

• Necessity of COVID-19 Vaccination in Persons Who Have Already Had COVID-19 [Clinical Infectious Diseases]

• Expect more worrisome variants after Omicron, scientists say [CTV News]

• Beijing locks down office building with workers still inside after single Omicron case detected [CNN]

• Global COVID Cases Reaches 331 Mln, Death Rate Totals 5.56 Mln [Georgian Journal]

• Monitoring COVID-19

[Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

[Outbreak.info]

• CDC Releases Emergency Guidance for Healthcare Facilities to Prepare for Potential Omicron Surge [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

• COVID-19 case rates by county in 2021 [AXIOS]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

Volcanic Eruption May Be Biggest Ever Seen From Space



• Medical Experts Want Spotify to Implement a COVID Misinformation Policy [PC Magazine]

• Joe Rogan and the problem of false balance [The Logic of Science]

• For BP, Car Chargers to Overtake Pumps in Profitability Race [US News and World Report]

• Hackers disrupt payroll for thousands of employers — including hospitals [NPR]

• New Intel chips won't play Blu-ray disks due to SGX deprecation [Bleeping Computer]

• A Self-Replicating Radiation-Shield for Human Deep-Space Exploration: Radiotrophic Fungi can Attenuate Ionizing Radiation aboard the International Space Station [BioArxiv (PDF)]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos
WeatherBrains 835



Level1 News January 18 2022: Snorlax On Crime



• Cordkillers 392 – What Price is Right? (w/ Lamarr Wilson) [Cordkillers]

SpaceX - Boost Back - Entry & Landing Burns - Launch to Landing - Transporter 3 - 01-13-2022



Junkers G38 | The Giant Airliner With Cabins In Its Wings



How To Simulate The Universe With DFT



Ship 20 Prepared for Lifting | SpaceX Boca Chica







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On This Day

January 18th is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 347 days remain until the end of the year (348 in leap years).



Historical Events

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




474 – Seven-year-old Leo II succeeds his maternal grandfather Leo I as Byzantine emperor. He dies ten months later.

532 – Nika riots in Constantinople fail.

1126 – Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong.

1486 – King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV, uniting the House of Lancaster and the House of York.

1562 – Pope Pius IV reopens the Council of Trent for its third and final session.

1591 – King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Mingyi Swa of Burma in single combat, for which this date is now observed as Royal Thai Armed Forces day.

1670 – Henry Morgan captures Panama.

1701 – Frederick I crowns himself King of Prussia in Königsberg.

1778 – James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the "Sandwich Islands".

1788 – The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from Great Britain to Australia arrive at Botany Bay.

1806 – Jan Willem Janssens surrenders the Dutch Cape Colony to the British.

1866 – Wesley College is established in Melbourne, Australia.

1871 – Wilhelm I of Germany is proclaimed Kaiser Wilhelm in the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace of Versailles (France) towards the end of the Franco-Prussian War. Wilhelm already had the title of German Emperor since the constitution of 1 January 1871, but he had hesitated to accept the title.

1886 – Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.

1896 – An X-ray generating machine is exhibited for the first time by H. L. Smith.

1911 – Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania anchored in San Francisco Bay, the first time an aircraft landed on a ship.

1913 – First Balkan War: A Greek flotilla defeats the Ottoman Navy in the Naval Battle of Lemnos, securing the islands of the Northern Aegean Sea for Greece.

1915 – Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia.

1919 – World War I: The Paris Peace Conference opens in Versailles, France.

1919 – Ignacy Jan Paderewski becomes Prime Minister of the newly independent Poland.

1941 – World War II: British troops launch a general counter-offensive against Italian East Africa.

1943 – Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.

1945 – World War II: Liberation of Kraków, Poland by the Red Army.

1958 – Willie O'Ree, the first Black Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins.

1960 – Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes into a farm in Charles City County, Virginia, killing all 50 aboard, the third fatal Capital Airlines crash in as many years.

1967 – Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler", is convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment.

1969 – United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay killing all 32 passengers and six crew members.

1972 – Members of the Mukti Bahini lay down their arms to the government of the newly independent Bangladesh, a month after winning the war against the occupying Pakistan Army.

1974 – A Disengagement of Forces agreement is signed between the Israeli and Egyptian governments, ending conflict on the Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War.

1976 – Lebanese Christian militias kill at least 1,000 in Karantina, Beirut.

1977 – Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease.

1977 – Australia's worst rail disaster occurs at Granville, Sydney, killing 83.

1977 – SFR Yugoslavia's Prime minister, Džemal Bijedić, his wife and six others are killed in a plane crash in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

1978 – The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom's government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture.

1981 – Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachute off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs).

1983 – The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals to his family.

1988 – China Southwest Airlines Flight 4146 crashes near Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, killing all 98 passengers and 10 crew members.

1990 – Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.

1993 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 US states.

2002 – The Sierra Leone Civil War is declared over.

2003 – A bushfire kills four people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.

2005 – The Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial jet, is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France

2007 – The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people and Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Cyclone Kyrill causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe.

2008 – The Euphronios Krater is unveiled in Rome after being returned to Italy by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2018 – A bus catches fire on the Samara–Shymkent road in Yrgyz District, Aktobe, Kazakhstan. The fire kills 52 passengers, with three passengers and two drivers escaping.

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Published at 5:00am on Tuesay, January 18, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


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