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Weather Briefing for Thursday, April 1, 2021

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An unseasonably cold air mass will build into the area behind a departing cold front today, and settle over the region for the rest of the week. Expect an upper level ridge to build over the region from Sunday into next week, continuing dry, but warmer weather. The next rain maker will approach our region in the middle of next week.


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National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Saturday Night

Franklin area


Sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the lower 60s.

Saturday Night

Clear, with lows around freezing.

Highlands area


Sunny, with highs in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows in the upper teens. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s.

Saturday Night

Clear, with lows around 30.

Otto area

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


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (9.4 out of 12) today with Juniper, Oak, and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be about the same (9.1 out of 12).

Weather Extremes for Macon County on April 1st

Highest Temperature 88°F 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

March Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on March 15, 1967
Lowest Temperature -7°F in Highlands on March 7, 1899
Greatest One-Day Rain 6.43 inches in Highlands on March 29, 1898
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on March 13, 1993 

On This Day

Historical Events

33 – According to one historian’s account, Jesus Christ’s Last Supper is held.
374 – Comet 1P/374 E1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0884 AUs of Earth
527 – Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne.
1545 – Potosí, 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.
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.
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.
1928 – Chiang Kai-shek’s army crosses Yang-tse
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: Generalísimo 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.
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.
1952 – Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe & Gamow
1954 – United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the creation of the United States Air Force Academy in 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.
1974 – Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran
1976 – Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs found Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs’ parents house in Cupertino, California
1979 – Iran becomes an Islamic republic by a 99% vote, officially overthrowing the Shah.
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 Navy crew makes an emergency landing in Hainan, China and is detained.
2001 – Former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević 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.
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 – Nagorno-Karabakh clashes: The Four Day War or April War begins along the Nagorno-Karabakh line of contact on April 1. (Armenia vs Azerbaijan)
2020 – US President Donald Trump says the US Strategic National Stockpile is almost depleted amid widespread shortages of medical equipment to fight COVID-19


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