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News and Weather Briefing for Friday, July 30, 2021

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OUTLOOK

Hot and dry high pressure persists across the region through Friday. A cold front will approach the area, gradually sinking south across the western Carolinas through the day on Friday. This front will stall in or near the forecast area to keep shower and thunderstorm chances around through the weekend. Early next week, another cold front brings cooler weather along with more shower and thunderstorm chances.

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Local News

Dedication Ceremony – Beloved Man Dr. Jerry Wolfe Highway/b>

Macon County Board of Education, July 2021

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Macon County Board of Commissioners, July 2021

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Franklin Town Council – July 2021

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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Sunday Night

Franklin area

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 90. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 90. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 11am and 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Chance of rain is 40%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the north around 5 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 30%.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 40%.


Otto area

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 90. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Light winds out of the northwest. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 90. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 11am and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 40%.


Nantahala area

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph early shifting to come out of the northwest by midmorning. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Sunday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then showers and thunderstorms likely between 10am and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Chance of rain is 40%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected at this time.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jul 30 2021

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


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

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (5.0 out of 12) today with Grasses, and Nettle being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.5 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on July 16th

Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 44°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 3.00 inches in Highlands in 1878
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)



July Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on 07-29-1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on 07-27-1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1872




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Macon Calendar
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Katie Dean announces Macon Co. Townhall

Katie Dean is running for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District. Katie is holding a Townhall on Thursday, July 15, 6pm – 7pm at the Big Bear Shelter [E. Main St. and Little Tennessee River].


The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encaustic painting on Specified Fridays from 10AM-12PM at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St Franklin NC. Specific class dates are Friday July 9 and 23, August 3 and 27, September 3 and 17, October 29.

For more information contact the instructor, Karen Smith, at [email protected]


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National News Roundup

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.

UC Davis Health: COVID-19 Delta Variant – Masks for Fully Vaccinated People Explained

Is now the time to mandate vaccination?

Mask mandate back in Cherokee; Masking encouraged but not required in N.C. [Smoky Mountain News]

COVID-19 cases in 17 states linked back to Transylvania County summer camp [WLOS-TV]

Yes, your employer can require you to receive a COVID-19 vaccine [WRAL-TV]

President Biden Delivers Remarks Laying Out the Next Steps to Get More Americans Vaccinated (July 29th, 2021)

Coronavirus Briefing: NC Gov. Roy Cooper (July 29th, 2021)

PRESS RELEASE (07-29-2021)
GOVERNOR ROY COOPER

 Today, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. announced that state government would begin verifying vaccination status of its workers. Employees not vaccinated are required to wear a mask and be tested at least once a week. Today’s announcement comes as North Carolina’s latest upswing in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is driven by unvaccinated North Carolinians.

“Until more people get the vaccine, we will continue living with the very real threat of serious disease, and we will continue to see more dangerous and contagious variants like Delta,” said Governor Cooper.

NCDHHS updated guidance encourages private sector businesses to, at a minimum, verify vaccination status for their workers as well. The requirement for state government employees applies to cabinet agencies and is included in Executive Order 224.

“There is only one way out of this pandemic and that is vaccination. Our trends are accelerating at an alarmingly fast rate and the highest rates of viral spread are happening in areas with low vaccination rates and among those who are not fully vaccinated,” said Secretary Cohen. “If you are already vaccinated, I call on you to urge your unvaccinated family and friends to get their shot now. It is not an understatement to say that you will save lives by doing so.”

The NCDHHS updated guidance reminds unvaccinated people that they need to continue practicing the three Ws – wear a mask in all indoor public settings, wait six feet apart in all public settings and wash hands often. In addition, unvaccinated people should not gather with other unvaccinated people who do not live with them. If they do, they should stay outside and keep 6 feet of distance. In addition, unvaccinated people should not travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new mask guidance this week based on levels of transmission in communities. The new maps designate counties as areas of low (blue), moderate (yellow), substantial (orange) or high (red) transmission. Moving forward, everyone in a red or orange county in North Carolina, including those who have been vaccinated, should wear a mask in public indoor settings.

Additionally, in accordance with the updated CDC guidance, all K-12 schools should require universal masking, regardless of vaccination status. NCDHHS is updating its guidance for schools to align with this recommendation.

To date, North Carolina has administered nearly 9.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 57 percent of the adult population fully vaccinated. 61 percent of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, including 86 percent of North Carolinians 65 and over.

Learn more about the state’s vaccine distribution at myspot.nc.gov (English) or Vacunate.nc.gov (Spanish). Details on the Your Shot at $1 Million Summer Cash Drawing can be found at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/summervaxcash. Use NCDHHS’ online tool Find a Vaccine Location to find a nearby vaccine site. Call the state’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 888-675-4567.

Read the Executive Order.

Read a Frequently Asked Questions document

TWiV 786: You make mucus and you move it (July 29th, 2021)

TWiVsters review off-season epidemics of respiratory syncytial virus in Australia after easing of COVID-19 restrictions, and impaired innate immune responses in upper respiratory tract cells from patients with severe COVID-19. Show notes at [https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/twiv-786/]

Covid-19 Delta variant affects younger, unvaccinated populations in NC [Carolina Public Press]

How the coronavirus infects cells — and why Delta is so dangerous [Nature]

SARS-CoV-2 Lambda variant exhibits higher infectivity and immune resistance [BioRxiv]

Covid-19 Breakthrough Infections in Vaccinated Health Care Workers [New England Journal of Medicine]

Surveillance Data Shows White-Tailed Deer Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 [USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service]

Risk of Myocarditis from COVID-19 Infection in People Under Age 20: A Population-Based Analysis [MedRxiv]

Long covid—mechanisms, risk factors, and management [BMJ]

Six Month Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine [MedRxiv]

A new perspective for mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 infection: priming the innate immune system for viral attack [Royal Society]

CDC Confirms That Viral Loads In Vaccinated People With Delta May Be Infectious, So Masks Are Necessary [SFist]


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On This Day

July 30th is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 154 days remain until the end of the year.

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Published at 4:00am on Friday, July 30, 2021

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