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News and Weather Briefing for Friday, October 22, 2021

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OUTLOOK

An approaching cold front will bring a chance of showers to parts of the area this afternoon through tonight, perhaps with a few thunderstorms in western sections of the area. The front will exit the area Friday, resulting in dry and somewhat cooler conditions Saturday. Expect unseasonably warm weather to return Sunday, followed by periods of unsettled weather next week.

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Local and State News

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Friday Night

Franklin area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Saturday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 70. Light winds out of the northwest.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 40s. Calm winds.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 50s.



Highlands Plateau

Today

Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Calm winds.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 50.



Otto area

Today

Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Saturday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 40s. Calm winds.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s.



Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog before midmorning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Saturday

Patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-60s Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Calm winds.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs near 70.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s.



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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Oct 22 2021

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

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




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Almanac

Air Quality


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

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 (3.4 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (3.3 out of 12).


Record Weather Events for October 22nd

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

Highest Temperature 82°F in Highlands in 1931
Lowest Temperature 15°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1952
Greatest Rainfall 2.74 inches in Highlands in 1956
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date)

Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on October 20, 1913
Record Weather Events for October 6th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Albemarle, Stanly County in 1954
Lowest Temperature 22°F in Celo, Yancey County in 1968
Greatest Rainfall 14.00 inches in Aberdeen, Moore County in 1913
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches on Montreat, Yancey County in 1932

(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane 5 of 1913. The storm formed off the coast of Rhode Island and traveled southwest, striking North and South Carolina. This was before Tropical Storms and Hurricanes were named).

Record Weather Events for October in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Albemarle, Stanly County on 10-06-1954
Lowest Temperature 8°F in Banner Elk, Avery County on 10-21-1952
Greatest Rainfall 14.00 inches in Aberdeen, Moore County on 10-06-1913
Greatest Snowfall 11.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 10-25-1990




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Macon Calendar
(send your event to [email protected])


FROG FAIR
November 6, 2021

Friends of the Greenway Fall Fundraising Event. FROG FAIR will be held November 6 from 9-3 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge. Vendor spaces are available–check our website for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Make sure to mark your calendar–arts & crafts, food, & music will make it a special day. For more information, email [email protected]

Encastic Painting Classes

The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encastic 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 and World News Roundup

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast – October 21st, 2021

PBS NewsHour Full Episode October 21st, 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: [October 21, 2021]


• COVID reinfections likely within one or two years, models propose [Nature]

• Evidence of transmission from fully vaccinated individuals in a large outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in Provincetown, Massachusetts [MedRxiv]

• Does infection with or vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 lead to lasting immunity? [The Lancet]

• B.1.617.2 (aka Delta variant) enters and fuses lung cells with increased efficiency and evades antibodies induced by infection and vaccination [Cell reports]

• BNT162b2 and ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 Vaccine Effectiveness against Death from the Delta Variant [SOURCE]


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On This Day

October 21st is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 71 days remain until the end of the year.

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Published at 4:05am on Thursday, October 22, 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




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