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News and Weather Briefing for November 18, 2021

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OUTLOOK

A cold front will cross the area late today, bringing showers mainly to the mountains. Cold high pressure will move into the region on Friday and remain in place through Sunday. A stronger cold front will arrive on Monday, possibly bringing more widespread rain to the area, and likely ending as mountain snow showers on Monday night. Cold high pressure returns on Tuesday and lingers into Wednesday.

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Local and State News

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Saturday Night

Franklin area

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Light and variable winds early increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30.



Highlands Plateau

Today

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest to to 15 mph in the morning becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around in the upper 20s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-40s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.



Otto area

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of teh southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph in the morning becoming calm in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.


Nantahala area

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 8 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph before noon.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s.



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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Other than patchy fog through midmorning, hazardous weather is not expected today.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Thu Nov 18 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 range (2.2 out of 12) today with Ragweed being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (2.9 out of 12).


Record Weather Events for November 17th

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

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 11°F in Highlands in 1997
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.32 inches in Highlands in 1927
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (there has been no snowfall recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1872)

Record Weather Events for November (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Nov 4, 2003

Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on Nov 25, 1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on Nov 29, 1914
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on Nov 28, 1922

Record Weather Events for November 1st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 90°F in Maysville, Onslow County in 2009
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Banner Elk, Avery County in 1913
Greatest Rainfall 5.08 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1969
Greatest Snowfall 13.0 inches in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2014
Record Weather Events for November in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 90°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County on 11-09-1900
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Montreat, Yancey County on 11-25-1950
Greatest Rainfall 8.15 inches in Idlewild, Ashe County on 11-06-1977
Greatest Snowfall 18.00 in Montreat, Yancey County on 11-04-1930




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


THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is back in 2021! The 1¼ hour round-trip passenger excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS™, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. For ticksts, see [GSMR.com]

COLD Turkey 5K & Little Turkeys Fun Run (ALL AGES) 2021

This year’s Cold Turkey will be a benefit for Macon County Special Olympics

Gobble! Gobble! Join others for Franklin, NC’s annual Cold Turkey 5K Run/Walk & Little Turkeys FUN! Run/Walk on THANKSGIVING DAY (2021)

Race day registration begins at 8:00AM

Little Turkeys FUN! Run/Walk (10-U) starts at 9AM
Cold Turkey 5K starts at 9:30AM

Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

Adapted from an old Scandinavian custom of lighting the way for the Christ child, more than 2,500 candles in small white bags line the streets and every storefront is aglow with Christmas lights and decorations. Shopkeepers and restaurants are open late. See Santa and Mrs. Claus as they ride through town in their pickup truck. Write a letter to Santa and drop it off at his special mailbox. Live music on Front Street. For more information, see [Visit Dillsboro]


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National and World News Roundup

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast – November 17th, 2021

PBS NewsHour Full Episode November 17, 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 16, 2021]


COVID Vaccines VS Delta Variant: State of Texas Study (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson)

• Covid misinformation spreads because so many Americans are awful at math [Washington Post]

• Effectiveness of public health measures in reducing the incidence of covid-19, SARS-CoV-2 transmission, and covid-19 mortality: systematic review and meta-analysis [The British Medical Journal]

• The definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ is changing to three Covid-19 doses [CNN World]

• Suspended Texas doctor who promoted ivermectin as Covid treatment resigns from hospital [NBC News]

• Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated: Europe’s Covid Culture War [New York Times]

• Michigan reports 14,561 new COVID-19 cases, 242 deaths over 2 days [Detriot Free Press]

• A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine [Amazon (Link to Kindle Edition)]


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On This Day

November 18th is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 43 days remain until the end of the year.

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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, November 18, 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




Source: http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2021/11/wx20211118.html


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