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News and Weather Briefing for Thanksgiving Day, 2021

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OUTLOOK

Dry, peaceful weather will continue today, but a moisture-starved cold front may bring showers and high elevation snow to the region tonight into early Friday. A generally dry and cool northwest flow pattern sets up this weekend and continues into next week.

**Weather Alert**

Relative humidity will be low this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon. Winds will be picking up today and especially tomorrow, so please continue holding off on outdoor debris burning until after we get a good rainfall event. We will also be getting some snow flurries tonight, but no accumulation is expected except on the border with Tennessee and at the highest of elevations.

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Local and State News

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Thursday Night

Franklin area

Thaksgiving Day

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

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly between midnight and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds early in the evening increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain and snow flurries is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. No snow accumulation expeccted except at the highest elevations.

Friday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday Night

Clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm by midnight.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.



Highlands Plateau

Thaksgiving Day

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the west to 10 mph.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 3am. Increasing clouds, with lows around 30. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. No snow accumulation expeccted except at the highest elevations.

Friday

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Friday Night

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

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing.



Otto area

Thaksgiving Day

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 6 mph by noon.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Light and variable winds in the early evening increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. No snow accumulation expeccted except at the highest elevations.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 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 around 5 mph becoming calm by midnight.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.


Nantahala area

Thaksgiving Day

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly between 9pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the early evening increasing to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. No snow accumulation expeccted except at the highest elevations.

Friday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday Night

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

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near 50. Light winds out of the southwest.

Saturday Night

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



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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Relative humidity will be low this afternoon and tomorrow after and winds will be picking up today and especially tomorrow, so please continue holding off on outdoor debris burning until after we get a good rainfall event. We will also be getting some snow flurries tonight, but no accumulation is expected except on the border with Tennessee and at the highest of elevations.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Thu Nov 25 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 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
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.0 out of 12) today with Ragweed being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (1.4 out of 12).


Record Weather Events for November 25th

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

Highest Temperature 76°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1973
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands in 1950
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.64 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Nantahala in 1939

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 24th, 2021

PBS NewsHour Full Episode November 24th, 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]


• US braces for ‘fifth wave’ of Covid on eve of Thanksgiving [Financial Times]

• The science of the host–virus network [Nature: Microbiology]

• Q & A about booster shots with a Duke infectious disease expert [NC Health News]

• Mask-wearing linked to 53% cut in Covid incidence, global study finds [The Guardian]

• 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]

• Severe COVID-19 induces molecular signatures of aging in the human brain [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• Severity of SARS-CoV-2 Reinfections as Compared with Primary Infections [New England Journal; of Medicine]

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

• 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)]

• The real risk of heart inflammation to kids is from COVID-19—not the vaccine [National Geographic]


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On This Day

November 25th is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 36 days remain until the end of the year.

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Published at 6:00am on Thursday, November 25, 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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