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News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, December 5, 2021

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OUTLOOK

Surface high pressure will linger across the southeast today before a cold front crosses the region from the west on Monday. Cool high pressure will return Monday night through Tuesday night, but with moisture possibly returning over the surface high. A wetter low pressure system will then cross the southeast on Wednesday. High pressure returns through the late week, but with occasional upper disturbances and slightly increased moisture crossing the region and keeping conditions unsettled. A strong cold front will arrive from the west next weekend.

**Weather Alert**
…OUTDOOR BURN BAN IN EFFECT…

The state of North Carolina has issued a state-wide burn ban. 

[Press Release]

Town of Franklin Declares a Fire Danger Emergency 

[Press Release]

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Local and State News

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Tuesday Night

Franklin area

Today

Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph by noon.

Monday

Showers, mainly before 5pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A chance of rain before 3am, then a slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday

A slight chance of rain and snow before midmorning, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Chance of rain is 60%.



Highlands Plateau

Today

Increasing clouds, with highs near 50. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. WInds out of the south 3 to 7 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday

Showers likely, mainly between 11am and 5pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A chance of rain before 1am, then a slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday

A chance of rain and snow before 11am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 40s. Chance of precipitation is 40%.



Otto area

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

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph.

Monday

Showers, mainly before 5pm. High in the mid 60s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A chance of rain before 3am, then a slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tuesday

A slight chance of rain and snow before 8am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with lows around 40. Chance of precipitation is 60%.



Nantahala area

Today

Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. South southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.

Monday

Showers. Highs near 60. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A chance of rain, possibly mixing with snow after midnight, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tuesday

A slight chance of rain and snow between 7am and 10am, then a chance of rain. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Chance of precipitation is 60%.




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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not anticipated for today.

…OUTDOOR BURN BAN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE…

The state of North Carolina has issued a state wide burn ban due to the very dry conditions and exceptionally dry fuels. This burn ban is expected to remain in place until significant rain occurs.

Outdoor burning is prohibited. Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities for further information. [Press Release]




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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

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.4 out of 12) today with Ragweed and various Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.3 out of 12).


Record Weather Events for December 5th

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

Highest Temperature 72°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2001
lowest Temperature 6°F in Highlands in 1899
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.26 inches in Highlands in 1910
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (there has been snowfall recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1872

Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876

All-time record weather events for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on Jul 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on Jul 29, 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Mar 13, 1993




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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 tickets, see [GSMR.com]

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 – December 4th, 2021

PBS NewsHour Full Episode December 4th, 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]


• How COVID-19 harms the heart [National Geographic]

• COVID-19 Post-acute Sequelae Among Adults: 12 Month Mortality Risk[frontiers in Medicine]

• How the Omicron Variant Got So Many Scary Mutations So Quickly [Scientific American]

• Regeneron says Covid antibody drug could be less effective against Omicron variant [MBC News]

• Third COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Boosts Neutralising Antibodies in Poor Responders [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• Large International Study Reveals Spectrum of COVID-19 Brain Complications [Radiological Society of North America]

• High viral loads: what drives fatal cases of COVID-19 in vaccinees? an autopsy study [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• Omicron Time [Science]


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On This Day

December 5th is the 339th day of the year (340th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 26 days remain until the end of the year.

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Published at 5:00am on Sunday, December 05, 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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