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OUTLOOK

Warm air will hold on across the region today. A relatively dry cold front will move southward across the area tonight. Another cold front, with a little more moisture, will cross the region from the west on Monday. A shift to a wetter pattern is then expected through the middle of next week as a series of disturbances bring Gulf moisture back into the region.

**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 Monday Night

Franklin area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s . Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the east around 5 mph after midnight.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southwest after midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday

Showers likely, mainly between 8am and 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.



Highlands Plateau

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s . Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the east around 5 mph after midnight.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southwest after midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday

Showers likely, mainly between 8am and 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.



Otto area

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Calm winds.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday

Showers likely, mainly between 8am and 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing.



Nantahala area

Today

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Calm winds.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 9am. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the southeast wind around 5 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday

Showers. Highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Monday Night

A chance of rain, possibly mixing with snow after 10pm, then gradually ending. Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 30%.




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Hazards and Tropical Weather

A dry air mass will remain entrenched across the region again today, with afternoon relative humidity values dropping to 35 to 45 percent. These dry conditions and exceptionally dry fuels will make outdoor burning dangerous.

…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]

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
700 PM EST Tue Nov 30 2021

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

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

This is the last regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlook of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on May 15, 2022. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.




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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. This is due to a fire in Arkansas that has exceeded 2,000 acres.

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 (2.0 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 3rd

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

Highest Temperature 72°F in Franklin in 1956
lowest Temperature 6°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.26 inches in Highlands in 1941
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Franklin in 1971

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 3rd, 2021

PBS NewsHour Full Episode December 3rd, 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]


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

• COVID Quickly, Episode 20: The Omicron Scare, and Anti-COVID Pills Are Coming [Scientific American (Audio Podcast)]

• Increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection associated with emergence of the Omicron variant in South Africa [MedRxiv 9PDF)]

• ‘Americans seem to have become numb to Delta’: Omicron is coming, but older variant is still driving infections [Yahpp! News]

• Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 harbors a unique insertion mutation of putative viral or human genomic origin [OSF Preprints]

• Omicron variant may have picked up a piece of common-cold virus [Reuters]

• Omicron spikes hospitalisation among kids under 5 in South Africa [The Tribune (India)]

• Safety and immunogenicity of seven COVID-19 vaccines as a third dose (booster) following two doses of ChAdOx1 nCov-19 or BNT162b2 in the UK (COV-BOOST): a blinded, multicentre, randomised, controlled, phase 2 trial [The Lancet]


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On This Day

December 4th is the 338th day of the year (339th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 27 days remain until the end of the year.

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Published at 6:00am on Saturday, December 04, 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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