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News and Weather Briefing for Friday, July 29, 2022

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GENERAL OUTLOOK

Another typical hot summer day is expected for today, but a weak surface front will drop down from the north and stall across the region for the weekend, increasing rain chances and dropping the temperatures back to normal. The front should dissipate by Tuesday, followed by high pressure over the western Atlantic taking control for the rest of the week.


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General Forecast Through Sunday Night

Franklin Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the mid 80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7pm and 5am, then a chance of showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.



Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 7pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9pm, then a chance of showers between 9pm and midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9pm, then a chance of showers between 9pm and midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.



Nantahala Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the uppr 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7pm and 5am, then a chance of showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Sunday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. Chance of rain is 80%.




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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon will be capable of cloud-to-ground lightning and torrential rainfall. A few of the storms may become strong enough to produce brief, damaging winds. Localized flash flooding cannot be ruled out.

A localized risk of flash flooding will accompany any thunderstorms that develop over the next several days. This threat could gradually increase in scope as soils in more and more places become saturated by multiple rounds of heavy rain, and creeks and stream levels rise in response to continued runoff.



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jul 29 2022

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

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

What’s Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth – July 28, 2022




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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

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

Fire and Smoke Map
Local Air Monitor

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range 4.1 out of 12) today with Grasses and Nettle being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (0.6 out of 12).


Record Weather Events for July 29th

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

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 40°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands in 1879
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of July
Data available from 1873 to 2022

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on 07-29-1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on 07-27-1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

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 Macon County Board of Commissioners and the Macon County Board of education held a joint session to address the funding and planning of a new Franklin High School. Both board voted unanimously to proceed with the planning. The meeting was streamed live on Macon Media’s Facebook page and edited videos will be published in the coming days. Part One of the livestream is embedded below.

• Macon commissioners unanimously vote to move forward with building new FHS facility on current campus [The Southern Scoop]

• ‘I’m not very good at math.’ Lt. Gov. Robinson pays off tax bills dating back to 2006 after WRAL inquiry [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Climber falls 50 feet from popular hiking spot in NC mountains, officials say [Raleigh News and Observer]

• WNC boy severely burned in failed science experiment recovering in ICU [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Asheville, Buncombe file lawsuit against HCA/Mission Health, which vows to fight back [Asheville Citizen-Times]



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Special Section: Russo-Ukrainian War Updates
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)
(Longer videos are in the Russo-Ukraine Videos section)

JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (Day 124-148)

Jomini is back after having had COVID. –editor


• Ukraine: How Russia’s war aims are changing [DW News]

• War in Ukraine ‘has changed the equation’ between the West and Saudi’s MBS [France 24]

• Horrifying footage appears to show Russian captors castrating a Ukrainian prisoner of war [Yahoo! News]

• Northern Ukraine Comes Under Burst of Russian Attacks Far From Front Lines [Wall Street Journal]

• Ukraine’s shadow army resisting Russian occupation [BBC News]

• Russia pummels Ukraine with missiles, grain shipments closer to resuming [Courthouse News Service]


News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or Video About the Russian Perspective

• Ukraine shells prison holding POWs – Donbass official [Russia Today]

• Russia’s embargo on uranium supplies will get USA by stars and stripes [Pravda ]

• EU rules don’t allow ban on visa issuance to Russians, European Commission says [TASS Russian News Agency]

The causes and consequences of the Ukraine war A lecture by John J. Mearsheimer

The Ukraine War From Russia’s Perspective


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National and World News Roundup

Global National: July 28, 2022 | Pope Francis’ Quebec visit sees mixed emotions, muted crowds

Nightly News Full Broadcast – July 28

PBS NewsHour Full Episode July 28th, 2022


• Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People [New York Times]



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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:

• SpaceX is now launching 10 rockets for every one by its main competitor [ARS TECHNICA]

• Malware hits millions of Android users — delete these apps right now [Tom's Guide]

• Congress passes bill boosting US semiconductor production [CNN]

• Instagram and Facebook feeds are about to be swarmed by accounts users don’t follow [Business Insider]

• Meta will stop paying US publishers to put their content in Facebook’s News tab [The Verge]

• Instagram Will Pause Updates Until All the Yelling Stops [Gizmodo]

• Semiconductor market to dip 2.5% next year as inflation hits [The Register]

• NASA revises Mars’ sample return plan to use helicopters [ARS TECHNICA]

• Free, legally available series/movies on YouTube in a Netlflix-like interface [Lamplight TV]



Podcasts and Long Form Videos
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics


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On This Day

July 29th is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 155 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events

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Published at 5:00am on Friday, July 29, 2022
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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