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News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, July 30, 2022

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Almanac
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GENERAL OUTLOOK

A weak surface front will stall across the region for the balance of the weekend, providing a focus for numerous showers and thunderstorms fueled by abundant moisture pooled along the boundary. The front should dissipate by Tuesday, with high pressure over the western Atlantic taking control for the rest of the week.

General Forecast Through Monday Night

Franklin Area

Today

A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 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, mainly before 3am. Areas of fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 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.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday Night



Highlands Plateau

Today

A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1am. Patchy fog before 1am, then areas of fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10am and 2pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 72. Calm winds becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a slight chance of showers between 2am and 4am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4am. Areas of fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 78. Calm winds becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s.



Nantahala Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds. 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, mainly before midnight. Areas of fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 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.

Sunday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10am and 2pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 7pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 7pm and 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s.




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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 places become saturated from 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 Sat Jul 30 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 29, 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 0.6 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])



• WATCH NOW: Governor announces electric boat company coming to McDowell County [McDowell News (video in article)]

• Democrats bareknuckle Green Party off North Carolina ballot [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• 23-year-old man who ‘exited’ plane found dead in Fuquay-Varina after massive search [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Franklin police issue warning after man follows teen into store bathroom [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Child killed in Great Smokies was park’s 11th tree fall fatality [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


• Russia-Ukraine updates: Ukraine claims killing scores of Russians in Kherson fighting [DW News]

• Russia suspends gas supplies to Latvia [France 24]

• Red Cross seeks access to site of deadly attack on Ukrainian POWs [Al Jazeera]

• Explosion Kills Ukrainian POWs Held by Russian-Backed Forces [Wall Street Journal]

• Blinken Resists Push to Label Russia a Terrorist State [New York Times]


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

• US and Russia hold first top level call since February [Russia Today]

• Russia strikes powerful blow on Japanese yen [Pravda ]

• US mulls designating Russia as state sponsor of terrorism — White House [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 29, 2022 | Pope’s apology falls short for some as reconciliation tour ends

Nightly News Full Broadcast – July 29

PBS NewsHour Full Episode July 29th, 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:

Live Track: Out-Of Control Chinese Rocket Crash Into Earth | The Launch Pad

• When and where will China’s big rocket debris fall to Earth this weekend? [SPACE.COM]

• The Microchip Era Is Giving Way to the Megachip Age [Wall Street Journal]

• China says U.S. chip act will distort global semiconductor supply chain [Reuters]

• S.4982 – Creating Helpful Incentives for Producing Semiconductors for America and Foundries Act [CONGRESS.GOV]

• CHIPS Act clears Congress, ensuring $52 billion boost to US foundries [The Verge]

• Facebook Approved Pro-Genocide Ads in Kenya After Claiming to Foster ‘Safe and Secure’ Elections [Gizmodod]

• 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 30th is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 154 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events

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Published at 5:30am on Saturday, July 30, 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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