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News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, August 7, 2022

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Almanac
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GENERAL OUTLOOK

The typical summertime pattern continues with the subtropical ridge in the western Atlantic through the middle of next week. This will lead to daily diurnal shower and thunderstorm chances into the middle of the workweek. A cold front approaches the area from the northwest on Wednesday before tracking over the Carolinas Thursday into Friday. This will keep shower and thunderstorm chances around through the end of the workweek. Expect a cooler and less humid airmass behind the front heading into next weekend.

General Forecast Through Tuesday Night

Franklin Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Widespread dense fog before 10am. Highs in the mid 80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 80%. 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 slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 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.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.



Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. 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.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 5am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Widespread dense fog before 10am. Highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 4am. 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.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 8pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.



Nantahala Area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. 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 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 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.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 5am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Highs near 80. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.




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Hazards and Tropical Weather

…PATCHY DENSE FOG DEVELOPING THIS MORNING ACROSS THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS…

Areas of fog will develop across the mountains and foothills through mid-morning, and the fog may become dense in locations along the mountain river valleys and in foothill areas where appreciable rain fell yesterday. The patchy dense fog will reduce visibility to one-quarter mile or less at times and may be quite variable over short distances.

Use caution if driving this morning. Allow extra travel time and stopping distance. Use low-beam headlights and fog lamps if you encounter dense fog. The visibility should start improving between 9 and 10 am EDT.

Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected today, especially in the afternoon and early evening hours. Localized flooding is possible due to saturated soils and heavy downpours. Isolated damaging wind gusts are also possible in the strongest storms.

There may be a slight lull Monday and Tuesday in the strong storm and flooding threat, but on Wednesday stronger storms and heavier rains are expected to increase again, with some storms continuing into Wednesday night and Thursday for parts of the area. Friday and Saturday look quiet.



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Aug 7 2022

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

1. Eastern Tropical Atlantic:
A tropical wave located near the west coast of Africa is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the far eastern tropical Atlantic. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for gradual development of this system while it moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph across the eastern and central tropical Atlantic, and a tropical depression could form around the middle part of week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…40 percent.

What’s Up in the Tropics with Mark Sudduth – August 6, 2022: Watching Tropical Atlantic




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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 4.3 out of 12) today with Grasses, Nettle, and Chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.1 out of 12).


Record Weather Events for August 7th

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

Highest Temperature 98°F in Highlands in 1930
Lowest Temperature 43°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1950
Greatest Rainfall 3.64 inches in Highlands in 1937
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 August
Data available from 1873 to 2022

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on 08-09-1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 08-29-1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on 08-13-1940
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

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 79.7°F Wilmington, New Hanover County
Coldest Weather Station 59.6°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.74 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 3.12 in Lexington, Davidson County




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Macon Calendar
(send your event to [email protected])



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• Duke Health experts say monkeypox cases will keep rising in NC [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• NC lawmaker applauds Senate passage of bills that support law enforcement [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Charlotte firm acquires Beverly-Hanks, WNC’s largest real estate firm [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 148-158)


• US readies $1bn weapons package for Ukraine: Report [Al Jazeera]

• Ukraine updates: Kyiv, Moscow trade blame over nuclear plant shelling [DW News]

• Russia ups the pressure on Ukraine’s northern Sumy region [France 24]

• Russia Bars Exxon and Other Western Investors From Selling Shares in Strategic Businesses [Wall Street Journal (click listen to article to hear it read to you)]

• Blasts Reported at Nuclear Plant Seized by Russia [New York Times]


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

• Erdogan’s diplomacy with Russia alarms West – FT [Russia Today]

• Russia responds to reports about nuclear arms on high alert [Pravda ]

• Google notifies Russia’s tech corporation Rostec about blocking of its YouTube channel [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: Aug. 6, 2022 | Dutch national found guilty in Amanda Todd case

Nightly News Full Broadcast – August 06

PBS NewsHour Full Episode August 65th, 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:

• Zhao Weiguo: China’s No. 1 chip tycoon vanishes ["https://moneyweek.com/economy/people/605205/zhao-weiguo-chinas-no-1-chip-tycoon-vanishes"]

• The internet is a misinformation superhighway [Chicago Sun-Times]

• Why Putting Solar Canopies on Parking Lots Is a Smart Green Move [Yale Environment 360]

• Northrop Grumman received $3.29 billion to develop a missile defense system that could protect the entire U.S. territory from ballistic missiles [Engadget]

• Study Finds World Can Switch to 100% Renewable Energy and Earn Back Its Investment in Just 6 Years [My Modern Met]

Ukrainian military training: Forces partner with video game maker

• How Taiwan semiconductors are key for global high-tech [How Taiwan semiconductors are key for global high-tech]

• Global Consumer Service Robotics Market Grew 25 Per Cent In 2021: Report [Entrepreneur India]

• Microsoft trackers run afoul of DuckDuckGo, get added to blocklist [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

August 7 is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 146 days remain until the end of the year.

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Published at 5:00am on Sunday, August 07, 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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