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News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, February 1, 2022

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OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will persist over the region into Wednesday with near-normal temperatures. A slow moving frontal system will arrive from the northwest early Thursday and bring warmer but rainy weather to the region through Friday. Dry and cool high pressure arrives behind the cold front Friday night. Low pressure moving along the front from the Gulf could bring our area some precipitation later in the weekend.

General Forecast Through Thursday Night

Franklin Area

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

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows around freezing. Light winds out of the south.

Wednesday

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 8 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Rain likely. Cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday

Rain. Highs near 60. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Thursday Night

Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Lows in the upper 40s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday

A slight chance of snow before 10am, then a slight chance of rain and snow between 10am and 11am, then a chance of rain after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Wednesday Night

Rain likely. Cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday

Rain likely. Cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Thursday Night

Rain. Lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph.

Wednesday

A slight chance of rain and snow between 9am and 10am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Wednesday Night

Rain likely. Cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday

Rain. Highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Thursday Night

Rain. Lows around 50. Chance of rain is 90%.

Nantahala Area

Today

Sunny, with highs near in the lower 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph.

Wednesday

Rain likely, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of tain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday

Rain. Highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Thursday Night

Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 90%.




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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.





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Almanac

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. due to smoke from several fires in the southeast.

Fire and Smoke Map
Local Air Monitor

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (2.4 out of 12) today with Juniper and Elm being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (2.2 out of 12).


Record Weather Events for February 1st

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

Highest Temperature 75°F in Franklin in 1975
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Highlands in 1900
Greatest Rainfall 4.50 inches in Highlands in 1915
Greatest Snowfall 8.3 inches in Nantahala in 1934

Record weather events for January in Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912

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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Local and State News

• Macon County Board of Commissioners – January 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

Franklin Town Council – January 2022 Regular Meeting

Asheville Citizen-Times COVID-19 Tracker [Asheville Citizen-Times]

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast – January 31st, 2021

PBS NewsHour Full Episode January 31st, 2021


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]


• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

Globally, as of 4:00pm CET, 28 January 2022, there have been 364,191,494 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,631,457 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 28 January 2022, a total of 9,854,237,363 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 4:00pm CET, 28 January 2022, there have been 72,373,369 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 869,779 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 21 January 2022, a total of 518,927,314 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Myocarditis Risk 17 Times Higher for Unvaccinated Patients Ages 12-30 Who Get COVID-19 Than COVID-Vaccinated Patients [Epic Research]

Dr John Campbell: Study confirms omicron reinfections

• A literature review and meta-analysis of the effects of lockdowns on covid-19 mortality [Johns Hopkins University (PDF)]

• Unvaccinated NYPD officers set to be terminated next month: sources [New York Daily News]

• Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine receives full FDA approval [CNN]

• Novavax Submits Request to the U.S. FDA for Emergency Use Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccine [NovaVax Press Release]

• The Physics of the N95 Face Mask [Wired]

• Long-term perturbation of the peripheral immune system months after SARS-CoV-2 infection [BMC Medicine]

• COVID vaccines don’t work for some people. For them, the pandemic remains terrifying. [Colorado Sun]

• Omicron-specific mRNA vaccine induced potent neutralizing antibody against Omicron but not other SARS-CoV-2 variants [BioRxiv (PDF)]

• Covid psychosis: Understanding how the virus can hijack the brain [WGN-TV (Chicago, IL)]

• Indirect protection of children from SARS-CoV-2 infection through parental vaccination [Science]

• Monitoring COVID-19

[Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

[Outbreak.info]

• CDC Releases Emergency Guidance for Healthcare Facilities to Prepare for Potential Omicron Surge [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

• COVID-19 case rates by county in 2021 [AXIOS]


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Science and Technology News Roundup



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On This Day

February 1st is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 333 days remain until the end of the year (334 in leap years).

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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, February 1, 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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