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News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, August 3, 2022

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Almanac
Macon Calendar
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Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
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On This Day
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GENERAL OUTLOOK

Sub-tropical high pressure over the western Atlantic will maintain control of our weather pattern for the rest of the week. We can expect predominately afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms each day with the best coverage generally over the higher terrain.

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Franklin Area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the mid-to-late afternoon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s.



Highlands Plateau

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 3pm and 5pm. Mostly sunny, 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.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.

Friday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 2am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the mid-to-late afternoon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s.



Nantahala Area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 2am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the mid-to-late afternoon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. 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 Wed Aug 3 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 – August 2, 2022: Signs of Change?




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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 medium range 5.6 out of 12) today with Grasses and Nettle being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.4 out of 12).


Record Weather Events for August 3rd

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

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands in 1940
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])



• Franklin Police Chief Announces Retirement [Macon Media]

• North Carolina unaffiliated voters sue over elections board appointment requirements [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Novant Offer for Mission Matched HCA Bid, Former Top Exec Says [Asheville Watchdog]

• Monkeypox now spreading in Mecklenburg, county health leaders confirm [Charlotte Observer]

• Lowering U.S. and NC Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Matthew Fishman [Macon Media]

• Burr, not Tillis, helps pass bill for veterans exposed to Camp Lejeune’s toxic water [Raleigh News and Observer]

• No phone service for more than 11,000 Verizon customers in Bryson City area, police say [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]



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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)


• U.S. sanctions more Russian oligarchs; Senate moves toward vote to admit Sweden and Finland into NATO [CNBC]

• Russia’s Supreme Court declares Ukrainian steel plant defenders terrorists, paving way for possible longer sentences for captured fighters [CBS News]

• Ukrainian presidential advisor: Russia must be defeated before we sit down for talks [DW News]

• Russia accuses US of ‘direct involvement’ in Ukraine war [Al Jazeera]


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

• Russia rejects ‘nuclear saber-rattling’ accusations [Russia Today]

• Biden and Zelensky directly responsible for killing 50 Ukrainian POWs in DPR [Pravda ]

• US slaps sanctions on Russian businessmen, heads of freed Ukrainian regions [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. 2, 2022 | BC residents decide to stay or flee as Keremeos fire swells

Nightly News Full Broadcast – August 02

PBS NewsHour Full Episode August 2ndst, 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:

• December launch planned for Polaris Dawn [Space News/a>]

• NY county with polio has pitiful 60% vaccination rate; 1,000s may be infected [ARS TECHNICA]

• The Biotech Founder Facing Murder Charges [Wall Street Journal (audio podcast)]

• Trump’s purported free speech social media platform Truth Social is hiding user posts, threatening to create a ‘curated echo chamber,’ research group finds [Business Insider]

• Equifax sent lenders inaccurate credit scores on millions of U.S. consumers [Market Watch]

• Scientists reveal method of converting methane gas into liquid methanol [PHYS.ORG]

• MIT Researchers Create Artificial Synapses 10,000x Faster Than Biological Ones [SingularityHub]

• 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 3 is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 150 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events

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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, August 03, 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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