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News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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GENERAL OUTLOOK

A hot subtropical ridge of high pressure will remain over the region through the week, while a frontal boundary remains stalled to our north. Seasonably hot and muggy conditions will continue along with good chances for showers and thunderstorms each afternoon, causing torrential downpours at times. The best chances for rain will be over the mountains. Somewhat cooler temperatures but more widespread rainfall are expected this weekend with the arrival of the front.


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General Forecast Through Friday Night

Franklin Area

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 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 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s.



Highlands Plateau

Today

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 80. Wwinds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Calm winds becoming west around 5 mph after midnight.

Thursday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Sunny, with highs near 80. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Light winds out of the northwest. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Patchy fog before 9am. 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. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly 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 40%.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s.



Nantahala Area

Today

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 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 of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. 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%.

Friday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.




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Hazards and Tropical Weather

A localized risk of damaging winds and flash flooding will return with thunderstorms this afternoon. The threat for flooding may gradually increase over the next few days, with soils in some places becoming increasingly saturated following multiple heavy downpours.



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Jul 27 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 26, 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 3.7 out of 12) today with Grasses, Plantain, and Nettle being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (4.4 out of 12).


Record Weather Events for July 27th

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

Highest Temperature 95°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2005 Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911 Greatest Rainfall 3.02 inches in Highlands in 1942
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.

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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


• Five facts on grain and the war in Ukraine [DW News]

• Ukraine’s Allies Seek to Bolster Its Air Defenses With Jet Fighters and Training [Wall Street Journal]

• Is the INSTC Russia’s new economic escape route? [Al Jazeera]

• A retired Russian general forced to fight in Ukraine? The fake news story shared by tabloids [France 24]

• How Ukrainian farmers captured a Russian squad [Yahoo! News]

• Russia Says It Will Quit the International Space Station After 2024 [New York Times]


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

• Russia bid for Bayraktar drones – Turkey [Russia Today]

• Russian forces take Vuhlehirska power station under total control [Pravda ]

• US, Ukrainian defense chiefs discuss more deliveries of HIMARS systems —Pentagon [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

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PBS NewsHour Full Episode July 265th, 2022


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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:

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• Republicans Warn Google Not to Limit Search for Misleading Anti-Abortion Clinics…Or Else [Gizmodo]

• Google, like Amazon, will let police see your video without a warrant [Gizmodo]

• Vietnamese attacker circumvents Facebook security with ‘DUCKTAIL’ malware [The Register]

• Massive Losses Define Epidemic of ‘Pig Butchering’ [Krebs on Security]

• Porsche Says Its EVs Will Soon Be More Profitable Than Its Gas-Powered Cars [Yahoo! News]

• Novel Malware Hijacks Facebook Business Accounts [Threat Post]

• 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 27th is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 157 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events

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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, July 26, 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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