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News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 06, 2023

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Weather
Hazards and Tropical Weather
GENERAL OUTLOOK

Rain chances return today with the arrival of a warm front. A late-spring or early-summer like weather pattern will develop over the area early next week, with temperatures trending warmer and daily chances for showers and thunderstorms uptick. DAY SPONSOR

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General Forecast Through Monday Night

Franklin Area

Today

20 percent chance of rain before 10am. Patchy fog before midmorning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers between 10am and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

A slight chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 40%.


Highlands Plateau

Today

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Winds out of the south 3 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the south 3 to 6 mph.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers between 10am and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. West wind around 9 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.

Monday

A slight chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Chance of rain is 50%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the south 3 to 6 mph.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers between 10am and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

A slight chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 50%.



Nantahala Area

Today

A 20 percent chance of rain before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the south 3 to 5 mph.

Sunday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds early in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Chance of rain is 50%.



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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Latest US Drought Monitor Map for North Carolina.

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Almanac

PM2.5 AQI is 48 (GOOD/CODE GREEN) for most of the county, and the ridges and other higher elevations PM2.5 AQI is 51 (MODERATE/CODE YELLOW)

Fire and Smoke Map
Local Air Monitor

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (7.9 out of 12) today with Birch, Maple, and Hickory being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (7.4out of 12).


Record Weather Events for May 6th

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

Highest Temperature 90°F in Franklin in 1950
Lowest Temperature 26°F in Highlands in 2011
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.19 inches in Highlands in 1999
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1871)

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of May Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992

(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane Gladys)

–> Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of May Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 107°F in Aurora, Beaufort Countyy on 05-26-2011
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 05-09-2020
Greatest Rainfall 8.51 inches in Pisgah Forest, Transylvania County on 05-20-1942
Greatest Snowfall 15.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 05-07-1992



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National and World News Roundup



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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:

Based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, to expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023. Macon County Public Health will stop publishing weekly COVID updates but will continue to monitor local case levels and trends. In the event that case counts increase significantly, MCPH will notify the public and resume weekly COVID updates.



Podcasts and Long Form Videos (History, Culture, Science, Space, Technology and Current Events)
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

The Level1 Show May 5 2023: Paw and Order | Level1 Techs

Does Apple Need an AI Strategy – DTNS 4514 | Daily Tech News Show

USS Texas in Drydock – 2023 | Drachinifel

Mining asteroids with AstroForge CEO Matthew Gialich | E1736 | This Week in Startups

The Burckle Crater Mega Tsunami and Global Flood | OzGeographics

17. Carthage – Empire of the Phoenicians | Fall of Civilizations

The JUICE Is Not Loose, SpaceX Falcon Heavy Delays Axiom, New ISS Airlock | This Week In Spaceflight

Possible End of Humanity from AI? Geoffrey Hinton at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital | Joseph Raczynski

A Look At WiFi Pineapple and Flipper Zero | TWiT TV

Coronation of Charles III | UsefulCharts


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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, May 06, 2023
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. 


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