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News and Weather Briefing for Friday, December 29, 2023

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Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.


GENERAL OUTLOOK

Expect cooler temperatures going into the weekend with the potential for light mountain snow today and Saturday. A weak low pressure system could affect the region Monday, with another one for Wednesday into Thursday. DAY SPONSOR

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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Sunday Night

Franklin Area

Today

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Today

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of snow showers between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s.



Highlands Plateau

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Today

A slight chance of snow before 7pm, then a slight chance of snow showers between 7pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high in the lower 20s mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Partly sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Today

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 9pm, then a slight chance of snow showers between 9pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 24. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.



Nantahala Area

Today

A slight chance of rain after 3pm, mixing with snow after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Today

A chance of snow before 7pm, then a chance of snow showers, mainly between 7pm and 5am. Patchy fog before 2am, then patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. West wind 3 to 7 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.



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Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.


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Record Weather Events for December 29th

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

Highest Temperature 73°F in Franklin in 1984
Lowest Temperature -10°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 5.26 inches in Highlands in 1954
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 8.5 inches in Highlands in 1935

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

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on 12-31-1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on 12-30-1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.25 inches in Highlands on 12-28-2018
Greatest Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on 12-21-1876






News Briefing
—STATE AND LOCAL—

More in NC hospitals have flu than COVID | WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)

• Portion of Clyde Street to be Closed for Waterline Construction From January 2nd to Jan 5th, 2024 [Macon Media]

• Another fight over voting in NC goes to a judge. But could it be resolved out of court? [Raleigh News and observer]

• Consumer Reports: Celebrate with non-alcoholic sparkling wine [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• 2023 A Look Back: Grinch Award [Smoky Mountain News]

• These laws are going into effect in North Carolina on Jan. 1 [WCNC-TV (Charlotte, NC)]

• BUCKLEY REPORT: Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court Paul Newby sits down with FOX8 [WGHP-TV (High Point, NC)]

—RECENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEETINGS–

• Macon County Board of Commissioners (Dec 2023) [Macon Media]

• Macon County Board of Education December 2023 Meeting at Franklin High School [Macon Media]

• Franklin Town Council (Dec 2023) [Macon Media]

—NATIONAL—

International News Headlines

NATO makes major changes to address new threats | DW News

Putin Orders ‘Super Weapon’ Attack On Ukraine: ‘Killjoy’ Missile ‘Faster’ Than US’ HIMARS | Kinzhal | Hindustan Times

• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, December 28, 2023 [Institute for the Study of War]

• Mexico: 14 kidnapped from village that rose up and killed cartel members [The Guiardian (UK)]

• Venezuela will hold military exercises off its shores as a British warship heads to Guyana [AP News]

• North Korea’s Kim Jong Un orders military to accelerate war preparations [NBC News]

• Small Drones Are Helping Israel Navigate the Urban Battlefield in Gaza [WSJ (video/audio)] [WSJ (text archive)]

• Israel-Hamas War Day 84 | Former Israeli PM Bennett Calls to Strikes Iran, Says Israel Attacked Iranian Base in 2022 [Haaretz]

• China-Taiwan Weekly Update, December 28, 2023 [Institute for the Study of War]

Global National: Dec. 28, 2023 | Search for missing teen after 1 dead in Rideau River ice fall

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir Full Broadcast – December 28, 2023

Nightly News Full Broadcast – Dec 28 | NBC News

PBS NewsHour full episode, (December 28, 2023)



—Science, Technology, Culture, and History News Roundup—

• The Sky This Week from December 22 to 29: A Christmastime Cold Moon [Astronomy Magazine]

• This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 22 – 31 [Sky and Telescope Magazine]

The Level1 Show December 29 2023: Jeff Bezos Finally Gets It Up | Level1 Techs

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Linux Workstations | No Boilerplate

Scientists Are Bringing Back Extinct Species. But Is This A Good Thing? | Joe Scott

• War of the workstations: How the lowest bidders shaped today’s tech landscape [The Register]

• Humanoid robots are now doing work of humans in Spanx warehouse [Fox News]

• Social media platforms generate billions in annual ad revenue from US youth [Eureka Alert: American Association for the Advancement of Science]

• A Decade of Tweets: Visualizing Racial Sentiments Towards Minoritized Groups in the United States Between 2011 and 2021 [Epidemiology]

New Species of Tiny Plesiosaur Discovered | 7 Days of Science

• Five new species of soft-furred hedgehogs discovered in south-east Asia [The Guardian (UK)]

• India targets Apple over its phone hacking notifications [Washington Post]

• Flying taxi services could begin appearing as early as 2024 [TechSpot]

—Science, Technology, Culture, and History Video Section—

The Incredible Story of Sending Man to the Moon (A Deep Dive) | Megaprojects

Promoting Linux: An End-User Manifesto | Explaining Computers

The Man Who Haunts Science | Vsauce2

Linux Saloon 95 | Applications in Review 2023

10 Interesting Observations of the James Webb Space Telescope For 2023 | John Michael Godier

Exciting Discoveries About Dwarf Planets Eris/Pluto/Charon/Orcus and Their Unusual Moons | Antov Petrov




—COVID News Roundup—

Office Hours with Earth’s Virology Professor Livestream 12/27/23 8 pm eastern | Microbe TV

A group of people who’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19 are finding strength in each other | WCCO-TV (Minneapolis, MN)

• In search of a pan-coronavirus vaccine: next-generation vaccine design and immune mechanisms [nature: Cellular and Molecular Immunology]

• General and orofacial symptoms associated with acute and long COVID in 80- and 90-year-old Swedish COVID-19 survivors [National Library of Science]

• Olfactory immune response to SARS-CoV-2 [nature: Cellular and Molecular Immunology]






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On This Day

December 29th is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; two days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events

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Published at 5:00am on Friday, December 29, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to rthe 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. 



Source: http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2023/12/wx20231229.html


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