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News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, February 13, 2024

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Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.


Dry high pressure returns to the area today and temperatures will begin to warm above normal through the end of the work week. A moist frontal system may affect the region this weekend.


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General Forecast Through Thursday Night

Franklin Area


Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.


Clear, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny, with highs near 60.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s.

Highlands Plateau


Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 25 to 35 mph in the morning decreasing to 15to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.


Clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.


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

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.


Clear, with lows around 30. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the north 3 to 7 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the west 3 to 5 mph.


Sunny, with highs near 60.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s.

Nantahala Area

Wind Advisory
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
948 PM EST Mon Feb 12 2024


* WHAT…Northwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected.

* WHERE…Portions of northeast Georgia and piedmont and western North Carolina.

* WHEN…From 4 AM to 3 PM EST Tuesday.

* IMPACTS…Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.


Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

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Record Weather Events for February 13th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 74°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1949
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands in 1899
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.0 inches in Highlands in 2014

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

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 01-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899 (also a state record)
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

News Briefing

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• North Carolina program seeks applications for bike, pedestrian project plans [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Warrant: 12-year-old boy found cold, stiff at NC wilderness camp [WBT=TV (Charlotte, NC)]

• (video) NC candidates, experts respond to Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson comments House Bill 2 [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Under the Dome podcast: Primary endorsements, Black voters and Cotham challengers [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Swain County Manager headed to Jackson [BPR]


International News Headlines

What the Ship: Ep99 | Black Sea, Russia & Ukraine | Red Sea | Panama Canal | Containers | War Risk | What’s Going on With Shipping?

(Full Episode) Putin vs. the West | BBC Select

More than 10 million displaced by Sudan conflict, says Unicef | FRANCE 24 English

Jordan’s King Abdullah urges lasting Gaza ceasefire after meeting Biden | Al Jazeera

India police block roads as farmers threaten to march on capital | BBC News

• Gaza mediators and others warn Israel of disaster if it launches a ground invasion on crowded Rafah [AP News (via Yahoo News)]

• Burning Alive in Myanmar: Two Resistance Fighters Executed in Public [The Irrawaddy]

• France uncovers a vast Russian disinformation campaign in Europe [The Economist]

• Internet blackout hits Sudan as UN appeals for $4.1 billion to ease ‘epic suffering’ caused by war [CNN]

• What’s at stake in Indonesia as the world’s third-largest democracy elects a new president? [AP News]

• Only military might will win Europe respect, Poland’s Tusk tells fellow leaders [Politico]

• Experts fear Trump’s NATO comments ‘made Europe less secure’ [DW News]

Global National: Feb. 12, 2024 | The deadly domestic abuse behind Manitoba’s 5 tragic murders

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir Full Broadcast – Feb 12 2024

“CBS Evening News” Full Broadcast | Feb. 12, 2024

Nightly News Full Broadcast – Feb 12 | NBC News

PBS NewsHour full episode, (February 12, 2024)

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

• The Sky This Week from February 9 to 16: Comet Tsuchinshan and galaxies galore [Astronomy Magazine]

• This Week’s Sky at a Glance, February 9 – 17 [Sky and Telescope Magazine]

The Level1 Show February 13 2024: You Shall Not Swat | Level1 Techs

Where is Your Tribe? – DTNS 4703 | Daily Tech News Show

Apple Vision Show – Episode 2 | Daily Tech News Show

Cordkillers 490 – We Can AGru On That | Cordkillers

• Canada declares Flipper Zero public enemy No. 1 in car-theft crackdown [ARS TECHNICA]

• Ebola vaccine cuts fatality even in people who were infected before the jab, new study shows [STAT News]

• AI Could Actually Help Rebuild The Middle Class [Noema Magazine]

• Protein biomarkers predict dementia 15 years before diagnosis – according to new study [University of Warwick]

• Journalist says he finds it ‘surreal’ to have account on X suspended after writing critique of platform [The Irish Times]

• Mob sets Waymo car ablaze in San Francisco [ARS TECHNICA]

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

Study Explains Dark Energy and Inflation As Parallel Universe Collision | Antov Petrov

Antimatter Surprised CERN Scientists Yet Again | Astrum

Yalta, When Stalin Split the World – a WW2 Special | World War Two

The Bleeding Edge of Semiconductors: A Tale of Three Companies || Peter Zeihan | Zeihan on Geopolitics

Southeast Asia’s Vexing Haze Puzzle | Asianometry

New physics theory: Singularities could be everywhere — And they might explain dark matter | Sabine Hossenfelder

Deepest Ever Deep Field. Where Are The Limits of James Webb? | Fraser Cain

—COVID News Roundup—

Ep 150: Osterholm Update: A Family Discussion | Osterholm Update

TWiV 1085: When macrophages go to alimentary school | Microbe TV

• Blood transcriptomics reveal persistent SARS-CoV-2 RNA and candidate biomarkers in Long COVID patients [medRxiv]

• Altered mitochondrial respiration in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection [Mitochondrion Volume 75, March 2024]

• Persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection: significance and implications [The Lancet: Infectious Diseases]

• Postacute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 in Children [American Academy of Pediatrics]

• Beyond the Noise #27: When vaccine fears mimic SNL skits [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 1082: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 1083: AI builds better viruses [Microbe TV]

—Russo-Ukraine War News Roundup—

(Full Episode) Putin vs. the West | BBC Select

Day 718: Ukraïnian Map | Ukraine News TV

Ukraine War Update NEWS (20240212b): Military Aid | ATP Geopolitics

• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, February 12, 2024 [Institute for the Study of War]

• Russo-Ukrainian war, day 719: Russia used Zircon “hypersonic” missile for first time [Euromaidan Press]

Sir Richard Shirreff – Conflict and Chaos are Advantageous for Russia’s Neo-imperialist Ambitions | Silicon Curtain

Are we indulging Putin? | Fiona Hill full interview | The Institute of Art and Ideas

Putin’s plan B if Trump loses the US election | Kurt Volker | Times Radio

• Ukraine liveblog updates: Germany, Poland, France meet on Ukraine [DW News]

• France accuses Russia of disinformation campaign against Ukraine’s allies [France 24]

• Exhausted Ukraine struggles to find new men for front line [BBC News]

• Frontline report: Ukraine reinforces Avdiivka direction, countering Russian encirclement attempts [Euromaidan]

• Russia slaps sanctions on British officials, historians and academics [Al Jazeera]

• Senate on Verge of Passing $95.3 Billion Ukraine, Israel Aid Package [Wall Street Journal]


• Tucker Carlson reviews Putin interview and reveals what ‘radicalized’ him [Russia Today]

• Tucker Carlson: Putin ready for compromises on Ukraine [Pravda]

• Carlson says opposition from US authorities motivated him to interview Putin [TASS: Russian News Agency]

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On This Day

February 13th is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 321 days remain until the end of the year (322 in leap years).

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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, February 13, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to rthe following websites or books:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 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):, 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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