Severe/Winter Weather Guides
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The National Weather Service authors Severe and Winter Weather guides annually. The guides serve to educate the public about hazardous weather and how to prepare for severe and winter storms.
 
Severe Weather Awareness Week (February 28-March 5, 2016)
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), in cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM), has proclaimed February 28 through March 5, 2016 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Arkansas. Citizens of the state are urged to prepare for the severe weather season. People are encouraged to use the week to review severe weather safety rules...and to understand the hazards associated with severe thunderstorms.

 

Important!!!

For those who wish to hold a tornado drill, you may want to time your drill to coincide with the weekly NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards test. During Severe Weather Awareness Week, a test will occur between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.**

 

The NWS will broadcast safety information on NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) and will transmit Public Information Statements (PNS) on news and weather wires.  

 

Information Sent During the Week
 
Sunday, February 28, 2016...Introduction to Severe Weather Awareness Week...click here.
Monday, February 29, 2016...Severe Thunderstorms...click here.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016...Flash Flooding...click here.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016...Tornadoes...click here.
Thursday, March 3, 2016...Lightning...click here.
Friday, March 4, 2016...Watches and Warnings...click here.

 

Severe Weather Awareness Week Slides
These are the topics (plus some extras) covered during Severe Weather Awareness Week, 2015.
Introduction  |  Severe Thunderstorms  |  Flash Floods  |  Tornadoes
Lightning  |  Watches/Warnings  |  Receiving Severe Weather Info
In the pictures: These are the topics (plus some extras) covered during Severe Weather Awareness Week, 2016.

 

This is the cover of the "Severe Weather in Arkansas" guide featuring straight-line wind damage near Atkins (Pope County) on 12/23/2015. An 18-year-old female was killed when a tree fell through a house. This special week follows a year (2015) with 20 tornadoes (33 is normal).
In the picture: This is the cover of the "Severe Weather in Arkansas" guide featuring straight-line wind damage near Atkins (Pope County) on 12/23/2015. An 18-year-old female was killed when a tree fell through a house.

 

While spring is widely considered the most active time of year for severe weather, 9 of the 20 tornadoes were spawned in December.

 

Link of Interest
Severe Weather in Arkansas (contains a question/answer guide, tornado statistics since 1950 and severe weather terminology) 

 

When spring unleashes monster storms, are you ready? Make a plan with just a few simple steps: Know Your Risk, Take Action and Be a Force of Nature. This is the Weather Safety Spring logo, and is a reminder to prepare now for severe weather.
In the picture: This is the Weather Safety Spring logo, and is a reminder to prepare now for severe weather.

 


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