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Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 1-7, 2015)
 
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has joined the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) to urge the citizens of Arkansas to prepare for the severe weather season. The Governor has proclaimed March 1-7, 2015 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Arkansas.

Governor Hutchinson is encouraging citizens 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 4, 2015.**

 

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, March 1, 2015...Introduction to Severe Weather Awareness Week...click here.
Monday, March 2, 2015...Thunderstorms...click here.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015...Methods of Receiving Severe Weather Information...click here.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015...Tornadoes...click here.
Thursday, March 5, 2015...Lightning...click here.
Friday, March 6, 2015...Flash Floods...click here.
Saturday, March 7, 2015...End of Severe Weather Awareness Week...click here.

 

Severe Weather Awareness Week Slides
These are the topics covered during Severe Weather Awareness Week, 2015.
Introduction  |  Thunderstorms  |  Methods of Receiving Severe Weather Info
Tornadoes  |  Lightning  |  Flash Floods  |  Final Message
In the pictures: These are the topics covered during Severe Weather Awareness Week, 2015.

 

This is the cover of the "Severe Weather in Arkansas" guide featuring extensive damage along Highway 365 in Mayflower (Faulkner County) caused by a tornado (rated EF4) on 04/27/2014. This special week follows a year (2014) with 20 tornadoes (33 is normal). The most memorable of these developed on April 27th.
In the picture: This is the cover of the "Severe Weather in Arkansas" guide featuring extensive damage along Highway 365 in Mayflower (Faulkner County) caused by a tornado (rated EF4) on 04/27/2014.

 

This monster tornado (rated EF4/166-200 mph) tracked 41 miles through Mayflower and Vilonia (both in Faulkner County) before dissipating near El Paso (White County). Sixteen people lost their lives, making it the deadliest single tornado in Arkansas since the Jonesboro (Craighead County) twister of May 15, 1968 (35 fatalities). It was also the deadliest tornado in the United States last year.

 

Link of Interest
Severe Weather in Arkansas (contains quick highlights from 2014 plus a question/answer guide, tornado statistics since 1950 and severe weather terminology) 

 

This monster tornado (rated EF4/166-200 mph) tracked 41 miles through Mayflower and Vilonia (both in Faulkner County) before dissipating near El Paso (White County). Sixteen people lost their lives, making it the deadliest single tornado in Arkansas since the Jonesboro (Craighead County) twister of May 15, 1968 (35 fatalities). It was also the deadliest tornado in the United States last year.

 

When spring unleashes monsters like this, 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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