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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
Thursday, March 5, 2015...Lightning
Friday, March 6, 2015...Flash Floods

 

Latest Severe Weather Awareness Week Message
This is the latest message (graphically) for Severe Weather Awareness Week, 2015.
In the picture: This is the latest message (graphically) for Severe Weather Awareness Week, 2015.

 

Everything was torn up by tornado (rated EF4) along Highway 365 in Mayflower (Faulkner County) 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: Everything was torn up by tornado (rated EF4) along Highway 365 in Mayflower (Faulkner County) on 04/27/2014. Click to enlarge.

 

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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