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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
600 AM CST SUN MAR 2 2014

...SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN ARKANSAS BEGINS TODAY...

ARKANSAS GOVERNOR MIKE BEEBE HAS PROCLAIMED THE WEEK OF
MARCH 2ND THROUGH 8TH AS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK
IN ARKANSAS.

SPONSORS OF SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK ARE...
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
ARKANSAS STATE POLICE
ARKANSAS NATIONAL GUARD
ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
ARKANSAS INSURANCE DEPARTMENT
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
ARKANSAS NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION
ARKANSAS FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN RED CROSS
SALVATION ARMY
ENTERGY ARKANSAS
ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES OF ARKANSAS
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK

CITIZENS ARE URGED TO USE THIS WEEK TO UNDERSTAND THE HAZARDS 
OF SEVERE WEATHER...AND TO REVIEW THE SAFETY RULES WHICH THEY 
CAN USE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES WHEN SEVERE WEATHER OCCURS.

A PARTICULAR SUBJECT WILL BE DISCUSSED EACH DAY.

MONDAY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.
TUESDAY...METHODS OF RECEIVING SEVERE WEATHER INFORMATION.
WEDNESDAY...TORNADOES. 
THURSDAY...LIGHTNING.
FRIDAY...FLASH FLOODS.

IN 2013...ARKANSAS RECORDED 34 TORNADOES. IN AN AVERAGE 
YEAR...33 TORNADOES WOULD BE EXPECTED IN THE STATE.

TWO LIVES WERE LOST TO THE TORNADOES IN 2013...ONE IN GRANT 
COUNTY AND ONE IN ST. FRANCIS COUNTY. THE FATALITY IN GRANT 
COUNTY WAS THE FIRST TORNADO FATALITY IN THAT COUNTY SINCE 
1949. THE MOST ACTIVE DAY FOR TORNADOES IN 2013 WAS MAY 20TH...
WHEN 12 TORNADOES OCCURRED IN THE STATE.

THE CURRENT WEATHER PATTERN CALLED ENSO NEUTRAL...WHICH MEANS 
THAT NEITHER EL NINO NOR LA NINA IS OCCURRING...IS FAVORABLE FOR 
STRONG TORNADOES /INTENSITIES OF EF2 OR GREATER/. THE ENSO
NEUTRAL PATTERN IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH SPRING.  

SINCE MUCH OF THE WINTER FEATURED STRONG COLD FRONTS MOVING WELL
OUT INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO...THE NEAR SHORE WATERS OF THE GULF 
HAVE COOLED MORE THAN USUAL. IT WILL PROBABLY TAKE AWHILE FOR
THE GULF TO WARM UP...AND TO PUSH THE WARM MOIST AIR NORTHWARD
TO ARKANSAS. THUS...THE MAIN PART OF THE SPRING SEVERE WEATHER 
SEASON IN ARKANSAS MAY BE DELAYED SOMEWHAT.

OF COURSE...TORNADOES ARE NOT THE ONLY HAZARD. FLASH FLOODS TOOK 
SIX LIVES IN 2013...FIVE OF WHICH OCCURRED AT Y CITY IN SCOTT 
COUNTY ON MAY 31ST.  

IN ADDITION...THERE WAS ONE FATALITY FROM A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM...
AT SPRINGDALE ON MAY 20TH.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LITTLE ROCK WILL NOT CONDUCT A 
TORNADO DRILL THIS YEAR. THERE ARE NOW SO MANY DIFFERENT MEANS 
OF RELAYING WARNING INFORMATION...INCLUDING CELL PHONES...
PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS...AND PAGERS...IN ADDITION TO RADIO...
TELEVISION...CABLE TV...SATELLITE TV...AND NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL 
HAZARDS...THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO NOTIFY EVERYONE THAT THERE WILL 
BE A DRILL. IN ADDITION...SOME COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS RELAY A DRILL 
AS THOUGH IT IS A REAL WARNING. THUS...SOME PEOPLE INVARIABLY THINK 
THAT THE DRILL IS A REAL TORNADO WARNING AND ARE UPSET WHEN THEY 
FIND OUT THAT IT IS NOT.

FOR SCHOOLS...NURSING HOMES...HOSPITALS...AND OTHERS WHO WOULD
LIKE TO CONDUCT A DRILL...IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE DRILL TAKE PLACE
WHEN THE NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALARM IS SOUNDED DURING THE ROUTINE
WEEKLY TEST OF THE WEATHER RADIO. THIS TEST IS ON WEDNESDAY BETWEEN 
11 AM AND NOON. IN THE EVENT OF THREATENING WEATHER ON WEDNESDAY...
THE TEST IS POSTPONED UNTIL THE NEXT GOOD WEATHER DAY. THE WEEKLY
TEST MESSAGE WILL INCLUDE AN ANNOUNCEMENT STATING THAT THOSE 
WISHING TO DO A TORNADO DRILL MAY WANT TO BEGIN IT AT THAT TIME.

REGARDLESS OF WHETHER INDIVIDUALS OR INSTITUTIONS CONDUCT A 
FORMAL DRILL...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ASKS THAT...AT VARIOUS 
TIMES DURING SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK...PEOPLE STOP AND THINK 
WHAT THEY WOULD DO IF A TORNADO WARNING WERE ISSUED AT THAT MOMENT. 

FOR INSTANCE...IF PEOPLE ARE AT HOME...THEY SHOULD KNOW THE 
SAFEST PLACE IN THAT HOME. LIKEWISE...IF A PERSON IS DRIVING...THE
PERSON SHOULD KNOW WHERE THE NEAREST SAFE PLACE WOULD BE.
OTHER PLACES WHERE PEOPLE ARE DURING THE DAY INCLUDE AT WORK...
IN A PLACE OF BUSINESS...IN A NURSING HOME OR HOSPITAL...AT 
SCHOOL...AND SO ON...AND PEOPLE SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE SAFEST 
PLACES IN THESE LOCATIONS AS WELL.

&&

FOR A LIST OF ALL THE TORNADOES AND OTHER SIGNIFICANT WEATHER
EVENTS THAT OCCURRED IN 2013... 

HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/IMAGES/LZK/PDF/STORMSOF2013.PDF

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