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Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 1-7, 2020)
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), in cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM), has proclaimed March 1-7, 2020 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.

 

 

There was widespread wind damage, some large hail, and isolated tornadoes from the southern Plains to the mid-Atlantic states in the forty eight hour period ending at 600 am CST on 01/12/2020. The graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center.
In the picture: There was widespread wind damage, some large hail, and isolated tornadoes from the southern Plains to the mid-Atlantic states in the forty eight hour period ending at 600 am CST on 01/12/2020. The graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center.
 

The year began with a severe weather outbreak (widespread damaging straight-line winds and isolated tornadoes) from the southern Plains to the mid-Atlantic states on January 10th through the 12th. In Arkansas, 60 to 90 mph gusts pounded parts of the state, and ten tornadoes were spawned. There was also an awful lot of rain in January and February as cold and warm air masses collided over the region.

 

Heading into late February, the NMME (North American Multi-Model Ensemble) called for a wet spring (March through May) in much of the country.
In the picture: Heading into late February, the NMME (North American Multi-Model Ensemble) called for a wet spring (March through May) in much of the country.
 

An unstable pattern is certain to continue into spring (March through May), and severe storms will be triggered at times. Flash flooding and overflowing rivers are becoming a huge concern. We need to be ready!

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 Severe Weather Awareness Week, 2020
 
Sunday, March 1, 2020...Introduction to Severe Weather Awareness Week...click here.
Monday, March 2, 2020...Flooding...click here.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020...Lightning...click here.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020...Tornadoes...click here.
Thursday, March 5, 2020...Severe Thunderstorms...click here.
Friday, March 6, 2020...Watches and Warnings...click here.
Saturday, March 7, 2020...Social Media Communication...click here.

 

Severe Weather Awareness Week Slides
These are the topics (plus some extras) covered during Severe Weather Awareness Week, 2020.
Introduction  |  Flooding  |  Lightning  |  Tornadoes
Severe Thunderstorms  |  Watches/Warnings  |  Receiving Severe Weather Info
Social Media Communication
In the pictures: These are the topics (plus some extras) covered during Severe Weather Awareness Week, 2020.

 

This is the cover of the "Severe Weather in Arkansas" guide featuring apartment buildings on the east side of Pine Bluff (Jefferson County) that were torn up by a tornado (rated EF1) on 05/08/2019. This special week follows a year (2019) with 33 tornadoes (33 is normal).
In the picture: This is the cover of the "Severe Weather in Arkansas" guide featuring apartment buildings on the east side of Pine Bluff (Jefferson County) that were torn up by a tornado (rated EF1) on 05/08/2019.

 

The busiest month of the year was May with 19 tornadoes. This was during the spring, which is generally the most active time of year locally. The strongest tornado (rated EF2/maximum winds around 120 mph) tracked just over 31 miles from near Siloam Springs to Beaver Lake east of Rogers (Benton County) on October 21st. This tornado had a width of 1.5 miles, which is second highest in Arkansas since 1950. The widest tornado (1.65 miles/rated EF2) hit Vilonia (Faulkner County) on April 25, 2011.

 

Link of Interest
Severe Weather in Arkansas
Note: This includes a question/answer guide, tornado statistics since 1950, and severe weather terminology.

 

When severe weather threatens, don't forget to follow the National Weather Service through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock uses social media on a daily basis for to raise awareness of life-threatening weather, and distributing forecast and climate information, education, and outreach.
In the picture: The National Weather Service in Little Rock uses social media on a daily basis for to raise awareness of life-threatening weather, and distributing forecast and climate information, education, and outreach.

 

Links of Interest
Facebook: Little Rock | Tulsa | Shreveport | Memphis | Jackson
Twitter: Little Rock | Tulsa | Shreveport | Memphis | Jackson
Note: These are social media accounts for National Weather Service offices that serve Arkansas.

 

This is the Weather Safety Spring logo, and is a reminder to prepare now for severe weather. 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.
In the picture: This is the Weather Safety Spring logo, and is a reminder to prepare now for severe weather.