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Severe Weather Awareness Week (February 25-March 3, 2018)
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), in cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM), has proclaimed February 25 through March 3, 2018 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.

 

 

The year began with weak La Niña conditions (slightly cooler than average water temperatures along the equator in the Pacific Ocean). Given such conditions in previous years, tornadoes were numerous at times. In fact, the most active years around here were La Niña years (107 tornadoes in 1999 and 81 tornadoes in 2008). It it gets active again this year, we need to be ready!

 

ARKANSAS TORNADO DRILL CANCELLED

In place of our standard NOAA Weather Radio test (which is run on Wednesday or Thursday), we were planning to send the test out as a tornado drill for Arkansas. While we encourage you to practice your tornado sheltering procedures, there will not be a tornado drill due to bad weather and ongoing flooding across the region.

 

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, 2018
 
Sunday, February 25, 2018...Introduction to Severe Weather Awareness Week...click here.
Monday, February 26, 2018...Flooding...click here.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018...Lightning...click here.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018...Tornadoes...click here.
Thursday, March 1, 2018...Severe Thunderstorms...click here.
Friday, March 2, 2018...Watches and Warnings...click here.
Saturday, March 3, 2018...Social Media Communication...click here.

 

Severe Weather Awareness Week Slides
These are the topics (plus some extras) covered during Severe Weather Awareness Week, 2018.
Introduction  |  Flooding  |  Lightning  |  Tornadoes
Severe Thunderstorms  |  Watches/Warnings  |  Receiving Severe Weather Info
Tornadoes During La Niña Years  |  Social Media Communication
In the pictures: These are the topics (plus some extras) covered during Severe Weather Awareness Week, 2018.

 

This is the cover of the "Severe Weather in Arkansas" guide featuring damage to the roof of a new home by a tornado (rated EF2) about three miles south of Nance (Saline County) on 03/24/2017. This special week follows a year (2017) with 36 tornadoes (33 is normal).
In the picture: This is the cover of the "Severe Weather in Arkansas" guide featuring damage to the roof of a new home by a tornado (rated EF2) about three miles south of Nance (Saline County) on 03/24/2017.

 

Most of the tornadoes (27 of them) were spawned in March and April. This was during the spring, which is generally the most active time of year locally. The strongest tornado (rated EF2) tracked almost 37 miles from Mossville (Newton County) to Saint Joe (Searcy County) on March 6th.

 

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 servce 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.