Statewide Tornado Drill set for Thursday, March 2 at 10 a.m. to commemorate Severe Weather Awareness Week
The National Weather Service (NWS), in cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM), has proclaimed February 26 through March 4, 2017 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.
According to the National Weather Service, 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 in Arkansas were La Niña years (107 tornadoes in 1999 and 81 tornadoes in 2008). There were several outbreaks of severe weather since November, 2016, and these just missed us to the south and east. If such outbreaks affect us in the coming weeks, we need to be ready!
River Valley Leader reminds residents that the Arkansas statewide tornado drill is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, March 2 at 10 a.m.
The statewide tornado drill event was originally scheduled to be held on Wednesday, March 1, but after the threat of the squall line that moved across the state early Wednesday morning, the Arkansas State tornado drill was delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday. Thursday was the designated backup date, to ensure against confusion with actual ongoing weather and efforts to clean up storm damage that occurred Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.