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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
914 AM CDT Wed Sep 24 2014

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914 AM CDT Wed Sep 24 2014

...TODAY IS FALL SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS DAY IN ARKANSAS...

THE MOST LIKELY TIME OF YEAR FOR SEVERE WEATHER TO OCCUR IN
ARKANSAS IS IN THE SPRINTIME. HOWEVER...IT IS IMPORTANT TO
REMEMBER THAT SEVERE WEATHER CAN OCCUR AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR.
THE ATMOSPHERE DOES NOT ALWAYS FOLLOW THE CALENDAR...AND IF ALL
THE INGREDIENTS COME TOGETHER TORNADOES AND SEVERE STORMS CAN
HAPPEN AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR.

ARKANSAS TYPICALLY EXPERIENCES A SECONDARY SEVERE WEATHER SEASON
IN THE FALL OR EARLY WINTER ABOUT TWO YEARS OUT OF EVERY THREE.
IN SEVERAL RECENT YEARS...THIS SECONDARY SEASON HAS SURPASSED THE
SPRING STORM SEASON IN THE NUMBER OF TORNADOES THAT HAVE OCCURRED.
MAJOR TORNADO OUTBREAKS HAVE ALSO BEEN KNOWN TO AFFECT THE STATE
IN LATE WINTER AS VERY MOIST AND WARM AIR IS DRAWN NORTHWARD INTO
ARKANSAS AHEAD OF STRONG STORM SYSTEMS.

THE IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS THAT SEVERE WEATHER CAN STRIKE
AT ANY TIME. THE KEY TO STAYING SAFE IS TO KEEP UP WITH YOUR
LOCAL WEATHER FORECASTS AND INFORMATION...AND TO PAY ATTENTION
WHEN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS FORECASTING HAZARDOUS
WEATHER. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE ON DAYS THAT ARE UNSEASONABLY
WARM AND HUMID IN THE FALL AND WINTER MONTHS.

LISTEN TO SEE IF SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES AND WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT.

DURING A WATCH YOU SHOULD...

1. REMAIN ALERT TO WEATHER CHANGES. SEVERE WEATHER OFTEN DEVELOPS
RAPIDLY.

2. MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO...COMMERCIAL RADIO...TELEVISION...THE
INTERNET...OR YOUR PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION.

3. PLAN AHEAD. KNOW WHAT PROTECTIVE ACTION YOU WILL TAKE IF SEVERE
WEATHER DEVELOPS OR MOVES INTO YOUR AREA. COUNTIES AND CITIES ARE
MENTIONED IN WARNINGS SO KNOW THE COUNTIES AND CITIES IN AND AROUND
THE AREA WHERE YOU ARE LOCATED. IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE AREA...KEEP A
MAP HANDY FOR REFERENCE.

IF SEVERE WEATHER DOES DEVELOP OR MOVES INTO YOUR AREA...THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL ISSUE EITHER A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM OR
TORNADO WARNING.

WARNINGS INDICATE IMMINENT DANGER TO LIFE AND PROPERTY TO THOSE IN
THE PATH OF THE STORM.

DURING A WARNING...

1. REMAIN CALM...BUT TAKE PROTECTIVE ACTION IMMEDIATELY.

2. CONTINUE TO MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO...COMMERCIAL
RADIO...TELEVISION...THE INTERNET OR YOUR PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICE
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. NOTE DETAILS SUCH AS WHAT IS HAPPENING...
WHERE THE SEVERE WEATHER IS NOW...IF IT IS MOVING TOWARD YOU...AND
HOW LONG WILL IT CONTINUE.

REMEMBER...IN A WATCH...WATCH THE SKY. IN A WARNING...TAKE ACTION.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...CONTACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICE IN TULSA AT 918-838-7838 OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/TULSA.

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