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Arkansas's 'Extreme Weather'

Posted on 22 Sep 2011

If you've lived in Arkansas very long, you may have heard the saying "If you don't like the weather, just hang around; it will change." And for the most part, that saying is pretty accurate. Forecasts only go so far in Arkansas, no matter what weatherman you prefer. But this past year, Arkansas's had more than its fair share of extreme weather. From deadly flooding and tornadoes, drought, extreme heat indexes to even negative temperatures, Arkansas's weather has run the gamut.

These drastic weather conditions have had tremendous impact on Arkansas's crops and are responsible for an estimated $500 million worth of damages. Each of Arkansas's 75 counties have been declared disaster areas by the U.S. Agriculture secretary, all directly related to weather impact.

Economics are one thing, but human lives are the most important. In 2011, Arkansas had 72 tornadoes, leading to 12 tornado-related deaths, seven deaths due to damaging winds and 18 deaths due to flash flooding.

Some may say you can't change the weather, but there are things you can do to prepare. Tune in to "Extreme Weather" on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. A panel of experts from the National Weather Service, American Red Cross, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and Arkansas Farm Bureau will be on hand to discuss weather conditions, disaster relief efforts, and the economic impact.

If you have questions, please call 800-662-2386 the night of the program or you can email paffairs@aetn.org.


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