Fall can be second severe weather season in Arkansas

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Arkansas typically experiences a secondary severe weather season in the fall or early winter, according to the National Weather Service in Little Rock. Northwest Arkansas and River Valley emergency managers said they do not want people to be surprised when severe storms pop up during the cooler seasons. “You just never, ever know,” Crawford County Emergency Manager Brad Thomas said. “I mean, in December of 2018 we had the Van Buren tornado.”Thomas said the temperatures on Sunday were concerning, knowing severe weather usually happens in the fall when a cold front collides with unseasonably warm and humid air.“We’ve kind of faced the reality that we’re just going to be, you know — you never know from one day to the next. Severe weather can hit at any time,” Thomas said. “Unfortunately, we’re well-versed in disaster response in Crawford County. We’ve had 10 tornadoes since 2017.”According to the National Weather Service in Little Rock, so far this year, 21 tornadoes have been confirmed in Arkansas through early October. The annual average is 37 tornadoes. Sebastian County’s Emergency Manager said do not wait until severe weather strikes to find a safe space. “Make sure that when that happens, that during the watch phase you know without a doubt on what your plan is,” Travis Cooper said. “Making sure where to go and the innermost part of the structure.”Find a full list and map of public tornado shelters near you here.

Arkansas typically experiences a secondary severe weather season in the fall or early winter, according to the National Weather Service in Little Rock.

Northwest Arkansas and River Valley emergency managers said they do not want people to be surprised when severe storms pop up during the cooler seasons.

“You just never, ever know,” Crawford County Emergency Manager Brad Thomas said. “I mean, in December of 2018 we had the Van Buren tornado.”

Thomas said the temperatures on Sunday were concerning, knowing severe weather usually happens in the fall when a cold front collides with unseasonably warm and humid air.

“We’ve kind of faced the reality that we’re just going to be, you know — you never know from one day to the next. Severe weather can hit at any time,” Thomas said. “Unfortunately, we’re well-versed in disaster response in Crawford County. We’ve had 10 tornadoes since 2017.”

According to the National Weather Service in Little Rock, so far this year, 21 tornadoes have been confirmed in Arkansas through early October. The annual average is 37 tornadoes.

Sebastian County’s Emergency Manager said do not wait until severe weather strikes to find a safe space.

“Make sure that when that happens, that during the watch phase you know without a doubt on what your plan is,” Travis Cooper said. “Making sure where to go and the innermost part of the structure.”

Find a full list and map of public tornado shelters near you here.

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