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Garrett’s Blog: Severe Weather Risk Increasing

The Spring severe weather season has been off to a slow start with the safest start to tornado season in 100 years.

Thankfully, no fatalities have been reported and the overall risk from tornadoes has been confined to isolated areas or brief spinups.

The weather pattern over the weekend will take on a more classic spring pattern that favors severe weather and rotating thunderstorms as well as tornadoes.

Rain Barrel Design and Installation Workshop on April 5

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership is hosting a Rain Barrel Workshop on Saturday, April 5, to teach the public how to assemble and maintain a rain barrel at their home or on their property. 

The Rain Barrel Workshop is from 10 a.m. to noon at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership’s Watershed Learning Center at 221 S. Main St. in Cave Springs.

The workshop will take participants through the process of designing, assembling and maintaining a rain barrel. Everyone will take home their own.  

VIDEO: Staying Safe in Your Deer Stand

Hunting season is in full swing across the area and one thing every hunter needs to brush up on is deer stand safety.

In this video, Chad Lowe with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission explains the basics of deer stand safety.

Benton County Recognizes National Preparedness Month

Benton County Recognizes National Preparedness Month

Bentonville, Ark—Whether it is a flood, tornado, or hazardous materials release, emergencies and disasters can affect Benton County residents at any time.  Benton County Judge Robert D. Clinard signed a proclamation making September National Preparedness Month.  “Recent events such as Hurricane Isaac, this year’s droughts, and the flooding we experienced a year ago remind us of the importance of being prepared”, Judge Clinard commented.

Make Sure You Are Prepared For Tornado Season

Make Sure You Are Prepared For Tornado Season

 

Record-Setting March Heat

March 2012 will go into the record books as the warmest March on record in Fort Smith. The average temperature for the month was 63.6 degrees was a full one degree warmer than the previous record set in March of 1907.

Rainfall was also above normal for March in both Fort Smith and Fayetteville. Fort Smith received over 8 inches of rain, 4 inches above normal for the month making it the 7th wettest March on record. Fayetteville recorded nearly 5 inches of rain, more than half an inch above the monthly average.

Red Cross: Flood Safety Tips

Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley are prone to seasonal flooding. The NWA Chapter of the American Red Cross has provided a list of flood safety tips.

As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death, according to the Red Cross. They recommend that individuals and families prepare for floods by: