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Disclaimer: The following blog entry is a personal blog entry, and the following video interview was a personal interview of me from The Weather Channel regarding a recent severe weather event and is not an official blog post and/or interview representing WeatherBug/Earth Networks.
On Thursday, Central Arkansas experienced a major severe weather event. A line of thunderstorms producing wind shear, intense lightning, and heavy rains rolled through the state, with Saline and Pulaski counties briefly under a Tornado Warning resulting in former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush taking shelter in a school basement at an event in Little Rock.
Thankfully, no lives were lost, and no injuries were reported. Property damage was reported across Hot Springs and Central Arkansas, as well as over 120,000 across Central Arkansas lost power (thankfully we didn't, but shopping centers down the road from us did).
I was around town when the storm began to arrive and made it back to my home before the major portion of the storm hit my area. Before and during the storm, I was also tracking the storm on my personal Twitter feed @mallardnathan and on the #ARWX Twitter feed, relaying severe weather alerts to the people of Central Arkansas to prepare for this intense storm. As I have mentioned in the past, i encourage people in Central Arkansas to follow my personal Twitter feed and the #ARWX Twitter feed during severe weather events to receive the most timely weather information I can provide, and to please send photos of severe weather events to WeatherBug Photos as well as to myself on Twitter so I can relay them.
Due to the significance of this severe weather event, I was asked on Friday to be interviewed by The Weather Channel to discuss the recent event, as well as the heat headed into Arkansas next week. Those interested in watching the interview can do so by clicking here or by watching the embedded video below.
I appreciate The Weather Channel giving me the opportunity to discuss the recent severe weather event in Arkansas, and when it comes to severe weather and issuing life-saving alerts, the end goal of every weather company and weather network is one thing only...your safety. As a PWS owner and operator, I enjoy sending my PWS data to as many weather networks that are interested in receiving my data (WeatherBug, CWOP, WU, PWS Weather, etc.), and during severe weather events, I'll break out my entire toolbox of weather tools to ensure my community is receiving the life-saving weather alerts it needs to keep the community safe. I am also thankful and privileged I have the opportunity to read and join in all the wonderful weather discussions submitted by my fellow weather reporters here on the WeatherBug Community Blog, as well as on social media. I read every last one of them posted, and your efforts are certainly appreciated.
Now if only I can get through next week's horribly hot weather in "Hot" Springs!
Thanks to Jeremy Camp for sending me the video of this so I can share it.