National Weather Service

With Temps on the Rise, Ways to Avoid Heat Illness

Jun 9, 2015
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With temperatures on the rise this week, local health officials are offering tips on ways to stay safe from the extreme heat.

According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States.

The Springfield – Greene County Health Department reported 53 heat-related illnesses in the 2014 summer season.

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Have you ever wondered what information you can get from the National Weather Service? Are you curious how this government agency works with local organizations in times of a weather emergency?  Megan Terry, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, explains the mechanics of the NWS and how it provides information to citizens.   

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Severe weather impacted the Ozarks overnight.  Large hail was mostly reported in Northern Arkansas, but there were reports of two tornadoes, as well. According to the NWS, hen egg size hail pelted Lowell with golf ball-sized hail at Springdale. There was tennis ball size hail at Rogers with half dollar to golf ball size hail at Elizabeth, Harrison and Siloam Springs.

Between Diamond City in Boone County and Peel in Marion County, the NWS says a waterspout was sighted and confirmed by Marion County Emergency Management on Bull Shoals Lake. The waterspout caused no damage.

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State emergency management and the National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct a Statewide Severe Weather Tornado Drill at 1:30 today (3/3), and everyone is encouraged to participate.

According to the NWS, the purpose of the drill is to test everyone's readiness for life-threatening severe weather events such as tornadoes, flash floods, and damaging winds.  People should treat the drill, officials say, as if it were an actual tornado warning.