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AETN program examines severe weather in Arkansas

Posted 22 Sep 2011

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will address Arkansas’s recent severe weather conditions in “Extreme Weather” airing Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.
Over the past year, Arkansas has experienced extreme weather conditions ranging from snowstorms to severe thunderstorms, tornadic outbreaks and flooding to heat waves and drought. Arkansas Farm Bureau estimates the impact of flooding to Arkansas crops and forage is expected to top $500 million, while the U.S. Agriculture secretary has declared all 75 Arkansas counties as agricultural natural disaster areas directly related to weather conditions.
According to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Little Rock, Arkansas has experienced 72 tornadoes this year. There were 12 tornado-related deaths; seven deaths related to damaging winds; 18 flood/flash flood deaths; and one death due to lightning. The last two weeks of April into the first days of May featured one of the busiest periods of severe weather and flooding/flash flooding in recent memory. Rainfall exceeded a foot in some areas and excess runoff resulted in record crests at several forecast points along the Black and lower White Rivers.
A panel of experts will be on hand to discuss weather conditions, disaster relief efforts, the economic impact on agriculture and emergency preparedness, as well as answer viewer questions.
Among those participating in the panel are: John Robinson, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Little Rock; Brigette Williams, communication officer for the American Red Cross in Arkansas; Jay Winter, deputy director for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management; and Matt King, agricultural economist for Arkansas Farm Bureau.
Barry Brandt, meteorologist of KATV Channel 7, hosts.
Viewers are invited to submit questions and comments via phone, 800-662-2386, or e-mail,
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).