Category Archives: Weather

Lightning strikes, dry weather spark fires across Union County

Despite the burn ban, dry weather and spouts of short-lived thunderstorms around the area have still caused an inordinate number of wildfires in Union County over the last several weeks. According to Union County Ranger Chris Ludwig, 16 fires have … Continue reading

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Fireworks postponed

Well this certainly steps on the toes of my original idea for Satire Wednesday… Abiding by the burn ban, the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce has postponed the 2011 Fantastic Fourth fireworks show until some wet weather will make for … Continue reading

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Burn ban could affect fireworks

Burn bans in El Dorado and Union County may have an unexpected and unfortunate impact on the Fourth of July fireworks, warns El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Chairman Craig Griffin in an email. “Currently, Union County is under a burn … Continue reading

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Fires continue throughout Union County

Though ominous clouds darkened El Dorado and the crash and boom of thunder lent a nice soundtrack to the morning hours, Union County Ranger Chris Ludwig reports no measurable rain for today, adding to a weeks’ long hiatus without the … Continue reading

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Arkansas ranks high in tornadoes and uninsured

With tornadoes battering the South and Midwest this year, the federal government will soon have to pick up the tab for billions of dollars of damage in uninsured property, according to The Associated Press. Arkansas ranks tenth most hit by … Continue reading

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Full steam ahead with Memorial Day

Poor weather, flooding and high gas prices aren’t expected to put a damper on Memorial Day travel plans, according to estimates by AAA which project 3.4 million people from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas will drive more than 50 miles … Continue reading

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Murphy, lottery, storms and schools highlight last week (oh, and Huck, of course)

Quite a bit piled up while I was out for a week, so here are the highlights, in case you missed them: • Storm damage caused by a swath of tornadoes and other poor weather across Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and … Continue reading

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NWS confirms 100 yard tornado Tuesday

Reports from the National Weather Service confirmed today that an EF1 tornado, about 100 yards wide, touched down in Junction City and Lawson Tuesday from 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. According to the report: “The tornado first touched down about four … Continue reading

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Storm 2.0

Hearing the tornado sirens for the first time last night was the most horrifying experience of my life to date (even if my neighbor got a good laugh at my panic — *rapidly knocking on her door* “What the heck … Continue reading

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NWS: Storm cells moving this way

Hazardous weather is again heading our way with a tornado watch now in effect until 10 p.m. tonight for Union County. The National Weather Service is reporting an 80 percent chance of severe thunderstorms this evening and into the night. … Continue reading

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Severe weather headed for El Dorado

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s a windy day out there with gusts reported as high as 25 m.p.h., according to the National Weather Service. With thickening clouds and increasing tornado watch reports for other counties, severe weather is looking … Continue reading

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Severe thunderstorm warning

As if you all couldn’t tell simply by looking out the window. A report just came over the scanner of a severe thunderstorm warning threatening golf ball sized hail and 60 m.p.h. winds in effect until 9:15 a.m. Grab some … Continue reading

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Power returns fully to Union County

After a weekend sans electrical power following straight-line winds late last week, Union County is finally back up and running completely. Union County contributed 3,000 to the 43,000 statewide that lost power when three tornados hit Little Rock killing seven … Continue reading

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Batten down: Tornado warning issued

A tornado warning has been issued for El Dorado, Smackover, Magnolia and Norphlet. Reports coming over the scanner warn of a 60 mph tornado in Waldo headed this direction. Quarter-sized hail and high winds are expected. UPDATE: Reports on the … Continue reading

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Japan rocked, official death toll unknown

The coverage started late last night and has been ongoing since with an 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan and resulting tsunami hitting Hawaii and the west coast early this morning, according to multiple news reports. The footage is incredible, a massive … Continue reading

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