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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Tracking weather updates and information is easier with the advancement of technology. But when there is a threat for severe weather, the National Weather Service increases their work load to get the word to out to Arkansans.

"We are in pretty much close to peak severe weather season here in Arkansas," says Chris Buonanno, Science and Operations Officer with the National Weather Service.

Buonanno says preparation is key when severe weather strikes.

"One of our forecasters is preparing a multi-media briefing that will be available on our website. We're expecting a lot more folks here during the late afternoon and evening hours when we're expecting the peak of the severe weather," Buonanno adds.

To get more information, the NWS issues additional upper air sounding with their weather balloons. Matthew Clay, a meteorologist intern, administered the second one of the day.

"We're doing this to kind of get an idea of how the atmosphere is changing over time. We're trying to see if it's destabilizing. Basically what the atmosphere's doing, and how the winds are reacting and how the temperature's changing," Clay says.

The NWS is also turning to social mediea to help spread the word of severe weather updates and information.

"We've been constantly answering people's questions about what we're expecting with the weather tonight," says Clay.

The NWS also stresses the importance of owning a weather radio.

"Some people may or not keep up with the weather. And when you have nocturnal events, it's tough to know what's actually going on because a lot of people don't pay attention to the weather like the meteorologists around here do. They'll wake you up, they'll warn you. They'll let you know what's going on. I mean, they're probably one of the most important pieces of equipment you can have," adds Clay.

Buonanno agrees its the best thing you can do to protect yourself.

"In case the electricity does fail, that potentially life-saving information is able to be delivered to you," says Buonanno.

The National Weather Service is a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They now have a Facebook page where you can follow the latest weather updates and information.

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