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June, 2017 Storm Report
 
Short Weather Summary
 
The heat of summer really never materialized in June. While it was plenty hot to the southwest of Arkansas, 90 degree days were few in parts of the state. A tropical system brought flooding rain to southeast sections, and a line of wind producing storms resulted in two fatalities.

 

Record Temperatures
 
There were a few record low temperatures tied or broken in early June. Check out the record below.

 

Site Record Low (Date of Occurrence)
Batesville 54 (06/09), 57 (06/10)
Jacksonville 54T (06/09)
Stuttgart 59T (06/09)
Note: "T" means record was tied.

 

A Mild Month/Wet in Places/The Tropics Arrived Early
 
A storm system aloft ("LOW") slowly wobbled toward Arkansas from the southern Plains in early June, 2017.
Pattern Aloft at 700 am CDT (06/03)  |  Pattern Aloft at 700 am CDT (06/04)
Pattern Aloft at 700 am CDT (06/05)
In the pictures: A storm system aloft ("LOW") slowly wobbled toward Arkansas from the southern Plains in early June, 2017.
 

The month began with a lot of moisture in place and a storm system slowly heading toward Arkansas from the west. The system triggered showers and thunderstorms, some of which parked over communities and dumped for several hours.

In some instances, a month's worth of rain fell in three or four hours. On the 4th, 3.73 inches of liquid was measured at Cane Creek State Park (Lincoln County) by 800 am CDT. Roads in the area were completely under water, and water flowed across the main entrance to the park. The clouds unleashed 3 to 4 inches of water near DeWitt (Arkansas County), with 1.68 inches in 15 minutes at Pine Bluff (Jefferson County)!

 

In the video: Street flooding was noted in Batesville (Independence County) following heavy downpours on 06/05/2017. The video is courtesy of Mark Cartwright via Twitter.
 

The next day, 4 to 5 inches of rain closed numerous roads in and around Batesville (Independence County) due to flash flooding. This included portions of State Highway 14. Between 1200 am and 700 am CDT on the 5th, a gully washer resulted in 2.73 inches of rain at Russellville (Pope County).  

 

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was posted for extreme eastern Arkansas into Mississippi during the afternoon of 06/16/2017. Heat Advisories were posted from Texas to western Missouri.
In the picture: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was posted for extreme eastern Arkansas into Mississippi during the afternoon of 06/16/2017. Heat Advisories were posted from Texas to western Missouri.
 

In mid-June (on the 14th), the temperature hit 90 degrees for the first time in 2017. It was the sixth latest 90 degree reading on record, and the latest since June 15, 1939!

While the summer started off mild around here, the heat was relentless in western Texas. On the 17th, it was 112 degrees at Lubbock, TX and 111 degrees at Midland, TX. It was the eighth straight day of temperatures at or above the century mark at both sites. 

A ridge of high pressure was responsible for the oppressive conditions. East of the ridge, chances of rain continued in Arkansas. 

 

The satellite showed showers and thunderstorms building from Oklahoma into northern and central Arkansas on 06/18/2017.
Satellite at 900 am CDT (06/18)  |  Satellite at 1015 am CDT (06/18)
Satellite at 1130 am CDT (06/18)  |  Satellite at 1245 pm CDT (06/18)
Satellite at 200 pm CDT (06/18)
In the pictures: The satellite showed showers and thunderstorms building from Oklahoma into northern and central Arkansas on 06/18/2017.
 

On the 18th, a cold front moved around the ridge and was accompanied by a large area of showers and thunderstorms. This precipitation arrived from Oklahoma in the morning. A cluster of storms downed trees at Hon and Y City (both in Scott County), Mount Ida (Montgomery County), Hot Springs Village (Garland County), Haynes (Lee County), and Hughes (St. Francis County). At the latter location, a tree landed on a car. In Garland County (Lake Ouachita), a boat overturned and stranded four people (two adults and two children) on an island. They were eventually rescued. Several thousand customers were without power due to the storms.

As far as rainfall, twenty four hour amounts through 700 am CDT on the 19th included 3.09 inches at Devils Knob (Johnson County), 2.80 inches at Fort Smith (Sebastian County), 2.40 inches at Booneville (Logan County), 2.32 inches at Conway (Faulkner County), 2.21 inches at Georgetown (White County), and 2.11 inches at Armstead Mountain (Pope County).

 

Tropical Storm ("S") Cindy was closing in on the Louisiana Gulf Coast during the evening of 06/21/2017. The system weakened to a Tropical Depression ("D") before reaching southern Arkansas early on 06/23/2017. The forecast is courtesy of the National Hurricane Center.
In the picture: Tropical Storm ("S") Cindy was closing in on the Louisiana Gulf Coast during the evening of 06/21/2017. The system weakened to a Tropical Depression ("D") before reaching southern Arkansas early on 06/23/2017. The forecast is courtesy of the National Hurricane Center.
 

The tropical season started a little early locally. In recent years, the remnants of tropical systems usually visited in August/September. This time, Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in southwest Louisiana on June 22nd, and reached us early the next day.

 

Flooding was noted in and around DeWitt (Arkansas County) following several inches of rain early on 06/23/2017. The photos are courtesy of Carly McSwain.
Road Under Water in DeWitt (Arkansas County)
High Water Surrounding Homes in DeWitt (Arkansas County)
In the pictures: Flooding was noted in and around DeWitt (Arkansas County) following several inches of rain early on 06/23/2017. The photos are courtesy of Carly McSwain.
 

The rain intensified and was widespread south and east of Little Rock (Pulaski County) during the wee hours of the 23rd. This is when Cindy crossed the region. The radar estimated 6 to 7 inches of liquid just north of Monticello (Drew County) and not far from DeWitt (Arkansas County). At least five inches dumped at Wynne (Cross County). Not only were some roads impassible due to high water at these places, water got into homes. At the latter location, images showed fields converted into lakes.

 

As the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy exited Arkansas to the east, a cold front swept into the state from the northwest during the afternoon of 06/23/2017.
In the picture: As the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy exited Arkansas to the east, a cold front swept into the state from the northwest during the afternoon of 06/23/2017.
 

Cindy exited to the east by the afternoon of the 23rd. On the heels of the departing system was a cold front from the northwest. We quickly went from flood to severe weather mode.

A line of thunderstorms plowed into northern Arkansas by 200 pm, and was in central sections of the state by 500 pm CDT. Along the way, strong to damaging winds were observed. Trees were downed by gusts over 60 mph at Mountain Home (Baxter County), Calico Rock (Izard County), Mountain View (Stone County), Newark (Independence County), Benton (Saline County), and Malvern (Hot Spring County). A tree was on a house at Ravenden (Lawrence County), with damage to a factory at Pocahontas (Randolph County). A large grain bin was toppled at destroyed at Alicia (Lawrence County).

Sadly, all this wind resulted in two fatalities. Just east of Salesville (Baxter County), a man was on Lake Norfork when the wind picked up (preceding a severe storm) and overturned his kayak. He was taken to a hospital and eventually died. A couple of miles south of Hardin (Jefferson County), a tree was toppled onto a vehicle and killed a motorist.

 

 

Forty eight hour rainfall through 100 am CDT on 06/24/2017.
In the picture: Forty eight hour rainfall through 100 am CDT on 06/24/2017.
 

As far as rainfall at major reporting sites, forty eight hour totals through 100 am CDT on the 24th included 4.12 inches at Monticello (Drew County), 3.34 inches at Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), 2.75 inches at Blytheville (Mississippi County), 2.61 inches at West Memphis (Crittenden County), and 2.26 inches at El Dorado (Union County). All of these sites are in the south/east.

 

The satellite showed storms building in central and eastern Oklahoma during the late afternoon of 06/30/2017.
In the picture: The satellite showed storms building in central and eastern Oklahoma during the late afternoon of 06/30/2017.
 

There was one more front to contend with on the 30th. Early in the day, the front sparked storms across the northern counties that produced penny to nickel size hail not far from Norfork (Baxter County). Near Rea Valley (Marion County), gusty winds damaged the roofs of a few barns and a home.

Later in the day, another round of storms blossomed in Oklahoma and moved into Arkansas by evening. While there were a few Severe Thunderstorms Warning issued, this was mainly a heavy rain episode. 

In the forty eight hour period ending at 700 am CDT on July 1st, rainfall averaged one to more than two inches in much of the north and west. Fort Smith (Sebastian County) got 2.80 inches, with 2.39 inches at Coal Hill (Johnson County), 2.09 inches at Subiaco (Logan County), and 1.70 inches at Fayetteville (Washington County).

The month ended with almost double the average rain at Fort Smith (Sebastian County), and more than the usual precipitation in other parts of the far northwest .Because of Tropical Storm Cindy, it was also wet across much of the south/east. The southwest ended up dry, with one to two inch deficits at El Dorado (Union County) and Texarkana (Miller County). 

 

Precipitation in June, 2017
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 6.44 4.98 +1.46 129%
Harrison (NC AR) 3.37 4.24 -0.87 79%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 2.75 3.75 -1.00 73%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 8.50 4.28 +4.22 199%
Little Rock (C AR) 3.24 3.65 -0.41 89%
West Memphis (EC AR) 6.08 4.15 +1.93 147%
Texarkana (SW AR) 2.54 4.45 -1.91 57%
El Dorado (SC AR) 3.10 4.90 -1.80 63%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 5.63 3.58 +2.05 157%

 

Through June 30th, Little Rock (Pulaski County) enjoyed the second fewest number of 90 degree days since 1950. Given this, the odds favored three or less 100 degree days through the remainder of the summer and early in the fall.
In the picture: Through June 30th, Little Rock (Pulaski County) enjoyed the second fewest number of 90 degree days since 1950. Given this, the odds favored three or less 100 degree days through the remainder of the summer and early in the fall.
 

There were only four days with readings of 90 degrees or above at Little Rock (Pulaski County). This was the second fewest 90 degree days through June since 1950. Across the state, the highest temperature in June was 96 degrees at DeGray Lake State Park (Hot Spring County) and Fort Smith (Sebastian County). This was the coolest high for the month since 1975. 

 

Links of Interest
June 3-5, 2017 (flooding rain)
June 15-18, 2017 (isolated severe storms)
June 22-23, 2017 (remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy)
June 30-July 1, 2017 (isolated severe storms)

 

Additional June Details
 
For more details about June, 2017...go to the "Temperatures and Precipitation" section below.

 

Temperatures and Precipitation
Temperatures were a little below average in June. Readings at North Little Rock (Pulaski County) are shown to right. June, 2017 Temperatures in North Little Rock

 

June, 2017 Precipitation in North Little Rock Precipitation was at/above average in far northwest Arkansas and much of the south/east. Amounts were below average in the southwest. Amounts at North Little Rock (Pulaski County) are shown to left.

 

To right, a look at precipitation across the state. June, 2017 Precipitation in Arkansas

 

For a look at actual temperatures and precipitation in Arkansas as measured by the cooperative observer network, click here.