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November, 2017 Storm Report
 
Short Weather Summary
 
It was a very dry November in Arkansas, and the end of a record dry fall in parts of the state. It was quite mild, especially to start the month, and there were a couple of small rounds of severe weather. There was a lot of wind toward the middle of the month following a strong cold front.

 

Record Temperatures
 
There were numerous record high temperatures tied or broken in November, mainly during the first half of the month. There was one record low.  Check out the records below.

 

Site Record Low (Date of Occurrence)
Stuttgart 27 (11/23)

 

Site Record High (Date of Occurrence)
El Dorado 83 (11/18)
Fayetteville 83 (11/02), 82 (11/05)
Flippin 85 (11/05)
Fort Smith 87 (11/02), 86 (11/05)
Hot Springs 81T (11/05)
Jacksonville 84T (11/02)
Jonesboro 83T (11/02)
Little Rock 83T (11/02), 85 (11/03)
North Little Rock 78 (11/18)
Stuttgart 84 (11/03)
Texarkana 85T (11/02)
Note: "T" means record was tied.

 

 A Mild and Record Dry End to Fall
 
Temperatures at 1200 pm CDT on 11/03/2017. Readings varied by more than twenty degrees across a nearly stationary front draped over central Arkansas.
In the picture: Temperatures at 1200 pm CDT on 11/03/2017. Readings varied by more than twenty degrees across a nearly stationary front draped over central Arkansas.
 

The month started with an unstable situation on the 3rd. A cold front drifted into Arkansas from the north. The front separated springlike air to its south from much cooler air over the northern counties. Afternoon temperatures stayed in the 50s at Harrison (Boone County). Meanwhile, the mercury hit 85 degrees at Little Rock (Pulaski County). This was the second warmest day on record in November, and only a degree away from the 86 degree mark reached on the 13th in 1955.

 

In the video: Dime to half dollar size hail fell along Interstate 530 near Redfield (Jefferson County) during the afternoon of 11/03/2017. The video is courtesy of Justin Rotton via Twitter.
 

Scattered thunderstorms developed in the afternoon, mainly from central into southeast sections of the state. Some of the storms were severe, with mainly hail reported. Golf ball size hail pelted East Camden (Ouachita County). Damaging winds also downed trees, with one tree on a house. Ping pong ball size hail fell a few miles south of Sherrill (Jefferson County), with half dollar size hail at Redfield (Jefferson County), and quarter size hail at Eudora (Chicot County) and Warren (Bradley County).

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) and satellite showed a cluster of showers and thunderstorms building across northern and central Arkansas during the morning of 11/06/2017. The images are courtesy of the Iowa Environmental Mesonet.Â
Radar/Satellite at 655 am CST (11/06)  |  Radar/Satellite at 725 am CST (11/06)
Radar/Satellite at 755 am CST (11/06)  |  Radar/Satellite 825 am CST (11/06)
Radar/Satellite at 855 am CST (11/06)  |  Radar/Satellite at 925 am CST (11/06)
In the pictures: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) and satellite showed a cluster of showers and thunderstorms building across northern and central Arkansas during the morning of 11/06/2017. The images are courtesy of the Iowa Environmental Mesonet. 
 

The front drifted back toward Missouri on the 5th, and it warmed up. Afternoon readings were in the mid 70s to mid 80s. It was 85 degrees at Flippin (Marion County), which tied the local all-time record high temperature for November (with records kept since 1951).

On the 6th, the front returned to Arkansas. The front triggered hit and miss thunderstorms, mainly north of Little Rock (Pulaski County). A few of the storms dumped hail. Half dollar size hail was reported near Kensett (White County), with quarter size hail at Concord (Cleburne County), and nickel size hail at Guy (Faulkner County).

Several spots got over an inch of rain. At Searcy (White County), 1.84 inches of precipitation was measured, with 1.70 inches at Augusta (Woodruff County), 1.32 inches at Damascus (Van Buren County), 1.22 inches at Hattieville (Conway County), and 1.07 inches at West Memphis (Crittenden County).

 

Lake Wind and Wind Advisories were posted in Arkansas and surrounding states at 1235 pm CST on 11/18/2017. Severe Thunderstorm Watches and Warnings were in effect mainly to the north/east.Â
In the picture: Lake Wind and Wind Advisories were posted in Arkansas and surrounding states at 1235 pm CST on 11/18/2017. Severe Thunderstorm Watches and Warnings were in effect mainly to the north/east. 
 

Yet another cold front surged into the region from the Plains on the 18th. Southwest winds picked up ahead of the front during the predawn hours. Moisture increased somewhat, but not enough to yield widespread precipitation. Instead, thunderstorms struggled to pop up, and most locations got little to no rain.

It was an example of why November finished so dry, with rainfall several inches below average. Precipitation was less than 25 percent of normal at Fort Smith (Sebastian County), Harrison (Boone County), Jonesboro (Craighead County), Little Rock (Pulaski County), and Pine Bluff (Jefferson County).  

 

Precipitation in November, 2017
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 1.11 4.23 -3.12 26%
Harrison (NC AR) 0.79 4.23 -3.44 19%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 1.00 4.90 -3.90 20%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 0.28 4.44 -4.16 6%
Little Rock (C AR) 0.42 5.28 -4.86 8%
West Memphis (EC AR) 1.48 4.95 -3.47 30%
Texarkana (SW AR) 1.53 4.82 -3.29 32%
El Dorado (SC AR) 1.47 4.89 -3.42 30%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 0.25 4.83 -4.58 5%

 

It was the driest November in recorded history at Jacksonville (Pulaski County), Monticello (Drew County), and North Little Rock (Pulaski County). Liquid amounts were less than an inch at these sites. It was a record dry fall (September, October, and November) at Monticello (Drew County), Mount Ida (Montgomery County), Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), and Russellville (Pope County). Records at these places go back to the 1870s/1880s!

 

 

Thunderstorms formed more easily on the 18th east of the region in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys and across northern portions of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. There were numerous reports of wind damage in these areas, with trees downed and some structural damage occurring. Several injuries were reported, including two injuries at an auto parts store in Florence, AL after a tin roof was peeled off the building. At least two weak tornadoes were spawned in Kentucky.

After the front and any rain exited Arkansas to the east, winds shifted to the west and northwest and were gusty. Wind and Lake Wind Advisories were posted as gusts peaked from 40 to more than 50 mph. 

 

Peak gusts on 11/18/2017 were mainly from the west to northwest at 40 to 50 mph. Gusts exceeded 50 mph in northeast Arkansas.
In the picture: Peak gusts on 11/18/2017 were mainly from the west to northwest at 40 to 50 mph. Gusts exceeded 50 mph in northeast Arkansas.
 

At Newport (Jackson County), there was a 61 mph gust at 148 pm CST. A 54 mph gust was measured at Jonesboro (Craighead County), with a 49 mph gust at Clinton (Van Buren County) and Stuttgart (Arkansas County), a 47 mph gust at Little Rock (Pulaski County), and a 46 mph gust at Russellville (Pope County). Roughly 11,000 power outages were blamed on the wind, and tree limbs were downed. Near Conway (Faulkner County), a section of fence was flattened.

 

Links of Interest
November 3, 2017 (severe storms)
November 5-8, 2017 (varying temperatures/hail and rain)
November 18, 2017 (a lack of rain/very windy)

 

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

 

Temperatures and Precipitation
Temperatures were above average in November. Readings at North Little Rock (Pulaski County) are shown to right. November, 2017 Temperatures in North Little Rock

 

November, 2017 Precipitation in North Little Rock Precipitation was below to well below average at most locations. Amounts at North Little Rock (Pulaski County) are shown to left.

 

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

 

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