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Much Needed Rain/Widespread Freeze on November 18-23, 2016
 
A cold front swept through Arkansas from the Plains on 11/18/2016. While there was rain along the front, it was mostly brief and light. Springlike air was replaced by cooler conditions behind the front.
In the picture: A cold front swept through Arkansas from the Plains on 11/18/2016. While there was rain along the front, it was mostly brief and light. Springlike air was replaced by cooler conditions behind the front.
 

The first few days of November were exceptionally mild (10 to 20 degrees above average), and similar conditions were experienced toward the middle of the month. On the 17th, it felt a lot like spring, with high temperatures in the 70s to lower 80s. The next day, a cold front put a stop to the unseasonable warmth, and also brought a chance of much needed rain.

 

A variety of weather conditions surrounded the front on 11/18/2016. Blizzard conditions were expected in parts of the upper Midwest, with a freeze in the southern Plains. In Kentucky, dry air and increasing winds along with existing drought conditions elevated the wildfire danger.
In the picture: A variety of weather conditions surrounded the front on 11/18/2016. Blizzard conditions were expected in parts of the upper Midwest, with a freeze in the southern Plains. In Kentucky, dry air and increasing winds along with existing drought conditions elevated the wildfire danger.
 

Unfortunately, a persistent area of high pressure along the Gulf Coast (preceding the front) prevented moisture from becoming appreciable. A mostly narrow band of precipitation was noted along the front, and many locations picked up less than a half inch of liquid.

There were some exceptions, especially in portions of western Arkansas where amounts exceeded an inch at a few spots. Twenty four hour rainfall through 600 am CST on the 19th included 2.40 inches at Pine Ridge (Montgomery County), 1.73 inches at Big Fork (Polk County), 1.65 inches at Oden (Montgomery County), and 1.20 inches near Mount Ida (Montgomery County).

In much colder air north of the state, blizzard conditions were reported in northern Minnesota. Winds gusted to more than 50 mph, and over a foot of snow piled up in places.

 

Low temperatures on 11/20/2016.
In the picture: Low temperatures on 11/20/2016.
 

As temperatures tumbled behind the front, a freeze occurred by the morning of the 20th. A freeze had already been experienced in much of the state on the 13th, but this latest episode was more potent and far reaching. Readings dipped into the 20s to lower 30s. The low was 20 degrees at Fayetteville (Washington County), and 22 degrees at Greenbrier (Faulkner County), Lead Hill (Boone County), and Waldron (Scott County). It was 23 degrees at Booneville (Logan County) and Jessieville (Garland County), and 24 degrees at Evening Shade (Sharp County), Mammoth Spring (Fulton County), and Marche (Pulaski County).

 

A storm system ("L") and associated cold front triggered widespread rain in Arkansas by 11/22/2016. Wintry precipitation fell north and west of the system.
600 am CST (11/22)  |  600 pm CST (11/22)  |  600 am CST (11/23)
In the pictures: A storm system ("L") and associated cold front triggered widespread rain in Arkansas by 11/22/2016. Wintry precipitation fell north and west of the system.
 

Another storm system and front were on the horizon by the 22nd. Moisture was more plentiful this time, and heavy downpours (along with a few rumbles of thunder) were in the forecast.

 

Water vapor imagery showed moisture building into Arkansas from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a storm system to the west during the afternoon of 11/22/2016. Early the next day, showers and thunderstorms blossomed across the region as the system neared.
445 pm CST (11/22)  |  215 am CST (11/23)
In the pictures: Water vapor imagery showed moisture building into Arkansas from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a storm system to the west during the afternoon of 11/22/2016. Early the next day, showers and thunderstorms blossomed across the region as the system neared.
 
Rain picked up during the afternoon and evening hours, and continued into the morning of the 23rd. Russellville (Pope County) picked up more than an inch of water (1.24 inches) between 600 pm and 1200 am CST. Over two inches dumped in portions of the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains (of the north and west). Half inch to inch and a half totals were common across the region.

 

Rain was generally light on 11/18/2016, with more widespread and heavier precipitation by 11/22/2016.
Twenty Four Hour Rainfall Through 600 am CST (11/19)
One Hundred Twenty Hour Rainfall Through 600 am CST (11/23)
In the pictures: Rain was generally light on 11/18/2016, with more widespread and heavier precipitation by 11/22/2016.
 

Twenty four hour totals through 600 am CST on the 23rd included 3.30 inches at Waldron (Scott County), 2.92 inches at Mena (Polk County), 2.75 inches at Booneville (Logan County), 1.98 inches at Dennard (Van Buren County), 1.91 inches at Dardanelle (Yell County), 1.90 inches at Hot Springs National Park (Garland County), 1.85 inches at Calico Rock (Izard County), and 1.79 inches at Mountain View (Stone County).

Following this event, most major reporting stations still had well below average rainfall for the month (through the 23rd). Less than an inch was measured at Fayetteville (Washington County), Fort Smith (Sebastian County), Harrison (Boone County), and Little Rock (Pulaski County). Precipitation deficits at these sites were running between two and a half and three and a half inches.    

 

Precipitation in November, 2016 (Through the 23rd)
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 0.32 3.28 -2.96 10%
Harrison (NC AR) 0.66 3.31 -2.65 20%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 1.14 3.60 -2.46 32%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 0.50 3.45 -2.95 14%
Little Rock (C AR) 0.73 3.96 -3.23 18%
West Memphis (EC AR) 2.01 3.71 -1.70 54%
Texarkana (SW AR) 2.19 3.61 -1.42 61%
El Dorado (SC AR) 1.77 3.62 -1.85 49%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 1.87 3.61 -1.74 52%