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Pockets of Heavy Rain on June 3-5, 2017
 
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.
 

There was a lot of moisture in place and not a lot of wind aloft in early June. If precipitation was to develop, it would not move much given a weak steering flow. Meanwhile, a storm system slowly headed toward Arkansas from the west. The system triggered showers and thunderstorms, some of which parked over communities and dumped for several hours.

 

Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms flared up across the southeast United States (including Arkansas) ahead of a storm system in the southern Plains on 06/05/2017.
Radar at 958 am CDT (06/05)  |  Radar at 1158 am CDT (06/05)
Radar at 158 pm CDT (06/05)  |  Radar at 458 pm CDT (06/05)
In the pictures: Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms flared up across the southeast United States (including Arkansas) ahead of a storm system in the southern Plains on 06/05/2017.
 

From the 3rd through the 5th, rain was isolated to scattered during the morning, and then became more widespread in the afternoon as the atmosphere heated up and destabilized.

 

Over half a foot of rain dumped near Cane Creek State Park (Lincoln County) on 06/04/2017.
In the picture: Over half a foot of rain dumped near Cane Creek State Park (Lincoln County) on 06/04/2017.
 

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. A couple of miles to the east, the radar estimated over six inches of precipitation. 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).  

 

Rainfall exceeded four inches in pockets across portions of eastern Arkansas and surrounding states in the ninety six hour period ending at 700 pm CDT on 06/05/2017.
Rainfall (Arkansas)  |  Rainfall (Regional)
In the pictures: Rainfall exceeded four inches in pockets across portions of eastern Arkansas and surrounding states in the ninety six hour period ending at 700 pm CDT on 06/05/2017.
 

The heaviest amounts (over four inches) were in small pockets across the eastern half of the state. Similar to heavier totals were experienced in portions of eastern Texas, southern Louisiana, and Mississippi during this three day period.

In south Florida, 15 to 20 inches of rain was reported in places such as Marco Island and Ochopee. In one day (June 2nd), Miami, FL had more rain (5.19 inches) than in April and May combined (4.85 inches).

A cold front pushed through Arkansas on the 6th, with the aforementioned system departing and drier air spreading across the region.

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on May 11-12, 2017 (in red).
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There were a few reports of flash flooding on June 3rd through the 5th, and one report of lightning. For a look at the reports, click here.
 
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of flash flooding and lightning in the Little Rock County Warning Area on June 3-5, 2017 (in red).