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Spotty Flooding/Isolated Severe Storms on July 3-8, 2017
 
Clouds swirled around a storm system ("L") in southern Missouri on 07/04/2017. Ahead of the system, strong thunderstorms bubbled up over northeast Arkansas.
In the picture: Clouds swirled around a storm system ("L") in southern Missouri on 07/04/2017. Ahead of the system, strong thunderstorms bubbled up over northeast Arkansas.
 

It was not as hot as a firecracker to begin July. Instead, it was unusually cool, and there was quite a bit of rain. On the 4th, rain was provided by a slow moving storm system over southwest Missouri. Strong thunderstorms developed northeast of Little Rock (Pulaski County).

 

 

As storms approached McCrory (Woodruff County) from the southwest at 238 pm CDT on 07/04/2017, strong rotation was noted on the WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar).
Reflectivity at 238 pm CDT (07/04)  |  Velocity at 238 pm CDT (07/04)
In the pictures: As storms approached McCrory (Woodruff County) from the southwest at 238 pm CDT on 07/04/2017, strong rotation was noted on the WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar).
 

The storms mostly produced torrential downpours and more than three inches of rain in parts of Baxter County. Damaging wind gusts downed trees a mile east of Vilonia (Faulkner County) close to 100 pm CDT. Before the gusts started, a man was injured by lightning while removing a hammock from a tree. An hour later, five boat docks were overturned on Beaver Lake roughly five miles southeast of Gateway (Benton County). In one storm, the radar picked up strong rotation along the White River southwest of McCrory (Woodruff County). This was just after 230 pm CDT. Fortunately, there were no tornadoes confirmed.

The day before (July 3rd), a similar storm (along a line) spawned a weak tornado (rated EF1) in Jonesboro (Craighead County) around 630 am CDT. Roof damage occurred at an apartment complex, and several windows were blown out. Fence and siding debris was also found. This was the 34th tornado of the year in Arkansas.

 

High temperatures were only in the 70s across northern Arkansas on 07/04/2017.
In the picture: High temperatures were only in the 70s across northern Arkansas on 07/04/2017.
 

Clouds and rain kept temperatures in the 70s across the north. It was only 74 degrees at Mountain Home (Baxter County) and 75 degrees at Harrison (Boone County).

 

A large cluster of showers and thunderstorms built over southwest Arkansas from southeast Oklahoma during the early morning hours of 07/05/2017.
Radar at 100 am CDT (07/05)  |  Radar at 200 am CDT (07/05)
Radar at 300 am CDT (07/05)  |  Radar at 400 am CDT (07/05)
Radar at 500 am CDT (07/05)
In the pictures: A large cluster of showers and thunderstorms built over southwest Arkansas from southeast Oklahoma during the early morning hours of 07/05/2017.
 

After the weather calmed down, more storms arrived from Oklahoma before dawn on the 5th. These storms affected the southwest counties. The clouds unleashed more than six inches of liquid near Foreman (Little River County) according to a local resident. At Winthrop (Little River County), Highway 234 was closed due to high water. A few miles southeast of Ashdown (Little River County), Highway 71 was down to one lane.

 

Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 07/05/2017.
In the picture: Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 07/05/2017.
 

Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on the 5th included 3.52 inches at Gamaliel (Baxter County), 2.68 inches at Murfreesboro (Pike County), 2,42 inches at Mountain View (Stone County), 2.36 inches at Georgetown (White County), and 2.27 inches at Hardy (Sharp County) and Salem (Fulton County).  

After 700 am CDT on the 5th, precipitation continued in the southwest. Ozan (Hempstead County) picked up 2.70 inches (two day total of 3.86 inches), and Antoine (Pike County) and Nashville (Howard County) got 2.02 inches (two day totals of 3.99 inches and 4.10 inches respectively).

 

A northwest wind flow around a large ridge of high pressure in the Rockies drove a cold front through Arkansas from the Plains on 07/08/2017.
In the picture: A northwest wind flow around a large ridge of high pressure in the Rockies drove a cold front through Arkansas from the Plains on 07/08/2017.
 

The event finished with a cold front approaching from the north on the 7th. The heat cranked up ahead of the front, which was a rare occurrence during an otherwise mild summer (so far). The mercury hit 96 degrees at Fort Smith (Sebastian County). It was 95 degrees at Hot Springs (Garland County) and Mount Ida (Montgomery County), and 94 degrees at DeQueen (Sevier County), El Dorado (Union County), Little Rock (Pulaski County), Russellville (Pope County), and Texarkana (Miller County).

 

Looking north from Harrison (Boone County), scattered thunderstorms lined up in southern Missouri ahead of a cold front during the evening of 07/07/2017. The storms eventually moved into Arkansas. The photo is courtesy of Rebekah Elizabeth via Twitter.
In the picture: Looking north from Harrison (Boone County), scattered thunderstorms lined up in southern Missouri ahead of a cold front during the evening of 07/07/2017. The storms eventually moved into Arkansas. The photo is courtesy of Rebekah Elizabeth via Twitter.
 

Showers and thunderstorms become likely during the overnight hours. Quarter size hail was reported at Cherokee Village (Sharp County), with nickel size hail at Henderson (Baxter County). Trees were snapped or uprooted five miles east of Bentonville (Benton County) in the Little Flock community, and also at Alma (Crawford County).

Through 100 pm CDT on the 8th, Fort Smith (Sebastian County) received 1.92 inches of rain. At Harrison (Boone County), 1.11 inches was measured, with 1.05 inches at Russellville (Pope County).

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on July 4-7, 2017 (in red).
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There were isolated reports of damaging winds and hail on July 4th and 7th. For a look at the reports, click here.
 
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on July 4-7, 2017 (in red).