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Areas of Heavy Rain on August 11-17, 2017
 
The satellite showed showers and thunderstorms building from northwest into central and southeast Arkansas on 08/11/2017.
Satellite at 1002 am CDT (08/11)  |  Satellite at 1102 am CDT (08/11)
Satellite at 1202 pm CDT (08/11)  |  Satellite at 102 pm CDT (08/11)
Satellite at 202 pm CDT (08/11)
In the pictures: The satellite showed showers and thunderstorms building from northwest into central and southeast Arkansas on 08/11/2017.
 

The rain kept coming in mid-August as a front pushed into Arkansas from the northwest and then wobbled across the region for several days. The front triggered showers and thunderstorms on the 11th. Precipitation was over the northwest counties in the morning, and worked into the southeast during the afternoon. Severe weather was spotty, with one report of trees blown down a few miles west of Monticello (Drew County).

There were several places that got over an inch of rain. At Poinsett State Park near Harrisburg (Poinsett County), 1.95 inches was measured, with 1.65 inches at Alicia (Lawrence County), 1.64 inches at Crystal Valley (Pulaski County), 1.58 inches at Batesville (Independence County), and 1.48 inches at Jonesboro (Craighead County). 

 

Several locations had lowest high temperature records tied or broken on 08/13/2017.
In the picture: Several locations had lowest high temperature records tied or broken on 08/13/2017.
 

Behind the front, it was cooler by the 13th. Clouds and areas of rain kept temperatures down, with highs in the 70s to lower 80s. It was only 71 degrees at Fayetteville (Washington County), 72 degrees at Highfill (Benton County), and 73 degrees at Harrison (Boone County). At Little Rock (Pulaski County), a 78 degree reading tied a record (set in 1964) for the lowest high temperature for the date.

The front was stalled near the Louisiana border, and the day started with a deluge in northeast Texas (mostly before 700 am CDT). Six to more than ten inches of precipitation fell from Sherman, TX to Bonham, TX and Sulphur Springs, TX. Numerous roads were flooded and closed, with water into homes and businesses. High water rescues (people stranded in vehicles) and some evacuations were necessary. This event spilled into western Arkansas before rain tapered off. One to more than two inches of liquid was tallied at Ashdown (Little River County), Camden (Ouachita County), Fayetteville (Washington County), Mena (Polk County), Mount Ida (Montgomery County), Murfreesboro (Pike County), and Texarkana (Miller County).      

Later that night and into the wee hours of the 14th, more thunderstorms focused along the front across southern sections of the state. A hefty 3.34 inches of water dumped on Cane Creek State Park (Lincoln County), with 2.60 inches at Dermott (Chicot County), 2.50 inches at Millwood Dam (Little River County) , 2.42 inches at Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), 2.37 inches at Rohwer (Desha County), 2.29 inches at Kelso (Desha County), and 2.00 inches at Lewisville (Lafayette County). Flash flooding (roads covered by water) occurred at Collins (Drew County).

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed showers and thunderstorms building eastward along the Arkansas River from Fort Smith (Sebastian County) toward Little Rock (Pulaski County) during the morning of 08/15/2017.
Radar at 300 am CDT (08/15)  |  Radar at 400 am CDT (08/15)
Radar at 500 am CDT (08/15)  |  Radar at 600 am CDT (08/15)
Radar at 700 am CDT (08/15)  |  Radar at 800 am CDT (08/15)
In the pictures: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed showers and thunderstorms building eastward along the Arkansas River from Fort Smith (Sebastian County) toward Little Rock (Pulaski County) during the morning of 08/15/2017.
 

Given all of the rain, flooding was almost non-existent locally. That changed on the 15th. The front had lifted a bit to the north by this time, and was draped across central Arkansas. Before dawn, a large cluster of thunderstorms hit areas along and north of the Arkansas River, mainly north and west of Little Rock (Pulaski County). At least two dozen reporting sites registered four inches of rain or more. By 700 am CDT, a whopping 7.20 inches was reported at Damascus (Van Buren County)! That is two months of rain in just a few hours.

 

 

Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on August 12th, 14th, 15th, and 17th, 2017.
24-Hour Rainfall (08/12)  |  24-Hour Rainfall (08/14)  |  24-Hour Rainfall (08/15)
24-Hour Rainfall (08/17)
In the pictures: Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on August 12th, 14th, 15th, and 17th, 2017.
 

An impressive 5.95 inches of rain poured on Center Ridge (Conway County), with 4.90 inches at Ozark (Franklin County), 4.75 inches at Hattieville (Conway County), 4.10 inches at Conway (Faulkner County), and 4.08 inches at Coal Hill (Johnson County).

 

 

Over seven inches of rain dumped along East Fork Point Remove Creek near Morrilton (Conway County) on 08/15/2017. Sharp rises (almost 10 feet) resulted.
Rainfall Along Creek near Morrilton (Conway County)
Hydrograph Along Creek near Morrilton (Conway County)
In the pictures: Over seven inches of rain dumped along East Fork Point Remove Creek near Morrilton (Conway County) on 08/15/2017. Sharp rises (almost 10 feet) resulted.
 

Clouds unleashed moisture faster than it could be carried away, and creeks/streams overflowed. North of Ozark (Franklin County), high water got into several homes.

 

Excessive rain flooded part of a subdivision near Clarksville (Johnson County) early on 08/15/2017. High water issues were also experienced near Arkansas Tech University in Russellville (Pope County). The photos are courtesy of Mark Morgan and Jamey Ellis via Twitter.
Flooding at Clarksville (Johnson County)  |  Flooding at Russellville (Pope County)
In the pictures: Excessive rain flooded part of a subdivision near Clarksville (Johnson County) early on 08/15/2017. High water issues were also experienced near Arkansas Tech University in Russellville (Pope County). The photos are courtesy of Mark Morgan and Jamey Ellis via Twitter.
 

A subdivision flooded and cars were under water at Clarksville (Johnson County). The situation was just as dire at Russellville (Pope County), and it looked like a lake near Arkansas State University. Roads were blocked off in Enola (Faulkner County) as water flowed over the pavement.

After dark on the 15th, isolated storms in the far north/west flooded Highway 59 near Natural Dam (Crawford County). There was a quick two to three inches of rain from Mountain Home to Gamaliel (both in Baxter County). 

Early on the 17th, the parade of storms continued. Precipitation moved over the northwest half of Arkansas from Oklahoma, with half inch to one-and-a-half inch totals common. There were isolated two inch plus amounts, including 2.35 inches at Center Ridge (Conway County), 2.22 inches at Winslow (Washington County), and 2.21 inches at Ozone (Johnson County).

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of flash flooding and severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on August 11-15, 2017 (in red).
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There were isolated reports of damaging winds and flash flooding in southeast Arkansas on August 11th and 14th. More flash flooding followed in the northern half of the state on the 15th. For a look at the reports, click here.
 
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of flash flooding and severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on August 11-15, 2017 (in red).