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Severe Storms/Heavy Rain on March 24-25, 2017
 
A large storm system ("LOW") aloft (at 500 millibars or 18,000 feet) moved across the southern United States in the forty eight hour period ending at 700 am CDT on 03/25/2017.
Upper Air Map at 700 am CDT (03/23)  |  Upper Air Map at 700 am CDT (03/24)
Upper Air Map at 700 am CDT (03/25)
In the pictures: A large storm system ("LOW") aloft (at 500 millibars or 18,000 feet) moved across the southern United States in the forty eight hour period ending at 700 am CDT on 03/25/2017.
 

Another round of severe weather was in the forecast on March 24th. A large storm system approached from the southwest United States, and triggered widespread precipitation.

 

Simulated radar indicated a large area of showers and thunderstorms forming in the western half of Arkansas during the evening of 03/24/2017. As the evening progressed, it appeared a line of strong to severe storms (labelled as "Storms to Watch") would surge through central sections of the state, with wind damage possible.
Simulated Radar at 300 pm CDT (03/24)  |  Simulated Radar at 500 pm CDT (03/24)
Simulated Radar at 700 pm CDT (03/24)  |  Simulated Radar at 900 pm CDT (03/24)
Simulated Radar at 1100 pm CDT (03/24)  |  Simulated Radar at 100 am CDT (03/25)
In the pictures: Simulated radar indicated a large area of showers and thunderstorms forming in the western half of Arkansas during the evening of 03/24/2017. As the evening progressed, it appeared a line of strong to severe storms (labelled as "Storms to Watch") would surge through central sections of the state, with wind damage possible.
 

Leading up to the event, data showed showers and thunderstorms spreading into the western half of Arkansas during the afternoon and evening. However, there were signs that lines of storms with damaging winds would form as rain reached central sections of the state after dark.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed storms bowing out (backward C-shaped) as they approached Little Rock (Pulaski County) from the southwest at 1054 pm CDT on 03/24/2017. The bowing was caused by strong to damaging winds punching through the storms from behind (causing them to surge forward). Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were posted ahead of the storms.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed storms bowing out (backward C-shaped) as they approached Little Rock (Pulaski County) from the southwest at 1054 pm CDT on 03/24/2017. The bowing was caused by strong to damaging winds punching through the storms from behind (causing them to surge forward). Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were posted ahead of the storms.
 

Between 1000 pm and 1100 pm CDT, wind damage reports started rolling into the National Weather Service. Gusts were estimated around 70 mph at Benton (Saline County). Trees and/or power lines were downed at Ferndale (Pulaski County), Austin (Lonoke County), Searcy (White County), and Bald Knob (White County). There was spotty structural damage as well.

 

Five counties in central Arkansas were affected by four brief tornadoes (rated EF0 to EF2) during the evening of 03/24/2017. 

Unfortunately, there were isolated tornadoes spawned. Four trailers were destroyed by a tornado (rated EF2) near Cato (Faulkner County). Six injuries resulted. Two tornadoes (rated EF1/EF2) affected areas around Nance (Saline County). Outbuildings were damaged or destroyed, a roof was removed from a new home, and a carport was lofted into trees.

In the picture: Five counties in central Arkansas were affected by four brief tornadoes (rated EF0 to EF2) during the evening of 03/24/2017.

 

Tornadoes Across Arkansas in 2017
This event featured at least five (5) tornadoes. So far in Arkansas, there have been fourteen (14) tornadoes in March and nineteen (19) tornadoes in 2017.

 

Tornadoes (rated EF1/EF2) caused significant damage around Cato (Faulkner County) and Nance (Saline County) during the evening of 03/24/2017. Damaging straight-line winds pushed over big trees at Bald Knob (White County).
Trailers Destroyed 1.0 Mile East-Southeast of Cato (Faulkner County)
Roof Removed From New Home 3.0 Miles South of Nance (Saline County)
Outbuilding Obliterated 1.0 Mile East of Nance (Saline County)
Huge Tree Downed on Car at Bald Knob (White County)
In the pictures: Tornadoes (rated EF1/EF2) caused significant damage around Cato (Faulkner County) and Nance (Saline County) during the evening of 03/24/2017. Damaging straight-line winds pushed over big trees at Bald Knob (White County).
 

Another weak tornado (rated EF0) was responsible for mainly tree damage south of Fountain Lake (Garland County). During the wee hours of the 25th (in the Memphis County Warning Area), a similar tornado (rated EF0) caused roof damage to at least twenty homes near Marmaduke (Greene County).

 

 

Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 03/25/2017.
In the picture: Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 03/25/2017.
 

Rainfall averaged three quarters of an inch to an inch and a half, with locally more than two inches. Twenty four hour amounts through 700 am CDT on the 25th included 2.12 inches at Fayetteville (Washington County), 1.94 inches at Hot Springs (Garland County), 1.85 inches at Fort Smith (Sebastian County), 1.73 inches at Mount Ida (Montgomery County), and 1.67 inches at Texarkana (Miller County).

 

Storm Reports
There were several reports of mainly wind damage in central Arkansas on late on March 24th/early on the 25th. For a look at the reports, click here.
 
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Plot Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on March 24-25, 2017 (in red).
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on March 24-25, 2017 (in red).