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Few Severe Storms on March 29-30, 2017
 
The satellite showed thunderstorms developing the most readily in southeast Texas and southern Louisiana during the afternoon of 03/29/2017. This was ahead of a storm system ("L") in the Plains.
Satellite at 100 pm CDT (03/29)  |  Satellite at 200 pm CDT (03/29)
Satellite at 330 pm CDT (03/29)  |  Satellite at 445 pm CDT (03/29)
In the pictures: The satellite showed thunderstorms developing the most readily in southeast Texas and southern Louisiana during the afternoon of 03/29/2017. This was ahead of a storm system ("L") in the Plains.
 

A severe weather outbreak was possible on March 29th (late) and 30th (early). Leading up to the event, the ingredients for numerous severe storms did not quite come together, and there were not as many fireworks as expected.

 

Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE) increased 500 to 1000 Joules/kilogram (in red) from eastern Texas into western Arkansas during the three hour period ending at 300 pm CDT on 03/29/2017.  CAPE is not only a measure of energy available for thunderstorm development, it is related to the strength of storm updrafts and the potential for severe weather.
In the picture: Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE) increased 500 to 1000 Joules/kilogram (in red) from eastern Texas into western Arkansas during the three hour period ending at 300 pm CDT on 03/29/2017.  CAPE is not only a measure of energy available for thunderstorm development, it is related to the strength of storm updrafts and the potential for severe weather.
 

The most unstable air was along the Gulf Coast from eastern Texas into Louisiana. This is where storms started popping up early on the 29th, and where severe weather (and heavy rain) was the most likely heading into the afternoon and evening hours.

 

A Tornado Watch was in effect across western Arkansas by 415 pm CDT on 03/29/2017.
In the picture: A Tornado Watch was in effect across western Arkansas by 415 pm CDT on 03/29/2017.
 

Even so, the atmosphere was unstable enough to warrant a Tornado Watch across the northwest half of Arkansas. While storms struggled to become strong in the watch area, there were a few reports of large hail.

 

Severe weather reports on 03/29/2017. The graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center.
In the picture: Severe weather reports on 03/29/2017. The graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center.
 

Quarter size hail was reported at Havana (Yell County), Diamond City (Boone County), Buffalo City (Marion County), and Damascus (Van Buren County). Meanwhile, there were a number of instances of wind damage and tornadoes south of the state.

 

A brief tornado (rated EF1) was noted a couple of miles northeast of Tag (Pope County) on 03/29/2017. 

There was one brief tornado (rated EF1) confirmed just northeast of Tag (Pope County). This was the 20th tornado of the year across the state.

In the picture: A brief tornado (rated EF1) was noted a couple of miles northeast of Tag (Pope County) on 03/29/2017.

 

 

Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 03/30/2017.
In the picture: Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 03/30/2017.
 

A few locations in the west received more than an inch of rain in the twenty four hour period ending at 700 am CDT on the 30th. Most of Arkansas got less than a half inch of liquid. Parts of southern Louisiana received five inches of precipitation.

 

Storm Reports
There were a few reports of mainly hail and an isolated tornado in northern and central Arkansas on March 29th/30th. 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 29-30, 2017 (in red).
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on March 29-30, 2017 (in red).