National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
Monthly Storm Reports and Storm Data
Storm Reports
Are you interested in what happened during a recent event? Check out the report below.
 
Isolated Severe Storms on June 15-18, 2017
 
A storm system aloft ("LOW") was in the northern Plains early on 06/14/2017. A cold front associated with the system slowly pushed toward Arkansas, but was blocked by high pressure ("HIGH") along the Gulf Coast.
In the picture: A storm system aloft ("LOW") was in the northern Plains early on 06/14/2017. A cold front associated with the system slowly pushed toward Arkansas, but was blocked by high pressure ("HIGH") along the Gulf Coast.
 

Heading into mid-June, the weather pattern in Arkansas slowed a bit as a ridge of high pressure built over the southern United States. A cold front crawled toward the region from the Plains, but was blocked by the ridge.

 

Storms ripped through central Minnesota on 06/11/2017, and produced wind gusts to 80 mph and hail larger than golf balls.
In the picture: Storms ripped through central Minnesota on 06/11/2017, and produced wind gusts to 80 mph and hail larger than golf balls.
 

Even so, the front triggered plenty of severe weather to the north and west. On the 11th, for example, severe storms produced 60 to 80 mph wind gusts and hail bigger than golf balls in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

 

An outflow boundary (leading edge of cooler air from weakening storms in Missouri) surged into central Arkansas during the morning of 06/15/2017. Gusts reached 30 to 40 mph in places along the boundary, and there were scattered showers as well.
Radar at 858 am CDT (06/15)  |  Radar at 930 am CDT (06/15)
Radar at 1003 am CDT (06/15)
In the pictures: An outflow boundary (leading edge of cooler air from weakening storms in Missouri) surged into central Arkansas during the morning of 06/15/2017. Gusts reached 30 to 40 mph in places along the boundary, and there were scattered showers as well.
 

On the 15th, outflow from weakening storms in Missouri blew into Arkansas. As cooler air with the outflow hit warmth/moisture locally, a new storm popped up in northwest sections of the state. This isolated storm produced quarter size hail just south of Omaha (Boone County). Otherwise, nothing more than scattered showers followed the outflow southward toward Louisiana.

 

 

Thunderstorm outflow kept afternoon temperatures from reaching 90  degrees in much of northern and central Arkansas. Regionally, it was even cooler to the east (especially Tennessee into Alabama) where clouds and rain were present. There was plenty of heat to the west, with readings in the triple digits in parts of western Texas.
Highs in Arkansas (06/15)  |  Regional Readings at 400 pm CDT (06/15)
In the pictures: Thunderstorm outflow kept afternoon temperatures from reaching 90  degrees in much of northern and central Arkansas. Regionally, it was even cooler to the east (especially Tennessee into Alabama) where clouds and rain were present. There was plenty of heat to the west, with readings in the triple digits in parts of western Texas.
 

The outflow kept high temperatures in the 80s across much of the area, with some lower 90s in parts of the south and west. Little Rock (Pulaski County) maxed out at 87 degrees. This was a day after hitting 90 degrees for the first time in 2017. It was the sixth latest 90 degree reading on record, and the latest since June 15, 1939!

 

A storm east of Monticello (Drew County) was visible from almost 100 miles away at the North Little Rock Airport (Pulaski County) during the evening of 06/15/2017.
In the picture: A storm east of Monticello (Drew County) was visible from almost 100 miles away at the North Little Rock Airport (Pulaski County) during the evening of 06/15/2017.
 

When the aforementioned outflow reached southern Arkansas by the evening of the 15th, a storm erupted east of Monticello (Drew County). At one point, the storm top was close to 60,000 feet, and was visible for miles! Thunderstorm gusts downed trees and power lines just southeast of town.

 

 

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was posted for extreme eastern Arkansas into Mississippi during the afternoon of 06/16/2017. Heat Advisories were posted from Texas to western Missouri.
In the picture: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was posted for extreme eastern Arkansas into Mississippi during the afternoon of 06/16/2017. Heat Advisories were posted from Texas to western Missouri.
 

On the 16th, more storms developed away from the ridge of high pressure from eastern sections of the state into Mississippi. Half dollar size hail was reported at Burdette and Osceola (both in Mississippi County), with penny size hail at Arkansas City (Desha County). Street flooding occurred in Blytheville (Mississippi County). 

 

Heat index values at 200 pm CDT on 06/17/2017.
In the picture: Heat index values at 200 pm CDT on 06/17/2017.
 

Not much happened on the 17th. The mercury made it into the mid 80s to lower 90s, which is seasonal. But the humidity made it feel somewhat oppressive outdoors. There were spotty heat index values (how it feels when combining temperature and moisture levels) around 100 degrees in the southeast half of Arkansas.

The heat was relentless in western Texas. It was 112 degrees at Lubbock, TX and 111 degrees at Midland, TX. It was the eighth straight day of temperatures at or above the century mark at both sites. 

 

The satellite showed showers and thunderstorms building from Oklahoma into northern and central Arkansas on 06/18/2017.
Satellite at 900 am CDT (06/18)  |  Satellite at 1015 am CDT (06/18)
Satellite at 1130 am CDT (06/18)  |  Satellite at 1245 pm CDT (06/18)
Satellite at 200 pm CDT (06/18)
In the pictures: The satellite showed showers and thunderstorms building from Oklahoma into northern and central Arkansas on 06/18/2017.
 

The ridge weakened on the 18th, and this allowed the cold front to the northwest to head this way. Accompanying the front was a large area of showers and thunderstorms that arrived from Oklahoma in the morning. A cluster of storms downed trees at Hon and Y City (both in Scott County), Mount Ida (Montgomery County), Hot Springs Village (Garland County), Haynes (Lee County), and Hughes (St. Francis County). At the latter location, a tree landed on a car. In Garland County (Lake Ouachita), a boat overturned and stranded four people (two adults and two children) on an island. They were eventually rescued. Several thousand customers were without power due to the storms.

As far as rainfall, twenty four hour amounts through 700 am CDT on the 19th included 3.09 inches at Devils Knob (Johnson County), 2.80 inches at Fort Smith (Sebastian County), 2.40 inches at Booneville (Logan County), 2.32 inches at Conway (Faulkner County), 2.21 inches at Georgetown (White County), 2.11 inches at Armstead Mountain (Pope County), 1.73 inches at Greers Ferry (Cleburne County), and 1.68 inches at Marche (Pulaski County).

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on June 15-18, 2017 (in red).
Submit a storm report.
There were isolated reports of hail and wind damage on June 15th through the 18th. For a look at the reports, click here.
 
Link of Interest
Plot Reports
In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on June 15-18, 2017 (in red).