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Remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy on June 22-23, 2017
 
Tropical Storm ("S") Cindy was closing in on the Louisiana Gulf Coast during the evening of 06/21/2017. The system weakened to a Tropical Depression ("D") before reaching southern Arkansas early on 06/23/2017. The forecast is courtesy of the National Hurricane Center.
In the picture: Tropical Storm ("S") Cindy was closing in on the Louisiana Gulf Coast during the evening of 06/21/2017. The system weakened to a Tropical Depression ("D") before reaching southern Arkansas early on 06/23/2017. The forecast is courtesy of the National Hurricane Center.
 

The tropical season started a little early in Arkansas. In recent years, the remnants of tropical systems usually arrived in August/September. This year (2017), Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in southwest Louisiana on June 22nd, and visited us early the next day.

 

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy ("L") were in southern Arkansas early on 06/23/2017. The system was surrounded by a lot of moisture, with precipitable water levels approaching record June levels around 2.50 inches. Precipitable water, or water vapor contained in a vertical column of the atmosphere, is normally between 1.25" and 1.50" in late June.
In the picture: The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy ("L") were in southern Arkansas early on 06/23/2017. The system was surrounded by a lot of moisture, with precipitable water levels approaching record June levels around 2.50 inches. Precipitable water, or water vapor contained in a vertical column of the atmosphere, is normally between 1.25" and 1.50" in late June.
 

There was a ton of moisture associated with the system. In fact, the precipitable water (PWAT) value at 700 pm CDT on the 22nd was 2.34 inches at North Little Rock (Pulaski County). That was the second highest June PWAT value on record locally (the highest was 2.41 inches in June, 1948). PWAT is the amount of water vapor contained in a vertical column of the atmosphere.

 

 

Flash Flood Watches were posted from northern Louisiana to the central Appalachians during the evening of 06/22/2017. This was along the expected track of the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy.
In the picture: Flash Flood Watches were posted from northern Louisiana to the central Appalachians during the evening of 06/22/2017. This was along the expected track of the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy.
 

Given an historically high PWAT, there was concern that downpours would lead to high water problems in spots. A Flash Flood Watch was issued for much of the southeast half of Arkansas, which was along the projected track of Cindy.

 

Heat in the Southwest United States
While the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy were bearing down on Arkansas, a ridge of high pressure was responsible for triple digit heat (temperatures at or above 100 degrees) from California to Texas. The heat was extreme at McAllen, TX on June 22nd. On that day, the mercury soared to an all-time record high of 111 degrees (breaking the previous record for the city of 110 degrees on May 4th, 1999).

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed areas of heavy rain from Searcy to Beebe (both in White County) at 714 pm CDT on 06/22/2017. Just to the south of the heavy rain was a supercell (storm with rotating updrafts), and the potential of a tornado.
Reflectivity at 714 pm CDT (06/22)  |  Velocity at 714 pm CDT (06/22)
In the pictures: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed areas of heavy rain from Searcy to Beebe (both in White County) at 714 pm CDT on 06/22/2017. Just to the south of the heavy rain was a supercell (storm with rotating updrafts), and the potential of a tornado.
 

Before Cindy entered the region, the system was preceded by heavy rain bands during the afternoon and evening of the 22nd. Nearly four inches of rain was reported near Searcy (White County) in just a couple of hours. Several roads in town were flooded. Water also covered a road just east of Beebe (White County). Isolated storms showed signs of rotation, with Tornado Warnings issued by the National Weather Service. Fortunately, no tornadoes were confirmed.

 

Flooding was noted in and around DeWitt (Arkansas County) following several inches of rain early on 06/23/2017. The photos are courtesy of Carly McSwain.
Road Under Water in DeWitt (Arkansas County)
High Water Surrounding Homes in DeWitt (Arkansas County)
In the pictures: Flooding was noted in and around DeWitt (Arkansas County) following several inches of rain early on 06/23/2017. The photos are courtesy of Carly McSwain.
 

The rain intensified and was more widespread south and east of Little Rock (Pulaski County) during the wee hours of the 23rd. This is when Cindy crossed the region. The radar estimated 6 to 7 inches of liquid just north of Monticello (Drew County) and not far from DeWitt (Arkansas County). At least five inches dumped at Wynne (Cross County). Not only were some roads impassible due to high water at these places, water got into homes. At the latter location, images showed fields converted into lakes.

 

 

As the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy exited Arkansas to the east, a cold front swept into the state from the northwest during the afternoon of 06/23/2017.
In the picture: As the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy exited Arkansas to the east, a cold front swept into the state from the northwest during the afternoon of 06/23/2017.
 

Cindy exited to the east by the afternoon of the 23rd. On the heels of the departing system was a cold front from the northwest. We quickly went from flood to severe weather mode.

 

Severe Storms Not Predicted Initially
While scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms were in the forecast in advance of the front, little if any severe weather was expected. It was felt the atmosphere would not have time to recharge after the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy departed. Lingering rain and too many clouds would keep temperatures down and conditions somewhat stable. In reality, clouds eroded and the sun came out. As heating occurred, signs pointed to a volatile situation and outlooks became increasingly more pessimistic.

 

The satellite showed showers and thunderstorms building from northern into central Arkansas during the afternoon of 06/23/2017.
Satellite at 200 pm CDT (06/23)  |  Satellite at 245 pm CDT (06/23)
Satellite at 330 pm CDT (06/23)  |  Satellite at 415 pm CDT (06/23)
Satellite at 500 pm CDT (06/23)
In the pictures: The satellite showed showers and thunderstorms building from northern into central Arkansas during the afternoon of 06/23/2017.
 

A line of thunderstorms plowed into northern Arkansas by 200 pm, and was in central sections of the state by 500 pm CDT. Along the way, strong to damaging winds were observed. Trees were downed by gusts over 60 mph at Mountain Home (Baxter County), Calico Rock (Izard County), Mountain View (Stone County), Newark (Independence County), Benton (Saline County), and Malvern (Hot Spring County). A tree was on a house at Ravenden (Lawrence County), with damage to a factory at Pocahontas (Randolph County). A large grain bin was toppled at destroyed at Alicia (Lawrence County).

 

 

Temperatures at 400 pm CDT on 06/23/2017. Readings ranged from the upper 60s (rain cooled air) in northern Arkansas to the lower 90s in the southwest.
In the picture: Temperatures at 400 pm CDT on 06/23/2017. Storms in northern Arkansas dropped readings into the 60s and 70s. Ahead of the storms, readings were in the 80s to lower 90s.
 

Sadly, all this wind resulted in two fatalities. Just east of Salesville (Baxter County), a man was on Lake Norfork when the wind picked up (preceding a severe storm) and overturned his kayak. He was taken to a hospital and eventually died. A couple of miles south of Hardin (Jefferson County), a tree was toppled onto a vehicle and killed a motorist.

 

Forty eight hour rainfall through 100 am CDT on 06/24/2017.
In the picture: Forty eight hour rainfall through 100 am CDT on 06/24/2017.
 

As far as rainfall at major reporting sites, forty eight hour totals through 100 am CDT on the 24th included 4.12 inches at Monticello (Drew County), 3.34 inches at Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), 2.75 inches at Blytheville (Mississippi County), 2.61 inches at West Memphis (Crittenden County), and 2.26 inches at El Dorado (Union County). All of these sites are in the south/east.

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on June 22-23, 2017 (in red).
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There were isolated reports of flash flooding on June 22nd, and more widespread flash flooding and damaging winds on the 23rd. For a look at the reports, click here.
 
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on June 22-23, 2017 (in red).