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Record Warmth/High Wildfire Danger on February 11-12, 2017
 
Cold air (driven by the Polar Jet) was well to the north of Arkansas, with a ridge of high pressure ("H") providing warm/dry air locally on 02/11/2017. A storm system ("L") in the southwest United States was set to bring clouds and chances of rain in the days to follow.
In the picture: Cold air (driven by the Polar Jet) was well to the north of Arkansas, with a ridge of high pressure ("H") providing warm/dry air locally on 02/11/2017. A storm system ("L") in the southwest United States was set to bring clouds and chances of rain in the days to follow.
 

Four days after record warmth on February 7th, it felt like spring again! High temperatures were in the mid 70s to mid 80s on the 11th, well above average highs in the 50s.

 

High temperatures on 02/11/2017.
In the picture: High temperatures on 02/11/2017.
 

Numerous daily records were tied or broken. It was 85 degrees at Fort Smith (Sebastian County) and 84 degrees at Harrison (Boone County). The last time it was this toasty in February was 1962 at both sites. Elsewhere, the mercury soared to 82 degrees at De Queen (Sevier County), Highfill (Benton County), Monticello (Drew County), and Mountain Home (Baxter County), and 81 degrees at El Dorado (Union County), Fayetteville (Washington County), Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), Russellville (Pope County), and Stuttgart (Arkansas County). This helped push average monthly temperatures 6 to 10 degrees above average.

 

Average Temperatures in February, 2017 (Through the 11th)
Site Avg Temp +/-
Fayetteville (NW AR) 46.2° +8.2°
Harrison (NC AR) 46.5° +7.8°
Jonesboro (NE AR) 47.1° +7.7°
Fort Smith (WC AR) 51.9° +9.9°
Little Rock (C AR) 51.3° +8.5°
West Memphis (EC AR) 49.2° +8.9°
Texarkana (SW AR) 53.7° +7.6°
El Dorado (SC AR) 53.9° +8.0°
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 52.6° +8.3°

 

Very dry air (relative humidity levels under 35 percent) followed a cold front on 02/12/2017.
In the picture: Very dry air (relative humidity levels under 35 percent) followed a cold front on 02/12/2017.
 

On the 12th, a cold front arrived from the north. Very dry air followed the front, with relative humidity levels dropping below 35 percent in much of the northern half of the state. There was also a gusty north wind.

 

Moderate to extreme drought (D1 to D3) conditions were noted in northwest Arkansas on 02/07/2017.

This is where a moderate to extreme drought (D1 to D3) existed. 

 
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
Category Coverage
None 44.43%
D0-D4 55.57%
D1-D4 32.28%
D2-D4 14.80%
D3-D4 2.02%
D4 0%
In the picture: Moderate to extreme drought (D1 to D3) conditions were noted in northwest Arkansas on 02/07/2017.

 

At least thirty wildfires were reported, mainly in Ozark and Ouachita Mountains of the north/west. The February total (through the 12th) was roughly 175 wildfires, with 4500 acres burned (according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission).