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April, 2022 Storm Report
 
Monthly Statistics
 
  Temperatures Precipitation
Site Max Min Avg Norm Dep Hi Lo Sum Norm Dep
Fayetteville (NW AR) 70.9 47.6 59.2 57.1 +2.1 85 26 3.94 5.01 -1.07
Harrison (NC AR) 68.7 46.4 57.6 58.3 -0.7 82 26 6.61 4.98 +1.63
Jonesboro (NE AR) 69.1 48.4 58.7 60.7 -2.0 83 31 8.47 5.15 +3.32
Fort Smith (WC AR) 73.0 51.3 62.2 62.1 +0.1 84 32 9.30 4.87 +4.43
Little Rock (C AR) 74.0 52.2 63.1 61.4 +1.7 85 33 5.24 5.59 -0.35
Texarkana (SW AR) 77.4 55.3 66.4 63.6 +2.8 87 38 4.94 4.43 +0.51
El Dorado (SC AR) 76.0 51.0 63.5 63.9 -0.4 86 34 4.53 5.39 -0.86
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 74.8 53.2 64.0 63.1 +0.9 85 36 4.13 5.35 -1.22

 

Temperatures were generally above average across the state with a few locations ending up slightly below. Precipitation amounts were generally above average across much of the state. Portions of far southern, eastern and northern Arkansas experienced deficits of over an inch in places. 

 

Record Temperatures
 
Temperature records broken in April. Check out the records below.

 

Site Record Low (Date of Occurrence)
Stuttgart 36 (4/9), 44T (4/27)
Jacksonville/LR AFB 28 (4/1), 28 (4/9), 38T (4/27)
North Little Rock 34 (4/1), 34 (4/9)
Russellville 28 (4/9)
Hot Springs 31T (4/9)
Batesville 28T (4/1) 
Note: "T" means record was tied.

 

Quick Event Summary
 

April was a busy weather month across the state. Cold temperatures including some mornings below freezing were noted near the beginning of the month with warming conditions that led to several days with highs above 80° in many places. Several rounds of thunderstorms moved across the state and at least 10 tornadoes developed during the month. Additionally, several instances of hail that were baseball size or larger occurred along with numerous reports of damaging winds. Sadly, one person died after a tree fell on a mobile home in Cleveland County on April 13th. On the same day, flash flooding claimed the life of a 70 year old woman in Carroll County when she attempted to cross a flooded low water crossing. 

 

In the picture: Low temperatures near or below freezing were expected across portions of the state during the morning hours of April 1st. Frost advisories and freeze warnings were issued by NWS offices across the region. 

 

After a few rounds of rain and thunderstorms moved across different parts of the state through the 6th of the month, cooler conditions and no rain were observed through the 9th. Conditions began to change on the 10th as a strong storm system approached, leading to warming temperatures and strong southerly winds. On Sunday, April 10th, at least 33 wildfires were reported by the Arkansas Forestry Division with one of the larger fires burning across portions of Grant County, north of Sheridan. At least 10 homes had to be evacuated and over 1500 acres burned as the wildfire spread.   

Fire danger concerns improved through the middle of the month as the strong storm system brought multiple rounds of severe weather that led to fairly widespread rainfall and eventually river flooding. One round of severe weather occurred on Monday, April 11th. Large, individual thunderstorms known as supercells developed along the Arkansas River valley of western Arkansas. As these storms slowly drifted east, they produced four tornadoes across Sebastian, Franklin and Logan Counties and hail as large as 4.5" in diameter across Logan County. Later in the evening, storms began to develop across central Arkansas and move generally eastward. Two storms caused the most widespread severe weather across central into eastern Arkansas during the evening hours of the 11th. The main storm of interest developed across Perry and Faulkner Counties and moved east southeastward toward Lonoke County. As this storm intensified it produced a tornado as well as 3" hail near Cabot. The other main storm developed over portions of Garland County and moved east across Saline County. Before weakening, it produced a swath of hail as large as golf balls from Hot Springs Village to Bryant. 

Ahead of a cold front that moved across the state on the 13th, additional rain and thunderstorms developed and moved across the state. Fairly widespread rain, some of which was heavy and led to flash flooding, and thunderstorms shifted east across the area on the 13th. A swath of heavy rain in excess of 2-4 inches occurred across from portions of southwest to east central Arkansas as well as across northwest sections of the state. Sadly, one person died after a tree fell on a mobile home in Cleveland County on April 13th. On the same day, flash flooding claimed the life of a 70 year old woman in Carroll County when she attempted to cross a flooded low water crossing. 

 

 

Dry weather returned for April 14th with clear skies and a pleasant day observed across the state. The morning hours were chilly with some spots across west and northwest Arkansas seeing temperatures fall into the lower to mid 30s with a frost observed at some locations. 

With a front positioned along the Missouri border, a few strong storms developed and moved along it during the evening hours April 15th leading to reports of large hail and wind damage. Additional storms developed across eastern Oklahoma later that night into the 16thand moved southeastward across potions of western and southern Arkansas. Large hail was the most common severe weather report, with some spotty wind damage occurring as well.

 

 

Additional rain and a few thunderstorms developed during the evening and overnight hours from the 16th to the 17th and continued during Easter Sunday. This activity was behind the cold front and it was much cooler on Easter (17th) with highs in the 50s/60s. Some storms developed on Easter Sunday, mainly across the southern third of the state, with a few producing hail.

Dry weather was briefly noted on Monday and Tuesday, April 18-19 before additional rain and thunderstorms moved into the state Tuesday night into Wednesday. Some heavy rain occurred as well with ongoing river flooding across eastern and southern Arkansas worsening. After a brief lull in activity, another area of thunderstorms developed once again from the night of the 19th into the 20th across mainly northeast Arkansas. A few storms produced wind damage and hail. Precipitation did stretch northwestward into portions of southwest Missouri where several inches of rain fell, heavy rain also occurred near Jackson/Independence Counties. After Wednesday which was a cool day across the state, much warmer temperatures were observed across the state with highs in the 80s for many areas Friday and Saturday, April 22-23. A cold front approached on Sunday with additional rain and thunderstorms across the state. 
 

 

In the picture: Portions of southwest Missouri into northern Arkansas picked up several inches of rain from late April 20th into the morning hours on the 21st.

 

Heavy rain became widespread across western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma Sunday night April 24th into the morning hours of the 25th. Several inches of rain occurred across these areas with some flash flooding occurring. Rises were noted along area rivers, including the Arkansas River. 

Dry and warm weather was in place for a few days with some isolated rainfall observed across the area Friday night into Saturday morning, April 29-30. Coverage was limited and amounts were low. A cold front brought a broken line of thunderstorms to the state during the afternoon and evening hours of April 30th. One storm tracked from southwest White County east southeastward toward the Mississippi River. It produced hail and even a brief tornado near Des Arc (Prairie County) just before 7 PM CDT. A separate storm produced hail briefly along with a weak tornado near Tull (Grant County). 

 

 

Temperature and Precipitation Trends
 
Temperatures at Little Rock (Pulaski County).
In the picture: Temperatures at Little Rock (Pulaski County). Click to enlarge.

 

Precipitation at Little Rock (Pulaski County).
In the picture: Precipitation at Little Rock (Pulaski County). Click to enlarge.

 

Precipitation across Arkansas.
In the picture: Precipitation across Arkansas.

 

Link of Interest
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