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August, 2022 Monthly Summary
 
Monthly Statistics
 
  Temperatures Precipitation
Site Max Min Avg Norm Dep Hi Lo Sum Norm Dep
Fayetteville (NW AR) 89.9 67.7 78.8 76.9 +1.9 97 60 4.58 3.17 +1.41
Harrison (NC AR) 88.5 66.5 77.5 77.6 -0.1 97 60 2.86 3.42 -0.56
Jonesboro (NE AR) 88.4 70.5 79.5 80.0 -0.5 94 65 3.90 3.41 +0.49
Fort Smith (WC AR) 94.3 73.3 83.8 82.3 +1.5 104 67 2.02 3.60 -1.58
Little Rock (C AR) 91.1 72.9 82.0 80.8 +1.2 104 67 1.40 3.16 -1.76
Texarkana (SW AR) 92.6 75.5 84.0 82.0 +2.0 103 71 9.17 2.98 +6.19
El Dorado (SC AR) 90.0 71.7 80.9 81.8 -0.9 98 69 7.49 3.40 +4.09
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 91.8 72.5 82.1 80.9 +1.2 101 65 1.62 3.38 -1.76

 

With only a few exceptions, August temperatures were above normal across the state. Monthly rainfall totals varied more widely across the area, with localized heavy rain events contributing to some well above normal totals.  

 

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

 

Site Record High (Date of Occurrence)
Little Rock 104T (8/15)

 

Quick Event Summary
 

Highly variable weather conditions were observed across the state during the month of August. While several days of hot temperatures occurred, there wasn't an extended period of hot and dry weather across the majority of the state. On average, August is the driest month across Arkansas but most observation sites picked up at or above normal amounts of rainfall. Record high temperatures were infrequent and there was one day during the middle of the month where temperatures struggled to climb out of the 70s for highs. This led to improvement in ongoing drought conditions and wildfire danger. Beyond Arkansas, August was unusually quiet in the Atlantic Basin with no named storms forming during that timeframe.

 

In the picture: A map of burn bans issued by county judges as well as current wildfire danger as of August 3rd. 

 

While August turned out to be beneficial for many across the state in terms of increased rainfall and pleasant temperatures, the beginning of the month didn't start out that way. Worsening drought conditions and increased wildfire danger were still a serious concern. For the first several days of the month, temperatures climbed to near or above 100 degrees at many locations. With dewpoints in the 70s this made it feel even more uncomfortable outside at times. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms periodically impacted different portions of the state before a more pronounced storm system moved across Arkansas with a cold front sinking south on August 8th, leading to some severe weather. Behind this front, more pleasant conditions were noted toward the middle of the month. While beneficial rain and more pleasant conditions were noted for many, not all locations were fortunate enough to pick up meaningful rain. Some locations picked up excessive amounts of rain, Texarkana (Miller County) received nearly 4 inches of rain on August 9th. 

 

 

Closer to the middle of the month, cooler high temperatures began to warm once again but drier air remained in place. This led to slightly more comfortable air but a return to temperatures in the 90s to around 100 degrees. A cold front would approach by the 17th and as it began to interact with some remnant tropical moisture, fairly widespread rainfall developed. Some of this rain was heavy and lasted for much of the day on August 17th. In fact, with the persistent rain in place, several locations approached or set daily coolest high temperature records as temperatures struggled to climb out of the 70s.

 

In the picture: A tweet indicating details of Harrison's cool high temperature of 71 degrees.

 

 

Typically we don't include too much detail regarding our office staff and details of what we're doing in these monthly summaries. But, on August 27th we lost one of our dear colleagues, Brian Smith. Brian was a senior forecaster and was the go-to guy when it came to Arkansas weather history and historical facts. Brian worked at our office for over 20 years and accomplished so much. He will be dearly missed.

 

In the picture: A memorial to Brian Smith.

 

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
Detailed Monthly Statistics