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National Weather Service Little Rock AR
1015 PM CST Tue Jan 4 2022

...A Review of 2021 Weather and Climate Data for the State of Arkansas...

Taking a very preliminary look at the year 2021 for the state of Arkansas,
the average temperature was comparable to the last several years. It will
take some time for final rankings to come in, but for the year, preliminarily
it looks as though this was about the 31st warmest on record. Temperatures 
varied considerably across the state. The annual range for individual stations 
across the state, that is the difference between the highest and lowest officially 
recorded temperature, was 122 degrees, from a low of -20 in February in the 
Fayetteville area to a high temperature of 102 at several locations in central 
and southern Arkansas Mid to late August and early September.

During the year, the coldest officially recorded temperature was -20 degrees, which
was the coldest temperature recorded in the state in ten years, and most recently
tied Jan. 20, 1985 for the 8th coldest temperature ever officially recorded in the
state of Arkansas.

Considering departures from normal, January, March, June, August, September, October,
and December were positive (warmer than average), while February, April, May, July,
and November were negative (colder than average). The most anomalous warmth, by far,
was in December, and the most anomalous cold was in February.

Going by the simple monthly averages, though, the warmest month was August, and the
coldest month was February.

Overall, wet weather wasn`t as prevalent this year, and the state`s rainfall was much
closer to average compared to the last four years. The departure from normal was less
than an inch, and even though the departure was positive, it was still the smallest
since 2017. Considering the departure from normal (again, the difference between the
actual and average totals), the driest month was November (2.17 inches below average),
and the wettest month was May (1.61 inches above average). When we consider actual
monthly totals, though, September was driest, but May remained the wettest.

Snow fell in January, February, March, April, and December. With the exception of
December, it was measurable in all the other months. There were several winter storms
with minor impacts over portions of northwest Arkansas during the first week of January.
The most significant accumulations of winter precipitation were in the higher elevations.
Another minor winter storm produced one to three inches of snow over southeast Arkansas
during the second week of January. A late-season storm produced light snow accumulations
in the higher terrain of the Ozarks on April 20-21. However, by far, the most significant and
impactful winter storms during the year ended up being in February. In the space of six
days, two major heavy snow storms affected Arkansas from February 14-20. Total accumulations
from both storms were record-breakers in many locations around the state. Total amounts
from both storms ranged from less than six inches in portions of the far north, west and
southeast to over 15 inches from southwest through central Arkansas. Between the two
storms, record cold set in, with widespread lows below zero in much of the state. It was
during that time that the Little Rock metro area not only recorded its coldest temperatures
in 32 years but also the area`s latest below zero temperature since official records began.

There were 35 tornadoes during the year, which is just two below the 1991-2020 annual
average of 37. In most instances, the events were minor and produced one to four short-
lived paths within the state`s boundaries. The notable exceptions were March 27th (7 tornadoes)
and, most infamously, the Quad State Tornado Outbreak of December 10th (12 tornadoes). Not
surprisingly, the most significant tornado occurred with the Quad State outbreak of December 10th,
as a long-tracked tornado began northeast of Bay in Craighead County and tore about a 30-mile
path through Craighead and Mississippi Counties before moving into the Missouri Bootheel,
crossing the Mississippi River and finally lifting in western Tennessee. In Arkansas, one
person was killed and at least five people were injured in a nursing home in Monette, and one
person was killed in a store in Leachville.

Arkansas Tornadoes in 2021...

No. Date    Rating  Began                    Ended     Length (miles) Counties/Parishes
 1. Mar. 17 EF0     0.9 SE McGehee                                0.1 Desha
 2. Mar. 27 EF0     0.5 WNW Chelford         0.4 NNE Chelford     0.7 Mississippi
 3. Mar. 27 EF0     2.5 W Bassett            1.6 WNW Bassett      1.1 Mississippi
 4. Mar. 27 EF0     5.9 NW Parkin            6.0 NNW Parkin       0.5 Cross
 5. Mar. 27 EF1     0.8 S Marie              3.5 ENE Marie        3.9 Mississippi
 6. Mar. 27 EF1     3.3 SSE Osceola          6.2 SW Ashport       4.9 Mississippi
 7. Mar. 27 EF2     0.3 SW Reydell           4.6 SE DeWitt       18.6 Jefferson-Arkansas
 8. Mar. 27 EF2     2.7 NNW Monticello       3.2 N Monticello     1.6 Drew
 9. Apr.  7 EF1     6.0 WSW Kilbourne LA     6.6 S Eudora         9.3 West Carroll LA-Chicot
10. Apr.  7 EF0     6.9 SW Eudora            5.0 WSW Eudora       2.7 Chicot
11. Apr.  9 EF1     6.0 SW Ashdown           5.0 SW Ashdown       2.4 Little River
12. May   3 EF1     4.2 SE Muldrow OK        4.5 SE Mountainburg 28.8 Sequoyah OK-Crawford
13. May   3 EF1     1.0 E Muldrow OK         3.5 W Rena OK       10.3 Sequoyah OK-Crawford
14. May   3 EF1     4.0 NNW Dyer             5.6 NNE Dyer         2.7 Crawford
15. May   4 EF0     2.1 NW Oak Grove Heights 1.1 NNE of Oak Grove 2.2 Greene
16. May   9 EF0     4.2 WSW Palestine        3.8 SW Palestine     0.6 St. Francis
17. May  18 EF0     0.8 SSE Oppelo                                0.1 Conway
18. Jun.  2 EF0     0.9 NW Luxora                                 0.1 Mississippi
19. Jun.  7 EFU     3.0 W Calion              2.0 WNW Calion      1.6 Union
20. Jun.  9 EFU     1.2 W Blakemore                               0.4 Lonoke
21. Jun.  9 EF0     3.0 ESE England                               0.3 Lonoke
22. Oct. 15 EF1     4.0 SSE Wyola              3.1 W Combs        7.8 Washington-Madison
23. Oct. 15 EF0     4.0 NE Gibson              5.0 N Jacksonville 2.5 Pulaski
24. Dec. 10 EFU     2.0 N Weldon               2.0 SSW Amagon     6.7 Jackson
25. Dec. 10 EF0     2.2 WSW Weiner             0.9 E Weiner       2.9 Poinsett
26. Dec. 10 EF1     2.7 WSW Cary               3.5 E Cary         6.2 Craighead
27. Dec. 10 EF0     2.0 WSW Bay                1.1 WNW Bay        1.2 Craighead
28. Dec. 10 EF4     2.9 NNE Bay                2.6 ENE Samburg   80.3 Craighead-Mississippi-
                                                                      Dunklin MO-Pemiscot MO-
                                                                      Lake TN-Obion TN
29. Dec. 10 EF1     1.0 S Diaz                 1.0 SSE Diaz       0.5 Jackson
30. Dec. 10 EF1     1.0 N Augusta              2.0 S Tupelo       8.6 Woodruff-Jackson
31. Dec. 10 EF1     2.0 SSW Beedeville         1.0 SSW Beedeville 0.5 Jackson
32. Dec. 10 EF1     1.6 NNE Cash               5.9 NE Cash        4.7 Craighead
33. Dec. 10 EF0     4.0 ESE Fisher             4.0 E Fisher       0.5 Poinsett
34. Dec. 10 EF0     7.0 ENE Fisher                                0.2 Poinsett
35. Dec. 10 EF2     1.3 SW Trumann             2.3 NE Trumann     3.6 Poinsett

As far as individual locations within the state go, the warmest location  was the Texarkana
Airport, with an annual average temperature of 66.7 degrees. The coolest location was Evening
Shade 1 NNE, with an annual average temperature of 57.3 degrees. The wettest location was Cane
Creek State Park near Star City, with a preliminary annual rainfall of 71.50 inches. It appears
the driest location was Omaha 2 S in northwest Boone County, with a preliminary annual rainfall
of 35.69 inches.

Note...Data listed below are extremes and averages observed during the year.

Please remember...most of the data below are preliminary until final quality control by the National
Center for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina.

State of Arkansas 2021 Annual Extremes (from official reporting stations)...                     =

Hottest Temperature...............    102  Sep.  2nd Arkadelphia 2 N, Nimrod Dam
                                           Sep.  1st Hot Springs Airport, Camden Airport,
                                                     Arkadelphia Airport
                                           Aug. 25th Blue Mountain Dam
                                           Aug. 14th Morrilton
                                           Aug. 13th Camden Airport

Coldest Temperature...............     -20 Feb. 16th Fayetteville Drake Field

Highest Daily Rainfall............   9.97" Jun.  9th Rohwer 2 NNE
Highest Monthly Rainfall..........  20.70"      June Rohwer 2 NNE
Highest Annual Rainfall...........  71.50"           Cane Creek State Park
Lowest Monthly Rainfall...........   0.20" September Camden 1
Lowest Annual Rainfall............  35.69"           Omaha 2 S

Highest Daily Snowfall............   14.2" Feb. 18th Arkadelphia 8.5 ESE
Highest Monthly Snowfall..........   20.7"  February Harrison 10.6 SW
Highest Annual Snowfall...........   31.2"           Harrison 10.6 SW
Greatest Snow Depth...............     18" Feb. 18th Pine Bluff, Hope 3 NE, Keo,
                                                     Benton 10.9 WSW

State of Arkansas 2021 Temperature Averages*...                                                =

* - Statewide temperature and precipitation averages and rankings are tabulated
for the period 1895 to Present.

(DFN = Departure from Normal)

Month Average Temperature DFN  Coldest Since  Warmest Since  Rank (Warmest/Coldest)
January      41.3        +2.0        2019                    39th Warmest (tie 1986, 1949)
February     34.6        -8.5        1978                     7th Coldest
March        55.1        +3.8        2019                    26th Warmest
April        58.3        -2.2        2018                    20th Coldest
May          66.7        -2.0        1997                    22nd Coldest
June         76.8        +0.3                      2018      54th Warmest
July         79.3        -1.0        2019                    37th Coldest
August       80.6        +1.3                      2011      40th Warmest
September    74.2        +1.4                      2019      41st Warmest
October      65.4        +3.6                      2016      13th Warmest
November     49.3        -0.6        2019                    60th Coldest
December     53.0       +11.5                      1984      *****Warmest*****
Annual       61.2        +0.8                      2019      31st Warmest (tie 2019, 2018,
                                                                           2010, 2001, 1941,

Arkansas Daily Temperature Extremes for 2021...                                                =

Month Highest  Location(s)       Date(s) Lowest   Location(s)                    Date(s)
Jan    77     Camden Harrell Field  25th    12     Ravenden                        12th
Feb    78     Texarkana Airport     24th   -20     Fayetteville Drake Field        16th
              Booneville RAWS       23rd
Mar    87     Silver Hill RAWS      27th    16     Lead Hill                        7th
Apr    88     Crossett 2 SSE        13th    24     Evening Shade 1 NNE              3rd
                                                   Kingston 2 S, Batesville 8 WNW,
                                                   Ravenden                         2nd
May    93     Wynne                 28th    36     Siloam Springs                   5th
Jun   100     Texarkana Airport     13th    44     Evening Shade 1 NNE              1st
Jul   101     Crossett 2 SSE,               54     Batesville 8 WNW                 4th
              Morrilton, Pocahontas 31st
              Pine Bluff             30th
Aug   102     Blue Mountain Dam     25th    56     Evening Shade 1 NNE              5th
              Morrilton             14th
              Camden Airport        13th
Sep   102     Arkadelphia 2 N,              41     Fayetteville Drake Field        23rd
              Nimrod Dam             2nd
              Arkadelphia Airport,
              Camden Airport, Hot
              Springs Airport        1st
Oct    95     Fort Smith             9th    33     Arkadelphia Airport             31st
Nov    82     Crossett 2 SSE        18th    20     Batesville 8 WNW                26th
              Texarkana Airport     17th           Arkadelphia Airport, Gilbert,   19th
                                                   Fayetteville Drake Field
Dec    83     Silver Hill RAWS       2nd    19     Flippin, Silver Hill RAWS       20th
                                                   Gilbert, Batesville 8 WNW       12th
Annual 102  Arkadelphia 2 N,
            Nimrod Dam           Sep.  2nd   -20   Fayetteville Drake Field   Feb. 16th
            Hot Springs Airport,
            Camden Airport,
            Arkadelphia Airport  Sep.  1st
            Blue Mountain Dam    Aug. 25th
            Morrilton            Aug. 14th
            Camden Airport       Aug. 13th

Arkansas State Rainfall Averages for 2021...                                                   =

Month  Avg. Rain   DFN    Wettest Since   Driest Since    Rank
Jan     4.21      +0.17                      2018        53rd Wettest
Feb     3.38      -0.34                      2017        60th Wettest
Mar     6.22      +1.45                      2019        23rd Wettest
Apr     5.62      +0.58                      2018        42nd Wettest
May     6.76      +1.61     2020                         31st Wettest
Jun     4.94      +0.86     2019                         37th Wettest
Jul*    4.73      +1.02     2019                         35th Wettest
Aug*    3.11      -0.27                      2015        60th Driest
Sep*    1.85      -1.74                      2017        24th Driest
Oct*    4.31      +0.85                      2017        45th Wettest
Nov*    2.15      -2.14     2019                         24th Driest
Dec*    3.62      -0.75                      2019        49th Driest
Annual*50.87      +1.26                      2017        50th Wettest

* - final rankings could end up slightly different, especially December and annual

Arkansas Daily Rainfall Extremes for 2021...                                                   =
Month Highest Daily      Location(s)            Date(s)
Jan         4.51         Fouke 3.7 ESE              7th
Feb         3.88         Newport Airport           28th
Mar         4.28         Hot Springs 1 NNE          1st
Apr         7.17         Rogers 2.4 SSW            29th
May         5.15         Mena 12.9 NW              26th
Jun         9.97         Rohwer 2 NNE               9th
Jul         6.55         Rohwer 2 NNE              17th
Aug         4.39         Riverdale 4.2 E           19th
Sep         4.23         Evening Shade 1 NNE       30th
Oct         8.15         North Little Rock 2.0 ENE  3rd
Nov         1.98         Houston 5.0 S             11th
Dec         4.48         Bella Vista 0.6 WSW,
                         Busch 0.4 E               18th
Annual      9.97         Rohwer 2 NNE          June 9th

Arkansas Monthly Rainfall Extremes for 2021...                                                 =
Month Highest   Location(s)             Lowest Location(s)
Jan    10.99    Hopper 1 E              1.16 Omaha 2 S
Feb     9.34    Portland                0.36 Gentry 5.6 ENE
Mar    12.35    Helena                  1.12 Kingston 5 NW
Apr    12.03    Ozone                   1.79 Kingston 5 NW
May    17.44    Mena 12.9 NW            1.38 Flippin
Jun    20.78    Rohwer 2 NNE            1.33 Blytheville Airport
Jul    11.14    Kelso 5 NW              0.21 Kingston 5 NW
Aug     7.19    Moro Bay                0.35 Rye Hill 1.1 E
Sep     7.81    Portland                0.20 Camden 1
Oct    12.67    Bella Vista 0.6 WSW     0.80 Arkadelphia 2 N
Nov     3.90    Houston 5.0 S           0.13 Walnut Ridge
Dec     8.26    Heber Springs 5.5 SE    1.13 Gilbert
Annual 20.78    Rohwer 2 NNE (June)     0.20 Camden 1 (September)

Arkansas Snowfall Extremes for 2021... (all data is from official reporting stations)            =
    Month and Highest Daily         | Highest Monthly and   |  Greatest Depth, Location(s), and
    Location(s) and Date(s)         |    Location(s)        |               Date(s)
Jan   6.5" Witts Spring         7th | 9.0" Harrison 10.6 SW |   7" Witts Spring             7th
Feb  14.2" Arkadelphia 8.5 ESE 18th |20.7" Harrison 10.6 SW |  18" Benton 10.9 WSW,
                                    |                       |      Hope, Keo, Pine
                                    |                       |      Bluff                    18th
Mar   0.5" Harrison 10.6 SW    18th | 0.5" Harrison 10.6 SW |Trace Compton, Pea
                                    |                       |      Ridge 0.2 WSW           18th
Apr   2.9" Omaha 2 S           21st | 2.9" Omaha 2 S        |    3" Holiday Island 1.3 SSW 21st
Dec  Trace Hardy 8.0 SSW       31st | Trace Antoine 1 SW,   |
           Antoine 1 SW,            |       Hardy 8.0 SSW,  |
           Magnolia,                |       Magnolia,       |
           Nashville           21st |       Nashville       |
Annual:                             |                       |
14.2" Arkadelphia 8.5 ESE Feb. 18th | 20.7" Harrison 10.6 SW|  18" Benton 10.9 WSW, Hope, Keo,
                                    |       (February)      |      Pine Bluff
                                    |                       |              (February 18th)

Significant Weather Events During the Year...


Jan. 1 - Higher elevations of the Ozarks saw 1/4 to 1/2 inches of ice accumulation
from freezing rain. Around Compton, in Newton County, accumulations were heavy enough
to break a few tree branches.
Jan. 2 - Light sleet and snow fell over portions of western, central and northern Arkansas.
Accumulations were primarily noted in the higher elevations of the Ouachitas and Ozarks, and
around Harrison, but amounts were generally half an inch or less.
Jan. 6-7 - Heavy snow fell in the higher elevations of the Ozarks, and in portions of the
Ouachita Mountains. Most areas below 1,000 feet only saw rain or trace amounts. However,
amounts of five to seven inches fell in portions of Newton and Searcy County. The highest
reported totals were 7.0 inches at Lurton and Mount Judea.
Jan. 10-11 - One to three inches of snow fell over southern and southeast Arkansas. The
highest reported totals were around Monticello and Warren, where up to 3.5 inches fell.
Jan. 27 - Snow fell in the early morning hours, with mostly one to two inch amounts in the Ozarks
and north central Arkansas.

Feb. 6 - Two to three inches of snow fell in the higher elevations of the Ozarks and
Ouachitas, mainly in areas above 1,500 feet.
Feb. 10-11 - Freezing rain occurred in a large part of the state, with accruals between
one quarter and one-half inch, primarily over southeast Arkansas.
Feb. 14-20 - Two major heavy snowstorms affected Arkansas. This produced record snowfall
and snow depth in places. Between the two storms, record cold set in, with lows below zero
in most of the state. With the first storm, a fine, dry and powdery snow fell, with the heaviest
amounts centered just west of the I-30 corridor from southwest into north central Arkansas. The
heaviest snow ranged from 8"-12". Very cold Arctic air moved in behind the system, with widespread
below zero temperatures in much of the state. In the Little Rock metro area, temperatures were the
coldest recorded since 1989. Most places recorded their coldest readings on the morning of the 16th.
The next round of heavy snow came primarily during the 17th-18th, with amounts of 10"-15" or more
common from southwest into central Arkansas. In a few places, more than 20" fell. Due to these storms,
February 2021 ended up the snowiest month on record at several locations in central Arkansas
Feb. 16-17 - Record cold was seen across the state, with temperatures in most areas below zero. In
fact, the only areas that stayed above zero were generally from El Dorado to near Pine Bluff to Marianna
and southeastward. The coldest reading was at Fayetteville Drake Field, with a low of -20. This most
recently tied January 20, 1985 at Deer for the 8th coldest temperature ever officially recorded in the
state, and most recently tied February 2, 1951 at Norfork Dam for the 7th coldest on record in the
month of February. All-time record low temperatures were set at Murfreesboro (-13), Beedeville (-7),
Little Rock AFB (-6), Stuttgart Airport (-4), and Hot Springs Airport (-3). All-time February record
lows were set at numerous other locations, such as Murfreesboro (-13) and Waldron (-12).
Feb. 28-Mar. 1 - Heavy rain fell over southwest into east central Arkansas, with flash flooding noted
around Arkadelphia, Malvern, Sheridan, Pine Bluff, and Stephens. The heaviest rain fell around Star City,
Hot Springs, with totals of four to six inches.

Mar. 12-15 - Three to six inches of rain fell over northern and northwest Arkansas. As a
result, minor flooding occurred on the Cache, Black, and White Rivers.
Mar. 17-18 - Isolated severe thunderstorms occurred in portions of western and southeast
Arkansas. A brief tornado struck southeast of McGehee, but did no appreciable damage.
Mar. 25 - A severe thunderstorm produced half dollar size hail between Donaldson and
Lono in southern Hot Spring County.
Mar. 27 - Severe thunderstorms occurred in central and southeast Arkansas. Baseball to
softball sized hail fell in portions of Clark and Lonoke County, breaking windows in a
few places. Tornadoes hit from Reydell (Jefferson County) to near DeWitt (Arkansas County)
and near Monticello.
Mar. 31 - An isolated severe storm produced 1.75" diameter hail near Monticello.

Apr. 7 - Strong to severe storms produced penny to quarter sized hail in portions of
central Arkansas. Power lines were blown down near Moreland in Pope County. An empty semi
truck was blown over on Highway 65B in Clinton, with damage to one building in the same area.
Apr. 9-10 - Severe thunderstorms produced spotty damage in various parts of the state. Trees
were blown down in Ouachita, Calhoun, Desha, Bradley and Fulton Counties, and trees and power
lines were blown down in Baxter County. Lightning struck a house near England resulting in a
total loss of the structure.
Apr. 20-21 - A strong cold front moved through the state. Light snow fell behind it, with
accumulations of one to nearly three inches mainly in the higher elevations of the Ozarks.
Much colder air moved in, and several locations recorded their latest freezes on the morning
of the 21st, including Sheridan, North Little Rock, Conway, and Morrilton.
Apr. 23-24 - Heavy rain fell in much of the southern half of Arkansas, with the highest totals
around three inches, centered mainly along the I-30 corridor. Storms blew trees down in Ouachita
County and Bradley County. Several buildings sustained damage.
Apr. 27-29 - Three to five inches of rain fell over much of the northwest half of Arkansas over
a two-day period. This caused flash flooding in Marion County, southwest of Clinton, and near
Lamar. Several roads were flooded, and there were water rescues in Johnson County. The Buffalo and
Spring Rivers rose rapidly. At Hardy, a campground was flooded, with a recreational vehicle swept
away. The campground and nearby neighborhoods were evacuated.

May 3-4 - Severe thunderstorms produced wind damage from southwest into northeast
Arkansas. Wind damage  was widespread in Walnut Ridge and around Pocahontas. A 71 MPH
wind gust was clocked at Hot Springs.
May 9 - Severe thunderstorms produced nickel sized to half dollar sized hail in portions of
Faulkner, Pike, Calhoun, and Ouachita Counties.
May 18- Severe thunderstorms produced wind damage in Montgomery, Clark, Pope and Saline Counties.
A brief tornado occurred in Conway county near Oppelo. Heavy rain caused flash flooding in Benton,
Bryant, Conway, and Vilonia.
May 25 -  Heavy rain caused street flooding in Mena, near Rover, and in Waldron.

Jun. 7 - Severe thunderstorms blew down trees and power lines in portions of Clark, Ouachita,
and Lincoln Counties. Roofs were damaged near Cummins, and in Jefferson County near Sorrells.
Jun. 8-10- Repeated rounds of showers and thunderstorms caused severe flash flooding in southeast
Arkansas. Many roads were flooded, especially in Desha and Drew Counties. At Rohwer in Desha County,
nearly 20 inches of rain fell in two days. At one point, it was estimated that every street in
Dumas had standing water on it.
Jun. 9 - A brief, weak tornado hit southeast of England in Lonoke County. Trees were blown down at
Cave City in Sharp County as a severe thunderstorm passed through.
Jun. 11 - An isolated severe thunderstorm blew down multiple trees in Baxter County.
Jun. 22 - In most areas of the state, low temperatures were in the 50s, with the coldest readings
at Marshall and Mammoth Spring as both locations fell to 50 degrees.

Jul. 1 - Heavy rain produced localized flash flooding at Heber Springs.
Jul. 3 - Low temperatures fell into the 50s and 60s around the state as unseasonably cool
weather prevailed after a cold front.
Jul. 9- Heavy rain fell at Batesville Airport, with over two inches of rain in less than one
hour, and 1.13 inches of rain in 20 minutes.
Jul. 16-19 - Heavy rain fell from western into southeast Arkansas. Flash flooding was reported
in and around Ozark and around Rohwer in Desha County. At Rohwer, record rain fell again, with
over six inches of rain in 24 hours. The 17th ended up being the wettest July day on record in
over 60 years of records at Rohwer.
Jul. 30 - Pine Bluff recorded its first 100-degree day in nearly six years, setting the city`s
all-time record of 2,183 days without a 100-degree reading.
Jul. 31 - An isolated severe storm produced wind damage at Ash Flat.

Aug. 13 - Isolated severe storms downed trees in portions of Marion and Pulaski Counties.
Aug. 19 - Two to four inches of rain fell in portions of northeast Arkansas, and in isolated
portions of the western Arkansas River Valley.

Sep. 1 - Little Rock recorded its first 100-degree reading in three years. Isolated strong
afternoon thunderstorms downed trees in portions of Dallas and Saline Counties.
Sep. 21 - Severe thunderstorms blew down trees, limbs and power lines near Pine Bluff and
Star City. 1.75" diameter hail fell from a severe thunderstorm northwest of Killin in Drew

Oct. 2 - Repeated rounds of heavy rainfall lead to flash flooding in the Little Rock metro
area. The northern portion of Pulaski County was hardest hit, especially Sherwood and North
Little Rock. Four to six inches of rain fell, most of it within a few hours. Several vehicles
were flooded and there were a few water rescues reported. North Little Rock recorded its wettest
calendar day in nearly 33 years.
Oct. 13-15 - Heavy rain fell over northwest Arkansas, with totals of four to nearly seven inches
around the Fayetteville and Fort Smith areas.
Oct. 15 - An EF1 tornado hit in Washington and Madison Counties, downing trees and destroying a
mobile home. Oct. 16 - A weak tornado hit northern Pulaski County producing a 2.5 mile damage path
and dissipating North of Little Rock Air Force Base.
Oct. 24 - A severe thunderstorm produced quarter sized hail at Omaha in Boone County and 70 MPH
winds near Viola in Fulton County.
Oct. 28 - Strong gradient winds produced gusts of 35 to 45 MPH over portions of western Arkansas.

Nov. 10 - A strong storm blew a mobile home off its foundation and damaged the roof of a neighboring
house in Cleburne County near Ida.
Nov. 21 - A severe thunderstorm produced hail to 1.25" in diameter at Diaz and Jacksonport.

Dec. 10-11 - Very warm weather prevailed, with highs in most areas in the 70s to lower 80s. Severe
thunderstorms produced wind damage and hail, primarily near and to the east of the I-30 and Highway
67 corridor. Large hail to half dollar size fell at Blevins and Ward. A significant tornado outbreak
began in northeast Arkansas during the early evening hours. In the space of three hours, 12 tornadoes
tore paths across Jackson, Woodruff, Poinsett, Craighead, and Mississippi Counties. The strongest tornado
was rated EF4 and tore an 80-mile path (nearly 30 miles in Arkansas). The tornado began northeast of Bay
in Craighead County and lifted after tearing through the Missouri Bootheel and crossing the Mississippi
River into Tennessee. In Arkansas, two people were killed. This particular parent storm ended up producing
a swath of destruction and several more tornadoes well into Tennessee and Kentucky.
Dec. 24-31 - Weeks of anomalously warm weather culminated in about a week of record-breaking high
temperatures and warmest low temperatures in a large portion of the state. Christmas generally marked
the hottest day, with maximum temperatures in the mid to upper 70s in much of Arkansas, with lower 80s
noted in several cities and towns in southern, southwest and central Arkansas. At many locations, it was the
warmest Christmas in 66 years, and one of the warmest ever recorded. A strong cold front finally broke
the warm pattern just beyond the end of the month.