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December, 2022 Monthly Summary
Monthly Statistics
  Temperatures Precipitation
Site Max Min Avg Norm Dep Hi Lo Sum Norm Dep
Fayetteville (NW AR) 51.5 31.4 41.4 38.8 +2.6 71 -3 3.44 3.07 +0.37
Harrison (NC AR) 48.8 30.6 39.7 39.7 0.0 73 -6 3.15 2.94 +0.21
Jonesboro (NE AR) 48.9 33.9 41.4 41.5 -0.1 69 -3 6.17 4.45 +1.72
Fort Smith (WC AR) 52.5 34.9 43.7 42.8 +0.9 75 3 3.96 3.48 +0.48
Little Rock (C AR) 53.8 36.5 45.2 43.0 +2.2 74 2 6.13 5.08 +1.05
Texarkana (SW AR) 60.0 42.6 51.3 46.4 +4.9 79 8 5.68 4.68 +1.00
El Dorado (SC AR) 57.8 38.6 48.2 46.8 +1.4 80 7 3.67 5.61 -1.94
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 55.1 38.7 46.9 45.0 +1.9 74 5 6.20 5.30 +0.90


Temperatures across the state ended up above normal for the month even with a period of exceptionally cold air later in the month. With only a few exceptions, rainfall amounts were above normal across the state.  


Record Temperatures
No temperature records were broken in December.
Quick Event Summary

December brought with it a wide variety of weather conditions to the state including temperatures at times above 80 degrees and below zero degrees. Heavy rain occurred in some locations and some winter weather occurred as well. Drought conditions improved with the abundance of rain in many areas. 


In the picture: The dome of the radar was removed so the pedestal could be replaced.  


One of the last phases of the National Weather Service's Service Life Extension Plan for the 159 network radars involved lifting the dome off the radar and replacing the inner pedestal. The last time the dome was removed was when the radar was installed in early 1993. The Service Life Extension Plan was designed to ensure that the nation's network of radars will continue operating well into the 2030s.  


Temperatures across the state started out fairly cool but much more mild readings became widespread through the first half of the month. Accompanying these warm readings was fairly persistent precipitation. While it started out in some locations as sleet on the 2nd, precipitation transitioned to all rain through the middle of the month. The first half of December brought consecutive rainy days for much of the state, Little Rock received measurable rainfall 10 out of the first 13 days of the month. 

Cooler and drier briefly moved in on the 11th and 12th before a strong storm system approached on the 13th. A few strong to severe storms occurred across southern Arkansas, but more widespread severe weather was noted across portions of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. 



Temperatures were fairly cool behind the storm system that brought severe weather to the region and several dry days were noted across the state. Things were expected to change rapidly before Christmas as an Arctic airmass spread across the country from northwest to southeast. A strong cold front led the way across the state on December 22nd and temperatures plummeted in its wake. Strong winds accompanied the cold air which caused wind chill values to dip down well below zero across much of the state. Some snow was observed across the northern half of the state and temperatures bottomed out in the single digits to below zero on the morning of the 23rd. 



Very cold air lingered across the state for a few days before temperatures warmed to closer to seasonal average. By the end of the month, temperatures warmed to well above normal values with daytime highs in the 60s and 70s for the last few days of 2022. 


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