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February, 2023 Monthly Summary
Monthly Statistics
  Temperatures Precipitation
Site Max Min Avg Norm Dep Hi Lo Sum Norm Dep
Fayetteville (NW AR) 59.1 34.4 46.8 40.5 +6.3 78 19 3.08 2.56 +0.52
Harrison (NC AR) 57.7 35.3 46.5 40.9 +5.6 79 19 3.34 2.42 +0.92
Jonesboro (NE AR) 57.7 40.9 49.3 42.6 +6.7 75 24 3.95 3.79 +0.16
Fort Smith (WC AR) 60.9 38.6 49.8 45.0 +4.8 83 26 4.03 2.69 +1.34
Little Rock (C AR) 62.1 41.7 51.9 44.7 +7.2 81 27 7.62 3.97 +3.65
Texarkana (SW AR) 66.4 45.8 56.1 48.3 +7.8 88 31 4.54 4.28 +0.26
El Dorado (SC AR) 64.8 40.9 52.9 48.5 +4.4 84 25 2.79 4.47 -1.68
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 63.5 42.9 53.2 46.5 +6.7 82 28 2.47 4.27 -1.80


Temperatures across the state were well above normal in February with much of the state experiencing a surplus of rainfall as well.  


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


Site Record High (Date of Occurrence)
Monticello 79T (2/8), 82T (2/21), 83 (2/28)
Little Rock 77 (2/22)
Quick Event Summary

February was a busy weather month across Arkansas with severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and winter weather all occurring. With the exception of the brief period of winter weather early in the month, temperatures through the month were well above normal. Little Rock recorded it's 8th warmest February, records began in 1879.


In the picture: Icy scenes from portions of southern Arkansas early on February 2nd. 


An active period of winter weather from late January persisted into the first few days of February. An ice storm occurred across parts of the state with some of the heaviest ice accruals and widespread damage noted across south-central parts of the state. As rain fell from February 1-2, temperatures hovered from near freezing to the upper 20s. This allowed ice to accumulate on elevated surfaces such as trees and powerlines leading to widespread power outages and other impacts. Road conditions weren't too bad since temperatures at the surface were only near freezing, limiting the ability for ice to develop on area roadways. 


In the picture: Radar estimated rainfall totals.  


Calmer weather was in place after the ice storm for a few days. Temperatures quickly rebounded by February 7-8 as a strong storm system approached the area. Highs across southern and central Arkansas climbed into the 70s to lower 80s, breaking a few records. There wasn't much severe weather across the state, but a flash flooding event unfolded across roughly the northwest half of the state. Rainfall amounts exceeded 4-6 inches in some locations leading to rapid rises on area rivers. Several rivers across western and northern Arkansas rose quickly above flood stage. The Petit Jean River at Danville provided Major Flooding to areas across Yell County.  


A trailing storm system brought some light precipitation to the state from February 10-11. With sufficient cold air in place across western Arkansas, some light snow was observed across higher elevation areas such as Queen Wilhelmina State Park (Polk County) and Mt. Magazine State Park (Logan County).   



In the picture: Information regarding the EF2 tornado from February 16. 


Temperatures again returned to above normal values by mid-February with some windy conditions noted as well before a strong storm system neared the state by the 15th. Storms developed from the evening hours on the 15th and continued through the early morning hours on the 16th. Large hail, measured wind gusts above 60 mph and three tornadoes occurred during this event. 


For the second half of the month, there wasn't much severe weather of note across the state. A line of rain and thunderstorms moved across the area on February 22nd. Wind gusts above 40 mph were observed at several sites along with locally heavy rainfall. A strong cold front began to move across the state on February 23rd with temperatures falling 10-20 degrees in its wake across northwest Arkansas. The front moved across the state with temperatures cooling in its wake. 

A narrow band of rain and thunderstorms developed from near Hot Springs to just south of Little Rock during the early morning hours of February 24th. Some rainfall totals across this corridor exceeded 4 inches in less than a couple hours. 

Link of Interest
Heavy Rain on February 24, 2023
While there were a few additional severe weather reports across parts of W/NW Arkansas on February 25th from a line of storms that moved northeastward into Missouri, the next opportunity for widespread severe weather wouldn't occur until March 1st. 
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