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July, 2022 Storm Report
Monthly Statistics
  Temperatures Precipitation
Site Max Min Avg Norm Dep Hi Lo Sum Norm Dep
Fayetteville (NW AR) 96.9 71.2 84.0 77.9 +6.1 104 64 2.45 3.80 -1.35
Harrison (NC AR) 95.0 71.0 83.0 78.5 +4.5 102 65 3.11 3.67 -0.56
Jonesboro (NE AR) 93.8 75.3 84.6 81.7 +2.9 102 67 6.27 3.69 +2.58
Fort Smith (WC AR) 100.2 76.4 88.3 83.1 +5.2 108 72 2.06 3.39 -1.33
Little Rock (C AR) 97.0 76.1 86.6 81.4 +5.2 103 71 3.22 3.33 -0.11
Texarkana (SW AR) 100.9 77.9 89.4 82.5 +6.9 108 71 0.31 3.37 -3.06
El Dorado (SC AR) 94.9 73.4 84.1 82.4 +1.7 101 68 7.38 3.43 +3.95
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 95.8 75.3 85.5 81.9 +3.6 101 69 1.15 3.69 -2.54


Temperatures across the state in July were some of the hottest seen in recent years. Many locations observed a top ten hottest July on record bases on average temperature. With a few notable exceptions, much of the state experienced a very dry month with well below normal rainfall amounts.  


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


Site Record High (Date of Occurrence)
Hot Springs 105 (7/9), 104T (7/22), 101T (7/24)
Mount Ida 106 (7/9)
Russellville 103 (7/9), 105 (7/26)
Jacksonville/LRAFB 102T (7/22)
North Little Rock 100T (7/24)
Little Rock 103T (7/26)


Quick Event Summary

One of the hottest and driest July months on record across the state, July 2022 saw little in the way of significant rainfall totals along with prolonged above normal temperatures. Dry conditions carried over from the moth of June which allowed the heat to reach levels that haven't been noted in as much as 10 years in some cases. Rainfall didn't completely shutoff, but for much of the state didn't become widespread until the end of the month. 

In the picture: A map of burn bans issued by county judges as well as current rainfall deficits. 


With rainfall deficits beginning to add up and little rainfall in the forecast, wildfire danger and ongoing drought conditions began to worsen. The number of burn bans issued by county judges began to rise as the month progressed and wildfire danger was increased to high by the Arkansas Forestry Division across much of the state. The entire month of July wasn't dry however as a couple storm systems moved through the state bringing some rain and at times cooler temperatures. A couple of these systems occurred on July 3rd, 12th and again from late on the 17th into the 18th. Some storms on these days produced large hail, damaging wind gusts and locally heavy rainfall. While not very widespread, a persistent area of thunderstorms developed across southern Arkansas on July 3rd, producing over 11 inches of rain at Moro Bay State Park (Bradley County).  



While not quite a drought buster, there was some improvement noted across the state toward the end of the month as a stalled front lingered over the area and interacted with storm systems moving through. The heaviest rainfall amounts were focused across portions of northern and southern Arkansas with some areas across west central, central and eastern Arkansas seeing little to no rainfall. A few storms produced severe weather, mainly in the form of damaging wind gusts. Some areas received too much rain in a short period of time and flash flooding occurred. Temperatures were generally cooler during the last several days of the month, particularly across northern Arkansas. Areas ahead of the front that saw little to no rainfall continued to see high temperatures climb into the upper 90s to around 100 degrees. 

In the picture: A regional map showing rainfall deficits as well as the most recent highest temperature at select sites. A regional map also shows expected rainfall amounts through the end of July.



Monthly Average Temperature Rankings
Monthly average temperature rankings for July 2022. Check out the records below.


Site July 2022 Rank Records Since
Fayetteville Third Hottest 1949
Fort Smith Third Hottest 1882
Harrison Tenth Hottest 1892
Little Rock Sixth Hottest 1879
Mount Ida First Hottest 1883
Pine Bluff Tenth Hottest 1884
Russellville Fifth Hottest 1882


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