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June, 2022 Storm Report
 
Monthly Statistics
 
  Temperatures Precipitation
Site Max Min Avg Norm Dep Hi Lo Sum Norm Dep
Fayetteville (NW AR) 88.3 64.6 76.5 73.6 +2.9 96 50 3.25 4.31 -1.06
Harrison (NC AR) 87.2 64.0 75.6 74.4 +1.2 96 51 1.68 3.85 -2.17
Jonesboro (NE AR) 92.3 68.4 80.3 78.9 +1.4 101 57 0.76 3.05 -2.29
Fort Smith (WC AR) 90.9 70.1 80.5 78.8 +1.7 100 60 11.02 4.56 +6.46
Little Rock (C AR) 90.7 70.9 80.8 78.0 +2.8 100 61 4.22 3.55 +0.67
Texarkana (SW AR) 93.2 72.7 82.9 78.9 +4.0 103 64 2.64 3.92 -1.28
El Dorado (SC AR) 91.3 68.4 79.9 79.3 +0.6 101 61 1.83 3.88 -2.05
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 91.2 70.8 81.0 79.1 +1.9 99 62 3.28 3.27 +0.01

 

Temperature trends were well above normal across the state. Rainfall amounts varied drastically from north to south with well below normal totals across much of northern Arkansas while southern areas experienced surplus amounts. 

 

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

 

Site Record High (Date of Occurrence)
Little Rock 100 (6/22)

 

Site Record Low (Date of Occurrence)
North Little Rock 63T (6/28)
Jacksonville/LR AFB 56 (6/29)
Russellville 55 (6/29)
Batesville 55T (6/29)
Stuttgart 63 (6/29)
Note: "T" means record was tied.

 

Quick Event Summary
 

As summer kicks off across the state, the weather in June can be largely dominated by high pressure aloft. Where this ridge of high pressure is located can cause vastly different conditions locally. When the ridge is west of the area, frequency of thunderstorm complexes moving across some parts of the state increases along with the chance of near to below normal temperatures. But, when the ridge ends up situating itself over the state, hot and dry weather is inevitable. June saw both of these setups, with the ridge parking itself over the area more often than not which led to well above normal monthly temperatures. There were several cool days toward the end of the month, but many more above normal days were observed. 

In the picture: A surface analysis done by one of the office's meteorologists shows the stalled front positioned across the state at noon on June 2nd. 

 

At the start of the month a cold front made its way into the state. This provided rainfall to much of the area, including some very heavy amounts across portions of central and western Arkansas. Northeast Arkansas missed out on much of the rain, which would als occur through much of the rest of June as well. After the front pushed through the state, cooler temperatures were noted for a few days. On the morning of June 4th, Marshall (Searcy County) recorded a low of 49 degrees. 

 

 

From June 5-10, a northwest flow pattern set up across Arkansas and surrounding areas. This occurs as upper level high pressure is situated across the western US while an upper trough or area of low pressure is in place across the eastern US. Hot and dry conditions are found beneath the ridge to the west while cooler conditions are found to the east. An a daily basis, thunderstorms developed across the Central/Southern Plains then traverse the northwest flow to the southeast across parts of Arkansas. Much of the state saw rain, but the heaviest amounts occurred across western Arkansas. Northeast portions of the state again saw the least amount of rainfall. 

In the picture: 24 hour radar estimated rainfall from June 9-10.

 

In the wake of the northwest flow pattern, upper level ridging from the western US shifted east and positioned itself over Arkansas and much of the surrounding areas. This led to uncomfortable conditions and a stretch of very hot temperatures through late June. Little to no rainfall was observed and some locations recorded temperatures as high as 100 degrees. Ths period of dry/hot weather allowed conditions at the surface to dry out rapidly leading to short term rainfall deficits and what some might consider a flash drought. 

 

Link of Interest
What is a Flash Drought?

 

In the picture: Observed highs across the state on June 22.

 

A cold front did make its way across the state on June 26th, with rain occurring across the southern half of the state and across far eastern Arkansas. This front brought en end to the hot weather with a few days of very pleasant air across the state. Low temperatures on June 29 were cool enough to set several daily low temperature records.  

In the picture: A look at how heat index values changed over a 24 hour period in the wake of a strong cold front.

 

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