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May, 2022 Storm Report
 
Monthly Statistics
 
  Temperatures Precipitation
Site Max Min Avg Norm Dep Hi Lo Sum Norm Dep
Fayetteville (NW AR) 70.9 47.6 59.2 57.1 +2.1 85 26 3.94 5.01 -1.07
Harrison (NC AR) 68.7 46.4 57.6 58.3 -0.7 82 26 6.61 4.98 +1.63
Jonesboro (NE AR) 69.1 48.4 58.7 60.7 -2.0 83 31 8.47 5.15 +3.32
Fort Smith (WC AR) 73.0 51.3 62.2 62.1 +0.1 84 32 9.30 4.87 +4.43
Little Rock (C AR) 74.0 52.2 63.1 61.4 +1.7 85 33 5.24 5.59 -0.35
Texarkana (SW AR) 77.4 55.3 66.4 63.6 +2.8 87 38 4.94 4.43 +0.51
El Dorado (SC AR) 76.0 51.0 63.5 63.9 -0.4 86 34 4.53 5.39 -0.86
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 74.8 53.2 64.0 63.1 +0.9 85 36 4.13 5.35 -1.22

 

Temperature trends varied across the state but were generally tied to whether a site experienced a rainfall deficit or surplus. Sites that saw above normal rainfall amounts generally saw below normal temperatures with the opposite true as well. 

 

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

 

Site Record High (Date of Occurrence)
Stuttgart 91 (5/9), 91 (5/10), 92 (5/11), 94 (5/12), 93 (5/13)
Jacksonville/LR AFB 92 (5/11), 95 (5/12), 94 (5/13)
Little Rock 90T (5/9), 90T (5/10), 94 (5/11), 94 (5/12), 97 (5/13)
North Little Rock 89T (5/9), 91 (5/11), 92 (5/12) 91 (5/13)
Monticello 91 (5/9), 91T (5/10), 93 (5/12)
Mount Ida 89 (5/10), 91 (5/12), 92 (5/13)
Russellville 93 (5/12)
Hot Springs 90T (5/9), 90 (5/10), 91 (5/11), 93 (5/12), 93 (5/13), 91 (5/15)
Batesville 91 (5/11), 94 (5/12), 93 (5/13)
Harrison 91 (5/12)
Pine Bluff 93 (5/12)
Note: "T" means record was tied.

 

Quick Event Summary
 

As is typical for May across Arkansas, active weather was observed throughout the month with periods of both unseasonably warm and cool temperatures. Heavy rainfall led to flooding and at least a few rounds of severe weather occurred. What many people might remember about both May and April was the amount of thunderstorms that produced hail as well as an excessive amount of lightning. 

 

In the picture: Rainfall estimates across the region from May 4th and 5th.

 

There was a brief period of dry weather across the state at the start of the month, but a few rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms developed through May 6th. The bulk of the active weather took place from late on May 4th into the 5th as a cold front moved into the state from the northwest. In addition to severe weather reports of damaging wind and hail, very heavy rain fell from northeast Oklahoma eastward into Arkansas and across southern Missouri. This widespread heavy rain led to rises on area rivers as well as some flash flooding. 

 

Link of Interest
Severe Storms on May 5, 2022

 

After the active weather on the 5th an unusually dry and hot period of weather was in store for much of the state. Through May 13th, high pressure intensified and expanded across much of the southern/southwestern US. Many locations saw high temperatures exceed 90° from May 9th through the 13th. Numerous record daily high temperatures were broken. Little Rock climbed to 97° on May 13th which not only set a daily record high, but also was the second highest temperature ever recorded in May. Also, the 97° reading on May 13th was the second earliest temperature above 95° recorded at Little Rock since records began.

For much of the state, May 13th was the end of the heatwave as a cold front moved into the area and showers and thunderstorms developed. Thunderstorms were most widespread on the 15th with several reports of hail as large as golf balls and numerous wind damage reports. A wind gust of 58 mph was recorded at the Jacksonville/LR Air Force Base. 

In the picture: A radar loop showing thunderstorms developing and moving across Arkansas.

 

 

 

Dry weather and above normal temperatures returned to the state for a few days before yet another storm system would impact the state on the 21st. Ahead of a strong cold front, there was a risk of severe weather stretching from the Texas/Mexico border northeastward to the Maine/Canada border. Thunderstorms initially developed across north/northwest Arkansas before forming into a line and marching east. While a brief, weak tornado occurred across Newton County, the most widespread damage occurred across portions of north central into northeast Arkansas. Numerous trees were blown down from Sharp County into portions of Lawrence and Randolph Counties. Additional storms developed later during the evening of May 21st across portions of western into central and southern Arkansas. Severe weather reports weren't widespread, but a second brief tornado developed near Royal in Garland County.

In the picture: A surface map of the region showing the location of the front and where rotating thunderstorms were possible during the early evening hours on May 21.  

 

 

 

Behind the cold front, temperatures were much cooler on May 22nd. Locations across northern Arkansas only saw highs in the 50s/60s, which set a few coolest high temperature records. 

In the picture: Observed highs across Arkansas on May 22nd.

 

Another round of rain and thunderstorms occurred on May 24th, with some locations seeing locally heavy rainfall, especially across portions of western and eastern Arkansas. A few storms were rotating, but there were no reports of tornadoes or much severe weather at all. Cool temperatures followed in the wake of the storms with another round of coolest high temperature records across northern Arkansas on the 24th. Dry conditions and warming temperatures were in place at the end of the month.

 

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