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November, 2019 Storm Report
 
Short Weather Summary
 
Winter started early in November, with well below average temperatures during the first two to three weeks. Freezes were premature in parts of Arkansas, and there was a little wintry precipitation in northern sections of the state. Chances of severe weather increased as temperatures warmed toward the end of the month. However, severe storms mostly avoided the area. It was wet across the north, and dry farther south.

 

Record Temperatures
 
There were numerous record low temperatures tied or broken in November, especially on the 12th and 13th. Check out the records below.

 

Site Record Low (Date of Occurrence)
Batesville 27 (11/09), 16 (11/12), 13 (11/13)
El Dorado 22T (11/12), 18 (11/13)
Hot Springs 22 (11/12), 17 (11/13)
Jacksonville 20 (11/12), 14 (11/13), 22 (11/16)
Jonesboro 19 (11/12)
Little Rock 20 (11/12), 17 (11/13)
Monticello 22 (11/12), 16 (11/13)
Mount Ida 15 (11/13)
North Little Rock 26 (11/11), 18 (11/12), 18 (11/13)
Pine Bluff 21 (11/12), 19 (11/13)
Russellville 19 (11/12), 16 (11/13)
Stuttgart 29 (11/09), 30 (11/11), 22 (11/12), 20 (11/13), 27 (11/16)
Note: "T" means record was tied.

 

 A Cold Beginning/Wet Across the North/Light Wintry Precipitation
 
Low temperatures on 11/01/2019.
In the picture: Low temperatures on 11/01/2019.
 

A widespread freeze on November 1st set the tone for a mostly cold beginning to the first half of the month. Across central and southern Arkansas, the freeze was one to two weeks early (based of what is considered normal).

 

In the video: The satellite showed clouds and rain (along with embedded thunderstorms) spreading from the southern Plains into the northern half of Arkansas on 11/06/2019.
 

It warmed somewhat by the 6th (more seasonable temperatures), with mainly rain in the forecast. Precipitation expanded across the northern half of the state from Oklahoma ahead of an incoming cold front. Rain became heavy toward the Missouri border after dark, and did not make it into southern sections until after daybreak on the 7th.

Around 645 am CDT on the 7th, lightning sparked a fire at a trailer near Royal (Garland County). A woman inside the residence suffered burns and was airlifted to a hospital in Memphis, TN.

 

Twenty four rainfall ending at 700 pm CDT on 11/07/2019.
In the picture: Twenty four rainfall ending at 700 pm CDT on 11/07/2019.
 

In the twenty four hour period ending at 700 pm CST on the 7th, 2.95 inches of liquid fell at Harrison (Boone County), with 2.86 inches at Mountain Home (Baxter County), 2.43 inches at Mount Ida (Montgomery County), 2.34 inches at Flippin (Marion County), and 2.31 inches at Highfill (Benton County). Meanwhile, only 0.06 inch of rain was received at Monticello (Drew County). El Dorado (Union County) only got 0.12 inch.

Interestingly, the trend of wet weather in the north and not so wet across the south held the remainder of the month. Rainfall was two to three inches subpar at El Dorado (Union County) and Texarkana (Miller County). There was a surplus of liquid by over two inches at Harrison (Boone County).   

 

Precipitation in November, 2019
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 4.52 4.23 +0.29 107%
Harrison (NC AR) 6.89 4.23 +2.66 163%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 5.16 4.90 +0.26 105%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 4.41 4.44 -0.03 99%
Little Rock (C AR) 4.20 5.28 -1.08 80%
West Memphis (EC AR) 3.61 4.95 -1.34 73%
Texarkana (SW AR) 2.45 4.82 -2.37 51%
El Dorado (SC AR) 2.02 4.89 -2.87 41%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 3.51 4.83 -1.32 73%

 

In the video: Mild air on 11/10/2019 was replaced by much colder conditions a couple of days later after a cold front swept through Arkansas from the north.
 

It was even warmer by the 10th, but not for long. The high temperature at Harrison (Boone County) was 77 degrees, and it was 76 degrees at Flippin (Marion County), and 74 degrees at Fort Smith (Sebastian County) and Mountain Home (Baxter County). A blast of Arctic air was on the horizon, with the promise of well below average temperatures and chances of wintry precipitation the next day.

 

In the picture: Several highways were partly snow and/or ice covered in northern Arkansas at 730 pm CST on 11/11/2019. The graphic is courtesy of IDriveArkansas.
 

The 11th started with areas of rain. Temperatures dropped like a rock during the afternoon, and rain changed to snow and sleet toward the Missouri border. As readings dipped well below freezing, some roadways became partly snow and ice covered. It was also breezy, with north to northwest winds at 15 to 25 mph and gusts over 30 mph.

There was not enough moisture for heavy snow, and a warm ground kept accumulations minimal. In the end, Deer (Newton County) had two inches of flakes, with an inch of powder at Hardy (Sharp County), Pocahontas (Randolph County), and Salem (Fulton County).

 

In the picture: It was the second coldest November morning on record (since 1975) at North Little Rock (Pulaski County) on 11/12/2019 with a temperature of 18 degrees.
 

By the morning of the 12th, temperatures were in the teens and 20s. Winds were still elevated at 500 am CST, and this created wind chill indices below zero in the northwest. The wind chill at Highfill (Benton County) was -3 degrees. It was -2 degrees at Bentonville (Benton County), and -1 degrees at Harrison (Boone County) and Siloam Springs (Benton County). Highs for the day were only in the 20s and 30s. At Harrison (Boone County), the high of 27 degrees was 50 degrees lower than the maximum on the 10th. It was 28 degrees at Mountain Home (Baxter County), which was a drop of 46 degrees.

At North Little Rock (Pulaski County), the low of 18 degrees on the 12th made it the second coldest November morning on record locally. The high of 34 degrees at Little Rock (Pulaski County) tied for the 6th coldest November maximum (dating back to the 1870s).

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed rain and scattered thunderstorms over mainly northern and central Arkansas during the evening of 11/21/2019 and early the next morning. This was ahead of a storm system ("L") in the Rockies that interacted with a cold front crossing the region from the north and west.
Radar at 758 pm CST (11/21)  |  Radar at 1048 pm CST (11/21)
Radar at 138 am CST (11/22)  |  Radar at 428 am CST (11/22)
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In the pictures: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed rain and scattered thunderstorms over mainly northern and central Arkansas during the evening of 11/21/2019 and early the next morning. This was ahead of a storm system ("L") in the Rockies that interacted with a cold front crossing the region from the north and west.
 

It was unsettled again by the 21st. The pattern was in the process of shifting, with air masses coming more from the Pacific Ocean than from Canada (a warming trend). Given this, there was no danger of accumulating snow, and plenty of rain north and west of Little Rock (Pulaski County). In the forty eight hour period ending at 600 am CST on the 23rd, two to three inch totals were noted at Blytheville (Mississippi County), Calamine (Sharp County), Mammoth Spring (Fulton County), Murfreesboro (Pike County), Paragould (Greene County), Searcy (White County), and Walnut Ridge (Lawrence County).

 

Temperatures were well below average (sometimes by more than 20 degrees) through the first half of November, 2019 at Little Rock (Pulaski County). In the days leading up to 11/22/2019, readings were mostly above average.
In the picture: Temperatures were well below average (sometimes by more than 20 degrees) through the first half of November, 2019 at Little Rock (Pulaski County). In the days leading up to 11/22/2019, readings were mostly above average.
 

Up to this point, temperatures were five to eight degrees below average (through the 22nd). As mild days became more the norm, readings were three to six degrees in the minus category by the end of November.

 

Average Temperatures in November, 2019
Site Avg Temp +/-
Fayetteville (NW AR) 44.3° -3.1°
Harrison (NC AR) 45.5° -3.0°
Jonesboro (NE AR) 46.1° -3.5°
Fort Smith (WC AR) 48.6° -3.0°
Little Rock (C AR) 47.3° -5.3°
West Memphis (EC AR) 46.8° -4.1°
Texarkana (SW AR) 51.5° -2.8°
El Dorado (SC AR) 50.8° -3.1°
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 48.2° -4.9°

 

A mild west to southwest wind flow aloft drove two storm systems across the country in late November, 2019.
In the picture: A mild west to southwest wind flow aloft drove two storm systems across the country in late November, 2019.
 

As the month ended, two large storm systems headed across the country. The first system arrived in Arkansas by the 26th, with the second system approaching a couple of days later.

 

There was a variety of weather headlines (winter, wind, and severe storms) across the middle of the country on 11/26/2019.
In the picture: There was a variety of weather headlines (winter, wind, and severe storms) across the middle of the country on 11/26/2019.
 

Both systems brought a variety of conditions to the central United States. There was heavy snow (eight inches to more than a foot) from the northern Plains into the upper Midwest, with a lot of rain and severe thunderstorms farther south. 

In the end, widespread heavy to excessive rain (more than three inches) missed Arkansas to the northeast in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. Most severe storms also dodged the region, including a tornado (rated EF2) at Baskin, LA that flipped a mobile home and injured two people on the 26th. Locally, there was one report of quarter size hail at Mount Nebo (Yell County) on the 30th.

 

Links of Interest
October 29-November 1, 2019 (heavy rain to flurries/widespread freeze)
November 6-8, 2019 (heavy rain/turning colder)
November 11-12, 2019 (very cold/light wintry precipitation)
November 21-22, 2019 (heavy rain)
November 26-30, 2019 (areas of rain/isolated severe storms)

 

Additional November Details
 
For more details about November, 2019...go to the "Temperatures and Precipitation" section below.

 

Temperatures and Precipitation
Temperatures were below average in November. Readings at North Little Rock (Pulaski County) are shown to right. November, 2019 Temperatures in North Little Rock

 

November, 2019 Precipitation in North Little Rock Precipitation was at/above average in northern Arkansas, and below average farther south. Amounts at North Little Rock (Pulaski County) are shown to left.

 

To right, a look at precipitation across the state. November, 2019 Precipitation in Arkansas

 

For a look at actual temperatures and precipitation in Arkansas as measured by the cooperative observer network, click here.