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Very Wet Then Very Hot on June 6-12, 2022
 
A ridge of high pressure ("HIGH") built over Arkansas from the southern Plains on 06/12/2022. Under the ridge, it was very hot and dry. Storm systems bringing rain went around the periphery of the ridge to the north.
In the picture: A ridge of high pressure ("HIGH") built over Arkansas from the southern Plains on 06/12/2022. Under the ridge, it was very hot and dry. Storm systems bringing rain went around the periphery of the ridge to the north.
 

During the first half of June, Arkansas was in for its first taste of summer as a big ridge of high pressure wobbled toward the state from the southern Plains. More on that later. The ridge was preceded by several days of wet weather. Big clusters of thunderstorms developed around the periphery of the incoming ridge to the west/northwest and headed this way.

 

In the video: The satellite showed a large cluster of showers and thunderstorms arriving from the west during the morning of 06/10/2022.
 

One of the larger clusters arrived during the morning of the 10th. Two to more than four inches of rain dumped from west central into much of southern Arkansas. Streets were flooded in Fort Smith (Sebastian County), and barricades were set up to keep motorists from driving into high water.  Portions of Highways 10, 64, and 96 were shut down due to flooding in Greenwood (Sebastian County), as was Highway 71 north of Huntington (Sebastian County). Almost ninety homes in Greenwood (Sebastian County) had flood damage. Muddy Creek flowed over Highway 298 near Story (Montgomery County).

 

Severe weather and flash flood reports on 06/10/2022.
In the picture: Severe weather and flash flood reports on 06/10/2022.
 

Farther south, straight-line winds downed trees (with some trees blocking roads) at Arkadelphia and Gum Springs (both in Clark County), around Crossett (Ashley County), southeast of El Dorado (Union County), east of Hope (Hempstead County), and west of Warren (Bradley County). A 58 mph wind gust was measured three miles west of McMillan Corner (Chicot County). A video from a small plane showed a narrow swath of crop damage outside of Winchester (Drew County). This may have been caused by a weak tornado, and is under investigation.

 

 

One hundred forty four hour (six day) rainfall through 700 am CDT on 06/11/2022.
In the picture: One hundred forty four hour (six day) rainfall through 700 am CDT on 06/11/2022.
 

In a six day period ending at 700 am CDT on the 11th, parts of the west had over six inches of precipitation. Fort Smith (Sebastian County) received a whopping 10.95 inches, with 6.50 inches at Booneville (Logan County), and 6.27 inches at Waldron (Scott County). Interestingly, there was less than a quarter inch of rain in the northeast. Only 0.04 inch of liquid was noted at Pocahontas (Randolph County), and Salem (Fulton County) got 0.16 inch.

 

In the pictures: Rises along the Arkansas River from heavy rain in Oklahoma and western Arkansas made it Burns Park in North Little Rock (Pulaski County) on 06/13/2022.
 

There was enough rain across the western counties and eastern Oklahoma to cause rises along the Arkansas River, and minor flooding at Van Buren (Crawford County) and Ozark (Franklin County). Minor flooding also occurred along smaller tributaries including the Fourche LaFave River near Houston (Perry County) and the Petit Jean River at Danville (Yell County).

 

Heat index values ranged from 105 to 115 degrees at most locations in Arkansas at 500 pm CDT on 06/12/2022.
In the picture: Heat index values ranged from 105 to 115 degrees at most locations in Arkansas at 500 pm CDT on 06/12/2022.
 

Once high pressure took over on the 12th, rain shut off immediately and oppressive conditions set in. Temperatures topped out in the 90s, and heat index values peaked between 105 and 115 degrees at most locations. The thermometer showed 99 degrees at Jonesboro (Craighead County), 98 degrees at Fort Smith (Sebastian County) and Flippin (Marion County), and 97 degrees at Camden (Ouachita County), Corning (Clay County), and Russellville (Pope County).