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Severe Storms/Becoming Windy on April 22-25, 2020
 
The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed widespread rain and cool conditions in Arkansas, with temperatures in the mid 50s to mid 60s at 500 pm CDT on 04/22/2020. Meanwhile, the environment was much warmer and was loaded with low level moisture to the southwest of the state. The temperature at Dallas, TX was 84 degrees with a dewpoint of 73 degrees. This was helping to feed severe storms (with tornadoes) in eastern Texas and southern Oklahoma.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed widespread rain and cool conditions in Arkansas, with temperatures in the mid 50s to mid 60s at 500 pm CDT on 04/22/2020. Meanwhile, the environment was much warmer and was loaded with low level moisture to the southwest of the state. The temperature at Dallas, TX was 84 degrees with a dewpoint of 73 degrees. This was helping to feed severe storms (with tornadoes) in eastern Texas and southern Oklahoma.
 

On April 22nd, it looked ominous to the south and west in portions of Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana. The environment was ripe (warm, moist, and unstable) for strong to severe thunderstorms, and there was some chance this was going to spill into Arkansas. And then came the rain, and this kept it too cool/stable to allow storms to thrive. In western sections of the state, while there were a few quarter to golf ball size hail reports at Greenwood (Sebastian County), Magazine (Logan County), and Nashville (Howard County), this was a tame event locally.

 

In the video: Four Tornado Warnings were posted simultaneously for severe storms in southern Oklahoma shortly after 500 pm CDT on 04/22/2020.
 

Not too far away, deadly tornadoes were ongoing in southern Oklahoma and eastern Texas between 400 pm and 600 pm CDT. At Onalaska, TX, three people were killed and 150 to 200 homes were heavily damaged or destroyed by a tornado (rated EF3/140 mph winds).

 

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Watches and warnings for tornadoes and flash flooding were posted to the south and west of Arkansas at 530 pm CDT on 04/22/2020.
In the picture: Watches and warnings for tornadoes and flash flooding were posted to the south and west of Arkansas at 530 pm CDT on 04/22/2020.
 

Later in the evening (150 miles to the east), the parent storm responsible for the destruction cranked out another tornado (rated EF2) near Woodworth, LA, and took another life (in a mobile home).

 

In the video: A tornado was spawned in Madill, OK, and ripped through town during the late afternoon of 04/22/2020. The video is courtesy of Pecos Hank via Twitter.
 

In Madill, OK, a camera caught a tornado (rated EF2) spinning up quickly and cutting a swath through several industrial buildings on the south side of town. There were two fatalities noted. At the time, this storm was covered by one of four Tornado Warnings posted from Roff, OK to the Red River (Oklahoma/Texas state line), a distance of only 50 miles.

 

Model data showed the most abundant low level moisture (dewpoints in the 60s to around 70 degrees) to the south and west of Arkansas at 700 pm CDT on 04/24/2020. 
In the picture: Model data showed the most abundant low level moisture (dewpoints in the 60s to around 70 degrees) to the south and west of Arkansas at 700 pm CDT on 04/24/2020.
 

We did not have much time to catch our breath before the next episode on the 24th. This one promised to be a bigger deal in Arkansas. For one, it was warmer. High temperatures were in the 70s. Rain was also spotty during the day, and not extensive to stabilize the situation. Available low level moisture was somewhat of an issue. It appeared the most violent storms would stay to the south/west where moisture levels were more appreciable.

 

In the video: A simulated radar loop showed scattered/discreet storms (with hail and isolated tornadoes) developing in eastern Oklahoma, northeast Texas, and northwest Louisiana during the afternoon and early evening of 04/24/2020. From there, larger clusters of storms (with strong to damaging winds) raced from western into central Arkansas after dark.
 

True to form, there was monster hail in northeast Texas and northwest Louisiana. Baseball size pelted areas near Paris, TX, with baseball to softball size stones a few miles east of Benton, LA. Here at home, a storm dumped golf ball size hail at Oden (Montgomery County).

At least three tornadoes were counted along the Red River in Fannin County, TX. The strongest of these (rated EF2) removed the roof from a home and rolled a mobile home. There was one injury.

 

While the most violent storms were south/west of Arkansas on 04/24/2020, there were still reports of damaging winds and hail from western into central sections of the state.
In the picture: While the most violent storms were south/west of Arkansas on 04/24/2020, there were still reports of damaging winds and hail from western into central sections of the state.
 

Heading from western into central Arkansas, mostly wind damage occurred. Trees were downed at Aplin (Perry County), Cecil (Franklin County), Cabot (Lonoke County), Dyer (Crawford County), Mountainburg (Crawford County), Pea Ridge (Benton County), Roland (Pulaski County), Rover (Yell County), Ward (Lonoke County), and Woodlawn (Lonoke County). At Vilonia (Faulkner County), part of the metal roof on a church was torn off. A 65 mph gust was measured at the Little Rock Air Force Base (Pulaski County). There was a brief tornado (rated EF1) about three miles south of Cass (Franklin County) just after 900 pm CDT. The tornado uprooted trees and snapped tree limbs.

 

Seventy two hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 04/25/2020. 
In the picture: Seventy two hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 04/25/2020.
 

From the 22nd through early on the 25th, while there were heavy downpours at times in our neck of the woods, rainfall was not excessive (no flash flooding). Half inch to inch and a half amounts were common, with locally over two inches.

For the month (through the 25th), most locations had above average rain. This was especially true across the central and southern counties, with a surplus of liquid by one to more than two inches. This included El Dorado (Union County), Fort Smith (Sebsastian County), Little Rock (Pulaski County), Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), and Texarkana (Miller County).

 

Precipitation in April, 2020 (Through the 25th)
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 3.58 3.71 -0.13 96%
Harrison (NC AR) 3.69 3.50 +0.19 105%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 4.62 4.07 +0.55 114%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 5.71 3.49 +2.22 164%
Little Rock (C AR) 5.29 4.25 +1.04 124%
West Memphis (EC AR) 3.19 4.23 -1.04 75%
Texarkana (SW AR) 4.40 3.19 +1.21 138%
El Dorado (SC AR) 4.62 3.39 +1.23 136%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 5.67 4.13 +1.54 137%

 

Several inches of precipitation fell along the Gulf Coast from northern Louisiana to southern Georgia. At Mansfield, LA, a man went to retrieve a trash can in high water on the 22nd, and was swept away.

 

Gusty northwest winds were noted across Arkansas on 04/25/2020. Peak gusts ranged from 35 to 45 mph at many locations. 
In the picture: Gusty northwest winds were noted across Arkansas on 04/25/2020. Peak gusts ranged from 35 to 45 mph at many locations.
 

The chaos ended on the 25th after a storm system dragged a cold front through the region and it dried out. As the system intensified in the Ohio Valley, winds increased from the northwest. Gusts from 35 to 45 mph were common. At Newport (Jackson County), a 46 mph gust was observed, with a 45 mph gust at Blytheville (Mississippi County), a 44 mph gust at Walnut Ridge (Lawrence County), and a 43 mph gust at Corning (Clay County).

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 22-25, 2020 (in red).
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There was one report hail on April 22nd, and several instances of damaging winds and hail on the 24th/early on the 25th. For a look at the reports, click here.
 
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 22-25, 2020 (in red).