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Severe Storms on April 30, 2022
 
Simulated radar images showed showers and thunderstorms weakening in western Arkansas ahead of a cold front during the morning of 04/30/2022. Scattered strong to severe storms were expected to redevelop in afternoon in central and eastern sections of the state. The data is courtesy of the College of DuPage.
In the picture: Simulated radar images showed showers and thunderstorms weakening in western Arkansas ahead of a cold front during the morning of 04/30/2022. Scattered strong to severe storms were expected to redevelop in afternoon in central and eastern sections of the state. The data is courtesy of the College of DuPage.
 

A cold front pushed into Arkansas from the Plains on April 30th. Ahead of the front, the environment was warm and unstable, and scattered strong to severe thunderstorms were expected to pop up in the afternoon across central and eastern sections of the state.

 

Temperatures at 300 pm CDT on 04/30/3022. Readings were in the mid 70s to mid 80s at most locations in Arkansas.
In the picture: Temperatures at 300 pm CDT on 04/30/3022. Readings were in the mid 70s to mid 80s at most locations in Arkansas.
 

At 300 pm CDT, temperatures were in the mid 70s to mid 80s. The warmest readings were in the south, with the thermometer showing 86 degrees at Texarkana (Miller County), 82 degrees at Arkadelphia (Clark County), and 81 degrees at El Dorado (Union County) and Pine Bluff (Jefferson County).

 

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was posted for much of the southeast half of Arkansas until 1100 pm CDT on 04/30/2022.
In the picture: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was posted for much of the southeast half of Arkansas until 1100 pm CDT on 04/30/2022.
 

By 400 pm CDT, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued for the southeast half of Arkansas. Large hail was the main concern, but there was also a small risk of isolated tornadoes.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a supercell (storm with rotating updrafts) near Des Arc (Prairie County) at 656 pm CDT on 04/30/2022. The storm not only became tornadic, it produced up to golf ball size hail as it tracked east/southeast toward Brinkley (Monroe County).
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a supercell (storm with rotating updrafts) near Des Arc (Prairie County) at 656 pm CDT on 04/30/2022. The storm not only became tornadic, it produced up to golf ball size hail as it tracked east/southeast toward Brinkley (Monroe County).
 

Between 500 pm and 530 pm CDT, a storm became severe northwest of Cabot (Lonoke County), and produced quarter size hail. Just after 600 pm CDT, hail to the size of ping pong balls was reported near Hickory Plains (Prairie County). At 648 pm CDT, there was a funnel cloud southwest of Des Arc (Prairie County), with a weak tornado (rated EF0) spawned a few minutes later three to four miles southwest of town. Video through social media showed a tornado, with some outbuildings damaged at a farm.

 

 

Severe weather reports on April 30, 2022.
In the picture: Severe weather reports on April 30, 2022.
 

Earlier in the evening, another brief and weak tornado (rated EF0) was noted just to the northeast of Tull (Grant County), with some tree damage reported. Elsewhere, golf ball size hail pelted areas four miles north of Rondo (Lee County), with ping pong ball size hail seven miles south of Palestine (Lee County), and quarter size hail at Brinkley (Monroe County), Des Arc (Prairie County), and southeast of El Dorado (Union County). At Stephens (Ouachita County), a whopping 3.50 inches of rain was measured, with two inches in thirty minutes.

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather and heavy rain in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 30, 2022 (in red).
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There was large hail, a couple of brief tornadoes, and heavy rain in southern, central, and eastern Arkansas on April 30th. For a look at the reports, click here.
 
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather and heavy rain in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 30, 2022 (in red).