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Isolated Severe Storms/Areas of Heavy Rain/Turning Cooler on October 5-12, 2019
 
A ridge of high pressure ("H") flattened enough during the first week of October, 2019 to allow the flow aloft to bring storm systems ("L") and cold fronts into Arkansas.
In the picture: A ridge of high pressure ("H") flattened enough during the first week of October, 2019 to allow the flow aloft to bring storm systems ("L") and cold fronts into Arkansas.
 

A ridge of high pressure that persisted over Arkansas in September with dry/hot conditions finally broke down in early October. The pattern started changing, with cold fronts heading this way and bringing chances of rain and cooler air.

 

Forecast maps showed a cold front pushing into Arkansas from the Plains on 10/06/2019. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms accompanied the front, followed by cooler air.
Forecast Map at 700 pm CDT (10/05)  |  Forecast Map at 700 am CDT (10/06)
Forecast Map at 700 pm CDT (10/06)  |  Forecast Map at 700 am CDT (10/07)
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In the pictures: Forecast maps showed a cold front pushing into Arkansas from the Plains on 10/06/2019. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms accompanied the front, followed by cooler air.
 

One such front was on the doorstep to the northwest to begin the 6th. Ahead of the front, showers and thunderstorms were ongoing in northwest sections of the state. By daybreak, some locations in the far northwest (Benton County) had three to four inches of precipitation.

 

There was a nearly thirty degree temperature difference across Arkansas on 10/06/2019. Readings ranged from the upper 60s in the north to the mid 90s in the south.
In the picture: There was a nearly thirty degree temperature difference across Arkansas on 10/06/2019. Readings ranged from the upper 60s in the north to the mid 90s in the south.
 

Heavy to excessive rain continued through much of the morning in areas toward the Missouri border. This kept temperatures in the 60s at Fayetteville (Washington County), Harrison (Boone County), and Mountain Home (Baxter County). Meanwhile, well ahead of the front where it was not raining, readings were in the 90s across the southern counties.

 

In the video: The satellite loop showed showers and thunderstorms remaining over northern Arkansas much of the morning on 10/06/2019. This resulted in heavy to excessive rain. Precipitation shifted to the south and east later in the afternoon and evening.
 

By 700 pm CDT, twenty four hour rainfall was over six inches at Highfill and Rogers (both in Benton County). In fact, radar estimates were over ten inches in spots. An impressive 4.12 inches was measured at Fayetteville (Washington County), with 3.12 inches at Harrison (Boone County). Flash flooding was serious in the northwest, with numerous roads closed in Benton and Washington Counties. This included sections of Highways 12, 59, 264, and 412. High water flowed into homes, and several people were rescued from stalled vehicles.

 

A wall cloud was noted at Russellville (Pope County) toward evening on 10/06/0219. This is where a mesocyclone (rotating column of air) existed within a thunderstorm, and is often a favored area for severe weather. The photo is courtesy of Aaron Gilkey.
In the picture: A wall cloud was noted at Russellville (Pope County) toward evening on 10/06/0219. This is where a mesocyclone (rotating column of air) existed within a thunderstorm, and is often a favored area for severe weather. The photo is courtesy of Aaron Gilkey. Click to enlarge.
Hail to golf ball size was observed near Atkins (Pope County) toward evening on 10/06/2019. The photo is courtesy of Harley Bell.
In the picture: Hail to golf ball size was observed near Atkins (Pope County) toward evening on 10/06/2019. The photo is courtesy of Harley Bell. Click to enlarge.
 

In the afternoon and evening, storms eventually worked to the south and east across the region. Along the way, there were several reports of severe weather. Golf ball size occurred near Atkins (Pope County), with quarter to half dollar size hail at Russellville (Pope County), Olmstead (Pulaski County), and around Hazen (Prairie County). A few miles east of Atkins (Pope County), a tree was blown onto the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40. A 56 mph gust was measured at the Stuttgart Airport in Fairmount (Prairie County).

 

Forty eight hour rainfall through 700 pm CDT on 10/07/2019.
In the picture: Forty eight hour rainfall through 700 pm CDT on 10/07/2019.
 

By 900 am CDT on the 7th, outside of the deluge in the northwest, rainfall from a half inch to an inch and a half was common in central and eastern Arkansas. There were locally higher amounts over two inches. Sheridan (Grant County) got 3.92 inches, with 2.47 inches at West Memphis (Crittenden County), 2.46 inches at Thatcher Lock and Dam (Calhoun County), 2.30 inches at Fordyce (Dallas County), and 2.26 inches at Keo (Lonoke County). Interestingly, parts of the south/southwest got less than a quarter inch of liquid. For example, only 0.10 inch settled the dust in Texarkana (Miller County). This is where drought conditions were ongoing.

 

Temperatures were mostly in the upper 40s to upper 50s across Arkansas at 700 am CDT on 10/07/2019. Readings were around 60 degrees toward the Louisiana border.
In the picture: Temperatures were mostly in the upper 40s to upper 50s across Arkansas at 700 am CDT on 10/07/2019. Readings were around 60 degrees toward the Louisiana border.
 

During the overnight hours, temperatures dropped into the upper 40s to upper 50s. There was a breezy north to northeast wind at 10 to 15 mph, and gusts were over 20 mph at several sites. During the afternoon of the 7th, thermometers showed seasonal readings in the upper 60s to upper 70s.

 

Conditions widely varied across the middle of the country at 235 pm CDT on 10/10/2019. Heavy snow was expected across the Dakotas, with the possibility of severe storms in northwest Arkansas.
In the picture: Conditions widely varied across the middle of the country at 235 pm CDT on 10/10/2019. Heavy snow was expected across the Dakotas, with the possibility of severe storms in northwest Arkansas.
 

On the 10th, it was a dynamic situation in the central United States. There was heavy snow across the northern Plains, especially in the Dakotas. Freeze headlines were posted farther south from the southern Rockies and Texas panhandle to Wisconsin. In Arkansas, there was a chance of severe thunderstorms. It was warm again locally, with temperatures mostly in the 80s to around 90 degrees.

 

Simulated radar data showed showers and thunderstorms spreading across the northwest half of Arkansas during the evening of 10/10/2019.
In the picture: Simulated radar data showed showers and thunderstorms spreading across the northwest half of Arkansas during the evening of 10/10/2019.
 

Outside of a 65 mph estimated gust at Cecil (Franklin County), fireworks were limited during this event. Instead, the focus was on rain, and plenty of it in the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains of the north and west.

 

Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 10/11/2019.
In the picture: Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 10/11/2019.
 

By 700 am CDT on the 11th, rainfall exceeded three inches at Compton (Newton County), Fort Smith (Sebastian County), Mena (Polk County), Parks (Scott County), and Winslow (Washington County). Totals topped two inches at Booneville (Logan County), Fayetteville (Washington County), Highfill (Benton County), Jasper (Newton County), Ozark (Franklin County), Pine Ridge (Montgomery County), and Waldron (Scott County).

Through the 11th, more than double the average monthly rain was tallied at Fayetteville (Washington County), Fort Smith (Sebastian County), Harrison (Boone County), and West Memphis (Crittenden County). Meanwhile, preciptation was below average by more than a half inch at El Dorado (Union County), Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), and Texarkana (Miller County).

 

Precipitation in October, 2019 (Through the 11th)
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 6.28 1.59 +4.69 395%
Harrison (NC AR) 5.51 1.23 +4.28 448%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 1.90 1.50 +0.40 127%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 3.65 1.45 +2.20 252%
Little Rock (C AR) 1.21 1.54 -0.33 79%
West Memphis (EC AR) 3.82 1.50 +2.32 255%
Texarkana (SW AR) 0.89 1.56 -0.67 57%
El Dorado (SC AR) 1.06 1.69 -0.63 63%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 0.73 1.62 -0.89 45%

 

Heavy snow fell in the northern Plains, with accumulations over two feet in northeast North Dakota by the afternoon of 10/11/2019.
In the picture: Heavy snow fell in the northern Plains, with accumulations over two feet in northeast North Dakota by the afternoon of 10/11/2019.
 

Snow piled up in northeast North Dakota. Accumulations exceeded two feet in places. The town of Langdon, ND was buried under 27 inches of flakes. Winds gusting to 50 mph created blizzard conditions.

 

In the picture: With an early freeze coming, a warming fire was put on a wide screen television at the National Weather Service office in North Little Rock (Pulaski County) during the evening of 10/11/2019.
 

The cold air that accompanied the snow was on its way south, and it appeared that parts of Arkansas were in for an early freeze. In fact, going by climatogical normals, a first freeze is not supposed to happen until mid to late October in the north. So, this freeze was about one to two weeks premature.

 

Low temperatures on 10/12/2019.
In the picture: Low temperatures on 10/12/2019.
 

On the morning of the 12th, the mercury dipped to 29 degrees at Ash Flat (Sharp County), Jessieville (Garland County), Lead Hill (Boone County), Mena (Polk County), and Siloam Springs (Benton County), and 30 degrees at Fayetteville (Washington County), Flippin (Marion County), Harrison (Boone County), Oden (Montgoermy County), Rogers (Benton County), and Silver Hill (Searcy County).

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on October 6, 2019 (in red).
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There were a few reports of large hail and strong to damaging wind gusts on October 6th. 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 October 6, 2019 (in red).