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Elevated Fire Weather Threats for California; Cold Across Upper Midwest with Snow in Central Rockies

Unfortunately, elevated fire weather threats return this weekend for parts of California, as gusty offshore winds increase. Meanwhile, a large cold dome of surface high pressure will keep high temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below average across the Upper Midwest and down the High Plains. Also, heavy snowfall is expected from Wyoming into northeastern Colorado and western Nebraska. Read More >

Overview
A closed upper level low pressure system over portions of West Texas, combined with the development of Tropical Storm Matthew over the western Gulf of Mexico, resulted in a stream of copious amounts of Gulf moisture northward across the Four State Region. This resulted in a prolonged period of light to moderate rainfall which persisted over the Columbus Day Weekend. Rainfall amounts varied vastly from the western sections of Northeast Texas to North Central Louisiana. One to three inches fell across much of Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma while four to eight inch totals were common across much of Southwest Arkansas and North Central Louisiana. However, a small area of North Central Louisiana received the heaviest rainfall with rainfall totals of more than 11 inches. This area covered parts of Bienville, Claiborne, Lincoln, and Webster Parishes. The highest rainfall totals were officially observed near Arcadia, Haynesville, and Homer, Louisiana.

Despite the prolonged period of rainfall, the lack of excessively heavy rainfall for a long period of time kept ground runoff to a minimum, and only the typical low lying and poor drainage areas had problems with some minor flooding. Before this heavy rainfall event, the area had been quite dry since the last week of August, with rainfall totals generally between a quarter and a half inch. Area lakes, rivers, and bayous had slight to moderate rises as a result of this storm system with only minor flooding on a couple of the rivers and bayous.
Map of rainfall totals from October 7-11, 2004
Map of rainfall amounts from Columbus Day Weekend in 2004.
 
A special thanks goes out to the many observers who provided us with their rainfall totals, as well as the local television stations who helped accumulate these totals.
 
Rainfall Totals
Selected Rainfall Reports from
October 7 through 7am on October 11, 2004.
ARKANSAS
LOCATION AMOUNT
4 miles SSE of Ashdown 3.26 inches
De Queen 2.65 inches
Dierks 2.14 inches
El Dorado 7.06 inches
Hope 4.92 inches
Lewisville 4.35 inches
Magnolia 7.86 inches
Nashville 4.07 inches
Prescott 6.01 inches
Texarkana Airport 2.21 inches
TEXAS
5 miles SW of Alto 1.21 inches
Atlanta 2.31 inches
Center 2.84 inches
Clarksville 2.92 inches
De Kalb 1.82 inches
Dialville 0.90 inches
Gilmer 0.91 inches
Hemphill 2.10 inches
Henderson 3.30 inches
Jefferson 3.48 inches
Karnack 4.73 inches
Lake Wright Patman 2.35 inches
Longview 2.90 inches
Longview Airport 3.02 inches
Lufkin Airport 1.11 inches
Mount Pleasant 2.18 inches
Mount Vernon 1.56 inches
Nacogdoches Airport 1.93 inches
Naples 1.89 inches
Pittsburg 1.53 inches
Quitman 1.09 inches
San Augustine 2.79 inches
Tatum 3.66 inches
Tyler Airport 0.90 inches
 
Selected Rainfall Reports from
​October 7 through 7am on October 11, 2004.
OKLAHOMA
LOCATION AMOUNT
Battiest 2.29 inches
Broken Bow (Mesonet) 2.01 inches
Idabel (Mesonet) 1.85 inches
Mount Herman (Mesonet) 1.88 inches
LOUISIANA
Arcadia 12.67 inches
Ashland 3.98 inches
Bentley 4.59 inches
Bienville 9.53 inches
Bossier City (Flat River) 3.77 inches
Campti 3.85 inches
Clarence 3.72 inches
Cotton Valley 8.29 inches
Coushatta 3.90 inches
Dixie Inn 9.18 inches
Elm Grove 3.72 inches
6 miles S of Haynesville 18.00+ inches
1 miles N of Homer 12.60 inches
3 miles SSW of Homer 15.71 inches
Jena 4.58 inches
Jonesboro 5.64 inches
Lake Claiborne 8.65 inches
Lillie 5.91 inches
Logansport 3.79 inches
Monroe Airport 6.49 inches
Natchitoches 3.79 inches
Natchitoches #2 3.58 inches
Plain Dealing 4.05 inches
Provencal 3.07 inches
Shreveport Downtown Airport 6.13 inches
Shreveport Regional Airport 5.86 inches
Shreveport
North Wallace Lake
5.20 inches
Shreveport Southern Hills 6.27 inches
Shreveport Southern Hills #2 5.42 inches
Springhill 7.11 inches
2 miles W of Winnfield 3.94 inches
     
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