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Yearly Reports
Interested in what kind of weather occurred in a recent year? Check out the most memorable events below.
 
Arkansas Yearly Climate Summary (2009)/Pg3
 
Wind and Hail
 
There were forms of severe weather in 2009 other than tornadoes. Several big wind and hail events affected the region, but the most violent of these happened in June. 

 

Severe weather reports on 06/12/2009.
On the afternoon of June 12th, a derecho (storms producing damaging winds for several hundred miles) crossed the state in 4 to 5 hours. Wind gusts exceeded 80 mph (more than hurricane force) in some cases, and there were isolated tornadoes.
In the picture: Severe weather reports on 06/12/2009. The graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK.

 

There were numerous trees and power lines downed, and spotty structural damage. At least 70,000 homes were left without power.

 

Later that month (on the 30th), very large hail was reported...especially in Lonoke and Pulaski Counties (central Arkansas). Quarter to baseball size hail damaged cars, broke windows and destroyed crops. Quarter size hail covered the ground at the National Weather Service in North Little Rock (Pulaski County) during the afternoon of 06/30/2009.
In the picture: Quarter size hail covered the ground at the National Weather Service in North Little Rock (Pulaski County) during the afternoon of 06/30/2009. Click to enlarge.

 

The satellite showed an MCS (Mesoscale Convective System...or large cluster of showers and thunderstorms) building into Arkansas from the north from 1215 am CDT to 415 am CDT on 08/05/2009. A couple of other wind events should be mentioned. During the early morning of August 5th (before dawn), storms built from southeast Missouri into much of eastern Arkansas. Winds were estimated from 60 to 80 mph, with extensive tree damage in Lonoke and White Counties.
In the picture: The satellite showed an MCS (Mesoscale Convective System...or large cluster of showers and thunderstorms) building into Arkansas from the north from 1215 am CDT to 415 am CDT on 08/05/2009.

 

More wind damage occurred on the morning of October 9th. A line of thunderstorms along the leading edge of a large rain area swept across the southern counties. Hampton (Calhoun County) was one of the hardest hit areas.
The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a line of thunderstorms sweeping quickly across southern Arkansas during the morning of 10/09/2009.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a line of thunderstorms sweeping quickly across southern Arkansas during the morning of 10/09/2009. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued by the National Weather Service. Farther north, widespread rain prompted Flash Flood Warnings.

 

Links of Interest
June 12, 2009 (more on the event)
June 30, 2009 (more on the event)
August 5, 2009 (damage pictures)
October 9, 2009 (damage pictures)

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