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Arkansas Yearly Climate Summary (2010)/Pg2
 
Memorable Events
A storm system ("LOW") tracked into Arkansas from the southwest by 06/10/2010.
A storm system wobbled toward Arkansas from the southwest on June 10th. Before dawn on two consecutive mornings, the system produced flooding rain in Texas.
In the picture: A storm system ("LOW") tracked into Arkansas from the southwest by 06/10/2010. The system moved around a building ridge of high pressure ("HIGH") in the southeast United States.

 

During the wee hours of June 11th, a tragic flash flood episode unfolded at the Albert Pike Recreation Area (Montgomery County). Twenty four hour precipitation through 700 am CDT on 06/11/2010.
In the picture: Twenty four hour precipitation through 700 am CDT on 06/11/2010.

 

Six to eight inches of rain fell in just a few hours. The Little Missouri River rose almost 20 feet, and 20 people lost their lives.

 

Little Missouri River at Langley (Pike County) on 06/11/2010
Time Stage (ft)
200 am CDT 3.81
230 am CDT 5.83
300 am CDT 9.87
330 am CDT 13.91
400 am CDT 17.70
430 am CDT 20.57
500 am CDT 22.30
530 am CDT 23.39
600 am CDT 22.40
630 am CDT 19.41

 

While as many as a dozen flood episodes have been documented in the area since 1940, one USGS hydrologist estimated this as a 500 year event. It was the deadliest weather event in Arkansas since the tornado outbreak of March 1, 1997 (25 fatalities).

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a pronounced hook echo (where a tornado was spawned) a few miles northwest of Benton (Saline County) at 632 pm CST on 03/10/2010. The first bout of significant severe weather in 2010 occurred on March 10th. Isolated tornadoes were spawned in central sections of the state, and there was a tremendous amount of large hail (at least quarter size).
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a pronounced hook echo (where a tornado was spawned) a few miles northwest of Benton (Saline County) at 632 pm CST on 03/10/2010.

 

Weak tornadoes (rated EF1) hit just northwest of Benton (Saline County) and at Center Hill (White County). At least nine houses were damaged, with one injury reported at the latter location.

 

A stronger tornado (rated EF2) affected areas near Pearson (Cleburne County) just after 900 pm CST. Several houses were badly damaged, and an elderly man was killed. There were three other injuries as well. Five tornadoes (rated EF1/EF2) affected portions of Cleburne, Independence, Saline and White Counties on 03/10/2010.
In the picture: Five tornadoes (rated EF1/EF2) affected portions of Cleburne, Independence, Saline and White Counties on 03/10/2010.

 

A tornado was spotted to the southwest of East End (Saline County) during the evening of 04/30/2010. Severe storms then took a break, with no tornadoes for more than a month. Then on April 30th, several strong long track tornadoes hit areas such as Scotland (Van Buren County) and East End (Saline County).
In the picture: A tornado was spotted to the southwest of East End (Saline County) during the evening of 04/30/2010. The photo is courtesy of Leslie Hess. Click to enlarge.

 

The Scotland (Van Buren County) tornado (rated EF3) arrived from the southwest around 715 pm CDT. Homes were heavily damaged or destroyed, and the town community center was ripped apart. There was one fatality and fifteen injuries.

Cars were thrown like toys by a tornado (rated EF3) at Scotland (Van Buren County) on 04/30/2010.
In the picture: Cars were thrown like toys by a tornado (rated EF3) at Scotland (Van Buren County) on 04/30/2010. Click to enlarge.

 

Link of Interest
How Tornadoes are Rated

 

Significant damage was noted in the East End (Saline County) community. The local fire station was dismantled, and several people were trapped in their homes (mostly due to fallen trees). 

Another tornado tracked 35 miles, and hit South Bend (Lonoke County) and just southeast of Beebe (White County).

The next day (May 1st), areas of heavy rain developed from central into northeast Arkansas (5 to 8 inch amounts and locally more). The high water aspect of this two day event claimed two lives.

 

Tropical Storm Hermine ("L") made landfall in northern Mexico late on 09/06/2010 before weakening and tracking into south Texas. The tropics became active heading into early September. Tropical Storm Hermine made landfall in northern Mexico late on September 6th, and moved northward into the southern Plains.
In the picture: Tropical Storm Hermine ("L") made landfall in northern Mexico late on 09/06/2010 before weakening and tracking into south Texas. The system headed northward through Oklahoma, southeast Kansas and Missouri, and interacted with a stalled front in northern Arkansas to bring areas of heavy to excessive rain.

 

 

Moisture associated with the remnants of Hermine pooled around a stalled front in northern Arkansas, and resulted in heavy to excessive rain on the 7th through the 9th. Seventy two hour (three day) precipitation through 700 am CDT on 09/10/2010.
In the picture: Seventy two hour (three day) precipitation through 700 am CDT on 09/10/2010.

 

More than 5 inches of precipitation was measured locally, with amounts up to a foot in spots. There was also an isolated tornado (rated EF0) spawned near Hope (Hempstead County).

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) in Fort Smith, AR showed strong rotation near Cincinnati (Washington County) at 609 am CST on 12/31/2010. The year ended with a deadly tornado (rated EF3) on December 31st. Just after 600 am CST, the tornado (rated EF3) ripped through the community of Cincinnati (Washington County). Extensive structural damage was reported (including the volunteer fire department), and four people were killed (including an elderly couple and a dairy farmer).
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) in Fort Smith, AR showed strong rotation near Cincinnati (Washington County) at 609 am CST on 12/31/2010.

 

 

Typically, the vast majority of tornadoes are weak in any given year. That was the case in 2010, with 24 (of 32) tornadoes rated EF0 or EF1. There were five (5) tornadoes rated EF2, and three (3) tornadoes given an EF3 rating.

 

Links of Interest
June 10-11, 2010 (Albert Pike flash flooding)
March 10, 2010 (tornadoes)
April 30-May 1, 2010 (tornadoes/flash flooding)
September 7-11, 2010 (heavy rain with Hermine)
December 31, 2010 (Cincinnati, AR tornado)

 

More Information
 
There is more concerning 2010, including disasters that just missed Arkansas. To check out the rest of the story, click here.

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