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Interested in what kind of weather occurred in a recent year? Check out the most memorable events below.
 
Arkansas Yearly Climate Summary (2010)/Pg3
 
Close Calls
Severe weather reports on 04/24/2010.
While Arkansas had a taste of violent weather in 2010, there were a few events the state narrowly avoided. On April 24th, a huge tornado outbreak hammered areas just to the southeast of the state (including Misssissippi and Alabama).
In the picture: Severe weather reports on 04/24/2010. An intensifying storm system ("L") helped trigger the tornado outbreak east of Arkansas. The modified graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK.

 

One storm in particular produced a long track tornado (up to a mile and three quarters wide and almost 150 miles long) that affected Yazoo City, Mississippi. A dozen people lost their lives in the outbreak. The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) at Brandon/Jackson (DGX), MS showed strong rotation (blue/green inbound winds adjacent to red outbound winds), with a tornado tracking into Yazoo City, MS during the early afternoon of 04/24/2010.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) at Brandon/Jackson (DGX), MS showed strong rotation (blue/green inbound winds adjacent to red outbound winds), with a tornado tracking into Yazoo City, MS during the early afternoon of 04/24/2010.

 

The tornado/heavy rain episode on April 30th and May 1st had just enough momentum to carry to clear Arkansas on the 2nd. Unfortunately, the system responsible for the havoc came to a halt over areas from the central Gulf Coast to the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys.

 

The pattern at 700 am CDT on 05/02/2010. An area of blocking high pressure to the east kept the system in place, and it rained for hours. Nashville, TN had 13.57 inches of rain in two days, and this resulted in unprecedented flooding.
In the picture: The pattern at 700 am CDT on 05/02/2010. High pressure ("H") in the southeast United States kept a storm system ("L") stuck in the Plains. Ahead of the system, a southerly flow brought abundant moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

 

The Cumberland River reached almost 52 feet, the highest stage since 1937. Almost three dozen flood deaths were reported in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi.

 

While chances for a white Christmas are generally less than 5 percent in Arkansas, accumulating snow was just to the north and east of the region on the 24th.This included areas that do not typically get snow like Tupelo, MS and Huntsville, AL. It was the first white Christmas in Atlanta, GA since 1882. 
Forty eight hour snowfall through 900 am CST on 12/25/2010.
In the picture: Forty eight hour snowfall through 900 am CST on 12/25/2010. Accumulations are in inches.

 

 Snow blanketed areas from the southeastern United States to New England surrounding a powerful storm system ("L") on 12/26/2010.

The storm responsible for this round of wintry precipitation intensified rapidly on the 26th as it headed up the East Coast (i.e. a nor'easter). Blizzard conditions were reported in parts of the northeast, with 1 to 2 feet of snow in places and locally more.

In the picture: Snow blanketed areas from the southeastern United States to New England surrounding a powerful storm system ("L") on 12/26/2010.

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