Climate Data
Yearly Reports
Interested in what kind of weather occurred in a recent year? Check out the most memorable events below.
 
Quick Review of 2014 (So Far)
 
Links of Interest
Storms of 2014 (in PDF)
Note: This is a file with lists of significant events (tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, etc) during the year in Arkansas.
A Not So Hot Summer/Looking Ahead
Tornado Trends in 2014

 

Through the first eight months of 2014, there were only nine (9) tornadoes in Arkansas. Five (5) of these were spawned on April 27th, and one was exceptionally destructive. This monster tornado tracked 41 miles through Mayflower and Vilonia (both in Faulkner County) before dissipating near El Paso (White County). This was by far the biggest event of the year so far.

 

Everything was torn up by tornado (rated EF4) along Highway 365 in Mayflower (Faulkner County) on 04/27/2014. The tornado was given a rating of EF4 (166-200 mph winds). Sixteen people lost their lives, making this the deadliest single tornado in Arkansas since the Jonesboro (Craighead County) twister of May 15, 1968 (35 fatalities).
In the picture: Everything was torn up by tornado (rated EF4) along Highway 365 in Mayflower (Faulkner County) on 04/27/2014. Click to enlarge.

 

 

Besides tornadoes, there were a lot of high water problems in northeast sections of the state on the 27th and early on the 28th. The price tag on road and bridge repair (due to water) was an estimated $1.5 million in Lawrence and Sharp Counties. A whopping 7.60 inches of rain was measured at Batesville Lock and Dam (Independence County). This was the most for one day since records were established in 1904.

 

Federal Disaster Declaration

Twelve (12) counties were declared federal disaster areas following the event on April 27th and 28th. Infrastructure damage and debris removal was estimated around $14 million in these counties, and does not include destruction to private property. Counties declared for mainly high water/flooding included Clay, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Lawrence, Randolph and Sharp. These counties are in northeast Arkansas. Toward central sections of the state, Faulkner, Pulaski and White Counties were declared for tornado related costs. Jackson County was declared for tornado/flood damage.

 

The lack of tornadoes for the year was partly due to a lack of warm/unstable air to promote thunderstorm growth. Average temperatures through August were below normal by more than three degrees in places.

Precipitation through August was at/above normal from central into northeast Arkansas. There was a lack of moisture in the south/west, with amounts in the minus category by more than four inches. This included El Dorado (Union County), Fayetteville (Washington County), Fort Smith (Sebastian County) and Texarkana (Miller County).

 

2014 Statistics
Month Tornadoes Tornado Deaths Dmg Wind Deaths Flood/Flash Flood Deaths Lightning Deaths
Jan 0 0 0 0 0
Feb 0 0 0 0 0
Mar 0 0 0 0 0
Apr 6 (EF0: 1, EF1: 3,
EF2: 1, EF4: 1)
16 0 0 0
May 1 (EF1: 1) 0 0 0 0
June 2 (EF1: 2) 0 3 0 0
July 0 0 0 0 1
Aug 0 0 0 0 0
Total 9 16 3 0 1
Note: The latest tornadoes (rated EF1) were spawned on June 6th on the north side of Batesville (Independence County) and south of Beedeville (Jackson County). The strongest and deadliest (16 fatalities) tornado (rated EF4) tracked through areas in/near Roland (Pulaski County), Mayflower (Faulkner County), Vilonia (Faulkner County) and El Paso (White County) on April 27th. Of the 613 tornadoes in Arkansas since 2000, this was only the 3rd tornado of this magnitude.

 

Average Temperatures in 2014 (Through August)
Site Avg Temp +/-
Fayetteville (NW AR) 56.6° -2.5°
Harrison (NC AR) 57.8° -2.1°
Jonesboro (NE AR) 59.2° -2.9°
Fort Smith (WC AR) 62.3° -1.5°
Little Rock (C AR) 62.2° -2.4°
West Memphis (EC AR) 60.7° -2.3°
Texarkana (SW AR) 63.7° -2.1°
El Dorado (SC AR) 62.4° -3.0°
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 61.8° -3.1°
Note: It was the 5th coolest (116th warmest) January through August on record dating back to 1895. The statewide average temperature of 60.0 degrees was 2.4 degrees below normal. This was determined by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC.

 

Precipitation in 2014 (Through August)
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 23.13 31.89 -8.76 73%
Harrison (NC AR) 26.68 28.96 -2.28 92%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 33.68 31.11 +2.57 108%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 23.45 29.36 -5.91 80%
Little Rock (C AR) 37.13 31.41 +5.72 118%
West Memphis (EC AR) 38.98 34.81 +4.17 112%
Texarkana (SW AR) 24.93 31.42 -6.49 79%
El Dorado (SC AR) 30.12 34.55 -4.43 87%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 29.91 33.19 -3.28 90%
Note: It was the 72nd driest (49th wettest) January through August on record dating back to 1895. The statewide average precipitation of 34.32 inches was 0.43 inch above normal. This was determined by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC.

 

Percent of normal precipitation in 2014 (through August).
In the picture: Percent of normal precipitation in 2014 (through August).

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