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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...PART 2
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
1050 AM CST WED JAN 2 2013

...A REVIEW OF 2012 WEATHER AND CLIMATE FOR NORTH LITTLE ROCK...

SUMMARY
===========================================================================
2012 WAS THE WARMEST YEAR SINCE 1998...AND THE WARMEST YEAR ON
RECORD.

THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE YEAR...TEMPERATURES WERE WELL ABOVE MONTHLY AVERAGES.
THE GREATEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AND THE
30-YEAR AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS IN MARCH...WITH A DEPARTURE FROM
NORMAL OF OVER 11 DEGREES. COOLER THAN AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE NOTED BY
OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER...BUT WARMER THAN AVERAGE READINGS RETURNED DURING
DECEMBER.

2012 WAS THE DRIEST YEAR SINCE 2010...BUT NOT IN THE TOP TEN DRIEST YEARS
ON RECORD. RAINFALL WAS ABOVE AVERAGE AND EVEN EXCESSIVE IN MARCH. HOWEVER...
BY MAY...DROUGHT DEVELOPED IN MUCH OF THE STATE...AND NORTH LITTLE ROCK WAS
NOT EXEMPT. EXCESSIVELY DRY WEATHER CONTINUED INTO AUGUST...WHEN THE REMNANTS
OF HURRICANE ISAAC PRODUCED HEAVY RAINFALL. BY OCTOBER...HOWEVER...RAINFALL
DECREASED AGAIN...WITH OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER BELOW AVERAGE. FREQUENT RAINS
RETURNED IN MID TO LATE DECEMBER.

FOR THE THIRD YEAR...SNOWFALL WAS WELL ABOVE NORMAL. SNOW FELL IN THREE
MONTHS...WITH MEASURABLE SNOWFALL IN TWO MONTHS.

TEMPERATURES
===========================================================================
--------|    AVERAGE TEMPERATURES   |---------------EXTREMES---------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
| MONTH | HIGH   LOW    AVG    DFN  | HIGHEST/DATES    |  LOWEST/DATES    |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  JAN  | 55.5 | 37.8 | 46.6 | +5.5 | 69 17TH          |  24 3RD          |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  FEB  | 57.8 | 42.1 | 49.9 | +4.6 | 80 23RD          |  21 12TH...11TH  |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  MAR  | 75.2 | 55.3 | 65.2 |+11.3 | 85 31ST          |  37 9TH          |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  APR  | 75.6 | 57.7 | 66.7 | +3.9 | 87 1ST           |  45 23RD         |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  MAY  | 85.6 | 66.6 | 76.1 | +5.2 | 96 29TH          |  57 10TH         |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  JUN  | 92.3 | 70.8 | 81.6 | +2.9 | 105 28TH...25TH  |  58 1ST          |
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|  JUL  | 97.2 | 77.2 | 87.2 | +4.8 | 107 30TH         |  73 29TH...27TH  |
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|  AUG  | 92.9 | 72.9 | 82.9 | +0.9 | 102 4TH          |  67 21ST...20TH  |
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|  SEP  | 83.8 | 66.6 | 75.2 | +0.7 | 99 5TH...3RD     |  55 19TH         |
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|  OCT  | 70.7 | 51.9 | 61.3 | -2.5 | 83 5TH           |  37 28TH...27TH  |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  NOV  | 62.8 | 42.7 | 52.8 |  0.0 | 82 3RD           |  32 24TH         |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  DEC  | 56.3 | 41.0 | 48.6 | +5.5 | 74 3RD...1ST     |  22 30TH         |
===========================================================================
= YEAR    75.5   56.9   66.2   +3.5   107 JUL 30TH        21 FEB 11TH 12TH=
===========================================================================
DFN - DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL

PRECIPITATION - RAINFALL
=========================================================================
|MONTH|  TOTAL |  DFN  | HIGHEST/CALENDAR DAY |  HIGHEST/24-HOUR PERIOD |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| JAN |  2.60  | -0.82 |     0.95/22ND        |      0.95/22ND          |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| FEB |  3.28  | -0.38 |     0.87/4TH         |      0.87/4TH           |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| MAR |  8.59  | +3.82 |     2.64/21ST        |      5.14/20TH-21ST     |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| APR |  2.05  | -2.74 |     0.68/20TH        |      0.68/20TH          |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| MAY |  0.55  | -4.41 |     0.36/12TH        |      0.36/12TH          |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| JUN |  1.59  | -1.72 |     1.36/4TH         |      1.44/3RD-4TH       |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| JUL |  2.80  | -1.01 |     1.70/13TH        |      1.70/9TH           |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| AUG |  7.17  | +4.37 |     1.95/30TH        |      1.95/30TH          |
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| SEP |  4.75  | +1.44 |     1.27/14TH        |      1.80/14TH-15TH     |
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| OCT |  3.75  | -1.05 |     1.08/14TH        |      1.55/25TH-26TH     |
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| NOV |  2.05  | -3.34 |     1.58/11TH        |      1.58/11TH          |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| DEC |  5.24  | +0.23 |     1.25/25TH        |      1.56/8TH-9TH       |
=========================================================================
= YEAR  44.42    -5.61       2.64 MAR 21ST           5.14 MAR 20TH-21ST =
=========================================================================

PRECIPITATION - SNOWFALL/SLEET/HAIL
=====================================================================
|MONTH| TOTAL |  DFN | AVG DEPTH | CALENDAR DAY MAX | 24-HOUR MAX   |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
| JAN |    T  | -1.7 |   0.0     |      T 12TH      |     T 12TH    |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
| FEB |  0.3  | -1.5 |   0.0     |    0.6 13TH      |   0.6 13TH    |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
| MAR |    T  | -0.4 |   0.0     |      T 8TH (HAIL)|               |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
| APR |  0.0  |  0.0 |   0.0     |                  |               |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
| OCT |  0.0  |  0.0 |   0.0     |                  |               |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
| NOV |  0.0  |  0.0 |   0.0     |                  |               |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
| DEC | 10.3  | +9.8 |   1.0     |    8.6 25TH      | 10.3 25TH-26TH|
=====================================================================
=YEAR | 10.6    +6.5     0.1          8.6 DEC 25TH    10.3 DEC 25-26=
=====================================================================


SUMMARY BY MONTH
=====================================================================
    MONTH     | WARMEST | COOLEST |   MOST  |  LEAST | MONTHLY/YEARLY
AVG TEMPS/RAIN|  SINCE  |  SINCE  |  SINCE  |  SINCE | RANK ON RECORD
---------------------------------------------------------------------
JAN           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2006   |         |         |        | 4TH WARMEST
AVG LOW       |  2006   |         |         |        | 4TH WARMEST
AVG MONTHLY   |  2006   |         |         |        | 4TH WARMEST
RAINFALL      |         |         |   2010  |        |
SNOWFALL      |         |         |         |   2009 |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
FEB           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  1992   |         |         |        |
AVG LOW       |  1976   |         |         |        | WARMEST
AVG MONTHLY   |  2000   |         |         |        |
RAINFALL      |         |         |   2010  |        |
SNOWFALL      |         |         |         |   2008 |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
MAR           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2007   |         |         |        | WARMEST
AVG LOW       |  2007   |         |         |        | WARMEST
AVG MONTHLY   |  2007   |         |         |        | WARMEST
RAINFALL      |         |         |   2008  |        | 5TH WETTEST
SNOWFALL      |         |         |         |        |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
APR           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |         |  2009   |         |        |
AVG LOW       |  2006   |         |         |        |
AVG MONTHLY   |  2006   |         |         |        | 8TH WARMEST
RAINFALL      |         |         |         |   2003 |
SNOWFALL      |         |         |         |        |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
MAY           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  1998   |         |         |        | WARMEST
AVG LOW       |  1998   |         |         |        | 2ND WARMEST
AVG MONTHLY   |  1998   |         |         |        | WARMEST
RAINFALL      |         |         |         |   1988 | DRIEST
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JUN           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |         |  2010   |         |        | 3RD WARMEST
AVG LOW       |         |  2009   |         |        | 8TH WARMEST
AVG MONTHLY   |         |  2008   |         |        | 4TH WARMEST
RAINFALL      |         |         |         |   2010 | 6TH DRIEST
---------------------------------------------------------------------
JUL           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  1980   |         |         |        | 2ND WARMEST
AVG LOW       |  2011   |         |         |        | WARMEST
AVG MONTHLY   |  1980   |         |         |        | 2ND WARMEST
RAINFALL      |         |         |   2010  |        |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
AUG           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |         |  2009   |         |        |
AVG LOW       |         |  2009   |         |        |
AVG MONTHLY   |         |  2009   |         |        |
RAINFALL      |         |         |   1991  |        | 2ND WETTEST
---------------------------------------------------------------------
SEP           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2010   |         |         |        |
AVG LOW       |  2010   |         |         |        | 10TH WARMEST
AVG MONTHLY   |  2010   |         |         |        |
RAINFALL      |         |         |   2009  |        | 9TH WETTEST
---------------------------------------------------------------------
OCT           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |         |  2009   |         |        | 8TH COOLEST
AVG LOW       |         |  2009   |         |        |
AVG MONTHLY   |         |  2009   |         |        | 7TH COOLEST
RAINFALL      |         |         |   2009  |        |
SNOWFALL      |         |         |         |        |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
NOV           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2010   |         |         |        |
AVG LOW       |         |  2008   |         |        |
AVG MONTHLY   |         |  2008   |         |        |
RAINFALL      |         |         |         |   2009 | 8TH DRIEST
SNOWFALL      |         |         |         |        |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
DEC           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2001   |         |         |        |
AVG LOW       |  1984   |         |         |        |
AVG MONTHLY   |  1984   |         |         |        |
RAINFALL      |         |         |         |   2010 |
SNOWFALL      |         |         |   1983  |        | SNOWIEST
=====================================================================
YEAR          |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  1999   |         |         |        |
AVG LOW       |  1998   |         |         |        |
AVG YEARLY    |  1998   |         |         |        |
RAINFALL      |         |         |         |   2010 |
SNOWFALL      |         |         |         |   2010 |
=====================================================================


FIRST/LAST DATES       DATE           NOTES
====================================================
LAST FREEZE         | FEB 13TH | EARLIEST SINCE 2011
FIRST 80-DEGREE DAY | FEB 23RD | EARLIEST SINCE 2002
FIRST 90-DEGREE DAY | MAY 04TH | LATEST SINCE 2010
LAST 90-DEGREE DAY  | SEP 07TH | EARLIEST SINCE 1989
LAST 80-DEGREE DAY  | NOV 03RD | EARLIEST SINCE 2005
FIRST FREEZE        | NOV 24TH | EARLIEST SINCE 2008
====================================================

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES      NOTES
=======================================================
AT OR BELOW FREEZING           | 21 | FEWEST SINCE 2006
AT OR ABOVE 90 DEGREES         | 86 | FEWEST SINCE 2009
AT OR ABOVE 100 DEGREES        | 25 | MOST SINCE 2000
=======================================================


DAILY RECORD TEMPERATURES TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE YEAR
============================================================================
DATE     RECORD TYPE                NEW RECORD  PREVIOUS RECORD
============================================================================
JAN 16   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    55 IN 2012    55 IN 2000
FEB 23   HIGH TEMPERATURE           80 IN 2012    80 IN 1992
FEB 28   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    61 IN 2012    51 IN 2012
FEB 29   HIGH TEMPERATURE           78 IN 2012    73 IN 2000
         HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    57 IN 2012    50 IN 2000
MAR 02   HIGH TEMPERATURE           80 IN 2012    80 IN 1976
MAR 13   HIGH TEMPERATURE           79 IN 2012    77 IN 1990
MAR 14   HIGH TEMPERATURE           82 IN 2012    80 IN 1989...1977
         HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    64 IN 2012    60 IN 1989
MAR 15   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    67 IN 2012    61 IN 1984
MAR 17   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    65 IN 2012    65 IN 1982
MAR 18   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    67 IN 2012    65 IN 1982
MAR 19   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    66 IN 2012    65 IN 1982
MAR 27   HIGH TEMPERATURE           83 IN 2012    82 IN 2004
APR 01   HIGH TEMPERATURE           87 IN 2012    84 IN 1978
         HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    67 IN 2012    62 IN 2006
APR 02   HIGH TEMPERATURE           85 IN 2012    85 IN 2006
         HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    65 IN 2012    64 IN 1999
APR 14   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    68 IN 2012    67 IN 2002
APR 23   LOW TEMPERATURE            45 IN 2012    45 IN 1995...1986...1984
APR 26   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    67 IN 2012    67 IN 1989
APR 28   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    68 IN 2012    68 IN 1994
APR 29   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    67 IN 2012    67 IN 2003
APR 30   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    69 IN 2012    68 IN 1987...1983
MAY 01   HIGH TEMPERATURE           89 IN 2012    89 IN 2002
MAY 02   HIGH TEMPERATURE           87 IN 2012    85 IN 2001
         HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    70 IN 2012    67 IN 1992
MAR 03   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    72 IN 2012    66 IN 1987
MAY 04   HIGH TEMPERATURE           90 IN 2012    85 IN 2010...2001...1996...1992
         HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    72 IN 2012    67 IN 2001...1977
MAY 05   HIGH TEMPERATURE           90 IN 2012    89 IN 2010
         HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    74 IN 2012    68 IN 1977
MAY 06   HIGH TEMPERATURE           90 IN 2012    90 IN 2007
         HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    71 IN 2012    69 IN 2002...1998
MAY 26   HIGH TEMPERATURE           92 IN 2012    91 IN 1985
MAY 27   HIGH TEMPERATURE           93 IN 2012    92 IN 1978
         HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    73 IN 2012    72 IN 2004
MAY 28   HIGH TEMPERATURE           93 IN 2012    90 IN 2006...1996
         HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    74 IN 2012    72 IN 1987
JUN 24   HIGH TEMPERATURE          101 IN 2012    99 IN 1998
JUN 25   HIGH TEMPERATURE          105 IN 2012    99 IN 1998
JUN 28   HIGH TEMPERATURE          105 IN 2012   101 IN 1980
JUN 29   HIGH TEMPERATURE          104 IN 2012   102 IN 1988
         HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    81 IN 2012    79 IN 1994...1980
JUN 30   HIGH TEMPERATURE          102 IN 2012   102 IN 1980
         HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    80 IN 2012    79 IN 1998
JUL 03   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    80 IN 2012    79 IN 1990
JUL 04   HIGH TEMPERATURE          101 IN 2012   100 IN 1980
         HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    78 IN 2012    78 IN 1990...1980
JUL 05   HIGH TEMPERATURE          102 IN 2012   100 IN 1980
JUL 06   HIGH TEMPERATURE          105 IN 2012   103 IN 1998
JUL 18   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    80 IN 2012    80 IN 2000
JUL 19   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    82 IN 2012    79 IN 2000
JUL 20   HIGH TEMPERATURE          104 IN 2012   104 IN 2006
JUL 23   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    78 IN 2012    78 IN 2001...1999...1983
JUL 25   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    78 IN 2012    78 IN 2005...2001...1999
JUL 28   HIGH TEMPERATURE          105 IN 2012   105 IN 1986
JUL 30   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    83 IN 2012    80 IN 1998...1986
JUL 31   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    82 IN 2012    80 IN 2010...1993...1980
AUG 04   HIGH TEMPERATURE          102 IN 2012   102 IN 2010
AUG 05   HIGH TEMPERATURE          101 IN 2012   101 IN 2010...2000
SEP 01   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    77 IN 2012    77 IN 1980
SEP 05   HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE    79 IN 2012    78 IN 1990
OCT 06   LOWEST HIGH TEMPERATURE    50 IN 2012    64 IN 1988
OCT 07   LOWEST HIGH TEMPERATURE    57 IN 2012    57 IN 2000
OCT 27   LOW TEMPERATURE            37 IN 2012    37 IN 1976
DEC 01   HIGH TEMPERATURE           74 IN 2012    71 IN 1982
DEC 08   HIGH TEMPERATURE           68 IN 2012    68 IN 2001
DEC 20   HIGH TEMPERATURE           68 IN 2012    67 IN 1978

DAILY RECORD RAINFALL TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE YEAR
====================================================
DATE      NEW RECORD       OLD RECORD
====================================================
JAN 10   0.72 IN 2012     0.59 IN 1991
FEB 04   0.87 IN 2012     0.80 IN 2004
FEB 20   2.50 IN 2012     2.10 IN 1989
FEB 21   2.64 IN 2012     1.30 IN 1981
AUG 30   1.95 IN 2012     1.34 IN 1991
AUG 31   1.20 IN 2012     0.86 IN 1994
SEP 07   1.25 IN 2012     0.15 IN 1983
OCT 14   1.03 IN 2012     0.98 IN 1984

DAILY RECORD SNOWFALL TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE YEAR
====================================================
DATE      NEW RECORD       OLD RECORD
====================================================
DEC 10   TRACE IN 2012    TRACE IN 2003...2002
DEC 25     8.6 IN 2012    TRACE IN 2010...2009
DEC 26     1.7 IN 2012     0.3 IN 1983

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