How Dry Is It?
Abnormally Dry Conditions
At times, below normal precipitation will lead to a lack of ground water and worsening drought conditions in Arkansas. Check out the latest conditions below.
 
Monitoring Drought in Arkansas
 
Drought Status
 
Abnormally dry (D0) conditions existed in parts of western Arkansas on 07/22/2014.

There was no drought in Arkansas heading into late July, 2014.

 
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
Category Coverage
None 89.31%
D0-D4 10.69%
D1-D4 0%
D2-D4 0%
D3-D4 0%
D4 0%
In the picture: Abnormally dry (D0) conditions existed in parts of western Arkansas on 07/22/2014.
 
 
Otherwise, it was abnormally dry in parts of the west. Yearly deficits (through June) were more than four inches in some cases. This included Fayetteville (Washington County), Fort Smith (Sebastian County) and Texarkana (Miller County).

 

Precipitation in June, 2014
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 4.10 4.98 -0.88 82%
Harrison (NC AR) 4.88 4.24 +0.64 115%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 8.84 3.75 +5.09 236%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 4.45 4.28 +0.17 104%
Little Rock (C AR) 5.45 3.65 +1.80 149%
West Memphis (EC AR) 12.08 4.15 +7.93 291%
Texarkana (SW AR) 4.61 4.45 +0.16 104%
El Dorado (SC AR) 3.05 4.90 -1.85 62%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 3.35 3.58 -0.23 94%

 

Precipitation in 2014 (Through June)
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 18.62 25.19 -6.57 74%
Harrison (NC AR) 20.19 22.24 -2.05 91%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 30.12 25.03 +5.09 120%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 19.19 23.47 -4.28 82%
Little Rock (C AR) 27.88 25.55 +2.33 109%
West Memphis (EC AR) 36.33 28.34 +7.99 128%
Texarkana (SW AR) 19.50 25.07 -5.57 78%
El Dorado (SC AR) 24.90 27.88 -2.98 89%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 25.62 26.78 -1.16 96%

 

Percent of normal rainfall in 2014 (through June).
In the picture: Percent of normal rainfall in 2014 (through June).

 

Drought conditions as of 07/22/2014.
In the picture: Drought conditions as of 07/22/2014.
 

Widespread drought was as close as the central and southern Plains. Without continued periodic rain, drought could spread slowly to the east into Arkansas.

 

Drought outlook through October, 2014.
In the picture: Drought outlook through October, 2014.
 

The drought situation will be monitored closely in the coming weeks. The going forecast calls for drought to remain to the west of the state through the end of October.

Drought has been a common theme locally since 2010. The southwest has fared the worst, with just short of a five foot (58.70 inches) rainfall deficit at Texarkana (Miller County) in a four year span (through 2013).

 

Precipitation Statistics (2010-2013)
Site 2013 +/- 2012 +/- 2011 +/- 2010 +/-
Fayetteville (NW AR) 46.63 -1.88 34.29 -14.22 56.15 +7.64 42.15 -3.87
Harrison (NC AR) 45.26 +1.12 29.53 -14.61 52.01 +7.87 46.12 +0.92
Jonesboro (NE AR) 52.42 +4.32 33.57 -14.53 58.05 +9.95 32.22 -13.96
Fort Smith (WC AR) 47.05 +1.59 33.94 -11.52 46.56 +1.10 35.27 -8.60
Little Rock (C AR) 52.78 +3.03 42.25 -7.50 60.23 +10.48 36.52 -14.41
West Memphis (EC AR) 54.47 +2.24 39.08 -13.15 55.95 +2.37 51.83 -0.97
Texarkana (SW AR) 45.34 -4.31 32.07 -17.58 30.69 -18.96 29.53 -17.85
El Dorado (SC AR) 47.49 -5.43 44.41 -8.51 37.62 -15.30 34.23 -19.88
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 52.66 +1.51 45.69 -5.46 48.70 -2.45 31.97 -20.51

 

There were some drought breakers along the way, such as a deluge from mid-November to mid-December, 2011.

 

Twelve to more than eighteen inches of rain was measured from Mena (Polk County) to Mount Ida (Montgomery County), Russellville (Pope County), Little Rock (Pulaski County), Jonesboro (Craighead County) and West Memphis (Crittenden County). Thirty day rainfall through 600 am CST on 12/11/2011.
In the picture: Thirty day rainfall through 600 am CST on 12/11/2011.

 

Hurricane Isaac was just off the coast of Louisiana at 425 pm CDT on 08/28/2012.

Hurricane Isaac brought much needed rain to southern and eastern Arkansas in late August, 2012. Pine Bluff (Jefferson County) had 8.39 inches in the forty eight hour period ending at 700 am CDT on September 1st.

In the picture: Hurricane Isaac was just off the coast of Louisiana at 425 pm CDT on 08/28/2012.

 

In September, 2013, areas from Little Rock (Pulaski County) southward got two to four inches of rain, with locally over six inches on the 19th/20th. Some of these amounts exceeded what would normally be expected during the entire month. This busted a short term extreme (D3) drought that peaked just a few days prior to the rain.

 

Precipitation Trends

 

Streamflow and Soil Moisture
 
Most recent streamflow (values in the 25th to 75th percentile are normal)
Most recent soil moisture (values between 30 and 70 percent are normal)

 

Fire Danger

 

The Forecast

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