Climate Data
Yearly Reports
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Drought in Arkansas (2005 Statistics)
 
Precipitation departures from normal in 2005. It did not rain much in 2005...with a drought starting during the Spring. An active hurricane season broke the drought briefly in September, with 3 to 6 inches of rain with the remnants of Hurricane Rita. However, the rain was followed by the 2nd driest October on record and the driest December on record. In the end, precipitation deficits averaged around 14 inches...making it the second driest year overall. 
In the picture: Precipitation departures from normal in 2005. Click to enlarge.

 

In the end, precipitation deficits averaged around 14 inches...making it the second driest year overall. For a graphic showing precipitation deficits at some cooperative stations across Arkansas, click here

 

Driest Years on Record in Arkansas
Year Precipitation
(1) 1963 32.35"
(2) 2005 34.74"
(3) 1943 34.81"
(4) 1936 34.94"
(5) 1901 35.44"
(6) 1924 37.24"
(7) 1954 37.77"
(8) 1896 37.86"
(9) 1980 40.16"
(10) 1976 40.70"
Average: 49.19"

 

Arkansas precipitation rank (by driest) in 2005.
In the picture: Arkansas precipitation rank (by driest) in 2005. Select a beginning month to left, and an ending month at the top. The intersection of the two is the rank. Click to enlarge.

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