Climate Data
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Drought in 2010
 
 Percent of normal rainfall in 2010. In 2010, it was wet across a small portion of the north...with drought conditions prevalent across the south/east.
In the picture: Percent of normal rainfall in 2010.

 

Precipitation deficits were over seventeen inches in places, including El Dorado (Union County), Pine Bluff (Jefferson County) and Texarkana (Miller County). In the far southeast, rainfall was as low as 25 to 50 percent of normal.

 

Precipitation in 2010
Site Amount +/- % of Normal Months Below Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 42.15 -3.87 92% 09
Harrison (NC AR) 46.12 +0.92 102% 07
Jonesboro (NE AR) 32.22 -13.96 70% 10
Fort Smith (WC AR) 35.27 -8.60 80% 09
Little Rock (C AR) 36.52 -14.41 72% 10
West Memphis (EC AR) 51.83 -0.97 98% 07
Texarkana (SW AR) 29.53 -17.85 62% 11
El Dorado (SC AR) 34.23 -19.88 63% 08
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 31.97 -20.51 61% 09

 

The lack of rain led to wildfires, especially across the southeast half of the state. A large fire threatened Traskwood (Saline County) and surrounding small communities on October 10th. More than 500 people were evacuated according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. A fire near Traskwood (Saline County) was witnessed 4 to 5 miles to the north in a neighborhood in Haskell (Saline County) on 10/10/2010.
In the picture: A fire near Traskwood (Saline County) was witnessed 4 to 5 miles to the north in a neighborhood in Haskell (Saline County) on 10/10/2010. Click to enlarge.

 

There was a moderate to extreme drought in about the southeast half of Arkansas as of 10/26/2010.

Later in the month, severe to extreme drought conditions were common south and east of Little Rock (Pulaski County).

In the picture: There was a moderate to extreme drought in about the southeast half of Arkansas as of 10/26/2010. The image is courtesy of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

 

Through mid-November, more than 30,000 acres were burned by wildfires statewide.

Acres burned by wildfires this year (through 11/18/2010) were close to double the amount burned in 2009.
In the picture: Acres burned by wildfires this year (through 11/18/2010) were close to double the amount burned in 2009. The information is courtesy of the Arkansas Forestry Commission.

 

The Fourche LaFave River did not have much water near Aplin (Perry County) on 11/18/2010. A decline in ground water was obvious on area rivers, streams and lakes.
In the picture: The Fourche LaFave River did not have much water near Aplin (Perry County) on 11/18/2010. Click to enlarge.

 

As 2010 closed, streamflow was only in the 10th to 24th percentile in most areas (25th to 74th percentile is normal), and less than the 10th percentile in the southern counties. Streamflow as of 01/05/2011.
In the picture: Streamflow as of 01/05/2011. The graphic is courtesy of the United States Geological Survey.

 

Soil moisture on 01/01/2011.
Soil moisture was less than 10 percent in the south/east (30 to 70 percent is normal), with below normal values building into much of northern Arkansas.
In the picture: Soil moisture on 01/01/2011. Values were declining in the north/west, with worsening conditions in the south/east.

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