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February, 2014 Storm Report
 
Short Weather Summary
 
It was very cold to start February, and there were several snow and ice storms. Temperatures warmed up later in the month, but precipitation shut off. The wildfire danger increased, and two dozen counties were placed under burn bans as February closed.

 

Record Temperatures
 
There were a few record  low temperatures in February, especially on the 6th/7th. There was one record high on the 20th. Check out the record below.

 

Site Record Low (Date of Occurrence)
Batesville 12 (02/06)
Mountain Home 12 (02/12)
Stuttgart 19 (02/06), 21 (02/07)

 

Site Record High (Date of Occurrence)
Batesville 77 (02/20)

 

A Cold and Active Beginning/A Warmer and Drier End
 

As was the case in January, it was very cold at times in February (especially during the first two weeks). Readings finished 3 to 6 degrees in the minus category.

 

Average Temperatures in February, 2014
Site Avg Temp +/-
Fayetteville (NW AR) 33.8° -5.9°
Harrison (NC AR) 34.4° -6.1°
Jonesboro (NE AR) 35.6° -5.9°
Fort Smith (WC AR) 39.8° -4.4°
Little Rock (C AR) 40.8° -4.0°
West Memphis (EC AR) 38.8° -3.9°
Texarkana (SW AR) 44.4° -3.9°
El Dorado (SC AR) 43.7° -4.1°
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 40.9° -5.2°

 

The subtropical jet (flow from the southwest) came into play heading into February, 2014.
In the picture: The subtropical jet (flow from the southwest) came into play heading into February, 2014.
 

A flow from Canada and surges of arctic air continued. At the same time, the subtropical jet (flow from the southwest) emerged. Typically, systems from the southwest provide warmth/moisture during winter as they dredge air northward from the Gulf of Mexico. Any systems from the southwest became energized as cold and warm air masses collided. This led to better chances for precipitation.

The first shot at precipitation was already on the horizon as February began. Cold air was in place as a storm approached from the Plains.

 

The system shoved moisture into the cold air on the 2nd. This resulted in lots of snow in northern and western Arkansas and chances of ice in central sections.
In the pictures: Simulated radar images showed a band of mainly rain in southern and eastern Arkansas early on 02/02/2014, with wintry precipitation expanding across the northern/western counties as the day progressed.

 

Four to six inches of snow piled up at Hardy (Sharp County), Harrison (Boone County), Mountain Home (Baxter County), Salem (Fulton County) and Yellville (Marion County). There was about as much snow south of Ralph (Marion County), with a traffic fatality reported near the Buffalo River.

Farther south toward Mountain View (Stone County), there were numerous accidents with at least four people injured. A tractor trailer blocked Highway 14 two miles east of town. To the northwest at Bentonville (Benton County), a bus with 40 to 50 out of state college athletes slid off the road. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. Two to four inches of accumulation was estimated at both locations.

 

Link of Interest
Heavy Snow at Bergman (Boone County) courtesy of Tori Little via Facebook

 

In the central third of the state, up to a quarter of an inch of glaze coated trees and power lines at Wilson (Mississippi County), Steprock (White County), and the Petit Jean State Park (Conway County). At Wynne (Cross County), ice caused power interruptions. Interstate 55 near Jericho (Crittenden County) was nearly impassible for a time, and the highway was almost shut down.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed widespread snow, sleet and freezing rain across Arkansas at 900 am CST on 02/04/2014.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed widespread snow, sleet and freezing rain across Arkansas at 900 am CST on 02/04/2014. Temperatures (dashed white lines) were below freezing in most of the state (except the extreme south).
 

A couple of days later, ice was a big deal on the 4th. Quarter to half inch accruals were noted on trees and power lines in much of the northern half of Arkansas. This resulted in at least 60,000 power outages.

The ice became heavy enough on trees to cause damage. Numerous tree limbs snapped in Hot Springs (Garland County), with county roads obstructed by fallen trees around Perry (Perry County) and Danville (Yell County). A tree fell across the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 just west of Morrilton (Conway County). Highway 64 was blocked by downed power lines at Augusta (Woodruff County).

In Craighead and Woodruff Counties (in the northeast), state electric cooperatives reported major infrastructure damage. At least 50 utility poles were snapped and had to be replaced. 

There was some snow (one to three inches) along the Missouri border from Harrison (Boone County) to Mountain Home (Baxter County), Calico Rock (Izard County) and Salem (Fulton County).

 

Links of Interest
Ice at Petit Jean State Park (Conway County) courtesy of Dr. Clay Sherrod via Facebook
Ice at Bald Knob (White County) courtesy of Mel Coleman via Facebook
Snow at Mountain Home (Baxter County) courtesy of Mel Coleman via Facebook

 

The central third of Arkansas got more snow of the 7th. One to three inches (and locally up to four inches) of powder was reported. Light snow fell during the evening of 02/07/2014 at the National Weather Service in North Little Rock (Pulaski County).
In the picture: Light snow fell during the evening of 02/07/2014 at the National Weather Service in North Little Rock (Pulaski County). Click to enlarge.

 

Some of the heavier accumulations included 4 inches at Star City (Lincoln County), 3.3 inches at White Hall (Jefferson County), 3 inches at Augusta (Woodruff County), Booneville (Logan County), Danville (Yell County), Sheridan (Grant County), Stuttgart (Arkansas County) and Waldron (Scott County), and 2 to 3 inches in the Little Rock (Pulaski County) area.

By the 20th, it felt a lot more like spring with high temperatures in the 70s. A storm system tracked from western Kansas to the mid-Mississippi Valley and western Great Lakes, and dragged a cold front into Arkansas. Ahead of the front, scattered to numerous thunderstorms developed during the afternoon hours. Fortunately, not much happened locally. Storms intensified and expanded in coverage once they crossed the river.

 

Severe weather reports on 02/20/2014 (through 1000 pm CST). The graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center.

There were numerous reports of tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail from Illinois and Indiana southward through western Tennessee and northern Mississippi.

In the picture: Severe weather reports on 02/20/2014 (through 1000 pm CST).

 

It was windy surrounding the front. South to southwest winds at 15 to 30 mph shifted to the west and northwest, with 30 to 40 mph gusts common. A few gusts approached 50 mph. At Harrison (Boone County), a 49 mph gust from the west-southwest occurred at 1238 pm CST. A 48 mph gust was measured at Fort Smith (Sebastian County) around 1124 am CST. At Fayetteville (Washington County) and Highfill (Benton County), 46 mph gusts happened at 1050 am CST and 1140 am CST respectively.

Outside of this event, the second half of February was largely dry, with less than a tenth of an inch of precipitation at many locations. By the 27th, much of the state had a moderate to high wildfire danger, and 24 counties had burn bans posted.

Monthly totals finished one to two inches subpar in much of the north/west and also the far south. This included El Dorado (Union County), Fayetteville (Washington County), Fort Smith (Sebastian County), Harrison (Boone County), Jonesboro (Craighead County) and Texarkana (Miller County).

 

Precipitation in February, 2014
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 0.84 2.81 -1.97 30%
Harrison (NC AR) 0.92 2.64 -1.72 35%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 2.59 3.72 -1.13 70%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 0.98 2.76 -1.78 36%
Little Rock (C AR) 3.23 3.66 -0.43 88%
West Memphis (EC AR) 4.79 4.45 +0.34 108%
Texarkana (SW AR) 3.19 3.99 -0.80 80%
El Dorado (SC AR) 3.42 4.79 -1.37 71%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 3.74 4.06 -0.32 92%

 

Any surplus amounts were confined to the east. West Memphis (Crittenden County), for example, had above normal (by 0.34 inch) precipitation in February.   

 

Links of Interest
February 2-12, 2014 (very cold/wintry precipitation)
February 20, 2014 (severe weather)

 

Additional February Details
 
For more details about February, 2014...go to the "Temperatures and Precipitation" section below.

 

Temperatures and Precipitation
While temperatures were above normal at times in late February, readings were below normal more often. Readings at North Little Rock (Pulaski County) are shown to right. February, 2014 Temperatures in North Little Rock

 

February, 2014 Precipitation in North Little Rock Precipitation was below normal across much of Arkansas, but a little above normal in the east. Amounts at North Little Rock (Pulaski County) are shown to left.

 

To right, a look at precipitation across the state. February, 2014 Precipitation in Arkansas

 

For a look at actual temperatures and precipitation in Arkansas as measured by the cooperative observer network, click here.

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