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June, 2013 Storm Report
 
Short Weather Summary
 
After a wet start to June, it was a dry month in much of Arkansas. It got very hot at times, but the heat was not persistent. In fact, the month ended with near record cool high temperatures in the 70s.

 

Record Temperatures
 
There were a few record high temperatures on the 11th, 13th and 27th. There was a record low on the 3rd. Check out the records below.

 

Site Record Low (Date of Occurrence)
North Little Rock 58 (06/03)

 

Site Record High (Date of Occurrence)
Batesville 95T (06/11), 100T (06/27)
Hot Springs 102 (06/27)
Jacksonville 101 (06/27)
North Little Rock 98T (06/27)
Stuttgart 97T (06/11), 99 (06/13)
Note: "T" means record was tied.

 

Not Much Rain/Very Hot at Times
 
The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a line of thunderstorms on the leading edge of the precipitation, with areas of heavy rain to follow. Rain was ahead of a cold front entering the state from the Plains.
The month of May had an active ending, and the pattern stayed unsettled to begin June. A large area of showers and thunderstorms surrounded an incoming cold front from the north on the 1st.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a line of thunderstorms on the leading edge of the precipitation, with areas of heavy rain to follow. Rain was ahead of a cold front entering the state from the Plains.

 

From 100 am CDT to 700 am CDT, Fort Smith (Sebastian County) got 2.37 inches of rain. In the next six hours, Mena (Polk County) received 3.54 inches, with 2.38 inches at Mount Ida (Montgomery County). In a two hour period, a spotter southeast of Waldron (Scott County) reported 2.50 inches. Overall (since May 30th), parts of Montgomery, Polk and Scott Counties were inundated with more than 10 inches of precipitation!

 

Seventy Two Hour Rainfall (through 700 am CDT on 06/02/2013)
Site Amount (Inches)
Big Fork (Polk Co) 11.69
Parks (Scott Co) 10.29
Pine Ridge (Montgomery Co) 10.23
Mena (Polk Co) 10.00

 

 

Daily rainfall records were broken at El Dorado (Union County) and Little Rock (Pulaski County), with 3.42 inches and 2.75 inches respectively.

 

During the morning of the 6th, thunderstorms formed over the southern Plains and headed into southwest Arkansas.

Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 06/07/2013.
In the picture: Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 06/07/2013.

 

One to three inch amounts were common in the southwest, including 2.60 inches at Ashdown (Little River County), 1.91 inches at Bluff City (Nevada County), 1.78 inches at Texarkana (Miller County) and 1.50 inches at Murfreesboro (Pike County).

By the 9th, storms were much more isolated. Toward evening, one storm blew over a few trees around Damascus (Van Buren County). There was a report of an inch of rain in 20 minutes. 

 

A ridge of high pressure ("H") brought hot/mostly conditions at 100 pm CDT on 06/13/2013.

A ridge of high pressure to the west began asserting itself locally on the 11th through the 13th. A few record high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s were tied or broken. The mercury reached the century mark at Jonesboro (Craighead County) on the 11th.

In the picture: A ridge of high pressure ("H") brought hot/mostly conditions at 100 pm CDT on 06/13/2013. Cooler air and better rain chances were found north and east of the high close to the jetstream (storm track).

 

The satellite showed an area of thunderstorms (Cluster #1) in western Arkansas during the evening of 06/16/2013.
In the picture: The satellite showed an area of thunderstorms (Cluster #1) in western Arkansas during the evening of 06/16/2013. Meanwhile, storms were more widespread in Nebraska and Kansas (Cluster #2), and worked toward the Natural state during the predawn hours of 06/17/2013.
 

The high retreated temporarily in mid-June, and this allowed clusters of storms to visit the region. A few spots got over two inches of rain. On the 16th, 2.70 inches fell at Fort Smith (Sebastian County), with 2.03 inches at Jonesboro (Craighead County) on the 17th.

Storms were spotty again by the 22nd. In west Little Rock (Pulaski County), thunderstorm gusts downed power lines, and a deluge resulted in two inches of rain and water covered roads. At Gravel Ridge (Pulaski County), lightning struck a house and caused minor damage.

High pressure wobbled back over the area on the 27th, and it was very hot. Afternoon temperatures topped 100 degrees in places. It was 102 degrees at Hot Springs (Garland County), and 101 degrees at Blytheville (Mississippi County), Fort Smith (Sebastian County), Harrison (Boone County), Jonesboro (Craighead County), Little Rock (Pulaski County), Newport (Jackson County) and Russellville (Pope County). Taking the humidity into account, moisture in the air made it feel worse. Afternoon heat index values ranged from 100 to 115 degrees.

 

Very Hot on June 27, 2013
Site High Temp Max Heat Index
Fayetteville (NW AR) 96° 101°
Harrison (NC AR) 100° 105°
Jonesboro (NE AR) 101° 113°
Fort Smith (WC AR) 101° 109°
Little Rock (C AR) 101° 111°
West Memphis (EC AR) 98° 109°
Texarkana (SW AR) 98° 103°
El Dorado (SC AR) 96° 105°
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 95° 109°

 

As the state baked, a cold front moved around the periphery of the high and approached from Missouri. Ahead of the front, scattered severe thunderstorms erupted in northeast Arkansas during the afternoon and tracked southward along the Mississippi River through the evening.

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed scattered severe storms affecting eastern Arkansas through the evening of 06/27/2013.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed scattered severe storms affecting eastern Arkansas through the evening of 06/27/2013. Where storms occurred, temperatures (dashed white lines) cooled into the 70s.

 

One storm produced golfball size hail east of Cave City (Sharp County). Quarter size hail was reported near Newark (Independence County). Trees and power lines were downed at Newport and Tuckerman (both in Jackson County). At the former location, a 56 mph wind gust was measured. Three teenaged friends in West Memphis (Crittenden County) were injured by lightning while hiding under a tree. They were walking home after a game of basketball.

Later at night (the wee hours of the 28th), another cluster of storms arrived from the northwest and hit counties in the northeast. Winds gusted to 78 mph at Blytheville (Mississippi County) around 513 am CDT.

Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on the 28th included 1.87 inches at Blytheville and 1.03 inches at Osceola (both in Mississippi County).

 

Percent of normal precipitation in June, 2013.

While it sounds like there was a lot of rain in June, there was not. Buckets of rain over a few days were surrounded by many days of dry weather. At Little Rock (Pulaski County), for example, the daily rainfall record on the 1st was followed by only 0.48 inch from the 2nd through the 30th.

In the picture: Percent of normal precipitation in June, 2013.

 

Monthly totals were more than three inches subpar (20 to 30 percent of normal) in much of the northwest, including Fayetteville (Washington County) and Harrison (Boone County).

 

Precipitation in June, 2013
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 1.37 4.98 -3.61 28%
Harrison (NC AR) 0.96 4.24 -3.28 23%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 4.00 3.75 +0.25 107%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 6.10 4.28 +1.82 143%
Little Rock (C AR) 3.23 3.65 -0.42 88%
West Memphis (EC AR) 3.31 4.15 -0.84 80%
Texarkana (SW AR) 2.83 4.45 -1.62 64%
El Dorado (SC AR) 4.17 4.90 -0.73 85%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 1.98 3.58 -1.60 55%

 

The good news is the month ended on a cool note. After the front on the 27th/28th, high temperatures on the 30th did not make it out of the 70s at Blytheville (Mississippi County), Fayetteville (Washington County), Harrison (Boone County), Highfill (Benton County) and Mountain Home (Baxter County). Readings were in the 80s elsewhere.

It was 78 degrees at Fayetteville (Washington County), which was a record cool high temperature for the day. The 79 degrees at Harrison (Boone County) was the fourth coolest high on record.

 

Links of Interest
June 1, 2013 (flash flooding/severe storms)
June 5-6, 2013 (severe storms/heavy rain)
June 16-17, 2013 (heavy rain pockets/isolated severe storms)
June 27-28, 2013 (very hot/scattered severe storms)

 

In the Tropics
 

There were two named storms in June. Tropical Storm Andrea formed in the eastern Gulf of Mexico on the 5th, and made landfall just north of Cedar Key, FL on the 6th. The system then raced up the East Coast (to New England) on the 7th/8th before becoming post-tropical.

Tropical Storm Barry developed in the southern Gulf of Mexico toward the Bay of Campeche on the 19th. The system did not last long as it moved inland near Veracruz, Mexico the next day.

 

Additional June Details
 
For more details about June, 2013...go to the "Temperatures and Precipitation" section below.

 

Temperatures and Precipitation
Temperatures were generally at or a little above normal in June. Readings at North Little Rock are shown to right. June, 2013 Temperatures in North Little Rock

 

June, 2013 Precipitation in North Little Rock Rainfall was below normal in most locations. Above normal totals were mostly confined to the northeast.

 

To right, a look at precipitation across the state. June, 2013 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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