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March, 2014 Storm Report
 
Short Weather Summary
 
March is the beginning of climatological spring, which usually means mild conditions and severe storms. In 2014, temperatures had a hard time warming up, especially early in the month. There were two events featuring heavy wintry precipitation. Severe weather was non-existent until the last few days, and then hailstorms pelted portions of southern Arkansas.

 

Record Temperatures
 
There were several record low temperatures in March, especially on the 3rd through the 5th. Check out the record below.

 

Site Record Low (Date of Occurrence)
Batesville 18 (03/05), 27T (03/26)
Jacksonville 15 (03/03), 26 (03/26)
Jonesboro 16T (03/04)
North Little Rock 14 (03/03), 16T (03/04), 31 (03/17)
Stuttgart 19T (03/04), 25 (03/05)

 

Cooler Than Normal/Wintry Precipitation/Not Much Severe Weather
 
Temperatures at 900 am CST on 03/02/2014.

A significant winter event unfolded on March 2nd. A cold front from the north stalled in southern Arkansas. The front separated cold air to the north from much warmer conditions to the south. Temperatures varied by more than 50 degrees across the region.

In the picture: Temperatures at 900 am CST on 03/02/2014.

 

Sleet accumulated at Conway (Faulkner County) during the evening of 03/02/2014.
In the picture: Sleet accumulated at Conway (Faulkner County) during the evening of 03/02/2014. The photo is courtesy of Steve Love via Facebook. Click to enlarge.
After a period of freezing rain, sleet also piled up at Searcy (White County).
In the picture: After a period of freezing rain, sleet also piled up at Searcy (White County). The photo is courtesy of Debbie Wantulok via Facebook. Click to enlarge.
 

As subfreezing air spilled into the Ozark Mountains, freezing rain and sleet fell. Some of this wintry precipitation was accompanied by thunder, even with temperatures in the teens! Heading into the late afternoon/evening of the 2nd, the front pushed to the south and cold air followed. A wintry mix (freezing rain/sleet) built into central/southern sections of the state. Precipitation eventually changed to snow in the north.

By the time the event ended, two to more than four inches of snow/sleet accumulated toward the Missouri border. One to two inches of sleet and snow piled up in central Arkansas. As far as actual amounts, Bella Vista (Benton County), Hardy (Sharp County), Mammoth Spring (Fulton County) and Mountain Home (Baxter County) got 5 to 6 inches, with 3 to 5 inches at Clinton (Van Buren County), Fayetteville (Washington County), Heber Springs (Cleburne County), Jonesboro (Craighead County), Leslie (Searcy County), Mountain View (Stone County), Paragould (Greene County) and Pocahontas (Randolph County).

Several record low temperatures were set (on the 3rd through the 5th) following this event. On the 3rd, the mercury topped out at 27 degrees at Little Rock (Pulaski County). This was the coldest high temperature on record for the month of March locally. Because of this cold snap, monthly average temperatures finished three to six degrees below normal across the region.

 

Average Temperatures in March, 2014
Site Avg Temp +/-
Fayetteville (NW AR) 42.7° -5.0°
Harrison (NC AR) 44.8° -4.0°
Jonesboro (NE AR) 44.3° -5.9°
Fort Smith (WC AR) 49.3° -3.2°
Little Rock (C AR) 48.8° -4.6°
West Memphis (EC AR) 46.2° -5.3°
Texarkana (SW AR) 52.3° -3.6°
El Dorado (SC AR) 50.6° -5.2°
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 49.1° -5.3°

 

Winds increased markedely between a storm system ("L") in southern Illinois and high pressure ("H") in the central Rockies at 100 am CDT on 03/12/2014.
In the picture: Winds increased markedely between a storm system ("L") in southern Illinois and high pressure ("H") in the central Rockies at 100 am CDT on 03/12/2014.
 

By the 11th, it was much warmer, with readings in the 70s to around 80 degrees in the afternoon. A strong storm system dragged a cold front through Arkansas during the nighttime hours and early on the 12th. Surprisingly, there was hardly any rain ahead of the front. As the front passed, southerly winds shifted to the northwest and increased markedly. Wind speeds averaged 20 to 30 mph, with gusts over 40 mph.

 

Highest Wind Gusts on March 12, 2014
Site Direction/Gust Time
Fayetteville (NW AR) NW 38 mph 238 am CDT
Harrison (NC AR) NW 43 mph 326 am CDT
Jonesboro (NE AR) W 44 mph 332 am CDT
Fort Smith (WC AR) NW 39 mph 1217 am CDT
Little Rock (C AR) NW 40 mph 629 am CDT
West Memphis (EC AR) NW 36 mph 621 am CDT
Texarkana (SW AR) NW 35 mph 329 am CDT
El Dorado (SC AR) NW 35 mph 507 am CDT
Pine Bluff (SE AR) NW 40 mph 1030 am CDT

 

Another storm system arrived from the Plains on the 15th. There was rain this time, with locally more than three inches in the northwest half of the state. Twenty four hour amounts through 700 am CDT on the 16th included 4.13 inches at Waldron (Scott County), 2.80 inches at Abbott (Scott County), 2.67 inches at Booneville (Logan County), 2.65 inches at St. Paul (Madison County), and 2.39 inches at Coal Hill (Johnson County) and Ratcliff (Logan County).

 

Colder air and moisture wrapped around the departing system on the 16th. That resulted in several hours of snow in the northwest. Locally more than four inches of snow accumulated. Clifty (Madison County) and Harrison (Boone County) got 5 to 6 inches of powder, with 4 to 5 inches at Berryville (Carroll County) and Green Forest (Carroll County

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed rain continuing in northern Arkansas at 858 am CDT on 03/16/2014, with some snow mixing with rain in Missouri.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed rain continuing in northern Arkansas at 858 am CDT on 03/16/2014, with some snow mixing with rain in Missouri.

 

The hail that fell at Warren (Bradley County) on 03/28/2014 was much larger than a quarter.

The only severe weather event in March unfolded on the 28th. Hailstorms popped up across the southern counties during the afternoon and early evening. Hen egg size (two inches in diameter) hail broke windshields between Fordyce and Ivan (both in Dallas County). Golfball size hail pelted Camden (Ouachita County), Hamburg (Ashley County), Kingsland (Cleveland County) and Warren (Bradley County).

In the picture: The hail that fell at Warren (Bradley County) on 03/28/2014 was much larger than a quarter. The photo is courtesy of Tammy Wolfe Bonnett via Facebook. Click to enlarge.

 

There was some wind damage reported as well. South of Portland (Ashley County) along Highway 165, eight power poles were snapped and an outbuilding was flipped over. Thunderstorm gusts were estimated at 85 mph. Near Hermitage (Bradley County), trees were blown down, with one tree on a house at Harmony Grove (Ouachita County). Trees were also toppled at Magnolia (Columbia County), Strong (Union County) and Texarkana (Miller County).

Monthly precipitation was at/above normal in most areas. The most surplus amounts were in the southeast. Eudora (Chicot County) and Stuttgart had 8.11 inches and 7.02 inches respectively. These measurements were in the plus category by two to more than three inches.

 

Precipitation in March, 2014
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 5.51 3.95 +1.56 139%
Harrison (NC AR) 4.44 3.79 +0.65 117%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 5.01 4.51 +0.50 111%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 3.74 3.43 +0.31 109%
Little Rock (C AR) 5.29 4.68 +0.61 113%
West Memphis (EC AR) 5.80 4.94 +0.86 117%
Texarkana (SW AR) 3.31 4.20 -0.89 79%
El Dorado (SC AR) 3.99 4.75 -0.76 84%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 4.46 5.40 -0.94 83%

 

The southwest and parts of the Arkansas River Valley west of Little Rock (Pulaski County) got the least amounts. Totals were subpar by a half inch to an inch and a half in places.

 

Links of Interest
March 2-3, 2014 (winter storm)
March 12, 2014 (windy)
March 15-17, 2014 (heavy rain/some snow)
March 27-28, 2014 (severe storms)

 

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

 

Temperatures and Precipitation
Temperatures were well below normal in March, especially early in the month. Readings at North Little Rock (Pulaski County) are shown to right. March, 2014 Temperatures in North Little Rock

 

March, 2014 Precipitation in North Little Rock Precipitation was generally at or above normal. There were some below normal amounts, mainly in west central and southwest Arkansas. Amounts at North Little Rock (Pulaski County) are shown to left.

 

To right, a look at precipitation across the state. March, 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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