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November, 2013 Storm Report
 
Short Weather Summary
 
Overall, it was cold and dry across Arkansas in November. There were some big temperature swings, with a hard freeze on the 12th, record warmth on the 17th and record cool high readings on the 24th/25th. When it heated up on the 17th, the region dodged a significant severe weather episode. When it cooled down on the 24th/25th, there was some freezing rain/icing.

 

Record Temperatures
 
There were several record low temperatures, mainly on the 12th through the 14th and the 27th/28th. There were numerous record highs on the 17th. Check out the record below.

 

Site Record Low (Date of Occurrence)
Batesville 21 (11/13)
Hot Springs 26T (11/14), 22 (11/28)
Jacksonville 20 (11/13), 21 (11/14),19 (11/28)
North Little Rock 23 (11/24), 25T (11/27)
Stuttgart 28 (11/12), 25 (11/13), 30 (11/14), 25 (11/24), 27T (11/27), 25 (11/28)
Note: "T" means record was tied.

 

Site Record High (Date of Occurrence)
Batesville 84 (11/17)
 El Dorado  83T (11/17)
Fort Smith   82 (11/17)
Hot Springs  84 (11/17)
 Jacksonville 84 (11/17)
Little Rock 84 (11/17)
Monticello 82 (11/17)
 North Little Rock 83 (11/17)
Russellville  84 (11/17)
 Texarkana  85 (11/17)
Note: "T" means record was tied.

 

Cold and Dry Overall/Big Temperature Swings
 
Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CST on 11/06/2013.

November started with a sizable rainfall event in western Arkansas on the 5th/6th. Twenty four hour amounts through 700 am CST on the 6th included 4.47 inches at Bogg Springs, 4.20 inches at Mena, 3.40 inches at Big Fork and 2.92 inches at Cove (all in Polk County).  

In the picture: Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CST on 11/06/2013.

 

Twenty Four Hour Rainfall (through 700 am CDT on 11/06/2013)
Site Amount (Inches)
Bogg Springs (Polk Co) 4.47
Mena (Polk Co) 4.20
Big Fork (Polk Co) 3.40
Cove (Polk Co) 2.92
Gillham Dam (Howard Co) 2.73
De Queen Dam (Sevier Co) 2.58
Long Pool (Pope Co) 2.56
Clarksville (Johnson Co) 2.54
Parks (Scott Co) 2.37
Clinton (Van Buren Co) 2.23

 

Not much fell from the sky the next couple of weeks. More on that later. Across most of the state, one to two inch precipitation deficits were common to finish November.

 

Precipitation in November, 2013
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 2.24 4.23 -1.99 53%
Harrison (NC AR) 2.80 4.23 -1.43 66%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 2.39 4.90 -2.51 49%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 2.40 4.44 -2.04 54%
Little Rock (C AR) 4.72 5.28 -0.56 89%
West Memphis (EC AR) 2.38 4.95 -2.57 48%
Texarkana (SW AR) 3.58 4.82 -1.24 74%
El Dorado (SC AR) 5.01 4.89 +0.12 102%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 2.88 4.83 -1.95 60%

 

The first big freeze occurred on the 12th. Low temperatures were in the teens and 20s. The mercury plummeted to 15 degrees at Gilbert (Searcy County), with 16 degrees at Evening Shade (Sharp County), Lead Hill (Boone County) and Mammoth Spring (Fulton County), and 17 degrees at Mountain View (Stone County). Low temperatures as of 600 am CST (since midnight CST) on 11/13/2013.
In the picture: Low temperatures as of 600 am CST (since midnight CST) on 11/13/2013.

 

Some record lows were established from the 12th through the 14th. Just a few days later, record highs were shattered on the 17th. Afternoon temperatures made it into the 70s and 80s, including an 84 degree reading at Little Rock (Pulaski County). It had never been this warm locally so late in the year.

Quite often, record warmth in the fall or winter precedes a round of severe weather. While there were severe storms, Arkansas dodged a bullet. The target area was the Ohio Valley. From Illinois to Ohio, there were dozens of tornadoes reported, extensive damage, hundreds of thousands of people left without power and at least six fatalities.

 

Storm reports through 800 pm CST on 11/17/2013.
One of the strongest tornadoes (rated EF4) cut through Washington, IL (just east of Peoria, IL). Neighborhoods were leveled there. A state of emergency was declared in Kokomo, IN after a tornado came and went. And a National Football League game in Chicago, IL was delayed for almost two hours due to the storms.
In the picture: Storm reports through 800 pm CST on 11/17/2013. The graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center.

 

 

Cold weather returned on the 21st as a cold front surged through the state from the northwest. Heavy rain surrounded the front in the southeast half of Arkansas where some amounts were over three inches.

Just west of Carlisle (Lonoke County), 5.12 inches was measured, with 4.25 inches at Lonoke (Lonoke County), 4.17 inches about 7 miles north-northwest of Fordyce (Dallas County), 3.68 inches at Sparkman (Dallas County), 3.42 inches at Little Dixie (Woodruff County), 3.38 inches at Rohwer (Desha County), 3.09 inches at Stuttgart (Arkansas County), and 3.01 inches at Bluff City (Nevada County). These amounts were measured in the twenty four hour period ending at 600 am CST on the 22nd.

Temperatures by the 24th were well below normal, with highs in the 20s and 30s. It was not much warmer on the 25th. Highs were only in the 30s.

At several sites, these were the coldest high temperatures ever recorded in November. At Booneville (Logan County) and Waldron (Scott County), for example, the thermometer peaked at 31 degrees on the 25th. The previous record at both locales was 32 degrees (set in 1976 on November 28th). Records at these sites go back to 1906 and 1919 respectively.

 

Record Coldest High Temperatures (November 24-25, 2013)
Site Temp/Date Prev. Record Date of Prev. Record Records Since
Booneville 3SSE (Logan Co.) 31° (11/25) 32° 11/28/1976 1906
Calico Rock 2WSW (Izard Co.) 30° (11/25) 30° 11/29/1976 1915
Flippin (Marion Co.) 28° (11/24) 28° 11/28/1976 1951
Hardy (Sharp Co.) 30° (11/25) 30° 11/29/1911 1897
Lead Hill (Boone Co.) 27° (11/25) 27° 11/28/1976 1927
Mammoth Spring (Fulton Co.) 29° (11/25) 29° 11/28/1976 1904
Subiaco (Logan Co.) 31° (11/25) 31° 11/29/1911 1897
Waldron (Scott Co.) 31° (11/25) 32° 11/28/1976 1919
Note: All stations but Flippin report at the end of the 24-hour period ending at 6 to 8 am. Flippin is a midnight to midnight (calendar day) station.

 

 

It is no wonder that average temperatures finished well below normal in November. Readings were 2 to 5 degrees subpar.

 

Average Temperatures in November, 2013
Site Avg. Temps (°F) +/- (°F)
Fayetteville (NW AR) 44.2° -3.2°
Harrison (NC AR) 45.5° -3.0°
Jonesboro (NE AR) 45.8° -3.8°
Fort Smith (WC AR) 49.7° -1.9°
Little Rock (C AR) 49.3° -3.3°
West Memphis (EC AR) 47.1° -3.8°
Texarkana (SW AR) 50.5° -3.7°
El Dorado (SC AR) 49.3° -4.6°
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 48.9° -4.2°

 

Winter weather headlines were posted from the southern Rockies through the southern Plains and into southwest Arkansas at 908 am CST on 11/24/2013.
In the picture: Winter weather headlines were posted from the southern Rockies through the southern Plains and into southwest Arkansas at 908 am CST on 11/24/2013.
 

As the mercury dropped, a new storm system was on the horizon to the southwest. Moisture built from the southern Plains toward Arkansas.

With cold air entrenched over the region, areas of freezing rain developed during the morning of the 25th. Ice was the most appreciable in the southwest from Texarkana (Miller County) and Mena (Polk County) to Hot Springs (Garland County) and Little Rock (Pulaski County). Ice accruals reached a tenth to a quarter of an inch in places (on exposed objects such as cars, trees and power lines).

Overall, this was not a major winter storm. Ground temperatures were still warm, and roads were mostly wet. Any ice was restricted to bridges/overpasses. Unfortunately, there was a fatality reported. A woman lost control of her car (due to ice) while crossing the Strawberry River on the Arkansas Highway 289 bridge between Franklin and Horseshoe Bend (both in Izard County). She got into a head on collision with another vehicle.    

 

Links of Interest
November 5-6, 2013 (heavy rain in western Arkansas)
November 12, 2013 (turning much colder)
November 17, 2013 (record warmth/severe weather outbreak)
November 21-26, 2013 (rain then colder)

 

In the Tropics
 

There was only one named storm in November. Subtropical/Tropical Storm Melissa existed in the open water of the central Atlantic Ocean from the 18th through the 21st before becoming post-tropical (losing tropical characteristics).

The season ended with thirteen named systems, but only two hurricanes (Humberto and Ingrid). Both of these storms were minimal (Category 1).

Through November 30th (the end of the season), there had not been a major landfalling hurricane (Category 3 or higher) in the United States for 2,959 days, or since Wilma on October 24, 2005. This is the longest major hurricane drought in this country since 1900.     

 

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

 

Temperatures and Precipitation
Temperatures were well below normal in November. Readings at North Little Rock are shown to right. November, 2013 Temperatures in North Little Rock

 

November, 2013 Precipitation in North Little Rock Precipitation was below normal across much of Arkansas, and at/above normal in parts of the south.

 

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