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Very Cold Aloft on April 8, 2014
 
Northerly flow aloft brought very cold air over Arkansas at 500 mb (18,000 feet) at 700 pm CDT on 04/08/2014.
In the picture: Northerly flow aloft brought very cold air over Arkansas at 500 mb (18,000 feet) at 700 pm CDT on 04/08/2014. At North Little Rock (Pulaski County), the temperature at this height was -26 degrees C (-15 degrees F).
 

A large storm system penetrated toward the Gulf of Mexico (from the north) on April 8th. Very cold air aloft was associated with the system. This cold air (15 degrees below zero F at 18,000 feet) moved over mild conditions near the ground (temperatures in the 50s/60s).

 

The satellite showed some clouds over Arkansas at 1115 am CDT on 04/08/2014.
In the picture: The satellite showed some clouds over Arkansas at 1115 am CDT on 04/08/2014. There were a few showers at this time.
An hour later (1215 pm CDT), scattered showers and a few thunderstorms were much more evident in central and western sections of the state.
In the picture: An hour later (1215 pm CDT), scattered showers and a few thunderstorms were much more evident in central and western sections of the state.
 

The atmosphere destabilized quickly in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms went from isolated to numerous in a hurry. The difference in temperature from downstairs to upstairs created a lot of mixing, and this resulting in gusty winds.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed precipitation popping up randomly across Arkansas during the afternoon of 04/08/2014.
Where thunderstorms popped up, ice (hail) formed easily in subfreezing conditions overhead.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed precipitation popping up randomly across Arkansas during the afternoon of 04/08/2014.

 

A large tree fell on a house in Arkadelphia (Clark County) on 04/08/2014.
In the picture: A large tree fell on a house in Arkadelphia (Clark County) on 04/08/2014. The photo is courtesy of Cathy Harper Garrett via Twitter. Click to enlarge.
A cold air funnel (center of photo) was witnessed in Lawrence County on 04/08/2014.
In the picture: A cold air funnel (center of photo) was witnessed in Lawrence County on 04/08/2014. The photo is courtesy of Shawn Ashcraft via Twitter. Click to enlarge.
 

There were quite a few instances of small hail, with pea to marble size hailstones common. Between Prattsville and Leola (both in Grant County), dime to nickel size hail was reported. Wind gusts surrounding a few storms exceeded 50 mph. At Arkadelphia (Clark County) and Hot Springs (Garland County), 54 mph gusts were measured. Trees were downed in both locations. At Russellville (Pope County), a 47 mph gust was noted, with a 43 mph gust at Pine Bluff (Jefferson County) and a 40 mph gust at Little Rock (Pulaski County). All of these gusts happened between 115 pm and 415 pm CDT.  

There were also a few cold air funnels witnessed (which are common in these scenarios). While they looked threatening, it is rare for such funnels to reach the ground and cause damage.

 

Storm Reports
There were a few reports of high wind gusts (thunderstorm and non-thunderstorm) on April 8th, 2014. For a look at some reports, click here.
 
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Plot Reports
Preliminary reports of high winds and resulting damage in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 8, 2014 (in red).
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of high winds and resulting damage in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 8, 2014 (in red).

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