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Pattern on October 2-5, 2013
 
A storm system aloft ("L") started wobbling into Arkansas from Louisiana late on 10/01/2013.
October started off somewhat active as a storm system aloft drifted over Arkansas from the south.
In the picture: A storm system aloft ("L") started wobbling into Arkansas from Louisiana late on 10/01/2013.

 

Northeast of Little Rock (Pulaski County), areas of showers and thunderstorms produced more than three inches of rain in places on the 2nd. Judsonia (White County) got 3.54 inches.

Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 10/03/2013.

In the picture: Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 10/03/2013.

 

The aforementioned system slowly headed to the northeast and weakened on the 3rd/4th, with spotty precipitation remaining across the region. Meanwhile, a strong cold front was poised to the northwest and the tropics came to life.

 

The pattern on 10/04/2013 featured an incoming front to the north and west of Arkansas, and Tropical Storm Karen in the central Gulf of Mexico. On the 4th, Tropical Storm Karen struggled to get organized in the central Gulf of Mexico. Karen was 235 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River at 700 pm CDT. Maximum sustained winds were around 50 mph, but dropped to 40 mph overnight.
In the picture: The pattern on 10/04/2013 featured an incoming front to the north and west of Arkansas, and Tropical Storm Karen in the central Gulf of Mexico.

 

Along the front, storms were severe during the late afternoon/evening of the 4th, especially in eastern Nebraska, southeastern South Dakota and Iowa. Tornadoes were spawned in these areas. One tornado in particular caused with extensive damage and injured 15 people at Wayne, NE. The tornado was rated EF4, and was one of six tornadoes rated this high in October in the last 60 years.

 

 

On the cold side of the front, it snowed in Wyoming, western Nebraska, western south Dakota and into North Dakota. In the Black Hills near Rapid City, SD, two to three feet of snow was reported by 1000 pm CDT. Interstate 90 was closed from Wall, SD to the Wyoming border. Portions of Interstate 25 were shut down in Wyoming.

 

The front barrelled into Arkansas on the 5th, and brought scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures behind the front plummeted into the mid and upper 40s in northwest Arkansas by 300 pm CDT. Along the Mississippi River, readings were in the 80s.

Temperatures (dashed white lines) varied more than 30 degrees across a cold front pushing eastward through Arkansas at 300 pm CDT on 10/05/2013.

In the picture: Temperatures (dashed white lines) varied more than 30 degrees across a cold front pushing eastward through Arkansas at 300 pm CDT on 10/05/2013. Clouds blanketed northwest sections of the state, with areas of rain noted.

 

Twenty four hour rainfall ending at 700 am CDT on 10/06/2013.
In the picture: Twenty four hour rainfall ending at 700 am CDT on 10/06/2013.
 

Not only did it cool off in the northwest, it rained heavily as well. Twenty four hour totals through 700 am CDT on the 6th included 2.60 inches at Fayetteville (Washington County) and 2.21 inches at Harrison (Boone County). Precipitation dumped in parts of the east as well. Lake Village (Chicot County) got a whopping 5.94 inches of rain, with 5.28 inches at Eudora (Chicot County), 3.57 inches at St. Francis (Clay County), 3.20 inches at Portland (Ashley County) and  2.51 inches at Black Rock (Lawrence County). Some street flooding was reported in Dermott (Chicot County).

 

Twenty Four Hour Rainfall (through 700 am CDT on 10/06/2013)
Site Amount (Inches) Where in State
Lake Village (Chicot Co) 5.94 SE
Eudora (Chicot Co) 5.28 SE
St. Francis (Clay Co) 3.57 NE
Portland (Ashley Co) 3.20 SE
Fayetteville (Washington Co) 2.60 NW
Black Rock (Lawrence Co) 2.51 NE
Mammoth Spring (Fulton Co) 2.35 NC
Dermott (Chicot Co) 2.25 SE
Harrison (Boone Co) 2.21 NC
Kelso (Desha Co) 2.20 SE
Monticello (Drew Co) 2.18 SE
St. Paul (Madison Co) 2.10 NW
Rohwer (Desha Co) 2.02 SE
Salem (Fulton Co) 2.00 NC
Note: "NW" is northwest, "NC" is north central, "NE" is northeast and "SE" is southeast

 

Snow was piled high in Rapid City, SD early on 10/05/2013.
In the picture: Snow was piled high in Rapid City, SD early on 10/05/2013. The photo (via Twitter) is courtesy of Kenny Miller. Click to enlarge.
Toward evening on 10/05/2013, an apparent tornado was near Lenox, TN.
In the picture: Toward evening on 10/05/2013, an apparent tornado was near Lenox, TN. The photo (via Twitter) is courtesy of Tim Moore. Click to enlarge.
 

Severe weather was minimal on the 5th, but one storm became tornadic just over the state line in western Tennessee. An apparent  tornado was witnessed shortly before 630 pm CDT near Lenox, TN, which is about 7 miles west-northwest of Dyersburg, TN.

 

A cold front swept through Arkansas on 10/05/2013, and brought chances for showers and scattered thunderstorms.

As far as Karen, the storm did not last long. After moving slowly northward toward the Louisiana Coast, Karen dissipated by 1000 am CDT on the 6th.

In the picture: A cold front swept through Arkansas on 10/05/2013, and brought chances for showers and scattered thunderstorms. In the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Karen ("L") weakened near the Louisiana Coast.

 

Rain ended in Arkansas early on the 6th. High temperatures were only in the lower 60s to mid 70s. Lows by the morning of the 7th will be in the 40s/lower 50s, with some upper 30s in northwest sections of the state.

 

Storm Reports
There were isolated severe storms in southern Arkansas on October 2nd, 2013. For a look at some reports, click here.
 
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Plot Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on October 2, 2013 (in red).
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on October 2, 2013 (in red).

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