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Heavy Rain on January 12-15, 2007
 
The pattern on 01/14/07. A cold front pushed into Arkansas from the northwest on January 12th...and stalled across southeast sections of the state. A very shallow cold air mass (behind the front) gave the front little forward momentum. Also, winds aloft paralleled the front...with little if any push to the south. Meanwhile, deep southerly winds ahead of a storm system in the Rockies provided copious moisture...with heavy rain developing along and north of the stalled front.
In the picture: The pattern on 01/14/07...with a front stalled from the Ohio Valley into southern Arkansas and a storm system ("L") approaching from the Rockies. A deep southerly wind flow was present ahead of the system, with a lot of moisture pulled northward from the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy rain developed...and was focused near the front.

 

Rainfall at major reporting stations for the seventy two hour period ending at 7 am CST on 01/15/2007.
In the picture: Rainfall at major reporting stations for the seventy two hour period ending at 7 am CST on 01/15/2007. "E" is estimated precipitation.
 
Three to five inch rainfall amounts were common across much of the state through 7 am CST on the 15th. Many areas picked up more than five inches of rain. At Little Rock (Pulaski County), 6.53 inches was reported...with 6.30 inches at Hot Springs (Garland County), 5.87 inches at Texarkana (Miller County) and 5.75 inches at Mount Ida (Montgomery County).

Due to the rain, there were quite a few reports of flash flooding. For example, in the Little Rock (Pulaski County) area...several streets were barricaded due to high water. Water flowed across Highway 294 near Furlow (Lonoke County) and Highway 300 around Perry (Perry County). A bridge was washed out at Amity (Clark County)...with water covering roads near Wilburn (Cleburne County), Mountain View (Stone County), and in several parts of Clark, Cleburne, Faulkner, Pike, Sharp and White Counties.

There was at least one flash flood death reported. A college student was driving through rural Izard County during the wee hours of the 14th, and tried to cross Piney Creek (5 miles north of Mount Pleasant). Normally, the creek is not a problem...but it was swollen and fast moving at the time he arrived. His vehicle was swept off the road, and he apparently drowned.    

 

 

The heaviest rain during the event fell from southwest through central and into northeast Arkansas. This was generally along and north of the stalled front in the southeastern counties. Estimated rainfall in Arkansas for the seventy two hour period ending at 7 am CST on 01/15/2007.
In the picture: Estimated rainfall in Arkansas for the seventy two hour period ending at 7 am CST on 01/15/2007.

 

Rainfall was on a par or even exceeded what is normally expected for the entire month of January! In general, two to five inches of precipitation is considered normal for the month.

 

Normal Precipitation in January, 2007
Site Amount (in.)
Fayetteville (NW AR) 2.14
Harrison (NC AR) 2.51
Jonesboro (NE AR) 3.29
Fort Smith (WC AR) 2.37
Little Rock (C AR) 3.61
W Memphis (EC AR) 4.07
Texarkana (SW AR) 3.57
El Dorado (SC AR) 4.93
Monticello (SE AR) 5.14

 

A cold front pushed southeastward into Arkansas from  8 am CST on 01/12/2007 to 8 am CST on 01/13/2006. While it was raining in Arkansas, it was cold enough to support wintry precipitation north and west of the state. From Oklahoma into southeast Kansas and into Missouri, shallow cold air yielded icing...with rain falling into below freezing air near the ground. 
In the picture: A cold front pushed southeastward into Arkansas from  8 am CST on 01/12/2007 to 8 am CST on 01/13/2006. Temperatures dropped quickly behind the front, but below freezing air had difficulty breaking through the terrain in northwest sections of the state.

 

A major ice storm occurred in these areas. Farther northwest, the cold air was deeper...with light snow from the high Plains into portions of the upper Midwest. Ice Storm and Winter Storm Warnings were adjacent to Flood and Flash Flood Watches at 930 am CST on 01/13/2007.
In the picture: Ice Storm and Winter Storm Warnings were adjacent to Flood and Flash Flood Watches at 930 am CST on 01/13/2007.

 

The storm system in the Rockies arrived on the 15th, with the stalled front forced to move out of Arkansas. Much colder conditions followed the front, with falling temperatures through the day. While moisture departed as Arctic air arrived, it did not leave fast enough. There was a period of freezing rain or sleet late on the 14th/early on the 15th in areas north and west of Little Rock (Pulaski County). Even so, amounts were generally light with minimal icing noted in most areas.

 

Pictures
 
Area tributaries (creeks, streams and rivers) ran high due to excessive rainfall.

Flood Photos

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on January 13, 2007 (in red).
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Flash flooding occurred on January 13th from southwest through central into portions of northern Arkansas. For a look at flash flood reports, click here.
In the picture: Preliminary reports of flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on January 13, 2007 (in red).

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