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Heavy Rain/Severe Weather on April 23-27, 2011 (Pg2)
 
The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) estimated more than three inches of rain in three hours (as of 711 pm CDT) in portions of southeast Montgomery and southwest Garland Counties on 04/25/2011. Rainfall rates were excessive in some areas. At the Charlton Recreation Area, which is a few miles west of Crystal Springs (Garland County), several recreational vehicles were washed away by high water. In roughly the same area, water from the Big Mazarn Creek and Meyers Creek swept a house off its foundation. There was also significant damage to a bridge. 
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) estimated more than three inches of rain in three hours (as of 711 pm CDT) in portions of southeast Montgomery and southwest Garland Counties on 04/25/2011.

 

Multiple tornadoes were also anticipated on the 26th, but it appears any tornadoes were isolated. The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed storms with up to baseball size hail lifting north with a frontal boundary at 542 pm CDT on 04/26/2011.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed storms with up to baseball size hail lifting north with a frontal boundary at 542 pm CDT on 04/26/2011. Meanwhile, a line of storms was bearing down on western Arkansas. A storm along the line produced a tornado at Wickes (Polk County).

 

Nineteen (19) tornadoes were counted in a thirteen county area from southwest into central Arkansas on April 25-26, 2011.
In the picture: Nineteen (19) tornadoes were counted in a thirteen county area from southwest into central Arkansas on April 25-26, 2011. The numbers correspond to the tracks in the "Damage Survey Information" file below.
 

Only three (3) tornadoes were confirmed. Just east of Coy (Lonoke County), a tornado (rated EF1) mangled some grain bins on a farm. Damage topped one million dollars. There was also a brief tornado (less than a mile track) at Wickes (Polk County).

 

 

At 915 pm CDT, law enforcement reported houses damaged or destroyed near Calamine (Sharp County). One person was killed and another injured. Radar showed weak circulation (possible tornado) ahead of a line of storms, but it was the wind behind the storms that tore through the area.

 

 

There was a lot of hail, and some of it was huge. Slightly larger than softball size hail was measured at Van Buren (Crawford County). Baseball size hail fell at Sparkman (Dallas County), with hen egg size hail (2 inches in diameter) at Star City and near Grady (both in Lincoln County). Golfballs pelted Perryville (Perry County), Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), DeWitt (Arkansas County) and close to Clinton (Van Buren County).

 

The satellite showed very large thunderstorms south of Arkansas at 1015 pm CDT on 04/26/2011 as a storm system ("L") approached from the southern Plains. While there was heavy rain on the 26th (amounts over three inches in parts of the southeast), there could have been more if not for storms in Texas and Louisiana (robbing available moisture).
In the picture: The satellite showed very large thunderstorms south of Arkansas at 1015 pm CDT on 04/26/2011 as a storm system ("L") approached from the southern Plains.

 

There was a final round of scattered thunderstorms on the 27th as a system aloft in the Plains brought cold air overhead. As temperatures dropped above the ground, this made it easier for ice to form in growing storm clouds. Golfball size hail was noted at Hartman (Johnson County), Lurton (Newton County), Beverage Town (Van Buren County) and Oil Trough (Independence County).
An incoming storm system aloft ("L") was surrounded by cold air at 500 mb (18000 feet) at 700 am CDT on 04/27/2011.
In the picture: An incoming storm system aloft ("L") was surrounded by cold air at 500 mb (18000 feet) at 700 am CDT on 04/27/2011.

 

Several isolated, brief and mostly weak tornadoes affected portions of eastern Arkansas. Winds surrounding one of the tornadoes reached 113 mph (measured gust) at Bay (Craighead County).

 

A Lot of Tornadoes
This event (April 23rd through the 27th) featured a total of nineteen (19) tornadoes in the Little Rock County Warning Area. Statewide, there were thirty two (32) tornadoes. Just before this episode began, there were three (3) weak tornadoes in the Tulsa County Warning Area on the 22nd.

 

Severe weather reports on 04/27/2011.
As the system exited toward the southeast United States, it triggered an historic severe weather outbreak. Large wedge tornadoes swept across Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia during the afternoon and evening of the 27th.
In the picture: Severe weather reports on 04/27/2011. The graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center (SPC).

 

Neighborhoods were leveled, and the death toll climbed to around 300 people (by the evening of the 28th). The Governor of Alabama called this tragic event the worst natural disaster in his state. The satellite showed thunderstorms bubbling from Mississippi into Alabama and Tennessee at 515 pm CDT on 04/27/2011.
In the picture: The satellite showed thunderstorms bubbling from Mississippi into Alabama and Tennessee at 515 pm CDT on 04/27/2011. At this time, a tornadic storm was slamming into Tuscaloosa, AL. In Arkansas, scattered afternoon hailstorms were dissipating.

 

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Radar From Birmingham, AL (515 pm CDT on 04/27/2011)

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 23-24, 2011 (in red).
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Mainly hail occurred in northern Arkansas on April 23-24, 2011, with an isolated tornado in Newton County. For a look at some reports, click here.
 
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Plot Reports
In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 23-24, 2011 (in red).

 

There was widespread severe weather (including tornadoes) from southwest into central Arkansas on April 25. 2011. For a look at some reports, click here.
 
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Plot Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 25, 2011 (in red).
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 25, 2011 (in red).

 

Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 26-27, 2011 (in red).
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There were numerous hail and funnel cloud reports, and isolated tornadoes spawned on April 26-27, 2011. For a look at some reports, click here.
 
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Plot Reports
In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 26-27, 2011 (in red).

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