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Wet Weather on May 15-17, 2013
 
Low pressure aloft ("L") approached Arkansas from the west on 05/15/2013.
In the picture: Low pressure aloft ("L") approached Arkansas from the west on 05/15/2013. The system brought showers locally and severe weather to northern Texas. Precipitation was generally on the south/east side of the system, with the atmosphere drying out farther north/west.
The system headed across northern Arkansas on 05/16/2013.
In the picture: The system headed across northern Arkansas on 05/16/2013. Showers continued, with heavy rain in southern sections of the state and severe storms toward the Louisiana border.
 

A wet weather pattern evolved in Arkansas on May 15th and 16th as a storm system aloft arrived from the southern Plains. In general, there were periods of showers and a few thunderstorms, with severe weather mostly bypassing the region to the south/west.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed hit and miss showers in Arkansas and multiple severe storms in northern Texas at 838 pm CDT on 05/15/2013.

In parts of northern Texas, there was an outbreak of tornadoes and up to grapefruit size hail during the late afternoon and evening of the 15th.

In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed hit and miss showers in Arkansas and multiple severe storms in northern Texas at 838 pm CDT on 05/15/2013.

 

At least eighteen tornadoes were counted. The strongest of these (rated EF4) ripped through a subdivision on the east side of Granbury, TX. Six people lost their lives.

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed Circulation #1 and a tornado (rated EF4) developing east of Granbury, TX (represented by a star) during the evening of 05/15/2013.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed Circulation #1 and a tornado (rated EF4) developing east of Granbury, TX (represented by a star) during the evening of 05/15/2013. The tornado quickly weakened, with Circulation #2 and a new tornado (rated EF1) forming farther east toward Godley, TX. A third tornado (rated EF3) was spawned sometime later close to Cleburne, TX. It appears all of these tornadoes were associated with the same parent storm.

 

 

On the 16th, four more weak tornadoes (rated EF1) affected extreme northeast Texas and northwest Louisiana (to the southwest of Shreveport, LA). Closer to home, one storm downed numerous trees and power lines around El Dorado (Union County), with some structural damage as well.

 

Forty eight hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 05/17/2013.

There were also areas of heavy rain. One to two inch amounts were common from Little Rock (Pulaski County) southward.

In the picture: Forty eight hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 05/17/2013.

 

Just south of Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), there was a report of 6.62 inches of rain received via CoCoRaHS. Much of this fell during the wee hours of the 17th. Between Sulphur Springs and Pinebergen (both in Jefferson County), water flowed into at least two homes, with several roads flooded. One road was closed for a time.

Over six inches of rain was estimated south of Pine Bluff (Jefferson County) by the WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) in a twelve hour period ending at 700 am CDT on 05/17/2013.
In the picture: Over six inches of rain was estimated south of Pine Bluff (Jefferson County) by the WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) in a twelve hour period ending at 700 am CDT on 05/17/2013.

 

A few hours earlier, there were a couple of four to five inch reports south of Hampton (Calhoun County). Some apartments flooded in town due to excessive rain.

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on May 17, 2013 (in red).
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There was a report of flash flooding in southern Arkansas early on May 17, 2013. For a look at the report, click here.
 
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on May 17, 2013 (in red).

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