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Areas of Heavy Rain/Severe Storms on July 18-26, 2013 (Pg1)
 
High pressure ("H"), which is often associated with hot and dry conditions in the summer, was at a distance from Arkansas at 700 am CDT on 07/20/2013. Given a lack of rain, drought conditions slowly worsened to start July. On the 18th through the 23rd, rain chances increased for the first time in awhile, and scattered thunderstorms rumbled across Arkansas.
In the picture: High pressure ("H"), which is often associated with hot and dry conditions in the summer, was at a distance from Arkansas at 700 am CDT on 07/20/2013. Given a storm system ("L") to the south and a cold front approaching from the north, the pattern was favorable for scattered thunderstorms locally.

 

The satellite showed not much happening in Arkansas at 215 pm CDT on 07/20/2013.
In the picture: The satellite showed not much happening in Arkansas at 215 pm CDT on 07/20/2013.
By 515 pm CDT, thunderstorms developed rapidly in northern sections of the state.
In the picture: By 515 pm CDT, thunderstorms developed rapidly in northern sections of the state.
 

Storms were most concentrated during the heat of the afternoon and evening, and became more isolated at night. While not everyone got rain, there were some impressive amounts over five inches.

 

One hundred forty four hour (six day) rainfall ending at 700 am CDT on 07/24/2013.
In the picture: One hundred forty four hour (six day) rainfall ending at 700 am CDT on 07/24/2013.
 

Many of the larger amounts happened in the twenty four hour period ending at 700 am CDT on the 24th. Delight (Pike County) racked up 5.71 inches, with 5.21 inches at Murfreesboro (Pike County), 4.71 inches at Langley (Pike County), 4.00 inches at Calico Rock (Izard County), 3.74 inches near Gamaliel (Baxter County), 3.61 inches at Waldron (Scott County), 3.30 inches at Bonnerdale (Hot Spring County), 3.04 inches at Big Fork (Polk County) and southeast of Camden (Ouachita County), and 3.00 inches at Clinton (Van Buren County). All of these locations are in northern and western sections of the state.

There were instances when big downpours netted at least two inches twice at the same location. For example, the deluge at Waldron (Scott County) on the 24th was preceded by 2.42 inches of rain on the 20th. The Calico Rock (Izard County) total of 4.00 inches on the 24th was on top of the 3.00 inches received on the 21st.

 

Heaviest 24 Hour Amounts For Days Ending at 700 am CDT (July 19-24, 2013)
Site Amount Day
Delight 2.2 WNW (Pike Co.) 5.71 24th
Murfreesboro (Pike Co.) 5.21 24th
Langley (Pike Co.) 4.71 24th
Calico Rock 2.0 WSW (Izard Co.) 4.00 24th
Gamaliel 2.2 SSW (Baxter Co.) 3.74 24th
Waldron (Scott Co.) 3.61 24th
Bonnerdale (Hot Spring Co.) 3.30 24th
Big Fork (Polk Co.) 3.04 24th
Camden 5.4 SSE (Ouachita Co.) 3.04 24th
Clinton (Van Buren Co.) 3.00 24th
Fort Smith (Sebastian Co.) 2.94 24th
Mena (Polk Co.) 2.91 20th
Ratcliff (Logan Co.) 2.79 24th
Vandervoort (Polk Co.) 2.78 24th
Amity (Clark Co.) 2.77 24th
Jasper 2.7 WNW (Newton Co.) 2.62 20th
Ozark (Franklin Co.) 2.60 24th
Subiaco (Logan Co.) 2.56 24th
Mountain View 2.3 N (Stone Co.) 2.55 24th
Cove (Polk Co.) 2.50 24th
Keiser (Mississippi Co.) 2.50 22nd
Jacksonville 4.5 NW (Pulaski Co.) 2.36 20th
El Dorado (Union Co.) 2.26 24th
Danville 2.5 NNE (Yell Co.) 2.20 24th
Bryant 2.6 ENE (Saline Co.) 2.19 20th
Corning (Clay Co.) 2.11 22nd
Pine Ridge (Montgomery Co.) 2.10 24th
Bruno 3.1 SSE (Marion Co.) 2.09 20th
Hampton 6.8 SE (Calhoun Co.) 2.04 19th
Melbourne 5.0 W (Izard Co.) 2.00 24th
North Little Rock (Pulaski Co.) 1.98 23rd
Prescott (Nevada Co.) 1.97 24th
Mount Ida (Montgomery Co.) 1.95 24th
Steprock 3.0 SE (White Co.) 1.90 19th
Georgetown (White Co.) 1.89 19th

 

Some of the storms became severe. A storm on the 18th caused some street flooding at Monticello (Drew County). Damaging wind gusts toppled trees and power lines at Malvern (Hot Spring County) on the 18th, and downed a tree onto a house at Mena (Polk County) on the 19th.

 

Half dollar size hail was collected north and west of Clarksville (Johnson County) during the afternoon of 07/22/2013.
In the picture: Half dollar size hail was collected north and west of Clarksville (Johnson County) during the afternoon of 07/22/2013. The photo is courtesy of Josh Johnston, the Johnson County Emergency Manager. Click to enlarge.
Toward evening, 1 to 2 inches of rain fell in a hurry (0.56 inch fell in just five minutes) at the North Little Rock Airport (Pulaski County).
In the picture: Toward evening, 1 to 2 inches of rain fell in a hurry (0.56 inch fell in just five minutes) at the North Little Rock Airport (Pulaski County). The parking apron became inundated with water. Click to enlarge.
 

On the 22nd, there was a lot of penny to half dollar size hail at Coal Hill and north and west of Clarksville (both locations in Johnson County). Winds gusted to 66 mph five miles north of Clarksville (Johnson County), with a 60 mph gust at Cato (Faulkner County). Near Mayflower (Faulkner County), a sport utility vehicle was apparently struck by lightning on Interstate 40. The driver was not injured but the vehicle was disabled.

 

More Information
 
There is more concerning heavy rain and severe weather on July 18th through the 26th. To check out the rest of the story, click here.

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