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Areas of Heavy Rain/Severe Storms on July 18-26, 2013 (Pg2)
 
A total of 651 lightning strikes were counted in Little Rock (Pulaski County) and surrounding areas between 1200 pm and 100 pm CDT on 07/23/2013. Lightning was a big deal in the Little Rock (Pulaski County) area on the 23rd. More than 600 lightning strikes in an hour led to roughly 15,000 power outages locally.
In the picture: A total of 651 lightning strikes were counted in Little Rock (Pulaski County) and surrounding areas between 1200 pm and 100 pm CDT on 07/23/2013.

 

There were numerous reports of severe weather as a cold front crept into the region from the north. Golfball size hail pelted Norfork (Baxter County), with quarter size hail at Subiaco (Logan County). Trees were pushed over at Magnet Cove and Glen Rose (both in Hot Spring County), and also at Lonsdale (Garland County).

 

On the west side of Hot Springs (Garland County), a thunderstorm downburst (microburst) damaged a strip mall. At a dollar store in the mall, wind blew into the structure and rearranged merchandise. Part of the ceiling collapsed. This dollar store six miles west-southwest of Hot Springs (Garland County) was hit by damaging thunderstorm winds on 07/23/2013.
In the picture: This dollar store six miles west-southwest of Hot Springs (Garland County) was hit by damaging thunderstorm winds on 07/23/2013. The photo is courtesy of Bob King, Deputy Director of the Garland County Department of Emergency Management. Click to enlarge.

 

Damaging wind gusts (60 mph) hit Conway (Faulkner County) and Morrilton (Conway County). At Petit Jean State Park (Conway County), 1.04 inches of rain fell in only nine minutes.

 

The WSR-88D (Dopper Weather Radar) showed widespread rain and isolated thunderstorms over Arkansas at 258 pm CDT on 07/26/2013.

The front on the 23rd stalled. A few days later, a storm system formed along the front, and arrived from the southwest on the 26th. Rain overspread the area, and was generally light.

In the picture: The WSR-88D (Dopper Weather Radar) showed widespread rain and isolated thunderstorms over Arkansas at 258 pm CDT on 07/26/2013.

 

Temperatures failed to get out of the 70s across much of the region. Record cool high readings were established at many spots, including Batesville (Independence County), Fort Smith (Sebastian County), Harrison (Boone County), Hot Springs (Garland County), Mount Ida (Montgomery County), North Little Rock (Pulaski County), Russellville (Pope County) and Texarkana (Miller County).

Toward evening, rain got heavier in the south/west. Between 500 pm and 700 pm CDT, Mena (Polk County) and Mount Ida (Montgomery County) picked up 1.80 inches and 1.90 inches respectively. A Flash Flood Warning was issued for portions of Scott, Polk, Montgomery and Garland Counties through 900 pm CDT. Water covered several roads in and around Mena (Polk County). A few county roads were impassible due to high water.

 

Heading into the overnight hours, amounts topped three inches in the southwest. Twenty four hour totals through 700 am CDT on the 27th included 3.71 inches at Mena (Polk County), 3.36 inches at De Queen (Sevier County), 3.35 inches near Hope (Hempstead County), 3.18 inches at Langley (Pike County), 3.05 inches at Ashdown (Little River County) and 3.00 inches at Dierks (Howard County).

Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 07/27/2013.
In the picture: Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 07/27/2013.

 

Severe storms uprooted trees at Hope (Hempstead County), southwest of Lewisville (Lafayette County), a few miles north of Nashville (Howard County) and at Texarkana (Miller County). Some of these fallen trees temporarily blocked county roads. All of these sites are in the Shreveport County Warning Area of the National Weather Service (southwest Arkansas).

By the time this event was over, rainfall from the 18th through the 26th was locally over ten inches in the southwest. There was less than an inch of rain at several locales in the southeast, which was barely enough to settle the dust.  

 

Some Large/Small Rainfall Amounts (July 18-26, 2013)
Site Large Amount Site Small Amount
Langley (Pike Co.) 11.63 Stuttgart 9 ESE (Arkansas Co.) 0.47
Mena (Polk Co.) 9.51 Star City (Lincoln Co.) 0.85
Waldron (Scott Co.) 8.64 Rohwer (Desha Co.) 0.85
Murfreesboro 1 W (Pike Co.) 8.62 Pine Bluff (Jefferson Co.) 0.87

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather, flash flooding and lightning in the Little Rock County Warning Area on July 18-26, 2013 (in red).
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There were several reports of damaging winds, hail, flash flooding and lightning on July 18th through the 22nd, 2013. Reports of severe weather were more numerous on the 23rd, especially in northern and western Arkansas. Heavy rain caused some high water problems in the west on the 26th. For a look at some reports, click here.
 
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather, flash flooding and lightning in the Little Rock County Warning Area on July 18-26, 2013 (in red).

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