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Areas of Heavy Rain/A Few Severe Storms on August 3-10, 2013 (Pg2)
 
Flash Flood Warnings were in effect for counties near the Arkansas and Missouri border at 844 am CDT on 08/08/2013.
In the picture: Flash Flood Warnings were in effect for counties near the Arkansas and Missouri border at 844 am CDT on 08/08/2013. Farther south, there was no rain with a hot day in store. Heat Advisories were posted.
 

Rain hit the far north again late on the 7th/early on the 8th. Portions of Benton, Carroll and Boone Counties were inundated with half a foot of precipitation. Rogers (Benton County) had 1.79 inches between 300 am CDT and 400 am CDT on the 8th. Bella Vista (Benton County) had 2.50 inches in 30 minutes and 4.00 inches in two hours. Twenty four hour totals through 700 am CDT on the 8th included 4.80 inches at Omaha (Boone County), 3.61 inches at Beaver Dam (Carroll County), 2.49 inches at Harrison (Boone County) and 2.47 inches at Highfill (Benton County).

At Harrison (Boone County), Highway 7 was under four feet of water on the west side of town. Highway 65 was blocked off due to flooding. Not far from Omaha (Boone County), Bear Creek rose 18 feet and covered Highway 14. Nearby, a mobile home was surrounded by water and the occupant had to be rescued. Highway 62 north of Pea Ridge (Benton County) was closed for a time as water flowed over the road.

 

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Flooding on Highway 14 near Omaha (Boone County) courtesy of Lance Hardman

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed scattered severe storms igniting in northern and western Arkansas at 642 pm CDT on 08/08/2013. There was no break in the action later on the 8th as a cold front drifted into Arkansas from the north. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was posted for the northern half of the state through the evening.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed scattered severe storms igniting in northern and western Arkansas at 642 pm CDT on 08/08/2013.

 

As the 7 o'clock hour neared, hit and miss severe storms affected areas north and west of Little Rock (Pulaski County). There was already a report of quarter size hail at Harrison, and trees and power lines down along Highway 65 at Valley Springs (both locations in Boone County).

 

Twenty four hour rainfall ending at 700 am CDT on 08/09/2013.
In the picture: Twenty four hour rainfall ending at 700 am CDT on 08/09/2013.
 

Between 1000 pm CDT and midnight CDT, 3.86 inches of rain was measured at Searcy (White County). This much rain caused extensive street flooding. Numerous roads were barricaded. Other hefty deluges netted 3.53 inches at Scottsville (Pope County) , 3.15 inches at Steprock (White County), 3.05 inches at Hasty (Newton County) and 2.10 inches at Clinton (Van Buren County).

 

After rain diminished early on the 9th, the aforementioned front became active as temperatures warmed up. Thunderstorms that ignited were mostly isolated, with one storm dropping quarter size hail near St. Vincent (Conway County) shortly before 800 pm CDT.
A nearly stationary front acted as a focus for showers and thunderstorms during the early morning hours of 08/10/2013.
In the picture: A nearly stationary front acted as a focus for showers and thunderstorms during the early morning hours of 08/10/2013. Rain was mostly along the north of the front, with plenty of moisture available (dewpoints in the 70s) south of the front. Precipitation was triggered by a storm system ("L") approaching from the southwest. Locally more than three inches of rain was reported in northern Arkansas.

 

The real fireworks held off until later at night as a storm system to the southwest interacted with the front. Along and north of the front, a few spots had in excess of three inches of rain. Twenty four hour totals through 700 am CDT on the 10th included 6.24 inches at St. Paul (Madison County), 3.86 inches at Calico Rock (Izard County), 3.39 inches at Evening Shade (Sharp County) and 3.27 inches at Winslow (Washington County).

Low water crossings near Pyatt (Marion County) had more than a foot of water over them. Some roads in Bergman (Boone County) looked more like rivers. A bridge near Pineville (Izard County) was seriously damaged, with two foot bridges washed away by an overflowing creek at a park in Calico Rock (Izard County).

 

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Flooded Road at Bergman (Boone County) courtesy of Melanie Shillings

 

A cold front separated mild conditions to the north (temperatures in the 70s) from hot weather (temperatures in the 90s) in the southwest at 400 pm CDT on 08/10/2013. On the 10th, the front edged to the south as the day progressed. Rain chances shifted into central Arkansas, and away from the waterlogged north.
In the picture: A cold front separated mild conditions to the north (temperatures in the 70s) from hot weather (temperatures in the 90s) in the southwest at 400 pm CDT on 08/10/2013. Maximum readings for the day ranged from 78 degrees at Harrison (Boone County) and Mountain Home (Baxter County) to 99 degrees at Texarkana (Miller County).

 

A downpour resulted in 1.35 inches of rain at Little Rock (Pulaski County). Most of this fell between 700 pm CDT and 1000 pm CDT. There were roughly 900 lightning strikes per hour as the storms rolled through town, and this caused a few house fires. Elsewhere, a gauge near the Hot Springs National Park (Garland County) tallied 2.43 inches, with 1.82 inches at Bogg Springs (Polk County), 1.53 inches at Murfreesboro (Pike County) and 1.20 inches at Russellville (Pope County).

 

August rainfall (through early on the 11th) was three to six inches (and locally more than ten inches) in the northern three rows of counties (over 600 percent of normal in places).
In the pictures: Rainfall and percent of normal rain in August, 2013 (through 700 am CDT on the 11th).

 

Rainfall in August (through 700 am CDT on the 11th)
Site Amount (Inches)
St. Paul (Madison Co.) 9.58
Omaha (Boone Co.) 8.43
Calico Rock (Izard Co.) 8.06
Mammoth Spring (Fulton Co.) 7.79
Mountain Home (Baxter Co.) 7.42
Lead Hill (Boone Co.) 7.12
Melbourne (Izard Co.) 6.98
Gilbert (Searcy Co.) 6.85
Mountain View (Stone Co.) 6.81
Harrison (Boone Co.) 6.72
Berryville (Carroll Co.) 6.19

 

One to two inch amounts (and locally over three inches) were widespread farther south toward Little Rock (Pulaski County). In the south, rain was more spotty and not as appreciable. Parts of the southwest got no rain at all.

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on August 5-10, 2013 (in red).
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There were isolated reports of damaging winds and hail on August 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th. Flash flooding occurred on the 8th and 10th. The majority of reports were in northern Arkansas. 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 August 5-10, 2013 (in red).

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