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Drought Buster in Southern Arkansas on September 17-20, 2013
 

Rain was spotty in Arkansas from mid-August through mid-September. Amounts were less than a quarter inch at many locations during this time frame, which was two to four inches below normal. An ongoing drought slowly worsened, with the worst conditions in the southern half of the state.

 

Precipitation From August 14 - September 16, 2013
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 0.67 4.20 -3.53 16%
Harrison (NC AR) 0.33 4.22 -3.89 8%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 0.39 3.06 -2.67 13%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 0.28 3.51 -3.23 8%
Little Rock (C AR) 0.03 3.17 -3.14 1%
West Memphis (EC AR) 0.39 3.17 -2.78 12%
Texarkana (SW AR) 0.23 3.61 -3.38 6%
El Dorado (SC AR) 1.09 3.37 -2.28 32%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 0.18 2.55 -2.37 7%

 

A cold front brought widespread showers and thunderstorms to Arkansas on 09/20/2013. From the 17th through the 19th of September, moisture gradually built over the region. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms popped up, mainly during the heat of the afternoon and early evening.
In the picture: A cold front brought widespread showers and thunderstorms to Arkansas on 09/20/2013.

 

On the 20th, a cold front barrelled into Arkansas from the Plains. Moisture pooled around the front, with widespread precipitation breaking out.

Precipitable water, or water vapor contained in a vertical column of at atmosphere, was over 2" in parts of central and southern Arkansas at 100 pm CDT on 09/20/2013.

In the picture: Precipitable water, or water vapor contained in a vertical column of at atmosphere, was over 2" in parts of central and southern Arkansas at 100 pm CDT on 09/20/2013. Values are normally between 1.00" and 1.50" in mid-September.

 

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed rain becoming widesspread in Arkansas during the morning of 09/20/2013, with precipitation winding down in the late afternoon from the northwest.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed rain becoming widesspread in Arkansas during the morning of 09/20/2013, with precipitation winding down in the late afternoon from the northwest.
 

Rain was heavy at times, especially from Little Rock (Pulaski County) southward. Two to four inch amounts were common across southern Arkansas, with locally over six inches.

 

Thirty six hour rainfall ending at 700 am CDT on 09/21/2013.
In the picture: Thirty six hour rainfall ending at 700 am CDT on 09/21/2013.
 

In the thirty six hour period ending at 700 am CDT on the 21st, Texarkana (Miller County) racked up 6.68 inches of rain! Pine Bluff (Jefferson County) had 4.26 inches, with 3.31 inches at De Queen (Sevier County), 2.73 inches at West Memphis (Crittenden County) and 2.59 inches at Monticello (Drew County).

 

Forty Eight Hour Rainfall (through 700 am CDT on 09/21/2013)
Site Amount (Inches)
Texarkana (Miller Co) 6.68
Bluff City (Nevada Co) 6.05
Hope (Hempstead Co) 6.00
Prescott (Nevada Co) 5.67
Ashdown (Little River Co) 5.60
Stuttgart (Arkansas Co) 5.32
Sparkman (Dallas Co) 5.26
Marvell (Phillips Co) 5.10
Delight (Pike Co) 4.59
Arkadelphia (Clark Co) 4.52
Rohwer (Desha Co) 4.42
Fordyce (Dallas Co) 4.27
Leola (Grant Co) 4.27
Pine Bluff (Jefferson Co) 4.26
Sheridan (Grant Co) 4.13
Kelso (Desha Co) 3.83

 

Some of these amounts exceeded what would normally be expected during the entire month of September. Given this much rain, there would typically be areas of flash flooding. However, with a drought taking place, much of the water went into the soil, and high water problems were spotty at most.

While flooding was not an issue, downed trees were a problem. Trees weakened by drought were susceptible to a lot of rain (easier to uproot in a wet ground) and wind (occasional gusts over 20 mph in places). At Bismarck (Hot Spring County), for example, Arkansas Highway 84 was blocked by fallen trees twice during the morning of the 20th.

 

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on September 17, 2013 (in red).
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There were isolated severe storms in southwest Arkansas on September 17th, 2013. For a look at some reports, click here.
 
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on September 17, 2013 (in red).

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