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Heavy Rain on September 15-19, 2009
 
The pattern at 700 am CDT on 09/14/2009. When heavy to excessive rain occurs in September, it is usually the result of a tropical system. That was not the case on the 15th through the 19th, as storm system wobbled from eastern Texas into southwest Arkansas.
In the picture: The pattern at 700 am CDT on 09/14/2009. A storm system aloft ("L") was over northeast Texas, with a ridge of high pressure in the eastern United States and a building ridge in the Rockies keeping the system nearly stationary.

 

For the seventy two hour period ending at 700 am CDT on the 18th, more than six inches of rain was measured mainly from central into southern Arkansas. Seventy two hour (three day) rainfall through 09/18/2009.
In the picture: Seventy two hour (three day) rainfall through 09/18/2009. "E" is estimated.

 

Seventy Two Hour Rainfall (through 700 am CDT on 09/18/2009)
Site Amount (Inches)
Pine Ridge (Montgomery Co) 9.49
Mena (Polk Co) 9.02
Damascus (Van Buren Co) 8.22
Blakely Mtn Dam (Garland Co) 7.60
Searcy (White Co) 7.03
Leola (Grant Co) 7.01
Bonnerdale (Hot Spring Co) 6.81
Conway (Faulkner Co) 6.80
Moro Bay State Park (Bradley Co) 6.65
Morrilton (Conway Co) 6.38
Crystal Valley (Pulaski Co) 6.28
Augusta (Woodruff Co) 6.15
Felsenthal Lock and Dam (Union Co) 6.10

 

At Pine Ridge (Montgomery County), 9.49 inches of rain fell...making it the wettest September on record (a total of 16.26 inches for the month). Just northeast of Damascus (Van Buren County), 8.22 inches of rain created flooding in nearby low water crossings. There was water over U.S. Highway 65 two miles north of town. At Searcy (White County), 7.03 inches of rain caused local creeks to overflow. There was some street flooding as well.

 

Link of Interest
Flood Pictures (September 16th)

 

On the 15th, daily rainfall records were broken at Little Rock and North Little Rock (both in Pulaski County). Both spots had 3.50 inches. There was also a record at Texarkana (Miller County), with 4.82 inches measured. At El Dorado (Union County), 3.86 inches fell on the 17th (a record  for the day).

On the 16th, Little Rock (Pulaski County) was assured of above normal precipitation for 2009. On that day, totals exceeded 51 inches for the year (50.93 inches is the annual average).

 

The satellite showed precipitation training over the same areas of Calhoun and Ouachita Counties for several hours during the evening of 09/17/2009.
Arguably, the hardest hit area may have been portions of Calhoun and Ouachita Counties (southern Arkansas).
In the picture: The satellite showed precipitation training over the same areas of Calhoun and Ouachita Counties for several hours during the evening of 09/17/2009.

 

Late on the 17th/early on the 18th, U.S. Highway 278 was closed for much of the night between Camden (Ouachita County) and Hampton (Calhoun County) after locally more than 10 inches of precipitation! Water was over Arkansas Highway 57 near Stephens and Chidester (both in Ouachita County). At Locust Bayou (Calhoun County), an elderly couple had to be rescued as four feet of water flowed into their home.

The system began moving back to the northeast and weakening on the 18th. Widespread heavy rain exited into Tennessee and Mississippi. Precipitation became more hit and miss in Arkansas.

 

Even so, moisture levels remained high. Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms popped up and were nearly stationary in northern Baxter County during the morning and early afternoon of the 19th. Precipitation rates jumped to almost three inches per hour in extreme northern Baxter County during the morning of 09/19/2009.
In the picture: Precipitation rates jumped to almost three inches per hour in extreme northern Baxter County during the morning of 09/19/2009.

 

Between Three Brothers and Clarkridge (both in Baxter County), two to more than four inches of rain was estimated. Low water crossings along several county roads flooded.

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on September 15-19, 2009 (in red).
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There were numerous reports of flash flooding across the region on September 15-19, 2009. To check out the reports, click here.
In the picture: Preliminary reports of flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on September 15-19, 2009 (in red).

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