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Severe Weather on February 20, 2014
 
Earlier in February, it was snowing in Arkansas. On the 20th, it felt a lot more like spring. High temperatures were in the 70s, and there were thunderstorms on the horizon.
In the pictures: A storm system ("L") tracking to the north of Arkansas dragged a cold front into the state on 02/20/2014, with chances for thunderstorms toward the Mississippi River.

 

A storm system tracked from western Kansas to the mid-Mississippi Valley and western Great Lakes, and dragged a cold front into Arkansas. Ahead of the front, scattered to numerous thunderstorms developed during the afternoon hours.

 

Storms flared up mostly in the eastern half of the state, especially in areas toward the Mississippi River.

The Day 1 outlook for severe weather as of 613 am CST on 02/20/2014.
In the picture: The Day 1 outlook for severe weather as of 613 am CST on 02/20/2014. There was a slight (SLGT) risk of severe storms in eastern Arkansas, with a moderate (MDT) risk from Kentucky into western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and northwest Alabama. The outlook was courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center.

 

There was very little severe weather. At Stephens (Ouachita County), thunderstorm winds blew bricks from a storefront out into the street.
In the pictures: Simulated radar images showed storms developing in eastern Arkansas during the afternoon of 02/20/2014, and moving across the Mississippi River by evening.

 

Storms intensified and expanded in coverage once they crossed the river. Satellite showed showers and thunderstorms in eastern Arkansas at 332 pm CST on 02/20/2014.
In the picture: Satellite showed showers and thunderstorms in eastern Arkansas at 332 pm CST on 02/20/2014. There was rapid clearing to follow from the west.

 

Severe weather reports on 02/20/2014 (through 1000 pm CST). The graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center.

There were numerous reports of tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail from Illinois and Indiana southward through western Tennessee and northern Mississippi.

In the picture: Severe weather reports on 02/20/2014 (through 1000 pm CST).

 

It was windy surrounding the front. South to southwest winds at 15 to 30 mph shifted to the west and northwest, with 30 to 40 mph gusts common. A few gusts approached 50 mph. At Harrison (Boone County), a 49 mph gust from the west-southwest occurred at 1238 pm CST. A 48 mph gust was measured at Fort Smith (Sebastian County) around 1124 am CST. At Fayetteville (Washington County) and Highfill (Benton County), 46 mph gusts happened at 1050 am CST and 1140 am CST respectively.

In southwest Missouri (including Springfield and Nixa), winds were even higher. Gusts over 60 mph at times downed trees (which blocked roads) and power lines, and shingles were blown from roofs. Power outages were reported.

During the evening of the 20th, the front was east of Arkansas and winds were starting to subside. It was much cooler behind the front, with temperaures in the 40s at 1000 pm CST.

 

Twenty four hour precipitation through 600 am CST on 02/21/2014.
In the picture: Twenty four hour precipitation through 600 am CST on 02/21/2014.
 

There was not much rain during this event. Much of western and central Arkansas got less than a tenth of an inch, with spotty half inch to inch plus totals in the east. Rohwer (Desha County) got 1.56 inches, with 1.47 inches at Kelso (Desha County), 0.90 inch at El Dorado (Union County), 0.75 inch at Star City (Lincoln County), 0.73 inch at West Memphis (Crittenden County) and 0.68 inch at Monticello (Drew County).

More rain would have helped, especially in the northwest counties. Through the 19th, monthly precipitation in the northwest was subpar by a half inch to over an inch (less than 50 percent of normal in places). This is in addition to a dry January, when much of the region had precipitation deficits of one to more than three inches.

 

Precipitation in February, 2014 (through the 19th)
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 0.79 1.82 -1.03 43%
Harrison (NC AR) 0.90 1.73 -0.83 52%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 2.02 2.50 -0.48 81%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 0.94 1.83 -0.89 51%
Little Rock (C AR) 3.18 2.39 +0.79 133%
West Memphis (EC AR) 4.00 3.14 +0.86 127%
Texarkana (SW AR) 2.92 2.63 +0.29 111%
El Dorado (SC AR) 2.32 3.22 -0.90 72%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 3.51 2.59 +0.92 136%

 

As of the evening of the 20th, much of northern Arkansas had a moderate wildfire danger and burn bans were posted in seven counties.

 

Storm Reports
There were a few reports of damaging winds and hail in southern Arkansas on February 20th, 2014. For a look at the reports, click here.
 
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Preliminary reports of damaging winds and hail in the Little Rock County Warning Area on February 20, 2014 (in red).
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of damaging winds and hail in the Little Rock County Warning Area on February 20, 2014 (in red).

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