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Severe Weather on March 10, 2010 (Pg1)
 
The weather pattern on March 9-10, 2010. Heading into Spring, the focus often turns to severe weather in Arkansas. That was the case on March 10th.
In the picture: A storm system (#1) dragged a cold front through Arkansas on 03/09/2009, with drier air to follow (dewpoints in the 40s). A new storm system (#2) approached the next day, with low level moisture increasing (dewpoints in the 50s/60s) and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon and evening.

 

A powerful storm system headed across the Plains, and pulled warmth and moisture northward through the region from the Gulf Coast. This detabilized the atmosphere, with plenty of fuel for thunderstorm development.

 

By 100 pm CST on the 10th, temperatures were in the 70s in most areas, with dewpoints in the 50s to around 60 degrees.
Temperatures and dewpoints at 100 pm CST on 03/10/2010.
In the picture: Temperatures and dewpoints at 100 pm CST on 03/10/2010.

 

A sounding at North Little Rock (Pulaski County) showed fairly high moisture levels near the ground, and very dry air aloft (large differences in temperatures and dewpoints) at 300 pm CST on 03/10/2010.
While moisture became abundant near the ground, that was not the case aloft. Dry air was noted overhead as the event unfolded.
In the picture: A sounding at North Little Rock (Pulaski County) showed fairly high moisture levels near the ground, and very dry air aloft (large differences in temperatures and dewpoints) at 300 pm CST on 03/10/2010. Winds also turned with height, which helped create rotation in developing storms.

 

As thunderstorms developed, moisture surged upward into the drier air, and there was a lot of evaporation at first. This created cooling, and hail formed easily. As a result, there were numerous reports of quarter size hail or larger.

 

Up to baseball size hail was reported near Delight (Pike County). There was golfball size hail just south and southeast of Hot Springs and at Lonsdale (both in Garland County), at Glenwood (Pike County), just southwest of Haskell (Saline County), near Morgan (Pulaski County), and at Opello and Plumerville (both in Conway County). Walton Heights in West Little Rock (Pulaski County) was hit three times by large hail! Up to golfball size hail was noted on the south side of Hot Springs (Garland County) on 03/10/2010.
In the picture: Up to golfball size hail was noted on the south side of Hot Springs (Garland County) on 03/10/2010. The photo is courtesy of the Morning Star Volunteer Fire Department (VFD). Click to enlarge.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a pronounced hook echo (where a tornado was spawned) a few miles northwest of Benton (Saline County) at 632 pm CST on 03/10/2010. There were also isolated tornadoes. One tornado (rated EF1) ripped through areas just northwest of Benton (Saline County) around 630 pm CST.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a pronounced hook echo (where a tornado was spawned) a few miles northwest of Benton (Saline County) at 632 pm CST on 03/10/2010.

 

At least 20 houses were damaged, but there were no injuries. The storm that produced the tornado in Saline County still looked ominous as it headed toward Pulaski County (adjacent county to the east).
In the picture: The storm that produced the tornado in Saline County still looked ominous as it headed toward Pulaski County (adjacent county to the east). The photo is courtesy of Lisa Hyde. Click to enlarge.

 

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