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Severe Weather on April 9, 2009 (Pg2)
 
Some debris from the storm was carried long distances. A layout (drawn in 2004) for a ball field in Mena (Polk County) was found 55 miles away in Yell County. A check made out to a shoe store in town (dated 1994) was discovered 175 miles away in Oxford (Izard County).
In the picture: A layout for a ball field in Mena (Polk County) was found on a farm in Yell County on 04/10/2009. The document is courtesy of Rick Padgett, Danville (Yell County) Police Chief.

 

Another significant tornado (rated EF3) cut more than a 30 mile swath from DeQueen (Sevier County) to Dierks (Howard County) during the evening of the 9th. Couplets showing rotation within storms were plotted to reveal at least three tornado tracks in western Arkansas on 04/09/2009.
In the picture: Couplets showing rotation within storms were plotted to reveal at least three tornado tracks in western Arkansas on 04/09/2009.

 

Five tornadoes affected a four county area of western Arkansas on 04/09/2009. This tornado eventually dissipated near Newhope (Pike County). A short time later, a weak tornado (rated EF1) caused mostly tree damage between Newhope and Daisy (both in Pike County).
In the picture: Five tornadoes affected a four county area of western Arkansas on 04/09/2009.

 

Links of Interest
Damage Survey Information (Pike and Polk Counties)
Damage Photos from Mena (Polk County)
Coordinate File of Tornado Tracks (KMZ)
Note: This file is intended for applications such as Google Earth.

 

There was a rare (1 percent probability) clockwise rotating tornado (rated EF2) about 8 miles northwest of Nashville (Howard County). Two more tornadoes (rated EF2 and EF3) were counted near the Louisiana border (Miller and Ashley Counties), for a total of seven tornadoes in Arkansas during the event.

 

Elsewhere across the state, there were numerous reports of large hail and damaging winds.
Reports of severe weather on 04/09/2009.
In the picture: Reports of severe weather on 04/09/2009. The graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) featured several storm structures during this event, including a bow echo moving toward McRae (White County) at 1017 pm CDT on 04/09/2009.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) featured several storm structures during this event, including a bow echo moving toward McRae (White County) at 1017 pm CDT on 04/09/2009. The backwards "C" shape of the bow is caused by strong to damaging winds punching through the center of a line of storms.
Hail to the size of tennis balls occurred with two big storms heading across southern Saline County at 1043 pm CDT on 04/09/2009.
In the picture: Hail to the size of tennis balls occurred with two big storms heading across southern Saline County at 1043 pm CDT on 04/09/2009. Energy used to sample the storms mostly returned to the radar, indicating there was high reflectivity. This usually happens when there is heavy precipitation, and especially when there is ice involved.
 
There was a 65 mph wind gust at Russellville (Pope County), a 62 mph gust at Batesville (Independence County), and a 56 mph gust at Newport (Jackson County). Tennis ball size hail occurred at Shaw (Saline County), with hen egg size hail at Glen Rose (Hot Spring County). Golfball size hail fell at Benton, Haskell and Sardis (all in Saline County), Mablevale (Pulaski County) and Kirby (Pike County).

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 9, 2009 (in red).
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There were numerous reports of tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds on April 9, 2009...especially in the northwest half of the state. To check out the reports, click here.
In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 9, 2009 (in red).

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