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Severe Weather on April 14-15, 2011 (Pg1)
 
The pattern during the afternoon and evening of 04/14/2011 featured an approaching storm system ("L") in the Plains, and contrasting air masses around the system. A huge severe weather event unfolded in mid-April as an intensifying storm system approached from the Plains. Surrounding the system, cooler and drier air slammed into warmth and increasing moisture, and this set off numerous thunderstorms by the evening of the 14th.
In the picture: The pattern during the afternoon and evening of 04/14/2011 featured an approaching storm system ("L") in the Plains, and contrasting air masses around the system. This created an unstable atmosphere, and thunderstorms erupted.

 

Storms developed rapidly between 300 pm and 700 pm CDT from southeast Kansas into eastern Oklahoma. The satellite showed thunderstorms popping up quickly along a dryline to the west of Arkansas at 340 pm CDT on 04/14/2011.
In the picture: The satellite showed thunderstorms popping up quickly along a dryline to the west of Arkansas at 340 pm CDT on 04/14/2011. Storms eventually congealed into a line, and raced into the state along a warm front lifting slowly to the north.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a broken line of supercells (storms with rotating updrafts) from Kansas into Oklahoma at 518 pm CDT on 04/14/2011.
Storms initiated along a dryline separating moist conditions to its east from very dry air farther west.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a broken line of supercells (storms with rotating updrafts) from Kansas into Oklahoma at 518 pm CDT on 04/14/2011. The storms were responsible for numerous reports of very large hail (bigger than baseballs in some cases) and tornadoes. Farther to the west, cooler air wrapping around a storm system brought snow to portions of eastern Colorado and western Nebraska. A fire was also indicated in very dry air across west Texas.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a bow echo (backward C-shaped line of storms) moving rapidly into central Arkansas at 124 am CDT on 04/15/2011.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a bow echo (backward C-shaped line of storms) moving rapidly into central Arkansas at 124 am CDT on 04/15/2011.
Damaging winds punching through the back of the line created the shape of the bow.
In the picture: Damaging winds punching through the back of the line created the shape of the bow. On the north end of the bow, there was rotation at times.
 

Storms built into Arkansas after 700 pm CDT, and eventually formed into several lines (bowing segments). The lines rapidly traversed the state during the predawn hours of the 15th.

 

 

There were numerous reports of trees and power lines down, and there was also some structural damage in places. There were over 40,000 power outages noted. At least seven (7) fatalities were reported, including three children. Storms raced across much of Arkansas in only five hours during the early morning of 04/15/2011.
In the picture: Storms raced across much of Arkansas in only five hours during the early morning of 04/15/2011.

 

While there were several bowing segments early on 04/15/2011, one dominant bow was responsible for most of the fatalities (6 of 7) during this event.
A couple of miles south of Mountain Pine (both in Garland County), two people were killed when a tree fell on a mobile home. In West Little Rock (Pulaski County), a tree on a home resulted in two deaths.
In the picture: While there were several bowing segments early on 04/15/2011, one dominant bow was responsible for most of the fatalities (6 of 7) during this event. The bow traversed the central third of Arkansas.

 

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There is more concerning severe weather on April 14th and 15th. To check out the rest of the story, click here.

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