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Severe Weather/Heavy Rain on April 30 - May 1, 2010 (Pg2)
 
The pattern at 700 am CDT on 05/02/2010. Rain tapered off during the morning of May 1st. High pressure in the southeast United States kept a storm system and cold front parked in the Plains. This set the stage for more tornadoes during the afternoon and evening hours.
In the picture: The pattern at 700 am CDT on 05/02/2010. High pressure ("H") in the southeast United States kept a storm system ("L") stuck in the Plains. Ahead of the system, a southerly flow brought abundant moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed storms becoming numerous during the evening of 05/01/2010.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed storms becoming numerous during the evening of 05/01/2010. Tornadic storms were most likely in southern and eastern Arkansas as shear increased.
 
While it was plenty warm and moist, low level shear was not quite enough to get tornadoes going. While shear increased through the evening, instability gradually decreased with the loss of daytime heating.

 

There was a lot of rotation aloft in developing storms, and numerous reports of funnel clouds. However, there were only isolated tornadoes, mainly in southern and eastern Arkansas. This supercell (or storm with rotating updrafts) had a wall cloud (center of photo) and several funnels as it passed through Conway (Faulkner County) during the evening of 05/01/2010.
In the picture: This supercell (or storm with rotating updrafts) had a wall cloud (center of photo) and several funnels as it passed through Conway (Faulkner County) during the evening of 05/01/2010. Apparently, the storm did not produce any tornadoes. The photo is courtesy of James Bryant. Click to enlarge.

 

A weak tornado (rated EF1) affected eastern Woodruff County on 05/01/2010. One tornado (rated EF1) was spawned near Penrose (Woodruff County). An airport hanger was damaged, with a roof partially removed from a house.
In the picture: A weak tornado (rated EF1) affected eastern Woodruff County on 05/01/2010.

 

 

Farther to the southwest, there was evidence of a brief tornado (rated EF1) to the northwest of Rye (Cleveland County). The tornado was embedded in a large swath of wind damage, with a barn and some sheds destroyed by gusts up to 80 mph. South of Artesian (Calhoun County) and Jersey (Bradley County), a weak tornado (rated EF1) downed trees. Weak tornadoes (EF1) were spawned in portions of Bradley, Calhoun and Cleveland Counties on 05/01/2010.
In the picture: Weak tornadoes (EF1) were spawned in portions of Bradley, Calhoun and Cleveland Counties on 05/01/2010.

 

Forty eight hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 05/02/2010. More heavy rain fell later that night, especially from the eastern half of the state into Tennesee. Forty eight hour totals through 700 am CDT on May 2nd were in the 5 to 8 inch range or more from central into northeast Arkansas.
In the picture: Forty eight hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 05/02/2010. Nashville, TN received another 7.24 inches of rain in the next 24 hour period, resulting in unprecedented flooding.

 

Shortly before midnight CDT on the 1st, flood waters swept a man into a large culvert near Bryant (Saline County) and he drowned.

 

Storm Reports
There were numerous reports of severe weather and flash flooding on April 30th and May 1st, 2010. For a look at some reports, click here.
Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 30-May 1, 2010 (in red).
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 30-May 1, 2010 (in red).

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