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Tornadoes/Flash Flooding on May 30-31, 2013
 
 A boundary separated very moist air (dewpoints in the 70s) in southern Arkansas from drier air (dewpoints in the 60s) to the north at 400 pm CDT on 05/30/2013.

Outbreaks of severe weather became common in the Plains during the second half of May. That was not the case in Arkansas until the 30th.

In the picture: A boundary separated very moist air (dewpoints in the 70s) in southern Arkansas from drier air (dewpoints in the 60s) to the north at 400 pm CDT on 05/30/2013.

 

Continuation of Event
Following this event, there was more flooding and a tornado on June 1st. For more details, click here.

 

During the heat of the afternoon, rotating thunderstorms developed along a boundary across the central third of the state.

The satellite showed thunderstorms becoming widespread across mainly northern and central Arkansas during the afternoon and evening of 05/30/2013.
In the picture: The satellite showed thunderstorms becoming widespread across mainly northern and central Arkansas during the afternoon and evening of 05/30/2013.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed two circulations and likely tornadoes in Garland County at 343 pm CDT on 05/30/2013.

Fourteen tornadoes were confirmed in ten counties across the Little Rock County Warning Area. Polk and Montgomery Counties each had three tornadoes. The longest track was close to nine miles (Pike County into northwest Clark, southeast Montgomery and western Hot Spring Counties). The strongest tornadoes (rated EF2 with 120 to 130 mph winds) were around Cove (Polk County) and Oden (Montgomery County). There was also a waterspout on Lake Ouachita north of Mountain Pine (Garland County).

In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed two circulations and likely tornadoes in Garland County at 343 pm CDT on 05/30/2013.

 

 

Most tornadoes were small and brief (rated EF1). There were at least eleven injuries, with one fatality at Tull (Grant County). There, a tree fell on a moving car with the driver killed. He was headed northbound to work.

Counties where tornadoes were confirmed (in red) and pending (in purple) on 05/30/2013 and early on 05/31/2013.
In the picture: Counties where tornadoes were confirmed (in red) on 05/30/2013 and early on 05/31/2013.

 

How Many Tornadoes?
There were fourteen tornadoes counted in the Little Rock County Warning Area on May 30th (late)/31st (early). This pushed the statewide total for 2013 to 29 tornadoes. Normally, there are 33 tornadoes annually.

 

Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 05/31/2013.
In the picture: Twenty four hour rainfall through 700 am CDT on 05/31/2013.
 

This event also featured some large hail. At Collins (Drew County), there was golfball size hail, with walnut size hail at Hot Springs (Garland County). Two people were injured by lightning in a Rogers (Benton County) parking lot. Damaging straight-line winds and a fallen tree resulted in another injury at Ravenden (Lawrence County).

Perhaps the biggest headliner was the rain. Two to more than five inches of rain fell from Mena (Polk County) to Hot Springs (Garland County), Little Rock (Pulaski County) and Newport (Jackson County) in the twenty four hour period ending at 700 am CDT on the 31st. Amounts included 7.78 inches at Parks (Scott County), 7.55 inches at Big Fork (Polk County), 6.33 inches at Blakely Mountain Dam (Garland County), 6.25 inches at Lake Poinsett State Park (Poinsett County) and 6.13 inches at Oden (Montgomery County). 

Little Rock (Pulaski County) Adams Field received 3.09 inches between 817 pm CDT and 917 pm CDT on the 30th. This broke the all-time one hour rainfall record at the site.

 

Twenty Four Hour Rainfall (through 700 am CDT on 05/31/2013)
Site Amount (Inches)
Parks (Scott Co) 7.78
Big Fork (Polk Co) 7.55
Botkinburg (Van Buren Co) 6.80
Blakely Mountain Dam (Garland Co) 6.33
Lake Poinsett State Park (Poinsett Co) 6.25
Oden (Montgomery Co) 6.13
Pine Ridge (Montgomery Co) 5.98
Waldron (Scott Co) 5.26
Gravelly (Yell Co) 4.90
Mount Ida (Montgomery Co) 4.85
Batesville Lock and Dam (Independence Co) 4.26
Alum Fork (Saline Co) 4.17
Augusta (Woodruff Co) 3.80
Conway (Faulkner Co) 3.77
Newport (Jackson Co) 3.72
Mountain View (Stone Co) 3.65

 

Rapid rises occurred on the Ouachita River near Mount Ida (Montgomery County) late on 05/30/2013 and early on 05/31/2013.

Creeks and small streams rose quickly. In some cases, levels went up by more than 20 feet! Near Mount Ida (Montgomery County), the Ouachita River rocketed from 3.3 feet at 600 pm CDT on the 30th to more than 28 feet by 800 am CDT on the 31st. The Fourche La Fave River at Gravelly (Yell County) had the highest crest on record (32.60 feet) at 1145 am CDT on the 31st. Rises like this contributed to the flooding woes.

In the picture: Rapid rises occurred on the Ouachita River near Mount Ida (Montgomery County) late on 05/30/2013 and early on 05/31/2013.

 

Numerous roads were under water in Polk and Scott Counties, with people rescued from homes and vehicles. Highway 71 was closed for a time between Waldron (Scott County) and Mena (Polk County). Two feet of water was over some roads in Hot Springs Village (Garland County). Alum Fork of the Saline River flowed across Highway 9 north of Crows (Saline County). There was flooding of roads in the Little Rock (Pulaski County) area, and farther east toward Harrisburg (Poinsett County) and Hickory Ridge (Cross County). At the latter two locations, water threatened some homes.

 

A tornado was witnessed near Oden (Montgomery County) during the afternoon of 05/30/2013.
In the picture: A tornado was witnessed near Oden (Montgomery County) during the afternoon of 05/30/2013. The photo is courtesy of Barbara Klutts. Click to enlarge.
A house (in the background) was washed off its foundation by water from Brushy Creek 3.8 miles west-northwest of Pencil Bluff (Montgomery County) on 05/30/2013.
In the picture: A house (in the background) was washed off its foundation by water from Brushy Creek 3.8 miles west-northwest of Pencil Bluff (Montgomery County) on 05/30/2013. Click to enlarge.
 

Unfortunately, raging water claimed five lives close to Y City (Scott County). This included the county sheriff and a wildlife officer who were performing a rescue on the Fourche LaFave River. Closeby, an apparent drowning victim was found in her car. At Little Rock (Pulaski County), a body was discovered in Coleman Creek after water levels dropped.

 

Storm Reports
There were numerous reports of tornadoes, wind damage, hail and flash flooding on May 30th and 31st, 2013. For a look at the reports, click here.
 
Link of Interest
Plot Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on May 30-31, 2013 (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 May 30-31, 2013 (in red).

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