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Very Hot/Scattered Severe Storms on June 27-28, 2013
 
A ridge of high pressure ("H") over the western United States nudged into Arkansas at 700 pm CDT on 06/27/2013. It was very hot on June 27th. In fact, it was the hottest day of the summer thus far. Afternoon temperatures were well into the 90s, and topped 100 degrees in places.
In the picture: A ridge of high pressure ("H") over the western United States nudged into Arkansas at 700 pm CDT on 06/27/2013. Meanwhile, a cold front moving around the periphery of the high was nearing the state to the north. Clusters of storms developed along and ahead of the front.

 

Maximum heat index values during the afternoon of 06/27/2013.
In the picture: Maximum heat index values during the afternoon of 06/27/2013.
 

It was 102 degrees at Hot Springs (Garland County), and 101 degrees at Blytheville (Mississippi County), Fort Smith (Sebastian County), Harrison (Boone County), Jonesboro (Craighead County), Little Rock (Pulaski County), Newport (Jackson County) and Russellville (Pope County).

Taking the humidity into account, moisture in the air made it feel worse. Afternoon heat index values ranged from 100 to 115 degrees.

 

Very Hot on June 27, 2013
Site High Temp Max Heat Index
Fayetteville (NW AR) 96° 101°
Harrison (NC AR) 100° 105°
Jonesboro (NE AR) 101° 113°
Fort Smith (WC AR) 101° 109°
Little Rock (C AR) 101° 111°
West Memphis (EC AR) 98° 109°
Texarkana (SW AR) 98° 103°
El Dorado (SC AR) 96° 105°
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 95° 109°

 

These sweltering conditions were the result of high pressure nudging into the region from the west. Under the high, there is often extreme heat and little in the way of rain. While the high was asserting itself, a cold front moved around the periphery of the high and approached from Missouri. 

 

Ahead of the front, scattered severe thunderstorms erupted in northeast Arkansas during the afternoon and tracked southward along the Mississippi River through the evening. The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed scattered severe storms affecting eastern Arkansas through the evening of 06/27/2013.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed scattered severe storms affecting eastern Arkansas through the evening of 06/27/2013. Where storms occurred, temperatures (dashed white lines) cooled into the 70s.

 

Hail up to golfball size was measured east of Cave City (Sharp County) during the evening of 06/27/2013. One storm produced golfball size hail east of Cave City (Sharp County). Quarter size hail was reported near Newark (Independence County).
In the picture: Hail up to golfball size was measured east of Cave City (Sharp County) during the evening of 06/27/2013. The photo is courtesy of Rebekah Asberry. Click to enlarge.

 

Trees and power lines were downed at Newport and Tuckerman (both in Jackson County). At the former location, a 56 mph wind gust was measured. Three teenaged friends in West Memphis (Crittenden County) were injured by lightning while hiding under a tree. They were walking home after a game of basketball.

Later at night (the wee hours of the 28th), another cluster of storms arrived from the northwest and hit counties in the northeast. Winds gusted to 78 mph at Blytheville (Mississippi County) around 513 am CDT.

 

Twenty four hour rainfall in the twenty four period ending at 700 am CDT on the day indicated.
In the pictures: Twenty four hour rainfall in the twenty four period ending at 700 am CDT on the day indicated.

Rain on 06/28/2013   |   Rain on 06/29/2013
 

As far as rainfall, a few spots got more than an inch. Blytheville and Osceola (both in Mississippi County) received 1.87 and 1.03 inches respectively. At Corning (Clay County), 0.89 inch of rain fell, with 0.80 inch at McCrory (Woodruff County).

The aforementioned front moved through on the 28th. There was one more day of triple digit heat (100 degrees) across the south, including Camden (Ouachita County) and Texarkana (Miller County).

 

There were also a few storms in the southern half of the state. Southwest of Selma (Drew County), there was quarter size hail and a few trees were pushed over along Highway 278.

Storm reports in the twenty four hour period ending at 700 am CDT on 06/29/2013.
In the picture: Storm reports in the twenty four hour period ending at 700 am CDT on 06/29/2013. Severe weather was isolated in southeast Arkansas, and much more widespread along the East Coast and into the southeast United States. The graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK.

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on June 27-28, 2013 (in red).
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There were reports of damaging winds and large hail on June 27th and 28th, 2013. For a look at some reports, click here.
 
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on June 27-28, 2013 (in red).

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