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Severe Weather on October 29-30, 2009
 
In addition to the widespread flooding, there was severe weather with this event. During the afternoon of the 29th, there was a lot of wind energy surrounding a storm system to the north. Winds turned with height, and caused some storms to rotate.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed one round of precipitation exiting Arkansas to the north and east, with another round poised to the west at 1038 am CDT on 10/29/2009.
Isolated tornadoes became a concern in southern sections of the state where the atmosphere was the most unstable (warm/moist) to promote storm growth.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed one round of precipitation exiting Arkansas to the north and east, with another round poised to the west at 1038 am CDT on 10/29/2009. There was a brief lull across the region, allowing for some warming (temperatures in the 70s across the southern counties) and increasing the potential for at least some severe weather.

 

One storm became tornadic in western Union County and tracked through eastern Ouachita, western Calhoun and southeastern Dallas Counties between 315 pm and 415 pm CDT. A damage survey determined the storm produced three tornadoes as it headed to the north and northeast.

 

Two of the tornadoes affected the East Camden (Ouachita and Calhoun County line) area and caused structural damage and overturned at least thirty empty tank (train) cars. Damage was most extensive around Southern Arkansas University Tech and Highland Industrial Park.

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed strong rotation and a possible tornado approaching areas between Camden (Ouachita County) and Locust Bayou (Calhoun County) at 328 pm CDT on 10/29/2009.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed strong rotation and a possible tornado approaching areas between Camden (Ouachita County) and Locust Bayou (Calhoun County) at 328 pm CDT on 10/29/2009.

 

Between 630 pm and 730 pm CDT, another storm spawned a long track tornado (more than 25 miles) in northern Ouachita and western Dallas Counties. Massive tree damage was found, especially just to the west of Velie (Ouachita County).

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a rapidly evolving bow echo around Pine Bluff (Jefferson County) shortly before 1100 pm CDT on 10/29/2009. Later in the evening (toward 1100 pm CDT), a line of storms pushed through Pine Bluff (Jefferson County). On the south side of town, there was some structural (mostly roof) damage and trees pushed over. After some investigation, it appears a small tornado was responsible for the damage.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a rapidly evolving bow echo around Pine Bluff (Jefferson County) shortly before 1100 pm CDT on 10/29/2009. Storms bulged forward as strong/damaging winds surged through the south side of town from the southwest. As the bowing occurred, an area of rotation formed along the leading edge of the storms...and a weak tornado was spawned.

 

Other small tornadoes were noted east of Sheridan and just southeast of Prattsville (both in Grant County), and also around Scott (Lonoke County). Eight (of nine) tornadoes (rated EF0 to EF2) spawned in the Little Rock County Warning Area on 10/29/2009 were in Calhoun, Dallas, Grant, Jefferson, Lonoke and Ouachita Counties.
In the picture: Eight (of nine) tornadoes (rated EF0 to EF2) spawned in the Little Rock County Warning Area on 10/29/2009 were in Calhoun, Dallas, Grant, Jefferson, Lonoke and Ouachita Counties.

 

A weak tornado (EF1) tracked through northern Scott and southern Logan Counties on 10/29/2009. One last tornado toppled thousands of trees in the Ouachita National Forest in northern Scott and southern Logan Counties. In all, there were nine (9) tornadoes in the Little Rock County Warning Area.  
In the picture: A weak tornado (EF1) tracked through northern Scott and southern Logan Counties on 10/29/2009.

 

 

Storm Reports
There were reports of severe weather on October 29-30, 2009. To check out the reports, click here.
Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on October 29-30, 2009 (in red).
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on October 29-30, 2009 (in red).

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