Climate Data
Yearly Reports
Interested in what kind of weather occurred in a recent year? Check out the most memorable events below.
 
Severe Weather in Nov 2005 (27th)
 
The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed areas of strong rotation with tornadoes produced on 11/27/2005. Thus far, this has been a slow severe weather year in Arkansas. Springtime is usually when severe storms are most numerous, but there was only 1 tornado in the Spring across the Little Rock County Warning Area. The remnants of Hurricane Rita added 11 more tornadoes to the total in September...but it was nothing like the tornado outbreak that followed on November 27th. 
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed areas of strong rotation with tornadoes produced on 11/27/2005.  Tor #1tracked through Blackwell (Conway County), Tor #2 hit Cherry Hill (Perry County) and Plumerville (Conway County) and Tor #3 affected areas near Pearcy (Garland County). 

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) indicated a hook echo approaching Cherry Hill (Perry County) from the southwest around 550 pm CST on 11/27/2005.
 In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) indicated a hook echo approaching Cherry Hill (Perry County) from the southwest around 550 pm CST on 11/27/2005. To sample the storm, the radar sends energy...which is reflected back if there is precipitation. In this case, the radar detected a high level of reflectivity in the hook, which often means that debris is present. 
 
On the 27th, severe storms tracked through mainly northern and central Arkansas during the afternoon and evening hours. The storms spawned two dozen tornadoes...mostly mostly between 3 pm and 9 pm CST.

 

The strongest tornadoes occurred in Perry and Conway Counties. There were two F3 tornadoes (158-206 mph winds) spawned in this two county area, with 1 fatality reported. The fatality occurred near Plumerville (Conway County)...when one of the tornadoes crossed Interstate 40 and threw several vehicles. The scenario leading up to the tornado outbreak on 11/27/2005.
In the picture: The scenario leading up to the tornado outbreak on 11/27/2005. For tornadoes, there is usually a lifting mechanism (such as a storm system or front), instability (warmth and moisture so air parcels can ascend to create storms) and shear (strong winds changing direction with height). All three ingredients were present before this outbreak, with low pressure to the northwest (for lift), instability increasing from the south (measured by Convective Available Potential Energy or CAPE in J/kg) and plenty of shear in place (measured by helicity in m2/s2).

 

Where reports of damage and possible tornadoes occurred on 11/27/2005. Numerous reports of damage were received by the National Weather Service in Little Rock. Structures were either damaged or destroyed, with trees uprooted or snapped and power lines downed. Most of the damage was caused by tornadoes.
In the picture: Where reports of damage and possible tornadoes occurred on 11/27/2005 (NOTE: Each triangle represents a damage report and not a tornado). Click to enlarge.

 

Forty two hour rainfall amounts through 12 pm CST on 11/28/2005.
 In the picture: Forty two hour rainfall amounts through 12 pm CST on 11/28/2005. "E" is estimated precipitation.
 
Heavy rain also fell during the event. Storms evolved into a line by the evening of the 27th...with the line slowing as it reached central sections of the state (from the west). Some areas north of Little Rock (Pulaski County) received over 2 inches of precipitation. Forty two hour amounts through 12 pm CST on the 28th included 2.88 inches at Salem (Fulton County), 2.42 inches at Wooster (Faulkner County), 2.20 inches at Batesville (Independence County), and 2.12 inches at Dardanelle (Yell County). The heavy rain resulted in spotty flash flooding.

 

Damage Surveys/Pictures
Two dozen (24) tornadoes have been confirmed in the Little Rock County Warning Area. For survey results and damage pictures, click here. A wall cloud was captured on video at 441 pm CST about 7 miles north of Atkins (Pope County) on 11/27/2005.
In the picture: A wall cloud was captured on video at 441 pm CST about 7 miles north of Atkins (Pope County) on 11/27/2005. The video capture is courtesy of Jason Politte...a trained storm spotter. Click to enlarge.

 

Storm Reports
 
Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on November 27, 2005 (in red).
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Numerous reports of severe weather, and several tornadoes, were received by the National Weather Service on November 27, 2005. For a look at the reports, click here.
In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather in the Little Rock County Warning Area on November 27, 2005 (in red).

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