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January through March Events, 2013 (Pg1)
 

It was an active beginning to 2013. The first three months of the year featured a heavy rain event, an ice storm and heavy snow.

 

A visible satellite image showed clouds swirling around a storm system ("L") in the southern Plains, with an infrared image highlighting storms along the Louisiana Gulf Coast at 945 am CST on 01/10/2013.

An unsettled pattern evolved on January 9th. A storm system approached Arkansas from the southern Plains, with moisture increasing readily ahead of the system.

In the picture: A visible satellite image showed clouds swirling around a storm system ("L") in the southern Plains, with an infrared image highlighting storms along the Louisiana Gulf Coast at 945 am CST on 01/10/2013.

 

Widespread rain developed, and was heaviest in southeast sections of the state. Some amounts were over two inches. Totals could have been higher if not for thunderstorms along the Louisiana Gulf coast (which robbed some of the available moisture).  

 

On the 12th, a cold front pushed into the region and stalled for a time as it approached central Arkansas. Rain and scattered thunderstorms focused along and north of the front, and there was a deluge for several hours.

Temperatures at 600 pm CST on 01/12/2013.
In the picture: Temperatures at 600 pm CST on 01/12/2013. There was a forty degree difference across the front. The front stalled for awhile and waited for a storm system ("L") to pass before progressing through southern and eastern Arkansas during the overnight hours. 

 

Three to more than five inches of rain dumped from Mena (Polk County) to Russellville (Pope County), Clinton (Van Buren County), Mountain View (Stone County), Hardy (Sharp County) and Pocahontas (Randolph County).

In the picture: Twenty four hour precipitation through 600 am CST on 01/13/2013.

 

Twenty Four Hour Rainfall (through 600 am CST on 01/13/2013)
Site Amount (Inches)
Dardanelle (Yell Co) 6.02
Calamine (Sharp Co) 5.39
Russellville (Pope Co) 5.20
Mountain View (Stone Co) 5.10
Clinton (Van Buren Co) 4.98
Damascus (Van Buren Co) 4.75
Batesville Lock & Dam (Independence Co) 4.70
Center Ridge (Conway Co) 4.15
St. Francis (Clay Co) 4.11
Hardy (Sharp Co) 4.00
Pocahontas (Randolph Co) 3.95
Corning (Clay Co) 3.91
Melbourne (Izard Co) 3.90
Salem (Fulton Co) 3.90
Evening Shade (Sharp Co) 3.88
Mammoth Spring (Fulton Co) 3.70

 

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Along this axis, high water problems developed. Stranded motorists were rescued from vehicles, roads were barricaded, and water flowed into homes. Small streams and creeks rose quickly, and there was some minor river flooding.

Eventually, the front gained some momentum toward the southeast during the overnight hours of the 12th/early on the 13th. Areas of the southeast that got heavy rain on the 9th/10th were hit again. Rain fell on already saturated soil, and could not soak in. A disaster was declared in Lincoln County where washouts existed along 98 percent of the roads.

 

On February 10th, Arkansas barely missed a severe weather episode. Between 400 pm and 600 pm CST on the 10th, two strong long track tornadoes affected areas south of Columbia, MS (rated EF2/120 mph peak winds) and also the Hattiesburg, MS area (rated EF4/170 mph peak winds). More than 180 homes were destroyed, and close to 400 homes had major damage. At least 85 people were injured. The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a storm with strong rotation approaching Hattiesburg, MS from the west at 518 pm CST on 02/10/2013.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a storm with strong rotation approaching Hattiesburg, MS from the west at 518 pm CST on 02/10/2013.

 

 

An ice storm unfolded across the northern half of Arkansas on 02/21/2013.

About a week later (on the 20th), winter made an appearance.

In the picture: An ice storm unfolded across the northern half of Arkansas on 02/21/2013. Interestingly, freezing rain was accompanied by thunder. Farther north, heavy snow fell in a wide swath from Nebraska and Kansas into Iowa and Missouri.

 

A massive winter storm was set to spread across the Plains, and it was cold enough for snow in western sections of the state.

The event initially featured snow in western Arkansas on 02/20/2013.
In the picture: The event initially featured snow in western Arkansas on 02/20/2013.

 

Up to 4 inches of snow piled up at Fort Smith (Sebastian County) and near Alma (Crawford County). Two to three inch amounts were common around Clarksville (Johnson County) and Paris (Logan County).

Farther south/east, it was a little too warm aloft for snow, but temperatures near the ground were below freezing. This resulted in some light freezing rain at Russellville (Pope County), where a school bus slid off the road and three children were injured. Near Hot Springs (Garland County), three more people were injured after a car flipped over. There was some light icing on exposed objects farther east toward the Little Rock (Pulaski County) area, but roads were mostly wet.

On the 21st, warming continued aloft, and snow was out of the picture. But low level temperatures were still subfreezing across the northern half of Arkansas. It was a perfect setup for significant icing given enough moisture, and there was plenty of liquid yet to come.

 

While an Ice Storm Warning was posted in northern Arkansas at 803 am CST on 02/21/2013, isolated severe thunderstorms popped up across the southern counties.
In the picture: While an Ice Storm Warning was posted in northern Arkansas at 803 am CST on 02/21/2013, isolated severe thunderstorms popped up across the southern counties.
 

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms popped up in the southwest early in the day, and raced to the northeast. A few of the storms produced hail. Quarter to half dollar size hail was reported in East Camden (Ouachita County), near Pinebergen (Jefferson County) and in southwest Little Rock (Pulaski County).

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed rain and scattered thunderstorms becoming widespread from 700 am to 1000 am CST on 02/21/2013.

Once the moisture spread into areas north of Little Rock (Pulaski County), ice collected on trees and power lines. Quarter to half inch accruals were common in the northern two to three rows of counties.

In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed rain and scattered thunderstorms becoming widespread from 700 am to 1000 am CST on 02/21/2013. Temperatures (dashed white lines) remained below freezing as precipitation made it into the northern counties.

 

Snow and ice accumulations, plus quarter size or larger hail reports on February 20-21, 2013.
In the picture: Snow and ice accumulations, plus quarter size or larger hail reports on February 20-21, 2013.
 

Parts of the northeast had more than a half inch of ice, including Batesville (Independence County) and areas toward Melbourne (Izard County) and Cave City (Sharp County).

 

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