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Strong Winds on January 29, 2008
 
The pattern at 2 pm CST on 01/29/2008. A strong cold front approached from the Plains during the morning of January 29th. The front arrived during the early afternoon hours, and winds shifted to the northwest. Wind speeds of 30 to 40 mph were common, with gusts over 50 mph.  
In the picture: The pattern at 2 pm CST on 01/29/2008...with a strong cold front pushing through Arkansas with a chance of severe weather in the east and a lot of wind to follow.

 

 

Trees and power lines were downed across the region, with some structural damage noted (parts of roofs removed from homes/businesses). Over 40,000 power outages were reported. Three hour pressure changes from 8 am CST to 2 pm CST on 01/29/2008.
In the picture: Three hour pressure changes from 8 am CST to 2 pm CST on 01/29/2008. Initially, there were pressure falls in Arkansas...with upward motion to create clouds and a chance of thunderstorms. Strong pressure rises (over 10 millibars/3 hours) followed from the Plains, with sinking motion and much colder/more stable air. Between falls and rises, there was an extreme isallobaric (pressure tendency) gradient...leading to a lot of wind across the region.

 

There were two deaths reported. One person was killed near Wooster (Faulkner County) when a tree fell on her car (while she drove on Arkansas Highway 225). At Lonoke (Lonoke County), a woman lost her life when a tree fell on her home.

 

A fire started at Fort Chaffee near Fort Smith (Sebastian County) as noted by the smoke plume between 1144 am CST and 1201 pm CST on 01/29/2008.
In some cases, downed power lines triggered grass fires which spread quickly due to the winds. In addition to High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories, the National Weather Service issued Fire Danger Statements to advise people to be careful with fire.
In the picture: A fire started at Fort Chaffee near Fort Smith (Sebastian County) as noted by the smoke plume between 1144 am CST and 1201 pm CST on 01/29/2008. The plume was captured by the Fort Smith (SRX) WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar). Note the orientation of the plume changed as a cold front went through and winds shifted from southwest to northwest.

 

Temperatures fell quickly behind the front. As of 3 pm CST, readings were already in the 20s across northwest Arkansas (with northwest winds). Meanwhile, readings were still in the 70s in eastern sections of the state (with south/southwest winds).

 

Conditions as of 3 pm CST on 01/29/2008  
Site Temperature Winds
Fayetteville (NW AR) 29° W22G29 MPH
Harrison (NC AR) 29° W25G37 MPH
Jonesboro (NE AR) 67° SW29G35 MPH
Fort Smith (WC AR) 39° NW29G36 MPH
Little Rock (C AR) 64° NW32G43 MPH
North Little Rock (C AR) 57° W21G44 MPH
West Memphis (EC AR) 66° S20G25 MPH
Texarkana (SW AR) 58° NW39G49 MPH
El Dorado (SC AR) 71° W25G47 MPH
Monticello (SE AR) 71° W29G43 MPH

 

Storm Reports
Very strong winds downed trees and power lines and caused structural damage in portions of northern and central Arkansas on January 29, 2008. For a look at some reports, click here.
Preliminary reports of non-thunderstorm wind damage in the Little Rock County Warning Area on January 29, 2008 (in red).
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of non-thunderstorm wind damage in the Little Rock County Warning Area on January 29, 2008 (in red).

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