"Today, we held our ceremony to declare Leola (southwest Grant County) to
commemorate the record rainfall that occurred there last year.
In 2009, Leola set an all-time state rainfall record for Arkansas, when
James Riggan, the National Weather Service cooperative observer,
measured 100.05 inches of rain. The previous record was 98.55 inches at
New Hope (Pike County) in 1957.
In the picture, (left to right):
Pierce Reeder, former mayor of Leola and a former cooperative weather
observer for 35 years in Leola
James Riggan, the current cooperative weather observer in Leola (the
person who measured the 100.05 inches), with the rain gage in his yard
Paul Orr, current mayor of Leola."
|Photo courtesy of John Robinson|