Has anyone stopped to think about how extreme our weather has been this year? There are some similarities between this year and 2008 which was also a La Nina year. For instance, we had a couple big snows, an active severe weather season, and historic flooding. If history serves as a guide, what does the rest of 2011 have waiting for us? The first thing I would look out for is an active tropical season. In 2008, Hurricane Gustav and Ike both brought remnants to the Natural State producing heavy rainfall and tornadoes. Let's hope it doesn't come to that, but we'll watch it.
I wanted to make a list of all the records, potential records, and notable events for this CRAZY year so far. I may miss a few things since there are so many. If you know of anything that should be added, just make a post in the comment section.
Hottest day in Little Rock weather history August 3rd with 114 degrees
Warmest low temperature ever August 3rd with 85 degrees.
If summer ended today, it would be the 2nd driest on record.
If summer ended today, it would be the hottest by average seasonal temperature
If summer ended today, it would be the 3rd hottest by avg. high temperature
If summer ended today, it would be the 2nd warmest by avg. low temperature
The high temperature on Aug. 6th and 7th was the 5th warmest in LR history (108)
Highest wind gust ever in the month of August. 77 mph on the 7th
2nd highest wind gust ever in LR weather history. 77 mph on August 7th
A wind sensor at the LR airport 100 feet high recorded a 92 mph gust on Aug. 7th
2nd longest consecutive period of 80 degree + temps. (Aug. 3-6... 4 days)
If we hit 100 Sun., it will rank in the top 10 highest # of consecutive 100 degree days
If we hit 100 Mon., it will be 6th longest period of consecutive 100 degree days
If we hit 100 Sunday, 2011 will rank #8 with most days at or above 100 degrees
As of Sunday, Fort Smith has had a record setting 33 consecutive 100 degree + days
Fort Smith has had a total of 41 days this summer with temperatures 100 degrees +
Every July day was above 90 degrees tying 3 other years for the most on record
By average high temperature, July was the 5th hottest on record
By average low temperature, July was the 2nd hottest on record
By average temperature, it was the 4th warmest on record
It was the 3rd driest July on record
June was the 3rd hottest by average high temperature
June was the 4th warmest by average low temperature
June was the 3rd hottest by average temperature
On June 27th, LR hit 100. This was the 1st 100 degree high in June since 1998
Tornado count of 72 this year is getting close to the 2nd most in history (81 in 2008)
In May, a rare EF4 tornado hit Denning, Arkansas
Historic flooding occurred in the White River Basin
I-40 closed due to high waters from the White River
On May 2nd, the high of 53 in Little Rock was the 2nd coolest May high on record
It was the 9th wettest May on record
The highest wind gust for April was observed at the airport (66 mph)
Low temperature of 10 on Feb.11th was the coldest since Feb. 4th, 1996
A few days later, N. Little Rock tied a daily record high on the 14th at 73 degrees
8.9'' of snow fell in Little Rock during Feb. making it the snowiest Feb. since 1979
It was the 6th snowiest Feb. ever in Little Rock
24'' of snow fell in NW AR on Feb. 9th challenging the all time state record (25'')
The low temperature on Feb. 10th in Highfill (Benton county) was -21
Fayetteville dropped to -18 on February 10th
It was the 5th driest January on record
5.7'' of snow fell in Little Rock making it the 19th snowiest January in history
I imagine the fall and early winter will offer more extreme weather for the Natural State as the La Nina conditions develop once again. After such an extremely hot summer, how about mother nature gives us the earliest snow ever? I'll see if I can make that happen. By the way, the earliest snow was on October 28th, 1925 with a trace at the Little Rock airport. LET'S DO IT!
THANKS TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTH LITTLE ROCK FOR ALL THE DATA.