Monday, March 10, 2014

A Walloping Winter


It was not your imagination, the winter of 2013-2014 was a winter to remember.  I like to call it the "winter of sleet".  It seems like most of the frozen precipitation that fell in central Arkansas was in that form.

Now that meteorological winter is over (December 1st through February 28th), we can look at how brutal the past few months have been officially.

  • Little Rock fell into the single digits for the first time since 1996.
  • The average low temperature was the coldest since the winter of 1983-1984 and the 13th coldest on record
  • Little Rock had 60 days at or below freezing temperatures and that's the most since the winter of 1978-1979
  • There were 9 days with temperatures below 20 and that's the most since the winter of 2000-2001
  • There were 16 days with snowfall... measurable of not... which was the most since the winter of 1983-1984
  • There were 10 days with snow on the ground....measurable or not... making it the most since 2000-2001
I made a few graphics which shows you how much above average we were this winter in terms of snowfall.  You must remember, the National Weather Service considers sleet, snow.  So that's figured into these numbers.  Also listed below are many of the records around the state for March.  I took these from the NWS Little Rock facebook page.  Thanks to them for compiling this data.


Below are records set for the month of March.  I'll post winter records soon.


Coldest since 1920...
Calico Rock, 29.4 degrees, coldest on record. Previous record was 29.6 in 1920 (records since 1915)
Hardy, 28.1 degrees, coldest on record. Previous record was 29.8 in 1920 (records since 1897)

Coldest since 1943...
Batesville Airport, 33.0 degrees, 2nd coldest on record (records since 1937)
Stuttgart Airport, 36.3 degrees, 2nd coldest on record (records since 1942)

Coldest since 1960...
Booneville, 32.6 degrees, 3rd coldest on record (records since 1906)
Brinkley, 26.8 degrees, coldest on record. Previous record was 28.4 in 1960 (records since 1882)
Clarksville, 32.1 degrees, 2nd coldest on record (records since 1871)
Conway, 32.0 degrees, 2nd coldest on record (records since 1884)
Dardanelle, 35.2 degrees, 3rd coldest on record (records since 1909)
Flippin, 32.5 degrees, 2nd coldest on record (records since 1951)
Gilbert, 30.9 degrees, 3rd coldest on record (records since 1924)
Hot Springs Airport, 39.4 degrees, 2nd coldest on record (records since 1948)
Hot Springs National Park, 33.8, 3rd coldest on record (records since 1875)
Little Rock AFB/Jacksonville, 35.0 degrees, 2nd coldest on record (records since 1956)
Little Rock, 36.8 degrees, 4th coldest on record (records since 1879)
Malvern, 35.0 degrees, 2nd coldest on record (records since 1882)
Mountain Home, 29.7 degrees, 3rd coldest on record (records since 1902)
Mena, 32.5, 3rd coldest on record (records since 1887)
Newport, 28.4 degrees, 2nd coldest on record (records since 1884)
Searcy, 30.7 degrees, 2nd coldest on record (records since 1882)

Coldest since 1962...
Devils Knob, 34.0 degrees, 3rd coldest on record (records since 1937)

Coldest since 1978...
Harrison, 32.0 degrees, 6th coldest on record (records since 1891)
North Little Rock, 35.6 degrees, coldest on record. Previous record was 36.1 in 1978 (records since 1975)
Russellville, 35.9 degrees, 4th coldest on record (records since 1882)

Coldest since 1980...
Camden, 38.8 degrees, 5th coldest on record (records since 1890)
Pine Bluff, 38.1 degrees, 6th coldest on record (records since 1883)

Coldest since 2002...
Monticello, 40.1 degrees, 7th coldest on record (records since 1876)
Mount Ida, 37.8 degrees, 10th coldest on record (records since 1872)
Sheridan, 34.8 degrees, coldest on record. Previous record was 27.4 in 2002 (records since 1943)
Star City, 37.4 degrees, coldest on record. Previous record was 39.9 in 2002

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why can't every winter be like this? Now it's already starting to get hot again with the insects' resurrection from hell and we'll have to wait another 8 to 9 months for cold weather.

jimmylee42 said...

Todd-Please change this blog post. Those records you are showing below the snow totals are for the first 7 days of March only. I tweeted you earlier about this, but I wanted to let you know that these records are still listed in your Walloping Winter post as Winter records when the NWS put on FB that they were for the first 7 days of March only. Thank you!