There's no doubt it was a rough night for tens of thousands of Arkansans. I'm writing this at about 7:40 Friday morning and we know 1 person has died in Malvern due to severe thunderstorm winds. It doesn't take a tornado to kill and that's why we urge everyone to take severe thunderstorm warnings seriously. I do not know the circumstances surrounding this fatality. Very sad and our thoughts and prayers are with them.
The line of storms acted like a giant wind machine and gusts easily reached 70-80 mph. There are times when quick hitting tornadoes can develop along the leading edge of the line and that happened last night. The National Weather Service will likely survey areas around Alexander and Sheridan. I'm sure they will look at many other places where those tornado warnings were in effect.
I was talking with meteorologist John Lewis with the NWS in North Little Rock this Friday morning. He thinks we will have more severe weather this fall along with some heavy rain events. As I talked about several weeks ago, this would likely turn out to be an active secondary severe weather season. While I would like it to be quiet and cold, we'll have to deal with this again down the road. At this time, I do not see anything in the immediate future, just cool and calm weather.
The following weather maps are from weatherbell.com
|The GFS has lows Saturday morning in the mid 40s. It's going to be a cold start for Race For The Cure.|
|Wind chill readings will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s. The wind whipping between building in downtown Little Rock will make it feel even colder.|
|Look for a cool day with highs only in the upper 60s to near 70 with very low humidity values Saturday.|