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Friday, July 16, 2010

Sunday Storms With More To Come.

4 PM Thursday Update...  For the first time since August of 2008, Little Rock hits 100 degrees!

4 PM Monday Update... John Robinson with the National Weather Service now confirms an EF0 tornado Sunday 3.25 miles west of Slovak.  The path was less than one mile.

While we expected thunderstorms to erupt Sunday, the tornado warnings were a bit of a surprise.  The storm which produced a wall cloud and several funnels appeared to track along a weak frontal boundary which was in the process of washing out.  No major damage was reported, but a few power lines did get knocked down around Parkers Corner and Slovak.
I asked a friend of mine in Stuttgart, Eddy Tucker, to go to the north side of town and check out what was going on.  He took a few pictures of a wall cloud.  Other pictures showing funnels were also sent in from viewers (Thanks!) and they are posted below.
Meteorologist John Robinson with the National Weather Service will survey the area Monday morning to determine if a tornado did touch down.  We'll let you know as soon as he sends his information to us.
We have the risk for some more severe weather as a cluster of storms affects us tonight and again Monday afternoon and evening.  After that, a ridge of high pressure should build into the state bringing hot and humid conditions to Arkansas.  The chance for triple digit heat at this time looks slim, but could change.  I always talk about the three things needed to hit 100: high pressure, ample sun, and a dry ground.  The recent rain may be enough to keep the mercury below 100, but with all the humidity it should feel like 100-110 degrees later this week.
Below are pictures from our great viewers of the supercell which tracked from Lonoke county into Monroe county Sunday afternoon.

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