I'll have more on the active weather expected next week. Right now, all the models are all over the place. Even the Euro is flip flopping. I still believe there will be significant storm system next week, but its impacts on Arkansas are just not known at this time. This is typical since it's in the long range still. I think the water will be less muddy this weekend and we'll see a clearer picture.
This morning when I looked at my email, I received a very interesting message from Meteorologist John Robinson at the National Weather Service Office in North Little Rock. They are undergoing some remodeling so there's a little "spring cleaning" in fall.
John found some incredible pictures from the Cabot tornado on March 29th, 1976. This was devastating and made a major impact on that community. Here's the email I received from John followed by the weather map that day, then the historic pictures.
"In the process of our office remodeling, I came across a series of photos of the Cabot tornado, which occurred on the afternoon of March 29, 1976. (This was the first time I ever got to go look at tornado damage; I'm the last still-employed NWS employee at this office that was here when this tornado occurred.)
The photos were taken from the control tower at Little Rock Air Force Base.
The tornado was rated F3. It killed five and injured 64."
|Here's the surface chart on March 29th, 1976. You can see a warm front is draped across northern Arkansas with a cold front in OK and TX. This puts most of the state in the warm and unstable sector of the storm system.|