Monday, May 25, 2015

More Severe Weather And Flooding Likely


11AM Monday Update... We still have several days left to go this May and the rainfall amounts are nothing short of staggering, especially across western Arkansas.  It's not only the wettest May in Fort Smith weather history, it's the wettest month EVER!  So far, Little Rock has had 6.01'' of rain and that's well short of breaking into the top 10.  So far this spring, Little Rock has received 19.54'' and that's getting close to breaking into the top 10 wettest springs on record.  I kinda doubt we do that.

Here are May rainfall amounts as of early Monday May 25th

Fort Smith 17.75''
Fayetteville 11.62''
Mt. Ida 11.18''
DeQueen 10.85''
Hot Springs 9.68''
North Little Rock 8.30''
Russellville 7.39''
Searcy 7.00''
Little Rock 6.01''
Texarkana 5.95''

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A very well defined area of low pressure aloft will move through the region tonight.  With so much moisture and instability in place, a round of severe storms with flooding rainfall will become likely, especially over western Arkansas.  With every drop of rain, new rainfall records are being established.  For instance, Fort Smith has had more than 16 inches of rain this month alone and it's the wettest month EVER for them.

This will only aggravate the flooding situation on rivers and streams.  If you live in a low lying area, PLEASE pay close attention to the forecast and conditions late today into tonight.  The flash flood watch continues and I have strong feeling the Storm Prediction Center will place much of Arkansas under a tornado watch later today.


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