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2015 storm chase stats:  3 chases – 3 states:       0 tornadoes     1 wall cloud      6 hail encounters  

This site is under construction (just like the central Arkansas freeway system). Follow along on the live chase page when I’m out storm chasing in Arkansas or other sections of the country and watch all the action live via streaming video.  Check back often for updates and additions as I add maps, sites, radar and other awesome weather information.   You can catch my morning weather forecast for Central Arkansas on 103.7 FM The Buzz each weekday morning from 6:25-6:35 am on The Show With No Name.

 

May 29,2015

 

It’s the weekend and what does that mean for Arkansas? You guessed it…MORE RAIN!
Showers and thunderstorms moved across the state yesterday and additional rainfall moved out of Oklahoma and into western Arkansas this morning ahead of an upper level system and cold front. Heavy rain fell across parts of Oklahoma and Texas with numerous flood situations developing.
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Satellite and radar scan showing widespread heavy rain across Texas and Oklahoma.

As has been the pattern lately, the storms moving out of OK/TX will weaken a bit as they move east this morning but as daytime heating takes place, additional thunderstorms will develop and spread across the state.
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Radar at 6:00 AM Friday

With the upper system and frontal system to our west and moving slowly eastward, the stage will be set for rounds of showers and thunderstorms through the weekend. There could be some heavy rain totals which will add to the flooding issues, thus the NWS has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for about the NW 1/2 of the state through Saturday evening.
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FLASH FLOOD WATCH in areas highlighted in green through Saturday evening.

This watch will most likely be extended eastward as rainfall shifts east. Rainfall amounts of 1-2″ will be common with locally higher amounts in western and NW AR to 3-5″.  People living in flood prone areas or camping/hiking near creeks and rivers will want to pay attention to local weather conditions and be prepared to seek higher ground should flash flooding take place.
It appears the frontal system and upper level feature is forecast to shift to the east early next week, but we’ll have to watch for the upper system to cut off from the mean flow across the southern US. This could mean additional rainfall if the upper level low just sits and spins around the region. If it does move east, our weather will return to typical early summer weather with slight chances of afternoon/evening thunderstorms. Highs through the period will be in the 70’s and 80’s with overnight lows in the 60’s and low 70’s.
Have a great day today.

Michael

 

April 27, 2015

The Long Chase Home 1

One year ago today, a powerful EF-4 tornado ripped through central Arkansas affecting communities in Pulaski, Faulkner and White counties. Here is our account of that day as written by Nicholas Hunt from Arkansas Life Magazine.