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April 01, 2015
It’s much quieter this morning than yesterday’s and last night’s severe thunderstorms over parts of the state. Large hail was reported in several locations around the state. This reminded me of a complex of thunderstorms that moved across Sherwood on June 30, 2009 that just stripped leaves off of trees, damaged many roofs and cars. It was incredible and I’m sure we’ll see the same type of damage reports coming in today from the storms yesterday and last night. Warm temps, combined with a boundary left from the cold front last weekend combined to produce the storms. Yesterday Little Rock reached 84 degrees while NLR came in at 81.
At one point last night, the storm in Faulkner county had hail extending well past 30,000 ft. The freezing level was around 10,000 ft so plenty of ice making going on.
At the same time our storms were going on, in Oklahoma thunderstorms were also producing hail. Those storms are moving east but are weakening as they approach the western border.
This system combined with left over boundaries from last nights storms will set the stage for some additional development this afternoon as temps warm into the 70’s and low 80’s. Clouds will be more prevalent today and that may help hold afternoon heating down, but if we do manage more sunshine, temps will rise quickly and that will help the thunderstorms to grow. Like yesterday, a few of the storms that get going today may produce large hail.
A cold front will approach the state late Thursday and move across the state Thursday night and Friday. This front will slow down as it enters the state and low pressure will develop along it, thus showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast. Some of the storms may become severe with large hail/damaging wind and a few tornadoes may also be possible as the low pressure center moves across the area.
Highs ahead of the front will be in the 70’s and 80’s with temps falling into the 50’s on Friday. Colder air will move into the state for the weekend, with Saturday morning starting out in the 30’s and 40’s but temps will rebound into the 60’s during the afternoon. Easter Sunday looks a little unsettled with clouds now in the picture and a small chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon which will increase Sunday night. Highs will be in the 60’s.
If you like warmer weather, the new 6-10 & 8-14 day temp outlook from CPC shows above normal temps to start April.
Stay weather aware today and especially late Thursday into Friday.