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WeatherNinja Weather News

September 17

A few thunderstorms moved across portions of northern and western AR yesterday in response to an upper disturbance and a frontal system that is stalled from NW to SE across part of western and southern AR. Some of those thunderstorms managed to reach severe levels with damaging wind and 1" hail as they moved SE.Overnight an area of thunderstorms has developed across portions of Kansas and Missouri and is slowly moving to the SE. Some of this activity may make it into northern AR later this morning or afternoon.The rest of us will see a situation similar to yesterday with isolated showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon as the frontal system remains stalled out. Highs will warm into the mid 80's in central AR.

Models are showing an area of showers and thunderstorms moving across portions of northern, western and into central AR tonight and this may carry over into Thursday. Lows will be in the 60's with 80's seen again on Thursday under mostly cloudy skies.Rain chances look to ease some on Friday and Saturday before a stronger cold front approaches from the NW Saturday night and Sunday.

This front will bring showers and thunderstorms along with cooler temps next week. As mentioned previously this week, some of the tropical moisture moving up into the SW US may get tapped into this frontal system which would enhance rainfall amounts. The current forecast is the heaviest rain may stay just to the west and NW of AR in OK/KS but needs to be watched for an eastward shift Saturday night and Sunday.

For the Razorback game in Fayetteville, tailgating looks good at this point with partly cloudy skies and temps in the 70's to near 80. For the game, there will be showers and thunderstorms approaching NW AR from OK, but cannot pinpoint timing at this time. There is a good chance they will stay away until after the game and come in later but will need to be watched as updated data comes in.Radar and satellite shot this morning showing area of thunderstorms to the N of AR and the overall flow across AR is from the NW.


severe weather OUTLOOK

No organized severe weather is expected over AR today but an isolated  strong storm is possible with any afternoon activity that develops. 

Arkansas Life magazine did a feature story on storm chasing. The story, written by Nicholas Hunt with photos by Sara Blancett and Nicholas Hunt appears in the August issue of Arkansas Life Magazine and details storm chasing and what it was like to chase on April 27, 2014 in Arkansas when an EF4 tornado struck part of central Arkansas.

You can read it at the link below: