Arkansas Weather

Hot Temps Predicted After Mild Arkansas Summer

Aug 26, 2013

The National Weather Service says Arkansas will wrap up August with hot temperatures after a relatively mild summer.

Forecasters say temperatures will likely approach 100 degrees this week with an even higher heat index in all areas of the state except the Ozarks.

Temperatures have only reached triple digits a handful of times this summer. At the same time last year, Fort Smith had had three dozen days with temperatures at 100 degrees or hotter.

A heat advisory is in affect for Central and Southwest Arkansas for Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and in some areas even 100 degrees, but will feel warmer due to humidity levels.

Senior Forecaster John Lewis says certain groups of people are more likely to be affected negatively by the heat.

"Small children, the elderly, people in general who work outside for long periods of time, should at least consider moving the heat isn't as prolonged" said Lewis. 

Farmers: More Storms May Damage Arkansas Crops

Aug 5, 2013

Heavy rain in Arkansas over the last three weeks has improved drought conditions and provided necessary irrigation for crops in dry pastures.

However, agricultural experts are concerned that if thunderstorms continue fields could become oversaturated. Hank Chaney works with the Faulkner County Extension Service.

Wind Main Threat From Arkansas, Oklahoma Storms

Aug 5, 2013

The National Weather Service says wind is the main threat from storms forming in western and central Arkansas and into eastern Oklahoma, though some flash flooding is also possible.

The weather service said Sunday that the threat would continue overnight and persist into this morning.

A flash flood watch was in place Sunday for much of northern Arkansas. Thunderstorm chances are forecast to decrease Monday and Tuesday.

A weak frontal boundary will bring increased storm chances by the middle of the week into the weekend.

Stormy Friday Predicted For Arkansas

Jul 26, 2013

The National Weather Service says strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Friday throughout parts of Arkansas.

Forecasters have issued a flash flood watch for the western half of Arkansas through Friday night.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are predicted, along with large hail and damaging winds in some areas.

The weather service says much cooler temperatures are expected over the weekend after the storm system moves out.

Heavy Rainfall Predicted For Northern Arkansas

Jul 22, 2013

The National Weather Service says some parts of Arkansas could see heavy rainfall this week while other areas of the state will bake in temperatures approaching triple digits.

Forecasters say parts of northern Arkansas will see isolated storms and thunderstorms on Monday.

The weather service says total rainfall for the week could exceed 3 inches. Isolated storms could become severe, with strong winds the biggest concern.

Arkansas Farmers Seeking Bounty Now Poised For Drought

Jul 12, 2013

Arkansas hay farmers once hopeful for three cuttings during 2013 are now worried about a developing drought.

Forecasters said Thursday that drought conditions are developing in portions of Arkansas.

For a time in the spring, conditions were such that some farmers believed they could make hay around Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

University of Arkansas forage specialist John Jennings said Arkansas' weather pattern needs to change so broader areas of the state see rain.

Arkansas Is Drying Out, With Fire Danger Increasing

Jul 9, 2013

Weather forecasters say Arkansas is showing signs of a developing drought and the state Forestry Commission is warning of a heightened fire danger.

After ample rainfall in the cooler months, precipitation levels have fallen below normal in recent weeks.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued an advisory that moisture levels in vegetation have dropped to the point that the danger of wildfires is heightened.

The Forestry Commission lists all of the state except northeast Arkansas at a moderate danger of wildfires.

Chance Of Severe Storms In Northeast Arkansas

Jun 26, 2013

The National Weather Service says there is a slight chance of severe weather ahead in northeast Arkansas.

Forecasters said Tuesday that a weather system northeast of Arkansas could clip the state's northeast on Wednesday, perhaps bringing severe thunderstorms.

The weather service says damaging winds would be the primary concern brought by the storms.

Later in the week, a cool front is expected to move into the state, bringing a greater chance for showers and thunderstorms.

President Signs Disaster Declaration For Arkansas

Jun 26, 2013

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for 11 counties in Arkansas that were hit by tornadoes, severe storms and flooding from May 30 through June 3.

The declaration signed Tuesday orders federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Cleburne, Cross, Independence, Montgomery, Poinsett, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren, and Woodruff counties.