Arkansas December 03, 2017
It’s Impossible To Forget These 8 Horrific Winter Storms That Have Gone Down In Arkansas History
According to the latest edition of the Farmer’s Almanac, the 2017-2018 winter will be “The Cold, The Dry, The Wet and the Wild.” Arkansas is being grouped with other states in the southern area of the Great Plains as the “wild” part. As we prepare for the wild swings in the weather and heavier precipitation, let’s take a look back at some of the worst winter storms in Arkansas history.
1. The coldest day in Arkansas history.
Since 1819, the coldest day ever recorded in the state's history was in 1905. Gravette made the record at -29° F on February 13th, 1905.
2. The ice storm of 1983.
This arctic outbreak froze the Arkansas River on December 12th, 1983. The temperature didn't get above freezing for 10 days.
To see the rest of the archive footage, you can watch the video
3. A freak snow in May.
This may not be one of the worst winter storms but it's certainly worth mentioning. No snow had ever been recorded in Arkansas during May since record-keeping began in 1819. In May of 2013, that changed when snow fell on northwest Arkansas. Decatur reached five inches of snowfall.
4. The most snowfall in recent Arkansas history.
Siloam Springs hit a new record for most snowfall in a day at more than two feet! 24.5 inches were recorded February 9th, 2011 which is four times the average of the expected snowfall for the area.
5. The ice storm of 1998.
Not the worst in Arkansas history but an ice storm did hit the southern part of the state in December 1998. Along with the ice, Pine Bluff was particularly covered in snow.
6. Tornadoes in winter?
On January 21st, 1999, Arkansas made a bizarre new record. The state had the most tornadoes on any individual January day in any state at 56 cyclones.
7. The ice storm of 2009.
This has been the worst ice storm in recent Arkansas history second only to the storm of 2000. The grip of the ice caused $80 million in damages throughout the state.
8. The ice storm of 2000.
The absolute worst ice storm that ever happened in the state was at Christmastime in 2000. The three inches of ice knocked 600,000 Arkansans out of power for upwards of three weeks.
To learn more about the storm’s devastation, you can read our article
Arkansas has had some bizarre and intense winter weather, what do you think this season will have for us? Share your predictions in the comments below!
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