We have talked about the cold, heat, snow, floods, tornadoes, and earthquake extremes that happened in 2011 but we haven’t talked much about the individual thunderstorms that impacted our lives. The year started off with some thundersnow and thundersleet in early February. Training thunderstorms produced record floods and a record tornado season. Even though thunderstorms were very rare during the summer, isolated storms still occurred and they put on some loud and vivid light shows in the sky.
The viewing area averages 55 thunderstorm days per year and this year we had a recorded 65 thunderstorm days in Fort Smith and 71 thunderstorm days in Fayetteville. To put that in perspective, thunderstorms occurred about 1 out of every 5 days.
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