Archive for September, 2012

A Nice Change
September 30, 2012

It’s been a gloomy weekend with mostly cloudy skies and isolated showers here and there.  For the rest of the night the clouds will stay in the area with a slight chance for a light shower mostly in our southern counties.

Southern Plains Satellite Radar

An area of low pressure currently in Louisiana will continue to push southeast of the region. But we’ll still be close enough to the low for clouds to hang around for tomorrow morning.  By late Monday cooler and drier air will filter in allowing skies to finally clear out.

By the end of the week a cold front will push through bringing rain chances and much cooler air.  We’ll have highs in the low to mid 60s by the weekend and lows will dip down to the 40s!

Meteorologist Brittany Bell

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Weekend Rain Chances
September 29, 2012

We started this morning with some heavy rain in portions of the River Valley, and right now we still have a few left over showers with mostly cloudy conditions. 

4029 Weather Radar

The bulk of the rain today is in portions of eastern Texas extending all the way to Mississippi.  This is due to an area of low pressure tracking across central Texas this afternoon.  This low will continue to track southeast of the area which will keep most of the rain out of our region.  But, the proximity of the low to us could still trigger a few scattered showers mostly south of I-40 tonight through tomorrow morning. 

Southern Plains Satellite Radar

Most of us will see a mix of sun and clouds throughout the day tomorrow with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Sunday night through early Monday morning we’ll have another round of isolated showers possible.  Cooler air will continue to filter in the area for the start of the work week with mostly sunny skies.

Meteoroligist Brittany Bell

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Lingering Showers
September 28, 2012

We had isolated showers push through the area this afternoon and we still have a few spotty showers across the radar tonight.  For the rest of the night we’ll continue to have a chance for spotty showers. Not everyone will see rain, but if you do get under some rainfall expect some locally heavy downpours as these storms have been moving pretty slowly.

4029 Weather Radar

Tomorrow a disturbance moving through central Texas will get some of you off to a soggy start.  The best rain chances will be Saturday morning through the early afternoon.  We could still have a few showers linger around late on Saturday, but most of you should be dry.  Not looking at anything severe tomorrow just some periods of heavy rain if you get under an isolated shower.

Sunday we could have a lingering shower over portions of the River Valley and southeast Oklahoma but things will be partly cloudy with highs in the low to mid 70s.

Brittany Bell

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Rain Chances
September 27, 2012

Currently, we still have a few light showers tracking across the area.  For the rest of the night we’ll continue to have a chance for more rain as a frontal boundary slowly meanders through the region. We’re not expecting anything severe overnight, just anticipating some locally heavy downpours from any showers that do form.

4029 Weather Radar

Tomorrow we’ll see more of the same as a cold front continues to sag to the south.  This front along with a weak disturbance will help to trigger additional showers and thunderstorms.  Time wise we could have periods of rain off and on throughout the day. Some of the storms could have strong winds and small hail, but the overall severe threat is low.

We’ll have more showers to start off your Saturday, but all the rain should clear out by late Saturday evening and overnight.

Brittany Bell

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September 27, 2012

  Who hasn’t, at one point or another, wanted to throw caution to the wind and head to an amusement park in the pouring rain??  Not you?  I hear it’s really fun.

   As you may know the Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair is happening in the RiverValley this week and I am encouraging you to not let a little rain stop you from enjoying all the fun that the fair has to offer. 

   With dozens of rides and games as well as unbelievably yummy food and snacks, there is something there for everyone in your family to enjoy.  There have been a few rain showers there over the past couple of days but most of them have been relatively short lived,  So when / if the rain drops start falling, use that time to take a break and enjoy a funnel cake or a corn dog.

   My favorite fair ride has always been the scrambler or the tilt-a-whirl  — if the carriage spins a lot (ha).  My friends and I used to spend so much energy leaning from one side of the carriage to the other, trying to get it to spin around more, that sometimes we forgot to enjoy the ride — ahhhh youth.

   Have a great day.

   Laura Huckabee / Meteorologist

Wednesday Night Forecast
September 26, 2012


SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH…Crawford, Sebastian, LeFlore, Sequoyah until 10 p.m.

A mass of thunderstorms in eastern Oklahoma continues to thrive in an unstable air mass. That complex produced golf ball hail and 80 mph winds earlier this afternoon.

It looks like those storms will stay to the west of Fort Smith. Their general movement is south as they continue to weaken. Localized flooding is possible.

More storms are trying to develop in southern Missouri. We expect scattered storms to develop later tonight across the entire area. Severe weather overnight isn’t expected.

Drew Michaels

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The Three B’s
September 26, 2012

    The Bikes, Blues, and Barbeque Festival starts today!  I have a feeling that nothing is going to keep these bikers and their friends from having a good time – not even a few rain showers. 

   It looks like for the next three or four days we are going to have to dodge some rain but for the most part, no major severe weather.  Afternoon highs will also be cooling with some of these rain showers and that will certainly help it to feel a little more like fall.   In Northwest Arkansas we have a 50/50 chance of rain for the next three days with afternoon highs coming down into the upper 70s.  

   Welcome, to those who are in town for the festival.  We’re glad you’re here.

   Laura Huckabee / Meteorologist

Storm Potential Late Tonight
September 25, 2012


Scattered showers and storms have developed tonight along a stalled out frontal boundary. Additional storms have also fired across the dry line in western Oklahoma.

The storms in western Oklahoma shouldn’t be much of a factor tonight. Some of the storms to our north will try to make a run at us after midnight. We are not expecting severe storms, but some thunder and lightning could occur north of I40.

The models continue chances for storms on and off through Wednesday.

Drew Michaels

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One Windy Day
September 25, 2012

      Windy weather can be irritating.  Not only does it mess up your hair or perhaps blow things around a little too much, gusty winds in a very dry and crisp environment can also be very dangerous.

   Benton County has issued a BURN BAN today due to the gusty winds.  Any outdoor burning could get out of control very quickly.  There are also RED FLAG WARNINGS that have been issued for southeastern Oklahoma.

   Winds will be warm and gusty blowing out of the southwest at 15 to 20 miles an hour with gust at more than 25 mph at times. 

    Enjoy the mix of sun and clouds – but remember, no burning.

   Have a great day.

   Laura Huckabee / Meteorologist

Fire Danger Tuesday
September 24, 2012


The winds are expected to howl on Tuesday out of the southwest. An area of low pressure to our north will deepen and intensify the surface winds.

Wind gusts across northwest Arkansas could approach 40 mph. There’s a very high fire danger threat. Please avoid outdoor burning. Isolated storm chances should remain to our north.

Drew Michaels

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