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EASTERN OKLAHOMA/NORTHWEST ARKANSAS WEATHER SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
942 PM CDT WED JUL 23 2014

A COMPLEX OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS HAD DEVELOPED AT THE SOUTH
END OF A COLD FRONT OVER SOUTHEAST KANSAS LATE THIS AFTERNOON. A
SECOND CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORM ALSO HAD DEVELOPED ALONG THE FRONT
NEAR THE BOOT HEEL OF MISSOURI. THE TWO SYSTEMS EVENTUALLY MERGED
INTO ONE, PRODUCING FORMIDABLE THUNDERSTORMS, PRIMARILY AFFECTING
WESTERN ARKANSAS. THE SOUTHWARD RACING COMPLEXES CLASHED TO PRODUCE
STRAIGHT LINE WINDS BETWEEN 60 TO 80 MPH. THE MOST NOTABLE DAMAGE
HAVING OCCURRED IN THE FORT CHAFFEE AREA NEAR FORT SMITH ARKANSAS.
EXTENSIVE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE HAD OCCURRED TO BUILDINGS ALONG WITH
NUMEROUS DOWNED POWER LINES, SNAPPED AND UPROOTED TREES. THOUSANDS
OF RESIDENTS WERE LEFT WITHOUT POWER.

PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE
REGION RANGED FROM THE UPPER 80S TO MID 90S. THE WIND WAS LIGHT AND
VARIABLE.

LATE THIS EVENING, THE THUNDERSTORMS HAD ENDED, AS THE COMPLEX HAD
MARKEDLY WEAKENED. THE MAJORITY OF REMAINING SHOWERS HAD SLID
SOUTHWARD INTO NORTHEAST TEXAS. TEMPERATURES HAD COOLED TO THE UPPER
60S TO LOWER 70S IN LOCATIONS ACROSS WESTERN ARKANSAS AND IN EXTREME
EASTERN AND IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA. ELSEWHERE, TEMPERATURES AT 9:30
PM, RANGED FROM THE MID TO UPPER 70S. THE WIND WAS LIGHT AND
VARIABLE AT MOST OBSERVING SITES.

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