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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
900 AM CDT THU MAY 28 2015

...RECORD RAINFALL AT SEVERAL STATIONS IN WESTERN ARKANSAS...

RAINFALL AMOUNTS HAVE BEEN EXCESSIVE TO EVEN EXTREME THIS MONTH IN A
LARGE PART OF THE STATE. THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS...HOWEVER...HAVE BEEN
IN WESTERN ARKANSAS...AND IN POLK COUNTY IN PARTICULAR. MANY
LOCATIONS HAVE EXPERIENCED RECORD RAINFALL FOR MAY...AS WELL AS THE
CLIMATOLOGICAL SPRING. AT TWO STATIONS...MAY 2015 IS NOW THE WETTEST
MONTH EVER RECORDED.

AT MENA IN POLK COUNTY...19.74 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN THIS MAY.
THIS HAS BEEN THE WETTEST MAY SINCE 1990...AND IS THE WETTEST MAY ON
RECORD. THE PREVIOUS WETTEST MAY WAS IN 1990...WITH 18.08 INCHES.

MAY 2015 HAS ALSO BEEN THE WETTEST MONTH IN 100 YEARS /SINCE AUGUST
OF 1915/...AND IS NOW THE WETTEST MONTH EVER RECORDED. THE WETTEST
MONTHS AT MENA ARE LISTED BELOW...

1. MAY 2015 - 19.74 INCHES
2. AUG 1915 - 18.81 INCHES
3. MAY 1990 - 18.08 INCHES
4. MAR 1945 - 18.01 INCHES
5. OCT 1984 - 16.69 INCHES

FOR THIS SPRING.../WHICH IS CONSIDERED FROM MARCH 1ST-MAY 31ST/...
34.63 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN...MAKING IT THE WETTEST SPRING SINCE
1968...AND THE WETTEST EVER RECORDED. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 31.70
INCHES IN 1968.

RECORDS FOR MENA BEGAN IN 1887.

AT BIG FORK 1 SSE IN POLK COUNTY...21.32 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN
THIS MAY. THIS HAS BEEN THE WETTEST MAY SINCE 1946...AND IS THE
WETTEST MAY ON RECORD. THE PREVIOUS WETTEST MAY WAS IN 1946...WITH
15.90 INCHES.

MAY 2015 HAS ALSO BEEN THE WETTEST MONTH SINCE MARCH OF 1945...AND
IS NOW THE WETTEST MONTH EVER RECORDED. THE WETTEST MONTHS AT BIG
FORK ARE LISTED BELOW...

1. MAY 2015 - 21.32 INCHES
2. MAR 1945 - 21.07 INCHES
3. DEC 1982 - 17.25 INCHES
4. NOV 1996 - 17.09 INCHES
5. SEP 2009 - 16.26 INCHES

FOR THIS SPRING...37.46 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN...MAKING IT THE
WETTEST SPRING SINCE 1968...AND THE WETTEST EVER RECORDED. THE
PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 36.69 INCHES IN 1968.

RECORDS FOR BIG FORK BEGAN IN 1944.

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE HIGHEST RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF MAY
FOR THE STATE OF ARKANSAS WAS 23.50 INCHES AT CENTER POINT IN 1905.
WITH BIG FORK NOW AT 21.32 INCHES FOR THE MONTH...IT WOULD ONLY TAKE
2.18 INCHES OF RAINFALL TO TIE THE ALL-TIME RECORD FOR THE STATE FOR
THE MONTH OF MAY.

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