Rain, Rain, Rain, And More Rain
Record breaking rainfall fell across much of central Arkansas this morning with unofficial amounts up to 8'' in just a few hours.
We have been tracking this system for more than a week at Channel 7. We had several severe thunderstorm warnings last night with only a few reports of hail, then flooding became a major issue during the morning rush. It seems this spring will go down in history as a very wet one. More rain is in the forecast next week, but I don't think it will be as heavy as this morning. If that changes, we'll let you know.
Here are some of the records we're following for you this month. All of this is preliminary
* Rain today as of noon is 4.41''. The old daily record was 1.74'' set in 108 years ago in 1911. We blew past the record by 2.76'' and counting.
* With 4.41'', it is now the 6th wettest April day in Little Rock weather history. Those records date back to the 1870s.
* 9.55'' of rain so far this month. Little Rock is 1.21'' away from breaking into the top 10 wettest Aprils on record.
*The average rainfall for the entire month is 5.14''. We had 86% of our monthly rainfall in 12 hours.
The HRRR last night did a great job picking up on the heavy rainfall/ flooding potential. Look at it!