Rare August Rain
As stated first here on the Arkansas Weather Blog a couple weeks ago, the worst of summer is likely behind us and the rainfall yesterday and the expected rainfall today is helping to seal the deal. The added soil moisture PLUS a cool front passage will continue to limit extreme heat chances going forward. It can still get hot, but triple digit heat is likely behind us. It's pretty rare to get widespread rainfall in August WITHOUT it coming from a tropical system. This is typically our driest month of the entire year according to the 30 year average.
Looking at the radar Tuesday evening, it looked like the northern half of the state got a soaking AND they DID! However, some got much more than others. That's fairly typical in these summertime situations, but there's no denying the widespread nature to this event doesn't happen often in August.
The focus of the rainfall was northern Arkansas. That focus will shift to central and especially southern Arkansas today (Wednesday)