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#1447302 - 04/01/2018 19:43 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather [Re: Wet Snow]
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^^^^Addendum to Dec. 2017 report:

Daily High Rainfall Records Broken in December:
Big Fork 1SSE: 2.40"/60.9mm--Dec. 22 (Broke 1.22"/30.9mm, set in 2015)
Mena: 1.69"/42.9mm--Dec. 22 (Broke 1.30"/33.0mm, set in 1895)

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#1447700 - 07/01/2018 07:44 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather [Re: Wet Snow]
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Hello Folks:

Here's Part 1--Daily Temperature Records Broken/Tied in Mena in 2017:

Daily High Maximum Temperature Records Broken/Tied:
78F/25.5C--Feb. 7 (Broke 74F/23.3C, set in 1926)
80F/26.6C--Feb. 11 (Tied 1962 record)
80F/26.6C--Feb. 23 (Tied 1944 record)
73F/22.7C--Dec. 11 (Tied 1996 record)

Daily High Minimum Temperature Records Broken/Tied:
62F/16.6C--Jan. 11 (Tied 1995 record)
61F/16.1C--Feb. 11 (Broke 59F/15.0C, set in 1938)
66F/18.8C--Nov. 2 (Tied 1974 record)
66F/18.8C--Nov. 4 (Broke 62F/16.6C, set in 1924 & 1909)

Daily Low Maximum Temperature Record Broken:
67F/19.4C--May 24 (Broke 68F/20.0C, set in 1986)

Daily Low Minimum Temperature Record Tied:
27F/-2.7C--Oct. 28 (Tied 1993 & 1957 record)

Part 2 will deal with Daily Rainfall/Snowfall Records Broken/Tied in Polk County in 2017.

Kind Wishes & Take Care~~~Wet Snow

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#1447988 - 08/01/2018 17:39 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather [Re: Wet Snow]
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Hello Folks:

Here's previous weeks' weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
2017:
Dec..31..34F/1.1C...19F/-7.2C...TRACE
2018:
Jan....1..23F/-5.0C..12F/-11.1C..---
........2..25F/-3.8C...8F/-13.3C...---
........3..41F/5.0C...13F/-10.5C..---
........4..44F/6.6C...27F/-2.7C...---
........5..53F/11.6C..22F/-5.5C...---
........6..51F/10.5F..27F/-2.7C...---

For the week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6: Mena's Avg. Max.: 48.0F/8.8C; Avg. Min.: 27.0F/-2.7C

A very Wintry-feeling first of the week, with recovering maximums as the week progressed. The 1st & 2nd saw Frigid wind chill values--wind chills from 0F/-17.7C to -15F/-26.1C across Arkansas at times on both those days.
Had light snow flurries with some light freezing drizzle on the 31st (leftover precipitation from the previous days' Canadian cold front). The maximums on the 5th & 6th felt quite a bit warmer, and were accompanied by good amounts of sunshine.
Overall High-12:01AM & Overall Low-11:25PM listed for the 31st (as the Daytime Maximum was a cold 27F/-2.7C at the 7:24AM sunrise).Forecast for upcoming week calls for near-seasonal maximums and very good shower chances early week & Wednesday & another cool-down, starting Thursday.

Monday, January 1, 2018: Happy New Year! Conditions at 12:01AM at Mena's Intermountain Municipal Airport: Clear--no clouds below 12,000FT; Temp.: 19F/-7.2C; Dew Point: 6F/-14.4C; Visibility: 10Miles/16.1Kilometers; Wind: 360/0 degrees (North) at 5Miles Per Hour/8.0Kilometers Per Hour; Barometer: 30.65"/1,037.9hPA

48 Contiguous US State High Max.: 81F/27.2C at Hollywood, Florida
48 Contiguous US State Low Min.: -44F/-42.2C at Hettinger, North Dakota

Kind Wishes & Take Care~~~Wet Snow

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#1448192 - 09/01/2018 19:53 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather [Re: Wet Snow]
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Hello Folks:

Here's Part 2: Daily Rainfall/Snowfall Records Broken/Tied in Polk County in 2017:

Daily Rainfall Records Broken/Tied in 2017:
BOGG SPRINGS: 1.79"/45.4mm--Jan. 15 (Broke 0.80"/20.3mm, set in 1969)
BIG FORK 1 SSE: 2.01"/51.0mm--Feb. 14 (Broke 1.89"/48.0mm, set in 1989)
BOGG SPRINGS: 2.11"/53.5mm--Feb. 14 (Broke 0.99"/25.1mm, set in 2001)
COVE: 3.05"/77.4mm--Feb. 14 (Broke 1.41"/35.8mm, set in 1951)
BOGG SPRINGS: 2.23"/56.6mm--Mar. 24 (Broke 1.83"/46.4mm, set in 2010)
COVE: 2.34"/59.4mm--Mar. 24 (Tied 1973 record)
BOGG SPRINGS: 1.15"/29.2mm--Apr. 16 (Broke 1.00"/25.4mm, set in 2002)
MENA: 2.23"/56.6mm--May 3 (Broke 1.60"/40.6mm, set in 1899)
BOGG SPRINGS: 1.16"/29.4mm--May 19 (Broke 0.96"/24.3mm, set in 2015)
BOGG SPRINGS: 0.65"/16.5mm--June 18 (Broke 0.49"/12.4mm, set in 2015)
MENA: 1.09"/27.6mm--June 18 (Broke 1.08"/27.4mm, set in 1980)
BOGG SPRINGS: 1.52"/38.6mm--July 2 (Broke 1.19"/30.2mm, set in 2004)
BOGG SPRINGS: 0.46"/11.6mm--July 5 (Broke 0.21"/5.3mm, set in 2009)
BOGG SPRINGS: 2.20"/55.8mm--Aug. 1 (Broke 1.00"/25.4mm, set in 1995)
COVE: 2.00"/50.8mm--Aug. 5 (Broke 1.23"/31.2mm, set in 1993)
BIG FORK 1 SSE: 1.41"/35.8mm--Aug. 6 (Broke 0.75"/19.0mm, set in 2006)
BOGG SPRINGS: 5.01"/127.2mm--Aug. 6 (Broke 1.38"/35.0mm, set in 1970)
MENA: 2.40"/60.9mm--Aug. 12 (Broke 1.93"/49.0mm, set in 1903)
BIG FORK 1 SSE: 1.17"/29.7mm--Aug. 16 (Broke 1.16"/29.4mm, set in 1958)
BOGG SPRINGS: 0.84"/21.3mm--Oct. 3 (Broke 0.46"/11.6mm, set in 2009)
BIG FORK 1 SSE: 2.40"/60.9mm--Dec. 22 (Broke 1.22"/30.9mm, set in 2015)
MENA: 1.69"/42.9mm--Dec. 22 (Broke 1.30"/33.0mm, set in 1895)

Daily High Snowfall Record Broken in 2017:
COVE: .98"/2.4CM--Jan. 6 (Broke .00"/0.0CM)

BIG FORK 1 SSE: Elev. 1,199FT/365.8M ASL--16 straight-line miles/25.7 kilometers ESE of Mena; began May 1, 1944
BOGG SPRINGS: Elev. 1,174FT/358.1M ASL--20 straight-line miles/32.2 kimometers SSW of Mena; began Sep. 16, 1964
COVE: Elev. 1,059FT/323.1M ASL--14 straight-line miles/22.5 kilometers SW of Mena; began Mar. 1, 1946 (data apparently stopped on Nov. 30, 2017)
MENA: Elev. 1,151FT/351.1M ASL; began Dec. 6, 1890
(Daily Rainfall & Snowfall Data/Records given for BIG FORK 1 SSE; BOGG SPRINGS & COVE; Daily Temperature, Rainfall & Snowfall Data/Records given for MENA).

Kind Wishes & Take Care~~~Wet Snow

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#1448342 - 11/01/2018 08:48 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather [Re: Wet Snow]
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Hello Folks:
Here's sketches of Mena, Arkansas' weather from 1930-1934:

1930:
High Max.: 109F/42.7C--July 28 & 29
Low Min.: -10F/-23.3C--Jan. 18
Rain: 41.61"/1,056.8mm (-12.89"/-327.4mm; 76% normal)
SNOW: Tot.: 1.5"/3.8CM (1"/2.5CM on Jan. 18 & .5"/1.2CM on Jan. 22)

1931:
High Max.: 100F/37.7C--July 2 & 7
Low Min.: 13F/-10.5C--Jan. 14
Rain: 49.79"/1,264.6mm (-4.71"/-119.6mm; 91% normal)
SNOW: Tot.: .5"/1.2CM (.5"/1.2CM on Jan. 14)

1932:
High Max.: 100F/37.7C--Aug. 6 & 30
Low Min.: 10F/-12.2C--Dec. 17
Rain: 57.72"/1,466.0mm (+3.22"/+81.7mm; 105% normal)
SNOW: Tot.: 9"/22.8CM (.5"/1.2CM on Mar. 11; 8.5"/21.5CM on Dec. 16). Flurries on Mar. 8.

1933:
High Max.: 104F/40.0C--July 11
Low Min.: -4F/-20.0C--Feb. 8
Rain: 48.89"/1,241.8mm (-5.61"/-142.4mm; 89% normal)
SNOW: Tot.: 1.5"/3.8CM (1.5"/3.8CM on Feb. 11)

1934:
High Max.: 108F/42.2C--July 24
Low Min.: 14F/-10.0C--Feb. 27 & Dec. 11
Rain: 40.50"/1,028.7mm (-14.00"/-355.6mm; 74% normal)
SNOW: Tot.: 1"/2.5CM (1"/2.5CM on Feb. 28). Flurries on Nov. 30.
July 1934 had a monthly avg. max. of 100.5F/38.0C (17 Days with maximums of 100F+/37.7C+ in month)

Kind Wishes & Take Care~~~Wet Snow

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#1448904 - 15/01/2018 19:28 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather [Re: Wet Snow]
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Hello Folks:
Here's previous weeks' weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH.........LOW........RAIN
Jan...7..51F/10.5C..31F/-0.5C..0.50"/12.7mm
........8..48F/8.8C...36F/2.2C...0.05"/1.2mm
........9..44F/6.6C...36F/2.2C...---
......10..56F/13.3C..44F/6.6C...TRACE
......11..60F/15.5C..25F/-3.8C..TRACE
......12..36F/2.2C...16F/-8.8C..---
......13..38F/3.3C...22F/-5.5C..---

For the week of Jan. 7-13: Mena's Avg. Max.: 48.0F/8.8C; Avg. Min.: 27.0F/-2.7C

This first full week of 2018 featured highly variable temperatures and our first nice raindump of the year.
Early-week rain (7th-early AM on 8th) was from passage of a Pacific cold front. A fairly strong Canadian cold front hit us (just after 3PM) on the 11th. Due to SW/S winds, fog & drizzle, our temperature rose from late PM on the 9th until 3PM on the 11th (when the Canadian cold front hit); afterwards, the temperatures dropped fairly quickly the remainder of the 11th. Only light sprinkles (& slightly darker clouds) upon passage of the front, the gusty NW/NNW/N winds (and frigid Wind Chills) didn't hit my area until about 10:30PM that night.
That front caused a fair temperature contrast across Texas--as per the US METAR site: At 11:35AM on the 11th, it was 26F/-3.3C in Perryton, Texas white it was 81F/27.2C in Brownsville, Texas. There were also dramatic temperature differences at places--within a few miles of each other--on either side of this cold front.
Overall Low--10:25PM--listed for the 8th; the Maximum on the 9th was around 2:50PM & 11:25PM; the maximum on the 10th was around 9:05PM; the Overall Low on the 11th was around 11:25PM (the Morning Low was 56F/13.3C).
Forecast for the upcoming week calls for a wintry mix of precipitation overnight Monday into Tuesday AM, followed by more colder air and rebounding temperatures, with shower chances for the weekend.

Take Care & Kind Wishes~~~Wet Snow

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#1449148 - 18/01/2018 06:08 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather [Re: Wet Snow]
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Hello Folks:

Well, my area--and much of the Southern US--is getting deeper into the grips of "Old Man Winter":

Mena had a frigid daytime maximum yesterday (Tuesday) of only 18F/-7.7C (our avg. max. now is 47F/8.3C)--Wind Chills near 0F/-17.7C; and we bottomed out this (Wed.) morning at an amazingly low -1F/-18.3C! This is Mena's first below-zeroF/-17.7C or below minimum since Dec. 24, 1989 (our avg. min. now is 27F/-2.7C). Hard to believe we will be around 60F/15.5C for tops by the weekend.
Other chilly minimums in Arkansas this morning include:
-7F/-21.6 at Lead Hill (Boone County)
-5F/-20.5C at Mammoth Spring (Fulton County)
-3F/-18.8C at Winslow (Washington County; their max. yesterday was only 11F/-11.6C)
-2F/-18.3C at Gilbert (Newton County)
1F/-17.2C at Calico Rock (Izard County)

I'm sure a number of Date Records for Low Maximums & Low Minimums will be broken in Arkansas and over much of the Southern US, these past few days.

BRRRRRRR!!!!~~~Wet Snow

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#1449173 - 18/01/2018 09:55 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather [Re: Wet Snow]
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Seems like it was quite widely the coldest night since 24 December 1989 across the southern US. (You've probably said this before, but what did you get down to in 1989?).

I remember the December 1989 cold wave well - I was travelling across Canada at the time.


Edited by Blair Trewin (18/01/2018 09:55)

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#1449229 - 18/01/2018 17:25 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather [Re: Blair Trewin]
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Hello Blair & ALL:

In December 1989, Mena bottomed out at -7F/-21.6C on both the mornings of December 23rd & 24th (also down to -1F/-18.3C on the 22nd). The maximum on the 23rd was only 12F/-11.1C. These are the lowest minimums & maximum that I've ever personally experienced.
December 1989 was a fairly cold month overall, as the avg. min. for the month was 19.4F/-7.0C; as 28 of the 31 days in January had a morning minimum of 32F/0C or lower.

Kind Wishes & Take Care~~~Wet Snow

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#1449249 - 18/01/2018 20:34 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather [Re: Wet Snow]
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Hello Folks:

I've done some research, and here are the instances of below 0F (-1F/-18.3C) or lower minimums in Mena, Arkansas:
Year (numbers in parentheses are the Days in that year of Below Zero F minimums):

1895 (2); 1899 (3); 1903 (1); 1905 (1); 1911 (1); 1912 (1); 1918 (2); 1930 (2); 1933 (1); 1940 (1); 1942 (1); 1943 (1); 1951 (1); 1962 (2); 1966 (1); 1979 (1); 1982 (1); 1983 (1); 1989 (3); 2018 (thus far: 1).

A Yearly Low Minimum of 0F/-17.7C was reached in 1977 & 1988.

As you can see, such cold minimums are not that frequent here.

Kind Wishes & Take Care~~~Wet Snow

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