Mena, Arkansas Weather

Posted by: Wet Snow

Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/06/2002 07:26

HELLO! I live in Mena, Arkansas and LOVE Global--AUS/NZ--weather. I've been interested in weather for over 30yrs. and been keeping daily records for over 10 years. So, if ANY OF YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT MENA/ARKANSAS/US WEATHER, I'll do my best to give you an answer.
G'DAY & Hope to hear from ya'll soon.
Your AUS/NZ WX fan David Powell
Posted by: ThD Ht

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/06/2002 08:54

hey arky 'ol buddy, how they hangin'. :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave:
great to see you here.

TH laugh
Posted by: Twisters

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/06/2002 12:24

Hey David how are you nice to see a USA person on here :wave: :wave: bye
Posted by: DaveM

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/06/2002 14:07

Welcome David, why don't you let us in on a bit of info about Arkansas, is it one of the "plains" states and I think it's around torando alley or am I wrong?

would love to hear something about your climate and topography. laugh
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/06/2002 14:32

Hello Tassie Tiger:Well ARK is just to the East of the Plains States and on the very Eastern fringe of Tornado Alley. Since 1950, 960 tornadoes have been reported in Ark.,w/328 total deaths. Mena has had only 2 tornadoes since 1896, the most recent being in Nov. 1993 doing considerable damage but no deaths. I think the surrounding mtns. almost 2700FT(almost 823m)high may shield us. Last yr. our avg.High was 70F(21.1C)avg.Low 49F(9.4C)We're in an area of abundant rainfall, avg. 54.5IN(1,384mm)per year.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/06/2002 14:38

Also, on a yearly avg. Mena may top out with a High of 100+F(37.7C+) usually due to a prolonged dry period. Our elevation is 1,177FT(358.8m). Our low may bottom out around 10F(-12.2C). We need to have a massive Arctic cold front to get below zeroF. We also occasionally have ice storms. Because of our topography, any excessive flooding rainfall quickly drains off, with minimal damage. We have had at least 2 instances of over 10IN(254mm)of rain in a day. Will be glad to answer any more questions. C-U Later
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/06/2002 12:44

Totals for Mena, ARK. for MAY, 2002:
AVG. HIGH:75.7F(24.2C)
AVG. LOW:57.2F(14.0C)
High:85F(29.4C)May 1,May 31
Low:42F(5.5C)May 19*
RAIN FOR MONTH:5.70IN(144.7mm)
(-0.70IN/-17.7mm)
RAIN FOR YEAR:33.00IN(838.2mm)
(+7.90IN/+200.6mm)
*This was a record low--breaking 45F(7.2C)in 1983.
Posted by: DaveM

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/06/2002 14:35

david I too live at approx 340 metres a.s.l with a 1270 mountain right behind me. However our climates would vary greatly, Hobart has an average summer max of approx 22 c, avge summer min of say 12 c

Winter max say 11 and winter min about 4.

Hobart is on a large saltwater harbour (mouth of the Derwent river) and Tassie has basically a maritime climate. Our extremes are not very extreme. Negative (C) temps not common at all in Hobart. However the further you get from the water the cooler it gets overnight. On rare ocassions we can get snow to sea level but it is shortlived and rarely settles.
Posted by: Crimson Tide

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/06/2002 14:50

Welcome to the forum David, sure you will find it most interesting here any questions please feel free to ask :wave:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/06/2002 15:05

Hello Tassie Tiger:
I think Mena's All-time High was 109F(42.7C)in 1936.all-time Low was -15F(-26.1C)in 1896. Mena was named after a Dutch railroad investors wife. The town is at MP380 on the Kansas City Southern railroad.I(and many others)consider Mena's birthday as August 19, 1896-the date the 1st train came through. There are several Dutch placenames in the city/county. Does Tasmania get hit by Hurricanes/Cyclones?I LOVE SNOW but we have an erratic snow pattern, some yrs. a good amt, most yrs. just flurries. CHEERS!!
Posted by: DaveM

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/06/2002 15:39

Dave, Tassie is too far south for "tropical cyclones" we do however often have low pressure readings below 1000 hpa and severe wind storms although rarely of cyclonic strength. We do receive occassional storm force winds which is a step above gale force. We did have winds a couple of weeks ago with gusts of about 70 knots in Hobart. This is not common but can occur.

Max temp ever for Hobart is about 40.8 and min probably about -2.8 celcius. It only averages about 1.5 days per year of a below 0 min.

We average about 6 days above 30 per annum.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/06/2002 16:33

TASSIE TIGER: Mena's altitude(and summertime humidity)conspire to keep us temps. about 5f+lower than surrounding areas.For 2001:High=99F(37.2C)on July 12&22. Low: 5F(-15.0C-record low)on Jan. 3.Rain=69.69IN(1,770.1mm).In summer the westward extension of the Bermuda High grips us in dry/hot weather.Arctic cold fronts can keep the temps. below 32f(0C)for a few consec. days.In 2001, Mena had 65 days of lows at 32F(0C) or lower and 51 days with 90F+(32.2C+) highs.Prevailing winds are either Southerly(warm/moist)or Westerly(warm/dry). What would the most widespread SNOW event in Tasmania be? On Dec. 24,1975 Mena got 12IN(304.8mm)SNOW in 1 day!! GLORIOUS wet,sticky, heavy stuff. Tasmania sounds nice, but the Summers may still be too cool for my arthritis. I like pretty warm(lo humid.)weather, but I'd come there for the SNOW!!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/06/2002 12:43

Hello All: Well, we're in the Summer doldrums, highs 85-95F, lows 65-75F with a strong influence of dryness from the westward extension of the Bermuda High. Even so, we have an almost daily 20% chance of a heating/instability shower.We are ruled by the 3H's.(Heat/Haze?Humidity).
Hope ya'll have an eventful Winter smile
Posted by: Quetzalcoatl

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/06/2002 13:33

Keep us posted David. I would enjoy seeing your daily report here. At my place yesterday, max 12.8C min 3.6C, mixed sun & cloud.

What's your latitude in Mena?
Posted by: Twisters

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/06/2002 13:33

Sounds alright to me dont like the haze idea though frown

Twister smile smile smile smile
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/06/2002 15:34

G'DAY QUETZALCOATL: Mena is slightly North of 34DEG 34MIN NORTH.(Latitude:slightly East of 94DEG 16MIN WEST). EXPLANATION:My High/Low readings come from Mena's official wx station, radio station KENA.(I sometimes have to use the Mena Info. Line or the AWS at Mena airport).The rain amounts are from the rainguage on my patio. Usually a day will consist only of a morn. low and a daytime high. When cold fronts come through, I get readings from the above mentioned sources.An example of this would be:November 10,1998: the OVERALL HIGH was 68F(20.0C)at 12:01 A.M. the MORN. LOW was 52F(11.1C) the DAY HIGH was 57F(13.8C) at 2P.M.the DAY LOW was 50F(10.0C) at 5:08 P.M.the OVERALL LOW was 34F(1.1C) at 10:20 P.M. Rain=0.80IN(20.3mm)
EXPLANATION OF ABOVE= OVERALL HIGH (the highest temp. reached for date[higher than the daytime high--for me a day starts at 12:01 AM and ends at 11:59PM)DAY HIGH(the highest temp. reached during daylight hours, if temp. falls all day there will be no entry for morn. low--the sunrise temp. will be the day high)DAY LOW(the lowest daytime temp. that is lower than the morn. low)OVERALL LOW(the absolute lowest temp. for the date).The times are approx. time of occurrence;I will start calling the info. line abt. an hour before sunset and every 15MIN or so thereafter to get the day low and use the same procedure to get the overall low. I have an indoor/outdoor digital thermo. that I keep a separate log book of(it's temps. are a little off of what KENA-abt. 1MI away-reports and also has some "glitches".
ABOUT DAILY READINGS:I have to get the day's high the next day on the weather report,KENA also has an exasperating procedure of giving the 24-hour LOW, which may not be the current morning's low. So, instead I think I'll give weekly reports, since I use a calendar for my log book, my weeks go from Sunday-Saturday. I'll soon give you Mena's weather from prev. week. On June 24th, Mom and I will be taking a 10-14 day vacation(holiday).
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/06/2002 15:57

Previous week's weather for MENA,ARK:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
JUNE 9- 83F(28.3C) 69F(20.5C) ---
10- 85F(29.4C) 72F(22.2C) ---
11- 86F(30.0C) 71F(21.6C) ---
12- 87F(30.5C) 72F(22.2C) ---
13- 87F(30.5C) 69F(20.5C).60IN(15.2mm)
14- 80F(26.6C) 64F(17.7C) ---
15- 81F(27.2C) 53F(11.6C) ---
The week was dominated by high humidity(which keeps the temps. down) and abundant cloudcover.P.S. My rain readings are from 12:01AM to 11:59PM daily.Temps. may reflect OVERALL HIGH and OVERALL LOW. I also post Mena's monthly totals on the AUS WX List.I will also post it here at the end of every month. For June, I'll have to post the partial June report after I get back from vacation.I only record the sky cond. in my home wx(indoor/outdoor thermo) logbook.RARELY does a day go by that I don't see at least 1 cloud in the sky, so in my logbook I write"Mostly Sunny", because to me, "CLEAR" means COMPLETELY CLEAR. Get back to ya'll soon David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/06/2002 18:01

MODERATORS:HELLO: I was wondering if you could put my other weather thread"Any Questions About Arkansas Weather" under THIS topic heading? This would put all under one thread heading.I, through ignorance started the other thread in the LOUNGE.(I thought people might ONLY visit General Weather OR the Lounge).Sorry for my ignorance, and since they're more or less duplicate topics, I would like my other thread added/consolidated under THIS topic heading. THANK YOU! WEATHERZONE ROCKS:)
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/06/2002 09:02

Well, an overnight stay in the hospital(stomach virus) has pushed my leaving for vacation back a day.(I'm fine now).Previous week's weather in Mena,ARK.
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
June16 82F(27.7C) 64F(17.7C) ---
17 85F(29.4C) 56F(13.3C) ---
18 84F(28.8C) 64F(17.7C) ---
19 87F(30.5C) 62F(16.6C) ---
20 89F(31.6C) 67F(19.4C) ---
21 88F(31.1C) 67F(19.4C) ---
22 89F(31.6C) 68F(20.0C) ---
Will be leaving for 10-14 day vacation on Tuesday, June 25; get back to you then.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/07/2002 15:09

Hello All: Just got back from vacation(holiday) and here's the weather for Mena, ARK; for June, 2002.The figures are for June 1 through June 24--I was on vacation from June 25 to July 7).

AVG.HIGH: 84.6F(29.2C)
AVG.LOW: 65.0F(18.3C)
HIGH: 89F(31.6C) June 20, June 22
LOW: 53F(11.6C) June 15
Rain for June: 3.00IN(76.2mm)
(-1.50IN/-38.1mm)
Rain for Year: 36.00IN(914.4mm)
(+6.40IN/+162.5mm)
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/07/2002 15:18

Previous weeks weather for Mena, ARK;
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
June 23 85F(29.4C) 70F(21.1C) ---
24 82F(27.7C) 65F(18.3C) 1.10IN(27.9mm)
June 25
through
July 6
ON VACATION(HOLIDAY)
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 15/07/2002 04:08

Previous week's weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
July 7 92F(33.3C) 70F(21.1C) ---
8 93F(33.8C) 65F(18.3C) ---
9 92F(33.3C) 68F(20.0C) ---
10 92F(33.3C) 71F(21.6C) ---
11 89F(31.6C) 70F(21.1C) 0.05IN(1.2mm)
12 91F(32.7C) 69F(20.5C) ---
13 85F(29.4C) 64F(17.7C) 0.30IN(7.6mm)
Just missed rain when Canadian cold front came through on the 12th; the rain we did get was from a couple of heating showers.
Enjoy your week!!!
Posted by: Quetzalcoatl

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 15/07/2002 11:55

Good sweatin' weather there David. Yeah, many Canadians are pretty cold up front but okay once you adjust to them. You have a good week there in Mena too eh?! :wave:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/07/2002 11:06

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas.
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
July 14 85F(29.4C) 66F(18.8C) 1.20IN(30.4 mm)
15 85F(29.4C) 62F(16.6C) ---
16 77F(25.0C) 63F(17.2C) ---
17 82F(27.7C) 69F(20.5C) .85IN(21.5 mm)
18 86F(30.0C) 71F(21.6C) .55IN(13.9 mm)
19 90F(32.2C) 71F(21.6C) ---
20 92F(33.3C) 71F(21.6C) ---
The midweek cool/rainy period was due to a moist Southerly flow underneath a "dirty" High pressure system. Partly Cloudy to Cloudy, with humidity on most of the days. Just missed rain on the 19th, as storm split and moved to our West and Northeast.
Enjoy your week....David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/07/2002 02:41

A few more weather numbers for Mena, Arkansas in 2001.
Warmest Week:July 22-28, Avg. High:95.2F(35.1C).[Avg. Low: 71.5F(21.9C)].
Coldest Week:Dec. 23-29, Avg. Low:25.4F(-3.6C).[Avg. High:46.2F(7.8C)].
*Special Mention:Coldest Week:Dec. 31,2000-Jan. 6,2001, Avg. Low:16.7F(-8.5C).[Avg. High:42.2F(5.6C)].
Wettest Week: Feb. 11-17: 6.75IN(171.4 mm).
Enjoy
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/07/2002 05:55

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
July 21 93F(33.8C) 69F(20.5C) ---
22 93F(33.8C) 69F(20.5C) ---
23 93F(33.8C) 70F(21.1C) ---
24 86F(30.0C) 72F(22.2C) 1.00IN(25.4 mm)
25 92F(33.3C) 68F(20.0C) ---
26 93F(33.8C) 72F(22.2C) ---
27 90F(32.2C) 73F(22.7C) ---
Rain was from weak Canadian cold front. Just missed rain on the 23rd. End of week was typically hot and humid and a little breezy.
Enjoy cool
Posted by: Weathernut

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/07/2002 08:09

hi david our temps in wagga wagga last week were 13c to 18c but no rain but july wagga wagga has had 4.8mm of rain.its very dry here in wagga wagga. :cheers:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/07/2002 18:18

G'DAY Weathernut: Are you just having a very dry spell in Wagga Wagga, or when does your "wet season" begin? How many people live there? Could you give me some background info./history of Wagga Wagga? Have a SUPER week. :wave:
Posted by: Weathernut

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/07/2002 20:30

well winter in wagga wagga is our rainy season but this year is very dry.55.000 people live in wagga wagga and wagga wagga is the biggest inland city in new south wale. i have been living in wagga wagga for five years but i lived in leeton new south wales for 12 years.in summer we have bad severe storms winds 100+kmh lots of rain and lighting.in 1999 winter we had a torando but 5km out of the city. :cheers:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/07/2002 01:49

Weathernut;(That could be my nickname, because that's what I am). Thanks for that info. Could you give me some background info on Leeton? Is the weather similar in Wagga Wagga and Leeton?
Have an A-1 Week. cool
Posted by: Weathernut

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/07/2002 17:28

hi david.leeton is 150km nouth west of wagga wagga.it can rain in wagga wagga but not in leeton. leeton is the rice growing area of n.s.w i will find some more info about leeton. :cheers:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/08/2002 04:37

Weather in Mena, Arkansas for July, 2002.
Figures are valid from July 7 through July 31.
AVG. HIGH:89.2F(31.7C)
AVG. LOW:69.0F(20.5C)
High:93F(33.8C)July 8, 21, 22, 23, 26, 31
Low:62F(16.6C)July 15
Rain for July:5.55IN(140.9mm)
(+0.65IN/+16.5mm)
Rain for Year:41.55IN(1,055.3mm)
(+7.05IN/+179.0mm)
Wishing All a Great August :wave:
Posted by: Weathernut

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 04/08/2002 22:15

Hi David.well se new south wales had severe thunder storms on friday and saturday.on the 1st and the 2nd of august we had 30.4mm of rain just like it allways is in winter rain all the time but not this year. :cheers:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/08/2002 15:52

Previous weeks' weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
July 28 90F(32.2C) 74F(23.3C) ---
29 85F(29.4C) 69F(20.5C) 0.15IN(3.8mm)
30 91F(32.7C) 69F(20.5C) 0.30IN(7.6mm)
31 93F(33.8C) 72F(22.2C) ---
Aug. 1 94F(34.4C) 72F(22.2C) ---
2 96F(35.5F) 70F(21.1C) ---
3 96F(35.5C) 70F(21.1C) ---
Rain was from heating showers/instability ahead of a dying weak Canadian cold front. Overall Low(abt. 11:13 P.M.) listed for the 29th. High temps at end of week were due to atmosphere drying out.
Enjoy your week!
P.S. Hello weathernut. How are things going? Have a GREAT week and an AWESOME August! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/08/2002 16:05

YES, Weathernut, I'd like info about you. You can read about me in my profile and also get some info about me in my ARK WX QUES thread or (in the Lounge) my RR LOVERS/RR TALK thread. If this info doesn't suffice, feel free to ask for more info. AUS has always fascinated me, not just your "backward" weather patterns. And now, by the miracle of the Internet, I can communicate with AUS people that share my passion for Wx and RR; for me, its like a dream come true. I'll soak in all the info that you want to give me. cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/08/2002 08:12

More 2001 weather numbers for Mena, Arkansas:
First 70F(21.1C)High=71F(21.6C), Mar 12 (Day 71).
First 80F(26.6C)High=80F(26.6C), Apr 3 (Day 93).
First 90F(32.2C)High=90F(32.2C), Jun 20 (Day 171).
Last 90F(32.2C)High=91F(32.7C), Sep 3 (Day 246).
Last 80F(26.6C)High=80F(26.6C), Sep 28 (Day 271).
Last 70F(21.1C)High=75F(23.8C), Dec 4 (Day 338).

Last Spring Freeze=April 18, First Fall Freeze=October 28(192 Days).
DAYS, Rain 1IN(25.4mm)or More: 24.
DAYS, Rain 0.01IN or more: 85.
SNOW: TRACE (flurries on 4 days[Jan 1, 19, Nov 29, Dec 30]).
SLEET on 7 days(Jan 10, 16, 18, Feb 16, Mar 27, Nov 27, 29).
DAYS, Highs 32F(0C)or Lower: 3 (Jan 1=28F[-2.2C],Jan 2=27F[-2.7C],Dec 30=29F[-1.6C]).
DAYS, Highs 90F(32.2C) or Higher: at least 51.
Longest Dry Spell: 25 DAYS(Oct 14-Nov 7).
Would have had above normal rain for year if no rain after November 8th.
WETTEST DAY: 5.10IN(129.5mm) on Dec 16.
(No weather obs. for May 31- June 10, vacation).
Enjoy cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 12/08/2002 16:07

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
AUG 4 96F(35.5C) 72F(22.2C) ---
5 94F(34.4C) 67F(19.4C) ---
6 96F(35.5C) 69F(20.5C) ---
7 91F(32.7C) 69F(20.5C) ---
8 91F(32.7C) 60F(15.5C) ---
9 92F(33.3C) 64F(17.7C) ---
10 86F(30.0C) 70F(21.1C) ---
Dry Canadian Cold front came through on the evening of the 6th and dropped the temps and the humidity level. Just missed rain--rain just to East--on 5th and 6th.
Enjoy your week.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/08/2002 09:41

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas.
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Aug 11 90F(32.2C) 68F(20.0C) ---
12 88F(31.1C) 70F(21.1C) ---
13 85F(29.4C) 70F(21.1C) 0.10IN(2.5 mm)
14 77F(25.0C) 66F(18.8C) 0.60IN(15.2 mm)
15 84F(28.8C) 65F(18.3C) ---
16 85F(29.4C) 69F(20.5C) ---
17 87F(30.5C) 73F(22.7C) ---
Rain on 13th from prefrontal activity, rain on 14th from passage of an almost washed-out Canadian cold front.Daytime Low(also Overall Low)-abt. 7:54 P.M.-listed for the 13th. After cold front passage, the mornings of the 15-17 started out cloudy, giving way to partly- to mostly-cloudy afternoons(it was nice to hear thunder again). Enjoy your Week. cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 26/08/2002 11:51

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Aug 18 92F(33.3C) 74F(23.3C) ---
19 94F(34.4C) 72F(22.2C) ---
20 92F(33.3C) 70F(21.1C) ---
21 93F(33.8C) 72F(22.2C) ---
22 95F(35.0C) 73F(22.7C) ---
23 96F(35.5C) 71F(21.6C) ---
24 95F(35.0C) 72F(22.2C) ---
Hot, humid and dry this week. Just missed rain-rain to North and East on 22nd, rain to North on 23rd and 24th., at least got to hear some rumbles of thunder.
Enjoy :wave:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/09/2002 04:53

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Aug 25 86F(30.0C) 70F(21.1C) 0.65IN(16.5 mm)
26 91F(32.7C) 67F(19.4C) ---
27 85F(29.4C) 64F(17.7C) ---
28 86F(30.0C) 63F(17.2C) ---
29 87F(30.5C) 64F(17.7C) ---
30 88F(31.1C) 61F(16.1C) ---
31 92F(33.3C) 66F(18.8C) ---
The rain was from a Stationary Front. There were only 3 days of rain in August, rain was half of normal. It is drying out so much that the grass is turning brown and some leaves are falling off the trees. We need some of ya'll to do a Rain Dance!
Enjoy and have a Great September! :wave:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/09/2002 12:38

Here's the August, 2002 weather for Mena, Arkansas:
AVG. HIGH: 90.1F(32.2C)
AVG. LOW: 68.4F(20.2C)
High: 96F(35.5C) Aug. 2, 3, 4, 6, 23
Low: 60F(15.5C) Aug. 8
Rain for Month: 1.35IN(34.2 mm)
(-1.35IN/-34.2 mm)
Rain for Year: 42.90IN(1,089.6 mm)
(+5.70IN/+144.7 mm)
Only 3 days of rain in month; we need a rain dance!
Enjoy and have a Wonderful(and wet) September! :wave:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/09/2002 09:36

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas.
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Sep 1 92F(33.3C) 66F(18.8C) ---
2 93F(33.8C) 68F(20.0C) ---
3 95F(35.0C) 67F(19.4C) ---
4 94F(34.4C) 67F(19.4C) ---
5 94F(34.4C) 67F(19.4C) ---
6 95F(35.0C) 69F(20.5C) ---
7 89F(31.6C) 67F(19.4C) 0.15IN(3.8 mm)
Rain was from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay; the first time we've gotten any rain from a tropical system in quite a few years. Rain came up from the South--an unusual direction for us. Good to see rain again.
Enjoy your week. cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/09/2002 10:51

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Sep 8 83F(28.3C) 68F(20.0C) 0.30IN(7.6 mm)
9 82F(27.7C) 68F(20.0C) ---
10 91F(32.7C) 62F(16.6C) ---
11 93F(33.8C) 65F(18.3C) ---
12 89F(31.6C) 65F(18.3C) ---
13 90F(32.2C) 63F(17.2C) ---
14 90F(32.2C) 65F(18.3C) ---
The rain was from the northern circulation around Tropical Storm Fay. A dry/weak Canadian Cold front passed through on the 11th. We are still in a countywide burnban.
Enjoy your week!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/09/2002 05:16

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Sep 15 82F(27.7C) 62F(16.6C) 0.40IN(10.1 mm)
16 80F(26.6C) 62F(16.6C) 0.05IN( 1.2mm)
17 85F(29.4C) 67F(19.4C) ---
18 90F(32.2C) 70F(21.1C) ---
19 78F(25.5C) 65F(18.3C) 2.05IN(52.0 mm)
20 75F(23.8C) 57F(13.8C) 0.35IN( 8.8 mm)
21 80F(26.6C) 53F(11.6C) ---
Rain on 15-16 and 19-20 was from passage of Canadian cold fronts. The latter rainfall caused the countywide burnban to be lifted(in effect for about 18 days). Overall high-12:01 A.M.-and Day Low-abt. 6:55 P.M.-listed for the 19th. Overall Low-abt. 11:51 P.M.-listed for the 20th.
I guess ours and your temps may be becoming similar-except your temps are rising and our temps are slowly declining.
Enjoy your week cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/09/2002 07:10

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas.
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Sep 22 83F(28.3C) 61F(16.1C) ---
23 76F(24.4C) 49F(9.4C) ---
24 79F(26.1C) 46F(7.7C) ---
25 80F(26.6C) 58F(14.4C) ---
26 80F(26.6C) 57F(13.8C) ---
27 85F(29.4C) 53F(11.6C) ---
28 86F(30.0C) 55F(12.7C) ---
A typical late Summer/early Autumn week. Overall Low-abt. 11:40 p.m.-listed for the 26th. Our only effects from Tropical Storm Isidore (on the 26th), was clouds filling our Eastern skies (the extreme Westward edge of Isidore's cloudband). The leaves on some trees are starting to turn colors.
Enjoy your week.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/10/2002 04:13

Here are the weather totals for Mena, Arkansas for September 2002:
AVG. HIGH: 86.0F(30.0C)
AVG. LOW: 61.9F(16.6C)
High: 95F(35.0C) Sep. 3, 6
Low: 46F(7.7C) Sep. 24
RAIN FOR MONTH: 3.30IN(83.8 mm)
(-1.70IN/-43.1 mm)
RAIN FOR YEAR: 46.20IN(1,173.4 mm)
(+4.00IN/+101.6 mm)
Enjoy & Have A Great October! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 07/10/2002 05:22

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Sep 29 88F(31.1C) 56F(13.3C) ---
30 84F(28.8C) 59F(15.0C) ---
Oct 1 86F(30.0C) 59F(15.0C) ---
2 87F(30.5C) 59F(15.0C) ---
3 84F(28.8C) 65F(18.3C) ---
4 86F(30.0C) 57F(13.8C) 0.05IN(1.2 mm)
5 80F(26.6C) 51F(10.5C) ---
The only thing we got from TS Lili(on Oct 3rd) was quite a lot of clouds, but no rain. The rain on the 4th was from an almost dry Canadian cold front. The Overall Low-abt. 11:51 P.M.-listed for the 4th. It looks like our really hot days are behind us.
Enjoy your week cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/10/2002 13:04

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas.
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Oct 6 85F(29.4C) 55F(12.7C) 0.20IN(5.0 mm)
7 64F(17.7C) 50F(10.0C) ---
8 60F(15.5C) 50F(10.0C) 1.00IN(25.4 mm)
9 55F(12.7C) 51F(10.5C) 3.00IN(76.2 mm)
10 66F(18.8C) 55F(12.7C) ---
11 74F(23.3C) 58F(14.4C) ---
12 75F(23.8F) 58F(14.4C) ---
Rain on the 6th was from a Canadian cold front. Rain on 8th-9th was from an upper-level low. Another Canadian cold front (dry) passed through late on the 12th. Overall low-abt. 11:37 P.M.-listed for the 7th. Overall low-abt. 10:59 P.M.-listed for the 11th. Much of the week was damp, cool and cloudy., Autumn is definitely here!
Enjoy your week cool
Posted by: Overshoot

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/10/2002 13:05

Wow, you can really see it starting to cool down!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/10/2002 05:53

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Oct 13 65F(18.3C) 40F(4.4C) ---
14 57F(13.8C) 39F(3.8C) ---
15 69F(20.5C) 36F(2.2C) ---
16 65F(18.3C) 39F(3.8C) ---
17 69F(20.5C) 39F(3.8C) ---
18 66F(18.8C) 46F(7.7C) 0.55IN(13.9 mm)
19 65F(18.3C) 57F(13.8C) 1.30IN(33.0 mm)
Rain on 18th was from an upper-level Low. Rain on 19th was from the passage of a Canadian Cold Front. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 11:53 P.M.-listed for the 13th. It's getting to be that time of year when Canadian Cold Fronts(and Pacific ones) come through with greater frequency. At least the rain is keeping things green for a bit longer. More tree leaves are changing color.
Enjoy your week cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 28/10/2002 12:44

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Oct 20 61F(16.1C) 50F(10.0C) 0.75IN(19.0 mm)
21 57F(13.8C) 49F(9.4C) ---
22 64F(17.7C) 54F(12.2C) ---
23 64F(17.7C) 51F(10.5C) 0.10IN(2.5 mm)
24 58F(14.4C) 53F(11.6C) 0.20IN(5.0 mm)
25 61F(16.1C) 53F(11.6C) 0.25IN(6.3 mm)
26 59F(15.0C) 48F(8.8C) ---
Entire week was cloudy/foggy/light rain/drizzle. Mena VERY seldom has a week without seeing some sunshine and with this little temperature variation. I guess this would be like London weather. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 11:40 P.M.-listed for the 20th; Overall Low-abt. 11:39 P.M.-listed for the 25th. Rain on the 20th was leftovers from a Canadian Cold front. Rain on 23rd-25th was from a slow-moving Canadian Cold front(passage on the 23rd). Still no sun today (Sunday); mabye we'll see it before long.
Enjoy your week cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/11/2002 11:00

Greetings Everyone:
Heres the Weather for Mena, Arkansas for October, 2002:
AVG. HIGH: 66.5F(19.1C)
AVG. LOW: 50.0F(10.0C)
High: 87F(30.5C), Oct. 2
Low: 36F(2.2C), Oct. 15
Rain for Month: 8.00IN(203.2mm)
(+2.90IN/+73.6mm)
Rain for Year: 54.20IN(1,376.6mm)
(+6.90IN/+175.2mm)
We've seen very little sunshine from Oct. 19-31+, an unusually long stretch of cloudiness--due to an active Subtropical Jet Stream, which is actually keeping the colder air to our north.
Enjoy & Have a Safe and Happy November cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 04/11/2002 08:53

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Oct 27 52F(11.1C) 47F(8.3C) 0.10IN(2.5mm)
28 58F(14.4C) 51F(10.5C) 0.50IN(12.7mm)
29 58F(14.4C) 47F(8.3C) ---
30 61F(16.1C) 45F(7.2C) ---
31 53F(11.6C) 40F(4.4C) ---
Nov 1 46F(7.7C) 42F(5.5C) ---
2 44F(6.6C) 37F(2.7C) 0.60IN(15.2mm)
Another cool, damp week with virtually no sunshine(this is starting to get depressing frown ). Rain was from a moist flow due to an active Subtropical Jet Stream. A dry passage of a Canadian cold front on the 30th. Overall Low-abt. 11:43 P.M.-listed for the 29th. Overall Low-abt. 11:27 P.M.-listed for the 2nd. The rainfall on the 2nd assures us of finishing the year with above normall rainfall. Oh well,...mabye we'll see some sunshine this week. The fall foliage is starting to look very pretty. Some of the trees look a little funny as their top leaves are red/orange and their bottom leaves are still green.
Enjoy your week smile
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/11/2002 13:48

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Nov 3 50F(10.0C) 37F(2.7C) 0.45IN(11.4mm)
4 49F(9.4C) 40F(4.4C) 0.40IN(10.1mm)
5 51F(10.5C) 36F(2.2C) 0.30IN(7.6mm)
6 58F(14.4C) 35F(1.6C) ---
7 67F(19.4C) 31F(-0.5C) ---
8 68F(20.0C) 44F(6.6C) ---
9 75F(23.8C) 61F(16.1C) ---
Finally saw abundant sunshine on the 6th, the first sunshine seen since Oct. 19th. Overall Low-abt. 11:55 P.M.-listed for the 6th. Rainfall was from moist Southerly flow around High pressure. The fall foliage is looking very good now. The first frost of Autumn was on the 7th.
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/11/2002 08:28

G'November everyone; previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Nov 10 70F(21.1C) 48F(8.8C) ---
11 62F(16.6C) 38F(3.3C) ---
12 57F(13.8C) 36F(2.2C) ---
13 63F(17.2C) 31F(-0.5C) ---
14 60F(15.5C) 40F(4.4C) ---
15 58F(14.4C) 38F(3.3C) ---
16 58F(14.4C) 32F(0.0C) ---
Good to see sunshine and get back to more seasonable temperatures. Fall foliage is almost peaking although some trees leaves are only half colored/still green. Overall Low-abt. 11:58 P.M.-listed for the 10th; Overall Low-abt. 11:23 P.M.-listed for the 12th; Overall Low-abt. 11:56 P.M.-listed for the 15th. Canadian cold fronts passed through(dry) on the 10th and 15th; an Upper Level Low-bringing only light sprinkles-passed on the 14th.
Enjoy! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/11/2002 15:58

Hello All: Just an explanation of how the different frontal systems affect Mena's weather:
Cold Fronts:
A) Canadian Cold Fronts: This is the most common front we get. The cooler air usually modifies and the temp dropoff is fair but not drastic. (Usually the day after a cold front has passed has a little residual rainfall, cloudy with gusty Northerly winds with steady or slowly falling temperatures; the day after this, when the clouds clear out is when the true coldness is realized). Lets say the cold front passes through about 12Noon with the high temp of 65F(18.3C), the next day the temp falls throughout the day and the day after, the high temp may be around 50F(10.0C). This pattern happens in Winter, you'll get a few days of normal/above normal highs, then...WHAM!...a cold front(back to COLD reality), the next few days the high temps slowly recover and then WHAM! the process repeats again. If the temps are really above average and a powerful cold front is coming, that is when severe weather usually happens.
A1)Arctic/Polar Cold Fronts: This is like Canadian fronts, except MUCH colder. The airmass is straight off the frozen Arctic and moves so rapidly that there is little air modification. With these are very low baro readings, a sudden wind change to the North and rapid, steep drop in temps. The front moves so fast that there is little precip/snow flurries with it. The high may be 55F(12.7C) and 2 days later(see scenario above) the high may be 30F(-1.1C). A few years ago one of these "Siberian Expresses" came through and Mena stayed below freezing for 5 straight days! One day, one of these hit and the high was 61F(16.1C), by 8 P.M., it was snowing lightly and 25F(-3.8C) BRRRR!!!
B)Pacific Cold Fronts: These are cold fronts originating from the Pacific Coast, therefore they aren't very cold and have a good moisture feed. Let's say the high is 62F(16.6C) a Pacific front comes through, sometimes giving copious rain and the next day the high is 55F(12.7C). If a front comes on the heels of another front (2-4 days previous) the front will be "moisture starved" and the fronts passage will be dry, with only some clouds and a wind shift to mark its passage.
C)Stationary Fronts: When a cold front stalls out in our vicinity, this kind of slow-moving front can really make the rain come down! I've seen over 10IN(254mm)rain in a day from this setup.
D)Warm Fronts: Sometimes a weak front will just pass to our south, before becoming Stationary and moving back Northward as a
Warm front. We can also get good rainfalls from this event. If the front comes through at night, the temps will actually start rising! The high temp(Overall High) will occur just before Midnight. This is often accompanied by thick fog.
If we get a shallow pool of cold air, with warm air aloft, this gives us the unfortunate setup for a good freezing rain/ice storm.
The setup for SNOW(!) has to be just about perfect for us to get a good amount: Cold air in place and a Low pressure to our South, circulating heaps of moisture on us from the Gulf; this type of setup gave us 1FT of Snow on Dec. 24, 1975. Otherwise, frontal snow is very light. The vast majority of Low vortexes move to the North of us.
Occasionally we are besieged by a slow-moving(often retrograde[Westerly]moving) Cutoff Low. These things, depending on speed can give good rain, or a little rain and a few days of cloudiness.
Cold fronts usually don't make it this far South in Summer, our rain is then supplemented by daytime heating/convection showers. These pop-up during the heat of the day, move very little, rain themselves out and dissipate around sunset. It is for this reason that we have about a daily 20% chance of rain in Summer. With these, one side of the street may get wet while the other side stays dry.
Very Rarely, the remnants of a Tropical Storm(ex-Hurricane) makes it up here and gives us some rain and wind. The VAST majority of landfalling systems are steered well to our East or South into Texas.
Precipitation usually hits us from the North/NNW if its of Canadian origin and hits us from the West(T-storms moving from SW to NE) if its of Pacific origin. Warm front rain comes up from the South. We rarely get rain hitting us from the SE, E or NE.
Our prevailing winds are either Southerly(warm, moist) or Westerly (warm, dry). Since we are in a valley, it isn't very windy here at all. The severity of storms is enhanced by the strong Southerly winds pumping up the temp and heavily-laden with Gulf moisture. Unfortunately, our dynamics are such that our chances of getting freezing rain/ice are much greater than that getting good accumulating Snowfall.

Well, I thought ya'll might like to learn about what the fronts are like in my corner of the world. If you've any questions, feel free to ask.
P.S. A good indicator of if we may get a Polar front is to look at the temps in Alaska; if the temps there are super cold, you know that eventually that cold airmass is going to head South pretty soon. When the Polar airmass is on US, the Alaskan temps warm back up.
I think so far this year, we've had 14 dry fronts come through. Come on SNOW!!!(nix ice!!!)
I hope this was interesting and enjoying to you all!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/11/2002 09:13

G'day, heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Nov 17 64F(17.7C) 29F(-1.6C) ---
18 65F(18.3C) 35F(1.6C) ---
19 64F(17.7C) 31F(-0.5C) ---
20 66F(18.8C) 32F(0.0C) ---
21 69F(20.5C) 36F(2.2C) ---
22 60F(15.5C) 30F(-1.1C) ---
23 63F(17.2C) 27F(-2.7C) ---
Mild and dry air on us which accounts for the wide daily temp. variation. Overall Low-abt. 11:37 P.M.-listed for the 22nd. A dry Pacific cold front passed through on the 18th; a dry Canadian cold front went through on the 21st. The fall foliage is now at peak viewing. Some trees have lost their leaves and, due to the dry weather, some leaf colors are somewhat dull. A very frigid Canadian cold front will hit us tomorrow(Monday) so last weeks warmth will be a fond memory for a while as our forecasted highs will be in the low 40sF.
Have a Great Week!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/12/2002 05:36

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Nov 24 67F(19.4C) 29F(-1.6C) ---
25 51F(10.5C) 36F(2.2C) 0.80IN(20.3mm)
26 46F(7.7C) 32F(0.0C) ---
27 45F(7.2C) 24F(-4.4C) ---
28 53F(11.6C) 22F(-5.5C) ---
29 55F(12.7C) 33F(0.5C) ---
30 55F(12.7C) 36F(2.2C) ---
A Canadian cold front passed through on the evening of the 24th; the rain was from moisture that was lagging behind the front. A dry Canadian cold front passed through on the evening of the 30th. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 8:26 P.M. listed for the 25th; Overall Low-abt. 11:00 P.M.-listed for the 26th. Mostly clear skies with low humidity, the wind from the fronts has made quite a few trees bare of leaves.
Wishing All a Safe & Happy December! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/12/2002 08:08

Heres the November, 2002 weather for Mena, Arkansas:
AVG. HIGH: 58.6F(14.7C)
AVG. LOW: 35.2F(1.6C)
High: 75F(23.8C) Nov. 9
Low: 22F(-5.5C) Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving)
Rain for Month: 2.55IN(64.7 mm)
(-2.35IN/-59.6 mm)
Rain for Year: 56.75IN(1,441.4 mm)
(+4.55IN/+115.5 mm)
The last of the month was pretty dry as no rain fell from Nov. 6-24th.
I wish ALL of you a Happy & Safe December and a very Happy New Year! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/12/2002 17:29

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Dec 1 51F(10.5C) 25F(-3.8C) ---
2 56F(13.3C) 36F(2.2C) ---
3 44F(6.6C) 34F(1.1C) 1.50IN(38.1mm)
4 39F(3.8C) 31F(-0.5C) 0.65IN(16.5mm)
5 40F(4.4C) 23F(-5.0C) ---
6 50F(10.0C) 19F(-7.2C) ---
7 53F(11.6C) 27F(-2.7C) ---
Rain was from passage of a Canadian cold front and an upper-level Low (passage on the 3rd). Overall Low-abt. 11:27 P.M.-listed for the 3rd; Overall Low-abt. 11:45 P.M.-listed for the 4th; Overall Low-abt. 11:35 P.M.-listed for the 5th. Some brief Snow flurries before the rain ended on the 4th. The 5th-7th was very sunny and quite pleasant. Rich Mountain got a glaze of ice and looked pretty neat glistening in the sunlight.
Enjoy your week!
Posted by: ----

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/12/2002 19:10

Merry X-mas to you up there David. Our week of weather has been rather non-descript in our hills to the East of Adelaide SA. Nice cool calm days, kind of hope X-mas day is like this and not 42 degrees! A couple of years ago we had great thunderstorms on x-mas day with very heavy local falls, that is acceptable too, in fact that is preferrable!
Cheers,
Tim laugh laugh
Posted by: Darryl

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/12/2002 19:24

G'day David,
Mate I didn't believe there was such a place as Polk county Arkansas. I thought Steven Hunters Polk county was a fictitious place. Does the town of Blue Eye exist, if it does I'll start thinking Bob Lee Swagger will pop up with a Winchester Mod. 70 in .308 and start dropping baddies everywhere. Mate I live in a little town on the NSW north coast called Maclean and right now we are like most people in Oz hoping for rain. In a word or two, Dry as a lizards foot. Interesting reading what you have posted so far, 50 odd inch av rain fall and most of us would be permanently treading water. Thanks David
Cheers Darryl
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/12/2002 16:58

G'Day Hillsrain & Darryl:
Yes, there is a very small town in Arkansas called Blue Eye; it is in Northern Carroll County, just south of the Missouri state line. FYI: Other Polk Counties in the US are in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
Yes, I'm glad for the ample rain we get as I never get tired of looking at all the green grass and foliage. I've seen desertland and it's not as pretty IMO. The last year for below normal rain for Mena was 1992. We may have below normal rain for the Summer months but the ample rains in the Spring usually makes up for the deficit., especially when a Stationary front or a Warm front parks overhead and gives us a good deluge.
Merry Christmas/Happy New Year to You & Yours.
David (getting rained on again) Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/12/2002 15:18

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Dec 8 49F(9.4C) 40F(4.4C) 0.05IN(1.2mm)
9 44F(6.6C) 38F(3.3C) 0.15IN(3.8mm)
10 43F(6.1C) 37F(2.7C) 0.30IN(7.6mm)
11 44F(6.6C) 36F(2.2C) ---
12 45F(7.2C) 41F(5.0C) 0.60IN(15.2mm)
13 43F(6.1C) 35F(1.6C) 0.65IN(16.5mm)
14 57F(13.8C) 27F(-2.7C) ---
Rain on the 8th was from the passage of a Canadian cold front. Rain on 9-10th & 12-13th was from an upper-level low. Finally saw sunshine on the 14th(first sunshine seen since the 7th). The El Nino will give us above normal precip, which I like--it's just I could do without all this prolonged cloudiness. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-listed for the 9th. Temps this upcoming week are to get into the 60sF(15.5C+), I'll be ready for it, but this time of year the above normal warmth won't last very long (WHAM! A dose of Winter reality comes down from Canada.)
Enjoy your week & Happy Holidays.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/12/2002 05:37

Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Dec 15 64F(17.7C) 36F(2.2C) ---
16 63F(17.2C) 53F(11.6C) ---
17 68F(20.0C) 59F(15.0C) ---
18 66F(18.8C) 51F(10.5C) ---
19 52F(11.1C) 41F(5.0C) 0.25IN(6.3mm)
20 58F(14.4C) 31F(-0.5C) ---
21 57F(13.8C) 29F(-1.6C) ---
A fairly sunny week with some Springlike above-normal temps. The avg. high for Mena this time of year is around 50F(10.0C). A dry Pacific cold front passed through on the 18th(the rain was from moisture lagging behind the front). Another dry Pacific cold front passed on the evening of the 21st. Overall Low-abt. 11:41 P.M.-listed for the 18th; Overall Low-abt. 11:47 P.M.-listed for the 19th. We may get some Snow flurries for Christmas Day. I'm enjoying the warm weather while it lasts(Old Man Winter is just around the corner-waiting to drop the hammer on us).
Enjoy your week & Happy Holidays. cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/12/2002 17:40

Seasons Greetings:
Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Dec 22 52F(11.1C) 30F(-1.1C) ---
23 40F(4.4C) 34F(1.1C) 1.85IN(46.9mm)
24 35F(1.6C) 25F(-3.8C) 0.15IN(3.8mm)
25 43F(6.1C) 18F(-7.7C) ---
26 45F(7.2C) 24F(-4.4C) ---
27 53F(11.6C) 23F(-5.0C) ---
28 57F(13.8C) 25F(-3.8C) ---
Rain was from an upper-level low & Pacific cold front(passage on the 23rd). Brief SNOW flurries before rain ended on the 24th (missed Snow on Christmas by about 13 hours; I guess the closest we were to a White Christmas [snow covering the ground] would be between Fort Smith and Fayetteville--abt. 120MI(193.2km) to the north).
Overall High--12:01 A.M.--and Overall Low--abt. 12:24 P.M.--listed for the 23rd; Overall High--12:01 A.M. [& abt. 7:21 A.M.]--and Overall Low--abt. 11:54 P.M.--listed for the 24th.
Readings from Mena Airport for 12:01 A.M. for Christmas, Wednesday, December 25th: No clouds below 12,000FT[clear]/Visibility: 10MI(16.1km)/Temperature: 26F(-3.3C)/Dew Point: 20F(-6.6C)/Wind: 270 (West) at 6 mph(9.6kph)/Barometer: 30.11" (1019.6 Hpa).
48 State High: 79F(26.1C) at Homestead, Florida.[85F(29.4C) at Kahului, Hawaii].
48 State Low: -18F(-27.7C) at Big Piney, Wyoming. [-24F(-31.1C) at Northway, Alaska].
Late week above-seasonal warmth due to warm Southerly winds ahead of nearing Pacific cold front[here we go again!]
Wishing Everyone a Fantastic New Year!
GOD Bless
Yours
David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/01/2003 16:49

Correction:
After closer looking, the distance of lying Snow for Christmas (the closest to Mena), between Fayetteville and Fort Smith would be about 55MI (88.5km) North of us.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/01/2003 19:03

Heres the weather for Mena, Arkansas for December, 2002:
AVG. HIGH: 51.2F(10.6C)
AVG. LOW: 34.7F(1.5C)
High: 68F(20.0C) Dec 17
Low: 18F(-7.7C) Dec 25
Rain For Month: 7.83IN(198.8mm)
(+3.53IN/+89.6mm)
Rain for 2002: 64.58IN(1,640.3mm)
(+8.08IN/+205.2mm)
Abundant rainfall due to a Southerly storm track associated with an El Nino setup. Hopefully this'll give us a better chance for Snow before Winters end.
Enjoy!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/01/2003 12:40

G'January to All:
Heres the 2002* Weather for Mena, Arkansas:
*=Readings are for 353 days. (I was on vacation from June 25-July 6).

High: 96F(36.5C) Aug 2, 3, 4, 6, 23
Low: 9F(-12.7C) Mar 3
Rain: 64.58IN(1,640.3mm)
(+8.08IN/+205.2mm)
Snow: 5IN(127.0mm[4IN-101.6mm on Feb 5, 1IN-25.4mm on Feb 6]). Snow flurries on Feb 26, Mar 2, Dec 4, Dec 24.
Sleet on Jan 6.
Freezing Rain/Sleet on Mar 2.
Last Spring Freeze: March 27, First Fall Freeze: Nov 7= 226 days.
Days, Rain 1IN(25.4mm) or more:(at least)19.
Days, Rain 0.01IN(0.2mm) or more:(at least)92.
Wettest Day: 4.00IN(101.6mm) on Apr 7.
Wettest Week: 5.20IN(132.0mm) week of Mar 17-23.
Longest Dry Spell: 19 days (Nov 6-24).
Days, Highs 90F(32.2C) or above:(at least)46.
Days, Lows 32F(0.0C) or lower: 78.
Days, Highs 32F(0.0C) or lower: 4. (Jan 2=30F(-1.1C), Feb 6=32F(0.0C), Feb 26=28F(-2.2C), Mar 3=27F(-2.7C).
Would have ended with above normal rain for year if no rain after Nov 25.

AVG. HIGH: 69.3F(20.7C)
AVG. LOW: 48.7F(9.2F) MEAN: 59.0F(15.0C)

First 70F(21.1C) High:70F(21.1C) Jan 23 (Day 23).
First 80F(26.6C) High:82F(27.7C) Apr 14 (Day 104).
First 90F(32.2C) High:92F(33.3C) Jul 7 (Day 188).
Last 90F(32.2C) High:90F(32.2C) Sep 18 (Day 261).
Last 80F(26.6C) High:85F(29.4C) Oct 6 (Day 279).
Last 70F(21.1C) High:70F(21.1C) Nov 10 (Day 314).

Enjoy and Have a Special 2003!
Yours David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 04/01/2003 18:07

G'Day; Heres some final numbers for Mena's 2002 weather:

Coldest Week: Feb 24-Mar 2 Avg. Low: 24F(-4.4C) [Avg. High: 47F(8.3C)]
If carryover, Coldest Week: Dec 30, 2001-Jan 5, 2002 Avg. Low: 20F(-6.6C) [Avg. High: 35F(1.6C)]

Warmest Week: Aug 18-24 Avg. High: 93.8F(34.3C) [Avg. Low: 72F(22.2C)]
Also: Sep 1-7 Avg. High: 93.1F(33.9C) [Avg. Low: 67F(19.4C)]
Enjoy!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/01/2003 17:22

Greetings: Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
2002
Dec 29 62F(16.6C) 52F(11.1C) 0.05IN(1.2mm)
30 63F(17.2C) 52F(11.1C) 1.60IN(40.6mm)
31 52F(11.1C) 44F(6.6C) 0.03IN(0.7mm)
2003
Jan 1 56F(13.3C) 30F(-1.1C) ---
2 47F(8.3C) 32F(0.0C) ---
3 53F(11.6C) 25F(-3.8C) ---
4 58F(14.4C) 38F(3.3C) ---
Rain was from a Pacific cold front(passage on the 30th). Above normal temps/precipitation is likely due to the El Nino weather pattern we are in. Overall High-abt. 10:51 P.M.-listed for the 29th; Overall Low-abt. 11:59 P.M.-listed for the 30th; Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 11:54 P.M.-listed for the 31st.
This time of year our average High is 49F(9.4C) and our average Low is 28F(-2.2C).

Readings at Mena Airport for 12:01 A.M. on New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2003: 3,200FT Overcast (cloudy)/Visibility: 10MI(6.2km)/Temperature: 44F(6.6C)/Dew Point: 22F(-5.5C)/Wind: calm/Barometer: 29.84IN(1,010.5hPa)
48-state High: 85F(29.4C) at Pembroke Pines and Pompano Beach, Florida.
48-state Low: -9F(-22.7C) at Orr, Minnesota.(-47F[-43.8C] at Bettles, Alaska).
Posted by: Frosty_Mac

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 07/01/2003 10:38

Hi David laugh
Very comprehensive report for 2002. I enjoyed reading it. Here's hoping you get ground covering snow soon laugh Happy New Year smile
Great temps laugh
23 40F(4.4C) 34F(1.1C) 1.85IN(46.9mm)
24 35F(1.6C) 25F(-3.8C) 0.15IN(3.8mm)
25 43F(6.1C) 18F(-7.7C) ---

We had a hail storm on xmas eve, which partially whiten the ground, so u could say we almost had a white christmas laugh Unfortunately, the 28 C, the hail melted quickly. Anyway, looking forward to snow at Guyra this year.

:cheers:
Sam
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/01/2003 07:14

G'Day, heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Jan 5 58F(14.4C) 31F(-0.5C) ---
6 50F(10.0C) 33F(0.5C) ---
7 57F(13.8C) 21F(-6.1C) ---
8 68F(20.0C) 30F(-1.1C) ---
9 67F(19.4C) 41F(5.0C) ---
10 43F(6.1C) 28F(-2.2C) ---
11 44F(6.6C) 24F(-4.4C) ---
This year is starting off kind of dry. The above normal warmth(High on 8th was almost 20F above normal) happened just before a Canadian cold front. Dry secondary Canadian cold front hit on evening of the 9th; Dry primary Canadian cold front hit on afternoon of the 10th. Overall Low-abt. 11:20 P.M.-listed for the 6th; Overall LOw-abt. 11:56 P.M.-listed for the 9th; Overall Low-abt. 11:37 P.M.-listed for the 10th.
All in all, not bad weather for January!
Enjoy your week!
Posted by: Cloudmaster_dup1

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/01/2003 07:19

Good reports David,

Thanks for sharing Mena's weather reports with us! smile

Cloudmaster :wave:
Posted by: Matt Pearce

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/01/2003 08:17

Hi David

Thanks for sharing your reports with us! Just one question: wouldn't the primary cold front hit before the secondary cold front?
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/01/2003 15:42

G'day, heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Jan 12 31F(-0.5C) 27F(-2.7C) ---
13 36F(2.2C) 29F(-1.6C) ---
14 51F(10.5C) 28F(-2.2C) 0.20IN(5.0mm)

15 In hospital; colitis attack.
16 In hospital; colitis attack.
17 35F(1.6C) 13F(-10.5C) ---
18 In hospital; colitis attack.
Rain was from pre-frontal activity. Dry powerful Canadian cold front passed through on the 15th with brief Snow flurries. Overall Low-abt. 11:38 P.M.-listed for the 14th.
I was in Mena Medical Center, from 15th-16th due to an attack of colitis; I had to return to hospital and stay from the 18th-24th due to a bad reaction to a colonoscopy. I'm fine now and glad to be home. Watching the Snow flurries made me feel some better.

Matthew Pearce: Greetings! A secondary Canadian cold front (with cool airmass) hits us usually right before a primary Canadian cold front(with MUCH COLDER[arctic/polar] air mass does.
I'm glad to be back. While in MMC, saw on the TV about your terrible bushfires; heres hoping that ya'll get some relief!
Posted by: Quetzalcoatl

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/01/2003 17:38

Hey there David. I'm dreaming of a Canadian cold front today with the temperature here going over 114F. Oh for a roll in the snow ..... hope you're feeling better there, Arky old son.

:cheers:
Posted by: KES

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/01/2003 17:47

Oh...my God!!!!!! "Q" is back!!!!! eek
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/01/2003 18:53

Addendum to above report: Brief Snow flurries due to an upper-level Low on the 12th.

Quetzalcoatl: GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK!!!! (Where 'ya been?). Yes, I've got a laundry list of meds to take to help hold off colitis attacks and swelling in my knees.
Posted by: Nullamanna WX

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/01/2003 12:15

G'Day, David.
Sorry to read that you were a bit poorly, I hope you are doing better now. I am glad that you managed to get some snow, I would love to see some as I haven't been to the snow since I was a child, I went to a place called Lake Mountain, in Victoria in the early '70s that had snow, I had a snowball fight with my sister and parents, a fond family memory that I'll never forget!! I hope you come good soon and I hope that you continue to have a good winter. I've enjoyed reading your weather reports, I just wish I was there as well.

All the best, Mick.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/01/2003 12:25

Cheers! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas.
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Jan 19 In hospital; colitis attack.
20 In hospital; colitis attack.
21 In hospital; colitis attack.
22 In hospital; colitis attack.
23 26F(-3.3C) 12F(-11.1C) ---
24 30F(-1.1C) 11F(-11.6C) ---
25 36F(2.2C) 28F(-2.2C) ---
A very cloudy and cold week as a strong Canadian/Arctic Cold Front (dry) passed through on the 21st; with cold/blustery Northerly winds driving windchill values very low. Considering we are in a moderate ElNino pattern, this month is turning out to be extremely dry. I'm feeling better now, as the meds are reducing the swelling from fluid in my knees, calves and feet. We are now past the midpoint of Winter, so mabye the worst of the COLD temps could be behind us. *Still wanting a little SNOW*
Enjoy your week!
Posted by: Frosty_Mac

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/01/2003 12:45

Hey David,
Sorry to hear about you going to hospital, glad you got to see snow snow flurries laugh The most amazing thing was snow reported at the Nassa Base in Melbourne florida....It certainly has been cold in the south laugh maybe you still have a chance of snow next month laugh
:cheers:
Sam (aka frosty mac
Posted by: Danos

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/01/2003 12:59

I just found out exactly what colitis is and .... hope u are feeling a bit better that sounds quite nasty! :cheers:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/01/2003 16:35

Thank you ALL for your kind thoughts and well wishes.

Armishdan: G'day! I was diagnosed with colitis in 1984 (linked to the arthritis in my body). Periodically I have severe flare-ups; the worst thing being that I have painful gas pains and I cannot hold anything (not even water!) on my stomach. I can feel pretty good for months at a stretch and then *WHAM* I'll wake up not feeling very well. Since my immunity is less than normal, viruses usually head straight for my intestines. This attack caused swelling in the areas around my knees, calves and feet. It's amazing how little fluid build-up can absolutely kill your knees. Well, I just thought I'd explain colitis to people who aren't familiar with it. I'm much better now. The most frustrating thing about it is that you can't see what's going on down there in your lower digestive tract. I think that this is the longest that I've ever stayed continuously in the hospital.
Again, THANKS!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/01/2003 21:45

Greetings! Just a note of explanation about how I gather my rainfall/snowfall readings. I believe in true readings for each day; by this I mean some rainfall observing stations, such as radio station KENA, measure their 24-hour rainfall from 7 A.M. to 7 A.M.--I guess that's good, but you're covering parts of 2 days. Since I am a railroad nut, by RR time, a day begins at 12:01 A.M., so that's when I take my readings. If a rain event covers parts of 2 days, I'll empty the gauge at 12:01 A.M. and any additional rain is recorded to the next days total. All the rain measurements that I take (and post) are done this way. For snowfall, I have a special device (2 bricks about 1 foot apart on the brick ledge bordering the patio) that I measure snowfall depth with. I do it on that surface due to the fact that you can't be very sure of readings on grassy areas. My raingauge is a very low-tech store bought one, which means that I can only give readings that end in a 5 or a 0, but it suits my purpose.
Cheers and enjoy your week.
David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/02/2003 12:20

Cheers, All! Heres the weather for Mena, Arkansas for January, 2003*.

AVG. HIGH: 48.3F(6.8C)
AVG. LOW: 27.9F(-3.2C)
High: 68F(20.0C) Jan 8
Low: 11F(-11.6C) Jan 24
Rain For Month: 0.20IN(5.0mm)
(-2.50IN/-63.5mm)
Rain For Year: 0.20IN(5.0mm)
(-2.50IN/-63.5mm)
Very unusually dry as only 1 day had measureable rain-the 14th. TRACE of rain on the 29th. Brief Snow flurries on the 12th and 15th.
*=Readings are for 24 days. I was in the hospital, so no readings for Jan 15-16 and 18-22.
Enjoy Your Month!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/02/2003 10:58

Hello again! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Jan 26 43F(6.1C) 24F(-4.4C) ---
27 45F(7.2C) 20F(-6.6C) ---
28 61F(16.1C) 43F(6.1C) ---
29 61F(16.1C) 39F(3.8C) TRACE
30 55F(12.7C) 31F(-0.5C) ---
31 55F(12.7C) 33F(0.5C) ---
Feb 1 65F(18.3C) 30F(-1.1C) ---
Another mid-week warmup before another cold front shakes us back to reality. Dry Warm Front passed on the 28th. Overall High-abt. 10:15 P.M. listed for the 28th[the Day High was 58F(14.4C) about 5:28 P.M.] Overall Low-abt. 10:58 P.M.-listed for the 26th; Overall High-12:01 A.M.-listed for the 29th; Overall Low-abt. 11:27 P.M.-listed for the 29th; Overall Low-abt. 10:13 P.M.-listed for the 30th; Overall Low-abt. 11:51 P.M. listed for the 31st. Dry Canadian Cold Front passed through on the 29th.
Enjoy your week!
Posted by: Matt Pearce

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/02/2003 11:05

Hi David

Thanks for that info! Thats not a bad temp range you get there...I guess thats what something like Canada does for you. To get up to 18C in winter though is not too bad at all I would have thought. Just one question...whats all the overall high/low stuff down the bottom on about? confused

Matt
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/02/2003 14:18

Hello Matthew Pearce: I'll try to explain my temp readings. I use KENA radio, the Mena Info Line and the AWS at Mena Airport for my readings.

Overall High: The Highest (non-daytime) temperature for the day (which often occurs at 12:01 A.M.) which means the temps are steadily falling due to a cold front. I also use Day High, this is the Highest Daytime temperature (lower than the Overall High) this sometimes occurs at Sunrise. I also use Day Low, this is the Lowest Daytime temperature (if lower than the Morning Low), Finally I use Overall Low, which is the absolute lowest(non-daytime) temperature for the date (this low is lower than the morning or day low).
Usually Overall Highs/Lows occur after a Cold Front has passed. I also rarely use Overall High, this is usually when a Warm Front passes at nighttime. This High is Higher than the Daytime high. Most days have only 2 readings--a High and Low temperature, but when fronts come through, a few more readings are needed.

To get these readings, if a cold front has come through, I'll call the AWS at Mena Airport at 12:01 A.M. and note the temp. I'll then try to get the temp reading at Sunrise,(this temp may be the Day High, which normally would be the Morning Low). About 1 hour before Sunset, I'll call the Mena AWS to get the temp, I'll call every 10 minutes or so to get the approx. time of first occurrence of the lowest Daytime temp, I repeat this process starting at 11:00 P.M. to try to get the approx. first occurrence of the Overall Low.

I hope I didn't confuse you too much. I hope this helps.
Wishing you a Great Week Yours David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 04/02/2003 13:19

Some more final numbers on 2002 weather in Mena, Arkansas:

WINTER:(Dec 21, 2001-Mar 19, 2002)
High:75F(23.8C) Mar 14
Low: 9F(-12.7C) Mar 3
Rain:15.25IN(387.3mm)

SPRING:(Mar 20-Jun 20)
High:89F(31.6C) Jun 20
Low:23F(-5.0C) Mar 22
Rain:16.20IN(411.4mm)

SUMMER:(Jun 21-Sep 22)
High:96F(35.5C) Aug 2, 3, 4, 6, 23
Low:53F(11.6C) Sep 21
Rain:12.45IN(316.2mm)

AUTUMN:(Sep 23-Dec 21)
High:88F(31.1C) Sep 29
Low:19F(-7.2C) Dec 6
Rain:14.70IN(373.3mm)

Enjoy your week!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/02/2003 08:57

Greetings! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Feb 2 64F(17.7C) 45F(7.2C) ---
3 65F(18.3C) 36F(2.2C) ---
4 49F(9.4C) 24F(-4.4C) ---
5 46F(7.7C) 25F(-3.8C) ---
6 36F(2.2C) 31F(-0.5C) 0.30IN(7.6mm)*
7 34F(1.1C) 15F(-9.4C) ---
8 37F(2.7C) 14F(-10.0C) ---
We had w mid-week cool down as a moderately-strong Canadian cold front passed through on the 3rd. 3INCHES(7.6cm) SNOW--from an Upper-Level Low-- on the 6th. (*=Water equivalent of 3INCHES Snow). Overall LOw-abt. 11:32 P.M.-listed for the 3rd; Overall Low-abt. 11:40 P.M.-listed for the 4th; Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 11:59 P.M.-listed for the 7th. Another Snow event is forecasted for Sunday; highs next week are to get in the mid-to-upper 50sF(~12-14C). So, I'll have to enjoy the Snow while we've got it.

Ejoy your week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/02/2003 05:46

G'February; Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Feb 9 34F(1.1C) 29F(-1.6C) 0.15IN(3.8mm)*
10 53F(11.6C) 33F(0.5C) ---
11 60F(15.5C) 28F(-2.2C) ---
12 62F(16.6C) 30F(-1.1C) ---
13 50F(10.0C) 43F(6.1C) 1.00IN(25.4mm)
14 63F(17.2C) 49F(9.4C) 0.55IN(13.9mm)
15 66F(18.8C) 36F(2.2C) 0.05IN(1.2mm)
A typical winter pattern--a cool-down followed by a warm-up.(*=water equivalent of 1 and 1/2INCHES of Snow). Snow on the 9th was from an upper-level Low(most of it melted on the 10th). Rain on 13-14 was from a Warm Front(passage on the 14th). Rain on 15th was from the passage of a Pacific cold front. High on 9th was at 12:01 A.M. and abt. 4:30 P.M.; Overall Low-abt. 11:45 P.M.-listed for the 15th. I surely loved to hear the Spring Peepers(frogs) croaking after the rain, makes me think that Spring can't be too far away. Have seen flies for a few weeks now, hopefully the ticks won't be out too early this year. Some trees have buds on them already.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/02/2003 18:52

Hello, some more numbers from 2002.
Fronts that passed through Mena, Arkansas in 2002:(*=Dry frontal passage[usually a few clouds and a wind shift to Northerly or Westerly if a Pacific Cold front]).

Canadian Cold Fronts: Jan. 6, 30, Feb. *4, *25, Mar. 2, 9, 15, *21, 25, Apr. *2, *8, *21, *24, May *2, 9, 12, 17, Jun. 5, 13, Jul. *12, 24, Aug. *7, 14, Sep. *11, 15, 19, Oct. 4, 6, *12, 19, 23, *30, Nov. *10, *15, *21, *24, *30, Dec. 3 and 8.

Pacific Cold Fronts: Jan. *10, *13, *16, 23, Feb. *9, *12, 15, 19, Mar. 20, 30, Apr. 27, May 26, Nov. *18, Dec. *18, *21, and 30.

Warm Fronts: Apr. 23, 26, 29, May 10.

Upper-Level Lows: Feb. 5, May 28, 29, Jun. 24, Sep. 16, Oct. 9, 18, Nov. *14, Dec. 9, 12, 13 and 23.

Stationary Fronts: Mar. 19, Apr. *13, and Aug. 25.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Fay: Sep. 7, and 8.

Any other rainfall was due to daytime heating (instability) showers[in the Summer]. We would also get a fair amount of pre-frontal passage rainfall. Upper-Level Lows are Pacific Cold fronts whose vortexes move over or just to the South of Arkansas.

Enjoy the rest of February!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/02/2003 06:44

Greetings, heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas.
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Feb 16 36F(2.2C) 27F(-2.7C) ---
17 54F(12.2C) 22F(--5.5C) ---
18 59F(15.0C) 34F(1.1C) ---
19 57F(13.8C) 44F(6.6C) 0.10IN(2.5mm)
20 52F(11.1C) 39F(3.8C) 0.10IN(2.5mm)
21 46F(7.7C) 41F(5.0C) 0.55IN(13.9mm)
22 47F(8.3C) 30F(-1.1C) 0.25IN(6.3mm)
Brief light Snow flurries on the 16th. Rain on 19th-21st was from a slow moving upper-level low(passage on the 21st). Rain on 22nd was from a Canadian cold front. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-listed for the 16th; Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 11:50 P.M.-listed for the 19th; Overall High-abt. 10:40 P.M.-listed for the 21st; Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 11:32 P.M.-listed for the 22nd. A somewhat warm week before another cool-down, in a cloudy and damp pattern. We were in a Flash Flood Watch for the 21st-22nd, but the rain abated before any Warnings were issued.

Wednesday, February 19th was my 42nd Birthday, conditions at Mena Airport at 12:01 A.M.: 3,800FT Overcast(1,158.5M)cloudy, Temperature: 57F(13.8C), Dew Point: 44F(6.6C), Visibility: 10MI(16.1km), Wind: 180(South) at 6mph(9.6kmh) peak gusts to 15mph(24.1kmh). Barometer: 30.01"(1,016.2hPa).
48-State High: 83F(28.3C) at Opa-Locka, Pembroke Pines, and West Kendall, Florida.
48-State Low: -14F(-25.5C) at West Yellowstone, Montana. (-42F[-41.1C] at Chandalar Lake, Alaska.)

I was born in Batesville, Arkansas (Independence County) at 2:14 A.M. on Sunday, February 19, 1961.

Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/03/2003 12:37

Greetings! Heres the weather for Mena, Arkansas for February, 2003:

AVG.HIGH:48.6F(9.2C)
AVG.LOW:30.8F(-0.6C)
High:66F(18.8C) Feb. 15
Low:14F(-10.0C) Feb. 8
Rain for Month:3.80IN(96.5mm)
(+0.20IN/+5.0mm)
Rain for Year:4.00IN(101.6mm)
(-2.30IN/-58.4mm)
A total of 12INCHES(30.4cm)SNOW for month, in 3 Snowfalls.

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Snow Advisory: Feb. 6, 8-9, 26
Flash Flood Watch: Feb. 21-22
Heavy Snow Warning: Feb. 24-25
Winter Storm Warning: Feb. 24-25
Winter Weather Advisory: Feb. 24-26
Dense Fog Advisory: Feb. 27-28
Enjoy your March! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/03/2003 08:12

Greetings, heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Feb 23 50F(10.0C) 28F(-2.2C) ---
24 33F(0.5C) 22F(-5.5C) 0.75IN(19.0mm)*
25 33F(0.5C) 19F(-7.2C) ---
26 32F(0.0C) 26F(-3.3C) ---
27 40F(4.4C) 29F(-1.6C) ---
28 40F(4.4C) 34F(1.1C) ---
Mar 1 45F(7.2C) 35F(1.6C) ---
(*=rain equivalent of 7 and 1/2INCHES of Snow). Snow on the 24th was from an Upper-level Low and the Snowfall lasted for about 7 hours. The first Snow pellets/sleet hit my car window at 3:17 P.M. and the Snow started falling about an hour later.
Overall Low-abt. 11:50 P.M.-listed for the 23rd; Overall Low-abt. 11:39 P.M.-listed for the 24th.
Another unusual week in that there was no sunshine (last sunshine seen was on Feb. 22nd). Snowcover and constant cloudcover kept the temperature variation down. Most of the snow melted by the 28th. A warmup is expected this week.
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/03/2003 18:15

Greetings, heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Mar 2 52F(11.1C) 27F(-2.7C) ---
3 53F(11.6C) 28F(-2.2C) ---
4 53F(11.6C) 32F(0.0C) ---
5 47F(8.3C) 27F(-2.7C) ---
6 58F(14.4C) 24F(-4.4C) ---
7 71F(21.6C) 33F(0.5C) ---
8 65F(18.3C) 44F(6.6C) ---
Finally, a week with more seasonable temperatures. Dry Canadian cold front passed through on the 5th. Overall High-abt. 5:00 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 11:12 P.M.-listed for the 5th. It looks like Spring could be here shortly, and I'm ready for it. Quite a few trees/flowers are budding now. Hopefully, we'll get some rain pretty soon.
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/03/2003 16:44

Hello folks!
Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Mar 9 60F(15.5C) 40F(4.4C) ---
10 52F(11.1C) 32F(0.0C) ---
11 63F(17.2C) 37F(2.7C) ---
12 73F(22.7C) 54F(12.2C) ---
13 72F(22.2C) 53F(11.6C) 1.25IN(31.7mm)
14 70F(21.1C) 48F(8.8C) ---
15 69F(20.5C) 41F(5.0C) ---
Dry Canadian Cold front passed through on the 9th. Rain was from passage of a weak Canadian Cold front. Overall Low-abt. 11:52 P.M.-listed for the 13th. It looks as if Springtime is just about upon us. A couple of the mornings were cloudy/foggy, giving way to mostly sunny skies in the afternoon. It won't be long before severe weather/tornado season starts in the US. Flowers/trees are budding and I love to hear those frogs croaking at night. We have a chance for strong/severe T-storms for Monday night and Tuesday. Bring on Spring!!!
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/03/2003 14:40

Greetings!
Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Mar 16 71F(21.6C) 45F(7.2C) ---
17 75F(23.8C) 50F(10.0C) ---
18 65F(18.3C) 52F(11.1C) 1.20IN(30.4mm)
19 66F(18.8C) 49F(9.4C) ---
20 55F(12.7C) 45F(7.2C) 0.10IN(2.5mm)
21 60F(15.5C) 44F(6.6C) ---
22 65F(18.3C) 38F(3.3C) ---
A wonderful Springtime week; I celebrated St. Patrick's Day by mowing for the first time this year as the purple-top clover is growing thick in patches in the yard. Rain on 18th was from an upper-level low, rain on 20th was from passage of a Pacific cold front. Overall Low-abt. 11:04 P.M.-listed for the 18th; Overall High-12:01 A.M.-listed for the 20th. Spring is truly here!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 31/03/2003 06:11

Hello! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Mar 23 72F(22.2C) 43F(6.1C) ---
24 76F(24.4C) 53F(11.6C) ---
25 65F(18.3C) 54F(12.2C) Trace
26 68F(20.0C) 45F(7.2C) ---
27 73F(22.7C) 39F(3.8C) ---
28 65F(18.3C) 40F(4.4C) ---
29 47F(8.3C) 31F(-0.5C) ---
A very warm week with a chilly ending. I've seen dandelions growing in our otherwise brown front yard, the redbud trees are blooming and I picked a tick off the dog the other day, so I guess Spring is here. Almost dry Pacific cold front passed through on the 25th; very cool and dry Pacific cold front went through on the 28th. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 11:54 P.M.-listed for the 25th; Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 11:31 P.M.-listed for the 28th; Overall Low-abt. 11:32 P.M.-listed for the 29th. Hopefully the late-week cooldown is the last we've seen of Old Man Winter for awhile. We could do with some rain and T-storms are forecasted for later in the week.
Enjoy your week!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/04/2003 11:02

Greetings! Heres the weather for Mena, Arkansas for March, 2003:
AVG. HIGH: 62.9F(17.1C)
AVG. LOW: 39.9F(4.3C)
High: 76F(24.4C) Mar 24
Low: 24F(-4.4C) Mar 6
Rain for Month: 2.55IN(64.7mm)
(-2.75IN/-69.8mm)
Rain for Year: 6.55IN(166.3mm)
(-5.05IN/-128.2mm)
Springtime is truly beautiful here with just about everything blooming...wish ya'll could be here. We could use some rain as there were only 3 raindays in March, and we've had over 11INCHES(280+mm) less rainfall compared to this time last year.

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Mar 25
Freeze Warning: morning of Mar 30

Wishing All a Happy, Safe, Prosperous and Blessed month of April!
Yours~~~David Powell cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 07/04/2003 14:19

Hello! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Mar 30 53F(11.6C) 25F(-3.8C) ---
31 73F(22.7C) 30F(-1.1C) ---
Apr 1 74F(23.3C) 52F(11.1C) ---
2 76F(24.4C) 53F(11.6C) ---
3 67F(19.4C) 58F(14.4C) ---
4 76F(24.4C) 48F(8.8C) 0.10IN(2.5mm)
5 70F(21.1C) 43F(6.1C) ---
After a cool start, the week was very warm and windy; strong Southerly winds pumping up the temps and adding moisture to the air. Rain was from passage of Canadian cold front( we were in the "doughnut-hole" again!). Windy & dry conditions prompted a Red Flag Fire Alert (on the 1st-3rd), use extreme caution if burning outside. Hopefully we'll get some rain (w/o severe storms on Sunday).
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/04/2003 08:03

Greetings:
Addendum to previous post: Overall LOw-abt. 11:26 P.M.-listed for the 4th.
Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Apr 6 57F(13.8C) 47F(8.3C) 0.80IN(20.3mm)
7 69F(20.5C) 45F(7.2C) ---
8 53F(11.6C) 36F(2.2C) ---
9 53F(11.6C) 33F(0.5C) ---
10 71F(21.6C) 30F(-1.1C) ---
11 76F(24.4C) 35F(1.6C) ---
12 77F(25.0C) 45F(7.2C) ---
Another nice Spring week--with a somewhat cool start. This time of year and in Autumn is when we have the biggest daily temp variation. Rain on 6th was from a warm front, followed closely by a Canadian cold front. Dry Canadian cold front passed by on the 8th. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 10:54 P.M.-listed for the 6th; Overall High-12:01 A.M.-listed for the 8th; Overall Low-abt. 11:26 P.M.-listed for the 9th. Well, with the threat of a frost/freeze gone, most people (Mom & I included) will start planting in their gardens. The nice warm sunshine sure feels good (could do with a little more rain).
Enjoy your week and Easter holiday!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/04/2003 12:34

Hello again, weather mates: Hope everyones EAster was a great one!
Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Apr 13 82F(27.7C) 50F(10.0C) ---
14 81F(27.2C) 44F(6.6C) ---
15 75F(23.8C) 57F(13.8C) ---
16 77F(25.0C) 58F(14.4C) ---
17 79F(26.1C) 51F(10.5C) ---
18 83F(28.3C) 49F(9.4C) ---
19 72F(22.2C) 62F(16.6C) 0.20IN(5.0mm)
A windy and warm week with slightly above-normal highs. Rain was from passage of a Pacific Cold front. A dry Pacific Cold front passed through on the 16th. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-listed for the 19th. Warm temps are great as people are doing all sorts of gardening, yardwork, yard sales and other outdoor activities. The rain was good and we could use more.
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 28/04/2003 11:19

Hello Everyone--heres the previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Apr 20 67F(19.4C) 47F(8.3C) ---
21 72F(22.2C) 42F(5.5C) ---
22 75F(23.8C) 41F(5.0C) ---
23 67F(19.4C) 53F(11.6C) 0.55IN(13.9mm)
24 80F(26.6C) 53F(11.6C) 0.80IN(20.3mm)
25 67F(19.4C) 53F(11.6C) ---
26 67F(19.4C) 48F(8.8C) ---
Another warm week with a good rain. Rain was from a Warm Front, followed closely by a Pacific Cold front (passage on 24th). Overall Low-abt. 11:21 P.M. listed for the 20th; Overall Low-abt. 10:29 P.M.-listed for the 23rd. Just beautiful weather and it keeps getting better. Luckily we missed the severe weather. Most everyone has their gardens planted.
Have a Great Week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/05/2003 10:14

Hello Everyone! Heres the weather in Mena, Arkansas for April, 2003:

AVG. HIGH:72.7F(22.6C)
AVG. LOW:48.6F(9.2C)
High:83F(28.3C) Apr 18
Low:30F(-1.1C) Apr 10
Rain For Month:2.45IN(62.2mm)
(-2.65IN/-67.3mm)
Rain for Year:9.00IN(228.6mm)
(-7.70IN/-195.5mm)

As you can see, we're going through a dry period--only 5 days with rain in month--so I can sort of empathize with ya'll in your drought conditions.

Watches/Warnings for Month:
LAKE WIND ADVISORY: Apr 1, 2, 8, 15 & 16
RED FLAG FIRE ALERT: Apr 1-3, & 12
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH & WARNING: Apr 6
FREEZE ADVISORY: Morning of Apr 10
BURN BAN: Apr 17-18

Wishing All a Happy, Safe & Blessed Month of May!
Enjoy! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/05/2003 05:28

Hello everyone! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Apr 27 77F(25.0C) 46F(7.7C) ---
28 82F(27.7C) 63F(17.2C) ---
29 80F(26.6C) 58F(14.4C) ---
30 81F(27.2C) 60F(15.5C) ---
May 1 82F(27.7C) 64F(17.7C) 0.10IN(2.5mm)
2 80F(26.6C) 59F(15.0C) ---
3 75F(23.8C) 60F(15.5C) ---
Another pleasant if somewhat humid week. Overall Low-abt. 11:50 P.M.-listed for the 1st. Rain was from a Pacific cold front. Luckily, the severe T-storms missed us. We are forecasted for possible severe weather on Sunday. Friday night (the 2nd), Northern parts of the county (a few miles NE of Mena) had scattered minor damage from a weak tornado in a severe thunderstorm. Thankfully, this is a very rural area.
Enjoy your week! smile
Posted by: SnowMac

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/05/2003 12:05

Hi David.
Lovely & windy here today around 19C(66F)It is good to read your reports laugh
With the onset of winter i've been searching for songs on the net and come across this one.
It is really great , at the beginning & end of the song you hear the sound of walking in the snow laugh
'listen, the snow is falling' , by yoko ono
have a good one
yours
Sam
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/05/2003 12:11

Howdy! The tornado that hit rural NE Polk County on the 1st has been classified as an F2, with max winds up to 120mph(193kph). Thankfully, the area is very rural: a house lost its roof, 2 barns were destroyed and there was some timber damage. The damage path was about 11 Miles(17km) long; the curious thing is that the twister went from NW to SE, only 9% of Arkansas tornadoes move in this fashion. The affected area is a few miles NE of Mena.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 12/05/2003 13:07

Greetings! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
May 4 74F(23.3C) 69F(20.5C) 0.15IN(3.8mm)
5 85F(29.4C) 70F(21.1C) 0.20IN(5.0mm)
6 83F(28.3C) 71F(21.6C) ---
7 83F(28.3C) 64F(17.7C) 0.20IN(5.0mm)
8 83F(28.3C) 73F(22.7C) ---
9 83F(28.3C) 65F(18.3C) ---
10 75F(23.8C) 70F(21.1C) 0.15IN(3.8mm)
Rain on 4th-5th was from a Pacific cold front (passage on 5th). Rain on 7th and 10th was from a very slow-moving Pacific cold front (passage on 10th). A very cloudy, humid and showery week with some wind. Thankfully, we missed the severe weather, which was mostly to our W, N and NE. Overall Low-abt. 11:15 P.M.-listed for the 10th. Hopefully, the upcoming weeks will be a little quieter severe-weatherwise.
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/05/2003 13:00

Howdy! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
May 11 73F(2.7C) 53F(11.6C) ---
12 78F(25.5C) 47F(8.3C) ---
13 73F(22.7C) 55F(12.7C) 1.60"(40.6mm)
14 73F(22.7C) 58F(14.4C) 0.20"(5.0mm)
15 83F(28.3C) 54F(12.2C) ---
16 75F(23.8C) 61F(16.1C) 0.80"(20.3mm)
17 75F(23.8C) 60F(15.5C) 0.15"(3.8mm)
Another cloudy, humid and showery week. Thankfully, we had no severe weather. Overall Low-abt. 11:27 P.M.-listed for the 11th; Overall LOw-abt. 11:33 P.M.-listed for the 14th; Overall Low-abt. 11:45 P.M.-listed for the 16th. Rain on the 13th was from a warm front, rain on 14th was from passage of a Pacific cold front. Rain on 16-17th was from a slow-moving Pacific cold front (passage on 16th). I need a couple of dry days so I can mow. If this keeps up, we'll wipe out our rain deficit.
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 26/05/2003 04:39

Greetin's! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
May 18 80F(26.6C) 58F(14.4C) ---
19 83F(28.3C) 58F(14.4C) ---
20 70F(21.1C) 59F(15.0C) 0.50"(12.7mm)
21 62F(16.6C) 53F(11.6C) 0.30"(7.6mm)
22 75F(23.8C) 49F(9.4C) ---
23 78F(25.5C) 56F(13.3C) ---
24 77F(25.0C) 60F(15.5C) 0.20"(5.0mm)
Another coolish, cloudy and showery week--I guess I should enjoy it, it'll be getting hot, hazy & humid soon enough. Rain was from a couple of late-season Canadian cold fronts (passage on the 20th and 24th). Overall High-12:01 A.M.-listed for the 20th; Overall Low-abt. 11:53 P.M.-listed for the 20th; Overall Low-abt. 11:52 P.M.-listed for the 21st. Thankfully, no severe weather happened in our area.
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: Cloudmaster_dup1

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 26/05/2003 06:19

Hey David,

Thanks for your reports! cool

Lately, the NSW coastline of Australia has seen some very wet conditions, with localised flooded in isolated areas. The cause of this isn't as straight out as 'a cold front' moving through, but moreso complex. Lately, we've had a couple of low pressure cells/troughs offshore, which in turn directs S/SE winds into the coastline (which is basically straight from the ocean). So, now we have our moisture, we need some form of uplift. Well, the low in itself will generate some of that, but convergence along the coast (due to topography) is a far better way (especially just south of Sydney - in the Illawarra region). All this into turn is generating rainfall along the coast. However, sometimes we have a upper system, i.e. a upper trough/low, or even a cold pool of air, which will enhance the instability, and therefore uplift!

So far this month, Sydney has scored 285mm, with the average being 122mm.

I hope you also enjoy your week David! laugh
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/06/2003 05:07

Hello, heres weather for the previous week in Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
May 25 74F(23.3C) 56F(13.3C) ---
26 74F(23.3C) 52F(11.1C) ---
27 78F(25.5C) 49F(9.4C) ---
28 82F(27.7C) 54F(12.2C) ---
29 87F(30.5C) 58F(14.4C) ---
30 93F(33.8C) 62F(16.6C) ---
31 88F(31.1C) 67F(19.4C) ---
A dry and somewhat windy week, with some above-normal Summerlike highs near weeks end. Overall Low-abt. 11:18 P.M.-listed for the 25th. A dry Canadian cold front passed through on the 31st. We do need some rain as there are bare spots in the yard. We still have somewhat of a rain deficit to catch up with.
Have an Excellent Week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/06/2003 07:02

Hello Everyone! Heres the weather for Mena, Arkansas in May, 2003:

AVG. HIGH:78.5F(25.8C)
AVG. LOW:59.4F(15.2C)
High:93F(33.8C) May 30
Low:47F(8.3C) May 12
Rain for Month:4.55"(115.5mm)
(-1.85"/-46.9mm)
Rain for Year:13.55"(344.1mm)
(-9.55"/-242.5mm)

We did have 12 raindays in month, but still have a sizable deficit to try to catch up on. Compared to the same time in 2002, we've had over 19"(482+mm) less rainfall at the end of May 2003. Parts of the yard look dry and bare. I'm ready for the hotter weather (w/o the oppressive humidity).

Watches/Warnings for May:
Tornado Watch: May 1, 4-8, & 16
Tornado Warning: May 1 (N & E part of county).
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: May 1-3, 13 & 24
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: May 10 & 13
Flash Flood Watch: May 14, 16-17
Lake Wind Advisory: May 20

Heres wishing ALL a Safe, Happy, Blessed and Prosperous month of June!
Yours with Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/06/2003 05:40

Hi! Heres the previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Jun 1 77F(25.0C) 59F(15.0C) 0.20"(5.0mm)
2 80F(26.6C) 66F(18.8C) 0.75"(19.0mm)
3 80F(26.6C) 58F(14.4C) ---
4 74F(23.3C) 60F(15.5C) ---
5 65F(18.3C) 59F(15.0C) 2.00"(50.8mm)
6 74F(23.3C) 60F(15.5C) 0.50"(12.7mm)
7 85F(29.4C) 55F(12.7C) ---
A pretty wet week--the 2.00"(50.8mm) rain on the 5th was the most daily rain since Oct 9, 2002. Rain on the 1st was from a warm front; rain on 2nd & 6th was from the passage of Pacific cold fronts; rain on the 5th was from a Stationary front. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-listed for the 5th. With all this rain, we should've planted some rice in the garden...lol...The rain on the 5th was 44% of the total June average; the rain for the week was 76% of the total June average. The warmth on the 7th (low humidity) felt almost summer-like.
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/06/2003 14:31

G'day, heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Jun 8 78F(25.5C) 57F(13.8C) TRACE
9 83F(28.3C) 53F(11.6C) ---
10 83F(28.3C) 75F(23.8C) ---
11 87F(30.5C) 65F(18.3C) 1.20"(30.4mm)
12 77F(25.0C) 61F(16.1C) 0.35"(8.8mm)
13 82F(27.7C) 58F(14.4C) 0.50"(12.7mm)
14 82F(27.7C) 63F(17.2C) 0.30"(7.6mm)
Another warm, humid and showery week. We've already exceeded our average for June rainfall. I've had to mow quite a lot lately. Overall Low-abt. 11:27 P.M.-listed for the 8th; Overall Low-abt. 11:56 P.M.-listed for the 12th; Overall Low-abt. 11:24 P.M.-listed for the 14th. Rain was from a couple of Pacific cold fronts (passage on the 8th & 11th). Rain on the 13th-14th was due to a Stationary front. I guess we're having tropical-like weather.
We celebrated Fathers Day on Sunday (the 15th) here in the US, so I'd like to wish all you dads out there a Most Happy Fathers Day!
Enjoy your week!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/06/2003 14:37

Hello Fellow Weatherzoners:
Heres the figures for weather in Mena, Arkansas for Spring 2003:(Mar 21-Jun 20)

Avg. High: 75.2F(24.0C)
Avg. Low: 54.0F(12.2C)
High: 93F(33.8C) May 30
Low: 25F(-3.8C) Mar 30
Rain for Spring: 13.65"(346.7mm)
(-2.72"/-69.0mm)

Enjoy your week/Winter! Go Snow!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/06/2003 04:44

Howdy! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Jun 15 83F(28.3C) 62F(16.6C) ---
16 83F(28.3C) 66F(18.8C) 0.20"(5.0mm)
17 79F(26.1C) 62F(16.6C) 0.40"(10.1mm)
18 75F(23.8C) 66F(18.8C) 0.25"(6.3mm)
19 83F(28.3C) 63F(17.2C) ---
20 83F(28.3C) 66F(18.8C) ---
21 85F(29.4C) 63F(17.2C) ---
Rain for week was from proximity of a lingering Stationary front. Last part of the week was dry and starting to warm up. A dry late-season (weak) Canadian cold front passed through on the 20th. I'm ready for the hotter Summer temps, hopefully without too much oppressive humidity.

Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/06/2003 12:58

Hello! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Jun 22 87F(30.5C) 66F(18.8C) ---
23 90F(32.2C) 68F(20.0C) ---
24 90F(32.2C) 71F(21.6C) ---
25 88F(31.1C) 76F(24.4C) ---
26 81F(27.2C) 66F(18.8C) 0.45"(11.4mm)
27 81F(27.2C) 57F(13.8C) ---
28 86F(30.0C) 54F(12.2C) ---
Well, the calendar says "Summer" and the temps are warming accordingly. The rain was from the passage of a Pacific cold front; which took away most of the oppressive humidity. Overall high-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:29 P.M.-listed for the 26th. We had rain on the first day of the month, but it doesn't look like we'll have 15 raindays in June (according to the adage="If it rains the first day of the month, it'll rain 15 days in that month.")
Hope Everyones Week is a Super One! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/07/2003 10:56

Howdy Everyone! Heres the weather for June, 2003 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. High:81.8F(27.6C)
Avg. Low:62.8F(17.1C)
High:90F(32.2C) June 23, 24
Low:53F(11.6C) June 9
Rain for Month:7.25"(184.1mm)
(+2.75"/+69.8mm)
Rain for Year:20.80"(528.3mm)
(-6.80"/-172.7mm)
13 raindays in June.

Living in the Northern Hemisphere, if I ever got to live in Australia, I don't know if I could get used to ya'lls weather patterns--ie. warm in December and cold in July. To put it another way: in 2002 in OUR winter (Dec 21, 2001-Mar 19, 2002)--which is YOUR summer--Mena's highest maximum was 75F(23.8C) on Mar 14; in OUR summer (June 21-September 22)--which is YOUR winter--Mena's coldest maximum was also 75F(23.8C) on September 20.
Wish ya'll could be here for the 4th of July fireworks displays.
Wishing All ya'll a Blessed, Happy, Safe & Prosperous month of July!
Take Care--Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/07/2003 13:34

******Addendum to above post.

Watches/Warnings for June:
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: June 11-12
Flash Flood Warning:(north pt. of county) June 14
Flash Flood Watch: June 17-18
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 07/07/2003 12:36

Hello folks! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Jun 29 87F(30.5C) 62F(16.6C) ---
30 86F(30.0C) 67F(19.4C) 0.15"(3.8mm)
Jul 1 84F(28.8C) 67F(19.4C) 0.15"(3.8mm)
2 89F(31.6C) 66F(18.8C) Trace
3 91F(32.7C) 68F(20.0C) 0.65"(16.5mm)
4 90F(32.2C) 67F(19.4C) ---
5 89F(31.6C) 68F(20.0C) ---
A warm week with a few good rains. Rain on the 30th was from the passage of a weak Canadian cold front; the other rains were from heating/instability showers. This time of year, we'll take all the rain we can get.
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/07/2003 12:32

It would be wonderful having a continental climate like there-Its always hot in your summers and they last months and get snow in your winter-Here in Auckland NZ we get lots of showers year round(a bit less in the autumn months) and seldom reaches 86(30c) on 1 day in the year(if it does its front page headlines) and summer can often only be 19 or 20c (late 60's) only due to the maritime windy often wet weather.
Michael

:cheers:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/07/2003 05:29

G'July folks! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Jul 6 86F(30.0C) 69F(20.5C) ---
7 88F(31.1C) 71F(21.6C) ---
8 88F(31.1C) 73F(22.7C) ---
9 87F(30.5C) 70F(21.1C) ---
10 85F(29.4C) 67F(19.4C) 0.75"(19.0mm)
11 91F(32.7C) 66F(18.8C) ---
12 87F(30.5C) 67F(19.4C) 0.20"(5.0mm)
Another warm & humid week with fairly seasonable temperatures. Rain on the 10th was from passage of a weak Canadian cold front; rain on the 12th was from the proximity of a Stationary front to our north. We really haven't had the excessively hot weather yet (thanks to the rains), but we still have half this month and most of August & September to go to give a chance for really hot/dry conditions.

Hello NZAAS! Yes, I suppose you have a great maritime influence on your weather. All that rain keeps things green and I guess ya'll don't have to worry too much about droughts; conversely you don't get the very bitterly cold weather there (below 32F[below 0C]) that we get here.

Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: SnowMac

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 15/07/2003 10:27

Hi David
Looks like a warm week, i am not looking forward to our summer, and winter so far here has been mild..no snow yet :rolleyes: oh well..season is not over yet.
have a great day & weeks
regards
Sam (aka snowmac)
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/07/2003 04:54

Salutations! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Jul 13 88F(31.1C) 69F(20.5C) 0.20"(5.0mm)
14 90F(32.2C) 66F(18.8C) ---
15 91F(32.7C) 68F(20.0C) ---
16 92F(33.3C) 68F(20.0C) ---
17 94F(34.4C) 70F(21.1C) ---
18 96F(35.5C) 71F(21.6C) ---
19 85F(29.4C) 72F(22.2C) Trace
A warm week with a few clouds, the humidity levels are getting pretty sticky. The showers were triggered by the proximity of a Stationary Front to our north. Overall High--12:01 A.M.--listed for the 19th. The dry spell causes our high temps to slowly creep up. It looks as if we may have some better chances for rain in the coming week, with somewhat cooler weather.
Enjoy your week! cool

P.S. Hello SnowMac! I hope your snowfall is a great one--better late than never. Be sure to take some pics for me.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 28/07/2003 04:50

Howdy to All: Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Jul 20 93F(33.8C) 72F(22.2C) ---
21 91F(32.7C) 75F(23.8C) ---
22 83F(28.3C) 72F(22.2C) 0.15"(3.8mm)
23 85F(29.4C) 64F(17.7C) ---
24 86F(30.0C) 62F(16.6C) ---
25 89F(31.6C) 60F(15.5C) ---
26 92F(33.3C) 66F(18.8C) ---
A Canadian cold front brought the rain and also gave us some cooler weather and lower humidity levels. Cloudcover and breezes also kept things more bearable. The high temps were starting to inch upward toward the end of the week. Overall Low-abt. 11:45 P.M.-listed for the 22nd. It's starting to get somewhat dry as patches of the yard are turning brown and some leaves are dropping off trees.

Wishing All a Wonderful Week! cool
P.S. Hey SnowMac, have you gotten any Snow yet? The snowpics from the other day (posted on the Aus-wx list) were just awesome; wish I could be there!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/08/2003 05:40

Howdy Ever'one: Heres the weather in Mena, Arkansas for July, 2003:

Avg. High: 89.4F(31.8C)
Avg. Low: 68.3F(20.1C)
Highest: 98F(36.6C) July 29
Lowest: 60F(15.5C) July 25
Rain for July: 4.60"(116.8mm)
(-0.30"/-7.6mm)
Rain for Year: 25.40"(645.1mm)
(-7.10"/-180.3mm)
8 Raindays in July.
Watches/Warnings for July:
Flash Flood Warning: July 10
Heat Advisory: July 17-18 & 20-21
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: July 22

Wishing ALL a Safe, Happy, Prosperous & Blessed Month of August!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 04/08/2003 07:08

Hello folks! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Jul 27 94F(34.4C) 69F(20.5C) ---
28 96F(35.5C) 72F(22.2C) ---
29 98F(36.6C) 69F(20.5C) 2.00"(50.8mm)
30 82F(27.7C) 67F(19.4C) 0.50"(12.7mm)
31 91F(32.7C) 67F(19.4C) ---
Aug 1 94F(34.4C) 68F(20.0C) Trace
2 87F(30.5C) 68F(20.0C) ---
A pretty hot week with a few good rainshowers. The rain was from a couple of Canadian cold fronts (passage on Jul 29th & Aug 1st). Overall Low-abt. 11:03 P.M.-listed for the 29th; Overall Low-abt. 11:21 P.M.-listed for the 1st. I was glad to see the rain as parts of the yard were getting pretty brown.
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/08/2003 05:41

Howdy folks! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Aug 3 86F(30.0C) 68F(20.0C) 0.15"(3.8mm)
4 86F(30.0C) 68F(20.0C) 0.10"(2.5mm)
5 89F(31.6C) 68F(20.0C) ---
6 95F(35.0C) 73F(22.7C) ---
7 91F(32.7C) 68F(20.0C) ---
8 92F(33.3C) 67F(19.4C) ---
9 88F(31.1C) 69F(20.5C) Trace
Another hot & humid week. Rain on the 3-4th was from the proximity of a Stationary front to our North; the very light shower on the 9th was from daytime heating. Most of the mornings started out cloudy/mostly cloudy[light rain], giving way to mostly sunny/humid afternoons. I'm enjoying the warmth but NOT the high humidity. This is the typical--boring--Summer weather pattern in Mena/Arkansas.
Have A Wonderful Week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/08/2003 05:13

Howdy Ya'll! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Aug 10 92F(33.3C) 68F(20.0C) ---
11 78F(25.5C) 65F(18.3C) 0.50"(12.7mm)
12 84F(28.8C) 60F(15.5C) ---
13 81F(27.2C) 69F(20.5C) ---
14 87F(30.5C) 67F(19.4C) ---
15 92F(33.3C) 66F(18.8C) ---
16 95F(35.0C) 68F(20.0C) ---
Rain was from the passage of a Canadian cold front. Temps on the 12-13th were also held down by cloudcover and circulation around a "Cut-off" Low (just to our South) which was retrograding to the West. With the cooler air and breezes, it sort of felt like it does in early Autumn. Overall Low-abt. 11:30 P.M.-listed for the 11th; Overall Low-abt. 11:37 P.M.-listed for the 13th. This upcoming week should have typical hot temps. Some rain would be nice as we still have a monthly & somewhat large yearly deficit to try to catch up on.

Wishing ALL a Great Week!
Take Care--Yours~~~David Powell cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/08/2003 14:40

G'August Everyone! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Aug 17 98F(36.6C) 70F(21.1C) ---
18 97F(36.1C) 72F(22.2C) ---
19 97F(36.1C) 71F(21.6C) ---
20 96F(35.5C) 70F(21.1C) ---
21 92F(33.3C) 70F(21.1C) ---
22 96F(35.5C) 71F(21.6C) ---
23 95F(35.0C) 74F(23.3C) 0.10"(2.5mm)
A very hot and dry week--by far the hottest week of the Summer so far. The rain (heating showers) have kept missing us to the E and NE, but we finally managed to catch the edge of a heating shower on the 23rd. There was some cloudcover and breezes, but not enough to keep the high temps down; more abundant cloudcover caused the max on the 21st to be a little lower. I'm still hoping to have a high temp of 100F(37.7C), but I think time may be running out--we just need a few more dry days with a little hotter wind. Thank goodness for A/C, dryness is causing some trees to start shedding leaves.
Have An Awesome Week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/09/2003 05:06

Hello folks! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas.
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Aug 24 97F(36.1C) 72F(22.2C) ---
25 94F(34.4C) 69F(20.5C) ---
26 95F(35.0C) 68F(20.0C) 0.15"(3.8mm)
27 91F(32.7C) 66F(18.8C) ---
28 89F(31.6C) 71F(21.6C) ---
29 89F(31.6C) 70F(21.1C) 0.30"(7.6mm)
30 85F(29.4C) 70F(21.1C) ---
A very warm week with a somewhat cooler ending. The rain was from a couple of heating showers. There was more cloudcover and higher humidity toward weeks' end. To tell you how LOCALIZED the heating shower on the 26th was: I watched the storm move in (in my car at McMillan Park). Around 6:10 P.M., the rain was a wind-driven torrent, so I decided to drive home; I soon ran into some pea-sized hail hitting me for a few blocks. I pulled over at a nearby gas (petrol) station until the rainfall slackened [all the while--to the West--the sun was peeking through the clouds], after 20 or so minutes, I made my way to the house. I'd guess the center of Mena had close to an inch (25.4mm) rain in about 30 minutes; at my house, about 1-and-a-half miles NW of town center, I only got 0.15"(3.8mm); Radio Station KENA, about a mile(1.6 km) to my SSE only had 0.54"(13.7mm) and at Ink (a small locality, 5 miles [8.0 km] East of Mena) they copped 3.00"(76.2 mm) rain. We don't get hail all that often; it was almost like being in a hurricane.
Overall Low-abt. 11:30 P.M.-listed for the 26th; Overall Low-abt. 11:43 P.m.-listed for the 29th. We look likely for some good rain for the upcoming week--due to a stationary front and the possible moisture from landfalling TS/Hurricane Grace.
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/09/2003 05:58

Hello! Heres the weather in Mena, Arkansas for August 2003:
Avg. High: 90.8F(32.6C)
Avg. Low: 68.8F(20.4C)
Highest: 98F(36.6C) Aug 17
Lowest: 60F(15.5C) Aug 12
Rain for August: 1.65"(41.9mm)
(-1.05"/-26.6mm)
Rain for Year: 27.05"(687.0mm)
(-8.15"/-207.0mm)
7 Raindays in month.
We are almost 24% below normal rain for this time of year and unless we average over 7"(over 178mm) of rain for the remaining 4 months of the year (not likely) we'll have our first year with below normal rainfall since 1992.

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Aug 1 & 26
Heat Advisory: Aug 17-22, 25-26

Wishing ALL a Happy, Blessed, Safe & Prosperous month of September!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: SnowMac

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/09/2003 11:06

Hello David laugh
How's it going!
Hope that your Fall (Autumn) will bring some early snowfalls. Winter 2003 was another bad year, though this time Guyra did get a dusting, but I didnt bother going down. Well,August was rather warm here at Tallai, reached a max of 27C(80.6 F) and only 8.5mm (0.3iche)of rainfall. It appears you had a very warm August. Its dry here also... no good rainfall since May.

Maybe a mild winter will mean a mild summer. i dont look forward to the heat :p

Have a Happy, Blessed, Safe & Prosperous month of September!..... and early season snow smile
Regards
SnowMac (aka Sam)
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/09/2003 14:20

Salutations SnowMac! :wave:
Good to hear from you again. Well, realistically we here won't probably get a whiff of snow until around mid-to-late November (unless something freakish happens). We've gotten over 1 inch (25.4mm) of rain (Aug 31/[today]Sep 1) from the remnants of Tropical Storm Grace, which came ashore in Southern Texas on Friday. (We don't get rain from trop systems here very often). It really feels like the tropics as you'll have a brief heavy downpour, then the sky will lighten up before another good shower.

Well, SnowMac, what do you attribute Guyra's dearth of snow to? Here, the cond have to be "just right" for accumulating snow. Hopefully the AUS stormchasing season will be an eventful one.
Take Care Buddy & C-U Later! Better Luck on Snow Next Time! Mabye we'll get to send ya'll some....LOL...
Yours in rainy Mena
David Powell
Posted by: SnowMac

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/09/2003 12:20

Hi David :wave:
Good to hear from you too.
Ive experienced heavy showers like that to in the past....only for the sun to return followed by another burst of rain. What helps attribute to snow accumlating at Guyra is probably, the low max and min temps prior to the snowfall. The best example would be the July 28th snowfall. Thursday morning had a frost, and the max for that day was 4.6C, though there was brief snowflurries during the day, the one around 4pm was very heavy with a very light cover on the ground. I guess that might help. As for a good set up...south westerly/west change is the best for Guyra.. and what was discussed by Andrew, Blizz in the breaking weather forum.. about ECL (east coast lows) and SO,s.
Good luck with the snow season..plz send some this way laugh We certainly need a storm or 3..here...lol..its so dry again. I might see some summer snow (hail) here. Its a rare event to see hail around here..so i can hope for that smile cool There is a chance of seeing 30C(86F) this month..but hopefully not :p
Takecare.
Regards
Sam
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/09/2003 13:12

G'September to You: Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Aug 31 85F(29.4C) 70F(21.1C) 0.35"(8.8mm)
Sep 1 82F(27.7C) 71F(21.6C) 0.60"(15.2mm)
2 74F(23.3C) 68F(20.0C) 0.35"(8.8mm)
3 81F(27.2C) 68F(20.0C) 0.10"(2.5mm)
4 85F(29.4C) 64F(17.7C) ---
5 81F(27.2C) 56F(13.3C) ---
6 82F(27.7C) 53F(11.6C) ---
A fairly wet & much cooler week. Rain on Aug 31-Sep 1 was from the remnants of Tropical Storm Grace(which came ashore on the mid-Texas Gulf coast, moved Northward and followed a Stationary front Northeastwards over our area---we don't get rain from trop systems here very often). Rain on Sep 2-3 was from the proximity of a Stationary front (to our NW). A dry Canadian cold front passed through on the 4th. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-listed for the 2nd; Overall Low-abt. 11:57 P.M.-listed for the 5th. This really felt like an early Fall (Autumn) week, especially with the much lower humidity which causes the wider variation between high and low temps (on the 5th-6th).
Have an Awesome Week!
cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/09/2003 16:37

Howdy SnowMac! I think you misunderstood my question: I was asking what do you attribute Guyras' drought [lack of] snow to? Would this be attributed to the effects of El Nino/La Nina? For us here, lack of snow (increased chances of freezing rain/ice) is due to us being in the warmer air (not sufficient cold air aloft) after a cold front passes (the really cold air has a chance to modify somewhat before getting this far south).
Mabye (hopefully) YOUR SNOW is just a little late in coming this year. Fall (Autumn) is definitely in the air here as the morn lows have been in the low 50sF(11-13C).
Have a Super Week! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 15/09/2003 04:58

Hidy Ho Ya'll: Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Sep 7 83F(28.3C) 53F(11.6C) ---
8 83F(28.3C) 63F(17.2C) ---
9 85F(29.4C) 63F(17.2C) ---
10 86F(30.0C) 64F(17.7C) ---
11 81F(27.2C) 67F(19.4C) 0.75"(19.0mm)
12 72F(22.2C) 66F(18.8C) 1.70"(43.1mm)
13 76F(24.4C) 64F(17.7C) 0.30"(7.6mm)
A cool late-Summer week. Rain on 11th-12th was from the proximity of an upper-level Low; rain on the 13th was due to the passage of a Pacific cold front. Overall Low(Day Low)-abt. 3:59 P.M.-listed for the 11th; Overall Low-abt. 11:42 P.M.-listed for the 13th. It seems as when the heatwave broke, it really broke! The forecast A.M. lows for the next few mornings are in the low-50sF(10-14C), so Fall (Autumn) is truly in the air. (The first day of Autumn is Sept. 23rd).
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: SnowMac

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 15/09/2003 12:16

Howdy David :wave:
Sorry about the delay in reply
I think that an El Nino, would affect the chances of snow, due to the decreased chance of precipitation. The major problem with Guyra usually is a lack of moisture, as it is usually always cold enough for snow. This latest front, again, too dry up Guyra way :rolleyes: . The chances of snow for Guyra diminishes by the day. I am patient, I can wait till next late autumn(fall) always a chance of snow from april onwards laugh
Cool, that Fall starts on the 23rd September, in Argentina Spring starts on the 21st, here we seem to start out seasons on the beginning of the months. Sure could do with some of your rain laugh though we've had 1080.5mm (45.5in), but the last 3 months have been very dry, and the grass is getting brown in areas again.

The dry west/south west winds on the Northern Tablelands..are expected to reach gale force at times, that won't be good for the fires in the Tenterfiled area. Tenterfield is a northern town in the NT.

Have a super week!!
regards
SnowMac ( now waiting for hail during spring/summer) cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/09/2003 12:53

Hello Folks! Heres a few more climate numbers for Mena, Arkansas:

Most rain in a month: 21.66"(550.1mm) in August 1915.
Least rain in a month: 0.00"(0.0mm) in August 1923.
Earliest 100+F Maximum: 100F(37.7C) on June 20 (1953).
Latest 32F Minimum: 32F(0.0C) on April 28 (1979).
Yearly Average Low Maximum: 48F(8.8C) from January 6-20.
Yearly Average Low Minimum: 25F(-3.8C) from January 14-22.
Yearly Average High Maximum: 90F(32.2C) from July 17-August 8.
Wishing ALL an Excellent Week!

P.S. Hello SnowMac! Keep the faith (as per waiting for the Snow). I know the feeling, as I've had to wait for a few years for good accumulating Snow--we only had flurries in 1998-99; also, most of our Snow totals come from only one event. If we don't have much chance for Snow this Winter, then I hope for a mild Winter.
Cheers Mate!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/09/2003 05:14

Howdy Folks! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Sep 14 75F(23.8C) 54F(12.2C) ---
15 79F(26.1C) 49F(9.4C) ---
16 80F(26.6C) 53F(11.6C) ---
17 82F(27.7C) 55F(12.7C) ---
18 85F(29.4C) 58F(14.4C) ---
19 74F(23.3C) 53F(11.6C) ---
20 75F(23.8C) 52F(11.1C) ---
Another very pleasant warm week with low humidity levels. Overall Low-abt. 11:39 P.M.-listed for the 14th; Overall Low-abt. 11:54 P.M.-listed for the 19th. A dry Pacific cold front passed through on the afternoon of the 18th. The lower min temps have already caused some leaves to start changing colors. Perfect weather for just about any outdoor activity (including napping!).

Wishing ALL a Spectacular Week!
Yours~~~David Powell cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/09/2003 05:14

Greetings to ALL My Aussie Wx Friends:

Heres some weather numbers for Mena, Arkansas for Summer (June 21-Sep 22) 2003:

Avg. High: 87.3F(30.7C)
Avg. Low: 66.1C(18.9C)
Highest: 98F(36.6C) July 29, Aug 17
Lowest: 49F(9.4C) Sept 15
Rain for Summer: 10.65"(270.5mm)
(-2.10"/-53.3mm)
Wishing ALL a spectacular (Aussie) Spring and a Wonderful rest of the month!

Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/09/2003 04:41

Greetings! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Sep 21 75F(23.8C) 60F(15.5C) ---
22 83F(28.3C) 59F(15.0C) ---
23 82F(27.7C) 58F(14.4C) ---
24 82F(27.7C) 61F(16.1C) ---
25 83F(28.3C) 59F(15.0C) ---
26 84F(28.8C) 62F(16.6C) ---
27 80F(26.6C) 52F(11.1C) ---
Another sunny, warm and dry week, just spectacular early Autumn weather. We've just missed some rain, which I hope we'll get some soon (showers forecasted for Tuesday). A dry Pacific cold front passed through on the 24th; we missed the rain as a Canadian cold front passed through in the early morning hours of the 27th. Overall Low-abt. 11:15 P.M.-listed for the 24th; Overall Low-abt. 11:46 P.M.-listed for the 27th.
I'd appreciate it if some of ya'll would do a Rain Dance as its getting awfully dry here. If dryness persists, we will have a very early Fall (leaves rapidly falling off trees and the leaf color tends to be duller when it is drier).

Wishing ALL a Superb Week!
Yours--Take Care--David Powell
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/09/2003 05:45

I noticed its cooling off at night there early-We having weather typical of mid winter in NZ now-We getting west or SW gales day after day with thunder and constant rain-We will send the horrid wet stuff too there as long as you send us some sunshine and dry weather wink
Michael
I'd appreciate it if some of ya'll would do a Rain Dance as its getting awfully dry here. If dryness persists, we will have a very early Fall (leaves rapidly falling off trees and the leaf color tends to be duller when it is drier).

Wishing ALL a Superb Week!
Yours--Take Care--David Powell [/QB][/QUOTE]
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/09/2003 14:26

G'Day NZAAS: Well, right now, I would love to have some of your "horrid, wet weather." I really do miss not hearing thunder in a while.
At least in Auckland, you have the ocean to temper your temps, so you don't get the bonechilling Arctic outbreaks that we get here. In the really bad outbreaks, we have high temps below 32F(0C) for a few days straight. A good amount of rain/showers (as you have in Auckland) wouldn't really bother me as long as I could see some sunshine from time to time.

Have an Awesome Week & a Great Month of October!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/10/2003 11:18

Greetings Wx Friends:
Heres some weather numbers for Sept 2003 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. High: 79.4F(26.3C)
Avg. Low: 58.4F(14.6C)
Highest: 86F(30.0C) Sept 10
Lowest: 42F(5.5C) Sept 29
Rain for September: 3.80"(96.5mm)
(-1.20"/-30.4mm)
Rain for Year: 30.85"(783.5mm)
(-9.35"/-237.4mm)
6 raindays in month.

Watches/Warnings for September:
Flash Flood Watch: Sept 1-2, 11-13

Beautiful Autumn weather, but getting very dry; no rain since Sept 13--so a good, effective Rain Dance would be much appreciated.

Wishing ALL a Blessed, Prosperous, Safe & Happy month of October! cool
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/10/2003 11:27

Hello again, Wonderful Aus Folks! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Sep 28 72F(22.2C) 49F(9.4C) ---
29 70F(21.1C) 42F(5.5C) ---
30 72F(22.2C) 56F(13.3C) ---
Oct 1 64F(17.7C) 52F(11.1C) ---
2 69F(20.5C) 41F(5.0C) ---
3 69F(20.5C) 46F(7.7C) ---
4 81F(27.2C) 49F(9.4C) ---
Another week with somewhat below-normal temps. A couple of dry Canadian cold fronts passed through--one on the 1st and another on the 4th. Hopefully we'll get some rain Sunday from an approaching upper-level low. We've had no rain for 21 straight days (Sep 14-Oct 4) which is a fairly long stretch for us. Nevertheless, it's wonderful weather for just about any outdoor activity.
Enjoy your week! cool
Posted by: pingtang

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/10/2003 15:17

Hello David.

It looks like the temperatures in Arkansas are slowly starting to cool down.Are you looking forward to the winter months?Hopefully you'll get some rain soon.While the sunny weather is nice,too much of it can get quite boring.

Have a good week!

:cheers:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/10/2003 16:05

Hello Pingtang:(what a neat nickname!!!) Yes the temps are gradually getting cooler; hopefully we'll have some warmer "Indian Summer" days mixed in. As for Winter: the only reason that I look forward to Winter is the 50/50 prospect of seeing a (or mabye a couple) good (accumulating)Snowfall. Some Winters, I am teased with only a few days of flurries; or even worse (MUCH worse) a good destructive ice storm(which hopefully we can avoid any more of those in my lifetime). As I get older, the cold weather (& dampness) has a bad effect on the arthritis (joints are stiffer) and with my being cold-natured, the cold days just make me want to hibernate in a warm bed.
The Bottom Line: If we are going to get a good Snowfall, Great!!!...if not, I wish for a mild Winter!
Yes, an upper-level Low gave us .60"(15.2mm) rain early Sunday morning. Hopefully, we'll have more rain this Autumn as it tends to give the leaves a brighter look when they start changing colors.
Have a Fantastic Week & Enjoy! cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/10/2003 06:03

G'October folks! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Oct 5 70F(21.1C) 61F(16.1C) 0.60"(15.2mm)
6 74F(23.3C) 62F(16.6C) ---
7 77F(25.0C) 59F(15.0C) ---
8 77F(25.0C) 57F(13.8C) ---
9 72F(22.2C) 60F(15.5C) 1.50"(38.1mm)
10 74F(23.3C) 52F(11.1C) ---
11 78F(25.5C) 57F(13.8C) ---
A week dominated by partly-to-mostly-cloudy skies; a real touch of Autumn in the air. The 2 rain events were due to the passages of upper-level lows. The A.M. hours were mostly foggy with the overcast (low clouds)breaking up during the early P.M. hours. Overall Low-abt. 11:36 P.M.-listed for the 9th. The good rains are a welcome sight, the color change on the leaves is becoming more widespread; and will accelerate as we go off of Daylight Saving Time on the 26th(I don't really like it as I like lots of daylight hours).
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I will be gone on vacation [holiday] for a week or so starting tomorrow (Mon the 13th). Mom & I are taking our usual vacation trip to my Uncle & Aunts' house in Kansas City, Missouri. We usually go in June/July, but owing to some delays, we are going now, before the wx-situation starts going downhill.
Talk to ya'll again when I get back! OK Mates, Carry On!(LOL).
Best Wishes & Wishing ALL a Marvelous Week!
Yours~~~(KC-bound in about 19 more hours) David Powell cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/10/2003 11:14

Hello folks! Mom & I got home from vacation (holiday) around 4:30 P.M. today---Tue Oct 21st.
Previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Oct 12 69F(20.5C) 63F(17.2C) ---
13 On Vacation (Holiday) ---
14 On Vacation (Holiday) ---
15 On Vacation (Holiday) ---
16 On Vacation (Holiday) 0.30"(7.6mm)
17 On Vacation (Holiday) ---
18 On Vacation (Holiday) ---
The rain was from passage of a Canadian cold front.
The vacation was nice and restful with some good yardsale bargains that I grabbed, but I was ready to get back home after being away for 8 days.

So, G'Day Mates! Glad to be back home (in Mena & the AUS W'Zone!)
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/10/2003 14:53

It looks like its been very warm there lately and Oklahoma getting 90F in October and the region in the mid 80's with S or SW winds wink Michael :cheers:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/10/2003 15:54

Yes, NZAAS, in Kansas City, the Monday before we left for home (Mon Oct 20th), the max temp in KC was threatening record-high levels (for the date) in the mid-to-upper 80sF (30C+).
But, as with most very warm temps this time of year, they won't last very long (as a strong Canadian cold front is advancing and will knock KC's highs back down into the 50sF[10-15C] in a few days).
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/10/2003 05:49

Hello Awesome Wx Friends! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Oct 19 On Vacation (Holiday) ---
20 On Vacation (Holiday) ---
21 88F(31.1C) 55F(12.7C) ---
22 88F(31.1C) 55F(12.7C) ---
23 85F(29.4C) 52F(11.1C) ---
24 85F(29.4C) 51F(10.5C) ---
25 75F(23.8C) 47F(8.3C) 0.60"(15.2mm)
A wonderful Indian Summer week. The low humidities made for a wide range between max and min temps. The highs were at record or near-record levels for the date. The rain was from a fairly strong Canadian cold front. (Actually rained twice on the 25th; 0.40"[10.1mm] in an early P.M. t-shower and 0.20"[5.0mm] in a late P.M. t-shower.) Overall Low-abt. 11:14 P.M.-listed for the 25th. As of today (Sunday, Oct. 26th) we are going off of Daylight Saving Time back to Standard Time. I like getting the extra hour of sleep, but absolutely HATE that sunset will be much sooner--at 5:29 P.M. today--I like loooonnnggg daylight hours.

Wishing ALL A Fantastic Week! cool
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/10/2003 21:25

You people are getting such warm weather for late autumn as the artic front bisects the US into two halves-as we watch every second day in NZ of grey leaden skies of rain and our maximums that match your minimums it must be wonderful having 10 months of summer there wink :cheers:
Posted by: Jorrit (Holland)

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/10/2003 23:30

Hi David!

Wow, quite warm there, completely different here: our highs were (much) lower than your lows last week smile We even had our first snow!
Currently warming up with 10C.

Best regards,

Jorrit
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 31/10/2003 18:46

Greetings to NZAAS & Jorrit:
Yes, it's very warm here for now. To give you an idea of how unseasonably warm it has been--this time of year, the avg. temps for Mena are a max of 67F(19.4C) with a min of 43F(6.1C). I'm enjoying it for now---because this time of year, such excessive warmth won't last. The pleasant temps will come to an abrupt end when a heavy cold airmass from Canada starts sliding our way; and if the air is cold enough (sharp temp contrast) when it hits the warm air in place---well, thats' a good recipe for a severe weather outbreak.
No, NZAAS, we don't have 10 months of Summer (wish we did!). In fact, I've seen it Snow here in April and even a freakish Snow event in May. Bottom Line: The above-normal warmth here is on borrowed time.
I'm certain those people in Alaska/Canada are more than happy to unload their cold air on us (Lower 48 states) so they can warm up--relatively speaking. So, "Indian Summer" continues for a few more days; perfect weather for just about any outdoor activity.

Hope Ya'll Have A Marvelous Month of November!
GO AUS! GO US!
Yours~~~David Powell cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/11/2003 08:24

Hello Awesome Wx Friends: Heres some weather numbers for Oct. 2003 in Mena, Arkansas.
*Temp data for 23 days (No temp data for Oct. 13-20--on vacation [holiday]).

Avg. High: 75.0F(23.8C)
Avg. Low: 52.3F(11.2C)
Highest Max: 88F(31.1C) Oct 21, 22
Lowest Min: 33F(0.5C) Oct 27
Rain for Month: 3.25"(82.5mm)
(-1.85"/-46.9mm)
Rain for Year: 34.20"(868.6mm)
(-11.20"/-284.4mm)
5 raindays in October.

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Lake Wind Advisory: Oct 30

Beautiful above-normal "Indian Summer" warmth. To give you an idea of this high warmth: Menas' average temps for the last part of October are a max of 67F(19.4C) with a min of 43F(6.1C). It's so mild that I even saw some lightning bugs on the evening of the 31st. The warmth is nice, but this time of year "Old Man Winter" could invade at any time and blow this warmth away. To give you an idea of the dryness: We've gotten 20"(508.0mm) LESS rainfall this year compared with the same time in 2002.

Wishing ALL a Blessed, Safe, Happy & Prosperous month of November!
Best Wishes--Yours~~~David Powell :wave:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/11/2003 07:04

Greetin's Wonderful Wx Folks! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Oct 26 59F(15.0C) 37F(2.7C) ---
27 69F(20.5C) 33F(0.5C) ---
28 74F(23.3C) 46F(7.7C) ---
29 76F(24.4C) 40F(4.4C) ---
30 77F(25.0C) 64F(17.7C) ---
31 77F(25.0C) 64F(17.7C) 0.25"(6.3mm)
Nov 1 78F(25.5C) 62F(16.6C) ---

Another fairly warm week, the highs rebounding nicely after a cool start. Overall Low-abt. 11:22 P.M.-listed for Oct 26th; Overall Low-abt. 11:16 P.M.-listed for Nov 1st. A dry, weak Canadian cold front passed through on the 28th, rain was from the proximity of a Canadian cold front to our North (which became stationary). These highs are ~10F(~5-6C) above normal for this time of year--have to enjoy this while it lasts. Fairly windy on the 30th-31st with gusty Southerly winds which increased the low temps and humidity in the air (moist SW upper-air flow). Quite a few days started off cloudy/mostly cloudy giving way to mostly sunny skies in the P.M. hours.

Wishing ALL A Smashing Week & Month of November!
Take Care & Best Wishes!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/11/2003 07:57

Hello Awesome Wx People! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Nov 2 76F(24.4C) 56F(13.3C) ---
3 78F(25.5C) 56F(13.3C) ---
4 78F(25.5C) 64F(17.7C) ---
5 73F(22.7C) 56F(13.3C) 0.65"(16.5mm)
6 56F(13.3C) 45F(7.2C) 0.90"(22.8mm)
7 47F(8.3C) 42F(5.5C) 0.40"(10.1mm)
8 53F(11.6C) 40F(4.4C) 0.15"(3.8mm)
A warm week with a chilly ending. Rain was from a fairly strong Canadian cold front (passage on the 5th) and a lingering moisture pool to our West. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 10:46 P.M.-listed for the 6th. The rain was very good and it was nice to experience thunder (& lightning) again. The upcoming days should be somewhat warmer (closer to normal temps; our avg max for early Nov is ~65F[~18C]). It's been so mild that we still have roses blooming. A friend said he heard a flock of geese flying over the other night(heading South), so I guess the really cool weather isn't that far away.

Wishing ALL A Superb & Safe Week!
Take Care---Yours~~~David Powell cool
Posted by: Matt Pearce

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/11/2003 08:05

Hi David

Woah thats quite some drop! From 26C down to 8C in a couple of days...thats something you'd never see here. Very impressive!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 12/11/2003 16:49

Hello fellow wx people! Well, it looks assured that Mena will finish 2003 with below normal rainfall. This will be our first year ending with below normal rain since 1992. To give you an idea of our abundant rainfall since then, I'll list the years 1993-2002 with the rain surplus after each year: (Mena averages 54.50"[1,384.3mm] of rain annually).

1993: +11.75"(+298.4mm)
1994: +6.58"(+167.1mm)
1995: +0.24"(+6.0mm)
1996: +16.29"(+413.7mm)
1997: +14.54"(+369.3mm)
1998: +15.31"(+388.8mm)
1999: +19.35"(+491.4mm)
2000: +5.38"(+136.6mm)
2001: +15.19"(+385.8mm)
2002: +8.08"(+205.2mm)

So, as you can see, Menas' had quite a good run of rain surplus years. It seems like we're really in a major drought compared to past years.

Have An Awesome Week/Weekend/November!
Best Wishes--Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/11/2003 09:11

Hello Folks! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE.......HIGH.....LOW.......RAIN
Nov..9..49F(9.4C)..40F(4.4C)..0.20"(5.0mm)
....10..65F(18.3C).46F(7.7C)..---
....11..75F(23.8C).64F(17.7C).---
....12..73F(22.7C).55F(12.7C).---
....13..55F(12.7C).45F(7.2C)..---
....14..55F(12.7C).42F(5.5C)..---
....15..59F(15.0C).48F(8.8C)..0.40"(10.1mm)

A roller-coaster week--cool at the beginning and end and warm in the middle. Rain on 9th was from continuation of a moist SW flow (Subtropical jet stream). A dry Canadian cold front passed through on the evening of the 12th; the passage of a Pacific cold front gave the rain on the 15th. Totally cloudy (UGH!) from the 13-15th. Overall Low-abt. 11:41 P.M.-listed for the 12th; Overall High-12:01 A.M.-listed for the 13th; Overall High-abt. 11:12 P.M.-listed for the 15th[there was a thick layer of late P.M. fog on the 15th, which raised the nighttime temperature--almost acting like a Warm front]. The cloudiness/light rain/dampness of the last part of the week is just a reminder that Wintertime is coming fairly soon. [On those days, I just want to hibernate in a warm bed!]. We are forecast to get a little warmer, with possible T-storms early this next week.
Wishing ALL an A-1 Week!
Take Care--Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/11/2003 06:20

Hello Again Friends! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Nov 16.68F(20.0C)..53F(11.6C)....---
....17.68F(20.0C)..59F(15.0C)..2.05"(52.0mm)
....18.69F(20.5C)..50F(10.0C)..0.10"(2.5mm)
....19.67F(19.4C)..44F(6.6C).....---
....20.71F(21.6C)..43F(6.1C).....---
....21.71F(21.6C)..50F(10.0C)....---
....22.70F(21.1C)..62F(16.6C)....---

Another week of above-normal warmth before the next invasion of cold Canadian air. Rain was ahead of a Pacific cold front--passage on the 18th. Fairly windy on the 21-22nd, a precursor of a strong Canadian cold front--which passed in the early morning (today) Sunday. [As I type this, 1:11 P.M. on Sunday the 23rd, the temp has dropped from 67F(19.4C=Overall High)at 12:01 A.M. down to 40F(4.4C) at this time.] I actually mowed parts of the yard on the 21st (probably for the last time this year, due to the first freeze of Autumn, expected in the morning). Overall Low-abt. 11:00 P.M.-listed for the 18th.
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On Thursday the 27th, we here in the US celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.
I wish ALL of you a Most Happy Thanksgiving! I'm Thankful to ALL of You for your informative posts, your Very Kind responses to My posts, also for your Most Gracious Friendliness. I am Truly Blessed to be here (W'Zone) and to interact with ALL the Awesome People on this A-1 site. You'll Always have my Best Wishes & Regards!
Gratefully yours--with applause & handshakes to ALL--David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/12/2003 06:59

Hello Wonderful People! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE.......HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Nov..23..67F(19.4C)..30F(-1.1C)..0.45"(11.4mm)
.....24..42F(5.5C)...24F(-4.4C)...---
.....25..50F(10.0C)..23F(-5.0C)...---
.....26..62F(16.6C)..46F(7.7C)....---
.....27..61F(16.1C)..39F(3.8C)...0.75"(19.0mm)
.....28..46F(7.7C)...32F(0.0C)....---
.....29..54F(12.2C)..23F(-5.0C)...---

Another up-and-down temp week with temps getting back down to seasonable norms. Rain on 23rd was from passage of a strong Canadian cold front. The passage of a Pacific cold front gave the rain on the 27th. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 11:19 P.M. listed for the 23rd (temp fell all day). Overall Low-abt. 11:41 P.M.-listed for the 24th; Overall Low-abt. 10:48 P.M.-listed for the 27th; Overall Low-abt. 11:09 P.M.-listed for the 28th. We're getting into a typical late Fall/Winter pattern of having cold fronts pass through every 4-7 days with the temps slowly recovering in between invasions of cool/cold air.
Menas' avg temps for this time of year (Nov 28-30) is a max of 55F(12.7C) and a min of 34F(1.1C).
Menas' first freeze of Autumn was on the 23rd, 226 days since the last Spring freeze.
Wishing ALL A Great Week!
Take Care--Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/12/2003 11:05

Hello Awesome Friends! Heres some weather figures for November 2003 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max: 63.3F(17.3C)
Avg. Min: 45.9F(7.7C)
Highest Max: 78F(25.5C) Nov 1, 3 & 4
Lowest Min: 23F(-5.0C) Nov 25, 29
Rain for Month: 6.05"(153.6mm)
(+1.15"/+29.2mm)
Rain for Year: 40.25"(1,022.3mm)
(-10.05"/-255.2mm)
10 Raindays in Month

Watches/Warnings for November:
Dense Fog Advisory: Nov 15-17
Tornado Watch: Nov 18
Severe T-storm Watch: Nov 18
Freeze Warning: mornings of Nov 24 & 25

It's been so mild that I mowed parts of the yard on the 21st and we had a rosebush blooming until the 25th.

Wishing ALL A Happy, Safe, Prosperous & Blessed Month of December and a Wonderful Christmas season!
Best Wishes---Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/12/2003 05:41

Hello Awesome Wx Friends: Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE........HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Nov..30...63F(17.2C)...39F(3.8C).....---
Dec...1...61F(16.1C)...42F(5.5C).....---
......2...54F(12.2C)...35F(1.6C).....---
......3...48F(8.8C)....42F(5.5C).....0.05"(1.2mm)
......4...53F(11.6C)...34F(1.1C).....---
......5...39F(3.8C)....32F(0.0C).....---
......6...50F(10.0C)...27F(-2.7C)....---

A cooler week with more seasonable temperatures. A dry Canadian cold front passed through late afternoon on the 1st; rain was from passage of a Pacific cold front and a dry Canadian cold front passed through early A.M. hours of the 5th. Overall Low-abt. 11:36 P.M.-listed for the 3rd. Very blustery N/NW winds on the 5th, which set the mood for the (30 minute long) Mena Christmas parade (from 6-6:30 P.M.) as the NW winds blew straight down the Mena Street parade route. Quite a few trees have lost most of their leaves while other trees have leaves which are still turning colors! Another cold front will give us a good rainchance for this coming Tuesday.

Wishing ALL A Superior, Wonderful Week!
Regards & Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 15/12/2003 05:28

Hello Again Wonderful Wx Folks! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE.......HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Dec...7...53F(11.6C)...27F(-2.7C)...---
......8...64F(17.7C)...46F(7.7C)....---
......9...60F(15.5C)...31F(-0.5C)..0.70"(17.7mm)
.....10...42F(5.5C)....30F(-1.1C)...---
.....11...53F(11.6C)...20F(-6.6C)...---
.....12...46F(7.7C)....28F(-2.2C)..0.70"(17.7mm)
.....13...37F(2.7C)....32F(0.0C)....---

Another up-and-down week temp-wise, with a couple invasions of cooler air. Rain was from a couple of fairly strong Pacific cold fronts. Before the rain ended on the 12th, we received just over a half-inch of ice pellets. It is truly starting to look and feel like Winter (which will be here on the 22nd). Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 11:26 P.M.-listed for the 9th(as temp fell most all day). We've another chance for possibly wintry precip this coming Tuesday.

Wishing ALL A Fantastic Week!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/12/2003 06:33

Hello Folks! Heres the weather for the previous week in Mena, Arkansas:
DATE........HIGH..........LOW.......RAIN
Dec...14..46F(7.7C)......29F(-1.6C).---
......15..62F(16.6C).....44F(6.6C)..0.25"(6.3mm)
......16..52F(11.1C).....31F(-0.5C).---
......17..54F(12.2C).....24F(-4.4C).---
......18..52F(11.1C).....42F(5.5C)..---
......19..50F(10.0C).....30F(-1.1C).---
......20..52F(11.1C).....24F(-4.4C).---

Another beautiful late Autumn week. Climatologically, Winter arrives here tomorrow morning---Dec 22. Rain was ahead of a Pacific cold front (passage early A.M. on the 16th). A dry Pacific cold front (mainly a wind-shift line) passed through on the 18th. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 11:59 P.M.-listed for the 16th (as temp fell most all day). I'm enjoying the mild temps as they probably won't last too much longer. As long as the Jet Stream stays north of us, the very cold air will stay away and if the stormtracks continue to our north, our snowchances are very poor.

Wishing ALL A Wonderful Week & Happy Holidays!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Blizzard

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/12/2003 08:40

Thanks Dave, interesting info. Keep us informed if you get any of the white stuff. Its interesting to watch just how far cold fronts can track south in your country.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/12/2003 11:25

Hello Wonderful Folks!
Heres some weather numbers for Autumn (Sep 23-Dec 21) 2003 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.:64.9F(18.2C)
Avg. Min.:45.1F(7.2C)
Highest Max.:88F(31.1C) Oct 21, 22
Lowest Min.:20F(-6.6C) Dec 10
Rain for Autumn: 11.00"(279.4mm)
(-3.00"/-76.2mm)
19 raindays in Autumn.
* temp data for 82 days (on vacation from Oct 13-20).

It is so mild that today, Dec 22 (our first day of Winter), we are having thundershowers.

Wishing ALL of You a Very Merry Christmas and a Most Awesome New Year!!!
Regards~~~(Let it Snow!!!)David Powell
Posted by: Canberra Weather

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 28/12/2003 17:46

Hello David
i just wondering do you have snow
in your state every winter.
From B>G
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 28/12/2003 18:30

Hello Brindabella Guys!
Yes, throughout a Winter season, on average, All of Arkansas will experience varying depths of Snowfall. Seasonal accumulations will be from around 1FT+(30cm+) to a couple of inches(~5cm). The snowfall is greater in the NW parts (more mountainous areas) and decreases as you go SE-ward. The S/SE areas of the state tend to get more light snow/sleet/ice. The above figures would be in a good Snowseason, lately theres been a dearth of good accumulating snowfall. In some years, Mena only gets a few days of flurries without any real accumulation. Mena is in an area of the US that averages between 1-10"(2+-25cm) snowfall yearly. Mena's snowfall totals usually come from only one snowevent.
The deciding factor is the stormtrack. A northerly track and we'll get cold rain/sleet/ice/flurries, a more southerly stormtrack gives us the best snowchance=A low pressure, whose vortex tracks across southern California and moves eastward over Southern Arizona, New Mexico, central Texas and over our area.
It seems to be either "boom or bust" for snowfall for Mena; either 1 good dump or just a few days of flurries.
Sorry for the long answer, but I hope it answers your question.
Happy Holidays!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/12/2003 05:49

Hello Again Wonderful Friends! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:
DATE.........HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Dec..21...60F(15.5C)...35F(1.6C)....---
.....22...60F(15.5C)...53F(11.6C)..0.90"(22.8mm)
.....23...53F(11.6C)...30F(-1.1C)...---
.....24...52F(11.1C)...28F(-2.2C)...---
.....25...50F(10.0C)...25F(-3.8C)...---
.....26...54F(12.2C)...37F(2.7C)....---
.....27...60F(15.5C)...53F(11.6C)...---

Another warm late Autumn/early Winter week with slightly above normal temps (for this time of year {Dec 23-30} Menas' avg max is 49F[9.4C] with a min of 30F[-1.1C]). Rain on 22nd was from passage of a Pacific cold front. Overall Low-abt. 11:32 P.M.-listed for the 22nd; Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:17 P.M.-listed for the 23rd; Overall High-abt. 10:02 P.M.-listed for the 27th[as warm/moist SSW winds--ahead of an approaching Pacific cold front--caused the nighttime temps to rise]. We usually have a few mild early-Winter weeks before the really cold weather sets in.

Wishing ALL A Happy, Safe, Prosperous & Blessed 2004!!!
Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/12/2003 06:03

ATTN:Brindabella Guys (and whomever else may be interested).
I've found a website that may answer your questions: Climate data for Arkansas, found at:

http://www.srcc.lsu.edu/state_pages/Arkansas.html

I hope this is interesting for you.
Happy Reading! Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Canberra Weather

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/12/2003 09:30

Thank you reply david powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/01/2004 20:08

Happy New Year, Everyone:
Thur., Jan 1, 2004:
12:01 A.M. from AWS at Intermountain Regional Airport, Mena, Ark.:
Cloudy--4,600'(1,402M)Overcast
Visibility:10 Miles(16.1km)
Temp.:54F(12.2C)
Dew Point:41F(5.0C)
Wind: 360 (North) at 7mph(11.2kph)
Barometer:30.25"(1,024.4hPa)

The mild nighttime temps (warmer than our average daily max) are due to warm/moist winds (variable direction) ahead of approaching cold front.
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For Christmas Day:
Thur., Dec 25, 2003:
12:01 A.M. from AWS at Intermountain Regional Airport in Mena, Ark.,
Clear--no clouds below 12,000'(3,658.5M)
Visibility:10 Miles(16.1km)
Temp.:25F(-3.8C)
Dew Point:22F(-5.5C)
Wind: calm
Barometer:30.19"(1,022.3hPa)
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I'll post my figures for Menas' weather for 2003 as soon as I get them figured (number crunched).

Wishing ALL The Very Best for 2004.
P.S. It looks like "Old Man Winter" will give us a visit this weekend.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/01/2004 11:07

Hello & Holiday Greetings!
Heres some figures for December 2003 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.:52.6F(11.4C)
Avg. Min.:33.4F(0.6C)
Highest Max.:64F(17.7C) Dec 8
Lowest Min.:20F(-6.6C) Dec 11
Rain for Month:3.30"(83.8mm)
(-1.00"/-25.4mm)
Rain for Year:43.55"(1,106.1mm)
(-11.05"/-280.6mm)
6 raindays in December.

Watches/Warnings for December:
Lake Wind Advisory: Dec 5, 16, 18
Thunderstorm Watch: Dec 9, 22
Winter Storm Watch: Dec 12-13
Winter Weather Advisory: Dec 12-13
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Dec 22

So, as you can see December had just about every kind of weather (except snow). We did get one-half inch of ice pellets as rain ended on Dec 12.

I will shortly post an in-depth report for all of 2003.

Wishing ALL you Wonderful People A Happy, Safe, Prosperous & Blessed January (and all of 2004).
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/01/2004 14:03

Hello Friends: Heres the weather numbers for 2003 in Mena, Arkansas:
*Temp data for 350 days (no data for Jan 15-16, Jan 18-22 and Oct 13-20).

Avg. Max.:70.7F(21.5C)
Avg. Min.:50.2F(10.1C)
Highest Max.:98F(36.6C) Jul 29, Aug 17
Lowest Min.:11F(-11.6C) Jan 24

Days, highs 90F(32.2C) or above: 36
Days, mins. 32F(0.0C) or lower: (at least)68
Last Spring Freeze: Apr 10, first Autumn freeze: Nov 17=227 days
Days, max. 32F(0.0C) or lower: 4 (31F[-0.5C] on Jan 12; 26F[-3.3C] on Jan 23; 30F[-1.1C] on Jan 24 and 32F[0.0C] on Feb 26).

First 70F(21.1C)+Max.:71F(21.6C) Mar 7 (Day 66)
First 80F(26.6C)+Max.:82F(27.7C) Apr 13 (Day 103)
First 90F(32.2C)+Max.:93F(33.8C) May 30 (Day 150)
Last 90F(32.2C)+Max.:91F(32.7C) Aug 27 (Day 239)
Last 80F(26.6C)+Max.:85F(29.4C) Oct 24 (Day 297)
Last 70F(21.1C)+Max.:70F(21.1C) Nov 22 (day 326)

Warmest Week: week of Aug 17-23: Avg. Max.:95.8F(35.4C),[Avg. Min.:71.1F(21.7C)]
Coldest Week: week of Jan 19-25: (temp data only for Jan 23-25) Avg. Max.:30.6F(-0.7C),[Avg. Min.:17.0F (-8.3C)]
Coldest Week:(full week of data) week of Feb 23-Mar 1: Avg. Max.:39.0F(3.8C), [Avg. Min.:27.5C [-2.5C])

Rain for 2003: 43.55"(1,106.1mm)
(-11.05"/-280.6mm) Menas' first year ending with below normal rainfall since 1992.
Snow Total: 12"(30.4cm), in 3 events (3"[7.6cm] on Feb 6, 1 and-one-half"[3.8cm] on Feb 9 and 7 and-one-half"[19.0cm] on Feb 24. Also, flurries on Jan 12 & 15 and Feb 5 & 16th).
We also experienced: ice pellets/sleet on Feb 24; light freezing drizzle on Feb 26, pea-sized hail on Aug 26th and ice pellets on Dec 12th.
We would have had normal yearly rainfall if we would have averaged 0.92"(23.3mm) more rain per month.
Longest Dry Spell: 22 days (Jan 15-Feb 5th)
Days, rain 0.01"(0.2mm) or more: 86
Days, rain 1"(25.4mm)or more: 10
Wettest Day: 2.05"(52.0mm) Nov 17
Wettest Week: 3.45"(87.6mm) week of Jun 1-7

Winter (Dec 22, 2002-Mar 20, 2003) Rain:10.03"(254.7mm)
Spring (Mar 21-Jun 20)Rain:13.15"(334.0mm)
Summer (Jun 21-Sep 22) Rain:10.65"(270.7mm)
Autumn (Sep 23- Dec 21) Rain:11.00"(279.4mm)

Frontal Passages: (*=dry frontal passage)
Canadian (Arctic/Polar) cold fronts:
*Jan 9, *10, 14, *21, *26, *29, *Feb 3, 6, 22, *Mar 5, *9, 13, Apr 4, *8, May 20, 24, *31, *Jun 20, 30, Jul 10, 27, 29, Aug 1, 11, Sep 4, 18, *27, *Oct 1, *4, 16, 25, *28, Nov 5, *12, 23, *Dec 1 and *Dec 5th.
Pacific cold fronts:
Feb 15, Mar 20, *25, *28, *Apr 16, 19, 24, May 1, 5, 10, 14, 16, Jun 2, 6, *8, 11, 26, Sep 13, *24, *Oct 12, Nov 15, 18, 27, Dec 3, 9, 16, *18, 22 and 28th.
Warm fronts:
*Jan 28, Feb 14, Apr 6 and May 13
Stationary fronts:
Jun 5, 13, 16, Aug 3 and Sep 2nd.
Upper-level lows:
*Jan 12, Feb 9, 21, 24, Mar 18, Sep 12, Oct 5, 9 and Dec 12th.
Rain from remnants of Tropical Storm Grace: Aug 31-Sep 1st.
Our rain is also supplemented from Summertime heating (instability) showers and from moist SSW airflows (Subtropical Jetstream).

I hope this info is entertaining and interesting. If you've any questions, feel free to ask away.

Wishing ALL A Fantastic 2004: (weatherwise and otherwise)
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/01/2004 08:22

Hello & Happy 2004 to ALL My Wonderful Friends! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE......HIGH.........LOW..........RAIN
2003
Dec..28..60F(15.5C)..43F(6.1C)....0.70"(17.7mm)
.....29..48F(8.8C)...26F(-3.3C).....---
.....30..54F(12.2C)..23F(-5.0C).....---
.....31..54F(12.2C)..35F(1.6C)......---
2004
Jan...1..64F(17.7C)..50F(10.0C)...0.10"(2.5mm)
......2..66F(18.8C)..63F(17.2C).....---
......3..68F(20.0C)..65F(18.3C)...0.05"(1.2mm)

A week with unseasonable warmth (Menas' avg max this time of year is ~48F[~8-9C]). The rain on Dec 28 was from passage of a Pacific cold front, rain on Jan 1 & 3 was from moist SW airflow (ahead of approaching Canadian cold front). Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 10:33 P.M. listed for Dec 28; Overall Low-abt. 11:39 P.M.-listed for Dec 29; Overall High-abt. 11:27 P.M.-listed for Jan 1; The high on Jan 2 was reached abt. 4:11 P.M. and abt. 11:16 P.M.
The Jan 1-3 temps were kept high due to cloudcover and windy/moist SSW winds. Some places in Arkansas (& elsewhere) either broke or flirted with record max temps (for the date). It's been cloudy here for all of 2004 so far--as it's still cloudy today (Sun., Jan 4). The Canadian cold front came through early this morning and the temps are falling accordingly; just after sunrise (7:24 A.M.) the temp was 63F(17.2C) and as of now (3:18 P.M.) the winds have switched from SW to NW and the temp is ~50F(~10C). So, it looks as if our real balmy early Winter weather is coming to an abrupt end. It's been so mild lately that I saw a dandelion blooming and have seen possums still scurrying about and a friend saw a skunk and squirrels are still out and about.

Wishing ALL A Wonderful Week!
Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 12/01/2004 05:42

Greetings, Friends! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE........HIGH..........LOW........RAIN
Jan...4...65F(18.3C)....29F(-1.6C)..0.20"(5.0mm)
......5...29F(-1.6C)....25F(-3.8C)...---
......6...32F(0.0C).....15F(-9.4C)...---
......7...37F(2.7C).....17F(-8.3C)...---
......8...37F(2.7C).....32F(0.0C)...0.10"(2.5mm)
......9...43F(6.1C).....29F(-1.6C)...---
.....10...46F(7.7C).....22F(-5.5C)...---

Well, this is the week that "Ole' Man Winter" finally gave us a visit. Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:32 P.M.-listed for the 4th (as temp fell from around 9 AM onwards); The max on the 5th was achieved at 12:01 A.M. and abt. 3:30 P.M.; Overall High-abt. 11:42 P.M.-listed for the 7th (as warmer SW winds raised the nighttime temp); The max on the 8th was achieved at 12:01 A.M. and abt. 3:30 P.M. A very strong Canadian cold front gave the rain on the 4th, a weak Canadian cold frontal passage gave the rain on the 8th.

I sort of like this time of year as when we are under a massive dome of cold air, I like to call the AWS at Mena Airport to see how high the barometer readings can get. [Arctic airmasses give us our highest baro numbers.]
On the 5th (at 11:37 P.M.) I called the AWS and with a temp of 26F(-3.3C), the Barometer reading was 30.58"(1035.5 hPa). On the 7th (at 1:19 A.M.) I called the AWS and with a temp of 19F(-7.2C), the Baro was at 30.65"(1037.9 hPa!).

Wishing ALL A Wonderful Week!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/01/2004 06:13

Greetings Wonderful Friends! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE.......HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Jan.11...54F(12.2C)...30F(-1.1C)..---
....12...55F(12.7C)...38F(3.3C)...---
....13...56F(13.3C)...44F(6.6C)...---
....14...66F(18.8C)...39F(3.8C)...---
....15...59F(15.0C)...37F(2.7C)...---
....16...46F(7.7C)....41F(5.0C)..1.25"(31.7mm)
....17...56F(13.3C)...46F(7.7C)..0.80"(20.3mm)

Another fairly mild early-Winter week. A dry, weak Canadian cold front passed through on the 15th; rain on 16-17th was from a slow moving Upper-level low. Overall Low-abt. 11:24 P.M.-listed for the 14th; Overall High-abt. 11:52 P.M.-listed for the 16th (as warmer airflow raised the temperature).
Another Canadian cold front passed through in the early A.M. hours today (Sunday, Jan 18th) and will give us another few days of fairly colder air. Possible Snowshowers are forecasted for Tue/Wed, but the temps will warm to above freezing (0C), so I'd rather have a fair-dinkum Snow event rather than to be teased with flurries. But, I'll take any Snow that I can get as it is very pretty to watch.
I am certainly glad that the cooler weather has done away with the mosquitoes, flys, ticks and fleas for awhile.

Wishing ALL A Marvelous Week!
Yours~~~David Powell cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 26/01/2004 06:10

Hello & Happy Australia Day, Friends! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE.......HIGH........LOW..........RAIN
Jan..18..51F(10.5C)...28F(-2.2C)..0.05"(1.2mm)
.....19..40F(4.4C)....20F(-6.6C)....---
.....20..40F(4.4C)....19F(-7.2C)....---
.....21..51F(10.5C)...23F(-5.0C)....---
.....22..58F(14.4C)...27F(-2.7C)....---
.....23..57F(13.8C)...24F(-4.4C)....---
.....24..54F(12.2C)...48F(8.8C)...1.80"(45.7mm)

A week with a chilly start and slowly moderating max temps. The dry air made for cool A.M. temps which warmed quickly in the P.M. hours (aided by warm W/SW winds). Rain on 18th was from passage of a Canadian cold front; an upper-level low gave the rain on the 24th. Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:43 P.M. listed for the 18th; Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:21 P.M. listed for the 24th. All in all, a very pleasant Winter week with fairly abundant sunshine. January has been not really very cold so far...but we always have to watch out for February!

Happy Australia Day & Have an Awesome rest of the week!
Yours~~~David Powell cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/02/2004 05:44

Hello Wonderful Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Jan..25..65F(18.3C)..43F(6.1C)...0.40"(10.1mm)
.....26..51F(10.5C)..22F(-5.5C)..0.05"(1.2mm)
.....27..35F(1.6C)...14F(-10.0C).---
.....28..49F(9.4C)...16F(-8.8C)..---
.....29..42F(5.5C)...34F(1.1C)...---
.....30..39F(3.8C)...26F(-3.3C)..---
.....31..46F(7.7C)...20F(-6.6C)..---

Another week...a couple more cold fronts. An upper-level low gave the rain on the 25th; a Canadian cold front gave the rain on the 26th; a dry Canadian cold front passed through on the 30th. Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:14 P.M.-listed for the 26th. Overall Low-abt. 11:29 P.M.-listed for the 29th.
SNOW FLURRIES in the late day P.M. hours of the 26th and early A.M. hours of the 27th.
We've a good chance of rain/Snow for this coming Thursday...so heres hoping for some good accumulation. The mornings were cool and crisp, but the afternoons were sunny and fairly pleasant.

Wishing ALL a Great Week!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/02/2004 08:01

Hello Wonderful Friends!
Heres some weather numbers for Jan 2004 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 50.2F(10.1C)
Avg. Min.: 31.8F(-0.1C)
Highest Max.: 68F(20.0C) Jan 3
Lowest Min.: 14F(-10.0C) Jan 27
Highest Min.: 65F(18.3C) Jan 3
Lowest Max.: 29F(-1.6C) Jan 5
Rain for January: 4.80"(121.9mm)
(+2.10"/+53.3mm)
Rain for Year: 4.80"(121.9mm)
(+2.10"/+53.3mm)
10 raindays in January.
19 days in January with min temps of 32F(0C) or lower.
Snow flurries on Jan 26th & 27th.

Watches/Warnings for January:
Lake Wind Advisory: Jan 2-3rd & 26-27th.

Wishing ALL A Blessed, Safe, Happy & Prosperous month of February!

Yours~~~David Powell :wave:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/02/2004 05:36

Greetings & G'February Wonderful Friends!
Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.........LOW........RAIN
Feb..1...55F(12.7C)..30F(-1.1C)...---
.....2...42F(5.5C)...29F(-1.6C)..0.25"(6.3mm)
.....3...47F(8.3C)...20F(-6.6C)...---
.....4...36F(2.2C)...31F(-0.5C)..2.20"(55.8mm)
.....5...40F(4.4C)...32F(0.0C)...0.30"(7.6mm)
.....6...36F(2.2C)...27F(-2.7C)...---
.....7...36F(2.2C)...19F(-7.2C)...---

Another fairly cool early-February week. The rain was due to a couple of upper-level lows (passages on the 2nd and 5th). Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:49 P.M.-listed for the 2nd; Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:58 P.M.-listed for the 6th.

The 4th was a very active weatherday. Around 1 P.M., there was around 30 minutes of heavy wind-driven sleet; shortly afterwards the temps dropped from the mid-30sF to lower 30sF and the steady rain (w/thunder, 34F[1.1C]) began. Quite a lot of rain began freezing on surfaces (tree limbs/ the ground, etc). At my house, the icing felled a couple of fairly large pinetree limbs--and quite a few smaller branches/twigs. Thankfully, the icing stopped before any more major damage occurred. As of today (Sun Feb 8), the top of Rich Mountain still has an icy glaze on the trees. A few light Snowflurries fell on the 6th.
Climatologically, we're moving through our coldest period of the Winter.

Wishing ALL A Superb Week!
Yours~~~David (still waiting for Snow) Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/02/2004 08:04

Hello Again, Friends:

In the US, when we speak of record max/min temps, we are talking about records for the Date (Daily records). In Aus-land, record max/min temps are for the Month (Monthly records).

Here are Menas' Monthly Record High Max & Lowest Min temps:

January Max.: 82F(27.7C)-Jan. 23, 1943
January Min.: -10F(-23.3C)-Jan. 18, 1930

February Max.: 84F(28.8C)-Feb. 21, 1996
February Min.: -15F(-26.1C)-Feb. 12, 1899

March Max.: 90F(32.2C)-Mar. 31, 1974
March Min.: 6F(-14.4C)-Mar. 3, 1943

April Max.: 92F(33.3C)-Apr. 18, 1987
April Min.: 22F(-5.5C)-Apr. 4, 1987

May Max.: 99F(37.2C)-May 31, 1934
May Min.: 35F(1.6C)-May 4, 1954 and May 6, 1944

June Max.: 105F(40.5C)-Jun. 22, 1936
June Min.: 44F(6.6C)-Jun. 1, 1983; Jun. 2, 1983 and Jun. 3, 1970

July Max.: 109F(42.7C)-Jul. 22, 1939; Jul. 28, 1930 and Jul. 29, 1930
July Min.: 50F(10.0C)-Jul. 6, 1972

August Max.: 112F(44.4C)-Aug. 10, 1936
August Min.: 48F(8.8C)-Aug. 29, 1986 and Aug. 30, 1988

September Max.: 107F(41.6C)-Sep. 8, 1925
September Min.: 34F(1.1C)-Sep. 29, 1967

October Max.: 100F(37.7C)-Oct. 1, 1938
October Min.: 20F(6.6C)-Oct. 30, 1917 and Oct. 31, 1993

November Max.: 84F(28.8C)-Nov. 1, 1937; Nov. 2, 1916; Nov. 3, 1978 and Nov. 14, 1955
November Min.: 13F(-10.5C)-Nov. 15, 1940; Nov. 19, 1903; Nov. 24, 1970 and Nov. 29, 1976

December Max.: 80F(26.6C)-Dec. 7, 1939
December Min.: -7F(-21.6C)-Dec. 23, 1989 and Dec. 24, 1989

I hope this info is interesting.
Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 12/02/2004 17:29

Hello Friends!
For your interest, here are a few sites dealing with the climatology of Mena/Arkansas: (all temps in degrees F.)

For the Mena Arkansas Zone Weather Forecast:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/forecasts/ARZ040.php?warncounty=ARC113&city=Mena

For Arkansas Climate Facts:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/climain.htm (When you Click on the month of your choice, the next page will give you the avg max/min/precip for the Ark Weather Zones--Mena is in the Ouachitas. Scroll down and you'll see a list of Ark Weather Highlights for that month).

For Arkansas Towns Record Daily Max/Min Temps:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/temprec.htm (When you Click the month of your choice, the next page will list several Arkansas cities; Click on Mena and the next page will give you Mena's Daily Record Max/Min temps and the year[s] they were set for that month).

For a good Doppler Radar of the Mena area:
http://www.weatherimages.org/data/imag453.html (Radar courtesy of TV Ch 40/29, Ft Smith, Ark.)

Happy Looking!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/02/2004 05:56

Hello Friends! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH..........LOW........RAIN
Feb...8..43F(6.1C).....19F(-7.2C)..---
......9..40F(4.4C).....35F(1.6C)..0.10"(2.5mm)
.....10..52F(11.1C)....29F(-1.6C)..---
.....11..37F(2.7C).....34F(1.1C)..1.00"(25.4mm)
.....12..39F(3.8C).....27F(-2.7C)..---
.....13..40F(4.4C).....20F(-6.6C)..---
.....14..36F(2.2C).....32F(0.0C)..0.15"(3.8mm)*

*Rain calculated from 1.5"(3.8cm)Snowfall.
A fairly cool and active weather-week. A Pacific cold front passed on the 9th; a Canadian cold front blew through on the 12th and we copped 1.5"(3.8cm) Snow from an Upper-level low on the 14th. We had around 3 hours of very heavy Snowflurries on the 11th (no accumulation). Otherwise the days were fairly pleasant with abundant sunshine and little wind.
Overall Low-abt. 10:27 P.M.-listed for the 11th; Overall Low-abt. 10:48 P.M.-listed for the 12th; The max on the 14th was achieved at 12:01 A.M. and abt. 11:29 A.M.; Daytime (Overall) Low-abt. 1:14 P.M.
Hopefully, this won't be our last snow event of Winter. The Upper-level low moved a bit too fast or we would have gotten more snowfall. Dallas, Texas had 4"(10.1cm) Snow from this event; which was their biggest dump of snow since 1978.

Wishing ALL A Wonderful Week!
Yours~~~David (Bring on More Snow!)Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/02/2004 10:15

Hello Again Folks!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH......LOW..........RAIN
Feb...15..47F(8.3C)..29F(-1.6C)...---
......16..51F(10.5C).25F(-3.8C)...---
......17..51F(10.5C).30F(-1.1C)..0.35"(8.8mm)
......18..60F(15.5C).27F(-2.7C)...---
......19..66F(18.8C).46F(7.7C)....---
......20..57F(13.8C).47F(8.3C)....---
......21..59F(15.0C).35F(1.6C)....---

A week with warmer-trending max temps---almost makes me wish for an early Spring (but we still have a "calendar" month of Winter left...and as we all know, "Mother Nature" pays no attention to the calendar). Overall Low-abt. 11:06 P.M.-listed for the 17th; Overall High-abt. 5:00 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:41 P.M.-listed for the 20th.
The rain was due to the passage (on the 17th) of an upper-level low, a dry Pacific cold front went through on the A.M. hours of the 20th.

Thursday, the 19th was my 43rd Birthday; Conditions on Feb 19th at 12:01 A.M. at Mena's Intermountain Regional Airport AWS: clear/no clouds below 12,000FT(3658+M), Visibility: 10 Miles (16.1Km), Temperature:(balmy) 54F(12.2C), Dew Point: 37F(2.7C), Winds: 190 degrees (South) at 7mph (11.2kph) peak gusts of 16mph (25.7kph), Barometer: 30.17" (1021.7hPa).

Aside from being somewhat windy (19th-20th) the week was very pleasant with some above-average warmth. We may get T-storms tonight (Sun night) and Mon A.M. and a chance of snowflurries on Wed A.M.---so the temp roller-coaster continues as "Ole' Man Winter" will snap us back to reality every now and again.

Wishing ALL A Superb Week!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/03/2004 05:42

Hello Wonderful Friends! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:
DATE......HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Feb..22..65F(18.3C)..31F(-0.5C)..---
.....23..67F(19.4C)..45F(7.2C)..0.05"(1.2mm)
.....24..53F(11.6C)..45F(7.2C)..Trace
.....25..46F(7.7C)...35F(1.6C)...---
.....26..57F(13.8C)..30F(-1.1C)..---
.....27..58F(14.4C)..27F(-2.7C)..---
.....28..56F(13.3C)..29F(-1.6C)..---

Another fairly pleasant week. The rain was brought by a Pacific cold front. The abundant sunshine and lower humidities made for some fairly wide temperature spreads on a few of the days. Overall Low-abt. 11:54 P.M.-listed for the 24th; Overall Low-abt. 11:46 P.M.-listed for the 26th.
We are forecasted for some poss strong T-storms later today (Sun Feb 29th), so the wx conditions are acting more Spring-like (along with hearing frogs chirping, trees budding, etc; only 20 days until Spring officially arrives---Bring It On!!!)

Wishing ALL A Super Week & Month of March!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/03/2004 11:59

Hello Wonderful Friends! Heres some figures on the weather in Mena, Arkansas for February, 2004:

Avg. Max.: 48.8F(9.3C)
Avg. Min.: 31.4F(-0.3C)
Highest Max.: 67F(19.4C) Feb. 23
Lowest Min.: 19F(-7.2C) Feb. 7 & 8
Highest Min.: 47F(8.3C) Feb. 20 & 29
Lowest Max.: 36F(2.2C) Feb. 4, 6, 7 & 14
Rain for February: 4.70"/119.3mm (+1.10"/+27.9mm)
Rain for Year: 9.50"/241.3mm (+3.20"/+81.2mm)
9 raindays in month.
KENA radio station recorded 3.87"/98.2mm rain in Feb.
KENA radio station recorded 4.44"/112.7mm rain in Jan.

I copped 1.5"(3.8cm) snow on Feb. 14th, also had snow flurries on Feb. 6 & 11; had freezing rain/sleet on Feb. 4th.

Watches/Warnings for February:
Winter Storm Warning (icy cond.): Feb. 4-5
Winter Weather Advisory: Feb. 11-12, 14-15
Winter Storm Warning (snow): Feb. 14-15
Lake Wind Advisory: Feb. 19-20, 24-25, 29

I was disappointed with the snowfall this Winter as the Winter 2004 total (1 event) was less than one-tenth of the accumulation in Winter 2003.
Well, with the longer sunshine hours, frogs croaking, trees budding, etc., the wx conditions are becoming more Springlike with each passing day. Spring arrives in my part of the World on March 20th.

Wishing ALL A Safe, Happy, Blessed & Prosperous Month of March!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/03/2004 05:46

Hello Again, Folks! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:
DATE......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Feb..29..55F(12.7C)...47F(8.3C)..0.30"(7.6mm)
Mar...1..67F(19.4C)...41F(5.0C)...---
......2..69F(20.5C)...36F(2.2C)..0.10"(2.5mm)
......3..66F(18.8C)...52F(11.1C).0.25"(6.3mm)
......4..68F(20.0C)...56F(13.3C).0.95"(24.1mm)
......5..68F(20.0C)...45F(7.2C)...---
......6..65F(18.3C)...40F(4.4C)..0.05"(1.2mm)

A pleasant and very active weather-week as the conditions are transitioning toward Springtime. Rain on Feb 29th was from passage of a Pacific cold front; rain on Mar 2 from a moist SW airflow; rain on 3-4th was ahead of a rather slow-moving Pacific cold front(passage on the 5th) and the rain on the 6th was from a weak upper-air disturbance. Overall Low-abt. 11:32 P.M.-listed for Feb 29th; Overall Low-abt. 11:25 P.M.-listed for Mar 4th; Overall Low-abt. 11:54 P.M.-listed for Mar 5th.

The signs of Springtime are becoming more evident with patches of purple-top clover in the yards, possums and skunks are up and about, more songbirds are evident, jonquils/trees blooming; I'm sure the redbud trees will be blooming before long. It's great to see everything coming back to life again! At this rate, I'll be mowing the grass before long as well. It's truly a great season to be alive! Thankfully, my area missed the severe weather on the 4th, as there were reports of tornadoes in northcentral Texas and hail/wind damage in eastern Oklahoma and N & NW Arkansas.

Wishing ALL an A-1 Week!!!
Take Care--Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/03/2004 20:22

You dont get 3 months of solid Gales from the westerly quadrant in spring? :rolleyes:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/03/2004 14:39

Hello NZAAS: No, Mena is in a valley between fairly tall hills, so it isn't terribly windy here. We do get blustery winds near T-storm fronts and also fairweather (S/SW) winds; but on the whole, other places (eg The Great Plains) are far more windy than we are. With the passage of Pacific cold fronts, our winds are from the NW/WNW/W, but are only slightly cooler.

NZAAS, I hope you had a great (warm) summer! I guess our temps will be nearing each other fairly soon.

C-Ya'll Later!
cool David Powell
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/03/2004 20:21

Forget February even existed It rained here all the time and had gales at least 1/2 of all those days in Feb.
March so far has been warmer continuing when we left off at the end of January :p
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 15/03/2004 06:30

Hello Wonderful People! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.........LOW.......RAIN
Mar...7..63F(17.2C)..41F(5.0C)...---
......8..70F(21.1C)..35F(1.6C)...---
......9..63F(17.2C)..36F(2.2C)...---
.....10..60F(15.5C)..29F(-1.6C)..---
.....11..62F(16.6C)..39F(3.8C)...---
.....12..59F(15.0C)..43F(6.1C)...---
.....13..47F(8.3C)...43F(6.1C)..0.20"(5.0mm)

A very pleasant last full-week of Winter. The warmth really feels great, also more trees/flowers are in bloom. A couple of dry, weak Canadian cold fronts passed through (on the 9th and 11th), but were not much more than reinforcing shots of cooler air. The rain was from an approaching Pacific cold front (passage on the 14th). Overall Low-abt. 11:23 P.M.-listed for the 9th; Overall Low-abt. 11:01 P.M.-listed for the 13th. BRING ON SPRING!!!
P.S. We had our garden plot to be broken up on the 10th and Mom and I planted 2 rows of potatoes on the 12th---and (by the calendar) it's still Winter!!!

Wishing ALL A Great Week (& A Happy Canberra Day to All of my A.C.T. Friends)!

Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/03/2004 10:24

Hello Again, Wonderful Folks!!!
Here are some figures for Winter (Dec. 22, 2003-Mar. 19, 2004=89 days) in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.:53.2F(11.7C)
Avg. Min.:34.2F(1.2C)
Highest Max.:76F(24.4C) Mar. 17
Lowest Min.:14F(-10.0C) Jan. 27
...Highest Min.:65F(18.3C) Jan. 3
...Lowest Max.:29F(-1.6C) Jan. 5
Rain for Winter:14.90"(378.4mm)
................(+4.05"/+102.8mm)
28 raindays in Winter
Snowfall:1.5"(3.8cm--all fell on Feb. 14); flurries on Jan. 26, 27, Feb. 6th and 11th
Freezing rain/sleet on Feb. 4th
Pea-sized hail on Mar. 18th
Days, minimums of 32F(0C) or lower:45
Days, maximums of 32F (0C) or lower: 2

The 0.20"(5.0mm) rain that fell on Mar. 13th, brought our yearly total to 11.05"(280.8mm) which covers the rainfall deficit that we ended 2003 with.

Wishing ALL A GREAT Week/Autumn/Month of March!!!

Yours~~~David Powell :wave:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/03/2004 05:54

Hello Wonderful Friends: Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Mar..14..62F(16.6C)...42F(5.5C)....0.20"(5.0mm)
.....15..52F(11.1C)...42F(5.5C)....0.05"(1.2mm)
.....16..60F(15.5C)...35F(1.6C).....---
.....17..76F(24.4C)...36F(2.2C)....Trace
.....18..73F(22.7C)...53F(11.6C)...2.00"(50.8mm)
.....19..73F(22.7C)...53F(11.6C)....---
.....20..75F(23.8C)...60F(15.5C)...0.05"(1.2mm)

A fairly wet week with unseasonable warmth---the avg. maximum for Mena at this time of year is 63F/17.2C. The rain was from a couple of Pacific cold fronts (passage on the 14th and 18th). A Canadian cold front passed through on the 20th.
Overall Low-abt. 11:00 P.M.-listed for the 14th; Overall Low-abt. 11:44 P.M.-listed for the 18th; Overall Low-abt. 11:58 P.M.-listed for the 20th.

The rain event on the 18th was VERY Localized as a derecho-type T-storm complex (moving from NW to SE) hit us just after 12MID; I recorded 2" when the rain ended near 1:30 A.M. Some sparse pea-sized hail fell with many close lightning strikes. Cherry Hill (comm abt. 12mi/19km East of Mena) copped 4"(101mm), I copped 2"(50.8mm), KENA radio station (abt. 1mi/1.6km to my SSE) had only 1.05"(26.6mm), and Cove (small town 15mi/24km SW of Mena) got NOTHING(NIL) from this T-storm event.
Patches of grass are really starting to get green and just about ALL trees/flowers are in full bloom. Aaaaahhhh.....SPRING!!!! It looks like T-storm season (storm chasers) is here as well.

Wishing ALL An Excellent Week!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/03/2004 05:23

Hello Again, Friends! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH.........LOW........RAIN
Mar...21..60F(15.5C)...48F(8.8C)...---
......22..60F(15.5C)...37F(2.7C)...---
......23..71F(21.6C)...48F(8.8C)...---
......24..61F(16.1C)...56F(13.3C).0.25"(6.3mm)
......25..70F(21.1C)...60F(15.5C).0.05"(1.2mm)
......26..73F(22.7C)...60F(15.5C)..---
......27..71F(21.6C)...62F(16.6C)..---

A somewhat humid, mostly cloudy week with a couple of fairly windy (SW/SSW) days. The rain was due to an Upper-level disturbance (aided by a moist SW airflow). The maximum temperature on the 21st was at 12:01 A.M. and abt. 4:00 P.M., Overall High-12:01 A.M.-listed for the 24th. The conditions are now truly feeling like Spring; the redbud trees are now blooming and I saw a grasshopper yesterday---still [Thankfully] no ticks, fleas yet (and very few flies).

*Mom & I will be going to my Aunt & Uncles' house in Kansas City, Missouri. We will be leaving this Tuesday (the 30th) and will stay for a week or so.

Have A Great Week & C-Ya'll when I get back! :wave:
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/04/2004 12:43

Hello Again, back home today (Sunday the 4th) after a nice stay in KCMO.
Heres some weather figures for March 2004 in Mena, Arkansas: *Temperature data for 29 days (out of town, on March 30-31).

Avg. Max.: 65.5F(18.6C)
Avg. Min.: 45.5F(7.5C)
Highest Max.: 76F(24.4C) March 17
Lowest Min.: 29F(-1.6C) March 10
...Highest Min.: 62F(16.6C) March 27
...Lowest Max.: 47F(8.3C) March 13
Rain for March: 4.50"/114.3mm (-0.80"/-20.3mm)
12 Raindays in March
Rain for Year: 14.00"/355.8mm (+2.40"/+61.0mm)

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Lake Wind Advisory: March 4
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: March 4, 17-18
Tornado Watch: March 4
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: March 17-18
Flash Flood Warning: March 18
Dense Fog Advisory: March 19

So as you see, March (transition from Winter to Spring) was a fairly weather-active month.
We started Daylight-Saving Time today (Sunday the 4th) and I really do like the longer daylight hours.

Wishing ALL A Safe, Happy, Blessed & Prosperous Month of April!

Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/04/2004 13:13

Hello Friends! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH.......LOW..........RAIN
Mar..28..69F(20.5C)..54F(12.2C)...0.35"(8.8mm)
.....29..69F(20.5C)..40F(4.4C).....---
.....30..Out of town.
.....31..Out of town.
Apr...1..Out of town.
......2..Out of town.
......3..Out of town.

The rain was from the passage of a Pacific cold front. Mom & I were out of town, visiting my Aunt & Uncle---from March 30-April 4th--in Kansas City, Missouri.
Another lovely Spring week with warmer conditions and abundant sunshine. My mowing and gardening/yardwork chores are getting into full-swing now. Bring it on!!!

Have An Excellent Week!!!
Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 12/04/2004 04:18

Hello & Happy Easter, Fine Weather Folk!
Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW..........RAIN
Apr....4..69F(20.5C)..47F(8.3C)....---
.......5..67F(19.4C)..38F(3.3C)....---
.......6..72F(22.2C)..40F(4.4C)....---
.......7..67F(19.4C)..52F(11.1C)..0.80"(20.3mm)
.......8..77F(25.0C)..51F(10.5C)...---
.......9..76F(24.4C)..51F(10.5C)..1.35"(34.2mm)
......10..65F(18.3C)..49F(9.4C)...0.80"(20.3mm)

A fairly typical Spring week--some slightly above-normal warmth with a couple of raindays. Overall Low-abt. 11:50 P.M.-listed for the 10th. Rain on the 7th was from a large, slow-moving upper-level Low; rain on the 9th was from a warm front, and rain on the 10th was from a Pacific cold front.

I experienced something for (I believe) the first time: copping hail on Consecutive Days!!! On the 9th, a severe T-storm (just after 8 PM) gave a few minutes-worth of marble-sized hail [and 1.2"/30+mm rain in 30 mins]; on the 10th, a T-shower (near 8 AM) gave a few minutes of more marble-sized hail. Mena doesn't get much hail (I only had 1 hailday in 2003), much less on 2 straight days!!! Mena is in an area of the US that averages 3-4 haildays per year.

Polk County was under a Tornado Warning for a time on the 9th as a doppler-radar indicated weak tornado was SW of Mena. I was listening to my scanner---the County Sheriff/Deputies/State Patrol--were monitoring the storm and they reported: a fallen tree across Polk County Rd 38 (Polk 38; nr Potter, just SW of Mena), debris in road on Polk 47 (just W of Mena), golf-ball sized hail at Rocky (comm a few MI W of Mena); an overturned car in Potter (comm SW of Mena); hail 1-2" deep in Nunley (comm SE of Mena). The storm appears to have split up as it crossed the mountain, otherwise the damage could've been worse. A tornado was spotted in Whitesboro, Ok (NW of Mena). I talked to a guy that I know who lives in Rocky and he said the hail destroyed the tomato plants in his garden.
You may want to see the Apr 9 Svr Wx report map:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/040409_rpts.html

Hopefully we can avoid any more really nasty weather.
Wishing ALL A Superb Week!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Nullamanna WX

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 15/04/2004 20:37

G'day David,

Glad to see that you are still doing your weather reports from Polk county.
I've moved from the Hunter Valley, to my own property not very far from the NSW/QLD Border.
Here is a website of our local large town, Inverell.
http://www.inverell-online.com.au/dir205/InvOnline.nsf
I'm at a higher elevation than before, at 630m ASL / 2067Ft, and it snows just down the road at Guyra (73km away).
anyway, I just thought I'd let you know.
I have a website too, with a weathercam, if you want to know what the weather is like here, it is North-West Slopes & Plains Regional Weather & Astronomy
I hope you enjoy it !!!!

:cheers: Cheer's, Mick Cole.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/04/2004 10:55

Hey Fotoflash! Great to hear from you again.
I checked out those sites and they are Really Good! Thanks! Inverell looks to be a nice town with great scenery. It looks like your temps and mine are (for the time being) fairly similar.

I'm familiar with Inverell as its mentioned on the Aus Daily Extremes site and its also the birthplace of the Aussie golfer, Steve Elkington.
Yes, I've heard about all the neat snow that Guyra cops in the Wintertime.

Have A Great One & Don't be a stranger!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Nullamanna WX

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/04/2004 22:40

Great stuff, David,
I'm glad you checked out the websites, unfortunately because of my work commitments, I'm not online as often as I'd like, but I try to get online when I can.
I hope you and your family, have a great spring and summer over there in Mena, Arkansas.

Cheer's,
Mick Cole.

P.S, I found a great old rail track so I'm going out looking for datenails over the weekend, I hope I'm lucky !!
Posted by: afalso01

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/04/2004 10:48

Do you live in the town where Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie stayed for a month? Did u get to meet them? What was the experience like?
Posted by: Canberra Weather

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/04/2004 14:10

Hello
Just answer afalso01 question.

This QUOTE from another post from The general board of this forum
Quote:
Originally posted by David Powell:
Hello Everyone: Glad you're liking the site!

@Weather Watcher: Yes, I've heard of "The Simple Life" program, but I've never watched it.


Enjoy!!!
Cheers~~~David Powell
ok
Posted by: supercell9

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/04/2004 20:17

This is on behalf of David Powell
Howdy folks!hers the previous weeks weather for Mena,Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH......LOW......RAIN
Apr..11..54F(12.2C)..44F(6.6C)..0.05"(1.2mm)
.....12..56F(13.3C)..43F(6.1C)..TRACE
.....13..57F(13.8C)..43F(6.1C)
.....14..69F(20.5C)..32F(0.0C)
.....15..73F(22.7C)..50F(10.0C)
.....16..77F(25.0C)..58F(14.4C)
.....17..82F(27.7C)..58F(14.4C)
A week with a fair warming trend.The later part of the week had gusty S/SW winds,The moisture carried by these winds made for cloudy mornings giving way to mostly sunny skies on the 16-17th.The rain was from leftover moisture from the passage of a Pacific cold front(on the 10th---as the tail end of this front moved fairly slow).Overall Low-abt.11:29P.M.-
listed for the 12th.
Hopefully I'll get my PC back(in shop for repairs)very soon.Have a great week!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
*************************
Posted by: supercell9

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/04/2004 21:54

This is on behalf of David Powell.

PREVIOUS WEEKS WEATHER FOR MENA ARKANSAW

DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Apr 18 74F/23.3C 61F/16.1C
19 69F/20.5C 62F/16.6C
20 67F/19.4C 59F/15.0C
21 75F/23.8C 63F/17.2C 0.50"(12.7mm)
22 79F/26.1C 55F/12.7C 1.50"(38.1mm)
23 78F/25.5C 65F/18.3C 0.05"(1.2mm)
24 69F/20.5C 61F/16.1C 3.35"(85.0mm)


A week of a cloudy,showery pattern as the jet stream has shifted and the stormtrack is near our area.Rain on 21-22 was from the proximity~~to our north~~ of a stationary front.Rain on the 23-34 was from the passage of a Pacific cold front(Passage on the 24th).The max on the 20th was achieved abt.4PM&abt.10.30P;The max on the 24th was achieved at 12.01AM&abt.5.37PM.Parts on NW Arkansas,NE Oklahoma ans SW Missouri had over 9"(230+mm)rain from the persistant t-storm activity from the 21-24th.Quite a lot of flood damage to rural country roads and bridges in NW Arkansas(esp Madison County).Low lying areas(esp near the white river in NE Arkansaw)remain inundated.Since Mena was south of the stationary front,We missed some of the heavy rain&t-storms.More T-storms are forecast for today(Thur Apr 29)through saturday.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: supercell9

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/04/2004 22:05

This is on behalf of David Powell.

PREVIOUS WEEKS WEATHER FOR MENA ARKANSAW

DATE HIGH LOW RAIN
Apr 18 74F/23.3C 61F/16.1C
19 69F/20.5C 62F/16.6C
20 67F/19.4C 59F/15.0C
21 75F/23.8C 63F/17.2C 0.50"(12.7mm)
22 79F/26.1C 55F/12.7C 1.50"(38.1mm)
23 78F/25.5C 65F/18.3C 0.05"(1.2mm)
24 69F/20.5C 61F/16.1C 3.35"(85.0mm)


A week of a cloudy,showery pattern as the jet stream has shifted and the stormtrack is near our area.Rain on 21-22 was from the proximity~~to our north~~ of a stationary front.Rain on the 23-34 was from the passage of a Pacific cold front(Passage on the 24th).The max on the 20th was achieved abt.4PM&abt.10.30P;The max on the 24th was achieved at 12.01AM&abt.5.37PM.Parts on NW Arkansas,NE Oklahoma ans SW Missouri had over 9"(230+mm)rain from the persistant t-storm activity from the 21-24th.Quite a lot of flood damage to rural country roads and bridges in NW Arkansas(esp Madison County).Low lying areas(esp near the white river in NE Arkansaw)remain inundated.Since Mena was south of the stationary front,We missed some of the heavy rain&t-storms.More T-storms are forecast for today(Thur Apr 29)through saturday.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/05/2004 15:09

Hello Everyone! Glad to be back on the air as I've been without use of my PC since April 18th as I had to put it into the shops for some major repairs.

Many Thanks to Supercell9 for posting for me.

Heres some weather numbers for April 2004 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 71.1F(21.7C)
Avg. Min.: 51.8F(11.0C)
Highest Max.: 82F(27.7C) Apr. 17
Lowest Min.: 32F(0.0C) Apr. 14
...Highest Min.: 65F(18.3C) Apr. 23
...Lowest Max.: 54F(12.2C) Apr. 11
Rain for April: 9.05"/230.0mm (+3.95"/+100.3mm)
10 raindays in April (This was our wettest month since Dec. 2000).
Rain for Year: 23.05"/585.4mm (+6.35"/+161.2mm)

As of Apr. 30th we've had over 14"/355+mm more rain in 2004 compared to the same time in 2003.
Marble-sized hail fell on Apr. 9-10th (which is likely the First-Ever Time that I've copped hail on back-to-back days!)
Polk County was under a Tornado Warning for a time on the 9th as 2 F0 tornadoes were detected to the SW and SE of Mena.

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Apr. 7th, 9-10th and 24th
Tornado Warning: Apr. 9th
Lake Wind Advisory: Apr. 18th, 20th & 28th
Tornado Watch: Apr. 21-22nd
Flash Flood Watch: Apr. 30th

Wishing ALL A Happy, Blessed, Prosperous & Safe Month of May (& A Most Happy Mothers' Day to ALL the Wonderful Moms out there!!!)
Yours~~~GLAD to be back!!!---David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/05/2004 15:35

*********
Addendum to above post: The temp data for April is for 27 days (out of town Apr. 1-3)
*********

Hello Wonderful People! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Apr...25..74F(23.3C)..53F(11.6C)..---
......26..74F(22.7C)..47F(8.3C)...---
......27..78F(25.5C)..42F(5.5C)...---
......28..78F(25.5C)..57F(13.8C)..---
......29..67F(19.4C)..58F(14.4C).0.05"(1.2mm)
......30..77F(25.0C)..60F(15.5C).0.60"(15.2mm)
May....1..63F(17.2C)..47F(8.3C)..0.70"(17.7mm)

A week with fairly above-average warmth with more rain on the weekend (of course...LOL!!!). The rain on Apr. 29th was from a moist SW airflow. The rain on Apr. 31-May 1st was from a Pacific cold front (passage on May 1st). Overall Low-abt. 11:52 P.M.-listed for Apr. 25th; Overall Low-abt. 11:19 P.M.-listed for May 1st.
I really need some dry days so I can mow our yard (before it turns into a hayfield...LOL). It's been so wet lately that I guess I should've planted our garden in rice!!! Thankfully, the forecasted possible flooding (Apr. 31-May 1st) never came to pass as the rain was fairly steady---our mountainous topography drains water fairly quick anyway. The upcoming week is forecasted for a nice warming trend with unseasonable warmth and not much in rainchances.

Have A Great Week Everyone!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/05/2004 04:55

Hello Awesome Friends! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.........HIGH........LOW........RAIN
May...2...69F(20.5C)...42F(5.5C)....---
......3...69F(20.5C)...38F*(3.3C)...---
......4...80F(26.6C)...49F(9.4C)....---
......5...80F(26.6C)...59F(15.0C)...---
......6...80F(26.6C)...57F(13.8C)...---
......7...80F(26.6C)...58F(14.4C)...---
......8...85F(29.4C)...61F(16.1C)...---

A dry and warm week. This was our first totally dry calendar week of 2004. I recorded 9 dry calendar weeks in 2003--Jan. 5-11, Jan. 19-25, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, Mar. 2-8, Mar. 23-29, May 25-31, Sep. 14-20, Sep. 21-27 and Sep. 28-Oct. 4th.
*=The 38F morning minimum on the 3rd was a Record Daily Low--breaking the prev rec min of 40F(4.4C) on that date in 1954.
It's been so mild that I even saw the first lightning bugs of the year on the night of the 5th. There is a more humid feel to the air as we are almost at the point of the year where we are dominated by the 3H's (Heat, Haze, Humidity).
The week was mostly cloud-free until the 8th as a ridge has camped out over us. It looks like the ridge will finally allow some better T-storm chances later on this week.Around this time of year--and through Summer--cold fronts have a fairly hard time making it this far south.

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/05/2004 04:37

Hello Again Awesome Friends! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE........HIGH.........LOW........RAIN
May....9...80F(26.6C)...67F(19.4C)..---
......10...80F(26.6C)...63F(17.2C)..---
......11...78F(25.5C)...67F(19.4C).0.40"(10.1mm)
......12...71F(21.6C)...64F(17.7C).0.10"(2.5mm)
......13...76F(24.4C)...59F(15.0C).0.50"(12.7mm)
......14...67F(19.4C)...56F(13.3C).0.05"(1.2mm)
......15...77F(25.0C)...56F(13.3C)..---

A week with a cloudy, showery pattern---a complete opposite of the previous week. The rain on the 11th was from an upper-level low (which passed to our South). The rain on the 12th-14th was from a very slow-moving Pacific cold front (passage on the 14th). The air had a very humid feel to it as the S/SW breezes are transporting copious amounts of Gulf of Mexico moisture over our area. Overall Low-abt. 10:12 P.M.-listed for the 13th; Overall Low-abt. 11:03 P.M.-listed for the 14th. Although the last few days had rain, overall we are below normal on rain so far this month. This next week looks for warm temps (max in the low-80sF/26+C) with very little rainchances.
It's a Wonderful time of year as the air is permeated with the smell of blooming honeysuckle vines and other flowering plants (it smells great virtually all over town).

Have A Great Week!
Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/05/2004 05:16

Hello Again, Wonderful Friends! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH.........LOW........RAIN
May...16..76F(24.4C)...59F(15.0C)..---
......17..81F(27.2C)...57F(13.8C)..---
......18..82F(27.7C)...67F(19.4C)..---
......19..82F(27.7C)...69F(20.5C)..---
......20..83F(28.3C)...67F(19.4C)..---
......21..84F(28.8C)...67F(19.4C)..---
......22..84F(28.8C)...69F(20.5C)..---

Another dry week as a Huge ridge is controlling the conditions in our area. Cold fronts usu don't make it this far south now, and our rain is supplemented by heating showers---there have been showers in parts of Arkansas, but they've missed us. Every day this week started off cloudy, giving way to humid p/c or mostly sunny PM hours. The rainstorm track around the Northern perimeter of the ridge--the so-called "Ring of Fire"--has brought persistent storms (tornadoes) and flooding to parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, etc.
We do have clouds and humidity, just nothing to trigger them off into showers. The outlook for next week calls for warm max temps (85+F/30+C) and minimal rainchances. We are being more and more controlled by the typical 3H's (heat/haze/humidity---although not much haze yet) as there is more of a Summertime feel to the air.

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/05/2004 17:40

Hello Friends! Heres a few websites which may interest you:

Here is a map of the US with various weather features depicted daily:
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/noaa/noaa.gif

For daily US Severe Weather Reports:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/ (Click on text of daily report, and you'll get a graphic depiction of that days' severe weather events [tornado, hail, wind] scroll down for text portion of the reports; at bottom, you can enter YYMMDD [ex. 000731=July 31, 2000] for archived data).

Heres another doppler radar which covers my area (Mena is marked on map):
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/radar/latest/DS.p19r0/sl.ksrx.shtml

Hope Ya'll Enjoy These!!!
Have An Awesome Week---Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 31/05/2004 06:41

Hello Again, Wonderful Friends! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE........HIGH......LOW..........RAIN
May..23..78F(25.5C)...69F(20.5C)...---
.....24..79F(26.1C)...68F(20.0C)...---
.....25..76F(24.4C)...70F(21.1C)...---
.....26..80F(26.6C)...67F(19.4C)...---
.....27..80F(26.6C)...68F(20.0C)..0.70"(17.7mm)
.....28..82F(27.7C)...64F(17.7C)..1.70"(43.1mm)
.....29..83F(28.3C)...67F(19.4C)...---

Another week of cloudy mornings, humid and giving way to partly cloudy or mostly sunny afternoons, with a fair bit of (S/SW) windyness. Overall Low-abt. 11:18 P.M.-listed for the 27th. Earlier in the week,there was a Stationary front to our north, but was too far away to give us any showers; the rain we did get was from an Upper-level Low (passage on the 28th). It was good to see the rain and hear the thunder again. Although, it looks like we'll end May with below-normal monthly rainfall. We're fixing to head into our drier months, so we'll take all the rain we can get. Because of the recent wetness our veggie garden is looking very nicely. Another week of many Severe weather reports in the US, with more to come. As I type, my county is in a Tornado Watch (for 3 more hours) and there is thunder in the distance (now, 3:40 PM, Sunday, May 30th)....so, I better get off of here!!!

Wishing ALL A Superb Week & Month of June!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/06/2004 14:25

Hello Wonderful Weather Friends: Heres some numbers on the weather for May 2004 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.:78.4F(25.7C)
Avg. Min.:61.2F(16.2C)
Highest Max.:85F(29.4C) May 8
Lowest Min.:38F*(3.3C) May 3
.....Highest Min.:71F(21.6C) May 30
.....Lowest Max.:63F(17.2C) May 1
Rain for May: 4.20"/106.6mm (-2.20"/-55.8mm)
8 Raindays in May
Rain for Year: 27.25"/692.1mm (+4.15"/+105.4mm)
*=This was a daily record minimum (breaking the old rec. min. for May 3rd of 40F in 1954).

Watches/Warnings for May:
Flash Flood Watch: May 1
Lake Wind Advisory: May 30
Tornado Watch: May 30

What a difference a year makes---As of May 31, we've had over twice as much rain compared to the same time in 2003.
So far---Thankfully---the nastiest Severe storms have missed us. It looks like the much warmer temperatures are about to be upon us---a max of 88F(31.1C), today June 1st.

Wishing All A Safe, Happy, Prosperous & Blessed Month of June!!!
Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 07/06/2004 05:13

Hello Wonderful Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH........LOW........RAIN
May...30..81F(27.2C)..71F(21.6C)..0.05"(1.2mm)
......31..83F(28.3C)..58F(14.4C)..---
June...1..88F(31.1C)..56F(13.3C)..---
.......2..87F(30.5C)..61F(16.1C)..0.90"(22.8mm)
.......3..81F(27.2C)..60F(15.5C)..---
.......4..80F(26.6C)..58F(14.4C)..0.10"(2.5mm)
.......5..75F(23.8C)..63F(17.2C)..0.05"(1.2mm)

A fairly active week weather-wise. The rain on the 30th was from passage of a Pacific cold front (the heavier rain split around us---another "Doughnut-hole" scenario); a Pacific cold front brought the rain on the 2nd; the rain on the 4th-5th was from the proximity of a Stationary front to our south.
I knew we were forecast for possible severe storms on the 2nd but I had no idea of what was fixing to hit us. I noticed bad-looking clouds to the North (beyond Rich Mountain) around 3:20 PM, then around 5:40 PM---WHAM!!! Fierce strong winds, heavy rain and bad lightning. Several trees were toppled in town (some streets blocked), there was damage to the roof of the HS gymnasium. Some parts of town lost power (I didn't) and Radio Station KENA was knocked off-the-air for a time. Thankfully there was no hail. Thankful also that I lost no trees, but I had a multitude of fallen limbs/branches/twigs to gather out of the yard; the winds also pushed our (3-foot high) cornstalks over.
You might want to check out the NOAA SPC Severe Storm Reports site and enter 040602 to get the storm data. It's neat to check out the damage reports as you can see the storms progression through Fort Smith, Huntington, Mansfield, Mena, DeQueen, Nashville, Prescott, Ashdown, Texarkana and towns in Louisiana and Texas. Most Thankful that we don't have winds like that very often. The stormfront had a massive bow-echo and moved from NW to SE (as you'll see depicted on the US map for that day), oddly there were NO tornadoes reported with this massive T-storm complex.
Overall Low-abt. 11:53 PM-listed for the 30th; Overall Low-abt. 10:05 PM-listed for the 2nd.

The webaddress for the SPC Severe Storm Reports site for June 2nd, is:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/040602_rpts.html

Wishing All A Wonderful Week!!!
Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/06/2004 05:35

Greetings Wonderful Friends!!!
Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Jun...6..80F(26.6C)...64F(17.7C)...---
......7..84F(28.8C)...70F(21.1C)..0.05"(1.2mm)
......8..81F(27.2C)...68F(20.0C)..0.65"(16.5mm)
......9..82F(27.7C)...67F(19.4C)..0.20"(5.0mm)
.....10..83F(28.3C)...70F(21.1C)..0.35"(8.8mm)
.....11..85F(29.4C)...72F(22.2C)...---
.....12..88F(31.1C)...72F(22.2C)...---

Another warm, very humid week. Although we have nearly 2 weeks of Spring left (Summer solstice begins June 19th), we are already in a Summer-like setup, as a large Bermuda High--wind moving clockwise in N. Hemisphere--has been pumping massive amounts of Gulf of Mexico moisture over parts of the Southern US (on breezy S/SW winds). The rain this week was due to heating (instability) showers. (Rain every day...sort of feels like the tropics...). I really don't mind the warmth, it's the nasty humidity that I can do without. Overall Low-abt. 11:56 P.M.-listed for the 8th. This time of year, since cold fronts usu don't make it this far south, our rains are primarily from those heating showers; we usu have an almost daily 20% chance of being hit with that type of rainshower.

Wishing ALL A Great Week (& Queens' B-day Holiday)!!!
Yours in Muggy Mena~~~David Powell
Posted by: Tornadosky

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/06/2004 19:02

David - I was wondering if you could advise us whether there are any really good weather forums in the USA similar to the Weatherzone forum we are on now? I tried to find them on the internet but I soon got lost amongst a maze of links. It would be great to be able to post to a good USA forum sometimes to ask about USA related weather matters or share experiences and views.
Regards, Tornadosky.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/06/2004 10:27

Hello Tornadosky: I've come across a few US Weather Message Boards. Since this board (Weatherzone) is the only one I'm familiar with, I don't really know about these sites, but here they are:

WeatherMatrix (US/Worldwide Forum):
http://www.weatherwatchers.org/ (Click on Forums)

Storm2k (US Message Board):
http://www.storm2k.org/phpbb2/viewforum.php?f=24

AmericasWeather (US Message Board, etc).
http://www.americasweather.com/ (Click on Message Board). This site has a great satellite (cloud) loop of the US.

Well, Good Buddy, I hope you find something you want with these sites.

Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Tornadosky

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/06/2004 18:56

Thanks David for taking the time to prepare these links to some USA weather forums - its appreciated - I will do some lurking and see which one is best for my purposes. I hope your warm weather is continuing - be thankful you are where you are even if it is a bit humid - south-eastern Australia is being flooded by a surge of extremely cold air (for Australia anyway) probably from somewhere near Antarctica by the feel of it. Definitely woollen underwear weather!
Regards, Tornadosky.
Posted by: Tez

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/06/2004 20:13

And we thought the drought in Aus. was bad.
Biggest in 500 years!!!! Copyright CNN.

Western drought worse than Dust Bowl
USGS: Water shortage could be severest in 500 years


LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) -- The drought gripping the West could be the biggest in 500 years, with effects in the Colorado River basin considerably worse than during the Dust Bowl years, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday.

"That we can now say with confidence," said Robert Webb, lead author of the new fact sheet. "Now I'm completely convinced."

The Colorado River has been in a drought for the entire decade, cutting an important source of water for millions of people across the West, including Southern California.

Environmental groups said the report reinforces the need to figure out a better way to manage the Colorado River before reservoirs run dry.

"The water managers, they just continue to pray for rain," said Owen Lammers, director of Living Rivers and Colorado Riverkeeper. "They just say, 'Well, we hope that things change and we see rain.' "

The report said the drought has produced the lowest flow in the Colorado River on record, with an adjusted annual average flow of only 5.4 million acre-feet at Lees Ferry, Arizona, during the period 2001-2003. By comparison, during the Dust Bowl years, between 1930 and 1937, the annual flow averaged about 10.2 million acre-feet, the report said.

Scientists use tree-ring reconstructions of Colorado River flows to estimate what conditions were like before record-keeping began in 1895. Using that method, the lowest five-year average of water flow was 8.84 million acre-feet in the years 1590-1594. From 1999 through last year, water flow has been 7.11 million acre-feet.

"These comparisons suggest that the current drought may be comparable to or more severe than the largest-known drought in 500 years," the report said.

The report said the river had its highest flow of the 20th century from 1905 to 1922, the years used to estimate how much water Western states would receive under the Colorado River Compact.

The 1922 compact should now be reconsidered because of the uncertain water flow, said Steve Smith, a regional director for the Wilderness Society.

The report did not surprise water managers.

Adan Ortega, spokesman for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, said the water district has been increasing water storage, buying water from farmers and investing in alternatives to the Colorado River.

"The big lesson is communities cannot afford to put all their eggs in the proverbial basket. You need ... a diverse portfolio of resources," Ortega said.

Herb Guenther, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, said the agency continues to plan for a lingering drought.

"It's serious, but the sky is not falling. Of course, we wish it would in the form of rain," he said.

Droughts seldom persist for longer than a decade, the report noted. But that could mean the current drought is only half over.

"If you're a betting person, you will bet that we will come out of this drought next year," Webb said. "It's a very severe event and these things tend to end fast. There are other indications, though, that suggest that this drought could persist for as long as 30 years.

"We don't really know."
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/06/2004 05:10

Hello Wonderful Folks! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.........HIGH.........LOW........RAIN
Jun....13..85F(29.4C)...72F(22.2C)...---
.......14..87F(30.5C)...65F(18.3C)...---
.......15..79F(26.1C)...66F(18.8C)..0.25"(6.3mm)
.......16..82F(27.7C)...68F(20.0C)..0.85"(21.5mm)
.......17..87F(30.5C)...69F(20.5C)...---
.......18..88F(31.1C)...69F(20.5C)...---
.......19..83F(28.3C)...69F(20.5C)..1.00"(25.4mm)

Another warm, humid and showery week. Today (Sunday, June 20th) is the Summer equinox here (first day of Summer). A tropical disturbance formed in the Gulf of Mexico, the system came ashore in SE Louisiana and drifted NW over our area and gave the rain on the 15th-16th; the passage of a late-season Canadian cold front gave the rain on the 19th. Daytime Low-abt. 3:16 PM-listed for the 19th.
More crazy weather as the seasons are changing: On the 19th, a few towns in the North broke daily record low minimums (led by 29F/-1.6C [48-state low temp] at Hibbing, Minnesota), meanwhile, quite a few towns in Alaska broke daily record high maximums (led by 89F/31.6C at Annette Island, Alaska).

Today (Sunday, June 20th) is also Fathers' Day in the US---so Happy Fathers' Day to all the Wonderful Dads out there!!!

Have A Great Week!!!
Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/06/2004 11:38

Hello Wonderful Friends:
Heres some weather numbers for Spring (Mar. 20th-June 19th=92 days) 2004:
(* temperature data for 87 days---out of town from Mar. 30th-April 3rd).

Avg. Max.: 76.0F(24.4C)
Avg. Min.: 58.4F(14.6C)
Highest Max.: 88F(31.1C) June 1st, 12th and 18th
Lowest Min.: 32F(0.0C) April 14th
...Lowest Max.: 54F(12.2C) April 11th
...Highest Min.: 72F(22.2C) June 11th, 12th and 13th
32 raindays in Spring.
Rain for Spring: 18.35"/466.0mm (+1.95"/+49.5mm)

Wishing ALL A Marvelous Week & Month of June/July!!!
Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/06/2004 10:34

Hello Wonderful Folks! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Jun..20..82F(27.7C)...66F(18.8C)...---
.....21..82F(27.7C)...66F(18.8C)..0.15"(3.8mm)
.....22..76F(24.4C)...65F(18.3C)..2.80"(71.1mm)
.....23..82F(27.7C)...67F(19.4C)..0.05"(1.2mm)
.....24..82F(27.7C)...67F(19.4C)...---
.....25..84F(28.8C)...67F(19.4C)...---
.....26..80F(26.6C)...65F(18.3C)...---

Well, another week of MOTS (More Of The Same) as we continue to be stuck in a warm, humid and showery regime. The rain on the 21st was due to heating, the passage of a late-season Canadian cold front dumped the rain on the 22nd and 23rd (passage on the 22nd), a dry (showers in area, but I copped no rain) Canadian cold front passed on the 26th. These fronts became Stationary just to our south, acting as a trigger for more showers. Overall Low-abt. 10:15 P.M.-listed for the 21st. The Summer Solstice arrived on the 20th (which also was Fathers' Day in the US). This rainfall keeps the veg garden in good shape and keeps me on the lawn mower!!!

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/07/2004 11:32

Hello Wonderful Folks:
Heres some weather numbers for June, 2004 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 82.2F(27.8C)
Avg. Min.: 66.2F(19.0C)
Highest Max.: 88F(31.1C) June 1, 12 & 18
Lowest Min.: 56F(13.3C) June 1
...Lowest Max.: 74F(23.3C) June 30
...Highest Min.: 72F(22.2C) June 11, 12 & 13
Rain for June: 8.25"/209.5mm (+3.75"/+95.2mm)
15 raindays for June (the most raindays in a month since at least before 1992)
Rain for Year: 35.50"/901.7mm (+7.90"/+200.6mm)

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: June 2
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: June 2 & 19
Flash Flood Warning: June 19
Flash Flood Watch: June 21-22

For the month of June, we've been stuck in a warm, humid, mostly cloudy and showery weather regime. The combination of stalled fronts, heating and vast amounts of Gulf moisture have kept us fairly wet. The rains are great for our garden, but I've really had to mow quite a lot lately. The air really has a "tropical" feel to it. I live around a mile to the NNW from Radio Station KENA, and they recorded only 3.90"/99mm rain for June---less than half of what I copped. I surely wish that I could send ya'll some of our rainfall. Houston, Texas copped over 18"/457+mm rain in June!!!

Wishing ALL A Happy, Safe, Blessed & Prosperous Month of July!!!
Take Care~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/07/2004 06:27

************
Addendum to above post:
The 15 Raindays in June were the most raindays in a month since April, 1990 (15 raindays).
It's already rained both days in July so far.

Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/07/2004 04:04

Hello Wonderful Weather Friends! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Jun...27..75F(23.8C)...64F(17.7C)..0.10"(2.5mm)
......28..83F(28.3C)...66F(18.8C)...---
......29..82F(27.7C)...67F(19.4C)..0.20"(5.0mm)
......30..74F(23.3C)...68F(20.0C)..0.60"(15.2mm)
Jul....1..84F(28.8C)...69F(20.5C)..0.05"(1.2mm)
.......2..80F(26.6C)...70F(21.1C)..0.05"(1.2mm)
.......3..87F(30.5C)...70F(21.1C)..3.50"(88.9mm)

A very wet and humid week. The rain on June 27th was from the proximity of a Stationary front to our south; heating showers in the warm/humid airmass gave the rain from June 29th-July 2nd; an upper-level low gave us the dousing in an early A.M. T-storm on July 3rd. It's been so wet lately that our yard almost looks like a hayfield...lol. Well, I'll take this rain instead of a heatwave/drought anyday. The forecast for the upcoming days is for drier and warmer conditions. This truly has been one of the wettest times that I can remember, as it has rained 3 out of the 4 days in July also (which makes 18 raindays in the past 32 days). I know that this doesn't sound like much, but I'm NOT in a tropical locality.

Well, today is the July 4th holiday in the US, aka Independence Day; we in the US commemorate that day--July 4th--in 1776 when the Colonies declared Independence from Great Britain, and as you can imagine, a plethora of fireworks will be shot off countrywide tonight.
For more info on the US 4th of July Holiday:
http://www.wilstar.com/holidays/july4.htm (scroll down for more links).
For a History of Holidays:
http://www.billpetro.com/HolidayHistory/ (scroll down for more links).
Enjoy!!! cool

Wishing ALL A Wonderful Week!!!
Take Care~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 12/07/2004 04:58

Hello Wonderful Folks! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Jul...4..85F(29.4C)..70F(21.1C)..---
......5..85F(29.4C)..73F(22.7C)..---
......6..85F(29.4C)..73F(22.7C)..---
......7..83F(28.3C)..67F(19.4C).0.65"(16.5mm)
......8..88F(31.1C)..65F(18.3C).0.40"(10.1mm)
......9..85F(29.4C)..67F(19.4C)..---
.....10..87F(30.5C)..69F(20.5C)..---

Another sultry and humid week. The passage of a late-season Canadian cold front gave the rain on the 7th; this front became Stationary to our south and triggered a heating shower on the 8th. Daytime Low-abt. 12:21 P.M.-listed for the 7th. It finally got hot enough (without raining) for me to finally go swimming-for the first time this year-on Saturday (the 10th). We also had a Heat Index on Saturday of around 95-100F(35-37+C). This time of year, our average max. is 89F(31.6C) with an average minimum of 67F(19.4C).
The temperatures are finally feeling more Summerlike. Bring It On!!!
Maximums in the 90sF(32+C) are forecast for the upcoming week, with our average daily 20% chance of a heating shower.

Have A Great Week!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/07/2004 04:46

Greetings Everyone:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE........HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Jul...11...88F(31.1C)...69F(20.5C)...---
......12...88F(31.1C)...71F(21.6C)...---
......13...92F(33.3C)...69F(20.5C)...---
......14...94F(34.4C)...70F(21.1C)...---
......15...94F(34.4C)...72F(22.2C)...---
......16...91F(32.7C)...70F(21.1C)...---
......17...89F(31.6C)...74F(23.3C)...---

Well! When the conditions decided to turn Summerlike---boy, did it: We now have maximum temps in the 90sF+(32+C) and---after 15 raindays in June---we're now in our 10th consecutive rainless day. We were in a Heat Advisory for a couple days this week as the Heat Index was nearing 105F(40.5C). A dry (showers to our East & South) Canadian cold front passed on the 17th.
I really enjoy the warmth (swimming) but certainly NOT the high humidity. We're in the Dog Days of Summer and it really feels like it; although I would like to be in Aus-land to experience some of your good snowfalls.

Have A Great Week & Take Care~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 26/07/2004 11:47

Hello Again, Wonderful Folks! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW..........RAIN
Jul...18..83F(28.3C)..67F(19.4C)...---
......19..86F(30.0C)..60F(15.5C)...---
......20..89F(31.6C)..66F(18.8C)...---
......21..88F(31.1C)..70F(21.1C)...---
......22..90F(32.2C)..67F(19.4C)...---
......23..91F(32.7C)..70F(21.1C)...---
......24..84F(28.8C)..70F(21.1C)..0.30"(7.6mm)

A fairly humid week with upward trending temperatures. A late-season Canadian cold front passage gave the rain on the 24th. The latter part of the week had showers nearby, but they missed us (On Friday the 23rd, I was swimming at a friends' pool in Acorn---a community just north of Mena---when a brief rainshower hit. The shower was around 15 minutes in length, but Mena missed out). Hopefully, we'll get some substantial rain to avoid any possible citywide/countywide Burn Ban. More crazy weather: on Saturday the 24th, Denver, Colorado had a record Low Maximum (For the date) of 58F/14.4C, while localities in the Pacific Northwest set Record Maximums (for the date= 102F/38.8C in Portland, Oregon; 96F/35.5C in Seattle, Washington, etc.). The Canadian air dropped the Minimum (US 48-state Minimum)down to a cool 33F/0.5C in Hibbing, Minnesota.

Have A Great Week!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/08/2004 04:53

Greetings Friends!!! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE........HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Jul....25...76F(24.4C)..65F(18.3C)..0.05"(1.2mm)
.......26...73F(22.7C)..61F(16.1C)..---
.......27...82F(27.7C)..54F*(12.2C).---
.......28...82F(27.7C)..58F(14.4C)..---
.......29...82F(27.7C)..66F(18.8C)..0.30"(7.6mm)
.......30...84F(28.8C)..68F(20.0C)..---
.......31...90F(32.2C)..63F(17.2C)..---

A week with a couple of un-Summerlike days at the start. Rain on 25th was lingering moisture after previous days' cold front passage. Rain on 29th was ahead of a Canadian cold front (passage on the 30th). Overall Low-abt. 8:19 P.M.-listed for the 25th; Overall Low-abt. 11:53 P.M.-listed for the 26th.
*=This broke a Daily Record Low Minimum (old rec. min. for date was 59F/15C in 1996).
The temperatures this week are forecasted to be back to normals, so our respite from the hotter (and more humid) conditions is over.

Wishing ALL An Awesome Week!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/08/2004 06:53

Hello Folks: Heres some weather numbers for July 2004 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 85.9F(29.9C)
Avg. Min.: 67.5F(19.7C)
Highest Max.: 94F(34.4C) July 14th & 15th
Lowest Min.: 54F*(12.2C) July 27th
....Highest Min.: 74F(23.3C) July 17th
....Lowest Max.: 73F(22.7C) July 26th
Rain for July: 5.30"/134.6mm (+0.40"/+10.1mm)
8 Raindays in July
Rain for Year: 40.80"/1,036.3mm (+8.30"/+210.8mm)
*=This was a Daily Record Low Minimum (old rec. min. for date was 59F/15C in 1996).
Compared to this time in 2003, we've had 14"(355+mm) more rain this year.
I wish I could send some of our excess rain to you.
What a difference---15 raindays in June, then a 15 consecutive day rainless stretch in July!!!
Days, Maximums 90+F(32.2+C): 7
On some days, the high humidity gave us Heat Index values of 100-105F(37+C-40+C).

Watches/Warnings for July:
Flash Flood Watch: July 2
Flash Flood Warning: July 3
Heat Advisory: July 13 & 14

Wishing ALL A Safe, Happy, Prosperous & Blessed Month of August!!!
Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/08/2004 04:43

Greetings Wonderful Folks: Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.........LOW........RAIN
Aug....1..92F(33.3C)..73F(22.7C)..---
.......2..94F(34.4C)..67F(19.4C)..---
.......3..96F(35.5C)..67F(19.4C)..---
.......4..93F(33.8C)..68F(20.0C)..---
.......5..90F(32.2C)..74F(23.3C)..---
.......6..83F(28.3C)..63F(17.2C)..---
.......7..86F(30.0C)..59F(15.0C)..---

A week with a hot start and a cooler ending. A Canadian cold front passed through (we missed the rain again) on the 5th. The morning low on the 7th was only 3 degrees F above the record low for the date. The lower humidities were very refreshing as there was a hint of Autumn (Fall) in the air. But...I'm loving these warm temperatures and I'm not ready for Fall yet. The dryness has caused the lawn grass to start turning brown and I'm watering the tomato plants (in our veggie garden) every other evening. We are forecasted for a gradual warm-up with a fair rainchance(30-40%) in the next few days.

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Tez

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/08/2004 10:46

David,
Lets hope you get some rain shortly. When is your main wet season?
Tez
Posted by: David

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/08/2004 14:23

Hi David

it is always really interesting to hear what is happening in your part of the world.

Do you know of any links for USA summer thunderday records because I would like to see if their is some link between your thunderdays and ours.

Thanks

David smile
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/08/2004 07:18

Hello Tez: Well our main wet season are our Spring months of March, April and May: Mena's average monthly rainfall breaks down thusly:
January...2.70"/68.5mm....February...3.60"/91.4mm
March...5.30"/134.6mm....April...5.10"/129.5mm
May...6.40"/162.5mm....June...4.50"/114.3mm
July...4.90"/124.4mm....August...2.70"/68.5mm
September...3.80"/96.5mm....October...5.10"/129.5mm
November...4.90"/124.4mm....December...4.30"/109.2mm

Yearly Average: 53.30"/1,353.8mm, or an average of 4.44"/112.7mm per month.
May is the wettest average month and January & August are the driest average months.

Thanks for your rain wishes. We are likely to get rain in a couple days as a Canadian cold front approaches.
**************************
Greetings David:
Unfortunately I couldn't find any T-storm/Lightning US maps just for the Summer period.

I can tell you this--According to the 1995 USA Today Weather Almanac---I live in the part of the US that averages between 40-59 Thunderstorm days per year.
In Summer (June 21-September 22) 2003, I recorded 14 Thunder days and I recorded 40 Thunder days in all of 2003. (I only record thunder days if I receive rainfall, if I hear thunder and miss the rain, I don't record it---but that doesn't happen often).
Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

Best Wishes~~~David Powell
P.S. In Summer 2003, I recorded Thunder days on: June 30, July 3, 10, 12, 13, 19 & 29th, August 1, 3, 11, 26 & 29th, September 1, & 11th.
Earliest Thunderday in 2003: March 13th
Latest Thunderday in 2003: December 22nd
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/08/2004 11:45

Hello Folks: Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas (sorry for the delay---my PC was in the shop, getting a new harddrive).

DATE........HIGH.........LOW..........RAIN
Aug......8..87F(30.5C)...58F(14.4C)...---
.........9..91F(32.7C)...68F(20.0C)...---
........10..92F(33.3C)...63F(17.2C)...---
........11..73F(22.7C)...59F(15.0C)..0.20"/5.0mm
........12..78F(25.5C)..*52F(11.1C)...---
........13..80F(26.6C)..^51F(10.5C)...---
........14..83F(28.3C)..~51F(10.5C)...---

This week had a warm start and a coolish Autumn-like finish. The rain was from the passage of a fairly potent Canadian cold front. The drier air made for some fairly nice diurnal temperature spreads. Overall High--12:01 A.M. and Overall Low--abt. 11:05 P.M.---listed for the 11th.
*=52F/11.1C low on the 12th, Tied the Daily Record Low Minimum (tying 52F/11.1C for date set in 1967.)
^=51F/10.5C low on the 13th, Tied the Daily Record Low Minimum (tying 51F/10.5C for date set in 1967.)
~=51F/10.5C low on the 14th Is A Daily Record Low Minimum (broke old record minimum for the date of 52F/11.1C set in 1967.)
The air definitely fell Autumn-like. The dryness is also causing some trees to shed their leaves.

As of today (Thursday August 19th), a couple inches of SNOW has fallen on Pikes Peak, Colorado and there are Frost Advisories for Northern parts of Minnesota. Some trees in the Northern US are already changing colors---and we're still in Summer!!!
Today (August 19th) is also the first day of the new school year for the local kids.
Today is also Mena's Birthday---on this day in 1896 the first train (Kansas City, Pittsburg & Gulf RR, now the Kansas city Southern RR) came through town.
HAPPY 108TH BIRTHDAY MENA!!!
We're also getting some good rain (& thunder) today, with more to come---Bring It On!!!

Have A Great Week & Take Care!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/08/2004 11:28

Hello Wonderful Folks!!! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.........HIGH..........LOW........RAIN
Aug....15...82F(27.7C)...56F(13.3C)...---
.......16...85F(29.4C)...62F(16.6C)...---
.......17...90F(32.2C)...61F(16.1C)...---
.......18...91F(32.7C)...66F(18.8C)...---
.......19...78F(25.5C)...68F(20.0C)..0.50"/12.7mm
.......20...80F(26.6C)...68F(20.0C)..0.25"/6.3mm
.......21...85F(29.4C)...64F(17.7C)...---

Another week with a warm start and cooler finish. The rain was from a Canadian cold front (passage on the 20th). It seems we're in a pattern with mid-week passages of cold fronts. The rain was surely a sight as per the recent dryness; it was good to hear thunder again.

This is shaping up to be sort of a strange Summer: In August (as of Aug. 22nd), we've had 7 mornings with minimums of below 60F/15.5C; In 2003, we didn't have a morning minimum below 60F from June 28th-September 4th. In 2004 (so far), we've had 16 days of maximums of 90F+/32.2C+; by August 22nd, 2003, we'd had 30 days of maximums of 90F+. A deep Southerly dip in the Jet Stream seems to be the cause.
At this rate, it looks like we're going to have an early Fall (Autumn)....oh well, Bring on (High School/College/NFL) Gridiron Season!!!

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/08/2004 03:43

Greetings Friends: Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas.

DATE........HIGH..........LOW.........RAIN
Aug...22...86F(30.0C)....69F(20.5C)...---
......23...84F(28.8C)....71F(21.6C)..0.10/2.5mm
......24...88F(31.1C)....74F(23.3C)...---
......25...89F(31.6C)....76F(24.4C)...---
......26...89F(31.6C)....76F(24.4C)...---
......27...93F(33.8C)....76F(24.4C)...---
......28...83F(28.3C)....72F(22.2C)..0.55"/13.9mm

This week, conditions returned to more Summer-like warmth; with higher humidities and a Heat Index of 100F+(38C+). The mornings started off cloudy, giving way to partly cloudy/mostly sunny afternoons, with a warm/humid S/SW breeze. Rain on the 23rd was from a heating shower; the passage of a Canadian cold front gave the rain on the 28th. Overall Low-abt. 11:28 P.M.-listed for the 28th.
It's still amazing to me as to the number of Canadian cold fronts which have been strong enough to push this far south this time of year. Hopefully, this won't mean that we'll have a brutal Winter.

Wishing ALL A Bonzer Week!!!
Yours~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/09/2004 07:50

Hello Wonderful Friends:

Here are some figures for August, 2004 weather in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 86.0F(30.0C)
Avg. Min.: 64.8F(18.2C)
Highest Max.: 96F(35.5C) August 3rd
Lowest Min.: 51F(10.5C) August 13 & 14th
...Lowest Max.: 73F(22.7C) August 11th
...Highest Min.: 76F(24.4C) August 25, 26 & 27th
Rain for August: 1.60"/40.6mm (-1.10"/-27.9mm)
5 raindays in August.
Rain for Year: 42.40"/1,076.9mm (+7.20"/+182.8mm)

Watches/Warnings for August:
Heat Advisory: August 4th

It's sort of a strange (cool) Summer so far:
In August, we had 9 mornings with minimums below 60F/15.5C; In 2003, we didn't have a morning minimum below 60F from June 29-September 4th.
Also:
In 2004 (as of August 31), we've had 17 days with maximums of 90F or above(32.2C+); By August 31 in 2003, we'd had 36 days with maximums of 90F or above.

Wishing ALL A Safe, Happy, Prosperous & Blessed Month of September!!!

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Tez

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/09/2004 09:32

Hi Wet Snow. Are the trees in your area starting to colour up yet with your Fall? I usually find if it's been dry the trees usually colour and leaf drop early. Orange is known as the City of colour because of the number of trees. It is a very colourful.
Thanks
Terry
Posted by: Tim S

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/09/2004 10:19

Quote:
Orange is known as the City of colour because of the number of trees
There could be another reason why its known as the city of colour wink laugh
Posted by: Tez

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/09/2004 11:18

The residents are very happy colourful people.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/09/2004 11:51

Hello Tez:
Some tree leaves are turning brown (and falling off) due to the dryness (grass is turning more brown).

In the US, the Autumn Equinox arrives this year (2004) on September 22nd.
The trees in our area don't start to turn colors until mid-October into November. I've noticed that if this period is fairly dry, that the colors are somewhat duller.
Quite a few tour buses come through with people "leaf looking". Like Spring, Fall is truly a Beautiful time of the year.

Have A Good One!!!
Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/09/2004 03:42

Hello Folks: Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Aug..29..84F(28.8C)...66F(18.8C)..---
.....30..86F(30.0C)...56F(13.3C)..---
.....31..85F(29.4C)...56F(13.3C)..---
Sep...1..84F(28.8C)...58F(14.4C)..---
......2..85F(29.4C)...59F(15.0C)..---
......3..85F(29.4C)...61F(16.1C)..---
......4..86F(30.0C)...68F(20.0C)..---

We're in a stable weather pattern with fairly similar daytime highs. The last few days started out cloudy, giving way to partly cloudy/mostly sunny afternoons with S/SW breezes. Typical late Summer (Fall arrives Sept. 22nd) weather; sure wish we could find some rain somewhere. Some trees leaves are turning yellow and falling off due to the lack of rain. Oh well, I haven't had to mow lately!!! It mustn't be THAT dry as we're not in a Burnban yet.

Well (DROOL) this weekend is the opening regular season for (High School/College) Gridiron Football (the NFL starts next week). I could watch Football 24/7...drool...
In Gridiron Action:
On Thursday night (my college alma mater) Henderson State U. Reddies were defeated by Stephen F. Austin U. Statesmen by a score of 30-14. On Friday night (my highschool alma mater) my Mena Bearcats were defeated by the Booneville Bearcats(18-pt. favorite) by 39-17 (BHS usu always is a perennial powerhouse and thrashes Mena; in this game, Mena had a 7-0 lead and trailed only 13-10 at halftime; Mena trailed only 20-17 entering the 4th quarter, but BHS score 3 touchdowns [TDs] in the quarter to pull away).
On Saturday night, my beloved U. of Arkansas Razorbacks (in front of a home crowd of 70,110) defeated the New Mexico State U. Aggies by a score of 63-13. UA was a 21-pt. favorite and led 42-7 at halftime.
Henderson State U. (Arkadelphia, Arkansas) is in the NAIA's Gulf South conference.
Mena High is in Arkansas' 7AAA conference.
U. of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Arkansas)is in NCAAs (Div. I) Southeastern Conference (West Division).

I love football, but a BIG problem I have is trying to watch 3-4 football games at the same time laugh

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/09/2004 03:55

Greetings Friends! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE........HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Sep...5...87F(30.5C)....68F(20.0C)...---
......6...80F(26.6C)....68F(20.0C)..0.05"/1.2mm
......7...84F(28.8C)....60F(15.5C)...---
......8...82F(27.7C)....53F(11.6C)...---
......9...85F(29.4C)....51F(10.5C)...---
.....10...86F(30.0C)....55F(12.7C)...---
.....11...87F(30.5C)....52F(11.1C)...---

Rain (again, most of it missed me) was from passage of a Pacific cold front. Otherwise, a mostly tranquil week, with a few clouds and---after the cold front passage---a couple days of breezy N/NW winds. Rain would definitely be a very welcome sight, but none is in the forecast for the next few days. Mabye the people in Florida could send us some of their excess rainfall. We're in a stretch of unremarkable weather conditions as the Summertime winds down. The dryness is causing more tree leaves to turn yellow; I've seen a couple trees whose leaves were almost all completely yellow. I know our "little" stretch of dryness would be no great shakes for most of Aus-land, but I live in a rather wet area of Arkansas.
*******
In gridiron action:
On Friday night, my Mena Bearcats traveled 30miles/48+kms north on US Hwy 71 to the county seat of Scott County and defeated the Waldron Bulldogs by a score of 34-7. MHS (14-pt favorite) is ranked #34 in AAA, WHS is ranked #47 in AAA.
[For athletics in Arkansas, High School classification is based on school enrollment. The classifications (for gridiron) in Arkansas (from biggest to smallest schools) is Class AAAAA, AAAA, AAA and AA. 32 schools are in AAAAA, 32 in AAAA, 64 in AAA and 66 in AA. There are different Districts in each Classification (based on geography). Mena is in District 7AAA)].
On Saturday, the Henderson State U. Reddies (in Gulf South Conf. play) at home (Carpenter-Hagood Stadium) were defeated by the Arkansas Tech Wonder
Boys by a score of 40-14.
On Saturday night (an ESPN televised game) in front of a record home crowd of 75,671, my U of Arkansas Razorbacks were defeated by long-time rival, U of Texas Longhorns by a score of 22-20. UT (11-pt favorite) is ranked #8 in the College Football Top 25 poll. A heartbreaking loss as UA rallied from 9-0 and 16-7 deficits to lead 17-16 at half. Especially bitter was when our Quarterback (QB) Matt Jones was scrambling upfield (with 2:42 left 4th Quarter)and fumbled the ball away on the UT 8-yard line---when it looked for all the world like the Razorbacks were setting up for a least a possible game-winning Field Goal (FG).

Henderson State U. nickname is Reddies. What's a Reddie? You can find out at:
http://www.hsu.edu/dept/ath/temp_whatareddie.html

Have A Great Week!!!
Yours~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/09/2004 15:27

P.S. For those of you who would like more info on US Gridiron football, you can visit:
http://www.football.com/rulesandinfo.shtml

Enjoy!!!
Have A Fantastic Week!!!
Yours~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/09/2004 03:50

Greetings! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Sep...12..89F(31.6C)..58F(14.4C)..---
......13..90F(32.2C)..60F(15.5C)..---
......14..87F(30.5C)..72F(22.2C)..---
......15..85F(29.4C)..72F(22.2C)..---
......16..90F(32.2C)..62F(16.6C)..Trace
......17..93F(33.8C)..65F(18.3C)..---
......18..90F(32.2C)..64F(17.7C)..---

A warm and very dry last full week of Summer. Light sprinkles as a weak Pacific cold front passed through on the 16th. Since Tuesday, we're under a citywide/countywide burnban as the drought index is near 700. Most yards have very brown grass and more trees leaves' are turning yellow also quite a few leaves have fallen. It already looks like mid-to-late Autumn here. Hopefully a cold front will give us better rainchances by mid-week. The last few mornings started out cloudy giving way to p/c or mostly sunny skies in the PM hours. Unfortunately, my area got NIL effects from the recent landfalling Hurricanes. At least the warm weather is still here.
********
In gridiron action: Friday night the Mena Bearcats traveled east to the Garland County city of Hot Springs to play the Lakeside HS Rams, in the Bearcats final non-conference game. Lakeside is a AAAA team and was a 6-pt favorite. MHS looked good on its opening possession, driving the ball downfield, but losing a fumble on LHS' 12-yard line. It was all downhill from there as the larger Lakeside team coasted to a 27-7 win. Mena averted a shutout--after recovering a fumble on a Lakeside punt return--scoring a Touchdown (+extra point) with 1:16 left 4th Quarter. Next week Mena opens Conf. 7AAA play by hosting perennial powerhouse Nashville.
On Saturday evening, the Henderson State Reddies hosted #22 ranked U. of Central Arkansas Bears. The Bears proved to be rude guests, trouncing HSU by a 55-12 count. It looks like it may be a looonnnggg season for HSU so far.
On Saturday night, the U. of Arkansas Razorbacks played their final non-conference game by hosting the U. of Louisiana-Monroe Indians (UL-M was formerly known as Northeast Louisiana U.) The game was played at the UA's other home field: War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock (attendance 55,652). [UA usu plays 2 home games each year in LR, the other home games being played on-campus at Reynolds Razorback Stadium]. UL-M put up a good fight, but UA (31-pt favorites) prevailed in the end by a 49-20 count. UA opens SEC conf. play next week hosting the U. of Alabama.

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!

Yours~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/09/2004 10:20

Hello Wonderful Friends:

Heres some numbers for Summer (June 20-Sept. 21) 2004 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 85.3F(29.6C)
Avg. Min.: 65.0F(18.3C)
Highest Max.: 96F(35.5C) August 3rd
Lowest Min.: 51F*(10.5C) August 13th, 14th and Sept. 9th
...Highest Min.: 76F(24.4C) August 25th & 26th
...Lowest Max.: 73F(22.7C) July 26th & August 11th
Rain for Summer: 10.75"/273mm (-1.90"/-48.7mm)
19 raindays in Summer (only 1 rainday in last 24 days)

*The 51F/10.5C minimum on August 13th tied the daily low minimum record (tying 51F/10.5C record for date set in 1967).
*The 51F/10.5C minimum on August 14th was a new daily record low minimum (broke old record for date of 52F/11.1C set in 1967).

A somewhat cooler Summer as we had only 19 days of 90F+(32.2C+) maximums; we had 35 days of 90F+ maximums in Summer 2003.

As of last Tuesday, we're in a citywide/countywide burnban as the Drought Index is near 700. The dryness is causing many trees leaves to turn yellow/brown/red and quite a few trees are shedding their leaves. Virtually every lawn is very brown looking. It looks more like late-October/early November than late September. Bring on the Rain!!!

Wishing ALL A Great Aussie Spring!!!
(Any raindances would be Greatly Appreciated!)
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/09/2004 10:22

OOPS!!! Double post.
Posted by: Thunderstorm Liker

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/09/2004 19:56

Welcome David, you have a pretty good climate over there and we having rain,precipitation and Thunderstorms Season in October and you pretty welcome to post messages about our climate and weather and feel free to look all post messages and National Weather Forecast.

if you want to feel free to look at the forecasts
==================================================

QLD: http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/qld/forecasts.shtml


NSW:
http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/nsw/forecasts.shtml

ACT:
http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/act/forecasts.shtml
(Click - Australian Capital Territory Forecast)

VIC:
http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/vic/forecasts.shtml

TAS:
http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/tas/forecasts.shtml
(Click - Tasman Towns & Cities Forecast)

SA:
http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/sa/forecasts.shtml

WA:
http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/wa/forecasts.shtml

NT:
http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/nt/forecasts.shtml
(Click - Darwin & Rual Area Forecast)

Cheers.

Michael :cheers:
Posted by: Thunderstorm Liker

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/09/2004 19:57

Click Northern Territory Forecast with the NT Forecast.

Michael
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/09/2004 02:54

Thanks Michael: Quite a lot of wonderful information on those sites.

I sort of wish I was in Aus-land as ya'll are looking forward to warmer weather, while I'm looking at progressively cooler weather.

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Thunderstorm Liker

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/09/2004 14:22

Hey David,

We have a pretty good Weather and your weather will be nice with your autumn and we have spring over here and Brisbane will get into the high 80's and Low 90's


and even i like your country climate

Michael Mark Rampton
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/09/2004 04:10

Hello Friends! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE........HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Sep...19...89F(31.6C)..63F(17.2C)...---
......20...85F(29.4C)..53F(11.6C)...---
......21...86F(30.0C)..59F(15.0C)...---
......22...85F(29.4C)..54F(12.2C)...---
......23...88F(31.1C)..59F(15.0C)...---
......24...80F(26.6C)..62F(16.6C)...---
......25...80F(26.6C)..59F(15.0C)...---

Another dry week with warm temperatures, the last few days started out cloudy with p/c afternoons. Autumn arrived on the 22nd. A dry (the rain missed us again)Pacific cold front slid through on the 24th. Overall Low-abt. 11:41 P.M.-listed for the 24th. It's been quite a while since I've seen it this dry here. (We were never in a burnban for the entire summer of 2003). We were forecasted for up to an inch (25+mm) rain as the front came through on the 24th, but the rain avoided my area; even the remnants (northern rainband)of Tropical Storm Ivan missed us to the SE. It'll take a stronger cold front to give us some wet relief. I'm kind of sad to see that the nighttime hours are now longer than the daytime hours.
**********
In Gridiron action:
On Friday night, Mena hosted the powerful Nashville Scrappers (opening Conf. 7AAA play). Even though Mena was at home, Nashville was an 18-pt favorite. NHS is ranked #8 in AAA, Mena is #36 in AAA. Mena blocked a Scrapper punt leading to a short TD drive to take a 6-0 lead. (Mena's 2nd TD was another short drive set up by another blocked punt). But NHS size and speed soon prevailed as they won by a 41-18 margin. MHS has some trouble with teams that have (fast/quick) black players. Next week Mena travels south to take on long-time rival DeQueen. For MANY (30+) years, Mena opened the season by playing DeQueen (then a non-conference game).
On Saturday, Henderson State traveled to Cleveland, Mississippi to take on the Delta State U. Statesmen. DSU is ranked #11 in NAIA. The Statesmen thrashed HSU by a 56-34 score. (NAIA=Nat. Assoc. of Intercollegiate Athletics=Smaller colleges).
On Saturday afternoon, the U of Arkansas Razorbacks opened SEC Conf. play by hosting the U. of Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama has a very good defense (esp against the run) and Arkansas held a slim 14-10 lead at halftime. The contest continued to be a nail-biter until the Razorbacks (5 1/2-pt favorites) scored a couple of TDs late in the 4th quarter to take a 27-10 win. The U Arkansas' 3 October games will be acid tests=playing at the U of Florida, playing at Auburn University and a home game against the U of Georgia.

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/10/2004 10:13

Hello Wonderful Friends!

Heres some numbers for September, 2004 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 85.7F(29.8C)
Avg. Min.: 59.5F(15.2C)
Highest Max.: 93F(33.8C) September 17th
Lowest Min.: 51F(10.5C) September 9th
...Highest Min.: 72F(22.2C) September 14th & 15th
...Lowest Max.: 80F(26.6C) September 24th & 25th
Rain for Month: 0.05/1.2mm (-4.95"/-125.7mm)
1 Rainday in September
Rain for Year: 42.45"/1,078.2mm (+2.25"/+57.1mm)

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Citywide/Countywide Burnban: Sept. 15-active as of Sept. 30th

One of the driest months I've ever experienced; it's the driest since 0.20"/5mm rain (1 rainday + 2 days of snow flurries) in January 2003 and since 0.10"/2.5mm (1 rainday) in August 2000.

Thank Goodness we had a fairly wet Spring. As stated, we've been in a burnban since the 15th. Hopefully we'll get some good showers tomorrow (Saturday) as the first strong Canadian cold front of the season plows through---NW Arkansas even may get a frost on Saturday night!!!

Wishing ALL A Happy, Prosperous, Safe & Blessed Month of October!!!

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 04/10/2004 11:26

Hello Folks: Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE........HIGH........LOW..........RAIN
Sep....26..86F(30.0C)...59F(15.0C0...---
.......27..85F(29.4C)...52F(11.1C)...---
.......28..85F(29.4C)...56F(13.3C)...---
.......29..83F(28.3C)...53F(11.6C)...---
.......30..84F(28.8C)...52F(11.1C)...---
Oct.....1..76F(24.4C)...60F(15.5C)..0.20"/5.0mm
........2..77F(25.0C)...57F(13.8C)...---

A week with warm days and cooler mornings. The rain was pre-frontal---the first fairly strong Canadian cold front of the season passed through on the 2nd. Overall Low-abt. 11:22 P.M.-listed for the 1st. We'll still be in a citywide/countywide burnban through the 5th and probably longer. This is the longest burnban that I can remember. It's only early October---not even 2 weeks into Autumn---and that cold front caused many daily record low minimums in the Northern Plains states. Daily record minimums included: 19F/-7.2C (tied record) in Williston, N.D., 28F/-2.2C in St. Joseph, Missouri and 34F/1.1C in Kansas City, Missouri.

To show the dramatic rain dropoff here:
Month........avg. rain.....actual rain....raindays
July........4.90"/124.4mm..5.30"/134.6mm...8
August......2.70"/68.5mm...1.60"/40.6mm....5
September...5.00"/127.0mm..0.05"/1.2mm.....1
*******
In Gridiron action:
On Friday night, Mena traveled 40miles/64+km south on US Hwy 71 to the county seat of Sevier County, to take on long-time rivals the DeQueen Leopards. For MANY (30+) years, MHS opened the season by playing DQHS. Due to classification realignment, this is now a conference game and played later. DQHS (2-pt. favorite) is ranked #29 in AAA, MHS is ranked #40 in AAA. The game featured inept offenses and good defenses. Early in the game DQHS took a 2-0 lead on a Safety as the snap on a MHS punt went over the punters head and through the endzone. MHS scored a TD before half (a short drive set up by an interception return) to take a 6-2 lead. The rest of the game was a real nail-biter until Mena put the game away scoring a TD--with 1:26 left 4th Quarter--on a 60yd interception return, which set the final score at Mena 12- DeQueen 2. An ugly game but a win, nonetheless!!!
Henderson State U on Saturday, traveled to Searcy, Arkansas to play the Harding U. Bisons. HSU played giveway as Harding scored 20 points as a result of Henderson turnovers and the Bisons beat the Reddies 44-20.
On Saturday (CBS televised game) U of A Razorbacks traveled to Gainesville, Florida to play the U of Florida Gators (game played at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium aka "The Swamp", attendance 89,000+). UF is Ranked #16 Nationally and was a 7.5-pt favorite. UF scored a couple of TDs to take a 14-0 lead [UF has a great passing offense and bruising/quick defense]. UA had a nice 89-yd TD drive to cut the lead to 14-7. UF then scored some quick TDs with their potent passing game and lead 35-7 at half. (I was then wishing that the game wasn't on TV). UA finally got their offense untracked and began a furious comeback---rallying from down 38-7 to within 38-30 on a TD with 6:47 left in the game. UA forced UF to punt and a few plays later UA QB Matt Jones' pass deflected off the receivers hands and was intercepted by UF. This set up a short TD drive by UF set the final score at Florida 45- Arkansas 30. A tough loss but UA did very well to stage a furious rally at a very good teams homefield in front of a very hostile crowd.
GO HOGS GO!!! The schedule gets no easier as the 'Backs travel to Alabama to play Auburn University.

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Yours~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Tez

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 07/10/2004 10:08

Hi Wet Snow,
I see the NOAA forecasting cooler than nomal air for the SE of the US. The edge would be close to you location. The warmer temp forecast for Alaska is a worry with the Arctic Ice Pak already significantly smaller than the last three Falls.

NOAA outlook
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 07/10/2004 14:38

Tez: Many Thanks for that!!!

I heard something to that effect on a radio report yesterday. It seems that I'm (my area) is already experiencing cooler conditions as Mena had less than half the days of 90F+(32+C) maximums this summer than we did last year.

I really feel sorry for the folks in the NE US as I heard a report saying (due to less gas/oil supplies, etc) that they'll be paying twice as much for home heating oil as they did 3 years ago!!!

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Tez

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 07/10/2004 18:59

Here's a link to the site to checkout the Arctic sea ice.

Arctic sea ice
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/10/2004 03:54

Hello Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH..........LOW.........RAIN
Oct....3..82F(27.7C)...53F(11.6C)...---
.......4..80F(26.6C)...60F(15.5C)...---
.......5..80F(26.6C)...59F(15.0C)...---
.......6..81F(27.2C)...54F(12.2C)...---
.......7..78F(25.5C)...66F(18.8C)...2.70"/68.5mm
.......8..73F(22.7C)...63F(17.2C)...1.45"/36.8mm
.......9..63F(17.2C)...59F(15.0C)...0.30"/7.6mm

We finally had some wet relief later this week; our biggest rainfall in over 3 months!!! Rain was from an upper-level low, also enhanced from a front stalling out to our north and some influence from Tropical Storm Matthew to our SE. The cool, rainy conditions were aided by a chilly E/NE wind. Overall Low-abt. 8:56 PM-listed for the 7th; Overall Low-abt. 11:16 PM-listed for the 8th; the maximum on the 9th was achieved at 12:01 AM and abt. 2:42 PM-Overall Low-abt. 11:00 PM-listed for the 9th. The burnban (longest duration in quite a while) was also ended on the 7th. I don't think I've ever been so glad to see rain!!! The wetness has greened-up some of the lawns. Today (Sunday the 10th,) we're getting showers associated with TS Matthew as it's drifting near our area and the rain will continue through tomorrow---a good soaking rain!!! These conditions really feel Fall-like. I noticed (looking at the road weather cams) that northern Finland is already getting snow. I like (LOVE) snow, but I wouldn't like not seeing the ground for 4-6 months straight.
All in all a Great Week---warm at the start and some MUCH-needed rain at the end.

*********
In Gridiron action:
On Friday night, Mena celebrated Homecoming (Amanda Cunningham was Homecoming Queen) by hosting the Fountain Lake Cobras. FLHS (3-pt. favorites) are ranked #24 in AAA, Mena is ranked #33 in AAA. The game was played in a steady drizzle and the wet football did cause some problems. Fountain Lake has a good running attack and hit some timely pass completions to keep the Mena defense off-balance. The Cobras scored a couple of TDs to lead 14-0. MHS then took advantage of a couple FLHS turnovers to have 2 short TD drives (a 2-yd [1 play] drive after recovering a fumble on a punt return and a 21-yd drive after recovering a fumble on a FLHS lateral), to tie the game at 14-all. Aside from these 2 short drives, the MHS offense showed little and FLHS scored the winning points on a 4-yd TD run (with 10:59 left 4th Quarter) to take a 21-14 victory. MHS next week has an away game at Lafayette County (due to classification realignment LC will be a new conference opponent).
On Saturday, Henderson State hosted powerhouse Valdosta State Blazers. VSU has an excellent passing game and took a 17-0 halftime lead, holding on to beat the Reddies by a 27-18 count.
The Arkansas Razorbacks had an open date (much needed to try to heal some minor injuries to players). Next Saturday the Hogs travel to Alabama to tangle with the Auburn University Tigers (aka War Eagles). GO HOGS GO!!!

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Best Wishes~~~Wet (Lovin' the rain) Snow
Posted by: hit4six

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/10/2004 06:00

how many tornados have touched down in arkansas this year
Posted by: Tez

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/10/2004 09:12

Study of tree rings has revealed that some droughts have lasted 400 years in the US West. Hopfully this one won't be that long!!! smile

Tree ring study
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/10/2004 10:57

Hello hit4six and Tez:

Hit4six: I couldn't find any prelim tornado totals for Arkansas thus far in 2004. But I can tell you on average that Arkansas has 24 twisters with 6 fatalities.

From 1950-2003 there were 1,497 twisters in Arkansas causing 334 deaths. In that time, my county--Polk County--had 20 twisters with 1 death.

In 2003 there were 63 twisters in Arkansas causing NO deaths and 11 injuries.

For twister map of Arkansas' counties (map of number of twisters in each county from 1950-2003 and a map of each counties' fatalities): see
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/2004g.htm

For more twister info:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/2004h.htm

For a list of the 63 twisters in 2003 in Arkansas (with some clickable damage pics), see
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/2004h1.htm

You can see more by clicking on Turn the Page.
Just past the tornado list is a list of T-storms, flooding, hail and an interesting pic in the Lightning section shows how a lightning strike traveled along the roots of a tree and tore up a paved section of road. Theres even a damage pic of a damaged hayshed from a twister that hit E Polk County.

Hope this info is helpful.

Have A Great One~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/10/2004 04:20

Hello Friends: Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Oct...10...63F(17.2C)...60F(15.5C).1.85"/46.9mm
......11...71F(21.6C)...60F(15.5C).0.10"/2.5mm
......12...60F(15.5C)...49F(9.4C)...---
......13...72F(22.2C)...44F(6.6C)...---
......14...56F(13.3C)...40F(4.4C)..0.10"/2.5mm
......15...72F(22.2C)...35F(1.6C)...---
......16...70F(21.1C)...49F(9.4C)...---

A much cooler week with wet relief and changeable conditions as we make a more fuller transition into Autumn (Fall). Rain on 10-11th was from Tropical Storm Matthew and an upper-level low, rain on the 14th was from passage of a Pacific cold front. An idea of the chilliness: the max on the 14th was 56F/13.3C, our avg max for the date is 74F/23.3C; the 35F/1.6C minimum on the 15th was only 5F above the record low minimum for the date. Overall Low-abt. 11:53 PM-listed for the 11th; Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:59 PM-listed for the 12th; Overall Low-abt. 11:08 PM-listed for the 14th.
So there was a definite brisk Fall-like feeling in the air (esp with the nippy N/NW winds after the frontal passage). Oh well, it could be worse...Los Angeles and San Diego, California are getting their first rain in 6 MONTHS!!!
The wetness has greened up the lawns and it looks like I'll have to mow at least once more and our tomato plants are still hanging on. It looks like we're in for a king-sized warmup this next week, with forecast max temps in the 80sF/26+C.

********
In gridiron action:
On Friday night, Mena made the long journey south to Stamps to play the Lafayette County Cougars. (Stamps and nearby Lewisville consolidated their schools, becoming Lafayette County HS). This first-ever meeting between the 2 schools looked bad for Mena especially as LCHS scored on a 45-yd fumble return to go up 15-0. MHS (3-pt favorite) plugged away on offense and stiffened on defense and finally took a 19-15 lead on a 1yd TD run by Nick Pate with 11:42 left 4th qtr. The game was tense the rest of the way and Mena finally secured victory when Michael Wood intercepted a LCHS pass at the Mena 18-yd line with 3:49 left---MHS got a couple of first downs and ran out the clock. Ironically all 3 of MHS wins have come on the road; hopefully that will change as the Bearcats host Prescott next Friday night.
On Saturday Henderson State hosted the North Alabama U Lions. HSU held a 10-pt lead, but NAU proved too much sending HSU to its 12th-straight loss with a 33-10 decision, spoiling HSU's Homecoming.
On Saturday afternoon (CBS national telecast) U Arkansas traveled to Auburn, Alabama (Jordan-Hare Stadium) to take on the #4 ranked Auburn U Tigers (aka War Eagles). Auburn (13-pt favorites) quickly showed their strength, taking the opening kickoff and marching downfield for a TD and 7-0 lead, Ark QB Matt Jones was hampered by a groin injury which hampered his ability to run and throw effectively. The Razorbacks couldn't get a pass rush and the Auburn QB Jason Campbell had a field day, completing 17 of 19 passes for 297 yards and 3 TDs. The Tiger defense was also quick and good, severely limiting the Hogs rushing attack. Auburn scored on 5 of their 6 1st-half possessions and didn't have to punt until 10:49 left 4th Quarter. UA did manage 3 TDs, but the pasting was complete: Auburn 38- Arkansas 20. A hard-hitting game and Ark had several players leave with injuries. The task is just as great next week at the Hogs host the powerful Nationally ranked U of Georgia (another national telecast).
About the only thing Auburn did wrong was miss an extra-point after their 4th TD---this snapped a streak (SEC record) of 209 straight extra-points (aka PATs) made---was the longest current streak in the nation.

Notre Dame U continued its NCAA record streak by beating Navy (US Naval Acad.) for the 41st STRAIGHT time, ND winning 27-9. The last Navy victory over the Fighting Irish was in 1963!

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/10/2004 18:21

Well at least it(winter there)doesnt go on all the time like here-your temps bounce back to levels like a car with the windows woundup.Its supposed to be Spring but can you call 15c Springlike? :p
Quote:
Originally posted by Wet Snow:
Hello Friends: Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

It looks like we're in for a king-sized warmup this next week, with forecast max temps in the 80sF/26+C.

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/10/2004 09:43

Hello NZAAS:
No, it's NOT Winter here---we're almost a month into Autumn. Winter solstice in N Hemisphere isn't until around December 21st.

*********Severe weather is now breaking out in parts of E Arkansas, S Missouri and other areas of the South (typing this at 6:38 PM Monday). Several counties in Arkansas under Tornado Warnings as a weak Pacific cold front nears. I had a light rain(couple rumbles of thunder) just after sunrise; the remainder of the day was p/c with very gusty S/SW winds. Definitely a good setup for severe weather as the air feels summerlike-sultry. We had a max in the low-80sF(26+C) after a morning low near 70F(21C). That morning low is what our avg max should be.
Some locales (including in Arkansas) have broken record high temperatures for the date.
Definitely a change from last week temp-wise.

C-Ya~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Tez

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/10/2004 13:26

Wet Snow. How far is Sardis from your place?

A late storm for Arkansas

Storms rip through central Arkansas
Ten people reported injured


SARDIS, Arkansas (AP) -- Driving rain and high wind caused heavy damage and injured at least 10 people Monday as storms moved through Arkansas, knocking out power to thousands of customers, authorities said.

Near the town of Sardis, Fire Chief Rick Morris said about 45 structures were damaged or destroyed. Several tornados were reported.

"When I looked out the window I saw the tornado swirling and I heard it hit," said sign painter Doug Hethcox. "All I could do was dive for the floor. The next thing I knew it was over. My trailer was knocked about 4 feet off its foundation."

Near Hethcox's mobile home, 50-foot pine trees were snapped and others were pulled out at their roots. Twisted metal and insulation from destroyed mobile homes sat in the top of trees.

The top and front of John Harris' home near Sardis was ripped away. He said his wife and preschool-aged daughter were in the residence just before storm hit.

"It's all gone," Harris said, as he sat on what used to be the front steps of his blown-out brick and frame structure in central Arkansas.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/10/2004 13:38

Hello Tez:

Sardis is a small community (in NE Saline County)~85miles/136+km (as the crow flies)to our east, it's around 10mi/16km southwest of the capital, Little Rock.

On the Intellicast Radar, (for Arkansas), the cold front was well demarcated by the storms firing along the edge of it (most storms firing from NW to SE).
Thank Goodness this was a somewhat weak front!!!

C-Ya~~~David Powell
Posted by: Tez

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/10/2004 20:44

Thanks. Glad they missed you.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/10/2004 04:58

Hello Friends:

(From Wed., Oct. 20, 2004 issue of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, pg. B1 & B8)

Heres some storm damage from the severe weather outbreak in E Arkansas on Tuesday.

(These locales are in Saline County, a little SW of Little Rock).

Haskell: 4 homes destroyed, 46 damaged
Sardis:15 homes destroyed, 21 damaged
Fairview: 14 homes damaged
East End: 1 home damaged

Not included in these totals are damage to outbuildings and businesses or roof damage to the Harmony Grove schools in Haskell.

A twister also caused $10 million in damage to the Stuttgart Municipal Airport. (Stuttgart is the county seat in Arkansas county). Stuttgart Mayor, Butch Richenbach described the airport as "totally wiped out". Of the ~35 planes at the airport, 25-30 were damaged; runway lights and office buildings were also damaged. It will take awhile to repair the runway lights, but the airport should be ready for nighttime traffic by the start of duck-hunting season which starts Nov. 20 (the E Arkansas Delta region is world-famous for good duck hunting).
About 10,500 Entergy Arkansas customers lost power. The tornado that hit Haskell was now rated as an F-1. The tornado near Sardis is now rated as F-2.
A twister in the Missouri bootheel town of Cooter killed 3, 3 homes and a farm shop destroyed.

Have A Great One!!!
Yours~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/10/2004 04:24

Hello Folks: Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Oct...17..72F(22.2C)...52F(11.1C)..---
......18..85F(29.4C)...69F(20.5C).TRACE
......19..86F*(30.0C)..61F(16.1C)..---
......20..84F(28.8C)...52F(11.1C)..---
......21..73F(22.7C)...62F(16.6C)..---
......22..78F(25.5C)...68F(20.0C).1.10"/27.9mm
......23..73F(22.7C)...54F(12.2C).0.30"/7.6mm

A very warm week with "Indian-summer"-like warmth. *86F/30C max on the 19th is a Record High for the date (breaking old rec high of 85F/29.4C for date set in 1956). Light rain on 18th was from passage of a weak Pacific cold front; the rain on 22nd-23rd was also courtesy of a somewhat stronger Pacific cold front (passage on the 23rd).
Overall High-abt. 11:59 PM-listed for the 17th (as cloudcover and warm S/SW winds caused a nighttime temperature rise--ahead of the cold front);Overall Low-abt. 11:13 PM-listed for the 18th; Overall Low-abt. 10:56 PM-listed for the 19th;Overall Low-abt. 9:39 PM-listed for the 22nd; Overall Low-abt. 11:37 PM-listed for the 23rd.
Overall a very pleasant week with a good T-storm at the end. More trees' leaves are starting to change colors---I can't wait to take pics of the Autumnal beauty. It looks like a fairly wet week coming up as a succession of Pacific cold fronts will advance our way. The temperatures will be seasonable with max temps in the 70sF(20+C).

My friend, Keith Ward, says he thinks we may be in for a bad winter as the deer (he was in to do some deer hunting) already have their winter coats (which they normally don't grow until around late-November). I hope this means I'll cop some good snowfalls.

********
In gridiron action:
Friday night was very interesting as the Mena Bearcats played the Prescott Curly Wolves (MHS was a 1-pt favorite and is ranked #28 in AAA, Prescott is #36). Prescott is usually a very strong team, but the talent is lacking this season. This was MHS next-to-last home game and I would've gone to it, but I knew a line of T-storms was headed our way.
Sure enough, the storms hit just after the start of the 2nd quarter, the game was stopped due to the storm/lightning---game stopped at 8:01 PM with Mena leading 7-0. The game resumed at 9:40 PM and MHS has a good game all around and took a 32-7 victory (the game ended at 11:39 PM, usu ends around 10 PM). So, it was well after Midnight when the Prescott fans got back home. The task is tougher next Friday night as Mena closes out the home schedule by facing very tough Ashdown.
On Saturday, Henderson State finally got their first win of the 2004 season (1-6), beating the West Georgia U Braves by a 28-21 score; winning on a 5-yard TD run by Garrison with 0:58 left.
On Saturday night (nationally televised on ESPN2), the U of Arkansas' Homecoming game was against powerful U of Georgia. UG (8-pt favorite) is ranked #6 nationally. UA started well, getting a few breaks and took a 14-10 halftime lead. In the 2nd half, UA's lack of pass rush was again glaringly evident as the UG QB, David Greene, picked apart the UA defense (22 of 29 passing for 382 yards and 2 TDs). UA QB Matt Jones was again plagued with the groin injury, but still managed to break the SEC record for career rushing yards by a QB. He was replaced by Robert Johnson late in the game. The UG defense was too tough and quick and UA went 0-3 in their tough stretch of October games as UG prevailed 20-14. October is a traditionally tough month as UA is getting into the meat of the tough SEC schedule. Likely UA plays the toughest schedule of any college team (which is why the 'Backs have been on TV so much this year). The Hogs have a much-needed open date next week; hopefully this will allow for the healing of some injuries.

Wishing ALL A Top Week!!!

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: hit4six

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/10/2004 14:31

wet snow have you tried getting the information from the national weather service
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/10/2004 16:40

Hello Hit4Six:

I get my temp info from radiostation KENA (the official station for Mena) and from the Mena Info-Line (which also gives the official Mena temperature), the rain measurements are from my gauge on the back patio. The forecasts I get from the US Weather Channel, weather.com and Intellicast. I could use the NWS, but I get the info I need/use from these sources.

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: hit4six

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/10/2004 06:20

hey wet snow i found out there were 16 tornados in arkansas in april also lightning killed a high school student while he waited for his bus in conway(faulkner county)
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/10/2004 16:05

G'Day Hit4Six:

Where did you get that info from (just curious)?

Have A Great One & Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: hit4six

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/10/2004 23:34

i found a page on the national weather services website which has monthly storm reports and storm data you will see it under the climate section also they have a course for people who want to become storm spotters in 45 counties
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/11/2004 08:03

Hello Wonderful Folks! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Oct...24..81F(27.2C)...46F(7.7C)...---
......25..75F(23.8C)...66F(18.8C)..0.10"/2.5mm
......26..79F(26.1C)...66F(18.8C)..TRACE
......27..72F(22.2C)...64F(17.7C)..4.65"/118.1mm
......28..81F(27.2C)...70F(21.1C)...---
......29..74F(23.3C)...67F(19.4C)..0.40"/10.1mm
......30..74F(23.3C)...54F(12.2C)..0.25"/6.3mm

A fairly wet week, with plenty of cloudiness and not-too-bad temperatures for late-October. The rain on 25th-27th was due to the proximity of a Stationary front to our north; the rain on 29th-30th was from a Pacific cold front (passage on 30th). It rained twice on the 30th: 0.15"/3.8mm in an early AM T-shower [continuation of previous days' T-shower, ahead of cold front] and the clouds mostly cleared out, then 0.10"/2.5mm in a very late PM T-shower as Pacific cold front passed. The rain on the 27th assures that we'll end 2004 with above normal rainfall. Overall Low-abt. 11:58 PM-listed for the 29th. We sometimes get a line of T-showers/T-storms well ahead of the actual cold front.
Had 2.5"/63.5mm rain in an early AM T-storm today (Sunday, Oct. 31st). The upcoming forecast is for more shower activity and a fairly good cooldown.

********
In gridiron action:
On Friday night, Mena had Senior/Parents night (last home game of year), 17 MHS Seniors dressed out for their final home game. On a muddy field, the game pitted the powerful Ashdown Panthers (ranked #6 in AAA) against the #24 ranked Bearcats. Ashdown was a heavy 16-pt. favorite, but the muddy field evened things out: the conditions dampened AHS good passing attack and Mena lost a fumble on Ashdowns' 7-yd line (that really hurt as it looked like the 'Cats were going to score). AHS only led 7-0 at half and Mena cut the lead to 7-6 on QB D.J. Bates 57-yd TD run (extra point missed). AHS scored the clinching points---a 13-6 victory---on a 50-yd TD run on a reverse with 4:28 left 3rd Quarter. The loss was an improvement over last year as then Ashdown (at home) racked up 500 total rushing yards in a 40-0 drubbing of Mena. Next Friday night, the 'Cats end the regular season by playing at Glen Rose. It looks like Mena might have wrapped-up the 4th---and final---spot in the 7AAA playoffs.
On Saturday, Henderson State made it 2 wins in a row, by defeating the West Georgia U Braves by a 34-20 count. In this game HSU QB Blake Christenson broke the HSU career record for rushing by a QB. (*In most HS/College/Pro gridiron offensive schemes, the Quarterback is mostly called on to throw the ball and only to run when necessary; a mobile QB is a real asset to a teams offense. In some offensive schemes, the QB is used almost like another running back; most teams don't like their QB's to run as they don't want them to risk injury as the QB is the leader of a teams offensive unit).
This Saturday the U of Arkansas Razorbacks enjoyed a very welcome Open Date. Hopefully this will cause some nagging injuries to get better. Next Saturday (another televised game) the Hogs will play at the very good U of South Carolina. The Hogs really have to win out (4 games left) if they have a chance at postseason play (a "Bowl" game).
The U of Arkansas Cross Country team is well on its way to its 31ST STRAIGHT Conference Title. The UA track team is a dominant dynasty, coach John McDonnell [native of N. Ire.] because of UA's successes, has been able to recruit athletes from many other countries.
In the US, sports dynasty-wise: In ML Baseball, you think of the NY Yankees, in College Football, you could think of the Universities of Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, etc. In College Basketball, you think of the U of North Carolina, UCLA, U of Kentucky, Duke U, etc. But in Track & Field, theres the U of Arkansas (winning conference titles beginning in 1974 [then in the SW Conference], and every year since [beginning in 1991 in the SE Conference]. The closest win margin was in 1977 when they beat Rice U (in SW Conf.) by a 59-63 score. UA won the 2003 title (SEC) by defeating Georgia by 33-58.
The next longest College sports dynasty is the U of Iowa wrestling team, winning 25 consecutive conf titles from 1974-1998 and the U of Texas Swimmimg/Diving team winning 25 consecutive conf titles from 1980-2004.
The UA mens track team is ranked #4 nationally.

Wishing ALL A Great Week & Month of November!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/11/2004 12:09

Hello Wonderful Folks! Heres some weather numbers for October, 2004 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 74.7F/23.7C
Avg. Min.: 57.4F/14.1C
High Max.: 86F*/30C--Oct. 19
Low Min.: 35F/1.6C--Oct. 15
...High Min.: 70F/21.1C--Oct. 28
...Low Max.: 56F/13.3C--Oct. 24
14 raindays in October
Rain for October: 16.70"/424.1mm (+11.60"/+294.6mm; wettest month since June 1999)
Rain for Year: 59.15"/1,502.4mm (+13.85"/+351.7mm)
*86F max. on the 19th was a Daily Record High Max. (breaking 85F/29.4C for date set in 1956).

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Citywide/Countywide Burnban: Oct. 1-7
Lake Wind Advisory: Oct. 18
Flash Flood Warning: Oct. 27
Tornado Watch: Oct. 29

So...as you can see, October was a very changeable month weather-wise.

Today (Nov. 1, 2004) is the 134th Anniversary of the 1st forecast by the National Weather Service (1870).

Wishing ALL A Safe, Happy, Prosperous & Blessed Month of November!!!

Take Care & Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow cool
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/11/2004 06:35

Hello All: Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Oct..31..77F(25.0C)..61F(16.1C)...3.20"/81.2mm
Nov.1....70F(21.1C)..59F(15.0C)...0.95"/24.1mm
....2....60F(15.5C)..50F(10.0C)...0.05"/1.2mm
....3....54F(12.2C)..47F(8.3C)....0.40"/10.1mm
....4....57F(13.8C)..42F(5.5C)......---
....5....65F(18.3C)..37F(2.7C)......---
....6....68F(20.0C)..41F(5.0C)......---

A fairly wet week with moderating temperatures at the end. It appears that November is picking up where October left off in rainfall. Rain on 31st was from a warm-front, rain on 1st from a Pacific cold front and rain on 2-3rd from a large slow-moving upper-level low (sort of a "triple whammy"). Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:32PM-listed for the 1st; Overall Low-abt. 11:04 PM-listed for the 2nd; Overall Low-11:54 PM-listed for the 3rd. It was great to see some sunshine and feel some warmth at weeks' end. I'm enjoying the warm days while we've got them as in the near future, MUCHO cold air will build up north and spill down as a Humongous Arctic/Polar cold front (series of them) will blast through and the coldness will take over. These front usually hit in late November-mid December. The cold, damp weather doesn't agree with my joints. Overall a week with a fair variety of conditions (just like Springtime here). Our rainchances are fairly poor for the next few days with seasonable temperatures.

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In gridiron action:
On Friday night, Mena played their last regular-season game, traveling east to Hot Spring County to take on the Glen Rose HS Beavers. (MHS hadn't played GRHS before as the Beavers--before reclassification--were in Class AA). On a fairly cool night Mena (14-pt favorite, ranked #23 in AAA) prevailed over Glen Rose (ranked #36 in AAA) by a 28-14 score. Mena sustained some injuries in the game, hopefully they will heal soon: Mena (4th seed in class AAA) is in the state AAA playoffs and will travel to Atkins (#1 seed in class 5AAA)to take on the Red Devils in the 1st round. MHS ends the regular season with a record of 5-5 (4-3 in conf. play). Atkins is ranked #5 in AAA with a 9-1 record overall.
On Saturday, the Henderson Reddies entertained the Southern Arkansas U Muleriders. HSU didn't have quite enough offense as SAU outscored the Reddies by a 31-27 count.
On Saturday (televised game) the UA Razorbacks traveled to (Williams-Brice Stadium) Columbia, South Carolina to play the U of South Carolina Gamecocks. Several breaks went against UA, despite this UA held leads of 7-0 (TD on a 51-yd interception return) and 14-7 and clung to a 17-14 lead at half. USC (3-pt favorites) had an adequate running and passing attack with a very mobile QB. USC scored a couple TDs (one TD on a 57-yd fumble return; UA RB Peyton Hillis fumbled the ball deep in SC territory)to go up 28-17. UA fought back with a couple TDs to lead 32-28 with 3:24 left in game. USC responded by marching downfield scoring the winning TD with 1:09 left. On UA's next possession, UA got to midfield and with less than 30 seconds left, UA QB's Matt Jones' pass was intercepted near the SC goalline. Arkansas was out of time-outs and SC ran a couple plays to run out the clock and garner a 35-32 win. A very tough and disheartning loss considering this was a very winnable game for UA. UA MUST win the remaining 3 games to have 6 wins and be "bowl eligible". (NCAA rules state that a college team must have at leat 6 wins against Div 1-A opponents to be considered for post season play). They're called "Bowl" games because the stadiums resemble large bowls (ie. Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sun Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, etc).(Because of corporate sponsorship, you have the: FedEx Orange Bowl, the SBC Cotton Bowl, the Totstitos Fiesta Bowl etc. I wish they would just keep the original name w/o the sponsor name added). Because of this fairly new rule, some teams "go bowling" that have mediocre records=6-6, 6-5, 7-5 etc. IMO these teams shouldn't be there. Because of this there are now a ridiculous number of bowl games, 28 of them. Which means there are 117 college teams in Div. 1, with 28 bowl games, almost half of them--56--will be in postseason play. It's all about money, the newer/lesser bowls have payouts of ~$750,000 per team (split up among that teams conf. members) and the major bowls (inc the one that is for the mythical National Championship) pays out over $10 million per team.
At seasons' end (3-4 wks from now) the pairings for the various bowls will be announced by the NCAA Selection Committee. Invariably, some teams will get in that mabye should not have and other teams with better records will be overlooked (that said a team with a better record may have played quite a few weaker opponents, while a team with a poorer record may have played more stronger teams; strength of schedule is one of the determining factors).
Oh well, it could have been worse: Oklahoma State U blew a huge lead (35-7) against the U of Texas and UT staged their greatest-ever comeback and won 56-35. (When a team leads by 28 pts, they should win).

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 15/11/2004 07:34

Howdy Ya'll:
Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Oct...7..80F(26.6C)...44F(6.6C)...---
......8..66F(18.8C)...43F(6.1C)...---
......9..66F(18.8C)...40F(4.4C)...---
.....10..66F(18.8C)...54F(12.2C).0.05"/1.2mm
.....11..64F(17.7C)...45F(7.2C)..0.55"/13.9mm
.....12..49F(9.4C)....43F(6.1C)...---
.....13..53F(11.6C)...38F(3.3C)..0.10"/2.5mm

A much cooler week. A dry Canadian cold front passed through on the 7th. Rain was from a Pacific cold front (passage on the 11th). Rain on the 13th was from a moist SW airflow (upper-level low to our SW). Overall Low-abt. 11:21 PM-listed for the 8th; Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:05 PM (temp. fell most all day)- listed for the 11th. With no below freezing minima here yet, quite a lot of lawns are fairly green, some trees are still with green leaves, but the majority of them are starting to change color. Some trees are almost all fully changed colors. The last part of the week was cloudy, damp and chilly---really not good for my joints. This will be "warm" weather considering what'll be in store for us in the depths of Winter---we still have over a month of Autumn to go. The upcoming week looks rather showery with a little below normal maximums.

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In gridiron action:
On Friday night---Round 1 Class AAA Playoffs: Mena (4th seed from 7AAA) traveled NE to Pope County to take on the Atkins HS Red Devils. Atkins (9-1 record) is the champions of class 5AAA and ranked #5 in the state in AAA. (AHS was a 10-pt favorite). The game was a defensive struggle. The Red Devils scored the first TD, but missed the extra point for a 6-0 lead. Early in the 2nd Quarter, Mena scored a TD and the extra-point to lead 7-6. Mena drove deep into AHS territory and faced a 4th down and goal from the Atkins 2yd line. The Mena runningback was stopped just a foot short of goal and Atkins took possession of the ball. AHS then proceeded with a very long TD drive (99 yds in 18 plays in 9:34; the 9:34 time of possession on a TD drive is the longest I've ever heard of---from Atkins taking poss [at their 1-yd line]with 0:17 left 3rd Qtr until they scored a TD with 2:43 left 4th qtr) they went for and were successful on a 2-pt conversion after the TD to lead 14-7. Mena took the ensuing kickoff to their 38 yd-line, MHS was penalized for a false start back ti their 33. On the next play, Mena QB Bates threw to Cole Brown who scored a TD on a 67 yd play (Got to love those 1-play TD drives). Greg Philpot kicked the extra point to tie the game 14-14 with 2:31 left game. The score remained 14-14 at end of regulation so OVERTIME was played (In HS football, OT consists of each team getting the ball on the 10-yd line with 4 downs to score---this repeats until a team outscores another one [If each team scores in the OT another OT (untimed) will be played and so on]). Mena started the OT and scored (in 2 plays) on Mason Johnston's 2-yd run, Philpot's PAT made it Mena 21-14. Atkins then took their turn and scored a TD on McCoy's 2-yd run. Instead of kicking an extra-point for a tie (and another OT) Atkins decided to gamble and go for a 2-point conversion (PAT) to win. The gamble was successful as Cathey ran it in from 3 yds out to give Atkins the 22-21 OT win. A very tough loss. Several bad breaks cost Mena a win:
*Atkins' TD (which put Atkins ahead 14-7) came on a 4th down and 15 play=If Mena stopped this play short of the 15 yards needed for first down, Mena would've taken possession of the ball and possibly ran out the clock to win; instead AHS scored a TD on a 24-yd pass play.
*It looked like Mena recovered a fumble after an Atkins RB had the ball knocked loose, but the referees said the play had been blown dead before the fumble happened. (I wasn't there, just telling you what Mena's commentators---Chris Hobson & Mike Hooper--described).
*The above Atkins TD drive(99 yds.) resulted from Mena being stopped just short of Atkins' goal-line on a failed 4th down play=just a few more inches and Mena would've had a TD and the lead.
*In the OT period, when Atkins had the ball, the Atkins QB threw into the end-zone where Menas' Nick Pate intercepted the ball [the game would then be over and MHS would be the winner], but Mena was penalized for a questionable holding penalty, AHS retained possession of the ball and scored on the next play.
*If MHS would've stopped Atkins on their 2-pt conversion PAT, the game would've been over and MHS would've won. It looks like MHS just wasn't meant to win this game.
All in all a Very Tough loss. MHS played a tough schedule and did well to make the playoffs. Mena ends the 2004 season with a record of 5-6 (4-3 in 7AAA conf. play). Mena played 4 teams which made the playoffs (Booneville, Nashville, Ashdown and Fountain Lake; Booneville & Nashville both finished an undefeated regular season at 10-0 apiece, ranked #1 and #4 respectively in AAA).
On the year Mena scored 208 points and allowed 208 points (hows that for balance!!!)....oh well, bring on Basketball season.
Henderson State's football season ended last Saturday. The finished 2004 with a dismal 2-8 record.
On Saturday afternoon (reg.TV) U of Arkansas celebrated Senior Day (seniors' last home game in Fayetteville) by hosting the U of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels. UM is having a terrible year and UA (9-pt favorites) looked very sharp. Aong the 1st-half highlights was UA QB Matt Jones scampering for a 72-yd TD run. UA was up 28-3 at half and coasted to a 35-3 win.
Next Saturday, UA travels to Starkville, Mississippi to take on the always-tough Mississippi State U.

Wishing ALL A Grand Week!!!
All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/11/2004 06:34

Greetings Wonderful People!!!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Oct...14..55F(12.7C)...46F(7.7C)...---
......15..62F(16.6C)...49F(9.4C)...---
......16..70F(21.1C)...54F(12.2C)..---
......17..67F(19.4C)...52F(11.1C).0.30"/7.6mm
......18..57F(13.8C)...50F(10.0C).1.20"/30.4mm
......19..56F(13.3C)...50F(10.0C).0.10"/2.5mm
......20..62F(16.6C)...54F(12.2C)..---

A very cloudy and showery week. I haven't seen very much sunshine since the 10th--as evidenced by the smaller temperature ranges. (I guess this would be like Winter in London or some of NZAAS' Auckland conditions wink ). Rain was from a slow moving upper-level low---passage on the 19th; a Pacific cold front brought the rain on the 20th. The excess cloudiness is due to a very active Southern branch of the Jet Stream which continues to pump large amounts of moisture over my area; the weather systems are also quite frequent---the upper-low was "kicked out" by the approaching cold front---not allowing much time for the clouds to clear out of my area (I'm REALLY ready to see some sunshine). Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 9:58 PM-listed for the 18th.
Oh well...it could be worse: extreme northern locales such as Barrow, Alaska, won't see the sun again until January (YUK!!!) and some places in the Northern areas (Russia/Finland etc) have temperatures well below-zeroF/below -17C. At least our temperatures are not too bad, yet.
Thank Goodness that I don't often experience cloudy stretches as long as the one now (10+days).
The upcoming forecast calls for more cloudy/rainy periods through mid-week (well...at least it's rain and NOT ice!!!).

Thanksgiving in the US is this Thursday the 25th; and I'm Very Thankful for All You Wonderful Aussie Friends!!!
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In gridiron action:
The UA Razorbacks traveled to Scott Field in Starkville, Mississippi to take on the Mississippi State U Bulldogs. UA was a 10-point favorite but MSU started strong, scoring TDs on their first 2 possessions to take a 14-0 lead. UA QB Matt Jones was hampered by a hamstring pull and couldn't run very well, but had a very good passing game. UA's defense stiffened and the UA offense started to click. UA finally took the lead, 17-14, on a TD, which culminated an 18-play, 66-yd drive which took 7:20 (from when UA took poss after an MSU punt with 9:22 left 2nd Qtr., until UA scored the TD with 2:02 left 2nd Qtr.---long TD drives are good as they help to wear down the opposing defense). UA went up 24-14 on a TD---MSU was attempting a game-tying short Field Goal (FG=3 pts.), UA's Elliott Harris blocked the FG attempt and Pierre Brown scooped up the ball and scored a TD on a 76-yd. blocked FG return. MSU scored a TD to cut UA's lead to 24-21 with over 10 minutes left in the game, but UA hung on for a 24-21 win. UA's first road win in 4 tries this season. UA now has climbed back to a record of 5-5. The Razorbacks close out the regular season this Friday (day after Thanksgiving game) taking on Louisiana State U (LSU) in Little Rock. This is the "Battle of the Boot", the team that wins gets to keep a sculpted metal (gold-colored)outline of the states of Arkansas & Louisiana, which resembles a boot.

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/11/2004 06:11

Salutations Wonderful Friends!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.........LOW........RAIN
Nov..21..58F(14.4C)...55F(12.7C)..0.10"/2.5mm
.....22..58F(14.4C)...54F(12.2C)..0.85"/21.5mm
.....23..57F(13.8C)...54F(12.2C)..1.95"/49.5mm
.....24..57F(13.8C)...34F(1.1C)...0.25"/6.3mm
.....25..56F(13.3C)...28F(-2.2C)..---
.....26..59F(15.0C)...39F(3.8C)...0.80"/20.3mm
.....27..55F(12.7C)...35F(1.6C)...0.10"/2.5mm

A very wet and cloudy week. November has become one of those rare months when it rains the first day of the month AND you actually get 15 raindays in the month (re: the old proverb: "If it rains the first day of a month, it'll rain 15 days in that month."). Rain on 21-22nd was from proximity of a stationary front to our south; rain on 23-24th was from an upper-level low and the rest of the rain was caused from a Pacific cold front (passage on the 27th) as the Southern Branch of the Jet Stream continues to be very active. Finally saw a good deal of sunshine on the 25th (Thanksgiving Day), the first time to see much sun since the 10th. I'm Very Glad that prolonged cloudy stretches are fairly rare here.
The high on the 21st was achieved at 12:01 AM and abt. 3PM--Overall Low-abt. 7:11 PM-listed for the 21st; Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:50 PM (temp. fell most all day)listed for the 24th; Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 10:23 PM-listed for the 27th.

In these parts, people sometimes predict how the Winter weather will be by splitting a persimmon seed. When split, persimmon seeds will either resemble a knife, fork or spoon. This time, the seeds resemble a spoon, which means good snow this Winter---so heres hoping!!!

Mena's first sub-freezing (below 0C) morning low of the Autumn occurred on the 25th, Climatologically, Mena's first sub-freezing Autumn minimum would occur around Dec. 4th.
The upcoming forecast is for more showers beginning the week with cooler temperatures. The recent windiness has caused many trees to shed most of their leaves.

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In gridiron action:
UA Razorbacks closed out the regular season Friday by hosting (in Little Rock) the #12 ranked Louisiana State U Tigers in the "Battle of the Boot". LSU was a 4-pt favorite. LSU scored first to go up 7-0. UA returned the ensuing kickoff to the LSU 49-yard line. 2 plays later UA scored a TD to tie the game at 7-7. LSU's good passing and rushing offense got in gear and their very fast defense frustrated UA and by half the Tigers lead was 27-14 en route to a 43-14 victory. About the only thing LSU did wrong was to miss an extra-point on one of their TDs.

This bad loss broke some streaks: UA ends at 5-6 overall (3-5 in SEC conf. play), UA's first losing season since 1997. Ark also won't go to a "Bowl" game for the first time in 6 years. UA--under current head coach Houston Nutt--had been 17-0 in games played in Little Rock. UA's fine QB Matt Jones ends his career with a UA record total of 8,372 yds (rushing + passing yds) and became only the 3rd UA QB in the last 40 yrs to lead the team in rushing yardage; Jones was also responsible for a total of 77 Touchdowns (rushing + passing).

That said, the UA played a dauntingly tough schedule (one of the toughest in the NCAA). Those opponents included: U of Texas (final reg season rec of 10-1, ranked #5 nationally), *Auburn U (11-0, ranked #3), *U of Georgia (9-2, ranked #7) and *LSU (9-2, ranked #12), [UA's other opponents were: New Mexico State U (5-6), U of Louisiana-Monroe (5-6), *U of Alabama (6-5), *U of Florida (7-4), *U of South Carolina (6-5), *U of Mississippi ("Ole Miss"=4-7) and *Mississippi State U (3-8)].
*=Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponents.

Heres hoping for a good gridiron season next year. The UA Basketball team is looking very good so far (with a record of 4-0).

Wishing ALL A Wonderful Week!!!
All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/11/2004 17:13

Join the club its only marginally cooler than that here in Auckland N.Z(the lows are a little lower there however) laugh [QUOTE]Originally posted by Wet Snow:
[QB] Salutations Wonderful Friends!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.........LOW........RAIN
Nov..21..58F(14.4C)...55F(12.7C)..0.10"/2.5mm
.....22..58F(14.4C)...54F(12.2C)..0.85"/21.5mm
.....23..57F(13.8C)...54F(12.2C)..1.95"/49.5mm
.....24..57F(13.8C)...34F(1.1C)...0.25"/6.3mm
.....25..56F(13.3C)...28F(-2.2C)..---
.....26..59F(15.0C)...39F(3.8C)...0.80"/20.3mm
.....27..55F(12.7C)...35F(1.6C)...0.10"/2.5mm

A very wet and cloudy week.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/12/2004 19:32

Greetings Wonderful Friends:

Heres some wx numbers for November, 2004 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 59.6F (15.3C)
Avg. Min.: 44.7F (7.0C)
Highest Max.: 80F (26.6C) November 7th
Lowest Min.: 25F (-3.8C) November 25th
...Highest Min.: 59F (15.0C) November 1st
...Lowest Max.: 46F (7.7C) November 30th
Rain for November: 10.20"/259mm (+5.30"/+134.6mm)
18* raindays in November
Rain for Year: 69.35"/1,761.4mm (+19.15"/+486.4mm)

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Flash Flood Watch: November 1st-2nd & 23rd-24th
Dense Fog Advisory: November 22nd-23rd
Freeze Warning: morning of November 25th
Lake Wind Advisory: November 27th

*=In terms of raindays, this is very likely the wettest month I've ever experienced; it was also the cloudiest month I've ever seen (as evidenced by the lesser temperature spread on the averages).
I've copped ~30"/~760mm more rain in 2004 compared to the same time in 2003.
The 25F/-3.8C minimum on the 25th was our first below-freezing minima of Autumn (on avg. our first below-freezing morning minima of Autumn occurrs around Dec. 4th). Oh well, at least the temperatures aren't that cold...yet. The upcoming days will be much drier and a little warmer. The first really powerful Polar/Arctic airmass usu hits us in mid-late December. The coldest weather usu occurrs in late-January to mid-February.

Wishing ALL A Happy, Safe, Blessed & Prosperous Month of December!!!

All the Best~~~Wet Snow :wave:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/12/2004 16:57

Hello Folks!

Well...Wonder of Wonders!!! My raintotal and the November raintotal from KENA radio were almost identical (we're sometimes a few inches or so apart in a month).
In November, I copped 10.20"/259mm rain, while radio station KENA (official weather station for Mena, ~1mile to my SSE) recorded 10.18"/258.5mm for the month.
I've still copped almost 6"/~152mm more rain on the year than KENA.

Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/12/2004 07:08

Hello Again Wonderful Friends:

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Nov...28..48F(8.8C)...32F(0.0C)..0.20"/5.0mm
......29..49F(9.4C)...43F(6.1C)..1.85"/46.9mm
......30..46F(7.7C)...30F(-1.1C).0.40"/10.1mm
Dec....1..51F(10.5C)..24F(-4.4C)..---
.......2..57F(13.8C)..29F(-1.6C)..---
.......3..57F(13.8C)..27F(-2.7C)..---
.......4..53F(11.6C)..27F(-2.7C)..---

A wet start to the week with the last 4 days seeing abundant (Glorious) sunshine. The rain was from a rather large slow-moving upper-low (passage on 29th). A dry Pacific cold front passed through on the 1st. Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:26 PM-listed for the 30th as temp. fell most all day). Well, a chunk of super cold air hasn't made it down our way yet, so I'm thankful the conditions are still fairly mild. The sunshine and low humidities made for some nice temperature spreads the latter part of the week. The sunny weather is now gone as I type this (1:30 PM Sunday, Dec. 5th) it's cloudy, rainy and cooler as a Warm front has gone through---which'll be closely followed by yet another Pacific cold front; so more rain through tomorrow (Monday).

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In Gridiron action:
Arkansas High School Football Championships:
Dec. 3, Class AAAAA: Little Rock, Central HS(13-1) defeats West Memphis by 41-7.
Dec. 3, Class AAAA: Wynne (12-2) defeats Greenwood (11-3) by a score of 28-26.

The Class AAA and AA Championship games will be played next Saturday; all championship games played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Yesterday, Dec. 4th was the final week of regular season play in college gridiron football. An amazing 5 teams finished undefeated (among the 117 teams in NCAA Div. 1-A). Finishing undefeated were: U of Southern California (12-0, ranked #1 nationally); U of Oklahoma (11-0, #2); Auburn U (11-0, #3); U of Utah (11-0, ranked #6) and Boise State U. (11-0, ranked #10). This is a Worst-Case Scenario for the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) committee to try to pick the mythical National Champion (matched up in bowl games; 5 perfect teams for 4 spots [2 BCS Bowl games], so it looks like a perfect team will get left out and mabye more than 1 will finish undefeated and NOT ranked #1.)
Only 1 NCAA Div. 1-A team finished winless, the U of Central Florida, finishing at 0-11.

Up next is the post-season Bowl games(eg. football stadiums resemble giant bowls). There are now 28 (too many) Bowl games--which means that 56 (almost half) of the 117 Div. 1-A teams will play in a post-season game. For a team to be "bowl-eligible" it must win a minimum of 6 games (which is ridiculous---I mean, would you want to watch a 6-5 team play a 7-5 team?). It's all about MONEY---the newer and lesser bowls( ex. Emerald Bowl, San Francisco Bowl, etc) have a payout of $750,000 per team (to be distributed among teams of that teams conference), the major bowls (Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl + a couple more) have a payout of $11-14 Million per team).
IMHO, a team shouldn't go to a bowl game if it has more than 3-4 losses (9-3 or so).
Before 1970 there were only 9 Bowl games (the Rose, Sun, Cotton, Citrus, Sugar, Orange, Gator, Liberty and Peach Bowls). The Rose Bowl--played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca.--is the oldest Bowl game first played in 1902, consecutively played since 1920.

The UA Basketball team lost a tough game against #5 ranked U of Illinois, by a score of 72-60, falling to a 5-1 record.

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/12/2004 07:03

Hello Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas.

DATE......HIGH.........LOW..........RAIN
Dec....5..54F(12.2C)..35F(1.6C)...0.45"/11.4mm
.......6..65F(18.3C)..54F(12.2C)..0.70"/17.7mm
.......7..65F(18.3C)..36F(2.2C).....---
.......8..58F(14.4C)..33F(0.5C).....---
.......9..63F(17.2C)..38F(3.3C).....---
......10..53F(11.6C)..41F(5.0C).....---
......11..54F(12.2C)..36F(2.2C).....---

A week with a wet start, very mild with abundant sunshine for the remainder. Rain was from a Pacific cold front (passage on the 6th), a dry Pacific cold front (with gusty NW winds) passed on the 10th. Overall High-abt. 10:54 PM-listed for the 5th (as warm SW winds ahead of the front raised the nighttime temperatures); Overall Low-abt. 10:23 PM-listed for the 7th; Overall Low-abt. 11:24 PM-listed for the 10th.
I'm enjoying the mild weather, before the nice people in Alaska/Canada decide to share some of their frigid air with us. We are in for a cooldown the early part of the week as a Canadian cold front will drop the max to the mid-40sF/7+C with minimums in the lower-20sF/-5C. There are still patches of green grass in the lawns and some trees---those with leaves still on them---are looking spectacular in Autumnal colors. Our rainchances are almost nil for the next few days. We're now in the cycle of having cold fronts drop the temperatures, the temps slowly recover until the next front drops them again---a typical late-Autumn and Wintertime scenario for us.

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In Gridiron action:
Arkansas High School Football Championships:
Sat., Dec. 11: Class AAA Championship: Central Arkansas Christian (13-2) defeats Pine Bluff, Dollarway HS (13-1)by a score of 34-20
Sat., Dec. 11: Class AA Championship: Rison (15-0) defeats Charleston (12-1-1) by a 30-8 count. Rison completes a 15-0 undefeated season. Charleston suffered their first loss and their stellar defense had shutout 10 of their previous 13 opponents. This is the first-ever championship for Central Arkansas Christian.

The (mythical) NCAA National Championship game will be the Orange Bowl game (played in the Orange Bowl[Jan. 4th, 2005] in Miami, Florida) pitting the U of Southern California (12-0 rec.) against the U of Oklahoma (12-0) (GO OU!!!).

On Saturday night the Heisman trophy winner was announced (The Heisman is given to the best college football player--as voted on by sportswriters).
U of Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart won it. Leinart had 2,990 yards passing, 6 interceptions and 31 total(rushing + passing) Touchdowns.

The other finalists: U of Southern California running back Reggie Bush (629 rushing yds., 35 pass receptions for 405 yds., 15 total TDs, 2,181 all-purpose [rushing + receiving + kick return] yds.)
U of Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson (1,843 rushing yds., 5.9 yds. per carry avg., 15 TDs).
U of Oklahoma quarterback Jason White (2,961 passing yds., 33 TDs)
U of Utah quarterback Alex Smith (2,624 passing yds., 38 TDs total, 563 rushing yds., 4 passes intercepted).

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/12/2004 06:42

Hello Again, Wonderful Weather Friends! Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.........LOW........RAIN
Dec..12..66F(18.8C)...43F(6.1C)..---
.....13..47F(8.3C)....33F(0.5C)..---
.....14..42F(5.5C)....19F(-7.2C).---
.....15..45F(7.2C)....15F(-9.4C).---
.....16..48F(8.8C)....28F(-2.2C).---
.....17..54F(12.2C)...26F(-3.3C).---
.....18..60F(15.5C)...36F(2.2C)..---

This week saw the first good shot of colder air as a dry Canadian cold front passed through in the late PM hours of the 12th. Some people saw Snow Flurries (I missed it) briefly on the morning of the 16th. The air definitely has more of a "Christmas-like" feel to it. Overall Low-abt. 11:41 PM-listed for the 13th; Overall Low-abt. 11:07 PM-listed for the 14th; Overall Low-abt. 11:38 PM-listed for the 16th. The blustery N/NW chilly winds have caused more trees to shed their leaves and the landscape is looking like Winter. Tuesday will be the shortest day (daylight-wise) of the year (first day of Winter); I'll definitely be looking forward to the lengthening daylight hours.
Today (Sunday the 19th) another dry Canadian cold front passed through early this AM and our daytime max today won't get much above 40F/4.4C. A much stronger/more frigid Arctic front will arrive on Thursday, locales in N/NW Arkansas will have max's below 32F/0C and minimums near 5F/-15C on Thursday & Friday. BRRRRRR!!!! So...it looks like "Ole' Man Winter" is showing up just about on time. It'll seem like a shock---those frigid conditions---as this Autumn has been fairly warm (some above normal temperatures).
Snow is possible with the upcoming front, so I'm hoping for a "White Christmas" (not too common here).

I would like to Wish ALL of Ya'll A Very Merry Christmas & Blessed New Year!!! (Jesus is the Reason for the Season)!!!

ALL the Best to You & Your Wonderful Families~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/12/2004 09:56

Addendum to above post:

******
In gridiron action:
NAIA* Championship game: Carroll (College) Montana defeats St. Francis (College) Indiana by a score of 15-13. CC's winning score came on a 32-yard Field Goal (FG) by Marcus Miller with :10 left in the game. Carroll finishes with a 12-2 record, St. Francis ends at 13-1. Carroll College is located in Helena, Montana.
*=NAIA=National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (Smaller colleges).

The NCAA Div. III Championship game: Linfield College (McMinnville, Oregon) defeats Mary Hardin-Baylor U (Belton, Texas) by a 28-21 score. LC's winning points came on a 10-yard Touchdown (TD) pass from Elliott to Jenkins (Wales extra-point kick) with 5:51 left in the game. LC ends undefeated with a 13-0 record, MH-B ends at 13-2.
Div. III schools offer NO scholarships to athletes.

FYI: Heres a list of the 28 post-season gridiron bowl games to be played: The New Orleans; Champs Sports; GMAC; Fort Worth; Las Vegas; Hawaii; MPC Computers; Motor City; Independence; Insight; Houston; Alamo; Continental Tire; Emerald; Holiday; Silicon Valley Classic; Music City; Sun; Liberty; Peach; Cotton; Outback; Gator; Capital One; Rose; Fiesta; Sugar and Orange Bowls. (As you can see some bowls are called by their sponsors names---YUK!!!).
That's way too many Bowls: Before 1970, there were only 9 Bowl games (The Rose, Sun, Peach, Gator, Cotton, Orange, Sugar, Florida Citrus and Liberty Bowls; so a team had to have a very good regular season record to be selected to play in those games). Now, a team must win only 6 games to become "Bowl-eligible", in this years bowl games: 13 teams with only 6 wins will be playing in Bowl games---YUK!!!).
Hows this for parity: of the 117 Div. I-A teams, 33 of them finished with regular season records of either 6-5, 6-6 or 5-6.

Well...Bring on the (diluted) Bowl season!!!

All the Best~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/12/2004 14:16

Seasons Greetings Wonderful Friends!!!
Heres some wx numbers for Autumn (Sept. 22-Dec. 20=90 days) 2004 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 66.2F/19.0C
Avg. Min.: 47.2C/8.4C
Highest Max.: 88F/31.1C-Sept. 23rd
Lowest Min.: 15F/-9.4C-Dec. 15th
...Highest Min.: 70F/21.1C-Oct. 28th
...Lowest Max.: 42F/5.5C-Dec. 14th
34 raindays in Autumn
Rain for Autumn: 28.05"/712.4mm (+14.00"/+355.6mm)
Days, maximums 80F+(26.6C+): 19
Days, minimums 32F(0C) or lower: 13
First 32F/0C or lower minima of Autumn: Nov. 25th (Thanksgiving Day).
Brief light snow flurries morning of Dec. 16th

As I type this (9:15 PM, Dec. 21st) we are having rain with thunder (54F/12.2C) as a strong Polar cold front approaches; rain will change to snow---1" expected with falling temperatures tomorrow. Our forecast max. for Thursday may be near 30F/-1.1C. BRRRRR!!!! Counties in N/NW Arkansas are under a Winter Weather Advisory through tomorrow as up to 6" of snow may fall in those areas. I'm enjoying the t-shower as it may be a (LONG) while until I hear thunder again.

Oh well...this being the first day of Winter, I am now looking forward to gradually lengthening daylight hours.

Wishing ALL A Very Merry Christmas & Blessed New Year!!!

All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Blair Trewin

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/12/2004 15:39

Looks like a pretty significant cold outbreak right through the central US - at present sub-freezing maxima are forecast as far south as Dallas on Thursday. Not quite on the scale of Christmas 1983 or 1989 (if I recall correctly, there was one day in the 1989 event where it failed to reach freezing anywhere in Texas, and Dallas got to -22), but still pretty impressive.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/12/2004 16:14

Hello Blair!
Yes, I remember the late-December 1989 event well---one of the coldest stretches I've experienced. The minima on the 23rd was -9F/-22.7C--a Daily Record Low Minimum--and the coldest temperature I've ever experienced. The maxima of 12F/-11.1C on the 22nd, was the lowest max. I've ever been in. The avg. minima for the month was a frigid 21.2F/-6C. The temperature remained below freezing from late on Dec. 20th to late morning on Dec. 25th. A very crazy month as we had a max. of 71F/21.6C on Dec. 5th and by Dec. 26th the max had recovered to 62F/16.6C. 26 of the 31 mornings had freezing or below minima.

Hopefully, we won't get close to the 1989 prolonged cold stretch.

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Blair Trewin

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/12/2004 17:22

I was travelling in North America in December 1989, and decided that I wanted to make sure that I got a white Christmas, so I went to Winnipeg. Given that Christmas snow in 1989 penetrated well into Texas and Florida, going to Winnipeg was a serious case of overkill smile .

(Actually, on the night of Christmas Eve the locals in Winnipeg were quite smug because for a few hours it was +1 in Winnipeg and -1 in Miami, although Winnipeg had dropped back to -17 by Christmas morning).
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/12/2004 07:11

Hello Folks!
*SNOW*SNOW*SNOW*

Today (Wed.) it is snowing here!!! At 12:01 AM, the temperature was fallen to 42F/5.5C; just after sunrise--7:10 AM (I was fetching the newspapers)---it was sleeting heavily and 33F/0.5C, shortly after the Snow began and now (2 PM) we've gotten over an inch/2.5cm+ and it's 30F/-1.1C. GLORIOUS!!! More snow to come!!!
Polk County was under a Winter Storm Watch, now we are under a Winter Storm Warning.
Listening to the scanner, area roads/highways are becoming slick and hazardous (police are working a few accidents).
Hopefully, a White Christmas this year!!!

I'm In BLISS!!!

All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: percy_04

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/12/2004 11:02

im jealous!!!!!! lol... itas 10.30 and its 30 degrees!!!!!...grr i want a white xmas!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/12/2004 11:43

Hello Percy_04: I guess you'd like to trade your 30C for our 30F!!!

As of now (6:30 PM Wed.) the snow appears to be almost stopped. So far I've copped almost 2.5"/6.3cm; add the 1.5"/3.8cm snow on Feb. 14th and our snowtotal for 2004 is almost 4"/10.1cm.

The newscasts were full of scenes of wrecks and slide-offs statewide. Travel is highly discouraged. Parts of N Arkansas---esp. in the Ozark Mountains area---copped nearly 6"/15+cm so far. Temperatures in the morning will be below 15F/-9.4C, with Wind Chill values a few degrees either side of 0F/-17.7C.

It looks like that darn upper-low is just moving (NE) too fast and will curtail the snow in my area...Oh well, it's better than nothing...this snow appears fairly dry and the wind is blowing it around...Currently the temperature has dropped to 24F/-4.4C with a very chilly NW breeze...the Winter Storm Warning is set to expire at 9 PM.
The temperatures will remain very cold through the next few days.

WHAT A DAY!!!
All the Best~~~David Powell
Posted by: Canberra Weather

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/12/2004 11:52

Hello Wet Snow
I heard you get a major Snow Storm in your
area. How much do you think how much falling in you area.I allso heard a lot of interstate Highway and Major Airport is closed.
ok cya soon
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/12/2004 14:27

Hello & Happy Holidays Weather Watchers!

Well, I measured 2.5"/6.3mm snow at my house, I called a mate who lives in Acorn---small community a few miles north of Mena---and he measured 4"/10.1mm; the Northern areas of Arkansas copped around 6"/15+cm. The heaviest falls were northeast of Arkansas: some locales in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana copped between 24-30"/60+-75+cm snow. Some area roads/highways were closed earlier today (Thur.) due to ice especially in hilly/shady areas. Although the daytime max. here was below 30F/-1.1C, the driving conditions slowly improved, with traffic moving slowly in places. The minimum this morning was a very frigid 9F/-12.7C---our lowest temperature of the year.

Hopefully this is just a taste of things to come.
Bring on More Snow!!!

All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Canberra Weather

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/12/2004 15:36

Just quick note tell you the people
i just heard on the news 11 people died that Snow storm
ok bye
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/12/2004 05:34

Holiday Greetings Friends!!!

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW..........RAIN
Dec...19..47F(8.3C)...24F(-4.4C)...---
......20..64F(17.7C)..21F(-6.1C)...---
......21..57F(13.8C)..42F(5.5C)...0.40"/10.1mm
......22..42F(5.5C)...18F(-7.7C)..0.25"*/6.3mm
......23..28F(-2.2C)...9F(-12.7C)..---
......24..30F(-1.1C)..12F(-11.1C)..---
......25..37F(2.7C)...15F(-9.4C)...---

*=rain equivalent of 2.5"/6.3cm snow
Well, Winter began on the 21st and the Cold weather arrived just about on time. A weak, dry Canadian cold front passed on the 19th. The first Arctic/Polar strong cold front of the season hit early AM on the 22nd. Heavy sleet around sunrise (7:10 AM) was followed by a total of 2.5"/6.3cm snowfall, giving us a "White Christmas" YAY!!! (The highest snowtotal for Arkansas I think was 7"/17.7cm at Mount Ida---East of Mena). The cold front was presaged by very gusty winds (SW before passage, NW--brutal Wind Chills--after passage). The snow was fairly dry and wouldn't pack together. The remainder of the week was cold with mostly sunny skies. The 9F/-12.7C minima on the 23rd is the coldest temperature of 2004, so far.
Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:51 PM-listed for the 19th; Overall Low-abt. 11:55 Pm-listed for the 21st; Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:34 PM (temp. fell all day)-listed for the 22nd.
Hopefully, snow-wise, this is just a taste of things to come. Today (12:30 PM Sunday) a majority of the snow has melted, but it is still Glorious. This is our first "White Christmas" (snow lying on the ground[instead of flurries]) since around 1988. Hopefully (fingers crossed) we can avoid any Ice events this Winter. Adding the 1.5"/3.8cm snow on Feb. 14th, our snowtotal for 2004 now stands at 4"/10.1cm.
There is a fair warm-up forecast as the period of Dec. 29-31 will see tops in the low 60sF/15+C.
BTW, Mena's average Christmas temperature is a max. of 49F/9.4C with a min. of 28F/-2.2C

Wishing ALL A Great Week & Most Happy New Year!!!

*Bring on More Snow*
All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/01/2005 13:31

Seasons Greetings Wonderful Folks!!!

Heres some weather numbers for December, 2004 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 53.1F/11.7C
Avg. Min.: 31.4C/-0.3C
High Max.: 66F/18.8C---Dec. 12 & 31
Low Min.: 9F/-12.7C---Dec. 23
...High Min.: 61F/16.1C---Dec. 31
...Low Max.: 28F/-2.2C---Dec. 23
5 precip. days in December
Rain for December: 2.10"/53.3mm (-2.20"/-55.8mm)
Rain for 2004: 71.45"/1,814.8mm (+16.95"/+430.5mm)
2.5"/6.3cm snow on Dec. 23; flurries on Dec. 16

Sure wish I could send some of this excess rain to ya'll!!!

Hope your 2005 is the Best-Ever!

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
I'll next post a detailed report on 2004 weather in Mena.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/01/2005 14:36

Hello Folks:
Heres a detailed report on weather in Mena, Arkansas for 2004 (temp. data for 361 days---out of town Mar. 30-Apr. 3)

Avg. Max.: 70.1F/21.1C
Avg. Min.: 51.1F/10.6C
Highest Max.: 96F/35.5C---Aug. 3
Lowest Min.: 9F/-12.7C---Dec. 23
...Highest Min.: 76F/24.4C---Aug. 25, 26 & 27
...Lowest Max.: 28F/-2.2C---Dec. 23
Days, Max. 90F/32.2C+: 20
Days, Min. 32F/0C or lower: 60
Days, Max. 32F/0C or lower: 4 [29F/-1.6C on Jan. 5; 32F/0C on Jan. 6; 28F/-2.2C on Dec. 23; 30F/-1.1C on Dec. 24]

Last Spring frost: Apr. 14
First Autumn frost: Nov. 25=234 days

First 70F max.: 70F/21.1C--Mar. 8 (Day 68)
First 80F max.: 82F/27.7C--Apr. 17 (Day 108)
First 90F max.: 92F/33.3C--Jul. 13 (Day 195)
Last 90F max.: 90F/32.2C--Sep. 18 (Day 262)
Last 80F max.: 80F/26.6C--Nov. 7 (Day 312)
Last 70F max.: 70F/21.1C--Nov. 16 (Day 321)

Warmest Week: Avg. Max. 90.8F/32.6C, week of Jul. 11-17
Coldest Week: Avg. Max. 41F/5.0C, week of Feb. 8-14

Rain/Precip.:

2004 Rain: 71.45"/1,814.8mm (+16.95"/+430.5mm)
115 Precipitation days
Wettest Day: 4.65"/118.1mm---Oct. 27
Wettest Week: 5.40"/137.1mm---week of Apr. 18-24
..............5.40"/137.1mm---week of Oct. 24-30
Would've ended 2004 with above normal rain, if no rain after Oct. 27th
Longest Dryspell: 24 days (Sept. 7-30)
Days, rain 1"+/25.4mm+: 21

Sleet: (w/freezing rain) Feb. 4
Hail: (pea-sized) Mar. 18; (marble-sized) Apr. 9 & 10
Snow: 2004 total: 4"/10.1cm [1.5"/3.8cm on Feb. 14; 2.5"/6.3cm on Dec. 23], flurries on Jan. 26, 27, Feb. 6, 11 and Dec. 16

Winter (Dec. 22, 2003-Mar. 19, 2004) Rain: 14.90"/378.4mm
Spring (Mar. 20-Jun. 19) Rain: 18.50"/469.9mm
Summer (Jun. 20-Sep. 21) Rain: 10.80"/274.3mm
Autumn (Sep. 22-Dec. 20) Rain: 28.05"/712.4mm

Quite a contrast in rainfall: Only 1 rainday (0.05"/1.2mm) in September--likely the driest month I've experienced; then I had 16.70"/424.1mm rain--14 raindays--in October; then 18 raindays in November--likely the most monthly raindays I've experienced.
8 calendar weeks had no rain.

Enjoy!!! Wishing ALL An Interesting 2005, Weatherwise and Otherwise.

All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/01/2005 14:39

Addendum to December, 2004 report:

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Dense Fog Advisory: Dec. 6
Thunderstorm Watch: Dec. 6
Lake Wind Advisory: Dec. 20
Winter Weather Advisory: Dec. 22
Winter Storm Warning: Dec. 22

Enjoy!!! :wave:
Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/01/2005 07:41

Hello Again, Wonderful Friends!!!

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

2004:
DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Dec..26..55F(12.7C)..21F(-6.1C)..---
.....27..50F(10.0C)..26F(-3.3C)..---
.....28..59F(15.0C)..36F(2.2C)...---
.....29..58F(14.4C)..51F(10.5C)..---
.....30..64F(17.7C)..58F(14.4C).TRACE
.....31..66F(18.8C)..61F(16.1C).0.30"/7.6mm
2005:
Jan...1..63F(17.2C)..59F(15.0C).0.10"/2.5mm

A week with extremely mild, above normal conditions (avg. max. is 49F/9.4C this time of year). Rain was from a moist SW airflow (Southern branch of the Jet Stream), which has given us cloudy/showery days since Dec. 29th [raining now as I type this, 2:25 P.M. Sunday, Jan. 2]. The warmth is great as I know it'll not last long; I even saw a fly buzzing around on Dec. 31st!!! Overall High-abt. 11:20 P.M.-listed for Dec. 29th as warm SW winds caused the nighttime temperature to rise. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-listed for Jan. 1st.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! At 12:01 A.M. Saturday, January 1, 2005, conditions at the Intermountain Regional Airport AWS (Mena Airport), cloudy (1,200' OVC), Visibility: 10miles/16.1km, Temperature: 63F/17.2C, Wind: 170degrees (S) at 6m.p.h./9.6kph, Barometer: 30.20"/1,022.7hPa

So, as you can see, we're having some "balmy" conditions currently. The upcoming week will continue cloudy/showery with somewhat cooler temperatures.

Wishing ALL A Great Week & Awesome 2005!!!
All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 04/01/2005 16:41

Addendum to 2004 Year Summary:

Heavy sleet, Dec. 23rd

Thunder heard (T-storms/showers) on: Jan. 25, Feb. 4, Mar. 2, 4, 17 & 18, Apr. 7, 9, 10, 21, 22, 24 and 30, May 1, 11, 27, 28 & 30, Jun. 2, 7, 8, 15, 16, 19 and 21, Jul. 3, 7, 8 & 24, Aug. 11, 19 & 28, Oct. 7, 22, 29, 30 & 31, Nov. 11, 23, 24 & 26, Dec. 6 & 21.

In the Winter months, the strongest of Canadian cold front can produce thundery showers (followed by a fair temperature drop). The T-shower on Jan. 25th ended as snow flurries on the morning of Jan. 26th; the T-storm on Feb. 4th was accompanied by sleet as it was strange to hear thunder with heavy rain, sleet and temperatures around 35F/~2C.

Thats one thing I miss in our Winter months, not hearing nice rumbles of thunder.

Heard a few rumbles today (Mon., Jan. 3) with heavy rain--2.5"/63.5mm--as a Pacific cold front approaches; not common to hear thunder here in January.

All the Best (*rumble, rumble*)~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/01/2005 05:42

Greetin's Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Jan...2..64F(17.7C)..60F(15.5C)..1.50"/38.1mm
......3..65F(18.3C)..62F(16.6C)..3.15"/80mm
......4..67F(19.4C)..63F(17.2C)..0.40"/10.1mm
......5..64F(17.7C)..29F(-1.6C)..0.75"/19mm
......6..32F(0.0C)...17F(-8.3C)..---
......7..39F(3.8C)...29F(-1.6C)..0.20"/5mm
......8..39F(3.8C)...30F(-1.1C)..0.10"/2.5mm

Well this week had just about everything: Above normal temperatures in the first-half, a good cool-down in the last-half, plenty of rain (Thunder on Jan. 3 & 5), sunshine (all of the 6th and half-day on the 8th) even a period of light freezing rain the morning of the 7th!!!
One of the wetter/cloudier weeks I've experienced, saw sunshine on the 6th for first time since Dec. 29th.
Rain on 2nd-3rd from a moist SW airflow, rain on 4th-5th from a Pacific cold front (Passage on the 5th with some Canadian air mixed in), rain (light freezing rain--froze on grassy areas) on 7th-8th from disturbance to our south. I'll take all that rain over icy conditions anyday!!! Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:45 P.M.-listed for the 5th as temperature fell all day.

Because Mena is in a valley, whatever forecast temperatures the NWS gives for our area, you can sometimes take 5 degreesF off the f'cast max and min and thats what our actual temps will be (ex. lets say the f'cast is a max of 75F/23.8C with a min of 55F/12.7C--most times the actuals could be a max of 70F/21.1C and a min of 50F/10C). Well the NWS really missed the forecast for Mena(as they sometimes do) for yesterday (Saturday): Our f'cast max was 58F/14.4C, well the clouds were slow to clear out, clearing by afternoon and the actual max was 39F/3.8C. Thankfully, the NWS doesn't get this far off the forecast very often.

Another temperature roller-coaster forecast this next week: Unseasonably warm, forecast max for tomorrow (Monday) is 70F/21.1C, T-storms with another cold front by Wednesday/Thursday and a f'cast max for Saturday in the low-40sF/~5C.
Since we're not too far into Winter yet (not quite 3 weeks into it) the conditions are still fairly mild and changeable.

So, there you have it, a week going from T-showers to freezing rain!!!

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
All the Best~~~Wet Snow
P.S. We exceeded our average January rain (2.70"/68.5mm) by the 3rd day of the month!!!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/01/2005 05:48

January Greetings Wonderful Folks!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Jan...9...54F(12.2C)..37F(2.7C)...---
.....10...64F(17.7C)..51F(10.5C)..0.05"/1.2mm
.....11...65F(18.3C)..62F(16.6C)..Trace
.....12...65F(18.3C)..54F(12.2C)..1.25"/31.7mm
.....13...54F(12.2C)..33F(0.5C)...---
.....14...46F(7.7C)...26F(-3.3C)..---
.....15...46F(7.7C)...25F(-3.8C)..---

This was about a carbon-copy of the previous week----abnormal warmth at the start and a good cool-down at the end. Rain on 10th-11th was due to the proximity of a Stationary front to our North; rain on 12th due to the passage of a Pacific cold front(the front was a Pacific one, but much cold Canadian air filled in behind it; the frigid air was mostly zonal and didn't quite make it to my area---some areas of N. Dak./Minn. are having maximums near -5F/-20.5C!!!) Overall Low-abt. 11:55 P.M.-listed for the 12th; Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:43 P.M.-listed for the 13th.
It looks like we're finally settling into a cooler (more normal) temperature regime. It's been so mild that squirrels, rabbits and our "neighborhood" mockingbird(he thinks he owns the neighborhood) are still about---normally these animals would be in hibernation and the birds would've flown South to warmer climes.

Northern places, such as Barrow, Alaska will be a little "brighter" as they'll finally see the sun again on Jan. 22nd (they last saw the sun on Nov. 19th---YUCK!!!).

It was great to hear rumbles of thunder as the front passed through on the 12th. Thankfully my area missed the Severe weather; there were reports of wind damage in Centerton (NW Ark.) and a tornado killed 2 people and damaged around 25 houses in Union County (far S Ark.)

I've heard we're in an ElNino weather pattern, I don't know but the weather has been "Crazy" lately---massive flooding/mudslides in California; TONNES/FEET--some places have 20FT/6M snow on ground in the Sierras, avalanches(the most snow in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area since 1916); severe weather and tornadoes in the South; normally snowy/frigid Buffalo, New York broke a Daily Rec. Maximum on Tuesday of 68F/20C, shortly after, the cold front blew through and their max. on Wednesday was a more-normal 34F/1.1C. Kansas City, Missouri had their first Snowless December on record. Massive snowmelt followed by heavy rains causing record flooding on many creeks/rivers in the Ohio area. Quite interesting weather conditions.

Wishing ALL An A-1 Week!!!
All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/01/2005 06:13

Hello Wonderful Folks!!!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Jan.16..38F(3.3C)...25F(-3.8C)..---
....17..38F(3.3C)...18F(-7.7C)..---
....18..43F(6.1C)...20F(-6.6C)..---
....19..59F(15.0C)..36F(2.2C)...---
....20..68F(20.0C)..33F(0.5C)...---
....21..71F(21.6C)..38F(3.3C)...---
....22..51F(10.5C)..24F(-4.4C)..---

A dry week and the reverse of previous weeks--a chilly start and warmer finish. Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:05 PM-listed for the 22nd as a dry Canadian cold front blew through--gusty cold N winds---and the temperature fell all day. As you can see from the temperature spreads, we have some fairly dry air on top of our area. The 71F/21.6C maximum is fairly rare for January, our first 70F+maximum in 2004 was on March 8th. I continue to be amazed at how mild January (& our Winter) has been so far: still seeing robins, possums, rabbits, squirrels about---normally these animals would be hibernating or would've gone south to warmer areas. I hope this isn't a sign we're going to have a "bad Summer"= abundance of flies/fleas/ticks/mosquitoes + brutally HOT & DRY conditions.
Although it's been dry (no rain for past 10+ days), I'm very glad to see this stretch of abundantly sunny days. I finally heard some geese flying over late Friday evening, I didn't see them so I don't know what direction they were headed (most likely South).
We are forecast for rebounding maximums which will be up to 60F+/15C+ this coming week and our rainchances will continue poor (this time of year, frontal passages[with abundant moisture levels] give us the best rainchances).

I'm also looking forward to this week as I'll be switching my PC from dial-up to DSL....

I'm also enjoying watching the Australian Open Tennis Tournament (matches are telecast live here on ESPN2, beginning at 10PM CST---our time), the area around Melbourne Park/Yarra River looks very nice; good to see swaths of greenery amongst the large city-scape. Hopefully Lleyton Hewitt & Alicia Molik can do very well, and continue to make Australia proud of them.

Wishing ALL A Great Week (Tennis-wise & otherwise)!!!
All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 31/01/2005 05:46

Hello Fantastic Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Jan..23..38F(3.3C)..16F(-8.8C)..---
.....24..57F(13.8C).26F(-3.3C)..---
.....25..65F(18.3C).36F(2.2C)...---
.....26..66F(18.8C).43F(6.1C)...---
.....27..45F(7.2C)..33F(0.5C)...Trace
.....28..33F(0.5C)..32F(0.0C)..0.20"/5mm
.....29..39F(3.8C)..32F(0.0C)...---

Back on the temperature roller-coaster again as the Strange & Unusual January weather continues.
*Strange: Sort of surreal as the .20"/5mm rain on the 28th fell in a daylong drizzle/light rain, with the temperature at 33F/0.5C---but NO Icing Conditions.
*Unusual: After a very wet first part of the month, we had no rain from Jan. 12th-27th, which prompted a short-lived (1 day) Countywide Burn Ban (I can NEVER remember a Burn Ban in January before).
The rain was due to a disturbance along the Gulf coast, causing an overruning situation in this part of the country (areas to our East [esp. around the Atlanta, Georgia-area] had an ice-storm from this system).
A dry Canadian cold front passed through in the late P.M. hours of the 26th. Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:41 P.M.-listed for the 27th; the Maximum on the 28th was achieved at 12:01 A.M. and abt. 12:21 P.M.
The mildness continues as we've had 12 January days with maximums of 60F+/15.5C+ (compared to 6 such days in January, 2004).

For those interested: if you'd like to see Daily Record Max./Min. temperatures for selected cities in Arkansas (these are DAILY temperature records, all temperatures in degrees F.) you can go to:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/temprec.htm (Choose a month). The next page will list selected Arkansas cities, click a city of your choice (Mena, etc.) The next page will appear with:
Day of Month, Rec. Min., Year(s) set, Rec. Max., Year(s) Set

The upcoming week will have clouds and shower chances with maximums near 50F/10C---which is just about average. I've heard that some trees are actually starting to bud out---now that's truly Unusual here in January---GLOBAL WARMING??????????

Wishing ALL A Great Week & Month of February!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/02/2005 11:40

Hello Awesome Friends!!!

Heres some weather numbers in January 2005 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 52.2F/11.2C
Avg. Min.: 36.1C/2.2C
Highest Max.: 71F/21.6C--Jan. 21st
Lowest Min.: 16F/-8.8C--Jan. 23rd
...Highest Min.: 63F/17.2C--Jan. 4th
...Lowest Max.: 32F/0.0C--Jan. 6th
12 raindays in January
January rain: 8.10"/205.7mm (+5.40"/+137.1mm)
Rain for Year: 8.10"/205.7mm (+5.40"/+137.1mm)
Days, minimums 32F/0C or lower: 14

January's weather was exceptionally mild*, unusual* and strange*.
*Mild=there were 12 January days with 60F+/15.5C+ maximums (compared to 6 such days in January 2004). The January 2005 mean temperature was 44.1F/6.7C, compared to the January 2004 mean temperature of 40.1F/4.5C. The January 2004 average minimum was 31.8F/-0.1C.
*Unusual=the start of the month was very wet, we exceeded the monthly average (2.70"/68.5mm) on Jan. 3rd, we then went rainless from Jan. 12th-27th which prompted a short-lived (1 day) Countywide Burn Ban (I can NEVER remember a Burn Ban here in January before!!!)
*Strange=the .20"/5mm rain on the 28th fell in a daylong light shower/drizzle with the temperature hovering at the 33F/0.5C mark---but NO icing happened!!!

Watches/Warnings for month:
Flash Flood Watch: Jan. 3rd-4th
Lake Wind Advisory: Jan. 5th, 12th-13th
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Jan. 12th
Countywide Burn Ban: Jan. 27th-28th

Wishing ALL A Safe, Prosperous, Happy & Blessed Month of February!!!

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow cool :wave:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 07/02/2005 05:37

Hello Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Jan..30..40F(4.4C)...35F(1.6C)..0.30"/7.6mm
.....31..42F(5.5C)...36F(2.2C)..0.10"/2.5mm
Feb...1..39F(3.8C)...34F(1.1C)..0.20"/5mm
......2..41F(5.0C)...34F(1.1C)..0.30"/7.6mm
......3..53F(11.6C)..30F(-1.1C)..---
......4..56F(13.3C)..25F(-3.8C)..---
......5..55F(12.7C)..33F(0.5C)...---

This week had a damp, cool start and a warmer finish. Rain was from a disturbance near the Gulf of Mexico coast, causing overrunning conditions in my area; as the southern branch of the Jet Stream continues pumping large amounts of moisture/cloudiness over this part of the U.S. We finally got to see abundant sunshine on the 3rd-4th (YAY!!!). Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 10:47 P.M.-listed for the 1st; Overall Low-abt. 11:42 P.M.-listed for the 3rd.

Well, Feb. 2nd was Groundhog Day in the U.S. and the most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney (pronounced punk-su-tawny) Phil (in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania) was ushered from his burrow and saw his shadow---which means 6 more weeks of Winter. (If Phil fails to see his shadow, it might indicate earlier Springlike conditions). We'll just have to wait and see.

I'm still amazed that a powerful Arctic/Polar cold front hasn't blasted us by now, also NO snow yet this year. Many locales in the Plains states broke Daily High Maximums this past week due to the unusually mild conditions.

Looking at pics/reports of the Wild Weather in the Melbourne-area and elsewhere makes me glad that we here are in a fairly serene time of the year weather-wise. But those T-storm pics are making me wish for Springtime a bit. Climatologically, we're just about at the mid-point of Winter, so hopefully we can manage some good Snowfall before too much longer.

Later today is the "Big Game"--the NFL Super Bowl; kickoff is set for 5:30 P.M. at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. The (15-3) Philadelphia Eagles will take on the (16-2) New England Patriots. New England--looking for their 2nd consecutive Super Bowl victory--are 7 point favorites. Only the Good Lord knows how many Mega$$$$ is being bet on this game. For the first time, the Super Bowl will be televised in China. Should be a good game, and....GO PATRIOTS!!!

The upcoming week will see highs of 50F+/10C+ and another good rainchance come next weekend (just like clockwork...LOL...)

Wishing ALL An A-1 Week!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow :wave:
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/02/2005 14:03

Hello Friends:

Just heard on the radio today that in Arkansas in 2004, there were 48 documented Tornadoes, totaling NO fatalities and 11 injuries.

So far, so good, here's hoping that 2005 will be the same (NO deaths, few injuries).

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/02/2005 06:20

Hello Weather Fans:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Feb...6..55F(12.7C)..46F(7.7C)..0.70"/17.7mm
......7..63F(17.2C)..45F(7.2C)..0.05"/1.2mm
......8..57F(13.8C)..38F(3.3C)..0.15"/3.8mm
......9..47F(8.3C)...31F(-0.5C).0.05"/1.2mm
.....10..54F(12.2C)..26F(-3.3C)..---
.....11..62F(16.6C)..28F(-2.2C)..---
.....12..50F(10.0C)..42F(5.5C)..0.20"/5mm

A wet and fairly mild mid-Winter week, almost felt Springlike at times. Rain on 6-7th was from a Canadian cold front (passage on the 7th); rain on 8-9th was from a Pacific cold front (passage on 9th) and rain on the 12th was ahead of a Pacific cold front (passage today [Sun.] with gusty W winds). Overall High-abt. 11:05 PM-listed for the 6th (due to warm S winds ahead of the cold front); Overall Low-abt. 10:37 PM-listed for the 7th; Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:26 PM-listed for the 9th.
It's been so mild that I actually saw a dandelion in the front yard the other day and some trees/bushes around town are starting to have buds/blooms---this is just Incredible for February!!! I mean we are still in mid-Winter here. I am enjoying the warmth, but I know that before too long, a good Arctic blast will hit us (it's long overdue!!!). Perhaps this is one of those ElNino years?!? The upcoming week will continue the mild temperature trend with maximums even getting into the low-60sF/16+C. If this keeps up, I'll be mowing soon...LOL...

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Some final numbers on 2004 NCAA Football (Gridiron) season. 117 Colleges/Universities play Div. I Football in the US:

Undefeated teams: 5
U. of Southern California (12-0, National Champ.), Auburn U. (11-0), Boise State U. (11-0), U. of Oklahoma (11-0, defeated by USC in Champ. game) and U. of Utah (11-0)
Winless teams: 1
U. of Central Florida (0-11)

Parity: 34 of the 117 teams finished with either 5-6, 6-5 or 6-6 regular season records.
32 games went to Overtime (OT) to decide the outcome.
30 games in which the losing team went scoreless (a shutout).
7 games had a combined final score of 100+ points.
Highest combined score: 133 pts. (San Jose St. 70- Rice U. 63---and this was NOT an OT game!!!)

Most points scored, season: 554, U. of Louisville (10-1)
Best pergame avg.: 50.3, U. of Louisville (10-1)
Least points scored, season: 154, U. of Washington (1-10)
Worst pergame avg.: 14.0, U. of Washington (1-10)
Least points allowed, season: 106, Auburn U. (11-0)
Best pergame avg. 9.6, Auburn U. (11-0)
Most points allowed, season: 473, U. of Idaho (3-9)
Worst pergame avg. 42.6, San Jose State U. (2-9)

Average score of all 672 games played by Div. I teams: 35.1-17.0 (winners=tot. 23,591 pts. losers=tot. 11,468 pts.) This spread is due to: teams at the beginning of the season play 3-5 (usually weaker) Nonconference opponents and the margins of victory are usually higher. When conference play begins, the opponents become tougher and winning margins are usually smaller, as the following would bear out:

In the 117 teams' season opening game, the teams had a record of 68-49 (.581) with the avg. score being 27.4-22.8. In the 117 teams' final regular season game, their record was 51-66 (.435), their avg. loss by a 23.9-28.4 score. Take for instance, the U. of Minnesota: the Golden Gophers went 3-0 in Nonconference games, massacring their 3 hapless opponents by a combined score of 134-58, but in Big 10 Conference play, UM only had a 3-5 record to finish the regular season at 6-5.

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
P.S. The U. of Arkansas finished at 5-6 (very tough schedule) scoring a total of 328 points and allowing a total of 270 points. 6 of UA's regular season opponents went to post-season Bowl games. If it weren't for a safety and a couple bad breaks, UA could've beaten hated-rival U. of Texas. But UT pulled out a 22-20 victory on their way to a 10-1 regular season record.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/02/2005 06:46

Hello Aussie Weather Buddies!!!

Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.........LOW.......RAIN
Feb..13..70F(21.1C)..48F(8.8C)..---
.....14..73F(22.7C)..41F(5.0C)..---
.....15..77F(25.0C)..55F(12.7C).---
.....16..55F(12.7C)..41F(5.0C)..---
.....17..55F(12.7C)..35F(1.6C)..---
.....18..58F(14.4C)..30F(-1.1C).0.10"/2.5mm
.....19..51F(10.5C)..43F(6.1C)..0.10"/2.5mm

A week with a sizzling start and seasonable finish. Near-record maximums: the record maximum for Feb. 14 here is 77F/25C and the record maximum for Feb. 15 here is 78F/25.5C. Many locales tied/broke daily record maximums on those days.
A Canadian cold front passed through on the 13th---rain fell on the 12th, ahead of the front; a dry Canadian cold front passed through late on the 15th; rain on 18-19th due to moist SW flow as the Southern Branch of the Jet Stream continues to be most active. The maximum on the 16th was achieved at 12:01 AM and abt. 3PM, Overall Low-abt. 11:15 PM-listed for the 16th; Overall Low-abt. 10:37 PM-listed for the 17th.
The warmer conditions were nice, but this time of year those conditions don't last very long. I've even seen tulip trees blossoming in town due to the mildness, and tiny white flowers are being seen more and more---and calendar-wise, we've still got over a MONTH OF WINTER LEFT!!!

Saturday the 19th was my 44th Birthday. Conditions at 12:01 AM Feb. 19th at Intermountain Mun. Airport (Mena Airport). Cloudy, light rain, Scattered clouds 6,500', Ceiling 9,000'; Visibility 10miles/16.1km; Temperature: 48F/9C; Wind: 230degrees (SW) at 4mph/6.4kph; Barometer: 30.28"/1025.4 hPa/Mb. 48 Contiguous US State High Maximum: 81F/27.2C in Harlingen, Texas (82F/27.7C at Kona Airport, Hawaii). 48 Contiguous US State Low Minimum: -30F/-34.4C at Embarrass, Minnesota.

I had a great time on my B-day. Had around 12 of my Awesome God-Given Friends over and we had pizza, cola, pies(lemon & chocolate), potato chips and delicious Louisiana Crunch cake.

The upcoming week will have more showers forecast due to the persistent Subtropical Jet remaining over our area, forecast maximums today & Monday of 70F+/21C+ before another cool-down to seasonal maximums (~55F/12.7C avg. max. this time of year). I'll take the rainyness as the Sub. Jet keeps the Brutally cold air to the North of us.

Wishing ALL A Top-Notch Week!!!
All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 28/02/2005 05:55

Hello Weather Fans:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Feb..20..67F(19.4C)..49F(9.4C)..0.25"/6.3mm
.....21..76F(24.4C)..47F(8.3C)...---
.....22..72F(22.2C)..47F(8.3C)...---
.....23..50F(10C)....39F(3.8C)..0.75"/19mm
.....24..49F(9.4C)...32F(0C).....---
.....25..57F(13.8C)..28F(-2.2C)..---
.....26..57F(13.8C)..35F(1.6C)...---

A week with near-record warmth at the start and another mid-week cooldown. Rain on 20th from Canadian cold front (passage on the 21st); rain on 23rd--early A.M. T-shower---from passage of a stronger Canadian cold front. Overall Low-abt. 11:50 P.M.-listed for the 21st; Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 10:30 P.M.-listed for the 23rd; Overall Low-abt. 11:30 P.M.-listed for the 24th.

From the looks of things-more trees/flowers blooming, more green grassy areas, etc-it looks like an early Spring for us here (Spring arrives March 21).
The blooms will continue to flourish as long as our minimums remain above freezing. I guess it's just a matter of time before those redbud trees start blooming (a sure sign of Spring here). We already have forsythia bushes blooming and several tulip trees in town are in full bloom. At this rate, we'll be having Summer-like temps in May (Summer starts June 21)...LOL...

One of my Aussie I'net friends was relating to me how this Summer in Melbourne was very coolish; well I'm on the opposite end of the scale as our Winter is one of the mildest I can remember (I'll give more detailed figures on such in my February monthly summary, in a couple days from now).

Wishing ALL A Grand Week!!!
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/03/2005 16:04

Hello Folks:

For those interested in US Weather conditions:
Hourly US Weather Maps:
http://www.coolwx.com/usstats/ (map 1=Hourly US Temperature isolines in 5degree F increments [32F/0C isoline in red], map 2=Hourly US Barometric Pressure in hPa/Mb, map 3=Hourly US Estimated Cloudiness).

In left margin is more Hourly US weather info:
Cloud Cover: Mean %, % Clear, % Cloudy; Mean Temperature: Minimum temp & location (located on map), Maximum temp & location (located on map); Mean Dew Point: Highest & location, lowest & location; Mean Barometric Pressure: Highest & location (located on map), Lowest & location (located on map);Mean Wind Speed (in mph): Highest & location, highest gust & location; Highest Heat Index & location, Lowest Wind Chill & location.

I really like the 24HR map Movies of Temperatures & Barometric Pressure(=good for tracking High and Low pressures across the US).

*0Z/00:00GMT is 6PM in my location (CST).

For those interested in Arkansas weather conditions:

Daily (text) Arkansas Weather Summary:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/pviewz.php?pil=LZKRWSLZK

Other Ark Wx Info on left:
One interesting site: Historic Arkansas Weather Events:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/bigevents.htm

A site I really like is the US National Register of Historic Places:
http://www.historicdistricts.com/welcome.html (NRHS recognized 12,772 Historic Districts nationally, with 81,706 total places listed).
For Historic Places on the Register in Polk County:
http://www.historicdistricts.com/AR/polk/state.html

Please Enjoy~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/03/2005 10:51

Hello Awesome Aussie Weather Mates:
Heres some weather numbers for Feb. 2005 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 57F/13.8C
Avg. Min.: 37.8F/3.2C
High Max.: 77F/25C--Feb. 15th
Low Min.: 25F/-3.8C--Feb. 4th
...High Min.: 55F/12.7C--Feb. 15th
...Low Max.: 39F/3.8C--Feb. 1st
13 Raindays (1 Thunderday) in month
Rain for February: 3.15"/80mm (-0.45"/-11.4mm)
Rain for Year: 11.25"/285.7mm (+4.95"/+125.7mm)
Days, minimums 32F/0C or lower: 8
Days, maximums 70F/21.1C+: 5

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Feb. 20-21

The Spring Equinox here isn't until March 21st, but it looks like Spring has started about a month early here as many trees/bushes are blooming/blossoming.

Perhaps these figures will bear out how Awesomely Mild our Winter has been thus far:
...................Jan.-Feb. 2004...Jan.-Feb. 2005
Avg. Max...........49.5F/9.7C.......54.5F/12.5C
Avg. Min...........31.6F/-0.2C......36.9F/2.7C
Days, Max. 60F/15.5C+...10.............20
Days, Max. 70F/21.1C+....0..............6
Days, Min. 32F/0C or lower..39.........22
Days, Falling Snow.....5................0

WHERE DID OUR WINTER GO TO???

Wishing ALL A Blessed, Safe, Happy & Prosperous Month of March!!!

All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 07/03/2005 05:54

Hello Wonderful Weather Mates!!!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Feb..27..47F(8.3C)...43F(6.1C)...0.20"/5mm
.....28..52F(11.1C)..36F(2.2C)...0.10"/2.5mm
Mar...1..51F(10.5C)..27F(-2.7C)...---
......2..46F(7.7C)...38F(3.3C)...0.20"/5mm
......3..62F(16.6C)..39F(3.8C)....---
......4..65F(18.3C)..38F(3.3C)....---
......5..66F(18.8C)..45F(7.2C)....---

A week with nicely rebounding temperatures. Rain on Feb. 27-28 was from Canadian cold front (passage on the 28th); the proximity of a Stationary front to our South gave the rain on Mar. 2nd; a dry weak Canadian cold front passed through on the 5th. Everything is continuing to look more and more Springlike. This time of year our average high is 59F(15C) with a morning low of 35F(1.6C). These mild conditions almost make you forget we still have 2 weeks of Winter left!!!
I'll need to get the mowers serviced soon as it's just a matter of time before I'll be using them. I talked to some people who live not far to my West and they said they killed a snake. Snakes (in a usual Winter) would still be in hibernation this time of year. It seems everything is around a month ahead of normal. Oh well....bring on the WARMTH!!!
I wonder if this could mean an earlier and more active storm season?!?
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Well the U. of Arkansas Basketball team finished the regular season with a record of 18-11. The Razorbacks played a fairly easy Non-conference schedule and compiled a 12-1 record; but the Hogs found it rough going in Southeastern Conference play, finishing with a conference mark of 6-10---for the final record of 18-11. The Hogs averaged scoring 72.4 points per game and allowing 63.4 points per game. The SEC schedule featured some heart-breaking losses and missed opportunities for wins. UA's 18 wins were by an average of 21.1 points (inflated by quite a few early-season blowouts), the 11 defeats were by an average of 9.2 points. 11 wins were by 15+ points, 4 wins were by less than 10 points. 6 of the losses were by less than 10 points. Nevertheless the record was an improvement over last year and with only 1 senior player, most of the team will return for the next year.
The Hogs will now play in the SEC post-season tournament. The 'Backs had too many losses and low power index ranking to be able to go to the premier 64-team NCAA Tournament (post-season, single-elimination tournament to decide the National Champion), instead the Hogs will likely get to play in the (lesser status) National Invitation Tournament (NIT). This tourney features teams with more mediocre records (or teams with better records which are overlooked by the NCAA selection committee). One advantage of playing in the NIT is that sometimes you get to play home games, whereas the NCAA tourney games are played at neutral Regional sites. BRING ON "MARCH MADNESS"!!!!

The U. of A. Baseball team has fared well so far in non-conference play, racking up an 11-1 record as of now.

Wishing ALL A Bonza' Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/03/2005 06:53

Hello Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE....HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Mar...6..71F(21.6C)..38F(3.3C)...---
......7..62F(16.6C)..46F(7.7C)..Trace
......8..57F(13.8C)..31F(-0.5C)..---
......9..54F(12.2C)..34F(1.1C)..Trace
.....10..66F(18.8C)..28F(-2.2C)..---
.....11..62F(16.6C)..42F(5.5C)...---
.....12..79F(26.1C)..48F(8.8C)...---

A week with a coolish middle and very warm at the start and end. Light sprinkles were due to a couple passages of fairly weak Canadian cold fronts. Overall Low-abt.11:26 PM-listed for the 7th; Overall Low-abt. 10:18 PM-listed for the 9th. Very windy on the 11th-12th--warm gusty SW winds ahead of an approaching cold front.
Last week we had our garden area broken up and when the threat of frost is past, it'll be ready for planting.
Sure could use some rain as it's beginning to be dry here now.
I'm really looking forward to April 4th as that's the day when we in the US get on Daylight Saving Time (on that day sunset will be neat 7:30 PM!!!) Bring It On!!!
The upcoming week looks for more normal or slightly below normal temperatures with shower chances the mid-week period.

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Well, after UA's Basketball team lost to U Tennessee (65-46, in prob the worst game the Razorbacks played all year) in the 1st Round of the post-season SEC tournament, UA Coach Stan Heath, citing that his players were "emotionally and physically drained" and "not playing with cohesiveness and urgency" said he will decline a bid to play in the (lesser status) post-season National Invitation Tournament (UA just had too many losses to be invited to play in the 64-team premier NCAA Tournament). Well, I guess this can be expected with a young team--only 1 senior on squad. Oh well, they'll get better as the next years roll on, they made a big improvement over last years record as they finished the year with a record of 18-12.

The UA Baseball team is faring well in non-conference play, with a record of 15-1, knocking off powerhouse Oklahoma State U a few days ago.

Well, for the 40th TIME, the UA Razorbacks Mens Track/Field team are National Champions!!! The victory was all the sweeter as the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships were held at the UA home facility-the Tyson Track Center. UA won it with 56 points, in 2nd place was the U of Florida with 46 points. On the Womens side, the U of Tennessee won it with 46 points, in 2nd place was the U of Florida with 36 points (the UA Women finished in 19th place with 12.5 points).

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Arkansas High School Basketball Championship Games:
Class AAAAA Girls: Little Rock Parkview (27-4) def. Conway (23-7) by score of 68-50
Class AAAAA Boys: West Memphis (24-4) def. Fayetteville (23-9) by 41-38 in OT
Class AAAA Girls: Alma def. Harrison, 61-43
Class AAAA Boys: Alma def. Little Rock Mills, 73-72 in OT
Class AAA Girls: Central Arkansas Christian def. Rivercrest (32-4) by 79-65
Class AAA Boys: Little Rock Christian def. Pulaski Academy, by 37-35
Class AA Girls: Strong-Huttig (34-1) def. Bergman by 65-42
Class AA Boys: Buffalo Island Central def. Bigelow by 62-35
Class A Girls: Guy-Perkins def. Rural Special by 66-57
Class A Boys: Guy-Perkins def. Kirby by 91-72

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/03/2005 05:31

Hello Weather People:
Heres some weather figures for WINTER (Dec. 21, 2004-March 19, 2005) in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 54.4F/12.4C
Avg. Min.: 35.8F/2.1C...Mean: 45.1F/7.2C
Highest Max.: 79F/26.1C--Mar. 12th
Lowest Min.: 9F/-12.7C--Dec. 23rd
...Highest Min.: 63F/17.2C--Jan. 4th
...Lowest Max. 28F/-2.2C--Dec. 23rd
33 Precipitation days in Winter
7 Thunderdays in Winter
Precipitation for Winter: 13.10"/332.7mm (+3.14"/+79.7mm)
Snow: Total: 2.5"/6.3cm (all fell on Dec. 22nd; flurries fell on Mar. 15th; light sleet on Dec. 22nd, March 15th & 16th; light freezing rain on Jan. 7th).

Days, maximums 32F/0C or lower: 3 (28F/-2.2C on Dec. 23rd; 30F/-1.1C on Dec. 24th and 32F/0.0C on Jan. 6th)
Days, minimums 32F/0C or lower: 34
Days, maximums 60F+/15.5C+: 33 (including 8 days of 70F+/21.1C+ maximums)
Coldest Full Week of Winter: week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5th: avg. max. 46.5F/8C (avg. min. 32.4F/0.2C)

These conditions were extremely mild for our Winter. The Southern Branch of the Jet Stream persisted over my area, not allowing the Northern Branch to dive southward and usher in bitterly cold Arctic/Polar air. The bitter cold air was kept to our north and east.
The US Weather Channel said that this Winter will be recorded as the 10th Warmest-Ever in the US.

Normally, Climatologically (temperature-wise) our Winter should see at least 65 Winter mornings with minimums of 32F/0C or lower (only 34 this Winter). A normal Winter should see only 14 days (Mar. 6th onwards) with maximums of 60F+/15.5C+ (33 this Winter).

Quite an ununsual Winter---one of the mildest I've ever experienced.

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Yours in a Spring-Wonderland~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/03/2005 07:43

Hello Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE....HIGH.........LOW........RAIN
Mar..13..62F/16.6C...40F/4.4C...---
.....14..57F/13.8C...30F/-1.1C..---
.....15..45F/7.2C....35F/1.6C...0.35"/8.8mm
.....16..40F/4.4C....32F/0C.....0.10"/2.5mm
.....17..59F/15C.....28F/-2.2C..---
.....18..67F/19.4C...39F/3.8C...0.10"/2.5mm
.....19..67F/19.4C...41F/5C.....0.15"/3.8mm

A pleasant late-Winter week. Today (Sunday, Mar. 20th) is the first day of Spring in the US. a dry Canadian cold front passed through on the 13th; Pacific cold front gave the rain this week---passages on the 16th and 19th. Light sleet fell with the rain on the 15th & 16th. Overall High--12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:38 P.M. (as temperature fell all day) listed for the 13th; Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Daytime Low-abt. 5:41 P.M.-listed for the 15th; Overall Low-abt. 11:49 P.M.-listed for the 16th; Overall Low-abt. 11:23 P.M.-listed for the 19th.
Great to hear some rumbles of thunder in the shower overnight on the 15th and early A.M. on the 16th.

Upcoming week should see maximums mainly in the 60sF+/15.5C+. A possible severe weather outbreak could occur with T-storms late Sunday into Monday in the southern US. Hrmmmmmm, MUST BE SPRINGTIME....LOL...
Looks like I'll finally be mowing this week and before long, the veggie garden will be planted.
Aaaaaaahhhhhhh, what a Great Time of the Year!!!

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Well, the NCAA US Collegiate Basketball Tournament (aka "March Madness") is well under way. After tonight's (Sun.) games, there will only be 16 teams left (out of the 64 that started the tournament). The Championship game will be played in St. Louis. Among teams still alive is current #1 ranked U. of Illinois. I guess I'll root (barrack) for an SEC (Southeastern Conf.) team to win it all (U. of Ark. is a member of the SEC). The SEC teams still in it are Mississippi State U., the U. of Florida and U. of Kentucky. I think UK has the talent to win the Championship...so GO WILDCATS!!!
There have been big blowouts (mismatches, #1 seeds blowing out #16 seeds), but also quite a few close games and upsets, including a thrilling game last night in which U. of West Virginia fought back from an early 14 point deficit to defeat Wake Forest U. by 111-105 in Double Overtime (2 OT). (Each OT period is 5 minutes in length).

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Best Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 28/03/2005 06:38

Hello & G'March Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Mar..20..64F(17.7C)...44F(6.6C)...----
.....21..55F(12.7C)...51F(10.5C)..1.20"/30.4mm
.....22..56F(13.3C)...44F(6.6C)...0.15"/3.8mm
.....23..61F(16.1C)...37F(2.7C)...0.05"/1.2mm
.....24..67F(19.4C)...36F(2.2C)...---
.....25..66F(18.8C)...50F(10.0C)..---
.....26..50F(10.0C)...44F(6.6C)...1.00"/25.4mm

Well, Spring began on the 20th and as on cue, Severe Weather began in the Southern states. Round 2 of Severe Weather is happening again this Easter weekend. Thankfully, the nasty weather has missed my area. Rain on 21st from a Warm front, rain on 22-23rd from a Pacific cold front--passage on the 22nd and an Upper-level low gave the rain (w/early A.M. T-shower) on the 26th. Overall High-abt. 9:53 PM (as warmfront caused nighttime rise in temperatures, SW winds)-listed for the 21st; Overall Low-abt. 11:17PM-listed for the 22nd; Overall High-12:01AM-listed for the 26th. Mom & I took advantage of the pleasant conditions by planting a row of potatoes in the veggie garden (more vegs will be planted when the threat of frost is past). I mowed for the first time this Spring on Wednesday (mostly clover/purple-top clover as much of the true grasses are not really green yet).
Currently, Easter Sunday 2:08PM CST, cloudy, light rain and 43F/6.1C; the upcoming few days will have tops in the lower 70sF/21+C before another cooldown/T-storm chance by mid-week.
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Well this past week was a very good one for Arkansas sports teams:
*John Brown U. (Siloam Springs, Ark., enrollment 1,675) won the Championship in Mens Basketball in the NAIA Div. 1 tournament. JBU--the first Arkansas team to win the NAIA Championship--won the title by beating Azusa Pacific (Cal.) by a score of 65-55. JBU ends with a record of 24-11, AP ends at 29-10. (NAIA=Nat. Assoc. Intercollegiate Athletics: smaller schools)

*Going into this weekend, the U. of Arkansas baseball team sported a record of 18-2 and is ranked #8 in the BaseballAmerica top 25 poll (ranked #5 in the Collegiate Baseball top 25 poll).

*In NCAA Division 2 Womens basketball: the U. of Central Arkansas lost in the National Semifinal game to Washburn U. by a 69-67 score.
The NCAA D2 Womens "Elite Eight" (8 teams which won their regional tournaments) was played at the Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Washburn (Topeka, Ks., rec. 35-2) won the title by beating Seattle Pacific U. (30-3) by a 70-53 count.
U C Arkansas (28-7)won the 3rd Place (Consolation) game defeating Merrimack.
279 college Womens basketball teams are in NCAA Div. 2.

*In the NJCAA (2-year Junior College, aka JUCOs) Womens Basketball tournament, U of Arkansas-Fort Smith (UAFS, formerly WestArk Comm. Coll.) lost in the Semifinal game to (top-seeded and #1 ranked) Southern Idaho by 74-65.
The title was won by Central Arizona (34-1) beating Southern Idaho (34-2) by a 83-50 count.
UAFS won the 3rd Place (Consolation) game by victory over South Plains 66-65. UAFS (32-3) won the game on a layup with 5.3 seconds left. South Plains ends at a 31-4 record.

*In the American Basketball Assoc. (ABA) Championship Game: the (first year of existence) Arkansas RimRockers (33-5) won the title by defeating Bellevue (Wash., 12-16) by a 118-103 score. The RimRockers were to play the Utah SnowBears (27-1) but

Utah withdrew after a dispute with the league and Bellevue defeated Maryland to face Arkansas in the Championship game. Arkansas gave Utah their only loss this season. The ABA started the season with 37 teams and finished with 25. The NBA (& foreign teams)sometimes adds players to their roster from ABA squads.

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/04/2005 10:48

Hello Wonderful Friends:

Heres some weather numbers for Mena, Arkansas in March, 2005:

Avg. Max.: 61F/16.1C
Avg. Min.: 39.8F/4.3C
Highest Max.: 79F/26.1C--March 12th
Lowest Min.: 27F/-2.7C--March 1st
...Highest Min.: 56F/13.3C--March 30th
...Lowest Max.: 40F/4.4C--March 16th
Rain for March: 3.70"/93.9mm (-1.60"/-40.6mm)
10 Raindays & 4 Thunderdays in March
Rain for Year: 14.95"/379.7mm (+3.35"/+85mm)

Light Snow flurries on March 15th; Light Sleet on March 15th & 16th
5 days, Maximums of 70F+/21.1C+
6 days, Minimums of 32F/0C or lower
KENA Radio Station: 3.13"/79.5mm rain in March

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Lake Wind Advisory: March 11th-12th
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: March 21st-22nd
Flash Flood Watch: March 26th-27th

Well, Spring is in full bloom here (along with a few rounds of Severe weather in parts of the US).
Aaaaaahhhhhh, Truly a Beautiful & Fragrant time of the year.

Wishing ALL A Blessed, Safe, Happy & Prosperous month of April!!!
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 04/04/2005 04:12

Hello Again!!!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Mar..27..44F(6.6C)...40F(4.4C)..0.40"/10.1mm
.....28..69F(20.5C)..34F(1.1C)...---
.....29..71F(21.6C)..54F(12.2C)...---
.....30..77F(25C)....56F(13.3C)...---
.....31..74F(23.3C)..46F(7.7C)...TRACE
Apr...1..54F(12.2C)..48F(8.8C)...0.20"/5mm
......2..69F(20.5C)..40F(4.4C)....---

A very pleasant early-Spring week. Rain on 27th from a departing upper-level low, a dry Pacific cold front passed through on the 30th and the passage of another Pacific cold front caused the rain late on the 31st and on April 1st. The maximum on the 27th was achieved at 12:01 AM and abt. 4:09 PM and the minimum abt. 11:50 PM; Overall Low-abt. 11:52 PM-listed for the 30th.
The overall temperatures--with minor dips from frontal passages--are continuing to trend upward. More grassy areas are turning green and the afternoons are becoming warmer, which makes my joints feel much better. The "doughnut-hole effect" was in full evidence here again as on April 1st, our f'cast called for .50"/12.7mm of rain from the frontal passage and I copped a paltry .20"/5mm as the heavier rain areas split around Mena and passed the the NW and SE (possible effect from the surrounding mountains ???).
The upcoming week is for more warmth---maximums in the 70sF/21+C before another T-storm chance/slight cool-down by mid-week; so it looks like the typical Springtime weather pattern is now with us.

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Sports-wise: In the NCAA Basketball tournament: In the "Final 4" games (aka National Semifinals--4 teams left). The U of Illinois (37-1) def. the U. of Louisville (33-5) by score of 72-57; in the other Semifinal game, the U. of North Carolina (32-4) def. Michigan State U. (26-7) by an 87-71 score.
So, it'll be Illinois vs. North Carolina in the National Championship game to be played Monday night. (Both the "Final 4" games and the Championship game are being played at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri). This will be Illinois FIRST-EVER time to play in the Championship game. North Carolina has won National Championships in 1957, 1982 and 1993.
Illinois Cumulative NCAA Tournament Record: 32-25
North Carolina's Cumulative record in NCAA Tournament appearances: 82-37
I have no favorite here, but I guess I'll root (barrack) for Illinois; they've been ranked #1 most of the year and it'd be a great cap to the season with a FIRST-EVER National Title, but UNC is tried-and-tested and could easily win as well.

The UA Baseball team has found some rough going in rugged SEC conference play. The Baseball Hogs now sport a record of 21-6 (3-5 in SEC play).

ANOTHER AUSSIE MAKES GOOD: U. of Utah star Basketball player Andrew Bogut--born in Croatia but grew up in Melbourne, Australia--has been named Associated Press Player of the Year. Bogut this year averaged 20.4 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. Bogut led NCAA Div. I with 26 "double-doubles" (26 games with at least 10 points & 10 rebounds). The Utes finished with a 29-6 record, winning the Mountain West Conference (MWC) regular-season title and advanced to the 3rd Round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to the U. of Kentucky.

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/04/2005 05:14

G'April Everyone:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Apr...3..75F(23.8C)..47F(8.3C)..---
......4..67F(19.4C)..46F(7.7C)..---
......5..67F(19.4C)..51F(10.5C).0.80"/20.3mm
......6..65F(18.3C)..51F(10.5C).0.50"/12.7mm
......7..64F(17.7C)..51F(10.5C).0.10"/2.5mm
......8..75F(23.8C)..52F(11.1C).---
......9..76F(24.4C)..51F(10.5C).---

A very pleasant week with a few "Spring showers" for good measure. Rain was from a Pacific cold front (passage on the 6th). Overall Low-abt. 11:38 P.M.-listed for the 5th.
Sort of unusual on the 6th: My area was under the back-end circulation (counter-clockwise) from a departing low pressure. Around 3PM, I was parked at the KCS depot when a good shower hit (I copped .15"/3.8mm at home) around 20 minutes later, the sun peeked out and the clouds parted somewhat; later I was getting ready to leave the house for Wed. Night Bible Study at church. Just before leaving the house around 6:35PM, another heavy shower hit. I drove through some fairly heavy stuff which abated a bit by the time I parked at church. Shortly after---BAM!!!---another deafening heavy shower. I don't know how much rain fell in this area of town (I copped .35"/8.8mm) but after a few minutes, the curbside gutters were running pretty good. Thankfully, the rain let up a bit so I got into church without getting too wet. So it was one of those rare days here when we had rain twice in 1 day. I copped a few minutes of pea-sized hail with a good T-storm on the 5th (Polk County was under a Severe T-storm Warning for a time then).

Looks like another Severe Weather outbreak could occur in the mid-section of the US later today (Sunday) & Monday. My area is near the area of Moderate Risk for Monday. The maximums should be in the 70sF/21+C this week.

**********
Sportswise: Last Monday the Men's NCAA Basketball Championship (played at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo.)took place. The U. of North Carolina def. the U. of Illinois by 75-70. This was UNC's 4 Title (also Winning Champ. in 1957, 1982 and 1993). This was UI's first ever time in the title game. UNC ended with a 33-4 record; and defeated their 6 Tournament opponents by an average of 13.8 pts. per game. IU ended with a mark of 37-2, tying the NCAA record for most wins in a season. The Average Winning Margin in the 63 games played in this years' NCAA Tournament was 10.4 pts. per game; 5 games were decided in Overtime (OT) and 13 games were decided by 5 points or less.

The Womens NCAA Basketball Tournament was decided Tuesday night in Indianapolis, Indiana. Baylor U. won their first-ever Championship by def. Michigan State U. by an 84-62 score. BU ends with a 33-3 mark, while MSU finishes with a 33-4 record.

Aaaaahhhhhh, this time of year (in the US) is a true sports-lovers paradise. The Men's/Women's NCAA Basketball Tournaments have just finished; the NBA is close to playoff time as would be the NHL (on strike this year); Major League Baseball Opening Day was last Monday; the PGA/LPGA/Senior Golf Tours are well underway as is the College Baseball season, and the Minor League Baseball (MLB "farm" teams=Major League affiliate teams which MLB teams draw talent from)season just started. Talk about Sports Overdose!!!...Gotta Love It!!! (And I get to listen/see AFL games...YES!!!)
Baseball-wise, the UA Razorbacks as of Saturday were sporting a 26-6 record (6-5 in SEC play).

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/04/2005 05:40

Hello Weather Mates:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Apr..10..70F(21.1C)..61F(16.1C)..TRACE
.....11..73F(22.7C)..56F(13.3C)..1.00"/25.4mm
.....12..67F(19.4C)..43F(6.1C)...---
.....13..63F(17.2C)..48F(8.8C)...---
.....14..73F(22.7C)..43F(6.1C)...---
.....15..77F(25C)....40F(4.4C)...---
.....16..78F(25.5C)..43F(6.1C)...---

Another Gorgeous week. Rain was from passage (on the 11th) of a Pacific cold front. Overall Low-abt. 11:35P.M.-listed for the 11th.
It seems like the grass is growing faster than ever as I've had to mow the entire yard a few times already. Have already planted some tomatoes, green beans, potatoes and onions in the veggie garden (with more to come). {The garden area is 25FT/7.6M wide by 55FT/16.7M long}.
The soil is still fairly moist as I've noticed the National Forest Service have been conducting some "controlled burns" in the mountains to our NE and SE. The warm sunshine makes me feel great (& exceedingly lazy...LOL...)
The upcoming week will see highs in the 70sF/21+C with shower possibilities coming in a couple days.
******
Sports-wise, the U. of Arkansas Baseball team is currently ranked #10 nationally with a 30-6 record (as of Friday, 8-5 in SEC Conference). The Razorbacks have won 9 straight games, and look to be peaking at the right time.

Wishing ALL A Top-Shelf Week!!!
Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/04/2005 05:05

Hello Great Wx Mates!!!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Apr..17..78F(25.5C)..49F(9.4C)...---
.....18..72F(22.2C)..60F(15.5C)..---
.....19..72F(22.2C)..60F(15.5C)..---
.....20..71F(21.6C)..58F(14.4C)..---
.....21..79F(26.1C)..58F(14.4C)..---
.....22..73F(22.7C)..52F(11.1C)..1.05"/26.6mm
.....23..61F(16.1C)..44F(6.6C)...---

A typical early-Spring week: somewhat warmish, a little coolish with another nice T-shower for good measure. The T-shower was from passage of a Pacific cold front. Mena was near the tail-end of the T-storm line as areas in south Polk County--towns of Cove and Wickes--only recorded a TRACE of rain from this event. The cold front caused it to be fairly windy--from the WNW--on the 22nd and 23rd. Overall Low-abt. 11:20 P.M.-listed for the 20th; Overall Low-abt. 11:50 P.M.-listed for the 23rd.
Sort of looked like it was snowing as the windyness blew blossoms off the budding trees/flowers; quite a lot of pollen around which coats the cars in a light green dusting (pinetree pollen, etc). Really beautiful as our (pink-red) azaleas and yellow and blue irises are flowering at this time.
They really are getting snow in the areas of Michigan, Ohio, W Pennsylvania and W New York state as an early-Spring storm has hit that area. Parts of those places may get 12"/30cm+ from this event.
Unseasonably cold here this Sunday morning--the minimum of 37F/2.7C was not far off of the Daily Record Low Minimum.
The f'cast for the upcoming week is temperature maximums slowly trending up from the 60sF to near 70F (15-20C), another good T-storm chance for us coming up on Monday night.

********
Sportswise: The U of A Razorback Baseball team has run into some pitching and hitting woes. As of Saturday, the Hogs have dropped their first 2 games against Louisiana State U (LSU), by scores of 10-7 (blowing a six-run lead in the loss) and 7-0. UA, as the week began was ranked #10 in the country, and now has a record of 31-10 overall and 8-9 in SEC play, after losing 4 straight conference games [OUCH!!!] The 7-0 home loss was in front of 9,012 fans at Baum Stadium.

Wishing ALL A Smashing Week!!!
Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/05/2005 07:25

Hello Weather Mates!!! Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Apr..24..60F/15.5C...38F/3.3C....----
.....25..67F/19.4C...50F/10C....0.50"/12.7mm
.....26..69F/20.5C...48F/8.8C...0.30"/7.6mm
.....27..72F/22.2C...43F/6.1C....---
.....28..80F/26.6C...58F/14.4C...---
.....29..63F/17.2C...50F/10C....0.20"/5mm
.....30..64F/17.7C...43F/6.1C....---

A coolish week with a couple fairly warm days. Rain was from a Pacific cold front (passage on 26th) and a very late-season Canadian cold front (passage on 29th). Very windy (warm gusty S/SW) ahead of the front on the 28th, also fairly windy from N/NW after front on 29th. Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:34 P.M.-listed for the 29th; Overall Low-abt. 11:41 P.M.-listed for the 30th.
Unseasonably cold this Sunday morning, bottoming out at 36F/2.2C-BRRRRR!!!! The warmth and rain is great for the veggie gardens, but not the real cool temperatures.
Overall, April was a little cooler and drier than normal.
I'll post the April monthly summary a little later.

*********
Sports-wise, the UA Baseball Razorbacks have had an awful time of it lately: they either don't score in games and when they do, they don't score enough runs to win. As of Saturday, the UA Baseball team had an overall record of 33-12, 9-11 in SEC play. UA was ranked #23 at the start of the week and the recent losses will doubtless drop the Hogs out of the Top 25 Baseball Poll this week.

Wishing ALL An A-1 Week!!!
Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/05/2005 11:28

Hello Weather Fans!!!
Heres some weather numbers for April 2005 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 69.8F/21C
Avg. Max.: 49.4F/9.6C
Highest Max.: 80F/26.6C--April 28th
Lowest Min.: 38F/3.3C--April 24th
...Highest Min.: 61F/16.1C--April 10th
...Lowest Max.: 54F/12.2C--April 1st
Rain for April: 4.65"/118.1mm (-0.45"/-11.4mm)
9 Raindays & 5 Thunderdays in Month
Rain for Year: 19.60"/497.8mm (+2.90"/+73.6mm)
Pea-sized hail with T-storm on the 5th

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Tornado Watch: April 5-6th
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: April 5th, 22nd and 25th
Lake Wind Advisory: April 10th & 23rd
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: April 10-11th, 25-26th & 29th

Climatologically, Mena's average temperatures in April: avg. maximum=71F/21.6C, avg. minimum=47F/8.3C.
By contrast: A cool spot in Arkansas is Fayetteville (extreme NW Arkansas in Washington County). April avg. maximum: 69F/20.5C, avg. minimum: 46F/7.7C.
One of the warmer Arkansas cities is El Dorado (extreme south-central Arkansas in Union County). April avg. maximum: 76F/24.4C, avg. minimum: 51F/10.5C.

On the Austpacwx mailing list, Shane Williams recently posted the average Nov.-Apr. rainfall for his city. FYI: Mena's average precipitation for Nov.-Apr. is 25.90"/657.8mm. I copped 31.90"/810.2mm in that time-period this year.

Wishing ALL A Happy, Blessed, Prosperous & Safe Month of May!!!
Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/05/2005 07:30

Hello Wonderful Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
May...1..68F/20C....36F/2.2C...---
......2..54F/12.2C..42F/5.5C...0.10"/2.5mm
......3..59F/15C....38F/3.3C...---
......4..65F/18.3C..46F/7.7C...---
......5..74F/23.3C..44F/6.6C...---
......6..73F/22.7C..46F/7.7C...---
......7..77F/25C....56F/13.3C..---

This week had very cool minimums and upward trending maximums. Rain was from an upper-level disturbance/Canadian cold front. Overall High-12:01 A.M. and Overall Low-abt. 11:59 P.M.-listed for the 2nd. The latter part of the week was very warm/pleasant with S/SW breezy winds.
The upcoming week is forecasted to be very warm--maximums in mid-to-upper 80sF/29-31C in a few days with shower chances for today (Sun.) and Monday and later in the week.
Here it is Sunday evening (4:18 P.M.) and is Mothers' Day in the US. Wishing All Moms/Mums here and Australia a Very Happy Mothers Day.
T-showers hit here around 8AM with temperatures holding in the mid-60sF/~17-18C.
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Sports-wise, the UA Razorbacks Baseball team pulled out a thrilling win over the U. of Florida (on Saturday), by a score of 3-2 in 10 innings, elating the home crowd of 7,537 at Baum Stadium. UA now sports an overall record of 35-13 (11-12 in the SEC). Florida is 31-15 overall and 14-9 in SEC play.

Wishing ALL A Marvelous Week!!!
All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/05/2005 05:44

Greetin's Everyone:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
May...8..68F/20C....62F/16.6C..1.05"/26.6mm
......9..77F/25C....56F/13.3C....---
.....10..83F/28.3C..62F/16.6C....---
.....11..86F/30C....67F/19.4C....---
.....12..83F/28.3C..67F/19.4C....---
.....13..80F/26.6C..66F/18.8C....---
.....14..75F/23.8C..57F/13.8C...1.05"/26.6mm

A warm week with muggy conditions and fairly breezy. The 10th was the first day this year with very humid feel to it. The maximums from the 10th-12th were not too far off the Daily Record Maximums. Rain was from a Pacific cold front (passage on the 10th) and a very late-season Canadian cold front (passage on the 14th).
Overall Low-abt. 10:39 P.M.-listed for the 8th; Overall Low-abt. 11:35 P.M.-listed for the 14th.
Very Thankful the T-showers on the 14th were a little weaker as they reached my area--(when they were moving closer, quite a few counties in E Oklahoma and NW Arkansas were warned that the stormline could contain fairly large hail and very gusty winds; which my area had NONE of)--as Mom & I finished planting our veggie garden by planting 9 more tomato plants on the 13th (and we all know what hail can do to a veggie garden).
Very fragrant around here/locally as the Honeysuckle vines are almost in full bloom, along with other flowers/bushes.
The forecast for the next few days is drier with rising maximums, flirting with the 90F/32.2C mark in a few days.

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Sportswise, on Saturday the UA Baseball team lost a tough game to Alabama by a 5-2 score. Arkansas has an overall record of 36-15 (12-14 in SEC), Alabama is 35-17 overall, 15-11 in SEC play.

Arkansas High School Baseball Championship Games:
Class AAAAA: Sylvan Hill vs. Jonesboro (night)
Class AAAA: Batesville (24-8 rec.) def. Harrison (24-8) by 5-4 (8 inn.)
Class AAA: Warren (22-8) def. DeQueen (22-12) by 11-1 (5 inn.*;* Arkansas has the 10-run Rule: if a team leads another by 10+runs at the end of 5 innings, the game ends [aka the "mercy rule"], otherwise the games are 7 innings long (unless the teams are tied and must play extra innings).
Class AA: Horatio (29-9) def. Buffalo Island Central (25-7) by a 7-6 score.
Class A: Taylor (26-5) def. Southside-Bee Branch (32-2) by a score of 3-1.

High School Girls Softball Championship Games:
Class AAAAA: Benton (25-7) def. Bryant (20-9) by a score of 4-2.
Class AAAA: Batesville (25-5) def. Beebe (30-5) by 2-1.
Class AAA: Farmington (32-3) def. Elkins (23-12) by 9-0 (8 inn.)
Class AA: Arkansas Baptist (33-4) def. Foreman (27-9) by 2-1 (8 inn.)
Class A: Taylor (29-6) def. Lockesburg (25-4) by a score of 7-2.

Wishing ALL An Excellent Week!!!
Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/05/2005 05:13

G'May Ya'll!!!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
May..15..71F/21.6C..52F/11.1C..---
.....16..73F/22.7C..48F/8.8C...---
.....17..78F/25.5C..67F/19.4C..---
.....18..82F/27.7C..62F/16.6C..---
.....19..82F/27.7C..63F/17.2C..---
.....20.*91F/32.7C..67F/19.4C..---
.....21..87F/30.5C..62F/16.6C..---

* This was a Daily Record Maximum--breaking the old record maximum for May 20th of 89F/31.6C, set in 1959. Many localities in the South & West broke Daily Record Maximums Friday & Saturday (inc. 107F/41.6C in Phoenix, Arizona).
This week had a cool start and a very warm/muggy finish. The last few days of the week had Heat Index Values of 105F+/40.5C+.

I went swimming at a friends' house on the 20th--likely the earliest I've been swimming in many years, as this kind of heat/humidity usually doesn't get this bad until later in June.
A Pacific cold front passed on the 20th, places in North, Eastern and Southern Arkansas got showers, but my area missed any rainfall. Thankfully, isolated/scattered T-showers are forecasted for my area for much of the upcoming week, with maximums of 85-90F/29.4-32.2C
Mena's average maximum this time of year is 76F/24.4C, with a minimum of 57F/13.8C.

Hey, if any of you would like to keep up with the current conditions in Mena, you might like to check out:
http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/current/KMEZ.html
This is the Current (latest) weather report from the Mena Airport (Intermountain Municipal A/P). The current conditions (measurements in Imperial & Metric) are at top of page, scroll down to see last 24-hours conditions.
Mena A/P is just SE of the south city limits of Mena. They tend to be 2-4 degreesF warmer than the official recording station, radio station KENA. Mena A/P oftentimes records the humidity at 100% (even without fog, heavy dew or rain), so don't know how accurate that reading is.

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Sportswise, the UA Baseball team was clinging to a 2-1 lead in the 6th inning(Sat.) against the U of Mississippi, but UM prevailed in the end by a 10-2 score. This means that UA likely MUST win the Sunday game against UM to get into the post-season SEC tournament. If they get in and do well, they may be picked as one of the 64 teams to play in a post-season regional (8 teams in each 8 regional sites;dbl elimination); the winners of the 8 regionals get to go to Omaha, Nebraska to play in the College Baseball World Series. UA finished runner-up (to Cal State-Fullerton) in the 1979 College World Series.
UA now sports a record overall(as of Sat.) of 37-17 (13-16 in SEC).

Wishing ALL A Most Excellent Week!!!
From Warm/Humid Mena~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Papy_Zapy

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/05/2005 09:05

Wet Snow. Have you been keeping a watch on Australian current weather. We are in the grip of a severe drought. Witer is around the corner and we are bathing in temps of around 20C (Melbourne). We have had no more than 5 mm of rain this month. Anything like that ever been encountred in your neck of the woods?
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/05/2005 11:38

Hello papyzapy!!!

No, fortunately my area of Arkansas is one of the wetter areas of the state. I think the mountains (up to 2,680FT/817M ASL close to our N/NW and mountains over 2,000FT/610M ASL to our SE) enhance the rain we do get.
The prevailing S/SW winds keeps the moisture flow from the Gulf of Mexico flowing over my area of the US. Fronts usually are too weak to make it through here in Summer, but our rain then mainly comes from heating showers.

Mena averages 54.5"/1,385mm rain yearly and we ended 1992-2002 with above normal rain totals for those years. 2003 saw a deficit as only a little over 43"/1,090mm+ fell.
We seldom go for more than 14 days without some measureable precipitation.
Hence, due to good management by the National Forest Service, I've never heard of a forest/bushfire near here (I've lived in Mena for 35 years).

I do remember a long rainless spell/heatwave in the summer of 1980, I really wasn't into weather as much back then, but do remember going for almost 2 months with little rainfall; maximums well above 100F/37C with heat indexes of 105F+/40+C; thats the last prolonged drought/heatwave I can remember.

Yes, I've heard about the Brutally Dry/Hot conditions in Australia. I really feel (& pray for) those farmers (and others) stricken by these situations. I really cannot fathom going for months without rain/very low normal yearly rain totals.
FYI: The Arkansas State Record for Least Yearly Rainfall: 19.11"/485.3mm at the community of Index (Miller County, extreme SW Ark.) during the notorious drought/heatwave year of 1936.

Since Mena doesn't have too many prolonged dry spells in Summer, quite a few years, the highest Summer maximum fails to reach 100F/37C (although the High Humidity here can be very, very Oppressive!!!)

Sorry for the long answer, but hope this helps.
P.S. We had a very wet (& mild) Winter as (?El Nino caused) the Southern branch of the Jet Stream persisted over my area of the US, bringing ample moisture/rain here.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/05/2005 04:51

Hello Weather Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
May...22.*90F/32.2C...60F/15.5C...---
......23..84F/28.8C...68F/20C....TRACE
......24..86F/30C.....61F/16.1C..2.10"/53.3mm
......25..77F/25C.....59F/15C.....---
......26..81F/27.2C...55F/12.7C...---
......27..79F/26.1C...56F/13.3C..0.20"/5mm
......28..75F/23.8C...57F/13.8C..0.10"/2.5mm

A warmish week with ample rain. *=This tied a Daily Record Maximum--tied the record high for May 22 of 90F/32.2C in 1948. Rain on 23-24th from a warm front, rain on 27-28th from a stationary front to our south. Overall Low-abt. 10:59 P.M.-listed for the 24th.
Fairly humid with breezy S/SW winds. Got hit twice with T-showers on the 24th: a late afternoon shower gave 0.60"/15.2mm, around an hour later (8:30 PM) a heavier T-shower hit and added 1.50"/38.1mm for a nice total of 2.10"/53.3mm. It must be that time of year as I saw my first fireflies of spring on the 22nd.

The airmass will remain fairly juicy, hence we're forecasted for a fair chance of Isolated T-storms for the balance of the upcoming week; maximums in the low-mid 80sF/27-30C with minimums in the low-to-mid 60sF/15-18C.
Currently--1:33P.M. Sunday, still cloudy and drizzly after a fairly heavy period of rain early this A.M. and a temperature in the mid-60sF/18C.
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Soports-wise: Well the UA Baseball team is losing games at the absolute wrong time. UA backed into the SEC tournament despite losing their last regular season game. UA was seeded #8 in the SEC tournament. The Razorbacks blew an 8-2 lead and lost to the U. of Florida by 9-8; which dropped UA into the losers bracket. UA then played Alabama. 'Bama scored the go-ahead run in the 8th inning and won by a 5-4 score (eliminating Ark. from the SEC tournament). This puts U. Arkansas record at 37-20 and the 'Backs must wait for the NCAA Selection Committee to see if they will be invited to the 64-team NCAA Baseball Tournament (to determine this years' College Baseball Championship). Hopefully UA's strong record and some quality wins will earn them consideration for an invitation.
The UA thinclads (track & field team) are doing fairly well at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships (being held at the U. of Indiana in Bloomington, Ind.)

Wishing ALL A Super Week!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/06/2005 08:05

Hello Wonderful Folks!!!
Heres a few weather numbers for Mena, Arkansas in May 2005:

Avg. Max.: 76.8F/24.8C
Avg. Min.: 57.0F/13.8C
Highest Max.: *91F/32.7C---May 20th
Lowest Min.: 36F/2.2C---May 1st
...Highest Min.: 68F/20C---May 23rd
...Lowest Max.: 54F/12.2C---May 2nd
8 Raindays & 4 Thunderdays in month
Rain for May: 5.55"/140.9mm (-0.85"/-21.5mm)
Rain for Year: 25.15"/638.8mm (+2.05"/+52mm)
Radio station KENA-the official recording station for the area; about 1mile/1.6km to my SSE-copped 5.02"/127.5mm rain in May.

*=This was a Daily Record Maximum (broke old record maximum for May 20 of 89F/31.6C set in 1959).
*=Also the 90F/32.2C maximum on May 22nd, tied the Daily Record Maximum (tied record for May 22 set in 1948).
12 days in May 2005 with maximums of 80F+/26.6C+.

Climatologically: In May, Mena's average temperatures are a maximum of 77F/25C and a minimum of 56F/13.3C.


First noticeably humid day was May 10th (a few days in month had Heat Index values of 105F+/40.5C+). Saw first fireflies on May 22nd.
Mena's average first occurrence of a 90F/32.2C maximum would be on July 13th.

Watches/Warnings for month:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: May 23-24th
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: May 24th

Sure wish I could send some of our rain to you. I'll definitely be hoping (& praying) ya'll get some wet relief very soon.

Wishing ALL A Safe, Blessed, Happy & Prosperous month of June!!!
All the Best~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/06/2005 09:40

Hello Folks: (sorry for the delay---PC was out for repairs)

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
May..29..71F/21.6C....63F/17.2C..0.70"/17.7mm
.....30..76F/24.4C....65F/18.3C..0.25"/6.3mm
.....31..76F/24.4C....58F/14.4C...---
June..1..71F/21.6C....62F/16.6C..0.10"/2.5mm
......2..83F/28.3C....56F/13.3C...---
......3..84F/28.8C....64F/17.7C...---
......4..84F/28.8C....72F/22.2C...---

Another very warm and humid week---the last few days saw Heat Index values of 105F/40.5C+. Most days started out cloudy giving away to mostly-to-partly cloudy skies in the P.M. hours, with sometimes gusty SW breezes; very sticky conditions. Rain on May 29-30 from the proximity of a stationary front in the area, rain on June 1st from a fairly weak Pacific cold front. Overall Low-abt. 11:39 P.M.-listed for June 1st.
The upcoming forecast keeps the chances almost daily of Isolated T-storms, with maximums in the upper-80sF/~31+C with minimums in the upper-60sF/~20+C. Looks like the 3H's (Heat, Haze, Humidity) will be with us for the next few months.
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Sports-wise: The UA Baseball team was selected to play in the Austin, Tx. regional (played at Disch-Falk Field on the U Texas campus). UA's record entering was 37-20. Aside from the host team-U of Texas (45-14), the other teams in this regional site were Quinnipiac (26-22) and Miami-Ohio (44-16). These are double-elimination tournaments.
Last Friday, UA defeated Miami-Ohio by a 9-5 score; on Saturday, UA defeated Texas by 9-2; on Sunday, Texas defeated UA by 19-8 and on Monday Texas defeats UA by a 5-2 score (eliminating Arkansas). Texas advances to play in the Super Regional in Oxford, Miss. to play the host school-U of Mississippi*.

*=The winners of the 16 regionals will play each other (Super Regional sites), to determine the 8 teams which will advance to play in the NCAA College World Series. The C.W.S.--double-elimination format--has been played for the last 50+years at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska. (The winner will be College baseball champion for 2005).
UA ends with a 39-22 record. UA was runner-up (to champion Cal.State-Fullerton) in the 1979 C.W.S.
Well, I'll next wait for the UA (& Mena HS) football/gridiron season which begins in early September.
GO HOGS!!! GO BEARCATS!!!

Wishing All A Super Week!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/06/2005 05:05

Hello Again, Awesome Folks!!!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH..........LOW...........RAIN
June...5..83F/28.3C.....62F/16.6C....0.30"/7.6mm
.......6..86F/30C.......69F/20.5C.....---
.......7..83F/28.3C.....69F/20.5C.....---
.......8..86F/30C.......69F20.5C......---
.......9..87F/30.5C.....72F/22.2C.....---
......10..85F/29.4C.....71F/21.6C....0.05"/1.2mm
......11..86F/30C.......70F/21.1C.....---

A somewhat warm and extremely humid week. A few days saw the Heat Index forecasted to be near 120F/48+C, I don't know if it actually reached that mark, but the other day I noticed the Heat Index at Mena A/P was almost 110F/~43C---nevertheless, very "sticky" conditions persist. The passage of a Pacific cold front gave the rain on the 5th and the brief T-shower on the 11th was courtesy of a juicy unstable airmass---the showers hit us from the South, a fairly unusual direction for rain to hit us from. Quite a few areas/lines of rain missed us, forming just to our SW and E; other pockets of rain fizzled out in E Oklahoma, just before reaching us (rain areas moving from NW to SE or W to E). Most of the past few days started out cloudy/mostly cloudy, giving way to p/c or mostly sunny conditions in the P.M. hours---very "Tropical" feeling weather. Speaking of which, TS Arlene came ashore near Mobile, Alabama and moved N/NNW; unfortunately the rainmass was too far to the East for my area to have any effects from it.
The upcoming week is forecast for similar conditions--maximums mid-80s to lower 90sF/29-32C with balmy minimums of upper-60s to lower 70sF/20-23C, with almost daily Isolated T-shower chances.

**********
Sportswise: In the NCAA Div. I Womens Softball Championship Game, the U. of Michigan claimed the title by defeating UCLA (U. Cal. at Los Angeles) by a score of 4-1 in 10 innings*. UM won it on a 3-run homerun by Findlay in the top of the 10th inning. Michigan ends with a record of 65-7, UCLA ends with a mark of 40-20.
*Regulation softball games are 6 innings long. If two teams have a tie score, extra innings must be played to determine a winner. Regulation Mens Baseball games are 9 innings long, unless teams are tied score and extra innings must be played.

**In NCAA Collegiate athletics, Men play baseball and Women play softball (softball is played on a smaller field and the balls are bigger than Mens baseballs; both Collegiate Baseball & Softball players use Aluminum bats [In Pro Baseball--MLB and minor-league teams--use only Wooden bats)].

Wishing ALL A Super Week!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/06/2005 12:32

Hello Aussie Weather-Mates!!!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
June..12..87F/30.5C...67F/19.4C...---
......13..87F/30.5C...71F/21.6C..0.10"/2.5mm
......14..87F/30.5C...64F/17.7C...---
......15..91F/32.7C...62F/16.6C...---
......16..81F/27.2C...65F/18.3C..0.60"/15.2mm
......17..75F/23.8C...64F/17.7C..0.70"/17.7mm
......18..86F/30C.....59F/15C.....---

M.O.T.S.=More Of The Same. Steamy conditions, high Heat Indexes (105F+/~40C+) with a few T-showers. Rain on 13th due to passage of a Pacific cold front; rain on 16th-17th due to rainmasses--forming in NW Kansas and plowing SE'wards into our area--riding along the boundary of a Stationary front to our SW. Areas to our West really copped some nasty weather from the storm-mass on the 17th. Overall Low-abt. 10:48 P.M.-listed for the 17th. The rain was very welcome as our veggie garden was getting fairly dry (Mom & I dug up half a row of our potato plants and got 31lbs./14kgs of potatoes; tomatoes are getting bigger--17 plants and copping good amounts from the 2 rows of greenbeans).
The upcoming week is forecasted mainly dry with slowly increasing maximums--into the 90sF/32+C. Morning of 18th was very foggy, prompting a Dense Fog Advisory for a time---don't get too many Fog Advisories per year here.
The Summer solstice in the N Hemisphere (US) arrives early on the morning of the 21st, early summer-like conditions already being felt here the last couple weeks. The last part of Spring has been fairly warm (and very muggy).
*******
Sports-wise:
Arkansas Coach John McDonnell has been named as the Mondo National Outdoor Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
This marks the 29th time McDonnell has garnered this award in his 33-year coaching career at Arkansas.

The final 8 teams are set in the NCAA College Baseball World Series (played at Rosenblatt Stadium; Omaha, Nebraska---double-elimination tournament to crown the Collegiate Baseball Champions for 2005).
The field includes Tennessee(rec. 46-19), Florida (45-20), Nebraska (56-13), Arizona State U. (39-23), Oregon State U. (46-10, OSU's first trip to the CWS since 1952), Baylor (44-22), Texas (51-16) and #1 ranked Tulane U. (55-10).
Texas won their opening round game and now have 74 wins in CWS games (NCAA record 32nd appearance in CWS), tying U of Southern California (USC) for most wins in CWS games.

Today--Sunday, June 19th--is Father's Day in the US. Wishing All the Dads out there a Special US Happy Father's Day!!!

Wishing All A Top Week!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Papy_Zapy

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/06/2005 22:05

What are your Sunrise and Sunset times Wet Snow?
Are the grasses a lush green?
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/06/2005 08:28

Hello Fall Leaves:

Currently (June 20th) our Sunrise is 6:04 A.M. with an 8:33 P.M. Sunset. The next few days will see Sunrises of 6:05 A.M. and Sunsets of 8:33 P.M. I really Love these Looooonnnnggggeeerrr daylight hours.
Yes, the past few showers have kept the grass in the yards fairly lush and green, although no rain is forecast for the upcoming week or so.

Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/06/2005 06:34

Hello Wonderful Friends!!!
Heres some weather numbers for Spring 2005 (March 20-June 20th=93 days) in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 74.2F/23.4C
Avg. Min.: 54.7F/12.6C
Highest Max.: 91F/32.7C--May 20th* and June 15th
Lowest Min.: 34F/1.1C--March 28th
...Highest Min.: 72F/22.2C--June 4th & 9th
...Lowest Max.: 44F/6.6C--March 27th
31 days, maximums of 80F+/26.6C+ (inc. 3 days, maximums of 90F+/32.2C+)
*=The 91F/32.7C maximum on May 20th broke the Daily Record Maximum (broke the old rec. max. for the date of 89F/31.6C, set in 1959).
*=Also the 90F/32.2C maximum on May 22nd tied the Record Daily Maximum (tied Maximum for the date set in 1948).
Climatologically, Mena's first 90F/32.2C maximum of the year should occur on July 13th.

Rain for Spring: 14.85"/377.1mm (-0.97"/-24.6mm)
28 Raindays & 15 Thunderdays in Spring.
Wettest Day: 2.10"/53.3mm--May 24th
Wettest Week: 2.40"/60.9mm--week of Mar. 20-26th
............: 2.40"/60.9mm--week of May 22-28th
Pea-sized hail with T-shower on April 5th.

The Summer solstice arrived early this morning (Tue., June 21) in the N. Hemisphere (US). Currently, we have a Sunrise of 6:05 A.M., with an 8:33 P.M. Sunset.
I really Love the lllooonnngggeerrr daylight hours, but could do without the excessive humidity. We had quite a few days where the forecast Heat Index was 110F+/43.3C+.

Hope Ya'll Enjoyed This Report.
Take Care & Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/06/2005 05:26

Hello Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
June..19..84F/28.8C....60F/15.5C...---
......20..84F/28.8C....59F/15C.....---
......21..86F/30C......62F/16.6C...---
......22..89F/31.6C....61F/16.1C...---
......23..90F/32.2C....62F/16.6C...---
......24..90F/32.2C....63F/17.2C...---
......25..91F/32.7C....65F/18.3C...---

A dry week with slowly-climbing maximums, haze and humidity. We are truly in the grips of the typical Summertime 3H's. Summer solstice arrived in the US (N Hemisphere) early in the A.M. of the 21st, but summer-like conditions have been around for a few weeks earlier. I noticed some newly mown yards have a little brownish grass in them. A large area of the US (inc. my area) is under a "ridge" (blocking High) and until we get out from under this "ridge", our rainchances will continue very poor (below 20%). Patches of "heating/pop-up" storms were not too far away on the 25th, but missed us; did see some good blowoff from the storms to my N and NE though. Patchy cloudiness offers brief relief from the blazing sunshine. Quite a lot of haze around---some major cities already have Ozone Alerts issued---and a couple mornings were a little foggy. Looks like the Wildfire season is gearing up in the Western states already.
The upcoming forecast has a few chances for those "pop-up" showers, with steady/slowly-rising maximums---highs in the 90sF/32+C, lows near or a little above 70F/~21+C, with Heat Indexes well exceeding 100F/37+C.

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Sportswise: In the College Baseball World Series; the last 2 teams left are the U. of Florida and the U. of Texas. They will play a best-of-3 games Championship series. Texas won yesterday (Sat.) by a 4-2 score. If the Longhorns win today (game just started 2 P.M. Sunday) they will be the NCAA Collegiate Baseball Champions. If Florida wins today, the deciding game will be played tomorrow (Monday) to crown the 2005 NCAA Baseball Champion.
(After that, my interest in College sports will wane until the start of gridiron season in late August/early September).

Wishing All A Rippa' Week!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/07/2005 12:37

Greetin's Friends:
Heres some figures for the weather in Mena, Arkansas for June, 2005:

Avg. Max.: 86.2F/30.1C
Avg. Min.: 65.3F/18.5C
Highest Max.: 96F/35.5C--June 30th
Lowest Min.: 56F/13.3C--June 2nd & 9th
...Highest Min.: 72F/22.2C--June 4th
...Lowest Max.: 71F/21.6C--June 1st
Rain for June: 1.85"/46.9mm (-2.65"/-67.3mm)
6 raindays and 5 thunderdays in month
Rain for Year: 27.00"/685.8mm (-0.60"/-15.2mm)

Climatologically, average temperatures for June in Mena are a max. of 85F/29.4C with a 64F/17.7C minimum.
Quite a bit of haze (Ozone Alerts in larger cities) and much sticky Humidity in month---Heat Index values well above 100F+/38C+ on a number of days.

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: June 5th
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: June 5th & 7th
Dense Fog Advisory: June 18th
Countywide Burn Ban: June 27th-July 1st

Very dry towards end of month as the last 13 days of June were rainless; quite a few lawns are showing brown grass.

Wishing ALL A Safe, Blessed, Happy & Prosperous Month of July!!!
Wish Ya'll could be here (here and elsewhere in the US) to view the multitudes of fireworks displays (public & private) as we celebrate the 4th of July (Independence Day) holiday. The town of Mena fireworks display will be held at the Polk County Fairgrounds (just SW of the city limits).
Please Enjoy~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 04/07/2005 05:27

July Greetin's Wonderful Folks!!!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
June..26..89F/31.6C....66F/18.8C...---
......27..92F/33.3C....68F/20C.....---
......28..93F/33.8C....67F/19.4C...---
......29..93F/33.8C....68F/20C.....---
......30..96F/35.5C....71F/21.6C...---
July...1..83F/28.3C....69F/20.5C..0.10"/2.5mm
.......2..90F/32.2C....63F/17.2C...---

Hot, humid, hazy with just a tad of wet relief. Rain was from a fairly weak Pacific cold front--at least the few rumbles of thunder was nice. Other parts of the county got larger rain amounts--which prompted the lifting of the Countywide Burn Ban [in effect from June 27th]. The minimum on the 1st was achieved abt. 12:20 P.M. as the T-shower was in progress. The upcoming week should see alike maximums, well into the 90sF/32+C, with a slight risk of Isolated T-showers. Sort of strange as some parts of our lawn are fairly dead- looking while other parts are more lush-looking. Getting fairly drier: I noticed as I was hoeing some potatoes that the ground is getting very hard in places (I copped 56lbs./25.4kgs of potatoes from our row of potato plants; tomatoes are ripening fairly rapidly now; Mom has canned over 20 pints of greenbeans--from the garden--so far). We need a good rain-dance (or for this ridge to shift Eastward---whichever comes first...LOL...). Oh well, at least the outdoor cookouts/picnics/fireworks displays (public & private) for here and most of the US are looking mostly rain-free for the July 4th [Independence Day] Holiday tomorrow. Wish ALL Ya'll could be here for the Celebrations!!!
********
Sports-wise: Last Sunday, the U. of Texas was crowned the NCAA Baseball Champion. The Longhorns beat the U. of Florida (best-of-3-game Championship series) 2-games-to-0, winning by a 4-2 score and triumphing in the Championship game by a 6-2 count; UT ended with an excellent 56-16 record, this was UT's NCAA-record 32nd appearance in the College World Series. GO 'HORNS!!!

Wishing ALL A Grand Week (& may your very useful rains continue---Please send a couple inches/50mm+ my way).
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/07/2005 15:03

Hello Ever'body!!!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
July..3..96F/35.5C..66F/18.8C...---
......4..88F/31.1C..69F/20.5C..0.30"/7.6mm
......5..89F/31.6C..70F/21.1C..TRACE
......6..83F/28.3C..68F/20C.....---
......7..90F/32.2C..62F/16.6C...---
......8..91F/32.7C..68F/20C.....---
......9..91F/32.7C..63F/17.2C..TRACE

Another very warm week with some cloud-cover and ever-present humidity. Some wet relief, though, the rain on 4th & 5th from a Pacific cold front and a brief T-shower from heating on the 9th. We could still use a good soaking rain as things are starting to get fairly dry here---more dead grass evident in area lawns. Unfortunately, my area was too far Westward of Hurricane Dennis to have any effects from it [Glad I'm not in Florida now!!!]
I'm having to water the veggie garden every-other evening or so.

Had a Great 4th of July (Independence Day) holiday. Mom & I watched the city-wide fireworks display at the Polk County Fairgrounds; due to circumstances I shot my fireworks purchase (a little over $37 worth) off at a mates house on the 7th. Hard to believe this year is going by so fast!!!
Did cop almost a half-inch(~12mm)rain from an afternoon T-shower today (Sunday), the storms were moving in an odd direction for here (from East to West).
The upcoming forecast hold some scant T-shower chances with continued humidity and similar temperatures. The 3H's are in full control here!!!

Wishing All A Grand Week!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/07/2005 05:42

Hello Friends!
Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
July..10..89F/31.6C..67F/19.4C..0.45"/11.4mm
......11..90F/32.2C..66F/18.8C..TRACE
......12..89F/31.6C..67F/19.4C..0.15"/3.8mm
......13..91F/32.7C..68F/20C....0.10"/2.5mm
......14..91F/32.7C..69F/20.5C....---
......15..89F/31.6C..69F/20.5C..TRACE
......16..87F/30.5C..69F/20.5C....---

Hot, humid and finally a little wet relief. The rain was due to heating ("hit-or-miss") showers. Mostly "miss" for my house as it looks as areas to the East of Mena got higher amounts of rain from the slow-moving T-showers, at least I heard some good rumbles of thunder. Nevertheless, Polk County remains in a Countywide Burn Ban (in effect since July 14th). Mom tilled the veggie garden the other day and said the ground is rock-hard and I'm having to water the garden almost every evening (getting good amounts of tomatoes and okra). Parts of our and area lawns are looking very poorly now. Heating showers can form anywhere and move in any direction: a couple times Mena got hit with rain-areas moving from E to W or NE to SW (an unusual direction, as most often rain hits us from the W or SW). The other day (watching our radar loop on Intellicast.com) was interesting to see as the shower activity in N and Central Arkansas was moving to the SW while at the same time, showers in extreme S Arkansas/N Louisiana were moving to the North.
It looks fairly dark out now (2:35PM Sunday) so hopefully we're in store for a good shower (50% chance today); we're in desperate need of a good soaking rain--instead of fairly brief showers.
Oh well, it could be worse---areas of the Desert Southwest (Needles, Ca., etc.) are getting above 120F/~49C for maximums the past few days.
Hurricane Emily is still east of the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) and if she keeps her current track, she'll hit the coast near the Texas/Mexico border.
Our upcoming forecast calls for maximums into the 90sF/32C+ with minimums near 70F/~21C and an almost daily (20-30%) chance of heating showers.

Please Enjoy A Fantastic Week!
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/07/2005 13:13

Hello Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
July..17..88F/31.1C...72F/22.2C..0.35"/8.8mm
......18..85F/29.4C...70F/21.1C..0.05"/1.2mm
......19..92F/33.3C...71F/21.6C...---
......20..93F/33.8C...72F/22.2C...---
......21..93F/33.8C...72F/22.2C...---
......22.100F/37.7C...71F/21.6C...---
......23..99F/37.2C...73F/22.7C...---

Heating showers provided some early-week relief, remainder of week had oppressive high humidity/heat. Polk County has been in a Heat Advisory (Heat Indexes 105+/40.5C+) since the 21st. My area of Arkansas is also in a fairly serious drought area--Polk County has been under a Burn Ban since the 14th. Areas to the north of Mena had more shower activity as the rain areas just seemed to skirt our area. State-wide, the heat/dryness are starting to cause some serious problems for livestock and crop farmers.
Areas to the SW of Mena have had it a little worse. Texarkana (far SW Ark.) has only had 55% of normal rain this year---a rain deficit of over 12"/over 304mm. Currently, Mena is around 3"/~77mm below for year; Fort Smith is around 5"/127mm below normal and Little Rock is running a deficit of almost 3"/~77mm---and with August approaching (driest average month in many areas of Arkansas)---the current situation may get some worse. Some Arkansas forestland have also been burnt. Some cattle farmers are feeding their herds hay, which might mean a hay shortage this Winter.
I'm having to water the veggie garden every evening. Just about the best way for Mena's maximum to hit the 100F/37.7C mark is a prolonged time of dry weather. Could really use a good soaking rain.

Please Enjoy A Grand Week!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/08/2005 05:14

Greetings from the US, Ya'll:

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
July..24..96F/35.5C...73F/22.7C...---
......25..93F/33.8C...73F/22.7C...---
......26..95F/35C.....76F/24.4C...---
......27..83F/28.3C...69F/20.5C..TRACE
......28..84F/28.8C...65F/18.3C..TRACE
......29..89F/31.6C...61F/16.1C...---
......30..90F/32.2C...65F/18.3C...---

This week had a hot start, a shot of cooler air and then rebounding temperatures. A fairly strong Canadian cold front passed through in the early A.M. hours of the 27th. Overall Low-abt. 10:58 P.M.-listed for the 27th.
The 27th-29th felt much better with cooler conditions helped by much lower humidity levels, and refreshing N/NW breezes. The rain areas keep fizzling out when they reach my area---more of the "donut-hole effect"; areas to the north and south of Mena got larger rain amounts. The majority of area lawns are very dry looking and we continue to be in a Countywide Burnban. Scattered clouds provided only temporary relief. The front was fairly strong as cold fronts are usually too weak to make it this far south this time of year--in the middle of Summer.
The upcoming forecast looks very poor for T-shower chances, but very good for HOT temperatures---highs in the mid-to-upper 90sF/35-37C, with minimums in the lower 70sF/21+C.
Oh well, it could be worse: at least we're not under any water restrictions/shortages.

Wishing ALL A Smashing Week!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/08/2005 13:25

Hello Wonderful Weather Friends:

Heres some weather numbers for July 2005 in Mena, Arkansas:

Climatologically, Mena's averages for July should have a maximum of 90F/32.2C with a 67F/19.4C minimum.
Avg. Max.: 90.3F/32.3C
Avg. Min.: 68.4F/20.2C
Highest Max.: 100F/37.7C--July 22nd
Lowest Min.: 61F/16.1C--July 29th
...Highest Min.: 76F/24.4C--July 26th
...Lowest Max.: 83F/28.3C--July 1st, 6th & 27th
Rain for July: 1.50"/38.1mm (-3.40"/-86.3mm)
7 raindays (+6 days where I recorded a TRACE of rain) & 9 thunderdays in month
Rain for Year: 28.50"/723.9mm (-4.00"/-101.6mm)
18 days, Maximums of 90F+/32.2C+ (inc. 1 day of 100F/37.7C)

Watches/Warnings for month:
Countywide Burn Ban: July 14th-still current as of the 31st
Heat Advisory: July 21st-26th

We're now starting to be in a fairly severe drought area. Areas of SW Arkansas are over 12"/304+mm below normal on rain for year. The prolonged dryness has caused our maximums to flirt with the 100F/37.7C-mark. The rain areas just seem to miss us (the "donut-hole" effect) as areas to the North, East and South of Mena copped larger rain amounts. Quite a few times all I got was a couple minutes of sprinkles and a few good rumbles of thunder.
Oh well, it could be worse: at least we're not under any water restrictions/shortages (am watering the veggie garden every evening---tomatoes and okra are doing well with the watering). I noticed some area trees starting to drop leaves recently and many area lawns are looking very brown and dry. The Burn Ban we're under has to be one of the longest ones I can remember.
Now I know what Aussie SDS must feel like.
I was wondering if some of you could send some good ole' Aussie rain my way?
I don't care if you send it by FedEx, UPS or DHL...LOL....just so it gets here!!!
It's been since May 24th since I last copped 1"+/25.4mm+ rain in one day.

Wishing ALL a Blessed, Safe, Happy & Prosperous month of August!!!
Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/08/2005 04:45

Hello Again Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Jul..31..94F/34.4C....65F/18.3C...---
Aug...1..96F/35.5C....69F/20.5C...---
......2..96F/35.5C....70F/21.1C...---
......3..96F/35.5C....66F/18.8C...---
......4..94F/34.4C....69F/20.5C..TRACE
......5..94F/34.4C....68F/20C....0.05"/1.2mm
......6..90F/32.2C....68F/20C....0.30"/7.6mm

Well, this was the warmest week so far this year. Rain on 4th & 5th was from heating showers and a Canadian cold front gave us the much-needed good amount of rain on the 6th; glad the shower finally held together long enough to creep southward and give us the great amount(as other storms either missed us or fizzle out and give only sprinkles). We'll need a lot more rain to reverse the dreadfully dry conditions in many areas of Arkansas/elsewhere. At least the swimming pool felt very good. Upcoming week looks like small chances of Isolated/Scattered T-showers with maximums in the mid-90sF/35+C with minimums near 70F/~21C. Weather has so much sameness that some joke that the forecasts are "carbon-copy" forecasts.

Wishing ALL A Great Week.
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Papy_Zapy

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/08/2005 13:00

Wet Snow. When are you expected to see a fall in temps now that we are moving into the Equinox?
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/08/2005 06:46

Hello Fall Leaves!!!

Well, around mid-to-late September should see some cooling in the maximums (Autumn in the US occurs around Sept. 21 or so). Although we can have warm periods/days into October.
This is usually the warmest stretch of the year for us.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/08/2005 08:54

Hello Fall Leaves & All:

Just to elaborate further:

Mena's last 90F/32.2C maximum in 2004 was on September 16th.

Climatologically, in Mena:
average last 90F/32.2C maximum of year on August 18th.
average last 85F/29.4C maximum of year on September 8th.
average last 80F/26.6C maximum of year on September 26th.

Hope this answers your question.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/08/2005 14:57

Hello Folks:

Heres a site showing the drought conditions in Arkansas:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/drought05.htm
Scroll down for maps & pics.

Please Enjoy~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 15/08/2005 04:48

Hello Friends!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Aug...7..93F/33.8C...67F/19.4C...---
......8..92F/33.3C...68F/20C....0.15"/3.8mm
......9..92F/33.3C...67F/19.4C..0.60"/15.2mm
.....10..93F/33.8C...66F/18.8C...---
.....11..94F/34.4C...71F/21.6C...---
.....12..96F/35.5C...71F/21.6C...---
.....13..95F/35C.....73F/22.7C...---

Hot, hot, hot, with--finally--some decent rain totals. Heating showers gave the rain on the 8th-9th. The rain on the 9th was very welcome as quite a bit of recent shower activity has just seemed to skirt us (giving little or no amount). Fairly gusty Westerly breezes on the 12th-13th kept the heat from being more untolerable. Our area of Arkansas (see Arkansas Drought Map) is still in the Severe drought category.
The upcoming week is forecast for at least a chance (20% or greater) of scattered/isolated T-showers every day for my area---heres hoping we get hit with at least a couple of them; temperatures will be similar, tops in the low-to-mid 90sF/~32-35C with lows near 70F/~21C.
Currently (1:45 PM Sunday) very cloudy skies, with shower activity in N & NW Arkansas.

If nothing else, it seems that the dry conditions have prevented the Black Rot from spoiling our grapes. Getting good amounts daily of grapes from our grapevine.
Well, summer vacation for local schoolkids comes to an end this Friday, as another school-year commences on Aug. 19th (the school year ended/beginning of summer vacation started in late May).

Have A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/08/2005 05:25

Greetings & Salutations Friends!!!

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Aug...14..94F/34.4C....72F/22.2C...---
......15..90F/32.2C....73F/22.7C..TRACE
......16..89F/31.6C....72F/22.2C..1.20"/30.4mm
......17..93F/33.8C....69F/20.5C..0.05"/1.2mm
......18..96F/35.5C....72F/22.2C...---
......19..96F/35.5C....73F/22.7C...---
......20..96F/35.5C....73F/22.7C...---

Hot week with finally a good dump of rain. A heating shower gave the sprinkles on the 15th. A Canadian cold front--which had been stationary to our north--finally got pushed through my area and gave the good total. The rain showers were fairly localized: KENA radio station--about a mile/1.6km to my SSW--only copped .45"/11.4mm, the town of Cove--around 20miles/32.2km S of Mena--got 1.75"/44.4mm, while other places in the county copped a trace/nothing. At least the rain caused the excessively prolonged Countywide Burn Ban to be lifted; the grass is also greening up nicely in area lawns again. On the 18th & 20th, I noticed that areas to the North of Mena--beyond Rich Mountain--were having shower activity, but it stayed north of Mena. I did hear some good rumbles of thunder, felt a couple bursts of cool outflow and saw some fairly photogenic Tcu's (I even picced one) from those T-showers to the north. A Canadian cold front was sagging my way yesterday (Sat.) but the showers fizzled out before reaching my area.
The upcoming forecast calls for chances of Isolated/Scattered T-showers at the beginning and ending of this week with continued Hot temperatures/Heat Indexes. As I type (2:20 PM Sun.) my area continues to be in a Heat Advisory, with Heat Indices well above 100F/37.7C+. Heres hoping we'll get smacked by a couple more T-showers this week.

Another school year has started as local schools began on Friday. This just means one thing: 2 weeks until the start of High School & College Gridiron season, NFL will start a little later. BRING IT ON!!!

Wishing ALL A Fantastic Week!!!
Your Buddy In HOT Mena-town~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/08/2005 04:50

G'Day Mates!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.........LOW..........RAIN
Aug..21..99F/37.2C....71F/21.6C...TRACE
.....22..96F/35.5C....71F/21.6C....---
.....23..97F/36.1C....70F/21.1C....---
.....24..99F/37.2C....69F/20.5C....---
.....25..99F/37.2C....70F/21.1C...0.20"/5mm
.....26..96F/35.5C....71F/21.6C...TRACE
.....27..96F/35.5C....70F/21.1C....---

Hot, muggy with spotty rain. Heating showers gave the rain this week. Thought for sure my part of town would get rain on the 24th: NE Polk County was under Flash Flood Warnings for a time that day, as Heating showers were parked over the area; I saw very dark clouds to the NE/E. Sure enough, the storms moved towards Mena---and then split---some parts of town got sprinkles, I copped nothing. Doppler radar estimated that parts of NE Polk County/SE Scott County received around 2"/50+mm rain in a HALF-HOUR!!! But once again, the "donut-hole effect" kicked in as the storms went right over Mena and split; areas S & W of town got some fair amounts. But the tables were turned on the 25th: my part of town caught the edge of a heating shower (I copped .20"/5mm) while other parts of town only had sprinkles or---as in the case of rad. sta. KENA--copped nothing.
At least I did cop some good bursts of cool outflow winds---from showers to my N & E---and heard some good thunder rumbles. I guess I need to move to the N/NE/E of Mena...LOL...
Upcoming forecast calls for similar temperatures with poor rainchances.
Had the first picking of ripe scuppernongs (var. of muscadines) the other day. They smell as Divinely as they taste. Looks like we'll have a fair amount of them this year.

Anyway, I'm Very Glad NOT to be in the New Orleans, La.-area right about now. As of now (1:45 PM CDT Sun.) Hurricane Katrina has winds of 175mph/281.8kph eek I'm Really Hoping & Praying that N.O. is spared a direct hit.

I believe that the storm will hit too far to my SE to have any effect on my weather (perhaps only some high cloudiness from it). It's times like these which make me glad I live in these Beautiful Mountains.

Wishing All A Grand Week!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/09/2005 15:11

Hello Folks:

Heres some weather numbers for August 2005 in Mena, Arkansas:

Climatologically for Mena in August: avg. max. of 90F/32.2C and an avg. min. of 66F/18.8C

Avg. Max.: 94.2F/34.5C
Avg. Min.: 69.7F/20.9C
High Max.: 99F/37.2C--Aug. 21, 24 & 25th
Low Min.: 63F/17.2C--Aug. 31st
...High Min.: 73F/22.7C--Aug. 13, 15, 19 & 20th
...Low Max.: 87F/30.5C--Aug. 29th
29 Days, Maximums of 90F+/32.2C+
7 Raindays (+5 days of TRACE) & 13 Thunderdays in month
Rain for August: 2.55"/64.7mm (-0.15"/-3.8mm)
Rain for Year: 31.05"/788.6mm (-4.15"/-105.4mm)

My area seemed to be in a "donut-hole" as quite a few times, T-showers skirted the area. To give you an idea of the localization of these spotty showers: Rad. Sta. KENA--about a mile/1.6KM to my SE--only recorded 0.95"/24.1mm rain for August.
Thought for sure I'd cop a good one on the 24th; noticed very black clouds to the North--parts of NE Polk County were under a Flash Flood Warning as heavy T-storms gave Doppler indications of 2"/50+mm of rain in a HALF-HOUR!!! The storm was moving NE to SW and I was excited as I felt good outflow breezes. Sure enough, the storms went right over Mena--split--and I only copped a TRACE!!!
Sure needed the rain as this is one of the driest Summers I can recall. Crunchy dead grass predominates the area lawns.

All I copped from Hurricane Katrina (on the 29th) was a TRACE of rain as an extreme NW rainband went NW of town and an hour or so of gusty NE winds (as the rainband was in the area).
Areas to the North, East and South of Mena copped much more rain in August than Mena did.

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Countywide Burn Ban: (cont. from July) Aug. 1-17 and 22-active as of Aug. 31
Heat Advisory: Aug. 19-21 and 25-26
Flash Flood Warning: (NE Polk Co.) Aug. 23 & 24
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Aug. 24

Wishing ALL A Blessed, Safe, Happy & Prosperous month of September!!!
Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/09/2005 05:38

September Greetings Folks!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Aug..28..90F/32.2C..70F/21.1C...---
.....29..87F/30.5C..71F/21.6C..TRACE
.....30..92F/33.3C..70F/21.1C...---
.....31..95F/35C....63F/17.2C...---
Sep...1..96F/35.5C..65F/18.3C...---
......2..95F/35C....64F/17.7C...---
......3..90F/32.2C..67F/19.4C..0.10"/2.5mm

Hot maximums, a little cooler minimums and slight wet relief. Sprinkles on the 29th was from a nearby rainband from Hurricane Katrina and a brief heating shower gave the other rain total. The mornings/late evenings have an "Autumn-like" feel to them. Tomorrow (Mon.) is the Labor Day holiday in the US--usually marks the end of Summer Vacation season.
Hope All the Aussie Dads' had a Great Happy Fathers' Day. (The US Fathers' Day is in June).
Upcoming forecast continues with maximums in the mid-90sF/35C minimums near 70F/21C and very poor (10% or so) rainchances.

Football-wise:
Mena High opened the season traveling to Logan County to take on the powerhouse Booneville Bearcats. Booneville as expected thrashed Mena by a 26-0 score. MHS showed flashes of good play on offense/defense but were no match for the #1 ranked team in AAA. (Booneville is in 5AAA, Mena in 7AAA). Next week, Mena's first home game against rival Waldron.
The U Arkansas Razorbacks opened the season in front of 66,000+ by taking on the Missouri State Bears (fmr. known as SW Missouri St.) MSU actually kicked a field goal for an early 3-0 lead, but UA took control of the game, rolling to a 49-17 victory. 3 UA running backs rushed for more than 100yards each (first time thats happened since 1993). Felix Jones ran for an 80-yard touchdown--which was the longest-ever run by a UA freshman. UA as a team piled up a gaudy 482 yards rushing. So far, so good. Next week, UA entertains Vanderbilt U. at home.

For anyone interested, these site will help you get a grasp of American football (High School/College/NFL):

Rules of American College Football:
http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/intro/

Glossary/Definition of football terms:
http://www.firstbasesports.com/football_glossary.html

Animated Referee (NFL/College/HS) Signals:
(Need Flash Plug-In)
http://ww3.sportsline.com/ns/football/nfl/rulebook.htm
Click on Click Here for NFL Official Signals
When page loads, Click on name (Signal Library at left) [ex. Clipping], then an animated referee will give that signal. Use up/down arrows to navigate Signal Library.

For archived audio/video of selected Football games (*Gray Audio/Video Icons are free-use). Click on Audio/Video Icons.
http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/collegebroadcast/
At end of game list, Click on Game Channel
When that Scorepage loads, game listed at bottom right are Top 25 teams. Click on Conference name
(ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac 10, SEC) then you'll see games from those conferences in window in lower right. (Look for games with Gray [Free use]Icons.

Another Archived/Replay College football vid site:
http://sports.yahoo.com/top/collegebroadcast/teams/jps
(Jefferson-Pilot Sports telecasts of games) Gray Video Icons are Free use.
SEC and ACC teams are available.
Click Icon next to game matchup and video will load (vids are 3+hours), Pre-game programs are first and then (you can fast-forward vid) the Game will kickoff about 30min. into the vid.

For Australians time zone (15 hours ahead of the US), games which would be better for ya'll to listen to (live) would be Pac 10 games (on West Coast--later kickoff)
*Kickoff times are in EDT (which is 1 hour ahead of CDT).

Happy Listening/Watching.
Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 12/09/2005 05:16

September Greetin's Folks!
Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Sep...4...91F/32.7C...63F/17.2C...---
......5...90F/32.2C...56F/13.3C...---
......6...91F/32.7C...64F/17.7C...---
......7...90F/32.2C...61F/16.1C...---
......8...91F/32.7C...59F/15C.....---
......9...91F/32.7C...62F/16.6C...---
.....10...93F/33.8C...63F/17.2C...---

A warm and totally dry week, with a few days of Westerly breezes. Unfortunately, the situation is made worse as theres really no rain in sight--looks like our best rainchances will be when a cold front hits (whenever that is). More trees are dropping their leaves (and leaves changing color) due to the excess dryness; looks like an "early Fall" this year (Autumn equinox Sept. 21). As dry as it is--most of our/area lawns look about as dead as Winter---I still have patches of grass that are green and growing (patches near the sides of our house and storage house). Funny that. Am enjoying the warmth and lower humidities, but NOT enjoying that we're losing 1-2 minutes of daylight per day.
Right now, I'd gladly trade for your (Aussies) lengthening daylight hours and rainfall.
*********
Sportswise, Mena High's first homegame (football)Friday night saw us entertain the visitors 31miles/49km to the north, the Waldron Bulldogs. Mena (ranked #20 in AAA) were 20-point favorites over WHS (ranked #63 in AAA). In an exciting game, Mena won by a 28-18 score. Among Mena's Touchdowns were the recovery of a blocked punt in the Waldron endzone and also and 80-yard Touchdown run by the Quarterback (QB) D.J. Bates. Next Friday night, MHS entertains the Rams of Hot Springs Lakeside.
U Arkansas played SEC conference foe, Vanderbilt U, before a crowd of 64,000+ in Fayetteville. VU has had poor teams in the past, but are much better. UA was a 10-point favorite and moved to a 10-0 lead. The score was tied 10-10 at halftime. UA's Offense sputtered and VU's Quarterback (Jay Cutler) hit some long passes. VU won the game on a 6-yd TD pass (from Cutler to White), going up 28-24 with only 26 seconds left in the game. A Very Heartbreaking Loss. It gets no easier next Saturday night, as the Razorbacks travel to Los Angeles, Ca. to take on the #1 ranked USC (U of S. Cal.) Trojans. USC is led by Heisman-Trophy winning QB Matt Leinart (Heisman Trophy is given to the best college football player). I'm interested to see what the predicted pointspread for the game will be.
Today (Sun., now 2:14 PM CDT) is also the opening weekend of play in the NFL. WOO HOO!!! (I'm just a Football Junkie in Football Heaven...LOL...)

Wishing ALL A Super Week!!!
Kind Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/09/2005 05:04

Hello Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Sep..11..91F/32.7C..64F/17.7C...---
.....12..91F/32.7C..64F/17.7C...---
.....13..91F/32.7C..73F/22.7C...---
.....14..80F/26.6C..70F/21.1C..0.40"/10.1mm
.....15..77F/25C....68F/20C....0.70"/17.7mm
.....16..83F/28.3C..58F/14.4C...---
.....17..89F/31.6C..57F/13.8C...---

Finally, some substantial wet relief and cooler maximums. Rain was from passage (on 15th) of a Canadian cold front. Cooler/drier nights/mornings surely give a hint of Autumn (solstice arrives on the 21st). Overall High--12:01 A.M. and Overall Low--abt. 11:13 P.M.--given for the 14th. Rain was very welcome and also good to hear rumbles of thunder again. The lower humidities caused the temperature spreads to be a little wider. Wetness was sufficient to have the long-running Countywide Burn Ban lifted. Grassy areas have perked up, but we need a little more rain for a more green color to the lawns. Hopefully the rain will be enough to help the trees not to drop more of their leaves/leaves changing color until later in the month. Alas, the cooler respite will soon end as forecast maximums this week will once again be 90+F/32+C with minimums a few degrees F. either side of 70F/21C. Bring on more rain!!!
*******
Sports-wise, What a Terrible weekend for Mena and UA football!!!
Mena played their final non-conference game, hosting Class AAAA (larger enrollment; Mena is in Class AAA) foe, Hot Springs, Lakeside HS. LHS is ranked #16 in Class AAAA (6-point favorite) Mena is ranked #15 in Class AAA. LHS scored first to jump ahead 7-0; Mena tied the game 7-7 as Bearcat defender Chris Cox intercepted a Lakeside pass attempt and ran 32yards for a touchdown (7:08 left 1st Qtr.) In the end, though, Lakeside has too much firepower which shredded the Mena defense with long passes and timely runs. Final Score: Lakeside Rams 42-Mena Bearcats 21.

Arkansas had the unenviable task of going to Los Angeles, Ca., to take on the #1-ranked (and Defending National Champion) USC (U of Southern California) Trojans. USC has Heisman-trophy-winning Matt Leinart for Quarterback. USC was a 30-point favorite (I can NEVER remember UA being a 30-point underdog before). Being a West Coast game (& televised), the kickoff was a much later 9:15 PM CDT. As expected USC scored first to go up 7-0. Arkansas' Felix Jones ran the ensuing kickoff back to the USC 29-yard-line. 3 plays later UA scored to tie it at 7-7. All UA hopes were quickly dashed as USC scored 13 seconds later to lead for good. USC quickly showed why they're ranked #1 and Matt Leinart showed off his brilliant passing skills, which picked apart the rebuilding UA defense. (In all fairness, this game was scheduled in 2001, before USC had such a strong team). The trojans rolled to a 28-7 lead at the end of the 1st Quarter and were up 42-10 at halftime. In the 2nd half, quite a few USC reserve players (2nd & 3rd-string) came in and mopped up. At the end (game over 12:43 AM CDT Sunday) the whomping was complete, USC 70-Arkansas 17.
To give you an idea of the USC thrashing:
*At half-time, USC had amassed 429 offensive yards(yardage running & passing) on just 32 plays (this yardage would be a good total for a WHOLE GAME).
*USC's only punt came with 5:07 left in the game.
*USC now has the nations' longest winning streak at 24 straight games; Trojans have also 21 straight home wins.
*For the game: USC had 736 total offensive yards (445 yds. passing and 291 rushing yards) on 67 plays, an average of 10.9yards per play!!! [Averaging 10 yards per play is just about unheard of in college football]. [UA had more plays, 78, but only 326 total offensive yards].
*This is the most points Arkansas has allowed in a game since losing to Oklahoma 103-0 in 1918!!!
Oh well, at least UA won't have to face such a powerful team like that for the rest of the season.
Next Friday night, Mena travels to Nashville (Ar.) to take on the usually-powerful Scrappers. Next Saturday, the Razorbacks travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. GO UA---U Ark. that is!!!

Wishing ALL A Dandy Week!!!
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/09/2005 13:35

Hello Folks:

Heres some weather numbers for Summer (June 21-Sep. 21) 2005 in Mena, Arkansas=93 days.

Avg. Max.: 91.7F/33.1C
Avg. Min.: 66.8F/19.3C
Highest Max.: 100F/37.7C--July 22nd
Lowest Min.: 56F/13.3C--Sept. 5th
...Lowest Max.: 77F/25C--Sept. 15th
...Highest Min.: 76F/24.4C--July 26th
71 days, maximums of 90F+/32.2C+ (inc. 1 day of 100F/37.7C).

Rain for Summer: 5.25"/133.3mm (-7.42"/-188.4mm)
17 Raindays & 26 Thunderdays in Summer

Quite a few days, my area was under a Heat Advisory as Heat Indexes were well above 105F+/40.5C+.

To give you an idea of the fairly serious drought conditions here this Summer: Polk County has been under a Countywide Burn Ban: June 27-July 1; July 14-Aug. 17; Aug. 22-Sept. 15 and Sept. 19-active as of Sept. 22.

Hopefully, we can get some much-needed wet relief from Hurricane Rita.

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 26/09/2005 05:23

Autumn (in N. Hemisphere) Greetings Folks:

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW..........RAIN
Sep..18...94F/34.4C..66F/18.8C....---
.....19...95F/35C.....71F/21.6C....---
.....20..*97F/36.1C..65F/18.3C....---
.....21..#98F/36.6C..70F/21.1C....---
.....22...96F/35.5C..67F/19.4C....---
.....23...93F/33.8C..67F/19.4C....---
.....24...78F/25.5C..69F/20.5C...2.80"/71.1mm

*This was a Record Daily Maximum (breaking old rec. max. for Sep. 20 of 96F/35.5C in 1944).
#This was a Record Daily Maximum (breaking old rec. max. for Sep. 21 of 96F/35.5C in 1944).
[Menas' average maximum for those days is 81F/27.2C].
A late Summer-early Fall heatwave followed by much-needed relief at weeks' end. Rain on the 24th--most daily rain I've copped since Jan. 3--was courtesy of the remnants of Hurricane Rita (along with day-long gusty NE winds). The Maximum on the 24th was achieved at 12:01 A.M. and abt. 11:20 A.M.
Autumn arrived in the N. Hemisphere on the 22nd, but you wouldn't have known it with the toasty conditions.
The rainarea from Rita--slowly advancing northwards--finally hit Mena around 11:30 A.M. Saturday. Rain was fairly steady and tapered just after 12MIDNIGHT; skies are p/c now at 2P.M. Sunday. Rita moved NE faster than expected (fears were she'd stall and exacerbate flooding problems), so rain amounts were less than they could have been---but, Much Appreciated nonetheless. No thunder with the rain here, but some outer bands spawned a few minor twisters in SE and Central Arkansas. Was truly great to hear the steady rain as it'd been quite some time since we had a good soaker like this one. All the blustery winds did here was take some leaves & twigs off of trees.
FINALLY, a Tropical System made landfall in just the right spot to give my area some good rain amounts from it. HALLELUJAH!!! Total rain from Rita at my house is 3"/76.2mm.
Upcoming forecast is for a little cooler maximums/minimums with little rainchances.
******
Sportswise, another dismal week for Mena & UA football. Friday night, Mena traveled SE to Howard County to take on the always tough Nashville Scrappers. NHS (ranked #8 in AAA) was a 16-point favorite (Mena is #17 in AAA). NHS features a great passing game and a very mobile Quarterback, their defense is tough and speedy as well. NHS has their way easily, cruising to a 42-0 stomping. Since NHS led 35-0 at Halftime, the "Mercy Rule" kicked in (if a team is ahead by 35+points at Halftime; the gameclock runs continuously--except for timeouts/change of poss.--in the 2nd half[quarters are 12mins. long; normally the gameclock would also stop for incomplete passes and plays that go out-of-bounds]).
Arkansas traveled to Tuscaloosa to take on the #20-ranked U. of Alabama. Alabama was a 16-point favorite; game was regionally televised with a kickoff of 11:30 A.M. Game was very defensive at the start, but Ark. took an early 3-0 lead (on a 35-yd. Field Goal) with 8:54 left before half. Alabamas' running and passing game finally had success, 'Bama taking a 7-3 lead at Half. Alabama's defense was very tough (esp. against the run) and their offense hit some big plays and they led 17-6 late in the 2nd half. Arkansas' Felix Jones took the handoff and ran around the left side for a 70-yard Touchdown to pull the Hogs within 17-13. With about 5 minutes left, Ark. QB Johnson threw an ill-advised pass which a 'Bama defender intercepted. 'Bama drove for the clinching TD and a 24-13 victory.
The loss surely hurt (Hogs are 1-3 overall and 0-2 in SEC play), but there was progress seen compared to the USC debacle last week.
Next week: On Friday night, Mena entertains the always-dangerous DeQueen Leopards [for 40+ years, Mena played DeQueen in the opening game of the year, but since DeQueen is now a conference game, the game is played later]. Heres hoping MHS' offense can get untracked and the defense can make some big plays.
Arkansas has a much-needed offweek (hopefully this'll help some players to heal their injuries).

Wishing All A Fine Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/10/2005 09:18

Hello Fine Folks:

Heres some weather numbers for Sept. 2005 in Mena, Arkansas:

Climatologically for September, Menas' averages are a max. of 83F/28.3C and a min. of 59F/15C.

Avg. Max.: 89.0F/31.6C
Avg. Min.: 61.9F/16.6C
High Max.: *98F/36.6C--Sept. 21
Low Min.: 48F/8.8C--Sept. 30
...High Min.: 73F/22.7C--Sept. 13
...Low Max.: 71F/21.6C--Sept. 29
20 days, maximums of 90F+/32.2C+
6 raindays and 3 thunderdays in Sept.
Rain for Sept.: 5.05"/128.2mm (+0.05"/+1.2mm)
Rain for Year: 36.10"/916.9mm (-4.10"/-104.1mm)

*=This was a Daily Record High Maximum. Broke old rec. max. for Sept. 21 of 96F/35.5C in 1944.

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Countywide Burn Ban: active Sept. 1-15, 19-26
Flash Flood Watch: Sept. 24-25
Lake Wind Advisory: Sept. 24-25
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Sept. 28

Monthly raintotal was greatly enhanced by my copping 3"/76.2mm rain from the remnants of Hurricane Rita.
To give you an idea of the extreme dryness this Summer: Mena/Polk County has been under a Countywide Burn Ban for a total of over 70 days; in 2004 we were under a Burn Ban for only 23 days and for only 2 days (also 4 days under a Red flag Fire Alert) in 2003.

Wishing ALL A Happy, Blessed, Prosperous & Safe month of October!!!
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/10/2005 05:31

October Greetings Folks:

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Sep..25..86F/30C....69F/20.5C..0.20"/5mm
.....26..94F/34.4C..66F/18.8C...---
.....27..83F/28.3C..68F/20C.....---
.....28..89F/31.6C..64F/17.7C..0.85"/24.1mm
.....29..71F/21.6C..54F/12.2C...---
.....30..78F/25.5C..48F/8.8C....---
Oct...1..83F/28.3C..58F/14.4C...---

Week with a hot beginning, a cool shot of air (and rain) and rebounding temperatures. Rain on the 25th was the last of the rain from the remnants of Hurricane Rita; the first really strong Canadian cold front of Fall brought the rain on the 28th. Overall Low-abt. 11:50 P.M.-listed for the 28th. Very good to see more rain and hear good rumbles of thunder again. Lawns have greened up nicely again and the Countywide Burn Ban was lifted on the 26th.
Upcoming forecast has a few rainchances as another cold front will hit in a few days as the transitional season temperature roller-coaster continues.

******
Sports-wise, FINALLY Mena had a good offensive/defensive gridiron game. Mena hosted our southern neighbors from Sevier County--the DeQueen Leopards. Mena (7-point favorite) is ranked #20 in AAA, DQHS is ranked #40 in AAA. DQHS scored first, taking a 7-0 lead, on a 65-yard Touchdown run. After that it was all Mena, Mena got TDs on Burgers' 22-yard run, a 72-yard punt return by Fox, TD runs of 45 and 5-yards by Quarterback Bates and Jake Heald's 20 yard interception return. These scores put Mena up at half by a 35-7 count. The "Mercy Rule" (continuous running gameclock) came into effect after Mena went up 42-7 on a TD (83-yd run by Burger) with 11:39 left 3rd period. DeQueen scored a couple late Touchdowns to make the score a little closer, but Mena prevailed by a 42-19 verdict. The "Mercy Rule" does make the game go by quicker (I got back to my car at 9:36 PM).
Next Friday, Mena travels to Garland County to take on the Cobras of Fountain Lake High School.
The Arkansas Razorbacks had a much-needed off week. The Hogs will take on Louisiana-Monroe (UL-M)in Little Rock* on Saturday. (*Little Rock--War Memorial Field--is UA's other home-field; the majority of the home games are played on-campus in Fayetteville at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium).

Wishing All A Top-Shelf Week!!!
Best Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/10/2005 05:52

Hello Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Oct...2..85F/29.4C...71F/21.6C...---
......3..87F/30.5C...68F/20C.....---
......4..87F/30.5C...67F/19.4C...---
......5..86F/30C.....65F/18.3C...---
......6..69F/20.5C...54F/12.2C..TRACE
......7..62F/16.6C...49F/9.4C....---
......8..68F/20C.....44F/6.6C....---
Well, this week saw fairly above normal temperatures in the first half and well-below normal temperatures in the last half. For this week, Mena's average high is 77F/25C and average low is 53F/11.6C. Another fairly strong Canadian cold front passed in the early A.M. hours of the 6th--the rainarea dissipated as it neared my area. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-and Overall Low-abt. 11:55 P.M.-listed for the 6th (as temperature fell most all day). Overall Low-abt. 11:52 P.M.-listed for the 7th.
The cooler conditions (with N/NW breezes) now really do feel Autumnlike and with the slowly decreasing daylight hours, I'm sure the leaves on area trees will begin changing colors soon. These warm, dry and sunny conditions REALLY make me sleepy (dryness dries out my eyes).
Upcoming forecast calls for temperatures to top out in the mid-70sF/~23C and minimums around 50-60F/10-15.5C, with fairly poor rainchances. We're starting to dry out and another good batch of rain would be most welcome; but this time of year the rain is brought by cold fronts.
******
Sportswise, Friday night Mena traveled East to Garland County to take on the Fountain Lake Cobras. Mena (1-point favorite) is ranked #19 in AAA, Fountain Lake is #27. FLHS had to punt deep in their territory and the puntsnap went through the endzone, which is a safety and gave Mena a 2-0 lead. After a short Mena punt, FL took possession of the ball at Midfield (50-yd line). They marched downfield, scoring a Touchdown on a 1-yard run. Their 2-point conversion try was successful, giving the Cobras an 8-2 lead with 0:37 left in the Half. Neither team scored in the 2nd half and Mena lost a heartbreaking game by an 8-2 score. The Bearcats blew several chances to set up possible scores: quite a few times open receivers dropped passes and it really hurt when Mena lost a fumble on the Fountain Lake 5-yard line (looking to score a sure Touchdown). MHS starting QB Bates was injured just before half and his replacement, Tate Mendoza did well, but the FLHS defense did enough to keep Mena out of their endzone. Next Friday is Mena's Homecoming game as they host Lafayette County*. (*=A few years ago, the high schools of Lewisville and nearby Stamps consolidated and became Lafayette County).
Saturday evening, the UA Razorbacks--before a great crowd at UA's other homefield, War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock--thrashed the Indians of Louisiana-Monroe (UL-M) by a 44-15 count. UA got off to a slow start, but finally got the running game going and hit some timely passes to lead at half by 23-8. One of Arkansas' Touchdown drives was a beautifully methodical 87yard drive in 16 plays in 6:10. Long TD drives(time-wise) are good as it tends to wear down the other teams defense (and gives your defense a long rest). Although this was a non-conference game against a somewhat weaker opponent, it was a Much-Needed Confidence Boost as the remainder of the schedule will be against (some very tough) SEC opponents. In this game, UA was a 25-point favorite and it was very good the see the 'Backs "cover the spread" (something they haven't done much of lately).
Next Saturday, the Hogs host the Tigers of Auburn U. in Fayetteville. The Hogs Really need to win out (or have one loss at most; 6 games left) if they want to have hopes of playing in a post-season Bowl game.
UA did set a record as both Running backs McFadden and F. Jones both had over 100 yards rushing: The first-time ever that 2 UA Freshman players had 100+ yards rushing in the same game.

Wishing All A Marvelous Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/10/2005 06:17

Hello Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Oct...9..71F/21.6C..42F/5.5C...---
.....10..69F/20.5C..45F/7.2C...---
.....11..76F/24.4C..52F/11.1C..---
.....12..78F/25.5C..57F/13.8C..---
.....13..79F/26.1C..52F/11.1C..---
.....14..79F/26.1C..51F/10.5C..---
.....15..83F/28.3C..46F/7.7C...---

A dry week with slowly rising temperatures,last part of the week was almost cloud-free and the lower humidities caused some fairly wide temperature spreads. I notice that a few more local trees' leaves have started their color change. Starting to get really dry here again, but--this time of year--only a Cold frontal passage will give a realistic rainchance. Perhaps a cold front will give us a fair chance of wet relief later in the week. Perfect weather for just about any outdoor activity (including napping...LOL...) Deer hunters are happy as it's Muzzleloading season, in a couple weeks it'll be Modern Gun Deer season. It has been bow hunting season for a little while now. Upcoming forecast calls for similar temperatures, dropping slightly in late week as a cold front pushes through.
*******
Sports-wise: Friday night, Mena entertained a Homecoming crowd by defeating the visitors, the Cougars of Lafayette County, by a 19-0 score. Both teams moved the ball well, until getting close to the endzone, when the offenses bogged down. Due to a couple Cougar turnovers, MHS had a couple short Touchdown drives to lead at half by 13-0. MHS last TD came on Cox 53-yard interception return, late in the 3rd period. LCHS did penetrate to the MHS 5-yard line, but were pushed back by QB sacks and penalties and LCHS went for it on 4th down and MHS defense stopped them on the 19-yard line (and took possession of the ball). That empty drive really hurt LCHS as it took over 8 minutes of game clock time (a great time-consuming drive, but no points to show for it). MHS (ranked #32 in AAA) was an 8-point favorite; LCHS was ranked #45 in AAA.
On Saturday night, The Arkansas Razorbacks entertained the #21-ranked Auburn U. Tigers (aka War Eagles). Arkansas started well, but squandered a couple TD opportunities, having to settle for a (3-point) Field Goal. Nonetheless, the Razorbacks took leads of 3-0 and 10-3, and led 10-6 at Halftime. The 2nd half was all Auburn as the Tigers (7.5-point favorites) found success in the running game and hit some timely passes, and their defense "hunkered down" and made things tough for the 'Backs. In the end, Auburn did it easy, winning 34-17. Those Conference (& Home) losses really hurt!!!
I guess it could have been worse: at least 3 games (on Saturday), with high-profile college teams, were won/lost on the final play of the game.
Next week gets no easier: Friday night, Mena travels SE to play the always-tough Curly Wolves of Prescott High.
Saturday at 11:30 AM CDT (regional televised game), Arkansas travels to Athens, Georgia to play ("between the hedges") the very-strong U of Georgia Bulldogs.

Best Wishes For A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/10/2005 04:09

October Greetin's Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Oct..16..81F/27.2C..52F/11.1C..---
.....17..82F/27.7C..51F/10.5C..---
.....18.*89F/31.6C..55F/12.7C..---
.....19.#85F/29.4C..55F/12.7C..---
.....20..81F/27.2C..56F/13.3C..---
.....21..61F/16.1C..54F/12.2C..---
.....22..71F/21.6C..44F/6.6C...---

*=Record High Daily Maximum (breaking old rec. max. for Oct. 18 of 88F/31.1C set in 1953).
#=Tied Record High Daily Maximum (tying rec. max. for Oct. 19 set in 1956).

Week with record breaking/tying maximums with a dose of Autumn-like conditions late week. A Canadian cold front--dry in my area--passed through on the 20th. This is one of the driest stretches in quite some time. Overall Low-abt. 11:46 P.M.-listed for the 20th; Overall Low-abt. 11:40 P.M.-listed for the 21st.
More local trees' leaves have begun the color change, which will accelerate when we go back to Standard Time (YUCK!!!) a week from now. Quite a few of the days started out cloudy/pc, giving way to mostly sunny skies by early afternoon.
Another Canadian cold front came through earlier today (Sun., currently 12:50 PM CDT), at 12:01 A.M. the temperature was on 59F/15C, the temperatures have been falling (50F/10C at 9AM) and very clammy conditions now, light rain, a chilly N wind and a temperature in the mid-40sF/6-7C. The clouds will clear out and parts of N Arkansas may experience their first frost of Autumn.
Upcoming forecast calls for gradually warming temperatures; max's mid-60s to lower-70sF/18-23C and min's from mid-30sF to mid-40sF/2-7C.
This light rain is nice, but we REALLY need more substantial amounts.
*******
Sports-wise: Friday night, Mena traveled SE to play the Prescott High Curly Wolves. Prescott normally has a powerhouse team, but their players this year aren't quite as good. Mena (10-point favorite) is ranked #28 in AAA. PHS is #43 in AAA. MHS lately, is rarely a favorite playing an away game.
Anyway, PHS committed 5 turnovers (3 lost fumbles, threw 2 interceptions) in the first-half, leading to several short TD-drives for Mena. The "Mercy Rule" came into effect as MHS built a 42-7 lead midway through the 3rd Quarter, en route to a 49-20 victory. (Prescott scored a couple late TDs against Mena reserves on defense).
Next week, MHS plays their final regular-season away game, at always-tough Ashdown.

The UA Razorbacks had the unenviable task of traveling to Athens, Ga., to tangle with the #4 nationally-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. UGA was a 19.5-point favorite as their fine QB D.J. Shockley is very tough to contain as he passes as good as he runs. UGA did go to a 14-0 lead and then Shockley sustained an ankle injury early in the 2nd Quarter (he did not return to the game), his replacement, Tereschinsky, was not quite as good and the UA defense had some success. The UA offense made some good plays against the tough UG defense.
UA scored a TD to cut the Georgia lead to 23-20 with 4:55 left in the game. But in the end, UA wasted a couple opportunities to score (inc. a missed Field goal) and UG's defense did what it took to preserve a 23-20 victory. (If Shockley had played the whole game, the UG victory margin would likely have been much higher).
Even with the tough loss, a few good things did come about: UA played UG close, when a blowout could have easily occurred.
UA Running Back, Darren McFadden broke the single-game rushing record by a UA Freshman, gaining 190 yards (inc. a thrilling 70-yard TD run). McFadden has already broken the UA Freshman record for yards rushing in a season.
Next Saturday, the Razorbacks have another Open Date.

Wishing All A Top-Shelf Week.
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Papy_Zapy

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/10/2005 09:39

Still very warm for late October in your part of the world?
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/10/2005 11:50

Hello Fall Leaves:

Yes, very warm; Mena's average maximum for the month of October is 73F/22.7C, average maximums for this part of October is 71F/21.6C.
Looks like it might be a few days before the maximums recover to normals, may flirt with a frost in the morning (currently 8:48 PM CDT, Sun., clear and a chilly 44F/6.6C).

Those abnormally high maximums were right before the cold front hit (as can happen at times). Just wish we could've gotten some rain from these fronts.

Best Wishes~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 31/10/2005 06:06

Greetings Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Oct..23..59F/15C....44F/6.6C...TRACE
.....24..57F/13.8C..38F/3.3C...---
.....25..59F/15C....31F/-0.5C..---
.....26..64F/17.7C..32F/0.0C...---
.....27..67F/19.4C..36F/2.2C...---
.....28..67F/19.4C..37F/2.7C...---
.....29..67F/19.4C..33F/0.5C...---

The Canadian cold front--passage early A.M. on the 23rd--gave us a few days of unseasonably cool conditions [for late October, Mena's averages are a maximum of 68F/20C and a minimum of 44F/6.6C]. Again, this front produced little in rainfall in my area---the prolonged dryness continues. Quite a few of the days were almost cloud-free. Overall High-12:01 A.M.-listed for the 23rd; the low occurred around 12:07 P.M. The first below freezing (32F/0C) minima of Autumn occurred on the 25th--Mena's first freezing or below minima of 2004 didn't occur until Nov. 25.
The conditions felt MUCH cooler compared to the abnormal warmth, just a few days before.
Most of the US went back to Standard Time at 2 A.M. this morning (Sunday); although this means an extra hour of sleep, I'd much rather have more daylight hours (currently now the sunrise is at 6:36 A.M. and sunset is at 5:24 P.M.--YUCK!!!). The shortning daylight times will greatly accelerate the color-change to leaves of local trees.
The upcoming forecast calls--finally--for some much-needed wet relief. A Pacific cold front (Pacific fronts usu. have more rain amounts and less cooler air) will hit tomorrow (Mon.); my area has an 80% chance of rain tomorrow--with possibly heavy patches of rainfall (Hallelujah!!!) Temperature ranges: highs upper-60sF to mid-70sF/20-24C, minimums mid-40sF to lower-50sF/6-11C.
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Sports-wise, Mena traveled around 80miles/128.8km south to take on the always-tough Panthers of Ashdown High. Ashdown (ranked #9 in AAA) was a 21-point favorite; Mena is ranked #26 in AAA. I was at a prior engagement and didn't get to tune into the game until just after halftime; at that point Ashdown had a commanding 49-21 lead. Mena's defense could absolutely NOT stop the AHS running attack (Ashdown has many Black players, which were too big and speedy for Mena's White players to handle). The "Mercy Rule" came into effect after an Ashdown TD put them ahead by 56-21 with 8:20 left in the 3rd Quarter. AHS a little later tacked on another Touchdown to set the final margin of Ashdown 63-Mena 21. Ashdown's offense was so dominating that they had Touchdown (TD) drives on their first 9 possessions and AHS didn't have to punt the ball until 8 minutes were left in the game (when many Ashdown reserve players were in the game). Even with the huge loss, both Mena Quarterback, DJ Bates and Running Back, Chris Burger racked up over 150 yards rushing apiece for the game.
Next Friday night will be Mena's last regular-season game, the Bearcats will host Glen Rose High. Mena will need to win this game to secure the 4th (and final) playoff spot in the conference and make the post-season playoffs. Mena should win, but who knows, as this has been a crazy year. Although, I'm an ardent MHS supporter, I don't think this years' team will make it very far into the playoffs.

The UA Razorbacks had another Open Date this Saturday. Hopefully the Razorbacks can find a way to do well in the last 4 remaining games on the schedule.

Wishing All A Rippa' Week.
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/11/2005 20:09

Hello Again Fine Friends:

Heres a few weather numbers for October, 2005 in Mena, Arkansas:
Climatologically for Mena in October: avg. max. of 73F/22.7C with an avg. min. of 48F/8.8C.

Avg. Max.: 73.8F/23.2C
Avg. Min.: 49.6F/9.7C
High Max.: 89F*/31.6C--Oct. 18
Low Min.: 31F/-0.5C--Oct. 25
...High Min.: 71F/21.6C--Oct. 2
...Low Max.: 57F/13.8C--Oct. 24
11 days, maximums of 80F+/26.6C+
2 days, minimums of 32F/0C or lower
1 Rainday (+2 days of TRACE) & 1 Thunderday in month
Rain for October: 1.55"/39.3mm--all fell on Oct. 31 (-3.55"/-90.1mm)
Rain for Year: 37.65"/956.3mm (-7.65"/-194.3mm)

*This was a Record Daily Maximum; breaking old rec. maximum for Oct. 18 of 88F/31.1C set in 1953 (also the 85F/29.4C max. on Oct. 19th tied the rec. max. for the date, set in 1956).
First freezing/below (32F/0C or below) minimum of Autumn occured on the 25th; in 2004, the first freezing/below minimum didn't occur until Nov. 25th.

One of the driest stretches in a while, as I recorded NO measureable rain between Sept. 29 through Oct. 30th.

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Countywide Burn Ban: (unsure of start date)-Oct. 31
Freeze Warning: morning of Oct. 26th

Most of the US is back on Standard Time and the shorter daylight hours will accelerate the color-change on the leaves of area trees (some of which are already looking great).

Wishing ALL A Happy, Safe, Blessed & Prosperous Month of November (hope it's a wet one for me).
Best Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: adon

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/11/2005 22:05

Hey Wet snow :wave: You mentioned freeze warning above, is that below freezing all day? Also as far as you latitude goes where in Australia would you be?
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/11/2005 05:31

they are about 34 degrees North there.Compared to N.Z they have a tropical climate most of the time and their temps bounce back up high even in Winter wheres here it never reaches 20c for 5 months in the winter here eek
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/11/2005 11:22

Hello Adon:

No, the Freeze Warning (usu. issued before the first freeze of Autumn) is meant for below freezing temperatures for a few hours during the early-to-mid morning hours; warning people to bring in/cover tender vegetation/flowers which may be harmed outside in the colder conditions. This usually signals the end of (outside) veggie garden season.
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Hello NZAAS:

Well, overall, your climate is MUCH mider--esp. in Winter--than mine; due to the major influence of the surrounding Ocean. We have no such mechanism here to moderate the frigid air spilling down to us from Canadian/Arctic regions during Wintertime.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: adon

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/11/2005 11:38

Fair enough. We get frost that sometimes sticks around until midday(very rare tho) but most clear up about half an hour after sunrise. You are a bit over 200km closer to the equator than us. Amxing how the climate are so different. In summer our humidity is very low and temps quite high. I suppose you would have more land toward the pole than I have. I have more to the tropics.

P.S what's the fishin like!?
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/11/2005 12:58

Hello Adon: The many lakes/rivers in Arkansas, truly make it a Fishermans' Paradise. The hunting is great as well, especially now as deer season is now happening.

Heres a few sites which may help your query:
Arkansas Fishing:
http://www.fishingarkansas.com

Weekly Fishing Reports:
http://www.agfc.state.ar.us/fishing/fishreport_all.html (Click on Date; on that page, scroll down to see that weeks' fishing reports from the lakes/rivers in various regions of Arkansas: Under heading of Southwest Arkansas, you might check the report for Millwood Lake [a fairly large impoundment of the Little River; around 60miles/96km to the SSE of me. Under heading of West Central Arkansas, you may want to check the report for Lake Ouachita--a premier fishing lake, around 50miles/80km NE of me).

Lake Ouachita (largest lake in Arkansas, this impoundment of the Ouachita [pronounced wash-i-taw] River, covers 48,000acres/19,000+ha and has a 970mile/1,560km-long shoreline; purported to be the Striped Bass [called "Stripers"] capital of the world), website is here (one of a few)
http://www.anglerguide.com/arkansas/ouachita.html

By far, the various species of catfish are the most common caught (statewide), but anglers also fish for brown trout, bass (largemouth/smallmouth/Kentucky Spotted), bream, drum, crappie, perch, etc.

So...come on down and wet a line...

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/11/2005 19:36

Well, it's that time of year here, so for those interested, heres the Fall Foliage Report for Arkansas:
http://www.arkansas.com/calendar/fall_foliage_pg1.asp
Scroll down for info & pics, you might want to Click on Fall Images (clickable pics).

I see theres a new Arkansas Tourism promo commercial:
http://www.arkansas.com/ad-video-gallery/
Scroll down and Click on Fall 2005-30 Second Commercial

Happy Viewing~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/11/2005 11:57

Would love to have your climate...forecast Arkansas today mid 70s 24 or 25 in the equivalent of May here..it gets better for you late 70's next day mid 70s day after mid 70s..Here we are pushing 70(21c)in November eek
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/11/2005 13:48

Hello NZAAS:

Yes, this looks to be somewhat like an "Indian Summer" scenario; as our average maximums now are around 68F/20C. Although actual temperatures in Mena tend to be a little lower than forecasted (due to our elevation).

I wouldn't mind having some of your climate--as your surrounding oceans would keep the brutally frigid air away (but I'd still not like the cool dampness very much). I suppose one good thing with your cooler Summer maximums is that Heat Stress for people and livestock is greatly reduced.

Have A Good One~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/11/2005 17:51

Your weather makes us feel jealous..It is late Autumn there...25-30 deg c which would be a heatwave here in the height of summer..We are struggling 21c and its a big ask.Plenty of "50mph or feel that" SW winds for us on quite a few days eek
Posted by: Tez

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/11/2005 19:19

I see that even up North, places like Chicago the averages have been well above normal. How is the Fall coloring of the trees? Orange was disappointing with the drought and the warm temps last fall.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 07/11/2005 07:44

Hello Tez: The Fall Foliage is looking great here; looks like the peak time will be in a couple weeks from now. Truly Spectacular looking even now, especially the views of nearby Rich Mountain. Unfortunately, the prolonged dryness has dulled some of the tree leaves colors.

You (& any others interested) may want to keep checking on the updated Arkansas Foliage Reports link that I previously posted.

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Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Oct..30..72F/22.2C...49F/9.4C...---
.....31..65F/18.3C...49F/9.4C..1.55"/39.3mm
Nov...1..65F/18.3C...39F/3.8C...---
......2..76F/24.4C...35F/1.6C...---
......3..74F/23.3C...50F/10C....---
......4..73F/22.7C...58F/14.4C..---
......5..77F/25C.....60F/15.5C.TRACE

Finally--due to a Pacific cold front--some wet relief on the 31st. The best dump of rain in a while with good thunder rumbles--the only measureable rain I recorded for October. Nearby KENA radio station recorded 1.27"/32.2mm rain in October. The passage of another Pacific cold front gave the sprinkles on Nov. 5th.
Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 10:25 PM-listed for the 31st (as temperature fell most all day); Overall Low-abt. 11:45 PM-listed for the 1st; Overall Low-abt. 11:19 PM-listed for the 5th. After frontal passage, skies were almost all clear with fairly low humidities. Unfortunately, the moisture from the rainevent on the 31st quickly dried out and Polk County was put under another Countywide Burn Ban, starting on Nov. 3rd.
Upcoming forecast for similar temperatures and a fair rainchance as another Pacific cold front approaches mid-week. Fall Foliage on area trees looking more Beautiful each day.
Am enjoying the above-normal warmth as before too long, colder shots of air will be invading from the north.
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Sportswise: Mena Highs' final regular season game was kickedoff at 7:30 PM Friday as the Bearcats hosted the Beavers of Glen Rose High. Mena (7-pt. favorite) is ranked #30 in AAA, GRHS is ranked #49.
It was simple: Mena wins and secures the 4th (and final) 7AAA conf. playoff spot; lose and the seasons' over.
Both offenses were somewhat ineffective, making for some tense times. Finally Mena scored a TD on Bates' 14-yard run, David Cordeiro kicked the extra-point to put Mena up 7-0 (1:33 left 2nd Qtr.) Late in the 3rd Qtr. Mena had to punt from deep in their territory, the punt snap eluded the punter and went through Mena's endzone for a safety (=2 points for Glen Rose), which cut Mena's lead to 7-2. Finally in the 4th Qtr., Mena scored a couple of TDs to take a 20-2 victory. Glen Rose did penetrate as close as the Mena 5-yard line (but the Glen Rose QB threw an interception a couple plays later).
Mena ends the regular season with a 5-5 record (but more importantly, 4-3 record in 7AAA conf. play). Record is fairly good, considering the tough schedule the Bearcats played this season.
Rd. 1 AAA Playoffs: Mena will travel and play always-tough Central Arkansas Christian (CAC). A loss looks certain, but who knows? The 'Cats have played scrappy and win/lose have done fairly well.
The same can't be said for the UA Razorbacks. In front of a Great Homecoming crowd of 65,387(regional TV), the Hogs(4-point favorites) hosted the Gamecocks of the U of South Carolina. USC stopped UA short as UA tried a run on a 4th-and-1 from their own 29-yd. line. A short 29-yd. TD drive gave SC a 7-0 lead. UA played better and took a 10-7 lead at halftime. Another UA turnover actually cost them the game as a USC defender intercepted an ill-advised UA pass and returned it to the UA 42-yd line. USC scored a TD on the next play (42-yd pass from Mitchell to McKinley with 0:00 left 3rd Qtr.) which put SC up 14-10. Late in the game, UA failed to convert a 4th-and-2 play on the USC 14-yard line. The combination of mistakes and missed scoring opportunities spelled a 14-10 very tough defeat. This assures UA (rec. 2-6) of a losing season with 3 games left. A couple bright spots were UA running backs McFadden and Jones who racked up fairly good rushing totals. It just seemed like when everytime UA made a good play on offense/defense they would get flagged (penalized) for an infraction. UA Freshman QB Casey Dick got his first start and played fairly well, a couple of his passes barely missing the receivers on long pass plays.
Just a couple more breaks could've spelled the difference as the last few UA losses have been very close score-wise.
The USC game was a classic example of dominating a team in just about every category--except the scoreboard (ex. UA had 356 yds. of total offense [219 yds rushing & 137 yds passing] USC had 187 yds of total offense [45 yds rushing & 142 yds passing]; UA had more offensive plays, 72 to 58 for USC; UA had more Time of Possession, 32:07 to 27:53 for USC, etc.)---but if you don't score, it doesn't matter how dominating your team is on the stats.

Wishing ALL A Super Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/11/2005 15:02

Salutations & Greetings:

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Nov...6..74F/23.3C...46F/7.7C...---
......7..73F/22.7C...53F/11.6C..---
......8..77F/25C.....67F/19.4C..TRACE
......9..*80F/26.6C..59F/15C....---
.....10..67F/19.4C...41F/5C.....---
.....11..70F/21.1C...37F/2.7C...---
.....12..70F/21.1C...58F/14.4C..0.55"/13.9mm

*This tied the Daily Record Maximum (tying rec. max. for Nov. 9th, set in 1942). Average maximum for this part of November is 63F/17.2C.

Well, the weather is starting to become more active, with cold fronts every few days. Rain on 8th was from moist SW airflow. A dry Canadian cold front passed on the late PM hours of the 9th, rain on the 12th from a Pacific cold front (.40"/10.1mm from lingering T-showers in early AM hours today--Sunday).
Overall Low-abt. 11:22 PM-listed for the 9th; Overall Low-abt. 11:50 PM-listed for the 10th. The recent windyness has caused many trees to drop many of their (beautifully colored) leaves.
A Little Excitement on the 12th:
As the Pacific cold front approached, a Spring-like severe weather scenario was possible. Around 9PM, my area of Arkansas was put under a Tornado Watch (until 1 AM Sunday). Shortly after, Polk County was included in a Severe Thunderstorm Watch. Around 10 PM--just before the line of severe T-storms hit--Polk County was put under a Severe T-storm Warning. I was watching the graphics on Ch. 5 (Ft. Smith, Ark). Due to Doppler Radar showing strong low-level rotation/shear (just south of Mena), Polk County was then under a Tornado Warning.
I was listening to the scanner as local law enforcement (County Sheriff, State Troopers) drove around trying to see what was happening. There were a couple reports of heavy rain and small branches down. As one Trooper drove through Nunley (small locality a few miles SSE of Mena) and radioed in, you could hear hail hitting his car. Thankfully at my house, there was NO hail and the wind didn't really blow that hard. Uncertain if the rotation actually touched ground (as of now). I think the cloudiness of the day--maximum only reaching 70F/21.1C--kept the weather from becoming nastier. There were also tornado outbreaks in the Midwest (inc. Woodward, Iowa).
Another front will give another T-storm chances in a couple days and the temperatures will drop to near seasonal normals (minimums will get down to the mid-to-upper 30s/2-4C and a couple days forecasted maximums near 60F/15.5C. Rain was GREAT, but we really need A Whole Lot More!!!
P.S. See http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/051112_rpts.html (Mena is listed last under Tornado Reports).
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Sports-wise: Well, Mena finished the regular season with a 5-5 record, but was 4-3 in 7AAA play which garnered the Bearcats the 4th seed in 7AAA for the AAA playoffs. The Reward: Mena traveling to North Little Rock to take on the AAA defending Champion Mustangs of Central Arkansas Christian (#1 seed, 9-1,champions of 6AAA conf.) MHS was ranked #28 in AAA. CAC was ranked #7 in AAA and was a 21-point favorite. CAC has a brilliant passing attack and MHS really has not much of a defense for it. MHS' passing game isn't that great and had to rely heavily on the rushing game. After a slow start CAC finally got untracked and pulled out to a 24-0 halftime lead. MHS scored a TD to avert being shutout, but the "Mercy Rule" was invoked after CAC scored a TD to go up 45-6 with 11:17 left 4th Qtr.
The mismatch complete, Final Score CAC 45-Mena 6.
MHS ends with a 5-6 record, scoring 208 points (18.9 ppg avg.) and allowing 285 points (25.9 ppg avg.) The schedule was somewhat tough, as 4 of MHS opponents made the playoffs (Ashdown, Booneville, Fountain Lake & Nashville). MHS 10 reg. season opponents finished the regular season with combined record of 57-43 (.570).
MHS opponents (final W/L rec. and ranking);
(Booneville 10-0, #1 in AAA; Waldron 4-6, #34 in AAA; Hot Springs, Lakeside HS 4-6, #27 in AAAA; Nashville 9-1, #5 in AAA; DeQueen 7-3, #14 in AAA; Fountain Lake 6-4, #27 in AAA; Lafayette County 4-6, #37 in AAA; Prescott 1-9, #54 in AAA; Ashdown 9-1, #6 in AAA; Glen Rose 3-7, #49 in AAA; 64 teams in AAA, 32 teams in AAAA.)

The UA Razorbacks traveled to Oxford, Mississippi (Vaught-Hemingway Stadium) to take on the Rebels of the U of Mississippi (aka known as "Ole Miss"). Both offenses have struggled to score in a big way of late and UA has lost a couple of heart-breaking games the last 2 weeks.
UM was a slight 1-point favorite, but it looked much worse as the Rebels went up 14-7 at half; UA's only Touchdown of the half,(tying the game 7-7) came on Kelly's 42-yard interception return. UM hurt the Hogs by completing several screen passes which grabbed good amounts of yardage. Adjustments were made at half and FINALLY, UA pulled out of their offensive lethargy. The running game has some limited success and freshman QB Casey Dick had a spectacular half, throwing the ball beautifully (at one stretch he was 12-for-12 passing [12 attempts-12 completions] for 147 yds and 3 TDs.) UA--coming back from a 17-7 deficit--finally took the lead (21-17) with 12:20 left 4th Qtr (on a 4-yd TD pass from Dick to Peyton Hillis). Later UA scored another TD for a Much-Needed 28-17 victory. Great Stuff as this was not only a road win (with a freshman QB, making just his 2nd start), but also UA's first SEC conference win of the year (UA 3-6 overall and 1-5 in SEC play).
With 2 games left, the future certainly looks bright for UA gridiron. Next Saturday, UA travels to their other home field---War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock--to host the Bulldogs of Mississippi State University.

Hoping the Mena Bearcats and Arkansas Razorbacks can do well in basketball (B-Ball regular season is almost here).

Wishing All A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/11/2005 15:41

P.S. On that Nov. 12 storm report: Mena is also listed last under Wind Reports.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/11/2005 17:14

Hello Folks:

For your interest: for a doppler radar animation of the storm that recently hit Mena (and spawned an F0 tornado, just south of town):
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/svr1105a.htm

Scroll down to 2nd map on page (on right side). First, there'll be a wide-angle shot, then a close-up loop of the storm that hit Mena.

Just below that (on the left), is a map of Polk County, showing the tornado path. Click "here" for Damage Survey Report.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Papy_Zapy

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/11/2005 23:04

Your average max temps look very high there for November. During the Autumn of Melbourne this year we had record breaking max temps but by May we would average 14 - 18 deg Max temps.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/11/2005 07:02

Hello Fall Leaves:

Climatologically in November, Menas' average max. is 60F/15.5C and an average min. of 38F/3.3C

The averages drop rather dramatically throughout the month, from an average maximum of 66F/18.8C (avg. min. 43F/6.1C) on Nov. 1-2, falling to an average maximum of 55F/12.7C (avg. min. 34F/1.1C) for the period of Nov. 28-30.

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Thunder head

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/11/2005 21:43

14-18 max temps in May Fall leaves? Sweet Jesus I hope not!!!! That's bloody July cold!!!!! eek The actual May temps in Melbourne are in the 16-22c range.
Posted by: Papy_Zapy

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/11/2005 18:49

TH. Average Melbourne May temp is 16.6C. From 01 - 18 May temps average 18 C, by months end they average 14C. I suspect you are a little young and have been enjoying melbournes above average autumns over the past few years. It used to be colder once before! Melbourne's July aveage is 13C in the city and lower in the burbs!
Posted by: Papy_Zapy

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/11/2005 18:50

On that note TH - have a look at Euro temps ATM. The are really dropping. Their Nov is our May equivalent. The aren't even making it to 10C! Our climate is tropical in comparasion. They wont see 20C MAx again until next April!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/11/2005 06:15

Hello Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.........LOW..........RAIN
Nov..13...71F/21.6C....58F/14.4C...0.40"/10.1mm
.....14...68F/20C......55F/12.7C...0.10"/2.5mm
.....15...68F/20C......37F/2.7C....0.60"/15.2mm
.....16...46F/7.7C.....29F/-1.6C....---
.....17...51F/10.5C....24F/-4.4C....---
.....18...59F/15C......26F/-3.3C....---
.....19...56F/13.3C....37F/2.7C....TRACE

Some very welcome wet-relief followed by the first good shot of colder air. Rain on 13th was lingering moisture from passage of Pacific cold front (passage on the 12th). Rain on 14th-15th from a strong Canadian cold front (passage on the 15th), sprinkles on the 19th from passage of Pacific cold front. Extremely gusty winds (NW) with frontal passage on the 15th, producing biting Wind Chills. Overall Low-abt. 11:05 PM-listed for the 13th; Overall High (gusty SW winds caused nighttime temperature rise ahead of the front)-abt.10:16 PM-listed for the 14th; Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:28 PM (temperature fell all day)-listed for the 15th; Overall Low-abt. 11:43 PM-listed for the 16th.
Unfortunately, the past few days' windyness has caused many local trees to shed most of their Beautiful leaves. Cooler conditions/windyness made for a truly "brisk" week. Rain was welcome (Countywide Burn Ban lifted on the 13th), but we could use more. Upcoming forecast is for more seasonal conditions--highs near 60F/15.5C, lows in mid-30sF to lower-40sF/2-6C.
Thursday is the Thanksgiving holiday in the US--and I'm Most Thankful for Many things, including my Awesome Aussie Internet Friends.
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Sportswise: Saturday afternoon, 9 U Arkansas Seniors played their final home game (played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock). The Hogs hosted the hapless Bulldogs of Mississippi State U. UA was a 13.5-point favorite and scored fairly easy against the weaker Bulldog defense. The Bulldogs year in a microcosm: An MSU defender intercepted an Arkansas pass; MSU takes over at the UA 17-yardline. A rushing play gains a yard to the 16. The next play, UA's defense sacks* the MSU QB, who fumbles and UA recovers (ending MSU's possible scoring chances). (*A sack is when a defender[s] tackles the Quarterback behind the line of scrimmage, before he has a chance to pass the ball).
Many highlights for UA in the game: MSU kicked a Field Goal (cutting the UA lead to 24-3), UA's Felix Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 100-yards for a Touchdown (and a 31-3 lead).
UA Running Back, Darren McFadden (24 rushes for 165 yds in game), became the First-Ever UA Freshman RB to go over 1,000-yards rushing in a season.
MSU's offense was so lethargic that they didn't get their 1st First Down until around 5 minutes left in the half. At half Arkansas led 41-3; MSU at half had only 2 First-Downs and only 44 yards of total offense. UA's offense was so effective that they didn't have to punt until around 7 minutes left in 3rd qtr. Final: UA 44-MSU 10.
Next Friday (day after Thanksgiving) UA travels to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to close out the season against the very tough Tigers of Louisiana State U (LSU). The teams will be battling to win "The Boot"; a gold-plated trophy, which is the outline of the states of Arkansas and Louisiana, which resembles the shape of a boot. (Quite a few rivals play for a trophy: Wisconsin and Michigan play for Paul Bunyans' Axe; Colorado and Colorado State U play for the Bronze [Combat] Boot; etc.)
So hopefully Arkansas can win and bring "The Boot" back home.

Wishing All A Super Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/11/2005 17:46

Hello Folks:
The following excerpts from an article in the Nov. 26th issue of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette may give you an idea of the extreme dryness in parts of Arkansas.

"Perryville's Water Supply Drying Up; Lack Of Rain Has Marshall Thirsty, Too"

With a 14-FT(4.2M) drop in the level of Cedar Lake this year, the Perryville (pop. 1,470, county seat of Perry County) Water Department is down to their last 6FT(1.8M) of accessible water, Mayor James McElroy said...Perry County typically gets around 49"(1,244.6mm) of rain annually according to the NWS, This year...Perry County has received slightly over 22"(558.8mm) rain.
"It's not enough", McElroy said. "We have got three intakes to take in water on that thing [Cedar Lake] and we are on the third intake now. We've just got one intake left, so we are really hurting." [Cedar Lake is the water supply for Perryville and two-thirds of Perry County].
Another stricken area, are the towns around Lake Norfork (a sizeable impoundment of the White River). The normal lake level is around 552FT ASL (168.2M ASL), the level now is 541.66FT ASL (165.1M ASL). If the level falls below 530FT ASL (161.5M ASL) the town of Mountain Home will have to put a barge in the lake as a staging area from which to pump water into the intake structures...Although the lake levels seem low, there is still quite a bit of water in it; to illustrate: A 4FT(1.2M) drop in lake elevation represents more than 23 Billion Gallons of water.
John Kielczewski, White River system engineer, says that it'll take a 5"/127mm rain to get the reservoir back to normal levels...Lake Norfork's highest elevation was 579.03FT ASL (176.5M ASL) on May 10, 1973 and the lowest elevation of 509.80FT ASL (155.4M ASL) occurred on Sept. 21, 1954.

Thankfully, the dryness isn't quite as acute here, but we really could use a few good soaking rain dumps.

Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 28/11/2005 06:40

Greetin's Folks!!!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Nov..20..51F/10.5C...36F/2.2C..0.05"/1.2mm
.....21..55F/12.7C...31F/-0.5C..---
.....22..60F/15.5C...36F/2.2C...---
.....23..*75F/23.8C..34F/1.1C...---
.....24..66F/18.8C...42F/5.5C...---
.....25..53F/11.6C...36F/2.2C...---
.....26..63F/17.2C...47F/8.3C..0.15"/3.8mm

*This was a Record High Daily Maximum (broke old rec. max. for Nov. 23rd of 72F/22.2C set in 1955).

A fairly variable weather-week. Rain on 20th was continuation from previous days' cold front passage. A dry weak Canadian cold front (mainly a wind-shift from SW to NNW and lower humidity levels) passed on the 22nd, another dry Canadian cold front passed on the 24th (Thanksgiving Day; much cloudiness, chilly NW winds), rain on the 26th from an upper-level low passing to my south. Overall Low-abt. 10:58 PM-listed for the 22nd.
Rain was very welcome, but more is needed. Quite a few trees are almost bare of leaves and there are some trees' whose leaves are just now peaking in Beautiful colors, and we still have a few roses that are still blooming. Feels very Spring-like, especially with the threat of T-storms today (Sunday, now 1:07 PM CST). Hopefully the cloudy/cooler conditions will lessen the chances of very nasty weather.
Am enjoying the above-seasonal warmth as before too long, these conditions will only be a fond memory.
Upcoming forecast calls for variable temperatures as the frontal activity increases, with T-storm chances later today and the next front looks to be dry. Thankfully, the current Jet Stream pattern is in a "zonal" (E-W) flow, keeping the very cold air to the north of Arkansas.
*******
Sportswise, UA closed out the gridiron season by traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to take on the #3 ranked (& 17.5-point favored) LSU (La. State U) Tigers. The Friday game (1:30 PM kickoff) was televised on CBS, the noise was deafening as 92,000 turned out to attend. LSU has a good rushing and passing attack along with a very stingy defense. Late in the 2nd Qtr., UA was forced to punt from deep in its own territory; the puntsnap was bad and the UA punter (Jacob Skinner) fielded the snap and ran out of the endzone. This safety (2 pts) gave LSU a 12-3 lead, which was the halftime score. LSU scored a TD in the 3rd Qtr to go up 19-3. UA clawed back, helped by some sparking plays on offense and great defensive stops. UA cut the LSU lead to 19-17 on a TD with 10:34 left 4th Qtr. UA elected then to try a 2-pt conversion (which would tie the game at 19-19), but the pass attempt failed. UA couldn't score again and lost a very tough 19-17 decision.
It was truly a game of "little things" deciding defeat or victory. If not for that safety, the game score would be 17-17. Normally accurate kicker Chris Balseiro missed 2 Field Goals (1 of 3 on attempts on day; was 13 for 17 on FG attempts on year)--which might've spelled victory; if UA was successful on the 2-pt conversion attempt, the score would be 19-19. So close, yet so far...

Nevertheless the Razorbacks never gave up, despite playing a very tough schedule, as UA's 11 opponents finished the regular season with a combined record of 76-45(.628).
Heart-breaking, considering that UA lost 5 of those games by 11 points or less (so a break here or there could've meant a few more wins).

Arkansas ends with a record of 4-7 (.363), actually outscoring their opponents by a cumulative margin of 283 pts (25.7 avg per game) to 271 pts (24.6 per gm avg).
Offensively UA averaged 360.6 yds per game (216.9 yds per gm rushing and 143.7 yds per game passing). Defensively, UA allowed opponents to gain an average of 341.9 yds per game (avg 132.5 yds per gm rushing and 209.3 yds per gm passing).
In SEC play:
Arkansas has a record of 2-6 (.250), Scoring 173 points (21.6 avg) and allowing 169 points (21.1 avg).

All in all, the future definitely looks bright for UA Football.
In UA basketball, UA played in the EA Sports Maui Invitational (in Lahaina, Ha.) Very tough teams in this early season tourney. UA played #3 ranked Connecticut, UA never led, but cut a UConn lead of 53-35 to 61-58, but lost 77-68, UA then won a heart-stopper (blocking 2 shots in the last 12 seconds) prevailing 65-64 over Kansas; in the 5th place game, UA had early leads on Maryland, but UM's rebounding dominance took over and the Terrapins took a 75-62 win. UA had a terrible time making shots in Hawaii and looked tight. UA then came home and beat Radford yesterday by 75-55, to have a record of 3-2 so far. The season also looks bright for UA Basketball.

Wishing All A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/11/2005 15:28

Hello Friends:
Well, yesterday (Sun.) was a very wild weather-day in the southern US (blizzards in the northern Plains). Thankfully the line of T-storms didn't become severe until it just passed to the east of Mena. I did cop a nice .25"/6.3mm from the edge of a T-shower. Quite a few tornado reports in N Arkansas.

For the NOAA Svr Wx Reports & Map, please see:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/051127_rpts.html
Polk County is mentioned (2100 Z time) under Hail reports and Wickes (south Polk County town) is listed (2100 Z time) under Wind reports.

The core of this Low pressure (looks like a "bulls-eye") was easily tracked on the 24-hour Barometric Pressure loop on the coolwx.com site.

The saving grace was that this was a Pacific cold front, the air behind the front isn't that much cooler. GOD only knows the havoc if this had been a strong Canadian cold front!!

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Currently 10:28 PM CST Monday, WNW chilly winds and 37F/2.7C
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/12/2005 17:10

Hello Folks:

Just watching the Weather Channel: They just reported that this was the worst-ever year for Wildfires/Forestfires in the US, with 8,451,099 acres burnt so far. This exceeded the previous worst year, which was in 2000. Over half the acres burnt were in Alaska.
8,451,099 acres=13,204 SQ. MI.=34,198 SQ. KM.

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/12/2005 12:47

Hello Friends:
Heres some weather numbers for November, 2005 in Mena, Arkansas:
Climatologically for Mena in November: avg. max. of 60F/15.5C and an avg. min. of 38F/3.3C.

Avg. Max.: 64.6F/18.1C
Avg. Min.: 43.2F/5.7C
High Max.: *80F/26.6C--Nov. 9 (*=This tied the Daily Rec. Max. for date, set in 1942)
Low Min.: 21F/-6.1C--Nov. 30
...High Min.: 67F/19.4C--Nov. 8
...Low Max.: 46F/7.7C--Nov. 16
12 days, max. of 70F+/21.1C+ (inc. 1 day of 80F/26.6C).
6 days, min. of 32F/0C or lower

Rain for Nov.: 1.95"/49.5mm (-2.95"/-74.9mm)
7 Raindays (+3 days of Trace) & 3 Thunderdays in month
Rain for Year: 39.60"/1,005.8mm (-10.60"/-269.2mm)
*75F/23.8C max. on Nov. 23 was a Daily Rec. Max. (broke rec. max. for Nov. 23 of 72F/22.2C in 1955).
An F0 tornado (3.5mile/5.6km path) passed about a mile/1.6km south of Mena on the 12th. A couple abandoned chickenhouses damaged and some trees down.
Very Spring-like weather conditions for so late in year.

Watches/Warnings for November:
Countywide Burn Ban: Nov. 3-13
Lake Wind Advisory: Nov. 4, 12, 15, 27-28
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Nov. 12, 27
Tornado Watch: Nov. 12-13, 27
Tornado Warning: Nov. 12

Wishing All A Happy, Safe, Prosperous & Blessed Month of December.
Hope All Have a Very Merry Christmas & a Most Happy New Year~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/12/2005 19:44

Hello Again, Friends:

For more on the Nov. 27th Severe Weather Outbreak in Arkansas, Please see:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/svr1105b.htm

Scroll down for radar maps, you might want to click on Damage Pictures & Survey Reports, a couple of the twisters were rated at F3.

Thankfully, the line of T-storms didn't become severe until after just passing through my area.

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Twisted Kris

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/12/2005 00:44

G'Day Wet snow.

WOW. Those images are quite frightening.
What is done within your community at times of red watches? For instance all the schools have emergency plans etc but what about in general. Do you have to monitor the radio / TV stations at high risk times?. Also, excuse my ignorance, but how often do you get sirens, and what percentage of calls are false these days?. i recall in the 'good' old days when close to 50% of tornado warnings were false alarms, which had the unwanted effect of making people a little slower to react because it "would only be another false alarm". I know that through people like Chuck Doswell the warning accuracy and actual time has drastically increased, but how does this impact your daily life during the red watch periods?

Cheers
Kris
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/12/2005 04:13

Hello Twisted Kris:

When severe weather is possible in my area of Arkansas. The local radio station (KENA) will report that Polk County (and surrounding area) is either in a Svr T-Storm or Tornado Watch. This same information is depicted on statewide TV channels (outline of Arkansas, with the counties effected in color-coded shades), that information is also given on our local weather page on the Local Weather portion of the Weather Channel programming (along with local radar).

The same is done for Svr T-storm or Tornado Warnings (the red watches you spoke of). When tornadoes (or T-storms highly suspected of producing one [strong low-level shear on doppler radar]), A Tornado Warning is issued for the effected Counties. These warnings will be shown, interrupting programming on the statewide channels. Some homes (like mine) also have a NOAA Weather Radio, to keep tabs on situations.
As for Mena, the sirens (fire sirens at Fire Stations #1 & #2) are only sounded when there has been a confirmed Tornado in the area (no false sirens). I'd guess we only get a couple of sirens a year.
There are some homes in Mena & surrounds with Storm Cellars. I believe homes in "Tornado Alley" have a greater number of these Cellars than areas around here.
When severe weather is happening, I also like to listen to my Scanner, as local law enforcement (City Police, Sheriff, State Troopers) radio-in to describe what is happening around Mena/immediate area.
Watch/Warning (with info in another window) information for Mena/area can also be accessed on weather.com.
Quite often, severe weather happens here in the late-evening/nighttime hours, so my daily activities aren't greatly hampered.
So when the weather gets hairy, I'll keep up with it on the Weather Channel, and Ch. 5 (Ft. Smith) & Ch. 13 (Ft. Smith-Fayetteville) as they'll break into local programming for (sometimes prolonged) radar tracking, analysis, watch/warning reports.
If bad weather looks really close to my area of Mena (NW corner of city limits), Mom & I will take refuge in the hallway bathroom. Thankfully, we haven't had to do this too often.

Thankfully, my area doesn't experience Tornadoes (or really nasty weather) too often. Now that we are almost into Winter (solstice on Dec. 21) the Severe Weather threat has greatly--although NOT totally--diminished.

I really envy Aussies right about now---warmth, longer daylight hours and plentiful T-storms.

Hope This Helps~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Twisted Kris

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/12/2005 08:06

Many thanks indeed Wet snow,

Sounds like you really have things well arranged.
I guess we take our good weather for granted over here sometimes, and whilst I really look forward to, and enjoy the severe wx we do get, I am thankful at the same time that it is not the same scale and magnitude as is experienced on the plains in the US. I feel quite guilty of getting such enjoyment out of severe wx events when I turn on the TV and see the death and destruction that tornadoes wreak in the US each year. I suppose there is a fine line that we have to try and stay the right side of!!. I sure as heck wouldn't want a whole heap of people roaming my suburb with cameras going "Wow this is awesome" after an F4 or 5 had just taken everything I own! I hope to visit the US next year, Any recommends on places to visit in Arkansas??

Cheers

Kris
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/12/2005 09:09

Hello Again Kris:

Places to visit in Arkansas...hmmm...thats a hard one, so many choices:
Little Rock--capital & biggest city.
Eureka Springs--the most "Victorian" town in the US.
Hot Springs--Arkansas' "spa city".
Murfreesboro--near Crater of Diamonds State Park (the Worlds' only public diamond mine--whatever you find, you get to keep).
Stuttgart--World-class duck hunting.
Mena--Wonderful people & mountain scenery.

But to make your decision easier (or harder), here are a few websites, with more information/pics.
Mena website:
http://www.gomenaarkansas.com/
Arkansas Tourism:
http://www.arkansas.com
Arkansas Photo Gallery:
http://www.arkansas.com/photo-gallery/
Scroll down at bottom left are a set of clickable pics. Click MORE under a pic to see more information on pic. Click MORE PHOTOS to see (many) more sets of photos of Arkansas. Pics are in alphabetical order.
Arkansas Tourism Video Ads:
http://www.arkansas.com/ad-video-gallery/
Scroll down are there are some neat Arkansas Tourism ads.
For Pics/Info on Arkansas' State Parks:
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/
At right are the state park locations depicted on a map of Arkansas. Scroll down and the parks are listed in alphabetical order. Click on a Park name to get info/pics about that place. Each State Parks' page comes with a Photo Tour on its menu.
For a Beautiful place/hotel, not too far to my NNW is Queen Wilhelmina State Park, which sits atop Arkansas 2nd Highest peak--2,681FT ASL/817.3M ASL Rich Mountain. Mena is really a tourist town and vehicles from all over the US can be seen here.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park site:
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/queenwilhelmina

You might want some spare time to check these sites out as theres a lot to look at.
Arkansas has just about something for everybody.

Please Enjoy & Hope To See You Soon.
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/12/2005 18:32

Hello Folks:

I've recently run across a very helpful weather map.
It's a Composite Doppler Loop for the entire state of Arkansas; counties in Arkansas are outlined and selected cities (including Mena) are listed.

Arkansas Doppler Loop:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ridge/lzk_NCR_lp.shtml

Currently, 1:32 AM CST Sat., some spotty shower activity in E Arkansas.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 04/12/2005 14:27

Hello Friends:
Interesting echo on the Statewide Arkansas Doppler Loop:

A dry cold front is now passing through Arkansas. On the Statewide Doppler, you can see a short, thin red line near Little Rock, moving SE. This is a dry outflow boundary, which marks the passage of the front. Now (9:22 PM CST Sat.,) this line is mostly washed out, but is clearly visible on the 7:20-8:29 PM frames. I've seen these radar signatures before (usu. ahead of T-storm lines) on the Weather Channel, but this is the first one I've seen on my PC.

Do you see these dry outflow frontal passage signatures on radars in Australia?

After a possible daily rec. max. today (75F/23.8C), temperatures are now near 50F/10C. A brief snow/rain mix is f'cast for the AM hours for upcoming Wednesday and Friday mornings. F'cast maximums the next week will be in the upper-40sF/7-9C.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/12/2005 07:13

December Greetings from the US:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Nov..27..68F/20C....53F/11.6C..0.10"/2.5mm
.....28..54F/12.2C..36F/2.2C....---
.....29..47F/8.3C...28F/-2.2C...---
.....30..52F/11.1C..21F/-6.1C...---
Dec...1..47F/8.3C...28F/-2.2C...---
......2..52F/11.1C..24F/-4.4C...---
......3.*75F/23.8C..43F/6.1C....---

*=This was a Rec. Daily Max. (breaking prev. rec. for Dec. 3 of 73F/22.7C in 1955).

A week with warmth at beginning and end and chilly conditions in the middle. Rain was from a Pacific cold front, a dry (in my area) Canadian cold front passed through in late PM hours of the 3rd (temperature fell from max. of 75F/23.8C on Saturday to the morning low today {Sun.} of 33F/0.5C. Front did meet with some moisture, sparking off a line of severe T-storms in SE Arkansas). Conditions are starting to feel more seasonal and brisk. The record high on the 3rd was aided by warm, gusty SW winds as the front approached.
Overall High-12:01 AM-and Overall Low-abt. 11:06 PM-listed for the 28th; Overall Low-abt. 10:21 PM-listed for the 29th; Overall Low-abt. 11:43 PM-listed for the 1st; Overall Low-abt. 10:39 PM-listed for the 3rd.
Upcoming forecast call for a rain/snow mix possible during the AM hours on Wednesday; otherwise temperatures should be slightly below normal (maximums in the mid-to-upper 40sF/5-8C; lows in lower-20sF to lower 30sF/-5 to -1C). Looks like it'll be likely a few more Months before we see 75F/23.8C again.
*******
Sports-wise:
Arkansas High School Football Championship Games: (all championship games played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ark.)
Class AAAAA: Springdale defeats West Memphis by 54-14. Springdale ends with a 14-0 record and is ranked #3 Nationally by Student Sports Fab 50 and ranked #8 Nationally by USAToday Top 25. West Memphis ends at 13-1.
Class AAAA: Greenwood defeats Morrilton by 35-32. Greenwoods ends at 13-1, Morrilton at 10-4.
Class AAA & AA Championship games will be played next Saturday.

In Basketball, UA on Wednesday, easily disposed of Southern Mississippi by a 77-35 score, (score was 11-11 with 12:00 left in the half, UA then went on a 28-10 run to lead 39-21 at Halftime). This was the least points UA has allowed in a game since beating SMU (Southern Methodist U) 47-33 in 1981.
UA on Friday, took on always tough Missouri. UA had slim leads in the first half, then went on one of their big runs in the 2nd half to take a 53-39 lead. MU--hitting some 3-point shots--came storming back to take a 61-60 lead. UA hit their free throws and UM missed a couple of final shots to let UA squeeze out a 66-63 win. MU can blame their loss on very poor free-throw shooting (making only 8 of 17 FTs).

Wishing All A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
P.S. In college football, the National Championship game will be between the only 2 undefeated teams left: #1-ranked U of Southern California (USC) and #2-ranked U of Texas; to be played in the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Ca.) on Jan. 5th. GO LONGHORNS!!!
Posted by: Mike in Canada

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/12/2005 08:49

Hi Wet Snow,

23.8C? Looks like you're getting a heat wave or something right like it now!

How warm and how cold has it been known to get in your state in December?
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/12/2005 13:57

Greetin's Mike In Canada:
Yes, our "heatwave" was short-lived as the maximum today (Sun.) struggled to get near 40F/4.4C. In the colder months, unseasonably warm temperatures usually occur just before passage of a strong cold front (higher temperatures are abetted by gusty S/SW winds; and sometimes these fronts are strong enough to spark off a Severe Weather outbreak).

As per your question:
For Arkansas: Highest December Temperature: 88F/31.1C in Camden (Ouachita County) on Dec. 10, 1918.
Lowest December Temperature: -21F/-29.4C in Gravette (Benton County) & -21F/-29.4C at Mammoth Spring (Fulton County), both on Dec. 9, 1917.

For Climatology for Arkansas in December (temperature averages, extremes, monthly highlights [temps. in degrees F., precip. in inches]), please see:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/arfactsdec.html
First, you'll see the averages for the Regions of Arkansas (Mena is in the Ouachita region),
Scroll down for extremes, highlights for December in Arkansas.

For Mena: Avg. Dec. Max.=51F/10.5C, Avg. Min. 30F/-1.1C.
Highest Dec. Temperature: 80F/26.6C--Dec. 7, 1939
Lowest Dec. Temperature: -7F/-21.6C--Dec. 23 & Dec. 24, 1989.

Please Enjoy~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/12/2005 11:32

Hello Folks:

Well, it looks like much of Arkansas will have the first snow event of the season. An upper-level low will be the trigger; unfortunately this low will be a quick-mover, so accumulations will be lessened.
The biggest expected amounts will be in NW Arkansas, tapering to lesser amounts in SE Arkansas. The wintry conditions are supposed to start on Wednesday evening.

For more details (Arkansas Counties listed including POLK):
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=lzk&wwa=special%20weather%20statement

Heres hoping for more than just flurries! smile
Have A Good One~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/12/2005 19:54

Hello Friends:

Heres a page with the Updated Drought Conditions in Arkansas.
Scroll down for maps, pics and information. As you'll see, my area of W Arkansas (Polk County) is in a Severe Drought area.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/drought05.htm
At bottom, on other links: you might want to Click on Drought Statement/Some Statistics. That page will give you the rainfall (in inches) for towns in Arkansas, departure from normal and percent of normal.
According to this report, Mena is over 18"/450+mm below normal on yearly rainfall.

Best Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/12/2005 10:27

Hello Ya'll:
Well, currently (5:25PM CST Wed.) I'm getting spits of SNOW (39F/3.8C)--hopefully a sign of things to come!!!
Areas to my immediate North & West are either under a Winter Storm Warning or Winter Storm Advisory, I suppose my area will be included before too long.
The freezing (32F/0C) line is not too far to my north and west.
Just listening to KRLD (Dallas, Tx.) very nasty icy conditions in the Dallas-area with many spin-outs as the bridges/overpasses are very icy.

BRING ON THE SNOW~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/12/2005 10:51

Folks:

Just checked and my area is under a Snow Advisory (from 6PM tonight to 6AM Thur. morn.)
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=lzk&wwa=snow%20advisory

Scroll down to see the advisory issued by the NWS in Little Rock, Arkansas.

WOO-HOO!!!
Wet Snow
Posted by: David Smith

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/12/2005 10:52

Hey Wet snow which part of Arkasas are you located in north or South, I assume north if we are talking mountains? I will be in the US sorm chasing in May, with a little luck might get to your part of the world, hopefully not following anything causing damage at the time.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/12/2005 11:06

Hello David Smith:

Mena--county seat of Polk County--is located in West Central Arkansas. We're at the foot of the Ouachita (pron. Wash-e-taw) Mountains--one of only 2 US mountain ranges that run from E to W. Mena is around 12miles/19km (as the crow flies) east of the Oklahoma state line; US Hwy 71 runs through town.

To orientate you, here is a Statewide Arkansas Doppler Loop Map, (Mena is depicted in W Arkansas)
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ridge/lzk_NCR_lp.shtml

Yes, BY ALL MEANS, if you make it to my area, look me up!!!
Mena is also a tourist town, and for more info./pics about Mena & surrounds, Please visit:
http://gomenaarkansas.com

Hope This Helps. If you've any more questions, Please Feel Free To Ask.

Best Regards~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Ch. 5 reports that my area can expect 2-4"/5-10cm of snow. YAY!!!
Kind of leery though, whenever a good snow dump is forecast, we usually just get flurries.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/12/2005 16:50

SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just checked outside (11:45PM CST, Wed., 30F/-1.1C) and it's SNOWING pretty hard now; about one-fifth inch/half cm so far--Hopefully more to come.

I ran around in it for a while. IMO nothing more serene than the stillness of a nighttime snowfall.

Wet Snow makes Wet Snow VERY HAPPY!!!
Snow On Big Time~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: David Smith

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/12/2005 17:37

Have fun Wet Snow, just don't slip!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/12/2005 18:34

Hey David Smith:
Did you find Mena on the radar?
Have You checked out the Mena website yet?
You might want to do a map search on Mena.

You've got a fairly popular name: There are 4 David Smith's listed in the Mena phonebook, total of 8 David Smith's listed in the Area-Wide phonebook.

Currently (1:30 AM CST Thur.) still snowing and 27F/-2.7C. Picked up one-fourth inch/.6cm before Midnight and looks like I've picked up as much afterwards. Snow f'casted to end around 4-5 AM.
It looks like this Upper-level low is moving too fast for a good snow dump. OH WELL--whatever we get beats nothing & Hey, it isn't even Winter yet--so we have more time to Hopefully add much more to the snow total.
The f'cast max. today is 33F/0.5C so not much melting on grassy areas, I figure. The f'cast low for Friday AM is 12F/-11.1C--which if it happens would be the lowest temperature (thus far) here in 2005.
Snowing & Lovin' Every Minute of It~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/12/2005 06:36

Friends:
Well--as usually is the case--the upper-level low moved too fast (Eastwards), precluding heavier snow totals. All up I copped 1.15"/2.9cm of snow (.25"/.6cm on Wed. and .90"/2.6cm after Midnight today). All in all, not bad for it still being Autumn.
After a 19F/-7.2C start, KENA reported at 12:23 PM today (Thur.) the temperature had warmed to 26F/-3.3C. Under clear skies, the Friday morning minimum is forecasted to be a few degrees colder than this AM's.

Hopefully A Taste Of Things To Come~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/12/2005 15:06

Hello Folks, Me Again:

For rec min temperature records broken/tied in Arkansas towns for morning of Dec. 9 (in degrees F.)
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/cgi-bin/wxs1.php?pil=RER&max=13
Scroll down for list of Arkansas towns and rec lows (Records are for DATE set, NOT monthly records).
Click Previous Version Numbers (1-12) at top of page to see past records (rec max, rec min, rec high min, rec rain/snow, rec dryspell, etc) set in Arkansas towns.

For Your Interest. To see current wx obs in selected Arkansas towns:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/cgi-bin/obs1.php
(Click on city name to see in-depth past wx obs in that town).
Temps in F, wind in mph, baro in inches.
At top of page, click on More Conditions; on that page, scroll down and under the heading of West Central Arkansas, you'll see the current wx obs for Mena.

Happy Looking~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Mena bottomed out at 10F/-12.2C this morning (Fri; coldest in 2005 so far), close to the rec min for Dec. 9 (which is 6F/-14.4C set in 1917).
The notoriously cold location in Polk County--the locality of Big Fork--bottomed out at 2F/-16.6C (as also the low temperature in the locality of Board Camp....BRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!)
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 12/12/2005 08:11

Hello Again, Wonderful Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Dec...4..44F/6.6C...33F/0.5C....---
......5..44F/6.6C...22F/-5.5C...---
......6..51F/10.5C..20F/-6.6C...---
......7..40F/4.4C...27F/-2.7C..*0.02"/0.5mm
......8..28F/-2.2C..17F/-8.3C..*0.09"/2.2mm
......9..39F/3.8C...10F/-12.2C..---
.....10..53F/11.6C..20F/-6.6C...---

*Water equivalent of SNOW (.25"/0.6cm snow on the 7th, .90"/2.2cm snow on the 8th. Storm total: 1.15"/2.9cm SNOW).

A very cold late-Autumn week, with a nice SNOW event. SNOW was due to an upper-level low (low moved too quickly, precluding higher snow totals; good for soil moisture, anyway). Otherwise, skies were almost cloud-free with fairly high Pressure readings. Overall High-12:01 AM-listed for the 4th; the high on the 8th was achieved at 12:01 AM and abt. 3PM, Overall Low-abt. 10:23 PM-listed for the 8th. Temperatures are forecast to moderate, highs lower-50sF to near 60F/11-15C with minimums from upper-20sF to near 40F/-3C to 4C. If that late-Autumn SNOW event is any indication, hopefully there'll be more SNOW to come this Winter!!!
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Sports-wise: Basketball: Arkansas played the Bobcats of Texas State U. last Tuesday. The game figured to be a relatively easy victory. Everytime UA tried to pull away, TSU kept charging back, primarily by making a boatload of 3-point shots. In fact, TSU made an amazing 12 3-pointers in only 19 attempts. UA's Steven Hill tied the UA single-game record by blocking 10 shots in the contest!!!
The defensive efforts were good enough for the Razorbacks to pull out a tougher-than-expected 73-67 victory, to send their record on the year to 6-2. The Hogs then had 9 days off for Final Exams (next game this Thursday against Missouri State).

Class AAA & AA Arkansas High School Gridiron Championship Games (played Saturday at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium).
Class AAA: Nashville def. Central Arkansas Christian by 28-14. NHS ends at 14-1, CAC finishes at 13-2 (early in the season, Nashville beat Mena 42-0, and CAC beat Mena 45-6 in 1st Round of the playoffs).
Class AA: Charleston def. Dierks by 22-9.
CHS finishes at 13-1, Dierks ends the 2005 campaign with a 12-3 record.

Saturday night (at Downtown Athletic Club, N.Y., New York), Southern California Running Back, Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy (best college gridiron player); Texas Quarterback Vince Young came in 2nd and Southern California Quarterback (last years' Heisman Winner), Matt Leinart came in 3rd in the voting.
USC and Texas will meet in the National Championship Game (the Rose Bowl; Pasadena, Cal.) played on January 4th. GO LONGHORNS!!!

Wishing All A Super Week!!!
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/12/2005 09:40

Hello Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.........LOW.........RAIN
Dec..11...59F/15C......28F/-2.2C...---
.....12...61F/16.1C....35F/1.6C....---
.....13...56F/13.3C....27F/-2.7C..0.20"/5mm
.....14...57F/13.8C....41F/5C.....0.15"/3.8mm
.....15...48F/8.8C.....28F/-2.2C...---
.....16...43F/6.1C.....24F/-4.4C...---
.....17...45F/7.2C.....31F/-0.5C...---

Warm first of week, cooling down in the 2nd half. Rain was from passage (on 14th) of a Pacific cold front. Really, the temperatures aren't all that bad, considering it's the last full week of Autumn. Overall Low-abt. 11:43 PM-listed for the 14th. The last couple days were mostly alto-stratus---and with the cool N breezes--the days were feeling very Winterlike. Upcoming f'cast is for similar cool temperatures with a possible snow event for this Tuesday (Heres Hoping!!!). Other areas of light rain/sleet were in the area on a couple days, but none of it hit the ground. Kind of disappointed in the rain event (less rain on tail-end of front), as Thunder was possible with the rain, but the showers had no Thunder in them.
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Sports-wise:
Last Saturday: NCAA Division II (Football)Championship Game: Grand Valley St(Mich.). defeated Northwest Missouri St. by a 21-17 score.
The following games were played yesterday (Sat.)
NAIA Championship Game: Carroll (Mont.) defeated Saint Francis (Ind.) by 27-10.
NCAA Division I-AA Championship Game: Appalachian St. (NC) defeated Northern Iowa by a score of 21-16.
NCAA Division III Championship Game: Mount Union (Oh.) defeats Wisconsin-Whitewater by 35-28. This is the 8th championship for Mount Union in the past 13 seasons.
[*NCAA Division I-A (larger colleges/universities) does not have a Championship Game].
(The difference between NCAA Divisions I-A, I-AA, II & III and NAIA, has to do with enrollment, number of scholarships offered and number of varsity sports sponsored).

In Basketball:
Last Thursday, the UA Razorbacks took on the Bears of Missouri State U. (formerly known as Southwest Missouri State U.) The Bears have a fairly good team and found some easy shots in the UA aggressive "zone" defense. UA took a 44-31 lead at half and withstood a furious MSU rally in the 2nd half to eke out a 79-75 win. (UA's players are maturing as they are winning the close games, in the past they would be losing these types of games).
Last night, an old rivalry was renewed at the Hogs took on the Owls of Rice U.(UA and Rice played each other regularly when each was a member of the old Southwestern Conference; UA is now in the Southeastern Conference and Rice is in the Big 12 Conference). The Hogs and Owls hadn't played each other since 1991 and UA leads the series with a 100-40 record. Rice came out hot and took an early 9-3 lead, UA stormed back with an 11-0 run, to lead 14-9, the game remained close with the Hogs clinging to a 30-28 lead at intermission. In the 2nd half, UA's defensive pressure (blocked shots/steals leading to dunks) and offensive plays (hitting some 3-point shots) wore down the Owls. UA's 2nd half lead peaked at 25 points and the Hogs cruised to an 80-61 victory. This game was played in front of 10,000+ fans in Alltel Arena in North Little Rock. UA's record stands at a tidy 8-2, 3 non-conference games remain before the Razorbacks start play in the tough SEC Conference schedule.

Wishing ALL A Top Week~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Looks like Mena will end 2005 with one of the lowest raintotals in quite a few years.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/12/2005 10:18

Hello Folks:
Heres some weather numbers for Autumn (Sept. 22-Dec. 20) 2005 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 66.2F/19C
Avg. Min.: 43.5F/6.3C
High Max.: 96F/35.5C--Sep. 22
Low Min.: 10F/-12.2C--Dec. 9
...High Min.: 71F/21.6C--Oct. 2
...Low Max.: 28F/-2.2C--Dec. 8
1 day, maximum of 32F/0C or lower
3 days, maximums of 90F+/32.2C+
24 days, minimums of 32F/0C or lower

Autumn Rain: (inc. snow equivalent) 7.81"/198.3mm (-6.23"/-158.2mm)
SNOW: 1.15"/2.9cm (.25"/.6cm on Dec. 7 and .90"/2.2cm on Dec. 8; flurries on Dec. 20)
15 Raindays & 5 Thunderdays in Autumn
Light sleet on Dec. 7

Watches/Warnings for Autumn:
Flash Flood Watch: Sep. 24-25
Lake Wind Advisory: Sep. 24-25, Nov. 4, 12, 15, 27-28
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Sep. 28
Freeze Warning: morning of Oct. 26
Tornado Watch: Nov. 12-13, 27
Tornado Warning: Nov. 12
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Nov. 12, 27
Winter Weather Advisory: Dec. 7-8
Snow Advisory: Dec. 7-8

Please Enjoy A Blessed Day.
Seasons Greetings~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/12/2005 16:27

Hello Friends:

Well, the drought continues to worsen as all of Arkansas is in varying degrees of drought.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/drought05a.htm
(Scroll down for more maps/info.)
As you can see on the map, my area of Western Arkansas is now in the Exceptional drought category. Heard on the news that this dryspell would rank in the top 5 of all-time droughts in Arkansas. From 9-12"/228+-304+mm rain is needed to get the ground water-levels back to normal.

Heres hoping for an exceptionally wet (& SNOWY) Winter.
Cheers~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Christmas Day maximum for Mena is now forecasted for 51F/10.5C---mabye next year for a White Christmas frown
Posted by: StephanT

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/12/2005 09:42

Wet Snow,

over here in the UK we look like having a dry but fairly cold Christmas Day but,after Boxing Day things could get a bit snowy.

http://www.wetterzentrale.de/pics/Rtavn962.png

Stephan
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/12/2005 15:05

Hello Friends:

Here's a page that will bear out just how severe this drought in Arkansas is becoming:
http://www.weather.com/maps/maptype/severeusnational/usmorerecordevent_large.html

(DeQueen--county seat of Sevier County--is the largest town south of Mena. DQ is around 45miles/72kms south of Mena, via US Hwy. 71).

Seasons Greetings~~~Wet Snow
ALL "Rain Dances" will be Most Welcome.
Posted by: Mike in Canada

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/12/2005 11:16

Wet Snow,

Are you going to get white Christmas this year??

For me, it looks like I won't. I'm currently in Grande Prairie, AB (pop. rapidly aproaching 50K)which is even farther north than Edmonton - at just north of the 55th Parallel or roughly as far north as Ketchikan, Alaska.

Here, it's been as warm as up to 7C (45F) in the last few days, with rain. There is little snow left and what's left of it is going fast.

Edmonton was as high as 9C (48F), and Calgary was up to 12C (54F) over the last few days, though it's cooling down a bit.

It's currently 0C (32F) and raining with freezing rain mixed in. Not surprisingly, it's sheer ice in places out there, especially parking lots and sidewalks.

Hope you have a Merry Christmas!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 26/12/2005 02:25

Hello Mike In Canada:
WoW!!! You must be psychic as I was going to ask you the same question.
No, another snowless White Christmas for me. A Pacific cold front yesterday (Sat.) gave me .20"/5mm in light rain with a top of 50F/10C.
The temperature at 12:01 AM this Christmas morning (according to the Mena InfoLine) was a fairly warm 42F/5.5C. The morning low--according to KENA--was 37F/2.7C, clouds are breaking up now (9:22 AM CST Sun.) The forecast high today is an above-average 55F/12.7C.
So, I'll have to wait until next year for a "White" Dec. 25th.
Very hard to believe that such a Northern locale as Edmonton/Grand Prairie missed a Whit Christmas!!!

I'd like to wish You & Your Family a Merry Christmas & Most Blessed 2006.
Well, gotta go; must get ready for Sunday morning service.

Bring On The Snow~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 26/12/2005 06:41

Christmas Greetings Folks:

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Dec..18...49F/9.4C...30F/-1.1C...---
.....19...40F/4.4C...25F/-3.8C...---
.....20...37F/2.7C...30F/-1.1C...TRACE (snow)
.....21...42F/5.5C...23F/-5C.....---
.....22...49F/9.4C...20F/-6.6C...---
.....23...59F/15C....38F/3.3C....---
.....24...52F/11.1C..41F/5C.....0.20"/5mm

A typical cool, late Autumn/early Winter week; the Winter solstice was on the afternoon of the 21st. The TRACE of snow (flurries) was from an upper-level low; rain on 24th was from a Pacific cold front(rain twice that day--0.10"/2.5mm in early AM light rain, clearing for a couple hours, then 0.10"/2.5mm light rain in the wraparound circulation around the low pressure). Temperatures are not really bad now--but before long, we'll truly be in the grips of "Ole' Man Winter". Another "non-white" Christmas here (now 1:28 PM CST Sunday), the morning low was 37F/2.7C, with a forecast maximum of 55F/12.7C--better luck next year, I guess. Forecast for upcoming week calls for above-normal conditions; highs in the 60sF/15-20C, lows in the 40sF/4-9C.
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Sportswise: Last Wednesday night, the UA Razorbacks took on the dangerous Red Raiders of Texas Tech University. Due to a church business meeting, I didn't tune in to the game until halftime, with UA holding a slim 39-36 lead (UA's lead courtesy of a [3-point] halfcourt shot by McCurdy as the 1st-half gameclock expired). TTU is coached by Bob Knight--longtime coach of Indiana U--who has piled up 860 career wins in 40 years of coaching [20 victories shy of most-wins ever by a basketball coach], Coach Knight is 65 years old). UA expanded the 2nd-half lead to 11, TTU whittled the lead to 3-points, but several steals/blocked shots led to easy baskets and UA led by 13. In the end, UA beat their former SWC foe by a 78-65 score (UA being a 4-point favorite). Arkansas leads the series with Texas Tech, 39games to 37games. The win brings UA's winning streak to 19 in games played in Dallas, Texas. When a member of the SWC [Southwest Conf.] UA played quite a few games in Reunion Arena in Dallas.

Wishing ALL A Great Week (Merry Christmas & Blessed 2006)~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Looking at Weatherunderground maps, it looks like the closest snowcover to me, is in extreme southern Iowa.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 26/12/2005 09:39

Addendum to above post:
Overall low-abt. 11:34 PM-listed for the 21st; Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 7:31 PM-listed for the 24th.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Seabreeze

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/12/2005 08:59

In the US what is the farest south it can sleet/snow? I'm guessing the places it would not snow would be coastal and lower elevations of northern California tending into even higher elevations further south, coastal fringe areas of far south-western Oregon, the southeastern-half of Texas, southern-half Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama (except far northern), Florida, southern-half of Georgia, and North Carolina (about south in a line from Charlotte to Fayetteville to New Ben)
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/12/2005 15:40

Hello Ezzz:
Well--consulting my (well-used) 1995 USAToday Weather Almanac---not sure about sleet, I believe that Brownsville, Texas has experienced sleet. Also, in Brownsville they had (record for most snow in 24-hours and in a month) 5"/12.7cm snow event in March, 1895.
Orlando, Florida had a TRACE of snow (record for 24-hours & month) in an event in January of 1977. Tampa, Florida (record for 24-hours & month) had .2"/.5cm snow on January 18-19, 1977. I doubt that many places further south saw much snow. The record for Florida snow is 2"/5cm in Milton (in Fla. panhandle) in 1899. Theres never been snow (or a frost) in Key West, Florida (lowest-ever temperature there is 41F/5C in January, 1981. There is snow on the highest peaks of Hawaii--Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa.
New Orleans, Louisiana (most in 24-hours & month) had an event producing 8.2"/20.8cm on Feb. 14-15, 1895.
Traces of snow--on rare occasions--has fallen at the International Airport in Los Angeles, Ca., also at San Francisco. No snow recorded in San Diego, California.
IMO snow hasn't fallen in California coastal areas south of San Francisco to Mexico border AND no snow south of Tampa, Florida (from the information I know about).
I believe it has snowed down to sea-level in parts of Washington state and Oregon.

Hope This Answers Your Question~~~Wet Snow
P.S. ALL of Arkansas has experienced snow/sleet--even southern portions.
Posted by: Seabreeze

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/12/2005 15:58

Wow it can get REALLY COLD anywhere in the US. We lie at the same latitude as about New Orleans (Louisiana) and Jacksonville (Florida). I'm 30.9S and they are about between 30N and 31N. We rarely get any Categorised cyclones (about 1 every 25 years) but we often get bad Low Pressure Systems equal in power to a Category 1, sometimes even as strong as a weak to moderate Category 2. And I think the coldest temperature here ever is about 14 to 15C (57.2F to 59F), it has never snowed here, it doesn't sleet/snow in this region (the region is the NSW Mid North Coast) unless you are about higher than 600 to 700 metres (1969 feet to 2296 feet), even then it rarely sleets/snows more than once a year on areas below 1000 metres (3281 feet). Amazing climatic difference between the two areas on the same latitude, the only things in common really is they are both very humid in the late spring, summer and early autumn (fall, lol *ouch*) and are extremely stormy.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/12/2005 17:05

Hello Again Ezzz:

Well, I guess the answer lies in that HUGE body of land--Arctic/Polar regions of Canada--in which COLD/FRIGID air pools up in Winter and spreads south (as Canadian/Arctic/Polar cold fronts), the strongest of these front can push way-below-freezing air all the way to the Gulf of Mexico (the State Record Low Temperature for Florida is -2F/-18.8C in Tallahassee on Feb. 12, 1899.)
This is due to the rapidity of the cold front, barely allowing the COLD air to moderate in temperature. In parts of Oklahoma/Texas, these Brutally Cold (& Windy) fronts are known as "Blue Northers". Otherwise they can be known as "Arctic/Polar/Siberian Expresses". The air is particularly FRIGID as locales north of the Arctic Circle--this time of year--are in constant darkness (and will continue to be for another month or so).

Although your fronts can have much cold air with them, there are many miles of ocean to help moderate the cooler air.

Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/01/2006 06:58

Happy New Year & 2006 Greetings to ALL You Wonderful Aussies:

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Dec..25...46F/7.7C....30F/-1.1C...---
.....26...64F/17.7C...28F/-2.2C...---
.....27...*72F/22.2C..45F/7.2C....---
.....28...60F/15.5C...44F/6.6C....---
.....29...68F/20C.....34F/1.1C....---
.....30...57F/13.8C...33F/0.5C....---
.....31...62F/16.6C...50F/10C.....---
*=This Tied the Rec. Max. for date of 72F/22.2C in 1907.
Unseasonably warm (and dry) late December week. A couple of dry Pacific cold fronts passed through (on 27th & 30th). Thankfully no fires in my area. In the last week, fatal (& damaging) grass fires occurred in Texas & Oklahoma--many counties in those states continue to be under a Red Flag Warning (Extremely High Fire Danger).
Overall Low-abt. 11:28 PM-listed for the 25th; Overall Low-abt. 11:50 PM-listed for the 30th.
Warmer-than-average conditions aided by gusty SW/S winds.
At 12:01 AM Sunday, December 25--Christmas Day--2005, conditions in Mena at Intermountain Mun. Airport; cloudy 1,200'OVC, Temperature 42F/5.5C, Dew Point 42F/5.5C, Visibility 5miles/8km, Wind: 300degrees(WNW)at 11mph/17.7kph, Barometer: 29.82"/1,009.8mb-hPa. 48 Contiguous State High: 82F/27.7C-West Palm Beach, Florida (84F/28.8C-Kona, Hawaii). 48 Contiguous State Low: -6/-21.1C Gunnison, Colorado (-14F/-25.5C Nenana, Alaska).

Upcoming forecast calls for continued unseasonal warmth with just about ZERO rainchances.
I'll post the year-end 2005 figures when I compile them.
Currently 1:51 PM CST, Sunday, January 1; p/c gusty SW winds and balmy 70F/21.1C (avg. max. for Jan. 1 is 48F/8.8C; the low this morning was very warm 52F/11.1C).
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Sportswise: After a 9-day layoff, the UA Razorbacks took to the hardwood again on Friday night, the Broncs of Texas-Pan American U. being the opponent. Both teams shot dreadfully in the 1st half as evidenced by the 19-12 UA lead at half. In the 2nd half, UA's defensive pressure prevailed (Steven Hill blocked 6 more shots) and the home crowd of 14,234 went home happy as the Hogs cruised to a 66-38 win. Tonight UA plays it's final non-conference game (vs. Western Illinois); afterwards begins the very-tough SEC schedule.

Wishing ALL A Great Week & 2006~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Jorrit from Holland

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/01/2006 07:30

Happy new year, David smile
Wow, that's crazy heat over there, you should be getting juicy icestorms and heavy frosts overnight wink
We have had an average winter so far, and that doesn't seem to change drastically though it will be just a bit colder than average next week. But only just wink

JT
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/01/2006 18:57

Hello Friends!!!
Heres some weather numbers for December 2005 in Mena, Arkansas:
Climatologically in December, Mena's max.=51F/10.5C; min.=30F/-1.1C.

Avg. Max.: 51.5F/10.8C
Avg. Min.: 29.6C/-1.3C
High Max.: 75F/23.8C--Dec. 3
Low Min.: 10F/-12.2C--Dec. 9
...High Min.: 50F/10C--Dec. 31
...Low Max.: 28F/-2.2C--Dec. 8
2 days, maximums 70F+/21.1C+
20 days, minimums 32F/0C or lower
1 day, maximum 32F/0C or lower
The 72F/22.2C maximum on Dec. 27 Tied the Rec. Max. for date (set in 1907).

5 precip. days and 0 thunderdays in December
Rain for Dec.: 0.66"/16.7mm (-3.64"/-92.4mm)
SNOW: 1.15"/2.9cm (.25"/.6cm on Dec. 7; .90"/2.2cm on Dec.8; flurries on Dec. 20)
Light sleet on Dec. 7
Rain for Year: 40.26"/1,022.6mm (-14.24"/-361.6mm)
According to preliminary reports, 2005 was the 2ND-DRIEST-EVER in most parts of Arkansas. Climatologically, Arkansas averages copping 50"/1,270mm rain statewide yearly; the 2005 average was 34.74"/882.3mm (1963 was the driest year with statewide average of 32.35"/821.6mm)

Watches/Warnings for December:
Winter Weather Advisory: Dec. 7-8
Snow Advisory: Dec. 7-8
Freezing Fog Advisory: Dec. 21-22
Countywide Burn Ban: Dec. 28-active as of Dec. 31

I'll post the year-end 2005 numbers when I compile them.
It's been SO MILD here that, the other night I saw a possum cross the road; also, squirrels are still running about (normally these animals would be in hibernation by now).

Have A Great 2006 Ya'll~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/01/2006 20:13

Hello Folks:
Heres a supplemental monthly rainsummary for 2005:

Key:
Month, actual rain, dep. from normal, Raindays, Thunderdays:

Jan.: 8.10"/205.7mm, (+5.40"/+137.1mm), R=12, T=1
Feb.: 3.15"/80mm, (-0.45"/-11.4mm), R=13, T=1
Mar.: 3.70"/93.9mm, (-1.60"/-40.6mm), R=10, T=4
Apr.: 4.65"/118.1mm, (-0.45"/-11.4mm), R=9, T=4
May: 5.55"/140.9mm, (-0.85"/-21.5mm), R=8, T=4
Jun.: 1.85"/46.9mm, (-2.65"/-67.3mm), R=6, T=5
Jul.: 1.50"/38.1mm, (-3.40"/-86.3mm), R=7, T=10
Aug.: 2.55"/64.7mm, (-0.15"/-3.8mm), R=7, T=13
Sep.: 5.05"/128.2mm, (+0.05"/+1.2mm), R=6, T=3
Oct.: 1.55"/39.3mm (-3.55"/-90.1mm), R=1, T=1
Nov.: 1.95"/49.5mm (-2.95"/-74.9mm), R=7, T=2
Dec.: 0.66"/16.7mm (-3.64"/-92.4mm), R=5, T=0
Total of 91 Precipitation days & 49 Thunder days.
Wettest Day: 3.15"/80mm on Jan. 3
Wettest Week: 6.10"/154.9mm week of Jan. 2-8
Longest Dryspell: 32 straight days (Sep. 29-Oct. 30)

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/01/2006 18:58

Hello Folks:
Heres an in-depth report on 2005 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 72.2F/22.3C
Avg. Min.: 50.6F/10.3C
Highest Max.: 100F/37.7C--July 22
Lowest Min.: 10F/-12.2C--Dec. 9
...Highest Min.: 76F/24.4C--July 26
...Lowest Max.: 28F/-2.2C--Dec. 8
57 days, minimums of 32F/0C or lower.
77 days, maximums of 90F+/32.2C+ (inc. 1 day of 100F/37.7C).
1 day, maximum of 32F/0C or lower (28F/2.2C on Dec. 8)
Last Freezing Minimum=March 17, First Freezing Minimum=Oct. 25=221 days.
Warmest week: week of Aug. 21-27 (avg. max. 97.4F/36.3C [avg. min. 70.4F/21.3C]).
Coldest week: week of Dec. 4-10 (avg. max. 42.5F/5.8C [avg. min. 21.2F/-6.2C]).

First 70F/21.1C max.: 71F/21.6C--Jan. 21 (Day 21)
First 80F/26.6C max.: 80F/26.6C--Apr. 28 (Day 118)
First 90F/32.2C max.: 91F/32.7C--May 20 (Day 140)
First 100F/37.7C max.: 100F/37.7C--July 22 (Day 203)
Last 100F/37.7C max.: 100F/37.7C--July 22 (Day 203)
Last 90F/32.2C max.: 94F/34.4C--Sep. 26 (Day 269)
Last 80F/26.6C max.: 80F/26.6C--Nov. 9 (Day 313)
Last 70F/21.1C max.: 72F/22.2C--Dec. 27 (Day 361)

Daily Record Maximums Broken or Tied:
..91F/32.7C--May 20 (broke 89F/31.6C in 1959).
..90F/32.2C--May 22 (TIED 1921 and 1941 max.)
..97F/36.1C--Sept. 20 (TIED 1925 and 1954 max.)
..98F/36.6C--Sept. 21 (broke 96F/35.5C in 1944).
..89F/31.6C--Oct. 18 (broke 88F/31.1C in 1953).
..75F/23.8C--Nov. 23 (TIED 1904 and 1921 max.)
..75F/23.8C--Dec. 3 (broke 73F/22.7C in 1955).
..72F/22.2C--Dec. 27 (TIED 1907 max.)

Rain for Year: 40.26"/1,022.6mm (-14.24"/-361.6mm)
91 Raindays (+23 days of TRACE) & 49 Thunderdays in year.
13 days, rain 1"+/25.4mm+
Wettest Day: 3.15"/80mm--Jan. 3
Wettest Week: 6.10"/154.9mm--week of Jan. 2-8
Longest Dryspell: 32 straight days (Sept. 29-Oct. 30).
SNOW: Tot. 1.15"/2.9cm (.25"/.6cm on Dec. 7, .90"/2.2cm on Dec. 8; Flurries on Mar. 15 and Dec. 20; light freezing rain on Jan. 7; light sleet on March 15 & 16 and Dec. 7; pea-sized hail on Apr. 5).
Would've ended the year with normal rainfall, if we would've averaged 1.19"/30.2mm MORE rain per month.

Watches/Warnings for 2005:
Flash Flood Watch: Jan. 3-4; Mar. 26-27; Sep. 24-25
Lake Wind Advisory: Jan. 5, 12-13; Mar. 11-12; Apr. 10, 23; Sep. 24-25; Nov. 4, 12, 15, 27-28
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Jan. 12; Feb. 20-21; Mar. 21-22; Apr. 10-11, 25-26, 29; May 23-24; June 5; Sep. 28
Tornado Watch: Apr. 5-6; Nov. 12-13, 27
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Apr. 5, 22, 25; May 24; June 5, 7; Aug. 24; Nov. 12, 27
Dense Fog Advisory: June 18
Heat Advisory: Jul. 21-26; Aug. 19-21, 25-26
Flash Flood Warning: Aug. 23-24
Freeze Warning: morning of Oct. 26
Tornado Warning: Nov. 12
Winter Weather Advisory: Dec. 7-8
Snow Advisory: Dec. 7-8
Freezing Fog Advisory: Dec. 21-22

Well Folks, hope you enjoyed this report and found it interesting/informative.

Cheers & Happy 2006~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: supercell9

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/01/2006 22:00

Thats a really in depth report Wet Snow and is much appreciated.Thanks for taking the time to compile and post it. smile Does anyone else either in Australia or abroad have any 2005 stats from their local area?
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/01/2006 17:35

Hello Folks:

Well tinder dry conditions and gusty S/SW winds have made it a Very Early Fire Season in the US.
Quite large stretches of Oklahoma and Texas have been blackened and the outlook is not good; rainchances are about NIL and continued gusty winds (dry Pacific cold front) will abet the already critical conditions. There are active fires still burning in Oklahoma & Texas (a few in N Arkansas).

Already (only 4 days into the year) there have been 272,761 acres/110,382 hectares burned, the 5-year average for this time of year is only 355 acres/143 hectares burned.

Cheers & Bring on the RAIN~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Many Thanks for the kind words, Supercell9.
I just love compiling weather numbers.
Posted by: murderous

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/01/2006 13:48

what drives a man to follow the weather, and that of another country, especially here up north, where the seasons are "dam its hot" and "crap the road melted again" lol.

so for the last 5 years 2000-2005 which city in Australia has the coolest summer average temp, and where gets the most rainfall.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/01/2006 15:02

Hello Murderous:
Well, I love weather as a hobby--as the weather is always changing; I've always been fascinated with Australias' weather as the season there are exactly opposite to mine.
The weather extremes are very interesting and the People Are Very Friendly As Well.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/01/2006 16:28

Hello Folks:
Another warm (high in the mid-60sF/~17-18C) day today (Thur.) with very gusty NW/NNW winds (post-dry Pacific cold front passage). Unfortunately, ZERO rainchances for foreseeable future.
Heres' the recent Fire Danger Statement for my area (POLK county; and adjacent counties) of Arkansas:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=lzk&wwa=fire%20danger%20statement

I can honestly say I can't remember a more consistently dry period of time here; Burn Bans in Winter here are fairly rare here as well.

Cheers & Send Rain, Please~~~Wet Snow
P.S. It's really amazing the warmth here, we shouldn't have such warm maximums (low-70sF/21-22C) in Mena until mid-April!!!
Posted by: murderous

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/01/2006 02:42

so can you help me out with the question i asked then wet snow.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/01/2006 07:02

Hello Murderous:

I'm not sure I can help you with your question as I don't have the 2000-2005 weather records for Australian cities.
Perhaps you might want to start a thread asking your question. Perhaps you'll get a reply with the information you need (from people who are more familiar with Australian weather than I am).

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Seabreeze

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/01/2006 08:24

Murderous don't be rude please, people can be interested in other countries climates. I myself have a facination with the US Climate. You knew Wet Snow would have a hard time answering that question, and you were just being nasty. But I'll answer for Wet Snow, I think Perth had the lowest temps between 2000 & 2005 out of the Capital Cities. And for the rainfall, the Tully area in far northern QLD has the highest rainfall in Australia getting about 4000mm+ on average.
Posted by: murderous

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/01/2006 16:40

get your facts straight first before you go spitting your ******, all i did was ask why someone would be interested in another counties weather.

wet snow said he had been keeping records for 10 years, i figured he meant of America and Australia and new Zealand when he mentioned them, that's why i asked.

and i did ask in thread wet snow, but everyone could only give me the last 100 years average which is useless cos the last 2 years Brisbane's average temperature has been up by 2.5 degrees, as well as every other cities temps have been higher than normal.

Please watch your language - CA
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/01/2006 17:38

Murderous:
Sorry for the misunderstanding. I only have daily records/observations (since 1985) for my town of Mena, Arkansas. I am Very Interested in other countries' (esp. Australias') weather/climate, but I don't have any daily/monthly observations of them.
I'm learning/have learned quite a bit about Australian weather, but I've still got a Loooonnngggg way to go.

Hope You Get Your Query Answered Soon--Sorry I couldn't help you~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: murderous

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/01/2006 18:09

oh ok, i thought u had been keeping records of australian records also.
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/01/2006 21:02

Bloody hot there Little Rock had 75 today Its hotter than here...71 today in Farenheight
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/01/2006 02:30

Well folks it finally happened--due to the brutally warm/dry conditions--theres a small forestfire now burning on the southside of Rich Mountain. I see the originating smoke, which means it's less than 3mi./5km to my north. Thankfully the wind is out of the West, planes are dropping water on it.
This is the FIRST-TIME I can EVER remember a Forest Fire (other than a controlled-burn) In My Area!!! I've lived in Mena since 1970.
Currently 9:28 AM CST Sunday. My area continues to be in a Red Flag Warning & Lake Wind Advisory for today. This dryness is awesome. I know how those close to bushfires in Australia must feel.

Yes, NZAAS it's unseasonably HOT in just about all the southern US, particularly California, Arizona, Arkansas, Texas & Oklahoma (where Daily Maximum records continue to be broken). No real relief in sight rain-wise.
BTW, for this time of year, maximums in Arkansas should be in the mid-to-upper 40sF/6-9C.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: murderous

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/01/2006 02:35

that sucks dude, hope the fire don't come near you, you should pack the basics into your car (namely your pc lol)
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/01/2006 07:54

The small forestfire seems under control now (much less smoke), NFS planes no longer bombing it with fire retardant--2:20 PM CST Sun.---WHEW!!!)
**************
Hello & 2006 Greetings Folks!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Jan..1...*73F/22.7C..52F/11.1C..---
.....2...62F/16.6C...49F/9.4C...---
.....3...#69F/20.5C..33F/0.5C...---
.....4...60F/15.5C...45F/7.2C...---
.....5...55F/12.7C...38F/3.3C...---
.....6...50F/10C.....31F/-0.5C..---
.....7...61F/16.1C...27F/-2.7C..---
*73F/22.7C max. on Jan. 1 was a Record High Maximum (old rec. max. for Jan. 1 was 72F/22.2C in 1952).
#69F/20.5C max. on Jan. 3 was a Record High Maximum (old rec. max. for date was 68F/20C in 1950, 1955 & 2004).

Another extremely warm (& dry) early January week. Aiding the critically high fire danger were gusty NW/WNW then W winds. A dry warmfront passed through on the 1st and a couple dry Pacific front passed through (on 2nd and 4th). This prolonged dryness (& unseasonal warmth) continues its amazing streak: Mena has has an above-normal maximum everyday since Dec. 26. Mena should not have 70F/21.1C maximums until mid-April.
Overall High--12:01 AM and Overall Low--abt. 11:49 PM listed for the 2nd; Overall Low--abt. 11:50 PM listed for the 4th. It's been so mild that I even saw a fly the other afternoon.
Hopefully, this Tuesday, a frontal passage brings a shot of cooler air with a current forecast of 60% rainchance (Heres Hoping!!!)
*******
Sportswise: The UA Razorbacks on New Years' Day played the final non-conference game, taking on the Leathernecks of Western Illinois U. The outmanned Leathernecks found UA's offense and defensive pressure too hard to handle. After a slow start, UA had went on a 21-4 run to grab a 35-16 lead en route to being up 41-27 at half. The Hogs opened the 2nd half with a 16-2 run to lead by 57-29 on the way to an 83-54 victory. The 9th consecutive UA win gives the Hogs an 11-2 record heading into the tough SEC schedule.
Saturday night, UA opened SEC play by traveling to Starkville, Miss. (Humphrey Coliseum) to take on the Bulldogs of Mississippi State U. UA finds it tough going playing at "The Hump" and it was no different this year. The (4-pt. favorite) UA's found themselves quickly behind 6-0, UA then led 12-11; the game went back-and-forth with MSU holding leads of up to 6 points--each time US would try to cut the lead, MSU answered. MSU made key 3-point baskets to take a 36-26 halftime lead. MSU made an amazing 5-for-7 3-point shots in the 1st half. UA turned up the defensive pressure in 2nd half (5 steals from Brewer, blocked shots from Hill), and finally had an 8-0 run for a 44-43 lead, UA then went on an 11-0 run for a 59-56 lead with 6:50 left. MSU went up 69-67 when Slater hit a layup with 8.9 seconds left. UA inbounded the ball and Brewer was covered so he threw the ball to Charles Thomas, whos hurried 3-point shot rimmed out, dealing UA a heart-breaking 69-67 loss. This setback can be blamed on very poor free-throw shooting---UA made only 10-of-21 freethrows (the worst precentage in quite a number of games). In the SEC, road (away) wins are very precious and this one slipped through their fingers. There was another bright spot, UA was +12 in turnover margin (only had 4 turnovers--none in 2nd half--while forcing MSU into 16 turnovers). MSU did just enough to win & UA didn't capitalize on their chances. Oh, well, it's "early days yet", with plenty of games left to improve on.

Wishing ALL A Super Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/01/2006 12:58

Addendum to above post:
Conditions at Intermountain Mun. Airport in Mena, Arkansas at 12:01 AM January 1, 2006 (New Years' Day):
Clear, No Clouds Below 12,000';
Temperature: 53F/11.6C; Visibility: 10miles/16.1kms; Wind: 170degrees (S) at 7mph/11.2kph; Barometer: 29.74"/1,007.1mb-hPa.

48 Contiguous US State High Maximum: 92F/33.3C (rec. daily high max.) at Laredo, Texas.
48 Contiguous US State Low Minimum: -8F/-22.2C at Presque Isle, Maine (-21F/-29.4C at Kotzebue, Alaska).
**********
Another idea of how dry it is: For the first time in 35 years, Weyerhaeuser (large timber co.), is foregoing planting pinetree seedlings (due to acute lack of soil moisture).

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Papy_Zapy

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/01/2006 17:29

I cant believe the high temps you are getting there. Its warmer than a melbourne winter!

With these warm temps are there any signs of early spring blossoms and leaves growing??
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/01/2006 18:07

Hello Papy Zapy:

Well, I've not really looked, but a friend of mine told me that he's seen buds on some local trees. As I stated earlier, possums and squirrels are still about (normally they'd be denned-up by now---seldom-seen this time of year), quite a few songbirds are still around (haven't vacated to the south yet) and the other day, I saw a fly buzzing around. The mustard greens in the veggie garden (cold-hardy) are still green and flourishing.
It's really going to take a fairly strong front (Pacific or Canadian) to give us a good rain dump; but with these warm conditions, I fear the clash of air-masses may cause a severe weather outbreak (esp. if it's a Strong Canadian cold front); and yes, there have been Severe-Weather Outbreaks in Arkansas in January in years past.

I'm just not used to such abnormal dryness, I'm SICK of it---talk about "boring" weather. I'm just glad it's not veggie garden season!!!

Waiting for rain~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/01/2006 11:26

Update of yesterdays' forest fire: The first call came in to the Shady Grove (locality W of Mena) RVFD around 2:30 AM Sunday, a perimeter was established around the fire around 2 PM. At least 70 folks were involved fighting the fire (RVFD, USFS, etc.) The fire was totally contained around 5 PM, burning around 100 acres/40+hectares of forest. I think the USFS planes made at least 10 water-bombing runs.
A cold front may give a little "wet relief" overnight.
Cheers~~~Wet Snow
P.S. I know bushfires are very common in Australia, but here in my area, forest fires are very infrequent, especially rare to occur in Winter.
Posted by: Seabreeze

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/01/2006 14:36

Your near-record temps (20 to 22C) are usual temps for us in winter, our record winter temps are in the low 30's
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/01/2006 15:08

Hello Friends:
Well about 15 minutes ago (now 10:05 PM CST Mon.) I was sitting at the PC and heard a few booming noises (sort of sounded like a freight train stopping quickly), so I stuck my head out the door and Hey---Thunder, Lightning & Sprinkles; something I haven't experienced in too long a time. I hope we get a good amount instead of dribs and drabs. Anyway, it's always GREAT to hear thunder--especially as we don't hear thunder too often in Winter here.
I'm fixing to look at our area radar to see what's on it. The adjacent county (in Oklahoma) is currently under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. I hope this puts a little dent in the drought situation.

Bring On The Rain~~~Wet Snow
Just had a look at our radar--a nasty-looking cell is moving NE towards Mena (will be here around 10:35; 10:16 PM here now), Polk County under Severe Thunderstorm Warning til 11 PM. Looks like we're gonna get wet!!!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/01/2006 14:33

Hello Friends:
Gotta type fast as a fast-moving line of possible severe weather is bearing down on me.
******Poss. Svr. Wx Outbreak in US*********
A Pacific cold front, coupled with unseasonal warmth will create ripe conditions for a possible svr. wx. outbreak in the US (according to the Weather Channel). Severe T-storms, high winds, hail and Isolated Tornadoes are very possible for the southern US for the next few days (very Springlike conditions).
My area (& W half of Arkansas) is currently under a Tornado Watch (til 2AM Fri; 9:32 PM CST Thur now). I expect shortly that Polk County will be under a Svr. T-storm Warning (as some counties in NW/W Arkansas are already under-----just issued Polk County under Svr T-storm Warning for Polk County until 10:15PM---Here it comes!!! Line moving East at 50mph/80kph!!!)
Even at this time--9:33 PM CST, gusty SW winds have kept the temperatures near 60F/15.5C.

Hope to cop some good rain & avoid the nasty stuff.
Best Wishes--Gotta Go---Wet Snow
Posted by: murderous

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/01/2006 15:17

wx outbreak?
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/01/2006 15:36

Hello Murderous: wx=short for weather.
********
Well, folks, the line of T-storms blew through VERY fast. It sounded like pea-sized hail hitting the roof vents (don't get much hail here--certainly not in January). The rain started around 9:45 PM (10:34 PM CST Thur. now) and it was all over (rain-wise) around 10:10 PM and in that time, I copped a nifty .60"/15.2mm. Quite a bit of close lightning. The temperature (according to the Mena Info Line) dropped from a very balmy 63F/17.2C at 9:37 PM to 47F/8.3C at 10:11 PM. A "classic" Springtime set-up in January.
Weather is becoming severe this time of year as we really haven't had an Arctic air outbreak to cool-down the atmosphere yet.
Just a matter of time before "Ole' Man Winter" riding an Arctic Express, blows our warmth into a fond memory.
Thankful for the rain & glad we missed any nasty stuff.
Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/01/2006 18:03

Hello Folks:
Just recently found this, it's a composite US doppler map, showing the cloudtop heights (in FEET; ex. 070=7,000FT, 250=25,000FT). Currently, 1AM CST Sat., the Pacific cold front & line of showers/t-storms is moving through the E part of the US. Cloudtop heights w/t-storms in North Carolina are at 430 (43,000FT)---no bad for January!!!
map here:
http://iwin.nws.noaa.com/iwin/radar/rcm.gif
Also,
for color-coded US map depicting the weekly rainfall (in INCHES):
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/regional_monitoring/cltrain.gif

Please Enjoy~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 15/01/2006 17:59

Hello Folks!!!
Warm first 2-weeks of January here:

For Jan. 1-14, Mena's maximums have averaged an obscenely balmy 58.8F/14.8C. Climatologically for this time of year, Mena's maximums should average 48F/8.8C---we're supposed to be in one of the coldest stretches of the year.
Only 2 days with below normal maximums & 2 days with Record High Daily Maximums thus far in 2006.
Localities in South/Plains states have Broken/Tied Daily Record High Maximums just about every day this year.
I guess folks in Perth are saying: "Where's Summer?", and we in Mena might say: "Where's Winter?".
I did manage to cop a very nice 1.40"/35.5mm raintotal this week; but we're still in a Countywide Burn Ban with worsening fire conditions (warm maximums, gusty winds and lower humidities).
We've a decent rainchance with another Pacific cold front passing through this Monday.

Have A Good 'Un~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/01/2006 08:11

Hello Again, Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Jan...8...68F/20C....40F/4.4C...---
......9...55F/12.7C..36F/2.2C...0.50"/12.7mm
.....10...44F/6.6C...28F/-2.2C..0.30"/7.6mm
.....11...60F/15.5C..23F/-5C....---
.....12...63F/17.2C..45F/7.2C...0.60"/15.2mm
.....13...47F/8.3C...42F/5.5C...---
.....14...57F/13.8C..28F/-2.2C..---

A week with warmth--couple of cool days--and finally some "wet relief". Rain was brought by a couple of Pacific cold fronts (passage on the 9th & 12th). Rain on the 12th was accumulated in around 30 minutes with some pea-sized hail. Rain was Very Welcome, but we're still in a Countywide Burn Ban. Overall Low-abt. 11:01 PM-listed for the 8th; Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:09 PM-listed for the 10th; Overall High (SW winds caused a nighttime temperature rise)-abt. 9:37 PM-listed for the 12th; Overall High-12:01 AM-listed for the 13th.
The 13th was overcast, gusty NNW winds and felt more like a cool Wintertime day. Hopefully another Pacific cold front will bring more showers tomorrow (Monday; current rainchance is 30%). Temperatures (max.) remain above normal in upcoming forecast.
*******
Sportswise: Last Wednesday UA hosted the Tigers of Louisiana State U. (LSU). UA built a 26-14 lead in first-half--a scoring drought hurt fatally as LSU went on a 30-6 run to lead by 44-32 early in the 2nd half (LSU led 32-31 at half). UA went on an 11-2 run to cut the lead to 46-43. LSU maintained the lead and had an answer for every UA threat. UA within 59-58 on Ferguson's basket with 1 minute left, but UA missed their shots and LSU made their free-throws and came away 63-58 winners. OUCH!!! Those home conferences losses really hurt and the scoring droughts are real killers.
Saturday afternoon, UA hosted the Commodores of Vanderbilt U (aka Vandy). After a see-saw first few minutes, UA took a 14-12 lead, a 14-6 UA run pushed the lead to 28-18 enroute to a 34-23 lead at the halftime break. Vandy (3.5-pt underdogs) made a charge in the 2nd half aided by their making several 3-point shots. A VU 3-pointer tied the game at 55-55 (Uh Oh here we go again), but UA found their shooting touch and turned up the defensive heat (6 blocked shots, 5 in 2nd half). UA finished on a 23-11 run to take a hard-fought 78-66 victory. UA had one of their better shooting games, making 25 of 47 shots (.531%) and helping themselves mightily at the free-throw line, good on 24 of 32 FTs (.750%). VU only shot 22 of 58 (.379%) for the game, but their 3-point shooting (11 of 22 .500) kept them in it for most of the game. UA is now 12-4 overall, but more importantly, 1-2 in SEC.

Wishing ALL An A-1 Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/01/2006 19:34

Greetin's Friends:

For your interest heres a collection of Beautiful (clickable) pics of weather in Arkansas:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/wxshots.htm

This first page is 2005 Weather Highlights; scroll down to bottom of page and click on 2004 Weather Highlights.

Please Enjoy~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/01/2006 20:48

Look at the usa map theres deep mid latitude lows both the pacific and alantic (NE'r)but little on the continent.its like our weather in winter..thats the storms
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/01/2006 18:53

Hello Good Folks!!!
Just watching the Weather Channel.
Very Wet in the US Pacific Northwest: Seattle, Washington had a streak of 27 straight rain days (I think the record is 32 straight)--then 29 straight rainless hours--and now 2 straight raindays (& counting).
Olympia, Washington has an active run of 31 straight raindays (record is 33 straight wet days, from Jan. 6-Feb. 7, 1953)...
...Conversely, Phoenix, Arizona is on a stretch of 88 straight rainless days.
FYI: Longest dryspell in Arkansas: Wilson (in Mississippi County) had 101 straight dry days (from July 18-Oct. 26 in 1953).

I'm happy to say I've copped 1.40"/35.5mm rain in 2006 so far.

Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/01/2006 18:40

Hello Friends:
Just watching the Weather Channel. Bone Dry In The US:
Last rainfall of .50"/12.7mm or more:
Tulsa, Oklahoma=October 1
Dallas, Texas=October 31
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma=September 14
Waco, Texas=November 26

BTW, Really BRRRRR cold in Siberia/Russia. Thursday morning minimums included -70F/-56.6C in Oymyakon and -60F/-51.1C in Verkhoyansk. This mornings' minimums in Alaska included -45F/-42.7C in Fort Yukon.
A few towns in the Northern Plains states actually Broke/Tied Daily High Maximums.
The US Snow Depth map looks more indicative of late Spring than early Winter (scarcity of snow).
Hopefully an approaching Pacific cold front will give my area a good rainamount later today/tonight.
Currently a balmy (gusty S/SW winds) 59F/15C at this late hour---1:41 AM CST Fri.
Watching Aussie Open Tennis tournament, saw dark stormclouds on TV shots (ESPN2), checked the radar and some nasty T-storms are approaching Melbourne.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/01/2006 16:56

Hello Folks:
Well, its 11:56 PM CST Saturday here and 41F/5.5C. A large area of rain is approaching my area---sneaking up on us coming up from the south.
Weathermen say that Oklahoma, Texas and Oklahoma will get their best rain dump in quite a while from this.
Heres hoping.
Bring On The Rain~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/01/2006 06:27

Hello Good Folks!!!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Jan..15..56F/13.3C..47F/8.3C....---
.....16..58F/14.4C..42F/5.5C...0.20"/5mm
.....17..43F/6.1C...31F/-0.5C...---
.....18..60F/15.5C..24F/-4.4C...---
.....19..67F/19.4C..50F/10C.....---
.....20..67F/19.4C..37F/2.7C....---
.....21..53F/11.6C..32F/0.0C....---

Another fairly mild and windy (S/SW winds)week, with another rainday. Rain was from a Pacific cold front passage, and a Pacific front passed by on the 20th but was dry in my area (T-storm line initiated to the E/NE of Mena). Overall Low-abt. 11:54 PM-listed for the 16th; Overall Low-abt. 10:31 PM-listed for the 17th; Overall Low-abt. 11:55 PM-listed for the 20th. Felt more Winter-like on the 17th with cooler temperatures, biting WNW wind and low overcast. Otherwise, the windyness felt more like early Spring.
Today (Sun., now 1:02 PM CST) getting our best rain dump in quite some time, around 1.5"/38+mm so far and still coming down (temp. 39F/3.8C). This assures an above normal rainmonth for January--the most rain we've had in a day & the first above-normal rainmonth in quite a while (too long). Not a drought-buster, but DEFINITELY MUCH APPRECIATED. Looks like this might end the excessively long Countywide Burn Ban.
Upcoming forecast is for mostly sunny conditions, still fairly warm with brief shots of cooler air.
*****
Sportswise: Arkansas traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama Wednesday night to take on the Crimson Tide of Alabama (played in Coleman Coliseum). UA has tough times playing in Tuscaloosa, but looked very good building a 32-31 halftime lead; which expanded to 56-45 in 2nd half. But 'Bama clawed back--helped in no small part by a little "home cooking" (more fouls called on Arkansas, hence 'Bama really outscored the Razorbacks from the free-throw line [for the game, including Overtime, 'Bama was 22 of 33 on Free Throws, Arkansas only 5 of 9). Anyway, the Hogs habit of giving up big leads came back to bite them. The Hogs missed the frontend of several 1 & 1 freethrows (must make first free throw to have chance at making 2nd free throw), which could've put more pressure on 'Bama. Appallingly, Jefferson of Arkansas fouled 'Bamas Steele on a 3-point shot attempt (with 12 seconds left in game). Steele made all 3 Free Throws to tie it at 67-67. Hogs Brewer missed last shot and the game went to Overtime (OT, 5 minutes long). In the OT, 'Bama shot out to a 74-69 lead--2:48 left. Hogs tied it at 75-75 (1 minute left). Steele again was the 'Bama hero, making a shot while being fouled (with 3.8 seconds left); Steele sank the Free Throw and 'Bama had dealt the Hogs a heartbreaking 78-75 (in OT) setback. Once again a couple things proved big enough to prevent the Hogs from being victorious. 'Bama was a 3.5-point favorite.
Saturday afternoon, the Hogs (4-pt. favorites) journeyed to Auburn, Alabama to take on the Tigers of Auburn (in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum). Auburn is always tough and the Hogs needed desperately to win an SEC road/away game. Hogs defensive pressure flustered the Tigers into committing 15 turnovers in the 1st half. Neither team shot well in 1st half, but Arkansas led at the break by 33-29. The Hogs in the 2nd half went on a 19-3 run to go up by 52-36; an Auburn 10-0 run cut the lead to 52-46, but this time the Hogs secured the victory by a 68-52 margin. Hogs' Ronnie Brewer (Ronnies' dad Ron, was a star player for the Razorbacks in the late-'70s), had a career high scoring 25 points (going 11 for 12 on Free Throws). Arkansas as a team helped themselves by making 21 of 25 Free Throws. Hogs' Charles Thomas had a "double-double" with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Tigers had been 8-1 at home this year and the Hogs are now 12-1 in games which they lead at Halftime. This was only the Hogs' 3rd win in their last 27 away/road SEC games.
All 3 of the last remaining undefeated college teams lost on Saturday (#1 Duke, #2 Florida and #9 Pittsburgh all went down to defeat).

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/01/2006 19:15

Hello Folks:
FYI, heres a weekly temperature/rainfall summary for towns in Arkansas (you can see how warm it's been by looking at the DEP [departure from normal] figures; the Arkansas town of Monticello--for last week--is +15Degrees F above normal)
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/cgi-bin/wxs1.php?pil=WCR&max=13
All temperatures in degrees F., rain in inches.

For latest daily rain summary for town in Arkansas (in inches):
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/cgi-bin/wxs1.php?pil=RRM&version=1&max=13
(Mena--and other Polk County towns of Cove, Bogg Springs and Vandervoort are listed on page 3).

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/01/2006 07:19

Hello Folks:

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Jan..22...42F/5.5C...38F/3.3C..1.95"/49.5mm
.....23...54F/12.2C..31F/-0.5C...---
.....24...64F/17.7C..27F/-2.7C...---
.....25...62F/16.6C..33F/0.5C....---
.....26...54F/12.2C..30F/-1.1C...---
.....27...60F/15.5C..35F/1.6C....---
.....28...56F/13.3C..51F/10.5C..1.75"/44.4mm

Finally a week with MUCH wet relief. An upper-level disturbance brough the rain on the 22nd and a Pacific cold front gave the rain on the 28th--both events were good ol' day-long soakers. It seemed like a "deluge" compared to the prolonged dryness we have suffered lately. The above-normal temperatures continued this week. Overall Low-abt. 11:01 PM-listed for the 23rd; Overall Low-abt. 11:56 PM-listed for the 25th; Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:40 PM-listed for the 28th (as temperature during daytime hours hung around the 53-54F/11.6-12.2C range).
Next week continues to see above normal maximums.
*****
Sportswise: Wednesday night the Rebels of Mississippi (Ole Miss) came-a-calling on the Razorbacks. UA (13.5-point favorite) played well in front of a home crowd of 18,121. UM went up by a 19-17 score, Arkansas ended the half with a 19-2 run to lead 36-21 at the break (as UM went 6:46 in the 1st half without scoring). The UA pressure forced UM into 13 turnovers in the 1st half. UA's 2nd half lead expanded to as much as 18 (at 71-53) as the Hogs closed out a 71-58 win.
Sunday afternoon (national TV), UA travels to Lexington, Kentucky to take on the Kentucky Wildcats. Rupp Arena is always a tough place to play especially with a UK crowd of 23,741. UK was a 4-point favorite. UA came out hot and led by as much as 18 points (33-15) in first-half. UA up at half by 34-25. UA hit another flat spot and UK blazed away from the floor, UK taking a 59-57 lead--their first lead since it was 2-0. UK started hitting more shots and UA missed. Now UK is up with 2:09 left by a 68-61 score--UK is 20 of 33 shooting in 2nd half. Even though UK lacks some talent this year, they always have a good team and they play very well in raucous Rupp Arena. Now with 1:05 left, UK has possession of the ball and a 70-66 lead. UK hit their free-throws and UA missed their 3-point shots, UK prevailing in a come-from-behind 78-76 win (UA's Brewer hitting a 3-point shot with 1.8 seconds left to make the heartbreaking margin closer). A couple crucial mistakes at the end prevented UA from winning or sending the game into Overtime.
UK is 14-6 overall (4-2 in SEC), UA is 14-6 overall (3-4 in SEC).

Wishing ALL A Super Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/01/2006 14:48

Hello Friends:
HOT January in Mena.
Just looking at some weathernumbers. So far in the 29 days of January, Mena has had normal/above normal maximums on 25 of those days (including 14 days where the daily maximum was 10F+/5C+ above normal!!!) I'm keen to see what the end of January average maximum will be (avg. max. for Mena in January is 49F/9.4C).

Have A Good 'Un Ya'll~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/02/2006 10:00

Hello Friends:

Heres some weathernumbers for January 2006 in Mena, Arkansas:
Climatologically for January, Menas' avg. max. is 49F/9.4C with an avg. min. of 27F/-2.7C.
All-Time Jan. Max. is 82F/27.7C (Jan. 23, 1943); All-Time Jan. Min. is -10F/-23.3C (Jan. 18, 1930)

Avg. Max.: 58.4F/14.6C
Avg. Min.: 36.1F/2.2C
High Max.: *73F/22.7C--Jan. 1
Low Min.: 23F/-5C--Jan. 11
...Low Max.: 42F/5.5C--Jan. 22
...High Min.: 52F/11.1C--Jan. 1
16 days, max. of 60F+/15.5C+ (inc. 1 day of 73F/22.7C)
12 days, min. of 32F/0C or lower
Had a Normal/Above Normal Maximum on 28 days in January (inc. 16 days where the daily maximum was 10F+/5C+ above normal)
*=This was a Record Daily High Max. (breaking old rec. for Jan. 1 of 72F/22.2C in 1952)
69F/20.5C maximum on Jan. 3 was also a Record Daily High Max. (breaking old rec. for date of 68F/20C in 1950, 1955 & 2004)

6 Raindays & 3 Thunderdays in month.
Rain for Jan.: 5.30"/134.6mm (+2.60"/+66mm)
Rain for Year: 5.30"/134.6mm (+2.60"/+66mm)
Pea-sized hail with Thundershower on the 12th.
Radio Station KENA copped 1.50"/127mm rain in January.

Watches/Warnings For Month:
Countywide Burn Ban: Jan. 1 (active as of Dec. 28)-23
Red Flag Warning: Jan. 2, 7-8
Lake Wind Advisory: Jan. 2, 7-8, 17, 19
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Jan. 9, 12
Tornado Watch: Jan. 12-13

This has to be one of the warmest Winters I've experienced. On the news, I heard that this was the 2nd-warmest January-ever in Arkansas (likewise in other cities/states which had abnormally warm January conditions). So mild here that I've seen flies around and saw a dandelion in the front yard the other day!!!
Global Warming???

Wishing ALL A Happy, Safe, Prosperous & Blessed month of February.
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/02/2006 16:39

February Greetings Folks:

Just watching the Weather Channel. January Oddities in the US:

Seattle, Washington:
Avg. Jan. Rain: 5.13"/130.3mm...Jan. 2006 Rain: 11.51"/292.3mm (+224%)

Phoenix, Arizona:
Avg. Jan. Rain: 0.38"/9.6mm...Jan. 2006 Rain: 0.00"/0.0mm (-100%)

Chicago, Illinois:
Avg. Jan. Temperature: 22F/-5.5C...Avg. Jan. 2006 Temperature: 36F/2.2C (+14F)

New York City, New York:
Avg. Jan. Temperature: 32F/0C...Avg. Jan. 2006 Temperature: 41F/5C (+9F)

Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/02/2006 07:57

Greetings Fine People:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Jan..29..64F/17.7C...37F/2.7C...---
.....30..57F/13.8C...34F/1.1C...---
.....31..61F/16.1C...26F/-3.3C..---
Feb...1..55F/12.7C...50F/10C....---
......2..64F/17.7C...47F/8.3C..0.10"/2.5mm
......3..53F/11.6C...42F/5.5C..0.05"/1.2mm
......4..46F/7.7C....34F/1.1C...---

Another fairly warm week. Rain on 2nd (Groundhog Day) from an upper-level low passing to our south; rain on 3rd from a Canadian cold front. Overall Low-abt. 11:21 PM-listed for Jan. 30; Overall Low-abt. 10:27 PM-listed for Feb. 2.
I actually saw a Bluebird the other day (sometimes a harbinger of Spring). Felt very winterlike on the 3rd as the biting NW winds made it feel much cooler as it did on the 4th. The other days felt very Springlike, with warm sunshine. Forecast is for continued warmer than average temperatures with a couple shots of cooler air and a few rainchances as well.
*******
Sportswise: Arkansas desperately needed a win and they figured to get one when they hosted the Gamecocks of South Carolina on Saturday afternoon. UA was a 6-point favorite in front of a homecrowd of 18,286. SC hit a pair of 3-point shots to take an early 6-2 lead. UA stormed back on a 21-4 scoring spree to take a 23-10 lead. Jonathan Modica's 4th 3-point shot of the half gave UA a 35-15 lead (4:03 left half). At that point Modica had 19 points and the South Carolina team only had 15. UA secured a 39-21 advantage at intermission. SC made a mild run late in the 2nd half to trim the UA lead (as large as 43-21) to 65-55 (2:58 left game); but UA would let SC get no closer, closing out a much-needed 73-59 triumph. UA's defense limited SC into making only 8-of-27 shots in 1st half.
Modica was definitely the star of the game, pouring in 37 points for the Razorbacks. This was the highest individual point total for a Razorback since Alex Dillard scored 38 points in a game in 1994. With half the SEC schedule played, UA is 3rd in the SEC-West with a 4-4 record (15-6 overall). Only 8 regular season games left.

Wishing All A Fantastic Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: murderous

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/02/2006 16:01

ground hog day?
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/02/2006 17:44

Hello Murderous:

Yes, Groundhog day (Feb. 2) in the US: Every year, the groundhog "Punxsutawney (pron. punk-su-tawny) Phil" each Feb. 2nd is coaxed out of his den (just outside Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania). The old saying goes: "If the groundhog sees his shadow, there'll be 6 more weeks of Wintry weather; if he fails to see his shadow, Spring is just around the corner."
The mid-point of Winter is around Feb. 5th.

Links are here:
About Punxsutawney Phil:
http://www.groundhog.org

About history of Groundhog Day:
http://www.stormfax.com/ghogday.htm

Please Enjoy~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: murderous

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/02/2006 17:47

that's for real, i thought it was just part of a crappy movie lol.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/02/2006 16:07

Hello Wonderful Folks:

Well, the numbers have been crunched and January 2006 was the warmest-ever in the US.

The US avg. temp. in January 2006 was 39.5F/4.1C (normal Jan. avg. US temperature is 31F/-1.1C), this broke the old record of January 1953 when the US avg. temp. was 37.3F/2.9C.
Every state in the Contiguous 48 states was above normal for avg. temperature last month!!!

Hmmmm....wonder how HOT the conditions will be, come (our) Summer???

Please Enjoy~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Mike in Canada

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/02/2006 08:15

Don't forget that Groundhog Day is also observed in Canada, too.

We have Wiarton Willie, a groundhog who's from Wiarton, Ontario, a community well north of Toronto by Georgian Bay, with Lake Huron on the other side of the Bruce Peninsula.

This year, he didn't see any shadows. laugh Which means spring is not far.

Wiarton Willie's site:
http://www.wiarton-willie.org
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/02/2006 14:58

Many Thanks for that Mike. Great-looking site and the first time I've ever seen a white-colored groundhog.

BTW, how did Canada's (strange-looking) postal codes come into being? I guess they're OK, but looks like they might be a little hard to remember (since the have both letters AND numbers in the code).

Looks like one of your (Canadian) stronger cold fronts will finally give us a seasonal cool-down, come this weekend (f'cast highs in the 40sF/5+C).

Thanks Again~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Mike in Canada

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/02/2006 16:53

I think that Wiarton Willie is an albino groundhog. They had an original Willie, but he died in 1999, so I think they managed to find another albino groundhog to take his name and place.

Speaking of Canadian postal codes, it uses the ANA NAN system, with A representing any letter and N representing any digit. In short, a type of alphanumerical system. It's been in use since the early 1970s.

The Canadian postal code is ordered first by postal district which is an entire province/territory or a portion of a province (1st character), then by region within a postal district (2nd and 3rd alphanumeric characters), and lastly by local delivery unit (last 3 alphanumeric chars), which can be an entire small town, a portion of a larger town/city, a portion of a block in the largest cities (usually over 100,000 pop.) - or even a portion of a very large building. It's actually easier to remember than you think.

Check out this Wikipedia article on the Canadian postal code system.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_postal_code
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/02/2006 10:29

Many Thanks for that Very Interesting Information, Mike.
***********
Finally some SNOW this Winter!!!
SNOW flurries mixed with rain this morning (Fri. now 5:23 PM CST; I copped .45"/11.4mm rain). This Wintery-mix was due to a Canadian cold front acting in concert with an upper-level low to my south. At 12:01 AM this morning it was 42F/5.5C, the temperature at 7:45 AM (as reported by KENA) was 37F/2.7C. The temperature dipped to 34F/1.1C around 12:20 PM and clearing skies occurred within the last hour and temperature is again up to 37F/2.7C. The latest Intellicast radar shows a band of snow, stretching NE from SW of Little Rock, Arkansas to NE of Louisville, Kentucky. After another cold day tomorrow, conditions should moderate with highs back into the 50s-low 60sF/10-17C.
It looks like Rich Mountain did get some snow/ice accumulation, and I suspect areas of N/NW Arkansas got fair snow amounts.
Oh well, it was only Flurries, but at least I have seen SNOW this Winter.
My area of Arkansas was under a Winter Weather Advisory (potentially hazardous driving conditions) from 9AM-6PM today.
Hopefully a sign of things to come.
BRING ON MORE SNOW!!!

Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
P.S. I see on the area temperature map: At 4:13 PM CST, it was only 33F/0.5C in Amarillo, Texas while it was 81F/27.2C in Laredo, Texas.
(After strong cold fronts, I often like to see how BIG the temperature contrasts are in Texas).
Posted by: murderous

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/02/2006 13:29

tell me, when you get your info on Australian weather where do you get it from.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/02/2006 15:13

Hello Murderous:
I get my Aussie weather information from various sources: I've a few online Aussie mates, I get info. from the Weatherzone site, also from Weatherunderground; I also like to peruse the BoM's Significant Weather Summaries (Monthly) and I like to check the Daily Aussie Weather Extremes page, I also like to take a peek at the Aussie Weather Watch Radars (esp. since I have mates who live in suburban Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney).

Hope This Helps.
Have A Good One~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: murderous

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/02/2006 15:34

ah ok, didn't know if you used a firefox extension at all.
yeah i use bom too, cos where i live there is 15 min updates of the temps, and dam has it been hot, 34.6c yesterday.
Posted by: Seabreeze

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/02/2006 16:05

Quote:
Originally posted by Mike in Canada:
Don't forget that Groundhog Day is also observed in Canada, too.

We have Wiarton Willie, a groundhog who's from Wiarton, Ontario, a community well north of Toronto by Georgian Bay, with Lake Huron on the other side of the Bruce Peninsula.

This year, he didn't see any shadows. laugh Which means spring is not far.

Wiarton Willie's site:
http://www.wiarton-willie.org
You wouldn't want a blind groundhog, lol, it would always be an early spring! laugh
Posted by: murderous

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/02/2006 16:54

really don't play with me, if your close to spring it must be close to autumn for me, yes i love winter.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/02/2006 08:24

Howdy Again, Weather Folks!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Feb...5..53F/11.6C..24F/-4.4C...---
......6..50F/10C....37F/2.7C....---
......7..53F/11.6C..26F/-3.3C...---
......8..60F/15.5C..25F/-3.8C...---
......9..49F/9.4C...27F/-2.7C...---
.....10..42F/5.5C...32F/0.0C...0.45"/11.4mm
.....11..33F/0.5C...27F/-2.7C...---

Finally a week which felt more like Wintertime--especially with the Snow Flurries on the 10th & 11th, accompanied by brutally biting NW/NNW gusty winds. A dry Canadian cold front passed on the 8th; rain (& Snow Flurries) were from a Canadian cold front in concert with low-pressure passing to my south (this low pressure moved NE up the coast and is now [Sun.] pummeling the NE states/cities with a Nor'Easter). Before the coldness hit, it felt almost Springlike with warm sunshine and a variety of local trees/shrubs budding out (such as the Forsythia bushes in our yard). The nearby mountains copped some accumulating snows and are very pretty to see. Very surreal on the 11th: We were under the back-end circulation of the low pressure, alternating between cloudy skies and peeks of sun, all the while copping a few hours' worth of snow flurries--first Snow seen this Winter. Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:45 PM-listed for the 10th. Hopefully more Snow to come. Definitely a good day to stay indoors. Upcoming forecast for maximums pushing back into the 50s-lower 60sF/10-17C before another BIG cooldown near the weekend.
*****
Sportswise: UA on Wednesday night traveled to the Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to take on the strong LSU Tigers. LSU was a 7-point favorite and played very well in front of a crowd of 7,668. LSU was strong on both offense and defense and UA had some good moments, LSU leading 39-33 at half. In the 2nd half UA couldn't get their shots to fall and LSU was rebounding just about every miss. Things looked bad as UA was behind 72-58 with only 5:26 left. The Hogs then mounted a furious rally, hitting some 3-point shots, making a few steals, blocking a few shots and took their first lead of the game at 77-75 with :51 left. LSU missed their shot and UA took possession on a jump ball. LSU would have to foul UA to get the ball back (hoping UA would miss their Free Throws). LSU fouled Sean McCurdy and (wouldn't you know it) he missed BOTH FREE THROWS!!! LSU--out of timeouts--hurried upcourt and Mitchell (well guarded) made a 3-point shot with :11 left. UA-out of timeouts-hurried upcourt, but Brewers' shot hit the back of the rim--giving UA one of the most Heartbreaking losses in quite a while, LSU 78-UA 77. UA was a superb 17 of 21 on Free Throws, but those last 2 misses were fatal (LSU only 5 of 11 on FT's). LSU shot well as well going 33 for 62 (inc. 7 of 15 on 3-point shots; LSU is 8-1 in SEC play).
Saturday night, UA entertained the struggling Auburn Tigers. UA was a 14-point favorite. In front of a home crowd of 17,679, both teams had a close start to the 1st half, Ark. taking their first lead of the game 15-13 (11:08 left half). Arkansas' biggest lead was their 36-31 advantage at halftime. In the 2nd half, Arkansas turned up their "40 Minutes of Hell" defensive pressure, blocking several shots and causing Auburn to miss several point-blank shots. Razorbacks again were a tidy 20 of 27 on Free Throws, Auburn only made 22 of 59 shots. Arkansas was a blistering 17 for 26 shooting in the 2nd half. Hogs lead peaked at 75-54 on the way to an 84-64 triumph.
The Baseball Razorbacks got off to a good start, winning their first 2 games of the season, including a combined no-hit shutout of Oklahoma State (winning 3-0).

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Blair Trewin

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/02/2006 17:43

Noticed that Dallas is forecasting max temps in the high 20s (C) Thursday followed by several days just above freezing - presumably Mena will be similar.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/02/2006 20:34

Hello Blair:
Righto, Dallas has a forecasted maximum later today (Thur.) of around 82F/~27C, Menas' forecasted top will be in the lower-70sF/21-22C.....then the bottom drops out, the dense cold air will blow through Thursday night (the shallow cold air sometimes is slower to arrive, especially as the surrounding mountains hinders the colder-airmasses progression).
From Friday-Sunday, Mena's forecasted maximums will be in the upper-30s to low-40sF/2-6C with showers and a very good chance of snow/sleet/freezing rain mixing in. (Hope we can avoid the freezing rain, I think the snow will only amount to flurries, hope we get a decent rainamount).
Another weekend=more rainy conditions...LOL...
It'll be interesting to see the temperature contrast (esp. in Texas) on both sides of the front. The temperatures are warm enough to possibly have a severe weather event, but none is forecasted so far.

Waitin' for the nasty weather to hit~~~Wet Snow
Still a balmy 62F/16.6C at 3:30 AM CST Thur.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/02/2006 07:27

Hello Folks:
Possible severe weather outbreak as the Canadian cold front plows into the unseasonably warm airmass.
Quite a big section of the US is under a Tornado Watch (my area of Arkansas under this Watch until 9PM CST); now the sun has broken thrugh the clouds here and (2:20 PM CST) the temperatures are in the lower-70sF/21-22C.
A nice temperature contrast is evidenced (1 PM CST) as it is 40F/4.4C in Amarillo, Texas while nearby Lubbock was having 70F/21.1C (Laredo is at 86F/30C). Areas of the northern upper-Midwest are having maximums below zeroF/-18C, while much of Alaska is getting warmer (Barrow broke a Daily Record Maximum of 34F/1.1C yesterday).
The cold front now is not far from entering NW Arkansas.

Hope we can avoid any nasty stuff~~~Wet Snow

Hope
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/02/2006 15:22

Hello Friends:
100F/55.4C Spread!!!
The strength of this powerful Canadian cold front is borne out by these numbers today (Thur.): While Devils Lake, North Dakota was at -9F/-22.7C, Laredo, Texas was basking in a balmy 91F/32.7C!!!
http://www.weather.com/map/maptype/severeusnational/usrecordevent_large.html

Sometimes in Winter, I've seen 100F+/55C+ temperature spreads just in Alaska!!! One of the biggest I know of in Arkansas occurred some time back: Behind a cold front, the northern town of Harrison had 40F/4.4C while the southern town of El Dorado was at 85F/29.4C.

Thankfully, we here were on the tail-end of the T-storm line--so no severe weather in my area. The temperature has dropped from 72F/22.2C (just after 4PM) to now (just after 10PM) a reading of 37F/2.7C.
We've an 80% chance of freezing rain (YUK) for Friday night. I surely hope it's not a replay of the devastating ice storms of December 2000.

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: murderous

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/02/2006 15:28

hmmm you might want to re-try that mate lol.

100f is 37c, 55c would be 212f.
http://www.onlineconversion.com/temperature.htm
Posted by: Blair Trewin

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/02/2006 16:03

Not in this context where we're talking about temperature differences, not absolute temperatures. Wet Snow's numbers are correct.
Posted by: Mike in Canada

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/02/2006 18:42

Wet Snow,

That's a hell of a difference in temps across the US!

It's been truly chilly here too - check out what I just posted in my thread if you haven't already done so.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/02/2006 18:54

Hello Mike:
Yes, I check your Most Interesting thread quite often.
Thats just about too cold for me to imagine--Wind Chills notwithstanding!!!

Have A Good One~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/02/2006 08:20

Salutations Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Feb..12..42F/5.5C...19F/-7.2C...---
.....13..53F/11.6C..19F/-7.2C...---
.....14..60F/15.5C..36F/2.2C....---
.....15..68F/20C....52F/11.1C...---
.....16..73F/22.7C..32F/0.0C....0.15"/3.8mm
.....17..38F/3.3C...29F/-1.6C...---
.....18..35F/1.6C...21F/-6.1C...TRACE

Another week of cool at the start and end with warmth in the middle. A powerful Canadian cold front blew through on the 16th, bringing the rain (we were on the tail-end of the T-storm line). Overall Low-abt. 11:59 PM-listed for the 16th; Overall High-12:01 AM-and Overall Low-abt. 11:15 PM-listed for the 18th (as the daytime temperature hovered at 27F/-2.7C most of the day). Lingering moisture (on the 18th) gave snow amounts in N/NW Arkansas (upwards of 5"/12+cm near Fayetteville), my area got Snow Flurries, but mostly sleet.
Forecast calls for a couple colder days, warming up into the 50sF/10+C with a few shower chances.
Today (Sun.) is my 45th birthday, cloudy and after a morning low of 19F/-7.2C it is around 30F/-1.1C now at 2:53 PM CST.
******
Sportswise: UA had agony and ecstasy this week...
Agony: Wednesday night, the Hogs traveled to Oxford, Mississippi (Tad Smith Coliseum) to take on the U Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels. UM was on a 7-game losing streak (UA favored by 5 points), but UA has only 1 win at UM since 1996.
UA nursed a 38-33 halftime lead then went into another scoring lapse, while UM's inside game prospered. The Rebels went on an 8-0 run for a 45-42 lead. Things looked real bad as UM led 66-57 with only 2:25 left; UA then put on a fierce rally (hitting a couple 3-point shots and forcing UM into turnovers). UA's Vincent Hunter rebounded his miss of a Free Throw and scored the shot to pull UA within 71-70 with 9seconds left. UA had to foul to get the ball back and UM's Bam Doyne (Ark. native) hit both Free Throws for a UM 73-70 lead with 9seconds left. UA missed their last shot to lose a tough one 73-70. Fatal for UA was they only hit 8 of 22 of their 2nd-half shots.
Ecstasy...
Saturday afternoon, the always-dangerous Florida Gators came calling to Bud Walton Arena. The Fayetteville-area had 4"/10+cm snow but 10,702 raucous fans still showed up. UA played very well against the #10-ranked Gators and the teams were tied at half 31-31. UF's Green was really a terror hitting 6 of 7 3-point shots. Neither team led by more than 3 points for the last 11:15 of the game. UA took possession of the ball--0:52 left, UF up 73-72--after a UF missed shot. With 20.6seconds left, UA missed their shot, but UA's Modica stole the ball, Townes was fouled on his shot attempt and made 1 of 2 Free Throws to tie game 73-73. UF tried for the last shot and Green's shot was blocked by Modica; game tied 73-73 heading for a 5 minute Overtime period. There were 12 lead changes between the teams in the 2nd half (14 for game; very close as the pointspread was a PICK [PK]). In the OT, Brewer hit a clutch 3-pointer to put UA up 83-79 with 1minute left. Later, Brewer made 1 of 2 Free Throws for an 84-81 UA lead, on the miss, UF took possession but Brewer stole a pass and dribbled down court, UF finally fouled him and with 4 seconds left, Brewer made 1 of 2 Free Throws for a happy result: UA 85-#10 UF 81 (OT). The fans stormed the court at games' end. This was UA's first victory over a Top 10 team since beating #5-ranked Alabama by 67-59 on Feb. 20, 2002. This was a win--hanging on in a very close game--and a win over a quality team that the Razorbacks had been so desperate for. UF had won their last 40 games when they scored 80+ points.
UA is now 17-8 overall and 6-6 in the SEC.
The UA baseball team is 5-0 after a 15-7 sloppy victory over Stephen F. Austin U.

Wishing All An A-1 Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/02/2006 08:42

Howdy Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Feb..19..30F/-1.1C..19F/-7.2C...---
.....20..40F/4.4C...22F/-5.5C...---
.....21..40F/4.4C...22F/-5.5C..0.20"/5mm
.....22..42F/5.5C...37F/2.7C...0.25"/6.3mm
.....23..57F/13.8C..26F/-3.3C...---
.....24..62F/16.6C..40F/4.4C....---
.....25..60F/15.5C..43F/6.1C...0.15"/3.8mm

A Wintry-feeling week with gradually warming conditions. Rain on 21st-22nd was from a moist airstream as the Southern branch of the Jet Stream has become more active; rain on 25th was from passage of a weak Canadian cold front. Overall High (SW winds caused temperatures to rise) abt. 11:17 PM-listed for the 21st; Overall Low-abt. 9:43 PM-listed for the 25th. Forecast calls for more above normal conditions followed by another shower chance/cooldown later in the week.
Sunday the 19th was my 45th birthday: Conditions at 12:01 AM (Intermountain Mun. Arpt). Temperature: 21F/-6.1C; cloudy-7,000' OVC; visibility: 10miles/16.1kms; Wind: 070degrees/ENE at 6mph/9.6kph; Barometer: 30.50"/1,032.8mb-hPa. I had a rare "White" birthday as there was an amount of sleet on the ground (fell on the previous day). 48 Contiguous US State High Maximum: 86F/30C in Fort Myers, Florida. 48 Contiguous State Low Minimum: -26F/-32.2C in Olney, Montana.
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Sportswise: WHAT A WEEK!!!
Tuesday night (ESPN National TV game) the Razorbacks hosted the very tough Crimson Tide of Alabama (In 13 years of playing in Bud Walton Arena--replaced venerable Barnhill Arena--UA has a record of 168-40). UA was a 9-point favorite, but 'Bama came out hot, jumping to a 6-0 lead. 'Bama had a 37-24 lead at half (hitting 15-of-31 shots, Hogs were only 7-of-22 shots). 'Bama stretched the lead to 42-24 (18:40 left). The Hogs--aided by a raucous home crowd of over 10,000 due to snowy conditions in Fayetteville--started to chip away at the lead and the Tide looked to be getting tired and had a couple key players foul out. Hogs took their first lead of the game 59-57 with 1:25 left; 'Bama's Felix hit a 3-point shot [Ala up 60-59 1:10 left], A 3-pointer by the Hogs put them up 62-60 with 1 minute left; Alabamas Steele hit a 3-pointer to put 'Bama up 63-62 with :38 left. Hogs took possession, Brewer drove to the hoop, he made the shot and was fouled, Brewer made the Free Throw putting Hogs up 65-63 with :20 left. 'Bama missed their last 2 shots and the Hogs pulled out a HUGE 65-63 win. Alabama was only 8-for-22 shooting in 2nd half--but 7 of those makes were 3-pointers. 'Bama's Steele scored 18 of Alabamas' 26 2nd-half points. Helpful was Hogs' 12-of-19 Free Throw shooting (Tide only 6-for-7 on Free Throws).
Saturday afternoon, UA traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee (Thompson-Boling Arena) to tangle with the #10-ranked Tennessee Volunteers. UT was a 6-point favorite (in front of 22,543 partisan UT fans). UA played well, but a late UT burst put them up 42-36 at half. UT expanded their lead to 63-49 (~8:00 left), UA then turned up their defensive pressure further, blocking shots, hitting a couple 3-point shots, making a few steals. UA's "never-say-die" playing style and up-tempo play started to take its toll. UA finally captured a 64-63 lead with 4:05 left. UA's Modica hit 2/2 Free Throws to put the Hogs up 72-69 with :25 left. UT missed their 3-point attempt, UA rebounded and Ferguson was fouled. Ferguson made 1/2 Free Throws to put UA's lead to 73-69 :10.6 left. UT threw up a wild 3-point attempt which UA rebounded and the clock ran out. Once again, UA captures a HUGE 73-69 come-from-behind road-win against a quality opponent. Very helpful was the fact that UA outrebounded UT by a whopping 45-24 margin. UA also made 13 of their last 20 shots. UT had been undefeated at home this year, now 15-1 at home.
WHEW!!!
There are 2 regular season games left; then the SEC tournament. Hopefully UA has played well enough to make it into the 64-team NCAA tournament (decides college BB Champion). This tournament is also known as "The Big Dance" or "March Madness". UA now is 19-8 overall, 8-6 in SEC play (UT is now 20-5 overall, 11-3 in SEC).

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/02/2006 20:25

Happy Birthday Well your 9 month summer is almost back (with your 7 month DST)again 70s for you in February,Imagine that in Aug-Sep here let alone here in November wink plus your always upgraded temperatures
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/03/2006 16:27

Howdy Folks:
Heres some weathernumbers for February 2006 in Mena, Arkansas:
Climatologically for February in Mena, Avg. Max. of 55F/12.7C, Avg. Min. of 31F/-0.5C.
All-time Feb. Max.: 84F/28.8C on Feb. 21, 1996; All-time Feb. Min. (all-time min.): -15F/-26.1C on Feb. 12, 1899.

Avg. Max.: 52F/11.1C
Avg. Min.: 32.5F/0.2C
High Max.: 73F/22.7C--Feb. 16 & 28
Low Min.: 19F/-7.2C--Feb. 12, 13 & 19
...High Min.: 52F/11.1C--Feb. 16 & 28
...Low Max.: 30F/-1.1C--Feb. 19
1 day, Max. of 32F/0C or lower (30F/-1.1C on Feb. 19)
2 days, Max. of 70F+/21.1C+
16 days, Min. of 32F/0C or lower

7 Raindays & 2 Thunderdays in February.
Rain for Feb.: 1.35"/34.2mm (-2.25"/-57.1mm)
Rain for Year: 6.65"/168.9mm (+0.35"/+8.8mm)
Snow Flurries on Feb. 10, 11 & 18; Sleet on Feb. 18

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Dense Fog Advisory: Feb. 3, 21-22
Winter Weather Advisory: Feb. 10
Lake Wind Advisory: Feb. 11, 16 & 27
Tornado Watch: Feb. 16
Winter Storm Watch: Feb. 17-18
Fire Weather Watch: Feb. 27

Well this month certainly had the gamut of weather. Looks like we may be in store for an early Spring (equinox on Mar. 20) as MANY local trees/shrubs are already blossoming/budding; a couple weeks ago I saw a Bluebird (harbinger of Spring); more patches of purple-top clover in the yards and a couple evenings ago (~6:30 PM) I heard a flock of geese overhead (heading South).

Wishing ALL A Blessed, Safe, Happy & Prosperous Month of March.
Best Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/03/2006 07:19

March Greetings Friends!!!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Feb..26..58F/14.4C...31F/-0.5C..---
.....27..67F/19.4C...40F/4.4C...---
.....28..73F/22.7C...52F/11.1C..---
Mar...1..*79F/26.1C..59F/15C....---
......2..69F/20.5C...54F/12.2C..---
......3..64F/17.7C...45F/7.2C...---
......4..65F/18.3C...39F/3.8C...---

*=This was a Daily Record Maximum (breaking old rec. max. for date of March 1 of 75F/23.8C in 1955).
Another very mild late-Winter week (Spring on March 20). Overall Low-abt. 10:34 PM-listed for the 2nd. A (dry in my area) weak Canadian cold front passed through on the 2nd (mainly a wind shift change from SW to NW here, with thickening clouds here). In spite of the calendar, Springlike conditions prevail as local trees/bushes are budding/blossoming more fully and now, patches of grass are starting to green up. Sure feels like Springtime anyway and the warm sunshine sure feels good (makes me lazy...lazier...LOL), and looks like I'll begin mowing 'fore too long and not long until the veggies gardens get planted locally (our neighbors have already planted some cold-hardy veggies). The trees look MUCH better with leaves on them. Forecast calls for more above-seasonal warmth with T-shower/storm chances in a couple days as a Pacific cold front approaches. We may have another cold-snap or two, but I doubt it as this Winter-weather pattern has been excessively mild. Guess I'll have to wait for next year for some Snow shocked .
******
Sportswise: Wednesday night, UA (14-point favorite) played its final home-game against the Bulldogs of Mississippi State. Final home-game for 3 star Arkansas Seniors--Eric Ferguson, Dontell Jefferson and Jonathan Modica--in front of a homecrowd of 19,833. After a scrappy first-half, UA led 36-28 at the break. UA began the 2nd-half on a 12-0 stretch to go up by 48-28 on the way to an 80-70 victory. Both teams bombed away from 3-point land, UA making 10-of-20 and MSU good on 12-for-22. Victory gives UA 20 wins (20-8), UA's first 20-win season since 2000-2001 season. [At least 20-wins is an indicator that your team has had a fairly good regular season].
Sunday afternoon (game in progress) UA traveled to Athens, Georgia (Stegman Coliseum) to take on the Bulldogs of Georgia. UA is a 3-point favorite. UG led 7-2, but UA went on a run to lead 38-26 enroute to a 38-30 lead at half. Currently UA leads 50-32 with 15minutes left). This is the last regular season game. UA will then be seeded in the SEC tournament, then (depending on how UA does) UA will most likely get in the 64-team field for the NCAA tournament (determines College Basketball champion). GO HOGS GO!!!

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/03/2006 08:05

P.S. Arkansas defeated Georgia by a 74-57 score. UA has now won 5-straight games and 9 of their last 12--peaking at the right time. UA ends with a regular season record of 21-8 (10-6 in SEC-West play; tied 2nd place in SEC-West).
Thirsday night, UA will take on these same UG Bulldogs in the First Round of the SEC Tournament (played at the Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Georgia).
After that, it'll be up to the NCAA Selection Committee (which picks the 64-teams; 30 conference winners + 34 "at large" teams)to see in which Region the Hogs will play in and what their #seed will be (in NCAA Tournament). So for the first time since 2000-2001 UA will go to "The Big Dance" and experience some "March Madness".
GO HOGS!!!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/03/2006 08:17

Greetings!!!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Mar...5..67F/19.4C..48F/8.8C...---
......6..76F/24.4C..44F/6.6C...---
......7..69F/20.5C..44F/6.6C...---
......8..70F/21.1C..58F/14.4C..0.70"/17.7mm
......9..67F/19.4C..39F/3.8C...1.65"/41.9mm
.....10..75F/23.8C..38F/3.3C...---
.....11..78F/25.5C..67F/19.4C..0.05"/1.2mm

Another very warm week--hard to believe that we're still in the dying days of Winter. More signs of the early Spring: Mom saw a snake the other day and I see a couple wasps buzzing around. Got the mowers serviced yesterday as it'll not be long before the grass'll need cutting. The Spring stormseason is off to a running start with a bout of it on the 8-9th and another round yesterday (Sat.) and today.
Rain was from a Pacific cold front (passage on the 9th), rain on 11th ahead of another Pacific cold front (severe T-storm just clipped the NW part of Mena--moving NE). Overall Low-abt. 11:50 PM-listed for the 8th; Overall Low-abt. 11:50 PM-listed for the 9th. Hopefully this round of severe weather will miss my area again. MANY reports of Tornadoes/Wind/Hail on the NOAA reports site. The average maximum for us now is 61F/16.1C and (under cloudy skies) at 7AM today, KENA reported a very muggy 69F/20.5C. The sun has broken through the overcast and it could get very interesting in the next few hours.
Upcoming forecast is for the maximums to cool down to more seasonable levels: mid-60sF/17-20C or so.
*******
Sportswise: UA entered the SEC Conference Tournament (played at Gaylord Entertainment Center; Nashville, Tenn.) as the #3 seed from the SEC-West. Thursday night, UA played Georgia (the #6 seed from SEC-East). UA defeated UG a couple days earlier in the regular-season finale and figured to do so again, UA being an 8.5-point favorite. UA used a 13-2 run to go up by 28-18 enroute to a 40-35 halftime lead. UG kept it close by making some 3-point shots and UA kept space by making Free Throws. UA's 2nd-half lead peaked at 64-43 and 75-54 on the way to an 80-67 triumph. (UG has a player named Brophy from Melbourne, Australia). UA now has a record of 6-1 against SEC-East teams.
The win meant UA advanced to play Florida (#2 seed from SEC-East) on Friday night. UF was a 3.5-point favorite and is very tough. The Gators were looking to avenge the OT loss to UA earlier in the season. UF was on fire hitting a barrage of 3-point shots. UA's only lead was 8-7 and had to play catchup the balance of the game. UA hit a few 3-pointers and got the ball inside for some easy shots and made some Free Throws. UF was a blistering 6-of-8 on 3-pointers in the 1st half, taking a 33-29 lead at the break. It seemed every UA rally was again thwarted by a UF 3-pointer. UF went up 66-53 with only 3:30 left; stiff defensive pressure by UA forced some steals/turnovers as the Hogs tried to claw their way back. 2 Free Throws by UA's Jonathan Modica cut the UF lead to 68-64 with :41.3 left. UA scored a rebound basket just before the buzzer as UF triumphed 74-71. UF shot an unconscious 10-for-15 on 3-point shots for the game. Another tough, close loss for the Hogs (their last 7 losses were by a combined 19 points), but their "never say die" attitude keeps them in games.
UA now has a record of 22-9 and awaits a bid (as an "at large" team) later today by the NCAA Selection Committee to see Which Region (and what # seed they'll be) they will play in (in the 64-team NCAA Tournament; decides College Basketball Champion). All the Hogs have to do is win 6 games (against increasingly stiffer competition) to be National Champions (easier said than done!!!) UA's only National Championship in Basketball was in 1994. GO HOGS GO!!!

Have A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/03/2006 19:51

Hello Friends:

For your interest: heres the set-up with maps and analysis of the severe weather in Arkansas for March 11-13:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/svr0306b.htm
Scroll down for much information.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Blair Trewin

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/03/2006 18:05

Noticed some pretty reasonable rain looks to be forecast for your area - desperately needed I'm sure. (Also a bit strange to Australian eyes to see fire weather warnings for the mid-Atlantic coast around Delaware - temperatures only around 10 C, but high winds, dry air and presumably no green growth yet).
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/03/2006 18:34

Hello Blair:
Yes, unusual to see Fire Weather Watches in the NE US---just one more addition to the "crazy" weather this Winter.
Yes, my area--thanks to active Sub-tropical Jet Stream and large slow-moving low-pressure system--is set for a rainy period from today (Sat.) through Monday; with fair T-storm chances. The air has been dry here as well as Intellicast radar showed apparent rain (virga) in my area around 10 PM (Fri.) the rain didn't hit the ground until around 11:50 PM (now light rain, 48F/8.8C at 1:32 AM CST Sat.)
Areas to my West in parts of Oklahoma and Panhandle of Texas are in a little more desperate need (HUGE grassfires w/fatalities) of wet relief than we are.

Bring On The Rain~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/03/2006 07:47

Hi Ya'll:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Mar..12..80F/26.6C..69F/20.5C..---
.....13..72F/22.2C..45F/7.2C...1.05"/26.6mm
.....14..61F/16.1C..31F/-0.5C..---
.....15..65F/18.3C..34F/1.1C...---
.....16..73F/22.7C..54F/12.2C..---
.....17..63F/17.2C..41F/5C.....TRACE
.....18..49F/9.4C...41F/5C.....1.60"/40.6mm

Another roller-coaster temperature week as the season is transitioning from Winter to Spring. Rain on 13th from passage of a Pacific cold front, a dry Pacific cold front passed through on the 16th and rain on 18th ahead of a large low-pressure system/Pacific cold front. Overall High-12:01 AM-and Overall Low-abt. 11:54 PM-listed for the 13th; Overall High-12:01 AM listed for the 18th (high occurred around 11:27 AM).
So far, 1.50"/38.1mm rain has fallen today (Sunday), bringing the event total so far to 3.10"/78.7mm, with more to come. Feels very Winterlike with the cold (temperature in lower-40sF/~4-5C) damp rain--could be the "last hurrah" of Ole' Man Winter.
Front will finally pass on Monday with T-storm chances, then the balance of the week should see fair weather with highs a little below normal (mid-50sF to low-60sF/12-17C). Spring in N Hemisphere begins tomorrow (Mon.), but signs of Spring have been around for the last 3 weeks or so.
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Sportswise:
UA was picked as one of the 34 "at-large" teams to go to the 64-team NCAA Tournament. Taking the avid fan-base into consideration, the Selection Committee again sent UA to play in the Dallas, Texas sub-regional site (Oakland, Ca. region; the Tournament is divided into 4 Regional sites, the Rd. 1 & 2 games are played in sub-regional sites). UA was seeded #8 in the region (rec. of 22-9, 10-6 in SEC) which meant they will play the #9 seed, which was the Bisons of Bucknell University (BU from Lewisburg, Pa., had a record of 26-4, 14-0 in Patriot League play). Usually the games between the #8 and #9 seeds are very exciting. UA came in as 5-point favorites. UA likes an up-tempo game and BU likes a slower pace.
BU came out firing and made several 3-point shots while UA was troubled in making shots. BU led most of the 1st half (only UA leads were 2-0 and 21-20) and were up 27-23 at half. In half, neither team shot well--36% for BU and 38% for UA--but BU was 5-for-9 on 3-point shots.
More of the same in 2nd half as BU expanded the lead to 33-23 (18:15 left). At one point in the 2nd half, all of BU's made shots were 3-pointers (5-of-7 on 3-pointers and 0-of-6 on 2-point shots). UA inched back slowly but surely, the game was typified as BU had the ball and the (35-second) shot clock was winding down, the BU player bobbled the ball, grabbed it and hurled it up, swishing a 3-pointer as the shot-clock buzzer sounded. On a rebound UA's Hill was fouled hard and injured, so Modica shot the Free Throws for him. Modica made both to tie the game at 55-55 with 1:15 left. UA played stiff defense, but that left BU's Lee open for a dunk and 57-55 lead with 1:01 left. UA felt rushed to take shots, the slow-pace of BU putting the players to rush the shots as the clock was winding down. BU missed some FT's to give UA a chance, but to no avail. Final: Bucknell 59-Arkansas 55. BU advances and UA ends the 2005-2006 season with a 22-10 record.
You know its not your day when you lose to a team that made more 3-point shots (11-of-21) than 2 point shots (6-of-23)!!! UA was only 2-of-12 on 3-pointers and a rather poor 15-of-24 on Free Throws.
Disappointing, but UA had a fairly good year: 22 wins, several close losses (last 8 losses by a combined 23 points; 10 losses by combined 45 points). UA had a tough schedule, playing 7 teams that went to the NCAA Tournament and 4 teams which went to the NIT Tournament. This was UA's first trip back to the NCAA's since 2000-2001 and with the loss of only 3 Seniors, most of the team will be back next year.
After todays' play, the NCAA field will be down to the last 16 teams left (the "Sweet 16"; games to be played at the Regional Sites; Semifinal [Apr. 1] and Championship [Apr. 3] games to be played at thr RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana).
A few points separated UA from a few more wins, but the won some close games at years' end and only 3 opponents (in 32 total games) made 50%+ of their shots against UA's defense in a game.
Better Luck Next Year---GO HOGS GO!!!

Wishing ALL An Excellent Week~~~Wet Snow
P.S. In NCAA Tournament:
Each of the 4 Regions has 16 seeded teams (seeded #1-#16); First Rd. games go like this: #1 vs #16, #2 vs #15, #3 vs #14, #4 vs #13, #5 vs #12, #6 vs #11, #7 vs #10 and #8 vs #9. Since the NCAA field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, NO #16-seed has ever beaten a #1 seed (several close calls). I guess one of the biggest upsets in this years tourney was (in Minneapolis, Mn. Regional) when #12-seed Montana (23-6) defeated #5-seeded Nevada (27-5) by a 87-79 score and in the Atlanta, Ga. Regional as #14-seed NW Louisiana (25-7) beat #3-seed Iowa (25-8) by a 64-63 score. Theres always a couple of "Cinderella" teams that manage to pull off a few upsets each year.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/03/2006 16:18

Hello Friends:
Yes, my Thoughts & Prayers are with those impacted by STC Larry; Praying that somehow damage will be minimal with NO loss of life.

We're having quite a rain event (still raining) here. It's 11:14 PM CST Sunday and I've already copped 4"/101+mm rain today; bringing the total (almost continual rain) to 5.60"/142+mm since rain began around 11:50 PM CST Friday.
Sorta strange as it's raining cats-and-dogs, temperature near 40F/4.4F and good thunder rumbles.
This 2-day total exceeds our average March rainfall. The Pacific cold front isn't even here yet!!! Deluge is from abundant moisture feed from Gulf of Mexico and proximity of warm front to our south.
I guess Mom & I should've planted rice in the veggie garden...LOL...

Have A Good One~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Mike in Canada

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/03/2006 18:15

Hey Wet Snow!

Looks like you're getting a little wet down there!

I just got about 20 cm (~8 inches) of snow over this weekend - the heaviest snowfall this winter so far! (some years, March/April is time of heaviest snowfall in my province)
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/03/2006 19:21

Hello Folks:
Heres some weathernumbers for WINTER (Dec. 21, 2005-Mar. 19, 2006) in Mena, Arkansas. (This Winter was extremely mild, which these numbers will show).

Avg. Max.: 58.2F/14.5C
Avg. Min.: 36.4F/2.4C
Highest Max.: 80F/26.6C--Mar. 12
Lowest Min.: 19F/-7.2C--Feb. 12, 13 & 19
...Highest Min.: 69F/20.5C--Mar. 12
...Lowest Max.: 30F/-1.1C--Feb. 19
12 days, maximums of 70F+/21.1C+ (inc. 1 day of 80F/26.6C)
34 days, minimums of 32F/0C or lower
1 day, maximum of 32F/0C or lower (30F/-1.1C on Feb. 19)

Rain for Winter: 16.20"/411.4mm (+5.35"/+135.8mm)
Snow: Total=TRACE (Flurries on Feb. 10, 11 and 18; light sleet on Feb. 18)
20 Raindays & 9 Thunderdays in Winter

Daily High Maximum Records Broken or Tied:
72F/22.2C--Dec. 27 (Tied 1907 maximum)
73F/22.7C--Jan. 1 (Broke 72F/22.2C in 1952)
69F/20.5C--Jan. 3 (Broke 68F/20C in 1950, 1955 and 2004)
79F/26.1C--Mar. 1 (Broke 75F/23.8C in 1955)

Watches/Warnings for Winter:
Freezing Fog Advisory: Dec. 21-22
Countywide Burn Ban: Dec. 28-Jan. 23
Red Flag Warning: Jan. 2, 7-8
Lake Wind Advisory: Jan. 2, 7-8, 17, 19; Feb. 11, 16, 27; Mar. 1, 8-9, 13
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Jan. 9, 12; Mar. 8, 11, 13
Tornado Watch: Jan. 12-13; Feb. 16; Mar. 8-9, 11, 12-13
Dense Fog Advisory: Feb. 3, 21-22
Winter Weather Advisory: Feb. 10
Winter Storm Watch: Feb. 17-18
Fire Weather Watch: Feb. 27
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Feb. 9, 10-11, 20

Please Enjoy~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: tony m

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/03/2006 20:51

G/DAY "Wet Snow"
sounds like you had some interesting Winter in MENA Arkansas USA.
Hey! that outburst of Summer/Spring of 80F--26.6C on Mar 12, was that a surprise to you??

In Sydney we also get some real surprises around early Spring (September)

In Aust; BOM in their Climatic Min & Max Temps Monthly averages/mean; they used to also have a formula of 14 & 86 percentile of the daily & monthly figures. 14% & 86% meant 1 in 7 chance of higher & lower the monthly average.

I have an old BOM book (April 1988) which used to have the 14% & 86%.
At Lucas Heights for eg. Sept.(1st month of spring):

Daily Max. mean: is 19.5c
86 percentile 23.7C (at least once a week)
14 percentile 15.5c (at least once a week)

Daily Min. Mean: is 9.3C
86 percentile 12.2C (at least once a week)
14 percentile 6.4C (at least once a week)

I thought it was a good system of what not only the monthly averages would be; but also what to expect at least once a week; higher & lower.

They (BOM) have changed the system (as far as I know) and also have adopting your USA system of highest & lowest records. I think it is also a good idea, but should keep the 1 in 7 chance (14 & 86 percentiles in the averages.

HERE IS THE LATEST LUCAS HEIGHTS MONTHLY AVS.
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_066078.shtml

Would you have your Mena Ark.USA 12 monthly averages??

Thanks Mate.

Tony M: from Menai NSW Australia.

:wave:
Posted by: tony m

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/03/2006 21:39

Hello again "Wet Snow".

Here is a couple more if you would like to look at:

1) Equal Warmest Year on Record 2005: Sydney.

http://www.bom.gov.au/announcements/media_releases/nsw/20060101.shtml

2) Hottest Summer on record: NSW 2005-06.

http://www.bom.gov.au/announcements/media_releases/nsw/20060301nsw.shtml

also Recent Climate summaries:

http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current

BYE FOR NOW: Tony at Menai smile
Posted by: tony m

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/03/2006 21:49

One more and then I am Gone!! LOL!

Australia,s Hottest Year on Record.
http://www.bom.gov.au/announcements/media_releases/climate/change/20060104.shtml

C.U. Later smile
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/03/2006 16:48

Hello Friends:

In an endeavour to help you get a better grasp of the average weather/climatology in Mena, Arkansas; I offer these numbers.

Monthly Avg. Max., Min. & Precipitation:
JAN..Max.49F/9.4C..Min.27F/-2.7C..Pcp.2.7"/68.5mm
FEB..Max.55F/12.7C..Min.31F/-0.5C..Pcp.3.6"/91.4mm
MAR..Max.62F/16.6C..Min.38F/3.3C..Pcp.5.3"/134.6mm
APR..Max.71F/21.6C..Min.46F/7.7C..Pcp.5.1"/129.5mm
MAY..Max.77F/25C....Min.56F/13.3C..Pcp.6.4"/162.5mm
JUN..Max.85F/29.4C..Min.64F/17.7C..Pcp.4.5"/114.3mm
JUL..Max.90F/32.2C..Min.67F/19.4C..Pcp.4.9"/124.4mm
AUG..Max.90F/32.2C..Min.66F/18.8C..Pcp.2.7"/68.5mm
SEP..Max.83F/28.3C..Min.59F/15C....Pcp.5.0"/127mm
OCT..Max.73F/22.7C..Min.48F/8.8C...Pcp.5.1"/129.5mm
NOV..Max.60F/15.5C..Min.38F/3.3C...Pcp.4.9"/124.4mm
DEC..Max.51F/10.5C..Min.30F/-1.1C..Pcp.4.3"/109.2mm
Avg. Max.: 70.5F/21.3C
Avg. Min.: 47.5F/8.6C
Avg. Precip.: 54.5"/1,384.3mm
(Unsure what Menas' Avg. Snowtotal is; in the last 10 years [1996-2005] I averaged copping around 4.3"/10.9cm snow yearly [only a TRACE of snow in 3 of those years]. Snow is really hit-or-miss here and the yearly snowtotal often comes from just 1 accumulating event).

Highest-Ever Maximum, Lowest-Ever Minimum Per Month:
JANUARY:
Max.: 82F/27.7C--Jan. 23, 1943
Min.: -10F/-23.3C--Jan. 18, 1930
FEBRUARY:
Max.: 84F/28.8C--Feb. 21, 1996
Min.: -15F/-26.1C (All-time Min.)--Feb. 12, 1899
MARCH:
Max.: 90F/32.2C--Mar. 31, 1974
Min.: 6F/-14.4C--Mar. 3, 1943
APRIL:
Max.: 92F/33.3C--Apr. 18, 1987
Min.: 22F/-5.5C--Apr. 4, 1987
MAY:
Max.: 99F/37.2C--May 31, 1934
Min.: 35F/1.6C--May 4, 1954 & May 6, 1944
JUNE:
Max.: 105F/40.5C--Jun. 22, 1936
Min.: 44F/6.6C--Jun. 1, 1983, Jun. 2, 1983 & Jun. 3, 1970
JULY:
Max.: 109F/42.7C--Jul. 22, 1939, Jul. 28, 1930 & Jul. 29, 1930
Min.: 50F/10C--Jul. 6, 1972
AUGUST:
Max.: 112F/44.4C (All-time Max.)--Aug. 10, 1936
Min.: 48F/8.8C--Aug. 29, 1986 & Aug. 30, 1988
SEPTEMBER:
Max.: 107F/41.6C--Sep. 8, 1925
Min.: 34F/1.1C--Sep. 29, 1967
OCTOBER:
Max.: 100F/37.7C--Oct. 1, 1938
Min.: 20F/-6.6C--Oct. 30, 1917 & Oct. 31, 1993
NOVEMBER:
Max.: 84F/28.8C--Nov. 1, 1937, Nov. 2, 1916, Nov. 3, 1978 & Nov. 14, 1955
Min.: 13F/-10.5C--Nov. 15, 1940, Nov. 19, 1903, Nov. 24, 1970 & Nov. 29, 1976
DECEMBER:
Max.: 80F/26.6C--Dec. 7, 1939
Min.: -7F/-21.6C--Dec. 23, 1989 & Dec. 24, 1989

Latest 32F/0C Min.: 32F/0C--Apr. 28, 1979
Earliest 32F/0C Min.: 32F/0C--Oct. 7, 1978
Earliest 90F/32.2C Max.: 90F/32.2C--Mar. 31, 1974
Latest 90F/32.2C Max.: 90F/32.2C--Oct. 22, 1939
Earliest 100F/37.7C Max.: 100F/37.7C--Jun. 14, 1896
Latest 100F/37.7C Max.: 100F/37.7C--Oct. 1, 1938
All-time Max.: 112F/44.4C--Aug. 10, 1936
All-time Min.: -15F/-26.1C--Feb. 12, 1899

Climatology:
Coldest Avg. Period of the Year: Jan. 1-18 & Dec. 31 (avg. max. 48F/8.8C; avg. min. 27F/-2.7C)
Warmest Avg. Period of the Year: Jul. 25-Aug. 9 (avg. max. 91F/32.7C; avg. min. 68F/20C)

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
P.S. MANY THANKS Tony_M for those great & informative sites--Good Stuff!!
Posted by: tony m

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/03/2006 21:37

Thanks "Wet Snow"
will put it now on file your MENA ARK USA weather records.

To those who don't know
"Wet Snow" lives at MENA USA on 34 Lat North.

(I) "Tony M" lives at MENAI AUST on 34 Lat South.

We found out through W/Z and then private emails;
we are both born on the same month & same year.
We became "good email buddy's & mates" thanks to W/Z.Forums!!
(Even though we live other side of the world)

See You later Buddy! :wave:
Posted by: Mark Hardy

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/03/2006 12:16

Posted for Wet Snow...

Hello Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Mar..19..43F/6.1C...39F/3.8C..4.30"/109.2mm
.....20..45F/7.2C...38F/3.3C..0.20"/5mm
.....21..41F/5C.....38F/3.3C..TRACE
.....22..40F/4.4C...34F/1.1C...---
.....23..37F/2.7C...31F/-0.5C..0.15"/3.8mm
.....24..53F/11.6C..25F/-3.8C..---
.....25..57F/13.8C..35F/1.6C...---

An unseasonably cold week (avg. max. for this part of March is 63F/17.2C) with cloudy, rainy, foggy and murky conditions. Rain on 19th was enhanced by proximity of a Warm Front to our south, the impending Pacific Cold Front passed through on the 20th (stormtotal rain=6.10"/154.9mm, rain fell mostly as a steady soaker so Polk County was never in a Flash Flood Watch/Warning. Sort of strange: Moderate rainfall, thunder rumbles, with the temperature only around 40F/4.4C); an upper-level low gave the rain (and a dusting of SNOW) on the 23rd. Spring arrived in the Northern Hemisphere early on the 20th, but the first few days felt more like mid-Winter. Finally saw some sunshine on the 24th-25th. Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 7:28 PM-listed for the 19th (temperature stayed near 42F/5.5C most all day); Overall Low-abt. 11:13 PM-listed for the 23rd.
Upcoming week will have moderating maximums with good T-storm chances (possible severe weather) near midweek.
*******
Sportswise, the finale of the NCAA Tournament is drawing near. In games yesterday, both LSU and UCLA advance to play each other in the semifinal game; in todays games the winners of the George Mason vs. Connecticut and Villanova vs. Florida games will play each other in the other semifinal game. (Semifinal games are known as "The Final Four") Final Four (semifinal games; played April 1) and National Championship game (will be played April 3) will be played in Indianapolis, Indiana.
I'm rooting for LSU & Florida as they are teams from the SEC Conference (the conf. that Arkansas is in).
The Baseball Hogs took on Georgia for the 1st time since 2003. UG took 2 out of 3 games from UA, getting a 2-out, 2-run Home Run (by Gordon Beckham)in the top of the 9th inning to defeat UA by an 8-7 score on Saturday. Georgia (ranked #25 nationally) is now 17-4 overall, 3-2 in SEC. UA (was ranked #11 nationally) is now 19-5 overall, 1-4 in SEC.

Wishing All An A-1 Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/04/2006 14:40

Hello Folks:
Heres some weathernumbers for March 2005 in Mena, Arkansas:
Climatologically for Mena in March: Avg. Max. of 62F/16.6C with an Avg. Min. of 38F/3.3C.
All-time Mar. Max.: 90F/32.2C--Mar. 31, 1974. All-time Mar. Min.: 6F/-14.4C--Mar. 3, 1943.

Avg. Max.: 63.4F/18C
Avg. Min.: 44F/6.6C
High Max.: 80F/26.6C--March 12
Low Min.: 25F/-3.8C--March 24
...High Min.: 69F/20.5C--March 12
...Low Max.: 37F/2.7C--March 23
12 days, maximums of 70F+/21.1C+ (inc. 1 day of 80F/26.6C).
3 days, minimums of 32F/0C or lower.
Light dusting of SNOW on March 23.

10 Raindays & 6 Thunderdays in March.
Rain for March: 10.20"/259mm (+4.90"/+124.4mm)
Rain for Year: 16.85"/427.9mm (+5.25"/+133.3mm)
The 4.30"/109.2mm rain on March 19th (rain from Jan. 1-March 19) finally exceeded the raindeficit we ended 2005 with.

Daily Maximum Record Broken:
79F/26.1C--March 1 (broke 75F/23.8C in 1955)

Watches/Warnings for March:
Lake Wind Advisory: Mar. 1, 8-9, 13, 30
Severe T-storm Warning: Mar. 8, 11, 13
Tornado Watch: Mar. 8, 9, 11, 12, 13
Severe T-storm Watch: Mar. 9, 10-11, 20

Wishing ALL A Safe, Happy, Prosperous & Blessed Month of April!
US goes on Daylight Savings Time (YAY!) at 2AM tomorrow (Sunday) morning.
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/04/2006 05:22

Hello Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Mar..26..62F/16.6C..33F/0.5C....---
.....27..56F/13.3C..48F/8.8C...0.10"/2.5mm
.....28..70F/21.1C..35F/1.6C....---
.....29..71F/21.6C..38F/3.3C....---
.....30..72F/22.2C..60F/15.5C..TRACE
.....31..77F/25C....61F/16.1C..0.40"/10.1mm
Apr...1..78F/25.5C..58F/14.4C..1.20"/30.4mm

After a cool start, much above average temperatures for the remainder of the week. Rain was from passages--on 27th & 31st--of Pacific cold fronts, rain on Apr. 1 ahead of another Pacific cold front (passage today--Sunday). A short period of pea-sized hail--and the rain in less than an hour--in T-shower on the 1st. Overall Low-abt. 11:28 PM-listed for the 27th; Overall Low-abt. 11:34 PM-listed for the 31st.
Thankfully, the nastiest weather was to our North and Northwest.
Upcoming forecast continues with unseasonably warm conditions and another T-shower chance later in the week. Daylight Savings Time began in the US this morning at 2AM local time. Now, sunrise here is 7:03 AM CDT and sunset is 7:39 PM CDT.
*******
Sportswise, in the Semifinals of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, Florida beat the Cinderella-team of George Mason by 73-58 and UCLA defeated LSU by 59-45. (If LSU would have won, it would have been an all-SEC Conference Final). So tomorrow night, UCLA vs. Florida for the College Basketball Championship. (Go Gators!!!) Each team enters the Championship game with identical 32-6 season records. Semifinals & Championship games played in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.
On Saturday, the baseball Razorbacks lost to Tennessee by an 11-6 score (in front of a home crowd of 8,431), UA won the series-opener on Friday by a 6-1 verdict. UA (ranked #13 nationally) is now 22-6 overall (3-5 in SEC), Tennessee is 18-9 overall (2-5 in SEC).

Wishing ALL A Wonderful Week.
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/04/2006 05:05

April (& Palm Sunday) Greetings Folks!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Apr...2...*84F/28.8C..62F/16.6C..0.10"/2.5mm
......3...74F/23.3C...56F/13.3C..---
......4...72F/22.2C...44F/6.6C...---
......5...73F/22.7C...52F/11.1C..1.25"/31.7mm
......6...72F/22.2C...64F/17.7C..0.15"/3.8mm
......7...78F/25.5C...54F/12.2C..---
......8...65F/18.3C...48F/8.8C...---

*=Tied Record Maximum for date (tied max. for Apr. 2 in 1956).
Another unseasonably warm early-April week. Rain was from passage of Pacific cold fronts (on 2nd and 6th) and from a Warm front on the 5th. VERY Windy on the 7th: post-frontal WNW winds gusted near 40mph/64kph--which is fairly windy in our somewhat sheltered location (I could really feel the winds in my small car, heading northbound in town; Glad we don't have that excessive windyness very often). Overall Low-abt. 11:57 PM-listed for the 2nd; Overall Low-abt. 11:14 PM-listed for the 7th; Overall Low-abt. 11:23 PM-listed for the 8th.
Upcoming week is forecasted mainly dry with maximums well into the 70sF/~23C. Very chilly with a low this Sunday morning of 38F/3.3C BRRR!!!
On the night of the 6th, I was treated to a nice lightning show to my W & NW, but the T-shower line missed Mena just to our NW. Thankfully, the nasty tornadic weather occurred to our N, NW and East.
*******
Sportswise, on Saturday: The baseball Hogs were triumphant over Vanderbilt; beating the Commodores by a 5-3 score. UA is now 24-8 overall and up to 5-6 in SEC play. Vandy is 21-10 overall, 8-3 in SEC.

Wishing ALL A Ripper Week~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Last Monday, in the NCAA College Basketball Tournament Championship game, Florida captured it's 1st-ever title (GO SEC!!!) beating UCLA by a 73-57 score. UCLA was seeking its 12th Championship Title.
Posted by: Mike in Canada

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/04/2006 14:13

Nice to see you back, Wet Snow! Hope you don't get hailed on big time - or get threatened by a twister.

Has your town ever been hit or narrowly missed by a tornado?
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/04/2006 14:51

Hello Mike:
Welcome Back?!? I didn't go anywhere...LOL..

Twisters hear aren't that common. They are more frequent in N & E Arkansas, where the elevations are less mountainous. Most say it's a myth: but the surrounding mountains might (to a degree) have something to do about the paucity of tornadoes in the area.
A few weak twisters have hit closeby and a few in other parts of the county (farmland).

As for Mena proper: I can think of/know of only a few which have actually hit town. But heres a date I'll always remember: 5:20PM Saturday, Nov. 13, 1993. Ripe for severe weather, maximum of 70F/21.1C, sure enough an F2 hit Mena, right through the middle of town. Sadly, many tall old majestic trees in Janssen Park [10-acre park in the heart of town] were felled. Twister hit from the SW along a 20-mile/32km track. Miraculously, NO ONE in Mena was killed with only around 20 mostly minor injuries. People heeded the Tornado Siren (fire siren at Fire Station #1). A lingering memory: On Janssen Avenue, 2 HUGE (girth) twin oak trees fell and smashed a house, homeowner narrowly escaped injury (house was not rebuilt); a couple blocks down Janssen Street (across from Janssen Park) an elderly ladys house was cut in half by a felled tree (she just missed getting hit, taking refuge in a closet). I was at home (listening to a UA gridiron game) and did not see the twister. I live in the NW corner of Mena city limits and the start of the damage was around a mile/1.6km to my SE. This is my FIRST & Hopefully LAST tornado experience. Surreal as parts of Mena were totally blacked out (strange to not see any streetlights on), and the sound of chainsaws were heard for quite a few days afterward. Limb/tree damage was reminiscent of the bad ice storms we had in Dec. 2000. I still am a little sad whenever I pass Janssen Park and think of those big ol' trees that were wiped out.
THANKFULLY, the twister lifted shortly after striking mid-town as Mena Medical Center and Rich Mountain Community College would've been in the twisters path (if it had continued on the ground).
Kinda Funny: Arkansas National Guard was dispatched for help in cleanup, traffic control and to PREVENT LOOTING. Well, this is a small town, with mostly honest, God-fearing people. I've NEVER known people to loot here and although quite a few downtown stores were damaged, there were NO reports of looting (which came as NO surprise to me). Countywide, I think the damage was around $2million.

Well, thats my description of it.
How about twisters in your neck of Canada?
Cheers~~~Wet Snow
P.S. As for hail: kinda rare here (I only had 1 hailday in 2003), what we do get is usually bwtween pea to marble sized. Brief pea-size hail with T-shower a couple weeks ago.
Posted by: Mike in Canada

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/04/2006 13:24

Speaking of twisters in Canada, Canada tends to have the 2nd highest number of tornadoes in the world after the US, simply because the Canadian Prairies are in an extension of Tornado Alley and the southern parts of Ontario and Quebec also get a high number of tornadoes.

Edmonton appears to get the highest concentration of tornadoes in Canada after Southern Ontario and southwestern Manitoba/southeastern Saskatchewan, and I have spotted supercell thunderstorms fairly often there during the summer.

Hail is something I see as many as 5 times a year, but usually it's about 1-2 times in most years. The region of Alberta between Edmonton and Calgary is notorious for having the highest number of hailstorms anywhere in Canada. I've seen hail up to the size of large marbles, but I do hear about reports of hail over the size of tennis balls in the Canadian Prairies.

While I've seen a few funnel clouds, I've never seen a tornado with my eyes, even though Edmonton had a nasty F4 rip through in July 31, 1987, killing 27 people and incurring about CDN$250 million (1987 dollars) worth of damage.

I was in the small town of Drumheller, about 275 km SE of Edmonton at the time of the tornado, for that town is known for its badlands formations (a lot like those in North Dakota), and a world-class dinosaur museum. The weather was hot until the day after the tornado, with temps climbing to near 100F in places in and around Drumheller.

For about a week until the tornado, Edmonton was reporting temps up to near 90F, which isn't that unusual. But the humidity WAS highly unusual, with the relative humidity often not dropping below 65-75%. This is EXTREMELY rare in Alberta. Hot days are normally much, much drier than that!

I first heard about the tornado when the receptionist at the motel where my foster mother and I were staying at told us what she heard in the news, so we quickly rushed to our room and turned the TV on, and sure enough, I saw the horrible news. My foster family lives on an acreage east of Edmonton, so there was no storm damage for us, fortunately. But the neighbours did tell me that they saw nasty-looking clouds to the west. Edmonton was also getting hit by tennis ball-sized hail at the time.

The tornado as it was passing through Refinery Row just to the east of the city (yes, that is a large refinery complex) Note the large wall cloud - and the vegetation is not the only thing green in this pic!

Tornado track map.


Tornadoes of this magnitude are fortunately quite rare in the Edmnoton area, although funnels and weaker tornadoes are not so rare in that same area as many think!

Edmonton's also grown a bit since that fateful twister. The population was about 775,000 at the time of the tornado. Today, the city stands at over 1 million - and expanding fast. Massive industrial and residential development is already being planned to go up within a few years in various parts of the metropolitan area. My point is that if another F4 twister was to hit, the damage could be much, much worse. And global warming may increase the likelihood of another twister like this one. Winnipeg, with about 700,000 people is also especially prone, too. And so are Regina (pop. 235,000) and Saskatoon (pop. 200,000). While Regina was the site of the deadliest tornado in Canada (this was in 1912 and 28 were killed), Regina only had about 25,000 people at the time.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/04/2006 05:15

Easter Greetings Friends:

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Apr...9..70F/21.1C...38F/3.3C....---
.....10..75F/23.8C...57F/13.8C...---
.....11..71F/21.6C...57F/13.8C...---
.....12..79F/26.1C...60F/15.5C...---
.....13..81F/27.2C...58F/14.4C...---
.....14..*83F/28.3C..59F/15C.....---
.....15..80F/26.6C...63F/17.2C...---

Week with late-week warmth, which would be more typical of early-mid June rather than mid-April.
*=This was a Daily Record Maximum (broke old rec. max. for April 14th of 82F/27.7C in 1951).
Gusty W/SW winds aided in the unseasonably toasty conditions, the last couple days had cloudcover which abated by afternoon/early evening. It's starting to get dry, but not much chance of wet relief until later in the week with slightly cooler conditions. Our average maximum for this period of April is 70F/21.1C. Area veggie gardens (including mine) are being planted by this time. With flowers blooming (our azaleas, irises) around town, Truly Beautiful time of year and yes, the mowers have been getting a workout as well.
Today is Easter Sunday here and after a morning low in the mid-60sF/~18C, the forecast maximum under sunny/windy conditions may reach the mid-80sF/~29C---so it looks like the abnormal warmth we had this Winter is carrying over into Springtime.

Wishing ALL An A-1 Week.
Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/04/2006 19:56

Your temps are absolutely incomprhensible,,,90s in April (32c) Our record is about 87f.just a fraction over 30c and this is a record max in summer,Wonder how we would cope with your summer eek
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/04/2006 04:06

Hello NZAAS:
Yes, QUITE warm for this time of year. Yesterday (Mon.) Mena just missed the record maximum for the date as we hit 87F/30.5C. Several Daily Maximum Records were smashed, led by a Blistering 101F/38.3C at Dallas, Texas; the 48-state High Maximum was a searing 107F/41.6C at Laredo, Texas. With a front approaching, a little cooldown will happen/much larger cooldown in Northern Plains states. Mena (and MANY other locations) may again have a Record-Breaking Maximum day today (Tue.) before the front hits. Mena's record maximum for today (Apr. 18) is 87F/30.5C(in 1987), and at 12:20 PM CDT, KENA reported it as already 82F/27.7C.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/04/2006 09:23

Another record-breaking High Maximum day today (Tue., Apr. 18). Mena got to at least 89F/31.6C today, breaking the record max. for April 18 of 87F/30.5C in 1987.
A number of other Record Maximums for Apr. 18th were broken, including 96F/35.5C in Fort Smith and 94F/34.4C in Little Rock, Arkansas.

We've a slight chance of T-showers tonight, before the front brings a cool-down to more seasonable levels.

Sweating in mid-April!!!!~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Blair Trewin

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/04/2006 09:49

The 101 F/38.3 C at Dallas was also an April monthly record.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/04/2006 05:34

Hello & Salutations:
Heres previous weeks weather for Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Apr..16..85F/29.4C...62F/16.6C..---
.....17..87F/30.5C...66F/18.8C..---
.....18..*90F/32.2C..67F/19.4C..---
.....19..76F/24.4C...61F/16.1C..---
.....20..73F/22.7C...58F/14.4C..1.00"/25.4mm
.....21..72F/22.2C...55F/12.7C..0.10"/2.5mm
.....22..81F/27.2C...51F/10.5C..---

*=Record High Maximum for Date (broke old rec. max. for Apr. 18 of 87F/30.5C in 1987).
Another warm week with some much-needed rain and a cool-down. Dry Pacific cold front passed through on the 18th, this front became Stationary to our south and triggered off the T-showers on the 20th-21st (rain twice on the 20th: .70"/17.7mm in early AM T-shower and .30"/7.6mm in late PM T-shower; we really didn't have that much lightning with the early AM T-shower, but lightning must've hit something as the power was out at my house from around 12:30 AM to around 1:40 AM). The maximum on the 19th was achieved at 12:01 AM and around 5 PM; Overall Low-abt. 11:46 PM-listed for the 21st. After the front passed, the drier air made for some crispy-feeling conditions at night.
Upcoming forecast calls for very warm conditions today (Sunday) and Monday before another cold front gives a fair T-shower-chance and another cool-down.
*******
Sportswise, the Baseball Hogs took on the Bulldogs of Mississippi State in a doubleheader on Saturday. UA won the first game by a 6-2 score, MSU won the 2nd game by 9-8. UA is 29-12 overall (9-8 in SEC). Bulldogs are 29-10 overall and 8-8 in SEC.

Wishing ALL A Fantastic Week.
Happy ANZAC Day to ALL The Wonderful Aussies.
"We Will Never Forget."
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/05/2006 04:58

G'Day Everybody!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Apr..23...83F/28.3C...56F/13.3C..---
.....24...76F/24.4C...63F/17.2C..---
.....25...66F/18.8C...51F/10.5C..0.65"/16.5mm
.....26...59F/15C.....46F/7.7C...---
.....27...74F/23.3C...39F/3.8C...---
.....28...68F/20C.....51F/10.5C..0.25"/6.3mm
.....29...70F/21.1C...54F/12.2C..3.10"/78.7mm

Another week with very changeable conditions. Rain--very welcome--was from passages of Pacific cold fronts (on the 25th and 29th). Not really much thunder as the rain that fell overnight on the 28th-29th fell as a steady soaker, with some brief bursts of showers later on the 29th as the back-circulation of the low-pressure moved through. Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 10:20 PM-listed for the 25th; Overall Low-abt. 11:28 PM-listed for the 26th; Overall Low-abt. 11:04 PM-listed for the 29th. Felt very chilly, with damp and cool conditions on the 26th.
Upcoming forecast calls for normal to above-normal conditions with more T-shower chances as the weather pattern continues in a fairly active mode. The rain on the 29th assures that April will be an above-average rainmonth.
*******
Sportswise: The baseball Razorbacks are at LSU for this weekends' series. After losing Friday night when LSU scored in the bottom of the 9th inning to pull out a 7-6 victory; Arkansas returned the favor on Saturday, scoring 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning to post a 4-2 triumph. Razorbacks are now 31-13 overall and ranked #11 nationally (11-9 in SEC play). Louisiana State U. is 28-17 overall and 7-13 in the SEC.
*******
Wishing ALL A Top Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/05/2006 17:09

Hello Fellow Weather Fans:

Heres some weathernumbers for April, 2005 in Mena, Arkansas:

Climatologically for Mena in April: Avg. Max. of 71F/21.6C and Avg. Min.: of 46F/7.7C. All-time April Max. of 92F/33.3C--April 18, 1987, All-time April Min. of 22F/-5.5C--April 4, 1987).

Avg. Max.: 75.7F/24.2C
Avg. Min.: 55.4F/13.0C
High Max.: 90F/32.2C--April 18
Low Min.: 38F/3.3C--April 9
...High Min.: 67F/19.4C--April 18
...Low Max.: 59F/15.0C--April 26
8 days, Maximums of 80F+/26.6C+ (inc. 1 day of 90F/32.2C)

Daily Maximums, Records Broken/Tied:
84F/28.8C on April 2 (Tied 1956 maximum for date)
83F/28.3C on April 14 (Broke rec. max. for date of 82F/27.7C in 1951)
90F/32.2C on April 18 (Broke rec. max. for date of 87F/30.5C in 1987)

9 Raindays & 6 Thunderdays in April.
Rain for April: 7.80"/198.1mm (+2.70"/+68.5mm)
Rain for Year: 24.65"/626.1mm (+7.95"/+201.9mm)
Pea-sized hail with Thundershower on April 1.

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Severe T-Storm Warning: April 1, 25
Severe T-Storm Watch: April 1, 19, 24
Lake Wind Advisory: April 1-2, 6, 7, 14, 15, 29
Tornado Watch: April 6, 29

Another very-above average month, temperature-wise; at least we've been getting some "wet relief" every so often and the really nasty weather has missed my area so far. Fairly windy in month as the weather pattern continues to be fairly active.

Wishing ALL A Safe, Happy, Prosperous & Blessed month of May!!!
Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/05/2006 06:06

Howdy Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Apr..30...76F/24.4C...52F/11.1C...---
May...1...81F/27.2C...52F/11.1C...---
......2...76F/24.4C...58F/14.4C..1.00"/25.4mm
......3...80F/26.6C...64F/17.7C...---
......4...70F/21.1C...63F/17.2C..0.30"/7.6mm
......5...71F/21.6C...60F/15.5C...---
......6...64F/17.7C...56F/13.3C..0.20"/5mm

A warmish week, couple cool periods with another welcome batch of rainfall. A Pacific cold front passed through--dry in my area--on the 1st; this front became stationary to my south, triggering the showers on the 2nd. Another Pacific cold front passed on the 4th; front became stationary just to the south and provided the showers on the 6th. Overall Low-abt. 11:26 PM-listed for the 4th; Maximum on the 6th was achieved at 12:01 AM and abt. 11:35 AM, Overall Low-abt. 11:35 PM.
Rain is very nice, considering the abnormally long dry stretch we suffered through late last year. Very fragrant here (and around town) as our hedgebush and also honeysuckle vines are blooming.
More scattered/isolated T-showers are forecast for early week, with forecast maximums in the lower-70s to lower-80sF/21-27C.
*******
Sportswise: Saturday, Barbaro remained undefeated winning the 132nd Kentucky Derby by 6.5 lengths over Bluegrass Cat (margin of victory was largest in 60 years; the attendance at Churchill Downs [Louisville, Kentucky] was 157,536--2nd-largest-ever crowd. Barbaro paid $14.20, $8.00 and $6.00)
Also Saturday, the baseball Hogs' bats came alive as the #14-ranked Hogs pummeled #6-ranked Alabama by a 13-6 score in front of a home crowd of 6,436. Arkansas is 33-15 overall, 13-10 in SEC; Alabama is 34-15 overall, 15-8 in SEC.

Take Care Everybody~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 08/05/2006 15:25

May Greetings Wonderful Friends:

For the set-up, maps and pics of the May 2-4 severe weather in Arkansas, Please see:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/svr0506.htm
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/svr0506a.htm

Thankfully, the severe weather missed my area, but did get good rain amounts.
Looks like a fair chance of possible severe weather in my area later on today (Monday).

Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 15/05/2006 04:49

Mothers' Day Greetings Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
May...7..70F/21.1C..54F/12.2C...---
......8..71F/21.6C..55F/12.7C..TRACE
......9..83F/28.3C..62F/16.6C..0.60"/15.2mm
.....10..73F/22.7C..54F/12.2C..0.55"/13.9mm
.....11..68F/20C....46F/7.7C....---
.....12..78F/25.5C..44F/6.6C....---
.....13..85F/29.4C..55F/12.7C...---

Another very changeable, but pleasant week. Rain was from passage (on 10th) of a Pacific cold front (rainarea well ahead of the actual front), a weak dry Canadian cold front passed through in the late PM hours of the 13th. Lower humidities lent themselves to fair diurnal temperature spreads late week. Overall Low-abt. 11:27 PM-listed for the 9th; Overall Low-abt. 10:49 PM-listed for the 10th. Thankfully, my area missed the potentially flooding rainfall and severe weather. A couple trailer homes in south Polk County were damaged by fallen trees due to high winds. T-showers seemed to have more thunder & lightning than rainfall.
Upcoming forecast calls for maximums in the 70sF/21-26C and lows in the 50sF/10-15C, with small chances of T-showers.
*******
Sportswise: the UA Baseball team seems to be peaking at the right time. Saturday, the Hogs, though losing to Mississippi by a 7-3 score, have climbed to within a game of SEC-West leading Alabama. Arkansas now has an overall record of 35-16, 15-11 in SEC play; UMississippi is 32-19 overall, 14-12 in SEC play. (Alabama is atop the SEC-West conference standings with a 16-10 record in SEC play).

Wishing ALL A Great Week!!!
Happy Mothers' Day to ALL the Wonderful Moms/Mums out there.
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/05/2006 18:21

Hello Folks:

Well, more CRAZY US Weather is happening:
The last 2 days the Hottest US (48-contiguous states) Temperature (Daily Rec. High Max.) has been 116F/46.6C in Death Valley, California---and it's still Spring/mid-May!!! The forecast top for Dallas, Texas later today (Fri.) would be a daily record-breaker of 97F/36.1C. Mena managed 85F/29.4C on Thursday (average for this period of May is 78F/25.5C; forecast maximum for Friday is near 90F/32.2C and the record max. for date is 91F/32.7C).....

Meanwhile, a HUGE cut-off low has been plaguing the NE US with massive rainfall. Already Concord, NH has it's Wettest May on Record, totaling already 9.98"/253.4mm in month. Salisbury, Mass. has already set the Massachusetts May Rainfall Record, totaling already 19.02"/483.1mm in May.

The circulation around this HUGE low boggles the mind. A few days ago--when low was centered near Chicago, Illinois--the circulation gave much cloudiness and spotty convection showers to the Eastern half of Arkansas; my area getting much cloudiness and a chilly WNW wind; SPRAWLING low is now centered in northern Ohio.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
P.S. If it's this HOT in mid-May, what's July-August going to be?
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/05/2006 05:18

Hello Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
May..14..74F/23.3C..60F/15.5C..---
.....15..68F/20C....50F/10C....---
.....16..71F/21.6C..47F/8.3C...---
.....17..76F/24.4C..54F/12.2C..---
.....18..86F/30C....51F/10.5C..---
.....19..89F/31.6C..65F/18.3C..---
.....20..87F/30.5C..69F/20.5C..---

This week featured steadily rising temperatures with near-record (Daily) maximums 18th-20th. Heat was aided by sometimes gusty SW/WSW winds. Overall Low-abt. 10:56 PM-listed for the 14th. Been a while since a good rain and things are starting to get drier. Not really that much in terms of cloudiness and forecast calls for very poor rainchances the next few days, with similarly unseasonable maximums. Wondering what kind of heat we can expect in July & August if May is this warm--especially since we have a month of Spring left (Summer on June 21).
*******
Sportswise: The Baseball Razorbacks ended the regular season with a 3-game sweep of Auburn, winning Saturday's game by an 11-2 score. UA's home crowd totaled 23,571 for the 3-game series and the Razorbacks set a school record by averaging an attendance of 5,579 for their 26 home games. UA (ranked #15 nationally) ends the regular season with an overall record of 38-17, 18-12 in SEC (finishing 2 games behind SEC-West leading Alabama, who finished 20-10 in SEC).
UA now hopes to be a Regional host site in the NCAA Tournament (to decide the College Baseball champion). Regional sites will be announced May 28 and the 64-team field will be chosen on May 29th.
(The 8 Winners from the Regionals [8 regionals, 8 teams in each regional=64 teams] will then go to the [double-elimination] College Baseball World Series; played at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska).
All I can say is: GO HOGS GO!!! (WOO PIG SOOIE!!!)

Wishing All A Top-Shelf Week.
Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/05/2006 10:34

Quote:
Originally posted by Wet Snow:
Wondering what kind of heat we can expect in July & August if May is this warm--especially since we have a month of Spring left (Summer on June 21).
Is the official start of summer in the USA June 21st, because the met office in the UK consider the start of summer to be June 1st.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/05/2006 11:38

Hello UK Steve:
Hows things in UK-land?

Yes, in the US, seasons are delineated as due to equinox and solstice.
Spring on March 20/21, Summer on June 20/21, Autumn (Fall)on September 20/21, Winter on December 20/21.

A question: How much Snow can Birmingham average per Winter? I suppose with a town that size, you can get a pretty BIG "heat island" effect there?

Have A Good One~~~Wet Snow
P.S. I like to view the BBC London Traffic Cams and sunrise nowadays is very early there, I must say. I guess theres an advantage to having such a northerly latitude!!!
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/05/2006 23:51

Quote:
Originally posted by Wet Snow:
Hello UK Steve:
Hows things in UK-land?

Yes, in the US, seasons are delineated as due to equinox and solstice.
Spring on March 20/21, Summer on June 20/21, Autumn (Fall)on September 20/21, Winter on December 20/21.

A question: How much Snow can Birmingham average per Winter? I suppose with a town that size, you can get a pretty BIG "heat island" effect there?

Have A Good One~~~Wet Snow
P.S. I like to view the BBC London Traffic Cams and sunrise nowadays is very early there, I must say. I guess theres an advantage to having such a northerly latitude!!!
The weather has been mostly cool and unsettled for over a week now, and it looks to continue that way until at least the end of the week.

The average snowfall in Birmingham during recent years has not been high, a few light dustings and a few snow flurries is all that we usually get in a winter, the last significant snowfall was 9cm (3.5in) on December 28th 2000. I don't have any official figures for snow averages, but I would guess that it isn't very high. Since the late 1980's, snow has become much less common.

The heat island effect is noticable at night, where the temperature drops lower in rural parts of the region, than in built up areas. In the daytime though, temperatures can vary due to factors such as cloud cover. London is much larger than Birmingham though, so the heat island effect is bigger there, which is why places in London are usually the warmest in the country most days.

In the summer, there is an advantage to long daylight hours, on June 21st, sunrise is at 4:45 am and sunset is at 9:34pm (with twilight lasting until 10:23pm). It is much different in winter, where on the shortest day sunrise is at 8:16am and sunset is at 3:56pm.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/05/2006 13:17

UK Steve:
Thanks for that Information.
FYI: On June 21st (First Day of Summer-longest daylight of the year) in Mena, Sunset=6:04 AM and Sunset=8:33 PM.
On December 21st (First day of Winter-shortest daylight of year) in Mena, Sunrise=7:20 AM and Sunset=5:10 PM.

Am LOOOVVVIIINNNGGG these LOOONNNGGGEERRR daylight hours!!!

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Mike in Canada

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/05/2006 13:32

Heh. You should see the daylight hours in my city!

Sunset's at about 10:10 pm and sunrise at 5:00 am on June 21. And twilight can extend to near midnight.

GO OILERS!!!!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/05/2006 17:40

Hello Good Folks:

Well, parts of Arkansas are suffering through another very dry spell. For maps, set-up, analysis of what's causing this, Please see:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/drought05spl.htm
(Scroll down for information).

Mena has now gone 2+weeks without rain--unusual as May is the wettest average month here (avg. 6.4"/162.5mm rain). Very warm as well: Quite a few Arkansas towns have broken Daily High Maximum records with temperatures in the lower-to-mid 90sF/32-35C. Mena has flirted with record-maximums with highs near 90F/~32C.
Am having to water the (veggie) garden--can't remember having to water the garden in May before.
What I wouldn't give to hear thunder/rain!!!
I hope this isn't a sign of what's to come, as we're still trying to recover from the acute dryness of late last year.

Bring on the RAIN~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/05/2006 05:26

Hello Good Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
May..21..83F/28.3C...66F/18.8C..---
.....22..87F/30.5C...64F/17.7C..---
.....23..86F/30C.....62F/16.6C..---
.....24..87F/30.5C...68F/20C....---
.....25..89F/31.6C...69F/20.5C..---
.....26..87F/30.5C...68F/20C....---
.....27..86F/30C.....70F/21.1C..---

Another dry and unseasonably warm week, with near-record Daily High Maximums. Sparse cloudcover and higher humidity levels kept the maximums short of the 90F/32.2C-mark. Conditions were made somewhat more tolerable by SW/S/WSW breezes. There've been showers in N & NE parts of Arkansas--along a Stationary front--but nothing close to my area. We're getting to the point in the year when cold fronts are too weak to make it this far south and I'm hoping (& Praying) that the usual (Summertime) heating/pop-up/instability showers start kicking-in before too long. I Truly Hope this isn't a sign of things to come as the abnormal dry period late last year is still fresh in my memory. I'm already having to water the veggie garden (I can't remember having to water the garden in May before).
Upcoming forecast calls for similar temperatures with slightly better--but still fairly poor--chances for scattered/isolated T-showers.
I would very much welcome the sound of rain and thunder again.
*******
Sportswise: The Baseball Hogs have been playing in the post-season SEC baseball tournament in Hoover, Alabama (double-elimination). In the first game on Wednesday, UA played Mississippi and lost 9-4, on Friday (losers-bracket game) UA took on Alabama, 'Bama scored a run in the bottom of the 9th inning and won 4-3, eliminating Arkansas.
Arkansas hopes its' good record and high National ranking will be enough for the NCAA Selection Committee to give UA one of the 16 (sub)Regional host sites. If not, UA will wait and see to which Region it is sent to, to play in the NCAA Baseball Tournament, leading up to the 8-team College Baseball World Series.
In any case...GO HOGS GO!!!

Wishing ALL A #1 Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/06/2006 14:33

Greetings Folks:

Heres some weathernumbers for May 2006 in Mena, Arkansas:

Climatologically for Mena in May: Avg. Max. of 77F/25C, Avg. Min. of 56F/13.3C.
All-time High May Maximum: 99F/37.2C on May 31, 1934. All-time May Low Minimum: 35F/1.6C on May 6, 1944 & May 4, 1954.

Avg. Max.: 79.3F/26.2C
Avg. Min.: 59.9F/15.5C
High Max.: 89F/31.6C--May 19 & 25
Low Min.: 44F/6.6C--May 12
...High Min.: 72F/22.2C--May 28
...Low Max.: 64F/17.7C--May 6
17 days, Maximums of 80F+/26.6C+

7 Raindays & 6 Thunderdays in month.
Rain for May: 3.35"/85mm (-3.05"/-77.4mm)
Rain for Year: 28.00"/711.2mm (+4.90"/+124.4mm)

Sort of a strange month--cooler and wet the first half, Very Warm (flirting with Daily High Maximum Records) and very dry in 2nd half. This is our wettest average month, but we went rainless from May 11th-28th.

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Flash Flood Watch: May 9-10
Tornado Watch: May 9-10
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: May 9
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: May 10
Lake Wind Advisory: May 11

Wishing ALL A Safe, Blessed, Happy & Prosperous month of June.
Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/06/2006 05:50

Hello Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
May..28...86F/30C....72F/22.2C...---
.....29...87F/30.5C..67F/19.4C...0.10"/2.5mm
.....30...82F/27.7C..66F/18.8C...0.60"/15.2mm
.....31...79F/26.1C..68F/20C.....---
Jun...1...74F/23.3C..67F/19.4C...0.15"/3.8mm
......2...82F/27.7C..63F/17.2C...TRACE
......3...80F/26.6C..56F/13.3C...---

Finally a little wet relief. The first-half of the week, we flirted with Daily Record High Maximums; with sticky humidity throughout. Rain on 29th-30th due to proximity of Stationary front to our north. A weak Pacific cold front passed on the 2nd. Rain on 29th & 30th hit us from the South--a fairly unusual direction for precipitation to hit us from. Overall Low-abt. 11:25 PM-listed for the 29th. The showers were much welcome, but offered only brief respite as the ground is drying out again. Quite a bit of cloudiness the last-half of the week.
A fair T-shower chance through to Tuesday, with temperatures warming up again. I'll take any rain I can get as the drier parts of the year are coming up.
*******
Sportswise: The baseball Razorbacks were given a host site (sub-regional) in the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Curiously UA was the only host school which isn't a #1 seed. Aside from Arkansas (39-18) in the Fayetteville Regional, the other teams in this sub-regional are Oklahoma State (39-18), Oral Roberts U. (38-14) and Princeton (19-24-1). Double-elimination format. On Friday night, Oklahoma State defeated Arkansas by 4-3 in 11 innings. On Saturday, Arkansas defeated Princeton by 6-2. Now (2:45 PM CDT Sunday) Arkansas is playing Oklahoma State again. Another loss and UA's baseball season is over.
The winners of the 16 sub-regionals will play each other (8 regional games). The winners of those 8 regional games, will go to Omaha, Nebraska and play in the College Baseball World Series. UA was runner-up (to Cal-Fullerton) in the 1979 CWS.

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 12/06/2006 05:54

Hello from Warm/Muggy Mena:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
June...4..84F/28.8C..63F/17.2C..---
.......5..79F/26.1C..65F/18.3C..0.35"/8.8mm
.......6..71F/21.6C..63F/17.2C..0.60"/15.2mm
.......7..87F/30.5C..64F/17.7C..---
.......8..89F/31.6C..61F/16.1C..---
.......9..88F/31.1C..65F/18.3C..---
......10..89F/31.6C..67F/19.4C..---

Very warm week with higher humidity-levels. The very welcome rainfall on the 5th & 6th were from a couple upper-level disturbances aided by a stationary front to our north. Overall Low-abt. 11:23 PM-listed for the 5th. Fairly dense fog (Dense Fog Advisory) early morning on the 7th. The drier we get, the higher the maximums will creep up. Forecast for upcoming week is for maximums of 90F+/32C+ with a slight chance of Isolated/Scattered T-showers first of week. I'll take whatever rain we can get as the ground is starting to get very dry again (I'm having to water the veggie garden every-other evening).
Bring on the rain.
*******
Sportswise: Well, last Sunday, the UA baseball season came to a heartbreaking end. UA was in an elimination game (at home, Baum Stadium) in front of a crowd of 6,369) against Oklahoma State. OSU had a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the 9th inning, but (with 2-out) UA had a runner on base when Brian Walker hit a long drive to the outfield...BUT...instead of a game-winning 2-run homerun OR a game-tying double...OSU Left Fielder Ty Wright caught the ball just before the wall. OSU winning 6-5 and eliminating UA. UA ended with a fairly good record of 39-21.

The winners of the 16 Regional Sites play each other (best-of-3 series) in the Super Regional--those 8 winners advancing to the College Baseball World Series. The 16 teams which will decide the 8 teams going to Omaha: Oral Roberts (41-14) vs Clemson (50-14); South Carolina (40-23) vs Georgia (45-20); College of Charleston (46-15) vs Georgia Tech (48-16); North Carolina (48-13) vs Alabama (44-19); Miami (Florida) (39-21) vs Mississippi (43-20); Oklahoma (44-20) vs Rice (53-10); Missouri (35-26) vs Cal. State-Fullerton (46-13) and Stanford (33-25) vs Oregon State (42-14).
The winners of those series (best of 3 games) will be in the College Baseball World Series.

Wishing ALL A Great Week.
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/06/2006 04:50

June Greetin's Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Jun..11...90F/32.2C..70F/21.1C..---
.....12...90F/32.2C..64F/17.7C..---
.....13...82F/27.7C..65F/18.3C..---
.....14...87F/30.5C..57F/13.8C..---
.....15...88F/31.1C..61F/16.1C..---
.....16...85F/29.4C..67F/19.4C..TRACE
.....17...74F/23.3C..67F/19.4C..1.60"/40.6mm

A warm, humid week with wet relief at the end. A dry Canadian cold front passed through on the 12th. Rain on 16th from upper-level disturbance--rain came from the south--my part of town only got sprinkles while areas just to my East got a good shower; rain on 17th was ahead of a slow-moving Pacific cold front (passage today, Sun., June 18th). The high on the 17th was achieved at 12:01 AM and abt. 7:35 AM, the minimum was achieved around 12:40 PM. Great to see a good rain-dump and to hear thunder again (esp. after missing out on the good showers the previous day).
Today (Sun.) started out drizzly (temp. near 70F/21.1C), but the clouds are thinning out now (1:38 PM CDT) and it feels more humid.
Forecast for upcoming week has a few shower chances with maximums slightly cooler (but more humidity), minimums near 70F/21.1C.

On Thursday (June 15th), it was the 170th Anniversary of Arkansas' Statehood (Arkansas was admitted as the 25th US state on June 15, 1836).
Today--Sunday, June 18th--is Fathers' Day in the US. So, Happy Fathers' Day to all the Great Dads' out there.
*******
Sportswise: Here are the 8 teams who made it through to the College Baseball World Series (double-elimination): First Round games are: Clemson (52-14) vs. Georgia Tech (50-16); Cal-State Fullerton (48-13) vs. North Carolina (50-13); Rice (55-11) vs. Georgia (47-21); Oregon State (44-14) vs. Miami (Florida) (41-22).

Final College Baseball National Rankings (Top 25): Rice is #1; Cal-State Fullerton is #2; Clemson is #3; Oregon State is #4; North Carolina is #5; Georgia is #6; Georgia Tech is #7; and Miami-Florida is #8.
In the Final Top 25 Rankings, Arkansas was ranked #25 (39-21 record).

Well, Best of Luck to the US and Aussie teams in the World Cup. Brazil looks very tough to beat, but who knows what'll happen!!!

Wishing ALL A Super Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/06/2006 17:55

Hello Folks:

Heres some weathernumbers for Spring 2006 (March 20-June 20=93 days) in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 76.2F/24.5C
Avg. Min.: 56.8F/13.7C
High Max.: 90F/32.2C--April 18 (daily Rec. Max.), June 11 & 12
Low Min.: 25F/-3.8C--March 24
...High Min.: 72F/22.2C--May 28
...Low Max.: 37F/2.7C--March 23
42 days, Maximums of 80F+/26.6C+ (inc. 3 days of 90F/32.2C max.)

Daily Maximums, Records Broken/Tied in Spring:
84F/28.8C--April 2 (tied 1956 maximum).
83F/28.3C--April 14 (broke old rec. max. for Date of 82F/27.7C in 1951)
90F/32.2C--April 18 (broke old rec. max. for Date of 87F/30.5C in 1987)

25 Raindays & 18 Thunderdays in Spring.
Rain for Spring: 14.80"/375.9mm (-1.02"/-25.9mm)
Wettest Day: 3.10"/78.7mm--April 29
Wettest Week: 4.00"/101.6mm--week of April 23-29
Dusting of Snow on March 23; pea-sized hail with T-shower on April 1.

Wednesday (the 21st) was the First Day of Summer in the US/N Hemisphere. It's our longest daylight; in Mena, sunrise was at 6:04 AM and sunset was at 8:33 PM.

Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/06/2006 23:01

It must be different in the US, I always considered summer to start on June 1st, it makes more sense that way.

Sunrise yesterday was at 4:45am, and sunset was at 9:34pm here yesterday, so we have 2hrs 1min more daylight here at this time of year.

You have had more rain in spring than we have in the entire year eek , the yearly rainfall total so far here is only 256.5mm, with most of that falling in May.

It must be nice to get all those 30C/86F temps in summer, we are lucky if we get even one day like that each year here.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/06/2006 23:24

Hello UK Steve:

Yes, the seasons in the US are according to Solstice/Equinox:

Spring is from March 20/21 to June 20/21
Summer is from June 20/21 to September 20/21
Autumn (Fall) is from September 20/21 to December 20/21
Winter is from December 20/21 to March 20/21

The first day of Summer gives the longest daylight hours and the first day of Winter gives the shortest.

WoW!!! Only 256mm rain this year!!!
I certainly thought that you'd have had much more than that.
How far below normal rainfall is that?

I can remember a few times where we've had over 250mm rain in ONE DAY (not too bad, considering I don't live anywhere near the ocean).

Just heard the weather report on KENA. Mena's maximum for yesterday was (slightly above-normal) a warm 88F/31.1C (Heat Index was in mid-90sF/~35C).
Today (now 8:22 AM CDT Thur.) will see similar conditions, but we've a 50% chance for T-showers today/tonight. I really hope it happens as dryness is taking over again. Rainarea is now in Central Oklahoma.

Well, I certainly hope ya'll in Birmingham-town get some much needed "wet relief" very soon.

Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/06/2006 00:05

Quote:
Originally posted by Wet Snow:
Hello UK Steve:
WoW!!! Only 256mm rain this year!!!
I certainly thought that you'd have had much more than that.
How far below normal rainfall is that?

I can remember a few times where we've had over 250mm rain in ONE DAY (not too bad, considering I don't live anywhere near the ocean).
Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
The normal yearly rainfall for this part of England, according to the met office stats is 785mm, although that can vary a lot.

Here are the monthly totals that were recorded at a nearby weather station.

January: 18.3mm
February: 35.8mm
March: 55.6mm
April: 23.6mm
May: 109.5mm
June: 13.7mm (so far)

Max temperature: 28C/82F (June 10th)
Min temperature: -7C/19.4F (March 3rd)
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/06/2006 11:03

Just had a good Gullywasher here.

Today (Fri.) a Canadian cold front was sagging towards my area. An early AM T-shower gave me 1.3"/33mm rain. In early afternoon the rain let-up and clouds to the West were thinning out.
Around 4:30 PM skies became VERY DARK and then *KA-WHOOM* a cloudburst. I was to be at a friends house at 5PM. I left to go around 4:50PM; the rain was blinding and every intersection I passed had amounts of water running across it.
I suppose the heaviest rain abated between 5:30-6PM. When I got back home, I checked the rainguage at it had 3.1"/78.7mm rain in it---so in a little over an hour, I copped 1.7"/43.1mm rain!!!
We really don't get such cloudbursts here often; little evidence of deluge left as most water had drained away.
I'm about to view the US Visible/Infrared/Water Vapor loops to see what hit us.
Skies clearing to West now at 8:02 PM CDT, temperature fallen to 67F/19.4C.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 26/06/2006 05:21

Greetings!
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Jun..18...86F/30C.....68F/20C....---
.....19...89F/31.6C...68F/20C....---
.....20...88F/31.1C...69F/20.5C..---
.....21...88F/31.1C...70F/21.1C..---
.....22...90F/32.2C...72F/22.2C..---
.....23...77F/25C.....65F/18.3C..3.10"/78.7mm
.....24...86F/30C.....63F/17.2C..---

Seasonably-warm week, very sultry (Heat Indexes around 95F/35C) with much-needed rain late-week. Rain on 23rd(T-showers; 1.40"/35.5mm in late AM T-shower and 1.70"43.1mm--in a little over an hour, see above post--in late evening cloudburst) due to a slow-moving Canadian cold front. Overall Low-abt. 11:46 PM-listed for the 23rd.
At least I won't have to water the veggie garden for a few days and hopefully it'll be a little less humid for a while.
Upcoming forecast calls for poor rainchances and seasonable conditions (highs in upper-80sF/30-32C with lows near 70F/21C).
Summer arrived in the US/N Hemisphere on the 21st.
*******
Sportswise: In the College Baseball World Series, North Carolina takes on Oregon State in a best-of-3 series to decide the College Baseball Champion. On Saturday night, UNC defeated OSU by a 4-3 score in Game 1. UNC only needs 1 more win to capture the title. UNC has a record this year of 54-13, while OSU is 48-16. North Carolina is trying to become the first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) team to win the College World Series since Wake Forest did it in 1955.

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 26/06/2006 21:39

You recorded 5 times as much rain in a day last Friday, than I have in the entire month, June's rainfall total here is still only 13.1mm, with June 12th being the wettest day with 7.1mm.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/07/2006 14:42

Hello Friends:
Heres some weathernumbers for June 2006 in Mena, Arkansas:
Climatologically for June in Mena: Avg. Max. of 85F/29.4C with Avg. Min. of 64F/17.7C.
All-time June Max.: 105F/40.5C--June 22, 1936. All-time June Min.: 44F/6.6C--June 1, 1983; June 2, 1983 and June 3, 1970.

Avg. Max.: 84.7F/29.2C
Avg. Min.: 63.9F/17.7C
High Max.: 90F/32.2C--June 11, 12, 22, 29, 30
Low Min.: 55F/12.7C--June 27
...High Min.: 72F/22.2C--June 22
...Low Max.: 71F/21.6C--June 6
25 Days, Maximums 80F+/26.6C+ (inc. 5 Days of 90F/32.2C)
Heat Indexes most days were running 95F+/35C+

6 Raindays & 6 Thunderdays in June
Rain for June: *5.90"/149.8mm (+1.40"/+35.5mm) (*Over half the June total fell in 1 day)
Rain for Year: 33.90"/861mm (+6.30"/+160mm)
Had 1.70"/43.1mm rain in just over an hour in a cloudburst on the 23rd.

*Watches/Warnings for June:
Dense Fog Advisory: June 7
(*Likely either a Severe T-Storm Warning and/or Flash Flood Warning was issued for Polk County on the 23rd [cloudburst], but I was away from the TV/radio, so am not totally certain).

Wishing ALL A Blessed, Safe, Happy & Prosperous Month of July.
Wish ya'll could be here for the 4th of July fireworks celebrations.
Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/07/2006 01:01

How long does the hot weather last in Mena, do you still get 30C (86F) days in September and October.

The record hottest average Max here is 25.5C/77.9F (recorded in July 1983 and August 1995), would that be a very cool average max for you in summer.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/07/2006 07:38

Greetings UK Steve: (sorry to hear about Englands' loss in the WC). Yes, 86F/30C maximums do occur here in September and into October. In 2005, we had 23 September days with a high of 86F+/30C+ and 4 such days in October. The last 86F/30C maximum of 2005 was a Daily Record High of 89F/31.6C on Oct. 18th.
Climatologically, Mena's last day of 86F/30C highs would be September 4th.
We can get warmish days in late October-early November, this is referred to as "Indian Summer"; in fact--before the first very powerful Arctic cold front blows through--we can have highs into the 70sF/21C in early-mid December.
I really like the warmth, but NOT the higher humidity!!!
********
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Jun...25...86F/30C.....66F/18.8C...---
......26...80F/26.6C...63F/17.2C...---
......27...84F/28.8C...55F/12.7C...---
......28...89F/31.6C...58F/14.4C...---
......29...90F/32.2C...58F/14.4C...---
......30...90F/32.2C...59F/15C.....---
Jul....1...89F/31.6C...64F/17.7C...---

Very warm week, with higher Heat Indexes and really not much cloudiness. What AM cloudiness there was quickly burnt off by early afternoon. The SW/S breezes kept conditions more bearable.
Upcoming forecast calls for similar temperatures and the best rainchances (30%) are on Tuesday & Wednesday. Really hope we get something as conditions are getting drier by the day. Parts of the lawns are looking brownish.

Wishing ALL an A-1 Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/07/2006 04:56

July Greetin's Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
July..2...90F/32.2C..67F/19.4C...---
......3...88F/31.1C..71F/21.6C...---
......4...88F/31.1C..71F/21.6C..0.20"/5mm
......5...84F/28.8C..69F/20.5C..0.65"/16.5mm
......6...83F/28.3C..67F/19.4C...---
......7...82F/27.7C..57F/13.8C...---
......8...90F/32.2C..55F/12.7C...---

Warm week with a couple good showers. Rain on 4th (Independence Day) was due to a slow-moving Canadian cold front; rain on 5th was due to heating showers (left-over humid airmass after frontal passage). Lower humidities made for a couple cooler morning lows the last couple days. Gusty NW winds and lower humidities made for pleasant conditions on the 7th (perfect for doing yardwork). Thankfully the shower on the 4th occurred around 6:30 PM and only lasted less than an hour, which didn't interfere with the many (private) local fireworks displays (doesn't get really dark until almost 9PM).
Another cold front is sagging in our direction and we have a fair chance (30-40%) of T-showers from now (Sun. afternoon) into Tuesday AM. Forecasted maximums this week will be in the upper-80s to mid-90sF/30-35C with morning lows from upper-60s to lower-70sF/19-23C. Hope the rain materializes as it'll keep me from having to water the veggie garden so often. Skies now (1:54 PM CDT Sun.) look somewhat threatening and I thought I heard a couple thunder rumbles recently. Fixing to look at our radar to see what's headed my way.

Please Enjoy A Great Week.
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/07/2006 05:21

Hello from Hot/Humid Mena:

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
July...9..91F/32.7C...64F/17.7C...---
......10..91F/32.7C...74F/23.3C...---
......11..92F/33.3C...74F/23.3C...---
......12..94F/34.4C...75F/23.8C...---
......13..96F/35.5C...76F/24.4C...---
......14..97F/36.1C...77F/25C.....---
......15..98F/36.6C...72F/22.2C..0.15"/3.8mm

Very warm and oppressively humid week. A heating shower gave the rain on the 15th (areas to the North & East of Mena had more shower activity). We were sort of teased as on each evening/night of the 12th-14th, there were showers just to the North of Mena (saw nice-looking black clouds and distant lightning), but the rainareas died out before getting here. The minimums were very high on the 13th-14th--don't see minimums much higher than this--highest I've seen in a while. Mena has been under a Heat Advisory for the past 3 days which will continue tomorrow (Monday)and may be extended (Heat Indices well in excess of 100F/37.7C+). On the 14th, Polk County Judge Bud Garmon declared a county-wide Burn Ban for Polk County (which may continue a while as the rainchances are fairly poor for the upcoming week). We'll have to rely on the sometimes fickle heating showers for any "wet relief". The shower on the 15th was localized, I drove into the middle of town--around 1mile/1.6km away--and they had gotten nothing.
So, we're truly in the (hazy, lazy, crazy) "Dog Days" of Summer. At least the ticks, flies and mosquitoes don't seem to be very bad this year.
Upcoming forecast calls for maximums around 100F/37.7C, high humidities and morning lows above 70F/21.1C. Hopefully we'll be in the "right place" and find ourselves under a good heating shower or two. The "Donut-Hole" effect was greatly in evidence on the 12th as (on radar) a line of showers (moving SE) was heading towards Mena and split as it neared here (I think the mountains must have something to do with this).

Wishing ALL A Super Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: percy_04

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/07/2006 10:56

hello Wet snow, sounds like you have got some very pleasant temperatures around your neck of the woods at the moment! lol, id kills for a nice warm day at the moment!

what are the monthly average rainfall statistics for your area as you seem to recieve alot of rain as UKsteve pointed out before
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/07/2006 11:36

Hello Percy_04:
Yes, quite warm here--for this period of July, Mena's avg. max. would be 90F/32.2C with an average minimum of 67F/19.4C.

Yes, Mena is in one of the wetter areas of Arkansas--no doubt enhanced by the surrounding mountains (although I think sometimes the mountains cause some stormlines to split/dissipate before reaching town.)

Heres Menas' Monthly Avg. Precipitation:
January...2.7"/68.5mm
February...3.6"/91.4mm
March...5.3"/134.6mm
April...5.1"/129.5mm
May...6.4"/162.5mm
June...4.5"/114.3mm
July...4.9"/124.4mm
August...2.7"/68.5mm
September...5"/127mm
October...5.1"/129.5mm
November...4.9"/123.4mm
December...4.3"/109.2mm
Yearly Avg.: 54.5"/1,384.3mm

In fact, the wettest average town in Arkansas--Glenwood (Pike County)--is only around 40miles/64km (straight line) to the SE of Mena. Glenwood averages 55.44"/1,408.1mm rain per year.

I've seen maps that show a small area in the mountains in the SE corner of Polk County can average 60+"/1,524mm+ rain per year.
I know of at least 3 times where we've gotten 10+"/254mm of rain in one day (not bad for a town well inland) and a few years ago, we had almost 80"/2,032mm rain in one year.
Snow-wise, it's hard to say: It's either boom(a good snow dump) or bust (a few days of flurries), I'd guess the average would only be a couple inches per year. Every so often we get an icing/freezing rain event.

Hope this answers your question.
G'Day & Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/07/2006 10:36

Hello Folks:
Starting to get really Hot/Humid here.

Today (Tue., July 18), Mena had a maximum of 100F/37.7C; we had the same maximum yesterday; this matches the highest temperature in 2005 (100F/37.7C on July 22nd. Before this, the last time Mena had a high of 100F+/37.7C+ was on Sept. 4, 2000). Mena's avg. max. for this part of July is 90F/32.7C.
This is the first time Mena has had consecutive days of 100F+/37.7C+ since Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2000.
We continue to be (as of the 14th) in a Heat Advisory and (as of the 14th) a Countywide Burn Ban.
Maximums will continue very high as the prospects for rain (heating showers) are almost zero.

We truly are in the (hazy, lazy, crazy) "Dog Days" of Summer.
I hope this report has lent some sense of warmth to you in the cold, damp and cloudy Aussie Wintertime.

Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/07/2006 04:50

July Greetings Friends:

Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.......HIGH........LOW........RAIN
July..16...96F/35.5C...72F/22.2C..TRACE
......17..100F/37.7C...71F/21.6C..---
......18..100F/37.7C...73F/22.7C..---
......19.*103F/39.4C...71F/21.6C..---
......20.#102F/38.8C...74F/23.3C..---
......21..101F/38.3C...74F/23.3C..---
......22...89F/31.6C...73F/22.7C..---

*=Record High Maximum (broke old rec. max. for July 19 of 102F/38.8C in 1980).
#=Record High Maximum (broke old rec. max. for July 20 of 101F/38.3C in 1943).
Very HOT & dry week, with brutally high Heat Indexes (105F+/40.5C+). A brief heating shower gave the rain on the 16th. The "donut-hole effect" struck again--heating showers to our East & West on the 19th and a Canadian cold front passed through late PM on the 21st; we had a 60% chance of T-showers, but the rainarea split around Mena (bright lightning/thunder/T-showers very close to Mena--just to North, West & East--but none here). It's sort of discouraging to see stormlines/rainareas advancing on our area, but splitting/dissipating just before they get here. The area lawns are looking fairly poor now. Post-frontal on the 22nd felt a little cooler with lower humidities and a comfortable NW breeze. This--by far--is the hottest week of the year so far.
Unfortunately the upcoming forecast calls for almost zero (less than 20%) rainchances with f'cast maximums creeping back up into the mid-90sF/~35C, with minimums in the lower-70sF/~22C.
No rain here in over 2 weeks, so ANY "raindances" would be Greatly Welcomed.

Have A Great Week & Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/07/2006 05:50

How brown is the grass in Mena, the hot and dry weather in the UK has really had an effect on the grass here. It must be worse for you.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/07/2006 10:44

Hello UK Steve:

The lawns around here have more brown patches showing, moreso on the yards that have been newly mowed.
I hope (& Pray) this isn't becoming a repeat of the (sickening) abnormally dry conditions of late last year. Things don't look that good for rain, especially as we near August---(along with January) Mena's driest average month.
I've already heard of a grass fire near the community of Ink (a few miles East of Mena).

Of course, areas in the West have many active Forest Fires, so I guess it could be worse here.
If it doesn't rain, I'll not have to mow for awhile (lol), but I'll need to continue water the veggie garden.

Hope You (& I) get some much-needed "wet relief" soon.
Take Care & Have A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Papy_Zapy

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/07/2006 11:01

Very hot and dry weather. Heatwaves of such high temperatures for such prelonged periods do not occur very often in Melbourne. We normally get releif after 2 or 3 days of such heat.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/07/2006 16:48

Hello Again, Friends:

Well, it's been Really HOT in much of the US recently; which is much borne out by this.

This is the Highest Hourly US Temperatures (for the past few days), and as you can see, Desert SW locations (such as Palm Springs & Needles in California), are only falling below 100F/37.7C for a few hours during nighttime.
http://www.coolwx.com/usstats/data/maxt.lis

0Z= 7PM CDT (my time), which is 5PM Pacific Time (where the hotter places are located).

Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Dave@mtvic

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/07/2006 17:47

Snow starved here at Mt Vic so far this winter .

I'm heading to California next Feb. Spending 3 days at Yosemite Nat Park.
Please tell me i'll experience some snow there.
I noticed it was 106 degrees F the other day.

Cheers Dave
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/07/2006 18:18

Hello Dave @MtVic:

I was looking at Yosemite National Park's climate on the Wikipedia site. It says--in Yosemite's high country--snow doesn't accumulate until around November. Snow is on the ground from late March or early April.
So, if you're at the right elevation in Yosemite, you should see plenty of snow, come next February.

Hope Your Trip Is Enjoyable.
BTW, how much snow does you area usually receive each Winter?

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Here is an excerpt (from 1995 USAToday Weather Almanac) about Winter weather in Yosemite...
...Much more snow falls on the higher elevations, which forces the closing of the park's high country roads during the winter, and cuts park access from the east...From early November until late May, snow closes the Tioga Road (Highway 120 East), Glacier Point Road, and Tuolumne Grove Road. Glacier Point Road is plowed to the Badger Pass Ski Area. Travelers driving to Yosemite during late fall, winter and early spring should carry tire chains, which are sometimes mandatory on park roads...Winters in Yosemite are relatively mild since Pacific storms bring in mild air...Snow begins accumulating on higher peaks as early as September, but not in the valley until after Nov. 1. Snow in the valley is rarely more than 2 feet/60+cm deep, although as much as 5 feet/150+cm have been on the ground...Yosemite's famous waterfalls are at their fullest in spring when snow is melting...

Hope This Helps.
If you haven't done so, you might check out
http://www.yosemite.com/ for more information.
Posted by: Dave@mtvic

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 26/07/2006 17:25

Thanks Wetsnow for the info.

Looks like I should see some snow while Im there we are going to go skiing at Badgers Pass one day so that should be good.
Check out Blizzards web page www.blackheathweather.com I live at about the same elevation as him.We are in the next village west..about 7km's away.
It's got heaps of info about were we live.

Cheers Dave
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 31/07/2006 04:41

Howdy Ya'll:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
July..23..89F/31.6C..68F/20C....---
......24..91F/32.7C..62F/16.6C..---
......25..93F/33.8C..67F/19.4C..---
......26..90F/32.2C..71F/31.6C..---
......27..78F/25.5C..71F/21.6C..0.45"/11.4mm
......28..90F/32.2C..74F/23.3C..---
......29..93F/33.8C..72F/22.2C..---

A cooler week with a bit of "wet relief." Rain was from an upper-level disturbance (which originated in the Western Gulf of Mexico a few days earlier). We might've gotten more rain, but the disturbance moved a little too rapidly to the NE. Rain--in late AM/early PM hours--fell as a slow steady soaker; compared to the previous heat, the day felt almost cold as the daytime temperature hung near the 75F/23.8C-mark most all day. Another T-shower area, later in the PM, just missed my area to the NW. Overall High-12:01 AM-listed for the 27th. Even though it has been very dry in my area, on Friday, KENA reported that Mena's Water Supply--Irons Fork Lake--lake level was at 29FT/8.8M (normal level is 30FT/9.1M).
The hotter weather has returned as Polk County is under a Heat Advisory for today (Sun., now 1:38 PM CDT) and tomorrow (and may be extended further).
Upcoming forecast calls for hot weather--highs around 95F+/35C+ with minimums in lower-to-mid 70sF/21-23C, with almost zero (5-10%) rainchances.
I noticed that some trees are starting to drop their leaves due to the lack of rainfall.

Wishing All An A-1 Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 31/07/2006 06:27

Good evening, Wet Snow smile

A few trees are losing their leaves here as well (there has only been 44.8mm of rain this summer, and about 90% of that came in a few short thunderstorms), the grass is almost completley dry.

What you described as a cooler week would be considered very hot by UK standards, has Mena ever reached 40C (104F)

Would the USA ever start changing the weather forecasts to metric like most of the world, would a change like that be popular.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 31/07/2006 08:22

Hello UK Steve: smile

What I meant by a cooler week, was it was much cooler compared to the very HOT previous week (highs were closer to the normal which is 90F/32.2C).

Yes, Mena has hit (& exceeded) the 104F/40C-mark quite a few times, as evidenced by these numbers:

(Mena's All-Time High Monthly Maximums)
JUNE: 105F/40.5C (June 22, 1936)
JULY: 109F/42.7C (July 22, 1939; July 28, 1930 & July 29, 1930)
AUGUST: 112F/44.4C (All-Time High Maximum; Aug. 10, 1936)
SEPTEMBER: 107F/41.6C (Sept. 8, 1925)

As for Metric: I think some areas/larger cities do the weather stats in both Metric & Imperial. I remember a strong drive to Metrics in the US in the mid-1970s, but with limited success.
Kinda funny: In High School (I was in Grade 9-1976) we had lessons in Metrics in Math class. I really couldn't get the handle of it (wasn't that good in Math, anyway...LOL..) and did poorly in those lessons....BUT....within the last 4 years---(due to the Internet) because I spend quite a bit of time on Aussie/UK weather sites---I am starting to learn/convert Metric measurements (temperature, rainfall, windspeeds, etc.) Never too old to learn, I guess...LOL...

I think the Imperial System of measures is just too much ingrained in the US, so unless a drastic change happens, I think Metrics will only have limited success (besides, I like buying fuel in Gallons [as opposed to Liters] as it's cheaper wink [for the moment].

A Question for You: Do you, in the Birmingham area, have times when stormlines/rainareas split around your area or dissipate before reaching you?
We have that scenario happen here--too often lately, and I call it the "donut-hole effect".

Best Regards~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Exceedingly high maximums here (100F+/37.7C+) often occur during a prolonged period of dry weather.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/08/2006 10:07

Greetin's Friends:
Heres some weathernumbers for July 2006 in Mena, Arkansas.
Climatologically for Mena in July: avg. max. of 90F/32.2C with an avg. min. of 67F/19.4C.
All-time July Max.: 109F/42.7C--July 22, 1939; July 28, 1930 and July 29, 1930. All-time July Min.: 50F/10C--July 6, 1972

Avg. Max.: 91.9F/33.2C
Avg. Min.: 70.2F/21.2C
High Max.: 103F/39.4C--July 19
Low Min.: 55F/12.7C--July 8
...High Min.: 77F/25C--July 14
...Low Max.: 78F/25.5C--July 27
22 Days, Maximums of 90F+/32.2C+ (inc. 5 days of 100F+/37.7C+)

4 Raindays & 8 Thunderdays in July.
Rain for July: 1.45"/36.8mm (-3.45"/-87.6mm)
Rain for Year: 35.35"/897.8mm (+2.85"/+72.3mm)
Quite a few times, T-showers (heating) just missed my area to the North & East.

Daily Maximums, Records Broken/Tied:
103F/39.4C--July 19 (broke old rec. max. for DATE of 102F/38.8C in 1980).
102F/38.8C--July 20 (broke old rec. max. for DATE of 101F/38.3C in 1943).

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Heat Advisory: July 14-21; 29-active as of July 31
Countywide Burn Ban: July 14-active as of July 31
Severe T-storm Watch: July 21

Area lawns looking predominantly brown now (the way they usually look in late-October/early-November) and I noticed a few trees are starting to shed some leaves.

Wishing ALL A Blessed, Safe, Happy & Prosperous Month of August.
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/08/2006 20:05

Quote:
Originally posted by Wet Snow:
A Question for You: Do you, in the Birmingham area, have times when stormlines/rainareas split around your area or dissipate before reaching you?
We have that scenario happen here--too often lately, and I call it the "donut-hole effect".
That does seem to happen here, many times there are reports of severe thunderstorms in several other local places, but all we seem to get here is light rain.

Your July rainfall was close to ours, 32.7mm was recorded here.
Posted by: Hayzie

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/08/2006 16:39

howdy Wet Snow great to see you have been keepin this thread alive for over 4 years now. Love your dedication and passion for the weather.
Im from South Australia's mallee, grain growing region and we are having one of the worst seasons on record. Is looking at being the driest winter since 1916.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/08/2006 17:18

Big US Greetings Hayzie: Yes, I'm "over the moon" to be able to share my passion for weather with other like-minded people (Awesome Aussie Folks).
Looks like we both could do with a few effective "raindances"...LOL...as we in Mena are heading into our driest average month, with very poor rainchances the foreseeable future.

Hayzie=neat name. Here in the US, we like to say we're in the "hazy, lazy, crazy days of Summer"; as summer is usually dominated by the 3H's (Heat, Haze, Humidity).
Hope you continue to enjoy the reports (as I really enjoy posting them).

Have A Good One~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 03/08/2006 17:27

August Greetin's Folks:

I've recently come across an online Daily Weather Report from Mena Airport (Intermountain Municipal Airport; airport is just south of the SE Mena city limits).
I like to call the Airport AWS (394-5600) especially when a big storm is fixing to hit as I like to see how low the barometer is getting AND I like to call when a large mass of frigid air is upon us to see how high the pressure is.

Site is here:
http://www.almanac.com/weatherhistory/oneday.php?number=723435&day=18&month=7&year=2006&searchtype=
This is the report for July 18, 2006--the latest report available.
Scroll down to see the various measurements; near bottom of page, you can choose another date (and click GO).
Reports start April 26, 1999.

The maximums at the Airport tend to be from 3-5degreesF (or so) higher than Mena's official weather station--radio station KENA; the minimums tend to be somewhat similar.

Happy Looking~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 04/08/2006 17:52

As addendum to above post: Daily weather reports from Mena Airport go to July 31, 2006:
***
Well, I was lying outside with my dogs (~10 PM last night--Thur.) and noticed lightning to my W & NW. Around an hour later, I heard thunder; I went outside again and there was close/vivid lightning and thunder (w/outflow breezes), just beyond Rich Mountain (3miles/5kms north of me). I just KNEW we were going to get a good dump (weak cold front). Well, thats as close as the T-shower complex got to me (another "donut-hole" scenario). Looking on my Intellicast doppler radarloop and the good-looking rainarea was moving SE and just missed my area (areas to the north got a good soaker).
Beforehand, the adjacent county in Oklahoma was under a Heavy T-storm Warning and--after missing me--the county just to my East (Montgomery County) was under a Flash Flood Warning for a time.
Oh well, mabye it'll happen later today (40% chance for today and 30% for tonight).
All these recent "close-misses" are almost enough to drive one mad mad . I'll believe it'll rain when I actually see it falling at my house.

Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 07/08/2006 04:55

Greetings & Salutations:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Jul..30..95F/35C.....76F/24.4C..---
.....31..93F/33.8C...76F/24.4C..---
Aug...1..93F/33.8C...76F/24.4C..---
......2..95F/35C.....75F/23.8C..---
......3..98F/36.6C...75F/23.8C..---
......4..98F/36.6C...73F/22.7C..2.05"/52mm
......5..95F/35C.....71F/21.6C..---

Very warm week--SW/S breezes--with FINALLY a good downpour. Thought for sure we were in for a good dump on the night of the 3rd, but the cluster of T-showers barely missed me to N & NE. T-shower was courtesy of a weak Canadian cold front (passage early AM on the 5th). Heating showers barely missed me--to the W & E--on the 5th. Really thought we were going to get another good dump (on the 5th) as really black stormclouds filled the Western sky, but the showers moved to the West (an unusual direction--but these heating showers are liable to move in virtually any direction). I'll know soon, but I suspect that this "wet relief" was enough to get the Countywide Burn Ban lifted. Low temperature on the 4th was achieved abt. 5:44 PM--during the T-shower. The coldfront washed out to the south of me, leaving a moisture pool which will give slight chances of Isolated/Scattered T-shower the next couple days. Other than that, rainchances look mighty slim, with temperatures similar--or slightly higher--for this week.
Kinda Strange: while I was enjoying a good dump (in NW part of town), areas in the S part of Mena, didn't get much rain at all.

Wishing ALL A Super Week.
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 07/08/2006 11:46

Folks:
Copped a nice .50"/12.7mm rain in a heating shower (moved from NE-SW--unusual direction) early PM today (Sunday). Not bad, considering there was no mention of rainchances in our forecast for today.
I copped almost the average rain for August already (less than a week into the month).

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 09/08/2006 14:52

Folks:

On that US Severe T-storm Events Index (that I gave the link to in another post):

Just a few dates you might want to check out (the SAT & RAD loops):
You've heard me mention the "donut-hole effect"--where rainareas split/dissipate upon reaching my area (giving little or no rain). A good example of the "donut-hole" (esp on the RAD loop) is for April 23, 2000 (you can see how the red/yellow colors in T-stormline split in my area--frame 20-23 on SAT loop).

I know warm fronts are rare in Australia. We get warmfronts fairly common here; either 1) just ahead of a Pacific cold front or 2) a cold front moves through--becomes stationary to my south--and moves back north as a warm front (these cause the nighttime temperatures to rise as well).
A good depiction of a warm front (usu a good rain producer) is the RAD loop for May 27, 2001 (notice how the line of storms form [E-W] to the right of the cold front [stormline N-S]).

The SAT/RAD loop for July 21, 2006 shows showers just missing my area to the West & East.
The SAT/RAD loop for July 12, 2006 shows showers just missing my area to the East.

Happy Looking~~~Wet Snow
P.S. A "derecho-type" storm complex which blew through my area (moving NW-SE) is depicted well on the SAT/RAD loops for June 2, 2004.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 10/08/2006 22:30

Friends:

On that US Severe T-storm Index site: I've found a fine depiction of what a powerful Arctic/Canadian cold front can do. Please see the SAT and SFC loops for Feb. 16, 2006. Temperatures fell by as much as 50F+/~26C+ degrees after passage of front. The SAT loop shows the front as a thin line of clouds passing through Arkansas, and the drastic temperature drop-off is shown on the SFC loop (temperatures in red [in degrees F.]) accompanied by strong Northerly winds. Check out the dropoff from the obs at Fayetteville, Arkansas (obs in NW corner of Arkansas).

Happy Looking~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: percy_04

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 12/08/2006 21:18

looks like wednesday was a fairly hot day for you 98F or about 34 - 35c?? im not sure! lol. what r the avg temps for the months in Mena?? lol. sounds like a pretty awsum place! one of the reasons i like the idea of living in america is the hot temps in summer and the cold temps in winter (cold enough for skiing!!) haha id love it to snow here all winter, our winters are uneventful but too cold to do anything
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/08/2006 08:30

Greetin's Percy_04:

Mena's official maximum Wednesday (as reported by KENA) actually hit 100F/37.7C. This was the 6th day this year of 100F+/37.7C+ highs--which is the most 100F/37.7C days in a year here since the year 2000. In some years, Mena fails to reach 100F/37.7C for a Summertime maximum.
Finally got hit with a couple heating showers today (Sat., early AM and a T-shower around 3:30PM; still thundering around at 5:30PM, temperature very cool in the mid-70sF/~23C now) all up about .50"/12.7mm--Glad to see it as the "donut-hole effect" has been plaguing my area quite a bit lately--I completely missed the rain yesterday (just to my north & east).

OK, heres Mena's Average Monthly Temperatures:
JAN..Avg. Max.:49F/9.4C..Avg. Min.:27F/-2.7C
FEB..Avg. Max.:55F/12.7C..Avg. Min.:31F/-0.5C
MAR..Avg. Max.:62F/16.6C..Avg. Min.:38F/3.3C
APR..Avg. Max.:71F/21.6C..Avg. Min.:46F/7.7C
MAY..Avg. Max.:77F/25.0C..Avg. Min.:56F/13.3C
JUN..Avg. Max.:85F/29.4C..Avg. Min.:64F/17.7C
JUL..Avg. Max.:90F/32.2C..Avg. Min.:67F/19.4C
AUG..Avg. Max.:90F/32.2C..Avg. Min.:66F/18.8C
SEP..Avg. Max.:83F/28.3C..Avg. Min.:59F/15.0C
OCT..Avg. Max.:73F/22.7C..Avg. Min.:48F/8.8C
NOV..Avg. Max.:60F/15.5C..Avg. Min.:38F/3.3C
DEC..Avg. Max.:51F/10.5C..Avg. Min.:30F/-1.1C
YEAR.Avg. Max.:70.5F/21.3C..Avg. Min.:47.5F/8.6C

Mena's elevation keeps the temperatures from 3-5+degreesF/2-6+C cooler than surrounding lower elevations. Snow-wise here, it's pretty much feast-or-famine. The best snowchances (accumulating snow) in Arkansas would be in the mountainous areas in the N & NW parts of the state (in areas around the towns of Fayetteville, Harrison, Eureka Springs, etc.)

Hope This Helps~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: percy_04

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/08/2006 10:34

wow~ awsum stuff there. 37.7 would b a very nice temp to be reaching. the temperatures here arestarting to warm up nicely now. sounds like a very nice place to live weatehr wise, pleasant in summer and cool in winter!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 14/08/2006 05:42

Hello Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Aug...6...96F/35.5C..71F/21.6C..---
......7...88F/31.1C..69F/20.5C..---
......8...93F/33.8C..71F/21.6C..---
......9...98F/36.6C..73F/22.7C..---
.....10..100F/37.7C..76F/24.4C..---
.....11...96F/35.5C..74F/23.3C..---
.....12...92F/33.3C..71F/21.6C..0.50"/12.7mm

A very warm week, humid, with another brief respite of "wet relief". A Canadian cold front slid slowly through on the 11th--dry in my area, showers to W & E. The front washed out to my south, but the lingering moisture was enough to kick-off some heating showers (rain on the 12th). Fortunate enough to get rain twice that day--0.40"/10.1mm in early AM shower and then a severe-warned cell hit us from the north [heavier rain fell to east of Mena; the weatherwatcher at Cherry Hill reported 1.50"/38.1mm rain], giving me another 0.10"/2.5mm. The low on the 12th was achieved around 10:56PM. The recent rain was not sufficient as Polk County is still under a Countywide Burn Ban. The lawns have perked-up somewhat, but still doesn't look as it should. Upcoming forecast calls for minimal T-shower (Scattered/Isolated) chances, with similar temperatures.

Wishing ALL A Magnificent Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/08/2006 06:46

Is Mena in an area that gets many Tornados, if so, what's the strongest one that you've experienced.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/08/2006 11:00

Hello UK Steve:

Well--whether it be myth or not--most people around here feel that the surrounding mountains help divert tornadoes from my area. The strongest (and only tornado I've experienced so far) twister was the F2 that went right through the middle of town on Nov. 13, 1993. I never saw it (it hit just after 5:10 PM--not too far from sunset). The twister caused quite a bit of damage (in Mena and areas to our SW), but Thankfully no deaths. There have been a handful of weaker tornadoes (F0/F1) in the rural parts of the county. I think Polk County has only recorded 1 tornado death since 1950.
The majority of twisters in Arkansas, occur in the Eastern parts (away from the mountainous areas). The only F5 Arkansas twister happened in 1929.

What about twisters in your area?

Hope This Answers Your Question~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/08/2006 01:47

Quote:
Originally posted by Wet Snow:


What about twisters in your area?
Just the one, on July 28th 2005, It was in another part of Birmingham, so I didn't see it, but it did cause some damage and injuries, and was the strongest in the UK for over 30 years.

Some information on the tornado here
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/08/2006 05:21

Hello Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Aug..13...93F/33.8F..70F/21.1C..---
.....14...98F/36.6C..72F/22.2C..---
.....15...96F/35.5C..70F/21.1C..---
.....16...94F/34.4C..71F/21.6C..---
.....17...97F/36.1C..71F/21.6C..---
.....18...98F/36.6C..68F/20C....---
.....19...98F/36.6C..74F/23.3C..---

Another warm--and totally dry--week. My area just missed heating showers (to the North & East) on the 14th, 15th, 17th & 19th. Heat Indexes were approaching 105F/40.5C as well. I don't think I can remember so many instances of the "donut-hole effect" happening in my area frown . The lawns had perked up somewhat but are starting to look very poor again. A Canadian cold front will sag slowly through my area (it's thundering around as I type--2:16 PM CDT Sunday, as heating showers are preceeding the front), but no rain here yet. Radar shows more rain behind these storms (the actual front) so hopefully we can get underneath a good shower and cop a much-needed raintotal.
The upcoming forecast calls for slightly cooler temperatures with slight chances (20% or so) of Scattered/Isolated thundershowers.
Yesterday (Aug. 19th) was the town of Mena's 110th birthday--the first KCP&G (now KCS RR) train came through Mena on Aug. 19, 1896.

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 22/08/2006 00:32

Impressive temps, I would love it if we could get those kind of temps here, we haven't had a day above 22C (72F) since August 8th, We had a high of only 15C (59F) on the 13th.
Posted by: Narra_boi

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/08/2006 13:25

Well i guess you could say Arkansas has beatiful weather. With average of 24 and mak of 29 why not.

I was in Narrandera, West NSW, and it got to 113F like 45c.

It was like a massive heatwave, it was that hot..
I will never live there again...ha ha ha.

Sean
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/08/2006 14:30

We can dream of a week or two of those temps but not as hot as we watch the rain drip out of a gloomy leaden sky and shiver
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 28/08/2006 05:33

Greetings Everyone:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Aug..20...98F/36.6C..71F/21.6C..---
.....21...93F/33.8C..71F/21.6C..0.10"/2.5mm
.....22...92F/33.3C..67F/19.4C..---
.....23...80F/26.6C..71F/21.6C..0.60"/15.2mm
.....24...88F/31.1C..67F/19.4C..0.50"/12.7mm
.....25...95F/35C....72F/22.2C..---
.....26...95F/35C....75F/23.8C..---

Warm week--couple cooler days--with a good spot of wet relief (first time I've had back-to-back raindays since July 4th-5th). A Canadian cold front passed by on the 20th (dry in my area, just missing showers to West & East). This weak front became stationary to my south (in northern Louisiana), enhancing the development of heating showers (on 21st, 23rd-24th). Overcast all day on the 23rd and felt very cool with the slow steady rain. High on 23rd achieved at 12:01 AM and abt. 1 PM; Overall Low on 23rd reached abt. 11:34 PM. This was quite a refreshing change from the stretch of very dry days with spotty cloudcover. Nonetheless, quite a bit more rain is needed before the Countywide Burn Ban is lifted. Upcoming forecast calls for similar temperatures with some chances of Scattered/Isolated T-showers.
It's been overcast all day today (Sun., now 2:23PM CDT) and for the last little while it's been drizzling (temperature near 80F/26.6C); a Canadian cold front has been inching toward my area and rainareas aren't too far to my north & west.
It's a neat time to be living in my area: 2 weeks ago was the (53rd annual) Polk County Championship Rodeo, this weekend was the (30th annual) Rich Mountain Rod Run (antique/classic car show), next Friday night Mena High opens the gridiron season (an away game at Booneville; MHS has 5 home and 5 away regular season games this year; UA opens gridiron season on Saturday night, UA has 8 home and 4 away regular season games) and in 2 weeks starts the Polk County Fair.
The local schoolkids started another schoolyear on the 21st. Schoolyears/terms in the US start in late August/early September and run to late May. The time in-between school years is known as "Summer Vacation." (usually [in my area]Grades 1-4 are known as Elementary, Grades 5-6 known as Middle School, Grades 7-8 are known at Junior High and Grades 9-12 is High School).

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Johno

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 28/08/2006 23:58

Pretty warm for you and the rain you got looks pretty decent! im sure you would be happy with that! Some areas around Kansas city have had around 8 inches so i hear!

i dont understand how the United states copes with All that run off! ive never seen the mississippi (is that how you spell it? lol) but im sure its a pretty big river system!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/09/2006 10:20

Hello Friends:

Heres some weathernumbers for August 2006 in Mena, Arkansas:
Climatologically for Mena in August: Avg. Max. of 90F/32.2C, avg. min. of 66F/18.8C. All-time August Maximum (all-time High Maximum): 112F/44.4C--Aug. 10, 1936. All-time August Minimum: 48F/8.8C--Aug. 29, 1986 and Aug. 30, 1988

Avg. Max.: 92.5F/33.6C (102.8% of normal)
Avg. Min.: 70.5F/21.3C (106.8% of normal)
High Max.: 100F/37.7C--Aug. 10
Low Min.: 58F/14.4C--Aug. 30 & 31
...High Min.: 76F/24.4C--Aug. 1 & 10
...Low Max.: 78F/25.5C--Aug. 29
23 days, Maximums of 90F+/32.2C+ (inc. 1 day of 100F/37.7C)

9 Raindays & 12 Thunderdays in August
Rain for August: 5.30" [196% of normal]/134.6mm (+2.60"/+66mm)
Radio Station KENA (~1mile/1.6km to my SSE) recorded 3.51"/89.1mm rain in August.
Rain for Year: 40.35" [115% of normal]/1.032.5mm (+5.45"/+138.4mm)

Very hot month; quite a few times my area just missed rain to my north and east. Most rain fell during the first and last part of the month.

Watches/Warnings for August:
Heat Advisory: (cont. from Jul. 29) Aug. 1-2, 18
Countywide Burn Ban: (cont. from Jul. 14) Aug. 1-27
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Aug. 4

The unbroken Countywide Burn Ban--from July 14 to August 27--was one of the longest stretches that I can remember.

Wishing ALL A Blessed, Happy, Safe & Prosperous Month of September.

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 04/09/2006 06:13

September Greetings Wonderful Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Aug..27...86F/30C....72F/22.2C...0.60"/15.2mm
.....28...79F/26.1C..70F/21.1C...0.40"/10.1mm
.....29...78F/25.5C..63F/17.2C...0.05"/1.2mm
.....30...83F/28.3C..58F/14.4C...---
.....31...87F/30.5C..58F/14.4C...---
Sept..1...86F/30C....57F/13.8C...---
......2...86F/30C....62F/16.6C...---

A much cooler week with more welcome rainfall. Rainfall--from passage of a Canadian cold front [passage on 28th]--was sufficient to finally have the Countywide Burn Ban lifted on the 27th. The lower humidities made for cooler mornings and pleasant afternoons. Overall Low-abt. 11:02PM-listed for the 27th; Overall Low-abt. 10:52PM-listed for the 28th. When the days start to cool off, it's common to hear folks say that it's starting to feel like football [gridiron] weather (well, it IS getting to be that time of year.) I'm going to enjoy the warmer days as much as I can.
Upcoming forecast calls for similar temperatures with very little rainchances.
*******
Sportswise: On Friday night, Mena High opened football season by traveling north into Logan County to take on Booneville. BHS is a perennial powerhouse but lost most of their offensive and defensive starters to graduation. Mena has a mix of older and younger players. Nevertheless BHS was a 7-point favorite. MHS started the season the way you'd like to--after returning the opening kickoff, Mena had a 63-yard, 3-play drive for a Touchdown (TD coming on a 44-yard pass from McCormick to Cox), so with barely a minute gone in the game MHS was up 7-0. Amazingly, Booneville looked very ineffective on both offense and defense and Mena prevailed 21-14---not as close as the final score indicates. Mena has beaten Booneville only a couple times in past years (hard time scoring in those games) and I have no idea of the last time Mena beat Booneville on their home field!!!
On Saturday night, U Arkansas opened their season with an ESPN televised game against 6th ranked U of Southern California. The home crowd of 70,000+ was very loud. USC lost several offensive and defensive players to graduation, but was still an 8-point favorite. USC's running game ripped off good chunks of yardage and their passing game was effective as well. UA had a good 13-play, 80-yard TD drive to cut USC's lead to 13-7. A USC 44-yard Field Goal gave the Trojans a halftime lead of 16-7. It seemed the breaks all went against Arkansas; 5 UA turnovers (lost fumbles, pass interceptions) resulted in 31 USC points. The Trojan offense really got rolling in the 2nd half, UA showed some good offensive and defensive plays, but USC triumphed by a 50-14 score. USC has now won 45 of their last 47 games (inc. 16 straight road wins). USC--at home--stomped UA last year by a humiliating 70-17 score.
Next Friday night, Mena travels north into Scott County to play Waldron and on Saturday night, UA hosts Utah State.

Tomorrow (Monday) is the Labor Day holiday in the US (the traditional end of summer vacation season). I see that Father's Day in Australia was Sunday (In the US, Father's Day is in June). So, a Most Happy Fathers' Day to ALL the Great Dads out there.

Wishing ALL A Super Week.
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/09/2006 05:46

September Greetin's Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Sep..3..86F/30C.....66F/18.8C..---
.....4..77F/25C.....64F/17.7C..TRACE
.....5..83F/28.3C...65F/18.3C..---
.....6..83F/28.3C...58F/14.4C..---
.....7..83F/28.3C...54F/12.2C..---
.....8..84F/28.8C...56F/13.3C..---
.....9..87F/30.5C...54F/12.2C..---

A somewhat cooler week with crisp morning lows. Slight rain was from heating shower which almost missed me. Dryness was enough that County Judge Bud Garmon placed Polk County back under a Countywide Burn Ban on the 6th. There is a definite Fall/Autumn-like feeling to the air (Autumn begins on the 23rd), but I'm going to enjoy the warmer days as much as I can. Drier humidities made for some good temperature gaps and it's pleasant conditions to do any outdoor work/yardwork. I see some more trees are starting to shed their leaves, due to the dryness. We've a 50% chance of rain today (Sun., now 2:26 PM CDT), which is our best rainchance in about 2 weeks. Upcoming forecast calls for similar temperatures with slightly higher morning lows. I really hate it that our daylight hours are really diminishing.
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Sportswise: (Addendum to last week: that Mena victory at Booneville, was Booneville's first home loss since 2001 and the last time Mena beat Booneville was in 1996).
On Friday night, Mena traveled north to Scott County to face the Waldron Bulldogs. Mena (12-point favorite) is ranked #22 in 4A [AAAA], Waldron is ranked #41. MHS had their way against WHS, building a 26-0 halftime lead on the way to a 33-7 win. WHS scored a TD (on a 3-yard run) against MHS reserves with 26 seconds left, to avert being shutout. Next Friday is MHS' first home game as the Poteau (Ok.) Pirates come calling (which will be Mena's last non-conference game).
On Saturday evening, U Arkansas entertained the Aggies of Utah State University. UA figured to have an easy time of it and was a 28-point favorite. It was really a struggle as UA's offense (new Quarterback) combined with USU's pretty fair defense posed problems; UA enjoying only a 14-0 halftime lead. UA went up 20-0 on a spectacular 72-yard TD run by McFadden. Earlier in the 1st half, UA blew a scoring chance by losing a fumble at the USU 1-yard line (ending an 83-yard drive). The shutout was preserved when USU threw an incomplete pass on 4th down at the UA 8-yard line, late in the game. UA's 20-0 victory was the Razorbacks first shutout since November 2002. Great to see the Hogs back in the win column. UA racked up 279 rushing yards, led by McFadden's total of 184 yards on 20 carries.
Next Saturday, UA travels to Nashville, Tennessee to tangle with the Commodores of Vanderbilt University.

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/09/2006 06:05

Greetings Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Sep..10..89F/31.6C..60F/15.5C..---
.....11..87F/30.5C..64F/17.7C..0.15"/3.8mm
.....12..83F/28.3C..64F/17.7C..---
.....13..81F/27.2C..53F/11.6C..---
.....14..85F/29.4C..51F/10.5C..---
.....15..85F/29.4C..52F/11.1C..---
.....16..89F/31.6C..57F/13.8C..---

A week with pleasant afternoons and crispy mornings. The rain was from the passage of a Canadian cold front. Once again, the dreaded "donut-hole effect" was in evidence as areas not too far to the south and east of Mena copped upwards of 1.50"/38.1mm from the T-showers in their area. The drier humidities/crispy air gave a definite notice that the seasons are changing (Autumn arrives on the 23rd). This is a great time of year to do any type of outdoor work, very pleasant, indeed. Could use a good raindump as things are really drying out here.
Another more potent Canadian cold front is approaching and rainareas aren't too far to the West of me (now 2:45 PM CDT Sun.) and we're forecasted for an inch/25.4mm or so of rain--here's hoping (September has been desperately dry so far)!!! I do hope we don't get any nasty weather from the frontal passage; as severe weather is a distinct possibility in some parts of the country with this front. Quite a cooldown is occurring in the northern Plains states and snowing in the Rocky Mountains---what a crazy end to Summertime!!!
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Sportswise: Friday night, Mena hosted the Poteau (Ok.) Pirates. MHS is ranked #19 in AAAA and Poteau was a 7-point favorite. Early in the game, Mena's starting Quarterback (McCormick) was injured on a running play. Mena struggled on offense having to use backup QBs. Poteau won easily 20-6; Mena miscues leading to PHS' final 2 Touchdowns (PHS had a 22-yard TD drive after blocking a punt and a 12-yard TD drive after intercepting a pass). MHS only TD was a defensive one as Kris Cox returned a fumble 80-yards for the score. Nonetheless, theres nothing like the atmosphere of attending a High School gridiron game in small-town America. Hopefully MHS starting QB's injury isn't serious and he can continue playing soon.
Saturday morning (11:30 AM kickoff--televised) Arkansas traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to take on the Vanderbilt University Commodores in the opening game of SEC conference play. It was expected to be a close game as UA was only a 5.5-point favorite. VU scored the first TD, but 1:30 later UA scored on a 56-yard pass from Mustain to Monk to tie it at 7-7. UA pulled out a nail-biting 21-19 victory. Win wasn't assured until VU's kicker was just short on a 48-yard Field Goal attempt with 55 seconds left. It was the "little things" that cost Vandy the game: they botched the extra-point attempt on their 2nd TD (instead of the score being tied 14-14, the missed extra-point allowed UA a 14-13 lead) and after VU's 3rd Touchdown, they--in an attempt to tie the score--tried a 2-point conversion, which failed; so instead of the score being 21-21, UA squeaked out a 21-19 win. An SEC win is sweet, a road SEC win is sweeter.
Next Saturday, UA hosts Alabama in another televised SEC game. Next Friday night Mena High begins AAAA conference play hosting Central Arkansas Christian. CAC is now in Mena's conference (after reclassification). CAC thrashed Mena last year in the First Round of the AAA playoffs.

Thundering and rain starting to fall now (3:04 PM CDT Sun.) HOORAY!!!
Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: TOM1111

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/09/2006 07:16

looks like your temps are still very nice Wet Snow.

when do you expect them to drop??
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/09/2006 09:00

Well if we got your 81(27c) 3 days in a row at the height of summer here,it would be front page news of a heatwave and if it went over a week then our utilites ie water and power would be compromised
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/09/2006 12:00

Hello Boardrider_17 & NZAAS:

Well, our temperatures are already on a slow decline, the decline will be helped by the increasing number/potency of Canadian cold fronts passing through and also when we in the US go back to standard time (CST for me) in October (decreasing daylight hours). Daylight/Nighttime hours will be equal on the first day of Autumn (Sept. 23), after this nighttime hours will increase.
We can have maximums above 70F/21C in mid-December (before the brutal Arctic/Polar cold fronts start coming through).

BTW, I copped a nice .80"/20.3mm from the T-shower activity today (Sun., now 8:57PM CDT), we've a fair chance (50% or so) of T-showers for Monday, so heres hoping.

A question for you NZAAS & Boardrider_17:
What range of temperatures do you consider hot? pleasant? cold?

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: TOM1111

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/09/2006 15:12

hey wet snow
i would consider 35c+ hot
pleasant 23-27 or so
warmish to hot 27-35c
cold daytime temp 15 or less
cold morning 8 or less

heat also depends on the humidity aswell
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/09/2006 16:54

I would consider 26+ hot
Warm 22 to 25
pleasant 20 or 21 or summy with no wind
cool 15-20
yukky 11-15 unless sunny and still
cold under that especially if wet
Posted by: rainfan

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/09/2006 17:03

I would find it very hot when the temp exceeds 38 degrees.

I find it cold when the temp is below 20 degrees.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/09/2006 17:57

Hello Folks:
Thanks for your responses.

My answers may be a bit different, seeing I'm not near the moderating influence of the ocean, and also due to Mena's higher elevation.
Since I'm cold-natured, I don't like to go swimming unless the maximums have been at least 85F/29.4C for a while. I'd consider anything above 90F/32.2C as starting to get hot--especially with high Heat Indexes.
I consider pleasant conditions as starting about 70F/21.1C--whenever you can start wearing short-sleeved shirts.
Cold-wise (depends on humidity); hmmmm....If it is humid/damp, even 50F/10C can seem quite cool. If it is still, light westerly winds and sunny, 50F/10C doesn't seem too bad.
Maximums below 40F/4C are yuk, especially if cloudy and damp (I just want to hibernate in a warm bed on those days). Really frigid when the maximums are 32F/0C or below (luckily we only get a couple of these type days in a year; depends on just how rapidly the Arctic/Polar airmass gets to us).
Minimum-wise, minimums in the low-to-mid 70sF/21-23C (with high humidity) makes it hard to sleep coolly. Minimums below 32F/0C (especially with lower wind chills) make it no fun to go outdoors. Occasionally we'll have a minimum near 0-10F/-17 to -12C, the air feels heavy and you'd have to bundle up like an Eskimo to stay warm for any length of time outside.

Actually I don't mind hot/warm weather---it's just the drippingly oppressive humidity that really gets to me. 100+F/37.7C+ here is stinking hot with high UV ratings, and little in the way of a cooling breeze (we've usually gone through a good dryspell for our maximums to be this high).

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: TOM1111

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/09/2006 18:49

so what is your hottest temp there Wet Snow??
mine is 44.something and im abot 10-15 kays as the crow flies from the ocean
average summer max is 30c or just above in recent times max temps in winter average mid teens or a little higher occasionally.

because im semi coastal i do get opressive humidity in summer and heat indexes into the 50c range eek
on occasions
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/09/2006 04:01

Hello Boardrider_17:

The highest temperature in Mena is 112F/44.4C on August 10, 1936. The highest I've experienced (lived in Mena since 1970) is--I think--105F/40.5C a few years ago (in some summers, the highest maximum fails to reach 100F/37.7C).

Because of Mena's elevation, 1,177FT/358.8M ASL, our temperatures are from 3-5+degrees F. lower than surrounding lower elevations.
What we lack in heat, we make up for with humidity (high Heat Indexes)...LOL...

Hey Boardrider_17:
What's your elevation? How cold has it ever gotten there?

Cheers~~~David Powell
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/09/2006 06:58

Hi Wet Snow

How would you cope with living in a climate like Birmingham's

Max temps below 5C (41F) occur frequently during winter and sometimes in spring as well, and the majority of them are cloudy and damp, with the short daylight hours making it seem even worse (Sunrise as late as 8am and sunset as early as 4pm)

I start to feel comfortable going out without a coat when the temps start to reach 20C (although I can go out without a coat when the temps are as low as 15C if winds are light and the sun is shining)

Birmingham can get humid at times, although it probably doesn't feel as bad as it would in Mena.

Night time mins are below 10C (50F) for the majority of the year as well, and occasionally below freezing, and never above 20C (68F) even in summer.
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/09/2006 07:15

Also ours in Auckland too,it doesnt get the extremes of Birmingham or Mena ie we get 5 at night and 13 or 14 with rain but for months on end and only slowly creeps up up as the days increase length with anticyclones in winter and spring remain well north and often 8/8 with cold southwest winds straight off the sea and showers and rain spread throughout the year.
Admittingly we do get the odd fine sunny spell but its only because of rare N or SE winds due to tropical activity pushing down the high pressure belts
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/09/2006 11:38

Hello UK Steve (& NZAAS):

I don't think I could handle the climate in Birmingham/UK very well, namely due to the damp cold/persistent cloudiness in winter and lukewarm summer maximums.

Continual damp/cloudy/cold weather tends to have a depressing effect on me (Thankfully, persistent cloudiness doesn't often happen here; not very foggy either). I seem to take colder weather better when there's abundant sunshine. Here, it's seldom that we are completely overcast for more than 2 days straight.
I also really hate it when daylight hours really start declining (in winter, sunset here is just after 5PM--YUCK!!!)

Humidity notwithstanding, I do like hotter summers (makes my joints feel better and I can often go swimming--excellent exercise for arthritics). IMO nothing much worse than lukewarm summer temperatures. Being cold-natured, reasonably hot summers, suit me just fine. Summer maximums of 90-100F/32.2 to 37.7C are OK with me (any hotter and it starts to get fairly oppressive with high Heat Indexes/Heat Advisories; also it--really HOT maximums--usually means we're in an extended dry period).

It's sort of a joke in the US, but you can tell who the UK/northern Europeans are just by looking at their "pasty-white" skin (ie. meaning hot temperatures/long daylight hours are rare there).

Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: TOM1111

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/09/2006 14:33

G'day Wet_snow
my elevation is around 10-15m so not very high at all.
min temp is -3 or -4 i think
negative temps rarely happen here due to been close to the coast
Posted by: rainfan

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/09/2006 15:55

NZASS:- I disagree with your summary of Aucklands Weather, its not always 5 degrees every-night and 13-14 degrees every-day, temps have now been around the 16-18 degree mark and will contuine to go up as Auckland comes into spring.

Auckland's summers can be humid at times, sometimes oppressive with max temps between 23-28 degrees, sometimes higher out in low-lying suburbs (highest max recorded was 35 degrees) and minimum temps can be 18, 19, 20 degrees C, with a lot of sunshine.

Auckland is one of the warmest places in NZ when it comes to mean temperatures, its higher than almost anywhere else in NZ (except Northland), Auckland has the highest mean minimum temp in the whole country. Auckland City has never ever recorded a temp of below zero, the closest it got to was 1 degree way back in 1951 and never been recorded since then.

It doesnt always rain in Auckland, the yearly average is 1100mm, the last few years have seen below average rainfall and more sunshine than usual.There will be a month which will be extremely wet, but on the other hand, there can be extremely dry months, like February 1909 which recorded no rain at all. Rain falls on 130 days per year.

8/8 cloud all the time??? Not so, Auckland averages 2060 hours of sunshine per year, mostly in late spring, summer and early autumn. Winter is generally cloudier and wetter with warmer minimum temperatures but can be extremely sunny/dry/colder in some years.

SW winds doesnt always bring rain or showers to Auckland, some extremely dry months recorded in Aucklands history have been associated with persistant W-SW airflows. Also some of the sunniest months have been related to W-SW airflows as well.
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/09/2006 17:24

We havent yet had a 20 degree day since April,We still have almost 600 hrs of sunshine to get to average with our cloudy spring ahead.At my place it was 15,officially only 17,hear it was only 31 in Sydney.rainman have you been to Auckland or at least spent time here?
Yes we had a sunny winter but Wellington has just overtaken us in the sunshine lead again.
Its only so called oppressive humid for about 2 or 3 weeks a year and 30 degrees is only reached average once each two or three years.
We had 14's this month as maximums due to SWers and still waiting for 20.
Posted by: rainfan

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/09/2006 18:34

I lived in Auckland for 15 years NZAAS, I go over about 10 times a year to visit my mothers family who live in Auckland.

I wasnt born in Auckland (I was born in Melbourne) but my mother was and I like Auckland heaps, you paint a rather awful picture of the weather in Auckland, so I thought I would point out the positives as its not really fair on Auckland without mentioning the positives.
Posted by: TOM1111

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 19/09/2006 19:31

what is your average yearly rainfall NZAAS??
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/09/2006 05:57

av 1103mm currently 796mm
Quote:
Originally posted by boardrider_17:
what is your average yearly rainfall NZAAS??
Posted by: TOM1111

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/09/2006 16:26

so considering the weather is so dull and showery there you get no more rain than i do basking in buitiful sunshine
Posted by: Rime

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/09/2006 16:49

Quote:
Originally posted by boardrider_17:
so considering the weather is so dull and showery there you get no more rain than i do basking in buitiful sunshine
Bit like Melbourne. Melbourne gets half the rainfall of Williamtown, but Williamtown gets a lot more sun.

When I was living in Melbourne, I thought the summers and autumns were great. In the middle of summer you would get days where it was 22C and it was calm and sunny. Beautiful weather. Continues up and down until it reached early May, and then it was just miserable.
Posted by: rainfan

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/09/2006 17:18

Yes winter is just awful in melbourne, always overcast, drizzley/showery and that wind (from all directions) sure is freezing, get a clear day or 2 every now and then but not very often. SW airflow is the worst-always brings cloudy/showery weather.

Loved the changeable weather though, really hot and sunny one day, overcast, raining and cold the next, never a dull moment there smile . Can turn on some really beaut days at the oddest times.

Have fond memories of Melbourne's weather.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/09/2006 17:25

Many Thanks Folks, for the input.

A Question for ALL:
Do you sometimes wish you lived further inland (reason being to escape the sometimes persistent "crappy" [overcast/foggy/drizzly] weather that comes with a strong marine influence)?

As I mentioned earlier, long cloudy periods (and fogginess) are not that frequent here (I'm pretty far inland).

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: TOM1111

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/09/2006 17:29

im only 15 kays from the ocean and will rarely get overcast low cloud conditions coming in from the SEA.
winter here is dominated by westerly winds which are a offshore wind bringing mild temps and sunshine all winter.
southerly changes in summer can bring a day or 2 of cloudy weather but still fairly warm.

i dont ever wish i was further inland
Posted by: rainfan

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/09/2006 17:38

Me-nah, love living on the coast next to the sea because of the more frequent rains (as you can see im a fan of the rains) and the seabreezes or NE winds that come often in the afternoons, brings relief on really hot and humid days. We get a good amount of sunshine here on the coast, totally overcast weather doesnt occur very often here and if it does, normally in the winter when the wind is blowing from the S, SE and to a lesser extent easterlies in the summer, mostly get the "sunny/cloudy periods" sort. Large number of clear days occur mostly in late winter, spring and early summer, but as with a El Nino or La Nina pattern then the weather changes as we all know.

Love it on the coast, wouldnt live inland - too little rains, not enough green grass and I would find it boring with all that endless sunshine smile
Posted by: NZAAS

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/09/2006 17:52

We get a lot of small amounts and cloudiness rather than short heavy rain
Quote:
Originally posted by boardrider_17:
so considering the weather is so dull and showery there you get no more rain than i do basking in buitiful sunshine
Posted by: Rime

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/09/2006 14:44

Quote:
Originally posted by Wet Snow:

Do you sometimes wish you lived further inland (reason being to escape the sometimes persistent "crappy" [overcast/foggy/drizzly] weather that comes with a strong marine influence)?
That is interesting that you percieve the coastal areas as having that kind of weather conditions. Where I am from, the coastal areas rarely get fog and they rarely get drizzly weather either. This is because much of the coastal regions of the Northern half of NSW have a more subtropical influence. Overcast/foggy/drizzly weather is what I would percieve as a mountain like climate or that of the west coast of Tasmania.

Personally, I would still prefer the inland. The inland does not have the humidity and the seasons are more pronounced.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 21/09/2006 14:51

Hello Rime:

I was mainly thinking Australia's marine influence/layer was like what happens along the West Coast of the US (California, Oregon, Washington, coastal southern Alaska; cities like San Francisco, Ca; Seattle, Washington, etc.), where--especially in Winter--there is much fog/cloudiness/drizzly conditions (other coastal areas of the US can experience this also). The murky conditions may persist for some time. One of the most cloudy/murky places in the US is Cape Disappointment, Oregon.
Sometimes the "marine layer" doesn't "burn off" until the afternoon.
You can actually see the fogginess/marine layer hugging the California coast on satellite pics.

I just thought Aussie coastal locations may experience similar "icky" conditions in Wintertime.

Kind Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Seabreeze

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/09/2006 22:08

Looks like a band of storm moving E towards Mena. It looks like they'll hit Mena in about 90 minutes to 2 hours time (8:30am-9am CDT). Hope you have a nice stormy morning Wet Snow (hopefully without a tornado though you are under a Tornado Watch/Severe Thunderstorm Warning, thankfully not a Tornado Warning)
http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/radar.php?rid=SRX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/09/2006 22:28

Mornin' Ezzz:
7:18 AM CDT Saturday here. Yes the T-shower/storm line isn't far away now. Polk County (and surrounding area) is currently under a Tornado Watch & a Lake Wind Advisory. Last night, a few localities in N Arkansas had very large hail (4"/10cm in diameter hail fell at Brockwell [Izard County]).
It could get interesting here as the temperature is a balmy 77F/25C; after a very warm high yesterday (mostly cloudy, gusty S/SW winds, humid) of 88F/31.1C.
After frontal passage, the low in the morning will be somewhere in the 50sF/10-15C.

Well, I'm going back to bed for awhile.
Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
P.S. The T-storm/shower line looks sort of thin (so far), hopefully meaning the chances of severe weather are diminished for my area.
Posted by: supercell9

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/09/2006 23:15

WOW! 10cm hail! Thats huge! smile
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/09/2006 13:06

Hello Wonderful Friends:
Heres some weathernumbers for SUMMER (June 21-Sept. 22=94 days) 2006 in Mena, Arkansas:

Avg. Max.: 89.5F/31.9C
Avg. Min.: 66.8F/19.3C
Highest Max.: 103F/39.4C--July 19
Lowest Min.: 47F/8.3C--Sept. 20
...Highest Min.: 77F/25C--July 14
...Lowest Max.: 76F/24.4C--Sept. 18, 19, 20
48 Days, Maximums 90F+/32.2C+ (inc. 6 Days of 100F+/37.7C+)
Hottest Week: week of July 16-22, avg. max. 98.8F/37.1C

Daily Maximums, Records Broken/Tied in Summer:
103F/39.4C--July 19 (broke old rec. max. for Date of 102F/38.8C in 1980)
102F/38.8C--July 20 (broke old rec. max. for Date of 101F/38.3C in 1943)

19 Raindays & 26 Thunderdays in Summer (quite a few times, my area just missed T-showers to my North and East).
Rain for Summer: 12.15"/308.6mm; 95.8% (-0.52"/-13.2mm)
Wettest Day: 3.10"/78.7mm--June 23
Wettest Week: 3.10"/78.7mm--week of (Summer only) June 21-24

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/09/2006 05:52

Autumn/Fall Greetings Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Sep..17..85F/29.4C...70F/21.1C...0.90"/22.8mm
.....18..76F/24.4C...57F/13.8C...0.55"/13.9mm
.....19..76F/24.4C...50F/10C.....---
.....20..76F/24.4C...47F/8.3C....---
.....21..79F/26.1C...55F/12.7C...0.60"/15.2mm
.....22..88F/31.1C...74F/23.3C...0.10"/2.5mm
.....23..80F/26.6C...57F/13.8C...0.90"/22.8mm

Week with pleasant conditions (Autumn arrived on the 23rd) and good periods of much needed "wet relief". Rain was due to a Canadian cold front (passage late on the 17th) and from a fairly slow-moving Pacific cold front (passage on 23rd; around 9:15AM the stormline hit me). The 21st-early on the 23rd had very gusty (moisture-laden) S/SW winds and the conditions felt somewhat like Springtime. Thankfully the nastiest of the weather missed my area. Overall low-abt. 5:29PM-listed for the 17th; Overall Low-abt. 11:03PM-listed for the 18th; Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:23PM-listed for the 23rd. It was surely GREAT to see ample rain again--to actually have rainareas/stormlines which didn't miss my area/diminish.
Upcoming forecast has temperatures for highs in upper-70s to lower-80sF/24-27C with lows around the lower-50s to lower-60sF/11-16C with more rainchances later in week. I see a few leaves on area trees are starting to change colors. It seems to me that the wetter the Autumn, the brighter the colors on the leaves.
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Sportswise: Friday night, Mena High opened 7-4A (Dist. 7 Class AAAA) conference play by hosting the Mustangs of Central Arkansas Christian (CAC). CAC (11-point favorite) is ranked #5 in 4A, MHS is ranked #20. CAC has a powerful passing attack that MHS just couldn't defend very well. After holding a 14-0 lead at half, CAC cranked it up in the 2nd half and cruised to an easy 38-7 triumph. CAC had touchdown passes covering 70, 83, 25 and 13 yards as the CAC Quarterback completed 19-of-24 passes for 361 yards. There was a threat of T-storms and I attended the game wondering if it'd be completed before the game ended. Game ended around 9:50 PM and around 10 minutes beforehand, you could see fairly vivid lightning to the W/NW. This rainarea just missed Mena to the NW (moving NE). Next Friday night, Mena has an away game at Nashville.
Well, I guess U Arkansas has 9-lives like a cat as they escaped again with another nail biting win. Saturday afternoon (reg. televised game) the Razorbacks hosted the #22-ranked Crimson Tide of Alabama. Arkansas was a slim 2-point favorite (as both teams featured Freshman Quarterbacks--Mustain for Arkansas and Wilson for the Tide). 'Bama took a 10-3 lead at half, as both teams wasted chances to score. Arkansas came into the game as the only NCAA Div. I team (117 teams in Div. I) without a takeaway (intercepting a pass/recovering a fumble) this season. Well, the Hogs made their first takeaway count in a big way as Kelly returned a 'Bama fumble for a 44-yard Touchdown (Hogs led at that point 17-10 with 4:08 left 3rd Qtr.) 'Bama's running was just effective enough and their passing attack gave the Hog defense troubles all game. With around 3minutes left (score tied 17-17), the Tide culminated a long drive with a 30-yard Field Goal (FG) attempt (to possibly win) but the kick was wide right. Both teams failed to score in regulation and the game went to Overtime (OT). Arkansas got the ball first in OT and the Hogs QB (Mustain) threw an interception. Now all the Tide had to do to win was score (either a FG or TD). On 4th down, the Tide attempted a game-winning 38-yard FG--BUT IT MISSED WIDE RIGHT. Game then went to the 2nd OT. In the 2nd OT, the Tide got the ball first, they soon scored a TD (putting them up 23-17), BUT, the Tide kicker (Tiffin) MISSED THE EXTRA POINT!!! That meant if the Hogs could score a Touchdown & make the extra point that they'd win. On 3rd down & 7 (from the 11-yard line), Hog QB Mustain threw the ball to Cleveland for the Touchdown. Jeremy Davis kicked the extra-point and the Hogs pulled out an improbable 24-23 win in 2OT!!!!! (That's why football/gridiron is known as "a game of inches"). The Tide kicker missed 3 Field Goals & an Extra-Point in the game. I really though the Hogs were going to lose this one, but you never can tell what's going to happen. The Hogs have an open date next Saturday, before taking on powerful Auburn on Oct. 7.

Wishing ALL A Super Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/09/2006 08:00

Hi Wet Snow

When does Mena usually get it's first frost of the year?

Bad luck for the USA in the Ryder Cup, but Europe played great and deserved the win laugh
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/09/2006 11:55

Greetings UK Steve:
Well, according to weather.com--Climatologically Mena's first 32F/0C minimum should occur around December 4th.
This (first 32F/0C or lower minimum/first frost) can vary widely in actuality. Mena's first 32F/0C or lower minimums in past years:
2005: Oct. 25
2004: Nov. 25
2003: Nov. 23
2002: Nov. 7
2001: Oct. 28
2000: Oct. 9

Sorry, but I really don't keep up with the first occurrance of frost (which can occur above 32F/0C), but I do note the first (and last) 32F/0C or lower minimum each year.

As re the Ryder Cup: Yes, CONGRATULATIONS on the record-breaking performance by the European team.
IMO, I'd rather the US team lose like they did (in a blowout) than to choke away a big lead OR to lose in heart-breaking fashion in the last match.
Just a question: How many countries (which were represented by the European team) did it take to beat players from 1 country (the US)? laugh

Congrats again~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/09/2006 13:01

Folks:

For the set-up with radarmaps and other information about the recent severe weather in Arkansas, Please see:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/sep2006svr.htm
Click on September 17-18, 2006 and September 21-23, 2006*.
(*=About halfway down this page is radarmaps of the severe cell which--THANKFULLY--passed just south of Mena. Large map at right, close-up map below it at left. This storm downed quite a few trees with damage to some structures).

Best Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/10/2006 04:40

October Greetings Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Sep..24...67F/19.4C...52F/11.1C...---
.....25...76F/24.4C...46F/7.7C....---
.....26...81F/27.2C...48F/8.8C....---
.....27...83F/28.3C...62F/16.6C...---
.....28...72F/22.2C...49F/9.4C....---
.....29...75F/23.8C...40F/4.4C....---
.....30...86F/30C.....53F/11.6C...---

Dry week with roller-coaster temperatures. Lower humidities made for some good diurnal ranges. A Canadian cold front passed through on the 28th--it was dry in my area, showers just off to my east. Very windy from SW to NW on 27th-29th. Autumn definitely is here with the cooler mornings, pleasant afternoons, lower humidities and very variable conditions. Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:29 PM-listed for the 28th (felt very cool with the gusty NW/NNW breezes). I see more trees with leaves starting to change colors. Starting to get really dry again and unless we get a cold front to come through, the shower prospects are negligible. Believe it or not, we're forecasted for highs flirting with the 90F/32.2C-mark this week (I guess it's our "Indian Summer"), which is remarkable as Mena didn't have a 90F/32.2C high for all of September.
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Sportswise: Well it was a Very TALL order as Mena traveled SE to Howard County to tangle with the powerful Scrappers of Nashville High. NHS (whopping 28-point favorite) is ranked #3 in AAAA, Mena is now ranked #26 in AAAA. Nashville is just too big and fast on offense & defense and did it easy. The Scrappers scored TDs on their first 7 possessions of the 1st half to take a 49-7 lead at the break. The domination was evident as at half, NHS had already rolled up over 360 yds. in total offense while Mena only had 75 yards in total offense. Before throwing his first incompletion, the NHS Quarterback, Whitmore was 7-for-7 passing for 176 yards and 4 Touchdowns. Because the Scrappers led by over 35 points at half, the "Mercy Rule" came into effect--continuously running gameclock in 2nd half. Nashville played the 2nd half with their reserves as the game was well in hand. Mena managed 2 TDs late in the game to make the score a little more respectable, losing by 49-20. A Thorough Manhandling!!! Next week, Mena travels to Garland County to take on the Fountain Lake Cobras.
The Arkansas Razorbacks had an open date on Saturday and will get back into SEC play this next Saturday; a tall order as they play at very tough & nationally-ranked Auburn (another TV game). Hopefully the Hogs can keep the game close.

Wishing ALL A Fantastic Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/10/2006 13:58

Hello Again Friends:

Heres some weathernumbers for September 2006 in Mena, Arkansas.
Climatologically for Mena in September: avg. max. of 83F/28.3C with an avg. min. of 59F/15C. All-time September Max.: 107F/41.6C--Sep. 8, 1925. All-time September Min.: 34F/1.1C--Sep. 29, 1967.

Avg. Max.: 81.8F/27.6C [98.5%]
Avg. Min.: 56.5F/13.6C [95.7%]
High Max.: 89F/31.6C--Sep. 10, 16
Low Min.: 40F/4.4C--Sep. 29
...High Min.: 74F/23.3C--Sep. 22
...Low Max.: 67F/19.4C--Sep. 24
21 Days, Maximums of 80F+/26.6C+

6 Raindays & 4 Thunderdays in September
Rain for Sep.: 3.20"[64%]/81.2mm (-1.80"/-45.7mm)
Rain for Year: 43.85"[109%]/1,113.7mm (+3.65"/+92.7mm)

Watches/Warnings for September:
Countywide Burn Ban: Sep. 6-18
Tornado Watch: Sep. 21-22, 23
Tornado Warning (S. Polk County): Sep. 21
Lake Wind Advisory: Sep. 22, 23

Well, quite a few local trees' leaves are undergoing the color change, wish ya'll could be here to enjoy it.

Wishing ALL A Safe, Blessed, Happy & Prosperous Month of October.
Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Dave@mtvic

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 05/10/2006 18:16

El nino /yosemite ?
The experts are predicting an El Nino event here in Australia in the next few months.
My question is how does an event like this usually translate in the States and more specifically how will it effect snowfall in the yosemite area.I'm going skiing there in Feb. next year.

Cheers Dave
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/10/2006 04:01

Hello Dave:
SO SORRY for the delay, but my PC has been in the repair shop for the last week.

I'm not exactly sure on the specifics of your question. IF the Pacific Northwest gets their regular amount of Pacific cold fronts, you can be assured that the areas around Yosemite will get ample snowfall (as will the other ski areas in the Pac. NW) If not, I assume that this ski area--the one you're going to--has snowmaking capabilities; so, I don't think you should worry too much about lack of snowfall there, as it'll be there, one way or another.

Kind Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/10/2006 04:37

Greetings Folks:
Sorry for delay, but my PC has been under repairs for the last week.
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE....HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Oct..1..88F/31.1C..64F/17.7C..---
.....2..87F/30.5C..68F/20C....---
.....3..86F/30C....67F/19.4C..---
.....4..87F/30.5C..59F/15C....---
.....5..84F/28.8C..63F/17.2C..---
.....6..80F/26.6C..57F/13.8C..---
.....7..76F/24.4C..48F/8.8C...---

Unseasonable warmth--dry--with a cool-down at lateweek. A weak and dry Canadian cold front passed through on the 5th. The warmth felt very good as I know the really warm days are numbered. I'm about sick of all the dry frontal passages lately. The humidities have been fairly low as well with not too much in the way of cloudcover. Scarcity of rain has prompted the County Judge to put Polk County back under a Countywide Burn Ban on the 6th.
Now (Thur., 1:13 PM CDT) another Canadian cold front has passed through (dry), the skies are cloudy and the temperatures--after a slight recovery--are falling through the 50sF/~13C and the low in the morning will be in the mid-30sF/~2C. The next few days will see recovering maximums/minimums. This time of year, the cool shots of air don't last long. We've a good chance of rain later in the weekend--here's Hoping!!!
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Sportswise, Friday night: Mena traveled to Garland County to take on the Cobras of Fountain Lake. Fountain Lake (2-point favorite) is ranked #31 in 4-A, MHS is ranked #29. It was hoped that Mena's injured Quarterback (McCormick) would play in the game, but he was reinjured in pre-game warmups, so the reserves were at QB. After a sloppy start to the game, FLHS scored a TD on a 44-yard pass play to go up 6-0, which was the Halftime score. Early in the 3rd Quarter, Mena got on the board with a TD on a fumble recovery in the end zone. The extra point was good and Mena led 7-6. Then it went all downhill from there. FLHS took advantage of MHS turnovers and ran away with a 40-13 victory. Turnovers absolutely killed Mena. MHS had 6 turnovers (2 passes intercepted and 4 lost fumbles), which really hurt, considering quite a few of them were deep in Cobra territory. This loss just about eliminates Mena from post-season playoffs.
This Friday, it's Homecoming as Mena entertains a new conference foe--Pulaski Oak Grove.
On Saturday (11 AM Nationally televised game) Arkansas figured to have their hands full as they traveled to Auburn, Alabama (Jordan-Hare Stadium) to take on the nationally #2 ranked Auburn Tigers. The Tigers were 15-point favorites and looked to have their way, as they've beaten the Razorbacks handily the last couple years and this years' team features strong passing, running and defensive plays.
Amazingly, Arkansas' offensive line blew open big holes for the running backs to go through and the Hogs defense harrassed the Auburn Quarterback all day and shut down the Auburn running attack. Coming into the game, Auburn hadn't allowed a rushing Touchdown. Early in the game, the Hogs' McFadden put an end to that as he scored a TD on a spectacular 63-yard run. Hogs took a 17-10 lead at half en route to a stunning 27-10 upset of heavily favored Auburn. This is likely the Hogs biggest upset over such a Highly Ranked team (on the road) since the Razorbacks upset #1 ranked Texas in 1964. Hogs last win over a team ranked this high was a victory over #5-ranked Texas in 2003. This was one of the BIGGEST upsets in recent Arkansas history. Since Arkansas joined the SEC in 1992, this is only their 3rd sweep of Alabama teams (victories over U. of Alabama and Auburn) in the same year. The loss caused Auburn to fall in the polls from #2 to #11 and caused Arkansas to get into the Top 25 Poll now at #17 (first time Hogs ranked in the Top 25 since 2003). Hogs played offense and defense on Auburn like Auburn usually plays against Arkansas. As one sportswriter said, "Arkansas out-Auburned Auburn." WOOOOO PIG SOOOIIIEEE!!!! GO HOGS GO!!!
Next Saturday, Hogs play Southwest Missouri State in a non-conference game at home.

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 16/10/2006 06:01

Hello Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Oct...8..78F/25.5C..42F/5.5C...---
......9..78F/25.5C..46F/7.7C...---
.....10..68F/20C....53F/11.6C..---
.....11..74F/23.3C..50F/10C....---
.....12..57F/13.8C..39F/3.8C...---
.....13..70F/21.1C..*33F/0.5C..---
.....14..76F/24.4C..42F/5.5C...---

*=This Tied the Record Low for the date (Oct. 13), set in 1980.
Another dry week with a cool shot of air as a dry Canadian cold front passed through late on the 11th. Overall Low-abt. 11:17 PM-listed for the 11th; Overall Low-abt. 11:17 PM-listed for the 12th. The 12th felt especially chilly as it was overcast all day with nippy N/NW breezes. The first frost of Autumn occurred on the morning of the 13th. The very low humidities made for some good diurnal temperature spreads.
Had some light rain this (Sunday) morning--with more to come. It's a very welcome sight as we had been 21 straight days without rain (quite a long stretch of dryness for us).
Forecast call for near seasonal temperatures with fair rainchances the next few days (forecasted at least .50"/12+mm rain---here's hoping!!!)
*******
Sportswise: Friday night Mena High had their Homecoming game, hosting (a new Conference opponent) the Pulaski Oak Grove Hornets. The home-side bleachers were packed and as usual it was a great atmosphere. POG (7-point favorite) is ranked #32 in 4A, MHS is ranked #33. The Hornets gashed the Bearcat defense with several good running plays. MHS found success with some good runs and passes and the score was knotted at 7-7 at Halftime. The game continued in exciting fashion in the 2nd half; especially with 6:40 left when--on a 4th & 9 situation--MHS went for it and the Bearcats scored a TD on a 45-yard pass play (Bunch to Deramus) which cut the Hornet lead to 17-14. Neither team scored after that and the Hornets took the 17-14 triumph.
Mena hosts another new Conference foe--Arkansas Baptist--next Friday night.
Saturday afternoon, Arkansas had their Homecoming game, playing (att. 72,543) a non-conference match against Div. I-AA Southeastern Missouri State Redhawks. UA (ranked #17 nationally) were heavy favorites and quickly established dominance. On UA's first offensive play, Darren McFadden ran for a 52-yard TD. A little later, Felix Jones broke loose for an 85-yard TD jaunt. By halftime UA had a 42-0 lead and already had 309-yds. of Total Offense to SEMO's 63 yds. of Total Offense. Quite a few UA reserves (on offense & defense) played in the 2nd half. In the 3rd Quarter, UA's defense scored a TD as Keith Jackson, Jr. returned an interception 69-yds. for a score. By games' end UA had racked up a whopping 530 offensive yards (149 passing yards and a humongous 381 rushing yards), SEMO only could manage 144 offensive yards (only 31 rushing yards) against the stingy UA defense. It all added up to a 63-7 UA blowout, which gave Hog Head Coach Houston Nutt a very good 49th Birthday present (and broke a streak of 3-straight Homecoming losses). For the 1st time in school history, 2 UA running backs each rushed for 100+ yards in consecutive games.
Next Saturday, UA continues SEC play by hosting the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).

Wishing ALL An Awesome Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/10/2006 10:57

Folks:
Well, our prolonged (21-straight days) dry spell has been broken in a big way.
A large and slow-moving Pacific cold front (low pressure center in SW US) has been advancing toward my area. I recorded 1.10"/27.9mm rain yesterday (Sun.) and since MIDNIGHT today (Mon., now 7:52 PM CDT) I've recorded 2.90"/73.6mm rain, for a Wonderful Storm Total of 4"/101.6mm rain. HALLELUJAH!!!
The 2.90" daily rain today is the largest daily total I've recorded since June 23rd.

Wet & Happy~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: papy_zapy2

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/10/2006 12:44

I wish some of that type of rain would eventuate here in Melbourne. I have never seen it so dry around this city during spring. Normally it is so green and lush durning this time of year. Lawns are nearly brown. If we dont get rain soon, brown lawns will dissolve and turn to dust. I can't see what hope trees are going to have this summer without any rain. This is very worrying indeed.
Posted by: percy_04

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/10/2006 18:37

fair effort there Wet Snow! you guys seem to get some pretty decent falls! we need rain here very badly.
to give you a slight idea, we are meant to recieve 48.5mm for this month, to date we are at 0.0mm. This year to date we have recieved 246.4mm. for the end of the month we are meant to have 508.4mm fir the year. our yearly average is 565mm.
Posted by: TOM1111

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 17/10/2006 18:43

nice rain wet snow
hopefully i can score some nice storms tommorrow and get a bit of rain
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 18/10/2006 04:30

Hello Papy_Zapy2, percy_04 & boardrider_17:

Yes, the very welcome rain fell as a steady slow soaker--so Flash Flood Watches/Warnings weren't issued for my area. There was also no thunder, the center of the low-pressure tracked just north of me. IF this had happened in the Winter--cold air in place and a southerly-tracking low-pressure--this would've given us a very good SNOW dump!!! Oh well, mabye it'll happen.
Yes, my area has been getting good rains and we're still above normal on rain for the year...BUT...our rains have been very inconsistent, just good dumps followed by LONG dry spells.
October is one of our wettest average months as our average is 5.10"/129.5mm and after getting zilch (until the 14th), the recent heavy dump accounts for around 80% of the monthly average.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/10/2006 06:23

Hello Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Oct..15..65F/18.3C..51F/10.5C...1.10"/27.9mm
.....16..65F/18.3C..53F/11.6C...2.90"/73.6mm
.....17..80F/26.6C..55F/12.7C...---
.....18..85F/29.4C..56F/13.3C...---
.....19..56F/13.3C..36F/2.2C....0.90"/22.8mm
.....20..63F/17.2C..33F/0.5C....---
.....21..69F/20.5C..39F/3.8C....---

A somewhat Springlike week: good rains, fast-moving weather systems and Very variable temperatures. Rain was from a sprawling slow-moving Pacific cold front (passage on the 16th, vortex of low-pressure passed just to the north of Mena), a Canadian cold front (passage late on the 18th) gave the rain on the 19th and a dry Canadian cold front passed (only cloudiness and wind shift to WNW) in the early evening of the 21st. The raindump was really welcome and sorely needed (ending yet another Countywide Burn Ban). Overall Low-abt. 11:01 PM-listed for the 15th; Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:56 PM-listed for the 19th. Tree-leaf colors are looking nice and should really be a beaut in a couple weeks time. Upcoming forecast calls for variable conditions and another rainchance mid-week.
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Sportswise: Friday night, Mena hosted another new conference opponent--the Eagles of Arkansas Baptist. MHS (25-point favorite) was ranked #35 in 4-A, AB was ranked #42. Each team played sloppily and was unable to really cash-in on the miscues. Each team had some big plays and then bogged down on offense. MHS took a 14-6 lead at half. Late in the 3rd Qtr. AB scored a TD and was successful on a 2-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14. In the 4th Qtr. it really looked like MHS was likely to lose or the game could be headed for Overtime. With 5:52 left, MHS finally went up 21-14 as Dennis caught a pass from Bunch and scored on a 40-yard play. With 3:40 left, MHS put the game away, Chris Rose scoring a TD on a 40-yard punt return. WHEW!!! (MHS wins 28-14)
Next Friday night, the Bearcats play at Ashdown.
On Saturday (reg. TV game), the Arkansas Razorbacks hosted the U Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels. UA is ranked #15 Nationally and was a heavy 21-point favorite. UA started the game in fine fashion as Felix Jones returned the opening kickoff 100-yards for a TD, giving UA a quick 7-0 lead (14:42 left 1st Qtr.) UA played workmanlike on offense and defense, taking a 21-3 lead at half on the way to a 38-3 triumph. Next Saturday UA hosts (in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock), the Indians of Louisiana-Monroe (formerly known as NE Louisiana U.), in a non-conference game.
Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/10/2006 07:26

Autumnal Greetings Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Oct..22..55F/12.7C...37F/2.7C...---
.....23..65F/18.3C...31F/-0.5C..---
.....24..67F/19.4C...36F/2.2C...---
.....25..59F/15C.....52F/11.1C..0.70"/17.7mm
.....26..66F/18.8C...56F/13.3C..0.10"/2.5mm
.....27..64F/17.7C...48F/8.8C...0.10"/2.5mm
.....28..68F/20C.....38F/3.3C...---

Another week with plentiful rains and wildly variable temperatures. Rain was from disturbances and a SW/S airflow ahead of a Pacific Cold Front (passage early on 27th). Felt very cool and raw on the 27th with drizzle, very gusty NNW winds and a daytime temperature steady near 50F/10C. Overall Low-abt. 11:11 PM-listed for the 22nd; Overall High-12:01 AM-listed for the 27th. The first freezing/below freezing minimum of Autumn was on the morning of the 23rd (last freezing/below freezing minimum of Spring was the morning of March 24th=211 days). Otherwise, the mornings were nippy/cool with pleasant afternoons (great for doing outside yardwork). Autumnal Colors are looking great now!!! Upcoming forecast calls for highs in the 70sF/21+C and lows near 50F/10+C. Today (Sunday the 29th), most of the US went back to standard time (CST for me). I really don't like it as it'll be getting dark too early (sunset today at 5:27 PM CST), but I'll get some solace from that extra hour of sleep.
I see temperatures in Alaska are getting frigid, I guess it's just a matter of time before a chunk of cold air starts oozing its way southward.
*******
Sportswise: Friday night, Mena traveled south to Little River County to face the always-tough Panthers of Ashdown High. Ashdown (ranked #7 in 4-A) was a solid 17-point favorite. Mena is ranked #35 in 4-A. The Panthers gashed the MHS defense with several long running plays to take a 14-0 lead. Mena fought back and cut the Panther lead to 26-19 with 7:11 left 3rd Quarter. AHS was just too fast and strong in the end and enjoyed a comfortable 47-19 victory. A tough game was made MUCH tougher as Mena suffered 6 turnovers (3 passes intercepted and 3 lost fumbles) in the game. Next Friday night, it's Senior Night as Mena closes out the season at home against long-time rival DeQueen.
On Saturday afternoon, Arkansas played its last non-conference opponent as the Razorbacks hosted (War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock) the Warhawks of U Louisiana-Monroe. UA (ranked #13 nationally) was a heavy 36-point favorite over the weaker opponent. UL-M actually took a 7-0 lead on a game-opening 80-yard Touchdown drive. UA soon got things back in order with several long runs and timely pass completions. The Warhawks were also thwarted as their Quarterback threw 5 interceptions, and UL-M lost a total of 85 yards on 2 bad punt snaps (which gave UA 2 very short scoring drives). UA took a 23-7 Halftime lead on the way to a workman-like 44-10 triumph. The remainder of the season will be against tougher SEC foes. Next week, the Razorbacks play South Carolina in an away game.

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
*Recently, UL-M changed their nickname from Indians to Warhawks.
Posted by: TOM1111

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/10/2006 08:18

looks like its starting to cool down over there wet snow.
the temperature has been up and down like a YO-YO here lately with one or two hot days followed by a couple quite chilly days
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/11/2006 19:39

Hello Wonderful Friends:
Heres some weathernumbers for October 2006 in Mena, Arkansas.

Climatologically for Mena in October: avg. max. 73F/22.7C with avg. min. of 48F/8.8C. All-time October Max.: 100F/37.7C--Oct. 1, 1938; All-time October Min.: 20F/-6.6C--Oct. 30, 1917 & Oct. 31, 1993.

Avg. Max.: 71.8F/22.1C
Avg. Min.: 48.5F/9.1C
High Max.: 88F/31.1C--Oct. 1
Low Min.: 31F/-0.5C--Oct. 23
...High Min.: 68F/20C--Oct. 2
...Low Max.: 55F/12.7C--Oct. 22
8 Days, Max. 80F+/26.6C+
1 Day, Min. 32F/0C or lower
(The 31F/-0.5C low on the 23rd was the first below freezing minimum of Autumn).

7 Raindays and 0 Thunderdays in October.
Rain for Oct.: 5.95"/151.1mm (+0.85"/+21.5mm)
Rain for Year: 49.80"/1,264.9mm (+4.50"/+114.3mm)

Watches/Warnings for October:
Countywide Burn Ban: Oct. 6-17
Dense Fog Advisory: Oct. 17, 20
Frost Advisory: Morning of Oct. 24
Lake Wind Advisory: Oct. 27, 30

Kind of a strange month: No rain at all until the 15th (21 straight rainless days), all rain fell in last half of month. Heard flocks of geese flying overhead (headed south) on the 31st.
The Autumnal Foliage here is starting to look Spectacular now; wish ya'll could be here to enjoy it.

Wishing ALL A Blessed, Safe, Happy & Prosperous Month of November~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/11/2006 00:35

Hi Wet Snow

I've noticed that many parts of the USA can have large variations in temperature from day to day during the colder months.

Does this happen often in Mena?

What are your thoughts on the upcoming winter in the USA.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/11/2006 02:32

Hello UK Steve:

Yes, the greatest variations in temperature here are due to passages of brutally frigid Arctic/Polar Cold Fronts (aka "Siberian Expresses"). Ahead of the front, warm SW winds will raise the temperature to above-seasonal levels then the front hits and much colder air takes over. From this scenario, we can have highs in the mid-60sF/18C one day and maximums around 32F/0C the next. The most dramatic temperature changes--due to these fronts--happen in the Northern Plains states. The US Record for 24-hour temperature drop is an amazing fall of 100degreesF--from 56F/13.3C to -44F/-42.2C in 1916 at Browning, Montana. Thankfully, the really frigid cold fronts only hit us a couple times during Winter.

Hard to make the call on Winter as the temperatures have been wildly variable lately. It already looks like Winter in the Rocky Mountains as they've already had a couple good snow dumps.
I hope our Winter isn't frigidly cold and I'm hoping for at least 1 good snow dump.

Hey Steve, I notice--while viewing the BBC London Traffic Cams--that trees still have mostly green leaves on them. The Autumn Colors are looking Spectacular on the trees here.

Have A Good One~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/11/2006 07:35

Steve: Here are a few examples of how Arctic/Polar cold fronts can drop the temperatures here:

2000:
Dec. 11: Max. 61F/16.1C
Dec. 12: Max. 25F/-3.8C

2004:
Jan. 4: Max. 65F/18.3C (at 12:01 AM, Daytime Max.: 63F/17.2C)
Jan. 5: Max. 29F/-1.6C (at 12:01 AM & abt. 3:30 PM)

2005:
Jan. 5: Max. 64F/17.7C (at 12:01 AM, Daytime Max. 55F/12.7C)
Jan. 6: Max. 32F/0.0C
Of course the temperature differences between the previous days' maximum and the next day minimum would be greater. The temperature variations here are not as much (as up north) as the frigid air has somewhat of a chance to modify before reaching this far south.
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Hello Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Oct..29..76F/24.4C...46F/7.7C...---
.....30..71F/21.6C...57F/13.8C..---
.....31..65F/18.3C...50F/10C....0.15"/3.8mm
Nov...1..54F/12.2C...40F/4.4C...---
......2..53F/11.6C...29F/-1.6C..---
......3..59F/15C.....27F/-2.7C..---
......4..64F/17.7C...32F/0.0C...---

Week with warm start and a pretty fair cool-down mid-week. Rain was from passage of a potent Canadian cold front (avg. temperatures for Mena for this part of November: avg. max. of 65F/18.3C, avg. min. of 42F/5.5C). Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:39 PM-listed for the 31st; Overall Low-abt. 11:40 PM-listed for the 1st. The last few days felt more Winterlike--especially with the cloudiness and nippy NNW winds. Heard flocks of geese flying overhead on the 31st. The frosts this week just about took care of the lawngrass. A Pacific cold front is approaching and it's been raining here for quite a bit of the morning (currently 50F/10C, light rain at 2:12 PM CST Sunday--my area is under a Flash Flood Watch). Upcoming forecast calls for rebounding temperatures, highs in lower-70sF/~21-22C with lows in the lower-50sF/~10-12C.
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Sportswise: Well Friday night, Mena High played their last game of the season--hosting long-time rival Leopards of DeQueen High. DQHS (7-point favorite) is ranked #32 in 4-A, Mena is ranked #36. I bundled up pretty good as the gametime temperatures were around the 40F/4.4C-mark (at least there was no wind--the aroma of hot coffee/hot chocolate was a great smell). Each team showed flashes of good plays on offense/defense, but couldn't sustain a scoring drive. Midway through the 2nd Quarter, Mena scored a TD on a 13-yard pass (from Bunch to Cordeiro), staking MHS to a 7-0 lead. More of the same as both teams wasted scoring chances (DQHS missing a short Field Goal attempt). With 0:38 left in the game, a DQHS scoring pass was nullified by a holding penalty, but DQHS still had the ball deep in Mena territory. The game ended with the DQHS Quarterback throwing an incomplete pass in the Mena endzone. Mena escaped with a very nervous 7-0 triumph in a very exciting game.
Mena ended the 2006 season with a 4-6 record (.400), scoring 168 points (16.8 avg.) and allowing 247 points (24.7 avg.) In 4-A District 7 play, Mena ended with a 2-5 record (.285), scoring 108 points (15.4 avg.) and allowing 205 points (29.2 avg.) MHS looked good early-on, winning their first 2 games, but a combination of key injuries (esp. to starting QB McCormick) and a very tough Conference schedule doomed the Bearcats to a sub-.500 mark.

Saturday night (national telecast on ESPN) the #12-Ranked UA Razorbacks played at U South Carolina, UA being a slim 2-point favorite. The 'Backs came out with a potent running attack and a bend-but-don't-break defense and took a useful 23-6 lead at half. UA kicked a Field Goal early in the 3rd Quarter to up the lead to 26-6. USC changed Quarterbacks and stormed back (on a couple long TD drives, long pass plays) to cut the UA lead to 26-20. UA blew a prime scoring chance deep in SC territory by throwing a pass interception near the SC goal-line. UA also missed a 41-yard Field Goal attempt. The game was a nail-biter as USC was driving into UA territory--with just over 5 minutes left--but UA's Darius Vinnett came to the rescue by intercepting a USC pass attempt. UA made several key 1st Downs (causing USC to use up all of their time-outs) and finally ran out the clock to preserve a nail-biting 26-20 victory. It gets no easier next Saturday as UA hosts the U of Tennessee.

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/11/2006 17:12

Hello Folks:
WoW!!! What a deluge!!!
A Pacific cold front is advancing towards my area and it rained for most of the day Sunday (now 12:05 AM CST Monday).
The rain began between 10-11 AM and I just emptied the rainguage at 12:01 AM, and I copped 3.70"/93.9mm---with more on the way. There have been a few thunder rumbles with the temperature near the 50F/10C-mark. This is my biggest one-day raintotal since March 19th.
My area continues to be under a Flash Flood Watch through Monday afternoon.

I sure wish I could send some of this rain to the drought/fire-stricken areas of Australia.

Kind Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Johno

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/11/2006 17:22

i seen that on the intellicast previous 24 hour loop! looked fab for you dave! well done good soaking i bet!

laugh laugh laugh laugh
Posted by: TOM1111

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/11/2006 17:55

man you score some awesome rain there Wet Snow.
what is is your yearly total so far this year??
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/11/2006 18:12

Hello Boardrider:
Yes, those Pacific fronts can be good rain producers, especially in this case--as the southerly-tracking low is moving right over my area. I can only imagine how much SNOW it would've been if the temperature were around 20degrees F. colder!!!

As of the 5th October, I've recorded 53.50"/1,358.9mm rain so far this year. I only need another inch/25.4mm to reach the yearly normal!!! Not bad, considering I don't have any marine-enhanced rain patterns here.

Surprised really to have copped this much rain as this year has had a number of long dry periods (inc. a 21-straight-day dryspell). The rain seems to come in big batches (followed by long dry periods).

Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Looking over my weather stats and I've recorded 8 separate dry spells this year of 10+ straight days.
Posted by: Johno

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/11/2006 20:32

Well never complain about that dave! we go weeks without rain! and 1300mm so far inland is great! nice to know that it can happen in the world! hehe!
Posted by: Twisters

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 06/11/2006 21:07

My home town have had a few 30+ days with out rain and when it does only 0.5mm before another 20+ day dry spell so a 10 day break between rain is great
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 07/11/2006 16:27

Hello Johno & Twisters:

Well, I understand that long dry-spells are the norm for large areas of Aus-land, but where I live--Mena--is in one of the wettest areas in the state of Arkansas; and we don't usually go for too long without some kind of precipitation.

The longest consecutive-day dryspells in recent years here:
2005: 32 days (YUK!!!--from Sept. 28-Oct. 30)
2004: 24 days
2003: 22 days
2002: 19 days
2001: 25 days
2000: 23 days

It's been close, but (I'm pretty sure) I've yet to experience a totally dry Calendar month here.
I know of a couple years where almost 80"/2,032mm rain has fallen in a year here.

My stormtotal of the rain (0.60"/15.2mm fell early today--Monday) was a whopping 4.30"/109.2mm.
It was great to hear the thunder as it may be the last time I'll hear thunder until next Spring.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 13/11/2006 08:08

November Greetin's Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Nov...5..56F/13.3C...46F/7.7C...3.70"/93.9mm
......6..60F/15.5C...48F/8.8C...0.60"/15.2mm
......7..68F/20C.....46F/7.7C....---
......8..79F/26.1C...42F/5.5C....---
......9..70F/21.1C...55F/12.7C...---
.....10..*79F/26.1C..46F/7.7C....---
.....11..55F/12.7C...32F/0.0C....---

*=This is a Record High Daily Maximum (broke old rec. max. for Nov. 10 of 78F/25.5C in 1963).
This week was the opposite of last week--a cool beginning and warmer ending. Rain was from a slow-moving Pacific cold front (vortex of the southerly-tracking low pressure passed just north of my area) passage early on the 6th. A dry Canadian cold front (marked by a few clouds and wind-shift from gusty SW to gusty NNW) passed through in late afternoon on the 10th. Overall Low-abt. 11:48 PM-listed for the 7th; Overall Low-abt. 10:54 PM-listed for the 10th; Overall Low-abt. 11:43 PM-listed for the 11th.
The rain came as a steady moderate soaker, so there was no flooding in my area. The warmth felt great and I enjoyed it as I know that the really warm days are numbered. I also enjoyed the thunder with the rain as it's likely I may not hear thunder again until next Spring.
Upcoming forecast calls for moderating temperatures. Quite a few local trees have lost some/most of their leaves due to the recent windyness; the leaves that do remain are Spectacularly-colored.
*******
Sportswise: Saturday night (ESPN2 National telecast) the Arkansas Razorbacks--ranked #11 nationally--hosted the U Tennessee Volunteers--ranked #16 nationally. The Senior Night crowd at Reynolds Razorback Stadium was a record 76,728. UA was a 5-point favorite but quickly established dominance. UA's offense moved the ball well (including several long runs by McFadden on direct snaps) and UA's defense gave the UT offense fits all game. UA took a big 28-7 lead at halftime. UT scored a late TD (0:30 left) to make the margin a bit closer on an important UA 31-14 victory. UA is now 9-1 overall and more importantly 6-0 in SEC (West) play. With 2 games left in the regular season, things are looking great for the Hogs; especially with a likely bid to a major post-season Bowl game.
Razorbacks began regular-season play in Basketball on Friday night, trouncing Southeast Missouri State by a 92-52 score. UA Freshman Patrick Beverley scored 29 points--setting a UA record for most points scored by a Freshman playing in his first game for UA.

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 15/11/2006 17:22

Hello Folks: 12:16 AM CST Wed.

WoW!!! What a downpour. I've just copped some of the heaviest rain in a long time---2.40"/60.9mm in just over an hour. T-storms crossed a Warm Front boundary (ahead of approaching Pacific cold front) and became severe. A Tornado Warning just recently expired for my area of Polk County as Doppler Radar indicated a rotating T-stormcell just West of Mena (moving NE). My area remains in a Tornado Watch until 6AM.

Thankfully, all I copped was some VERY Heavy rain, a brief period of pea-sized hail and some fairly close lightning.
The temperature is now 55F/12.7C. Temperatures (with gusty WNW winds) will fall most all day Wednesday--from the mid-50sF/~12C to the upper-30sF/~2C by Thursday morning.
That raintotal assures that we'll end 2006 with above-normal rainfall.

"WHEW" we really dodged one this time!!!
Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 20/11/2006 07:58

Hello Again Wonderful Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Nov..12...59F/15C....28F/-2.2C...---
.....13...64F/17.7C..40F/4.4C....0.10"/2.5mm
.....14...67F/19.4C..53F/11.6C...2.40"/60.9mm
.....15...55F/12.7C..39F/3.8C....1.35"/34.2mm
.....16...54F/12.2C..32F/0.0C....---
.....17...64F/17.7C..31F/-0.5C...---
.....18...57F/13.8C..37F/2.7C....---

Another very variable week condition-wise with good dumps of rain. Rain on 13th from a weak upper-level disturbance. Rain on 14th-15th from slow-moving Pacific cold front (center of southerly-tracking low-pressure passed to north of here). The rain on the 14th came (with pea-sized hail) in the space of a little over an hour! My area of Polk County was under a Tornado Warning for a time as Doppler radar indicated a rotating storm-cell just West of Mena (moving NE). Thankfully nothing came of this. Fairly blustery WNW winds after frontal passage most all day on the 15th. It was good to hear thunder with the good rains, quite a few close lightning flashes. Overal High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 10:48 PM-listed for the 15th; Overall Low-abt. 10:41 PM-listed for the 16th. Just another "Springlike" severe weather episode. Tornadic storms were well to the E/NE of here. Twister killed 9 in Riegelwood, North Carolina.
Upcoming forecast calls for mostly dry conditions with warming temperatures--highs in the 60sF/15+C, lows near 40F/~3+C.
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Sportswise: Saturday afternoon, the UA Razorbacks traveled to Starkville, Mississippi to tangle with the Bulldogs of Mississippi State U. Even though #5-ranked UA was a 15-point favorite, the Hogs always have trouble playing at MSU. UA scored first--on defense. MSU was deep in UA territory when the Hogs' Chris Houston intercepted a pass and returned it 88-yards for a Touchdown. A bit later, MSU tied the game (at 7-7) on a 65-yard TD run by Dixon, with 1:11 left 1st Qtr. On the ensuing kickoff, UA's McFadden took the kickoff and weaved through tacklers for a spectacular TD on a 93-yard kickoff return (which put UA back up 14-7 with 0:54 left 1st Qtr.) UA played the rest of the game adequately on both offense and defense to secure a 28-14 hard-fought victory. UA is now 10-1 overall after their 10th consecutive victory. The Hogs end the regular-season with a TV game this coming Friday (day after Thanksgiving) against the dangerous Tigers of LSU (in Little Rock). The Hogs will then play Florida in the SEC Championship game (Florida is champion of the SEC East Division, UA is champion of SEC West Division). After that, the Hogs will wait for a bid to a major post-season Bowl game. What a year!!! Keep it goin'!!!
GO HOGS GO!!!
*******
Wishing All A Great Week.
Thursday is the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. I just want to say I'm Thankful for Much, especially my Wonderful W'Zone Friends.
Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 23/11/2006 13:03

Hello Folks:

Just saw on the weather that Seattle, Washington has had their wettest-ever November and are just 2"/50mm short of their wettest-ever month!!!

Saw on Fox News, footage of the horrible bushfires/wildfires in SE Australia. Heres hoping (& praying) that this situation is remedied quickly. Yes, Firefighters are true Heroes. Hope Everyone in the stricken-areas is safe.

Kind Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Johno

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/11/2006 00:34

Hey dave cooling off a bit over there!

Have you ever seen lightning in a snow storm? ive been told its rare but a very unusual experiance!
Posted by: UK Steve

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/11/2006 03:18

Hello Wet Snow, and happy Thanksgiving laugh

I read some reports that some parts of Florida had some snow earlier this week, was there much coverage of this in the US.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/11/2006 04:12

Hello Johno & UK Steve:

Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes. (11:08 AM CST Thur.)
Yes, I heard reports (on Fox News) of the brief snowfalls in central Florida but failed to see the footage.

Johno: No, I've never experienced "thundersnow" here, but think it'd be neat. I hear that whenever thundersnow happens, the snow falls at a very high rate. I've heard of instances of thundersnow in ski resort areas (Colorado) and in the Great Lakes Snowbelt areas (upstate New York, etc.)

Not long now until a good Turkey dinner.
Kind Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/11/2006 15:39

Greetin's Friends:

The article about the Central Florida snowfall (first November snow in Florida since 1912) is here:
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/2006-11-21-florida-cold_x.htm?POE=WEAISVA

Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Several Florida locations broke Daily Record Lows on the 23rd, including: 37F/2.7C (tied record) at Vero Beach, 48F/8.8C at Miami Beach and a cool 55F/12.7C at Key West, Florida.
Posted by: Johno

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 24/11/2006 15:52

hmmm whats going on aren't we ment to be seeing less off these cold snaps? interesting........be nice if you get a thundersnow this winter dave! fingers crossed!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/11/2006 15:31

Hello Folks:

Well, it looks like a MASSIVE cool-down is starting to invade the US and will reach my area on Wednesday night. High temperatures in northern Montana--which were in the 60sF/15+C just a few days ago--may fail to reach 0F/-17C over the next few days!!! I knew it was only a matter of time that the frigid air mass would slide southward as temperatures in Alaska have been well below 0F/-10C.
To see my areas' forecast temperatures (in F. & C.) over the next few days, Please see:
http://www.intellicast.com/IcastPage/LoadPage.aspx?loc=kmwt&seg=LocalWeather&pro

If above link doesn't work, you might try this:
http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/USAR0376?from=36hr_fcst10DayLink_undeclare

I'm going to enjoy the warmth while it lasts.
Kind Wishes~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Seabreeze

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/11/2006 16:00

Another link for Mena's forecast is:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/forecast/MapClick.php?CityName=Mena&state=AR&site=LZK

Wet Snow, the temperatures from Sat-Tue in Mena are very much similar to here in Winter. I also hope you enjoy the rain over the next few days before that change comes through and brings them bitterly cold NW'lies (it feels weird saying cold NW'lies for me because NW'lies are generally very hot winds here).
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 25/11/2006 16:54

Hello Ezzz & All:

Yes, those f'cast maximums are quite a bit above normal as Mena's average high for this part of November is 57F/13.8C.
After the frontal passage, temperature maximums in NW/N Arkansas may not reach 40F/5C, here we'll have maximums in the lower-to-mid 40sF/5-6C.
It'll be just among the first of many doses of "cold reality" to hit us for the next few months.
The Winter Solstice arrives here (in N. Hemisphere) on December 22.
I'm looking forward to that day as then the daylight hours will gradually lengthen.

I'm sort of hoping the weather change (T-storms, wind switch from gusty SW to NW, etc.) occurrs in daytime as I like to watch the weather change right before my eyes.

Kind Wishes~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Another link to Mena's weather (current conditions) with 7-Day Forecast and Zone Cast:
http://www.weatherpig.com/weather/index.php?config=&forecast=zandh&place=mena&st
OR,
go to:
http://www.weatherpig.com/
In the box, enter: 71953 and click on GO
On the next page, scroll down and Click on 7 Day View
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 27/11/2006 08:12

Hello Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Nov..19..56F/13.3C...40F/4.4C....---
.....20..56F/13.3C...26F/-3.3C...---
.....21..60F/15.5C...25F/-3.8C...---
.....22..67F/19.4C...39F/3.8C....---
.....23..69F/20.5C...36F/2.2C....---
.....24..63F/17.2C...51F/10.5C...---
.....25..67F/19.4C...47F/8.3C....---

A dry and rather quiet week weather-wise with rebounding (above-normal) temperatures. The very dry air made for some good diurnal spreads. The last couple days were mostly cloudy as low-level moisture is surging northwards from the Gulf of Mexico. It looks like a fairly big cool-down will hit us late on Wednesday, courtesy of a Canadian cold front. This will drop our maximums from near 70F/21C to the mid-40sF/~6C with morning lows well below freezing. It'll just be among the firsts blasts of colder air that we'll experience for the next few months.
Even though we still have almost a month until the Winter Solstice (on Dec. 22), it seems strange to still see squirrels, rabbits, possums and raccoons still up and about. Quite many of the local trees have lost most (if not all) of their leaves. Hopefully, we can get some good T-shower/storm action on Tuesday/Wednesday. Locations in N/NW Arkansas may fail to get to 40F/4.4C for maximums after the cold front blows through.
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Sportswise: Well, on Friday afternoon (CBS Nat. telecast) UA closed out the regular season as the #5 ranked Razorbacks hosted (at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock) the #9 ranked Tigers of Louisiana State U (LSU). UA was trying (for the first time-ever) to go undefeated (8-0) in SEC play. The last homegame for 17 UA seniors. UA started well, scoring on the games' opening possession (but missing the extra point) to lead 6-0. LSU's passing attack (and timely runs) gave the UA defense trouble all game. The game was a PICK (PK--too close to call a favorite) and LSU had a slim 14-12 lead at half. The real excitement was to come a little later: UA's McFadden scored a TD on an 80-yard run to cut the Tiger lead to 24-19 (10:31 left 4th Qtr.) But disaster struck as on the ensuing kickoff, LSU's Trindon Holliday returned it 92-yards for a TD to up LSU's lead to 31-19 (10:14 left 4th Qtr.) UA battled and cut the lead to 31-26 on F. Jones 5-yard TD run with 4:53 left. UA ran out of time and chances and LSU took a 31-26 triumph. Loss ends UA's 10-game winning streak. UA ends the regular season at 10-2 overall (and 7-1 in SEC play; Champions of the SEC-West Division). Even though the loss was heartbreaking, some good did happen: UA running back Darren McFadden set a new UA single-season rushing mark with 1,485 yards. UA's last 10-game win streak was in 1989. This is UA's highest national ranking since 1985. UA led the SEC (and was 4th nationally) in rushing yards per game. Next Saturday, UA will play U Florida (Champions of SEC-East Division) in the SEC Championship game.
After that, hopefully the 'Backs can get an invitation to a major post-season Bowl game.
GO HOGS GO!!!

Wishing All A Super Week~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 28/11/2006 18:37

Hello Again, Wonderful Friends:

FYI: Heres a link to some neat Arkansas Weather Photos for 2006:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/wxshots.htm

Scroll down---all pics are captioned and clickable. At bottom of page, you can click to see Weather Shots from 2005.

Please Enjoy~~~Wet Snow
P.S. My area could cop a possible Wintry mix as the powerful cold front blows through overnight Wednesday night (now 1:35 AM CST Tue.) If we get anything frozen, it won't stick as the ground is still way too warm. The forecast maximum for Oklahoma City, Ok. on Wednesday is 69F/20.5C, their forecast high on Thursday is 27F/-2.7C!!!!
BRRRRRR!!!!!!
Posted by: Mike in Canada

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/11/2006 07:24

Not bad pics.

If you think -2.7C for a high is cold, check out what I've been posting lately in Canadian Weather !!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 29/11/2006 13:57

Hello Mike:

Yes, I've been keeping up with your Canadian Weather thread.
Yikes!!! Those temperatures are just a tad too chilly for my liking. I can only imagine how high your Barometric Pressure readings must be. I really can't imagine temperatures that cold. We really couldn't cope with that here.
The snow pics of Vancouver are very pretty.
Very pretty seeing the snow while watching Monday Night Football last night (Green Bay at Seattle). It was played-of course-in Seattle, but the snowy conditions looked more like Green Bay.

Cheers & Keep Warm~~~Wet Snow
P.S. I guess your temperatures will get a little warmer as the Frigid air mass slides further to the south, as I see the temperatures in Alaska (Anchorage & Fairbanks) are rebounding.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 30/11/2006 12:10

Hello Friends: (7:00 PM CST Wed.)

Well, the large mass of frigid air continues to ooze its way southward--making for some steep temperature contrasts. Just had a look at the regional temperatures on weather.com.
At 6 PM CST: it was 24F/-4.4C in Amarillo, Texas and 83F/28.3C in Laredo, Texas.
A fairly sharper contrast: it was 34F/1.1C in Tulsa, Oklahoma--while ~100miles/162km to the SE--it was 74F/23.3C in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Still, in the mid-60sF/~17C here, the T-shower/storm-line is not too far to our NW (but the front is sagging SE'ward pretty slowly). Areas to our North & West (as of now) are under Winter Weather Warnings/Advisories. The wintry precip will hit us later on Thursday. I really hope that we don't get the ice/sleet. Whatever we do get won't accumulate as the ground is very warm (even though temperatures will fall all day Thursday). The highs for the next few days will be in the 40sF/4-7C (which will make the Mena Christmas Parade--at 6PM Friday--feel a little more seasonable). Not much snow (likely flurries) is expected.

Bye Bye Warm Weather~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Johno

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/12/2006 07:07

http://www.intellicast.com/IcastPage/Loa...op&prodnav=none

wow this looks like the 1st major cold front coming in for the season???? that i have noticed anyway although the intellicast radar shows its snowing in KC my freind who i just called said its just grey out! weird but oh well im sure she will get some by the time its passed through!

sitting on -8c at 1pm im sure thats a rude winter awakening for missourians!!!! hehe

good luck dave hope its not to bad for you! freezing roads and pipes can be very unpleastant im sure!

can remember not believing how slipering a road can really be then being showed eek eek very slipery indeed! laugh laugh fun though!
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/12/2006 07:34

Hello Johno & Others: (2:28 PM CST Thur.)

Yes, the rainarea/cold front hit just before 12MIDNIGHT (temperature then was 58F/14.4C), by 7:30 AM the temperature had fallen to 43F/6.1C and at 12:20 PM, KENA reported it at 39F/3.8C. Had a few thunder rumbles around 11AM, I've copped over 2"/50+mm rain since MIDNIGHT. Now--as indicated by our intellicast.com radar--the rain has mostly slacked off. There is a large area of snow to our W/NW. If we get any snow, it'll be light with no accumulation--due to the warm ground. Even if we get a little sleet/ice/freezing rain, it shouldn't be a problem. The forecast minimum in the morning should be near 20F/-6.6C.
This day is a cold, damp reminder that Winter isn't too far away. A good day to hibernate in a warm bed...LOL...

Oh! To be in Warm Australia~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/12/2006 12:03

Hello Folks:

***SNOW***7PM CST Thur. Just looked out the door and it's lightly snowing (Mena Info Line reports temperature at 27F/-2.7C), I guess it started about an hour ago. The NW winds are really gusty and the Windchills may get down to 10F/-12.2C. I think we are forecasted for an inch/2.5cm of snow, before the clouds clear out.

A Significant Winter Storm is blasting the midsection of the US. Portions of Oklahoma, Missouri & Texas are forecasted to cop 1'+/30+cm of snow, while other places are copping sleet and freezing rain while the southern areas of the front are having severe T-storms.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Twisters

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/12/2006 12:45

Wow looks great and wild in America keep updates comeing in

50mm of rain man that would be so nice here dream of that kind of rain fall
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/12/2006 16:24

Twisters/Folks:

11:20 PM CST Thur. Well, all up I copped 3.2"/81.2mm rain and one-quarter inch/.6cm of snow. The gusty WNW winds have lessened somewhat and the temperature has fallen to a cool 20F/-6.6C. A VERY weather-active day indeed!!!

Time for some HOT Chocolate~~~Wet Snow
P.S. It really feels nasty considering the max. in Mena yesterday (Wed.) was 71F/21.6C (The record high for Nov. 29 is 75F/23.8C in 1949--so near-record warmth, and then SNOW the next day!!!)
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 01/12/2006 19:12

Hello Friends:
Heres some weathernumbers for November 2006 in Mena, Arkansas:
Climatologically for Mena in November: Avg. Max. of 60F/15.5C with Avg. Min. of 38F/3.3C.
All-time November Max.: 84F/28.8C--Nov. 1, 1937; Nov. 2, 1916; Nov. 3, 1978 and Nov. 14, 1955. All-time November Min.: 13F/-10.5C--Nov. 15, 1940; Nov. 19, 1903; Nov. 24, 1970 and Nov. 29, 1976.

Avg. Max.: 62.5F/16.9C
Avg. Min.: 40.5F/4.7C
High Max.: 79F/26.1C--Nov. 8 & 10
Low Min.: 19F/-7.2C--Nov. 30
...High Min.: 59F/15C--Nov. 27
...Low Max.: 53F/11.6C--Nov. 2
5 Days, Maximum of 70F+/21.1C+
10 Days, Minimum of 32F/0C or lower

8 Raindays (1 Snowday ) & 6 Thunderdays in month.
Rain for Nov.: 11.45"/290.8mm (+6.55"/+166.3mm)
Rain for Year: 61.25"/1,555.7mm (+11.05"/+280.6mm)
Pea-sized hail with T-shower on the 14th.
One-quarter inch/.6cm SNOW on the 30th.

Daily Maximum, Record Broken/Tied:
79F/26.1C--Nov. 10 (broke old rec. max. for Date of 78F/25.5C in 1963).

Watches/Warnings for Month:
Freeze Warning: morn. of Nov. 2 & 3
Flash Flood Watch: Nov. 5-6
Tornado Watch: Nov. 14-15
Tornado Warning: (N. Polk County) Nov. 14
Lake Wind Advisory: Nov. 15, 16
Winter Weather Advisory: Nov. 30

Wishing ALL A Happy, Safe, Prosperous & Blessed (Merry Christmas) month of December.
Take Care~~~Wet Snow
Posted by: Johno

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/12/2006 02:22





I just got these pics sent to me from my friend in kansas city! it looks soooooo good! just wanna put some boots and a coat on and go out and play :p
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 02/12/2006 16:50

Hello Folks:

For the set-up with maps and other information on the Winter Storm that grazed Arkansas (snow in N/NW areas, freezing rain/sleet further south and T-storms in E Arkansas):
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/win1106.htm

For Doppler Radar Image of the rotating T-storm cell (which put my area of northern Polk County under a Tornado Warning) on Nov. 14 (it was raining/hailing [pea-sized] so hard that I could barely hear the tornado sirens in town--1 mile/1.6km away!!!)
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/html/nov2006/svr.htm

Please Enjoy~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Hey Johno: Great Pics---yep, hoping to see something like that here this winter.
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 04/12/2006 08:40

December Greetin's Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH.......LOW........RAIN
Nov..26..66F/18.8C..52F/11.1C..---
.....27..70F/21.1C..59F/15C....TRACE
.....28..65F/18.3C..58F/14.4C..0.10"/2.5mm
.....29..71F/21.6C..58F/14.4C..0.10"/2.5mm
.....30..58F/14.4C..19F/-7.2C..3.10"/78.7mm
Dec...1..44F/6.6C...19F/-7.2C..---
......2..47F/8.3C...24F/-4.4C..---

A very active weather-week. Rain on 28th from moist SW airflow ahead of a cold front. Canadian cold front passed through just before MIDNIGHT on the 29th (temperature fell from 71F/21.6C to 19F/-7.2C--quite a strong front). Very strange on the 30th: steady rain and some thunder rumbles around 11AM, then by 6PM it was lightly snowing. Before it ended, I copped one-fourth of an inch/.6cm of snow (Hopefully just a sign of more SNOW to come). Later that night, the gusty WNW winds dropped our Wind Chills to near 10F/-12.2C.
Overall Low-abt. 11:55PM-listed for the 27th; Overall High-(aided by gusty SW winds) abt. 11:09 PM-listed for the 28th; Overall Low-abt. 11:50 PM-listed for the 29th and Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:47PM listed for the 30th.
The heaviest snowfalls were to my W/N/NW, I'm just Thankful my area dodged any freezing rain/ice. The majority of the scant snowfall melted by the next afternoon. The last few days are really starting to feel Winterlike, made worse by the relatively warm weather we had just a few days ago.
The upcoming week looks mainly dry with still below normal temperatures.
*******
Sportswise: Saturday night UA played U Florida in the SEC Championship game (played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.) #8-ranked UA (10-2 overall) was 7-1 in SEC play--champions of SEC West Division, #4-ranked Florida (11-1 overall) was 7-1 in SEC play--champions of SEC East Division. UF was a 2-point favorite and features a strong defense with strong passing attack and a good rushing attack. UF scored a TD late in the 1st half to go up by 17-0. UA scored before Halftime to cut the lead to 17-7 at the break. UA actually took a 21-17 lead (8:33 left 3rd Qtr.) as A. Robinson intercepted a pass and returned it 40-yards for a Touchdown. But in the end UF hit some big passes and timely runs. UF shut down UA's running attack and the passing game wasn't producing. UA suffered a couple of deadly miscues: UF blocked a UA punt and took the ball at the UA 9-yard line (leading to a TD) and in the 4th Quarter, UA's Reggie Fish fumbled a punt return, UF recovered the ball in the UA endzone for a Touchdown. Florida would be hard enough to beat without giving them points like this. Nevertheless with yardage gained rushing in the game, both UA Running Backs McFadden and Jones each rushed for over 1,000 yards this season and UA Wide Receiver Marcus Monk broke the school record by catching the 24th Touchdown pass of his career. UF triumphs by a 38-28 score in a fairly exciting game with quite a few momentum changes.
The Hogs will now wait for a bid to a major (post-season) Bowl game.
["Bowl" games are a reward for a team having a good year. A team from one conference is pitted against a team (with a similar W-L record) from another conference. They are called "Bowl" games as the stadiums they are played in look like giant bowls (ex. Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, etc.). The Fiesta Bowl will host the teams which will play for this years' (mythical) National Championship]. The revenues/payouts from the Bowl Games--(I think there were 28 [TOO MANY] different Bowl games at last count) ranging from $500,000 per team to $11 MILLION per team--are divided up among that conferences' schools.

Wishing ALL A Super Week~~~David Powell
Posted by: Wet Snow

Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather - 11/12/2006 08:45

Hello Friends:
Heres previous weeks weat