Floods kill 16 in Arkansas; dozens missing

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:24 PM GMT on June 11, 2010

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Heavy rains in excess of seven inches fell over southwestern Arkansas overnight, triggering flash floods that killed at least sixteen people in Caddo Gap, in the rugged Ouachita Mountains. Forty people are missing, with dozens injured. The closest weather station to the disaster is Mount Ida, which recorded 7.16" of rain over the past 48 hours. The USGS is reporting that the Caddo River in Caddo Gap rose from 8.4 feet at 3am CDT to 25.39 feet in just five hours, reaching the 2nd highest flood height on the river since records began in 1989. The Little Missouri River west of Caddo Gap rose 20 feet overnight, from 3 feet to 23.5 feet. The previous highest flood in the 22-year record at this location was just 14.66 feet, set in 2008. You can look at local rainfall amounts and river flood levels in the region using our wundermap with the "USGS River" layer turned on.

Andy Revkin at the New York Times has a blog worth reading on the disaster.


Figure 1. Radar estimated rainfall for June 9 - 11 over Southwest Arkansas. Rainfall amounts in excess of eight inches are indicated for Caddo Gap, where today's flood disaster occurred.

Oil spill update
Southeast to south winds of 10 - 15 knots will blow today through Saturday, according to the latest marine forecast from NOAA. These winds will keep oil near the shores of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and the extreme western Florida Panhandle, according to the latest trajectory forecasts from NOAA and the State of Louisiana. The winds become light an variable Sunday through Tuesday, which will result in little movement of the spill. The long range 8 - 16 day forecast from the GFS model indicates a continued regime of light winds, mostly out of the south or southeast. This wind regime will likely push oil onto sections of the eastern Louisiana coast during the period 1 - 2 weeks from now.


Figure 2. The oil spill as imaged on June 10, 2010, by NASA's Aqua satellite.

Oil spill resources
My post, What a hurricane would do the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
NOAA's fact sheet on Hurricanes and the Oil Spill
My post on the Southwest Florida "Forbidden Zone" where surface oil will rarely go
My post on what oil might do to a hurricane
Oil trajectory forecasts from NOAA
Gulf Oil Blog from the UGA Department of Marine Sciences
Oil Spill Academic Task Force
University of South Florida Ocean Circulation Group oil spill forecasts
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery from the University of Miami

The tropical Atlantic is quiet right now, with no models predicting tropical cyclone development over the next seven days. I'll have a new post either Saturday or Monday.

Jeff Masters

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962. xcool
bye rob
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959. xcool
haha
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Dear Lord I gues I'm not the only nite owl
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I'm out for the night. Talk to you guys tomorrow, if I can.
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956. xcool
JLPR2 .oh da website..
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955. JLPR2
Quoting JFLORIDA:
Solar activity is a bit up moving to the far side - as it swings back around we may see some real activity here.





yeah, I read somewhere that the sun was coming out of a quiet phase and entering a more active one, but I dont remember where I read that. :\
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954. JLPR2
Quoting xcool:
Link

see


it has only updates till 120hrs

Waiting for the rest -.-
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952. xcool
Link

see
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951. xcool
ECMWF :(
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949. xcool
lol rob .big hurricane
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948. JLPR2
Quoting btwntx08:

yep here it shows it as a hurricane lol


nah, not that deep, but it does look like a TS and it was moving west there :S
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946. JLPR2
Quoting caneswatch:


Haha, that's great. Where's tornadodude been, i've seen him on but i've never gotten the chance to talk to him. We were talking months ago about colleges that have good meteorology schools.


He was on yesterday, not sure about today, I actually left the computer and went out. XD
and yep I got a hello from him, but didn't really speak that much.
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945. JLPR2
Quoting btwntx08:

:o


Crazy, right?

XD
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Quoting JLPR2:


*shrugs shoulders*
no idea man, haven't been on much today, all I know is that he has changed handles more than I changed underwear. XD


Haha, that's great. Where's tornadodude been, i've seen him on but i've never gotten the chance to talk to him. We were talking months ago about colleges that have good meteorology schools.
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Quoting SouthALWX:

no reason why he cant be more than one ...


eh... He should stick with one, its starting to get tiring, I mean, come on! How many email addresses does he have? -_-
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Quoting JLPR2:


*shrugs shoulders*
no idea man, haven't been on much today, all I know is that he has changed handles more than I changed underwear. XD

no reason why he cant be more than one ...
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940. xcool
I HAVE NO CLUE .
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939. JLPR2
Quoting caneswatch:


What name does he go by now?


*shrugs shoulders*
no idea man, haven't been on much today, all I know is that he has changed handles more than I changed underwear. XD
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938. JLPR2
Quoting xcool:
JLPR2 .;) 120AM HERE


so I'm one hour ahead, yikes! XD
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Quoting JLPR2:


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I didn't get it... -.-
I want to laugh! XD
man, its 2am, no wonder this place is so quiet.


What name does he go by now?
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Quoting louisianaboy444:
Hey JFV lol

its not him, his new handle is something else.
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934. xcool
JLPR2 .;) 120AM HERE
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I'll grant you and Siesta that the forecast steering takes it close to Florida, certainly, but not south Florida.


There is model support as the NOGAPS shows a weak system. The CMC cuts off as the storm nears the southern Bahamas hundreds of miles from florida.
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Quoting xcool:
LMAO JFV


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I didn't get it... -.-
I want to laugh! XD
man, its 2am, no wonder this place is so quiet.
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931. xcool
LMAO JFV
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Quoting homelesswanderer:


Yeah. After looking at the CMC up to that point that's what it looks like.


The African Wave Train is starting out real early this season. Here's a song with a title that suits for this situation well:


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Hey JFV lol
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Quoting xcool:


GFS doesn't do much with it anymore, and I hope it stays like that, I mean, come on!
I know there will be plenty of storms passing through that area in late July, August and September, we dont need one there now. XD
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927. xcool
hmm that crazy
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Quoting caneswatch:


Seems to be a wave coming from the east, probably a wave that will be rolling off of Africa soon.


Yeah. After looking at the CMC up to that point that's what it looks like.
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Quoting homelesswanderer:


This seems to show somthing headed towards Florida but I can't tell where it's coming from. This is the only longer range CMC I could find and it doesn't show south of GOM.
Link

just hit next.


Seems to be a wave coming from the east, probably a wave that will be rolling off of Africa soon.
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Quoting texascoastres:
thankyou caneswatch glad to here that!

anything exciting happening?!


Not much, just a blob to watch and as for myself, i'm going on vacation for the next two days.
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Quoting caneswatch:


We always stick out lol. But that's why we get hit so much, we stick out like a sore thumb.


This seems to show somthing headed towards Florida but I can't tell where it's coming from. This is the only longer range CMC I could find and it doesn't show south of GOM.
Link

just hit next.
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thankyou caneswatch glad to here that!

anything exciting happening?!
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Quoting homelesswanderer:


Yeah I agree about Florida sticking out there. I was just saying that it seems a bit too far out to think steering currents for something the models showing down the road a bit.


We always stick out lol. But that's why we get hit so much, we stick out like a sore thumb.
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Quoting texascoastres:
good evening all! haven,t been on since yesterday. can someone give me an update on Alex


Last I heard, he was doing ok. It was a condition he hads that sent him to the hospital. His sister said he will be out before we know it.
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Quoting weatherblog:


Yes, Texas probably gets the second most. However, IF something were to form and head towards the U.S. (doubt it though), I think anywhere from the western GOM to Florida would be highest at risk. Texas usually gets hit during the peak of the season. Florida gets hit during all of the season because it sticks out so much.


Yeah I agree about Florida sticking out there. I was just saying that it seems a bit too far out to think steering currents for something the models showing down the road a bit.
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good evening all! haven,t been on since yesterday. can someone give me an update on Alex
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Quoting homelesswanderer:


Wow! No wonder I couldn't find what y'all are talking about. It doesn't exist yet. Lol. Yes if something develops it can go to S.FL. Or anywhere else in the basin. That's way too far away on the model to be showing anything you can count on. Y'all know that. Last week it was sending a major to TX at the end of the run. I mean Texas does get the 2nd most hits. We have the 2nd mot coast line.


Yes, Texas probably gets the second most. However, IF something were to form and head towards the U.S. (doubt it though), I think anywhere from the western GOM to Florida would be highest at risk. Texas usually gets hit during the peak of the season. Florida gets hit during all of the season because it sticks out so much.
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SKS...
does the name janiel ring a bell? He might be a friend of yours? You would both be from south florida. Perhaps you share a body with his other personalities? ;)

as far as this wave goes ... it's fun to watch but I feel it has little bearing on the season as a whole. we really need to start pulling for these however as any TC that mixes and evaporates but doesnt bother anyone like this one can will help us later on.
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912. xcool



oh shi[[[ guess wave at 32w ?
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.