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2013 Spring One of Coolest on Record for Arkansas

Late snow and freeze helped create some historic weather for the state.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Spring 2013 has turned out to be one of the coolest on record for Arkansas.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Little Rock says for the fourth month in a row, temperatures in May were below normal. The state experienced the latest accumulating snow on record on May 4th.

On April 25th, Booneville (Logan County) had the latest freeze since 1960. Freezes also occurred on this day at Batesville Lock and Dam (Independence County) and Harrison (Boone County), which were the latest since 1963.

In March, there were also plenty of cool facts:
  • North Little Rock (Pulaski County) had no 80 degree days for the first time since 2001.
  • The high temperature at North Little Rock (Pulaski County) was at or below 50 degrees 10 times. This was the most on record locally (since data collection began in 1975).
  • Average high temperatures (in the mid to upper 50s) were the coldest on record at Clarendon (Monroe County) and North Little Rock (Pulaski County).
  • Harrison (Boone County) had 19 days with low temperatures at or below freezing. This was the most since 1978 (20 days).
  • Cabot (Lonoke County) and Leola (Grant County) had 17 freezes, which was the most on record at both locations.
  • The 4.5 inches of snow that fell at Greers Ferry Dam (Cleburne County) was the second most on record for the month.
The NWS says current records show that 1960 featured the lowest average temperatures from March through May (meteorological spring). That was closely followed by readings in 1931.

It is not certain how 2013 ranks because May readings for Arkansas have not yet been finalized. After March and April, this year was in the running for the record coolest spring.

NWS officials say they do know that it was a record cool spring at quite a few individual sites, including Brinkley (Monroe County), Malvern (Hot Spring County) and Searcy (White County). Records at these sites date back to 1882.

More information will become available when May numbers have been tabulated statewide.
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