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Record Hot Tuesday

Tuesday featured record heat across Arkansas. Here is a wrap up of the records.

Numerous temperature records fell across Arkansas on Tuesday as highs topped out in the upper 90s. Little Rock broke the record high for the day hitting 97, North Little Rock reached 96, and Jacksonville topped out at 98. The hot spot for the State was Mena at 99 degrees. The Weather Service did note an observation of 100, but it was not an official reading. Below is the wrap up from The National Weather Service in Little Rock of Tuesday's heat:









PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
808 PM CDT TUE MAY 29 2012

...HOT TEMPERATURES TODAY IN ARKANSAS...

TEMPERATURES APPROACHED THE CENTURY MARK IN MUCH OF CENTRAL AND
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS THIS AFTERNOON. THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF SOME
HIGH TEMPERATURES FROM AROUND THE REGION FOR TODAY...


MENA AIRPORT                   99
ARKADELPHIA AIRPORT            98
JACKSONVILLE/LITTLE ROCK AFB   98
RUSSELLVILLE                   98
BATESVILLE AIRPORT             97
CLINTON AIRPORT                97
HOT SPRINGS AIRPORT            97
LITTLE ROCK ADAMS FIELD        97
SEARCY                         97
STUTTGART AIRPORT              97
MOUNT IDA                      96
NORTH LITTLE ROCK              96
CAMDEN AIRPORT                 95
MONTICELLO                     95
PINE BLUFF                     94

SEVERAL LOCATIONS SET RECORD TEMPERATURES...INCLUDING...

BATESVILLE AIRPORT...

AT BATESVILLE AIRPORT...THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 97 BROKE THE
PREVIOUS DAILY RECORD OF 94...WHICH WAS SET IN 1945. THIS IS ALSO
THE HOTTEST MAY TEMPERATURE ON RECORD AT THE BATESVILLE AIRPORT...
AND THIS TEMPERATURE WAS ALSO RECORDED ON MAY 28TH. THE PREVIOUS
HIGHEST RECORD TEMPERATURE FOR MAY WAS 96 DEGREES...WHICH WAS
RECORDED ON MAY 31ST 1937.

RECORDS FOR BATESVILLE AIRPORT BEGAN MARCH 1ST 1937.

MOUNT IDA...

AT MOUNT IDA...THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 96 BROKE THE PREVIOUS DAILY
RECORD OF 93...WHICH WAS SET IN 1925. THIS WAS THE SECOND HIGHEST
TEMPERATURE ON RECORD IN THE MONTH OF MAY AT MOUNT IDA. THIS
TEMPERATURE WAS LAST RECORDED ON MAY 31ST 1977. THE HIGHEST
TEMPERATURE IN THE MONTH OF MAY WAS 97 DEGREES...WHICH OCCURRED ON
MAY 30TH AND 31ST 1934.

RECORDS FOR MOUNT IDA BEGAN FEBRUARY 1ST 1872.

LITTLE ROCK ADAMS FIELD...

AT LITTLE ROCK ADAMS FIELD...THE HIGH WAS 97...AND BROKE THE
PREVIOUS RECORD OF 96 DEGREES...WHICH WAS SET IN 1926 AND AGAIN IN
1953. THIS ALSO IS THE SECOND HOTTEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN
THE MONTH OF MAY AT LITTLE ROCK. THIS SAME TEMPERATURE WAS REACHED
ON MAY 31ST 1934...AND AGAIN ON MAY 30TH 1977.

THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURE ON RECORD IN THE MONTH OF MAY AT LITTLE ROCK
WAS 98 DEGREES. THIS OCCURRED ON MAY 26TH 1964...AND MOST RECENTLY
ON MAY 31ST 1998.

TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR LITTLE ROCK BEGAN JULY 1ST 1879.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK...

AT NORTH LITTLE ROCK...THE HIGH WAS 96 DEGREES. THIS BROKE THE
PREVIOUS RECORD OF 94...WHICH WAS SET IN 1977.

THIS WAS ALSO THE THIRD HOTTEST TEMPERATURE ON RECORD IN THE MONTH
OF MAY...AND THE HOTTEST SINCE 97 DEGREES WAS RECORDED ON MAY 31ST
1998. THE HOTTEST MAY TEMPERATURE ON RECORD WAS 98 DEGREES...ON MAY
30TH 1977.

TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR NORTH LITTLE ROCK BEGAN DECEMBER 31ST 1975.

JACKSONVILLE/LITTLE ROCK AFB...

A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 98 DEGREES WAS SET AT JACKSONVILLE/
LITTLE ROCK AFB TODAY. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 94...WHICH WAS
SET IN 1977.

THIS WAS THE THIRD HOTTEST TEMPERATURE ON RECORD IN THE MONTH OF MAY
AT JACKSONVILLE/LITTLE ROCK AFB.

THE HOTTEST MAY TEMPERATURE ON RECORD WAS 102 DEGREES...SET ON MAY
31ST 1998.

RECORDS FOR JACKSONVILLE/LITTLE ROCK AFB BEGAN JANUARY 1ST 1956.

HOT SPRINGS AIRPORT...

AT THE HOT SPRINGS AIRPORT...THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 97 BROKE THE
PREVIOUS DAILY RECORD HIGH OF 93...WHICH WAS SET IN 2000.

THIS WAS THE SECOND HOTTEST MAY TEMPERATURE RECORDED AT THE HOT
SPRINGS AIRPORT. THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURE WAS 98 DEGREES...ON MAY
31ST 1998...AND ON MAY 20TH 2005.

TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR THE HOT SPRINGS AIRPORT BEGAN JANUARY 9TH
1948.

RUSSELLVILLE...

AT RUSSELLVILLE...THE HIGH OF 98 BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 96
DEGREES...WHICH WAS SET IN 1998. THIS WAS THE HOTTEST MAY
TEMPERATURE AT RUSSELLVILLE SINCE LATE MAY 1951...AND THE SECOND
HOTTEST TEMPERATURE ON RECORD IN THE MONTH OF MAY. THE HOTTEST MAY
TEMPERATURE ON RECORD WAS 99 DEGREES...ON MAY 31ST 1886.

RECORDS FOR RUSSELLVILLE BEGAN MAY 1ST 1882.

ALSO...THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 100 DEGREES ON PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN
THIS AFTERNOON...

ASTRONOMER CLAY SHERROD REPORTED THAT THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 100
DEGREES AT HIS OBSERVATORY ON PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN AT 431 PM CDT THIS
AFTERNOON. HE ALSO NOTED THAT THERE HAS BEEN ZERO RAINFALL SO FAR IN
MAY...AND ONLY 1.10 INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN APRIL. HE SAID IT IS A
TINDERBOX ON THE MOUNTAIN.

THE REPORT OF 100 DEGREES...WHILE DEEMED ACCURATE...IS CONSIDERED
UNOFFICIAL...SINCE DR. SHERROD IS NOT AN OFFICIAL NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE OBSERVER.
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