There weren’t any rainy day blues in Lincoln County on Tuesday morning in the wake of storms that dropped some water nearly everywhere in Arkansas.
“Everybody I have talked to this morning is in a great mood,” said Chad Norton, Extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. “We received .75 to .8 of an inch and it’s still falling.”
National Weather Service radar images for rain totals between 10:05 a.m. Monday to 7:41 a.m. Tuesday indicated rainfall nearly statewide, with some spots in Arkansas, Clark, Columbia, Montgomery, Ouachita and Phillips counties receiving more than 5 inches. Portions of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley remained dry.
“People here in Yell County woke up to something they had not seen in a while -- standing water,” said Jack Clark, Yell County Extension agent. “It may only keep producers from irrigating for one day, but we will take what we can get.”
Dennis Bailey, Jefferson County Extension staff chair, called the half-inch that fell Monday afternoon a “dust-settler.” The unofficial total rainfall by Tuesday was near the 2-inch mark, “an excellent rain for all purposes except soccer and baseball,” he said.
“This should allow producers to start back planting soybeans, said Joe Paul Stuart, Little River County Extension staff chair. “Probably not enough for another hay cutting yet.”
Hail and high winds can be a threat to crops. No hail damage was reported early Monday morning, though high winds blew corn down in Little River County and sent lawn chairs flying in Desha County.
Storms began sagging into northern Arkansas late Monday morning becoming more powerful as they moved southward.
Winds clocked at up to 60 miles per hour downed trees and power poles around the state with reports of an 18-inch limb going through a roof in Faulkner County, a tree falling on a truck in Tichnor and a power pole falling on a car in Stuttgart. Tree-blocked roads were reported in Boone, Saline and Pulaski counties.
Inch-and-a-half hail was reported at Ridgeway in Boone County. One-inch hail was reported at Conway and .88-inch hail was reported at Batesville.
The forecast for the rest of the week was expected to snap back to a dry, hot pattern with a 20 percent chance of rain Saturday. The skies were expected to clear around noon Tuesday, making the celebration short-lived.
“If the sun comes out later, the rain will soon be forgotten,” Clark said. “Cattle producers here need a lot more hay and this little bit of rain won't get them to it.”
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