Weather blog: How wet has this year been?

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Not only has it been a wet past few days, it has been a VERY wet year!

Some of the recent rainfall totals across the region updated as of December 3rd.

We have certainly had quite a bit of rain across the region this year. Rainfall accumulations across northern Benton Co. back in early November measured 5″ with most of the region picking up a widespread 2-3″ and we continued to add to these totals over the last several weeks.

Top 7 Highest Rainfall Totals From November November 6 Event

Rainfall Records for the Region

Drake Field

With all the wet weather we have dealt with recently, it might cause someone to ask how close are we to breaking records? In Fayetteville, AR we are currently at the 5th wettest year of all time with 63.93″ received so far this year as of December 3rd, 2019.

2019 Year to Date Rainfall Up To December 3rd at Drake Field Airport

With a little less than one month left in the year, don’t be surprised if we end up closing out the year in the top 4 or even the top 3 wettest years of all time in Fayetteville.

Becoming the wettest year on record does not seem possible at this point, due to our yearly total only being at 63.93 inches. We would need to see an additional amount of 11.09 inches to hit the wettest year ever! Quite a few powerful moisture rich systems would need to move through our region before the end of the year.

Top 5 Wettest Years on Record for Drake Field Airport

Fort Smith

The River Valley has already accumulated more rain than Fayetteville with 66.63″ for the year so far as of December 3rd. Fort Smith is already at the 3rd wettest year on record. It will be tough to reach 2nd wettest, but just like Fayetteville the chances to move to the top are looking very unlikely as we close out the year.

2019 Year to Date Rainfall Up To December 3rd at Fort Smith Regional Airport
Top 5 Wettest Years on Record for Fort Smith Regional Airport

Year to Date Rainfall

While Drake Field has seen close to 64″ for the year so far, some places in NWA have seen MUCH MORE rain. Lost Springs Golf Course in Rogers has measured a staggering 86.32″ of rain this year already! The River Valley is also approaching 70″ for the year with some areas approaching 70-80″. Parts of Southwest Missouri have seen over 80″ of rain, which truly is an incredible amount.

Year to Date Precipitation Totals Valid Thru December 2, 2019

The normals below usualy rain totals as of December 2, 2019. According to NOAA, Fayetteville, AR should see a yearly total of 48.51. Most of Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley should have 40-50″ of rain year to date, with a small area in NWA getting into the 50-60″ range in the Boston Mountains.

Year to Date Precipitation Normal Valid Thru December 2, 2019

Northwest Arkansas has clearly overachieved with rainfall this year with the region approaching 20″ above normal in most places with lesser amounts farther east. All this rainfall has had an adverse effect on agricultural community with many farmers dealing with flooded fields.

Year to Date Departure from Normal Valid Thru December 2, 2019

Hopefully, December doesn’t go out like a lion, but as always we’ll be tracking the next weather system closely, so keep it here with your Weather Authority for the latest weather information.

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