Severe Weather Statistics Released for 2009

By: Ryan Vaughan email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The National Weather Service in Little Rock has released some statistics regarding severe weather in 2009 for Arkansas.

According to Meteorologist John Robinson, the state will end the year with a total of 44 tornadoes. One of those tornadoes did cause some fatalities, with three deaths from the Mena tornado. This figure does include statistics for the entire state, including the counties covered by other NWS offices.

In addition to the tornado numbers above, Robinson also released these numbers:

  • Forty-six people were injured by tornadoes during the year.
  • The maximum thunderstorm wind in 2009 was 103 mph at the Corning Airport (Clay County) on April 99th. This was a measured gust, not an estimate.
  • For the year, there were 13 injuries from severe thunderstorms.
  • The maximum hail size was 4 inches (softball size) at Hackett (Sebastian County) on June 12th.
  • There were five lightning injuries for the year.
  • Flash floods took four lives and caused seven injuries for the year.

This is a reminder of the dangers in weather. During quiet weather, it is a good time to create a plan in the event of severe weather, whether it is tornadoes, winter storms, or flooding.

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