Looking back at weather patterns in 2010, looking forward in 2011

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - We always say the weather is never dull here in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri, and that was the case once again in 2010. In the past year, we experienced everything from tornadoes to snow storms. Here is a look back at the weather that was.

January 2010 started off cold with a little light snow, but by the end of the month we had our first big snow storm. It dumped over 6 inches in Jonesboro with many locations picking up 8 to 12 inches.

Before it had a chance to melt we saw another snow February 8 that put down another six inches in some areas.

Severe weather season kicked into high gear on March 10 as tornadoes ripped through parts of White and Independence counties.

Turn the calendar to April and tornadoes hit the state again. In that event an EF-3 tornado ripped through Jackson County destroying a church and several homes in its path.

A round of severe weather at the beginning of May dropped several inches of rain in the Arkansas Delta, causing lots of problems for area farmers.

One of the biggest weather events was likely the summer heat and drought. During June, July and August Jonesboro hit 90 degrees or above 75 days. Eight of those days were 100 degrees or hotter. Overall summer 2010 was the second hottest in Jonesboro, tying with the summer of 1954.

The heat and lack of rain left most of the area in an extreme drought. We finished the year nearly 14 inches below normal for precipitation. The drought continues for most of Region 8 and that leads us to 2011.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 8-14 day outlook suggests much colder air is headed toward the area with near average precipitation.

In a La Niña pattern we can see periods of warmer temperatures during the winter along with periods of above average rainfall. However, that doesn't mean that there won't be cold outbreaks or snow.

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