Rainfall estimates (from radar and gauges in Arkansas) over the past week. (National Weather Service) (This article was updated based on the new rainfall report from Dierks, Ark.) Louisiana grabbed many of the headlines from former hurricane Barry. But the super-soggy storm made history in Arkansas, where it unloaded over 16 inches of rain, a record for a tropical weather system in the Razorback State. Arkansas is now the fifth state to post a new tropical storm or hurricane rainfall record since 2017, joining Texas, Hawaii, North Carolina and South Carolina. These exceptional rainstorms keep happening and appear to be part of a trend toward more extreme events connected to climate change. Barry’s remnants dispensed 16.17 inches in Dierks, Arkansas, which is about midway between Dallas and Memphis and 120 miles southwest of Little Rock. This preliminary report (which will require verification by the National Weather Service to become […]