Hurricane Barry Rains on Arkansas

It dropped more than 16 inches of rain.
Hurricane Barry Rains on Arkansas
July 23, 2019

Hurricane Barry was headed for Louisiana and many were concerned that there would be record flooding, but the storm made history in a different state: Arkansas. There it dropped more than 16 inches of rain, a record for a tropical weather system in the state, causing flash flooding. The level of rain made Arkansas 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 joins hurricanes Harvey, Lane, and Florence in establishing new state rainfall records for tropical weather systems.


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