Hurricane Barry Rains on Arkansas
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.