A dry morning for most areas turned into a summer soaker. Thunderstorms flared up by early afternoon. Colliding outflow boundaries from storm clusters really focused the heavy rain near and south of I-44 for several hours Monday afternoon.
Springfield officially picked up 1.06″ of rain at the airport, a new record rainfall for the day. But, the rain was a lot heavier for most of the rest of Springfield. The heaviest of the rain was centered near Nathanael Greene Park where amounts may have exceeded 5″. Rain amounts of 2″ or more were common south of Chestnut Expwy. and west of Glenstone.
The heavy rain led to street flooding and also flooding on creeks like South Creek where a near record crest of 8.93′ occurred.
Many other areas along and to the south of I-44 picked up excessive rainfall with quite a few spots under Flash Flood Warnings into the evening hours.
The rain continues to slowly shift out of the area with an area of rain and thunder still lingering across North Central Arkansas late Monday evening. A cool front moving in from the north will still pose a threat for spotty showers or a thunderstorm, but they won’t last long. And, most of the area will remain dry.
It looks like we’ll start Tuesday with clouds and humid conditions. The cloud cover will thin out later in the morning with sunny skies developing from north to south. Afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 80s and there will be a noticeable drop in the humidity.
The drier air flooding the area behind the front will set the stage for a dry pattern through at least Thursday. The drier air will also make for comfy cool mornings and comfortably warm afternoons.
The overall look of the pattern will likely keep wet weather out of the Ozarks and focused to the east and south through the holiday weekend. Afternoon temperatures will be trending highs with highs around 90° each day through the weekend. The overnights will still be comfortable though with humidity levels remaining fairly low.