Arkansas Storm Team Weather Blog: At least 16 tornadoes confirmed over the Memorial Day Weekend

Without a doubt, the month of May has proven to be our most active month for tornadoes in 2024. On May 1st, we had only seen 7 touchdowns in Arkansas. But during the month of May, we’ve added several new tornadoes. Several new touchdowns were confirmed since the time this blog was originally posted Tuesday afternoon.

Below is a map showing all tornado warnings that were issued over the weekend. The strongest of these storms tracked across the northern tier of the state after midnight Saturday night, prompting several warnings along the US-62 corridor. Several additional tornado warnings were prompted Sunday night as well.

That one supercell thunderstorm that tracked across northern Arkansas is responsible for 3 of our strongest tornadoes this year. Up until this past weekend, our strongest in 2024 was the EF-2 Hot Springs/Lake Hamilton tornado with maximum winds around 120 mph. But in just one night, we added three that were stronger than that.

So far, the National Weather Service in Tulsa has confirmed winds between 140 and 150 mph with the tornado that struck Decatur (Benton County). Then further to the east, the NWS in Little Rock confirmed two other tornadoes with maximum winds estimated near 140 mph.

One of those touched down in Boone County near Bellefonte, and stayed on the ground into Marion County before lifting near Pyatt. The other one touched down between Briarcliff and Salesville in Baxter County, crossing a portion of Norfork Lake before lifting again.

In total, the National Weather Service has confirmed 16 tornadoes from the past weekend. The first of those was in Sevier County early Friday morning. 13 of those occurred after midnight Saturday night into Sunday morning. Then two more touched down Sunday night in Greene County.

So again, this makes 24 tornadoes in the month of May. These May tornadoes make up 77 percent of all tornadoes this year. On average, we typically see 37 each year. So we are certainly getting close to that, and we aren’t even halfway through 2024.

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