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The good and bad news about Isaac

August 29, 2012

Isaac will most likely bring more rain to the western counties than previously thought.  That’s the good news.  According to John Robinson with the National Weather Service “the National Hurricane Center’s projected path has shifted farther west … a large area of heavy rain is expected across most of the state.  There will likely be at least a few totals greater than 6 inches.”  The map from the Hydrometerological Prediction Center suggests that some of the most drought stricken counties could receive 2 or more inches of rain. Although we know the anticipated rainfall won’t end the drought, it could bring some much needed relief to Arkansas producers.

The bad news (and perhaps the ugly) is that Isaac may also bring flash floods and minor river flooding along with some damaging winds.  Most of Arkansas is currently under a flash flood watch.   In some areas, farmers are running around the clock trying to get mature crops in before Isaac blusters into the state.   County agents tell us that every combine is running and that 2 inches of rain may be as devastating as 4.  One of their biggest concerns right now is the wind and rain making the rice lodge.   READ MORE …

Image courtesy of National Hurricane Center

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