We have seen 30 inches of rainfall since September 1st, and two tornados. This unusual weather has folks across the Arklamiss asking the question, why? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their winter weather predictions for the U.S. They say El Nino seems to be the biggest factor with all of this weather. El Nino is a phenomenon that occurs off the Pacific coast of South America. The water off the coast becomes warmer than normal causing a change in weather across the earth. Although it is thousands of miles away it has a major impact on weather in the south east. We can expect much cooler and wet weather for the next couple of months.
We have already had our fair share of rain fall. The Tensas Levee District is predicting river levels of the Ouachita River to reach 41 feet by the end of the month. That level could easily rise higher than that prediction. With the ground already very saturated even a small rain even could eventually send these levels higher.