Archive for March, 2010

A spectacular cloud display today!

March 31, 2010

Spring clouds with some showers!

It is certainly nice to see the cloud displays mixed in with the sunshine! It is a photographers delight as well as a sign of spring. The robins are staying busy looking for worms in the grass that is coming to life. A little moisture would not hurt a thing!

That is pretty much the agenda with highs around normal and a mix of rain and snow the next few days. The sunshine is getting people out of walks with their pets.

The construction season is in full swing, and it takes a little adjusting, but with some patience we can get through the improvements that are being made in different parts of town.

Looks like March is going to limp out like a lamb although the wool may get a little damp!

Fred

I’m back and blogging!

March 30, 2010

Sorry for the lack of updates on the blog the past several days. Some time off and back to work. I noticed on the way to work today that the grass is really turning green in the Gibson Park area!

It feels like spring too with some clouds, rain for lower elevations and mountain snow. Several advisories and warnings are posted on the website especially for higher elevations above 6,000 feet. Motorists should be especially careful driving over mountain passes!

I’ll keep it short today but more tomorrow. Have a wonderful day and evening!

Fred

Cool winds keep our temperature down!

March 25, 2010

Clouds blocking out the warmth of the sun!

I could feel it last night after the late news about 11 p.m. A cold northeast wind, not in our weather sight was making it very cold. Then this morning no sunshine for a time, so we really didn’t have a fighting chance of getting to 61 degrees today. Some day’s the weather models can play tricks on you!

The birds are happy, a light jacket was needed this morning but just didn’t feel spring like. We do have a weather system moving in tonight that will bring with it rain and snow showers, depending upon the elevation. Friday looks cloudy but the weekend still continues on track with sunshine and highs in the 60’s.

It’s yard work for me this weekend and maybe a little work cleaning up the garage!

Fred

High clouds over the new Federal courthouse.

March 24, 2010

Central Avenue West facing north

High thin cirrus clouds are blocking out some of the sunshine and holding the temperature down, but still a pleasant spring day in Great Falls! We have managed 50 degrees at 1 pm, so mid 50’s still seems reasonable.

The birds have been busy this morning, including robins. We did see a hummingbird come by to check out the empty feeder, so I immediately took it down and we are filling it up. Our two cats, never outdoors, love to lay by the patio door and watch them overhead.

Seemed like a lot of traffic today but everybody was business like, headed to work after lunch. Maybe tomorrow’s warmer weather will bring more people outdoors!

Have a great day!

Fred

Lilac buds are popping out and spring is here!

March 23, 2010

Buds begin to pop out on Lilacs

The breeze kept the buds moving a little but you get the idea, the green buds are popping open on the Lilacs! That is a sure sign of spring as has been the robins, chickadees and other wild birds singing and flying around. The squirrels are out running around too!

Plenty of people have their dogs out for walks and the kids are carrying their coats home from school after a chilly start to the day this morning!

We expect temperatures in the 50’s all week and basically dry. A few showers may appear Friday, but the chance is slight.

It’s great to open a window even for a short time and take in the smell of fresh air!

Fred

“Sun Talker” sees rain & snow in our future!

March 22, 2010

Sun Talker by Lynden Pomeroy 1982

After a windy weekend, but mild enough to be outdoors, another weather system is delivering rain that could change to snow overnight.

The Sun Talker sculpture was erected outside the KRTV studios in the early 1980’s. I was fortunate to meet the artist this past Friday when Lynden came by the television station for a visit to see how things had changed. The sculpture he said was made to commemorate the early methods of communication by Native Americans.  It is a beautiful piece of art and many people stop by the station to take pictures of it!

It was windy yesterday but that was good for me. I managed to mow the dusty front yard yesterday and if you stood in the right area the clippings went right in the big bags. I am afraid no matter how hard I tried I still had large amounts of dust and dirt in my eyes that was still being washed out this morning. Glad it is raining on the freshly mowed lawn though.

Our first of the week moisture should come to an end by Tuesday night and sunshine return on Wednesday. Temperatures hover around 50, some days climbing into the mid 50’s.

I hope you had a pleasant weekend and enjoy the first full week of spring!

Fred

Weather Duck “Cowboy’s Up” for Art Shows

March 19, 2010

Weather Duck keeps his head warm and dry after the snowfall last night!

A lot of visitors in town for Western Art week and the Weather Duck didn’t want to be left out. We saw about an inch of heavy wet snow and freezing temperatures overnight. This morning it felt crisp and nice, no wind!

It looks like our snow is over. Skies are clearing and we are getting ready for a good push of warmer southwest winds tonight and through the weekend. The snow that did fall melted on the pavement for the most part, driveways and sidewalks too in Great Falls.

Overnight we expect clear skies and a low in the mid 20’s.

Saturday sunny with a high in the mid 50’s. Gusty winds from the southwest up to 30+ mph to get there.

Sunday partly sunny and gusty winds but evening warmer with a high in the low 60’s to help dry out the wet grass.

Monday it’s back to clouds and showers for a day and then by Tuesday sunshine returns with highs in the 40’s.

Saturday      Sunny/windy    55/35

Sunday        Partly sunny/windy  63/33

Here you will find the snowfall amounts from around the area as of this morning as reported by the National Weather Service in Great Falls.

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
 1027 AM MDT FRI MAR 19 2010

 ..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
 ..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
             ..REMARKS..

 0921 PM     SNOW             RAYNESFORD              47.27N 110.73W
 03/18/2010  E2.0 INCH        JUDITH BASIN       MT   PUBLIC          

 0921 PM     SNOW             NEIHART                 46.93N 110.74W
 03/18/2010  E3.0 INCH        CASCADE            MT   CO-OP OBSERVER  

 1100 PM     SNOW             24 W BYNUM              47.98N 112.83W
 03/18/2010  M4.0 INCH        TETON              MT   MESONET         

     12 HOUR SNOWFALL WALDRON CREEK SNOTEL ELEVATION 5600 FEET
  
 0200 AM     SNOW             23 W HEART BUTTE        48.29N 113.33W
 03/19/2010  M5.0 INCH        PONDERA            MT   MESONET        
 
             12 HOUR SNOWFALL PIKE CREEK SNOTEL ELEVATION 5928 FEET

 0200 AM     HEAVY SNOW       14 NE BOZEMAN           45.82N 110.84W
 03/19/2010  M9.0 INCH        GALLATIN           MT   MESONET         

             12 HOUR SNOWFALL SACAJAWEA SNOTEL ELEVATION 6550 FEET

 0200 AM     HEAVY SNOW       14 NE BOZEMAN           45.82N 110.84W
 03/19/2010  M9.0 INCH        GALLATIN           MT   MESONET         

             12 HOUR SNOWFALL BRACKET CREEK SNOTEL ELEVATION 7320 FEET

 0200 AM     SNOW             23 WSW DUPUYER          48.06N 112.96W
 03/19/2010  M6.0 INCH        TETON              MT   MESONET         

             12 HOUR SNOWFALL BADGER PASS SNOTEL ELEVATION 6900 FEET

 0200 AM     SNOW             9 W CLANCY              46.47N 112.18W
 03/19/2010  M4.0 INCH        LEWIS AND CLARK    MT   MESONET         

             12 HOUR SNOWFALL FROHNER MEADOW SNOTEL ELEVATION 6480
             FEET

 0200 AM     SNOW             11 NW BOULDER           46.35N 112.28W
 03/19/2010  M3.0 INCH        JEFFERSON          MT   MESONET         

             12 HOUR SNOWFALL ROCKER PEAK SNOTEL ELEVATION 8000 FEET

 0200 AM     SNOW             32 SW STANFORD          46.82N 110.70W
 03/19/2010  M4.0 INCH        MEAGHER            MT   MESONET         

             12 HOUR SNOWFALL SPUR PARK SNOTEL ELEVATION 7600 FEET

 0200 AM     SNOW             8 W NEIHART             46.93N 110.91W
 03/19/2010  M4.0 INCH        MEAGHER            MT   MESONET         

             24 HOUR SNOWFALL STRINGER CREEK SNOTEL ELEVATION 6549
             FEET

 0200 AM     SNOW             6 WSW NEIHART           46.90N 110.85W
 03/19/2010  M8.0 INCH        MEAGHER            MT   MESONET         

             24 HOUR SNOWFALL ONION PARK SNOTEL ELEVATION 7411 FEET

 0200 AM     SNOW             24 W BYNUM              47.98N 112.83W
 03/19/2010  M4.0 INCH        TETON              MT   MESONET         

             12 HOUR SNOWFALL MOUNT LOCKHART SNOTEL ELEVATION 6400
             FEET

 0200 AM     SNOW             12 W BABB               48.86N 113.70W
 03/19/2010  M4.0 INCH        GLACIER            MT   MESONET         

             12 HOUR SNOWFALL MANY GLACIER SNOTEL ELEVATION 4900 FEET

 0200 AM     SNOW             19 W BABB               48.86N 113.85W
 03/19/2010  M6.0 INCH        GLACIER            MT   MESONET         

             12 HOUR SNOWFALL FLATTOP MOUNTAIN SNOTEL ELEVATION 6299
             FEET

 0200 AM     SNOW             19 W WHITE SULPHUR SPRI 46.55N 111.30W
 03/19/2010  M5.0 INCH        MEAGHER            MT   MESONET         

             12 HOUR SNOWFALL PICKFOOT CREEK SNOTEL ELEVATION 6650
             FEET

 0200 AM     SNOW             40 N WHITE SULPHUR SPRI 47.13N 110.90W
 03/19/2010  M7.0 INCH        CASCADE            MT   MESONET         

             12 HOUR SNOWFALL ONION PARK SNOTEL ELEVATION 7410 FEET

 0200 AM     SNOW             19 W WHITE SULPHUR SPRI 46.55N 111.30W
 03/19/2010  M6.0 INCH        MEAGHER            MT   MESONET         

             12 HOUR SNOWFALL BOULDER MOUNTAIN SNOTEL ELEVATION 7950
             FEET

 0200 AM     SNOW             22 NE WHITE SULPHUR SPR 46.77N 110.58W
 03/19/2010  M5.0 INCH        MEAGHER            MT   MESONET         

             12 HOUR SNOWFALL DEADMAN CREEK SNOTEL ELEVATION 6480 FEET

 0200 AM     SNOW             WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS   46.55N 110.90W
 03/19/2010  M4.0 INCH        MEAGHER            MT   MESONET         

             12 HOUR SNOW ACCUMULATION SPUR PARK SNOTEL ELEVATION 8100

Winter Wx Advisory tonight!

March 18, 2010

All kinds of weather today!

http://bit.ly/cGJR93 Click here for Winter Weather Advisory

We have seen every kind of weather possible today. Lots of dark clouds about 8 am and snow flakes came down pretty heavy for a short time, of course melting as they hit the warm ground. At the same time the other direction you could see sunshine.

The skies did start to clear nicely and that changed pretty quickly by mid-day. This picture was taken about 11 a.m. this morning. It is much cloudier now and we do expect to see rain changing to snow. Not a lot of accumulation though. We are still on tap for a quick warm up this weekend!

I noticed a lot of out-of-town and out-of-state license plates in town for Western Art Week. With all the extra traffic, maybe be a little kind and careful. Some people have never been to Great Falls and don’t know their way around like those of us who live here. Drive friendly and welcome them to our great city!

Any moisture we get today and tomorrow is probably because my car was washed yesterday!

Fred

Western Art Event opens with a bang!

March 17, 2010

Our winds have been stronger than we expected today but still a nice day to open the activities of the western art shows in town, although it will cool off as we get to the end of the week.  I have been saving this picture just for this occasion! Picture of myself dressed up in cowboy garb in Cut Bank. I am guess the age about 3 or 4.

Root tootin' time in town tonight!

On the drive to work today hearing lots of birds that are enjoying our “spring-like weather.” I did see my first gopher of the year. Unfortunately he was not moving, apparently failed to dodge the treads of an oncoming vehicle.

I can’t wait to get to my grass and mow the dead stuff up for the first time. Other activities keeping me from it, maybe the weekend in it’s not too damp! The long range outlook looks pretty good for the weekend.

Thursday and Friday a frontal system will deliver a mix of rain and snow and cooler daytime temperatures. Little or no accumulation is expected. Thursday’s high 42 and Friday colder at 34.

More sunshine this weekend and highs return to the 50’s. These spring storms don’t normally last long.

I hope you get a chance to take in some or all of the art activities around town through the end of the weekend!

Fred

March 16th ends up being a record breaker!

March 16, 2010

Looking north and very few clouds!

Driving to work today the first thing I noticed at a nearby elementary school was that kids were outside playing at recess with most not wearing their coats, that nice of a day. We have had to put up with some 25 mph wind gusts at times but 64 degrees at 2 pm!

It ended up being a record setting day in four areas! Great Falls 68 tied the record set in 1994, Choteau hit 71 breaking the old record of 70 from the same year. In Valier 67 degrees was good enough to beat 66 in 1994 and at Big Sky a new record high 57, breaking the old record of 56 in 1974!

There also is a noticable amount of people on the streets riding their motorcycles and bicycles. We are surely being spoiled for this time of the year, highs should only be in the mid 40’s. But I say bring it on. The sunshine feels soooo good!

A little cooler for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration but 50’s is a very nice day for the occasion.

Don’t put away the coats just yet as a change comes later this week that will push us below normal for our daily high temperature.

Enjoy these warm mild days!

Fred