Archive for April, 2010

Storm totals released, and very impressive!

April 30, 2010

The National Weather Service has released a completed listing of this latest spring storm. Very interesting reading! I hope you enjoy it.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
1235 PM MDT FRI APR 30 2010

...STORM SUMMARY 28-30 APRIL 2010...

A STRONG WINTER STORM ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF A RECORD-SETTING WINTER 
STORM IN 2009 RAGED ACROSS PORTIONS OF MONTANA ON 28-30 APRIL 2010. 
HEAVY SNOWFALL AND STRONG WINDS CAUSED ROADS TO BE CLOSED. HEAVY 
SNOW COLLECTING ON POWER LINES CAUSED WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES. 
PHONE OUTAGES ALSO OCCURRED. AIRPORT OPERATIONS AT GREAT FALL 
AIRPORT WERE DISRUPTED...WITH FLIGHTS DIVERTED TO MISSOULA. WINDS 
DRIFTED THE SNOW INTO LARGE DRIFTS AS DEEP AS FIVE TO NINE FEET IN 
THE SNOWIEST AREAS. THE HEAVIEST SNOW FELL NEAR THE SWEET GRASS 
HILLS...THE LITTLE BELT MOUNTAINS...AND THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS.

THE STORM BEGAN WITH RAIN AND SNOW FALLING ACROSS CENTRAL MONTANA ON 
THE MORNING OF 28 APRIL...AND CONTINUED WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW 
THROUGH THE EVENING OF 29 APRIL...BEFORE DECREASING TO LIGHT SNOW ON 
THE MORNING OF 30 APRIL.

AS THE STORM INTENSIFIED ON 29 APRIL...SNOW AND RAIN BECAME 
WIDESPREAD ACROSS CENTRAL MONTANA. HEAVY SNOW FELL IN UPSLOPE AREAS 
OF THE ISLAND RANGES OF CENTRAL MONTANA...THE BEARS PAWS...SNOWYS 
AND SWEET GRASS HILLS. WINDS WERE VERY STRONG. GUSTS OVER 60 MPH 
OCCURRED AT ELKHORN RAWS /SOUTH OF HELENA/...CUT BANK AND OTHER 
LOCATIONS SCATTERED ACROSS TETON THROUGH TOOLE COUNTIES. THE STRONG 
SURFACE LOW PRESSURE AREA ALSO ESTABLISHED NEW MONTHLY LOWEST 
PRESSURE AND SOME DAILY WIND GUST RECORDS.

SOME PORTIONS OF THE LITTLE BELT MOUNTAINS RECEIVED UP TO 48 INCHES 
OF SNOW AND 3.5 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION /MELTED SNOW/. AS 
SUCH...THIS STORM RIVALED THE RECORD EVENT OF LATE APRIL 2009. 
HOWEVER...THE AIR PRESSURE WAS LOWER AND WINDS STRONGER WITH THIS 
EVENT. AT GREAT FALLS...10.2 INCHES OF SNOW FELL...WHICH IS THE 13TH 
LARGEST 24-HOUR AMOUNT OF RECORD. WITH THE LATEST SNOWFALL...GREAT 
FALLS HAS RECEIVED 23.8 INCHES OF SNOW FOR APRIL...WHICH IS THE 
FIFTH GREATEST AMOUNT OF RECORD FOR APRIL.

TABLE OF SELECT SNOWFALL AND PRECIPITATION REPORTS...

LOCATION...     SNOWFALL /INCHES/    PRECIPITATION /INCHES/
MILLEGAN        48 INCHES            2.50
ONION PARK      43                   3.50
STRINGER CREEK  43                   3.80
NEAR WHITLASH   36                   3.00
CRYSTAL LAKE    34                   3.20
BRACKETT CREEK  24                   3.30
NEIHART         19.3                 1.51
LONE MTN        18                   1.20
PICKFOOT CREEK  16                   2.00
WALDRON         16                   1.00
ROCKY BOY       13                   3.60
GREAT FALLS     10.2                 1.03   

ALONG WITH THE STRONG WIND GUSTS...THE AVERAGE WIND SPEEDS ON 29 
APRIL WERE ALSO IMPRESSIVE. THE 60 MPH GUST AT CUT BANK ON 29 APRIL 
SET A DAILY WIND SPEED RECORD. THE AVERAGE WIND SPEED FOR THE DAY 
WAS 38.1 MPH...THE WINDIEST DAY OF RECORD IN APRIL AT CUT BANK. THE 
OLD RECORD WAS 35.9 MPH IN 1943. THIS WAS ALSO THE WINDIEST APRIL 
DAY AT CUT BANK SINCE 1989. AT HAVRE...THE DAILY WIND SPEED AVERAGE 
WAS 23.9 MPH...THE WINDIEST APRIL DAY SINCE 1978. AT GREAT 
FALLS...THE DAILY WIND SPEED AVERAGE OF 29.0 MPH WAS THE WINDIEST 
APRIL DAY SINCE 1978. THE WIND GUST OF 52 MPH AT GREAT FALLS TIED 
THE DAILY GUST ON THE 29TH. THESE STRONG WINDS CONTRIBUTED TO THE 
LOSS OF POWER AND PHONE SERVICE OVER A LARGE PORTION OF CENTRAL 
MONTANA.

ALSO OF NOTE WAS THE STRENGTH OF THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM. AT SEVERAL 
LOCATIONS THIS WAS THE LOWEST PRESSURE OF RECORD MEASURED DURING THE 
MONTH OF APRIL. AT THE LOCATIONS THAT SET NEW RECORDS...THIS 
EXCEEDED THE RECORD LAST SET ON 29 APRIL 1951. ON APRIL 29-MAY 1 
1951...A STRONG LOW PRESSURE AREA MOVED ALONG THE INTERNATIONAL 
BORDER AND PRODUCED VERY HEAVY RAINFALL AND SNOW ACROSS WESTERN AND 
CENTRAL MONTANA. THE FOLLOWING TABLE SUMMARIZES THE NEW PRESSURE 
RECORDS.

TABLE OF NEW APRIL LOW-PRESSURE RECORDS...

LOCATION...       PRESSURE
CUT BANK          29.10 INCHES/ 984.7 MILLIBARS
GREAT FALLS       29.14       / 986.3
HAVRE             29.06       / 984.7
LEWISTOWN         29.17       / 986.2

THIS STORM OF 2010 ALSO SET NEW APRIL LOW READINGS FOR THE 850 MB 
AND 700 MB LEVELS AT GREAT FALLS.


FOR ADDITIONAL GRAPHICS WITH THE REPORT...GO TO
http://WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/TFX/PDFS/HYDRO/2010APR29.PDF
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Reports on moisture/snowfall begin to arrive

April 29, 2010
Some snowfall amounts and not the depth remaining
on the ground that we have received from the NWS:

19 W of Babb   23"
7 NW Wolf Creek 16"
Lewistown     5"
Great Falls   8" 
Raynesford    10"
Badger Pass near Dupuyer  12"

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
830 PM MDT THU APR 29 2010

:...FULL TIME STATIONS...

:HIGH TEMP LAST 12 HOURS THROUGH 6 PM MDT/ 5 PM MST. LOW
:TEMP...PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL PAST 24 HOURS THROUGH
:6 PM MDT/ 5 PM MST. SNOW DEPTH AT 6 PM MDT/ 5 PM MST. THESE
:STATIONS ARE AUTOMATED AND MAY UNDERESTIMATE WINTER PRECIPITATION.
:THE DDHHNN GROUP IS DAY/HOUR/MINUTE OF THE OBSERVATION.

.BR TFX 0430 Z DH00/TAIRZY/TN/PPD/SFD/SD
: OBS TIME 12HR 18HR 24-HR 24-HR SNOW
:ID STATION ELEV DDHHNN HIGH LOW PCPN SNFL DEPTH
KBHK : BAKER 2929 : DD291800/ 59 / 33 / 0.00 / /
KBIL : BILLINGS AIRPORT 3567 : DD291800/ 45 / 34 / 0.30 / / M
KBZN : BOZEMAN AIRPORT 4475 : DD291800/ 44 / 36 / 0.03 / /
KBTM : BUTTE 5700 : DD291800/ 36 / 29 / 0.01 / /
KCTB : CUT BANK 3838 : DD291800/ 35 / 32 / M / / M
KDLN : DILLON AIRPORT 5200 : DD291800/ 42 / 33 / 0.00 / / M
KGGW : GLASGOW 2285 : DD291800/ 45 / 41 / M / M / M
KGDV : GLENDIVE AIRPORT 2457 : DD291800/ 61 / 36 / M / /
KGTF : GREAT FALLS ARPT 3664 : DD291800/ 42 / 32 / 0.63 / M / 4
KHVR : HAVRE AIRPORT 2585 : DD291800/ 45 / 37 / 0.56 / M / M
KHLN : HELENA AIRPORT 3828 : DD291800/ 41 / 32 / 0.19 / M / M
KJDN : JORDAN 2662 : DD291800/ 48 / 39 / 0.09 / /
KGPI : KALISPELL ARPT 2965 : DD291800/ 42 / 34 / 0.37 / / M
KLWT : LEWISTOWN ARPT 4145 : DD291800/ 38 / 31 / 0.08 / / M
KLVM : LIVINGSTON 4653 : DD291800/ 40 / 32 / 0.01 / /
KMLS : MILES CITY ARPT 2628 : DD291800/ 59 / 34 / T / /
KMSO : MISSOULA 3202 : DD291800/ 42 / 36 / T / 0 / 0
KSDY : SIDNEY AIRPORT 1985 : DD291800/ 64 / 36 / M / /
KOLF : WOLF POINT 1980 : DD291800/ 58 / 38 / 0.03 / /

:OTHER AWOS AND CRN LOCATIONS...NO NWS QUALITY CONTROL PERFORMED.
BSPM8: BANNACK 5971 : DD291800/ 36 / 29
GOMM8: BRUSETT 4SE 2643 : DD291800/ 55 / 35
S71 : CHINOOK ARPT 2414 : DDM / 46 / 37
S01 : CONRAD ARPT 3545 : DD291804/ 42 / 33 / 0.15
97M : EKALAKA ARPT 3503 : DDM / 34 / 34
EKS : ENNIS ARPT 5383 : DD291735/ 35 / 32
88M : EUREKA ARPT 2668 : DDM / 46 / 37
79S : FORT BENTON ARPT 2869 : DDM / 39 / 32
6S5 : HAMILTON ARPT 3642 : DDM / 43 / 37
HWQ : HARLOWTON ARPT 4311 : DDM / 37 / 36
6S8 : LAUREL ARPT 3517 : DD291755/ 44 / 35
S59 : LIBBY ARPT 2601 : DDM / 48 / 37
GFA : MALMSTROM AFB 3257 : DD291756/ 34 / 33
M75 : MALTA ARPT 2254 : DD291755/ 50 / 39
S34 : PLAINS ARPT 2467 : DD291755/ 46 / 40
PRSM8: POPLAR 13NE 2085 : DD291800/ 59 / 32
7S0 : RONAN AIRPORT 3084 : DDM / 36 / 32
RPX : ROUNDUP ARPT 3485 : DD291755/ 44 / 36
MRYM8: ST MARY 4575 : DD291800/ 34 / 30
9S2 : SCOBEY ARPT 2432 : DD291755/ 53 / 36
THM : THOMPSON FALLS A 2467 : DDM / 39 / 37
9S5 : THREE FORKS ARPT 4089 : DDM / 43 / 37
7S1 : TWIN BRIDGES APT 4777 : DD291755/ 41 / 35
JRWM8: UTICA 11SW 5070 : DD291800/ 35 / 31
.END

:...COOPERATIVE STATIONS...
:THESE STATIONS REPORT TEMPERATURE ONCE EVERY 24 HOURS. HIGH AND
:LOW TEMPERATURE...PRECIPITATION...AND SNOWFALL FOR THE PAST 24
:HOURS THROUGH THIS EVENING...HIGH TEMPERATURE COULD HAVE OCCURRED
:YESTERDAY. SNOW DEPTH THIS EVENING.
:THE DDHHNN GROUP IS DAY/HOUR/MINUTE OF THE OBSERVATION.

.BR TFX 0430 Z DH00/TX/TN/PPD/SFD/SD
:...NORTHEAST MONTANA...
: OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR 24-HR SNOW
:ID STATION ELEV DDHHNN HIGH LOW PCPN SNFL DEPTH
BRDM8: BREDETTE 2638 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
CULM8: CULBERTSON 1942 : DD291700/ 62 / 41 / T / M / M
FLTM8: FLATWILLOW 3133 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
GNDM8: GLENDIVE 1E 2076 : DD291400/ 67 / 37 / 0.07 / M / M
MLAM8: MALTA 2262 : DD291600/ 55 / 38 / 0.31 / 0.0 / M
NASM8: NASHUA 2067 : DD291835/ 55 / 41 / 0.25 / M / M
OPNM8: OPHEIM 10N 2980 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
PTYM8: PLENTYWOOD 2063 : DD291500/ 64 / 37 / 0.10 / M / M
POGM8: PORT OF MORGAN 2830 : DD291700/ 49 / 35 / 0.15 / 0.0 / 0
RAYM8: RAYMOND BDR STN 2384 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
SCOM8: SCOBEY 4NW 2374 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
SDYM8: SIDNEY 1931 : DD291600/ 65 / 35 / 0.00 / M / M
SMIM8: ST MARIE 2756 : DD291600/ 55 / 37 / 0.30 / M / M

:...SOUTHEAST MONTANA...
: OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR 24-HR SNOW
:ID STATION ELEV DDHHNN HIGH LOW PCPN SNFL DEPTH
BDDM8: BIDDLE 8SW 3597 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
4BQ : BROADUS 3027 : DD291800/ 58 / 27 / T / T / 0
EKLM8: EKALAKA 3425 : DD291644/ 55 / 30 / 0.00 / M / M
MORM8: MOORHEAD 9NE 3220 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
PLEM8: PLEVNA 2780 : DD291726/ 58 / 32 / 0.04 / M / M
POWM8: POWDERVILLE 8NNE 2800 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
RIDM8: RIDGWAY 1S 3316 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
WBXM8: WIBAUX 2E 2696 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M

:...SOUTH CENTRAL MONTANA...
: OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR 24-HR SNOW
:ID STATION ELEV DDHHNN HIGH LOW PCPN SNFL DEPTH
BYZ : BILLINGS NWS 3185 : DD291800/ 47 / 37 / 0.34 / T / 0
BWPM8: BILLINGS WTP 3097 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
COSM8: COLUMBUS 3602 : DD291800/ 51 / 29 / 0.03 / 0.0 / 0
CKCM8: COOKE CITY 2W 7483 : DD291800/ 26 / 21 / 0.20 / 2.8 / 5
GARM8: GARDINER 5275 : DD291800/ 62 / 29 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0
HDNM8: HARDIN 2905 : DD291800/ 60 / 33 / 0.20 / T / 0
HYSM8: HYSHAM 2660 : DD291800/ 53 / 40 / 0.15 / 0.0 / 0
MYSM8: MYSTIC LAKE 6544 : DD291600/ 34 / 26 / M / M / 1
NYEM8: NYE 4840 : DD291405/ 45 / 11 / 0.00 / M / M
RPJM8: RAPELJE 4S 4125 : DD291800/ 49 / 33 / 0.07 / 0.0 / 0
RELM8: RED LODGE 5600 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
ROPM8: ROUNDUP 3227 : DD291700/ 55 / 37 / 0.22 / 0.0 / 0
RYTM8: RYEGATE 3650 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M

:...NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA...
: OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR 24-HR SNOW
:ID STATION ELEV DDHHNN HIGH LOW PCPN SNFL DEPTH
AUGM8: AUGUSTA 4070 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
CSEM8: CASCADE 20SSE 4600 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
COUM8: CHOTEAU 3845 : DD291730/ 44 / 31 / 0.23 / 1.0 / 1
CRDM8: CONRAD 3550 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
DELM8: DEL BONITA 4337 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
GNSM8: GOLD BUTTE 7N 3498 : DD291800/ 37 / 31 / 1.55 / 1.0 / 1
GSSM8: GRASS RANGE 3490 : DD291800/ 47 / 34 / 0.22 / M / M
GTFM8: GREAT FALLS CITY 3505 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
HOBM8: HOBSON 4244 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
MRTM8: MARTINSDALE 3NNW 4800 : DD291800/ 39 / 30 / T / T / T
MGZM8: MILLEGAN 14SE 4970 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
NHRM8: NEIHART 7NW 4945 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
SIPM8: SIMPSON 6N 2815 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
STNM8: STANFORD 4860 : DD291800/ 42 / 30 / 0.73 / 0.4 / 4
TNRM8: TURNER 11N 2982 : DD291600/ 49 / 35 / 0.30 / 0.0 / 0
VLRM8: VALIER 3810 : DD291600/ 31 / 30 / 0.44 / 2.0 / 1
WGSM8: WHITE SLPHR SPGS 5040 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M

:...SOUTHWEST MONTANA...
: OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR 24-HR SNOW
:ID STATION ELEV DDHHNN HIGH LOW PCPN SNFL DEPTH
ANAM8: ANACONDA 5280 : DD291700/ 39 / 30 / 0.12 / 1.5 / 1
BGSM8: BIG SKY 2WNW 6590 : DD291630/ 38 / 22 / 0.75 / 7.5 / 7
BSTM8: BIG SKY RESORT 7571 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
BOUM8: BOULDER 4904 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
BZMM8: BOZEMAN 6W 4775 : DD291600/ 44 / 30 / 0.10 / M / M
BZEM8: BOZEMAN MSU 4913 : DD291600/ 44 / 30 / 0.12 / 2.2 / 2
DRBM8: DARBY RS 3880 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
DLLM8: DILLON WMU 5228 : DD291700/ 41 / 30 / 0.02 / 0.0 / 0
3DU : DRUMMOND 4000 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
LKVM8: LAKE VIEW 6710 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
PHIM8: PHILLIPSBURG 5270 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
STEM8: STEVENSVILLE 3375 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
SULM8: SULA 3ENE 4475 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
TOWM8: TOWNSEND 3840 : DD291800/ 44 / 32 / 0.27 / M / M
WISM8: WISDOM 6060 : DD291700/ 39 / 24 / T / T / 0

:...NORTHWEST MONTANA...
: OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR 24-HR SNOW
:ID STATION ELEV DDHHNN HIGH LOW PCPN SNFL DEPTH
ERKM8: EUREKA 2532 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
HERM8: HERON 2NW 2240 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
LBMM8: LIBBY 2140 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
LBYM8: LIBBY RANGER STN 2096 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
LYBM8: LIBBY 32SSE 3600 : DD291700/ 44 / 32 / 0.21 / T / 0
LINM8: LINCOLN 4575 : DD291500/ 37 / 30 / 0.41 / 2.0 / 2
PSNM8: POLSON 2990 : DD291700/ 42 / 32 / 0.62 / 0.0 / 0
KERM8: POLSON KERR DAM 2730 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
SELM8: SEELEY LAKE RS 4100 : DD291520/ 58 / 32 / 0.48 / 2.0 / 0
RGSM8: ST REGIS 2660 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
SUPM8: SUPERIOR 2710 : DD291600/ 47 / 39 / 0.08 / 0.0 / 0
THOM8: THOMPSON FALLS 2380 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
TCRM8: TROUT CREEK 3NW 2356 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
TRSM8: TROY 1929 : DDM / M / M / M / M / M
WGLM8: WEST GLACIER 3154 : DD291600/ 42 / 33 / 0.73 / 0.0 / 0

Dangerous Travel Conditions!

April 29, 2010

The high winds and heavy wet snow has caused considerable travel and power problems. I received this note from a family near Fairfield, regarding traveling and visibility.

“My Husband Pete and I Live near Fairfield, and The Visiblity is BAD!  We tried to Get to Fairfield, But The Roads and visibility was extremely Bad.  We Had to turn back Home about a Mile From our Farm, East of Fairfield.  We witnessed Two Accidents on Hwy 89.  The Winds are So Bad that We Could Barely See To Feed Our Cattle.  Please Let the Public know How dangerous the Storm Is.  Thank You!

The National Weather Service is operating with emergency generators and outages are widespread. Areas of Cascade, Fergus, Judith Basin, Pondera and Teton counties are reporting power outages. Heavy snow is breaking trees and some power poles.

It was a very tricky day for us to get on the air. We were with power at KRTV for a couple of hours and power was restored by about 4pm so it was a struggle to get the weather and news on the air but we pulled it off! Slushy roads are making travel difficult, please check the road report on the website before heading out to travel.

A winter storm warning remains in place overnight:

NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-EASTERN GLACIER-HILL-CASCADE-
CHOUTEAU-TOOLE-LIBERTY-EASTERN PONDERA-
SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-EASTERN TETON-JUDITH BASIN-FERGUS-
MEAGHER-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...BROWNING...MARIAS PASS...
LOGAN PASS...CUT BANK...HAVRE...GREAT FALLS...KINGS HILL PASS...
BIG SANDY...FORT BENTON...SHELBY...CHESTER...CONRAD...CHOTEAU...
FAIRFIELD...STANFORD...LEWISTOWN...LEWISTOWN DIVIDE...
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
1101 AM MDT THU APR 29 2010

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT FRIDAY FOR
MOST OF NORTH CENTRAL AND CENTRAL MONTANA.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO
  FALL IN THE MOUNTAINS AND AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET THROUGH
  TONIGHT. A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW BELOW 3500 FEET WILL CHANGE OVER
  TO ALL SNOW THIS AFTERNOON AND INTO THIS EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 3 FEET OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED IN THE
  MOUNTAINS THROUGH TONIGHT. LOWER ELEVATIONS WILL LIKELY RECEIVE
  A TOTAL OF 5 TO 9 INCHES...ALTHOUGH SOME SNOW MELT WILL OCCUR
  DURING THE INITIAL CHANGE OVER TO SNOW...DUE TO WARM GROUND
  TEMPERATURES.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: STRONG WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 40
  MPH WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH WILL CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITIES BELOW
  ONE QUARTER MILE IN BLOWING SNOW. LOCAL WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ARE
  ALSO POSSIBLE WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS.

* SOME LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: BROWNING...MARIAS PASS...LOGAN
  PASS...CUT BANK...HAVRE...GREAT FALLS...KINGS HILL PASS...BIG
  SANDY...FORT BENTON...SHELBY...CHESTER...CONRAD...CHOTEAU...
  FAIRFIELD...STANFORD...LEWISTOWN...LEWISTOWN DIVIDE...WHITE
  SULPHUR SPRINGS.

* OTHER IMPACTS: STEADY LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW AND REDUCED
  VISIBILITIES WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS AND MAY
  IMPACT YOUNG LIVESTOCK. ALSO...THE WET HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG
  WINDS MAY ALSO CAUSE DISRUPTIONS IN TELEPHONE OR ELECTRICAL
  SERVICE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING ALONG WITH STRONG WINDS.  THIS WILL MAKE
TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY.
IF YOU MUST...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR
VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

Storm upgrade to Warning!

April 29, 2010
The Winter Weather Advisory earlier has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning.
See the NWS Statement below. Also check the road report as some
roads have been closed due to this storm!

NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-EASTERN GLACIER-HILL-CASCADE-
CHOUTEAU-TOOLE-LIBERTY-EASTERN PONDERA-
SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-EASTERN TETON-JUDITH BASIN-FERGUS-
MEAGHER-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...BROWNING...MARIAS PASS...
LOGAN PASS...CUT BANK...HAVRE...GREAT FALLS...KINGS HILL PASS...
BIG SANDY...FORT BENTON...SHELBY...CHESTER...CONRAD...CHOTEAU...
FAIRFIELD...STANFORD...LEWISTOWN...LEWISTOWN DIVIDE...
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
1101 AM MDT THU APR 29 2010

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT FRIDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT FRIDAY FOR
MOST OF NORTH CENTRAL AND CENTRAL MONTANA.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO
  FALL IN THE MOUNTAINS AND AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET THROUGH
  TONIGHT. A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW BELOW 3500 FEET WILL CHANGE OVER
  TO ALL SNOW THIS AFTERNOON AND INTO THIS EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 3 FEET OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED IN THE
  MOUNTAINS THROUGH TONIGHT. LOWER ELEVATIONS WILL LIKELY RECEIVE
  A TOTAL OF 5 TO 9 INCHES...ALTHOUGH SOME SNOW MELT WILL OCCUR
  DURING THE INITIAL CHANGE OVER TO SNOW...DUE TO WARM GROUND
  TEMPERATURES.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: STRONG WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 40
  MPH WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH WILL CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITIES BELOW
  ONE QUARTER MILE IN BLOWING SNOW. LOCAL WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ARE
  ALSO POSSIBLE WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS.

* SOME LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: BROWNING...MARIAS PASS...LOGAN
  PASS...CUT BANK...HAVRE...GREAT FALLS...KINGS HILL PASS...BIG
  SANDY...FORT BENTON...SHELBY...CHESTER...CONRAD...CHOTEAU...
  FAIRFIELD...STANFORD...LEWISTOWN...LEWISTOWN DIVIDE...WHITE
  SULPHUR SPRINGS.

* OTHER IMPACTS: STEADY LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW AND REDUCED
  VISIBILITIES WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS AND MAY
  IMPACT YOUNG LIVESTOCK. ALSO...THE WET HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG
  WINDS MAY ALSO CAUSE DISRUPTIONS IN TELEPHONE OR ELECTRICAL
  SERVICE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING ALONG WITH STRONG WINDS.  THIS WILL MAKE
TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY.
IF YOU MUST...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR

Winter Returning to Montana!

April 28, 2010

We have seen some light rain but very gusty winds from the large Pacific storm headed our direction! The peak wind gust at KRTV so far today has been 45 mph ahead of the cold front. The storm has slowed some in arriving, as well expected to see more rain overnight and today, but the latest from the computer models shows us getting into messy weather late tonight.

I hope you remember where you put the shovel, especially those at the higher elevations!

NWS Weather Story

This is the latest from the National Weather Service about the storm:

 243 PM MDT WED APR 28 2010
 
 GALLATIN-
 INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...BOZEMAN...BOZEMAN PASS...
 WEST YELLOWSTONE...TARGHEE PASS
 243 PM MDT WED APR 28 2010
 
 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT FRIDAY FOR
 ELEVATIONS BELOW 5000 FEET...
 ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT FRIDAY FOR
 ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET...
 
 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
 STORM WARNING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH
 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT FRIDAY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR
 ELEVATIONS BELOW 5000 FEET HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS WINTER
 WEATHER ADVISORY FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 5000 FEET IS FOR SNOW AND IS
 IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT FRIDAY.
 
 * TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO FALL OVER THE
   HIGHER ELEVATIONS...WITH A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW IN THE VALLEYS.
   BY THURSDAY EVENING...EXPECT ALL SNOW AT LOWER ELEVATIONS.
 
 * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 FEET ARE
   EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS...WITH 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE
   AT LOWER ELEVATIONS.
 
 * WINDS AND VISIBILITY: STRONG WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO
   35 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH MAY CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITIES 
   BELOW ONE QUARTER MILE IN BLOWING SNOW....ESPECIALLY THROUGH 
   MOUNTAIN PASSES. 
 
 * SOME LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: BOZEMAN AND WEST YELLOWSTONE.
 
 
 PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
 A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
 EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL
 MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
  
 
CASCADE-CHOUTEAU-CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LEWIS AND CLARK- JUDITH BASIN-FERGUS-BROADWATER-MEAGHER- INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...GREAT FALLS... KINGS HILL PASS...BIG SANDY...FORT BENTON...HELENA... MACDONALD PASS...LINCOLN...ROGERS PASS...STANFORD...LEWISTOWN... LEWISTOWN DIVIDE...TOWNSEND...WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS 243 PM MDT WED APR 28 2010 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 5000 FEET... ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET FOR HEAVY SNOW WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 5000 FEET HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 5000 FEET FOR SNOW IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY. * TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS BEGINNING LATE TONIGHT...WITH A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW IN THE PLAINS AND VALLEYS. BY THURSDAY MORNING...EXPECT MAINLY ALL SNOW AT LOWER ELEVATIONS. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 15 TO 25 INCHES ARE EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS...WITH 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE AT LOWER ELEVATIONS. WITH A WARM GROUND...SNOW WILL MELT ON CONTACT AT TIMES AT LOWER ELEVATIONS...GENERALLY KEEPING STORM TOTAL SNOWFALLS A BIT LOWER AT THE LOWER ELEVATIONS. * WINDS AND VISIBILITY: STRONG WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH MAY CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE QUARTER MILE IN BLOWING SNOW....ESPECIALLY THROUGH MOUNTAIN PASSES. * SOME LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: GREAT FALLS...HELENA AND LEWISTOWN. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT- INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...BROWNING...MARIAS PASS... LOGAN PASS...CHOTEAU 243 PM MDT WED APR 28 2010 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY... * TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS THIS AFTERNOON AND INCREASE IN INTENSITY LATE TONIGHT. SNOW... HEAVY AT TIMES WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY AND TAPER BY FRIDAY MORNING. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 FEET ARE EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS AND UP TO A FOOT IS POSSIBLE AT LOWER ELEVATIONS. * WINDS AND VISIBILITY: STRONG WEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH MAY CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE QUARTER MILE IN BLOWING SNOW....ESPECIALLY IN FAVORED CANYONS AND MOUNTAIN PASSES. * LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: CHOTEAU...BROWNING...MARIAS PASS...LOGAN PASS PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
EASTERN GLACIER-TOOLE-LIBERTY-EASTERN PONDERA-EASTERN TETON- INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...CUT BANK...SHELBY...CHESTER... CONRAD...FAIRFIELD 243 PM MDT WED APR 28 2010 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: RAIN AND SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS EVENING...AND CHANGE TO ALL SNOW ON THURSDAY MORNING. EXPECT PERIODS OF MAINLY SNOW FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED AT LOWER ELEVATIONS...AS SOME SNOW MELT WILL OCCUR DUE TO A WARM GROUND. * WINDS AND VISIBILITY: STRONG WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH MAY CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE QUARTER MILE IN BLOWING SNOW. * SOME LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: CUT BANK...SHELBY...AND CONRAD. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

Weather fit for daffodils and dandelions

April 27, 2010

It is that time of the year when we can expect most any kind of weather. Most are thankful for moisture in any form and it looks like this week those will get their wishes granted as another weather system rolls through from the Northwest. You will see the winter weather advisory for the mountains below.

The daffodils and dandelions are both out so it is surely spring!

After today we can say goodbye to our 60 degree readings. Along with the moisture and cold front we expect to see temperatures drop into the 40’s after today for daytime highs. That means that some areas above 4,000′ could easily see any moisture falling turn to snow, depending on the time of day and the temperature.

April showers bring May flowers so we shouldn’t be surprised. The ground is warm enough at the lower elevations that any snow that might mix with rain will melt easily into the ground.

I hope you have a pleasant day!

Fred

WEST GLACIER REGION-
227 PM MDT TUE APR 27 2010

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH
LATE THURSDAY NIGHT ABOVE 4000 FEET...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MISSOULA HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH ABOVE 4000 FEET...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE
WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT.

* IMPACTS/TIMING: ACCUMULATING SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL LOWER
  VISIBILITY MAKING FOR HAZARDOUS TRAVEL OVER HIGHWAY 2 BETWEEN
  ESSEX AND MARIAS PASS. THIS WILL ALSO IMPACT SNOW REMOVAL
  OPERATIONS ON GOING TO THE SUN ROAD.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 10 TO 18 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS.

Mostly cloudy with a chance of Meatballs!

April 23, 2010

Fred reading the classic children's book at Sacajawea Elementary School

Really no meatballs from the sky, but this early this afternoon I was given the joy of reading the classic book to the entire Sacajawea Elementary student body as part of their “Guest Reader” monthly program. The gymnasium was packed and the camera was fighting the light coming in from the windows, but what a wonderful time we had!

Thank you to the Principal Mrs. Smith, her staff and all the students for having me.

Great crowd at Sacajawea Elementary!

The real weather is still on track for the weekend. Some clearing later today and tonight and sunny Saturday. We expect to breezy conditions but warmer with low 60’s.

Sunday is the cooler day of the weekend as cold air rushed into the state. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a high in the upper 40’s.

By Monday we have a better chance of sunshine and highs in the mid 50’s. A shower or two possible during the rest of the week with highs varying from 50 to 62 degrees.

Have a great weekend and if you are having meatballs for a meal, please enjoy them!

Fred

Thunderstorms later tonight!

April 22, 2010

Building clouds to our south! Cold front coming.

This spring weather has been so nice and hard to stay inside. Lots of green grass being mowed already, few dandelions (which means I need to give them a good spray!, and lots of people out moving around.
A cold front is headed our way overnight. The cold air will meet our exceptionally warm air and the result should be some thunderstorms, most likely after midnight, but we are always ready for them earlier in the day.

The 70+ degree days are becoming the norm, but that will change quite quickly! Friday our high should only be in the mid 50’s.

Saturday up to the low 60’s for a day and then Sunday the high dips into the mid 40’s with a chance of showers. It looks like next week we should be prepared for showers and highs in the 50’s, about normal for this time of the year!

Fred

Leaves are popping out all over!

April 21, 2010

Another beautiful spring day, enjoy it as a change is coming with a cold front told the end of the week that will push our highs back into the 50’s instead of the 70’s. I noticed the leaves really popping out. Here is a shot of lilacs in my backyard. If you want to share your pictures of plants send them along to me at fred@krtv.com!

The wonder of spring!

The kids can’t wait for recess with weather like this! A lot of motorcycles running up and down the streets, some 4 wheelers and seeing a lot of bicycles too!

The big race Sunday in Great Falls is on Sunday, the Icebreaker! We will behind a cold front by then and highs in the upper 40’s to low 50’s. I am not a runner, knees too shot, but I would suspect that those participating would rather see temperatures like that then 70’s!

I hope you have a great day and enjoy the fresh air and warm weather!

Fred

Gibson Park Pond busy with spring weather!

April 20, 2010

Gibson Pond with birds and fountains on!

What a beautiful spring day. I happened to have Sunday and Monday off so it’s back to work today! Yesterday was perfect day to sit on the deck, mow the backyard for the first time and also removed the snow plow from the four-wheeler. This must mean no more snow. Actually if it does, the ground is getting warm enough that any snow won’t stick around.

The birds are all happy. Kid’s at recess in shirt-sleeves and you can see the leaves popping out on trees in Gibson Park and other areas of town. Another couple of weeks and we should be sporting full leaves on our trees.

The weather pattern for this week look partly sunny Wednesday with isolated showers, but then another system moves in Thursday with northeast winds and a better chance of rain. The high stays nice, in the mid 60’s.

Friday rain is likely with low 50’s.

The weekend looks pretty much the same with rain and highs in the upper 40’s and low 50’s.

We can use the moisture on the lawns and shrubs and trees. So if you use an umbrella, maybe dig it out and be ready for moisture later in the week.

Have a great day!

Fred