Archive for August, 2010

Snow overnight for areas in Glacier Park!

August 31, 2010
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
 234 PM MDT TUE AUG 31 2010
 
 ...WINTRY WEATHER EXPECTED OVERNIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY ABOVE 6500
 FEET FOR THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT RANGE...
 
 .ABUNDANT MOISTURE WILL IMPACT THE REGION LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY
 WEDNESDAY...AND WITH LOWERING SNOW LEVELS...ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6500
 FEET WILL LIKELY SEE ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL.
 
  NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-
 INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...LOGAN PASS
 234 PM MDT TUE AUG 31 2010
 
 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO
 NOON MDT WEDNESDAY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6500 FEET...
 
 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
 WEATHER ADVISORY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6500 FEET FOR SNOW WHICH IS
 IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON MDT WEDNESDAY.
 
 * TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: RAIN WILL CHANGE TO SNOW OVERNIGHT AS
   TEMPS COOL...IMPACTING GLACIER NATIONAL PARK AND THE GOING TO
   THE SUN ROAD.
 
 * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS:UP TO 3 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE.
 
 * ELEVATIONS: FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6500 FEET.
 
 * OTHER IMPACTS: HIKERS AND CAMPERS ACROSS THE NORTHERN ROCKY
   MOUNTAIN FRONT WILL NEED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS FROM THE COLD AND
   SNOWY CONDITIONS.
 
 * LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: LOGAN PASS...GOING TO THE SUN ROAD
 
 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.
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The last day of August and feels like September!

August 31, 2010

It’s the final day of August but sure feels much  more like mid to late September. A little patience and we will be seeing some warmer weather in a few days and just in time for the Labor Day weekend.

I knew there are a “lot” of people who say their gardens are a month or more behind in the growing season. We have a lot of green tomatoes but it will take some heat both day and night to turn them red and ready for eating! The couple of red samples were delicious however.

By the time Friday rolls around we should see more sunshine and highs climbing back into the 70’s and even some 80’s.

Late in the holiday weekend a little cooler and a few showers, but that is pretty normal to see a little roller coaster ride during a three-day weekend!

Don’t give up on the gardens yet and have a great week!

Fred

72 Hour Rainfall Totals!

August 30, 2010

Here is a report released this evening by the NWS in Great Falls showing total rainfall amounts in the past three days.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
702 PM MDT MON AUG 30 2010

...3-DAY PRECIPITATION REPORTS FROM NORTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST 
MONTANA...

...BEAVERHEAD COUNTY...
                                OB TIME    72HR PRECIP
    DILLON AGRIMET              04 PM MON     0.35
    BANNACK STATE PARK          06 PM MON     0.16
    BRENNER RAWS                06 PM MON     0.05
    FRENCH CREEK RAWS           05 PM MON     0.17
    HARKNESS RAWS               06 PM MON     0.06
    LIMA RESERVOIR              04 PM MON     0.09
    ANTELOPE RAWS               06 PM MON     0.22
    RED ROCK                    06 PM MON     0.40
    STEELE CREEK RAWS           06 PM MON     0.26
    WISE RIVER RAWS             05 PM MON     0.45
    DILLON 5ENE COCORAHS        07 AM MON     0.05
    DILLON WMU COOP             05 PM MON     0.26
    WISDOM COOP                 05 PM MON     0.28
    DILLON AIRPORT              06 PM MON     0.24
    BEAGLE SPRINGS              05 PM MON     0.20
    BLOODY DICK                 05 PM MON     0.10
    DARKHORSE LAKE              05 PM MON     0.60
    LAKEVIEW RIDGE              05 PM MON     0.10
    LEMHI RIDGE                 05 PM MON     0.00
    MULE CREEK                  05 PM MON     0.30
 
...BLAINE COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    TURNER/BIG FLAT AGRIMET     03 PM MON     0.30
    HARLEM                      03 PM MON     0.61
    LITTLE BULLWHACKER CREEK    06 PM MON     0.85
    FORT BELKNAP AGENCY         05 PM MON     0.77
    CHINOOK COOP                06 AM MON     0.30
    HARLEM COOP                 07 AM MON     0.38
    TURNER COOP                 04 PM MON     0.46
 
...BROADWATER COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    TOWNSEND                    06 PM MON     0.36
    GINGER RAWS                 06 PM MON     0.38
    TOWNSEND 3S                 06 PM MON     0.53
    JEFFERSON RIVER NEAR THREE  06 PM MON     0.28
    MISSOURI RIVER NEAR TOSTON  06 PM MON     0.69
    TOSTON AGRIMET              03 PM MON     1.08
    TOWNSEND 12E                07 AM MON     0.71
    TOWNSEND COOP               06 PM MON     0.35
    TIZER BASIN                 05 PM MON     0.80
 
...CASCADE COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    SIERRA RAWS                 06 PM MON     0.87
    MISSOURI RIVER NEAR ULM     06 PM MON     0.37
    SUN RIVER NEAR VAUGHN       06 PM MON     0.13
    CASCADE 20SSE               05 PM MON     0.60
    GREAT FALLS 2SW             08 AM MON     0.15
    NEIHART 7NW                 05 PM MON     1.38
    MONARCH CANYON              11 AM MON     1.50
    GREAT FALLS ASOS            06 PM MON     0.42
    GREAT FALLS MALMSTROM       06 PM MON     0.55
    GREAT FALLS NWS             06 AM MON     0.19
    GREAT FALLS 1W              06 PM MON     0.35
    GREAT FALLS 4S              03 PM MON     0.58
 
...CHOUTEAU COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    VIRGELLE FERRY LANDING      06 PM MON     0.59
    FORT BENTON COOP            08 AM MON     0.11
    HIGHWOOD                    07 AM MON     0.20
    RUDYARD COOP                06 AM MON     0.02
    BIG SANDY                   06 PM MON     0.31
    BIG SANDY 13WNW             06 PM MON     0.08
    BIG SANDY 13W               06 PM MON     0.19
    LOMA                        06 PM MON     0.27
 
...FERGUS COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    ARMELLS CREEK RAWS          06 PM MON     1.53
    LITTLE SNOWY RAWS           06 PM MON     1.56
    OSCAR RAWS                  06 PM MON     1.07
    JUDITH RIVER MOUTH          02 PM MON     0.14
    GRASS RANGE COOP            06 PM MON     1.49
    LEWISTOWN 11ESE COOP        05 AM MON     0.90
    LEWISTOWN 10ESE             05 AM MON     0.90
    VALENTINE                   07 AM MON     0.53
    LEWISTOWN AIRPORT           06 PM MON     1.83
    LEWISTOWN 4S                06 PM MON     1.39
    CRYSTAL LAKE                05 PM MON     3.00
 
...GALLATIN COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    BOZEMAN AGRIMET             03 PM MON     0.37
    HEBGEN LAKE RAWS            06 PM MON     0.47
    GALLATIN RIVER NEAR LOGAN   06 PM MON     0.00
    SHENANGO RAWS               06 PM MON     0.80
    YELLOW MULE RAWS            06 PM MON     0.39
    BIG SKY COOP                04 PM MON     0.46
    BOZEMAN EXP STN             04 PM SUN     0.46
    BOZEMAN MSU                 04 PM MON     0.78
    WEST YELLOWSTONE            06 PM MON     0.47
    BELGRADE 3W                 06 PM MON     1.07  
    BOZEMAN 4S                  07 AM MON     0.02
    BOZEMAN 7W                  07 AM MON     0.33
    BOZEMAN GALLATIN FIELD      06 PM MON     0.81
    BOZEMAN 6ENE FEELGOOD RANCH 06 PM MON     0.32
    BOZEMAN 6SW HYALITE         06 PM MON     0.65
    BOZEMAN 3SW MTN MEADOW      06 PM MON     0.55
    BOZEMAN 5N WHEATLAND        06 PM MON     0.58
    BOZEMAN 5NW BAXTER MEADOWS  06 PM MON     0.52
    MANHATTAN                   06 PM MON     0.98   
    BEAVER CREEK                05 PM MON     0.90
    BLACK BEAR                  02 AM MON     0.50
    CLYDE PARK                  05 PM MON     1.70
    CARROT BASIN                02 AM MON     0.60
    LICK CREEK                  05 PM MON     0.50
    MADISON PLATEAU             02 PM MON     0.30
    SACAJAWEA                   05 PM MON     1.30
    SHOWER FALLS                05 PM MON     1.40
    TABLE MOUNTAIN              05 PM MON     1.20
    WEST YELLOWSTONE            11 AM MON     0.70
    WHISKEY CREEK               05 PM MON     0.40
 
...GLACIER COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    BLACKFEET AGRIMET           04 PM MON     0.41
    BROWNING RAWS               05 PM MON     0.60
    DEEP CREEK RAWS             05 PM MON     0.52
    ST MARY CRN                 06 PM MON     0.66
    ST. MARY RAWS               06 PM MON     0.56
    SUMMIT                      05 PM MON     0.61
    GOAT HAUNT MOUNTAIN         05 PM MON     0.33
    TWO MEDICINE BRIDGE         06 PM MON     0.09
    BABB - PIEGAN               12 AM MON     0.30
    CUT BANK AIRPORT            06 PM MON     0.10
    BROWNING                    06 PM MON     0.48
    SANTA RITA 2WSW             06 PM MON     0.24
    FLATTOP MOUNTAIN            05 PM MON     0.50
    MANY GLACIER                05 PM MON     0.40
    PIKE CREEK                  05 PM MON     0.70
 
...HILL COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    ROCKY BOY INDIAN AGENCY     05 PM MON     0.66
    HAVRE AIRPORT               06 PM MON     0.41
    HAVRE 23N MUD LAKE          06 PM MON     0.58
    ROCKY BOY                   05 PM MON     0.30
    HAVRE - FT ASSINNIBOINE     05 PM MON     0.50
 
...JEFFERSON COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    GALENA RAWS                 06 PM MON     0.02
    WHITEHALL RAWS              05 PM MON     0.70
    BOULDER COOP                04 PM MON     0.55
    BOULDER                     08 AM MON     0.45
    CLANCY 5NE                  08 AM MON     0.55
    JEFFERSON CITY TIZER GARDE  07 AM MON     0.69
    MONTANA CITY 3E MCCLELLAN   06 PM MON     0.59
    MONTANA CITY 1SW            06 PM MON     0.62
    MONTANA CITY 2SSE SADDLE MT 06 PM MON     0.65
    ROCKER PEAK                 05 PM MON     0.70
 
...JUDITH BASIN COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    BRAVO RAWS                  06 PM MON     1.02
    MOCCASIN AGRIMET            05 PM MON     1.68
    SOUTH FORK JUDITH RAWS      06 PM MON     2.97
    JUDITH RIVER WMA            06 PM MON     2.24
    HOBSON COOP                 06 PM MON     2.37
    STANFORD COOP               06 PM MON     2.01
    SPUR PARK                   05 PM MON     1.10
 
...LEWIS AND CLARK COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    GIBSON RESERVOIR            05 PM MON     0.81
    BENCHMARK                   06 PM MON     0.37
    DEARBORN                    05 PM MON     0.22
    GOLF RAWS                   06 PM MON     0.33
    GATES PARK RAWS             06 PM MON     0.33
    HELENA RAWS                 06 PM MON     0.36
    HELENA VALLEY AGRIMET       03 PM MON     0.31
    LINCOLN RAWS                06 PM MON     0.31
    WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR      04 PM MON     0.43
    HELENA 11N COCORAHS         07 AM MON     0.10
    MACDONALD PASS              06 PM MON     0.27
    ROGERS PASS COOP            08 AM MON     0.60
    BOWMANS CORNER              06 PM MON     0.36
    HELENA AIRPORT              06 PM MON     0.56
    EAST HELENA 2E MEADOWLARK   06 PM MON     0.18
    HAUSER DAM 5SE              06 PM MON     0.30
    HELENA 1S DIEHL HTS         06 PM MON     0.52
    HELENA 1SE SOUTH HILLS      06 PM MON     0.81
    HELENA 2W WEST SIDE         06 PM MON     0.41
    COPPER BOTTOM               11 AM MON     0.30
    COPPER CAMP                 05 PM MON     0.00
    FROHNER MEADOW              05 PM MON     0.80
    NEVADA RIDGE                05 PM MON     0.40
    WOOD CREEK                  02 AM MON     0.50
 
...LIBERTY COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    CHESTER                     06 PM MON     1.03 
    CHESTER 17N                 06 PM MON     0.73
    WHITLASH 6NE                06 PM MON     0.37
    LOTHAIR SCAN                01 AM MON     0.71
 
...MADISON COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    CAMERON                     06 PM MON     0.72
    RUBY RIVER VALLEY AGRIMET   06 PM MON     1.20
    ENNIS RAWS                  06 PM MON     0.91
    NORRIS-MADISON POWERHOUSE   06 PM MON     0.00
    ENNIS COOP                  09 AM MON     0.50
    ENNIS 7S VARNEY BRIDGE      06 PM MON     0.40
    MCALLISTER                  06 PM MON     0.28
    ALBRO LAKE                  05 PM MON     2.40
    CLOVER MEADOW               08 AM MON     0.40
    DIVIDE                      05 PM MON     0.00
    LONE MOUNTAIN               05 PM MON     0.10
    LOWER TWIN                  05 PM MON     1.90
    SHORT CREEK                 05 PM MON     0.80
    TEPEE CREEK                 08 AM MON     0.00
 
...MEAGHER COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    PORPHYRY PEAK RAWS          06 PM MON     1.15
    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS RAWS  06 PM MON     1.37
    WHITE SULPHUR SPRING        05 PM MON     1.23
    WHITE SULPH SPGS 5SE        06 PM MON     1.40
    MARTINSDALE COOP            06 PM MON     1.98
    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS       04 PM MON     1.44
    BOULDER MOUNTAIN            05 PM MON     0.70
    DAISY PEAK                  05 PM MON     2.60
    DEADMAN CREEK               05 PM MON     1.40
    SPUR PARK                   05 PM MON     1.70
    ONION PARK                  05 PM MON     1.40
    PICKFOOT CREEK              05 PM MON     0.30
    STRINGER CREEK              11 AM MON     1.40
 
...PONDERA COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    HEART BUTTE                 06 PM MON     0.43
    VALIER COOP                 04 PM MON     0.60
    BADGER PASS                 05 PM MON     0.60
    PIKE CREEK                  05 PM MON     0.70
    DUPUYER - SWIFT DAM         06 PM MON     0.30
    CONRAD SCAN                 01 AM MON     0.41
 
...TETON COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    BROKEN O CANAL AGRIMET      05 PM MON     0.07
    TETON RIVER NEAR FARMINGTO  03 PM MON     0.45
    GLEASON RAWS                06 PM MON     0.58
    CHOTEAU COOP                05 PM MON     0.33
    DUTTON 3ENE                 05 AM MON     0.30
    BYNUM 1E PERKINS            06 PM MON     0.35
    BYNUM 13W DELLWO            06 PM MON     0.29
    CHOTEAU 12SW HODSKISS       06 PM MON     0.44
    COLLINS 1N                  06 PM MON     0.29
    DUTTON 7SE DAHLMAN          06 PM MON     0.34
    PENDROY 5ESE RICE RIDGE     06 PM MON     0.37
    DUPUYER CREEK               05 PM MON     0.00
    MOUNT LOCKHART              05 PM MON     0.80
    WALDRON                     08 AM MON     1.00
 
...TOOLE COUNTY...
                                   TIME    72HR PRECIP
    MILK RIVER                  06 PM MON     0.04
    DUNKIRK COOP                08 AM MON     0.27
    KEVIN                       06 PM MON     0.31
    SHELBY 1N                   06 PM MON     0.23

Rainy conditions cause some high water.

August 30, 2010

Rain continues to fall this afternoon. We also have a chance of isolated thunderstorms. Enough rain has fallen that the National Weather Service has issued a Small Stream Flood Advisory until Tuesday. The full statement can be found below.  About .14″ of an inch fell before midnight in Great Falls while Helena had a quarter of an inch. It has continued to rain since midnight and we will have totals later today.This graphic from NOAA shows that we are in the bulls eye for heavier moisture!

Overnight showers and thunderstorms are still possible with a low of 42.

Tuesday partly cloudy with a few showers and a high of 67 with a low around 45.

Wednesday mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 65 with a low around 46.

Thursday mostly sunny and warmer with a high near 70 and a low of 48.

Friday sunny with a high in the upper 70’s.

Saturday mostly sunny to start the Labor Day long weekend. High near 82 with a low of 51.

Sunday mostly cloudy with a slight risk of showers and thunderstorms. High near 77.

I hope you have a great day!

Fred

HILL MT-BLAINE MT-LIBERTY MT-TOOLE MT-CHOUTEAU MT-FERGUS MT-
 CASCADE MT-JUDITH BASIN MT-MEAGHER MT-BROADWATER MT-JEFFERSON MT-
 BEAVERHEAD MT-MADISON MT-GLACIER MT-PONDERA MT-TETON MT-
 LEWIS AND CLARK MT-GALLATIN MT-
 1232 PM MDT MON AUG 30 2010

 ...THE SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT
 TUESDAY FOR NORTH CENTRAL...CENTRAL...AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA EAST OF
 THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE...

 AT 1228 PM MDT MONDAY...STREAMS ACROSS CENTRAL MONTANA WERE REPORTED
 TO BE RUNNING HIGH. WIDESPREAD LIGHT PRECIPITATION HAS
 OCCURRED...AND IS OCCURRING...AS WELL ELSEWHERE ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL
 AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE.
 THEREFORE...OTHER STREAMS ACROSS THE AREA ARE EXPECTED TO BE RISING
 OR RUNNING HIGH AS WELL. IN ADDITION...ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE
 POSSIBLE ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS
 EVENING...AND THESE STORMS MAY PRODUCE BRIEF HEAVY RAINFALL...WHICH
 MAY CAUSE CREEKS AND STREAMS TO RISE FURTHER.

 PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO
 AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY
 DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL
 ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED
 ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN.

 EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED LEVELS ON
 SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...AND PONDING OF WATER IN URBAN AREAS...
 HIGHWAYS...STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER POOR DRAINAGE
 AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

 A FLOOD ADVISORY MEANS RIVER OR STREAM FLOWS ARE ELEVATED OR PONDING
 OF WATER IN URBAN OR OTHER AREAS IS OCCURRING OR IS IMMINENT.

 TO REPORT FLOODING...HAVE THE NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY RELAY
 YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.

Rain & cool. Snow in the Mountains in August!

August 29, 2010

After record breaking temperatures last week we are seeing a low pressure system spinning rain into Montana.

Evening Weather Story Update

Enough rain that areas where fires have been burning there is a fear of flash flooding. Here is the statement from the National Weather Service as rain continues to fall.

FLOOD WATCH
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
 920 PM MDT SUN AUG 29 2010
 
 CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LEWIS AND CLARK-
 920 PM MDT SUN AUG 29 2010
 
 ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...
 
 THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR
 
 * A PORTION OF SOUTHWEST MONTANA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING 
  AREA...CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LEWIS AND CLARK.
 
 * THROUGH MONDAY MORNING
 
 * OCCASIONAL LIGHT RAIN IS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT WITH ISOLATED
   SHOWERS PRODUCING BRIEF HEAVY RAINFALL. RAIN WILL BEGIN TO TAPER
   OFF EARLY MONDAY MORNING. RAINFALL TOTALS OF LESS THAN HALF AN
   INCH ARE EXPECTED THROUGH MONDAY MORNING BUT THE POTENTIAL
   EXISTS FOR RAINFALL TOTALS OF THREE-QUARTERS OF AN INCH WITH
   HEAVIER SHOWERS.
 
 * RAINFALL COULD LEAD TO LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING AND POSSIBLE
   DEBRIS FLOWS IN WILDLAND FIRE BURN AREAS INCLUDING THE
   DAVIS...LAKESIDE...AND MERIWETHER FIRE AREAS.
 
 A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
 TO FLASH FLOODING.
 
 PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
 A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
 TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
 
 YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
 SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

									

Much cooler but breezy!

August 27, 2010

What a change in our weather from last night! After a record tie of 96 degrees we are sitting in the low 70’s today. It is breezy, up to 30 mph so the Red Flag Warning (dangerous fire conditions) remains in place until 8 pm tonight.

I don’t know what you have planned this weekend but sure a change from most. Cloudy, cool and showers with thunderstorms. A good shower would help with the fires that are burning in the west.

Don’t expect any real warm up for a while. It looks like the middle of next week before we get highs closer to normal for this time of the year. With all the heat a few tomatoes were really starting to turn color, now it back to slow motion growing again!

I made a promise I will keep them covered if we get too cold, but we are a long way from freezing temperatures at night, just the warm weather disappearing is slowing down the growing season. Weird winter, spring and summer.

Have a great weekend and stay dry!

Fred

Record highs smashed Thursday!

August 26, 2010

As promised the hot air hit the Treasure state today and set some new records. I am posting an update as to what we have, but there may be others yet to report:

Havre 103 (98/2003)

Bozeman (Belgrade Field)  101 (96/2003

Billings  99 (98/1994)

Helena  97 (95/2003)

Great Falls  96 (Tie- 96/1894)

Cut Bank  95 (91/2003)

Boulder   93 (92/2008)

Valier      93 ( Tie 93/1996)

Gold Butte  94 (Tie 94/1971)

Red Flag Warning Continues, cooler Friday!

August 26, 2010

So far the hottest day of the year and the second day of school for the Great Falls students, tough to stay cool with the gusty warm wind up to 30 mph as well!

A dry cold front rushes through the state overnight forcing Friday temperatures down very quickly into the 70’s. Imagine that from mid and upper 90’s today to low and mid 70’s in 24 hours. The heat relief will feel good.

Our record high for today in Great Falls is 97 that goes back to 1894. We are already at 94 degrees and the heating for this afternoon is not over yet. You may find this blog entry updated with new records after they are released this evening!

Weekend outings are likely to be damp with showers and thunderstorms and the temperatures dropping into the 60’s. That is Montana weather for you!

Fred

Red Flag Warning State-Wide Thursday!

August 25, 2010

A cold front headed toward Montana will push the winds up to near 40 mph, causing dangerous fire conditions. Eastern Montana will have the Warning extended until 9 pm Friday evening.

School bells are ringing again & it’s hot!

August 25, 2010

Great Falls public schools are open for business today and by the time students are headed home it should be closing in on 90 degrees! What a welcome for the first day of school, although this morning was pleasant.

A repeat tomorrow with sunny skies and a hot high in the mid 90’s. Tough to take in the classroom with temperatures like that! Gusty winds are a strong possibility tomorrow. The result is a Red Flag Warning has been posted for most of the state Thursday afternoon and evening. Eastern Montana winds will continue until 9 pm Friday evening.

Heat relief arrives before the end of the first school week. The gusty winds are ahead of a cold front that is moving our way. By Friday highs should be in the 70’s.

Our weekend looks cool as well compared to the 90’s!

Saturday a few showers and thunderstorms possible in the afternoon with a high in the lower 70’s.

Sunday mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms and a high in the mid 60’s.

Not the greatest camping weather but it certainly could be worse!

Fred