Archive for September, 2010

The first weekend of fall, feels like summer!

September 24, 2010

We finally are getting a break in our cooler temperatures and it seems like forever since we have seen 80’s. They will be back and little wind along with it. A great chance to get out and take care of outdoor chores or just have fun!

Weekend Weather Story from the National Weather Service

Enjoy your weekend!!!!!!!

Fred

Summer weather returns this weekend!

September 22, 2010

After cool conditions, rain, drizzle and low clouds we see an end in sight for those wanting sunshine and warmer weather!

The wind picks up Thursday and Friday from the southwest providing some warming. However the great weather is set to arrive this weekend. Sunshine, and temperatures climbing back into the mid 80’s!

That kind of weather should help the farmers trying to harvest the rest of their crops and also dry the ground for those who are trying to get seeding done this fall.

Fall officially begins shortly after 10 pm tonight. The summer weather returns just as fall begins. That’s Montana weather for you!

Have a great day!

Fred

Happy Birthday to Walter Breuning – 114!

September 21, 2010

What a day it has been for activity and so sorry for the late edition of the blog.

Walter turned 114 today and is currently the oldest living man in the world!

He was presented with a copy of the Guinness book of records to prove it today and was hosted by a number of community and state leaders.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer is known to always wear blue jeans and a bolo tie. Today it was different. The Montana governor wore a SUIT and also a TIE that Walter had given him several months ago. The governor told me that tomorrow the bolo tie goes back on!

Here are a few snapshots from today’s celebration. I am proud to be a friend of Walter and have learned so much from his rich life.

Fred

There is nothing like thunder to wake up a light sleeper!

September 20, 2010

Middle of the night lightning wakes up light sleepers!

There is nothing like a lightning and thunder to startle a person out of a good nights rest!

That is exactly what we had this morning, unfortunately I missed the show. I can sleep through most anything and this morning was proof of that.

It woke my wife up and her aunt that is visiting us from California, but her uncle, just like me, slept through it all! The only thing we could see was the remnants of rain on the street and sidewalk.

We are in an unsettled period just a couple of days before the start of fall. That still doesn’t mean we can’t see thunderstorms. This trend should not last long, in fact by the time this weekend rolls around we should be back in the 70’s and enjoying the sunshine.

I hope you had a good nights rest and were undisturbed by the storm early this morning, otherwise you may need a nap before bedtime!

Have a great day!

Fred

We head for a change in our weather! Brrrr

September 15, 2010

It is that time of the year when the seasons begin to change and we can expect just about any kind of weather it seems.  Today started out with fog, that was expected, and once it burned off between 8 and 9 am we saw plenty of sunshine and very nice day!

Enjoy the sunshine as we see more clouds in our future, as soon as overnight.

Thursday some gusty winds from the southwest as a cold front moves closer to Montana from the northwest. Overnight Thursday showers with winds shifting to the north. That signals the arrival of the front and chilly temperatures going into the weekend.

I have taken a couple calls about the night hours dropping below 32 and causing harm to the green tomatoes. Although we expect a weekend of 50’s the night-time low’s at this point stay at 40 or warmer.  I have tasted a few of the ripe tomatoes the last couple of days from our small garden and it sure is worth the wait!  I will be prepared to cover them if we start dropping into the mid 30’s, but that doesn’t look to be in the cards in the near future.

By the first of next week we return to the lower 60’s during the daytime, some clouds and some showers.

I hope you have a great day!

Fred

More fall-like weather later this week!

September 14, 2010

About 70 degrees is a normal daytime high in Great Falls this time of the year, with a low of 41 degrees.

We have been fortunate to stay around normal recently, but a change is coming later in the week with the arrival of a cold front.  Enjoy tomorrows sunshine and 70+ degree weather, even Thursday doesn’t look bad with the possible chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Peaceful day although cloudy. Here is a picture I snapped of the Milwaukee Depot on the way to work today. Still plenty of green grass and green leaves, although some are starting to turn colors.

By the time Friday arrives we will be on the back or cool side of the front and high temperatures in the upper 50’s will be common as we head into the weekend. A 30 to 40 percent chance of rain showers is also in the mix each day.

We don’t see another 70 degree day after the weekend into the early part of next week. I guess I better get my outside chores taken care of while the weather stays mild!

I hope you have a great day!

Fred

Enjoy today! More clouds & showers later.

September 13, 2010

Such a nice day!

The weekend was great to be outdoors and the nice weather continues into the first part of this week. I am giving serious thought to taking a 10 minute break and sit outside in the sunshine!

We do see a change in our weather pattern during the week. A better chance of clouds developing during the day and with it the chance of showers. Temperatures gradually cool into the 60’s by the end of the week, so we may not see as much sunshine, at least the temperatures stay where they belong.

Weekend watchers: It doesn’t look as warm as this past weekend or as sunny at this point. We should see periods of some sunshine with possible showers  with highs by Sunday dipping into the lower 60’s.

Enjoy the fall-like weather!

Fred

A great weekend after a cool week. Enjoy your Sunday!

September 12, 2010

Saturday was certainly nice, although a little breezy, but not enough to stop yard work and being outside. Sunday less wind and everyone is smiling! What a day with highs in the low 70’s by early afternoon.

On the way to work and Saturday in the mountains you can begin to see some of the trees turning colors, a sign of fall. Gibson Park was packed today, in fact I didn’t see any free parking spots. So I went around the corner along the Missouri River and found a few trees that were starting to show a hint of color changes.

Missouri River along River Drive Sunday afternoon

This is the type of weather we should be seeing this time of the year and I am very happy that it took place on the weekend!

Enjoy your day and the mild temperatures.

Fred

Waiting for a great late summer weekend!

September 10, 2010

Getting ready to say goodbye to the clouds!

High pressure is building over Montana and we expect to say goodbye to our clouds overnight and welcome the weekend with sunny skies.

High temperatures return to the 70’s, perfect weather for outdoor activities.

I hope you have a safe and pleasant weekend!

Fred

Another day of rain & mountain snow!

September 9, 2010

NWS Weather Story shows rain and snow!

The last couple of days we lost our summer, in fact it has been the coolest summer in Great Falls since 1995. No wonder the tomatoes are green!

Low pressure is responsible for more rain today, tonight and tomorrow.

By the weekend the wind shifts to the southwest and we warm back up quickly. That doesn’t mean there won’t be some mud remain while the sun is out on Saturday and Sunday!

The good news it looks like next week temperature stay in the low 70’s, about where they belong this time of the year.

I hope you have a great day!

Fred