Archive for November, 2010

Shopping in the dark? Not me! Pixs of Glacier though!

November 26, 2010

I know there were people up at 2 am and 3 am getting ready to go shopping. I slept through the who thing. I can understand the excitement however of those who do it, a once a year event and something many people do as groups.

I sure enjoyed the traditional Thanksgiving feast and always look forward to the left overs.

Our weather is improving with the arrival of sunshine and warming southwest to west winds.  Early afternoon saw sunshine in Helena with 26 degrees and in Great Falls the wind was up above 20 miles per hour at times so the temperatures was about 10 degrees warmer.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and we are looking forward to more weather that is not as drastic as the past week with sub-zero readings.

Here are several shots taken this afternoon from Glacier National Park cameras. What a wonderland!



Apgar Lookout

Lake McDonald

Two Medicine

Red Eagle Mountain from St. Mary

Near Swan Lake


Wicked winter weather!

November 23, 2010

The coldest night of the week is ahead of us tonight. The best way to sum it up is with pictures! Here is the National Weather Service Weather Story:

We will eventually pull out of the sub-zero readings as we head into Thanksgiving and beyond, but still far from a normal high of the upper 30’s during the short daylight hours.

Travel was being discouraged in many parts of the state today and for good reason. Look at some of the camera snapshots from about 2pm this afternoon. Not the kind of weather you really want to be out traveling in!

Bozeman Pass on I-90

Lewistown Divide Montana 200

MacDonald Pass near Helena

Judith Gap, MT

Rogers Pass Montana 200

Monarch Canyon on the way to Kings Hill

Roundabout in Helena - Winter Driving!

Dangrous travel conditions! Caution is urged!

November 23, 2010

Dangerous travel conditions in Southwest Montana. The remainder of the state continues to see snow and very cold temperatures. Minus -20 for Great Falls seems reasonable, and with any amount of wind chill factors could reach -40. Attached in the NWS Weather Story for this afternoon and tonight. Be careful!

NWS Weather Story - November 23, 2010

Sub-Zero temps & Dangerous wind chill factors!

November 22, 2010

What a snow event we had and Billings picked up a foot of snow!

A Winter Weather Advisory and has been issued along with a Wind Chill Advisory for central Montana as we brace for unusually cold temperatures and a wicked wind chill factors.

Here is a link to the National Weather Service storm report that shows snowfall and more is expected tonight and Tuesday.
You can find the Advisories on the main page of our website. A busy day ahead and try to stay warm and safe!


National Weather Service Weather Story


A bitterly cold weekend. Drive carefully, if you must!

November 19, 2010

Big sports weekend and temperatures take a huge plunge and wind will make the chill factors even worse.

Winter weather advisories for a good part of the state, as well as a winter storm warning for areas around Bozeman and West Yellowstone. If you travel be aware of winter driving conditions!

Here is the NWS Weather Story! Stay warm and be careful!

National Weather Service briefing graphic

Potential Impacts

Heavy Snowfall Across Southwest Montana

Blowing Snow

Poor Travel/Road Closures Possible

Chances for accumulating snow extend into Monday

Pipes bursting with extended period below zero for much of the area

School kids outside Monday and Tuesday Morning in very dangerous cold

Pets and livestock dangers


Old man winter is making an early arrival!

November 18, 2010

After waking up this morning to more snow falling I decided it was time to invest in a new snow shovel. I have been putting it off for two or three years and using the old twisted and bent aluminum variety that should be retired.

My investment was a posture correct version, plastic of course, and with the bent handle. I have not tried it out yet but anxious to see how much easier it is on my back.

We need shovels, snow again today and cold north winds. As I write this it is 14 degrees and falling. The wind chill factor is zero and roads are winter like driving conditions. I also noticed the wind chill factor in Cut Bank at the same time was -15 degrees.

A word to the wise, find your warm clothes! We are expecting by this weekend to see highs in the single digits to low teens and night-time readings below the zero mark. It doesn’t end with the weekend. The same temperatures stick around until at least next Wednesday!

Tomorrow morning I will give that new shovel a workout!


NWS Weather Story


Snow piling up on us!

Helena snowfall at 2 pm!

Sub-zero temperatures coming this weekend!

November 17, 2010

After one big snowstorm with high winds, Montana faces dealing with very cold arctic air moving into the state by the end of the week. The result will be some snow but the big story is the bitterly cold temperatures.

I hope you are making plans to protect livestock and yourself. With lows of -10 and colder flesh can freeze very quickly. We are never ready for the extremely cold weather, but it is on the way.

Here is a graphic from the National Weather Service:

Winter returns to Montana!

November 16, 2010

A quick-moving Alberta Clipper struck central and southwest Montana Tuesday. It began as rain last night, then very gusty winds and finally snowfall.

Snow totals ranged from 2″ to 12″. More in the higher elevations and a number of  trees blown down with power lines with our peak wind gust at 62 mph.

A big pileup involving semi tractors and trailers on I-15 between Wolf Creek and Helena. No serious injuries but the interstate had to be closed for a while as cleanup took place.

Here are two photos that showed driving conditions this afternoon on Rogers Pass and also MacDonald Pass. Drive and walk carefully!

Winter Weather ready to invade Montana!

November 15, 2010

Winter weather is returning courtesy of a cold front from the northwest. Colder temperatures behind the front as well. Be prepared for winter driving conditions!

Frosty at Apgar Lookout in Glacier

November 12, 2010

We are seeing several storms moving through Montana, after all it is that time of the year! Here is a picture of the frost on vegetation at Apgar’s Lookout station.  Yes it looks cold and more snow could be on the way by Tuesday in Montana.

Computer models can’t agree on the timing and intensity, but we better be ready for some winter like conditions.  Have a great weekend!


Apgar Lookout Friday afternoon - November 12, 2010