Archive for December, 2010

Interested in Snow Totals? Here they are.

December 30, 2010

Great Falls ended up with 11 inches of snow Wednesday, which is a new record. Higher elevations had more. We are expecting some warming as soon as this weekend.

Here is a link to snow fall totals.  http://www.krtv.com/news/snowfall-totals-across-montana/

Drive careful until the snow begins to melt next week.

Fred

South River Drive loaded with snow.

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What a snow storm! Here are state totals.

December 29, 2010

What a day in the Weather Center! A record of 10.3″ fell in Great Falls since last midnight. Other areas had snow as well and blizzard conditions.

Here are the snow totals available at this time:

MAX/MIN TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE FOR MONTANA
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
 621 PM MST WED DEC 29 2010
 
 :...FULL TIME STATIONS...
  
 :HIGH TEMP LAST 12 HOURS THROUGH 5 PM MDT. LOW TEMP OVER PAST
 :18 HOURS...PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL PAST 24 HOURS AT 5 PM.
 :SNOW DEPTH AT 5 PM MDT. STATIONS ARE AUTOMATED AND MAY
 :UNDERESTIMATE WINTER PRECIPITATION. 
  
 .BR TFX 1229 M DH17/TAIRZS/TAIRZI/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ
 :                                       12HR 18HR  24-HR  24-HR  SNOW
 :ID    STATION          ELEV            HIGH  LOW   PCPN   SNFL DEPTH
 BHK  : BAKER            2929 :           32 /  18 /    T /      /    
 BIL  : BILLINGS AIRPORT 3567 :           34 /  17 / 0.01 /      /   M
 BZN  : BOZEMAN AIRPORT  4475 :           33 /  17 / 0.01 /      /   
 BTM  : BUTTE            5700 :           31 /  13 / 0.04 /      /    
 CTB  : CUT BANK         3838 :           17 /   5 / 0.00 /      /   4
 DLN  : DILLON AIRPORT   5200 :           32 /  16 /    T /      /   2
 GGW  : GLASGOW          2285 :           22 /  10 / 0.05 /  3.5 /   9
 GDV  : GLENDIVE AIRPORT 2457 :           25 /  16 / 0.00 /      /    
 GTF  : GREAT FALLS ARPT 3664 :           20 /  10 / 0.64 / 10.3 /  10
 HVR  : HAVRE AIRPORT    2585 :           22 /   9 / 0.19 /  7.0 /  17
 HLN  : HELENA AIRPORT   3828 :           31 /  14 / 0.19 /  2.0 /   3
 JDN  : JORDAN           2662 :           31 /  12 / 0.11 /      /    
 GPI  : KALISPELL ARPT   2965 :           29 /  22 / 0.01 /  0.3 /   7
 LWT  : LEWISTOWN ARPT   4145 :           32 /   7 / 0.29 /      /   4
 LVM  : LIVINGSTON       4653 :           36 /  16 /    T /      /    
 MLS  : MILES CITY ARPT  2628 :           28 /  20 / 0.00 /      /
 MSO  : MISSOULA         3202 :           34 /  25 / 0.16 /  1.9 /   4
 SDY  : SIDNEY AIRPORT   1985 :            M /   M /    M /      /    
 OLF  : WOLF POINT       1980 :           23 /   8 /    T /      /    
  
 :OTHER AWOS AND CRN LOCATIONS...NO NWS QUALITY CONTROL PERFORMED.
 BSPM8: BANNACK          5971 :           26 /  16
 GOMM8: BRUSETT 4SE      2643 :           17 /   7
 S71  : CHINOOK ARPT     2414 :           25 /   9
 CWJM8: CLEARWATER JCTN  3840 :           32 /  19 / 0.15 /      /    
 CDM  : CONRAD ARPT      3545 :           20 /   9
 97M  : EKALAKA ARPT     3503 :           34 /  25
 EKS  : ENNIS ARPT       5383 :           35 /  15
 88M  : EUREKA ARPT      2668 :           30 /  23
 1S3  : FORSYTH ARPT     2727 :           28 /  16
 79S  : FORT BENTON ARPT 2869 :           25 /  10
 6S5  : HAMILTON ARPT    3642 :           36 /  30
 6S8  : LAUREL ARPT      3517 :           34 /  19
 S59  : LIBBY ARPT       2601 :           32 /  25
 GFA  : MALMSTROM AFB    3257 :           27 /  10 / 0.00 /      /    
 M75  : MALTA ARPT       2254 :           22 /  10
 S34  : PLAINS ARPT      2467 :           34 /  27
 PRSM8: POPLAR 13NE      2085 :           19 /  10
 7S0  : RONAN AIRPORT    3084 :           34 /  27
 RPX  : ROUNDUP ARPT     3485 :           32 /  12
 MRYM8: ST MARY          4575 :           16 /   4
 9S2  : SCOBEY ARPT      2432 :           12 /   7
 THM  : THOMPSON FALLS A 2467 :           36 /  30
 9S5  : THREE FORKS ARPT 4089 :           36 /  20
 7S1  : TWIN BRIDGES APT 4777 :           34 /  15
 JRWM8: UTICA 11SW       5070 :           28 /  11
 WYS  : WEST YELLOWSTONE 6644 :           28 /  19
 .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 1229 M DH18/TAIRZX/TAIRZN/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ
 :...NORTHEAST MONTANA...
 :                              OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR  24-HR  SNOW
 :ID    STATION          ELEV     DDHHNN HIGH  LOW   PCPN   SNFL DEPTH
 CULM8: CULBERTSON       1942 : DD291700/ 30 /   9 / 0.10 /  3.0 /  19
 GNDM8: GLENDIVE 1E      2076 : DD291400/ 29 /  14 / 0.00 /    M /  10
 MLAM8: MALTA            2262 : DD291600/ 38 /   9 / 0.25 /  3.0 /  16
 NASM8: NASHUA           2067 : DD291655/ 26 /  10 / 0.15 /  4.0 /  18
 OPNM8: OPHEIM 10N       2980 : DD291600/ 30 /   4 / 0.00 /    M /   M
 POGM8: PORT OF MORGAN   2830 : DD291700/ 25 /   4 / 0.10 /  0.5 /   6
 SDYM8: SIDNEY           1931 : DD291600/ 29 /  10 / 0.17 /  3.0 /  16
  
 :...SOUTHEAST MONTANA...
 :                              OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR  24-HR  SNOW
 :ID    STATION          ELEV     DDHHNN HIGH  LOW   PCPN   SNFL DEPTH
 4BQ  : BROADUS          3027 : DD291700/ 34 /  22 / 0.00 /  0.0 /   0
 EKLM8: EKALAKA          3425 : DD291706/ 38 /  25 / 0.00 /    M /   2
  
 :...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 : DD291700/ 36 /  19 / 0.04 /  0.2 /   1
 BWPM8: BILLINGS WTP     3097 : DD291500/ 42 /  27 /    T /  0.0 /   1
 CKCM8: COOKE CITY 2W    7483 : DD291800/ 26 /  20 / 0.11 /  2.5 /  31
 GARM8: GARDINER         5275 : DD291700/ 33 /  28 /    T /    T /   1
 HDNM8: HARDIN           2905 : DD291700/ 41 /  19 /    T /    T /   2
 HYSM8: HYSHAM           2660 : DD291700/ 36 /  17 / 0.00 /  0.0 /   3
 MYSM8: MYSTIC LAKE      6544 : DD291600/ 35 /  22 / 0.03 /  0.5 /   4
 NYEM8: NYE              4840 : DD291335/ 39 /  11 / 0.00 /    M /   M
 RPJM8: RAPELJE 4S       4125 : DD291800/ 39 /  14 / 0.04 /  1.2 /   1
 RELM8: RED LODGE        5600 : DD291700/ 40 /  20 / 0.02 /  0.5 /   7
 ROPM8: ROUNDUP          3227 : DD291700/ 40 /  12 /    M /    M /   4
  
 :...NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA...  
 :                              OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR  24-HR  SNOW
 :ID    STATION          ELEV     DDHHNN HIGH  LOW   PCPN   SNFL DEPTH
 CSEM8: CASCADE 20SSE    4600 : DD291700/ 37 /   7 / 0.15 /  1.5 /   2
 COUM8: CHOTEAU          3845 : DD291730/ 37 /   7 / 0.15 /  3.0 /   3
 GSSM8: GRASS RANGE      3490 : DD291800/ 42 /   9 / 0.68 /  8.0 /   9
 HOBM8: HOBSON           4244 : DD291800/ 37 /   8 / 0.58 / 11.0 /  11
 MRTM8: MARTINSDALE 3NNW 4800 : DD291800/ 35 /  13 / 0.41 /  0.4 /   6
 NHRM8: NEIHART 7NW      4945 : DD291715/ 37 /  12 / 0.19 /  2.0 /  14
 VLRM8: VALIER           3810 : DD291600/ 37 /   7 / 0.15 /  8.0 /   8
 WGSM8: WHITE SLPHR SPGS 5040 : DD291600/ 32 /   8 /    M /    M /   M
  
 :...SOUTHWEST MONTANA...
 :                              OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR  24-HR  SNOW
 :ID    STATION          ELEV     DDHHNN HIGH  LOW   PCPN   SNFL DEPTH
 BGSM8: BIG SKY 2WNW     6590 : DD291630/ 29 /  19 / 0.32 /  8.5 /  32
 BOUM8: BOULDER          4904 : DD291600/ 36 /  12 / 0.15 /  2.0 /   3
 BZMM8: BOZEMAN 6W       4775 : DD291600/ 37 /  18 / 0.06 /  1.0 /   M
 BZEM8: BOZEMAN MSU      4913 : DD291600/ 37 /  13 / 0.05 /  1.5 /   8
 WISM8: WISDOM           6060 : DD291700/ 29 /  19 / 0.08 /  1.0 /  15
  
 :...NORTHWEST MONTANA...
 :                              OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR  24-HR  SNOW
 :ID    STATION          ELEV     DDHHNN HIGH  LOW   PCPN   SNFL DEPTH
 LYBM8: LIBBY 30SSE      3600 : DD291700/ 33 /  20 / 0.65 /  9.0 /  26
 PSNM8: POLSON           2990 : DD291600/ 38 /  22 / 0.72 / 13.0 /  15
 KERM8: POLSON KERR DAM  2730 : DD291700/ 35 /  23 / 1.18 / 10.0 /  12
 SELM8: SEELEY LAKE RS   4100 : DD291408/ 33 /  23 / 0.48 /  5.6 /  23
 THOM8: THOMPSON FALLS   2380 : DD291600/ 34 /  29 /    M /    M /   2
 WGLM8: WEST GLACIER     3154 : DD291600/ 33 /  21 / 0.05 /  0.2 /  15
 
 
 :THE FOLLOWING SECTION LISTS LOW TEMPERATURES FROM REPORTING STATIONS
 :ACROSS THE STATE THAT ONLY REPORT IN THE MORNING.
  
 :...NORTHEAST...SOUTHEAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL MONTANA...
 :                              OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 
 :ID    STATION          ELEV     DDHHNN HIGH  LOW  
 WSBM8: WESTBY           2105 : DD290700/    /   0
 SBRM8: HUNTLEY          3000 : DD290700/    /  22
 TERM8: TERRY            2248 : DD290800/    /  12
  
 :...NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA...
 :                              OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 
 :ID    STATION          ELEV     DDHHNN HIGH  LOW   
 CNKM8: CHINOOK          2420 : DD290630/    /  13
 DVNM8: DUNKIRK 19NNE    3323 : DD290800/    /  15
 FTBM8: FORT BENTON      2633 : DD290800/    /  21
 WRPM8: ROGERS PASS 9NNE 4200 : DD290800/    /  17
 RYDM8: RUDYARD 19S      2878 : DD290740/    /  17
 VALM8: VALENTINE        2910 : DD290700/    /  16
  
 :...SOUTHWEST AND NORTHWEST MONTANA...
 :                              OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 
 :ID    STATION          ELEV     DDHHNN HIGH  LOW  
 WYGM8: W YELLOWSTONE GT 6700 : DD290730/    /  19
 OLNM8: OLNEY            3165 : DD290800/    /  24
 .END
 
 
 ...MONTANA TEMPERATURE EXTREMES...
 
 HIGH TEMP... 42 BILLINGS WTP
                  GRASS RANGE
 
 LOW TEMP...  0 WESTBY
 
 ...MONTANA MAXIMUM PRECIPITATION...
 
 MAX PRECIP...   1.18 POLSON KERR DAM
 
 MAX SNOWFALL... 13.0 POLSON
 
 MAX SNOW DEPTH... 32 BIG SKY 2WNW

Major winter storm headed our way tonight!

December 28, 2010

We face a busy day getting the word out about a major winter storm headed into Montana late tonight and the potential for heavy snow and bitter temperatures to end 2010!

Below are the special graphics presented at a briefing this morning by the National Weather Service. Please watch our website for the latest warnings that may be issued.

Surface map

Ice jams and winter weather returning!

December 27, 2010

After a week off and enjoying the mild readings, I was torn between washing the car or not. It really needs it but another storm is coming and there is still water standing in the streets. I guess waiting won out!

On the way to work I snapped pictures of the Missouri River near the Milwaukee Depot and east of that area. A Flood Warning remains in effect until tomorrow afternoon. No one knows just when this ice jam will dislodge and what it might due to the Missouri downstream. Use caution when around the river and the River’s Edge Trail. You can see from the pictures that the ice has pushed up onto parts of the trail!

Get ready for snow and much colder weather by Wednesday and into the weekend to welcome the New Year!

 

Little change in the ice jams

Parts of the River's Edge Trail dry

Don't get too close!

Some parts of the trail covered in water

National Weather Service Graphics on Storm Coming

Another Winter Storm coming!

Best bet for moisture

A frosty Friday! Freezing fog & snow.

December 17, 2010

I left the building last evening with unexpected light snow and fog and it has continued Friday during the day. It’s what is called a “busted forecast” when this happens. The features of the Rockies can change our weather in hours, which we have just witnessed!

A low cloud deck has spread across most of north central Montana, along with patchy fog and light snow. Due to the cloud cover, cold air and the sun angle being low in December we don’t expect much warming, especially with the stubborn fog sticking around.

Overnight we expect mostly cloudy skies, patchy freezing fog and some snow flurries. The low around 7.

Saturday mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow with freezing fog in the morning hours. High temperature in the mid teens.

Saturday night snow is likely with a 70% chance of moisture, mainly before midnight. Chilly northeast winds between 5 to 10 mph and a low of 10. About an inch is expected.

Sunday mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers and a high in the mid teens and a low of 4.

Monday partly sunny with some flurries and warmer with a high in the mid 20’s.

Tuesday partly sunny and a high near 32.

Wednesday mostly cloudy with some rain and snow showers. High in the mid 30’s so either form of moisture is possible.

Thursday partly sunny and a high near 40!

I hope you have a great day and drive safe. Off for the weekend and then a week of vacation before Christmas. If you notice a lack of blogs that is why!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Fred

The beauty of the Falls & Eagles!

December 16, 2010

Just a quick note that the Black Eagle Falls were spectacular today with the sunshine and the water rolling over the dam onto the ice below. There have been many sightings reported along that part of the Missouri of eagles. Even the Fish, Wildlife and Parks office called the station to alert us.

Funny how it is cooler, the wind has died down but it is still nice outdoors. I found it peaceful to pull over along the Falls for a few minutes during this busy and hectic time of the year. I hope you find time to stop and take time to take in the sights of our beautiful city and state!

Black Eagle Falls

Another view

Wider View

Maybe a chance of using a snow shovel this weekend!

December 15, 2010

 

KRTV Giant Snow shovel resting!

 

It doesn’t look like the snow shovels will get much of a work out in the next few days! We have a chance of snow showers this weekend but it does not look like anything major for us.

The Canadian air will make our days and nights much colder than we have been used to in the past week. Single digits for night-time lows is chilly!

The Chinook winds have melted a lot of snow on the lawns but the residential streets are still full of ice and ruts, a Luge course in some areas but we are getting by. It will take another good Chinook to finish the job on the side streets. Thankfully the city and state crews have the main streets and roads in good shape for holiday shopping. Yours done?  Mine is!  First time in years!

Have a great day!

Fred

Warm weather coming to an end.

December 14, 2010

Another cold front is crossing the state and making some areas very messy. Near Butte on I-90, Homestake Pass is snow-covered and icy. Several accidents were reported earlier today in that area.

 

Tuesday, December 14th at 4:30 pm

 

At about the same time it was raining in Glasgow and as temperatures were dropping it was feared that freezing rain would coat the roads. That watch was discontinued about 9 pm this evening.

We had better keep the winter clothes handy as behind the cold front that is causing the wind, snow and rain is much cooler air for us that extends into the weekend. Here is the NWS Weather Story that gives us a snapshot of what is next!

 

Courtesy: National Weather Service

 

Drive careful and have a safe evening!

Fred

Windy but very warm for December!

December 13, 2010

We have been feeling the Chinook effect, a Native American word for “snow eater.” Up to 30 mph winds along the eastern slopes of the Rockies are responsible for temperatures well above normal for almost mid-December!

We managed to break the 50 degree barrier today thanks to the wind. In fact the high officially was 51 degrees and a normal day should be 31. Also a peek at the sun off and on today!

Even the wind at night has kept us warm and melting the snow and ice. Our low was 40 this morning and a normal low is 15 degrees.

While Kentucky and other southern states struggle with cold temperatures and snow we are getting a few bonus days in Montana.

It won’t last long for us though. By Wednesday things will be back to normal and then turn colder by Friday and into the weekend. It’s never boring weather in Montana!!!

Snow falling in parts of the state today!

December 10, 2010

The latest weather system has been very selective about where it drops snowfall. Radar shows the snow gradually ending and at least so far the most lower elevation snow reports are 6″ in Fort Benton, 5 inches in both Havre and the Knees near Dutton, as well as 4″ at both Harlem and Chinook.

Driving conditions are not very good in eastern Montana with blowing snow and cold temperatures expected tonight.

A second quick system Sunday could deliver more snow to western Montana, while places like Great Falls could warm up enough to see both snow and rain showers. In December? Yes anything is possible!

Fred