Archive for April, 2011

A quick shot of winter weather overnight!

April 29, 2011

A quick moving storm, that hopefully will not stall out overnight, is moving through Montana and dumping snow and rain with sleet in parts of the state.

Winter Storm Warning until morning. A Winter Weather Advisory for areas to the west of us and a Blizzard Warning for the far northeastern corner of Montana. The end of April is going out winter-like.

Saturday the sun returns, temperatures warm up and we should see more melting. Could this be the last snow of the spring? History tells us that snow is possible in May and even June in Montana. I know everyone is tired of snow and I am also looking forward to more sunshine, stable and warm weather!

Fred

CASCADE-JUDITH BASIN-MEAGHER-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...GREAT FALLS...
KINGS HILL PASS...STANFORD...WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
1118 AM MDT FRI APR 29 2011

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

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT SATURDAY.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: A SPRING STORM SYSTEM WILL IMPACT THE
  REGION THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY. HEAVY WET SNOW WILL SPREAD SOUTH
  OVER THE PLAINS OF CENTRAL MONTANA THIS AFTERNOON. SNOW MAY BE
  HEAVY AT TIMES THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE DIMINISHING TOMORROW.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 6 INCHES ARE
  POSSIBLE AT ELEVATIONS BELOW 4000 FEET...WITH 10 TO 16 INCHES
  EXPECTED FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 4000 FEET. ISOLATED AMOUNTS UP
  TO 20 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE AT RIDGE TOPS. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1
  TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR WILL BE POSSIBLE DURING THE AFTERNOON
  AND EVENING HOURS.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH AND
  AREAS OF HEAVIER SNOWFALL...WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE
  QUARTER OF A MILE AT TIMES THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* OTHER IMPACTS: THE COMBINATION OF WINDS...HEAVY WET SNOW AND
  COLD TEMPERATURES WILL LIKELY IMPACT RANCHING AND
  AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND MAY CAUSE A HAZARD FOR POWER
  LINES. WARM GROUND TEMPERATURES WILL LIKELY ALLOW ROADWAYS
  TO REMAIN WET OR SLUSHY...EXCEPT OVER MOUNTAINS PASSES WHERE
  ROAD SURFACES WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND ICY.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS...
  STANFORD...GREAT FALLS...KINGS HILL 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. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW WILL ALSO REDUCE VISIBILITIES.
IF YOU MUST...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR
VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

Friday snow status upgrade to Winter Warning!

April 28, 2011
It looks like snow will again be part of the agenda for us Friday and Friday night!

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
300 PM MDT THU APR 28 2011

NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-CASCADE-
SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-JUDITH BASIN-MEAGHER-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...BROWNING...MARIAS PASS...
GREAT FALLS...KINGS HILL PASS...CHOTEAU...STANFORD...
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
300 PM MDT THU APR 28 2011

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM FRIDAY TO 6 AM MDT
SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN
EFFECT FROM 6 AM FRIDAY TO 6 AM MDT SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM
WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: A COLD AND MOIST SPRING STORM SYSTEM
  WILL IMPACT THE AREA FRIDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT. WET SNOW WILL
  DEVELOP NEAR THE CANADIAN BORDER FRIDAY MORNING...SPREADING
  SOUTH INTO THE REMAINDER OF NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA BY FRIDAY
  AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND
  EVENING BEFORE DIMINISHING FRIDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE
  LIKELY AT ELEVATIONS BELOW 4000 FEET WITH 10 TO 16 INCHES
  EXPECTED FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 4000 FEET. ISOLATED AMOUNTS UP TO
  20 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE AT RIDGE TOPS. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2
  INCHES PER HOUR WILL BE POSSIBLE DURING THE AFTERNOON AND
  EVENING HOURS.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH
  COMBINED WITH AREAS OF HEAVIER SNOWFALL...WILL REDUCE
  VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE QUARTER OF A MILE AT TIMES FRIDAY
  AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* OTHER IMPACTS: THE COMBINATION OF WINDS...HEAVY WET SNOW AND
  COLD TEMPERATURES WILL LIKELY IMPACT RANCHING AND AGRICULTURAL
  ACTIVITIES AND MAY CAUSE A HAZARD FOR POWER LINES. WARM GROUND
  TEMPERATURES WILL LIKELY ALLOW ROADWAYS TO REMAIN WET OR
  SLUSHY...EXCEPT OVER MOUNTAINS PASSES WHERE ROAD SURFACES WILL
  BECOME SNOW COVERED AND ICY.

* CONFIDENCE: CONFIDENCE IN A SIGNIFICANT WET SNOW ACCUMULATION IS
  GREATEST FOR AREAS ALONG THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT WEST OF CUT
  BANK AND CHOTEAU...AND NEAR THE LITTLE BELT MOUNTAINS...INCLUDING
  ADJACENT AREAS FROM FROM BELT TO GEYSER AND HIGHWOOD.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: CHOTEAU...WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS...
  STANFORD...BROWNING...MARIAS PASS...GREAT FALLS AND KINGS HILL
  PASS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

&&

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. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW WILL ALSO REDUCE VISIBILITIES. IF
YOU MUST...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR
VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

A new storm a brewing off the coast!

April 27, 2011

It’s almost May and we are still facing a chance of moisture in the form of snow. Here is the statement from the National Weather Service regarding the timing and impact of the next system the end of this week.

“Another spring storm system will impact the region this Thursday and Friday. A strong cold front will move across the region on Thursday and gusty winds are expected in association with the cold front, especially over the higher terrain of southwest Montana and along the Rocky Mountain Front.

The front is expected to slow down or stall after moving through southwest Montana Thursday night, allowing for a period of accumulating snow over the mountains south of I-90 with significant accumulations possible over areas near the Idaho and Wyoming borders.

On Friday, additional moisture and colder air will move into the region from the north with wet snow likely across much of the area. Accumulating snow is possible across much of north central Montana Friday into Friday evening with significant accumulations possible near the Rocky Mountain front and near the Big Belt, Highwood and Big Snowy Mountain ranges.

There is still some uncertainty at this time with respect to snowfall amounts as timing and intensity of snow will have a large role in how much snow can accumulate. Stay tuned for updated information as this system evolves.”

Another snow storm!

So it is best to be prepared for again winter-like conditions. The good part about these spring storms is the snow does not stick around long as the ground is warming up with the longer daylight hours and the sunshine!

Fred

Let’s Go Flying! Air photos of Great Falls!

April 26, 2011

My apologies for not blogging the last couple of days. I am busy at work on a two-part series that will air on KRTV & KXLH this Thursday and Friday at 5:30 and 10 pm!

It’s called “Let’s Go Flying” and it’s an introductory first lesson in training for a private pilot’s license. A new experience for me and I will take you along for the ride and flight over Great Falls and the surrounding area and share with you how you can experience the same first flying lesson as I did.

Here are a few still photos taken from the air while I was flying.  I hope you find the two-part series on flying interesting. It was a tremendous experience for me to take to the sky over Great Falls!

Lining up on Runway 3 ready for our landing

If you like lots of knobs and switches you will like the cockpit!

Airborne over Great Falls

A view as far as the eye can see

Missouri River

Another River shot

Another great view


A beautiful Easter Sunday!

April 24, 2011

It’s hard to believe that late last week we had a storm that dumped over 12 inches of snow on Great Falls and today most of the snow has melted and the Easter weekend for the most part went on as scheduled.

The city was able to remove snow from the grass at part of Gibson Park for the big city Easter egg hunt. Today Set Free Ministries and other churches held special hunts for the youngsters.

A busy day at Gibson Park!

Not a parking space to be found at Gibson Park today!

Convertibles and motorcycles have come out of the garages and my what a beautiful Sunday it has been. No wonder we call it Big Sky Country!

As we move into Monday it becomes more unsettled with showers possible and highs in the mid 50’s. Maybe spring is here to stay as the rest of the week looks like some showers but highs stay in the 50’s.

After our big snow storm you can see the grass turning green quickly. It won’t be long and the lawnmowers will starting up once the ground dries out more.

I hope you had a joyful Easter celebration and had a chance to open some windows and let in the fresh air, get outside and enjoy the great weather!’

Fred

What a whale of a snowstorm for Central MT!

April 22, 2011

Driving home from work last night about 11 pm it was moderate to heavy rain but within ten minutes, before I could get home the rain changed to snow. Boy did it snow overnight, very heavy at times, and very heavy wet snow!

Some had power outages from tree branches and power lines down. Already the pavement in Great Falls is slushy or wet with 12.6″ of snow containing more than 1 inch of moisture. The temperature at the airport is 35 degrees and there is still some moisture in the area, but melting is already starting on the warm sidewalks.

This is a picture of a bush before the melting started and it all fell off.

This heavy wet snow will be melting quickly on the pavement but snow totals are very impressive so far:

11 SSE of Lewistown  23.6″ Snowfall

5 SE Monarch     15.5″

6 W of Neihart    14″

3 N of Raynesford 14″

Great Falls NWS     12.6″

4 E of Wisdom       12″

Belt                  12″

5 SE of Ulm    10″

Hobson           10″

Lewistown      8″

Simms              6″

—————- New snowfall totals——-

5 SE Winnett  5″

8.7″ E Miles City  11″

Roundup        12″

Ryegate          3″

Snow is still falling in some areas, however it will gradually taper off. By Saturday the sun is expected with southwest winds and temperatures in the lower 50’s. That means a lot of melting.

A flash flood warning has been issued in Blaine county until mid-day Saturday. The breach of Lybeck reservoir and BR-12 are responsible.

1214 PM MDT FRI APR 22 2011

...A FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR FIFTEEN MILE CREEK IN BLAINE COUNTY
REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1130 AM MDT SATURDAY FOR CENTRAL BLAINE
COUNTY...

* AT 1033 AM MDT...THE BREACH OF LYBECK RESERVOIR AND BR-12
RESERVOIR WAS REPORTED BY THE DAM OPERATOR.

FLOOD WATERS ARE MOVING DOWN FIFTEEN MILE CREEK. AT THE CURRENT RATE
OF FLOW...FLOODWATERS WILL REACH ZURICH PARK AND NEAR HIGHWAY 2
BETWEEN 11 PM MDT TONIGHT AND 1 AM MDT SATURDAY MORNING. CURRENT
INFORMATION INDICATES THAT THE TOWN OF ZURICH WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.
IF THE WATER COMING FROM THE BREACHED RESERVOIRS
INCREASES...FLOODWATERS MAY REACH NORTHEAST OF ZURICH EARLY THIS
EVENING. PERSONS ALONG FIFTEEN MILE CREEK AND LOCATIONS DOWNSTREAM
SHOULD BE AWARE OF RAPIDLY RISING WATER LEVELS AND TO MOVE TO HIGHER
GROUND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS FLASH FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR IS
IMMINENT. MOST FLOOD RELATED DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. DO NOT
ATTEMPT TO CROSS WATER COVERED BRIDGES...DIPS...OR LOW WATER
CROSSINGS. NEVER TRY TO CROSS A FLOWING STREAM...EVEN A SMALL ONE...
ON FOOT. TO ESCAPE RISING WATER MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND.

Yet another spring storm with rain and snow!

April 21, 2011

We are getting ready for another round of winter weather above 6,000′ while at lower elevations an inch up to 3 inches is possible.

Yesterday was a fun but busy day. I spent almost two hours with the students at Simms High School for their annual Career Day talking about a career in television. It’s refreshing to talk to the younger people and give them a perspective on the career path that I have followed since high school!

So now we focus on rain changing to snow tonight. The good news is we should see this storm move very quickly and by Saturday the sun should be shining and warmer temperatures just in time for the Easter Weekend.

I hope you have a good day and please check our website for DOT cameras, the road reports and areas that you may be traveling in for Easter.

CASCADE-MADISON-JUDITH BASIN-FERGUS-JEFFERSON-BROADWATER-MEAGHER-
GALLATIN-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...KINGS HILL PASS...
RAYNOLDS PASS...BOULDER HILL...ELK PARK PASS...HOMESTAKE PASS...
BATTLE RIDGE PASS...TARGHEE PASS...WEST YELLOWSTONE
456 AM MDT THU APR 21 2011

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
6 PM MDT FRIDAY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET FOR HEAVY SNOW...
WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 PM MDT FRIDAY.
THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE
  HIGHER ELEVATIONS THIS MORNING THEN INCREASE IN INTENSITY THIS
  AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE INTO THIS EVENING. SNOW SHOWERS WILL
  CONTINUE LATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY. THE GREATEST SNOW
  ACCUMULATIONS OVER SOUTHWEST MONTANA WILL BE LATER THIS
  AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING WHILE FOR CENTRAL MONTANA THE
  GREATEST SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE THIS EVENING INTO FRIDAY
  MORNING. VISIBILITIES WILL BE POOR IN THE HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS.
  SNOW SHOWERS WILL DIMINISH FRIDAY EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 18 INCHES
  ARE EXPECTED ABOVE 6000 FEET WITH 1 TO 3 INCHES LIKELY FOR ELEVATIONS
  BELOW 6000 FEET.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL CAUSE
  VISIBILITIES LESS THAN ONE HALF MILE...ESPECIALLY OVER MOUNTAIN
  PASSES. GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH IN THE MOUNTAINS WILL
  ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THE POOR VISIBILITIES.

* ELEVATIONS: FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET.

* OTHER IMPACTS: PRECIPITATION FOR ELEVATIONS LESS THAN 6000 FEET
  WILL BEGIN AS RAIN AND CHANGE OVER TO SNOW TONIGHT. SNOW
  ACCUMULATIONS IN THE VALLEYS SHOULD BE PRIMARILY ON GRASSY
  SURFACES. MOUNTAIN ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY.
  SOME SLIPPERY ROADWAYS ARE POSSIBLE LATE THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY
  MORNING IN THE VALLEYS.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: BATTLE RIDGE PASS...TARGHEE
  PASS...WEST YELLOWSTONE...BOULDER HILL... ELK PARK PASS...
  HOMESTAKE PASS...KINGS HILL PASS... RAYNOLDS PASS

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...OR SLEET
WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS
AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

&&

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.

Most of the heavy snow went south and east of us!

April 19, 2011

A strong spring storm brought some rain and heavy wet snow to parts of the state overnight. Some areas saw light snow and freezing temperatures creating some ice. The greatest snowfall occurred in the south and eastern parts of the state, especially at the higher elevations. Livingston and Huntley both picked up 6″ of snow.  Billings with 3″ of snow, and 2″ reported at Rogers Pass and Lewistown.

Some snow in Great Falls but the ground is so warm that most of what fell disappeared quickly. It was cold enough last night to turn the water to ice. An example in a bush near my house this morning was frozen with icicles.


Wednesday still looks sunny and more spring-like. Highs jump into the 50’s.

The bad news is another spring storm is moving our direction that could produce some rain and snow on Thursday and Friday. The computer models continue to show partly sunny on Easter Sunday and mild with highs in the mid 50’s.

It is beginning to look a lot like we could be going from winter to summer if this trend keeps up. The grass is turning green, but too wet to mow or even worry about it yet. It has been an odd winter season and our spring continues to disappoint many as well.

Let’s hope we can break out of this cool pattern and see some sunshine and warmer temperatures. The good part about the cooler weather is it is slowing down the snow melting from the mountains and that helps control flooding problems.

Milk River still high

I hope you have a great day. Bring on the sunshine!

Fred

Walter Breuning honored with flags at half staff today.

April 18, 2011

It was less than a week ago that Walter departed this world after 114+ years. It is an honor that the Governor ordered flags flown at half-staff today.

  As we prepare for spring with the grass turning  green I decided I would share a few photos to honor Walter one more time. He will be greatly missed, his honesty, wit and wisdom are all a part of my memories.

On his 114th birthday he recorded for me an audio clip thanking everyone for all the 400+ cards and letters he received and even apologized for not sending letters back that did not have postage, just too expensive he said.

Walter and I as he becomes the Oldest Living Man in the World

Walter on his scooter as CBSs Steve Hartman is in town for a story.

Walter at his 113th Birthday

Walter as a child with the X above his head on back left

One of my favorite photos I took of Walter

Thank you Walter for sharing your memories, thoughts, ideas and advice over the past many years with me. You will be missed.

Fred

Snow again for the running of the Ice Breaker road race.

April 17, 2011

Showers will continue today and switch to rain as temperatures bump up a bit away from the freezing mark. Enough snow to cover the grass and picnic tables today, while Helena is seeing some sunshine and in the mid 40’s compared to 33 at Great Falls. The Ice Breaker road race is today in snow! That is two years in a row for the event.

No picnic today!

Helena in the mid 40s with clouds and some sunshine!

Overnight we keep a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Low in the upper 20’s with northerly winds.

Monday mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow and a high in the mid 40’s.

Tuesday mostly cloudy with morning snow showers and gusty northeast winds. High in the mid 40’s.

Wednesday mostly sunny with a high near 50 degrees.

Thursday partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. High in the upper 40’s.

Friday and Saturday mostly sunny with lower 50’s.

I hope you had a nice weekend! I enjoyed having Saturday off and being outdoors doing some chores!

Fred