Archive for June, 2011

Perfect weather to get ready for a nice weekend!

June 30, 2011

It’s much cooler today after the passage of the cold front. What a rocky night for central and eastern Montana! Funnel clouds, large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain. Today the western areas of the state see highs in the 60’s and 70’s while the east will be in the 70’s and low 80’s. Eastern Montana may see some isolated thunderstorms tonight, which could become severe, then we settle down and get ready for nice weather for the Independence Day Celebration!

NWS Weather Story

Overnight mostly clear with a low in the upper 40’s.

Friday sunny with southwest winds near 20 mph and a high near 70. Great weather for packing for the weekend outing!

Saturday sunny and warmer with a high in the low 80’s.

Sunday sunny with a high in the low 90’s, the hottest day of the weekend.

Monday mostly sunny with a high in the mid 80’s.

Tuesday looks the same with mid 80’s common.

Wednesday back to showers and thunderstorms but normal temperatures near 85.

Have a great afternoon and evening!

Fred

Another good chance of thunderstorms!

June 29, 2011

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening as a cold front passes through the state tonight. That means a cooler Thursday after all the heat we have seen the last two days.

Overnight mostly cloudy with some showers and thunderstorms. Our low temperature should bottom out in the low 50’s.

Thursday partly sunny with a few morning showers and gusty southwest winds. High temperature in the upper 60’s.

Friday mostly sunny with a high in the low 70’s and breezy.

Saturday sunny with a high in the low 80’s.

Sunday sunny with a high in the upper 80’s.

Independence Day sunny and a bit cooler with a comfortable high of 80 degrees.

Tuesday looks like some showers and thunderstorms with a high near 80.

I hope you have a good evening!

Fred

More unstable for the next two days. Severe weather possible.

June 28, 2011

Very warm temperatures in the mid 80’s to low 90’s today and Wednesday. The heat could cause a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight. A cold front arrives in Western Montana Wednesday which will start the cool down process west of the divide. Showers and thunderstorms are likely ahead of the cold front and spread eastward.


A dramatic and rapid warming in temperatures through mid week is expected with highs in the 90s possible today and definitely by Wednesday and a few 100s possible along the Yellowstone Valley. This may cause unexpected heat stress to both people and animals which have been used to a very mild summer thus far.


 Overnight a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. The potential exists that some may become severe with hail and gusty winds. Low temperature in the upper 50’s.

Wednesday a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, some could become severe during the afternoon and early evening hours. High in the mid 80’s.

Thursday mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 70.

Friday sunny with a high climbing into the mid 70’s.

Saturday sunny with a high near 80.

Sunday continues mostly sunny with a high in the low 80’s.

Monday, Independence Day, mostly sunny with a high in the mid 80’s.

I hope you have a pleasant afternoon and evening! Beware of high water.

Fred

River Statement Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday looks like a scorcher for early Summer!

June 26, 2011

High pressure is pushing into Montana bringing clear night and warm days. Tuesday and Wednesday are both expected to be in the 80’s, but Tuesday looks to be the warmest!

We do cool down with another cold front by Thursday for a couple days and then next weekend we jump right back into the 80’s.

As we get used to the hot summer weather remember to drink plenty of water and a hat along with sunscreen!

Enjoy your evening.

Fred

Cooler but drier for the weekend. More hot weather next week!

June 24, 2011

After yesterday’s active weather pattern, another storm system will drift eastward through southwest Canada today and tomorrow. This system will bring a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms to the state Saturday. There are still some rivers and streams that have excess water. You can find the graphic below that details the concerned areas.

Overnight partly cloudy and mild with a low in the upper 40’s.

Saturday mostly sunny and cooler than normal with a high in the upper 60’s.

Sunday mostly sunny with showers and thunderstorms possible during the late afternoon. High in the mid 60’s.

Monday mostly sunny with a high in the mid 70’s

Tuesday we are back into the heat of summer again. Mostly sunny with a high in the low 80’s.

Wednesday partly sunny with a chance of showers and a high in the mid 80’s.

Thursday a break from the heat with sunshine, showers and a high near 70.

I hope you have a pleasant evening!

Fred

A newborn fawn visits the back door of KRTV. Not camera shy!

June 22, 2011

What a surprise a few minutes ago to see a very young fawn licking our building and watching all of us watching it!

Wow, what a thrill!

Fred

Be prepared for possible severe weather Thursday!

June 22, 2011

The first full day of summer is a dandy! Sunshine and warm with little wind, the temperatures are well above normal.

A cold front is expected by Thursday afternoon and evening that will cause some thunderstorms in Montana, some of the storms may become severe with some hail, brief heavy rain and thunderstorms.

NWS Missoula graphic

Cold front kicks up thunderstorms Thursday!

Overnight partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low in the mid 50’s.

Thursday by afternoon a 70% chance of thunderstorms, some possibly severe. High in the upper 70’s.

Friday back to mostly sunny skies behind the cold front and cooler with a high near 70.

Saturday mostly sunny to start the weekend and another 70 degree day.

Sunday mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. High in the low 70’s.

Monday partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms. High in the lower 70’s.

Tuesday much like Monday with temperatures a little warmer, closer to 75 degrees.

I hope you have a great afternoon and evening!

Fred

A warm welcome as summer arrives!

June 21, 2011

With warmer weather on the way, high water is still a big concern in parts of the state as there is plenty of snow in the mountains yet to come out. Any heavy showers could only aggravate the situation!

NWS Weather Story

Let’s hope for the right combination of conditions to let the snow melt slowly and stream and river flows stay manageable as we move into summer.

Summer began this morning between 11 and 11:30 am and it sure feels like summer outdoors today. Even warmer conditions are expected later in the week.

The mosquitoes, well they speak for themselves. Our odd and wet winter and spring has certainly made perfect breeding grounds for them. I suspect the repellent is flying off the shelves at most stores. I bought one can and maybe will need a couple more if this keeps up!

A statement from the National Weather Service today is concerned about the chance of thunderstorms Thursday:

CONDITIONS LOOK TO BE FAVORABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF NUMEROUS
THUNDERSTORMS THURSDAY, WITH SOME POSSIBLY BEING SEVERE IN NATURE.
WITH THIS POSSIBILITY, THERE ARE SEVERAL ISSUES TO BE AWARE OF:

* SOME STORMS MAY BRING HAIL, IN EXCESS OF 1 INCH IN DIAMETER, AND
  HIGH WINDS, IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.

* MOST LOCATIONS WILL RECEIVE LESS THAN A QUARTER INCH OF RAINFALL. 
  HOWEVER, SOME STORMS MAY PRODUCE LOCALLY BRIEF HEAVY RAIN WITH 
  RATES NEAR AN INCH IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. THIS MAY RENEW FLOODING 
  CONCERNS IN SOME LOCATIONS.

* TEMPERATURES LOOK TO BE QUITE WARM WITH HIGHS IN THE MID 70S TO MID
  80'S WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITY INCREASING THROUGHOUT THE DAY. WITH WARM
  HIGH TEMPERATURES, INCREASED MOUNTAIN SNOW MELT WILL BE LIKELY.

I hope you have a great day and can get out to enjoy some of our warm weather!

Fred

Pictures from a weekend trip over Little Wolf Creek

June 20, 2011

I had an enjoyable ride over Little Wolf Creek Road to Rogers Pass Saturday and what a beautiful day it was! Flowers are out, still snow at the higher elevations; in fact even ran into heavy wet snow along the road, lots of high water and muddy too. A fun trip and thought I would share the pictures with you!

Plenty of water this spring!

Heading through the cold water!

This is very heavy wet snow, like a snow cone!

Lingering snow near Rogers Pass

Plenty of snow yet to melt!

Snow covered peaks

Another view!

Snowbank!

Little waterfall. Beautiful Montana!

Montana mountains

A few clouds

Thats about all folks!

Rain and thunderstorms. Good time to brush up on lightning safety!

June 17, 2011

We are expecting a period of rain and thunderstorms over the next several days. The timing couldn’t be better for the National Weather Service Lightning Safety Awareness next week!

Lightning Awareness Link

Some good advice and help in protecting yourself during lightning storms.

I hope you have a great weekend and if you are a father, “Happy Father’s Day” on Sunday!

Fred

Still a good chance for high water!