Archive for July, 2011

A hot start to the Great Falls State Fair & Airshow!

July 29, 2011

Hot and dry conditions will stick around for the next several days as high pressure moves northward into the area from the Great Basin. Be prepared for hot and sunny weather this weekend! Protect your skin and head from the intense sunshine and stay hydrated.

Overnight clear with a low in the mid 50’s.

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

Sunday mostly sunny with a high in the lower 90’s.

Monday mostly sunny and warm with a high in the upper 80’s.

Tuesday mostly sunny with another upper 80’s day and a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Wednesday and Thursday both look sunny and warm with upper 80’s.

I hope you stay cool this weekend as it turns very warm!

Fred

Hot weather baking our grass!

July 28, 2011

This shot I took at the rest area between Cascade and Wolf Creek. Not a blade of grass around to step on so I found the sign kind of making a statement, but wish there was green grass there to great visitors.Despite all the snow and rain this winter and summer, warm winds, sunshine and hot temperatures are taking a toll on the soil.

A weak cold front has moved across the state leaving cool and comfortable temperatures behind it. Highs in the 80’s this afternoon. By Friday much warmer air takes over with highs climbing into the upper 80’s and 90’s and staying in place this weekend.

Overnight mostly clear and mild with a low around 50.

Friday afternoon with sunshine and wind gusts near 30 mph we expect to see a high in the upper 80’s.

Saturday sunny with a high of 90.

Sunday sunny and warmer with a high peaking at 95 degrees.

Monday partly sunny with a few isolated showers and thunderstorms. High near 90.

Tuesday and Wednesday mostly sunny with a high in the upper 80’s.

Get ready for the heat beginning tomorrow and stay cool through the weekend.

Fred

We are setting the cruise control on highs in the low 80’s.

July 26, 2011

A cool front moving across the state is triggering some thunderstorms in eastern Montana and far cooler temperatures then yesterday. Enjoy the cooler weather as by Friday and the State Fair gets cranked up this weekend it turns hot!

Overnight mostly clear skies and a mild low in the lower 50’s.

Wednesday mostly sunny and a comfortable 80 degrees.

Thursday slightly warmer and a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High in the low 80’s.

Friday the sunshine brings out the heat again for us with a high in mid 80’s.

Saturday and Sunday both very warm to start the State Fair. Highs in the upper 80’s to lower 90’s.

Monday continued warm and most sunny with a high near 90.

If you are curious where the storms are in Montana and elsewhere, check out our nifty interactive map on the website:

I hope you have a pleasant evening!

Fred

Severe weather possible this evening!

July 25, 2011

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Northeast Montana until 1 am!
Overnight a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight and a low in the upper 50’s.

Tuesday mostly sunny with gusty winds at times and a high near 80 degrees.

Wednesday and Thursday mostly sunny with a slight chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. High in the upper 70’s.

Friday sunny and and warmer with a high in the mid 80’s.

Saturday we officially kick off the State Fair with sunny skies and a high near 90 degrees.

Sunday sunny and a high in the lower 90’s. Fair weather for sure.

I hope you enjoy your afternoon and evening!

Fred

Tornado “Watch” for eastern Montana until 9 pm.

July 22, 2011

Tornado Watch area until 9 pm

TORNADO WATCH 671 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM MDT FOR THE
 FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

    MONTANA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

CARTER               CUSTER              DANIELS
DAWSON               FALLON              GARFIELD
MCCONE               PHILLIPS            POWDER RIVER
PRAIRIE              RICHLAND            ROOSEVELT
ROSEBUD              SHERIDAN            TREASURE
VALLEY               WIBAUX

IN NORTHEAST MT THIS INCLUDES: THE CITIES OF...CIRCLE...CULBERTSON...FAIRVIEW...
FORT PECK...GLASGOW...GLENDIVE...JORDAN...MALTA...MEDICINE LAKE...
OPHEIM...PLENTYWOOD...POPLAR...RICHEY...SACO...SCOBEY...SIDNEY...
TERRY...WHITEWATER...WIBAUX...WOLF POINT AND ZORTMAN.

A change Friday to cooler weather!

July 21, 2011

Enjoying the calm before the storm! A cold front will move from the west to east overnight ahead of another Pacific weather system. This may create a few showers and thunderstorms in Montana, mainly after midnight tonight.

NWS Weather Story

The front will move through the area during the morning tomorrow, but because the front will arrive during the morning, there will be a better chance that any showers and thunderstorms will not reach the severe category. That is not true for parts of the state however, as the best bet for stronger showers and thunderstorms will be south and east of a line from Havre to Dillon. Any showers or thunderstorms should decrease during the evening hours tomorrow.

In the Great Falls area overnight we can expect mostly cloudy skies and a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight with a low in the lower 50’s.

Friday partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers and some thunderstorms. High near 75 and some gusty west winds near 25 mph.

Saturday back to sunny and warmer with a high in the upper 70’s.

Sunday even warmer, with sunshine and a high in the mid 80’s.

Monday back to hot weather with low 90’s expected, and a slight chance or showers and thunderstorms.

Tuesday some heat relief with mostly sunny skies and we drop back into the low 80’s.

Wednesday mostly sunny and some scattered showers and thunderstorms. High in the upper 70’s.

I hope you have a great evening!

Fred

Breezy but the cooler weather sure feels nice!

July 20, 2011

Sunny and dry conditions have arrived and will continue through tomorrow. Gusty west to northwest winds are keeping us much cooler with temperatures in the 70’s today.

NWS Weather Story

Another Pacific weather system moves through the state by Friday bring with it a better chance of showers and thunderstorms to parts of the state. By later in the weekend we will start to see warmer temperatures again.

Overnight mostly clear and mild with a low in the lower 50’s. West to southwest winds stick around allowing us to open the windows at night to keep it cool.

Friday partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High temperature in the low to mid 70’s.

Saturday sunny and warmer with lower 80’s returning to the area.

Sunday much warmer with highs in the lower 90’s with sunshine.

So for those who like it hot, you will not be disappointed as we hit the end of the weekend. A day at the pool or lake might be a great idea this weekend with the best of both worlds!

Enjoy your evening!

Fred

Another Round of Thunderstorms tonight!

July 19, 2011

A busy day in the Weather Center, so will keep it short. Cooler weather on the way and some severe storms tonight. After this evening a cooler spell through Saturday!

Here is a great shot of  a cumulonimbus cloud with an anvil. Some frequently will call it just an anvil cloud. It was taken by MARTY COCHRAN on July 18th — he shot it between Hays & Lodgepole near the Little Rockies. Thanks for sharing Marty!

Fred

Boy, oh boy, hottest day of the year!

July 18, 2011

The hottest part of the summer is upon us! Some records may fall around the state today as temperatures approach or exceed 100 degrees. It is good to be back to work after a week off.  Heat relief will be welcome!

NWS Weather Story

The very hot weather should only last today and Tuesday before a cool front arrives and cools us down.

Overnight mostly clear with a low in the mid 60’s.

Tuesday mostly sunny with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high in the low 90’s.

Wednesday the cooling begins with a high near 80 and gusty west winds.

Thursday mostly sunny with a high in the mid 70’s.

Friday mostly sunny and another day near 80.

The weekend brings mostly sunny condiitons Saturday with a high near 81.

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

I hope you have a pleasant evening and I am glad to be back after a week off.

Fred

Cool weekend and breezy. Also a report on our dry weather!

July 8, 2011

A cold front is passing through Montana today. Ahead of the front we are getting some gusty winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected with the system and some could become severe in eastern Montana and the western Dakotas. The weekend looks dry and cooler with some gusty winds at times.

Overnight mostly clear with a low in the upper 40’s. Gusty winds in the 40+ mph range as well.

Saturday sunny and breezy with some gusts near 30 mph. High temperature remains in the upper 70’s.

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

Monday mostly sunny and upper 80’s become the general rule through Thursday. There is also a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms with the warmer weather.

Here is a report from the National Weather Service on our dry period after such a wet winter and spring!

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
225 PM MDT SUN JUL 8 2011

...VERY DRY CONDITIONS OVER PAST MONTH...

AFTER A VERY WET SPRING...A VERY DRY PERIOD HAS FOLLOWED. AT SEVERAL
LOCATIONS ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA...SIGNIFICANT RAIN LAST FELL
ON JUNE 9. SINCE THEN...RAINFALL HAS BEEN VERY SPOTTY...AT BEST. FOR
THE 29-DAY PERIOD FROM JUNE 10 THROUGH JULY 7...IT HAS BEEN THE
DRIEST OF RECORD AT CUT BANK...WHERE THEY RECEIVED ONLY 0.15 INCHES.
THE OLD RECORD WAS 0.17 INCHES IN 2007. AT GREAT FALLS THIS PERIOD
IS THE SECOND DRIEST OF RECORD. THE DRIEST WAS IN 1908 WHEN ONLY
0.07 INCHES OF RAIN FELL. EVEN IN THE SOUTHWEST DRY CONDITIONS HAVE
PREVAILED AT SOME VALLEY LOCATIONS. AT DILLON...WHERE 0.30 INCHES
HAVE FALLEN...THIS IS THE EIGHTH DRIEST OF RECORD. IN 1985 ONLY
A TRACE OF RAIN FELL DURING THIS TIME.

I hope you have a great evening and wonderful weekend.

Fred