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.
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.