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

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

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