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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
100 PM MST WED JAN 7 2013

THIS DATA IS PRELIMINARY UNTIL CERTIFIED BY NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA
CENTER.

...2014 WEATHER SUMMARY FOR NORTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA...

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE / NORMAL/ DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL
 GREAT FALLS....43.9 / 44.6... -0.7...25TH COOLEST YEAR OF RECORD.
 HAVRE..........43.1 / 43.5... -0.4...61ST WARMEST YEAR OF RECORD.
 HELENA.........45.8 / 45.3... +0.5...22ND WARMEST YEAR OF RECORD.
 BOZEMAN........42.4 / 42.8... -0.4...40TH WARMEST YEAR OF RECORD.
 CUT BANK.......41.2 / 42.1... -0.9...49TH WARMEST YEAR OF RECORD.
 DILLON.........43.5 / 42.8... +0.8...23RD WARMEST YEAR OF RECORD.
 LEWISTOWN......42.7 / 43.1... -0.4...55TH WARMEST YEAR OF RECORD.
 W YELLOWSTONE..35.4 / 34.4... +1.0...31ST WARMEST YEAR OF RECORD.

HIGHEST / LOWEST TEMPERATURES
 GREAT FALLS.... 95 ON 07/31 08/12    /  -34 ON 02/06
 HAVRE.......... 98 ON 07/30 07/31    /  -25 ON 02/07
 HELENA......... 96 ON 07/13 08/11    /  -26 ON 02/06
 BOZEMAN........ 93 ON 08/12          /  -34 ON 02/06
 CUT BANK....... 93 ON 07/30          /  -35 ON 02/06
 DILLON......... 92 ON 08/11          /  -28 ON 02/06
 LEWISTOWN...... 97 ON 08/12          /  -33 ON 02/06
 W YELLOWSTONE.. 86 ON 07/28          /  -47 ON 02/07

     PRECIPITATION / NORMAL / DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL / MOST IN 24 HRS
 GREAT FALLS....20.13 / 14.75 /    +5.38 /        2.93 ON 08/23-24
 HAVRE..........12.73 / 11.20 /    +1.53 /        2.00 ON 08/23-24
 HELENA.........12.24 / 11.22 /    +1.02 /        1.26 ON 08/22-23
 BOZEMAN........16.20 / 14.10 /    +2.10 /        0.95 ON 06/03-04
 CUT BANK.......16.67 / 10.85 /    +5.82 /        2.49 ON 06/18-19
 DILLON.........10.89 / 10.50 /    +0.39 /        0.97 ON 08/13-14
 LEWISTOWN......18.76 / 16.85 /    +1.91 /        3.42 ON 08/23-24
 W YELLOWSTONE..26.43 / 21.09 /    +5.34 /        1.10 ON 03/30

SOME TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION HIGHLIGHTS AND RANKING...
BOZEMAN...  2014 WAS THE 17TH WETTEST OF RECORD, AND THE WETTEST SINCE
            1995.
CUT BANK... THIS WAS THE WETTEST YEAR SINCE 1995, AND THE 7TH WETTEST
            OF RECORD.
DILLON...   2014 WAS THE WETTEST YEAR SINCE 2010, AND THE 22ND WETTEST
            OF RECORD.
GREAT FALLS...2014 WAS THE 25TH COOLEST YEAR OF RECORD, AND THE COOLEST
              SINCE 2009. FOR SNOWFALL, THIS WAS THE 10TH SNOWIEST
      YEAR OF RECORD.
      THIS WAS THE 12TH WETTEST YEAR OF RECORD, AND THE
              WETTEST SINCE 1993.
HAVRE.....THIS WAS THE 56TH WETTEST YEAR OF RECORD.
          THE 14TH LOWEST SNOWFALL AMOUNT FOR THE YEAR.
HELENA....2013 WAS THE 56TH WETTEST YEAR OF RECORD. FOR SNOWFALL,
          THIS WAS THE 56TH SNOWIEST OF RECORD, AND THE SNOWIEST
          SINCE 1991.
LEWISTOWN..THIS WAS THE 48TH WETTEST YEAR OF RECORD.
WEST YELLOWSTONE...THIS WAS THE 2ND WETTEST YEAR OF RECORD, AND THE
                   WETTEST SINCE 1968. IT WAS THE 27TH SNOWIEST YEAR
   OF RECORD.

SNOWFALL / DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL / MOST IN 24 HRS / MAX SNOW ON GRD
 GREAT FALLS.. 87.1 / +3.6 /  7.5 ON 12/28   / 11 INCHES ON 12/30
 HAVRE.........23.1 / +0.9 /  4.0 ON 11/09-10/  7 INCHES ON 02/12
 HELENA........52.3 /-17.8 /  6.3 ON 02/24   / 11 INCHES ON 02/26
 BOZEMAN.......53.7 /+13.5 /  5.0 ON 11/29   / 11 INCHES ON 02/10
 CUT BANK......64.7 /+26.8 /  4.0 ON 11/01   /  6 INCHES ON 04/26
 DILLON........38.6           3.0 ON 11/29   /  5 INCHES ON 02/10
 LEWISTOWN.....               6.0 ON 03/20   /  9 INCHES ON 02/11
 BOZEMAN MSU..100.8 / +9.8 /  6.0 ON 11/14   / 16 INCHES ON 03/02
 W YELLOWSTON.165.6 / +5.0 / 10.0 ON 03/30   / 50 INCHES ON 03/31


AVERAGE WIND / DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL / PEAK WIND /MPH/
 GREAT FALLS....10.6 MPH / -1.5 / 62 MPH ON 01/13... 3RD CALMEST YR
 HAVRE..........10.1 MPH / +0.2 / 63 MPH ON 10/26...23RD WINDIEST YR
 HELENA......... 6.7 MPH / +0.1 / 62 MPH ON 01/13...18TH CALMEST YR
 BOZEMAN........ 6.1 MPH / +0.5 / 58 MPH ON 04/18...22ND WINDIEST YR
 CUT BANK.......12.2 MPH / -0.2 / 82 MPH ON 01/11...17TH CALMEST YR
 DILLON......... 9.4 MPH / +0.5 / 60 MPH ON 01/13...23RD WINDIEST YR
 LEWISTOWN...... 9.3 MPH /  0.5 / 64 MPH ON 01/13...29TH CALMEST YR

LAST SPRING FROST / FIRST FALL FROST
                       AVERAGE            AVERAGE
 GREAT FALLS....05/13   05/13   /  09/11   09/21
 HAVRE..........05/13   05/13   /  09/12   09/21
 HELENA.........05/13   05/21   /  09/12   09/24
 BOZEMAN........05/14   06/02   /  09/05   09/13
 CUT BANK.......05/14   05/26   /  09/10   09/11
 DILLON.........05/14   06/03   /  09/05   09/11
 LEWISTOWN......06/07   05/29   /  09/11   09/16
 W YELLOWSTONE..07/01   06/24   /  07/25   07/22

DAYS OF MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE 90F OR HIGHER / 32F OR LOWER
                    AVERAGE        AVERAGE
 GREAT FALLS.... 19    18    /  53   40
 HAVRE.......... 27    24    /  66   54
 HELENA......... 29    24    /  50   41
 BOZEMAN........ 14    22    /  48   35
 CUT BANK....... 11     8    /  57   48
 DILLON.........  4     8    /  41   45
 LEWISTOWN...... 16    11    /  52   44

DAYS WITH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 32F OR LOWER / 0F OR LOWER
                     AVERAGE       AVERAGE
 GREAT FALLS.... 169   166   /  32   21
 HAVRE.......... 181   180   /  38   31
 HELENA......... 153   167   /  24   18
 BOZEMAN........ 202   178   /  31   22
 CUT BANK....... 177   183   /  39   27
 DILLON......... 188   191   /  27   14
 LEWISTOWN...... 173   181   /  33   21

MILESTONES REACHED DURING 2014...
BOZEMAN...
 JAN...
 FEB...SNOWFALL OF 12.7 INCHES WAS THE SIXTH HIGHEST OF RECORD.
 JUN...PRECIPITATION OF 4.08 INCHES WAS THE SIXTH HIGHEST OF RECORD,
       AND THE WETTEST SINCE 2010. AVERAGE IS 2.46 INCHES.
 JUL...AVERAGE WIND SPEED OF 5.5 MPH WAS THE FIFTH LOWEST OF RECORD.
       THE JULY AVERAGE IS 5.9 MPH.
 AUG...PRECIPITATION OF 2.93 INCHES WAS THE THIRD HIGHEST OF
       RECORD, AND THE WETTEST SINCE 1965. AVERAGE IS 1.08 INCHES.
 SEP...AVERAGE WIND SPEED OF 5.0 MPH IS THE FOURTH CALMEST OF
       RECORD.
THIS WAS THE WINDIEST YEAR AT BOZEMAN SINCE 1999.

CUT BANK...
 JAN...PEAK GUST OF 82 MPH ON THE 11TH WAS THE HIGHEST JANUARY GUST
       SINCE 1989, AND THE THIRD HIGHEST JANUARY GUST OF RECORD. THIS
       WAS ALSO THE HIGHEST GUST AT CUT BANK SINCE 2011.
 MAY...AVERAGE WIND SPEED OF 10.4 MPH IS THE FIFTH CALMEST OF
       RECORD.
 OCT...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 49.5F WAS THE 3RD WARMEST OF RECORD.
       THIS IS THE WARMEST SINCE 1965.
 NOV...PRECIPITATION OF 1.28 INCHES WAS THE 2ND HIGHEST OF
       RECORD, AND THE WETTEST SINCE 1978. AVERAGE IS 0.36 INCHES.

DILLON...
 JAN...PRECIPITATION OF 0.02 INCHES WAS THE SECOND DRIEST OF RECORD.
 FEB...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 16.6F WAS THE FOURTH COOLEST OF RECORD.
       AVERAGE DAILY WIND OF 23.2 MPH ON THE 28TH WAS THE WINDIEST
       FEBRUARY DAY SINCE 1987.
 AUG...PRECIPITATION OF 2.78 INCHES WAS THE SECOND WETTEST OF
       RECORD. AVERAGE IS 1.06 INCHES.
 OCT...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 49.3F WAS THE 4TH WARMEST OF RECORD.
       THIS IS THE WARMEST SINCE 1988.
DILLON HAD THEIR WINDIEST YEAR SINCE 2002.

GREAT FALLS...
 FEB...SNOWFALL OF 15.5 INCHES WAS THE FOURTH HIGHEST OF RECORD.
       AVERAGE DAILY WIND SPEED OF 25.1 MPH ON THE 12TH WAS THE
       WINDIEST FEBRUARY DAY SINCE 2002.
 MAY...AVERAGE WIND SPEED OF 7.9 MPH WAS THE SECOND LOWEST OF
       RECORD. THIS WAS THE LOWEST AVERAGE SINCE 1959.
 AUG...PRECIPITATION OF 4.39 INCHES WAS THE THIRD WETTEST OF
       RECORD, AND THE WETTEST SINCE 1989. AVERAGE IS 1.57 INCHES.

HAVRE...
 FEB...AVERAGE DAILY WIND SPEED OF 24.9 MPH ON THE 19TH WAS THE
       WINDIEST FEBRUARY DAY SINCE 1972.
 AUG...PRECIPITATION OF 3.68 INCHES WAS THE THIRD WETTEST OF
       RECORD. AVERAGE IS 1.11 INCHES.

HELENA...
 JAN...PEAK GUST OF 62 MPH ON THE 13TH WAS THE HIGHEST JANUARY GUST
       SINCE 1990.
 FEB...PRECIPITATION OF 1.98 INCHES WAS THE WETTEST OF RECORD. THE
       OLD RECORD WAS 1.69 INCHES IN 1895.
       SNOWFALL OF 26.5 INCHES WAS THE THIRD HIGHEST OF RECORD.
 MAY...PRECIPITATION OF 0.28 INCHES WAS THE SECOND DRIEST OF RECORD.
       AVERAGE WIND SPEED OF 6.6 MPH WAS THE LOWEST OF RECORD. THE
       OLD RECORD WAS 6.9 MPH SET IN 1952.
 JUL...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 73.3F WAS THE 6TH WARMEST OF RECORD.
 OCT...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 52.5F WAS THE WARMEST OF RECORD.

LEWISTOWN...
 JAN...PEAK GUST OF 64 MPH ON THE 13TH WAS THE THIRD HIGHEST
       JANUARY GUST OF RECORD.
 MAY...AVERAGE WIND SPEED OF 7.5 MPH WAS THE FOURTH LOWEST OF RECORD.
 AUG...PRECIPITATION OF 6.06 INCHES WAS THE WETTEST OF RECORD.
       AVERAGE IS 1.73 INCHES.
 OCT...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 50.9F WAS THE 2ND WARMEST OF RECORD.
       THIS IS THE WARMEST SINCE 1963.

WEST YELLOWSTONE...
 MAR...PRECIPITATION OF 4.47 INCHES WAS THE SECOND WETTEST OF RECORD.

                             NEW RECORD
            TEMPERATURE WARM|       DAILY WIND        DAILY
            HIGHS  LOWS LOWS| HIGH AVG LOW AVG  GUST   PRECIP
BOZEMAN        6    3    3      6        0      18      3
CUT BANK       2    5    0      2        4       6      9
DILLON         5    3    4      2        3      25      3
GREAT FALLS    2    5    2      1        9       3      3
HAVRE          1    1    2      5        2      14      2
HELENA         4    0    2      3       13      12      2
LEWISTOWN      0    2    1      3        1      10      3
W YELLOWSTONE  0    0    1                              0


THE FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT WEATHER EVENTS AND PATTERNS
DURING THE YEAR...

2014...
JANUARY...
A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT ALONG THE WEST COAST AND A TROUGH
OVER THE CENTRAL US DOMINATED THE WEATHER IN JANUARY. THIS RESULTED
IN NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE AREA. TEMPERATURES
WERE AS MUCH AS SEVEN DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT HAVRE. PRECIPITATION
WAS ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS CENTRAL AND NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA, AND BELOW
NORMAL IN THE SOUTHWEST. TEMPERATURES WERE GENERALLY ABOVE NORMAL
DURING THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF THE MONTH, WITH GUSTY WINDS. THE WARMEST
PERIOD WAS MID-MONTH, ACCOMPANIED BY STRONG WINDS. A COLD FRONT AND
THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED LIGHTNING AND PEA SIZE HAIL IN CENTRAL MONTANA
ON THE 12TH. WIND GUSTS REACHED 119 MPH AT LOGAN PASS, 117 AT
AUGUSTA AND 103 MPH AT CHOTEAU ON THE 13TH.

          HIGH                     LOW
TEMP      62F AT FORT BENTON       -28F AT GOLD BUTTE
PRECIP    3.62 INCHES AT MARIAS PASS 5.59 AT PIKE CREEK SNOTEL
WIND GUST  117 MPH AT AUGUSTA
           119 MPH AT LOGAN PASS

FEBRUARY...
COLD CONDITIONS PREVAILED DURING MUCH OF FEBRUARY. TEMPERATURES
AVERAGED UP TO 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AT SHELBY. THIS WAS THE
COLDEST FEBRUARY SINCE 1989. PRECIPITATION WAS GENERALLY ABOVE
AVERAGE, EXCEPT ALONG THE NORTHERN BORDER. HELENA RECEIVED SUSTAINED
PRECIPITATION, RESULTING IN THEIR WETTEST FEBRUARY OF RECORD. WITH
HIGHER THAN NORMAL PRECIPITATION, THIS WAS THE SECOND SNOWIEST
FEBRUARY OF RECORD. THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE COLD, UP TO
45 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. ELK PARK FELL TO -50F ON THE 6TH, THE FIRST
-50 VALUE IN THE AREA SINCE JANUARY 2007. WARMER AND WINDY
CONDITIONS RETURNED BY THE 11TH. WIND GUSTS REACHED 90 MPH AT
CASCADE, AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS PREVAILED OVER MARIAS PASS ON THE
17TH. COLD AND SNOW RETURNED FOR THE END OF THE MONTH. A FOOT OR
MORE OF SNOW FELL IN A BAND FROM JEFFERSON CITY TO WINSTON ON THE
23RD AND 24TH.

          HIGH                      LOW
TEMP      53F AT TOWNSEND  17      -50F AT ELK PARK  6
PRECIP    4.70 INCHES AT MARIAS PASS  9.00 AT DARKHORSE LAKE SNOTEL
WIND GUST  90 MPH AT CASCADE
          118 MPH AT LOGAN PASS

MARCH...
AN UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE ALONG THE WEST COAST BROUGHT
SUSTAINED NORTHWEST FLOW TO THE AREA IN MARCH. TEMPERATURES AVERAGED
BELOW NORMAL, AS MUCH AS SIX DEGREES AT CUT BANK. PRECIPITATION WAS
GENERALLY ABOVE NORMAL. BOZEMAN MSU HAD THEIR WETTEST MARCH OF
RECORD. ALSO AT MANY GLACIER, HEAVY PRECIPITATION FELL, THEY ALSO SET
A NEW MARCH RECORD OF 9.90 INCHES.

          HIGH                      LOW
TEMP      67F AT WHITEHALL 25      -31F AT GOLD BUTTE  1ST
PRECIP    6.07 INCHES AT EAST GLACIER  9.90 AT MANY GLACIER
WIND GUST 84 MPH AT TWO MEDICINE

APRIL...
NORTHWEST FLOW ALOFT CONTINUED IN APRIL. THIS BROUGHT COLDER AIR TO
THE STATE FOR MUCH OF THE MONTH. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE FROM ONE
DEGREE BELOW NORMAL AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, TO A BIT MORE THAN ONE
DEGREE ABOVE NORMAL AT CHOTEAU. PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS WERE WIDELY
VARIABLE. OVER PORTIONS OF THE HI-LINE, PRECIPITATION WAS NEARLY
TWO-TIMES NORMAL, WITH ANOTHER AREA FROM MONIDA TO BOULDER TO GREAT
FALLS RECORDING ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION. ELSEWHERE VALUES WERE
BELOW NORMAL. APRIL STARTED OUT COLD, WITH AREAS OF HEAVY SNOWFALL.
TEMPERATURES WARMED WITH WINDS INCREASING AS WELL. GUSTS REACHED 139
MPH AT LOGAN PASS ON THE 9TH. THIS SET A NEW ALL-TIME HIGH GUST IN
MONTANA FOR APRIL, AND THE HIGHEST GUST IN THE STATE SINCE JANUARY
2009.

          HIGH                      LOW
TEMP      80F AT LOMA  22           -13F AT W YELLOWSTONE  1ST
PRECIP    3.00 INCHES AT W YELLOWSTONE  4.70 AT MADISON PLATEAU
WIND GUST  80 MPH NEAR BYNUM
          139 MPH AT LOGAN PASS

MAY...
WESTERLY FLOW ALOFT PREVAILED DURING MAY. THIS IS NORMAL, AND
BROUGHT DRIER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS. TEMPERATURES AVERAGED FROM TWO
DEGREES ABOVE TO TWO DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW
NORMAL. THUNDERSTORMS DROPPED GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL IN THE SUN RIVER
AREA ON THE FOURTH. A WEATHER SYSTEM BROUGHT FOUR INCHES TO THE ROCKY
MOUNTAIN FRONT ON THE NINTH, AND ANOTHER SEVEN INCHES ON THE 11TH.
IN THE WAKE OF THE SECOND EVENT, ELK PARK DROPPED TO 7F. A WARMUP
AND AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS BROUGHT GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL TO ULM ON
THE 15TH. NEAR THE END OF THE MONTH, SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED
AROUND HELENA ON THE 28TH, THEN SPREAD NORTHEAST. LARGE HAIL FELL AT
ROCKY BOY, CHINOOK (2.5-INCH) AND GERALDINE (TWO-INCH). GUSTS FROM
STORMS WERE TO 76 MPH NEAR CHINOOK. WIND AVERAGES WERE ON THE LIGHT
SIDE FOR THE MONTH. HELENA RECORDED THEIR CALMEST MAY OF RECORD.
WHILE PARTS OF THE REGION RECEIVED MOISTURE, THE HELENA VALLEY WAS
DRY. THEY RECEIVED ONLY 15 PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL MAY RAINFALL,
RESULTING IN THE SECOND DRIEST MAY OF RECORD.

          HIGH                      LOW
TEMP      91F AT LOMA  23            7F AT ELK PARK        14TH
PRECIP    3.07 INCHES AT NORRIS MADISON  5.30 AT CARROT BASIN
WIND GUST  76 MPH NEAR CHINOOK
           89 AT LOGAN PASS

JUNE...
JUNE TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW NORMAL. FLAT WESTERLY FLOW CONTINUED
FOR THE MONTH. THIS ALSO BROUGHT ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE
GREATEST TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE WAS LONG THE HIGHLINE, AS MUCH AS
FIVE DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF
86F WAS ONE OF THE COOLER MAXIMUMS IN OVER 10 YEARS. THE STATE`S
HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 89F WAS THE LOWEST OF HIGHEST JUNE TEMPERATURES
SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1892. THE PRECIPITATION EVENT OF JUNE 15-19
IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH. HEAVY RAIN AND SNOW FALL OVER GLACIER
NATIONAL PARK AND AREAS EAST. OVER A FOOT OF SNOW FELL IN THE PARK.
MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS WERE 8-10 INCHES OVER THE NORTHERN
ROCKIES. AT CUT BANK, THIS WAS THE WETTEST JUNE SINCE 2005. THE
MONTH STARTED OUT WITH NEAR-NORMAL JUNE CONDITIONS. ON THE 13TH, A
BRIEF TORNADO WAS SPOTTED SOUTH OF CHINOOK. COOL CONDITIONS
ASSOCIATED WITH THE MID-MONTH STORM KEPT THE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE
TO 49F AT GREAT FALLS ON THE 19TH. THIS WAS THE LATEST IN THE SEASON
THAT HIGH  TEMPERATURES REMAINED BELOW 50F SINCE 1918. A
THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED A LIGHTNING STRIKE THAT HIT A WIND TURBINE
NEAR GREAT FALLS ON THE 20TH.

          HIGH                      LOW
TEMP      86F AT LOMA  9TH          25F AT YELLOWMULE AND ELK PARK
PRECIP    9.78 INCHES AT HEART BUTTE
WIND GUST  74 MPH NEAR DILLON

JULY...
JULY`S TEMPERATURES AVERAGED ABOVE NORMAL MOST AREAS, EXCEPT FOR
SMALL AREAS OVER THE HI-LINE NEAR HAVRE. PRECIPITATION WAS GENERALLY
BELOW TO MUCH BELOW NORMAL. THERE WAS A SMALL AREA FROM NEAR ENNIS
TO THREE FORKS TO KINGS HILL, AND ANOTHER AREA OVER CENTRAL BLAINE
COUNTY THAT RECEIVED ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE STRONGEST GUST
OF THE MONTH WAS 88 MPH AT LOGAN PASS ON THE 19TH. OTHERWISE,
THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED GUSTS TO 67 MPH AT CHESTER ON THE 11TH AND A
GUST TO 64 MPH NEAR FORT BENTON ON THE 23RD.

          HIGH                      LOW
TEMP     101F AT HINGHAM 31ST       26F AT WISDOM 26TH
PRECIP    2.15 INCHES AT TURNER
WIND GUST  67 MPH AT CHESTER 11TH

AUGUST...
IN AUGUST, TEMPERATURES AVERAGED ON THE COOLER SIDE OF NORMAL. WITH
ONE GOOD STORM FROM THE 20TH-24TH, THE MONTH`S PRECIPITATION WAS
ABOVE TO MUCH ABOVE AVERAGE. AS A COMPOSITE, THIS WAS THE WETTEST
AUGUST OF RECORD. GRASS RANGE, THE WETTEST LOCATION IN THE STATE,
ALSO SET A RECORD FOR THEIR WETTEST MONTH OF RECORD, MEASURING 12.75
INCHES. THUNDERSTORMS PUSHED THROUGH THE REGION ON THE EIGHTH,
PRODUCING A GUST TO 56 MPH NEAR AUGUSTA. DILLON RECEIVED 0.83 INCHES
FROM A THUNDERSTORM ON THE 14TH, SETTING A DAILY RECORD. THE WEATHER
TURNED AFTER MID-MONTH. CUT BANK ONLY REACHED 50F ON THE 22ND, A
RECORD COOL MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE. HEAVY RAINFALL FROM THE 22ND-25TH,
OVER 10 INCHES AT SOME SPOTS CAUSED THE MISSOURI RIVER AT LANDUSKY
TO RISE 10 FEET.

          HIGH                      LOW
TEMP     101F AT LOMA  1ST          26F AT GATES PARK 26TH
PRECIP   12.75 INCHES AT GRASS RANGE
WIND GUST  56 MPH NEAR AUGUSTA 8TH

SEPTEMBER...
IN SEPTEMBER, WITH GENERALLY WESTERLY FLOW ALOFT, TEMPERATURES WERE
NEAR NORMAL. PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS WERE MUCH ABOVE NORMAL IN A BAND
FROM LIMA TO STANFORD TO FORT BELKNAP. AMOUNTS RANGED AS HIGH AS 200
PERCENT OF NORMAL FOR THE MONTH IN THIS BAND. THE FIRST SNOW OF THE
SEASON FELL ON THE 9TH. AT MANY LOCATIONS, THIS WAS THE EARLIEST
SNOWFALL SINCE 1992 AND THE FOURTH EARLIEST OF RECORD. UP TO 10
INCHES OF SNOW FELL IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK ON THE 10TH AND 11TH.
WISDOM DROPPED TO 7F ON THE 12TH, WHICH WAS THEIR COLDEST
TEMPERATURE OF RECORD SO EARLY IN THE SEASON. VERY WARM CONDITIONS
PREVAILED DURING THE LAST HALF OF THE MONTH. ON THE 25TH, LOMA
REACHED 98F, WHICH WAS THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH.

          HIGH                     LOW
TEMP      98F AT LOMA  25TH         7F AT WISDOM 12TH
PRECIP    2.46 INCHES AT LOGAN
WIND GUST  72 MPH AT DEEP CREEK RAWS 19TH

OCTOBER...
NORTHWEST FLOW ALOFT PREVAILED DURING OCTOBER. TEMPERATURES AVERAGED
ABOVE NORMAL, AS MUCH AS 7F ABOVE NORMAL AT LEWISTOWN. PRECIPITATION
WAS BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE SMALL POCKETS OF ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION OVER THE ISLAND RANGES AND PORTIONS OF TOOLE COUNTY.
ON THE FIRST OF THE MONTH, THE STRONGEST WINDS BLEW OVER MUCH OF THE
AREA. GUSTS REACHED 84 MPH AT LOGAN PASS. SNOW FELL FROM HEART BUTTE
TO GREAT FALLS. HEART BUTTE PICKED UP 6.6 INCHES OF SNOW.
TEMPERATURES WERE ON THE WARM SIDE MOST OF THE MONTH. A COLD FRONT
PRODUCED THUNDERSTORMS ON THE 16TH. GUSTS REACHED 63 MPH NEAR
AUGUSTA AND 64 MPH AT WEST YELLOWSTONE. WARMER CONDITIONS ON THE
20TH PRODUCED RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES AT CUT BANK (78F) AND HAVRE
(81F), WITH THE WARMEST 85F AT LOMA. LATE MONTH, A BAND OF SNOW FELL
NEAR THE BEARS PAWS. UP TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW WAS REPORTED IN THIS
BAND.

          HIGH                      LOW
TEMP      85F AT LOMA   21ST         2F AT BIG SKY  24TH
PRECIP    4.10 INCHES AT MANY GLACIER
WIND GUST  84 MPH AT LOGAN PASS

NOVEMBER...
DURING NOVEMBER, UPPER LEVEL FLOW WAS AGAIN FROM THE NORTHWEST.
TEMPERATURES AVERAGED BELOW NORMAL, NEARLY 9F BELOW NORMAL ALONG THE
INTERNATIONAL BORDER. THE WARMEST AVERAGE WAS AT NORRIS MADISON,
35.9F, AND THE COOLEST WAS 17.8F AT PORPHORY PEAK. THE WARMEST
TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 71F AT ENNIS, BOZEMAN, DENTON AND
BYNUM ON THE 1ST, AND THE COOLEST WAS -32F AT CUT BANK ON THE 30TH.
PRECIPITATION WAS GENERALLY ABOVE NORMAL, AS WAS SNOWFALL. IN
GENERAL, THIS WAS THE WINDIEST NOVEMBER SINCE 2006. VERY COLD
CONDITIONS DURING MID-MONTH PUSHED TEMPERATURES AS LOW AS -29F NEAR
CONRAD AND HINGHAM. ADDITIONALLY, A BAND OF SNOW NEAR THE BEARS PAWS
AND HIGHWOODS PRODUCED SNOWFALL AS MUCH AS 10 INCHES ON THE 10TH.
WARMER CONDITIONS RETURNED FOR MUCH OF THE REST OF THE MONTH. WIND
GUSTS DID REACH 77 MPH AT BABB ON THE 24TH. A STORM SYSTEM PASSING
ON THE 25TH AND 26TH PRODUCED UP TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW AT HELENA. AT
MONTH`S END, TEMPERATURES DROPPED SHARPLY. AFTER HIGH TEMPERATURES
IN THE UPPER 50S ON THE 28TH, BY THE MORNING OF THE 29TH, VALUES
WERE BELOW ZERO OVER MUCH OF NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA. BOZEMAN`S
TEMPERATURE FELL 71F, FROM 49F IN THE MORNING OF THE 29TH, TO -22F
THE MORNING OF THE 30TH. ON THE 29TH, THE TEMPERATURE FELL 27F IN 7
MINUTES AT GREAT FALLS AS THE FRONT PASSED THROUGH. IN 9 HOURS, THE
TEMPERATURE FELL 58F, FROM 61F TO 3F AT FORT BENTON. CUT BANK
RECORDED THEIR SECOND COLDEST ALL-TIME NOVEMBER TEMPERATURE,
REACHING -32F ON THE 30TH.

          HIGH                        LOW
TEMP      71F AT BOZEMAN, DENTON 1ST  -32F AT CUT BANK  30TH
PRECIP   10.70 INCHES AT MANY GLACIER SNOTEL
WIND GUST   83 MPH AT PENDROY  6TH

DECEMBER...
DECEMBER TEMPERATURES WERE ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS THE REGION. TEMPERATURE
DEPARTURES RANGED FROM 1.5F ALONG THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER, TO 7.5F
IN THE SOUTHWEST. PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL WERE VARIABLE. AREAS
ALONG THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT TO GREAT FALLS HAD ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION. PRECIPITATION WAS VERY LIGHT ACROSS THE HI-LINE EAST
OF CUT BANK. HAVRE HAD ONLY 0.1 INCHES OF SNOW FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH.
PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS REMAINED LIGHT UNTIL CHRISTMAS EVE. FROM THE 24TH
TO THE END OF THE MONTH, HEAVY SNOW FELL OVER WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE
REGION. GREAT FALLS RECEIVED OVER 12 INCHES OF SNOW DURING THIS PERIOD.
THE COLDEST AIR OF THE MONTH SETTLED OVER THE REGION BY THE 30TH. HIGH
TEMPERATURES REMAINED BELOW ZERO OVER SOME AREAS OF NORTHERN MONTANA,
WHILE ELK PARK DROPPED TO -40F ON THE MORNING OF THE 30TH. GREAT FALLS
CLOSED OUT DECEMBER WITH 11 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND. THIS IS THEIR
HIGHEST OF RECORD FOR THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH.


          HIGH                      LOW
TEMP      64F AT GREAT FALLS 12TH  -40F AT ELK PARK  30TH
PRECIP    7.00 INCHES AT BLACK BEAR SNOTEL
WIND GUST   96 MPH AT BABB

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