Wildfire activity in Montana has been fairly quiet so far in 2014, but officials hope residents don’t let down their guard as the season heats up.
The month of June wasn't too hot, or too cold, and it finished a little drier than normal.
That iconic Montana image of combines trundling through winter wheat in July may have to wait because of cool, wet weather in May and June.
KALISPELL — The rain is tapering off after dumping up to 8 inches over parts of Glacier National Park this week, but the extra water running off the mountains means the threat of flooding will remain.
A thunderstorm that rumbled through at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday dropped .27 inches of rain and pea-sized hail on the Billings area. A later storm dumped .08 inches, bringing the day’s total precipitation to .35 inches. And there might be more to come.
Most hail is between the size of a pea and a dime. The National Weather service considers hail that is quarter-sized or larger to be "severe."
June tends to be Billings' most active month for hail storms. If you haven't already, be sure to take a look at your home insurance policy and study up on how hail damage is covered.
A rainy and chilly day is expected in Billings Wednesday, but the rest of the week will be warmer and drier.
Skies will be partly sunny in the Billings area Friday but colder temperatures, showers and snow in the mountains are expected for the weekend, the National Weather Service said.
Skies will be mostly sunny in the Billings area on Friday, while clouds and a chance for showers will return for the weekend, the National Weather Service said.
Foggy conditions across much of southern Montana are expected Tuesday morning, with some fog reducing visibility to a mile or less, the National Weather Service said.
A fast-moving but strong system is expected to bring heavy snow showers and gusty northwest winds to the region through Friday night, the National Weather Service said.
A weather system moving into the region is expected to bring rain, snow showers and windy conditions into the weekend, the National Weather Service said.
Warmer temperatures along with a chance for rain or snow will continue through the weekend in the Billings area, the National Weather Service said.
Billings weather ended 2013 pretty much the same way it started — unusually cold and snowy — but there was plenty of note in between.
Rain soaks North 27th Street at 6:30 a.m. Monday as a storm system moves into the area.
Cooler temperatures and snow are possible for the weekend in the Billings area but Friday will be mostly sunny with a high of about 51 degrees, the National Weather Service said.
For the first time since record keeping began at the airport 80 years ago, not a single day in October in Billings reached 70 degrees, or even 69, for that matter.
Skies will be mostly sunny on Friday in the Billings area with a high of 56 degrees forecast and westerly winds up to 20 mph. Friday’s low will be about 31 degrees with partly cloudy skies, the National Weather Service said.