July 2014 will go down in the record books as a dry month in Billings, and relief might not be headed this way any time soon.
The 36.8 inches of snow that fell on Billings during the 28 days of February smashed the previous February record, of 22.4 inches, by 14.4 inches. That record was set in 1978.
A week of very warm temperatures has melted more than half of winter snowpack in some areas of Montana, and if the trend continues snowpack could disappear by the end of the month — four weeks earlier than normal.
Billings had already received 1.01 inches of rain by 9 p.m. Monday at the airport and could see between one to three inches more by the time the storm moves out Tuesday or Tuesday night.
Light snow tapered off Friday in the Billings area but left behind record daily snowfalls and the expectation of bitter, windy cold as the year drew to a close.
In what could have been a noteworthy end to a shabby 2010, last week's warm snap destroyed whatever chances Billings had of stacking up an impressive number of consecutive days of continual snow cover.