Mid- to late September can be a wet and snowy time in Eastern Montana, which might be welcome relief in the Billings area, where precipitation is more than 5 inches below average this year.
Here's a look at some bits of weather history for Sept. 16-22 from the National Weather Service.
Sept. 16: Miles City had its record latest day of 100 degrees in 2000.
Sept. 17: Snow was the word on Sept. 16 and 17, 1971, as Red Lodge tallied 8 inches and Mystic Lake got 5 inches. Billings had only a trace.
Sept. 18: Red Lodge was hit with 21 inches of snow in 1978. Heavy rains hit lower elevations, with Billings receiving 1.97 inches of rain and a trace of snow. Joliet had 2.79 inches of rain and 1.5 inches of snow, while Columbus received 2.16 inches of rain.
Sept. 19: From Sept. 18 to 19 in 1893, Nye received 21 inches of snow, while Mystic Lake had 24 inches. Billings had 7.5 inches of snow, while 14 inches hit Red Lodge, 11 fell in Columbus, Pryor had 10 inches and Livingston had 9 inches. Other communities in the area also had several inches of snow.
Sept. 20: This date was a wet one in 1931 when 1.58 inches of rain fell at Columbus, 1.50 inches in Bridger and 0.99 inches at Red Lodge.
Sept. 21: In 1995, Miles City notched its record-coldest September temperature at 19 degrees.
Sept. 22: Tree limb broke and power lines were downed in 2000 as snows piled up on Sept. 21 and 22. Billings had 6 inches of snow, while Roscoe received 18 inches; Red Lodge, 12 inches; and Story, 10 inches.