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Storm leaves record low temperatures

Storm leaves record low temperatures

The cold front that moved through Montana Friday left record low temperatures in its wake.

Billings, Miles City and Sheridan, Wyo., marked low temperatures after the storm,which also left widespread wind damage. Glasgow tied a 107-year-old record with a Saturday morning low of 38 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The temperature in Billings cooled to 39 degrees about 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the NWS reported. The previous record for Aug. 17 was 44 degrees in 1985.

It was 39 degrees in Miles City shortly after 6 a.m. and 32 degrees in Sheridan about 5:50 a.m. Miles City's previous record of 45 degrees and Sheridan's record of 39 degrees were also set in 1985.

Weather spotters and NWS recording stations reported the following winds during Friday afternoon's storm: A 78-mph gust north of Pompeys Pillar; the NWS's West End office in Billings recorded 68 mph winds; a 70-mph wind was noted in Roundup; near Baker there were 66 mph and 72 mph winds; the gusts reached 60 mph near Broadus and 79 mph in Sheridan.

Don Simonsen, a meteorologist with the NWS in Glasgow, said the temperature in Glasgow cooled from 75 degrees to 48 degrees as the storm moved through Friday afternoon.

"It was a tremendous cold front for August," Simonsen said.

The weather system created a thunderstorm in the northeastern portion of the state. The Sidney airport recorded 1.10 inches of precipitation, according to the NWS. Westby, which is farther north, reported .52 inches and Wolf Point, to the west, had .18 inches.

The NWS forecast for the Billings area calls for temperatures to return to near normal in the coming week with highs in the low 80s and lows in the high 40s and low 50s. Those temperatures are a little cooler than the 30-year averages in which the mercury reached highs in the upper 80s and lows in the upper 50s.


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