Record Montana snowfall for the season

Several reporting stations in central and eastern Montana are reporting historic snowfall totals through the first week in February.

According to National Weather Service data, Fort Assiniboine west of Havre has already received 59.0 inches of snow thus far this season, far eclipsing the 40.3 inches reported by the same date in 1959.

“We’ve already had 7.4 inches this month (Great Falls Airport) and our normal for the entire month of February is only 8.6 inches,” said meteorologist Christian Cassell. “We should already surpass our monthly normal by midnight tonight (Feb 8).

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link


3 thoughts on “Record Montana snowfall for the season”

  1. Normally I don’t pay much attention to windchills, however I thought they said -67 windchill for near Havre Canadian border, this would compare to the all time actual cold temperature of -70 for Roger’s pass lower 48. Not sure how much I believe the windchill formulas, either way, it’s cold, especially when some people consider this spring.

  2. I live on the north slope of the Little Belts, about 40 miles south east of Rogers Pass where the -70F record was set. This snow year is right at the top of the standard statistical spread. Today the Snow year to date measurement is 96″ on an average of 73″. It will likely end up being a year with about 160″, the record measured (only a ten year sample at this location) is 185″.

    This entire area is known for extreme daily/weekly variability. The snow trends are only really relevant on an annual basis.

    That said, snowfall and days with snow on the ground for this area are on the upswing. There is an eleven year trend that has moderate correlation with sunspot activity.

    Records for this area back to 1959, scientifically recorded since 2007.

  3. I was a weather forecaster at Glasgow AFB 1964-67. In December 1964 we had an arctic frontal passage; it was below flying minimums from 0800 of the first day to 1200 of the 3d day; snow and blowing snow. Temperatures were -40F for an extended time with winds 30 knots out of the north. Chill factor was -115F according to the wind chill charts. On the afternoon of the 3d day the winds slacked off and it went calm, and the snowplows plowed the runway, the Alert areas, and the roads and parking lots. Late afternoon of the 3d day we helped each other get cars started and shoveled out from the drifts around the Base Operations building. I remarked to the guys, “Did you ever think you would see the day when you would be glad that the temperature was ONLY -25F?” True story.

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