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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
840 AM MDT MON APR 1 2015

...MARCH 2015 AND JAN-MAR SEASONAL WEATHER SUMMARY FOR NORTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA...

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...DEGREES FAHRENHEIT...
             MAR   NORM   RANK          JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN......40.4..34.1... 3RD WARMEST   32.3....26.6... 2ND WARMEST
CUT BANK.....39.8..31.5... 2ND WARMEST   30.7....25.9... 4TH WARMEST
DILLON.......41.5..34.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.6....27.7... 1ST WARMEST
GREAT FALLS..43.6..34.2... 2ND WARMEST   33.8....28.9...10TH WARMEST
HAVRE........41.2..32.8... 3RD WARMEST   29.0....24.3...13TH WARMEST
HELENA.......44.7..36.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.5....29.0... 2ND WARMEST
LEWISTOWN....42.4..32.9... 2ND WARMEST   32.8....27.4... 6TH WARMEST
W YELLOWSTON.27.6..24.6...13TH WARMEST   22.1....17.4... 5TH WARMEST

PRECIPITATION...INCHES...
              MAR   NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN.......0.47..0.94... 9TH DRIEST   0.84....1.90... 3RD DRIEST
CUT BANK......0.25..0.50...35TH DRIEST   1.14....0.91...45TH WETTEST
DILLON........0.15..0.54... 6TH DRIEST   0.34....1.04... 3RD DRIEST
GREAT FALLS...0.09..0.91... 2ND WETTEST  1.49....1.89... 3RD DRIEST
HAVRE.........0.53..0.54...60TH WETTEST  2.16....1.15...24TH WETTEST
HELENA........0.15..0.59...12TH DRIEST   1.17....1.25...31ST DRIEST
LEWISTOWN.....0.27..0.99... 7TH DRIEST   1.77....2.00...36TH DRIEST
W YELLOWSTONE.0.38..1.63... 5TH DRIEST   2.52....5.17... 5TH DRIEST

SNOWFALL...INCHES...
               MAR  NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN MSU... 6.5..14.9...10TH LOWEST   19.8....39.3... 6TH LOWEST
CUT BANK...... 3.7.. 7.4...39TH LOWEST   18.6....17.4...40TH LOWEST
DILLON........ 4.0.. 9.0...47TH LOWEST    5.2....17.6... 4TH LOWEST
GREAT FALLS... 0.8..11.9... 2ND LOWEST   23.5....28.7...31ST LOWEST
HAVRE.........   T.. 6.3... 4TH LOWEST   15.9....18.9...47TH LOWEST
HELENA........   T.. 6.2... 2ND LOWEST    9.1....17.4...10TH LOWEST
W YELLOWSTONE. 3.5..19.2... 8TH LOWEST   26.1....75.8... 2ND LOWEST

AVERAGE WIND SPEED...MPH...
              MAR   NORM   RANK         JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN.......6.1....6.2...20TH CALMEST   5.3.... 5.2...17TH CALMEST
CUT BANK.....15.3...13.6...16TH WINDIEST 14.5....13.5...28TH WINDIEST
DILLON.......11.0...10.2...19TH WINDIEST 10.2.... 9.9...30TH WINDIEST
GREAT FALLS..13.4...12.2...25TH WINDIEST 12.6....12.5...25TH CALMEST
HAVRE........11.4...10.4... 8TH WINDIEST 11.1....10.1... 8TH WINDIEST
HELENA....... 8.0....7.5...60TH CALMEST   6.4.... 6.2...26TH CALMEST
LEWISTOWN....10.3...10.0 ..29TH WINDIEST  9.9.... 9.9...27TH CALMEST

WITH GENERAL RIDGING ALOFT, MONTANA EXPERIENCED WARM AND DRY
CONDITIONS IN MARCH. A STRONGER-THAN-NORMAL RIDGE ANCHORED ALONG THE
WEST COAST BROUGHT SUSTAINED WEST-NORTHWESTERLY FLOW ALOFT TO THE
STATE.

MARCH OF 2014 AND 2015 WERE IN STARK CONTRAST. WHILE 2014 WAS COOL
AND WET, THIS MARCH WAS VERY WARM AND DRY. MANY LOCATIONS RANKED
AMONG THEIR SECOND OR THIRD WARMEST MARCHS OF RECORD. BOZEMAN AND
HAVRE HAD THEIR THIRD WARMEST MARCH OF RECORD, WHILE OTHER LOCATIONS
WERE SECOND WARMEST. AT CUT BANK, GREAT FALLS AND HAVRE, THIS WAS
THE WARMEST MARCH SINCE 1986. WHILE AT LEWISTOWN AND HELENA, THIS
WAS THE WARMEST SINCE 2010. AT DILLON, THE FIRST THREE MONTHS HAVE
AVERAGED THE WARMEST SUCH PERIOD OF RECORD. THE OLD RECORD FOR THIS
PERIOD WAS IN 1992, WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 34.6 DEGREES.
DILLON HAS ALSO RECORDED 14 RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES SO FAR THIS
YEAR. THIS WARMTH IS CONSISTENT ACROSS SOUTHWEST MONTANA. EVEN
WISDOM HAS HAD 13 RECORD WARM HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS YEAR.

ALL AREAS IN SOUTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA HAD TEMPERATURE
AVERAGES ABOVE NORMAL. DEPARTURES RANGED FROM 1.9 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, TO 9.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT
LEWISTOWN. GREAT FALLS CITY RECORDED THE WARMEST AREA AVERAGE, 45.6
DEGREES, WHILE THE COOLEST MARCH AVERAGE WAS AT YELLOW MULE, 27.1
DEGREES. THE MARCH TEMPERATURE EXTREMES WERE 80 AT LOMA ON THE 28TH
AND -23 AT WHISKEY CREEK ON THE 4TH. THE TEMPERATURE RANGE OF 82
DEGREES AT GREAT FALLS WAS THE LARGEST RANGE IN MARCH SINCE 2003.
ALSO, THIS IS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES.

PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL. MANY POINTS RANKED AMONG THEIR 10
DRIEST MARCHS OF RECORD. GREAT FALLS, WITH ONLY 0.09-INCHES, WAS THE
SECOND DRIEST OF RECORD, EXCEEDED ONLY BY MARCH 1916. THE WETTEST
LOCATION WAS ST MARY, WHERE 3.07-INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL. FOR
THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR, THIS HAS BEEN THE THIRD DRIEST
AT BOZEMAN, DILLON AND GREAT FALLS. AT DILLON, THIS IS THE DRIEST
SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1964, WHILE AT GREAT FALLS, ITS BEEN SINCE 2004.
AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, WHERE ONLY 2.52-INCHES HAS FALLEN SINCE JANUARY
1, THIS IS THE DRIEST SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1979.

AS WITH PRECIPITATION, SNOWFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL. HAVRE AND HELENA
RECORDED ONLY A TRACE FOR THE MONTH, WHILE WEST YELLOWSTONE HAD ONLY
3.5 INCHES. THESE WERE THE LOWEST MONTHLY SNOWFALLS SINCE 1993 AT
BOZEMAN, AND 1986 AT GREAT FALLS. FOR THE YEAR-TO-DATE, THIS IS THE
4TH LOWEST VALUE AT DILLON AND SECOND LOWEST AT WEST YELLOWSTONE.
THIS IS THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF SNOW FOR THE YEAR AT WEST YELLOWSTONE
SINCE 1931. FOR THE WATER-YEAR, 73-INCHES OF SNOW AT WEST
YELLOWSTONE IS THE LOWEST AMOUNT SINCE 1977.

WINDS WERE GENERALLY STRONGER THAN NORMAL. THE STRONGEST WIND
AVERAGE WAS AT DEEP CREEK RAWS, WITH AN AVERAGE OF 24.5 MPH. AT
LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS, TWO MEDICINE HAD AN AVERAGE OF 15.6 MPH
AND CUT BANK RECORDED AN AVERAGE OF 15.3 MPH. THE HIGHEST AREA GUST
WAS ON THE 28TH WHEN STRONG WINDS BEHIND A COLD FRONT PRODUCED MANY
GUSTS OVER 70 MPH. THE PEAK WAS 81 MPH NEAR STANFORD.

RECORDS FOR BOZEMAN BEGAN IN 1935, CUT BANK BEGAN IN 1903, DILLON
BEGAN IN 1939, GREAT FALLS BEGAN IN 1891, HAVRE AND HELENA BEGAN
IN 1880, AND LEWISTOWN BEGAN IN 1896. WEST YELLOWSTONE RECORDS BEGAN
IN 1905 AND WINDS BEGAN IN 2010. THE NORMAL PERIOD FOR ALL ELEMENTS
IS 1981 TO 2010.

THESE DATA ARE PRELIMINARY AND HAVE NOT UNDERGONE FINAL QC BY NCDC.
THEREFORE THESE DATA ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION. FINAL AND CERTIFIED
CLIMATE DATA CAN BE ACCESSED AT THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER
AT WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV

$$
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000
NOUS45 KTFX 011443
PNSTFX
MTZ008>015-044>055-101800-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
840 AM MDT MON APR 1 2015

...MARCH 2015 AND JAN-MAR SEASONAL WEATHER SUMMARY FOR NORTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA...

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...DEGREES FAHRENHEIT...
             MAR   NORM   RANK          JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN......40.4..34.1... 3RD WARMEST   32.3....26.6... 2ND WARMEST
CUT BANK.....39.8..31.5... 2ND WARMEST   30.7....25.9... 4TH WARMEST
DILLON.......41.5..34.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.6....27.7... 1ST WARMEST
GREAT FALLS..43.6..34.2... 2ND WARMEST   33.8....28.9...10TH WARMEST
HAVRE........41.2..32.8... 3RD WARMEST   29.0....24.3...13TH WARMEST
HELENA.......44.7..36.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.5....29.0... 2ND WARMEST
LEWISTOWN....42.4..32.9... 2ND WARMEST   32.8....27.4... 6TH WARMEST
W YELLOWSTON.27.6..24.6...13TH WARMEST   22.1....17.4... 5TH WARMEST

PRECIPITATION...INCHES...
              MAR   NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN.......0.47..0.94... 9TH DRIEST   0.84....1.90... 3RD DRIEST
CUT BANK......0.25..0.50...35TH DRIEST   1.14....0.91...45TH WETTEST
DILLON........0.15..0.54... 6TH DRIEST   0.34....1.04... 3RD DRIEST
GREAT FALLS...0.09..0.91... 2ND WETTEST  1.49....1.89... 3RD DRIEST
HAVRE.........0.53..0.54...60TH WETTEST  2.16....1.15...24TH WETTEST
HELENA........0.15..0.59...12TH DRIEST   1.17....1.25...31ST DRIEST
LEWISTOWN.....0.27..0.99... 7TH DRIEST   1.77....2.00...36TH DRIEST
W YELLOWSTONE.0.38..1.63... 5TH DRIEST   2.52....5.17... 5TH DRIEST

SNOWFALL...INCHES...
               MAR  NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN MSU... 6.5..14.9...10TH LOWEST   19.8....39.3... 6TH LOWEST
CUT BANK...... 3.7.. 7.4...39TH LOWEST   18.6....17.4...40TH LOWEST
DILLON........ 4.0.. 9.0...47TH LOWEST    5.2....17.6... 4TH LOWEST
GREAT FALLS... 0.8..11.9... 2ND LOWEST   23.5....28.7...31ST LOWEST
HAVRE.........   T.. 6.3... 4TH LOWEST   15.9....18.9...47TH LOWEST
HELENA........   T.. 6.2... 2ND LOWEST    9.1....17.4...10TH LOWEST
W YELLOWSTONE. 3.5..19.2... 8TH LOWEST   26.1....75.8... 2ND LOWEST

AVERAGE WIND SPEED...MPH...
              MAR   NORM   RANK         JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN.......6.1....6.2...20TH CALMEST   5.3.... 5.2...17TH CALMEST
CUT BANK.....15.3...13.6...16TH WINDIEST 14.5....13.5...28TH WINDIEST
DILLON.......11.0...10.2...19TH WINDIEST 10.2.... 9.9...30TH WINDIEST
GREAT FALLS..13.4...12.2...25TH WINDIEST 12.6....12.5...25TH CALMEST
HAVRE........11.4...10.4... 8TH WINDIEST 11.1....10.1... 8TH WINDIEST
HELENA....... 8.0....7.5...60TH CALMEST   6.4.... 6.2...26TH CALMEST
LEWISTOWN....10.3...10.0 ..29TH WINDIEST  9.9.... 9.9...27TH CALMEST

WITH GENERAL RIDGING ALOFT, MONTANA EXPERIENCED WARM AND DRY
CONDITIONS IN MARCH. A STRONGER-THAN-NORMAL RIDGE ANCHORED ALONG THE
WEST COAST BROUGHT SUSTAINED WEST-NORTHWESTERLY FLOW ALOFT TO THE
STATE.

MARCH OF 2014 AND 2015 WERE IN STARK CONTRAST. WHILE 2014 WAS COOL
AND WET, THIS MARCH WAS VERY WARM AND DRY. MANY LOCATIONS RANKED
AMONG THEIR SECOND OR THIRD WARMEST MARCHS OF RECORD. BOZEMAN AND
HAVRE HAD THEIR THIRD WARMEST MARCH OF RECORD, WHILE OTHER LOCATIONS
WERE SECOND WARMEST. AT CUT BANK, GREAT FALLS AND HAVRE, THIS WAS
THE WARMEST MARCH SINCE 1986. WHILE AT LEWISTOWN AND HELENA, THIS
WAS THE WARMEST SINCE 2010. AT DILLON, THE FIRST THREE MONTHS HAVE
AVERAGED THE WARMEST SUCH PERIOD OF RECORD. THE OLD RECORD FOR THIS
PERIOD WAS IN 1992, WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 34.6 DEGREES.
DILLON HAS ALSO RECORDED 14 RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES SO FAR THIS
YEAR. THIS WARMTH IS CONSISTENT ACROSS SOUTHWEST MONTANA. EVEN
WISDOM HAS HAD 13 RECORD WARM HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS YEAR.

ALL AREAS IN SOUTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA HAD TEMPERATURE
AVERAGES ABOVE NORMAL. DEPARTURES RANGED FROM 1.9 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, TO 9.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT
LEWISTOWN. GREAT FALLS CITY RECORDED THE WARMEST AREA AVERAGE, 45.6
DEGREES, WHILE THE COOLEST MARCH AVERAGE WAS AT YELLOW MULE, 27.1
DEGREES. THE MARCH TEMPERATURE EXTREMES WERE 80 AT LOMA ON THE 28TH
AND -23 AT WHISKEY CREEK ON THE 4TH. THE TEMPERATURE RANGE OF 82
DEGREES AT GREAT FALLS WAS THE LARGEST RANGE IN MARCH SINCE 2003.
ALSO, THIS IS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES.

PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL. MANY POINTS RANKED AMONG THEIR 10
DRIEST MARCHS OF RECORD. GREAT FALLS, WITH ONLY 0.09-INCHES, WAS THE
SECOND DRIEST OF RECORD, EXCEEDED ONLY BY MARCH 1916. THE WETTEST
LOCATION WAS ST MARY, WHERE 3.07-INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL. FOR
THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR, THIS HAS BEEN THE THIRD DRIEST
AT BOZEMAN, DILLON AND GREAT FALLS. AT DILLON, THIS IS THE DRIEST
SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1964, WHILE AT GREAT FALLS, ITS BEEN SINCE 2004.
AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, WHERE ONLY 2.52-INCHES HAS FALLEN SINCE JANUARY
1, THIS IS THE DRIEST SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1979.

AS WITH PRECIPITATION, SNOWFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL. HAVRE AND HELENA
RECORDED ONLY A TRACE FOR THE MONTH, WHILE WEST YELLOWSTONE HAD ONLY
3.5 INCHES. THESE WERE THE LOWEST MONTHLY SNOWFALLS SINCE 1993 AT
BOZEMAN, AND 1986 AT GREAT FALLS. FOR THE YEAR-TO-DATE, THIS IS THE
4TH LOWEST VALUE AT DILLON AND SECOND LOWEST AT WEST YELLOWSTONE.
THIS IS THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF SNOW FOR THE YEAR AT WEST YELLOWSTONE
SINCE 1931. FOR THE WATER-YEAR, 73-INCHES OF SNOW AT WEST
YELLOWSTONE IS THE LOWEST AMOUNT SINCE 1977.

WINDS WERE GENERALLY STRONGER THAN NORMAL. THE STRONGEST WIND
AVERAGE WAS AT DEEP CREEK RAWS, WITH AN AVERAGE OF 24.5 MPH. AT
LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS, TWO MEDICINE HAD AN AVERAGE OF 15.6 MPH
AND CUT BANK RECORDED AN AVERAGE OF 15.3 MPH. THE HIGHEST AREA GUST
WAS ON THE 28TH WHEN STRONG WINDS BEHIND A COLD FRONT PRODUCED MANY
GUSTS OVER 70 MPH. THE PEAK WAS 81 MPH NEAR STANFORD.

RECORDS FOR BOZEMAN BEGAN IN 1935, CUT BANK BEGAN IN 1903, DILLON
BEGAN IN 1939, GREAT FALLS BEGAN IN 1891, HAVRE AND HELENA BEGAN
IN 1880, AND LEWISTOWN BEGAN IN 1896. WEST YELLOWSTONE RECORDS BEGAN
IN 1905 AND WINDS BEGAN IN 2010. THE NORMAL PERIOD FOR ALL ELEMENTS
IS 1981 TO 2010.

THESE DATA ARE PRELIMINARY AND HAVE NOT UNDERGONE FINAL QC BY NCDC.
THEREFORE THESE DATA ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION. FINAL AND CERTIFIED
CLIMATE DATA CAN BE ACCESSED AT THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER
AT WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV

$$
&&

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000
NOUS45 KTFX 011443
PNSTFX
MTZ008>015-044>055-101800-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
840 AM MDT MON APR 1 2015

...MARCH 2015 AND JAN-MAR SEASONAL WEATHER SUMMARY FOR NORTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA...

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...DEGREES FAHRENHEIT...
             MAR   NORM   RANK          JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN......40.4..34.1... 3RD WARMEST   32.3....26.6... 2ND WARMEST
CUT BANK.....39.8..31.5... 2ND WARMEST   30.7....25.9... 4TH WARMEST
DILLON.......41.5..34.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.6....27.7... 1ST WARMEST
GREAT FALLS..43.6..34.2... 2ND WARMEST   33.8....28.9...10TH WARMEST
HAVRE........41.2..32.8... 3RD WARMEST   29.0....24.3...13TH WARMEST
HELENA.......44.7..36.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.5....29.0... 2ND WARMEST
LEWISTOWN....42.4..32.9... 2ND WARMEST   32.8....27.4... 6TH WARMEST
W YELLOWSTON.27.6..24.6...13TH WARMEST   22.1....17.4... 5TH WARMEST

PRECIPITATION...INCHES...
              MAR   NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN.......0.47..0.94... 9TH DRIEST   0.84....1.90... 3RD DRIEST
CUT BANK......0.25..0.50...35TH DRIEST   1.14....0.91...45TH WETTEST
DILLON........0.15..0.54... 6TH DRIEST   0.34....1.04... 3RD DRIEST
GREAT FALLS...0.09..0.91... 2ND WETTEST  1.49....1.89... 3RD DRIEST
HAVRE.........0.53..0.54...60TH WETTEST  2.16....1.15...24TH WETTEST
HELENA........0.15..0.59...12TH DRIEST   1.17....1.25...31ST DRIEST
LEWISTOWN.....0.27..0.99... 7TH DRIEST   1.77....2.00...36TH DRIEST
W YELLOWSTONE.0.38..1.63... 5TH DRIEST   2.52....5.17... 5TH DRIEST

SNOWFALL...INCHES...
               MAR  NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN MSU... 6.5..14.9...10TH LOWEST   19.8....39.3... 6TH LOWEST
CUT BANK...... 3.7.. 7.4...39TH LOWEST   18.6....17.4...40TH LOWEST
DILLON........ 4.0.. 9.0...47TH LOWEST    5.2....17.6... 4TH LOWEST
GREAT FALLS... 0.8..11.9... 2ND LOWEST   23.5....28.7...31ST LOWEST
HAVRE.........   T.. 6.3... 4TH LOWEST   15.9....18.9...47TH LOWEST
HELENA........   T.. 6.2... 2ND LOWEST    9.1....17.4...10TH LOWEST
W YELLOWSTONE. 3.5..19.2... 8TH LOWEST   26.1....75.8... 2ND LOWEST

AVERAGE WIND SPEED...MPH...
              MAR   NORM   RANK         JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN.......6.1....6.2...20TH CALMEST   5.3.... 5.2...17TH CALMEST
CUT BANK.....15.3...13.6...16TH WINDIEST 14.5....13.5...28TH WINDIEST
DILLON.......11.0...10.2...19TH WINDIEST 10.2.... 9.9...30TH WINDIEST
GREAT FALLS..13.4...12.2...25TH WINDIEST 12.6....12.5...25TH CALMEST
HAVRE........11.4...10.4... 8TH WINDIEST 11.1....10.1... 8TH WINDIEST
HELENA....... 8.0....7.5...60TH CALMEST   6.4.... 6.2...26TH CALMEST
LEWISTOWN....10.3...10.0 ..29TH WINDIEST  9.9.... 9.9...27TH CALMEST

WITH GENERAL RIDGING ALOFT, MONTANA EXPERIENCED WARM AND DRY
CONDITIONS IN MARCH. A STRONGER-THAN-NORMAL RIDGE ANCHORED ALONG THE
WEST COAST BROUGHT SUSTAINED WEST-NORTHWESTERLY FLOW ALOFT TO THE
STATE.

MARCH OF 2014 AND 2015 WERE IN STARK CONTRAST. WHILE 2014 WAS COOL
AND WET, THIS MARCH WAS VERY WARM AND DRY. MANY LOCATIONS RANKED
AMONG THEIR SECOND OR THIRD WARMEST MARCHS OF RECORD. BOZEMAN AND
HAVRE HAD THEIR THIRD WARMEST MARCH OF RECORD, WHILE OTHER LOCATIONS
WERE SECOND WARMEST. AT CUT BANK, GREAT FALLS AND HAVRE, THIS WAS
THE WARMEST MARCH SINCE 1986. WHILE AT LEWISTOWN AND HELENA, THIS
WAS THE WARMEST SINCE 2010. AT DILLON, THE FIRST THREE MONTHS HAVE
AVERAGED THE WARMEST SUCH PERIOD OF RECORD. THE OLD RECORD FOR THIS
PERIOD WAS IN 1992, WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 34.6 DEGREES.
DILLON HAS ALSO RECORDED 14 RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES SO FAR THIS
YEAR. THIS WARMTH IS CONSISTENT ACROSS SOUTHWEST MONTANA. EVEN
WISDOM HAS HAD 13 RECORD WARM HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS YEAR.

ALL AREAS IN SOUTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA HAD TEMPERATURE
AVERAGES ABOVE NORMAL. DEPARTURES RANGED FROM 1.9 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, TO 9.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT
LEWISTOWN. GREAT FALLS CITY RECORDED THE WARMEST AREA AVERAGE, 45.6
DEGREES, WHILE THE COOLEST MARCH AVERAGE WAS AT YELLOW MULE, 27.1
DEGREES. THE MARCH TEMPERATURE EXTREMES WERE 80 AT LOMA ON THE 28TH
AND -23 AT WHISKEY CREEK ON THE 4TH. THE TEMPERATURE RANGE OF 82
DEGREES AT GREAT FALLS WAS THE LARGEST RANGE IN MARCH SINCE 2003.
ALSO, THIS IS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES.

PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL. MANY POINTS RANKED AMONG THEIR 10
DRIEST MARCHS OF RECORD. GREAT FALLS, WITH ONLY 0.09-INCHES, WAS THE
SECOND DRIEST OF RECORD, EXCEEDED ONLY BY MARCH 1916. THE WETTEST
LOCATION WAS ST MARY, WHERE 3.07-INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL. FOR
THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR, THIS HAS BEEN THE THIRD DRIEST
AT BOZEMAN, DILLON AND GREAT FALLS. AT DILLON, THIS IS THE DRIEST
SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1964, WHILE AT GREAT FALLS, ITS BEEN SINCE 2004.
AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, WHERE ONLY 2.52-INCHES HAS FALLEN SINCE JANUARY
1, THIS IS THE DRIEST SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1979.

AS WITH PRECIPITATION, SNOWFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL. HAVRE AND HELENA
RECORDED ONLY A TRACE FOR THE MONTH, WHILE WEST YELLOWSTONE HAD ONLY
3.5 INCHES. THESE WERE THE LOWEST MONTHLY SNOWFALLS SINCE 1993 AT
BOZEMAN, AND 1986 AT GREAT FALLS. FOR THE YEAR-TO-DATE, THIS IS THE
4TH LOWEST VALUE AT DILLON AND SECOND LOWEST AT WEST YELLOWSTONE.
THIS IS THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF SNOW FOR THE YEAR AT WEST YELLOWSTONE
SINCE 1931. FOR THE WATER-YEAR, 73-INCHES OF SNOW AT WEST
YELLOWSTONE IS THE LOWEST AMOUNT SINCE 1977.

WINDS WERE GENERALLY STRONGER THAN NORMAL. THE STRONGEST WIND
AVERAGE WAS AT DEEP CREEK RAWS, WITH AN AVERAGE OF 24.5 MPH. AT
LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS, TWO MEDICINE HAD AN AVERAGE OF 15.6 MPH
AND CUT BANK RECORDED AN AVERAGE OF 15.3 MPH. THE HIGHEST AREA GUST
WAS ON THE 28TH WHEN STRONG WINDS BEHIND A COLD FRONT PRODUCED MANY
GUSTS OVER 70 MPH. THE PEAK WAS 81 MPH NEAR STANFORD.

RECORDS FOR BOZEMAN BEGAN IN 1935, CUT BANK BEGAN IN 1903, DILLON
BEGAN IN 1939, GREAT FALLS BEGAN IN 1891, HAVRE AND HELENA BEGAN
IN 1880, AND LEWISTOWN BEGAN IN 1896. WEST YELLOWSTONE RECORDS BEGAN
IN 1905 AND WINDS BEGAN IN 2010. THE NORMAL PERIOD FOR ALL ELEMENTS
IS 1981 TO 2010.

THESE DATA ARE PRELIMINARY AND HAVE NOT UNDERGONE FINAL QC BY NCDC.
THEREFORE THESE DATA ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION. FINAL AND CERTIFIED
CLIMATE DATA CAN BE ACCESSED AT THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER
AT WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV

$$
&&

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000
NOUS45 KTFX 011443
PNSTFX
MTZ008>015-044>055-101800-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
840 AM MDT MON APR 1 2015

...MARCH 2015 AND JAN-MAR SEASONAL WEATHER SUMMARY FOR NORTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA...

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...DEGREES FAHRENHEIT...
             MAR   NORM   RANK          JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN......40.4..34.1... 3RD WARMEST   32.3....26.6... 2ND WARMEST
CUT BANK.....39.8..31.5... 2ND WARMEST   30.7....25.9... 4TH WARMEST
DILLON.......41.5..34.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.6....27.7... 1ST WARMEST
GREAT FALLS..43.6..34.2... 2ND WARMEST   33.8....28.9...10TH WARMEST
HAVRE........41.2..32.8... 3RD WARMEST   29.0....24.3...13TH WARMEST
HELENA.......44.7..36.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.5....29.0... 2ND WARMEST
LEWISTOWN....42.4..32.9... 2ND WARMEST   32.8....27.4... 6TH WARMEST
W YELLOWSTON.27.6..24.6...13TH WARMEST   22.1....17.4... 5TH WARMEST

PRECIPITATION...INCHES...
              MAR   NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN.......0.47..0.94... 9TH DRIEST   0.84....1.90... 3RD DRIEST
CUT BANK......0.25..0.50...35TH DRIEST   1.14....0.91...45TH WETTEST
DILLON........0.15..0.54... 6TH DRIEST   0.34....1.04... 3RD DRIEST
GREAT FALLS...0.09..0.91... 2ND WETTEST  1.49....1.89... 3RD DRIEST
HAVRE.........0.53..0.54...60TH WETTEST  2.16....1.15...24TH WETTEST
HELENA........0.15..0.59...12TH DRIEST   1.17....1.25...31ST DRIEST
LEWISTOWN.....0.27..0.99... 7TH DRIEST   1.77....2.00...36TH DRIEST
W YELLOWSTONE.0.38..1.63... 5TH DRIEST   2.52....5.17... 5TH DRIEST

SNOWFALL...INCHES...
               MAR  NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN MSU... 6.5..14.9...10TH LOWEST   19.8....39.3... 6TH LOWEST
CUT BANK...... 3.7.. 7.4...39TH LOWEST   18.6....17.4...40TH LOWEST
DILLON........ 4.0.. 9.0...47TH LOWEST    5.2....17.6... 4TH LOWEST
GREAT FALLS... 0.8..11.9... 2ND LOWEST   23.5....28.7...31ST LOWEST
HAVRE.........   T.. 6.3... 4TH LOWEST   15.9....18.9...47TH LOWEST
HELENA........   T.. 6.2... 2ND LOWEST    9.1....17.4...10TH LOWEST
W YELLOWSTONE. 3.5..19.2... 8TH LOWEST   26.1....75.8... 2ND LOWEST

AVERAGE WIND SPEED...MPH...
              MAR   NORM   RANK         JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN.......6.1....6.2...20TH CALMEST   5.3.... 5.2...17TH CALMEST
CUT BANK.....15.3...13.6...16TH WINDIEST 14.5....13.5...28TH WINDIEST
DILLON.......11.0...10.2...19TH WINDIEST 10.2.... 9.9...30TH WINDIEST
GREAT FALLS..13.4...12.2...25TH WINDIEST 12.6....12.5...25TH CALMEST
HAVRE........11.4...10.4... 8TH WINDIEST 11.1....10.1... 8TH WINDIEST
HELENA....... 8.0....7.5...60TH CALMEST   6.4.... 6.2...26TH CALMEST
LEWISTOWN....10.3...10.0 ..29TH WINDIEST  9.9.... 9.9...27TH CALMEST

WITH GENERAL RIDGING ALOFT, MONTANA EXPERIENCED WARM AND DRY
CONDITIONS IN MARCH. A STRONGER-THAN-NORMAL RIDGE ANCHORED ALONG THE
WEST COAST BROUGHT SUSTAINED WEST-NORTHWESTERLY FLOW ALOFT TO THE
STATE.

MARCH OF 2014 AND 2015 WERE IN STARK CONTRAST. WHILE 2014 WAS COOL
AND WET, THIS MARCH WAS VERY WARM AND DRY. MANY LOCATIONS RANKED
AMONG THEIR SECOND OR THIRD WARMEST MARCHS OF RECORD. BOZEMAN AND
HAVRE HAD THEIR THIRD WARMEST MARCH OF RECORD, WHILE OTHER LOCATIONS
WERE SECOND WARMEST. AT CUT BANK, GREAT FALLS AND HAVRE, THIS WAS
THE WARMEST MARCH SINCE 1986. WHILE AT LEWISTOWN AND HELENA, THIS
WAS THE WARMEST SINCE 2010. AT DILLON, THE FIRST THREE MONTHS HAVE
AVERAGED THE WARMEST SUCH PERIOD OF RECORD. THE OLD RECORD FOR THIS
PERIOD WAS IN 1992, WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 34.6 DEGREES.
DILLON HAS ALSO RECORDED 14 RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES SO FAR THIS
YEAR. THIS WARMTH IS CONSISTENT ACROSS SOUTHWEST MONTANA. EVEN
WISDOM HAS HAD 13 RECORD WARM HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS YEAR.

ALL AREAS IN SOUTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA HAD TEMPERATURE
AVERAGES ABOVE NORMAL. DEPARTURES RANGED FROM 1.9 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, TO 9.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT
LEWISTOWN. GREAT FALLS CITY RECORDED THE WARMEST AREA AVERAGE, 45.6
DEGREES, WHILE THE COOLEST MARCH AVERAGE WAS AT YELLOW MULE, 27.1
DEGREES. THE MARCH TEMPERATURE EXTREMES WERE 80 AT LOMA ON THE 28TH
AND -23 AT WHISKEY CREEK ON THE 4TH. THE TEMPERATURE RANGE OF 82
DEGREES AT GREAT FALLS WAS THE LARGEST RANGE IN MARCH SINCE 2003.
ALSO, THIS IS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES.

PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL. MANY POINTS RANKED AMONG THEIR 10
DRIEST MARCHS OF RECORD. GREAT FALLS, WITH ONLY 0.09-INCHES, WAS THE
SECOND DRIEST OF RECORD, EXCEEDED ONLY BY MARCH 1916. THE WETTEST
LOCATION WAS ST MARY, WHERE 3.07-INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL. FOR
THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR, THIS HAS BEEN THE THIRD DRIEST
AT BOZEMAN, DILLON AND GREAT FALLS. AT DILLON, THIS IS THE DRIEST
SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1964, WHILE AT GREAT FALLS, ITS BEEN SINCE 2004.
AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, WHERE ONLY 2.52-INCHES HAS FALLEN SINCE JANUARY
1, THIS IS THE DRIEST SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1979.

AS WITH PRECIPITATION, SNOWFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL. HAVRE AND HELENA
RECORDED ONLY A TRACE FOR THE MONTH, WHILE WEST YELLOWSTONE HAD ONLY
3.5 INCHES. THESE WERE THE LOWEST MONTHLY SNOWFALLS SINCE 1993 AT
BOZEMAN, AND 1986 AT GREAT FALLS. FOR THE YEAR-TO-DATE, THIS IS THE
4TH LOWEST VALUE AT DILLON AND SECOND LOWEST AT WEST YELLOWSTONE.
THIS IS THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF SNOW FOR THE YEAR AT WEST YELLOWSTONE
SINCE 1931. FOR THE WATER-YEAR, 73-INCHES OF SNOW AT WEST
YELLOWSTONE IS THE LOWEST AMOUNT SINCE 1977.

WINDS WERE GENERALLY STRONGER THAN NORMAL. THE STRONGEST WIND
AVERAGE WAS AT DEEP CREEK RAWS, WITH AN AVERAGE OF 24.5 MPH. AT
LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS, TWO MEDICINE HAD AN AVERAGE OF 15.6 MPH
AND CUT BANK RECORDED AN AVERAGE OF 15.3 MPH. THE HIGHEST AREA GUST
WAS ON THE 28TH WHEN STRONG WINDS BEHIND A COLD FRONT PRODUCED MANY
GUSTS OVER 70 MPH. THE PEAK WAS 81 MPH NEAR STANFORD.

RECORDS FOR BOZEMAN BEGAN IN 1935, CUT BANK BEGAN IN 1903, DILLON
BEGAN IN 1939, GREAT FALLS BEGAN IN 1891, HAVRE AND HELENA BEGAN
IN 1880, AND LEWISTOWN BEGAN IN 1896. WEST YELLOWSTONE RECORDS BEGAN
IN 1905 AND WINDS BEGAN IN 2010. THE NORMAL PERIOD FOR ALL ELEMENTS
IS 1981 TO 2010.

THESE DATA ARE PRELIMINARY AND HAVE NOT UNDERGONE FINAL QC BY NCDC.
THEREFORE THESE DATA ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION. FINAL AND CERTIFIED
CLIMATE DATA CAN BE ACCESSED AT THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER
AT WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV

$$
&&

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
8405 AM MDT MON APR 1 2015

...MARCH 2015 AND JAN-MAR SEASONAL WEATHER SUMMARY FOR NORTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA...

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...DEGREES FAHRENHEIT...
             MAR   NORM   RANK          JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN......40.4..34.1... 3RD WARMEST   32.3....26.6... 2ND WARMEST
CUT BANK.....39.8..31.5... 2ND WARMEST   30.7....25.9... 4TH WARMEST
DILLON.......41.5..34.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.6....27.7... 1ST WARMEST
GREAT FALLS..43.6..34.2... 2ND WARMEST   33.8....28.9...10TH WARMEST
HAVRE........41.2..32.8... 3RD WARMEST   29.0....24.3...13TH WARMEST
HELENA.......44.7..36.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.5....29.0... 2ND WARMEST
LEWISTOWN....42.4..32.9... 2ND WARMEST   32.8....27.4... 6TH WARMEST
W YELLOWSTON.27.6..24.6...13TH WARMEST   22.1....17.4... 5TH WARMEST

PRECIPITATION...INCHES...
              MAR   NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN.......0.47..0.94... 9TH DRIEST   0.84....1.90... 3RD DRIEST
CUT BANK......0.25..0.50...35TH DRIEST   1.14....0.91...45TH WETTEST
DILLON........0.15..0.54... 6TH DRIEST   0.34....1.04... 3RD DRIEST
GREAT FALLS...0.09..0.91... 2ND WETTEST  1.49....1.89... 3RD DRIEST
HAVRE.........0.53..0.54...60TH WETTEST  2.16....1.15...24TH WETTEST
HELENA........0.15..0.59...12TH DRIEST   1.17....1.25...31ST DRIEST
LEWISTOWN.....0.27..0.99... 7TH DRIEST   1.77....2.00...36TH DRIEST
W YELLOWSTONE.0.38..1.63... 5TH DRIEST   2.52....5.17... 5TH DRIEST

SNOWFALL...INCHES...
               MAR  NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN MSU... 6.5..14.9...10TH LOWEST   19.8....39.3... 6TH LOWEST
CUT BANK...... 3.7.. 7.4...39TH LOWEST   18.6....17.4...40TH LOWEST
DILLON........ 4.0.. 9.0...47TH LOWEST    5.2....17.6... 4TH LOWEST
GREAT FALLS... 0.8..11.9... 2ND LOWEST   23.5....28.7...31ST LOWEST
HAVRE.........   T.. 6.3... 4TH LOWEST   15.9....18.9...47TH LOWEST
HELENA........   T.. 6.2... 2ND LOWEST    9.1....17.4...10TH LOWEST
W YELLOWSTONE. 3.5..19.2... 8TH LOWEST   26.1....75.8... 2ND LOWEST

AVERAGE WIND SPEED...MPH...
              MAR   NORM   RANK         JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN.......6.1....6.2...20TH CALMEST   5.3.... 5.2...17TH CALMEST
CUT BANK.....15.3...13.6...16TH WINDIEST 14.5....13.5...28TH WINDIEST
DILLON.......11.0...10.2...19TH WINDIEST 10.2.... 9.9...30TH WINDIEST
GREAT FALLS..13.4...12.2...25TH WINDIEST 12.6....12.5...25TH CALMEST
HAVRE........11.4...10.4... 8TH WINDIEST 11.1....10.1... 8TH WINDIEST
HELENA....... 8.0....7.5...60TH CALMEST   6.4.... 6.2...26TH CALMEST
LEWISTOWN....10.3...10.0 ..29TH WINDIEST  9.9.... 9.9...27TH CALMEST

WITH GENERAL RIDGING ALOFT, MONTANA EXPERIENCED WARM AND DRY
CONDITIONS IN MARCH. A STRONGER-THAN-NORMAL RIDGE ANCHORED ALONG THE
WEST COAST BROUGHT SUSTAINED WEST-NORTHWESTERLY FLOW ALOFT TO THE
STATE.

MARCH OF 2014 AND 2015 WERE IN STARK CONTRAST. WHILE 2014 WAS COOL
AND WET, THIS MARCH WAS VERY WARM AND DRY. MANY LOCATIONS RANKED
AMONG THEIR SECOND OR THIRD WARMEST MARCHS OF RECORD. BOZEMAN AND
HAVRE HAD THEIR THIRD WARMEST MARCH OF RECORD, WHILE OTHER LOCATIONS
WERE SECOND WARMEST. AT CUT BANK, GREAT FALLS AND HAVRE, THIS WAS
THE WARMEST MARCH SINCE 1986. WHILE AT LEWISTOWN AND HELENA, THIS
WAS THE WARMEST SINCE 2010. AT DILLON, THE FIRST THREE MONTHS HAVE
AVERAGED THE WARMEST SUCH PERIOD OF RECORD. THE OLD RECORD FOR THIS
PERIOD WAS IN 1992, WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 34.6 DEGREES.
DILLON HAS ALSO RECORDED 14 RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES SO FAR THIS
YEAR. THIS WARMTH IS CONSISTENT ACROSS SOUTHWEST MONTANA. EVEN
WISDOM HAS HAD 13 RECORD WARM HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS YEAR.

ALL AREAS IN SOUTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA HAD TEMPERATURE
AVERAGES ABOVE NORMAL. DEPARTURES RANGED FROM 1.9 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, TO 9.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT
LEWISTOWN. GREAT FALLS CITY RECORDED THE WARMEST AREA AVERAGE, 45.6
DEGREES, WHILE THE COOLEST MARCH AVERAGE WAS AT YELLOW MULE, 27.1
DEGREES. THE MARCH TEMPERATURE EXTREMES WERE 80 AT LOMA ON THE 28TH
AND -23 AT WHISKEY CREEK ON THE 4TH. THE TEMPERATURE RANGE OF 82
DEGREES AT GREAT FALLS WAS THE LARGEST RANGE IN MARCH SINCE 2003.
ALSO, THIS IS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES.

PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL. MANY POINTS RANKED AMONG THEIR 10
DRIEST MARCHS OF RECORD. GREAT FALLS, WITH ONLY 0.09-INCHES, WAS THE
SECOND DRIEST OF RECORD, EXCEEDED ONLY BY MARCH 1916. THE WETTEST
LOCATION WAS ST MARY, WHERE 3.07-INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL. FOR
THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR, THIS HAS BEEN THE THIRD DRIEST
AT BOZEMAN, DILLON AND GREAT FALLS. AT DILLON, THIS IS THE DRIEST
SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1964, WHILE AT GREAT FALLS, ITS BEEN SINCE 2004.
AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, WHERE ONLY 2.52-INCHES HAS FALLEN SINCE JANUARY
1, THIS IS THE DRIEST SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1979.

AS WITH PRECIPITATION, SNOWFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL. HAVRE AND HELENA
RECORDED ONLY A TRACE FOR THE MONTH, WHILE WEST YELLOWSTONE HAD ONLY
3.5 INCHES. THESE WERE THE LOWEST MONTHLY SNOWFALLS SINCE 1993 AT
BOZEMAN, AND 1986 AT GREAT FALLS. FOR THE YEAR-TO-DATE, THIS IS THE
4TH LOWEST VALUE AT DILLON AND SECOND LOWEST AT WEST YELLOWSTONE.
THIS IS THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF SNOW FOR THE YEAR AT WEST YELLOWSTONE
SINCE 1931. FOR THE WATER-YEAR, 73-INCHES OF SNOW AT WEST
YELLOWSTONE IS THE LOWEST AMOUNT SINCE 1977.

WINDS WERE GENERALLY STRONGER THAN NORMAL. THE STRONGEST WIND
AVERAGE WAS AT DEEP CREEK RAWS, WITH AN AVERAGE OF 24.5 MPH. AT
LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS, TWO MEDICINE HAD AN AVERAGE OF 15.6 MPH
AND CUT BANK RECORDED AN AVERAGE OF 15.3 MPH. THE HIGHEST AREA GUST
WAS ON THE 28TH WHEN STRONG WINDS BEHIND A COLD FRONT PRODUCED MANY
GUSTS OVER 70 MPH. THE PEAK WAS 81 MPH NEAR STANFORD.

RECORDS FOR BOZEMAN BEGAN IN 1935, CUT BANK BEGAN IN 1903, DILLON
BEGAN IN 1939, GREAT FALLS BEGAN IN 1891, HAVRE AND HELENA BEGAN
IN 1880, AND LEWISTOWN BEGAN IN 1896. WEST YELLOWSTONE RECORDS BEGAN
IN 1905 AND WINDS BEGAN IN 2010. THE NORMAL PERIOD FOR ALL ELEMENTS
IS 1981 TO 2010.

THESE DATA ARE PRELIMINARY AND HAVE NOT UNDERGONE FINAL QC BY NCDC.
THEREFORE THESE DATA ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION. FINAL AND CERTIFIED
CLIMATE DATA CAN BE ACCESSED AT THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER
AT WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV

$$
&&

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
8405 AM MDT MON APR 1 2015

...MARCH 2015 AND JAN-MAR SEASONAL WEATHER SUMMARY FOR NORTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA...

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...DEGREES FAHRENHEIT...
             MAR   NORM   RANK          JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN......40.4..34.1... 3RD WARMEST   32.3....26.6... 2ND WARMEST
CUT BANK.....39.8..31.5... 2ND WARMEST   30.7....25.9... 4TH WARMEST
DILLON.......41.5..34.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.6....27.7... 1ST WARMEST
GREAT FALLS..43.6..34.2... 2ND WARMEST   33.8....28.9...10TH WARMEST
HAVRE........41.2..32.8... 3RD WARMEST   29.0....24.3...13TH WARMEST
HELENA.......44.7..36.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.5....29.0... 2ND WARMEST
LEWISTOWN....42.4..32.9... 2ND WARMEST   32.8....27.4... 6TH WARMEST
W YELLOWSTON.27.6..24.6...13TH WARMEST   22.1....17.4... 5TH WARMEST

PRECIPITATION...INCHES...
              MAR   NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN.......0.47..0.94... 9TH DRIEST   0.84....1.90... 3RD DRIEST
CUT BANK......0.25..0.50...35TH DRIEST   1.14....0.91...45TH WETTEST
DILLON........0.15..0.54... 6TH DRIEST   0.34....1.04... 3RD DRIEST
GREAT FALLS...0.09..0.91... 2ND WETTEST  1.49....1.89... 3RD DRIEST
HAVRE.........0.53..0.54...60TH WETTEST  2.16....1.15...24TH WETTEST
HELENA........0.15..0.59...12TH DRIEST   1.17....1.25...31ST DRIEST
LEWISTOWN.....0.27..0.99... 7TH DRIEST   1.77....2.00...36TH DRIEST
W YELLOWSTONE.0.38..1.63... 5TH DRIEST   2.52....5.17... 5TH DRIEST

SNOWFALL...INCHES...
               MAR  NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN MSU... 6.5..14.9...10TH LOWEST   19.8....39.3... 6TH LOWEST
CUT BANK...... 3.7.. 7.4...39TH LOWEST   18.6....17.4...40TH LOWEST
DILLON........ 4.0.. 9.0...47TH LOWEST    5.2....17.6... 4TH LOWEST
GREAT FALLS... 0.8..11.9... 2ND LOWEST   23.5....28.7...31ST LOWEST
HAVRE.........   T.. 6.3... 4TH LOWEST   15.9....18.9...47TH LOWEST
HELENA........   T.. 6.2... 2ND LOWEST    9.1....17.4...10TH LOWEST
W YELLOWSTONE. 3.5..19.2... 8TH LOWEST   26.1....75.8... 2ND LOWEST

AVERAGE WIND SPEED...MPH...
              MAR   NORM   RANK         JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN.......6.1....6.2...20TH CALMEST   5.3.... 5.2...17TH CALMEST
CUT BANK.....15.3...13.6...16TH WINDIEST 14.5....13.5...28TH WINDIEST
DILLON.......11.0...10.2...19TH WINDIEST 10.2.... 9.9...30TH WINDIEST
GREAT FALLS..13.4...12.2...25TH WINDIEST 12.6....12.5...25TH CALMEST
HAVRE........11.4...10.4... 8TH WINDIEST 11.1....10.1... 8TH WINDIEST
HELENA....... 8.0....7.5...60TH CALMEST   6.4.... 6.2...26TH CALMEST
LEWISTOWN....10.3...10.0 ..29TH WINDIEST  9.9.... 9.9...27TH CALMEST

WITH GENERAL RIDGING ALOFT, MONTANA EXPERIENCED WARM AND DRY
CONDITIONS IN MARCH. A STRONGER-THAN-NORMAL RIDGE ANCHORED ALONG THE
WEST COAST BROUGHT SUSTAINED WEST-NORTHWESTERLY FLOW ALOFT TO THE
STATE.

MARCH OF 2014 AND 2015 WERE IN STARK CONTRAST. WHILE 2014 WAS COOL
AND WET, THIS MARCH WAS VERY WARM AND DRY. MANY LOCATIONS RANKED
AMONG THEIR SECOND OR THIRD WARMEST MARCHS OF RECORD. BOZEMAN AND
HAVRE HAD THEIR THIRD WARMEST MARCH OF RECORD, WHILE OTHER LOCATIONS
WERE SECOND WARMEST. AT CUT BANK, GREAT FALLS AND HAVRE, THIS WAS
THE WARMEST MARCH SINCE 1986. WHILE AT LEWISTOWN AND HELENA, THIS
WAS THE WARMEST SINCE 2010. AT DILLON, THE FIRST THREE MONTHS HAVE
AVERAGED THE WARMEST SUCH PERIOD OF RECORD. THE OLD RECORD FOR THIS
PERIOD WAS IN 1992, WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 34.6 DEGREES.
DILLON HAS ALSO RECORDED 14 RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES SO FAR THIS
YEAR. THIS WARMTH IS CONSISTENT ACROSS SOUTHWEST MONTANA. EVEN
WISDOM HAS HAD 13 RECORD WARM HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS YEAR.

ALL AREAS IN SOUTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA HAD TEMPERATURE
AVERAGES ABOVE NORMAL. DEPARTURES RANGED FROM 1.9 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, TO 9.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT
LEWISTOWN. GREAT FALLS CITY RECORDED THE WARMEST AREA AVERAGE, 45.6
DEGREES, WHILE THE COOLEST MARCH AVERAGE WAS AT YELLOW MULE, 27.1
DEGREES. THE MARCH TEMPERATURE EXTREMES WERE 80 AT LOMA ON THE 28TH
AND -23 AT WHISKEY CREEK ON THE 4TH. THE TEMPERATURE RANGE OF 82
DEGREES AT GREAT FALLS WAS THE LARGEST RANGE IN MARCH SINCE 2003.
ALSO, THIS IS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES.

PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL. MANY POINTS RANKED AMONG THEIR 10
DRIEST MARCHS OF RECORD. GREAT FALLS, WITH ONLY 0.09-INCHES, WAS THE
SECOND DRIEST OF RECORD, EXCEEDED ONLY BY MARCH 1916. THE WETTEST
LOCATION WAS ST MARY, WHERE 3.07-INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL. FOR
THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR, THIS HAS BEEN THE THIRD DRIEST
AT BOZEMAN, DILLON AND GREAT FALLS. AT DILLON, THIS IS THE DRIEST
SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1964, WHILE AT GREAT FALLS, ITS BEEN SINCE 2004.
AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, WHERE ONLY 2.52-INCHES HAS FALLEN SINCE JANUARY
1, THIS IS THE DRIEST SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1979.

AS WITH PRECIPITATION, SNOWFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL. HAVRE AND HELENA
RECORDED ONLY A TRACE FOR THE MONTH, WHILE WEST YELLOWSTONE HAD ONLY
3.5 INCHES. THESE WERE THE LOWEST MONTHLY SNOWFALLS SINCE 1993 AT
BOZEMAN, AND 1986 AT GREAT FALLS. FOR THE YEAR-TO-DATE, THIS IS THE
4TH LOWEST VALUE AT DILLON AND SECOND LOWEST AT WEST YELLOWSTONE.
THIS IS THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF SNOW FOR THE YEAR AT WEST YELLOWSTONE
SINCE 1931. FOR THE WATER-YEAR, 73-INCHES OF SNOW AT WEST
YELLOWSTONE IS THE LOWEST AMOUNT SINCE 1977.

WINDS WERE GENERALLY STRONGER THAN NORMAL. THE STRONGEST WIND
AVERAGE WAS AT DEEP CREEK RAWS, WITH AN AVERAGE OF 24.5 MPH. AT
LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS, TWO MEDICINE HAD AN AVERAGE OF 15.6 MPH
AND CUT BANK RECORDED AN AVERAGE OF 15.3 MPH. THE HIGHEST AREA GUST
WAS ON THE 28TH WHEN STRONG WINDS BEHIND A COLD FRONT PRODUCED MANY
GUSTS OVER 70 MPH. THE PEAK WAS 81 MPH NEAR STANFORD.

RECORDS FOR BOZEMAN BEGAN IN 1935, CUT BANK BEGAN IN 1903, DILLON
BEGAN IN 1939, GREAT FALLS BEGAN IN 1891, HAVRE AND HELENA BEGAN
IN 1880, AND LEWISTOWN BEGAN IN 1896. WEST YELLOWSTONE RECORDS BEGAN
IN 1905 AND WINDS BEGAN IN 2010. THE NORMAL PERIOD FOR ALL ELEMENTS
IS 1981 TO 2010.

THESE DATA ARE PRELIMINARY AND HAVE NOT UNDERGONE FINAL QC BY NCDC.
THEREFORE THESE DATA ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION. FINAL AND CERTIFIED
CLIMATE DATA CAN BE ACCESSED AT THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER
AT WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV

$$
&&

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000
NOUS45 KTFX 011442
PNSTFX
MTZ008>015-044>055-101800-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
8405 AM MDT MON APR 1 2015

...MARCH 2015 AND JAN-MAR SEASONAL WEATHER SUMMARY FOR NORTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA...

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...DEGREES FAHRENHEIT...
             MAR   NORM   RANK          JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN......40.4..34.1... 3RD WARMEST   32.3....26.6... 2ND WARMEST
CUT BANK.....39.8..31.5... 2ND WARMEST   30.7....25.9... 4TH WARMEST
DILLON.......41.5..34.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.6....27.7... 1ST WARMEST
GREAT FALLS..43.6..34.2... 2ND WARMEST   33.8....28.9...10TH WARMEST
HAVRE........41.2..32.8... 3RD WARMEST   29.0....24.3...13TH WARMEST
HELENA.......44.7..36.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.5....29.0... 2ND WARMEST
LEWISTOWN....42.4..32.9... 2ND WARMEST   32.8....27.4... 6TH WARMEST
W YELLOWSTON.27.6..24.6...13TH WARMEST   22.1....17.4... 5TH WARMEST

PRECIPITATION...INCHES...
              MAR   NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN.......0.47..0.94... 9TH DRIEST   0.84....1.90... 3RD DRIEST
CUT BANK......0.25..0.50...35TH DRIEST   1.14....0.91...45TH WETTEST
DILLON........0.15..0.54... 6TH DRIEST   0.34....1.04... 3RD DRIEST
GREAT FALLS...0.09..0.91... 2ND WETTEST  1.49....1.89... 3RD DRIEST
HAVRE.........0.53..0.54...60TH WETTEST  2.16....1.15...24TH WETTEST
HELENA........0.15..0.59...12TH DRIEST   1.17....1.25...31ST DRIEST
LEWISTOWN.....0.27..0.99... 7TH DRIEST   1.77....2.00...36TH DRIEST
W YELLOWSTONE.0.38..1.63... 5TH DRIEST   2.52....5.17... 5TH DRIEST

SNOWFALL...INCHES...
               MAR  NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN MSU... 6.5..14.9...10TH LOWEST   19.8....39.3... 6TH LOWEST
CUT BANK...... 3.7.. 7.4...39TH LOWEST   18.6....17.4...40TH LOWEST
DILLON........ 4.0.. 9.0...47TH LOWEST    5.2....17.6... 4TH LOWEST
GREAT FALLS... 0.8..11.9... 2ND LOWEST   23.5....28.7...31ST LOWEST
HAVRE.........   T.. 6.3... 4TH LOWEST   15.9....18.9...47TH LOWEST
HELENA........   T.. 6.2... 2ND LOWEST    9.1....17.4...10TH LOWEST
W YELLOWSTONE. 3.5..19.2... 8TH LOWEST   26.1....75.8... 2ND LOWEST

AVERAGE WIND SPEED...MPH...
              MAR   NORM   RANK         JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN.......6.1....6.2...20TH CALMEST   5.3.... 5.2...17TH CALMEST
CUT BANK.....15.3...13.6...16TH WINDIEST 14.5....13.5...28TH WINDIEST
DILLON.......11.0...10.2...19TH WINDIEST 10.2.... 9.9...30TH WINDIEST
GREAT FALLS..13.4...12.2...25TH WINDIEST 12.6....12.5...25TH CALMEST
HAVRE........11.4...10.4... 8TH WINDIEST 11.1....10.1... 8TH WINDIEST
HELENA....... 8.0....7.5...60TH CALMEST   6.4.... 6.2...26TH CALMEST
LEWISTOWN....10.3...10.0 ..29TH WINDIEST  9.9.... 9.9...27TH CALMEST

WITH GENERAL RIDGING ALOFT, MONTANA EXPERIENCED WARM AND DRY
CONDITIONS IN MARCH. A STRONGER-THAN-NORMAL RIDGE ANCHORED ALONG THE
WEST COAST BROUGHT SUSTAINED WEST-NORTHWESTERLY FLOW ALOFT TO THE
STATE.

MARCH OF 2014 AND 2015 WERE IN STARK CONTRAST. WHILE 2014 WAS COOL
AND WET, THIS MARCH WAS VERY WARM AND DRY. MANY LOCATIONS RANKED
AMONG THEIR SECOND OR THIRD WARMEST MARCHS OF RECORD. BOZEMAN AND
HAVRE HAD THEIR THIRD WARMEST MARCH OF RECORD, WHILE OTHER LOCATIONS
WERE SECOND WARMEST. AT CUT BANK, GREAT FALLS AND HAVRE, THIS WAS
THE WARMEST MARCH SINCE 1986. WHILE AT LEWISTOWN AND HELENA, THIS
WAS THE WARMEST SINCE 2010. AT DILLON, THE FIRST THREE MONTHS HAVE
AVERAGED THE WARMEST SUCH PERIOD OF RECORD. THE OLD RECORD FOR THIS
PERIOD WAS IN 1992, WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 34.6 DEGREES.
DILLON HAS ALSO RECORDED 14 RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES SO FAR THIS
YEAR. THIS WARMTH IS CONSISTENT ACROSS SOUTHWEST MONTANA. EVEN
WISDOM HAS HAD 13 RECORD WARM HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS YEAR.

ALL AREAS IN SOUTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA HAD TEMPERATURE
AVERAGES ABOVE NORMAL. DEPARTURES RANGED FROM 1.9 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, TO 9.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT
LEWISTOWN. GREAT FALLS CITY RECORDED THE WARMEST AREA AVERAGE, 45.6
DEGREES, WHILE THE COOLEST MARCH AVERAGE WAS AT YELLOW MULE, 27.1
DEGREES. THE MARCH TEMPERATURE EXTREMES WERE 80 AT LOMA ON THE 28TH
AND -23 AT WHISKEY CREEK ON THE 4TH. THE TEMPERATURE RANGE OF 82
DEGREES AT GREAT FALLS WAS THE LARGEST RANGE IN MARCH SINCE 2003.
ALSO, THIS IS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES.

PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL. MANY POINTS RANKED AMONG THEIR 10
DRIEST MARCHS OF RECORD. GREAT FALLS, WITH ONLY 0.09-INCHES, WAS THE
SECOND DRIEST OF RECORD, EXCEEDED ONLY BY MARCH 1916. THE WETTEST
LOCATION WAS ST MARY, WHERE 3.07-INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL. FOR
THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR, THIS HAS BEEN THE THIRD DRIEST
AT BOZEMAN, DILLON AND GREAT FALLS. AT DILLON, THIS IS THE DRIEST
SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1964, WHILE AT GREAT FALLS, ITS BEEN SINCE 2004.
AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, WHERE ONLY 2.52-INCHES HAS FALLEN SINCE JANUARY
1, THIS IS THE DRIEST SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1979.

AS WITH PRECIPITATION, SNOWFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL. HAVRE AND HELENA
RECORDED ONLY A TRACE FOR THE MONTH, WHILE WEST YELLOWSTONE HAD ONLY
3.5 INCHES. THESE WERE THE LOWEST MONTHLY SNOWFALLS SINCE 1993 AT
BOZEMAN, AND 1986 AT GREAT FALLS. FOR THE YEAR-TO-DATE, THIS IS THE
4TH LOWEST VALUE AT DILLON AND SECOND LOWEST AT WEST YELLOWSTONE.
THIS IS THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF SNOW FOR THE YEAR AT WEST YELLOWSTONE
SINCE 1931. FOR THE WATER-YEAR, 73-INCHES OF SNOW AT WEST
YELLOWSTONE IS THE LOWEST AMOUNT SINCE 1977.

WINDS WERE GENERALLY STRONGER THAN NORMAL. THE STRONGEST WIND
AVERAGE WAS AT DEEP CREEK RAWS, WITH AN AVERAGE OF 24.5 MPH. AT
LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS, TWO MEDICINE HAD AN AVERAGE OF 15.6 MPH
AND CUT BANK RECORDED AN AVERAGE OF 15.3 MPH. THE HIGHEST AREA GUST
WAS ON THE 28TH WHEN STRONG WINDS BEHIND A COLD FRONT PRODUCED MANY
GUSTS OVER 70 MPH. THE PEAK WAS 81 MPH NEAR STANFORD.

RECORDS FOR BOZEMAN BEGAN IN 1935, CUT BANK BEGAN IN 1903, DILLON
BEGAN IN 1939, GREAT FALLS BEGAN IN 1891, HAVRE AND HELENA BEGAN
IN 1880, AND LEWISTOWN BEGAN IN 1896. WEST YELLOWSTONE RECORDS BEGAN
IN 1905 AND WINDS BEGAN IN 2010. THE NORMAL PERIOD FOR ALL ELEMENTS
IS 1981 TO 2010.

THESE DATA ARE PRELIMINARY AND HAVE NOT UNDERGONE FINAL QC BY NCDC.
THEREFORE THESE DATA ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION. FINAL AND CERTIFIED
CLIMATE DATA CAN BE ACCESSED AT THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER
AT WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV

$$
&&









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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
8405 AM MDT MON APR 1 2015

...MARCH 2015 AND JAN-MAR SEASONAL WEATHER SUMMARY FOR NORTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA...

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...DEGREES FAHRENHEIT...
             MAR   NORM   RANK          JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN......40.4..34.1... 3RD WARMEST   32.3....26.6... 2ND WARMEST
CUT BANK.....39.8..31.5... 2ND WARMEST   30.7....25.9... 4TH WARMEST
DILLON.......41.5..34.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.6....27.7... 1ST WARMEST
GREAT FALLS..43.6..34.2... 2ND WARMEST   33.8....28.9...10TH WARMEST
HAVRE........41.2..32.8... 3RD WARMEST   29.0....24.3...13TH WARMEST
HELENA.......44.7..36.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.5....29.0... 2ND WARMEST
LEWISTOWN....42.4..32.9... 2ND WARMEST   32.8....27.4... 6TH WARMEST
W YELLOWSTON.27.6..24.6...13TH WARMEST   22.1....17.4... 5TH WARMEST

PRECIPITATION...INCHES...
              MAR   NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN.......0.47..0.94... 9TH DRIEST   0.84....1.90... 3RD DRIEST
CUT BANK......0.25..0.50...35TH DRIEST   1.14....0.91...45TH WETTEST
DILLON........0.15..0.54... 6TH DRIEST   0.34....1.04... 3RD DRIEST
GREAT FALLS...0.09..0.91... 2ND WETTEST  1.49....1.89... 3RD DRIEST
HAVRE.........0.53..0.54...60TH WETTEST  2.16....1.15...24TH WETTEST
HELENA........0.15..0.59...12TH DRIEST   1.17....1.25...31ST DRIEST
LEWISTOWN.....0.27..0.99... 7TH DRIEST   1.77....2.00...36TH DRIEST
W YELLOWSTONE.0.38..1.63... 5TH DRIEST   2.52....5.17... 5TH DRIEST

SNOWFALL...INCHES...
               MAR  NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN MSU... 6.5..14.9...10TH LOWEST   19.8....39.3... 6TH LOWEST
CUT BANK...... 3.7.. 7.4...39TH LOWEST   18.6....17.4...40TH LOWEST
DILLON........ 4.0.. 9.0...47TH LOWEST    5.2....17.6... 4TH LOWEST
GREAT FALLS... 0.8..11.9... 2ND LOWEST   23.5....28.7...31ST LOWEST
HAVRE.........   T.. 6.3... 4TH LOWEST   15.9....18.9...47TH LOWEST
HELENA........   T.. 6.2... 2ND LOWEST    9.1....17.4...10TH LOWEST
W YELLOWSTONE. 3.5..19.2... 8TH LOWEST   26.1....75.8... 2ND LOWEST

AVERAGE WIND SPEED...MPH...
              MAR   NORM   RANK         JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN.......6.1....6.2...20TH CALMEST   5.3.... 5.2...17TH CALMEST
CUT BANK.....15.3...13.6...16TH WINDIEST 14.5....13.5...28TH WINDIEST
DILLON.......11.0...10.2...19TH WINDIEST 10.2.... 9.9...30TH WINDIEST
GREAT FALLS..13.4...12.2...25TH WINDIEST 12.6....12.5...25TH CALMEST
HAVRE........11.4...10.4... 8TH WINDIEST 11.1....10.1... 8TH WINDIEST
HELENA....... 8.0....7.5...60TH CALMEST   6.4.... 6.2...26TH CALMEST
LEWISTOWN....10.3...10.0 ..29TH WINDIEST  9.9.... 9.9...27TH CALMEST

WITH GENERAL RIDGING ALOFT, MONTANA EXPERIENCED WARM AND DRY
CONDITIONS IN MARCH. A STRONGER-THAN-NORMAL RIDGE ANCHORED ALONG THE
WEST COAST BROUGHT SUSTAINED WEST-NORTHWESTERLY FLOW ALOFT TO THE
STATE.

MARCH OF 2014 AND 2015 WERE IN STARK CONTRAST. WHILE 2014 WAS COOL
AND WET, THIS MARCH WAS VERY WARM AND DRY. MANY LOCATIONS RANKED
AMONG THEIR SECOND OR THIRD WARMEST MARCHS OF RECORD. BOZEMAN AND
HAVRE HAD THEIR THIRD WARMEST MARCH OF RECORD, WHILE OTHER LOCATIONS
WERE SECOND WARMEST. AT CUT BANK, GREAT FALLS AND HAVRE, THIS WAS
THE WARMEST MARCH SINCE 1986. WHILE AT LEWISTOWN AND HELENA, THIS
WAS THE WARMEST SINCE 2010. AT DILLON, THE FIRST THREE MONTHS HAVE
AVERAGED THE WARMEST SUCH PERIOD OF RECORD. THE OLD RECORD FOR THIS
PERIOD WAS IN 1992, WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 34.6 DEGREES.
DILLON HAS ALSO RECORDED 14 RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES SO FAR THIS
YEAR. THIS WARMTH IS CONSISTENT ACROSS SOUTHWEST MONTANA. EVEN
WISDOM HAS HAD 13 RECORD WARM HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS YEAR.

ALL AREAS IN SOUTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA HAD TEMPERATURE
AVERAGES ABOVE NORMAL. DEPARTURES RANGED FROM 1.9 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, TO 9.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT
LEWISTOWN. GREAT FALLS CITY RECORDED THE WARMEST AREA AVERAGE, 45.6
DEGREES, WHILE THE COOLEST MARCH AVERAGE WAS AT YELLOW MULE, 27.1
DEGREES. THE MARCH TEMPERATURE EXTREMES WERE 80 AT LOMA ON THE 28TH
AND -23 AT WHISKEY CREEK ON THE 4TH. THE TEMPERATURE RANGE OF 82
DEGREES AT GREAT FALLS WAS THE LARGEST RANGE IN MARCH SINCE 2003.
ALSO, THIS IS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES.

PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL. MANY POINTS RANKED AMONG THEIR 10
DRIEST MARCHS OF RECORD. GREAT FALLS, WITH ONLY 0.09-INCHES, WAS THE
SECOND DRIEST OF RECORD, EXCEEDED ONLY BY MARCH 1916. THE WETTEST
LOCATION WAS ST MARY, WHERE 3.07-INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL. FOR
THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR, THIS HAS BEEN THE THIRD DRIEST
AT BOZEMAN, DILLON AND GREAT FALLS. AT DILLON, THIS IS THE DRIEST
SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1964, WHILE AT GREAT FALLS, ITS BEEN SINCE 2004.
AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, WHERE ONLY 2.52-INCHES HAS FALLEN SINCE JANUARY
1, THIS IS THE DRIEST SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1979.

AS WITH PRECIPITATION, SNOWFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL. HAVRE AND HELENA
RECORDED ONLY A TRACE FOR THE MONTH, WHILE WEST YELLOWSTONE HAD ONLY
3.5 INCHES. THESE WERE THE LOWEST MONTHLY SNOWFALLS SINCE 1993 AT
BOZEMAN, AND 1986 AT GREAT FALLS. FOR THE YEAR-TO-DATE, THIS IS THE
4TH LOWEST VALUE AT DILLON AND SECOND LOWEST AT WEST YELLOWSTONE.
THIS IS THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF SNOW FOR THE YEAR AT WEST YELLOWSTONE
SINCE 1931. FOR THE WATER-YEAR, 73-INCHES OF SNOW AT WEST
YELLOWSTONE IS THE LOWEST AMOUNT SINCE 1977.

WINDS WERE GENERALLY STRONGER THAN NORMAL. THE STRONGEST WIND
AVERAGE WAS AT DEEP CREEK RAWS, WITH AN AVERAGE OF 24.5 MPH. AT
LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS, TWO MEDICINE HAD AN AVERAGE OF 15.6 MPH
AND CUT BANK RECORDED AN AVERAGE OF 15.3 MPH. THE HIGHEST AREA GUST
WAS ON THE 28TH WHEN STRONG WINDS BEHIND A COLD FRONT PRODUCED MANY
GUSTS OVER 70 MPH. THE PEAK WAS 81 MPH NEAR STANFORD.

RECORDS FOR BOZEMAN BEGAN IN 1935, CUT BANK BEGAN IN 1903, DILLON
BEGAN IN 1939, GREAT FALLS BEGAN IN 1891, HAVRE AND HELENA BEGAN
IN 1880, AND LEWISTOWN BEGAN IN 1896. WEST YELLOWSTONE RECORDS BEGAN
IN 1905 AND WINDS BEGAN IN 2010. THE NORMAL PERIOD FOR ALL ELEMENTS
IS 1981 TO 2010.

THESE DATA ARE PRELIMINARY AND HAVE NOT UNDERGONE FINAL QC BY NCDC.
THEREFORE THESE DATA ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION. FINAL AND CERTIFIED
CLIMATE DATA CAN BE ACCESSED AT THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER
AT WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV

$$
&&

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
8405 AM MDT MON APR 1 2015

...MARCH 2015 AND JAN-MAR SEASONAL WEATHER SUMMARY FOR NORTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA...

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...DEGREES FAHRENHEIT...
             MAR   NORM   RANK          JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN......40.4..34.1... 3RD WARMEST   32.3....26.6... 2ND WARMEST
CUT BANK.....39.8..31.5... 2ND WARMEST   30.7....25.9... 4TH WARMEST
DILLON.......41.5..34.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.6....27.7... 1ST WARMEST
GREAT FALLS..43.6..34.2... 2ND WARMEST   33.8....28.9...10TH WARMEST
HAVRE........41.2..32.8... 3RD WARMEST   29.0....24.3...13TH WARMEST
HELENA.......44.7..36.3... 2ND WARMEST   34.5....29.0... 2ND WARMEST
LEWISTOWN....42.4..32.9... 2ND WARMEST   32.8....27.4... 6TH WARMEST
W YELLOWSTON.27.6..24.6...13TH WARMEST   22.1....17.4... 5TH WARMEST

PRECIPITATION...INCHES...
              MAR   NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN.......0.47..0.94... 9TH DRIEST   0.84....1.90... 3RD DRIEST
CUT BANK......0.25..0.50...35TH DRIEST   1.14....0.91...45TH WETTEST
DILLON........0.15..0.54... 6TH DRIEST   0.34....1.04... 3RD DRIEST
GREAT FALLS...0.09..0.91... 2ND WETTEST  1.49....1.89... 3RD DRIEST
HAVRE.........0.53..0.54...60TH WETTEST  2.16....1.15...24TH WETTEST
HELENA........0.15..0.59...12TH DRIEST   1.17....1.25...31ST DRIEST
LEWISTOWN.....0.27..0.99... 7TH DRIEST   1.77....2.00...36TH DRIEST
W YELLOWSTONE.0.38..1.63... 5TH DRIEST   2.52....5.17... 5TH DRIEST

SNOWFALL...INCHES...
               MAR  NORM                JAN-MAR  NORM
BOZEMAN MSU... 6.5..14.9...10TH LOWEST   19.8....39.3... 6TH LOWEST
CUT BANK...... 3.7.. 7.4...39TH LOWEST   18.6....17.4...40TH LOWEST
DILLON........ 4.0.. 9.0...47TH LOWEST    5.2....17.6... 4TH LOWEST
GREAT FALLS... 0.8..11.9... 2ND LOWEST   23.5....28.7...31ST LOWEST
HAVRE.........   T.. 6.3... 4TH LOWEST   15.9....18.9...47TH LOWEST
HELENA........   T.. 6.2... 2ND LOWEST    9.1....17.4...10TH LOWEST
W YELLOWSTONE. 3.5..19.2... 8TH LOWEST   26.1....75.8... 2ND LOWEST

AVERAGE WIND SPEED...MPH...
              MAR   NORM   RANK         JAN-MAR  NORM   RANK
BOZEMAN.......6.1....6.2...20TH CALMEST   5.3.... 5.2...17TH CALMEST
CUT BANK.....15.3...13.6...16TH WINDIEST 14.5....13.5...28TH WINDIEST
DILLON.......11.0...10.2...19TH WINDIEST 10.2.... 9.9...30TH WINDIEST
GREAT FALLS..13.4...12.2...25TH WINDIEST 12.6....12.5...25TH CALMEST
HAVRE........11.4...10.4... 8TH WINDIEST 11.1....10.1... 8TH WINDIEST
HELENA....... 8.0....7.5...60TH CALMEST   6.4.... 6.2...26TH CALMEST
LEWISTOWN....10.3...10.0 ..29TH WINDIEST  9.9.... 9.9...27TH CALMEST

WITH GENERAL RIDGING ALOFT, MONTANA EXPERIENCED WARM AND DRY
CONDITIONS IN MARCH. A STRONGER-THAN-NORMAL RIDGE ANCHORED ALONG THE
WEST COAST BROUGHT SUSTAINED WEST-NORTHWESTERLY FLOW ALOFT TO THE
STATE.

MARCH OF 2014 AND 2015 WERE IN STARK CONTRAST. WHILE 2014 WAS COOL
AND WET, THIS MARCH WAS VERY WARM AND DRY. MANY LOCATIONS RANKED
AMONG THEIR SECOND OR THIRD WARMEST MARCHS OF RECORD. BOZEMAN AND
HAVRE HAD THEIR THIRD WARMEST MARCH OF RECORD, WHILE OTHER LOCATIONS
WERE SECOND WARMEST. AT CUT BANK, GREAT FALLS AND HAVRE, THIS WAS
THE WARMEST MARCH SINCE 1986. WHILE AT LEWISTOWN AND HELENA, THIS
WAS THE WARMEST SINCE 2010. AT DILLON, THE FIRST THREE MONTHS HAVE
AVERAGED THE WARMEST SUCH PERIOD OF RECORD. THE OLD RECORD FOR THIS
PERIOD WAS IN 1992, WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 34.6 DEGREES.
DILLON HAS ALSO RECORDED 14 RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES SO FAR THIS
YEAR. THIS WARMTH IS CONSISTENT ACROSS SOUTHWEST MONTANA. EVEN
WISDOM HAS HAD 13 RECORD WARM HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS YEAR.

ALL AREAS IN SOUTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA HAD TEMPERATURE
AVERAGES ABOVE NORMAL. DEPARTURES RANGED FROM 1.9 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, TO 9.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT
LEWISTOWN. GREAT FALLS CITY RECORDED THE WARMEST AREA AVERAGE, 45.6
DEGREES, WHILE THE COOLEST MARCH AVERAGE WAS AT YELLOW MULE, 27.1
DEGREES. THE MARCH TEMPERATURE EXTREMES WERE 80 AT LOMA ON THE 28TH
AND -23 AT WHISKEY CREEK ON THE 4TH. THE TEMPERATURE RANGE OF 82
DEGREES AT GREAT FALLS WAS THE LARGEST RANGE IN MARCH SINCE 2003.
ALSO, THIS IS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES.

PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL. MANY POINTS RANKED AMONG THEIR 10
DRIEST MARCHS OF RECORD. GREAT FALLS, WITH ONLY 0.09-INCHES, WAS THE
SECOND DRIEST OF RECORD, EXCEEDED ONLY BY MARCH 1916. THE WETTEST
LOCATION WAS ST MARY, WHERE 3.07-INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL. FOR
THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR, THIS HAS BEEN THE THIRD DRIEST
AT BOZEMAN, DILLON AND GREAT FALLS. AT DILLON, THIS IS THE DRIEST
SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1964, WHILE AT GREAT FALLS, ITS BEEN SINCE 2004.
AT WEST YELLOWSTONE, WHERE ONLY 2.52-INCHES HAS FALLEN SINCE JANUARY
1, THIS IS THE DRIEST SUCH PERIOD SINCE 1979.

AS WITH PRECIPITATION, SNOWFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL. HAVRE AND HELENA
RECORDED ONLY A TRACE FOR THE MONTH, WHILE WEST YELLOWSTONE HAD ONLY
3.5 INCHES. THESE WERE THE LOWEST MONTHLY SNOWFALLS SINCE 1993 AT
BOZEMAN, AND 1986 AT GREAT FALLS. FOR THE YEAR-TO-DATE, THIS IS THE
4TH LOWEST VALUE AT DILLON AND SECOND LOWEST AT WEST YELLOWSTONE.
THIS IS THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF SNOW FOR THE YEAR AT WEST YELLOWSTONE
SINCE 1931. FOR THE WATER-YEAR, 73-INCHES OF SNOW AT WEST
YELLOWSTONE IS THE LOWEST AMOUNT SINCE 1977.

WINDS WERE GENERALLY STRONGER THAN NORMAL. THE STRONGEST WIND
AVERAGE WAS AT DEEP CREEK RAWS, WITH AN AVERAGE OF 24.5 MPH. AT
LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS, TWO MEDICINE HAD AN AVERAGE OF 15.6 MPH
AND CUT BANK RECORDED AN AVERAGE OF 15.3 MPH. THE HIGHEST AREA GUST
WAS ON THE 28TH WHEN STRONG WINDS BEHIND A COLD FRONT PRODUCED MANY
GUSTS OVER 70 MPH. THE PEAK WAS 81 MPH NEAR STANFORD.

RECORDS FOR BOZEMAN BEGAN IN 1935, CUT BANK BEGAN IN 1903, DILLON
BEGAN IN 1939, GREAT FALLS BEGAN IN 1891, HAVRE AND HELENA BEGAN
IN 1880, AND LEWISTOWN BEGAN IN 1896. WEST YELLOWSTONE RECORDS BEGAN
IN 1905 AND WINDS BEGAN IN 2010. THE NORMAL PERIOD FOR ALL ELEMENTS
IS 1981 TO 2010.

THESE DATA ARE PRELIMINARY AND HAVE NOT UNDERGONE FINAL QC BY NCDC.
THEREFORE THESE DATA ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION. FINAL AND CERTIFIED
CLIMATE DATA CAN BE ACCESSED AT THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER
AT WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV

$$
&&

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
335 PM MDT SUN MAR 29 2015

...UPDATED WIND REPORTS FOR SATURDAY MARCH 28 2015...

Strong winds behind a cold front swept across north central and
southwest Montana on Saturday. Wind gusts hit 70 mph or higher over
portions of Judith Basin, Fergus, Cascade and Beaverhead Counties.
North of Dillon, a semi trailer and motorhome were blown over just
before noon on I-15. Blowing dust was reported over portions of
southwest Montana and in Cascade County. Power poles were blown over
in the Four Corners area, and in the Carter area. An uprooted tree
in Bozeman caused a possible gas leak. There were untold amounts of
shingles lost in this event as well.

LOCATION                     SPEED     TIME/DATE
3 S STANFORD                 81 MPH    0514 PM 03/28
7 SE HILGER (JUDITH PEAK)    75 MPH    0345 PM 03/28
9 W DILLON                   70 MPH    1016 AM 03/28
5 SW GREAT FALLS (NWS)       70 MPH    0255 PM 03/28
7 WNW BIG SKY (10400 FEET)   69 MPH    0900 AM 03/28
8 SE EAST GLACIER (DEEP CK)  69 MPH    0332 PM 03/28
11 E BOZEMAN                 68 MPH    1154 AM 03/28
CUT BANK AIRPORT             66 MPH    0105 PM 03/28
11 S CHINOOK                 65 MPH    0145 PM 03/28
17 W PENDROY                 65 MPH    0238 PM 03/28
10 SSW CUT BANK              64 MPH    0109 PM 03/28
6 W BIG SKY (11166 FEET)     64 MPH    0900 AM 03/28
2 E ROY                      64 MPH    0144 PM 03/28
4 SSW POWER                  64 MPH    1251 PM 03/28
13 W BYNUM                   64 MPH    0245 PM 03/28
5 ESE DENTON                 63 MPH    0244 PM 03/28
1 ENE EAST GLACIER PARK      62 MPH    0208 PM 03/28
1 SSE GEYSER                 62 MPH    0302 PM 03/28
3 NNE MONARCH                62 MPH    0402 PM 03/28
HEART BUTTE                  61 MPH    0405 PM 03/28
6 E GEYSER                   61 MPH    0122 PM 03/28
8 WNW WHITLASH               60 MPH    0829 AM 03/28
SHERIDAN                     60 MPH    1045 AM 03/28
6 SW HIGHWOOD                59 MPH    0555 PM 03/28
LEWISTOWN AP ASOS            59 MPH    0623 PM 03/28
13 SSE FOREST GROVE          59 MPH    0215 PM 02/28
13 WSW ST MARY (LOGAN PASS)  59 MPH    0200 PM 03/28
11 S RUDYARD                 58 MPH    1213 PM 03/28
20 N RUDYARD                 58 MPH    0132 PM 03/28
2 NW WINDHAM                 58 MPH    1156 AM 03/28
1 W CONRAD                   58 MPH    0115 PM 03/28
GREAT FALLS AIRPORT          58 MPH    0251 PM 03/28
2 E INVERNESS                58 MPH    0414 PM 03/28
1 N LOMA                     58 MPH    0503 PM 03/28
4 ESE DENTON                 58 MPH    0448 PM 03/28
8 SW WOLF CREEK              57 MPH    0715 PM 03/28
13 NW JOPLIN                 57 MPH    0109 PM 03/28
GALATA                       57 MPH    0310 PM 03/28
12 SSE FORT BELKNAP          57 MPH    0218 PM 03/28
3 NNW THREE FORKS            57 MPH    1055 AM 03/28
CHESTER                      56 MPH    1201 PM 03/28
HELENA AP ASOS               56 MPH    1051 AM 03/28
6 WNW FORESTGROVE            56 MPH    0619 PM 03/28
WISE RIVER                   56 MPH    1016 AM 03/28
7 S HIGHWOOD                 55 MPH    1124 AM 03/28
17 SW SIMMS                  55 MPH    0206 PM 03/28
MARTINSDALE                  55 MPH    1216 PM 03/28
TWIN BRIDGES APT             54 MPH    1035 AM 03/28
BOZEMAN GALLATIN FIELD AIRPO 54 MPH    1133 AM 03/28
ELKHORN RAWS - 8 W TOWNSEND  54 MPH    0654 PM 03/28
HAVRE AP ASOS                54 MPH    0513 PM 03/28
1 ESE TWIN BRIDGES           54 MPH    1035 AM 03/28
LOMA                         54 MPH    0326 PM 03/28
1 S SUNBURST                 54 MPH    1029 AM 03/28
9 NNE AUGUSTA                53 MPH    1057 AM 03/28
CHESTER                      53 MPH    1207 PM 03/28
6 SE WINSTON                 53 MPH    1130 AM 03/28
MALMSTROM AFB                53 MPH    0225 PM 03/28
3 W TOWNSEND                 53 MPH    1203 PM 03/28
4 NNE MCALLISTER             53 MPH    0927 AM 03/28
6 SSW BIG SKY                53 MPH    1104 AM 03/28
3 NNW HAVRE                  52 MPH    0203 PM 03/28
GLEASON RAWS - 18 WSW BYNUM  52 MPH    1209 PM 03/28
16 WNW BIG SANDY             52 MPH    1146 AM 03/28
11 E BOZEMAN                 52 MPH    0342 PM 03/28
2 WNW PENDROY                52 MPH    0409 PM 03/28
8 SSW WOLF CREEK             52 MPH    0645 PM 03/28
11 SW BASIN (ELK PARK)       52 MPH    0104 PM 03/28
RUDYARD                      51 MPH    0510 PM 03/28
6 E MARYSVILLE               51 MPH    0100 PM 03/28
3 SE BASIN                   51 MPH    0847 PM 03/28
13 WNW RINGLING              51 MPH    0626 PM 03/28
3 NW WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS   50 MPH    0530 PM 03/28
KEVIN                        49 MPH    0430 PM 03/28
DILLON AIRPORT               49 MPH    1231 PM 03/28
18 NNE ROY                   48 MPH    0541 PM 03/28
12 N CHESTER                 48 MPH    1229 PM 03/28
17 SW SIMMS                  48 MPH    0221 PM 03/28
4 S BLOSSBURG                47 MPH    0541 PM 03/28
HINGHAM                      46 MPH    1244 PM 03/28
3 N EAST HELENA              46 MPH    1000 AM 03/28
7 WSW GRANT                  45 MPH    1047 AM 03/28
10 ESE BOZEMAN               45 MPH    0444 PM 03/28
15 NNW GALATA                45 MPH    0510 PM 03/28
18 W LANDUSKY                45 MPH    0616 PM 03/28
15 WNW WOLF CREEK            45 MPH    1247 PM 03/28
6 ENE CRAIG                  45 MPH    0228 PM 03/28
5 NNW LAKEVIEW               45 MPH    0402 PM 03/28
BROWNING RAWS                44 MPH    0121 PM 03/28
GREAT FALLS NW -D5896- 2 WNW 44 MPH    0205 PM 03/28
BRADY 27 ENE (THE KNEES)     44 MPH    0600 AM 03/29
THREE FORKS                  43 MPH    1115 AM 03/28
8 W WHITLASH                 43 MPH    0426 PM 03/28
DEARBORN RAWS                43 MPH    0330 PM 03/28
2 NW HELENA                  43 MPH    1050 AM 03/28
22 SW CAMERON                42 MPH    0743 PM 03/28
2 NNE CLANCY                 42 MPH    0829 PM 03/28
ENNIS                        42 MPH    1216 PM 03/28
S. FORK JUDITH RAWS -12 NE C 42 MPH    0653 PM 03/28
6 SE POLARIS                 42 MPH    0144 PM 03/28
2 SE WICKES                  41 MPH    0244 PM 03/28
6 NE WHITLASH                40 MPH    0418 PM 03/28
4 E GALLATIN GATEWAY         40 MPH    1142 AM 03/28
HELENA RAWS - 9 N HELENA     40 MPH    0253 PM 03/28
MONIDA                       40 MPH    1225 PM 03/28
6 S NEIHART                  40 MPH    0405 PM 03/28
5 ENE BOZEMAN                38 MPH    0730 PM 03/28
2 E WOLF CREEK               38 MPH    0222 PM 03/28
13 NNE WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS 38 MPH    0242 PM 03/28
STEELE CREEK RAWS            38 MPH    0354 PM 03/28


OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.

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NOUS45 KTFX 292137
PNSTFX
MTZ008>015-044>055-310136-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
335 PM MDT SUN MAR 29 2015

...UPDATED WIND REPORTS FOR SATURDAY MARCH 28 2015...

Strong winds behind a cold front swept across north central and
southwest Montana on Saturday. Wind gusts hit 70 mph or higher over
portions of Judith Basin, Fergus, Cascade and Beaverhead Counties.
North of Dillon, a semi trailer and motorhome were blown over just
before noon on I-15. Blowing dust was reported over portions of
southwest Montana and in Cascade County. Power poles were blown over
in the Four Corners area, and in the Carter area. An uprooted tree
in Bozeman caused a possible gas leak. There were untold amounts of
shingles lost in this event as well.

LOCATION                     SPEED     TIME/DATE
3 S STANFORD                 81 MPH    0514 PM 03/28
7 SE HILGER (JUDITH PEAK)    75 MPH    0345 PM 03/28
9 W DILLON                   70 MPH    1016 AM 03/28
5 SW GREAT FALLS (NWS)       70 MPH    0255 PM 03/28
7 WNW BIG SKY (10400 FEET)   69 MPH    0900 AM 03/28
8 SE EAST GLACIER (DEEP CK)  69 MPH    0332 PM 03/28
11 E BOZEMAN                 68 MPH    1154 AM 03/28
CUT BANK AIRPORT             66 MPH    0105 PM 03/28
11 S CHINOOK                 65 MPH    0145 PM 03/28
17 W PENDROY                 65 MPH    0238 PM 03/28
10 SSW CUT BANK              64 MPH    0109 PM 03/28
6 W BIG SKY (11166 FEET)     64 MPH    0900 AM 03/28
2 E ROY                      64 MPH    0144 PM 03/28
4 SSW POWER                  64 MPH    1251 PM 03/28
13 W BYNUM                   64 MPH    0245 PM 03/28
5 ESE DENTON                 63 MPH    0244 PM 03/28
1 ENE EAST GLACIER PARK      62 MPH    0208 PM 03/28
1 SSE GEYSER                 62 MPH    0302 PM 03/28
3 NNE MONARCH                62 MPH    0402 PM 03/28
HEART BUTTE                  61 MPH    0405 PM 03/28
6 E GEYSER                   61 MPH    0122 PM 03/28
8 WNW WHITLASH               60 MPH    0829 AM 03/28
SHERIDAN                     60 MPH    1045 AM 03/28
6 SW HIGHWOOD                59 MPH    0555 PM 03/28
LEWISTOWN AP ASOS            59 MPH    0623 PM 03/28
13 SSE FOREST GROVE          59 MPH    0215 PM 02/28
13 WSW ST MARY (LOGAN PASS)  59 MPH    0200 PM 03/28
11 S RUDYARD                 58 MPH    1213 PM 03/28
20 N RUDYARD                 58 MPH    0132 PM 03/28
2 NW WINDHAM                 58 MPH    1156 AM 03/28
1 W CONRAD                   58 MPH    0115 PM 03/28
GREAT FALLS AIRPORT          58 MPH    0251 PM 03/28
2 E INVERNESS                58 MPH    0414 PM 03/28
1 N LOMA                     58 MPH    0503 PM 03/28
4 ESE DENTON                 58 MPH    0448 PM 03/28
8 SW WOLF CREEK              57 MPH    0715 PM 03/28
13 NW JOPLIN                 57 MPH    0109 PM 03/28
GALATA                       57 MPH    0310 PM 03/28
12 SSE FORT BELKNAP          57 MPH    0218 PM 03/28
3 NNW THREE FORKS            57 MPH    1055 AM 03/28
CHESTER                      56 MPH    1201 PM 03/28
HELENA AP ASOS               56 MPH    1051 AM 03/28
6 WNW FORESTGROVE            56 MPH    0619 PM 03/28
WISE RIVER                   56 MPH    1016 AM 03/28
7 S HIGHWOOD                 55 MPH    1124 AM 03/28
17 SW SIMMS                  55 MPH    0206 PM 03/28
MARTINSDALE                  55 MPH    1216 PM 03/28
TWIN BRIDGES APT             54 MPH    1035 AM 03/28
BOZEMAN GALLATIN FIELD AIRPO 54 MPH    1133 AM 03/28
ELKHORN RAWS - 8 W TOWNSEND  54 MPH    0654 PM 03/28
HAVRE AP ASOS                54 MPH    0513 PM 03/28
1 ESE TWIN BRIDGES           54 MPH    1035 AM 03/28
LOMA                         54 MPH    0326 PM 03/28
1 S SUNBURST                 54 MPH    1029 AM 03/28
9 NNE AUGUSTA                53 MPH    1057 AM 03/28
CHESTER                      53 MPH    1207 PM 03/28
6 SE WINSTON                 53 MPH    1130 AM 03/28
MALMSTROM AFB                53 MPH    0225 PM 03/28
3 W TOWNSEND                 53 MPH    1203 PM 03/28
4 NNE MCALLISTER             53 MPH    0927 AM 03/28
6 SSW BIG SKY                53 MPH    1104 AM 03/28
3 NNW HAVRE                  52 MPH    0203 PM 03/28
GLEASON RAWS - 18 WSW BYNUM  52 MPH    1209 PM 03/28
16 WNW BIG SANDY             52 MPH    1146 AM 03/28
11 E BOZEMAN                 52 MPH    0342 PM 03/28
2 WNW PENDROY                52 MPH    0409 PM 03/28
8 SSW WOLF CREEK             52 MPH    0645 PM 03/28
11 SW BASIN (ELK PARK)       52 MPH    0104 PM 03/28
RUDYARD                      51 MPH    0510 PM 03/28
6 E MARYSVILLE               51 MPH    0100 PM 03/28
3 SE BASIN                   51 MPH    0847 PM 03/28
13 WNW RINGLING              51 MPH    0626 PM 03/28
3 NW WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS   50 MPH    0530 PM 03/28
KEVIN                        49 MPH    0430 PM 03/28
DILLON AIRPORT               49 MPH    1231 PM 03/28
18 NNE ROY                   48 MPH    0541 PM 03/28
12 N CHESTER                 48 MPH    1229 PM 03/28
17 SW SIMMS                  48 MPH    0221 PM 03/28
4 S BLOSSBURG                47 MPH    0541 PM 03/28
HINGHAM                      46 MPH    1244 PM 03/28
3 N EAST HELENA              46 MPH    1000 AM 03/28
7 WSW GRANT                  45 MPH    1047 AM 03/28
10 ESE BOZEMAN               45 MPH    0444 PM 03/28
15 NNW GALATA                45 MPH    0510 PM 03/28
18 W LANDUSKY                45 MPH    0616 PM 03/28
15 WNW WOLF CREEK            45 MPH    1247 PM 03/28
6 ENE CRAIG                  45 MPH    0228 PM 03/28
5 NNW LAKEVIEW               45 MPH    0402 PM 03/28
BROWNING RAWS                44 MPH    0121 PM 03/28
GREAT FALLS NW -D5896- 2 WNW 44 MPH    0205 PM 03/28
BRADY 27 ENE (THE KNEES)     44 MPH    0600 AM 03/29
THREE FORKS                  43 MPH    1115 AM 03/28
8 W WHITLASH                 43 MPH    0426 PM 03/28
DEARBORN RAWS                43 MPH    0330 PM 03/28
2 NW HELENA                  43 MPH    1050 AM 03/28
22 SW CAMERON                42 MPH    0743 PM 03/28
2 NNE CLANCY                 42 MPH    0829 PM 03/28
ENNIS                        42 MPH    1216 PM 03/28
S. FORK JUDITH RAWS -12 NE C 42 MPH    0653 PM 03/28
6 SE POLARIS                 42 MPH    0144 PM 03/28
2 SE WICKES                  41 MPH    0244 PM 03/28
6 NE WHITLASH                40 MPH    0418 PM 03/28
4 E GALLATIN GATEWAY         40 MPH    1142 AM 03/28
HELENA RAWS - 9 N HELENA     40 MPH    0253 PM 03/28
MONIDA                       40 MPH    1225 PM 03/28
6 S NEIHART                  40 MPH    0405 PM 03/28
5 ENE BOZEMAN                38 MPH    0730 PM 03/28
2 E WOLF CREEK               38 MPH    0222 PM 03/28
13 NNE WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS 38 MPH    0242 PM 03/28
STEELE CREEK RAWS            38 MPH    0354 PM 03/28


OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.

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