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The flooded Clark Fork River in the Schmidt Road area of Missoula, May 15, 2018.
Missoula County

When the weather gets dramatic, the big-picture descriptions come out: a 50-year storm, a hundred-year flood, a thousand-year floodplain. But it can get confusing when the numbers don't really mean what they sound like to the non-statisticians among us who hear them.

For example: a hundred-year flood doesn't mean that it's breaking a 100-year-old record.

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State budget cuts mean that ranchers, recreation businesses and conservationists who rely on accurate information about water in Montana are facing new challenges.

USGS Community Intensity Map shows where the earthquake was felt.
USGS

Updated 5:20 a.m. 07/06/17:

Some Montanans were shaken awake at about 12:30 am by an earthquake with an epicenter about six miles south-east of Lincoln.

Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado said, "the magnitude on the quake was a magnitude 5.8, and it occurred at a depth of about 13 kilometers, which is a little over 6 miles."