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The storm destroyed some outbuildings on 66 Ranch outside of Havre
Courtesy Rylee Strauser

Thousands of Montanans had a 4th of July they won’t soon forget. A storm packing powerful winds, intense rain and large hail disrupted life  across the state’s northern tier last weekend. Some think tornadoes touched down, but meteorologists aren’t yet willing to go that far.

A roughly 300-mile stretch of northern Montana is still cleaning up after a powerful storm swept across the region this weekend.

Thunderstorms And Showers Possible Tuesday

Jul 6, 2015
National Weather Service, Missoula

Via National Weather Service, Missoula: Monday will be mostly quiet across the Northern Rockies, with the exception of a few afternoon thunderstorms from central Idaho to southwest Montana. More active weather is anticipated Tuesday, with showers and thunderstorms possible across a wide swath of central Idaho and western Montana. These storms will be capable of brief heavy rain, gusty winds, and frequent lightning strikes. In addition, a backdoor cool front will bring another round of breezy east winds across western Montana by Tuesday evening.

A.J. Coulter guides fly fishing trips on rivers all around Montana. Recently, he’s been starting his trips earlier in the day to avoid angling in heat of the day so as to not catch unhealthy fish.
Corin Cates-Carney

Fish, and maybe you, are getting stressed out in this summer heat. But for fish, stress is made worse when, on top of trying to stay cool, they have to avoid eating a fly tied to a line.

In the heat wave of the past few weeks, guides and regulators have worked to protect fish during a time when fish are very vulnerable.

Heat Safety Checklist

Jun 25, 2015
Extreme heat safety checklist
National Weather Service, Missoula Montana

Historic high temperatures are forecast across western Montana for this weekend and into next week. Here are some tips for staying safe in extreme heat.

National Weather Service, Missoula

The National Weather Service warns an intense and prolonged heat wave will bring dangerously hot temperatures to western Montana this weekend.

"I am not hesitant to use the word 'historic' for this event," Weather Service meteorologist Dan Zumpf explained.

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The first part of June brought badly-needed rain to Montana, but it's barely making up for a particularly dry month of May.

Eric Whitney

Backcountry skier Ryan Swantner is willing to work hard to get in his turns, but lately he’s had to work harder than usual.

Weekend Snow Headed To Western Montana

Jan 10, 2015
National Weather Service

Light to moderate snow will gradually overspread the region through Sunday morning creating hazardous travel at times. Mountain passes are expected to generally receive 3-6 inches of snow, while the valleys of western Montana see anywhere from 1-4 inches with only a light dusting possible for north central Idaho valleys. Slick roads are likely, especially back streets and parking lots which have not entirely cleared out from the last storm.

Video: High Impact Winter Storm Briefing For Western Montana

Jan 2, 2015
National Weather Service

A potentially long-lasting winter storm will affect the Northern Rockies this Sunday through at least Tuesday and bring heavy snow and mixed precipitation. Watch the storm briefing below.

"Bottom line is we could be talking about a winter storm that could last several days and impact a lot of people."

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July rain showers are rare, but welcome events in western Montana.

Many early-risers in our listening area awoke to just that this morning and weather forecasters say more of the same is coming.

National Weather Service meteorologist, Genki Kino, says this morning's rain was the first measurable precipitation in Missoula for this month. Nearly two-tenths of an inch of rain fell between 4:30 and 6-a.m.