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The Enormous Difference in the Weather From One Day to the Next

It is rather normal for our weather in Montana in late July and early August to be hot and dry. In fact, it is why firefighters have been dreading this time of year in the state. After such an abundantly moist spring, they cautiously figured that this would be a very bad fire year.

We’ve also had a couple of weeks of very hot and dry weather. Yesterday, at least on our front porch, it was the hottest day of the year, getting up to 101 F (38.3 C). It was hot enough that simply walking out and feeding our chickens, with virtually no physical exertion at all, I was dripping sweat by the time I got back inside. It only took me about 3 minutes to feed the chickens and even they were panting. It was already 78 F (25.6 C) at 10 am, which is when I should have fed the chickens and didn’t.

The weather is a flip-flop today. It has rained most of the morning, sometimes heavy and sometimes just a sprinkle, and the temperatures are comfortably cool. At 10 am, it was 67 F (19.4 C) on our front porch. The expected high-temperature today should be 80 F (26.7 C) or less. It is slated to be even cooler tomorrow and for the next several days.

I don’t know of anyone here who is complaining about the change, despite the rain. I’m certainly not. I’m thankful and have already given a prayer of thanks for it. The best part is that since the next few days should be drier than today, but cooler, I should also be afforded the opportunity to start cutting back the irises at church. It is something that would need to be done anyway, but I didn’t look forward to doing it an hour a day at a time, beginning at 8 am, just so I could get it done while not getting too hot. 

I’ve got to hand it to the owner of the church. He certainly knows how to take care of the needs of his people.

  • When it has been hot and dry for a while, are you thankful when you get a few days of cool, damp weather?

    • Yes
    • No
    • I’m thankful, but I don’t give thanks for it
    • I don’t pay any attention


What do you think?

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Written by Rex Trulove

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  1. Here in the Outaouais valley are have had a torid August month beginning. But for the past two days, the weather has been totally wacky. The mornings started hot, then we had heavy rains In the afternoon and a good cooler evening. Thank God for that as I could sleep better. Still cannot wait for fall and then my favorite season, winter… I think the weather, so far this year, has surpassed the other years in terms of flooding, heat, cold and snow alike…

    • That is the interesting part. All of the weather we’ve had here in Montana have been well within the normal fluctuations. Getting the rain and cool weather to break up the heat and dryness has been quite welcome, though.

  2. We have had record rainfall this year. Glad for it, but others have had flooding. The weather has been very extreme. The heat and humidity is still here, seeing triple digits on some days. Ready for the fall and hope cooler weather comes with it.

    • We are getting a good stretch of cooler weather, though I don’t have much doubt that temps will be going back up late next week. The downside is that this sort of weather pattern produces thunderstorms, too. As this weather moves east and southeast, I’d expect violent weather in those states.

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