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Weather challenge October 28

In the last couple of days, our weather has been unsettled; typical of Montana in late October. Our nights have been getting down to around 20° F (-7° C) and yesterday’s high was about 40°.

There was heavy frost everywhere yesterday morning and there might be frost again this morning. It is too dark to tell yet.

Two nights ago, we had a windstorm that blew through. The winds were about 35 mph with gusts of around 45. I’m not especially concerned with winds like these, though, at one time, it blew a bunch of cones out of the blue spruce tree next to the house, onto our metal roof. It made quite a racket, sort of like someone tossing handfuls of gravel on the roof, hard. It might have been enough to make me feel anxious if I hadn’t quickly identified the sound.

The winds did do one thing that I predicted might happen. The leaves of the neighbor’s maple tree were just beginning to change color. Now the tree is denuded, which means that most of the maple leaves were still green when they fell. The poplars and cottonwoods still have leaves and they are proceeding to continue changing color to yellow.

The winds were the leading edge of a cold front. Our temperatures tonight are supposed to get down to 7° (-17° C) with a chance of snow for the next few days. That is only a few degrees above the record cold for here on October 28. It is looking more and more like this is going to be another record-breaking cold fall and winter in Montana again this year. We should be getting used to it by now, but I don’t think that the people around here ever do, entirely. I know that I don’t.

Anyway, our high-temperature today is supposed to reach 36°. The averaged highs and lows for this date are 52° and 30°, respectively, so today will be well cooler than normal. The record high temperature for October 28 was set in 1937 and was 75°. The record cold was 4°, set in 1971

Something different that I noticed in the forecast is that they have a warning posted that the temperatures tonight will be cold enough that people can get frostbite in 15 minutes. There are also snow advisories posted for 1-3 inches of snow in the valleys.

The day before yesterday, we got just enough snow to cover the ground, but it was wet snow and it didn’t take long to melt off. With temperatures as low as they are supposed to get, any snow we get could stick and not melt off as quickly. With all of that, the days are mostly sunny.

Wherever you are, I hope that your weather is pleasant. So far, our weather hasn’t been too bad. Note that the picture is from Ninemile, from this morning, and the altitude is actually about 100 feet lower than we are here in the valley.

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Written by Rex Trulove

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