Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:58 AM by MTN News
BILLINGS - The National Weather Service has released a look back at the weather year of 2012, and it can be summarized in two words - warm and dry.
Billings also experienced an escalating drought condition with a significant and long duration wildfire season. The city experienced its warmest and driest year on record. Drought was not evident early in 2012, but conditions worsened rapidly during the spring and by summer. Much of the region was in severe to extreme drought with both hydrologic and agricultural impacts.
Fall precipitation remained below normal and drought conditions persisted through the end of the year.
Several records were tied or broken across the area during the course of the year. That included an all-time record high for Miles City of 111 degrees on June 26.
Billings set 11 record highs and 3 record lows for the year.