Posted: Oct 17, 2013 2:48 PM by Meteorologist Mike Heard
The updated drought monitor across Montana on October 15th shows nice improvements in SW Montana.
Much of Beaverhead, Madison and Broadwater counties were in Extreme Drought this summer and early fall but now much of that has been wiped out with abnormally wet and cool weather impacting the region September 1st through October 15th. In fact, there is no more Extreme drought ratings locally but there is a small area of Severe to Moderate drought in Southern Beaverhead and central Madison counties.
Looking back on September precipitation recorded data (as we reported several weeks ago) was impressive for Butte, Bozeman and Dillon.
Bozeman Yellowstone Airport September precipitation = 2.47" and that is above normal by 1.36"
Butte Bert Mooney Airport September precipitation = 2.99" and that is above normal by 1.99"
Dillon airport September precipitation = 2.46" and that is above normal by 1.59"
Another encouraging weather trend is the higher mountains are capped in snow, which is a little earlier than normal, and brings high hopes for a good snow pack winter.