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Bozeman, Billings to host 1000' waterslide, but Missoula not on tour list

Slide the City photo(MISSOULA)- Spokane, Billings and even Bozeman are on the list of stops this year when "Slide the City" brings a 1000' waterslide to cities along the I-90 corridor. 

But Missoulians will have to come up with another idea for summer fun. 

Promoters have come up with the traveling water slide event as the latest in a series of extreme sports-based events like the Dirty Dash and the Color Me Radd endurance races. 

With Slide the City, organizers set up a 1000' vinyl slide in the heart of communities so people can slide the length of 3-football fields down city streets. The event is billed as a family-friendly "slip and slide" event that also features live music, food, drinks and general fun. 

Some of the proceeds are given to a local charity as a fund raiser. Prices start at 15-dollars for early registration, going up to 25-dollars the day of the event. Participants get to slide once. 

This summer, Slide the City has planned several stops in the Northwest, including Seattle and Spokane. Bozeman and Billings are on the list of big slide stops in August, as well as Rexburg and Idaho Falls, Idaho. 

But Missoula isn't on the list, despite the fact most of the other sports-based events have done well in the Garden City. 


July a scorcher, but no Missoula record for 90s

Dennis Bragg photo(MISSOULA)- With a few exceptions, it may seem like the thermometer has been locked at 90-degrees and above all month long. And with more 90s in the forecast to close the month you might think we're close to breaking a record. 

And a check of the weather stats shows we have had a lot of days north of 90 this month. But we'll end up far short of the all-time scorcher month in Missoula weather history of July 2007.

Though the first half of the month, Missoula was on course to have the third warmest July on record. That's been tempered by last week's cool down. But the number of 90-degree-plus days is still impressive.

Through Monday, Missoula had recorded 18-days of 90 and above. With the current forecast we should finish July with 21-days over that mark. 

Yet that's still nowhere near what we suffered in 2007. That July, 30 of the 31-days in the month were over 90-degrees. That was also the landmark month when Missoula set its all-time hot temperature reading of 107-degrees and had 7-days not just above 90, but above 100. By comparison, the hottest day this month, through Monday, was 97-degrees. 

If the forecast holds, 2014 will be fourth on the list for 90-degree days in July, behind 2007 with 30, 24-days in 1960, and 23-days in 1985. Missoula had 19-days of 90-degrees or above in both 2012 and 2013.