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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. 


2012 one of the warmest for Western Montana

A hot, dry summer sparked fires and filled skies with smoke for weeks in 2012(MISSOULA)- We might not have seen record hot weather in 2012, but the National Weather Service says when you take temperatures on average, last year was one of the warmest in recent decades in Western Montana. 

NWS released the latest stats yesterday showing in was one of the warmest years for the west half of the state since 1948 with temperatures in Missoula running almost 2-degrees above averages recorded between 1981 and 2010. That makes it the 4th warmest since 1948. 

Kalispell also experienced the warm spell, with average temps ranging 1.5-degrees above average, for the 6th warmest year since the late 1940s. Butte was third warmest since 1948. 

And the warm weather impacted Kalispell's snowfall as well. For the calendar year of 2012, Kalispell's 35.8-inches of total snow was the 2nd lowest on record since 1948, more than 13-inches below average. By contrast, Missoula's snowfall was 11-inches above normal, pushed by several major snow events including the blizzards last January. 

Both Kalispell and Missoula had above average precipitation. 

Missoula's highest snowfall day was during the storm that dumped over 8-inches of snow in just a few hours on December 18th. The hottest day was when the temperature hit 100 on August 8th with the coldest day during those storms last January, when the temperature hit zero. 

Kalispell received the most snow, 2.8", on January 18th with July 9th the hottest day at 95-degrees. The coldest day in the Flathead was also on January 24th when it dropped to -1. 


Mild weather sets records in advance of major weather change 

Calm before the storm- Glacier downright balmy Monday- GNP webcam photo(MISSOULA)- It’s almost a repeat of the big weather turnaround Montana experienced a month ago, when temperatures plummeted from late summer to winter in a matter of hours. 

New warm weather records were expected to be set in several Treasure State cities Tuesday as mild, November weather persists for one final day. 

Monday, a new record high temperature, and a new minimum temperature were set in Missoula. Monday’s high of 67-degrees tied the record of 67 that happened back in 1934. Monday’s low of 43-degrees also tied the old record of 43 that dated from 1904. 

Kalispell did even better. Monday’s 66-degree reading topped the old mark of 63, which also dated from the warm November of 1934. 

National Weather Service forecasters were expecting additional records could fall Tuesday in Missoula, Kalispell, Thompson Falls, St. Regis and several other locations west of the Divide. 

However, NWS is still expecting a dramatic turnaround by the end of the week, as the season’s first Arctic front pushes temperatures back into the teens and twenties across the state.