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By Rick and Susie Graetz
Department of Geography, University of Montana 

Montana Winters Aren't for Wimps

This is Montana...


It seems that this year much of Montana is experiencing a tough winter but it’s actually not. We are just getting back to winter after last year’s weird spell. Temperature readings haven’t gone wild – yet. No reporting stations have recorded 50 below or colder and the coldest known low during January’s first week was 46 below Fahrenheit. Twenty to 30 below was more prevalent in the past.

Stories abound about conditions changing quickly and in a pronounced way. Montana holds the national record for cold with a 70-degrees-below-zero reading near Helena. And if you research the recor...

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