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Question: What is the climate like in Montana?


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...Montana has a complex climatic pattern attributed to the highly variable topography and the air masses which flow over the state.

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Montana has a complex climatic pattern attributed to the highly variable topography and the air masses which flow over the state. The Continental Divide separates the state into two distinct climatic regions: the west generally has a milder climate than the east, where winters can be especially harsh. Montana's maximum daytime temperature averages 27F (2C) in January and 85F (29C) in July. Great Falls has a normal daily mean temperature of 45F (7C), ranging from 21F (6C) in January to 69F (21C) in July. The all-time low temperature in the state, 70F (57C), registered at Rogers Pass on 20 January 1954, is the lowest ever recorded in the conterminous US; the all-time high, 117F (47C), was set at Medicine Lake on 5 July 1937. During the winter, Chinook winds from the eastern Rocky Mountains can bring rapid temperature increases of 4050F within a few minutes. Great Falls received an average annual precipitation (19712000) of 14.9 inches, but much of north-central Montana is arid. About 58.5 inches of snow descends on Great Falls each year.

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