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The Goal? Keep Your Butt Out of Montana

Posted by Tom Chandler 5/2/2012

This sent to me by a Montana resident who wants the state's population to shrink back to a river-emptying size, and frankly, I have to admire the attempt. Next I expect to receive a graphic recounting of the many grizzly/wolf/badger maulings in the state.


  • The coldest temperature ever recorded in Montana was -70 degrees below zero at Rogers Pass north of Helena, on January 20, 1954. This is also a national record for the lower 48 states.


  • The warmest temperature ever recorded in Montana was 117 degrees at Glendive, July 20, 1893, and at Medicine Lake, on July 5, 1937.


  • The temperature at Medicine Lake in northeastern Montana reached 117 degrees on July 5, 1937. This tied the all-time temperature for Montana previously established at Glendive on July 20, 1893.


  • Combined with the -70 degrees Fahrenheit at Roger's Pass in 1954, this makes the all-time temperature range recorded in Montana 187 degrees. This is the most extreme temperature range experienced in any of the 50 states.


  • The greatest temperature change in 24 hours occurred in Loma on January 15, 1972. The temperature rose exactly 103 degrees, from -54 degrees Fahrenheit to 49 degrees. This is the world record for a 24—hour temperature change.


  • The greatest temperature change in 12 hours happened on December 14, 1924. The temperature at Fairfield, Montana, dropped from 63 degrees Fahrenheit to -21 degrees at midnight. This 84-degree change in 12 hours stands as the greatest 12-hour temperature change recorded in the United States.


  • The temperature at the Great Falls International Airport on January 11, 1980, rose from -32 degrees Fahrenheit to 15 degrees in seven minutes when Chinook winds eroded an Arctic airmass. The temperature rose from 47 degrees in just seven minutes, making it the record for the most rapid temperature change registered in the United States.




See you at the thermometer, Tom Chandler.

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Tom Chandler

As the author of the decade leading fly fishing blog Trout Underground, Tom believes that fishing is not about measuring the experience but instead of about having fun. As a staunch environmentalist, he brings to the Yobi Community thought leadership on environmental and access issues facing us today.

Montana's best fishing is from Oct-March, sometimes mid-April. The rest of the year sucks!
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If the goal were comfort, then I suppose this might work. But I hear temperature swings bring out the BWOs. It's all about the fish folks.
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Ahh, does she have a sister?
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Chris Raine: Truly, this is a cheap sham on your part to move would-be flyfishers from Stream X in Siskiyou County to Montana. You make it sound like it's a bad thing. Chris Raine: Can you figure out a post to move the guides there as well? How about "Study Is Conclusive: Lonely, Single Nurses With Excellent Jobs, Benefits & Incomes Flock To Montana In Hopes Of Meeting Kinda Smelly, Anti-Social ... more Men."
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After 13 years of NorCal winters, I begin to grasp the attraction of warmer climes. In fact, in a burst of self-sacrifice, I'd urge everyone to move to Arizona, if only for their own sanity.
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Tom, are you being played here? I mean going someplace where temps fluctuate 1 degree per second would perhaps attract Lemurian-trackers? Crystal owners? New agers? Truly, this is a cheap sham on your part to move would-be flyfishers from Stream X in Siskiyou County to Montana. Can you figure out a post to move the guides there as well? C
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Whenever I tell people (non-anglers) that sometimes I think of moving to Montana, they always seem shocked and say something like, "the winters are sooooo cold there." Yeah, it gets cold, so you should stay away. As a pilot, I travel a lot, and it's disturbing how crowded it is in places like Florida, Southern California, and my own state, NC (15th most densely populated). States with moderate winters ... more are population magnets. I totally empathize with the Montana resident. See you wearing Patagonia Capilene.
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