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State sees first snow


Montana saw its first snow of the season during the week ending Oct. 7, along with cool days and freezing nights, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Montand Field Office, Oct. 9.

Sidney received the largest amount of precipitation for the week with 1.11 inches of moisture and most other stations saw 0.00 to 1.09 inches of precipitation. High temperatures ranged from the lower 70s to lower 80s, with the state-wide high temperature of 83 degrees recorded in Fort Benton, Havre, and Huntley. A majority of stations reported lows in the lower teens to the mid 20s. The coldest reported low of -1 degrees was recorded in Wisdom followed by West Yellowstone with 4 degrees.

The weather outlook for Oct. 16 to 22 is for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation east of the Continental Divide. West of the Divide can expect above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. Normal temperatures for this period in Montana are highs in the mid 50s to the lower 60s, with lows in the lower 20s to the upper 30s. Topsoil moisture adequate and surplus is 21 percent compared with 42 percent last year and the 5 year average of 59 percent. Subsoil moisture was 10 percent adequate and surplus compared to 43 percent last year and the 5 year average of 48 percent.

Harvest of late season crops continues ahead of the 5 year average for corn for grain, potatoes, and sugar beets. Corn condition is below last year with 53 percent good to excellent compared with 65 percent last year due to dry conditions. Winter wheat planting continues with 65 percent planted and is 14 percent emerged compared to 25 percent emerged this time last year.

Movement of livestock from summer ranges continues with 56 percent and 63 percent moved for cattle and sheep respectively. Supplemental feeding of livestock is still well ahead of last year due to drought-impacted range lands with 25 percent of cattle and 33 percent of sheep receiving feed.

Date: 10/15/2012


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