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Mixed weather across state

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The month of February brought a mix of warmer temperatures and snow showers across Montana, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Montana Field Office.

Average low temperatures were the lower 20s to mid 30s at most reporting stations. Neihart received the largest amount of precipitation for the month with 1.67 inches of moisture and most other stations saw 0.01 to 0.82 of an inch of precipitation. High temperatures ranged from the upper 30s to upper 50s, with the state-wide high temperature of 59 degrees recorded in Hamilton and Hysham. The coldest reported low of -25 degrees was recorded in West Yellowstone followed by Cooke City and Plentywood with -24 degrees. The weather outlook for March 4 through March 10 is for near normal temperatures and above normal precipitation east of the Continental Divide. West of the Divide can expect near normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. Normal temperatures for this period in Montana are highs in the mid 30s to the mid 40s, with lows 10 degrees to the mid 20s.

Topsoil moisture adequate and surplus is 55 percent compared with 47 percent last year. Subsoil moisture was 40 percent adequate and surplus compared to 48 percent last year.

Winter wheat condition is above last year with 38 percent good to excellent compared to 24 percent last year. Wind and freeze damage remain low with 95 percent none to light, compared with 65 percent last year. Freeze and drought damage remains low at 7 percent, compared to 14 percent last year. Protectiveness of snow cover is above last year, despite warm weather with 18 percent good to excellent, compared with 2 percent last year.

Livestock grazing conditions were 67 percent open to difficult for the month of February, compared to 81 percent last year. Supplemental feeding is still ahead of last year at this time with both cattle and sheep at 98 percent being fed. Livestock birthing is well underway with 16 percent of calving and 8 percent of lambing complete, compared with 14 and 6 percent, respectively, last year.

Date: 3/11/2013



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