Friday, February 28, 2014

A Significant Winter, 2014

Deck sculptures and a plump Adirondack settee illustrate western Montana's current conditions.

This winter's weather and snowfall revert back to an earlier era when the season was seldom mild. We've had a string of so-so winters, but this year's storms have been back-to-back and many are pleased. The snowpacks surrounding the mountain ranges of the Bitterroot are well above normal, some approaching 150% of normal and beyond.

In this semi-desert region, 15 inches of precipitation is welcomed. We await word on this year's winter total and hope the very low temperatures will blunt the pine bark beetle invasion that has devastated some of our forests, turning them brown. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014