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2018 Billings weather wrap by the numbers

Posted at 11:35 AM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:50:18-04

BILLINGS – The weather in Montana can certainly be all over the place but today, as much of the Midwest and Great Lakes regions are gripped by record-setting cold, we can be thankful for a relatively average day of weather.

With weather records in mind, the National Weather Service in Billings has released their 2018 wrap up.

Some of the highlights include our record hot stretch in August when Billings registered a temperature of 103 degrees on Aug. 12.

On that same day, the mercury rose to 108 degrees in Baker.

2018 Climate Statistics
Courtesy NWS Billings

Over the course of the entire year, our average temperature was 46.2 degrees, which was 2 degrees less than average and made for the 18th coldest year on record. Records have been kept in Billings since 1934.

As far as precipitation was concerned, 2018 saw 19.01 inches fall in Billings, more than five inches above average and the 19th wettest year on record.

Slightly more than 8 percent of that total amount fell in one day, May 23, when we had 1.54 inches of rain.

Baker was once again a place to mention as their rainiest day was one of the highest in the region at 2.47 inches on June 16.

For a list of some of the most interesting and impactful weather events in our region, check out this link from the meteorologists over at the NWS Billings office.