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Heat comes late during unusual Billings summer

Weather anomalies were plentiful
Posted at 5:54 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 19:54:26-04

BILLINGS — It's official: Billings reached 100 degrees by mid afternoon Wednesday, tying the record set in 1950.

It's only the third time Billings has reached 100 degrees in the month of September.

Prior to today, the hottest day in 2019 was Aug. 4 when Billings reached 99 degrees.

The coolest high temperature in Billings so far this summer was July 3 at just 66 degrees.

Billings has also seen an above average amount of thunderstorms through the first half of summer. Two days in particular, Aug. 11 and Aug. 22, had severe thunderstorms that dumped damaging hail in the Heights and east of Billings.

Back in May, a huge thunderstorm dumped between 7 and 8 inches of rain in southeast Montana in a three hour period of time. Twenty-four hours later, the runoff caused flash flooding out in Pompey's Pillar.

As for the biblical plague of grasshoppers we've experienced this summer, the rapid spring snow melt and steady rain showers brought that upon us.