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By Amanda Eggert
montanafreepress.org 

'Exceptional set of circumstances' converge to shatter streamflow records across southern Montana

State climatologist says recent temperature and precipitation trends could pull south-central and southwest Montana out of drought.

 


Low temperatures and persistent precipitation combined with an unusually high June snowpack to set the stage for historic flooding in southwest and south-central Montana this week. At least five rivers in Park, Carbon and Stillwater counties set all-time records for high flows, wiping out bridges and roads and sending entire buildings downstream in the process.

Ed McIntosh, a meteorologist with Billings news station Q2, said a recent cycle of precipitation from the West Coast brought a significant amount of rainfall to southern Montana, where it went to work melting an already ample snowpac...



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