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Old 06-25-2015, 11:46 AM   #1
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Northern Rocky Mt. heat wave

This may not quite fit in Forums, but anyone traveling in the Northern Rockies may want to know this is not the best time to be here. We are having an unprecedented early heat wave. This may not seem like much to those of you who live in hot climates already, but it is a big deal for us here who don't see this kind of thing often.

Here is a part of the weather discussion from the National Weather Service in Missoula MT.

"Westerly flow aloft will transition to a ridge of high pressure
over the Northern Rockies by Friday, with very hot temperatures to
be present through at least the middle of next week. This will be
one of the earliest heat waves in history for the Northern
Rockies, with some locations to record the first ever 100 degree
day in June. Saturday and Sunday are anticipated to be the
warmest days for most locations in the next week, ahead of some
afternoon and evening thunderstorm activity moving around the high
pressure Sunday and Monday. The thunderstorm activity is unlikely
to bring much beneficial rainfall, however lightning-related
wildfire starts may occur. Considering all of the clouds present
during overnights from Sunday through at least the middle of next
week, overnight temperatures will stay exceptionally warm,
particularly over high terrain. We cannot emphasize enough the
dangers to public health with temperatures so warm for the next
week. Hydration and avoiding long exposure to the heat outdoors is
key to preventing heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and hyperthermia.
Extended exposure to hot temperatures, even considering the warm
overnights, can be fatal."

It has been very dry also, virtually no rain in the past two months, typically our wettest part of the year.

Temps at my home in Idaho are predicted to be: Thursday 96, Friday 102, Sat 106, Sunday 110, Monday 103, Tuesday 102, Wed 103. Although we do get those temps now and then, a string of them like this I have never seen. Night time low temps generally are in the 50's but this string says in the upper 60's and low 70's as lows. And it is only June.

Just a heads up to those of you traveling in the area.
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:10 PM   #2
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I see Kalispell, MT will be hitting 103F by Sunday. I hope there are no wildfires this year in Glacier NP.
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Old 06-25-2015, 05:02 PM   #3
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This is due to our imminent arrival.
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Old 06-25-2015, 05:26 PM   #4
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This will just make the drought problem worse. I think Idaho is in for a VERY bad next few years...........just NO water and we continue to bring in more and more people. I'm not normally a "Henny Penny" but I do believe that the sky may actually be falling (at least heating up). On a positive note..........this should please those that hate campfires (different thread). I doubt that campfires will be allowed any where in the West, especially Idaho, fire ring or not.
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Old 06-25-2015, 07:41 PM   #5
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This is due to our imminent arrival.
Takes up a collection to send mrprez back home... lol. No actually we love you to visit, but it is going to be HOT and dry.

Last year in late August I got chased out of my home for a few days due to wildfire, and that was a wet year. I am not looking forward to this year at all. There is still a lot which could burn around here.
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:38 PM   #6
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Takes up a collection to send mrprez back home... lol. No actually we love you to visit, but it is going to be HOT and dry.

Last year in late August I got chased out of my home for a few days due to wildfire, and that was a wet year. I am not looking forward to this year at all. There is still a lot which could burn around here.
As of today we have no fixed home to return to, our home is where we park the trailer each night...

We are leaving TN in the morning and drifting west by northwest. Maybe the heat will pass before we get there.
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Ah, you are not responsible then, at least yet. Lets hope that it goes back to normal summer by the time you get here, so take your time and you may avoid it. I hope so as it is going to be serious hot here for a week or more.
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Hilarious to see this for two reasons!

1. MT isn't northern ANYTHING to me
2. I was camping in Jasper, AB last week and froze my @$$ off with overnight temperatures approaching freezing...lol!

Happy trails!
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Jasper Alberta, and Calgary, are both forecast to reach highs of 33 C - 34 C this weekend. 39 C in Kelowna.
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