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Weather

A deck of cards may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about bad weather, but they sure come in handy to pass the time while waiting in a car, tent or trailer for a rainstorm to pass!

A family outdoor excursion can be an enjoyable experience with good preparation. Knowing everyone's limits, taking the time to plan ahead, packing the right items, and being prepared for any kind of weather will help your adventure be a safe and memorable one.

Montana weather is, to say the least, diverse-and changeable. The combination of its northern latitude, its location in the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains, and the dramatic elevation changes all combine to produce some really wild, wacky and generally unpredictable weather.

For anyone who is venturing outdoors for recreating, knowing what kind of weather to expect is very important. A good rule of thumb is-always be prepared for virtually anything.

Mountain weather

Weather changes rapidly in the mountains. It often takes one by surprise, because a storm can approach without being seen. Although temperatures can be quite high during a summer day, it can dip down into the 40s and 50s at night. It has been known to snow during every month of the year, but that is not common.

Weather on the plains

After a hot summer day, it is not unusual for a thunderstorm to brew up. Often times, these are " dry lightning" storms, that is lightning without any rain. These are very dangerous, because they are the main cause of wildfires in Montana.

Learn how to be safe in Montana's weather

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Lightning

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Wind

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Hail

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