National Weather Service

Jacob Futhey

A short storm Sunday night caused lasting damage for some people in Billings.

Wet thunderstorms expected to sweep western Montana through the weekend could provide wildland firefighters their best reprieve of the season yet.

That includes those attacking the Horsefly Fire east of Lincoln, the Beeskove Fire east of Missoula, and the Snow Creek Fire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

More than 100 potential weather spotters attended the National Weather Service's Skywan Spotter training session at the Billings Public Library April 2.
Kay Erickson

Modern technology helps the National Weather Service predict and track severe weather. But just as important in the weather warning system are trained weather spotters.

Kay Erickson

Warmer temperatures  expected this weekend and into next week could mean area flooding with frozen ground and melting snow.

This warmer weather can cause the snow and ice on rivers to break up and let loose, eventually backing up around bridge abutments, culverts and bends in the river, pushing water over the riverbanks.

Julie Arthur, Billings National Weather Service Meteorologist, advises people to watch these temperatures and watch these rivers carefully, and move any livestock and equipment away from the rivers.

The 2017-18 winter for the Billings, Montana region was one of the snowiest on record, but meteorologists say for those who are hoping to use their snow shovel and snow blower a little less this winter, they may be in luck.

Climate change is causing temperatures to rise, fanning the flames of wildfires across the region. But when it comes to extreme weather in the region, there’s a new kid on the block — tornados.  

Wildfire season is ramping up across our region. There are all sorts of people involved in waiting, watching and fighting them -- people you might not expect. We’re profiling some of them in a series, Faces Behind The Fires.


The National Weather Service in Billings has selected drought and the resulting wildfire activity as the top weather event for 2017. It probably comes as no surprise to residents east of the Continental Divide.

NWS Meteorologist Tom Frieders said parts of Montana are still experiencing drought. He said at this time last year most of the state was in pretty good shape.

National Weather Service

Because hot, dry, and windy weather makes conditions ripe for new wildfire starts or extreme and erratic fire behavior,  the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for areas of Montana until 9 p.m. Friday.

Numerous local, state, and federal government agencies also have restrictions on open flames because of the tinder dry conditions.

Fire activity is increasing across the state as the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning today for high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity for a large portion of central and northeastern Montana. The warning is in effect until 9 p.m tonight.