Montana Drought

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Montana faces one of the highest overall threats in the country from widespread summer drought.

Montana is projected to see an approximately 95 percent increase in severity of widespread drought by 2050. Montana’s index of the severity of widespread drought is projected to be 143 by 2050, on a scale where a 100 represents the current worst threat to a state in the U.S. (currently held by Texas).

66 percent of meterological stations in Montana are getting more winter precipitation as rain than snow.

Winter snowpack, which is important to the western states in relation to drought, has been on the decline since 1981.

What's Happening with Drought?


Documenting Glaciers in the Dying Days of Ice

Glacier National Park is a 'poster child' for climate change... More


Large Wildfires Are Now More Common and Destructive

Spring and summer — two key seasons for wildfires — have warmed 2.1°F across the West, on average... More


Wildfires Are Ruining the National Park Service’s Birthday

Smoke from large wildfires is obscuring some of the stunning vistas that inspired the preservation of these places and the creation of the National Park Service in the first place... More


What a Warmer Future Means for Southeastern Wildfires

Tinder-dry conditions that have resulted from months with little to no rain and toasty fall temperatures have allowed the fires to reach unusual heights. More

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