While the worst of fire season may be over and drought-induced fishing restrictions were lifted this week, hydrologist Ray Nicholas with the National Weather Service said Montana is still plagued by drought.
Many Missoulians and folks residing in western Montana are thanking Mother Nature this morning for some much needed precipitation. The rain and wind led to clear skies, greeting residents with fresh air and a little less smoke.
Summer and the fire season arrived a month early. There was hope that the coming winter might bring lots of snowpack to keep this dry spring and summer from happening two years in a row. Unfortunately, the exact opposite may be true.
UPDATE -- 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 8. The National Weather Service is predicting wet thunderstorms with the potential for flash flooding Thursday and Friday that could continue through the weekend. The southern Bitterroot Valley could be hardest hit.