Region Experienced Weather Extremes During 2023
The year 2023 was a noteworthy one for weather in northeastern Montana.
The National Weather Service reports that 2023 was the eighth warmest year on record for the region with an average annual temperature of 45.8 degrees. December was the warmest December on record for the Glasgow area with an average temperature of 31.4 degrees. The previous record was 29.1 degrees in 1999. Daily records set in December included high maximum temperatures on Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, and high minimum temperatures on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7.
The region ended the year with near to above normal annual precipitation for most locations across northeastern Montana. The year’s wettest month was May with 3.89 inches in Glasgow. The driest month was December with 0.09 inches.
Total precipitation was 12.45 inches for 2023. The normal amount is 13.44 inches.
The hottest temperature in northeastern Montana for the year was 107 degrees in Glasgow on July 24. The coldest temperature recorded was 33 below zero in Cohagen on Feb. 23. The greatest rainfall in a 24-hour period was 3.65 inches near Hinsdale on June 2. The biggest day for snowfall was 11 inches in Glasgow on Oct. 25.
Wolf Point reported the strongest wind gust at 91 miles per hour on July 30. Culbertson experienced the coldest wind chill of 47 degrees below zero on Jan. 30.
The largest hail size was 3 inches near Wibaux July 11.