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An Active Start to the Week

A slow moving and large-scale system will produce widespread rain and thunderstorms the next few days across the central and southern Plains into the Mid to Lower Mississippi Valley. Severe storms will be common across Texas through Tuesday before spreading eastward. The locally heavy rain will produce possible flooding and have a similar transition to the east through midweek. Read More >

Great Falls is located in central Montana just east of the Continental Divide, at the historically significant confluence of the Missouri and Sun Rivers. The expedition of Lewis and Clark was forced to portage around the spectacular waterfalls for which the city is named. Great Falls has a population of nearly 60,000 which includes the community of Malmstrom AFB on the east end of town.

Montanans call the state, “The Last, Best Place,” and many have come here only to remain, thanks to the clear air, clean water, outdoor activities, and picturesque beauty. Within a few hours are Glacier, Yellowstone, and Teton National Parks, as well as many other national and state parks and forests making Great Falls an ideal launching point for adventure. Within an hour of the city you will find ample opportunities for camping, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and hunting, while the many rivers and streams offer world-class blue ribbon fly-fishing, rafting, and canoeing. In fact, you don’t even need to leave town to enjoy the outdoors; right in the city, Giant Springs State Park and nearly 60 miles of walking and cycling paths of the Rivers Edge Trail provide immediate outdoor satisfaction.

With a symphony orchestra, many museumsuniversities, a fine public school system, a thriving medical hub, and an affordable cost of living (90/100), Great Falls is a great place to raise a family. Home of famed western artist C.M. Russell, Great Falls annually hosts a Western Art Week that attracts art lovers and buyers from around the world. (Visitor information/activities: https://visitgreatfallsmontana.org/fall-in-love-with.../ )

Forecasting weather within the region’s continental climate and varied terrain offers a whole range of hydrometeorological challenges. Winter snow, cold spells, and Chinook winds give way in spring, yielding to greening fields and rivers swollen with snowmelt runoff and spring rains. Thunderstorms, occasionally severe, lead into a dry, warm summer. Wildfire season then presents new challenges, leading back to the first snows of fall.

Our office culture is one of an empowered workforce, embracing change, and aligning local efforts with larger agency goals. Our whole office concept encourages team members to step outside their comfort zones, to take risks, to grow, and to develop leadership skills. We value, support, and celebrate one another, and that spirit of camaraderie leads to better service for partners and the public. WFO Great Falls is the NWS liaison for the State of Montana and has a CWA of over 50,000 square miles. 

 

 

 

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