Severe Weather Eyes Northern Rockies
UPDATED 6 PM PDT, September 6, 2013
By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, John Bateman
For the third day in a row the Northwest U.S. has been prime territory for severe weather. This time, western Montana has been feeling the brunt of developing storms capable of producing large hail and damaging wind gusts.
Due to the threat, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for central Montana, including the cities of Butte, Great Falls, and Lewistown.
Once again today, the catalyst for these powerful storms will be a potent upper-level disturbance lurking across the Pacific Northwest. As storm coverage increases by the evening, they will rake across western Montana as they race northeastward toward the Canadian border. The main threats will be hail up to the size of golf balls along with damaging 65 mph wind gusts.
Storms on Thursday produced over 40 reports of severe weather in the Northwest. This included golf ball size hail in Bend and Jordan Valley, Ore., while a 79 mph wind gust was recorded near Cardwell, Mont.
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