If you’ve ever driven through Montana, then you know how difficult a drive that can be. In some areas along the interstate highway, there is more than 3 hours of driving time between restroom stops!
There are small oasis points along the route that can let you fill up on gas, grab some coffee, and keep on going. What makes this difficult trip even harder is not knowing what weather conditions you’ll face. This state’s weather can change quickly and dramatically, making Montana doppler radar an important part of your travel plans.
For residents of this mostly rural state, Montana doppler radar can help them plan out their weeks and months so that ranch work, outdoor chores, or even just a night in the city can take place without relatively high levels of discomfort. Despite the state being over 500 miles wide, there are only 4 dedicated doppler stations in this state.
Let’s take a look at them:
Billings: This city is the largest in Montana, but its population is just over 160,000 people. That is, however, 10% of the population of the entire state! The world’s largest ever recorded steer was kept in storage for a long time in Billings. Called “Steer Montana,” this behemoth of a cow weighed in at almost 2 tons and was almost 6 feet tall at the shoulder. Raised by a local jockey at the time, the steer was taller than his owner! The two used to tour Wild West shows together in the early 1900’s. Many of the tabletop dances that are popular today are also thought to have originated in the saloons of early Billings.
Glasgow: This small town of about 3,000 residents is the county seat of its area. It was founded in 1887 as a railroad town in Northern Montana, close to the Canadian border. The town is known for its high school football traditions, having won 46 state football championships in its storied history. A 2004 Presidential fundraiser in Glasgow raised a record amount from the community for President George W. Bush – a total of $8,000.
Great Falls: This Montana doppler radar station is also located in a city that doubles as a county seat for the state. This city was the first in Montana to elect someone who wasn’t white to a public position of authority, an African-American in 1894. The first female newspaper editor in Montana was also hired by the Great Falls newspaper at the time, just a year later. In 1982, the Great Falls fire department even hired the first female firefighter in the state. It’s primary claim to fame is its location near the Roe River, which was listed as the world’s shortest river.
Missoula: Many people call Missoula the “Garden City” because its climate is relatively mild compared to the rest of the state. This makes it the perfect place for outdoor activities and this city has plenty of that, with hiking, skiing, fishing, mountain biking, and even river runs all a possibility. The city itself is situated on an ancient glacial bed and is centrally located between two popular National parks. John Updike even called Missoula the “Paris of the 90’s.”