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Rain falls snaps longest ever Missoula dry spell

Posted at 1:27 PM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 09:16:37-04

MISSOULA – The skies opened up and for the first time in 48 days the Missoula Valley — and other locations — that haven’t received rainfall in several weeks finally got it.

StormTracker meteorologist Russ Thomas says that most folks just saw a small amount, but the sight of rain is certainly welcomed. The previous longest dry spell recorded by the National Weather Service office in Missoula was 47 days.

The NWS reports that a total of 0.54" of rain fell on Monday marking the official end of the record-breaking dry spell in Missoula. Plenty of other locations across western Montana and north central Idaho also received appreciable rainfall amounts.

The Sanders County Fire Information Facebook page reports that Plains received .19" and Thompson Falls recorded a trace of rain.  Meanwhile, scattered rain showers fell on Monday morning over the Howe Ridge fire which has forced evacuations in Glacier National Park.