Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June Monthly Weather Summary

The entries in this posting come from the daily blog at Wunderground. Sometimes I make a few changes here, but most of the time, the blog is just captured, edited slightly to have the images fit the blogger format, and the posting is saved. Normally, I post daily at Wunderground and just add this entry at the end of the month represented in this posting title.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009: Sunny and mild day today in NW Montana. The creek flow was increased due to a release of water from upstream. Otherwise, dry conditions continue. The grass in the pastures varies from long and healthy in the two pastures that were flooded over this spring, to short and varied in the upper dry areas.

Long Grass and View to the Old Barn
Long grass in the winter paddock

Monday, June 29, 2009: It was another clear day in NW Montana. The evening sky had an interesting color to it tonight.

Morning Sun on Box Elder
Morning sun and the Box Elder tree

Evening Sky behind West Trees
Glowing evening sky to the west

Sunday, June 28, 2009: Just like it was in Missoula, it was a sunny, warm, dry day again in NW Montana. I returned to the ranch late in the day as the dogs sniffed around the trees.

Dogs in the Evening Sunlight
Taffy and Titan in the evening sunlight

Evening Panorama East Views (merged three images)
Evening views to the east

Saturday, June 27 & Sunday, June 28, 2009: Senior Softball Tournament in Missoula.

Softball Tournament (Slide Show)

Limited Views of Missoula (not a tourist this weekend) (Slide Show)

Friday, June 26, 2009: Today was just like yesterday: Sunny, dry, and nice temperatures. Today, just a few clouds decided to show up in the afternoon.

View East with just a Touch of Clouds
Merged images with a touch of clouds in the east sky

Thursday, June 25, 2009: It was a sunny, warm, and dry day in NW Montana.

Afternoon View to the East
Merged images creating a view to the east

Wednesday, June 24, 2009: Return from Minnesota to Montana. This was a travel day with the flight from Minneapolis to Kalispell. A window seat provided an opportunity to see what the camera could capture from the sky.

Flying from Minnesota to Montana (Slide Show)

Back at the Ranch ... Evening Views (Slide Show)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009: The day began with the same calmness that ended the day before. With the cool night and moisture, a heavy fog hung over the lake for a couple of hours in the morning. Clearing followed, and made for another gorgeous day in the wilderness of northeast Minnesota. This was departing day though, and the trip across the lake completed a wonderful stay in northeast Minnesota.

Fog, to Sun, and another Lake Crossing (Slide Show)

Monday, June 22, 2009: Another wonderful rest day today in Northeast Minnesota. Weather-wise, an overnight shower cooled down the night and made the morning a little wet and humid. There was a chance for another hike of the portage trail. The evening meal (usually a cookout over an open fire) was a great rib-roast that left everyone fat and happy. After the meal, the calm evening made for a great time to view the lake from the dock. The water was still and beautiful.

Scenes of the Day in NE Minnesota (Slide Show)

Sunday, June 21, 2009: This was a great rest day in NE Minnesota. After yesterday's marathon, it is nice way to recover from the 26.2 mile run, and the previous three months (and over 600 miles) of training. Just enjoy the day, hike a little, swim a little, eat a little, drink as necessary. I love it!

Resting and Relaxing in Northeast Minnesota (Slide Show)

Saturday, June 20, 2009: Today was the trip to Duluth to run Grandma's Marathon. This was marathon number 37 for me. A warm day greeted the runners with temperatures in the middle 60's and relative humidity in the 90's at the start of the race. It got warmer through the day. After the marathon, it was a drive up to Burntside Lake in NE Minnesota and a cruise across the lake for rest and relaxation for the next few days.

Grandma's Marathon ... I finish my 24th Grandma's! (Slide Show)

Crossing Burntside Lake and the Guest Quarters (Slide Show)

Friday, June 19, 2009: A day for a trip to Duluth to pick up the race packet. Later, there was time for a visit to the Woods Place and an evening cruise around Sand Lake on the pontoon boat.

Visit to Duluth to Pickup Race Packets (Slide Show>

Woods Place Visit and Pontoon Cruise (Slide Show)

Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18, 2009: Travel days and visiting with family in Minnesota.

Travel and Family (Slide Show)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009: The day was sunny and mild. This was the first day of my trip to Minnesota and the last morning line-up of the horses for a week.

Horses before Morning Release to Grazing Paddocks
Patti at gate just before morning horse release for grazing greener paddocks

Tuesday, June 16, 2009: Partly cloudy start to what became a mostly sunny day. The cumulus again popped up with even a quick light afternoon shower.

Afternoon Clouds at the Ranch
Clouds in the afternoon

Monday, June 15, 2009: Sunrise under hanging clouds this morning. The day was a mix of high to mid clouds and some sessions of sunny and partly sunny times. By evening, it again was mostly cloudy with some light late evening sprinkles (right after the softball games), but, not enough to spoil the party day.

Sunrise on Just another Day in NW Montana
Sunrise and perched bird

Sunday, June 14, 2009: Some clouds remained overnight as a remnant of yesterday's evening showers. During the early morning, these clouds began to burn away. The forecast if for the chance of new cloud development later in the day today.

Morning View East with Lingering Cloud Cover
Clouds remain this morning after the evening rain from yesterday

Saturday, June 13, 2009: It was a mostly sunny weather day at the ranch today. Just those billowing cumulus again. However, today, they managed to group together a bit more during the early evening. Rain and strong winds were around the area for about a half an hour or so. Just a bit of rainfall was accumulated. It was enough to settle the dust for the evening.

Clouds East of the Ranch this Afternoon
Clouds over the Box Elder tree

Friday, June 12, 2009: It is one of those peaceful feeling days of late spring. Not quite summer yet, but the blue sky and floating clouds drifting through the day.

Clouds Over Lake Cabin
Floating cloud over lake cabin

Thursday, June 11, 2009: Not so cold overnight with some drifting clouds hanging about to keep the frost away for a change. The day way sunny and had just a scattering of clouds.

Sunny Day and Evening
Evening view southeast

Wednesday, June 10, 2009: A year ago on this day we had 3" of snow here in NW Montana. Today, no snow! Although, it was cool enough for a light frost this morning, the combination of the frost and fog quickly burned away and resulted in a wonderful "blue sky with just the right amount of clouds" pre-summer day. The temperature stayed fairly cool, and quite pleasant!

The Morning Sun Burns Away the Fog
Sun burning away the early day fog

Tuesday, June 9, 2009: It was cool overnight with frost on the deck this morning. The outdoor plants (some tomatoes and the marigolds) have been challenged a couple of times since being allowed out on their own! Sunny sky was present during the morning. Just a bit of development of clouds after some of the early morning ground fog and low clouds dissolved.

Mix of Clouds, Sun, and Fog this Morning
Mix of morning sun, clouds, and valley ground fog

Monday, June 8, 2009: The clouds that arrived late yesterday continued to be present overnight. By early morning (like 4:00 AM or so, according to the recording rain gauge) rain began to fall. It was heavy at times and resulted in over 0.40" by the time it ended in mid-morning. The early afternoon was a mix of low clouds and still some light showers. I went out for a run and noticed the hills west of the ranch had a fresh coating of snow near the tops (the morning rain was quite cold, no wonder!). The clouds began to break during the afternoon. By early evening, a nice mix of clouds, blue sky, and sunshine had returned to the area.

Evening Clouds to the Southeast along with Blue Sky
Blue sky and clouds over the lilacs

Sunday, June 7, 2009: A clear, cool, and much calmer start to the day today. Cumulus developed around the edges during the morning and mid day, but no showers developed. With the lighter wind, it was a much more pleasant day today than it was yesterday. Late in the day, the clouds became thicker, and it was mostly cloudy at the last animal check just before dark.

Longeing Harmony at Rebecca Farm
Rebecca Farm Dressage day two with Glacier Park peak in the background

Saturday, June 6, 2009: Strong north winds overnight brought with them a break in the dry days of this month by giving some overnight rain. The breezes continued to be quite strong through the morning and for most of the day. That didn't stop my wife from doing a dressage ride in a local horse show (and doing quite well, in-spite of the wind! Cool conditions were the rule of the day and kept the light snow visible on higher hills around for most of the day.

Patti on Wanita after Dressage Test
Patti on Wanita after dressage ride

Friday, June 5, 2009: Today started clear, and mostly calm. By early afternoon some Cu can be seen popping up to the south and east. The forecast is calling for a chance of rain and even a thunder shower. June has been completely dry so far and is historically the wet period before the full dry-out typical for July through late August.

Hazy Afternoon Sky with some Clouds Developing
Some light cumulus to the east - Not much here

Thursday, June 4, 2009: Mostly sunny and continued very dry today. (See Life, One Day at a Time for more daily activities).

Dusty Morning Air over the Horses
Dusty air as the horses graze in the morning light

Wednesday, June 3, 2009: Cool overnight. Sunny, nice day around the ranch.

Morning Sunshine on the Old Barn
The old barn and fence line in the morning sunlight

Tuesday, June 2, 2009: More sunshine than clouds today. The wind was lighter today and still a bit cool.

Morning Walk along the Upper Fence Line
Walking the dogs early in the day today

Monday, June 1, 2009: Today was variably cloudy and cooler. The wind shifted to the north overnight and the temperature did not get as warm as it has been for the last several days. No precipitation fell during the weather change event. Overnight wind, and the wind during the day today was quite strong.

Morning Sunrise Sky
Sun though light clouds this morning

Night Animal Check
Lights on for the last animal check of the day

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