By Tim Leeds 

Is it enough rain to end the drought?


Last updated 6/19/2022 at 6:56pm

A map released on the U.S. Drought Monitor Thursday, showing data through June 14, still shows extreme and even exceptional drought conditions in this part of Montana. The data did not include rain that continued to fall last week including rainfall that flooded parts of the Bear Paw Mountains.

After months of drought, an atmospheric river finally brought some moisture to this part of Montana - too much in the Bear Paw Mountains, leading to restricted access on Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation and again flooding parts of Beaver Creek Park.

The area had seen a few years of moisture shortages and drought conditions, with some local ranchers selling off stock by the start of May and looking to see if they needed to sell more and some local crop producers saying their wheat already was starting to burn.

But rain in June, including a storm last week that brought the first local major f...

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