Weather In Montana Can Get Extreme

One thing that shocks most newcomers to Montana is just how harsh our winters can be.

If you moved here from a more mild climate state, it can be a rude awakening, but it's not just winter that can be extreme in Montana; summer can too.

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The Highest Highs And The Lowest Lows

The running joke in Montana is that if you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes and it'll change.

You might think it's just a funny saying, but it might actually be true, as Montana is the home of the largest recorded temperature change over 24 hours.

On January 15th, 1972, in Loma, Montana, the temperature rose from −54 to 49 °F; that's a shift of 103 °F.

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The Most Extreme Weather Records In Montana

That's just one of the examples of the crazy weather extremes that can happen in Montana.

There are plenty of other examples, such as when Great Falls set a record for the most consecutive days below freezing with 32 days in a row.

Also, who can forget Cut Bank, the proclaimed "Coldest Spot in the Nation," or is it?

It turns out there might be a time and place where the temperature got even colder in Montana, as you'll see below as we look at each state's individual weather records.

LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.

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