Montana, like most of the northwest is in the middle of a cold snap. We are having the coldest temperatures in the past ten years, most notably tonight and tomorrow night with lows expected in the mid teens below zero. (At the moment the outside thermometer is showing – 0º.)
The meteorologist at one of the area TV stations mentioned this morning that yesterday in Great Falls (about 200 miles east of here) the temperature reached -26º and at the same time the temperature at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica was only at -20°.
Today I made a short and very painful meander down along the river to get a few photos of its icy conditions. Painful because I have a problem with one knee (that thankfully can be repaired) that causes me to walk somewhat like one of Dr. Frankenstein’s creations. The temperature was 9º and with a 20mph wind, the chill factor was -20º. Inside my goose down parka it was as warm as toast, but I could sure feel the cold on my fingers when I was snapping pictures! The moisture from my breath iced up my mustache, but I love to breathe that cold fresh air!
Here are a few scenes of the river: