- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Southwest Montana received a welcome drink on Monday, with up to an inch of moisture in some locations — and even a little snow above 8,000 feet. But the relief looks to be of the short-term variety, with temperatures expected to soar back into the 90s by the weekend.

Butte received about seven-tenths of an inch of rain from about 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., and light rain was continuing to fall in the early evening. Tuesday is expected to be pleasant with a high in the 70s.

“We wish it could have been more widespread, particularly up to the Glacier fire area, but a lot of southwestern Montana got a pretty good dousing,” National Weather Service meteorologist Ray Nickless said in Missoula.

Butte actually got more moisture than the Basin Creek station in the Highlands, where only half an inch was recorded. Nickless attributed that to “the storm cell lingering” over Butte Monday afternoon

Nickless said that some areas in the Big Hole Valley reported upward of three-quarters of an inch — good news for the parched drainage — although he said “most of it is soaking in” as opposed to running off into the streams. About the same amount was reported in the Pioneer Mountains to the east. Dillon received about six-tenths of an inch.

Deer Lodge received about seven-tenths, and some mountainous areas of Granite County got more than an inch.

He said Helena also received about half an inch by 4 p.m. Monday, with more rain falling immediately to the east.

“The rain is certainly helping with the fire situation in some areas,” Nickless said.

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