Columbia Falls, Montana 

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Climate in Columbia Falls, Montana

Columbia Falls, Montana gets 18 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Columbia Falls averages 57 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 152 sunny days per year in Columbia Falls. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Columbia Falls gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 127 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.


Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 81 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 16
Rain: averages 18 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 57 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Columbia Falls is 6.3 (10=best), which means it is less comfortable than most places in Montana.

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Summer   /   Winter
July, August and June are the most pleasant months in Columbia Falls, while December and January are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Columbia Falls, MontanaUnited States
  18.2 in.38.1 in.
  56.5 in.27.8 in.
  127.3 days106.2 days
  152 days205 days
  80.7°85.8°
  16.3°21.7°
  6.37
  3.24.3
  3081 ft.2443 ft.
CLIMATE

YOU SHOULD KNOW

Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.


August is the hottest month for Columbia Falls with an average high temperature of 80.9°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Montana. In Columbia Falls, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Columbia Falls are July, August and June.


In Columbia Falls, there are 9.4 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Montana.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Columbia Falls with an average of 16.3°. This is warmer than most places in Montana.


In Columbia Falls, there are 180.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Montana.


In Columbia Falls, there are 9.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Montana.


Humidity is low in Columbia Falls, and some people might find the dryness to be uncomfortable. Days with noticeable humidity are rare throughout the year. A very dry climate can lead to cracked, itchy skin and dry eyes.


June is the wettest month in Columbia Falls with 2.8 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 1.1 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 30% of yearly precipitation and 22% occurs in Winter, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 18.2 inches in Columbia Falls means that it is wetter than most places in Montana.


December is the rainiest month in Columbia Falls with 13.8 days of rain, and August is the driest month with only 6.8 rainy days. There are 127.3 rainy days annually in Columbia Falls, which is one of the rainiest places in Montana. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 29% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 21% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 56.5 inches in Columbia Falls means that it is snowier than most places in Montana. December is the snowiest month in Columbia Falls with 18.0 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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    Culture? - 10/16/2008
    Plenty to do outside year round, though void of culture and decent... Read More

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    Blue collar town - 7/4/2008
    Columbia Falls is a very laid back blue collar sort of town. There is a wonderful ski resort less than 15 miles away, lakes & rivers only short driving distances away,... Read More


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