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Montana Looks Towards a Drought-Free Summer – Precipitation Needs to Continue Through May and June

Just a few months ago, parts of western Montana were still in near-drought conditions that had continued from the extremely dry summer.

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Drought-Like Conditions Unlikely – More Moisture in Missoula Should Bring Precipitation Levels Towards Normal

Despite many sunny days this winter, Missoula is almost average when it comes to snow pack and precipitation for this time of year.

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Montana Drought Forecast Not as Bad

May is finishing with a flurry of rain that is giving drought watchers hope as the summer season looms.

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Large Area of Montana in Extreme to Severe Drought, Little Indication for Fire Season Severity

Recent maps released by the U.S. Drought Monitor show much of southern Montana in either severe or extreme drought.

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D’Awww! Alert – Neglected Ducks See Water for First Time

Here's a little something to brighten your day. A flock of ducks was rescued from a bird hoarder who had never taken them to water. This is video footage of their first collective swim. But first, a wacky bit of duck herding, which i

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Burned area from the Bear trap Fire, earlier this year on Madison River. (USFS Photo)
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Fire Season and Statewide Restrictions Extended

Campfire restrictions are still in effect in Ravalli County and Missoula County and open burning restrictions have been place for months.

Now, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has extended the fire season past its usual end date, September 30

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Scientists Find Disturbing Link Between Drought and Suicide

There appears to be a creepy correlation between extended periods of drought and high rates of suicide.

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How Will the Worst Drought in 50 Years Affect the Price of Beef? — Dollars and Sense

Beef lovers will soon feel the effects of the worst drought in 50 years as the price of meat rises sharply in the coming months. The ongoing drought gripping two-thirds of the country has caused crops to wither and sent the cost of feed soaring. Experts say this will cause meat prices to skyrocket.

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Drought Will Lead to Higher Food Prices in Montana [AUDIO]

The drought that is devastating the Midwest has also affected farms and ranches here in Montana. Chris Christiaens is a lobbyist and Project Specialist for the Montana Farmers Union. Christiaens says the drought has affected hay producers, which has led to higher cattle feed prices. Many ranchers in Montana and Wyoming have sold off large numbers of cattle to save money on hay. Christiaens says this will bring beef prices down briefly, but will eventually lead to higher prices by the early part of next year.

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Can the Nationwide Drought Wind Up Costing You Money? — Dollars and Sense

The record-breaking heat that’s recently affected much of the country has resulted in soaring utility bills — and that may not be the only way it hits your wallet.

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