Cut Bank, Montana is located in eastern Glacier County, located in extreme northwestern Montana just 30 miles south of the US Canadian border, just east of the cut bank of gorge along Cut Bank Creek. Cut Bank experiences a semi-arid climate with long, cold, dry winters and short, warm, wetter summers. In winter, bitterly cold arctic air masses move south and impact the eastern side of the American Continental Divide – right where Cut Bank is situated. During such invasions Cut Bank, with its comparatively high elevation and topography is frequently the coldest location in the lower 48 U.S. States. Being close to the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains also makes the area subject to occasional Chinook winds that blow down of the Rockies and heat up the air rapidly increasing the local temperature. This can also lead to rapid change in temperatures, especially in the spring and autumn. August 19 1992 was a typical summer day as the mercury soared to 90 in Cut Bank Montana, not a record, but still very high. But extremely cold air though had been building in Alaska and it came barreling down the Canadian plains and right into Cut Bank by the early morning hours of August 22, 1992. The high temperature that day only reached 33 degrees. 8-12” of snow fell just to the north in parts of Alberta. Glacier Park Mt. had 12” of snow and 8.3" of snow covered the ground at Cut Bank.
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