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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in West Glendive Montana, United States

In West Glendive, the summers are warm and mostly clear and the winters are freezing, dry, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 9°F to 88°F and is rarely below -14°F or above 98°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit West Glendive for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.

Climate in West Glendive

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West Glendive weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

Average Temperature in West Glendive

The hot season lasts for 3.2 months, from June 8 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is July 24, with an average high of 88°F and low of 60°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 22 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 39°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 9°F and high of 27°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in West Glendive

Average High and Low Temperature in West GlendivehotcoldcoldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec-20°F-20°F-10°F-10°F0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJan 127°FJan 127°FJul 2488°FJul 2488°F9°F9°F60°F60°FJun 876°FJun 876°FSep 1476°FSep 1476°FNov 2239°FNov 2239°FMar 139°FMar 139°F52°F52°F48°F48°F21°F21°F18°F18°FNowNow
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature in West Glendive

Average Hourly Temperature in West GlendiveJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingfreezingcoldcoldcoolwarmvery coldvery coldfrigidcomfortablecomfortablefrigid
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

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Clouds

In West Glendive, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in West Glendive begins around June 11 and lasts for 3.9 months, ending around October 7. On July 29, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 76% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 24% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 7 and lasts for 8.1 months, ending around June 11. On January 18, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 59% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 41% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in West Glendive

Cloud Cover Categories in West GlendiveclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2976%Jul 2976%Jan 1841%Jan 1841%Jun 1159%Jun 1159%Oct 759%Oct 759%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in West Glendive varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.7 months, from April 24 to August 14, with a greater than 17% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 32% on June 8.

The drier season lasts 8.3 months, from August 14 to April 24. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% on February 2.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation in West Glendive changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 8.4 months, from March 4 to November 14. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 32% on June 8.

Snow alone is the most common for 3.6 months, from November 14 to March 4. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 3% on December 29.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in West Glendive

Daily Chance of Precipitation in West GlendivesnowrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jun 832%Jun 832%Feb 22%Feb 22%Mar 45%Mar 45%Nov 145%Nov 145%Jan 14%Jan 14%Apr 2417%Apr 2417%Aug 1417%Aug 1417%NowNowrain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. West Glendive experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.8 months, from April 2 to October 26, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 7, with an average total accumulation of 2.2 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.2 months, from October 26 to April 2. The least rain falls around January 15, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in West Glendive

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in West Glendive does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in West Glendive

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in West GlendivesnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.0 in0.5 in0.5 in1.0 in1.0 in1.5 in1.5 in2.0 in2.0 inMar 300.1 inMar 300.1 inJul 160.0 inJul 160.0 inDec 300.1 inDec 300.1 inNowNow
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in West Glendive varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 30 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 15 hours, 55 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in West Glendive

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in West GlendiveJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 8 minMar 2012 hr, 8 minMar 2015 hr, 55 minJun 2015 hr, 55 minJun 2012 hr, 10 minSep 2212 hr, 10 minSep 228 hr, 30 minDec 218 hr, 30 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:02 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 47 minutes later at 7:49 AM on November 6. The earliest sunset is at 4:09 PM on December 10, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 49 minutes later at 8:58 PM on June 25.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in West Glendive during 2021, starting in the spring on March 14, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 7.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in West Glendive

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in West GlendiveJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 155:02 AMJun 155:02 AM8:58 PMJun 258:58 PMJun 25Dec 104:09 PMDec 104:09 PM7:49 AMNov 67:49 AMNov 6Mar 14DSTMar 14DSTDSTNov 7DSTNov 7daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Moon

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in West Glendive

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The perceived humidity level in West Glendive, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 1% of 1% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels in West Glendive

Humidity Comfort Levels in West GlendiveJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Feb 250%Feb 250%Jul 172%Jul 172%NowNowdrydryhumidhumid
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in West Glendive experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 8.8 months, from September 20 to June 13, with average wind speeds of more than 10.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 18, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.1 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 3.2 months, from June 13 to September 20. The calmest day of the year is July 31, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.6 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in West Glendive

Average Wind Speed in West GlendivewindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mph18 mph18 mph20 mph20 mphJan 1812.1 mphJan 1812.1 mphJul 319.6 mphJul 319.6 mphSep 2010.9 mphSep 2010.9 mphJun 1310.9 mphJun 1310.9 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in West Glendive varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the east for 3.6 weeks, from July 21 to August 15, with a peak percentage of 28% on August 1. The wind is most often from the west for 11 months, from August 15 to July 21, with a peak percentage of 54% on January 1.

Wind Direction in West Glendive

Wind Direction in West GlendiveWEWJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwesteastnorthsouth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in West Glendive throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit West Glendive for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Tourism Score in West Glendive

Tourism Score in West Glendivebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.17.10.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature tourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit West Glendive for hot-weather activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Beach/Pool Score in West Glendive

Beach/Pool Score in West GlendiveJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810104.74.70.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature beach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in West Glendive typically lasts for 4.8 months (148 days), from around May 7 to around October 2, rarely starting before April 18 or after May 26, and rarely ending before September 12 or after October 20.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in West Glendive

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in West Glendivegrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%May 750%May 750%Oct 250%Oct 250%May 2690%May 2690%Sep 1290%Sep 1290%Apr 1810%Apr 1810%Oct 2010%Oct 2010%0%Dec 50%Dec 5Jul 22100%Jul 22100%NowNowfrigidfreezingvery coldcoolcomfortablewarmhotcold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in West Glendive should appear around April 20, only rarely appearing before April 8 or after May 6.

Growing Degree Days in West Glendive

Growing Degree Days in West GlendiveJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F500°F500°F1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°F2,500°F2,500°FApr 2090°FApr 2090°FJul 2900°FJul 2900°FAug 131,800°FAug 131,800°FDec 312,606°FDec 312,606°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from May 6 to August 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.3 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 4, with an average of 7.5 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from October 28 to February 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 1.3 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in West Glendive

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in West GlendivebrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhJul 47.5 kWhJul 47.5 kWhDec 251.3 kWhDec 251.3 kWhMay 66.3 kWhMay 66.3 kWhAug 196.3 kWhAug 196.3 kWhOct 282.6 kWhOct 282.6 kWhFeb 142.6 kWhFeb 142.6 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of West Glendive are 47.111 deg latitude, -104.750 deg longitude, and 2,113 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of West Glendive contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 390 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,128 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (866 feet). Within 50 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,716 feet).

The area within 2 miles of West Glendive is covered by grassland (63%), cropland (19%), and artificial surfaces (10%), within 10 miles by grassland (83%), and within 50 miles by grassland (81%) and cropland (17%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in West Glendive, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in West Glendive.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and West Glendive according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at West Glendive is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between West Glendive and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Dawson Community Airport (KGDV, 90%, 4.5 kilometers, northwest); Sidney-Richland Municipal Airport (KSDY, 4.8%, 80 kilometers, northeast); Baker Municipal Airport (KBHK, 3.7%, 92 kilometers, southeast); and Dickinson Municipal Airport (KDIK, 1.8%, 152 kilometers, east).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.