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Yes, Montana Has Snowflakes That Can Kill You

Everything in Montana is big — Even our snow

Tom Egelhoff
4 min readJul 25, 2022


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We’ve all heard the old saying, “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity.”

As of this writing, most of the US is experiencing warmer than usual temperatures. Ninety degrees is a ho-hum temp in most parts of our nation.

Being almost a mile above sea level, and a somewhat arid climate blesses Montana with comfortably low humidity most of the time.

Regardless of the humidity, when it gets over 90 degrees in Bozeman, Montana — that’s HOT.

We love to brag about our cold temps that are far more impressive.

On more than one morning I’ve driven to my talk radio job in 25 degrees below zero temps. In 1987 many parts of Montana saw temps near 70 degrees below zero.

Screw climate change when it gets that cold, I’m warming up the gas-guzzling, planet-killing van before leaving the house.

Montana does hold the record for the world’s largest snowflake.

Guinness World Records lists a snowflake 15 inches in diameter and 8 inches thick as measured at Fort Keogh, Montana, in 1887, as the largest.

You’d be safer in a hailstorm than being hit with one of those snowflakes. No info as to its weight.

In my nearly 30 years of living here, I’ve seen snow every month of the year.

Cold vs. Hot

I lived in San Diego, Ca. for 13 years. Try to imagine how boring 75 degrees can be every day of the year.

I had to mow grass 52 weeks a year. In Montana maybe 14 weeks if that.

Cooler temps allow more fun things to happen.

You can ski, ice skate, hike without breaking a sweat, jog, hunt, fish, and camp comfortably at any temp between 40 and 75 degrees.

When it gets hotter than that things start to weigh you down.

Your endurance wanes, and even your clothes start to feel heavy.

When it’s 95 you can’t drink enough water to hydrate yourself.

Montana’s Summer



Tom Egelhoff

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