For skiers, sledders, and riders in Montana there is no better place to experience copious amounts of dry snow than the Bridger Mountains. The low water content of this snow is so renowned that it has been dubbed 'The Cold Smoke'. That means the snow is so light and airy that it's easy to breathe in accidentally, just like the incessant smoke during Montana's infamous summer fire seasons. The difference however is all in the fun factor, skiing deep powder and feeling the tingle in your throat and the cool burn in your lungs is an unforgettable experience for anyone on their first outing.
Montana Public Radio recently aired a story and web article that highlighted the plight of a Butte, MT family who was shocked to receive a $56,000 bill for a medical flight from Butte to Seattle. The family was fully insured but their daughter's life saving flight was unfortunately provided by an out of network MEDEVAC service. NPR took this opportunity to draw up a long standing debate about aviation based emergency medical companies engaging in what seems to the general public like price gouging of the middle class by the wealthy and well connected.
Here in Clyde Park we don't get much wind compared to most places in Montana. Today however is one of those rare days when the wind blows - hard. How hard? Our house sounds like it's a balsa wood model placed in a wind tunnel.
Sometimes we get wind like this as a late summer thunderstorm approaches and we are suddenly met with a cool dry gust front; other times it's due to cold air rushing downslope from the mountains, today though it's due to high winds aloft. Currently the wind upstairs is moving between 80 and 100 knots at 12,000 feet. To be clear, that's between 92 and 115 miles per hour. Interpreted an...