I Can See The Future!

I’m already stalking the weather for September. And it looks like it should be grrrreat!

How can I tell? Well, I managed to hunt down historical trends for weather information via Weather.com. This chart has a little bit o’ everything:

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September weather in Montana can vary drastically from one minute to the next. It can be very hot and dry or cool and rainy. I wouldn’t even be entirely surprised if it snows. [I would, however, be enraged.] We chose to get married in September because the weather is usually quite nice in late summer, typically warm and sunny during the day and cool in the evening. Too early and it can be snowy. Much later and it will be blisteringly hot. There are a few perfect weeks and then it’s back to snow again. Late fall is perfect for hiking but probably a bit cool and unpredictable for a wedding.

In addition to weather, we have to be wary of wildfires. Several of our last few visits to the park have suffered due to fires. In 2003, our trip to Glacier was only two weeks after the park had been closed due to the humongous Robert and Trapper Creek fire complexes. That year we were seriously worried about the Cherry family cabin burning down. Fires can mean seriously poor air quality and visibility. They can also mean unexpected closures and evacuations. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a moist summer and low-fires this season!

If you want to see what it looks like out there right now, this widget will give you a sneak peek:

CURRENT WEATHER:

Click for West Glacier, Montana Forecast

And take a look at these gorgeous live Glacier Park webcams!

LAKE MCDONALD WEBCAM:

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APGAR MOUNTAIN WEBCAM:

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Click these screenshots to see what it looks like right now.

If you’re having an outdoor wedding, what resources do you use to help you predict the weather?

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Mrs. Cherry Pie

Location:
Seattle/Polebridge, Montana
Wedding Date:
September 2008

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    kitt320, Guest @ 5:15 pm

    I’ve been reading through the many many posts on Wedding Bee, bee-ing relatively new to the blog (Yes, I just made a possibly regrettable pun!).

    Anyway, I noticed that you are getting married on the same day that I am, September 6th! I, however, am a North Dakota bride. My wedding won’t be outside, but I’m still concerned about the weather as well as ND can be just as unpredictable. I’ve looked up weather trends for that day and some have been dry and some have been rainy in the past. I’m crossing my fingers for a sunny and warm (but not hot) day!

    Here’s hoping we both get our wish!

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    litsecretary 106 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:39 pm

    LOL…I did the same thing a few weeks back! I guess it gave me peace of mind knowing the weather at 6 p.m. in August would be fine.

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    BaghdadBride, Guest @ 5:51 pm

    Oh you should definitley check out weatherunderground that Mrs. Tulip blogged about a little while ago. It gives you a lot more data http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/03/05/weather-obsessed/

    It blows away weather.com IMO.

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    cherrypie 1052 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:20 pm

    @BaghdadBride: Oh, I remember looking at that Wunderground tool a while back. Sadly, there is not any historical data for ANY of the cities around Glacier. Aghhhh! :(

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    missm 808 posts, Busy bee @ 6:26 pm

    I *heart* weatherunderground! We’re having an outdoor ceremony and an indoor/outdoor receptions, so I’ve got all fingers and toes crossed. The Bay area is actually summery in late September (October can be the most reliably sunny month in the city), so I think we’ll be ok. That said, I’m sure I’ll be having more than one weather nightmare between now and then.

    Weather stalking commences now!

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    Taylor, Guest @ 11:30 pm

    Oh! I’m a 9/6 bride too! I’ve been weather stalking (via weather.com) for a few months now…and sunset stalking. I’m glad to hear I’m not alone!!

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    Miss Dori, Guest @ 9:55 am

    Stalkiing the weather is great for planning, but it’s always true that even the best-laid plans can be twisted by the smile of Mother Nature! I am a beach & seashore violinist in NJ, and our weather can also change drastically, even in August. Usually nice though, as is August out west!

    So, yes, plan ahead for the best weather. Then talk to some people who are experienced in weddings in your destination, brides, officiants, and any vendor, really. They can tell you more, more, more…

    And how to make a good backup plan in case of the wet (or smokey!?) weather. Always need one of those.

    And remember, Miss Cherry Pie et al – you are getting married where u r because u love it – in all it’s glory – no matter what the weather! You won’t be enraged, you will have a fab & wonderful day!

    And, in the wedding rule book in the top 5 for the end of wedding week & the “day”. Someone else is appointed to watch the weather and make the call to where the wedding will be. Absolutely no peeking @ the weather.com!

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    Gifts for My Girls » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 12:53 pm

    [...] are definitely different. First things first. I’ve got to keep my girls warm and cozy. With the weather in Montana decidedly cooler on September evenings, they need something to wrap themselves up with. Personally, [...]

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