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:
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:
And take a look at these gorgeous live Glacier Park webcams!
LAKE MCDONALD WEBCAM:
APGAR MOUNTAIN WEBCAM:
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?
- Seattle/Polebridge, Montana
- Marketing Communications Specialist
- Wedding Date:
- September 2008
- A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park