Montana can expect warmer days ahead, climate change webinar predicts

Phil Drake

By 2069, some areas of Montana can expect as many as 39 more days above 90 degrees, those attending a recent webinar discussing climate change and other environmental issues were told.

The League of Women Voters of Montana had a Zoom call Wednesday discussing extreme climate events in Montana featuring speakers from the Montana Climate Office and the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes.

The Montana Climate Office is an independent state-designated body based at the University of Montana that provides scientifically based climate information and services.

Kelsey Jencso, state climatologist with the Montana Climate Office, offered viewers a description of where the state has been in terms of present and future climatic conditions. In 2017, there was a first-ever Montana climate assessment, which was done under the supervision of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, Jencso said.

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