Rain makes a very brief appearance Tuesday in Helena

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Much-needed rain collects on the causeway at Lake Helena.

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Tuesday brought a small smattering a rain in Helena, more or less offering residents a vague reminder of what rain was like.

The National Weather Service in Great Falls said .07 inches of rain was reported at the Helena Regional Airport, with the majority occurring 10-10:30 a.m., said Matt Ludwig, a meteorologist.

“It’s on the minimal side,” he said.

Other stations reporting rainfall in the Helena area said .06 to .08 inches had fallen, Ludwig said.

It was the first precipitation in the area since July 7, when .01 fell of an inch. The normal rainfall for Helena by this time of year is 6.98 inches. Helena is now at 5.16 inches.

Ludwig said Tuesday’s light sprinkling started as a couple of thunderstorms and evolved into an area of rain.

Gov. Greg Gianforte declared a statewide drought emergency July 1 and asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare all 56 of the state’s counties as primary natural disaster

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