Acknowledgements

Published by the Montana Climate Office with funding and support from the Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station at the University of Montana.

Example citation: Sweet, M.D., J. Oyler, K. Jencso, S. Running, and A. Ballantyne. "Climate Atlas of Montana." Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station. September 9 2015. <http://www.climate.umt.edu/atlas/default.php>.

Acknowledgements

The maps in this atlas were authored by Michael D. Sweet, Montana Climate Office Research and Information Specialist. Particular acknowledgement goes to Dr. Jared Oyler, Ecological Climatology and Software Engineer at the University of Montana, for his guidance. The maps were generated from datasets hosted and distributed by the Montana Climate Office. The Montana Climate Office is an independent state-designated body that provides Montanans with high-quality, timely, relevant, and scientifically-based climate information and services. The Montana Climate Office currently receives funding and support from the Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station at the University of Montana.

Most climate data pertinent to Montana originates in collections made by ground stations and through satellite platforms. Most of the work presented in this atlas would not exist if it weren’t for the dedication of National Weather Service (NWS) employees and private citizens who make and maintain the day-to-day collections of weather data on which many climate interpretations are based. The same is true for satellite-based information. An extensive national network of scientists supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provides a wealth of data from satellite sensors that compliment ground-based observations. It is with great gratitude that we recognize the critical importance and contribution of this body of work.