The climate of the Rocky Mountains (Montana
- United States of America)
The Rocky Mountains is a large mountainous area stretching for almost
5,000 kilometers in Canada and the United States. The highest peak is
Mount Elbert at 4,402 meters. Several rivers rise in the mountains:
The Missouri, The Arkansas, The Rio Grande and the Colorado River; The
Yukon and the Bow rise on Canadian soil. A large part of the Rocky
Mountains is a protected area. The mountain area is a popular tourist
destination for hiking, camping, mountaineering, fishing, hunting,
mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding. Several National Parks can
be found within the Rocky Mountains. The best known on American soil
are Rocky Mountain National Park and Yellowstone National Park. On
Canadian soil Banff National Park and Kootenay National Park can be
found. The Rocky Mountains have a cold steppe climate with everlasting
snow in the higher areas. During the winter precipitation mainly falls
in the form of snow. The area is too large to give it one type of
climate. The northern part of the Rockies are much colder in general.
The windward side gets more rain than the leeward side. The higher
areas are colder than the lower areas. The figures below are based on
a part of the mountain range situated in Wyoming, United States.
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records.
They are an average for the Rocky Mountains:
Please, bear in mind that local deviations may occur.
More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression
of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain
period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather,
extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate
information for each month of the year:
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