Weather may have seriously damaged city’s plant life

Monday, June 3, 2019

GREAT FALLS (AP) — Hundreds of trees and flowering shrubs in a Montana city may die due to the past year’s weather conditions.

The Great Falls Tribune reported Thursday that a dry fall followed by a long stretch of subzero weather in February may have had devastating effects on plant life in Great Falls.

Great Falls forester Todd Seymanski says central Montana’s warm, dry winds that blow down from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains — known as Chinooks — contributed the first part of what became a drastic weather change.

Seymanski says the full extent of the damage likely will remain unknown until next spring.

Seymanski says some damaged trees and shrubs may have enough stored energy to survive, while others that appear healthy now may fail in the coming months.