Summer heat? If that means there is the possibility of turning the furnace on at night to keep the house warm, then yes there's some summer heat on the Hi-Line.
I was floating the Yellowstone River last week with family (by the way, if you haven't floated the Yellowstone in Paradise Valley, then you need to add it to your bucket list!). On the way back to the farm, I kept an eye on the thermometer. It was 90 degrees for most of the 500-some miles home...but only 72 once I reached the Hi-Line.
Folks, it's the end of July. We're supposed to be melting under the hot summer sun every day. And it's only 72 degrees at 4 o'clock in the afternoon? Amazing. Twice this week it's been down to the low 40s at night. Truly amazing!
All of this cool weather has been great for the crops. There has not been much moisture in my part of the Hi-Line for the last month, but the cool weather is helping the wheat while the heads are filling. There is a beautiful stand in the fields because of the great moisture this spring. If those heads fill...and if we avoid hail for the next six weeks...it could be a nice harvest.
Not everyone has been as lucky. I was at a farm auction yesterday and talked to a farmer from the Circle MT area. His neighbors were hailed out two weeks ago, and then his crops were totaled in a storm five days ago. I could hear the frustration in his voice and see it on his face. Last year his crops succumbed to drought and this year to hail. As I drove home, I thanked the Big Guy for the opportunity to be a farmer and asked Him to look out for my friend from Circle. Now that I really know how much work goes into producing a crop, I wouldn't wish two straight years of crop failure on anyone.
No, there's not much heat this summer on the Hi-Line...and I'm extremely grateful for what we've been given.