MesoWest Information for MTM47 in MDA Benchland, MT, United States Of America

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Registered Location

Latitude: 47° 5' 24" N (deg min sec), 47.0900° (decimal), 4705.40N (LORAN)
Longitude: 109° 58' 12" W (deg min sec), -109.9700° (decimal), 10958.20W (LORAN)
Elevation: 814 metres (2671 feet)
Location: MDA Benchland, MT, United States Of America
County: Judith Basin, MT
Data provider: MT-MESO
Forecast Office: Great Falls (TFX)

The elevation does not correspond with the estimated elevation (1296 metres (4252 feet) -- source Geonames) at that point. Either the location or the elevation (or both) are almost certain to be incorrect. Please use the 'send the updated information' link below to update the location or elevation.

The site coordinates appear to be of low precision, and the station may be anywhere within the marked area. Clicking within the map area (or you can drag the 'MTM47' marker) will display the latitude/longitude of that point.

If the displayed location (or elevation) of the weather observing location is incorrect, please drag the marker to the right location (or click in the right location), and then send the updated information. Please note that we are trying to spot either the Stevenson Screen (or equivalent) or the location where the barometric readings are taken.

The best way to get elevation is to consult a topographic map. Make sure that you know whether the contours are marked in feet or metres. Note that handheld GPS receivers do not provide readings of elevation accurate to better than 10-20 metres (technical discussion). If you do not have access to a topographic map, then a GPS receiver is acceptable, but make sure that it is operating in 3D mode and let it average the position for at least five minutes.

For more information on reading maps, please see the Topo Map Reading Guide -- in particular it discusses how to read contours.

The location information for this site was gathered from 1 data source. The source which most closely matches the consensus is chosen. Many of these sources only report the location to the nearest minute (or hundredth of degree). This can lead to the marker being placed noticeably incorrectly. Please see Discussion of Location Errors for more information. Show location history.

There are no photographs of the station. If you have pictures of this location, then please email them to

You can try to find photographs from the area surrounding the site marker by clicking on Find nearby photographs.

Data Status

Data is being received for this station, but until the end of day processing has been run (about 12 hours after the end of the UTC day), the graphs will not appear.

Neighboring Stations

This is a list of stations that are close to this station.

You can also subscribe to an RSS feed to tell you when new stations come online in this area. Choose either within 100 miles or 250 miles . For stations covered by your Forecast Office: Great Falls (TFX) .

MWSM2.3 milesSoutheast Moccasin, MT, United States Of America (lat 47.0589°, long -109.9508°, altitude 1293 metres) (data present)
K1CM9.3 milesWest Charlie (stanford), MT, United States of America (lat 47.1000°, long -110.1667°, altitude 1337 metres) (data present)
MTDEN15.6 milesNorth East of Denton MT-81 MP 17, MT, United States Of America (lat 47.3002°, long -109.8512°, altitude 1111 metres) (data present)
K1MM16.7 milesEast Mike (moore), MT, United States of America (lat 47.0167°, long -109.6333°, altitude 1256 metres) (data present)
K1DM21.3 milesNorth Delta (denton), MT, United States of America (lat 47.3800°, long -109.8200°, altitude 1093 metres) (data present)
K1BM22.9 milesNorthwest Bravo (geyser), MT, United States of America (lat 47.2833°, long -110.3667°, altitude 1234 metres) (data present)
KLWT23.9 milesEast LEWISTOWN MUNICIPAL AIRPORT , MT, United States (lat 47.0493°, long -109.4667°, altitude 1270 metres) (data present)
K1LM29.2 milesSoutheast Lima (judith Gap), MT, United States of America (lat 46.7000°, long -109.7333°, altitude 1414 metres) (data present)
MTJUD29.7 milesSouth Judith Gap US-191 MP 18.6, MT, United States Of America (lat 46.6876°, long -109.7502°, altitude 1393 metres) (data present)
MTLEW37.1 milesEast Lewistown Divide MT-200 MP 90.3, MT, United States Of America (lat 47.0618°, long -109.1844°, altitude 1288 metres) (data present)

The sites marked above thus did not report continuously during the analysis period, so the offsets may (probably will) not be accurate.

Location Formats

The location is shown in three different formats. Each of these is used in some software, and is shown on some websites.

Degrees Minutes Seconds: VWS/VWSAPRS, WeatherLink 5.5, WeatherLink (5.2-5.4), WeatherView (Linux)

Decimal degrees: FreeWX, WeatherView32 (PC application)

LORAN: WeatherDisplay, WUHU, Henriksen WServer


CWOP Home: This describes the whole CWOP program and has a large amount of useful information.

CWOP Siting Guide (PDF): This is a guide to siting and operating a CWOP station. This is a must-read document.

Another CWOP Guide (PDF): This is another guide to siting and operating a CWOP station. This is a must-read document.

Urban Siting and Operations (PDF): This is a guide to siting and operating a CWOP station in an urban environment.

APRS WX Message format: This describes the actual format of the messages transmitted that carry WX information.

WXQC Mailing List: This is a mailing list where data quality issues are discussed. Assistance with software configuration can often be found here.

Topo Map Reading Guide: How to read USGS topographic maps, with a good section on reading contours.

Geographically nearby web pages: Use Geourl to find web pages that deal with locations geographically close to this site.

Overall website comments, problems etc to Philip Gladstone
Page layout last modified Sunday, 28 February 2016
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