Temperatures begin to get back to normal and winds die down for a couple of days before dialing it up again for the back half of the week. Check out today’s Three Things as we talk about one of the worst songs in the wild, a long-running fishing tourney and a fun way to figure out how warm it is.
(Featured Photo: A yellow-headed blackbird hangs out in the cattails of a small slough in Barnes County, N.D. Simonson Photo.)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Fish should shake out of their funk by the back half of Monday, as temperatures warm and NW winds begin to weaken.
Today: Mon 6/19 – Less post-frontal. Hi 77, Lo 50. Winds NW @ 14 mph.
Tomorrow: Tue 6/20 – Calmest day of the week. Hi 79, Lo 49 Winds S at 7 mph.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:48AM Sunset: 9:40PM
Moonrise: 3:00AM Moonset: 4:16PM
Overhead: 9:33AM Underfoot: 9:59PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (26% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:00 – 10:00PM. Sunset with moon underfoot, with continued recovering conditions and a dying northwest wind will help set up a flurry of activity on any end-of-day fishing trip you might be planning.
HEADS UP. The yellow-headed blackbird is one of the state’s most distinguishable wetland birds. Eating seeds and grains of nearby fields, the yellow-headed blackbird nests in reeds and cattails above water on the edges of prairie sloughs. They have a distinct, hoarse, scraping call that is easily detectable and described by the Audubon field guide as possibly “the worst song of any North American bird.” Ouch!
EYEING DEVILS. Already looking ahead to the weekend, one of the region’s longest running local walleye tournaments will enter its 41st year. Based out of Graham’s Island, the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce Walleye Tournament runs from June 23rd through the 25th and 250 teams will compete for pride and prize money on one of the state’s premier walleye waters.
CHIRP COUNT. Here’s a way to get a good estimate of the temperature when a thermometer (or your weather app) isn’t handy but a field of crickets might be. Count the number of chirps in a 14-second interval and add 40. This will give you a rough estimate of how warm it is. This system is most accurate during temperatures ranging from 55 to 100. Take a number of counts (3 or more) and average the number of chirps to get the best guess as to the temperature.