SWEET SUMMER. It’s the longest day of the year. Technically, it’s tied with the other 364 at 24 hours. Sorry, some sad solstice humor there, but with the official start of summer coming at 11:24PM CT, we’ll max out our daylight hours at nearly 16 straight here in North Dakota.
(Featured Photo: Sunrise lights up a family of Canada geese on a small slough south of Valley City, ND. Simonson Photo.)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
By far the nicest day of the week! Enjoy the relative calm of Tuesday under clear skies, as winds pick up again tomorrow.
Today: Tue 6/20 – Calmest day of the week. Hi 79, Lo 49 Winds L&V.
Tomorrow: Wed 6/21 – Blowing begins again. Hi 84, Lo 60, Winds WNW @ 22 mph.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:48AM Sunset: 9:41PM
Moonrise: 3:33AM Moonset: 5:32PM
Overhead: 10:26AM Underfoot: 10:54PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (17%Full)
EDGE HOUR: 10:00AM – 11:00AM. With moon overhead and a shift in the weather coming, get out during the major solunar time for a better-than-average mid-day bite before winds get too gusty.
SOLSTICE STUFF. Here’s a great breakdown of the solstice highlights from Vox. From Stonehenge to a late-summer eclipse, to the land of the midnight sun, it’s everything you need to know about the start of summer 2017.
SUNFISH. Speaking of the sun, the sunfish family is a wide-ranging set of species in the family Centrarchidae, from bluegills, pumpkinseeds and green sunfish to crappies and bass of both the small and largemouth varieties. For catching some of the biggest specimens in the sunfish family, check out Nick’s tips for beginning bass anglers.
WHEEL IN THE SKY. If you hustle, you can make it to Valley City today to celebrate the solstice on the Medicine Wheel. Inspired by the ancient medicine wheels of native tribes, this solar calendar is the center of a park on the south side of Valley City.