MAKING THE MOST OF IT. Despite losing two minutes of sunlight a day as we hurtle into the back half of July, after today’s dip into the 80s, we’ll rebound into the upper 90s and low 100s into the weekend. So even with the shorter days, the sun’s rays remain powerful this time of year. Learn more about that and some fun(?) upcoming outdoors events in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A rooster pheasant takes a six o’clock stroll as the sun rises over Bismarck, N.D. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 7/12 – Clouds to start the day, cooler. Hi 80, Lo 57, Winds N @ 10 mph.
Tomorrow: Thu 7/13 – Warming back up. Hi 88, Lo 66, Winds L&V
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:02AM Sunset: 9:35PM
Moonrise: 11:38PM Moonset: 9:33AM
Overhead: 4:17AM Underfoot: 4:40PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (88% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:00 – 7:00AM. Light winds under increasing cloud cover will provide a respite from the recent, and to-be-continued warmth on the water. Use the low light conditions to find fish up shallower and exploit the sunrise hour to fill out your limit.
TWO-A-DAYS. Nah, not those pre-season football practices you remember (dreaded?) in late summer, but rather the two minutes of sunlight we lose each day for the rest of the month. By August 1, we’ll have dropped another 45 or so minutes of daylight. Decreasing sunlight triggers seasonal movements – migration and hibernation by animals along with adaptation such as color change and coat thickening. While fall-like impacts won’t be seen for a while, the countdown is officially on.
FAIR ENOUGH. Check out the NDG&F Dept. at the North Dakota State Fair from July 21 through July 29. Between the air rifle and archery range, along with a fishing pond and stocked aquarium, there’s plenty to do and see, including getting your questions answered by agents of the NDG&F Dept.
HEY WILD(ER) MAN! An under the radar butt-kicking of a good time is the Wilderman Offroad Triathalon set for July 15 (hey, it’s only supposed to be 85 in Walhalla on Saturday), boasting a full event consisting of “2.4 miles of swimming, 112.2 miles of gravel grinding, mountain biking and stream crossing, and 25.7 miles of the gnarliest trail running in the state.” Currently, 13 brave souls from 10 different states and provinces are signed up for the full event with dozens more enrolled in the shorter versions of one of the state’s most challenging events. Go get ‘em!
Slap on some Body Glide and Stay Sharp!