SHOW OFF! One more cool(ish) day before we turn up the heat, as Friday’s temps will approach triple digits. The weekend looks hot, and fire danger will rise again with gusty winds on Saturday. If you’re out there, be safe with sparks – campfires, matches, even left-over bottle rockets.
(Featured Photo: Showy milkweed is a common species of milkweed found in North Dakota. Can you find the ant? It’s like a natural “Where’s Waldo” game! Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 7/13 – Still pleasant. Hi 83, Low 57, Winds SE @ 7 mph.
Tomorrow: Fri 7/14 – Who turned the oven on? Hi 100, Lo 62 Winds S @ 12 mph.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:03AM Sunset: 9:34PM
Moonrise: Fol. Day Moonset: 10:37AM
Overhead: 5:04AM Underfoot: 5:27PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (81% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:00 – 7:00AM. Start your day the right way, with a hot bite! Cloud cover and nearly non-existent winds will once again allow you to use a low light hour to an extended advantage, hit the transition areas right away and figure out if the fish are up top or just off the drop to get the edge on ‘em.
BONE DRY. Drought conditions persist across much of the state, and a new drought monitor isn’t expected to provide any good news today. Currently, much of ND lags normal 60-day rainfall totals by 4 inches or more, with only scattered spots in the northeast at standard totals for this time of year.
TEN DAYS OUT? You remember that deer lottery you applied for in May (admit it, you waited til June 7th, procrastinator!) Well, results day is coming soon, and maybe faster than you think. Last year, the lottery results were released on July 25. In 2015 they came out on July 31. Will the pattern hold for this year? We’ll see…in the meantime, keep an eye on your slip float and the other on your inbox!
STATE YOUR CASE. Do you know the state fish of North Dakota? Are you sure?! It’s not the walleye, it’s the northern pike! The pike was adopted as the official state fish by resolution in 1969, when sportsmen avidly pursued them with fervor close to that shown to the walleye today.
Now you know that a toothy fish is tops! Stay Sharp!