WHO TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS? You won’t have to worry about it this weekend as mostly sunny conditions will prevail, warming your fishing trips into the upper 80s and low 90s across the Peace Garden State, but in about three weeks, it’ll be a different story as we look forward to a solar eclipse which will sweep over the nation’s midsection in totality. We get you the lowdown on this historic event in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A Sakakawea Sunrise – admit it, you’ll miss this heavenly body for eight minutes! Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat7/29 – Super Saturday Streak Continues! Hi 90, Lo 65, Winds S @ 8.
Tomorrow: Sun 7/30 – A Second Helping of Awesome! Hi 90, Lo 67, Winds S @ 7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:20AM Sunset: 9:18PM
Moonrise: 1:26PM Moonset: 12:18
Overhead: 7:10PM Underfoot: 6:47AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (43% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:00 – 7:00AM. A slight chance of thunder around sunset blocks a late Edge Hour, so the first hour of the day will again be your best with sunrise, moon underfoot and near perfect conditions on the water giving you the edge on whatever you’re angling for.
TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEARTLAND. Aw…pun points there, right 80s music fans? Vox has the lowdown on where the Aug. 21 total eclipse will be seen, in a line cutting across America roughly from Salem, Ore. to St. Louis, Mo. to Charleston S.C. There sky watchers will be able to observe a total eclipse of the sun.
MOSTLY IN ND. Unless you’re heading from Bismarck on 94-85 to Lingle, WY (only 500 mi), North Dakotans will get an 80% obscured sun in the August 21 eclipse, and if you’re not into traveling to see this summer’s solar event, you can visit Medora on Aug. 23, 2044, or just hang out in Bismarck til 2099 to catch the next total eclipses that grace the Peace Garden State.
BADA BOOK, BADA BOOM! Hotel rooms along the total eclipse corridor are going for up to FIVE TIMES their normal rate, and certainly upping the average for a Sunday night stay! With some up to $1,500 a night, hotels know that early-week occupancy isn’t exactly prime time, unless heavenly bodies are disappearing.
Offer up those prayers for Shamash’s safe return and Stay Sharp!