LOONY TUNES. The air this weekend in lakes country was adrift with the final summer calls of the common loon. The birds are grouping up for their trip south which usually takes place around Labor Day weekend. Luckily we have some summer-like weather creeping back into our forecast, as things warm up tomorrow. We get loonier, check lotteries and log lots more rain than we’ve had all summer in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A flock of loons swims past the end of a worn dock on Big Detroit Lake, Minn. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 8/22 – Clear, cooler than average. Hi 77, Lo 58, Wind N @ 9.
Tomorrow: Wed 8/23 – Warmer Wednesday. Hi 81, Lo 54, Wind SE @ 10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:51AM Sunset: 8:39PM
Moonrise: 7:46AM Moonset: 9:23PM
Overhead: 2:40PM Underfoot: 2:14AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (2% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:45 – 7:45AM. Combine sunrise and moonrise for a great first hour of the day. Along with that, a freshly minted crescent will still carry some new moon sway today. So get out there early and get the edge.
IN THE PRONG? Did you get drawn for this year’s pronghorn hunting season? If so, you were one of just 410 who were awarded a license as part of the 2017 lottery. Check the results out at the NDG&F website.
GREENING UP. In much of the central part of the state, the dry brown grasses of midsummer are showing a surge of vernal youth with recent rains providing some much needed moisture. Morton County gained the most since late July, clocking in with up to five inches above normal for the last 30 days. We’ll know more on where we stand with the drought on Thursday.
A SIGN OF FALL. As pictured in today’s Featured Photo, loons are beginning to group up just east of the border, a sign that they are preparing for their migration. About two weeks after the adult loons head for warmer latitudes, this year’s youngsters will follow suit. By mid-September, there won’t be a loon left in the bin and the lakes east of us will be a bit quieter.