30,000 FOOT VIEW. The bulk of late Friday and Saturday’s rain slipped south of the state line, and a few small spatters yesterday kept the dust down in Bismarck, but most moisture fell east. A big warm up is on the way, making up for a cooler-than-average August to this point. Will temps moderate before Friday’s bow opener? Long range says yes, but never trust a forecast over three days! We talk that and more in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Storms roll through South Dakota, as DEO’s Nick Simonson snapped this picture of thunderheads buffeted by upper level winds on a flight into Bismarck. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 8/27 – Late Summer Heatwave Starts Hi 81, Lo 55, Winds L&V.
Tomorrow: Mon 8/28 – Warmer still. Hi 85, Lo 55, Winds S @ 8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:57AM Sunset: 8:30PM
Moonrise: 1:16PM Moonset: 11:43PM
Overhead: 6:33PM Underfoot: 6:10AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (35% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 11:15AM – 12:15PM. A humid start to Sunday means a chance for more fog. By midday it will burn off, just in time for the moonset hour. You can stretch your morning fishing trip out til noon, when fish will be on the bite in this major moon time.
RULE OF LAW. Wonder why this year’s pheasant season starts on the first Saturday of October? Wondering how the NDG&F sets dates for deer seasons like the approaching bow opener? You can find all of the laws that govern North Dakota’s game seasons, fishing regulations and more in the ND Century Code.
RULE OF THUMB. Actually, it’s fingers. If you look at the setting sun and hold your arm out straight and lay your fingers horizontally under the sun and between the horizon, you can get a good estimate of how much daylight you have left. (Yes, I know, you could look at your phone, but that’s just lazy.) Each finger represents about 15 minutes of daylight. Again – this is a spitball estimate – but it’s something cool to know, and the batteries on your fingers never go dead. I can’t remember if I learned this at the modern survival blog or not, but they’ve got good stuff.
RULE OF THIRDS. For great outdoor photography, remember the baseline “rule of thirds.” Align the horizon with the bottom or top third, and position your subject so that the intersection of the thirds falls on them or their quarry. People’s eyes are drawn to these points around the center, and not the center of the picture exactly. If worse comes to worse, click the edit button on your iPhone (again, lazy), and it will lay out the grid for you.