SMOKE ON THE WATER. Anyone who spent any time outdoors yesterday could smell, taste and at times see the smoke from fires burning north and west of North Dakota. A shift in the wind over the next couple of days – and higher velocity – should move some of that smoke out of the area. We cover that smokey topic and others in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: The recent influx of smoke in the atmosphere has made for some incredible sunrises and sunsets with deep oranges and reds, like this one over the Missouri River valley. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 9/14 – Cool with rain chance. Hi 74, Lo 59, Wind N @ 11, G18.
Tomorrow: Fri 9/15 – A wash out. Hi 57, Lo 52, Wind NE @ 19, G 29.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:21AM Sunset: 7:55PM
Moonrise: 1:02AM Moonset: 4:32PM
Overhead: 8:47AM Underfoot: 9:16PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (34% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 8:15 – 9:15AM. Extend your time on stand and grab the last few summer fish as winds rise in the afternoon. Today’s Edge Hour will be ideal before there’s a huge shift in the weather on Friday, which brings in a pronounced fall feel.
SMOKED OUT. Serious waves of smoke came across North Dakota yesterday, as fires burning upwind in Montana and Southern Canada continued. In Bismarck, the sun was as obscured as on eclipse day (remember all that hype?) and the air smelled of burning from dawn til dusk.
GENTLEMAN’S GAUGE. With the recent push by Browning with its “Sweet 16” installment of the popular A5 shotgun, interest in 16 gauges is on the rise, breathing life back into the market for the in-between offering, and sending smoke curling out of a new generation of “the gentleman’s gauge.” However, the decline of the 16 gauge is rooted in the rise of shooting sports popularity in the last 50 years, as a good article from Gun Digest on The Daily Caller details.
GHOSTS IN THE WIND. Smoke isn’t the only thing making its way through the state. Endangered whooping cranes are also beginning their fall migration south. Agents of the NDDG&F encourage hunters, harvesters and the general public to keep an eye out for these large, thin, white birds on their way through the Peace Garden State