SUMMER’S LAST STAND. We officially bid adieu to Summer at 3:02PM today, when the autumnal equinox occurs. We figured we’d give you one last glimpse at the fading summer hues as fall’s reds, oranges and yellows take over. It’ll feel like fall as more shifty weather makes its way into the region today and for the weekend…sorry.
(Featured Photo: A stand of purple coneflowers – while a bit ragged looking – still defy the seasonal shift on Morton County WMA. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 9/22 – Cool and windy with chance of rain. Hi 60, Lo 50, Winds NE@15, G25
Tomorrow: Sat 9/23 – More of the same. Hi 58, Lo 45, Winds N@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:31AM Sunset: 7:39PM
Moonrise: 9:58AM Moonset 9:13PM
Overhead: 3:40PM Underfoot: 3:17AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (7% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 7:00 – 8:00PM. Winds taper toward evening, but not much. It’s enough to get you the advantage in today’s Edge Hour, as we slip out of the major moon phase.
WE ARE NOT FROM FRANCE. Purple coneflowers, unlike the Coneheads, are native to much of the eastern portion of the U.S. and are found most densely in the mid-south. They are also found to some extent throughout the Midwest and upper plains, including North Dakota. Their genus Echinacea, is that Echinacea – a medicinal plant believed to boost the immune system, which the native tribes of North America used to treat just about everything from infection to toothache.
HALFWAY HOME. The autumnal equinox occurs at 3:02PM today, when the sun will be shining directly on the Earth’s equator. The term equinox comes from latin “equi” meaning equal, and “nox” meaning night, even though the day and night lengths aren’t exactly equal. Check in at the Medicine Wheel in Valley City, for their fall celebration!
FLIPMODE SQUID, ODD. And now, for your completely random wildlife profile – a cool story from Atlas Obscura on a bioluminescent sea creature half a world away. The three-inch species of squid has glowing tentacles that light up the water when it moves, and are frequent catches on fishing vessels in Japan’s Toyama Bay, where they turn entire ships blue with their glow.
And you thought that glow worm toy you had as a kid was cool. Stay Sharp!