ICED UP. Freezing mist hit the southern stretch of ND yesterday, leaving roads a bit slick and trees and cover decorated with a solid glaze. Behind the front, we’ll cool down and clear up over the next couple of days, further pushing rutting activity in local deer populations. Gearing up for deer opener, it looks like things will warm into the 40s for much of the state next weekend, but stay tuned and don’t trust a forecast over three days. We get wild in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A coating of ice glistens on a patch of sweet clover, field grass and thistles. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 11/5 – Falling back, falling winds. Hi 27, Lo 19, Winds NW@8
Tomorrow: Mon 11/6 – Still calm and cold. Hi 26, Lo 16, Winds N@7
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:33AM Sunset: 5:20PM
Moonrise: 6:58PM Moonset 9:00AM
Overhead: 1:32AM Underfoot: 2:02PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (96% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 4:30-5:30PM. Winds will drop to near nothing during the Edge Hour, but standard time sunset steals away a moonrise intersect. Make the most of the last hour of the weekend!
SNOWS ON THE MOVE. As the latest snow system was whipping its way from west to east across the northern tier of North Dakota, snow geese were gliding south on the northerly breezes on Saturday. Hundreds of thousands of birds were observed on their annual migration throughout the entire day Saturday, as colder conditions have triggered a move. Keep your eyes to the skies today, as more are sure to follow until the northern tier of their range empties out for the winter.
FROZEN. No. Not the movie. Please. Last night’s full moon, known as the Frost, Freezing or some similar cold moniker by a number of native tribes (save for the Cheyenne – “Deer Rutting Moon”) is nearly universal for any of those peoples who lived in the tier of the country with four seasons. In light of the weather over the last few days, the name is dead on.
NATIONAL BISON DAY. You don’t have to win a national title to have your own day of recognition! Since 2012, the first Sunday of each November has served as National Bison Day, promoting the awareness of, recovery efforts undertaken for, and the important history of the American Bison (Bison bison). In 2016, the American Bison was named the national mammal. Learn more from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Dept. of the Interior about bison and the efforts to preserve and restore their populations, and the refuge system which protects them.