SO LONG! Colder, gusty conditions will dominate the week as the warm bubble of air which we’ve enjoyed gets swept out by a big cold front. However, the deep freeze is postponed yet again as models push the single digit temps we need to solidify things into next weekend. In the meantime, we talk about how to stay fly during the winter season in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: The X Files. A madame X pattern rests on a cork handle of a fly rod. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 12/4 – Falling temps. Hi 30, Lo 15, Winds NW@28, G40.
Tomorrow: Tue 12/5 – Subzero windchill. Hi 25, Lo 11, Winds NW@ 20, G30.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:12AM Sunset: 4:55PM
Moonrise: 6:27PM Moonset 9:01AM
Overhead: 1:14AM Underfoot: 1:45AM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (99% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:30 – 9:30AM. Conditions will be nasty today and in the Edge Hour, but the earlier portion of the day has less snow forecasted. Stay safe out there.
TIED DOWN. Winter is the traditional fly tying season. On those chilly nights (like tonight) keep the fire for openwater burning with some time at the vise. Simple starter vises and tools can be had on the cheap this time of year and they make great holiday gifts. Many options come with a selection of materials and guide books to help craft those first flies.
FINE FEATHERS. As the home stretch for hunting seasons hit, now is the time to save the pelt from any number of upland birds, particularly the rooster pheasant. Tail feathers are longer, body feathers are more developed, and colors are so much brighter as we
enter the month of December. Take the time to skin out partridge, grouse and pheasants and save the pelts for tying projects and you should have more than enough to last into springtime!
RIVER EFFECT? Check out this map run from NOAA for noon today. The output shows a band of heavier snow setting up along Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River and persisting until evening. It’s quite possible that the open water and its higher humidity will produce something akin to lake effect snow as the colder winds whip across the Missouri valley today. We’ll see if it pans out.