BIG CHILL COMING. If you thought any of the last week was bone-chilling, just wait until tomorrow! With highs in the negative teens and lows in the negative 20s, we’re calling Saturday an “inside day.” Signals for a warm up are strengthening and (don’t get your hopes up) next weekend might see highs above freezing. In the meantime, we buzz through seasonal highlights and the good points of this winter in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A Time to Chill. Ole takes a break in a snowy CRP field. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 12/29 – Knock-knock. Who’s there? Cold. Hi -1, Lo -11, Winds N@11.
Tomorrow: Sat 12/30 – Knock-knock. Who’s there? Colder. Hi -12, Lo -24, Winds NE@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:27AM Sunset: 5:03PM
Moonrise: 2:37PM Moonset 4:03AM
Overhead: 9:52PM Underfoot: 9:24AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (84% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 2:00-3:00PM. Continued cold conditions will hamper on-ice adventures, but mid-afternoon should bring an uptick in action during today’s Edge Hour.
PLAY IT AGAIN! A fun video trip through the past year in North Dakota is on tap in this week’s North Dakota Outdoors webcast. From winter’s majesty to the warmth of summer, many of the great moments captured in previous NDG&F videos and some you haven’t seen yet are up in this fun recap.
WHERE ARE WE AT? Remember last year? Odds are the snowbanks erased the previous winter from your mind. The good news is, thus far, even with the recent chilly temps, much of ND is in a mild or moderate winter according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. Check out their nationwide map to see how things are setting up across the US (click on Erie, PA, to put this week in perspective).
SAME SETUP? Remember that eternal bite that went on Sakakawea this summer? We sure do! It was fueld by a monster snowpack in Montana last winter which fed the Missouri River system for months on end, well into late-summer. We’re seeing the same sort of deposit set up in Montana for the drainages that will help keep Missouri River reservoirs full. Fingers crossed now for more ‘eyes crossed later!