LET’S GO FISHING! It’s a free fishing weekend in North Dakota – perfect timing with the holiday, a little rough with the weather. Temperatures might once again relegate the mobile ice angler to indoor activities today as the worst of this week’s arctic air settles in for the weekend, but promises of a warm up next week will have hardwater fans out in droves. We talk about what’s up for your weekend and in the sky for next month in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: You’ve Got a Bite! With the bitter cold today, this might be the extent of some folks’ fishing adventures. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 12/30 – Bright side? No wind! Hi -12, Lo -24, Winds L&V.
Tomorrow: Sun 12/31 – Brr is spelled with 27 ‘R’s. Hi -9, Lo-27, Winds NW@8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:28AM Sunset: 5:04PM
Moonrise: 3:18PM Moonset 5:18AM
Overhead: 10:51PM Underfoot: 10:21AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (91% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 3:00-4:00PM. Moonrise should help with a bite if you can get out there during the Edge Hour!
FREED UP. Dec. 30 & 31 are North Dakota’s Free Ice Fishing Weekend. If you’ve got a warm shack and some solid ice, take the time to introduce a non-ice-angling North Dakotan to the sport today or tomorrow, and convert the four or five that are left in the state. If spearing pike is your game, your guest will still have to register as you did earlier this year. Bundle up and keep it fun!
CUE BILLIE HOLIDAY. The full moon on the first of the year means 29.53 days later, we’ll have a second full moon in the month of January, making it the fabled “blue moon.” Usually occurring once every 2.7 years, the layout of the 2018 calendar against the lunar cycle ends up creating two blue moons this year with one coming up in January and another shortly thereafter in March. The next time that happens will be in 2037! Both of January’s full moons, like this month’s, are “supermoons” due to being close to earth and appearing brighter and bigger.
GOODNIGHT MOON. Want to add a little more moon madness to the mix and give you more to look forward to in winter’s longest month? The January blue moon on the 31st will also be subject to a lunar eclipse! Totality will be visible from all of North Dakota, with western areas having a longer-lasting view of the event, which will start around 4 am, and conclude with the moon setting in full eclipse and the sun rising around 8:10 a.m. Plan accordingly, as this only happens once in a…very long while.