TURKEY TROT IN A TEE? Okay, maybe your outdoors run would require some sleeves with this afternoon’s wind, but by tomorrow it could be a reality! The five-day forecast shows a welcome warm-up for the region helping wildlife (and people) shake off the doldrums of mid-winter. If you’re looking for something to do, we’ve got that covered in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A pair of wild turkeys seek shelter from Saturday’s snow and wind in an implement lot off a small creek on the east end of Valley City. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 1/17 – January Thaw. Hi 35, Lo 1, Winds W@14, G20.
Tomorrow: Thu 1/18 – Break out the board shorts. Hi 35, Lo 20, Winds SW@7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:21AM Sunset: 5:25PM
Moonrise: 8:39AM Moonset 6:13PM
Overhead: 1:25PM Underfoot: 1:01AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (1% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:00 – 9:00AM. Catch a hot bite as moonrise and sunrise align. It may be a chilly start in the Edge Hour, but the day gets better as things warm up!
WHAT’S THAT WSI? Looking back on the first half of January, the state endured a few cold days and a couple shots of snow, but all in all the Dakota Edge Outdoors Winter Severity Index wasn’t bad. With just eight days touching zero or lower, and no days with more than 12 inches of snow (7” as of the 11th) on the ground, the first half of the month pulled some punches to the benefit of area wildlife, with a total WSI score of just 8 out of 32 for Bismarck; the low end of Moderate. This jives with the AWSSI, which has this winter on track for the bottom third (since 1951), thus far.
YO, PARKING! If you’re looking for some fun outdoor activities in this warm-up, check out what North Dakota’s State Park system has to offer. That’s the focus of this week’s North Dakota Outdoors web short. From skiing and snowshoeing to unique winter wildlife encounters, the state’s parks provide great opportunities to shake off that cabin fever.
BACK TO IT. The Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) will be hosting two Pint Night events in North Dakota for those interested in establishing chapters in the Peace Garden State. The first event is this Friday at 6pm at Humpback Sally’s in Bismarck and the second is on Tuesday at 6pm at Fargo Brewing Co. in Fargo. The events are hosted by Land Tawney, the President and CEO of BHA who was recently recognized as one of Outdoor Life’s “Trailblazers” in its Dec./Jan. issue.