ROLLING! The back half of the weekend is nearly ideal, with low winds and highs right around 30, providing yet another great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy winter. No face-ripping cold spells are forecast in the near future, so these chances seem to be on the increase as we enter the last 10 days of the month. We talk about those prognostications and more in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: School’s In! A trio of bluegills mill around. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 1/21 – Still Great – Hi 30, Lo 16, Winds L&V
Tomorrow: Mon 1/22 – Calm Continues. Hi 27, Lo 12, Winds L&V
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:18AM Sunset: 5:31PM
Moonrise: 10:43AM Moonset 10:22PM
Overhead: 4:28PM Underfoot: 4:06AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (19% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:00-5:00PM. Start the night off right with the crescent overhead, warm temps and no wind in today’s Edge Hour – then set the hook!
TAKE YOUR PICK. Looking for a new lake to fish? Want to see the latest stocking report? Need something close by? Check out the NDG&F “Where to Fish” page, complete with a monster wall map PDF that can be zoomed and scrolled through to help identify that water kicking out 15-inch perch you just heard about. Throw a dart, fill up the auger and head out!
BETTER BATS. Scientists studying a fungus which has impacted bat populations throughout the U.S. have found that ultraviolet light can control its spread. With a kill rate from anywhere between 85 and 99 percent, UV rays are damaging to P. destructans which causes White Nose Syndrome, a condition that awakens hibernating bats from their winter slumber, causing them to expend energy, and ultimately die as their warm-weather food sources are nowhere to be found, and temperatures stress them quickly.
BACK TO NORMAL. The long range forecasts and meteograms don’t show much in the way of the deep-freeze-like chills we had last week and at the beginning of the month. Temperatures should hang around their seasonal marks, with highs in the 20s, and there’s no sign of real snow for at least a week. Will we pay for January in March? We’ll see. In the meantime, stake out some ice and get out there while the getting is good. Take this all with a grain of salt and don’t trust a forecast over three days!