STAY FROSTY. Dense fog and cooler temps set up an amazing display of hoarfrost across the region, as trees, bushes, fences and nearly everything stationary was covered in a tracing of white up to a quarter-inch thick in some places. Temps near freezing, clearing skies and growing breezes will take that coating off today. We talk about the phenomenon of hoarfrost and more winter happenings in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Hoarfrost coats a stand of woods in the bottom of a small draw along the Missouri River. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 1/23 – Warmer with wind. Hi 32, Lo 17, Winds NW@11, G18.
Tomorrow: Wed 1/24 – Continued winter perfection. Hi 32, Lo 13, Winds S@6.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:16AM Sunset: 5:34PM
Moonrise: 11:36AM Moonset Fol. Day
Overhead: 6:00PM Underfoot: 5:37AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (38% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:30-6:30PM. Another great evening alignment in the Edge Hour should spur a hot bite, with the sun going down, and moon overhead.
JUICED. It takes an atmosphere with a lot of water vapor and just the right calm and chilly conditions to rapidly cool it into the hoarfrost that we witnessed on just about everything yesterday. For you meteo-geeks out there, the Weather Channel has the science behind this “frost on steroids.”
COUNT ON IT. Started in 1935, the long-running Midwinter Waterfowl Survey is conducted throughout North America to get an idea of winter population indexes. NDG&F agents participate in this program by flying over the last remaining openwater areas in the state – usually the Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea, and this year, Nelson Lake. Estimates for this season’s count in ND was right around 135,000. Check it all out in this week’s North Dakota Outdoors video short.
DEE-DEE-DELIGHTFUL. The black-capped chickadee is one of the region’s most notable winter songbirds. Its calls are perhaps the most notable this time of year and as the region exits winter – from its alert of “chick-a-dee-dee-dee” to its calming two-note “fee-bee” song.