SPLASH OF SUMMER. We know you need a shot of color, especially as white gives way to…beige. Just think, six months from now it’ll be the dog days of summer; deep in July with heat, humidity and mosquitoes. Admit it, you miss it! We look at the past warm weather season and how it impacted migratory creatures in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable species in the U.S., and impacted by a changing climate. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 1/27 – Falling temps. Hi 18, Lo 5. Winds NW@16, G25
Tomorrow: Sun 1/28 – Chill returns. Hi 13, Lo 0. Winds L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:12AM Sunset: 5:40PM
Moonrise: 1:54PM Moonset 4:08AM
Overhead: 9:34PM Underfoot: 9:04AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (80% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:00-9:00AM. Sunrise, moon underfoot and the warmest temps of the day (in the morning!) will combine for a good Edge Hour before things head south.
MONARCH MIGRATION. The Washington Post reports on perhaps the latest monarch migration in a generation, as warm temperatures kept a lot of the migratory insects late in the season north of the Mexican border where they normally winter…a LOT farther north…like NEW JERSEY! Changing climate and uncertain weather patterns last year – including ND’s dry and warm conditions – altered many migratory creatures’ plans for autumn, including monarchs.
WATERFOWL WAYS. Warmer summers and falls are also impacting the way waterfowl migrate, according to Ducks Unlimited. Additionally, DU biologists and hydrologists fear that warmer summers in the prairie pothole region may reduce the number of suitable breeding areas in the tiny pocket sloughs and wetlands throughout North and South Dakota.
EARLY ONSET. Finally, Scientific American details a shift in the migration patterns of songbirds and other non-game bird species, in reaction to warmer springs, shorter winters and generally hotter conditions which decrease the length of time spent away from breeding and summering habitats for many species. While this winter’s warmth thus far is notable, one year does not a pattern make…but thirty might.