GOOD MORNING CAMPERS! Another Groundhog Day dawns and spring is just around the corner, regardless of the conditions. But, for sport, we’ll see what the good rodent has to say today. Phil isn’t the only animal that predicts spring (and other things) and we talk about those other inclined wildlife in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: The sun rises on a relatively warm winter’s day over LaMoure Dam on the James River. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri. 2/2 – Uptick in temps. Hi 17, Lo -1, Winds N@7.
Tomorrow: Sat. 2/3 – Snowy Saturday. Hi 4, Lo 0, Winds NE@8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:04AM Sunset: 5:49PM
Moonrise: 8:44PM Moonset 9:30AM
Overhead: 2:35AM Underfoot: 3:02PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (93% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 2:30 – 3:30PM. Moon underfoot and a relative peak in temperatures will start your afternoon of fishing off in today’s Edge Hour.
GOOD…FOR BASEBALL. Turns out that when compared against actual conditions, Phil is only right about spring and winter 36 percent of the time. This article by Forbes discusses more reliable predictors of different natural phenomena, from weather to the seasons and even earthquakes. You have one job, Phil. ONE JOB!
ROBIN HOOD. It won’t be long and the first robins will be flitting back into North Dakota. Typically mid-March to early April, the first of the orange-breasted birds make their way back north. According to the old wives’ tale, there will be three more snows after the first robins are seen around the area before spring truly sets in. With that migratory timing, that adage often holds true (and sometimes underestimates) on the last of the white stuff in the Peace Garden State.
DR. OCTO. Paul the Octopus became a bit of a cult hero in Europe, by picking all eight final matches in the 2010 World Cup, including a German upset and Spain over the Netherlands in the finals. By selecting a mussel from two pots with team logos on them (both had the food source in them), he ran eight straight and wrote his legend in the annals of animals with ESP.