PACK IT IN! Snow over the Missouri River valley and its tributaries in Montana creeps into southwestern ND, helping to build the snowpack which will fuel the flow and its reservoirs this spring. Staring down a possible five inches south of Dickinson, and heavier snows to the west, we talk about where those water stores are at in Today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: The sun on a full Lake Sakakawea in July 2017. Thick snowpack in Montana kept the big lake’s pool high all season. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 2/8 – Snow in southwest. Hi 8, Lo -4, Winds L&V.
Tomorrow: Fri 2/9 – Last cold day. Hi 7, Lo -11, Winds NW @ 8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:56AM Sunset: 5:58PM
Moonrise: 2:18AM Moonset 12:22PM
Overhead: 7:23AM Underfoot: 7:47PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (40% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:00 – 8:00AM. Get out early to catch moon overhead just in front of sunrise in the Edge Hour and get off the ice before conditions deteriorate at mid-day.
GLANCING BLOW. Five to six inches of snow are forecast for the southwestern corner of North Dakota, with a trace to an inch or two delivering a glancing blow to the Bismarck area. This will double totals on the ground in the far corner of the state, but more significant snow will be seen north and west up to Ft. Peck, Mont.
PILING UP. Snow deposits along the Missouri and Yellowstone River drainages are what fueled high water levels (and good fishing) on Lake Sakakawea and Oahe last season. Keeping tabs on the snowfall throughout the eastern two-thirds of Montana will give anglers a good idea as to what to expect this spring and summer. Today’s snowmaker may help bump those areas over the two-foot range in terms of ground cover.
MIGHTY. The Missouri River, starting at the confluence of the Jackson and Madison Rivers near Three Forks, Mont. is the longest river system in North America, and when you tack on the southern flow of the Mississippi the stretch becomes the fourth longest river in the world. The drainage of the Missouri totals over 1.3 million square miles from 10 states and two Canadian provinces.