Following yesterday’s front and related snow squall, we drop into the single digits for highs for the next few days and winter settles back in. We talk more about that and other chilly topics in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A snow-covered hiking trail winds through a draw along the Missouri River valley. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 2/19 – Light snow likely – Hi 5, Lo -3, Winds NE@8.
Tomorrow: Tue 2/20 – Snow tapers – Hi 9, Lo-4, Winds NW@9
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:38AM Sunset: 6:15PM
Moonrise: 9:41AM Moonset 10:27PM
Overhead: 3:59PM Underfoot: 3:35AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (15% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:00-10:00AM. If you’re out for an extra long weekend, morning will be your best bet for a bite with moonrise highlighting the Edge Hour.
NO SLEEP. Both snapping and painted turtles can sometimes be found milling around under the ice, especially as spring approaches. Unlike frogs, turtles don’t truly hibernate. Their bodies shut down some, but they remain fairly alert in a semi-dormant state, using little oxygen. Some adult painted turtles have been known to survive for up to 100 days in 38-degree water without food or oxygen.
STEADY. Frenchman Martin Fourcade footed his way to gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics biathlon yesterday, securing his fourth such medal in the sport. The biathlon events stem from early rifle hunting efforts originating in Norway, Sweden and other parts of Scandinavia where hunters would travel the woods and fields on skis, covering more ground to take game with their rifles. Beyond the race aspect of the event is the challenge of getting a good shot following the heart-pounding cardio work of skiing.
CHILL OUT. While we spend the first half of this week with highs 20 degrees below average – which is normally 30 degrees this time of year – temperatures climb to just below it for the weekend, facilitating more outdoors enjoyment of winter activities, whether it’s ice fishing or shooting from skis.