THAT WAS COLD. February strung together a number of consecutive cold days, and we look back on the month that was, and ahead to what remains of winter all while calculating our WSI at the 3/4-mark of the season, while checking out what’s in store for vernal flows and see that some spring turkey tags still remain in the state in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A whitetail doe with frostbite-nipped ears pauses in front of the trail camera. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 2/28 – More melting. Hi 34, Lo 13, Winds W@8.
Tomorrow: Thu 3/1 – In like a lamb. Hi 35, Lo 11, Winds L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:22AM Sunset: 6:28PM
Moonrise: 5:02PM Moonset 6:46AM
Overhead: Fol. Day Underfoot: 11:50AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (98% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:30 – 5:30PM. The nearly-full moon on the rise will trigger a late-afternoon bite which will run into evening, starting with today’s Edge Hour.
WHAT’S THAT WSI? Hey hey! As of today, we’re three quarters of the way through our winter, and that means it’s update time for the Dakota Edge Winter Severity Index (WSI). The reasonable 39 points out of a total 180 still puts us on pace for a mild winter, but don’t be deceived, a chilly February provided some challenges for wildlife, with 17 of 28 days touching zero degrees or lower and nearly doubling our point total for the season (It was 22 through Jan. 31). Thankfully, snow cover remained below 12 inches (currently four) so no points there. March is all that stands between us and a bounceback for area wildlife. Then we can worry about water. Yeesh.
WHERE THERE’S SNOW. There won’t be much worry for low levels on the Missouri River with continued snowfall to the west. The Missouri River basin in Montana now clocks in with snowpack above average, and on pace with the snowy season of 2011. Keep a close eye, as the meltwater may fuel your fishing on Lake Sakakawea, Lake Oahe and the entire Missouri River system this summer.
THINK SPRING, TURKEY. Spring Turkey draws are complete and tags remain following the North Dakota lottery. 554 licenses remain in six units scattered throughout the state, and can be purchased online starting Mar. 20.