MODEL MOVING. All eyes are on Sunday’s forecast as models have wobbled a bit since yesterday. Most runs are now putting the bulk of the snowfall along the Canadian border, with the Bismarck area expected to be on the southeastern accumulation gradient. Still, it looks like 12-16 inches possible near Minot, and anywhere from four to ten around Bismarck, depending on how much rain we get on the front end of the low. We give it another gander and talk about geese in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A pair of Canada geese rest along the broken edge of ice. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 3/3 – Pre-front perfection. Hi 38, Lo 25, Winds E@7.
Tomorrow: Sun 3/4 – Rain turning to snow. Winds NE@17, G 25.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:16AM Sunset: 6:32PM
Moonrise: 8:43PM Moonset 8:26AM
Overhead: 2:04AMUnderfoot: 2:29PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (96% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:00 – 7:00PM. Sunset, warm temps and the pending shift in the weather will give you the advantage in the Edge Hour.
NORTHWEST SHIFT. Both five-day models shift the heaviest snowfall north and west of Bismarck, with the heaviest totals falling along Lake Sakakawea and points north. While the winter has been kind to wildlife, this event following a cold February may add some stress with spring in sight. A good deal of rain is forecast in front of the snow, and the chance for ice (take cover pheasants!) is high, so for now, like everything else about this event it’s wait and see.
ALSO MOVING NORTH. The Ducks Unlimited Spring Migration Map is registering a number of reports from Nebraska with strings of snow geese coming into the cornhusker state. That makes sense as the snow cover line extends just south of the SD/NE border as of today’s date. We’ll see if this weekend’s storm holds them up or slows them down any on their way up to Canada.
GET A GAUGE. Looking for some snowstorm reading? Check out the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Waterfowl Population Status report. The 84-page report gives a great overall synopsis of ducks, geese and their breeding and wintering habitat throughout the country, along with migration maps and other items of interest pertaining to all things web-footed.