BRACE FOR IMPACT! Yesterday and today should wipe the countryside pretty clean of snow deposits, just in time for Monday Morning’s Monster. We track the storm, it’s possible positive impacts for area wildlife and talk about some favorite springtime fish in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: The last remaining snow dapples the hills on the Morton-Oliver county line. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 3/4 – Rain turning to snow. Hi 37, Lo 32, Winds NE@17, G 25.
Tomorrow: Mon 3/5 – 10 inches of snow. Hi 30, Lo 25, Winds N@25, G35
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:15AM Sunset: 6:34PM
Moonrise: 9:53PM Moonset 8:54AM
Overhead: 2:54AMUnderfoot: 3:18PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (91% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:45 – 7:45AM Grab sunrise while you can for an Edge Hour then get back home before the rains come.
IT’S COMING! Our first real weathermaker of the winter is coming, with just a couple weeks of the season left. Snow amounts will depend greatly on the swirl of the slow moving low and where bands set up, but expect anywhere from 8 to 12 inches in the Bismarck area and perhaps as much as 14 to 16 in Minot. Watch the backside of this system as it develops – that’s where the snow will be strongest.
PERFECT TIMING? It may be that this blizzard and the resulting rain and snow accompanying it are perfectly timed for the spring melt. Currently, many prairie potholes are showing their edges and a recharge of meltwater this spring would be welcomed across the region, not only for those, but spring spawning runs on local lakes and rivers. Additionally, with the sun getting more and more strength every day, it won’t stick around long, so potential impact to wildlife like deer and pheasants is lessened.
MONDO PIKE. Speaking of spring spawning runs, it won’t be long until pike are hard-charging up coulees, creeks and canals to beget the next generation of rod-bending fish. Game & Fish Magazine has a great recap for your snow day reading of some of the world’s most impressive pike records – from all tackle down to two-pound test.