MIXED SATURDAY. There’s a chance for light accumulations of snow early and wind will blow it around some, but it shouldn’t interfere much with your outdoor efforts (unless we get freezing rain?!). Don’t forget to SPRING AHEAD before going to bed tonight as Daylight Savings Time kicks in at 2 am tomorrow! We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.
(Spring Thing. A nice yellow perch coming on a spring bobber setup. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 3/10 – Chance for snow. Hi 32, Lo 13, Winds NW@20, G 28.
Tomorrow: Sun 3/11 – The better weekend day. Hi 30, Lo 15, Winds NW@7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:06AM Sunset: 6:42PM
Moonrise: 3:00AM Moonset 12:15PM
Overhead: 7:38AM Underfoot: 8:02PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (38% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:30 – 7:30PM. Moon underfoot with sunset and a front moving through should spur a bite in the Edge Hour.
SPRING LOADED. The beginning of daylight savings time serves as the unofficial start to the season. While there’s still lots of snow on the ground, we’ll gain about 70 minutes of daylight in the next 20 days and the sun angle gets higher and higher in the sky, giving it more melting power as we approach the equinox on March 20.
BIG NEWS. Jeb Williams of the NDG&F talks about the “big three” once-in-a-lifetime licenses in this week’s installment of North Dakota Outdoors Online. Highlighting online applications, expanding access, and license tallies for each of the seasons, this week’s installment builds excitement for not only the lottery-style process but also the improving populations and relations that are making for better hunting.
NOW’S THE TIME. A warm up in the coming days will give anglers a chance to get their permanent shacks off the ice before things drop down below average on the back end of the two week forecast and the deadline for statewide removal hits (Mar. 15). After today’s dusting, there’s no sign of snow in the weather charts for a while, adding to the ease of outdoor activities.