WHAT’S BUGGIN’ YA? I guess it’s the fact we have to get back to the grind after a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with perfect weather and some awesome fishing around the region. All around us, signs of summer are cropping up as the unofficial start to the season is under our belts. We talk about those seasonal signals and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A June Bug (a/k/a May Beetle) makes its way along the ground. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 5/29 – Evening rain? Hi 80, Lo 63, Wind S@13.
Tomorrow: Wed 5/30 – Cooler. Hi 75, Lo 60, Wind NW@15, G25
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:55AM Sunset: 9:27PM
Moonrise: 9:32PM Moonset 6:20AM
Overhead: 1:28AM Underfoot: 1:52PM
Moon Phase: Full @ 9:19AM
EDGE HOUR: 5:45-6:45AM. Catch some fish along with sunrise, moonset and calm morning conditions in the Edge Hour.
PICK A NAME. More fittingly called the May Beetle, but more often referred to as a June Bug, the big, bumbling brown insects make their way out of the ground after a winter in a pupal state. Members of the scarab beetle family, they’re frequently found buzzing around lights in the evening, stuck in a car grill or slowly drowning in kiddie pools, these big bugs are a common sight this time of year, and dodge-worthy on a fast downhill bike ride.
FEELIN’ FULL. This month’s full moon, while late seems somewhat on time in its native names. Such monikers as the “blossom moon,” “flower moon” and the “leaf moon” are fitting as tribes throughout the northern tier tied May’s full moon to the obvious change in the trees and plants around them this time of year.
HIGH JET. A sure sign of summer is a jet stream that has shifted north into Canada. Note that in the U.S. view of the steering systems way up high, only the far west and east ends of the jet stream are visible in the upper left and right corners. This alignment serves as a barrier of sorts and when shifted northward allows warm air to pop up into the plains and fire up the growing season.