STARBURST! Don’t say we never gave you anything…besides a good photo of the season’s first milkweed bloom. We’re hitting our summer stride and doing so with a bit more moisture than this time last year – and that’s bringing a lot of summer flowers into full color. We talk about that and a music-stopping bird in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A common milkweed plant, with its star-like blossoms in full splendor. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 6/27 – Clear & Warm! Hi 81, Lo 58, Wind L&V.
Tomorrow: Thu 6/28 – Hot, Humid, Unsettled. Hi 91, Lo 62, Wind SE@18, G28
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:51AM Sunset: 9:41PM
Moonrise: 9:16PM Moonset 5:37AM
Overhead: 1:01AMAM Underfoot: 1:25PM
Moon Phase: Full at 11:53PM
EDGE HOUR: 9:00-10:00PM. The full moonrise in alignment with sunset after a perfect and stable day will give you one heck of an advantage in today’s Edge Hour.
UNCOMMON. Common milkweed is just one of several dozen species of the plant throughout North America and one of 10 that are native to the Peace Garden State. As has been oft-relayed in the era of declining pollinators, especially the monarch butterfly which relies on these plants solely for its food source and caterpillar growth, the loss of these natives creates an impact felt across the natural world.
STOP THE MUSIC. While most concerts get postponed or cancelled due to a singer’s vocal chords acting up, it’s the nesting of a fairly common bird that’s shutting down a Canadian music festival. A killdeer on a nest of four eggs – both requiring federal permission to move – is smack-dab in the middle of the concert grounds, holding up preprarations for the event where Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews and Shawn Mendez will be performing for 300,000 attendees. We’re guessing the bird will do its broken-wing dance to “Monkeywrench.”
STORMY. No…not that one. Last night’s storms swept across the state, first the northern tier and then the southern, with some clusters severe bringing strong downpours and more rain which should bring us about back to even and help to further pull the landscape out of drought conditions.