WIRED. There’s tension along the Missouri River as we watch the rising water levels (along with debris and fast currents). We talk about what’s fueling the system and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A group of doves rests on a powerline just before sunset near the Missouri River. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 6/28 – Hot, Humid, Unsettled. Hi 91, Lo 62, Wind SE@18, G28
Tomorrow: Fri 6/29 – Frontal shift. Hi 82, Lo 65, Wind N@13, G20
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:52AM Sunset: 9:41PM
Moonrise: 10:05PM Moonset 6:22AM
Overhead: 1:50AM Underfoot: 2:14PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (98% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:30 – 10:30PM. Use the last of the day’s light with moonrise to get a hot bite in this evening’s Edge Hour.
RELEASE. The release from Garrison dam sits at 60,000 cfs and water levels all along the Missouri River are high as a result. The high current has resulted in a number of difficulties for boaters, including debris such as tree trunks and branches brought down with the flow.
HOLD UP. The high waters of the Missouri River have rendered many boat ramps downstream from Lake Sakakawea unusable. The NDG&F keeps a rolling list of access points (see pg. 5) and a good majority of them are currently underwater, or unsafe for use.
FUEL. A solid snowpack in the tributaries which feed the upper Missouri River system this winter, along with above-average rainfall (2 to 3 times normal) in eastern Montana has kept the flow full of water and the USACE working to keep up. For the foreseeable future, it is likely that water levels will remain high until later in the summer.