HUMMING ALONG! We roll into the Independence Day holiday with some chances for rain, but nothing that should knock out your fireworks on the Fourth or your fishing efforts. We look at the forecast and some explosive animals in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A hummingbird visits a feeder for a sip. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 7/3 – Rain early. Hi 82, Lo 60. Wind N@10.
Tomorrow: Wed 7/4 – Rain overnight, clear PM. Hi 80, Lo 65, Wind N@15, G25.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:54AM Sunset: 9:40PM
Moonrise: 12:25AM Moonset 11:07AM
Overhead: 5:43AM Underfoot: 6:04PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (75% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:30-6:30PM. Moon underfoot ahead of the front will trigger a bite in today’s Edge Hour.
FLITTING FACTS. UC Davis does a great job of compiling the facts about hummingbirds in a breakdown of all the species’ specifics. From wingbeats per minute of 5,000 or more, to having the largest heart of all animal species (by body weight of course), there’s lots that will surprise you!
NO PLACE LIKE HOME. Only the ruby-throated humming bird calls the Peace Garden State home, and that’s just on the eastern edge of the state, becoming more uncommon the further west one gets. While other migratory humming birds (like the rufous, as detailed here) do come through from time to time, they are a very rare and transitory sighting.
GET CRACKING! We’ll be darting in and out of nighttime rain events over the next couple of days, but things look to clear up by mid-day on the Fourth. Get those Roman candles and Black Cats ready to go, and enjoy an evening of fishing under the light show, as fading winds and moderate temps will fuel a fun holiday.