EXTENDED HOLIDAY! Don’t turn off that Christmas Vacation marathon just yet! Today’s snow will have many locked inside or struggling to get home from work this evening, but this will give you a chance to get settled in with all those new outdoors gadgets and gifts and pack up those from the past season. We’ve got tips to get you started (or wrapped up) in today’s Three Things!
Featured Photo: Zip! At the leading edge of the storm, snowflakes begin to fall in the early morning hours on Wednesday at DEO HQ. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 12/26 – All Day Snow – Hi 19, Lo 14, Wind E@9, 9” Snow
Tomorrow Thu 12/27 – Windy Whiteout – Hi 15, Lo 13, Wind N@25, G35, 1” Snow
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
10:04PM 11:37AM 4:18AM 4:46PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (79% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:00-5:00PM. If there was an Edge Hour today, it’d be around sunset with moon underfoot…but stay inside!
WHIPPED UP. For those who got a tying kit and are venturing into lure making and fly tying, learning the whip finish is perhaps the most challenging step in tying those first patterns. Dozens of videos can help get this slightly tricky tactic down, and pretty soon you’ll be finishing flies off with no problem!
GREASED DOWN. Things aren’t looking great (though it might be 40 on Sunday?) for late season upland efforts as heavy snows will lock down what’s left of light habitat and push birds into the deeper stuff. If you’re thinking about stashing your shotgun, used today’s snow day to go over your favorites and clean them up. Remember to let them dry a day or two in a secure room before sticking them in the safe.
CWD SPREAD. The NDG&F Dept. reports the spread of CWD to the state’s northern deer herd, most likely coming out of animals adjacent to those populations in Saskatchewan, where the deadly disease has been detected in Canada. In unit 3A1, a Divide County-harvested deer tested positive for the disease in the 2018 season.