HAPPY NEW YEAR. May 2019 bring you many new experiences in the field and on the water with good friends and family. It will certainly bring warmer conditions than we’ve had the past two days as things start to warm tomorrow and a January thaw comes early. We look back on the first month of winter today in our WSI review.
Featured Photo: On the hunt for a good time. Ole the lab celebrates the turn of the calendar at DEO HQ on New Year’s Eve. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 1/1 – Above Zero! Hi 6, Lo -15. Wind S@11, G18
Tomorrow: Wed 1/2 – Warming Trend. Hi 31, Lo 18. Wind W@10
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
4:02AM 2:24PM 9:17AM 9:41PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (17% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 2:00-3:00PM. It’ll still be chilly, but moonset and temps above zero will highlight the Edge Hour.
WSI UPDATE – DECEMBER SCORE.
As you’re aware, we run our WSI calendar at DEO from Dec. 1 to Mar. 31, with each day touching zero or lower receiving one point and each day with 10 or more inches of snow on the ground getting a point as well. This provides an idea of what wildlife are up against and serves as a survivability predictor for the season. Our thresholds for winter severity are as follows: Mild <50 points, Moderate 50-90, Difficult 91-140, Severe 141+ out of a total of 242 possible points for the four-month period.
At the middle and end of each month we provide an update, and today is our second of the year, having successfully closed out December. Only recently have we felt the sting of the season and if you were outside at all yesterday, you remember what it feels like!
Holiday conditions aside, December was surprisingly mild, with many days sporting highs in the 40s. Three days coming late in the month hit below zero temperatures for their lows, adding the first three points to this season’s WSI score. These also came after a moderate snow system dumped about seven inches over much of the southern part of the state, but not quite enough to push our ground cover over 10 inches. With some melting in the forecast and no snow in the next seven days, expect that cover to wane and things to continue to go well for wildlife.
Current WSI Score as of January 1: 3/62 = Mild.