BIG CHILL. Temperatures continue to trend well below average as winter locks on to the upper Midwest like a pike t-boning that little walleye you were reeling in. We think of things to watch that might get your blood boiling and take a glimpse at the forecast in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A Favorite. A puffed up cottontail takes shelter amidst the bare sticks of a bush, while gnawing on a winter snack. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 2/5 – Light Snow. Hi -2, Lo-12, Wind E@8. 1” Snow
Tomorrow: Wed 2/6 – Chilly. Hi -2, Lo -7, Wind N@14, G22 .5” Snow
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
8:42AM 6:45PM 1:40PM 1:18AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (1% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:00-9:00AM. Sunrise and moonrise will combine for today’s Edge Hour when winds and snow will be lightest.
WATCH IT. We’re keeping our eyes on HB 1428 in the ND Legislature, a bill that proposes state ownership of federal lands along Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River (if that’d ever get past the COE). With the continued disposition of State School Lands up in the air, we know where this would be headed – privatization. Protect public lands – tell your legislators to VOTE NO on HB 1428.
GEAR UP. The NDG&F Dept. is issuing small grants to help new Clay Target League teams get set for the upcoming season. The grants of up to $1,000 help cover the costs of basic equipment, like shooting glasses, hearing protection and shell holders.
POINTS. We’ll be racking up the WSI points this week (making up for a mild start to winter?), as temperatures stay well below zero into the weekend. Additionally, snow cover is beginning to creep closer to the danger level of 10 inches (about 8 right now), where things begin to get difficult for wildlife. We’ll review it all next week in a WSI update.