THE BIG QUESTIONS. There will be no doubt about conditions today, as wind gusts will touch 40 mph this morning and stay elevated throughout much of the day as temperatures drop. We check out three big questions in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: School’s In. A school of bluegills on display. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 2/24 – Windy – Hi 7, Lo -10, Wind NW@30, G40
Tomorrow: Mon 2/25 – Cold & Calm – Hi -2, Lo -12, Wind L&V
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
Fol. Day 10:28AM 5:08AM 5:33PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (68% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:30-6:30PM. Moon underfoot nears sunset and winds should fade for a challenging day’s Edge Hour.
LOW FLOW? Looking west, the feeder areas for the Missouri River in central and eastern Montana show considerably less snow than last year. While enough of the season remains (and spring rains), the early suggestion of high water is limited for Ft. Peck, Sakakawea and Oahe and downstream flows.
SIGNS OF HOPE? The North Atlantic Oscillation is the powerful wind that helps keep cold weather bottled up north. When it’s positive, things stay in check over the north pole, when it’s negative expect cold weather to drift south. Looking out a few weeks, the NOAA predictor shows a positive trend, and a chance at a warm up. We’ll take anything at this point!
WHERE’S EL NINO? The predicted El Nino conditions forecasted last summer did not materialize at the levels that were expected for this winter, as only a mild pattern developed along the equatorial Pacific, allowing cooler conditions to settle in to the upper Midwest this season.