THAT’S A WRAP! We bring the weekend to a close with our final review of the DEO Winter Severity Index and all the cool (and cold) stuff that happened in North Dakota’s signature season.
Featured Photo: Think Spring! We’re looking forward to green grass, colorful roosters and warm yellow sun, now that our WSI has come to an end!
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 3/31 – So Long March. – Hi 44, Lo 30, Wind NW@15, G25
Tomorrow: Mon 4/1 – No Foolin’ Nice – Hi 47, Lo 24, Wind StoW@8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
5:47AM 3:29PM 10:35AM 10:58PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (19% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:45-8:45PM. Winds fade during sunset in our Edge Hour.
We wrapped our winter season up with some moderation in late March after a tough February and cold start to the final month in our WSI tracking (Dec. ’18 – Mar. ’19). As of Mar. 15, our WSI sat at 66, a moderate winter heading into the final two-week stretch, buoyed by a mild December and early January. After the cold of February and a snowy start to March a snowy slap hit the eastern part of the state, sparing Bismarck and points west.
As a final reminder, while we tally up the season, we give each day up to two points; on a day where the temperature hits 0 or less, or there are 10 inches or more of snow on the ground a point is awarded for each category. Our thresholds are: Mild <50 points, Moderate 50-90, Difficult 91-140, Severe 141+ out of a total of 242 possible points for the four-month period.
The back stretch of March featured no days where the mercury hit zero degrees, relieving the stressors on wildlife significantly, with 11 days over 40 degrees for highs. With those high temps (and some in the 50s) the melt was on, and we dipped below 10 inches on March 18, adding only two days to the point total. With that, our total on the season was 68. A moderate winter overall by our armchair estimates, despite a tough six-week stretch in the middle.