THE WET THAT WAS. A soaker of a week with a system that dropped more than 2 inches of rain across much of the state on Thursday capped off a wet stretch that is impacting hunters and harvesters in the field. While our drying out continues, we cover our recent rains and those impacts in today’s Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: TOWEL? A wet rooster pheasant makes his way to some cut grass to dry off following rains near Bismarck on Friday morning. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 9/15 – Warm! – Hi 81, Lo 55, Wind S@9, G18
Tomorrow: Mon 9/16 – Summery – Hi 85, Lo 51, Wind S@9
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
9:00PM 8:34AM 2:31AM 2:52PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (98% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:00-9:00AM. Moonset will keep the early light action rolling in our Edge Hour.
WHAT DROUGHT? The drought of 2017 may be a memory, and it was certainly washed away by this summer’s precipitation, as over the last 90 days the western third of the state saw two to three times more rainfall than normal. In fact, the majority of the state saw at least 1.5 times the average rainfall this past season.
HIGH WATER. Lake Sakakawea levels remain high going into fall, with a pool elevation at 1847 feet at Garrison Dam following this week’s rain. The Missouri River remains running strong as well, with 65,000 CFS coming into the lake and 45,600 going out.
EYES ON THE ROAD. With all the recent rain, the NDG&F is urging caution from hunters traveling for season openers this time of year as recent rains have softened roads and trails. In addition to getting stuck, rutting and other damage can occur to country roads necessary for travel.