Sunrise & Sunset Times

March 17 7:48 a.m.     7:52 p.m.
March 18 7:46 a.m. 7:53 p.m.
March 19 7:44 a.m. 7:55 p.m.
March 20 7:42 a.m. 7:56 p.m.
March 21 7:40 a.m. 7:58 p.m.
March 22 7:37 a.m. 7:59 p.m.
March 23 7:35 a.m. 8:00 p.m.
  1. Why are there no Irish lawyers?
    They can’t pass the bar.
    2. What do you call three Irish lumberjacks?
    Tree fellers
    3. What do you get when you cross poison
    ivy with a four-leaf clover?

A rash of good luck.
4.  How can you tell an Irishman is having a good time?

He’s Dublin over with laughter!
5. Why did St. Patrick drive the snakes out of Ireland?

He couldn’t afford plane fare.

  1. What do you call a big Irish spider?

A Paddy long legs.

  1. Why do leprechauns prefer dollar bills to coins? Because they’re green!
  2. Why did the leprechaun turn down a bowl of soup? Because he already had a pot of gold!
  3. Why did the leprechaun walk out of the house?

He wanted to sit on the Paddy O’!


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Commonly used Irish saying

“Donkey’s years”


Used as a reference to time. We have absolutely no idea what the length of time a donkey’s year is, but it’s widely accepted that it’s a very, very, long time.


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Simons Weekly Weather

Northwest Montana Regional Forecast




Includes Lincoln

and Sanders Counties

( Libby, Troy,
Eureka, Yaak,

Bull Lake, Noxon,
Heron, Trout Creek,
Thompson Falls, and

The Cabinet Mountains)


Tuesday, March 16 –
Patchy morning fog,
otherwise variable clouds. Highs in the
upper 40s to mid 50s with mid 30s around 5000 feet. Light winds.


Wednesday – Thursday,
March 17-18

Dry. Lows in the mid 20s to mid 30s with mid 30s around 5000 feet. Highs in the lower 50s to lower 60s with mid 40s around 5000 feet.



Friday – Sunday,
March 19 – 21

Unsettled with a chance of valley rain showers and higher elevation snow showers. Lows in the 30s with mid 20s around 5000 feet. Highs in the mid 40s to mid 50s with mid 30s around 5000 feet.



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Montana Gas Price

As of March 15, 2021 –


Montana gas prices have risen 3.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.64/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 615 stations in Montana. Gas prices in Montana are 26.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 33.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.


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What is the March Spring Equinox?

In the Northern Hemisphere, the March equinox (aka spring equinox or vernal equinox) occurs when the Sun crosses the equator line, heading north in the sky. This event marks the start of spring in the northern half of the globe. After this date, the Northern Hemisphere begins to be tilted more toward the Sun, resulting in increasing daylight hours and warming temperatures. (In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the opposite: the March equinox marks the start of autumn, as the Southern Hemisphere begins to be tilted away from the Sun.)

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What occurs during the Spring Equinox

On the March equinox, the Sun crosses the celestial equator going south to north. It’s called the “celestial equator” because it’s an imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator.

If you were standing on the equator, the Sun would pass directly overhead on its way north. Equinoxes are the only two times a year that the Sun rises due east and sets due west for all of us on Earth!

While the Sun passes overhead, the tilt of the Earth is zero relative to the Sun, which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun. (Note, however, that the Earth never orbits upright, but is always tilted on its axis by about 23.5 degrees.)

After the spring equinox, the Northern Hemisphere tilts toward the Sun. Although in most locations (the North Pole and Equator being exceptions) the amount of daylight had been increasing each day after the winter solstice, after the spring equinox, many places will experience more daylight than darkness in each 24-hour day. The amount of daylight each day will continue to increase until the summer solstice in June, in which the longest period of daylight occurs.

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Spring Equinox, egg folklore and its story

This egg folklore became popular in 1945 following a life article about the spring adage. “The origins of this myth are attributed to stories that the ancient Chinese would create displays of eggs standing on end during the first day of spring,” John Millis, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Anderson University. “The ancient Chinese celebrated the first day of spring about six weeks earlier than the equinox” so it’s not just on the equinox itself.

As with most folklore, it’s only partly true. It should be balance an egg on its end but also it’s possible to balance an egg on other days, too.

Folklore or not, this egg trick sounded like fun to us. One spring, a few minutes before the vernal equinox, several Almanac editors tried this trick. For a full workday, 17 out of 24 eggs stood standing. Three days later, we tried this trick again and found similar results. Perhaps 3 days after the equinox was still too near. Perhaps the equinox has nothing to do with it. Perhaps we just don’t like to take ourselves too seriously!

Try this yourself and let us know what happens. (Tip: You’ll probably have better luck balancing the egg if you use a rough surface or an egg that has a bumpy end.)

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Observe nature around you for Spring Equinox

Are worms and grubs reappearing? (The March Full Moon is called the “Worm Moon” for this very reason!)

Watch the arc of the Sun across the sky as it shifts toward the north. Birds are migrating northward, along with the path of the Sun.

Are you noticing that the days are getting longer? Did you know that the increasing sunlight is what triggers birds to sing? Cool, eh? Enjoy our Bird Songs page.

Are the daffodils poking up their heads? Trees, shrubs, and flowers are sensitive to temperature and day-length, too! Since ancient days, people have used them as indicators of when the weather is right for planting. For example: Blooming crocus are your cue to plant radishes, parsnips, and spinach. See more of nature’s signs.

Can you feel the Sun getting stronger? The longer days bring high temperatures. Both we and the animals around us strip off our clothes and heavy coats!

Are you getting itchy to get outdoors? March is time to start gardens and sow seeds in many regions. See the best planting dates according to your local frost dates or our Vegetable Gardening for Beginners guide for gardening tips!

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The told origin of St. Patrick’s day

March 17 marks the fifth-century death of our beloved patron saint, Saint Patrick and for over a thousand years, has been celebrated as a religious feast day.

According to history, St. Patrick was a missionary to Ireland and he became an adored figure for Irish Catholics as the person to bring Christianity to the Emerald Isle.

In times gone by, canonizations were carried out on a regional level, meaning that Patrick has never officially been canonized by a Pope although he is included on the list of Saints. The feast day was only officially placed on the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar in the early 1600s with thanks to Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding.

From then on it has been a holy day of obligation for Catholics (they are obliged to participate in the Mass). Until the 1700s, St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated predominantly in Ireland where it was a somber religious occasion spent mainly in prayer.

St. Patrick’s Day didn’t become an official Irish public holiday until 1903 with the introduction of the Bank Holiday (Ireland) Act 1903. This act was introduced by Irish Member of Parliament James O’Mara, who was also responsible for the law that required the closing of pubs on March 17.

The typical Irish family celebration before the 70s and before the uplift of the ban on drinking was very different from the party atmosphere associated with the day now.

As St. Patrick’s Day generally falls within the Christian season of Lent, Mass was attended in the morning with the afternoon set aside for celebrations. The Lenten prohibition against meat was lifted for the day and families sang and danced and celebrated during a time that is normally more somber on the Christian calendar.

In fact, before the drinking ban was repealed, there was only one place in Ireland where one could buy a tipple on March 17: The Royal Dublin Dog Show.

St. Patrick’s Day is a beloved story for all.

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