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October 31, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Sunny; cirrus and cirrostratus. Mild breeze from north. Solitary grebe along south shore; a few coots and mallards to the southwest. Wooden fishing dock now adrift; fisherman in waders relocated to nearby berm. Flotilla of geese in middle of lake; a different group sunning along the sandy north shore. Two domestic mallards still near the band shell. Stands of ripened milkweed along the northeast shore, back-lit by the sun and the reflected sun. A few warblers peeping in trees along west shore. Water low; creek to south virtually dry, paved with leaves.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Oct 31, 3:53 pm CDT
Mostly Cloudy
60°F
(16°C)
Humidity: 26 %
Wind Speed: N 12 MPH
Barometer: 30.34" (1027.7 mb)
Dewpoint: 25°F (-4°C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

October 29, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sunny; few high cirrus clouds. Light breeze from the south; planes landing in both tracks. Warblers in trees along south shore. More coots that mallards around fishing dock. Two separate pied-bill grebes. Rumored tree-perching bald eagle not in evidence. Robin in tree on west shore. Fisherman in rowboat. Gulls in middle of lake. Small V of geese leaving lake to north. Plastic dock now set adrift. More warblers along western shore; downy woodpecker. Fishermen in motorboat. Many walkers, runners, bikers.

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National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Oct 29, 4:53 pm CDT
A Few Clouds
53°F
(12°C)
Humidity: 32 %
Wind Speed: S 6 MPH
Barometer: 30.16" (1022.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 24°F (-4°C)
Wind Chill: 51°F (11°C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

October 28, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

No time today for the lake, but this morning the New York Times published an article by Cornelia Dean, “Thoreau is Rediscovered as a Climatologist,? which relays information from a recent article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Charles G. Willis et al., “Phylogenetic Patterns of Species Loss in Thoreau’s Woods are Driven by Climate Change?—which draws inferences from (among other data sets) Thoreau’s detailed phenological observations in Concord from 1852 to 1858.

In June 1861 Thoreau visited Minnesota in a vain attempt to regain his health. He stayed briefly at a boarding house on the south shore of Lake Calhoun, and botanized in the area. His journal mentions Lake Harriet in connection with loons, crab apples, floating sand, a wild rose, “yellow Erigeron,? and Chrysopsis villosa (golden aster). See The First and Last Journeys of Thoreau, ed. Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, 2 vols. (Boston: Bibliophile Society, 1905), 2: 73, 104, 109, 115.

October 27, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Cool and sunny, with scattered cumulus. Light overnight frost not evident at the lake. Moderate breeze continuing from the northwest: cresting waves on the open water, some foam along the southeast shore. Coots and geese paddling near southwest shore; also a dozen grebes, probably the first. An immature loon diving near the band shell. Few people despite the fine day.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Oct 27, 10:53 am CDT
A Few Clouds and Breezy
36°F
(2°C)
Humidity: 57 %
Wind Speed: NW 21 G 29 MPH
Barometer: 30.39" (1029.8 mb)
Dewpoint: 22°F (-6°C)
Wind Chill: 25°F (-4°C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

October 26, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Drizzle mixed with light snow. Strong wind from northwest, cresting some waves. (Beaufort 3 or 4, technically a light to mild breeze.) Dozens of coots and a few mallards around southwest fishing pier. Loon further off shore, a call followed by a dive. Two domestic mallards, dark brown with white bibs, again close to shore near band shell. Few people.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Oct 26, 2:53 pm CDT
Light Snow Fog/Mist and Breezy
35°F
(2°C)
Humidity: 89 %
Wind Speed: NW 24 G 35 MPH
Barometer: 29.86" (1011.9 mb)
Dewpoint: 32°F (0°C)
Wind Chill: 23°F (-5°C)
Visibility: 1.75 mi.

October 25, 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sunny, almost cloudless morning, breeze from the south. Dozens of geese and coots near the south shore. Fishermen in boats and on docks; miniature motorboat, remote-controlled. Colorful tents and booths near the band shell for scores of costumed marathoners at Team Ortho "Monster Dash."


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National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Oct 25, 10:53 am CDT
A Few Clouds
46°F
(8°C)
Humidity: 73 %
Wind Speed: SW 13 MPH
Barometer: 29.61" (1003.2 mb)
Dewpoint: 38°F (3°C)
Wind Chill: 40°F (4°C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

October 23, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mild wind from the east. Undulant stratus, brighter to north. Planes, mallards, coots, two fishermen in boats. Scores of gulls flying high from the south shore across the lake, silhouetted overhead black against gray.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Oct 23, 5:53 pm CDT
Overcast
52°F
(11°C)
Humidity: 50 %
Wind Speed: E 13 MPH
Barometer: 30.11" (1020.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 34°F (1°C)
Wind Chill: 48°F (9°C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

October 22, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Chilly, damp wind from northeast. Two dozen coots near southwest shore. Mallards here and there. No loon. One canoe. Many planes on landing path, below stratus.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Oct 22, 5:53 pm CDT
Overcast
45°F
(7°C)
Humidity: 74 %
Wind Speed: E 12 MPH
Barometer: 30.24" (1024.5 mb)
Dewpoint: 37°F (3°C)
Wind Chill: 39°F (4°C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

October 20, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Cloudless morning, breeze from the north. First pod of coots, about a dozen, near south shore. A dozen large geese paddling north in the middle of the lake. A large loon still near the north shore, flappings its wings.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Oct 20, 10:53 am CDT
Fair
50°F
(10°C)
Humidity: 61 %
Wind Speed: NW 9 MPH
Barometer: 30.38" (1029.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 37°F (3°C)
Wind Chill: 46°F (8°C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.