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March 29, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunny, cloudless, not very warm; the field of ice brighter than yesterday. The freezing/melting edge has advanced here and retreated there. Much open water to the southwest, some also along the north shore. Mallards here and there. Two robins in a short tree on the path. Two geese on the water to the north. A loud cardinal on a bare branch, brilliant against the blue sky. Sounds of a crow and another cardinal along the creek, where there are still a few mallards. Lots of people and dogs on the paths.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Mar 29, 3:53 pm CDT
Fair
44 °F
(7 °C)
Humidity: 28 %
Wind Speed: NW 8 G 18 MPH
Barometer: 29.78" (1009.5 mb)
Dewpoint: 13 °F (-11 °C)
Wind Chill: 39 °F (4 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

March 28, 2009

Saturday, March 26, 2009

Sunny, large patches of cumulus; chilly. Recent light snow has evaporated from the land but whitened the ice on the lake. Open water along the shore has partly refrozen. Mallards standing around on the ice; two gulls standing and calling farther out.

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National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Mar 28, 5:53 pm CDT
Mostly Cloudy
40 °F
(4 °C)
Humidity: 40 %
Wind Speed: N 8 MPH
Barometer: 29.83" (1011.1 mb)
Dewpoint: 17 °F (-8 °C)
Wind Chill: 35 °F (2 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

March 24, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Overcast, mild. Yesterday's rain (a third of an inch) is accelerating the ice melt. The southern shore looks solid enough, though rough, but the drainage bay at the southwest is now large (and well populated by mallards); the western shore is riddled with Martian canals; and the northern shore has a thirty-foot edge of open water. Another small, white-bibbed domestic mallard there, this one with a brown head.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Mar 24, 11:53 am CDT
Overcast
53 °F
(12 °C)
Humidity: 74 %
Wind Speed: SE 15 G 23 MPH
Barometer: 29.55" (1001.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 45 °F (7 °C)
Wind Chill: 48 °F (9 °C)
Visibility: 8.00 mi.

March 22, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

A late report on late Saturday afternoon: Warm, sunny, the paths crowded with hundreds of walkers, bikers, skaters, dogs, the sky busy with planes. Mallards in the drainage pool at the southwest. A few mallards in the melted edge near the bandstand, including one with a vivid green head and large white bib. The northern edge of water now a yard wide. A couple of dozen mallards in the creek, now running full.

March 18, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cloudless; salmon sunset. Mallards at the southwest pool, including one with a white bib. Three geese fly south, high over the gray ice.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Mar 18, 7:53 pm CDT
Fair
41 °F
(5 °C)
Humidity: 47 %
Wind Speed: NW 9 MPH
Barometer: 30.27" (1026.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 22 °F (-6 °C)
Wind Chill: 35 °F (2 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

March 17, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Thin sunlight through thin clouds; cool breeze from the west. Small flock of crows on and flying over the leaden ice. A dozen mallards on and around the open water near the southwest shore. A few more crows to the north. A foot-wide rim of water along the northern edge.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Mar 17, 4:53 pm CDT
Overcast
54 °F
(12 °C)
Humidity: 43 %
Wind Speed: W 13 G 20 MPH
Barometer: 30.01" (1016.7 mb)
Dewpoint: 32 °F (0 °C)
Wind Chill: 50 °F (10 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

March 16, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sunny, warm; water draining into the lake. A patch of open water to the southwest has drawn four mallards to the edge of the ice. Busy paths, noisy planes. Only a pair of mallards left on the creek.

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National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Mar 16, 3:53 pm CDT
A Few Clouds
66 °F
(19 °C)
Humidity: 45 %
Wind Speed: S 14 G 29 MPH
Barometer: 29.89"
Dewpoint: 44 °F (7 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

March 15, 2009

Sunny, high clouds, somewhat hazy. Paths busy, occasionally congested, with walkers and bicyclists. Two fishermen dragging sleds across the ice, which is now covered with sheets of water. More than a dozen black-and-white warblers (?) flitting among trees and brush on the south shore. A few crows in the trees and on the ice. Twenty mallards along the creek.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Mar 15, 4:53 pm CDT
Fair
55 °F
(13 °C)
Humidity: 45 %
Wind Speed: S 15 MPH
Barometer: 29.93" (1014.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 34 °F (1 °C)
Wind Chill: 51 °F (11 °C)
Visibility: 9.00 mi.

March 14, 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sunny, almost fifty degrees warmer than it was two days ago. Paths crowded with joggers, bikers, walkers, dogs. Lake water floating over the ice in large patches, carrying a few strands of milfoil near the north shore. Some seventy mallards on or alongside the slow-running but muddy creek.

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National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Mar 14, 2:53 pm CDT
A Few Clouds
49 °F
(9 °C)
Humidity: 41 %
Wind Speed: S 16 G 24 MPH
Barometer: 29.96" (1015.4 mb)
Dewpoint: 26 °F (-3 °C)
Wind Chill: 43 °F (6 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

March 12, 2009

Thursay, March 12, 2009

Sunny, cold; cirrostratus to the south. Icy paths, few pedestrians. Twenty-six mallards on the stretch of the creek from the lake to 49th Street; parts of the creek are icing over again.

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National Weather Service
Minneapolis, Crystal Airport
Lat: 45.08 Lon: -93.38 Elev: 869
Last Update on Mar 12, 10:53 am CDT
Fair
3 °F
(-16 °C)
Humidity: 60 %
Wind Speed: Calm
Barometer: 30.69" (1041.8 mb)
Dewpoint: -8 °F (-22 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

March 8, 2009

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Gray, lumpy stratus, showing brighter edge to the north. Still cold, with light breeze from northeast; forecast snow still in abeyance. Many pedestrians, dogs, planes. Now 74 mallards on the creek, which is thinning in spots.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Mar 8, 11:53 am CDT
Overcast
31 °F
(-1 °C)
Humidity: 64 %
Wind Speed: NE 9 MPH
Barometer: 29.87" (1012.6 mb)
Dewpoint: 20 °F (-7 °C)
Wind Chill: 23 °F (-5 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

March 7, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Gray sky, hints of the sun. Nothing on the lake except ice and residual snow. Many joggers on the paths. Small birds heard in the trees on the western shore and along the creek; one chickadee seen, and one downy woodpecker. Fifty mallards on the widening water of the creek.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Mar 7, 10:53 am CST
Overcast
29 °F
(-2 °C)
Humidity: 61 %
Wind Speed: N 8 MPH
Barometer: 30.03" (1018.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 17 °F (-8 °C)
Wind Chill: 21 °F (-6 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.