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April 26, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Low clouds, drizzle; gray and green, with some red and yellow in the trees. Chilly breeze from the southeast. Several dozen coots near the southeastern shore, a few of them even standing about in the shallows. The usual mallards, but not many. Dozens of yellow-rumped warblers flitting among the brush on the southern shore. Three geese snacking on the grass on the western shore. Blackbirds calling from the marsh. A crow, a cardinal, more warblers, a downy or hairy woodpecker. Some water standing in the drainage marsh on the northeastern shore; a few blue violets blooming mearby; pale yellow-violet violets blooming along the creek. Not many people; planes low and nosy.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 26, 5:53 pm CDT
Fog/Mist
51 °F
(11 °C)
Humidity: 92 %
Wind Speed: SE 17 MPH
Barometer: 29.69" (1005.8 mb)
Dewpoint: 49 °F (9 °C)
Wind Chill: 45 °F (7 °C)
Visibility: 4.00 mi.

April 24, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

High thickening clouds, though the sun still shines through; good breeze from the northwest crests the waves. Air moist and cooling; trees and brush touched with green. Mallards scattered along the southern shore; two (presumably) lesser scaup paddle into the wind. The fishing dock is now anchored to the shore—much whitewashed by gulls and not washed by rain. More scaup towards the middle of the lake. The other wooden dock is anchored to the north shore, but the plastic one still floats at anchor some distance away. A pair of robins on the north shore; blackbirds audible. The creek runs low, only inches in places.

Nationall Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 24, 5:53 pm CDT
Mostly Cloudy
61 °F
(16 °C)
Humidity: 48 %
Wind Speed: NW 20 G 31 MPH
Barometer: 29.64" (1003.4 mb)
Dewpoint: 41 °F (5 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 19, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Cumulostratus cover, some thin sunlight shining through. Breeze from north; cool. Some foam and litter along the southern shore. A few mallards and one horned grebe. A dozen buffleheads clustered and diving near the west shore; more malllards and the occasional gull. More horned grebes and several pied-billed grebes towards the middle of the lake and near the northwestern shore. Song sparrows loud in the trees and brush along the shore. Very large loon near the northwest; another, not so large, to the northeast, thrashing the water and doing an elaborate display; a third near the east. Calls of blackbirds, cardinals, and robins from the marsh. A large pod of coots, maybe fifty, near the eastern shore. A few mallards paddling in the creek. The water level low in both the lake and the creek, but the creek still flowing.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 19, 4:53 pm CDT
Mostly Cloudy
50 °F
(10 °C)
Humidity: 63 %
Wind Speed: N 8 MPH
Barometer: 29.98" (1015.8 mb)
Dewpoint: 38 °F (3 °C)
Wind Chill: 47 °F (8 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 16, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sunny, some high clouds; mild; breeze from southeast. A couple of mallards near the southeast shore; more near the southwest. Four loud geese there, two of them swimming around with their necks stretched out, lowered to the water. Three men in a boat setting out the floating boat anchors along the western shore. Calling blackbirds and a robin in the northeast drainage marsh. Several dozen coots riding close to the shore there. Various plants greening up the path along the creek, pushing aside the brown leaves; scattered naturalized scillas the first to blossom.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 16, 10:53 am CDT
Partly Cloudy
62 °F
(17 °C)
Humidity: 32 %
Wind Speed: SE 14 MPH
Barometer: 30.36" (1028.1 mb)
Dewpoint: 32 °F (0 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 12, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Bright sun shining through gray stratus; breeze from southeast. Three loons divide the lake. Small pod of coots near southeast shore; two pairs of grebes far out; the usual mallards. Inconspicuous Easter parade on the paths. The creek is low (the StarTribune reports that precipitation this year is 0.99 inch below average).

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 12, 4:53 pm CDT
Overcast
59 °F
(15 °C)
Humidity: 16 %
Wind Speed: E 13 MPH
Barometer: 30.17" (1021.9 mb)
Dewpoint: 13 °F (-11 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 11, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sunny, thin cirrostratus; light breeze from southeast. Large loon coasting and diving off the swimming beach. Another sighting, or another loon, further to the west. Large muskie exposed on its side on wet sand. Remaining ruck of ice on shore up to a foot thick in spots. Six pairs of buffleheads swim out in a straight line off the southwest. Two radio-controlled toy sailboats ride the breeze near the yacht-club kiosk. Another loon near the north shore; and yet another, or the same as another, near the west. Many people and dogs on the paths. Planes coming in high, but quietly.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 11, 3:53 pm CDT
A Few Clouds
55 °F
(13 °C)
Humidity: 16 %
Wind Speed: E 10 MPH
Barometer: 30.28" (1026.1 mb)
Dewpoint: 10 °F (-12 °C)
Wind Chill: 52 °F (11 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 9, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Mostly sunny, with a a few high clouds moving in from the south; light breeze from the northwest. The lake is clear of ice, although some remains piled up on the southern shore. A few mallards here and there; one solitary coot in the southwest bay; one loon diving far out off the western shore; a pair of geese near the southeast.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 9, 3:53 pm CDT
Partly Cloudy
52 °F
(11 °C)
Humidity: 23 %
Wind Speed: NW 9 MPH
Barometer: 29.91" (1013.3 mb)
Dewpoint: 15 °F (-9 °C)
Wind Chill: 49 °F (9 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 7, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sunny, virtually cloudless; breeze from the west. Broken ice pressed along the southeast shore; a shelf of ice up to fifty feet wide runs out from the southern shore. Mallards paddle near the edge of the ice, gulls fly over it; two geese stand near the edge, on one leg like flamingos. Three mergansers swim southwest. Large floating corks mark radial lines, nets, and fish traps at half a dozen sites all around the lake. A loon calls and dives repeatedly near the northwest shore. Many loud blackbirds call from trees in the marsh.

National Weather Service
inneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 7, 4:53 pm CDT
A Few Clouds
48 °F
(9 °C)
Humidity: 24 %
Wind Speed: W 8 G 17 MPH
Barometer: 29.82" (1010.4 mb)
Dewpoint: 13 °F (-11 °C)
Wind Chill: 44 °F (7 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 5, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunny, few clouds; brisk breeze from the north. Most of the remaining ice brightened by fresh snow. The wind has cleared the northern half of the lake, piling up caked ice on the southern shore in chunks up to half a foot thick. Gulls on the ice, a few robins along the path to the north, a canoeist paddling quickly from west to east; four geese towards the eastern shore; mergansers gone. Some green grasses and coarser leaves pushing through the dried leaves along the creek.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 5, 5:53 pm CDT
Partly Cloudy and Breezy
44 °F
(7 °C)
Humidity: 30 %
Wind Speed: N 22 G 26 MPH
Barometer: 30.00" (1016.7 mb)
Dewpoint: 14 °F (-10 °C)
Wind Chill: 35 °F (2 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 4, 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Chilly, gray; lowering clouds to the south. Mallards here and there; crow walking on the ice near the south shore; sixteen mergansers swimming, diving, and flying along the western edge of the ice; dozens of gulls lined up along that edge. Not many people.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 4, 5:53 pm CDT
Overcast
43 °F
(6 °C)
Humidity: 45 %
Wind Speed: NE 7 MPH
Barometer: 30.01" (1017.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 23 °F (-5 °C)
Wind Chill: 39 °F (4 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 3, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009

Sunny; light breeze from northwest. Broad stretches of water along most of the shoreline. Mallards in and over the water; gulls near the ice; two geese off the north shore. Many red-wing blackbirds heard, and a few seen, in the marsh north of the lake. A fisherman in waders practicing his cast.

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National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 3, 5:53 pm CDT
Fair
46 °F
(8 °C)
Humidity: 40 %
Wind Speed: NW 6 G 16 MPH
Barometer: 29.83" (1010.9 mb)
Dewpoint: 23 °F (-5 °C)
Wind Chill: 43 °F (6 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.