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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Thickening stratus and cumulus edge out the blue sky. Recent rains have brightened the green landscape, but have hardly raised the surface of the lake -- which today is now a mirror littered with cottonwood seeds (countless others hang in the air). A very loud and very bright Baltimore oriole announces its presence in the bushes along the southwestern shore. Mallards, swallows, on and over the water; a few large caterpillars on the paths. Fishermen standing in flat-bottomed boats. Both beaches are empty. Methane bubbles float up along the western shore. A wood duck leads five or six tiny ducklings through the weeds there; a large muskrat idles nearby. Farther to the south another compact row also heads north: wood duck and ducklings. A great blue heron flies slowly over the water, also northwards. The creek holds large puddles in a few places.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jun 10, 4:53 pm CDT
Mostly Cloudy
65 °F
(18 °C)
Humidity: 45 %
Wind Speed: W 5 MPH
Barometer: 29.92" (1013.1 mb)
Dewpoint: 43 °F (6 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.