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July 30, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Breeze from the west; blue sky, thickening cumulus clouds, a passing shower, dark clouds filling the horizon to the west and south; distant patches of rainfall. Swimmers and boats leave the lake. The usual mallards, swallows, geese and ducklings in the usual places; a lone loon in the southern half of the lake. The island at the southeast inlet is now filled with with tall flowers: purple loose strife. and asters or thistles, also purple.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 30, 3:53 pm CDT
Light Rain
74 °F
(23 °C)
Humidity: 46 %
Wind Speed: W 16 G 25 MPH
Barometer: 29.83" (1010.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 52 °F (11 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 29, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Gray cloud cover, breeze from southwest, a few raindrops. A couple of sailboats and a paddle boat. Many geese lined up along the stone embankment and rocks near the band shell. The weeds near the western shore busy with ducks--mallards, wood ducks, many small ducklings.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 29, 3:53 pm CDT
Overcast
75 °F
(24 °C)
Humidity: 36 %
Wind Speed: W 10 MPH
Barometer: 29.86" (1010.7 mb)
Dewpoint: 46 °F (8 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 28, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Breeze from the northwest; thickening cumulus clouds. A half dozen sailboats. Near western shore a small group of mallards approach a floating muskrat with careful hesitation; it decides to leave. Geese mingle with the mallards (including two dark-brown, white-bibbed domestic mallards) and sparrows near the refreshment stand. The plastic brontosaurus--more likely a plesiosaur--is still in place among the weeds along the eastern shore, near a wood duck and six ducklings.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 28, 2:53 pm CDT
Mostly Cloudy
75 °F
(24 °C)
Humidity: 37 %
Wind Speed: NW 13 MPH
Barometer: 29.86" (1010.6 mb)
Dewpoint: 47 °F (8 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 27, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Breeze from northwest; large clumps of cumulus clouds left over from recent shower. Few people on the beaches, more on the paths. The usual mallards; goldfinch at southwest inlet. Two straight lines of geese, five and seven, paddling among the anchored sailboats toward the refreshment stand.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 27, 5:53 pm CDT
Partly Cloudy
83 °F
(28 °C)
Humidity: 43 %
Wind Speed: NW 12 G 17 MPH
Barometer: 29.76" (1007.4 mb)
Dewpoint: 58 °F (14 °C)
Heat Index: 83 °F (28 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 26, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Breeze from the northwest, scattered cumulus clouds fading away. Beaches and paths busy; sailboats and canoes on the water. Mallards and ducklings along the south and west shores, joined by geese being seeking handouts of popcorn near the band shell; a large audience for the Minneapolis Pops concert: Semper Fideles. Abundant, almost pervasive sweet clover nearing the end of its bloom, along with a few evening primroses. Some milkweed still blooming. Violet bee balm in the drainage area at the northeast. Black-eyed Susan in bloom. The strip between the road and the path along the western shore is now an anthology of wild flowers. A few puddles in the creek bed, infringed more and more by green plants.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 26, 5:53 pm CDT
A Few Clouds
83 °F
(28 °C)
Humidity: 36 %
Wind Speed: NW 10 MPH
Barometer: 29.88" (1011.6 mb)
Dewpoint: 53 °F (12 °C)
Heat Index: 82 °F (28 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 15, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A good, dry breeze from the west, carrying scattered cumulus clouds across the blue sky. One sailboat, one canoe, one fishing boat, one paddle boat. People on the beaches, paths, and fishing dock, but not many. Scores of pan fish in the sunlight among the weeds in the shallows along the western shore. Adolescent geese with the mallards near the band shell and picnic area, expecting food. A few ponds in the creek bed, from yesterday's mild rain.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 15, 4:53 pm CDT
A Few Clouds
77 °F
(25 °C)
Humidity: 37 %
Wind Speed: W 16 G 25 MPH
Barometer: 29.92" (1012.8 mb)
Dewpoint: 49 °F (9 °C)
Heat Index: 78 °F (26 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 13, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Veil of cirrostratus, faint breeze from southeast. A half-dozen sailboats; also canoes and small paddle boats. Clusters of adolescent mallards near the bandstand. Not many people on the beaches or paths. Viewed from the east the shelf of milfoil and algae seems to fill half the lake.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 13, 4:53 pm CDT
Mostly Cloudy
80 °F
(27 °C)
Humidity: 21 %
Wind Speed: E 6 MPH
Barometer: 30.07" (1017.9 mb)
Dewpoint: 37 °F (3 °C)
Heat Index: 79 °F (26 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 12, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Thickening cumulus clouds; light breeze from the southeast. Beaches and paths busy. Sailboats, canoes, kayaks. Mallards, swallows, gulls; brontosaurus.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 12, 3:53 pm CDT
Partly Cloudy
78 °F
(26 °C)
Humidity: 33 %
Wind Speed: E 5 MPH
Barometer: 30.09" (1018.5 mb)
Dewpoint: 47 °F (8 °C)
Heat Index: 78 °F (26 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 11, 2009

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Almost cloudless blue sky; breeze from the west; beaches and paths busy. Mallards, swallows, gulls. The dozen geese have hunkered down on the narrow strip of grass between the path and the western shore, ignoring the passing crowds. The shelf of water milfoil and algae stretches out scores of yards from the eastern shore, appearing to narrow the range of the dozen sailboats and several canoes on the water.

Later: cloudless evening; golden sunlight on the water. Hundreds of people gather at the band shell to hear the Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company perform H.M.S. Pinafore with a band from the Minnesota Orchestra. Following a different script, hundreds of swallows swoop in and out to and from the roof over the stage.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 11, 4:53 pm CDT
A Few Clouds
78 °F
(26 °C)
Humidity: 23 %
Wind Speed: W 9 G 18 MPH
Barometer: 30.13" (1019.8 mb)
Dewpoint: 37 °F (3 °C)
Heat Index: 78 °F (26 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 10, 2009

Saturday, July 10, 2009

Ragged clouds morph to well-defined cumulus as the front clears; light breeze from the west. Both beaches becoming busy. Mallards, swallows, gulls. A large dragonfly with black-and-white bars on its wings hovers around a stand of creeping bell flower; also many smaller, iridescent damselflies. Blackbird again at the top of the little tree on the small island at the inlet; flowers there include a bright clump of purple loosestrife. Wood duck and ducklings in the weeds near the southwestern shore; eleven geese bathing and preening in the shallow water off the western shore. Monarch butterfly conspicuous among the sedge at the northeast. Plastic brontosaurus off the eastern inlet attracts a dozen young children and adults.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 10, 11:53 am CDT
Partly Cloudy
82 °F
(28 °C)
Humidity: 53 %
Wind Speed: W 9 MPH
Barometer: 29.99" (1015.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 63 °F (17 °C)
Heat Index: 83 °F (28 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 9, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cumulus streets thickening to cumulostratus; good breeze from the south. Light use of the beaches. Six sailboats working the breeze; one red canoe; one boat. Mallards along the south shore and elsewhere; wood duck and duckings in the weeds near the south shore. Blackbird on small tree in island near the inlet. Ten geese, adult and adolescent, trimming grass along the western shore. Muskrat swims into a hole in the retaining wall. Plastic brontosaurus, maybe ten feet tall, is an unusual sight and yet at home among the weeds along the western shore.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 9, 3:53 pm CDT
Overcast
79 °F
(26 °C)
Humidity: 54 %
Wind Speed: S 12 MPH
Barometer: 29.94" (1013.5 mb)
Dewpoint: 61 °F (16 °C)
Heat Index: 80 °F (27 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 6, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Thickening cumulus clouds forming wide, gray streets northwest to southeast. Three sailboats on the lake; light use of the beaches and paths. Mallards, gulls.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 6, 5:53 pm CDT
Partly Cloudy
81 °F
(27 °C)
Humidity: 37 %
Wind Speed: NW 9 G 21 MPH
Barometer: 29.87" (1011.1 mb)
Dewpoint: 52 °F (11 °C)
Heat Index: 80 °F (27 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 5, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Scattered cumulus clouds, good breeze from northwest. Beaches and paths very busy. Dozens of sailboats, several canoes. Mallards, swallows; dozens of gulls resting on floating boat dock. Geese coasting the water weeds along the eastern shore; a wood duck and seven ducklings picking through the weeds.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 5, 4:53 pm CDT
A Few Clouds
83 °F
(28 °C)
Humidity: 32 %
Wind Speed: NW 9 G 18 MPH
Barometer: 29.96" (1014.1 mb)
Dewpoint: 50 °F (10 °C)
Heat Index: 81 °F (27 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 4, 2009

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Light breeze from the south; sky gradually clearing from a thin line of storm clouds that passed north to south. Southern swimming beach empty, except for three life guards, the first seen this year. Not many people on the paths, although the fishing dock is well occupied. One sailboat on the water; also a canoe and two kayaks. Mallards along the southern shore and around the inlet; heron stands at attention in the middle of the inlet pool, then wades back to the small island. Hawk weed in flower here and there around the lake; also creeping bellflower. Artist at work on a small canvas of a red-and-yellow boat riding at anchor, itself covered with canvas. Milkweed redolent in bloom along the northern shore. More than a dozen people at the northern swimming beach, though no life guards. Occasional boom of a distant firework. Wood duck and duckling at rest on a branch in the water along the western shore. Geese and ducks populate the weeds. Day lilies in bloom; butterfly weed abundant. Egret flies low along the shore south to north. Creek still damp; dark green vegetation sets off many clusters of small crimson bush berries.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 4, 4:53 pm CDT
Mostly Cloudy
69 °F
(21 °C)
Humidity: 73 %
Wind Speed: SE 7 MPH
Barometer: 30.00" (1015.5 mb)
Dewpoint: 60 °F (16 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 2, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Scattered flat cumulus clouds. light breeze from the north; almost warm. People sunning on both beaches; three sailboats on the water; two boats of fishermen. Mallards along the southern shore, including a domestic mallard; more around the inlet. Great blue heron standing around near the small island; muskrat swims past. Painter at work on a large canvas on the western shore. More mallards, including another domestic mallard, near the band shell. Egret flies overhead along the northern shore. Several geese in the weeds there; three families of wood ducks on a branch in the water or in the weeds near the eastern shore. Bird's-foot trefoil bright yellow around the lake.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 2, 4:53 pm CDT
A Few Clouds
79 °F
(26 °C)
Humidity: 45 %
Wind Speed: N 13 MPH
Barometer: 30.03" (1016.5 mb)
Dewpoint: 56 °F (13 °C)
Heat Index: 80 °F (27 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

July 1, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Thinning deck of cumulus clouds; much blue sky and sunlight. Not many people at either beach nor on the paths. Fisherman in waders near southern shore; four sailboats on the water. Great blue heron preening on the center island at the southwest inlet; red-wing blackbird singing from a four-foot poplar growing there; others calling from the marsh. White campion flowers blooming nearby. Domestic mallard among other mallards near the band shell. Large family of mallards among the weeds out from the eastern shore; also several geese.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Jul 1, 4:53 pm CDT
Mostly Cloudy
69 °F
(21 °C)
Humidity: 57 %
Wind Speed: NE 9 MPH
Barometer: 29.88" (1011.5 mb)
Dewpoint: 53 °F (12 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.