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August 31, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

High haze, soft sun, light breeze from the south, mild air. A few white sails on the water. White, purple, yellow, gold wildflowers. The creek still running well, with ducks on it.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis, Crystal Airport
Lat: 45.08 Lon: -93.38 Elev: 869
Last Update on Aug 31, 4:53 pm CDT
Fair
70 °F
(21 °C)
Humidity: 46 %
Wind Speed: S 7 MPH
Barometer: 30.23" (1023.6 mb)
Dewpoint: 48 °F (9 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi

August 30, 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Thin cirrostratus, scattered flat cumulus clouds; cool but still. Lots of people on the paths; only a few at the beaches. Fishermen in, on, and over the water; a few sailboats. Great blue heron stalking around the deck of a small sailboat at anchor. Purple clumps of New England asters intermixed with the stands of goldenrod along the northeast and east. Clusters of zigzag goldenrod brighten the shade along the creek.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Aug 30, 4:53 pm CDT
Mostly Cloudy
66 °F
(19 °C)
Humidity: 40 %
Wind Speed: Calm
Barometer: 30.22" (1023.6 mb)
Dewpoint: 41 °F (5 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

August 26, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2008

High, thin overcast; scattering of cumulus clouds below. Some walkers, joggers; a few people at the beaches. Large stand of jewel weed brown at the edges but still blooming on the southern shore. Raucous crows calling from the bird sanctuary. Fisherman standing and casting from a boat. Young wood duck near eastern shore. The plastic plesiosaurus is gone.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Aug 26, 4:53 pm CDT
Overcast
75 °F
(24 °C)
Humidity: 46 %
Wind Speed: E 8 MPH
Barometer: 30.14" (1020.5 mb)
Dewpoint: 53 °F (12 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

August 25, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Only a few clouds at the horizon; light breeze from the northwest swaying a few sailboats. Walkers and joggers; people at both beaches. A dozen geese outnumber the mallards in the southwest inlet; five mallards rest on the bank of the creek, which is now an inch or two higher after last night's rain.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Aug 25, 4:53 pm CDT
A Few Clouds
79 °F
(26 °C)
Humidity: 42 %
Wind Speed: NW 8 G 18 MPH
Barometer: 30.01" (1015.6 mb)
Dewpoint: 54 °F (12 °C)
Heat Index: 79 °F (26 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

August 24, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

A few scraps of thin cirrostratus clouds; blue and sunny sky, good breeze from the south, cresting some waves. A few sailboats and other craft. Paths busy with walkers, some people arriving at the beaches. Wood duck and adolescent ducklings near southern shore; occasional swallows near the band shell; wood duck and younger ducklings near eastern shore. Mostly yellow and gold flowers: a few turtleheads and evening primroses; many green-headed coneflowers; abundant goldenrod. Water level in creek not so high as before; everything green.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Aug 24, 11:53 am CDT
A Few Clouds
76 °F
(24 °C)
Humidity: 56 %
Wind Speed: S 15 G 22 MPH
Barometer: 29.98" (1014.9 mb)
Dewpoint: 59 °F (15 °C)
Heat Index: 78 °F (26 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

August 23, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Mix of thin cumulus and weak blue sky; breeze from the south. Both beaches busy; paths busy; lots of sailboats; canoes and paddle boats. Five mallards resting on the bank of the still-full creek.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Aug 23, 3:53 pm CDT
Partly Cloudy
76 °F
(24 °C)
Humidity: 52 %
Wind Speed: S 12 MPH
Barometer: 30.02" (1016.1 mb)
Dewpoint: 57 °F (14 °C)
Heat Index: 78 °F (26 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

August 21, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Substantial but dwindling cumulus clouds giving way to sun and blue sky, cleared by a good breeze from northwest. Only a few people sunning on the beaches; one canoe with fishermen, one sailboat embarking; paths busy with walkers and joggers. Mallards clustered near inlet at southwest. White and purple asters; Canada hawkweed, evening primroses. Dozens of turtleheads blooming in the marsh next to the northeast shore. Goldenrod becoming conspicuous. Large stands of gray-headed coneflower still in full, bedraggled bloom along the eastern shore; some small spikes of butter-and-eggs. A couple of wood ducklings near the shore; the plastic plesiosaurus still anchored in the water, staring east. A long swath of planted wildflowers between the path and the road has been mowed down, leaving only some ragrweed next to a few boulders. The creek is still full, attracting five large mallards. A small stand there of gray-headed coneflowers, lots of zigzag goldenrod, mixed with white snakeroot.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Aug 21, 2:53 pm CDT
Mostly Cloudy
72 °F
(22 °C)
Humidity: 46 %
Wind Speed: NW 16 G 22 MPH
Barometer: 29.88" (1011.6 mb)
Dewpoint: 50 °F (10 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

August 20, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cool, wet, clouds in two layers, a few bright patches. Mallards congregated in two groups along the southern shore. A couple of fishermen; no boats; several joggers; some swimmers at the southern beach. Goldenrod along the northern shore phasing in in batches, or species, a few plants in full flower, most not yet. Several mallards foraging on the creek.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Aug 20, 4:53 pm CDT
Overcast
64 °F
(18 °C)
Humidity: 84 %
Wind Speed: W 15 G 22 MPH
Barometer: 29.56" (1000.9 mb)
Dewpoint: 59 °F (15 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

August 19, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Blue sky and sunlight as clouds thin after this afternoon's downpour. A few joggers on the paths, a few fishermen, no boats; the lake full again; ducks unfazed. A goldfinch perches on a spent coneflower near the band shell and methodically plucks its seeds. The creek overflows its banks.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Aug 19, 4:53 pm CDT
Light Rain
66 °F
(19 °C)
Humidity: 87 %
Wind Speed: NW 9 MPH
Barometer: 29.57" (1001.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 62 °F (17 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

August 18, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Blue sky, white cumulus clouds, light breeze from southwest, five white sailboats on the water; a fishing boat and two small kayaks. Not many people on the beaches, more striding and jogging on the paths. A few turtleheads in flower at the northeast; giant ragweed flourishing, some of it seven feet high.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Aug 18, 5:53 pm CDT
A Few Clouds
77 °F
(25 °C)
Humidity: 35 %
Wind Speed: SW 9 MPH
Barometer: 29.93" (1013.2 mb)
Dewpoint: 47 °F (8 °C)
Heat Index: 78 °F (26 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

August 17, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Blue sky, sunny, thinning clumps of white and gray cumulus clouds; breeze from southwest. A couple of sailboats, two people fishing from a canoe; fishing dock busy; paths busy. Great blue heron flying among the anchored boats.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Aug 17, 5:53 pm CDT
Mostly Cloudy
80 °F
(27 °C)
Humidity: 41 %
Wind Speed: SW 13 G 23 MPH
Barometer: 29.90" (1012.2 mb)
Dewpoint: 54 °F (12 °C)
Heat Index: 80 °F (27 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

August 16, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Thinning deck of cumulus clouds, good breeze from the southwest. Kayaks and sailboats. Ducks and ducklings in long lines along the weeds along the southern shore. Conspicuous mushrooms south and southwest; goldenrod and asters. Wood duck and ducklings near the eastern shore. Last night's rain has filled the creek bed with large puddles.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Aug 16, 5:53 pm CDT
Mostly Cloudy
76 °F
(24 °C)
Humidity: 54 %
Wind Speed: W 14 G 22 MPH
Barometer: 29.85" (1010.3 mb)
Dewpoint: 58 °F (14 °C)
Heat Index: 78 °F (26 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

August 1, 2009

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The UThink server is down this afternoon, so this posting will be delayed . . . .

Field of cumulus clouds; good wind, cresting waves, from the northwest. The southeast beach mostly empty; more people on the northern beach. The usual mallards, geese, and swallows. Many ducks and tiny ducklings in the weeds along the western shore. Small holding pond at northwest full almost to the spillway from last night's rain. First goldenrod beginning to flower; all the other flowers now past their peak. Several long stretches of standing water in the creek bed.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Aug 1, 4:53 pm CDT
Partly Cloudy
70 °F
(21 °C) Humidity: 38 %
Wind Speed: W 17 G 25 MPH
Barometer: 29.87" (1011.3 mb)
Dewpoint: 43 °F (6 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.