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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.