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April 30, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Gray, drizzle, breeze from the south. One goose, a few mallards and grebes near the south shore. Great blue heron standing still on small island in the southwest inlet, a few yards from shore. Pail of horned grebes close to the western shore. Drainage marsh at northeast full to the spillway; calls of red-winged blackbirds. Dozens of coots along the northeast shore.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 30, 11:52 am CDT
Light Rain Fog/Mist'
50 °F
(10 °C)
Humidity: 86 %
Wind Speed: SW 12 MPH
Barometer: 29.52" (999.9 mb)
Dewpoint: 46 °F (8 °C)
Wind Chill: 46 °F (8 °C)
Visibility: 4.00 mi.

April 25, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Large blue patches of scilla along the creek. Thin cloud cover, thin sunlight; cool breeze from the northeast. A few mallards and coots along the south shore; a crow. Two geese standing around on the peninsula next to the southwest inlet. Single loon, not very large, diving near the wooden dock on the north shore. Three gulls or terns on a buoy. Several dozen coots near the northeast shore.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 25, 4:53 pm CDT
'Overcast'
64 °F
(18 °C)
Humidity: 24 %
Wind Speed: E 12 G 18 MPH
Barometer: 29.76" (1008.1 mb)
Dewpoint: 26 °F (-3 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 24, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

In the Roberts Bird Sanctuary, just north of the lake: mallards, grackles, chickadees, yellow-rumped warblers, robins, calls of red-wing blackbirds and cardinals. Also two pairs of wood ducks on the water on one side of the path, and another half dozen on the other side. Great horned owl on a nest high in a tree (feathers patterned like the bark of the trunk), with at least one large chick.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 24, 5:53 pm CDT
'Partly Cloudy'
59 °F
(15 °C)
Humidity: 32 %
Wind Speed: NW 6 MPH
Barometer: 29.95" (1014.8 mb)
Dewpoint: 29 °F (-2 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 23, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Rough gray cloud cover; breeze from the northwest. Crows calling from the trees on the south shore; a few mallards and coots on the water nearby. Two geese standing around on the peninsula at the southwest inlet. A few yellow-rumped warblers in the brush along the west and east shores. Two kayaks heading north along the shore. Three loons calling off the northeast dock. Scores of coots along the northwest shore.The creek is running moderately low from the lake, although the main creek is running high.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 23, 4:53 pm CDT
'Overcast'
47 °F
(8 °C)
Humidity: 63 %
Wind Speed: NW 10 MPH
Barometer: 29.91" (1013.5 mb)
Dewpoint: 35 °F (2 °C)
Wind Chill: 42 °F (6 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 22, 2011

Damp after faint drizzle. Pair of geese on peninsula at southwest inlet. Mallards and coots here and there. Loon off the northern shore. A few grebes at the northeast; long strong of coots near the shore. Bank of creek greening up, mallard on the water.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 22, 9:53 am CDT
' Fog/Mist'
41 °F
(5 °C)
Humidity: 86 %
Wind Speed: E 16 MPH
Barometer: 29.91" (1013.4 mb)
Dewpoint: 37 °F (3 °C)
Wind Chill: 33 °F (1 °C)
Visibility: 4.00 mi.

April 20, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fragmenting cloud cover, some sunlight and blue sky. Cool breeze from the northwest. Mallards around the southwest inlet, pair of mergansers farther out; two geese near the small islands. A few coots farther north of the inlet; yellow-rumped warblers flying around the brush along the southwestern shore. Buoys now anchored in place all along the shore to the band shell. A few gulls and mallards flying around. Single loon patrolling far off the north shore. Not many people on the paths.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 20, 4:53 pm CDT
'Overcast'
43 °F
(6 °C)
Humidity: 60 %
Wind Speed: W 13 MPH
Barometer: 30.14" (1021.2 mb)
Dewpoint: 30 °F (-1 °C)
Wind Chill: 36 °F (2 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 18, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunlight through thin overcast. All three docks set back in place. Loon off the southern shore. A few pied-bill grebes near the southwest inlet. Dozens of horned grebes towards the middle of the lake, accompanied by a few mergansers. Coots along the northern shore, and a stately pair of loons. Chickadees in the brush, a few gulls flying overhead. Cardinals calling.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 18, 3:53 pm CDT
'Mostly Cloudy'
49 °F
(9 °C)
Humidity: 36 %
Wind Speed: E 8 MPH
Barometer: 29.95" (1014.7 mb)
Dewpoint: 23 °F (-5 °C)
Wind Chill: 46 °F (8 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 17, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thickening overcast thinning the sunlight. A few mallards and grebes near the southwest inlet. Loon close to the western shore. A dozen coots farther north, and two other pods scattered along the northern shore. Solitary horned grebe close to the western shore; pair of mergansers close to one of the anchored docks near the north; a few gulls in the air.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 17, 6:53 pm CDT
'Mostly Cloudy'
46 °F
(8 °C)
Humidity: 33 %
Wind Speed: NE 7 MPH
Barometer: 29.81" (1010.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 18 °F (-8 °C)
Wind Chill: 42 °F (6 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 16, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Rough cumulostratus cover, chilly breeze from the northwest. Two geese on small island at the southwest inlet, two grebes diving nearby. Not quite a dozen grebes here and there along the western shore; two dozen coots there also, more closely packed. Two loons farther out, one calling and flapping its wings. Another large pod of coots near the northeast shore.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 16, 2:53 pm CDT
'Overcast'
38 °F
(3 °C)
Humidity: 62 %
Wind Speed: NW 16 G 29 MPH
Barometer: 29.66" (1005.1 mb)
Dewpoint: 26 °F (-3 °C)
Wind Chill: 29 °F (-2 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 15, 2011

Friday, April 15. 2011

Gray sky, gray lake; gusty breeze from the northeast. Pod of two dozen coots returning to the water from refuge on the grass along the western shore. Another two dozen coots and half a dozen mergansers in the lee of the wind near the northeast shore. Blackbirds calling from the marsh; many other bird calls along the western shore. Few people on the paths.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 15, 10:53 am CDT
Not a Current Observation
'Overcast and Breezy'
42 °F
(6 °C)
Humidity: 40 %
Wind Speed: E 24 G 30 MPH
Barometer: 29.98" (1015.6 mb)
Dewpoint: 19 °F (-7 °C)
Wind Chill: 32 °F (0 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 10, 2011

Gray sky, with some bright light behind it. Ice out--or mostly out, pushed to the northeast third of the lake; some beached chunks up to six inches thick. More than a dozen mallards diving near the north shore. Crows walking on the ice debris near the western shore. A few gulls and mallards. Scillas blooming in the brown leaves along the creek.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 10, 5:53 pm CDT
Overcast and Breezy
52 °F
(11 °C)
Humidity: 77 %
Wind Speed: W 21 G 32 MPH
Barometer: 29.32" (993.1 mb)
Dewpoint: 45 °F (7 °C)
Wind Chill: 46 °F (8 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 9, 2011

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Gray sky, gray lake; water increasing along the shore except in the south, where ice still touches shore. A few mallards, cardinal, gulls, four mergansers in the expanding pool to the north, two downy woodpeckers; sound of red-wing blackbirds in the marsh. Paths busy. Some mud exposed along the shore, though creek still running well.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 9, 2:53 pm CDT
Overcast
58 °F
(14 °C)
Humidity: 62 %
Wind Speed: SE 8 MPH
Barometer: 29.81" (1009.7 mb)
Dewpoint: 45 °F (7 °C)
Visibility: 8.00 mi.

April 8, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

Gray overcast, light shining through in places; gray-green ice on the lake, ringed with water. Pairs of gulls here and there; a half dozen mergansers in the enlarged pool; dozens of gulls farther out on the ice; a pair of mergansers close to shore, one harassed by a gull; chickadees in the brush along the eastern shore. Creek running full.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 8, 5:53 pm CDT
Mostly Cloudy
61 °F
(16 °C)
Humidity: 46 %
Wind Speed: SE 9 MPH
Barometer: 29.90" (1012.8 mb)
Dewpoint: 40 °F (4 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 7, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thickening overcast. Gray lake, dark in large patches. Open water along the edges; growing opening near the band shell. A couple of gulls there; some starlings on the ice; a few mallards near the shore; sound of red-wing blackbirds coming from the northern marsh. Painter at work at his easel among the boats beached near the band shell.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 7, 4:53 pm CDT
Overcast
64 °F
(18 °C)
Humidity: 25 %
Wind Speed: S 12 G 21 MPH
Barometer: 29.88" (1012.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 27 °F (-3 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 3, 2011

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Gray sky, grayish and sodden lake; not many people on the path. Southwest inlet open and dirty. Starlings in the brush. Five geese flying back and forth across the lake. Two fishermen on the ice near the band shell. Two dozen mergansers diving in the patch of open water near the north shore; a few mallards walking on the ice. Water along the shoreline out several feet. Creek running well; more green showing through the brown leaves along the bank.

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
Overcast
53 °F
(12 °C)
Humidity: 55 %
Wind Speed: NE 7 MPH
Barometer: 29.31" (992.7 mb)
Dewpoint: 37 °F (3 °C)
Wind Chill: 51 °F (11 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 2, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sunny, blue sky, a few cumulus clouds. Paths very busy. Water on the ice refrozen white; southwest bay glazed over. Two robins in the brush on the west shore. A half dozen mergansers or grebes diving in the open patch near the northwest; a pair of gulls standing on the edge of the ice. Chickadees in the trees on the west shore. A few mallards sunning next to the running brook.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 2, 11:53 am CDT
Partly Cloudy
47 °F
(8 °C)
Humidity: 54 %
Wind Speed: W 3 MPH
Barometer: 29.90" (1013.1 mb)
Dewpoint: 31 °F (-1 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

April 1, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Patchy pools of water standing on the lake, reflecting patchy clouds overhead. Southwest inlet open again; robin on the west bank; bird calls from the northern marsh; mallard paddling in the northeast drainage marsh; the sound but not the sight of geese to the west. A couple of mallards sunning on the east bank of the creek. Snow vanishing from both banks, occasional sprigs of green showing through the wet leaves.

National Weather Service
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834
Last Update on Apr 1, 4:53 pm CDT
Partly Cloudy
46 °F
(8 °C)
Humidity: 58 %
Wind Speed: W 15 MPH
Barometer: 29.65" (1004.4 mb)
Dewpoint: 32 °F (0 °C)
Wind Chill: 40 °F (4 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.