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April 28, 2013

Sunday, April 26, 2013

Creek running well; banks beginning to show green in the brown leaf litter. Clouds gathering in the west, shadowing the sun and bringing thunder. Ice-out on the lake, yesterday if not today; thin shoals of ice rubble, more than a hundred yards wide, carried against the northern shore by the southern breeze. Pair of wood ducks off the southern shore. Goose on the small island in the southwest inlet, another goose swimming nearby. Mallards and gulls scattered all around the lake, in the air and on the water; several groups of mergansers also, swimming and diving; and a pair of bufflehead. Red-winged blackbirds among the shoreline brush. Three loons in the middle of the lake, one of them calling, all of them diving. Another loon in a pool of open water near the northern shore, surrounded by broken ice. People at both beaches, the wind at the northern beach blowing warm and cool. Cardinal calling from the top of a tree. Paths busy.

National Weather Service
MINNEAPOLIS MN
Mostly Cloudy
80°F
27°C
Humidity 29%
Wind Speed S 15 G 25 mph
Barometer 29.67 in (1004.2 mb)
Dewpoint 45°F (7°C)
Visibility 10.00 mi
Heat Index 79°F (26°C)
Last Update on 28 Apr 4:53 pm CDT
Current conditions at
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (KMSP)
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834ft.

April 26, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Creek coursing along. Cooler by the lake, still mostly covered with crystallized ice. Blue sky, virtually cloudless. A couple of mergansers off the southern shore; several buffleheads; a few pied-billed grebes. Goose on the small island off the southwest inlet; another goose standing near the shore nearby. Grackles scratching in the brush. Hundreds of gulls on and along the large melted pool in the middle of the lake. A half dozen mergansers with a few mallards off the western shore. Golden muskrat swimming and diving off the shore. Saucer-sized patches of bright green algae floating near the band shell. A few people on the northern beach, one wading with detection equipment. Several more mergansers. Paths very busy with walkers, joggers, dogs, bicycles.

National Weather Service
MINNEAPOLIS MN
Fair
72°F
22°C
Humidity 27%
Wind Speed NW 10 G 16 mph
Barometer 30.05 in (1017.5 mb)
Dewpoint 36°F (2°C)
Visibility 10.00 mi
Last Update on 26 Apr 5:53 pm CDT
Current conditions at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (KMSP)
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834ft.

April 24, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Scillas and a few other plants just pushing through the leaf litter along the creek. Ragged grays in the sky and on the lake. Mallards along the southern shore; goose on the small island, another goose standing in the shallow water nearby. Solitary pied-bill grebe paddling and diving between the western shore and the thinning ice.

National Weather Service
INNEAPOLIS MN
Overcast
49°F
9°C
Humidity 39%
Wind Speed W 15 G 24 mph
Barometer 29.91 in (1013.4 mb)
Dewpoint 25°F (-4°C)
Visibility 10.00 mi
Wind Chill 43°F (6°C)
Last Update on 24 Apr 4:53 pm CDT
Current conditions at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (KMSP)
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834ft.

April 23, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Creek running high and wide, one mallard on it. Blue sky, a few flat cumulus clouds, cool breeze from the west. Lake mostly whitened by another snow; growing reach of water along the southwestern shore; large open patch far out, ringed by gulls, a few in the air. Mallards near the southwest inlet; two geese standing in the water close to shore. Blackbirds in the brush.

National Weather Service
MINNEAPOLIS MN
A Few Clouds
42°F
6°C
Humidity 45%
Wind Speed NW 10 mph
Barometer 0.06 in (1018.9 mb)
Dewpoint 22°F (-6°C)
Visibility 10.00 mi
Wind Chill 36°F (2°C)
Last Update on 23 Apr 5:53 pm CDT
Current conditions at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (KMSP)
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834ft.

April 21, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Gathering drizzle. Robins scurrying alongside the creek. Gray sky, gray lake, darker gray stretches of open water along the southwest shore. Mallards in the air, on the ice, and on the water. Blackbirds among the brush. Goose on the shore near the southwest outlet, another goose resting if not nesting on the small island. Not many walkers or joggers.

National Weather Service
MINNEAPOLIS
Light Rain Fog/Mist
50°F
10°C
Humidity 86%
Wind Speed SE 17 G 26 mph
Barometer 30.02 in (1017.3 mb)
Dewpoint 46°F (8°C)
Visibility 5.00 mi
Wind Chill 44°F (7°C)
Last Update on 21 Apr 5:53 pm CDT
Current conditions at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (KMSP)
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834ft.

April 20, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Creek moving along; cardinals in the trees. Sunny; high, thin clouds; breeze from the south. Lake mostly white from recent snow, but gray at the edges and lined with open water along the southwest shore. Dozens of mallards on the water and the ice; goose on the small island off the southwest inlet, another goose standing nearby; crow pecking at a branch in the water. Outer path busy with walkers and dogs, joggers, cyclists; inner path still covered with snow.

National Weather Service
MINNEAPOLIS MN
Partly Cloudy
40°F
4°C
Humidity 29%
Wind Speed E 3 mph
Barometer 30.27 in (1026.0 mb)
Dewpoint 10°F (-12°C)
Visibility 10.00 mi
Last Update on 20 Apr 4:53 pm CDT
Current conditions at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (KMSP)
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834ft.

April 13, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Creek moving slowly, carrying a few mallards. Rough, gray cloud cover; breeze from the west. White snow on the lake, edged in gray ice and a few patches of open water in the southwest, busy with mallards. Paths dry. Four men off the north shore working holes in the ice, but not fishing; a square red flag with a white diagonal strip posted in the ice and flapping smartly. Bird calls from various trees.

onal Weather Service
MINNEAPOLIS MN
Overcast
35°F
2°C
Humidity 64%
Wind Speed W 8 mph
Barometer 29.89 in (1013.2 mb)
Dewpoint 24°F (-4°C)
Visibility 10.00 mi
Wind Chill 28°F (-2°C)
Last Update on 13 Apr 2:53 pm CDT
Current conditions at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (KMSP)
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834ft.

April 7, 2013

Sunday, April 7, 2013

High haze, sunny; light breeze from the south. Muddy creek moving slowly, carrying two mallards. A few more mallards on water along the edge of the lake ice. Paths busy. Loud cardinal calling from a shoreline tree in the northeast marsh.

National Weather Service
MINNEAPOLIS MN
Mostly Cloudy
46°F
8°C
Humidity 63%
Wind Speed E 7 mph
Barometer 29.86 in (1011.7 mb)
Dewpoint 34°F (1°C)
Visibility 9.00 mi
Wind Chill 42°F (6°C)
Last Update on 7 Apr 3:53 pm CDT
Current conditions at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (KMSP)
Lat: 44.89 Lon: -93.22 Elev: 834ft.