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Lake Minnetonka ice

March 20, 2012

  We’re coming to the end of one of the most amazing stretches of weather in Minnesota history. Here in the Twin Cities, we’ve set new record highs on 8 of the past 10 days. We’ve also set records for warmest low temperature on 6 of the past 10 days, and today we will add another day to that tally. To top it off, we set a new record for our earliest 80 degree reading in MSP when it hit 80 on St. Patrick’s Day! Details on records broken at MSP and other nearby locations can be found on the National Weather Service website at  http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=mpx&storyid=80782&source=0 .

  The ice on area lakes melted quickly the past few days.  Here is a photo of Lake Minnetonka, looking north from Excelsior Commons, taken on Friday:

              (You can left-click on the photo for a detailed view)

   Here’s how it looked today….nothing but open water:

   Media reports, including the Star Tribune ( http://www.startribune.com/local/west/143548946.html ), state that the ice is now officially out on Lake Minnetonka. The water is still cold, so swimming is weeks away, but a lot of people are enjoying this early dose of late-May weather. We’re getting an early start to our golf season, and lawns have started to green up. I’m loving it!

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