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Thursday, April 17, 2014


High surf at Schoodic yesterday.

An unexpected but briefly intense burst of sleet and snow yesterday morning caused very difficult driving conditions around 7 a.m. That was followed by strong gusty winds and rough seas for the remainder of the day! Just when we thought winter was finally over, Mother Nature found a way of reminding us she is still in charge!



Monday, April 14, 2014


Great Head, Acadia National Park.

Spring seems to have arrived - finally. The lower portion of the Acadia National Park Loop Road will open for the season tomorrow, along with the Park's Visitor Information Center in Hulls Cove. The Cadillac Mointain Road will remain closed for a few more days due to ice still lingering on parts of the roadway at higher elevations. As usual, all unpaved park roads will open later to give personnel time to clear any winter blowdowns and washouts.

Shop owners in Bar Harbor are also busy getting ready to open, and many local restaurants plan to open this week ahead of Easter weekend. It looks like "the season" is starting! Our first cruise ship will drop anchor in just three weeks!



Friday, April 11, 2014


Ready for spring in Northeast Harbor.

Just a few days ago we still had a bit of snow, even along the shoreline. After our recent rainstorm, most of the snow is finally gone and daytime temperatures have been gradually rising. The forecast suggests that we might see temperatures as high as the 60's over the upcoming weekend, and that would be the first time since last October!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Bear Island Light.



Thursday, April 3, 2014


Otter Cliffs

It's still colder than normal, and there is still some snow lying around, but the weather seems to have taken a turn for the better. Mostly sunny and daytime temperatures in the 40's is a big improvement! According to local meterologists, normal signs of spring are about two weeks behind where we should be in early April, but after this winter we'll take it!



Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Sand Beach on Saturday.

Welcome to January! Er...well, actually we mean April, but you wouldn't know it by looking outside! Our mix of rain, sleet, freezing drizzle and snow since Sunday must be Mother Nature's idea of an April Fool's joke! Only a few hardy souls were on Sand Beach this weekend, but things should be substantially different there in a couple of months.
We can't wait!



Saturday, March 29, 2014

If you need to bring vehicles or other heavy equipment to or from one of Maine's many offshore islands,
this is one good way to do it!

By the way - you'll notice there is no snow left right along the shore!
Does that mean spring is finally here?



Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Inquisitive wild turkeys on Bartlett's Landing Road Monday afternoon.

Yikes! Another week, another snowstorm! And this one qualifies as a blizzard due to heavy snowfall of 8 - 12 inches combined with winds gusting to 55 mph! Stay in and stay warm today - sun returns tomorrow.
Now what we want to know is: "When will spring really arrive?"



Monday, March 24, 2014


A glimpse of sun after a light snowfall Saturday afternoon.



Friday, March 21, 2014


The new "Wolf" moon earlier this month!

WELCOME TO SPRING!
(At least the calendar says so. You wouldn't know it by looking outside!)



Wednesday, March 19, 2014


An old shed in early Spring!



Monday, March 17, 2014


Sunset yesterday evening.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

Is this really the middle of March? It feels more like the middle of January! Our temperature reached down to the low single numbers AGAIN last night, and the forecast says we're in for more of the same tonight! Argh-h-h! Spring may be coming on Thursday, but it sure will have some work to do when it arrives this year!



Thursday, March 13, 2014


Great Harbor of Mount Desert a few days ago.

We're seeing another storm today, but this one just dropped rain and sleet here on the coast. Inland was another story, with many areas receiving over 16 inches of new snow! But cheer up - spring arrives at 12:57 EDT on March 20!



Monday, March 10, 2014

    
Icefalls along Sargent Drive.



Friday, March 7, 2014


Somes Sound and Sargent Drive yesterday afternoon.

The sun is shining brightly and is noticeably higher in the sky now, so our temperatures are slowly but surely starting to warm up a bit. It only (only???) dipped down into the low teens here last night, and the high today should be
a balmy 35 degrees F. Break out the shorts and tee shirts!

Don't forget that Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday, so set your clocks ahead one hour tomorrow night! The early mornings will suddenly be darker again for the next few weeks, but the evening should stay light until
after 7 p.m. with sunset after 6:30! The steady march toward summer continues!



Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Bass Harbor awaiting Spring!



Monday, March 3, 2014


Somesville Selectmen's Building and Bridge.



Friday, February 28, 2014


They're ba-a-ack! The Frost Fairies were out and about yesterday morning!

B-r-r-r! It's cold! This is the last day of February and it feels like mid-January! But we'll bet things will be hot at the Cross Center in Bangor tonight (Friday), as the MDIHS Girls' basketball team plays Lake Region High School for the Maine State Championship! Attendance from the island promises to be very heavy, but the game will also be broadcast live statewide by Maine Public Television starting at 7:00 p.m.
GO MDI!!

UPDATE: Unfortunately, MDI lost to Lake Region 56 - 47. Congratulations to Lake Region on a great game and on winning the Maine State Championship! And congratulations again to the MDI Girls on a terrific season! There's always next year - you'll be a strong contender!



Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Somesville Library.



Saturday, February 22, 2014


Dawn Thursday morning - snow, snow, and more snow!

MDI High School girls play Presque Isle this afternoon at 2:00 in Bangor for the Eastern Maine Class B Basketball Championship! Lots of folks will be heading up to the new Cross Insurance Center for the big game!

GO MDI!
As the sign says when you cross the Trenton bridge: "Last one off the Island, turn out the lights!"

If you can't make it to Bangor, Maine Public Television will broadcast the game live statewide,
and WDEA radio will broadcast a live stream of the game on the Internet.

3:30 p.m. -
MDI GIRLS DEFEATED PRESQUE ISLE 63 to 51 AND ARE EASTERN MAINE CLASS B CHAMPIONS!! THEY WILL PLAY FOR THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT FRIDAY 7:00 p.m. AT THE CROSS CENTER IN BANGOR. CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS ON A GREAT GAME!!




Thursday, February 20, 2014


Had enough snow yet?

Our relentless winter of 2014 just keeps on throwing punches. Storms are coming almost every day, and snowbanks are growing to surprising heights - especially at highway intersections where you cannot see oncoming traffic. Be careful!

Still, all of this snow can be beautiful as it clings to every tree and when it is sculpted by our accompanying strong winds. The sun is definitely higher in the sky, and the days are growsing steadily longer. Enjoy the white stuff - but think spring!



Monday, February 17, 2014


Main Street in Bar Harbor yesterday after our 12 inch snowstorm Saturday night.



Friday, February 14, 2014


The almost full (and appropriately named) "Snow Moon" on Wednesday evening.
Our resident coyotes had fun howling beneath it at 3 a.m.!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!



Wednesday, February 12, 2014


The International Space Station as it passed over Mount Desert Island about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

The weather continues to dominate our thoughts as one might expect during a relatively cold and snowy winter like this one. The temperature has been dipping down near zero at night over the past couple of days, and now we expect another coastal storm on Thursday and Friday. This one, however, looks like it will be mostly rain, Don't get complacent though - things can easily change! We'll keep you advised.



Monday, February 10, 2014


Late afternoon at Western Bay.



Friday, February 7, 2014


View yesterday evening.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Snow? What snow?

Another week, another snowstorm! And we're not getting the worst of it - the Mid-Atlantic states and major metropolitan areas to our south have been in the bullseye recently.

Here's an interesting tidbit for you to ponder while you are looking at the photo above, taken earlier this morning when the outdoor temperature was 21 degrees F. You can get a pretty good idea about the excellent insulating quality of a deer's thick coat when you see that the snow on his or her back has not melted, even from the animal's body heat!
We all should marvel at nature's wonders!



Monday, February 3, 2014


Ice fishing on Long Pond Saturday morning.



Thursday, January 30, 2014


Frenchman Bay late yesterday afternoon.

The days are definitely getting longer now - we have gained 56 minutes of daylight since December 21, and the sun does not set until around 4:30 p.m. Cold air is still here, but the forecast suggests a warming trend through the upcoming weekend. Plus, our snow is almost gone! Maybe the worst of winter is behind us!



Monday, January 27, 2014


Pretty Marsh Inner Harbor on a rare mild day this winter.



Friday, January 24, 2014


A cold winter sunset late Wednesday afternoon.



Wednesday, January 22, 2014


After the thaw, we have a bit of new snow - but the big east coast storm was a close miss!



Monday, January 20, 2014


The almost full "Wolf Moon" rising Friday evening ahead of some new snow.



Thursday, January 16, 2014


A recent sunset from the Thompson Island causeway.



Monday, January 13, 2014


Saturday's strong southerly winds created high surf at Seawall yesterday morning.



Friday, January 10, 2014


Winter afternoon yesterday in Town Hill.

Yes, it's still cold and windy. The high yesterday was about 21 degrees F., and the low last night dipped to about 8 degrees F. But cheer up - the forecast indicates that we may actually see a "January thaw" over the next few days with some rain showers and highs reaching into the 40's.

By the way - you know it's winter when all the news is about the weather!



Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Winter afternoon along the Cape Road.



Monday, January 6, 2014


The view yesterday morning in Bar Harbor above Agamont Park.
No blankets on the lawn any time soon!



Friday, January 3, 2014

Our relatively extreme cold spell continues, and it appears to be the most severe we have encountered since 2009 according to the National Weather Service. Our low Wednesday night was -3.5 degrees F. and the high yesterday only reached a balmy 1 degree above zero F. Last night the low was -6.5 degrees F. And on top of that, it has been snowing - light and fluffy stuff beacuse of the bitter cold, but still, the air is full of blowing snow due to a 25 knot "breeze" out of the Northwest! Heating systems are struggling to keep up! We may be on the downhill slide toward summer, but you wouldn't know that by looking out the window or, if you dare, opening the front door! Throw another log on the fire!



Wednesday, January 1, 2014


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