MOUNT DESERT ISLAND CURRENTS
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Here we go again - another day - another snowstorm!
Sunday, February 22, 2015
If you are familiar with Bar Harbor, whether as a long-time resident or a summer visitor, we're willing to bet that you never have seen snow here
like we have this winter! Don't believe it, you say? Well, take a look at these three photos from yesterday morning! Adding insult to injury, we got
six more inches of heavy, wet snow last night!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
The entrance to Agamont Park in Bar Harbor yesterday.
Just the tip of the fountain cover is visible above the huge snowbank!
6 more inches today!
Monday, February 16, 2015
Winter 2015 at Somesville's Acadia Repertory Theatre.
The blizzard predicted for this past weekend failed to fully develop over MDI, but nevertheless it brought another 6 inches of snow and two days
of high winds! Coastal communities to both our north and our south were not so fortunate, with 24 inches in Eastport and 24 inches in the York-Kittery area.
Our "active" weather pattern appears to continue for at least the next week. More snow is expected mid-week and still more is in the forecast next weekend!
Thursday, February 12, 2015
So, you ask, what happens up there on MDI in the winter? This year the answer is snow, snow, and more snow - all combined with high winds and bitter cold
temperatures! On top of what we already have on the ground (and on the roof), more light snow is expected tonight with another, bigger storm headed our
way Sunday, and yet another likely to hit us on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week! We, along with Boston and much of the rest of New England,
are beginning to stagger like punch drunk fighters wondering where the next
barrage will come from!
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Snowy island roads!
Island roads are almost totally snow covered, often with icy patches underneath, so SLOW DOWN and drive very carefully!
Plow crews are working around the clock to keep roads open and to lower some of the huge snowbanks at intersections. Also, the snowbanks have made
many roads more narrow than
usual, so pass oncoming traffic with great care to maintain control of your vehicle as you have to move right into loose snow..
Friday, February 6, 2015
Under the almost full, but waning, "Snow Moon" at 6:00 a.m. this morning. Outside temperature 0 degrees F.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Our big snowstorms over the past 12 days have, collectively, been of historic propoprtions. Snowfall totals range from 40 to 60 inches, depending on
where you check around Mount Desert Island! Road crews have been working almost around the clock and are exhausted. We are running out of places to put
all the snow,
Monday, February 2, 2015
A view yesterday morning after Saturday's snowfall. There's too much snow in the air to see it today!
10 - 18 inches of new snow will add to our already considerable totals by tomorrow! Yikes!
Where's that old groundhog?
Saturday, January 31, 2015
After the storm - about 4:30 EST this afternoon.
Very little snow here through mid-January, and then two blizzards in one week! WOW! The snow drifts in open areas and snowbanks along island roads are
suddenly so high that approaching an intersection, or just pulling out of your driveway, can be a dangerous undertaking! And now comes the
deep freeze with daytime highs only in the single numbers and nightime lows below zero! Bundle up!
Thursday, January 29, 2015
After a relatively open winter until about a week ago, we now have snow, snow and more snow!
Monday, January 26, 2015
Somes Harbor and the Mill Pond yesterday afternoon.
Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day to clean up after Saturday's 6 inch snowfall. However, it appears that we "ain't seen nothin' yet"! The entire
northeast coast is under a blizzard warning for tonight through Wednesday with the potential for 2 feet of snow here! Grab your shovels and plows - but be safe
and take it easy! It also is forecast to be very cold - in weather like this, your properly maintained woodstove is your best friend!
Saturday, January 24, 2015
The sunset yesterday afternoon was a prelude to the storm heading up the east coast this afternoon and tonight.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Low tide at Seal Cove yesterday afternoon.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
The weather roller coaster continues. Last night was bitterly cold as the thermometer dropped to 1 degree F, and today has been sunny but very cold.
However, temperatures are forecast to rise overnight with rain tomorrow and tomorrow night - then back to the deep freeze early
next week! Despite the cold, take advantage of nice winter days like today to get out and enjoy our beautiful island.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Yesterday was a nice winter day!
Monday, January 12, 2015
Bartlett's Narrows yesterday afternoon.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
We continue to have a thin layer of snow cover and VERY cold temperatures!
Monday, January 5, 2015
The Full Wolf Moon setting this morning behind a thin cloud layer.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Monday, December 29, 2014
Betcha haven't seen the Bar Harbor Town Pier look like this very often - but it did on Saturday!
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
A light snowfall this morning may be the closest we'll get to a white Christmas this year!
Monday, December 15, 2014
Pretty Marsh Inner Harbor at high tide.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Still no snow despite a powerful nor'easter this week, but we did get about 5 inches of rain as a consolation! The long range forecast through
the remainder of December actually suggests that relatively mild temperatures should hang around New England! That's not so good for snow lovers, but
many others will sigh with relief after our cold and snowy November!
Monday, December 8, 2014
An old dug well along Beech Hill Road.
This type of well is no longer in use, but dug wells used to be common
before the advent of modern drilling technology!
Friday, December 5, 2014
The (almost) Full "Cold" Moon setting early this morning! Outside temperature: 14 degrees! Br-r-r!
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The view from Beech Hill yesterday afternoon with our snow almost gone (again).
Monday, December 1, 2014
Here we are in December and the weather roller coaster just keeps giving us a wild ride! Four snowfalls produced the snowiest November on record for Bangor,
and likely for Mount Desert Island as well! Then yesterday and today, temperatures rebounded into the high 40's, melting much of our new snow! Now the
bottom is supposed to drop out tonight with lows in the teens and highs tomorrow in the mid 20's! Climate change? Global warming? Go figure!
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
As our fall storms become more frequent and more severe, many lobster fishermen are hauling in their traps until spring. As if to provide them
plenty of incentive, the weather forecast for mid week suggests yet another coastal snowstorm with high wind on Wednesday
night and into Thanksgiving Day! Wow! What a November we have had so far!
Friday, November 21, 2014
More from Thompson Island last weekend.
Our snow is mostly gone now, leaving the landscape gray and bare once again, as is typical for late fall. Wind and below normal temperatures remain, however!
November has been a cold, snowy month so far, but at least we did not measure our snowfall in feet like the folks in upstate New York!
Monday, November 17, 2014
Sunset from Thompson Island this weekend.
Snow mixed with rain for a couple of hours this morning, marking the THIRD SNOWFALL through just the middle of November!!! It finally changed over
to all rain right here on the immediate coast, but there is still snow on the ground - "waiting for more" as the old-timers say!
Friday, November 14, 2014
With today's six inch snowfall, our second snow this year before November 15,
this child's climbing gym likely is retired until spring!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Round Pond this morning.
Today is Veteran's Day - a time for each of us to pause and remember all who have served our country,
Friday, November 7, 2014
The MDI High School Library has posted a great video parody on YouTube which seems to have attracted national attention with almost 2,000 views
in the first 24 hours! It was designed to encourage teenagers to read more, and it features some very talented MDIHS students. The whole production
is quite impressive and certainly worth a bit over three minutes of your time.
To check it out, click here!
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
All was quiet at the Seal Cove dock last weekend before the storm.
Our big coastal nor'easter on Saturday and Sunday made national news and left Maine with more than 150,000 families without slectric power. 8 to 14 inches of heavy, wet snow combined with high wind gusting to 50 knots brought down power lines everywhere. Here on the immediate downeast coast we only received about 2 1/2 to 3 inches of sleet and ice, but that was more than enough to cause thousands of power outages on MDI, in Trenton and in Ellsworth! Schools on the island were closed yesterday due to no power, and both MDI High School and Mount Desert Elementary School remain closed without power today! At this time Tuesday morning, about 85,000 customers continue without electricity statewide, about 39,000 of them in Emera Maine's service area. Estimates are that some will remain out until Friday!
Don't forget - today is ELECTION DAY! Some polling places have had to be changed due to no power. In the Town of Mount Desert voting has been moved from the Somesville Fire Station to the Town Office in Northeast Harbor.
Despite the inconvenience,
Saturday, November 1, 2014
It's hard to believe, but here we are in November already! And right on cue, we could get our first snowfall tomorrow! Yikes!
The last cruise ship of our 2014 season - "Crystal Serenity" - is in Bar Harbor today. Shortly after she leaves, many of the local shops will close their
doors until spring. Even now, the benches in Agamont Park are strangely empty. And if all that isn't enough, don't forget to set your clocks back one hour tonight
as we return to Eastern Standard Time!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
A tender from the cruise ship "Maasdam" leaves Bar Harbor on Sunday after her last visit to MDI this season.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Can you figure out what's going on here? Is this a job for our firefighters? We certainly hope not!
All of us have heard the old saying: "Where there's smoke, there's fire"...
But maybe not always!
(We'll give you the answer right here in a day or two, after you have had a bit of time to think about it!)
***Wednesday - And the answer is...this "smoke" is actually steam! Recent heavy rain completely saturated thick moss covering the stump and adjacent tree trunk. A bright shaft of early morning sun quickly warmed the green moss enough to turn the rain water to steam! It literally only took about two minutes to "burn" off completely, but was rather startling to see when it was happening! Nature can be fascinating if you take the time to look!***
Friday, October 24, 2014
The last gasp of this year's fall foliage a few days ago - gone now, but not forgotten!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Somesville bridge on Sunday.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
The lead runner passes through Somesville this morning after approximately 20 miles!
Today's weather was perfect for marathon runners, but not so much for spectators! Showers last night marked the leading edge of a significant cold front and this
morning saw very chilly temperatures along with a gusty breeze. Fall is definitely here, but tomorrow should be a bit warmer. However, a rain and wind storm is
forecast for mid-week!
Friday, October 17, 2014
Even though we are now into the second half of October, there still was plenty of beautiful, albeit past-peak, fall foliage to be seen around the
island on a cloudy day yesterday! That
may not be true much longer, however, as rain and wind last night into this morning probably will have stripprd most of the remaining leaves.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The cruise ship "Norwegian Gem" as she prepared to leave
Saint John, New Burnswick, Canada last evening
enroute to Bar Harbor this morning.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
After the early morning fog burned off a few days ago.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Fall reflections at Somes Pond on Monday.
Island foliage is near its peak color right now, and last night was the full "Hunter's Moon". Our weatherhas been quite mild so far,
but that is about to change. The upcoming weekend is expected to be sunny and much cooler with overnight temperatures in the low 30's Friday and Saturday!
Monday, October 6, 2014
Seal Cove Pond is showing its autumn colors.
Friday, October 3, 2014
The marsh at Duck Pond.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Holland-America's "Maasdam" has been perhaps our most frequent and reliable cruise ship visitor.
She was in Bar Harbor again on Sunday!
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