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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Here we go again - another day - another snowstorm!
We've heard this song many times before, and it's beginning to get tiresome!
Even hard-core snow lovers are ready for spring this year!

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!
Think it'll be gone by the 4th of July???

Agamont Park entrance to the Bar Harbor Inn.

Agamont Park restrooms.

Harbor Place and Town Pier.

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!
Spring - where are you when we need you?

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,
and snowbanks are dangerously high - especially at intersections and driveway entrances!
Plus, just to be sure we get the message, it's snowing again today with 4-8 additional inches expected!

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!
At least tomorrow is February 1 - spring is on the way!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

After a relatively open winter until about a week ago, we now have snow, snow and more snow!
The big "Snowmageddon Nor'easter" that came up the coast over the past two days brought about 12 inches to MDI (although the high wind and drifting made measuring very difficult), but was not as "historic" as predicted. However, following a brief break today, we expect a new storm tomorrow into Saturday bringing another 12 inches!
Ah-h-h, weather in New England! Whatcha gonna do? Grab a good book, pour a cup of tea,
and hang out by the woodstove!

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.
Our forecast predicts that we will get several inches of snow here on MDI by tomorrow morning. Considering the fact that we presently have almost no snow cover, some of the white stuff will be most welcome to dress up the landscape and provide a bit of insulation for our suffering perennials!

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!
Lows tonight should be below zero F, even here on the immediate coast!
The wind has been brutal leading to wind chill values of -30F and lower!
Dorothy, we must be in Maine in the winter!

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

With no snow on the ground, animals are on the move - even during the day!

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

Pretty Marsh.

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!
(And throw another log on the fire!)

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,
especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice!

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,
This is a very important and potentially very close election!

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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