MOUNT DESERT ISLAND CURRENTS
Friday, January 19, 2018
The light snow predicted for Wednesday turned out to be over 8 inches - but it was light and fluffy which was
not too diffucult to clean up! Driving during the storm was another matter - roads were very slippery!
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Sea Ice is building up along the shoreline.
Our severe cold snap finally broke two days ago and temps climbed to the mid-fifties with heavy rain continuing
through most of last night. Now the cold weather is back again. Florida may have warm, sunny skies almost every day
year-round - but you gotta admit that Maine weather is certainly a lot more interesting than that!
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Cold enough fer ya?
Temperatures have been hanging between 5 degrees above and 8 degrees below zero now for almost two weeks - and that's
right here along the coast! But the real story is the wind - often gusting as high as 40 knots! That equals a wind chill of...
maybe you don't want to know! Just bundle up, cover exposed skin, bring the pets inside, and hope your wood
supply doesn't run out! The forecast says it will be warmer later this week!
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
A lone early rising gull flies toward this morning's dramatic SuperMoon at about 6 a.m.
Monday, January 1, 2018
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
B-rrrr! Baby, it's cold outside!
We, along with much of the rest of the east coast, are in an extended period of unusually cold weather, and even
moderate relief is not expected until Thursday when - you guested it - we'll get more snow!! Here on MDI nighttime
temperatures have been running in the single numbers below zero even on the immediate coast, and daytime temperatures
have struggled to reach 5 or 6 degrees above zero! Our staff at MDI.Net World Headquarters has been around a while, and
it has been a long time since we have seen temps this cold for such a long time! We remember the early 1980's when
overnight temperatures usually made it down to negative 20 degrees F. at some point near the third week of January, but
that only lasted for a couple of days. There is always something to be happy about, however! This extreme cold has
produced very clear night skies - perfect for viewing celestial events, provided you don't get frost bitten! And - it is
less than 172 days until the Summer Solstice on June 21!
Friday, December 29, 2017
The waxing Wolf Moon preparing to set early this morning. The Wolf Moon will be full on Tuesday, January 2.
Of particular interest is that this will also be a SuperMoon,
The outside temperature was -7 degrees F. Our forecast predicts several more days of unusual cold weather
before we see a bit of moderation. We have snow cover but it is not too deep - about 5 inches.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Nature's own Christmas Tree.
Merry Christmas - a day late! Along with all the holiday activity at this time of year, coastal Maine - in fact the
entire state - experienced near blizzard conditions on Christmas Day yesterday1 We received about 5 inches of new snow
here on MDI, although exact measurement is very difficult with the high winds and drifting. Today is beautiful, but cold air is now pouring in
and lows for the rest of the week will be around Zero! Daytime highs will be lucky to climb out of the single
numbers! So stay in if you can, stay warm, and take time to enjoy the season!
Friday, December 22, 2017
Early Winter sunset over Blue Hill Bay at Seal Cove yesterday afternoon about 3:15.
Yesterday marked the Winter Solstice here in the northern hemisphere. It was the shortest day of the year,
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Light snow yesterday afternoon and evening left about 4 to 5 inches of fluffy white stuff.
A white Christmas here along the immediate coast remains problematic as the forecast calls for rain on Saturday and a mix for Christmas Day on Monday.
Friday, December 15, 2017
After our first snowstorm of this winter season last weekend, we had another inch or two
Monday, December 11, 2017
We finally received our first snowfall of the 2017-18 season on Saturday night.
The landscape is certainly prettier now! November is almost always gray and drab - perhaps the least attractive month of the year!
Friday, December 8, 2017
Commercial activity has picked up in Northeast Harbor as lobstermen haul their remaining traps until Spring
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Clouds over Bar Harbor on Thursday afternoon.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Somes Pond Marsh - and it's still November (but no snow so far!)
Saturday, November 25, 2017
A lonely lobster boat on a gray late November day in Seal Harbor.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Seal Harbor Yacht Club this week.
November is continuing its usual pattern - we'll leave it to you to figure out just what that is! While you are
figuring, we would like to wish all of you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving! If you will be on the road
for the holiday -
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Somes Pond on Sunday Afternoon.
Our mild fall seems to be all in the past now, and our weather has become more typical for November - clouds,
cool/cold temperatures, no snow, gray skies, short days, brown gardens, empty streets, and...well,you get the
picture. But take heart - the Winter Solstice will be here before you know it, and then it's all downhill
until Summer 2018!
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Mill Cove near high tide this week.
Monday, November 6, 2017
Lower Main Street in Bar Harbor is no longer crowded as the shadows lengthen, the breeze off Frenchman Bay
feels cold, shops are closing, and the town settles into our "off season".
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Summer docks in Bar Harbor are disconnected and awaiting haulout.
The last cruise ship has come and gone. Almost all
tourists have headed home. Many seasonal shops and restaurants have closed until next April. You can drive, park and walk the streets in Bar Harbor for the first
time since last May. But our temperatures are still remarkably mild - so now is your chance to get out and enjoy the quiet of
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Sunset yesterday after the big storm!
We, along with most of Maine, were socked yesterday by a fast moving but extremely intense rain and wind storm which caused a remarkable amount of damage state-wide. Winds gusted to 70 mph here along the coast with wind speeds close to that even in the interior of the state. Central Maine Power reported upwards of 400,000 customers without power while Emera Maine reported another 100,000. That was a total greater than the infamous ice storm of 1998 from which it took almost 2 weeks to recover!
Many schools were closed today and many businesses were handicapped due to continuing extensive power outages. As if mocking us mere humans, the weather all day today was sunny and quite warm for the end of October! So - whatcha gonna do? Our advice is to just go with the flow and "make lemonade". Of course, that's easy for us to say since we now have our power restored here ar MDI.Net World Headquarters!
Oh - and
Trick or Treat!
Friday, October 27, 2017
View to the west shortly after sunrise this morning following some much needed rain over the past two days.
The forecast indicates we can look forward to more nice, mild weather until Sunday evening when another more powerful
wind and rain storm arrives. Our fall weather has been beautiful this year - so get out if you can because it won't
last too much longer!
Monday, October 23, 2017
Pretty Marsh Inner Harbor at low tide this past weekend.
Our weather has continued to be fantastic, even for October which is usually one of our most pleasant months! It has been sunny for many days, with daytime temperatures running in the low 60's F and temperatures at night in the upper 40's F. The extended period with no rain has caused some to worry about their wells going dry, and local ponds are as much as 2 feet below normal, but overall there have been ample opportunities to get outside and enjoy fall on the beautiful Maine coast.
Some rain is in the forecast for this week, and the last of this season's cruise ships will visit over the
next couple of days - then things slow down dramatically until next spring!
Thursday, October 19, 2017
The weather continues to be pleasant - cool and sunny! But after October 15, activity in Bar Harbor - particularly
on the water - begins to wind down noticeably. Some colorful leaves remain, however, so there is still time to get out
and enjoy October in downeast Maine!
Monday, October 16, 2017
Off the Long Pond Fire Road a few days ago. The color has intensified since then and is quite brilliant in
Friday, October 13, 2017
Hodgdon Pond on Wednesday morning.
Monday, October 9, 2017
No, we haven't gone away or neglected or duties over the past week! We just felt that the post from last Monday was important enough and timely enough to warrant a full week on top of our website. If you saw it, we hope that you take it to heart - and if you did not see it, you still can by simply scrolling down on this page.
Our cruise ship season is continuing in full swing. The photo above is the very large "Regal Princess" at
anchor in Bar Harbor last week. We will have two or three ships of this size in port every day until November 1
when the season will end until next April or early May!
Monday, October 2, 2017
The mother of all selfies...
Does it make you think about anything? Well, it should, because we and our home are under serious threat right now from many directions - most notably the threat of nuclear war and the threat posed by rapid global warming. We fight with and take advantage of our fellow inhabitants. We think short term and claim to look out for ourselves.
So - if our home becomes uninhabitable for any reason, where are we going to go? Are you really ready for
this grand experiment with human habitation on an isolated
rock hurtling through the void to be over?
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