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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Our weather this month has definitely been a little of everything - sun, rain, snow, clouds, wind, cold, warm -
but thankfully no pestilence (at least not so far)!

Seriously, the constant change has made it difficult for those who love winter sports. There has rarely been enough ice for ice fishermen, but too much ice for our roads and driveways! There has rarely been enough snow for good cross country skiing or snowmobiles, but too much to play tennis! There has rarely been enough sun to work on a tan, but too much to drive safely without sunglasses!

Still, there are some things one can always count on - it's school vacation this week, and the State high school basketball tournament is underway in Bangor! Plus - the sun is definitely much higher in the sky now, meaning that we have gained about two hours of daylight since December 21! Hang in there!



Wednesday, February 14, 2018




Mother Nature has sent you some valentines! Take a look around!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!



Friday, February 9, 2018


(photo courtesy of Ella Pappas)

Ice fishermen have had a tough time this winter! Our "roller coaster" weather has meant that each day or two of really cold temperatures has been followed by a couple of days of heavy rain. Except for the bitter cold two week period shortly after Christmas, there hasn't been enough consistent cold to freeze local ponds deep enough to safely support ice fishing shacks! The shacks are there, but they are grouped together near, or directly on, the shore.

Our weather this winter has been marked by wild volatility. Climate change deniers need only look back 20 years to the time when our local Lions Club held a very popular "Winter Carnival" for many, many years on the very solid ice of Long Pond in early February! They only have to look back 50 years until a time when the snow was several feet deep all the time from November until late April or early May! Those days are long gone. Bare ground and open water are relatively common! Traditional winter outdoor activities have been gradually and consistently fading into history!
You figure it out for yourself - just stay on high ground while you are figuring!



Monday, February 5, 2018

Unusual clouds over Mount Desert Island at sunset on Saturday.
View from Trenton Bridge.

This massive cloud bank covered the mountains all the way across the entire island from Champlain to Bernard, and it's top edge briefly reflected the last rays of the setting sun! MDI.Net roving staff, who just happened to be ii the area on assignment, luckily caught the last few seconds on camera so the scene could be shared with you!



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Man-In-The-Moon is probably wondering what's up with all the attention today! While not a major scientific celestial event, it nonetheless was a dramatic example of nature's often incredible beauty!

You are looking at a photo shot at about 6:15 EST this morning of the setting full moon, blue moon, supermoon, and blood moon all rolled into one sphere! This hasn't happened in about 150 years and won't happen again until 2030 something! Mark your calendar, and we can meet then to check it out once more!



Sunday, January 28, 2018

The harbor off Bar Harbor's Town Pier looks very different today from the same view in July or August! Piers are secured, floats removed, moorings are empty and lowered to the bottom, and boat traffic is almost non-existent! But take heart - the days are getting longer (45 minutes added since December 21), and Spring is not that far away!



Wednesday, January 24, 2018

There are plenty of deer on Mount Desert Island, and they are seen everywhere - even during a snowstorm! Unfortunately for them and for us, there do not appear to be enough natural predators here to keep the deer population in check. This situation often leads to car/deer collisions and to destroyed gardens. Severe winter weather used to help control the number of deer, but our milder winters in recent years don't have much impact. Still, deer are interesting to watch - especially when they "yard up" during colder months.



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!
On the plus side, the snowy scenery is beautiful!



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.
as it was setting over Bartlett's Island and Blue Hill Bay.
There was a cold westerly breeze of around 8-10 knots and the air temperature was -6 degrees F.



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,
so it will appear huge just after moonrise and just before moonset.

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,
and our hours of daylight will gradually increase until next June!



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. We'll see!



Friday, December 15, 2017

Clearing!

After our first snowstorm of this winter season last weekend, we had another inch or two
before full sun returned to highlight some beautiful scenery!
Now it is quite cold with overnight temps in the teens!
Time to get out your woolies!



Monday, December 11, 2017

We finally received our first snowfall of the 2017-18 season on Saturday night.
It dropped 5 - 6 inches of the wet, white stuff here alomg the immediate coast.

The landscape is certainly prettier now! November is almost always gray and drab - perhaps the least attractive month of the year! Of course, drab and gray is still pretty good if you are fortunate enough to live in the spectacularly beautiful State of Maine!



Friday, December 8, 2017

Commercial activity has picked up in Northeast Harbor as lobstermen haul their remaining traps until Spring
and larger fishing boats move into protected Northeast Harbor for the Winter!



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 -
be careful and drive safely!



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.
Meanwhile they are inhabited only by seagulls!

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 Acadia!



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
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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 spots -
so get out and enjoy it before the leaves are all gone.



Friday, October 13, 2017

Hodgdon Pond on Wednesday morning.
Our fall foliage seems a bit muted this year,
but at least the weather here has been lovely with no hurricanes or wildfires.



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...
this is a photo of us and our home from the NASA spacecraft DISCOVR in July two years ago. The distance was about one million miles - very close, considering the relative distances in our solar system and in space generally!

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?
What are YOU going to do about it?
Hum-m-m.




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