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January 1 - March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Sunset
Sunset yesterday evening.

Yikes!! - another sunset photo! No, that's not all we try to photograph, but you probably wouldn't be too interested in shots of dirty snowbank remnants along island roads! Plus, if you live around these parts and pay attention to such things, you have to admit that our dramatic weather has produced some very beautiful sunsets this winter
(and - uh - dare we say it - spring?).

Monday, March 28, 2011

Babson Creek

Despite our cold weekend, the higher sun angle in March is slowly but steadily melting the snow. Things should continue to improve by mid-week, with afternoon temperatures rising to the upper 40's! Spring is trying to spring!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sargent Drive

The below normal cold continues here, but thankfully there has been little new snow! Some folks say they have seen crocus emerging in a few warmer, sunny spots around the island, but we have not seen any so far.

The Happenings calendar has been pretty sparse lately, but you might want to take advantage of a rare opportunity to tour Acadia National Park's Brown Mountain gate house tomorrow morning. There are two such structures which were originally built by John D. Rockefeller, ensure that no automobiles were able to enter his carriage road system. The exterior architecture of these buildings is quite beautiful, and we are sure that the interior is equally interesting.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sunset Snow

It is likely that you have seen the sunset while it was raining, but have you ever seen a sunset while it was snowing? Well, now you have. It happened yesterday afternoon for a very brief moment before heavy cloud cover closed in once again.

The calendar says spring, but you wouldn't know it by looking outside. And unfortunately, our weather forecast indicates more light snow and snow showers at least until this weekend! Ugh!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sargent Drive

Welcome to spring - and also to another snowstorm! This one should not be too bad, however, as it probably will change over to rain. At least now the sun is significantly higher in the sky and has a noticeable warming effect. We seem to have finally turned a corner in the weather department!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bear Island
Bear Island Light on Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring Sunset
Yesterday evening's sunset.

The sun has not been making very frequent appearances this winter, but things are looking up as spring approaches!
Our forecast suggests some light rain this afternoon, and then a return to clear skies tomorrow!
The official beginning of spring is just four days away!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ice Shacks

Ice fishing shacks were being hauled off Long Pond and other lakes around the island this past weekend after several days of rain and relatively mild weather combined to begin our spring thaw.

And there's another sign of spring. The Bar Harbor Inn opens for the season this Friday!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Stormy Day
'Nuf said!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

BH Village Green
A sign of spring?

The snow is finally starting to melt around the island after two days of rain and relatively mild temperatures! More rain is on the way over the next few days. Mud season should be fun!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Causeway Club
Causeway Golf Club in Southwest Harbor.

This has been an amazingly stormy winter, and today is no exception. Fortunately for us, we are receiving all rain here along the immediate coast; but inland there has been freezing rain, sleet and heavy, wet snow! Everything should clear out tonight, and then we have a one or two day break before the next weather system arrives! Yuk!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Sand Beach
Sand Beach and Ocean Drive earlier this week.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


The calendar says we are into March, but the weather still looks like January or February - several feet of snow on the ground and temperatures for the next couple of nights dropping to the low single numbers! Add 30 knots of wind and you get a brutal wind chill! Oh well, maybe spring will arrive sometime, although at this rate it might not be until
the 4th of July!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Egg Rock
Schoodic peninsula and Egg Rock Lighthouse yesterday.

Friday, February 25, 2011

West Street

Big changes have been underway this week on West Street in Bar Harbor. Buildings housing the former Quarterdeck restaurant and the Bar Harbor Whale Museum have been demolished, along with several other smaller structures,
to allow construction of a new 100 room hotel complex.

Just when we thought spring might be around the corner, we are being hit with another big snowstorm this morning.
This one has been hard to predict accurately, but check our Weather page for the latest updates.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Golfers Crossing
Um-m-m...we don't think so - at least not for the next couple of months!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Otter Cliffs
Otter Cliffs in February.

Happy Presidents Day!

In addition to the holiday today, this week is school vacation week and lots of island families are traveling. After a little light snow this morning, the weather should be mostly sunny but cold! We still have a deep snow pack, but there is a lot of ice as well, making cross country skiing problematic. Driveways and sidewalks are very slippery, so be careful!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Winter Sunset
Another pretty winter sunset earlier this week.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bass Harbor
Waiting for spring in Bass Harbor.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Ice Fishing
Ice fishing on Eagle Lake Saturday.


Skies are cloudy this morning, but temps are much milder than we have seen for quite some time. After another brief cold snap tomorrow, we have more warmth coming up later in the week. Maybe the pattern is finally changing.

There was a big ice fishing derby this past weekend, and island lakes were crowded with fishermen, fishing shacks, snowmobiles, and ATV's. This mid-winter event has been held for the past few years to benefit the eighth grade class at Tremont Consolidated School. Organizers expected up to 500 entries!

Friday, February 11, 2011


Our weather continues to be cold and dry, although that might change a bit tomorrow and Sunday as a "clipper" moves across the state bringing some light snow. Still, these are welcome conditions considering the "snow every other day" pattern we have been in for most of 2011!

In case you haven't noticed, we are approaching the full moon which will occur on February 18th. Clear nights are especially beautiful with bright moonlight on all this snow! Check it out!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"You've got mail" (if you can find it)!

Finally, for the first time in a month, we don't have a big storm heading our way within the next few days! But we do have cold. Temperatures this morning are in the low single numbers, and the forecast indicates they will not rise above the high 20's until sometime next week! Even die-hard snow lovers are beginning to get tired of this severe winter weather. The good thing is that our days keep getting longer, and the sun is noticeably higher in the sky,
so spring must be on the way!

Monday, February 7, 2011

More Snow
Agamont Park and Bar Harbor Inn this weekend.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Bar Harbor Snow
Lower Main Street in Bar Harbor this morning!

Boy do we have snow! And storms just keep on coming every two or three days! Public works crews around the island are having a tough time finding places to put it. It's pretty, but streets and parking lots are shrinking. Snow piles are so high that driving is difficult because you cannot see the oncoming traffic on cross streets at many intersections, and it is often a challenge getting safely out of and into driveways. This will be a winter to remember!
Be careful when you are on the road!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

More Snow

Guess what - we are getting another blizzard today (along with much of the rest of the northeast)!
But hey, we're Mainers! It should be just a 12-15 inch "dusting" this time! We can take it!
The only problem is that we might still be digging out when the tourists arrive in May and June!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Somes Sound
Entrance to Somes Sound on Saturday.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Old Farm

Yesterday's predicted snowstorm mostly fizzled, bringing us just a couple of inches. Still, we have more snow on the ground now than we have seen in several years, so it was nice to get a small break! Snowbanks along the roads and at many intersections are so high that it is impossible to see over them!

The upcoming weekend looks to be mostly clear and dry, perfect for a bit of cross-country skiing along Acadia's beautiful carriage roads! And the length of our day has increased by 50 minutes since late December - enough to be noticeable, especially in the late afternoon when the sun now sets at almost 5:00.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Little Long Pond

The coldest days of our year are usually around January 20, and 2011 so far has been no exception. For the first time since 2009, temperatures here dropped below zero - minus 8 degrees F yesterday morning and minus 1 degree F this morning! When you factor in a gusty 25 knot wind, the wind chill is brutal! Thankfully, we should start to warm up a bit today, and even more later in the week. But the possibility of another coastal snow storm looms for Thursday.
Can you spell "old fashioned winter"?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Snow Sculpture

We all know that sometimes very unusual and very beautiful things can happen in the natural world. At the height of yesterday's blizzard, with snow falling at the rate of almost 2 inches per hour and winds gusting to over 40 knots,
this snow sculpture suddenly appeared in the teeth of the gale, and then was gone again within about 10 minutes.
Did Mother Nature give us a fleeting self-portrait?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ski Trail

We have had a very snowy winter so far, and as a result, the cross-country skiing in Acadia has been great! More snow is falling today with about 12 new inches expected. That will be followed by below zero temperatures for the first time in a couple of years! Yikes! Keep up with the rapidly changing conditions on our weather page.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Egg Rock Lighthouse
Egg Rock Lighthouse in mid-January.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Witch Hole Carriage Road
View of Frenchman Bay from the Witch Hole carriage road yesterday.

We are enjoying a bright and sunny, but seasonably cold, weekend. Cross-country skiing conditions on Sunday were about as good as they get - sunshine, several inches of fresh powder recently groomed, moderate winter temperatures, and very little wind!

As has been usual recently, another storm is heading up the east coast for mid-week. But surprisingly, this time it should be mostly rain along the immediate Maine coast. So get out and enjoy Acadia today before a lot of our new snow is gone and before what remains turns to ice!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Blizzard 2011
Early yesterday morning after our blizzard on Wednesday.

Ah-h-h-h...another week, another blizzard! This one brought about 12 inches of sticky, wet snow along with northeast winds gusting to around 45 knots! January fun!

A gratifyingly large crowd turned out last night for the kickoff event of "Celebrate!250", the year-long festival sponsored by many local organizations including the Mount Desert Island Historical Society and commemorating 250 years of European settlement on Mount Desert Island. The MDI High School auditorium and cafeteria were almost full to capacity for an old-fashioned chowder supper and variety show! The plan is to offer a special historical event each month this year, and the schedule will be posted on our Happenings page as it develops.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ice Fishing
Ice fishing on Long Pond this weekend.

We missed another potential storm on Saturday as another strong low pressure system moved out to sea south of us! Things may not work out that way by Wednesday, however, so stay tuned to our weather forecast.

The first of January usually marks the beginning of ice fishing season, and despite relatively warm temperatures so far this winter, ice fishing fans are already out in force. The ponds and lakes are not completely frozen though - you can easily see open water in the photo above - so be extremely careful if you decide to venture onto the ice until we have more sustained cold days! Any type of motorized vehicle, especially, should stay off the ice unless you want to fish for a large metal object that is considerably heavier than a landlocked salmon!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Northeast Harbor
A young seagull surveys Northeast Harbor in winter.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Stone Barn

We continue to enjoy a relatively mild and sunny week to start off 2011. A little new snow may fly this weekend to spruce up the cross country ski trails a bit. Get out and enjoy winter in Maine!

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year's Eve Sunset
New Year's Eve sunset.

An unusually warm weekend melted much of our snow from last week's blizzard. Temps were around 45 degrees F both Saturday and Sunday. After a brief dusting of new snow this morning to clean things up, we should have
a quiet week ahead with no big storms in sight.

We are now entering the period when our Happenings calendar shrinks substantially as many folks here take winter vacations to sunnier climes. Never fear, however, there still will be some fun and interesting events scheduled from time to time, and we will keep you up to date right here.


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