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January 1 - March 31, 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring Sunset
Spring Sunset.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Rock Climbing
An intrepid cruising sailor tested the waters of Frenchman Bay last Thursday!
And it's only March!!!! Go figure!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Bartlett's Landing
Another photo of 20 scallop draggers moored at Bartlett's Landing late yesterday afternoon.
Big-time commercial fishing action in a usually quiet little harbor!

Very warm temperatures over the past two days have been breaking all-time records around Maine, and Mount Desert Island is no exception! We hit 87 degrees yesterday and 81 degrees this afternoon - unbelievable for March!! It looks and feels like mid-July! The weather should begin to return to normal starting tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Scallop Draggers
Scallop draggers at Bartlett's Landing yesterday afternoon.

Heavy activity at Bartlett's Landing since Monday reminds some of the "wild west"! A previously unknown and highly productive scallop bed was discovered in Western Bay between Oak Point anad Surry Neck, attracting scallop draggers from ports as far away as Jonesport and Stonington! Needless to say, parking at the landing, which is always a challenge even in quieter times, is almost non-existent now!

Scallop season ends in a few days on March 31. Until then the boats will be busy while enjoying some
highly unusual summer-like weather as an added bonus!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Rock Climbing
Rock climbing yesterday on the warm and sunny east face of Champlain Mountain near The Precipice.
Amazing for the middle of March!

Friday, March 16, 2012

A relatively rare view of the planet Mercury in a 30 sec. timed photo earlier this week.

One more day of showers, and then the forecast promises sunny weather and very warm temperatures right through the middle of next week!

If you are a jazz fan - and many people are - you might want to check out the Maine State High School Jazz Festival this weekend at MDI HIgh School. There will be a lot of great music and some of it will be broadcast on Maine Public Radio. The program runs from late this afternoon through tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

West Street Hotel

Bar Harbor's big construction project, the new West Street Hotel, continues to make good progress in our unseasonably mild weather and is on track for a scheduled opening June 1. Meanwhile, the Bar Harbor Inn opens for the season on Friday and a few tourists have been spotted in the Acadia National Park winter information center at Park Headquarters on MacFarland's Hill. It won't be long now!

NOTICE: All Carriage Roads in Acadia Park are now closed for about two weeks to prevent damage as the road surface thaws. This includes foot traffic. The closure is early this year due to our warm winter!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Late Winter Sunset
Late winter (early spring?) sunset!

Our recent snow is all gone, and temperatures continue to be surprisingly warm for this time of year. To make things seem even more like spring, Daylight Savings Time began yesterday and sunsets now are after 6:30!!
Break out the barbecue!

Friday, Marsh 9, 2012

Full Moon
The almost full moon seen without a telescope on Monday evening.

Don't forget that daylight savings time begins this Sunday morning at 2 a.m. Spring ahead one hour before you go to bed. On Sunday we'll have daylight until 7 p.m. - sounds like winter may be a thing of the past!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Jupiter, Venus and Mercury
Jupiter, Venus and Mercury in line on Sunday evening.

Several interesting celestial events seem to all be happening at about the same time this March. The planet Mercury, usually not visible since it is so close to the sun, can be seen faintly for the next couple of days just above the western horizon about 30 minutes after sunset. The planets Jupiter and Venus are very bright and are coming into conjunction in the early evening western sky just above Mercury. The planet Mars is at its closest point for the past two years and won't be this close again until 2014. Bright red Mars is rising in the east early evening and can be seen all night! On top of all that right now is the almost full moon! The fifth visible planet - Saturn - will rise in the east starting around mid-month three or four hours after sunset.
Get out and take advantage of our unique dark skies to enjoy these heavenly spectacles!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Bar Harbor Inn Sign

A few remnants of last week's moderate snowfall still remain, but signs of spring are cropping up here and there! The Bar Harbor Inn opens for the season in less than two weeks on March 16! Several popular restaurants like Galyn's will reopen around that time as well. Before long, we'll start seeing out-of-state license plates around the island, and village streets will become crowded once again! Keep on smilin'!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Ice Shack

Welcome to March! Our mild weather this winter has made life difficult for ice fishermen who usually leave their shacks on local ponds for several weeks. That is a dangerous gamble in 2012, as you can see from the above photo of a partially submerged shack on Round Pond earlier this week. At least it is near the shore!

The lack of snow recently has made our landscape a bit drab looking, but an old fashioned nor'easter yesterday and last night brought us 5 inches! That was enough to make sure we don't forget how to plow, shovel or use our snow blowers! We have started the "climb up March hill" though, so it won't be long until birds are singing and all this will be just a memory until next season!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Glacial Erratic Lichen

One doesn't have to look very hard around Mount Desert Island to notice large stones (sometimes very large stones) resting in unusual places around the woods and on mountain tops! These stones are known as glacial erratics and were deposited in their present locations by the glaciers that covered MDI some 10,000 years ago! Erratics are frequently covered with small plants called lichens. The lichens live on the stone and over time help to slowly break it down. It has been determined that the glaciers brought many of the erratics from as far away as Quebec Province in Canada before leaving them where they sit today as the glacial ice carrying them melted. When you are out and about on the island - maybe just in your own backyard - keep an eye out for these interesting remnants of a long-ago ice age!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Agamont Park
Waiting for spring!

Friday, February 24, 2012

February Sunset
February sunset yesterday evening.

Once again, the MDI boys basketball team won on Wednesday, giving them a 20-0 record and a ticket to the Eastern Maine finals against Gardiner tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Maine Public Broadcasting will provide live television coverage! This is the first undefeated season for the team since MDI High School was established in 1969. Needless to say, big crowds from the island will be on hand at "the mecca" in Bangor! "Go Trojans!"

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tide Pool

Exploring tide pools in the middle of February is a rare experience because snow and ice usually make the shore very treacherous. That is not the case this year, however, as one can readily see from the photo above! If you get the chance, take a look!

"Good Luck" to the MDI boys basketball team in this afternoon's semifinal game! If you can't make it up to Bangor, check out the live broadcast on Maine Public Television at 3:30.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Great Head
Great Head yesterday with Egg Rock Lighthouse in the background.

An update on the high school basketball tournament - unfortunately, the MDI girls lost their quarterfinal game to Gardiner. However, the MDI boys remained undefeated with a one point squeaker over Camden Hills. The boys now advance to the semifinals where they will play Presque Isle at 3:30 on Wednesday. This one will be televised live by Maine Public Broadcasting.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Blue Hill Bay
Blue Hill Bay on an unusually warm afternoon in mid-February.

Temperatures here continue to be well above normal with some light rain showers around this morning. Local spirits are not dampened too much, however, since we have a three-day holiday weekend coming up and next week is school vacation week!

If you are a high school basketball fan, and most of us are, you know that both the MDI High School boys and girls teams qualified for the Eastern Maine tournament in Bangor. In fact, the boys team went undefeated on the season
at 18-0. The girls play their first game tomorrow at 1:30 while the boys play at 3:00. These games will be broadcast
live by WDEA Radio 1370AM! If you live on MDI, be there or be square!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Monument Cove
Monument Cove on the Acadia Park Loop Road.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine Snow
A snowy Valentine!.

We finally received a bit more snow on Saturday, but not much - perhaps 2 inches! It was enough to dress up the landscape, however. The snow was followed by cold temps in the low single numbers, although they won't stay there long and should be back in the 30's by mid-week, probably removing most of our new snow yet again!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Seal Cove
Winter on the Cape Road.

Monday, February 6, 2012

West Street Hotel
Progress continues on the new West Street Hotel in Bar Harbor.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Precipice Panorama
Panorama of the east face of Champlain Mountain and The Precipice showing light ice and snow cover.

The Precipice is Acadia's most popular and challenging hiking trail during the late summer and fall months. But with a climb of about 1,000 vertical feet on iron rungs and along narrow ledges, it would be an extremely dangerous, if not impossible, undertaking in the ice and snow of winter and early spring.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Round Pond

Welcome to February, even though the weather seems more like late March! We get a dusting of snow from time to time like that seen above on Round Pond late last week, but it is quickly followed by melting with temperatures rising to near 40! This morning there is actually some freezing rain and drizzle around, making roads a bit slippery! Ice fishermen have been out on island ponds when they get a chance, but their shacks are rarely very far from shore since the ice is not very thick, and a serious thaw could quickly sent them to the bottom at any time!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ocean Drive Snow

We continue to remain in a dry and relatively mild weather pattern, but there was just enough snow a couple of days ago to get this photo along our famous Ocean Drive. The week ahead appears to be unsettled with the best prospect for measurable snow coming after Wednesday.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Foggy Sunset

One result of our mild winter has been quite a bit of fog here along the immediate coast. Two days ago, the fog and clouds were beginning to lift just before sunset creating some very interesting illumination effects! So if you can't enjoy the snow, look around for Mother Nature's many other wonders!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sand Beach
Sand Beach on a mild January day.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Ocean Drive Winter
Ocean Drive yesterday morning at about 10:00 a.m.

We finally received a few more inches of light snow over the past couple of days, but it may be short lived since
the forecast suggests rain starting this afternoon and continuing into Tuesday.

If you are interested in Mount Desert Island history, you may want to attend the baked bean supper and program sponsored by the MDI Historical Society this Wednesday evening at MDI High School. Of particular interest will be a film of the grand opening of the Trenton bridge in 1920. Get the details on our Happenings page.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Buck in Winter
With light snow cover this year, the deer have little trouble getting down to tasty blueberry plants!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pretty Marsh Cemetery
Pretty Marsh Cemetery on a tranquil mid-winter afternoon.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sea Smoke
Sea smoke at Bartlett's Landing yesterday morning.

Our winter may have been mild so far, but temperatures over the last two days have been at or slightly below zero! While this is not unusually cold for mid-January, it is cold enough to create sea smoke over the relatively warm ocean water which remains in the 40's.

The weather this week appears to be unsettled with a warm-up, some snow or rain showers, and then more single digit cold! But take heart - the days are gradually getting longer and spring is coming!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Island Farm

Finally, we received a bit of snow yesterday - however, it was mostly sleet and freezing rain! The forecast suggests more freezing rain today, followed by bitter cold temperatures for the upcoming weekend! Cross country skiing probably won't be too great, but at least the landscape looks more like winter for a change!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lobster Boats
Lobster boats on moorings in Bar Harbor last Sunday! Is it really January?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Bar Harbor Drawbridge

You may not have noticed, but Bar Harbor now has a drawbridge - perhaps the first such bridge in it's long history!
This one is located in the Harborside Hotel complex on West Street and provides shore access to local fishermen.
It was in the raised position yesterday, making it easier to see.

Our weather remains remarkably mild and tranquil for this time of year with no snow to be found! We have a storm coming Thursday, but right now it appears to be all rain. Go figure!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Beech Hill
View to the northeast from Beech Hill earlier this week - and still no snow!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Bear Island Light
Bear Island Light on a mild winter afternoon.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Bar Island
Bar Island on a rare but beautiful New Year's Day without snow on the ground!

Welcome to 2012! For those of you who like to play with numbers, today is 1/2/12!

Holiday vacation is almost over, and local schools start up again tomorrow. Otherwise, we are entering a typically quiet period of the year when many local residents think about vacation. Maybe we'll finally get some lasting snow soon, although the weather forecast doesn't look too promising. You can still take a hike though, so get out and enjoy winter when you can.


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