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January 1 - March 31, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Bar Harbor Sunrise

In recognition of the upcoming Easter weekend, here is a photo of sunrise over Bar Island in Bar Harbor
a few days ago. If the current forecast holds true, you may see a nice sunrise again on Easter Sunday morning!
In any case, we at MountDesertIsland.Net wish you a very HAPPY EASTER!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sunset last Thursday evening.

The weather may not be so hot (sadly, no pun intended), but our sunsets continue to be beautiful!

Speaking of sunsets - we have so many on file that we decided to create a new page with
some of our most interesting sunset photos over the years. Check them out here.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park officials have announced that, due to budget cuts mandated by the sequester, many visitor facilities will open a month later than usual this year. The Park Loop Road, Cadillac Mountain Road and the Hulls Cove Visitor Center are now scheduled to open on May 19 instead of the usual April 15 date. In addition, hours at the Visitor Center will be reduced, and there will be fewer ranger-led programs this summer. Carriage Roads, hiking trails, and the short section of the Loop Road to Thunder Hole will remain open as they are all year. Year-round visitor information will continue to be offered ar Park Headquarters on Route 233 at McFarland Hill.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Snow
Spring snow yesterday and today!

March 20 may mark the first day of Spring, but it certainly is not apparent from looking out our window!
With that in mind, we thought that you might like to see something here you go:


Monday, March 18, 2013

Seal Cove
Waiting for spring....and another snowstorm!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Late Afternoon

In spite of our recent weather ups and downs, the days are clearly becoming much longer. We already have gained over 3 hours of daylight since December 21. The photo above shows a welcome view to the west on Wednesday at about 6:30 p.m. with the sun still above the horizon! By June the sun will not set until after 8:30 in the evening and daybreak will arrive around 4:30 in the morning!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mud Season
Is this your driveway?

Ah-h-h, mud season! Don't ya just love it?
Now where did we put those pontoons?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Late winter / early spring sunset last weekend.

Finally, it appreas that our weather pattern is changing with warmer daily highs and milder overnight lows! That means spring may be on the way after all! But it also means "mud season", and if you live in Maine, you know more than you want to know about "mud season"!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Seal Cove Pond
Waiting for spring and "ice out".

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

An immature bald eagle keeps a close eye on some open water at the outlet of Seal Cove Pond yesterday.

Today marks one full week of "unsettled" weather, which has meant almost continuous rain and snow showers along with temperatures relatively steady in the low 30's and plenty of clouds! Yuk! The forecast indicates more of the same for the next two or three days followed by a most welcome return to some sunshine.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Another inch or two of "flurries" this morning.
This stalled weather system is beginning to get a bit "te'jus"!

Friday Evening, March 1, 2013

Tired of snow yet?
At least our steady barrage of "flurries" today did not produce flakes this big!

What is that old adage "In like a lion, out like a (dare we say it) lamb"?
Welcome to March.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Snow Moon
The full "Snow" moon at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.

With yet another winter storm heading up into the Gulf of Maine, the current "Snow" moon is particularly appropriate.
At least this time it appears that our precipitation will be mostly rain. But we've learned not to count our chickens too soon, because on a number of occasions in years past, we have received more than 10 inches of "flurries"!
This storm is a slow mover and will be with us into the beginning of the upcoming weekend!

Monday Evening, February 25, 2013

Space Station
A single point of light on a black background?
Well - not exactly.
This is a photo of the International Space Station as it passed over Acadia National Park at 6:20 this evening.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 5:15 p.m.


The MDI High School boys team lost the Eastern Maine Championship game this afternoon to Medomak Valley by a score of 56 - 50. It was an exciting game with MDI ahead by 6 at the half. Despite the loss today, MDI had a great season! Congratlations to Medomak Valley on their first championship since the mid-1980's!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Village Green
Bar Harbor Village Green in February.


The MDI High School boys team won their semifinal game last night against Presque Isle 51 - 40. They will now face Medomak Valley on Saturday for the Eastern Maine Championship! Unfortunately, the MDI girls team lost to Presque Isle on Wednesday afternoon 62 - 48. Congratulations to both teams on a great season.

The Class B Boys Eastern Maine Championship game is scheduled for 3:45 Saturday afternoon at "The Mecca", and
it will be broadcast live on Maine Public Television.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Old Barn
An old barn in Seal Cove.

Our second weekend blizzard in as many weeks produced plenty of wind and temperatures in the teens, but not very much snow. We received perhaps 3 to 4 inches, but that's hard to measure with the high winds and extensive dirfting! Snowfall was a bit heavier away from the immediate coast.

In another "believe it or not" moment, our weather continues to offer surprises with temperatures in the 40's and a half inch of rain expected tonight! Go figure! Maybe spring is not too far away!

Saturday 4:00 p.m., February 16, 2013

Snowy Woods

to the MDI High School girls and boys basketball teams who both won their quarterfinal games at the 2013 Tournament in Bangor! The girls now will play Presque Isle in the semifinals on Wednesday afternoon, and the boys will be in the semifinals against Presque Isle on Wednesday evening. As you may know, this is the last High School Basketball Tournament to be played at the "Mecca", since it is being replaced by a new auditorium/civic center complex currently under construction. Virtually all long-time residents of eastern Maine have very fond memories of great times in the double-decker bleachers during "Tournament Week" for the past 57 years! Even if you don't have children or grandchildren on the current MDI basketball teams, you might want to make a nostalgic last visit to the old "Mecca" this Wednesday to cheer them on and to experience a part of Maine history! The Presque Isle teams are tough competitors, so our kids will appreciate your support!

And in the "Can You Believe It" category - we are under another Blizzard Warning for tomorrow and tomorrow night! This time it should not be quite as bad as last weekend, but 4 - 8 inches of snow driven by 55 knot winds appears to be a likely scenario! So what is it with all these windstorms we have been experiencing over the past several months?
Anyway - stay in, stay warm, and stay safe!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

It's the middle of February - have you checked the status of your woodpile?

If you expect to stay comfortably warm for the remainder of our heating season, past experience would suggest that you should have half of your woodpile remaining. Love can keep you warm - up to a point. Then a working woodstove comes in handy!


(As you can see, we are hopeless romantics.)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Blizzard Art
Blizzard Art.

Blizzard Nemo set records all over the northeast, but not here on Mount Desert Island. It was a big storm to be sure, with about 16 inches of snow driven by 60 knot winds over almost two full days - Friday and Saturday - but we have received worse! And the good news is milder weather is headed our way for the upcoming week.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Bar Harbor Inn
Bar Harbor Inn after a dusting of snow in early February.
The inn opens for the season on March 15!

Our recent light snowfalls probably will be dwarfed by a massive nor'easter forecast to form offshore tonight and move into the Gulf of Maine Friday night! This could be our biggest snowstorm in several years, dumping 12 - 18 inches of the white stuff with winds gusting to 60 mph! Plan accordingly, and expect to stay in by the woodstove this weekend!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Waning Wolf Moon
Waning gibbous "Wolf" moon on Saturday just after sunrise.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Yesterday evening.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sea Ice
Seeking a Northwest Passage out of Seal Cove! Where is Roald Amundsen when we need him?

Our roller coaster weather continues to amaze us with alternating bitter cold and unusually mild temperatures. The one constant has been frequent high wind of up to 60 mph! And the big snowfalls of earlier this month have largely melted away. Like the old timers are fond of saying: "If you don't like Maine weather, wait a minute!"

Monday, January 28, 2013

Frozen Ducks
These mallards on Somesville's Mill Pond give new meaning to the name "Cold Duck".

Friday, January 25, 2013

Frost Fairies
Frost Fairies dance in a winter garden.

It's still very cold - in fact, this is the longest and most severe cold snap we have experienced in the past five years!
And the below zero temperatures have been exacerbated by unrelenting winds of 25 - 30 knots out of the north
leading to double digit wind chills day and night since Tuesday!
However you heat your house, the system is getting a workout!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Winter Art

The Ice King is fully in charge right now with clear skies and wind chills of around 20 degrees below zero!
Bundle up and stay warm!

Monday, January 21, 2013

January Sunrise
January Sunrise.

Br-r-r-r! It's cold! "Only" 12 degrees this morning, but the strong winds produce a wind chill that is below zero. And it will only get worse as the week progresses with lows on Thursday predicted to be - 4. However, there is some comfort in the knowledge that the third week of January is usually the coldest week of the winter, so we can expect some gradual improvement from here. Plus, although you may not believe it, the days are slowly becoming longer. We actually have gained 35 minutes of daylight since December 21st!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Streaming Sunlight
Streaming sunlight in mid-winter.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

January Thaw
January thaw.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter Sparkle
Winter sparkle before the past weekend's thaw.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Round Pond
Round Pond a few days ago.

After a snowy and cold start to 2013, we are now in the middle of an early January thaw! The forecast indicates that above normal temperatures will continue until early next week. That means our heavy snow cover is beginning to shrink noticeably, and it also means you must exercise great caution when venturing out on any of our lakes or ponds.
The ice is not very thick under its insulating blanket of snow!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Pretty Marsh
Pretty Marsh Inner Harbor.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Winter Sky
Winter sky before sunrise.

Our first real cold snap of the season is nearly behind us, strong wind and all! Now the forecast calls for moderating temperatures and relative calm over the next week or so. This past Wednesday and Thursday were the coldest in about a year with overnight readings around zero. However, the 20 - 30 knot gusty winds made it feel really bitter and worked island heating systems overtime to keep up! The old timers would have wrapped up hot bricks to warm the bed, and it didn't sound like such a bad idea with the house creaking and groaning all night!
Ya gotta love the coast of Maine - even in the heart of winter!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

After a mild start, it's beginning to look like a real old fashioned Maine winter with 15 inches of snow in two big storms over just the past four days! Skiing, sledding and snowmobiling are all great right now.
But stay off the ice on local ponds - it is much too thin. Have fun and be safe!


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