MOUNT DESERT ISLAND CURRENTS
January 1 - March 31, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
In recognition of the upcoming Easter weekend, here is a photo of sunrise over Bar Island in Bar Harbor
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
Friday, March 22, 2013
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 yesterday and today!
March 20 may mark the first day of Spring, but it certainly is not apparent from looking out our window!
Monday, March 18, 2013
Waiting for spring....and another snowstorm!
Friday, March 15, 2013
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
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
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"?
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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.
Monday Evening, February 25, 2013
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.
BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT UPDATE
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
Bar Harbor Village Green in February.
BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT UPDATE
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
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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
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?
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!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!.
Monday, February 11, 2013
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 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 gibbous "Wolf" moon on Saturday just after sunrise.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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
These mallards on Somesville's Mill Pond give new meaning to the name "Cold Duck".
Friday, January 25, 2013
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!
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Ice King is fully in charge right now with clear skies and wind chills of around 20 degrees below zero!
Monday, January 21, 2013
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 in mid-winter.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
Winter sparkle before the past weekend's thaw.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
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.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Pretty Marsh Inner Harbor.
Friday, January 4, 2013
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!
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
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.
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