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October 1 - December 31, 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A cold Christmas week sunset over Pretty Marsh harbor.

What a harsh, wintry December this one has been! We are on track to have about double the average December snowfall! And it's cold too! Temperatures tonight are forecast to be around zero with a biting northwest wind, and tomorrow should be even colder! Bundle up if you are out and about celebrating this evening - We want you to have a safe, happy and warm New Year's Eve! See you on the flip side!

Saturday, December 28, 2013


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Ice storm of 2013.

Sunset on Christmas Day 2013.

Our recent stormy and icy weather relented a bit to give us a beautiful, but cold, Christmas Day yesterday. Many families around central and downeast Maine remain without power, however, despite the best efforts of utility crews to repair the extensive ice damage. Those of us along the immediate coast were spared the worst of the ice, but it was a significant event nonetheless.

On a brighter note - we have gained 1 minute of daylight since the Winter Solstice last Saturday!
Our steady march toward summer continues!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Hopefully you are not one of the more than 35,000 Bangor Hydro customers who have lost power in the
present and ongoing major ice storm! Throw another log on the fire, stay in, stay warm and stay safe!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Snow, snow, and more snow! The chance of a white Christmas on MDI now stands at 100%.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The appropriately named full "Cold Moon" setting over Bartlett's Island yesterday morning.

And true to the forecast, MDI got another 12 inches of snow last night bringing our 4 day total to around 20 inches, depending on where you measure. Fortunately, both of these snowfalls have been light and fluffy, therefore the cleanup hasn't been too difficult. However, snowbanks have grown high enough to block visibility,
so be careful at driveways and intersections!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sunday's snowstorm left everything covered with a clean blanket of white - just in time for Christmas! But apparently one storm is not enough, so we have another headed our way overnight tonight and continuing into Wednesday morning with perhaps 6 - 10 more inches! At this time of the year, it is important to keep a close eye on the forecast. Things can change dramatically in a very short time!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Somes Sound waiting for more snow.

And it looks like we're gonna get it! The forecast has a "Winter Storm Warning" posted from late this evening through Sunday night. Total snow accumulation here along the coast is expected to be 12 - 16 inches by Monday morning! So get out the shovels, plows, and snow blowers - they will be needed for the first time since last winter, although our very cold, below normal temperature should keep the white stuff light and fluffy! It was -1 F on the island this morning! Stay in and stay warm, or layer up if you are headed out!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Winter sky yesterday afternoon at Salisbury Cove.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Mount Desert Island received its first snowfall of the season today - not a big deal, but maybe 1 or 2 inches.
And now, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Friday, December 6, 2013

A flowing stream in December along Acadia's beautiful carriage roads near Brown Mountain.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Meanwhile, back in the amusement park sometimes known as "Maine weather" - we appear to be reaching the top of our current thrill ride and are looking over the next precipitous plunge! During the past couple of weeks we have just about seen it all - except, of course, beach days! Things have definitely been exciting, if you are into that sort of thing, with wet snow, ice, rain, temperatures in the teens, high winds, power outages, and now temperatures in the 40's (F)! Hang on to your hats and keep your seat belt buckled - winter hasn't even started yet!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Tufted Titmouse preparing for winter.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Here's a little quiz to go with your Thanksgiving turkey...
Which one was there first?

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

"Say cheese".

The white-tailed deer appear to be "yarding up" already! Large groups of as many as seven, including four bucks and three does, have been seen traveling together in Pretty Marsh over the past couple of days! Does this mean we're in for a harsh winter? The weather this weekend and the near-term forecast would indicate that might be the case! Temperatures, even here on the coast, should drop into the mid 20s tonight and to around 13F tomorrow night with 40 knots of wind both days! That translates to a wind chill of below zero! Br-r-r!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cell phone service along with more wireless internet coverage may finally be coming to western areas of MDI around Pretty Marsh and Somesville, as the long anticipated, although sometimes dreaded, cell tower in Pretty Marsh was raised yesterday and this morning. At first blush, we would say that it is not terribly intrusive, and most people other than immediate neighbors will have to know just where to look if they want to see it at all. The Pretty Marsh tower, and the Somesville tower which has been up for a few weeks, are operated by AT&T Wireless, but we hope that space on both towers will soon be leased to other carriers.

Monday, November 18, 2013

The full "Beaver" Moon on Saturday night.

We continue to ride the weather roller coaster with clear, cold air last week replaced today by wind-driven rain and temperatures in the 50'sF! Things are supposed to cool down again later this week, and we might see a bit of snow in the air next weekend!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Long Pond in the middle of November.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November sunrise yesterday.

With the tourists, cruise ships and fall foliage gone, and snow yet to fall, things are rather gray around the island these days. The main story seems to be up in the sky, as front after front move through, each bringing ever colder temperatures along with often beautiful sunrises or sunsets! The sun's low angle now can make driving difficult, even in the middle of the day. But we don't see the sun every day, so all of us should try to enjoy the beauty over our heads at every opportunity!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Before the rain, or might it be a bit of snow?

This weekend, take the time to thank a veteran for his or her service!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Full moon over Bartlett's Island about two weeks ago.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fall sunsets come much earlier now since Daylight Savings Time has ended!
This was about 4:30 p.m. yesterday!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Duck Pond on a rainy fall morning a few days ago.

Thursday, October 31, 2013


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The whimsically decorated German cruise ship "AIDAbella" was in Bar Harbor yesterday (Tuesday).
She is being followed by "Crystal Symphony" and "Seven Seas Navigator" today, marking the end of our cruise ship season for this year! Many shops and restaurants will be closing their doors until next May,
but a few plan to remain open through Christmas.

Tomorrow is Halloween, and there will be lots of ghosts and goblins about, so be alert and drive carefully!
The weather forecast looks a bit "iffy" with some scattered showers around.

A big "THANK YOU" to the residents of Ledgelawn Avenue in Bar Harbor for their continuing support
of fun and safe Halloween trick-or-treating for kids from all over MDI and beyond!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Amphitheater bridge on Acadia's carriage road near Brown Mountain.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Our fall foliage is well past peak, but you can still see some colorful leaves if you look down.
This is especially true along Acadia's beautiful carriage roads.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Runners passing through Somesville in yesterday's MDI Marathon.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Cunard Line's famous "Queen Mary 2" from Albert Meadow yesterday afternoon.

The "Queen Mary 2" made her second and last visit of the season to Bar Harbor yesterday. Although the day started with a few rain showers, the sun was out by mid-afternoon.

Last night was the full "Hunter's Moon", and in a unique twist, there was a faint partial eclipse of the moon occurring around 8 p.m. EDT! The earth's penumbral shadow probably was not noticed by most people with their naked eye, but photographers using special camera filters should have had no problem seeing it.

Tomorrow is the MDI marathon, so drive carefully around the island during the morning and early afternoon! The race starts in Bar Harbor at 8 a.m. and passes through Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Somesville before ending in Southwest Harbor.

Congratulations to the MDI High School football team on their exciting win last night over undefeated Waterville by a score of 42 to 35! It was a beautiful fall evening, and the game was one of the best high school football games we have seen in a long time. It was televised live by WABI TV5 in Bangor!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fall Sky.

Acadia National Park will reopen today, as Congress finally acted to end their standoff last night! There are still some colorful leaves to be seen, but it appears that we are in for a bit of unsettled weather over the next few days. A few showers are around this morning. Nevertheless, get out and enjoy your National Park when you can!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fall color is showing up near the shore in Pretty Marsh.

Our lovely early fall weather continues, as does the unfortunate closure of Acadia National Park. There is the possibility that both will end over the next few days, however, since showers may move in tomorrow evening and Congress is rapidly running out of room to go lower in the public's approval polls.

Speaking of the Park closure - civil disobedience seems to be running rampant here as hundreds of cars lined the state highway at Eagle Lake and other Park entrances over the weekend - their occupants obviously hiking and biking on Acadia's beautiful carriage roads despite the fact that those roads are officially closed! We give a tip of the hat to those few enforcement rangers who remain on duty, because they have to walk a fine line between complying with the law, and also trying to help our many "leaf peeping" visitors - a job they would much rather be doing!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Western Bay was flat calm on Wednesday morning.

Acadia National Park, along with other government agencies, remains closed. Still, there are plenty of beautiful areas on Mount Desert Island that are outside Park boundaries. So don't let the closure keep you from enjoying the great weather at this lovely time of the year. Remember - our winters last a long time!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Despite the clouds and spotty showers over the last couple of days, combined with the unfortunate closure of Acadia National Park, the cruise ships and leaf-peeping tourists continue to arrive. Weather conditions should improve dramatically, however, starting today and extending through the upcoming Columbus Day weekend.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAT - it's the big "70"!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Somes Pond at about 7:00 a.m. this morning.

Acadia National Park may be officially closed, but there are still many beautiful scenes all around Mount Desert Island that are outside the Park boundaries. Our recent weather has been perfect - just what we have come to expect for September and early October. So don't be put off too much by the antics of our(we use the term loosely)
U. S. Congress. Get out and enjoy this great time of year - there is still plenty to see!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The big news here on Mount Desert Island today is the complete closure of Acadia National Park, including all Park roads and facilities, as part of the general shutdown of the federal government that began at midnight last night. How long this will last is anyone's guess, but for now it is a significant inconvenience and disappointment to our many fall tourists and to the thousands of passengers on our largest visiting cruise ships. We'll keep you posted.

At our peril in such a highly charged environment, we have posted an editorial on MDI Blog. If you are interested, you can access it by clicking on the link above or by clicking here.

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