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January 1 - March 31, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

It finally is sunny again today, and Bar Harbor's Kebo Valley Golf Club is waiting for the spring green-up to begin! Unfortunately, we have more mixed precipitation on the way for the next few days. Maybe this recent weather pattern will break for good next week.

Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Another unusual sunset after Monday's snowstorm started to clear out.

Monday Evening, March 21, 2016

After a beautiful, sunny weekend, the first full day of spring (today) brought Maine a significant snowstorm that deposited about six inches here on Mount Desert Island. Some parts of the state received as much as 10 inches, but storms like this one are unlikely to last very long. The ground has already thawed, the sun is very high in the sky now, and some rain showers are in the forecast for mid-week! Spring really is here!

Friday, March 18, 2016

An unsettled March sunset yesterday evening.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Upper Frenchman Bay from Hulls Cove on a mild March afternoon.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Babson Creek and Somes Inner Harbor.

Sun, mild temperatures, no snow cover, and Daylight Savings Time all combine to make everything around the Island look and feel like spring! The Bar Harbor Inn is open for the season and a few hardy tourists can be seen strolling the nearly empty streets of Bar Harbor! The sun is still up at almost 7 p.m. Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are starting to poke through the bare soil in your garden, stretching from their winter nap and wondering why they were awakened so early! Changes will take place quickly now as more shops and hotels open and more visitors arrive.
Life is good!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Do you know what this is?
And the answer is...several varieties of lichen on a glacial erratic (look it up).

Monday, March 7, 2016

Balance Rock off snowless Albert Meadow.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Bear Island Light (off Northeast Harbor) a few days ago.
We are now into March, and the sun is noticeably higher in the sky every day!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Sargent Drive along Somes Sound on Saturday! It's still February, but the photo looks like April!
Happy Leap Day!

Friday, February 26, 2016

We have sun this morning along with cooler temperatures - but no snow!
Break out the beach chairs!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The full Snow Moon on the rise last evening.

Still no snow, which is quite surprising as we are in late February, usually one of the year's snowiest months! There are a couple of weather systems headed our way, but after a bit of snow this morning, we are likely to receive a soaking rain over the next two days! Maple sap is running, so spring can't be very far away!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Our mild weather this winter has made life difficult for ice fishermen on the island. In general, lakes are not sufficiently frozen to support fishing shacks, and often the ice has been so thin that just walking on it would be dangerous. The shack pictured above has been sitting on land beside the Long Pond launch ramp for a couple of weeks while awaiting colder temperatures. On this particular day the air was warm enough for sea smoke to form
above what remains of the pond ice.

After an unusually long period with no activity, there actually is a new post on MDI Blog! Check it out!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Mill Cove yesterday after Tuesday night's wind and rainstorm.
Most of our snow is gone once again!

Monday, February 15, 2016

A cold winter afternoon last week.

The big snowstorm forecast for last Thursday barely missed us, leaving up to 2 feet on some islands like Matinicus and Vinalhaven but less than one inch here! The cold came on with a vengance, however, with temps down to -4 degrees F on Sunday morning and -1 this morning! But hold on tight because our roller coaster ride continues with temps rising today and tonight to reach near 50 degrees F by tomorrow afternoon. This situation will also produce up to 1/2 inch of rain, likely washing away much of our snow! Now what's next? Hang on and stay tuned!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Snow on the peeper pond.

The weather over the next few days will turn from unseasonably warm to bitter cold! Daytime temperatures will struggle to get out of the teens this weekend with temperatures at night perhaps dropping below zero! Coupled with a strong wind, the wind chill will be brutal! Bundle up if you have to be outside - and throw another log on the fire!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Despite our mild weather in recent months, winter is still trying to hold on! We have more snow in the forecast starting today and continuing through Wednesday. To make matters worse, someone left the freezer door open and the outside temperature has dropped into the teens! Coupled with a strong north wind, that makes wind chills of below zeroF! Ouch!!! Stay in and stay warm!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

What a difference a day makes! This crow from Thursday's photo probably is now wondering where his green grass disappeared, as a surprise snowstorm yesterday dumped 8 or 9 inches of the heavy, wet white stuff on coastal Maine.

The tourists still should be here though, because today is sunny and mild, and cross country skiing is perfect right now along Acadia's 50 miles of beautiful carriage roads! Don't be surprised if you see signs on shops around the island saying: "CLOSED. GONE SKIING"!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

So...there is no snow, the grass is green, and temperatures are in the 50's ...
now where are the tourists?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Winter sky this weekend.

Welcome to February! Spring is on the way!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Marsh at Lopaus Point.

Our recent unseasonably warm weather (in the 40's F.) has melted most of what little snow remained here, leaving the landscape looking rather brown once again. Some light snow showers may be around by the end of the week, but generally, our mild winter continues!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Bridge over Eagle Lake Road at Acadia National Park Cadillac Mountain entrance.

The sun is gradually climbing higher in the sky, so our mid-day shadows are not so long as just a few weeks ago. In addition, our hours of daylight are noticeably increasing now! There is just enough snow to dress up the landscape, but not so much that it causes driving problems. We hate to speak too soon, but spring is in the air and life is good!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Winter in Bass Harbor - photo from a few days ago.

The biggest snowstorm of the season is heading up the East Coast today and tomorrow, wreaking havoc in major metropolitan areas from North Carolina through Washington, Philadelphia, New York City and up to just south of Boston! It is forecast to move out to sea, passing Maine well offshore and leaving us with little more than a few high clouds and a gusty breeze! Snow lovers are sad, but those who struggled with seemingly endless snowfall last winter
are heaving a sigh of relief!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The waxing "Wolf Moon" was partially obscured by high clouds very early yesterday morning.
This appropriately named moon will be full on January 24.
At this moment
the outside temperature on Mount Desert Island was: 11 degrees F (-12 degrees C.);
the outside temperature on the moon was: 275 degrees F in the sun (107 degrees C.);
and -243 degrees F in the shade (-153 degrees C.)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Snow lovers can now relax a bit, since we received 6 inches of the white stuff on Saturday,
and more is in the forecast for the coming week! The landscape is undoubtedly more beautiful,
but let's hope that Mother Nature doesn't overdo it this year!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A cold, windy and unsettled day at Long Pond yesterday.
Don't be tempted to venture out on the ice - it is NOT THICK ENOUGH!

Monday, January 11, 2016

View at Lopaus Point this weekend.

Yesterday's wind and rain storm was well predicted, but still surprised many people as power outages were wide spread. More than 15,000 remain without electric power at noon today! To make matters worse, about 3 inches of rain and temperatures near 50 degrees F. combined to wash away virtually all of our recent snowfall, leaving us with bare and soggy ground once again this "El Nino" winter!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Upper Frenchman Bay from Thompson Island Causeway earlier this week.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Marsh at Duck Brook on a cold morning in early January.

Monday, January 4, 2016

(a few days late!)

Despite some relatively mild days with temperatures in the 30's (F), much of our snowfall last Tuesday is still hanging around - "just waiting for more", the old-timers would say! As you can see in the photo above, the Bar Harbor Village Green still has about 2 inches on the ground.

There won't be much melting over the next few days, because a strong cold front passing this morning will drop temperatures into the single numbers, even here along the immediate coast! Br-r-r! Bundle up and stay warm!

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