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January 1 - March 31, 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ben & Bill's

Despite our recent rainy weather, Ben & Bill's ice cream shop is open for the season in Bar Harbor. If the forecast is correct, ice cream should taste pretty good this weekend as temperatures climb well into the 60's even here along the immediate coast!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Somes Sound
Somes Sound yesterday morning.

The weather continues its roller coaster ways, as we have three days of rain coming up! The good news, however, is that by the end of this week temperatures will warm significantly - perhaps touching 70 degrees again! Hang in there!

Friday, March 26, 2010


As predicted, our blast of cold air arrived right on schedule this morning along with a dusting of snow - the first we have seen since the end of February! Like the rest of us, this seagull appears to be waiting for warmer weather and the arrival of our summer visitors!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

MDI Mountains
The mountains of Mount Desert Island from Sullivan on Saturday.

While the weather this coming weekend should be much colder than the past few weeks have been, you can stay inside and enjoy some good, locally produced live theater. On Friday and Saturday Acadia Community Theater will present three performances of "Annie Get Your Gun" at the Higgins-Demas Theatre, Mount Desert Island High School. Complete details are on our Happenings page.

Hopefully, the upcoming shot of arctic cold will be short-lived, and we'll be back to early spring very soon!.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Sunset
Another pretty sunset just a few days ago!

Saturday brought us a real taste of summer with afternoon temperatures reaching 70 degrees under a bright and sunny sky. All that will change this week, however. Rain is coming in for tonight and tomorrow followed by a late season cold front as we approach next weekend! Ah-h-h, spring along the Maine coast!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Rock Iris

Our unseasonable warmth continues, so it is not surprising that spring flowers are starting to pop up around the island. This patch of rock iris was spotted in a garden in Bar Harbor a couple of days ago. At first glance they look a lot like crocus, but actually are a much more interesting and unusual plant!

Spring officially arrives tomorrow afternoon at 1:32 EDT, and the forecast indicates that we might hit 60 degrees to celebrate! Also, the Bar Harbor Inn opens for the season today. Every day there are more opportunities to get outside, so take full advantage of them when you can.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Loop Road

Despite our recent unseasonably warm weather, the Acadia National Park Loop Road is not scheduled to reopen for vehicle traffic until April 15. Still, it is almost completely free of snow and ice, making now a perfect time to use it for walking and bicycles. That is especially true since the carriage roads were recently closed to walking and bicycles until they dry out after the spring thaw. That closure should last for a couple of weeks.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Bass Harbor

The big ocean storm over the weekend did miss us for the most part - just a little wind and rain but nothing serious around here. It all should be over later today, and the rest of the week is expected to be sunny and mild!

Local lobstermen are beginning to get their gear ready for the upcoming season. There was plenty of activity around the docks at Bass Harbor last week! We continue the steady march toward spring (no pun intended)!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Marsh at Lopaus Point
View up Blue Hill Bay from Lopaus Point in Bernard on Wednesday.

Another weekend and another storm coming up the east coast - although this one may also scoot out to sea south of us like so many others have done this year. Check out the complete forecast for more details.

This weekend also marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time - one more indication that spring is near! The Bar Harbor Inn opens for the season just one week from today, and shopkeepers in Bar Harbor are starting to spruce up their businesses in preparation for the coming flood of visitors. In addition, there are several significant construction projects underway in town that are secheduled for completion by the end of May. One is the total reconstruction of what was known for many years as "Fisherman's Landing" on West Street, and another is a new public restroom building just behind Agamont Park.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Frenchman Bay
View of Frenchman Bay and Schoodic Mountain from the Park Loop Road on Sunday.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Cadillac Mountain

The snow may be gone around most of the island, but it is still there on the mountains and in north facing areas sheltered from the warm March sun.

Spring Fever was alive and well this past weekend with wall to wall sunshine and surprisingly mild temperatures for early March! That trend seems poised to continue through most of the upcoming week, but there may be another coastal storm brewing for next weekend. It should be just rain though, not snow!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Agamont Park

Things are quiet in Bar Harbor's Agamont Park right now, but that all will change soon! The Bar Harbor Inn opens for the season on March 19, and the first cruise ship will arrive in just two months. Meanwhile, we have a beautiful weekend coming up with lots of sun and more mild daytime temperatures! Cabin fever will be a distant memory! Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Somes Pond

The past month of mild temperatures made things very difficult for ice fishermen this year. The ice was relatively thin all season, making it dangerous for ice shacks and any type of motorized vehicle, including ATV's and snowmobiles. Now that thin ice is starting to melt earlier than usual as can be seen in the above photo of Somes Pond yesterday afternoon. It's just one more sign of approaching spring!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Trees Down
Trees blown down along the Pretty Marsh Road Friday.

Our stormy weather pattern just seems to go on and on - lots of wind, lots of rain, and very little snow! Wind gusts of up to 60 knots last Thursday night along with 3+ inches of rain caused extensive power outages around the island, especially on the west side. Today we are getting another coastal storm, although this time it is not forecast to be quite as strong.

Looking on the bright side, today is the first of March and spring is just three weeks away!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sargent Mountain
Sargent and Penobscot Mountains from Little Long Pond.

If you like seeing some snow around here, take a look at the photo above from a few days ago. With heavy rains last night, today and on into the weekend, what remains of our snow will soon be just a memory!
Stay in, stay warm, and try to stay dry!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Winter Sunset
Another pretty mid-winter sunset on Friday.

We have been in a relatively mild and dry weather pattern for the past 3 weeks, but now that weather pattern appears to be changing. Although the mild part may continue for awhile, we are looking at a series of rain/snow storms through the rest of this week and perhaps into next week. Never fear, however, because the days are getting longer, the sun is higher in the sky, and spring is now less than one month away!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Great Head
Great Head as seen from Ocean Drive on Wednesday.

The MDI girls basketball team continued their winning ways by defeating Winslow on Wednesday evening at the Bangor Auditorium. They will play Nokomis for the Eastern Maine Regional Championship at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Like the other playoff games, this one will be broadcast live on Maine Public Television. If you are away and still interested in seeing the game, you can watch an online, on demand streaming video by clicking here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thompson Island

We missed yet another snowstorm last night - it went out to sea south of us like so many others have this winter! As a result of the relatively mild temperatures, there hasn't been much sea ice around this year, but a few chunks were spotted yesterday along the shore of Thompson Island. Take a look at it now, because there may not be many more chances until next year!

This is February school vacation week, and along with that comes "Tourney Time" - the state high school basketball tournament which is a long standing and highly popular Maine tradition. Our venue is usually the Bangor Auditorium unless and until one of the eastern Maine teams makes it to the state finals. So far the MDI girls are doing very well, having knocked off Hermon a couple of days ago. There is still lots of action ahead, and much of it will be broadcast live on Maine Public Television starting tonight! Check it out.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Agamont Park
Agamont Park in Bar Harbor on a mid-winter afternoon this past weekend.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Seawall Picnic Area

The Seawall Picnic Area looked pretty icy and deserted a couple of days ago, but that will all change in just a few weeks as the weather starts to warm and visitors return! Meanwhile, we have some dry and relatively mild winter days on tap right on through early next week! Get out and enjoy it!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Southwest Harbor
Southwest Harbor yesterday morning.

It's 02-10-2010, and we continue to be on the dry north side of the blockbuster snowstorms hitting the mid-atlantic states over the past week! Snow lovers around here are actually getting impatient for more of the white stuff to make skiing and snowmobiling better. There are patches of bare ground in the woods and in sunny fields!

The photo above of Southwest Harbor is in stark contrast to what one would see during the summer when almost every square inch of the harbor is full of boats! In February the harbor is almost deserted, but the scenery remains beautiful nonetheless!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Mill Cove
Mill Cove on Sunday afternoon.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Snowy Forest
A narrow path winds through a snowy forest.

Once again, we have a sunny but cold weekend coming up while states far to our south deal with another major snowstorm! The pattern this year seems to be that high pressure over us tends to block storms moving up the coast and forces them out to sea. Still, we have several inches of powder on the ground from "flurries" early in the week that should make perfect conditions for skiing on our beautiful park carriage roads. Get out and enjoy the nice winter weekend!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


At this time of year, deer tend to "yard up" or travel together, often in groups of five or six or more. This group was spotted yesterday evening looking for browse in some relatively shallow snow cover.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Wolf Moon
The full "wolf" moon setting on Saturday morning.

Welcome to February on the Maine coast! The past weekend was beautiful and clear but cold - perfect for viewing the "wolf" moon! This cold weather is expected to continue all week with no storms in sight. We actually could use a little more snow to make the cross country skiing better. Also, it's worth noting that we have gained one hour of daylight since December 21st! Spring is on the way regardless of what happens with the groundhog and his shadow tomorrow!
Enjoy being outdoors when you can!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Northeast Harbor
Northeast Harbor on Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Winter Sky
Winter sky in late January.

What a storm we had on Monday evening! Heavy winds and driving rain brought down lots of trees and melted most of our, until then, deep snow cover! It seems that strong coastal storms have become considerably more common over the past two or three years. Anyway, skiing is done until we get more snow, but you can enjoy looking at our ice-free ocean and bays!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Winter Sunset
Another winter sunset on Saturday.

Many people think that summer is the only time to see lovely sunsets here on the island, but as we have said many times over the past few years, some of our best sunsets occur in the middle of winter! You just have to pay attention earlier in the evening!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bartlett Island Snow
This week's fresh snowfall covers Bartlett's Island.

We have a beautiful couple of winter days coming up this weekend, so get outside and enjoy it.
The forecast on Monday calls for RAIN!!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Blue Hill Bay
View of Blue Hill Bay on Sunday before this week's fresh snowfall.

We may have had a snow drought early in the season, but that certainly isn't the case now! It has been snowing for almost three days, albeit lightly at times. Nonetheless, the three day total ranges from 8 to 10 inches around the island with considerably more inland and downeast. As the old timers would say,
"Well, it is the middle of January, don'tcha know deah?"

Monday, January 18, 2010

Winter Sunset
Sunset over Blue Hill Bay on Saturday.

All is quiet around the island at this time of year. Many residents are away, and there are relatively few events scheduled. It's a good opportunity to catch up on your reading and to get outside in the snow on sunny days!

Ice fishing season started on January 1, and now that we have had a couple of cold weeks, the ice is finally becoming thick enough for fishermen to venture out on local ponds. Be very careful, however, because there still are plenty of thin spots!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Summer Camp

A traditional shorefront summer camp sits boarded up for the winter and awaiting warmer weather. Camps like this used to be common around Mount Desert Island, but they have been steadily disappearing over the past 25 years in favor of expensive mansions, sometimes known as "cottages".

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Northeast Harbor
Winter in Northeast Harbor.

We are approaching what is usually the coldest week of winter - the days around January 20! Today temperatures are in the low single numbers, but some warmer air may work in by Friday.

This time of year, Northeast Harbor is transformed from a yachting harbor to a working port for those intrepid men and women who continue fishing despite the cold! Storm protection here is considerably better than most other harbors around Mount Desert Island.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Somes Harbor
Somes Harbor and Sargent Mountain in late afternoon last Thursday.

The weekend was cold but mostly sunny - all in all, beautiful winter weather! Despite our recent snow, cross country skiing has not been very good because there is too much ice. Walks along plowed roads (such as a portion of Ocean Drive) will have to suffice until skiing conditions improve. Try to get out anyway and enjoy the season!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Seal Cove Pond
Seal Cove Pond in early January.

We finally saw the sun again yesterday for the first time in about a week! Sunshine is very welcome at this time of year when the days are so short!

The weather here has been quite unusual recently, and not because of our heavy snowfall last week! Temperature patterns all along the east coast have been somewhat inverted, where we have actually been warmer than many parts of Virginia and North Carolina, and not much different from central Florida! All of that is thanks to a large, stalled low pressure system in eastern Canada which is spinning warmer ocean air up around the vortex and down our way from the north and northwest! These conditions are slowly breaking down, but should continue on into next week! If you headed to Florida to warm up after the holidays, you might have been better off hanging around here on the coast of Maine!

Monday, January 4, 2010

January Snow
Snow covered glacial erratic yesterday afternoon.

Our recent snow drought appears to be over! It has been snowing here for four days, and the total accumulation so far is about 16 inches! The remainder of the week looks to be windy and unsettled with more snow and/or flurries each day! At least the temperatures should be mild until Friday.

The large stone shown in the photo above probably was carried from Quebec some 10,000 years ago by glacial ice, and was deposited in this spot as the glacier retreated. There are many such glacial erratics around Mount Desert Island, but they are easier to admire in the warmer months when there is no snow cover!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Somesville Bridge



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