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Monday, December 22, 2014


With no snow on the ground, animals are on the move - even during the day!



Thursday, December 18, 2014


A light snowfall this morning may be the closest we'll get to a white Christmas this year!



Monday, December 15, 2014


Pretty Marsh Inner Harbor at high tide.



Thursday, December 11, 2014


Pretty Marsh.

Still no snow despite a powerful nor'easter this week, but we did get about 5 inches of rain as a consolation! The long range forecast through the remainder of December actually suggests that relatively mild temperatures should hang around New England! That's not so good for snow lovers, but many others will sigh with relief after our cold and snowy November!



Monday, December 8, 2014


An old dug well along Beech Hill Road.
This type of well is no longer in use, but dug wells used to be common
before the advent of modern drilling technology!



Friday, December 5, 2014


The (almost) Full "Cold" Moon setting early this morning! Outside temperature: 14 degrees! Br-r-r!



Wednesday, December 3, 2014


The view from Beech Hill yesterday afternoon with our snow almost gone (again).



Monday, December 1, 2014

Here we are in December and the weather roller coaster just keeps giving us a wild ride! Four snowfalls produced the snowiest November on record for Bangor, and likely for Mount Desert Island as well! Then yesterday and today, temperatures rebounded into the high 40's, melting much of our new snow! Now the bottom is supposed to drop out tonight with lows in the teens and highs tomorrow in the mid 20's! Climate change? Global warming? Go figure!
(And throw another log on the fire!)



Thursday, November 27, 2014


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!.



Monday, November 24, 2014

As our fall storms become more frequent and more severe, many lobster fishermen are hauling in their traps until spring. As if to provide them plenty of incentive, the weather forecast for mid week suggests yet another coastal snowstorm with high wind on Wednesday night and into Thanksgiving Day! Wow! What a November we have had so far!



Friday, November 21, 2014


More from Thompson Island last weekend.

Our snow is mostly gone now, leaving the landscape gray and bare once again, as is typical for late fall. Wind and below normal temperatures remain, however! November has been a cold, snowy month so far, but at least we did not measure our snowfall in feet like the folks in upstate New York!



Monday, November 17, 2014


Sunset from Thompson Island this weekend.

Snow mixed with rain for a couple of hours this morning, marking the THIRD SNOWFALL through just the middle of November!!! It finally changed over to all rain right here on the immediate coast, but there is still snow on the ground - "waiting for more" as the old-timers say!



Friday, November 14, 2014


With today's six inch snowfall, our second snow this year before November 15,
this child's climbing gym likely is retired until spring!



Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Round Pond this morning.

REMEMBER!

Today is Veteran's Day - a time for each of us to pause and remember all who have served our country,
especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice!



Friday, November 7, 2014

The MDI High School Library has posted a great video parody on YouTube which seems to have attracted national attention with almost 2,000 views in the first 24 hours! It was designed to encourage teenagers to read more, and it features some very talented MDIHS students. The whole production is quite impressive and certainly worth a bit over three minutes of your time. To check it out, click here!



Tuesday, November 4, 2014


All was quiet at the Seal Cove dock last weekend before the storm.

Our big coastal nor'easter on Saturday and Sunday made national news and left Maine with more than 150,000 families without slectric power. 8 to 14 inches of heavy, wet snow combined with high wind gusting to 50 knots brought down power lines everywhere. Here on the immediate downeast coast we only received about 2 1/2 to 3 inches of sleet and ice, but that was more than enough to cause thousands of power outages on MDI, in Trenton and in Ellsworth! Schools on the island were closed yesterday due to no power, and both MDI High School and Mount Desert Elementary School remain closed without power today! At this time Tuesday morning, about 85,000 customers continue without electricity statewide, about 39,000 of them in Emera Maine's service area. Estimates are that some will remain out until Friday!

Don't forget - today is ELECTION DAY! Some polling places have had to be changed due to no power. In the Town of Mount Desert voting has been moved from the Somesville Fire Station to the Town Office in Northeast Harbor.

Despite the inconvenience,
PLEASE BE SURE TO VOTE!
This is a very important and potentially very close election!



Saturday, November 1, 2014

It's hard to believe, but here we are in November already! And right on cue, we could get our first snowfall tomorrow! Yikes!

The last cruise ship of our 2014 season - "Crystal Serenity" - is in Bar Harbor today. Shortly after she leaves, many of the local shops will close their doors until spring. Even now, the benches in Agamont Park are strangely empty. And if all that isn't enough, don't forget to set your clocks back one hour tonight as we return to Eastern Standard Time!



Wednesday, October 29, 2014


A tender from the cruise ship "Maasdam" leaves Bar Harbor on Sunday after her last visit to MDI this season.



Monday, October 27, 2014


Can you figure out what's going on here? Is this a job for our firefighters? We certainly hope not!
All of us have heard the old saying: "Where there's smoke, there's fire"...
But maybe not always!

(We'll give you the answer right here in a day or two, after you have had a bit of time to think about it!)

***Wednesday - And the answer is...this "smoke" is actually steam! Recent heavy rain completely saturated thick moss covering the stump and adjacent tree trunk. A bright shaft of early morning sun quickly warmed the green moss enough to turn the rain water to steam! It literally only took about two minutes to "burn" off completely, but was rather startling to see when it was happening! Nature can be fascinating if you take the time to look!***



Friday, October 24, 2014


The last gasp of this year's fall foliage a few days ago - gone now, but not forgotten!



Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Somesville bridge on Sunday.



Sunday, October 19, 2014


The lead runner passes through Somesville this morning after approximately 20 miles!

Today's weather was perfect for marathon runners, but not so much for spectators! Showers last night marked the leading edge of a significant cold front and this morning saw very chilly temperatures along with a gusty breeze. Fall is definitely here, but tomorrow should be a bit warmer. However, a rain and wind storm is forecast for mid-week!



Friday, October 17, 2014

Even though we are now into the second half of October, there still was plenty of beautiful, albeit past-peak, fall foliage to be seen around the island on a cloudy day yesterday! That may not be true much longer, however, as rain and wind last night into this morning probably will have stripprd most of the remaining leaves.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014


The cruise ship "Norwegian Gem" as she prepared to leave
Saint John, New Burnswick, Canada last evening
enroute to Bar Harbor this morning.



Sunday, October 12, 2014


After the early morning fog burned off a few days ago.



Thursday, October 9, 2014


Fall reflections at Somes Pond on Monday.

Island foliage is near its peak color right now, and last night was the full "Hunter's Moon". Our weatherhas been quite mild so far, but that is about to change. The upcoming weekend is expected to be sunny and much cooler with overnight temperatures in the low 30's Friday and Saturday!



Monday, October 6, 2014


Seal Cove Pond is showing its autumn colors.



Friday, October 3, 2014


The marsh at Duck Pond.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Holland-America's "Maasdam" has been perhaps our most frequent and reliable cruise ship visitor.
She was in Bar Harbor again on Sunday!




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