MOUNT DESERT ISLAND CURRENTS
Monday, March 10, 2014
Icefalls along Sargent Drive.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Somes Sound and Sargent Drive yesterday afternoon.
The sun is shining brightly and is noticeably higher in the sky now, so our temperatures are slowly but surely starting to warm up a bit. It only
(only???) dipped down into the low teens here last night, and the high today should be
Don't forget that Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday, so set your clocks ahead one hour tomorrow night! The early mornings will
suddenly be darker again for the next few weeks, but the evening should stay light until
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Bass Harbor awaiting Spring!
Monday, March 3, 2014
Somesville Selectmen's Building and Bridge.
Friday, February 28, 2014
They're ba-a-ack! The Frost Fairies were out and about yesterday morning!
B-r-r-r! It's cold! This is the last day of February and it feels like mid-January! But we'll bet things will be hot at the Cross Center in
Bangor tonight (Friday), as the MDIHS Girls' basketball team plays Lake Region High School for the Maine State Championship! Attendance from the
island promises to be very heavy, but the game will also be broadcast live statewide by Maine Public Television starting at 7:00 p.m.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, MDI lost to Lake Region 56 - 47. Congratulations to Lake Region on a great game and on winning the Maine State Championship!
And congratulations again to the MDI Girls on a terrific season! There's always next year - you'll be a strong contender!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Dawn Thursday morning - snow, snow, and more snow!
MDI High School girls play Presque Isle this afternoon at 2:00 in Bangor for the Eastern Maine Class B Basketball Championship! Lots of folks will be heading up to the new Cross Insurance Center for the big game!
If you can't make it to Bangor,
Maine Public Television will broadcast the game live statewide,
3:30 p.m. -
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Had enough snow yet?
Our relentless winter of 2014 just keeps on throwing punches. Storms are coming almost every day, and snowbanks are growing to surprising heights - especially at highway intersections where you cannot see oncoming traffic. Be careful!
Still, all of this snow
can be beautiful as it clings to every tree and when it is sculpted by our accompanying strong winds. The sun is definitely higher in the sky,
and the days are growsing steadily longer. Enjoy the white stuff - but think spring!
Monday, February 17, 2014
Main Street in Bar Harbor yesterday after our 12 inch snowstorm Saturday night.
Friday, February 14, 2014
The almost full (and appropriately named) "Snow Moon" on Wednesday evening.
Our resident coyotes had fun howling beneath it at 3 a.m.!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The International Space Station as it passed over Mount Desert Island about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
The weather continues to dominate our thoughts as one might expect during a relatively cold and snowy winter like this one. The temperature has been dipping down near zero
at night over the past couple of days, and now we expect another coastal storm on Thursday and Friday. This one, however, looks like
it will be mostly rain, Don't get complacent though - things can easily change! We'll keep you advised.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Late afternoon at Western Bay.
Friday, February 7, 2014
View yesterday evening.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Snow? What snow?
Another week, another snowstorm! And we're not getting the worst of it - the Mid-Atlantic states and major metropolitan areas to our south have been in the bullseye recently.
Here's an interesting tidbit for you to ponder while you are looking at the photo above, taken earlier this morning when the outdoor temperature was 21 degrees F.
You can get a pretty good idea about the excellent insulating quality of a deer's thick coat when you see that the snow on his or her back has not melted, even from
the animal's body heat!
Monday, February 3, 2014
Ice fishing on Long Pond Saturday morning.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Frenchman Bay late yesterday afternoon.
The days are definitely getting longer now - we have gained 56 minutes of daylight since December 21, and the sun does not set until around 4:30 p.m. Cold air
is still here, but the forecast suggests a warming trend through the upcoming weekend. Plus, our snow is almost gone! Maybe the
worst of winter is behind us!
Monday, January 27, 2014
Pretty Marsh Inner Harbor on a rare mild day this winter.
Friday, January 24, 2014
A cold winter sunset late Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
After the thaw, we have a bit of new snow - but the big east coast storm was a close miss!
Monday, January 20, 2014
The almost full "Wolf Moon" rising Friday evening ahead of some new snow.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
A recent sunset from the Thompson Island causeway.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Saturday's strong southerly winds created high surf at Seawall yesterday morning.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Winter afternoon yesterday in Town Hill.
Yes, it's still cold and windy. The high yesterday was about 21 degrees F., and the low last night dipped to about 8 degrees F. But cheer up - the forecast indicates that we may actually see a "January thaw" over the next few days with some rain showers and highs reaching into the 40's.
By the way - you know it's winter when all the news is about the weather!
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Winter afternoon along the Cape Road.
Monday, January 6, 2014
The view yesterday morning in Bar Harbor above Agamont Park.
No blankets on the lawn any time soon!
Friday, January 3, 2014
Our relatively extreme cold spell continues, and it appears to be the most severe we have encountered since 2009 according to the National Weather Service. Our low
Wednesday night was -3.5 degrees F. and the high yesterday only reached a balmy 1 degree above zero F. Last night the low was -6.5 degrees F. And on top of that, it has
been snowing -
light and fluffy stuff beacuse of the bitter cold, but still, the air is full of blowing snow due to a 25 knot "breeze" out of the Northwest! Heating
systems are struggling to keep up! We may be on the downhill slide toward summer, but you wouldn't know that by looking out the window or, if you dare,
opening the front door! Throw another log on the fire!
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
H A P P Y N E W Y E A R 2 0 1 4
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!
Monday, December 23, 2013
Hopefully you are not one of the more than 35,000 Bangor Hydro customers who have lost power in the
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,
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
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!
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