MOUNT DESERT ISLAND CURRENTS
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Otter Cliff yesterday morning.
The Acadia National Park Loop Road did not open yesterday as originally scheduled due to heavy snow and ice remaining in many parts of the
roadway after our record breaking winter. However, crews are hard at work with heavy equipment in an attempt to open soon. The Cadillac Mountain Road
likely will take longer due to ice at high elevation. Thunder Hole is also closed to repair the visitor walkways and protective barrier walls.
This work is scheduled to be complete by Memorial Day.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Elver nets in Somes Cove below the Mill Pond leading to Somes Brook.
It appears that we may have turned a corner in our pursuit of spring - temperatures this past weekend have been near normal (around 50F) for
the first time in 3 months! Along with spring comes mud season and elver season. Elver season?? "What in the world is elver season?" some might ask.
Elvers are a little known fishery primarily located at the mouth of fresh water streams in downeast Maine. They are young American eels which
are transparent at this stage of development and are known as "glass eels" or "elvers". They are considered a delicacy in many Asian markets,
fetching the fisherman upwards of $1,900 per pound!
Elvers are catadromous, meaning that they spawn in salt water and migrate to fresh water lakes and ponds to live most of their life. Our elvers are
thought to be born in the Sargasso Sea south of Bermuda and in the spring are found migrating up several streams on MDI to reach one of our fresh water lakes like
Long Pond. The elver fishery is very tightly regulated because the eel stock is quite fragile. Also, because of their high monetary value, local law
enforcement must be on the alert in communities where elver fishing is taking place. Fishermen who hold an elver license use fine mesh, funnel shaped
nets known as "fyke nets" which are anchored in place in salt water at the entrance to a fresh water stream - operating much like a weir.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Western Bay and Bartlett Narrows from Trenton Bridge this week.
We continue under the influence of unusual cold weather which is still running 15 to 20 degrees below normal! Much of the East Coast to our south
is finally getting warmer, spring-like temperatures, while we still have snow and gray skies. Conditions may start to improve a bit on Sunday
and into next week, but melting our considerable snow pack will take more than a few days!
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Round Pond after sunset on Sunday evening.
Monday, April 6, 2015
Whadda ya gonna do when you need a little shade in certain spots around your house and Mother Nature didn't provide it? Well, you could always dig up
a full grown tree (Mother Nature's kinda slow, don'tcha know?), load it on a specially built oversize truck, hire security personnel, arrange for the county Sheriff Department
to go along as an escort, and transport the tree 30 miles through several towns on narrow roads during morning rush hour! And in case one tree isn't enough, you
could do this seven times! "Not gonna happen", you say? Think again, 'cause it did! This convoy filled the narrow street entering Northeast Harbor last Tuesday at 8:15a.m.
causing school buses and others to be more than 20 minutes late for work and school! But hey - ya gotta do what ya gotta do
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
At Least Two Polar Bears Spotted on Mount Desert Island!
Polar Bear at Somes Pomd!
Polar Bear at Northeast Creek!
At least two polar bears have been seen around Mount Desert Island in recent days! One was fishing from a small ice floe in the shallow southern end of Somes Pond, and the other was breaking through the sea ice at the entrance to Northeast Creek! Cars were stopped for hundreds of yards along both sides of Route 3 and the Pretty Marsh Road as startled local residents couldn't believe their eyes. The huge bears seemed much more inquisitive than threatening – a lot like curious puppies – but officials cautioned against any attempt to approach them. People are asked to report any new sightings to the proper authorities!
Wildlife biologists have never known polar bears to be in this area. Still, they acknowledge the loss of polar bear Arctic habitat due to climate change, and they speculate that the bears are moving south in search of more favorable conditions. This year's unusual cold and snow in Downeast Maine likely has been an attractive alternative to the warm,dry weather that was predominant in the Northwest Territories of Canada.
If these severe weather patterns continue in the future,
Monday, March 30, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Salisbury Cove earlier this week - the winter of 2015 continues to hang on despite a few rain showers today!
Monday, March 23, 2015
Babson Creek yesterday morning. Outside temperature - 12F; Wind - gusting to 40 knots!
Sounds like mid-January doesn't it?
Friday, March 20, 2015
Cold weather continues with both daytime and nighttime temperatures running about 20 degrees below normal!
But the sun is high in the sky now, so clear days bring some melting which creates lots of
Believe it or not, today marks the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere! This cold has to retreat sooner or later,
although there is little indication that will happen in the next two weeks!
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
One of three loons seen fishing this morning in Northeast Harbor.
They were seemingly oblivious to patches of ice in the water or to activity on the town dock!
And guess what! It's raining this afternoon with a change-over to snow predicted for tonight!
Saturday, March 14, 2015
View yesterday from Thompson Island Causeway toward Upper Frenchman Bay.
After some sun and a bit of a thaw this week, more snow is in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow, although this time it should mix with rain here
along the coast! Spring on the calendar may be just a few days away, but our winter of 2015 apparently is not over yet!
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Sea ice piles up along the shoreline of many coves around Mount Desert Island.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
The Full "Worm" Moon setting before dawn yesterday morning.
Don't forget that Daylight Savings Time begins tonight (tomorrow morning) at 2:00a.m. EST.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Winter on the Maine coast brings more than just snow - it also can bring some spectacular sunsets,
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Bar Harbor has no monopoly on snow, as this afternoon's photo of Seal Cove clearly indicates!
Monday, March 2, 2015
Welcome to March! February 2015 is now in the record books (literally), and many people would say "good riddance"! But guess what - it's
snowing again this morning, and even more is predicted tomorrow night into Wednesday morning! Temperatures continue to run below normal,
but there are signs that things might improve starting next week!
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Here we go again - another day - another snowstorm!
Sunday, February 22, 2015
If you are familiar with Bar Harbor, whether as a long-time resident or a summer visitor, we're willing to bet that you never have seen snow here
like we have this winter! Don't believe it, you say? Well, take a look at these three photos from yesterday morning! Adding insult to injury, we got
six more inches of heavy, wet snow last night!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
The entrance to Agamont Park in Bar Harbor yesterday.
Just the tip of the fountain cover is visible above the huge snowbank!
6 more inches today!
Monday, February 16, 2015
Winter 2015 at Somesville's Acadia Repertory Theatre.
The blizzard predicted for this past weekend failed to fully develop over MDI, but nevertheless it brought another 6 inches of snow and two days
of high winds! Coastal communities to both our north and our south were not so fortunate, with 24 inches in Eastport and 24 inches in the York-Kittery area.
Our "active" weather pattern appears to continue for at least the next week. More snow is expected mid-week and still more is in the forecast next weekend!
Thursday, February 12, 2015
So, you ask, what happens up there on MDI in the winter? This year the answer is snow, snow, and more snow - all combined with high winds and bitter cold
temperatures! On top of what we already have on the ground (and on the roof), more light snow is expected tonight with another, bigger storm headed our
way Sunday, and yet another likely to hit us on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week! We, along with Boston and much of the rest of New England,
are beginning to stagger like punch drunk fighters wondering where the next
barrage will come from!
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Snowy island roads!
Island roads are almost totally snow covered, often with icy patches underneath, so SLOW DOWN and drive very carefully!
Plow crews are working around the clock to keep roads open and to lower some of the huge snowbanks at intersections. Also, the snowbanks have made
many roads more narrow than
usual, so pass oncoming traffic with great care to maintain control of your vehicle as you have to move right into loose snow..
Friday, February 6, 2015
Under the almost full, but waning, "Snow Moon" at 6:00 a.m. this morning. Outside temperature 0 degrees F.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Our big snowstorms over the past 12 days have, collectively, been of historic propoprtions. Snowfall totals range from 40 to 60 inches, depending on
where you check around Mount Desert Island! Road crews have been working almost around the clock and are exhausted. We are running out of places to put
all the snow,
Monday, February 2, 2015
A view yesterday morning after Saturday's snowfall. There's too much snow in the air to see it today!
10 - 18 inches of new snow will add to our already considerable totals by tomorrow! Yikes!
Where's that old groundhog?
Saturday, January 31, 2015
After the storm - about 4:30 EST this afternoon.
Very little snow here through mid-January, and then two blizzards in one week! WOW! The snow drifts in open areas and snowbanks along island roads are
suddenly so high that approaching an intersection, or just pulling out of your driveway, can be a dangerous undertaking! And now comes the
deep freeze with daytime highs only in the single numbers and nightime lows below zero! Bundle up!
Thursday, January 29, 2015
After a relatively open winter until about a week ago, we now have snow, snow and more snow!
Monday, January 26, 2015
Somes Harbor and the Mill Pond yesterday afternoon.
Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day to clean up after Saturday's 6 inch snowfall. However, it appears that we "ain't seen nothin' yet"! The entire
northeast coast is under a blizzard warning for tonight through Wednesday with the potential for 2 feet of snow here! Grab your shovels and plows - but be safe
and take it easy! It also is forecast to be very cold - in weather like this, your properly maintained woodstove is your best friend!
Saturday, January 24, 2015
The sunset yesterday afternoon was a prelude to the storm heading up the east coast this afternoon and tonight.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Low tide at Seal Cove yesterday afternoon.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
The weather roller coaster continues. Last night was bitterly cold as the thermometer dropped to 1 degree F, and today has been sunny but very cold.
However, temperatures are forecast to rise overnight with rain tomorrow and tomorrow night - then back to the deep freeze early
next week! Despite the cold, take advantage of nice winter days like today to get out and enjoy our beautiful island.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Yesterday was a nice winter day!
Monday, January 12, 2015
Bartlett's Narrows yesterday afternoon.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
We continue to have a thin layer of snow cover and VERY cold temperatures!
Monday, January 5, 2015
The Full Wolf Moon setting this morning behind a thin cloud layer.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
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