GRAND MANAN, N.B.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:44 AM GMT on February 29, 2008

Clear and cold, slight draft from west, temp to rise -6C today. Another storm tomorrow looks like a snow event with a breeze with it. Rain and plus temps early next week.

Rob is travelling with snowboard in hand. Has been prowling since 0500,well across the Bay by now. Tomorrow storm might hold off long enough for him to get his lesson and a few hours on the hill. A first time experiance for him, can imagine will not be the last.

Gas now $1.15/litre, the CAD slightly above USD in value. Gas prices not expected to go down anytime soon by the sounds of things.

March break next week, Emily has an overnight in Fredericton as part of her time off.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on February 28, 2008

Partial overcast, a slight draft from the north, cool -5C, not getting much warmer for the next few days. Temp going down big time overnight for the next few days. Typical weather for this time of year.

Kids wandering around here pretty early as yesterday quite boring. The school will be short of students by quite a bit as they have now evacuated for Florida and Mexico in large numbers.

Rob has his snowboard undercover ready to travel with the youth group in the morning. Weather appears to be in there favour. A stop at soup kitchen to assist serving dinner part of the experiance this time around. Will be interesting to see if this makes an impression or not.

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WEDNSDAY, FEBRUARY 27/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:55 AM GMT on February 27, 2008

Foggy with a little drizzle, calm, 3C, the snow event place on the mainland. This is our weather for the next couple of days.

No school today, going to be lots of comments once again of why this is the case. The snow is no doubt a problem inland, but not the case here.

A note from Manitoba friends after they arrived in Texas in last couple of days, 93 for temp. A contrast between southern Manitoba - great golfing weather.

Local fishery news pretty quiet, however a possible reflection on seiner been seized by the government for nonpayment.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26/O8

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on February 26, 2008

Absolute calm on the harbour, brilliant red sun reflecting across, -3C temp once again going on the plus side. A mess coming our way overnight snow inland, rain and wind for us most likly, pretty well what is in the offing for the next few days.

Waterfowel making wake as the cruise arond this morning, no clammer on the beach this AM. He has been there for the past few days without fail.

Note from OGAL gives an indication of what one considers lower temps according to location on the planet. It will be awhile before we get her low to be our high. Have no idea what the price of fuel is in Maine, a note on CNN suggested possible $4/USGALLON by summer.

Bob still waiting for signature, already to move when that shows up.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on February 25, 2008

Goregous morning, sun well hp over Ross Island, not a ripple in the harbour, temp -3C looking for sun with a temp into 5C range as the day moves along. Similar temps for the remainder of the week.

Have the woodstove going, with the windows open attempting to keep the house regular heat wise a difficult procedure, at least not fuel oil. The price of fuel astronomical last I read in the dollar plus range per litre. Hard go for people on fixed incomes, decision between, heat, food or medication quite often involved.

The annual exodous to the south will start slowly with a few going starting on Wednesday, by Friday those travelling will be at destination or enroute.


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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:54 AM GMT on February 24, 2008

Clear, cool @-8C, expected to rise past the freezing level by noon. A draft from the west, warmer daylight temps next week with some rain possible by mid week.

The boys and girls defended thier titles, hard fought the boys winning as the buzzer went with the final shot in the air. A great team effort by all involved.

Both kids home again last evening, a rare occurrence to have both under the roof for the whole weekend.

Preparations for the work on the wharves still underway. The work at Seal Cove should commence in the next few days, notice the heavy equipment required is on site.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:05 PM GMT on February 23, 2008

Clearing, a slight breeze from north, -2C for temp, expect warmer as the day moves along. Above freezing highs for next week with another couple of days of rain in the forecast.

Gas took a dramatic $.5/litre jump on Thursday now $1.13/litre, 2nd week in a row that an increase has been the case. Hardly a bargain to do any driving for the sake of relieving boredom.

Both kids below decks last night, first time in quite awhile. Again movies and telephone kept them out of sight, same as if they were on the move somewhere.

Still no sign off from the government to move the financing forward for the complex. Would like to get the tender in commence for early as possible start date.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on February 22, 2008

Clear, calm, cool this morning warming up near 0 later on today. Weather to remain warmer as the weekend approaches with clear skies until the first of the week.

The island pretty well empty today as both the girls and boys made it to the basketball provincial playdowns to defend thier titles. To say the teams are supported is more than an understatement. Games go tonight.

Fishery news quiet, weather has been consistantly poor to allow the boats to get to work.

Kids expect an easy day at school with the majority of the students following the basketball teams. Next week the exodous to the south for spring break will get underway.

Did see a flock of brant flying over the harbour yesterday, they did not land that I could see.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:44 AM GMT on February 21, 2008

Cold, clear, just enough air moving from the west to have the flag flutter. -12C with a high around -5C, forecaster now suggesting that is the weather pattern till the weekend at least.

Complex awaiting some signatures from the government before going to tender. All the bureaucratic ducks pretty well in a row to move forward.

Emily pretty well on the mend, Donna also, yesterday her best day for almost a week quite a flu going around.

The wharf projects coming to life, these combined with the complex will make for alot of construction over the next several months.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:41 AM GMT on February 20, 2008

Red sun up over Ross Island,SW breeze @ 20KPH, -3C temp to remain at this level for today. Cooler temps overnight, however higher as the day moves along.

Emily up, getting ready for school, not moving too fast, but better as the morning moves along.

Woodsplitter tuned up, if weather permits will get it moving on the weekend, time to manufacture for next season. With this weather not many days left getting across the beaver pond, I am afraid.

Fellow on the beach infront of the house with headlamp clamming this AM. A cold chance I would think, have no idea of quantity dug, historically great clams, but sparse.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:45 AM GMT on February 19, 2008

Calm, clearing from the west, a slight draft southerly, 5C temp, a nice weather day in the offing. Not too bad for the rest of the week temps staying fairly mild.

Lots of water down yesterday with ditches in many cases over capacity. No indication of any damage, certainly potential was there for most of the day. Rain let up mid afternoon with a parting shot of heavy stuff shortly after dark.

Emily home from school yesterday at noon with flu like symptons, still down this AM. So far not making an effort to go to school, an indication that indeed she is not feeling well.

Things quiet on the fishery front, a few lobsters and scallops being landed, weather permitting. Work on the wharf project at Seal Cove getting underway with blasting at Cobble Hill for the project.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on February 18, 2008

Monsoon like this AM, strong breeze from south, raining for quite sometime, with lots more to come. Temp 5C, expected to rise to near doubke digits as the southerly flow increases. Wind for next couple of days, but sunny after this goes through.

Brant have been in the Passage for a little while, am told. May have been the odd forerunner making his way into the harbour yesterday, but time got the glasses they had moved on. At least another sign of season change.

Yard well clear of snow, being replaced with lots of water, no birds evident in the harbour this morning.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:08 PM GMT on February 17, 2008

Beautiful looking day, tide pretty well up, calm, sun well up, temp-5C rising quickly after a cold night. Rainfall warnings with strong southerlies for tomorrow. One of those wait five minutes and the weather will change situations.

Emily has been overnighting since Friday, Rob out last night, again quiet in the house for a Saturday evening. To return this AM, great grandparents invited for dinner to celebrate Emily's birthday. Four generations complete on Donna's side at the table a generation ago great grandparents were referred to in the past tense. Having departed this mortal coil long since.

Lots of wood being skidded out the bush to areas where it can be manufactured. The ability to get around in the woods still far from great, no frost. The weather should break sometime in March and that will be it for work in the woods with heavy equipment.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:51 AM GMT on February 16, 2008

Clear, -10Ctemp, slight draft from west. Clear and cold for the weekend.

Travel to Fredericton yesterday, good, a bit of snow, roads in good condition considering the weather previous 48 hours. One stretch of ice, otherwise clear. Lots of evidence on trees near Fred. of the freezing rain. None of the tree broken, but not much more required to bring them down.

Quiet on the boat, with lots of room for vehicles. The basketball teams are travelling this weekend hopefully towards the provincials.

Meeting with consultant on the new complex went well, nearing time to get the tender on the go. Hopefully will be decided who the contractor is by end of March(Bob -for u somewhere in the Med)

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:19 AM GMT on February 15, 2008

Clear, calm, -5Ctemp, looking for wind and a bit of snow as the day moves along. Seasonable type weather with a little breeze over next few hours.

Emily fourteen as of 0315 this AM. Nothing speacil in her plans to celebrate. Being a facilitor type personality this way none of her peers would be left out and no hurt feelings. A plan that fits well with the old folks.

Mainland took a bad one with the storm a couple of days ago. Flooding, power outages, Maine had sevral thousand households without power. Repairs will be longterm in some cases.

School cancelled on the mainland, but the Fundy Isles was business as usual.

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VALENTINES DAY 2008

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:53 AM GMT on February 14, 2008

Overcast, finally stopped raining, wind from NW @10-15KPH, temp hovering around the freezing mark. Looking for cooler temps overnight, and clear today. Weekend looking pretty fair weather wise.

Yesterday ran the gamut of winter weather ending up with a substantial rainfall. Nothing to shovel or plow this morning, quite a drift in the yard before the rains came as they say. Boat did not make final two crossings due to weather conditions.

Reported that the storm that visited yesterday is our tenth classified storm of the season. We still have a few weeks before this type of event is behind us for this season.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on February 13, 2008

Snow falling,fairly heavy, temp -1C, snow soon change to rain. Weatherman calling for a winter storm and rainfall advisory in same statement. Wind from east 20-25 to increase as the event moves along.

School once again cancelled due to weather, the missed days are mounting. Dosen't appear any mechanism to insure the students make up any of the missed days. The emphasis on the amount of hours spent in the classroom is sure taking a kicking.

News reports indicating the northeastern U.S., and Maritime Provinces getting very short on salt for the highways. The ability to replenish the stockpiles is minimal. The best solution is for an early spring.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on February 12, 2008

Clear, breeze from west 25-30KPH, temp -4C. Looking for a fairly nice weather day. Changing after midnight to snow, tomorrow a winter weather advisory in effect, snow, sleet, freezing rain, take your pick. System appears to be moving fairly rapid, will do what has to do fairly quickly.

Community Centre plans moving forward, nearing step to put the construction phase out to tender. The hope being the complex be ready to go for next winters' activities.

A few boats scalloping, scallops still remain spotty, not aware of the current price. Lobster fishery very quiet, weather, and lobsters not moving making the effort rather futile at this time.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on February 11, 2008

Nasty this morning, high winds from west gusting to 40-50KPH. Cold temp -10C, blowing snow, not alot appears to have fallen, what has is certainly being shared by everybody. Almost whiteout conditions on occasion. Seems to be clearing to some degree as daylight enters the swamp.

This type of cooler weather to stay with us till end of the week, with some wind anticipated with it, guess Mother Nature letting us know it remains winter.

Kids home from school for the day, not a sign of life from them. Their prayers for a sleep in day have been answered.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:01 PM GMT on February 10, 2008

Light snow, calm, temp at the freezing mark. Snow in the forecast until this evening, however may just be rain for us. The little amount of wind is from the east, supposed to pick up as the day moves along.

A fellow clamming on the beach this AM, has been a couple of fellows getting what they can over the past week or so. No idea what the going price is, probably a good market locally.

Both kids out last night, Rob took in basketball yesterday capped off with skating. Emily left before lunch for the day commiserating with a buddy. Quiet around here last night, and so far today.

Nothing much changes in the local fishery, quiet.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:53 AM GMT on February 09, 2008

Calm, overcast, appears to be attempting to clear, remains to be seen which side will win as there is a possiblilty of snow in the forecast, -5C temp. A draft from NNW, just enough to move the flag.

Uneventful trip coming and going, no strangers on board, a great chance to visit with neighbours for the 90 minute crossing. Weather ideal for ferry travel did not move at anytime during the crossing.

Stores changing over to spring requirements in a big way. No sign of winter things unless it is on the sale rack.

Fuel price down this week $1.04/litre, CAD at par with USD.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:06 AM GMT on February 08, 2008

Overcast, calm. -8 temp, expected to rise close to the freezing mark with snow flurries in the offing.

Travelling today with Shauna to the big smoke, a Dr. appointment, then a check of what the merchants of the port City have to offer.

Anticipation of travelling south for many moving along for spring break in March. Florida will be heavy with Grand Manan accents for a couple of weeks. As usual a number flying out of Portland, and many making the sojourn by vehicle.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on February 07, 2008

Overcast, a hint of snow in the air, supposed to clear later on today. Wind from north 15-20KPH, -2temp, temp not expected to change a great deal today.

Still playing on the woodlot, probably have enough in the yard at the moment, but require some splitting stuff to finish off. Can start stowing the new inventory pretty quick as am making room in the woodshed at a pretty good rate these days.

Another load of wier stakes showed up yesterday, people are optimistic that indeed one can think about spring these days. Fishing news remains in a lull, time of year and weather main factors.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:42 AM GMT on February 06, 2008

Partial overcast, clearing after a night of freezing drizzle,rain and fog. Temp -1C, expected to remain in that area for the remainder of the day. A fantastic picture with the red sky reflecting through the clouds from behind Ross Island, just enough northerly to move the flag.

A few scallopers on the go yesterday, giving it a try in Duck Island Sound. The area once very productive, not the case in the several years. Scallops that do come from there seem to be sought after locally, for thier size and taste.

No waterfowel evident this morning, harbour shows no sign of activity. The odd sea gull on aerial patrol, no boats moving about.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:53 AM GMT on February 05, 2008

The red sky showing up behind Ross Island now disappered under clouds. A breeze from SE appears to be increasing as the sun gets a little higher. Temp-3C expected to rise on the plus side, with freezing rain/rain likely for us later on today.

Some warmer temps with rain expected as the week unfolds with a change to seasonable by the weekend.

Kids getting ready for school a little testy as both up a little later than usual, don't look at me sort of temperment. Have that under control at the moment, hopefully the attitude does not go to school with them.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on February 04, 2008

Clear, calm, high tide, the harbour like a reflecting pond this AM. Temp -4C to remain clear and climb on the plus side before the day is over. Southerly headed our way over next couple of days, rain or snow and a bit of wind I suppose.

Kids attended the SUPER BOWL party at the school last evening. All accounts were on the positive side, a lot of work by those involved in putting it together. Entry was two can goods for the local food bank. A novel entry fee, unfortunatly one that is required for some of the families on the island.

Lobster price still on the decline, even with none in the pipeline. Another reflection of the economic realities south of the border. Lobster is a nice to have not a requirement would seem not as many people eating the premium items on the menu.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:19 PM GMT on February 03, 2008

Overcast, calm, -2C to rise just over the freezing mark as the day moves along. Nice weather for next couple of days with rain by mid-week.

The golfers have a nice day underway in Myrtle Beach high of 19C in the offing. That is a good temp here a few months down the road.

A raft of black ducks in the harbour, FUNDY GEM going into Bonnie Brook to off load traps, not much activity out there this AM.

Rob out with a buddy for supper at a friends house, also friends, but girls. Equalilty is making headway when girls can call young boys, and neither party think anything other than an opportunity to 'hangout'has presented itself.

Emily has a friend overnight, again PS2 and movies assist in making visits much more fun for all concerned.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:00 PM GMT on February 02, 2008

Nasty overnight, high winds, freezing rain, then rain. Now still overcast, wind 25KPH from SW, 5C temp, a hint of showers. Expected to have a wind shift from west and clearing this PM. Temp to rise near double digit.

Lots of water in front yard, imagine the drain through the seawall plugged. Lots of crows getting thier freshwater drink at the moment.

Rob quiet with movies overnight, Emily out babysitting till 11PM.

Notice Bugs having trouble with the gum balls once again, must be an annual thing, akin to our leaves falling. The golfers have not mentioned it thier dispatches.

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FEBRUARY 1/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on February 01, 2008

Partial overcast, great red sunrise through the clouds behind Ross Island. I breeze from north @ 10-15KPH. This is the forecast for the day, a slight increase of temp. A snowfall warning for Fredericton north, rainfall warning for those of us 'along the Fundy Coast' within next thwety-four hours.

Great temps to playing around in the woods, have bulk of my needs in the yard, select cutting for bigger split stuff at the moment. Able to get around in the bush with very little problem, still open water on the heath.

A few waterfowel in evidence infront of the house, other than that quiet on the harbour. Have not heard of any brant arrving as yet, it is about time they were showing up closer to the main island.

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