GRAND MANAN, N.B.

MONDAY, JANUARY 31/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on January 31, 2011


Clear, calm, cold @-12C, a draft from NW to barely have the flag announce the wind direction. Remaining cold for next few days, an indication that two storms conspiring to converge near here by mid-week - just what we need more snow.

Kids remain home from school just in time it seems to have another 'storm day' added to the extended days off.

A few loads of weir stakes showing up already, the ones I have seen extra long, straight and free of knots. Can only guess on what they cost landed here.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 30/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:15 PM GMT on January 30, 2011


Overcast, calm, temp only =4C, a few snow flakes in the air, visibility not affected. Temp to drop and remain clear with snow headed this way by mid-week - what else is new.

Too much snow to get into the woods, couldn't get to the tree line, drifts of snow hung up the fouwheeler. Too much snow to lug a chainsaw and all the gear one needs to fall trees. Will hope some mild weather knocks the snowcover down - time to get it done is getting shorter.

Rob out overnight, Emily returned home from her second job around midnight.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 29/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:16 PM GMT on January 29, 2011



Harbour 'right calm', sun well over Ross Island, a few waterfowl near the shore. Temp a cool -11C, expected to rise near freezing mark. Similar weather for next few days, another storm making up to the south, can expect a visit by mid-week.

Both kids below decks, Emily babysitting gig today, Rob resting after being on the ice for four hours yesterday. A similar program today hockey this afternoon, and a public skate this evening. Arena evolving rapidly, a few time slots that were vacant no loner the case. Family groups renting morning hours on the weekend,and during the week.

Will attempt to get in the woods this morning, no doubt too much snow, but will wait and see.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 28/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on January 28, 2011


A great looking morning, compared to yesterday, calm, a cool -7C temp to rise near the freezing mark. A quiet weather weekend, possible a few flurries, and temps to remain similar to today.

Ice pans being claimed by the harbour as the tide rises, none of them large. They will be gone in short order as they float away.

Students finish their exams today, a break till mid next week in the offing. Rob will have some ploughing to do where it blew in after he finished yesterday.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 27/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:53 AM GMT on January 27, 2011

As predicted snow has arrived overnight, and continues to fall driven by a northerly wind @35-40KPH, temp -4C to rise near the freezing mark. Clearing by this afternoon, wind to let up and weekend looks clear and good temps.

No school today, much to the chagrin of the students, today last scheduled day for school and end of exams. The long weekend they had planned now in doubt - one would have to think.

Visibility diminishing as the sun comes out, we could be in line for quite a bit of snow. Rob will be on top of the snow removal operation once he gets on his feet of course.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on January 26, 2011


A good looking morning, a slight draft from the north, a cool -11C, red sky behind Ross Island. The red sky a harbinger of weather headed this way. A snowfall warning and gale force winds in the offing tonight and tomorrow morning. The temps during the storm right around the freezing mark, could be interesting to see if we have rain or snow.

A fair amount of snow down overnight, started yesterday late afternoon, but continued well into the evening. Rob will have some snow to move after his exam this morning.

The arena still focus of many in the community, having some problems with water pump last couple of days. Relay has been frying, time and expensive down time as parts and expertise come from the mainland.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 25/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on January 25, 2011


Temp still well in the minus range -20C, very little NW breeze, a slight warming trend today with temps attempting to get into single digit minus for a moment. Warming with some type of precip next few days, haven't decided if we will have snow or rain.

A few more feet of ice build up infront of the house, the first time ice has been to this level so far this winter.

Emily fighting a cold, not good for exams, and no hockey time last evening. Emily two exams today, Rob one this morning then he can study for the remainder of the day - as if that is going to happen.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 23/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on January 24, 2011


Ain't no Chinook underway, and not a day for bow watch this morning. Sea Smoke reaching for the sky, clear, 20KPH breeze from WNW moving the -21C air to feel like -33C, prairie cold comes to mind as a descriptor.

Exams this week, concern amongst the old folks, certainly not by the two that have to write them. One angling to socialize at the rink till all hours, Emily had a friend to 'study with' for most of the evening. Same lament from this end great to have that much confidence in your ability be nice to hedge with a little study. Not much different in ancient times as I recall.

No fishing activity in this weather weather too extreme. A change enroute late tomorrow as a southerly influence brings a possibility of rain for a few hours.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 23/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:20 PM GMT on January 23, 2011


Overcast, a northerly breeze 15KPH giving the -11C temp a windchill of -20C. First time this winter a windchill warning in effect for the mainland. Similar weather forecast till mid week, then a slight warming trend can be expected.

Emily babysitting all day, returned home late in the night, Rob and his gang at the rink till late evening, afternoon hockey, evening public skate then Club had a Teen Night where a gang of them 'hung out'.

Full tides on see a couple of brave souls on the 'bar' digging clams. With the breeze and temp a hard way to make a buck this morning.

Scallopers still scratching a few, the cream pretty well gone now. Get a few with ahalf decent price can make a weeks pay.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 22/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:22 PM GMT on January 22, 2011


Clear, windy and cold, -12C factor the windchill brings it down to -20C, wind WNW @ 25-30KPH. An indication of ice making up in the harbour, first time this winter. Similar weather the order of the day and next few days.

Storm abated here just before dark, then heavy rain for more than an hour, a hell of mess on the roads. The plowing crew had the roads in great shape in short order, a short time of freezing rain as the temp started to decline, then snow for awhile. Fortunately the freezing rain didn't last very long. The temp dropped 12 degrees in approx. an hour.

Rob managed to get out for the evening, Emily below decks with a chance to babysit today. The parents going on ATV however with these conditions might be a bit too much weather.
The trails might be a bit to contend with considering the weather conditions over the past 24 hours.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 21/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:58 AM GMT on January 21, 2011


Nor'easter making up, or some portion of the weather will be from that direction. Currently due east 20-25KPH, temp -4C, snow in the air not enough to impair visibility as yet. Looking for gale force till tomorrow morning, direction all over the compass to settle north and temps to plummet later on tonight. Longrange gives double digits minus temps for a few days.

Kids have been stood down, no school today. They can sense the fact no school no milling about at the usual time, don't know when they check the phone. Of course they or at least Emily is electronically set up to do so at anytime. A longweekend with exams on Monday, not a great combination. No preparation for semester ending courses.

See the weather in Myrtle Beach more to the liking of the golfers, certainly a vast contrast between here and there. That is why they go there.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 20/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on January 20, 2011


Snow cover has returned overnight, enough to cover the ground. Temp on the way down -7C and to remain that level during the day, decline to double digit overnight. Snow in the offing for tomorrow, clear and cold with a westerly breeze for the weekend.

Arena still remains popular, public skate 6-8 last evening had another large turnout. Kids played hockey after the skate, they on the ice for both events, lots of ice time, still looking forward to getting there.

Hear a few chainsaws going these days, folks getting into the woods. Still no heavy equipment able to do much, however colder weather on the way.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on January 19, 2011


Rain overnight, the view across the harbour a marked contrast from yesterday, snow outline of Ross Island is gone. Wind from north 25-30KPH, rain expected to change to flurries as temp drops to double digits minus over the next few hours. Cold and snow in the offing for the next few days.

Folks on the prairie continue to have winter, don't believe they have anything but all winter.

Scallopers still working Duck Island Sound, scallops must still be hanging on for the boats to still be giving it a go.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on January 18, 2011


Like a witches breast this morning, very cool @-15C, calm, a slight draft attempting to move to the southerly influence. Temp to rise near or on the plus side with rain or 'wintry mix' by this afternoon. A contrast in temps might be a descriptor that comes to mind. Cooler temps by weeks end and then for next week also.

Emily did alright on the parallel parking, however turned her wheels the wrong way when parked on a hill, and when she entered traffic no blinker. Appointment for next month on the books.

Another hockey game last evening, Emily and Rob waiting to get on the ice. A group of 15-17yr olds make up enough for two teams and a couple of subs, works well for all hands. They are improving their skating skills each time out, lots of fun to watch and obviously participate.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 17/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on January 17, 2011


Clear, fortunately calm as temp -11C, temp to rise very little till tomorrow. Cold weather till mid week the plus temps that were forecast still on the plus side, but not by much.

Emily a bit restless this morning, today is the day she has her driving test to see if she can go solo. We did some parallel parking practice yesterday if she remains calm should have no problem.

Scallopers doing well, despite the weather, price is in the $8.50 range. If they hang on for a few weeks will be a nice boost financially for those involved. A few boats still sea egging, most of the boats have landed their quotas quite awhile ago.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 16/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:12 PM GMT on January 16, 2011


Overcast, a slight draft from the west, -4C temp, not expected to rise if any. Temp to remain in the minus till Tuesday, then warm and southerly brings showers for a couple of days, then cold for next weekend.

A fair amount of snow down overnight, Ross Island outlined in white, a few ducks on patrol, quiet in the harbour.

Hockey New Brunswick rep here all day yesterday, all participants very impressed. Public Skate last evening another large crowd in attendance. The facility in commence from early morning till well into the evening, great to see.

Noticed a couple of boats shukking scallops yesterday,must be a few around, even in the poor weather limiting the places they were able to access.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 15/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:09 PM GMT on January 15, 2011


Partial overcast, a draft from NW, cool @-7C, weatherman indicating a few snow flurries might be in the offing. Temps and weather pattern to remain till midweek then southerly influence for at least a day then back to what we have now.

Eldest brother making their way to Myrtle Beach, SC, the snow stopped, roads should be fine. Hope by the time he arrives the weather changes to what they usually enjoy.

Rob out overnight, Emily already babysitting for the day. The Teen Skate well attended, gradually lots of interaction. Akin to a dance, boys all gathered on one wall, girls the other, however once on the ice they have to mingle. Don't believe the fact they shared the same area a problem.

A few chores to complete then off into the bush to knock down a few trees.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 14/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:52 AM GMT on January 14, 2011


Overcast skies remain, the wind now just a fraction of what has been going on this week, still from the north 10KPH, temp -2C, not expected to rise much if any. A cool wave coming our way till mid week then a hint of rain in the offing.

The complex coming to life more all the time, youngsters on hand from 3PM till 6PM then hockey. Tonight kids looking forward to a TEEN SKATE, no ankle biters underfoot, as described to me hope there is a good turnout.

Snow accumulation pretty well gone, roads are in good condition as they were all day yesterday. Yesterdays school cancellation because of local conditions not getting much support.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 14/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on January 14, 2011


Overcast skies remain, the wind now just a fraction of what has been going on this week, still from the north 10KPH, temp -2C, not expected to rise much if any. A cool wave coming our way till mid week then a hint of rain in the offing.

The complex coming to life more all the time, youngsters on hand from 3PM till 6PM then hockey. Tonight kids looking forward to a TEEN SKATE, no ankle biters underfoot, as described to me hope there is a good turnout.

Snow accumulation pretty well gone, roads are in good condition as they were all day yesterday. Yesterdays school cancellation because of local conditions not getting much support.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 13/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:54 AM GMT on January 13, 2011


Wind still with us, albiet a little less strength, currently from NE @35-40kph, temp -2C windchill giving a feeling of -11C. Wind to remain for next little while, gradually diminish by the weekend. Temp to decline and clear for the weekend.

Mother Nature impressive yesterday, one moment overcast the next a whiteout for a few hours, then rain along with winds near 100KPH for most of the day and night. Power out early afternoon, here at Ingalls Head and Seal Cove restore rather quickly remainder of the island after supper. During the evening power off a few times for short periods. Two hydro guys here done a remarkable job to get the service online, and to keep it going under such conditions. The boat tied up on her 3PM return, not a bad decision for sure.

Hockey Canada rep scheduled to attend this weekend for a Coach's Clinic and put some of our budding hockey players through some drills.

No school today, here roads are clear, kids will enjoy, adults wondering why.

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WEDNESDAY, JANARY 12/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:53 AM GMT on January 12, 2011


Overcast, wind from NNE 45-50KPH, forecast to increase to storm levels later on today, hang on till tomorrow mid-day. Temp on the plus side 2C, the blizzard currently underway in the Boston area making its way north. Our area appears to be rain in the offing.

A small patch of crimson sky visible over Ross Island,quickly being lost to the clouds moving in to hide that bit of colour.

Not many travelling on the ferry coming or going, unusual for early in the week. However with school started once again, and the Festive Season behind us folks not doubt taking a breather for the time being.

Lots of boats out for the first day of scalloping, can't imagine anyplace they could scratch around too many places today. Price supposedly on the plus side, too early to get any word on the catch.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 11/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:17 AM GMT on January 11, 2011


Overcast, calm, -2C temp to rise near freezing mark as the day moves along. Another storm visiting from south of the border all day tomorrow into Thursday. Conditions for the weekend looking nothing extreme.

Emily off to ortho this morning, a check up at Dr. for the pair of them. In between purchase some hockey equipment, Xmas returns and whatever other errands can be squeezed in, storm conditions headed this way tonight as a consequence return on the 5:30 boat the goal.

Arena picking up steam, volunteers have posted a schedule, hockey with my group a going concern. The enthusiasm shown by those participating - no matter what level - quite something to witness. The volunteer hours invested in this venture amazing, the core group remains static. However as more parents being drawn in expression to assist now being heard.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 10/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:45 AM GMT on January 10, 2011


Wind still from NW, letting up after blowing hard overnight, a few gusts now in the 20-2KPH range. Temp -3C, wind bringing to the double digit range minus of course. Slight overcast, expect clearing conditions, barometer on the rise.

The arena public skate yesterday in the afternoon, had the ice surface filled to capacity from start to finish, great to see. Haven't put my skates on as yet, waiting till it is dark and vacant to give it a shot. Haven't been on skates in decades, at least.

Rob out once again, Emily below decks, she is on standby for babysitting this morning, no confirmation as yet.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 9/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:59 AM GMT on January 09, 2011


Overcast, -2C, NNW @15-20KPH, barometer holding steady so far this morning. Similar weather with clearing next few days, wind could increase by mid-week.

Public skating last evening, a good crowd right from opening to final song. Lots of enthusiasm, both on the ice and those coming to see what it is all about. Melting outside, skating still possible, and being on Grand Manan all good.

Rob out overnight, Emily attempting to get some of her work for school completed. The attempt has been valiant how successful remains to be seen.

Scalloping begins on Tuesday, a few boats dragging for sea urchins, and boats lobster fishing quite aways offshore. Any traps close in no match for a scallop drag.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 8/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:31 PM GMT on January 08, 2011


A change in the weather is upon us, wind still 10-15KPH northerly, overcast and rain, almost freezing temp near the freezing mark. Similar weather pattern for next few days with temps gradually in decline overnight, not bad during the day.

Kids in the school mode, both out overnight. The arena ice nearly where the ice makers want it to be prior to throwing the doors open. A schedule of activities and times being prepared, still a huge learning curve on the operation of the place.

Folks on the prairie have no problem identifying the sseason, still cold and snow out that way.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 7/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:30 AM GMT on January 07, 2011


A few flurries in evidence this morning, a light breeze NW @10-15KPH, -5C for a temp, expected to rise near the freezing mark as the day moves along. Similar weather for the next several days.

Both kids below decks this morning, soon be school routine once again. The time off has certainly been fast going by, the next respite they can look forward to is March Break.

Skating held off yesterday, the ZAMBONI used to scrape off some of the questionable ice. The surface had to be rebuilt, requiring many passes of the machine. At least this time no shortage of volunteers to do the job.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 6/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:28 AM GMT on January 06, 2011


Another cool one this morning, -7C with a draft from NNW making it feel in the -11C range. Clear, no sea smoke in the harbour. A change coming over the weekend, temp around the freezing mark with NE, snow, more likly rain for us.

ZAMBONI made her appearance, a nice crowd interested in learning how to operate. Also a fair number of spectators to watch the inaugural operation on the ice surface. Definatly a grand asset to arena, lots of man hours released for ice maintenance with this acquisition.

Rob out overnight, skates in hand, plan is to have public skating this afternoon. However some ice problems to deal with before open to the public again.

Haven't seen much wood going by, or heard any chainsaws taking any trees. Another day or so should really help getting around in the woods, will give it a try this weekend.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on January 05, 2011


Weather continues cold and clear, a slight draft from west, --7C with the wind feels like -10C. Current weather pattern to remain for the next few days.

Growing participation at the rink, last evening a mixed teen scrimmage of hockey well attended, for the little advertisement. As can be expected lots of guys, three girls, Emily one of them. Parents and grandparents in attendance, kids had a grand time. Now with Xmas past appears two complete sets of hockey gear must materialize in short order.

ZAMBONI Day, the arrival of the machine well anticipated, will be a grand asset to insure proper maintenance of the ice surface. A few volunteers taking the instruction for operation, that could prove interesting, hope some cameras in the place during the day to capture some of the goings on.

Some of the Sea Urchin quota being finished off, especially those boats with only one quota. Overall fisherman seem pleased, the weather to capture them was horrendous.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 04/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:45 AM GMT on January 04, 2011


Clear, and cold, wind WNW@20-25KPH, temp -6C, guage telling windchill makes it a cold -13C. This is the weather pattern we can expect for the next several days, it is January afterall.

Arena still the topic of conversation, a public skate yesterday afternoon brought over 100 skaters out, along with their various chaperons and onlookers. Evening of pickup hockey brought out some spectators and a number of NHL hopefuls, all levels of age and skill in evidence, a lot of fun.

In the afternoon noticed basketball types from th gym visiting the ice area, a contrast in clothing to be sure. Great to see the facility coming alive to its potential.

Another fishery soon to commence, notice a few scallop drags going by the house yesterday. The wind and cold temps makes it scalloping season for sure.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 3/2011

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:09 PM GMT on January 03, 2011


Must be Monday, gale force this morning, however instead of NE it is from NW. Temp -1C, and a ground covering of snow greeted on this morning. Wind picking up 35-45KPH at the moment, not letting up till evening. Nice looking out the window, a different thing once one leave the house.

As anticipated the rink the centre of attention yesterday. Over 200 turned out in the afternoon for the public skate. A great deal of enthusiasm, and social interaction by all ages. I was in the area last night, after 9PM, lots of aging hockey stars in attendance. Haven't heard of any injuries to date, but can imagine of the aching frames today.

See our friends on the prairie still enduring a winter full of snow and cold weather, typical I suppose, but there is a moment when enough is enough.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 02/2011

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:14 PM GMT on January 02, 2011


Overcast, a prelude to the showers in the forecast, easterly draft at 10-15KPH, wind attempting to move to the southard, bringing drizzle and showers for the rest of the day. Wind changing to northerly overnight,cooler temps for the remainder of the week. Current temp 5C.

Today is the day, PUBLIC SKATING @ 1:00pm, don't stand near the door. The phone has been ringing here for past sevral days, has been posted on the best Moccasin Telegraph known, FACEBOOK, it is a go. ZAMBONI, weather permitting, will be on site Wednesday, another important link in the arena chain.

Managed to get some of the decorations under cover, weather permitting will go at it today. Donna has the tree and other Xmas reminders stowed for another year.

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JANUARY 01/2011

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:11 PM GMT on January 01, 2011


HAPPY NEW YEAR one and all, a nice start to the year with temps 3C, absolute calm, clear skies. A bit of rain overnight, threat of more over the next little while.

Ushered in the New Year with good friends, a BBQ, a libation and even made it till the ball fell in Times Square then a quick good night and crashed well into the morning.

Rob out overnight, male bonding, Emily had a babysitting job, that fell through at the last moment. She spent a quiet evening at home with the old folks.

Fisherman will have a good day to get some work done today, not a ripple on the water. The ducks making wake as they move about the harbour.

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