GRAND MANAN, N.B.

THURSDAY, MARCH 31/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on March 31, 2011


A great looking morning underway, albiet a bit cool -3C, but moving towards a possible double digits by this afternoon. Absolute calm, all going to change overnight. Easterly gales, snow or at best a 'wintry mix' for tomorrow into Saturday.

Emily doing a babysitting gig for the day, left early this morning get kids prepared for school then gather them up for afterschool till this evening.

A few more lobster traps on the move,no lobsters moving as yet, but the weather is good - at the moment.

Mid term exams appear to have been successful, for the most part. The actual Report Card hasn't been issued as yet.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on March 30, 2011


A bit overcast, a moderate breeze remains from the west @10-15KPH, temp just around the freezing mark. Temp to moderate as the day and week moves along.

Lots of folks travellng yesterday, full trip coming home, they might have left a few as vehicles still arriving when the boat was loading.

Conference very interesting and informative, whether one believes in Global Warming or not recent weather events indicate weather patterns are changing. Conference goal to make governments. at all levels, aware of what decisions have to be considered moving forward to accomodate these changes.

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MONDAY, MARCH 28/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:13 AM GMT on March 28, 2011


Wind continues to blow from NW 20-25KPH, a cool -4C with the wind must feel like minus double digits.Slowly to climb in temps, and stay clear as the week unfolds.

A couple of days in Moncton attending an EMO/CLIMATE CHANGE conference. New Brunswick has had several weather related events this past year, from floods to tidal surges to discuss.

Mom in the hospital, much improved over Saturday, serious stuff. At 93 any health issue out of the norm must be considered serious, she was nearly back to herself yesterday.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 27/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on March 27, 2011


Clear,a westerly breeze @25-30KPH, a cool -7C, to rise just over the freezing mark before going down once again overnight.Similar weather pattern for the next few days.

A couple of evenings ago the first flotilla of brant made their way by infront of the house. Haven't seen them back since.

Afew traps going by this past couple of days, the nice weather have some of the fellows at least wanting to get some gear in the water. Not much else going on from a fishery perspective.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 26/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:11 AM GMT on March 26, 2011


Clear, a northerly breeze, a cool -6C, temp to rise near freezing once again. Similar weather for the remainder of the weekend, a definate warming trend next week.

Emily out overnight, first weekend in a while that she has not been babysitting during the day. School dance last evening, well attended, and according the crowd I retrieved a good time had by all.

A good opportunity to get into the bush, and get some trees knocked down. Ground still soft, not a good chance to get any in the yard, but at least have it manufactured and ready to move when it dries.

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FRIIDAY, MARCH 25/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on March 25, 2011


Clear, calm, cool @-5C, to remain cool but will rise near the freezing mark as the day moves along. Weather patttern looks like the same for the weekend.

Quick trip yesterday, managed to get in to see the doctor on arrival, Otis visited for a little while, headed to Blacks well before 11AM. Not too many on the boat especially on the return trip.

Yard now dry, water has moved off, the need to get the yardwork underway quite obvious. Rob 1&2 have been advised that once hockey is over - make no plans unless it involves getting the yard clean.

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FRIIDAY, MARCH 25/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on March 25, 2011


Clear, calm, cool @-5C, to remain cool but will rise near the freezing mark as the day moves along. Weather patttern looks like the same for the weekend.

Quick trip yesterday, managed to get in to see the doctor on arrival, Otis visited for a little while, headed to Blacks well before 11AM. Not too many on the boat especially on the return trip.

Yard now dry, water has moved off, the need to get the yardwork underway quite obvious. Rob 1&2 have been advised that once hockey is over - make no plans unless it involves getting the yard clean.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 24/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:18 AM GMT on March 24, 2011


Clear calm, temp at the freezing mark, mixed bag for weather conditions today, however nothing to the extreme. Nice weather for the next few days.\

Reading the National Environment guru about arrival of Spring, we are to get it late and last. The good thing in the piece was we are expected to have another warm summer with good weather, once it gets here.

A quick trip to St. John with Donna's dad, plan to make it back on the 1:30trip. He enjoys the change of pace, and always somebody he can visit with.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on March 23, 2011


Overcast, calm, temp at the freezing mark, just a slight nrotherly draft at the moment.Temp to go on the plus side as the day moves along, possibility of showers of some sort, either snow or rain.

Emily is getting to know the Driving Examiner very well. Parking on the hill with wheels not turned correctly combined with moving away from being parked with Emergency Brake on resulted in another visit in April. He did mention that her driving skills on the highway much improved, will take that as a positive. Much disappointment, but put it behind her in short order.

Interest at the arena remains high. especially during the week. A different story ont the weekend if weather is better, people like to be outside.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 22/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on March 22, 2011

Mother Nature didn't get the memo that Spring began yesterday. A snow shower underway, temp @ freezing mark, snow dosen't remain on the road, but still have seen sufficent white stuff till next Christmas. A slight breeze NNW, similar weather pattern for the next few days.

Emily gives the driving another attempt at noon time, she seems confident. Remains to be seen how things will go when she goes with the same examiner once again.

Mid-term exams underway, have been assured that both have things well in hand. Emily has been working extra hard and diligent, Rob on the other hand is apparently very confident, work on homework not as evident.

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SPRING, MARCH 2011

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on March 21, 2011


A grand start to the new season, albiet a little cooler than one would like. Absolute calm, -9C with bright sun. Similar conditions with a warming trend for the next few days.

The 'Super Moon' definatly having an influence on the tides. This morning appeared one could walk across the bar to the Ross Island Shore. Tide running in, making up the beach in fine style, not a bore, but each glance see more of the bottom covered.

There are some waterfowel on the edge of the beach, making their way along with incoming tide. A few more geese showing up all the time, have not seen any robins, but have been told they are around.

Fishery news remains static at the moment, with a few warm days will get some of the guys itchy, but with the price the way it is not worth going yet.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 20/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on March 20, 2011


A cool, calm morning underway, temp -6C, not enough wind to move the flag. Looking good for next little while, get the idea spring is around the area.

A great evening for visuals, we were at the wharf just as the sun going down when the brant must have made a rush into the harbour. Hundreds of them coming in just off the water, all in formation, didn't let up till they were well into the harbour. Took quite a time for them to get by our location. Also the 'super moon' very impressive, hardly needed indoor lights to get around.

Emily had a babysitting gig, Rob managed to attend Public Skate and Teen Night before he called it a day.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 19/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:29 AM GMT on March 19, 2011


Partial overcast, deciding whether we will have sun or clouds. At the moment sun seems to have the upper hand. A slight darft from NW, temp a cool -4C not expected to get to the freezing level till tomorrow when sunny day is forecast.

Appears the bush is beckoning this morning, should be able to get around alright, at least this morning. Did a quick run last evening, places soft, but no problem getting at the trees to get them down. Getting the stuff out of the woods may take awhile till the ground dries.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on March 18, 2011


A typical March morning, temp on the plus side to rise into double digits, overcast, breeze 20-25KPH southerly, can expect a few showers later on. The temp to stay in this range, then freeze overnight with mild temps by tomorrow afternoon.

Managed to have a few scallops gathered up for the upcoming BBQ season. No doubt will get some more as they don't last long when I remember I have some stowed in the freezer.

Fishery news quiet, a few indications that the wier folks thinking about getting ready. Notice some top poles being gathered up, and stakes being overhauled.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 17/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on March 17, 2011



A great start to St. Patrick's Day, absolute calm, bright red sun well up over Ross Island. Temp already on the plus side, edging towards double digits by afternoon. No freezing temps overnight for next few days, both showers and sun anticipated for the weekend.

A few more geese showing up all the time, brant have not made an appearance in the harbour as yet, with the nice weather coming might entice them to pay a visit.

Local fishing news quiet, lobster price still low, not an enticement to set traps with fuel prices on the rise. Market not looking as if it will be moving upward anytime soon.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on March 16, 2011


Overcast, temp just on the plus side, southerly breeze 10-15KPH to rise a bit as the day moves along, both temp and wind. Rain today and overnight, tomorrow looks like a keeper with temps near the double digits. Remainder of the week has both sun and rain in the forecast.

Trip to Moncton went smooth, as CHUNKS mentioned we did manage a 'quick' browse through PRINCESS AUTO. We were able to identify items we will 'need' for the next trip, a good excuse to have to go back with more time. Certainly a treasure trove of nessecary items in the store for sure.

Lots of locals travelling, boat not full either trip, another good opportunity to visit both coming and going.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 15/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:11 AM GMT on March 15, 2011


Clear, a cool -8C, absolute calm, sunny today to rise near the freezing level. No change in weather pattern till end of the week, warmer, and moisture either showers or flurries in the forecast.

A quick trip to Moncton, Donna's dad for an eye appointment. If any luck at all we might have a moment to wanter through PRINCESS AUTO before we have to make our way back in hopes of getting on the 5:30 trip.

Kids defeated the over 50 team last night, beleive they held their own. Lots of smiles and congrats from the senior, the legs and wind made the difference.

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MONDAY, MARCH 14/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on March 14, 2011


A cool morning, wind from north @25-30KPH, with the time change sun attempting to make an appearance. Similar weather pattern for the remainder of the day.

The geese are beginning to straggle in, no large flocks, a few pairs at a time. The main group will not be far behind.

March Break now concluded kids back in school today, they have been drifting through the house getting ready, no conversation just drifting.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 13/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on March 13, 2011


The sky beginning to change froma great start to the day with lots of sun, now becoming overcast. A draft from SW, temp just above the freezing mark, anticipate more rain in short order.

A large crowd to attend the hockey game, the folks from 'away' victorious. I was looking for a good crowd, but not the level that showed up. The crowd enjoyed the entertainment, another indication the facilty was long overdue.

Emily has returned to the fold, at least her body is in residence. Now remains to be seen just when her mind joins the rest of her from Quispam.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 12/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:04 PM GMT on March 12, 2011


Lots of rain overnight, difficult to see any snow, certainly none between the house and the shore. Breeze 15-20KPH SSE, showers still underway and can be expected till tomorrow. Remaining warmer sun will hide till first of the new week. Fog making an appearance the Ross Island Shore just disappeared.

Rob below decks, Emily returns on late boat tonight, seems somewhat reluctant to do so. A novel;thing for her to attend a movie on Friday evening, and bowling yesterday in the afternoon.

Hockey game and hockey clinics the order of the day, with the team coming from Fredericton.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:52 AM GMT on March 11, 2011


Showers underway, still NE @15-20KPH,wind direction to change southerly, temp and wind to rise along with showers changing to rain all weekend.

Quiet here overnight, Emily in Quispam, Rob male bonding getting in the last visits till start of school first of the week.

Oldtimers team from Fredericton coming tomorrow, hope they are sailors, if not definate advantage to home team. Team giving clinics tomorrow afternoon for the kids, or anybody that wants to take advantage. Should be a good time, arena certainly getting used by all age groups. Women have garnered another time slot, yesterday at 4:30PM, popularity of the game for them anoher pleasant surprise.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 10/11

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


Wind easterly this morning, making the cool temp of -4C seem colder. Lots of moisture in the air, 15-20KPH, expect temp to rise above freezing. Southerly this way comes with warmer temps, wind, and continous rain.

Travelling on the mainland yesterday found signifigantly more snow remains than here. Getting around St. John not a problem, the reports of potholes wherever you go certainly not exaggerated.

Lots of families travelling during the break, vehicle deck not full coming or going, however just about every available seat had an occupant.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:26 AM GMT on March 09, 2011


Wind now from the north, as a result temp a cool -9C, 10-15KPH, to remain cool for the next couple of days, southerly and rain for the weekend.

A trip to the Big Smoke this morning, Emily has a 'friend' to return to Quispamsis having been here since Sunday. All hands 'need' clothes to prepare for the return to school on Monday.

Fishery news quiet, if the mild weather stays a few days then guys will get anxious to put some gear in the water.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 8/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:54 AM GMT on March 08, 2011


A different morning today, a cool -7C, clear, a draft from WNW keeping the skies clear for today. Temp to rise on the plus side then drop again overnight to minus in the double digits.

Weather pattern good for the maple syrup guys, hearing that tapping underway in the Sussex area. The hobby guys here not making any noise as yet.

Hockey last evening, have an import from Whitehead bunking with Rob. Kyle really enjoyed the game, the oldtimers once again, another tie. No shootout as both can maintain some level of bragging rights once the trash talk begins at the end of the game.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 8/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on March 08, 2011


A different morning today, a cool -7C, clear, a draft from WNW keeping the skies clear for today. Temp to rise on the plus side then drop again overnight to minus in the double digits.

Weather pattern good for the maple syrup guys, hearing that tapping underway in the Sussex area. The hobby guys here not making any noise as yet.

Hockey last evening, have an import from Whitehead bunking with Rob. Kyle really enjoyed the game, the oldtimers once again, another tie. No shootout as both can maintain some level of bragging rights once the trash talk begins at the end of the game.

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MONDAY, MARCH 7/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:36 AM GMT on March 07, 2011


Remains windy, wet and mild, temp 7C, wind from SE @ 30-35KPH.A few showers overnight, calling for rain later on today. Temp change in the offing with lower then moderate once again, wind shift to north by tomorrow.

Rob returned on 7PM trip, felt it was a little rough, but not enough to make him sick. They managed to get most of Saturday on the slopes before the weather turned to rain and sleet. He had a good weekend by all accounts.

No clammers infront of the house this morning, but can see at least one on the bar. Temp not bad, but weather conditions less than ideal.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 6/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:16 PM GMT on March 06, 2011


Stormy weather remains the order of the day, overcast, 5C temp, southerly breeze 25-30KPH. Looking for rain today and tomorrow, no below freezing temps till end of the week.

Spring must be coming, large flocks of brant yesterday in the Marsh and Duck Island Sound. Also a solitary goose on the lawn no that the snow cover has retreated. Will be a little while before the brank make their way infront of the house, at least they are moving inshore.

Emily overnighted with her charges, already reported in this morning, all hands doing well. Rob on the other hand one must assume all is well in his world as no contact since Friday when dropped him off at school. The trip across this afternoon might not be to his liking, but he has been getting more accustomed to the rough weather.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 5/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:32 PM GMT on March 05, 2011


Mostly overcast, wind from south @ 25-30KPH, appears to be increasing in strength. Temp above freezing, getting up to 5-8C with some rain by late this afternoon. Warmer, windy and rain for the next few days, longrange still telling us that above freezing for daytime highs well into the month.

The folks heading south all on the trail by this time, place somewhat like a ghost town. Other families skiing at different locations. The last hurrah before spring.

Rob should get his day in at Crabbe Mountain, rain inland later on tonight. Emily babysitting later on for the day and overnight.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 4/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on March 04, 2011


Calm,clear, cold @-16C, to remain cold till tomorrow when southerly influence kicks in for next several days. Lots of wind and rain in the forecast with above freezing temps expected for at least next ten days.

Rob off to Crabbe Mountain for snowboarding this weekend, should get in the day tomorrow, rain by late Saturday. Emily on the other hand working from after school till Sunday afternoon babysitting, at least one of the them is gainfully employed.

Lots of waterfowl in the harbour this morning, still have not seen any here or near the marsh. They should be making their way closer to inshore anytime now.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 3/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on March 03, 2011


Bright, cold sun this morning, temp a bone chilling -15C, with winds from NW @ 30-35KPH giving us a windchill factor of nearly -30C. Temp to rise only slightly, southerly tomorrow, much warmer with rain by end of the weekend. Transitional weather going on for sure.

As the sun gets higher sea smoke beginning to make an appearance in the harbour. A few ice pans making their way out of the harbour, certainly no waterfowl enjoying the sun so far this morning.

Hockey last evening, 50+ versus the 15-17 yr. olds, game interesting. Old crocks won by two, level of competition high on both sides. Entertaining, all involved enjoyed the give and take, and looking forward to the rematch next week.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on March 02, 2011


Sky dull even with sun well up and little overcast, temp 2C, wind SW @30-35KPH. Weather pattern bouncing back and forth between warmer and cold temps for the next few days.

Yard a mess, however the sun did make inroads on the ice coveer yesterday. Walking still treacherous due to the amount of ice that remains. Hopefully today will get rid of some more before one of us takes a fall.

Longrange suggesting most of the country can expect a late arrival of spring. A good thing on the prairie, to reduce the flood threat, we are spared with the arrival being 'normall', whatever that is defined as.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 1/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on March 01, 2011


Sun making its presence known, wind from NW @25-30KPH making the -3C temp feel like -12C. Cold this next couple of days with above temps later on in the week. Longrange temps some days above normal others below, an indication that things are changing for the next season.

The kids took on the oldtimers last night at hockey, for the third time. The games have become more competitive on each occasion, last night the young legs won. Can't imagine the Grey Cup meant anymore to those on the ice, lots of fun for those watching as well.

The weather yesterday started with a few hours of substantial snowfall, gradually got warmer till snow become heavy rain. Temp dropped overnight, yard now has approx. 3 inches rutted frozen slush, a great chance to roll ones ankle. At least the kids get off to school today.

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