GRAND MANAN, N.B.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:44 AM GMT on February 28, 2013

Weather can't make a stand this morning storm warnings out, school has been cancelled. However looking over the harbour a sliver of bright sky behind Ross Island. Temp 1C, what moisture we have, at the moment, has changed to rain. Wind NE 30-35KPH,snow in the forecast till at least tomorrow night, level of intensity to be determined, some areas calling for 30cm.

Emily making her way home for Spring Break, via Quispam, University cancelled for tomorrow, she had one class today. Due to weather forecast had her leave last evening, seems to have been the proper decision. Local classes cancelled, as a consequence Rob still in his pit.

A number of Florida types have departed a couple of days early in hopes of avoiding this mess, another wise decision.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:44 AM GMT on February 27, 2013

Another great looking morning, sun well up over Ross Island, flag not moving, a cool -11C, to rise on the plus side early afternoon till dark then returns to the minus level. Winter conditions not far away, still no clear picture of what we are in store for in the next couple of days.

Emily finishing up this week, then a week off for March Break, anticipate a few days here with more time in Quispam will be the order of the day. Rob now mobile BERNICE legal, along with him. Have noticed already that he being responsible for the fuel she isn't on the road as much as one of our vehicles has been this past week or so.

Local fishing news quiet, with March Break imminnent the exodous to southern climes in commence. Two oldere brothers should be in the Carolinas for the next few weeks later on today.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:44 AM GMT on February 26, 2013

Absolute calm, bright sun, a cool -14C, temp to rise on the plus side as the day continues. Severe winter weather in mid-west slowly making way to our area, over next few days.

Rob now mobile, his vehicle inspected and roadworthy, will be first time he makes it to school in his own transportation. He is now accountable for fuel, will see how long he is just driving for the sake of driving once it starts coming out of his pocket.

Local fishery news pretty quiet, scallop quota caught up a week or so ago. Lobster guys still quiet, the price has greatly improved to $5.25 range, probably due to the scarcity of the animal at this time of year.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on February 25, 2013

Overcast, with sun attempting to make an appearance, the northerly persists, having abated somewhat to 15KPH. Temp -5C to rise near or over the plus side later on as the sun makes an appearance. Similar conditions next day or so, then influence from massive winter storm moving in from the west, remains to be determined whether we have snow or rain.

Emily and Alyssa back at UNB, travelled from Blks Harbour to SWISS CHALET to celebrate. Certainly more interest in being in Fredericton than downtown Grand Manan.

Final steps of getting BERNICE ready for the road underway this morning. He should be mobile, legally, by early tomorrow.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:20 PM GMT on February 24, 2013

Overcast, a steady breeze NE making the -3C temp seem more like -10C. Conditions to remain similar with clearing for next couple of days, mid-week another system approaching from the west, unknown if we are in for snow or rain, but rest assured it will be something.

The students return to UNB on next trip, 11:30HRS, with no stops direct to Fredericton. Driving conditions should be same as Friday, good with no snow in the forecast. Weekend went quickly, however next week final week before Spring Break, Emily will be travelling between here and Quispam, I suspect. Emily in the look for summer employment late April the 1st year completed.

Bernice has the body work completed, once the brakes fixed will be in position to get her licensed and on the road. Rob not too concerned seems like his grandmothers vehicle just fine, and it comes with gas.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:16 PM GMT on February 23, 2013

Overcast, NE 15-20KPH makes the -5C seem more like -10C, similar conditons for tomorrow with a gradual increase in temps first of the week, possible snow by mid-week.

Emily once again mobile, retrieved she and Alyssa yesterday, her vehicle in the yard once she hit home. They were gone for an hour before returning to settle in for the night. The car is white, a colour she wasn't interested in, somehow not an issue that I can tell.

Trip uneventful, had time to do a sweep of COSTCO, replenish the larder, even checked CANDIAN TIRE before the girls out of class. In Blacks Harbour in lots of time to get the boat.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:24 AM GMT on February 22, 2013

Overcast, lots of northerly overnight still around 30KPH, temp -1C, clearing with temp remaining below the freezing mark and dropping by evening. Similar conditons tomorrow, Sunday unknown if rain or snow heads our way.

A quick trip to Fredericton to retrieve Emily and Alyssa. This end of the trip no concern, keeping an eye on Sunday, seems weather a weekend occurrence this past few weeks.

Tomorrow another large hockey day for the arena,a visiting Bantam Team at noon. Then HOCKEY HISTORY for Grand Manan a visiting womens team from Hampton playing local reps - a first . The local ladies are pumped for the game,all hands will certainly enjoy the social aspect of the experience, lots planned for the visitors. Our team has played in Hampton and treated royally while in thier building now an opportunity to renew the rivalry and reciprocate on the hospitality shown.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:45 AM GMT on February 21, 2013

Mostly overcast, a westerly breeze 20KPH,temp -1C, not much change anticipated for the next few days. Longrange indicates can expect this with a bit of sun till mid next week at least.

Emily and her roomate to be picked up tomorrow for a weekend visit to return on Sunday.Gives Donna an opportunity to get in a few hours at shopping that hasn't taken place for a number of weeks.

Hellish loss from WOODS HARBOUR, five guys lost, no recovery of any of the bodies. Hard weather over the weekend made any hope of locating and recovery of any survivors or deceased impossible. By the time conditions abated no sign of boat, debris or fisherman, during the storm U.S. Coast Guard located an image via infra red technolgy, nothing after that.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on February 20, 2013

A new day, and a different weather pattern, heavy rain, easterly breeze 25-30KPH, temp a modest 4C, conditons to remain similar till later on this afternoon. Possible clearing and drop in temp by this evening. Remaining days of the week into the weekend look promising for temp and sun.

BERNICE still on the side, however enough vehicles around for Rob to get around, plus he dosen't have to pay for fuel. Gas nearly $1.38/litre well over $5/US gallon, dosen't appear any relief on the horizon. Home heating by oil becoming a concern in many households.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on February 19, 2013

A nice looking morning underway, bright sun already well up over Ross Island, wind beginning to diminish, now westerly 20-25KPH, temp -6C, to rise on plus side with sun most of the day possible showers overnight, and tomorrow. Rest of the week looking pretty nice at this time.

Rob is now licensed to drive, needless to say if any errands requiring driving he is front and centre, also if none are required. BERNICE still having some repairs completed before getting on the road. No time line for completion, goes without saying the sooner the better as far as he is concerned.

Emily returned to UNB yesterday, road conditions not bad. Plan is for her to visit along with her roomate this weekend for a couple of nights, if there is no weather condtions that get in the way.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on February 18, 2013

Beginning to clear, cold and windy is the aftermath of another weekend blizzard. The depressing brown grass has been covered by a blanket of white. Wind 25-30KPH westerly, temp -9C, expectation to rise low single digits on the minus side, with sun by this afternoon. Clearing for tomorrow, modest temps with showers by mid-week.

Wind factor unable to speculate on amount of snow down, large drifts around the house blown there overnight. Rob has no school today imagine he can shovel, and plow where required. Have no doubt the plowing might be accomplished the shoveling remains to be seen.

Emily an extra day in Quispam, the bus didn not run, expect they should be on schedule by this afternoon. Rob was to take his Drivers Test this morning, doubt that will be the case.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:19 PM GMT on February 17, 2013

Must be the weekend, another storm possibly a blizzard this way comes. A breeze from NW, either drizzle or wet snow attempting to hit the ground, visiblity still allows one to see Ross Island shore. The storm fairly quick in paying the visit, clearing tomorrow with rain possible by mid week.

Emily supposed to take bus back to UNB this afternoon, further away from the Bay more intense the snowfall, she may have another day in Quispam. Rob's group have a game this morning, plan is to hit the 1:30PM trip out of Blks, seems they should be just ahead of the high winds and precip.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:18 PM GMT on February 16, 2013

Sun and clouds dueling to see which has priority this morning, southelry draft increasing a bit all the time, believe the clouds will succeed. Temp 4C,expected to remain in this area for the day. Rain showers later on this afternoon, WINTER STORM WATCH in effect wind, snow, or rain all possible between this evening and late Monday.

Rob off on next boat with the TIM BITS for a hockey road trip and overnight in St. Stephen. Emily in Quispam at Whatshisname for a birthday celebration, she was an old 19 yesterday.

Lots of hockey this weekend at our complex, young team playing a game off the first trip this morning, two old timers and local team a mini-tournament this afternoon, complete with trophy.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on February 15, 2013

Overcast, calm, -5C to rise mid single digits, a draft from the south, clearing, possible showers for the weekend, no indication of a return to blizzard or high winds.

Today last day of scalloping "inside the line", quota has been captured, something that has not been accomplished for several years. The season, quota available, runs to end of March. Quality, meat count, and price has been maintained for the season. Bitter sweet, I suppose, good catch good price and quota caught. Lobster price in the $5/lb range a makes the 1lb per trap a little better to work for, nearly 2lb per trap on price a couple of weeks ago.

Emily off to Quispam this weekend, weather permitting will be travelling home, first time since returning to UNB after Christmas.

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FEBRUARY 14/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on February 14, 2013

Another mild morning underway, currently overcast a draft from the north, temp at 0C, to rise into single mid single digits, and clearing. Similar conditons for tomorrow with a chance of rain or wet snow for the weekend.

Snow banks taking a hit, they have settled, are now only four feet high in locations. Still be awhile before one can get around in the bush, line going into the woods very deep and wide.

A trip over and back to Blacks yesterday, quite a few boats at work between here and there. Swell still evident from the blow that just went through. Lobster price in the $5/lb range, however they are scarce, when they show up again it is anticipated price will decline in a hurry.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on February 13, 2013

Full tides, much of the harbour bottom evident this morning. Calm, overcast a pleasant 2C, a slight draft SW. Weatherman suggesting high single digits on the plus side, with sun later on today. Weather conditons knocking the snow down in a hurry, stil be awhile before once can get into the bush due to the huge snowdrifts.

The only hint of snow around the house is snowdrifts, the lawn is brown, a depressing change from the brightness of the snowcover.

No fishery reports as yet, boats might have been at it yestereday, wind slight however a fair swell can be heard on the beach at high water.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on February 12, 2013

Weatherman has it correct, currently rain the order of the day, temp 4C, has been raining overnight, brown lawn, snowdrifts still in evidence, will take more than just a little rain to get rid of the stuff. A slight draft from SW, rain/showers till this afternoon then a bit of clearing, temps remaining near the freezing level.

Whitehead not reported on over the weekend, they were without power till sometime on Sunday. Ferry not running on Sat., local crew busy keeping this part of the world going. Crew from the mainland arrived on Sunday to assist local hydro, all hands certainly to be commended, included is the road crew, dedication to service superior for sure.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11/13JU

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on February 11, 2013


A grand contrast in weather conditions this morning from Sat. at the same time. Total callm, bright red sun up over Ross Island, temp a cool -12C. Forecast suggest will change as the day moves along, temp to rise on the plus side and drop some moisture by this evening. Similar conditions for the remainder of the week.

No report of serious damage, hydro crew in evidence tackling some remnants of the storm, for the vast majority of us no hardship for power during the event. What time power out amounted to a few hours at worst, the road crew somehow kept abreast of the storm, huge drifts in some locations, but main road passable at all times.

Today be a busy day on the water, I suspect, be boats attempting to see what damage and loss of lobster gear resulted from the storm. The beaches littered with wier stakes, Whale Cove had quite a bit of driftwood and other items gathered up, checked yesterday no evidence of it remains, just pristine beach rocks, the wave action no doubt pushed the stuff back over the sea wall.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:20 PM GMT on February 10, 2013

NEMO has finally left the area, his visit will require some assessment for sure, left quite a mess. Currently a fair breeze from the north, seems almost calm at 20-254KPH, highest on my guage yesterday was 117KPH, several early afternoon gusts over 100KPH. Temp -9C with windchill near -20C, clear and temps to steay rise to very low single digits, southerly and moisture early in the week.

NEMO rearranged some beaches and eroded some of the island before he moved on.STANLEYS BEACH a complete makeover with wave action where it never has been, certainly in my memory, driftwood on the road near the Castalia ball field, PETTES COVE beach debris across the road, all for starters. Mother Nature has a method of healing some of these things, now will be interesting if she approves of the new look or will repair over a period of time.

Emily stayed close to the Campus yesterday, conditions poor there, but not as pronounced as here in the Bay of Fundy.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 2:13 PM GMT on February 09, 2013


NEMO living up to his billing so far, can't tell if any amount of snow down, wind so strong keeping it on the move till it hits the wood line across the road. Temp -9C with NE a constant 65-70KPH with higher gusts giving a windchill of -21C. Similar conditions expected till late this evening. Weather to moderate early in the week to temps on the plus side and possible rain.

Power left early this morning, somehow the crew have restablished power. The woodstove wasn't cutting it the NE wind taking the heat up the chimney. Not a fan of electric heat, but at the moment quite enjoying it. Ferry Service suspended for the day, thus we are marooned on the Bermuda of the Maritimes. Road crew hard at it, it they encounter a snowdrift can only imagine it will be substantial.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:55 AM GMT on February 08, 2013


Waitng for NEMO is the order of the day, major blizzard given a name, an indicator of how unique the storm may be for this region. Currently low overcast, a breeze from NE 15-20kph,temp a cool -15C, as the storm approached temp to rise to high single digits in the minus side. Wind to be gale force overnight along with major snowfall, still unable to determine exact amount for the Bay.

Emily remains in Fredericton, might have made the trip home with them, however obvious it would have been just ahead of the mess, at best. Tomorrow white out conditions for the day not very good for her friend to have a look around the Bermuda of the Maritimes. Rob stumbling about this morning, he was of the belief no school would be the order of the day.

Fishery news quiet, weather still the boogey man in the mix.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:51 AM GMT on February 07, 2013

No denying it is winter, clear, sea smoke beginning to show in the harbour, NW 25-30KPH, the -15C more like -25C with the windchill and blowing snow. Becoming more certain snow and wind this way comes starting tomorrow into Saturday to just what degree still in a bit of doubt. It is not going to be pleasant till at least Sunday.

Best leave Emily and Alyssa in Fredericton, might possibly get home ahead of the bulk of the storm, however they would be house bound once we did get home. Plan is to make it a weekend or so out, hopefully the weather conditions much better.

Boys basketball set for this weekend in Harvey, playoffs for Provincial position in the mix, weather will be a consideration for the teams.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:51 AM GMT on February 06, 2013


A nice start to the day, partial overcast, a draft from NE, temp a modest -5C, not expected to rise much during the day, with current conditions the order of the day. A storm for the weekend is in the forecast, a major amount of snowfall for Friday, possible at this time.

Weather might prevent Emily and her friend from visiting this weekend, plan is to fetch her home on Friday and return to UNB on Sunday. If the weather materializes will have to put it off for another weekend for sure.

Lots of traffic heading for the wharf this morning before daylight, boats taking advantage of the lull to get some work done I suspect.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY, 5/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on February 05, 2013

Only discriptor for today, DAMNED COLD &WINDY, temp -13C being shoved by a westerly 25-30KPH, wind chill in the -25C range, but it is clear. Will gradually moderate as the week moves along, great challenge for the woodstove to keep it warm in here.

A few birds around, for some reason a large flock of crows hanging about, no food for them that I can see. Also no eagles for them to harass, as they want to do.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on February 04, 2013


Complete overcast, -7C, NW 20-25KPH, sunny periods, temp to remain at this level and colder overnight, similar conditions for the week.

Emily returned to UNB in time for Super Bowl, they haven't received the same amount of snow as we, must be nearly a foot or possibly more down yesterday. Yard still requires a plow to go through, will take forever to melt even if the milder temps do show up.

Harbour void of any wildlife, haven't seen any sea ducks for the past few weeks. The cold weather and ice have kept them in more open waters, no ice evident in this part of the harbour this weekend.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:15 PM GMT on February 03, 2013

A different weather day in commence, stars out last evening one moment then light snow showed up and continues to fall, being pushed around with a NE breeze 10-15KPH, appears we are on the edge of major system to the north and east of us. Temp to make it mid single digits in the minus category, similar conditions for the next couple of days.

Plans to get in the woods thwarted by required gear, ATV had new battery, at first refused to go, once got going by noon throttle cable froze. Managed to get in commence by mid-afternoon, then very easy to talk myself out of the project for a day or so.

Enough snow down for the plow to be out pushing same off the road, weatherman advising amount to be less than 5CM.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:18 PM GMT on February 02, 2013

GROUNDHOG DAY, Six more weeks of winter he definatly saw his shadow this morning. Bright sun, wind has finally let up, a slight draft from west, temp a cool -13C to rise to middle single digits in the minus range. Similar condtions for the next week, with clear days in the forecast.

Looking across the harbour, a few wisps of sea smoke evident as the sun gathers more power. No suggestion of ice on Ross Island the combination of rain and wind cleared it out over the past few days,

Emily at Quispam for the weekend, not too much on the intinerary, just hanging out it seems.Bus is the mode of travel these days, working not too bad.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:51 AM GMT on February 01, 2013

A different stat to the day from yesterday, wind a mere 25-30KPH from west, temp dropped from double digit plus to -3C, wind to remain at this level for most of the day, and temps not expected to rise. Weekend seasonable temps and conditions the order of the day.

Ferry made all but late morning crossing yesterday, winds near gale force southerly all day. At high water the harbour splashing over our seawall, but did not flood, as has occurred in the past. More than a few shingles missing from the roof, just a signal a summer job for somebody.

Emily without power till early evening, the only light she had was from her cellphone,another indicator one can't be without the device.

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