GRAND MANAN, N.B.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on December 31, 2013

NEW YEARS EVE will be a cold one, currently clear, -15C, northerly 10-15KPH giving a windchill factor in the -23C range. Temp will rise slightly before going down hard overnight. No respite from similar conditions till the weekend. A snow event for the start of the weekend, unknown at this time exactly what path it will take, possible it will move far enough of shore to avoid major snowfall.

As daylight arrives vapour in the harbour getting higher. A combination of wind and very cold temps will make it difficult for any work to be done on the water for the next few days.

Still a number of homes without power, albeit far less than a few days ago, if you are one of those still out not much comfort. NB POWER saying all homes should be back on line by this evening.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 30/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:28 AM GMT on December 30, 2013

The storm overnight appears to have been a non event for us, currently overcast, NW 10-15KPH. Temp -4C, might top off at the freezing mark, clearing and temp dropping fast to the mid teens similar conditions for the remainder of the week.

Rob had some hours on the Lobster Car yesterday, getting as many hours as he can before returning to classes next weekend. He has been fortunate to have quite a number, and he enjoys the crew and interaction with the boats. Tankhouse has been quiet for Emily's crew, however should soon be picking up once again.

Holiday Season quickly running down, soon be time to pick up the decorations, and pack them away once again. Seems the time goes faster each time between setting up and taking down.



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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:17 PM GMT on December 29, 2013

2013 wants to be remembered weather wise for sure, very still at the moment, heavy overcast, temp 1C. A major disturbance making its way from the south, has all the elements of another messy weather system. For us a Rainfall Warning has been issued, but lots of snow, sleet and freezing rain contained for some folks.

Managed to talk myself into the wood harvesting mode for a bit yesterday. Very warm, snow difficult to work in, but did manage to manufacture a half dozen trees. Unable to get the trailer in the woods, too much snow and where open ground very soft.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:30 PM GMT on December 28, 2013

Daylight a brilliant red sky behind Ross Island, quickly becoming overcast as wind shifts to the south. Temp -11C now on the rise to near 0 by this afternoon combined with 30-35KPH winds will change the air in a hurry. The mix headed this way tomorrow still undecided what form it will take for us, anywhere from heavy snow to a rain event and all possibilities in between.

Gang shipping lobsters this morning, possibly to insure they get to market for the final holiday for 2013 and the first of 2014.

Holiday traffic seems steady with folks travelling back and forth to visit and of course take advantage of the Boxing Day Sales on the mainland.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on December 27, 2013

Winter conditions evident again this morning, overnight a skiff of snow, temp dropped, currently -6C, being pushed around by NW 10-15KPH, not much change in temps wind to increase 25-30KPH by late this afternoon. Clouds pushing back, might get more sun, not much change in temps till tomorrow then a bit of relief, but wind remains relentless.

Major power outages on the mainland continue, crews working around the clock, snow fall is causing more problems with down lines. Latest reports might be New Years Eve before power completely restored.

Rob worked Lobster Car yesterday, afternoon and evening, four boats working, must have been miserable conditions. He didn`t get home till late but did mention catch was good. The crew certainly earned their pay hauling gear in the cold and wind.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:25 PM GMT on December 26, 2013

Overcast, wind coming up with the sun, perfectly calm prior to sunrise, easterly beginning supposed to swing SW 20-25KPH by this afternoon. Temp -2C to rise on the plus side with snow or rain showers in the forecast, clear and cool for the weekend.

Rob was on standby for duty this morning, no call, any boats working today will be much later before they show up. Wouldn't be a good day on the water, but there has been very few of them since opening of Lobster Season.

Christmas Day a good day, family and hangers on coming and going through the day. Dinner early afternoon, things put away and recliner ironed out by early evening. Got rested enough to make to the bunk a bit early.

The Power Outages on the mainland slow going getting upperhand, reports can't do the damage justice, have to be seen to get a full understanding of the effort the crews have to go through to restore power.

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CHRISTMAS DAY - 2013

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:35 PM GMT on December 25, 2013

A very Christmas like morning underway, large snow flakes quickly filling in the spaces the rain had cleared over the past few days. Temp -9C expected to drop into mid-teens with a NW draft 10-15KPH, by nightfall will be very cold.

Not the hubbub of a few years past, crowd just beginning to gather with gifts to be opened. At one time this far into the morning crowd would be checking on peers to see how they made out overnight.

No ferry trips today or New Years Day, only two days of the year the schedule ties up. Has always been the way, no great comments to have things change.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:51 AM GMT on December 24, 2013

The freezing rain for the area has moved off, temps more seasonal -2C will be on the decline all day with minus double digits by the time the old guy gets airborne this evening. Overcast, wind NW will be a factor expected to 20-25KPH, similar conditions for the remainder of the week.

We have been spared the power outages that have hit the folks on the mainland. Numbers without power keep going up, crews get one spot looked after the trees take down more in another location. No estimate when things will be restored, power out from St. Stephen to St. John, in various locations, and points in between.

Rob out the door early this morning getting a few hours before the Xmas shutdown kicks in. Donna attempting to have the gang gather for a Xmas Eve snack, between church obligations for Rob(drummer) and "other" invites the window to get them together not wide open.

The pile of gifts beginning to appear as if this a staging area for Santa rather than waiting his arrival. Guess this isn't the year the comment "next year we will cut back" kicks in.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 23/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on December 23, 2013

Wind has relented, 10-15KPH NE, temp 2C, calling for freezing rain till later on this morning, fortunate for us temp keeping the rain rain and not freezing. Quite a mess on the mainland, however haven't heard any stories like Ontario and Montreal. Clearing and cool for the old fellows trip tomorrow night and into the remainder of the week.

Rob playing with lobsters this morning(not on the water), possibly Emily at a later time today. The fishery will settle till Boxing Day when things start up again.

Boat made all her trips yesterday, looking across the water large holes for her to navigate. Didn't see her travelling, but seems lots of water flying, but the boat very steady.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:14 PM GMT on December 22, 2013

Nasty one this morning, raining fairly heavy, blow from NE-25-30KPH. We are having a HEAVY RAINFALL WARNING, not too far inland warning is either freezing rain or heavy snow. These conditions not to let up till sometime tomorrow. Temp near the freezing mark, if this stuff starts to freeze will be more than a mess.

The White Christmas all looking forward to in jeopardy where once was deep snow now a pond complete with a pair of ducks. The snowline on the Ross Island Shore retreating to the woods as the morning and rain continues.

Rob shipping lobsters this morning, not a pleasant exercise for sure. Emily believes work tomorrow at the tankhouse with a few crates of the critters destined for storage.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:42 PM GMT on December 21, 2013

Yard is good for playing hockey, a skin of ice everywhere, temp -1C, overcast, with rain in the forecast changing to freezing rain this evening. A Wintry Mess for the next few days.

Traffic fairly slow, the mainroad looks to be in good shape, a bit of salt goes a long way to get the ice under control. Will need to get some for our yard and step.

Rob had a good day till the tide turned agains the wind. A combination of large swells and the bobble got to him, but is ready to go again on Monday, catch remains good. Appears he did well for not having had the job before, the pay is great so that helps in adjusting to what the elements are throwing at ya.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on December 20, 2013

Eerily calm, a sliver of red sky behind Ross Island, overcast indicating the rain in the forecast not far off. Temp currently -3, to rise mid single digits and rain or freezing rain, higher temps and rain for the weekend.

Rob off shore early this morning, if these conditions there he will have a good start to the day at least. Wind to be a bit easterly this afternoon, however they will fish till dark, single gear.

Final preparations for Xmas nearing completion, Donna getting the last minute goodies prepared. A small group of 11 or so to be at the table on Xmas Day.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on December 20, 2013

Eerily calm, a sliver of red sky behind Ross Island, overcast indicating the rain in the forecast not far off. Temp currently -3, to rise mid single digits and rain or freezing rain, higher temps and rain for the weekend.

Rob off shore early this morning, if these conditions there he will have a good start to the day at least. Wind to be a bit easterly this afternoon, however they will fish till dark, single gear.

Final preparations for Xmas nearing completion, Donna getting the last minute goodies prepared. A small group of 11 or so to be at the table on Xmas Day.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:53 AM GMT on December 19, 2013

Weather has warmed up, currently -2C will make it on the plus side for a few moments as the day moves along. A slight westerly draft will keep it a bit cool, but not prairie cold of the past few days. Plus temps and possible showers for the weekend and tomorrow, a mess for sure.

Yard requires some cleaning up, did have a plow do the bulk, but tidy it ain't.

Rob has a couple of days fishing inline a bonus for his wallet and the weather looking not too bad, he has not spent much time in the industry so will see how that goes. At $300/day doesn't take many to give him grandiose ideas of wealth, no bills makes the cash go quite a distance for sure.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:51 AM GMT on December 18, 2013

Weatherman had it correct, NE 20-25KPH, snowing since last evening, temp -3C not expected to change a great deal as the day moves along. Snow to relent by noon to flurries, a mixed mess for next few days, temps to increase deciding whether we will have rain or sleet. Ross Island shore outline showing up as daylight enters the swamp.

Rob made it on last trip last evening. Rachel finished her exam around 8PM they run for Blks, drove down over the hill and aboard the boat. Not a plan, but no snow had started, or at least that is his story.

A number of students have made there way home for the holiday, this weather system will fetch up travel for today. Other parts of the Maritimes will be getting there share as the day moves along.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on December 17, 2013

Winter evident again this morning, temp a cold -14C, fortunate not too much wind, temp might rise to single digit minus temps for a bit. As daylight makes an appearance harbour giving vapour, will be the order of the day. A Snowfall Warning in effect for overnight and part of tomorrow. Still to be determined how it will impact our part of the world, track of the system not yet determined.

A week till the old guy takes to the air, as of this moment shouldn't have any problems with his sleigh in this part of the world, however some moderation of temps suggested over the weekend.

Lots of traffic before daylight, boats will take advantage of the let up in wind to get some gear overhauled. Catch remains steady, price also on the good side.

Rob plans on making the trip home tomorrow, will wait and see what weather conditions are like before suggesting he hang on for a day or come along. Emily doing some babysitting first thing, then some work at tankhouse this afternoon.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 16/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:45 AM GMT on December 16, 2013

A cold, tundra like terrain when looking out over the harbour. A cool -8C moved about by a westerly 20KPH gives a windchill in minus midteens. Supposed to remain clear and cold for next few days, with some talk of more snow by midweek, warming up by end of the week with plus temps possible.

Vehicles never left the yard yesterday, not many occasions that has been the case. Do have some snowdrifts that will need some attention, fourwheeler won't touch them, but overall we got away with not too much piled up.

Some of my lawn decorations moved off, just how far don't know as yet, Santa looks as if he had been on a bender leaned way back looking up at the sky.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:07 PM GMT on December 15, 2013

As predicted storm is upon us, easterly wind 30-35KPH, visibility down to less than 1/2 mile, temp -7C, on the rise might be just on the plus side later on this afternoon. Temp rise snow may be a 'wintry mix', other words a mess. System moving fairly fast by dark things begin to change with cold returning and flurries, clearing by tomorrow.

A few boats made a run mid-afternoon to take advantage of the lull between the weather patterns.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:17 PM GMT on December 14, 2013

A cold one by any standard, for the Bermuda of the Maritimes ranks as very cold. Temp -17C, with a northerly draft moving it around, not expected to rise as the day moves along. A combination of 'sea smoke' and snow flurries has removed Ross Island Shore from view. A major winter storm starting overnight and going through tomorrow forecast to drop 25-30CM of snow in the yard, temp to moderate to single digits in the minus range, then drop for most of the week as the storm moves off.

Emily down with flu like symptoms, has been putting it off for the last little while, couldn't any longer. Rob doing Christmas Shopping expect him home midweek till first of the New Year.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:53 AM GMT on December 13, 2013

Overcast, temp has moderated to -9C, don't expect much change in temp for the day, a slight draft from the west, temp to decline during the night to minus midteens. The weather man has issued a WINTER STORM WATCH for Downeast Maine, wind and amount of snow to be determined.

Fishery news remains upbeat, catch and price keeping on the positive side. Fisherman looking forward to scallops as price reported to good in that area, now remains to be seen if there are any amount to be had.

Rob home midweek, university students drifting home as exams are behind them, a bit of down time till the New Year.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on December 12, 2013

A cool one this morning, temp -10C with a NW breeze moving it around at 20-25KPH giving a significant windchill effect, no great change in conditions this next couple of days. The storm for the weekend still being reported, just a little note of conflict in the forecast between U.S. & Canadian temp seems to be on the rise just where the rain snow line is to form is where the debate lies, both agree on the wind.

A great crowd travelling yesterday, both trips full, left a number of vehicles at 5:30PM trip. Not a 'stranger from away' in the group as a consequence lots of visiting going on, short sailing time when that occurs. Busy in the stores, believe Donna is ready for the old guy, Emily not impressed with the hubbub in all the stores, a shopper, at this time, she ain't, seems her belief if it is not online guess one doesn't need it. Certainly can forgo the shopping experience.

Fishing news remains positive, price holding in the $4/lb range, not great but certainly a much better price than last year. Next fishery in mid-January scallops, again price looking grand, remains to be seen if any quantity can be had.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:03 AM GMT on December 11, 2013

A few clouds, NW 20KPH, temp -7C will rise towards the 0 level, but not expected to make it over. Wind to increase as the day moves along. Longrange indicating our avoidance of the severe weather being endured in other parts of North America about to end, winter is showing up.

Cold temps and warnings of a major snowfall for Sunday starting to show up on the weather. Snow seems unavoidable, just the amount in debate, strong indications we are in for a foot or more, looking like a White Christmas in the offing.

Dr.'s appointment in St. John this morning, all hands making a last minute foray to insure no loose ends for the Big Day. Rob will join us for lunch, might save a bit for his weekend laundry, imagine his grandmother will insure he is left with a bit of cash at the lunch table.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on December 10, 2013

An "O MY" when looking out over the harbour this morning, cloud cover braking up, red of the sun rise from behind Ross Island, tide is up, harbour flat calm picturesque doesn't do it justice as a descriptor. Temp 0c, might make it into lower single digits, cool and clear appears to the order of the remainder of the week.

Community getting into Christmas mode, school, Church concerts, Santa Claus Parade and his visit Saturday evening, hopefully the weather remains clear and not too cold. The volunteers have put many hours of effort into this now annual event.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 9/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on December 09, 2013

The sliver of red sky attempting to show behind Ross Island now lost behind cloud cover. Northerly making the -7C appear to be in the double digit range. Mixed precip and temperatures around the freezing mark for this afternoon. Cool temps in the forecast for the week, however mostly clear skies is a positive.

Lobster catch remains good, price not bad, conflicting information about the catch from Novie, however most suggesting catch remains low. Emily and her gang putting crates in the tankhouse, with the prospect that will be the case for the next couple of weeks.

Ferry traffic remains high, a combination of tractor trailers, normal traffic and Xmas Shoppers makes for a busy vessel.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:13 PM GMT on December 08, 2013

A cool this morning, clear with temp -6C, not expected to make it over the freezing temp, NW 20-25KPH makes for a cool day, similar conditions for the week.

Folks on the prairie have bragging rights on weather -30C with a wind-chill in -48C range. A significant change in temp between here and there, even it is a dry cold it is cold.

Decorating is complete, now just have to work to keep things upright and working, sometimes a challenge to have the lights all stay on.

Rob returns afternoon boat, has a couple of weeks off over Christmas, indicating the course is going well, and he is enjoying it very much.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:22 PM GMT on December 07, 2013

A bit of snowcover this morning, overcast, calm, a mild 0 for temp. Sun to make an appearance, temp to rise ever so slight, with strong NW for this afternoon, temp declining overnight.

Rob and his laundry made the 5:30PM crossing, visited a bit before making contact with his cronies. Emily a bit weary welcomed the day off, appears they will have more to start the week.

Lobster fishery fairly routine by this time, combined with 28ft plus tides makes for overhauling the gear a couple of times a week the routine to achieve, weather permitting. Catch remains good, price haven't heard, reports of Novie catch down by quite abit over previous years cuts down on critter available for the marketplace.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:54 AM GMT on December 06, 2013

Easy on the woodpile today, currently 10C, calm, thick fog, temp to remain in single digits till late this afternoon then declines overnight barely below the freezing mark, tomorrow cooler with a northerly draft, clearing.

Decorations nearing completion on the interior, a few tubs of material returned to the shed for another time. Have windowboxes to work on tomorrow, and a few of the tree lights need some attention. Will have it all in shape by the time Santa makes an appearance.

Emily and gang having a busy week at the tankhouse, they are having a good time working together. Her education, on a different level, moving forward enough that she turns red less often during the discussions.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on December 05, 2013

Forecaster suggesting clear skies at the moment, must be in his basement. Overcast, calm, a cool 1C to rise mid single digits and rain by dark. Similar for tomorrow with clearing and cooler temps for the weekend.

Trip to St. John uneventful, managed to return on the 1:30PM trip. Otis enjoyed the change of pace, however have to return early in the New Year for a follow-up wasn't too sure of that being a good idea. He is more conscious of weather conditions than he used to be a few decades in the past.

Rob, as predicted, has laundry requiring attention, please send gas money, see ya tomorrow txt received this morning.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:18 AM GMT on December 04, 2013

Similar conditions to yesterday, a bit cooler, partly cloudy, 20-25NW making the 2C temp seem a bit cooler. Conditions to remain the same most of the day with moisture coming in towards the end of the week.

A quick trip to the Regional this morning, Donna's dad requires a pacemaker check. At 92 years of age he does well, he looks forward to the change of routine, most pleased when he is back in own digs.

Donna has the carpenters gone, new window installed, last evening the Tree put in, of course the lights from last year only half working, a visit to restore the inventory first thing this morning.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:30 AM GMT on December 03, 2013

A mild 7C, very slight draft NE, damp, showers the order of the day. Similar conditions for the remainder of the week, cooler temps by weekend.

Bonus from crew of PAPAS KIDS, a half dozen lobster on the step last evening. A mixing bowl of meat the result, lobster chowder this evening, lobster rolls waiting to be born, a great treat.

Emily at the tank house this morning, lobsters to be graded and put in their 'condos' prior to going to market. Assume Robs laundry pile must be getting to the stage for coming home, usually mid-week before he puts the touch on nan for some travelling cash.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 2/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:51 AM GMT on December 02, 2013

A damp easterly underway, slight draft from the east combined with rain makes for a poor weather day. Temp 3C, to rise near double digits, but remain showers for the next day or so. The week forecasting similar conditions.

Boats will be out today, certainly weather can work on the water, a bit uncomfortable if winds picks up, but certainly doable. Price expected to decline this week as Novie comes online, to what degree they will influence the price remains to be seen. Heard one Novie boat lost, four hands aboard recovered.

Outside decorations seem to be working, will need some minor adjustments, Donna to start on interior once the carpenters complete the installation of the new window. The one taken out had seen its best years.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:17 PM GMT on December 01, 2013

Christmas month starting with typical Maritime weather, just before daylight a white skiff evident on the lawn, now temp on the plus side going to mid single digits, snow is gone. Weather to mixed precip with southerly draft for most of the week.

SMILES had a grand evening, count of 650 folks spent a couple of hours with him. The gathering well entertained and lots of sweets to move the evening along.

Most of the outside decorating in place, some last minute changes to be looked after, now just keeping all the lights on will be the challenge for the month.

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