GRAND MANAN, N.B.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:03 AM GMT on January 31, 2014

Wind now from the south 25-30KPH, temp at freezing mark, overcast, temp to rise mid single digits, a change in the wind by this afternoon from the west will clear the sky. Similar conditions for tomorrow, possible rain for Sunday, stormy next week.

A day trip to St. John, meet up with Rob and Rachel for lunch and a transfer of some funds for the weekend. Rachel pleased the Labour Dispute at the University has been resolved she returns to classes on Monday.

Boats have made a couple of forays on the water this week, haven't spoken with anyone about the level of catch or price.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 30/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on January 30, 2014

A nice looking winter morning in commence, clear and cold with a westerly draft. Temp-11C, to rise into single digits on the minus side as the day moves along. Wind change to southerly for the weekend, plus temps for Saturday and showers for Sunday, typical Maritime weather for this time of year.

Red sky behind Ross Island with a hint of Sun Dog makes an interesting picture looking across the harbour.

Few boats taking advantage of the break in the weather yesterday to get bait changed in some of the traps. No word on what catch or price is looking like this past little while.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:52 AM GMT on January 29, 2014

Another change in the weather this morning, a small covering of the white stuff. Quite a mess coming up from the south we appear to be on the edge, Nova Scotia to get a fair amount, flurries for this part of the world. Calm, temp a modest -8C, flurries for the day, temp to rise near freezing level, clearing overnight, moderating temps as the week moves along, with possible rain by the weekend.

This weather system hit way south, causing havoc in southern U.S. with ice the main culprit, vehicles stranded on commute home due to in ability to travel. Conditions to improve for that part of the world as the day unfolds.

Rob enjoying his choice, yesterday posted examples of his work, allowed to paint truck body that is destined for a customer/volunteer at the school. Little supervision, praised by not the teacher, but Instructor, good for him.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 28/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on January 28, 2014

Cold has made a return in fine style, temp -12C with a westerly 15-20KPH giving a windchill in the -20C range. Clear with a gradual increase in temp as the week moves along with good temps and a bit of snow showing different days later on in the week.

Lobster being stored at the 'tankhouse' reported to be on the move very soon. Will allow some much needed hours to be gathered for Emily, might take a bit of time to replace any on the move, weather, cold temps making the flow of critters intermittent at best.

Ferry missed Dangerous Goods trip on the weekend due to weather conditions, making up last evening. Fuel levels a bit of a concern if not done this soon. Fuel is commodity not stored in great amounts, the market so volatile can loose a bit of cash in a hurry if too much on hand.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 27/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on January 27, 2014

Here we go again, weather can't decide what is in store. Currently overcast, a skiff snow down, temp at 0C, slowly to rise mid single digits with rain, shortly after dark temp to decline rapidly into minus double digits, and clear. Wind from the south to pickup 55KPH, cold will come when direction changes to the west. Weather to be clear and cool till end of the week.

Rob mentioned one lane clear going to St. John, passing lane heavy with ice, no problem as traffic moving along very well.

Fishery news remains quiet, weather will keep boats at the wharf, no percentage in pushing the envelope in these conditions.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 26/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:15 PM GMT on January 26, 2014

Another change in the weather, rained heavy overnight, snow gone, temp going down, as westerly wind picks up cloud cover moving off. Temp -3, wind 20-25KPH, expected to be 45-50KPH by this afternoon. Rain again for tomorrow, then clearing and temps just below the freezing mark for the remainder of the week.

Tide is up, quite a run on the Ross Island Shore, yesterday could hear waves hitting the beach infront of the house, not a common occurrence. Boat didn't make its final trip due to weather conditions last evening.

Rob returning to St. John this afternoon, trip should be not too bad as long as wind remains in current direction.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 25/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:11 PM GMT on January 25, 2014

A vast improvement in temp -4C, wind making its presence known SW 35-40KPH. Temp to rise, on the plus side, with snow flurries or showers to accompany the wind as the day moves along. Mixed bag of weather next week, with temps on the plus side for a couple of days and single digits on the minus side.

Rob made it home, a couple of trips to get his laundry in the house. A visit then he crashed for awhile, see a bit of maturity going on this time around. He is pumped about his opportunity to prove what he can do at BAYVIEW.

No fishing today, haven't confirmed the scallop quota caught up. Did see some pictures yesterday of large meats, eight to the pound. Dinner plates for shells, impressive to say the least.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 24/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on January 24, 2014

Polar Vortex, eh, still in place, -16C with 15KPH from NW giving a windchill of -24C. Temp to remain in minus double digits till tomorrow. A reprieve with temps on the plus side then cold again for the upcoming week. A mixture of weather conditions, but cool temps the order of the day.

No ice in the harbour, at least this far down, can't imagine it will remain totally clear for much longer.

Fishery quiet with this extreme weather on the water not a place to be both for man and product. Have learned that one young fellow has been overboard, caught in trawl, somehow managed to clear himself, fortunate a scare and wet clothes the only result.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 23/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on January 23, 2014

Did have blowing snow and cold, snow let up overnight, currently cold,-16C with a draft from NW giving a windchill in -20C range. Supposed to clear with sunny periods for next couple of days, moderate on the weekend and return of cold temps for next week. Wind kept the snow moving off the yard into the bush, no shovelling to look after.

Indications the scalloping stood down till tally confirmed. Lots of scallops in areas historically not the case, under new regulations difficult to get hands on a few off the boat. Each pound has to be accounted and a frig to the skipper to accommodate a few lbs here and there.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:51 AM GMT on January 22, 2014

Blizzard Warning in effect, folks in NE, USA digging out from a ton of snow and wind overnight. At the moment we have an ominous sky, a cold -14C being pushed around by NE 20-25KPH, giving a windchill of -22C. The American is saying very little accumulation of snow, Canadian still calling for substantial snowfall, they both agree will be done by nightfall, cold temps and clear till the weekend.

Rob has confirmed home on Friday, returning on Sunday, first trip since going up just after the beginning of the month. Emily still on the side, a few hours babysitting, tankhouse still quiet.



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TUESDAY, JANUARY 21/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on January 21, 2014

Winter returning with a vengeance over next few days, currently clear, a slight draft NW, temp a cold -16C, no change in temp wind change to NE 30-35KPH by late this afternoon. Blizzard Warning for tomorrow, clearing and cold on Thursday. Snow accumulation in 10cm range is the prediction at the moment. As more daylight shows the sea smoke is in evidence, should be sky high as the day moves along.

Rob has indicated his plan to show up this weekend, not for certain as yet.

Weather will make it more difficult to be working on the water in these conditions. Cold will take its toll of any critter left on the dumping table for any length of time.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 20/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:44 AM GMT on January 20, 2014

Cloud cover receding ever so slight, a draft from the west, temp -1C, will remain in that area till this evening. Temps to be in the minus teens for the week, with mostly clear conditions.

Scallop quota pretty well caught up this past week, indications that it will be done by mid-week. Certainly not a happening for the past several years. Some boats still cleaning up yesterday with the catch from last week. The price unknown with quotes from $11.50 to $13/lb.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 19/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:17 PM GMT on January 19, 2014

No sun this morning, overcast, temp hovering around the freezing mark. Forecast suggesting temp might rise a few degrees with 'mixed precip', clearing overnight, tomorrow similar temps, however cooler temps on the way as the week unfolds.

A number of boats whittling scallops most of the day yesterday, quite a number of crew required to get them cleaned up. Has been many years that have seen such activity in the scallop world.

Lobster crates still in fair numbers at the lobster car, truck going this morning a number of them off to Boston I suspect. Tankhouse soon to come alive again with overseas markets coming on stream.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 18/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:27 PM GMT on January 18, 2014

The grand red sky and brilliant sun rise being hidden behind cloud cover. Temp -1C, calm, the promised moisture not too far away, showers changing to snow flurries overnight, carrying on till late tomorrow, cold and clear for most of next week.

Road crew out during the night getting some salt down, yard has a skiff of ice showing, will let up as the day moves along.

Time getting by woodpile isn't going to materialise by itself, ground too soft, not likely to be able to get any wood down today. If such is the case will stow the remainder of the Christmas gear and have that out of the way till fall.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 17/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on January 17, 2014

Morning sky giving over to cloud cover, just below the freezing mark, total calm. Forecast for showers by this afternoon with rain showers possible, temp to climb into mid single digits. Nice temps and good conditions for the weekend with a possibility of snow flurries on Sunday.

Scallop boats have had an exceptional week of weather to start the season. Haven't had any definitive numbers on the level of catch. Duck Island Sounds still has a heavy concentration of boats, must be something to keep them in such a small area.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 16/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on January 16, 2014

Calm, overcast, 3C temp, temp to rise slightly, light rain the order of the day. Clearing for tomorrow, with light rain expected on Saturday.

Another good day for boats scalloping, seem to be concentrated in Duck Island Sound. Counted thirty-one boats in a fairly small box yesterday at noon. In years past most boats abandoned the area as scallops were scarce after first day of the season.

Lobster fishery ongoing, but at a reduced level, a combination of weather, and critters not crawling as water temp declines.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:42 AM GMT on January 15, 2014

A nice looking start to the day, total calm, bright red sky, temp 2C. Today temps to rise mid single digits, remain clear, a slight draft NW, similar conditions for the remainder of the week with slight possibility of moisture, rain for the weekend.

No definitive word on how the Opening Day of Scalloping went however call out for shuckers. One boat had five aboard and couldn't keep them cleaned up, now remains to be seen if this can be maintained over the next few weeks.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 14/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on January 14, 2014

Moisture the order of the day, a sliver of red sky over Ross Island soon to disappear under the clouds. A southerly breeze bringing rain for the day, temps 7C, not expected to change much till this evening. Clear, nice temps till the weekend when more moisture can be expected.

Scallop Line open 0600, should be a fair day on the water, wind to slowly swing from southerly to northerly, highest mid 20KPH, temp will mitigate wind to allow for not bad working conditions.

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MONDAY, JANUARY, 13/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on January 13, 2014

A nice looking morning in commence, brilliant red sky outlining the Ross Island Shore, a very slight westerly draft, temp 1C. Sunny with high in single digits for the day, with no increase in the wind. Similar forecast for the week, with moisture of some kind towards the end of the week, a keeper for sure.

Managed to retrieve the bulk of the Christmas stuff off the lawn, frost still has a few pieces it wants to hang onto, possible afternoon to get them out of sight. Next struggle is to put them out of the way till next fall.


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MONDAY, JANUARY, 13/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on January 13, 2014

A nice looking morning in commence, brilliant red sky outlining the Ross Island Shore, a very slight westerly draft, temp 1C. Sunny with high in single digits for the day, with no increase in the wind. Similar forecast for the week, with moisture of some kind towards the end of the week, a keeper for sure.

Managed to retrieve the bulk of the Christmas stuff off the lawn, frost still has a few pieces it wants to hang onto, possible afternoon to get them out of sight. Next struggle is to put them out of the way till next fall.


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SUNDAY, JANUARY 12/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on January 12, 2014

A change in the weather, from a temp perspective. Overcast, 7C, a draft SW. Temp to remain in high single digits till this evening, drop slightly below freezing, remainder of the week saying clear, high single digits for the day, not much change for the week.

Wind blew most of the night, along with heavy rain, would be hard pressed to find enough snow on the property to build a snowball.

The complex utilized like never before yesterday, with Market, lots of hockey, busy well after dark, those folks travelling on the late trip had lots of poor conditions to deal with going across and the mainland travel not good. Also basketball at the high school with more for today.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 11/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:17 PM GMT on January 11, 2014

Another weather change in commence, Ross Island not visible, however due to thick fog instead of sea smoke. Temp at the moment 0, total calm, rain in the forecast till tomorrow, with lots of southerly wind. Moderate temps and sun till mid week, then still good temps with some moisture in the forecast.

A solitary goose on the sea wall most of the day yesterday, where the other members of the group are located unknown.

Boats hard at it yesterday taking advantage of the break in the weather, in anticipation of the high winds forecast for today. Quite a few traps went by the house yesterday, scallop season opens on Tuesday.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 10/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:42 AM GMT on January 10, 2014

A grand weather morning looking out over the harbour this morning. Broken clouds, with red sky reflecting on calm harbour at high water, quite a sight. Temp has begun to moderate, -4C to reach for above freezing, as the weekend unfolds a rainfall warning has now been issued with high southerly winds in the forecast.

Rob has not indicated he requires extra funds to drive home, suspect is laundry level is still tolerable, not much communication from that part of the world at anytime.

Boats will take advantage of break in the wind, the weather window will be closing as the day moves along. Has been tough sledding this past few weeks, too much wind, and cold.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 9/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on January 09, 2014

The promised let up in weather conditions barely evident as yet. Overcast, wind has let up now a westerly draft 10-15KPH, temp -8C not expected to change a great deal till tomorrow. Moderating tomorrow with temps on the plus side with moisture being called for the weekend.

Pleased to learn COSTCO still open, and great chances to save money continue. The trip to St. John went well, however no warmth to be had on the boat coming and going, very cold. Wind in the channel westerly 40KNT, no problem for the ferry, the window to travel in adverse weather conditions getting wider all the time. At one time anything over 25KPH was sufficient to call all but the most essential travel off for another day.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:37 AM GMT on January 08, 2014

Old Man Winter remains prominent again today, however some indication he is preparing to get out of town in a day or so. Currently -11C, westerly 20-25KPH, giving a windchill effect of -20C, clear, to moderate only slightly today, tomorrow minus in single digits, by the weekend temps on the plus side and moisture, similar temps well into next week.

Donna, and Lindsay off to St. John with her dad for his Dr.'s appointment. Appointment once they arrive, fortunate as they both have must stops, including COSTCO, and other establishments depending on allotted time.

This cold weather and wind have been tough on my woodpile, didn't have a full shed when season started, far from it now. Haven't been able to get in the woods with trailer to start replenishing for next year, and rain in the forecast for Sat.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 7/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on January 07, 2014

Winter still very evident, temp has moderated to some degree at -5C, NW15-20KPH giving a windchill near double digits, clear. Weather conditions to remain similar for next day or so with moderation by weeks end and possible rain for the weekend.

The big chill in the west continues, however a slight change for the better windchill factor this morning a mere -35C, yesterday around the -50C level. That part of the world also looking forward to moderation over next few days.

Lobster fishing has been at a standstill with the combination of high winds and low temps keeping them tied up. The boats preparing for scalloping will be hard at it with the break in the weather. Some traps still to come home before next Tuesday.

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MONDAY, JANUARY, 6/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:51 AM GMT on January 06, 2014

Weather sharp contrast to our friends on the prairie, here rain beating on the window, temp 6C expected to rise to double digits(albeit for a brief moment), heavy rain continues all day. Temp drops as clearing takes place this evening. Breezy, clear and cold for remainder of the week. However no comparison to the conditions out west, windchill factor in the -50C range, with no real signs of great improvement in the shorterm.

A number of boats took advantage of the break in the weather yesterday to get a chance at hauling gear. A number of traps coming ashore as boats preparing to scallop next Tuesday, difficult conditions for remainder of the week.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 5/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on January 05, 2014

Another weather mess headed for us as the day moves along. The harbour free of ice, wind from SW, temp -4C to rise over the freezing mark by this afternoon. Wind, wintry mix, freezing rain, all possible overnight, with rain slated for tomorrow with near double digit temps then back to cold temps by Tuesday well into the week.

As the weather moderated yesterday noticed a few boats taking advantage of the respite in the temps and were leaving to haul traps. Don't know what type of sea conditions they would encounter, but seems traps have been left alone for a week or so.

Rob resumes classes tomorrow, first half of his year disappeared at this rate he will be on the job market in no time.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 4/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:20 PM GMT on January 04, 2014

Winter conditions remain, lots of ice in the harbour, open water has sea smoke heading for the heavens. Temp -19C, a slight NW draft giving a windchill of -26C, temp to slowly start to rise later on this afternoon with minus figures in single digits by this evening. Rain in the forecast for Monday then cool after that once again.

No boats working in this kind of weather conditions, too hard on gear, men and doubtful if the critters could survive even a short exposure to the cold air.

Ferry service has not been impacted by the weather conditions has been keeping service on time, doubt if many other than essential folks are travelling.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 03/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on January 03, 2014

Winter weather best describes the goings on this morning, can't tell if we are having snow, blowing snow, certainly fairly wild as daylight enters the swamp. Temp -16C the NE45-50KPH giving a windchill factor of -30C. Snow to slowly relent as the day moves along, however cold temp and wind to remain till later on tomorrow. Rain in the forecast for Monday, Maritime winter weather in a nutshell.

Traffic appears to be moving with no problem, the accumulation of snow not evident on this side of the road, wind moves it along to neighbours before hitting and staying along the treeline.

No boats fishing in these conditions, some may get out on Sunday, the window of more moderate conditions closes by mid next week, clear and cold once again.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 2/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:45 AM GMT on January 02, 2014

Weather conditions not improving, on the contrary can expect extreme cold, wind and possible blizzard over the next couple of days. Currently beginning to lightly snow, temps a -21C moved around by northerly 20KPH making it seem more like -30C, similar conditions till at least the weekend.

Rob and Rachel returned to St. John this morning ahead of the weather, a good plan for sure. The two weeks they were home disappeared in quick time fore sure. He had lots of hours with his alma matter to give him a leg up to begin the New Year.

Donna has the interior void of decorations, will take a bit of a change in the weather before any such thing will be accomplished on the outside, too damned cold.

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NEW YEARS DAY 2014

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:40 PM GMT on January 01, 2014

A clear, cold and windy morning to start the New Year, -11C with a draft from the NW 20-25KPH makes it more like -25C. Clear, cold and windy the forecast for next couple of days with snow and wind thrown in for Friday.

A grand evening ushering in the New Year, managed to stay upright for the celebration in Times Square, in the bunk not long after.

Rob and Rachel heading out for St. John in the morning ahead of the weekend weather. He is half way through and will soon be assigned to a shop for apprentice hours required in the Course.

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