GRAND MANAN, N.B.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:35 AM GMT on February 28, 2014

Winter continues to show her stuff, overcast, -10C with NW wind 20-25KPH giving a windchill of -17C. To see some sun and moderating temps as the day unfolds, with cold temps overnight, gradual warming over the weekend. Longrange not giving any indication of better temps for many days.

Lots of activity on the "middle ground" and the ledges by the scallop fleet yesterday. conditions, for this time of year, were very good yesterday, clear, no wind or swell would have made the work day much more tolerable.

The southward exodus picking up daily, March Break starts after classes today. With this latest invasion of the ARTIC VORTEX one has to travel a long way south to get T-shirt weather, a strange and long winter has been the order of the day.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:42 AM GMT on February 27, 2014

The month may be concluding, however certainly no indication that winter is relaxing its grip on the temp. Currently -15C, clear, mill pond like on the harbour, great reflection of Ross Island. Temp will moderate to low single digits on minus side as the day unfolds. Similar conditions with slight moderation over the next few days. The long range still indicating cooler temps.

Boats that have been scalloping finish up, locally, tonight. A boat shucking in the harbour long after dark last evening, must be a some around, price reports good prices remains. A combination of product and good prices not often the case.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:45 AM GMT on February 26, 2014

Mother-in-law kiss cold -16C, sea smoke making up, fortunate no breeze to enhance the conditions. Clear, temp to rise low single digits for a moment or two then return to deepfreeze this cycle to remain until at least the weekend.

Rob planning on coming home for the March Break, for a few days at least, his vehicle requires some attention, plus his laundry must be overflowing by this time.

Scallop fleet well spread out, did see at least one boat in the harbour till late in the evening, shucking the beasts prior to hitting the wharf. They will have today and tomorrow to take advantage of the new found quota.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:44 AM GMT on February 25, 2014

The term ARTIC VORTEX has become part of the weather discussion this past few weeks. The Vortex is now paying another visit to this part of the world, and appears reluctant to retreat north for the next several days. Lots of daylight, however the minus 10C pushed around by westerly 30KPH gives a significant Wind Chill, no change for most of the next week or so, clear and cold.


Scallop quota found for the four days of this week boats at it yesterday, one working in the harbour most of the night getting the days catch shucked. Good to see there is a quantity around, plus the price remains on the high side.

Spring Break next week, lots of folks heading south this week, Rob will be home getting his laundry, vehicle needs looked after. When he returns the school year getting very short.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on February 24, 2014

Overcast, a northerly draft, temp at the freezing mark to increase to low single digits, remain overcast wind to pickup as the day moves along. Week looking not too bad from a weather perspective, for the most part temps slightly on the minus side, clear with a chance of flurries by mid week.

Quite a bit of traffic before daylight, boats must be working taking advantage of the let up in the wind, for the start of the day at least.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:11 PM GMT on February 23, 2014

A nice looking morning underway, with a bit of cloud hiding the sun once in a while. Water oily calm, -2C, temp to rise mid single digits on the plus side, possible cloudy periods. Low temps to remain in the single digits on the minus side, week indicating the weather will remain similar with possible precip mid week.

Mild temps yesterday, combined with the southerly wind knocked the snow in the field and snow drifts settled. Lots of water running, for the most part staying in the ditches, with little on the roads.

High school basketball concluded for the year with the boys team losing the Provincial Championship Game yesterday at Harbour Station. A good run for the team, a good effort by all hands.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:22 PM GMT on February 22, 2014

Overnight high easterly winds, combined with heavy rain knocked the snow down, the odd piece of ground now visible between the house and the shore, certainly not the case where major snowbanks were born. Currently bright sun, temp 1C, calm, to remain clear, with temp rise to mid single digits, with stiff southerly by afternoon will take a toll on the snow. Similar conditions for tomorrow, next week, clear, but cool is the forecast.

No way of getting around in the bush for the next little while, if at all before breakup, with two loads home could be a cool in the house next winter.

Boats should have a grand day on the water today, catch remains worth the effort, especially with the price being good, a far cry from $3 to $6+ to make the return viable or not.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:44 AM GMT on February 21, 2014

A grand sunrise this morning, bright red sun, harbour not a ripple, the forecast rain, sleet and whatever for overnight taking a bit longer to arrive. Rain and easterly wind to start later on this morning and carry on till tonight. Clear and milder for the weekend.

Road to St. John for the most part in good shape, the odd location slush, but nothing major. Getting around in St. John something akin to Russian Roulette, snowbanks so high have to put your vehicle out in traffic and hope nobody coming before you can see what is in you traffic lane.

Traffic on the boat all local, deck load with a few on one ramp coming and going, good crossing, a bit of a swell on the return trip, but nothing special.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:04 AM GMT on February 20, 2014

Overcast, another few centimetres of snow down overnight, calm, temp OC, can expect clearing with temps in the mid single digits on the plus side. Tonight temp to drop just below the freezing tomorrow trying to decide if we have rain or snow for some anticipate precip. Looking good for the weekend for temps and sun.

No school yesterday, for whatever reason, not the road condition, we had significant snowfall, however roads clear. Looking out the window this morning blacktop evident, hopefully same conditions on the mainland, a trip to St. John with Donna & Emily the order of the day.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:44 AM GMT on February 19, 2014

A night of snow, now clearing with the sun trying to take hold. Snow looks to amount to 2-3", just enough to add more problems to the amount from the weekend. Currently a breeze from NW 20-25KPH, to work its way around the compass to southerly easterly, back to the north by evening. Temp to rise on the plus side by noon, nice temps for remainder of the week with rain by Friday, tis Maritime weather.

Fishery news fairly static, some boats made the run yesterday, report of good scalloping "Up the Bay", no word of any resumption or available quota locally.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on February 18, 2014

A magnificent sunrise underway, brilliant sun up over Ross Island, a cool -10C, totally calm. Sea smoke making up as the sun rises, hard to describe seems to be changing by the moment. Weather systems lurking nearby with snow mentioned to south of us, however uncertain what track it will take over the next day as it continues north.

Main road completely clear of ice/snow by mid afternoon yesterday, back roads in good shape ones I was on clear or centre road clear for sure. Snowbanks well pushed back, haven't seen the need for this in many years, lots of kids taking advantage of the snowbanks tunnels and sliding the order of the day.

Emily babysitting overnight, Rob mentioned snow covered his windows at his apartment, he is on the bottom floor, but still seems worthy of comment.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17/14

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

A change in the landscape now the snow has quit, no dreary brown between here and the shore. Clear, a cold -12C, being pushed around by NW breeze 20-25KPH, wind will increase as the day moves along, temp to rise to mid single digits on the minus side. Similar conditions for next couple of days, temps to rise gradually with plus temps by end of the week.

The amount of snow down worthy of mention, as they say 'old fashioned' snow storm. Significant drifts in many locations. Yard was plowed and can only think of the great fun the kids would have knocking the stuff back down, over six foot mounds in most of the driveway.

As usual main road well maintained no problem getting around by mid-day. Ferry didn't make her first trip, nobody could get to her from here, and where would they go if they got to Blacks Harbour, final three trips made on time.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:27 PM GMT on February 16, 2014

Promised blizzard and snow arrived on time, still ongoing. Temp -6C, snowing quite hard, being blown around with NW wind @ 45-50KPH. Will gradually clear as the day moves along, high winds to remain for next couple of days.

Rob and Rachel left on 3:30PM trip yesterday, made it to St. John before the storm hit. No problem travelling till after dark then would not have been a place to be.

Appears any travel to get more wood will be on hold for quite sometime, drifts along the tree line will be more than a little substantial.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:20 PM GMT on February 15, 2014

At the moment a grand looking morning, total calm, bright sun, temp a nice -6C.This is going to change big time by dark, a major storm making it way up the eastern seaboard, with 30-45CM of snow, Gale to Storm Force winds letting up near noon tomorrow. Appears there is no avoiding this mess, then warmer and possibility of rain as next week unfolds.

Rob come along early yesterday to avoid a mess travelling, one lane from St. John black top, the passing lane had patches of ice. Managed to grub up get his laundry done, will be out of here this morning on the 11:30AM trip. Once the weather shows up it will come on fast.

Emily babysitting overnight, the young fellows parents were going for the weekend, will be returning some time today.

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FRIDAY, VALENTINES DAY

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:29 AM GMT on February 14, 2014

What ever one wanted for weather seems to have gone by within the past few hours. Currently 2C, calm, fog, can see the Ross Island shoreline but not the trees. Last evening at dark snowing hard, changed to rain by 10PM, blowing near gale force for awhile, very early morning thunder and lightning. Giving rain for the day, cooling to just below freezing overnight, more snow over the weekend. Longrange looking not too bad, clear and warmer temps next week.

Water between here and the shore, most of the snow gone, will be ice by tomorrow, treacherous getting around.

Rob scheduled to make a run home this evening, travelling conditions not certain as yet. The high winds forecast yesterday have been diminished in KPH by quite a bit, from SE to W, will see what this afternoon brings.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:56 AM GMT on February 13, 2014

Overcast, temp on the rise now-4C, the severe storm from the southern U.S. making its way north. Still iffy for snow or rain for our part of the Bay, looking/hoping more of a rain event for us, don't have to go too far from the coast for lots of snow, freezing rain till late tomorrow. Wind now a draft from the S, but to swing easterly Gale Force for most of tomorrow.

Rob has a reservation for tomorrow afternoon, will see if the boat is travelling or not, he doesn't mind the conditions, his travelling companion on the other hand not so inclined.

Ladies had a successful trip to St.John, boat traffic fairly light both coming and going. Lots of truck traffic on the middle trips, don't know if some held lobsters on the move or some other activity on the go.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:32 AM GMT on February 12, 2014

Overcast, supposed to relent with sun later on this afternoon. Cold temps remain -15C, however to slowly rise low single digits on the minus side by the this afternoon. Folks in the southern U.S. being hammered by cold, rain, freezing rain, and lots of snow. That is making its way north to arrive here late tomorrow, what it will be by the time it arrives seems undecided, forecast has, snow, sleet and rain at various times, temp around the freezing mark.

The women of the house enroute to St. John, lunch with Rob, he and Rachel home this weekend a good day to travel, tomorrow certainly an iffy situation as far weather is concerned.

A bit of ice in the harbour, further up a lot of ice, however should be moving by the weekend, with
temps and wind.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:45 AM GMT on February 11, 2014

Cold @-14C, clear, fortunate is calm, temp to rise very little today. Similar conditions for tomorrow, Thursday a mess of some type this way comes, possibly a rain event for us, if not significant snowfall possible.

Emily made it home on last trip last night, very blasé about time, didn't clear Blackville till 5:30PM, they had a time window of 20-30 minutes, apparently plenty of time.

Believe daylight is entering the swamp ever so slightly earlier in the morning, at least one can make believe that is the case.

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MONDAY, FEBURARY 10/12

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

Overcast, with some snow down overnight, 10-15NE, -8C, temp expected to rise very little as the day moves along, drop into minus double digits overnight. Clear and cold till end of the week, looking at more snow possible, too early to tell.

Emily returns from Miramachi later on today, snow shouldn't be a problem. Rob must have survived the weekend no pleas for further funding received.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:14 PM GMT on February 09, 2014

Sunrise hidden with cloud cover, sun is now coming out as the clouds break away. A northerly draft, a cool -9C, clear and cool the weather forecast for next few days, some indication warming not too far off.

A few birds in the harbour this morning, no great flocks as yet, but some will soon be showing up. haven't heard of any brant as yet, they may be off shore a bit yet, near time they were straggling in. A sign spring is going to happen, long winter so far.

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SATUIRDAY, FEBRUARY 8/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:17 PM GMT on February 08, 2014

Another brilliant sun rise this morning, harbour calm, high water. Temp -9C to rise near the zero level, a draft NW, to swing westerly 25-30KPH as the day moves along. The longrange forecast suggesting this is the conditions moving into next week, will certainly take it.

ATV still down, but should be able to wander into the woods with chainsaw in hand to get some stuff down. Calendar suggesting not many weeks left before warm weather is the order of the day.

Emily and Colton making a foray to the Miramichi area for the weekend, back on Monday, travel conditions first rate. Rob remains in St. John, a request for cash made late yesterday, just to get him through the weekend. Checked his account the sum of $.09 is what he managed to get it down and still have his card work.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:52 AM GMT on February 07, 2014

A KODAK MOMENT looking across the harbour, sun just up from behind Ross Island, high water, harbour calm, snow line along the Ross Island shoreline. Temp -8C, clear, slight draft NW, temp to rise near freezing mark then down overnight, similar conditions for tomorrow.

A bit of traffic going by this morning, should be alright to be working off shore today. Only fishery going is the lobster side of things, some indication that more scallop quota may be available, bureaucracy needs to be met prior to a final decision.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on February 06, 2014

Snow quit overnight, beginning to clear with wind 20-25KPH from NW, temp a cold -13C feels like -20C. Moderation of temp slight, with a high -7C then back down into double digits overnight. Clear and cold for the next few days, indications from CNN Maritimes will have major snow fall on Sunday. A weather system thought to be hitting New England tracking more north, at this time.

Snowfall on the field not significant, however around the tree line could be some drifts. Snow fell for the day and well into the night. Winter still has a great hold on the Bermuda of the Maritimes.

Local traffic seems very quiet none going by the house to the wharf.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on February 05, 2014

The brilliant red sliver of morning sky behind Ross Island now gone, overcast, a prelude to the snow to start in next little while to last into the evening. calm, at the moment, easterly to gradually increase to 40-45KPH as the snow takes over, to let up by tonight, clear and cool for the remainder of the week.

Boats took advantage of the break in the weather yesterday to overhaul gear, conditions remained good past day or so, just beginning to indicate a change.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:52 AM GMT on February 04, 2014

Overcast, with a sliver of red sky showing behind Ross Island, temp -6C, very slight southerly draft, influence the temp as the day moves along might bring it above the freezing mark, remaining clear. Overnight preparation for easterly tomorrow, 20Cm of snow, wind 20-30KPH. After the snow expect clear conditions with temps in the minus single digit range for the remainder of the week.

A few folks heading out for the warmer climes to the south, homes on wheels in some cases for an extended stay. Weather making the decision to go much easier in most cases.

Fishery remains quiet, a few boats moving, lobsters, a few clams and periwinkles are the species at the moment.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on February 03, 2014

Overcast, 15-20KPH from NW, -2C temp, clearing with temp declining as the day moves along. Snow by Wed. temp near the zero at the time, remains to be seen if we will have snow or rain. Snow amount calling in the 15-20CM range.

Tides still full, the bar showing suggesting you can walk to the Ross Island Shore without getting wet. No clammer on the beach this morning, has been some periwinkle harvesting on Ross Island with these tides.

Sea Eggs caught up, a few boats have been changing bait in lobster traps, a combination of weather and full tides reduces the catch significantly.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:17 PM GMT on February 02, 2014

Damp this morning, temp a nice 4C will increase slightly, with rain as the day moves along. Wind SW 10-15KPH. Clearing first of the week, modest temps snow and wind for mid-week, typical February weather.

Lobster being shipped today, don't know if any from the tankhouse. Price reported to be good at $7.50/lb, hasn't been at that level for sometime. Still a large number of boats at it, weather permitting. Scallop quota caught up, sea urchin quota, if not already caught, not much remains.

Managed to knock a few trees down yesterday, almost too warm handling the chainsaw, also body rebels at the unexpected work requested.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:28 PM GMT on February 01, 2014

Calm, spotty cloud cover, temp at the freezing mark, possible snow/rain by this afternoon. Damp for the next few days, quite a bit of snow in the forecast by mid-week.

Shortly after daylight a solitary clammer working the tide line, has been a few days some harvesting going on. Smiles, 100yrs old, someone wouldn't accept cash for a small job they did for him, he dug and shucked a bucket of clams for them instead. One way to pay off a debt,

Quick trip to St. John yesterday, managed to have lunch with Rob and Rachel. Fortunate for him, somehow he was in dire need of cash and nan was the right one to tell his tale of woe, he was well fed and grinning when he returned to school.

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