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By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Weatherman has it correct, nasty weather system stalled over Bay of Fundy. High wind continues from the north currently 45KPH will increase around 70KPH as the day unfolds. Temp 0C, not much change anticipated, freezing rain quite possible in these conditions. Similar conditions for the remainder of the week, with sun possible by midweek then back to unsettled, snow, freezing rain or rain all possible.
Heavy rain most of the day yesterday, combined with high winds from Northeast a sloppy day for sure. We had rain, on the mainland had just about a everything with snow once off the Bay a bit. Ferry made all her trips, would have been unpleasant for some, but she is being found as a good sea boat. No real respite in conditions for next couple of days.
After the rain and wind must search for a hint of snow, run off will cause some damage to shoulders of the roads in places, but for the most part ditches seemed to be handling the water alright.
SUNDAY, MARCH 30/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:11 AM GMT on March 30, 2014
N'oreaster in commence, steady rain, wind 35-40KPH, temp to rise a little, alerts for just about any weather condition you can imagine. Gale Force Wind, Rainfall, Freezing Rain, a little distance inland, all of the above, plus snowfall and blizzard to go along with everything else. Front not moving very fast, warnings in effect till tomorrow.
A few more geese attempting to get around in these conditions, quite a struggle for them. Snowbanks just about gone, even along the tree line, will not miss not seeing any snow. Got through most of yesterday not requiring wood stove, not the case this morning.
SATURDAY, MARCH 29/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:09 AM GMT on March 29, 2014
Weather change is the only constant we have had for quite sometime. Nice looking morning, 4C temp, calm, sun burning off some fog. Another nasty n'oreaster for tomorrow, a major rain event for us, inland, lots of freezing rain, further north you go changes to snow. Unsettled weather to continue at least for the next few days.
Signs of Spring slowly emerging, more geese, robins, trees attempting to bud, now if the snow and poor weather leaves with March it will be good.
Be some traps hauled today, conditions are good, haven't heard what the price looks like or what the catch is looking like.
FRIDAY, MARCH 28/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on March 28, 2014
Weather change again this morning, temp already on the plus side, cloud cover, with a chance of seeing some sun before rain comes in this afternoon. Just a slight southerly draft at the moment, a change from the high northerly we have endured for the past couple of days.
Coming home from the airport yesterday afternoon nearly hit a snowy owl that took off from side of the road, a large bird when seen through the windshield. The odd goose showing up in the harbour, and a couple of befuddled robins on the lawn this morning. Messy weather in the forecast, with another storm being discussed for next Wednesday.
BERNICE in the shop yesterday, some work done, hope is he will be mobile by next weekend, he and Rachel attending wedding this weekend, required a top up of cash for some reason or other. Wonder what his laundry level is getting at by this time.
THURSDAY, MARCH 27/13
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:32 AM GMT on March 27, 2014
Sun attempting to make a show, a nice sunrise, but now clouds taking over, not supposed to be cloudy, but cloudy periods. Westerly wind 30-35KPH, keeping the -6C feeling like -15C. Forecast suggesting some relief from the temp as the day goes along, however wind remains westerly and high till tonight. Conditions change tomorrow to rain and warmer temps.
Storm yesterday pretty well lived up to the billing it was getting. High winds, best I recorded was 90KPH mid afternoon. Winds in that area gusting all night, steady 50-60KPH, snow was heavy, didn't fetch up in our driveway, however somewhere there is a massive amount to be dealt with. Ferry tied up for the night on her second trip home, would have been quite a trip across. Whiteout conditions made travel on the roads treacherous, mid afternoon RCMP & DOT closed the roads to travel. Plough went by the house after dark, would have been significant drifts to deal with somewhere along the way.
Plan is for a quick flight to Fredericton today, however don't know if it is still on, have no updates on conditions on the mainland and still lots of wind locally.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on March 26, 2014
Ominous looking sky, and almost feather white across the harbour this morning. Temp -2C, wind 30-35NE, will be Storm Force in short order. Blizzard conditions is forecast for this afternoon, letting up this evening. System has been compared to WHITE JUAN, however this system is fast moving JUAN was very slow and left lots of white stuff, not that we are exempt this time around from a good shot. Weather to moderate over next couple of days with indication may have double digits on the plus side for the weekend.
Ferry making her run this morning how long she maintains her schedule an unknown at this time. If all materializes as mentioned getting around once on the mainland will be difficult if not impossible.
TUESDAY, MARCH 25/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on March 25, 2014
A KODAK MOMENT looking across the harbour this morning, bright red sun up from behind Ross Island, total calm, a solitary goose taking advantage of the water. Temp less than stellar -14C, supposed to gradually rise as the day moves along. The n'oreaster this way comes, shows up tomorrow, blizzard like conditions, lots of snow, and wind as the Wood Islanders say a heluva Catouse for tomorrow.
As the week moves along after the storm temps to increase with near double digits and rain for the weekend, a welcome change if indeed this is the case.
SUNDAY, MARCH 23/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:59 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Winter still close by, mostly overcast, westerly draft, temp -3C, might make it to the plus side for a few minutes, colder overnight and tomorrow. Still calling for snow storm on Wed., clearing and warmer by end of the week.
Managed to get some wood manufactured yesterday, had no trouble getting to sleep last night, body certainly asking what that was all about this morning.
No word from Rob, trust he put the weekend in getting around on the bus. He will have some knowledge of the system by the time he gets wheels once again.
SATURDAY, MARCH 22/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:21 AM GMT on March 22, 2014
A grand looking morning, clear, calm, temp just below the freezing mark, westerly 10-15KPH, going to swing southerly and bring moisture later on, rain to clear out by tonight, cooler and clear for the next few days. Possible n'oreaster in the offing for the middle of the week 10-15cm of snow, guess it will never quit.
No Rob this weekend, BERNICE still on the side, no clear idea when she will be available, more time on Public Transit.
A day to manufacture some wood here in the yard, and attempt to get the few loads out of the woods will keep the old frame moving today.
FRIDAY, MARCH 21/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on March 21, 2014
Mostly overcast, red sun attempting to make an appearance from behind Ross Island, no success as yet. First morning in many temp on the plus side this early in the day. Temp 1C to rise very little as the day moves along, remain partly cloudy with the current slight SW draft swing to the west to be 40KPH by this afternoon.
No indication from Rob that BERNICE is back on the road, if she was the plan was to make a laundry run this weekend.
Fishery news remains quiet, water temp low @1.8C on the salmon sites, hasn't been in this low range for the past few years, was the norm a decade ago.
THURSDAY, MARCH 20/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:26 AM GMT on March 20, 2014
March weather this morning, temp 1C, threat of rain not far away, SE 10-15KPH. Rain for the day, temps to reach mid single digits on the plus side. Looking not too bad for the weekend, with possible showers here and there, but temps remaining much better.
Temps allowing the woodpile to rest a little easier, should get me through, however will be the closest we have come to be being without since we have been in the house. A portion of that might be procrastination on someone's part, no names.
Trip to St. John a success, not much traffic coming or going, usually the heavy load trips.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on March 19, 2014
A couple of days before spring officially arrives, Mother Nature still has not received the memo. Currently clear, calm, but -13C with a slight northerly draft. However supposed to reach the plus side on the thermometer by this afternoon and remain near the freezing mark overnight with rain tomorrow, and nice temps for the weekend.
BERNICE still in the shop, Rob finding he has been robbed of his freedom, his description. His fellow classmates assuring he makes it to school and home and out for lunch, doesn't appear she will be back on the road by the end of the week, another weekend of Public Transit looms.
Donna off with a friend on a buying trip for kitchen accessories for Joan. Plan is to return on the 5:30PM trip this evening.
TUESDAY, MARCH 18/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on March 18, 2014
Clear, cold and calm, bright red sun rise over Ross Island, a slight draft from north. Temp -11C we are told it will rise to near if not above the freezing level as the day moves along. Temp to moderate with rain in the forecast for Thursday, moderate and clear entering the weekend.
The Minor Hockey Assoc. enjoying another great year, only in existence for past three years. Two of the teams going to major tournaments over next couple of weekends, amazing to watch these young people develop, in some cases a few years behind in opportunity with their peer group on the mainland. A tribute to the dedication of the coaches and parents of the young athletes.
MONDAY, MARCH 17/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on March 17, 2014
St. Patrick's Day prairie cold at -14C with the NW breeze giving a windchill factor -22C, partly cloudy, to clear and remain cold for today. Temps will rise in the high minus single digits, gradually warming as the week moves along. Rain towards the end of the week with plus temps for the weekend.
Fishery news remains static, do see trap piles being overhauled. A few days of warmer weather will see those that some ashore a few weeks ago being put back to work. Halibut quota renewed first of April will be some boats going at that in combination with traps to tend.
Rob survived the weekend without BERNICE, found travel on public transit to be efficient and cost effective, a fact he would have long disputed if he had his own wheels.
SUNDAY, MARCH 16/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:12 AM GMT on March 16, 2014
Overcast, temp just below the freezing mark with a gradual decline as the day moves along. Brisk westerly the order of the day, in the 40KPH level for the day, clearing skies as a result. Clear till end of the week forecast is for a bit of precip, temps looking a bit better than this past few weeks.
Did see a fine flock of brant near Nantucket a couple of days ago, and a few making their way up in the harbour yesterday. Haven't heard if anyone has attempted to tap as yet, conditions improving for that to start.
Otis has heat, last we heard, new parts on order to insure the furnace is once again dependable. The amount of fuel he has had to burn is astronomical, unit has been certainly less than efficient.
SATURDAY, MARCH 15/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:39 AM GMT on March 15, 2014
March weather in progress, strong southerly increasing as the morning unfolds, temp 3C to rise high single digits, rain later on, cloud cover pushing the sun at the moment. Clearing this evening temps will decline near double digits on the minus side.
Had planned to make a quick trip for Cross Border foray today, however weather conditions and Otis is without heat thought better of it. Otis refuses to leave his hound depending on an electric heater for the moment, seems to be getting by alright.
Rob housebound with BERNICE on the side, however any spare cash that should be available seems to have been used up, required a top up to survive the weekend, hard to imagine.
FRIDAY, MARCH 14/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
A change in the weather from the events of yesterday. Currently clear, a cold -12C with a slight westerly draft, wind to make a shift southerly and warm up and gradually make it to the plus side by this afternoon. Southerly, milder, windy and showers for tomorrow.
Yesterday the weather had about everything, early in the AM freezing rain, then sleet, and blowing snow for most of the day. No power outages, traffic able to move about with no problem, school cancelled throughout the Province. Some folks attempting to head south had travel plans in jeopardy, should be able to get back on line today.
Fishery news quiet, weather and cold water temps making the lobster fishing quiet for the moment.
THURSDAY, MARCH 13/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:05 AM GMT on March 13, 2014
The promised messy weather showed up as predicted, and continues to follow the script. Strong northerly wind, temp -6, had rain during the night that changed to freezing rain. Remainder of the day cold, windy, snow flurries, things to improve tomorrow with return of sun and warmer temps.
A trip to the ferry this morning 0630 a bit tricky getting out of the house the freezing rain had secured the back door, yard a skating rink, blowing fairly hard not a good combination to be travelling or attempting to walk. The road crew had just gone by, salt blowing around, however once on the main road obvious they had been around for the most part centre lane and more in most places already clear of ice. A few souls travelling this morning, don't know what it is like on the mainland, schools are closed and major snowfall a bit in off the Fundy Shore.
Haven't heard from Rob what is like to be grounded while BERNICE is being made whole.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on March 12, 2014
The sunrise giving over to overcast, a forerunner of what is in the forecast. Currently calm, =3C to rise to middle single digits, wind to come from NE with gale force till late tomorrow. The forecast is undecided if we will have a major rain event, major snowfall, sleet, freezing rain or a combination of all the above. A major winter storm system headed this way, lots of snow inland, as you get closer to the Bay of Fundy the line changes to a combination just where the rain line yet to be determined it seems.
Have finally had a report of a few brant being seen at the Anchorage and Woodwards Cove, still nothing in the Harbour. At least they are around, no geese or other waterfowl reports as yet.
No report if BERNICE is off the road, Rob has a fellow in his class living in the area to take him back and forth till he is whole again.
TUESDAY, MARCH 11/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:31 AM GMT on March 11, 2014
Today the start of what can be described as days of unsettled weather. Currently snow flurries, with a skiff on the ground, temp -2C expected to rise mid single digits on the plus side. Rain showers possible, the remainder of the week contains forecast of high winds, snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain into the weekend. Wind to swing pretty well around the compass during this period and will dictate what kind of precip we receive.
A quick trip to St. John yesterday, managed to buy Rob a meal. His vehicle, BERNICE, require some extensive bodywork to pass Vehicle Inspection. The school has agreed to let his class do the work, taking it further than just cosmetic in the process, after what had to do mechanically this is a big help for the wallet.
GRAND MANAN ADVENTURE was supposed to be on the run yesterday, after the first trip. However further problems found in the engine room that requires further work, parts again forwarded from U.S.A. Once part arrives not too much to install, latest word is next couple of days the V will go back to backup status.
MONDAY, MARCH 10/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 9:04 AM GMT on March 10, 2014
Overcast, 10-15KPH northerly, temp -6C will make it over the plus side by afternoon. Unsettled weather for the week, a mixture of snow or rain showers with temps on the plus side with a southerly flow in the forecast.
GRAND MANAN V remains on the run, the replacement part for the ADVENTURE has been located, no definitive word when she will be back on the run. Traffic continues to be steady, however believe the V has been able to handle it, at least no complaints that I am aware of.
SUNDAY, MARCH 9/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 12:27 PM GMT on March 09, 2014
A cool -6C being moved around by 10-15KPH from the north, clear, temp to remain below the freezing level. Unsettled weather for the upcoming few days, a decision on whether it will include snow or rain for us yet to be determined.
Did get in the woods for a bit yesterday, however a combination of being out of shape, age and moderate temp made the effort a sweaty one. If weather co-operates should have enough down to replenish the woodshed for another winter.
Rob returned to his digs, fresh laundry, a bit of extra cash, with some items for his pantry should keep in good shape for the next little while.
SATURDAY, MARCH 8/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 12:21 PM GMT on March 08, 2014
Total calm, temp at 0 to climb into mid single digits before dropping below zero overnight. Indication that sun may show, however no hint of it at the moment. Next few days better temps, however warnings of major snow by mid week starting to be heard from forecasters.
ADVENTURE still on the side, will be late next week is one scenario being mentioned before she is back on the run. The GRAND MANAN V keeping on time and traffic fairly steady, fortunate to have her as the back up, crew did a grand job to get her out of winter mode and on the run.
Rob returns to the Big Smoke on the next boat, seems he has other interests that await him in St. John, Rachel worked till late last night at maternity ward. He has bit of coin, fresh laundry, and checked in for a few hours.
FRIDAY, MARCH 7/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on March 07, 2014
A grand one underway this morning, bright sun, calm, temp a modest -2C to rise on the plus side for the first time in many days. Outlook for the weekend similar conditions and good temps, one can only hope.
ADVENTURE awaiting replacement Turbo-Charger, have not heard when it is to arrive or when she will be up and running once again. The V making the run, traffic not too bad with no reports of vehicles being left on any of the trips.
Rob made it yesterday on the 5:30PM trip, laundry basket and garbage bag full, can't imagine any of his wardrobe left in St. John. He visited the BAYVIEW shop yesterday, he was impressed with his reception and is looking forward to having an opportunity to do his practicum and hopefully employment after graduation.
Folks from the south will start to drift back this weekend, school back in on Monday.
THURSDAY, MARCH 6/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
A bright sunny morning in commence, colder here than on the prairie, -15C here -7C there. A northerly draft making it seem even more of a difference in temp, temp to come up to mid single digits on the minus side before dropping back by tonight. Weekend temps looking better with plus highs in the forecast with a smattering of flurries but overall a change for the better.
Spring may be near by date, certainly not by weather conditions or Mother Nature markers. Still no brant reports, the Maple Syrup guys haven't tapped any trees, that I am aware of at least, in years past both these markers old news by this date.
GRAND MANAN V on the run, replacement part for the ADVENTURE has been located in the mid-west U.S.A. A substantial piece of gear will require planning to transport it then installation will not be a quick matter, however can be done at Blacks Harbour.
Rob home this afternoon, going to BAYVIEW for his interview, set to do his practicum there in May, with a good prospect of being taken on the day after Graduation in June.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on March 05, 2014
No sun this morning, flurries are fairly intense but can see Ross Island Shore with no problem. Calm, temp -11C to rise slightly as the day moves along cold overnight. Remainder of the week temps and weather to improve to be more seasonal, around or above the freezing mark during the day and mainly clear for next several days.
Ferry Service resumed with the GRAND MANAN V out of Blacks Harbour yesterday at 5:30PM, will be some pent up traffic to clear over next few days and travel for the end of March Break to consider. No word on how long the ADVENTURE will be out of service. Problem with a Turbo Charger on the starboard engine apparently the culprit, this piece replaced a few months ago when she was in drydock.
Rob scheduled to make a trip home tomorrow, took BERNICE for annual inspection, major repairs required before she would be roadworthy. In the bay this morning at Canadian Tire getting her done, more than just a little help getting laundry money required this time around.
TUESDAY, MARCH 4/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on March 04, 2014
Beauty of a morning underway, bright, calm, however looks are deceiving colder here than on the prairie we are at -22C while Killarney a mere -21C. Temp will rise to single digits on the minus side as the day moves along. Similar temps and conditions till weeks end with plus temps for the weekend, one can only hope.
No ferry, developed engine trouble on first trip over yesterday. Major problems, ADVENTURE on the side for undetermined amount of time, the GRAND MANAN V being prepared for the run. The V required to be cleaned, de-winterized, etc. prior to getting on the run, hope is for late today, more realistic will be tomorrow before any service is restored. Stores of groceries will be tested as weekend shopping taken out of the inventory, and no supplies for three days or so just about clean things up.
Needless to day Rob didn't make the journey, will have to source a chance to have his car inspected in St. John, might even have to do his own laundry.
MONDAY, MARCH 3/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on March 03, 2014
Cold, and will become colder for next day or so, currently -11C, will make to -8C then by afternoon start a downward mode with -25C mentioned as an overnight low. Currently calm, however northerly to accompany the minus temps 25-30KPH wind-chill will be a factor.
Snow showers forecast yesterday, continued for most of the day, surprising the amount of snow that did fall. By dark the roads were bear, combination of salt and plough managed to keep things in great shape.
Rob travelling this afternoon, how long he remains aboard not yet determined.
SUNDAY, MARCH 2/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 12:13 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
A dusting of snow at the moment, can just make the Ross Island shore, temp a modest -1C. Temp and conditions to remain fairly static till this evening then clear and cold for the next few days. Not to compare with the prairies, has and remains in the -30C range for several days, winter just does not want to leave the premises.
Rob coming home tomorrow, a car appointment and laundry seem to be his order of the day for his March Break. Still quiet on the employment side for Emily, tis the season.
Scallop quota caught, lobster fishery on going, price in the $6/lb range, a slight drop this past week or so.
SATURDAY, MARCH 1/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 12:04 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
March coming in like a lamb, albeit a bit chilly, certainly nothing like folks in Manitoba at -29C this morning. We are currently -9C temp, bright sun, temp to rise near freezing level as the day unfolds. Similar conditions for tomorrow, long range looking clear and cool, no indication by temp that spring is a mere three weeks away.
OLD MAN WINTER, my favourite term, however the ARTIC VORTEX comments in the news practically every night has entered the weather vocabulary, at least for the moment. The OLD MAN certainly seems to enjoy the neighbourhood, with no obvious plans to move off anytime soon.
A quick trip to St. John yesterday, 11:30AM trip lots of folks travelling, back on 5:30PM again nearly a full trip, no strangers in the group, just lots of local getting around.