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SUNDAY, AUGUST 21/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:12 AM GMT on August 31, 2014
Damp, overcast, brisk SW breeze, temp 15C conditions to remain till they give showers and rain by nightfall. Similar for tomorrow, clearing for the remainder of the week temps to remain moderate.
Fishing news remains static, with a possible hint things may be improving on the Grey Zone, but no one is suggesting the numbers are similar to last year this time. Did see a CONNORS boat coming into North Head last evening, appeared to have some fish aboard, certainly not a load.
Rob returned to the city last boat yesterday, clean laundry and a bit of cash, seems his paycheque doesn't go as far he attempts to push it.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:35 AM GMT on August 30, 2014
Clear, a bit of a southerly draft making up, to be 25-30KPH by this afternoon, temp 12C will make it to high teens by this afternoon. The moisture in the forecast suggesting only cloudy periods with a long stretch of good conditions to follow.
Rob home on earlier trip yesterday, managed to find room in the car for a hamper full of laundry, leaving this evening, some of his group on the mainland making their way to lodgings to begin school next week.
Traffic back and forth remains steady, should see a dramatic drop by Tuesday, the GRAND MANAN V goes off the run next Saturday, travel will be a bit more congested when we return to the one ferry, another indication of the change of season is upon us.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 29/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on August 29, 2014
Brisk northerly as the day begins, to swing to the west and moderate as the day unfolds, temp 12C suggesting will top off before reaching the 20C mark, lots of sun, cloudy by Sunday with, showers to begin the new week. Fall like conditions evident again this morning, no doubt the change of seasons not too far away.
School opens on Tuesday, many trips to the mainland to insure proper clothes for school, and the senior students making their way to the various Universities and Tech School locations around the country now underway.
Still many whales, sharks and sun fish being observed on the Whale Watching trips each day. A little later showing up, but good numbers now they are in the area.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 28/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on August 28, 2014
Showered overnight, now total calm, harbour one of those few reflecting pond images of the trees on Ross Island coming half way cross the harbour. Temp 16C, high humidity, temp to make it low 20's, fairly strong SW by this afternoon. Lubec issued a high surf warning as CRISTOBEL makes her way by, far offshore, if Lubec has high surf pretty hard for it not to stop here on the way.
Rob making a quick visit over the weekend, late Friday till late Sat., must be a Car Show somewhere in the area that he must attend. Then it will be Thanksgiving before he pays a visit one must suspect.
GRAND MANAN V has another week on the run, then she is off to drydock in NFLD for a few weeks, she was scheduled to go this past spring, however the ADVENTURE was off the run just prior to her date, decision made to post pone the trip till now.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on August 27, 2014
Same weather this morning as the past few days, a bit of a southerly draft that will increase to 25-30KPH as the day unfolds, no change in conditions till Sunday and then suggesting a possibility of showers by Monday, a few days of overcast and cooler temps for next week.
Quiet in the fishing area, a little indication the Grey Zone may be starting to show a little promise, no horror stories of gear conflict as was the case a few weeks ago, still a large number of boats, from both nations, sharing the bottom, seem to have spread out more.
Emily still getting some hours at the tankhouse, Rob still no decision if he is coming this weekend or laying low in St. John. Some of his local buddies going to school there and making the move to their new digs over the next few days.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on August 26, 2014
A bit of haze again this morning, no clouds, a draft SW will be 25-30KPH by this afternoon, temp 16C, again weatherman suggesting we will not make it to the 20's, must take issue once again, never the less a nice day in the offing. Still says similar conditions till Sunday when a shower is in the forecast.
Trip to St. John with Donna's dad, went well, not too much time waiting in the clinic, managed to help out COSTCO with a visit. Traffic fairly heavy coming and going on the boat, lots of young people getting prepared for school on the run, traffic cycle will change in the very near future once school reconvenes.
Managed a moment with Rob, at his place of work, he is certainly the baby of the crowd, things appear to be going well, with lots of work at the shop. Emily getting hours at the tankhouse, as they are getting prepared to expand to be ready for the upcoming season in November.
MONDAY, AUGUST 25/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:31 AM GMT on August 25, 2014
Calm, a bit of haze evident this morning, temp 13C will climb as the day moves along, weatherman suggesting we won't make it to the 20 level, hard to imagine we won't get by that give high temps on the mainland. Southerly flow but not to be over 20KPH, proper to keep the temp a bit cooler if we do have hot and humid conditions.
Lots of ferry traffic yesterday, Music Festival wound up in the afternoon, seems a number of folks from and local took in the event, acts from all over in attendance.
Fishery news quiet, no sign of any activity in Whale Cove yesterday, again in seasons past a number of the weirs would have been ready with herring for the factory, not so far this year.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 24/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:08 AM GMT on August 24, 2014
Calm, no air movement whatsoever, a cool 11C will make it to the 20's as the day moves along, southerly influence by this afternoon, but not to amount to much. Similar conditions for the next few days, no moisture in the forecast.
Community remains busy with all the events yesterday also a SUMMERS END FOLK FESTIVAL ongoing, great weather for the event and a number of 'strangers from away' taking the event.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:24 AM GMT on August 23, 2014
No trouble feeling we are about to have a change of the season, overcast, a slight northerly draft, temp 15C, a fall like feel and look to the elements this morning. These conditions to remain for the day, sun for tomorrow and into the new week, temps around 20C.
Klaus being laid to rest this afternoon, a three on three Memorial Basketball Tournament for Danielle and a wedding in the community, all functions of importance to those families involved and the community as whole.
Emily has been working at the tankhouse this week, busy with lobster, crabs and maintenance of the cages the animals are stored in the tanks, condos as the tubes are referred to as. Expansion of the facility getting under way this next week.
Fishery news remains quiet, did notice some of the CONNORS boats away from the wharf, must be herring somewhere for them to pick up.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 22/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on August 22, 2014
Variable cloudiness to start the day, temp 15C with a NE draft, wind to remain from NE and increase 20KPH by this afternoon, temp to make it low 20's with sun coming and going, similar conditions for the next few days.
Nick laid to rest yesterday, Klaus tomorrow, with difficulty community slowly on the rebound.
My feathered grease gun crowd seems to be increasing in numbers, placed a Canadian Flag at ground level, in hopes this might move them along. The way they gathered around it appears this group very patriotic, they just kept clear of it enough to keep from getting hit when it flapped in the wind.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 21/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on August 21, 2014
A bit hazy this morning, still a grand weather start to the day, temp 15C, calm, weatherman suggesting temp will not reach the 20 level, he will no doubt miss this, as has been the case for the past several days, temps getting into the warm range for this part of the world, mid 20's and beyond. Longrange still suggesting great conditions will be the norm, no moisture in the near future.
Yesterday a fitting farewell for Billy, very large representation from the community, the Honour Guard of EMT's from around the country impressive, a show of solidarity that all First Responders appreciate unique to those in the profession.
The coming and going of the community slowly moving forward, the events of the past few weeks still dominate the conversation, and many end with just a shaking of the head.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on August 20, 2014
Another grand weather day, calm, not a cloud to be had, temp 16C, to remain clear temp to rise mid 20's with a draft from NW to move around the compass as the day moves along, hopefully enough draft to keep the temp moderate.
Billy's funeral this afternoon from the Community School, anticipate a large turnout from the community and beyond. A large contingent of his fellow EMT's from around the Province will be here to show solidarity for one of their own.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 19/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on August 19, 2014
A grand weather day, nary a cloud in the sky, as the sun gains a bit of power a slight westerly draft evident, temp 14C, will make it to the mid 20's by early afternoon. The westerly to remain may increase to 15-20KPH, by this afternoon, similar conditions for the next several days.
Community coping with the most recent tragic events, dates and times for funerals and visitations are in place. The outreach from all over has been great and certainly well earned by those involved, the thoughts well appreciated by the community. No definitive explanation for the plane crash, still under investigation, will be a few months before a preliminary report is released, up to a year to compile a final.
MONDAY, AUGUST 18/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on August 18, 2014
Showers have stopped, clouds appearing to breaking up, a draft from NW appears to be bringing clear skies, wind to swing west and clear up, temp 14C, suggestion is a few degrees rise is all we can expect. A mix of sun and cloud for the next few days.
The sadness continues, last evening a member of the recent graduation class took his life, the second loss from the class in a very few weeks. He was same age and a friend of Robs, when he was at the complex always come into my office to exchange a few insults, he is missed.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 17/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:14 AM GMT on August 17, 2014
If cloud cover any lower would be foggy, can see the Ross Island Shore, but tree tops obscured by the fog. Calm, temp mid teens, not much change in temp with showers in the forecast for this afternoon, and to start the week.
Community once again in mourning, early yesterday morning aircraft returning from a Medevac crashed short of the runway, pilot and an EMT died at the scene, the other pilot and nurse survived with non life threatening injuries. Circumstances of the crash under investigation.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on August 16, 2014
Supposed to be clear, however cloud cover, certainly looking as if we could have some rain. Calm, temp 14C, not forecast to reach the 20C mark today, wind to pick up from SW 20-25KPH by this afternoon. Showers for tomorrow and Monday, looking not too bad as next week unfolds.
Rob making a sojourn home for a sleepover, late boat tonight till late boat tomorrow, will get caught up on what is going on with him, Emily and Colton planned on an overnight camping endeavour today, however with conditions the way they are might reconsider, or at least that is my thought.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 15/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on August 15, 2014
The clouds moved off for a moment, nice sun, a slight shift in the wind, now shroud of fog has entered the harbour, temp 14C might make it to the 20C level by this afternoon. Statement is variable clouds for the day and tomorrow, moisture in the area, may get the odd shower, Sunday suggesting we will have showers going into next week.
Geese, larger numbers this time around, believe a different group, got them airborne instead of just waddling down over the seawall they took flight, making lots of noise vacating the premises.
The amount rain we had down, a soaker, nothing compared to what they had down the Maine Coast, beneficial on this end destructive to the folks in Maine.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 14/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on August 14, 2014
No sun in the eyes this morning, rain overnight appears to have let up, but lots of dark clouds to give rain at a moments notice. Easterly 15-20KPH, gradual swing to the south, with westerly giving clearing skies later tonight or tomorrow. Temp a nice 16C, will make it to near 20C as the day moves along, next couple of days nice with Sunday a return of the moisture.
We have had nothing like the amount of rain folks in southern and northern Maine had dropped on them. Appears the system tracked more inland as it made it along the coast, best we had was an moderate amount of rain, needed to some extent, but will put up with the sun when it shows up again.
The Official Opening of the new marine facilities at Seal Cove on the go for this afternoon, a grand facility it is, a great asset to the Fishing and Aquaculture Industries, certainly a location pleasure craft of all sizes can utilize at anytime of the year.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 9:07 AM GMT on August 13, 2014
A slight change in weather conditions this morning, just before daylight, thick fog, calm, a cool 8C with a slight draft from the east. Clearing skies with temps in low 20's as the day moves along, with rain in the forecast for overnight and tomorrow, clearing and mild for the weekend.
A quick run to St. John with Donna's dad to have a check on his recently upgraded pacemaker, at 93 he enjoys the travel, but the wandering around looking for must haves at CANDIAN TIRE not the draw it once was, not very long ago.
Last evening crew going to seine the IRON LADY, a rare occurrence this year, didn't appear to be any activity around the other weirs in the area.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 12/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on August 12, 2014
Another grand start to the day, total calm, clear, full tides showing a great deal of the bottom of the harbour, the bar running almost to Ross Island. Temp 12C, can expect low 20's once again, air flow to be southerly then swinging to the east as the day unfolds, getting prepared for a bit of moisture on Thursday.
The ferry service restored, traffic load being looked after, haven't learned of any folks put out by the downtime of the ADVENTURE.
Fishing industry news remains static, however tankhouse appears to be ramping up a bit with shipments coming a bit more steady this week.
MONDAY, AUGUST 11/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on August 11, 2014
Another grand start to the day, total calm, 13C will be in the 20's again today with a humidity factor will be warm by the afternoon, cools down overnight. Forecast remains steady, however a bit of moisture indicated for Thursday, then returning to these conditions. Easterly flow yesterday, what we have today from the same quadrant, season change before too long.
Both ferries on the run by 1:30PM yesterday, engine trouble on the ADVENTURE not related to the turbo-charger, took a few hours to make the change, about 24 hours. Engine Room crew did a grand job getting her up and going ASAP. Don't know how many folks were impacted by the change in available opportunities to come and go.
Emily has a few hours at the Tankhouse again this morning, they have been shipping and receiving crab on a regular basis this past week or so.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 10/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:05 AM GMT on August 10, 2014
Another made to order weather morning, bright sun, temp already in mid teens, calm, indication will be the norm for the next several days. Air movement still northerly influence change to southerly later on with an indication may have some fog patches overnight.
The ADVENTURE our of service for most of the day yesterday, made it to Blacks then spent the day getting her moving again. This time not the turbo-charger, supposed to have things back to normal today, the GRAND MANAN V made some extra trips to pick up the slack and the scheduled Dangerous Goods trip postponed.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 9/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on August 09, 2014
A slight northerly draft assuring us of bright sunshine, temp 14C, weatherman suggesting will not make 20C today, however he has been very low on this predictions for the past several days, has been much higher. Similar weather for the next few days.
One thing this weather has assured is I have lawn to mow, almost ideal growing conditions, or at least seems that way. The riding portion not the case, but certainly the pushing is such, of course. Feather grease gun again on the lawn, they take their time vacating when I attempt to get them to move, a nonchalant exit as I yell and walk towards them.
Rob not visiting this weekend, Emily has a few hours at the tankhouse, did a few hours of lobster shipment yesterday, and today crab to crated for shipping.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 8/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on August 08, 2014
Overcast, total calm, 14C expect low 20's with a northerly flow in the forecast for remainder of the day. Similar forecast, with possible Tstorms the next day or so.
A Basking Shark at FLAGGS COVE yesterday, apparently easily visible from shore by those in the water or taking in a few rays. These sharks seem to become more common these past few years, an increase in population or a change in the water temp and what this means for the food they require?
Fishery news remains quiet, the herring carriers don't appear to be moving much, no indication of what catch level is like for lobster, and just a couple of boats crab fishing so far this season.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 7/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on August 07, 2014
A grand change in the morning weather, clear, a slight draft from the west, temp 15C, expected to be in 20's as the day unfolds, long range indicating similar conditions for the next several days.
Tourist Traffic seems to be steady, with very few making the late trip off the island last evening. Seems to be a large number of folks making a day trip, with the expanded schedule with timing just right a Whale Watch tour is possible and still return to the mainland in one day.
Fishery news remains quiet, crab boats are at, however how the catch is can't say.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on August 06, 2014
Fog and geese on the lawn becoming the start to the morning. a muggy 14C, to see the shore akin to looking through a wool mitten, barely make out the shoreline. Suggestion it will clear with possible showers in the area later on. Next few days giving a bit of cloudy periods, mostly sun and mild temps, will see how close they are this time around. Yesterday forecast a high in the teens made it to mid 20's, high humidity and little afternoon air movement.
A Whale Watchers delight this past few days, report of a pod of that many Right Whales suggests whatever food they were chasing has made its way to this area, now if the weather will allow the operators to get a crowd off there should be some pleased visitors.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on August 05, 2014
Must be morning, fog with the sun attempting to burn it off, calm, temp 14C, again suggesting will only rise a couple of degrees, cloudy periods and high humidity. Threat of showers for next few days diminishing, with sun and nice temps in the forecast.
The family of Canada Geese on the new mown lawn, leaving a mess wherever they go, scare them off, but once I am gone they return. The dog enjoys watching them from a distance, doesn't go anywhere near them, suppose they are bigger than he, discretion being the better part of valour.
NEW BRUNSWICK DAY, AUGUST 4/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on August 04, 2014
Holiday starting with the fog just not beginning to burn off, supposed to clear as the day moves along, temp 14C, once again saying not to rise much, haven't had that correct all week, temps have been higher than forecast, humidity also a factor this past week. Giving similar conditions for tomorrow with showers and rain for mid week.
Doing the tour yesterday many vehicles taking in the sights, still a vast majority from Upper Canada, and a good number of vehicles with New Brunswick plates that would qualify as 'strangers from away'.
Fishery news remains quiet, if any weirs have fish they would be seined today, did notice the GULLEY getting her top twine yesterday, she will be in fishing order a few weeks behind schedule.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:08 AM GMT on August 03, 2014
A bit of moisture overnight, beginning to clear, harbour once again millpond calm, temp 16C, suggested high is 18C, with sun, temp has been well ahead of what has been in the forecast, with high humidity to go along with it. Sun for next couple of days with showers by mid-week.
If the crowds are any indication the ROTARY FESTIVAL has enjoyed great success, today will be the wind up with a limited number of events on the calendar. The weather has co-operated fully, the parade was great, a number of floats and old cars, band and a dancing group from the Chinese Community are some of the highlights. The Rotarians are to be commended for all the hours they put in each year to make the event the success it has become.
Fishery news quiet, a bit of halibut quota left, but probably used up by this time. The catch was spotty, and took a bit longer than expected to land what was available.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 11:22 AM GMT on August 02, 2014
Fog has disappeared, forecast suggesting a high of 16C and overcast, already 18C, muggy, high cloud cover with the sun attempting to take over. Similar conditions in the forecast for tomorrow. The next few days has moved the moisture off the forecast with mostly sun and a hint of clouds on occasion.
The start to the ROTARY FESTIVAL appears to be off in grand style, lots of youngsters taking advantage of the inflatables and various games yesterday, same for today. Parade at noon, then events and market at the Community Centre.
Rob off to Moncton this morning to take in the car show, Rachel in harness yesterday, believe just a day trip, take in the events and return this evening. Emily has a few hours at the tankhouse, she hopes to through in time to take in the parade at noon.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1/14
By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on August 01, 2014
Harbour millpond calm, no air moving, flood tide, can see the inflow of the Bay, overcast, fog has moved off, expect to clear as the day moves along, temp 15C will make it to low 20's with a bit of southerly by later on this afternoon. Festival weather iffy at the moment, suggesting showers for tomorrow with overcast and then sunny for Sunday, covering all the weather bases.
Donna and her cronies making the rounds with afternoon Tea at the various locations in commence this time of year, all good with many other locals doing the same. The lament now is what will it be like in a few weeks when the opportunity is locked up for the winter months.
A few crates of lobster or crab at the car in Ingalls Head, odd to see them this time of year. they will be heading for the tankhouse, as a few of the critters being held are now moving onto the market.