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By: GRANDMANAN , 11:50 AM GMT on January 12, 2012

An ominous sliver of bright red sky peering through the cloud cover over Ross Island. A steady breeze from NNE a harbinger of the messey weather headed both from the south and west. Gale force from noon today till tomorrow afternoon. We are on the edge of a snow event then rain, wth a bit of freezing rain in the mix during the transition from snow to rain sometime within the next twenty-four hours.

No direct report from anyone scalloping, just anecdotal they are scarce with the most being reported in the two basket tow then dropping off to less after a very few tows. Yesterday the fleet had spread out some, today will be difficult to find an area the wind won't drive them.

NHL LEGENDS game getting more interest, one of the players had to drop off. The replacement Matt STAIRS, a New Brunswick native retired from Major League baseball this past season, folks excited to have him in the mix.

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7:18 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
Afternoon David, storm noW in commence with wind and snow at the present time, hope it will soon turn to rain otherwise road crew will have lots to do to keep ahead of the slush making.
Sounds as if power interruption a common occurrence on your piece of the planet, or heaven forbid, you folks are prepared for these things. We have 'interruptions' a few times winter. After a few hours duration one thinks to himself there is a method to prevent this, i.e. a generator. The power returns and the idea moves down the list and at our house right off the list - till next time. I seem to get the credit for the lack of progress - imagine that.
Our mail boat, the new ferry, a grand vessel coming and going travels very well in high winds. The problem comes when she reaches the wharf, lots of vessel to catch the wind. We were on her the other day nearly 40knt of wind, she didn't move just a hell of bang once in awhile when the seas would hit her.
Have a good one.

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7:09 PM GMT on January 12, 2012

Afternoon CHUNKS, best get ready, snow beginning here as forecast. The temp on the rise currently -3C, will soon have more southerly influence and rain overnight. Wind to remain a factor till late tomorrow afternoon. The become cooler and clear but wind all weekend.
This weekend to be a big weekend for our hockey legacy, first team from 'away', KV is schedule to arrive on first boat Saturday morning. The age group 11-14 our fellows more than pumped. We have been a force to reckon with in the basketball world since high school built here in the late 40's, now will wait till we get some hockey know how then look out.
Looks like an evening to read a book and watch a little TV, disturbance moving through will give us a bit of everything, appears you guys will have more snow than us - he says wistfully.
Have a good one.

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2. chunks
5:07 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
Dear Rob:

I am out of here to get 'stuff' before the storm from hell arrives. You can feel the moisture in the air and the wind has begun to spring up. This is just going to be one of those pieces of ass storms. Mess, mess, mess ....

Hope all goes well there - as well as with David. Speaking of which - I loved his comment 'mail boat cancelled'. How many people can say that.

Well, Phantom, the cat - is not putting up with any more computing. As we speak she is shredding the table leg trying to get attention. The first 20 minutes of my home from work time are supposed to be devoted to her (apparently) ARG.

Hold on to your hats and everything else you have.

Word. Chunks.
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2:49 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
Weather outlook is on the downhill slope for a day or two. It will be good for the upland ski areas and snowmobilers for sure. Our mail boat has been cancelled for this afternoon and most likely tomorrow as well. Easterlies just raise hell on Great Cranberry town dock and the ride from NE Harbor can get quite unpleasant. Our harbor will be in the lee so it will be calm here. Everyone has their generator full of gas and a spare can or three.

Matt Stairs now lives in Bangor and is very active in ice hockey in that area. It is good to see pro athletes remember where they come from and take an interest in local events. GRand Manan is fortunate to get such a great hockey event. I imagine all will be thrilled.

Little scalloping along the coast in our area. Cobscook Bay was closed for the year as it was deemed full of immature scallops and DMR wanted to protect them and let them grow for another year. Shrimping is in for a shortened season as last year's harvest was over the TAC--total allowable catch. I think they are done the end of January.
Hang tight and stay warm,
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