Sea ice is having trouble forming around here, as you can see by the recent images below. We’re beginning to wonder whether we’ll see significant cold and snow this winter.

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December is turning out to be a wimp. Our daily December temperatures consistently have been warmer than their historical averages, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s records for Hancock County (measuring Bar Harbor mostly).

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No major snowstorms are predicted for here in January – yet. Historically, January is our coldest month, but there is no prediction of Arctic blasts coming down from Canada any time soon.

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All the same, based on experience, we won’t be putting away the show shovels until mid-April. (Brooklin, Maine)