A collection of drone video clips around West Island and Hoppy's Landing. Beautiful Sunrise, sunsets and shoreline views. Our insured UAVs are professionally flown, registered and commercially licensed with the FAA.
JANUARY THAW Ice formations loosened up around Hoppy's Landing at Long Island - Fairhaven, MA, as the recent Arctic Blast was replaced by a brief southwesterly wind and brought temperatures above freezing for the first time since Christmas. A compilation of ground still shots and drone aerials taken January 9, 2018 at 11AM. *ML's Note: Today's high temperature reached 39.8!
Stunning drone footage capturing West Island through the 4 Seasons. Compiled with still and video images on the ground with highlights of popular MLBaron photos posted on line for westislandweather.com. A keepsake of memories for those who summered here or those planning to someday. Produced and Directed by award winning videographer MBaron, of the West Island Weather Station. As seen on The Weather Channel.
EVERY 90 SECONDS A CHRISTMAS TREE WILL BE CUT Fairhaven - Since 2001, The Douglass Family Annual Christmas Tree Sale down the end of Sconticut Neck Road, Fairhaven, MA will get underway December 9 and 10th. Buyers can choose and cut the tree of their choice., or it can be cut for you. "The tree farm was started to restore the land to an agricultural use and to provide a retirement job. There was a grand but undefined plan to use some of the proceeds for charitable causes but we were thinking of scholarships or food banks. When we became aware of ALS TDI and their mission and how it could impact our family, it was a no-brainer." Dick Douglass *ML's Note: A drought last year halted sales. A first time look from the Douglass Tree Farm from the air shows the wide expanse of healthy trees available this season. For more info contact: Dick Douglass at [email protected] or 508-990-8592 DHD Video for westislandweather.com Music from Home Alone Movie Theme 1990
The King Tide was merciful this Tuesday morning at the high tide cycle at 8AM, November 15, 2016. The yards, under water, are part of the properties that abutt Almond St - on the west shoreline of West Island. Full Moon tides are at their highest this time in the Fall and around the first week of Spring when the sun and moon exert a double gravitational pull, creating higher tides than usual. Add a storm system with a southerly wind direction, and tidal surges can get much worse along Southern Mass and Buzzards Bay. The hurricane barrier has been busy with scheduled closings and very likely will continue over the next few cycles.
REFLECTIVE PROPERTIES - Dusk at West Island this flat calm and mild evening, Sunday - November 12, 2017 at 5PM. City lights from downtown New Bedford, 6 miles away can be seen on the upper right. Sconticut Neck and the lights from the causeway added for a nice clip to wrap up the weekend. *ML's Note - Go full screen - enjoy! DHD Video for westislandweather.com
In Spanish or Italian, BELLA VISTA needs no translation here at West Island. The Summer of 2017 had some spectacular weather days despite some bad weather events that got most of our attention. We have compiled some nice little clips of selected sites around West Island, and will post more of the series soon. This clip shot on August 26, 2017 on the west isade of West Island near Bella Vista, a 4 acre little island. The temperature was 72.2F with a gentle breeze in transition at the time of this video, out of the northwest and then shifted to west-southwest 1124AM. The ocean temp was 71 degrees. Barometer 30.27" and the humidity dry at 50%. *ML's Note: Our fleet of insured UAVs are professionally flown, registered and commercially licensed with the FAA.
A FOG BANK ENGULFED WEST ISLAND AFTER A THUNDERSTORM A typical late May "upper-level disturbance" (aka a thunderstorm) passed through Buzzards Bay and The Cape, this Wednesday afternoon, May 31, 2017. A rolling fog bank came in quickly overtaking the island and our cameras, but made for a cool clip. Enter the sound and wide screen for best viewing. As the last day of May departed along with this storm system, a dreary weather pattern this afternoon was a good send-off to one of the top 6 wettest Mays on record in the region. June is on shaky ground for a possible repeat. Almost twice as much rain fell for the month than usual. *ML's Note: Our Weather Review stats for the month will be posted shortly. DHD Video for westislandweather.com
Sunrise from Long Island looking east over West Island and Buzzards Bay, Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 521AM. Partly cloudy days this time of the year, can render incredible sunrise and sunset events. Light angles, color and the sea shower you with rich, vibrant color and contrast, unfortunately for a brief moment. The temperature was 59.3 and the ocean was 55 degrees. The wind out of the southwest at 6, gusting to 9MPH. The humidity was on the rise at 83%, with air-conditioners being turned on for the first time (if you have one) by Thursday. A classic New England contrast in weather from cold, wet and raw a couple of days ago to hazy, hot and humid. (Music : Lament by Libera) Weather conditions from West Island Town Beach at westislandweather.com
Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School students constructed and built almost 2 dozen picnic tables for a tri-town area. It was a student produced, community service project.
Fairhaven Juniors Tara Cox and Lexi Lees thought of the idea for this project for the annual SKILLS USA, a national vocational school competition.
A grant from Lowe's Home Improvements provided the lumber, materials and tools. Big Wheels Towing tranported the tables free of charge to New Bedford, Dartmouth and at Long Island - Hoppy's Landing in Fairhaven.
"Visitors to Hoppy's Landing will now be able to enjoy spectacular views of Buzzards Bay from these tables." said Tim Cox, Fairhaven Harbormaster. Vegetation and landscaping indigenous to Long Island will also be planted under the supervision of vegetation expert Louise Barteaux of West Island.
NB Voc-Tech received a 3rd Place-Bronze Award on the state level for this project. (*ML's Note: : Last year, they came in first.) Check out this weeks edition of Fairhaven Neighborhood News for more pics and details.
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Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School students constructed and built almost 2 dozen picnic tables for a tri-town area. It was a student produced, community service project. Fairhaven Juniors Tara Cox and Lexi Lees thought of the idea for this project for the annual SKILLS USA, a national vocational school competition. A grant from Lowe's Home Improvements provided the lumber, materials and tools. Big Wheels Towing tranported the tables free of charge to New Bedford, Dartmouth and at Long Island - Hoppy's Landing in Fairhaven. "Visitors to Hoppy's Landing will now be able to enjoy spectacular views of Buzzards Bay from these tables." said Tim Cox, Fairhaven Harbormaster. Vegetation and landscaping indigenous to Long Island will also be planted under the supervision of vegetation expert Louise Barteaux of West Island. NB Voc-Tech received a 3rd Place-Bronze Award on the state level for this project. (*ML's Note: : Last year, they came in first.) Check out this weeks edition of Fairhaven Neighborhood News for more pics and details. MLBaron DHD Video westislandweather.com
Trails and beaches exposed before the spring foliage arrives on West Island. Video by The West Island Weather Station - KA1WBH. West Island is located off southern Massachusetts in Buzzards Bay about 8 miles northwest of Martha's Vineyard and 13 miles west of the Cape Cod Canal. Almost half of the 750 acre island is a pristine state reservation. The 338 acre reservation is owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Conservation and Recreation. An educational poster at the park entrance describes the reservation as a habitat for common and rare resident and migratory bird species. The land includes salt marshes, brackish ponds, mud flats, rocky headlands, wetlands, hardwood forests and sandy beaches. The land was acquired in 1988, from Realty Transfer of New Jersey for $1.6 million. Visit the reservation on line and live weather web cams on site at http://www.westislandweather.com/westislandreservation.htm
A PEACEFUL FLAT CALM This spectacular video looking to from Hoppy's Landing to Wilbur Point 1 mile away. It's ironic that the sun at its lowest in the sky can bring such brilliant light to create imagery like this., with a little help of no breeze. The music although haunting - was actually very beautiful and perfect for this clip with the music slowing pulsating in waves. Surreal sound for a surreal video. "Voices carry very far on still water like this. I once had a "conversation" with someone on Reservation Rd from Fort Phoenix. I've heard the Dartmouth band playing from Wilburs Point." Eric Mikal Birkeland The earth is also nearest to the sun this time of year and is fast approaching (perihelion) its peak in about 30 days. *ML's Note - Many might question how the earth can be the closest to the sun this time of year while the winter brings us the shortest days and coldest temps. The problem is the low angle of the sun and its speed across the sky. In a nut shell - the sun isn't high or out long enough in the northern hemisphere. December Solstice (Winter Solstice) is on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 5:44 am in Boston. This day is 6 hours, 13 minutes shorter than on June Solstice. In most locations north of Equator, the shortest day of the year is around this date. Earliest sunset is on December 8. However, our friends in the southern hemisphere are beginning to enjoy the Summer of 2016-2017. MLBaron DHD Video - West Island Weather Station Dec 7 2016 at 1230PM. http://www.westislandweather.com
In 1987, SAVE WEST ISLAND was formed. This small grassroots group fought to save the pristine backside of West Island from being destroyed into a development of over 100 homes and become private property forever. In December of 1988, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts signed into an agreement for the purchase and acquisition of over 350 acres of the bird sanctuaries, forestry and wetlands and named it "The West Island State Reservation". "Save West Island" received the coveted National Award "A" from the Audubon Society in 1989 for "Excellence in Environmental Action". It was an honor to have served as the groups Publicity Director. After looking back, I can vouch for a lot of my fellow members, that this was one of the greatest "Leaps of Faith" in our lifetime. I waited for the right sky for a reason when producing this clip. Photo Album of Save West Island memorabilia: http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/album? MLBaron DHD Video - Enter Full Screen and turn on the sound. Visit the West Island State Reservation web page here: http://www.westislandweather.com/westislandreservation.htm