RECENT PHOTOS 2013 RECENT PHOTOS 2013 Moon Set March 27 2013 620AM Good Morning from West Island South Point SkyCam - Wednesday March 27, 2013 at 620AM. The first full moon for Spring sets in the west at the same angle of sunset this time of year. Although the March Full Moon is referred to as The Worm Moon, there are other moon names from different cultures. Colonial American: FISH Moon, Chinese: SLEEPY Moon, American Indian: WINDY Moon, Medieval: CHASTE Moon, and Celtic: MOON of WINDS. For more cool moon names check out this link: 176826791 Causeway Lights at Dusk March 2013 The causeway at dusk 738PM 3 26 2013. Night lights take over the horizon ending another day and last Tuesday in March. Looks like The Winter of 2013 is in "cease-fire" mode. Springlike weather making its way into the region via mild south westerly winds. Temps in the 50's are on its way. 176826792 Sunrise February 2013 West Island Town Beach 176826911 A Pink Sunrise at Town Beach February 2013 The Town Beach at 6:20 AM today. This could be the last nice sunrise we see for a few days before unsettled weather moves in tonight and possibly last into Friday. Lots of cloudy days after that. Enjoy today's nice weather. Not bad for the last Tuesday in February. 176826912 Easter Sunrise March 31, 2013 Town Beach Easter Sunrise at West Island Town Beach. 6:25AM 3-31-2013. 36.5F Wind Calm SW / Partly cloudy. Today's Weather: Highs around 52F. South wind 3 to 16 MPH, gusting to 21 MPH. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with heavy showers. Lows around 45F. Wind chill around 38F. South southeast wind 11 to 18 MPH, gusting to 26 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 100%. Precipitation amounts between one half and three quarters of an inch possible. Photo from South Point SkyCam. (The lense needs some cleaning) 177029678 A "Weather Guy's Kind of Sky" A beautiful dusk sky will herald in some great weather this week, especially Wednesday - you have my permission to take the day off - (still ask your boss though)! Temps will try to hit 70! West Island SkyCam 738hrs 4-14-2013 177816126 An Early Morning Delivery by TUG The Tug Eric M. McAllister with over 5,000 horse power pushes a barge loaded with a large crane inbound by Angelica Island into New Bedford Harbor. ( 635AM 4-15-2013) The barge and crane came from Cuttyhunk Island 14 miles away. Most of Cuttyhunk's vital supplies of food, construction material, sand, gravel, vehicles and an occasional Fire Truck are delivered by barge from New Bedford. The Eric M. McAllister is a common sight in Buzzards Bay based out of New Bedford. Photo from West Island Weather Station South Point SkyCam. 177932367 Dusk at the Causeway 4-20-2013 2000HRS from West Island SkyCam 1 mile away. Nice seasonal weather ahead - FROST ADVISORY tonight - watch those sensitive plants. Smooth sailing ahead weather-wise right into last week of April and 1st part of May. No significant storms in sight at this time. Minor isolated shower events in between - chilly nights. Sun angle equivalent to 3rd week in August. 178118899 A Late season Noreaster (4-23/24-2013) heads out to sea. SouthCoast got brushed by the storm. Gust at WIWS 30MPH with less than .40 inches of rain. Barometer bottomed out at 29.88 at 3:28 AM. It was cold, wet and raw. Nicer weather on the way - gorgeous weekend ahead. Early predictions indicate a hot summer in store. 178319914 West Island Sunrise April 30, 2013 5:41AM A beautiful sunrise from the north end of Dogwood St, West Island this morning of April 2013 at 5:41AM. The temp this morning was 45 degrees with a calm breeze last out of the SE. The early birds start singing 330 in the morning out here - listen to the natural sounds captured this morning and contemplate your new day. A long stretch of spectacular weather continues in the Northeast. Sunny skies with temps in the mid to upper 60's and chilly nights expected over the next 7 days+.The first day of Summer is in 51 days. A relaxation video by MLBaron.. 178607709 NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow passes through Buzzards Bay NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow passes through Buzzards Bay with West Island Tower in the foreground. The ship was launched at VT Halter Marine, in Pascagoula, Mississippi on July 8, 2005. Henry B. Bigelow is the second of four new fisheries survey ships to be built by NOAA. Christened Henry B. Bigelow by Catherine Silver of Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., on behalf of the ship's sponsor, Mrs. Judd Gregg, wife of the senior senator from New Hampshire, the ship is one of the most technologically advanced fisheries survey vessels in the world. Mrs. Gregg was unable to attend the ceremony at the shipyard in Moss Point, Miss., but designated Silver as her representative. Silver was the team leader of students from Winnacunnet High School who won a regional NOAA contest in 2004 to name the ship. Photo by West Island South Point AXIS Long Range Cam 178640519 Snake in the Grass A young West Island Snake about 16" long gives a mean stare to the camera. I usually check around for little critters before I weed whack so they don't get whacked! These are common snakes around here and sometimes they make it into our kitchen. Photo taken at 840AM (5-08-2013) at The West Island Weather Station. 179017588 An Old Classic Structure A rare look at The New Bedford Yacht Club c1905. Photo taken of the south facing part of the building. This building was originally painted red. It has textbook Stick Style detailing, particularly on the porch. The twelve foot square tower is capped by jerkinhead dormers, iron cresting, and a sailing ship weather vane. Radically altered in the 1930's, it was all swept away by the 1938 hurricane. Hammond was a successful New Bedford architect as well as a decades-long member of the New Bedford Yacht Club. . Caption & Photo Courtesy of The Claire T Carney Library UMASS Dartmouth. For more on the 1938 Hurricane: 179036960 New Bedford Yacht Club c1915 A rare look at The New Bedford Yacht Club c1905. Photo taken of the south facing part of the building. This building was originally painted red. It has textbook Stick Style detailing, particularly on the porch. The twelve foot square tower is capped by jerkinhead dormers, iron cresting, and a sailing ship weather vane. Radically altered in the 1930's, it was all swept away by the 1938 hurricane. Hammond was a successful New Bedford architect as well as a decades-long member of the New Bedford Yacht Club. . Caption & Photo Courtesy of The Claire T Carney Library UMASS Dartmouth. For more on the 1938 Hurricane: 179036963 The New Bedford Yacht Club c1910 The New Bedford Yacht Club in it's heyday looking east on Rt 6 towards Fairhaven. Old postcard photo c1910 For more on the 1938 Hurricane: 179036961 A flat calm morning May 28, 2013 Good Morning from Wilbur Pt (Ft Rodman in the background) on flat calm waters on the last Tuesday of May 2013 6:30 AM. The "Dog Days" of Summer expected to make an early arrival to Summer by the end of this week. The ocean temp off West Island is 60 degrees. The 1st day of Summer is in 23 days. Photo by West Island Weather Station South Point AXIS Cam. 179946549 The "MYSTIC" Enters The Harbor June 2013 The 170 foot 3-masted Schooner "MYSTIC" recently entered New Bedford Harbor on a bright afternoon on its way to The Fairhaven Shipyard. The "MYSTIC" built in 2007 in Florida is a passenger vessel with a capacity of 150 day passengers and an overnight capacity of 34 with 17 double cabins according to their web site. This is the time of year when vessels of all kinds transit the waters of Buzzards Bay. Photo by West Island Weather Station South Point AXIS Cam 180368029 Have a Great Evening ! Sunset from West Island Have a great evening ! Sunset from West Island - June 5 2013 at 8:15 PM. Temperature 61.2 degrees, winds out of the south at 8 MPH. ANDREA The first named storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed and its remains expected to impact SE New England with heavy rain late Friday into Saturday. 180374817 The Remains of ANDREA The remains of ANDREA over Block Island this morning (730AM). GOES Satellite Imagery. The sun should break though with scattered showers, maybe a rainbow in showers later today? 180481097 A Morning Classic from West Island A Morning Classic - A boater heads out into the bay on flat calm 64 degree waters from Hoppy's Landing this morning (June 9 2013 at 5:45 AM) The clear visibility on the horizon shows the steeple of St Anthony's Church (upper left) and St Kilian's Church in New Bedford - North End 8 miles away. Photo by West Island Weather Station AXIS Cam located near Town Beach. Have a great day! Rain moves in Monday. 180523201 Sunset from West Island - Jun 19 2013 Sunset from West Island South Point Weather Station at 8:05 PM. The Summer Solstice officially begins Friday at 1:04 AM. A more summer like weather pattern is taking shape with minimal storm activity as of this post for the next week or more. Temps in the 80's. For the latest Weather conditions at Town Beach , including Solar and UV tanning index visit this link: 181041131 Can I Play Too? Silas and Shelby venture out on a long sandbar exposed from the full-moon tide. on the south side of the causeway bridge this afternoon. Sunday June 24 at 2PM 181213775 Summer Way To Travel on West Island A jet ski just passes underneath the causeway bridge entering the north side. 181213776 A family day of fun on the water. This somewhat crowded motor boat navigated under the causeway bridge and blew an air horn to alert any swimmers or fishermen on the bridge above. 181213777 A Big Storm in The Distance A powerful thunderstorm cell keeps its distance from SouthCoast. This photo taken about 8PM Monday evening ( Jul 8, 2013) from the West Island causeway looking northwest shows a growing thunderstorm system transiting from west to east about 43 miles away in the Frankin MA area just north of Attleboro. Estimated cloud tops were well over 25,000 ft and building. MLBaron / West Island Weather Station Photos 181874376 T-Storm on Horizon A 170 degree wide angle shot looking northwest from the West Island Causeway at sunset as a thunderstorm passes to the north over 40 miles away. 7-08-2013 181874377 Radar Snapshot of Storm 43 Miles Away Radar snapshot of thunderstorm from seen from the West Island Causeway 43 miles away. Monday July 8, 2013. 181874378 A Yellow Finch at Our Feeder A male Yellow Finch grabs a quick bite to eat of thistle seed before a nearby thunderstorm approaches this afternoon. Photo by MLBaron / The West Island Weather Station (Tuesday, July 9th 2013 3 PM) 181909041 Mid-July Flat Calm The fog burning off this mid-July morning makes way for a hazy humid day today. The temperature as of 840 AM on July 14, 2013 at the Causeway was 74.9 degrees and the ocean temp was 72.8 with a calm - gentle breeze out of the south. We are beginning to lose daylight as we approach the Fall Equinox 70 days away. By the end of the month sunsets will be before 8 PM. We have plenty of Summer to go! Photo by MLBaron - looking northwest from the causeway. 182107130 Overcast Sunday Morning July 14, 2013 2 common Herring Gulls perch on a roof top with the West Island causeway in the background on a calm overcast Sunday morning. (July 14, 2013 at 745 AM) Another heat wave episode is expected in the coming week. Photo by West Island Weather Station AXIS Cam at South Point. Today's Forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with areas of heavy fog. Highs around 84F. Heat index around 98F. West wind to 9 MPH. Night: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows around 72F. Southwest wind 2 to 8 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 30%. 182107134 FULL MOON Lunar High Tide Sailboats appear to be headed east bound on the causeway at 8 AM this Monday morning July 22, 2013. Tonight's high tide at 830 PM expected to be a tad higher. Low tide at 130 PM should be just as dramatic with lots of sandbar exposure. Today's full-moon also known as the "BUCK or Hay" Moon peaks at 2:15 PM and rises at 7:53 PM. 182450343 Paddle Power A kayak boater launches her craft and takes advantage of the warm water and nice weather for a paddle around West Island. Inclement weather is on the horizon over the next few days. We also will be watching Tropical Storm "Darion" way out into the Atlantic that may get into mischief along the eastern seaboard next week. 7-24-2013 182548125 An Early Morning Sail From West Island WEST ISLAND 6 AM 7-27-2013: An early morning sail from West Island this last weekend of July 2013. The trailers in the upper left are along the beach on the south side of the causeway 1 mile away. Don't cancel your outdoor plans, but we may have to dodge an isolated shower especially Sunday. Temps will be seasonal in the low 80's right into next week. 182660718 Oyster Cage Builder Checks Out His Work Oyster Grower Builder Checks Out His Work: Matt Brasells of Fairhaven stopped by Taylor Sea Foods on Long Island across from Hoppy's Landing and looked over dozens of brand new oyster growers manufactured by Ketcham Traps of New Bedford. Each trap is hand made and designed to take a pounding in the open water and can be seen off West Island. Matt proudly stated: "Made In The USA." Matt is my nephew and is also a fan of The West Island Weather Station. 182809464 Motor Yacht "RECOVERY" visits West Island, Fairhaven, MA The motor yacht "RECOVERY" out of Miami, Florida anchored off the north side of the causeway this afternoon near Earl's Marina. Passers by slowed down to see this beautiful dark grey luxury yacht. This 72 foot baby can cruise at 42 knots, has a 925 Gallon fuel capacity, range 300 nautical miles. It can accommodate 6 passengers and 2 crew members.This vessel very likely cost a few million dollars. This model is known as the PREDATOR 68 series. New to the Sunseeker range, the Predator 68 shows its bloodline immediately. The cues are all there. The dynamic proportions, the sleek sculpted lines. Only this time with a more aggressive edge. Once inside, the Predator 68 is characterized by timeless Sunseeker refinement and state-of-the-art technology, offering unlimited relaxation and entertainment options to its 6 guests. An enviable lounge-bar area, generous seating arrangements and a large retractable sunroof are just a hint to superior comfort available. Intelligent window design means each of the three cabins is flooded with natural light, giving the chic interior furnishings the prominence they deserve. But underneath this opulent comfort is a performance motor yacht capable of moving at speeds of up to 42 knots as well as long distance cruising. Their web site is: 182822411 'NEVER HOME" The Fairhaven lobster boat 'NEVER HOME" rolls down the landing and into the water at Hoppy's Landing, this 1st day of August 2013. The hauler was Bay Line Marine. MLBaron Photo 182915640 The Need for Speed These 2 vessels at Hoppy's Landing look like they are high speed cheetahs on a ball and chain ready to be let loose on the waters of Buzzards Bay. 8-2-2013 182954186 Patriotic Performance Patriotism with the stars and stripes mark the port and starboard sides. 182954180 Firepower on the High Seas If you worry about gas mileage this boat is not for you. 182954181 "Ship Without a Rudder" A boat without a rudder - close detail of the steering linkage shows this vessel is very maneuverable. 182954182 Ford Tough If you're going to have a fancy toy you got to tow it with class. 182954183 The P4-61 BOXER being serviced. The P4-61 BOXER being serviced. 182954184 Waiting For A New Propeller This vessel isn't going anywhere without a prop. 182954185 Kawasaki SkyWarn ATV MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station takes a quick spin at Hoppy's Landing on a Kawasaki ATV all-terrain SkyWarn vehicle from the South Point facility. 183082220 Fog Layer August Morning This fog layer north of the causeway greeted motorists and boaters this calm August morning at 6 AM. 8-7-2013 183137177 An August Morning West Island A thin layer of fog shrouds the fields in the background looking north towards the causeway and Hoppy's Landing this calm Wednesday morning Aug 7, 2013 at 5:55 AM. The temperature as of 6 AM was 62.6 and the wind last read out of the Southwest. Today Day: Partly cloudy. Highs around 75F. Southeast wind 4 to 10 MPH. Night: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows around 64F. South southeast wind to 8 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 30%. More significant showers are expected Thursday and Friday. 183137178 A Gulls Time - Out 2 Gulls relax on a nearby roof top with the New Bedford skyline in the background this Tuesday morning at 11 AM 8-12-2013. Today's Forecast is a bit tricky - don't cancel your outdoor plans , but there are showers right off shore trying to get close. Today: Partly cloudy. Highs around 79F. South southwest wind to 13 MPH. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows around 66F. South southwest wind to 10 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 25%. Tuesday Aug 13 Day: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers. Highs around 75F. South southwest wind 8 to 13 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 60%. Precipitation amounts up to one quarter inch possible. Night: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 64F. South southwest wind 10 to 15 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 65%. Precipitation amounts between one quarter and one half of an inch possible. 183345009 Lots of Rocks at The Shore Some paths out back on the West Island State Reservation end up like this. Lots of rocks. For those into Geology there are 3 general groups of rocks described as: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Most of this ledge formation extends all the way up into New Hampshire. This is not a place to be bare foot or have just a pair of sandals on if you value your toes and feet. My GMC SkyWarn Mountain Bike "TOTO II" with extended cargo bags was parked among the rocks along shore this afternoon. Today's spectacular weather continues for several days into the weekend and beyond. August 15, 2013 1215 PM 183477191 August 23, 2013 West Island Sunset Sunset from West Island, Friday August 23, 2013 7:48 PM (actual sunset time 7:33 PM) Photo from West Island Weather Station South Point AXIS Cam. The weekend forecast: Saturday Aug 24 Day: Mostly sunny with scattered showers. Highs around 75F. North northeast wind to 11 MPH. Night: Clear. Lows around 55F. East northeast wind 1 to 7 MPH. Sunday Aug 25 Day: Mostly sunny. Highs around 77F. West northwest wind 3 to 13 MPH, gusting to 14 MPH. Night: Mostly clear. Lows around 63F. South southwest wind to 10 MPH. 183772189 A Family Cruise August 25, 2013 With many family members on board the spacious rear deck of the "MARGARET MARY" of Earl's Marina, The vessel headed out into the bay this beautiful Sunday afternoon with Captain Bill Hebert at the helm. Winds were out of the southwest at about 15 mph with temperatures in the low 70's under a brilliant sunny sky. Unsettled weather is right around the corner for the beginning of the week but should make way for yet another gorgeous Labor Day weekend ahead. 183837929 "Where is everybody?" Silas - our Siberian Huskey scans the shore and has the whole beach to himself, this first day of school. Photo taken south side of the causeway at 11 AM. The temperature was 72.5 degrees under clear skies with a nice breeze out of the northwest. The water temperature is still hovering around 70. 9-4-2013 184180437 A "Split-Screen" Sunset A Cold front passes through in this dramatic photo taken from West Island South Point at 6:22 PM looking west towards Wilbur Pt. this evening. (9-16-2013) . Notice the blue sky with colder air pushing the dark clouds with a warmer air mass out to sea leaving a "split-screen" image. As a weather spotter this is what I call perfect timing to take a photo! 184582513 Tranquility in Kite Surfing Kite surfers slice through the water on their boards this Sunday afternoon at 4 PM. Angelica Island is in the background. The water was 68 degrees and the temperature was 64.8 with southwesterly wind gusts to 22 MPH. Photo taken from West Island Weather Station AXIS Cam at South Point 0.9 miles away looking west south west. 9-15-2013 184582514 Headed Home Capt Sakwa heads towards his mooring south of the Causeway at Hoppy's Landing. The popular green lobster boat is seen almost everyday out in the bay and a familiar site moored up just south of the causeway. Capt Sakwa's commute to work is a pickup truck and a row boat. 9-15-2013 1040AM West Island Weather Station AXIS Cam at South Point. It was so calm at the time of this photo you row across to Cuttyhunk on a piece of driftwood. LOL Todays Forecast: Mostly sunny. Highs around 72F. Southwest wind 6 to 11 MPH 184582515 Livin' on the edge! A Kite surfer skims the water by Hoppy's Landing this Sunday afternoon. That looks like a lot of fun even though he crashed into the water a few times - but that's what wet suits are for I guess. He was cruising at a good clip in between lobster pot buoys, boats and marker buoys. 9-15-2013 184582516 A good catch off the causeway. This kid set the record straight when I said "nice Tautog you caught there" He said "Nope - It's a Rock Bass!" According to our web site link at , the most popular fish caught at West Island Causeway, Fairhaven in September are Bluefish, Tautog, Scup, and Cunner. Photo taken at 2PM 9 22 2013 184777594 Plenty of Nice Boating Weather Ahead Some boats are still in the water at Earl's Marina as the first day of Fall arrives this afternoon at 4:44 PM. Most local boaters will tell you that there's a lot of great boating days left in the weeks ahead. Photo taken 2:10 PM 9-22-2013 184777595 HANGING IN THE BALANCE Some vessels are already being hoisted out for winter storage this sunny Wednesday afternoon at Earl's Marina at Long Island-Fairhaven, MA. Today marks the threshold of exact sunset and sunrise at 12 hours apart. Now we continue with the loss of daylight right through to the Winter Solstice on December 21st. (Silas my Husky is in the lower left - he just likes to get into the pictures I take - I won't crop him out on this one 184892457 Good Night From West Island Good Night from West Island at South Point looking west towards Wilbur Pt at 6:46 PM 9-25-2013. Looks like the threatening coastal storm will stay mostly at sea at this time for early next week, (but we'll still keep an eye on it.) In the meantime great fall weather continues! West Island Weather Station AXIS Cam Photo - Buzzards Bay's favorite web cam! 184902896 Good Morning from West Island Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 645 AM. A beautiful sunrise embraces the back side of the island this calm and mild fall morning. The temperature was 57.7 degrees with 93% humidity. The water temp was 65 degrees. In less than 2 minutes at this location down the end of Cottonwood St, , the dinner bell rang out and the hungry mosquitoes came out en masse for their "big breakfast". I scurried to the car just in time! LOL A lot of clouds coming in over the weekend but mild temperatures in the low 70's will still make for a nice weekend. It looks like the remnants of "Karen" may bring us some significant showers Monday and Tuesday. 185208341 A Fall Sunset Spectacular! Good Night from West Island. Tuesday, October 8, 2013. This sunset image was taken 12 minutes after sunset. The angle of light into various cloud formations brought this incredible burst of color that only the sun angle and cloud types that the season of Fall can bring. I took dozens of photos and it was difficult to pick a favorite. Photo by The West Island Weather Station AXIS Cam at South Point. 185390367 Cottages Dwarfed by Huge Ship Wilbur Pt Cottages Dwarfed by Huge Ship: The 462 Ft Seatrade cargo reefer "WHITNEY BAY" registered out of Liberia heads into New Bedford harbor after a long voyage across the Atlantic from Gibraltar, Spain this Thursday morning at 8:10AM - Oct 17, 2013. West Island Weather Station AXIS Cam photo. 185683501 The Little Toot" at it's Mooring The "Little Toot" out of Falmouth, MA rests at it's mooring off Earl's Marina, on August 30th. 2013 185798565 "Little-Toot" Tucked In For The Winter The "Little Toot" tug-like vessel is tucked in for the winter at Earl's Marina. I've shared a lot of boat pictures with my FaceBook friends this past boating season, from working lobster boats, exotic military craft to multi-million dollar pleasure yachts, but the "Little Toot" out of Falmouth was my favorite. From the curvy hull lines and cabin gave it character just like it's larger sister vessels, the working tugs of Buzzard's Bay. Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at 11:50 AM. MLBaron Photo. 185798566 A November Sunset With Turbulent Sky Sunset through turbulent - unsettled skies, this first day of November 2013. A cold front passed through with damaging high wind with gusts to 50 MPH at West Island Weather Station South Point. Reports of some branches and power lines down and locally, parts of the roof at The Seaport Inn was torn off around noon. (see my previous posts) The clocks change back 1 hour Sunday morning at 2AM. Monday is going to be cold with temps only in the mid 40's for highs. West Island Weather Station AXIS Cam Photo Nov. 1, 5:41 PM 2013 186224045 Sunrise from West Island Town Beach Friday, Dec 13, 2013 At sunrise this morning, the people of The Town of Fairhaven mourn for the loss of another son, and our Nation grieves for the loss of another soldier in battle, Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez , a United States Marine. Sunrise from West Island Town Beach Friday, Dec 13, 2013 7:05 AM 187891787 Sunrise Dec 16 at 754 AM No reason to start you off with a grey picture to begin the week - so here's some color. Sunrise Dec 16 at 754 AM - looking southeast from the Town Beach 187891789 CHRISTMAS DAY SUNRISE FROM WEST ISLAND CHRISTMAS DAY SUNRISE FROM WEST ISLAND: Sunrise from the town beach on Christmas Day 2013 at 706AM. 187891790 Sunset Monday, December 16, 2013 Sunset Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:21PM. A fishing vessel heads out to sea in the upcoming darkness probably to get to it's destination by first light tomorrow morning. West Island Weather Station Axis Cam at South Point. 187891791