This snowy path out back on the West Island State Reservation brings solitude. This is a classic signature of a departed old fashioned n'or easter. December 2008 marks the 20th Anniversary of SAVE WEST ISLAND'S success in keeping this space open to the public.
The Winter Solstice arrived Sunday, December 21st at 7:04AM officially marking the beginning of what appears to be a stormy season ahead.
The official first day of winter came in like a lion a day early as the area was blanketed with heavy wet tree-branch breaking snow. West Island received 4.75" while inland areas had measurements of over 9". The peak wind gust was 32 MPH at WIWS. After the storm a brief period of mild temperatures moved in Sunday giving cleanup crews time to plow the streets and shovel the sidewalks before temperatures dove later in the evening to the low twenties, freezing anything left on the ground. Windchill readings went to 10 above zero at times. Mondays below normal temperatures by about 10 degrees will modify during the week with rain Wednesday and mostly on and off rain showers through Saturday with temperatures nearing 50.