ORANGE AFTERNOON DELIGHT A Baltimore Oriole had this half orange all to itself at West Island. This brilliant orange and black Baltimore Oriole didn't waste any time after a fresh cut orange was placed out on the deck at West Island. May 2, 2020 at 3:30 PM. MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
TOWN BEACH FOR SAIL "That's me in your picture kite boarding. Nice windy sunny day!" Jay Close Kite surfers enjoyed the brisk southwesterly wind gusting to 33 MPH at West Island Town Beach - Thursday, April 23, 2020. *ML's Note: As many as a dozen kite surfers were at the beach. A winter type weather pattern made for a cold wet and raw month. The average temperature was 44 degrees. Weather review link here: https://www.westislandweather.com/wea... MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
OCEAN GOING TANKERS - The tug SIRIUS brought in two Noonan Oil tanker trucks on a barge into New Bedford Harbor. The unusual haul was brought in, June 10, 2020 at 3 PM. MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
A hungry squirrel (aren't they always?) enjoyed a nice breakfast of tasty peanut butter balls along side the State Reservation. June 13, 2020 at 6:35 AM. This clever picnic table made locally is the craze right now for back-yard feeders. MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
Pier 3 to Fairhaven. A ride along Pier 3 - Fisherman's Wharf, viewing the fishing boats and activities getting back to some kind of normal. New Bedford Harbor and a packed Pope Park was bustling as this time of year should be. Watch a large seafood tractor trailer truck backup to let me pass at 4:00 minute mark. A fantastic weather period continues into next week. MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
A ride to Homer's Wharf, New Bedford, MA with the natural sounds of this famous seaport dock. June 14, 2020. Take a ride through a flock of gulls and view New Bedford fishing vessels in rare idle time. MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
THE MAD RUSH AFTER THE BRIDGE OPENS The New Bedford - Fairhaven Bridge opened to traffic as viewed from the Route 6-east bound side, June 14, 2020. A few pans from left to right shows the traffic and sights of the harbor and businesses on Pope's Island. This bridge has been opening and closing for over 120-years. MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
Hoppys Landing July 4 1993: A 45-foot retired Nova Scotia Style (Novi) Lobster boat was placed in a pile of wood for a spectacular bon fire, when a huge unexpected explosion rattled windows for miles and nearby West Island, Fairhaven, MA. This vintage 1993 tape was recorded at Hoppy's Landing - Long Island, Fairhaven, MA. It was recently discovered, and released for the first time. Courtesy of Robert (Hoppy) Hobson.
The passenger/vehicle ferry ANNA C. left the city harbor, June 18, 2020 at 1 PM for apparent sea trials after some maintenance in Fairhaven. Video by MLBaron for westislandweather.com Built in 1986 by Eastern Marine Shipyard in Panama City, Florida exclusively for Interstate Navigation Company owner John H. Wronowski. The vessel was designed by John W. Gilbert Associates, Inc., and is USCG, Sub-chapter “K” certified for 1285 passengers. The ANNA C. was originally designed to operate as the “winter boat”, and ran year-round on the Block Island run, until the ferry BLOCK ISLAND went into service in 1997. The ANNA C. was originally considered to be an improved design, from that of her near sister ship CAROL JEAN, which had served as the previous winter vessel. The ANNA C. was built with more horsepower, enhanced maneuvering characteristics, a greater length for increased vehicle capacity and insulated passenger cabins. The vessel features (3) Cummins diesel propulsion engines for a total of 3750 HP. The vessel is 190 feet in length, 98 gross tons, and features a service speed of 16.5 knots. The vessel may carry 35 automobiles, and utilizes a two-lane configuration for the carriage of commercial trucks and vehicles. The passenger cabins on the vessel feature food and beverage concessions, table and bench seating and standard bench style seating on the exterior decks.
*ML's Note: Our webcam at Town Beach stops scanning the horizon about this time of day when darkness settles in. It was fixed for the last hour to this exact position and captured the dramatic fire at Salter's Point , 7 miles across the bay from West Island. The 42 minute clip started at 418 PM Nov 7, 2019 and was sped up to 10X speed. An unoccupied summer cottage fully-involved in fire at 70 Naushon Ave - Salter's Point in Dartmouth was visible 7 miles away from the town beach weather station webcam at West Island, Thursday evening at 454 PM. November 7, 2019. The owners were listed from Medfield, MA. The 6-bedroom waterfront house, built in 1910, was valued at $1,500,000. The 2-Alarm blaze was confined to one structure as the wind gusting to 22 knots out of the west whipped the flames. 2 nearby houses were scorched but saved by the Dartmouth Fire Dept. No injuries were reported. Webcam video from Town Beach for westislandweather.com
DOGS and FOLIAGE BRING OUT THE BEST in FALL Luna and Shelby took their first walk in the reservation in 4-months. Not one mosquito buzzed us, nor did I find one tick, however, they're still out there. The temperature was 48 degrees with the wind out of the northwest at 12 gusting to 15MPH. The humidity was 63% and ocean 57.3F. The path debris was expected with lots of broken branches and leaves but passable. Two large trees fell in the main trail from the 88MPH gusts in the October 17 Gale. They blocked any vehicle egress to the end of the path and will be removed soon. The foliage has a bit to go but was progressing into full color nicely. Visit The West Island Reservation page here: https://www.westislandweather.com/westislandreservation.htm