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  • West Island, MA 2003 Oil Spill Cleanup
    by MLBaron on May 4, 2009 at 5:58 PM
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    From initial reports an estimated 14,700 gallon spill of No.6 oil was revised upwards to almost 100,000 gallons within a few days. Although the spill was wide spread along the SouthCoast, , Hoppy's Landing was considered the epicenter or "ground zero" . This small clip shows some cleanup crews and activity on June 13, 2003, 45 days after the spill


  • A Swan At Hoppy's Landing
    by MLBaron on April 22, 2009 at 3:44 PM
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    Swans are common along the shores of West Island., Fairhaven,MA This swan was video taped at Hoppy's Landing and walked right up to the camera. He wasn't bashful at all. MLBaron SkyWarn video

  • West Island weather Station serviced
    by MLBaron on April 11, 2009 at 5:36 PM
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    Routine servicing of gear at the West Island Weather Station tower in Fairhaven,MA occurs year round, weather permitting. MLBaron is belted up on tower.
    Inspection of tower structure, wiring and instruments keeps the SkyWarn rig fine tuned. Since 1992 the WIWS tower has been though historic and significant storms including the March 1993 "Super-Storm" (one of the most powerful winter storms along the Eastern seaboard since records were kept) along with numerous blizzards, thunderstorms, hailstorms and a few powerful tropical storms. The tower nicknamed "Dorothy" was erected by Peter Jarosik-KA1WBE. The West Island Weather Station is one of the highest rated American PWS Weather Stations in the world.

     http://www.westislandweather.com/islandweatherradar.htm

  • West Island Weather Station flies huge f...
    by MLBaron on April 11, 2009 at 5:34 PM
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    On rare occasions this huge 18ft x 12ft US Flag is flown from the West Island Weather Station tower. Certain criteria must be met before flight. Wind speed 11 knots minimum not exceeding 18 knots out of the West Southwest or North Northwest. This huge flag covers an area of 216 square feet, and is monitored during display. Any wind shift could be catastrophic to the tower and instruments. It's beauty is well worth the risk. MLBaron's experience with the tower's rigging goes back almost 20 years.

  • In Between Storms West Island
    by MLBaron on April 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM
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    This prominent land mark greats visitor to West Island on the north side of the causeway. This was built by local factory magnate Dominick Nicolaci of the Cliftex Corporation. FOR SALE: PRIVATE CAUSEWAY W/ELECTRIC GATE LEADS TO YOUR VERY OWN PRIVATE 7 PLUS ACRE ISLAND. SPECTACULAR VIEWS FROM THE TOWER AND EVERY ROOM OF NASKETUCKET BAY FROM THIS CUSTOM BUILT ITALIAN STYLE VILLA. THE PERFECT PRIVATE RETREAT TO HOST AND ENTERTAIN. Interior Details Exterior Details Taxes & Fees Living Area 6,000 Sq. Ft. Fireplace 2 Garage 2 Basement Full Heat/Cool Central Heat, Radiant, Other, Central Air, Other Fuel Source Oil Water/Sewer Public Water, Private Sewage Lot Size 7.29 Acres Lot Description Other Features Deck, Patio, Balcony, Inground Pool, Shed, Landscaping Road Frontage 0 Ft. Water Front Ocean, Bay, Dock/Mooring, Frontage, Access Taxes $13,600 Tax Year 2007 For more info: http://www.newenglandmoves.com/viewDetails.nem?GLID=1011261608

  • West Island, MA Hauling out boat with Fo...
    by MLBaron on March 8, 2009 at 6:27 PM
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    Robert D "Hoppy" Hobson hauls out his service boat and rides up to the trailer attached to a Ford F-150 pickup. Hoppy's Landing at Long Island is located between West island and Sconticutneck in Fairhaven, MA. This was ground zero for a major oil spill back in 2003. For more info on the spill and huistory of Hoppy's Landing visit westislandweather.com and go to "Island disaster '03" in the menu bar to the left. (more)

  • West Island Lobster Boat "HOLLY JO", Fai...
    by MLBaron on March 8, 2009 at 5:26 PM
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    This Maine Style Lobster boat lies peacefully at anchor under ominous skies. The vessel "HOLLY JO" is named after the daughter of Robert D. "Hoppy" Hobson. owner and captain. Hoppy now is Bay Scalloping as well. The "HOLLY JO" greats passersby on the Causeway to West Island. Bad weather is forthcoming in this forecast: ..SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 11 AM EDT MONDAY ...GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 11 AM EDT MONDAY. A GALE WATCH HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS GALE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING. EASTERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE LATE TONIGHT AND GUST TO AROUND 25 KNOTS BY MONDAY MORNING. THE WINDS ARE LIKELY TO FURTHER INCREASE AS THE DAY PROGRESSES...POSSIBLY REACHING GUSTS TO 35 KNOTS. for more info visit WESTISLANDWEATHER.COM

  • West Island-Lobsterman n Shackles, Fairh...
    by MLBaron on March 8, 2009 at 5:25 PM
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    Robert D "Hoppy" Hobson, a popular Fairhaven lobsterman pulled up to the pier at Hoppys Landing (appropriately named after him) to replace a badly worn shackle. The shackle attaches to the anchor chain that keep his boat , the HOLLY JO , safely at anchor. This repair is just in time for more bad weather here along South Coast Massachusetts in preparation for yet another Nor'Easter. Heres the forecast:SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 11 AM EDT MONDAY ...GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 11 AM EDT MONDAY. A GALE WATCH HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS GALE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING. THIS IS FOR NANTUCKET SOUND. EASTERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE LATE TONIGHT AND GUST TO AROUND 25 KNOTS BY MONDAY MORNING. THE WINDS ARE LIKELY TO FURTHER INCREASE AS THE DAY PROGRESSES...POSSIBLY REACHING GUSTS TO 35 KNOTS.

  • GMC Mountain Bike LOST IN WOODS 8 months...
    by MLBaron on February 22, 2009 at 2:01 PM
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    This GMC Mountain Bike lost June 13 in the backwoods of the West Island State Reservation was mysteriously located on Causeway Rd West Island, MA, at the mailboxes-8 months later- intact! The bike belongs to the West island Weather Station. Hats off to GMC bikes and Topeak gear for the ultimate durability test! The bike was exposed to dozens of snow storms, rain, and salt air. All gear and bike are in remarkable condition. All aluminum = NO RUST. I only replaced tubes and restored with WD-40. Rode it same day! All gears and brakes OK. For a full story of the bike and more pics -visit

    http://www.westislandweather.com/wiwsbikerecovered.htm

  • Palmer's Island Light
    by MLBaron on December 24, 2008 at 4:36 AM
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    The Palmer's Island Light is all that remains on the tiny island inside the hurricane barrier. The keeper's home and out buildings were swept away in the 1938 Hurricane along with Mabel Small, Captain Small's wife. Captain Small who was keeper of the light for over 16 years at the time kept the light buring throughout the night of the hurricane. He was cited for acts of heroism by the National Lighthouse Service. A stone memorial is at the Fairhaven side of the barrier. It was dedicated in 1988 on the 50th Anniversary. www.westislandweather.com

  • Scallops, New Bedford,MAThe Pearl of Th...
    by MLBaron on December 24, 2008 at 4:35 AM
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    The Pearl Of The Atlantic Part 2 of 3. This circa 1965 clip features the scallop industry in New Bedford,MA. Great scenes of the Scallop festival at Marine Park, The Explorer, the research ship Albatross and lots of classic New Bedford scenes. Part 1 of 3. From the M.L.Baron Historic Archives. www.westislandweather.com (Part 4 of 4)

  • The Pearl of The Atlantic Part 3 of 4
    by MLBaron on December 24, 2008 at 4:35 AM
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    The Pearl Of The Atlantic Part 3 of 4. This circa 1965 clip features the scallop industry in New Bedford,MA. Great scenes of the Scallop festival at Marine Park, The Explorer, the research ship Albatross and lots of classic New Bedford scenes. Part 1 of 3. From the M.L.Baron Historic Archives. www.westislandweather.com (Part 3 of 4)


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