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  • 1947 New Bedford MA Centennial Parade Vi...
    by MLBaron on May 14, 2019 at 6:48 AM
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    A CITY THAT ONCE WAS: MLBaron turns back the hands of the clock to Downtown New Bedford, MA in July of 1947 with this rare color film. The city celebrated it's Centennial with much hoopla. Events were staged everywhere. The war was over and rubber was now in abundant supply, so the balloons came out, BIG balloons! Converse Photo was now allowed to sell cameras again. Tire rationing was over-and the city had a lot to celebrate about anyway. Look at the crowds at Union and Purchase Streets! Almost everybody wore a hat. Many don't know how to feel when they look at this. Some reminisce while others express anger of what the city has become. As a lifelong resident I feel both. This is a period in time which will never come back but am grateful that films like this will survive for generations to come. From The MLBaron Historic Archives.

  • Pregnant Baltimore Oriole Feeding in The...
    by MLBaron on May 12, 2019 at 7:35 PM
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    EVEN ON MOTHER'S DAY - A MOM'S WORK IS NEVER DONE A cold pouring rain with a 42 degree temperature didn't stop this future mom - a Baltimore Oriole, from feeding on what was left of oranges on our West Island deck - this raw Mother's Day 2019. The temperature was 42F and a wind chill of 33 degrees. The wind was out of the northeast at 19, gusting to 25MPH. More raw weather on the way with signs of hope for a fantastic Memorial Day weekend. No promises - but the potential is looking good. Enjoy the relaxation of this clip with the natural sounds of the rain captured with our enhanced nature microphones. Baltimore orioles are basically solitary outside their mating season. The species is generally considered monogamous, although evidence suggests that extra-pair copulation is reasonably common. In the spring, males establish a territory then display to females by singing and chattering while hopping from perch to perch in front of them. Males also give a bow display, bowing with wings lowered and tail fanned. Depending on their receptiveness, the females may ignore these displays or sing and give calls or a wing-quiver display in response. The wing-quiver display involves leaning forward, often with tail partly fanned, and fluttering or quivering slightly lowered wings. The Baltimore oriole's nest is built by the female. It is a tightly woven pouch located on the end of a branch, consisting of any plant or animal materials available, hanging down on the underside. Trees such as elms, cottonwoods, maples, willows or apples are regularly selected, with the nest usually located around 7 to 9 m (23 to 30 ft) above the ground. The female lays three to seven eggs, with the norm being around four. The eggs are pale gray to bluish white, measuring 2.3 cm 1.6 cm (0.91 in 0.63 in) on average. The incubation period is 12 to 14 days. Once the nestlings hatch, they are fed by regurgitation by both parents and brooded by the female for two weeks. After this the young start to fledge, becoming largely independent shortly thereafter. If the eggs, young, or nest are destroyed, the oriole is unable to lay a replacement clutch/ Source: Wikipedia Video by MLBaron for westislandweather.com

    by MLBaron on April 18, 2019 at 7:38 AM
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    The natural sounds of spring birds captured with our enhanced stereo microphones designed for ambient natural audio. Thursday - April 18, 2019 at 620AM. Microphones aimed to the east about 25 feet from ground. Video was captured simultaneously at sunrise over Buzzards Bay, with a pan over from the reservation to North Cove. The temperature was 44.5 and wind calm, last read out of the southeast at 5MPH. The humidity was 77% and dew point dry at 37.8F. The ocean temperature was 46 degrees. Video by MLBaron for westislandweather.com

  • Christmas Thoughts To You From West Isla...
    by MLBaron on December 25, 2018 at 7:13 AM
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    Sunrise at West Island Town Beach - Christmas Day 2015. Music by Libera: Wexford Carol. Enter full screen for nicest viewing. *ML's Note: A wave almost took out the camera set at low level, less than 8 inches above the sand. Even though seaweed and saltwater made it to the tripod, just inches from the camera, somehow it survived and this video was made possible. Video by MLBaron for westislandweather.com

    by MLBaron on November 4, 2018 at 1:24 PM
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    FAIRHAVEN - The FISHING VESSEL "GENESIS" ran hard-aground off Fort Phoenix, Fairhaven MA. According to the captain - the 65ft fishing vessel, outbound - lost the auto-pilot steering and the vessel veered into the treacherous rock area near the outbound channel of New Bedford's outer harbor known as Egg Island. The grounding occurred about 7AM November 4, 2018. The Fairhaven Harbormaster along with other marine rescue assets responded to the scene. There were no injuries and the crew remained on board. The ROY BOY tug arrived on the scene for a commercial tow/salvage operation. The vessels were waiting for high tide at the time of this taping. MLBaron video for http://www.westislandweather.com

    by MLBaron on October 24, 2018 at 10:44 AM
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    Time lapse October 23 2018 storm event from West Island Weather Station Cam at Town Beach - Fairhaven, MA The 21 minute video was condensed to a 2 minute clip. (original on file) Footage being examined to officially determine storm cloud rotation during this video. westislandweather.com

    by MLBaron on September 24, 2018 at 8:19 AM
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    IN 1987 - THE LARGEST PARADE OF NEW BEDFORD FISHING VESSELS EVER - Celebrated the 200th Anniversary of The City of New Bedford. The 18th Annual Blessing of The New Bedford Fishing Fleet as seen from the deck of the USCGC EAGLE. Hosted by Bill Brennan- WBSM, Barry Richard - WNBH and MLBaron - Cable 2. Dozens of decorated fishing vessels participated along with other craft that filled New Bedford Harbor with over 100 vessels on August 16, 1987. See some crews and their vessels no longer with us with some lost in tragedy and many that still fish out of the city. *ML's Note: Restored tape in satisfactory condition from The MLBaron Historic Archives.

    by MLBaron on September 19, 2018 at 10:58 AM
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    FAIRHAVEN CASUALTIES in 1938 HURRICANE TOOK BOTH YOUNG AND OLD AND THE HEROIC Eighty years has left little evidence of one of the most destructive weather events in New England history. On Wednesday - September 21, 1938 a hurricane so brutal that its tidal surge registered as a major earthquake on a Richter scale at Fordham State University in New York. Wind gusts from 173 to 186 MPH took the area by surprise while kids were just getting out of school. 500 summer cottages were instantly obliterated within minutes as a forty-foot wave with ten feet of froth above that wiped out the entire coastal village of Misquamicut RI. Fairhaven's death toll could have been much higher if not for summer residents that left their seaside cottages for the season a few weeks prior. In this small clip from "A Wind To Shake The World" contains the complete list of Fairhaven casualites. The full video here: https://youtu.be/JycDf5s5wB0 Compiled from the MLBaron Historic Archives for westislandweather.com

  • WEB CAM at WEST ISLAND Fairhaven, MA
    by MLBaron on September 19, 2018 at 7:31 AM
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    Web Cam scan review at West Island Town Beach September 2017-September 2018. This live streaming web cam scans Buzzards Bay from the West Island Town Beach year-round for The West Island Weather Station. It is available free via mobile app or web site at westislandweather.com This video scan always updated at Lookr here: http://www.lookr.com/lookout/1266592167-Winsegansett-Heights#action-play-month

  • A peaceful drone view of a lone sailboat...
    by MLBaron on August 16, 2018 at 8:56 AM
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    No screaming cigarette boats. Just the simplicity of the bay and a sailboat slowly tacking east into Buzzards Bay. North side of Bella Vista. westislandweather.com

  • Come Back And Stay West Island July 7 20...
    by MLBaron on July 7, 2018 at 4:22 PM
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    Drone footage shot July 7, 2018. The temperature was 68 degrees and the ocean 73.8F. The wind swept marshes of The West Island State Reservation is the place to go to unwind. Breath and smell the open salt water ocean of Buzzard Bay with visibilities to Falmouth 8 miles across the way. The salt marshes are teaming with life from fiddler crabs to sea birds. Spectacular sunrises and views from this pristine location await you. the music selection, an appropriate 80's Classic by Paul Young - Come Back and Stay.

  • Tern at The Causeway Bridge - West Islan...
    by MLBaron on June 26, 2018 at 4:56 PM
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    WAITING HIS TERN - A common sea tern perched at the rails of the causeway bridge waited to dive at its prey in the current below. One of the first signals that summer is well underway at West Island. *ML's Note: Males are usually the ones that catch the prey for the family. MLBaron video for westislandweather.com

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