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Wednesday October 22, 2014

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    The Maine Forecast - Tuesday Oct 21, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Long Duration Coastal Storm Brings Several Days Of Rain

    Someone tweeted me a question yesterday asking if the media was hyping the storm or we really were getting a nor’easter. The answer to the first part of the question is probably, (depending the media source) on yes to the second part. A nor’easter is simply a low pressure area that moves up along the eastern seaboard bringing with it northeasterly winds. You could also say winds come from the […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Monday Oct 20, 2014 | 7:08 am

    Les Drapeaux: flags represent diversity and heritage

    Franco-Americans and French Acadians display their international cultural diversity with iconic images on heritage flags. Colorful “les drapeaux” are decorated with emblems representing the history and culture, symbolic of Franco-American pride.  Heritage flags are often seen unfurled alongside formal national flags, like the American Stars and Stripes and the Canadian Maple Leaf. Andrew Breault is a French student who brought the diversity of les drapeaux to the attention of the […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Sunday Oct 19, 2014 | 8:07 am

    Freezing Conditions Tonight, With Rain & Wind Later This Week

    The party is over as they say. Our stretch of mild and sunny weather is coming to a screeching halt and after the chill sets in, clouds and rain will follow. Temperatures have been falling all night and are now (8AM) at their chilliest readings of the day. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but even with the rain of a few days ago, parts of the areas […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Thursday Oct 16, 2014 | 9:25 am

    Tropical Downpours Followed By Friday Sunshine, But A Late Weekend Chill

    A strong southerly flow of pure tropical air will bring showers to Maine today and some of them could contain some pretty heavy rain. There’s a lot of transition about to take place in the atmosphere and as I look into next week I see another chance of a cold rain, perhaps even the first flakes of snow in the higher elevations of the mountains. This will be followed by […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Wednesday Oct 15, 2014 | 8:22 am

    Saving French at the University of Southern Maine – Franco-American response

    French is spoken in Maine. It’s not a foreign language for many thousands of Maine people. In fact, check it out. French is the primary language spoken by tens of thousands of people who live on both sides of the border in the St. John Valley on both sides of Maine’s international border with Canada.  In other words, French is the language of international trade and commerce in this area […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Tuesday Oct 14, 2014 | 9:08 am

    Mild Air Brings Back That Summer Feeling

    Let’s start this morning’s blog with a hurricane. While Gonzalo isn’t going to impact the area, it’s likely going to end up being the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the season and could impact Bermuda late this week or during the weekend. Hurricane models have this storm reaching category four strength before weakening in the central Atlantic. I finally put the heat on yesterday. The temperature inside the house got to […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Saturday Oct 11, 2014 | 12:27 pm

    Clearing Late Today Will Bring Nice Sunday Followed By Warmer Air Next Week

    I’ve been watching the radar all morning and it appears the rain has made it about as far north as it’s going to today. York County got wet, but much of the rest of southern Maine stayed dry, but certainly not warm. It’s not quite as cold as Thanksgiving, but with the highs only in the lower to middle 50s today, it feel more like a day in November than […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Oct 10, 2014 | 10:02 am

    World Acadian Congress reunion connects Brault name variations

    Andrew Breault of China, ME, is connected to “Breaux de Monde”, the universal family group consisting of people around the world who share an ancestry with French Acadian descendants of the 17th century settler Vincent Brault. Franco-Americans and Acadians who share this ancestry are likely to spell their names one of seven different ways. Their names can be spelled Breaux, Breau, Brault, Breault, Braud, Brot or Brow.  They’re probably related […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Thursday Oct 09, 2014 | 8:42 pm

    Columbus Day Weekend Looking Typical For Mid-October

    If you go to the Maine Turnpike’s website you can read about the expected 243,737 to head into the state beginning Friday and continuing Saturday. Columbus Day weekend is the fastest growing holiday here in Maine with July 4th and Labor Day more popular. This evening we find ourselves poised to enjoy another great day of October weather. The good news is the weekend weather will also cooperate, but it’s […]

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