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Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Some parts of southwestern Maine got up to 14 inches of snow Monday night. Snow there should be wrapping up this afternoon, but national weather service meteorologist Todd Foisy in Caribou says snow in northern Maine is just getting started.

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research / via Associated Press/file

A federal appeals court has ruled that President Barack Obama acted within his authority when he created the country’s first Atlantic marine monument off the coast of New England in 2016.

Freezing rain that's moving across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont is sending cars and trucks sliding. On the Maine Turnpike, a jack-knifed tractor-trailer in Gray brought southbound traffic to a standstill.

CONCORD, N.H. - The National Weather Service is warning of a possible slick commute due to snow and ice that could fall overnight.

The 5 Six-Legged Pests That Bugged Mainers Most In 2019

Dec 26, 2019
Bangor Daily News

As Maine’s farmers, gardeners and homesteaders reflect on this year and plan for the next, one thing strikes fear into even the most-practiced gardener’s heart: pests.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Warden Service is warning that a cold snap followed by warming temperatures in Maine has left many lakes and ponds in the state with dangerously thin levels of ice.

The National Weather Service has added snow squalls to the dangerous events that trigger cellphone warnings, along with tornadoes and flash floods.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

A movement is emerging among conservation groups to create a "whale-safe" seal of approval for lobster caught with new types of gear designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. But it could be a tough sell in Maine, where some say the iconic fishery is already sustainable.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - A National Park Service effort to improve dozens of miles of historic carriage roads in Acadia National Park is scheduled to reach completion next year.

bigelow laboratory for ocean sciences

Research being conducted at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay indicates the world’s oceans have far more life in it than previously understood.

But you can't see any of it.

Freezing rain that caught motorists by surprise is being blamed for a nine-car pileup on Interstate 95 in the towns of Pittsfield and Palmyra, Maine State Police said Saturday.

New England Sees Record Number Of Loons In Several States

Dec 14, 2019
Jim Cole / AP File

Loons are thriving in New England, with record numbers documented this year because of increased protections for the iconic bird known for its black head and haunting calls at dusk.

BETHEL, Maine - A museum that houses the five largest lunar meteorites in the world is opening in Maine.

JONESPORT, Maine - Maine fishing regulators are implementing emergency closures in the state's scallop harvesting industry for the first time this season.

PORTLAND, Maine - The mercury has approached 60 degrees in parts of northern New England, but the balmy temperatures will be gone in a flash.

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