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Hottest Average Daily Temperature Recorded In The Gulf Of Maine

Sep 17, 2020
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

In the latest sign that climate change is already affecting the ocean along the Maine coast, scientists last month recorded the hottest single day in the waters of the Gulf of Maine.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

A landslide blocking the Presumpscot River in Westbrook is threatening a flash flood in Cumberland County.

The land started moving around 9:39 a.m. Wednesday.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's bear hunt is entering the final two weeks of the part of the year in which most bears are harvested.

Matthew McFarland / Unified Fire Authority/ via AP

Mainers might notice some haziness in the skies these days. Hunter Tubbs, of the National Weather Service in Gray, says that's due to the wildfires raging in the western U.S.

"People may notice a slight haze, or a murkiness to the sky during the daytime," Tubbs says. "And this is actually due to some of the smoke from the fires out West being brought into the Northeast and New England as a result of strong upper level winds through the Jet Stream."

Tubbs says the particles that are causing the haze aren't likely to have much of an effect on Maine's weather.

Chris Bennett / via The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land says it has permanently protected Maine's Bald Mountain Pond and land around it.

PORTLAND, Maine - An elementary school in Maine's largest city has been named for the state's first African-American legislator.

PORTLAND, Maine - A major fishery off New England will be slowed down considerably in September in an attempt to protect the fish's population.

The National Science Foundation is providing University of Maine with almost $3 million for graduate research about the Arctic.

Maine's two U.S. senators, independent Sen. Angus King and Republican Sen. Susan Collins, say the money will support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs. The senators say the money will help the university "better train graduate students in the interdisciplinary field of Arctic systems science."

Governors in the six New England states are being urged to sign a joint resolution supporting offshore wind projects that promise tens of thousands of jobs.

BELFAST, Maine - A Maine environmental board has issued draft permits to the developer of a large salmon farm in the state.

HARPSWELL, Maine - Maine wants to get a better idea of how many great white sharks there are in its inshore waters, and is partnering with other agencies to find out.

PORTLAND, Maine - The federal government is expanding the recreational fishing season for cod in the Gulf of Maine in the coming year.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the deadline for Maine lobstermen to replace boat engines so they emit less pollution.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The deadline to apply for a permit to participate in a deer hunt that promises a high level of participation has arrived in Maine.

Gabor Degre / BDN File

A proposed mining project in Northern Penobscot County has cleared its first steps with the state's Land Use Planning Commission.