A rampaging jet stream, Arctic clippers, thunder and snow — it’s the polar vortex! At times, the winter of 2014 has seemed more like a disaster movie than a season.
Although it still may go out like a lamb, there’s no doubt it came in like a lion, with some of the coldest weather ever recorded in many areas. More than 185 million Americans were affected, and more than a dozen deaths were attributed to the intense cold and winds.
One of the saving graces of the polar vortex was that it came and went in a matter of two or three days. When cold settles in for a longer period of time, conditions get even worse.
Photos by Dee and Brooke Williams
A casting pour at a prop shop foundry is a brief but dramatic event. Workers appear otherworldly in their protective gear. The crucible glows red hot. Escaping gases flare up an intense yellow, creating plenty of smoke and odor.
Is there a better place to cruise this summer than to an island anchorage? Enjoy the seven isles we’ve chosen, along with this spectacular view of Monhegan from Manana Island.
The 160-foot cliffs of Monhegan Island rise out of the Atlantic, forming an imposing turning point for southern New England boaters transiting the Gulf of Maine to Penobscot Bay. Twelve miles off the mainland, this starkly beautiful granite outpost is more than a GPS waypoint. Its isolated fishing community is a vanishing slice of Maine coastal life.
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