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GRAY, Maine - The National Weather Service says Thursday's high temperatures were record breakers for the day in Maine and New Hampshire.
The high temperature in Portland, Maine was 8 degrees, breaking the record for the coldest high temperature on that day. The old record was 11 degrees in 1946.
In New Hampshire, the high temperature on Thursday was 5 degrees. The previous record was 14 degrees in 1946.

Courtesy Mount Washington Observatory

If you think it's cold outside where you are, consider the top of New Hampshire's Mount Washington, described as the "home of the world's worst weather." 

At the 6,200-foot summit, the mountain's weather observatory recorded a record low temperature for Dec. 28.  

A fireball that lit up the evening sky is lighting up social media.
The bright streak Tuesday evening was seen in parts of New England, including southern Maine and New Hampshire.
The Mount Agamenticus Conservation Program webcam on Mount Agamenticus in York County captured the event at 5:52 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Gray tweeted, "Did you see a fireball or meteor just now?''

Mainers Urged To Take Precautions As Northeast Plunges Into Deep Freeze

Dec 27, 2017
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

Mainers are a hardy breed, but the extremely cold weather expected in the next few days puts even the strongest at risk.

BOSTON - The storm that gave New England a white Christmas has moved out and is being replaced by dangerous cold.
The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories for parts of Maine, New Hampshire and northern Vermont  on Tuesday.
Temperatures were expected to dip below zero in Maine and northeastern Vermont, with dangerous wind chills of 15 to 25 below zero Tuesday night. The wind chill could reach 40 below zero in some areas Wednesday night and Thursday.

Christmas Day Storm Drops More Than A Foot Of Fresh Snow In Parts Of Maine

Dec 26, 2017
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

A blizzard swept across the state Monday, leaving more than a foot of fresh snow in some areas and creating near whiteout conditions through much of Christmas day.

BOSTON - Offshore wind farm developers are submitting proposals for large-scale operations off Massachusetts.
Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski says his company will submit two proposals by Wednesday's deadline for firms seeking to supply at least 400 megawatts of offshore wind energy to Massachusetts power companies.
One plan calls for about 25 turbines generating 200 megawatts of power; the other is a 50-turbine operation generating 400 megawatts.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program is giving more than $1.4 million to fund nine projects designed to restore and protect wetlands and natural areas around the state.
The projects include conservation of wetlands and forests along the Magalloway River in Oxford County. There also is a project designed to protect a marsh for water birds near the Bangor Mall. Another would conserve more than 300 acres in Acton for preservation of wetlands and outdoor recreation areas.

Doreen MacGillis / York Land Trust

The York Land Trust has acquired more than 200 acres of forested land in York, to create one of its largest preserves.

York Land Trust Executive Director Doreen MacGillis says the trust was able to buy the land thanks in part to a big contribution from the people of York.

"There was a town referendum where we asked the voters in York to approve a $300,000 contribution from the town toward the project," MacGillis says, and that passed with overwhelming support."

Big Changes Likely For National Monument Just Outside Gulf Of Maine

Dec 14, 2017
NOAA / via Bangor Daily News

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke may have decided Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in northern Maine should be left as it is, but he’s proposing major changes to another monument established just last year in the Atlantic ocean, on the far side of the Gulf of Maine.

Brandi Noble / NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The federal government is recommending reducing the commercial fishing quota for butterfish by more than 40 percent in the coming year.
Butterfish are small fish that are used for food and bait. They're caught along the East Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is proposing a decrease of 41 percent in the 2018 quota for the fish.

Storm Expected To Dump Another Foot Of Snow On Parts Of Maine

Dec 12, 2017
Stuart Hedstrom / Piscataquis Observer/via Bangor Daily News

More winter weather is predicted for the state Tuesday and Wednesday, three days after Maine’s first measurable amount of snow dropped between 4 and 8 inches across the state overnight Saturday.

How much winter precipitation is expected in Maine was a moving target Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service repeatedly changed its local forecasts as the weather system approached from the Midwest.

Surviving Those Short, Dark Days Of A Maine Winter

Dec 12, 2017
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

There’s a real reason folks in northern latitudes may feel like hibernating these days.

Short days, lack of sunlight and cold weather are proven to have negative physical and emotional effects on some people.

Roads are slick and the vehicle crash count is up as northern New England copes with some heavy snow, with some places forecast for up to a foot and others expecting it to turn to rain.

Heavy snow was falling in parts of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire on Tuesday. Hundreds of schools have closed and there have been some accidents reported. Speeds were lowered on highways. New Hampshire state troopers cleared at least six highway accidents by 10 a.m. There was no word of major injuries.

Meteorologist James Brown says most areas will experience a changeover to rain.

PORTLAND, Maine - The federal government wants to allow U.S. seafood harvesters to continue collecting the same amounts of some popular kinds of shellfish.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it wants to keep the quotas steady for surf clams, ocean quahogs and Maine ocean quahogs. Fishermen have harvested more than 38 million pounds of Atlantic surf clams every year since 1979. Quahogs are also a key seafood product in the Northeast.