Sept. 5: Bright and Sunny Summer Day

Friday, Sept. 5: Bright and sunny summer day. Temperature in the 80s. A perfect beach day without the crowds at State Beach in Edgartown. Solitary strollers search the shoreline for shells. Sailboats under tow are taken from Edgartown harbor as preparations for approaching storm pick up speed. Increasing clouds in the afternoon.

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August 29: Partly Sunny

Friday, August 29: Partly sunny. An empty Oak Bluffs School sits childless and quiet at noon, soon to change in the days ahead. High flying clouds pass over the school and head over Farm Pond.

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August 22: Hundreds Gather for the Draft Horse Pull

Friday, August 22: Hundreds gather at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society fair for the draft horse pull. The air is dry. The sounds and lights of the carnival rides dominate the grounds late in the afternoon. Fireworks over Oak Bluffs are visible from Edgartown to Vineyard Haven. Afterward lines of headlights and brake lights dominate the Oak Bluffs roads.

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August 15: Hot and Sunny Beach Day

Friday, August 15: Hot and sunny beach day. Clouds increase in the afternoon. Thunderstorms pass to the north and south of the Island in the afternoon. Sun shines occasionally through high altitude clouds. Sunset is muted. A severe, noisy thunderstorm arrives before midnight. Rain is heavy.

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August 8: Thunderstorm in the First Hours of the Morning

Friday, August 8: Thunderstorm in the first hours of the morning. Bright lightning fills the skies over Vineyard Haven. Rain is heavy and stops by 3 a.m. The morning is partly cloudy.

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August 1: Clear and Sunny Day

Friday, August 1: Clear and sunny day. Clouds hug close to the southern sky over the Atlantic Ocean. Clear skies overhead at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in the afternoon. Clouds obscure the sunset. Light breeze. The Milky Way shines overhead. Jupiter is above the southeastern sky.

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July 25: Heavy Rain Overnight

Friday, July 25: Heavy rain overnight. The landscape is dripping wet from a night of thunderstorms. More storms in the afternoon. Loud rumbling thunder echoes through the streets of Vineyard Haven. Large puddles slow nightlife traffic in Oak Bluffs.

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July 18: Hot and Muggy

Friday, July 18: Hot and muggy. Temperature rises to the high 80s in the shade, hotter on Ocean Park. Oak Bluffs harbor is a kettle full of boats and waves. Breezy afternoon offers relief from the heat. Youthful swimmers jump off the Big Bridge all afternoon.

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July 11: Sunny and Warm

Friday, July 11: Sunny and warm. Tiger lilies and daylilies are in full bloom in a Vineyard Haven backyard. The sky is deep blue in the morning. Hazy sunshine in the afternoon. In Edgartown, sailboats return from a day of sailing in the afternoon.

Saturday, July 12: Calm morning on Nantucket Sound. More than 30 boats sit idle off Chappaquiddick awaiting the start of a race around the Island. Blue skies overhead and blue water beneath. A puff of wind fills spinnakers at the start. Hot. Partly cloudy night.

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July 4: Hot and Sunny

Friday, July 4: Hot and sunny. Smoke rises above Vineyard Haven Main street. Temperature rises to the high 70s, hotter in the sun. Firemen sip water under a hot overhead sun. Fourth of July parade takes place under clear hazy skies. Hot and breezy. The harbor is full of boats. Low clouds try to interfere with a spectacular fireworks display.

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