I know them all by their first names: Barry, Shiri, Mike, Nelly, Chris, Todd, and the two Danielles.
Boston’s meteorologists and weather casters have become my information port in the storm, appointment viewing throughout this never-ending winter. And I’ve been glued to the screen for the last few days when they began predicting today’s precipitation.
What started as a lighthearted practice in South Boston has spread to other parts of the city, like here in the South End, where Yohannes Afework has just parallel parked with ease. But he says he doesn’t use space savers.
Complaints about uneven snow removal are fairly common. Days after a storm blew through Boston last year, dozens of side streets and alleys were still packed with snow — I wondered if this took on a class dimension in Boston, as it supposedly did in Manhattan recently when wealthy residents accused the new mayor there of neglecting their streets, a sort of reverse-Dickensian tale.
If your New England roots reach back to the 1970s, you know today’s snow totals are actually pretty tame compared to what we’ve been through. And if you think back over the years, you’ll notice a pattern to our region’s winter weather.
Logan Airport started the day at a crawling pace as crews manning the snow plows and de-icing trucks tried to keep up with the rate of snowfall. But that wasn’t the only challenge they faced. Unlike the last storm when the snow was light and fluffy, this time it was wet and heavy, making it difficult to move.
Ready for another round of winter weather? Heavy snow is expected for tomorrow’s commute, and it’s not just drivers who’ll be battling the elements. Edgar Herwick of the WGBH Curiosity Desk shows us what it’s like navigating slippery, snow-covered streets on just two wheels.
South of Boston, cities and towns were blanketed with more than a foot of snow overnight, but here in the city, we were spared the brunt of the storm. But the dearth of snow didn’t stop some residents from the performing a notorious winter-weather ritual.
While Boston lucked out by receiving only 4 inches of snow, the Cape and Islands and South Shore got walloped, with some areas receiving upward of a foot of snow. Weymouth was one of those towns, getting 15.5 inches.
New Englanders are bundling up to ward off a recent onslaught of frigid weather. WGBH News' Science Editor Heather Goldstone joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to talk about climate change and the causes of our recent coldsnap.
Between the weather this week, a rush to rebook after last week’s storm, a minor runway mishap in New York, and new FAA rules, it was the perfect confluence of events. Hundreds of flights were grounded, leaving passengers with nothing to do but wait.
This image captured by NOAA's GOES-East satellite on Jan. 6, 2014, at 11:01 a.m. EST shows a frontal system that is draped from north to south along the U.S. East Coast. Behind the front lies the clearer skies bitter cold air associated with the polar vortex. Forecasters said some 187 million people in all could feel the effects of the "polar vortex" by the time it spread across the country on Tuesday, Jan. 7. 2013.
It seems that if there’s one thing on Earth more popular than Downton Abbey right now, it’s the polar vortex. That catchy little two-word phrase is being used to explain the frigid temperatures across much of the United States.
As the New Year’s nor’easter draws to a close, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in Framingham is still monitoring flooding in coastal communities on the South Shore and Cape Cod, as temperatures continue to drop. Gov. Deval Patrick gave a final briefing at 2 Friday afternoon.
As the last flakes flew in Boston, Jim Braude and Margery Eagan spoke with Mass. Secretary of Transportation Rich Davey about the state of the T, commuter rail lines and state roads. Afterwards, bird expert VernLaux joined the show to explain how birds survive frigid weather. Finally, Buck Rollins — team leader for Whole Foods Market South Weymouth — addressed the age-old mystery of grocery runs before big storms.
Snow drifts in Framingham are up to three feet high. Plows are out on Route 9 and the Massachusetts Turnpike, which have a fair number of cars at about 6 a.m.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is monitoring snow accumulation, coastal needs, roads and power outages. NSTAR and National Grid are reporting just a handful of power outages.
Snow accumulation has reached more than 24 inches north of Boston, in towns like Andover, 16 inches on the North and South Shores with slightly less on Cape Cod, and a foot west of Boston and in Rhode Island.
Massachusetts braced for the first big snowstorm of the year on Thursday.
"To state the obvious, it's snowing," Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said at a noon press conference. The effects of that snow will vary from town to town and Patrick asked residents to pay attention to local public safety instructions.
Boston's Logan International Airport plans to stay open during the snowstorm, but that doesn't there will be any flights in or out.
Director of Aviation Ed Freni said airlines that service the airport decided Thursday that they won't bring in planes for the Friday morning schedules, and dozens of flights in and out have been canceled or delayed. The last scheduled departure is expected at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The airport should start operations by noon on Friday.
The snow is falling. Shovels and plows are out in full force. So that means the time-honored practice of space-saving begins once again. Fewer winter debates are more contentious. On one side are the poor car owners who invest time digging their cars out. On the other side are the poor drivers searching for spots in a parking-unfriendly Boston. Never the twain shall meet.