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11:49 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Tornado Rips Through Revere (Photos)

Revere Beach Parkway
Cristina Quinn WGBH

A powerful tornado with winds up to 120 mph cut a two mile path through Revere during morning rush hour on Monday, leaving a trail of destruction but no serious injuries, Revere officials said.

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8:13 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Forces Boston To Reschedule July 4th Celebration

Arthur, the first named storm of the 2014 hurricane season, looms over Florida.
Credit AP Photo

The Fourth of July celebration on the Esplanade in Boston has been moved up to Thursday, though the fireworks may be held until Saturday. With the storm now called a Hurricane Arthur, state police and event organizers want to be sure festivities are safe.

After a day of deliberations and weather forecasts, officials decided it was best to reschedule the Fourth of July festivities, but plans are still tentative. Massachusetts State Police Colonel Timothy Alben says the concert is either happening today or not at all. It can’t be rescheduled for Saturday.

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4:57 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Tropical Storm Arthur Forces Boston To Move 4th Of July Celebration To July 3

The Fourth of July Boston Pops fireworks spectacular has rescheduled to July 3.
Credit (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

A tropical storm moving up the East Coast has forced Boston to move its 4th of July Boston Pops Fireworks spectacular on the Esplanade to to July 3.

Storrow Drive will close at noon, according to Massachusetts State Police. The Mass. Ave. and Longfellow bridges will close at 6 p.m. Heavy crowds and an even heavier workday commute are expected. Officials at a Wednesday afternoon press conference urged people to take the MBTA.

Security near the Hatch Shell oval will open to the public at 5 p.m., and the Boston Pops concert is is slated to begin at 8 p.m.

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Local News
8:24 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Rebuilding Monson, 3 Years After The Tornado

A trailer near the under-construction town hall and police station in Monson.

On June 1, 2011, heavy, dark-gray and greenish clouds descended from the skies above Central Massachusetts. Swirling funnels cut swaths through the city of Springfield and neighboring towns. Trees and housing debris flew through the air. One tornado seemed to travel along the Massachusetts Turnpike, shearing woods in the tiny hamlet of Monson. Homes and town offices were devastated.

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7:43 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

A Kenyan Confronts A Boston Spring

Thomas Bwire

For the first time this morning, I woke up to a chilly cold spell, and upon opening the window curtains at my hotel room, I could not believe my eyes as the neighborhood was painted white with snow.

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3:51 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

BPR: Politics, Fighting Domestic Abuse In The Justice System, All Revved Up, Vern Laux

Over the weekend, businessman Mark Fisher missed getting on the GOP gubernatorial ballot by a meager six votes. Jim and Margery talked about the governor's race.
  • Jennifer Nassour and John Nucci were guests on the Monday politics segment. Jennifer Nassour is former chair of the Mass. Republican Party, and founder of Conservative Women for a Better Future. John Nucci writes for the Boston Herald. Nucci is also Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications at Suffolk University.
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3:18 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

BPR: Vernal Equinox, Roca, Dan Harris, Alex Beam, Kara Miller

Think spring! The season officially started at 12:57 PM Thursday.
Credit Jeff Gunn / Flickr
  • Spring began officially at 12:57 EST on Thursday. Are you feeling it? Are you afraid to have your heart broken, again, by wintry blasts of weather? Jim and Margery opened up the lines. (Starts at 1:00)
  • Molly Baldwin, CEO of Roca, joined BPR to talk about the $27 million grant Roca got from the state. Roca focuses on putting at-risk men ages 17 to 24 to work, to keep them out of prison. Angel Vidal has been enrolled in Roca for a year-and-a-haf.
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5:53 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Winter Payoff: Benefits Of The Cold Weather

This winter has been one of the coldest in a decade, but there could be good things in store.


  • David Epstein is a meteorologist and blogger for He also specializes in horticulture.
4:00 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Lose Home, Rebuild, Repeat: Scituate House Cost Federal Government $750K Over 40 Years

48 Oceanside Drive in Scituate following the Blizzard of 1978. The house has repeatedly suffered flood damage from coastal storms.
Photo courtesy of the Town of Scituate.

If you look at it now, the home at 48 Oceanside Drive in Scituate — with its beige siding and bright, white trim — seems so new it must be empty inside.

From its perch on the beach, the home seems to stare blankly at the ocean. It's a great view, with stunning beaches and dramatic cliffs. But with that view comes danger.

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3:54 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

BPR: Daylight Saving, Callie Crossley, Emily Rooney, 'Spy Vs. Spy' News Quiz

Ready to spring forward this weekend? Daylight saving adds extra daylight in the evening, but also shorts us of a weekend hour while messing with our internal clocks.
Credit lioil / Flickr
  • Daylight saving: ready to spring forward? Jim and Margery talked about the take-an-hour, lose-an-hour biannual phenomenon. Edgar B. Herwick III of WGBH's Curiosity Desk brought Jim, Margery and callers up to speed on daylight saving.
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4:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Winter Weather Woes

Spring is just around the corner... we think.

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. 

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3:55 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Alex Beam On Weather-Geek Subcultures, Global Warming, And Specious Health Food Claims

What do you see here -- a depressing amount of precipitation moving into the area, or a trove of data waiting to be plundered? Your answer may indicated whether or not you are a weather geek.
Credit Andrew Teman / Flickr

Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam joined Jim and Margery in Studio Three for his regular "Open Mic" segment on BPR. Beam discussed his most recent column, climate change, and Whole Foods hypocrisy.

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Local News
5:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Snow Weighing On Restaurant, Retail Industries Bottom Lines

Snow falls outside Mexicali in Kendall Square.
Credit Cristina Quinn / WGBH News

It’s been a tough winter so far, with Massachusetts getting hit with one storm after another. As residents grow shovel-weary, small businesses are starting to feel the sting of lost revenue.

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4:01 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

South End Tries To Halt Spread Of Parking Space Savers

A trash barrel stands watch over a parking space in Brighton.
Credit Brendan Lynch / WGBH News

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.

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12:24 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Does Class Factor Into Boston Neighborhood Snow Removal?

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.

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8:30 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Scenes From A Snow Day

Sledding on Boston Common
Susan Flaherty

When all was said and done on Wednesday afternoon, between five and nine inches of snow fell on the Boston area.

We asked people to send us their snow day pictures-  whether they worked from home, enjoyed a day off with the kids (or dogs!), or trekked it into the office.

Send us your snow day photos with your name and location:, and we'll add them to our slideshow.  

6:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Boston Plowing Priorities: Are Some Neighborhoods Favored?

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.

Local News
2:41 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Snowstorm Forces Logan To Cancel More Than Half Of Wednesday's Flights

A plow and a plane are battered by snow at Logan Airport.
Credit Ibby Caputo / WGBH

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 1 a.m. Thursday, and "light wintry precipitation" should continue until the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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.

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6:29 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Challenges Of Year-Round Bicycling

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. 

Local News
6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

New Flood Maps Lead Homeowners To Question Skyrocketing Flood Insurance Premiums

The 2012 flood map of the Piva's neighborhood. Click to enlarge.
Credit National Flood Insurance Program

Congress is considering a bill that would delay flood insurance rate hikes, but that is little consolation to many people whose flood insurance premiums have already skyrocketed. 
When Kerry and Geoff Piva bought their three-bedroom home on Balmoral Street in Andover, they thought they were buying into the American Dream.

"The reason we purchased this house is because Andover is such a great town. They have wonderful schools and we know we would like our son to be raised here," Kerry said.

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6:21 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Southie Space Savers: Parking Spots Saved Despite Lack Of Snow

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. 


Local News
5:19 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

South Shore, Cape Slammed By Snowstorm Boston Sidestepped

Snow covers a gas station in Weymouth.
Credit Cristina Quinn / WGBH News

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.

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11:52 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Logan Returning To Normal After Snowstorm

People are starting to trickle in to Logan Airport after the snowstorm.

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1:09 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Minor Earthquake Strikes Southeastern Mass.

A minor earthquake has struck southeastern Massachusetts, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

John Ebel, a senior research scientist at Boston College's Weston Observatory, said the 1.9 magnitude earthquake struck seven miles north-northwest of New Bedford just before 11 a.m. Thursday.

Ebel, a professor of geophysics at BC, said residents of the area probably heard a boom and a few seconds of shaking.

He says earthquakes in the region are "not unusual."

As for a possible follow-up temblor, he's said that is unpredictable.

3:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

BPR: The Polar Vortex, Globe Editor Brian McGrory, Dr. John Halamka, Death Watches

A man clears out a bundle of snow in Boston in 2011. Jim and Margery asked listeners how they will survive the bitter cold this year.
Credit radioflyer77 / Flickr

BPR podcast for 1/8/14.

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.

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6:29 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

What The Polar Vortex Is And Why It's Happening Now

We don’t have to tell you its cold outside. It’s enough to make even hearty New Englanders wince and whimper. And now we’re learning a curious new term to explain the extreme freeze.

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6:25 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

What's Behind The Flurry Of Flight Delays

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.

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From the Curiosity Desk
4:22 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

The Polar Vortex Is Nothing New

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.
Credit AP/NASA

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.

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4:04 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

MEMA Alert As Snow Winds Down, Temperatures Drop

National Guard, Red Cross and state officials still fill the MEMA command center, monitoring the coastline.
Credit Anne Mostue / WGBH News

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.

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3:59 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

BPR: Snowmageddon/Snowpocalypse, Callie Crossley, Emily Rooney, Friday News Quiz

Over 14 inches of snow fell in Boston on January 2nd and 3rd, the first official snowfall of 2014. Jim and Margery asked callers how they were faring.
Credit Stuart Williams / Flickr

BPR podcast for 1/3/13.

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 Vern Laux 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.

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