Snow

Has Boston broken the seasonal snowfall record yet?

YES!

Current French Toast Alert level.

Snow

By - 6/25/15 - 5:09 pm

The mayor's office today announced a contest to guess when the Tide Street snow pile will finally disappear for good: Read more.

By - 6/25/15 - 9:59 am
South Boston snow pile

Last night, Eileen Murphy visited the Tide Street snow pile, which has now been in Boston long enough to apply for a residential parking permit.

Earlier:
Dawn breaks over the South Boston snow pile.

By - 6/23/15 - 2:35 pm
Giant snow blower ordered by Boston

Photo via Public Works Department.

The Boston Public Works Department says a Woburn company will build the city two truck-mounted snow blowers that will give us Montreal-strength street-clearing power.

Each of the LaRue D55 blowers can shoot 2,750 tons of snow an hour the length of half a football field, although in practice the blowers, to be mounted on new Volvo loaders, will be paired with large dump trucks, into which snow will be blown for transportation to one of the city's fine snow dumps.

The city will pay $645,000 for the new blowers and loaders to Woodco Machinery, Inc. - the only company to meet the city's specifications.

By - 6/22/15 - 8:52 am
Snow at Oak Grove in February

We've had quite enough of this, thank you very much. Feb. photo by Rich.

Starting tonight, the T will be shutting down the Orange Line between Wellington and Oak Grove starting at 8:45 p.m. at night so workers can get the tracks ready for winter - except for Friday and Saturday nights, when service will run as usual.

You may recall that particular stretch of Orange Line proved particularly troublesome in the winter of our discontent. Workers will be installing heaters along the third rail and at switches to prevent the tracks from turning into a glacier again, in a $12.7 million project, MassDOT reports.

By - 6/8/15 - 7:38 am
Dawn at the Tide Street snow pile in South Boston

Steve awoke early this morning to capture that most magical moment when the sun rises over the snow pile on Tide Street.

Copyright Steve. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 6/6/15 - 5:43 pm
Squantum snow pile

Why should the South Boston snow pile get all the publicity? Lee Toma visited the Squantum Point snow pile today:

It is still twelve feet tall! Also, so disgusting.

By - 6/5/15 - 6:49 pm
Firefighters spraying the South Boston snow pile with water

Conventures shows us that the South Boston snow pile got a surprise visit today from Boston firefighters, who set up hoses to dump water on it - whether to reduce its stench or shrink its size, we don't know. But what if, you know, that only made it stronger - and angrier?

By - 5/27/15 - 4:39 pm
Snow in South Boston on May 27

The South Boston snow pile made it through Memorial Day and as Conventures shows us, it's still there today. Will it be there on Flag Day? Dare we suggest July Fourth?

Back on February 3.
A little late-season skiing in South Boston.

By - 5/8/15 - 6:34 pm

Seems people in South Boston disliked the emergency one-way streets enacted during the winter snow crisis so much that the city is returning them to their former two-way status starting this Wednesday. Read more.

By - 4/15/15 - 5:43 pm

Vlad Tarasov reports on his adventure in the Boston Marine Industrial Park earlier this month:

I skied the Boston snow farm in April and it was disgusting!

H/t Greg Cook.

By - 4/14/15 - 11:32 am

Last night, the city marked a number of Citizens Connect snow complaints closed with this note:

Thank you for your request. This service request is now considered closed due to the recent arrival of Spring. The City worked around the clock this winter to address the record-breaking snowfall and we hope that many of your concerns were resolved. We encourage you to let us know of any additional issues and thank you for working with us to make the City a better place. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any requests that we were not able to get to.

By - 4/11/15 - 9:21 pm
Spring volleyball at Carson Beach in South Boston

Across the city today, winter-weary Bostonians shed their coats, or, at least, unzipped them a bit as they marveled at temperatures that approached 60.

On Carson Beach in South Boston, Eileen Murphy watched a game of volleyball (a brisk wind aided the windsurfers in Pleasure Bay).

In the Public Garden, as 617 Images shows us, a couple actually had a picnic:

By - 4/1/15 - 8:22 am
Canal-like street in Boston as snow melts

Zinnia shows us some streets are looking like canals with all the melting snow, such as Bolton Street in South Boston.

By - 4/1/15 - 6:30 am

An hour+ of weather and outdoor reports from the blizzard of April 1, 1997.

H/t Ari Ofsevit.

By - 3/31/15 - 7:55 am

Remember a couple years ago when the T put up all these signs in subway stations advising that snowstorms could mean limited service?

Next winter, the T will really mean it. WBUR reports the T will respond to major snow storms by running limited service during the day, rather than trying to run all its trains on a regular schedule, making all their snow-sensitive motors burn out, like it did this winter. The T is also planning to buy more snow clearing equipment and is considering coating third rails with anti-freeze.

By - 3/30/15 - 2:07 pm
Michelle Wu and son Blaise at Boston City Council hearing on snow removal

Councilor Wu asks about snow removal as son Blaise takes a break (via Boston City TV).

City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) says it might be time for the city to make its peace with space savers - and make some money by selling official City of Boston space savers.

At a hearing on snow removal today, McCarthy said the idea, proposed by a constituent, has grown on him. In an era when some people would put out "furnaces and toilets" to spite trash workers tasked with removing their space savers, the city could bring in extra revenue for snow and trash removal via official space savers, he said.

By - 3/21/15 - 1:38 pm
Snow sculptures on Boston Common, including Olaf

Katherine Larson spotted this pair on the Common today.

By - 3/20/15 - 10:39 am

In contrast to the idea of a Boston Olympics, Bostonians love them some space savers. WBUR reports:

70 percent of Boston residents are in favor of the use of space savers, despite the controversy, vandalism and parking challenges the tradition brings each winter.

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