The latest state drought map shows just 0.15% of the state is still in drought, while 52% of the state is "normal," and the rest - including the area around the Quabbin Reservoir - is "abnormally" dry. At the peak of drought conditions last year, pretty much the entire state, save Nantucket, was considered to be in a drought, with some areas in "extreme" drought.
Confession: After spending three hours in the un-air-conditioned concrete box that is the Board of Appeals hearing room in City Hall, the UHub Mobile Action News Unit had to escape - all the way to Revere Beach for some Kelly's by the sea.
Quite a few people had a similar idea, although most were better dressed for the circumstances, like in bathing suits. The more adventurous ran straight into the frigid waters - where none stayed for very long.
The latest Massachusetts drought map, released this morning, shows that last week's rain and snow finally tipped a third of the state from drought watch to not at all droughty - and that another third of the state is "abnormally dry," the lowest of the drought classifications.
Alyssa Miller says rainy nights make Boston pop.
Why, yes, Eric Fisher did. He's not quite ready to mention the April Fools blizzard, but, you know, we're Bostonians and we don't forget stuff like that so easily. Plus, while he's thinking more rain with a bit of nuisance snow, he adds:
Late March and April storms can be very powerful and dangerous. This time of year, a snowstorm often has heavy wet snow, which causes tree damage and power outages. We don’t want a snowstorm this weekend with temperatures just over 32 degrees. That would mean a lot of problems.
Associated Press reports National Weather Service forecasters knew Monday that the nor'easter might not be all that, but kept up their original higher snowfall numbers to keep people from getting confused - and that that made sense because forecasting is still not 100% accurate.
Tom Griffiths shows us the scene on a North Station-area street this morning:
The ice is amused by your "caution."
Keith Dragon forwards a photo of the snowbatman a resident of 111 Beach St. in the Leather District built out of yesterday's snow.
Roving UHub photographer Ynckay spotted this boat lying on Short Beach in Winthrop this morning.
Vivian Again chronicled the varying levels of shoveling in Downtown Crossing this morning.
Our own Swirlygrrl made an apple pi today.
Out in Wellesley, Bob Brown carved out some time - and snow to commemorate 3/14 in his driveway.
As we've been breathlessly reporting all day, some local TV stations have waged a relentless battle today to see who could get the most on-air personnel on a screen at one time. Channel 7 threw down the opening gauntlet with an "8-box" (i.e., 8 reporters in little boxes at once), Channel 25 briefly got in the action with a 9-box, but then Channel 7 knocked them out with an 11-box - before Channel 5 topped them with a 12-box. Channel 7 caught up, but now it really looks like WCVB is determined to end this thing once and for all: Around 5 p.m., Channel 5 Executive Producer Scott Isaacs posted this screen capture of a screen-dominating 16-box display.
Jerry David reports this tree behind his Newton home cracked in half and fell - somehow coming down in the narrow space between two garages.
Mayor Walsh says he'd rather err on the side of caution. All other city departments will be open.
The city snow emergency ends at 7 a.m. tomorrow, which means you have 48 hours from that point to hold onto any spaces you shoveled out.
In the spirit of Tom Menino, he said the city's main focus today is "clearing the major artillleries."
Adam Castiglioni captured the snowman out on the Greenway this afternoon.
Dimas looked out over the Back Bay around 11 a.m.
No, we probably won't break any snowfall amounts, but could we break the record for the most number of TV reporters crammed onto a single screen?
John Zaremba captured this "8-box" on WHDH this morning. Who can top that? And will any of our local stations approach the 24-box an Atlanta station managed in 2014? Good luck, we're all counting on you.
UPDATE: Channel 7 ramps it up to 11, but channel 5 goes "in your face!" and cranks it up to 12. Channel 7 then responds! See down in the comments.
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