The Boston Water and Sewer Commission has six rain gauges across the city and you can see how much rain each has gotten on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. So far this year, Hyde Park has gotten the most rain - a whole 21.58 inches. Neighboring Roslindale, meanwhile, has only gotten 16.58. Both places, of course, are far below the normal amounts.
UPDATE, 2:30 p.m. The storm now has a name: Hermine.
The National Hurricane Center reports there's a chance a storm in the Gulf of Mexico now known prosaically as Tropical Depression 9 could churn up the coast and smack us with heavy rains, high tides and strong winds by Monday.
The storm, which has been slowly meandering across the Atlantic for the past couple of weeks, might finally be getting better organized over the warm Gulf waters. Read more.
Neal Gaffey shows us the remains of a Bradford pear tree in the South End this morning, adds:
As pretty as they are in the spring, they are inappropriate as urban trees because they weaken over time and lose limbs regularly. The City is slowly replacing them with American elm, maple, pin oak, and ginkgo as they age out.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m. Warning canceled for Boston, although it's kind of boomy and rainy here along the Roslindale/Hyde Park frontier.
CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY. LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURE`S LEADING KILLERS.
Tamas K-L watched the storm over the Charles this afternoon.
Around 1:45 p.m. at Castle Island.
The view across Pleasure Bay towards the Kennedy Library was equally dramatic: Read more.
George shows us what it was like on the Mass. Turnpike outbound around 11:45 this morning.
Adrienne M. shows us the tree that fell across Raymond Street in Lower Allston tonight.
We're no longer in the five-day cone-of-probability for Tropical Storm Joaquin, so let's worry about the torrential downpours that mean flood watches for the area roughly north and west of 128 tonight through Thursday.
Eric Fisher at WBZ says don't count Joaquin outjust yet:
Everyone from North Carolina to New England should pay extremely close attention to Joaquin. There will be flooding regardless, but a near pass or landfall could allow areas to blast into the double digits for rainfall with ease. Iâ€™m not seeing a situation where *someone* on the East Coast doesnâ€™t get soaked in flood waters. The pattern almost guarantees it. The trick is figuring out where. And in the meantime make sure your sump pumps are in working order!
A tropical depression currently called just 11 might, maybe, possibly, bring heavy rains and high winds to the Boston area this weekend. We're currently in cone of probability for the storm, which could become Tropical Storm Joaquin tomorrow, if its winds get above 35 m.p.h. But National Hurricane Center forecasters currently aren't really sure of the storm's exact track and intensity yet.
We came out of the Halfway Cafe on Washington Street in Dedham around 3:05 p.m. to the sound of thunder - even though it was still sunny overhead. But when we looked north, into Boston, we saw the city covered by an ominous cloud.
Lulu522 forwards a copy of the photo she took from her 36th floor perch in downtown Boston as one of those storms rolled into Boston on Saturday.
Violent thunderstorms moved across the Boston region this afternoon and evening, soaking some, giving others vivid lightning displays and rainbows, forcing the delay of a New England Revolution match at Gillette and turning the Natick commuter-rail station into the sort of raging water-filled arroyo you normally only expect to see after freak storms in a western desert: Read more.
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