French Toast Alert Level: Low. Explanation.


By - 10/18/16 - 4:37 pm
Prudential building rises above the fog in Boston

After the king tide came the king fog. Christine Lane captured the fog covering downtown, the waterfront and the Back Bay around 4:35 p.m. from the 49th floor of the Hancock Building.

About five minutes earlier, she was looking the other way, towards downtown:

Read more.

By - 10/13/16 - 4:25 pm

Sure, the National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for the western suburbs for tonight, but Eric Fisher says we could hit 80 next week.

By - 10/10/16 - 10:36 am

The BWSC's rain tally-o-matic shows Matthew-inspired precip levels for yesterday that range from 1.85 inches in subtropical Hyde Park and Adams Street in Dorchester to 1.49 inches in the Longwood Medical Area and Allston.

Of course, that rain has to go somewhere - like, oh, the Park Street Red Line platform.

By - 10/9/16 - 4:07 pm
Neponset River marshes along the Hyde Park and Milton border

Looking across the Neponset River Reservation towards the Great Blue Hill from Meadow Road, in the southernmost reaches of Hyde Park.

By - 10/7/16 - 9:41 am

That rain a few days ago wasn't enough wasn't enough to break the drought's grip on Massachusetts.

By - 10/4/16 - 11:11 pm

The National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m. report now shows Matthew skirting New England on Sunday, which means we might get some rain and wind, but not a direct hit. Of course, things could change again.

By - 10/4/16 - 11:55 am
The cone of uncertainty

At 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Center extended its Matthew Cone of Probability to cover all of southern New England for Sunday. Forecasters still say it's too early to say whether we'll get walloped, so we've only raised the French Toast Alert level to Guarded, but we're going to have to spend more time considering the proposal to go to a more liquor-based alert system for this storm.

By - 9/30/16 - 10:30 pm
Misty Charles River dock

JB Parrett wasn't the only one out in the mist on the Esplanade.

By - 9/30/16 - 2:57 pm
Hurricane Matthew

Matthew earlier today, via the GOES satellite.

We've reactivated the French Toast Alert System as Hurricane Matthew churns up the Caribbean. We're still at the lowest alert level, because it's too early to say if it'll churn up the Atlantic and smack us or head out into the middle of the Atlantic (remember Hermine?) or even go further into the Caribbean. But we've got a wary eye open.

By - 9/24/16 - 9:09 pm

Looks like Mr. Autumn Man will have a grand time walking down Mass. Ave. on Sunday. The National Weather Service predicts the day will have "quite the autumn feel" and that not only will temperatures dip into the 30s by Sunday night, they could hit a record low - thanks in part to the drought, natch - maybe even warrant a frost advisory for areas closer to Boston than the Worcester hills.

By - 9/23/16 - 6:51 pm
Storm clouds over Cambridge and the Charles River

John Gage captured the front rolling across the area this evening.

By - 9/22/16 - 9:00 am

The latests Massachusetts drought map, updated this morning, shows the weekend rains failed to change much.

By - 9/19/16 - 7:45 pm
Red sunset over the Charles River

Jean Nagy enjoyed the post-storm sunset this evening.

She wasn't alone: Read more.

By - 9/17/16 - 2:15 pm
That's a lot of salt

Bring it, Mother Nature! The Boston Public Works Department shows off its new pile of salt in its yard off the Expressway, built out of the 10,000 tons of salt it got this week.

By - 9/16/16 - 9:24 am

WBZ's Eric Fisher runs the numbers, says the drought actually started in the winter of 2015, you know, the endless winter and all, because while we got snow UP TO HERE, it was incredibly "dry" snow with little actual moisture in it.

By - 9/15/16 - 1:44 pm
Latest Massachusetts drought map

The weekly state drought map now shows that more than half the state is experiencing an "extreme drought."

Things have gotten so bad in Worcester the city is now spending $1.7 million a month to buy water from the MWRA, which still has plenty of water in the Quabbin Reservoir.

By - 9/12/16 - 9:38 am

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.

By - 9/8/16 - 8:48 pm
Fog over downtown Boston

Jami watched the fog barrel in over downtown Boston late this afternoon. Read more.

By - 9/3/16 - 2:38 pm
Hermine wind probability map

The French Toast Alert now stands at Blue/Guarded, because the National Hurricane's wind-probability map now shows a 50-60% chance of strong gusts even in the Boston area (that's what the brown on the map means). Were we running a Cape alerting system, we might even kick it up a notch, because the local NWS office says the Cape, Islands and South Shore have an even better chance of DANGEROUS WIND.

By - 8/31/16 - 12:23 pm
Cone of probability for Tropical Depression 9

The S means possible winds of 39-73 mph.

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.