*
French Toast Alert Level: Elevated. Explanation.

Cold

By - 1/9/18 - 4:35 pm
Icy Boston Harbor off East Boston

Rebecca went for a walk along Boston Harbor in East Boston today.

Compare to Redsox223's photo of Cape Cod Bay from Eastham a couple days ago.

By - 1/7/18 - 9:22 pm
Man standing on ice on the Charles River

Jim Bishop admits he found it surreal to see a man standing on the Charles River today.

By - 1/7/18 - 2:26 pm
Seagull in sea smoke in Boston Harbor

Kelley Hand braved the single-digit temps at Christoper Columbus Park this morning and got to watch seagulls in the sea smoke in Boston Harbor.

Jocelyn also scanned the sea smoke on the harbor.

By - 1/6/18 - 5:25 pm
Burst oil tank

The tank. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports an oil tank being refilled in a two-story home at 16 Tennis Rd burst this afternoon, sending roughly 170 gallons of the viscous liquid onto the floor. Read more.

By - 1/6/18 - 5:13 pm
Sun sets over the Charles River

John Gage took a moment to watch the dying sun over the frozen Charles before getting up on his tauntaun for the ride home. Read more.

By - 1/6/18 - 11:19 am
Skater on the Charles River

Mary Ellen spotted this skater on the Charles River at Millennium Park in West Roxbury a couple days ago.

Authorities, of course, recommend not skating on the Charles.

By - 1/5/18 - 8:56 pm
Icy Charles River

Ari Ofsevit gazed at the frozen wasteland between Cambridge and the Back Bay today.

Casie Gillette shows us the real ice joining the iceberg statues in Fort Point Channel: Read more.

By - 1/3/18 - 11:07 pm

Colleen O'Connor watched the waterfall at the Forest Hills T stop round 10 p.m.

By - 1/3/18 - 2:01 pm
Ashburton Place flooding

Waterlogged lobby. Photo by Sara Bourne.

Around 1:20 p.m., Julia C. wondered why there was "water pouring out all the windows" of the McCormack state office building on Beacon Hill. The Globe reports the leak, apparently from a burst pipe, is "massive."

By - 1/2/18 - 9:19 am
Sea smoke in Lynn

Rick Macomber got to watch the sea smoke off Lynn this morning. It's something that happens when wicked cold air meets relatively warm water. Read more.

By - 12/31/17 - 3:48 pm
Frozen Fort Point Channel

Adam Castiglioni reports Fort Point Channel is freezing up.

By - 12/29/17 - 11:08 am

Grizzled WBZ NewsRadio reporter Carl Stevens cracks an egg on pavement in single-digit temps to see what would happen.

By - 11/12/17 - 11:41 am
Spraying fountain in Charlestown park

Quite the spray in Doherty Park in Charlestown

Looks like not all the water fountains in Boston got turned off before the first freeze, based on reports filed with the city 311 system over the past couple of days. Read more.

By - 1/9/17 - 8:44 am

Shortly before 7 a.m., Tatiana M.R. Johnson got to Stony Brook, took a look at the hordes on the Orange Line platform and issued the alarm:

hey folks just go home the orange line is a disaster

Read more.

By - 12/16/16 - 10:24 am
Frosted window on the State House

Our own SwirlyGrrl spotted this window on one side of the Old State House this morning.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nasty Lady wonders: Read more.

By - 12/16/16 - 8:36 am

At 8:31 a.m., Natsha Verna reported more than 40 delays on commuter rail. Broken rails, signal issues, at one point, only the Fairmount Line, of all lines, was not reporting delays.

By - 12/15/16 - 6:06 pm
Bundled up statues in Davis Square in Somerville

Mark Novak noticed somebody put some extra layers on statues in Davis Square tonight.

Meanwhile, in Boston, ABCD is collecting clothing and donations to help residents get through the winter. Donations can be made at any ABCD office, including the main one at 178 Tremont St. downtown.

By - 12/15/16 - 10:37 am

To sum up: BRRRRR:

WINDS THIS STRONG WILL RESULT IN TREE DAMAGE INCLUDING SOME WEAKENED TREES BEING KNOCKED DOWN. SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE AND THIS IS PARTICULARLY CONCERNING GIVEN THE BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT. DRIVING WILL BE DIFFICULT IN OPEN AREAS AND ON BRIDGES.

By - 12/13/16 - 9:31 pm

Eric Fisher braces us for what could be record-setting "Chuck Norris level cold" Friday morning (not that Thursday will be that much better) - like maybe even sub-zero readings in some parts of southern New England (although he's looking at a few degrees above zero for Boston). Oh, but with wind chills down to -25 here.

By - 12/11/16 - 4:57 pm

The latest NWS hazardous-weather outlook for Suffolk County says we might get a couple inches overnight, but it should change to rain (at least on the coastal plain) by daybreak. And then the NWS subtly, in its uniquely subtle all-caps way, tries to get us ready for this:

AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE REGION ON THURSDAY. THIS WILL RESULT IN THE POTENTIAL FOR BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS OF 15 TO 25 BELOW ZERO LATE THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING. IN ADDITION...A PERIOD OF NORTHWEST WIND GUSTS OF 40 TO 50 MPH THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING.