Rain

By - 5/13/17 - 11:22 am
Satellite image of impending nor'easter

The gathering storm at 10:15 a.m. From GOES-R.

Yep, a nor'easter's a-brewin' off our coast and will smack into us starting tonight - but don't worry, we're just talking rain here, not snow - although possibly 1 to 2 inches. The National Weather Service concludes:

Bullseye will pass across central and eastern areas, then will shift NE over E coastal areas Sunday morning. May see poor drainage and urban flooding in some normally prone areas.

By - 5/5/17 - 6:05 pm
Warning message about flash floods

The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood warning for Boston and points south through 7:45 p.m. due to radar showing we're about to get blasted with one to two inches of rain in an hour:

As a result, significant urban and poor drainage flooding is expected to rapidly form.

So, you know, stay off Morrissey Boulevard and maybe put off that walk along the Muddy River.

By - 4/13/17 - 9:06 am

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.

By - 4/4/17 - 8:41 pm
Citgo sign in the rain

Alyssa Miller says rainy nights make Boston pop.

By - 2/25/17 - 4:50 pm
Rainbow over the Massachusetts Turnpike

Erika Holmberg shows us the rainbow over the turnpike in Newton this afternoon.

She wasn't the only one to look up as the rain ended: Read more.

By - 2/4/17 - 10:27 pm

Oh, don't worry, we're not expected to get a Mega Killer Nor'easter or anything like that in the next week (just some snow and rain Tuesday into Wednesday), but unusual weather patterns in the northern hemisphere are causing angst at the local National Weather Service office.

By - 1/26/17 - 8:51 am

The newest Massachusetts drought map shows eastern Massachusetts is now in a "moderate" drought, down from the "severe" drought we were in just last week - and the "extreme" drought in September.

By - 1/3/17 - 8:37 pm
Dead umbrellas in South Station

Many umbrellas gave their lives to get people to South Station today, as TrueNE_79 shows us.

By - 12/28/16 - 9:23 am

One of the advantages of living on the coast, at least early in winter, is that we're less likely to get snow dumped on us during a major storm - such as the one that's supposed to hit tomorrow. Read more.

By - 11/3/16 - 9:58 am

The weekly drought map is out and shows Boston is now in a "severe" drought, rather than an "extreme" one. The portion of Massachusetts still in "extreme" drought has shrunk as well.

BWSC rain totals show a monitoring station on Adams Street in Dorchester got nearly 6 inches of rain last month, more rain than the station saw in June, July, August and September combined.

By - 10/29/16 - 9:57 am
Rainbow over the Charles River

Melissa Sullivan enjoyed the rainbow over the Charles River this morning.

She wasn't alone: Read more.

By - 10/22/16 - 7:35 am

Fenway Park MBTA Station flooding, Boston (Other)

On Oct. 21, 1996, after nearly a foot of rain, the Muddy River overflowed its banks and poured into the Riverside Line tunnel into the T stop.

Today, the T is stocked with sandbags, which workers pile in front of the portal whenever it looks like the normally sedate Muddy River might overflow again. And the current work along the Muddy River is aimed in large part at preventing another flood like that one.

By - 10/21/16 - 10:25 pm

When it rains, it pours, Tamas K-L shows us.

Parts of JP went dark. Also, as Marybeth reports: Read more.

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 - 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 - 9/12/16 - 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 - 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.

By - 8/22/16 - 2:07 pm
Downed tree in the South End

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.