French Toast Alert Level: Low. Explanation.


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.

By - 8/30/16 - 10:22 am
Drought prediction map shows New England continuing to stay dry over next 6 to 10 days

Our local National Weather Service office isn't holding out much hope for much rain over the next ten days or so, so looks like none of the tropical storms brewing in the Atlantic will help.

By - 8/25/16 - 9:16 am

The weekly drought map shows little change in Massachusetts: The Boston area remains in an "extreme drought" and most of the rest of the state is in a drought as well, except for the extreme western end, which is "abnormally dry."

Scituate, not part of the MWRA water system, is asking residents to limit their shower time.

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.

By - 8/22/16 - 9:05 am
Tree down in Concord

Concord Police posted this photo of a blocked street at 4:27 a.m.

UPDATED, 11:55 a.m.

The National Weather Service reports a tornado briefly touched down in Concord early this morning: Read more.

By - 8/21/16 - 2:13 pm
Bellevue Pond in Medford, or what's left of it

Gedalia Pasternak notes that on a map this field is officially known as Bellevue Pond in Medford.

The National Weather Service says we could get some heavy rain tonight, thanks to a front that is currently over New York state.

By - 8/18/16 - 1:40 pm
Massachusetts drought continues

An "extreme" drought affecting parts of Middlesex and Essex counties now covers more of eastern Massachusetts, despite recent rains. Read more.

By - 8/14/16 - 8:27 pm

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m. Warning canceled for Boston, although it's kind of boomy and rainy here along the Roslindale/Hyde Park frontier.

Until 9 p.m.


By - 8/14/16 - 10:48 am
Tree comes down on South Boston Jeep

Roving UHub photographer Frank Kosiba spotted this reminder of the overnight thunderstorms on K Street in South Boston.

For a more immediate view of nature's fury, take a look at this amazing photo of lightning crashing down around Graves Light during one of the storms.

By - 8/11/16 - 9:57 am
Extreme drought in part of Massachusetts

The weekly state drought map is out, and for the first time it shows some "extreme" drought, in Middlesex and Essex counties. Except for the extreme western part of the state - and Nantucket - all of the state is now in some form of drought.

The MWRA reports the Quabbin Reservoir, which serves Boston and a number of surburbs, was at 87.4% of capacity on Aug. 1.

By - 8/10/16 - 12:04 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Boston area forThursday afternoon, with an expected high of 96: Read more.

By - 8/6/16 - 6:01 pm
Clouds over Boston

John Gage kept his eye to the sky shortly before 6 p.m. today.

By - 8/3/16 - 9:55 am

Newscast Studio reports NBC is buying a big-ass weather truck that could run right over Channel 4's Mobile AccuWeather van and not even notice, as it gears up to launch NBC Boston on some New Hampshire UHF channel - and no doubt a low number on local Comcast systems. Read more.

By - 7/28/16 - 11:02 am
Massachusetts drought map

The latest Massachusetts drought map, released this morning, has extended the Massachusetts "severe drought" zone to include the city of Boston. Read more.

By - 7/25/16 - 9:35 am
Jumping into the Charles River on Sunday

Nicozar watched as a couple guys pulled a Weld yesterday afternoon. On Friday evening, meanwhile, Gary the roving UHub photographer spotted this sign outside a church in Allston: Read more.

By - 7/23/16 - 9:39 pm
Sunset over Boston Harbor

Jocelyn watched the sun go down over Boston tonight.

Melissa, meanwhile, drove into the sunset in Cambridge: Read more.

By - 7/23/16 - 8:25 pm
Tree down on Massachusetts Avenue near Harvard Square

Harvard Cycling spotted this downed tree on Mass. Ave. near Harvard Law School.

Ben Henry looked out his window at a tree down on West Springfield Street in the South End: Read more.

By - 7/23/16 - 6:49 pm
Storm moving in over Boston

It looked like a killer death storm was about to swallow up Boston late this afternoon. That John Gage was able to post this photo strongly suggests it didn't.

It did, however, get pretty intense in places such as Chelsea and Melrose: Read more.

By - 7/22/16 - 9:42 pm
Lightning south of Roslindale

Ed Grzyb watched lightning strike south of Roslindale around 9 p.m. in a storm that proved not to be a repeat of Monday's tree destroyer.