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By - 8/27/14 - 10:03 am

Boston is appealing a federal flood-plain decision that could mean dramatically higher insurance rates for thousands of Boston landowners.

In an appeal to FEMA yesterday, the city says 507 of the 1,585 acres the feds now say would flood in a "100-year storm" would not actually flood in that kind of storm.

Last year, FEMA released revised 100-year floodplain maps for eastern Massachusetts. Besides... Read more

By - 8/17/14 - 11:20 pm

Swissport International Ltd., which provides ground services at Logan Airport, has an ad on Craigslist for people looking for jobs de-icing airplanes in cold weather.

Headlined "Hardcore Gamer? We may have a job for you at Boson [sic] Logan Airport," the ad says de-icing airplanes requires the same skills as mastering a video game:

As a professional deicer, you will be deicing aircraft with

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By - 8/9/14 - 9:36 am

The state has released a map of evacuation zones for major hurricanes.

The map shows areas that could get whacked by worst-case storm surges - with the brownish areas those that would likely get flooded in Category 1 storms, yellow in Category 2 storms and green in Category 3 and 4 storms (you can also download more detailed community maps).

The best way

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By - 8/8/14 - 10:53 am
Rainbow in Allston

Phil captured the rainbow over Cambridge Street and the turnpike in Allston yesterday - from the same storm that gave us that giant cloud.

Copyright Phil. Posted in on Flickr.

Jed Hresko, meanwhile, spotted the rainbow downtown:

By - 8/8/14 - 12:29 am
Giant cloud over Boston

Around 6 p.m., lots of people looked up and spotted the gigantic, majestic cloud just sitting up there, reaching way up into the sky.

Eric spotted the cloud over the Zakim - and much of the rest of the area.

Other views of the cloud:

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By - 8/7/14 - 1:24 pm
Waltham hail

Paul Weiskel shows us a hailstone that fell around 1 p.m. today.

Bridie Johnson, meanwhile, videoed the hail falling on Everett Street in Allston during the storm.

By - 8/1/14 - 4:57 pm

Channel 5 report: "We're not sure if that belongs to that Dunkin' Donuts on that side or the one behind the Sunoco gas station."

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 7/28/14 - 8:01 pm
Clouds after the storm

Jared Villemaire photographed the interesting clouds over Beacon Hill late this afternoon after a morning of some pretty wild weather.

Rosalia, meanwhile, went for a walk on the Longfellow Bridge and couldn't help but notice the sunset underneath the cloud deck:

By - 7/28/14 - 7:25 pm

National Weather Service experts report that based on the evidence on the ground, the tornado that hit Revere this morning seemed to have had maximum winds of 120 m.p.h. and that it traveled two miles on the ground along Broadway.

The funnel, 3/8 of a mile wide, would be an EF2 on the 0-5 scale used to measure tornadoes.... Read more

By - 7/28/14 - 10:33 am
Downed trees in Revere

Numerous streets blocked by fallen trees and downed wires; police warning of gas leaks. See the comments for the initial statement from the National Weather Service.

Some video:

Revere Police urged people not already in Revere to stay... Read more

By - 7/27/14 - 2:15 pm
Walking in the rain towards the Esplanade

JB Parrett photographed some rainstrolling on the wallkway to the Esplanade from Beacon Hill this afternoon.

By - 7/16/14 - 9:48 pm
Sunset over the Charles River

Julie C. watched the post-deluge sunset over the Charles this evening.

By - 7/16/14 - 10:47 am

Mark Bolster watched firefighters take care of business after lightning hit a house on W. 4 Street at F this morning.

By - 7/16/14 - 9:02 am

UPDATE: Flash-flood watch extended to 8 p.m.

We're under a flash-flood watch until 2 p.m.:

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

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By - 7/15/14 - 11:43 pm
Planes at Logan

Dan Santry photographed some of the planes that landed at Logan today that don't normally get near us, including a Pakistan International Airlines 777 and a LOT 787 (as well as a KLM 747).

By - 7/15/14 - 10:01 am
Storm over the Charles River

JB Parrett shows us the MIT Sailing Center with threatening clouds overhead.

Pete Bouchard asks if he can be serious for a moment:

We ain't messing around today folks. Atmos. is ripe and loaded. Any storms that fire could cause wind damage & flash flooding. #eye2thesky

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By - 7/8/14 - 11:16 am
Twisting clouds over Bolton, Mass.

Such as this twisting cloud that Rich Beaubien photographed over Bolton? Don't worry: The National Weather Service says:

A FEW STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE LATE TODAY. THE PRIMARY THREATS WILL BE STRONG WIND GUSTS WITH A SECONDARY CONCERN FOR HAIL.

But that could also mean more chances to see a rainbow, like the one Matt Conti photographed over Boston Harbor... Read more

By - 7/7/14 - 6:33 pm

Gaelle Gourgues asks:

What do you do when you are in a moving train above ground with tornado warning?!!

By - 7/7/14 - 6:10 pm
Storm view from Seaport in South boston

The view from the Seaport around 6:05 p.m. See larger. Photo by Allen Rines.

You know, the part of our sprawling county where the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning?

A TRAINED SPOTTER IN LYNN REPORTED A FUNNEL CLOUD TO THE SOUTHWEST AT 555 PM.

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