JB Parrett watched the evening storm roll in over the Back Bay.
From Harvard and Brandeis to landlords in downtown Boston, people are being asked to turn off lights and close blinds to help conserve energy so that the operator of the regional power grid doesn't have to take more extreme measures to help its electrical grid deal with all the added demand from air conditioners.
Updated to correct source of the request - ISO New England, not Eversource. Thanks, cybah!
Sarah Connors captured this kid dancing in the rain in Downtown Crossing this afternoon. Read more.
Conventures, which had a ringside seat for the birth and death of the Snow Pile, shows us the view this morning: Crews clearing out the last of the debris that, unlike the snow, refused to melt.
Kevin McGurn and Choicestream created this time-lapse video.
The National Weather Service has a flash-flood watch in effect until 8 p.m.
Eileen Murphy visited the Tide Street snow pile as the sun set on July Fourth and found it's still there.
Leah Klein was not much liking what she saw in the sky over Chelsea early this evening.
Around 5:40 p.m. The clouds were moving from the northwest to the southeast.
The National Weather Service has just issued a tornado watch for
all most of Massachusetts (excluding Berkshire County) until 23:00 hours (11:00 pm)
TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 345
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
345 PM EDT TUE JUN 23 2015
TORNADO WATCH 345 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM EDT FOR THE
. MASSACHUSETTS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE
The Boston Public Works Department says a Woburn company will build the city two truck-mounted snow blowers that will give us Montreal-strength street-clearing power.
Each of the LaRue D55 blowers can shoot 2,750 tons of snow an hour the length of half a football field, although in practice the blowers, to be mounted on new Volvo loaders, will be paired with large dump trucks, into which snow will be blown for transportation to one of the city's fine snow dumps.
The city will pay $645,000 for the new blowers and loaders to Woodco Machinery, Inc. - the only company to meet the city's specifications.
Our own Mass. Emergency Management Agency warns we might need to get out the clubs to defend our homes from golf-ball-sized hail tomorrow afternoon - well, rush to a secure place away from windows. Granted, eastern Mass. has only a "low" risk of jumbo hail (as opposed to the "enhanced" risk west of 495), but the assessment also includes "a risk of isolated tornadoes," so keep your eyes on the skies tomorrow.
If you want to feel jitterier, there's always the ALL-CAPS rendition by the National Weather Service: Read more.
AC Cuneo reports that getting up early has its advantages sometimes, such as seeing this morning's fog on the waterfront.
Starting tonight, the T will be shutting down the Orange Line between Wellington and Oak Grove starting at 8:45 p.m. at night so workers can get the tracks ready for winter - except for Friday and Saturday nights, when service will run as usual.
You may recall that particular stretch of Orange Line proved particularly troublesome in the winter of our discontent. Workers will be installing heaters along the third rail and at switches to prevent the tracks from turning into a glacier again, in a $12.7 million project, MassDOT reports.