No, not the Hurricane of '38. The Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635, at least, based on a 2006 analysis for the National Hurricane Center, which features eyewitness accounts from William Bradford of Plymouth and John Winthrop (yes, that John Winthrop) of Boston:
The wind having blown hard at S. and S.W. a week before, about midnight it came up at N.E. and blew with... Read more
Libby Quinby watched the clouds roll over downtown this afternoon from the relative safety of East Boston.... Read more
Where's central Suffolk County? People along Melnea Cass Boulevard need to take cover immediately? Until 2:30 p.m. for those of you in the center of our county.
There's also a flash-flood warning for all of Suffolk County and surrounding towns until 3 p.m.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: The Boston Police Department reports major flooding in the area of Columbia Road and Quincy Street in... Read more
Also, free sunblock! Noon to 1 p.m. at a city splash/dance party at Doherty Playground, 349 Bunker Hill St.
The City Hall to Go Truck will be at 460 West Broadway in South Boston between 4 and 7 p.m., with workers handing out free bottles of cold water - and listening to you dispute your parking tickets and pay your excise and property taxes.
At 5, there's a free ice-cream party at the Mildred Avenue Community Center, 1 Mildred Ave. in Mattapan, featuring the... Read more
Mark Baard captured the Harvard Lampoon's ad-hoc pool today.
Joe Joyce says the coming heat wave means business:
The western Atlantic Ridge, which brought us our last 5 day heat wave recently took a break. Well, it's BAAACK! It is flexing its muscle along the east coast once again and completely taking control of the weather across the United States! It is literally drop kicking an upper low currently in place over... Read more
A sweltering citizen complains about the weather, wants the city to do something about it:
It's too hot. Please ask the dpw to turn down the sun. Ask the Mayor to allow Thunderstorms.
UPDATE: City marks case closed:
Case Noted. Requests filed but difficult to fulfill as [city of Boston] has no jurisdiction over sun/rain. i hope this info is helpful.... Read more
From West Roxbury to East Boston, Nstar cables and transformers failed last night, plunging residents into steamy darkness.
"Faulty equipment" sparked an outage in the Centre Street corridor from West Roxbury into Jamaica Plain last night.
On Prescott Street in East Boston, Kathy Bui reports power went out around midnight, finally came back around 5:30 p.m.
It might strike an outsider as somewhat odd that Boston holds a steaming-hot chowder festival as part of its July 4th celebrations rather than in, say, November. This year, with temperatures and humidity both approaching triple digits, many Bostonians found it odd... Read more
There was a bit of haze in the air between the Back Bay and Roslindale around 5:45 p.m.