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Battle stations: 'Major nor'easter' to slam into us

Orange French-Toast alert

Channel 4's Eric Fisher looked at the latest data and maps this morning and concluded there's no good news about the storm, which could last Thursday night into Saturday:

Major nor'easter with moderate to major coastal flooding, damaging winds, erosion, soaking rainfall, and a flip to heavy wet snow Friday PM. The works.

And we remember what happened the last time we got hit by a storm like that (albeit with more snow than rain), right?

The National Weather Service has concerns as well:

Greatest concern is a high risk for moderate to possibly even major coastal flooding along the eastern Massachusetts coast. In addition, heavy rain, damaging wind gusts and fresh water flooding are possible especially across RI and eastern Mass.

So, of course, we raised the French Toast Alert.

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Yes, weather geeks will be excited about this, and flooding is a bad thing, but Boston should only be getting rain (and wind and flooding.)

I once had a coworker who wondered why they made us come in to work in the middle of a nor'easter- in May!

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Famous last words:

Boston should only be getting rain (and wind and flooding.)

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It could wind up in the camp of April, 1997. No guarantee that it will, but a similar setup. The difference between rain and snow is a thin layer of warm air at the surface, but quickly-falling precipitation can actually pull down colder air and the melting snow requires heat and can overcome this (that's what happened in 1997, and this is a simplification of dynamic cooling, here's a site with a good explanation). If it does snow, it would be a wet, pasty snow, not good for power lines and trees. Definitely bares watching, although I'd go to yellow until tomorrow morning at least.

Now, I'm off to buy some eggs.

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I anxiously await more photos of the seaport flooding.

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I work in an area that was flooded last time, kinda wanna be at work to see if the manhole covers explode again.

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If not, I might bring my kayak. Bike lock it at Long Wharf until tide time, then get in in my wetsuit and wear my gopro helmet. Wait for the tide to lift me.

I will definitely be out taking pictures.

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get in in my wetsuit

Rookie mistake if you do it. This is drysuit season.

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Although 7mil might be okay if you are 2 blocks away from a warm shower and change of clothes (as opposed to out in the middle of the harbor).

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Do they have Duck Boat compatibility so they can keep moving even after they sink into the water-covered Seaport streets?

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Gee!

Wonder which fine establishment in the lovely Innovation District will I choose to batten down the hatches in and ride out the storm, comforted by the fact that I am safe due to the overwhelming concern for my safety shown in in the planning and implementation of this gleaming jewel of the city?

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Second floor, watch the cars in the parking lot float away?

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of why I'd never buy waterfront property. Well, that and the fact that I could never afford it.

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Is the MBTA ready for the predicted flooding? Are they prepared to put sandbags around the eastern entrance of the Aquarium stop? Or are they just going to let the water pour in like they did a few weeks ago? Still no report on how much that lack of preparation cost us as taxpayers or how long the two escalators and two elevators are going to be out of service.

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