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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Midway through the #‎BlizzardOf2015‬

Medford MA (about 5 miles from the Mass State House in Boston), noon on Jan 27, halfway through the storm:

Empty streets:
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But giant plow-drifts:
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Along the Mystic: The snow averaged about knee-high, with some windswept spots lower, and others nearly hip-high with snow.
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The waterfowl on the Mystic ice know a snow day when they see one:
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More deserted streets w/ high plow drifts:
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There's about another 12 hours to go...

Rush hour, Rt 28 (Fellsway), Medford MA: zero traffic. #BlizzardOf2015


The right side of this photo isn't parkland; it's the Fellsway,  MA Route 28, at the height of rush hour: not a vehicle to be seen.


Monday, January 26, 2015

This forecast brought to you by the letter Ah.

To give you a taste of a Boston blizzard forecast, as well for fans of non-rhoticity and the broad A, here's what I heard on the local NPR station this morning:

"Be prepeuhd ta hunka down fa 24 owahs."

Thursday, January 15, 2015

96 Years Ago Today: Boston's Great Molasses Flood of 1919

"The Boston Molasses Disaster, also known as the Great Molasses Flood and the Great Boston Molasses Tragedy, occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States. A large molasses storage tank burst, and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and injuring 150. The event has entered local folklore, and for decades afterward, residents claimed that on hot summer days, the area still smelled of molasses." ---Wikipedia entry
The Globe ran a good article yesterday with some photos and explanations: The tank's walls were too thin, and were made of the same kind of brittle steel that doomed the Titanic --- steel that tended to shatter under load, rather than deform.

Globe pix:




Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The games high-altitude ice crystals play

US National Weather Service in Amarillo Texas posted these pix of a spectacular example of ice crystals with a low sun:


Original pic: http://en.es-static.us/upl/2015/01/halo-display-1-9-2015-Red-River-NM1.jpg

Annotated:


Different view, same event, minutes later:



To learn more about ice halos and other atmospheric optical phenomena, see the Atmospheric Optics page: www.atoptics.co.uk.

http://earthsky.org/todays-image/superb-ice-halo-display-in-new-mexico

https://www.facebook.com/NWSAmarillo

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The First Official Boston 2024 Olympic Video

The local Olympics debate is beginning to dominate the news.

On the official side, the new mayor is promising that no city funds will be needed, at all. All the necessary infrastructure improvements are already fully budgeted for, honest!

I'm amazed his pants did not immediately burst into flame.

Anyway, here's the First Official Boston 2024 Olympic Video:




http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2015/01/08/official-boston-2024-olympic-bid-video-from-the-united-states-olympic-committee-launched-on-youtube/


Among the dissenters, Syndicated cartoonist (and Quincy resident) Brian McFadden:



Stay tuned.