Global Warming Gives Boston the Snowfall Record
The northeast has been grateful to Al Gore for warning us all of the dangers of global warming for so many years. The city of Boston in particular has witnessed the horror of
global warming winter first hand, having set a record for the most snowfall in a winter in the historic city.
The latest storm in an epic winter edged the total just over the 9-foot mark. Sunday's storm dropped 2.9 inches at Logan International Airport, pushing the seasonal accumulation to 108.6 inches and surpassing the previous record of 107.6 set in 1995-96.
Forecasters said Monday that the city could get more snow later in the week - a bleak outlook for Bostonians who have had more than enough.
Reaction around Beantown has ranged from snarky and cynical...
"Is this the part where we all get to say, `I'm going to Disney World?'" said Justin O'Brien, a Boston attorney, capturing the sense of cynicism and sheer snow fatigue.
"I wished I would have blocked the numbers from friends back in Southern California texting me screenshots of the 80-plus degree weather there," said Matt Guerrieri, a wine distributor who moved to Boston a few weeks before the first snow fell.
...to handling the season with good humor:
Mayor Marty Walsh tweeted that the Boston yeti - a local who's been dressing up as the abominable snowman and walking around the city drawing laughs - would be taking over as interim mayor.
Bruce Mendelsohn, a Cambridge public relations executive, quipped, "Boston has a rich tradition of leading the nation in the pursuit of liberty, freedom, sports titles and snowplows."
The news for Bostonians doesn't get much better, even with spring around the corner. Forecasts show the potential for more snow later on in the week.
Computer models indicate a coastal storm could develop Friday, but they differ on its track. The storm could bring little to no precipitation to southern New England, or it could bring "a decent slug" of rain and snow to the region, the weather service said.
One thing is for sure -- many Boston residents will be glad to see the onset of spring.
Paula MacPhee, struggling to walk her dog through Monday's fresh drifts, said she's just relieved that winter's nearly over.
"I'm glad the spring is coming, that's for sure. I think we'll enjoy it a little bit more this year," she said.
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