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What Happened? Sorting Through the January 2018 “Bomb Cyclone” Flood Data and Outlook

So, what happened to cause so much flooding during last week’s winter Nor’easter snow storm? Unlike the near miss of Hurricane Sandy where Boston dodged a (big) bullet, the so called “bomb cyclone” of January 2018 brought a storm surge that hit just at the worst time, an astronomical high tide. With already over 12 Read More…

Community

King Tide Brings Flooding to North End / Waterfront Sites

“King Tide,” the recurring high tides coincident with supermoons once again brought flooding on Sunday to waterfront paths behind the tennis courts, Langone Park and the Eliot School (under construction) on Commercial Street. Janine Coppola captures the sea level rise of Boston Harbor in the above photos. Long Wharf is another low point that regularly Read More…

Health & Environment

Video: Boston’s Environmental Chief Discusses Climate Ready Boston Report

Boston’s Chief of Environment, Open Space, and Energy, Austin Blackmon, spoke about the latest Climate Ready Boston report at this week’s North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC). As summarized in this previous post, the new assessment highlights the city’s vulnerability to rising sea levels. The comprehensive report (pdf) issued by the Climate Ready Boston initiative details how the rising tides Read More…

Community

Making Boston’s Waterfront Climate Ready; Harbor Barrier Study

As revelers made their 2017 New Year’s polar plunge in Boston’s waters, a new report issued just before the holidays made yet another sobering assessment of the city’s vulnerability to rising sea levels. The comprehensive report (pdf) issued by the Climate Ready Boston initiative details how the rising tides will soon start to engulf city neighborhoods in the coming decades. A Read More…

Government Health & Environment

Councilors LaMattina and Wu Meet Climate Change Leaders at European Conference

Boston City Councilor LaMattina and Council President Michelle Wu are attending a conference this week in the Netherlands and Denmark sponsored by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. The GRC is to bring together public, philanthropic and business leaders in Boston to learn about cutting edge European practices for achieving carbon neutrality, resiliency and long-term climate preparedness. Read More…

Health & Environment

Higher Sea Levels and Extreme Weather Predicted by Boston Climate Report

A sobering new report predicts continued increases in Boston’s sea levels, extreme precipitation and higher temperatures. Climate Ready Boston is an initiative led by the City of Boston in partnership with the Green Ribbon Commission to develop resilient solutions to prepare our city for climate change. The group released worrying climate projections for what Boston Read More…

Health & Environment

“King Tide” Brings Record Sea Level Rise to Boston’s Waterfront

Boston’s waterfront saw its highest tide of the year last week, known as “King Tide.” The relative position of the sun and moon created a tide nearly 2 1/2 feet higher than average. Using estimates of recent climate change research, it also showed how the cityscape will look as the average Boston Harbor height around Read More…

Real Estate

Boston Living With Water Competition Finalists; Prince Building Designs

After reviewing dozens of Boston Living With Water proposals, a jury has selected nine finalists that will move on to compete for a $20,000 grand prize. The North End’s Prince Building is one of three focus sites along with the Fort Point neighborhood and Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester. The climate change competition is intended to develop strategies for rising sea Read More…

Another Close Call as Blizzard Juno’s Storm Surge Peaks at Low Tide

If Blizzard Juno’s storm surge of 4.74 feet hit during high tide, it would have been a “100-year” flood event for Boston’s waterfront, reports Julie Wormser of The Boston Harbor Association. We were again very lucky as the surge hit during low-tide just after 11 a.m. on Tuesday. (See NOAA’s tide and current data.) Despite the miss, the morning Read More…