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By adamg - 9/2/21 - 11:33 am
Sprinklers in the rain

A concerned citizen filed a 311 complaint at 12:45 a.m. about the sprinklers going full blast in the middle of a torrential downpour on Lewis Mall in East Boston.

Not sure who controls Lewis mall but please turn off. This grass does not need watering!

By adamg - 9/2/21 - 9:27 am
Maps showing where raw sewage flowed into the Charles, Mystic and harbor.

Brown indicates raw sewage, blue means treated sewage, green means no sewage released.

The MWRA and the Boston Water and Sewer Commission are reporting that "combined sewer outfalls" dumped raw and treated sewage, along with lots of rainwater, into area waterways overnight because of all the rain - but that the flow means people didn't have to worry about sewage backing up into their homes and businesses. Read more.

By adamg - 9/2/21 - 8:56 am
Flooded bocce courts in the North End

North End bocce courts turned into reflecting pools. Photo by Nathaniel Stinnett.

The Boston area remains under a flood warning until 1 p.m. as Ida moves out. Read more.

By adamg - 9/1/21 - 10:26 pm

At 10 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a a flash-flood warning for much of the area through 6 a.m. on Thursday: Read more.

By adamg - 9/1/21 - 9:51 am
Map showing estimated rain totals across southern New England - 4-6 inches in Boston

Estimated rain totals today and tomorrow, from NWS.

The entire state is under a flash-flood watch that runs from 2 p.m. until tomorrow afternoon, although the greatest risk is from the turnpike south, as the remains of Ida pass through: Read more.

By adamg - 8/30/21 - 8:18 am

The National Weather Service reports that: Read more.

By adamg - 8/19/21 - 1:48 pm
Flooded commuter rail tracks in Union Square, Somerville

Somerville City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen captured the scene along the Fitchburg Line tracks, next to the impending Union Square Green Line stop, after this afternoon's drenching rain. Note the floating timbers. Read more.

By adamg - 8/19/21 - 1:06 pm
Car in Cheesecake Brook in Newton

Photo by Newton FD.

The Newton Fire Department reports the normally quiet Cheesecake Brook, which runs alongside Albemarle Field, turned into a torrent in the rains this afternoon, swallowing an unoccupied car.

Separately, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Revere, Lynn and surrounding areas - sparking phones across Suffolk County to ping, even phones as far south as Roslindale, where at the time, there was no rain, no wind and bright sun trying to break through the haze.

By adamg - 8/19/21 - 10:59 am

The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood warning for greater Boston that runs through 1:45 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 7/27/21 - 8:31 pm
Storm at Forest Hills

T. Anderson captured the vibe during the storm at Forest Hills.

Elsewhere, Channel 7 reporters didn't have to even venture outside to get some news, lightning crashed and trees fell across the Boston area. Read more.

By adamg - 7/10/21 - 1:20 pm
Locks open at Charles River Dam

DCR was ready when you are, Gridley, and opened the locks at the Charles River Dam at low tide to let the water piling up in the Basin flow into the Harbor yesterday, as Ari Ofsevit shows us.

By adamg - 7/5/21 - 9:39 pm
Elsa cone map

The latest National Hurricane Center cone of probability for Tropical Storm Elsa shows us maybe getting hit with lots of rain and winds between 39 and 73 m.p.h. sometime Friday (the "S" means winds in that range). Of course, a lot can happen between now and then, but it's something to keep an eye on.

By adamg - 6/30/21 - 9:38 pm
Rainbow over the water in Revere

Never mind a double rainbow, Cat Queen saw a triple rainbow over the water from Revere this afternoon.

More rainbow shots: Read more.

By adamg - 5/29/21 - 11:00 am

Joe Kidston walked the beach in Cohasset this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 5/12/21 - 9:21 pm
Double rainbow over Cambridge

RoadTrip New England captured the scene this afternoon.

More views: Read more.

By adamg - 12/25/20 - 2:27 pm
Muddy River overflows banks

The normally placid Muddy River, well, it remained pretty placid today as it overflowed its banks along the Brookline/Fenway line, as Ari Ofsevit shows us after the bulk of today's rains. Read more.

By adamg - 12/23/20 - 11:44 pm

The National Weather Service advises you do that because we're expected to get a mighty wind on Christmas Day, not to mention potentially record setting amounts of rain (Harvey Leonard's looking at 2 1/2 inches in Boston), which is probably not what we want to see on top of all the snow.

By adamg - 11/23/20 - 10:09 am
Clogged catch basin at Commonwealth Avenue and Gloucester Street

Cloggy leaves cover catch basin at Comm. Ave. and Gloucester Street in the Back Bay.

On this rain-soaked morning, Boston's 311 system is filling up with complaints this morning about flooding caused by catch basins blocked by leaves, from Spring Park Avenue in Jamaica Plain to Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton and Kittredge Street in Roslindale, from East 7th and M streets in South Boston to the aptly named Pond Street in Dorchester.

By adamg - 11/15/20 - 10:26 pm

The National Weather Service just issued a severe thunderstorm warning for much of eastern Massachusetts, including Boston, that runs through 11:15 p.m. Wind gusts up to 60 m.p.h. and hail the size of pennies possible.

By adamg - 11/10/20 - 4:12 pm

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs reports that while the entire state is still kind of droughty, precipitation last month means we're no longer in a critical drought.

Ed. note: Further proof comes in the Charles River between Millennium and Cutler parks, where the islands or sandbanks that had appeared over the summer - long enough to begin to get colonized by land-based plants - are now under water again.

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