May 28, 2015

Temperatures are rising in Boston, but it's not enough to melt the piles of snow that still dot the landscape.

The piles are filled with garbage and debris picked up by snow plows during the city's record-setting storms this winter and spring, and even with the sun beating down on them now, the piles aren't close to fully melting away. A pile in the Seaport District that was once 75 feet tall is now a mere three stories, with a hodgepodge of junk encapsulated inside the ice. "It's vile," Michael Dennehy, commissioner of the city's Department of Public Works, told The Boston Globe. "We're finding crazy stuff; bicycles, orange cones that people used as space savers. The funniest thing they found was half of a $5 bill. They're looking for the other half still."

Dennehy said crews capture the trash as it slowly breaks free from the mound, and so far they have removed 85 tons of debris. To lighten the mood, workers started a pool to guess when the pile might finally be gone for good, a game Dennehy knows he didn't win. "I said by May 30, but that's this weekend," he said. "It's still weeks away from melting." Catherine Garcia

February 16, 2015

Boston has now officially had its snowiest February on record, with a crazy 58.5 inches after another blizzard on Sunday, the National Weather Service says. And another 1 to 3 inches are expected to fall on Tuesday. The previous record for February, 41.6 inches, was set in 2003. People in Massachusetts are getting a little sick of the snow.

"People that have to shovel every day just to get out of the driveway, they're going crazy," Jon Maul, 37, tells the Los Angeles Times. "People are starting to get really bitter, and February's not halfway over." The snow is affecting business and hourly employees, too. It was so snowy on Sunday that the Great Brook Cross Country Ski Touring Center in Carlisle, Massachusetts, closed on Sunday. "That's right," says Matt Pearce at the L.A. Times: "A ski center was closed because there was too much snow." The weather in Los Angeles on Monday? 65 and sunny. Peter Weber

January 30, 2015

The city of Boston fined Secretary of State John Kerry $50 this week when he didn't shovel the snow in front of his Beacon Hill home. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia for the funeral of King Abdullah, but that apparently wasn't a good enough reason to avoid being fined.

The Boston Globe reports that a snow removal company saw Kerry's house blocked off by yellow hazard tape, which was meant to warn pedestrians about falling snow and ice from the building's roof. But the company thought it was police tape, and didn't clear the walk. When they understood that they were indeed allowed to enter the area, the company cleared Kerry's sidewalk late Thursday morning.

"Diplomats — they're just like us," Kerry's spokesman Glen Johnson said to the Globe." The snow has all been shoveled now, the secretary will gladly pay the ticket, and let's hope this is the last blizzard of the year." Meghan DeMaria

January 28, 2015

Despite lackluster conditions in New York City, Boston and the surrounding parts of New England received plenty of snowfall on Tuesday — some parts of the region received almost three feet of snow.

At midnight on Wednesday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker lifted the state travel ban, and Boston's MBTA transit system has resumed service. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he hoped the city's major roads would be cleared on Wednesday morning so the snow emergency could be lifted.

After the storm, New England will still experience bitter cold, though: The low in Boston is expected to be 10 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday, with a wind chill of minus five degrees Fahrenheit. Forecasters predict Boston temperatures won't be above freezing in the next week. Meghan DeMaria

January 27, 2015

New York City "dodged a bullet," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a Tuesday press conference after a massive blizzard dropped less than a foot of snow on the city

"The bottom line is: We got lucky," he said.

Forecasts predicted New York City and its suburbs could see around two feet of snow from Monday into Tuesday. Meanwhile, as of early Tuesday afternoon the storm was still projected to blanket parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts in up to 30 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Jon Terbush

January 26, 2015

Uber announced Monday that it would cap its surge prices in New York for this week's blizzard.

"Due to the State of Emergency declared in New York City, prices will not exceed 2.8x the normal fare," Uber said in an email. "Anytime a disaster or state of emergency strikes, dynamic pricing is capped, and all Uber proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts."

Ridesharing service Lyft is also capping its surge prices for the storm at twice the price of a normal fare. Both companies increase their fares with demand-based pricing during emergencies or holidays such as New Year's, in which there aren't enough cars to handle requests. Meghan DeMaria

January 26, 2015

New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts declared states of emergency Monday as a massive blizzard churned into the region.

The storm, which could dump more than two feet of snow in some places, has forced airlines to cancel at least 3,400 flights and prompted travel bans that will go into effect Monday evening. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all non-emergency vehicles off the roads by 11 pm and urged people to leave work early if possible.

"I don't think it's draconian," he said of the road closures at a press conference Monday. "I think it's necessary." Jon Terbush

November 28, 2014

The first major winter storm of the year left 344,000 customers in northern New England without power on Thanksgiving, after disrupting holiday travel on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Record snowfall piled up across the region, snapping tree branches and downing power lines. Officials said it could take several days to restore all power. "This is not something you should try to wait out in your house," said Michael Todd, spokesman for the New Hampshire Department of Safety. Harold Maass

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