Tummy Porn: Mi Antojo In New Bedford


My man Hardcore Logo and I celebrated him finishing 4th grade by eating Mexican food in New Bedford at a Maginot Line-looking  (minus the bright yellow paint, of course… even the French aren’t that French) concrete blockhouse in a tough harbor neighborhood. What could possibly go wrong?


Things are already looking up as we enter. It’s tough to tell in print, even with photography, but the place smelled really good.


My plan to order “Steak, medium rare, side order of Gloria Estefan” was looking good until I got inside and  found out that the menu was in Spanish. I don’t speak 10 words of Spanish. I don’t even know how to say “Gloria Estefan” in Spanish.


No worries. We had Alice. Alice was the pretty girl working the counter, and it is safe to say that I was not the first befuddled honkey that she saw looking at their all-Spanish menu in her career. She tagged in at an appropriate time, guided us through the menu in a sort of Mexican Food 101 manner (“You don’t want that, Sir… there’s Spicy and there’s Mexican Spicy, and that one is Mexican Spicy”), and sat us down with a plate of nachos and some salsa verde.


They have a very colorful soda selection, although I had Mexican Coke… no, not that kind. Logo had Mango Soda. Alice coached him through the process. I then sat with Logo, who is 11, and bombed with every “Alice”s Restaurant” and “Go ask Alice” joke that I tried. “You can get anything you want” went nowhere, as did “Feed your head.” Logo’s mom was at Edaville Railroad and Teresa was working until 3, so my audience options were limited there. Teresa and Jessica are both probably old enough to get the White Rabbit references, but too young for Arlo Guthrie. My job ain’t easy, people.


OK, check that, my job friggin’ rules. It rules so hard that I get Primae Noctis rights in some parts of New Bedford. The nachos (they have a dozen varieties) were the part of the order where Alice steered me away from Mexican Spicy… and this was after I became overwhelmed by the Spanish menu, just said something that sounded Mexican restaurantish, and Alice had to say, “No sir, we don’t have that, that’s actually something they make at Taco Bell.”


Taco Bell is going to come up in any review of a Mexican restaurant written by a corny white suburban kid from Massachusetts, and I am Duxbury High School level suburban. It was an excellent version of odd to see tacos with real steak in them, as opposed to meat paste. Mi Antojo pretty much ruined Taco Bell for me…which really is a shame, because I live 5 minutes from the Wareham Taco Bell and will most likely smoke up an eighth of Training Day herb before supper time. I probably should have zoomed the camera in on the tacos more, but that’s why you can read this for free, player.


Logo went for quesadillas, which I can’t spell in English or Spanish. I do wonder if Alice, who was very influential in our eventual orders, steered us towards Things That White People Order At Taco Bell so that she and the staff could then ruin Taco Bell for us forever by feeding us better versions of that food. She seemed more sweet than devious, and I run across a lot of both types in this job… although it worked, and Alice wouldn’t be the first Latina to get me wrapped around her little finger. Hunger is a great motivator.

It’s better not to think about it, especially if you have a plate of nachos in front of you that is about the size of a hub cap. Trust in God, child, and eat with both hands.





Noah’s Place Playground

received_2096830007197076.jpegWelllllll, what do we have here?



It”s Noah’s Place playground, which just opened up on Pope’s Island in New Bedford



It is designed to serve the needs of children who might not be able to use other playgrounds around town.



It may be the only fully inclusive playground in Southeastern Massachusetts.



Noah Fernandes was the inspiration for the park. Noah had mitochondrial disease, but that didn’t stop him from getting to the playground when he could. Not all playgrounds were suited for children with special needs, but thanks to the Team Noah Foundation, there is now a fully inclusive playground in Southeastern Massachusetts.



I don’t even know what that is, but I know that I want to play with it. I’m 49, by the way… going on 7.




Mayor Mitchell says that he has never seen a project where the groundbreaking was so close to the ribbon cutting. They got this sucker up-n-open in less than a year.




I thought they were trying to go with New Bedford High School’s colors, but New Bedford High School is red and white. Blue and yellow looks better for a playground.



The playground is on 102 Pope’s Island Road on the New Bedford/Fairhaven border.



It is up and running, just in time for summer.



There is a nice view of Fairhaven Harbor, available to True Swingers.




Big ups to the sponsors…


Hope to see you there!


SE Massachusetts Branding

Interior SE Massachusetts Nicknames…


Inspiration for a writer comes from many places. In this case, it came from me reading a booklet while I waited for my General Tso’s chicken at Chen’s Kitchen in Sagamore Beach.

The booklet in question was the Greater Plymouth County In Your Pocket guide. It is one of those tourist books that you can read for free if you find one laying around in a stack at your local House Of Pizza. It is very similar to the Best Read Guide that you see all over Cape Cod, and may in fact be put out by the same people.

The Guide is useful to tourists because of it has a colorful user-friendly map inside. The Plymouth version has a similar map.

This map breaks Southeastern Massachusetts down into several sections, as seen below:


Plymouth, Cape Cod and the South Shore are common regional designations. Everybody knows what you mean when you say them.

Plymouth is a town. Cape Cod is a land mass. The South Shore, which sorta looks like an East Shore to me, makes sense once someone explains it to you.

You could slip North Shore, the Berkshires, Metro West, Boston/Greater Boston and the South  Coast seamlessly into the mix, as well.

The other regions? Not so seamless…


“Cranberry County Canal Region” is so whack that it hurts. I say this before we start to discuss how badly they are biting our style. TV wrestlers call that “gimmick infringement,” and they will punch you for real if they see you doing it.

“Cranberry County Magazine” was named by a girl named Ana Banana. We didn’t use the name at the time, as we were writing for a paper which already had a name, but it was what I went with when naming this website. Ana never got to write for the site she named, as she was institutionalized.

CCM beat out “Chowderhead Thawtz,” “Nor’easter Blues,” “Tales From The Swamp Yankee” and several others.

Our office is essentially located on a triangle point where the South Coast, the South Shore and Cape Cod meet.  We cover all three regions, and decided that it would be easier to just create a supercounty for Branding purposes.

My first instinct was not to launch a lawsuit, a state of mind which probably explains why I live in a 484 square foot house with one of the  windows taped in. I was flattered. Our supercounty made enough sense that someone else ran with it.

However, they ran too far with it. Northwestern Lakeville is closer to Boston than it is to the Cape Cod Canal. Their regional designation removes Mattapoisett, Marion and Wareham from their more valid South Coast designation. It does perform the perhaps necessary action of removing the villages of Buzzards Bay, Bournedale and Sagamore Beach from Cape Cod.

Hanson, where Ocean Spray was founded, doesn’t make it into Cranberry Country.  They instead end up in the South Shore, landlocked, 15 miles inland from any beach.

Buzzards Bay, Sagamore and Bournedale have enough cranberries to group them in with Carver and Middleboro and just drop the Canal Region part. Shoot, the Cranberry farmer picture at the top of the page was taken in Buzzards Bay.

You get a sense that the map guy was being hurried as the publication date neared, or that two people of equal influence disagreed on whether it should be Canal Country or Cranberry Country, and a compromise was reached.

Either way, whoever signed off on it should be taken out and maimed… or punched for real by Braun Strowman.



Metro South.

I don’the know who named the South Shore. The South Coast was named by Todd Gross, a TV weatherman, most likely to shave a few syllables off of “Greater New Bedford area” during his forecasts.

Metro West was named by the former Middlesex News paper, which now bears the MW. It was suggested by reporter Greg Supernovich, and I want it on the internet somewhere that “Supernovich” which would be a pretty cool name as well.

I have not seen Metro South used anywhere but on this map.

That doesn’t mean that it isn’t a cool name. I like it. It has rhythm, is catchy, plays off a successful precedent and takes less time to spit out than “the greater Brockton area.”

They have it as Brockton, the various Bridgewaters, Raynham, Whitman and Abington.

Metrowest was named to cover the metropolitan area between Boston and Worcester. This Metro South is everything between Holbrook and Middleboro.

The real Metro  South would seem to be the Quincy/Braintree/Randolph area. Brockton would be a fine southern border, but Abington, Whitman and the Bridgewaters seem to be more Cranberry.

For all I know, there is a Greater Norfolk County booklet map with the Quincy-to-Brockton part labeled as Metro South. That is a problem I can leave to some Quincy-to-Brockton writer.


These areas do need a nickname. I get negative reader feedback if I lump Dighton  or Freetown into a South Coast article. It is difficult to work Brockton into the South Shore with Duxbury, even if they were the same town once.

Regional pride demands better nicknames. Greater Taunton and Greater Brockton would suffice, with some sort of Cranberry designation covering everything inland from the Irish Riviera. The Cranberry part would be physically large, but sparsely populated.

Plymouth, while only one town, is very large physically and her stand-alone designation works on a map.

The division of Cape Cod into regions is a whole other article… an article which cannot begin until we define Cape Cod’s western border … which is also a whole other article.



Tuesday Night Tsunami

Heavy thunderstorms hit the New England last Tuesday. While it was not a strong storm or hurricane, there was a sharp drop in barometric pressure.

Amazingly, this produced a tsunami.

No, it was not a Big Kahuna style tsunami that you see on Hawaii Five-O trailers, nor was it an Indonesian-killing wall of water that reached 10 miles inland. To my knowledge, this tsunami, if it even reached the shore, had no discernible effects.

This was a meteotsunami, and I sure hope that I spelled that right. Unlike normal tsunamis, which are born from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or even asteroid strikes, a meteotsunami arises from atmospheric conditions.

They happen more than we think they happen. The Great Lakes get 100 of them a year, I am told. Most of them are very small, although there have been damaging ones in the past. Meteotsunamis have killed several people in Chicago within the last 100 years, and one struck Massachusetts in the last 5 years… heck, one may have struck us in the last 2 days.

Tuesday’s meteotsunami registered on as NOAA buoy off of Conneticut, and the wave ended up hitting the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The wave was 10 inches tall, not even Gary Coleman could surf it. However, it was officially a tsunami.

Did it hit New England? Not that I am aware of. New England has been hit by tsunamis before. A strong thunderstorm offshore in 2013 produced a meteotsunami, which hit both Massachusetts and New Jersey. Again, it was small, but not small enough to escape notice.

Massachusetts may also have been hit with a real tsunami of seismic origin during the 1929 Grand Banks earthquake, which put a 20 foot tsunami into parts of Canada and snapped all of the transatlantic ocean cables around here. The arrival of the tsunami in Massachusetts was unnoticeable, due to a strong Nor’easter hitting the region at the time.

They may have had a tsunami wash ashore Tuesday, I am not sure as we are going to press.

So, while it was minor, a tsunami did form in the region Tuesday night. More will come in the future.



April Snow Monday

April is when our thoughts turn away from Winter, and turn to face the warmer weather of the upcoming  spring and summer.

However, winter isn’t quite done with us yet. After this rugged winter, and especially after the insane March that we just went through… well, don’t try selling me that Out Like A Lamb stuff.

Panic you not… this won’t be a vicious blizzard, a brutal nor’easter or a series of flood tides. This looks like one to three inches.

Call it 1 to 3 or Southern Bristol County, Southern Plymouth County and the upper Cape. The Outer Cape and the northern part of Southeastern Massachusetts will get a coating to an inch. There could be a “jackpot” area of 3-4 inches between Bourne and New Beffuh.

Is this the last storm of the season? The way this winter has gone, I would not bet on it.

There is no official science to it, but it’s usually after the Marathon when I am surprised to see snow. Most coastal residents put off any lawn repairs until mid April, lest a late season nor’easter arrive and lay waste to to their efforts.

Some late season snow info, below…



Spring Snow History For Massachusetts

Late-season snow facts:

– According to WBZ, Boston has had snowfall of 12 inches or more after March 20th once, in 1997. More on that in a sec.  Boston has 6 instances where 6 or more inches of snow fell after March 20th. Worcester has had 12 such events.

– Spring started just before this last snowfall.

– The average date of Boston’s last snowfall is March 25th.

– The latest measurable snowfall for Boston was a half inch on May 10th, 1977. The latest we’ve had non-accumulating snow in Boston was June 10th, 1955.

This source tells me that New York and Atlanta both have the same day, in different years, for latest snowfall… April 25th.

– Most of New England had frost on August 23rd in 1816, and lake ice was seen around the Bay State into August.. This was due to the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia, which gave everyone red, smoky skies and drove worldwide temperatures down. New England had her corn crop fail, and all sorts of food prices skyrocketed. June snow fell in some parts of New England. It is known as The Year Without A Summer. They had one period where it went from 95 degrees to 35 degrees in a half day.

– Three late-season snowstorms stand out in our history. One was that May 10th, 1977 one from The Farmer’s Almanac. The record is a bit later in the year for the Berkshires. The other late-season trace snow events of note in our history are the ones I was yapping about up above.

– Our second storm of note was the 1997 April Fool’s Day Blizzard. Over 25 inches of snow fell on Boston, and coastal flooding tore apart the shoreline.

– Our third late-season storm of note was a 17-21 inch blockbuster that hit Worcester and areas north on April 28th, 1987.

I was a freshman at Worcester State College for that storm, and had just picked up a girl from West Boylston High School for a date… because that’s how I rolled in 1987, playboy! We went to a movie, came out, and there were 6 inches of snow on the ground. We had an Italian dinner somewhere, and there was a foot on the ground when we came out of the restaurant.

I had only been driving for a year, and had zero savvy. We nearly hit a plow when we skidded all the way down a hill on Route 9. We also drove into a drift in some guy’s yard in Berlin, Massachusetts. It ended well… the homeowner called his sons out to shove my car from the drift, and they came out single file… and each one was bigger than the last. “Don’t worry about it, just steer” is how the father replied when I offered to make Katie drive so that I could get out and help shove the car. They literally lifted my car and threw it from the drift.

I got zero (0) play from that date, too. The only time I even got a hug as when we nearly crashed into the plow, and that may have been a case where she was trying to wrestle me into a position where the plow blade hit me first. I really can’t blame her.

Anyhow, 17 inches of snow is about as much as we get that late in the year. If you get snow on your lawn after May 10th, you just saw a regional record.



Catchy title, huh? WBZ beat me to “Four’easter.” With 4 nor’easters in less than 3 weeks, we all have plenty of headline-making practice.

Well, you know the drill by this point… a sizable nor’easter is working out the wobbles in her track in a manner that suggests a lot of bad effects for the long-suffering residents of SE Massachusetts.

Snow, rain, wind, icing, coastal flooding, power outages, tree damage, beach erosion… you know, the whole nine. It’s all on the table, at least potentially.

The storm should start early Wednesday afternoon, and it should be snowing during the evening commute. The Wednesday evening commute looks to be the worst of the bunch.

Winds will reach 50 to 60 miles an hour, and that will be bad for our already stressed out trees. Wet, heavy snow will only make it worse. If limbs start falling on power lines, we have another blackout situation.

The situation at the coast could also be ugly. The storm will strike during an astronomically high tide and will be backed by the 50 mile an hour winds from the previous paragraph. The seawalls can’t bear another Nor’easter, and things will get ugly quick if they give out. The worst high tide looks to be early Thursday morning.

Snowfall totals are tough, because there is some difficulty establishing where the rain/snow line will set up. Conventional thinking puts it on Cape Cod somewhere, perhaps at the canal, perhaps further out.

The snow started in Plymouth at 12 noon but it is not intense yet. It may not get intense until the evening.


Let’s check with the news channels to see how much snow we’re going to get.

WHDH has 6 to 10 in for the south coast in Bristol County as well as interior Plymouth County. Coastal Plymouth County has three to six in as well as the upper cape the Outer Cape has 1 to 3 inches.

WCVB gives us 4 to 8 inches for all of Plymouth and Bristol County as well as the upper Cape. The mid Cape gets two to four, the Outer Cape gets 1 to 2, as rain will make it in there apparently.

WFXT has a forecast video up as the storm begins where they decline to offer snowfall totals. Eff FOX.

WBZ calls 5 to 8 for all of Plymouth County and most of Bristol County. Western Bristol County is in the 8 to 12 range as is all of Rhode Island and part of Connecticut. The lower Cape is in the 2 to 5 zone, with the Islands in the coating to 2 inch range.

This won’t smash the coast like the other nor’easters, but it will be bad. It won’t tear down tree limbs onto power lines like other storms, but there could be power outages. We will get a lot of snow, but we won’t be in the 24 inch Blizzard of 78 range. Spring weather will be here soon.


Forecast Upgrade: The Blizzard Of 2018


That snowstorm we spoke of yesterday? Yeah, about that…

We often temper our forecasts with “the effects of the storm are dependent upon the track.” The track seems to be aiming for blizzard conditions for part of Tuesday.

We don’t use the B Word lightly. However, it isn’t that hard to have one. You need winds over 35 MPH, which should be no problemo tomorrow. You also need snow, either of the falling variety or of the blown around type. Once the snow lowers visibility to less than a quarter-mile, you have a Blizz.

We will have that tomorrow, and I expect Blizzard Warnings to be up by the time that I finish writing this.

Let’s check out the impacts, shall we?

Power Outages… Think of how bad the power outages were in the last nor’easter. Imagine 18 inches of snow added to that? Ayup… I’d stock up on candles and firewood.

School Closings… with a blizzard raging, streets impassable and power out… No School, All Schools. Some noteworthy School Is On systems (hello, Duxbury) may hold out, but I wouldn’t bank on it. I think that Wednesday may even be in jeopardy.

Commutes… Tonight’s commute could be spotty if the storm hurries. Tuesday morning’s commute looks good if you have won the Iditarod before.  Tuesday night looks about the same, but darker. Snow, albeit not as heavy, could still be in the picture for both commutes on Wednesday.

Winds… tropical storm force winds will hit the coast. They will be NE for much of Tuesday, especially during the morning high tide. They look to be N/NW for the night tide. These winds will topple trees and empower the surf.

Coastal Flooding… we have astronomically low tides, which will limit damages. However, there should be a 2 foot storm surge and the waves should be impressive. Factor in a crumbling seawall system and what seem to be haphazard quick-fix repair jobs on those seawalls, and the potential is there for some major damage.

Snow… we save the best for last. Here are snowfall predictions from the morning news…

WBZ… 14 to 18 inches for all of eastern Massachusetts, including the Upper Cape. They said some areas around the Canal could surge past 20 inches and approach 2 feet. This puts it in Blizzard of ’78 territory. 10 to 16 inches for the rest of the state,  including the Mid and Outer Cape.

WCVB… 8 to 12 for much of EMass, with the Irish Riviera getting over a foot, with the Outer Cape getting four to eight inches, presumably from rain mixing in. Sorry for that run-on sentence.

WHDH… 14 to 18 inches for Plymouth in Bristol Counties, with the mid/outer Cape getting a 5 to 8 inch mix.

WFXT… 12 to 18 inches (isolated higher amounts, too… Shiri Spear is the only forecaster who uttered the words “two feet” ) for EMass and the Upper Cape, 6 to 12 for the mid and Outer Cape.

Unless it blows out to sea at the last minute,  this will be our last forecast update. After this, it’s all Damage Reports.

Good luck, and stay safe.


11 Days, 3 Nor’easters… This One Has Snow!

Only Bataan has had a worse March than Southern New England! That trend continues as a strong nor’easter- our third since the month started- is poised to pound Pilgrimland with a powerful and powdery punch.

The storm will arrive Monday night, and it should continue all dang day on Tuesday. There could even be some ocean effect snow during the wee hours of Wednesday.

There are some rain/snow line issues for the coast in general in Cape Cod in particular. Nobody knows if/where/when a changeover occurs with Miss Gale.

The bad news? There will be strong Northeast winds hitting the coast. Good news? They will be occurring during low astronomical tides, tides running as low as 2 feet less than last week’s storm.

Granted, those tides will be hitting a remarkably vulnerable coastline. Minor coastal flooding has the way of becoming Major very quickly if the rush-job seawall repairs undertaken in many coastal communities fail.

Tuesday morning is the high tide to worry about, as that is when the East wind will be strongest. Tuesday night’s high tide will have a North to Northwest wind which will still be dangerous for some Cape Cod coastlines.

The current thinking is that the heaviest snow will fall on Eastern Massachusetts. It should be an all-snow event for the interior, while the coastline could see rain for a while.

It has the look of a No School, All School job, as Tuesday morning should “dawn” with heavy snow and gale-force winds. That’s not really what you want to be sending little Bobby and Suzy out to wait for the bus in… unless you have to take it out a sizable life insurance policy on each of them. Those buses will be like big yellow sleds on every hill they see. Power outages are also very possible.

There is still time for several wobbles to occur in the forecast track, and they can alter the storm significantly. Check your local weather as the stotm nears. We are more of the heads-up people.


As far as the pros see snowfall totals…

WBZ… 6 to 9 inches for SE Massachusetts, 3 to 6 for Cape Cod.

WCVB… 4 to 8 inches, all snow on the Cape by Tuesday afternoon, snowing lightly all over MA for most of Wednesday.

WFXT… 6 inches for interior Plymouth/Bristol Counties, less on coast and on Cape.

WHDH… Bring Eggers said we’re getting “a couple/few inches” and didn’t say where.

NBC10/NECN…The unfortunately named Jackie Layer says 3 to 6 for Cape Cod, Plymouth and the South Coast. North of, say, Plymouth and Taunton, we are looking more 6 to 9. Jackie’s not a girl, but is always dressed in Layers.

ACCUWEATHER… please note that Accu weather was the only place that I saw the B Word used, and even then, it was merely “near-Blizzard conditions.”

We will be back with an update.


February Snow Information

I think that even the wimpiest of us would agree that we have had a mild winter so far. That may or may not change in the coming weeks, but that’s not what we’re here to discuss today.

We’re at roughly what I consider to be mid-winter. I may not be correct officially or technically, but it’s a good working model. A little bit of November, all of December, January, February and March, plus a bit of April… early February is smack dab in the middle of that.

With that in mind, let’s sort through some weather facts and speculation that may get you some proper mojo for those times when you ponder the weather at great lengths.

There will be a bit of a Boston focus, as I have a lot of Boston weather data handy. Your town may be different, but it’s good enough to work with. I’m leaning heavily on a Weather Channel page. I refuse to use Winter Storm Names.


– Some of our worst storms, like the Blizzard of ’78, came in the shortest month of he year.

-Top Boston Snowstorms
1. Feb. 17-18, 2003: 27.6 inches
2. Feb. 6-7, 1978: 27.1 inches
3. Feb. 24-26, 1969: 25.8 inches
4. Mar. 31 – Apr. 1, 1997: 25.4 inches
5. Feb. 8-9, 2013: 24.9 inches
6. Jan. 26-28, 2015: 24.6 inches
7. Feb. 7-10, 2015: 23.8 inches
8. Jan. 22-23, 2005: 22.5 inches
9. Jan. 20-21, 1978: 21.4 inches
10. Mar. 3-5, 1960: 19.8 inches

– Three of Boston’s five snowiest months (including #1 overall, with a bullet) were, as you’ll see, various forms of February.

– People looking at Top Boston Snowstorms charts in the future will be like, “Damn, it must have sucked in 2015 to get 24.6 inches of snow on January 28th and then get 23.8″ on February 7th,” and they could quite possibly be completely unaware that there was also a Groundhog Day blizzard in 2015 that did like 18″. We just fail to mention it, because History of any sort is full of these little nuances.

– Top Snowfall Totals For A Month in Boston, and remember that you lose about 10% of the calendar with February:
1. February 2015: 64.8 inches
2. January 2005: 43.3 inches
3. January 1945: 42.3 inches
4. February 2003: 41.6 inches
5. February 1969: 41.3 inches

– It’s odd that December or March didn’t force their way in the mix up there in that list. I suppose that Spring is asserting herself by March, and that the ground is too warm in December.

– April, which has had some heavy blizzard-type snowfalls, just doesn’t get enough follow-up events to break into that very close (one inch of snow stands between the second worst month of snow ever and the fifth worst) pile of months that make up rankings-2-5.

– March had a 19.8 inch head-start in 1960 and failed to get near the top 5. April had about 24″ by April 1st of 1997, but couldn’t generate enough powda to be a true player.

– Barnstable, which is in the middle of Cape Cod and gets Gulf Stream water, has had a worse winter so far than more-northern Boston has chalked up. Boston has had 10″ of snow this winter, while parts of Cape Cod took in 15″ of snow from just that last storm.

– Boston does about 43.6″ of snow per winter. I think that Barnstable clocks 25″ or so per winter.


– Boston’s 10 Worst Winters:
1. 2014-2015: 110.6 inches

2. 1995-1996: 107.6 inches
3. 1993-1994: 96.3 inches
4. 1947-1948: 89.2 inches
5. 2004-2005: 86.6 inches
6. 1977-1978: 85.1 inches
7. 1992-1993: 83.9 inches
8. 2010-2011: 81.0 inches
9. 1915-1916: 79.2 inches
10. 1919-1920: 73.4 inches

– Notice that nearly 2 feet of snow stand between #2 and #5 on this list, while 1 inch stands between #2 and #5 in snowiest months. Those were some genuinely awful winters.

– Boston got 94.4 inches of snow in the thirty days between January 24th and February 22nd, 2015. It would be the third snowiest winter overall, just those 30 days.

– Any kid about 25 years old or so who has lived here all of his life can hold his own with any old-timer, no matter how salty he may be, in a discussion about difficult Boston winters. Even a 105 year old man will have only seen three other winters that would place in the top ten.

– A 128 year old man would have seen the Blizzard of 1888, albeit as a child. However, at that point, the 128 year old man would be more interesting than Blizzard of 1888 discussion.

– Old folks would have recourse against whippersnappers in things like Ice Storms and Really, Really Cold Weather. It generally goes without saying that this current generation has better plowing and forecasting. It also generally goes without saying that old people have a better feel for the weather, and always will.

– In 2015, Boston had a Boston-record 37″ snow pack. We had 6 feet of snow fall between January 24th and February 10th, and 90″ between 1/24 and 2/15. We had 4 days where we had at least 12 inches of snow (a record shared with 1978 and 1960-61). Boston had 6 days in a row with at least a half-inch of snow. They also had 28 straight days where the temperature didn’t get above 20.


– Some perspective:

Heaviest One-Day Snowfall (inches and centimeters)
Georgetown, Colorado 63 160 Dec 4 1913
Thompson Pass, Alaska 62 157 Dec 29 1955
Giant Forest, California 60 152 Jan 19 1933
Mount Washington, NH 49 125 Feb 25 1969
Millegan, Montana 48 122 Dec 27 2003
Gunn’s Ranch, Washington 48 122 Jan 21 1935
Deadwood, South Dakota 47 119 Mar 14 1973
Watertown, New York 45 114 Nov 15 1900
Heber Ranger Station, Arizona 38 97 Dec 14 1967
Morgantown, Pennsylvania 38 97 Mar 20 1958
Wolf Ridge, Minnesota 36 91 Jan 7 1994

Snowiest Average Winters, (inches and centimeters)
Mt Rainier, Washington 671 1704
Alta, Utah 546 1387
Crater Lake Park, Oregon 483 1226
Brighton, Utah 411 1044
Echo Summit, California 407 1035

Most Days With Snowfall
Mt Rainier, Paradise Station, Washington 121.4
Mt Washington, New Hampshire 118.5
Climax Mine, Colorado 104.4
Crater Lake Park Headquarters, Oregon 101.3
Shemya Island, Alaska 98.3
Yellowstone Park South Entrance, Wyoming 94.5

Snowiest Large US Cities, Average Year, (inches and centimeters)
Rochester, New York 99.5 252.7
Buffalo, New York 94.7 240.5
Cleveland, Ohio 68.1 173.0
Salt Lake City, Utah 56.2 142.7
Minneapolis, Minnesota 54.0 137.2
Denver, Colorado 53.8 136.7
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 46.9 119.1
Boston, Massachusetts 43.8 111.3
Detroit, Michigan 42.7 108.5
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 41.9 106.4
Hartford, Connecticut 40.5 102.9
Chicago, Illinois 36.7 93.2
Providence, Rhode Island 33.8 85.9
Columbus, Ohio 27.5 69.9
Indianapolis, Indiana 25.9 65.8
New York, New York 25.1 63.8

– Boston, and Massachusetts in general, rules ‘Merica in one weather-related category… Wind Speed. Boston has an average wind speed of 12.4 mph. Massachusetts owns 4 of the top 5 spots when ranked among cities with more than 50,000 people. Weymouh, Brockton, Framingham, Newton, Peabody, Waltham, Quincy, Lowell, Brookline, and Lynn are all in the top 20.

Windiest US Cities (>50,000 people)
1. Weymouth Town, MA (housing) (pop. 55,419) 14.7 mph
2. Brockton, MA (housing) (pop. 94,089) 14.3 mph
3. Framingham, MA (housing) (pop. 68,318) 13.6 mph
4. Amarillo, TX (housing) (pop. 196,429) 13.3 mph
5. Weymouth, MA (housing) (pop. 54,393) 13.2 mph
6. Cheyenne, WY (housing) (pop. 62,448) 12.9 mph
7. Fort Collins, CO (housing) (pop. 152,061) 12.8 mph
8. Newton, MA (housing) (pop. 87,971) 12.7 mph
9. Casper, WY (housing) (pop. 59,628) 12.7 mph
10. Waltham, MA (housing) (pop. 62,227) 12.6 mph
11. Loveland, CO (housing) (pop. 71,334) 12.6 mph
12. Quincy, MA (housing) (pop. 93,494) 12.5 mph
13. Greeley, CO (housing) (pop. 96,539) 12.5 mph
14. Rochester, MN (housing) (pop. 110,742) 12.5 mph
15. Great Falls, MT (housing) (pop. 59,351) 12.5 mph
16. Peabody, MA (housing) (pop. 52,044) 12.5 mph
17. Brookline, MA (housing) (pop. 58,732) 12.5 mph
18. Lowell, MA (housing) (pop. 108,861) 12.5 mph
19. Lubbock, TX (housing) (pop. 239,538) 12.4 mph
20. Lynn, MA (housing) (pop. 91,589) 12.4 mph
21. Boston, MA (housing) (pop. 645,966) 12.4 mph