For some it may have been the hottest year on record (if only with the use of seasonally-adjusted, well, seasons). For Bostonians, the past 30 day stretch has just smashed all-time monthly snowfall records.
Just another 15 inches of snow, and this will be the all-time highest snowfall season in Boston history:
BOSTON UP TO 13"- UPDATED THE LIST, still 3rd, but closer to 2. Likely do it by Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/rfnjjvTmWR— Kevin Lemanowicz (@klemanowicz) February 15, 2015
All we can do is adjust as totals come in at this point... amazing snow bands this morning. Here's where most end up. pic.twitter.com/YWR4MYU4D4— Kevin Lemanowicz (@klemanowicz) February 15, 2015
Add the furious windchill and resulting coastal flooding, and Boston is desperate for some of that infamous global warming
Below are various other photos of what Boston is dealing with this morning after the latest snowfall, which the locals are calling the Blizzard of 2015: Round 2:
Lost: My 6 foot tall father. I think that hat might be him. pic.twitter.com/mZQeW94SPv— Gail Waterhouse (@gailwaterhouse) February 15, 2015
What is causing all this atmospheric havoc is the latest Winter Storm to slam the Northeast: Neptune, which as the Weather Channel summarizes, "delivers a triple threat of snow, high winds and bitter wind chills to areas still struggling to recover from a series of major snowstorms virtually unprecedented in modern times."
Here are the key things you need to know about Winter Storm Neptune right now:
- Low pressure is offshore of coastal New England and is pulling northward toward Nova Scotia.
- Widespread wind damage occurred Saturday evening due to high winds along and behind the arctic front accompanying Winter Storm Neptune; structural damage has been reported in the Carolinas, and more than 200,000 customers lost power Saturday evening.
- Neptune has already brought up to 8 inches of snow to parts of Michigan. Lake-effect snow is lingering over parts of Upper Michigan and northwest Indiana, with winter storm warnings and advisories in effect.
- In the Northeast, blizzard warnings continue for parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine. These warnings include the Boston metropolitan area.
- Parts of Massachusetts have already seen up to 22 inches of new snow.
- High wind warnings continue from southern Connecticut to western North Carolina, including New York and Washington, D.C. Sunday.
Winter Storm Neptune's impact will be magnified by a large field of strong winds, even in areas outside the heaviest snow, and a sharp drop in temperatures that will lead to dangerously low wind chills in the wake of the storm.
This comes on the heels of an almost three-week snow siege that has smashed records in parts of New England, including Boston and Worcester. Much of that snow is still on the ground due to a prolonged cold snap, and that snow will compound the misery from this storm as Neptune's winds blow not only the new snow, but snow already on the ground.
The forecast timing and potential impacts are below the radar image. Check back with us at weather.com and The Weather Channel frequently as we update this forecast.
What is most odd is that for many in the Northeast and around the Great Lakes - one of America's primary economic hubs - the winter of 2015 has been far, far worse than the sporadic "Polar Vortex" of 2014. And yet, not a peep about how the "inclement" weather is about to result in an annualized $80 billion of lost economic output, which is what the weathermen, pardon, economists want the world to believe is what caused the economic swoon of Q1, 2015. That's ok, though: we have the West Coast port strike to blame for that in a few short weeks.