Reports have been released that Boston Logan Airport has hit new records topping the highest amount of snowfall for the area.
The last snowfall record Boston had was in 1995-1996 with 107.6 inches. As of March 15, the record was broken with 108.6 inches of snow, and the area has accumulated more snow since the recent record was released. The average seasonal snowfall at Logan Airport is 43.5 inches and this season reached over nine feet.
To see this in perspective with other areas in the country, total snowfall reports have been available for the 2014 to 2015 season up until March 6. Philadelphia came in at 23 inches, Central Park in New York City with 42.5 inches, Salt Lake City at 9.6 inches, Buffalo at 108.8 inches, and even the Dallas-Fort Worth Area had 5.8 inches this season. As of the report on March 6, the highest city was Copenhagen in New York with 256.2 inches and at this time Boston was reported to have 105.7 inches.
Even though the snow in Boston is not the highest in the country and is only a record high for the area, it is proving to be hazardous for the community. By the time spring legitimately comes, Boston will have spent $50 million just attempting to relocate the massive piles around and out of the city. On top of this, subway and commuter rail systems were damaged, melting snow has leaked into apartment buildings because they could not support the weight of snow and trash has been piling up.
While this record has made news all across America, many Boston residents were not pleased with the amount of snow the past few months. Teri Davidson, a resident of the Boston area, made a statement for the Associated Press commenting how he “wasn’t excited to break the record… It’s just been miserable. All the delays getting into work and all the days off work.”
Unfortunately, snow patterns like what Boston just witnessed this past season are not a fluke according to climate scientists. As the climate starts to change due to man-made greenhouse gases, more extreme snow storms like this past winter are likely to occur.
With a snowy first day of Spring here and gone for much of the Northeast, hopefully relief is in sight and warmer weather is near.
Sources: Weather Channel, NOAA Regional Climate Centers, Associated Press