Boston now officially has had its snowiest winter on record.
Yesterday, 2.9 inches of snow fell bringing the total to 108.6 inches topping the previous record of 107.6 inches which was set during the winter of 1995-96.
Whereas that snow accumulated over an entire winter, this accumulated in the space of less than two months. On January 23rd, only 5.5 inches of snow had fallen. I remember turning to my roommate Christopher Kain and saying, “Boy, we haven’t had much snow this winter.”
On a personal note, I have not experienced a winter like this since moving out of Canada 15 years ago.
The roughest aspect of all this snow has been the commute. The MBTA shutdown completely for 48 hours and when service was restored it was done so on a limited basis. The result was rush hour crowds all day, every day. The head of the MBTA resigned. The T subsequently announced it would take 30 days to restore service, but new Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker wasn’t having any of it.
People living in the suburbs have it worse with the commuter rail which has been plagued with cancellations.
As a former colleague would tell me, “The MBTA isn’t a transportation system; it’s a patronage system.” What else can one expect of a public monopoly?
It’s enough to make one jump out of your window.
We have had warmer weather and the snow has melted considerably over the past couple of weeks.
Nevertheless the snow is still having an impact. The route of yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was cut in half.
It has been Boston’s winter of discontent. Hopefully that discontent will have melted by Opening Day at Fenway Park.
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